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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., June 4th 2014

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June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Sen. Joni Ernst has won the Republican primary for an Iowa U.S. Senate seat held for 30 years by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. The 43-year-old Ernst won the nomination over five candidates. She’ll face Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the November general election. If she wins election to the Senate, Ernst would become the first Iowa woman elected to Congress.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has easily won the Republican nomination for governor as he seeks a record sixth term in office. Branstad had no trouble in Tuesday’s primary election, in which he faced conservative political activist Tom Hoefling. Branstad now will run against Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines in the November general election.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted of killing his stepmother in 1987 and then setting fire to their Maquoketa home will now be eligible for parole. Judge Thomas Reidel on Tuesday ruled that James Corder could be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison. He’s served 26 years.

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a 17-year-old Iowa boy in a lake in southwestern Michigan. The Berrien County sheriff’s department says that crews found the body of Tyler Albers about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Berrien Springs. Authorities say one 17-year-old swimmer made it out of the water Monday evening and the other went under and didn’t surface.

Ernst wins Iowa Republican primary for US Senate

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State Sen. Joni Ernst has won the Republican primary for an Iowa U.S. Senate seat held for 30 years by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. The 43-year-old Ernst won the nomination over five candidates. She’ll face Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the November general election.Joni Ernst

All the Republicans seeking the nomination described themselves as deeply conservative, but Ernst managed to stand out in part due to two television ads. One featured her on a farm, talking about her experience castrating hogs, and the other showed her firing a handgun.

Ernst also received endorsements from a variety of groups and individuals, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association and Sarah Palin. If she wins election to the Senate, Ernst would become the first Iowa woman elected to Congress.

 

(Final Tally) Area June 3rd 2014 Primary Election Results – Contested races only

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Rep.= Republican; Dem.= Democrat; I=Incumbent) *unofficial final results….
Cass County – Voter turnout: 19%
Recorder (Select 1)
Mary Ward (Rep.) –  811 (46%) WINNER
Jess Ehrman (Rep.) – 306
Shelly Glynn (Rep.) – 483  (27.5%)
Delbert Thurman (Rep.) – 145

Attorney (Select 1)
Dan Feistner (I, Rep.) –  613 (35.5%)
Dave Wiederstein (Rep.) – 1,112 (64%) WINNER

Adair County
Supervisor, District 4 (Select 1)
Cliff Sheriff (I, Rep.) – 55 (35.7%)
Brian Rohrig (Rep.) – 99 (64.3%) WINNER
Winner to face Jodie Hoadley (Dem) in November 4th Gen. Election

Adams County
Supervisor, District 4 (Select 1)
Kevin Olson (Rep.) – 29
Leland Shipley (Rep.) – 66 WINNER
Winner to face Tyler Edwards (Dem.) in Nov.

Guthrie County
Supervisor, District 2 (Select 1)
Clifford Carney (I, Rep.) – 133 (60.7%) WINNER
Todd Hambleton (Rep.) – 86 (39.3%)
Winner faces Dem. Kerry Sheeder in Nov.
Supervisor, District 4
Bruce Lauritsen (Rep.) – 57
Thomas Rutledge (I, Rep.) – 154 WINNER

Montgomery County
Supervisor, District 1 (*Select 1)
Steven D. Ratcliff (I, Rep.) – 142 WINNER
Steven J. Behrens, (Rep.) – 130
Supervisor, District 2 (Select 1)
Karen Blue (I, Rep.) – 113
Joshua Wiig (Rep.) – 141 WINNER
Supervisor, District 4 (*Select 1)
Randall Tye (I, Rep.) – 40
Brian Coughlin (Rep.) – 117
Mark L. Peterson (Rep.) – 251* WINNER

Shelby County
Recorder (Select 1 Rep. & 1 Dem.)
Geralyn Greer (Rep.) – 654 (73.73%) WINNER
Renee Hansen (Rep.) – 166 (18.71%)
Collen Oliver (Rep.) – 67 (7.55%)
Jessica Gessert (Dem.) – 75 (62.5%) WINNER
Larry Wendt (Dem.) – 43 (35.83%)
(Winners advance to the Nov. 4th General election)

Pottawattamie County
Recorder (Select 1)
Mark Brandenburg (Rep.) – 2,978 WINNER
Bill White (Rep.) – 889
Winner faces Dem. Flory Blount in Nov.
Board of Supervisors (*Select 3)
Scott Belt (I, Rep.) – 1,767 *
Lynn Leaders (I, Rep.) – 1,359
Loren Knauss (I, Rep.) – 1,637 *
Justin Schultz (Rep.) – 1,753 *
Tim Wichman (Rep.) – 1,504
Steve Leaders (Rep.) – 996
Brian Lund (Rep.) – 1,168

State & Nat’l. Government Races
State Senate District 11 (Select 1)
Art Hill (Rep.) – 1,263 (29.7%)
Tom Shipley (Rep.) – 2,984 (70.1%) WINNER

U-S Representative District 3 (Select 1) (Republican)
(winner faces Dem. Staci Appel in Nov.) TO BE DECIDED BY CONVENTION (none of the candidates met the 35% criteria for a win)
Robert Cramer – 9,107 (21.2%)
Joe Grandanette – 666 (1.6%)
Matt Schultz – 8,618 (20.1%)
Monte Shaw – 7,260 (16.9%)
David Young – 6,683 (15.6%)
Brad Zaun – 10.578 (24.6%)

U-S Senate (Republican) (Select 1) (winner faces Dem. Bruce Braley in Nov.)
Joni Ernst – 88,692 (56.1%) WINNER
Mark Jacobs – 26,582 (16.8%)
Scott Schaben – 2,270 (1.4%)
Matt Whitaker – 11,909 (7.5%)
Sam Clovis – 28,434 (18%)

Governor (Select 1) (winner faces Dem. Jack Hatch in Nov.)
Terry Branstad (I, Rep.) – 129,712 (83%) WINNER
Tom Hoefling (Rep.) – 26,284 (16.8%)

Property damage accident in Clarinda

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident Tuesday afternoon in Clarinda caused $6,000 damage, but no one was injured. According to the Clarinda Police Department, a 2007 International tractor-trailer driven by 49-year old Daniel Dean Powers, of Omaha, was traveling east on Chestnut Street at around 3:15-p.m. When Powers went to turn north onto 11th Street, he didn’t seem some low hanging power lines. The top of the semi snagged the power lines, causing them to fall, and uproot a light pole.

The mishap also pulled two electrical services from two separate houses. No citations were issued.

Disaster Declaration for Pottawattamie County

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this (Tuesday) evening issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to Tuesday’s storms. The Governor’s proclamation, for Pottawattamie County, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.

As of 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, no other Iowa counties have requested state assistance. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Governor’s Office continue to closely monitor the situation.

(Updated story) Storms force voting delays in some Iowa counties

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Election officials sought shelter in Pottawattamie County after a severe storm interrupted voting in a quarter of the western Iowa county’s polling places.  Auditor Mary Jo Drake says at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, poll workers and voters in 10 of the county’s 40 precincts were forced to seek shelter in the buildings where voting was taking place. Drake says several polling places were “right in the eye of the storm.” She says elections officials suspended voting but returned to normal after the storm passed.

No polling places had lost power, but Drake says, “It’s nasty here. It’s as black as the ace of spades.”  Stormy weather also prompted election officials in neighboring Montgomery County to close and evacuate all polls from 5:40 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Storm reports from Tue., 6/3/14

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Time              Event                                                      Location

5-a.m. (6/4)  Rainfall total in Atlantic 2.47″.

10:45-p.m.    Rainfall in Atlantic (at KJAN) 2.10″ .

8:29-p.m.     Quarter-sized hail SW of Lenox in Taylor County

8:10-p.m.     Rainfall in Atlantic (at KJAN) 1.8″.

7:40-p.m.     Several trees reported down in Red Oak.

7:20-p.m.     Heavy rain (2.5″) 7 miles w/sw of Cumberland.

7:12-p.m.     1″ of rain in 30 minutes in Mills Co.,  2 miles n. of Glenwood.

7:09-p.m.     Tstorm wind damage in Diagonal (Ringgold Co.): many trees & utility poles down; numerous outbuildings down in and around Diagonal.

6:57-p.m.     EMA reports trees down on homes in Corning & severe tree damage County-wide. Multiple roads closed due to downed trees.

6:56-p.m.     Power outages and several miles of damage between Silver City and Mineola in Mills County.

6:55-p.m     Golf ball sized hail 4 miles e. of Sharpsburg in Taylor County; Shallow water over the road; 5-inch dia. tree branches down near 170th & Tennessee.

6:53-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind damage 2 mile east of Clearfield in Ringgold County. Significant wind damage south & east of Clearfield; Trees across roads; Power poles snapped in-two; steel shed destroyed.  6:48-p.m.: 80mph winds & gold ball sized hail 1 mile s. of Clearfiled. Car windshield shattered.

6:40/6:46-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 75mph 3-miles east of Lenox in Taylor County. Golf Ball sized hail. Damage to outbuilding.

6:37-p.m.    Thunderstorm wind gust 86mph 2 mile north/northeast of Massena, in Cass County. Also Ping Pong to egg-sized hail.

6:35-p.m.     T-storm wind damage: 3 miles N. of Clearfield in Taylor County. Large Camper trailer blown over & several trees destroyed. (report delayed to 6/4)

6:30-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 90mph 1 mile west of Missouri Valley, in Harrison County. Downburst winds tore roofs off two motels.

6:30-p.m.     Rainfall in Atlantic at KJAN amounts to 1.39″.

6:26-p.m.    T-storm wind damage 1.5 miles E. of Lenox: Large shed completely destroyed.

6:25-p.m.     2″ diameter Hail in Lenox,

6:18-p.m.     2″ diameter (egg size) hail in Lenox.

6:06-p.m.     Tstrm wind damage to trees north of Corning.

6:04-p.m.     86mph wind 2 miles N/NE of Clearfield in Taylor County

6:00-p.m.     T-storm wind damged 4 miles sw of Corning; Significant damage to a home near Brooks, siding & shutters wrecked, windows broken by hail. (report released 6/4 10:45-a.m.)

6:00-p.m.     Tstrm wind damage in Massena (2-3 foot diameter tree limbs down

5:59-p.m.     Golf ball-sized hail 4 miles west of Corning in Adams Co. along Hwy 34.

5:57-p.m.     Quarter-size (1″ diameter) hail & 50mph winds 3 miles w/sw of Carbon in Adams County/

5:51-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 65mph 5 miles s/se of Atlantic. Torrential rainfall.

5:50-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 60mph 5 miles east of Griswold. Heavy rain. Small tree limb damage.

5:44-p.m.     Heavy rain in Griswold. Street flooding. Water flowing hubcap deep down the streets.

5:40-p.m.     Flash flooding in Council Bluffs around 17th and 2nd Avenue.

5:36-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 83mph 5 miles northeast of Emerson in Montgomery County.

4:55-pm        Thunderstorm wind gust 61mph at the Council Bluffs Airport.

4:40-p.m.     Thunderstorm wind gust 80mph between Crescent & Underwood.

4:30-p.m.    2.75″ diameter hail (Baseball size) 9 miles s. of Mt. Ayr (Ringgold County). Spotter reports more than 5″ of rain fell with their gauge overflowing. A neighbor had 6″ of rain over the past 24-hours ending at 11-a.m. Wed. (6/4).

Antique Sword Stolen from Montgomery County Historical Society

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June 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

It probably wasn’t a Ninja who took it. Authorities in Red Oak are investigating the theft of a Samurai sword. Officials with the Red Oak Police Department say they were notified Tuesday afternoon about the theft of an antique sword from the Montgomery County Historical Society in Red Oak.

Officials say sometime between May 20th and June 3rd, someone took a World War II Japanese Officer Samurai sword with sheath from the museum.  The sword was described as being military green with aluminum fittings and the blade is etched with cherry blossoms.  It’s in excellent condition and valued at $2,000.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Storm forces voting suspended in Pottawattamie Co.

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Election officials are seeking shelter in Pottawattamie County as a severe storm interrupts voting in quarter of the western Iowa county’s polling places.  Auditor Mary Jo Drake says at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, poll workers and voters in 10 of the county’s 40 precincts were forced to seek shelter in the buildings where voting was taking place.

Drake says several polling places were “right in the eye of the storm.” She says elections officials suspended voting but would return to normal after the storm passes.  No polling places had lost power, but Drake says, “It’s nasty here. It’s as black as the ace of spades.”

Atlantic City Council expected to adopt Flood Plain Ordinance, Wed.

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is expected to act Wednesday, on approving the third and final reading of an Ordinance pertaining to “Flood Plain Regulations.” The second reading was held during the Council’s meeting on May 21st. City Administrator Doug Harris has said the State of Iowa has asked the City to adopt technical changes to its Flood Plain Regulations, in order to keep them compliant with FEMA requirements. The Council is expected to adopt the ordinance following the third reading.

In other business, the Council will hold a public hearing and the first reading of an Ordinance entitled “Airport Land Use & Height Overlay Zoning.” As a matter of record, any zoning changes require a public hearing plus three readings of the ordinance, and, since the Atlantic Municipal Airport is located outside the City limits, the Cass County Board of Supervisors will also need to act on adopting the ordinance, which is required by the F-A-A. The ordinance has already been reviewed and approved by the Airport Board.

And, the Atlantic City Council will act Wednesday on a motion to approve a request to close 6th Street between Chestnut — west to the alley between Chestnut and Poplar Streets – next to the City Park, for the “Produce in the Park” events. The closure would be in effect from 4-to 7-pm on Thursdays, beginning June 12th and continuing through October 30th. The request comes from Keith Leonard, on behalf of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, in their newly renovated chambers at City Hall.