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Red Oak man tased Monday night by Police

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond after he was tased and arrested following a traffic stop at around 10:20-p.m., Monday. 28-year old Devon Michael Wheat faces charges of Eluding a pursuing law enforcement vehicle and Interference with Official Acts, both of which are Serious Misdemeanors.

Red Oak Police report when an officer attempted to stop a 2001 Chevy 1500 pickup at the intersection of south Broadway and Park Avenue, the vehicle turned eastbound and failed to stop. When it finally pulled over at the intersection of south 4th and Park Avenue, the driver, identified as Wheat, got out and allegedly became very agitated with and hostile toward, the officers.

Police say they advised Wheat to return to his pickup and sit down, but he allegedly continued to be aggressive and non-compliant. Officers deployed an X-26 Taser in an effort to get the man under control. The result was Wheat being taken into custody. Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Red Oak Police during the incident.

Red Oak woman arrested for OWI & destruction of property

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office along with officers with the Red Oak Police Department, worked to arrest a woman Monday night on alcohol and other charges. 52-year old Rlena Dee Crouse, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 9:10-p.m. following a traffic stop near the intersection of Forest and Eastern Avenues, in Red Oak.

Crouse was charged with OWI/1st offense, Criminial Mischief in the 3rd degree (for destruction of County property), Interference with Official Acts, and Possession of an Open Container. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Two GOP candidates for US Senate support gov’t shutdown over ObamaCare

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two of the five Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate have signed a pledge supporting “full repeal” of the president’s Affordable Care Act and they promise to vote against any bill that “provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.” Matt Whitaker says if elected, he’ll join the “new movement” two rookie Republican senators have launched to “defund” ObamaCare. “We have forces in this country that very clearly want us to be a social democracy like we have seen in Europe where if we just spend a little more money on a problem or come up with an omnibus solution for all our problems, then all of our problems will be taken care of,” Whitaker says. “It doesn’t work. History shows us it doesn’t work.”

Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney, was the Republican Party’s 2002 nominee for Treasurer. Sam Clovis is the other 2014 G-O-P candidate for the U.S. Senate who has signed the pledge to “defund” ObamaCare.  “You must have courage to go to the floor of the senate and stand there and look (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid and (Senate GOP Leader) Mitch McConnell in the eye and say, ‘No more,'” Clovis says, “‘If this is not in the interest of the people of the United States, it shall not happen on my watch.'” Clovis has taken a sabbatical from his post at Morningside College and quit his job as a talk show host on a Sioux City radio station to run for the senate.

None of the three other Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate have signed the pledge to defund ObamaCare. David Young, former chief of staff to Senator Chuck Grassley, says he has not heard of it. Joni Ernst, a state senator from Red Oak, says the group of Republicans in congress threatening a government shutdown over ObamaCare this fall need to be sure they have the votes or failure could put all Republican candidates at “risk” in 2014. “I’m really tired of the back and forth and Republicans going after Republicans,” Ernst says. “We need to work out our differences and then be unified, so if it’s going to happen, it needs to be a unified voice and they need to explain what the end game is.”

Scott Schaben, a former soldier and car salesman from Ames, joined the race last week. Mark Jacobs, a retired utility company executive, has formed an exploratory committee, but is not actively campaigning with the five other Republicans who are “officially” in the race. Iowa Congressman Steve King is among a group of 80 House Republicans who have signaled support for the effort to threaten a government shutdown this fall in order to stop implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Tom Latham, Iowa’s other Republican congressman, did not sign the letter.

(Radio Iowa)

Heat Advisory remains in effect today (Tuesday) for the State of IA

News, Weather

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL VARY FROM THE MIDDLE 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES TODAY WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES FROM 105 TO 110 DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF SEVERAL DAYS OF HEAT WILL TAKE ITS TOLL…PARTICULARLY ON THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING OR THOSE SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE DELAYED TO A LATER DATE IF POSSIBLE…OR HELD IN THE MORNING TO MINIMIZE HEAT STRESS. THE IMPACTS MAY CONTINUE TO SOME EXTENT THROUGH THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND AS THE HEAT WAVE PERSISTS WITH ONLY MARGINALLY COOLER TEMPERATURES.

Onawa man injured in motorcycle-vs.-car collision

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was hospitalized Monday evening after a motorcycle and a car collided in western Iowa’s Monona County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 25-year old Chad Noble, of Onawa, was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, after the 1994 Yamaha he was operating collided with a 2009 Chevy Impala, driven by 41-year old Craig Beedle, of Onawa. The accident happened at around 6:25-p.m. at the intersection of Monona County roads K-45 and E-54.

Officials say the Impala was traveling south on K-45 and slowing to make a left turn onto E-54, as the Yamaha was traveling north on K-45. Beedle told authorities he didn’t see the cycle approaching and proceeded to make the turn. When the motorcycle struck the front of the car, the impact sent Noble airborne. He landed in a corn field on the north side of the intersection. Officials say he was wearing a helmet, but the extent of his injuries were not released.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 27th 2013

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City residents have been accused of robbing and torturing a man at their apartment. Police say 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher were arrested Saturday morning. Online court records say they’re both charged with two felonies: willful injury and robbery.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program. The Des Moines Register says the violations found in a new inspection included a lack of oversight and failure to track whether some children were making progress in their treatment. Public health officials say the most recent inspection occurred July 29th.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has been accused of being drunk and falling asleep in his car while his foot was on the driver’s brake pedal. Police for the University of Iowa say they found 22-year-old Jon Roupe asleep and covered in vomit early Sunday morning at a parking ramp. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Roupe failed a field sobriety test. He has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City leaders have deferred a final vote on eliminating curbside glass recycling. The Sioux City Journal reports the City Council met yesterday and deferred the decision for two weeks. The proposal would end the glass recycling part of the city’s solid waste contract with Gill Hauling. Plastic, aluminum cans and paper still would be accepted.

Danish Museum breaks ground on new addition

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Danish Immigrant Museum broke ground for its $3 million curatorial expansion on Monday afternoon, followed by a coffee and kringle reception for the community.

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim
Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish
Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

The extra 8,000 square feet will provide compact artifact storage, office space, and exhibit preparation areas. Scheduled to be completed by the Danish Villages’ Tivoli Fest on Memorial Day weekend, the addition will be located mostly underground and will have an environmentally-friendly green roof.

Iowa crops set back in dryer than normal week

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The condition of the corn crop in Iowa and nationally has declined slightly as a late summer dry hot spell settles in over Iowa and other Midwest states renewing fears of a crop damaging drought. The Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that corn is about two weeks behind schedule in Iowa as 21 percent is now rated poor or very poor up from 18 percent the previous week and 44 percent is good or excellent, down from 48 percent previously. The remaining portion is fair.

Nationally a larger portion of the crop similarly slipped into poor or very poor category. Iowa soybeans are now 20 percent poor or very poor, up from 18 percent the week before. A similar decline is reported nationally.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts “piercing cold” winter for Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who don’t enjoy the extreme heat that’s in the forecast this week may find relief in a prediction from the Farmers’ Almanac. The publication’s managing editor, Sandi Duncan, says they’re predicting a winter with below normal temperatures for about two-thirds of the country.FarmersAlmanac2014-Winter-Map “We are saying it’s going to be a very cold winter, in fact, we’re using the words ‘piercing cold’ in your neck of the woods, with normal snowfall,” Duncan says. “So, it’s going to be one of those rough, old-fashioned, very chilly, very cold, snowy winters.”

The Farmer’s Almanac for 2014 hit newsstands today (Monday). Scientists don’t put much stock in the almanac’s weather forecasts, which Duncan says are based on a secret, mathematical and astronomical formula. “It takes things like sun spot activity, tidal action of the moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of factors into play,” Duncan says. “We’ve been predicting the weather for 197 years and people who follow our forecasts say we’re about 80 to 85 percent accurate.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, which was founded in 1818, is predicting a heavy winter storm will hit the Northeast U.S. right around the time Super Bowl is played February 2 in New Jersey.

On the web at http://www.farmersalmanac.com/

(Radio Iowa)

Burglary/theft of tools reported in Page County

News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of tools valued at $4,720, from a building in Blanchard. The incident happened on or about August 18th. A list of the tools was provided to the Sheriff’s Office last Friday by Joseph Nelson, owner of the tools. Anyone with information about the burglary and theft is asked to call the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-246-5193.