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Illegal hunter in trouble again in Page County

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Thursday, a Clarinda man cited last month for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn, and arrested five days later for illegally possessing a firearm, is in trouble again. The Sheriff says 29-year old Donald Ernest Runyon was arrested at around 2-p.m. Thursday, on a warrant charging him with two counts of Failure to appear on the original charge of Dominion / Control of Firearm / Offensive weapons by a person convicted of Domestic Abuse Assault. Runyon appeared before the magistrate, posted a $5,000 bond, and was released from custody.

The Iowa DNR had cited Runyon on December 17, 2011, for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn. He pleaded guilty January 4th and paid nearly $400 in fines and court costs. Five days later, he was arrested after officials realized he should not have had a gun in the first place. Runyon was once convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which prohibits him from possessing firearms. A violation is a Class D felony. He was later released on a $5,000 cash bond.

WB I-80 Rest Stop to remain closed through Friday Between Adair & Casey

News

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the scheduled closure of the westbound Interstate 80 rest area, located between Adair and Casey at milepost 80, is being extended into Friday, Jan. 27th, to complete work underway at that location.  The facility had been scheduled to re-open today (Thursday), at 5-p.m.  The rest area is closed to allow two large cranes to install a 148-foot tall, vertical wind turbine blade.

The blade will essentially serve as sculpture, and will join several other pieces of art and plaques at the rest area that highlight Iowa’s wind energy industry. Last year, Iowa became the first state in the nation to generate at least 20 percent of its electricity from wind power. Iowa currently has nearly 2,900 wind turbines creating 4,500 megawatts of electricity.

Iowa House approves $1.3-million tuition grants for veterans

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has given final legislative approval to an emergency allotment of one-point-three million dollars ($1.3 million) that will cover tuition costs for Iowa National Guard soldiers who’ve enrolled in college courses. Representative Chris Hall, a Democrat from Sioux City, has heard from a number of soldiers in his district who saw their individual benefits cut by 13-hundred dollars for this semester. “During the first week of the legislature, I know that I received emails from several of our Guardsmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing,” Hall says. 

The Iowa Senate approved the bill last week, but Republicans delayed action in the Iowa House to ensure the Guard indeed needed that much money to fulfill its tuition grant promises. Representative Royd Chambers, a Republican from Sheldon who is a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, says Republicans were just going their “due dilligence” in checking the numbers. “We are, of course, all in support of supporting our National Guard members,” Chambers says. “But we also must remember that we are responsible for spending our tax dollars wisely and efficiently.” 

Legislators set aside the money for the program last year, before about three-thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers came back to Iowa after active duty in Afghanistan. The Guard announced in December that Education Assistance grants to its soldiers would be cut because there wasn’t enough money set aside to cover the tuition grants for the 14-hundred Iowa National Guard soldiers who’re enrolled in college. Governor Branstad has indicated he’ll sign the legislation. In other action this morning, the Iowa House approved spending three-million dollars in state money to help restore the U-S-S Iowa, a World War II era battleship that will be docked in Los Angeles as a floating museum. The Iowa Senate approved that level of spending on the project last week.

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Flood risk for E. Nishnabotna River is low over the next 90-days

News, Weather

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued the first hydrologic, or flood outlook for this coming Spring. The outlook covers a period from early February through late April. In general, the Weather Service says the risk of flooding from late Winter into Spring is near or below normal for all locations in their coverage area. Officials caution, however, that a considerable amount of the Winter season remains, and people with interests near river basins need to continue to monitor both weather and river conditions, as well as future Spring Flood outlooks.

The Weather Service says as far as the East Nishnabotna River near Atlantic is concerned, there is only a 10-percent chance the river will reach 16.8-feet. Flood stage along the East Nish near Atlantic, is 17-feet.   The East Fork of the 102 River near Bedford has a 10-percent chance of reaching 18.8-feet.  The flood stage for that body of water is 21-feet. There is a 90-percent chance in the current outlook, that the East Fork River will reach 13.7-feet in the next 90-days, which is still well below flood stage.

The numbers in the outlook were calculated using multiple Spring Season scenarious from 30-or more-years of climatological data. They also take into account current river conditions, snow cover and soil moisture. The next Flood Outlook will be issued by the Weather Service, on February 16th.

Shenandoah man arrested on a burglary charge

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shenandoah Police Department reports two men were arrested Wednesday, on unrelated charges. 28-year old Lyle Stogdill, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody Wednesday night on a charge of burglary in the 3rd degree. Stogdill was also cited for Public Intoxication. His arrest stems from an incident which occurred in the 500 block of Harrison Street in Shenandoah. Stogdill was being held at the Page County Jail in Clarinda, on $2,000 bond. 

A couple of hours later, Shenandoah Police officers arrested Todd Pederson, of Essex, on a Nodaway County, MO. warrant for 1st degree burglary and parental kidnapping. Pederson posted a $10,000 bond, and was released from custody.

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Special Weather Statement for parts of Western/West Central & SW IA

News, Weather

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Including Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie, Sac & Taylor Counties…

Dense Fog has reduced visibilities to between 3-and 5-miles northwest of a line from Waterloo-to-Des Moines-and Creston. Road temperatures over locations north of I-80 and west of I-35 are near or below freezing, and there is a potential for frost or ice to form from the fog. This would make roads slick in spots, for your morning commute.

Drive with caution!

Corning man arrested on Public Intox charge

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 25-year old Andrew Olson, of Corning, was arrested at around 2:30 this (Thursday) morning, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Officials say he was taken into to custody after allegedly trying to hide from law enforcement approaching him on foot. The Sheriff’s Office says Olson also became loud and belligerent and refused to follow deputies’ commands.

Montgomery County arrest report

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Stanton man was arrested at around 2:45 this (Thursday) morning on OWI and other charges. 24-year old Lucas J. Bogart was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Corning Street in Red Oak. The stop was initiated after authorities received word several, allegedly intoxicated persons were seen traveling in a vehicle matching the one being driven by Bogart. A sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle cross the centerline of the road and make an improper turn. Bogart failed a Field Sobriety Test and was brought to the Montgomery County Jail on the OWI charge. In addition, he was cited for Failure to have a valid driver’s license and issued a warning for driving Left of Center. Bogart was being held in the jail on a $1,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also reports 22-year old Sara A. Billie, of Clarinda, was arrested Wednesday, on a warrant for violating her probation, in association with an original charge of 5th degree theft. The woman was located by authorities in Clarinda, and transported to Montgomery County, where she was being held on an $850 cash only bond.

And, 28-year old David M. Wright, of Villisca, was arrested Tuesday, on a Simple Misdemeanor charge of Obstruction of Emergency Communications, after the Montgomery County Comm Center received a call from a residence in Villisca. While on the line, Wright allegedly interferred with the alleged victim on numerous occasions, by securing the phones in the home, as well as physically damaging them to prevent calls from going out or coming in. Wright was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $300 bond.