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Rollover accident under investigation in Pottawattamie County

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September 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Pottawattamie County were investigating an apparent non-injury, rollover accident last Saturday night. According to dispatch reports, a red, Ford F-250 belonging to a subject out of Carson, rolled into the north ditch off of Highway92, near the 23 mile marker. Carson Rescue and Pott. County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene after a motorist called 9-1-1 at around 11:45-p.m., saying they saw headlights in a ditch, but the caller failed to stop and see if there were any injuries. The first deputy on the scene less than 10-minutes later, was unable to find any victims. No other details are currently available.

Iowa voter fraud cases may hit roadblock of intent

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September 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state push to bring felony charges against noncitizens who voted in recent Iowa elections could run into two key roadblocks: local prosecutors who do not want to pursue cases and jurors who may find no criminal intent. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that three Council Bluffs residents — a couple from Canada and a Mexican citizen living legally in the U.S. — were charged with election misconduct. They were the first charged under a two-year contract Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s office signed with DCI to investigate voter fraud. But local police and prosecutors have declined to bring similar cases this year, citing questions about intent, the costs and the harsh penalties. Defense lawyers say juries may be sympathetic to claims that suspects were simply mistaken.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 23rd 2012

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September 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating after a blind Kirkwood Community College student trying to help someone was robbed of his cellphone and a laptop loaded with special software to help him with his visual impairment. The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that Patrick Dunfee was robbed last Sunday.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he stabbed another man during a fight. Twenty-nine-year-old Jesse Kramer made his initial court appearance Friday morning on the attempted murder charge, as well as a willful injury count. Kramer remains in the Dubuque County Jail on $500,000 cash bond.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids couple face drug and child endangerment charges after a police officer said he caught a man preparing to snort crushed pain pills while in a car with two children. A 31-year-old woman who had a legal prescription for the pills said her boyfriend was cutting a pill for her to snort, but the boyfriend told police that they both planned to snort it.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Central Michigan’s David Harman drilled a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left, and the Chippewas scored nine points in the final 45 seconds to stun Iowa 32-31 on Saturday. Harman had the wind at his back for the winning kick in Iowa City, which handed the Hawkeyes one of their most improbable defeats in 14 years under coach Kirk Ferentz.

Worker finds body of Calif. man missing from train

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HAIGLER, Neb. (AP) – A retired California firefighter who disappeared from a Chicago-bound train has been found dead in western Nebraska. The family of 69-year-old Charlie Dowd said Friday night that his body was spotted by a railway worker in Haigler, NE, an area where investigators had focused their search.  Dowd was last seen Sept. 13 on an Amtrak train traveling from California. Reports from passengers who saw him had investigators thinking he may have fallen off the train in eastern Colorado or western Nebraska.

In a statement on the family’s Facebook page, relatives say they’re devastated but thankful to those who helped search. Family member Sheila Stevens confirmed the information in an interview, saying details would be released later. Dowd was from San Mateo, Calif.

Parts of Iowa, Nebraska under freeze warning

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Break out the blankets and hot cocoa. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for parts of Iowa and Nebraska.  A freeze warning is in effect from 1-a.m. Sunday through about 9-a.m., for most of the KJAN listening area, as well as eastern and north-central Nebraska.

In Iowa, overnight lows are expected to dip to as low as 26 degrees in the freeze-warning areas. In Nebraska, lows are expected to be mainly in the lower 30s, but could drop to the upper 20s in the north-central and northeast areas. The Weather Service expects temperatures to rise into the upper 50s in the western and central Iowa, and into the 60s in eastern Nebraska.

Woman seriously injured in Fremont Co. rollover accident

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County investigated a reported car-versus-train accident early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s officials said 20-year old Marissa Ann Robinson (no address given) was ejected from the 2002 Chevy Cavalier she was driving, when it rolled several times after she lost control of the vehicle, as it was traveling south on Main Street, just south of the intersection with Washington Street. The woman was not wearing a seat belt. The car came to rest near the railroad tracks, adjacent to the road. The accident at around 2-a.m.

Officials say they were notified by about the accident by Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway employees, at around 2:08-a.m. When deputies arrived they determined the train was NOT involved in the crash. BNSF employees advised that a white pickup truck was parked nearby. As deputies approach the truck, the vehicle took off.

Robinson was transported by Hamburg Rescue to Grape Community Hospital and later flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Authorities said alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about the case, or any information on any possible witnesses, is asked to call 712-374-2424.

Tide shifting toward Obama in battleground states

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican officials say it’s too early to count him out, but recent polls suggest the electoral map is getting difficult for Mitt Romney. With Election Day about six weeks off, it appears Romney’s recent miscues are costing him in the states expected to be the most competitive this November. Romney has fallen behind President Barack Obama in polls in Virginia and Ohio, and his ability to close in on Obama in Iowa and Wisconsin is now in doubt.

A Washington Post poll of likely Virginia voters shows President Barack Obama leading by 8 percentage points. In the race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes, polls of likely voters by Fox News and NBC each show Obama leading 49 percent to 44 percent. The Fox News poll shows Obama with a 7-point lead in Ohio.

Still, Republican campaign strategist Chris LaCivita of Virginia says the polls seem to be projecting a larger Democratic turnout than he believes will materialize. He says his data “continues to show an extremely competitive race.” Obama is campaigning in Wisconsin today, while Romney plans to attend fundraisers in California.

8AM Newscast 09-22-12

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September 22nd, 2012 by Doug Evans

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Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines

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September 22nd, 2012 by Doug Evans

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say workers at an ice cream shop in Evansdale captured a 37-year-old man who was threatening to light an explosive. Police say Richard Roney of Washburn was arrested after entering the store around 9:15 last night. Court records say Roney acknowledged that he was planning to rob the 4 Queens Dairy Cream.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Two men have been charged with second-degree robbery and are in jail in Cedar Rapids after police say they were involved in a bank robbery yesterday afternoon. KCRG television reports 18-year-old Kevin Conner and 23-year-old Daniel Straw are being held at the Linn County Jail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former University of Iowa student who attacked an Iowa City police officer has pleaded guilty after making a deal for a lesser charge. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (that 21-year-old Branden Plummer pleaded guilty this morning to willful injury and interference with official acts. He had been charged with attempted murder and willful injury in the attack on Sergeant Brian Krei on November 18th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds begins an economic and cultural mission to Germany on Saturday to discuss trade, education and other topics. Among the government officials she is scheduled to meet with are German Vice Chancellor Philipp Rosler and the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy. The meetings will be in Dresden, Lommatzsch, Leipzig, and Berlin.

Freeze Watch in effect late Saturday night through Sunday morning for nearly all of Iowa

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY TO FALL BELOW 32 DEGREES ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN…NORTHERN AND EAST CENTRAL IOWA. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE NISHNABOTNA RIVER VALLEY AND NORTHERN IOWA COULD FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S.

FROM THE DES MOINES METRO AREA INTO SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY BE MORE LOCALIZED…BUT A FROST IS LIKELY. EXPOSED PLANTS AND TENDER VEGETATION ARE LIKELY TO SUFFER FREEZE DAMAGE OR BE KILLED. PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THEIR PLANTS NEED TO TAKE ACTION BY SATURDAY EVENING.  A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.