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Red Oak P-D & Montgomery Co. S/O team-up to offer Med’s drop-off box

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police Chief Justin Rhamy and Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson have announced a permanent Medication Drop box (Iowa Take Back drop box) is now located in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center at 106 W. Coolbaugh Street, in Red Oak. The drop box will be accessible to the public during normal business hours. The special drop box is made possible through a small grant from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.

Citizens wishing to utilize the medication drop box are asked to place all medications in sealed non-breakable containers and are requested to not include any “sharps” (syringes or lancets) or any other item that could cause injury to personnel servicing the drop box. Remove all personal identification from your unneeded “controlled prescription drugs,” seal the medicines in vials and/or bags, take them to your nearest Iowa Take Back drop box site, and anonymously place your medicines in the secure drop box.

Find additional Iowa Take Back sites at: http://www.iowa.gov/odcp/drug_information/takebacks.html. Most prescription drug drop boxes are located a short distance inside the main public entrance of local law enforcement centers. If you have questions, call ahead to the law enforcement agency.

Nebraskan who took long test drive sentenced for Iowa theft

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraskan who took a long test drive in a vehicle from an Iowa dealer has been sentenced for theft. The Daily Nonpareil reports 28-year-old Michael Detty, of Lincoln, pleaded guilty. He was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

An arrest affidavit says Detty took a sport utility vehicle from Fleming Motors in Council Bluffs on Jan. 14th. He called a couple hours later to say he was going to pick up his father and have lunch. A Fleming salesman asked Detty to bring back the SUV.

The affidavit says the SUV was found four days later in Urbandale, about 115 miles away.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/7/2016

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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High-speed fiber optic service in Atlantic one-step closer

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to bring high-speed, fiber optic internet service to more businesses, and later residences, in Atlantic, are becoming more organized, with approval Wednesday night by the Atlantic City Council, of a feasibility study and costs analysis agreement. The agreement, between the City and Oak Hill Consulting, Inc., will cost the City $18,000. Councilman Bob Cord said the study is expensive, but “None of us are authorities on what’s gonna happen…It’s an opportunity to answer a lot of questions that currently being ‘solved’ at the coffee shop.”

There is fiber optic internet service to the City now, but businesses need higher-speed service. Mayor Dave Jones and others have said a back-up provider is necessary, as evidenced by a widespread outage earlier this week caused by a severed MediaCom fiber optic cable near Carroll that took out all phone and internet service in and about 15 other cities.

Atlantic City Council discusses fiber optic study, Wed. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Atlantic City Council discusses fiber optic study, Wed. (Ric Hanson/photo)

City Administrator John Lund said he and the Mayor have been working since the fall of 2015 on ways the City can move forward with fiber optic connectivity. That includes talking with MediaCom and Centurylink, partnering with other cities in the County, and getting grants for the project, but Lund says Atlantic doesn’t qualify to grants because of its size.

A project in Waverly, which would be similar in scope, cost that city around $8-million. The Mayor says the feasibility study is the best way to move forward, right now. John Lund agreed, saying the City couldn’t afford to take on the type of debt necessary to set-up the infrastructure on its own. Lund says his understanding is Atlantic is too large to be treated like a charity by the federal government to receive a grant to get the city connected, and too small for the private sector to look at Atlantic as a profit.

The cost of the study will be paid for through the Local Option Sales Tax progress fund.

Creston P-D report, 4/7/16

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a Creston man was arrested Wednesday evening on a Probation Violation warrant. Gerald Lynn Lawrence, Jr., was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held without bond.

And, Amber Michelle Smith, of Creston, was cited Wednesday evening, for allowing an animal to run At Large,

Atlantic enters into bond agreement w/UMB Bank

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, approved an agreement with UMB Bank to purchase General Obligation Corporate Purpose and Refunding Bonds, the value of which will not exceed $5-million. Chip Schultz, with UMB says the agreement sets the rates for the bond issue at 1.49-percent.

Schultz says an A-Plus rating with Standard and Poors has been affirmed, so “Things look good from a financing standpoint.” He says the move will save the City about $80,000 on the 2011 bond. The rest will fund municipal library, street and storm water improvements, as well as police and fire equipment.

City Administrator John Lund says the bond issue saves tax payers more than $33,200.

Minor injuries during an accident in Creston, Wed,

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say one person complained of pain but was not transported to the hospital, following an accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say a 2002 Ford Escort driven by 25-year old Dennis Smith, of Creston, was traveling north on Vine Street just before 3-p.m., when Smith failed to stop at the controlled intersection with Mills Street. When he pulled out in front of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by 16-year old Carmeron Millslagle, of Creston, the vehicles collided, causing $4,000 damage. Police cited Smith for Failure to Obey a Stop or Yield Sign.

Red Oak man arrested on a warrant & drug charges, Wed.

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of a Red Oak man Wednesday night on a warrant and drug-related charges. Officials say 25-year old Jeremy Scott Dolph was taken into custody a little after 10-p.m. on a valid Montgomery County warrant. Scott was also charged with Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,600 bond.

Red Oak Police said also, at around 4-p.m. Wednesday, 39-year old Billy Ray Hunter, of Red Oak, was arrested on two active warrants. One of the warrants was issued by the Red Oak P-D, for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. The other was for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 3rd or subsequent offense. Hunter was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a total of $4,000 bond. Officers with the Shenandoah Police Department assisted in making the arrest.

Governor signs bill allowing expanded use of anti-overdose drug

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that lets first responders and others administer a drug that counteracts an opiod overdose. “This legislation is a positive step forward in decreasing the tragedies that an opiod overdose can have on Iowans and their loved ones,” Branstad says.

Kim Brown is a registered nurse from Davenport. Her son died of a heroin overdose in 2011. He wasn’t alone at the time and she thinks if a friend or family member had been able to give him Naloxone, he might be alive today. “You cannot rehab a dead kid,” she says. “And once they’re dead, there’s no coming back.”

Iowa now joins 45 other states which let anyone administer Naloxone to revive someone who’s overdosed and stopped breathing. Branstad has signed more than 30 bills into law during the past 24 hours. That includes legislation that offers a new state tax credit to businesses that come up with new products from what’s left over after ethanol and biodiesel are made.

(Radio Iowa)

Bill enhances penalties for “peeping Toms”

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

It would be easier to prosecute so-called “peeping Toms” under legislation that has won approval in the Iowa House and the Senate. Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford says the bill expands the legal definition of trespassing. “To ensure that unscrupulous persons who film you when you are in your home or apartment can be punished appropriately,” he says.

The bill has been championed by a University of Iowa graduate who was secretly filmed in her Iowa City apartment by the landlord. The bill makes that kind of invasion of privacy an aggravated misdemeanor and removes the requirement that prosecutors must prove the accused was sexually excited by what he or she saw. Representative Chris Hall of Sioux City points out not a single legislators voted against the bill this year.

“An iteration of this bill is something that we saw and debated last year,” Hall says. “It’s taken time. It’s taken indepth discussion. I believe that, as amended, this bill will provide protections to Iowans of all backgrounds.” The bill now goes to the governor for his signature or veto.

(Radio Iowa)