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Warmer Weather Brings More Scams

The warmer weather and storms we’ll be seeing more of, will also bring more scammers. The Iowa Department of Public Safety is warning people that damage from severe storms will most likely draw scam artists to our area posing as local contractors. Jason Marlow, with the Iowa State Patrol located in Mt. Pleasant, says the scammers focus on home repairs… Marlow also says that these scam artists target certain people… Continue Reading

CORRECTION: No Shots Fired; Probe of 911 Call Underway

The initial 9-1-1 call came in just before 9:30 Thursday morning as “shots fired at the Dallas City Elementary School”. When Hancock County Deputies, followed by Dallas City, Hamilton and Illinois State Police arrived, they locked down the building & grounds, students & staff, and then conducted a search. A short time later, authorities determined the school was safe and that no one had been in any danger throughout the process, which ended shortly after 11 am. Deputies and State Troopers continue their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 217-357-2115 Continue Reading

NASCAR Backs “Get to Know Newton” Campaign with First Race

NASCAR bought the Iowa Speedway in November and they now are going to promote the track’s location by naming the first Nationwide Series race after Newton.  

The race on Sunday May 18th will be called the “Get to Know Newton 250″ presented by Sherwin Williams. Iowa Speedway president, Jimmy Small, says NASCAR donated the title sponsorship to the host city.  Newton Mayor Mike Hanson says the city just kicked off its new “Get to Know Newton” branding in February. The “Get to Know Newton 250″ will be televised live on E-S-P-N. State lawmakers passed this session, and the governor signed into law, a deal to allow NASCAR to keep up to nine million dollars in sales tax rebates from the state. Continue Reading

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License Plate Frames Can’t Cover County Name

The Iowa Supreme Court says police officers can legally stop any vehicle that has a frame covering the county name on its license plate. The court ruled 5-2 on Friday that obscuring the county violates a law that requires motorists to “permit full view of all numerals and letters” on the plate. The decision backs undercover Davenport officers who used the issue to justify stopping a man who was under surveillance for suspected drug dealing. Dissenting Justice Brent Appel says the ruling is a warning to thousands of motorists who have frames promoting sports teams and auto dealers. He says they need to check whether the frame covers the county name because police now “may stop the vehicle anywhere and at any time” without any sign of other criminal wrongdoing. Continue Reading

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Mystery Shots Fired at Dallas City Elementary

The initial 9-1-1 call came in just before 9:30 this morning as “shots fired at the Dallas City Elementary School”. When Hancock County Deputies, followed by Dallas City, Hamilton and Illinois State Police arrived, they locked down the building & grounds, students & staff, and then conducted a search. A short time later, authorities determined the school was safe and that no one had been in any danger throughout the process, which ended shortly after 11 am. Deputies and State Troopers continue their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 217-357-2115. Continue Reading

W. Illinois’ New Philadelphia to be Considered for National Park

BARRY, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. House has passed a measure looking to study Illinois’ New Philadelphia Town Site as a possible national park.  

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria sponsored the measure. The site in western Illinois was the first town planned and founded by an African-American. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a National Historic Landmark and is included on the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Continue Reading

No More E-Cigs for Kids?

In a little less than 24 hours, both the Iowa Senate and House voted to ban the sale of all types of electronic cigarettes to minors, even if there’s NO nicotine in the product.  

Possession of an e-cigarette would be a crime for a minor, too, if the bill becomes law. Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, says marketers are targeting the under-18 crowd with fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes that don’t contain nicotine. Dotzler says it’s important for state legislators to act, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recently-announced regulations don’t address the non-nicotine e-cigarettes being sold to minors. Senator Joe Bolkcom (BOWL-kum), a Democrat from Iowa City, unsuccessfully argued legislators should tax and regulate e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes. Continue Reading

IA Cannabis Oil Bill Slowly Making its Way Through Legislature

A Republican-led committee in the Iowa House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let patients with “intractable” epilepsy go out-of-state and come back with 32 ounces of cannabis oil as a treatment for their condition.  

Republican Representative Clel Baudler of Greenfield has been a long-time opponent of legalizing marijuana for general medical purposes, but he urged the committee to pass this bill.  The bill passed the House Public Safety Committee on a 13 to five vote and Baudler was one of the “yes” votes. Representative Jarad Klein, a Republican from Washington, says this bill sends a “good message” to Iowans that the two political parties can “work together” to address problems.

Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale who is a pharmacist, estimates about 100 patients in Iowa who are currently taking powerful prescription drugs that, ultimately, reduce their lifespan, will be able to get a recommendation from a neurologist for cannabis oil. Karen Sales of Ankeny has an 11-year-old son with a chromosome abnormality that has caused his intractable epilepsy. Continue Reading