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Vehicle hit by deer in Atlantic Thursday night


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a vehicle was struck by a deer Thursday night, in Atlantic. According to Atlantic Police, a vehicle driven by Robert Hammers, of Malvern, was hit by a deer that crossed the road ran into the left front side of the vehicle. The accident happened at around 8:20-p.m., as Hammers was traveling south on Highway 6, near the intersection with 17th Street.  Damage from the mishap was estimated at $2,000.

Updated info. about Atlantic accident


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department Friday morning, released additional information about a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday evening. As we had mentioned earlier, the crash involved a Ford Escape SUV and a GMC pickup.

A GMC pickup involved in the collision with a Ford Escape in Atlantic. (12/6/12) Ric Hanson photo.

Officials say the SUV, driven by Jennifer Simons, of Atlantic, and the pickup, driven by Connie Poulsen, of Atlantic, were both traveling south on Highway 6 at 3:40-p.m. Thursday, when Simons stopped for oncoming traffic, prior to turning left (east) onto 22nd Street.

Poulsen failed to stop in-time. The pickup she was driving rear-ended the SUV, causing a total of $20,000 damage. Simons, and a passenger in her vehicle were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Atlantic Police Officer Spencer Walton told KJAN News Thursday, that a child passenger in the SUV was properly buckled-in, and did not appear to have suffered any injuries, while the driver suffered abrasions or other minor injuries to her legs.

The A-PD says Poulsen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Recipe walk this weekend, in Atlantic


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Adding an extra “warm fuzzy” to the holiday season, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members are joining together to treat shoppers to something more this weekend. This  Sunday afternoon ( Dec. 9th), businesses in downtown Atlantic will open their doors for shoppers and groups to partake in free samples, recipes, and the holiday experience.

Recipe walkers are advised to start at the Rock Island Depot (102 Chestnut Street) between 1- and 4-p.m., to obtain a list of participating businesses. Officials at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce say that there is not a theme to the recipe walk this year, so walkers should anticipate finding a great variety of sweets and savories.

Questions regarding the recipe walk should be directed to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at (712) 243-3017. Details about other holiday events in the area can be found at ChristmasinAtlantic.com.

8AM Newscast 12-07-2012

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December 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

I-29 bridges near Missouri Valley dedicated to officer killed in line of duty


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation said Friday, members of the public are invited to attend a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Iowa State Highway Commission Officer Philip J. Adams, who was killed in the line of duty in 1973.

Officer Philip J. Adams (IA DOT photo)

The Interstate 29 bridges that overpass U.S. 30 in Missouri Valley are being named in Adams’ honor. Officer Adams, a native of Neola, was a traffic weight officer who was working a portable scale operation along U.S. 30 near Missouri Valley on March 30, 1973, when he was struck by a motorist. He died March 31, 1973, from his injuries.

The bridge dedication ceremony honoring Officer Adams will be held 1-p.m. Dec. 17th, at the Rand Community Center (100 S. Fourth Street),  in Missouri Valley. Officers representing the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (formerly Iowa State Highway Commission) Motor Vehicle Division, as well as members of the Adams’ family, will be in attendance.

Adams began his law enforcement career with the Missouri Valley Police Department in 1958. He was employed by the Iowa State Highway Commission in 1963.

7:06-a.m. Local News (podcast), Dec. 7 2012

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Man loses finger in Madison County hunting accident

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man hunting deer in Madison County Wednesday south of Truro was injured while using an unconventional weapon. Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman, Kevin Baskins, says the accident involved a 69-year-old man from Cumming. “In this particular instance we had a gentleman who was on a stand and took a shot at a deer when the muzzleloader he was using exploded,” Baskins says. The man identified as Theodore Larson lost a thumb in the explosion.

“He was unable to find his thumb after the gun exploded,” Baskins says. He says Larson was unable to find his thumb and was eventually flown to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. Baskins says the muzzleloaders are often new reproduction guns that are still loaded in the old way. Baskins is not sure what type of gun Larson was using, but said they will try to find out why it exploded. “Our officers are experts at looking at these firearms and being able to examine what’s left of the gun to determine what may’ve happened to make it perform that way,” he says.

Baskins says the muzzleloader shotgun season overlaps with the regular shotgun season. He does not believe there have been that many problems with the oldstyle weapons. “I think it’s an unusual case. It’s not unheard of and that’s obviously one of the reasons why we want to further investigate and determine why that gun did perform the way it did,” according to Baskins.

Baskins says the accident happened around five in the evening and Larson was likely airlifted to the hospital because it was the quickest way at that time of day to get him in for treatment.

(Radio Iowa)

2 accidents, 1 chase in Adams County


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adams County had their hands full early Thursday morning investigating two accidents, one of which resulted in a pursuit. The Sheriff’s Department says both accidents happened at around 12:50-a.m., Thursday. In one of the incidents, deputies responded to a reported accident at Lake Binder. When they arrived, the deputies observed a vehicle take off from the scene. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle crashed and the driver, later identified as Anthony Castoe, of Hopkins, MO., took off. Castoe turned himself-in later in the day, Thursday. He was charged with Eluding, Criminal Mischief, Failure to have insurance, and failure to have a driver’s license. His bond was set at $7,000.

The second accident happened near 2152 Corning Carl Road, Thursday. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 19-year old Jeremiah Thomas, of Prescott, escaped injury after the 1989 Cadillac Deville he was driving went out of control on the gravel road. Thomas over-corrected and hit a light pole, causing significant damage to both the car and the pole.

Injury accident reported near Carroll Thursday


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Glidden teen suffered minor injures during a rollover accident Thursday night, east of Carroll. 16-year old Alexander Danner was wearing his seat belt when the 2005 Chevy Malibu he was driving went out of control and rolled once before coming to rest on the drivers’ side. The accident happened on Highway 30 near Quail Avenue, at around 8:40-p.m.

The car was traveling east on the highway when it went off onto the right shoulder. When Danner overcorrected, his actions caused the car to go into the north ditch. A passing motorist helped the teen out of the vehicle. Danner was treated for minor injuries at the scene, and released.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 7th 2012


December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two people have been burned in a fire that erupted in a bedroom of a Davenport home. Mike Hayman, of the Davenport Fire Department, says the two were sent to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and are in critical condition. Hayman says they suffered serious burns in the blaze, which was reported a little after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The victims’ names haven’t been released. No one else was in the house when the fire started.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been arrested, charged with setting fire to a home he was renting in the northeast Iowa city of Evansdale. Wayne McCormick was arrested earlier this week. Online records say McCormick remained in Black Hawk County Jail yesterday, pending $20,000 bail.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the officers involved in a traffic stop shooting that killed a Cedar Rapids woman. The Cedar Rapids Police Department said yesterday that Officer Mitchell Magill and Officer Adrienne Phelps were on patrol when they attempted to make a traffic stop early Tuesday. Police say Desirae Daniel was shot after displaying a handgun as the officers approached. She was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state auditor says a southern Iowa resort lodge failed to meet its financial targets last year. A report released yesterday by State Auditor David Vaudt shows Honey Creek Resort missed its $6.4 million budgeted revenue by about $540,000.