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Arrest reported in Montgomery County


September 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report the arrest Wednesday nights of a Corning woman. 23-year old Anna Lynn Armstrong was taken into custody at around 9:20-p.m., on a charge of driving while revoked. Armstrong was brought to the Montgomery Coounty Jail in Red Oak, and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Page County woman sentenced to 7 years in prison on meth conviction


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says a Page County woman was sentenced Wednesday to seven-years in prison for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. U-S District Judge James Gritzner also ordered 44-year old Shaunna Jaylynn Stanton, of Shenandoah, to serve a four-year term of supervised released following her incarceration.

Stanton entered a plea of guilty to the charge on April 7th, in Federal Court in Council Bluffs. Prosecutors say Stanton conspired to manufacture Meth from January 2009 to July 17th, 2010. On that date, Stanton was found at an active Methamphetamine lab in the residence of co-defendant 48-year old Michael Thomas Shane. Michael Shane was previously sentenced to 12 and a-half years in prison, and a five-year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

Authorities say Stanton and Shane had worked over a long period of time with a group of people, to gather the items needed to make Meth. U-S Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt says Stanton would assist in the manufacture of the drug by purchasing pseudoephedrine tablets and other items, and manufacture Meth at various locations in and around Page County.

The investigation into Stanton’s activities was conducted by the Shenandoah Police Department, the Page and Mills County Sheriff’s Offices,  the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (SWINE), Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Page County Attorney’s Office.

Iowa cropland values up nearly 13-percent over the past 6 months

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A recently released survey of Iowa land trends and values shows a statewide increase in cropland values of nearly 13-percent over the past six-months. The survey by the Iowa Farm and Land Chapter number Two of the Realtors Land Institute, shows a 12.9-percent increase in cropland values from March 2011 through September 1st. The estimates are for bare, unimproved land, with a sale price on a cash basis. Pasture and timberland values were requested from participants in the survey, as supplemental information.

In southwest Iowa, the value of High Quality Crop Land increased $643 per acre over the past six-months, to $7,555. Medium Quality Crop Land increased $531, to $5,837 per acre. Even Low Quality Crop Land increased more than $315 per acre, to $4,116. Non-tillable Pasture was valued at $2,328 per acre, which was a loss of $8. And, Timber acreage gained $17, with a value of $1,678 per acre. On average, land values were up 9.3-percent.

In western central Iowa, High Quality Crop land was valued at $9,085 per acre, which is an increase of nearly $1,050 over the past six-months. Medium Quality Crop Land was valued at $7,275, which was a slightly more than $850 increase. Low Quality Crop Land in West Central Iowa saw the least amount of increase per acre, at $316, averaging out to $5,260. Non-tillable Pasture fared better in the valuation in the West Central part of the state as compared to the southwest, by increasing just over $320 per acre, while Timber acreage increased modestly as well, to $2,160 per acre. On average, the West Central part of the state realized a 12-percent gain in tillable cropland values from March through September.

All nine crop reporting districts in the state showed an increase in land values, ranging from 8.5-percent in Southeast Iowa, to as much as 17-percent in northeast Iowa, from March 2011 to September, 2011. The Realtors Land Institute said factors contributing to the increase in farmland values included strong commodity prices, favorable long-term interest rates, and a limited amount of land being offered for sale. For more information, log on to www.rlifarmandranch.com.

Police get tip on Hot Dog Man statue owner


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Police in Council Bluffs say they have found a link to the mysterious appearance of a Hot Dog Man statue. Police Sgt. Chad Meyers says a man called police Wednesday morning claiming the statue belongs to his son. Meyers says police still have to talk to the son before deciding what to do with the statue. Police took the Hot Dog Man statue into custody September 2nd,  after a concerned citizen reported a man in a hot dog costume near a bus stop where children congregate. When officers arrived, they discovered it was only a statue. Meyers says the statue is only a “found property” case and no investigation is under way, but he acknowledged “it’s not something you see very often, if at all.”

IWCC Design Tech Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planned


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Western Community College has announced a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, for their new “Design Technology” Program.. The ceremony takes place at 10-a.m. IWCC’s Cass County Center in Atlantic. Center Director Ann Pross says everyone is invited to attend the event.

In mid-April, officials with the Southwest Iowa Foundation announced the Atlantic Center of Iowa Western Community College had received a $150,000 grant for the new Design Technology Program, which began at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The City of Atlantic and Cass County Board of Supervisors had previously pledged $100,000 each to assist with the infrastructure necessary to make the program possible.

Students enrolled in the program will learn to build 3-D virtual products using specialized software developed by Plano, Texas-based Siemens Product Lifestyle Management. The PLM software will introduce students to product design and development technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing, architectural and construction companies. The classroom and hands-on experience will allow students to develop technical drawings and plans, to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Among the dignitaries expected to be on-hand for Thursday’s ceremony are: Iowa Western President, Dr. Dan Kinney; lead volunteer Jay Miller; and, Design Technology Program Instructor Joe Vanstrom.

Pottawattamie County Has First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2011 in Iowa


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus disease in Iowa in 2011. The case is an adult (18 to 40 years) male from Pottawattamie County, who is recovering. “Although summer is the season most typically associated with mosquitoes, the West Nile virus season in Iowa usually lasts until the first frost,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “If mosquitoes are still flying, there is still a danger from West Nile virus.” The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to use insect repellent when outdoors. Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days. 

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies. Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1,021 total human cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. in 2010, including 57 deaths. Eight cases were reported in Iowa, including two deaths. 

For more information about West Nile virus, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/WNV.aspx.

9AM Newscast 09-14-2011

News, Podcasts

September 14th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa deer seasons open this week

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CHARITON, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s first two deer hunting seasons open Saturday and allow participants to hunt deer in a comfortable setting. The seasons are for youth and disabled hunters. Tom Litchfield is a state deer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He says the seasons allow young and disabled hunters to hunt deer in favorable conditions, compared to the December shotgun seasons. Each youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult mentor who has a valid hunting license and has paid the habitat fee. The youth and disabled hunter seasons close Oct. 2.

King asks for investigation of Obama’s Uncle Omar; Democrats dismiss King’s “political theater”


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says one of President Obama relatives has gotten preferential treatment from law enforcement and King wants a congressional investigation. “President Obama’s Uncle, Uncle Omar, has been picked up for drunken driving with almost twice the blood alcohol level that is allowable by law in Massachusetts,” King says. “It’ll be the third time that he’s been interdicted with regard to being an illegal immigrant. He’s twice before been adjudicated for deportation. This time Immigrations and Customs Enforcement just released him, after they had him in custody, as if he’s not going to be a danger to our society.”

Obama’s uncle is in the U.S. illegally and the White House press secretary said in early September that the president expects the case to be handled “like any other immigration case.” King wants to pressure Omar to speak publicly about his case. “I want to subpoena drunken Uncle Omar to come into the House Judiciary Committee, along with his attorney, who’s the same attorney that President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni had that got her asylum,” King says.

Obama’s aunt came to the U.S. in 2000 on a valid visa and applied for asylum in 2002. In 2010, an immigration judge in Boston granted it. She could become a citizen in 2014. King wants a congressional investigation to see if Obama’s aunt and uncle are getting “favorite treatment” at the direction of the White House. “We must enforce our immigration laws and we must enforce those immigration laws equally across all society,” King says. “Justice has got to be blind. It can’t play favorites and I want to have hearings in the House Judiciary Committee over drunken Uncle Omar.”

King made his comments in a video statement released by his office, and King used the phrase “drunken Uncle Omar” three times in 80 seconds. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party says King seems more focused on “persecuting distant relatives” of the president than on creating jobs. Iowa Democratic Party chair Sue Dvorsky  says King is engaged in “political theater” and “wild speculation”.

(Radio Iowa)

Latham named to Missouri River Working Group


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham has been named to a congressional working group that will help give citizens in seven states a voice in managing the Missouri River. Latham says in a news release issued Tuesday that the management of the river by the government has superseded the needs and lives of the communities and states along the river. Latham says citizens deserve a voice in the process as the government looks toward a new management plan and the congressional working group will be a resource for citizens to be heard. He says he will bring the thoughts and concerns of Iowa residents to the discussion to ensure any new plan is focused on flood prevention in Iowa communities.