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Iowa prison restricts movement in housing unit after assault

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October 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa prison is restricting inmates’ movement in a housing unit after a staff member was assaulted.

Prison officials say the staff member was assaulted Saturday at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The staff member was treated at Fort Madison Community Hospital and released. Authorities say visits to Housing Unit Two in the prison will be suspended until further notice.

Prison officials say the incident remains under investigation and released no other details.

Substitute teacher shortages create challenges for districts in NE & IA

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October 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A persistent shortage of substitute teachers is creating challenges for Nebraska and Iowa school districts, and lawmakers who want to address the issue are still trying to pinpoint a solution.

Lawmakers from both states said the problem is most severe in rural districts. In Nebraska, senators convened a hearing last month to look for ways to minimize the time regular teachers spend out of the classroom.

The shortage is driven by a combination of trends, including mandatory teacher training during the school week and family leave policies that allow regular teachers to take off as much as 12 weeks at a time.

Iowa and Nebraska’s low unemployment rates plays a role, because fewer workers must settle for part-time jobs.

NE man arrested for OWI in Montgomery County

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October 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop west of Red Oak Saturday night resulted in a man being arrested for Driving While allegedly intoxicated. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year old Jorge Villatoro, of Bellevue, NE., was arrested at around 7:50-p.m. near the intersection of Highway 34 and E Avenue. Villatoro was charged with OWI/1st offense and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.

National Teen Driver Safety Week October 15-21, 2017 “The Haunting Reality of Teen Driving”

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October 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety say this week (Oct. 15th through the 21st) and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. Nationally there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

Alcohol: In 2015, almost one out of five teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in a fatal crash had been drinking. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance, including illicit or prescription drugs, could have deadly consequences.

Seat Belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways for teens to stay safe in a vehicle. In 2015, a total of 531 passengers died in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers. And, 58 percent of those passengers were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. Even more troubling, in 84 percent of cases when the teen driver was unbuckled, the passengers were also unbuckled.

Distracted Driving: Distractions while driving are more than just risky—they can be deadly. In 2015, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
Speeding: In 2015, almost one-third (29%) of all teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash.

Passengers: Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of passengers in a car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers.
Drowsy Driving: Teens are busier than ever: studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time. However, with all of these activities, teens tend to compromise something very important—sleep. This is a dangerous habit that can lead to drowsy driving.

In 2015, 52 drivers in Iowa under the age of 21 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes. The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau encourages you to talk to your teen drivers about safe driving practices. Losing even one is one too many, don’t you think?

(Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Oct. 15th 2017

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October 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:35 a.m. CDT

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) — Residents of the small northwest Iowa city of Sutherland have gathered to mourn Carly Kreibaum, a 33-year-old mother of two who was among those killed in a Las Vegas mass shooting. The Sioux City Journal reports dozens of people converged Saturday morning at a downtown community center to remember Kreibaum. A burial was held later at a local cemetery. Kreibaum’s family requested no media attend the funeral. Several attendees later refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — More oversight and money will be needed to demolish an abandoned apartment building near downtown Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports city officials determined recently that the apartments must be removed as if all the debris contains asbestos. That special designation requires more regulated cleanup. It’s also twice as expensive as more traditional demolition methods.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Two northeast Iowa men are raising awareness about a critical shortage of emergency medical technicians in rural areas of the state and calling for changes in law so ambulance service is deemed essential. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Bremer County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Kip Ladage and the EMS association’s president Jim Schutte spoke about the EMS crisis at a Waverly town hall meeting on Oct. 11. Residents discussed funding services with sales or property taxes.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a New York man in connection to a 2016 bank robbery in eastern Iowa. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the northern district of Iowa says 27-year-old Daniel Louis Jackson was convicted on charges that included armed bank robbery. A date for sentencing is pending, but he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison. Officials say Jackson and another man took about $8,000 from a Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton on Oct. 21, 2016.

(Update) Vehicle vs. Pedestrian accident in Atlantic

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October 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Update) – A man crossing Highway 6/7th Street in Atlantic Saturday night, was struck by a vehicle, but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Atlantic Police Lieutenant Paul Wood told KJAN News the pedestrian was crossing southbound from Poplar Street, when a vehicle whose driver was waiting to turn left from southbound Poplar Street, turned and struck the man.

Wood said the driver was waiting for northbound traffic to clear before he made the turn. He didn’t see the pedestrian until he was struck. The vehicle was not traveling very fast at the point of contact with the pedestrian. The accident happened at around 7:10-p.m. The person walking was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

No names have been released, and it’s not clear if any citations were issued. We’ll have more information for you on Monday.

Man struck by a car in Atlantic Saturday night

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October 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Rescue personnel and law enforcement were called to the scene of a vehicle verses pedestrian accident Saturday night, in Atlantic. According to dispatch reports, a man was struck at 7th and Poplar Streets at around 7:10-p.m. One person was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

No other details are currently available.

Funeral held for Iowa woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

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October 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) – Residents of the small northwest Iowa city of Sutherland have gathered to mourn the loss of Carly Kreibaum, a 33-year-old mother of two who was among those killed in a Las Vegas mass shooting. The Sioux City Journal reports dozens of people converged Saturday morning at a downtown community center to remember Kreibaum. A burial was held later at a local cemetery.

Kreibaum was one of 58 people killed in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival earlier this month. Authorities say Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel before killing himself. More than 500 people were also injured in the shooting.

Iowa faces shortage of EMTs in rural communities

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October 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Two northeast Iowa men are raising awareness about a critical shortage of emergency medical technicians in rural areas of the state and calling for changes in law so ambulance service is deemed essential.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Bremer County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Kip Ladage and the EMS association’s president Jim Schutte spoke about the state’s EMS crisis at a Waverly town hall meeting on Oct. 11.

Ladage says small-town agencies are struggling for volunteers, especially as many members reach retirement age. He says the shortage means area medics sometimes aren’t available to respond to calls. Calls then get deferred to another community, which increases response time.

Residents discussed funding EMS services through sales or property taxes to help address the issue.

Iowa marching band students walk away during national anthem

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October 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Some members of a high school marching band in central Iowa say they were highlighting inequality when they walked off a football field during a performance of the national anthem. The Des Moines Register reports 13 members of the Ames High School marching band linked arms Friday night and walked off the field during a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The incident happened prior to a home football game against another high school. Some other band members reportedly did not play their instruments during the performance. The newspaper reports some spectators in the stands cursed at the band members who left the field.

Band director Chris Ewan declined to comment after the incident. Athletes, primarily national football players, have been protesting police brutality in recent weeks by either kneeling or linking arms during the national anthem. Others have stayed in their locker rooms.