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Accident reported in Atlantic


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Atlantic say no citations were issued after a non-injury accident Wednesday evening.  According to the police department, vehicles driven by David Crum and Ramon Smith, both of Atlantic, collided at around 5:15-p.m. Wednesday, as Crum was traveling south on Walnut Street and Smith was eastbound on 7th Street. Smith attempted to stop for the red light, but the vehicle slid into the intersection and hit Crum’s vehicle, causing a total of $3,500 damage.

Atlantic Police report also, 50-year old Robert Atkinson, of Atlantic, was arrested Wednesday, for 5th degree theft. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Red Cross helps western IA flood victims


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Omaha, NE. (AP) — Families in Mills County who were affected by this year’s flooding along the Missouri River may be able to get as much as $1,000 from the American Red Cross. The Loess Hills Chapter of the Red Cross is offering the money to flood victims.

Julie Chavez says she hopes her family will qualify for the Red Cross money, because they were unable to get help from FEMA. Chavez says her family’s home was surrounded by floodwaters in June, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of water from dams located along the Missouri River earlier this year, to deal with heavy rains and above-average snowmelt, causing record flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri.

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Serious injury accident reported in Guthrie County


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol this week recently got caught up on their accident reports after last week’s snow event. One of the reports they released late this week was with regard to a serious injury accident which occurred last Thursday, December 1st. Officials say 41-year old Jimmy Stringer, of Casey, suffered incapacitating injuries during a collision between his SUV and a car, and was flown from the Guthrie County Hospital to a hospital in Des Moines. The accident happened about 1.5-miles north of Adair at around 4:35 p.m., December 1st. The Patrol says 28-year old Christina Funke, of Adair, was traveling south on Frontier Road when the passenger side tires of her 2006 Chrysler Sebring dropped off the west edge of the pavement. Funke over-corrected, sending the car across the center line of the road, where it hit a 1998 Chevy Tahoe driven by Stringer, head-on.

Officials say the air bags deployed in Funke’s vehicle as it continued into the west ditch. The woman was not injured, but Stringer was ejected from his SUV as it rolled into the east ditch. The vehicle ended-up landing on its wheels. Both vehicles were totaled, and a fence owned by Sam Carney, of Adair, was damaged during the crash. 

Funke was cited for failure to maintain control and driving on the wrong side of a two way highway. Stringer was cited for failure to wear safety belts.

Mills County receives $876,000 grant to boost business corridor


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a large grant to Mills County for a proposed business corridor near Interstate 29.  The county received an $876,510 grant to help pave a 1¼-mile stretch of 190th Street from Kane Avenue south, to Highway 34. Local officials says the road, which is currently gravel is central to a proposed 5,600-acre business complex predominantly on the west side of I-29.  Included in the pavement project are plans to elevate 190th Street to address flooding concerns.,  

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency teamed with the county and JEO Consulting, a Wahoo, Neb.-based engineering firm, to apply for the grant. JEO’s project manager says the paving project will cost about $1.2 million.  The engineering firm developed a 30-year master plan for the business corridor, which now includes the Mid-America Motorplex and farm implement company A&M Green Power.

Officials says the corridor is prime for business,  thanks to the $140 million Highway 34 Bridge project that will extend the highway from the I-29 Glenwood exit to U.S. Highway 75 in Nebraska. A portion of Highway 34 currently on the west side of I-29 will become a county road. Rick Allely, business development manager for JEO, said the corridor would attract warehouses, manufacturing businesses and commercial projects, including hotels, restaurants and office parks.

No injuries reported during accident in Montgomery County


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Montgomery Couunty early this (Friday) morning caused about $4,000 damage, but no one was injured. The Sheriff’s Department says at around 12:30-a.m., they received word a 2001 Dodge 2500 pickup, operated by 19-year old Timothy Alan Carlson, of Elliott, was involved in a property damage accident near Elliott.

The crash happened when Carlson, who was traveling west on Highway 48, lost control of the pickup when he swerved to miss a deer. Due to icy conditions, the vehicle spun and entered the south ditch before striking an embankment.

No citations were issued.

King Welcomes American Eagle to Sioux City


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Western Iowa 5th District Congressman Steve King Thursday commented on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to select American Eagle Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Sioux City. King, a Republican, from Kiron in northwest Iowa, said he was ”Pleased that the DOT has granted the City of Sioux City’s request and selected American Eagle as the EAS provider in Sioux City.” 

King added that he’s hopeful that the service will help to increase the air traffic in and out of Sioux City. He acknowledged that “Commercial air service is an important driver of economic development and growth in today’s fast-paced, interconnected, and global economy,” and that “Sioux City has historically done very well to leverage community assets like reliable air service to attract new opportunities.”

He said Thursday’s decision ensures that the City will “Be able to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”

IA DNR: Elk killed in Crawford County to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease

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December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday Wildlife biologists killed an elk Wednesday in Crawford County, near Charter Oak. Testing is being done on the elk for chronic wasting disease (CWD), brucellosis and tuberculosis. The animal was killed to protect the health and welfare of the state’s deer herd and domestic livestock.

Dale Garner, chief of the DNR’s wildlife bureau, said “We don’t like having to kill the animal, but at this time, the most reliable method of testing for CWD is from the brain stem which involves putting the animal down.”  Garner added that the department tests thousands of brain stems each year from harvested deer for the disease.

The animal was located by local deer hunters who contacted the DNR. Officials say the hunters were very helpful in keeping tabs on the animal while notification was made to the State Veterinarian’s office with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to make sure the elk was not an escapee from a local owner.

If the results are negative the meat from the animal will be processed and donated to charitable organizations. Garner said their top concern,  “Is for the health of the state’s deer herd and for domestic livestock. Because once chronic wasting disease (CWD) or bovine tuberculosis (TB) is out there, there is no going back.  For the most part, there will be no happy ending to this situation.”

CWD is a neurological disease affecting cervids, primarily deer and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head.

When an elk sighting report comes in, the DNR works with IDALS to determine status of elk and the best available options. If the elk can be returned to the proper owners, then they are.  If not, they then pose a risk to spreading CWD and/or other diseases and are dispatched.  The elk are tested for CWD and if the tests are negative, the meat is donated to local needy families or a food bank.

Garner says “Having these escapees is more than a minor irritation.  The prion linked to CWD does not go away when the infected animal dies.  It stays active in the soil and contaminated soil can infect other animals. Like CWD, TB is extremely difficult to get rid of and could cost billions of dollars to the livestock industry.”

Garner said Iowa does not have the large land areas typically needed to support an elk herd.  Elk are two to three times the size of an Iowa white tail, averaging between 500 to 700 pounds.

Atlantic woman arrested Wed. in Audubon County


December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says an Atlantic woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon, on a charge of Interference with Official Acts. 19-year old Carly Jean Seddon was charged in connection with an incident which occurred during a traffic stop on Highway 71 in Brayton. Seddon was brought to the Audubon County Jail and released after posting bond. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

Audubon County drug & child endangerment arrests


December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports a man and woman from Brayton were arrested Wednesday night. 22-year old Seth Michael Thompson and 20-year old Krystal Leigh Ann Enloe, both face child endangerment charges. Thompson was also charged with Possession of a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges against the pair were the result of a search warrant executed at their residence on Broadway Street, in Brayton.

In addition, 54-year old Michael Henry Thompson, of Brayton, turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday). He was charged with Possession of Marijuana/3rd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, following the execution of a search warrant. Seth and Michael Thompson also had outstanding warrants out of Audubon County, in association with an investigation into an incident at their home, on November 25th.

Seth Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Michael Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana/3rd offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Thompson’s and Enloe were released from custody after appearing before the magistrate.