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Iowa Road report: early Sunday morning 12/22/13

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December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Roads around western Iowa are reported to be completely covered with snow early this (Sunday) morning. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s website at 511ia.org, shows all roads south of Highway 30 and east of the Interstate 80/680 split, down to the Missouri border, are covered with snow. Blowing snow was also a factor in the morning commute to church or work. Towing services are prohibited today in Cass and Adair Counties…meaning if your vehicle goes into the ditch or median, towing companies are not allowed to pull you out until the weather improves.

Some roads in far western Pottawattamie County were partially covered with snow, including I-29 from the I-80 split, south, and portions of Highways 6 and 92. North of I-80 in far western and northwest Iowa, where there was less snow, the roads are in mostly normal driving condition.

Here in Atlantic, we had received 2.5-inches of snow, as of 6-a.m., and roads were 100-percent snow covered, with blowing and some drifting of snow.

Red Oak man arrested Saturday

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December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early Saturday  morning of 52-year old Jack Ray Steinspring, of Red Oak. Steinspring was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Suspended, after his vehicle was pulled over at around 2:30-a.m. Saturday, at the intersection of Broadway and West Linden Streets, in Red Oak.

Steinspring was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 bond.

15-year old girl’s body found in back seat of a car in Council Bluffs

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December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are conducting an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was found Saturday in the back seat of a car in the parking lot at JC Penney in Council Bluffs. Sgt Chad Meyers with the Council Bluffs P-D, says officers were called at around 10:15-a.m., to 3333 Market Place Drive, where they found Mireya Mata-Alvarez, a former sophomore at Lewis Central High School.

A police investigation revealed Mata-Alvarez was out with two juvenile girls and five juvenile males.  Police believe alcohol or marijuana was used by the group. One of the girls called 911. Both were on scene when emergency crews arrived. Officials said the death did not appear suspicious and were awaiting autopsy and toxicology test results.

Iowa News Headlines, Sun., Dec. 22nd 2013

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December 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans across much of the state were preparing for a wintery blast this weekend that’s expected to end taper off early this morning. Meteorologists on Saturday forecast light snow gradually getting heavier overnight until about 3 a.m. today. Temperatures are expected to drop to and remain in the single digits tomorrow.

CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — Interstate 35 at Cumming in south-central Iowa has been reopened after a bridge inspection team checked damage to an overpass. Des Moines television station KCCI reported yesterday that the bridge was damaged when a piece of construction equipment being hauled in the southbound lanes hit it Friday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education has found that the state-run Iowa Juvenile Home violated federal law when it denied youths educational services and transition planning to help them succeed in life. The Des Moines Register reports that the Education Department issued the ruling Friday following its investigation into a complaint filed by the nonprofit organization Disability Rights Iowa.

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Derek Fulton threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Grand View win the NAIA championship in the Iowa school’s sixth year of football, 35-23 over the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday. Fulton, a sophomore, completed 19 of 39 passes for 300 yards and ran 13 times for 74 yards as second-ranked Grand View completed a 14-0 season at the expense of top ranked Cumberlands.

Iowa bank robbery suspect dead after standoff

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PERRY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a bank robbery suspect killed himself during a standoff with police at a home in the Des Moines suburb of Perry. Des Moines television station KCCI says Perry police and Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the home early Saturday morning. Several hours later, a news release from the two agencies said the standoff was over, and that the man inside — 25-year-old Caleb Anderson — had killed himself.

Police say Anderson was suspected of robbing a Raccoon Valley Bank branch in Minburn on Friday afternoon. Police say a negotiator was working with Anderson before he stopped talking to officials. A team of law enforcement officers then entered the home and found Anderson dead.

Authorities plan to search the home for evidence related to the robbery.

Snow, ice heading into Iowa on Saturday night

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans across much of the state are preparing for a wintery blast that’s predicted to bring up to 8 inches of snow to some areas. The National Weather Service says a winter system is expected to bring snow and ice Saturday night, starting in Iowa’s southwest corner and moving up to its northeast corner. South-central areas are expected to see less accumulation — between 3 to 5 inches in the Des Moines area — while more southern regions could see up to 8 inches of snow.

Meteorologists say light snow is expected to begin around mid-afternoon Saturday in central Iowa and gradually get heavier into the night until about 3 a.m. Sunday. Frigid conditions follow, with temperatures expected to drop to and remain in the single digits on Monday.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. Newscast, 12/21/13

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Clarinda Police Chief reminds residents about Snow Ordinance/parking rules

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A reminder from Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers for residents in his community: with the impending winter storm, as soon as 2” of snow/ice accumulation is received, there is absolutely NO PARKING ALLOWED UNTIL CLARINDA CITY STREETS UNTIL THE STREETS HAVE BEEN PLOWED FROM CURB TO CURB.  Also, vehicles found to be in violation will be ticketed and are subject to being towed and impounded until all towing & storage fees are paid in full.

If the person has no off street parking available, the vehicle(s0 can be parked on the city terrace (parking right of way) until the snow plowing operation has been completed.

The ordinance states that no person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more. Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.

 

 

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News, Sat., 12/21/13

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news with KJAN News Direector Ric Hanson.

Latham speaks publicly about his decision to retire from congress

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December 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Tom Latham — speaking publicly for the first time about his decision not to run for reelection in 2014 — says he made the move for personal, not political reasons. “Last weekend my wife and I decided that, you know, there’s no perfect time, there’s no right time, but for us this is the time,” Latham said. “We will have been married 39 years. Half of that time I was on the road with the family business. The other half I spent on the road in congress, gone, and it’s just the right time for us. It’s a personal decision…I’ve got five grandchildren, a great family. I just look forward to a change.”

Latham, though, was emotional as he talked about his long career in congress. “I love the job. I still get a chill every time I walk across the street in Washington and see Miss Liberty on top of the dome. You know, for a kid from Alexander, Iowa, (with a population of) 168 people, to have that honor — it’s really something, ” Latham said, his voice breaking. “And so it’s an emotional thing. It’s a job I love, but it’s the right time.”

Latham jokes that he’s been fielding lots of phone calls from fellow Republicans who are considering running for the seat. Latham will not endorse a candidate in the primary, but he will help the Republican nominee campaign through the fall election. Latham says he’d consider taking another job after his term is up, including a lobbying position, but he intends to live in the Des Moines suburb of Clive, close to his grandchildren. “It has been the honor of my life to represent now a total of 56 counties in Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Latham said. “Certainly there’s a relief as far as going through an election process, but I expect to stay totally involved to represent the folks here.”

Latham was criticized by some conservatives and Tea Party activists for his recent votes for the budget deals that ended the government shutdown in October and will prevent a shutdown in 2014. Latham says that criticism had no impact on his decision. “You know, my votes are my votes and I’ve always thought in this job that if you do the right thing for the right reasons, you don’t worry about it,” Latham said. “And I was probably, politically, in the strongest position I’ve ever been my career so, no, this is a purely personal decision.”

Latham was first elected to congress in 1994. In 2012 Latham faced off in Iowa’s new third congressional district against incumbent Democrat Leonard Boswell and won by nearly nine percentage points. Latham made his comments late Friday morning during taping of the “Iowa Press” program that airs Sunday, on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)