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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Aug. 17th 2014

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August 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — No one was injured after a homeowner using a small excavator tore open a residential natural gas line in Dubuque. The Telegraph Herald reports that the accident and resulting gas leak occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday. Officials say the gas leak was contained within an hour.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport residents upset over a cellphone tower placed in the middle of a city park say they believe city officials did not follow local laws and regulations in approving the structure. The Quad-City Times reports that 180-foot tower is being built by AT and T in Emeis Park. The newspaper says that despite a city ordinance requiring new cell towers to go through a zoning board for a special-use permit, the city legal department deemed the permitting unnecessary.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A motorcyclist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania died in a freak accident on Interstate 80 near Atlantic in western Iowa. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that a wheel from a trailer being pulled by a westbound pickup came loose and struck 39-year-old Andrew Engle Thursday afternoon.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A delegation from Sioux City’s Japanese sister city has arrived in the northwest Iowa city. The Sioux City Journal reports that local officials met with the delegation Thursday as the group arrived for a five-day visit to the United States. Over the rest of their stay, the Japanese group will tour local schools and take in a minor league baseball game.

Wheel flies-off Atlantic woman’s van – no injuries

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A mechanical malfunction caused a property damage accident Saturday afternoon, near Villisca. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 49-year old Lisa Marie Hansen, of Atlantic, was traveling north on Highway 71 near the 26-mile marker just after 1-p.m. Saturday, when the left front wheel became detached from the vehicle.

The van continued northbound on the left rotor for about 165-yards before exiting the roadway to the right, hitting a guard rail post and coming to rest. No injuries were reported. Damage to the van amounted to $3,500. The guard rail post sustained about $200 damage. No citations were issued.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Villisca Fire Department.

Woodbury County hikes fee for juvenile offenders

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Woodbury County will now charge outside entities more to house young offenders at its juvenile detention center. The Sioux City Journal reports that starting Aug. 24, the northwestern Iowa county will charge agencies $150 a day per young person, up from the current $100. The is move expected to generate an additional $100,000 a year for the county.

Officials say the new rate is in line with what other facilities charge. One in Cherokee charges $150 per juvenile a day, and the center at Council Bluffs charges $165.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, Sat. 8/16/2014

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News & funeral report, Sat. 8/16/2014

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Traffic stop results in arrest

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Saturday) morning in Red Oak resulted in an arrest. According to Red Oak Police, 18-year old Dallas Brady Meyers, of Emerson, was arrested for OWI/1st Offense. He was also cited for Driving with a restricted license. Meyers was pulled over near the intersection of south Broadway and Short Streets, at around 3-a.m.

He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Hanafan to run for Pott. Co. Supervisor’s seat

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Retired Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan has announced his candidacy for one of three vacancies on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors. The Daily NonPareil reports Hanafan, who filed his election papers on Friday, said he wants to bring “common sense” back to county government. The 67-year old said also, his focus will be county spending and addressing the long-term care of county roads and bridges.

Hanafan, who served seven terms – a total of 25 years – as mayor, retired in January.Since Hanafan didn’t file before the deadline for candidates running under a political party affiliation, he will run as an independent. A Democrat during his tenure as mayor, Hanafan said that county races should be nonpartisan, citing the Council Bluffs City Council as a nonpartisan board.

Hanafan also said his move back into politics was influenced by several conversations about taxes and infrastructure with people in Council Bluffs, Carter Lake and rural communities in Pottawattamie County. Kristi Everett, first deputy auditor of elections for the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office, said Hanafan was nominated by petition, which meant he needed at least 100 signatures to be on the ballot. In late April, Hanafan said he had more than 500 signatures.

Other county board candidates include Republicans Scott Belt, Loren Knauss and Justin Schultz. No Democrats filed papers for the race. The filing deadline to run as an independent in the Nov. 4th general election is Aug. 27th.

Independent candidate from Pott. Co. to run for Congress

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Council Bluffs has thrown his hat into the Congressional race, as an independent candidate. The Daily NonPareil reports 42-year old Bryan Jack Holder filed his nomination papers Wednesday with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. Friday was the filing deadline for state and federal offices for those running as independents or third-party ticket.

Holder says if elected, he said he wouldn’t take a paycheck for those two years of service in Washington. Except for a handful of signatures provided from a friend, Holder went out door-knocking and met with small businesses – as well as friends and strangers – to gather 433 signatures to get on the November ballot. The minimum required number is 375.

He joins three others seeking the 3rd Congressional District that represents southwest Iowa, including Council Bluffs and Des Moines. The others are Republican candidate David Young, Democratic candidate Staci Appel and Libertarian Party candidate Edward B. Wright.

Holder believes current congressional districts serve too many people. In the original Bill of Rights, he said, it was proposed that congressional districts represent no more than 50,000 people – something states have never ratified.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Aug. 16th 2014

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August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa and Coffeyville, Kansas. Deere is the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier.

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of Epworth in northeast Iowa has cited personal health concerns for his resignation. City clerk Janet Berger says Tom Gassman submitted his resignation on Tuesday. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says Gassman has been mayor since 2012 and a council member before that. Jacob Reuter will serve as acting mayor until the City Council fills the post of mayor. That’s expected to occur at the council’s September 9th meeting.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 44-year-old Daniel Stone of Solon pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as part of plea deal.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to five years in prison for leading authorities on a high-speed car chase in May. The Sioux City Journal reports 25-year-old David Whitlock was sentenced Thursday in Woodbury County District Court after he pleaded guilty to eluding, possession of a controlled substance and second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Ex-Iowa doctor gets prison for child pornography

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August 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A former Council Bluffs doctor has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports 69-year old Dennis Seaborn Jones received the sentence Friday (Aug. 15th) in federal court in Council Bluffs on one count of possession of child pornography. Jones pleaded guilty to the charge in May as part of a deal. He also agreed to permanently surrender his medical license.

Authorities say they found about 1.2 million images and 9,300 videos of child pornography during a search of Jones’ home. Court documents say other images and videos showed patients at Jones’ medical clinic that were taken secretly with a pen camera.

Jones faces a separate sexual abuse charge involving a minor. He also faces lawsuits in connection to the patient images and videos.