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Fallen Omaha police officer/Walnut native to be honored

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February 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha police officer and native Iowan who was fatally shot last year will be honored this spring along with other law officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he’s been asked repeatedly how the department will be remembering Officer Kerrie Orozco, who lived in Council Bluffs.

“We decided on two things,” Chief Schmaderer says. “The first thing we wanted was to make sure the public could be involved. What we did not want was a one-time event and if you missed the event, you missed your opportunity to be involved. We want something everybody can participate in. The second area we wanted to explore was the opportunity for us to honor all of our fallen officers.”

The plan is to create a public art installation called, “Horses of Honor – Omaha.” The chief explains the features of the memorial. “Eight life-sized statues of mounted patrol horses and also a canine statute to commemorate Kobus who died recently,” Schmaderer says. “Seven of the horses will be displayed in prominent locations throughout Omaha’s Turner Park. An eighth horse is planned for the Omaha police headquarters. Each horse will be designed by an artist and named for a fallen Omaha police officer.”

The display is scheduled to be unveiled on May 20th, exactly one year after Orozco was killed. “The statues will remain on display for about one year,” the chief says. “After a year’s time the horses will be auctioned. All of their proceeds will benefit the Omaha Police Foundation.” The 29-year-old Orozco was a Walnut, Iowa, native. She was shot to death while serving an arrest warrant. The suspect was also killed. Orozco left behind a husband, two stepchildren and a newborn daughter. That girl, Olivia, was born several months premature last February and was due to come home from the hospital the day after Orozco was killed.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, 2/19/16

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February 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Rock Island, Illinois company that manufactures body armor for police officers and foreign government allies of the United States is proposing to move its factory to Centerville, Iowa. RMA Armament is set to ask the Iowa Economic Development Authority for high-quality job tax incentives for a $680,000 project to remodel the former National Guard Armory. The economic development board meets Friday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests there’s been a little improvement in some bankers’ views of the rural economy in Iowa, Nebraska and other Midwest states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey from Omaha. He says it’s the sixth straight month that the index has registered below growth neutral.

ELLSWORTH, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has died after falling from a cellphone tower near Ellsworth in Hamilton County. KCRG-TV reports 28-year-old Stefan Watermann of Anamosa fell to his death while working at a construction site just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison for assaulting and injuring a corrections officer in southern Arizona. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Howard Sawyer of Iowa City received a 139-month prison term Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Wind Advisory in effect for the entire KJAN listening area 2/19/16

News, Weather

February 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT and PAGE COUNTIES: A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY. WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 40 TO 50 MPH WILL CONTINUE MUCH OF THE MORNING.

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR COUNTIES: A WIND ADVISORY WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 6-A.M. TODAY UNTIL 6-P.M. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 MPH OR HIGHER ALONG WITH WIND  GUSTS APPROACHING 45 MPH AT TIMES WILL BE COMMON.

Wind Advisory in effect or slated to go into effect, for all counties shaded in brown.

Wind Advisory in effect or slated to go into effect, for all counties shaded in brown.

THE STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES TRAVELING ALONG NORTH TO SOUTH ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

 

Bluffs convenience store robbed Fri. morning

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February 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the armed robbery of a convenience store. Authorities say at around 12:25-a.m. today (Friday), officers responded to the Kwik Shop store at 3632 Avenue G, in Council Bluffs, where a robbery had just taken place.

The victim told police she was in the back of the store when a black male entered the store wearing a black ski mask, a black jacket and displayed a small black pistol. The suspect demanded the money from the register and a carton of cigarettes. The suspect then fled the store on foot with a carton of cigarettes, and an undetermined amount of cash. Bluffs Badge

If you have any information regarding the incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Survey: Slight improvement in bankers’ view of rural economy

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February 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests there’s been a little improvement in some bankers’ views of the rural economy in their 10 Western and Plains states. A report released Thursday says February’s Rural Mainstreet Index rose to 37.0 from 34.8 in January. Survey officials say any score below 50 on any of the survey’s indexes suggests that factor will decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey, and he says it’s the sixth straight month that the index has registered below growth neutral. The report says 8.7 percent of bank CEOs who responded say their local economy was expanding while 36.9 percent say their local economy was in a recession.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Iowa researchers to pay students to eat GMO bananas

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with a long-delayed project in which a dozen students will be paid to eat genetically modified bananas. The Des Moines Register reports that the bananas were created by an Australian scientist and have a gene that’s supposed to help people living in Africa make vitamin A. The participants would be paid $900 each.

The trial has been criticized because natural-food proponents say genetically modified foods can be dangerous. The experiment’s proponents say the gene came from a different type of banana and is safe to eat.

Earlier this week, activists delivered petitions calling on the project’s halt to university officials and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is funding the project. The activists said more than 57,000 people signed the petition.

Former police chief from KS arrested in IA & held in Pott. County

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February 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — The former police chief for an eastern Kansas town has been arrested on charges including witness intimidation. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says in a release that Robert Butters, former Osawatomie police chief, was arrested Thursday and is being held on $250,000 bond in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jail records, however, show Butter’s being without bond. He’s due in court Friday.

The KBI says Butters was arrested on charges of aggravated intimidation of a witness, attempted interference with a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm while under the influence. The KBI says the charges stem from a recent incident in the Osawatomie area.

Butters resigned earlier this year as police chief. The KBI says no other information would be released Thursday.

Red Oak woman arrested for OWI drugged

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February 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a Red Oak woman on Thursday after a traffic stop.  At 12:37pm Officers made a traffic stop in the 200 block of Prospect Street and after investigation arrested the driver 41-year-old Jill Leanne Schaefer of Red Oak on a charge of OWI Drugged 1st Offense.  Schaefer was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.  She was also cited for Operation Without Registration.

1 person injured in Fremont County accident

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February 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An accident early this (Thursday) morning in Fremont County, resulted in one person being transported to the hospital. Sheriff’s officials say a 2004 Chevy Impala driven by 68-year old Linda Moyer, of Riverton, was traveling west on 250th Street near Riverton, at around 9:30-a.m., when Moyer lost control of her car as she was passing another vehicle.

The Impala crossed the centerline of the road and entered the south ditch, where it rolled twice before coming to rest on its top. Moyer was extricated from her car by witnesses to the crash, and transported to the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, by Riverton Rescue. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known.

Riverton Fire and Rescue and Hamburg Fire and Rescue assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office with the call.

Atlantic man injured in Monday morning accident

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February 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports on Atlantic man was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle Monday morning, following a single-vehicle accident on White Pole Road, southwest of Atlantic. Deputies responded to the scene at around 3-a.m., Monday. An investigation determined a 2001 Buick driven by 40-year old Manuel Lopez, of Atlantic, was southbound on White Pole Road when the car went out of control on the snow-covered road, and hit a utility pole. A passenger in the car, 30-year old Daniel Morales-Reyes, of Atlantic, was transported to CCMH by private vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000. The accident remains under investigation.