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March 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Iowa early News Headlines – Thu., March 22nd 2012


March 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cities using cameras that automatically ticket motorists for running red lights or speeding would be banned in Iowa under a bill advancing through the House. The House Appropriations Committee passed the bill 14 to 11 making it available for debate on the floor this year. Its fate in the Senate is unsure but Governor Terry Branstad has said he’d consider signing it if it reaches him.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan by a nation’s governors group would keep F-16 fighter jets at the Des Moines-based Air National Guard unit. The Des Moines Register reports the plan has been submitted to the U.S. Air Force by President Barack Obama’s Council of Governors, which is co-chaired by Governor Terry Branstad.

GRANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A 56-year-old man has been injured in a crash while chasing a suspected gasoline thief near Granville in northwest Iowa. Peter Heidesch of Remsen was injured Saturday when his car rammed a utility pole about a quarter-mile north of Granville. Heidesch was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines apartment complex employee has been accused of stealing more than $31,000 from rent payments. The Des Moines Register reports that 34-year-old Bobbi Jo Ritchie is charged with theft and has bonded out of jail. She’s accused of pilfering cash from rent payments at the Bell Avenue Apartments.

Atlantic Airport Manager says business is good & Hangars are in demand


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Business is good at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. Airport General Manager Barry Reid said at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, that fuel sales over the past year amounted to 49,600 gallons, which is 17,300 gallons more than 2010, but not as much as in 2009, during which 63,000 gallons were sold. The City realized a profit from the sale of aviation fuel over the past year, amounting to $13,000. He says that’s because crop dusters were able to get out more often and spray the fields.

Reid said also that all of the hangars at the airport are full, and there is a waiting list of at aircraft owners and operators hoping to shelter their planes. He says 28 planes are based out of the Atlantic Airport. Of those 28 planes, 18 are owned by 15 separate businesses. If the City decides to erect additional hangars, he says  it could apply for a grant from the State, which would pay 80-percent of the cost. The City would have to pick up the remaining 20-percent. And, pending a Federal grant approval, it’s hoped work can begin soon on the taxiway grading.

Reid said this will be a busy year out at the airport, for public events. There is the annual “Flight Breakfast” this summer, the “Fly Iowa” Aviation Promotion Group will be in Atlantic September 15th – details will be available as the event draws near on the group’s website www.flyiowa.org - but, Reid says there will be a 90-minute airshow, sky divers and stunt pilots.  And, just like last year, there will be a circus held on the airport grounds. Additional details on those events are forthcoming.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council Wednesday: Approved amendments to the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget; Passed a resolution authorizing bids for improvements to the Street Maintenance Building; Approved the purchase of an asphalt paving machine from Puckett Equipment, Incorporated for $44,365; and, approved resolutions establishing fund balance policies that protect the Volunteer Fire Department’s funds, and amended a section of the City’s Personnel Policy pertaining to its health insurance plan.

Atlantic’s Yard Waste Site Hours changed – Mayor says time to spruce up your property


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The recent warm weather and official beginning of Spring have property owners in Atlantic chomping at the bit to spruce up their land by removing tree branches and other yard debris. That point was driven home during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, by Mayor Dave Jones. Jones says property owners need to get back in the habit of trimming their trees and mowing their lawns.

The City is making it easier to get rid of lawn clippings and and other such debris, by opening the Yard Waste Site earlier this year. During the Winter, the site was only open on Saturdays, but the days and hours were officially changed on Monday, which means property owners or tenants have more hours to take advantage of the Yard Waste disposal site.

Effective immediately, the days and hours are as follows:
Tuesday-12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursday-12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday-9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday-1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The City of Atlantic reminds citizens that only trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and leaves are accepted at the Yard Waste site.

Senate approves stillborn birth certificate bill lobbied for by Clarinda woman


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that allows parents of stillborn babies to request a birth certificate. The measure has passed the House and now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad for his signature. Iowa is the 33rd state to pass a bill, says Mandy Ford, a 34-year-old mother from Clarinda who lobbied lawmakers to pass the measure. Ford’s daughter Melody was stillborn last August. She says the state acknowledges a stillborn baby’s death but not the birth. She says for many grieving families, it will make a big difference. Since 1939 Iowa has issued only a certificate of fetal death. Under the new law, parents requesting it will receive a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth. There are no date limits, so parents with earlier stillborn children may apply.

Clarinda woman dies in Webster County head-on crash


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Clarinda woman was killed this (Wednesday) morning during a head-on crash in northern Iowa’s Webster County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 68-year old Katheryn Anne Duley died and the driver of the other vehicle, 17-year old Patrick William Oberg, Jr., of Otho, was critically injured, when their vehicles collided on County Road P-59, about one-half mile north of Highway 20, near Coalville. The accident happened just before 8-a.m.

Officials say Duley was southbound on P-59 in a 2005 Saturn Ion, when Oberg’s northbound 1999 GMC Sierra pickup crossed the center of the road. After the vehicles collided, Duley’s car came to rest on its roof in a ditch, trapping her inside. Oberg’s vehicle came to rest on its side, on the traveled portion of the road. Both drivers were taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Ft. Dodge, where Duley died from her injuries.

Bluffs doctor says warm winter to blame for bad allergy season


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The calendar may say Spring arrived this week, but Iowans who suffer from allergies have been keeping tissues handy for weeks. Sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes are all too common for some of us, according to allergist Dr. Linda Ford, of Omaha/Council Bluffs. Dr. Ford says the warm winter is to blame for the latest burst of pollen. “If you’re having problems with your allergies and you think, ‘Oh, it’s much worse this year,’ it’s because there wasn’t a gradual increase in pollen. All the trees just started exploding.” Dr. Ford says the trees across much of Iowa usually release pollen much more gradually, but not this year.

“Starting at the end of February, we have been consistently counting pollen and as the weather got warmer, those trees just blossomed out and just exploded their pollen.” Ford says there are many good over-the-counter medications that can help stave off allergy symptoms.  “If that takes care of it, that’s fine and dandy, you don’t have to do anything else,” she says, “but if you have more severe allergies, a trip to your doctor is important because there are other things that can be done by prescription, such as the inhaled steroid nasal sprays.” Ford says rinsing out your nose with an over-the-counter or even a homemade saline solution can decrease the amount of pollen in the nose. Pollen can also cling to clothing so changing clothes after being outdoors can help.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Clarinda man among more than 2 dozen people indicted on drug & money charges


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri says a Clarinda man was among 30 people who were indicted and charged by a federal grand jury, in connection with the distribution of methamphetamine in Northwest Missouri, Northeast Kansas, Southeast Missouri and Southern Iowa. 34-year-old Joshua Duane Dockweiler, of Clarinda, is among the suspects.

Dockweiler, and the 29 other people, most of whom were from St. Joseph, MO, allegedly trafficked more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $1 million dollars from January 1st, 2009, to March 14th of this year.  All of the suspects face charges of conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Some of the defendants also face additional charges that included firearms possession and possession and delivery of methamphetamine. In addition, each the suspects allegedly participated in a money-laundering conspiracy over the same time frame, by conducting financial transactions that involved the unlawful proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Rural Massena Machine Shed destroyed by fire


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An early morning fire has destroyed a machine shed in rural Cass County. According to reports, at blaze broke out at around midnight Wednesday, about 5-miles south of Massena. Massena Fire Chief Brad Lank said crews from Massena, Cumberland and Corning fought the flames which destroyed the structure on the Joe and Kathy Clinton farm. The couple reportedly heard explosions and looked out to see their machine shed engulfed in flames. Most of the building was already gone by the time firefighters arrived. In addition to the structure, several pieces of farm equipment, including a combine, five tractors, some 4-wheel ATV’s and a semi-tractor trailer were lost. Firefighters were at the scene about three hours. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Villisca man arrested for Probation Violation


March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports a Villisca man was arrested Tuesday, on a Department of Corrections warrant for Violation of his probation. 21-year old Benjamin Wyatt Barnes was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $7,500 bond. Barnes was placed on a two-year probation in February, after entering a written plea of guilty to a felony charge of Lascivious Acts with a Child. As a condtion of his probation, a judge had ordered Barnes to attend a Sex Offender Treatment program.  He’s scheduled to appear in court again March 26th.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 28-year old Matthew Gusman, of Red Oak was arrested Monday afternoon, in connection with an assault which alledgedly occurred in the 100 block of west Coolbaugh Street, in Red Oak. Gusman was held being held in jail on a $300 bond.

And, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies investigated an incident of criminal mischief, Monday, in Stanton, after a woman reported to authorities someone broke the rear window of her car. The incident occurred either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The damage was estimated at $300. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.