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Red Oak man arrested Thursday afternoon


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 5th Degree Theft, charges. Red Oak Police say 23-year old Cody Dean Johnson was arrested at around 1:20-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on a total of $1,300 bond.

And, 33-year old Paul Earl Lemburg II, of Red Oak, was arrested just before 1-p.m. Thursday, for Breach of Peace. Lemburg was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

NE woman faces charges after crash in Council Bluffs


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Omaha woman faces four charges after a single-vehicle crash. According to the Daily NonPareil, 26-year old Jessica Hauger, of Omaha, is in custody after an incident that occurred Tuesday around 10:15-p.m. Hauger was driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra westbound on Avenue A near North 35th Street when a police officer attempted to pull her over, according to the Council Bluffs Police Department. Hauger allegedly accelerated at a high rate of speed and got onto the westbound Interstate 480 ramp.

The officer was in the area on a call of potential shoplifters at the Salvation Army at 35th Street and West Broadway. As she entered the highway, Hauger lost control of the Hyundai, which left the roadway and hit a utility pole. Police Sgt. Jason Bailey said further investigation showed the Hyundai was reported stolen out of Omaha. Officers arrested Hauger on suspicion of second-degree theft, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and failure to yield or stop for emergency vehicles.

The failure to yield charge was filed, instead of an eluding charge, according to Bailey, because it wasn’t clearly established that Hauger saw the officer turn on his lights and sirens and was attempting to flee. Hauger remained in the Pottawattamie County Jail Thursday, on a $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, July 3rd 2015


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a popular park near downtown Des Moines that was closed due to flooding will reopen soon. City officials for Des Moines say Gray’s Lake Park will reopen Friday morning at 5 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late yesterday afternoon, as he approved a slew of budget bills. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — State and local leaders in Dubuque celebrated the start of construction on the largest phase of an estimated $200 million flood mitigation project aimed at avoiding future property damage and adding green space to a key part of the city. The Telegraph Herald reports the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday marked work that has been underway for several weeks.

WALL LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman is scheduled to be sentenced August 5th after pleading guilty to selling marijuana from the home she shares with her four children. The Sioux City Journal reports that 37-year-old Laura Lawler was convicted Wednesday in Sac County District Court.

Malvern man critically injured in motorcycle crash Thu. night


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man on a motorcycle who tried to avoid a deer on the road in Mills County, was reported to be in critical condition Thursday night, after his cycle hit the deer on Highway L-45, at around 8:50-p.m.   The Iowa State Patrol says 32-year old Shawn Lee Richter, of Malvern, was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, following the crash that happened in rural Mills County, between Glenwood and Tabor.

The Patrol said after Richter’s 1999 Yamaha hit the deer, Richter was thrown from the cycle and came to rest on the road just south of 66303 235th Street. He suffered severe, incapacitating injuries.

Branstad vetoes $56 million in school spending, rejects plan to preserve mental health centers


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open.Branstad announced the vetoes late Thursday, as he approved a slew of budget bills. Branstad approved much of the more than $7 billion in spending that was passed in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate.

The legislative agreement included an increase in ongoing money for K-12 education, as well as the one-time payment. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.



Trooper Marc Griggs Hits First-Ever Milestone


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Marc Griggs was recognized today (Thursday) for hitting a major milestone in the fight against drugged driving in Iowa.GriggsDREAward Griggs, one of 125 certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) in Iowa, recently completed his 500th Drug Recognition Expert evaluation—the first ever to accomplish this in Iowa. Griggs has been a certified DRE since 2001 and is a 22 year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol.

GTSB Bureau Chief Patrick Hoye said “His commitment and dedication to keeping motorists safe is certainly worthy of special recognition and we are pleased to be able to recognize his efforts.” The DRE program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB). The GTSB works closely with many law enforcement agencies (police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Iowa State Patrol) across Iowa with the ultimate goal of reducing fatality serious injury crashes.

The latest trends show that impaired driving is not just drunk driving in the U.S. Impaired drivers are under the influence of illegal and sometimes even legal drugs that pose just as much of a threat to motorists as drunk drivers.  In Iowa, approximately 30% of fatalities are impaired driving related. One of the issues for law enforcement is determining impairment for a driver that is under the influence of drugs. The indicators for impairment are different for alcohol and certain drugs. That is where the DRE’s and the DRE program has had a positive impact. Officers receive specialized training that allows them to asses a driver’s condition and then take appropriate action.

Former ballplayer struck by foul wins more than $1M in suit

News, Sports

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded more than $1 million to a former high school baseball player who sued Davenport Assumption High School because he was injured by a foul ball while in a dugout, awaiting his turn at bat. Spencer Ludman filed the lawsuit in April 2013, alleging that the school was at fault because the dugout didn’t protect him. A Scott County jury ruled in his favor on Monday after a trial that began June 22.

Ludman’s skull was fractured on July 7, 2011, while playing for Muscatine High School in a game at Assumption. His attorney Steve Crowley said Thursday that the 22-year-old Ludman now must take anti-seizure medication. Assumption’s attorney, Lori Cole Magerko, says her client probably will appeal.

Creston man faces additional charges


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man arrested Tuesday for Driving While Barred and OWI/3rd offense, now faces an additional charge. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year old Joel Alan Weeks was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Union County Jail, on a Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation. Weeks remains in the Union County Jail, where he was being held without bond.

Heading out for a dip? Tips on how to avoid becoming a drowning statistic

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Before the summer is over, statistics show about 33 people will drown in Iowa’s lakes, rivers and swimming pools. Deb Cooper, at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says it’s vital to follow safety rules when you’re around a body of water, especially as we head into the hot, busy 4th of July weekend.  “The thing I can’t stress enough is to watch children around open areas of water,” Cooper says, “whether it’s at the swimming pool or at a lake or a pond, always keep your eye on children.”

According to state records over the past decade, as many as 43 people drown in Iowa during 2005, while there were 22 deaths from drowning in 2009. Cooper credits the role that pool lifeguards play in keeping everyone safe and in keeping water quality healthy. “Most public swimming pools do provide lifeguards and you should always swim in an area where there’s a lifeguard, that’s the safest way,” Cooper says. “There are people at the swimming pools who regularly test the water to make sure the chemical levels are staying up where they should.”

All Iowans are encouraged to learn how to swim and how to perform C-P-R. “Always wear a life jacket around open bodies of water,” Cooper says. “Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers, so it’s important you wear a life jacket when you’re around those areas of water.”

Find more tips at the Iowa Department of Public Health website: www.idph.state.ia.us.

State taxes for fiscal year top $8 BILLION


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

For the first time in state history, overall state tax collections for a fiscal year have topped eight BILLION dollars. State officials have to subtract tax refunds and local option sales tax payments to schools from that eight BILLION dollar figure. It represents GROSS state tax receipts. That means NET state tax collections were over six-point-six BILLION for the state fiscal year that ended Tuesday.

A report from the Legislative Services Agency indicates state tax collections grew by six percent over the 12 month period. That growth rate beat the official expectation of five and a half percent growth in state tax revenue during the fiscal year.

The six percent increase amounts to nearly 377-MILLION dollars in additional tax payments to the state this fiscal year compared to the last one. The increase was spurred by a nearly six percent increase in personal income tax payments to the state, plus corporate income tax payment to the state were up by about five percent. Sales and use tax payments to the state were up by more than four percent. That’s just under the prediction from a three-member panel that sets an official estimate of state tax collections. Lawmakers use that prediction as the basis for their state budget plan.

(Radio Iowa)