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Lane restrictions on westbound I-80 near Council Bluffs begin Friday


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Bridge maintenance work will require restricting westbound Interstate 80 traffic to one lane between exit 1B (South 24th Street) and exit 5 (Madison Avenue) near Council Bluffs from 7-p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, until 6-a.m. Monday, Oct. 22nd, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluff’s construction office. Westbound I-80 traffic will not be able to use exit 3 (South Expressway Street) during this project. There is a 12-foot-6-inch width lane restriction and 80,000 pound weight restriction in the open lanes. Motorists may wish to take I-680 to southbound I-29 to avoid possible traffic congestion in the area.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

Four-way debate in Shenandoah for 3rd Dist. Congressional seat puts focus on abortion


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

All four candidates who are running for Iowa’s Third District Congressional seat met in Shenandoah last (Wednesday) night for a four-way debate. One topic was a woman’s reproductive rights. Each candidate was asked whether he’d support a constitutional amendment to ban abortions, except in the cases of rape or incest. Republican incumbent Tom Latham says he has a one-hundred-percent pro-life voting record. Latham says he supports the amendment that provides the exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. “I think where that applies and should apply with the federal government is in the funding areas to make sure that what they call Mexico City Policy, that we’re not funding abortions overseas,” Latham says. “It’s a moral issue and I will always be pro-life.”

Socialist Workers Party candidate David Rosenfeld says he’s one-hundred-percent in favor of a woman’s right to choose. “Without the right to control reproduction, without the right to control her body, women cannot achieve full social equality in this society,” Rosenfeld says. “Since Roe versus Wade legalized abortion in this country, there has been a non-stop attack on that right, eroding it year after year.”

Democrat incumbent Leonard Boswell says he trusts women to make up their own minds. “Women are able to make a decision,” Boswell says. “They share in our society in every respect. We’ve gotta’ have some trust. I trust my daughters. I trust my wife. I trust women and I think having some elected official decide what a woman is going to do with her life is just uncalled-for and unnecessary.”

While saying he’s pro-life, independent candidate Scott Batcher says he believes federal funding for Planned Parenthood should continue, because of the educational services it provides. “When we look at funding Planned Parenthood, are we funding all companies like Planned Parenthood for their increased education?” Batcher says. “The more we educate the public, the less abortions are going to occur. We’re going to reduce that number the more we educate the public. Doing away with that education is not what we need to do.”  Wednesday night’s 90-minute debate took place at the K-M-A studios in Shenandoah.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak teen arrested for curfew violation


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Red Oak teen was arrested this (Thursday) morning in Villisca, on a warrant charging her with a curfew violation. 18-year old Kaylie Hudson was taken into custody at around 9-a.m. in Villisca, and brought by Montgomery County deputies to the Pottawattamie County line, where she was turned over to Pott. County deputies for transport to the jail in Council Bluffs.

Shelby County Supervisors approve economic development merger


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Supervisors Thursday, approved by a 2-to-1 vote, a motion to support a merge of Shelby County DevelopSource and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The same motion had been approved by the Harlan City Council Tuesday evening. The Supervisors also approved a motion to request an accounting of the hotel/motel tax revenues/disbursements handled since its inception.

The Supervisors Chamber in the basement of the Shelby County Courthouse was filled with members of the Shelby County Chamber, Tourism Committee and Hotel/Motel Tax Task Force. Supervisor James Burmeister said he would have rather seen the two boards come up with a plan before the Board of Supervisors voted on the motion. Chamber Board Member Marty Burchett spoke to the board about the two groups joining forces. She said “We have no structure laid out. This is just conversations going on more so from DevelopSource then the Chamber. We have miles to go before this will ever happen.”

Randy Ouren, former President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, says he had received an e-mail, as had several other members of the Chamber and City Council, from Mayor Gettys and read it to the Supervisors. Part of the e-mail was about the Hotel/Motel Tax. He said “The Hotel/Motel tax would continue in the new organization as well as current funding in support. This was the last disturbing sentence: The City Council will vote on other avenues if this does not proceed. What I am interpreting what is going on here as an extension to forcing that maybe going into incremental steps over time. That’s my only concern.”

Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox says if the Chamber and DevelopSource merged, the tourism committee would continue. Cox saidIf they did merge, this tourism committee would not go away. It’s the best interest of the county. No one is taking the money. The law states what you can do with it.” After further discussion Cox said it is all about finding the best solution. The motions were then passed by the Supervisors.

In other business, Cox asked for a motion in support of the City to look into moving the Harlan City Hall and the Harlan Police Department to the College Park building. Cox said the County gave $100,000 for the building. The planning is in the early stages as Cox brought the idea to every contributor that had invested in the College Park building. The banks approved the idea and liked the possibility of the current City Hall being used as an incubator for start up businesses. As Cox said, this is a possibility and all avenues are being looked at. The motion was approved.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Two Bridges along Highway 6 in Cass County named in Honor of Troopers


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Iowa State Troopers who died when their plane crashed into a field near Atlantic a little over 23-years ago, were honored this (Thursday) morning, at ISP State Radio, near Lewis. The bridges located along Highway Six in Cass County, were named for Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch and Trooper Stanley Gerling.

Maj. Tim Leinen, IA State Patrol, talks about the crash that took the lives of two Troopers in Cass County.

Major Tim Leinen with the State Patrol said prior to today, six Troopers were recognized who lost their lives in the line of duty. The remaining two Troopers will be honored over the next few weeks. In all, 10-State Troopers have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Iowa.

Major Leinen was on duty the fatal day Troopers Dietsch and Gerling died. He was working in the Council Bluffs area following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Trooper Pilot Dietch was also part of the pursuit. He was one of the Troopers to transport the suspects to jail. Dietsch then drove to Atlantic to take the airplane up during the July 4th weekend patrol. Leinen says it wasn’t until later he found out what happened.

Leinen says Dietsch and Gerling were killed in an airplane accident on June 30th, 1989, southwest of Atlantic. The pair had been searching for an elderly man who had wandered off, and were about to call off the search when they troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground.

Troopers Dietsch and Gerling were the first aircraft fatalities since the addition of the Patrol Airwing in 1956. Dietsch, of Council Bluffs, was 30-years old, and a six-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol. He was survived by his fiancé.’ Gerling was 34-years old, and in his first year of service to the Patrol. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Leinen recalled the mood of his fellow Troopers when he heard the news about the crash.

Members of Trooper Stanley Gerling’s family pose in front of a sign in his honor at State Radio near Lewis.

He said he heard about an accident on the communications channels. When he came to the Post, he met other Troopers who had come away from a briefing, and they were very somber. He says he still thinks about the crash to this day, and gets very emotional about it, especially when he drives by the location of the crash near Highway Six. The bridges with the men’s names in memoriam, are located west and northeast of Lewis along Highway 6, as it traverses Indian Creek, and Turkey Creek.

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Atlantic teen arrested on OWI charge


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Wednesday, of 18-year old Tyler Doll. Doll, who’s from Atlantic, was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. He was booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(9-a.m. News)

Burn Bans lifted for Madison and Carroll Counties

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October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The State Fire Marshals Office and Iowa Department of Public Safety report Burn Bans which had been in place for Carroll and Madison Counties, were lifted this week. The bans on open burning due to the extremely dry summer conditions, were enacted in late July. Recent rains and current climate conditions prompted officials in Carroll and Madison Counties to ask for their burn bans to be rescinded. The ban was lifted in Madison County this (Thursday) morning, while the Carroll County burn ban was lifted Tuesday afternoon. And, as mentioned earlier, a burn ban in Pottawattamie County, was also rescinded, on Wednesday.

South Dakota State Trooper with local ties in Critical condition


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A South Dakota State Trooper who is a native of Elk Horn, Iowa, is in stable, but critical condition following a pursuit and crash Wednesday morning in Sioux Falls. Television station KELO reports Trooper Andrew Steen, a graduate of the Elk Horn-Kimballton High School, was injured when he was struck by the suspect’s car near a strip mall in the western part of Sioux Falls. The incident happened a little after 2:30-a.m., Wednesday.

Patrol Captain Kevin Joffer said Steen had been involved in the high-speed pursuit of an unnamed 25-year-old female suspect. The chase wound its way through Sioux Falls, but got intense at a strip mall behind a restaurant.  According to Joffer, that’s where the suspect hit Steen’s patrol car. When the Trooper got out of the vehicle, the suspect ran him over. His fellow law enforcement officers then fired at the vehicle several times, hitting the female driver. She left the scene and but was later arrested and taken to a hospital.

No charges have been filed against the suspect. The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigation and Sioux Falls police. Steen’s parents are Dan and Trish Steen, who live in Gladbrook, IA. His grandmothers are Naomi Steen and Jessie Esbeck.

A page has been set up on Facebook for those who wish to offer their spiritual support for Steen and his family: www.facebook.com/pages/Praying-for-Andrew-Steen/217674518363787

8AM Newscast 10-18-2012

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October 18th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Harrah’s plans to put casino inside Iowa hotel


October 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Harrah’s is planning to decommission its Missouri River riverboat casino and move the games inside its nearby hotel in Council Bluffs.  Harrah’s general manager Bo Guidry told The Daily Nonpareil that the aging boat costs too much to keep running.

Guidry says the hotel’s main floor convention center would be turned into a casino with a new restaurant and bar. Around 20 table games and 600 slot machines would be moved from the boat to the new casino.

The plans are pending approval by directors of Caesars’ Entertainment, which owns Harrah’s, and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.  Guidry says that, with their approval, reconstruction could begin in January and be finished by summer.