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Area ISU students to perform in Les Miserables musical

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ISU Theatre’s spring musical, Les Misérables, based on the French novel by Victor Hugo, opens April 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Theater.Mis Universally beloved as one of the world’s most popular musicals, Les Misérables is a passionate story of redemption, sacrifice, and love, and it is filled with some of musical theatre’s most powerful and iconic songs, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.” ISU Theatre’s production features students of Iowa State as well as children from Boone, Ankeny, and Ames.

Area students taking part in the production include: Angela Burg (assistant stage manager), a senior in Performing Arts from Bridgewater; Austin Farwell, a senior in Performing Arts from Council Bluffs; Sam Johnson, a senior in Music, from Atlantic; and Samantha Koontz, a senior in Performing Arts, from Lewis.

Sam Johnson, from Atlantic

Sam Johnson, from Atlantic

Samantha Koontz, from Lewis.

Samantha Koontz, from Lewis.

In addition to the April 10, 7:30 p.m. performance, other performances are scheduled for April 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday, April 12 and April 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is $24 for seniors and adults and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames (located in the ground floor of Stephens Auditorium at Lincolnway and Beach Avenue) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the door in Fisher Theater, although advance purchase is strongly suggested.

Malvern woman arrested for domestic abuse

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report a woman from Malvern was arrested Saturday morning. 42-year old Carrie Darlene Dejarnett was taken into custody on Warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. Her bond was set at $2,000.

Council Bluffs man ahead in competition for ‘dream job’

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs man is currently in first place in voting for the chance to do his dream job by spending two weeks in Norway as a photographer. The Daily Nonpareil reports that voters have put 35-year-old Jeremiah Knutson in first place on DreamJobbing.com, which works with companies to place people from across the United States in their dream jobs. Past positions include a week as a producer for CBS television and backup singer for Michael Bolton.

The winner of the competition will travel Norway taking photos and maintain a journal about the adventure. As of Saturday, Knutson has 3,051 votes. The trip would also be an opportunity for Knutson, who is of Norwegian heritage, to visit relatives and explore his history. The organization was created by three people with ties to reality television shows.

2 people arrested on drug & child endangerment charges in Fremont Co.

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested recently in Fremont County on drug & child endangerment charges. The Sheriff’s Department says 31-year old Lacey Jo Smalley, of Clarinda, was arrested Saturday for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. On Friday, deputies arrested 38-year old Michael Shawn Beltran, of Bellevue, NE., for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving Under Suspension, and Child Endangerment.

 

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 3/23/2015

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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IDPH: childhood lead poisoning still “serious concern” across state

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lead Paint in Window

Lead paint on window frame/sill

A few recent incidents are serving as a reminder that childhood lead poisoning continues to be a serious concern in Iowa. Kevin Officer, with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), says one Iowa toddler was recently hospitalized with unusually high blood-lead levels. Health inspectors found several lead-based paint hazards in the child’s home, which was built more than a century ago.

“One the issues he had was he was actually picking at the paint and putting it in his mouth,” Officer says. In another recent case, a toddler was treated for lead poisoning after biting around windows in a rental home built in the early 1900s. Officer says children could be at higher risk for lead poisoning if they live in homes built before 1960. Seven years ago, Iowa passed a law requiring kids be tested for lead poisoning before they enter grade school.

“There has been, since about 2008, much more awareness of lead poisoning and the need to have kids under the age of six tested,” Officer says. Lead poisoning is a more widespread problem in Iowa, compared to other states, because Iowa has a lot of older homes in rural communities. “In Iowa, we have a lot of rental properties and those properties aren’t always maintained as well over the years,” Officer says. “Those are a lot of the ones where we do see problems with renters who come and go and the maintenance isn’t always up to where it should be to maintain that paint.”

An Iowa law that took effect in 2011 requires contractors and landlords to be “lead certified” to do work in homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. More information about lead screening and the proper method for lead paint removal is posted on the IDPH website.: www.idph.state.ia.us/LPP/Default.aspx

(Radio Iowa)

Creston man arrested for assault by strangulation

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Saturday afternoon of a man on a Union County warrant for Domestic Abuse by Strangulation, and False Imprisonment. 55-year old Michael Alan Fry, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:15-p.m. and later released on $5,000 bond.

40-year old Dwain Michael Ripperger, of Afton, was arrested early Sunday morning by Creston Police, for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ripperger was later released on $1,000 bond.

Sunday afternoon, 18-year old Brandon Lane Barrett, of Afton, was arrested at the Union County Jail on warrants for Theft in the 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit a non-forcible felony, and Burglary in the 3rd degree. Barrett was being held in the jail on $5 ,000 bond.

Also arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on Sunday, was 52-year old Louis Michael Bender, of Creston, who was charged with Driving While Suspended. Bender was subsequently released on $300 bond.

On Friday, 57-year old James Matthew Portwood, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County LEC on two warrants for Theft in the 3rd Degree. He was later released on a bond of unknown amount.  And on Saturday, 22-year old Trevor James Perrigo, of Creston, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. He was later released on $300 bond.

Creston Police said also, a resident reported that someone had taken a pair of “Beats by Dre” headphones. The item was taken from 401 S. Vine Street sometime between January and February. The loss was estimated at $500.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/23/2015

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Senate gun bill ‘still a work in progress’

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The top Democrat at the statehouse says a wide-ranging bill that’s eligible for debate in the senate needs “additional work” before senators would consider making changes in the state’s gun laws. “There are people in law enforcement that have suggested they see some things that could be significant improvements in our current law.” That’s Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs. Gronstal says establishing a uniform license for permits to carry a concealed weapon seems most likely, along with a move to create a statewide database of permit holders.

“So that law enforcement in Pottawattamie County would know something from Scott County and would be able to make that uniform. Also, that if somebody was stopped, they could quickly ascertain whether or not that person did have a legal permit,” Gronstal says. “So I think there are some law enforcement people working on whether they can come up with some compromise on that piece of legislation, but all of that is a work in progress at the moment.”

Gronstal says another bill that would get rid of the state’s ban on “silencers” which suppress the sound of a gunshot likely could pass the Senate. The House — on March 10th — passed a bill that dealt with suppressors and concealed weapons permits as well as a collection of other gun-related issues. Critics are calling for senators to shelve that bill because one section of it would essentially do away with Iowa’s three-day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun. Gronstal isn’t addressing that specific concern, but he offers this:

“I think it’s unlikely we will consider the House bill.” Gronstal says senators are, instead, working on rewriting their own bill. Representative Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, is a gun rights advocate who argues there’s no three-day waiting period in Iowa for the purchase of “long” guns, like rifles and shotguns, so there’s no reason to have it for handguns.

In 2010 the legislature made significant changes that made it easier for Iowans to acquire a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Thousands of Iowans applied for and got a permit, which lasts for five years. That means tens of thousands of those permits will come up for renewal in 2016 and Windschitl says legislators should at least take steps to make the renewal process smoother.

“And make sure the sheriffs were having the training requirements in the legislation they felt were necessary for public safety and, at the same time, making sure we weren’t being too stringent or restrictive on Iowans exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Windschitl says. Windschitl is a trained gunsmith who works for the Union Pacific Railroad AND for his family’s gun shop in Missouri Valley.

(Radio Iowa)

Be Prepared: Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa as residents statewide are encouraged to be prepared for spring and summer storms. Each day of the week will focus on a different severe weather topic, and Mike McClure with the National Weather Service says today (Monday) they’re calling attention to the dangers of flash flooding. “In any poor drainage areas or near creeks, streams and rivers, it’s one of those great ideas to be prepared ahead of time. What would you do in case of flash flooding? Where would you go? Get your preparedness in order right now, ahead of time.” Other topics on the calendar for this week include severe thunderstorms, family preparedness and tornadoes, with a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday morning.

McClure says this is also the time to refresh yourself on the difference between a warning, which means severe weather is occurring or imminent, versus a watch, which means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. “It’s not an exact science, so the goal here is to not get locked in on the counties that are in a watch, because severe weather doesn’t fall nicely and neatly, unfortunately, as we’d like it to and that’s why we say, if you’re in or near a watch area be prepared and stay alert.”

The first tornado reported in Iowa last year happened in late March causing minor damage in Clarke County, with a statewide total last year of 55 tornadoes, the highest since 2008.

(Iowa News Service)