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Iowa governor brushes off Cher comments on hogs

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is brushing off entertainer Cher’s criticism about hog crates. Cher posted a message on Twitter Tuesday asking why Iowa farmers “torture pigs” in narrow gestation crates, and calling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a “bully” for his stance on the issue.

Christie recently vetoed legislation outlawing gestation crates in New Jersey. New Jersey has few hogs, but some argue that Christie is influenced by the early voting status of Iowa, a state that raises more than 20 million hogs annually. Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Branstad has dismissed that characterization. On Wednesday he responded to Cher, saying, “They know a lot about pig production out there in Hollywood.”

Drug-related arrests in Audubon County

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two people from northern Iowa were arrested Tuesday night, on drug charges. 50-year-old Jeffery Allan Wear and 32-year-old Crystal Marie Rashedi, both of Fort Dodge, were taken into custody at around 9:30 p.m., following a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Bluebird Avenue.

The pair was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, and a Tax Stamp Violation.

Wear and Rashedi were being held in the Audubon County Jail on $100,000 bond, each.

3 arrests in Mills County

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested Tuesday in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office reports 29-year old Bradley Allen Fink, of Malvern,  was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for OWI 2nd, Theft 2nd and Driving While Revoked. Also arrested at the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, was 26-year old Andrew Dean West, of Malvern, who was wanted on a warrant for two counts of Conspiracy.

And, 28-year old Clayton Andrew Fritz, of Pacific Junction, was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Failure To Appear on a Driving While Barred charge.

Bond for all three men was set at $5,000, each.

Disabled Iowa residents still waiting for services

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Thousands of disabled Iowa residents remain on waiting lists for state assistance despite the $6 million the Legislature earmarked to reduce those numbers. The Des Moines Register reports more than 9,000 Iowa residents are waiting, some for more than two years, for services to help them with their mental or physical disabilities. State lawmakers approved the funds last year for the Iowa Department of Human Services.

In June, about 8,400 people were on the lists. The number increased to almost 9,300 by October. Patient advocates say the state agency hasn’t spent much of the money intended to quicken access to the services.  A spokeswoman said Tuesday the agency will soon ramp up the effort.

Deer Hunters waiting to Purchase Licenses

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Hunters planning to be in the timber for Saturday’s opening day of the first shotgun deer season should consider buying their license soon to avoid waiting in line at the license sales counter. Officials with the Iowa DNR say fewer than half of the expected 70,000 hunters have purchased their deer license as of Wednesday morning. A weekend weather forecast with temperatures favorable for hunting could lead to additional hunters choosing to go during the first shotgun season rather than second.

“Good weather usually means more people will be hunting and staying in the field longer which can lead to higher success rates,” said Willie Suchy, wildlife research supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Successful hunters are reminded to report their deer harvest by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.

Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities. Reporting the harvest is required by law. Hunters will be checked for compliance.

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Thefts reported in Creston

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department has received two reports of Theft. Tuesday afternoon, a residents in the 400 block of north Stone Street, told police someone took checks belonging to him and cashed them without consent. The incident happened sometime between 12-p.m. Nov. 12th and 12-p.m. Nov. 28th. The loss was estimated at $640.

And on Monday, the Creston Wal-Mart reported an unknown female had entered the store and took merchandise valued at $362. The loss included two cans of paint, a heater, two wiring kits, two DVD players, two CD players, toilet paper, paper towels and other, unidentified merchandise.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Iowa mail thefts may be linked to Atlanta gang

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Postal Service officials say mail thefts have cost Iowa businesses thousands of dollars in the past few months. Inspector Jim O’Hara told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday that businesses have notified his office of stolen mail and suspicious activity on their bank accounts. He says thieves steal checks from mailboxes, make counterfeits and then recruit homeless people to cash them.

O’Hara says the scheme is becoming more common in the Midwest, and investigators think the more recent cases can be linked to the Bloods gang in Atlanta. He advises businesses to lock mailboxes and retrieve mail as soon as possible.

(Update) 3 Departments Respond to Fire East of Kirkman

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Irwin, Kirkman and Defiance were called to the scene of a structure fire about five miles east of Kirkman, Tuesday afternoon. The call went out about 4:20 to 2204 1500th St, the Plumb and Sons Tiling and Trenching business. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one portion of the building, with some structural damage in that area. Crews were on scene for about 2 hours. The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature.

(KNOD/Harlan)