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8AM Newscast 01-26-2012

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January 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 01-26-2012

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January 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Special Weather Statement for parts of Western/West Central & SW IA

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Including Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie, Sac & Taylor Counties…

Dense Fog has reduced visibilities to between 3-and 5-miles northwest of a line from Waterloo-to-Des Moines-and Creston. Road temperatures over locations north of I-80 and west of I-35 are near or below freezing, and there is a potential for frost or ice to form from the fog. This would make roads slick in spots, for your morning commute.

Drive with caution!

Corning man arrested on Public Intox charge

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 25-year old Andrew Olson, of Corning, was arrested at around 2:30 this (Thursday) morning, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Officials say he was taken into to custody after allegedly trying to hide from law enforcement approaching him on foot. The Sheriff’s Office says Olson also became loud and belligerent and refused to follow deputies’ commands.

Montgomery County arrest report

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Stanton man was arrested at around 2:45 this (Thursday) morning on OWI and other charges. 24-year old Lucas J. Bogart was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Corning Street in Red Oak. The stop was initiated after authorities received word several, allegedly intoxicated persons were seen traveling in a vehicle matching the one being driven by Bogart. A sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle cross the centerline of the road and make an improper turn. Bogart failed a Field Sobriety Test and was brought to the Montgomery County Jail on the OWI charge. In addition, he was cited for Failure to have a valid driver’s license and issued a warning for driving Left of Center. Bogart was being held in the jail on a $1,000 bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also reports 22-year old Sara A. Billie, of Clarinda, was arrested Wednesday, on a warrant for violating her probation, in association with an original charge of 5th degree theft. The woman was located by authorities in Clarinda, and transported to Montgomery County, where she was being held on an $850 cash only bond.

And, 28-year old David M. Wright, of Villisca, was arrested Tuesday, on a Simple Misdemeanor charge of Obstruction of Emergency Communications, after the Montgomery County Comm Center received a call from a residence in Villisca. While on the line, Wright allegedly interferred with the alleged victim on numerous occasions, by securing the phones in the home, as well as physically damaging them to prevent calls from going out or coming in. Wright was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $300 bond.

Investigators: Harlan woman killed in I-80 crash Jan. 13th near Avoca, was texting

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan woman who died January 13th when her vehicle crossed the median of Interstate 80 and was hit broadside by a semi near Avoca, was apparently texting her boyfriend just moments before the crash. Investigators with the Iowa State Patrol say texting and driving was likely the major contributing factor in a crash that killed 22-year-old Nikki Johnston.

The woman’s family told authorities she had texted her boyfriend at 12:53 p.m., asking him what she wore on their first date. Minutes later, her boyfriend texted her a picture from their first date. Johnston received that text at the same time as the first 911 call from the scene of the crash near Avoca. That call came from the driver of a vehicle which was directly behind Johnston.

Investigators said Johnston lost control of her car and went through a grass median before a semi-truck heading east broadsided her at about 70 mph.Johnston died on impact. Family members said she was on her way to work at Tac Air in Omaha at the time of the crash.Her phone was found intact.Investigators said they conducted several tests and ruled out a mechanical malfunction as an explanation for the crash. They said texting was likely the major contributing factor.

Johnston’s family told Omaha television station KETV, they don’t want to believe texting caused the crash that killed their oldest daughter, and they think there’s more to the crash than distracted driving.

88 dogs rescued from squaller in Sac County

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) say 88 dogs living in deplorable conditions were removed from a property near Kiron, in Sac County, Wednesday.

Cocker Spaniel w/matted hair before being treated (Courtesy ARL)

 The conditions caused the dogs, most of which were Cocker Spaniels, to suffer from severely matted hair and other health problems. The animals have since been moved to ARL shelters in Des Moines, Carroll, Boone, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City.

Officials say six of the dogs may be pregnant. A total of 18 will remain with the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines to undergo veterinary care and grooming, officials said. Once healthy, the dogs will be put up for adoption. League officials say donations of money and dry dog and puppy food will help cover veterinary expenses.

Same dog, after hair trimmed and cleaned up (Courtesy ARL of IA)

West Harrison H.S. Principal accused of de-panting female student

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Harrison County have been called to investigate an alleged incident involving a teenaged girl and the principal of the West Harrison High School, in Mondamin. Sheriff Patrick Sears said school officials called his office after a  freshman at the high school accused her principal of pulling her pants down to her knees in front of fellow students. School officials are not talking about the Friday afternoon incident.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the incident involved 15-year old Callie Merriman,  who plays guard on the girls basketball team, and Principal Mike Loftin, who coaches the varsity squad. Merriman told the paper the team was about to board a bus for a game when the incident allegedly took place. The teen was wearing warm-up pants but had forgotten her shorts at home that day. She said she went home to grab them, but they were still in her purse. Merriman and some teammates were leaving the girls locker room, and she says when she came out, she was standing by the boys locker room, the coach was talking, and she said – quote – “I guess he meant it as a joke and just yanked at my warm-up pants.” The girl says she screamed she wasn’t wearing any pants underneath the warmups, which went down to her knees. She said she immediately went to the ground try to hide her underwear and pulled her pants back up. On the bus after the incident, Merriman said Loftin apologized repeatedly and offered to buy her candy.

Superintendent Joel Foster would not comment and declined to say whether Loftin was still employed or had been suspended, describing the incident as a personnel matter. He did tell The World-Herald that Loftin had worked for the district for about a year and a half. The district’s website indicates Loftin is principal of grades 7-12. Merriman said Loftin has not been seen at the school since the incident. Loftin reportedly told an Omaha television station school officials suspended him pending while an investigation into the alleged incident is being conducted by the sheriff’s office. He said the allegations were blown out of proportion.

No charges have been filed.

Worker injured in backhoe accident in Iowa

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January 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the operator of a backhoe was injured when the machine tipped over and landed in a small body of water near Crescent in western Iowa. The Pottawattamie County sheriff’s office reports two men were working with the backhoe Wednesday morning when the accident happened. Officials say one man was trapped inside the water-filled cab and his co-worker had to break to glass of the cab to get him out. The operator was taken to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia and cuts to his hands from the glass.

County still dealing with Council Bluffs levees

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January 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Pottawattamie County supervisors are starting over on the nagging question of who’s responsible for repairing the levees north of Council Bluffs. The levees had about a dozen breeches during summer flooding on the Missouri River. However, since the county doesn’t own them and didn’t provide maintenance before the flooding, just who can apply for federal or state funding to fix the problems remains up in the air. Supervisor Scott Belt told the board Tuesday that after the county was told it can’t receive help, government agencies are still asking for information. County Engineer John Rasmussen says he continues to gather information, and if agencies request it, he sends it. The county continues to explore developing a levee district to deal with the repairs.