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Bluffs man arrested on theft & other charges, in Red Oak


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report a man from Pottawattamie County was arrested Thursday night on theft and other charges. 26-year old Nicholas Thomas Rohrberg, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody in the 1300 block of North Broadway Street. He faces charges that include Driving While Barred, Identity Theft, and two counts of Unlawful use of a License.

Rohrberg was cited for at least four other traffic violations, and he was wanted on a Pott. County warrant for fraudulent practice in the 3rd degree. Authorities say additional charges are pending.

Rohrberg was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $4,000 bond.

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Sioux City elementary school awarded for coding projects


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City elementary school has been given a monetary prize for their computer programming efforts during an international week dedicated to teaching code. The Sioux City Journal reports that Loess Hills Elementary received the Code Iowa award from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and code.org, a computer science nonprofit, this week.

The school received $4,000 to be used toward instructional technology for their efforts in Hour of Code week. Millions of students work on a computer-coding related activity in the worldwide event. Loess Hills Elementary is a computer programming specialty school. Instructors teach core subjects through a computer programming lens.

The students dedicated their Hour of Code week to spreading knowledge to City Council members, business owners and representatives of higher education institutions.

3-State Beef Conference in Creston on January 12

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December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 3-State Beef Conference is designed to provide beef cattle producers and other agricultural professionals in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska an update on current cow-calf or stocker topics. The topics are based on producer suggestions. The Iowa site is Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, on January 12, 2016. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the program runs from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Craig Payne, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with the University of Missouri, will explain the Veterinary Feed Directive. Feed grade and water soluble antibiotics are moving from over the counter to prescription status. Dr. Payne will help participants think through the impacts this may have on their operations.

The use of cover crops as a source of forage is of interest, and producers asked for a presenter who could address establishment, yield, forage quality, and calf performance. Dr. Mary Drewnoski from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln will address the topic.

With crop prices lower there’s interest in converting low productivity crop ground to pasture. Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialists, will walk producers through the decision process. He’ll explain the use of a spreadsheet tool at the Ag Decision Maker website and address practical limitations.

Pre-registration is required for the 3-State Beef Conference by January 8. The registration fee is $25, which includes a meal and materials. To register, call Page County Extension at 712-542-5171. More Information is available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/3stbeef/.

Bluffs Police investigate armed robbery of a bank


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the armed robbery of a bank. The incident took place at around 4:40-p.m. Thursday, at the Frontier Savings Bank, located at 509 South 23rd Avenue, in Council Bluffs. Upon arrival officers learned that the suspect, a white male, was last seen running westbound on foot from the bank.

Suspect, was described as being about 6-feet tall and weighing about 225-pounds. He wore an orange, hunting-style stocking cap, mirrored sunglasses, a gray sweatshirt, black knit gloves and faded jeans with work-style boots.

Surveillance still image of robbery suspect.

Surveillance still image of robbery suspect.

He entered the bank and as he approached the female bank teller, said “Are you all ready for Christmas?”. The suspect then handed the teller a hand written note which demanded all of their money and not to set off any alarms. He also produced what appeared to be a small caliber handgun, and laid the weapon down with his right hand on the counter towards the teller.

The suspect then pulled from his pocket what appeared to be some type of a retail store bank bag with a drawstring and the teller gave him an undetermined amount of U.S. currency. The man made no threats towards the teller or any other person in
the bank.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Name of pilot killed in crash near C.Bluffs expected to be released today


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker is expected to release sometime today (Friday), the name of the pilot who died late Thursday morning, after his plane crashed into the median between the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 29, near the northwest side of Council Bluffs.

Sheriff’s officials told the Daily NonPareil Thursday, that the pilot, flying a Piper Malibu Meridian single-engine plane, left Eppley Airfield at 11:51 a.m. Shortly after takeoff, the man radioed back to Eppley that he was having plane troubles and requested an emergency landing. A motorist who witnessed the crash said the plane was flying low, parallel above the railroad tracks, when it pitched hard right and the wing clipped a power line. Authorities said three lines were cut during the collision. One of the lines landed across I-29 northbound, causing one lane to be closed for about an hour.

The witness, an off-duty police officer and former firefighter, said the elderly male pilot had no pulse when he checked him after arriving on the scene. He was believed to be the lone passenger in the plane. The pilot was still in the plane hours after the crash as authorities waited for investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to arrive.

According to FlightAware, the plane was scheduled to go from Omaha to a small airport in Trinidad, Colorado, and then later depart for Chandler, Arizona. The airport manager at Perry Stokes Airport in Trinidad confirmed the flight didn’t arrive.

Personnel from several agencies responded to the crash site, including: the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office; the Council Bluffs Police Department; the Council Bluffs Fire Department; Iowa State Patrol; Iowa Department of Transportation; Pottawattamie County Medical Examiner; Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency; the Crescent Fire Department, and the Eppley Airport Authority Fire Rescue.

Hinrichs resigns from Farragut CSD, citing IA BOE decision


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The superintendent of the Farragut Community School District announced his immediate resignation Thursday. According to the Daily NonPareil, Tom Hinrichs said he no longer has a role to play in the district after the Iowa State Board of Education voted to strip the district of its local control. The district will close its doors this summer.

The state board placed Farragut under the receivership of the Green Hills Area Education Agency last month after deciding it would revoke Farragut’s conditional accreditation on June 30, 2016, for failing to meet requirements related to its spending, accessibility and academic programs.

Lane Plugge, chief administrator of the Green Hills AEA, said Hinrichs will be paid through the end of January, when his superintendent exchange license with Nebraska expires. Hinrichs and Plugge both confirmed the agreement with The Daily Nonpareil in interviews Thursday afternoon.

Hinrichs’ license runs through Jan. 31, according to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Hinrichs was previously a school administrator in Nebraska and received a one-year temporary credential to work in Iowa. Plugge said the license is a requirement of Hinrichs’ employment as superintendent.

Before the state board’s decision to begin shutting down Farragut, Hinrichs registered for classes and submitted paperwork to renew his license. Plugge said he signed off on Hinrichs to continue to seek an extension, which would allow him to serve as an administrator at another Iowa school district.

The agreement on resigning was reached because Hinrichs said he has not had much of anything to do since the AEA took over last month. By cutting short Hinrichs’ contract, Plugge said the district can save some money, too. Hinrichs was receiving a base salary of $62,500 for the 2015-16 school year, plus an $8,000 stipend in lieu of insurance and seven vacation days.

Hinrichs had been with Farragut since July 1, 2014.

Report shows 90 workplace deaths in Iowa in 2014


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary report shows there were 90 fatal workplace injuries in Iowa in 2014, an increase of 18 from 2013. Bureau economist, Paul Laporte, says 32 fatal accidents involved transportation issues, the most in any category. He says transportation accidents were up by three, while there was also an increase for a category of in falls, trips or slips.There were 25 deaths in the falls, trips or slips category. Laporte says one of the key industries in the state had the most deaths.

“In Iowa, farming related occupations are still on top of the list. Construction and also, truck drivers as well,” Laporte says. The category of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting had 28 deaths, up from 22 the previous year. Laporte says the construction industry saw an increase in deaths on the job. They experienced 12 workplace fatalities in 2013 and that edged up to 20 in 2014,” according to Laporte. He says many of the construction workplace deaths involved falls. Eighty-five of the 90 — or 94 percent — of those who died in workplace accidents in Iowa last year were men. Laporte says that is about the same percentage seen in the rest of the country.

“Women nationally accounted for eight percent of all fatal occupational injuries in 2014,” Laporte says. “So, nationwide, 92 percent of those who died on the job were men.” Iowa’s 90 workplace deaths are more than several of the surrounding states. “South Dakota 28, North Dakota dropped down to 38, and Nebraska was at 54. So, among some of the plains states Iowa did unfortunately experience the largest number of fatalities.”

The recent numbers for Iowa have ranged from a high of 110 in 1992 to a low of 54 in 1995. You can see more information on the workforce deaths at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest.

(Radio Iowa)

Report: Iowa 10th in the country in volunteering


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new report (issued Thursday) shows Iowans rank 10th in the country when it comes to volunteering. In 2014, 33-percent of Iowa residents volunteered their time helping others. In total, nearly 808-thousand volunteers across the state gave over 69 million hours of service worth an estimated 1.6 billion dollars.

The data comes from the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition to volunteering, more than half of Iowa residents donated $25 or more to charity last year.

(Radio Iowa)

Ernst talks about stopping terrorism


December 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, A Republican from Red Oak, says stopping terrorist attacks like the one in California requires the Obama administration to come up with a comprehensive plan. “We have to address the root of this problem, why we have the refugees and why we have expanding terrorism with ISIS,” Ernst says. “And we have an administration that refuses to address this issue of terrorism and the spread of terrorism in the Middle East.” Ernst says the plan has to have one goal.

“We need to have a strategy that will completely, completely defeat ISIS. Not contain them, not degrade them, but defeat them,” Ernst says. She see several issues that need to be in the strategy. “Enhancing intelligence capabilities, that would be part of that, both here at home and abroad. Making sure that we do have a secure border, that would be very important, so again protecting Americans. “But then Congress needs to be engaged as well, we can’t completely rely in the administration. We need in Congress to debate the use of force in Syria We need to do that through an authorization of the use of military forces.”

Ernst says she does not support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to block Muslims from coming into the country. She says America has great relationships with Muslims and cites the work of U-S troops as an example. “In Kosovo you will probably see as many American flags flying as you will Kosovo national flags. They adore the United States of America. These are great partners for us,” according to Ernst. “So, I do not support or subscribe to the comments that were made about banning all Muslims, I don’t agree.” She says you can’t make blanket statements like that about one group of people.

“Especially when it comes to religion, so I think we need to focus on what the real problem is,” Ernst says. Ernst was asked if she should be sending a stronger message about Trump’s statement by endorsing one of the other Republican candidates for the Iowa Caucuses. She says she will keep with her pledge to not endorse a candidate, and says the number of people who have spoken out against Trump’s statements in the party in Iowa and across the country is pretty telling in itself.

Ernst has this advice for Iowans on the candidates. “What I encourage our constituents to do is really dig into policies. And we can’t just grab onto something that sounds very provocative out in the media — which is exactly what’s happening right now. We have to dig into policy and really understand how is it that we defeat terrorism? How is it that we keep Americans safe?,” Ernst says. Ernst made her comments during her weekly conference call with reporters.

(Radio Iowa)