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Red Oak man arrested on a warrant

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August 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Tuesday, arrested 19-year old Pacey William Bingham, of Red Oak. He was arrested in the area of 500 High Street at around 6:45-p.m., on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Bingham was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Governor setting aside $125M in federal aid for cities and counties

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August 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Governor Kim Reynolds has set aside 60 million in federal aid for eligible Iowa cities and 40 million for counties to cover pandemic-related expenses.  “These funds can be used to reimburse for expenditures such as Covid-19 medical supplies and equipment — PPE, sanitizing products, testing supplies and ventilators,” Reynolds says, “other Covid-19 expenses such as payroll costs for public health and public safety personnel, emergency staffing and overtime medical transportation.”

An additional 25 million in federal funds will be available for local governments to use as matching money for FEMA grants. Storm Lake Mayor Mike Porsch says city officials will have to deal with reduced tax revenue during the current budgeting year. “I think I can not only speak for Storm Lake, but for every city and county in the state. This is going to be much appreciated,” Porsch says. “…As we go through our budgets here in this fiscal year, we’ll be having a reduced funding due to a reduction of the sales tax and hotel-motel taxes.”

Porsch and Clay County Supervisor Berlin Mathews joined Reynolds at her news conference yesterday (Tuesday). Mathews is president of the Iowa State Association of Counties and he says the pandemic has had a significant impact on county budgets. “County budgets are really bare-bones budgets for necessities,” he says. Mathews says a survey conducted by the Iowa State Association of Counties suggests county supervisors will have to find a way to cover “tens of millions of dollars” in pandemic-related expenses, so these federal funds are welcome.

For example, Mathews says Clay County had to spend over 20-thousand dollars just to reopen county-owned buildings that were closed to the public this spring.

U-I not requiring student COVID-19 tests

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August 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The University of Iowa tells students they will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 before moving into the residence halls. Information released from the school says testing may provide some comfort for families, but it is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and only provides data for a specific point in time. The school says testing can miss cases in the early stages of infection — giving students a false sense of security — and also requires significant resources to conduct.

The U-I says it is instead focusing on modifying classrooms and facilities to promote social distancing, providing and mandating cloth face coverings, and conducting enhanced cleaning and disinfection.

A spokesperson for Iowa State University says they are requiring coronavirus tests of students as one part of their strategy to manage the virus on campus. the University of Nothern Iowa is NOT requiring tests as students move in.

Iowa News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

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August 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:45 a.m. CDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — At least two school districts in Iowa are refusing to follow the governor’s demand that they return students to classrooms rebuffing the idea that the state can override what local officials believe is the safest way to educate their children as coronavirus spreads in their counties. Gov. Kim Reynolds says the state will require at least half of a school’s instruction to be held in a classroom and the state will decide when K-12 schools can send students home based on community virus spread and student illnesses. Those rejecting the state mandate will not be credited for days of home learning not approved by the state and school administrators may be subject to “licensure discipline.”

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — An 82-year-old Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife’s son during a domestic disturbance at his northwestern Iowa home in May. The Sioux City Journal reports that Thomas Knapp entered the plea Monday in Plymouth County District Court. Knapp is charged with first-degree murder and willful injury in the May 11 death of 51-year-old Kevin Juzek in Knapp’s Merrill home. Police say Knapp shot Juzek with a 20-gauge shotgun through a bedroom door, then deliberately shot him again in the chest.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a northeastern Iowa woman has died of her injuries after her bicycle was hit by a truck in rural Floyd County. The Globe Gazette reports that the crash happened Sunday evening, when a truck driven by a 43-year-old Clarksville man, hit a bicycle ridden by 28-year-old Ellen Bengston, of Charles City. The Iowa State Patrol says Bengston was flown to a Mason City hospital. Hospital officials said Monday that Bengston had died of her injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Police in suburban Des Moines say a pregnant teenager has died in an overnight shooting at an Ankeny hotel. Police say the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday at WoodSpring Suites, near Interstate 35. Arriving officers found 17-year-old Mia Holmes, of Ankeny, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Homes was rushed to a local hospital, where she and her unborn child died. Investigators say they are searching for an 18-year-old Des Moines man. Police indicated the shooting was not believed to be random.

2 arrests, 1 accident reported in Harlan

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports two recent arrests and one non-injury accident. Officials say on Sunday, 27-year old Joel Guzman Cabrera, of Omaha, was arrested following a traffic stop. He was charged with OWI, and cited for having an improper lamp. And, on July 23rd, 58-year old Jeffrey Alan Schmidt, of Harlan, was arrested for Public Intoxication.

And, on July 30th, no one was injured when an SUV turned in front of a garbage truck, in Harlan. The accident happened in the 1900 block of Chatburn Avenue, as a 2016 Chevy Equinox and a 2009 International garbage truck were traveling west on Highway 44.

According to Harlan Police, the SUV, driven by Betty Grote, of Harlan, failed to yield to the truck while making an improper right turn. The SUV hit the garbage truck and became wedged under the assistance step located under the garbage trucks’ left door. The truck, driven by Chad Kroger, of Harlan, sustained damage to the step and fuel tank brackets. The SUV sustained right front corner damage, wheel and tire, and front bumper became dislodged.

(Updated) Governor Reynolds says handful of Iowa school districts are defying state law

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Governor Kim Reynolds says in-person classes are to be the primary mode of educating Iowa’s K-through-12 students this school year.

On Monday night, Urbandale’s school board voted to continue online classes for a year-round school that state officials ordered to start in-person classes this Friday. And Waukee school officials issued a statement, saying state law gives them local control over these decisions. During a mid-day news conference, Reynolds strongly pushed back.

Reynolds says the vast majority of Iowa school are planning to start the school year with in-person classes, while a handful of districts are not following her guidance.

If Urbandale, Waukee, Des Moines, Ames and Iowa City districts begin this August with remote learning without state officials’ approval, the governor says students will not get credit for those days of on-line instruction. The governor also is accusing the media of stoking fears that children will contract the virus at school and teachers may die of it.

Reynolds says school administrators in districts that begin remote learning without state approval may lose their license.

Reynolds says state officials will meet with administrators from the five districts that are so far sticking with plans for remote learning in hopes of resolving the impasse.

The governor’s spokesman says a state-maintained website will list the 14-day rolling average of positive Covid-19 cases in every school district. Once the so-called positivity rate reaches 15 percent AND at least 10 percent of students are absent, district officials may seek state permission to send all students home and shift to online instruction only for 14 days.

Iowa man pleads not guilty to shooting death of stepson

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — An 82-year-old Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife’s son during a domestic disturbance at his northwestern Iowa home in May. The Sioux City Journal reports that Thomas Knapp entered the plea Monday in Plymouth County District Court. Knapp is charged with first-degree murder and willful injury in the May 11 death of 51-year-old Kevin Juzek in Knapp’s Merrill home.

Police say Knapp shot Juzek with a 20-gauge shotgun through a bedroom door, then deliberately shot him again in the chest.

Injury accident in Page County Tue. morning

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident that took place at around 2:40 this (Tuesday) morning, in Page County. The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports 22-year old Jacob James Bond, of Essex, was driving a 2009 Chevy Impala southbound on Highway 48, when the car drifted to the right of the fog line, outside the rumble strips.

When Bond over-corrected, the car crossed the center line and left the road. It entered the east ditch that was holding standing water of two-to three-feet deep. The vehicle rolled at least once and came to rest on its roof in the water. Bond had exited the vehicle prior to the accident being reported by a passerby as a vehicle in the ditch.

He was found by Emergency personnel and transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Shenandoah Ambulance Service. Bond was issued a citation for Failure to maintain control. The accident is still under investigation and more charges are possible at this time.

The Shenandoah Police Department, Shenandoah Fire Department, Shenandoah Ambulance service assisted the Page County Sheriff’s Office with this incident.

Woman from Coin arrested Monday

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman from Coin was arrested Monday. 29-year old Destiny Estalin Louise Graham was taken into custody on a Page County warrant for Failure to appear. Graham was arrested in Coin and transported to the Page County Jail, where she was being held on $300 bond.

Police: Pregnant Iowa teen killed in overnight shooting

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August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Police in suburban Des Moines say a pregnant teenager has died in an overnight shooting at an Ankeny hotel. Police say the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday at WoodSpring Suites, near Interstate 35. Arriving officers found 17-year-old Mia Holmes, of Ankeny, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Homes was rushed to a local hospital, where she and her unborn child died. Investigators say they are searching for an 18-year-old Des Moines man. Police indicated the shooting was not believed to be random.