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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 6th 2015

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September 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a shooting in central Des Moines has left a 22-year-old man dead. Investigators say officers were called to the 1200 block of Sampson Street around 9:30 p.m. Friday for reports of a shooting. When they arrived they found Trenton Washington of Des Moines fatally wounded near a house.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some Sioux City leaders are working to address a growing number of homeless people living and panhandling on the northwestern Iowa city’s streets. Police Chief Doug Young tells the Sioux City Journal that the rise of homelessness, panhandling and public intoxication has caused growing concern among businesses, police and city government.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Some eastern Iowa grocery shoppers who made a credit card purchase last week were double-billed because of a software glitch. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the double billing happened between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. August 28th. Not every Hy-Vee food store transaction during that time resulted in duplicate charges, the company said. Atlanta-based NCR Connected Payments says the glitch also occurred in other places around the country.

CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Four people from Iowa have suffered serious injuries after their motorboat struck the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says three people from Cedar Rapids and a fourth person from Des Moines were thrown from the runabout.

 

Windshield vandalism leads to the arrest of a Red Oak woman

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A call Saturday afternoon about a person allegedly throwing a cement block through the windshield of a car resulted in the arrest of a 30-year old woman. Red Oak Police report following an investigation, Shana Nichole Mills, of Red Oak, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication. Mills was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/5/2015

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September 5th, 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, 9/52015

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Missing girl found!

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Communications Center reports a girl missing from the Lewis area has been found. Word was received at around 7:04-a.m.  11-year old Trinity Nichole Ericksen was located, but additional information is currently not available.

Trinity Nichole Ericksen

Trinity Nichole Ericksen

Authorities in Cass and Montgomery County had been coordinating efforts in the search for the missing juvenile.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports was last seen wearing jeans and a blue shirt with a light bulb on the back, along with the saying “Learn today, live tomorrow.”

Deputies with the Cass and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments, along with Lewis and Atlantic Fire Department personnel, gathered to begin a search for the girl at around 5:30-a.m.

(Updated!) 11-year old girl missing from the Lewis area

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Cass and Montgomery County are coordinating efforts in the search for a missing juvenile from the Lewis area.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 11-year old Trinity Nichole Ericksen was last seen wearing jeans and a blue shirt with a light bulb on the back, along with the saying “Learn today, live tomorrow.”

Deputies with the Cass and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments, along with Lewis and Atlantic Fire Department personnel, gathered to begin a search for the girl at around 5:30-a.m.

Trinity Nichole Ericksen

Trinity Nichole Ericksen

Anyone with information about her location is asked to call 9-1-1.

Traffic stop results in brief chase Sat. morning, in Atlantic

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(updated 7:57-a.m. and clarifies some details)

A vehicle being pulled over for a defective headlight led a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy on a brief chase early this (Saturday) morning. According to scanner traffic at around 2-a.m., a deputy tried to pull a vehicle over on Birch between 6th and 7th Streets, for having a headlight out, when the vehicle sped-off. Authorities were able to corner the vehicle in the vicinity of State and Commerce Streets at around 2:10-a.m.

One of two people in the vehicle were reportedly maced by the deputy, and required treatment by medics. The driver was taken into custody. Atlantic Police officers assisted at the scene. Additional information is currently not available.

Red Oak man arrested for Probation Violation

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a local man Friday, on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Probation Violation. 31-year old Zachariah Michael Holland, of Red Oak, was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $20,000 cash bond.

Busy holiday weekend on Iowa roads

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Low gas prices and the last holiday of the summer will combine to possibly make this weekend one of the busiest of the year on Iowa’s highways and interstates. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nate Ludwig also points out that the University of Iowa’s first football game kicks-off this (Saturday) morning in Iowa City, while UNI plays at Iowa State tomorrow night.

“So, there’s going to be a lot of people on the interstates traveling,” Ludwig says. “We just ask that everybody takes their time getting to where they’re going, make sure you wear seat belts, and at all cost avoid texting while driving or distracted driving.” Last weekend, law officers in Iowa and 15 other states took part in a stepped-up enforcement effort along Interstates 80 and 35. Just over 5,900 motorists were issued speed citations, including more than 11-hundred speeding tickets in Iowa.

Ludwig says over 1,100 seat belt citations were issued, but only 41 were in Iowa. “That’s pretty indicative of our 93 to 94 percent seat belt compliance rate in Iowa,” Ludwig says. There were 18 arrests for OWI and 9 for drug offenses in Iowa. The goal of last weekend’s enforcement effort was to reduce serious crashes. Authorities says there were zero fatal crashes over the three-day period along Interstates 80 and 35 in the 16 states.

(Radio Iowa)

Survey finds few acres will be coming available for new farmers

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September 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A national survey of land ownership shows just over two-percent of farmland will be available for beginning farmers and ranchers in the next year, perhaps ten-percent over the next five years. Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, says land access is a long-standing problem for those just starting to farm, though she calls the U-S-D-A report “really disturbing.”

“The continual unaffordability of land and then just what the survey is saying, there’s only going to be 2% available for new entrants that don’t have a natural, direct access to land,” Bruckner says. “That is an issue and Congress needs to start taking it seriously. They need to have policies that are more meaningful to help a new generation get started.” Bruckner says the land access problem needs help at the federal level, with changes that will help young producers who want to farm.

“We need to be serious about beginning farmer policy, not just throwing a few million dollars here and there to help create training and mentoring,” she says. “We need to actually have some meaningful reform on some of the main conventional commodity market-driven programs, like the farm program and the crop insurance program.” Bruckner says the student loan forgiveness program that is in the works would help beginning farmers with their cash-flow issues.

“But at the end of the day,” she says, “if we don’t do something about land access, then none of our other efforts are worthwhile.” While land values have come down some, she notes they’ve been rising for years to levels that make it impossible for beginning farmers and ranchers to buy. The Center for Rural Affairs is based in Lyons, Nebraska.

(Radio Iowa)