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No nuclear power plant in southwest IA…for now

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June 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – MidAmerican Energy has decided against building a second nuclear power plant in Iowa and against building any major power plant for now.  The Des Moines Register reports  that MidAmerican says there is no approved design for the nuclear plant it wanted to build and there are too many questions about limits on carbon emissions from a natural gas plant. Iowa has one nuclear power plant, the Duane Arnold plant near Palo.
 
MidAmerican Vice President Dean Crist told the newspaper that a feasibility study found that 700-acre sites near Thurman in southwest Iowa and Wilton in southeast Iowa would have worked for a new nuclear plant, which was expected to cost around $1 billion.  MidAmerican says it will refund $8.8 million that its customers paid for the feasibility study.

Red Oak teen tasered after running from authorities following a traffic stop

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June 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak tasered a local man Monday night, after he ran from authorities following a traffic stop. The Red Oak Police Department reports 18-year old Shae Daniel Lewis, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 11:40-p.m. in the 900 block of east Senate Avenue, following a brief foot pursuit. Officials say Lewis was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped in the City View parking lot, in Red Oak.

Immediately after the vehicle was pulled over, authorites say Lewis jumped out and took off on foot southbound, toward Senate Avenue. Officers chased the man and several times ordered him to stop. When he failed to comply, officers deployed an X-25 Taser, which hit Lewis in the back and caused him to drop to the ground. Lewis was allegedly found to be intoxicated, and under the legal age to consume alcohol.

After being brought to the Montgomery County Jail and booked in, officials discovered Lewis allegdly brought a controlled substance into the facility. He was subsequently charged with a felony count of entering contraband into a jail facility, possession of marijuana/serious misdemeanor, and public intoxication as well as interference with official acts, both of which are simple misdemeanors. Lewis was also cited for being in possession of alcohol under the legal age.

He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

2 cited for drinking under the legal age in Red Oak

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June 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak cited two people for drinking under the legal age, Monday night. Officials say 19-year old David Anthony Daugherty the 3rd, of Elliott, was cited for driving while suspended and possession of alcohol under legal age, following a traffic stop in the 2400 block of north 8th Street, at around 11:50-p.m., Monday. A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year old Bryce Dalton Uhlenberg, of Red Oak, was cited for Possession of alcohol under the legal age. Both were released on their respective citations.

Another suspicious package brings Haz-Mat crews to Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Office

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June 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs Fire Department Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) team responded to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department Monday afternoon, to remove a suspicious package . It was the second time in less than a week the Hazmat team was called to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jeff Danker told the Daily NonPareil crews arrived at around 3 p.m. Monday, after a suspicious package was discovered while the mail was being sorted. Danker said the bulk looking package was never opened, because it brought to mind a similar package that was opened last Thursday, which contained another package comprised of a white, powdery substance. Danker said they were simply erring on the side of caution, when it came to calling out the Hazmat team.

During last Thursday’s incident, a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be white powder, was discovered in a manila envelope addressed to the Sheriff’s Office. The envelope was itself opened, but the clear plastic bag was never breached. The material inside was tested at the State Hygenic Lab, and while it’s not exactly known what it was, lab results indicated it did not appear to be hazardous.

Danker said he suspects that the second package will also turn out to not be harmful, but his office is not taking any chances. He said the package found Monday will likely be opened by U.S. Postal inspectors, and tested.

Iowa early News headlines: Tue., June 4th 2013

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June 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Corrections says a 38-year-old inmate in a mental health unit in Coralville has killed himself. Officials say in a news release that Alex James Mabe was found early yesterday, hanged with a bed sheet attached to a wall vent. Staff tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Sioux City Council has voted to authorize the sale of $22.3 million in bonds as part of a planned $120 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Sioux City Journal reported that the council voted three to one yesterday to authorize the bonds. The bonds will help pay for parking, utilities and other infrastructure as part of the planned gambling and entertainment center.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Workers are making progress on a Evansdale memorial to two young cousins who were abducted last summer and later found dead. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports workers have constructed two of four gazebos as well as a large shelter on an island at Meyers Lake. The memorial is dedicated to 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they’ve charged a 21-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old man in April. Police arrested Demarco Ontario Robinson yesterday and charged him in the shooting death of Kenyatta Dovantae Taylor.

Criminal Mischief Case in Red Oak

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June 3rd, 2013 by admin

Police in Red Oak were investigating a case of criminal mischief Monday, that resulted in about $100 damage to a residence. Authorities say they received a report earlier in the day from a Red Oak woman who discovered that her storm door glass had been shot out by a BB, which was recovered at the scene. Columbia Magnuson told officers she had heard a noise in her home Sunday night, but didn’t check to see what it was.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.

Page County vehicle theft/arson under investigation

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June 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for the theft and destruction of a vehicle stolen from Shenandoah. Sheriff Lyle Palmer said his office received a call today (Monday) at around 7:30-a.m., about a vehicle that had been burned o a property owned by Troy Nielsen, at 1018 140th Street in Page County. Nielsen discovered the burned out shell of a 2001 Ford Taurus while checking his property. An investigation revealed the car had been reported stolen from the vicinity of 702 south Elm Street in Shenandoah, sometime between 10-p.m. Saturday and 7:30-a.m. today (Monday). It belonged to Meagan Mattson. The vehicle and its contents were a total loss. The car was valued at $6,000.

Anyone with information about the theft and/or arson of the Mattson, or any other vehicle in Page County, is asked to call their local law enforcement agency, or, the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-542-5193, the Clarinda Police Dept. at 542-2194, or the Shenandoah Police Dept. at 246-3512.

Jury selected for western IA man accused of killing his mother

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June 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been selected for the trial of a 21-year-old western Iowa man charged with killing his mother in Early and kidnapping another woman. The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports a jury of seven men and six women was seated Monday afternoon. The trial for Kirk Levin will begin Tuesday morning with opening statements. The trial was moved from Sac County to Webster County because of publicity about the case.

The 21-year-old Levin, of Early, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother and third-degree kidnapping in the abduction of a woman who later escaped.

Hail possible on Tuesday

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June 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says clouds will be on the increase this (Monday) evening, leading to scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight into Tuesday, with lesser chances lingering into Wednesday and Thursday. A few of the storms may be strong to severe by Tuesday with large hail the main threat. Some may also produce locally heavy rains, but likely not of sufficient duration to produce additional flooding. After a break late Thursday or Friday, additional chances for showers and storms return to the forecast over the weekend. There is a better potential for heavy rain which may lead to flooding by this time, but relegated to far southern Iowa and into Missouri.

Aviation Youth Rally scheduled for June 29th

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June 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 135, has announced an Aviation Youth Rally will take place June 29th, from 8:30-a.m. until Noon, at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. The interesting, educational and fun FREE workshop is designed for youth ages 10 to 15, and will expose them to the exciting field of aviation. Sessions will be given in careers in aviation, airplanes and aerodynamics, along with information provided about airports and navigation.

Weather permitting, each child will also receive an FAA Young Eagle Program orientation flight, at no cost. A pizza luncheon will follow the workshop, and each child will receive a free t-shirt. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register, call Brenda Neslon at 712-774-5499, or e-mail towring@hotmail.com, or call 712-249-0726 to request an application.