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NWS in Iowa issues... Amber Alert?

I had no idea that the National Weather Service issues ambert alerts that show up more readily than severe weather. However, I went to the Weather Service's website this afternoon, and Iowa was completely lit up amber.

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I was confused and thought maybe it was a short-term forecast of some sort. Upon closer examination of the map legend, I saw the amber labeled. "Child Abduction Emergency" Since when is NWS in the business of broadcasting law enforcement messages? Does anyone actualy check weather.gov to find out about missing children?

I guess this has served its purpose though. I learned that a child was missing and did not know before. If one child's life is saved by this new alert, I will know that the awful color scheme was justified. In order to do my part, below is the Amber Alert:

URGENT-CHILD AMBER ALERT
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
1108 AM CDT FRI OCT 07 2005


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IOWA

******** AMBER ALERT ********

*********** PLEASE BROADCAST IMMEDIATELY ***********

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ABDUCTION INFORMATION

DATE ABDUCTED: (10/07/05)
TIME ABDUCTED: (08:30)
LOCATION OF ABDUCTION: (209 W SIXTH OTTUMWA,IA
DIRECTION OF TRAVEL/DESTINATION: (POSSIBLY GOING TO NEW MEXICO
CHILD INFORMATION: (1,9YOA FEMALE


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SUSPECT VEHICLE

COLOR: GRN YEAR: 1998 MAKE: TOYT
MODEL: COROLLA STYLE: (4D
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: (RUST, DAMAGE, BUMPER STICKERS, ETC.)
LICENSE PLATE & STATE OF ISSUANCE: 643BJD IOWA


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CHILD INFORMATION (REPEAT THIS INFORMATION FOR EACH CHILD)


NAME: LAST/LOPEZ FIRST/GLORIA MI/BONILLA
RACE: (HISPANIC)
GENDER: (FEMALE)
AGE: (9YOA 6-4-96)
HEIGHT: (4'10")
WEIGHT: (70 LBS)
HAIR: (BLACK,SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR)
EYES: (BROWN)
OTHER: ADDITIONAL IDENTIFIERS (PINK CROCK SHOES,2 EAR RINGS IN EACH EAR
PINK SWEATER IS LONG SLEEVE WITH NO PRINT.)
CLOTHING: SHIRT/BLOUSE (PINK SWEATER)
PANTS/SKIRT/JEANS/SHORTS (LT BLUE PANTS)
SHOES (PINK CROCKS)
OUTERWEAR AND HEADWEAR (COLOR AND TYPE)


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ABDUCTOR INFORMATION (REPEAT THIS INFORMATION FOR EACH ABDUCTOR)

NAME: LAST/STANLEY FIRST/BRENDAN MI/B
RACE: (WHITE)
GENDER: (MALE)
AGE: (29 YOA 09-10-76)
HEIGHT: (6'1" INCHES)
WEIGHT: (172 LBS)
HAIR: (BROWN)
EYES: (BLUE)
OTHER: (ADDITIONAL IDENTIFIERS (BRACES, GLASSES, NOTICEABLE SCARS/MARKS/
TATTOOS, MEDICAL CONDITIONS, JEWELRY, ETC.)
CLOTHING: SHIRT, BLOUSE (COLOR, SLEEVE LENGTH & WHETHER SHIRT OR BLOUSE)
PANTS/SKIRT/JEANS/SHORTS (COLOR & WHETHER PANTS, SKIRT, ETC.)
SHOES (COLOR AND TYPE)
OUTERWEAR AND HEADWEAR (COLOR AND TYPE)


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CONTACT INFORMATION

DEPARTMENT: OTTUMWA POLICE DEPARTMENT
CONTACT PERSON: SGT MICKEY HICKS
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
FAX NUMBER:
MEDIA CONTACT NUMBER:
PRESS BRIEFING DATE/TIME/LOCATION:
AGENCY CASE NUMBER:
AUTHORITY: SGT MICKEY HICKS


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******** ALL ABDUCTORS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS ********


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