A 37-year-old Council Bluffs man faces a variety of charges after leadingIowa State Troopers on a high-speed chase last night through western Iowalast night that ran 35 miles.Jeffrey Wiemer threatened suicide at a truck stop near Adair. He took ofon Interstate 80, hit speeds of 90 miles an hour, had a tire flattened nearAvoca, rammed a patrol car & was eventually stopped. Authorities say hethrew a shotgun & a rifle out the window & waved a handgun at troopers.
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What was supposed to be a symbol of diversity at a Quad City high schoolbackfired as rumors surfaced about what the symbol really meant.The smiley face stickers were supposed to mean diversity between “preppies”and alternative clothes-wearing “dirties.” Word got out, people not wearinga sticker would be beaten up. The stickers were banned schoolwide. Twostudents refused to take their stickers off — and were suspended.
A Canadian man is accused of using the Internet to lure a Quad City teenagerto a motel.23-year-old Christopher Klayber of Alberta is charged with harboring arunaway & contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The two met over theInternet & reportedly spent two nights together at a Quad City-area motelwhen her parents were out of town. The girl was not injured.
The younger brother of former Governor Terry Branstad has been found guiltyof harassment in connection with an October incident involving hisex-girlfriend.Police were called to 48-year-old Monroe “Monty” Branstad’s farm in theForest City area where a woman claimed she’d been chased by a man in a truckwith a gun. Branstad was given a ten-day SUSPENDED jail sentence and fivemonths probation.
The Iowa legislature has adjourned for the year — and their work maydirectly affect your life in a number of ways. If you’re a parent or kid, your local school may hire a new elementaryteacher or two as a result of a bill which aims to decrease class sizes. The plan sends 150-million dollars to Iowa’s public schools over the nextfour years to reduce class sizes — and improve the reading abilities ofkids.If you’re caught drinking alcohol in a car on the way to a football game,you may be fined 50-bucks for having an “open container” in the passengerarea of the vehicle. Representative Chuck Larson, a republican from CedarRapids, says the state would have lost nearly seven million dollars infederal road building money if the change hadn’t been made.If you’re caught selling a joint or any small amount of pot to a friend, youwill be charged with drug dealing. Larson, the chairman of the HouseJudiciary Committee, says under the old law, those caught selling up to anounce of marijuana would only be fined two-hundred-50 bucks.
The Northern Iowa Panthers host national power Wichita State tonight in thefirst of a three-game Missouri Valley Conference baseball series in CedarFalls. U-N-I coach Dave Schrage says the Shockers deserve their ninthranking. Schrage says the Shockers are solid in all areas but feels thePanthers are ready for the challenge.
The Des Moines Buccaneers have dominated junior hockey during the 90’s andthey look for a fourth national title this decade when they play St. Louisthis afternoon in the opening round of pool play in Lincoln, Nebraska. TheBucs are coming off the U-S Hockey League regular season and playoffchampionships and hope to complete the second “triple crown” in franchisehistory.Coach Scott Owens will become the new head coach at N-C-A-A power ColoradoCollege once the tournament is over. Owens says he doesn’t want hisimpending departure to be motivation for his club.Out of the North American League, St. Louis is making its first appearanceat the national tournament.Pool play continues through Sunday and following that, the top four teamswill be seeded for the semifinal round next Tuesday.
Today is the deadline to file your Iowa income taxes. Iowa Department ofRevenue and Finance spokeswoman Renee Mulvey says getting an extension onyour Iowa taxes is different from the federal tax system. All you need to dois pay ninety percent of your taxes and you get an automatic extension.Mulvey says the best thing to do is to file your forms even if you can’t payall the tax at this time because the penalty increases if you wait.Mulvey says a majority of the expected one-point-three-million Iowa forms arealready in with only about 100-thousand forms still to be filed.
A hearing over airline competition is bringing four of Iowa’s sevenCongressional representatives to Des Moines this morning. One of thescheduled witnesses, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, says he wants to see airport”slots” eliminated to allow more flights to take off and land.Officials with the two-month-old Des Moines-based AccessAir claim otherairlines are unfairly cutting prices to try drive them out of business.C-E-O Roger Ferguson is on the list of witnesses for the 9:45 a-m hearing,along with Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressmen Greg Ganske and LeonardBoswell. Also on the list, city officials from Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, DesMoines & Sioux City.
Governor Vilsack has signed into law a bill which will force meatpackers todisclose the prices they pay for livestock purchased on private contract.The other piece of farm aid to come out of the 1999 Iowa legislature was abill seeking to lower the interest rates on loans to livestock farmers.Senator Betty Soukup, a democrat from New Hampton, said the legislatureshould have done more for struggling farmers.Representative Sandy Greiner, a republican from Keota, said the loan helpwould aid desperate farmers. The bill uses idle state funds to leverageabout 20-million dollars in loans.