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Iowa candidate Ernst rips husband’s Facebook posts

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst has condemned Facebook posts her husband made that included calling Hillary Clinton a “hag.”  The Des Moines Register reports that the Republican state senator from Red Oak says she was appalled by her husband’s remarks and says she’s talked to him about them. Her husband, Gail Ernst, said Tuesday that he wanted to “apologize for the inappropriate comments I have made on Facebook, which I deeply regret.”

In April last year he posted a photo of Janet Napolitano, then the U.S. homeland security secretary, calling her a “traitorous skank.” Then in May last year Gail Ernst said on Facebook that Clinton was a “lying hag” after she commented about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.

Iowa doctor accused of sex abuse gives up license

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs pediatrician accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl outside of his practice has surrendered his state medical license. The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Board of Medicine reported Tuesday that 69-year old Dennis Seaborn Jones had given up the license. Jones is charged in Pottawattamie County District Court with sexual abuse, accused of inappropriately touching the girl. He has pleaded not guilty.

Last month Jones pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. As part of a deal with federal prosecutors, Jones agreed to permanently surrender his medical license. Authorities say they found about 1.2 million images and 9,300 videos of child pornography during a search of Jones’ home.

Red Oak man arrested for going armed w/intent

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of Going Armed with Intent. Red Oak Police say 22-year old Dustin James Danick was taken into custody at around 9:20-p.m. at 1800 E. Summit St., Apt. 6, in Red Oak. Danick was brought to the Montgomerry County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 bond.

Major snowmelt flows into Missouri River system

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – More water than normal flowed into the Missouri River system last month because of the amount of snow melting, but officials say the reservoirs can handle it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the increased runoff was expected. May’s runoff was about 130 percent of normal.

The corps is predicting the Missouri River system that stretches from Montana down through the Dakotas and into Missouri will see 31.1 million acre feet of water this year. That’s down slightly from last month’s prediction, but ahead of the average of 25.2 million acre feet.

Jody Farhat with the corps says the reservoirs along the river are in a good position to handle the increased runoff, and less than 25 percent of this year’s snowpack remains.

Woodbine police chief resigns after 3 months

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa police chief has resigned after three months on the job. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that Woodbine Police Chief Scott Brammer stepped down effective Friday. Brammer declined to comment, except to say that he has taken a job as a security director for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City.

Brammer was hired as the city’s police chief in March, after serving as an officer. He took over for Gary Dull, who had held the job since 2012. The Woodbine City Council approved the hiring of Michael Jensen as interim police chief. Jensen will go through a six-month probation period before the council decides whether to hire him permanently.

Jensen has been an officer for the city for about four years.

Transportation Commission approves 5-year plan

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday, approved the five-year road building program. The plan will spend two-point-seven Billion dollars on the roadways in the fiscal years 2015 to 2019. The plan includes upgrades of Interstate 29 in Sioux City and 900 million dollars for repairing and upgrading bridges. The plan also includes spending on aviation, transit, railroads, trails, and highways in the state. State officials say there remains uncertainty though over the amount of federal highway funding. The current federal transportation funding bill expires in September.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., June 11th 2014

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead in a Webster City home died of blunt force trauma during a fight with his son. The Iowa Department of Public Safety made the announcement Tuesday after authorities finished an autopsy on 61-year-old Steven James Graesch. Authorities have charged his son, 27-year-old Corbin James Graesch, with first-degree murder.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — An Ottumwa man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for the beating death of a man in 2011. Bobby Snow was sentenced to at least 35 years in prison, with a maximum of 50 years, in the death of James McElroy. It took jurors only a couple hours to find Snow guilty of second-degree murder last March.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo officials are giving up on efforts to sell some blighted homes, and they’ll now be demolished. City Council cancelled plans to sell one house after no one submitted a bid to buy and renovate it. There also were no bids last week for a similar structure. Both houses will be demolished.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The airport board in Des Moines has approved a plan for a new and bigger terminal even though officials don’t yet know how they will pay for the $468 million project. Even with federal aviation grants, increased airline fees and other airport revenue, there is a $202 million funding gap. Construction is years away.

2 arrests in Harlan, Monday

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June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Harlan say two people were arrested Monday on separate charges. According to Harlan Police, 47-year old Timothy Turner, of Harlan, was arrested on an OWI/2nd offense charge as well as for Driving Under Suspension. And, 26-year old Zane Szeliga, of Harlan, was charged with Public Intoxication, after officers responded to a reported disturbance in the 500 block of Market Street. Both men were booked into the Shelby County Jail.

And, last Friday, 24-year old Janice Massey, of Harlan, was cited for allowing a dog to run at large, after officers investigated a report of a dog allegedly attacking children in Little George Park. The aggressive dog, belonging to Shawn Schechinger, of Harlan, was surrendered to the animal shelter.

The H-PD said also, Kirk Petersen, of Harlan, suffered from shoulder pain and scrapes during a motorcycle accident last Friday. Authorities say the 1979 Honda motorcycle Petersen was riding went out of control as it came over a hill in the 1100 block of 1100th Street. The cycle went onto its right side and slid for several feet. The damage was estimated at $400. Petersen was thrown from the cycle and rolled down the ditch. He was transported to Myrtue Medical Center for Treatment.

Central IA man arrested on OWI charge in Cass County

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June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday of a Central Iowa man. 31-year old Andy Alden Hanson, of Grimes, was arrested on charges of OWI 1st Offense and Driving While Suspended. Hanson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $1000 bond.

2 arrests on drug and weapon charges in Audubon County

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June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested after a search warrant executed this (Tuesday) morning at a residence in rural, southeastern Audubon County. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 47-year old Mark Wayne Rydl, of Exira, and 55-year old Pamela Jo Steele, of Council Bluffs were arrested during the execution of a warrant at 3312 Quail Avenue.

Officials say Rydl had outstanding warrants from Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties. Rydl has been charged with Felon in Possession of a Firerarm/Ammunition, Possession of Methamphetamine/3rd offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills, and Possessing a Stolen Motor vehicle. The latter charge was assessed following the discovery on the property, of a vehicle reported stolen from Omaha.

Steele was charged with Possession of Meth with the intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both suspects were booked into the Audubon County Jail. The incident remains under investigation.

(12-p.m. News)