Tractors everywhere as the Farm Progress show opens tomorrow

Ag/Outdoor

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A world’s fair of what’s happening in agriculture comes to the central Iowa town of Boone this week with the 61st annual Farm Progress Show. Dena Morgan, marketing specialist for the event, expects up to 100-thousand people to tour the grounds during the three-day event, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday). Morgan says, “All of the major exhibitors will be here, Deere, Case, New Holland, AGCO, Monsanto, Syngenta, just about every company or any product or service that has to do with agriculture will have somebody here.”

When the show started in the 1950s, the event moved between Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In 2005, it was decided the show would be held in Boone and Decatur, Illinois every other year. The permanent facility in Boone continues to expand.  “When the show site was originally built in 2008 we had 12 streets,” Morgan says. “In 2012, we sold out of all that exhibit space so we added this 13th street. This year, we have oversold that area and had to create an annex.”

That annex in the north parking lot area includes 40 new exhibitors who haven’t been to the show before, including Caterpillar and McCormick. The show is located near Highway 30 and Highway 17 east of Boone.

Learn more at www.farmprogressshow.com

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa residence hall emptied over unknown chemical

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a University of Iowa residence hall was evacuated the night before classes began after an unknown chemical was reported and a student was found unresponsive.  The 500-person capacity Slater Hall was evacuated for about four hours Sunday night. Students were allowed to return around 11:30 p.m. after police said there were no toxic or explosive dangers. Police didn’t identify the chemical.

Police spokesman Chuck Green tells The Daily Iowan a male student was transported to an area hospital after he was found in a third-floor lounge. An update on his condition was not available Sunday night, but Green says no one was injured by the chemical. It’s unclear what was wrong with the student.

Green says the residence hall was evacuated as a “safety precaution.”

Police: Man arrested in Iowa trail murder

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have charged a 49-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found near a recreational trail. Clive Police Chief Michael Venema says officers arrested Steven Jonas late Sunday. He is charged in the death of 21-year-old Zachary Michael Paulsen.

Volunteers cleaning the Greenbelt Trail found Paulsen’s body lying against a fence on the property of a business owned by his family. An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine his cause of death. Venema didn’t disclose evidence for arresting Jonas.

Jonas is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

NE men arrested on drug charges in SW IA

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Nebraska were arrested on drug charges Sunday evening in southwest Iowa. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says Clinton Doiel and Darrel Wichman, both of Nebraska City, NE, were arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, following a traffic stop.

Doiel, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Both men were being held in the Fremont Count Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: 8/25/14

Weather

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS UNTIL EARLY MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY EARLY IN THE MORNING. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. HIGH AROUND 80. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 25th 2014

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Governor Terry Branstad is optimistic a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for re-election, has offered a rebooted version of his broadband proposal. Branstad calls it the “Connect Every Acre” plan.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. The Sioux City Journal reports Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe. Sales manager Paul Schumacher says the company has developed ways to make the concrete barriers more attractive. And in recent years, there has been renewed interest in the company’s livestock waterers.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge increased a Marshalltown man’s bond to $1 million after he was charged with killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports the new bond amount for Branden Collins was set Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment on Friday.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The man killed outside a Waterloo night club this weekend has been identified as a 35-year-old Twin Cities man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Sanders Funeral Service identified the victim of Saturday’s shooting as Celio Antonio Posada of Minneapolis. The shooting outside El Senior Tequila Nightclub was reported around 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities issue alert about alleged roofing contractor’s scam

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police, city officials and a former employer are warning the public about an alleged scam artist in Council Bluffs. According to the Daily NonPareil, 39-year old James Urso, also known as “James Fetter,” has left a trail of unhappy customers throughout the country, often times taking money up front for work he fails to complete.

James Urso, AKA "James Fetter."

James Urso, AKA “James Fetter.”

Officials in Council Bluffs say he’s likely doing the work there, to pay restitution to victims allegedly scammed elsewhere. In April, Ohio’s Attorney General announced the indictment of James Urso on felony theft charges relating to his home improvement businesses.

Urso, of Mt. Gilead, OH, operated companies under the names Help Point Restoration LLC and ZunCare Restoration LLC. The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Urso took nearly $22,000 from four homeowners for roof replacement and other repairs but failed to perform the work, deliver the materials, or provide a refund.

In December 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section filed a civil lawsuit against Urso and his companies, for violations of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act. As a result of the lawsuit, Urso was ordered to pay more than $52,800 in consumer restitution and civil penalties to the state of Ohio.  On April 29th, a warrant was issued for Urso’s arrest in Ohio. The felony warrant charged him with 5th degree theft and 4th degree Theft/Theft from an Elderly person.

Urso plead guilty to the charges earlier this month. He’s scheduled to appear in an Ohio court on Oct. 2nd for a disposition hearing. He’s also been charged in Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Anyone in the area who’s had money stolen by a contractor is asked to call police at (712) 328-5737.

 

Man from Ohio injured in Pott. County crash Sun. night

News

August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says one person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Sunday night on Interstate 29, in Pottawattamie County. 45-year old Bruce Allen Cornwall, of St. Clairsville, OH, was transported by Lewis Township Fire and Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, after the pickup he was driving went out of control and hit a bridge guardrail.

Officials say Cornwall’s 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup was traveling north on I-29 just after 10-p.m., when the truck crossed into the left lane. Cornwall over-corrected, sending the vehicle spinning clockwise into the right lane. When the driver’s side of the vehicle hit a bridge guardrail at the 45-mile marker, Cornwall was ejected out the left side window of the pickup and landed in the east ditch. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol was found at the scene and is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

ACSD Board of Ed. to meet Monday night

News

August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday night (8/25), at the high school. During the work session, which begins at 7:30, the Board will discuss several matters. Among them: School Improvement plans; A review of programs at the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center (CCEOC) and the Link Center; A review of the SAM (School Administration Management) Program, and, Board and Superintendent goals.

The meeting takes place in the High School Media Center.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Mon. evening

News

August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board is set to meet Monday evening (Aug. 25), at City Hall. During their 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the Summer Rec Program, Capital Projects, and Boy Scout Cabin. Old business includes a policy on donors and/or sponsors placing names on park buildings.

In his report to the Board, Director Roger Herring will talk about graffiti on the playground equipment at Pellett Park, and, this coming weekend’s two-day Disc Golf Tournament at Sunnyside Park. Herring says last year, people from five states were in Atlantic for the tournament, which was spearheaded by Frank Saddlemire.