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Sioux City has problem with unpaid parking ticket notices

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City officials say some people who have paid parking tickets have still gotten city notices that they haven’t, so the city has stopped sending all notices until the problem is resolved. The Sioux City Journal reports that the city sends notices to people if their tickets aren’t paid within 15 days of the tickets being issued. The notices say that if the tickets aren’t paid within 30 days of their issuance, extra $5 charges will be added to the tickets.

The city usually sends 100-150 notices on Fridays. Last week 240 notices were sent.
No program problems have been found so far with the computer system that keeps track of parking tickets.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/9/2015

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Theft and incident reports from Creston P-D

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department today (Thursday) issued a report on incidents and an arrest. Officials say 35-year old Haley Miller, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday night on a Union County warrant for Theft in the 3rd Degree. Miller was later released on $2,000 bond. And, 24-year old Carlos Merazsanchez, of Creston, was cited  Wednesday morning for an annoyance or disturbance occurring at his residence, related to animal complaints.

A resident in the 600 block of N. Walnut Street, in Creston, reported this (Thursday) morning that her home and vehicle had been hit by projectiles from a paintball gun. And, early Wednesday afternoon, a resident in the 600 block of Oak Street, in Creston, reported someone took a small children’s pool and hot tub covers from her yard at her residence. The loss was estimated at $325.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/9/2015

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Former Marne area resident recovering after assault over fireworks

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A GoFundMe account has been established for a former Marne area resident who was viciously assaulted Sunday morning over an incident involving fireworks. Mark Paulsen, who lives in Omaha, and Logan Skow, both suffered injuries when they were attacked after they asked neighbors near 156th and Giles Road, to stop shooting-off fireworks at around 2-a.m., Sunday.

Family members said on the fundraising page established for Paulsen, that Skow walked away from the incident with bruises, cuts, bloody nose, and broken blood vessel in his eye. Paulsen, however, was in critical condition following the incident, after suffering several face and skull fractures, as well as bleeding on his brain. He was last reported to be in the Intensive Care Unit at CHI Health Creighton University.

The suspects in the case, Nathan Christensen, Andrew Short, his brother Branden Short and a juvenile, are charged with 1st degree Class 3 Felony Assault for beating, Paulsen, and 1st degree misdemeanor assault, for beating Skow. All four suspects posted bond at 10% of $25,000 ($2,500) and were released from the Sarpy County Jail. They are due in court again, on July 21st.

Paulsen is expected to be out of work for several months while he recovers from his injuries. Donations to help with his medical expenses can be contributed via GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/markpaulsen. So far, around $2,790 has been raised.

Grassley to hold Town Hall meetings in Carroll, Calhoun & Sac Counties

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley will hold Town Hall meetings Saturday, July 25th, in Carroll, Calhoun and Sac Counties. The meetings are part of Grassley’s annual 99 county tour.

His July 25th schedule includes at stop from 8-to 9-a.m. at the Rockwell City Community Center. Afterward, he travels to Carroll for a Town Hall meeting that takes place from 10-until 11-am in the meeting room at the Carroll County Courthouse. Grassley’s final stop for the day is at the Law Enforcement Center in Sac City, from 12:15-until 1:15-p.m., again on July 25th.

Iowa’s senior Senator will speak at the public meetings before taking comments and answering questions.

Injury accident in Cass County Tue. Evening

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people suffered what were initially described as minor injuries during a collision Tuesday evening, east of Griswold. Authorities say Heath Nordby, of Lewis, who was traveling south on 590th Street, failed to yield upon entering Highway 92. Nordby’s vehicle hit a westbound vehicle driven by Jacob Maass, of Griswold.

Nordby and Maass were transported from the scene to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Griswold Rescue. Officials say Nordby was charged with failure to yield upon entering a highway and operation of a non-registered vehicle.

Iowa pheasant harvest up 30% in 2014

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Pheasant hunters in Iowa saw a lot more birds last year, according to data compiled by the Department of Natural Resources.

Pheasant Hunting

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Kevin Baskins is a spokesman for the DNR. “For the third consecutive year, we’ve seen a harvest increase for pheasants,” Baskins said. “It looks like it’s up 30-percent in 2014 to an estimated 216,000 roosters.” The harvest estimate released this week is based on an annual survey of hunters following the season. The biggest factor in the growing pheasant population involves the fact that Iowa has experienced several consecutive mild winters.

“We went through an extended period where the winters were just brutal on the pheasant population,” Baskins said. “Once crops get harvested and we start getting snow on the ground, there really isn’t much habitat in a lot of places for pheasants to kind of escape the elements.” Pheasants weren’t the only species to show a harvest increase in 2014. Hunters also killed more quail, rabbits, squirrels and doves.

“We also saw a corresponding increase in the interest,” Baskins said. “Our total number of (small game) hunters was up 9-percent to more than 63,000 in 2014,” Baskins said. DNR officials are predicting hunters will enjoy even bigger small game populations this coming fall and winter. The agency will get a better idea of the state’s population of pheasants, quail, rabbits and partridge during an annual roadside survey conducted over the first two weeks of August.

(Radio Iowa)

July 15th public hearing set on Cass County loan agreement

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, voted to set July 15th, at 8:35-a.m., as the date and time for a public hearing on the County’s intent to enter into a loan agreement not to exceed $360,000. Proceeds from the loan would be used to refinance the purchase of property (across from the courthouse) at 707 Poplar St., and to pay cost of roof repair.

In other business, Cass County EMA Coordinator Michael Kennon submitted a written request to update the membership of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), by adding additional members.The Board approved upon a motion, the appointment of additional LEPC members, which include: Jared Merkel, Chris Jimerson, Ryan Archibald and Ryan Askeland.

Appointments are for two years from the date of appointment by the Iowa Emergency Response Commission. Members in good standing are automatically re-appointed to successive terms. The Commission revises its appointments upon request from the county.

Bluffs man evades attempted murder conviction – jury gives lesser sentence

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July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

According to the Daily NonPareil, a jury of six men and six women earlier this week found a Council Bluffs man guilty of willful injury causing serious injury, assault with intent to cause serious injury and criminal trespass. Christopher McNeal, Tuesday night, avoided an attempted murder conviction in connection with an incident that took place Feb. 22nd. McNeal faces up to 10 years in prison. The willful injury conviction carries a weapons enhancement that includes a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.

The 54-year old McNeal had been charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and willful injury causing serious injury. According to testimony, a then-48-year-old man had been working in a garage in the 1700 Block of Avenue G when McNeal entered and asked to use some tools to work on something. The man didn’t own the garage and had been asked by the owner, Paul Aleksiak, not to let anyone else in the garage, so the man – who is now 49 – asked McNeal to leave. An argument ensued, and McNeal allegedly hit the man in the head with a sledgehammer.

Police eventually arrested McNeal after interviews with the alleged victim and suspect, though the weapon was never found.