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(Update) 2 people injured during a crash on I-80 in Pott. County

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Iowa and a man from Indiana were injured during a crash Sunday night on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 29-year old Miriam Carolina Almaguer, of Des Moines, was critically injured and transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, while 51-year old Raymond J. Facco, of Ft. Wayne, IN., was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the same facility, after their vehicles collided on westbound I-80, about two-miles east of the Avoca exit.

Officials say Facco’s 2014 BMW 435-i hit the back of Almaguer’s 1997 Ford Explorer, causing the SUV to roll into the median. As it rolled, Almaguer, who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and ended up on one of the eastbound lanes of  travel. A semi blocked eastbound traffic until rescue personnel and law enforcement could arrive on the scene. Until the scene could be cleared, eastbound traffic was re-routed to Avoca and then east toward Walnut before heading north again to I-80.

The accident, which occurred just before 9:30-p.m., remains under investigation.

I-80 blocked near Avoca EB

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle rollover accident has both eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 blocked just east the Avoca exit. Traffic was being rerouted off the interstate at Avoca..east to Walnut and back north to I80. The accident resulted in one person being ejected. Emergency crews and law enforcement were on the scene shortly after the crash was reported at around 9:30 pm.  Additional information will be released later.

Corning High School ranks 4th on the list of the Best 100 Public Schools in Iowa

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The website 2015 Niche Ranking has released it’s list of theBest Public High Schools across the country. Niche ranked 14,431 high schools from across the nation, based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly. In Iowa, the Corning High School ranked in the top five.

An additional 834 schools received a grade but were not eligible for ranking. The list includes magnet, charter, and online schools. In Iowa, West Senior High School in Iowa City was ranked number one on the list, followed by Ames High School in second place. Waukee Senior High School placed third, Corning fourth, and Iowa City High, fifth.

Elsewhere in southwest Iowa, Treynor Middle School/High School placed 33rd in the survey, West Harrison 38th, Carroll High came in at number 49, Tri-Center was 57th, Guthrie Center was three-quarters of the way down the list at number 75. And coming in at number 81 was West Central Valley/Stuart.

See the full list and methodology here:

https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/iowa/?source=fba_hs_ks&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=RankingsList&utm_term=RLP

Data: Iowa school buses flagged for safety issues

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data shows the number of Iowa school buses flagged for repeated safety citations has nearly doubled since 2012. The Des Moines Register reports nearly 22,000 bus inspection citations have been issued since June 2012. They include unsafe tires, inoperable warning signals or strobe lights and dysfunctional wheel bearings.

The newspaper says most affected school districts have notified state officials that the buses were repaired before they were returned to service. But the state’s education department has sent letters to three districts this year over safety concerns.

The letters accuse the districts of falsifying some repair records. Representatives for two of the districts say some of the issues weren’t necessarily related to the same problem. One district official said a private company is now conducting its bus service.

CCHS Foundation fundraising drive underway

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System’s Foundation has begun its annual fundraising drive. CCHS Foundation President Kent Gade said the goal of their 2015 campaign, is to raise $100,000 toward the cost of a state-of-the-art, high-tech Central Monitoring System (CMS)  for the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Obstetrics (OB) Department.cchs_foundation_healing_garden

The system is designed to work with the fetal monitors purchased from last year’s Foundation campaign. Together, the two systems use electronic fetal monitoring to create a powerful tool to monitor and protect infants.

Tax deductible donations to the CCHS Foundation’s 2015 fundraising drive will be restricted to the purchase of CMS equipment. For more information on how you can contribute, go to www.casshealth.org, or call CCHS Foundation Director Dawn Marnin at 712-243-7409, or e-mail mardd@casshealth.org.

Creston Water Works Board owes ex-manager more than $77k

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Iowa has ruled that the Creston Water Works Board of Trustees owes its former general manager more than $77,000. The Omaha World-Herald reports 62-year old Steve Green, who was fired by the Board in June 2013, may end up being paid more than $154,000 altogether, including liquidated damages. Green was fired after the Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a report alleging Green took nearly $90,000 in improper or undocumented payments. Green’s attorney says the jury’s decision means they concluded the man had done nothing improper.

No criminal charges were ever filed against Green, in connection with the audit. Green sued the Board in late 2013, alleging a violation of Iowa’s wage laws, and Breach of Contract. He claimed that if he left the Water Works, he would be paid for accrued sick live and vacation hours, which the Board refused to pay. The suit also criticized the auditor’s report as being filled with unsubstantiated conclusions about each of the allegations.

The trial was held earlier this month, in Corydon. In its verdict announced Dec. 16th, the jury found that while the Board owes Green, Green also owed the Water Works $1,961 for excess money paid for the reimbursement of prescription drug expenses.

Green currently resides in the Okoboji area.

Pursuit Sunday morning leads to rollover and arrest

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Sunday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in a pursuit that ended in a rollover accident and arrest of an Adams County man. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says just after 2-a.m., a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 35-year old Jason Adam Oathoudt, of Nodaway.

Oathoudt ignored the deputy, and continued driving eastbound on 265th Street from Villisca, heading towards Nodaway. The vehicle then left the road at 265th & Birch Avenue, causing a property damage, rollover accident. Oathoudt was checked by Villisca Rescue personnel, but refused medical treatment.

He was taken into custody on charges of OWI/1st offense, Felony Eluding, and Speeding 90-miles per hour in a 55-zone. Oathoudt was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Villisca Fire and Rescue, deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office3, and the Red Oak Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

Traffic stop & the smell of pot leads to 2 arrests in Adams County

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Saturday night in Adams County resulted in the arrest of two Nebraska residents on drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 52-year old Thomas Lee Bendixen and 51-year old Teri V. Scully, both of Lincoln, NE., were charged with Possession of Synthetic Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, after the vehicle they were in was pulled over at around 7:25-p.m Saturday, at the intersection of Highways 34 and 148.

Officials say the Adams County deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search resulted in the recovery of six bags of synthetic marijuana and a pot pipe. Bendixen and Scully were being held in the Adams County Jail on $500 bond, each.

Shendandoah Superintendent Hiser to appear in administrative court

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shenandoah School District Superintendent Jeff Hiser will have his day – or days – in court to fight to keep his job. The Daily NonPareil reports a hearing before an administrative law judge has been set, after the Shenandoah Community School District Board of Directors voted Nov. 5th to consider the termination of Hiser’s contract. Jim Hanks, an attorney for a law firm that represents the school district, said Hiser was not fired by the school board when it voted to consider the termination of his contract because he has tenure and is a non-probationary administrator. The school board can only start the proceedings for termination of his contract by considering such action.

Because Hiser decided to challenge the action, a hearing before administrative law judge Christie Scase will begin Jan. 7th at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Shenandoah. The hearing is expected to last days. Each side will have the opportunity to present its case with statements, evidence, witnesses and legal briefs. A ruling by Scase is required 10 days after closing briefs are submitted, so a decision is likely to come by late January.

A decision in favor of Hiser could be reviewed by the board, which could consider the evidence and testimony transcripts on its own and reach its own conclusion. Its decision, in turn, could be appealed by Hiser to the district court, as could a decision by the administrative law judge in favor of the school board. The information behind the decision will be released because the hearing itself will be open to the public, unlike a contract termination decision for a teacher.

The board took action against Hiser following an investigation claiming to have uncovered evidence of fraud, policy violations and a cover-up of misdeeds. Hiser has served as superintendent since 2011. He also served as Shenandoah’s mayor and on its city council, as well as on the community’s school board and as a volunteer firefighter and part-time police officer.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 28th 2014

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — About 50 people turned out for a rally in eastern Iowa to show support for police — a counterpoint to recent protests across the country following police killings of unarmed black men by white officers in Missouri and New York. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the rally Friday was dubbed “Blue Lives Matter Too” and followed the December 20th ambush killings of two New York police officers.

TRAER, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are investigating the accidental shooting death of a hunter. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the Tama County Sheriff’s Office received a call just before 8 a.m. yesterday reporting a hunting accident in rural Traer.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has a new leader. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Liz Ford, who has worked for years as a volunteer, fundraiser and staff member for the shelter, was recently hired to replace former director Misha Goodman.