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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 5th 2015

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August 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two U.S. agencies say more than 380 people in 26 states have been diagnosed with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste. It’s the fourth consecutive summer in which the intestinal infection has been reported in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, which appears to have begun after May 1.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say a majority of the quarantine zones set up around poultry farms infected with bird flu are being lifted. When bird flu was confirmed on a farm, a six-mile zone was established to control traffic. State officials said Tuesday 77 zones were set up but they are in the process of lifting 69 now. Once completed, officials say there will only be control zones remaining on six farms in Adair, Sioux and Wright counties. Iowa lost 34 million birds to the bird flu outbreak.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were found inside a Taco Bell in eastern Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says officers found two men outside the restaurant. One identified himself as a Taco Bell employee. Officers entered the closed restaurant and found meth lab remnants in a utility area. The men were identified as 31-year-old Christopher Adam Matous and 56-year-old Kent Jerome Duby.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two men have been arrested after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were found inside a Taco Bell in eastern Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says officers found two men outside the restaurant early Tuesday. One identified himself as a Taco Bell employee. Officers entered the closed restaurant and found meth lab remnants in a utility area. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Adam Matous and 56-year-old Kent Jerome Duby, were arrested.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Colorado Springs woman in the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in a car in Iowa. The Gazette reports 22-year-old Bionca Rogers was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and murder after deliberation in the death of 61-year-old Grant Frazier. She was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Frazier was killed Feb. 16, 2014, in Colorado Springs, and his body was found nine days later in the trunk of his car in the parking lot of a Newton, Iowa, apartment complex. Rogers testified Friday that she drove to her hometown to give her family custody of her 4-year-old daughter. She said she stabbed Frazier because he was trying to rape her.

 

Rollover accident in Shelby County Tue. night

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews from Shelby, Avoca, and Harlan were called to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday night west of Shelby, at the intersection of F-66 and Elmwood Road. The crash was reported at around 8:30-p.m. According to dispatch reports, a man was reportedly thrown from the vehicle approximately 60-feet. A female victim of the crash was pinned under the vehicle, unconscious and not breathing. The male was transported from the scene to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, in Harlan.

Additional information is not currently available.

Shelby County road closed for culvert replacement

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say Zinnia Road, which is shared between Shelby and Audubon Counties, is closed for a culvert replacement project. The culvert is just north of the Dale Peterson residence at 526 Zinnia, the Lanny Olson residence at 3048 Zinnia, and Brad Baylis residence at 3056 Zinnia.

Officials say the area has many dirt, or Level B, roads. Considerable alternate route planning will be necessary for emergency personnel needing to respond to homes in the area. If you have any questions, contact the Shelby County Engineer’s Office at 712-755-5954.

Massena man arrested on Theft charge

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, a Massena man was arrested Monday on a Theft charge. 34-year old Aaron Lee Latus was taken into custody for Theft in the 3rd Degree. Latus was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released today (Tuesday), on $2000 bond.

Iowa DOT launches the Iowa Statewide Park and Ride System website and interactive map

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has begun implementation of the Statewide Park and Ride System Plan. As a part of this implementation process, the Iowa DOT is launching its first statewide Park and Ride System website www.iowadot.gov/ParkRide and accompanying interactive map. The interactive map identifies the locations of state-owned and operated park and ride lots as well as amenity information.IA DOT

Park and ride lots can be used as places to park your car when connecting with car pools, van pools, and public transit. The Iowa DOT provides many park and ride lots throughout the state that are open to the public and free of charge. For more information on park and ride locations in your area, please visit the website at: www.iowadot.gov/ParkRide.

Hwy 6/7th Street Construction project update in Atlantic

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa DOT District 4 Transportation Coordinator Scott Suhr, in Atlantic, provided an update today (Tuesday), on the Highway 6/7th Street construction project. Suhr says last week, the contractor completed the taper on the west end of the project and poured two intersections and completed some sidewalk work.

Plans for this week include paving from Cherry through Plum Streets tomorrow (Wednesday), which completes the pavement for the west bound lane and turn lane. Next, the contractor will begin paving the east bound lane, starting at Plum Street. They will continue paving west until they reach the west end of the project.

They will also continue pouring driveways and intersections between mainline pours.

Funeral service set for airman of Iowa Air National Guard

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — A funeral service has been scheduled for an airman of the Iowa Air National Guard who drowned while stationed for duty in Guam. The Iowa National Guard says a service for Drew Bellairs will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage. His burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

The 20-year-old Bellairs, of Osage, was a member of the Iowa National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City. He drowned on July 25 while swimming at Marbo Cave on the eastern shore of Guam. He was temporarily assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam at the time of his death.

Entryway towers shine brighter thanks to new LED lights

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Towers that welcome visitors to Council Bluffs will shine a little brighter at night thanks to the installation of new LED lights. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the LED lights are more energy efficient than the tower’s original neon lights and allow for more colors. The structures were built in 2002 as part of an Iowa West Foundation project.

The retrofitting process took around four months, and Iowa West switched tower lights back on in late July. The tower lights currently feature red, yellow, orange and green as part of a summer theme. It’s scheduled to remain until Aug. 15, when it will be followed by a rainbow theme until the end of the month.

Clarinda P.D. Make Drug Arrest

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports his officers responded to a disturbance late Monday evening, and arrested a man on drug charges. At approximately 8:30 p.m. officers were called to 301 N. 14th Street where the male and female residents of the home were arguing. Taken into custody was 27-year old Brandon Donald Akers,  who resides at that location.

Akers was arrested for illegal possession of controlled substances without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia commonly used for the ingestion of illicit substances.  He was booked into the Page County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Deere recalls more than 2,000 lawn tractors for crash risk

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) – Deere is recalling more than 2,000 lawn tractors because the brake arm can fail and cause a crash.  There have been no reports of injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. The recall is for John Deere models D110, D125, D130, D140, D155, D160 and D170 with serial numbers beginning with 1GXD. They were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other stores since May. They cost between $1,700 and $2,700. About 1,700 were sold in the U.S. and 370 in Canada.

Deere & Co., based in Moline, Illinois, said customers should stop using the tractors and contact the company for a free repair.  Owners can call (800) 537-8233 or go to http://www.deere.com and select “Recall Information” from the Services & Support menu.