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Gov. plans to try again on anti-bullying effort


June 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill designed to crack down on cyberbullying failed to advance in the Legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad says he plans to keep working to toughen Iowa’s anti-bullying laws.  Branstad promised Thursday that he would hold another state summit on bullying, as he did last fall, and will work to get a bill passed next year. Branstad says he “wants kids to feel safe.”
The bullying bill offered by Branstad this year would have updated state guidelines for school districts to include bullying that occurs outside school on social media websites like Facebook. It received subcommittee approval in the state House, but never moved forward. 
Matt Carver, of the group School Administrators of Iowa, says he thinks the Legislature will approve the bill once lawmakers have more information.

Underage drinkers cited in Red Oak


June 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two young people were cited early this (Sunday) morning for public intoxication and given a warning for being in violation of curfew. According to Red Oak Police, 16-year old Jacob Ryan Ballard, of Clarinda, and 17-year old Todd Micheal H. Rensch, of Red Oak, were cited just after 2-a.m. near the intersection of Coolbaugh Street and Highland Avenue. Both teens were released to the cutody of a parent or adult guardian.

Iowa early News headlines: Sunday, June 9th 2013


June 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a small central Iowa city say they’re saddened at the discovery of a body in a river believed to be that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted more than two weeks ago. Along streets and businesses in Dayton, purple ribbons on trees, plants and utility poles had signified hope for finding Kathylnn Shepard alive. A body in clothing that matches what she was last seen wearing was discovered Friday night in the Des Moines River near Boone, about 20 miles away.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Nebraska Agricultural Trade Representative Stan Garbacz are packing for Turkey to accompany officials from four other states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a trade mission. Officials from Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Pennsylvania also have reserved space for the trip to be led by acting USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse next week.

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Several former major league baseball players are scheduled to participate in a game this fall at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in eastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports the game is set for September 14th in Dyersville.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway has been postponed until 10 o’clock this morning due to weather. The race was set to begin at 7 p.m. yesterday, but rain began falling about 40 minutes before the scheduled start in Newton, Iowa.

MO work release prisoner arrested in Adams County


June 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County said Saturday, that two people were arrested Friday, while a third was arrested Thursday. 43-year old Jimmie Tucker, of Missouri, was arrested at around 9:10-a.m. Friday, after the Adams County Dispatch Center received a call about a suspicious man walking down the highway, waiving his arms at persons driving by. Deputies made contact with Tucker, who revealed to them he was wanted for leaving his work release program in Missouri. Tucker was arrested on a parole violation and for absconding from a work release program.

Officials say 36-year old A-J Miller, of Lorimor, IA, was arrested at around 4:55-p.m. Friday in Adams County, on a warrant associated with an incident which allegedly occurred on October 5th, 2012. He was charged with Theft in the 2nd Degree.

And on Thursday, Adams County deputies arrested 24-year old Eric Shinn, of Prescott, for Harassment in the 1st Degree. Shinn was taken into custody at around 6:40-p.m. on a warrant stemming froma previous investigation, and held in the Adams County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Tickets Remain for Last Train Ride in Atlantic


June 8th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Tickets are still available for the 3pm Steam Engine Train ride leaving from the Rock Island Depot in Atlantic.  The ride is a round trip to Anita and back.  Proceeds from the ride go to support the Atlantic and Anita Fire Departments.  If you are interested in taking the afternoon ride just head down to the depot and firefighters will be there to get you set up with tickets as long as they last.

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Body of 15 year old kidnapped Iowa girl found


June 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body believed to be a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped by a registered sex offender while walking home from school. Officials said early Saturday that a body believed to be that of Kathlynn Shepard was found by fishermen in an Iowa waterway Friday night. The high school freshman has been missing since May 20th. She and a 12-year-old friend were lured into a truck that police say was driven by Michael Klunder. Police said Klunder took the girls from Dayton, Iowa to a hog confinement where he worked.

The 12-year-old escaped. Klunder later committed suicide. Hundreds of people searched for Kathlynn. Hopes of finding her alive were dampened when testing confirmed that blood found on Klunder’s truck and at the hog building was Kathlynn’s.

Fire Marshal to Present Flags to Families of Fallen Firefighters, including a western IA man


June 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds will help present two U.S. flags to the families of fallen firefighters from 2012. The ceremony at the Firefighter Memorial located north of Interstate 80 (exit 242) in Coralville, will take place 10:30-a.m. Sunday, June 9th. It will honor the following two firefighters:

Gilmore City Fire Chief Larry Nielsen, who died while on duty October 9th, 2012. The 66-year old Nielsen was responding to a barn fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was a 41 year member of the Gilmore City Fire Department.

Logan Firefighter Daniel D. Penrod, died on October 9th, 1905, responding to a house fire.  A chimney collapsed during the fire, killing the 36-year old Penrod immediately.  Penrod was buried the following day in the Logan Cemetery.  (No relatives could be located for Mr. Penrod, so his flag will be presented to the Logan Fire Department).

The State Fire Marshal’s Office officially recognizes every firefighter who dies in the line of duty over the previous year by presenting a flag that was flown over our state capitol in their honor.  The flag is carefully protected until the day of the memorial, when it is presented to the surviving family.

Grassley plans meetings in Southwest Iowa


June 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will hold constituent meetings in 11 Iowa communities during the first week of July when the Senate is scheduled to break for Independence Day. Grassley will hold town meetings in Bedford, Corning, Red Oak, Clarinda, Sidney, Glenwood, Logan, Harlan, and Audubon. He will speak at the Rotary Club meeting in Atlantic. Grassley also will tour and hold a Q&A session with employees at Griffin Pipe Products Co., Inc. in Council Bluffs.

Grassley has held at least one meeting with Iowans in every one of the state’s 99 counties since 1980, when he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. With the upcoming meetings with constituents in Southwest Iowa, Grassley will have been to 84 Iowa counties so far this year. The nine town meetings on Grassley’s July 1-2 schedule are open to the public.

His schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 1

8-9 a.m. Taylor County Town Meeting: Taylor County Farm Bureau, Board Room 607 Pollock Boulevard in Bedford

9:45-10:45 a.m. Adams County Town Meeting: Corning Nursing and Rehab 1614 Northgate Drive in Corning

12 noon-1:00 p.m. Montgomery County Town Meeting: Montgomery County Family YMCA 101 East Cherry Street in Red Oak

2-3 p.m. Page County Town Meeting: Clarinda Regional Health Center, EMS Garage 220 Essie Davison Drive in Clarinda

4:15-5:15 p.m. Fremont County Town Meeting: The Gathering Place Intersection of Cass Street & Ohio Street in Sidney

6-7 p.m. Mills County Town Meeting: Glenwood Senior Center 20 North Vine in Glenwood

Tuesday, July 2

8-9 a.m. Harrison County Town Meeting: Logan Community Center 108 West 4th Street in Logan

9:45-10:45 a.m. Tour Facility and Q&A with Employees at Griffin Pipe Products Co., Inc. 2601 Ninth Avenue in Council Bluffs

12 noon-1 p.m. Speak with the Rotary Club of Atlantic: Heritage House 1200 Brookridge Circle in Atlantic

2:15-3:15 p.m. Shelby County Town Meeting: Harlan Community Library 718 Court Street in Harlan

4-5 p.m. Audubon County Town Meeting: Audubon County Economic Development Corporation 800 Market Street in Audubon

3 arrests in Mills County


June 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests late this week. 18-year old Jeffri Madison West, of Council Bluffs, was arrested early this (Friday) morning on a charge of trespassing. His bond was set at $300. On Thursday, 47-year old Brian David Konfirst was arrested for Driving While Revoked and for having no high-risk (SR-22) insurance. His bond was set at $2,000. And, on Wednesday, 35-year old Matthew Samuel Demorest, of Pacific Junction, was arrested on a charge of Theft in the 2nd degree. Bond was set at  $5,000.