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Personal injury accident in Atlantic, Sunday

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Sunday evening, following a collision that took place just before 5-p.m. at the intersection of 7th and Chestnut Streets. Atlantic Police Officer Caleb Smith told KJAN News the male driver of a white Buick ran a stop sign as it was traveling east on 7th Street. The car struck a Chevy Suburban heading south on Chestnut at the south side of the intersection.

The driver of the Suburban and a child who was properly secured in a child safety seat, were not injured. No names were immediately available. Atlantic Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation. wreck1 wreck2

Woman dies in southern IA equestrian accident

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say a woman was fatally injured in southern Iowa Saturday, when the horse she was riding fell and landed on her shortly before 2 p.m.  The accident happened in Stephens State Forest, southwest of Lucas. The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to a hospital in Des Moines where she later died.

The Chariton Fire and Rescue and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Red Oak man arrested on meth charge Sunday afternoon

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak Sunday afternoon resulted in the driver of the vehicle being arrested on two charges. Red Oak Police stopped a vehicle driven by 66-year old Steve Lester DeLong, of Red Oak, at around 12:55-p.m.   After DeLong was taken into custody for Driving While Revoked, he was subsequently charged with Possession of Methamphetamine/2nd offense, when 1.38 grams of a substance suspected of being Meth, was discovered to be in his possession.

DeLong was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Poultry competitions return to fairs across Iowa this year

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A year after bird flu forced fairs across Iowa to cancel poultry shows, the competitions are returning this summer. The Daily Nonpareil reports the 4-H members who raise chickens are glad they should have a chance to show them at this year’s fairs. Organizers banned live poultry at fairs a year ago because of the bird flu outbreak that ravaged the industry. Both Iowa and Nebraska lifted their ban on poultry shows this year.

Kerri Wede with the East Pottawattamie County Extension office says the ban was “heartbreaking for the kids.” But they adapted. Last year, some fairs held egg judging contests and some had students give presentations about their chickens. Organizers are looking forward to returning to normal this year.

Town says Tyson makes it hard to find new use for its plant

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – Leaders in the northwest Iowa town of Cherokee would love to see another company make use of the former Tyson Foods plant just outside town, but they say the food company is making it hard to find a new tenant. The Des Moines Register reports Tyson continues paying $130,000 rent on the building and refuses to allow anyone it considers a competitor to use the building.

Tyson spokeswoman Caroline Ahn says the company has been in talks with three food companies about the plant. She says those deals fell apart, but it was not because of competitive concerns. Cherokee City Councilman Chad Brown says it feels like Tyson is holding the town hostage because it won’t release the plant.

Omaha woman during Lake Manawa PWC incident

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Iowa DNR are looking for the operator of a Personal Water Craft (PWC) following a personal injury accident that occurred at Lake Manawa Saturday evening. Brian Smith, with the DNR says an Omaha, Neb. woman was injured after being thrown off a PWC on Lake Manawa, and law enforcement officers are seeking assistance from the public in locating the operator of the vessel who left the scene.

29-year old Laura Goodburn was the passenger on a personal watercraft when she was thrown off at approximately 6:30-p.m., Saturday in the middle of the lake toward the south end. She complained of a neck injury and was taken to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Both Goodburn and a friend she was with, Justin Smith of Omaha, Neb., told law enforcement officers they did not know the identity of the personal watercraft operator.

The operator of the personal watercraft is described as a white, middle-aged male, approximately 6-feet tall, average weight and with short red, blonde or gray hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing an O’Neill life jacket. The personal watercraft was described as being orange, black and gold. Law enforcement officers searched the lake and boat ramps but were unable to find a vessel fitting that description.

Conservation officers and park rangers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the identity of the personal watercraft operator is asked to call DNR Law Enforcement Supervisor Brian Smith at 712-254-0550.

(Update) Irwin man dies from injuries during a car-vs-motorcycle accident

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July 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol early Sunday morning released information about a fatal car-versus-motorcycle accident that took place Saturday evening, in Shelby County. Officials say 46-year old Cole Jon Andersen, of Irwin, died, after the 2004 Yamaha motorcycle he was riding, was struck from behind as he was traveling south on Shelby County Road M-47, just south of 1700th Street. The accident happened just after 7-p.m.

The Patrol says the car, a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, which was also traveling south on M-47, was driven by 41-year old David Michael Hirsh, of Irwin. The accident remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s Deputies from Shelby and Audubon County responded to the scene, along with Harlan Police, Defiance Fire and Medivac Ambulance.

Motorhome fire off I-80 in Cass County

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July 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Anita and Wiota were dispatched to a motor home on fire this evening, off Interstate 80 westbound, at exit 70. The call went out just before 7-p.m. When the first crews arrived on the scene, the rear of the motor home, which was parked on the exit ramp, was fully engulfed in flames. No injuries have been reported.

According to an Iowa State Patrol Trooper, the RV, occupied by two adult and three juvenile males pulled over when they detected smoke. It was after they exited the vehicle that fire was seen coming out the rear of the RV. The vehicle was a total loss. An electrical issue is believed to have been the cause of the blaze. Anita fire remained on the scene until about 8:45-p.m.

Fatal car-vs-motorcycle accident in Shelby County

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July 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Here is an update posted separately at 1:06-a.m. Sunday…)

The Iowa State Patrol early Sunday morning released information about a fatal car-versus-motorcycle accident that took place Saturday evening, in Shelby County. Officials say 46-year old Cole Jon Andersen, of Irwin, died, after the 2004 Yamaha motorcycle he was riding, was struck from behind as he was traveling south on Shelby County Road M-47, just south of 1700th Street. The accident happened just after 7-p.m.

The Patrol says the car, a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, which was also traveling south on M-47, was driven by 41-year old David Michael Hirsh, of Irwin. The accident remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s Deputies from Shelby and Audubon County responded to the scene, along with Harlan Police, Defiance Fire and Medivac Ambulance.

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(The first version of this story is posted below):

Authorities in Shelby County are on the scene of a fatality accident involving a car versus motorcycle. The crash was reported at around 7-p.m., south of 1700th Street and M-47. At least one other person was injured in the collision. No other details are available at this time.

Closed ISU hotel contents to be auctioned off

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July 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Part of Iowa State University’s history will be auctioned off next week. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the contents of the Hotel Memorial Union, which closed earlier this month, will be sold a public garage sale on Thursday. The 29-room hotel was closed to make room for more student housing. The top three floors of the Union will become student housing.

Among things for sale will be king and queen bed sets purchased last year, bed frames, night stands, twin roll-away beds, dressers, desks, tables and lamps. Also going will be coffee makers, irons, hair dryers, ice buckets, foldable luggage stands, clock radios, bed pillows, bath towels and bedding.

Buyers must pay by cash or check; credit cards will not be accepted.