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Storms possible through the weekend

News, Weather

May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Iowans should be prepared for the possibility of severe weather this weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donovan says scattered storms will be moving into southwest Iowa this afternoon and spreading statewide overnight.

“We could have a few storms that could produce hail up to the size of quarters. That will be the main threat with these, in addition to brief periods of heavy rainfall,” Donovan says. A better threat of severe storms, with large hail and strong winds, may arrive Saturday night.

“Overnight Saturday night, we could have some storms moving out of Nebraska and Kansas into the area and bring the threat of severe weather, especially over the western portion of the state,” Donovan says. An EF1 tornado struck the west-central Iowa town of Lake City last weekend. Donovan says there’s a chance for more tornadoes later this weekend.

“The day to be watching is Sunday and it will really depend on the timing of the system and what time (storms) move through the state,” Donovan says. “There are some indications now that it may not move through until early afternoon or mid-afternoon and certainly that would enhance the risk for stronger storms and the potential for a few tornadoes.”

High temperatures today through Sunday are expected in the 70s. Dry, but much cooler conditions are in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston arrest and break-in report


May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports one recent arrest and a reported home invasion.

Early this (Friday) morning at 1:14am Creston Police arrested 56-year-old Donald Brown of Creston for Public Intoxication.  Brown was arrested near the intersection of New York Avenue and Union Street.  He was taken to the Union County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Creston Police also received a report of a break in on Thursday at 3:20pm.  Lena Darling reported that someone had broken into her home at 422 Livingston Avenue in Creston through a basement door between 1:30pm and 3:20pm on Thursday.  Many items were taken from the home including a 36″ flat screen tv, a 14K gold ring, laptop, tablet, silver ring, medication, surround sound system among other items.  Loss was estimated at $4,205.  The incident remains under investigation.

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No adjournment in sight for Iowa Legislature


May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Legislature will face another week of negotiations as they struggle to reach a budget compromise that will allow them to conclude their session.

Leaders said Thursday there was still work to do before they can adjourn. The Republican-led House and Democratic-majority Senate have not been able to agree on an overall spending level or how much new money to provide to schools.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, said the two sides were trying to find ways to make some one-time payments to make up the difference between their budget proposals.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Hiawatha Republican, did not detail why lawmakers are having difficulty, but said they were dealing with a perennial problem: “Democrats want to spend more than Republicans.”

Des Moines challenging state ruling on traffic cameras


May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines officials intend to keep operating its traffic cameras along Interstate 235 while the city goes to court, challenging a state ruling that the cameras must be turned off.

Deputy city attorney Carol Moser told The Des Moines Register that the cameras “are in our jurisdiction, and we enforce traffic violations in that area.”

The Iowa Transportation Department recently rejected requests from Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and Council Bluffs to keep operating their camera systems.

Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh said his city likely won’t challenge the state directive. Officials in Cedar Rapids haven’t decided on whether to appeal, and Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins has said the city is considering its options.

Iowa posts 2 additional bird flu cases, 1 in Plymouth Co.

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two more Iowa farms have tested positive for bird flu.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says two northwest Iowa farms raising young chickens to eventually lay eggs likely have the virus. No estimate of numbers was immediately released for a farm in Sioux County, the 12th case in that county and one in Plymouth County, the first case there.

Iowa has 52 bird flu cases in 14 counties. Nearly 25 million chickens and 970,000 turkeys will die.

South Dakota announced Thursday its first chicken farm with 1.3 million egg layers. The state earlier found the virus on turkey farms.

Nebraska officials confirmed their second case, a chicken flock, and Minnesota reported two new cases.

The USDA lists 162 confirmed cases nationwide affecting more than 33 million birds.

OWI 3rd Offense arrest in Montgomery County


May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest Thursday night at 8:25pm.  Officers arrested 32-year-old Joseph Alan Smith of Red Oak for OWI 3rd Offense, Driving While Suspended, and valid Warrant for Probation Violation.  Smith was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked in and held on $5,000 cash bond.

Trailer slides into parked vehicle in Creston


May 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports an accident caused by a runaway trailer on Thursday at 7:51am.

A tar trailer was unhooked from a truck in the upper part of the Super 8 parking lot in Creston as it was being prepared for transport.  The individual working on the trailer thought it was secure but the trailer slid down a hill and struck a legally parked truck with a boat and trailer attached.

The boat and trailer received $3,000 damage while the tar trailer incurred $1,000 damage.  No further details are known at this time.

Creston Police report


May 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Creston Police report two arrests on Wednesday, May 13th.

At 5:34pm Wednesday Creston Police arrested 39-year-old Jamie Vandel of Creston at his residence for a Union County Warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Failure to Affix Drug Stamp, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana.  He was taken to the Union County Jail and later released on $10,000 bond.

Also on Wednesday at 9:00pm officers arrested 31-year-old Jessica England of Creston at the Law Enforcement Center on an Adair County warrant for Harassment 2nd degree.  She was transferred to the custody of Adair County authorities.

Creston Police also received a report Wednesday of a tire being slashed on a vehicle in the parking lot of Ferrera Candy Co. at 500 Industrial Parkway in Creston on May 8th. A Greenfield man reported the incident with an estimated loss of $80.

Council Bluffs Police respond to early morning fight


May 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department responded to a disturbance at around 12:55am this (Thursday) morning at Heartland Family Services Housing 1503 Ave J in Council Bluffs.  Upon arrival officers found 20-year-old Bryce Baker with a puncture wound to his upper chest. He told officers he was in a fight with a black male he knew but was unsure how he received his wound.  Baker was uncooperative with officers and did not want to pursue charges.

Baker was taken to Jennie Edmundson Hospital where he was treated and released.  Heartland Family Services personnel quickly arrived on scene and are assisting in the investigation.