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C. Bluffs among 6 cities awaiting Iowa DOT traffic camera decisions

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May 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa cities have submitted reports outlining traffic camera use to state transportation officials and now await word on whether they’ll be able to keep their speed and red light cameras on state-run highways and interstates.

The Iowa Department of Transportation implemented rules in February dictating where and why cameras can be installed along state roads and requiring local jurisdictions to submit reports by May 1 justifying camera placement. Steve Gent, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s office of traffic and safety, says the department plans to review the reports in coming weeks.

The cities are Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Muscatine and Sioux City.

Gent says the review process will involve collaboration between DOT and local officials to fully understand why cities believe cameras are needed.

7AM Newscast 05-24-2014

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May 24th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Public Intox Arrest in Red Oak Saturday Morning

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May 24th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Red Oak man for Public Intoxication early Saturday (5/24) morning in Red Oak.  At approximately 4:18am Sheriff’s officials arrested 29-year-old Jeremy Ray Dilocker of Red Oak for Public Intoxication following an incident at N 4th and E Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak.  Dilocker was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Update: Clarinda Academy escapees captured

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier, posted story, the Clarinda Police Department reports all three escapees from the Clarinda Academy have been captured and returned to the Clarinda Academy. The trip of students escaped from the facility Friday evening, sometime between 7:15- and 8:15-p.m.

The were apprehended about 90 minutes later.

Beware, we’re entering the “100 deadliest days of summer” for teen drivers

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa parents and teen drivers are being reminded — and warned — about the typical increase in fatal crashes involving teens during the coming few months. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says this holiday weekend marks the start of what her organization refers to as the 100 deadliest days of summer for new drivers. “In Iowa, the statistics are a little bit higher than the national average,” White says. “Looking at the period of 2009 through 2013, we show 39% of all teens that are killed during the course of the year are killed during that period of Memorial Day through Labor Day.”

The Iowa D-O-T reports a total of 22 Iowa teens were killed in crashes last year statewide and ten of those deaths happened between the two holidays — so almost half. A combination of factors can get the blame, she says, including the inexperience of a teen driver as well as all of the distractions of taking a drive during the summertime. “This time of year, we often see teens acquire their driver’s license, they’re very excited about having that new privilege,” White says. “We also know there’s a lot of social driving that takes place. They have a lot of free time on their hands. Many times, if they have passengers in their vehicle, those passengers can be a severe distraction to that novice driver.”

A motor club survey finds drivers who are 16 and 17 are involved in seven times as many crashes per mile driven as drivers in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

(Radio Iowa)

3 escape from Clarinda Academy Friday evening

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports three students from the Clarinda Academy escaped from the facility Friday evening.  Information posted on the Clarinda P-D’s Facebook page indicated the students escaped sometime between 7:15- and 8:15-p.m.

The trio were traveling in an unknown direction of travel. Additional information including a description of the subjects was not immediately available. Anyone with information concerning whereabouts of possible escapees is asked to call the Clarinda Police Department or 9-1-1.

Council Bluffs physician pleads guilty to possessing child porn

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A physician in Council Bluffs plead guilty this week to one-count of Possession of Child Pornography depicting a person under the age of 12. According to documents provided by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, 69-year old Dennis Seaborn Jones agree to the plea on Tuesday, May 20th. The plea was entered into record today (Friday). He faces a maximum of 20-years in prison during his sentencing, and fines not to exceed $250,000. In addition, Jones will serve at least five-years of Supervised Release upon completion of his term of incarceration.

Jones could face additional penalties including more prison time, if he is found guilty in a Pottawattamie County case involving the alleged sexual abuse of a 5-year old girl. That case is currently making its way through the judicial system. His trial on the charge is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on June 4th at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

Records show that on or about May 16th, 2013, Jones knowingly possessed visual images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. A search of computers found in his Council Bluffs home resulted in the discovery of approximately 1.2-million still images of child pornography and 9,300 videos showing child porn he had downloaded off the internet. Included among the images were more than two-dozen pictures and videos of patients seen by Doctor Jones at his medical clinic in Council Bluffs. The images showing minors in various stages of undress, were captured without the knowledge of his patients or their parents.

Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys agreed, and have recommended that Jones should serve 8-to 10-years in prison and at least 10-years of Supervised release. They said he should also be required to surrender his license to practice medicine and be placed on the State’s Sex Offender Registry upon his release from prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Shaw makes final pitch for your vote – says he can stand up to Appel

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Republican candidate for Iowa’s 3rd District Congressional seat, Monte Shaw, stopped by the KJAN Studios Friday afternoon, to make a final push for your vote during the June 3rd Primary election. Shaw is competing against five other Republicans for the seat being vacated by Republican Tom Latham, who decided not to run for re-election.

The Republican race for Latham’s seat hasn’t been too contentious, but Shaw says Democrat Staci Appel attacked him on religious grounds during a recent debate. He says he was defending the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, saying “The federal government should not be allowed to force religious institutions to provide services at their own expense, that run counter to their religious tenets.” Shaw says “Staci Appel came out and called that extremist rhetoric.” He says “Apparently she thinks it’s fine for the federal government to dictate what religious institutions do with their money, even if it violates their religious tenet.”

Shaw says as for the Republicans, in order for a candidate to emerge as a clear-cut winner in the Primary and move on to the election in November, they will have to show they can stand-up to scrutiny from the Democrats and what – quote — “The liberal attack machine out of D-C is going to through at us.” He says he can stand-up to that scrutiny, and he doesn’t have the baggage that makes for a “Target rich environment.”

Shaw says he has a “track record of getting things done,” and can bring a voice of agriculture to the U-S House. The 41-year old Shaw is a native of Shenandoah and has been the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association since 2005. His Republican opponents heading into the June 3rd Primary include Robert Cramer, Joe Grandanette, Matt Schult, David Young and Brad Zaun.

Cass County Extension Offers Tractor and Machinery Safety Certification

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the ISU Extension office in Atlantic say the Cass County Extension and Vo-Ag Teachers from Atlantic, CAM and Griswold schools will be teaching a 24-hour tractor and machinery safety certification course for local youth May 28-31 at the Cass County Fairgrounds. The training is required by law for any 14 or 15 year olds who want to safely operate a tractor over 20 HP and other machinery on a farm, acreage or any other business. Any youth who want to work in an operation that requires equipment operation must have this certificate. Youth aged 13 must be turning 14 during the summer of 2014 in order to be eligible for the certificate. 24 hours of training, including both a written and driving test, are required for participants to be certified.

While the certificate is required for 14 and 15-year old’s to be eligible for employment, anyone age 13 or older, including adults, is welcome to register for the class, as a wide variety of tractor, machinery and general farm safety topics will be taught. Participants will get some time “hands-on” driving farm machinery, as well as class time with Extension/Vo-Ag instructors and representatives from other local businesses and organizations.

The class dates are Wednesday, May 28 from Noon to 5 PM; Thursday, May 29 from Noon to 6 PM; Friday, May 30 from Noon to 5 PM and Saturday, May 31 from 8 AM to 4 PM. A $40 registration fee covers all class materials, including lunch for all 4 days of the course. Registration forms can be picked up from the Cass County Extension office or any Cass County Vo-Ag instructor. Forms are also available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass to print and return. Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, May 27th,  to ensure enough materials and food are available for course participants. For more information, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or email xcass@iastate.edu.

7th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day to Focus on Soil Health

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May 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Cass County say the 7th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day, scheduled for June 17th at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa, will address a wide variety of topics for local producers interested in learning more about the practical application of no-till production practices and management of soil heath and fertility. Registration opens at 8 AM with coffee and rolls available. Local agribusinesses will be on hand to visit with producers in the morning and showcase their services/equipment.WINlogocolorweb[1]

The field day program begins at 9 AM with a weather and market outlook from Bryce Andersen with DTN. At 10 AM, rotating breakout sessions will cover nitrogen rate calculation and the evolution of cover crops in corn production. The breakout sessions will be followed by a lunchtime discussion on understanding soil biology and improving soil health. After lunch, keynote speaker Barry Kusel will share his experiences using cover crops successfully in his row crop farm in Carroll County.

Anyone with an interest in the practical application and impact of no-till production, whether looking for ideas to begin adopting no-till practices or a long-time no-till producer looking to improve production results, is encouraged to attend this field day. Nearly 200 ag producers and ag professionals attended the 2013 event, learning about effective soil stewardship strategies. In addition to the educational sessions at the 2014 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. 4 hours of CCA Credits have been applied for, and will be available at no cost for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year.

There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is requested by June 12th to ensure a lunch will be available. A free steak sandwich lunch with sides and dessert will be provided to all attendees, with steaks cooked by the Shelby County Cattlemen. Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. More information is available at many local ISU Extension and NRCS offices, or can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses. 2014 Business Sponsors include Farm Bureau in East & West Pottawattamie, Shelby, Cass & Harrison Counties, Brokaw Supply Company, Sorensen Equipment Co., HTS Ag, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Shelby County State Bank, United Bank of Iowa and Bartlett Grain Co.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in meetings/events/functions should contact Dale DuVal at 712-644-2210, Ext 3, (Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339) or Dale.DuVal@ia.usda.gov by June 13th.