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Dozens of domestic abusers guilty of violating Iowa gun ban

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – More than 80 Iowans have been convicted of violating a state law that bans domestic abusers from owning guns in the five years since it went into effect. A review by The Associated Press shows those convicted include people who used weapons to kill others, to threaten their spouses and to shoot at police officers.

The law signed by Gov. Chet Culver in 2010 bars individuals who are subject to protective orders and who have committed domestic violence-related misdemeanors from owning guns. Violating the prohibition is a felony that carries up to five years in prison. Attorney General Tom Miller and other supporters predicted the law would save lives by keeping guns away from dangerous individuals. Critics, including some Republican lawmakers, warned that it could unfairly take away gun rights.

Adair County Sheriff’s report (2/8): 1 arrest

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff’s Jeff Vandewater said it was pretty quiet in his county over the past week. Vandewater had only one arrest to report: At around 12:30-a.m. Friday, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper arrested 35-year old Francisco Martinez-Villagomez, of Carter Lake, for OWI/1st offense. The man was arrested after the Trooper was called to the McDonald’s restaurant in Stuart.

During an interview with Martinez-Villagomez, the Trooper learned the man’s car was in a ditch off I-80, but it wasn’t clear where the vehicle was. In the report, the Trooper said Martinez-Villagomez had a very strong odor of alcohol coming from him, and the man admitted to drinking whiskey. He failed a Field Sobriety test, was placed under arrest and was transported to the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. A breath test at the LEC revealed Martinez-Villagomez’ alcohol level at .247, or more than three times the legal limit.

Martinez-Villagomez was released later in the day, Friday, after posting at least 10-percent of his $1,000 bond.

Audubon County Sheriff’s report (2/8): 2 arrests for probation violation

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two, recent arrests. Today (on Monday, 2/8), 57-year old Pamela Jo Steele, of Pittsburgh, KS., turned herself-in to the Sheriff’s Office at around 2-a.m.  Steele was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Audubon County for allegedly violating the terms of her probation. She was being held without bond in the Audubon County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, late last Friday night (Feb. 5th), 42-year old Chad William Darrow, of Audubon, was arrested on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Darrow was being held in the Audubon County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Blizzard conditions don’t necessarily mean heavy snow

News, Weather

February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Blizzard Warning is posted for more than 30 counties across Iowa’s northern half, while much of the rest of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory. While the term “blizzard” conjures thoughts of deep snow drifts for many Iowans, National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Small says that won’t be the case today.

“People think of blizzards, probably the common definition is associated with a lot of snow,” Small says, “but technically, all it means is that you can’t see where you’re going because of strong winds and low visibilities.” To be a blizzard, winds need to be howling at 35-miles an hour or greater and visibilities need to be at a quarter-mile or less due to blowing snow. Small says new snowfall today will be minimal.

Blizzard Warning for counties in red. Winter Weather and/or Wind Advisories for counties in lavender.

Blizzard Warning for counties in red. Winter Weather and/or Wind Advisories for counties in lavender.

“It’s really difficult to measure,” Small says. “Probably an inch is a very common snow amount so far, of what we’ve seen. The snow amounts are not going to be the problem with this storm. It’s definitely going to be the visibilities, especially in rural and open areas.” Another hazard in this latest weather event is the bitter cold.

“We’ll have wind chills across the state in single digits above and below zero,” Small says. “Conditions will improve later today and into the night but we’ll see lows in the single digits above zero north and maybe around 10 south. Wind chills will be well into the teens below zero toward the Minnesota border by daybreak Tuesday.”

A frosty week is ahead. The forecast calls for low temperatures to remain mostly in the single digits and teens through the weekend, with highs only in the teens and 20s. See more at weather-dot-gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Environmental Control Agency Audit

News

February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Gronewold, Bell & Kyhnn & Company, PC., have released on audit report on the Cass County Environmental Control Agency. The agency had total revenues of $874,229 for the year ending June 30, 2015. Revenues included solid waste fee of $812,179, and recyclables fees of $55,874.

Expenses totaled $937,843 for the year ending June 30, 2015. They included $59,377 for administration, $129,228 for recycling, and $169, 517 for cover, compacting and scale expense, as well as $56,700 for closure and post-closure costs. In addition, the Agency expended $145,397 for the purchase of equipment and $216,930 to service existing debt.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor of State, and the Cass County Environmental Control Agency.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/8/2016

News, Podcasts

February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 2/8/2016

News, Podcasts

February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Creston Police report (2/8): 3 arrests

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report three arrests took place last Friday. 54-year old Clifford Mark Williams, of Creston, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Williams was being held at the Greater Regional Medical Center, in Creston. 41-year old Carrie Ann Johns, of Creston, was arrested on a Union County warrant for OWI/Interference with Official Acts. Johns was being held without bond, in the Ringgold County Jail. And, 18-year old Emily Nichole Stults, of Creston, was arrested Friday for violating a No Contact Order. Stults was being held without bond in the Ringgold County Jail.

Creston Police said also, a resident in the 300 block of Oak Street reported Friday that his vehicle was vandalized while parked in his apartment complex parking lot. The incident, which happened sometime between 6-pm and 11-p.m. Friday, resulted in a loss of about $250.

Collision east of Red Oak early Sunday afternoon

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a collision east of Red Oak, Sunday afternoon. Authorities say s 2008 Chevy Suburban owned by Jackie Porter, of Red Oak, and driven by 17-year old Murphy Porter, of Red Oak, was stopped at the intersection of Highway 34 and Avenue K at around 12:15-p.m., and was pulling away from the intersection, when the vehicle struck an eastbound 2012 Dodge Caravan, driven by 38-year old John McDonald, of Stanton. Porter told deputies he didn’t see the approaching van before he proceeded into the intersection.

After the Suburban hit the van on its left front side, the van entered the southeast ditch, while Porter’s vehicle came to rest on Avenue K, just south of Highway 34. Damage from the collision amounted to $8,500. Porter was cited for a stop sign violation.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene, by Red Oak Police.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 8th 2016

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City police officer is recovering after being wounded by a suspect who also shot and wounded himself before his arrest. The Sioux City Journal reports the incident happened Saturday morning when officers were following up on a number of reported robberies and burglaries. While at an apartment, an 18-year-old man shot and wounded a 13-year veteran of the police force. The man also hurt himself. The wounded officer was treated at a local hospital and released. The 18-year-old suspect remained in custody Sunday.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are working to identify a body found inside a Council Bluffs home after firefighters extinguished a fire. The fire was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Another former big box retail store in Davenport has been converted into a self-service storage center. The Quad-City Times reports converting existing retail buildings into storage centers is becoming increasingly popular nationwide. One of the latest examples is a former Kmart store in Davenport that will eventually hold 651 storage units in a climate-controlled environment. The U-Haul Moving and Storage business opened in West Davenport last June, and the final units are expected to be ready later this month.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Peter Jok scored 23 points and Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Number 5 Iowa past Illinois 77-65 Sunday. Iowa outrebounded the Illini 43-32 in Champaign.