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Separate motorcycle crashes in Harrison County claim two lives

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Harrison County roads proved to be deadly for two Nebraska men over the weekend. Sheriff’s Officials say 62-year old Patrick J. Cronin, of Omaha, died Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding missed an S-curve on the Loess Hills Trails — formerly Iowa Highway 183 — and hit a railroad bridge. Cronin, who was not wearing a helmet died at the scene of the crash, which happened at around 5-p.m., Friday, about 1.5-miles south of Missouri Valley.

Less than 24-hours later, 48-year old Michael R. Beck, of Decatur, NE, died, when the 2004 Harley Davidson he was riding left Interstate 29 northbound near the 94.5 mile marker, and crashed into the  median near Little Sioux. The State Patrol says Beck — who was wearing a helmet when the accident happened at around 2-p.m., Saturday — was flown by Lifenet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Audubon City Council to act on a resolution, sewer rate ordinance & more

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council has a full agenda for their meeting Monday evening. Among the matter they’re expected to take action on during the 7-p.m. session at City Hall, is: a Resolution setting the date and time for a public hearing (Aug. 13th at 7-p.m.), to consider the sale of City property at 118 East Division Street; The 1st consideration of an ordinance setting sewer rates; and, Resolutions assessing costs of abatement for dangerous buildings at 808 South Street, and 212 Tracey Street. The Abatements amount to more than $9,400 altogether.

The Audubon City Council will also discuss a watering ban, and meter policies, along with other local issues.

CAM School Board Special Meeting

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education will gather for a Special Meeting Monday morning, at the High School, in Anita. During their 9-a.m. session in the Commons area, the Board will discuss and likely take action on: A resignation; Contracts; and approval of a management fund bill.

Omaha man arrested in Adams County

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say an Omaha man was arrested Saturday evening. 50-year old Terry Studey was taken into custody just before 6-p.m., on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). The arrest occured after an investigation that began after authorities received a call to assist a Park Officer with a situation that took place at Lake Icaria.

Villisca teen arrested on OWI charge

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Villisca teen was arrested early Sunday morning (July 22nd). 17-year old Thomas Ayres was taken into custody at around 4:45-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His arrest took place following an incident in the 2600 block of 110th Street. Ayres was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and subsequently released to a parent.

Burglary investigation in Montgomery County

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating a burglary which occurred at a property located west of Stanton. Sheriff’s officials say the investigation began at around 8:35-a.m Sunday (7/22), at a machine shed in the 2300 block of 230th Street, where someone took a blue 1989 Honda Four-track ATV. The machine has a blue 12-gallon wand sprayer on the front.

Officials say the owner is willing to provide a cash reward for the recovery of the ATV. Anyone with information with regard to the theft, is urged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107, or Crimestoppers, at 1-800-432-1001.

Excessive Heat Warnings remain in place through early-to mid-week

News, Weather

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD, AND UNTIL 8-P.M. TUESDAY, FOR: HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES.

HEAT WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE COMING WEEK…PEAKING MONDAY AND TUESDAY. HIGHS WILL BE IN THE UPPER 90S TO AROUND 105 DEGREES THEN SLIGHTLY LESS HOT WEDNESDAY. BECAUSE DEWPOINTS WILL BE IN THE 60S…HEAT INDICES WILL ONLY BE A FEW DEGREES HIGHER THAN THE ACTUAL TEMPERATURE BUT WILL STILL BE AROUND 110 DEGREES.

THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND SOME HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY IF SIGNIFICANT PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT OBSERVED. THE PROLONGED NATURE OF THE HEAT…BOTH DAY AND NIGHT…WILL ACCUMULATE OVER TIME. PERSONS EXPECTED TO BE OUTDOORS FOR SEVERAL DAYS NEED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IN THEIR ACTIVITIES.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER… STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN… AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES…NEIGHBORS…PETS…AND LIVESTOCK.

 

Motorists warned of issues with tall corn

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s corn crop is struggling due to the drought, but the plants are tall enough to cause some problems on roadways. Jeremey Vortherms, a safety engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, is reminding motorists to approach rural intersections with extreme caution.  “As the corn comes up in height, it cuts off some of the sight triangles at the intersections – making it hard to see oncoming traffic from other approaches,” Vortherms said. There are normally about 50 crashes each year in Iowa due to sight obstruction on rural gravel intersections and driveways. “So, it’s not a (large) number, but it represents a certain risk to drivers who use those type of roads,” Vortherms said. Most rural intersections are not marked with stop or yield signs. Some motorists speed through those intersections if they don’t see dust from an approaching vehicle.

Even with the lack of rain, that’s a bad idea, according to Vortherms. “We try to encourage people not to just rely on the dust trail at this time of year. When we get rain, that dust trail…it just doesn’t exist,” Vortherms said. He adds “defensive driving at slower speeds” on rural roads is critical at this time of year. Iowa DOT statistics show there were 28 crashes during 2011 at rural intersections due to obstructed views by trees or crops. The crashes resulted in one fatality and caused at least 34 injuries.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa man arrested after fatal crash with bicyclist

News

July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested a central Iowa man on drug and traffic charges connected to a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist. The Des Moines Register reports that 31-year-old Troy Wanninger of Adel was arrested Friday. He was charged with leaving the scene of accident resulting in death, failure to have a valid license, failure to have vehicle insurance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard says an extensive investigation preceded the arrest. Wanninger was released from jail Friday pending trial. Online court records show he has been convicted of multiple traffic offenses over the years, including drunken driving and speeding. Authorities say 67-year-old Edward Giedraitis of Dallas Center was killed in May after he was struck by a car while riding his bike.

Harrison Co. fatal cycle accident

News

July 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Updated with name)

A Nebraska man died Saturday afternoon in Harrison County, when his motorcycle left the road, for reasons unknown. The Iowa State Patrol says 48 year old Michael R. Beck, of Decatur, NE, was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson left Interstate 29 northbound near the 94.5 mile marker, at around 2:10-p.m. The cycle ended up in the median. Beck was flown by Lifenet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Assisting at the accident scene was the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Mondamin Fire and Rescue.