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Iowa News Headlines: Mon., March 12th 2012


March 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa’s Linn County are now accepting text message tips about crimes. Anyone can now send text message tips to 274637 with the number 5227 in the subject line to reach the Linn County Crime Stoppers.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A wild turkey has created traffic trouble in Cedar Rapids, so experts are trying to relocate the bird. Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that the bird likes to strut across busy streets in the northeast part of the city. The director of the Blackhawk County Wildlife Project says she’s working to relocate the turkey once he can be apprehended.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State earned a Number 8 seed for the NCAA tournament and will play ninth-seeded Connecticut in Louisville on Thursday. It’s the first NCAA tournament bid in seven years for the Cyclones. The Iowa Hawkeyes will host Dayton in the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday. And Northern Iowa also earned an NIT bid. The Panthers will play at second-seeded St. Joseph’s on Wednesday.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Jim Flanery waited a long time for this moment. In his 10th season at Creighton and after a bunch of close misses, he finally gets a chance to coach in the NCAA tournament. “We’re thrilled to be here,” Flanery said after the Bluejays beat Drake 53-38 in the Missouri Valley Conference women’s tournament final yesterday in St. Charles, Missouri. Omaha-based Creighton’s men’s basketball team is also headed to the NCAA tournament.

Audubon City Council to hold budget hearing Monday


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Monday evening in Audubon, with regard to the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget. A resolution approving the budget will follow the hearing, which begins just after 7-p.m.

In other business, the Council will hear about tornado preparedness, a golf cart ordinance, and act on a resolutiuon establishing employee compensation practices. Additional discussion will cover an ordinance banning parking in yards, within the Audubon City limits.

Massena City Council to meet Monday


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Massena City Council will meet in a regular session Monday, beginning at 7-p.m. During the meeting, the Council will receive an update on the Sewer/Water system from MSA Professionals, discuss and possibly act on a bid for a High Service Pump, and act on removing former fire chief Chris Blaine from the City’s credit card.

In other business, the Council in Massena will discuss and possible act on: Electronic community events and/or “Welcome” entrance signs; Improvements to Centennial Park; Franchise Agreements; and Agreement between the City and Railroad Management, LLC; and, nuisance properties and junkyards.

Atlantic Pursuit ends with injury accident Sunday morning


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 4-p.m. 3-11-12 w/corrected vehicle description & pictures)

A traffic stop in the vicinity of 7th and Walnut early this (Sunday) morning ended with a chase and a crash on the west side of town.

Chevy HHR involved in chash & crash Sunday (3-11-12)

 Atlantic Police chased a silver Chevy HHR to an area just west of the Salvation Army Thrift Store on West 7th Street, where the vehicle went out of control and crashed into a large piece of agricultural equipment on the north side of 7th Street/Highway 6, belonging to Lindeman Tractor. The accident happened at around 3:35-a.m.

The male driver of the vehicle suffered trauma to his head, but was reportedly out of the vehicle and walking when Atlantic Rescue and Medivac were dispatched to the scene. The unidentified man was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police Chief Steve Green has confirmed the man was transported from CCMH by Lifenet Helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha.

2nd picture of HHR

 A report on his condition is not available from the hospital due to privacy restrictions. Green said additional information would be released Monday.

The incident remained under investigation, Sunday.

Home invasion-type incident reported in Villisca Thursday night


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department investigated a home invasion-type incident Thursday night, in Villisca. Sheriff’s officials reported this weekend a 9-1-1 call was received at about 9:40-p.m. Thursday, from a woman who said that a white man wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask attempted to confront her when she entered the back door of her residence. The woman ran from the home and call authorities.

A Sheriff’s Deputy on the scene within three-minutes cleared the residence. Authorities believe the suspect ran out the back of the residence. Red Oak Police and a Montgomery County K-9 Unit assisted in a search for the suspect.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001. Authorities are also asking people in the area to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in and around their residence.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., March 11, 2012


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An education reform bill will likely come before the Iowa House next week, and most expect lawmakers to approve a measure including new student tests and tougher teacher standards. Republican Representative Greg Forristall, chairman of the House Education Committee, says he expects the House to pass a bill supported by Governor Terry Branstad.

CARSON, Iowa (AP) — The Riverside School District in Carson, Iowa is making a desperate plea to local voters for a new high school. School officials tell Omaha television station KETV that the current high school is falling apart, but two bond measures to fund a new building have failed. In February, 55 percent of Riverside patrons said yes to a new school, but the initiative needed 60 percent to pass.

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A Charles City man is dead following a crash in northeastern Iowa’s Chickasaw County. The Iowa State Patrol says that 77-year-old Duane Vick was driving in New Hampton when he veered into a ditch and his van caught fire around 4 a.m. Thursday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman is alive after police pulled her from a burning home. Michelle Bock thought her 4-year-old and 18-month-old granddaughters were still inside a second-floor bedroom when she ran back inside her burning home on Friday. Emergency responders found Bock unconscious at the top of the stairs and took her to a hospital. Everyone else made it out of the burning home unhurt.

Iowa school pleads with voters for new school


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CARSON, Iowa (AP) — The Riverside School District in Carson, is making a desperate plea to local voters for a new high school. School officials tell Omaha, Neb., television station KETV that the current high school is falling apart, but two bond measures to fund a new building have failed. In February, 55 percent of Riverside patrons said yes to a new school, but the initiative needed 60 percent to pass. Some patrons have said it would be cheaper to renovate the current building, but district Superintendent Jim Sutton says putting more money into such an outdated building would be a waste. The bond that failed in February would have raised $13 million. District officials say building a new school would cost $21 million.

Iowa Health Dept. says RSV cases on the rise


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Health says cases of respiratory syncytial virus, commonly known as RSV, are on the rise in central Iowa. Department media relations specialist Amy Varcoe tells Des Moines television station KCCI that her infant has even had the virus. RSV doesn’t cause serious problems for older children and adults, but it can cause life-threatening respiratory infections in some infants. For children under a year, it’s the most common cause of pneumonia and an inflammation of the small airways.

Special Weather Statement for West Central/Central IA

News, Weather

March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(issued 9:54-a.m. Sat., March 10 2012)

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says there is a very high fire danger today across parts of west central/central and south central Iowa. In our area, this includes: Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Adams, Madison, Dallas, Union, Taylor and Ringgold Counties.

Officials say the combination of strong gusty winds, warm temperatures and low humidity, along with already dry vegetation, will result in a very high fire danger today. That means fires can quickly get out of control and spread rapidly.

Avoid burning outdoors if at all possible, today. If you must burn, notify your local fire department, manage fires very closely and do not leave fires unattended. When finished with your intended burn, make sure the fire is completely out, to avoid the possibility of smoldering embers reigniting a blaze.

As a reminder, the Grassland Fire Danger Index for Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties, is in the EXTREME category today.

Meeting to be held Monday in South Sioux City, NE, on MO River Flooding


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King and other officials will hold a Town Hall meeting Monday afternoon in South Sioux City, NE, to discuss last year’s flooding on the Missouri River, and legislation King has proposed which affects the Army Corps of Engineers. The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place 2-p.m. Monday, in the Cardinal Room at the Marina Inn Conference Center (385 E. 4th St.). 

Joining King for the town hall meeting, is South Sioux City, Nebraska Mayor William McLarty. A bill proposed by King would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase the amount of storage space in the Missouri River’s Reservoir System that’s dedicated to flood control. If passed and enacted into law, King says the bill would provide protection against future episodes of significant downstream flooding. 

The flooding in 2011 caused significant damage throughout the Missouri River basin. The Congressman from Kiron says his legislation is intended to prevent a repeat in the future of the widespread and costly destruction experienced last year.