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Red Oak man arrested on drug and other charges

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November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man arrested Tuesday evening by Red Oak Police acting on an active warrant, faces additional charges. 24-year old Eric Alan Vannausdale, who is no stranger to local police, was taken into custody at 4:30-p.m. on a warrant for Operating a Vehicle without the Owner’s Consent.

While being placed under arrest, officers located marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Vannausdale’s possession. The man was subsequently charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to Montgomery County Corrections and held on a total of $3,000 cash bond.

Iowa pharmacy board may weigh in on marijuana laws

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November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will consider again recommending changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it could be used to treat medical conditions. The board is set to meet Wednesday. Members heard testimony on the issue Monday.

Currently, marijuana is classified under state law as both a Schedule I drug, meaning it is has no medical use, and as a Schedule II drug, which has medicinal value. Advocates want the drug to be moved only to the Schedule II category.

The board recommended that the Legislature make such a change to state law in 2010, but no action was taken. Lawmakers this year approved legislation that allows the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

Opening arguments today in State vs. Robert A. Reynolds

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November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A longer-than-usual jury selection process Tuesday, forced opening statements in the trial of an Oakland man charged with the murder of a rural Cass County woman, to be pushed back to today (Wednesday). The Daily NonPareil reports a little more than 100 potential jurors from east Pottawattamie County arrived for jury selection Tuesday, initially filling out a questionnaire.

The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office estimated more than half knew about the case against 63-year old Robert A. Reynolds, which led to one-on-one interviews between the potential jurors and attorneys for the defense and prosecution as the two sides worked to pare down the list to a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates. Reynolds is charged with first-degree murder for his alleged role in the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey on April 8th at Reynolds’ home in Oakland.

By late Tuesday evening, the attorneys had selected a jury, and the trial is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. Reynolds has pleaded not guilty.

Tackling dummy fire prompts brief school evacuation

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November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A small fire briefly disrupted activities Tuesday afternoon at Abraham Lincoln High School. The Daily NonPareil reports at around 12:15 p.m., an person or persons unknown set fire to a football tackling dummy on a balcony in the school fieldhouse. Council Bluffs Fire Marshal Larry Wohlers told the paper  smoke and flames from the fire activated a sprinkler head about 20 feet above the fire, which distributed water to extinguish the blaze. Wohlers said the fire would have reached a temperature of about 150 degrees to activate the sprinkler.

Firefighters arrived shortly after the activation, advised the school to turn off the sprinkler and began assisting with smoke ventilation. Officials with the school district said the fire occurred on the balcony on the “Home” side of the fieldhouse. Most of the damage caused by the fire affected the tackling dummy. There was also water damage on the balcony and in the music wing at the school, according to the district.

All students at the school were evacuated for about 10 minutes as the fire department handled the incident.Wohlers said the fire was intentionally set, and an arrest in the case is likely.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed. Nov. 19th 2014

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November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating the deaths of two people found in a motel room in southeast Iowa. Fairfield police say 20-year-old Alexandra Higdon and 24-year-old Casey Griffin were found unconscious Sunday morning at a Super 8 motel room. Autopsies are pending. Fairfield police are seeking help from the public in gathering information about the deaths.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Activists are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate allegations that workers at an Iowa City factory have been illegally denied wages. The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa filed the complaint against RockTenn, a Georgia-based corporation that operates a packing facility in Iowa City. Two staffing companies that recruit temporary workers for RockTenn are also named.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A memo from the Iowa Board of Regents says freezing tuition rates for all students next year would cost $14.5 million in lost revenue for the state’s three public universities. The Iowa Board of Regents is scheduled to set tuition rates Dec. 3. Key members have indicated they would like to freeze tuition for a third straight year for resident undergraduate students.

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say eight students have transported to a Muscatine hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a school bus crash in southeast Iowa. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office says the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. State and county officials are investigating.

Hunters on pace to kill roughly same amount of deer in Iowa as last season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s. Jim Coffey, forest wildlife research technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s possible hunters will harvest a similar number of deer this season. “We’re right on pace for where we were at this time last year with almost 24,000 deer being harvested so far,” Coffey says. Only bow hunting of deer is allowed right now in Iowa and the bow hunting season is about halfway complete.

The reported number of bucks taken this season has increased by 1,000 compared to last year, while the reported doe harvest is down 1,000. “That’s not too uncommon because of the way we’ve changed regulations this year, plus a lot of our bow hunters are out there seeking that buck,” Coffey says. The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years. But, Coffey says hunters are still getting plenty of chances to fire their weapons.

“We’ve been hearing good reports from our hunters. The deer have been active. The cold spell starting Sunday kind of slowed things down…but with the warm spell coming up this weekend and the rut going on, it’ll be a good weekend to be out,” Coffey says. Iowa’s first shotgun deer hunting season begins on December 6, with the second shotgun season starting December 13. Most hunters are hoping to spot a big buck, but probably won’t see anything like the one shot just southeast of Des Moines back in October.

“Probably the biggest buck that’s been talked about was the one in Marion County. That was shot fairly early in the season and has been creating quite a stir on the Internet,” Coffey said. That buck was shot with a muzzleloader by Joe Franz on his property. The website trophy pursuit dot com ( http://www.trophypursuit.com ) posted video of Franz’s hunt and claims the buck could be “the largest ever taken on professional video.”  You can view the video on the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mg7Z4juaGo8

Atlantic City Council to act on street closures for Grand Lighting event

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November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will meet Wednesday evening at City Hall. During their 5:30-p.m. regular session, the Council will act on approving a request from the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, for the closure of Chestnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets, in preparation for this Thursday’s Annual Christmas Grand Lighting event at the Atlantic City Park. If approved, Chestnut Street will be closed from 4-p.m. Thursday through 9-a.m., Friday.

During the Grand Lighting ceremony at 5:30-p.m. Thursday, visitors and citizens can enjoy a sparkling cider toast while welcoming Santa and his reindeer to town, and watch the unveiling of Santa’s new hand-built chair. There will also be free horse-drawn carriage rides, hot coco and popcorn in Santa’s Cabin, a photo booth and the Chamber’s Annual Recipe Walk from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The Chamber has also requested Chestnut Street be closed from 6th to 2nd Streets on Dec. 6th, for the Lighted Christmas Parade.

In other business, the Council will act on approving a change order amounting to $3,900, for additional design services that include plan preparation and making the sanitary sewer improvements a separate division of work. The change order affects the 2014 Highway 6 reconstruction program.

They’ll also act on approving an Engineering Contract with Snyder and Associates, for the 2015 Street Improvement Project, in the amount of $127,750, and a similar contract with Snyder’s for the Sanitary Sewer Relining Project, in the amount of $21,850.

The Street Improvement Project will include: 5th Street, from Walnut to Mulberry; 6th Street, from Spruce to Walnut; 8th Street, from Palm to Poplar and Walnut to Cherry Streets; 14th Street, from Linn to Olive; 16th Street, from Oak to Olive; Laurel Street, from 8th to 10th; Linn Street from the railroad tracks to Commerce; and Spruce Street, from 5th to 7th.

The sewer relining project includes  the following streets: Teresa Drive, from 14th to the cul-de-sac; Bryn Mawr Blvd., from Ridge Road to the apartment complex parking lot; 18th Street, from Hillcrest to Fair Ridge Circle; Fair Ridge Circle, from 18th to Oak Streets; Walnut Street, from 9th to 11th; 19th Street, from Hemlock to Bryn Mawr Circle; Chestnut Street, from the 1901 to 2001 addresses; and 8th Street from Cherry to Plum.

Minnesota Avian Adventure Trip Offered by Conservation Boards

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass, Sac, and Carroll County Conservation Boards have teamed up to host a fun birding trip to northeast Minnesota and the world famous Sax-Zim Bog and Duluth area. Officials say they’re excited about this opportunity and look forward to showing folks lots of amazing birds, as well as enjoying some of northeast Minnesota’s culture and charm. The trip will be held Jan. 16th through the 19th, 2015. The registration deadline is Dec. 31st. Cass Co Conservation Board

The cost is $480 for a single person, or $645 for double occupancy ($322.50 per person). Your registration fee covers transportation, three nights of hotel rooms, guides, one lunch, and snacks/refreshments on the bus.

Informational sessions about the trip will be held in Cass County:

  • December 1st Lewis Public Library 5 PM
  • December 8th Anita Public Library 6 PM
  • December 9th Atlantic Public Library 5 PM

For more information regarding a full itinerary and registration information, please contact Lora at lkanning@casscoia.us or 712-769-2372

Among the birds participants should expect to see is: Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Snowy Owl, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Grosbeak, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Red and White-winged Crossbills, Bohemian Waxwing, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Goshawk,  Black-billed Magpie, Common Redpoll, and possibly Hoary Redpoll and Boreal Owl. Also, numerous loons, gulls, and scoters are hoped to be seen on Lake Superior near Two Harbors and Duluth. Other sea ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and Harlequin Duck are sometimes seen, too.

 

U. Iowa president cool to broader tuition freeze

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November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she would have concerns about extending a tuition freeze to cover nonresident and graduate students. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to set tuition rates for next school year Dec. 3.

Key members have indicated support for a third straight freeze for resident undergraduate students, but have been considering what to do with others’ rates. The board is planning a media availability later Tuesday. Mason told reporters that she supports the resident undergraduate freeze but would be “less enthusiastic” about extending it to other students.

She says the state has always required nonresidents to pay the full cost of their education, and should continue that policy. She says graduate education is “very expensive” to deliver, given the faculty support and equipment required.

Rep. Steve King to host political summit in Iowa

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November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Congressman Steve King will host several potential 2016 presidential candidates at a political summit in January. King on Tuesday announced he will hold the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines. Conservative group Citizens United will co-host the event.

Confirmed guests include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. All are considered possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

In a news release, King says this is the right time to bring leaders to Iowa in advance of the state’s leadoff caucuses in early 2016. He says the event will “energize conservatives.”