A-P Iowa Boys High School Basketball Poll (2/6/17)


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (13) 14-1 130 1
2. Waukee 15-3 102 T4
3. Dubuque, Senior 14-3 100 2
4. Sioux City, East 15-2 86 3
5. Valley, West Des Moines 13-4 73 7
6. Dubuque, Hempstead 14-3 48 8
7. Des Moines, Hoover 14-3 37 NR
8. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 13-4 34 T4
9. Bettendorf 13-4 32 6
10. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 13-4 24 9

Others receiving votes: North Scott, Eldridge 20. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 9. Ames 8. Des Moines, North 6. Lewis Central 4. Davenport, Central 1. Newton 1.

Class 3A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Waverly-Shell Rock (7) 17-1 124 1
2. West Delaware, Manchester (6) 16-0 121 3
3. Pella 17-2 102 2
4. Mount Pleasant 16-2 95 4
5. Spirit Lake 15-3 65 6
6. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 11-5 49 5
7. Mount Vernon 13-4 39 8
8. Assumption, Davenport 9-8 19 10
9. Le Mars 12-6 18 NR
10. Dallas Center-Grimes 12-5 16 9

Others receiving votes: Webster City 13. Atlantic 10. Boone 9. Forest City 9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 9. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 8. Glenwood 6. Storm Lake 2. Oskaloosa 1.

Class 2A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Western Christian, Hull (10) 16-2 126 1
2. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll (3) 17-2 118 2
3. Cascade,Western Dubuque 18-1 89 3
4. Pella Christian 15-4 83 5
5. Garner-Hayfield Ventura 18-1 64 7
6. Camanche 18-2 62 6
7. Osage 18-1 46 8
8. Van Meter 18-1 43 4
9. South Hamilton, Jewell 17-2 23 10
10. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 14-4 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Dike-New Hartford 11. Des Moines Christian 10. West Lyon, Inwood 7. Rock Valley 7. Sioux Center 3. Alta-Aurelia 3. Sheldon 2. West Burlington 1. A-H-S-T, Avoca 1.

Class 1A
  Record Pts Prv
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (13) 19-0 130 1
2. Grand View Christian 19-1 106 3
3. St. Mary’s, Remsen 17-0 103 2
4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 17-2 88 4
5. Lynnville-Sully 18-1 74 6
6. Ar-We-Va, Westside 20-0 68 7
7. Siouxland Community Christian 16-2 38 9
8. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 19-1 36 8
9. New London 16-2 26 5
10. Boyden-Hull 12-7 17 10

Others receiving votes: St. Albert, Council Bluffs 10. Murray 6. West Fork, Sheffield 6. Calamus-Wheatland 3. Montezuma 2. Danville 1. West Hancock, Britt 1.


Iowa GOP lawmakers push ahead with education funding bill


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature is pushing ahead with its plans to vote on a K-12 education spending bill that school officials say will result in larger classroom sizes and other district-level shortfalls.

A group that included school board members, parents and students gathered at the Capitol Monday in opposition to the legislation, which adds about $40 million to a roughly $3 billion education budget. The Republican-led House was scheduled to vote on the bill late Monday, and party leaders support it. The GOP-majority Senate voted for the legislation Thursday.

Gov. Terry Branstad proposed spending about $78 million more on K-12 education, a point that Democrats have highlighted amid their opposition to the GOP plan.

Atlantic School District CBU to receive District proposal, Tuesday


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Administrators for the Atlantic Community School District, Tuesday, are expected to present their proposal to the Teachers’ Certified Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU), in response to the Teachers’ proposal to the District late last month. During the previous meeting, the Teacher’s Association essentially asked for a 5.9 percent total package increase. They also asked for a $1,900 increase in base pay. The Administration will make its proposal during an open meeting that takes place 4-p.m. Tuesday, in the Atlantic Middle School Library.

And, this Thursday afternoon, the Non-Certified Staff’s Bargaining Unit will also receive the District’s proposal during a meeting that takes place at the same time and location.

Sioux City event venues look to increase security measures


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Entertainment venues in Sioux City are planning to add walk-through metal detectors to enhance security, saying such measures are becoming standard across the country. The Sioux City Journal reports that the city’s proposed fiscal 2018 capital improvements budget includes $100,000 for walk-through metal detectors at the Tyson Events Center as part of the venue’s maintenance improvements. The expense is expected to cover 10 to 12 detectors to place at the venue’s entrance.

Events facilities director Erika Newton says staff currently use wands to check for security. The department may need to hire more security staff since the metal detectors would likely slow the rate of entry.

The Orpheum Theatre board of directors is also considering walk-through detectors for events and plans to purchase them at the same time in order to save money on a bulk purchase.

Mills County Sheriff’s report (2/6/17)


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrested took place recently. Last Friday, 24-year old Fred Akuma Oburu, of York, NE, was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $5,000. And, on Feb. 2nd, 27-year old Christopher Lee McDaniel, of Pacific Junction, was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office, for Violation of a No Contact Order. His bond was set at $20,000.

Authorities said also no serious injuries were reported following a collision Saturday night on Highway 34 in Mills County, near Hilman Road. Officials say a 2009 Ford driven by 72-year old Josie Taylor, of Columbus, NE, was traveling east on Highway 34 at around 7:10-p.m., when her vehicle abruptly left the traveled portion of the road and entered onto Hilman Road, where it collided with a 2013 Chevy. The driver of the Chevy was identified as 36-year old Mark Eieseman, of Glenwood. His vehicle was struck was he was waiting at the stop sign, facing south on Hilman.

Taylor told authorities she doesn’t know how the accident happened. Both drivers were checked out by Glenwood Rescue crews, but refused medical treatment.

(Update) Bluffs Police ID juveniles in weekend armed robbery


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs Monday afternoon, identified the two juveniles allegedly involved in an armed robbery and assault over the weekend. Authorities say 17-year old Knicolas Lewis, of Council Bluffs, and 16-year old Jacob Strimple, of Omaha, were being held on charges of 1st Degree Robbery, a forcible felony.

Authorities say at around 12:03-a.m. Sunday, Officers responded to the Police Station for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival officers located the victim, Tony Shively, of Council Bluffs.

Shively told officers that while using the ATM near 1st Street and Pearl, he was approached by two black males, who asked him for a cigarette. When Shively told the subjects that he did not smoke, one of the subjects pulled what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at Shively instructing him hand over everything that he had. When Shively refused, the suspect struck Shively in the head with the handgun resulting in a serious injury. Shively was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment of his injuries and later released.

Officers located the suspects near South 8th Street and West Broadway. While checking the area officers also located a pellet pistol under a vehicle.

Branstad says he’s completed paperwork for diplomatic post


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has completed paperwork necessary to be considered as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad told reporters Monday he submitted documents recently that are required under a confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. His office says there is no timeline available on when a hearing or set of hearings would happen.

The paperwork included questions about Branstad’s investments over the years. His office said in early January the governor had been contacted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the State Department and the presidential transition team.

President Donald Trump announced in early December that Branstad was his pick for ambassador to China. If Branstad is confirmed, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to become Iowa’s next governor.

BURNAL G. KLEEN, 77, of Marne (Svcs. 2/8/17)


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

BURNAL G. KLEEN, 77, of Marne, died Sat., Feb. 4th, at the Griswold Rehab and Health Care Center. Memorial services for BURNAL KLEEN will be held 11-a.m. Wed., Feb. 8th, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Atlantic. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family is from 5-until 7-p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to 4-H and/or Dementia Research.

BERNAL KLEEN is survived by:

His wife – Beverly Kleen, of Marne.

His son – Mitchell Kleen, of Marne

His daughter – LaNette (John) Freund, of Lewis.

His sister – Arla (Jack) Pickham, of Avoca.

and 7 grandchildren.

New Iowa Cyber Alliance aims to inform public about rising risks of cyberattack


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An alliance of educators, government officials and the Iowa National Guard is setting out to inform the public about computer security and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The newly-formed Iowa Cyber Alliance aims to build a workforce capable of fending off such attacks. Doug Jacobson, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, says the state needs more people trained in cybersecurity.

“We’re just continually seeing an increase in the amount of cyber-attacks,” Jacobson says. “We’re at a point where, basically, more and more companies need to be able to protect themselves.” The initiative is the nation’s first statewide program dedicated to cybersecurity. Jacobson says one of the group’s goals is to prepare young people for careers in what he calls “the very hot field” of cybersecurity. He says they also want the public to be aware of the threats posed by cyberattacks.

“We’re now at point where people need to take on a more active role in protecting themselves because the attackers are getting much better,” Jacobson says. The state adopted a cybersecurity strategy in July of 2016. It calls for the sorts of cybersecurity awareness training the Iowa Cyber Alliance proposes.

(Radio Iowa, w/Thanks to Rob Dillard, Iowa Public Radio)

Oakland brother/sister arrested Saturday morning on assault charges


February 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a man and woman from Oakland were arrested early Saturday morning following an incident of assault. Authorities say Raymond James Finiff, Jr., of Oakland, was allegedly assaulted by his ex-girlfriend, 21-year old Selena Naomi Herrera, of Oakland, and her brother, 18-year oldTristan Michael Herrera, also of Oakland. The pair allegedly struck Finiff, Jr. over the head with a metal golf club. Selena and Tristan Herrera were charged with Aggravated Assault/Willful Injury. And, because he was in possession of a controlled substance (a prescription pill) at the time of his arrest, Tristan Herrera was subsequently charged with Unlawful Possession of a Prescription.

The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office reports also, 41-year old Jeffrey Ryan Brandt, of Walnut, was arrested following a traffic stop in Walnut Sunday morning, for Driving While Revoked. 23-year old Justin Troy Heumphreus, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Sunday afternoon on Highway 92 near Treynor following a traffic stop for speeding. He was charged with Driving While Barred, and arrested on a warrant out of Council Bluffs for OWI/1st Offense. He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, after being found in possession of a baggies containing a little more than 1/2 gram each of Meth and Cocaine.

And, two people were arrested on separate OWI/1st Offense charges in Pottawattamie County. 50-year old David Thomas Ryan, of Underwood, was arrested Sunday morning, following a traffic stop for speeding. 20-year old Trevor Ryan McMahon, of Minden, was arrested Saturday morning, after the pickup he was driving allegedly struck a Mid-American Energy power pole in the vicinity of Mahogany Road and 290th Street. The pickup, which sustained heavy damage, was observed by a deputy about 1/2 mile north of the scene, in a ditch.