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Nebraska man arrested in Pottawattamie County after manhunt

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a Nebraska man was arrested Tuesday morning on numerous charges in the northwestern part of the County, following a manhunt. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News 28-year old Louis Enrique Cruz-Guzman, of Bellevue, NE, was taken into custody at around 11:37-a.m. after being flushed out of an embankment near a creek by a Pott. County K-9 unit about 6-miles north-northeast of Council Bluffs. Sgt. Riche says the incident began when authorities received word at around 7:50-a.m., that a man matching Cruz-Guzman’s description was on the property of the Hazel-Dell Township Cemetery at about 250th and Juniper Road. At around 10:15-a.m., deputies were called to L-34 and Badger Avenue for a report the same subject was walking toward Weston Avenue. 

A property owner in the area, Brian Driver, saw Cruz-Guzman walking on his property carrying a claw hammer Driver believed came from a shed or outbuilding on his property.  When Driver confronted the man and said he was going to call the Sheriff’s Office, Cruz-Guzman took off on foot through a corn field headed toward a wooded creek line. Moments later, Phil Cock, who was on an ATV fixing fences, saw the suspect running toward the creek in the vicinity of Juniper Road and L-34. 

A deputy who responded to the scene hopped on the ATV with Cock and together the men began a search for Cruz-Guzman. At that same time, authorities received another report the same man allegedly stole a bicycle from a female residents’ backyard, and was trying to get away. The suspect abandoned the bike and once again took off on foot. Numerous agencies responded to conduct a search for the man, including the Iowa State Patrol and a Pott. County K-9 unit.  Area schools were notified about the incident and placed on “lock-down,” as a security measure. As the K-9 “Francisco,” and his handler, Deputy Brian Miller, began walking the creek line, the suspect heard the team approaching and surrendered to the State Patrol near the 14.5-mile marker of Interstate 80. Cruz-Guzman was wearing only his boxer shorts, as his shoes, pants and shirt were frozen and discarded in the water. 

Cruz-Guzman was arrested on a warrant out of Boone County, Iowa, for Probation Revocation and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver. He was also charged in Pottawattamie County, with Burglary in the 3rd Degree…2 counts of Trespassing…Interference with Official Acts and Theft in the 5th Degree. He was being held this (Wednesday) morning in the Pott. County Jail on $10,000 bond.

8AM Newscast 03-07-2012

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March 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Boswell to visit Atlantic Friday (note: Time change)

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Please note the time of Boswell’s visit is 11-a.m. Friday, not 10:45-a.m. as previously mentioned)

Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell will be in Atlantic this Friday, to hold one of several public “Listening Posts on Agriculture.” The session are being held as Boswell, a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, makes preparations to craft the next farm bill with his colleagues in Congress. On his website, Boswell says he wants to hear from “Farmers, producers, and rural business owners in Iowa about what is working for them in the current farm bill and what they would like to see done differently in the next one.”  Boswell’s visit to Atlantic takes place 11:-a.m. Friday, at the Atlantic Public Library.

The listening posts are also part of the Congressman’s “Spirit of Iowa” tour that focuses on how Iowans are partnering with the federal government to rebuild and reinvigorate local economies.

7AM Newscast 03-07-2012

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March 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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USDA begins tweeting food recall alerts

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anyone with a Twitter account can now be among the first to know about food recalls with a new service the Department of Agriculture is rolling out. The USDA says state-specific food safety alerts for meat, poultry, and processed egg products are included as well as information on how to protect food during severe weather events. Up until now recalls have been announced in news releases and on a general USDA Twitter feed. The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says state feeds will better provide information directly to people affected by recalls. Food recalls often involve specific states where food was distributed. The alerts can be followed by listing your state’s two-letter designation followed by underscore then FSISAlert. Iowa for example is IA_FSISALERT and Nebraska is NE_FSISALERT.

Iowa News Headlines: Wed., March 7 2012

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March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Air Force plans to cut 492 positions at the Des Moines-based Air National Guard unit. The cuts represent a 39 percent reduction in staffing at the 132nd Fighter Wing unit which flies F-16 combat jets. Congress has the final say, and members of Iowa’s congressional delegation and Gov. Terry Branstad vow to fight the proposal.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County supervisors have approved a plan to add about 300 slot machines at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona. If approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the casino would add $400,000 to $500,000 to county coffers in its share of profits from the new machines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislators say they’ve struck a deal on a plan that would give Iowa’s large utility company new incentives to build a nuclear power plant. The compromise would require MidAmerican Energy to have financing in place before beginning construction. A Democratic Senator says he thinks the plan will be approved by a Senate committee this week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Hamilton County farmer whose burning hay produced black smoke that caused chain-reaction collisions won’t be cited for a violation. Officials said Tuesday it was impossible to determine how much visibility was reduced by the smoke and how much by fog on U.S. Highway 20. Nine people were injured in Monday’s pileups near Webster City.

US Ag Sec says immigration issues could result in rotting crops

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says crops could end up rotting in the fields because of a lack of labor due to the nation’s immigration problems. Speaking before a farm group in Omaha, Vilsack says the elected leaders in Washington understand illegal immigration is a problem, but nobody wants to put aside politics and address it. “Everybody in this country knows that this immigration system is broken, everybody in this country,” Vilsack says, “every member of Congress, all 530 members of the House, all 100 members of the Senate, they know the immigration system is broken, but yet nothing happens.” Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, says politicians are too eager to use the issue as a partisan tool rather than try to find a resolution.

“Everybody knows it’s a problem,” Vilsack says. “Where are the statesmen? Where are the people that are willing to put the national interests ahead of all else?” Vilsack, the head of the U-S-D-A, says the immigration issue may very soon begin to have a significant impact on agriculture.  “Here’s the risk to farming,” he says. “We’re getting to a point where crops may rot because we simply don’t have the people in the fields to do the work that needs to be done.” Vilsack insists the problem can be resolved. “The solution is not the issue here,” Vilsack says. “The problem is, people want to play politics with this issue. They want to go into your communities and they want to scare people about immigrants. They want to divide the nation over this issue because they think there’s political advantage.” Vilsack made his comments Monday to delegates to the National Farmers Union convention.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

ISP Trooper flying to Atlantic makes emergency landing in Denison

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For the second time in a little more than a year, a pilot with the Iowa State Patrol was forced to make  emergency landing due to circumstances beyond his control. The Patrol says Trooper Scott Pigsley was flying from Sioux City to Atlantic after having helped search for a missing woman in northwest Iowa, when his aircraft struck a flock of geese early Tuesday morning.   Pigsley, who was not injured in the mishap, landed safely at the Denison airport. The woman Pigsley was called to help find, was later located safe and sound.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright says Pigsley, a pilot for 17 years, was flying a single-engine Cessna at about 1,500 feet when he hit the geese. The plane sustained multiple dents to its wings and a wheel cover. Pigsley told KCCI-TV in Des Moines, the incident happened sometime between midnight and 1-a.m., Tuesday.

On December 18th, 2010, a State Patrol aircraft also flown by Pigsley,  made an emergency landing on Highway 44 near the Audubon/Guthrie County line, after having experienced oil pressure-related engine failure. Piglsey, and his passenger, a State Conservation Officer, were monitoring deer hunters when the plane went down, narrowly missing a pickup on the road. In 2006, Pigsley was also forced to make an emergency landing in a field near Bondurant, after experiencing engine problems.

2 arrested in Onawa shooting

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Two men face charges in a shooting in Onawa that reportedly happened during a burglary that police now say was fabricated. 32-year old Darren Hieber and 24-year old Brady Chapman were arrested Tuesday in the Feb. 5th shooting at Hieber’s trucking business. Hieber told police he was shot in the leg while interrupting a burglary. Police say Hieber devised a scheme to have Chapman, his employee, shoot him with a .22-caliber rifle, to distract him from his personal problems. The Omaha World-Herald reports Hieber missed his estranged wife, and hatched the plan to try and get her back.

Hieber faces conspiracy and reckless use of a firearm charges. Chapman faces felony charges of reckless use of a firearm and willful injury. Both men face a charge of making a false report to law enforcement. The men are currently free on bond.

Former AP bureau chief Burt Wittrup dies in Iowa

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ELK HORN, Iowa (AP) — Burt Wittrup, a former chief of bureau for The Associated Press in New Mexico, has died in his home state of Iowa, where he returned in 2008. His wife, Carolyn, says he died of congestive heart failure on March 1st at a hospital in Harlan. He was 77. The couple returned to Elk Horn, where Wittrup was born in 1934.

Wittrup served in the Navy and attended the University of New Mexico. He joined the AP in New Mexico, becoming news editor and bureau chief. He left the AP after 19 years. He worked for the Albuquerque Tribune, taught journalism at the University of New Mexico and joined the El Paso Times before retiring in 1994. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ohde Funeral Home in Kimballton.