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New York woman injured in a collision with a horse, Sunday

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A 24-year old woman from New York was injured during a collision Sunday evening in Fremont County, after the vehicle she was driving hit a horse that escaped from a fenced-in field. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2003 Nissan Murano driven by Jessica Strope, of Addison, NY, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 6:40-p.m. just north of Exit 20, when two horses in a field west of the Interstate got loose and ran onto the traveled portion of the road. Strope was unable to avoid hitting one of the animals. After the collision, her vehicle drove off the road to left and came to rest in the median.

Strope, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported by Tabor Rescue to the UNMC in Omaha.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 3rd 2014

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February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press….

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the 2014 election cycle takes shape, no clear leader has broken out in the Republican race to take on Democrat Bruce Braley in the fall. At least six candidates are competing to run against Braley, a congressman from Waterloo and the only Democrat in the field to replace retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Muscatine County officials are refusing to release the medical records of a woman who was shocked with a stun gun four times last fall as officers tried to get her to change clothing. The Des Moines Register reports the woman, Marie Franks, has asked officials to release the records to the newspaper but so far officials have refused. Franks suffers from bipolar disorder and was off her medication at the time of the altercation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend’s bacon festival at the state fairgrounds. The Des Moines Register reports Tricia Snider and Tom Watson were the first to wed Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. Craig and April Rouch got married a short while later.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — One man was hospitalized and another suffered less serious injuries in a house fire in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports firefighters were called to the fire late Friday and found flames in a basement. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

Oakland man dies in weekend accident

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The victim of a two-vehicle crash east of Treynor Saturday afternoon has been identified. The Rieken-Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland says 31-year old Joshua Alan Fritz, of Oakland, died in the crash that injured three other people. Additional details about the crash have yet to be released, but authorities say two vehicles collided head-on about 12:45 p.m. on 360th Street, just south of Iowa Highway 92. The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove at least one of the victims. The injured were transported to hospitals in Omaha.

An announcement from the funeral home says Fritz graduated from Riverside High School with the class of 2000. Afterward, he enlisted in the National Guard where he served until 2008. While in the Guard he was stationed in Afghanistan from 2004-2005 during Operation Enduring Freedom. On February 14, 2008 he was married to Melissa Ann Miller. The couple has one son.

Bluffs convenience store robbed Sunday

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report a convenience store was robbed Sunday morning. Officers responded to “The Filling Station” at 1531 2nd Avenue, where the clerk informed them a man wearing a bandana around his face came in and pointed a handgun at her while demanding money from the cash register.

The clerk complied and the suspect fled the store on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Additional information concerning the suspect is not available. The Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is handling the incident investigation.

Story County fatal

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed, another injured during a collision Saturday morning in central Iowa’s Story County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by 53-year old Gregory Shaa, of Steamboat Rock, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 9:40-a.m., when the vehicle went out of control due to icy roads. The pickup crossed the median, spun around and slid south in the northbound lanes of I-35, where it was rear-ended by a semi traveling at about 45-miles per hour.

The force of the impact sent the pickup back into the median, and it caused Shaa to be ejected from the vehicle, even though he was wearing his seat belt. Shaa was transported by ambulance to Mary Greeley/Methodist Hospital, in Ames. A report on his condition is not available. A passenger in the pickup, 52-year old Stuart Leslee Pettigrew, of Eldora, who was wearing a seat belt, died from his injuries at the hospital in Ames.

The driver of the semi, 71-year old Wayne Hurtig, of Eden Prarie, MN, was not injured.

Bluffs convenience store robbed Sat. morning

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two men wearing bandanas robbed a convenience store around 1 a.m. Saturday. Officials say one man was armed with a knife and the other had a club, when they demanded money from a clerk at the Kum and Go near 21st Street and Fifth Avenue in Council Bluffs. Footprints in the snow led to a getaway car. Authorities are still searching for the suspects.

1 dead, 3 injured during a crash near Treynor, Saturday

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald reports one person was killed and three others injured Saturday in a two-vehicle crash east of Treynor. Sheriff’s officials told the paper the vehicles reportedly collided head-on about 12:45 p.m. on 360th Street, just south of Iowa Highway 92. The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove at least one of the victims.

Two of the injured were taken to Mercy Hospital, while the third was sent to Creighton University Medical Center. The names of the dead and injured were withheld, pending notification of relatives.

GOP candidates gear up for Senate primary

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the 2014 election cycle takes shape, no clear leader has broken out in the Republican race to take on Democrat Bruce Braley in the fall. At least six candidates are competing to run against Braley, a congressman from Waterloo and only Democrat in the field. Republicans hope that weak approval ratings for President Barack Obama and his policies will boost the GOP’s chances for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

Some of the state’s top Republican office-holders didn’t run, opening the doors for the lesser-known candidates, including radio host Sam Clovis; state Sen. Joni Ernst; former energy company CEO Mark Jacobs; former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker; lawyer Paul Lunde; and former car salesman Scott Schaben. Conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats says he’s considering a bid.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., Feb. 2nd, 2014

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February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Once again, residents across Iowa are spending their weekend shoveling snow. Sunday is expected to usher in more frigid conditions, with temperatures in the single digits, dropping to below zero overnight. Meteorologists say more snow is expected across the state Monday night into Tuesday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says it has added new cameras to its 511 system to give drivers a firsthand look at road conditions along two state commuter corridors. The cameras have been added along Interstate 35 from Ankeny to Ames and on U.S. 30 from Ames to Nevada and provide streaming video and still images. Now, travelers can simply log on to WWW DOT 511IA DOT org to see the conditions on those stretches.

SWISHER, Iowa (AP) — Swisher residents will cast their votes Tuesday for the city’s next mayor. Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that he anticipates a substantial election day turnout in the town of about 600. Chris Taylor and Randy Hurlbert are vying for the open seat.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Gabriel Olaseni had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Number 15 Iowa overcame Illinois’ furious comeback to pull out an 81-74 victory last night. The Hawkeyes led by 21 points just over 12 minutes into the game and were battering the Illini with their bench and Big Ten-best rebounding. Roy Devyn Marble led the Hawkeyes with 17 points in Champaign, Illinois.

Bluffs women arrested on drug and theft charges

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February 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An attempt by a Council Bluffs Police Officer to stop a vehicle for a moving violation Thursday morning turned into a brief pursuit and resulted in the arrest of two women. The Omaha World Heralds reports 26-year old Katie M.W. Morrison and passenger in her car, 28-year old Desarae L. Carroll, both of Council Bluffs, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft, possession of drug equipment, possession of weapons and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

The incident began at around 1:17-a.m. Thursday, when an officer observed a 1997 Ford Taurus traveling with its headlights off, near north 32nd Street and Avenue B. The vehicle sped off and pulled into a nearby parking lot. After the women were apprehended, authorities learned the vehicle was stolen, and the women were allegedly in possession of hydrocodone, and an activated, illegal stun gun.