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Cumberland woman arrested on drug charges


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cumberland woman was arrested Wednesday on drug charges. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year old Tammy Darleen Flathers, faces charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and OWI 1st Offense. Flathers was taken to the Cass County Jail and released Thursday, on her own recognizance.

Mills County Sheriff’s report


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports an eastern Iowa man was arrested this week on a drug charge. 23-year old Malcom Marcus Taylor, of Waterloo, was arrested Wednesday night following a traffic stop on Highway 34. Taylor faces a Possession of Controlled Substance charge. His bond was set at $1,000. 20-year old DeCoby Christopher Kennedy, of Cedar Falls, was arrested during the same traffic stop, on a charge of Driving While Revoked and having no S-R 22 insurance.

And, on Thursday, 57-year old Kevin Dean Wolford, of Tabor, was arrested at around 2:20-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

Council Bluffs to receive specialty Humvee for disaster response


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs and Post 6 in Spencer are two of seven Posts in Iowa that will be receiving a total of 8 Humvees designed to serve as emergency response vehicles. The tan-colored Humvees will be added to the State Patrol’s fleet through the military’s 1033 Program, which allow a transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, in order to enhance operations. The vehicles are provided at no cost to the agency. 

When a law enforcement agency no longer desires to retain the equipment, the property is returned to the military. Following the acquisition of the Humvees, the Iowa National Guard assisted the Department of Public Safety (DPS) by performing a maintenance inspection of each Humvee, making minimal repairs, and painting the vehicles. General fund dollars were not utilized to support the acquisition.  The police equipment used to designate the Humvees as emergency vehicles was previously designated as surplus equipment due to the requirements of our newer Dodge patrol vehicles.

Following the crippling blizzard of December 19 & 20, 2012, DPS Commissioner Brian London asked DPS staff to develop alternatives for members of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and State Fire Marshal’s Office non-uniformed officers to support the State Patrol Division during disaster operations.  During the blizzard, the Department’s non-uniformed officers were unable to support State Troopers as they worked toward rescuing stranded motorists across Iowa.  The limitations included the viability and mobility of the non-uniformed officers’ vehicles.

The State Patrol Division will coordinate the readiness of the Humvees and station the vehicles across the state for rapid deployment during blizzards, flooding, tornadoes, and other disaster or critical incident related operations.  During these deployments, more than 80 sworn members across Department stand ready to operate the Humvees to augment the Department’s uniformed response. The State Patrol Division’s, Safety Education Unit will also use the Humvees occasionally to advance traffic and highway safety initiatives.

Currently, one Humvee is ready for deployment.  Throughout the summer additional Humvees will be painted and up-fitted for deployment across the state.  With the exception of Post 1 in Des Moines, the other six Iowa State Patrol Districts (Posts 3,6,8.9, 11 and 12). will receive one Humvee, each. Post 1 will get two of the former military vehicles.

The Humvee is available for viewing and photographs today (Friday, May 17th,) from 1-to 2-pm, at the Oran Pape Public Safety Building, 215 E 7th Street (Des Moines), and on  Saturday, from 8-am until Noon, in cooperation with the annual Police Week Bridge display. 

1st Roar into Harlan event of 2013 held Thursday night


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Motorcycle enthusiasts rode into Harlan last night (Thursday) for the kickoff of the first Roar into Harlan event of the year.

(photo courtesy of our sister station KNOD)

Roar into Harlan will be featured on the square in downtown Harlan on the 3rd Thursday of the month for the next 4 months. Last night, the Rocking Chair on the east side of the square was the featured business. Mike Wohlhutter, coordinator for the Roar into Harlan, said this month had a patriotic theme.  He said “Pastor Furby and Bob Dean and the Logan Legion Riders did the flag folding ceremony. There aren’t to many people around that know what the flag ceremony is. They did a great job explaining it and then Jack Kenkel was here to talk about the Freedom Rock. Our flag from the ceremony will go to the Freedom Rock site in Earling.”

He says he never would have guessed the Roar into Harlan Events would become such a huge success. “This whole deal exploded to something I didn’t figure on and it has all been good. We have had tremendous support from all organizations and citizens. It has been phenomenal.” Wohlhutter and the committee came up with a new concept this year called a Poker walk, “It will be a little different than last year since no one last year had time to do it. This year, you will have the whole season and take your time.”

Next month, Roar into Harlan will feature the kids. “June will be kid’s night. We will have bounce houses and kid orientated type stuff. We will have motorcycles and a guy with a colored printer to take pictures with kids on the bikes.” The motorcycles down on the square last (Thursday) night were able to get in the flag folding ceremony and a few games before the rains came pouring down. The next Roar into Harlan event will be on Thursday, June 20th.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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Softball tournament benefit for cancer treatment/research

News, Sports

May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Boyer Valley Optimist Club in conjunction with the American Cancer Society is stepping up to the plate this weekend to end the fight against cancer. The Boyer Valley Athletic Complex in Dunlap is hosting a double elimination softball tournament along with a kids and adult home run derby and kids activities. The Optimist Club says there are a few spots open for teams to get registered for the softball tournament. The cost is $100 per team with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Connie Elder, a member of the Boyer Valley Optimist Club, says a Boyer Valley student is the inspiration for the event. She says Brayden Shumate and his uncle came up with the idea after the young man was diagnosed with cancer. The Softball Tournament starts at 9-am Saturday with an opening ceremony followed by the 1st game around 9:10. During the entire tournament, there will be a youth home run derby at 10 and again at 1pm, kid’s activities from 11 to 4, a Family Norwegian baseball game at 2pm and an Adult home run derby from 5 to 7pm. The Softball Championship game will be held at 7pm.

Elder says club wanted to do something to show how cancer has affected the Dunlap community. She said several people in Dunlap have been affected by cancer. A banner with pictures of those who have been affected by or died from cancer in the community or their family members will be viewable at the event.

If you would like more information on the Boyer Valley Optimist Club and American Cancer Society softball tournament, contact Eric Shumate at 712-592-9649.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Information kiosk available at CCMH


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Cass County Memorial Hospital says visitors to Cass County Health System have a new tool to assist them in finding their way around the main building. Sara Nelson, Public Relations Director, says just inside the front entrance, next to the information desk at the base of the staircase, is an information kiosk. Nelson says a new “wayfinding” system was added to the kiosk this week.

Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxilian Eileen Denne demonstrates the new wayfinding system on the kiosk in the CCMH Atrium. (Sara Nelson/photo)

Visitors can use the touch-screen directory to select any service or department in the building. When they make a selection, a map with a route line will appear, along with written directions to their destination. The maps can then be printed right at the kiosk. Nelson says they know visitors and patients have been confused about where to go in light of the relocation of so many departments over the last year, so “Being able to view and print a map should help people find their way more easily.” The kiosk is located next to the information desk so the volunteers can assist visitors if necessary.

To get started, just touch the screen anywhere and the home page will come up. Select the top button “How do I get there?” to open the wayfinding directory. Select the first letter of the destination, L for Laboratory, and a list of all the L destinations will appear. Select the destination, Laboratory, and the map will appear with written directions below.

Nelson said while the new system is designed to be user friendly, it doesn’t mean visitors can’t ask for help. She says their “Staff and volunteers are always happy take you where you need to go!”

Jackpot fever hits for Powerball and Mega Millions


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Powerball jackpot has pushed to an estimated 550-million dollars after no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday’s drawing. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says a number that big grabs everyone’s attention. “When the jackpot gets to this level, it just becomes that thing that everybody’s talking about. Everybody wants a shot at it, so now we see not only regular players buying tickets, but occasional players and first-time players jumping in,” Neubauer says. A record Powerball jackpot of 587-million dollars was won in November. Neubauer says the switch from a one-dollar to a two-dollar ticket for Powerball has helped create bigger jackpots more often.

“It’s all designed to keep delivering those big jackpots, but also the chance to win other sizable prizes as well,” according to Neubauer. “So, we’re always looking at ways to maybe tweak the game and change the game to make it better, because over time people don’t want the same old thing, they want the opportunity to try for something that is maybe a little different or new, so we’re always looking at that to see what we can do.” Another thing that’s helped push the jackpots up is the addition of California — the country’s most populated state — to the game. Neubauer says there’s a mistaken view that a bigger state has better odds of having the winning numbers.

“I’ve heard some people saying ‘Oh well now that that California is in we don’t stand a chance, nobody else is ever going to win,’ but in fact the odds in Powerball haven’t change. The odds of winning the jackpot are still the same now that were before California is in,” Neubauer says. “And it goes back to that concept of why Powerball started in the first place. With with more states playing the game, the jackpot grows more quickly, and gets bigger faster. And that’s ultimately what people want from Powerball.” Not only is the Powerball jackpot growing, the Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated 190-million dollars for tonight’s (Friday) drawing at 10 o’clock. Iowa is one of the state’s that sells both games and Neubauer says the results are showing they aren’t competing against each other.

She says the old saying that “a rising tide floats all boats” is what they are seeing with the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots. If you beat all the odds and picked the winning numbers for both games, you’d win and estimated combined jackpot of just over 746-million dollars. Neubauer cautions that you should be reasonable. “It just takes one ticket to win, you don’t have to buy two, five, 10, you just have to buy one to get in on the fun. Don’t count on winning, just do it for fun,” she advises. Neubauer says the fun is dreaming what you might do with the money if you do win. The Mega Millions drawing is tonight. The next Powerball drawing is 9:59 p-m on Saturday. In Iowa, you can buy a ticket for Saturday’s drawing up until 8:59 p-m that day.

(Radio Iowa)

Severe storms still possible Sunday

News, Weather

May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service is still cautioning residents about the likelihood of severe storms this weekend. Scattered thunderstorms are possible across northern Iowa today before ending this evening. A few storms may produce locally heavy rainfall. Saturday will be mild and dry with highs in the 80s. Thunderstorm chances return by Saturday night with a few severe storms possible.

The greatest threat for severe weather arrives on Sunday as low pressure lifts into eastern Nebraska and west central Iowa. Severe storms are likely to occur across the state, especially during the afternoon and evening. A few storms may produce very large hail and tornadoes along with a damaging wind threat.

Stay up to date and informed with future forecast regarding the severe weather potential on Sunday! Thunderstorm chances will continue on Monday with a few severe storms possible again.

Missing Council Bluffs boy found


May 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluff reported late Thursday night, that a boy who went missing earlier that afternoon, was found in Council Bluffs.

Ricky Lee Komor, Jr.

11-year old Ricky Lee Komor, Jr.,  was taken into custody and brought to a local hospital for a welfare check, only. He was not injured.

Authorities says the boy left his home around 4 p.m. Thursday and made a comment about possibly harming himself. Police said Komor had also told his friends about trying to walk to Carter Lake to find his father.