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Brutal cold sends wind chill factors to 35-below

News, Weather

January 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Much of Iowa is waking up to brutally cold temperatures this (Monday) morning. A wind chill warning is in effect until noon today for a wide section of north-central Iowa while an area north of Interstate 80 is under a wind chill advisory. Rod Donovan is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Johnston. Temperatures are 5 to 10-below in northern Iowa as increasing north winds knock wind chills down to 25 to 35-below, which will last much of the morning.

Donovan says the cold weather will be hanging around for several days. Tuesday will see a slight warm-up into the teens with 20s on Wednesday, but he’s expecting temps below freezing all week. Donovan says Iowans will have to wait until next weekend for daytime highs in the 20s and 30s.

(at 5:30-a.m., it was 1 degree above zero in Atlantic, with winds NW @ 15-25 mph, creating a wind chill factor of around -21.)

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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 21st 2013

News

January 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Governor Terry Branstad has released his budget proposal, but one key part of the plan remains a question mark. That’s compensation for the roughly 20,000 union represented state workers in Iowa. And the acrimonious tone between Branstad and union officials suggests the current contract talks will not be easily resolved.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they made a mistake in releasing the records of 328 state employees because nearly half of those resigned to avoid being fired. The state says 145 of the people included in the initial list of fired employees resigned to avoid having a termination on their record. Earlier this month, the Des Moines Register reported that 33 employees who had been fired were later rehired by the state.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa veterans who want to showcase their military service on their driver’s licenses are disappointed they have to wait until their current license expires. KWWL reports a new law took effect last week allowing Iowans to have a veteran designation on their licenses to help them get discounts.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, leading four Northern Iowa players in double figures, and the Panthers routed Drake 85-55 yesterday. Jake Koch had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Seth Tuttle and Anthony James scored 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 60 percent from the field, making 30 of 50 shots in Cedar Falls.

Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board to meet Monday evening

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday. During their 7-p.m. session at the high school in Elk Horn, the Board will hear regular reports from the district’s principals, and Superintendent Dean Schnoes, who is expected to provide an update on reorganization with the Exira School District, and discuss the heating compressor in the lunchroom.

The Board will discuss and possible take action on a new insurance program for One-to-One Computers, Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing savings to the district, and approval of OneSource as an employee or potential employee, background check company.

CAM School Board to meet Monday evening

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM School District’s Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting 7-p.m. Monday at the High School Media Center in Anita. During the session, the Board is slated to discuss and possibly act on matters pertaining to the Multi-purpose facility, including:  The holding of a Public Hearing on the Plan, Specifications, Form of Contract and Estimated costs of the project; a Resolution approving the plans, specs and form of contract; a review of the construction bids, and the awarding of a contract for construction.

The Board will also hear discussion, and possibly act on: a Driver’s Education instructor contract; Driver’s Ed tuition, an Open Enrollment application, and other administrative matters. Prior to adjournment, the CAM School Board will enter into a closed session to discuss negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to meet Monday evening

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet 5-p.m. Monday, at City Hall. During the meeting, the board will receive updates on: The Schildberg Recreation Area; The Park Maintenance Building project; Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction project; The Dog Park at the Schildberg Recreation Area, and the new Boat ramp near the Water Treatment plant. In addition, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide his report on a Master Plan for the Schildberg Recreation Area, fundraising and grant writing progress.

Atlantic woman arrested Sunday on weapon and assault charges

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a local woman was arrested early Sunday morning on three charges associated with an  disturbance involving a knife, which occurred just outside of Desperados Bar at around 1-a.m.  Officials say after investigating the incident, 26-year old  Prudence Penelope Gwendolyn Page, of Atlantic, was taken into custody on Willful Injury and Domestic Abuse Assault charges, along with a charge of Carrying Weapons. The charges stem from an alleged assault in the 100 block of East 5th Street, on Christopher Castillo, of Atlantic.

According to Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, Castillo was stabbed in the upper torso. He was taken by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, and later transported to an undisclosed hospital in Omaha. The extent of his injuries were not released. Prudence Page was being held in the Cass County Jail an appearance before the magistrate.

Corning woman arrested for ID Theft & alcohol charges

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says a Corning woman was arrested Sunday afternoon following an investigation into an incident which took place Friday, at the Brooks Bar. 20-year old Brooke Goldsmith was arrested at around 1-p.m., for Attempting to Purchase Alcohol under the legal age, a simple misdemeanor, and, Identity Theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. Goldsmith was brought to the Adams County Jail, posted a $2,300 bond, and was released.

Omaha looks to combat its homicide problem

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January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Omaha police, city officials and even residents know that many Nebraskans think the state’s largest city is violent.  Much of that reputation is driven by Omaha’s relatively high number of homicides – 40 in 2012. Of those, more than half occurred in northeast Omaha, where poverty, unemployment and substandard housing is rampant.

Willie Barney, president of north Omaha’s revitalization organization, the Empowerment Network, says it’s those factors that fuel the area’s gangs and gun violence. University of Nebraska at Omaha criminal justice professor John Crank says decades of disinvestment by businesses in the area have also contributed to north Omaha’s violent crime and high murder rate.

Police and community groups are using everything from weekly progress meetings to summer jobs programs to reduce violent crime.

Area News (Podcast): Sunday, Jan. 20th 2013

News, Podcasts

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news (podcast), from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

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Wild pursuit ends north of Shelby early Sunday morning

News

January 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A chase on Interstate 80 involving the Iowa State Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies early Sunday morning, ended about two and one-half miles north of Shelby near the intersection of 450th Street and County Road M-16. According to scanner traffic, the pursuit of a Toyota extended cab pickup registered to a subject out of Avoca, began at around 3:45-a.m. on I-80 in northwestern Pottawattamie County. During the chase, several items were allegedly tossed out of the vehicle over the course of nearly two-miles, beginning at the 39.2-mile marker. The items were said to have included: A baggie; “A White powdery substance;” cash; and an additional  “White powdery substance,” which apparently blew back on, or hit the truck.

The chase wound its way from Pottawattamie County into Shelby County, and included the suspect vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-80 briefly, before crossing back onto I-80 westbound, and an off-road foray into a field, where the vehicle reportedly crashed through a barbed wire fence. Efforts by law enforcement to stop the pickup included the use of “Stop Sticks,” and at least a couple of  Precision Immobilization Technique, or “PIT” maneuvers. The vehicle ended up in a ditch, and at least one-person was taken into custody.

No injuries were reported. No other details are currently available.