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Delayed fatal accident report

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June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County report one person died during a single-vehicle accident late Thursday night. The Omaha World-Herald reports 22-year old Adam West, of Honey Creek was ejected from the pickup he was driving, as the vehicle rolled over into a steep ditch.The man was not wearing his seat belt.

Officials say West was driving a white 2008 Chevy pickup north on 185th Street about 11:50 p.m., Thursday, when the vehicle left the road and rolled over. Sheriff’s deputies performed CPR on West, who was not breathing. Medical personnel later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

Boil Advisory issued in Shenandoah

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June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shenandoah are waiting on the results of tests on the City’s water supply before giving the all clear for residents to drink or use the water for cooking. The results are expected back sometime today (Sunday). Authorities say a massive water main break in a corn field near a major business just outside of the community resulted caused a drop in water pressure and the issuance of a boil advisory Saturday. Crews began searching for the source of the leak early Saturday morning.

The water department advised residents who ran out of water or had no water pressure, to boil their cooking and drinking water. Anyone who had just low water pressure should not have any problems with their water supply. In the meantime, many residents of the community were making a run to local stores to pick up bottles water.

Water pressure has since been returned to normal in Shenandoah, but the Boil Advisory will remain in place until the test results show the water is safe to consume. Water customers who have any questions are asked to call the water plant at 246-2803.

2 arrested on drug charges Saturday

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June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two people were arrested on drug-related charges, Saturday. Officials say 52-year old Kenneth Dale Jipsen, of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of Possession. Jipsen was taken into custody at around midnight in the 300 block of north 2nd Street and held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $2,000 bond.

And, 30-year old Zachariah Michael Holland, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 6:45-p.m. Saturday on a Delivery of Marijuana charge. Holland was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $50,000 bond.

Significant weather events possible over Iowa today & Monday

News, Weather

June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says significant severe weather is possible both today and Monday over a large part of Iowa. The weather both days may produce some tornadoes…very large hail…and widespread damaging winds. There will also be the potential for locally heavy rainfall today and Monday.

Monday may also bring a widespread significant wind event to the area in the late morning and afternoon to evening hours. Be prepared…stay alert to changing conditions today and Monday. Monitor forecasts for possible watches and warnings. Review your severe weather safety procedures and move to a place of safety if a warning is issued for your area.10460363_664798213598377_6731145945940544500_n

Secretary of state candidates play down voter ID

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June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The loud cry for voter ID and voter fraud investigations is fading to a whimper as Iowa’s top election official prepares to leave and those seeking to replace him downplay the politically charged issues. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz leaves in January after pursuing high profile voter fraud investigations costing $250,000, proposing a voter purge rule for those lacking citizenship proof, and lobbying for voter ID.

Brad Anderson, the Democrat seeking the office opposes voter ID and says he would immediately end criminal fraud investigations. He says Iowa’s 99 should use the same computerized poll book program. Republican former Secretary of State Paul Pate also supports statewide electronic poll books, which he says if designed right can accomplish the same ends as voter ID without alienating or disenfranchising people.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., June 29th 2014

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June 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New state laws aimed at corn growers, drones and electronic cigarettes are set to go into effect Tuesday in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that the laws will allow for potential increases in Iowa’s corn promotion check-off, impose new restrictions on e-cigarettes and prohibit the state and local governments from using drones to enforce traffic laws.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Republican Party has voted to replace its current chairman with a former state lawmaker. The state central committee yesterday chose former state Representative Jeff Kauffman of Wilton as the new party chairman. Kaufmann replaces Danny Carroll, a former lobbyist for the Family Leader, a conservative Christian group.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Davenport police car was struck by another vehicle while chasing a criminal suspect. The Quad-City Times reports that the police officer was unharmed, but two people suffered minor injuries after their vehicle struck the squad car on Friday night. The Iowa State Patrol was called to the scene and is investigating the crash.

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — An 84-year-old Grundy County man has died after his tractor struck him. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Harold Voss was trying to start his International 674 tractor Friday when the machine started and lunged forward, knocking him to the ground. The accident happened at Voss’ farm, about two miles northwest of Grundy Center.

Omaha man charged in fatal crash pleads not guilty

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June 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man accused of causing a fatal crash while driving the wrong way on Interstate 480 has pleaded not guilty to felony charges. Victor Perez is charged with motor vehicle homicide while drunk and leaving the scene of an accident. A judge on Friday set his bail at $250,000. Police say the 24-year-old Perez was driving the SUV that struck Mickey Riesberg, who was riding a motorcycle. Riesberg was pronounced dead at Nebraska Medical Center.

Perez was arrested shortly after the crash after he pulled into the Ameristar Casino grounds in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Prosecutors say his blood alcohol level was 0.191 at the time of his arrest, more than twice the legal limit to drive. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 1.

Iowa GOP votes to replace party chairman

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June 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Republican Party has voted to replace its current chairman with a former state lawmaker. The state central committee on Saturday chose former state Rep. Jeff Kauffman, of Wilton, as the new party chairman. Kaufmann replaces Danny Carroll, a former lobbyist for the Family Leader, a conservative Christian group.

The vote came after new committee members were elected earlier this year, with the support of Gov. Terry Branstad. Branstad wants the party unified to protect Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Kaufmann, a loyal Branstad supporter, says he will work to unite the party, raise money and get Republican voters to the polls. Kaufmann set an immediate goal of raising $300,000 over the next three months.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch cancelled

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June 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THE THUNDERSTORM WATCH WHICH HAD BEEN IN EFFECT FOR ADAIR DALLAS GUTHRIE MADISON RINGGOLD AND UNION COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.

ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. THERE IS A MODERATE RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FOR SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. DAMAGING WIND…LARGE HAIL AND A FEW TORNADOES ARE ALL POSSIBLE SUNDAY. SUNDAY NIGHT THE THREAT WILL MAINLY BE DAMAGING WIND. VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL OCCUR WITH STORMS AND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE.

ADDITIONAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE MONDAY WITH DAMAGING WIND THE MAIN THREAT. HEAVY RAINFALL IS ALSO LIKELY WITH THUNDERSTORMS.

Severe weather threats increasing for parts of Iowa

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June 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Multiple rounds of severe weather are expected starting this (Saturday) afternoon and going through Monday for Iowa. Sunday afternoon looks to be the biggest threat. Please stay weather aware this weekend, especially if you are outdoors!svr