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7AM Newscast 12-17-2012

News, Podcasts

December 17th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Last Chance to see Santa in Atlantic (prior to Christmas) is Dec. 20th & 22nd


December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reminds parents and children alike, that Santa will make two more appearances in his cabin at the Atlantic City Park, prior to his busy night on Christmas Eve. The Jolly Old Elf will be in his cabin to visit with the children this Thursday, Dec. 20th, from 5:30-to 7:30-p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 22nd, from 1:30-to 3:30-p.m.  While talking with Santa, kids can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. So far, he’s seen more than 700 children at his cabin here in Atlantic.

Santa’s cabin is sponsored by the Atlantic Rotary Club and decorated by Brink Flower and Gift Company. Area businesses, including Simply Hair, Midwest Health Center and Atlantic Feedwater Systems, are providing the cocoa. Popcorn is also available to children who stop by the cabin. It’s made possible in part through Meyer and Gross Real Estate.

And, don’t forget horse drawn wagon rides will be offered one more time before Christmas: On Saturday, Dec. 22nd, from 1:30- to 3:30-p.m. The free wagon rides start at the City Park at 6th & Chestnut Streets. They’re sponsored by First Whitney Bank, the Leonard Family Businesses and Wells Fargo Bank.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 17th 2012


December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa lawmakers are questioning whether Governor Terry Branstad has overstepped his authority by signing off on bonuses paid to two state directors, raising their pay beyond state salary caps. Courtney Kay-Decker, director of the Iowa Department of Revenue, has received an $800-per-pay-period housing allowance for her first year on the job. That makes her annual compensation more than $175,000. Public Safety Commissioner K. Brian London reportedly received a more than $16,000 recruitment bonus, making his annual pay $145,000.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two men and a woman have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found in a Davenport field. Robby Kohn’s body was found December 8th, four days after 20-year-old Barry Hamilton of Chicago bailed Kohn out of jail. Police say Hamilton, 20-year-old Jessica Loerzel of Davenport, and 21-year-old Darious Johnson of Chicago drove the 41-year-old Kohn to a field and shot him.

HOPKINTON, Iowa (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building at Bacon Recycling in the eastern Iowa town of Hopkinton. Fire Chief Craig Wilson tells Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV that the blaze began around 5 a.m. Saturday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s decision to play freshman quarterback Sam Richardson in the final two games of the regular season resulted in a win, a loss and a lot of hope for the future. Now Richardson has the chance to grow some more in Iowa State’s December 31st’s Liberty Bowl against Tulsa.

Area school boards hold regular meetings tonight


December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At least two area school district boards of education are planning to hold their regular meetings tonight (Monday). The CAM and Elk Horn Kimballton School Board meetings both begin at 7-p.m., in Anita and Elk Horn, respectively. In Anita, the CAM Board will hold its Annual/Reorganizational meeting in the High School Media Center.

During the session, they will discuss, and possibly act on: a Resolution setting the bid date and public hearing with regard to the multipurpose building; Extra-curricular activities; Semester graduates; Revisions to Board Policies; a Wellness Center request, and the CAM Education Association Initiation of Bargaining toward the 2013-2014 Master Contract.

In Elk Horn, the EHK School Board will discuss the Early Start Calendar for 2013-2014 and try to answer any questions with regard to Reorganization and the related petitions. They’ll also discuss and possibly act on suggested changes to the Early Retirement package, as well as approve the second reading of Board Policies, series 500.

Atlantic Park & Rec Board meeting takes place tonight

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet this (Monday) evening in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. During their session, which begins at 5:15, the board will receive updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area Campground, Park Maintenance Building and Sunnyside Park Tennis Court Reconstruction. They’ll also hear an update on the Schildberg Recreation Area Dog Park, and act on a request to move forward with a proposal to the Atlantic City Council for fundraising.

The Board will also discuss the formation of a Building Committee to put together ideas to be presented to the Park Board, and, they’re expected to hear an update on engineering and a plan that’s in the works for a Boat Ramp near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Prior to adjournment, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide his report to the Board, including a review of his meeting with the Schildberg Committee with regard to kiosks, mileage signs and Vision Iowa grants.

Rollover accident in Pott. County Sunday evening


December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Slippery roads may have been partially to blame for a rollover accident Sunday evening, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Ford Mustang driven by 26-year old Santosh Servisetti, of Lincoln, NE., was traveling west on Interstate 80 one-mile east of the Shelby exit, when the car went out of control at around 6:45-p.m. . The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top on a barbed wire fence. Servisetti, who was wearing a seat belt, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Shaky steering wheel sends car into Montgomery County ditch


December 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A problem with steering was to blame for an accident late Saturday morning in Montgomery County, that sent two women to the hospital. According to sheriff’s officials, a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Maxine Mary Wilkinson, of Emerson, was traveling west on Highway 34, when the steering wheel began to shake. The motion caused Wilkinson to lose control of the 1986 Pontiac, which went into the south ditch and came to rest.

Wilkinison, and a passenger in her car, 92-year-old Ruby Dorothy Warren, of of Emerson, were both transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital to be checked for possible injuries. Damage to the car was estimated at $2,000. The accident happened a little before 11-a.m. Saturday, just past the intersection of Highway 34 and Evergreen Avenue.

Elk Horn native/SD State Trooper leaves the hospital 8 weeks after being struck by a car


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A South Dakota State Trooper, and native of Elk Horn, Iowa, has left the hospital after spending more than eight-weeks recovering from traumatic brain injury that occurred when a suspected drunk or impaired driver he was pursuing, tried to run him over. Television Station KELO reports Trooper Andrew Steen went home Friday.

Trooper Andrew Steen leaves the hospital (Photo via Facebook/KELO)

The incident which caused his injuries occurred at a Sioux Falls, SD strip mall on Oct. 17th. In addition to the brain injury, Steen suffered a severely broken ankle.

He hobbled out of the hospital with the assistance of crutches and into a waiting vehicle, but stopped to thank everyone who had been praying for him, and sending well wishes over the past eight weeks. Dozens of South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers waited at the hospital to escort the Steen family home. The head of the Highway Patrol, Col. Craig Price,  says he looks forward to having Steen back on duty.

During the first few weeks of his hospitalization, Steen’s parents weren’t sure if their son would ever be able to walk, talk or even function on his own again. Family credits prayer, the doctors and an outpouring of support from the community for the trooper’s quick recovery. A Facebook page “Praying for Andrew Steen” set up to follow his progress, has garnered more than 13,600 “Like” since its inception.

7AM News 12-15-2012

News, Podcasts

December 15th, 2012 by admin

w/Marissa Hovde

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Dec. 15th 2012


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines police officer has entered an Alford plea to more charges in connection with using excessive force during a 2008 traffic stop. Television station KCCI reports Mersed Dautovic entered the plea yesterday to assault, felony misconduct in office and perjury. An Alford plea means Dautovic doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an administrative law judge must testify about whether pressure from a warden influenced her decision to punish an inmate who committed assault. The court ruled yesterday that Iowa Department of Corrections administrative law judge Deb Edwards must comply with a watchdog’s subpoena to answer questions about her discipline of inmate Randy Linderman.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man already serving an 11 year sentence on federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling his pain pills for candy. Donald Washburn of Marion was given the sentence earlier this week in Cedar Rapids.

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Students in a southeast Iowa school are remembering Anne Frank and other children who died in the Holocaust by seeking 1.5 million postcards from around the world. The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that eighth graders at Danville Junior/Senior High School will send postcards to Jewish people throughout the world and seek replies. Returned postcards will be displayed at the Danville Museum.