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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., May 22nd 2012

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May 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Katie Beckett, whose struggles brought landmark changes allowing children with disabilities to live at home, has died in Cedar Rapids. Her mother, Julie Beckett, says she died on Friday. She was 34. Her mother says she recently suffered digestive problems.

DALLAS CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was hit while riding a bicycle near Adel in central Iowa. The body of 67-year-old Edward Giedraitis was found along a road Sunday morning. Investigators believe the Dallas Center man was hit sometime after 10 p.m. on Saturday.

FREDERICKSBURG, Iowa (AP) — There’s another bear sighting in northeast Iowa. The Chickasaw County sheriff’s office says a black bear was spotted yesterday in some woods near a golf course near Fredericksburg. On Friday, a black bear showed up just north of West Union, triggering local schools to keep students inside. West Union is about 20 miles east Fredericksburg.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — No injuries were reported in a fire at a group home for people with disabilities near Rock Valley in northwest Iowa. The Sioux County sheriff’s office say part of a building at the Hope Haven Niessink Home was damaged in the fire that broke out yesterday.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director announces large donation from Schildberg Foundation

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to improve the Schildberg Quarry Recreation Area in Atlantic by incorporating a campground at the site received a big boost last week. Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring announced the big news of a large contribution during Monday night’s meeting of the Park and Recreation Board. Herring said he had a visit last week from Mark Schildberg, with the Schildberg Foundation. He says a grant they had applied for was approved, to the tune of $10,000. Herring received the check last week, but waited until the Board meeting to break the news. Afterward, he presented the check for the Board members to view and hold for a few moments.

Herring said Schildberg – who is the Vice President and Director of the Foundation — was excited about the prospect of having a campground at the Recreation Area.. Another bit of good news, is that the Atlantic Rotary club provided $7,000 for the project, which Herring says includes grading for the campsite, and the beginning of work on 18 gravel pads for campers. The campground will be located at the southeast corner of the park, at the corner of North Chestnut and Iowa Avenue.

Hopes are for modern restroom and shower facilities to be included in the project, at a later date. Currently all the utilities are in place near the site, including water and electricity. Phase two, the most expensive part of the project, would include the construction of permanent restrooms and shower facilities, within the next couple of years. Herring said also exciting, is that the City of Atlantic Street Department and City Administrator Doug Harris decided it would be in the best interests of the Recreation Area to treat Iowa Avenue, which runs east of Buck Creek Road around the east side of lake, with an oil-type substance to control dust. He says pedestrians walking along the trail should notice and appreciate the fact dust stirred-up by increased traffic in the area will be a lot less noticeable.

The treatment’s ability to control dust, according to Herring gets is “rejuvenated” with each rainfall, and will not wash away. It was applied to the road last week.

Atlantic woman sentenced to probation in inappropriate picture case

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged with taking an inappropriate photo of a Salem Lutheran Home resident has entered a plea of guilty to a lesser charge. 35-year old Amanda Sedina had been charged with Invasion of Privacy-Nudity. The State however amended the charge to Simple Assault. As part of the negotiated, voluntary plea of guilty, Sedina today (Monday) was sentenced to 30-days in the Shelby County Jail, with the term suspended. She will serve 6 months informal probation and agreed to pay all court costs and surcharges.

Sedina was arrested in March for allegedly taking an inappropriate picture of a bathing 78-year old female resident at the Salem Lutheran Home, in Elk Horn. The incident was reported to authorities on March 22nd. Administrator John Doughty says Sedina had worked at the skilled nursing facility as a certified nursing assistant. He said Tuesday that she was fired after the incident.

Minor injuries reported in Cass County crash

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident Sunday evening southwest of Atlantic. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Steven Matthew Maes was driving a 1996 Chevy Cavalier on 610th Street, about one-half mile south of Jasper Road, when the car crested a hill and went out of control. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch, sustaining $7,500 damage during the accident, which happened at around 6:50-p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office also reports three people were arrested Saturday. 19-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak, was arrested on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond. 45-year old Timothy Duane Smith, of Exira, was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Time. Smith was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held until his outstanding sentence is served. And, 60-year old John Porch Hartkopf, of Atlantic,  was arrested Saturday on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Hartkopf was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Greenfield man dies in Adams County crash Monday morning

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident this (Monday) morning north of Lake Icaria in Adams County, has claimed the life of a Greenfield man. The Iowa State Patrol says 67-year old Richard Norvel Cooper was not wearing a seat belt when the 2006 Volvo straight truck he was driving for Schildberg Construction in Greenfield crossed the center line of Highway 148 southbound, entered the northbound shoulder and traveled into a ditch before hitting an embankment. The truck came to rest three miles north of Highway 148 and 150th Street on the east side of Highway 148, at around 10:45-a.m. The accident remains under investigation.

Bicyclist found dead near Adel

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was hit while riding a bicycle near Adel in central Iowa. The Dallas County sheriff’s office says the body of 67-year-old Edward Giedraitis was found along a road Sunday morning. Investigators believe the Dallas Center man was hit sometime after 10 p.m. on Saturday. No other information was immediately released.

4 fire departments battle structure fire in Shelby County, Friday

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fire Departments from 3 counties ended up battling a fire for over two and a half hours on Friday. The Manning, Manilla, Irwin and Defiance Fire Departments were all called to the residence at 2439 F-16 in Shelby County for a fire that began when the resident was cutting metal with a torch inside an outbuilding. The fire spread quickly from the outbuilding through another outbuilding and eventually into the house. The call came around 3:30pm Friday. The 2 outbuildings were destroyed and the house is currently not in livable conditions as the fire destroyed part of the roof and the attic. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the family in their time of need.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Newborn surrendered under Iowa’s safe-haven law

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another mother has surrendered her newborn to the state under Iowa’s safe-haven law. The Iowa Department of Human Services said in a news release Monday that the baby boy was born at an undisclosed Iowa hospital on May 12. The department says it’s the 15th time the state’s safe-haven law has been used since it went into effect in 2001. The law allows unwanted newborns ages 14 days or less to be left at any Iowa health facility with no questions asked. The child has been placed with a foster family that intends to adopt. A court hearing to terminate the birth mother’s parental rights will be held within a month. The state says that in all 14 previous cases, the safe-haven babies have been successfully adopted.

Fatal tractor accident in Taylor County

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man is dead following a tractor rollover accident in Taylor County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 54-year old Leon Francis “Lynn” Balster, of New Market, died when his tractor rolled on a steep hillside. Balster, who was mowing on the hillside, was pinned beneath the tractor as it came to rest, and died at the scene. The accident happened at around 9:30-a.m., Saturday.

Party busted in Harlan

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department says several people were arrested May 5th following an investigation into a noise complaint at a residence on 12th Street. Taken into custody on Public Intoxication charges was: 23-year old Douglas Raven; 17-year old Tabatha Wyatt; 18-year old Frank Bates; 24-year old Rebecca Hibbard, all of Harlan, and 19-year old Michael Jacquard, of Avoca. Raven was also charged with Supplying Alcohol to persons under legal age. He was brought to the Shelby County Jail, posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on June 5th. The others were cited for their offenses, and released.