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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK – POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

News, Weather

March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and other preparedness partners will conduct a Severe Weather Awareness Week to promote severe weather safety to citizens the week of March 19-23, 2012. The National Weather Service will promote weather safety by issuing informative daily Public Information Statements. Citizens can also get this information by following the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. Topics will include: Severe Weather Terminology, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tornado Drill, Lightning, Flooding and Social Media.

The annual TORNADO DRILL DAY will be Wednesday, March 21st. (In case of severe weather, the drill will be postponed to Thursday March 22nd) The drill sequence will begin at 10a.m. with sirens sounding at approximately 10:10a.m. The test warning will be valid for 20 minutes. All citizens, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and public facilities are encouraged to participate in this drill by practicing what you would do in a real tornado warning.

The County 911 Center will activate outdoor warning sirens for the communities of Avoca, Carson, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Macedonia, McClelland, Neola, Oakland and Underwood. Citizens in other Pottawattamie County communities are encouraged to contact their City Hall or local Fire Department to see if sirens will sound during the drill.

The Emergency Management Agency would like to remind all citizens that outdoor warning sirens have limited to no effectiveness when you are in your home or traveling in your vehicle. Pottawattamie County residents and residents of our communities are strongly encouraged to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Notification System. The service is free of charge and you will receive a phone call (home and/or cell) when severe weather threatens.

This is a very important, potentially life-saving tool, especially where there are no sirens or you are in a place where sirens would be ineffective in warning you and your family. Residents should sign up for the service, free of charge at www.pottcounty.com.

Rural economy appears strong in 10 states

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Higher fuel prices haven’t slowed the economy much in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. A monthly survey of rural bankers showed no change in March. The overall economic index registered 59.6 again this month, and any score above 50 suggests the economy will grow. The bankers appear quite optimistic about the next six months because the confidence index rose to 63 in March from February’s 60.3. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says there is still a fair amount of uncertainty about the economy, so many farmers and businesses are reluctant to expand. The hiring index rose to 60 in March from February’s 53.7, suggesting businesses are hiring. The survey covers Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Realtors say Iowa farmland value up 11 percent

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The value of Iowa farmland is up by nearly 11 percent over the last six months as commodity prices remain strong. A survey of real estate agents shows the value of good quality farmland jumped by 10.8 percent to an average of $9,370 an acre. The Iowa Farm and Land Chapter No. 2 of the Realtors Land Institute released its survey on Thursday. The gains varied from 9 percent in northeast Iowa to nearly 13 percent in southwest Iowa from Sept. 1 to March 1. Troy Louwagie of Hertz Farm Management says several factors are driving up values, including high commodity prices and low interest rates. He says land sales have been strong in the last six months, and the survey results are not surprising.

Iowa law officers to be out in force today through Sunday

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Law enforcement officers around the state will be busy over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. A four day long Special Traffic Enforcement Program — or STEP “wave” — is underway involving 250 Iowa law enforcement agencies. STEP Coordinator Randy Hunefeld says officers will be watching for all traffic violations, including drunk drivers. “We know there will be a lot of partying going on over the weekend and with the added law enforcement, we recommend to the motoring public that if you’re drinking, don’t drive, because your chances of getting caught are a lot greater this weekend,” Hunefeld says. 

A similar STEP wave over the St. Patrick’s Day period last year resulted in 347 people stopped for drunk driving. Iowa roads have been dangerous so far this year. Hunefeld says there have been nearly 70 fatal crashes around the state over the first two-and-a-half months of 2012. “The sad part about that is we’ve had such a beautiful winter and the roads been clear and dry for the most part,” Hunefeld says. “Unfortunately, about 30-percent of those fatalities have involved victims not wearing their seat belts.” The nearly 70 deaths this year follows 363 traffic fatalities in all of 2011 — the fewest traffic deaths in Iowa in 66 years.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)

Lewis Man arrested on drug charges

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 22-year old Cam Christopher Jahnke, of Lewis, was arrested Monday on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. Jahnke was also charged with two counts of Distribution to Person(s) under the Age of 18, and one count of Using a Person under 18 in the Drug Trade. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and held on $110,000 bond.

Additional information released on dump truck rollover

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released details on their investigation into dump truck rollover accident that took place Wednesday morning, north of Atlantic. Officials say the Audubon County Secondary Roads Department truck driven by 58-year old Edward Leroy Nielsen, of Audubon, was traveling south on Olive Street, about 2-miles north of Atlantic, when a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire driven by 18-year old Spencer Bradley Anderson, of Atlantic, made a left turn in front of the dump truck into the Pymosa Head Start driveway. 

The action caused Nielsen to lose control of the truck, which flipped onto its top into the east ditch. Nielsen was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance. Damage from the crash amounted to $50,000. The incident remains under investigation.

Red Oak residents arrested on Sex Abuse charges

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Red Oak residents were arrested Wednesday on felony sexual abuse charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says 30-year old Jesus J. Ramos-Torres and 31-year old Jose Manuel Ramos, both of Red Oak, face charges of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree, following an investigation into an incident which allegedly occurred on March 10th. Ramos-Torres and Ramos were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond, each.

If convicted on the Class C felony charges, they face up to 10-years in jail and fines of anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

4 Red Oak residents arrested on burglary charges

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports four Red Oak residents were arrested early Wednesday morning and late Wednesday night, on felony burglary charges, in connection with an investigation into the March 6th break-in and burglary at the Red Oak Lanes Bowling alley. Facing charges of burglary in the 3rd degree, is: 20-year old Aaaron G. Nelson; 19-year olds Christian T. Leming and Chelsee L. Morris, and 21-year old Michael L. Chase, all of Red Oak.

Chase and Morris were released from custody after posting bond, while Nelson and Leming remain in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond each. If convicted on the charges, each of the suspects could face up to 5-years in prison and fines of $750 to $7,500.

Atlantic & other Iowa cities report record high temperatures Wednesday

News, Weather

March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Several Iowa cities have reported record high temperatures from the late-winter warm spell. In Atlantic, our high of 78 Wednesday, broke a record of 72 set in 1908. It was the second consecutive day of record high temperatures. Tuesday’s high of 79 in Atlantic broke a record set 2007.

Mason City’s high of 78 on Wednesday was 15 degrees higher than the March 14th record of 63 set in 1911. The 81-degree high in Des Moines broke the record of 75 set in 1977. Records say the average high for the date is 48.

Davenport reported a high of 78, beating the 1995 record of 77.  Record highs also were recorded in Waterloo and Ottumwa. Meteorologists expect daytime highs to remain in the 70s for most of Iowa through the weekend.

8AM Newscast 03-15-2012

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March 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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