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Villisca teen allegedly threatened to burn teachers’ home

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In a follow-up to our earlier report, officials say a Villisca teen who was arrested Tuesday morning, faces a felony charge of Making Terrorist Threats. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 13-year old Cordell Straw was taken into custody at around 9-a.m., Tuesday. Formal charges were filed Wednesday. Authorities told the Omaha World-Herald the teen had allegedly threatened to burn down the home of a teacher. The threat was made in school, on October 2nd.

School officials say with other legal action in progress, the boy will not face disciplinary action at the school.  Straw is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs.

Atlantic woman injured during crash Wed. evening

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a collision between a pickup and a car Wednesday evening in the 200 block of West 7th Street resulted in an Atlantic woman being sent to the hospital. Officials say vehicles driven by Dennis Phillips and Marjorie Bell, both of Atlantic, were traveling west on 7th Street at around 5:10-p.m., when Bell slowed to turn right into an alley between Locust and Poplar Streets. As she slowed down, her car was hit from behind by Phillips’ pickup. The collision caused the car to travel west of the alley and into a tree. Bell, who was reportedly trapped in the vehicle for a short time after the crash, was transported to the Cass County Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. No citations were issued. Damage to Bell’s vehicle amounted to $10,000, while Phillips’ truck sustained $1,500 damage.

Drug arrest reported in Red Oak

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak report the arrest of a local man on drug charges. According to the Red Oak Police, 22-year old Shane Michael Murley, of Red Oak, faces a Drug Possession charge. Murley was taken into custody early this (Thursday) morning. He was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.

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One person sent to the hospital following accident in Atlantic, Wed. evening

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A woman was reportedly trapped in her car following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday evening in Atlantic. According to dispatches from the Cass County Communications Center, the accident happened in the 200 block of West 7th Street, at around 5:10-p.m.,  and involved a pickup and a car. The car came to rest against a tree. One person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance. Additional details concerning the crash are expected later this morning.

Woman arrested in Red Oak on assault charge

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Red Oak, following an investigation into a reported incident of domestic abuse. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year old Amy L. Schmadeke was charged with Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. She was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, Red Oak Police report the arrest Wednesday of 35-year old Erik Allan Appley, of Red Oak. Appley was picked-up on a Red Oak P-D warrant for Failure to Appear on a Drug Paraphernalia Possession charge. Appley was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

 

Atlantic & Creston to serve as a VIctim Services meeting site

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Attorney General Tom Miller wants to hear from Iowans on a proposed plan to revamp victim services. The Crime Victim Assistance Division is seeking public comment on a plan to divide the crime victim service areas into six regions. Within each, the state would fund regional shelter programs, domestic violence programs and sexual assault programs. Miller says state and federal funding has dropped over the past three years. He says Iowa has to develop new ways to deliver better and more cost-effective services. If not, cuts will have to be made. Thirteen meetings will be held during the next few weeks, beginning Monday in Oelwein and Waterloo. Others are in Sioux City, Storm Lake, Atlantic, Creston, Burlington, Clinton, Mason City, Ames, Ottumwa, Des Moines and Coralville.

The public meeting in Atlantic will take place 1:30-p.m. Monday, Oct. 22nd, in Room 141 at Iowa Western Community College. In Creston, the meeting will be held that same day, beginning at 6-p.m., in Instructional Center Room 180, at Southwestern Community College.

Severe weather, including tornadoes, possible in Saturday storm

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A powerful and potentially-dangerous storm front is developing which forecasters say could bring tornadoes and other severe weather to Iowa this weekend. Meteorologist Kevin Deitsch, at the National Weather Service, says our long dry spell is about to end, but not quietly. “A pretty strong system moving out of the southwest will eject from out of the Four Corners region northeast, up towards Iowa,” Deitsch says. “A pretty strong system will pull up quite a bit of moisture with it. We will see quite a bit of rain and with that, comes the potential for thunderstorms, some hail, wind and even tornadoes are possible with these storms.”

Deitsch says the storms will likely get their act together somewhere near the Missouri River on Saturday. He says the storms will likely develop over eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and push east across Iowa during the afternoon and evening. The storm system should be out of Iowa by late Saturday night, Deitsch says. The National Weather Service will monitor weather conditions for the Iowa State-Kansas State football game on Saturday, with an 11 A-M kickoff. Back in November of 2005, a tornado was reported directly west of I-S-U’s packed Jack Trice Stadium moments before the Iowa State-Colorado game, though the twister caused no damage.

(Radio Iowa)

Latham, Boswell quarrel about campaign ads

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

During an hour-long televised debate last night (Wednesday), the two incumbent Iowa congressman who’re running against one another this fall argued about their campaign ads. Republican Congressman Tom Latham has an ad that blasts Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell for giving his staff half a million dollars worth of bonuses and Latham repeated the charge last night. “Giving these kind of taxpayer bonuses I think is just totally inappropriate,” Latham said. Boswell replied: “How disengenuous for you to say that when you yourself have done that.”

Boswell said the salaries Latham pays his congressional staff are about six-thousand dollars higher, on average, than the salaries for Boswell’s staff. “You probably ought to tell me how sorry you are for doing that,” Boswell said. Latham began: “Well, the fact of the matter is in the last 16 years — all the time he’s been in congress — he has paid his staff about a million and a half dollars more than what my staff has.” Boswell interrupted: “That’s not true. Do a fact check on it. Do a fact check on it.” Latham replied: “Excuse me. You know, part of the problem we have in Washington is people won’t listen.” Boswell defended an ad he’s running against Latham, charging Latham has personally benefited because a bank Latham invested in got federal bailout money.

Latham used words like “false” and “misleading” to describe the ad, because Latham moved his bank investment into a “blind trust” and has no control over the bank’s executives. “This is really about being honest, about someone who tries to make up an issue and I would just, you know, ask Congressman Boswell: ‘When’s the last time you ran a positive ad?’” Boswell replied: “You’ve been negative throughout your career and what you’ve done and so here’s a situation where it’s so disengenous to use something and then preach against it. You think that Iowans don’t realize where your major investment is.” Latham said: “You notice he didn’t answer the question about when’s the last time he ran a positive ad because he can’t remember.”

Last night’s debate was co-sponsored by The Des Moines Register and KCCI, the CBS television affiliate in Des Moines. The two congressmen are scheduled to debate again, tonight (Thursday), at seven o’clock on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

“Hard Rock Casino” proposed for downtown Sioux City

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October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of the applications for a new, state-licensed casino will come from a group that hopes to build a “Hard Rock Casino” on the west end of downtown Sioux City. State regulators opened up the application process earlier this year for a new casino in Sioux City to replace the casino that sits along the Missouri River. Bill Warner is president of the newly-minted Sioux City Entertainment, a subsidiary of the company that owns the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.  “The investment in the project is contemplated to be over $100 million,” Warner says. “The total footprint of the facility is 100,000 square feet (with) three restaurants. One of the restaurants would be a live entertainment venue.”

The project calls for renovating an existing building in Sioux City — the historic Battery Building — and place a 20-foot high electric guitar on top of that six-story structure. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott was on hand for yesterday’s announcement.  “It was one of our goals to place a casino facility in downtown Sioux City that would have a lasting impact on the downtown area,” he said, “and this proposal will do a lot…to changing the character and dynamics of downtown Sioux City.” But neither the mayor nor the city council has endorsed the “Hard Rock Casino” project.

“We have, though, spent many hours with this group and with the Ho-Chunk. We continue to work with them,” Scott said. Ho-Chunk is the name of the corporation formed by the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska which has indicated it may apply for the Sioux City casino license as well. Sioux City Entertainment plans to submit its state license application with the Missouri River Historical Development board, the non-profit group that holds the license for the current Sioux City casino operated by Penn National Gaming. Penn and the non-profit Missouri River Historical Development group have been in a long-running dispute over management of the current “Argosy” casino in Sioux City.

State law calls for a casino license to be held by a non-profit group and the non-profit partners with a for-profit corporation to run the casino. Sioux City Entertainment — the Hard Rock subsidiary — expects to employ 500 at its proposed Sioux City casino. November 1st is the deadline for submitting applications for a new Sioux City casino.

(Radio Iowa)