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8AM Newscast 03-09-2012

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March 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak man sentenced to 1-year in jail for go-cart crash, will serve 90 days

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March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man charged in connection with a September 5th, 2011 go-cart accident that critically injured his two-year old son, was sentenced late last month to serve one-year in jail, with all but 90-days of the term suspended. According to on-line court records, on February 27th 35-year-old Shawn Michael Soar entered a written plea of guilty, to Child Endangerment causing bodily injury, and 1st offense OWI charges. The charges were reduced from felony offenses when the mother of Ryan Soar agreed to plea deal. Judge James Heckerman placed Shawn Soar on a work-release probation, and ordered him to treatment for one-year at Zion Recovery Services.  He must also pay fines and related court costs amounting to $2,000, plus attorney’s fees.

The incident which lead to Soar’s arrest took place at around 9:15-p.m. September 5th, when the go-kart he and his son were riding hit a parked pickup truck, in the 700-block of East Grimes Street in Red Oak. Lab results indicated Soar’s alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit for allowed driving, in Iowa. Shawn Soar suffered minor injuries in the crash, but Ryan was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Omaha. He was later released, but the child, who has since turned three, is still being treated for his injuries on an out-patient basis.

7AM Sportscast 03-09-2012

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March 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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House votes to protect landowners from lawsuits filed by trespassers

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March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has endorsed the idea of new protections for property owners when trespassers get injured. It means a property owner — or the person renting the property — is not liable for injuries trespassers may suffer if the property’s in good condition. Representative Mary Wolfe, a Democrat from Clinton, supported the bill. “What we’re trying to do here makes sense,” she says. “…I think it clarifies some gray areas in the law. I think it can protect homeowners, which is what we want to do.” But critics, like Representative Kurt Swaim of Bloomfield, say the bill does not protect the accidental trespasser.

“That’s the mother that’s taking her child out on Halloween night. That’s a hunter that inadvertantly gets on the wrong land,” Swaim says. “…The person who gets on the wrong land has some fault, but we don’t bar that person from any recovery.” Recovery is another way of suing for money to cover injuries or “pain and suffering.” The bill passed on a 68 to 30 vote. Only three members of the Iowa House spoke during debate of the legislation — and all three are lawyers.

(O.Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

State high school graduation rates drop slightly

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March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Information released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Education shows the state four-year graduation rate dropped by one-half percent in 2011. Jay Pennington is chief of the department’s Information and Analysis Bureau. “I think it is concerning that it dropped a half percent from this year to last year. This year’s class of 2011 is above the class of 2009. So that’s good, I think it means that we need to, not just as a state, but schools and districts to get as many kids as possible to complete within four years,” Pennington says. The statewide four-year graduation rate is 88-point-three- percent, compared to 88-point-eight-percent in 2010, and 87-point-three-percent in 2009. Locally, Atlantic’s graduation rate was just over 88%; AHST 86%; Anita 100%; Audubon 93%; Exira 83%; Griswold and Nodaway Valley 98%, and Harlan 95%.

“The state Board of Education has a stated goal of 95-percent of students graduating. I think that 95-percent is an ambitious goal, that goal was set several years ago, in the meantime the formula has changed slightly since that formula was set,” Pennington says. He says Iowa still has one of the top graduation rates in the nation. Five of the 10 largest school districts in the state — Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs and Cedar Rapids — saw an increase in graduation rates.

“Seeing those larger districts with an increase in percentage is good to see, I think we need to dig in a little bit more and see the majority of districts that did see a decline and see what kind of supports are needed there,” Pennington says. Storm Lake has the lowest four-year graduation rate at 57-point-four percent. Sigourney had the next lowest at 63-percent. The state saw virtually no change in the annual dropout rate and an increase in the statewide graduation rate for students who took an extra year to finish high school.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

See the complete list of graduation rates on this Radio Iowa link:

http://www.radioiowa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2010-2011GraduationDropoutRates.xls

Red Oak man arrested this morning on drug charges

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March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Friday) morning on a trio of drug charges. Red Oak Police report 31-year old Luke Daniel Rinehart was taken into custody in the 200 block of Short Street just before 1-a.m., on charges that include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Schedule 2 Narcotic and Violation of the State Drug Tax Stamp. Rinehart was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Friday, March 9 2012

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March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State regulators say Iowa’s casinos contributed nearly $1billion to the state’s economy in 2011. The Des Moines Register says a report from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission shows the 18-state regulated casinos spent $999 million on payrolls, food, equipment and other expenses. That’s up from $945 million in 2010, which was the lowest in five years as the industry struggled to recover from the nationwide recession.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been arrested in Des Moines, accused of passing counterfeit $100 bills at a bar. Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Cole was arrested early yesterday on a charge of forgery. He remained in Polk County Jail last night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County jury has found a truck driver not guilty of running a red light in a crash that killed four elderly women in West Des Moines. Forty-four-year-old Kenneth Snow Junior was found not guilty this week after a two-day trial that included conflicting eyewitness testimony over whether Snow failed to obey a traffic control device. Snow and his employer, Panama Transfer Incorporated, still face lawsuits from the families of three of the women who died in the crash.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City Police have set up a hotline for people to report littering. Officials say the city spent $84,000 to remove litter from public property in 2011. Police are encouraging anyone who sees littering to call (712) 279-6440.

Manilla’s Muhlbauer among House legislators who backs waiving business start-up fees

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March 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has overwhelmingly endorsed the idea of giving Iowa’s Secretary of State the authority to waive or reduce certain business fees during a “Start-Your-Business” month promotion. Representative Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, says it could save Iowa entrepreneurs between 50 and 100-dollars in fees that are required when filing the paperwork to incorporate a business. “It gives us an opportunity to show that the government’s not standing in the way of small businesses,” Grassley says. “And this would just be for start-ups.” When Republican Matt Schultz campaigned for the job of Secretary of State in 2010, he promised to make the office more “business-friendly” and this is one of the proposals Secretary of State Schultz asked legislators to approve this year.

Representative Mark Lofgren, a Republican from Muscatine who runs an investment firm, supported the proposal. “I work with a lot of small business owners and anything you can do to help them is great,” Lofgren said. “Eighty percent ofthe new job creation is in the small business area.” Representative Dan Muhlbauer, a Democrat from Manilla, backed the concept, too. “It’ll help promote the proper starts of new businesses,” Muhlbauer says. Representative Rick Olson, a Democrat from Des Moines, was among 17 House members who voted against the concept of waiving business fees.
“I think it’s a gimmick bill and that’s all it is,” Olsen says. “…Something tells me that a business is not going to start in the state of Iowa or move to the state of Iowa because they can save $50.”

The bill cleared the House with 71 “yes” votes, but it must win approval from a committee in the Iowa Senate by Friday of next week, or the idea’s dead for the year.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Two Arrests Reported in Harlan

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March 8th, 2012 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest of two people this past weekend.

On Saturday (March 3), 31-year-old Randy Stolz of Earling was cited for fifth degree theft when Casey’s Store personnel notified police that Stolz had had taken items he didn’t pay for from the store.  Stolz was cited and released.

On Sunday (March 4), 39-year-old Nathaniel Coles of Chicago, IL was arrested for trying to elude police after police observed him speeding.  Coles was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, felony eluding, three counts of failure to obey a stop sign, speeding, and reckless driving.

Harlan Police also report that on Monday morning (March 6) St. Michael’s Catholic Church reported to police the church van was missing.  The van was recovered the following day by the Omaha Police Department.  The case remains under investigation.

Man shot in Onawa shot again near Mapleton

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March 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — State investigators say a man who was shot in Onawa during a burglary that authorities say was fabricated has been shot again. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 32-year-old Darren Hieber was shot this (Thursday) morning near Mapleton. Agent Terry Klooster says Hieber suffered a non-life-threatening injury. Klooster says the parties involved in the incident are being interviewed.

Last month, Hieber told police he was shot in the leg while interrupting a burglary at his business. Police say Hieber devised a scheme to have an employee, Barry Chapman, shoot him to garner sympathy from his estranged wife. Hieber was arrested this week on firearm and conspiracy charges for that alleged incident. Chapman also was charged.