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New Mexico couple injured in Pott. County accident Thursday

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from New Mexico suffered what were described as minor injuries during a single vehicle accident Thursday morning on Interstate 80, near Shelby. The Iowa State Patrol says 60-year old Jose Flores, and a passenger in his vehicle, 51-year old Emma Elias-Marquez, both of Albuquerque, NM, were transported by Shelby Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, for evaluation. The Patrol says the pair were traveling west on I-80 at around 10:20-a.m., when the 2003 Chevy Avalanche they were in went out of control on the snow covered road.

The pickup truck entered the median about a mile west of the Shelby exit and rolled over before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of I-80. Flores was able to drive the vehicle onto the south shoulder after it rolled. The Patrol says both occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.

2 arrests on theft charges in Mills County

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Omaha residents were arrested Wednesday morning on theft charges in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials report 19-year old Megan Nicole Moline-Kisicki and 19-year old Tyler Robert Beecher were taken into custody on warrants charging them with Theft in the 1st degree. The pair was arrested at the Sarpy County, NE, Corrections facility. Their bonds were set at $5,000 each.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, a Council Bluffs woman reported Wednesday afternoon, an incident of 3rd degree burglary at a location along Barrus Road, near Glenwood. No other details were provided.

Western Iowa Drivers Advised to Slow Down, Beware of Black Ice

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Throughout the morning Troopers in western Iowa have responded to assist numerous motorists whose vehicles have slid off the road. Though the road surface appears clear, law enforcement advises black ice can be found on many roadways. Drivers should slow down and drive accordingly.

Towing has been restricted in western Iowa along Interstate 29 from Missouri Valley to Sioux City, due to repeated single-vehicle crashes and icy road conditions.

Additionally, Troopers are responding to several crashes along Interstate 80 between mile markers 29 and 40. As the roadway curves and the direction of travel changes on this stretch of highway, the condition of the roadway also changes. Drivers are caught off guard and are unable to control their vehicle at high rates of speed.

Please remember to check 511ia.org before traveling. This site will give you current information related to road and weather conditions or closures that may affect your trip.

Man gets prison time for distributing meth in Iowa

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine in western Iowa. Antonio Lara-Pantoja of Denison was sentenced in Sioux City last week after pleading guilty in August to a drug conspiracy charge.

Officers found nearly 4 grams of meth in Lara-Pantoja’s vehicle when he was arrested in March 2011. Investigators say he sold more than 100 grams of meth in Denison from January through March of last year.  Authorities say he obtained the drug in Omaha, Neb.

Drought unrelenting despite recent snowstorms

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The snowstorm that pummeled the upper Midwest last week is helping ease dry conditions in Iowa but hasn’t done much to relax the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades.  The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that roughly 62 percent of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought, unchanged from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.

Nearly 22 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That also is unchanged from the previous week.  All of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota are in drought. But thanks to last week’s snow, the amount of Iowa in extreme or exceptional drought fell 9 percentage points to 32 percent.

Iowa DOT: No licenses for illegal immigrants

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who are now eligible to work in the U.S. under an Obama administration program. The department said Thursday that Iowa law does not allow it to issue driver’s licenses or non-operator identification cards to people who are not in the country legally.

President Barack Obama announced a policy change in June that lets certain illegal immigrants apply for a temporary work permit if they were brought to the country as children. Several Republican governors have said they will not issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who qualify. In August, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said his state would continue to deny licenses, welfare benefits and other public assistance unless required by state law.

Accident blocks part of I-80 near Shelby

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports an accident this (Thursday) morning on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County, has traffic down to one lane. The right eastbound lane of I-80 near Shelby, between County Road M-16 and Exit 40, is currently blocked. No other details are available.
(Last updated by the DOT at 10:27 AM CST)

Snowmobilers: Are you aware of registration & user permit changes?

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first significant snowfall of the season last week had area snowmobilers out enjoying their machines and hoping for more snow to keep them active. Cass County Recorder Joyce Jensen says before you begin your next adventure in the open, you should be aware the State of Iowa has made some changes in snowmobile registration, license renewal, titling and assignment of liens.

Jensen says her office uses the Recreational Vehicle and Vessel Registration, or RVVRS (pronounced “Rivers”) System. She reminds snowmobile enthusiasts that registrations for your machine or machines are due no later than the end of this month. Jensen says registrations are due by December 31st, if you want to avoid a penalty.

In addition she says, there are some new requirements when it comes to using snowmobiles on public land. Jensen says all snowmobiles, regardless of owner residency status, used on public land, public ice, and designated snowmobile trails in the State of Iowa, must display and IDNR User Permit.

User permits are required in addition to a valid registration. And, Jensen says also the State requires insurance cards or proof of insurance in order for snowmobiles to be used on the highways. There are new rules as well, regarding the use of snowmobiles for“Water Skipping.”

She says you are welcome to come into the Cass County Recorder’s Office to pick up a booklet containing information on all the new changes, which Joyce and her staff will go over with you. She says she hopes to see all snowmobile enthusiasts in her office over the next few days to get their registration up-to-date and go over the new rules.

Sunday house fire claims the life of a Council Bluffs man

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An elderly Council Bluffs man who suffered from third-degree burns and smoke inhalation during a fire early Sunday morning, has died from his injuries. According to Omaha television station KMTV, 90-year-old Robert Kissel, Sr., a World War II veteran succumbed to his injuries this week.

Kissel, Sr., was transferred from Creighton University Medical Center to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, following the 2:30-a.m. fire, Sunday. His 59-year old daughter, Robin Ann Krause tried to reach her father but couldn’t because the staircase was on fire. Instead, she called 911 and crawled out a basement window.

Firefighters found Kissel, Sr. in his bedroom. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Adair and Cass County BOS meeting previews

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet for the last time in 2012, Friday morning, in Greenfield. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will discuss and possibly act on: Taxable mileage; Township Clerk wages, and an amended Public Health Emergency Preparedness Contract. In addition, at 9:15, the Adair County Supervisors will hear from County Engineer Nick Kauffman, who will present a report in his department’s maintenance and activities.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their last meeting of the month Monday morning, here in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on a Livestock Facility Construction resolution, and on ratifying a bargaining unit  agreement with the Secondary Roads Dept. union.