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Gov. Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad today (Friday) announced his appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions. Among the individuals in southwest Iowa whose appointments went into effect on May 1st, and are not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation, is:

Tom Ling, of Glenwood – Interoperable Communications System Board, and Jolene Caldwell, of Council Bluffs – Organic Advisory Council.

Bluffs man arrested for theft in Mills County


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest today (Friday), of a Pottawattamie County man on theft charges. 21-year old Jimmy Joe Gappa, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pott. County Jail at around 8-a.m., on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree. Gappa’s bond was set at $5,000.

Iowa Senate approves subpoena resolution, adjourns


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate has adjourned for the year, officially putting an end to the 2014 legislative session, 10 days past the anticipated April 22 end date. The House ended its session on Thursday morning. Both chambers worked through the night Wednesday to complete the state budget and other policy bills.

Senate adjournment was delayed when Democrats, as their last action, proposed a resolution that would give the Government Oversight Committee power to subpoena witnesses. Republicans objected, which required a return Friday morning to pass the resolution. The committee is investigating state settlement agreements and other issues in the executive branch of government.

The resolution passed by voice vote. The final resolution declaring the 2014 session over swiftly passed, ending the year for lawmakers.

Court: Iowa license plates must show county name


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says police officers can legally stop any vehicle that has a frame covering the county name on its license plate. The court ruled 5-2 on Friday that obscuring the county violates a law that requires motorists to “permit full view of all numerals and letters” on the plate. The decision backs undercover Davenport officers who used the issue to justify stopping a man who was under surveillance for suspected drug dealing.

Dissenting Justice Brent Appel says the ruling is a warning to thousands of motorists who have frames promoting sports teams and auto dealers. He says they need to check whether the frame covers the county name because police now “may stop the vehicle anywhere and at any time” without any sign of other criminal wrongdoing.

7AM Newscast 05-02-2014

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May 2nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Creston native’s restaurant wins “Iowa’s Best Burger” award


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A relatively new restaurant in central Iowa has been selected as this year’s winner of “Iowa’s Best Burger” contest. The Brick City Grill in Ames is owned by Jason Mikkelsen.

Best Burger 2014 - Jason Mikkelsen

Best Burger 2014 – Jason Mikkelsen

“We’ve only been open for almost a year now, so to get an honor like this so soon, it’s definitely a surprise,” Mikkelsen said. “But it makes all the hard work…it makes it worth it.” Prior to opening Brick City Grill, Mikkelsen spent 18 years working in several restaurants around Ames. The 36-year-old Creston native moved to Ames in 1996 to attend Iowa State University. He says the secret to a good burger is in the beef.

“We use a flat-top grill to sear in the flavor. All we use for seasoning is just a little salt and pepper,” Mikkelsen says. “We have a really good bun, it’s brioche bun that we toast.” Mikkelsen uses a proprietary blend of Iowa beef, delivered fresh to the restaurant. Brick City Grill has eight varieties of hamburgers and they’re far and away to most popular items on the restaurant’s menu.

“Oh yeah, by far, we go through probably three times more burger than we do everything else,” Mikkelsen says.

Best Burger 2014 - Brick City Pretzel Burger

Best Burger 2014 – Brick City Pretzel Burger

This is the fifth year for the Best Burger contest, sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes for 456 restaurants in February and March that selected the top 10 restaurants. Those 10 restaurants were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger’s taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).

(Radio Iowa)

Former western Iowa clerk pleads not guilty to theft


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former township clerk in western Iowa has pleaded not guilty to misspending $60,000 over several years. The Sioux City Journal reports 64-year-old Peggy Powell of Hornick entered a written plea Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court. She is charged with two counts of first-degree theft.

Powell is accused of mishandling money while she was clerk of Grange Township between 2006 and 2013. A state audit released in March showed improper disbursements from the township’s bank account. There was more than $35,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees, some of which came from casinos in Iowa and one in Nebraska.

The report also said Powell misappropriated money to a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was treasurer. Powell’s trial is scheduled to start on July 22nd.

Elderly Iowa sex offender committed to facility in Clarinda


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An elderly Iowa man convicted of four sex offenses has been committed to the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda. The Des Moines Register reports 85-year-old William Cubbage consequently won’t stand trial in civil proceedings based on the sexual assault on a 95-year-old nursing home resident in Pomeroy, where Cubbage was staying in 2011.

Cubbage has been moved into a geriatric ward at the Clarinda facility. He was being held by the Iowa Department of Corrections awaiting a decision on whether he’d be returned to the Iowa Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders, where he’d spent eight years before being sent to the Pomeroy nursing home.

Swan release events to be held at two area lakes

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wilderness officials say they plan to release a total of eight swans into two southern Iowa lakes this month, as part of a restoration effort. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Adams County Conservation Board will release four trumpeter swans at east Lake Icaria boat ramp, located six-miles north of Corning on Highway 148 at 9-a.m. Tuesday, May 8th, and, four trumpeter swans will be released in Union County May 9th at Summit Lake, one mile west of Creston on Highway 25. Both events are open to the public.

The birds are being released as part of a statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort. Less than 70 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states by the early 1930s. Both release events will feature a 20-minute presentation on the swans, which includes an opportunity to touch and view the birds up close. Trumpeter swans are the largest North American waterfowl. They can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan.

Prescott man arrested early Friday morning


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Friday) morning in Adams County resulted in the arrest of a Prescott man on numerous charges. Sheriff’s officials say 64-year old Gail Freihage was arrested just after 1-a.m. for: Driving While Revoked; OWI 2nd offense; Open container of alcohol in a vehicle; and, Failure to show proof of SR-22 insurance as required by law for a previous OWI.

Freihage was being held in the Adams County Jail without bond, while awaiting an appearance before a magistrate.