Two Council Bluffs teenagers are accused of drawing gang graffiti on several businesses in downtown Council Bluffs. Police sergeant Jerry Mann says the two men are charged with 26 counts of criminal mischief.Mann says 17-year-old Dustin Atkins and 16-year-old Joshua Weinfurtor were arrested early this morning. The graffiti was drawn with a permanent black marker. The two were found with markers and black ink on their hands.The kids were also charged with violating the Council Bluffs curfew.
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An ex-county official in northeastern Iowa is facing charges of ripping off the county coffers.A former Dubuque County deputy recorder is charged with theft after being accused of embezzling from the Recorder’s office. An audit found 95-thousand dollars missing. 52-year-old James Powers was fired in May.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he would prefer to see the Iowa Air National Guard in Sioux City retain its F-16 fighter planes. Federal officials have proposed replacing the fighters with larger tanker jets. Grassley says it would be better to have the tankers rather than no National Guard presence in Sioux City.Grassley says if the tankers do come to Sioux City, it looks like the Department of Defense would pay for improvements at the airport to support the larger planes.City officials say they expect to hear a final decision from the Defense Department next month. Fighter planes have been based at the Sioux City airport for the last 50 years.
Over one hundred Iowa schools are releasing classes early today due to the heat. No one in state government nor in research positions knows how many Iowa schools are air-conditioned. Architectural firms say new schools are being equipped with air conditioning, but it’s a big expense. Lisa Bartusek of the Iowa Association of School Boards says nationalsurveys indicate between 60 to 80 percent of existing school buildings in America are air-conditioned. Bartusek says with talk of longer school years and use of school buildings for all sorts of activities, most new Iowa schools are being built with air conditioning.Some Iowa school districts have installed window air conditioners in individual classrooms to deal with the heat, but electrical systems had to be upgraded to handle the load — and window air conditioners are not very energy efficient. Architectural firms building schools in Iowa say 1990 was the last year they designed a new school which did not have air conditioning.
Forecasts call for intense heat this afternoon and it’s forcing dozens of schools in central and southern Iowa to send students home early. One meteorologist says it’ll be hottest in Iowa’s lowest three tiers of counties, basically south of Interstate 80.Shane Searcy at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says the heat index is also something to watch today. He says that figure, which is derived from a combination of the air temperature and the humidity, will likely hit triple-digits in some areas.Searcy says there may be one odd thing today — the areas with the highest temperatures may not see the highest heat indices. He says that’s due to some dry air in the state.The forecast calls for highs in the 90s the next couple of days with a slight cool-down Sunday and Monday and a chance of showers.
The Northern Iowa Panthers open the season at home tonight against Morningside. The Panthers will be heavily favored but Coach Mike Dunbar expects Morningside to challenge the Panther’s offensive line.Dunbar says the U-N-I defense has been preparing for everything, as they don’t know what Morningside will do.Dunbar says the key will be making adjustments on the run.Morningside coach Dave Elliott says a game of this magnitude served to motivate the players during pre-season workouts.Elliott says to have any chance the Mustangs will have to play mistake-free.Elliott says no matter what happens he wants the Mustangs to be a better team after this game.
Republican congressional candidate Jay Marcus proposes establishing a special zone on the Internet for “adult” web sites. Marcus says it’s time for government to regulate some Internet sites, and zone them off so kids can’t gain access. He says an 11-year old in his hometown of Fairfield downloaded pornography at the library. Marcus says Internet filters can’t always distinguish between a good and bad site.Colleges have web site addresses which end with “dot-e-d-u” and businesses have web sites which end with “dot-com”. Marcus says pornographers and hate groups should register their web sites under “dot-adult”Marcus, who ran as a Natural Law party candidate in the past, is the republican facing democrat incumbent Leonard Boswell in the November election.
It’s not often the opening of an apartment complex gets such fanfare, but state and federal leaders met in Pella on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new Shady Creek Apartments. It includes 48 units of “affordable” housing.Joe O’Hern is director of the Fannie Mae Iowa Partnership Office in Des Moines. He says Fannie Mae worked with the federal government, the state and the city of Pella to create the much-needed affordable living space in the south-central Iowa town.O’Hern says this new apartment complex is the final one of five to be built in Iowa as part of a sweeping effort by Fannie Mae.Fannie Mae is the nation’s largest source of financing for home mortgages. The company promised in June to do five billion dollars of residential financing in Iowa over the next five years to provide housing for 65-thousand Iowa families.
Four chain stores in Iowa are being sued for allegedly collecting state sales taxes on food, which should not be taxed. Iowa sales tax is only to be charged on food, which can be immediately consumed. The lawsuit alleges Younkers, Borders Book Stores, Richman Gordman Half-Price stores and T-J Maxx stores charge sales tax on food which should NOT be taxed, things like jars of raw pasta and boxes of cookies. State tax collectors say they spot check retailers, but not every retailer gets reviewed.Renee Mulvey, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance, says the monthly sales tax receipts from retailers are general, not specific.Mulvey says Iowans who believe they’re being gypped don’t have to file a lawsuit. She says you should first report it to the retailer and if you get no satisfaction, send a copy of the receipt to the Department. Mulvey says they will refund the sales tax and investigate the store.Mulvey says you can make an anonymous tip to her agency, too, if you believe a store is incorrectly charging sales tax on food. None of the retailers responded to Radio Iowa’s requests for interviews.
A standoff in a Des Moines apartment building ended without injury Wednesday. It all began at about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon when police started chasing a stolen car in Ankeny. A state trooper rammed the car, and the driver fled the disabled vehicle to a nearby apartment complex. The man’s father was on the scene, trying to talk his son into surrendering. Shots were fired during the standoff, but no one was injured. The apartment complex was surrounded by police, and a nearby elementary school was locked down to ensure the students’ safety. Parents were told to go to the school to pick up their kids.