Area & State News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 8, 2012


October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In area News: Two tractor-trailers collide on I-80 in Cass County early this morning, just east of the exit to Highway 71. One of the trucks erupted into flames. Only Minor injuries reported; Cass County Democratic Party Chair says several campaign signs have been stolen or vandalized in Atlantic; Atlantic Walk to School Program continues this morning; Atlantic School Board and Audubon City Council to hold separate, regular meetings tonight; record low temps set in Atlantic over the weekend; Ag Sec. Tom Vilsack to speak near Lewis this afternoon. RED FLAG WARNING for Counties along and north of Highway 30 today (from Noon-to 7-pm)

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 26-year-old Iowa man is facing several charges after injuring three Dubuque police officers who tried to arrest him. KCRG reports the officers were injured Saturday afternoon while they responded to a report of a domestic assault. Ronald Gasaway Junior is being held on $20,000 bond.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned in an eastern Iowa river Sunday after his small boat capsized. The man drowned in the Wapsipinicon River about five miles south of the town of Wyoming, Iowa. The Jones County Sheriff’s office says 60-year-old Douglas Berkhoff and 52-year-old Wylie Tredway were fishing together before the accident. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Investigators in south-central Iowa are trying to determine what caused a Sunday morning fire that destroyed an old, unused church in a rural area. The Sharon Chapel Church is about seven miles southeast of Centerville. The Appanoose County Sheriff’s office says the wooden church had not been used regularly for several years. The church was built in the mid-to-late 1800s.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa nonprofit that promotes agricultural education and preservation has lost most of its funding because of Congressional gridlock over the budget. Waterloo television station KWWL reports that the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area lost about three-quarters of its funding because the latest short-term budget resolution didn’t include money for the National Park Service to review the group.