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Iowa News headlines: Tue., May 14th 2013

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May 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic state Senator Jack Hatch is contemplating a run for governor in 2014. Several weeks ago, Hatch filed paperwork with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to change his campaign committee to reflect that he is considering running for governor. He says he’ll make a formal announcement regarding his plans after the legislative session ends.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A landmark verdict for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse will be reduced. Because of a law capping their damages the verdict will be reduced from $240 million to about $1.6 million. Jurors found that Henry’s Turkey Service discriminated against the men, who they hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant. The men lived in a filthy bunkhouse and faced verbal and physical abuse at home and at work.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The next state auditor will be Mary Mosiman. Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed the deputy secretary of state to take over the post vacated by David Vaudt. He resigned last month to become chairman of a national nonprofit accounting board. Mosiman is an accountant who served for 10 years as the Story County auditor.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. farmers are making the most of a break from the wet spring to get their crops planted. But, the pace still keeps them well behind schedule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 28 percent of the nation’s cornfields have been planted, up from just 12 percent a week ago. But the latest numbers are well short of the 65 percent of the crop that already was in the ground by this date over the previous five years. At this time last year, 85 percent of the corn was planted.

Omaha men arrested on drug charges Saturday in Cass County

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects day of arrest to Saturday, not Sunday)

Two Nebraska men were arrested on drug charges Saturday in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Department says following a routine traffic stop, 24-year old Robert Valier Barr, and Zachary Michael Beiermann, both of Omaha, were taken into custody on charges of Possession of Meth with Intent to Deliver (More than 5 grams) (a Class-B Felony), and Possession of Marijuana (A Serious Misdemeanor). Barr was also charged with OWI 1st Offense.

Both men were taken to the Cass County Jail. Barr was released on $100,000 bond later that day. Beiermann remained in the jail Monday, on $100,000 bond.

Accident sends 1 person to the hospital last week in Mills County

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash last Wednesday evening, southwest of Mineola. Officials say a 2002 Dodge passenger van driven by Melinda Lehman, of Glenwood, was traveling west on Barrus Road at around 5:20-p.m., when a 1992 Mack truck, driven by Pierre Hodges, of Omaha, pulled out of  a farm drive near 230th Street. Hodges failed to yield before entering the road, and hit the van on the right rear side, causing the van to roll into the ditch.

Lehman was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, for treatment of her injuries.

Mills County arrests

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests over the weekend. On Sunday, 27-year old John Paul Drazic, of Omaha, was arrested just before midnight, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. And, on Saturday, 34-year old Matthew Michael Cook, and 38-year old April Berdine Cook, both from Malvern, were arrested on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault. Bonds for all three of those individuals was set at $1,000 each.

There were also four arrests last week, in Mills County. On Friday, 23-year old Patrick Neil Jack, of Emerson, was arrested on a warrant for Probation Violation. He was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail and held on $10,000 bond. On Thursday, 18-year old Dominque James Schlup, of Hastings, was arrested in Malvern, for Driving While Revoked, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,600. And, last Tuesday, 34-year old Shaun Joseph Goines, and 35-year old Jason Neil Andrews, both of Pacific Junction, were arrested on separate charges. Goines was taken into custody at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, on a warrant for OWI/1st offense. No bond amount was listed. Andrews was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $1,000.

Friday accidents in Atlantic

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following two separate accidents Friday. Authorities say Tobin Jensen, of Atlantic, was cited for Having No Proof of Insurance, after the vehicle he was driving struck a vehicle being driven by Scott Rhoads, of Atlantic. The collision occurred at around 6:30-a.m. in the parking lot of the Casey’s Store on southwest 7th Street. Officials say Jensen was backing out of a parking stall and Rhoads was attempting to park, when the vehicles collided. Damage from the incident amounted to $2,550.

The other accident happened at around 3:30-p.m. Friday, at 14th and Roosevelt Drive, in Atlantic, when vehicles driven by Turner Russell, of Atlantic, and Paige Sorensen, of Marne collided, as both were traveling westbound on 14th Street. The rear-end collision happened when Russell was unable to safely stop in-time. Damage amounted to $1,600. No citations were issued.

Weekend arrests in Atlantic

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests occurred Sunday. 36-year old Kevin Milliam, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for failure to serve jail time, stemming from a 5th degree Theft charge. And, 33-year old Jason Cook, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

The A-PD reports also, 26-year old Tara Williams, of Atlantic, was arrested Friday, on a shoplifting charge (Theft in the 5th degree). And, on Saturday, 32-year old Sonya Mills, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 4th degree, and Forgery. Bothy women were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Volunteers needed for flower planting this Thursday, in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help plant flower beds in the downtown City Park and downtown area. The Atlantic Beautification Team is set to plant flower beds this Thursday, May 16th, at 4 p.m. with the help of their new Adopt-A-Bed Partners and many additional volunteers. Steering committee member Emily Kennedy says they have  secured nearly 20 businesses, organizations, 4-H Clubs and individuals to adopt the flower beds and help volunteers to maintain them, but additional volunteers are still encouraged to sign up to help with the planting,  as they have in the past.

If you would like to lend a hand, contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017, or e-mail chamber@atlanticiowa.com. Volunteers will be assigned a bed to plant,  and will need to sign up in advance to find out the location for planting night. Volunteers are also needed to haul flowers, mulch and equipment during the day preceding the planting. Materials used will be preset at each corner, with help needed in getting those items to the proper location.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own shovels, gloves, rakes and any other equipment they like to plant with.

SW IA Fire Danger is “High” today (May 13th)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE, says today’s Grassland Fire Danger Category in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, is Very High. The next two days will be hot and dry, leaving conditions for rapid fire development extremely high. If you plan to burn remember to plan ahead and take all necessary precautions as winds and low humidity levels will create conditions for fast and out of control fires.

Iowa home prices, sales rise in April

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Home sales and prices rose in Iowa last month. Don Marple is president of the Iowa Association of Realtors, which tracks the numbers. “We’ve seen a 6.1 percent increase in sales from April of last year to this April and we’ve seen about a 3 percent increase in the pricing of homes,” Marple says.

A total of 2,851 homes were sold in Iowa last month. That’s up from 2,688 home sales in April 2012. The median sale price across Iowa rose from $124,000 to $128,000. Marple says home prices in Iowa have been steadily rising, but it’s still a good time for first-time home buyers to enter the market. “We’re always concerned, but the value and the amount of buyers out there are helping with the increase in the values of properties. But, interest rates have been a big help, staying around 3 to 4 percent,” Marple says. “It just makes it very affordable for anyone to be buying now instead of renting,” Marple says.

The number of homes on the market has been declining, which has contributed to the price increases. But, Marple expects more Iowans will be looking to sell their homes in the coming months. “Our inventory is down. Our supply of inventory is down to about 6 months, which is about a 20 percent drop from last year at this time,” Marple says. “But, we did have about 300 more homes on the market (in April) than last year at this time. Spring is getting here, summer’s coming up, people are getting ready to out of school – so, they’ve got their homes ready to put on the market and they want to join in on the action and make a move.”

(Radio Iowa)

Shelby County Fire Danger Index: “High”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says due to forecast low relative humidity and high wind conditions, along with the presence of dry fine fuels, the fire danger rating in the County is being upgraded to HIGH. Controlled burns should be avoided for the next couple of days. Notify your local fire chief if outdoor burning is planned.

Officials are asking participating agencies to place their “Fire Danger” signs in the High category. The rating will be re-evaluated on Thursday, May 16th, or before as conditions dictate.