Bluffs shooting under investigation

News

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a shooting incident which occurred late Wednesday morning. According to the police report, at around 11:35-a.m., a Council Bluffs Police Officer noticed a vehicle driving recklessly, and stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of 7th Avenue. A passenger in the vehicle, 25-year old Charles E. Duncan, of Council Bluffs, approached the officer and said he’d been shot in the chest. Duncan was transported to Creighton Hospital.

An investigation revealed Duncan and his sister were test driving a car earlier, and had stopped in the parking lot of Goofy’s Bar and Grill in the 800-block of south 21st Street. When they went to switch drivers, Duncan was shot as he exited the passenger side of the vehicle and began walking toward the driver’s side. The shooting occurred when a car pulled into the parking lot and one of the occupants fired two shots at Duncan.

The first shot hit him in the bottom of his right sleeve, and did not result in any injuries. The second shot struck Duncan in the right side of his chest. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Duncan’s sister was attempting to get to him a hospital when she was stopped by police.

The suspect vehicle was described as being a small, black, newer model car with Nebraska plates. The suspects were slightly overweight white men in their 20′s. One of the men had a beard. Their vehicle took off after the shooting, traveling north on 21st Street. Neither Duncan nor his sister knew who the men were.

(updated 4:54-a.m.) Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season

News, Weather

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Forecasters are warning that the Midwest’s first major snowstorm of the season could cause blizzard conditions this morning from Kansas to Wisconsin. And there are predictions that some areas in a swatch stretching from northwest Missouri, into Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan could get as much as much as a foot of snow. The conditions could threaten operations at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Noon today, for much of Iowa.

Heavy overnight snow has forced some school districts in Nebraska and Iowa to close. Drivers in Nebraska have been told to avoid treacherous roads. In western Kansas, some tractor trailers jackknifed or tipped. A clerk at a travel center in the town of Tribune says a stranded UPS driver had to spend the night with a family.

One meteorologist says the snow is a nuisance, but the moisture is welcomed by farmers in the drought-parched region. Some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year.

Some businesses in the KJAN listening area are either closed or will be starting late. Please see the “Cancellations” section under the “Community Hub” tab on KJAN. com for updates throughout the day. The snow will be tapering-off early this morning, with reports in western Iowa thus far ranging from 3-to 6-inches. Drifts of up to nearly a foot were common in the open areas, as well.

(Podcast) NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties: Thu., Dec. 20th 2012

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season

News, Weather

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first major snowstorm to hit the Midwest this season is sweeping across the region, shuttering schools and creating dangerous driving conditions. Forecasters are warning that heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will create blizzard conditions Thursday from Kansas to Wisconsin. The weather is also threatening to cause delays at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, the nation’s second-busiest airport, ahead of the busy holiday weekend.

Nebraska’s largest school district canceled classes because of heavy overnight snow, as did many districts across Iowa, where drivers are being told to stay off the roads because of whiteout conditions. The heaviest snow is expected across a swath extending from northwest Missouri into Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan. As much as a foot of snow could fall in some areas.

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Noon today (Thursday)

News, Weather

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

246 AM CST THU DEC 20 2012 Natl. Weather Service/Des Moines

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...MODERATE TO AT TIMES HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE REGION THOUGH EARLY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE COMMON THROUGH THE AREA WITH ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES THROUGH 6 AM CST THIS MORNING. THE WIND WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH BLOWING SNOW BECOMING MORE PREVALENT. OVER THE FAR SOUTH THE PRECIPITATION WILL LINGER AS RAIN FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION…8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE FORECAST BY MORNING..WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS LIKELY. SNOW DRIFTS SEVERAL FEET DEEP WILL OCCUR GIVEN THE STRONG WINDS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS ARE BECOMING VERY STRONG AND THEY WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 50 MPH ARE LIKELY. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BY 4 AM WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW LEADING TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FOR MUCH OF THE MORNING AND INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE DEVELOPING AND WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING. TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT…IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ADVISES NO TRAVEL! POWER OUTAGES MAY BECOME MORE PREVALENT BY MORNING AS HEAVY SNOW IS WEIGHING DOWN TREES AND STRONG WINDS BY MORNING AND AFTERNOON MAY FELL TREES ON POWER LINES…RESULTING IN POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

VanDeest lifts Drake past NC Central 72-69

Sports

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seth VanDeest scored 19 points, including two straight baskets in the closing minutes, to lead Drake to a 72-69 victory over North Carolina Central on Wednesday night. VanDeest’s layup with 1:36 remaining gave the Bulldogs (5-5) a 68-66 lead, and he added another basket with 47 seconds left to make it a four-point game.

A 3-pointer by Stanton Kidd brought NC Central within 70-69 with 31 seconds left, but after Richard Carter hit two free throws for Drake with 11 seconds left, two 3-point attempts from the Eagles (5-6) in the final 3 seconds were off the mark. Ben Simons added 16 points for Drake, which hit 10 of 21 3-point attempts. Carter had 13 points and five assists. Kidd and Jeremy Ingram each had 23 points for NC Central, which was playing for the first time in 15 days.

Dozens of flights canceled at Iowa airports

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of flights have been canceled at several of Iowa’s major airports as a large snow storm hits the state. Officials at Des Moines International Airport posted dozens of cancellations online for arriving and departing flights as the storm picked up intensity Wednesday night. The airport recommends that travelers contact their airliner for information on delays and cancellations.

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids posted canceled flights from airplanes that were expected to arrive from cities like Chicago and Detroit. All flights scheduled to depart in the morning from the airport have been canceled. Dubuque Regional Airport listed a handful of canceled flights to its main destination point in Chicago. Up to a foot of snow is expected in parts of Iowa as the storm continues into western Illinois.

McGee bails out Iowa State in 76-61 win over UMKC

Sports

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyrus McGee hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, and Iowa State rallied behind a big second-half run to beat Missouri-Kansas City 76-61 on Wednesday night. Chris Babb added 12 points and Korie Lucious and Anthony Booker had 11 each for the Cyclones (9-3), who got everything they could handle from the Kangaroos (4-7) in the rare case of a Big 12 heavyweight visiting a school from the Summit League.

Estan Tyler matched a career-high with 17 points for the ‘Roos, including a basket with just over 16 minutes left that gave them a 39-35 lead over the stunned Cyclones. That’s when Iowa State finally started to get some transition baskets going, and the result was a 14-0 run that spanned the next 5 minutes and allowed the Cyclones to seize control.

Marble, Iowa roll to 90-46 rout of SC State

Sports

December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble continued his red-hot shooting with 27 points, leading Iowa to a 90-46 rout of South Carolina State on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes (10-2) are off to their best start since 2004-05. Marble scored 21 points in the first half — one more than South Carolina State (4-8) did as a team. The junior guard connected on a season-high six 3-pointers. He played only four minutes in the second half.

The Hawkeyes led 11-9 early in the first half when they exploded with a 19-4 run during a six-minute stretch. Matthew Hezekiah led South Carolina State with 12 points. The Bulldogs shot only 25 percent from the floor.

(Updated 8:45-a.m.) Towing Bans are in place in Cass, Guthrie & Pottawattamie Counties

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Area Law Enforcement Agencies are strongly advising against any travel in western Iowa today (Thursday). If your vehicle becomes stuck, you may be waiting hours or days before it can be extracted from the ditch or median.  Currently, Towing Bans are in-place in Cass, Guthrie and Pottawattamie Counties, meaning those services are prohibited by order of Law Enforcement Agencies until the weather conditions begin to improve.

Because of the blowing and drifting of snow, vehicles which skid off into the median or ditches will not be removed from those locations until the winds and visibility on the roadways improve. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports at least 13 other counties in Iowa had instituted a ban on towing until conditions improve.

Western Iowa Counties Currently Under a Tow Ban:
Cass Pottawattamie  Guthrie
*Note: Towing prohibitions announced by the Iowa State Patrol apply to highways and interstates. Please contact your local law enforcement to verify if towing is allowed within the city limits of you community.