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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., March 23rd 2015

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill in the Iowa Legislature would expand some time-off entitlements for adoptive parents. The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some form of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who’s adopted a child in the past 12 months. The Senate has passed the measure, and supporters are pushing it in the House.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A hotel in western Iowa had to be evacuated for several hours yesterday after carbon monoxide levels spiked in the pool area and several guests became dizzy. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment and two others needed oxygen at the Council Bluffs hotel. Guests were allowed back in after the carbon monoxide was cleared out.

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com )

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 46-year-old Texas man has been arrested in connection with a scheme to collect a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot that was won in 2010. Earlier this year, an Iowa man who worked for a lottery company was arrested after authorities say he violated state law when he bought the $14.3 million ticket and then tried to get others to help him claim it. Authorities say the Texas man will be brought to Iowa to face fraud charges.

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points and the second-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 87-68 win over No. 7 seed Iowa. The Hawkeyes couldn’t overcome the Bullsdogs’ efficient offensive performance in the first 20 minutes of yesterday’s game. Jared Uthoff led Iowa with 20, and Aaron White added 19.

Creston man arrested in Adams County

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County said Sunday, a Union County man sought by sheriff’s deputies in that county, was arrested Thursday night  on charges that include OWI/2nd offense and Driving While Suspended. 38-year old Robert Hiatt, of Creston,  was taken into custody just before midnight and brought to the Adams County jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.

Iowa Legislature considers bill on adoption leave benefits

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Iowa, adoptive parents are closely watching a bill in the Legislature that would expand some time-off entitlements when they bring a child home. The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some forms of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who’s adopted a child in the past 12 months.

The Senate passed the measure Thursday. Rep. Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola, is seeking bipartisan support in the House. Most people in the country rely on private benefits or unpaid leave through federal law for the birth or adoption of a child. Iowa could become one of the only states requiring some time-off entitlements for adoptive parents.

Iowa man killed in 2-vehicle Omaha crash, 4 others hurt

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man was killed in a two-vehicle crash while his brother was driving this weekend, and four others were hurt. Police say the crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday,  in northeast Omaha. A Chevrolet Impala was struck by a Buick Lucerne in the intersection of 30th and Lake streets. The Chevrolet, which was driving faster than the 30 mph limit, spun and hit a metal pole.

21-year old Nickales Bywater of Pacific Junction, was riding in the backseat of the Chevrolet before the crash. He was critically hurt and died at the hospital. The Chevrolet was driven by 19-year-old Jordan Bywater of Council Bluffs. He and two other people were injured in the crash.

A passenger in the Buick sustained minor injuries and the driver wasn’t hurt.

SE Iowa man dies, woman & child are injured in a crash Sunday morning in Montgomery County

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and two others, all from southeast Iowa were injured, during a crash early this (Sunday) morning east of Stanton, in Montgomery County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora, 23-year old Brandon L. Perez, of Ft. Madison, who was wearing a seat belt, died in the crash just west of Viking Lake State Park. Two passengers, 30-year old Hilary J. Knox, and a 3-year old child, both from Ft. Madison, were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over. Neither were wearing their seat belts. Both were flown by LifeNet Helicopter to hospitals in Nebraska. Knox was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, while the child was flown to Childrens Methodist Hospital.

The Patrol says the car was traveling west on Highway 34 near Q Avenue at around 2:10-a.m., when the wheels slipped off onto the shoulder. Perez over-corrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road and enter the south ditch where it rolled several times before coming to rest on its top.

Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation.

5 injured when Red Oak Police car collides w/passenger vehicle

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Five people suffered minor injuries Saturday, when two vehicles, one of them a Red Oak Police cruiser, collided at around 3:45-p.m. The Red Oak Police Department reports Reserve Police Officer Colin M. Weaver was traveling east on Highway 34 near the intersection with Eastern Avenue, when he saw a vehicle going in the opposite direction commit a traffic infraction. When Weaver attempted to negotiate a U-turn to initiate a traffic stop, the 2010 Ford Crown Victoria he was driving collided with a 200o Ford Focus that was traveling behind him that was driven by Angela Booker, of Stanton.

Four people in the Focus were transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for examination of possible, minor injuries. They were treated and later released. Reserve Officer Weaver was also transported to the hospital for examination of possible, minor injuries and toxicology screenings. He was also, later released.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage during the collision, and will most likely be deemed a total loss. Red Oak Fire and Rescue and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation, by the Iowa State Patrol.

Metabolic Syndrome Focus of Next Healthy U

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System will continue with its ” Healthy U” lunch series on Thursday, March 26th with “Metabolic Syndrome: What You Need to Know. Tammy Birline, ARNP and Emily Krengel, Registered Dietician, both with CCHS,  will present the program. Tammy says “We’ll discuss the risk factors and complications for Metabolic Syndrome as well as diet and lifestyle changes that can make an impact on your health.”

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of medical conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Typically, it involves high blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat, and high cholesterol levels. According to the American Heart Association, “Individuals with metabolic syndrome have about a two-fold increase in risk for heart attack or stroke when compared with individuals who do not have metabolic syndrome.”

Healthy U is a free lunch series that focuses on a different health topic each month. Attendees receive a free lunch in addition to an educational program presented by medical professionals. Future topics include podiatry, caring for children, dementia, and joint health. The lunch program will be held at noon March 26th in Conference Room 2 at CCHS. For more information, or to make a reservation for the March 26th Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

Pott. County man arrested for attempted murder

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a Council Bluffs man was arrested Thursday on attempted murder and other charges. The Daily NonPareil says according to Council Bluffs Police Department records, 54-year old Christopher C. McNeal, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at 6:10-p.m. Thursday at his residence, on a warrant for attempted murder, willful injury causing serious bodily injury, assault and first-degree burglary.

No other details were released.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 22nd 2015

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — There are some Democrats in Iowa who aren’t all that “Ready for Hillary.” So far, there’s little evidence they’re ready for Martin O’Malley, either. The former Maryland governor says, “I think it’s because they haven’t met me yet.” O’Malley spent this past weekend campaigning in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Polk County women are suing the city of Des Moines over its use of automated traffic cameras. The Des Moines Register reports that Sarah Brooks and Michelle Bullock are seeking class action status for their lawsuit, filed against the city and Gatso USA, which runs the traffic cameras. The lawsuit says the city’s use of the cameras violates their fundamental right to travel granted in the U.S. and Iowa constitutions.

LAKE MILLS, Iowa (AP) — The Lake Mills School Board is expected to soon pick a new superintendent. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the board could make a decision on the district’s next superintendent by early next week.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a former Council Bluffs high school math teacher accused of sexually abusing two students has been delayed. The 29-year-old Daugherty was arrested in January following reports that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who was his student. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports he was arrested again in February after a second student reported abuse. Daugherty resigned from his teaching position at Thomas Jefferson High School on February 3rd.

Carroll man charged w/vehicular homicide in connection w/Nov. 2014 crash

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Carroll County faces a Felony, Vehicular Homicide by OWI charge, in connection with a Nov. 2014 accident just north of Coon Rapids, that took the life of a passenger in his vehicle. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Friday for 32-year old Jason Michael Watson, of Carroll. The man was taken into custody and was being held in the Carroll County Jail on $75,000 bond.
A complaint filed in Carroll County District Court alleges Watson did unlawfully and unintentionally cause the death of 43-year old Evon Eastman, of Moorhead, MN, by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drugs or a combination of such substances, and while having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
Officials say Watson was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer southbound on Velvet Avenue at around 7:30-p.m. on Nov. 5th, 2014, when he lost control of the SUV, causing it to roll several times. Eastman was ejected as the vehicle rolled over. She died from her injuries at the hospital in Carroll.  Watson suffered significant injuries in the crash and was later transported from Carroll by helicopter to a hospital in Des Moines.