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2 men killed, 1 unharmed in single-vehicle crash

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September 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NORTONVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Two men are dead and one escaped injury in a one-car crash Saturday morning in northeast Kansas.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Donte Gardner was driving a 1999 Cadillac Deville at 5:05 a.m. on U.S. 59 in Jefferson County when he failed to stop at the intersection with Kansas Highway 4 in Nortonville. The patrol says the car went into the ditch and rolled multiple times.

Gardner, of Oklahoma City, and 22-year-old Tevin Gillum of Atchison, Kansas, were killed in the crash. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. A second passenger, 25-year-old Kenton Russell II of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t hurt in the crash.

 

Traffic being rerouted off I-80 n. of Atlantic due to fatal crash

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September 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel remained on the scene of what appears to be a single-vehicle fatality accident on Interstate 80 westbound as of 1:45-p.m. Saturday, in Cass County (IA). (Click on images to enlarge)

Just west of the N-16 bridge on I-80 WB.

Just west of the N-16 bridge on I-80 WB.

Looking west past the Olive Street bridge (N-16)

Looking west past the Olive Street bridge (N-16)

I-80 looking east from the Olive Street (N-16) bridge. WB traffic was being routed to the off ramp past the scene and back onto I-80.

I-80 looking east from the Olive Street (N-16) bridge. WB traffic was being routed to the off ramp past the scene and back onto I-80.

One person died and at least one other was injured in the crash that happened just before 1-p.m. near the 57-mile marker, or the Olive Street exit to Atlantic.

Traffic in the area is extremely tied up as fire/rescue personnel remain on the scene. Additional details are currently not available.

Fatal accident on I-80 in Cass County, Saturday

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September 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person has died and at least one other was injured in a crash on westbound Interstate 80 in Cass County, Saturday afternoon. Rescue Crews responded to the crash just before 1-p.m. near the 57-mile marker, or the Olive Street exit to Atlantic.

Traffic in the area is extremely tied up as fire/rescue personnel remain on the scene. Additional details are currently not available.

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Highway 34 collision in Montgomery County Friday

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September 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

A two-vehicle accident resulted in damage but no injuries in Montgomery County on Friday.  The Red Oak Police Department reports the accident occurred at 12:54pm Friday at the intersection of Highway 34 and Eastern Avenue.

After investigation it was determined that a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer driven by 86-year-old Bruce Jackson Burr of Red Oak was traveling on Eastern Avenue waiting to cross US Highway 34.  Burr proceeded to cross but misjudged the distance away from an oncoming 1999 Chevy Tahoe traveling eastbound on the highway.  The driver of the Tahoe 21-year-old Dillion Terry Makenzie of Red Oak tried to swerve to avoid a collision but collided with a luggage tow rack that was attached to the hitch of the Trailblazer.

No injuries were reported and Bruce Jackson Burr was cited for Failure to Yield Upon Entering a Through Highway.  Damage to the Tahoe was estimated at $3500.  The Trailblazer sustained $2,000 damage.

Villisca woman arrested for violating a no contact order

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September 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an early morning arrest of a Villisca woman.  At 3:46am this (Saturday) morning Deputies arrested 21-year-old Holly Ann Nutting of Villisca for Violation of a No Contact Order following an incident in the 100 block of West 2nd Street in Villisca.  Nutting was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

ConAgra CEO says cost-cutting likely to include layoffs

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September 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods’ chief executive says employees will learn next week about upcoming changes, including likely jobs cuts and a shuffling of operations that could boost the company’s presence in Chicago and lower it in Omaha. CEO Sean Connolly said Friday that Omaha will continue to play a sizable role for the company. The company has around 3,000 employees at the headquarters campus in Omaha, in Lincoln and across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Connolly is in Omaha for a shareholders meeting. On Tuesday, ConAgra reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $1.2 billion, or $2.85 a share. Connolly told the World-Herald that day that the company had to be willing to embrace change in order to cut expenses and improve performance.

USDA: New national record set for number of hogs on farms

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September 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation has reached a new record for the number of hogs and pigs on farms. The national inventory on Sept. 1 was 68.4 million animals, up 4 percent from a year ago and the most since the USDA began keeping national quarterly records 27 years ago.

The industry has been rebuilding herds after a virus killed an estimated 9 million baby pigs last year. Higher inventories should help drive down prices for pork at the grocery store, after they reached record highs last year.

Iowa is the nation’s leading pork producer. The report released Friday says the state has 21.2 million hogs and pigs, up 2 percent from year ago and the second-highest inventory ever. The record was 21.3 million hogs last December.

Two Mills County arrests

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September 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two separate arrests on Thursday, September 24th.

At 6:48pm Deputies arrested 35-year-old Kale Garrett Hardman on a Warrant for Harassment 1st Degree and Violation No Contact Order.  The arrest was made on 410th Street in Emerson.  Hardman was booked in on $2,300.00 bond.

Also on Thursday Mills County Deputies arrested 49-year-old Michael Scott Holtz of Malvern for Driving Under Suspension.  He was arrested on Highway 275 at 4:00pm and held on $300.00 bond.

Gov. Branstad signs harvest weight proclamation

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September 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation takes effect today, September 25, 2015, and expires after 60 days.

“I am pleased today to sign this proclamation to allow Iowa farmers to move their crop yields in an effective and efficient manner,” said Branstad. “Iowa’s farmers are a critical component of Iowa’s economy and this proclamation will ensure they’re able to transport their crop ahead of deteriorating weather conditions.”

“Governor Branstad and I continue to look for ways in which government can assist Iowans and today’s harvest weight proclamation is another way we’re able to ensure producers can get their yield out of the fields and to market,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

This proclamation is intended to allow vehicles transporting soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation. This action is intended to allow loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code §321.463(5) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved.