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Branstad orders flags to fly at half-staff Friday


September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today ordered flags be flown at half-staff Friday, September 11, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in remembrance of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

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September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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2nd meeting scheduled over Turkey Creek public hunting

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September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board has scheduled a second public hearing over a proposal to open the east half of the Turkey Creek Wildlife Area to public hunting. The first hearing was held Aug. 27th. The next hearing takes place 5-p.m. Sept. 17th at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Office at Cold Springs State Park, at Lewis. Input will be taken at that time with regard to a proposal to open the area to public hunting.

Turkey Creek WLAThe Turkey Creek Wildlife Area is located between Atlantic and Lewis, just off Highway 6. The area is currently not open to public hunting, and the Conservation Board feels the area is underutilized.

If you have any questions, please call Micah Lee with the Cass County Conservation Board, at 712-769-2372.

3 arrested following a fight investigation in Red Oak


September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say three people were arrested Wednesday evening following a physical altercation at the corner of N. 2nd and E. Corning Streets. Officers on routine patrol came across the fight at around 5:15-p.m., and after a brief investigation, arrested 30-year old Jacob Wayne Dykes-Vargas, of Red Oak, for Disorderly Conduct.

Also arrested at the scene, for Interference with Official Acts, was 25-year old Chloe Marguerite Coburn, of Red Oak. 32-year old Dustin Alan Mills, of Red Oak, was arrested at the same location, for Disorderly Conduct, and on an active warrant out of Louisiana, for Failure to Appear on original, Possession of Methamphetamine and Cocaine, charges.

Dykes-Vargas and Coburn were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, each, while Mills was being held in the jail awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

Ernst says Iran deal keeps her up at night


September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican Senator Joni Ernst is accusing President Obama of engaging in a “misinformation campaign” about the Iran nuclear deal by suggesting “there are only two options: his agreement or war” with Iran. “Rather than representing the facts and our country’s options, I challenge supporters of this agreements to explain to the American people why they are supporting a flawed and bad deal today,” Ernst says, “when we should be putting our citizen’s interests and their security first.” According to Ernst, this is one of the “most consequential” national security decisions the U.S. will ever make.

“How can we ever be certain of compliance if Iran decides to cheat and we have a weak inspection regime as part of this deal?” Ernst asks. “I would argue that we can’t.” And Ernst says Iran is “poised to double-down on its support of terrorism” if the deal is ratified. “As a veteran of Kuwait and Iran…I am beside myself, as are many other Americans who served in Iraq, regarding the president’s support for sanctions relief for one terrorist in particular,” Ernst says, “The leader of Iran’s elite, covert force — the Qods Force — General Qassem Soleimani.”

Ernst says that general is “directly responsible for the deaths of several hundred” U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War because he “supported and controlled” many Shiite forces in Iraq. Ernst delivered a 13 minute speech on the Senate floor last night (Wednesday) to criticize the Iran deal.  “This nuclear agreement is one of those things that keeps me up at night as a mother, as a soldier and as a grandmother,” Ernst said.

Ernst, who served two decades in the Iowa National Guard, used part of her time to read letters from other Iraq veterans who oppose the deal with Iran, too. There was confusion yesterday on the timing of a vote in the House and Senate on the deal itself. House members have devised a separate piece of legislation that would accuse President Obama of violating the law by not turning over all the details of the historic agreement to congress.

While a majority of the House and Senate members are poised to vote against the deal itself, enough Democrats support it to guarantee that President Obama’s expected veto would be sustained and the deal would take effect. Negotiators from the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany met with the Iranians for months before announcing the deal’s framework this summer. President Obama says the agreement will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and “ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.”

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs Police investigate apt. burglary; 1 arrest – 1 sought


September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a home invasion and burglary incident. Officials say just before 8-p.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to 824 5th Avenue for an assault with a gun. When they arrived, 20-year old Bailey English reported that two black males had knocked on her door. She thought they said her name, so she opened the door. The males forced their way into the residence and hit English several times with the gun.

Several other subjects were also in the residence during the assault. English recognized one of the assailants and said his name. Both subjects fled the area on foot.
22-year old Vaughn White, of Council Bluffs, was identified as one of the two assailants. White was later located and arrested for One Count of Burglary 1st Degree. He was booked into Pottawattamie County Corrections.

The second male suspect was described as a black male with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie and red shirt. He also had short dreadlocks. Anyone with additional information is asked to (712) 328-STOP.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Sept. 10th 2015


September 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A company that markets food products to observant Muslims has pleaded guilty to its role in exporting misbranded meat products. Midamar Corporation entered the plea Wednesday to conspiracy to make false statements on export certificates, sell misbranded meat and commit wire fraud. Midamar is expected to forfeit $600,000 under a plea agreement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former lottery security official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for rigging a computerized Hot Lotto game in 2010 in an attempt to win a $14 million jackpot. Eddie Tipton of Norwalk was convicted in July on two counts of fraud. The 52-year-old also was accused of trying to get acquaintances to cash the prize for him without revealing his identity.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 15-year-old girl has been injured after her vehicle collided with one driven by a sheriff’s deputy in northern Iowa. The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon southeast of Mason City. State Police say Maria Determan’s vehicle collided with an SUV driven by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputy Louie Bram, who was not hurt.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a roughly $100 tuition increase for students at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. The board voted 7-2 Wednesday for the increase, which will exempt students at the University of Iowa. The increase ends a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students that went into effect several years ago.

Bluffs Police investigate car vs. bicycle accident


September 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report a juvenile on a bike escaped injury Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car. Officers responding at around 7:30-a.m. to Avenue G and North 21st Street, determined 57-year old Kimberly Shaw, of Council Bluffs, was Westbound on Avenue G in her vehicle when the bicyclist crossed Ave G Northbound at North 21st Street. Shaw was unable to bring her vehicle to a complete stop and struck the bicyclist with the front of her vehicle.

Due to the high volume pedestrian traffic in the area going to Woodrow Wilson Junior High School traffic was only moving at approximately 10 mph. The juvenile was checked at the scene by Council Bluffs Fire Department Paramedics and was released without treatment to a guardian.

While officers were on scene a second juvenile was reported to have been struck by a vehicle in the 2100 block of Ave G. It was later determined that the second juvenile had merely fallen off his bicycle and was not stuck by a vehicle. The second juvenile was escorted to the school staff members where he was going to see the school nurse for minor injuries.

The Council Bluffs Police Department would like to remind the public that all area schools are back in session and please use extra caution especially during times that area students are traveling back and forth to school.

Atlantic School District offers temporary pick-up & drop-off times for K-5th graders


September 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said Wednesday, that due to the construction on Highway 6 and the increased traffic around the elementary schools, District officials are concerned about the K-thru 5th grade students walking to school. With that concern in mind, the district is temporarily providing pick-up and drop-off for kindergarten through fifth grade students.

Amstein says the school will utilize buses that are coming back into town from their country routes in the mornings, and will provide drop off service for students during the afternoon. The district will begin the pick-up and drop-off service on Monday, September 14th.

Pick-up times run from 7:25- to 7:35-a.m.; Drop-off times are 3:35- to 3:40-p.m.

Amstein says District Transportation Director Dave Eckles has mapped out five locations that are geographically situated to hopefully have the most impact. They are all located near an alley or empty lot, to minimize disturbance of property owners.

Pickup and drop-off locations include:

  • North side of 5th St. between Mulberry and Pine
  • West side of Linn St., between 4th and 5th Streets.
  • West side of Cedar St. between 4th and 5th Streets.
  • East side of Palm St., between 9th and 10th Streets
  • South side of 8th St., between Locust and Cedar Streets.

Students should stay on the sidewalk and remain respectful of private property. Buses will not wait for late students. Rides are first come first serve. Students must obey all bus rules.