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2 arrests in Red Oak Tuesday night


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Tuesday night in Red Oak, while another was cited. According to the Red Oak P-D, 50-year old Tammy Renee Cerven, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. on a Trespass charge. Her bond was set at $300.  And, at around 11:10-p.m., 36-year old Jeremy Dean James, of Red Oak, was arrested for Open Container/Driver, following an incident in the Legion Park. James was also give a warning for Failure to Maintain license plates. He was later released on $465 bond.

At around the same time and place, 41-year old Christy Ann Coverdell, of Stanton, was cited for having an open container. The woman was released after receiving the citation.

Iowa DNR says pheasant population is high

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa wildlife officials say the pheasant population is high ahead of hunting season. The state Department of Natural Resources says the annual August roadside pheasant count recorded the highest number of birds since 2008. That’s a statewide average of about 17 birds per 30 miles. A record low 40,000 hunters pursued pheasants last year. The latest roadside index indicates hunters could harvest more than 250,000 birds.

The department says it is working to enhance the state’s habitats for pheasant and quail. That includes grant funding and a partnership with the Pheasants Forever group. The regular pheasant season is Oct. 25 through Jan. 10. The state’s youth pheasant season is set for Oct. 18 and Oct. 19.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Sept. 3rd 2014


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County plans to add more nurses to treat inmates at the county jail, following pleas from the sheriff for more support. The county board voted Tuesday to have four full-time registered nurses on staff. That’s a jump from two full-time nurses and a part-time nurse.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Business leaders are hoping that a new logo and street banners will improve the image of downtown Cedar Rapids as a place to live and enjoy. Members of the city’s Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District unveiled the logo Tuesday featuring the city’s skyline and “CR Downtown.” The logo and a tagline that reads “Dine. Dwell. Do” will be included on new street banners around the city.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man has been injured by a knife following an altercation at a Mason City hotel. Several people were detained following the incident Monday night at a Days Inn. A suspect is in custody, but no charges have been filed.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has released details of plans that could make it easier for students to apply to the state’s three public universities. The plans may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review. They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once.

Western IA man pleads guilty to assault charges, Tuesday


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa man who was the subject of a manhunt in Carroll that led to a school lockdown earlier this year, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of domestic abuse assault and willful injury. The Omaha World-Herald reports 27-year old Mark Lee, of Carroll, was sentenced Tuesday to 15-years in prison as part of a plea agreement. Lee used a samurai sword to stab his former girlfriend, Christine Burtnett, the night of May 17th. The stabbing took place in Lee’s rented home in Carroll. Authorities said afterward, Lee took the woman to his basement, choked her and tied her up with electrical cord.

The next morning, Lee left for work. Burtnett was able to get free and went to a neighboring house for help. Local schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. Burtnett was flown by helicopter to a Des Moines hospital with a wound to her chest. She is still recovering from her wounds.

After a day-long pursuit, police found Lee hiding under the deck of a north Carroll residence at 8:30 p.m. and arrested him. At the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Lee’s attorney said his client had served in the Army, deployed to Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic-stress disorder.

Bluffs Copper thief resists arrest Tuesday morning


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man who was allegedly trying to steal copper from the roof of the Historic Trails Center early Tuesday morning in Council Bluffs, was wanted in Nebraska on an assault warrant. KETV in Omaha reports 53-year old John Carlson was arrested at around 1:45-a.m after officers were forced to use a taser on him. The roof sustained several thousand dollars in damage during the allgedly attempted copper theft.

Carlson was wanted in Nebraska for alleged assaulting two people in August 2014. In 1996 he was wanted for theft and violating his probation. Over the years he’s done time for burglary and escape, and theft. Carlson got out of prison in May and the assault occurred less than a month later.

Red Oak Middle School closed for at least 1 more day


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Students at the Red Oak Middle School are getting an extended break for Labor Day. The Daily NonPareil reports classes were cancelled yesterday and again today (Wednesday), while crews work to clean-up after a weekend water leak that left at least 2-inches of water on the second floor of the three-story middle school building.  The incident triggered an alarm. When firefighters and district personnel arrived, they found a water valve was open.

A professional restoration company worked Sunday and Monday to attempt to have the building ready for class Tuesday, but several sections of the western portion of the school remained wet and classes were canceled. Restoration of the building was almost done Tuesday when work was called off about 3:30-p.m.. An electrical contractor found that water had dripped into electrical conduits, creating a potential safety hazard.

A fire marshal will inspect the building this morning. School officials say they hope to announce students can return to their classes on Thursday. An announcement about classes on Thursday is expected by noon today.

Nationally accredited SW IA cancer center gets $1-million grant


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The only nationally accredited cancer treatment center in southwest Iowa has received a $1-million grant for an upgrade to its radiation therapy equipment. The Daily NonPareil reports Methodist Jennie Edmundson’s Cancer Center in Council Bluffs received the award from The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and a $1 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor. The funds will help to make the purchase a state-of-the-art linear accelerator.

Shelly Stingley, Program Director of the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program, said the Helmsley grant is intended to enhance health care delivery to residents of rural areas

The combined $2 million will help launch a capital campaign to raise $5 million for the purchase of the accelerator and construction of the special vault needed to house it. The accelerator will deliver radiation with as much speed and accuracy as possible, reducing the duration and number of treatments patients need, according to a press release from Jennie Edmundson.

When a patient undergoes radiation treatment with this technology, the beams are designed to selectively debilitate cancer cells while minimizing damage to nearby healthy cells. Increased precision allows radiation oncologists to treat complex cases involving cancers of the head, neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. Even tumors that move – such as those in the lungs – can be precisely targeted thanks to special technology that compensates for motion during a treatment.

Accident near Hastings Tuesday kills 1, injuries 3 others


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A head-on collision Tuesday evening near Hastings, in Mills County , resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others. The Iowa State Patrol says 84-year old Marilyn Gruber, of Shenandoah, died in the crash, Her husband, 91-year old Richard Gruber, was injured, when an eastbound 2010 Subaru SUV driven by 57-year old Christine Carpenter, of Warrensburg, MO., pulled to the right on Highway 34, and made a U-turn in front of an eastbound 2004 Chrysler mini-van, driven by Richard Gruber. The accident happened at around 5:20-p.m.

The Grubers were not wearing their seat belts. Marilyn Gruber died at the scene. Richard Gruber and Christine Carpenter were flown by LifeNet to Creighton Hospital in Omaha. A passenger in the Subaru, 56-year old David Carpenter, of Warrensburg, was also injured. He was transported to Creighton by Glenwood Rescue. The couple in the SUV were wearing their seat belts.

Traffic on Highway 34 had to be re-routed for several hours while the crash remained under investigation.

U. of Iowa says 2 students report sexual assaults


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says two students reported recently that they were sexually assaulted on campus. The school issued a notification Tuesday in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires that colleges and universities disclose timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

The notification says one student reported Sunday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall. Another student reported Monday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall.

Another student reported on Aug. 22 that she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall.

Iowa regents plans would affect admissions, hiring


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa’s three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees. The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.

They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index. Another change would require the schools to calculate students’ admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don’t keep class rankings.

A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.