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President Obama heading to Iowa on Wednesday


January 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Iowa on Wednesday to talk about making high speed Internet access more available nationwide. The White House said Saturday that Obama plans to talk about ways to make the Internet more accessible and affordable. The Iowa stop is part of a series of events Obama is doing to preview proposals in his State of the Union address.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement Saturday that Internet access is a shared priority. Branstad plans to focus on legislation to improve rural broadband Internet access during the upcoming legislative session. A similar effort failed to win approval in the Legislature last year.

The White House has not said where in Iowa the event will take place.

Chase Ends in Arrest of Stanton Man Saturday


January 10th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officials were led on a pursuit early Saturday morning that ended in a Stanton man being arrested.  Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop at approximately 2:57am at 190th Street and M Avenue in Montgomery County when the vehicle fled the scene and led deputies on a chase.

The vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Stanton on Friday and deputies were eventually able to disable the vehicle and arrest the driver.  27-year-old Richard Dean Pierce III of Stanton was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Felony Eluding, and Driving While Barred.  Pierce III was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 cash bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Red Oak Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County K-9, Pottawattamie County, and Iowa State Patrol.

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Failure to Appear Arrest in Red Oak


January 10th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a Red Oak woman on a valid Montgomery County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Breach of Peace.  At approximately 10:56pm on Friday, January 9th officers arrested 44-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares of Red Oak in the 300 block of North 2nd Street in Red Oak.  She was transported and held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 cash bond.

Adams County OWI Arrest


January 10th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of a Shambaugh man for OWI First Offense and Open Container on Friday, January 9, 2015.  A traffic stopped was conducted at 12:40pm near the 67 mile-marker on Highway 34 and the driver 43-year-old Tad Madden of Shambaugh was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody.  No futher details are known.

Car Without Plates Stopped in Red Oak, Leads to Arrest


January 10th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Red Oak Police stopped a vehicle at 2:00am Saturday (1/10) morning for not having license plates on the vehicle in the 1100 block of N. 4th Street.  During the stop officers arrested the driver 34-year-old Cody Dean Franzen of Stanton for Operating While Intoxicated First Offense.  Franzen was also cited for Operation Without Registration, a fine of $127.50.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond.

Animals from Iowa included in Puppy Bowl XI

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January 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa will be represented in a popular TV program that airs on Super Bowl Sunday. Puppy Bowl XI (eleven) will include six canines from Iowa. The program airs on Animal Planet before the Super Bowl on February 1 ((at 2 p.m. Iowa time)).

Iowa puppy "Blue"

Iowa puppy “Blue”

The Iowa pups — Blue, Falcor, Kojak, Lorelai, Scarlet and Columbo — are all from the Heinz 57 Pet Rescue based in DeSoto. The dogs were sent to New York in October for the show’s taping. This marks the fourth year in a row that animals from the Heinz 57 Pet Rescue have taken part in the Puppy Bowl.

(Radio Iowa)

Stress Management Tools for women event planned at CCMH


January 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System Women’s Health Initiative is presenting a free community event, Stress Management Tools for Women. The event will be held January 22, 2015, from 5 – 7 pm in the CCMH Atrium. Sarah Herzberg, PhD, LMHC, will present the program at 5:45 pm. Dr. Herzberg is a therapist who has been practicing at Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center since 2007.

Stress Management Tools for Women will provide tools to help women identify and manage signs of stress, particularly those associated with raising children and caring for aging parents. “Women can experience a lot of stress associated with caring for their children or aging parents and in many cases both at the same time,” Dr. Herzberg noted. “Rather than just pushing through, it can be very helpful to recognize and acknowledge the stress, and there are specific techniques anyone can use to help manage the stress.”

In addition to Dr. Herzberg’s 30 minute program, there will be displays featuring a number of stress management tools that are available locally, such as relaxation and exercise. Local businesses will have staff on hand to share information about the services they offer that may assist in managing stress. Businesses participating in the event include a local yoga studio; Twila Garside, Pet Therapist; and three county fitness centers—The Wellness Center of Anita, Nishna Valley Family YMCA and 712 Fitness.

There is no pre-registration and no charge for this Women’s Health event. For more information contact the Cass County Memorial Hospital Public Relations Department at 712-243-7405.

(Press Release)

Driver suffers diabetic episode on a dead end road


January 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who suffered a diabetic episode and crashed his vehicle on a dead-end road was transported to the Montgomery County Hospital Friday morning. According to Red Oak Police, at around 9-a.m., officers received word that a vehicle was trying to pass through a fence in the 1600 block of north 5th Street. When they arrived, they found 60-year old Bryan Platt, of Red Oak, slumped over in his 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup.

Officials say Red Oak Rescue arrived and transported the man to the hospital. They say he was not injured when the pickup went out of control and hit a Dead End sign and a fence. Following the collision, and due to the medical episode, Platt continued to press on the accelerator, but the fence prevented the vehicle from moving forward.

Damage from the incident amounted to a little more than $2,700.

Name of worker fatally injured in Iowa plant blast released


January 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally injured in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in southern Iowa. Creston Fire Chief Todd Jackson on Friday identified the man as 71-year-old Eldon Ray, of Creston. Jackson says Ray and two other people were injured Thursday morning when an overpressurized air pipe exploded at Green Valley Chemical.

Jackson says Ray died after leaving the scene in an ambulance, and the other two people were taken by private vehicle to Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, where they were evaluated and released. Jackson did not have their names.

Jackson says the explosion cause is being investigated. He says the blast didn’t cause a fire.