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Underwood High School Reunion marred by tragedy

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A 13-year-old girl has died when the vehicle her mother was driving crashed and rolled into a field near the Nebraska-Kansas state line.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says Taylor Isaac died in the Saturday morning accident. KETV television reports her mother, 39-year-old Nicki Isaac, was driving from their home in Hydro, Okla., to a high school class reunion in Underwood, Iowa, when their 2005 Chevy Tahoe went out of control and rolled.
 
Isaac and two children, Taylor, and 14-year-old Jacob were trapped in the vehicle for four hours. The youngest son, 10-year-old Mackenzie was thrown out and waved down a passing car for help. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Jacob and Mackenzie were not wearing their seat belts.Nicki Isaac and the two boys were injured. Authorities say Nicki Issac’s foot had to be reattached, while Jacob required a back brace after he fractured a vertebra, and Mackenzie has a broken elbow.

The Underwood High School class of 1992 is raising money for the family. Isaac grew up in Underwood.

Union Pacific celebrates railroad’s 150th birthday

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A dozen Union Pacific employees will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today (Monday), to celebrate the railroad’s 150th birthday. The nation’s largest railroad will also celebrate at its Omaha headquarters on Monday with a bell-ringing reception for its employees. Union Pacific is holding a number of events in 2012 to commemorate the day when President Abraham Lincoln signed the law creating the railroad on July 1st, 1862. The only problem with today’s celebration, is that it is happening one day after the actual anniversary. Union Pacific had to adjust its plans because July 1st falls on a Sunday this year.Union Pacific started laying rail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and worked westward to meet the Central Pacific railroad. The transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 2nd 2012

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A wounded Iowa sailor received a surprise hospital visit from President Barack Obama and an invitation to the White House. The Des Moines Register reports that 23-year-old Taylor Morris of Cedar Falls and his girlfriend plan to attend dinner at the White House and watch fireworks on Wednesday. Morris was maimed on May 3rd in Afghanistan while working as a bomb disposal technician.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa airline passenger’s joke about whether a U.S. Airways flight crew had been out partying kept the plane from leaving Des Moines for several hours. The Saturday morning flight to Charlotte, North Carolina had already been delayed two hours till 9 a.m. before the incident. Airline spokeswoman Tina Swail says the original delay happened because the crew’s previous flight arrived late the night before.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say a 22-year-old man was intoxicated when he side-swiped two police cars with their lights on and nearly hit an officer on a bicycle. KGAN reports that Andrew Lange of Maquoketa (muh-koh’-kih-tuh) is facing several charges after the incident around 2 a.m. yesterday. Lange is suspected of drunken driving and interfering with police.

LINN GROVE, Iowa (AP) — The body of a Storm Lake man who was missing for several days has been found. The Buena Vista Sheriff’s office tells KCAU the body of Lithavongsay Nouthavykoun was found about 500 yards downstream from where he was last seen Wednesday in the Little Sioux River.

Accident and theft investigated in Page County

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July 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police officers in Clarinda investigated a property damage accident Friday evening. Officials say 16-year old Tanner Clayton Marriott, of Clarinda, was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup through the Hy-Vee parking lot at around 6:10-p.m., when the vehicle was hit by a car that was backing out of a parking stall. Damage to the pickup was estimated at $500. Damage to the 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by 27-year old Timothy Mark Hudson, of Clarinda, was estimated at $2,000. Neither driver was injured. No citations were issued.

And, this past Wednesday (June 27th ) ,Kody James Sump reported to Police in Clarinda, that golf and fishing equipment had been stolen from his truck sometime between June 13th & 14th,  while the truck was parked at the Clarinda Country Club or the Inda-Clar Recreation Parlor. The property was valued at $700. There are no suspects at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

Clarinda Police investigate school bus vandalism/Chase armed harassment suspect

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July 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating an incident of vandalism perpetrated on an SUV owned by the Clarinda School District. Chief Keith Brothers said Sunday, that officers were called to the Central Office parking lot on East Nodaway Street, Saturday, to investigate a broken door glass on a 1997 Chevy Suburban. The damage was estimated at $250. Officials have no suspects at this time.

Brothers reports also, the arrest early Sunday morning, of 29-year old Edward Dawayne Mayes, of Clarinda. Mays was taken into custody at around 1-a.m., on a charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI), 1st offense. Mayes was being held in the Page County Jail on $1,000 bond, pending an appearance before the Magistrate.

Also arrested Sunday morning, was 23-year old Joseph Cody Foster, of Shambaugh. Foster was arrested after officers in Clarinda attempted to speak with him about an incident of harassment. Police Chief Keith Brothers says officers responded to the Clarinda Regional Health Center just after 9-a.m., Sunday, following a report an employee at the facility was being harassed.

Officers located Foster in the area of the Health Center, operating a 2000 Ford Taurus. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Foster failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. Foster proceeded south on U.S. Hwy. 71 to 511 West Street, Shambaugh where he surrendered to officers.

Foster was taken into custody and charged with going armed with intent, carrying dangerous weapons, eluding a law enforcement vehicle, harassment in the first degree, driving with a suspended license and some additional traffic infractions. The man was taken to the Page County Jail where he was held without bail, pending an initial appearance before a Page County Magistrate. The Clarinda Police Department was assisted in covering the incident by the Page County Sheriff’s Department. The incident remains under investigation and is being submitted to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of formal charges.

Villisca woman arrested Saturday night

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July 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County arrested a Villisca woman Saturday night, on an OWI charge. 42-year old Stacy S. Shepherd was arrested at around 9:35-p.m. following a traffic stop on 4th Street in Villisca. Officials say the woman was pulled over for a driving infraction. During questioning, it was determined Shepherd was allegedly intoxicated. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, booked -in and later released, after posting bond.

Body found near Iowa tracks near Denison identified as Pa. man

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July 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified the body found near railroad tracks in western Iowa last month as a Pennsylvania man.  But investigators are still waiting on more test results to help determine the cause of 44-year-old Jonathan Elwell’s death. Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler says the Shillington, Penn., man’s body was found by two railroad workers near Highway 30 between Vail and Westside on June 19th. Elwell’s rented vehicle had been found in Crawford County on April 20th with his bicycle in the trunk.  Officials say foul play is not suspected in Elwell’s death, but family members have said they don’t know why he was in Iowa.

Iowa fire marshal ends farm electrical inspections

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June 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State fire officials have suspended inspections of electrical installations at farms, despite a state regulation requiring the inspections, and a state lawmaker is vowing to fight the change. The Des Moines Register reports that the order to suspend the farm inspections goes into effect Sunday. Iowa State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds says the suspension is legal. He says the suspension means inspectors can focus on public buildings and homes instead of farm buildings, which have a low rate of human fire deaths. But Iowa Senate President Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg, has requested an opinion from the Iowa attorney general on the order. He blames the change on Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has been a vocal critic of the farm electrical inspection regulation.

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Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines

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June 30th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad requested that flags be flown at half-staff from yesterday through Monday to honor a Vietnam War airman whose plane was shot down nearly 50 years ago. Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Eilers of Tipton and his crew were missing in action after their plane was shot down over Laos in 1965. A memorial service will be held today in Tipton.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – State auditors say a former county official in western Iowa embezzled fees paid by residents renewing their vehicle registration for years. A report released yesterday blames former Mills County Treasurer’s Office employee Tammy Gammon for taking $36,000 that should have been collected for government services. The county attorney said yesterday he’s charged Gammon with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft, misconduct in office and forgery. 

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – The county has put the “Floyd” back on the courthouse in Charles City. The word was put back Thursday on the Floyd County Courthouse. The new letters are made of brushed stainless steel and styled in the original Art Deco typeface. The courthouse was built in 1940 and had the word “Floyd” carved from limestone on a parapet above the roof. The parapet was removed in 1965.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Nine people have been named to Iowa’s new Public Information Board. The board will oversee enforcement of Iowa’s open meetings and records laws, investigate alleged violations and take claims to court if necessary. The board members’ terms begin tomorrow.