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Pilot error may have caused crash northwest of Griswold Friday evening

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pilot error may have contributed to the crash of an airplane Friday evening northwest of Griswold.

1976 Cessna 172 registered to Elimar Sudmann

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says witnessed described the actions of the planes pilot, 76-year old Elimar Sudmann, of Atlantic. Witnesses told investigators Sudmann may have been coming around too fast, tried to pull up and make another pass. The witnesses thought he was going too slow. The plane basically dropped from the sky and hit the ground. Danker says that’s indicative of an engine stall. After the nose of the plane dug into the soybean field, the aircraft flipped over, landing on its top facing north. 

The accident happened at around 8:30-p.m., Friday. Danker says Sudmann, and a passenger in the 1976 Cessna 172-M, 59-year old Delbert Thurman, of rural Atlantic, were transported by Griswold Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A medical helicopter later transported Sudmann to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he remained in serious condition, Monday, suffering from a fractured leg and forearm and back injuries. Thurman suffered minor injuries in the crash.

May fire in Atlantic determined to be arson

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in connection with a fire May 18th, that destroyed a home at 602 Oak Street in Atlantic.

The aftermath of a fire May 18th at 602 Oak Street in Atlantic

The Blaze erupted at the structure owned by Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home, at around 3-a.m. on that date. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees says the investigation has been going on since the day of the fire, and has included tests conducted by the Atlantic Fire Department, testing by an agent with the property owners’ insurance company, McNees says by digging through the debris, they saw a definite burn pattern and what was used to start the blaze. He says “It’s definitely a case of arson.”

McNees says they’ve taken witness interviews about as far as they can, and are looking for anyone with any new information to step-forward, to move the investigation along. 

John Ticer, Special Agent with the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office, told KJAN News there are tell-tale signs that often present themselves as clues that a fire is suspicious. He said “burn patterns” are one of those signs.  Ticer says he can’t reveal additional details about how the fire started, such as the type of material used to ignite the blaze.He said they basically just acknowledge it was a set fire. Ticer asked anyone who may have seen anything unusual between the hours of 1-a.m. and 3-a.m. on May 18th, to contact his office or the Atlantic Police Department

A reward of up to $10,000, available through the Arson Hotline, is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-532-1459 if you have any information or the Atlantic Police Department, at 712-243-3512. You can remain anonymous.

Firefighters in Atlantic were on the scene for nearly six-hours. Witnesses told KJAN News the flames started on the upper floor on the east side of the home, in an area that served as an apartment, above the garage. McNees said young people had often used the vacant house as a “hang out.” No one was injured fighting the blaze.

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Atlantic P&Z Commission to meet this afternoon

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission is set to meet this (Monday) afternoon. During their 5:30-p.m. session in the Council’s chambers at City Hall, the Commission will review the site plans for a building at 406 West 7th Street. In other business, the P&Z Commission will review and discuss the first drafts of a Zoning Ordinance update.

Midwest business conditions index falls in June

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A nine-state Midwest and Plains economic survey index fell for the second straight month in June.  A survey report released Monday for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index says it dropped to 57.2 last month, compared with 57.6 in May. The index was 60 in April. In the survey any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below 50 suggests decline. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the businesses that were surveyed are still benefiting from healthy farm income and exports, but the activity is slowing. Global economic problems are pushing export orders into negative territory.  A quarter of the managers surveyed say the biggest hurdle in the next year is implementation of health care reform.  The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

1 killed, 4 others injured during crash in Council Bluffs Sunday evening

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July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person has died and four other people were injured during a collision between a pickup and a car Sunday evening on Interstate 80, near the I-29 interchange. According to Council Bluffs Police, the vehicles collided at around 6:10-p.m., when one of the vehicles heading west on I-80 left the road, traveled down an embankment and entered the I-29 southbound/I-80 eastbound on-ramp and collided with the second vehicle . Both vehicles rolled over following the impact. The driver of one vehicle and three passengers, along with the driver of the other vehicle and one passenger, were transported to area hospitals. Media reports say a female in one of the vehicles died, while the driver of the vehicle was listed in critical condition. Bluffs Police have not released a report on any of the victims’ conditions, and no names have been released. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Special Operations Unit.

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.