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(Update) No injuries reported following a fire in Atlantic, Saturday

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a residential fire in Atlantic, early Saturday morning. The Atlantic Fire Department responded to the blaze at 405 West 5th Street, at around 4:30-a.m. Dense smoke was emitting from the home when the first crews arrived on the scene, but the home’s owner, Trevor Cavin, and his cat, was able to escape prior to firefighters’ arrival.

According to Fire Chief Mark Mcnees, Cavin was asleep and woke up when he had trouble breathing. There was no smoke detector in the home, which was being remodeled. McNees told KJAN News the fire apparently started when an electrical extension cord became pinched beneath a refrigerator and eventually became hot and may have started a nearby towel on fire.

Cavin tried to put out the flames, but the smoke and flames were too much for him to handle. Shortly after fire fighters arrived, the flames erupted into a “Flash fire” and quickly spread into the attic area. Crews were on the scene for about 2-to 2/12 hours. The cause of the blaze was listed as “electrical.”

2 woman arrested on drug charges, Saturday in Crawford County

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on drug charges, Saturday, following a traffic stop in Crawford County. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says during the stop on 3rd Ave. South, in Denison, 40-year old Julie McManigal of Manning, was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Marijuana a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Methamphetamine a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Drug Pharaphernalia a (Simple Misdemeanor). Her Bond was set at $1000.

Subsequent to the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Denison Police Department at 1715 3rd Avenue South in Denison, As the result of the search warrant 36 year old Tami Russman- Mendoza, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Drug Paraphernalia a (Simple Misdemeanor) Her bond was set at $1000.

NC residents injured in Cass County, I-80 crash

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people from North Carolina were injured this (Saturday) afternoon, during a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80, in Cass County (IA). The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2016 Freightliner semi driven by 33-year old Vincent MBairie, of Charlotte, NC, was traveling west on I-80 at around 1:25-p.m., when the U-S X PRESS truck went out of control as it was traveling in the right lane, about three-miles west of the Anita exit.

The semi crossed the median and eastbound lanes of traffic before entering the south ditch, where it came to rest. MBarie, and a passenger in the truck, 38-year old Danyell Williams, of Statesville, NC, were transported by Anita Fire and Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Ex-Iowa congressman chairs Iowa Transportation Commission

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell has been elected chairman of the seven-member Iowa Transportation Commission. The Des Moines Register reports that Boswell was elected to the post last week. The commission is the policymaking arm of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The 81-year-old Boswell owns a farm near Davis City along the Iowa-Missouri border and is a former member of the Iowa Senate who has remained active in state government since he was defeated for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Boswell is a Vietnam veteran and a decorated U.S. Army helicopter pilot who now co-chairs Gov. Terry Branstad’s Home Base Iowa program to recruit military veterans to work and live in Iowa.

Georgia man sentenced to 50 years for killing Iowa roommate

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May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 55-year-old Georgia man convicted of killing his former roommate in Sac City has been sentenced to what could amount to life in prison. The Sioux City Journal reports that John Green was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison. State law requires he serve at least 35 years before he’s eligible for parole.

Green had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Mark Koster, but was convicted in April of the lesser offense of second-degree murder. Green had said he killed Koster in self-defense. But prosecutors argued that Green significantly outweighed Koster and therefore didn’t need to kill the man to defend himself.

Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were later found buried in his basement after new owners began renovations.

Atlantic house fire Saturday morning

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May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Fire Department was called to a home fire on 405 West 5th Street in Atlantic at around 4:30am Saturday morning.

The home was engulfed in flames and smoke when firefighters arrived.  All residents were reported to have escaped the home.  No cause is currently known.

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Two warrant arrests in Red Oak Friday

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May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Two arrests were reported in Red Oak on Friday for valid warrants.

The Red Oak Police report the arrest of 45-year-old Mark Douglas Berggren of Red Oak at 10:40pm Friday.  Berggren was arrested for an active Montgomery County Warrant for violation of No Contact Order.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Also on Friday at 11:10pm Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 27-year-old Letta Marie Stogdill of Red Oak on a valid Mills County Warrant for violation of probation.  Stogdill was released to the custody of Mills County deputies and transported to the Mills County Jail and is being held on $1,000 cash bond.

Military vehicles will be on display at event Saturday in Atlantic

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May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

A unique event is set for Saturday in Atlantic. The Ba-Da-Ba-Da Bing Bang Rally will feature more than 25 large military vehicles from Iowa and nearby states. The vehicles will be arriving in Atlantic Saturday morning. They then will be parked at the American Legion Memorial Building also known as the former National Guard Armory at 201 Poplar.

The Rally provides a way for collectors to show off their machines and for everyone to get up close and maybe even get a ride. The public is encouraged to visit the display between 10:00am and 3:00pm. A cruise will leave the Armory at 3:30 to end at Sunnyside Park. Viewers can view vehicles on the move on south Chestnut Street, 22nd Street and Sunnyside Lane.

Start date set for Highway 6 construction project in Atlantic

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May 15th, 2015 by Chris Parks

City officials have been notified that the start date for the Highway 6 construction project in Atlantic will be Tuesday, May 26th.  The project area is expected to be shut down after the morning rush on the 26th and remain closed until completion.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation have said the public will be informed each week through the local media, about detours for Highway 6 in Atlantic. The road is scheduled to be closed from the intersection of Olive Street and Highway 6 (7th Street) east to just past the entrance to Burger King.

In the days leading up to construction, orange “Trailblazing” detour signs with the names of each business will be erected, directing people to those local businesses they would normally have access to on 7th Street.

Signs will also be placed at 7th and Olive directing traffic to 10th Street for local, through traffic. Other, non-local or “Global” traffic will take Highway 173, Interstate 80 and U-S Highway 71 into or around Atlantic.

Project updates will be made available to the media for dissemination to the public on Monday afternoons, following meetings with the contractor, once construction begins. The idea is to keep the public informed on progress being made.