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Soldier’s family travels from Iowa to New York for funeral

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The extended family of an American soldier killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan is traveling from Iowa to New York to attend his funeral. The Telegraph Herald reports about 50 family members of Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm boarded a coach bus Tuesday in Dubuque. They were expected to fly from Chicago ahead of funeral services Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Lemm, a detective for the New York Police Department, was one of six American troops killed Dec. 21 when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York.

The newspaper reports Lemm grew up in Bernard, Iowa. The Omaha-World Herald reports Lemm also grew up in Beemer, Nebraska.

 

O’Malley to be the keynote speaker for Cass Co. Democratic Fundraiser

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker at a Cass County Democratic Party fundraiser this Saturday. The event featuring O’Malley and candidates for the U-S Senate and Iowa House, begins at 12:30-p.m. with a luncheon at the Cass County Community Center ( 805 W. 10th St.),  in Atlantic. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Reservations are requested by Dec. 30th.

Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle says proceeds from the event will be used to offset the expenses of the 2016 caucus and local campaigns. Speakers during the afternoon include:

  • 1:00-to 1:10-p.m. Iowa Senator Tom Fiegen, candidate for U-S Senate.
  • 1:10-to1:20-p.m. Bob Krause, Candidate for U-S Senate.
  • 1:20-to 1:30-p.m. Scott Heldt, Candidate for Iowa House, District 20
  • 1:30-to 1:40-p.m. Mike Sherzan, Candidate for U-S Congress, 3rd District
  • 1:40-to 1:50-p.m. Jim Mowrer, Candidate for U-S Congress, 3rd District
  • 1:50-to 2:00-p.m. Desmund Adams, Candidate for U-S Congress, 3rd District

Gov. O’Malley is set to speak at 2-p.m., but Toelle says his arrival may be delayed since he is coming from an event in Des Moines. For  more information or to make your reservation, call Sherry Toelle at 712-243-4861.

Two leap out of burning apartment building in Sloan

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters were on the scene this (Tuesday) morning, of an apartment building fire in the western Iowa town of Sloan. The call came in shortly before 10-am. A Woodbury County Sheriff’s deputy says the top floor of the structure was engulfed in flames when he arrived. The deputy says two residents jumped to safety from a second floor window of the four apartment, two story structure.

Heavy smoke from the fire forced residents of a second building next door to evacuate. The sheriff’s department says a total of 15 people have been displaced by the fire from the two buildings. A church has been opened as a shelter for the residents and the American Red Cross is also assisting at the scene. No report on injuries at this time.

(Radio Iowa)

Appeals court upholds prison terms for Sioux City brothers

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A federal appeals court is upholding lengthy prison terms for two Sioux City brothers convicted in the armed robbery of two drug dealers. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a life sentence issued to 24-year-old Jamal Dean. The court also upheld a 30-year term for his older brother, Levon Dean Jr.

In a separate case, Jamal Dean has also received a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder in the April 2013 shooting of a Sioux City police officer. The brothers traveled together from Nebraska to Iowa and conspired to rob local drug dealers on two occasions in April 2013. After each attack, the brothers returned to Nebraska.

The appeals court rejected numerous arguments on appeal, calling it a “well-tried, multiple-count, joint-defendant criminal case.”

Update: Lane closure scheduled for westbound I-80/northbound I-29 near Council Bluffs postponed to Jan. 6

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation report the right lane of westbound Interstate 80/northbound I-29 in Council Bluffs, between the I-80/I-29 interchange (exit 4) and 24th Street (exit 2), that originally scheduled for repair Tuesday night (tonight), will instead be closed for repairs on Wednesday, Jan. 6th, beginning at 9-a.m., weather permitting.

Motorists are encouraged to find alternative routes during this project, as significant delays could occur. Repairs should be completed and the roadway reopened to traffic by 5 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7th.

The Iowa DOT is in the process of reconstructing I-80, I-29 and I-480 in the Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The comprehensive interstate redesign is expected to modernize the highway system and improve mobility and safety of approximately 18 miles of interstate.

Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time while this interstate improvement takes effect. If you would like more information about detours and traffic impacts visit the program website, www.councilbluffsinterstate.iowadot.gov/.

– See more at: http://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2015/12/update-lane-closure-scheduled-for-westbound-i-80northbound-i-29-near-council-bluffs-postponed-to-jan-6.html#sthash.CEih0xJh.dpuf

Arrest made in connection with trailer park fire in Lenox

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest was made Monday in connection with a fire at a trailer park, in Lenox. 23-year old Nickolas Dale Stone, of Lenox, was arrested on a warrant charging him with Arson in the 1st Degree. He was being held in the Taylor County Jail on $25,000 bond.

The charge against him stems from an investigation into a fire at the Lenox trailer park that occurred December 11th, 2015. Authorities say Stone allegedly poured a flammable liquid near a mobile home and lit a fire nearby. The mobile home sustained about $300 damage.

Audit shows inadequate City Council oversight in Hornick

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HORNICK, Iowa (AP) – State auditors say the City Council in the small northwest Iowa city of Hornick failed to properly review financial reports resulting in improper spending of more than $134,000 by at least two city clerks. An audit was requested after the current clerk questioned previous financial transactions in the city of 225.

The audit, released Tuesday, shows the city clerk from 2001 to 2009 improperly spent more than $5,000 and failed to document more than $11,000 she paid herself. The clerk from 2009 to 2012 improperly spent more than $4,200.

Auditors say proper documentation couldn’t be found for $47,000 paid to former mayors and council members. No charges have been filed. Prosecutors and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received audit reports.

Accident early Tue. morning in Cass County on I-80

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following an accident early this (Tuesday) morning on Interstate 80. Officials says deputies responded to the two-vehicle collision that took place on I-80 westbound about a mile west of the Olive Street exit at about 12:22-a.m.

Authorities say a 2016 Ford F150 driven by 26-year old Charles Michael Robertson,  of Seagoville, Texas, was westbound on I-80 when the vehicle went out of control on the icy roadway, and entered the median. The pickup was subsequently hit by a 2005 Toyota pickup driven by 28-year old Andreas Dmitiri Spentzos, of Monterey, CA, which also went out of control on the icy road.

Damage from the crash amounted to $23,000.

Iowa lifts ban on poultry exhibitions at fairs, auctions & more

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today (Tuesday) announced that the order cancelling all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, livestock auction markets, swap meets, exotic sales and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza will be lifted on January 1st, 2016.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said “This is very good news and another sign that we continue to recover from this devastating animal health emergency. We know the ban on exhibitions caused some real challenges for those anticipating showing or selling birds, but we appreciate everyone cooperating as we worked to stop the disease and then allow the industry to recover.”

The Department issued the order prohibiting poultry exhibitions on May 21 in the midst of the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The ban was put into place to minimize spread of HPAI and protect the state’s domestic bird population. Lifting the poultry exhibition ban comes as a result of no new cases of HPAI in Iowa since June and the lifting of the final quarantine on December 1. Iowa is now considered free of HPAI.

Total of 77 premises and 31.5 million birds were affected with the disease in Iowa. There are 35 commercial turkey flocks, 22 commercial egg production flocks, 13 pullet flocks, 1 chicken breeding flock, 1 mail order hatchery, and 5 backyard flocks.

More information about the avian influenza situation in Iowa can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/29/2015

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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