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Iowa Legislature checks off boxes needed for adjournment

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has checked off several boxes that are needed to agree on a state budget and reach adjournment this session.The completed tasks include deals on taxes, K-12 education and what’s actually available to spend for the fiscal year that begins in July. Lawmakers could adjourn the session on schedule in April, a stark contrast to last year when they extended it into June amid disagreement over education funding.

Lawmakers appear to agree there’s about $7.35 billion available for the next budget, and about $176 million in new dollars. Legislative leaders agree most of that new money will go to K-12 education, but they haven’t released information about where the rest should go. Issues like Medicaid oversight, funding for water quality initiatives and medical marijuana remain in limbo.

OWI & assault arrests in Villisca

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested this weekend on separate, OWI & assault charges. Early this (Sunday) morning, 24-year old Shayney Delyn Scott, of Villisca, was arrested in Villisca for OWI/1st offense. Scott was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where she was being held on $1,000 bond.

Saturday morning, deputies in Montgomery County arrested 22-year old Ridge R. Ballard, of Villisca, on charges of Simple Assault, and Interference with Official Acts. Ballard was taken into custody in Villisca and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $300.

NE woman arrested on drug charges in Adams County

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report a woman from Nebraska was arrested Saturday on drug charges, following a traffic stop. Kayla Davis, of Omaha, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Iowa early News Headlines: Easter Sunday, March 27th 2016

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a prisoner who, along with two police officers and another driver, was killed in a fiery, wrong-way crash in Interstate 80 in Iowa. Des Moines police say 32-year-old Tosha Nicole Hyatt of Des Moines was being transported early Saturday from Council Bluffs to Des Moines when the police SUV she was in was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-80 west of Des Moines.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Ride-sharing company Uber has set its sights on Dubuque — a prospect not being embraced by local taxi companies. Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce President Molly Grover tells the Telegraph Herald that Uber Iowa recently reached out to express an interest in coming to Dubuque. Uber allows consumers with smartphones to request a ride and connect with Uber drivers who use their own cars to provide rides for a fee.

ASHTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa avian rehabilitation facility says an injured bald eagle euthanized last week was suffering from lead poisoning — an affliction that kills many of the eagles it tries to treat. The Sioux City Journal reports that the euthanized eagle was found March 8 on the ground along Iowa Highway 60 near Ashton. It had been hit by a semitrailer and could not fly or walk.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A section of a 100-year-old brick utility building the Hydroelectric Dam has collapsed, and officials say it will likely be torn down. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the structural failure happened sometime Wednesday or Thursday. No one was hurt.

Prisoner killed in I-80 crash that killed officers named

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a prisoner who, along with two police officers and another driver, was killed in a fiery, wrong-way crash in Interstate 80 in Iowa. Des Moines police say 32-year-old Tosha Nicole Hyatt of Des Moines was being transported early Saturday from Council Bluffs to Des Moines when the police SUV she was in was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-80 west of Des Moines.

Des Moines officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales, who had been on the job less than six months, were killed in the crash 12:40 a.m. crash. Police have not yet named driver of the other vehicle. Police say both officers and the driver of the other vehicle were wearing seat belts, but don’t know if Hyatt was.

Red Oak woman arrested Sat. morning on warrants

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Saturday, arrested a woman wanted on two active Montgomery County warrants for Violation of Probation. 19-year old Cara Belle Hale, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-a.m. in the 1400 block of N. Broadway St. in Red Oak, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where her cash bond was set at $10,000.

Avian center says lead poisoning killing eagles

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ASHTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa avian rehabilitation facility says an injured bald eagle euthanized last week was suffering from lead poisoning — an affliction that kills many of the eagles it tries to treat. The Sioux City Journal reports that the euthanized eagle was found March 8 on the ground along Iowa Highway 60 near Ashton. It had been hit by a semitrailer and could not fly or walk.

Kay Neumann, director of Saving Our Avian Resources — or SOAR — in Manning, Iowa, says many of the birds the facility receives suffer from lead poisoning. That’s usually because they’ve eaten wild animals that have been shot with lead. She says 14 eagles were recently brought to the center with lead poisoning. Only one is still alive and being treated.

Experts say dog flu seen in Illinois is expected to hit Iowa

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Experts at Iowa State University in Ames say they expect the highly contagious strain of dog flu that has sickened hundreds of dogs in Chicago to make its way to neighboring Iowa. Dr. Bryce Kibble with the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine tells Des Moines television station KCCI that the canine illness “is probably going to get here at some point.”

Kibble says many dogs have become infected, but not very many die from it. Symptoms include coughing, nasal discharge and watery eyes. Kibble says vaccines for the flu strain are still being developed and are not readily available. Animal welfare groups think this sickness is the same strain that sickened 1,700 dogs in Cook County, Illinois, in an outbreak last year.

Branstad, Reynolds issue statements on early morning vehicle crash on Interstate 80

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the statements Saturday, following word of an early morning vehicle crash on Interstate 80 that claimed the lives of two Des Moines police officers. Branstad said “Our hearts are heavy this Easter weekend on the news of an early morning crash on Interstate 80. We’re learning that the crash took the lives of two young Des Moines police officers who dedicated their lives to protecting public safety and were killed in the line of duty. Chris and I wish to extend our sincere sympathies to the families of everyone impacted in this horrific accident.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds added, “I’m heartbroken to hear this morning of a tragic vehicle crash involving two fallen police officers from the Des Moines Police Department. On this celebration of Easter, it’s very difficult to comprehend how young lives can be taken so quickly. Kevin and I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the families affected by this terrible crash.”

Gov. Branstad will issue a statement later in the week on lowering flags to half-staff.

(Update) Des Moines Police ID officers killed in Sat. morning crash

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Des Moines Police Department have released the identity of two officers who died this (Saturday) morning during a fiery, head-on crash with a vehicle that was traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 80, near Waukee. During a Press Conference, Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek  said the Officers were 30-year old Susan Farrell and 34-year old Carlos Puente-Morales.

Carlos-Puente-Morales. Officer photos courtesy of the Des Moines Police Department.

Carlos-Puente-Morales.
Officer photos courtesy of the Des Moines Police Department.

Susan Farrell

Susan Farrell

Both had graduated from the Des Moines Police Academy in Oct. 2015. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the officers are the 21st and 22nd from the Des Moines Police Department to die in the line of duty, going back to the 1890’s.

The officers were transporting 32-year old Tosha Nichole Hyatt, of Des Moines, who was wanted on a felony warrant. Hyatt was being brought from Council Bluffs to Des Moines at around 12:40-a.m., when a Ford Taurus traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-80, collided with the eastbound Des Moines Police Dept. SUV at around mile marker 117. Both officers were wearing their seat belts, but it’s not clear if the prisoner was strapped-in.

The Des Moines Police Department SUV came to rest in the median while the Ford Taurus came to rest on the interstate. The first Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene within minutes, and advised that a car was fully engulfed in flames.

The driver of the Ford Taurus and the three people in the Des Moines Police Department SUV were all pronounced dead at the scene. The interstate remained closed for several hours while emergency crews were on the scene. The names of the prisoner and driver of the Taurus were being withheld pending notification of family.

All four deceased individuals were taken to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny where autopsies will be performed this weekend. Autopsy results could take several weeks.The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Agencies responding to the scene included the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol Division (ISP), Waukee Police Department, Waukee Fire Department, West Des Moines Fire Department, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dallas County Medical Examiner, assisted by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.