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Winter Storm Warning expanded to most of Iowa

News, Weather

January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has expanded the WINTER STORM WARNING for parts of southern and central Iowa to include most of the state. The Warning is in effect from 6-pm Sat. (1/31) until 9-pm Sunday (2/1), for Monona-Harrison-Shelby and Pottawattamie Counties in the KJAN listening area, and from 7-pm Sat. thru 9-pm Sunday for Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Sac, Crawford, Carroll, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties. In the warned area, 7-to 10-inches of snow are possible by Sunday night.

Counties in pink are in a Winter Storm Warning. Purple indicates Winter Weather Advisory.

Counties in pink are in a Winter Storm Warning. Purple indicates Winter Weather Advisory.

Winds will turn to the northeast early Sunday morning at 10-to 20-mph and gust to near 30-mph by Sunday afternoon. Roads are expected to become snow covered and hazardous. Blowing snow Sunday will reduce visibility and make it difficult for state and county road crews to keep the roads clear. Travel on in the event of an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case you become stranded.

The rain-snow mix has changed over to all snow in western Iowa as of mid-day, Saturday. Heavy snow is possible overnight, with some additional light accumulation on Sunday. In addition to the WINTER STORM WARNING, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for far southwest Iowa from 9-p.m. Saturday until 6-pm Sunday for Fremont and Mills Counties.

Motel Robbery in Council Bluffs Saturday Morning

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January 31st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Council Bluffs Police responded to the scene of an armed robbery of a motel early Saturday morning.  Officers responded at 12:52am to the Days Inn Motel at 3208 South 7th Street in Council Bluffs.  The suspect entered the lobby area of the motel and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the clerk on duty.  He then reached over the counter and took an undetermined amount of cash from the register drawer and fled on foot.

The clerk saw the suspect leave the scene in a white SUV and an officer in the area spotted the vehicle northbound on South Expressway.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle when a pursuit began with the suspect throwing cash and clothing out of the car window and ramming a police cruiser in the process.  The suspect eventually left the vehicle in the 2700 block of South 6th Street and fled on foot.

At 1:11am the 911 center received a call from a female subject stating that her husband had just come home and wanted to report being assaulted and having his 2011 Kia Sorrento stolen.  Officers responded to the residence where he was transported to the Criminal Investigation Division for questioning.  It was later determined that the man was involved in the robbery and assault of a peace officer and was booked into Pottawattamie County Corrections.  The investigation is still ongoing.

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Injured Man Assaults Paramedic in Red Oak

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January 31st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Red Oak Police responded to the scene of an injured Red Oak man on Friday at 6:00pm to assist Red Oak Rescue, when the man became combative.

53-year-old Kenneth Eugene Stroup of Red Oak had been intoxicated and was bleeding from his head after a fall.  While being helped Mr. Stroup became combative and assaulted a paramedic.  He was subdued and transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital where he was later cleared.

After being cleared from the hospital Stroup was arrested for Assault on a Health Care Provider, A Serious Misdemeanor.  Stroup also had two separate active warrants out of Decatur and Clarke Counties fro Failure to Appear.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on three different bonds set at $1,000; $2,000; and $2,000 all cash only.  The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Crash and Foot Pursuit Lead to Red Oak Teen Arrest

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January 31st, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a crash and foot pursuit early Saturday morning.  At approximately 1:59am deputies were following a black 1995 Chevy K1500 driven by 19-year-old Kyle James Olson of Red Oak traveling westbound on 180th Street.  Olson then ran a stop sign at 180th Street and K Avenue and lost control of the vehicle and rolled it onto it’s side.  Deputies then turned on their emergency lights as they approached the vehicle when Olson exited and fled on foot.  A K9 was deployed and tracked Olson to a rural residence where he was taken into custody.

Olson was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and charged with Interference with Official Acts and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.  Damages were estimated at $8,000.

Ernst to lead subcommittee with USDA oversight

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January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Senator Joni Ernst is now chair of a subcommittee that oversees U-S-D-A programs that promote renewable energy and broadband expansion. “Agriculture is the life-blood of Iowa and so this subcommittee will focus on improving quality of life for Iowa farmers and farmers across the country,” Ernst says. Ernst is a member of the Senate Ag Committee and just this week she was named chairman of the subcommitee on rural development and energy. Ernst says identifying ways to “enhance” rural life is a priority for the subcommittee and she sees former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack — who is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture — as a partner.

“I know that despite differences between our two parties, he always did work very hard for the people of Iowa, so I do look forward to having those discussions with him,” Ernst says. Ernst is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Anti-war protesters disrupted an Armed Services Committee hearing this week and Ernst says it was an unfortunate distraction from the testimony of former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and Madeleine Albright.

“I appreciate the fact that people have the right to protest, but we do have a sense of decorum and we do wish to hear from the guests who visit with us in the senate committees,” Ernst says. Arizona Senator John McCain is chairman of the committee and he called the protesters “low-life scum.” Ernst says those are McCain’s words, not hers, and it’s up to McCain to defend that kind of “verbiage.” Ernst also suggests the protesters might be better off if they presenting their views “in a more civil manner.” The “Code Pink” protesters confronted former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as the 91-year-old entered the room and waved handcuffs near his head as he sat down at the witness table.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man set to stand trial over sex abuse case

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January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager, will stand trial Feb. 5th. The Daily NonPareil reports 48-year old youth softball coach John Osborn is charged with four counts of third-degree sexual abuse upon a minor, with regard to an incident involving a 14-year-old friend of his daughter. The incident allegedly occurred in July, 2014.

Osborn has pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, the teen was a member of the team Osborn coached. The victim stated she and Osborn began exchanging text messages in June 2014.

Clarinda teens arrested Friday in connection with a burglary Thursday

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January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda report two area teens were arrested Friday in connection with a residential burglary that took place Thursday afternoon. Police Chief Keith Brothers says at around 3:40-p.m., Thursday, officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 100 E. Nishna Street. When they arrived, the suspected burglars had already fled the scene. Tyler Price, who owns the home, was not home at the time of the burglary.

When Price returned home, he discovered property valued at approximately $700 had been stolen. On Friday, January 30th police arrested two juvenile males, ages 15 and 16, for felony burglary and theft of property from Price’s home. Both juveniles were transported to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs.

The arrests will be referred to Page County Juvenile Court Services and to the juvenile division of the Page County Attorney’s Office for additional action.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., 1/31/2015

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January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two storm systems merging over the Midwest this weekend are expected to produce significant snowfall across Iowa and lighter accumulation in Nebraska. Meteorologist Melinda Beerends says a storm entering the region from the southwest and another dropping out of Canada will meet. She says snowfall will get heavier as the storm moves through the state, with central and southeastern Iowa anticipating higher totals.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An April trial has been scheduled for a 31-year-old man accused of shooting a woman earlier this month at a motel in Marshalltown. Online court records say Jean Martinez-Velazquez of Marshalltown has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and several other charges. The Marshalltown Times-Republican says his trial is set to begin April 7th.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says he won’t second-guess the University of Iowa’s decision to reassign an employee who is suing for political discrimination. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner denied Teresa Wagner’s request to be returned to the law school’s writing center. Gritzner cancelled a hearing that had been set for next week.

Winter Storm Warning issued for Cass & areas Counties

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January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

331 AM CST SAT JAN 31 2015: AREA COUNTIES…SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS- DALLAS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST SUNDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST SUNDAY.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW BY THIS EVENING AND ACCUMULATE HEAVILY OVERNIGHT. SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY WITH INCREASING WINDS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…ACCUMULATIONS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…TURNING TO NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH BY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING…THEN BECOMING NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTY BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND HAZARDOUS. BLOWING SNOW ON SUNDAY WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO CLEAR THE ROADS…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AND RURAL AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ANY REPORTS OF SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATIONS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED AND CAN BE RELAYED DIRECTLY TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE USING TWITTER HANDLE NWS DES MOINES…HASHTAG
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