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Boone boy dies in Central IA accident Saturday, 4 others injured

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a child died and four other people, all of whom are from Boone, were injured during a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Central Iowa’s Boone County. 7-year old Jarret Stoneburner died at the scene of the crash at around 12:20-p.m. on L Avenue, southwest of Boone. The boy was a passenger in a 1997 Chevy Malibu that was traveling south on L Avenue when it went out of control, into a ditch and struck a cement culvert.

The driver of the car, 32-year old Kristin Stoneburner, and three other passengers: 12-year old Hailey Marie Stoneburner; 41-year old James Warren Matthews, and Makenya Larson (no age given), were injured in the crash. All four were flown by helicopter from the scene of the crash to area hospitals. The accident remains under investigation. Jarret Stoneburner was wearing a seat belt, but the Patrol’s report did not indicate if the other victims had worn theirs.

Red Oak man arrested on Public Intox charge

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Saturday evening, of a Red Oak man. 27-year old Joshua David Poe was taken into custody at around 7:10-p.m., on a charge of Public Intoxication. Poe was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Police looking for missing Neb. woman, son

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a Plattsmouth, Nebraska, woman and her 11-year-old son. Plattsmouth police say Charlotte and Owen Schilling were last seen about 10 a.m. Thursday in the Plattsmouth area. They haven’t been heard from since. Police say Charlotte Schilling’s vehicle was found Friday near Lake Manawa, which is just across the Nebraska border near Council Bluffs, Iowa.

State told of monkey biting girl at Dexter daycare

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DEXTER, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Human Services is investigating a home-based daycare in Dexter after a child was apparently hurt by a pet monkey. Department spokesman Roger Munns says the state received a report of a girl being bitten by a Capuchin monkey that lives at the home. The daycare is operated by Holly Russell, who says she keeps the monkey in a cage when children are in her home. During the incident, the daycare says, the monkey scratched the girl’s hand when it jumped off her lap. The girl was taken to a hospital to be examined and was advised to undergo rabies shots. The Human Services department says the daycare is a state-regulated business. As such, Russell will be required to keep all animals separate from children.

Update on plane crash: Muscatine man dies on KS to Council Bluffs flight

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 5:44-p.m. Saturday) CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — A small airplane that crashed in southeast Kansas on Friday was carrying five people with connections to Oral Roberts University to a Christian youth rally in Council Bluffs. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported four of the passengers died and one was badly injured. The fatalities are identified as pilot Luke Sheets, of Ephraim, Wis., Austin Anderson, of Ringwood, Okla., Garrett Coble, of Tulsa, Okla., and Stephen Luth, of Muscatine, Iowa.

Hanna Luce, of Garden Valley, Texas, was hospitalized in critical condition. The recent graduate is the daughter of Oral Roberts trustee Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania Ministries, which was sponsoring this weekend’s Acquire the Fire rally in Council Bluffs.

Oral Roberts President Mark Rutland is asking the university community to pray for Luce and remember those who were killed. He says Luth, Sheets and Anderson were recent graduates, and Coble was a former business instructor at the school.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the twin-engine Cessna 401 went down Friday afternoon northwest of Chanute, Kan., and caught fire. The NTSB says the plane lost contact with air traffic control after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.

The Tulsa World reports a fifth person, also an Oral Roberts graduate, was badly injured when the twin-engine Cessna crashed about 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute. The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies the victims as 23-year-old Luke Sheets of Ephraim, Wis., who was flying the plane; 27-year-old Austin Anderson of Ringwood, Okla.; 29-year-old Garrett Coble of Tulsa, Okla.; and 22-year-old Stephen Luth of Muscatine, Iowa. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the eight-seat plane departed left Tulsa headed to Council Bluffs, and lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.

Jill Biden says time for Iowans to elect woman

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of Vice President Joe Biden says it past time for Iowans to elect a woman to a top post. Jill Biden says 14 Democratic women have run for governor or federal office but none has been elected. She’s says those positions could benefit from a woman’s perspective. Biden spoke Saturday at a private fundraiser in Des Moines for Christie Vilsack, the wife of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Mrs. Vilsack is challenging Republican incumbent Steve King for the re-organized and expanded 4th Congressional District in 2013. King has served five terms representing the current 5th Congressional District. The Des Moines Register reports that about 320 people attended the event, which also honored Iowa women in politics.

Highway guard cables help prevent crashes in Iowa

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities say cable barriers on stretches of the interstates in Iowa are helping with highway safety. The barriers began going up about two years ago to stop vehicles from crossing the median into oncoming traffic. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports police and highway officials believe the cables are paying off. Cathy Culter, of the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the cables are designed to bring vehicles to a halt in the median. She says cable-barrier collisions tend to be less violent than those involving conventional solid-steel guard rails, with fewer injuries. The department’s five-year plan calls for cables along 210 miles of interstates 80 and 380 by 2015. The project will cost nearly $14 million, or $66,000 a mile.

17 Iowa schools take part in kids’ gardening pilot

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with what’s called the People’s Garden school pilot project toured 17 locations across Iowa this week, where schoolhouse gardens are being created as a way to improve nutrition and tackle childhood obesity. One stop was the garden at Sunset Heights Elementary School in Webster City. Janet Toering, with the Iowa State University Extension, complimented the students’ efforts and says there are multiple goals. Toering says, “We’re looking at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, more physical activities, getting kids outdoors, increasing their STEM skills — science, technology, engineering and math — in the classrooms with lessons, outdoors with gardening and healthy snacks.”

Students in three other states are taking part in the pilot project: Washington, New York and Arkansas. The eventual goal is to go nationwide with the program. Brad Gaolach is director of the Washington State University Extension Service, based in Tacoma. Gaolach says he likes what he’s seeing in Iowa. “We’ve got raised beds planted and stuff growing so it’s looking like a great start to this pilot project,” Gaolach says. “As I’ve seen in other schools, clearly it looks like the teachers and the principals and everybody’s very engaged in this program.” 

A total of three-thousand Iowa elementary students are participating in the school garden project. Several southwest Iowa area schools taking also taking part in the project, including the following rural districts: Lenox Community School District in Taylor County; the Afton/East Union District in Union County; Mt. Ayr Community Schools in Ringgold County. And, among the “urban” districts taking part in the program is: Walnut Grove (Council Bluffs), West Pottawattamie County; and Rue (Council Bluffs), in t Pottawattamie County.

Learn more at: “www.extension.iastate.edu/growinginthegarden

(Radio Iowa/Matt Kelley)

8-A.M. Local/State News (podcast), 5-12-2012

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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7-a.m. Local News (podcast), Saturday May 12 2012

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May 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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