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CCMH Auxiliary to hold annual Holiday Sale


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Treasure Cove Gift Shop, located in Cass County Memorial Hospital, will hold their annual Holiday Sale Thursday, November 29th from 7 am – 4 pm, in the CCMH Atrium.  Treasure Cove is operated by the CCMH Auxiliary, with all proceeds used for hospital needs, such as medical equipment and facility furnishings, and scholarships to area students pursuing medical careers.

CCMH Auxiliary volunteers Julia McNees (left) and Sondra Jensen are busy preparing for the Treasure Cove Gift Shop holiday sale at the hospital November 29 from 7 am – 4 pm. (CCMH photo)


From 2007 – 2011, the CCMH Auxiliary donated over $125,000.  In 2012 they began funding a $140,000 gift for the recent redecorating of the CCMH Atrium and televisions for the new patient rooms and waiting areas.

The Treasure Cove Gift Shop relocated last summer to the atrium area of the hospital, adjacent to the new addition.  All items are marked down for the Holiday Sale, including special holiday decorating and gift items, as well as the regular inventory of purses, jewelry, Willow Tree angels, scarves and more.  Treasure Cove accepts cash, checks and AtlanticCash.

7:07-a.m. Local News (Podcast) 11/20/2012

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November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

White-tailed squirrels spotted in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rare creatures were spotted in two regions of Iowa in recent months. White-tailed squirrels have been seen near the Minnesota border in the town of Osage, and now in central Iowa in Des Moines. Vince Evilsizer, a biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says they’re not albino squirrels, as only the tail is white.  “If it was albino, it would likely be all white,” Evilsizer says. “Genetically, it’s probably a recessive trait just expressing a different color pattern. It’s pretty interesting and it must just be a recessive gene that’s showing up.”

Witnesses say the squirrels’ bodies are the typical brown while their bushy tails are pure, snowy white. “I am not sure what’s causing it to show up right now,” Evilsizer says. “I would guess it’s not weather but I’m not sure. I would guess something that emerged in maybe one or a few squirrels. It may stick around and become more prevalent or may kind of melt away again.” Evilsizer says he has never seen a white-tail squirrel, and anyone who does, should consider themselves lucky.

(Radio Iowa)

Armed robbery in Council Bluffs, Monday


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for two men who were involved in the robbery of a loan company Monday afternoon. Officials say officers were called to Browns Loan at 717 West Broadway in Council Bluffs, at around 12:15-p.m.  Upon review of surveillance video, officers learned a Caucasian man entered the store and approached the front counter, where he pointed a silver-colored handgun at the clerk and ordered him to the ground.

A second male suspect is observed on video entering the store. That man, and the suspect with a gun then broke the glass on two display cabinets and removed several handguns before leaving the store heading south on foot.

The first suspect was described as being about 6-feet tall with a slender build. He wore jeans, a teal green colored hoodie with a yellow stocking hat. He also wore a dark colored backpack with rainbow colors on the back. The second suspect was an Hispanic male, about 6-feet tall with an average build. He wore dark colored clothing.

Anyone who might have seen the suspects is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 712-328-4763.

(used 5-p.m. News Mon., and overnight news)

Southwest 8 Senior Services Hosts Legislative Roundtable Discussion


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Southwest 8 Senior Services, the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa will host and facilitate a legislative roundtable discussion on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 10:00am – 11:30am.  The event will take place in Council Bluffs at the American Red Cross building on the Charles Lakin Human Services Campus located on North 16th Street and Avenue G.

Invitations were extended to all of the newly elected and re-elected Iowa Representatives and Senators from the new districts.  These legislators will begin service in their new designated districts when the Iowa session starts in January.  You are invited to join Southwest 8 to begin the conversation with our elected legislators about aging policy as we go forward in Iowa, where by the year 2030, 88 of our 99 counties will have over 20% of its population age 60 or older.

There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. Call Kelly Butts at 800-432-9209 or 712-328-2540 ext. 1013 by November 26th to reserve your place at the meeting, or email kbutts@southwest8.org

570 Iowans see mortgage relief under settlement


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 570 Iowa homeowners have received mortgage relief including loan modifications and refinancing worth more than $19 million as part of a settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage banks. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says another $7 million will go to Iowa borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 2008 and December 2011 if their loan was serviced by one of the five providers.

The relief is part of a $25 billion national settlement with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial. Miller released the figures Monday as part of a progress report on the settlement with the banks.

Victim of Iowa shooting is foreign college student


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police say a 20-year-old foreign exchange student is recovering after being shot at a local bar. The Sioux City Journal reports that police identified the gunshot victim as Briar Cliff University student Natacha Butera. She was listed in fair condition at a hospital Monday. Police say Butera was shot in the arm and chest early Sunday in the first-floor bar of Mac Behr’s.

Police say 24-year-old Soloman Harris fired a pistol at a man he had been fighting with, and the bullet instead hit Butera, piercing her liver and lung. Police say Harris did not know Butera, who happened to be standing nearby. Harris has been charged and is being jailed. Briar Cliff officials issued a statement saying its community “is very saddened about this unfortunate situation.”

Omaha man, Iowa couple to be honored as ‘heroes’

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November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha man who helped rescue a truck driver and an eastern Iowa couple who trains dogs for public service will be honored at Friday’s football game between Iowa and Nebraska. Iowa and Nebraska branded their now-annual rivalry as the “Heroes Game” after Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference. The tradition, now in its second year, involves selecting “citizen heroes” from each state.

The Nebraskan who will be honored is Jason Parks, who witnessed a collision between two semitrailers while driving to work. He’s credited with pulling one of the drivers from flaming wreckage before the truck exploded. The Iowans are Lois and Bill Hall of Clinton, who raise and train K-9 dogs that assist in emergency search and rescue missions and provide therapy visits to schools and hospitals.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 20th 2012


November 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat who lost an Iowa House seat by just 22 votes on Election Day is seeking a recount. Susan Judkins of Clive requested the recount last week in her race against Republican Chris Hagenow. A date for the recount hasn’t been set yet but it must be completed by early next month.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo’s mayor says the shooting of a man by police is a tragedy and an example of gun violence culture. Investigators are looking into the early Sunday shooting of Derrick Ambrose by officer Kyle Law. Police say Law shot Ambrose following a pursuit from a reported shooting at a bar.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Leaders of the NAACP are lobbying Governor Terry Branstad to soften the state’s policy on felon voting rights. NAACP officials are pushing for a change in the application process for felons to get their voting rights back. They say it’s a cumbersome process that’s resulted in less than 20 felons getting their voting rights back since January 2011.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police say a foreign exchange student is recovering after being shot at a local bar. Briar Cliff University student Natacha Butera was listed yesterday in fair condition at a hospital. Police say a man fired a pistol at another man during a dispute Sunday. Butera, who did not know the shooting suspect, was shot as she stood nearby.

Denison man arrested Sunday on drug and weapon charges


November 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Denison man was arrested Sunday following the execution of a search warrant at 2946 Highway 30, Lot 55. The warrant at the residence east of Denison was handled by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.  Following the search, 37-year old Apolinar Hernandez-Guzman, of Denison, was taken into custody on a single charge of Delivery of More than Five Grams of Methamphetamine, one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver More than Five Grams of Methamphetamine, two counts of Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, one count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm (which had been reported stolen in 2009 from a Denison burglary investigation), and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Hernandez-Guzman was taken to the Crawford County Jail where he is also being detained for Immigration Customs Enforcement.