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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 15 2014

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(Information in the following story is from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com)

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Rhythm City Casino in Davenport is reopening after being closed for two weeks because of flooding concerns along the Mississippi River. General manager Mo Hyder says the riverboat casino is reopening Tuesday morning because floodwaters have receded. That has allowed “clean and safe access” for employees and customers.

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the stabbing death of her daughter-in-law. Ginger Jefferson was given the mandatory sentence Monday in Tama County District Court for the September death of Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson. Jurors convicted her of first-degree murder in May.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a Waterloo man whose life sentence for murder was commuted by the governor has been released from prison. Records show Rasberry Williams was paroled effective Monday. Williams was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1974 shooting death of a man outside a Waterloo pool hall. Over the decades, supporters argued that Williams had been a model inmate.

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials are monitoring cleanup of a fertilizer spill in northern Iowa that dumped hundreds of gallons of liquid. The state Department of Natural Resources says an employee of the Farmers Cooperative in Allison was pulling a tank of 32 percent liquid nitrogen fertilizer on Thursday when a seam on the tank failed. More than 800 gallons of the fertilizer spilled onto a city street. The liquid was then washed into a storm sewer that reached a nearby stream.

Iowa counties get presidential disaster support

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says that nine Iowa counties will receive federal disaster support to help with the response to recent storms. Branstad announced a presidential disaster declaration Monday. The counties covered are Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne.

Branstad requested the funding earlier this month in response to severe damage caused by storms and flooding in June. The declaration will provide federal funding to the counties through a number of programs. The declaration also includes funding to help the state strengthen infrastructure and limit the impact of future disasters.

Crossroads fills void as Iowa GOP’s Ernst on duty

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks. Group spokesman Paul Lindsay tells The Associated Press they’re spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins Tuesday.

Crossroads is spending another $3.1 million in Iowa as part of a $20 million blitz in Senate battlegrounds as the GOP tries to take control of the chamber. The ad mentions Democratic candidate and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley’s critique of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley’s qualifications to be Senate Judiciary Chairman. The ad calls Ernst, a state senator, “a better choice.”

Crossroads is a super PAC that is unaffiliated with Ernst’s campaign and not bound by federal laws limiting contributions. It is required to disclose donors.

Electrical short caused July 4 fire in downtown Audubon

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An electrical short is being blamed for a large fire in western Iowa on July 4. Jeff Cullen, an inspector with the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office, says the fire destroyed a building in downtown Audubon. “The most likely cause we’re coming up with right now is there was an electrical issue behind one of the appliances in the kitchen area in the rear of the building,” Cullen said.Fire1

The fire was reported around noon on July 4. Audubon firefighters were joined by crews from Atlantic, Brayton, Adair, Exira, Manning, and Templeton. Many of the fire trucks had been participating in a parade in Exira. No one was injured. Audubon’s mayor said the top of the building was vacant and the lower floor was used primarily for storage.

(Radio Iowa)

Griswold fire under investigation

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updates to say fire was electrical in nature)

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined a fire late Monday morning at a business in Griswold was caused by an apparent electrical problem. The call about flames inside the building at 615 Main Street (Southwest Iowa Tiling) came in at around 11:50-a.m. Griswold Fire Captain Dustin Wyman was one of the first firefighters from Griswold to arrive. He describes what the scene looked like.

Evidence of the damage caused by the fire at SW IA Tiling in Griswold.

Evidence of the damage caused by the fire at SW IA Tiling in Griswold.

Photo courtesy Cass Co. Deputy Bill Ayers.

Photo courtesy Cass Co. Deputy Bill Ayers.

Wyman said there was a large amount of black smoke coming from the east side of the building. One initial attack, there were windows broken out on the south side, with smoke and flames pouring out. All the employees escaped and were not injured.

Inside the building were a number of vehicles, tools and welding tanks. One of the vehicles, a pickup truck converted into a service vehicle, was heavily damaged by the flames. Firefighters from Lewis, Elliott, Red Oak and Atlantic were called to help fight the flames and provide extra water. Red Oak and Atlantic brought their Quint, or ladder trucks to the scene.

The flames were knocked down within about 30-to 45-minutes. The building was a total loss.

Fire reported at tiling company in Griswold

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters with Griswold Fire and Rescue, Lewis Fire, and Atlantic Fire and Rescue’s ladder truck, have responded to a report of flames in the building at 615 Main Street in Griswold, the site of Southwest Iowa Tiling. The call was dispatched at 11:49-a.m., Monday. Red Oak fire has also been paged out to help with the blaze.

No other details are currently available.

Branstad does not want to host immigrant children

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says he does not want Iowa to host any Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1. During a news conference Monday, Branstad said he was not aware of any immigrant children currently in Iowa. He said the federal government should focus on securing the borders.  Branstad and other governors met with federal officials Sunday on the issue.

Under current law, immigrant children from countries that do not border the United States and who cross into this country by themselves are turned over to federal authorities. They are then sent to live with relatives in the country while awaiting a ruling from immigration court.

Since Oct. 1, more than 57,000 children have crossed the border alone.

2 arrests in Atlantic over the weekend

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report two arrests over the weekend. On Saturday, 34-year old Roger Vincent, of Cumberland, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense. And on Sunday, 33-year old Thor Jordan, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

(Update): Elk Horn man cited following accident in Atlantic Friday

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story over the weekend, the driver of a pickup truck was cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn, following an accident Friday evening, near the Atlantic Wal-Mart store. Officials with the Atlantic Police Department say Jacob Mulford, of Elk Horn, was cited following an investigation into the crash that happened at around 4:20-p.m. at the intersection of Highways 6 & 71 on Atlantic’s east side.

Photo's by Ric Hanson/KJAN News

Photo’s by Ric Hanson/KJAN News

Officials say Mulford and his unidentified passenger were traveling westbound on Highway 6 in a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup and approaching the intersection with Highway 71, at the same time Kaycee Anstey, of Massena, was traveling east in a 2005 Ford Focus. Both drivers had the green light.

The pickup, which was following behind another vehicle that had just turned left onto southbound 71, also made the left turn, but it collided with the car. Both vehicles ended up on the southeast side of the intersection. The damage amounted to $12,000.

Missouri River body found on Mills County side, ID’d

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, with the help of several other agencies, has positively identified the body that was pulled from the Missouri River on July 1, 2014. The male body was located in the area of Lincoln’s Landing campground near the Plattsmouth Bridge in southern Mills County. Through cooperative effort of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County, NE Coroner’s Office, Dr. John Filippi DDS D-ABFO, and the staff at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, the body of a missing person found in the Missouri River was positively identified as 49 year old Robert T. Jensen of Council Bluffs.

Family members of Jensen called after reading the descriptions of the tattoos located on the body. Visual confirmation of the tattoos was then made by family members.  Dr. John Filippi DDS D-ABFO (Diplomate American Board of Forensic Odontolgy) positively identified Jensen via biometric dental comparison analysis.

The investigation continues into the death of Robert T. Jensen.