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7AM Newscast 03-22-2013

News, Podcasts

March 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Audubon man arrested in connection with insurance fraud investigation

News

March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department reports the arrest March 14th of a local man on fraud-related charges. 35 year old Ricky Raymond Peterson, of Audubon, was charged with Insurance Fraud, for allegedly submitting a false claim stating a large sum of money was stolen from his home, and, for Filing a False Report of an Indictable Crime to law enforcement.

An investigation determined no theft had actually occurred. Peterson was released from custody March 15th on a $5,000 recognizance bond. His preliminary hearing was set for April 1st.

VA holds open house events in Neola today & tomorrow

News

March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The town of Neola is hosting a regional open house for the Department of Veterans Affairs this weekend. Will Ackerman, spokesman for the V-A’s Western Iowa Health Care System, says the events today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) simply aim to offer veterans information. “Learn about the V.A. benefits, what services we have available,” Ackerman says. “If they bring in their form DD-214, their discharge and separation document, we’ll have staff that can help them fill out an application for enrollment, if they haven’t already.” Ackerman says the open house is targeted toward anyone who’s served our country in uniform.

“This is kind of a one-stop shop for veterans and their families to come in and check out what’s going on with the V.A. and be able to complete an enrollment application,” Ackerman says. The open house is hoping to reach Iowa veterans who live in the following counties: Audubon, Adams, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby, but all veterans are welcome.

“We take these open houses out to rural communities to take the information out to them,” Ackerman says. “We’ve done this for the last three years and every year, we probably reach about 500 or 600 veterans and their families through these events.” The open house will be held at the Neola Community Center from 11 AM to 7 PM today and from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday.

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Winter Storm Watch expanded to parts of Southwest Iowa

News, Weather

March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

402 AM CDT FRI MAR 22 2013

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* TIMING…LIGHT SNOW SHOULD SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA SATURDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE BECOMING MODERATE AND PERHAPS BRIEFLY HEAVY BY SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. THE SNOW SHOULD DECREASE TO FLURRIES BY SUNDAY EVENING.

* MAIN IMPACT…ROADS COULD INITIALLY BECOME SLICK LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH UNPLOWED ROADS…SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAYS BECOMING SNOW COVERED OR SNOW-PACKED SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Winter Storm Watch issued for parts of southwest Iowa beginning Saturday evening

News, Weather

March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE WATCH: ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

336 AM CDT FRI MAR 22 2013

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SATURDAY AFTERNOON OVER SOUTHWEST IOWA AND SPREAD OVER THE AREA SATURDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVIEST SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH NOON SUNDAY.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS POSSIBLE ALONG THE IOWA AND MISSOURI BORDER.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 10 TO 20 MPH ON SUNDAY WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH. THIS MAY RESULT IN SOME MINOR BLOWING SNOW ACROSS THE REGION.

* IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL LEAD TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SOME COMPACTION OF SNOW EARLY MAY LEAD TO ICY PATCHES AND SLICK TRAVEL AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR UPDATES.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., March 22nd 2013

News

March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for an Iowa soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this month. Officials say 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Steven Blass of Etherville was one of five soldiers killed in the March 11th crash. A visitation for Blass will be held Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Estherville High School Gym before an awards presentation at 8 p.m. The funeral will be held in the high school gym Tuesday at 2 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are continuing the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics. The state House and Senate passed resolutions yesterday calling on the International Olympic Committee to reconsider the decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a 21-year-old northwest Iowa man who’s accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman. Kirk Levin’s trial is now scheduled to begin on June 3rd. It had been scheduled to begin April 10th. Levin’s attorney asked for the delay so he could complete depositions and file pretrial motions.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mayors from Mississippi River communities are joining with members of Congress to draw attention to the waterway and the needs of communities dotting its banks. About a dozen mayors from communities big and small were in Washington D.C. yesterday to announce formation of the Mississippi River Platform.

Pipe impales windshield, just missing Iowa driver

News

March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old driver received minor injuries when a steel pipe impaled her pickup’s windshield in northwest Iowa. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred around 6 a.m. Tuesday, a mile north of Hull. Rebekah Jasmer, of Hull, says the 8-foot-long pipe just missed her. Jasmer says she’d been behind another pickup as she drove to work. She told deputies that the other pickup’s tailgate was down, so it lost several pieces of its scrap metal load when it drifted right and swerved back left.

Jasmer says she ducked to the left as the pipe came through her windshield, grazing her cheek. She was treated at Sioux Center Community Hospital. Deputies have been looking for the driver of the other pickup.

No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320M jackpot

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March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No Powerball winner? It just means a bigger jackpot for the rest of us. Lottery officials say no ticket matched all the numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, meaning the current $320 million jackpot could swell before the next drawing on Saturday. Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says the current jackpot is the sixth highest in history, but that it could grow depending on sales at the end of each day. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early February.

The holders of two winning tickets — one purchased in Arizona and the other in Missouri — shared $587.5 million in November, the largest Powerball jackpot in history.

G&R Feed & Grain bankruptcy case update

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trustee in the bankruptcy case of a Portsmouth grain company reports that on Wednesday, March 20th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mailed checks to producers who held warehouse receipts for stored grain at G & R Feed and Grain Co., Incorporated. Deborah L. Petersen says the Iowa Department of Agriculture continues to process claims for producers who sold grain to G & R for cash, or who sold grain on an unsigned contract and were not paid. The first batch of claims has been processed, and the second batch is in progress. Once the paperwork has been returned by the claimants and processed, checks will be issued within 2 – 3 weeks thereafter.

Petersen reports as well, that the bankruptcy case is progressing. She says the deadline for filing claims in the Bankruptcy is May 20th, 2013. If you have a claim for a deferred price contract, or other amount due you, you should take action to timely file a claim with the Bankruptcy Court.

Petersen is accepting proposals for auction of the facility and all equipment. Once an auctioneer is chosen, the Court’s approval will be sought and an auction scheduled. Letters have been sent out to collect all accounts due G & R.  Petersen says as Trustee, she is still seeking recovery of the proceeds for the grain delivered in December.

Investigations lead to 2 arrests in Audubon County

News

March 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports an Audubon man, 20-year old Aaron James Eddy, has been charged with Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) and Failure to Maintain Control, following an investigation into an accident which occurred on Feb. 7th near 200th Street and Lark Avenue. Eddy appeared before the magistrate this (Thursday) morning, and was released. His preliminary hearing was set for April 8th.

And, 21-year old Jesse Lee Brubaker, of Exira, was charged with Supplying Alcohol to a Minor. The charge stems from an investigation into an incident which occurred on Feb. 6th at the Brubaker residence at 204 S. Fairview Street, in Exira. Brubaker also appeared before the magistrate this (Thursday) morning, and was released from custody, with his preliminary hearing set for April 8th.