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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 11th 2013

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February 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say icy roads contributed to a one-vehicle accident that killed one woman and injured two other people. The accident happened early yesterday in Grundy County on Highway 14. One of the passengers, 44-year-old Sheila Cole of Grundy Center died in the crash. Eilers and another passenger, 49-year-old Harvin Rust of Grundy Center was injured. A third passenger, 48-year-old Susan Halbach of Grundy Center was not seriously hurt.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified the man who died after falling through the ice on a private pond. The Adair County Sheriff’s office tells Atlantic radio station KJAN-AM that 62-year-old James Wallace of Casey died Friday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy is still considering building a new nuclear power plant as part of its long-term plans in Iowa. MidAmerican, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated is converting coal plants at Council Bluffs and Sioux City to natural gas. And it has invested heavily in 2,200 megawatts of wind power capacity.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Colt Ryan scored 33 points Sunday night and Evansville defeated Drake 84-78 in overtime last night. Richard Carter scored 13 points, Seth VanDeest scored 11 and Jordan Clarke had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs on the road in Evansville, Indiana.

Red Oak woman arrested on probation & driving charges

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February 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Sunday afternoon of a Red Oak woman. 47-year-old Amy Jo Ross was taken into custody following a traffic stop at around 4-p.m.  She was charged with a probation violation and driving while barred. Ross was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on bond amounting to $15,000.

Stuart man sought by authorities after wild chase and crash late last week

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February 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Guthrie County are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with a wild pursuit that took place late last week. According to the Stuart Police Department, an officer tried to stop a vehicle driven by 25-year old Alex Nolan, of Stuart, at around 11:40-p.m. Thursday. Officials say Nolan, who has been barred from driving since March 2011 for being a Habitual Offender, failed to stop for the officer when he activated his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle Nolan was driving was headed north on Adair Street at around 50-to 60-miles per hour, when it hit a set of railroad tracks at Adair and Front Streets.  The impact launched the vehicle 65-feet into the air before it came crashing down in the middle of Front Street.

Despite having sustained severe damage from the crash, the vehicle continued north on Adair Street, until its engine finally gave out when it pulled into the Stuart Speedway. Officials say Nolan then took off on foot  into the woods just east of the speedway. Two male passengers in  the vehicle suffered minor injuries during the crash and were transported to the Guthrie County Hospital by Stuart Rescue.

The Guthrie and Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Panora Police Department, and Stuart Rescue all responded and assisted Stuart Police in attempting to locate Nolan in the woods, but were unsuccessful. He’s currently facing criminal charges that include driving while bared, eluding, interference with official acts, reckless driving, and numerous traffic offenses.

Landlords and cities fight over tenant limits

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February 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Round one of a battle between landlords and cities went to the landlords. During a legislative subcommittee meeting last week, property owners told lawmakers that cities are passing ordinances limiting the number of unrelated people who can live together in dwellings designed to be single family homes. Kelli Excell is with a leading property management firm in Ames. “We have had a problem and it’s being adopted throughout more and more cities throughout Iowa, to my knowledge, Waterloo, Iowa City, Ames, Davenport,” Excell says. She says property owners should be able to rent out their dwellings as they please within some reasonable limits.

Some of the strongest supporters of the restrictive ordinances are from college towns, including Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, a Democrat from Ames. “Who will have an advantage from passing this billI? It is landlords who will make a larger profit,” according to Wessel-Kroeschell. She lives in a neighborhood of older homes near the I-S-U campus. Wessel-Kroeschell says many college students don’t mind sleeping in basements or in dining rooms or doubling up in bedrroms if they can live with their friends. “But what happens to our neighborhood when this happens? We see couches molding on sagging porches, our lawns are littered with beer bottles, and those lawns are turned into parking lots,” Wessel-Kroeschel says.

Or things can be worse if the lawns become a place for drunken college students to urinate or vomit as they stagger home from parties. Homeowners complain of a threat to property values. Cities have geared up to stop the bill. David Adelman is with the Metropolitan Coalition, representing the state’s ten largest cities. He says they oppose the legislation and support the majority opinion of the Iowa Supreme court which ruled in favor of the city of Ames, when the Ames Rental Property Association sued to get the ordinance thrown out. Justices concluded that keeping single family neighborhoods single family is a legitimate government interest. A minority opinion asserted it’s irrational to say a family of any size can live in a home, but only three unrelated people can. Republicans call it government overreach. And they have an ally with Marty Ryan, a one-time lobbyist for the A-C-L-U.

“We’re okay with the government knowing approximately how many people can live in a building. We’re not okay with the government knowing who lives in a particular building,” Ryan says. “To me that is a very scary thought.” The landlords argue that in the current economy some homeowners are just trying to avoid foreclosure by taking in renters. And they accuse the other side of elitism. The neighborhood advocates say they’re trying to protect middle-income homeowners with little political influence. The bill sailed through a House committee. Only four Democrats voted against it, two of them from college towns. One clinching argument came from Mount Pleasant Republican David Heaton. He once shared a house in Des Moines with three other Republican lawmakers during the legislative session.

“We lived on the south side, but the way the law reads in West Des Moines right now, those four legislators who wanted to live together and rent a house would not be able to do so,” according to Heaton. “I think we need to leave it up to the landlord to make those decisions.” Advocates for the neighborhoods say four legislators is one thing, four frat boys is another. The bill now goes to the full House for debate.

(Radio Iowa)

Funeral services set for man who died while ice fishing in Adair County

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Stuart for a Guthrie County man who died while ice fishing over the weekend in Adair County. Sheriff’s officials in Adair County say 62-year old James Alan Wallace, of Menlo, died after falling through the ice while fishing on a private farm pond about six-miles southwest of Menlo.  Wallace’ family members had reported him missing to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office after he failed to return home from ice fishing Friday afternoon.

Following  a search of the area where Wallace was believed to have been fishing, an Adair County Sheriff’s deputy located the man’s vehicle near a farm pond, and shortly thereafter saw Wallace’ body in the water. He was pulled from the pond by rescue personnel and pronounced dead at the scene, by the Adair County Medical Examiner. Deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Stuart Police Department Adair County Conservation officers, Menlo Fire and Rescue and the Adair County Ambulance all assisted in the search and recovery efforts.

Funeral services for James Wallace will be held 10:30-a.m. Wednesday, at the 1st Congregational Church in Stuart.

Atlantic School Board to discuss budget, student activities & Technology

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a regular session Monday night at the high school. Discussion items toward the end of the agenda will cover the district’s 2013-2014 calendar year budget, additional student activities, and Technology. Afterward, the Board will enter into an exempt (closed) session to discuss bargaining strategy.

Action items on the agenda include, but are not limited to: Approval of a transportation contract, which would allow Nodaway Valley students to ride with Atlantic students, to the Clarinda Academy; Approval of a Northwest Missouri State University Student Teacher Memorandum of Understanding; Approval of a School Funding Resolution, and intent to fund the Instructional Support Program.

The Atlantic School Board meeting begins at 7:30-p.m., Monday, in the high school Media Center.

House fire in Shenandoah may have been caused by a heat lamp

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials say a house fire late Saturday morning in Shenandoah was likely caused by a defective heat lamp. According to reports, firefighters were called to 705 south Center Street at around 11:15-a.m., Saturday. When they arrived, the exterior of the home was engulfed in flames. Damage to the structure was primarily limited to outside of the home, with the inside sustaining smoke damage. The structure was unoccupied at the time. Two pets inside were rescued. Firefighters were on the scene for about two-to three-hours.

Fire damages rural Mills County home Saturday morning

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Fire and water destroyed a home in rural Mills County, Saturday morning. According to reports, the blaze at a residence located along 370th Street, north of Hastings, may have been caused by a wood burning stove, but the incident remains under investigation. Firefighters from Hastings, Malvern and Emerson responded to the blaze, which was initially dispatched as a 1st floor chimney fire. The call came in at around 6-a.m. Officials said firefighters needed to knock out a wall in order to control the spread of the flames from the first floor to the upstairs area.

None of the home’s five occupants nor their pets, or firefighters were injured, but the home was declared a total loss due to the amount of water and smoke damage.  American Red Cross volunteers responded to assist the family in finding shelter and other necessities.

(Podcast) Sunday morning SW IA News update: Feb. 10th, 2013

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Villisca man arrested on OWI charge Saturday

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February 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Saturday evening of 39-year old Eric Michael Huffstutlear, of Villisca. Huffstutlear was taken into custody at around 6:20-p.m., following a traffic stop at the intersection of north 5th Avenue and east 1st Street, in Villisca. He was charged with OWI/3rd offense, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond.