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Gun and ATV thefts reported in Union County; Accident results in citations


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County received two theft reports last week. On Saturday, a Lorimor woman said someone took a red, 1999 Honda ATV from a shed on her property. The theft happened sometime over the past week. The ATV was valued at $3,000. And, on May 10th, a rural Creston man reported the theft of a Ruger, Mark 3 .22-caliber handgun. The weapon was taken from his vehicle sometime over the course of the past two months. The loss was estimated at $350.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said also, an accident early Saturday morning resulted in a pickup being totaled, but no one was hurt. 29-year old Christopher Ham, of Lorimor, was traveling east on 3rd Street at around 1:50-a.m., Saturday, when he lost control of the 1999 Chevy S-10 he was driving. The pickup sideswiped a tree and then an Alliant Energy utility pole, snapping the pole in half. Ham told authorities he was being chased by an unknown vehicle when the incident occurred. Officials cited Ham for Failure to Maintain Control, and Driving While Revoked. Damage from the crash, including to the pickup and pole, amounted to $5,500.

Fewer Iowa kids are drinking booze, but the numbers are still too high


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A study finds the number of Iowa high school students who drink alcohol is falling but a state health official says the numbers are still far too high. Julie Hibben, in the Bureau of Substance Abuse at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says moms and dads in Iowa can have a significant impact on the well being of their kids — all it takes is a little time.

“A way that parents can address substance use with their children is really by having conversations with them,” Hibben says, “not being afraid to talk with them about what’s happening, if any of their kids are feeling pressured at school by their peers to use substances and just to have open conversations about that.” An Iowa study finds the frequency of binge drinking, illicit drug use and cigarette smoking is lower among kids between 12 and 17 whose parents engage in monitoring behaviors, like helping with homework.

“We’re seeing rates decrease when it comes to underage drinking, which is really good news,” Hibben says. “We feel like our prevention efforts are working but we still have a lot of work to do. We know that, depending on the data source, Iowa tends to be in the top five to ten states with the highest rates of underage drinking.” According to the latest Iowa Youth Survey, 23-percent of the 11th graders in Iowa reported having one drink of alcohol in the last month, and of those, 14-percent binge drank, meaning, they had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours.

“Even though we’re seeing decreases, which we’re excited to see,” Hibben says, “we know that prevention is working in communities and across the state, there’s still some work we need to do to address that issue and make the decreases even more.” Each year, more than 43-hundred people under age 21 die from homicides, suicides, car crashes and drowning related to drinking alcohol. This is National Prevention Week, which Hibben says is an opportunity to raise awareness about underage drinking, emphasize healthy choices, and encourage each other to make a meaningful difference. The theme is “It’s Up to All of Us.”

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors approve tourism brochure funding


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a funding request from Cass County Tourism officials, for new tourism brochures. Kenner Baxter presented a mock-up of the brochures and spoke about them during the Board’s meeting this (Monday) morning. She said the last time the brochure was updated, was in 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The brochures are entitled “Explore Cass County.”

Kenner Baxter displays a mock-up of the new Cass County Tourism brochure, "Explore Cass County."

Kenner Baxter displays a mock-up of the new Cass County Tourism brochure, “Explore Cass County.”

They were created by Hotch Studios, of Atlantic, a graphic design company. Baxter says they were reasonably priced. The bid for the design cost came in at $270. The printing of 2,500 brochures at Safeguard Business Systems in Atlantic, will cost $288, for a total of $558, which the Board agreed was very reasonable. Kenner said the brochures will be printed in the next couple of weeks. She said they really need them because the “Our Iowa” bus tours are coming through this summer, and they have the old brochures, so “we need to give them something new.”

The brochures will be available at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce office and at all Iowa Welcome Centers.

Atlantic man arrested on warrant; Stuart man arrested for Domestic Abuse by strangulation


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cass County man was arrested last week on an Adair County warrant for Violation of Probation. 37-year old Shawn Glen Wolverton, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Greenfield, and brought to the Adair County Law Enforcement Center and later released on $5,000 bond.

A man from Stuart was arrested Thursday afternoon also, for Domestic Abuse by strangulation. 34-year old Justin Patrick Beaman was arrested by Stuart Police and later released on $2,000 bond.

And three eastern Iowa men were arrested Friday morning by the Iowa State Patrol, in Adair County. The men, 25-year old Christopher Patrick Carr and 23-year old Ramon LaMar March, both of Davenport, and 18-year old Tyler John Guizar, of Buffalo, were in a vehicle that was stopped on I-80 near the Adair Exit. The men were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marjuana, and later release on $1,000 bond, each.

(9-a.m. News)

WDSM woman arrested Friday in Creston on drug & other warrants


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police report a woman from Polk County was arrested Friday afternoon at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on four Union County warrants for Violation of Probation on original charges of: 2nd degree Attempted Burglary; Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense; Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd/subsequent offense, for Driving While Denied or Revoked, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense. 38-year old Sara Weis, of West Des Moines, was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $17,000 bond.

Also on Friday, 10-year old Katrina Gogel, of Creston, was referred to Juvenile Authorities from the Creston Middle School on the charges of Assault with Injury and Criminal Mischief 5th. She was released to the custody of Juvenile Authorities.

Early Sunday morning, Creston Police arrested 26-year old T’Lee Jones, of Creston, on a Union County felony Warrant for the charge of Controlled Substance Violation. She was later released from the Union County Jail on $5000 bond. That same morning 42-year old William Pettit, of Creston, was arrested on an OWI 1st offense charge. He was later released from the Union County Jail on  $1000 bond. And, 25-year old Nathan Vicker, of Creston, was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Interference with Offical Acts and Possession of Contraband in Correctional Institution were added at the Law Enforcement Center/Union County Jail. Vicker was being held in the Union County Jail on $5000 bond.

Authorities said also, a resident of the 300 block of Livingston Avenue, reported Saturday, that on May 10th, someone attempted to break into his home. The incident happened between the hours of 2:30-pm May 10th and 2-am on May 11th. A similar attempt was made May 13th.  Both attempts caused damage to the homes doors that was estimated at $300.

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ISU Study: Livestock odor control studies make limited progress

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May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A review by experts at Iowa State University finds most of the studies on ways to handle the odor and emissions from animal livestock facilities in the state fail to get very far. Dan Andersen in the Department of Agricultural and Bisosystems Engineering says they looked at odor control research projects in three areas. “One from the animal housing itself, two from the way they’re storing or handling their manure. And three, from their land application area,” Andersen says. “So, we were really curious about what people had tried — and what research had been done on that.”

“There’s a lot of things that are studied in the lab, and very few of those actually make it to field testing. Which does make some sense. Certainly we’re more willing to try things that might be a little crazy or hard to implement in the lab,” according to Andersen. He says it is surprising given the concerns about livestock odors in Iowa that more of the lab tests haven’t advanced.

“And some of that is related to costs and some of it is related to what they found in the lab-scale studies. But I still think it is unfortunate that a lot of these options never make it all the way to the field studies,” Andersen says. “The other thing that we saw is that a lot of the research has tended to focus on swine production systems. Which certainly they can be contributors to odor, but other production systems also are pretty key contributors to odors both in this state around the midwest. So, it is a little surprising that so much of the attention has been just on hogs.”

Andersen says one of the other issues they found is the studies cover a variety of issues related to the odor, but few look at a broader picture of what needs to be done. “For instance, often times a study might focus just on ammonia, or just on greenhouse emissions, or just on odor, rather than putting all the pieces together,” Andersen explains. “So I think some of it is just making sure as scientist we are all laying the foundation to say as we evaluate this technology are we thinking about both what we are really trying to focus on today — but sort of that big picture of where the demands for agriculture might go.”

Andersen says moving some of these lab studies forward could be a way to find something that works and is cost effective. “We are at a point where a lot of those things that really make a high impact are still pretty costly to implement. So, I think a lot of the focus needs to be looking at these technologies that have shown promise — things like bio-filters or covered manure storages — and really looking at way to make them cost feasible for farms to implement,” Andersen says.

Andersen and others looked at more than 260 research papers on the effectiveness of technologies intended to control gaseous, odor and particulate emissions from livestock and poultry operations.

(Radio Iowa)

Accident in Red Oak, Sunday


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say no injuries were reported following a collision between a semi and a car, Sunday afternoon. Officials say the accident happened at around 4:30-p.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and 4th Street, when a semi driven by 34-year old Gurmeet Singh, of Burbank, CA, collided with a 2008 Ford Focus, driven by 63-year old Christine Seeley, of Red Oak.

Seeley stopped at the intersection and then pulled out to turn south onto 4th Street when her car was hit in the rear quarter panel. The impact ripped the rear bumper off the car. The damage was estimated at $6,000. The semi tractor sustained minor damage to its bumper. No citations were issued.

More than 2000 rally in Albia, in support of Welcome Home Soldier memorial


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The City of Albia nearly doubled in size Sunday for a rally to show support for the “Welcome Home Soldier” Memorial. A Washington, D.C.-based group has threatened to sue, arguing the memorial’s 21 crosses violate the separation of church and state since the display sits on public land. Jim Keller, founder and president of the “Welcome Home Soldier” board, says the families of veterans paid for each the crosses.

“I always told everybody when you come here, I want to tear your heart out and hand it right back to you,” Keller said. “I think that’s how much I appreciate everybody that fought for our country.” Officials estimated a crowd of two-thousand turned out in Albia for the event. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds told rally-goers the threatened lawsuit is an attack on religious liberty.

“It is up to us to stand up and say: ‘We will not tolerate this infringement on our rights. We will not allow this memorial to be taken down,'” Reynolds said, to cheers. Reynolds says the “elitists” are counting on Iowans to lose their resolve.  “We must stand together in this fight like each and every one of you are doing here today and, collectively, we must say: ‘Enough is enough,'” Reynolds said. Reynolds says if it’s O-K for crosses to mark the graves of soldiers at cemeteries in Normandy and Arlington, it should be O-K in Monroe County, Iowa.

State Senator Ken Rozenboom, of Oskaloosa, represents the area and he says this is a battle between “political correctness” and the free speech rights of Albia families who had the names of loved ones carved in the crosses. Last year, Americans United for Separation of Church and State raised concerns about a veterans memorial in a Knoxville city park that depicted a soldier kneeling next to a cross. Two members of the Knoxville City Council who voted to move that memorial to private land lost their bids for reelection.

(Radio Iowa)

Drones, TPP, Iran nuclear deal among topics at US Senate candidate forum


May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The four Democrats running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa are raising serious concerns about the Obama Administration’s use of drones to target terrorists overseas. The candidates appeared Sunday afternoon at a forum sponsored by the “Stop The Arms Race” PAC. Patty Judge says it’s important to take out “high value” targets, but she says the Pentagon, not the C-I-A, should be running the U.S. drone program.

It’s a military tool and it needs to be treated as a military tool,” Judge says. Rob Hogg  says he has “deep concerns” because our enemies may use drones to strike us. “If we can do things that keep the men and women in our services out of danger by using them for informational purposes, that’s probably a good thing,” Hogg says, “…but we’ve got to be really, really careful.” Tom Fiegen says there are too many civilian casualties with drone strikes.

“You wonder why there are more terrorists? It’s because we use
drones to kill people who are innocent victims,” Fiegen said, to applause. Bob Krause says there is a “joystick mentality” that goes with the operation, but he’s not calling for abandoning the use of drones. “I don’t know that I’m willing yet to say that we need to stop targeting and pinpointing the leadership of ISIS,” Krause says.

The Democratic candidates also agreed the U.S. should NOT use torture when interrogating terror suspects. Regarding two of President Obama’s foreign policy achievements, all four expressed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, but they were united in their support of the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Patty Judge says it will help maintain peace in the Middle East.

“However, we must also understand and realize that we have got to be very vigilant,” Judge says. “There needs to be careful monitoring.” Rob Hogg says people overlook that the deal had international support from U.S. allies. “Even Ronald Reagan used nuclear arms negotiations with the ‘Evil Empire’ to bring moderation to the Soviet Union,” Hogg said, “so why shouldn’t President Obama be able to do that with Iran?” Bob Krause says it was “nearly criminal” for Senator Chuck Grassley to sign onto a letter Senate Republicans sent the “Supreme Leader” in Iran.

“It will probably never be prosecuted, but it was clearly wrong,” Krause said, “and it played into the hands of the far right wing in Iran.” Tom Fiegen describes himself as a peace activist who supports the deal with Iran. “I believe it represents a triumph of diplomacy over war,” Fiegen says. Donald Trump was a frequent target during the two-hour-long forum, as was Senator Grassley.

The four candidates are competing to win the June 7th Democratic Primary and the chance to face Grassley in the General Election.

(Radio Iowa)