Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 31st 2014

News

December 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat at a county courthouse in central Iowa. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Martin Real Meloche, of Newton, faces two counts of false report of the placement of explosives devices. Court records do not list an attorney. Authorities say Meloche called in two threats Monday morning about a bomb at the Jasper County Courthouse. The building was briefly evacuated. No devices were found.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshalltown man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the death of a Tama man. Eighteen-year-old James Head faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony in connection with the death of Adam Garrett. Garret was found dead inside a Marshalltown residence on Dec. 6. Additional information about the death is not available, but the state medical examiner’s office classified it as a homicide.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a roughly $2 million renovation of the Scott County Courthouse will accommodate more people in magistrate court. Director Dave Donovan of facilities and support services says the construction work on the courthouse’s first floor is expected to finish by next summer. The work is being done by Precision Builders, which was the project’s lowest bidder at around $1.93 million.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal in a lawsuit filed by a former state criminal investigator. At issue in Larry Hedlund’s case is whether Iowa should have a policy that protects police officers from losing their jobs for trying to enforce the law. Hedlund was fired after reporting Governor Terry Branstad’s speeding SUV.

Wind Chill Advisory 6-pm Tue. thru 10-am Wed. (12/30-31)

Weather

December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-

227 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING OR SHORT TERM TRENDS…WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM MINUS 15 TO MINUS 25 DEGREES BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT…AND FALL TO MINUS 20 TO MINUS 29 DEGREES BY SUNRISE TOMORROW MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST…BECOMING WEST…AT 7 TO 13 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…AIR TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILLS WILL REACH MINUS 20 TO MINUS 29 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS…FROSTBITE WILL BE POSSIBLE TO EXPOSED SKIN WITHIN 30 MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

JIM GALLOWAY, 72, of Coon Rapids (Svcs. private)

Obituaries

December 30th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

JIM GALLOWAY, 72, of Coon Rapids died Tuesday, Dec. 30th,  at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. Private Graveside services for JIM GALLOWAY will held at the Union Township Cemetery. Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids has the arrangements.

Jim Galloway is survived by:

His wife – Kay, of Coon Rapids;
His sons – Micheal Galloway, and Jon Galloway, both of Des Moines
His uncle – Harris Hess of Coon Rapids
and 5 granddaughters.

Uthoff, White Lead Iowa Past No. 20 Ohio State 71-65

Sports

December 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jarrod Uthoff scored 18 points and Aaron White added 17 to lead Iowa past No. 20 Ohio State 71-65 Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

The Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-0) never trailed after the opening minute, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half and holding on when Ohio State (11-3, 0-1) applied pressure at the end.

Sam Thompson had 17 points, D’Angelo Russell scored 13 despite heavy foul trouble and Marc Loving added 10 for the Buckeyes, who had won eight games in a row in the series before the Hawkeyes won at Value City Arena last year 84-74. Three weeks later, the Buckeyes won in Iowa City 76-69.

Iowa holds a 75-72 edge in head-to-head meetings.

 

Michigan Gets its Man in Coach Jim Harbaugh

Sports

December 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

It’s official: Jim Harbaugh is the new coach at Michigan.

The school announced Tuesday it had hired the former Michigan star quarterback, just two days after he left his job at coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh called it the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

Michigan has fallen to almost unthinkable depths in recent years. Brady Hoke’s uninspiring tenure followed three tumultuous seasons under Rich Rodriguez, and the only thing those two seemed to have in common was their mediocre performance. This past season was the third time in seven years Michigan finished with a losing record and the Wolverines failed to reach a bowl.

The program has not won the Big Ten since 2004.

Nebraska DE Randy Gregory Declaring for NFL Draft

Sports

December 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory is declaring for the NFL draft.

The school’s sports information department confirmed Gregory’s decision, which was first reported by ESPN on Tuesday.

Gregory was a first-team All-Big Ten pick as a junior after leading the Cornhuskers with seven sacks. He was fourth on the team with 54 tackles, including 10 for losses. He also blocked two kicks. He missed or was limited in four games because of injury.

Gregory is considered one of the nation’s top pass rushers, and he’s been projected to be a high first-round draft pick. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Gregory finished his two-year Nebraska career with 17.5 sacks after transferring from Arizona Western Community College.

Education Department asks for funding for third grade reading program

News

December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education is asking for nearly 14 million dollars to cover the costs of a new state program to make sure kids can read by third grade. Education Department director, Brad Buck, says the program begins with schools keeping an eye on this year’s first graders who might be struggling.

“Through that early warning system we’re letting first grade parents and kindergarten parents know that their child isn’t where they ought to be in reading and then we’re delivering services to those kids,” Buck says. Buck says the idea is to intervene now before those first graders reach third grade. “One component of implementation of that particular law is, if a child is still substantially deficient at the end of third grade one of the considerations is a high-quality summer program,” Buck says.

If the student doesn’t enter a summer program to catch upon their reading skills, they can be held back. That 14 million dollars the department is requesting would cover designing the summer programs, as well as the early warning system that lets parents know if their kids are struggling.

(Radio Iowa)

Fire destroys structures at rural Iowa property

News

December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ANTHON, Iowa (AP) – A fire at a rural northwest Iowa property has destroyed several structures and hundreds of bales. Chief Ryan Baldwin with the Anthon Volunteer Fire Department says the fire started Sunday inside a machine shed, which destroyed a tractor and a feed wagon. The fire spread to a cattle shed, garage and hay shed.

The Sioux City Journal reports 300 cornstalk bales were destroyed. Authorities were able to extinguish the fire before it damaged another set of bales. Firefighters were on scene for about 18 hours. The fire, which remains under investigation, did not spread to the property owners’ home.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

News

December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Do you help take care of an older family member or friend? If so, you are not alone. Over 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.ISU Extension

Iowa State University Extension is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Guthrie County starting on January 14th. This program has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. Classes consist of six, 2 ½ hour sessions held once a week. Staff from the Audubon & Guthrie County Extension offices, Tonya Vetter, and Mary Ebert, will be conducting each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday for six weeks and begin on January 14th. Classes will be held at the Guthrie County Extension & Outreach Office from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is a $10 fee for the program. Scholarships are available, & the application can be obtained by contacting one of the two class facilitators. For more information or to register, contact the Guthrie County Extension & Outreach Office at (641) 747-2276.

(Press Release)

Accident in Atlantic early Monday afternoon

News

December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman suffered possible, unknown injuries during an accident Monday afternoon. Atlantic Police report vehicles driven by Tammy Wyman, of Atlantic, and Nathaniel Johnson, of Griswold, were both northbound on Olive Street approaching 5th, when Wyman slowed to make a left turn onto 5th Street.

Johnson was unable to stop his vehicle in time due to the slick street conditions. His vehicle hit the Wyman vehicle in the rear, causing a total of $5,800 damage. The accident happened at around 12:10-p.m.

Wyman reported some pain following the crash, but refused transport to the hospital. There were no citations issued.