Strong storms tracking into Harrison County

Weather

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

515 AM CDT TUE JUL 28 2015

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN HARRISON COUNTY (IA)  & NORTHWESTERN WASHINGTON AND SOUTHEASTERN BURT COUNTIES in NE., UNTIL 600 AM CDT…

AT 515 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 8 MILES SOUTH OF TEKAMAH…OR 29 MILES NORTHWEST OF OMAHA…MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

NICKEL SIZE HAIL…VERY HEAVY RAIN AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH
WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TEKAMAH…MONDAMIN…HERMAN…MAGNOLIA…LITTLE SIOUX AND SUMMIT LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE 15 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM. SEEK A SAFE SHELTER INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE.

Pocahontas County man arrested following pursuit in Montgomery County

News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from northwest Iowa’s Pocahontas County faces three felony and numerous other charges, following a pursuit, crash and man hunt Monday. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year old Mark Alan Achterberg, of Laurens, was arrested at around 2-p.m. Monday, after authorities had been unable to locate him earlier in the day.

The incident leading up to his eventual arrest began at around 1:24-a.m., Monday, when a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the 2400 block of O Avenue, for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit, with speeds reaching in excess of 100-miles per hour. The pursuit ended at 260th Street and G Avenue, where Achterberg wrecked the pickup in the west ditch. The vehicle was heavily concealed by the brush and not visible from the road.

Achterberg took off on foot. Despite a massive search that included members of the Iowa State Patrol, Red Oak Police, Cass, Page, Fremont, and Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as Shenandoah Police, authorities were unable to locate the suspect. He was apprehended later in the day. Achterberg faces felony charges that include: Eluding, Assault of a Peace Officer, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. He was also cited for numerous traffic violations. The man was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Man & woman arrested for illegal fireworks in Council Bluffs

News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 55-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested Monday by Council Bluffs authorities for allegedly running an illegal fireworks manufacturing operation. According to a Council Bluffs Fire Department press release, Craig Woodward and Katelyn Reynolds were arrested about 2:40 p.m. near South 32nd Street and 11th Avenue, after authorities received a tip about the operation.

Bluffs police said the couple were charged with manufacturing fireworks without a license. Bluffs firefighters said a large number of fireworks was found inside the garage and inside the residence where the couple were arrested. Council Bluffs Police and the Council Bluffs Fire Marshal’s Office are continuing to investigate the case.

High speed pursuit in 2 counties Monday morning

News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was arrested following a high-speed chase through two western Iowa counties late Monday morning. The Daily NonPareil says according to Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker, 36-year old Frank A. Dunn, of Villisca, allegedly stole a 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup truck from Front Street in Neola. The incident took place at around 11:50-a.m.

Danker said a city maintenance employee witnessed the theft and followed Dunn northbound on Railroad Highway as the employee notified authorities. Pottawattamie County deputies located Dunn on a county road in Harrison County and attempted to pull the truck over. Danker said the pursuit began when Dunn failed to stop.

The chase covered a number of gravel roads in Pottawattamie, Shelby and Harrison Counties, with deputies from those counties engaging in the pursuit. Speeds during the chase approached 90-mph.  Dunn was able to avoid stop sticks on the highway and eventually traveled to westbound Interstate 680. Deputies deployed stop sticks again on the interstate, blowing out the front tires on the truck, but Dunn managed to keep driving. A short while later a third stop stick attempt blew out the back tires, but again Dunn continued driving.

He eventually turned around in a median, traveling eastbound on I-680, before he was slowed behind semi trucks and eventually pulled over into the median. Authorities arrested Dunn on suspicion of second-degree theft and eluding. Additional charges are possible. Sheriff Danker said after the pursuit Dunn was suffering from stomach pains not related to the chase and was hospitalized. He was scheduled to be transferred to the Pottawattamie County Jail after treatment.

Research links blood sugar and memory loss

News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A researcher at Iowa State University finds a link between the insulin that regulates blood sugar in our bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. I-S-U’s Auriel Willette conducted the study with a researcher from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. “In certain brain regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, they show that these neurons are using less and less blood sugar. And so, these problems with using blood sugar were also selectively related to — in these same people — to having problems with memory,” Willette says.

People who are obese tend to become insulin resistant, which could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Willette says they found the link between the insulin resistance and memory issues. “Immediate memory over the course of a couple of minutes, all the way down to 20 minutes later,” Willette says. He says this study may be enough warning for people to think more about losing weight now, to prevent the possible onset of Alzheimers. Willette wants to do more work on the impact of blood sugar levels on the brain.

“Some subsequent work that I want to do is trying to see…if you are overweight or if you are obese, if you do engage in moderate exercise, could that have an affect on the brain where we don’t see the relationship we’re seeing here?,” Willette says. Willette says having less sugar means the brain has less energy to relay information and function, but there’s a lot that isn’t known.

“We as brain scientists know very little about the dynamics of how this works,” Willette says. “We are just now kind of beginning to understand this as to how we perceive food and things along those lines.” He says this new link involving brain sugar and insulin raises more questions. “In relation to how insulin might give us that extra jolt of energy to be able to figure something out or to remember something or to make a new memory — things along those lines — we really don’t understand much of how that works at all. It’s just a really, really new field, and so know we are just trying to puzzle out what it all means,” according to Willette.

Willette’s findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

(Radio Iowa)

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the area, Tue., 7/28/15

Weather

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Early this morning: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. South southeast wind around 11 mph.

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7am and 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 61. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Iowa Boys State Baseball Tournament Scores from Monday (7/27)

Sports

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(At Principal Park in Des Moines)
Class 2A Quarterfinals
Clear Lake 5, Treynor 0
Waterloo/Columbus Catholic 3, Hinton 0
Cascade 6, Mediapolis 2
Davis County vs. Roland-Story postponed until 9-a.m. today (Tue.) due to the weather

Today’s Schedule:

Class 2A Quarterfinals:
9-a.m.: #2 Davis County vs. #7 Roland-Story

Class 3A Quarterfinals
11:00- a.m. – #1 Waverly-Shell Rock (32-4) vs. #8 Vinton-Shellsburg (25-16)
1:30-p.m. – #4 Boone (23-10) vs. #5 Sgt. Bluff-Luton (26-14)
5:00-p.m. #3 Harlan (26-7) vs. #6 Dubuque Wahlert (21-19)
7:30-p.m. #2 Pella (33-4) vs. #7 Dallas Center-Grimes (21-13)

Wong’s slam paces Cardinals’ 4-1 win over Reds

Sports

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a grand slam that backed Lance Lynn and led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Monday night. Wong connected on a 3-2 fastball from rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-3) with two outs in the fourth, putting St. Louis ahead 4-1. Wong’s second career grand slam easily cleared the right- field wall, landing in the home bullpen. The Cardinals have won six of seven, are a big league-best 64-35 record and lead the NL Central by 6 ½ games.

Lynn (8-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 7-3 against the Reds. He has won five of his last six decisions overall. Trevor Rosenthal earned his 31st save in 33 chances after getting two days off.

In other Card’s News…

Catcher Yadier Molina was replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning of a game against Cincinnati because he was feeling ill. Tony Cruz grounded out to end the fifth and then took over behind the plate against the Reds on Monday night. Molina doubled and scored on Kolten Wong’s grand slam in the fourth.

St. Louis Cardinals players arrived to un-air conditioned Busch Stadium on Monday. The problem was fixed by mid-afternoon, several hours before a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Mike Matheny downplayed the situation, noting he grew up without air conditioning. Matheny joked that his wife sets the thermostat at “about 47 degrees” and that he thought they were “trying to raise penguins.” The problem was first noted during a news conference at adjacent Ballpark Village to promote the United States’ opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup, in November.

 

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 28th 2015

News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LIME CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two men from Muscatine have been killed in an accident along Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa’s Cedar County. The accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says a semitrailer was legally parked on the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes when it was struck in the rear by a car. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Gregorio Tapia. His passenger was identified as 19-year-old Anthony Nunez.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man accused of torturing his roommate’s cat last year has been given probation. Ywenty-one-year-old Leo Nopoulos, of West Liberty, was sentenced to two years of probation under supervision on charges of animal torture and animal abuse. He also received 30 days in jail on a separate drunken driving charge from an arrest in May.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint. Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, says its client, Bob Eschliman, and Dixon, Illinois-based Shaw Media Inc. reached a confidential settlement over Eschliman’s termination in May 2014 from the Newton Daily News. Eschliman was editor when he posted online that gay organizations are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

MOSCOW, Iowa (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a family cemetery this weekend in Iowa as part of an annual family reunion. Jeff Kaufmann, a former state legislator and current chairman of the state’s Republican Party, was the chief organizer of the reunion, which began in 1916. His great-great-great grandparents, Gottlieb and Dorothea E. Kaufmann, arrived in America from Germany in 1847 with 13 family members. Relatives gathered on Saturday in the Kaufmann Family Cemetery, which is just north of Moscow.

JAMES “JIM” JOHNSON, 83, of Oakland (Svcs. 7/30/15)

Obituaries

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JAMES “Jim” JOHNSON, 83, of Oakland, died Mon. July 27th, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs. Funeral services for JIM JOHNSON will be held 1:30-p.m. Thu., July 30th, at the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken-Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland has the arrangements.

Masonic services will be held at the Oakland United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 5:00 PM followed by visitation with the family until 7:00 PM.

Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery.

JAMES “Jim” JOHNSON is survived by:

His wife – Joretta, of Oakland

His children – Carey James (Missy) Johnson, of Council Bluffs, and Tami Jo Johnson of Des Moines.

4 grandchildren and many friends.