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Minor injuries reported after semi’s hit mirrors on Hwy 34


August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say only minor injuries were reported following an accident that happened just before 1-p.m., Wednesday. Officials say a 2004 Freightliner semi owned by Ramco Transportation of Roselle, IL and driven by 44-year old Artur Jakala, of Roselle, was traveling west on Highway 34, when for reasons unknown, the vehicle crossed the center line of the road.

The left, side-view mirrors of Jakala’s semi hit the mirrors of a 1997 Freightliner semi tow truck,  passing in the opposite direction. The driver of the tow truck was identified as 46-year old Kenneth Darnold, of Emerson. A 2008 Chrysler Sebring driven by 53-year old Tamera Hawley, of Mount Ayr, and owned by the Mount Ayr Record News, was traveling behind Darnold’s semi, when parts that flew off the semi’s during the collision punched through the grill of the car, causing damage to the air conditioning condenser. Authorities say Jakala suffered lacerations from the broken mirror, but refused medical attention.

Damage from the crash amounted to $400. Jakala was cited for Failure to Yield half the roadway.

(Originally aired during the 5-p.m. 8/13 & overnight 8/13-14 Newscasts)

NW Iowa man accused of killing his mom pleads not guilty


August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A 44-year-old northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he killed his mother. Jonathan Neunaber, of Akron, made his plea to the murder charge on Wednesday in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars.

County Attorney Darin Raymond has said Neunaber admitted to causing the death of 80-year-old Esther Grace Neunaber. Her body was found July 9th at her Akron home with the body of her 83-year-old husband, Donald.  The cause of Donald Neunaber’s death has yet to be determined. Authorities have said the couple died violently.

Iowa governor candidates meet for first debate


August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch are set to face off in their first debate. Branstad and Hatch are scheduled to meet 4-p.m. today (Thursday) at the Iowa State Fair. This will be the first of three debates in the race.

Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term and has been touting a record of job creation and tax cuts. Hatch, a longtime state lawmaker, says he could do more to boost incomes and improve services, such as education and health care.

Thus far, Branstad has looked stronger in the race. He remains popular in the polls and had more than $4 million in his campaign account in mid-July. Hatch had less than $200,000 at that time and had loaned personal funds to the campaign.

ISP & deputies investigate 2 separate accidents on I-80, Sunday


August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released information about a couple of crashes that occurred Sunday, on Interstate 80 in Cass and Pottawattamie Counties. The first happened in Cass County at around 11:30-a.m., Sunday, near the Elk Horn exit.

Officials say a Recreational Vehicle driven by 33-year old William DeWitt, of Sioux Falls, SD, and a 2012 VW Routan van driven by 19-year old Stevan Dedovic, of Hoffman Estates, IL, were both traveling westbound on I-80, when the van slowed for traffic that had stopped ahead for a backup that was taking place in the construction zone. The RV rear-ended the van, but both vehicles were able to drive from the scene. Damage from the crash amounted to $4,500. Both drivers refused medical attention. DeWitt was cited for Failure to Stop within the assured clear distance.

The second accident happened at around about 75-minutes later, about one-half mile west of the Walnut exit. The Patrol says a 2007 tractor-trailer driven by 49-year old Angela Briggs, of Alger, MI., was traveling eastbound on I-80 and had slowed for traffic ahead that was stopped due to road construction. A 2001 Chevy Venture van driven by 32-year old Jessica Alvarado, of Gilboa, OH., was also eastbound and slowing for the stopped traffic ahead, when she was rear-ended by a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup, that was pulling a trailer. The pickup was driven by 33-year old Jeremy Mangas, of Gilboa, OH.

The impact pushed Alvarado’s van onto the shoulder of the interstate. The pickup and trailer continued forward, and struck the rear of the semi. No injuries were reported. Damaged from the crash amounted to $20,500. Mangas was cited for Failure to Stop in an Assured Distance.

Both accidents caused traffic to be tied up for a good deal of time, while authorities sorted out what happened.

DNR says urban deer hunts are working

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A state conservation officials says hunters stalking deer in and around the state’s largest metro areas have had success in keeping the animals in control. Bill Bunger, a wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says urban hunts have thinned the herd. “Generally speaking sure, there’s spots where access is still a little bit limited to the deer. And that’s kind of by choice of the people who live in that area. But everywhere where they have been able to put hunters has made a big difference,” Bunger says. Hunters have taken 53-hundred deer from the Des Moines and surrounding metro areas since 1997. Hunters do all their work in urban areas with bows.

“We extend the season a little bit for ’em, it starts a little bit earlier than our regular archery season,” Bunger explains. “And we run it through the gun season — because there are no conflicts with the shotgun hunters of course in town. And we run it a little longer into January as well.” There are also urban deer hunts in eastern Iowa. “Waterloo does hunt, and they’ve done it probably a year longer or so than in the Des Moines area, and they are very much successful over there,” Bunger says. He says Cedar Rapids has had hunts for a number of years and he says they’ve seen an impact with the number of roadkill deer going down.

Residents of urban areas get concerned when the deer population climbs and the animals start eating gardens, hosta and other plants. Bunger says even though the population levels for deer have come down, the cities keep a watch on them and continue the hunts each year. “Deer numbers just aren’t stagnant, so if you walk away from it, they are going to go back up over time. So, it’s just kind of an ongoing process,” Bunger explains. He says most cities have task forces that keep track of the deer population to determine where they should hunt.

“The Des Moines area in particular, they actually with the help of the Army Corps pay for an aerial survey by helicopter every year. Most of the cities as a rule just hunt every year,” Bunger says. He says the cities do look at the populations and maybe determine they’ve harvested enough deer and need to the hunting to other areas. Many of the deer taken are donated to the D-N-R’s “HUSH” or Help Us Stop Hunger program to be distributed through local food banks. Bunger says other cities allow the hunters to take home the animals for their own use.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Aug. 14th 2014


August 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man is accused of committing four bank robberies in Cedar Rapids. Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that 29-year-old Javon Dockery of Cedar Rapids was indicted on four counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of firearm in furtherance of a crime or violence.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge says two Iowa prison inmates must be provided nightly meals and chapel time during Ramadan and allowed the same religious accommodations as other Muslims. The inmates, Michael Williams-El and James Blair-Bey, sued prison officials in 2012 when they were at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of video-recording girls in an eastern Iowa school restroom has pleaded guilty to a sexual exploitation charge. The Quad-City Times reports that 29-year-old Ian Dishon Isabel entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. Isabel admitted that he planted video cameras in a girls’ restroom at Hayes Elementary School, where he worked as a coordinator for the after-school Stepping Stones program.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Most coaches only get one chance to turn around a program. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz is poised to revive the Hawkeyes for the third time in 12 years. Many dismissed Ferentz and the Hawkeyes after a 4-8 finish in 2012. But Iowa answered its critics with eight wins last season, including victories over Nebraska and Minnesota.

Authorities investigate theft of US flags in Hull


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of U.S. flags in the northwest Iowa city of Hull. The Sioux City Journal reports the flags were missing from homes and school property on the north side of Hull. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the flags were removed from poles between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

The sheriff’s office didn’t say how many flags were stolen. Hull is a city of about 2,100 people. It’s about 50 miles north of Sioux City.

Treynor man to be honored in Lifesaving Award Program


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man who risked his life to save two men from an icy, watery grave will be honored Friday during a special ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Governor Terry E. Branstad will recognize Seth Thompson, of Treynor, as one of six individuals who have performed a courageous act in an attempt to save someone’s life, or those that have unselfishly assisted in an emergency situation. Thompson is slated to receive the Outstanding Service Award during the “Governor’s Lifesaving Awards & Outstanding Service Awards” ceremony which takes place at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater, beginning at 10-a.m., Friday.

The Outstanding Service Award is presented to persons who have performed a courageous act in an attempt to save an individual who was in danger of losing his or her life or to individuals who unselfishly rendered service in a time of emergency.

On December 14th, 2009 Seth Thompson was headed to work in Okoboji. It was a very cold day with a wind chill of 5 below zero, the roads were icy and the winds were making navigating the roads a challenge. During his drive Seth noticed a truck with two occupants in front of him begin to lose control on a patch of ice and then watched it roll into a creek and break through the ice coming to a stop. When it finally came to rest, it was on its top. Seth quickly stopped his vehicle and he and his passenger ran down to the truck. Seth observed that the windows in the truck had broken on impact and the cab was quickly filling with water.

When he arrived at the truck, which was near the creek bank, Seth was able to reach in the passenger window by laying down on the edge of the bank, his stomach and chest were submerged in the icy water as he felt for the passenger’s arm. Seth grabbed the arm and pulled the disoriented passenger from the truck and onto the bank. Knowing that the driver was still inside he again reached through the passenger window and just barely reached his outstretched hand. Seth grabbed the hand and pulled the second person onto the creek bank.

Both the driver and passenger of the truck, Jesus Alvarado and Joshua Allsup, were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries and symptoms of hypothermia.

Officials release info of Iowa helicopter crash


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Federal investigators have released more information about a north Iowa helicopter crash that killed three medical workers. KIMT-TV says that a National Transportation Safety Board report details circumstances of the January 2013 crash near Ventura. The Mercy Air Med helicopter carrying a pilot, nurse and paramedic was on its way to pick up a patient in Emmetsburg when it crashed into a farm field.

Investigators focused on weather conditions at the time of the crash. The report says witnesses and first responders reported mist, drizzle, freezing precipitation and icy roads. Investigators said the helicopter wasn’t certified for such conditions.

Investigators will use the report to determine a probable cause of the crash.

2 arrested after shots fired and chase in Council Bluffs (updated)


August 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two men were arrested early this (Wednesday) morning, after they led police on a chase. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said in a press release Wed. afternoon, 34-year old Kent Hendricks, of Council Bluffs, and 32-year old Ryan Mass, of Omaha, were in the drive-thru pharmacy lane of the Walgreens Store at 535 E. Broadway at around 1-a.m., when a red truck occupied by 33-year old Dustin Boetel and 26-year old Luke Bird, both of Council Bluffs, pulled-up next to their vehicle and the occupants of the truck began arguing with Hendricks and Mass.

When Hendricks and Mass left the area, the suspects followed them and at the intersection of Harmony and Benton Streets, Hendricks and Mass hear a bang and Hendricks felt something hit his left leg. The suspect’s pickup truck then sped toward Harrison Street. Hendricks and Mass checked their vehicle and discovered what appeared to be a bullet hole in the trunk. They called 9-1-1 and gave the last known direction of travel of the suspects’ vehicle.

Officers located the pickup in the 200 block of Orchard Avenue and attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the pickup sped-off with the officers in pursuit. The truck eventually went out of control near 25th Street and West Broadway, and both occupants were detained. In the vehicle, police found .22-caliber rifles, one with a sawed-off barrel and an altered serial number. A shotgun found on the Broadway viaduct was also linked to the suspects.

Authorities say Boetel and Bird face charges that include attempted murder, going armed with intent, assault while participating in a felony, possession of an offensive weapon, and intimidation with a weapon. Boetel faces additional charges of felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine. Bird also faces additional charges. They include Tampering with evidence, Driving While Barred, Possession of Marijuana, felony eluding, and he has two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Hendricks’ injuries, which were apparently caused by shrapnel from a bullet or fragments of the driver’s side seat, were not life threatening.