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Mills County accident/incident report

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident of burglary. Officials say the Bluffs View Cafe’, in Pacific Junction, reported an instance of burglary in the 3rd degree. The report was received early Wednesday morning.

Sheriff’s officials said also, no injuries were reported following two separate accidents, Tuesday. The first took place just before six-a.m., a little over a mile north of Pacific Junction, at the intersection of Highway 34 and 195th Street. Authorities say a car driven by Jeremy Frazier, of Pacific Junction, was traveling north on 195th and approaching Highway 34, at about the same time a car driven by Raymond Hansen, of Council Bluffs, was traveling east on 34 and approaching the median crossing with 195th Street.

The Sheriff’s Office says Frazier’s 2004 Pontiac “prodded through the intersection” as Hansen was approaching, but saw Hansen’s 2002 Toyota, too late. He tried to accelerate, but his Pontiac was hit in the left rear by Hansen’s Toyota. An estimate of the damage is not available. Frazier was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

The second accident happened at around 5:30-p.m. Tuesday, on 221st Street in Mills County. Officials say a vehicle driven by Cole Peckham, of Glenwood, was traveling north on 221st when a vehicle in front of him slowed to turn onto Elderberry Drive. Peckham slammed on his brakes, but was unable to avoid hitting the other car, so he swerved into the east ditch. Peckham was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Villisca man arrested on drug charges

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, of a Villisca man. 53-year old Kirk Alan Black faces felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Serious Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. Black was arrested at around 4:25-p.m. Tuesday, at the intersection of Highway 34 and 390th Street, in Mills County. His bond was set at $100,325, but later amended to $100,000. Black’s preliminary hearing is set for April 9th.

 

Sunday is the deadline for paying power bills to avoid being cut off

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report from Iowa’s largest utility companies shows thousands of households are behind on paying their power bills. A federal program provides protection from having the power shut off between November 1st and March 31st — so the deadline is Sunday. Jerry McKim, director of Iowa’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, says he’s concerned about those who are not part of the program.
“People do get shut off in the winter, the numbers drop way off, but starting April 1st, it comes on with a vengeance,” McKimm says. “Just to give you an idea, in February, there were 1,254 involuntary disconnections reported by the state’s regulated utilities.”

McKim says fewer people applied for assistance this year, so there are funds available in LIHEAP for those who qualify. Because the moratorium expires Sunday, it may not prevent disconnection, but the money can be applied to past due bills while a payment plan is negotiated. McKimm says it’s a myth that power won’t be disconnected in the winter and if that happens, residents are allowed to negotiate a reasonable payment plan. “This doesn’t matter whether you’re low-income or not, any residential customer has this protection,” he says. “If you haven’t had a payment agreement that you’ve broken in the last 12 months, the utility shall, not might, shall offer you a minimum of 12 months to pay off the past due balance, and that’s a minimum not a maximum 12 months.”

McKim says a report from utility companies statewide shows nearly 234-thousand households have delinquent accounts. Although the companies are required to work with customers, he says it’s up to the individuals to ask for help.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Newscast 03-28-2013

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March 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak man arrested early Thu. morning

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County arrested a man early this (Thursday) morning, who was wanted on three warrants. 39-year old Donavan Lucius Sands, of Red Oak, was arrested on two Montgomery County warrants for Failure to Pay Child Support, and on a Red Oak Police Dept. warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree. Sands was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $7,000 cash bond.

Dept of Revenue backs law on internet sales tax; Forristal objects

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at the Iowa Department of Revenue say Iowa should once again try to collect sales taxes from online retailers, now that Republicans have retained control of the U-S House and it’s unlikely to happen at the federal level. Iowa and other states lose millions of dollars in sales taxes from purchases made on the internet. Victoria Daniels at the Iowa Department of Revenue says late last year it looked like Congress was going to force the retailers to collect the state taxes nationwide.

” Probably the best shot to get something done at the federal level was during that lame duck session last year and it didn’t happen,” Daniels says. Republicans in the U-S House are backing a new bill that would exempt many sales from the tax. Daniels says that’s why Iowa needs to pass a bill in the Iowa House that allows the state to collect the taxes.  “It definitely makes federal legislation less of a save all, and we need to take matters into our own hands,” according to Daniels. Retailers from Walmart to small main street businesses support the effort, because, they say, internet sales have an unfair advantage over their brick and mortar stores. But some state representatives like Greg Forristal, a Republican from Macedonia, view it as a tax hike, so their bill would have any newly collected taxes go right back to taxpayers.

“In other words if we’re going to raise taxes let’s make sure it benefits the taxpayers,” Forristal says. The lone Democrat on the House panel objected, saying any new tax revenue should go for education and mental health and other priorities.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines: Thu., March 28th 2013

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March 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque businessman Rod Blum says he’ll run for the GOP nomination in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. Blum announced his plans yesterday. He lost the Republican nomination for the seat in 2012 to attorney Ben Lange. The seat will be open in 2014 because Democratic Representative Bruce Braley has announced his intent to seek the Senate seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A decision on whether to close four Girl Scout camps in eastern Iowa is off the table after a strong community backlash. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois announced yesterday it will not vote on whether to sell the camps in Scott County, Dubuque County, Des Moines County and Allamakee County. Citizens reacted to the possibility of the camps closing by filing an injunction Friday against letting the organization vote on the matter.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a county jail in western Iowa. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Anthony Josta of Sioux City was found unconscious Tuesday night in his cell at the Woodbury County Jail. An autopsy is scheduled today.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points and Iowa ended Virginia’s 19-game home winning streak with a 75-64 victory in the NIT quarterfinals last night, earning the Hawkeyes a trip to Madison Square Garden. Marble’s 3-pointer with 13:02 to play gave Iowa a 42-41 lead in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Senate backs tougher rules for teen drivers

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March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s teen drivers would face tougher rules under a bill that passed the Senate. Senators approved the legislation in a 41-8 vote Wednesday. Under the plan from Democratic Sen. Tod Bowman, drivers under the age of 18 would need to hold a learner’s permit for a full year before getting a license.

Teen drivers also would not be able to transport more than one unrelated minor, unless they are with a parent, guardian or driving instructor, for the first six months they hold a license. Parents could sign a waiver so the passenger rules would not apply to their kids. Bowman says teen drivers are far more accident-prone than older motorists. The bill now moves the House where lawmakers must provide approval.

Road construction to reroute CCMH traffic

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March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, say due to construction, the west, 10th Street entrance to CCMH will be closed Thursday, March 28th from 10 am – 3 pm. Patients and visitors will need to use the north atrium entrance or the east entrance at the back of the building during those hours.