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Wind Advisory 9-pm Friday thru 6-a.m Saturday

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: –SAC–CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE
1123 AM CST FRI NOV 7 2014

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY.

* TIMING…LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN AROUND AND DRIVING
MAY BE DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Iowa GOP officials mull future of Ames Straw Poll

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three of Iowa’s top Republicans met by phone this morning (Friday) to talk about the future of the Iowa Straw Poll, an event in Ames that has been both party fundraiser and provided a snap shot of a presidential candidate’s organization in Iowa in the summer before the Iowa Caucuses. Iowa G-O-P chairman Jeff Kaufmann: “We are keeping our options open on where the Straw Poll might occur and what the Straw Poll may look like,” Kaufmann says. “There will be some kind of event in the summer of 2015.”

In December or January, a meeting will be set up so Kaufmann and other top party officials can meet with Governor Terry Branstad, Congressman King, Senator-elect Joni Ernst and Congressmen-elect Rod Blum and David Young to come up with a list of options for the event. The final decision will be made by the party’s state central committee. “You know, I can’t even say for sure it will be called a Straw Poll,” Kaufmann says. “…We’re going to figure out together so we have agreement across the board on what this should look like and how we should conduct it.”

Kaufmann says making sure the event gets the blessing of the Republican National Committee is also key, since national party leaders have carved out an exception so Iowa’s precinct Caucuses can remain the first event on the presidential campaign calendar. “We want to make sure that whatever event we have is nothing like our Caucus and doesn’t take the place of the Caucus, nor should we get two bites at the apple,” Kaufmann says.

Critics of the Straw Poll have complained it gives Iowa two “first” events in the presidential selection process, as candidates like Tim Pawlenty and Elizabeth Dole who have failed to place well in Straw Polls of the past have ended their campaigns right after the Straw Poll. Straw Poll defenders have argued it’s a way for candidates to do a test-run for the Caucuses, plus it’s a way for the Iowa G-O-P to raise money. Kaufmann says the fundraiser aspect is a “misnomer.”

“A long time ago, a decade ago, it was a fundraiser,” Kaufmann says. “Expenses have increased dramatically and, to be honest with you, we have to look at our dollars and cents in terms of our expenditures here because we certainly cannot lose money on event like that and it’s not as lucrative as anyone thinks.” Kaufmann says, for him, the value of the event is the energy and enthusiasm it generates among Republicans for the campaign season ahead. Kaufmann talked about the future of the Straw Poll this morning with Governor Branstad and Congressman King.

(Radio Iowa)

Supreme Court rules against Harlan bacon cooking company

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled is a case involving a Harlan company that cooks bacon and a utility consultant. Utility Consultants International contacted Shelby County Cookers in July of 2011 offering to review the company’s utility bills for any errors or overpayments. S-C-C agreed to a free review of three months of bills and the consultant later called back to say they had found significant savings. U-C-I then offered a contract that would split the savings 50-50 between the two. S-C-C signed the contract and the consultant then requested three years worth of utility bills for review while telling S-C-C they had found overpayment of sales taxes.

The law limits requests for refunds of the overpayment of sales taxes to three years. S-C-C then terminated the contract, saying it only covered the three months of utility bills already reviewed. The consultant sued, but the district court and Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the bacon company.

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned those rulings, saying the goal of both sides was to maximize the savings. The Supreme Court says U-C-I provided valuable information that S-C-C did not know before signing the contract and the consultant should be compensated for the information. The Supreme Court also sent the case back to the district court to rule on U-C-I’s counter claim that S-C-C breached its contract.

(Radio Iowa)

Motion for continuance in Slauson case

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, Thursday, filed  a motion requesting a continuance in the case against Leatha Slauson, the Atlantic woman accused of faking her five-year old daughter’s cancer by giving her cannabis oil, inserting a nasal gastric tube and giving her a drug that makes her appear to be sick. Slauson’s trial is tentatively set to begin next Wednesday.

A hearing will be held on Monday morning, with regard to change of venue request from Slauson’s attorney, in addition to the waiving of a speedy trial in her case.

BREAKING NEWS: Not guilty verdict in western IA murder case

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Logan, IA (A-P) A western Iowa teenager who claimed he killed his 5-year-old foster brother because he thought the child was a goblin has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Harrison County District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski issued her ruling today (Friday) in the bench trial of Cody Metzker-Madsen, who was charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 death of Dominic Elkins, of Atlantic. Metzker-Madsen will remain in the Harrison County Jail until he can be transferred to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, for evaluation.

Authorities say Metzker-Madsen killed Dominic while the two played outside of their home in western Iowa. Metzker-Madsen was 17 when the boy’s body was found at the bottom of a ravine.  Metzker-Madsen told the judge during the trial that he believed he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin instead of Dominic.

2 men arrested in Creston for Probation Violation

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Adair County and another from Union County were arrested Thursday in Creston, for Probation Violations. 32-year old John Robert Lemon, of Greenfield, was wanted on a Polk County warrant. He was held without bond until being turned over to Polk County authorities.

And, 20-year old Timothy Allen Culpepper, of Creston, was arrested for Probation Violation, and for being in the presence of a Minor Child. He was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

3 people arrested on drug & other charges in Creston

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested on drug charges Thursday, in Creston. According to Creston Police, 31-year old Adrian Jacques, of Creston, was arrested at around4:45-p.m. on two Union County warrants for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Domestic Abuse Assault by Impeding air and/or blood flow resulting in Bodily Injury, and Willful Injury. Jacques was also charged with Interference with Official Acts. He was being held in the Union County Jail on $30,300 bond.

And, at around 9:45-p.m. Thursday, 26-year old Margaret Williams, of Afton, and 25-year old Brandon Parker, of Davenport, were arrested in Creston. Both were taken into custody in the 600 block of Wyoming Street. Williams was charged with OWI/1st offense, Possession with the Intent to Sell/Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Xanax. She was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Brandon Parker was charged with being a Felon on Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the 3rd degree, Possession of Meth, Providing False Identification Information, Possession of a Concealed Weapons, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also arrested on two warrants out of Polk County, for Robbery in the 1st degree. Parker was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 11/7/14

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Stabbing incident at Villisca Axe Murder House Friday morning

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November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Wisconsin man suffered self-inflicted stab wounds early this (Friday) morning, at the site of the Villisca Axe Murder house.

Villisca Axe Murder house

Villisca Axe Murder house

37-year old Robert Steven Laursen, JR., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was transported by Villisca Rescue to the Clarinda Regional Health Center and then flown to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.  A report on the man’s condition is currently not available.  The incident was reported at around 12:45-a.m.

Sheriff’s officials say Laursen was visiting the historic location as part of a recreational paranormal investigation. Since there was no indication of foul play, authorities say it’s unlikely charges will be filed.

Deputies were assisted in their investigation by personnel with the Red Oak Police Department. Six children and two adults were murdered in the house just over a century ago in a crime that was never solved.