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Weekend arrests in Atlantic

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests took place Saturday. 37-year old Mandy Bolin, of Atlantic, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a 5th degree Theft charge. And, 29-year old Cody Hanson, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hanson was also wanted on a Buena Vista County warrant for False Imprisonment. Both subjects were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 10-28-2013

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October 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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2 arrested on drug charges in Red Oak

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were taken into custody early this (Monday) morning, in Red Oak. According to the Red Oak Police Department,  21-year-old Jeremy Allen Aparo, of Griswold was arrested at around 2:15-a.m., for Possession of a controlled substance/marijuana, and Possession of drug paraphernalia. 20-year-old Wilson D. Baker, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around the same time on a Possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Aparo was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 cash bond, while Baker was cited for his offense, and released.

Six bats have tested positive for rabies in Iowa this year

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A host of pests may be trying to enter homes, now that the weather has turned colder across Iowa. That includes bats, which can be dangerous, especially if they carry rabies. Ann Garvey, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says last year 17 rabid bats were reported to state health officials.  “So far this year, we’ve had six (bats) test positive from different areas of the state,” Garvey says. There have been no human rabies cases. Bat bites can be visibly undetectable, so any potential exposure or contact with a bat means the bat should be captured and tested for rabies.

Garvey suggests the easiest way to catch a bat is to wait until it lands on a flat surface. “Take a hard-sided container, like a coffee can, and place it over the bat on the floor or wall. Then, slide a piece of cardboard or something hard underneath it and tape it to the container,” Garvey says. If a bat is found in your home and you know you were NOT “exposed” to it, Garvey says you can simply open a door or windows and the bat should eventually find its way out. Anyone who may’ve been bitten by a bat is advised to wash the exposed area with soap and water, and seek medical attention. Garvey says treatment of rabies is safer and less painful today than it was years ago.

“The rabies series is now one dose of Rabies Immune Globulin and then four or five doses of vaccine, depending on whether you have any other health conditions,” Garvey says. “For adults, that vaccine is given in the arm, just like a flu shot. It’s no longer the large series of shots in the stomach.”

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak woman reports theft of surveillance cam

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a resident of the community reported on Sunday the theft of an outdoor surveillance camera and the bracket it was attached to. The theft occurred sometime over the past two-weeks, but additional details on where the camera was located prior to it being stolen and its make/model, are not available. Preliminary estimates put the loss at $60, but that may change once it becomes clearer to authorities what type of camera was stolen.  Anyone with information pertaining to the theft is asked to call the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.

Task force assigned to develop school assessment

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The director of the Iowa Department of Education has named the 18 members of a task force that will try to come up with recommendations for a new state assessment test for students. Department spokesperson, Staci Hupp, says Iowa law requires student to be tested. The tests used to be known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. “What we’re doing as a state is looking at the future of state assessments in Iowa,” Hupp says. “We are doing this because schools are in the process of implementing state standards for what students should know and be able to do in kindergarten through 12th grade.”

The task force will examine the options for the assessments. “The main goal with all this is to do everything we can to make sure all students leave high school prepared for college and career training,” Hupp says. The task force will hold the first of several meetings on October 29th. Hupp says the recommendations are expected to be completed by January first of 2015. She says the task force includes a broad range of people with and interest in education.

“They come from teaching backgrounds, they’re school administrators, they represent parents, they represent the business community, they represent our education associations in the state,” according to Hupp. The task force has four criteria they are to follow in developing the recommendations. The assessments must align with the Iowa Core standards; accurately describe student achievement and growth; provide valid, reliable and fair measures of student progress toward college or career readiness and must have been part of a pilot project in schools. Hupp says the task force will explore different ways to get public input on the recommendations as they move forward.

Included among the members of the Assessment Task Force, from western Iowa, is Martha Bruckner, Superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community School District. For more information on state commissions and task forces established as part of 2013 legislation, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

(Radio Iowa)

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 28 2013

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October 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a rare campaign appearance in Iowa on behalf of U.S. Representative Bruce Braley’s race for the Senate. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke yesterday at Braley’s annual “Bruce, Blues, and BBQ” fundraiser in Des Moines before about 1,200 Democrats. Braley of Waterloo is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man is facing a long list of charges after stealing a truck and ramming into a house twice. The Globe Gazette reports 21-year-old Zachary Kantaris was arrested early Saturday after committing a string of crimes. He was arrested around 3 a.m. yesterday just outside Mason City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa homeowners and shoppers were startled this weekend when deer smashed through the glass to come inside in two separate incidents. In Mason City, a deer broke through one of the glass doors to Younkers at the Southbridge Mall around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. That animal ran off. In Des Moines, a deer leapt through the front window of one family’s home and then broke another window to get out Saturday afternoon.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some of the former homeowners have been watching their flood-damaged homes in Mason City get demolished. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports former homeowners like Sally Pressly say it’s hard to watch their homes be torn down, but they’re glad it’s over.

Officer’s death makes mark on small Iowa town

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October 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) – The death of a Rockwell City police officer killed in the line of duty last month is having a lasting impact on the community of 2,200 Jamie Buenting served.  The Des Moines Register reports Buenting’s death is especially hard on the three remaining officers of the Rockwell City police force.  The 37-year-old father of two died Sept. 13 after being shot in the neck during an eight-hour standoff.

Police Chief Larry Schoop says the experience has made him want to live every minute to the fullest with his family and let them know how much he cares for them. Lifelong Rockwell City resident John Schmit says everyone in town knows where they were when they heard about Buenting’s death just like with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Villisca man arrested following Sunday afternoon accident

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October 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say one person was arrested following an accident Sunday afternoon in Red Oak. 58-year old Rodolfo Morales, Jr., of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 2:10-p.m., on a charge of Driving While License Revoked. His bond was set at $1,000. Officials say 68-year old Marvin Perry, of Clarinda, was traveling east in the 100 block of “A” Street at around 1:40-p.m, when a pickup driven by Morales backed out of a driveway and struck Perry’s pickup on the front passenger side. Damage from the crash amounted to $3,100. There were no injuries reported.

Officials say in addition to being arrested for Driving While Revoked, Morales was also cited for having no proof of insurance and violation of his restricted license.