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Numerous field/grass fires reported Wednesday afternoon

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Montgomery County had a very busy day, Wednesday. Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Hamman reports firefighters from Stanton were finishing up with a previous field fire at around 2-p.m., when they noticed heavy smoke south of Stanton. A crew from Stanton responded to investigate the area and found a large fire in a field in the area of 110th Street and M Avenue, in Page County.

Photos courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA.

Photos courtesy Brian Hamman, Montgomery Co. EMA.

Fire1 Fire crews from Essex, Red Oak, and Villisca assisted on the scene for several hours. Multiple tractors with discs also aided with controlling the fire. While this was ongoing, a rekindle of a previous fire west of Stanton occurred and a second crew from Red Oak and Stanton were able to control the fire in a short amount of time. The cause of this fire appears to have been from previous burn pile that was reignited by strong winds.

Earlier in the day, the Villisca Fire Department was paged to a small waterway on fire around 8:30-a.m., and another fire around 11-a.m., in Villisca. Stanton was paged almost simultaneously to two separate field/ditch fires around 11:30-a.m. The first was a half mile south of Stanton on O Ave and the second fire was west of Stanton on the train tracks around 220th Street and M Ave. Fire crews from Red Oak and Villisca Fire assisted Stanton Fire on both fires, using with grass trucks and tankers.

Although most of fires were unintentionally set, some were from old burns that had taken place or others were set and left. Red Flag conditions were in effect Wednesday. When that type of warning is in-place, no one should conduct any outdoor burning, at any time.

There were also reports of field fires in Shelby County, and near the Lake Anita Dam in Cass County, Wednesday afternoon.

House panel voted 23-1 for bill that may bring about end of dog racing in Iowa


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A House committee has advanced a bill that supporters say could be the vehicle used to ratify a deal that would end greyhound racing in Iowa. Representative Guy Vander Linden, a Republican from Oskaloosa, was one of 23 members of the House Ways and Means Committee to vote for a bill that will be altered later with the details of whatever deal is struck. “It is the intent of the General Assmebly to enact legislation relating to live dog racing requirements at parimutuel dog race tracks,” Vander Linden said.

Representative Todd Pritchard, a Democrat from Charles City, says officials from the greyhound industry and the casinos in Council Bluffs and Dubuque where dogs race today have been negotiating for a couple of weeks. “It’s my understanding that the parties are close to an agreement, if not having an agreement and they’re finalizing that,” Pritchard says. “I would hope that process continues and we have an acceptable agreement.”

The casinos say they’re sinking 13-million dollars a year into subsidizing greyhound races that few patrons bet on or watch. Legislators anticipate a deal between the greyhound industry and the two casinos that would have the casinos pay a “cessation fee” and pay into a multi-million dollar “retirement fund” for greyhound owners and breeders in Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

3 indicted in northern Missouri bank robbery


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three Iowa men have been indicted on charges of robbing a northern Missouri bank of approximately $12,000 that was later found stashed in an evergreen tree.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says a grand jury in Kansas City returned the indictments Wednesday against Donald Kestner Jr. and Torrence Joseph O’Neill, both 26 and from Mount Pleasant, and 27-year-old Travis Joe Davis of Fort Dodge. They’re accused in the March 21 armed robbery of Citizens Bank and Trust, located just south of the Iowa border in Burlington Junction, Mo.

Authorities said the suspects drove north and stashed their car in Iowa, then were captured after running back into Missouri. A plastic bag containing the cash was later found in a tree branch in Iowa.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., April 10th 2014


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Wapello County officials have agreed to make repairs to the 120-year-old courthouse. The Ottumwa Courier reports the Wapello County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved spending $139,000 on repairs and maintenance for the courthouse, built in 1894. The work will be done by Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton.

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa inspectors have cited a care center after incidents in which residents weren’t properly supervised. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports state inspectors cited the Presbyterian Village in Ackley. In one, a resident with dementia left the home during the early hours of February 4th and was found outside later with a 78.3 degree temperature. In another incident, residents with Alzheimer’s engaged in sex.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa City say a man accused of dropping his pants in front of two women blamed a faulty belt. Iowa City police tell the Press-Citizen say 51-year-old Vincent Vogelsang approached two women Tuesday afternoon and dropped his pants. He is also accused of making lewd and sexual gestures toward them.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been charged in federal court with murder in connection to a fatal stabbing on the Meskwaki Settlement in central Iowa. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for northern Iowa says 20-year-old Jonathan Youngbear made an appearance yesterday in Cedar Rapids federal court. He was held without bond. Youngbear was arrested in February.

Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University’s president has halted a popular annual celebration after a rowdy crowd caused damage near the school that hurt one student and led to the arrest of two people. University President Steven Leath said at a news conference that Veishea, an annual multi-day celebration on campus, would be canceled after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials have not decided whether to hold it again in future years.

The university says one student was seriously injured after a crowd disturbance near the campus late Tuesday, in which people overturned cars and threw rocks at officers. Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff says people knocked down two light poles, striking the student who was badly hurt. The school has not identified the student.

Police told The Associated Press that the crowd dispersed early Wednesday.

Non-injury accident in Atlantic, Tuesday


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic say no injuries were reported following a collision late Tuesday morning at the intersection of Highway 6 and 22nd Street. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Mark Darrow, of Merriam Woods, MO., was preparing to turn onto 22nd Street off of southbound Highway 6, and had stopped to wait for traffic to pass before making the turn.

A vehicle driven by Thomas Dahl, of Dexter, was also traveling south on Highway 6, and failed to stop in time before rear-ending the Woods vehicle. The accident happened at around 11:15-a.m. Damage from the collision amounted to $6,500. Dalh was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and/or reduce Speed.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index moved to “HIGH” until further notice

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency have moved the county’s “Fire Danger” Index to “HIGH” until further notice. Dry and windy weather conditions prompted the change. All open burning is prohibited in Shelby County until the danger of rapidly spreading grass and field fires is reduced.

Oakland murder victim identified


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County have identified a woman who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, in Oakland. Sheriff Jeff Danker says 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, from rural Cass County, died from injuries she suffered when she was shot at around 3-a.m. Tuesday.

63-year old Robert Reynolds, Jr., of Oakland faces a charge of 1st Degree Murder in connection with the incident. Reynolds remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $1-million bond. His preliminary hearing was set for April 18th. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Reynolds allegedly told law enforcement officers during an interview that he had a verbal confrontation with a woman in the kitchen of his Oakland residence at 303 Brown Street, before shooting her multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun.

Kinkade-Dorsey was described by authorities as being a family friend. According to reports,  she was headed to Eppley Airfield to go on a trip and was staying with Reynolds and his wife for the night. Authorities say alcohol and an argument are believed to have played a role in the shooting. Reynolds was taken into custody after a brief stand-off with law enforcement.

There were three other persons in the home when the incident occurred, including Reynolds’ wife, and two family members under the age of 18. The incident was the first homicide investigation that occurred in Oakland in more than seven years. This case is believed to be the first murder in Oakland since the November 2006 killing of 24-year-old April Corter of Red Oak, whose body was found in a well near the community.

Revised Iowa broadband bill keeps local control


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – City officials and local governments in Iowa would maintain their control over where cell towers are placed within city limits under a broadband-expansion proposal adopted by a legislative panel.

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee unanimously approved changes Wednesday to a bill intended to expand broadband access to rural Iowans. The legislation, which now includes language about cell tower placement, is now subject to full committee review as early as Thursday.

The Senate’s proposal strays from a draft in the House, which local officials have said could strip their authority in tower placement decisions. Lawmakers in the Senate have vowed to maintain this authority while still adhering to cellular companies’ concerns.

Democratic Sen. Steve Sodders, of State Center, says the language in the bill has been considered and approved by local officials.

30 acres burned in Montgomery County field fire

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The entire KJAN listening area is under a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions, meaning that any outdoor burning which occurs either intentionally or by accident, can spread in an explosive manner, due to low humidity, dry grasses and timber, and very gusty winds.

Photo's courtesy Montgomery Co. EMA (Brian Hamman)

Photo’s courtesy Montgomery Co. EMA (Brian Hamman)

Similar conditions Tuesday afternoon helped to spread a 15-acre fire in Montgomery County into a 30-acre fire. Emergency Manager Brian Hamman reports the Red Oak Fire Department was paged to a possible field fire just before 4-p.m., Tuesday, in the area of 230th Street and J Avenue.

Hamman says upon arrival, crews found nearly 15 acres of corn stalk stubble on fire, with flames moving rapidly to the south. Mutual aid was requested from the Stanton Fire Dept., and multiple tractors with discs were used to stop the spread of the flames. A total of 30 acres burned and crews were on scene for roughly three-hours. 10250061_619760518118010_440940216061508473_n

Hamman says a hot exhaust pipe that was sitting in the field while workers were marking terraces caused the fire. Once the crew noticed the fire, they attempted to extinguish it with their fire extinguisher but were unable to do so due to the strong winds and dry conditions. The Fire Weather Index was in the Very High category at the time.