NW Iowa county may go after unpaid court fines

News

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County are considering creating a collections department to go after nearly $12 million in unpaid court fines.  The Sioux City Journal reports part of the money would go to the county, so improving collections would help Woodbury County’s budget.

Several other Iowa counties – including Linn, Polk and Plymouth counties – have already established successful collections programs for unpaid court fines. Usually the job is handled either by the county attorney or sheriff.  Woodbury County Attorney P.J. Jennings says he plans to propose creating a collections department later this year.

The Linn County Sheriff’s office has had a collections program in place since 2003. Major Doug Riniker oversees the effort and says the office collected $807,000 in 2012-13.

Western IA couple honored for 79 years of marriage

News

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa couple married for 79 years is being honored for having the longest marriage in the state.  The Daily Nonpareil reports Alvin and Eula Blankenship‘s marriage will be celebrated at a reception today (Sunday).  One-hundred-year-old Eula Blankenship says she and her 99-year-old husband have always loved to dance and travel. And Eula Blankenship says it helps that Alvin is a pretty good guy.

The retired farming couple was surprised when the Worldwide Marriage Encounter group told them they had the longest marriage in Iowa. The couple married in Magnolia on June 12, 1934 – not far from where they grew up in Woodbine and Logan. They honeymooned in Omaha.

Since then, they have visited all 48 lower United States by car or bus.

March held in Missouri for granddaughter of southwest IA grandparents

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February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Thousands of people holding flickering candles marched through Springfield, Missouri, to remember a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped and killed less than a week ago. The Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader reports family members of Hailey Owens led the procession Saturday night while onlookers filled sidewalks.

Hailey was abducted Tuesday while she walked in her quiet Springfield neighborhood. Police believe her captor killed her in the few hours before he was caught.  Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried spoke briefly to the crowd at the end of the march, saying there were no words to express the pain the community is feeling.

Craig Michael Wood is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the fourth-grader’s death. The 45-year-old is being held without bond in Greene County Jail. Hailey is the daughter of Markus and Stacey Owens, of Springfield, MO., and granddaughter of Mark Scanlan, of Red Oak. Hailey’s great-grandmother, Connie Sparr, also lives in Red Oak.

Disorderly conduct arrest in Red Oak

News

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early Sunday morning of a man on a Disorderly Conduct charge. 37-year old James Lee Clark, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested at around 2:15-a.m. Sunday, at 410 East Reed Street. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held, on $300 cash bond.

Gov. Branstad keeps focus on legislative session

News

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking re-election, but his current focus is on the legislative session, not campaign rhetoric. Since lawmakers returned to the Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget, which must be approved by lawmakers this spring. Even Branstad’s balloon-festooned re-election announcement last month was light on detailed campaign promises.

For now, Branstad is keeping his eye on a modest set of legislative priorities — increasing benefits for veterans, combatting bullying and adding broadband Internet around the state. All three goals have bipartisan support. Branstad campaign manager Jake Ketzner says that will change after adjournment, as the governor outlines his plans if re-elected.

Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is in the lead position for the Democratic nomination.

No. 3 Wichita St tops Drake 83-54 to go to 29-0

Sports

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and No. 3 Wichita State pounded Drake 83-54 Saturday night. Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference) is the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two wins away from a perfect regular season.

Fred VanVleet scored 15 for the Shockers, who cut down the nets after the game to celebrate their Missouri Valley championship. Daddy Ugbede scored 14 points, Jordan Daniels had 13 and Aaron Hawley 10 for Drake (14-14, 5-11), which had more turnovers (20) than field goals (18).

In the deciding portion of the game, only halftime provided the Bulldogs some respite. Wichita State wrapped a 31-4 run around the break, an onslaught so complete that the Shockers completed the 14-1 portion to start the second half without Drake even attempting a field goal.

Area basketball scores from Sat., Feb. 22nd 2014

Sports

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL

1A District 12 Substate 6

Quarterfinal

Bedford 75, Central Decatur, Leon 69, OT

Murray 65, Mount Ayr 55

1A District 13 Substate 7

Quarterfinal

Earlham 52, Adair-Casey 37

Griswold 49, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 24

Nodaway Valley 73, CAM, Anita 38

Orient-Macksburg 57, Guthrie Center 31

1A District 15 Substate 8

Quarterfinal

Ar-We-Va, Westside 75, Woodbine 33

Tri-Center, Neola 66, West Monona, Onawa 61, OT

1A District 16 Substate 8

Quarterfinal

Coon Rapids-Bayard 63, Laurens-Marathon 49

2A District 14 Substate 7

Semifinal

Des Moines Christian 69, Interstate 35,Truro 30

Panorama, Panora 62, Van Meter 56

2A District 15 Substate 8

Semifinal

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 65, Shenandoah 47

Treynor 54, Clarinda 40

2A District 16 Substate 8

Semifinal

IKM-Manning 73, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 54

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 75, OA-BCIG 52

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class 3A Region 2

Regional Final

MOC-Floyd Valley 75, Red Oak 34

Class 4A Region 7

Regional Semifinal

Harlan 67, Denison-Schleswig 23

Class 4A Region 8

Regional Semifinal

Dallas Center-Grimes 42, Winterset 28

Lewis Central 38, Glenwood 32

Class 5A Region 8

Regional Semifinal

Johnston 65, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 33

(Update 1-a.m. Sunday) – Atlantic woman killed in Sat. evening crash

News

February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa State Patrol say an Atlantic woman has died in a crash that occurred Saturday afternoon, north of town. In an update provided late Saturday night, the Patrol identified the victim as 65-year old Linda S. Shea.  We were first to report online at kjan.com Saturday evening, that the accident happened on County Road N-16 (Olive Street), about one-half-mile south of Boston Road, or about a mile south of Interstate 80.

The accident scene

The accident scene

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

Shea was traveling southbound at around 4:10-p.m., when for reasons unknown, the 2005 Jaguar SK8 she was driving spun out of control and slid sideways into a metal guard rail. The impact spun the car into the west ditch, where it came to rest in a small ravine. Shea died at the scene. Officials say she was not wearing a seat belt.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies and Atlantic Police all responded to the scene.

2014 State Wrestling Team Scores

Sports

February 22nd, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A:

1. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 111.0
2. Alburnett 106.0
3. Clarion-Goldfield 90.0
4. Highland, Riverside 72.0
5. Wilton 69.0
6. Lisbon 62.5
7. Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 54.0
8. Woodbury Central, Moville 51.5
9. Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 42.0
10. Audubon 37.0
11. West Branch 35.5
12. Central Lyon-George Little Rock 35.0
12. West Marshall, State Center 35.0
14. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 34.0
14. Underwood 34.0
16. Sumner-Fredericksburg 33.0
17. North Butler, Greene 32.5
18. Tri-Center, Neola 32.0
19. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 29.5
20. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 29.0
20. South Winneshiek, Calmar 29.0
22. Lake Mills 27.0
23. East Buchanan, Winthrop 26.0
23. Hudson 26.0
25. Mount Ayr 24.5
26. Manson Northwest Webster 23.0
27. Wapello 22.0
28. B-G-M, Brooklyn 21.0
29. Hinton 20.0
29. Southwest Valley 20.0
31. Newman Catholic, Mason City 19.0
32. Agwsr, Ackley 18.0
32. English Valleys, North English 18.0
32. Guthrie Center 18.0
35. Central Springs 16.0
35. West Monona, Onawa 16.0
35. Westwood, Sloan 16.0
38. Dike-New Hartford 15.0
39. Clarinda Academy 14.0
39. South Central Calhoun 14.0
41. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13.0
42. Bedford/Lenox 12.0
42. Iowa Valley, Marengo 12.0
42. North-Linn, Troy Mills 12.0
42. Ogden 12.0
46. South Hamilton, Jewell 11.5
47. Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction 11.0
48. Cardinal, Eldon 10.5
49. Edgewood-Colesburg 10.0
49. Moravia 10.0
51. Panorama, Panora 9.0
51. Riverside 9.0
51. West Fork, Sheffield 9.0
54. Aplington-Parkersburg 8.0
54. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 8.0
54. Lawton-Bronson 8.0
54. St. Albert, Council Bluffs 8.0
58. Mfl MarMac 7.0
59. Jesup 6.0
59. Nashua-Plainfield 6.0
59. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 6.0
62. A-H-S-T 5.0
62. Lynnville-Sully 5.0
62. North Cedar, Stanwood 5.0
65. Clarksville 4.0
65. Coon Rapids-Bayard 4.0
65. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 4.0
65. Sibley-Ocheyedan 4.0
69. Alta-Aurelia 3.0
69. East Mills 3.0
69. Northwood-Kensett 3.0
69. Sigourney-Keota 3.0
69. Southwest Iowa 3.0
69. Wayne, Corydon 3.0
69. West Sioux, Hawarden 3.0
76. Central, Elkader 2.0
77. Logan-Magnolia 1.0
77. Okoboji, Milford 1.0
79. Belmond-Klemme 0.0
79. C-M-B, Baxter 0.0
79. Cascade, Western Dubuque 0.0
79. Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 0.0
79. Colfax-Mingo 0.0
79. Emmetsburg 0.0
79. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 0.0
79. New London 0.0
79. Pocahontas Area 0.0
79. Regina, Iowa City 0.0
79. Southeast Webster-Grand, Burnside 0.0
79. Starmont 0.0

Class 2-A:

1. Assumption, Davenport 117.0
2. Mediapolis 98.5
3. Albia 80.0
4. Clear Lake 71.5
5. Union, LaPorte City 70.5
6. West Delaware, Manchester 63.0
7. Osage 56.0
8. Atlantic 53.0
9. Mount Vernon 47.0
10. Solon 42.5
11. Hampton-Dumont 40.0
12. Algona 39.5
13. Charles City 38.0
14. Independence 37.5
15. Creston-Orient Macksburg 36.5
16. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 36.0
16. Wahlert, Dubuque 36.0
18. Forest City 34.0
19. Adm, Adel 30.0
20. Crestwood 29.0
20. Grinnell 29.0
22. Clarinda 28.0
23. OA-BCIG 26.0
24. Center Point-Urbana 25.5
25. West Liberty 25.0
26. Estherville Lincoln Central 23.0
27. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 22.0
27. Harlan 22.0
27. Spirit Lake Park 22.0
30. New Hampton 21.0
31. Ballard 20.0
32. Humboldt 19.0
32. MOC-Floyd Valley 19.0
34. BCLUW, Conrad 18.0
34. Monticello 18.0
34. North Fayette Valley 18.0
34. Washington 18.0
34. Webster City 18.0
39. Beckman Catholic,Dyersville 16.0
40. Columbus Community, Columbus Junction 14.0
40. Saydel 14.0
42. Interstate 35, Truro 12.0
43. East Marshall, LeGrand 11.0
43. Mid-Prairie, Wellman 11.0
45. Bondurant-Farrar 8.0
45. Winterset 8.0
47. Carlisle 7.0
47. Vinton-Shellsburg 7.0
49. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6.0
50. Greene County 5.5
51. Benton Community 5.0
51. Iowa Falls-Alden 5.0
51. Oelwein 5.0
54. Cherokee 4.0
54. Clarke, Osceola 4.0
54. Knoxville 4.0
54. Roland-Story, Story City 4.0
54. Woodward-Granger 4.0
59. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 3.0
59. Central Decatur, Leon 3.0
59. Gilbert 3.0
59. North Polk, Alleman 3.0
59. Pcm, Monroe 3.0
59. Perry 3.0
59. Western Christian/Unity Christian 3.0
59. Williamsburg 3.0
67. Camanche 2.0
67. Centerville 2.0
67. Louisa-Muscatine 2.0
67. Sheldon/South O`Brien 2.0
67. Sioux Center 2.0
67. Tipton 2.0
73. Central Clinton, DeWitt 1.0
74. Van Meter 0.0
75. South Tama County, Tama -1.0

Class 3-A:

1. Bettendorf 162.0
2. Southeast Polk 158.0
3. Waverly-Shell Rock 151.5
4. Linn-Mar, Marion 91.5
5. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 74.0
6. North Scott, Eldridge 68.0
7. Iowa City, West 59.0
8. Pleasant Valley 55.5
9. Dallas Center-Grimes 52.0
10. Waterloo, West 47.0
11. Indianola 46.0
12. Dowling Catholic, Wdm 44.0
13. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 43.0
14. Fort Dodge 37.0
14. Mason City 37.0
16. Fort Madison 33.0
17. Valley, West Des Moines 31.0
18. Epworth, Western Dubuque 30.0
19. Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 29.5
20. Clinton 28.0
21. Johnston 27.0
22. Waukee 26.0
23. Oskaloosa 21.0
24. Cedar Falls 20.0
24. Lewis Central 20.0
24. Sioux City, East 20.0
27. Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 19.5
28. Dubuque, Senior 17.5
29. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 16.0
29. Keokuk 16.0
29. Spencer 16.0
32. Newton 15.0
32. Ottumwa 15.0
34. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 14.5
35. Dubuque, Hempstead 14.0
36. Des Moines, East 13.0
37. Burlington 12.0
38. Ames 9.5
39. Boone 8.0
39. Sioux City, North 8.0
41. Davenport, North 7.0
41. Muscatine 7.0
43. Carroll 6.0
43. Urbandale 6.0
45. Decorah 5.0
45. Glenwood 5.0
45. Norwalk 5.0
45. Pella 5.0
49. Denison-Schleswig 4.0
49. Des Moines, Lincoln 4.0
51. Mount Pleasant 3.0
52. Ankeny Centennial 2.0
53. Davenport, Central 1.0
53. Davenport, West 1.0
53. LeMars 1.0
53. Marshalltown 1.0
57. Ankeny 0.0
57. Cedar Rapids, Washington 0.0
57. Des Moines, North-Hoover 0.0
57. Des Moines, Roosevelt 0.0
57. Waterloo, East 0.0

2014 State Wrestling Championship Results

Sports

February 22nd, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A:

  • 106 – Drew West (Highland) 50-0 won by decision over Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield) 25-3 (Dec 6-5)
  • 113 – Josh Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield) 28-0 won by decision over Zach Fowler (Alburnett) 43-5 (Dec 6-1)
  • 120 – Nick Williams (Lisbon) 49-5 won by decision over Cole Mills (Hinton) 47-4 (Dec 4-3)
  • 126 – Brady Ruden (Wilton) 51-1 won by major decision over Joel Haberman (Clarion-Goldfield) 35-8 (MD 12-4)
  • 132 – Carter Happel (Lisbon) 53-0 won by fall over Colby McIntire (Central Lyon-George Little Rock ) 36-3 (Fall 3:05)
  • 138 – Jeren Glosser (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) 49-1 won by decision over Travis Cole (Highland) 47-3 (Dec 6-2)
  • 145 – Blake Marolf (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) 38-2 won by decision over Bryce Paul (Alburnett) 46-5 (Dec 7-1)
  • 152 – Tucker Black (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) 44-3 won by decision over Noah Irons (Lake Mills) 48-1 (Dec 4-2)
  • 160 – Tyler Foubert (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) 42-4 won by major decision over Kallan Schmelzer (Southwest Valley) 36-3 (MD 14-3)
  • 170 – Dale Hilleman (West Marshall) 48-3 won by fall over Dylan Windfield (Alburnett) 47-2 (Fall 2:42)
  • 182 – Luke Huber (Hudson) 46-1 won by decision over Adam Hawkins (B-G-M) 47-2 (Dec 14-7)
  • 195 – Tyler Hoffman (East Buchanan) 45-0 won by decision over Christopher Brincks (South Winneshiek) 48-4 (Dec 8-4)
  • 220 – Ryan Parmely (Maquoketa Valley) 52-1 won by decision over Vinnie Harvey (St. Edmond) 36-1 (Dec 4-3)
  • 285 – Tyler Yonkovic (Maquoketa Valley) 52-0 won in sudden victory – 1 over Landan Paulsen (Woodbury Central) 33-1 (SV-1 3-1)

Class 2-A:

  • 106 – Tristan Birt (Wahlert) 42-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Connor Cleveland (New Hampton) 44-2 (SV-1 7-5)
  • 113 – Brock Rathbun (Center Point-Urbana) 46-0 won by fall over Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake) 37-4 (Fall 4:48)
  • 120 – Blake Luna (Clarinda) 41-3 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Brendan Gould (Assumption) 37-6 (UTB 4-3)
  • 126 – Darrian Schwenke (Atlantic) 52-1 won by decision over Brady Jennings (Osage) 43-4 (Dec 5-3)
  • 132 – Eric Clarke (Assumption) 31-10 won by major decision over Oscar Ramirez (Estherville Lincoln Central) 43-2 (MD 10-2)
  • 138 – Max Thomsen (Union) 49-0 won by decision over Andres Gonzalez (Clear Lake) 38-1 (Dec 5-4)
  • 145 – Zach Skopec (Spirit Lake Park) 49-0 won by decision over Chase Shiltz (Creston/O-M) 51-5 (Dec 5-2)
  • 152 – Danny Bush (Assumption) 43-3 won by major decision over Zach Johnston (ADM) 38-8 (MD 8-0)
  • 160 – Jacob Holschlag (Union) 48-1 won by decision over Drew Foster (Mediapolis) 51-3 (Dec 3-2)
  • 170 – Trey Ryan (Mount Vernon) 47-4 won by major decision over Tyler Lutes (BCLUW) 45-3 (MD 8-0)
  • 182 – Cash Wilcke (OA-BCIG) 48-1 won by decision over Kyle Frank (Independence) 49-2 (Dec 2-1)
  • 195 – Steven Holloway (Mediapolis) 36-1 won by decision over Carter Isley (Albia) 56-2 (Dec 3-2)
  • 220 – Lance Evans (Solon) 31-0 won by decision over Josh Cannon (Mount Vernon) 41-5 (Dec 3-0)
  • 285 – Tyler Putney (Forest City) 49-4 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Mario Pena (Hampton-Dumont) 41-6 (UTB 3-2)

Class 3-A:

  • 106 – Jack Wagner (Bettendorf) 44-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jakob Allison (Waukee) 42-2 (SV-1 4-2)
  • 113 – Jacob Schwarm (Bettendorf) 45-3 won by decision over Henry Pohlmeyer (Johnston) 40-2 (Dec 5-1)
  • 120 – Alijah Jeffery (Linn-Mar) 41-0 won by decision over Paul Glynn (Bettendorf) 39-12 (Dec 7-0)
  • 126 – Kaz Onoo (Mason City) 44-0 won by decision over Bryce Meyer (Fort Madison) 29-4 (Dec 3-0)
  • 132 – Fredy Stroker (Bettendorf) 48-0 won by decision over Jake Koethe (WDM Valley) 45-2 (Dec 3-1)
  • 138 – Logan Ryan (Bettendorf) 48-1 won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Southeast Polk) 43-4 (Dec 6-4)
  • 145 – Bryce Steiert (Waverly-Shell Rock) 47-1 won by decision over Briar Dittmer (Southeast Polk) 35-4 (Dec 5-1)
  • 152 – Travis Willers (Pleasant Valley) 51-2 won by decision over Trey Blaha (CR Prairie) 39-11 (Dec 3-0)
  • 160 – Isaiah Patton (Dowling Catholic) 43-2 won by decision over Skyler St. John (CR Prairie) 44-4 (Dec 3-2)
  • 170 – Corey Abernathy (Waverly-Shell Rock) 49-4 won by decision over Blake Wolinski (Dallas Center-Grimes) 42-6 (Dec 3-0)
  • 182 – Mitch Bowman (North Scott) 39-1 won by decision over Izaak Miller (Waverly-Shell Rock) 49-5 (Dec 4-1)
  • 195 – Marcus Harrington (Waterloo West) 52-0 won by fall over Andrew Holladay (Linn-Mar) 39-5 (Fall 5:18)
  • 220 – Ethan Andersen (Southeast Polk) 45-0 won by major decision over Cordell Eaton (North Scott) 46-5 (MD 18-7)
  • 285 – Kaleb Staack (Waverly-Shell Rock) 48-4 won by decision over Jake Marnin (Southeast Polk) 42-3 (Dec 3-1)