His 26th year as a head coach will be the last for North Scott’s Dennis Johnson. Johnson will end his coaching career after 26-years to concentrate on his duties as the school’s athletic director.Johnson who has led the Lancers to state titles in 1987 and 1993. This will be the school’s ninth appearance at the state tournament. The fifth ranked Lancers take a 48-5 mark into a 3A game against fourth ranked Sioux City North. Also in 3A, second ranked and defending champion Muscatine battles Indianola. Top ranked West Des Moines Dowling plays Iowa City High and 8th ranked Des Moines Lincoln takes on 15th ranked Ankeny.
Archives for July 2001
Key republicans in Congress say it’s an invasion of privacy to have cameras take pictures of cars so authorities can issue more tickets for running red lights. Some Iowa cities are considering “red-light cameras” that snap a photo of your license plate if you run a red. Dena Gray-Fisher of the Iowa D-O-T says it’s all about safety. She says 22 percent of urban crashes are caused by people who fail to obey traffic signals.Gray-Fisher says the camera is able to tell the difference between drivers who intentionally run the red light, and drivers who simply can’t stop.Gray-Fisher says it’s up to cities to determine whether they want to install the “red-light camera” technology.Dubuque is the only city in Iowa installing the technology. Davenport and Bettendorf are looking into it. A hearing today in Washington, D-C is aimed at developing a bill that would ban such cameras.
Southern Iowa authorities are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store in Oskaloosa.The robbery happened late last night. Witnesses say a man who’s between 25 and 30 showed a handgun and asked for cash. The man’s described as about five-foot-eight, with bushy eyebrows. He was wearing a white nylon jacket.The suspect hasn’t been found.
You might not believe it with today’s weather, but the first seven months of 2001 have been cooler and wetter than average. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says the averages can be deceiving.A very cold February and March have kept the yearly average temperature down, and a wet May threw off the curve for moisture. Hillaker says today’s warm dry weather is indicative of the entire month of July. Hillaker says July temperatures will finish about a degree above the normal average.Normal is 74-point-five degrees. Hillaker says this July is only the second out of the last twelve that’s been warmer than normal, so we may’ve gotten used to cooler summer months. He says rainfall for July averaged just over three inches — about an inch below normal, but nothing unusual. Hillaker says with summer rains, timing is everything. Some areas of the state got the rain they needed for growing crops.Northcentral and parts of southern Iowa got above normal rainfall. Other areas, like central Iowa had below normal rainfall. Hillaker says August temperatures usually are about three degrees cooler than July — so relief could be ahead.
About 92-thousand Iowans should be getting those much-debated tax relief checks in the mail this week.The Internal Revenue Service is in its second week of mailing out the checks, according to I-R-S spokesman Eric Smith. He says they’re averaging more than 400-dollars per check in Iowa.This latest batch returns about 40-million dollars to 92-thousand Iowans. The previous week saw 89-thousand checks to Iowans totaling 38-million dollars. The tax relief checks have become subject of much political debate. So far, Smith knows of no one who’s sent their check back. If you don’t want the check, he suggests the Bureau of Public Debt which works to reduce the national debt. At the end of the ten-week mailing, more than 900-thousand checks will have been mailed to Iowans.
A top veterans advocate in Iowa agrees with the recommendations of a commission chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford that Election Day be turned into a national holiday. John Schneider, executive director of the Iowa Commission on Veterans Affairs, says he would -not- support the suggestion of moving Election Day to coincide with Veterans Day.Schneider says voting is one of the ultimate freedoms for which Americans in uniform have fought, but he says the act of voting on Veterans Day may not work out the best. He says Election Day should be a national holiday, but would like to see that day remain the second Tuesday of November.The panel is releasing a list of policy recommendations today. It says voters challenged at polls should be allowed to cast provisional ballots until eligibility is determined. There is also concern about punchcard ballots like those used in Florida last year. The 19-member commission also wants Uncle Sam to offer states up to two billion dollars in matching grants to upgrade voting systems.
An audit requested by Senator Charles Grassley has uncovered a string of questionable credit card transactions by Pentagon employees.Grassley says the audit found a five hundred dollar tab from a topless bar in South Carolina called the “Bottoms Up” had been turned in as a travel expense. Grassley says a preliminary review of credit card transactions over the past two years has uncovered over 500 cases of fraud.Grassley says the key is forcing Defense Department employees to submit a valid receipt for every transaction — something that’s not happening now.Grassley says “heads have to roll” before the military-types will get the message. Nearly two million credit cards were being used by Defense Department employees last year.
Some 34-hundred Sioux City residents lost power for a time Monday as electric circuits became overloaded. MidAmerican spokesman Mark Reinders says there is enough energy if everyone will take steps to use the electricity wisely.MidAmerican and other utilities are asking Iowans not to use appliances like clothes dryers and electric ovens that heat up their homes while the air conditioners are running. MidAmerican Energy has issued a “Peak Alert” for Iowa today, meaning power usage will push toward its peak. Reinders says keeping an eye on the thermostat will also help. The forecast is calling for temperatures in the 90s again today across Iowa.
Wisconsin authorities took a teenager into custody this morning who is wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of his father and his father’s girlfriend. The unidentified 14-year-old was thought to be headed for his mother’s home near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but he was apprehended -peacefully- early today in Wisconsin. A spokeswoman for the Washburn County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Department says the boy was found, but would not say if he had been charged in the two killings.The bodies were found late yesterday in a barn in rural Shell Lake, Wisconsin. The boy had reportedly been calling in sick for both his father and the girlfriend at their places of business in Shell Lake. An employer got suspicious and called authorities. The shootings may have taken place Thursday.
Iowa’s latest case of a parent accused of killing a child -won’t- go to trial.A Spirit Lake man charged with murder in the shaking death of his infant son pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter charges in a plea bargain. Thirty-two-year-old Korey Klaassen is already serving a ten-year sentence for child endangerment and could have another decade added to his term. Klaassen’s son, Kyler, died after being in a coma for more than a year. Klaassen was to go to trial this morning in Osceola County District Court.