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Omaha man dies after fall at Iowa casino

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February 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha man has died from injuries sustained in a fall at a Council Bluffs casino. The 62-year-old man fell Friday afternoon at Ameristar Casino-Hotel. Council Bluffs Emergency Medical Service Operations Manager Rick Benson said that the man was going from the second floor to the third floor of the casino on an escalator when he stumbled and fell over a railing, dropping 20 to 25 feet to the first floor. The man was taken to an Omaha hospital, where he died. Benson declined to release the man’s name.

Tow ban lifted In Pottawattamie County

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February 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The ban on towing vehicles stuck from area roads in Pottawattamie County is being lifted, according to the Iowa State Patrol. It’s expected tow bans on other major arteries in the area will follow as the road conditions improve.

Winter Storm Subsides

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February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) – The major winter storm moving across Iowa is gradually weakening headed into Saturday evening.
 
     Total snow accumulations from the storm are likely to range from 4 to 10 inches with the heaviest snow in western Iowa near Atlantic and Audubon.  (We picked up 7.2″ of snowfall at the KJAN studios in Atlantic.)
 
     The Iowa Department of Transportation recommends that anyone driving in western and central Iowa be cautious.
 
     Winds gusting up to 25 mph are expected to cause drifting and may limit visibility. And as temperatures decrease Saturday evening, ice may form on the roads.

Update on Inappropriate Teacher Texting in Council Bluffs

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February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Spanish teacher accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student at his Council Bluffs high school has been charged with a crime, but is now free on bail.
 
     Thirty-year-old Daniel Pantoja, of Omaha, Neb., turned himself in to Pottawattamie County authorities on Friday. He is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee and lascivious conduct with a minor.
 
     A female student told authorities that Pantoja sent her a picture of a nude man whose genitals were covered. She says he also asked the girl to send him a picture of her wearing shorts and a sports bra.  Pantoja resigned from his teaching job when confronted.
 
 A public phone listing for Pantoja couldn’t be found.

Iowa Education Funding Fight

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February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrats plan to push for a $122 million boost in spending on local schools, but Republicans warn they won’t agree to a budget until legislators overhaul the school finance system.
 
     Democrats argue that local school officials need quick action so they can plan for hiring teachers and setting curriculum. Republicans counter that voters are willing to spend more on schools but want district administrators held accountable and for spending to be targeted.
 
     The stakes are high because school spending amounts to about 60 percent of the state’s $6 billion budget.
 
     Democrats say they’ll vote on a budget Tuesday, noting a law that calls for school funding decisions to be made in the first 30 days of a legislative session. Republicans say other school funding issues must be resolved first.

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2 killed in Montgomery County Crash Friday

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February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people were killed Friday during a single-vehicle crash east of Emerson, in Montgomery County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the driver of the car, 78-year old Gladys Bowen, of Imogene, and a passenger in the vehicle, 87-year old Hazel Hinkle, of Emerson, died in the crash which occurred on 200th Street (Old Highway 34), about three-quarters of a mile east of Emerson, near Avenue A.

Officials say the women were traveling eastbound, when for reasons unknown, the 1999 Lincoln Towncar they were in went out of control, entered a ditch and struck a concrete culvert and creek bank. The impact caused both women to be ejected out the right front door of the car. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Both women died at the scene. It’s not clear what time the crash occurred. The accident remains under investigation.

Severe Weather Statement for West Central IA…including Cass County

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February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

409 AM CST SAT FEB 4 2012

…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TO EXPAND ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST IOWA TODAY…

A POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL AFFECT THE AREA TODAY AND BRING MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL TO THE REGION. A PERIOD OF SNOW WITH THUNDER IS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING. IF THE THUNDER SNOW OCCURS…SNOWFALL RATES WILL APPROACH 2 INCHES PER HOUR. THE SNOWFALL WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH FROM NORTH TO SOUTH THIS AFTERNOON.

CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-BOONE-STORY-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-

CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS & UNION COUNTIES, INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…DENISON…CARROLL…JEFFERSON…BOONE…AMES…AUDUBON…GUTHRIE CENTER…ADEL…DES MOINES…ATLANTIC…GREENFIELD…WINTERSET…CORNING…CRESTON

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SUNDAY…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW EARLY THIS MORNING. EXPECT THE HEAVIEST SNOW TO OCCUR BETWEEN 6 AM AND NOON TODAY.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE FORECAST FOR THE AREA. LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE WARNED AREA. A SHARP CUTOFF IS EXPECTED ALONG A WEST TO EAST LINE FROM NORTHERN CRAWFORD THROUGH NORTHERN STORY COUNTIES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH A FEW HIGHER GUSTS WILL CAUSE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TODAY AND TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS DURING THE PERIOD. THE FALLING SNOW…COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS… WILL LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES. UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME ICY AS THE SNOW FREEZES TO THE PAVEMENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED.

Mills County arrests reported

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February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood reported Friday, a Pacific Junction man was arrested Thursday, on drug charges. 27-year-old Bradley Ott was taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ott was brought to the Mills County Jail and later released on bond.

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say a Pacific Junction man is facing a burglary charge. 61-year old Daniel Lee Wick was arrested Thursday night on charges of burglary and public intoxication  Wick was being held in the Mills County Jail on $5,300 bond.

No serious injuries reported after Friday night rollover near Wiota

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February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Communications Center in Atlantic says no serious injuries were reported following a rollover accident Friday night, west of Wiota. According to the dispatch reports, the accident happened near 67404 Hamburg Road, at around 10:15-p.m.  A vehicle collided with a bridge guardrail and overturned. The male driver was not injured. A dog was reportedly traveling with him in the vehicle, as well. The accident was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol. Anita Rescue and Wiota 1st Responders were called to the scene. No other details are currently available.