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Woman arrested for disorderly conduct in Red Oak

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Sunday evening of 22-year old Michele Lynn Eden. The Red Oak woman was taken into custody just before 7-p.m. at 100 E. Oak Street, on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Eden was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 29th 2014

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data shows the number of Iowa school buses flagged for repeated safety citations has nearly doubled since 2012. The Des Moines Register reports nearly 22,000 bus inspection citations have been issued since June 2012. They include unsafe tires, inoperable warning signals or strobe lights and dysfunctional wheel bearings.

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man faces charges in connection to a Christmas night stabbing in southern Iowa. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Kirk Frederick of Corning faces charges of willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent.

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man fatally shot himself while a police officer stopped him over a traffic citation. Marion police say an officer stopped the man Saturday night as he was driving a vehicle. The officer suspected the man was intoxicated. Authorities say the officer went back to his squad car to request another officer. While the officer was away, police say the driver shot himself with a handgun. The driver was later pronounced dead.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have removed caged wild animals from a “mall zoo” in Des Moines following a court order over their care. Agencies including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa helped remove the 31 animals early Saturday from Merle Hay Mall. They will be sent to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and the World of Reptiles in Des Moines.

(Update) House fire near Logan last week caused by woodburning stove

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story posted Christmas Eve, the Logan-Herald Observer reports a fire that destroyed  a home in rural Harrison County, south of Logan, was caused by a wood stove adjacent to the home. The blaze at Ben and Rhonda Collins residence at 2882 Price Place, was reported at around 2:30-p.m. on Dec. 24th.

Logan Fire Chief Craig Charbonneau told the paper fire fighters from Logan, Missouri Valley, Persia, Woodbine, Magnolia and Modale responded to the scene. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. The Chief said Ben Collins had tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, but was unable to do so because the hose was frozen. Collins ran to a neighbors home to report the fire, but was unable to locate them. He ended up flagging down a passing motorist, who called the fire in.

Firefighters were called back to the scene three times to put out hot spots after the flames were thought to have been completely extinguished Wednesday evening, including twice on Christmas Day. Crews ended up pushing the walls into the basement. No injuries were reported, but the home was a total loss.

(Update) 2 people injured during a crash on I-80 in Pott. County

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Iowa and a man from Indiana were injured during a crash Sunday night on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 29-year old Miriam Carolina Almaguer, of Des Moines, was critically injured and transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, while 51-year old Raymond J. Facco, of Ft. Wayne, IN., was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the same facility, after their vehicles collided on westbound I-80, about two-miles east of the Avoca exit.

Officials say Facco’s 2014 BMW 435-i hit the back of Almaguer’s 1997 Ford Explorer, causing the SUV to roll into the median. As it rolled, Almaguer, who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and ended up on one of the eastbound lanes of  travel. A semi blocked eastbound traffic until rescue personnel and law enforcement could arrive on the scene. Until the scene could be cleared, eastbound traffic was re-routed to Avoca and then east toward Walnut before heading north again to I-80.

The accident, which occurred just before 9:30-p.m., remains under investigation.

I-80 blocked near Avoca EB

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle rollover accident has both eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 blocked just east the Avoca exit. Traffic was being rerouted off the interstate at Avoca..east to Walnut and back north to I80. The accident resulted in one person being ejected. Emergency crews and law enforcement were on the scene shortly after the crash was reported at around 9:30 pm.  Additional information will be released later.

Corning High School ranks 4th on the list of the Best 100 Public Schools in Iowa

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The website 2015 Niche Ranking has released it’s list of theBest Public High Schools across the country. Niche ranked 14,431 high schools from across the nation, based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly. In Iowa, the Corning High School ranked in the top five.

An additional 834 schools received a grade but were not eligible for ranking. The list includes magnet, charter, and online schools. In Iowa, West Senior High School in Iowa City was ranked number one on the list, followed by Ames High School in second place. Waukee Senior High School placed third, Corning fourth, and Iowa City High, fifth.

Elsewhere in southwest Iowa, Treynor Middle School/High School placed 33rd in the survey, West Harrison 38th, Carroll High came in at number 49, Tri-Center was 57th, Guthrie Center was three-quarters of the way down the list at number 75. And coming in at number 81 was West Central Valley/Stuart.

See the full list and methodology here:

https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/iowa/?source=fba_hs_ks&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=RankingsList&utm_term=RLP

Data: Iowa school buses flagged for safety issues

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data shows the number of Iowa school buses flagged for repeated safety citations has nearly doubled since 2012. The Des Moines Register reports nearly 22,000 bus inspection citations have been issued since June 2012. They include unsafe tires, inoperable warning signals or strobe lights and dysfunctional wheel bearings.

The newspaper says most affected school districts have notified state officials that the buses were repaired before they were returned to service. But the state’s education department has sent letters to three districts this year over safety concerns.

The letters accuse the districts of falsifying some repair records. Representatives for two of the districts say some of the issues weren’t necessarily related to the same problem. One district official said a private company is now conducting its bus service.

CCHS Foundation fundraising drive underway

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System’s Foundation has begun its annual fundraising drive. CCHS Foundation President Kent Gade said the goal of their 2015 campaign, is to raise $100,000 toward the cost of a state-of-the-art, high-tech Central Monitoring System (CMS)  for the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Obstetrics (OB) Department.cchs_foundation_healing_garden

The system is designed to work with the fetal monitors purchased from last year’s Foundation campaign. Together, the two systems use electronic fetal monitoring to create a powerful tool to monitor and protect infants.

Tax deductible donations to the CCHS Foundation’s 2015 fundraising drive will be restricted to the purchase of CMS equipment. For more information on how you can contribute, go to www.casshealth.org, or call CCHS Foundation Director Dawn Marnin at 712-243-7409, or e-mail mardd@casshealth.org.

Creston Water Works Board owes ex-manager more than $77k

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Iowa has ruled that the Creston Water Works Board of Trustees owes its former general manager more than $77,000. The Omaha World-Herald reports 62-year old Steve Green, who was fired by the Board in June 2013, may end up being paid more than $154,000 altogether, including liquidated damages. Green was fired after the Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a report alleging Green took nearly $90,000 in improper or undocumented payments. Green’s attorney says the jury’s decision means they concluded the man had done nothing improper.

No criminal charges were ever filed against Green, in connection with the audit. Green sued the Board in late 2013, alleging a violation of Iowa’s wage laws, and Breach of Contract. He claimed that if he left the Water Works, he would be paid for accrued sick live and vacation hours, which the Board refused to pay. The suit also criticized the auditor’s report as being filled with unsubstantiated conclusions about each of the allegations.

The trial was held earlier this month, in Corydon. In its verdict announced Dec. 16th, the jury found that while the Board owes Green, Green also owed the Water Works $1,961 for excess money paid for the reimbursement of prescription drug expenses.

Green currently resides in the Okoboji area.

Pursuit Sunday morning leads to rollover and arrest

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December 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Sunday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in a pursuit that ended in a rollover accident and arrest of an Adams County man. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says just after 2-a.m., a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 35-year old Jason Adam Oathoudt, of Nodaway.

Oathoudt ignored the deputy, and continued driving eastbound on 265th Street from Villisca, heading towards Nodaway. The vehicle then left the road at 265th & Birch Avenue, causing a property damage, rollover accident. Oathoudt was checked by Villisca Rescue personnel, but refused medical treatment.

He was taken into custody on charges of OWI/1st offense, Felony Eluding, and Speeding 90-miles per hour in a 55-zone. Oathoudt was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Villisca Fire and Rescue, deputies with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office3, and the Red Oak Police Department’s K-9 Unit.