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Branstad says gun law changes unlikely in Iowa

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn’t expect to see any significant changes to Iowa’s gun laws.  Speaking Friday during a taping of the public television program, “Iowa Press,” Branstad stressed his support of the second amendment. He says violence in schools would be addressed through anti-bullying programs and his effort to reform the state’s mental health system.

President Barack Obama this week proposed a major overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, including renewing a ban on assault weapons, limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for all gun buyers. His proposal came after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Black ice blamed for Audubon County rollover accident

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County say black ice on the roadway was to blame for a rollover accident this (Friday) morning, on Highway 71.  Officials say 25-year old Jay Steven Weisenborn, of Carroll, was traveling south on Highway 71 at around 7:30-a.m., when his 2004 Buick hit a patch of black ice. The car slid sideways, entered the east ditch near 120th Street and rolled once before coming to rest on its wheels. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $15,000.

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January 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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OWI arrests reported in Clarinda this week

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers today (Friday), reports two people were arrested this past Sunday. At around 1:50 a.m., officers in Clarinda arrested 36-year old Jason Charles Allison,of Clarinda, for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense. Allison was later released on $2,000 bond,  pending appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court. And at around 8:25 p.m. Sunday,  officers arrested 50-year old Billy Joe Brown,  of Gallatin, Missouri for felony operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense. Brown was released on $5,000 bail pending appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

Over 360 pounds of marijuana recovered during Cass County traffic stop

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An investigation conducted while a vehicle was stopped for excessive speed late Wednesday morning in Cass County, resulted in the discovery of a large amount of marijuana. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright in Des Moines, told KJAN News the traffic stop occurred at around 10-a.m on Interstate 80.

Bright says an Iowa State Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle traveling east on I-80. After talking with the driver, the Trooper believed criminal activity was underway. A search of the vehicle was conducted using a K-9 unit. After the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, authorities located 363-pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $871,200.

Bright said the driver told the Trooper he was enroute to Minnesota via I-80 and I-35. The unidentified man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance–marijuana–and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

No other information is being provided at this time.

Numerous accidents in western Iowa this morning

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Frost covered roads with “black ice” conditions, caught many motorists off guard this morning in western and southwest Iowa. Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report two-rollover accidents took place in the county this morning. Dispatchers in Adair, Guthrie and Shelby Counties also reported motorists sliding-off into the ditches.

In Cass County, three-vehicles spun-off Highway 6 southwest of Atlantic, at around 6:20-a.m.  One of the vehicles rolled onto its top. Another accident was reported west of Atlantic off of Highway 83.  No serious injuries have been reported thus far.

 

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Thursday evening accident in Atlantic

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Thursday evening, in Atlantic. According to the Atlantic Police Department, a vehicle driven by Amy Schilling, of Shelby, was leaving a parking lot at 701 Poplar Street at around 6:35-p.m.,  when she made a long, swinging turn and hit a trailer attached to a parked vehicle owned by John Abild, of Atlantic. Damage from the accident amounted to $3,400.

(Update 6:40-a.m.) 3 vehicle accident reported southwest of Atlantic

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Update) – Three vehicles were involved in an accident southwest of Atlantic early this morning. According to dispatch reports, there were no serious injuries. Officials say two-vehicles ended up in the north ditch, just west of what’s known as the “A-T&T curve”, about a mile east of the Lewis turnoff from Highway 6.  A third vehicle ended-up in the south ditch.

The accident occurred at around 6:20-a.m.  Officials say frost covered roads were making travel very slippery in the area. Law enforcement advises motorists to SLOW DOWN, especially when approaching curves in the road, on bridges and at intersections. The Iowa DOT reports roads all across western and southwest Iowa are completely covered with frost. Bridges are icy.

Law officers talk about school safety

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A group of law officers who talked with Congressman Dave Loebsack in a forum on gun violence this week,  said having officers in schools is important. They also talked about other approaches to protecting kids in schools. Eldridge police chief, David Kopatich said his department is training staff in the North Scott school district in a new response called “ALICE.” The same program is being looked in the Atlantic Community School District.  “The ALICE program stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Escape,” Kopatich said. “In the past what we have seen with school policies is that schools simply go into a lockdown mode, where students are locked up in their classroom, basically just sitting, waiting.” Kopatich said the ALICE program has the students and teachers try to escape the shooter.

He said past cases have shown that it’s not a good idea to just sit and wait when a gunman comes into the front of a building, it is better to try and take the students out the back and get them out of harms way. Kopatich said the plan also shows teachers and students how to try and stop the shooter as another option. “Are people possibly gonna get hurt? Yeah, the possibility exists. But just sitting there waiting for a gunman to randomly shoot everybody in the room is probably not a good option,” Kopatich said. “We’re looking at it as the survivability of trying to teach the kids and the staffmembers that you need to survive the situation at any cost.”

Sheriff Kopatich said surviving can range from throwing a chair through a window to get out of the school, to trying to stop the gunman. He says they also have worked with school staff to keep classroom doors locked during the day. Some schools have panic buttons where administrators can automatically lock all doors when something happens. Ottumwa Police Chief, Jim Clark, told the congressman that there should be some mandatory design standards for new schools that incorporate more security. “I know many of our older schools here in Ottumwa, the doors open out, they don’t open in. You can’t barricade the doors…,” Clark explained. “A lot of our schools are older, they don’t have the automatic door closures, in fact many of our doors in our schools don’t even lock, they don’t have locks on ‘em.”

Fort Madison Police Chief, Bruce Niggemeyer, said he believes have a School Resource Officer would provide more safety, but he said the cost is an issue.  “We have been trying for some time to get one so we can get them into our school system, but we just simply don’t have the money, we are not that big a community,” Niggemeyer said. DeWitt Police Chief Dave Porter agreed that the officers are important. “We are fortunate to have a school resource officer in our community. Some of those other school shootings that have occurred are a result of bullying, kids pushed to the brink,” according to Porter. “And I think having a school resource officer in the school helps to defuse a lot of those situations as the children build trust in the school resource officer, I think that is an important element.”

Other law officers agreed with Porter. Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, said the forum is one of a series he plans to discuss the issues of gun violence in the wake of the school shootings in Connecticut.

(Radio Iowa)