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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/22/2015

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/22/2015

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:07-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Road rage incident w/shots fired on I-80

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa are on the lookout for a vehicle and driver possibly involved in a road rage incident this morning, with shots allegedly fired. According to the State Patrol Communications Center near Lewis, the incident happened on Interstate 80 eastbound at the 25 mile marker, at around 5:20-a.m.

The vehicle was described as being gray, with Wisconsin plates, inside back window full of debris and bumper stickers all over the rear of the vehicle. A partial, possible description of the plates may include the numbers 337.

If you see this vehicle, call 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement agency.

Injury accident in Union County last Friday

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday, one person suffered possible/minor injuries during a single-vehicle accident that took place Friday night. Authorities say 22-year old Rebecca A. Holbrook, of Lenox, was driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid north on Iowa Highway 25 at around 9:20-p.m., when a deer ran across the road. When Holbrook  swerved to avoid hitting the animal, her car entered a ditch on the east side of the road.

The woman complained of possible injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Creston. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $100 or less.

Break-in and theft reported in Union County

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Monday a woman from Thayer reported a theft had occurred Friday afternoon. The woman said sometime during the night, someone broke into her house located on the 300 block of 3rd Avenue, in Thayer. A door was damaged and the items were taken from inside the home, including a 36-inch Sony flat screen tv, a jar of loose change, and two table lamps. The loss was estimated at $610.

Western IA man accused of assault & child endangerment

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man accused of injuring a 5-month-old baby faces felony charges of assault and child endangerment. The Omaha World-Herald reports 23-year old Rodney Weatherwax was arrested Saturday. Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Martha Heinicke said Weatherwax allegedly injured the baby on at least three occasions. According to court documents, the infant had at least 20 fractures. Heinicke said varied stages of healing indicate that the injuries happened at different times.

According to the arrest affidavit, the injuries took place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30. The baby was born July 26. On Nov. 30, the baby was admitted to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital for failing to thrive. After the mother told doctors the suspect had punched the child in the face, doctors did X-rays and found multiple fractures. According to the arrest affidavit, Weatherwax told police that marijuana, cocaine and Xanax had been used by people watching the child. He told police he had fallen while holding the infant on Nov. 27.

Weatherwax has been charged with two counts of assault causing willful injury, one count of abandonment of a dependent person and one count of child endangerment. He was being held Monday in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $200,000 bond.

 

Sanders to campaign in southwest Iowa today

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is campaigning in Council Bluffs and southwest Iowa today and Wednesday. The Daily NonPareil reports the Vermont senator will hold a town meeting in Harlan beginning at 4-p.m., at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center (706 Victoria St.). Doors open at 3-p.m. Then at 7-p.m., he’ll hold a public meeting focusing on the economy at Iowa Western Community Center Kanesville Arena, in Council Bluffs (2700 College Road). Doors for the event open at 6-p.m.

On Wednesday, Sanders will hold a town meeting in Red Oak at the Red Coach Inn (1200 Senate Ave.), at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30. And, he plans to hold a private meeting with supporters at noon at Barley’s, (114 W. Broadway), in Council Bluffs.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the events.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 22nd 2015

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December 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A weekly free meal at a Cedar Falls church has come to an end after 31 years because no one has volunteered to replace its coordinator. The First United Methodist Church served its last Community Meal Tuesday. Coordinator Becky Hardman had announced her retirement in June.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say several agencies will work together over the next several months to update the state’s response to cybersecurity threats. Gov. Terry Branstad announced an executive order yesterday that directs several state agencies to draft a formal cybersecurity strategy.

THOMPSON, Iowa (AP) — Construction on a proposed $92 million egg-processing facility in northern Iowa has been placed on hold because of a bird flu outbreak last spring. Officials said Friday that the plant to be constructed in Thompson is on hold until further notice. The plant was designed to create 197 jobs and process eggs supplied from new egg production facilities.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it will host the seventh Republican presidential debate, taking place next month in Des Moines, Iowa ahead of that state’s caucuses. Fox said yesterday that the two-hour debate on Jan. 28 will be anchored by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.

Branstad: Remaining 3 companies will offer Medicaid services

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December 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Medicaid recipients enrolled with a private company that now has a terminated state contract can be covered by one of three remaining companies set to take over the $4.2 billion program.

Branstad says three companies is an adequate number for providing managed care of Medicaid services in the state. His remarks Monday come after an official terminated the state’s contract with WellCare of Iowa on Friday.

Branstad says the Iowa Department of Human Services will contact people enrolled in WellCare to inform them about the remaining companies. Department spokeswoman Amy Lorentzen McCoy says about 140,000 people will be reassigned equally among the companies over several weeks.

WellCare says it will legally challenge its termination. McCoy says the department does not comment on pending litigation.

Glenwood man arrested on child endangerment warrant

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December 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Friday of 23-year old James John Dimauro. The Glenwood man was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Child Endangerment. His bond was set at $2,000. Also arrested Friday, was 26-year old Sensi Amelia Herron, of Plattsmouth, NE. The woman was taken into custody for Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $1,000.