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Traffic stop in Lenox this week results in chase & arrest


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A routine traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Lenox resulted in a chase and arrest. According to Lenox Police, an officer tried to stop a Cadillac at around 1-a.m. Tuesday, for failure to have a license plate. Immediately afterward, the car sped-off on 120thStreet. During the ensuing chase, speeds exceeded 80-miles per hour.

A.J. Miller (Photo courtesy Lenox P-D)

The pursuit ended in Ringgold County after deputies from Taylor, Ringgold and Union Counties assisted in setting up a road block. The driver of the car, 35-year old A-J Miller, of Shannon City,  was arrested for driving with a suspended license, failure to have insurance, fail to obey traffic control devices, speeding 80 MPH in a 55 zone, felony eluding and operating a vehicle under the influence of narcotics.

Miller was brought to the Taylor County Jail, while the vehicle was impounded.

Traffic Stop on I-80 in Cass County nets nearly 17-lbs of marijuana, Monday


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Cass County Monday morning resulted in the arrest of two people on drug charges. Trooper Wayne Brosam with the Iowa State Patrol told KJAN News he stopped a 1996 conversion van with Illinois plates for speeding on I-80 at around 7:55-a.m., about two-miles east of the exit to Highway 71.

During conversations with the driver, 34-year old Tramaine McCray, in Brosam’s patrol  car, the Trooper says he observed numerous indicators of criminal activity. At the conclusion of the traffic stop verbal consent was given to search the van. During a hand search of the vehicle, approximately 16.5 pounds of high grade marijuana was located in a natural void in the headliner of the conversion van.

McCray, and a passenger in the van, 34-year old Demetrius Johnson, were taken into custody on charges that include Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and violation of the Drug Stamp Tax. They were later released from the Cass County Jail on $5,000 bond each.

Iowa regents head blasts U. Iowa for ‘breakdowns’

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December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents President Craig Lang says the University of Iowa is not doing enough to protect students and employees from sexual misconduct in light of the resignation of a former athletics department counselor. Lang said Wednesday during a board meeting that the regents overhauled campus policies after a high-profile assault case involving Iowa football players in 2007.

Lang said one change required employees to participate in sexual misconduct training, and Iowa’s handling of the Peter Gray case shows the school “is not doing a good enough job in this area.” Lang says he expects the university will address “the obvious breakdowns” the case exposed. Gray resigned last month after he was accused of improperly touching athletes for years, conduct that allegedly dated back to the 1990s.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 6th 2012


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say hunters have found bodies believed to be two young Iowa cousins who disappeared while riding their bikes in July. Black Hawk County sheriff’s Captain Rick Abben said during a news conference yesterday that the bodies were found Wednesday afternoon, though he wouldn’t say where. Eleven-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins vanished July 13th near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. About 70 people gathered at the lake last night to mourn the girls.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party’s top two leaders are stepping down. Sue Dvorsky and Norm Sterzenbach will leave their positions soon to pursue other interests. Dvorsky has been party chairwoman since June 2010 and Sterzenbach has been executive director since December 2006. The Democratic state central committee will choose replacements in January.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids has removed a key post in its recovery efforts from the city’s historic 2008 flood. The Gazette reports the City Council decided Tuesday to eliminate its flood recovery director post. The position was first filled just over a year after the city’s historic flood in June 2008. The title had expanded to include reinvestment duties.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally struck by a train in downtown Waterloo. Eli Ostby of Cedar Falls died instantly from the accident yesterday afternoon. Police say Ostby walked into the moving train at a crossing on Lafayette Street.

U-of-I researchers making “surprising” cancer discovery


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A team of University of Iowa researchers has made a “surprising” discovery about cancer cells: they are likely to be tougher than the other cells moving through the blood stream. Michael Henry, a professor in the university’s College of Medicine, is the lead author of the study.  “For many years people have more or less assumed that these (cancer) cells would be very fragile and not able to withstand very high levels of fluid shear stress,” Henry says. “We found that, in fact, although normal cells are fragile and susceptible, the cancer cells exhibit a resistance.” Just like “wind shear” on a plane or a vehicle speeding down the highway, cells in the human body are exposed to “fluid shear” in the blood stream.

Henry says exposure to that kind of “shear stress” seemed to induce a “hardiness” in cancer cells. “What we’ve done so far is work with laboratory-based models. We still need to move our discovery into the clinic and look at real, circulating cancer cells in patients to see if our findings hold,” Henry says. “But what we’ve found so far would suggest that is going to be the case.” This discovery eventually could lead to a blood test that would measure dangerous the cancer might be. “In addition to knowing whether the cancer is going to be dangerous or not, we might be able to take cells out of a patient and very rapidly measure whether they are sensitive or resistant to potential drug therapies without having to look at all of the genes in the cancer,” Henry says.

The research findings were just published in a medical journal and Henry has applied for another grant, specifically to measure cancer cells in melanoma patients.

(Radio Iowa)

Residents hold vigil to recall missing Iowa girls


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for two Iowa cousins who disappeared in July, just hours after investigators announced that hunters had found two bodies in a wooded area. The vigil was held Wednesday night at a lake in Evansdale where investigators had found the bicycles belonging to 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 11-year-old Lyric Cook.

Some of the roughly 70 people attending the prayer vigil were holding out hope that the bodies weren’t those of the cousins. Others seemed resigned to the tragic news. Barb Collins, of nearby Waterloo, says the community is grieving. Black Hawk County sheriff’s Capt. Rick Abben says the girls’ families were told about the two bodies and are asking for privacy. The bodies will be identified by the state medical examiner’s office.

Glenwood man arrested on burglary charge


December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Mills County said Wednesday that a Glenwood man was arrested Tuesday morning on a burglary charge. 33-year old Dean Stephen Kinart was arrested on a warrant for Burglary in the 3rd degree. He was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail just before 9-a.m., and was being held on $10,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s office reports also, no one was injured during a rollover accident early Sunday morning, about 3.5-miles northwest of Glenwood. Authorities say 21-year old Mitchell Moore, of Glenwood, was driving a 2004 Chevy on Elrod Road at around 1:40-a.m., when dense fog obscured his vision and deer on the roadway. When Moore swerved to miss the animals, his vehicle entered a ditch and rolled onto its side before landing on its wheels. Moore was able to drive the vehicle from the scene. The Sheriff’s Office was notified by Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs the driver of the the vehicle (Moore) and a passenger (Dalton Sacca) came to the facility a little over 7 hours later in private vehicles. Moore reported the accident to the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, at around 2:15-p.m. Moore was subsequently cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

And, last Saturday, 26-year old Kyle O’Banion, of Glenwood, escaped injury after the 2011 Dodge he was driving went out of control on a curve and entered a ditch before continuing up a hill through the ditch and rolling once. The accident happened at around 2:15-a.m., about 9-miles southeast of Glenwood, on Pease Road, just south of Levi Road.


Hunters find bodies believed to be Iowa cousins


December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say hunters have found bodies believed to be two young Iowa cousins who disappeared while riding their bikes in July. Black Hawk County sheriff’s Capt. Rick Abben said during a news conference that the bodies were found Wednesday afternoon, though he wouldn’t say where. Abben says both are being sent to the state medical examiner’s office to verify they are the bodies of 11-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

The two girls vanished July 13 near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. Their bikes were found near the lake. Abben appeared to be fighting back tears as he said, “the outcome was not the one we wanted.” Abben says the area where the bodies were found is still being processed.

Officials report fire at Iowa egg facility


December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

STUART, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in west central Iowa say several fire departments were called in to help battle a blaze at an egg production facility. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the Wednesday afternoon fire at Rose Acre Farms in Stuart.Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner says all company staff has been accounted for, and the fire was contained to one building at 2650 350th Road, about 40-miles west of Des Moines.The building was a total loss.

Officials say the fire’s origin is unknown at this time.  Rose Acres say they will contact their insurance carrier for assistance in investigating the fire origin. The building did not contain any chickens and had been empty for several days.  It was scheduled to be filled in the next couple of days.  Normally the building would have housed approximately 120,000 chickens.

Fire Departments from Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Panora and Greenfield responded to assist the Menlo Fire Department in battling the blaze.  Emergency Medical Services personnel from Stuart Rescue and Panora EMS were on hand to provide rehabilitation for the firefighters and assist in case anyone was injured.  Traffic control at the scene was provided by the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department and the Stuart Police Department.

Rose Acre Farms has 16 facilities in six states.



December 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The top middle school mock trial participants in the state will gather at the Iowa Events Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6th through the 8th, to compete in the Twenty-ninth Annual Iowa Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament. The Iowa Mock Trial Program is presented by The Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education with the support of the ISBA Young Lawyer’s Division and the Iowa State Bar Foundation. This year more than 1,700 middle school students from throughout Iowa participated in the competition, the largest middle school mock trial program in the nation. Among them are students from the: Carroll, Harlan and Kuemper Catholic School Districts.

In a mock trial, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as they prepare and present both sides of a hypothetical legal problem. Practicing attorneys serve as judges who decide the case on the legal merits and who also assess student performances as attorneys and as witnesses. Participants are given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues. Mock trials also help students develop important critical thinking skills and aid in the development of fundamental research, preparation and presentation skills. This year’s Middle School problem deals with the issues of negligence and defamation.

The 34 teams of students advanced to the state competition based upon their performances at regional tournaments throughout the state earlier this month. The students will compete in three rounds of competition on Thursday and Friday, with the top four teams advancing to a semi-final round on Saturday morning, at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building.

The championship round features the semi-final winners presenting the final case starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court Chambers of the Iowa Judicial Branch. A special awards program honoring all 34 teams, naming the top ten teams and recognizing individual “outstanding attorneys” and “outstanding witnesses” will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Veteran’s Memorial Convention Center in downtown Des Moines.