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Tornado rips through fields in southern Iowa

News, Weather

August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A tornado has ripped through farm fields in southern Iowa as thunderstorms elsewhere in the state dropped heavy rain and loosed hail that approaching the size of baseballs. Thirty-year-old Mike Gillespie told The Des Moines Register that he watched the tornado switch directions and miss his parents’ farm north of the township of Williamson in Adams County late Sunday evening.

The storm tore up fields of corn and other crops and also damaged farm buildings. No injuries have been reported.

Storm damage/tornado track survey to begin today in southwest IA

News, Weather

August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says a preliminary storm survey is set to take place today (Monday) in Adams County, with regard to the severe thunderstorms that passed through the area Sunday evening. At least four tornado events were reported in the county, near the Adair-Adams-Union County lines, with video and photographic evidence of some tornadoes on the ground. Damage was also reported just before 7-p.m., to some rural buildings and other structures near Cromwell, at 120th and Urban Avenue.

In addition to the confirmed tornado on the ground near Cromwell Sunday at about 6:30-p.m., there were numerous reports of hail ranging in size from marbles near Creston, in Union County, to golf ball-sized near New Market, in Taylor County. In east central Iowa’s Jasper County, tennis ball-size hail was reported at around 6:20-p.m., near Monroe. Winds in Lucas County gusted up to nearly 60 miles per Sunday evening, as well.

A survey team will begin their storm damage assessment in southern Adair County this morning and proceed from there, in an effort to determine the track of a tornado or tornadoes.

Emerson man arrested Sun. night

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August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man Sunday night on a serious misdemeanor charge of Driving While Revoked. 28-year old Donnie Clark Patterson, of Emerson, was also cited for Failure to Provide proof of insurance, after the vehicle he was driving was stopped at around 11:30-p.m., in Red Oak. Patterson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 bond. The citation for having no proof of insurance will cost Patterson nearly $398.

Harrison Co. man faces homicide by vehicle charge in connection w/Cass Co. crash

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August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein reports a warrant has been requested for the arrest of a Harrison County man,  in connection with the death of a Nebraska man who was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 on May 16th. 50-year old Paul William Marshall, of Modale, faces a felony Homicide by Vehicle charge in the death of 31-year old Peter John Underwood, of Lincoln, NE., who died when a 2009 Dodge pickup driven by Marshall headed the wrong way on I-80 eastbound and collided with Underwood’s crossover SUV.

Following the crash, Marshall’s pickup came to rest in the median, and Underwood’s car ended up on the shoulder. Underwood, who was an assistant soccer coach at the University of Nebraska who was on a recruiting trip. He died at the scene.

The warrant requested for Marshall states that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of those substances. His blood alcohol content was .08 or more, as determined by tests.

(Update) NJ couple hurt in Cass County motorcycle crash

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August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story posted Sunday afternoon at KJAN.com, the Iowa State Patrol says a couple from New Jersey were injured when the 1999 Harley Davidson touring bike they were riding, crashed about a mile west of the Marne exit on Interstate 80.

The cycle, driven by 37-year old Dominic R. Napoli, of Butler, New Jersey, was traveling west at around 3:30-p.m., and pulling a small trailer. When a tire on the cycle went flat, the driver lost control, causing the bike to leave the road and enter the median, where it overturned. Napoli, and his passenger, 37-year old Jennifer A. Napoli, also from Butler, NJ., suffered incapacitating injuries. Jennifer Napoli suffered from neck and back injuries, while Dominic Napoli had injuries to his head.

Both were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. They were later transferred to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, with the woman taken there by LifeNet helicopter, and the man transported by Medivac Ambulance. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 3rd 2015

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August 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

Des Moines – The National Weather Service says a preliminary storm survey is set to take place today (Monday) in Adams County, with regard to the severe thunderstorms that passed through the area Sunday evening. At least four tornado events were reported in the county, with video and photographic evidence of some tornadoes on the ground. Damage was also reported to some rural buildings and other structures near Cromwell, at 120th and Urban Avenue.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Governor Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says relations between Branstad and lawmakers are near “an all-time low.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is airing the first television ads of her presidential race. The $2 million ad buys start on Tuesday and run in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa group that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is turning its attention to a lesser-noticed segment of that population: the aging and elderly. The Register reports the group One Iowa hosted its first “Gay and Gray” Iowa Senior Summit on Saturday in Des Moines. Donna Red Wing, the group’s executive director, says she has heard from Iowa residents who fear they’ll live out their days in a senior housing facility where they’ll face discrimination.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three Polk County sheriff’s deputies were injured while trying to arrest a Mississippi man in Des Moines. Authorities say the deputies were called to a BP gas station shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday on a report that two intoxicated males were harassing the store clerk.

Motorcycle accident reported on I80 in Cass Co.

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August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Updated 4:25-pm

A 37-year old man and 37-year old woman from New Jersey were injured during a single vehicle (motorcycle) accident Sunday afternoon, near Marne. Rescue crews from Atlantic and Marne responded to the scene on westbound Interstate 80 at the 50.1 mile marker, at around 3:16-p.m.

The woman was complaining of neck pain, while the man was up and walking around with unknown injuries when authorities arrived. Lifenet flew the woman from the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic to a trauma center in Omaha.

The accident involving a Harley Davidson full-size touring bike pulling a small trailer caused traffic to be backed up for about 4 miles until both lanes were reopend at around 4:15-pm.

The names of the injured have not officially been released at this time.

Arkansas motorcyclist killed in interstate crash in Iowa

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August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 68-year-old Arkansas man has died in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 29 in western Iowa. Authorities say Richard Gardial of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was pronounced dead Sunday morning after striking a guard rail in Council Bluffs.

Investigators say Gardial failed to negotiate a curve while riding northbound with other motorcyclists. Gardial was ejected from the motorcycle, which continued on the roadway before hitting another vehicle. No other injuries were reported. Authorities say the crash remains under investigation, but they don’t believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors.

Experts question pregnancy ban in Iowa shaken baby case

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August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Legal experts are questioning an Iowa judge’s decision to prohibit a woman convicted of child endangerment from becoming pregnant again while on probation. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that women’s and civil rights experts say the pregnancy ban isn’t constitutional.

District Court Judge James Drew issued the order for 21-year-old Stephanie Fatland of Mason City during a sentencing hearing in Floyd County District Court. Authorities say Fatland admitted to shaking her 5-month-old son when he would not stop crying.

Rita Bettis, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, says reproductive freedoms and the freedom to procreate are constitutional rights. Drake University Law Professor Robert Rigg says the ruling may reflect the court’s desire to protect any additional children, but there are other legal ways to do so.

AtlanticFest raffle tickets on sale

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August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says you can “Win BIG with the AtlanticFest 50/50 Raffle.” The raffle prize is guaranteed to be at least $500! Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are on sale now at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce located at 102 Chestnut Street, or can be purchased the day of AtlanticFest at the Chamber booth in the City Park. Tickets are $1 or you can purchase 6 tickets for only $5.

The drawing will be held at 3:45 pm at the AtlanticFest main stage, and you do not need to be present to win. AtlanticFest is brought to you by First Whitney Bank & Trust. 50/50 raffle sponsors include: Airworks; Atlantic Home Realty; Atlantic Tire & Wheel; Boulders Inn & Suites; China Buffett; Counsel Office & Document; Downtowner Cafe & Catering; Family Table Restaurant; Granny’s Kettle Korn; Dolly Bergmann & Longaberger; and, Subway.atlanticfestlogo

AtlanticFest will be Saturday August 8th, with something for everyone. For more information about the AtlanticFest 50/50 Raffle, or any AtlanticFest information visit www.atlanticiowa.com or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at (712)243-3017.