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Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, Oct. 25th 2015


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rockwell Collins, which makes systems for airplanes, is buying rival B/E Aerospace for $6.4 billion. The deal still needs approval by shareholders of both companies and by regulators. Rockwell sells electronics systems used in airliners and business jets, while B/E makes aircraft cabin interiors including seating.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Hampton man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 61-year-old Ronald Rand was sentenced Monday to the life term after a jury in August found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Michelle Key, of Waterloo. She died on a couch in Rand’s living room after being shot in the neck with a sawed-off shotgun. Prosecutors argued Rand killed Key because she laughed as she admitted cheating on him.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Vinton woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge connected to the fatal accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The woman was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to providing a firearm to a prohibited person. Investigators found she provided a rifle to her 16-year-old son, who she knew used marijuana. Authorities say a teen other than the woman’s son was handling the gun when it fired, hitting Emma Redlinger. She died four days later.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by a retired University of Iowa administrator over private meetings that Board of Regents members held with the man they later hired as the UI’s president. The judge ruled Monday the lawsuit filed in June by former administrator Gerhild Krapf should proceed, though he noted he wasn’t evaluating the suit’s merits. The regents sought to dismiss the suit, which argued regents violated the law by holding private meetings with Bruce Harreld before his hiring.

Two rehabilitated owls to be released tonight in western Iowa


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

After several months of rehabilitation, two great horned owls will be released at Prairie Rose State Park near Harlan in western Iowa tonight (Monday) at 6 P-M. Kay Neumann, executive director of Save Our Avian Resources, or SOAR, says one of the owls had been hit by a car, while the other one had injuries consistent with getting caught in a soccer net.

“They aren’t like us when we go, ‘Oh, we’re stuck in something,’ hold still and figure out how to get yourself out, they will panic,” Neumann says. “They’ll start flapping wings and doing things like that and in a soccer net, it doesn’t take too long and they get entangled.” At night, soccer fields are wide open hunting grounds where owls snatch mice and other rodents, but the nets can quickly turn predators into victims. Tonight’s release of the owls is a celebration for SOAR, which focuses on rehabilitation, education and research.

“We’re over 350 bird-patients this year,” Neumann says. “We take in injured wild birds, we try to fix whatever’s wrong with them and release them back into the wild. It’s been extremely busy.” In the first few months of this year, Neumann says they took in 13 American bald eagles, all with lead poisoning. Only one of the eagles survived to be released. The eagles got sick, she says, from eating animals that were shot by hunters who used lead shot as ammunition. She’s campaigning for hunters to use copper shot instead.

(Radio Iowa)

Mills County Sheriff’s report (10/24)


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests over the weekend. Saturday morning, 33-year old Zachary Dean Anderson, of Glenwood, was arrested on Highway 34 near 280th Street, for OWI/1st offense, Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to Reduce Speed to Reasonable and Proper Rate, and Speeding. His bond was set at $2,000. 33-year old Joseph Lawrence Isenbart, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Saturday morning for Driving Under Suspension and No SR-22 Insurance. His bond was set at $1,300.

Saturday night, 18-year old Brian Burdette Kuhn, of Carter Lake, was arrested on Highway 34 in Mills County for Possession of Prescription Drug, Reckless Driving, Child Endangerment. He was also wanted on a Pott. County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. His total bond was set at $4,000.

And, Sunday morning, 41-year old Benjamin David Sieck, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for OWI 3rd, No Insurance and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle. His bond was set at $5,000.

Fire Danger to remain “High” in Shelby County this week

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said today (Monday), the County Fire Danger rating will remain HIGH through Thursday, even though we are supposed to receive some moisture. Wind and continued drying after short duration moisture will keep Fire Danger in the HIGH category through Thursday.  Predominate fuel at this time is grass, and will completely cure, and be ready to burn within 1 hour of rain event. High fire danger

Burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from local Fire Chief. Controlled burns that are not reported will result in Fire Department being dispatched, and Fires extinguished if determined to be un-safe. Please call 712-755-2124 if you have any questions.

Branstad open to raising state’s minimum wage


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says he doesn’t like the “hodge podge” of city and county minimum wage hikes that are going into effect in Iowa. After the election’s over, he plans to talk with legislators about setting a higher statewide minimum wage. “I think it would be wise for us to carefully review the workforce and what the needs are out there and look at what neighboring states have done and what is competitive,” Branstad says. The state’s minimum wage is 7-dollars-and-25 cents an hour, identical to the federal minimum wage. Every state that borders Iowa has raised its minimum wage higher than that.

“Now we’re seeing this activity in several counties and I think it becomes a challenge and difficult for many businesses and many people,” Branstad says. “It would be better if we had a uniform, statewide minimum wage.” County boards of supervisors in Johnson, Linn, Wapello and Polk Counties have voted to raise the minimum wage locally. Many of those county officials have expressed the hope their action would pressure state officials to act on the issue.

“I know this is a challenging and controversial issue and there are those that would like to demand $15,” Branstad says. “And honestly, I think most people, including the supervisors here in Polk County, determined that wasn’t realistic, so we have to look at what’s fair, but also what’s realistic and will hurt people and not hurt small business.” Branstad says he wants to find a “bipartisan” consensus in the legislature on the issue. Branstad’s staff issued a “clarification” later in the day, Monday, saying Branstad was not openly advocating for an INCREASE in the minimum wage

In 1990, Republicans in the legislature voted against a bill Democrats passed that called for raising the state’s minimum wage above the federal level. Branstad surprised his fellow Republicans by signing it into law. Now, Branstad’s giving advanced warning that he’s open to taking similar action in 2017.

Here are the minimum wage rates in surrounding states: $8.25 in Illinois; $7.56 in Missouri and it will go up to $7.80 next year; $9.00 in Nebraska; $8.50 in South Dakota; $9.50 in Minnesota.

(Radio Iowa)

Vehicle vandalism in Afton


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says an Afton resident reported Sunday, someone had cut the left rear tire of a 1998 Dodge Durango owned by Megan Short, sometime during the day, while the vehicle was parked outside the residence. The loss was estimated at $200.

Adair County Sheriff releases info. on Sept. search warrants in Bridgewater


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater today (Monday) released details about three search warrants that were executed Sept. 22nd, in Bridgewater. After examining all of the physical evidence seized and other relevant information, Vandewater says complaints alleging 18 criminal violations were filed with the Court, and arrest warrants were obtained for five people.

Warrants were served on the following individuals:

  • James Jeffrey Reese, who faces charges of Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Gathering Where Controlled Substances are used, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense. His bond was set at $25,000.
  • 52-year old Toni Lynn Reese, of Bridgewater, was charged with felony Ongoing Criminal Conduct/Criminal Network, Dominion/Control of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon, and Gathering where controlled substances are used. Her bond was also set at $25,000.
  • 25-year old Shane Sim Blackford, of Bridgewater was charged with felony Ongoing Criminal Conduct/Unlawful Activity, Gathering Where Controlled Substances are used, and Theft in the 2nd degree. His bond was set at $25,000.

Two other suspects, Julie Holmes and Duane Funke, currently have outstanding arrest warrants. Holmes is wanted for Ongoing Criminal Conduct/Unlawful Activity, Theft in the 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd or subsequent offense, Gathering Where Controlled Substances are used, Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd or subsequent offense, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of Prescription drugs. Funke is wanted for Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information on the location of Holmes and Funke are encouraged to contact the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

“Operation Medicine Cabinet” results in Pott. County


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Council Bluffs Police Department today (Monday), released the results of a Drug Take Back Event that took place Saturday, October 22nd, at the Council Bluffs Walgreens store. During the four-hour event, dubbed “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” 206 people anonymously dropped off their unused, expired prescription or over the counter drugs which resulted in 320 pounds of total weight of surrendered pharmaceuticals.

So far the Department’s 13 Take Back Events since 2010 have resulted in the accumulation of over 4,200 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications with over 2,300 residents participating. dispose_drugsThe event was held as part of  the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsored “National Prescription Drug Take Back” day.

Officials say the Departments’ success with these events would not be possible without the collaboration of several community organizations, volunteers, and the Council Bluffs Recycling Center.

Atlantic Community School District patrons asked to complete survey


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District are asking patrons of the District to fill-out an online survey with regard to the search for a new Superintendent. Business Manager Mary Beth Fast says the School Board wants input from the public on the qualifications they desire for the next Superintendent. The person selected will succeed current Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein, who announced in April he would be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 School year.

A link to the survey, which is available until 8-a.m. November 16th, can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8DGPS6T

(Update) Pott. County crash victim fatality ID’d


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the victim of a single-vehicle crash that took place late Saturday night on Interstate 80, west of Avoca. A passenger in an SUV, 38-year old Mario Rodriguez, of Talmage, Nebraska, who was not wearing a seat belt,was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled several times into the median. Three other people, including the driver, were injured.

Officials say a 1996 Honda Passport driven by 26-year old Jesus German was traveling east on I-80 at around 9-p.m., when the car went out of control and entered the median before it rolled over several times.

Jesus German, and his passengers, 20-year old Steven Baney, and 26-year old Antonio Aguilar, all of Talmage, NE., were injured in the crash. Baney was not wearing a seat belt. The Patrol says the other two men were buckled-up. Authorities say alcohol and speed were considered to be factors in the crash, which remained under investigation.

German was transported by helicopter in serious condition, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Baney and Aguilar were taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, by Avoca Rescue. Authorities say charges are pending against Jesus German, while they awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

Baney and Aguilar were later released from the hospital, but Aguilar was being held in the Shelby County Jail, while awaiting extradition to Nebraska, where a felony warrant had been issued for his arrest from Otoe County.

Sheriff’s Deputies from Pottawattamie and Shelby County assisted at the scene, along with rescue personnel from the Avoca and Walnut Fire and Rescue Departments.