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Atlantic mom says missing teens had romanticized running away


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman says her son and another local teen who ran away with two 15-year old girls from eastern Iowa, teens planned their escapade, based on a romantic notion. Crystal Sunderman, is the mother 16-year old Corey Sunderman.

Corey Sunderman (photo provided by his family)

She told KJAN News that her son, along with 13-year old Austin Boggs, went missing over the weekend, along with Skie (Sky) Floyd and Jazlyn Visek. Sunderman says Skie and Austin had been dating. She said the event had been “Set up for a while.” She says all four teens planned it, and that Jazlyn’s dad agreed that the girls had “Romanticized this and are going to hold out for all it’s worth,” thinking they are “cool.”

Sunderman says the teens may be on their way to Florida for a skateboarding event. She says Corey and Austin are “serious skateboarders,” and they’ve been bragging about going to a skateboarding park in Tampa or Miami. They mentioned there’s free room and board for skateboarders in that area. She says her son left home with about $400 in cash, but even if he runs out of money, he’ll find a way to get more, because “He’s very resourceful.”

Austin Boggs

Crystal Sunderman passed along a personal message to the teens. She said “This may seem exciting, but you really have no idea what you’re in for.” She says as much trouble the kids think they might be getting into, as their parents, they will try to “Protect them as much as possible,” and get them the help they need. She implored them to contact “Anybody, from any phone. You don’t have to tell us where you are if you don’t want to, just let us know you’re okay.”

Shelby County Fire Danger downgraded to “Moderate”

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October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says fire stations and other locations in the County may change their Fire Danger signs from “High,” to “Moderate.” Seivert says they expect the fire danger to be lower over the next couple of days, due to the recent rain. The “Moderate” rating will remain in-place until the next update, or Thursday, which ever comes first.

Seivert asks residents of Shelby County to continue to notify the Shelby County EMA/9-1-1 and your local fire chief, prior to igniting any burns. He also asks you to use common sense, and attend all open burning projects until they are fully extinguished.

Man arrested in North Dakota on vehicular homicide charge is back in Audubon County


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports a south central Iowa man arrested last week in North Dakota on vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle charges out of Audubon County, is back in Iowa. 56-year-old Kendall Lee Ware, of Lineville, was extradited from authorities in Minot, ND., and is being held in the Audubon County Jail on $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set to take place October 22nd.

The charges again Ware stem from an October 19th, 2011 accident that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Kristopher Crawley of Audubon, and serious injuries to 22-year-old Jason Robert Rattenborg, also of Audubon.  The accident occurred on Highway 71 just north of Brayton.  Ware fled the area following the incident.

A warrant was issued on June 29th, 2012, following an extensive investigation into the crash.  The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office requested and received assistance from the U.S. Marshalls Service in conducting the arrest. The Iowa State Patrol also assisted in the investigation of the accident.

Assault arrest and 2 accidents reported, in Atlantic


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports one arrest and two accidents took place over the weekend. Officials say on Saturday, 45-year old Rex McDermott, of Atlantic, was arrested on Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault, and Willful Injury, charges. McDermott was booked in to the Cass County Jail.

That same day, Cheryl Lebeck, of Atlantic, was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, after vehicles driven by Lebeck and Robynn Davidson, of Midvale, UT, collided at the intersection of 7th and Linn Streets, at around 10:50-p.m.  Officials say Lebeck was traveling north on Linn Street and approaching 7th. After coming up to the corner, she proceeded to head north on Linn, and was struck by the Davidson vehicle. The total amount of damage was estimated at $11,000.No injuries were reported.

Friday morning, an accident in the Hy-Vee parking lot in Atlantic caused $1,500 damage, but there were no injuries, and no citations issued. The Atlantic P-D says a vehicle driven by Thomas Billheimer, of Casey, was traveling east in the parking lot and turning into a parking stall, when it struck the right rear of a legally parked vehicle registered to Patricia Briles, of Griswold.

8AM Newscast 10-15-2012

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October 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Bridge to Landfill Closed


October 15th, 2012 by Jim Field

The Cass County Engineers Office reports that a bridge near the Cass County Landfill will be closed for repairs beginning today.  The bridge is located two miles east of highway 71 on the landfill road.  Local residents will be able to reach their homes but there will be no access to the landfill on that road.  The bridge repairs are expected to take two weeks.

Meetings to discuss reorganization of victim services in Iowa begin tonight


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A series of community meetings begin tonight (Monday) for Iowans to offer input on a proposal to reorganize statewide victim services. Janelle Melohn is the director of the Crime Victim Assistance Division within the Iowa Attorney General’s office. She says federal and state funding cuts since 2007 have forced eight programs in Iowa to close. That’s resulted in larger service areas in pockets of the state – with inequitable divisions of both programming and funding. “The map of how services look right now across the state…is not equal at all,” Melohn said. “So, we may have programs in western Iowa that serve up to eight counties while we have a program in eastern Iowa that serves two counties.”

According to Melohn, federal funding for Iowa’s crime victim assistance programs has declined by 18 percent (18%), or nearly $1.5 million, over the past three fiscal years. State appropriations have declined by seven percent (7%), or nearly $214,000, over the same time period. In addition to programs shutting down, other programs are eliminating core services. “It really isn’t acceptable,” Melohn said. “There are some things that we have to have all over the state. There has to be a crisis response to victims who are sitting in a law enforcement office or in a hospital after a crime has been perpetrated against them. There are certain things that have to be met and we have to make sure we are doing that equally for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.”

The reorganization plan would divide the state into six multi-county service areas with the state awarding funding on a competitive basis to programs in each region. Melohn suggests more dollars should be directed toward services that help victims, rather than shelters that aren’t being used. Use of shelters has declined, but those buildings require around-the-clock staffing and expensive upkeep. “Of all the victims that our programs served last year, only 11-percent of those were victims who sought shelter. Yet, we’re allocating almost 40-percent of our resources to shelter services,” Melohn said. “When you look at the huge discrepancy there, it really begs the question – are we using our money in the most efficient manner? I would say no.”

Some domestic violence programs in the state have moved to a “transitional model” by closing a 24/7 shelter and instead housing victims in hotels until more permanent housing options are found. There are 13 public meetings scheduled around the state to discuss the proposed changes.

Locally, meetings will be held Monday 10/22:

1:30 p.m. in Atlantic at Iowa Western Community College (Room 141)
6:00 p.m. in Creston at Southwestern Community College (Instructional Center, Room 180)

(Radio Iowa)

Study: Heating bills will rise this winter


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who heat their homes with natural gas will likely see higher heating bills this winter, compared to last winter, based on a study from the American Gas Association. Bruce McDowell, the organization’s director of policy analysis, says their projections show natural gas consumption by residential customers will rise in the months ahead. “We can expect that they’ll use more because last year was the warmest year on record, so it’s bound to get a little colder than it did last year,” McDowell says. “Prices are lower though, that helps us set that, so we see a slight increase in the customer bills only because they’re going to be using more gas due to the weather, not because of any price increases.”

Iowans are helping to conserve natural gas, he says, which is stretching the supply and keeping the bills low. “In 1970, the house used 40% more than a house uses today,” McDowell says. “That’s what people are enjoying because of the conservation efforts they’ve made such as tighter homes, more efficient furnaces, checking the furnace to make sure it’s operating properly, and making sure that your home is adequately insulated.”

He says domestic natural gas supplies are at an all-time high.  “Everybody agrees there’s an abundance of natural gas out there,” McDowell says. “We have forecast there’s enough gas out there to last a century or more. When I started in this business, it was 60 years of supply, now it’s 100 years of supply, and that goes back 30 years.” The latest survey shows the U-S has the largest storage assets of any country in the world with more than 400 natural gas storage fields. Record underground storage levels were reached in November of 2011 for the third year in a row.

(Radio Iowa)

From “Big Dog” to “The Boss” — campaign gets more intense


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The two presidential campaigns continue their press to win Iowa and the state’s six votes in the Electoral College. Mitt Romney visited Iowa last week. This week, President Obama is due to visit Wednesday. Former President Bill Clinton led a Friday night rally in Sioux City for Christie Vilsack, a Democratic candidates for congress, but Clinton spent a good portion of his speech targeting issues like Medicare that are at the heart of the presidential race.

“I decided in this election I wasn’t going to give a lot of whoop-de-do speeches. I’m trying to explain things to people. I got offered the job of ‘secretary of explaining stuff’ — you may have seen that,” Clinton said, getting whoops from the crowd for that reference to the reaction to his speech at the Democratic National Convention. The presidential campaigns have been bringing in a host of people to try to turn out voters in Iowa.

On Tuesday night, Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, will visit a Republican phone bank in Cedar Rapids. On Thursday, musician Bruce Springsteen will headline an early voting rally in Ames for the Obama campaign.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines – Mon., Oct. 15th 2012


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three house fires in the Des Moines area were all caused by weekend thunderstorms. The Des Moines Register reports that lightning strikes triggered fires at two homes in Johnston and one in Clive. No one was hurt.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Politics and religion have collided at a Burlington church after a pamphlet encouraging people to vote to remove an Iowa Supreme Court justice surfaced at a Sunday service. A woman who attended the City Church service on September 30th told the pastor it was illegal for the church to display the pamphlets. The Internal Revenue Service could revoke a church’s nonprofit status for promoting candidates or ballot issues. The incident has been reported to the IRS, which declined to comment.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say mechanical problems forced a twin-engine corporate jet to make an emergency landing in eastern Iowa. KWQC-TV in Davenport reports that the plane landed safely at the Quad City International Airport around 7 a.m. yesterday. Six people were on board, and no one was hurt.

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa are searching for two missing 15-year-old girls. KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek both last made contact with family members on Saturday afternoon. Family members say they left in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no license plates. The girls are both from the Shellsburg area.