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ISP Trooper flying to Atlantic makes emergency landing in Denison


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For the second time in a little more than a year, a pilot with the Iowa State Patrol was forced to make  emergency landing due to circumstances beyond his control. The Patrol says Trooper Scott Pigsley was flying from Sioux City to Atlantic after having helped search for a missing woman in northwest Iowa, when his aircraft struck a flock of geese early Tuesday morning.   Pigsley, who was not injured in the mishap, landed safely at the Denison airport. The woman Pigsley was called to help find, was later located safe and sound.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright says Pigsley, a pilot for 17 years, was flying a single-engine Cessna at about 1,500 feet when he hit the geese. The plane sustained multiple dents to its wings and a wheel cover. Pigsley told KCCI-TV in Des Moines, the incident happened sometime between midnight and 1-a.m., Tuesday.

On December 18th, 2010, a State Patrol aircraft also flown by Pigsley,  made an emergency landing on Highway 44 near the Audubon/Guthrie County line, after having experienced oil pressure-related engine failure. Piglsey, and his passenger, a State Conservation Officer, were monitoring deer hunters when the plane went down, narrowly missing a pickup on the road. In 2006, Pigsley was also forced to make an emergency landing in a field near Bondurant, after experiencing engine problems.

2 arrested in Onawa shooting


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Two men face charges in a shooting in Onawa that reportedly happened during a burglary that police now say was fabricated. 32-year old Darren Hieber and 24-year old Brady Chapman were arrested Tuesday in the Feb. 5th shooting at Hieber’s trucking business. Hieber told police he was shot in the leg while interrupting a burglary. Police say Hieber devised a scheme to have Chapman, his employee, shoot him with a .22-caliber rifle, to distract him from his personal problems. The Omaha World-Herald reports Hieber missed his estranged wife, and hatched the plan to try and get her back.

Hieber faces conspiracy and reckless use of a firearm charges. Chapman faces felony charges of reckless use of a firearm and willful injury. Both men face a charge of making a false report to law enforcement. The men are currently free on bond.

Former AP bureau chief Burt Wittrup dies in Iowa


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ELK HORN, Iowa (AP) — Burt Wittrup, a former chief of bureau for The Associated Press in New Mexico, has died in his home state of Iowa, where he returned in 2008. His wife, Carolyn, says he died of congestive heart failure on March 1st at a hospital in Harlan. He was 77. The couple returned to Elk Horn, where Wittrup was born in 1934.

Wittrup served in the Navy and attended the University of New Mexico. He joined the AP in New Mexico, becoming news editor and bureau chief. He left the AP after 19 years. He worked for the Albuquerque Tribune, taught journalism at the University of New Mexico and joined the El Paso Times before retiring in 1994. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ohde Funeral Home in Kimballton.

Corps: Missouri River reservoirs ready for runoff

News, Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River reservoirs have begun the spring runoff season with slightly more space than the normal amount for flood control storage. The corps says that as of Thursday, the system storage had an extra 300,000 acre-feet of storage. Runoff is expected to be near normal this year. Corps officials say the reservoirs were at desired levels last spring, but a late buildup of snow in the Rockies and heavy rains in Montana and other upstream areas in May led to record runoff. The corps was forced to release massive amounts of water from the dams, causing record flooding downstream. The more than 2,300-mile-long river flows from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.


News, Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says the Grassland Fire Danger Index will be in the “Extreme” category today across parts of southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. As of 11:30-a.m., that includes Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties.

Extreme Fire Danger means that fires can start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with Extreme Fire Danger! South to southwest winds at 15- to 30-mph today, will also bring an “Elevated Fire Danger” risk to the rest of the listening area.

Bluffs Police search for 4 attackers


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A search is underway in Pottawattamie County for four men Council Bluffs police say attacked 33-year old Jason Muller outside of his home on South 8th Street Sunday afternoon. The suspects include one black male and 3 white males. Council Bluffs Police Dept. Sgt. Chad Meyers says they do not have a lot to go on. He says authorities are looking for a blue sedan. In each case, the descriptions are vague, but it’s all officials have to work with. 

Sgt. Meyers says around 3:00 Muller was working on his car and had gone into the house when he heard someone near his vehicle.  When he went outside to check it out he was attacked. Muller suffered severe facial injuries but will recover.  He says this is the same area where 40 year old Andrea Moulton was badly beaten on February 28th.  Meyers said there’s nothing to indicate at this time, that the two incidents are related. 

Both Moulton and Muller remain hospitalized.

(Karla James/Radio Iowa)

Arrests reported in Cass County


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports today (Tuesday) three arrests occurred over the past couple of weeks. On Monday (March 5th), 33-year old Bridget Lea Barnholdt, of Atlantic, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Barnholdt was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was being held on $10,000 bond. This past Sunday, 24-year old Raymond Carl Egner, of McClelland, was arrested on charges of OWI 3rd or Subsequent offense, Driving While Barred, and Driving Under Revocation. Egner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he posted $7000 bond and was released. And, on February 25th, 23-year old Raymond Lee Miller, of Casey, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Cass & Adair County Board of Supervisors’ meeting previews


March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass and Adair County Boards of Supervisors will hold their regular weekly meetings Wednesday, beginning at 9-a.m. in Atlantic and Greenfield, respectively. In Atlantic, the Board will act on approving an expenditure of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds, to eliminate a deficit balance in the Baughman Drainage District Fund, and, a liquor license application for the Griswold Golf and Country Club (Class C license with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales Privilege).

In Greenfield, the Supervisors will hold a “Years of Recognition” coffee, and discuss a Fiscal Year 2013 Health Levy, as well as a Funeral Assistance Ordinance. They’ll also hear from County Custodian Rich Wallace, with regard to wiring and storage bids, and windows. At 10-a.m., Mel Obbink, with Sidwell, will lead a presentation on the GIS (Geographic Information System).

Public meetings tonight (Tuesday) to discuss hunting/trapping changes

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans have a chance tonight (Tuesday) to express their opinions about several proposed changes in hunting and trapping regulations for next fall. Perhaps the biggest change would apply to deer hunters. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau Chief Dale Garner says some areas of the state have too many deer, but other areas have dropped below or near department goals. “We would like to reduce the antlerless tags to stabilize the herd,” Garner said.

The proposed changes involve shortening the length of the January deer hunting season, eliminating the November antlerless season altogether and changing the early muzzleloader season to reduce the harvest in the antlerless portion of the deer herd. The proposals are meant to satisfy the concerns of hunters who believe deer reduction efforts have gone too far. The DNR estimates deer numbers in Iowa are down 30% compared to a high mark in 2006. Iowa hunters, during the recent 2011-12 deer hunting seasons, killed 121,407 deer — down 4.5% from the previous year. Changes are proposed for waterfowl hunting and trapping as well.

“We’re looking to potentially increase quotas for both otters and bobcats,” Garner said. “For migratory birds, we have an opportunity to possibly add a (third) zone to the state, which will impact us for four years, so this is a chance for people to think about what that might do.” The possible changes will be discussed during public meetings tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at 18 locations across the state. The list of possible changes is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/proposed_changes2012.pdf

In our area, the public meetings will be held in: Carroll, at the Carroll High School; in Council Bluffs, at Abraham Lincoln High School; in Creston, at the Creston High School, and in Onawa, at the Onawa-West Monona Junior/Senior High School.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa & Ric Hanson/KJAN)

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