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With new technology comes new ways to exploit it and rip you off


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A professional computer hacker who works for several Iowa companies testing their security says as technology advances, Iowans are at greater risk for identity theft. Pablos Holman says one primary line of defense is having good email passwords that use a variety of characters, numbers and symbols, making them much harder to hack. “If I can get into your email, then I can go to almost any website and click on ‘I forgot my password’ and they’ll email it to you,” Holman says. “Email is kind of the gatekeeper for everything. Now, people are accessing email from their phones all the time and don’t realize that basically gives an attacker access to everything.”

Holman recommends using what’s known as a “password manager” that allows you to have a different password for each website you use. It will synchronize passwords between your work and home computer, pad and phone and stores all that information in the cloud. Paying for gasoline using a credit card at the pump is convenient, but Holman says that could also be opening you up to a high-tech hacker. “A newer RFID credit card, paypass cards and blink cards — it’s possible to read the credit card number off them wirelessly,” he says. “Attackers can put an extra reader next to the pump and when people come by with their cards, they just collect numbers that way.” Holman says it may be wise to invest in an RFID-blocking wallet or to leave those cards at home and take them with you only when necessary.

Iowans should use passcodes on their smart phones, to keep them safer, longer, in case they’re stolen. He suggests another security precaution for our phones. “I’ve been using a privacy screen protector on my phone,” he says. “It’s really cool because it makes it so whoever is near you can’t see your screen, it just looks black. If someone is looking over your shoulder as you’re texting or checking your email, the person sitting next to me can’t see my screen.” He says 70-percent of mobile phone users don’t password-protect their phones. Also, 43-percent of Americans surveyed admit to glancing at a stranger’s mobile device. That number zooms to 66-percent for those between the ages of 18 and 24.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Supervisors approve Housing project agreements


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, approved sub-recipient agreements for two housing projects in Woodbine. The County acts as a flow-through agency for the federally funded Walnut Street upper story apartment rehabilitation and Normal Street duplex/tri-plex construction project, administered by SWIPCO (The Southwest Iowa Planning Council).

The Supervisors also voted to approve the allowance or disallowance of Homestead Credit and Military Service Exemption claims for Fiscal Year 2013 taxes collectible in F.Y. 2014, in accordance with Iowa Code. The action is merely a procedural matter that occurs annually. And having received an Application for Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Tax Credit, the Board voted to allow the credit as presented.

The Cass County Board of Supervisor’s next meeting will take place Friday, November 30th.

7AM Newscast 11-22-2012

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November 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Traffic stop leads to rollover accident in Montgomery County


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A routine traffic stop resulted a rollover accident early this (Thursday) morning, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say neither the driver, 21-year old Cody K. Blystone, nor his passenger, 20-year old Cody W. Chapin, both of Red Oak, were injured.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a Red Oak Police officer activated his emergency lights just before 4-a.m., in an attempt to stop a 2006 Chevy Equinox that was traveling east on Bluegrass Road. After he did so, the SUV accelerated and continued east on Bluegrass, through the S-curves where the road becomes 207th Street. The SUV was exiting the curve back to the east when it went out of control near 1961 207th Street. The vehicle crossed the center of the road, entered the north ditch and rolled onto its left side. It continued to overturn as it slid in the ditch, and made contact with a field drive. The SUV finally came to rest after it flipped once more, and landed on its wheels.

After Blystone and Chapin were checked for injuries by Red Oak Fire and Rescue personnel, Blystone was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was charged with OWI/1st Offense and Reckless Driving. Blystone was being held in the jail on $1,000 bond. The SUV, owned by 20-year old Megan Backstrom, of Red Oak, sustained about $15,000 damage.

Red Oak man arrested on drug & other charges, Wed.


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday, on drug and other charges. According to the Red Oak Police Department, 33-year-old Ronald William Jennings was taken into custody on Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana and Interference with Official Acts, charges. Jennings was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $2,000 cash bond.

No injuries reported after anhydrous tank overturns in Montgomery County, Wednesday


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency says no injuries were reported after an anhydrous tank being pulled by a pickup, overturned Wednesday evening in an area near Villisca.

Overturned Anhydrous tank near Villisca, 11/21/12. (All photos courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery County EMA)

According to EMA Director Brian Hamman, the accident happened at around 4-p.m.   The tank was leaking after it overturned, but the leak was stopped after a valve was quickly shut off by Villisca Firefighters.

Hamman says the road remained closed while crews worked to upright the tank, and no evacuations were needed. No other information is currently available.

1 dead another seriously hurt after SUV hits a deer in Montgomery County


November 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa woman died and a passenger in her vehicle was seriously injured Wednesday, after the SUV they were in struck a deer on Highway 34, west of Red Oak, in Montgomery County. The Iowa State Patrol says 26-year old Shawna Michelle Curtis, and nine-year old Lydia Powell, both of Creston, were traveling east on the highway at around 7:15-p.m., when a deer entered the roadway. When Curtis’ 2008 Ford Edge struck the animal, the deer came through the windshield, hitting Curtis, causing her to lose control of the SUV.

The vehicle continued east on Highway 34 before it left the road, entered the north ditch and rolled over twice. Curtis died at the scene. Powell was flown by helicopter to Creighton Hospital in Omaha. A report on her condition is currently not available. The Patrol says the woman and the girl were wearing their seat belts.

Road Closed for Bridge Repair in Shelby and Audubon Counties


November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday, that they have been advised by Audubon County that 185th Street, between Yellowwood Road in Shelby County, and Bluebird Avenue in Audubon County, will be closed indefinitely, for bridge repair. The road is currently closed, and there is no known or set date for its re-opening.

Emergency Responders should plan to take alternate routes in order to reach residences in the area. If you have any questions, please call the Audubon County Engineers Office.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign underway in Cass County


November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Salvation Army Chapter officially kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign last week. Teresa Kanning, Cass County Salvation Army Co-Chairperson says the event was held November 13th, at the Main Street Grill in Atlantic. Kanning says last year (2011), the Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $8,500, which was the largest amount ever collected for the Cass County Unit.  The money has been used for assisting individuals with food and shelter after being stranded in the area either due to bad weather or car problems, etc.

Kanning says over $6000 was used to assist with needs in the local area.   Programs receiving funds this year past included: Parents As Teachers – for books;  School Principals – receiviedgift cards for identified students in need and, the Camp with a Cop program. In addition, donations to the Red Kettle Campaign allowed each Cass County School district to receive book bags for distribution to kids, the Family Crisis Support Network received food, The Cass County Alternative School received funds for food and hygiene products as well as clothing, to assist students in getting a job, and, stethoscopes for students attending CNA classes

Kanning says the community has been very supportive of the Red Kettle Campaign in Cass County, and local organizers thank you for your donations, as well as those who volunteered to ring the bell last year. She said Duane McFadden and Dave Hancock have been instrumental in finding volunteers and making sure shifts have been covered, but anyone who would like to volunteer to assist in the Campaign this year, is welcome to call Duane McFadden at 712-781-2287.

Donations that are mailed-in, need to be marked as being for Iowa Unit #209. The Unit number should be indicated on the front of your check’s “For” or “Memo” line,  or, on the online donation form, in order for it to be credited to the local unit. The money collected here locally stays in the community to be used to assist local community members.

Pigs worth more than $38,000 stolen from NW Iowa farm

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are searching for several hundred pigs and hogs that were stolen from a northwest Iowa farm last weekend. KMEG reports the animals that were taken from the Dekker family’s farm last Saturday night were worth more than $38,000. The Dekkers say 220 feeder pigs and 195 fat hogs went missing.

Tina Dekker says she and her husband have no idea who took the animals, but they are installing an alarm system on their hog barn to prevent future thefts. Investigators say the burglars broke into the back of the hog barn and loaded the pigs onto a semitrailer truck. Dekker says it’s common for many hog farmers to load animals at night, so a neighbor may not have noticed the theft.