Cardinals stop 5-game slide with 3-2 victory over Cubs


June 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta homered against John Lackey, and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped a five-game slide by holding off the Chicago Cubs for a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

Aledmys Diaz added an RBI single and Jaime Garcia (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning as the Cardinals got back on track following their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. It was their first trip to Wrigley Field since they were eliminated by the Cubs in the NL Division Series last year.

Seung Hwan Oh got four outs and Trevor Rosenthal worked a shaky ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Catcher Yadier Molina made a great play to throw out rookie Albert Almora Jr. trying to take third on a ball in the dirt, and Jason Heyward popped out with runners on the corners to end the game.

Injury accident in Council Bluffs follows alleged theft incident


June 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two women and a child riding in an SUV were injured when the vehicle they were in was struck broadside by a van, Monday night. The accident happened when the SUV, a Hyundai Tucson, ran a stop sign at the intersection of 25th Street and Avenue E, at around 8:55-p.m.

Authorities say an investigation determined the SUV stopped at a residence in the 2400 block of Ave E. An occupant got out an allegedly stole package off of a person’s porch. When confronted by the homeowner, the thief told the driver to “go” and they fled westbound on Ave E.

After the SUV was struck broadside at the intersection of 25th and Avenue E by a Chrysler Minivan, the SUV flipped onto its top. The occupants of the SUV were transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, but immediately fled prior to police arriving to question them. The driver of the the van, 63-year old Dianne Tuttle, of Council Bluffs, and the occupants of her vehicle, were transported to Mercy Hospital’s E-R. None of the injuries were considered life threatening.

Officers are currently looking for the suspects who fled. Their identity is known, but is not being released at this time due to the on-going investigation. Charges are currently pending. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 712-328-STOP (712-328-7867).


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Gauchos’ 5-3 victory brings rare early exit for Miami at CWS


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pinch hitter Ryan Cumberland’s two-run single broke a tie and Noah Davis and Kyle Nelson combined to hold down No. 3 national seed Miami’s offense in UC Santa Barbara’s 5-3 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday. The Gauchos (43-19-1) kept their first CWS appearance going and will play Wednesday against the loser of Monday night’s game between Oklahoma State and Arizona. The Hurricanes (50-14) went 0-2 for only the second time in their 25 CWS appearances. Their other two-and-out was in 1979.

Santa Barbara struck for four runs after a 1-hour, 2-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. Cumberland made it 3-1 with his one-out single down the first-base line, and the Gauchos used back-to-back squeeze plays for two more runs. Miami opened the scoring on Zack Collins’ 16th homer of the season in the first inning off Davis (7-4), and the Gauchos’ JJ Muno singled in the tying run in the bottom half off Danny Garcia (9-5).

Bluffs Police investigate incident of 1st degree robbery


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs late Monday night, released information about an incident of 1st degree robbery that took place early Monday morning. Officers were sent to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha at around 3:11-p.m., Monday, in reference to an assault report. Upon arrival officers made contact with a 31 year old female victim, who said she was walking eastbound in the 3400 block of 9th Avenue between 2-and 3-a.m. Monday. Bluffs Badge

During that time, she was struck with a blunt object behind her head causing her to fall to the ground where she was struck several more times. Police say it’s possible the victim lost consciousness for a short time. They said the victim believes there was more than one person who was involved in assaulting her as they also took some cash from her.

The victim transported herself to the Creighton Medical Center before 3:00 pm, due to severe pain and bruising on her face, head, and chest. She also suffered a nasal fracture with a large bump on the front and back of her head. The victim’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728 or Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP (7867).

Severe Thunderstorm Watch cancelled


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has cancelled Severe Thunderstorm Watch #276 that was in effect until 11-p.m. No Iowa counties are under a watch as of 7:30-p.m.

Sanders supporters get IDP platform to call for legalizing all drugs


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Bernie Sanders’ delegates at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention successfully inserted many of their policy objectives in the party platform, including a call to legalize not just marijuana, but ALL drugs. Jason Frericks — a Sanders supporter from Red Oak — did NOT vote for the proposal.

“But the thought process behind legalizing all drugs was this: The drug war has been a massive failure. We need to start coming up with reasonable ways to address this problem,” Frerichs says, “besides criminalizing addiction.” Frerichs has read “chatter” online suggesting Republicans may use this policy proclamation AGAINST Democratic candidates, but Frerichs doesn’t think it will work.

“I think that most people who are reasonable think that the way we approach the drug war and addiction in this country is ridiculous,” Frerich says. Governor Terry Branstad — a Republican — was asked how candidates view party platforms this morning. “The platform is a statement of the grassroots and it doesn’t necessarily represent the views of the candidates,” Branstad told reporters this (Monday) morning.

The Sanders delegates also secured “progressive” planks in the Iowa Democratic Party platform that call for a single-payer health care system and getting rid of “super delegates” at the party’s national convention. This weekend, Frerichs — who is chairman of Montgomery County Democrats — was elected chairman of the newly-created Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. It has 360 members today.

(Radio Iowa)

Branstad urging Iowans to be on look-out for terrorist activity


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s governor and two of his state agencies are launching a more public “if you see something, say something” campaign. Governor Terry Branstad says Iowa is a safe place, but there are threats in every state, including Iowa. “We know that Islamic terrorists have said they’re looking for soft targets and when you have events like on the 4th of July where you have large gatherings of people, there’s a chance to have massive killings,” Branstad says. “….That’s why it’s important for people to, indeed, be very alert to the threats.”

Branstad is among the Republicans who’re critical of President Obama for failing to say “radical Islamic terrorism.” Branstad also supports a ban that would prevent Muslims from terrorism hot-spots like Syria from entering the country. “I am concerned that the federal government is not sharing information with us about people that are coming from those terrorist nations that may be placed in our states,” Branstad says. “I don’t want to put Iowans at risk, so I want to protect the safety and well-being of Iowans. That’s why we’re doing this.”DPS_2011_150

The Iowa Departments of Public Safety and Homeland Security will start airing public service announcements on Iowa radio stations later this month, urging Iowans to call local law enforcement if they see something suspicious, like someone who seems to be “doing surveillance” of a building. Branstad says there “are a lot of threats out there,” but threats from “radical Islamic terrorists” are “the biggest threat” right now.

“We have people in this country that have been radicalized by this ideology who are committed to killing us and they’ve acted again and again and they will (again) if we’re not careful,” Branstad says. Branstad is also blasting the Obama Administration for not releasing all of what the killer in Orlando said over the phone to authorities during the stand-off.

(Radio Iowa)

Hot, dry conditions beginning to stress Iowa, Nebraska crops

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Crops across Iowa and Nebraska are off to a good start this year but stress is beginning to show in some parts of the region from very hot and mostly dry conditions over the past week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Monday the leaves are beginning to curl on corn plants across the lower two-thirds of Iowa. The state saw half of the normal rain for the week during its seventh consecutive week of below normal precipitation and the fourth consecutive week with warmer than normal temperatures.

Nebraska also was hotter than normal but some rain helped much of the state except for south-central Nebraska. Nearly 80 percent of the corn crop in both states is rated good or excellent and soybean emergence also is ahead of schedule.

Residential Burglary investigation in Council Bluffs


June 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a residential burglary that took place Monday morning. Officers were called to a home in the 700 block of Parkwild Drive at around 10:11-a.m., for a burglary in progress. A 20 year female resident told officers that she had been in an upstairs room, with her infant child, when the doorbell rang.

The female was not able to get to the door quickly and the bell rang a second time. When she was finally able to respond to the front door, she could not see anyone outside. She then heard someone kicking at the home’s locked back door.

The female ran back upstairs, locking a bedroom door behind her and hiding with her child inside a closet. After hearing the suspect going room to room, the female stepped out of the bedroom and confronted the suspect, telling him to get out of her home. The suspect ran back down the stairs and out of the same door he had forced open.

Responding officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 40-50 years old, 5’8” with brown hair. No one was injured during the incident. The suspect left the home with a diaper bag containing personal paperwork and credit cards.

The Council Bluffs Police Department continues to investigate this incident and requests that anyone who saw any suspicious subjects in the area call the Criminal Investigations Division at 712-328-4728 or Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP (7867) with that information.