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SW Iowa native provides swim lessons for Omaha kids

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The generosity of an Iowa native will mean swimming lessons for more than 2,000 Omaha-area kids. Omaha television station KETV reports that Charles Lakin of southwest Iowa helped organize and pay for the Charles E. Lakin Learn to Swim program.  Lakin says he made the donation after learning of the near-drowning of a child at a summer program in Omaha earlier this year.

All of the lessons are free. Lakin also provides a swimsuit and towel for those children in need. Omaha parent LaTia Miller says she would not be able to afford swimming lessons for her children and appreciates Lakin’s generosity.

The federal Centers for Disease Control reports an average of 10 U.S. deaths a day from drowning.

Iowa officials warn about vine used for wreathes

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials are asking residents to avoid a certain vine when decorating holiday wreathes. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports the state Department of Natural Resources wants residents to avoid using the Oriental bittersweet vine. Officials say its viable seeds are capable of spreading the unwanted plant.

The woody vine that’s native to Asia has bright red berries along the length of the stem. The aggressive plant can either kill a tree or slow its growth by blocking light from the forest canopy.   Officials recommend using the American bittersweet vine that’s native to Iowa. It is similar in appearance to the Oriental, but its fruit is at the tip of the stem.

Cass Supervisors to hold 2nd of 2 public hearings Wednesday

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold the second of two public hearings Wednesday morning, and act on adopting an Amended Ordinance, both of which pertain to the Amaizing Energy TIF District.

Ordinance 28, which provides for the Division of Taxes levied on taxable property in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area, proposes that certain property included in the definition of an “Urban Renewal Area” in the ordinance, be deleted from that definition. The first reading was approved following a similar hearing last week.

The Board will also discuss and possibly accept a proposal from Carlson, West and Povandra architects, as it pertains to a courthouse space and needs study. They’ll also set the date or dates and time for a hearing and adoption of an amendment to Ordinance number three, pertaining to zoning.

The Supervisors meeting begins at 9-a.m.

Update 11:15-a.m.: Winter Storm Watch Continues….

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1115 AM CST TUE DEC 18 2012

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL IOWA WEDNESDAYAFTERNOON. SNOW IS EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF AN ATLANTIC THROUGH BOONE TO WATERLOO LINE. RAIN IS EXPECTED IN SOUTHERN IOWA SOUTH OF A BEDFORD TO OSKALOOSA LINE. IN BETWEEN…A RAIN AND SNOW MIX IS EXPECTED. THIS PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING BEFORE ENDING THURSDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION…5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA. LOCAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 10 INCHES WILL BE VERY POSSIBLE WITH DRIFTS EVEN HIGHER.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…WINDS WILL BECOME VERY STRONG WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 33 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH GUSTS OVER 45 MPH POSSIBLE. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED A FEW HOURS PRIOR TO DAYBREAK THROUGH NOON THURSDAY. BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
MAY OCCUR WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED BELOW ONE QUARTER OF A MILE FROM TIME TO TIME.

* IMPACTS...VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. BE PREPARED FOR VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL AND BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL…IN THIS CASE SNOW. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. IF FORECAST CONFIDENCE REGARDING THE STRONG WINDS CONTINUES TO INCREASE…THIS WATCH MAY BE UPGRADED TO A BLIZZARD WATCH TODAY.

Releases into Missouri River will be increased

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will be increased this week because of concerns about colder temperatures, but the increase isn’t likely to boost the level of the Mississippi River downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to gradually increase the amount of water it releases out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border to 18,000 cubic feet per second by Thursday.  That’s an increase of 4,000 cubic feet per second over current levels.

The corps’ Jody Farhat says the change is needed because ice will begin forming on the river with the cold weather and reduce the flow. The additional water will make sure the river remains high enough for cities that rely on its water.

Underwood area man sentenced to 2-year prison term

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Monroe County, Indiana man, whose last known address was in Underwood, Iowa, was sentenced Monday to serve two-years in prison for failing to register with the Sex Offender Registry. United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered 64-year old Steven Wayne Kizer to serve a five-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, says on November 1st, 2012, Kizer entered a guilty plea to failing to register with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, as required when he began residing in a rural part of the county. In July of 2012, law enforcement determined that Kizer had been residing in Pott. County, under the name of Samuel Mitiouti. He did so for about three months, without registering with the Sheriff’s Office, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  Kizer was required to register with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office as a result of an aggravated sexual assault of a child conviction out of the State of Texas.

Authorities determined Kizer had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Monroe County , Indiana, and that he was attempting to elude arrest. The investigation was conducted by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshal’s Service. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

9AM Newscast 12-18-2012

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December 18th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief reminds residents about Snow Ordinance; Lenox Ordinance in effect at 6-pm Wed.

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Updated to include Lenox Snow Ordinance)

With the chance of a significant snowfall to occur in southwest Iowa the Clarinda Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Clarinda about the emergency snow ordinance.  Chief Keith Brothers says the ordinance states that no person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more. Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded and subject to a traffic citation.

And, the Lenox Police Department reports The City of Lenox snow ordinance will be in effect beginning at 6-PM Wednesday. The ordinance will remain in effect until snow plowing operations have ceased. During snow removal operations, there is NO on street parking permitted. Vehicles in violation of the ordinance will be issued a $20.00 citation and may be subject to tow.

DOT urges caution as winter storm approaches

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With the anticipation of a busy holiday travel weekend approaching, the Iowa Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers that the first major winter storm of the season may hamper some travel plans. The storm’s severity will vary depending on location. The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 8 inches of snow along a line from Atlantic through Boone to Waterloo, with isolated instances of 10 inches possible. Rain is expected in southern Iowa along a line from Bedford to Oskaloosa. In between, a rain/snow mix is expected. All precipitation is expected to change to snow overnight Wednesday before ending Thursday morning.

Winds are expected to become very strong Wednesday night from the north/northwest. Sustained winds of 25 to 33 mph are expected, with gusts of 45 mph or more possible. The strongest winds are expected a few hours prior to daybreak through noon Thursday. Blizzard or near blizzard conditions may occur with visibilities reduced below one-quarter of a mile from time to time.

The Iowa DOT is offering several tips for safe winter travel during the impending storm. First, they say to ask yourself  “Is the trip necessary?” Often, delaying a trip by a few hours can give snow removal crews time to get the roads back to normal winter driving conditions. For traveler information, now available via the web, Twitter, Facebook or on your mobile phone, visit http://511ia.org/. Or simply call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Before you leave, let someone know your departure and expected arrival times, along with your intended route. Allow extra time to reach your destination.

Second, prepare your vehicle and passengers: Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition and its gas tank is nearly full. Turn on your vehicle’s headlights so you can see and be seen. Ensure all passengers are wearing their seat belts or are in child safety seats.

Another tip, is be prepared to use your winter driving skills: Do not use cruise control. Allow extra stopping distance by maintaining adequate distance between your vehicle and the one ahead. Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. Lower your vehicle’s speed, accelerate more slowly and apply the brakes in a controlled manner.

Carry an emergency survival kit and other supplies.Carry a mobile phone for making an emergency call, but  don’t use it while driving unless absolutely necessary. Your vehicle’s winter survival  kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. Those items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle.

And remember: Use caution when approaching, following or passing a snowplow.  Remember the slogans, “Ice and Snow … Take it Slow” and “Don’t crowd the plow.”

Vehicle hits cow in Cass County

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Cass County were trying to determine who owned a cow that was hit Monday evening, south of Cumberland. According to the Sheriff’s Department, at around 6:40-p.m., a single-vehicle accident occurred on Richland Road, about one-quarter of a mile east of the intersection with 690th Street.

Officials say 60-year old Douglas James White, of Red Oak, was traveling west on Richland Road when the vehicle he was driving struck a cow standing in the roadway. White was not injured. Damage to the vehicle was  estimated at $10,000.