Iowa man dies after first escaping, re-entering burning home


March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LAKE VIEW, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old Lake View man who initially escaped a house fire with his wife later died after running back into the home. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that first responders were called to the house Tuesday afternoon for a fire. Firefighters found the body of Jerry Wayne Brauckman just outside the home.

Investigators say Brauckman and his wife were upstairs when they smelled smoke and fled, but that Brauckman re-entered the home to find the source of the fire. He apparently became disoriented in the smoke and eventually broke out a window on an enclosed porch to escape, but died once outside.

An autopsy has been ordered. Investigators say the fire started around a space heater.

MARJORIE KUSEL, 93, of Manning (Svcs. 03/11/2017)


March 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

MARJORIE KUSEL, 93, of Manning died Wednesday, March 8th at Manning Plaza in Manning. Funeral Services for MARJORIE KUSEL will be held Saturday, March 11th at 11:00am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call on Saturday after 9:30am at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning until the time of service.

Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.

MARJORIE KUSEL is survived by:

Daughter: Karla Richmond of Omaha, NE.

Daughter-in-law: Pam Kusel of Manning.

3 Grandchildren

7 Great-Granchildren

6 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Red Oak man arrested on warrant for gas theft


March 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for Theft 5th Degree. At 2:15pm Red Oak Police arrested 23-year-old Zachary Nathan Gobert of Red Oak on the theft charge from January for stealing $30 in fuel. Gobert was being held on $1,000 cash bond.

Iowa posts unusual February warmth, tornado activity

News, Weather

March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture says last month was the second warmest February on record in the state with an average temperature of 34 degrees, 10 degrees above normal. That average was exceeded only by February 1954 when the average temperature was 35 degrees.

Last month is the only Iowa February on record to post eight days of 70-degree weather. The warmth is forcing unusually early plant emergence. Ottumwa recorded the highest temperature with 79 degrees on the 22nd, a February reading exceeded only in 1972 when Sidney reported 82 degrees and in 1930 when Clarinda and Mount Ayr posted 80.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says a brief tornado on Feb. 28 in Clinton County also was a February rarity. The only previous February tornadoes were in 1922 and 1977.

Red Oak High School student arrested after making a threat against a fellow student


March 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

A student at Red Oak High School was arrested Wednesday morning after making threats against a fellow student. The Red Oak Police report they were called to the Red Oak High School at 9:06am after reports of the threat were discovered. Officers determined a male juvenile student threatened to bring a knife to school and use it to commit a forcible felony against another student.

The student was taken into custody by Red Oak Police and charged with Harassment in the 1st Degree.

IA DNR issues latest water summary/drought outlook

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

This past February was the second warmest in Iowa on record. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the warm start to the year is prompting vegetation to come out of dormancy sooner than usual and could intensify the dry conditions across south central and southeast Iowa due to early evapotranspiration. The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

Officials say Hydrologic conditions and drought have remained the same throughout the winter months in Iowa. The pattern of wetness in northern Iowa and the dryness in the southern half has changed very little throughout the winter.

Precipitation for Iowa varied across the state. The wettest area of the state is far northern Iowa, receiving double the normal amounts for January and February, while the southeast one-third of the state remains dry. Stream flow conditions are above normal across the majority of the state, except in parts of southern Iowa, which have decreased to normal levels.

For a thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends, go to


Appeals court upholds Iowa mom’s life term for 2001 shooting


March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) – An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of an Iowa mother who shot and killed her 20-year-old neighbor in 2001. The Iowa Court of Appeals denied post-conviction relief Wednesday to Tracey Richter, who’s serving life in prison in the slaying of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde.

Prosecutors contend Richter lured Wehde into her home in the northwest Iowa town of Early, and shot him several times in her bedroom. They say she killed Wehde as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband during a custody battle.

Richter contends she acted in self-defense during a home invasion. She argued her 2011 conviction was tainted by errors by her defense lawyer, the prosecutor and the judge. The three-judge panel says there’s no merit to her allegations and “overwhelming evidence of Richter’s guilt.”


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March 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

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Mills County Sheriff & Glenwood P-D reports (3/8)


March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports two arrests took place, Tuesday. 52-year old Terry Jennings, of Glenwood, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $300. And, 36-year old Randy Burton, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office also reports two arrests. 19-year old Jeremiah Michael Abdo, of Omaha, was arrested just before 1-a.m. today (Wednesday), for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possessing Contraband. His bond was set at $6,000. And, at around 10-p.m. Tuesday, 50-year old Jame Kent Otte, of Red Oak, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, and Driving While Revoked. Bond was set at $3,000.

Reynolds hints tax cuts on her 2018 legislative agenda


March 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s next governor says she’s reviewing different ways to make Iowa’s income taxes “simpler and flatter.”  “There’s a lot of different scenarios that we’re looking at, how we get the biggest bang for the buck, but have it impact all Iowans in a positive way and so we’re going to continue to run the numbers and you will see something with that. You will.”

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will take over as governor when Terry Branstad resigns to become ambassador to China. Reynolds says since lower-than-expected tax revenue has forced reductions in the state budget, now is not the time to make “comprehensive” changes to Iowa’s tax system, but she’s hinting 2018 may be the prime time. “We have to do it,” she says, “because that’s what’s going to continue to make us competitive not only in the nation, but around the world.”

Reynolds says shrinking the number of income tax brackets, cutting the CORPORATE income tax rate AND getting rid of the deduction for FEDERAL income taxes paid are all ideas being considered. “I just had an individual tell me that his son, who’s in the military, is retiring in Texas because of their tax policy and it’s about a $6000 savings and he wants to come back to Iowa and so I told him to tell his son not to hang any pictures,” Reynolds says. “to not get too settled in, that we’re going to work to, hopefully, make Iowa more competitive.”

Reynolds, though, isn’t suggesting Iowa completely eliminate the income tax. “I don’t know if we can get there, but by making it simpler and flatter is a really good place for us to start because, you know, we do have the federal deductability…but it’s too complex,” Reynolds says. “They’re not going to take the time to figure it out…so we need to have it be a bullet that says, screams: ‘We’re competitive and we want you to be here in the state.'”

Reynolds spoke early this (Wednesday) morning to a crowd of more than 100 at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale. The first question from the crowd was about the timing of Branstad’s exit.

(Radio Iowa)