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Bluffs man arrested Sat. on an assault charge in Adams County

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Council Bluffs man was arrested Saturday evening on an assault charge. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 22-year old Gary Blakeman was arrested following an investigation into a report someone became combative and allegedly assaulted an individual. The victim suffered minor injuries during the incident. Blakeman was subsequently arrested at around 6:15-p.m. and brought to the Adams County Jail, where he was being held on a charge of Simple Assault. His bond was set at $300.

2 dead in NW Iowa plane crash

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people are dead following the crash of a small plane Saturday night in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County. According to the Sioux City Journal, the crash happened in a location south of Correctionville, on or near Highway 31, at around 8-p.m. Those who died were said to have been passengers on the plane. The pilot was injured and driven to a Sioux City Hospital after heavy fog in the area forced a medical evacuation helicopter to be grounded.

The National Weather Service began issuing dense fog advisories in northwest Iowa as early as 7:40 p.m. Saturday, but it’s not clear if weather played a role in the crash. No other details are currently available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 2nd 2012

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad’s administration has proposed freezing wages and increasing health care costs for 20,000 state workers in negotiations with state employee unions. But Danny Homan, president of the state workers’ union, scoffed at the proposal and says Branstad is out to score political points.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat who lost an Iowa House seat by just 22 votes on Election Day has called off a recount of the votes she had earlier sought. Susan Judkins of Clive called off the recount Friday in the Iowa House District 43 race in suburban Des Moines. That leaves Republican incumbent Chris Hagenow as the winner. House District 43 includes the city of Windsor Heights as well as portions of Clive and West Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City landlord accused of peeping at tenants in their showers has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of invasion of privacy. Sixty-three-year-old Elwyn Miller pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. Miller was arrested October 31st when police were called to one of his rental properties by a woman who told police that Miller been watching her through a peephole in her shower.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs. The H3N2v influenza A strain was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1 injured during single vehicle accident in Shelby County Saturday evening

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was sent to the hospital following a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening south of Elk Horn, in Shelby County. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Janet Snyder, of Elk Horn, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Elk Horn Rescue, following the accident which happened at around 5:15-p.m on Highway 173, just north of Interstate 80. The Patrol says according to witnesses, Snyder’s 2002 Ford Explorer left the road slowly just past a residence at 146 State Highway 173 and continued well into a corn field before coming to rest. Officials say it appears the accident occurred when Snyder suffered from some sort of medical condition.

Cedar County child diagnosed with swine flu

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that the H3N2v influenza A strain was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says the child, who has since recovered, had not been in contact with swine, one of the modes of transmission.

Quinlisk says health professionals in the Cedar County area are being asked to take more specimens for testing from people who might have the flu. Quinlisk says three Iowa children had the same strain in November 2011. All recovered.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. Local/State News 12/1/12

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Dense Fog Advisories are in effect for western/SW IA & eastern NE

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY COUNTIES IN IOWA..
913 AM CST SAT DEC 1 2012

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…

* VISIBILITY…EXPECT VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE OR LESS
THROUGH NOON.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED DUE TO
THE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES…

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS
MORNING…

CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-
AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES….

…AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL PERSIST UNTIL LATE MORNING…

AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE TO BLANKET PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST
IOWA THROUGH THE LATE MORNING HOURS. GENERALLY AREAS ALONG THE
INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR WEST OF STUART…ALONG HIGHWAY 34 WEST OF
CRESTON…AND ALONG HIGHWAY 71 WILL ENCOUNTER AREAS OF DENSE FOG
REDUCING VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES THROUGH
10 AM CST…WITH SLOW IMPROVEMENT THEREAFTER. LOW LYING AREAS AND RIVER
BOTTOMS ARE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THE DENSEST FOG. TRAVELERS ARE
ADVISED TO USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS AND SLOW DOWN DURING FOGGY
CONDITIONS.

Local News (Podcast) 7:06-a.m. Sat., Dec. 1st 2012

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Cass County Supervisors hold public hearing on development agreement

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Friday, held a public hearing on a Contract for Private Development in support of the Fagen Farms acquisition of property in the former Amaizing Energy Ethanol Plant area. The contract, when approved, will be for the purpose of securing a developer to construct a Second Generation Bio-Fuels/Renewable Energy facility, or Ag-related facility on the site.

After much discussion, it was determined that before an agreement is reached, a site survey needs to be conducted to determine exactly which portion of area needs to be reclassified from Light Industrial to Agricultural. The change in classification would serve to reduce the tax bill for Fagen, in fact, nearly cutting them in-half. A reduction in property taxes is one of the conditions Fagen requires to be met before they commit to building a next-gen plant in the area. As it stands now, the 63.7-acres is valued at $1.87-million dollars.

The Cass County Zoning Commission will meet at 7-p.m. December 13th, to conduct a public hearing on the change in zoning to allow Second Gen Renewable Energy facilities to be included in an Agricultural Zone. It’s also possible the Commission may simply elect to change the terms and definition of “Light Industrial,” to include similar facilities, for future development in the County.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors, Friday, approved the closing of the Courthouse on Monday, December 24th, and paid as a holiday, in advance of Christmas. The Courthouse offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24th and 25th. They will reopen for business on Dec. 26th. The Board also opted out of being included in a Regional funding “Pool” for Mental Health Regionalization.

Cass Co. Conservation announced Swan Contest winner!

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Conservation service say the sponsors of Trumpeter Swan Arrival contest have determined a winner in the contest. The official arrival of the swans, as determined by the Conservation Board, was November 24th  On that day there were 12 Trumpeter Swans at the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area. The large-winged birds stayed there for more than twenty-four hours. The winner this year’s contest is Alice Brown of Atlantic.

Alice will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  The school contest was won by Mrs. Christensen’s third grade at Washington Elementary The students will receive a trumpeter swan poster and Mrs. Christensen will receive a trumpeter swan 8×10 print! Cass County Conservation would like to thank to all who participated in the annual event.