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Iowa early News Headlines: Tues., July 2nd 2013

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July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man hospitalized after an alleged knife-wielding attack toward Waterloo police officers in May has been arrested in the case. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 39-year-old Richard Anderson was taken into custody yesterday. He’s been charged with one felony count of interference with official acts while displaying a dangerous weapon.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police wants to upgrade its fingerprinting system from an ink and card method to electronic scanning. The department is applying for federal grant money that would be used to buy a fingerprinting scanner. Police Chief Sam Hargadine says it will improve efficiency and accuracy.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to creating fake bar codes to dupe retail stores in eastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin into charging him discount prices for hardware equipment. Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster, Wis., pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating a vehicle found sheared in half with no driver inside. Police say the wreck on a long stretch of roadway surrounded by trees was reported early Sunday morning. KCCI-TV reports that part of the car was found against a split power pole. Pieces of the car were scattered on the road.

Red Oak teen injured during rollover accident

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a Red Oak teen was injured during a rollover accident early Sunday morning, near Essex. 18-year old Brenna Nicole Oakleaf, who was wearing her seat belt, suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported by Essex Rescue to the hospital in Red Oak. Officials say Oakleaf was traveling east on Page County Road J-20 at around 12:50-a.m., Sunday, when she fell asleep at the wheel of the Pontiac Grand Am she was driving. The car drifted onto the shoulder and entered the south ditch before Oakleaf woke up and over-corrected, sending the car into a sideways skid before it rolled nearly twice and came to rest on the passenger side.

In other news, the Page County Sheriff’s Office says two people were arrested on OWI charges over the weekend. Deputies, with the assistance of Clarinda Police, took 18-year old Christian Latham, of Clarinda into custody at around 11:50-p.m.  Friday. Latham was charges with Disorderly Conduct and OWI/1st offense charges. Latham was held over the weekend in the Page County Jail on $1,300 bond. And, at around 9-p.m. Saturday, 33-year old Jade Hagey, of Clarinda, was arrested after the motorcycle he was driving was pulled over for speeding on the Highway 2 bypass. Hagey was charged with OWI/1st offense and brought to the Page County Jail. He later posted a $1,000 bond and was released.

Man gets prison for boys’ assaults in Neb., Iowa

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been sentenced to 50 to 70 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys between 2004 and 2012. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Robert Schuster, who turns 33 on Tuesday, pleaded no contest to first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced Monday. Authorities found seven other potential victims in addition to the boys Schuster is convicted of abusing.

And Schuster has been sentenced to 10-to-30 years in prison in Iowa for assaulting two boys during overnight trips to his apartment in Council Bluffs. He’ll serve that sentence at the same time as the Nebraska one. Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn says the long sentences reflect the seriousness of Schuster’s crimes and the need to protect the public.

Warmer, drier weather improves Iowa crop condition

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Warmer and mostly drier weather is helping Iowa farmers near completion of corn and soybean planting and improving crop condition. The Department of Agriculture says 99 percent of the corn crop is in the ground as of Sunday and 96 percent of the crop has emerged, which is three weeks behind normal. Warm humid days helped corn improve. The good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points with 57 percent of the crop now rated in those two categories and 29 percent is fair. Fourteen percent is poor or very poor.

Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than normal. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged, eight percentage points behind the five-year average. The condition of soybeans also improved slightly.

Iowa’s top insurer delays exchange participation

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The chairman of Iowa’s leading health insurer says the company will not participate in the state’s new health exchange during 2014. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO John Forsyth said Monday that the insurer will enter the online insurance marketplace in 2015. He said the decision to delay was not financially motivated, but based on concern that implementing the exchange would be bumpy in year one.  Sunday was the deadline for insurance carriers to file to be included in the Iowa exchange. 
 
Under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, all states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage on Jan. 1.  Iowa’s insurance commissioner is expected to soon release more information on the exchange participants.

Malvern woman injured when her car hits a post office

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Malvern woman was injured last week, when the vehicle she was driving plowed into the wall of a Post Office in Malvern. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports June Malcom was attempting to park her 2005 Buick at around 9:35-a.m. Wednesday, when she stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake. He car hit the west wall of the Post Office. Malcom was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, by Malvern Rescue. There was no report on the extent of her injuries, or a dollar figure on the damage to the car and building.

Later that same day, Brooke Paulsen, of Malvern, was driving a 2002 Buick westbound on Keys Avenue, when she lost control of the vehicle prior to crossing a bridge. The car hit the south side of the bridge and came to rest on a gravel road. Paulsen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. No injuries were reported.

Glenwood man arrested on assault & child abuse charges

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Glenwood man was arrested last week on assault and child endangerment charges. 33-year old Dwight Allen Leach was arrested Thursday evening on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault (no bond), Assault, Child Endangerment and Interference with Officials Acts. His bond on all charges except that which was related to domestic abuse, was set at $2,600.

Also arrested Thursday, was 52-year old Julie Ann Vore, of Council Bluffs. Vore was taken into custody at around 2:30-a.m., for Driving While Barred. Her bond was set at $2,000.

Last Wednesday night, 49-year old Marlin David McDaniel, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Simple Assault. About an hour earlier, 24-year old Christopher Lee McDaniel, also of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Interference with Official Acts. His bond was set at $600, while Marlin McDaniel’s bond was $300.

Fire destroys century old barn near Atlantic

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A more than century old barn that has stood the test of time was reduced to rubble in less than an hour this (Monday) morning, near Atlantic.

Fire fully engulfs the barn.

Fire fully engulfs the barn.

Firefighters from Atlantic and Marne were called to the fire at Indian Creek Farms at 57202 Indian Creek Street, at around 9:15-a.m. Doug Redinbaugh and his son Matt own the property. Doug told KJAN News he thinks the blaze started with an animal that ran from a burn pile a distance away from the barn.

The burn pile which likely resulted in the barn fire.

The burn pile which likely resulted in the barn fire.

He says they were burning trees from last week’s storm at around 7-a.m.. Cats near the fire were on the prowl for mice escaping the fire, and it’s possible, according to Redinbaugh, that a raccoon living in the debris caught on fire and ran to the barn, catching it on fire. 

Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon speculated that embers from the burn pile may have caused the blaze, but he acknowledged the winds weren’t very strong at the time the burn pile was ignited. The barn and its contents were a total loss. Doug Redinbaugh said they were using the wood framed and metal coated structure as a storage facility. IMG_20130701_095440_674

He says hay racks, saddles, a dozen new drive tires for trucks were inside, along with antiques, which were stored in the upper floor hay mound. No injuries were reported.

(Ric Hanson/photo’s)

Barn Fire reported in Cass County

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic and Marne have been called to a barn fire, west of Atlantic. The call about the fire at Indian Creek Farms, located at 57202 Indian Creek Street came in just before 9:15-a.m.  No other details are immediately available.

2013 Atlantic Coca-Cola Days Shirts Available

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reports T-shirts for the 2013 Coca-Cola Days Celebration are now available for purchase. The shirts feature the theme, “Coca-Cola, Born in the USA; Coca-Cola Days, Born in Atlantic, IA.”

Members of the Coca Cola Committee wearing the new shirts.

Members of the Coca Cola Committee wearing the new shirts.

Short sleeve shirts are $16 and long sleeve shirts are $22. Both styles are available for purchase at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, located in the Rock Island Depot at 102 Chestnut Street and online.            

Coca-Cola Days will be held September 27th and 28th. Events include a tailgate barbeque dinner, a Show Swap and Sell Meet, and a parade. More information is available at CocaColaDays.org.