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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 28 2014


July 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say they have arrested a juvenile who was shooting a weapon into the air and are searching for another. Police say several shots were fired Sunday morning at the pedestrian mall downtown. Witnesses tell police two people were involved in the shooting and fled the scene. No injuries were reported. Police say they caught the juvenile two blocks south of the mall with a loaded pistol. They haven’t released his name, age or a motive for the shooting. He has been charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies. Police are searching for the second person involved.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Newly released records show that a 39-year-old man was shocked with stun guns at least 15 times before his death as Worth County Sheriff’s deputies tried to subdue him. The Des Moines Register filed a lawsuit to obtain the records from the Sept. 22 incident in Northwood after the officers were officially cleared of any wrongdoing. The deputies shocked Michael Zubrod after finding him beating his girlfriend with a hammer and scissors. He also attacked a deputy.

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — One small northwest Iowa town is preparing to deal with the loss of 450 jobs this fall when the Tyson Foods plant in Cherokee closes, and business owners are worrying about what it will mean. The Tyson plant is the second-largest employer in Cherokee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa inmate who was sentenced to life in prison has died less than a year being granted compassionate release because she was dying. Friends and family members say Kristina Fetters died Sunday. Fetters was diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer last September, when she was imprisoned at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. The 34-year-old Fetters was 15 when she entered prison for a 1995 first-degree murder conviction in the death of her great-aunt in 1994.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A small plane has to be towed to the airport on a truck after safely landing on an eastern Iowa road. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office said the plane flying from Longmont, Colorado, to an annual air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it had engine trouble around 8 p.m. Saturday. So 49-year-old Michael Hickman and his 22-year-old son James had to land the plane on a road north of the Waterloo Regional Airport. No one was injured and the plane wasn’t damaged.

1 person injured during rollover accident Sunday morning in Cass Co.


July 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9:35-a.m.)

One person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic early this (Sunday) morning following a rollover accident a couple of miles southeast of Wiota. According to dispatch reports, a woman went to a farmhouse just south of 390th Street and Independence Road at around 3:15-a.m. and reported she was in a vehicle that had been involved in an accident.

Deputies found the car upside down and were initially unable to determine if there were any other persons in the vehicle because the top was crushed. They saw footprints leading from the car into a field.
Anita Rescue and Wiota 1st Responders were called to the scene and used a thermal imaging device to help search for other, possible victims. None were found, and after doing some checking, deputies determined the woman appeared to have been alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Quist told KJAN News the woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Having No Proof of Insurance. An additional charge of OWI is pending the results of chemical tests given to the woman at the hospital.

Additional information is expected to be released on Monday.

Missouri man arrested in Red Oak Sat. night


July 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a man from Missouri was arrested late Saturday night for Public Intoxication. 36-year old Paul Michael Campbell, of St. Joseph, MO., was arrested at around 11:30-p.m. after officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of east Summit Street. Campbell was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 cash bond.

Advocates hope for broader medical marijuana law


July 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already hoping they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill.

State lawmakers this year approved legislation allowing the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy. The law was driven largely by mothers of children with epilepsy. It lays out strict criteria, including acquiring a registration card through the state and buying the oil in another state that produces it.

State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, says he hopes this bill is a first step toward a more comprehensive medical marijuana law. He hopes to get bipartisan support for legislation in 2015.
A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa should be cautious about expanding the law.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, July 27th 2014


July 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Human Services Department says changes in the federal farm bills means that about 1,100 Iowa businesses must pay for equipment and supplies, or pay transaction fees, in order to accept food stamp payments. The agency says Iowa can no longer use federal funds to provide equipment and pay transaction costs for retailers who average at least $100 a month in food stamp transactions.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Polk County Jail has joined a growing list of law enforcement agencies no longer holding immigrants in jail without a warrant if they’re suspected of being in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is being scrutinized for asking local agencies to hold such individuals for two additional days to give federal agents time to investigate and, if needed, start deportation steps.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two 19-year-old Des Moines men have been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for the beating death of another man last year. James Alon Shorter and Yarvon Nathaniel Russell were convicted in the August beating death of Richard Daughenbaugh, who authorities say was killed after honking his horn at a group of men. One other man also was convicted in the case.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Habitat for Humanity has received a bit of charity of its own. The Dubuque farm supply business Theisen’s has donated tools to the house-building nonprofit to replace stolen equipment. Tools valued at more than $3,800 were stolen from the group, which says its insurance costs would be unaffordable if its policy extended to cover its tools.

Creston man arrested early Saturday morning


July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Lenox report a Union County man was arrested early Saturday morning following a disturbance at a local bar.Weeks At around 1:30am, police were dispatched to the Dally Post bar. Officials determined 29-year old Joshua Weeks, of Creston, had entered the bar in an allegedly highly intoxicated condition, and confronted another patron.

Weeks was arrested on a charge of public intoxication and transported to the Taylor County Jail.

Council Bluffs park to fight invasive plants

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July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Officials in western Iowa will consider seeking a $200,000 state grant to help remove invasive trees and plants taking over a Council Bluffs park. The Daily Nonpareil reports that non-native trees and plants – like black locust, buckthorn and Ohio buckeye- have crowded out native species in Fairmount Park. Parks Director Larry Foster will ask the Council Bluffs City Council on Monday give him the go-ahead to seek the grant.

Foster wants a 28-acre section of the park to go back to oak savannah and understory trees, as well as Loess prairies. Wood chips from the removed trees would be used to surface a nature trail within the park that would connect with a nearby neighborhood trail to the restored area

1 injured during a motorcycle accident in Shelby County


July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident this (Saturday) morning, about three and one-half miles east of Earling, in Shelby County. Deputy Glenn Birks with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told KJAN News two motorcycles were traveling north on Highway 59 at around 9:20-a.m, when for reasons unknown, one of the cycles, a Harley Davidson, went out of control about 2.5-miles north of Highway 37/F-24. The cycle ended-up on its side, skidding on the highway before coming to rest. The female driver was tossed off the machine and suffered head injuries. Birks said she was not wearing a helmet.

The unidentified woman was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. A report on her condition is not available. The accident remains under investigation. Assisting sheriffs deputies at the scene, were rescue crews from Westphalia 1st Responders, Earling Rescue, Medivac, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Be prepared for possible severe weather Sat. afternoon & evening

News, Weather

July 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says people in Iowa should be prepared for severe weather, especially this afternoon and this evening. In their web briefing late this (Saturday) morning, officials said the primary threat from storms will be damaging winds and large hail, lightening, and heavy downpours of rain.svr

Winds of 60-to 80-miles per hour can have the same effect as an EF-0 tornado. The level of storm activity will vary widely, depending on how far north a frontal boundary that pushes north from Missouri will end up. Right now, the target is southern Iowa, but southwest and western Iowa could be affected…especially by strong winds and large hail.

Timing for these events will be this afternoon through the midnight hours. Most of the State of Iowa is under a “Slight” risk for severe weather. The greatest chance for severe weather will be in far southeast Iowa into central Illinois. Stay tuned to KJAN for further weather updates.

7AM Newscast 07-26-2014

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July 26th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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