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Online car sale scam costs Bluffs man $2k

News

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man is out $2,000 after a phone scam. The Daily NonPareil says according to Council Bluffs Police Department reports, the 41-year-old man negotiated the purchase of a 2007 Honda Accord off a Craigslist ad, agreeing to pay $2,000. The seller told the man he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base and was set to be deployed overseas.

Sgt. David Dawson said the seller told the Council Bluffs man to pay another man in Mississippi, wiring the money. The Offutt man told the buyer to list the Money Gram as “sending money to a relative” to avoid higher service fees. Dawson called that tactic a red flag for buyers. After the money was wired the man from Offutt was supposed to bring the Accord to the Council Bluffs man. That didn’t occur.

Dawson said the department will investigate the fraud but once the money is gone there’s little they can do.

Semis collided in Council Bluffs – 2 injured

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February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two people were injured in a wreck involving two semi trucks Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80. Authorities told The Daily NonPareil the semis wrecked near the split with southbound I-29 near the Madison Avenue shortly after 2 p.m.

Officials said 50-year old Randy Baumfalk, of Hickman, Neb., was driving a 2007 Kenworth tractor trailer, and 45-year old Eric Payton, of Philadelphia, Pa., was driving a 2014 International tractor trailer. Police said both trucks were westbound on I-80 when traffic started to slow and pick back up intermittently as snow fell. Baumfalk’s Kenworth hit Payton’s International from behind.

Council Bluffs Rescue transported Payton and a passenger in his truck, 50-year-old Sherrard McKnight of Raleigh, N.C. to CHI Health Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Wind Chill Advisory 4am-10am today (2/26) N. of I-80

News, Weather

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-HARRISON-SHELBY-MONONA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM CST THURSDAY.

* WINDS…NORTH WINDS AT 10 TO 15 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 5 BELOW BY DAYBREAK. WIND CHILLS WILL DROP TO 20 TO 27 BELOW LATE TONIGHT INTO MID MORNING THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…FROST BITE CAN DEVELOP WITHIN 30 MINUTES IF SKIN IS EXPOSED AND HYPOTHERMIA MAY OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Feb. 26th 2015

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February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa has advanced in the Legislature, though it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Governor Terry Branstad’s desk. A three-member House education subcommittee gave unanimous approval yesterday for a version of the bill. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport soldier accused of abandoning his U.S. Army post has been arrested after the car he was in went off the road in eastern Iowa. The Eldridge Police Department tells the Quad-City Times 23-year-old Joseph S. Gipson Junior was taken into custody early Tuesday morning on a U.S. Army warrant. Online court records did not list an attorney for Gipson yesterday.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they arrested a West Des Moines woman accused of being drunk on hand sanitizer and kicking her daughter. The Des Moines Register reports 48-year-old Jennifer Olney was charged Tuesday with child endangerment and another crime. Olney’s daughter is now in her grandfather’s care.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another Iowan. The Sioux City Journal reports that 29-year-old Timothy Schroeder entered his not-guilty plea Wednesday in Woodbury County District Court. He was arrested February 5th in connection with the slaying of 29-year-old Dustin Wilder of Sloan.

Another family owned restaurant to close its doors

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February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The owners of the Danish Inn in Elk Horn announced through e-mails and social media Wednesday evening, that the restaurant will close its doors for good next week, after more than 30-years in business. Owner Verne Kline said in an e-mail to the businesses customers, “It is with much sadness that we must announce that the Danish Inn, after over 30 years of operation will be closing at the end of next week. The high cost of providing quality food and service has made continuing impossible for us. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and past patronage. Verne Kline, Jacqui and Jeremy Christensen.” Their last day of business is March 7th.

On the restaurant’s Facebook page, the comments ranged from shock and sadness, to anger and disappointment. The business said in response, “We are sad too we have tried everything to stay open, summers have been good but winter was brutal this year a real lack of business and decent weather rising food costs and wage increases we appreciate all of you and your business.”

The closing of The Danish Inn marks yet another loss for residents seeking family-owned and operated businesses in the area. A little more than two-years ago, Mikels Family Restaurant in Harlan closed after more than 60-years in business. In December 2012, The Farmer’s Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant in Atlantic, closed its doors after more than a dozen years in business.

Cass County Sheriff warns of lightening rod scam

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February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning about a recent scam. Officials say they have received a report of three men working together to reportedly fix lightning rods on a victim’s house. One person talked to the victim while two others went up on the roof. They then reportedly exchanged heavy cables that were on the roof with light-weight cables.

Victim paid the subjects $1,400 by check, and the scammers immediately cashed the check and were gone from the area. The Sheriff’s Office asks residents to “Pass the word around to prevent scammers from doing this to any of your friends or loved ones!”

Anita man arrested Tuesday

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February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Cass County arrested an Anita man Tuesday. Officials say 53-year old Jeffrey Charles Dory was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Barred. Dory was brought to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

 

Temps drop – rain changes to snow – accidents pile up

News

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

When the temperature dropped 10-degrees in an hour this (Wednesday) afternoon, rain quickly morphed into heavy, wet snow. The first flakes began to fall at around 12:30-p.m.  As the snow accumulated, it didn’t take long for the accident reports to pile up. About an hour after the rain changed to all snow, an accident was reported on Interstate 80 in Cass County, between the 57 and 60 mile-markers eastbound.

The crash caused the roadway to be blocked while State Troopers, Cass County Deputies and emergency crews responded to, and worked to clear the wreckage. The road was re-opened to traffic at around 3-p.m.
Numerous other accidents were reported, as well. There was no immediate word on any injuries.

Towing services were being prohibited in Pottawattamie, Cass and Adair Counties late this (Wednesday) afternoon, because of the weather conditions. For the latest road report, go to www.511ia.org, or call 511 from any phone.

State details plan to use private firms to manage Medicaid

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February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A top state official says turning over Iowa’s Medicaid program to private operators would save money and improve service, but lawmakers are questioning how the change would impact people in the program. Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer addressed a legislative committee Wednesday. He says the state is moving forward with a plan to shift the Medicaid program to one or more managed care organizations. That means the state would pay outside companies a fixed amount per enrollee to provide health coverage.

About 550,000 people are enrolled in Iowa’s Medicaid program, which is funded with $4.2 billion in state and federal dollars. Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says lawmakers need to closely monitor the change, noting that he’ll hear from constituents if there are changes to quality of care.

School bullying legislation advances in Iowa Legislature

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February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa has advanced in the Legislature, though it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk. A three-member House education subcommittee gave unanimous approval Wednesday for a version of the bill. It now heads to a full committee for consideration. On the Senate side, the education committee voted 9 to 6 Wednesday along party lines to approve the bill with some changes. The full Senate can now debate it.

The legislation would add language that supporters say will give educators more clarification on how to respond to bullying cases. Rep. Quentin Stanerson, a Center Point Republican, was on the subcommittee Wednesday. He says he’s still figuring out whether the legislation has enough support in the House.