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Fight in Red Oak results in 2 arrests


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A fight Tuesday afternoon in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of two men. Red Oak Police say 29-year-old Randon Daniel Phelps and 56-year-old Charles James Netherton, both of Red Oak, were cited for Breach of Peace and then released

The pair was taken into custody after Red Oak Police were called to the 100 block of E. Grimes Street following a reported fight in progress. By the time officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up.

1 killed another injured in car-vs-semi accident near Grand Junction


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident late Tuesday morning in Central Iowa claimed the life of a woman and resulted in injuries to a man. The Iowa State Patrol reports 26-year old Shannon Poole, of Boone died when the 1984 Buick Delta 88 she was driving crashed into a 2014 Kenworth semi on U.S. Highway 30 east of Grand Junction, shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The Patrol says their preliminary investigation indicates the westbound car crossed the center line and hit the semi-truck in the eastbound lane. Officials are still determining why the car drifted across the center line.

Poole died in the crash, and a passenger in one of the vehicles, 23-year old Shane Swett, was taken to the Greene County Medical Center. Both were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the semi, 55-year old Kenneth Ricke, of Arcadia, was not injured.

The crash remained under investigation.

One week from Halloween, paranormal group meets in Omaha/Council Bluffs


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

They don’t like the term “ghostbusters,” but groups from Iowa and Nebraska who try to track down evidence of spirits floating among us will be taking part in an event in Omaha/Council Bluffs later this week. The gathering is the 4th Annual Paranormal Summit and it’s scheduled for Friday, one week before Halloween. Sara Gray, a member of the Omaha Paranormal Society, is organizing the event. “We are going to have several presentations by local paranormal investigation teams,” Gray says. “After that, we have a psychic medium who’s going to be speaking and we’re going to go around campus and do an investigation.”

The summit will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, which some believe is a hotbed for ghostly appearances. “All of campus is said to be haunted but the one that’s really been focused on in the past few years has been the Arts and Science Building,” Gray says. “Directly outside of the building about 50 years ago, a girl was shot and killed and the murder is still unresolved. Her ghost is said to still haunt the Arts and Science Building so that’s the focused area.”

Several teams are operating in Iowa and Nebraska which use a host of modern technology to try and find the answers to age-old questions about the existence of ethereal beings. “They’re going to present their most astounding evidence that they have gotten in the past few years,” Gray says. “It should be really interesting. Some of them are using new equipment so they might show off a little bit of that.”

The summit is open to anyone and begins at 6 P-M Friday at the Milo Bail Student Center on the U-N-O campus. There is an admission charge.

(Radio Iowa)

Huckabee campaigns for Ernst


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The winner of the 2008 Iowa Republican Caucuses was in Iowa Tuesday campaigning for U-S Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee campaigned in Sioux City, where he says electing Ernst to the Senate is not only important for Iowa, but also for the whole nation. “She’ll be the first woman to be elected as any member of the Congressional delegation in all of Iowa. But it’s not just because she is a female that she deserves to be elected,” Huckabee says. “That’s important, I think women should have far greater representation in the House and Senate and executive offices across the land. This isn’t about electing her just because of her gender. This is about electing her because of her superior ideas and qualifications.”

Huckabee says if Republicans gain control of the Senate that means legislation will actually make it through Congress. “Harry Reed has created nothing less than the Roach Motel of the U-S Senate, where bills go in but they never come out,” Huckabee says. He says some 360 bills have passed, but they have never left Reed’s office for discussion, debate or a vote.

It was the first of two stops for Huckabee and Ernst, as they also campaigned in Council Bluffs.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston man arrested Tues. morning in Montgomery County


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Union County man was arrested early Tuesday morning, following a traffic stop on T Avenue, about one-quarter of a mile north of 250th Street. Michael D. Gourley, of Creston,  was charged with OWI/2nd offense and cited for various other traffic offenses, after it was determined he had allegedly been drinking and was showing signs of impairment.

Gourley blew greater than .08 (point oh-eight) on a breath test. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Stolen truck crashed – thief gets away


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities are looking for a man who tried to steal a vehicle in Council Bluffs. Council Bluffs Police told The Daily NonPareil a man attempted to steal a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 from a lot in the 700 block of Veterans Memorial Highway around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect allegedly pulled the vehicle out of the lot and, as he attempted to leave, rear-ended a legally-parked 2008 GMC Sierra, disabling the Dodge pickup truck, police said. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Police estimated damage to the two vehicles at $500 each.

An investigation into the incident continues.

Opportunity in Atlantic to learn about open meeting laws & records


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Public Information Board will offer free training on Iowa’s open meetings and public records laws to anyone interested. According to the Daily NonPareil, a training session will be held in Atlantic on Nov. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cass County Courthouse. The focus of the training will be how to comply with transparency laws for local elected officials for cities, counties, schools, townships and other public entities.

The training is also appropriate for residents and others interested in learning about the IPIB and its services. Anyone planning to attend the training should contact the IPIB at (515) 725-1781 or margaret.johnson@iowa.gov so adequate training materials can be made available.

Change in IRS regulations benefits farmers hit by drought

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A recent change by the Internal Revenue Service gives farmers who have been hit by drought a little more time for recovery. I-R-S spokesman, Christopher Miller, says the agency has changed the rules when it comes to livestock losses. He says farmers often sell off livestock during drought conditions, and in order to take advantage of tax conditions under the law, they have to replace the sold off livestock within a specified time. Miller says that time limit had been four years, but the I-R-S has extended the deadline another year for those who were facing a December 31st deadline this year.

“And that also means that impacted farmers can defer taxes on capital gains on that sale of the livestock,” Miller points out. The I-R-S regulations say the one-year extension applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought. Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes, and poultry are not eligible.

“If you are a farmer in Iowa impacted by drought conditions over the last few years, you will have an extension of time to replace the livestock that you had to get rid of because of those conditions. And you also have an extension of time to defer any taxes that you get because of the gain in selling that livestock,” according to Miller. Miller urges Iowans to check to see if they qualify under the extension.

“To learn more, farmers simply need to read the I-R-S publication, 2-2-5, and that’s available on our website irs.gov and we’ll also have a notice there that outlines the affected counties in Iowa,” Miller says. He says you should be able to find all the information you need on the website.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 10/22/14


October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has been seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in eastern Iowa. Deputies and other first responders arrived Tuesday morning to a crash site on Highway 61 near Davenport. Authorities say a Jeep was trying to turn right at an intersection when it was struck in the rear by the semitrailer. The Jeep went into a ditch and struck two steel posts. The driver of the semitrailer has been cited in the crash.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A group is focusing its attention on a property that has a concrete structure which supported the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River. River Action Inc., a nonprofit environmental group, wants to use the property to build a pedestrian bridge to the new River Heritage Park. The railroad bridge officially opened on April 21, 1865, but two weeks after its opening, a steamboat crashed into it, causing one span to burn.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Several occupants of a Clear Lake motel are moving out to comply with a court order. A magistrate ruled Friday that motel owner Ted Christensen was within his rights to evict the occupants. Christensen says he is trying to sell the property and has a potential buyer, but a sale condition is that there are no tenants.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Woodbury County supervisor accused of shooting a gun into the air near his wife has been given 30 days in jail. Forty-four-year-old David Tripp received the sentence for domestic abuse assault and was ordered to report to jail by Friday. Tripp, a former jailer, was accused in December of firing a gun in the air in the driveway of his home. His wife was nearby but was not hurt. Tripp was elected as a county supervisor in 2010. His term will end in January.

No Ebola Cases in Iowa; Preparation Continues


October 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work closely with local public health and health care professionals, state entities and the CDC in response and preparation to the West African Ebola situation. Despite what you might read on social media or hear around the water cooler, there are and have been NO cases of Ebola in Iowa.IDPH

Last week, screening of travelers coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia began at international airports at the time of arrival in the U.S. They are asked about things like current symptoms and possible exposures to patients with Ebola while in West Africa. If needed, appropriate action is taken at that time; for example, travelers with symptoms consistent with Ebola are not being allowed to continue until they are medically assessed. If they are well, they are given information about what to do once they arrive at their final destination – such as Iowa. Meanwhile, in Iowa, public health officials are notified of the arrival of the traveler. Iowa officials then re-interview the traveler to confirm their health status and their risk of exposure to Ebola. Appropriate action is then taken in Iowa, such as the traveler staying at home and away from others for 21 days, or
taking their temperature and reporting this to public health for 21 days.

This will lower the risk of Ebola spreading in Iowa, and should reassure the public that extraordinary action is being taken by the U.S. Public Health system to protect them. Other actions taken by IDPH over the past several weeks include several webinars for local public health agencies, emergency responders, hospitals, health care providers, and state agencies regarding transmission of the Ebola virus and how to prepare for any suspected cases.

Iowans should remember that Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

* People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
* Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the
average is 8 to 10 days.