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June 20th, 2016 by Jim Field

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Sanders backers win, get state party to denounce ‘super delegates’


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Supporters of Bernie Sanders won a policy victory at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention this weekend. At 10:45 Saturday night, Sanders forces successfully added a plank to the state party’s platform that calls for getting rid of so-called “super delegates” to the Democratic National Convention. David McFarland of Dallas County was among the Sanders supporters who argued the elected officials and party leaders who are “super delegates” do not represent the will of the people.

“Super delegates lead to voter suppression,” he said, sparking applause and loud cheers from the other Sanders delegates in the room. “And what the Democrats want is not voter suppression. That’s a Republican idea.” Holly Herbert of Polk County and other Sanders supporters have been outraged media outlets called Hillary Clinton the party’s “presumptive nominee” before all the voting in primaries was over because of Clinton’s support from unpledged “super delegates.”

“Even Mrs. Clinton herself said that she appreciated the support, but she still had additional primaries to win,” Herbert said. Six Iowa Democrats at the state convention were given a chance to debate the issue before a vote was taken. A Clinton backer told the Sanders supporters they were making a “moot point.”

“If we do away with our super delegates altogether, Hillary wins by 400 delegates,” said the man, who did not identify himself. “If we apportion them by primary results, she wins by 600 delegates.” Emily Legal of Johnson County argued FOR super delegates, so rank-and-file Democrats don’t have to compete against party leaders for delegate slots at the national convention.

“By abolishing Super Delegates, you’re not giving the people a voice,” Legel said. “You’re taking one additional voice away from an activist who has earned it simply because an elected official, for example Dave Loebsack, has more name recognition than anyone else.” Sanders supporters complain the 2016 Iowa Caucuses resulted in a near tie between Sanders and Clinton, yet six of the seven Iowa Democratic Party’s “super delegates” say they will vote for Clinton at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested for allowing underage consumption


June 20th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A Red Oak man was arrested Sunday by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for permitting under 18 years of age individuals to consume or possess on his property.  At 7:30pm Sunday Deputies arrested 47-year-old Ronald Benjamin Updegrove II.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and later released on citation.

ISU works with Highway Patrol to identify problem areas on roads for animal collisions

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Highway Patrol estimates nearly a quarter of the damage done to its vehicles comes from collisions with animals. Patrol Sergeant Nate Ludwig says the majority of the crashes involve deer, but last year a trooper had a close encounter with a wild turkey. “It was coming through the windshield and it basically destroyed the whole inside of his car all the way to the backseat,” Ludwig says. “It took out his computer, it was quite the mess. All of the expensive equipment in our cars, any more damage than what’s done to a regular car is going to be exponentially more.”

Ludwig says the patrol is working with Iowa State University researchers to identify areas in the state that are known as “carcass crash corridors.” He says several dead animals along the road likely mean those are places where they need to be especially watchful. “We have about 350 state patrol cars in our fleet, so, what we’re trying to do is basically mitigate the cost to the taxpayer and try and identify these problem areas,” Ludwig says. “We are always on the lookout for animals on the road but if we know we’re in a specific spot, we’ll really be on the lookout.” Ludwig says the goal is to have the data programmed into the vehicle’s on-board computer system. It could be programmed to alert the officer when they enter a so-called “animal hotspot.”

(Radio Iowa/IPR)

(Update) 4 injured in Shelby County crash Saturday night


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our reports Sunday) The Iowa State Patrol says four people were hurt during a crash scene that spanned nearly one-half of a mile late Saturday night, in Shelby County. The Patrol says a 1996 GMC Sierra pickup driven by 27-year old Joshua Edgecomb, of Harlan, was traveling north on Highway 59 at around 10:50-p.m., when the pickup crossed the centerline of the road south of 800th Street and entered the southbound lane.

The pickup struck three other vehicles, including a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup driven by 44-year old Troy Fudge, of Corning, a 2009 Buick Enclave, driven by 35-year old Rachelle Brown, of Omaha, and a 2013 Ford pickup driven by 44-year old Scott Brown, also of Omaha. The GMC then came to rest in the west ditch off Highway 59.

Edgecomb, and his passenger, 51-year old Timmy Edgecomb, of Harlan, Rachelle Brown, and 14-year old Dakota Holderness, of Council Bluffs, were injured in the crash. Timmy Edgecomb, who was not wearing a seat belt, and Joshua Edgecomb, were flown from the scene by Life Net helicopter to the UNMC in Omaha. Brown and Holderness were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, in Harlan.

The Patrol says Joshua Edgecomb is under investigation for OWI.

Sac City, Iowa, again home to world’s largest popcorn ball


June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people convened on the western Iowa town of Sac City this weekend to construct the world’s largest popcorn ball. The Sioux City Journal reports a ball of popcorn estimated to weigh 10,000 pounds was constructed Saturday at the Noble Popcorn plant.

Sac City first claimed the largest popcorn ball in 1995, when people came together to make one weighing in at 2,225 pounds. The enormous treat traveled all over the Midwest and to the Iowa State Fair to promote Sac County’s claim as the “Popcorn Capital.”

But as the record was defeated in following years, Sac City kept building bigger popcorn balls, its last one coming in at 5,000 pounds in 2009. Saturday’s effort is intended to be noted in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday


June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreations Department’s Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday evening in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. On the agenda for the 5:15-p.m. session, are updates on: The Sunnyside Park Kiddie Korral water foundation and East Shelter House renovation; Swimming Pool renovation; A Schildberg Rec Area Lake #2 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) Grant; the Vision Iowa Grant; updates as well on the Harl-Holt Park basketball court, Movies in the Park, and Schildberg Rec Area Boat Ramp.

In his report to the Board, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide an update on the Sunnyside Park Summer Block Party, a report on a park bench donation, updates on the Summer Programs, and information about group exercise classes at Sunnyside Park and the Schildberg Rec Area.

Teen accused of stealing delivery truck, giving away goods


June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a Sioux City teen they say stole a Coca-Cola delivery truck, then gave away the goods inside. The Sioux City Journal reports police believe the 18-year-old stole the truck as the driver was inside a business making a delivery Monday. Police say the teen then drove to a construction site in the Dakota Dune and gave away $1,000 in merchandise from the truck.

Police say he then came back to Sioux City in the truck and fled on foot when officers attempted to stop him. Police say that upon his arrest, he was found with prescription pills that were not in his name. The teen has been charged with theft, drug possession, reckless driving and other counts.

New data show at least 3,400 untested rape kits in Iowa


June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say there are at least 3,400 untested rape kits in storage around Iowa, and preliminary data indicate law enforcement agencies don’t have standardized rules for handling such evidence.

The Crime Victim Assistance Division within the Iowa attorney general’s office says its review of untested sexual abuse evidence collection kits in Iowa is continuing, and the actual number of untested kids could increase by several hundred.

Division director Janelle Melohn says more than 70 percent of the state’s nearly 400 agencies have responded to an electronic survey released this year about the kits. Survey results will be compiled into a report, which could include proposed legislation or a request for state funding to test kits.

The division received $2 million in federal funding to conduct research and some testing.


1 injured in vehicle vs. ATV accident in Cass County


June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured Sunday morning when a vehicle struck and ATV, west of Cumberland. According to dispatch reports, the accident happened at around 9:20-a.m. near 650th and Quincy Road. A 59-year old male was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, suffering from side pain and an abrasion to his head.

No other details are currently available.