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2 arrested in Adams County on assault charges

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested late Monday morning in Corning following a reported disturbance at a mobile home park. Adams County Sheriff’s Officials say 30-year old Bobbie Bruce and 21-year old Michael Sickels, both from Corning, were arrested just before Noon, Monday, on charges of Domestic Assault and Assault. Bruce was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond, while Sickels’ bond was set at $1,300.

Three finalists selected for cover of next Iowa Travel Guide

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans submitted more than 600 photos as part of a contest to determine the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide. Iowa Tourism Office spokesperson Jessica O’Riley says judges have now narrowed the field to three finalists. The finalists include boaters having fun on an Okoboji lake entered by Brock Bringle of Storm Lake, a family hiking at Maquoketa Caves State Park submitted by Kelsey Delperdang of Cedar Rapids and a kayaker enjoying the Turkey River sent in by Jessica Rilling from Cedar Rapids.

Fans or followers of the Iowa Tourism Office on Facebook will now choose their favorite of the three photos between now and February 1. The winning cover will be announced February 4. O’Riley says fans may vote for their favorite photo once a day per Facebook profile.

The new Iowa Travel Guide will be made available this spring. The annual publication features information about hundreds of vacation destinations in Iowa, as well as hotel and campground listings. The tourism office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the guide and a digital version is also available at www.traveliowa.com. The cover of the 2012 Iowa Travel Guide features bicyclists on the High Trestle Trail near Madrid.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested for Domestic Assault;Minor accident reported Wednesday

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Wednesday, of 19-year old Brady Hollander, of Atlantic. Hollander was taken into custody on a charges of Domestic Abuse Assault and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was booked-in to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, the A-PD says there were no serious injuries reported following a collision Wednesday evening at 5th and Poplar Streets. Officials say a vehicle driven by Heather Griffin, of Atlantic, was traveling west on 5th Street at around 4:10-p.m., at the same time a vehicle driven by Andrew Elings, of Wiota, was traveling south on Poplar.

Officials say when Griffin pulled out onto Poplar, her vehicle struck Elings’ vehicle on the left front corner, causing a total of $2,200 damage. Griffin was cited by Police for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Myrtue Mem. Hospital $16-million renovation project nears end; open house tonight

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan are ready to unveil some of the new additions to the hospital. To mark the progress and near-end of the $16-million renovation project, which began in June 2011, an open house will be held today (Thursday), from 4:30 to 6:30-p.m. Dr. Bendorf, general surgeon for Myrtue Medical Center, says visitors will get a chance to see something a little different this evening.

“This is an opportunity for people to come and see the inner workings of an O-R. before it is up and running. I think it will be a good opportunity for people to come look at our new facility.” The Operating Rooms have seen quite a few upgrades with equipment and also higher ceilings which Bendorf said was the hardest challenge. “The way the lights are mounted on the ceiling, it just was really difficult to adjust and there was no way to raise the ceiling. So this is a huge improvement on that. In addition, there was no way we could do big orthopedic cases in the existing O.R’s. The increase in size will really expand our capabilities in that regard.”

The renovation project has been conducted in phases, with the Outpatient clinic and surgical center showcased for the open house this evening. Medical staff will be on-hand during the open house, to provide tours of the facility.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

“Right to Work” proposal advances amid chaos

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

House Republicans are pushing ahead with a proposal that seeks to put Iowa’s “Right to Work” law in the state’s constitution, knowing the Democratically-led Iowa Senate won’t take up the measure. A House subcommittee held a hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday. Charlie Wishman of the Iowa Federation of Labor told Republicans the amendment is unneeded and divisive. “Why are we doing this right now, re-fighting battles that have been fought in other states that have tore them apart if you’ve been watching the news?” Wishman asked.

The “Right to Work” law guarantees no Iowa worker is required to join a union, or pay union dues. Nicole Crain of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry told lawmakers if Iowa ever gets rid of its Right to Work Law, companies won’t do business here. “The nation’s leading relocation firm reported that 50 percent of all companies looking to relocate or expand automatically eliminate non-Right to Work states,” Crain said. “That’s automatically over 50 percent.”

The meeting was testy at times. Representative Greg Foristall, of Macedonia, chided the crowd after Marcia Nichols of the AFSCME union spoke.  “I guess I have to question what you’re threatened about,” Nichols said to conclude her remarks, and people in the crowd clapped. Foristall interjected: “No, it’s two to 100 here or whatever, so no penetrations will be allowed because I don’t want to let this get out of hand.” Later, Foristall told the union members they don’t understand economics and the shouting started. “I warned you about demonstrations,” Foristall said. “The meeting’s over.”

Foristall is chairman of the House Labor Committee, and the full committee is the next stop for the proposal.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Co. Zoning Commission to hold a public hearing on an ordinance amendment

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held tonight (Thursday) in Atlantic, with regard to a proposed amendment to the Cass County Zoning Ordinance, which would possibly allow for a change to the Business District section of the Ordinance. Some people have expressed concern or interest that the change, if eventually approved by the Board of Supervisors, would permit a business to sell and repair firearms, and/or locate and indoor shooting gallery. But Zoning Administrator Rich Hansen says that topic itself is not on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

He says “We’re just updating the permitted uses in Business District. Nothing [In the proposed amendment] has firearm sales and repair, or indoor shooting facility,” but there is interest in that type of business coming into the area, so the Commission wanted to update the zoning so it can be approved under Business District. Hansen says the Commission will simple be updating the Zoning Manual to allow a business dealing with guns, into a Business or Light Industrial District. He says the person who has shown some interest in establishing the type of business that would fall under the proposed amendment, has been thinking about the matter for a few years.

Any action taken by the Commission tonight will have to be approved by the County Board of Supervisors. Hansen says there’s really no need for people to get upset about the possibility of a shooting range being locating near Atlantic or any other community, at least for the immediate future. He says right now they’re simply updating their zoning books to allow that type of business, if someone was seriously considering, and had the resources to invest in it.

The hearing will be held in the basement meeting room at the Cass County Courthouse, beginning at 7-p.m.

8AM Newscast 01-24-2013

News, Podcasts

January 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

 

Iowa communities get cash in herbicide settlement

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A law firm says more than 70 Iowa communities are getting a total of more than $3.5 million from the settlement of a lawsuit filed against a Swiss manufacturer of the herbicide atrazine.  The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Iowa City’s share is nearly $141,000. Spokesman Jerry Brown for Korein Tillery, the law firm that handled the lawsuit, says a dozen Iowa communities will receive between $100,000 and $350,000 each from the $105 million settlement.  The lawsuit against Syngenta was settled in October.

City officials say Iowa City water customers are no longer being exposed to the weed killer, which can run off farm fields. The city began operating a new water treatment facility in 2003, and the water no longer comes straight from the Iowa River.

7AM Newscast 01-24-2013

News, Podcasts

January 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

(Updated: 10:15-a.m. Thursday) Creston attempted murder suspect is in custody

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January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County say a man wanted for the attempted murder of a Creston woman Wednesday morning was arrested and is being held in the Union County Jail in Creston.

Officials report 20-year-old William Michael Bird turned himself in to the Union County Law Enforcement Center today (Thursday), at around 2:20-a.m. He was subsequently arrested on three Union County Warrants charging him with Attempted Murder, Domestic Abuse, and Burglary in the 1st Degree. His combined bond for the charges was set at $52,000.

Authorities said Wednesday, Bird’s female victim was able to get away from the Creston residence where an incident of assault allegedly took place. She ran to a neighbor’s home, but Bird allegedly chased her down and stabbed the unidentified victim her in the upper chest before fleeing the scene. The woman was taken to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston for treatment. Her name, and a report on her condition, is not available.