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Drake University says bulldog mascot has died

News, Sports

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the Drake University bulldog mascot has died.  The university says the owners of Porterhouse, Kevin and Erin Bell, announced his death through his blog  on Sunday. They’d shared Porterhouse with the school since he was crowned Beautiful Bulldog during the Drake Relays-week competition in 2009.

Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb says “no bulldog has had such a meaningful and lasting impact on the Drake community.”

2 arrests Sunday in Red Oak

News

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Red Oak men were arrested Sunday on separate charges. Red Oak Police say 28-year old Robert Earl Otis was arrested a little after 6-a.m. at a residence in the 700 block of North Broadway Street, on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. And 33-year old Luke Daniel Rinehart was arrested at around 12:30-p.m. in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue, on a charge of Simple Domestic Assault. Both men were brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $300 cash bond, each.

Red Oak woman arrested on an assault charge

News

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a woman early this (Monday) morning. Officials say 43-year old Shelby JoAnn Olivares, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 2:50-a.m. on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. She was taken into custody at a residence in the 100 block of East Maple Street and booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where she was held without bond.

Guthrie Center woman charged after 1-year old found on a highway near Perry

News

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Guthrie County woman tasked with babysitting a one-year old boy was charged with felony Child Endangerment, Sunday, after the boy was found sitting on Highway 141 west of Perry, Sunday afternoon. The Des Moines Register reports 31-year old Catalina Ortiz-Ortega, of Guthrie Center, was also charged with failure to have a valid driver’s license.

The woman arrived at the hospital and told authorities she was driving in the area earlier in the day, heard the rear door of the vehicle open and close but did not know the child had fallen out of the vehicle. Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the county hospital shortly before 4 p.m. when the boy was taken to the emergency room. The National Weather Service says at the time the boy was found, the temperature in Perry was 10 degrees with a wind chill of 8-degrees below zero.

The boy was later released into the custody of his mother.

106 degrees the record high for 2013 in Iowa; minus 27 the record low

News, Weather

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The record high in Iowa in 2013 was 106 degrees — back in May — and the record low a minus 27 just last week. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says temperatures in Iowa for 2013 have averaged out to slightly below normal. “Rainfall wise, almost right at normal, but as usual, that doesn’t tell the whole story,” Hillaker says. This past spring was very wet and the late summer and early fall were dry, which means precipitation levels for 2013 in Iowa average out to be average, according to Hillaker.

“Overall, though, this year was quite a bit wetter than 2012, thanks to that wet spring,” Hillaker says. “…Going into winter this year with more soil moisture in the ground than we had at this point last year and actually even at this point two years ago as well, so we’re in a little bit better shape in soil moisture now than the last couple of years, but still quite a bit drier than what would be usual going into the winter season.” The months of May and April were the wettest ever recorded in Iowa, while August and September were very dry, but don’t rank as some of the driest ever.

Hillaker says there were pockets of southeast Iowa that were exceptionally dry this summer. “The Burlington area, for example, had just a trace of rainfall for the full month of August which was easily a record low for that area of the state,” Hillaker says, “and there were, you know, scattered areas of the state that set some records as far as low totals in July and August and maybe in a few cases in September, but nothing where the state average was quite that low.” Hillaker uses the phrase “consistently cool” to describe the temperatures recorded in Iowa this past year.

“Got off to a January-February period that was a little bit milder than unusual for mid-winter, but still nothing really out of the ordinary, but then a really cold spring season — especially March and April — and a relatively mild summer as well ’til we got rather late into August where the summer heat finally returned and had a rather warm end to the summer into the early fall,” Hillaker says. “More recently, November and December, of course quite a bit colder than usual once again.” The temperature dropped to 27 degrees below zero on Christmas Eve in Osceola.

“That was easily our lowest temperature of the calendar year and actually, our lowest temperature anywhere in Iowa in almost three years,” Hillaker says. The year’s record high — of 106 degrees — was recorded in Sioux City on May 14th. “Which is about two weeks earlier than we’ve ever seen a temperature that high in the state, but that ended up being the highest reading of the whole year, actually by quite a ways,” Hillaker says. “Most of the state didn’t see triple-digit temperatures.” Hillaker says that 133-degree variation between highs and lows is unique on the planet.

The only other place besides the upper Midwest that sees such wide temperature swings is in Russia. Hillacer says the climates in these two areas are “so contrasting” because they in the middle of a large land mass, without the “moderating” influence of oceans or large lakes. Russia actually straddles two continents and Hillaker says South America isn’t as large as North America, so that’s why temperatures in the southern hemisphere don’t vary that much.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Mon. Dec. 30th 2013

News

December 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa college known for liberal activism is welcoming an unlikely neighbor: one of the nation’s largest suppliers of high-capacity ammunition magazines and accessories for assault rifles. With demand for gun products booming, Brownells Incorporated is building a large distribution and retail center along Interstate 80 in Grinnell. One downtown business owner says the development will bring jobs, income and visitors to Grinnell.

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — A Georgia man has been accused of stabbing another man multiple times in Grinnell. Local police say 28-year-old Braxton Alan Hoover was arrested following a report of a stabbing Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex. Authorities tell the Des Moines Register Hoover and a 31-year-old man were fighting prior to the stabbing and it escalated in the complex’s parking lot.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman in Des Moines is in custody accused of attacking police officers as she and another man tried to flee from them. Des Moines police say Patricia Howe kicked and punched officers as she and Gabriel Boettger were being chased Saturday. Des Moines television station KCCI reports Howe is accused of stealing credit cards and cash from an apartment and Boettger is accused of trying to flee with her.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been accused of attacking six people inside an apartment. Police tell the Register they found 21-year-old Demarco Moore bloody and distraught early Sunday at an apartment complex. They say he was at an apartment hanging out with friends when he began attacking the people there with him.

Drier fire at Cumberland Elevator

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Cumberland and Massena were called to a reported grain bin drier fire at the 21-st Century Co-Op elevator, in Cumberland, Sunday. The call went out at 11:27-a.m.  According to reports, about 1,000 bushels of corn was lost in the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation. A bad drier motor and/or grain dust particulates may be to blame, according to officials.

Photo's by Doug Evans/KJAN

Photo’s by Doug Evans/KJAN

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Corning woman arrested for taking a vehicle without permission

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest early this (Sunday) morning. 24-year old Katherine L. Coleman, of Corning, was arrested at around 12:45-a.m., on charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, OWI, Assault on Persons engaged in certain occupations and Interference with Official Acts.

Coleman was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 34, after authorities received word a possibly stolen vehicle was traveling west on Highway 34 towards Corning. Deputies located the vehicle and stopped it at 306 6th Street, in Corning.

Upon investigation, it was determined Coleman allegedly took the vehicle without the owner’s permission, and that she was under the influence. She was brought to the Adams County Jail and held pending an appearance before the Magistrate.

Iowa News headlines: Sun., Dec. 29th 2013

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a state website that people can use to apply for health insurance is working again. The state Department of Human Services says a website for Medicaid eligibility became available again Saturday night. The agency tells The Des Moines Register the website was down earlier because it was undergoing scheduled maintenance.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a two-vehicle crash in Black Hawk County sent several people to the hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Friday night at an intersection near Dunkerton. Authorities say 28-year-old Steven Michael Chidester Junior has been cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque city officials say a plugged sanitary sewer pipe has caused untreated wastewater to flow down a street and into a storm sewer intake. The City of Dubuque Public Works Department says it received a report about the incident in the 500 block of Samuel Street yesterday morning. Crews were able to remove the blockage a short time later.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored seven of his 11 points in the final 4:28 to help Northern Iowa hold off Iona 90-78 last night. Tuttle also grabbed 15 rebounds. UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, Nate Buss added 19 and Chip Rank finished with 14 points in Cedar Falls.

Red Cross volunteers in Iowa kept busy in 2013

News

December 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross is wrapping up a busy 2013. It was a year of deadly tornadoes, fierce wildfires, and destructive floods around the United States. The regional communication officer for the Red Cross, Kara Kelly, says nearly 1,600 Iowans volunteered to help recovery efforts. “We sent a pretty large number of people, 21 volunteers, to the flooding in Colorado in the fall and we sent about 16 people to central and southern Illinois to assist with the tornadoes that happened in October,” Kelly says. However, most of the volunteer efforts take place within Iowa assisting people displaced by house fires.

“Normally what we do is attend to immediate needs, so generally it’s lodging, food, and clothing right away, then we’ll have a Red Cross caseworker meet with the family in the next couple of days and go over what a recovery plan would be,” Kelly says. The Red Cross responded to more than 400 house fires in the state during 2013.

(Radio Iowa)