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Iowa News Headlines: Mon., March 5, 2012


March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Senator Tom Harkin was on hand for the grand opening of President Barack Obama’s campaign office in Des Moines. The grand opening of the Obama for America Iowa headquarters took place yesterday afternoon.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Le Mars police say a home intruder attacked an 11-year old girl who was home sick from school. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that a 19-year-old man suspected in the attack has been arrested. Police were investigating a report of burglary a block away from the attack Friday morning, when dispatch received a 911 call from the girl’s house. When officers arrived, they found the 19-year-old with the girl in the home’s basement.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The new trial for a Fairfax man charged in the 2008 shooting death of another man in an apartment parking lot will not take place later this month as planned. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the first-degree murder trial for 23-year-old Jacovan Bush has been pushed back to September. His trial had been set for March 12th.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Delaware County supervisors are expected to decide the next step with a potential $3 million emergency bond to help fund the rebuilding of the Lake Delhi dam that collapsed during flooding in 2010. The collapse nearly drained the private lake on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH–kuh-tah) River in northeast Iowa. Supervisor Shirley Helmrichs says that the board will decide whether to move forward with the bond and set a public hearing, most likely for March 19th.



March 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Saturday afternoon, lifted a water boil advisory for the northern half of Adel. Two separate water samples of the system indicate the water is now safe to drink from the tap. The boil advisory was issued on Thursday for the portion of the city north of Green Street, also known as old Highway 6, after a water main broke. The repair on the water main was completed by early Thursday evening, but since water pressure was lost during the break and repair, the boil advisory was issued until sampling could take place to ensure safety.

Red Oak man arrested Sunday morning


March 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Red Oak man early Sunday morning, on an OWI charge. 38-year old John Ray Culbertson was taken into custody at around 1:30-a.m. in the 11-hundred block of East Corning Street, in Red Oak. Culbertson was charged with Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, and held on a $1,000 bond.

Dogs rescued from western IA puppy mill get new homes


March 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A dozen dogs rescued from a western Iowa puppy mill are now going to new homes.  12 of the 16 cocker spaniels sent to the Cedar Valley Humane Society nearly a month ago were put up for adoption Saturday. Dozens of families showed up at the shelter to adopt the dogs. The cocker spaniels were among 87 dogs and one cat rescued from a farm in rural Kiron. The carcasses of five dead animals also were found when officials searched the farm on Jan. 25th. Authorities say up to five dogs were stuffed into 4-by-4 wire cages stacked on top of each other. A Sac County woman who ran the operation has pleaded not guilty to 93 counts of animal neglect.

Two Vehicle Accident in Villisca


March 3rd, 2012 by admin

No injuries were reported following a collision between a semi and an SUV Saturday morning, in Villisca. Authorities say at around 10-a.m., a 2004 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by 72-year-old Cecil Earl McCuen of Villisca, was turning eastbound from Highway 71 onto High Street in Villisca, when the trailer clipped the front end of a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The accident happened as the SUV, driven by Kathleen Louise Goines of Villisca, was waiting at a stop sign at the intersection.  The Jeep sustained $4,000 damage during the mishap.

Iowa News Headlines


March 3rd, 2012 by admin

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa is the first state to make it a crime to lie to get onto a farm to secretly record animal abuse. Republican Governor Terry Branstad signed the law yesterday that makes lying on a job application to get access to a farm facility a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,500. Branstad signed the measure that’s strongly opposed by animal rights groups in a private ceremony.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque County sheriff’s deputy is charged with burglary and stalking for allegedly threatening his ex-wife’s boyfriend and damaging the man’s boat. The Department of Public Safety says James Doyle was charged yesterday with vandalizing the boat in October 2011. Doyle has been relieved of his duties, ordered to relinquish all firearms and stay away from the couple.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man suspected in a 2008 killing in Des Moines has been extradited from Mexico back to the United States. Police say 32-year-old Mario Cordero is accused of killing 32-year-old Miquel Cano on July 4th, 2008.

King says he’ll work with Tyson to find new uses for the Denison plant

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King says he’s been in contact with Tyson Fresh Meats, Incorporated, and will work with the company’s leadership to explore new uses for its Denison beef processing plant. The company Thursday announced it was exploring closing its facility in Denison, because of planned improvements to its plant in Dakota City, NE. The move would effectively eliminate 400 jobs in Denison, although employees would be encouraged to apply for about 200 jobs created by the Dakota City plant improvements.

King says he knows closing the Denison plant is a “tough decision for Tyson to make, especially given the history of the Denison plant as the flagship location for the former IBP company.” He said in the coming months, he will continue to work with Tyson Foods to find other uses for the Denison facility, and is “Hopeful that a decision will be reached that will continue to put the plant and its workforce to good use.”

If the company closes the Denison facility, it will not come until sometime next year.

Atlantic to Host Free Herbicide Resistance Meeting March 14th

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In response to rapidly expanding problems associated with herbicide resistant weeds, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a series of meetings in March to address the issue. The meetings will provide information about the causes of herbicide-resistant weed populations, objectively evaluate weed management programs currently used in Iowa and support the development of durable weed management programs. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a noon meal. One of the meetings will take place in Atlantic, on March 14th, at the Cass County Community Center.  

There is no cost to attend the program, due to funding provided by several partners. However, advance registration is appreciated for meeting logistics and lunch counts. Additional information regarding the program and online registration is available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/weeds/ .

Atlantic Baseball Complex to Receive New Scoreboard

News, Sports

March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Visitors to the Atlantic Trojan Baseball field will notice a modern, new scoreboard this Spring, thanks to a donation from the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Foundation. Trevor’s mother and Foundation spokesperson Melanie Petty along with her husband Darren, presented a ceremonial check to Atlantic High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Josh Rasmussen this (Friday) morning, for just over $13,000.

(from left ti right: Josh Rasmussen, Melanie Petty, Darren Petty)

Rasmussen said the acquisition of a new scoreboard is something that’s been a long time in the making.  He said the new scoreboard, which will be place near the left-center field, will be a vast improvement over the current scoreboard.

It will allow up to 10-innings, feature “hits,” “errors” and “runs” indicators. The information will be controlled wirelessly, from the Press Box. The scoreboard will be 26-feet long, and approximately eight- to 10-feet high tall by then time advertising is included on the bottom.

Rasmussen says the scoreboard is expected to arrive in April, and installed shortly thereafter.

Conceptual Drawing of the new Trojan Scoreboard

In 2009, Trevor Fredrickson died in a Council Bluffs fire. Melanie Petty said the scoreboard was the perfect gift in his honor, and he would be smiling, because baseball was his life. She said he loved baseball since he was five-years old. Trevor was a four-year letter winner for the Atlantic Trojans, went on to play for Southwestern Community College in Creston, the Atlantic Braves, and “Treynor Wombats,” and other teams. Trevor played for the Wombats the night before he died in the 2009 apartment fire.

Petty said proceeds from the annual T-Fred Golf Tournament makes the scoreboard, and other donations from the Foundation possible. Since its inception, the Trevor Frederickson Foundation has given about $35,000 in donations to non-profit organizations in Atlantic. The 4th Annual T-Fred Golf Tournament and Silent Auction takes place August 11th.

8AM Newscast 03-02-2012

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March 2nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson