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Atlantic and Shenandoah in Iowa Top 25 safest cities to live

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An analysis of 2012 property and violent crime statistics in Iowa ranks Atlantic 18th out of 25 cities for being the safest in the State to live. The analysis was conducted by SafeChoiceSecurity.com. 10471308_10152647551944792_7300324896561816607_n

Topping the list was Jefferson, with a Crime Index of 89, or safer than 89-percent of U-S cities. Humboldt places second, North Liberty was 3rd. Carroll came in 10th in the website’s analysis, with a Crime Index of 64.

In ranking Atlantic 18th, SafeChoiceSecurity.com said the city is “A wonderful place to raise a family and conduct business as it maintains a low incidence of crime and its police department is extremely well trained and funded.” Shenandoah was also in the top 25, coming in at number 25, with a Crime Index of 31.

The complete list can be found here: http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, Thu., Oct. 9 2014

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MADRID, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines of at least $64,000 for care problems found during inspections. The Des Moines Register says state inspection reports that led to the fines suggest many of the issues cited stem from staffing shortages at the Madrid Home for the Aging. A lawyer for the nursing home denied the allegations and says the owners are appealing the fines.

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals spokesman David Werning says the nursing home was hit with unusually strong punishment because inspectors had found similar problems there within the past year. In August the home was sued by a woman who says she found her 74-year-old mother naked and soiled on the floor of an unfinished room at the facility. Her mother has since died.

Loaded gun found in carry-on bag at Omaha airport

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Transportation Security Administration officials say they have released a man after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag at an Omaha airport. The TSA says the Taurus Slim 40 pistol loaded with seven rounds was discovered during a checkpoint screening on Wednesday afternoon at Eppley Airfield. Omaha Airport Authority police confiscated the weapon and interviewed the passenger.

No charges have been reported. The passenger’s identity hasn’t been released. Authorities say it’s the 13th firearm discovered during a screening at the airport this year. The TSA can levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 for people who bring guns to checkpoints.

Council Bluffs men arrested in connection with tractor theft from Fremont County

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two Pottawattamie County men were arrested Monday on theft charges, following an investigation into the theft of a tractor from a farm near Hamburg, in Fremont County. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said Thursday (Today), his office received a report Monday evening about a 1967 John Deere 3020 tractor that was stolen from a farm on 240th Avenue.

Less than 10 minutes after the report was conveyed to law enforcement, the Sheriff saw a suspicious vehicle traveling in the 1100 block of 300th Avenue. Aistrope contacted his deputies and followed the vehicle, which then took off at a high rate of speed. The vehicle ran a stop sign at 300th Avenue and Waubonsie Avenue.

During the pursuit, the Sheriff noticed a tractor stuck in the mud in the 1100 block of 292nd Avenue. The tractor matched the description of the one reported stolen. The vehicle was eventually stopped by a marked Fremont County patrol car near the intersection of 310th Street and Paddock Avenue, in Mills County.

Following an investigation, 55-year old James Sarver and 46-year old Leroy Tichota, both of Council Bluffs, were arrested for Theft in the 1st degree.  Both men were being held in the Fremont County Jail on $10,000 cash only bond, each. Additional charges are pending.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the incident by officers with the Tabor Police Department and deputies with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office.

Adams County man arrested in Montgomery County on drug charge

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Adams County was arrested late Wednesday night in Montgomery County on a drug-related offense. The Sheriff’s Department says 19-year old Brandon Robert Pafford, of Nodaway, was stopped at 7th Avenue and 3rd Street in Villisca at around 11:24-p.m., for a traffic offense.

Pafford was subsequently arrested for OWI-drugged/1st offense. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

New, large subdivision planned for east side of C. Bluffs

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new housing subdivision that one official described as “very big” and “significant” is proposed for the eastern part of Council Bluffs. The Daily NonPareil says Greenview Estates, a 409-lot subdivision, will be built north of Greenview Road and west of Franklin Avenue. The single-family homes project, proposed by Omaha development firm BHI, is scheduled for a vote of approval or disapproval by the Council Bluffs Planning Commission next Tuesday.

It’s believed to be the first completely new subdivision in several years in the area, as opposed to recent additions to existing subdivisions. The last major subdivisions of a similar size to be built in Council Bluffs have been the Hills of Cedar Creek in the eastern portion of the city and the Sevens at Fox Run along Veterans Memorial Highway.

State Insurance Commissioner approves Wellmark rate increase

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Insurance Commissioner has approved double-digit rate increases for the insurance policies held by about a quarter of a million Iowans. Individual health insurance polices from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will increase an average of 14-and-a-half percent on January 1st. The rates for the Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa will go up an average of 11-point-nine percent.

State Insurance Commissioner Nick Gearhart says he found “no evidence” Wellmark’s rate hikes were “discriminatory or excessive.” Gearheart says due to the Affordable Care Act, Wellmark faces higher costs partly because insurers can’t deny coverage to applicants with pre-existing conditions, plus new rules restrict how much a client’s age, potential health risks or gender can factor into rates.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Oct. 9th 2014

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October 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is set to visit Iowa this weekend to help Democratic candidates. An O’Malley spokeswoman says he will be in the state Saturday and Sunday. This is the fourth trip the potential 2016 presidential candidate has made to the kickoff caucus state this year.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a building in Cedar Rapids where posters appeared promoting the opening of a marijuana dispensary says the advertisement is a hoax. John Wasta says two posters appeared Tuesday on the outside of his empty storefront that implied a business known as the Iowa Marijuana Company would open in October 2015. Wasta tells KCRG TV in Cedar Rapids he took down the posters and is not taking the apparent prank too seriously.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former Argosy riverboat casino has pulled away from its dock in Sioux City and started a long journey to a shipyard in Illinois, where it will be sold or salvaged. The Sioux City Journal reports the floating casino closed this summer after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it stop its operations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man has dropped off a newborn baby at a family medicine clinic in Des Moines. KCCI TV reports the baby was later taken to Blank Children’s Hospital.

Iowa authorities ID construction worker killed

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a construction worker killed after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa. Maj. Todd Wieck with the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Daniel Lewis Uhl, of Anthon, was killed Tuesday at a construction site near Correctionville.

Uhl was at the site when a large piece of “earth-moving equipment” pinned him. He was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital but was pronounced dead before the helicopter landed. The Sioux City Journal reports the circumstances of the death are under investigation.