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Iowa man accused of assaulting wife

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) – A 54-year-old northwest Iowa man has been accused of sexually abusing his wife and of forcing her to take pills that resulted in the termination of two pregnancies. Records say the Storm Lake man is charged with two counts of sexual abuse; five counts of termination of pregnancy – consent by force or intimidation; and one count of domestic abuse assault. The Associated Press is not naming the man, in order to protect the woman’s privacy.

The woman told police that between October 2012 and April 2014, her husband forced her to take pills on five occasions, resulting in the loss of two fetuses. She also says he threatened her with a machete during sexual assaults.

Atlantic man arrested on assault warrant

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for Aggravated Assault. The Police Department reports 30-year old Ty Jordan was taken into custody on the warrant issued out of Shelby County, and later transferred to Shelby County for disposition.

The A-PD reports also, a woman from Adair received a warning following a minor accident Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 6 and the Wal-Mart entrance. Roberta Caltrider received a warning from police for Failure to Maintain Control, after she failed to stop at the red light, and hit a vehicle driven by Donna Andersen, of Atlantic.

Both drivers complained of neck pain.  Caltrider also had a laceration to her right forearm. Both women refused transport to the hospital. Damage from the crash amounted to $18,000.

Additional charges filed in western IA drug case

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday, announced additional charges have been filed in connection with last week’s arrest of an Earling woman on drug charges. 27-year old Nicole McClure was being held in the Shelby County Jail on an original Possession of Methamphetamine charge, following the execution of a search warrant Oct. 15th at a residence in Earling.

A joint, ongoing investigation by the Crawford and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices has resulted in additional felony charges against McClure, including two Counts of Burglary, Theft in the Second Degree Class D Felony and On Going Criminal Conduct. Her bond was set at $100,000. Once her case is concluded in Shelby County, McClure will be transported to Crawford County to face charges there.

Also arrested in the case, was 46-year old Daniel Welsh, of Denison. He faces three felony counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree in Crawford County. 

Shenandoah Police arrest Lenox man

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Shenandoah arrested a Taylor County man late Tuesday night. 36-year old Jeremy Harris, of Lenox, was arrested at a residence in Essex. Harris was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of theft filed by the Lenox Police Department. He was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was being held without bond until his initial appearance.

Woodbury County funding ruled conflict of interest

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Woodbury County’s attorney says it’s a conflict of interest for the county to give public money to an agency headed by the county board chairman. In a legal opinion released on Tuesday, county attorney P.J. Jennings said no more payments should be made to the Sanford Community Center. However, county finance director Dennis Butler says money paid over previous years need not be paid back to the county.

Sanford operates after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth and coordinates numerous outreach efforts. It is headed by Woodbury County Board Chairman George Boykin. Boykin says he will seek regulatory changes so the center can still receive money for its gang prevention program. He says that without the county’s funding, he’ll have to cut as many as five positions.

New bridge opens this afternoon joining Iowa & Nebraska

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new bridge is opening today (Wednesday) connecting southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. Officials say completion of the project not only eases travel for motorists but will encourage economic development between the states for years to come. Scott Nixon, a construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says it’s been a lengthy, expensive venture.

“The total project with Nebraska costs and Iowa costs combined is about $115-million,” Nixon says. “The bridge itself was 61-million.” Construction began in January of 2012 so it’s been just two months shy of three years to complete. The new route includes about seven miles of newly-constructed four-lane divided highway extending west of the U-S Highway 34 interchange with Interstate 29 near Glenwood, Iowa, to U-S Highway 75 between Plattsmouth and Bellevue, Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Roads completed the work on its side last year. The new bridge over the Missouri River includes a 500-foot steel section that spans the waterway.

“Nebraska is paying for a portion of the bridge and Iowa is paying for a portion,” Nixon says. “It’s not a 50-50 split because there’s more bridge on the Iowa side than the Nebraska side.” The bridge sits on 17 concrete and steel piers. “It was a challenge working in the river,” Nixon says. “The contractor started working on the river in early ’12 and they were still working in late 2013. It was over a year to get the river piers up.” Estimates show the bridge will initially carry two-thousand vehicles a day, ramping up to 11-thousand vehicles a day in the years to come.

The bridge is expected to open around 3 P-M.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa ranks #2 behind Hawaii on list of best places to retire. No, really.

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wanna-be retirees may dream of swaying palm trees and gentle ocean breezes but it turns out, they should be thinking about Iowa instead.

Hawaii ranks as the number-one destination for retirees, according to a study being released by Money-Rates-dot-com, but Iowa is second on the list. The investment website rates the states based on several criteria like crime rates, economy, weather and senior population growth. Iowa did well in all categories, especially the low crime rate.

Perceived retirement meccas like Florida and Arizona ranked fourth and sixth respectively behind Idaho at number-three and Vermont at fifth.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, Wed. 10/22/14

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Harlan man to receive award for discovering & preserving pioneer cemeteries

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) will present a Harlan man with the annual Robert & Phyllis Carter Award this weekend. Ron Chamberlain will be honored for his leadership, continuous efforts, and historical discoveries in a group effort to restore pioneer cemeteries in western Iowa. The event takes place Sunday afternoon (Oct. 26) at the Shelby County Historical Society, beginning at 1:30pm.

Chamberlain says it’s nice to be recognized for his efforts, especially since the past 17 awards have gone to persons in eastern Iowa. He started WIPCA – the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association – back in 2010. Chamberlain says since then, they’ve found three graves in Shelby County alone, for veterans of the War of 1812 in old pioneer cemeteries.

The non-tax supported organization he founded is dedicated to locating and restoring early historical cemeteries and burial plots in Shelby, and adjoining counties. Chamberlain says they’d like to expand their work into Fremont, Mills and Page counties, as well, as interest in the organization continues to grow. He says they currently have 120 members. Chamberlain says wherever they work, locals come out and tell stories about old cemeteries they may have seen or heard about.

The group uses ground-penetrating radar to locate graves, which are sometimes unmarked in the ancient, long-forgotten cemeteries. One of their sites they will investigate next Spring is about two-miles east of Portsmouth. It’s called “Cologne Settlement” – named after Cologne, Germany. The site once held a church in the 1880’s, and likely a pioneer cemetery.

Chamberlain says they hope to spread interest in Iowa history to area schools. He says next Spring they want to travel to Harlan, Atlantic and elsewhere to teach the State’s history to 5th and 6th graders. Chamberlain used to teach history in the 1970’s, when Iowa was a mandatory part of the curriculum. He says its “Not right,” that it’s not part of the current curriculum.

As a winner of the Carter award, Chamberlain will receive $200 to help his group identify pioneer cemeteries The Carter Award is presented to an individual or group that has established outstanding achievements in the restoration, preservation and maintenance of pioneer cemeteries in the state of Iowa. Pioneer cemeteries, by Iowa law, are those cemeteries that have twelve or fewer burials within the past fifty years.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. Area News & funeral report, 10/22/14

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October 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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