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Accident involving at least 3 vehicles in Shelby County Sat. night

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A crash late Saturday night involving at least three vehicles in Shelby County, resulted in two people being transported to the hospital. The accident scene was about one-half mile long, and occurred between 700th and 800th Street, between Avoca and Harlan. Two people were confirmed as being transported by Defiance Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, in Harlan.

The crash occurred at around 11-p.m. Officials said Highway 59 was closed just north of Avoca early Sunday morning, while the scene remained under investigation. Initial dispatch reports indicated one vehicle struck two or more other vehicles during the crash.

Additional details were not immediately available.

1 hurt in Central IA motorcycle accident

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Dallas County man was injured during a motorcycle accident Saturday evening, in central Iowa’s Warren County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 65-year old Jeffrey Lee Brown, of Dallas Center, was flown by helicopter from the scene at the 35-mile marker of Interstate 35 northbound, to Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines.

Officials say Brown was getting ready to enter a head-to-head construction zone, but his 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle went off into the construction zone, and through the barricades. Brown was ejected from his motorcycle during the crash, that happened at around 7:22-p.m., Saturday.

New Miss Iowa is starting her first victory lap of the state

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

After being named the second runner-up last year, Kelly Koch (pronounced “Cook”), is now reigning as the new Miss Iowa. Koch is a 20-year-old from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee. She was crowned last weekend and is now starting her victory lap of Iowa.

Kelly Koch

Kelly Koch, Miss Iowa 2016

Koch says “I am still in shock that I am the new Miss Iowa 2016 and I wake up every morning still shocked. It’s been great and I just want to make everyone proud.” Her platform is the “Pinky Swear” Foundation. She said the concept came from a young boy who was fighting cancer who used his money to aid other families fighting cancer and made his dad “pinky swear” to continue the effort. She learned about it during last year’s Miss Iowa Pageant during a trip to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Koch is preparing to be in the national spotlight in September.

She says she “Will be on the Miss America stage in less than three months. That is scary but exciting,” and Koch says she hopes that she can make her fellow Iowans proud. Among the prizes Koch received upon becoming Miss Iowa is a $10,000 scholarship she’ll use when she returns to Iowa State University next year. She plans to become a child life specialist, helping children fighting cancer and their families while in the hospital.

(Radio Iowa)

WWII vet’s remains to be returned to Iowa family for burial

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After more than seven decades, the remains of a World War II veteran killed in action will be returned to his family in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Palmer Haraldson’s family long ago gave up hope of being able to recover his remains.

Haraldson, a private in the Marines and native of Lincoln, Nebraska, was killed at age 31 on Nov. 22, 1943, while in combat on the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific. He was buried in a mass cemetery with 1,000 other Marines and sailors killed, and his body was declared non-recoverable in 1949. But now, his remains have been located and will return to Iowa for a burial in Fort Dodge with full military honors on June 22.

Storms leave thousands in northwest Iowa without power

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June 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Residents in northwestern Iowa are cleaning up after heavy rain and strong winds downed power lines and tree limbs and knocked out electricity to thousands overnight. MidAmerican Energy says up to 13,000 customers were left without power in the Sioux City area when the storm moved through Friday night.

The utility says power was restored to about 8,000 customers by early Saturday morning. The storms also caused the partial collapse of a stage Friday night at the RiseFest Christian Music Festival in Sheldon. No injuries were reported, and festival organizers had already evacuated the area around 7 p.m. Friday because of strong wind and lighting.

2 Nebraskans charged with taking stolen vehicles to Iowa

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June 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two Nebraska residents have been arrested in Iowa, accused of taking three stolen vehicles on a camping trip. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 35-year-old Mark Berlett, of Omaha, and 26-year-old Brooke Vacanti, of La Vista, were arrested around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek.

Berlett is charged with theft and a second offense of operating while intoxicated. Vacanti is charged with theft, possession of illegal prescription pills and of drug paraphernalia. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputies say they found a sport utility vehicle, a pickup and a travel trailer — all of which had been reported stolen — at the pair’s campsite.

Both remained at the Pottawattamie County Jail on Saturday.

Single vehicle accident in Atlantic

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June 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 3:15-p.m.)

Atlantic Police, Medivac Ambulance and Atlantic Fire and Rescue were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident at 11:24-a.m., Saturday. The crash involved a 2016 Ford Fusion that struck and AMU power pole in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street. Atlantic Police Officer Devon Hogue said the car, driven by Doug Howard, of Atlantic, was northbound on Chestnut when, according to Howard, he reached down to change the radio, and lost control of the car. The vehicle hit a curb and then the power pole, snapping it off at the base. The car continued north on Chestnut for about half a block, before coming to rest in the middle of the road. The vehicle sustained heavy damage to the left front quarter panel and wheel well.

002 003 001A crew from AMU was on the scene at around 12:15, working to remove and replace the damaged pole. Howard refused medical treatment and was transported to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, where he was subsequently charged with OWI/3rd offense and was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Striking a Fixture upon Highway. The Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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Thursday accident in Creston

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June 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department released details of a Thursday evening accident in Creston.  Officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at 5:14pm Thursday at the intersection of Highway 34 and Elm Street in Creston.

After investigation it was determined that a 2007 Toyota Rav4 driven by 27-year-old Kimberly Caudle of Creston was westbound on Highway 34 while a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 22-year-old Caitlyn Cox of Creston was southbound on Elm Street when both came to the intersection stop signs.  Cox observed a truck turning from the inside lane on Highway 34 and thought she was okay to turn left onto Highway 34.  Caudle was sitting in the inside lane and began traveling west on Highway 34 and struck Cox’s turning vehicle on the rear driver’s side.  Caudle had an airbag deploy and was taken to Greater Regional Medical Center to check out possible injuries.  Cox was uninjured in the accident.

No citations were issued and the vehicles suffered an estimated $9,000 total damage.

Driving while suspended arrest in Montgomery County

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June 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Villisca man early Saturday for driving while suspended.  At approximately 2:30am Saturday deputies arrested 49-year-old Shawn Allen Graham of Villisca for Driving While Suspended.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on bond.