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Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014


October 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a 55-year-old man. Reports of a person in the road in eastern Des Moines led officers early yesterday to the discovery of the body of Kenneth Wallace. But by late Saturday afternoon, police announced the arrest of 20-year-old Ashley Kay Brown. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Cerro Gordo County magistrate has ordered the eviction of five occupants from a Clear Lake motel. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Magistrate Patrick Byrne issued the order Friday. Silver Boot Motel owner Ted Christensen went to court to have the occupants evicted because they have refused to leave.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Wartburg College in northeast Iowa has announced a $75 million fundraising effort — and it’s already raised nearly three-quarters of the goal. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that for two years, the college has been quietly raising money — garnering nearly $54 million — for its “Transforming Tomorrow” capital campaign.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Will Likely returned an interception 45 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Maryland rallied to beat Iowa 38-31 Saturday for its first Big Ten home victory. Iowa (5-2, 2-1) committed three turnovers in College Park, Maryland.

7AM Newscast 10-18-2014

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October 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Accident in Creston Sends Two to Hospital


October 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports a two vehicle accident occurred on Friday, Oct. 17th at 11:40am at the corner of West Page and South Division Streets in Creston.  The accident resulted in both 60-year-old Holly Ferber and 42-year-old Staci Wilker being transported to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston by ambulance with unknown possible injuries.

After investigation officers believe the 2014 Chevy Equinox driven by Holly Ferber of Corning was traveling westbound on Page Street and made a tight left hand turn onto Division Street. The tight turn resulted in Ferber getting into the lane of oncoming traffic and struck the front end of a 2009 Pontiac Vibe driven by Staci Wilker of Creston.  Wilker was travelling northbound on Division Street and attempting to turn onto Page Street when struck.

Both vehicles were totaled in the wreck and both drivers sustained possible injuries. No further details are known at this time.

Audubon Teens Arrested after flash drive turns up w/locker room pics


October 17th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

Audubon County Sheriff’s officials say two Audubon teens face various charges associated with an incident at the Audubon High School. Authorities say school officials notified them of a flash drive that had been turned over to them which included videos and pictures taken from inside the girls locker room. The pictures dated back to November of 2013. Through an investigation the victims have been identified and notified of the incident.

15 year old Micheal Jim Rudolph has been charged with third degree harassment, invasion of privacy (a serious misdemeanor), and extortion (a class D felony). Rudolph was taken into custody on Thursday and is currently being held in juvenile detention. 16 year old Jordan Rene Meaike of Audubon has also been charged with invasion of privacy (a serious misdemeanor) for her involvement in taking the videos and pictures in the locker room. She was then released to her parents. The Incident remains under investigation.

U.S. 34 bridge over the Missouri River set to open to traffic


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Nebraska Department of Roads will open the new bridge carrying U.S. 34 over the Missouri River, linking Iowa and Nebraska, after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.

Completion of the $61 million dollar bridge project not only allows for ease of travel between Iowa and Nebraska for motorists, but it supports future economic development between the states…


Ag/Outdoor, News

October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

VILLISCA – Ammonia that got released from an agricultural cooperative in Villisca earlier this week is contained and is being recovered. The recovered solution of water and ammonia will be land applied to crop fields.

An unknown amount of anhydrous ammonia was released into a city storm sewer intake and then flowed into a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River. The ammonia is believed to have originated at the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca and to have occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported to the DNR by a citizen.

Under instruction from the DNR, the coop constructed a dam on the tributary and is pumping it to be land applied. By Friday afternoon, approximately 44,000 gallons of the solution had been recovered. The coop is also flushing the tributary from the storm sewer to remove the contamination.

Although the incident is still under investigation by the DNR, it appears that soil at the cooperative had been contaminated with anhydrous ammonia and came in contact with water when a water line broke. Anhydrous ammonia is in vapor form until it comes in contact with water and becomes soluble. When the water line was being repaired, the ammonia-mixed water got pumped to a city storm sewer that eventually empties into the unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River.

DNR field office staff is continuing to monitor the clean up.

Insurance to change for some low-income Iowans


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of two health insurers providing coverage to low-income Iowa residents through a state program is withdrawing its services. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that CoOportunity Health will soon no longer be an insurance option for those enrolled the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, the modified Medicaid expansion offered in the state as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Under the federally funded program, some people are enrolled in a state-run health plan and others get premiums covered for private insurance. About 112,000 people are in the program, with roughly 26,000 on private insurance. CoOpportunity covered 9,700 people. State officials say they will get similar benefits from a different carrier. CoOpportunity spokeswoman Leigh McGivern says it was too costly for the insurer to continue coverage.

State offers incentives for 3 company projects


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa economic development officials have approved incentives for three companies that promise to create 281 jobs and spend $39 million to locate new facilities or expand in Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday says it approved tax credits for TrinityRail Maintenance Services which plans to build a new railroad car maintenance facility in Sioux City. The company promises to create 250 new jobs.

Mrs. Clark’s Foods is expanding in Ankeny by adding a $7.3 million warehouse and refrigeration facility. It also received tax benefits for 13 new jobs. The company makes fruit and vegetable juices, salad dressings and other sauces.

Dubuque insurance consulting firm Kunkel and Associates is getting $128,000 in loans for a building expansion project that will create 18 jobs.

Suspicious activity in Brooks leads to an arrest


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A complaint about suspicious activity early this (Friday) morning in the City of Brooks, led to the arrest of one person on drug charges. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year old Joshua Cooney was arrested on charges of Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cooney was transported to the Adams County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(12-p.m. News)

2 Nodaway residents arrested in Adams County on sex abuse charges


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested late this week on sexual abuse charges, in Adams County. At around 7:30-p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a report from authorities in Missouri, with regard to the possible sexual abuse of a child. At around 8:15-a.m. today (Friday), Adams County deputies arrested 20-year old Brandon Pafford, of Nodaway, on felony charges of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree and Lascivious Acts with a Child. Pafford was transported to the Adams County Jail in Corning and held pending an appearance before a magistrate.

And at around 10:30-a.m. today (Friday), 38-year old Carolyn Green, of Nodaway, was arrested on a felony charge of Child Endangerment, based on an investigation of the possible sexual abuse of a child within her residence. Green was also be held in the jail pending an appearance before a magistrate.

(12-p.m. News)