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SE IA woman arrested Wed. in Atlantic


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report a woman from southeast Iowa was arrested Wednesday. 21-year old Katelyn Myers, of Ottumwa, was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Revoked for OWI Test Refusal. Myers was booked into the Cass County Jail.

(9-a.m. News)

More details on crash near Walnut


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday) released additional details about a two-vehicle crash the happened Wednesday afternoon, southeast of Walnut. Sheriff Jeff Danker reports at around 4:25-p.m., Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury accident at 530th Street approximately one-half of a mile south of Highway 83 which is south east of Walnut, in rural Pottawattamie County. Early reports indicated that the accident involved two vehicles involved in a head-on collision, with multiple injuries and parties trapped within the vehicles.Pott Co Sheriff

Upon arrival Deputies found a 2011 Chevrolet Impala operated by 14-year old Sidney Nelsen, of rural Walnut, and a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am operated by 22-year old Leah Jenkins, of Atlantic, had collided head-on. After the impact, Nelson’s car came to rest in the east ditch, while Jenkins’ vehicle came to rest in the west ditch.

Jenkins and her passenger, 21-year old Carey Klindt, of Atlantic, required extrication by Walnut Fire and Rescue. Jenkins was transported to Alegent Creighton by medical helicopter with serious injuries and Klindt was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Walnut Rescue with serious injuries. According to Jenkins’ sister Misty, Leah had several broken bones and other injuries, but was expected to recover.

Sidney Nelsen was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle and was treated for minor injuries. A passenger in her car, 24-year old Felicia Nelsen, from Walnut, was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Walnut Rescue for treatment of  non-incapacitating injuries. At this point the Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate cause of the accident.

Atlantic School District receives donations; Plumbing course possible at AHS


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Community School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein, Tuesday, thanked a local business and organization for their generous support of education in the district. Amstein acknowledged 1st Whitney Bank and Trust for their contribution of $37,500 towards the district’s 1-to-1 computer initiative which puts leased Apple Macbook laptop computers into the students’ hands as a learning tool beginning with the upcoming school year. The bank has pledged a total of $50,000 toward the first phase of the project.)

The 1:1 (One-to-One) program will cost more than $625,650 over the course of four-years. During Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, Amstein also acknowledged the support of the Atlantic Education Foundation. He said they donated funds to purchase a laser engraver for the Industrial Tech program at the high school. The engraver cost around $20,000.

Amstein said also, Camblin Mechanical, the Association of Builders and Contractors, and A-H-S Principal Heather McKay, are in talks to bring a Career Tech Education course in Plumbing, to the high school. He said if that happens, it will likely be the first such course in the State of Iowa. The initial class would focus on safety, use of tools and the basic components of plumbing. Students who complete the first class will receive their OSHA Safety Certificate, which is required by many employers in the mechanical and plumbing field.

In other news, Amstein said he received word from the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) that they would like to receive a short presentation from a representative of the district to be made at the IASB’s convention in November about the Lindamood Bell Reading and Comprehension Program the district has been using, and that the IASB is highly impressed with the results Atlantic has experienced with the program.

During the convention, a representative of the district will sit in on a panel that focuses on poverty and strategies districts use to aid in students’ learning and comprehension.

7AM Newscast 07-10-2014

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July 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Officials: Dead woman was mom to 3 in Iowa Amber Alert


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Amber Alert was issued late last night for three eastern Iowa girls. All three were found, safe, in the Waterloo area, but the man who allegedly snatched them is still on the loose. Thirty-six-year-old Shaun Hogan is accused of taking the girls in a red, four-door Pontiac Grand Am with an Iowa license plate of 832 YPC.

Shaun Hogan

Shaun Hogan

Hogan is described as being a black male, standing about six-foot-three and weighing 250 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Authorities say he should be considered dangerous. It’s believed that the girls were taken at about 3:00 yesterday afternoon. Waterloo Police say they were found safe last night, and the Amber Alert was cancelled about an hour after it was issued. Investigators indicate that the girls are the daughters of a woman found dead near the Linn County town of Walker yesterday.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Shaun Hogan, you’re asked to call local law enforcement, or to contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation by calling 515-443-3014.

(Radio Iowa)

Missouri man held after southern Iowa standoff


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) – A 51-year-old Missouri man has been talked into putting down a shotgun and surrendering to authorities in southwest Iowa’s Ringgold County. The Des Moines Register says Randy Longstreath, of Bethany, Missouri, was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after a six-hour standoff south of Mount Ayr.

The sheriff’s office says Longstreath had gone to the home where his estranged wife, stepson and another adult male were staying. The sheriff’s office says Longstreath fired the shotgun and threatened everyone in the home.  The people all escaped without harm before a SWAT team and negotiator arrived. The negotiator eventually persuaded Longstreath to surrender.

Court records say Longstreath faces charges that include domestic abuse assault, harassment, burglary and going armed with intent.

DOT will dispense cards for cannabis oil users


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans with an Iowa neurologist’s clearance to take cannabis oil to treat chronic epilepsy will go to the Iowa D-O-T to get a card which will shield them from drug possession charges in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health has unveiled its proposed rules for implementing the new state law passed by legislators and the governor this spring. Deborah Thompson, the legislative liason for the department, says while her agency will process the paperwork and determine who is eligible, the D-O-T will hand out the cards because there’s a D-O-T licensing outlet in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

“To bring people that have this debilitating disease to Des Moines may cause more headaches than it’s worth,” Thompson says. “They have a system also that enables them to connect with law enforcement and the law enforcement folks can, the way they would with any of our IDs, drivers licenses, they have a connection to the DOT’s system that allows them to see more details than a card provides for.” The cards can be issued to adults who have an Iowa neurologist’s recommendation to use cannabis oil to treat their “intractible” epilepsy. The parents or guardians of children with the condition can also apply for the card. Thompson says the new law was fairly specific about what hoops were required to qualify for the cards and her agency’s proposed rules follow those guidelines, including a requirement that other treatment options have been tried first before opting for cannabis oil.

“The neurologist will then send the completed application, including the written recommendation, directly to the Department of Public,” Thompson says. “We thought this would marginalize the opportunity for fraudulent behaviors if we got it directly from the neurologist’s office.” Staff in the Iowa Department of Public Health will review the applicant, then notify the D-O-T if it has been approved and a card may be issued. There is no Iowa site that dispenses the cannabis oil, so caregivers will have to go out of state to get the product. The rules were discussed during Wednesday’s Iowa Board of Health meeting in Iowa City. The board will vote on the rules at its September meeting. A legislative committee will also have a chance to review the rules before they take effect.

(Radio Iowa)

Groundbreaking ceremony set for Jefferson casino


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Construction equipment has begun dirt work on the recently approved casino in Jefferson but local and state officials are gathering to turn a few spades of dirt themselves in the ceremonial groundbreaking celebration to officially kick off the project. The Wild Rose Jefferson casino project was awarded a gambling license on June 12 by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

The $40 million project including an events center, sports bar, restaurants, and an Iowa store will add 275 jobs. A 71-room hotel also will be built. The casino is going up at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 4 in Jefferson. It is scheduled to open for business late next summer.

Iowa Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Boone Republican, is among the speakers at Thursday afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Iowa fair to display ‘Field of Dreams’ sculpture

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July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair will feature a “Field of Dreams” butter sculpture this year along with its iconic butter cow. Fair officials say the sculpture will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Iowa-based movie filmed at the Lansing Family Farm in Dyersville. The molded butter sculpture will depict aspects of baseball and Iowa’s farmlands. It will join the butter cow in a 40-degree cooler.

The fair will also offer a new interactive exhibit called “Farm with Us.” It will include bushels of corn and soybeans for people to touch and an interactive digital screen. This year’s fair will be held Aug. 7-17.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., July 10th 2014


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for seven Iowa counties in response to recent storms and flooding. The counties covered are Audubon, Grundy, Ida, Jasper, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Washington. The governor is also asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess 20 counties that were hit hard by storms last month.

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — A former business manager for an eastern Iowa school district has been accused of stealing about $8,00 through an employee credit card. The Mid-Prairie School District says Cindy Steege of North Liberty faces theft charges in connection to unauthorized charges on the card. School officials say they contacted authorities last month after finding possible financial irregularities.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A boy who ran away from a Dubuque juvenile facility has been hospitalized after he stole a county road department pickup truck and crashed it into a utility pole. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the boy left Hillcrest Family Services and took the truck yesterday afternoon. Police say the boy suffered minor injuries in the crash.

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Part of an old building in eastern Iowa has been torn down over concerns it might collapse. The Fairfield Fire Department says it responded to an emergency call Tuesday about the structural integrity of the building. Businesses and apartments near the building were temporarily evacuated. An excavating company came in and tore down some of the structure to avoid potential injuries.