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Study looks at age, race and education influence in mortgage crisis


October 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A study by a University of Iowa researcher found that age, education and race were factors that didn’t follow the norm in determining who would be impacted by the mortgage crisis. Jerry Anthony examined bankruptcies from 2007 where people had become “house broke” or faced a mortgage payment that became too big. Anthony says he was surprised to find that people over the age of 40 were not more financially stable than younger homeowners.

He says the study found people over the age of 60 paid a higher percentage of their income on housing than people under the age of 40. Anthony says you would expect people over the age of 60 to have paid off most of their mortgage, and have lower mortgage costs, but he says that wasn’t the case. Anthony, an associate professor in the school of urban and regional planning, says older people tend to carry more debt, and lenders seemed to target them.

Anthony says “predatory lenders” took off between 2006 and 2007, and “targeted people of that older generation in a pretty systematic manner.” He says the lenders would offer loans against the equity in homes and that gave people a bigger debt load. Anthony says education didn’t help people stay away from problems, as the study found those with less education had lower housing costs.

Anthony says people were perhaps too smart for their own good, as they consolidated all of their unsecured loans into a mortgage secured by their home. He says that can lower the interest rate and give you a tax deduction for the loan interest, but he says on the down side, if you miss mortgage payments, lenders are going to come after your house. Anthony says if you miss a few credit card payments, the credit card companies are not going to come after your house. The study also found the mortgage problems didn’t follow the tradition trends when it came to race.

Anthony says all research from the past has been consistent in finding that Hispanics and African-Americans paid more for their housing when compared to whites. But he says this study found no race differences when it came to the bankruptcies, which he says was surprising. Anthony says there’s plenty of blame to go around for the mortgage crisis, from predatory lenders to naive consumers. Anthony says people should re-think the idea that owning a home is always the best way to go. He says it depends on how long you plan to stay in the home and how much you would have to pay in rent.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

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Shenandoah P.D.reports drug and fight arrests


October 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Shenandoah report a Kentucky man was arrested Tuesday night on drug charges, following a traffic stop. Officials say 52-year old Charles Davis faces a Felony charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a misdemeanor Possesion of Drug Paraphernalia charge. The charges were the result of a traffic stop by two Shenandoah Police  officers, who found Davis was allegedly in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Davis was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Shenandoah Police report also, two people were arrested recently following a large fight which occured Saturday at the Elks Club on Highway 59, in Shenandoah. Officials say Shenandoah residents, 22-year old Karisma Garcia, and 18-year old David Delafuente were charged with Disorderly Conduct. The pair were cited into court. Shenandoah Police were assisted in handling the event by deputies with the Page and Fremont County Sheriff’s Offices,  Essex Police, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Authorities in Shenandoah are also investigating a car that was reported stolen Sunday from a Shenandoah, and recovered the next day in the City limits.

Pursuit leads to fatal accident in Greene County


October 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A high speed chase involving an erratic driver Tuesday night in northwest Jefferson, lead to two-vehicle crash that killed one-person and injured another. The Iowa State Patrol reports the driver of the vehicle being pursued, 18-year old Jonathan Dalton Bindel, of Jefferson, died in the crash. A passenger in the vehicle, 20-year old Miranda Sue Parris, also of Jefferson, was injured, and transported by Jefferson Rescue, to the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Both of the accident victims were wearing their seat belts.

Officials say Bindel’s 2006 Ford Taurus was being pursued by a State Trooper on westbound Highway 30 at around 11:30-p.m.  The Patrol says Bindel was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. A Ford F-250 pickup driven by on-duty Jefferson Police Officer Heath Aaron Enns,  was traveling north on North Grimmell Road, and had turned east onto Highway 30 to assist with the pursuit, when Bindel drove into the eastbound lane of Highway 30.

The Patrol says Enns tried to avoid a head-on collision by driving onto the shoulder, but his pickup was hit by car, causing the pickup to spin around and enter the south ditch, before it rolled over and came to rest on its wheels. After the impact, the Taurus came to rest in the south ditch. Officials say Enns was not injured in the crash.

Consumer confidence is tanking, so retailers plan for slow holiday sales


October 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Santa’s sleigh may be lighter this holiday season. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says consumers in Iowa and nationwide are continuing to show signs of hesitation about buying, so merchants are beginning to make plans for another slow December.

“Retailers are very guarded on what’s going to happen,” Goss says. “As a result, they’ve been very cautious in terms of expanding their inventories. They’ve pared them back fairly significantly.” Iowa and the Midwest are in better shape than many other states and regions, Goss says, and growth in holiday sales here ought to be higher than elsewhere, too.

“In my judgment, we’re going to see growth from last year of about three to four-percent,” Goss says. “At the national level, it’s going to be about half that, one to two-percent.” With consumer confidence tanking, he says that projection is a far cry from where it would ordinarily be during a healthier economy. “While it’s not as good as we’d like to see, a normal expansion would be in the six to seven-percent range but still, it’s much better than what we saw last year,” Goss says.

(by Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Body found in MO. River near Percival, IA is that of an Omaha man


October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police have identified a body found on the Iowa side of the Missouri River as a man who jumped off a bridge in Omaha nearly three weeks ago. Police on Tuesday identified the man as 19-year-old Corey Criss, of Omaha. Authorities say his death doesn’t appear suspicious or criminal. A fisherman discovered a body on Sunday in the river west of Percival, Iowa.

Police say a man was seen jumping from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Oct. 7. Witnesses lost sight of the man in the water. Emergency crews searched the river, but couldn’t find him and the search was called off.

HMA Project in Atlantic to affect parking patterns Friday & Saturday


October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Snyder and Associates Engineers in Atlantic have issued a notice to the public about road work that require some temporary changes in your parking patterns. Beginning this Friday, October 28th, construction will resume on the 2011 HMA (Hot Melt Asphalt) Paving and Storm Sewer Improvement project within the City of Atlantic.

Snyder’s Dave Sturm says the contractor intends to begin paving on the following streets:
1. 13th Street between Chestnut Street and Elm Street.
2. Poplar Street between 8th Street and 10th Street.
3. Walnut Street between 8th Street and 10th Street.
4. Redwood Drive between 14th Street and 17th Street.
Residents will be required to remove their vehicles from these streets in order to accommodate the paving equipment. Vehicles shall remain off the streets through Saturday, October 29th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dave Sturm at 243-6505.

Vandalism and burglary reported in Page County


October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating two separate incidents of vandalism in Coin. According to Sheriff Lyle Palmer, the incidents occurred last weekend. On Sunday, Debra Turnbull, of Coin, reported someone destroyed items on her deck and had gained entrance to her home at 408 Crook Street. In the process, a nylon patio chair and pumpkins were damaged, and, various bottles of wine were stolen. The items had a total value of about $265.00

The second incident was reported Monday morning, when the City Clerk in Coin told the Sheriff’s Department a light bulb, which illuminated the American Flag at the Coin City Office, had been broken out. The Clerk indicated it was the 3rd time in the past couple of weeks the light, which was valued at eight-dollars, had been broken.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Vehicle versus deer accidents cause nearly $10,000 damage in Page County


October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says two vehicle-versus-deer accidents over the weekend caused nearly $10,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but no one was injured. Sunday night, a car driven by 19-year old Michael Ribbey, of Blanchard, collided with a deer on I Avenue. The impact disabled the car, causing an estimated $2,200 damage.

The second other accident happened Friday night, on Highway 2. Sheriff Palmer says an SUV driven by 76-year old David Haning, of Sidney, hit a deer which the entered the roadway just east of N Avenue. The impact resulted in $7,000 damage.

Mills County fatal accident


October 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports a Red Oak man died during a single vehicle accident this (Tuesday) morning east of Hastings, in Mills County. 86-year old Charles Phelps was traveling west on Highway 34, when for reasons unknown, his 2010 Dodge pickup went off the road and into the north ditch. The vehicle entered a field, hit the eastbound ditch of 370th Street. The impact caused the pickup to vault over 370th Street before it came to rest in the west ditch.  Officials say Phelps was wearing a seat belt.

The accident, which occurred at around 9:15-a.m., remains under investigation.