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At least 5 Iowa tornadoes confirmed

News, Weather

June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Assessment teams have confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north-central Iowa.  Officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported from Wednesday’s storms, which damaged homes, businesses and farm buildings.  One that hit within a mile of Belmond rated EF3 on the tornado scale, with winds of 155 mph. Meteorologists say its 200-yard-wide path ran for eight miles.
Another that came down near Belmond was rated EF0, which on the scale means the winds ranged from 65 to 85 mph.  A third tornado struck the ground about a mile north of Alexander, carrying winds estimated at 112 mph, damaging some farm buildings.  Two tornadoes reported near Hampton were rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds, and an EF0, with winds up to 70 mph.


(Podcast) Southwest IA News: Fri., June 14th 2013

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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High speed internet is coming to Treynor


June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Residents and businesses in Treynor can expect faster internet service thanks to efforts of the Mayor and others, who took charge of an effort broaden access to wireless communications. According to the Daily NonPareil,Mayor Bryce Polland and a group of citizens in Treynor approached Spiral Communications of Glenwood, for help. The company says it plans to install fiber optic cables throughout Treynor proper and broaden wireless access to surrounding rural areas.

Mayor Polland said he’s heard concerns from residents who need faster Internet speeds to work at home. Officials with Spiral Communications say expanded internet service also contributes to economic development, by attracting new businesses to town and assisting existing, home-based businesses.

Company officials say they hope ground work on the project can start in July and be completed by October. They will run the fiber optics underground in some areas, and connect to telephone poles in others.

Special prosecutors appointed in Pottawattamie County case


June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills and Harrison County Attorney’s Offices will be called upon to handle cases against a Crescent man who allegedly threatened the Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney. The Daily NonPareil reports the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to approve the appointment of special prosecutors to handle cases against 56-year old Paul  Grindstaff, who’s accused of threatening an assistant county attorney.

Assistant county attorney Maggie Reyes asked the board Thursday to allow the Mills County Attorney’s Office to prosecute Grindstaff, who is charged with first-degree harassment and terroristic threats after allegedly sending threatening emails to the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office. The paper says a second case involving a theft by Grindstaff will be handled by the Harrison County Attorney’s Office.

Grindstaff was arrested in Omaha in May. According to court documents, a grandchild was removed from his care in Douglas County (Neb.) in February. In April, his guardianship was dissolved. The affidavit in support of Grindstaff’s arrest alleges after the guardianship was dissolved, he continually emailed assistant county attorney Dawn Landon, who was involved in the case because the office represents the Department of Human Services by Iowa Code.

The state alleges the communications threatened bodily harm and intended to intimidate, annoy or alarm the recipient. Grindstaff was released on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 10th.Reyes said there is an unwritten agreement between county attorney offices to cover each other in the event of a conflict of interest. She said Pottawattamie County would pay for any costs associated with prosecuting the cases, but they will not pay the other county attorney offices for their work.

Minor injuries reported following accident in Council Bluffs


June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman suffered minor, possible injuries during an accident Wednesday night  near the Ameristar Casino, in Council Bluffs. The Iowa State Patrol reports 46-year old Sandra Rodriguez-Pena, of Bellevue, NE, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Officials say her 2002 Chevy Cavalier was traveling west on Nebraska Avenue a a little after 10-p.m. Wednesday, and heading into the Ameristar parking lot, at the same time a 2010 Chrysler Sebring driven by 18-year old Kaitlin Jens, of Glenwood, was traveling east on Nebrska Avenue and coming out of the Ameristar lot turning left onto the ramp to get to Interstate 29 southbound. The vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., June 14th 2013


June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for Des Moines County. The proclamation announced yesterday follows similar action for other counties due to spring storm and flooding damage. Branstad also activated an individual assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, clothing or food replacements and temporary housing expenses.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senator Tom Harkin and three other Senators are asking Nickelodeon to ban ads targeted at children that promote and sell junk food and sugar. Nickelodeon says in a statement it is committed to fighting childhood obesity but will “leave the science of nutrition to the experts.” Last June, the Walt Disney Company banned junk food ads on its television channels, radio stations and websites.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Bettendorf woman has been accused of leaving her infant in her car while working out at a Davenport fitness center. The Quad-City Times says Amanda Broihier faces a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Government data shows Iowa’s Hispanic population continues to increase at a much higher rate than the state’s overall population. U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday shows more than 162,800 Latinos lived in the state in July 2012. That’s a 3.2 percent increase from the year before, and 10 times the estimated increase for the state’s overall population for the year.

Nominations being taken for Sept.10, 2013 School Board elections in Cass County


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports nomination papers may be circulated now for the September 10th, 2013 school board elections in Cass County.  Nomination papers for offices to be filled in 2013 can be filed (with the school board secretary) July 8, 2013 through August 1, 2013.  All offices are four year terms.

In Cass County, Iowa the following offices will appear on the ballots for the respective school districts on September 10, 2013:
Atlantic Community School District

Two At Large local directors, who are nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 50 signatures are needed for nomination) Incumbents: Kristy Pellett & Josh McLaren, both from Atlantic.

CAM Community School District

One North District, one South District local director and one At Large local Director: The nominees must live in the respective districts. They are nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 23 signatures for nomination).

North District Incumbent: Chuck Kinzie, of Anita. South District Incumbent: Gary Dinkla, of Massena. At Large local director Incumbent: Nick Kauffman, of Adair.

Griswold Community School District

One District 3 and one District 4 local director: Nominees must live in their respective districts. They will be nominated and elected by district (Minimum of 10 signatures for nomination, each.)
And, two At Large local directors, who will be nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 25 signatures for nomination).

Because the Griswold School Director District Plan has changed from seven local director districts to four local director districts and three directors elected at large, the incumbents of the new districts are not known.  The following four current directors’ terms will expire in 2013: Robert Peterson, of Elliott; Scott Peterson, Elliott; Steve Baier, of Griswold; Tom Moore, of Griswold.

Election information, including candidate nomination forms, is available online at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, from the local school board secretary’s offices and from the county auditor’s offices. Check with your local school board secretary for local school board director district boundaries.

Red Oak man arrested on sex abuse charge


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest late this (Thursday) morning of a Red Oak man on a sex abuse charge. 24-year old Shaun Jensen faces a felony charge of 2nd degree sexual abuse, following an investigation. Additional details about the alleged incident which led to his arrest was not provided. Jensen was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Trucks collide in Montgomery County, minor injuries reported


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a collision this (Thursday) morning between a straight truck and a flatbed truck/trailer, about four-miles west of Grant, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say at a 1975 GMC straight truck driven by 69-year old Merlin Rasmussen, of Red Oak, was traveling north on Q Avenue at around 8:40-a.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign at 110th Street. A 1998 International flatbed truck pulling a 2010 Titan flatbed trailer, and driven by 21-year old James Swanson, of Marne, was unable to stop in-time, and struck the GMC on the right front side.

Accident scene. Photo courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA

Accident scene. Photo courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA

Following the collision, the straight truck came to rest in the northwest ditch, while the flatbed continued down the north shoulder. The gooseneck of the trailer it was pulling became detached, and wound up in the north ditch. The flatbed truck then came to rest in the eastbound lane of traffic, facing southwest.

The straight truck, registered to Ronald Adams, of Elliott, was totalled. The loss was estimated at $2,500. The flatbed truck, regiestered to Wright Trucking, L-C, in Atlantic, was also totalled, with the loss  estimated at $10,000. The trailer it was pulling sustained $1,200 damage. Swanson suffered a bump on the head, but did not seek medical treatment.

Officials say Rasmussen was cited for Failure to Stop at a stop sign.

Drug & alcohol arrest in Atlantic


June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a man from Pottawattamie County was arrested today (Thursday), on alcohol and drug charges. 27-year old Benjamin Grulke, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant for Possession of Controlled Substances, and for Public Intoxication. Grulke was booked into the Cass County Jail.