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Clarinda P.D. investigate early morning stabbing incident


October 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police responded this (Saturday) morning at around 1:40-a.m., to 11th and Chestnut to investigate a report of a stabbing incident. An investigation revealed that a forty-nine-year-old white male had been stabbed multiple times. None of the stab wounds appeared to be life threatening. The victim is in stable condition.

The victim – whose name was not released – was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center by private vehicle. Police Chief Keith Brothers said an investigation into the incident is continuing. Brothers advised that this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the public.

Crash on I-80 in Cass County


October 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Emergency crews from Anita, Wiota and Atlantic were dispatched to a fiery rollover accident this (Saturday) afternoon on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Anita and Wiota Fire and Rescue and Medivac were responding to a crash off I-80 eastbound in the median, between the 69-and 70-mile marker, where the vehicle was on fire and a victim was trapped. The accident was reported at around 1:04-p.m.

No further details are available at this time.

7AM Newscast 10/21/2017

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October 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

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Four options for next Iowa Travel Guide cover, online voting underway

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October 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A contest is underway to select the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide. Iowa Tourism Office spokesperson Jessica O’Riley says Iowans can vote for one of four options. “We have one of a couple shopping in downtown Mount Vernon, we’ve got people hiking in the Loess Hills in western Iowa, we’re showing off one of Iowa’s three whitewater parks – one on the cover is in Manchester, and then we also have a nice image of some people paddleboarding at sunset on Gray’s Lake in Des Moines,” O’Riley said. Iowans can check out the photos and vote for their favorite at traveliowa.com

ITG 2018 cover options

Visitors to the website can vote daily through early next week. “Voting closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and we’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 25, at the Iowa Tourism Conference (in Sioux City) and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts,” O’Riley said. The 2018 Iowa Travel Guide will be available in late January. More than 125,000 guides are distributed annually to travelers from every state and around the world.

A photo of the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington is on THIS year’s cover of the Iowa Travel Guide.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa DOT hiring 600 snow plow operators


October 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The first day of winter is two months away according to the calendar. But, for the Iowa Department of Transportation, the winter season has already arrived. Craig Bargfrede, the DOT’s winter operations administrator, says they’re busy preparing equipment and materials for that first big snowfall. And the agency is hiring snow plow operators.

“We’re looking at somewhere around 600 of those slot available across the state. So far, we’re getting a pretty good response for getting those positions filled,” Bargfrede said. For the DOT, the winter season runs from mid-October through mid-April. Snow plow drivers can earn quite a bit of cash if it’s a harsh winter.

“The starting wage is $17.28 an hour and it varies from location to location, but it’s basically an on-call type of program,” Bargfrede said. The Iowa Department of Transportation is responsible for snow and ice removal on more than 9,000 miles of Iowa highways.

(Radio Iowa) – More info. at https://www.iowadot.gov/careers

Iowa man convicted of vehicular homicide in teen’s death


October 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of crashing his car into a river in western Iowa, killing a teenager, has been found guilty of vehicular homicide and eight other charges.

The Sioux City Journal reports that a Crawford County jury convicted 26-year-old Ramon Hernandez on Friday. Besides the homicide count, Hernandez was found guilty of three counts of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, one count of delivery or possession with intent to deliver and four counts of providing alcohol to a minor.

Authorities say Hernandez drove through a farm field with four teenagers in his car before it plunged into the Boyer River on Jan. 19. He and three of the others reached safety. The body of 15-year-old Yoana Acosta was found a week later on Jan. 26.

Text 2 911 now available in Union County


October 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County said today (Friday), that “Text 2 911” is now live for U.S. Cellular customers in Union County.  Chief Dispatcher Mark Williams said they want the public to know that this option is available to them if needed.  Voice calls are the preferred method of contacting 911.  Call if you can, text if you cant.

Text 2 911 is primarily for the deaf, hard of hearing or those with a speech impediment.  It is also beneficial to those who would be put into a dangerous situation to make a 911 call. Unlike voice calls, you must have an active cell phone plan to text 911.  Currently, any phone can make a voice call to 911, regardless of service status.

Text e 911 capable counties shaded in tan. (as of 10/20/17)

You cannot send a picture or video message to 911. Williams said “Abuse of 911 applies to both text and voice calls for 911.  Please use it only in emergencies.”

Currently all counties in the KJAN listening area have Text 2 911 capability, EXCEPT Pottawattamie and Monona. Three counties in southeast Iowa are also not yet capable of receiving text 911 messages.

Email Phishing Campaign Leads to Notification of IA DHS Data Breach


October 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) reports today (Friday), the DHS was the target of a phishing email campaign on August 23, 2017. Hackers were able to mask their identities and send very carefully designed phishing emails to employees to appear like they were sent from another trusted DHS employee. As a result, nine DHS employees provided their passwords which gave the hackers access to their email accounts.

Officials say fortunately, the campaign was discovered the same day the phishing email was sent to DHS, and the employees changed their passwords as soon as possible to block access to their email accounts and to minimize the potential for confidential information to be exposed. All DHS employees were quickly alerted to the phishing email campaign to prevent access to additional email accounts.

The hackers potentially accessed Protected Health Information (PHI) for 820 individuals during the timeframe before passwords were changed. At this time, DHS does not have any evidence to indicate the hackers actually accessed any of the exposed emails.

All individuals potentially affected are being notified by mail. Although the chance that these individual’s personal information will be misused is small, DHS will provide up to a year of credit monitoring through TransUnion Interactive at no charge to all those affected.

Since phishing emails are often sent to government agencies, DHS takes a number of steps to continually educate staff on how to recognize and report phishing emails and to protect their usernames and passwords. Information on encrypting all emails that contain confidential information is being sent to all DHS employees. DHS is also implementing technological controls to prevent a hacker from accessing DHS email accounts by obtaining a user’s password. Also, all DHS employees are required to sign an annual confidentiality statement and complete annual confidentiality training.

The DHS employees who inadvertently provided their passwords when they received the phishing email were required to re-take the annual confidentiality training sessions which include detailed information about phishing emails and password protection.

If you suspect your identity has been stolen, contact your local enforcement officials or call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-888-777-4590. For more information, please visit https://dhs.iowa.gov/news-releases/data-breach-notifications or contact Matt Highland at mhighla@dhs.state.ia.us or 515-281-4848.

Audubon County Sheriff’s report (10/20)


October 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reports the arrest at around 8-p.m. Thursday, of 50-year old Brenda Suzanne Blanco, from Exira. Blanco was charged with Public Intoxication, following an investigation into an incident that occurred in the 100 block of East South Street, in Exira. She was brought to the Audubon County Jail, held, pled guilty before a magistrate, was fined and then released.

Page County Sheriff’s report (10/20)


October 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer today (Friday), released a report on recent arrests and incidents. At around 7-p.m. Thursday, Deputies arrested 59-year old Robin Clark Latham, of rural Braddyville. Latham was taken into custody in Clarinda on a warrant for Failure to appear, on an original charge of OWI 1st Offense. He was unable to post the $1,000 cash only bond and remains in the Page County Jail pending further court proceedings.

At around 4:40-pm. Thursday, the Page County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a Burglary that had occurred within the last couple of hours, at 307 Jefferson Street in Yorktown.  The residence is owned by Jason Lee Berringer of that address.  An investigation showed that sometime between 1:30- and 4:20-p.m., Thursday, a person or persons unknown gained entry into Berringer’s residence and stole electronic devices.  Some of the devices have since been recovered. Charges are pending at this time. Sheriff Palmer says no further information is available at this point in the investigation.

At around 3:40-a.m. Wednesday, Page County Deputies were notified of a single vehicle accident on Maple Avenue just north of the intersection with 255th Street (about 2 miles northwest of College Springs). An investigation determined 59-year old Donald Vaughn Gay, of College Springs, was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger northbound on Maple Avenue, when the left front tire blew out. The pickup swerved into the west ditch and rolled several times before coming to rest on the wheels.  Gay suffered undisclosed injuries and was transported to Clarinda Regional Hospital by the Clarinda Ambulance Service. No citations were been issued. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Clarinda Fire Department, Clarinda Ambulance, and the College Springs Fire and Rescue.