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8AM Newscast 01-03-2013

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January 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

OWI arrest in Atlantic, Thursday

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest early this (Thursday) morning, of 21-year old Cheyenne Register. The Atlantic woman was charged with 1st offense OWI. She was booked into the Cass County Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(8-a.m. News)

7AM Newscast 01-03-2013

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January 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Drug-related arrest Wed. in Red Oak

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges. According to the Red Oak Police Department, 23-year-old Edward Taylor-Harmon, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., Wednesday.  Taylor-Harmon faces a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge when he appears before a magistrate later this (Thursday) morning. He was being held  in the Montgomery County jail on a $1,000 cash only bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 3rd 2013

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(MASON CITY) — Three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in northern Iowa, while flying from Mason City to Emmetsburg.  Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matt Klunder said the helicopter was affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and that a pilot and two nurses were killed. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday near Ventura.

(DES MOINES) — Four people were injured and an 11-year old girl was killed, during a single-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday afternoon on Des Moines’ northeast side. Four of the victims were from Virginia, while the other was from Illinois.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A public hearing is scheduled today on the Iowa secretary of state’s proposal to purge people from voter rolls if they can’t prove they are citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and other civil rights groups claim the rule intimidates voters. They also say Matt Schultz doesn’t have the authority to impose it without the approval of lawmakers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tax collections in Iowa are up compared to the same halfway point a year ago. Net state receipts totaled more than $3.1 billion from July through December. That’s about $264 million, or about 9 percent, higher than the first six months of the previous fiscal year.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge in northern Iowa has denied a man’s request to delay his upcoming murder trial. Judge Colleen Weiland ruled yesterday that James Farnsworth II will stand trial starting Jan. 14th in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Farnsworth is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14th slaying of Ian Decker.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says state-issued identification cards that meet new federal security standards will be available soon. The agency will begin issuing driver’s licenses and nonoperator’s identification cards on Jan. 15th that comply with the REAL ID Act. The card verifies a person’s identification and legal presence in the United States.

Crash on I-80 in Polk County injuries 2 adults and 2 children, while another child dies

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Polk County resulted in the death of an Illinois girl, and injuries to four people from Virginia. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the victims were traveling in a 2007 Mitsubishi Gallant on I-80 westbound, northeast of Des Moines, when it went out of control and collided with a guardrail, at around 2:30-p.m. The vehicle flipped over the guardrail and rolled one and one-half times before coming to rest on its roof, in a ditch.

Eleven-year old Jacquelle McDonald, of Chicago, IL, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Officials say she was not wearing a seat belt. Four other people in the car, including the driver, 24-year old Brittany Moore, of Newport News, VA, were injured and transported by Saylor Fire and Rescue to a hospital in Des Moines. The victims were identified as 21-year old Spencer Moore, one-year old Naliya Moore, and 4-year old Jadyn Lindsey, all of Newport News.All four of the injured were wearing their seat belts.

The accident remains  under investigation.

December wraps up among the wetter, warmer Decembers on record for Iowa

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s weather went from one extreme to the other in December, as a very warm start was followed by a harsh blizzard. After so many months of drought, state climatologist Harry Hillaker says that big storm dumped almost 14 inches of snow on parts of central Iowa, moisture that was much-needed.  “Overall, December was a wetter-than-normal month, preliminarily ranking 35th wettest in 140 years of records,” Hillaker says. “Southeastern Iowa, much of that precipitation came in the form of rain. Elsewhere in the state, it was about equally divided between rain and snowfall.” Hillaker says December kicked off being quite warm but the temperature dropped like a rock.

“The month got off to a very mild start and then the more seasonal temperatures arrived during the last week and a half or so of December,” Hillaker says. “Overall, we averaged almost five-degrees warmer than normal and it was the 38th warmest December in 140 years of records.” As for the month ahead, January is shaping up to be quite cold but Hillaker predicts a slow warming trend in the first few weeks along with drier-than-normal conditions.

In Atlantic, the average High for the month of December was 38-degrees, which was three-degrees warmer than normal. The average low was 16, which was just one-degree warmer than normal. Precipitation (both rainfall & melted snowfall) amounted to 1.55-inches.  Actual snowfall for the month was 9.1-inches.

(Information from Radio Iowa & KJAN records)

Iowa Medical Helicopter Crash – Updated 2:40-a.m.

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in northern Iowa, while flying from Mason City to Emmetsburg.  Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matt Klunder said the helicopter was affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and that a pilot and two nurses were killed. Witnesses say the chopper burst into flames, when it went down.

The Heli-pad at Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa in Mason City sits empty following a fatal crash Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy Bob Fisher, KGLO/Mason City)

The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday near Ventura. Officials with Mercy Medical Center North issued the following statement to the local media early Thursday morning:

“Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is devastated to confirm that its medical helicopter, Mercy Air Med, went down en route to Emmetsburg at about 9:00 pm Wednesday. The three people on board — a nurse, Shelly (Shell) Lair-Langenbau; a paramedic, Russell (Russ) Piehl; and a pilot with Med-Trans, the helicopter service, did not survive the incident. There was not a patient on board.”

“I know their colleagues in healthcare are grieving the loss with their loved ones,” said Dan Varnum, President/CEO of Mercy-North Iowa. “The entire organization and I send prayers to all who knew them. They were committed and dedicated to serving the people of Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.”

“They were each selfless healthcare professionals devoted to the delivery of emergency medical care. While they fulfilled significant duties, they played a greater role as our neighbors and friends.”

The cause of the incident is unknown. Mercy-North Iowa is working closely with law enforcement officials and the FAA who are investigating the accident. Members of Mercy-North Iowa’s Spiritual Care Department and counselors were available Wednesday and will continue to be available to provide support.

The helicopter was operated by a Lewisville, TX-based service company, Med-Trans Air Medical transport.

(Information from the Associated Press and KGLO Radio in Mason City)

Officials: Tax collections in Iowa are up

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tax collections in Iowa are up compared to the same halfway point a year ago. Net state receipts totaled more than $3.1 billion from July through December. That’s about $264 million, or about 9 percent, higher than the first six months of the previous fiscal year. The Legislative Services Agency says the percentage growth rate will likely dip in January because of processing days in the calendar.

The Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference projected last month that the state treasury would end the current fiscal year with nearly $6.4 billion. That would be about a 3.3 percent increase over the last fiscal year.

Medical helicopter crashes in north-central Iowa

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three people are dead after a medical helicopter flying out of Mason City, Iowa, crashed into a field, authorities say. Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matt Klunder said the helicopter was affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and that a pilot and two nurses were killed. Klunder said the crash occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday near Ventura, Iowa. The identities of the victims were not released, and the cause of the crash was under investigation.