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Single vehicle accident in Atlantic


June 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 3:15-p.m.)

Atlantic Police, Medivac Ambulance and Atlantic Fire and Rescue were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident at 11:24-a.m., Saturday. The crash involved a 2016 Ford Fusion that struck and AMU power pole in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street. Atlantic Police Officer Devon Hogue said the car, driven by Doug Howard, of Atlantic, was northbound on Chestnut when, according to Howard, he reached down to change the radio, and lost control of the car. The vehicle hit a curb and then the power pole, snapping it off at the base. The car continued north on Chestnut for about half a block, before coming to rest in the middle of the road. The vehicle sustained heavy damage to the left front quarter panel and wheel well.

002 003 001A crew from AMU was on the scene at around 12:15, working to remove and replace the damaged pole. Howard refused medical treatment and was transported to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, where he was subsequently charged with OWI/3rd offense and was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Striking a Fixture upon Highway. The Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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Thursday accident in Creston


June 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department released details of a Thursday evening accident in Creston.  Officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at 5:14pm Thursday at the intersection of Highway 34 and Elm Street in Creston.

After investigation it was determined that a 2007 Toyota Rav4 driven by 27-year-old Kimberly Caudle of Creston was westbound on Highway 34 while a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 22-year-old Caitlyn Cox of Creston was southbound on Elm Street when both came to the intersection stop signs.  Cox observed a truck turning from the inside lane on Highway 34 and thought she was okay to turn left onto Highway 34.  Caudle was sitting in the inside lane and began traveling west on Highway 34 and struck Cox’s turning vehicle on the rear driver’s side.  Caudle had an airbag deploy and was taken to Greater Regional Medical Center to check out possible injuries.  Cox was uninjured in the accident.

No citations were issued and the vehicles suffered an estimated $9,000 total damage.

Driving while suspended arrest in Montgomery County


June 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Villisca man early Saturday for driving while suspended.  At approximately 2:30am Saturday deputies arrested 49-year-old Shawn Allen Graham of Villisca for Driving While Suspended.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on bond.

Red Oak man arrested on Theft charge, Friday


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested Friday afternoon on a Theft charge. 43-year old Chris Allen Taylor, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 3:50-p.m. on a charge of Theft in the 5th degree. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $300 cash bond.

Mother uses safe haven law, gives infant to Iowa hospital


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say they have used Iowa’s safe haven law to take custody of a newborn baby whose mother turned over care of the girl to a hospital. The Department of Human Services announced Friday the infant was given to an Iowa hospital June 7 and then released to the custody of the state agency.

It’s the 26th time the law has been used to turn over care of an infant since it was approved following a 2001 case, in which a teenage mother in eastern Iowa killed her home-delivered newborn. The state didn’t specify the city where the baby was given to the hospital. Iowa law allows parents to hand over custody of babies up to 14 days old without fear of prosecution.

Inmate fails to return to Ft. Dsm Work Release Facility


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man who failed to return to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility (WRF), has been placed on escape status. 27-year old Deron Michael Humes II was placed on escape status Friday (today), after he failed to return to the WRF from his place of employment.

Humes was placed on Work Release status May 10th, 2016. He had been serving a 10-year sentence out of Polk County for Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and was transferred to Work Release under the authority of the Iowa Board of Parole. Humes

Humes is an African American male, 6-feet 2-inches tall, weighing 226 pounds. He was tattoos on his left hand, left forearm and left hand finger. Anyone with information on his location should contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office or Des Moines Police Department

Deer hits SUV in Pott. County, injures driver


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A deer ran into the side of an SUV Friday afternoon, causing substantial damage and injuries to the driver of the vehicle. The Iowa State Patrol says 65-year old Jack Allen Garrett, of Groton, CT, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 3:25-p.m., when a deer ran onto the road and hit the left front side of the 2015 Subaru Forester.

The impact caused damage to the left front, hood, windshield, interior, as well as the driver’s side front and rear doors. The extent of Garrett’s injuries were not disclosed in the report.

The Patrol was aided at the scene by deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and Crescent Rescue.

Van versus Semi accident near Corning Thursday


June 17th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office released details Friday about an accident that happened Thursday evening near Corning.  At 5:15pm Thursday a 911 call was taken at Adams County Dispatch about a van vs semi accident with one person being ejected from the vehicle.

From the Adams County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

From the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Deputies arriving on scene determined that a van driven by Liberty Armstrong of Corning was sitting at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 148 and Highway 34 facing south.  A semi tractor trailer driven by Raymond Slama of Wyoming was traveling westbound on Highway 34 when Armstrong attempted to cross the highway failing to see the approaching semi.  The two vehicles collided spinning the van 180 degrees and Armstrong was ejected from the van.  Armstrong was then taken by helicopter to Des Moines and treated for what were determined to be minor injuries.  Slama was uninjured in the accident.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  The Adams County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Adams County Fire and Rescue and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.  The Office wants to thank all of the witnesses that stayed at the scene and assisted the injured and gave their statements.

State investigating Fire Service Training Bureau


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a state organization that trains and certifies Iowa firefighters due to allegations involving the certification process. The Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the investigation of the Fire Service Training Bureau, located at Iowa State University in Ames. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s inquiry will examine the scoring and certification process for those who took classes from the bureau.

Authorities also say Randal Novak, who had served as bureau chief since 2001, was placed on paid administrative leave on April 25 and retired June 2. John McPhee, the certification and accreditation coordinator was placed on paid administrative leave April 25. He has worked for the bureau since 1998. Kyle Gorsh, a state fire marshal special agent, will serve as interim bureau chief.

The announcement came one day after The Associated Press made inquiries on the matter. Novak said Thursday his retirement had nothing to do with any problems in the bureau.