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Woman seriously injured in Fremont Co. rollover accident

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County investigated a reported car-versus-train accident early Saturday morning. Sheriff’s officials said 20-year old Marissa Ann Robinson (no address given) was ejected from the 2002 Chevy Cavalier she was driving, when it rolled several times after she lost control of the vehicle, as it was traveling south on Main Street, just south of the intersection with Washington Street. The woman was not wearing a seat belt. The car came to rest near the railroad tracks, adjacent to the road. The accident at around 2-a.m.

Officials say they were notified by about the accident by Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway employees, at around 2:08-a.m. When deputies arrived they determined the train was NOT involved in the crash. BNSF employees advised that a white pickup truck was parked nearby. As deputies approach the truck, the vehicle took off.

Robinson was transported by Hamburg Rescue to Grape Community Hospital and later flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Authorities said alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about the case, or any information on any possible witnesses, is asked to call 712-374-2424.

Tide shifting toward Obama in battleground states

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September 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican officials say it’s too early to count him out, but recent polls suggest the electoral map is getting difficult for Mitt Romney. With Election Day about six weeks off, it appears Romney’s recent miscues are costing him in the states expected to be the most competitive this November. Romney has fallen behind President Barack Obama in polls in Virginia and Ohio, and his ability to close in on Obama in Iowa and Wisconsin is now in doubt.

A Washington Post poll of likely Virginia voters shows President Barack Obama leading by 8 percentage points. In the race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes, polls of likely voters by Fox News and NBC each show Obama leading 49 percent to 44 percent. The Fox News poll shows Obama with a 7-point lead in Ohio.

Still, Republican campaign strategist Chris LaCivita of Virginia says the polls seem to be projecting a larger Democratic turnout than he believes will materialize. He says his data “continues to show an extremely competitive race.” Obama is campaigning in Wisconsin today, while Romney plans to attend fundraisers in California.

8AM Newscast 09-22-12

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September 22nd, 2012 by admin

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Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines

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September 22nd, 2012 by admin

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say workers at an ice cream shop in Evansdale captured a 37-year-old man who was threatening to light an explosive. Police say Richard Roney of Washburn was arrested after entering the store around 9:15 last night. Court records say Roney acknowledged that he was planning to rob the 4 Queens Dairy Cream.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Two men have been charged with second-degree robbery and are in jail in Cedar Rapids after police say they were involved in a bank robbery yesterday afternoon. KCRG television reports 18-year-old Kevin Conner and 23-year-old Daniel Straw are being held at the Linn County Jail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former University of Iowa student who attacked an Iowa City police officer has pleaded guilty after making a deal for a lesser charge. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (that 21-year-old Branden Plummer pleaded guilty this morning to willful injury and interference with official acts. He had been charged with attempted murder and willful injury in the attack on Sergeant Brian Krei on November 18th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds begins an economic and cultural mission to Germany on Saturday to discuss trade, education and other topics. Among the government officials she is scheduled to meet with are German Vice Chancellor Philipp Rosler and the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy. The meetings will be in Dresden, Lommatzsch, Leipzig, and Berlin.

Freeze Watch in effect late Saturday night through Sunday morning for nearly all of Iowa

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY TO FALL BELOW 32 DEGREES ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN…NORTHERN AND EAST CENTRAL IOWA. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE NISHNABOTNA RIVER VALLEY AND NORTHERN IOWA COULD FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S.

FROM THE DES MOINES METRO AREA INTO SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY BE MORE LOCALIZED…BUT A FROST IS LIKELY. EXPOSED PLANTS AND TENDER VEGETATION ARE LIKELY TO SUFFER FREEZE DAMAGE OR BE KILLED. PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THEIR PLANTS NEED TO TAKE ACTION BY SATURDAY EVENING.  A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

Griswold woman cited following an accident on Highway 71, Tuesday morning

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In a recently released report, the Iowa State Patrol says a Cass County woman was cited for Failure to Stop within a clear distance, following an accident Tuesday morning, in Audubon County. Officials say 35-year old Shannon Jean Bishop, of Griswold, was cited after the 2000 Ford Taurus she was driving rear-ended a 2003 Oldsmobile driven by 68-year old Jane Jessen, of Exira, as Jessen was braking for a deer on the road. Both vehicles were traveling north on Highway 71 at the time. The accident happened at around 6:30-a.m., near Brayton. Neither woman was injured. Both were wearing their seat belts. Damage from the accident amounted to $6,500.

NE man killed in collision with train, Friday in Fremont County

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Nebraska man died when the pickup he was driving was struck by a train Friday, in Fremont County. 84-year old Robert D. Aksamit, of Nebraska City, NE died at the scene of the crash on Dike Road and 225th Avenue, or about 5-miles west of the Waubonsie State Park. The accident happened just before Noon, Friday, when Aksamit, who was traveling east of Dike Road, failed to yield to a Burlington-Northern Sante Fe train that was traveling north. His 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup was hit on the passenger side by the train.

Arrests and accidents in Atlantic

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 21-year old Alicia Dellaca, of Atlantic, was arrested today (Friday), on charges of Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI), and Driving While Suspended (DWS). Dellaca was booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

On Thursday, officers arrested 33-year old Marryann Kieky, of Atlantic, on 11 counts of forgery, and Dependent Adult Abuse. Also taken into custody, was 40-year old Laura Folau, of Wichita, KS. She was arrested on a warrant for Violation of her Probation. Both women were booked into the Cass County Jail.

The A-PD says also, two accident occurred Thursday, but neither resulted in injuries. One of the accidents happened at around 12:25-p.m., in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Officials say a vehicle driven by Douglas Williams, of Massena, was backing out of a parking stall, when a pedestrian started to walk behind the vehicle. The pedestrian motioned for Williams to continue backing up. As he was doing so, a vehicle driven by Gwenda Basham, of Exira, was backing out of a parking stall behind Williams. She continued backing up, and hit Williams’ vehicle. Damage to the vehicles amounted to $1,900. No citations were issued.

The second accident happened at around 3:55-p.m., Friday, at Iowa Avenue and Clark Street, in Atlantic. Officials say a vehicle driven by Kody Hansen was traveling east on Iowa Avenue, when the vehicle went out of control and entered a ditch, just past Clark Street. Damage to the vehicle amounted to $10,000. Hansen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

79 IA Communities named Water Fluoridation Quality Award recipients

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today (Friday), that 79 Iowa communities have been recognized by the CDC as Water Fluoridation Quality Award recipients. Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2011. Among the communities honored by the CDC was: Anita, Atlantic, Audubon, Bayard, Carroll, Carson, Casey,  Elk Horn, Greenfield, Griswold,  Harlan, Logan, Minden,  Onawa, Red Oak, Shenandoah, and Villisca. The West Central Rural Water Association, which serves several communities, was also honored.

IDPH State Public Health Dental Director, Dr. Bob Russell said “We are pleased that so many Iowa communities have achieved this measure of excellence in their water fluoridation programs. Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective means available for avoiding tooth decay, preventing at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults.”

Nationally, 2500 water systems in 33 states received the awards, which is a significant increase in the number of participating states and water systems from previous years. For more information on the IDPH Fluoridation program, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/fluoridation.asp. For information about the benefits of fluoridation, see www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/benefits/background.htm.

Villisca student’s toes run over in Friday accident

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A 13-year old student at the Villisca Community School District suffered minor injuries when his foot was run over by a vehicle that was in the process of backing up. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Austin Micah Peligrini‘s toes on his right foot were run over by a car driven by 16-year old Kelsi Jean Vannausdle, at around 8:25-a.m.

An investigation revealed a 2004 Chevy pickup owned by Dennis Sunderman, of Villisca, was legally parked near the intersection of 3rd Street and 4th Avenue in Villisca. A 1999 Mercury Sable owned by Brenda Lynn Vannausdle, and driven by Kesli Vannausdle, was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection, when for reasons unknown, the teen began to back away from the stop sign, and in the process, hit the left rear of Sunderman’s pickup.

During the course of the accident, Austin Peligrini was standing near the parked Sunderman vehicle. When Vannausdle began to back up, Peligrini had to take evasive action to avoid being pinned between the two vehicles. Even so, the toes of his right foot were run over by the Vannausdle car. The teen was examined at the scene by Villisca EMS, and released back to school officials after they consulted with his parents.

Sunderman’s pickup sustained $2,000 damage during the accident, while damage to the Sable was estimated at $500. Kelsi Jean Vannausdle was cited for Failure to Prove Security Against Liability (or, failure to provide proof of insurance).