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32 Iowa students win National History Day in Iowa contest

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May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thirty-two Iowa students, including two from the Kirn Middle School in Council Bluffs, took top honors in a statewide history contest this week and will represent Iowa at the National History Day competition next month at the University of Maryland. Junior Division qualifiers Sam Hulett and Ben Price, under guidance of teacher Deb Masker, won for their project entitled “Star Wars.”

The 32 students competed against 375 other students in the junior division (grades 6-8) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. The students join 38 other Iowa students who competed last week in the NHD in Iowa senior division (grades 9-12) in advancing to the 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held June 9-14, 2013, at the University of Maryland.

The group of 70 Iowa students will compete for scholarships and cash prizes against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

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Red Oak man arrested for being disruptive

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May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest late Tuesday night of a Red Oak man. 19-year old Caleb Renn was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, for “Breach of Peace,” after he was arrested at around 11:25-p.m. in the 2300 block of Eastern Ave., in Red Oak.

His arrest followed a report of a male being disruptive, near the intersection of North 4th Street and Alix Avenue.

Chain reaction accident near Red Oak, Monday

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May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Montgomery County say no injuries were reported following a chain-reaction accident Monday afternoon, four miles south of Red Oak. The Sheriff’s Department said a pickup driven by 28-year old Johnny Madden, of Red Oak, was stopped facing southbound at the intersection of Highway 48 and 250th Street at around 4:40-p.m.  Madden was waiting for a northbound car to pass so he could turn east onto 250th Street.

An SUV driven by 29-year old Brandy Pease, of Shenandoah, was stopped behind the pickup, when it was rear-ended by a car driven by 17-year old Moriah Kammerer, of Stanton. The teen told authorities she looked down for just a second, and when she looked up, was unable to stop in-time. The impact of the Kammerer vehicle hitting the SUV, caused it to be slammed into the rear of the pickup.

Damage to all three vehicles amounted to $17,800. No citations were issued at the scene.

(Update 5-a.m) Bluffs woman accused of taking her daughter w/out permission, turns herself in

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May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Update) –Police in Council Bluffs report a woman who was the subject of a regional “Attempt to Locate” search, turned her self in to authorities early this (Wednesday) morning. Officials say through a joint investigation with the Clarinda Police Department, 23-year old Sara Billi-Kier, of Clarinda,  cooperated with law enforcement and turned herself and her 8 month old daughter Taliah, over to the Police Department in Clarinda just after 1-a.m.

The child was found to be unharmed and has since been taken into protective custody. Sara Kier was arrested and is being held in Clarinda on a warrant out of Council Bluffs.

Late Tuesday morning. the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page, that the Council Bluffs Police Department was asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kier and her daughter. Officials say Sara took Taliah without permission, during a supervised visitation in Council Bluffs on May 6th. The incident occurred when a Nebraska Boys Town Child Organization social worker in charge of the supervision, went to the restroom at a restaurant where the visitation too place.

Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson told the Daily NonPareil that Kier lost custody of her child after Kier tested positive for meth. Dawson said it’s not clear why the visitation took place in Council Bluffs, since none of the parties involved in the dispute are from there.

In a post on her Facebook page early this morning, Kier said she knows she made a mistake, and that people would not understand what she is going through. She intended to turn her daughter over to her grandmother before Kier turned herself in.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 8th 2013

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May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Because the Iowa Senate declined to agree to a number of contentious policy proposals, a multifaceted spending bill will likely move to a negotiating committee. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the version of the so-called standings bill yesterday that previously passed the Republican-majority House. The bill now moves back to the House.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Voters have rejected a proposal that would have allowed casino gambling in south-central Iowa’s Warren County. The Des Moines Register reports that unofficial results show more than 60 percent of voters rejected the measure. Warren County Citizens for Good Jobs and Wild Rose Entertainment had proposed building a casino, hotel, events center and bowling alley in northwest Norwalk, near Iowa Highways 5 and 28.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation for 15 Iowa counties due to storms and flooding has been issued by Gov. Terry Branstad. The proclamation is the third such proclamation in recent weeks and covers counties in south and southeast Iowa. Counties covered by the proclamation are Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Osage teenager is a cold-blooded killer who was not insane when he shot his mother multiple times and tried to rape her. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Denise Timmins said during her closing argument in Wright County District Court in Clarion that 14-year-old Noah Crooks waited for the right time to shoot 37-year-old Gretchen Crooks. Noah is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 24, 2012, killing of his mother. The teen is relying on an insanity defense. A jury will begin deliberations today.

CCMH west entrance & parking lot to reopen May 8th

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May 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at Cass County Memorial Hospital announced today (Tuesday), that the west entrance and parking lot (along 10th Street) will reopen Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The area had been closed for construction since early April.

CEO Pat Markham says they “Appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience with this temporary closure.” The west entrance door will be open from 5:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Weekend and holiday hours will be 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Patients and visitors coming to the hospital cafeteria, Rehabilitation Services, Human Resources, Educational Services, and Public Relations will find the west entrance especially convenient.

Former West Central IA Rep. named new C.O.O of the IA Veterans Home

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May 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad’s office has announced that retired Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson is resigning her post as head of Department of Veterans Affairs to assume her new role as the Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Veterans Home. Tymeson’s first day will be May 28th.

Tymeson served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1974-2007. While there, she graduated from officer candidate school and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1982. She served as platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander and troop command commander – responsible for 3,450 soldiers.

Tymeson was selected to attend the Army War College as a national security fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government, graduating in 1999. She is the first female promoted to brigadier general in the Iowa Army National Guard. She retired in 2007 with 33 years of service. Tymeson’s husband, John, is a retired brigadier general, following his 34 years of military service. He is a Vietnam veteran, and currently serves as chair of the board of directors at the Food Bank of Iowa.

Jodi Tymeson also served as a full-time 6th grade teacher at Cedar Heights Elementary in Cedar Falls from 1988-1992, and taught as a substitute teacher from 1993-1998. From 2001-2010, Tymeson served nearly 30,000 constituents as a state representative for Madison, Warren and Dallas Counties. She served as House Education Committee chair for four years, in addition to a number of other committee assignments.

Gov. Branstad will begin the search for Tymeson’s replacement immediately.

Iowa’s expanded DNA sampling bill goes to governor

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May 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples now heads to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad  for review. The Iowa House approved the Senate’s changes to the bill Tuesday on an 84 to 15 vote. The measure would require adults convicted of crimes like aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft to submit DNA samples to the federal DNA database.  Currently, only convicted felons and sexual offenders must submit samples.

The Senate changed the initial bill last week to exempt deferred judgment cases and misdemeanors related to hazardous waste, agricultural production and gambling. Traffic offenses are also exempt unless a person has three operating while intoxicated convictions in 12 years.  The Senate passed a similar bill last year, but it died in the House.