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February 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Assault arrest in Red Oak

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February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested 27-year old Scott Jacob Cisar, Monday. Cisar, of Red Oak, was wanted on a warrant charging him with assault. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Iowa News Headlines….Tue., Feb. 7th 2012

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February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill allowing anyone to file a complaint with the attorney general’s office alleging a business is employing an illegal immigrant. The measure requires the attorney general, county attorneys and local police to investigate the complaints.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials are appealing a Polk County court decision ordering the state to list both members of a same-sex marriage as the parents of a now-two-year-old child. State officials say the January decision addresses children born to a lesbian mother who conceived through the use of an anonymous sperm donor, but doesn’t resolve cases of same-sex couples who conceive in other ways.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say it appears there was no burglary at a business where a shooting happened in the western Iowa community of Onawa (AHN’-uh-wah). Officials say Darren Hieber initially told police he was shot in the leg Sunday night while interrupting a burglary at his business. Police now believe he was shot by an employee. No charges have been filed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two women face several charges for allegedly attacking employees during a shoplifting incident at a grocery store in Des Moines. Police say several workers were injured in the fight Saturday at Dahl’s Foods. Karolann Harris and Marie Harris are charged with first-degree robbery, willful injury, criminal mischief and assault.

Riverside Bond & Glenwood RPS votes today

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February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Oakland-Riverside and Glenwood School Districts will be heading to the polls today for different reasons. In the Oakland-Riverside District, voters will decide on whether or not to approve a $13.3 million bond issue for construction of a new K-through-12 building.

The facility would replace the district’s three separate buildings, in Oakland, Carson, and Macedonia, with one building to house students in all grades. It would be built on approximately 70 acres of land located a mile south of Oakland. With the sales tax bonds and cash on hand, the project’s total cost is $21,608,000.

A similar referendum failed last year when it received only 53 percent of the vote. The measure must receive a 60 percent super majority, in order for it to pass. Polls are open at the Oakland and Carson Community Centers and Macedonia City Hall Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters in the Glenwood School District are facing a decision on whether to renew the district’s revenue purpose statement (or, RPS), which allows for the expenditures of revenues from the statewide local option sales tax. Approval of the referendum by a simple majority would extend the statement for another 16 years. The current RPS is set to expire next year. The state’s penny sale tax law sunsets in 2029. School officials have said they would use the funds to reduce the district’s debt.

The polls are open at the Glenwood American Legion Building from noon to 8 p.m.

Police say employee shot Iowa business owner

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are still trying to unravel a shooting in Onawa. Officials say 32-year-old Darren Hieber initially told police he was shot in the leg Sunday night while interrupting a burglary at his business. Police now believe Hieber was shot by an employee. Assistant Monona County Attorney Christyne Martens says that it appears there was no burglary. She says authorities also don’t believe a confrontation or altercation preceded the shooting. Martens says no charges have been filed and no additional suspects are being sought. Hieber was taken to Burgess Health Center in Onawa. The hospital could not provide information on his condition.

Passenger rail study announced from Chicago, through Iowa, to Omaha

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 6, 2012 – The Federal Railroad Administration, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), is kicking off the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study. The Iowa DOT will host an online, self-directed, open house meeting beginning Feb. 13, 2012, available at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha.

The online open house will be the first opportunity for the public to participate in the study, which is intended to: Evaluate potential route alternatives; Evaluate levels of service and ridership; Analyze environmental impacts; and, Determine a preferred Chicago to Omaha passenger rail route alternative.

Tamara Nicholson, Iowa DOT director of the Office of Rail Transportation, said “Potential improvements to the passenger rail system from Chicago, through Iowa, to Omaha will help complete the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative’s vision for developing an improved and expanded passenger rail system in the Midwest. The study will be a major step in assessing the viability of a high-speed, regional passenger rail system for Iowa and the Midwest.”

Comments can be submitted at the online open house. Meeting materials and a comment form can also be downloaded at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/ and mailed to: Tamara Nicholson, director, Office of Rail Transportation, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010. For those without Internet access, meeting materials and a comment form may be requested by calling 800-488-7119.

For more information, visit the study’s website or call the toll-free comment line at 800-488-7119.

Michigan man arrested in Audubon County on drug warrant

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports a Michigan man was arrested early Sunday morning on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. 25-year old Bryan Stanley Curtis was picked up from Cass County authorites. He faces charges which include: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Harassment of  a Public Officer. The charges stem from an incident which allegedly took place in Audubon, on December 20th. Curtis was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released, after appearing before a magistrate. His preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 23rd.

And, a Pottawattamie County man was arrested this (Monday) morning, in Audubon County. 35-year old Phillip Bradley Pool, of Walnut, was taken into custody on an Audubon County warrant charging him with Child Endangerment. The charge stems from an investigation by Exira Police, into an incident which allegedly occurred at the Exira School on January 15th. Pool appeared before the magistrate and was released, with orders to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on Feb. 23rd.

Registration now open for April 27 Motorcycle Safety Forum

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 6, 2011 – Registration is now open for the Ninth Annual Motorcycle Safety Forum. This rider-focused event is facilitated by Iowa’s “Ride Bright” motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, along with motorcycle trainers, dealers and riders. The event is being held Friday, April 27, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year’s forum was a sold-out event, so don’t wait too long to register. Registration is only $10 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, breaks and an opportunity to enter a drawing for an Aluma motorcycle trailer. 

The Motorcycle Safety Forum brings together stakeholders, including individuals representing the Iowa Motorcycle Rider Education Program, Iowa departments of Transportation and Public Safety, and motorcycle associations, along with enthusiasts, riders and dealers. The theme for this year’s event is “All the Gear – All the Time,” emphasizing “conspicuity” or wearing rider apparel that helps get you noticed by others sharing the road.   

Beyond making themselves more easily seen, there are plenty of ways motorcyclists can increase their safety, including continuing on a path of lifelong learning. For the first time in the event’s nine-year history, all paid forum participants will be provided a free coupon (value up to $245) that can be used to register for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) Basic Rider Course I or II . Both courses are part of the Iowa DOT’s Rider Education Program and taught by Iowa-licensed, MSF-certified rider coaches. The coupons can be redeemed at any of the approved sites located throughout the state. Courses are available from early April through mid-October. 

This one-day, interactive forum will feature several presentations, safety displays, rider training, an exhibitor tradeshow and other motorcycle-related exhibits. Presentations include: 

  • Dan Petterson, ENABLE Consulting – Regarding Rider Responsibility
  • Sherry Williams, Motorcycle Safety Foundation
  • Pete Leehey, Pete Leehey Law Firm, PC – Don’t Let a Motorcycle Crash Destroy You Financially
  • Brittany Morrow, MSF and founder of www.rockthegear.org – Rock the Gear

To register for the forum, contact Iowa State University’s Conference Services by phone at 515-294-6222, fax 515-294-6223 or e-mail usc-info@iastate.edu. Participants may also register online at www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/motorcycle/home.html.  Participants are asked to be prepared to share ideas and thoughts with forum committee members and other riders throughout the day.

Atlantic man arrested for desertion from the military

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report three people were arrested over the past few days on unrelated charges. Among them, was 24-year old James Erickson, of Atlantic, who was arrested Saturday, on a warrant from the U-S Military, for Desertion. Erickson was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Also arrested Saturday, was 18-year old Colton Ireland, of Massena. He was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. And, on Friday, 50-year old Dwaine Landon, of Exira, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. Ireland and Landon were booked into the Cass County Jail.

(update) Onawa burglary shooting

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February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a business owner was shot by an employee in the western Iowa town of Onawa. Officers who were sent to a storage building around 6 p.m. Sunday found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to one of his legs.  The man was identified as 32-year-old Darren Hieber. Hieber was taken to Burgess Health Center in Onawa and is expected to survive his wound. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials had said Hieber probably had interrupted a burglar. Now investigators say they think Hieber was shot by one of his employees.  Authorities wouldn’t discuss what led to the shooting. No arrest has been reported.