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State Fire Marshal Reminds of Outdoor Fire Safety

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Warmer temperatures combined with strong winds and dry conditions lead to more brush and wild-land fires across the state. These types of fires can pose a serious threat to lives and property. The National Fire protection Association (NFPA) has reported over 59 million acres have been burned by wildfires in the past decade. While Iowa is not known to have large wildfires like those that regularly affect western states, our state is still prone to dangerous brush fires created by dry conditions, strong winds and low humidity.

To prevent the spread of brush fires and other debris, the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office suggests keeping in mind:

Check for county burn bans, city restrictions and with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Quality before conducting any open burning; Never burn on dry and windy days; Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area; Do NOT burn alone, always have another person with you; Do NOT leave a fire unattended; Call 911 immediately if a fire does get out of hand.

And, if you have questions about outdoor fire safety, contact the Iowa Department of Public Safety – State Fire Marshal Division at (515) 725-6145 or e-mail at fminfo@dps.state.ia.us.

Autopsy results: Man found in Guthrie County burned out car died as a result of suicide

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The State Medical Examiner’s Office Friday, released details on the cause of death of a man found in a burned out car in Guthrie County on March 30th. Dr. Julia Goodin determined 64-year old Bobby Jo Knapp‘s cause of death to be from multiple cuts of the upper and lower extremities, complicated by smoke and soot inhalation.The manner of death will be certified as Suicide.

Knapp’s body was found inside a burned out vehicle after the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a person who discovered the car. Upon arriving at the scene, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body inside the vehicle. The Honda Accord had been borrowed from Knapp’s friend in central Iowa. The investigation was conducted by the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office.

Knapp had been released from a federal prison near Duluth, Minn., on March 25th. He failed to report for an automatic check in with the U.S. Marshall’s office the next evening. The office had issued a warrant for parole violation after Knapp failed to check in. Knapp was the former owner and operator of the Equitable Building in downtown Des Moines. He’d been sentenced in 2011 to 41 months in federal prison for violating asbestos laws during his renovation of the building.

Elevated Fire Danger this (Friday) afternoon (4/11/14)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-
1212 PM CDT FRI APR 11 2014

    …ELEVATED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON…

VERY DRY CONDITIONS PREVAIL ACROSS THE AREA AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON…WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY FALLING TO 15 TO 25 PERCENT IN MANY AREAS. COMBINED WITH GENERALLY WESTERLY WINDS OF AROUND 15 MPH AND GUSTY THIS WILL LEAD TO AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER UNTIL WINDS SUBSIDE THIS EVENING. ANY OUTDOOR FIRES WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY AND BURNING IS DISCOURAGED.

Iowa DHS: 3 juveniles remain at large after escape

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) – Health officials say eight juveniles escaped a north-central Iowa facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large.  The state Department of Human Services says the students ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School. The students were being escorted from the gymnasium to their cottages when the incident occurred. Additional information was not released.  All the students ran into a nearby wooded area. Five of them were returned to the cottages within an hour.

DHS Director Charles M. Palmer says law enforcement agencies continue to search for the three remaining students. The Eldora State Training School has 130 beds for delinquent youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The facility provides treatment and educational services as part of court orders.

Iowa Donor Network breaks ground on new, bigger building

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Donor Network broke ground this morning (Friday) on a new facility in Altoona. It’s scheduled to be completed in January of 2015 and will replace the current facility in Johnston. Iowa Donor Network spokesperson Tony Hakes credits the “generous nature” of Iowans for the necessary move into a bigger building. “We have 1.8 million people registered as organ and tissue donors. Our tissue donation has been on the rise for the last 10 years and organ donation was on the rise last year. As a result, we have just outgrown our current facility,” Hakes said.

The Iowa Donor Network administrative headquarters are located in North Liberty and will remain there, according to Hakes. The new facility in Altoona will include two recovery rooms, as opposed to just one, and will include upgraded equipment. “We’ll also have a state-of-the-art communications center which will allow us to make and take more phone calls,” Hakes said. “The end result will be we’ll be able to carry out the wishes of more Iowans and help more donor families.”

The communication center is staffed 24 hours a day and currently handles over 65,000 calls a year. Approximately 60 employees will work in the new building. Hakes said the three acres site will eventually include a memorial garden for donors and their families. The Iowa Donor Network is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

(Radio Iowa)

Johnny Carson mural planned for Nebraska hometown

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) – A mural depicting TV talk show legend Johnny Carson will be going up on the side of a downtown building in his Nebraska hometown of Norfolk.  The Norfolk Daily News says Norfolk artist Karl Reeder will use various images of Carson on the side of the former Andrew Bicycle building.  Carson was born in Corning, Iowa, but grew up in Norfolk, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He hosted NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for 30 years. He died in California in 2005.

Organizers hope the mural will be finished in time for the 2014 Great American Comedy Festival, set for June 11-14 in Norfolk. The festival was created as a way to honor Carson.

Social Security Workshop to be held in Atlantic this month

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A workshop for “Baby Boomers” on “Saavy Social Security Planning” will take place April 22nd in Atlantic, at Iowa Western Community College. The no-cost workshop runs from 6:30-until 7:45-p.m. Seating is limited.

Officials say after being told for years the Social Security is “Going Broke,” Boomers are realizing that it will soon be their turn to collect. The decisions you make now, can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime. The informative seminar aims to cover the basics of Social Security, and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits.

Seminar attendees will learn about: The 5 factors to consider when deciding to apply for benefits; Why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy; How to coordinate benefits with your spouse; How to maximize taxes on Social Security benefits, and how to coordinate your Social Security with your other sources of retirement income.

There will also be someone on-hand to answer your questions, such as “Will Social Security be there?”  How much you will receive, when you should apply, how to maximize your benefits and will Social Security be enough to live on in during your retirement.

To register for the seminar, call 712-243-5527, or e-mail majohnson@iwcc.edu.

Supreme Court rules coaches without teaching licenses not subject to sexual exploitation law

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a former Davis County Community School District coach who had sex with a student. Patrick Nicoletto was an assistant girls’ basketball coach from 2007 to 2009. He had a sexual relationship with a member of the Davis County varsity team that started when she was 16. A jury convicted him of sexual exploitation by a school employee and he was given a five-year prison sentence. Nicoletto had a coaching authorization, but worked nights at a local manufacturing company and was not a teacher.

He appealed his conviction saying he is not a licensed professional could not be charged under the exploitation law. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in his favor, saying a coach who holds a teaching or other professional license is clearly subject to the sexual exploitation law — but someone holding only a coaching authorization without a professional license is not. They reversed Nicoletto’s conviction.

Justice Thomas Waterman wrote a dissent to the ruling, saying the “hypertechnical interpretation” opens a gaping loophole in the law that was enacted to protect students from sexual exploitation by adults at their school. Justice Edward Mansfield also signed on to Waterman’s dissent.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa finds 9 more wrongly rejected votes in 2012

News

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A review has found that nine more Iowans wrongly had their votes thrown out in the 2012 election because of inaccuracies in the state’s list of ineligible felons.    Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced Friday the additional cases were uncovered during a statewide review launched after news broke that three voters in Cerro Gordo County were wrongly rejected as felons.

Schultz says the 12 cases included three who were not felons but were wrongly included on the state’s list and nine others who had their voting rights restored and should have been eligible.     Schultz on Friday also formed a task force of state and local officials to fix inaccuracies in the felon file, which contains 46,000 names.

Iowans convicted of felonies lose their voting rights until restored by the governor.

8AM Newscast 04-11-2014

News, Podcasts

April 11th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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