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Drug arrests reported in Harlan

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say two men were arrested over the past week on drug charges. This past Tuesday, 24-year old John Cox, of Harlan, was arrested after officers with the Harlan Police Department assisted the Denison and Woodbine Police Departments, in executing a search warrant at 2014 Garfield Avenue. Cox was subsequently charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts. Cox has plead not guilt to the Possession charge. He’s scheduled to appear in court September 15th on the other charges.

And, on September 3rd, 49-year old Mardy Miller, of Harlan, was taken into custody on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. He was also charged with Driving While Revoked, and cited for having improper tail lamps on his vehicle. Miller posted a $1,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 13th.

Criminal mischief arrest in Atlantic

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report today (Friday), the arrest Thursday of 21-year old Stewart Andersen, of Atlantic. Andersen was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, after allegedly breaking a window. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Ottumwa man arrested on arson/theft charges in Audubon County

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An arrest was made Thursday, in connection with incidents of arson and theft which occurred early last month, in Audubon County. Sheriff Todd Johnson reports 20-year old Mackenzie Jacob Belnap, of Ottumwa, faces 1st- and 2nd-degree Arson charges, along with two counts of burglary in the 3rd degree and two-counts of theft in the 2nd degree. His arrest stems from an investigation into a pickup that was stolen and burned in the 2900 block of Falcon Avenue , and an ATV that was stolen and burned in the 1500 block of 260th Street, during the evening hours on August 5th and early morning hours on August 6th.

Belnap is being held in the Audubon County Jail on $25,000 bond. The incidents remain under investigation, and additional charges are pending.

9AM Newscast 09-09-2011

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September 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Food shortages threatening NE. & IA. food banks

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Food banks serving eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are in danger of closing their doors as ever-increasing demand leaves their shelves bare. The Food Bank for the Heartland, which serves 93 counties in the region, has been hurt by high demand, a sour economy and federal budget cuts. Another program, Angel Food Ministries which sells food at a slashed prices, has suspended orders for the rest of September.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says there is a plan in place to increase donations and financial help. City libraries and ministry groups are accepting food donations to help stock the shelves, and food banks are also accepting money. Donations can be made online at www.togetheromaha.org and www.foodbankheartland.org.

Iowa DOT increases security of flood-damaged roads

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Sept. 9, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is stepping up security measures to prevent persons from entering flood-damaged roadways in western Iowa. Locked gates and other barrier devices are being installed at strategic highway locations to secure areas unsafe for motor vehicle or pedestrian travel.

Individuals have been disregarding traditional road closure devices, such as barricades and fence, by driving over and around them, or removing them. These actions place persons at significant risk due to damage to the roadways and bridges, unexpected pavement failures and heavy equipment at work.

In addition, ignoring road closure devices prolongs the recovery effort by disrupting the work of contractors.

Residents of Percival seeking access to their community for cleanup and rebuilding, should contact the Fremont County Emergency Coordinator who will coordinate access to and from the town using Interstate 29. Access will be provided through the gate located on Iowa 2, east of I-29.

The Iowa DOT reminds all persons to never enter a roadway blocked by barricades; not only is it illegal, but your safety is a risk.

Olive Street North of Atlantic to be closed for railroad work next week

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Engineer’s office in Atlantic, say Iowa Interstate Railroad will be upgrading the railroad crossing on Olive Street approximately 1½ miles north of the Atlantic City Limits by the ADM Elevator (formerly known as Farm Service Coop).  Olive Street will be closed to thru traffic for approximately five (5) working days starting Monday, September 12th at 9:00 A.M.  People wanting to go to the interstate should use Hwy 71 until Olive Street is open.

7AM Newscast 09-09-2011

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September 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa congressional delegation reacts to Obama speech

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Democrats in Iowa’s congressional delegation say they’re ready to get to work on the jobs package President Obama outlined last night, while Republicans like Chuck Grassley and Steve King raise doubts about the president’s approach.

 Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron said the “best thing (Obama) could have done would be call for a balanced budget amendment” rather than introduce new spending ideas. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said Obama’s proposal was just “more of the same” and it was “time for something new” like an effort to reduce government regulations. Republican Congressman Tom Latham of Ames didn’t criticize Obama’s plan at all in his statement after the speech, however. Latham said the “simple truth is that we must do better as a Congress and as a government to work together to find real solutions” to the nation’s economic ills.

Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, praised Obama’s plan as going “to the heart” of the problem by focusing on job creation. Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, said he hopes the president’s speech “refocuses the debate” in Washington. Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, said he hopes congress starts the “real work” that’s necessary to find “commonsense solutions.” Congressman Leonard Boswell, a Democrat from Des Moines, suggested Obama had said what most American’s believe, “that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates can afford to pay the same percentage of payroll taxes that their own secretaries pay.”

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Sexual assault investigation in Taylor County

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September 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person has been questioned, but no arrests have been made in connection to investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Taylor County. Sheriff’s officials say their on-going investigation into an alleged sexual assault in the vicinity of Nitro’s Bar in Gravity, resulted in the execution of a search warrant at 1257 Highland Avenue, in rural Taylor County.

During the investigation, 33-year-old Tommy Spears, a resident of the home, was detained for questioning, and arrested on a separate charge of Harassment of a Public Official, for giving a false name and date of birth when law enforcement attempted to identify him.

Spears posted bond on the charges and has been released from custody. Further charges are pending as a result of evidence found during execution of the search warrant.