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Glenwood Police investigate shooting near elementary school


January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood are investigating a shooting incident which occurred near an elementary school Friday afternoon. According to the Daily NonPareil, Douglas Trent Good, of Glenwood man was taken to the hospital  after a unknown person accidentally discharged a firearm into his leg while sitting in a car waiting to pick up children at West Elementary in Glenwood. A report on Good’s condition was not immediately available. No other injuries were reported. KETV says Douglas Trent Good told emergency operators he shot himself in the leg, while waiting in the playground pick-up area.

Superintendent Devin Embray of the Glenwood Community School District said the incident happened about 3:30 p.m. in the lower playground parking lot. Police were trying to determine why Good had a .9-mm handgun on school property, and the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Iowa supporters encourage Clinton to run in 2016


January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t announced if she will run for president in 2016, but her supporters in the early voting state of Iowa are getting organized anyway. Top Iowa Democrats are set to gather in Des Moines today (Saturday) for an event aimed at building support for a potential Clinton White House bid. Craig Smith, the national chairman of the Ready for Hillary group, is scheduled to address the gathering.

Hosts of the event include the state chairs for Clinton’s 2008 campaign and President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Ready for Hillary is a so-called super PAC building a national network to benefit Clinton should she decide to seek the presidency in 2016. The former secretary of state and 2008 presidential candidate hasn’t disclosed her plans.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Jan. 25th 2014


January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa National Guard is closing an armory in the southern Iowa city of Centerville. The Guard announced in a news release last night that officials had decided to immediately close the armory after studying its force and infrastructure needs. The 21,000 Centerville armory was built in 1992.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are piecing together what happened at a northeast Iowa house where five bodies have been recovered after a fire. The fire in Arlington early yesterday left just a charred pile of smoking metal and siding. Ron Humphrey with the fire marshal’s office says autopsies will determine if any foul play was involved. Arlington is in Fayette County, about 125 miles northeast of Des Moines.

SULLY, Iowa (AP) — Officials have released the name of an Iowa inmate who died while working at a truck wash business. Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says 26-year-old Willie Mercer was pronounced dead Tuesday at Sully Truck Wash in Sully. Officials have not determined his cause of death. Two other employees were found unconscious near Mercer inside a tank trailer. They remain hospitalized.

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win by matching all of the numbers — or none of them. All or Nothing players will choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. A $1 ticket gives players a shot at a top prize of $100,000.

NE. man sentenced to 64 Months in Prison for escape from Bluffs facility


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Nebraska man was sentenced Friday to almost 2 1/2-years in prison for escape from a residential care facility in Council Bluffs. 53-year old Michael E. Hannum, of Omaha, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Robert Pratt to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for escape.

On November 1st, 2013, Hannum pled guilty to escaping on August 2nd, 2013, from CH Inc. the residential re-entry center in Council Bluffs. On August 4th, 2013, Hannum was arrested by officers with the Council Bluffs Police.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department and the United States Marshal Service, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

NE woman gets more than 5-years in prison for distributing meth at a Council Bluffs casino


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman was sentenced Friday in Council Bluffs U-S District Court, for her role in the distribution of methaphetamine in a Bluffs casino. 43-year old Dawn R. Hightree, of Fremont, NE, was sentenced to 64 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

On May 22, 2013, Hightree pled guilty to the charge which was the result of an investigation conducted into methamphetamine distribution at Harrah’s Cas ino in Council Bluffs. Hightree was found to have methamphetamine and drug trafficking paraphernalia in the hotel room at Harrah’s Casino where she was staying.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Special Enforcement Operations Bureau, the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

5 bodies found at Iowa home fire


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northeast Iowa say the bodies of five people have been retrieved from a house that was completely destroyed by an early morning fire. The house was damaged so badly it could be difficult to collect enough evidence to determine the cause of the fire. The blaze left just a charred pile of smoking metal and siding where the house once stood in Arlington, a small city about 125 miles northeast of Des Moines.

The state fire marshal says it appears the bodies are those of three adults and two children. Their remains will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office for positive identification. An official cause of death for the five will not be available until autopsies are completed.

Pipeline awareness training meetings set for emergency managers & public officials


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with MidAmerican Energy Company have announced the company is participating in several educational training meetings throughout Iowa to help prepare emergency responders and public officials on pipeline safety and damage prevention tactics. The 2014 Pipeline Awareness and Education Meetings are hosted by the Iowa Pipeline Association and are free to the public. All emergency responders and public officials are encouraged to attend.

During the meetings, the Iowa Pipeline Association will conduct interactive scenarios, allowing attendees to practice and apply their emergency response knowledge to specific incidents, such as leak recognition, hazard awareness, damage prevention and basic pipeline safety strategies. Events will be held from January through March, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A free dinner will be provided at each event.

Those interested can register for any one of the meetings at www.iowapipelinesafety.com. In western Iowa, meetings will be held: In Guthrie Center at the Farm Bureau Hall on March 11th; In Denison at the Boulders Conference Center on March 13th;In Creston at Iowa Southwestern Community College on March 25th; In Clarinda at Heritage Hall on March 26th, and in Atlantic at the Cass County Community Center on March 27th.

Machine shed fire south of Massena


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Massena were called to the scene of a fully engulfed machine shed fire early this (Friday) afternoon. The call about the blaze on the Ron Schafer farm at 73646 Victoria Road, about 3-miles south of Massena, came in at around 12:50-p.m. Crews were reportedly on the scene for about an hour, dousing the flames that damaged the small, wooden building. A cause for the blaze has not yet been determined.

Car crashes into Clarinda home, woman arrested for OWI


January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports an accident early Friday morning resulted in the arrest of a woman on alcohol-related charges. The Chief says shortly after 12- a.m., officers arrested 32-year old Megan Renee Warrick, of Clarinda for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Her arrest stems from an investigation to the crash of a 2007 Ford Mustang into the garage attached to a residence at 1101 S. 22nd St. , in Clarinda. The vehicle caused extensive structural damage to the residence, owned and occupied by Mike and Renee Williams. There were no injuries reported.

Warrick posted bail and was released pending initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court. Her case has been referred to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of formal charges. Brothers says the investigation is continuing and additional charges being filed are anticipated.

(12-p.m. News)

Natural Resources Commission denies petition involving HUSH program

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A petition urging the D-N-R to no longer accept deer killed with lead bullets as donations to its food program that helps feed the needy was denied Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission. The D-N-R works with the Food Bank of Iowa in the Help us Stop Hunger or Hush program, which allows hunters to shoot a deer then donate it to be processed and fed to the needy. The N-R-C voted to reject the petition because commission members said there was not enough evidence to show the bullets caused lead poisoning. Cynthia Hansen, the manager of the “Lead Is Poison Coalition” testified that people eating venison are at risk when a deer is shot with lead.

“Many of the fragments are too small to see with the naked eye or to feel when the meat is being processed. But the lead is there as shown in the x-ray and CAT scans during the research studies,” Hansen says. Hansen cleaning the wounds won’t prevent lead poisoning. “So when deer is shot with lead the fragments are scattered beyond the wound channel,” according to Hansen. “And that lead can be dispersed anywhere from two inches to eighteen inches outside the wound channel based on research. “ While the commission recognized people are poisoned by lead in Iowa, the secretary of the N-R-C, Kim Francisco , says this lead often comes from other sources.

Francisco made the motion to deny the petition, saying there is no strong proof that the venison donated to HUSH contained toxic lead.  “There are some legitimate concerns, and we heard it today, the presenters did a really nice job, about sub-lethal levels. Certainly understand that but 800,000 meals a year and we haven’t had any public health issues come up, “ Francisco says. The D-N-R reports five-thousand-281 deer were donated to the program in the 2012-2013 season. Kim Francisco, says HUSH serves a couple of purposes.

“The value of the program both to the people who are utilizing the meat and discussing the deer management problem in the state. And so providing an outlet for that meat that way,” Francisco says. The commission also made the point that it was not the right venue to address the problem — instead it should be taken to the legislature. The D-N-R says just over 56-thousand deer have been processed in the program from 2003 to 2012, which resulted in 10 million meals being provided.

(Radio Iowa)