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Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., March 22nd 2013


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for an Iowa soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this month. Officials say 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Steven Blass of Etherville was one of five soldiers killed in the March 11th crash. A visitation for Blass will be held Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Estherville High School Gym before an awards presentation at 8 p.m. The funeral will be held in the high school gym Tuesday at 2 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are continuing the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics. The state House and Senate passed resolutions yesterday calling on the International Olympic Committee to reconsider the decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a 21-year-old northwest Iowa man who’s accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman. Kirk Levin’s trial is now scheduled to begin on June 3rd. It had been scheduled to begin April 10th. Levin’s attorney asked for the delay so he could complete depositions and file pretrial motions.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mayors from Mississippi River communities are joining with members of Congress to draw attention to the waterway and the needs of communities dotting its banks. About a dozen mayors from communities big and small were in Washington D.C. yesterday to announce formation of the Mississippi River Platform.

Pipe impales windshield, just missing Iowa driver


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old driver received minor injuries when a steel pipe impaled her pickup’s windshield in northwest Iowa. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred around 6 a.m. Tuesday, a mile north of Hull. Rebekah Jasmer, of Hull, says the 8-foot-long pipe just missed her. Jasmer says she’d been behind another pickup as she drove to work. She told deputies that the other pickup’s tailgate was down, so it lost several pieces of its scrap metal load when it drifted right and swerved back left.

Jasmer says she ducked to the left as the pipe came through her windshield, grazing her cheek. She was treated at Sioux Center Community Hospital. Deputies have been looking for the driver of the other pickup.

No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320M jackpot


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No Powerball winner? It just means a bigger jackpot for the rest of us. Lottery officials say no ticket matched all the numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, meaning the current $320 million jackpot could swell before the next drawing on Saturday. Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the current jackpot is the sixth highest in history, but that it could grow depending on sales at the end of each day. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early February.

The holders of two winning tickets — one purchased in Arizona and the other in Missouri — shared $587.5 million in November, the largest Powerball jackpot in history.

G&R Feed & Grain bankruptcy case update

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trustee in the bankruptcy case of a Portsmouth grain company reports that on Wednesday, March 20th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mailed checks to producers who held warehouse receipts for stored grain at G & R Feed and Grain Co., Incorporated. Deborah L. Petersen says the Iowa Department of Agriculture continues to process claims for producers who sold grain to G & R for cash, or who sold grain on an unsigned contract and were not paid. The first batch of claims has been processed, and the second batch is in progress. Once the paperwork has been returned by the claimants and processed, checks will be issued within 2 – 3 weeks thereafter.

Petersen reports as well, that the bankruptcy case is progressing. She says the deadline for filing claims in the Bankruptcy is May 20th, 2013. If you have a claim for a deferred price contract, or other amount due you, you should take action to timely file a claim with the Bankruptcy Court.

Petersen is accepting proposals for auction of the facility and all equipment. Once an auctioneer is chosen, the Court’s approval will be sought and an auction scheduled. Letters have been sent out to collect all accounts due G & R.  Petersen says as Trustee, she is still seeking recovery of the proceeds for the grain delivered in December.

Investigations lead to 2 arrests in Audubon County


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports an Audubon man, 20-year old Aaron James Eddy, has been charged with Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) and Failure to Maintain Control, following an investigation into an accident which occurred on Feb. 7th near 200th Street and Lark Avenue. Eddy appeared before the magistrate this (Thursday) morning, and was released. His preliminary hearing was set for April 8th.

And, 21-year old Jesse Lee Brubaker, of Exira, was charged with Supplying Alcohol to a Minor. The charge stems from an investigation into an incident which occurred on Feb. 6th at the Brubaker residence at 204 S. Fairview Street, in Exira. Brubaker also appeared before the magistrate this (Thursday) morning, and was released from custody, with his preliminary hearing set for April 8th.

(update) High Speed Pursuit in Cass and Pottawattamie Counties


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story posted online Wednesday night and broadcast this (Thursday) morning, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Council Bluffs man was arrested in Oakland following a high-speed chase that spanned three counties and several local communities. The incident which led to the arrest of 25-year old Zachary A. White began in Audubon, when officers attempted to stop a black BMW at around 10-p.m..

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson said the car took off, and was pursued by Audubon Police, Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputies and Exira Police. Those agencies broke off the pursuit when they lost sight of the vehicle. The chase resumed in Cass County, through Atlantic on Highway 6 at around 10:15-p.m.. The pursuit soon made its way out of Cass County into Pottawattamie County. Pott. County Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman, Lt. Pat McGinn said Deputy Shea picked up the chase near the County line. At that time, the BMW was traveling in excess of 120-miles per hour.

McGinn says the deputy stationed himself at 430th Street and Highway 6 was prepared to laydown stop sticks. As the car approached, the deputy deployed the stop sticks. The car’s left front tire rand over and was punctured by the device. The suspect stopped his disabled vehicle in Oakland at Doctor Van Zee Road and Highway 59/6.

He was taken into custody at around 10:35-p.m. and charged with felony eluding, Operating While Intoxicated and numerous other charges. Additional charges are likely in Audubon County, as well. White was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on  $5,000 bond.

Fender bender in the Atlantic Shopping Plaza


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Atlantic Shopping Plaza. Officials say a vehicle driven by Lori Burgduff, of Shenandoah, was traveling south in the parking lot near the Pizza Ranch restaurant, when a legally parked car driven by Stephen Bartel, of Castana, backed out of the parking stall,  and was hit by Burgduff’s vehicle. The damage amounted to $2,800. No citations were issued.

Atlantic man stabbed in January arrested on drug charges


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man who was stabbed during an altercation on January 28th, was arrested Wednesday on drug charges. The Atlantic Police Department reports 43-year old Robert Leslie was taken into custody on warrants for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine – 3rd offense, and on three counts of Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. Leslie was booked into the Cass County Jail.

The Atlantic P-D reports also the arrest on Wednesday, of 56-year old Terry Calhoun, of Atlantic, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault/2nd offense, and 24-year old Justin Cooley, of Atlantic, on  a Cass County warrant for violating his probation. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

No plans for dinner tonight? How ’bout pancakes!


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

If you don’t already have plans for dinner this (Thursday) evening, consider attending the Cass County 4-H Endowment committee’s annual 4-H Endowment Pancake Supper. The supper takes place from 5- to 7-pm at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Chris Cakes will be dishing up fresh pancakes, 4-H members serve juice, coffee and more.  Supporters can enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $6. Proceeds from the 4-H Pancake Supper directly benefit Cass County.

The money raised goes to the Cass County 4-H Endowment, a fund to defray the 4-H Program Development Fee, support scholarships to send Cass County 4-H’ers to camps and conferences, start up dollars for programs like Clover Kids.

The Program Development Fee is 30 dollars, and that goes to the support the overall state program.  The Cass County Extension Council chose not to pass that expense on to the individual 4-H’er and families, although many counties have.  Instead, the Cass County Extension Council and the 4-H Endowment Committee pick up this expense.

Susan M. Oliver, county youth coordinator, says “Eventually, the goal is to have the Endowment pay for the fee entirely,but they cannot do that without a great deal of support from the community.  That is why we continue this annual pancake supper.”

There is also a silent auction during the supper.  Each of the 15 clubs in Cass County plan to donate an item, as well as some additional friends of 4-H.   For more information on the Pancake Supper, Endowment or 4-H contact Susan M. Oliver, Cass County Youth Coordinator, at 243-1132 or xcass@iastate.edu.

Report shows Cass County ranks 92nd out of 99 counties in IA for overall health


March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A new report on county-by-county health in Iowa shows Cass County is ranked 92ndout of 99 in overall health.

Counties shown in white are among the top 25 healthiest in Iowa; Those shown in gray rank 26th-50th; Those in a light shade of green rank 51st-74th, and those counties shown in dark green rank 75th to 99th, or least healthiest.

The findings are in the “2013 County Health Rankings” study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The study compares the health of counties in every state across the nation, measured by overall health and factors that influence health. Of Iowa’s 99 counties, Sioux County ranked highest in overall health outcomes; Johnson County was ranked highest for all factors that influence health.

In the immediate KJAN listening area, Shelby County ranked highest on the list, in 23rd place, followed by Guthrie County in 34th, and Adair County, which was ranked 49th. On the upper end of the rankings, Audubon County placed 72nd, Pottawattamie County 88th, Cass County 92nd, Montgomery County ranked 94th, and Adams County was near the bottom of the list, in 97th place.

More specifically, Cass County has a higher rate of mortality/premature deaths than the statewide average. We also are higher in the number of obese residents as compared to the statewide average, but lower in excessive drinking and sexually transmitted diseases. Conversely, Cass County was higher than the statewide average, in the areas of teen births, and motor vehicle fatalities. Twelve percent of the residents in Cass County do not have medical insurance, which is slightly more than the statewide average, and there is a higher number of children living in poverty, than across the state.

The County Health Rankings were compiled taking into account a wide range of health factors, including healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. For a county-by-county breakdown of the factors and rankings, go to www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/iowa/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank