Charge dismissed against Iowan over Facebook

News

August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A terrorism charge filed against a Sioux City man over comments he made on his Facebook page has been dismissed. Woodbury County prosecutors say Gabriel Rodriguez wrote suicidal and homicidal-themed messages between Aug. 2 and Aug.9. According to court documents, Rodriguez asked if he needed to “shoot up a mall before people understood.”  Assistant County Attorney Terry Ganzel says there was insufficient evidence to meet the legal requirement of the crime in order to prosecute Rodriguez.

Ganzel says words that don’t constitute a true threat are protected under the First Amendment. He says there isn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rodriguez made “true” threats and, even if they were, that the act was “imminent.” Rodriguez’s attorney didn’t immediately comment.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties: Tue., Aug. 21st 2012

Weather

August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

325 AM CDT TUE AUG 21 2012

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

FRIDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S.

USDA: Corn harvest ahead of schedule

Ag/Outdoor

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — This year’s corn harvest is ahead of schedule with 4 percent in already compared with just 1 percent at the same time last year. The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier. Most expected a good year then, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been reducing its estimates of the nation’s harvest amid a severe drought centered over the Midwest. It now says it expects the least amount of corn since 2006, although the tally won’t be certain until the harvest is done. It is significantly ahead of schedule in some places. The USDA reported Monday that in Tennessee and Missouri, the harvest was already 18 percent complete.

2012 Pre-Season Iowa High School Volleyball Rankings

Sports

August 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Monday, August 20

Class 1-A
School
2011 Record
1
Grundy Center
42-2
2
LeMars Gehlen Catholic
34-2
3
Janesville
30-11
4
Holy Trinity Catholic
46-3
5
Tripoli
40-3
6
Bellevue Marquette Catholic
31-5
7
Stanton
33-2
8
East Union
32-5
9
Bedford
30-8
10
Lisbon
26-9
11
New London
28-13
12
Twin Cedars
16-4
13
Central Lyon
14-14
14
Preston
23-12
15
Winfield-Mount Union
17-16
Class 2-A
School
2011 Record
1
Dike-New Hartford
44-3
2
Western Christian
49-2
3
Kuemper Catholic
23-9
4
Sumner-Fredericksburg
31-3
5
Council Bluffs St. Albert
30-10
6
West Branch
35-6
7
Ridge View
24-17
8
Woodward-Granger
20-6
9
Treynor
19-16
10
Hinton
24-11
11
Durant
23-14
12
IKM-Manning
19-16
13
Iowa City Regina
19-14
14
Lake Mills
45-1
15
Edgewood-Colesburg
30-4
Class 3-A
School
2011 Record
1
MOC-Floyd Valley
23-12
2
Mediapolis
39-3
3
West Liberty
27-10
4
Sioux Center
28-12
5
Union
33-8
6
Nevada
26-18
7
Davenport Assumption
25-10
8
Mount Vernon
17-20
9
Unity Christian
22-13
10
East Sac County
30-5
11
Cascade
21-12
12
South Central Calhoun
21-19
13
Estherville-Lincoln Central
23-12
14
Red Oak
27-7
15
Bondurant-Farrar
32-7
Class 4-A
School
2011 Record
1
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
46-12
2
Harlan
31-7
3
Solon
32-1
4
Waverly-Shell Rock
48-3
5
Charles City
34-8
6
Maquoketa
32-6
7
Dubuque Wahlert
30-9
8
West Delaware
37-7
9
North Scott
17-13
10
Central DeWitt
23-15
11
Fairfield
28-10
12
Cedar Rapids Xavier
19-16
13
Lewis Central
27-9
14
Marion
31-15
15
Clear Creek-Amana
20-11
Class 5-A
School
2011 Record
1
Iowa City High
40-4
2
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
30-10
3
Ankeny
29-9
4
Cedar Falls
26-13
5
Urbandale
32-9
6
Dubuque Hempstead
25-9
7
Clinton
19-10
8
Pleasant Valley
25-8
9
Iowa City West
39-6
10
Dowling Catholic
26-7

Bowe takes part in first practice with Chiefs

Sports

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was on the field with the rest of his teammates Monday for the first time since signing his franchise tender last week. NFL rules prevent Bowe from practicing in pads until Tuesday, but he spent time working with quarterback Matt Cassel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Bowe has been seeking a long-term deal and skipped the offseason program and the start of training camp. He signed his franchise tender on Friday, which means he’ll play under a one-year contract worth about $9.5 million. Bowe caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns last season. The former first-round draft pick has at least 1,000 yards receiving four of his five seasons in the league.

Deadly Council Bluffs fire caused by kids playing with lighter

News

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs’ fire chief says children playing with a lighter caused a deadly house fire over the weekend. Fire Chief Alan Byers also says there were no working smoke detectors in the house. Four-year-old Leland Johnson died in the fire Saturday morning after being trapped in an upstairs bedroom. Firefighters reached the boy, but he died at the hospital. His mother and two other children safely escaped the house. Byers says the tragedy drives home the need for more fire safety education. He says the fire department has free smoke detectors that firefighters will install for residents. Council Bluffs residents who wish to have a smoke detector checked or have detectors installed, should call 712-328-4672.

3 drug related arrests in Mills County Saturday

News

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say three people were arrested Saturday on drug charges. 19-year old Tiffany Danielson, of Tabor was arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 275, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. Her bond was set at $2,000. 20-year old Joseph Muellner, of Randolph, was arrested Saturday morning, for Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $1,000. 42-year old Adrian Lapour, of Omaha, was also arrested Saturday in Mills County, for Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $5,000. And, 47-year old Dennis Villhauer, of Corning, was arrested Saturday in Mills County, for 1st offense OWI. His bond was set at $1,000.

Several arrests in Mills County, Friday

News

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

It’s not clear whether they were all connected with last Friday’s “Knotfest” in Mills County, but sheriff’s officials said today (Monday), that six people were arrested, three of them at the concert site. Taken into custody at the Mid America Motor Plex near Pacific Junction, was: 23-year old Bradley Hawkins, of LaVista, NE; 48-year old Kenneth Schonher, of Omaha, and 24-year old Justen Logen, of Council Bluffs. Hawkins was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Schonher was arrested on a warrant out of Monona County for theft in the 5th degree, and Logen was arrested for Possession of drug paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $1,000, $500, and $300 respectively.

There were three arrests last Friday, near Pacific Junction: 21-year old Anthony Schovanec, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $1,000; 29-year old Jeremy Hogue, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $300; and, 29-year old Robert Riley, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Friday for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $300. Most of those who were arrested, were taken into custody late Friday evening.

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Union County Shooting under investigation

News

August 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County are investigating a reported shooting that took place Sunday night in Arispe.  At around 10:45 PM, the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request for assistance at 203 Park Place in Arispe, with regard to a  shooting.  At the scene, deputies located two people suffering from gunshot wounds.  52-year old Laura Maxfield-Anderson, and 60-year old Ronald Anderson were taken by life flight to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.  A report on their conditions is not available at this time.

Officials say the shooting appears to be a result of a domestic dispute, and they’re not actively seeking any additional persons. They also do not believe the public is in any danger.  An investigation into the incident continues, however.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assist in the investigation.  The Afton Police Department and the Creston Police Department are also assisting.