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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 4th 2016


May 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The author of a book about his father and other men who raised a U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II says he no longer believes his father was in an iconic photograph of the event. “Flags of Our Fathers” author James Bradley says questions raised by two historians prompted him to recall comments his father made about the event. Bradley now believes his father participated in an earlier flag-raising.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A 40-year-old man convicted of first-degree burglary has escaped from a Coralville work release facility. Officials with the Iowa Department of Corrections say Curtis Jones didn’t return from his job as expected on Monday and was listed as an escaped inmate. His 40-year sentence began in June 2005.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former spokesman for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been named senior adviser to the Republican Party of Iowa to help GOP candidates including U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley win in November. Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann says he’s hired Tim Albrecht to help Republican campaigns succeed.

DENVER, Iowa (AP) — Police say one person has died in a northeast Iowa construction site accident. The Denver Police Department says construction workers were digging along the foundation wall of a building in Denver when a portion of the wall tipped over on Monday and trapped 56-year-old Henry Gray, of Clarksville. Firefighters and the owner of Snelling Construction freed Henry from under the wall, but he died at the scene.

Iowa teacher resigns after failing alcohol tests at prom


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa teacher who failed alcohol tests while chaperoning a high school prom has resigned. Sioux City television station KTIV reports the Okoboji School Board accepted the resignation of 33-year-old Royce Van Roekel, during a special meeting Tuesday (today).

Milford police say officers were sent Saturday night to Boji Bay Fun House & Event Center, where the Okoboji High School prom was being held. Van Roekel failed a field sobriety test and his breath tested out at more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Van Roekel will be suspended until his resignation becomes effective June 1st. Online court records say Van Roekel pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of public intoxication.

Iowa’s high school graduation rate continues to rise


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education says the state’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row. Data released by the department Tuesday show about 90 percent of students in Iowa’s 2015 graduating class completed high school within four years. The graduation rate has steadily increased from 88.3 percent for the Class of 2011.

Officials say Iowa became the first state in the country with a graduation rate above 90 percent last year. The U.S. Department of Education has not yet released national data for the Class of 2015. Additionally, there were 3,637 Iowa students who dropped out during the 2014-15 school year, which is a slight decrease from the previous year’s dropout rate.

Bluffs man in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Council Bluffs was transported to a hospital in Omaha in critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle this (Tuesday) morning. Bluffs Police say 60-year old Clifford Guild was struck by a vehicle driven by 25-year old Jessica Sawyer, of Council Bluffs, at around 8:30-a.m., in the 3800 block of Avenue G.

When officers arrived at the scene, Guild was unresponsive, and officers were unable to obtain a pulse. He was transported to Creighton University Medical Center. An initial investigation determined Guild was crossing the street, and for an unknown reason, crossed in front of the vehicle, driven by Sawyer.

Authorities say at this time, speed and/or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident. This case is currently under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Traffic Unit.

Delayed injuries reported following accident in Harlan


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say four people involved in an accident April 26th, and who initially reported no injuries, were later seen by a physician. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 59 and Lincoln Avenue.

Officials say a 2006 Chevy driven by Roland Wegner, of Harlan, was traveling west on Lincoln Avenue and had stopped at the controlled intersection with Highway 59.  A 2014 Mercedes, driven by Rene Flores, of Denison, was traveling north on Highway 59. When Wegner pulled into the intersection, his vehicle was struck on the right side by the Mercedes.

Wegner was cited for Failure to Yield the Right Of Way. Flores, and three other people in the Mercedes, later sought medical treatment. Damage from the collision amounted to $9,000.

Harlan Police report (issued 5/3/16)


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department report the arrest on Monday, of 30-year old Eugene Cardine, and 19-year old Jodie Cardine, both of Harlan. The pair were arrested after officers were called to the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue for a domestic disturbance.  Both subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were charged with intoxication in public. Eugene Cardine was also charged with violation of a protective order.  Jodie Cardine was also charged with disorderly conduct.

On Sunday, Harlan Police cited 20-year old Zachary Gross, of Earling, for possession of alcohol by person under legal age. The citation was issued after officers found several containers of alcohol in Gross’ truck.  Gross also received a parking citation for parking too far from the curb.

Last Friday, 21-year old Dylan Jager, of Elk Horn, was arrested in Harlan, when officers were called to Veterans Memorial Auditorium where Jager allegedly struck Kendra Week, of Exira.  Jager was later located in Elk Horn and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault.

On April 27th, 23-year old Elmer Nathaniel Chavez Marroquin, of Omaha, was taken into custody in Harlan and charged with harassment in the 3rd degree. The arrest followed an investigation into a complaint of harassment filed by Mandy Watson, of Harlan.  Marroquin was later located and arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail.  Marroquin was also cited for failure to have a valid driver’s license. That same day, 26-year old Janice Massey, of Harlan, and 26-year old Charles Wilson, of Yuma, Arizona, were both taken into custody after officers responded to a reported verbal domestic incident in the 3000 block of 12th Street.  Massey and Wilson were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with intoxication in public.

“Tanks of Thanks®” program honors a local resident for making a difference in the community


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Cenex & CHS Energy report Julie Williamson, of Wiota, has received a special thank you for paying it forward in her community. Williamson was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks®, a program that recognizes people who go the extra mile for others. Recently, Williamson was presented with a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card, which is redeemable at any Cenex® location, for donating her handmade quilts to a variety of causes throughout the community.

For years, Williamson has donated to the local school’s “Pink Out Night,” a silent auction. She has also spent time working with the local high school’s student council to make quilt blocks that created a quilt auctioned off for a student with a life-threatening illness.

The Tanks of Thanks program from CHS and Cenex retailers encourages people to nominate neighbors, family and friends for free fuel as a way to thank them for doing good deeds, both large and small. Each month, more than $5,000 in free fuel is given away through the Tanks of Thanks program.

Nominating someone for Tanks of Thanks is easy, and anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness. To make a nomination, visit TanksofThanks.com and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks.

Wet weather slows the pace of planting

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Wet weather slowed the planting process last week. The U-S-D-A crop report shows 57 percent of the corn crop is now planted, which is just 17 percent ahead of the report from last week. Planting had been six days ahead of last year, but the slowdown last week now has farmers just one day ahead of last year at this time. The overall planting is still eight days ahead of the five-year average.

The report finds farmers in north-central and central Iowa making the most headway, with more than three-quarters of their corn crop in the ground. Soybean planting showed up on the report this week, with seven percent of that crop planted. That’s five days ahead of the five-year average.

(Radio Iowa)

Gun club just for women opens in Omaha-Council Bluffs


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A group called “The Well Armed Woman” is opening its first chapter in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Co-founder Patricia Harrold says the club will introduce women to shooting and gun safety skills while improving their marksmanship and confidence. “I definitely have worked with women who have tried and not been successful working with a male instructor,” she says, “especially those who are brand new to firearms.”

Harrold says for some women, it’s easier to learn from another woman. “I worked with one lady who was 73 years old and she had never fired a firearm before,” she says. “I spent several hours with her, working her through the basics because she just couldn’t get it from her husband. She felt uncomfortable and a bit intimidated. The approach I take obviously caters to women and what they need.”

Harrold says more women are buying guns and they want to learn and practice with other women. “Women ownership is increasing, up 47% in the past few years,” she says. “We’re beginning to dominate the industry. A lot of people are catering to us, creating their own brands. I just wanted to make a formal group that would advance the cause and pick up the connection between men and women who are interested in firearms.”

The group is teaming up with Cabela’s and the Omaha Gun Club. Harrold’s goal is 150 members.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon Police report 3 burglary-related arrests


May 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police have arrested three people on burglary charges. Police Chief Matt Starmer says 19-year old’s Andrew Allen Malloy, and Beau Brady Nickum, along with 16-year old Timothy Dethlef Asmus, all of Audubon, were arrested this (Tuesday) morning on Felony 3rd degree burglary charges.
At least two of the suspects were arrested as the result of an investigation into the burglary of B’s Trading Post on April 10th. Nickum was also charged with Accessory After the Fact, an aggravated misdemeanor, with regard to his role in the armed robbery of the Audubon Subway shop on April 10th. Malloy was being held in the Audubon County Jail on $25,000 bond. Nickum was in the Audubon County Jail awaiting his appearance before a magistrate. Asmus was being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs.
Chief Starmer reports also, 47-year old Daniel Scott Bald of Audubon, was arrested April 26th, for OWI – 2nd offense.  Bald was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held pending an appearance before a magistrate.