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Police ask for help in finding missing C.Bluffs girl

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October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 4:45-a.m.) – Kayla was found in the area of her home and was returned safely to her family, unharmed.

Police in Council Bluffs are asking for your help in finding a missing girl. 11-year old Kayla M. Skipton, of Council Bluffs, was last seen by her parents leaving for the Kirn Junior High School in Council Bluffs, Wednesday morning. Kayla was last seen by the public Wednesday, evening between 7- and 7:30, in the area of Benton Street and McGee, walking east up a hill. She’s described as being 5-feet tall, about 80 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Kayla Skipton

Kayla Skipton

Kayla was wearing blue jeans and a black shiny jacket with pink on the inside. Anyone who has seen Kayla Skipton or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to call 712‐328‐5737 (the Pottawattamie County 911 Center) or 712‐328‐STOP (Crime Stoppers).

Authorities say since Kayla’s disappearance does not currently meet Amber Alert standards, no Amber Alert can be issued.

Iowa Early News Headlines: Thu., Oct. 29th 2015

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October 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FARRAGUT, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education has announced it will recommend dissolving the Farragut Community School District. The Daily Nonpareil reports primary concerns appear to be declining enrollment in the Fremont County district as well as another year of exceeding a state spending limit. The state has also told school officials to address shortcomings of accessibility to students.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating reports of hazing at a high school in northern Iowa. Clarion Police Chief Steve TerHark says at least six people have reported being victims of some type of incident at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School. Officers received an initial report alleging three football players assaulted a younger player. He says the players called it an initiation. The report led to other people contacting authorities. TerHark says the football players, two seniors and one junior were involved in the alleged incidents.

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) — The death of a woman whose body was found near a stolen truck in eastern Iowa has been ruled a homicide. The body of Sabrina Hustad was found with multiple stab wounds Sunday near a stolen truck in Benton County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is spending $100 million to help install nearly 5,000 additional ethanol fuel pumps in 21 states. The agency said Wednesday that matching grants bring the total public-private investment to $210 million to increase the availability of the corn-based fuel. The USDA says a typical gas pump delivers 10 percent ethanol, but the grants will help install pumps that offer higher blends of ethanol for more recently made vehicles.

Farragut school district in danger of being dissolved

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

FARRAGUT, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education has announced it will recommend dissolving the Farragut Community School District. The Daily Nonpareil reports primary concerns appear to be declining enrollment in the Fremont County district as well as another year of exceeding a state spending limit. The state has also told school officials to address shortcomings of accessibility to students.

Department spokeswoman Staci Hupp said in an email that the recommendation has not been made officially, but that she expects it to be on the State Board of Education’s meeting agenda on Nov. 18. The decision will ultimately be made by the board.

The Farragut school board announced Monday that it will hold a community meeting next Wednesday to give an overview of the situation and allow Farragut and Hamburg residents to ask questions.

IA Republican Party Chair calls for a Special Nominating Convention

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeffrey Kauffman has called for a Special Nominating Convention, with the intention of nominating a Republican candidate to run in the Iowa House District 21 Special Election. The convention will take place 6:30-p.m. Tuesday, November 10th, at the Corning Opera House (800 Davis Ave., in Corning).

On Oct. 16th, Governor Terry Branstad called for a Special Election to be held December 8th, for Iowa House District 21,which is comprised of Adams and Union counties and parts of Cass and Pottawattamie counties. The election is needed to fill the seat held held by Representative Jack Drake, of Griswold. Drake died in Atlantic from natural causes, on Oct. 11th.

Bluffs woman charged in connection w/arson fires

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs have arrested a woman suspected of being involved in numerous arson fires. 25-year old Rebecca Myers, of Council Bluffs, was arrested this (Wednesday) morning on four counts of 3rd degree arson, two counts of 1st degree arson, and two counts of child endangerment. Myers was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Rebecca Myers

Rebecca Myers

A warrant was issued for her arrested following an investigation into six different fires that authorities said were intentionally set in the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue in Council Bluffs, from October 4th through the 20th.

Among the fires she is suspected of starting, is:

  • A dumpster fire at 1010 3rd Avenue on Oct. 4th
  • A dumpster fire behind 1012 3rd Avenue on Oct. 11th (1010 and 1012 3rd Avenue are part of the same structure.)
  • A dumpster fire on Oct. 19th at 1010 3rd Avenue.
  • A garbage can fire at 204 S. 10th Street on Oct. 20th. The garbage can was next to an exterior wall of the home at 204 So. 10th Street and pulled away, before the house caught on fire.
  • And, a dumpster fire at 1010 3rd Avenue, on Oct. 20th.

A-PD Officers to “Go Scruffy” for the kids

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says the public shouldn’t be alarmed if they see local police officers deviate from their normally clean-shaven look. During the month of November, A-PD officers are taking advantage of “No Shave November” in a competition to raise funds to help with the annual “Shop with a Cop” and “Family Dreams Christmas” Programs.

Atlantic Police patrchOfficer and Reserve Officers will be allowed to grow the beard of their choice in November. The idea is that those officers must raise a minimum of $100 each in donations during November, to be put towards the kids’ programs. Any officer who does not raise the required amount minimum will be making up the difference out of his own pocket. A number of officers have already begun seeking donations and have exceed their minimum…before the month has even begun.

While the Atlantic Police Dept. takes donations toward their youth programs throughout the year, and will continue to accept donations at the P-D as usual, the officers felt the “No Shave” idea would be a great way to kick-off the seasonal fundraising efforts this year.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact the officers in person, or drop off your donation in the name of a specific officer or reserve officer at the Police Department. General donations are also accepted. Chief Green says it has been a tough year for a number of families in the Cass County area, and the needs of the kids are expected to be numerous.

Checks should be made to the “Atlantic Police Reserves,” with an indication for the Christmas or Youth programs, in the memo line.

Senator Ernst concerned about budget bill

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she has some concerns over the budget deal that was announced in the early morning hours Monday. The Republican from Red Oak says the bill could hurt farmers. “What I have looked at so far I am extremely disappointed in. The first is the crop insurance issue, which hits hard at rural America. Not just Iowa, but others that come from farming communities and farming states,” Ernst says. She says it would hit the program again.

“We just went through this several years ago with the federal Farm Bill, and cuts were made to crop insurance at that time. Now we are facing three billion dollars in cuts,” Ernst says. “The very concerning issue is that the Agricultural Committee — those who serve on the committee — were not even consulted about this particular cut.” Ernst says she doesn’t like plans for the money cut out of crop insurance and other programs.

“Instead of applying those cuts, those savings to our deficit and our debt, we use it on additional spending. I don’t think this is what Iowans want. I don’t think this is what Americans want,” according to Ernst. Ernst says she wants to see spending cut. “I am very disappointed in this deal, I probably will not be supporting this budget deal,” Ernst says. With the timing of the release of the bill, Ernst isn’t sure yet what other senators are thinking about it and whether there will be enough votes to move it ahead.

Ernst says it may move ahead, but she isn’t sure yet without hearing other feedback from those who might be undecided. “Especially when we take into consideration the crop insurance and that we are spending much more in this bill than what was laid out in our original budget earlier this year,” Ernst says. Ernst made her comments during her weekly call with reporters.

(Radio Iowa)

1 arrest in Glenwood

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report just one recent arrest. On Tuesday, 21-year old Lucas Bird,  of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI 1st offense. His bond was set at $1000 cash.

Cass Co. Sheriff releases accident info.

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday), released additional details about an accident that happened west of Marne, Saturday morning. Officials say just before 6-a.m., deputies responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a bridge near Marne.

A 2012 Nissan Versa driven by 31-year old Jason Daniel Hammond, of Walnut,  was westbound on Highway 83 when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle that was partially in his lane. As he did so, his car hit the bridge rail. The oncoming vehicle did not stop and was not located.

Hammond was transported to CCMH via Medivac. Damage to his vehicle was estimated at $3,000.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/28/2015

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October 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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