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Iowa News Summary: Sun., June 30th 3013


June 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans should soon know more about what they can expect to find on the new health exchange, though whether the state’s two largest carriers will participate remains unclear. Today is the deadline for insurance carriers to file to be included in the online marketplace for Iowa. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says he expects to release the insurance providers’ names tomorrow, though the details on the specific plan proposals will come later. Representatives for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare — which combined hold roughly 90 percent of the Iowa insurance market — declined to comment on their intentions.

CHARLES CITY – Two Charles City men survived a trip over a dam Saturday evening on the Cedar River. A pontoon boat being operated by Ryan Fisher, 25, lost power and floated over the dam at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday. Fisher and an unidentified passenger were rescued uninjured from a bridge pillar downstream by the Charles City Fire Department. Neither was wearing a life jacket and the boat had not yet been recovered Saturday evening. The incident is still under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will soon begin taking down flood barriers surrounding campus buildings. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the university announced the decision Friday, saying the threat of further flooding has diminished. The university is taking bids on a project to remove the flood barriers, make repairs to sidewalks and pedestrian walkways and landscape the areas of campus affected by the barriers. The university already has a contract in place to remove the floodwall that was built around Art Building West. The university estimates that the cleanup and restoration process will cost $2.3 million, including $1.25 million to remove barriers and sandbags across campus and another $1 million to restore sidewalks and other areas that were turned into construction zones.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Officials in southeastern Iowa’s Ottumwa expect upcoming inspections to show that some the city’s bridges are deteriorating. The Ottumwa Courier reports that four of Ottumwa’s 18 bridges are up for inspection this year, three of which are ranked as structurally deficient. The Iowa Department of Transportation requires that the most fragile — or “fracture-critical” — bridges be inspected every five years to qualify for Highway Bridge Program funding. Currently, the city is receiving $1 million from the federal program for the Market Street Bridge reconstruction.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a gun has been found in the search of two homicide suspects’ homes and that ballistic testing has been ordered to determine if it was the weapon used to kill a 20-year-old man. Police arrested 18-year-old Marquice Morris and 20-year-old Joshua McCoy on Thursday and charged them with robbery and first-degree murder in the Wednesday shooting death of Christopher Byers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a 16-year-old boy critically injured in an overnight shooting as Tony Matthews. Police say officers responded to reports of a shooting just after midnight and found the teen in someone’s yard. Matthews was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery. He remained in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Oran man accused of sexually abusing children in Fayette County now faces federal charges. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that a federal grand jury handed down the indictment Wednesday. It charges 76-year-old Benton Stong with enticing a minor for the purpose of producing child pornography, as well as four counts of possession of child pornography. The federal charges allege Stong attempted to persuade minors to engage in sexual activity of the purpose of photographing the activity using digital cameras. The alleged incidents happened between June and July last year.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A city program that helps remove lead from older buildings has received a $2.5 million federal grant. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Neighborhood Services Department was awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Lead Hazard Control Grant. The money is for owner-occupied and rental units. People can apply to get money for removing lead paint and other items.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The use of algae in research is rapidly increasing and Iowa State University has created a way to ramp up algae growth and harvesting to feed the need. Scientists at universities and in private industry are exploring the potential for algae to be used as a fertilizer, a source of biofuel, and as a feed supplement for livestock, among many other applications Iowa State’s new algal production facility built inside a greenhouse on the BioCentury Research Farm in rural Boone went online in January. The new facility produces about 10 pounds of algae a week.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Officials are warning residents about swimmer’s itch after cases were reported on East Okoboji Lake in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. The state Department of Natural Resources says people should avoid swimming in marshy areas and places containing aquatic plants. Swimmer’s itch is caused by a parasite, but officials say most cases do not require medical attention. They can be treated with anti-itch lotions and other creams used for most skin allergies or irritations. Officials recommend that people limit the time they spend in water and towel off quickly afterward. That helps remove parasites from the skin’s surface. Welts and itching caused by parasites can last for several days to about a week.

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June 29th, 2013 by admin

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Shenandoah sex abuse trial date set


June 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Shenandoah couple accused in a child sexual abuse case will face trial beginning November 12th.  The case against 38-year old Jennifer and 44-year old Tony Stogdill, of Shenandoah, will be tried in U.S. District Court, in Council Bluffs. The Stogdill’s have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit transportation of minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity as well as two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. They were arrested late last February, after an indictment was filed against them in U.S. District Court.

According to court records, the incidents began in 1996 and continued until their arrest. The incidents involved one teenage boy and several girls ranging in age from 7 to 16 years old.

Des Moines & Omaha/Council Bluffs make top 20 “most secure” cities list


June 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Iowa communities have made the list of cities nationwide that are considered “most secure.” Out of 114 metro areas, Omaha-Council Bluffs ranks number-six while Des Moines is 20th. Mark Toohey is a spokesman for Farmers Insurance and says their list is comprised of cities with populations of at least a half-million. Toohey says the Omaha area ranked 8th last year, so the metro has moved up two notches. Des Moines fell one position, from 19th, but is in the Top 20 for the fourth year in a row. He says the rankings are based on a series of different criteria.

Categories include: economic stability, crime statistics, the risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, air quality and environmental hazards. Toohey says other factors are considered as well. It’s a combination of multiple elements, like: the weather, the crime, motor vehicle fatalities, employment rates and life expectancy. The top “most secure” cities on the list include: Bethesda, Maryland at number one, followed by Grand Rapids, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Radio Iowa)

Villisca woman arrested for assault


June 29th, 2013 by admin

On Friday night, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year old Danielle Rene Bammer of Villisca for Domestic Assault/simple following an incident in the 100 block of W. 4th Street in Villisca. Bammer was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where she was held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Onawa mother sentenced to 50 years in son’s death


June 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — An Onawa mother has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the drowning death of her young son. Ashley Cameron received the sentence Friday in Monona County District Court. The 25-year-old was convicted in May of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death for the drowning of 15-month-old Markis Dahms.

Prosecutors say Cameron drowned her son after she held his head under a running faucet. Cameron told investigators she was cleaning him after the child had vomited in the bathtub. She says she repeated that process as he vomited several more times.

Cameron testified that she’d left Markis in the tub to get some items and found him face down in the water. Her attorney suggested that the boy may have had a seizure.

Audubon man arrested for assault


June 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon man was arrested Thursday on an assault charge. According to the Audubon P-D, 19-year old Kaz Ryan Cozad was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. Cozad was transported to the Audubon County Sheriffs Office to appear before a magistrate.

Accident in Atlantic Thursday


June 28th, 2013 by admin

The Atlantic Police Department reports an accident at 502 Chestnut Street in Atlantic on Thursday. Rodney Christensen of Atlantic was backing out of a parking stall and stopped in the roadway when he saw Killy Buliche of Atlantic approaching. Christensen was waiting for the car to go around him and instead Buliche ran into the back of Christensen’s vehicle. No injuries were reported. Damage to Buliche’s vehicle was estimated at $2,850. Damage to Christensen’s vehicle was estimated at $1,550. Buliche was cited for having an expired driver’s license.

The Atlantic Police Department also reports the arrest of 42-year old Gregory Jennings of Atlantic on Thursday. Jennings was arrested on a Cass County warrant for felon in possession of a firearm.

Former Davenport man sentenced for mailing threatening communication


June 28th, 2013 by admin

On June 27, 2013, 25-year old Bryan R. Dunn, formerly from Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to 37 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to mailing threatening communications, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Dunn was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

On July 7, 2012, Dunn deposited for mailing a letter threatening to injure an Assistant Scott County Attorney.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Secret Service, and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

New Iowa State Fair foods announced


June 28th, 2013 by admin

The Iowa State Fair, once again this year, will feature some unusual new food items.

The fair, scheduled for August 8-18 in Des Moines, will include 200 food stands and 57 foods on-a-stick. Fair spokesperson Lori Chappel says one of the new additions this year is the Shrimp Corndog.

“It is three large, fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter and then it’s deep fried and comes with a jalapeno glaze. It looks very much like a corndog, but when you bite into it, you’re going to get delicious shrimp instead,” Chappel says. If fairgoers are looking for a healthier option, they can try a Smoothie On-a-Stick.

“It’s just that – a strawberry smoothie that’s simply frozen and put on a stick. So, it’s very mobile. Of course, on a hot August day you might want to eat it rather quickly, but it’s one of our healthier options,” Chappel says.

Some of the other new food items that will be available at the State Fair include Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick, Fried Brownie On-a-stick, and a Sweet Corn Corndog, which is a hot dog dipped in batter enriched with fried sweet corn.

More new 2013 fair foods will be announced in early July.

(Radio Iowa)