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Power is out to more than 6,000 Iowans due to snowstorm


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More than six-thousand Iowa homes have no electricity this morning (Thursday), in many cases due to snow-covered tree limbs falling on power lines. Ashton Newman, spokeswoman for MidAmerican Energy, says some areas of northwest Iowa got a thick coating of ice and then up to 15-inches of snow along with wind gusts approaching 50 miles an hour.

“Ice through the evening hours fell on the lines,” Newman says, “and then when you bring wind into the factors, that can cause some downed tree branches and downed power lines.” She says many customers have been without power since the middle of the night and utility repair crews have been on-the-job since the wee hours.

“They’re working hard out there to get power back on quickly,” Newman says, “so we appreciate all of our customers’ patience during this time.” She says it may take until this afternoon for power to be restored to all Iowa customers. MidAmerican reports outages of several hundred in the areas in and around Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Waterloo, and four-thousand homes without power in Fort Dodge. Alliant Energy reports about 700 customers statewide without power.

(Radio Iowa)

Several agencies involved in Thu. morning pursuit in s.w. IA


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Several western Iowa law enforcement agencies participated in a pursuit that began early this (Thursday) morning in Fremont County, and ended in Omaha. Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports at around 1-a.m., during a narcotics investigation in the area of Highway 2 and Interstate 29, deputies tried to stop a 2013 Ford F-350 for a traffic violation. The truck, driven by 35-year old Dustin Boetel, of Omaha, took off and proceeded north on I-29.

During the pursuit Speeds reached 100-mph, with Boetel allegedly ramming the Fremont County K9 Unit and a Iowa State Patrol cruiser along the way. The chase continued into Council bluffs and on into Omaha, where the vehicle, having sustained disabling damage, ceased operating in the area of 114th and Dodge Streets.

Boetel was being held by the Omaha P-D on numerous Felony charges, including two counts of felony assault on a peace officer, operating a stolen truck, and  numerous other traffic violations. Authorities plan to bring him to Fremont County to face multiple charges, once the investigation in Nebraska is concluded.

Suspect vehicle in Thu. morning pursuit (Courtesy Fremont Co. S/O)

Suspect vehicle in Thu. morning pursuit (Courtesy Fremont Co. S/O)

Aistrope says he wants to thank the Iowa State Patrol, Pottawattamie County Sheriffs Office, and the Council Bluffs Police Department, for their assistance during the pursuit.

Census: Iowa population down in 71 counties, urban areas up


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Census estimates show more than two-thirds of Iowa counties have lost population since 2010 but that counties near urban areas saw big growth. The Census data released Thursday estimate 71 of Iowa’s 99 counties lost residents and 28 counties gained population.

The largest percentage growth was 21.2 percent in Dallas County, in suburban Des Moines. That was followed by 10.2 percent in Johnson County and 8.6 percent in Polk County. The largest population growth was in Polk, where the Des Moines-based county added 37,076 people. Polk has an estimated population of 467,711, making it Iowa’s largest.Census

Clinton County had the biggest population decline, dropping by 1,348 residents. Adams is the state’s least populated county, with 3,796 people.

2016 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will host the 2016 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located south of the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines.  Governor Terry E. Branstad who was governor in 1984 when the monument was dedicated will officiate the ceremony and make remarks.

This year’s ceremony includes the unveiling of a new plaque dedicated to the honor of the many Americans and Iowans that served in Vietnam and Southeast Asia who have for many years have suffered from the effects of their duty.  This new Iowa Vietnam War In-Memory Memorial Plaque will be located along the sidewalk leading to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is dedicated to their honor and memory. IA Dept of Veterans Affairs

Many service men and women who served during this war continue to suffer and have had premature deaths related to their service.  These deaths are the result of Agent Orange-induced illnesses, post-traumatic stress injuries, and a growing number of other registered causes.  These service men and women are the “hidden casualties of Vietnam.”  The new plaque reflects on these Iowans and provides a lasting monument to their memory and service.

Colonel Robert C. King (Ret), Executive Director, Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, encourages Iowans to attend the ceremony that honors and commemorates our state’s Vietnam veterans who returned from the war and those who gave their lives in the fight for the freedom of others.

AMVETS Post 2 will host a luncheon following the ceremony at their post located at 2818 – 5th Street.  The free lunch is being provided by Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Legislature approves two bills expanding gun rights


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two bills that would change Iowa guns laws are headed to the governor’s desk. The first would let Iowans buy and sell “suppressors”or “silencers” that greatly reduce the sound of a gunshot. Target shooters say the devices helps preserve their hearing. Representative Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, is a gunsmith, which means he’s been trained to repair, modify and build guns.

“This has been a long-time coming,” Windschitl says. “What we have before us now is a bill that’s going to expand Iowa’s freedoms.” Suppressors are legal in 40 other states. The second gun-related bill that has cleared both the House and Senate this week would let landowners carry a loaded gun while driving an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile on their property. Anyone else on an A-T-V or snowmobile could carry a gun, but it would have to be unloaded and in a case or holster.

Senator Dick Dearden of Des Moines, an avid hunter who worked on the bill. He says “Also, you must get off the vehicle to shoot unless you’re wheel-chair bound, basically.” Bill backers say it’s dangerous to encounter some wild animals while riding A-T-Vs or snowmobiles in rural areas and this bill will let people shoot rabid or charging animals.

(Radio Iowa)

Snowfall’s ended, but some Iowa roadways still treacherous


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say heavy snow is hampering travel in parts of Iowa, particularly near Sioux City. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said Thursday morning that the powerful winter storm that struck Wednesday left 12 to 14 inches of snow in and northeast of Sioux City.

The snowfall has ended, and Heitkamp says he doesn’t expect many problems from drifting or blowing snow because it fell wet and heavy – typical of wintry storms in the spring. The Iowa Transportation Department advises against travel in northwest Iowa because many roadways north and east of Sioux City are covered with snow or are blocked by disabled vehicles.  The department also says snow is covering some stretches of Interstate 35 north of Ames.

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Two accidents on I-80 between Adair and Casey


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s 511ia.org website is reporting two accidents have occurred on Interstate 80, between Adair and Casey. In one of the crashes, a straight truck was in the ditch between Exit 76: County Road N54 and Exit 75: County Road G30 (Adair).

Another accident was reported between Exit 86: IA 25 and Exit 83: Antique Country Drive (near Casey). A 5th Wheel was reported to be on its side. No other details are currently available.

The DOT says also, between Exit 57: County Road N16 (4 miles west of the Brayton area) and Exit 97: County Road P48 (Stuart), the roadway is completely covered with ice. Look out for icy bridges.

Significant need for Type “O negative” blood


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the American Red Cross’ Midwest Blood Services Region in Omaha, say there is a significant need for residents in the area to donate type O negative blood. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need.

Eligible donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.Am. Red Cross logo

Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who come to donate now through May 15, 2016, will be entered to win four single-day tickets to any of 10 Cedar Fair theme parks in the U.S, including Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. For a full list of participating parks, visit redcross.cedarfair.com

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Blood donation opportunities March 24-31:

Audubon County: Exira, March 28: noon to 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N. Jefferson

Cass County: Atlantic, March 24: noon to 6 p.m., Atlantic Catholic Parish Center, 105  W. 5th St.; March 31: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Atlantic High School, 1201 E. 14th St.

Harrison County: Dunlap, March 30: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Boyer Valley High School, 1102 Iowa Ave.; Logan, March 29: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Logan Magnolia High School, 1200 N. 2nd Ave.

Mills County: Glenwood, March 30: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Glenwood High School, 504 E. Sharp St.

Page County: Shenandoah, March 25: noon to 6 p.m., Special blood drive in memory of Issac at Shenandoah Assembly of God, 705 6th Ave.

How to donate blood All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

2 Creston men arrested on drug charges


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report two people have been arrested on drug charges. Early this (Thursday) morning, police arrested 20-year old Jacob Davis, of Creston, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and for Driving While Suspended. He later posted a $1,000 bond.

Wednesday morning, 18-year old Dakota Williams, of Creston, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for Possession of Marijuana. He was later released to the custody of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

(7-a.m. News)