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2 house fires in Atlantic overnight

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Fire 3

Fire near 4th and Locust Streets Monday morning. Ric Hanson/photo

(Update 8:57-a.m)

Firefighters in Atlantic responded to two separate house fires overnight Sunday into early this (Monday) morning.

Ric Hanson, photos

Ric Hanson, photos

Fire1 The latest, a fire at 107 W. 4th Street, was reported today (Monday), at 2:23-a.m.  Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News there was heavy black smoke visible upon arrival and flames coming out the back of the single-story home. Search and Rescue entered the house and discovered no-one was home.

McNees said later the home was vacant because the tenant had moved out this past week.

Atlantic Fire Dept. photo (from their FaceBook page) - rear view of the house.

Atlantic Fire Dept. photo (from their FaceBook page) – rear view of the house.

McNees said the cause of the fire remained undetermined early this morning. He said the scene of the fire was in the back porch area, near the kitchen. An electrical box was found in that general vicinity, but it was unclear if that’s where the fire started.

The second fire at 501 Peach Street in the Sycamore Village area, occurred at around 8:35-p.m. Sunday, and remains under investigation.

Red Oak man arrested for Public Intox

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one person Sunday evening on a charge of Public Intoxication. 60-year old James Donald Uhlmann, Sr., of Red Oak, was arrested at around 7:15-p.m. in the 2400 block of North 8th Street, and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Mobile Home fire in Atlantic

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a fire in a mobile home Sunday night, in Atlantic. The call about the fire at 501 Peach Street came in at around 8:36-p.m.

Ric Hanson photos

Ric Hanson photos

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said when they arrived on the scene, some clothing was on fire on the ground outside the home. Inside the home, there were visible flames on the west end and heavy black smoke coming out of both sides. Firefighters were able to knock the flames down quickly.

The cause of the fire was deemed suspicious, according to McNees, because a domestic situation had occurred earlier, and it wouldn’t have taken much to cause any fire to spread quickly. That’s because there was “Plenty of fuel” in terms of clothing in the bedroom, where it’s believed the fire started.IMG_20140330_205949_914

The couple who shared the home were being interviewed by police Sunday evening.

Funeral services set for Griswold teen killed in weekend accident

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Funeral services are set for a Griswold teen who died during a rollover accident this past weekend, southeast of Griswold. Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold reports a Rosary and visitation for 18-year old Austin Oldenkamp will begin 4-pm Wednesday at the Griswold Community Building, and a Mass of Christian Burial service will be held Friday, in Sioux City (You can view the funeral announcement on kjan.com or listen for our reports weekday mornings).

The teen died late Saturday morning during a single-vehicle rollover  accident on 570th Street, about two-miles south of Highway 92. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Corey Larsen told KJAN News Oldenkamp was traveling northbound in a 2006 Chevy Monte Carol, when for reasons unknown, he lost control of the car. The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled twice before coming to rest upright. Oldenkamp was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Cass County woman arrested in Montgomery County Saturday

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of a Cass County woman Saturday evening. Officials say Robin Jennings, of Atlantic, was arrested for felony OWI 3rd offense following a traffic stop. Her bond was set at $5,000.

WIND ADVISORIES IN EFFECT MON. AND PART OF TUES.

News, Weather

March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY COUNTIES: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT MONDAY FROM 10-A.M. UNTIL 10-P.M.
MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY COUNTIES: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON MONDAY TO 1 AM CDT TUESDAY.

* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE BY NOON MONDAY AND WILL LINGER UNTIL AROUND MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT.

* WINDS…SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS INCREASING MONDAY MORNING TO AROUND 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH…BECOMING WEST…THEN NORTHWEST BY MONDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…WINDS THIS STRONG WILL MAKE DRIVING OF HIGH PROFILE OR LIGHT VEHICLES DIFFICULT ON EAST TO WEST ROADS. BLOWING DUST AND OTHER DEBRIS COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS. LOOSE OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS WILL BE TOSSED AROUND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Red Flag Warning until 8-pm Sunday; Fire Weather Watch Mon. afternoon

News, Weather

March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE

346 PM CDT SUN MAR 30 2014 …RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA… …

FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA.

2 Scouts hurt in Council Bluffs explosion Thursday, released from hospital

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Daily NonPareil report two Council Bluffs Boy Scouts who were burned in an explosion Thursday evening were released Saturday from St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. Jared Holcomb, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, and Scott Brown, a junior at Abraham Lincoln — were among a group of scouts who were working a project involving gun powder for a spring ceremony.

The explosion occurred at a home at 205 Kingsridge Drive. Fire officials said four other people suffered minor injuries.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT:Elevated Fire Danger this afternoon

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES:  SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD
603 AM CDT SUN MAR 30 2014

    …ELEVATED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON…

STRONG SOUTH WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS NEAR 40 MPH AT
TIMES…WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS MORNING AND
AFTERNOON. THE GUSTY WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH EARLY EVENING. IN
ADDITION…RATHER DRY AIR IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA WITH
RELATIVE HUMIDITY FALLING TO AROUND 30 TO 35 PERCENT AT TIMES
TODAY FROM NOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING. THIS WILL LEAD TO AN
ENHANCED FIRE DANGER…WITH ANY FIRES THAT START EXPECTED TO
SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED TODAY.

SIMILAR CONDITIONS WILL RETURN TO SOUTHWEST AREAS MONDAY WITH
GUSTY WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY.

Woman injured during rollover accident near Council Bluffs

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March 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was seriously injured during a rollover accident Saturday evening, on the southern outskirts of Council Bluffs. The Iowa State Patrol says 46-year old Cynthia Devault, of Council Bluffs, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha following the crash on Interstate 29 southbound near Lake Manawa, at around 6:10-p.m., Saturday.

Officials say for reasons unknown, Devault’s 2007 Chevy Impala swerved to the right across both lanes of traffic and entered the southbound ditch before rolling up and over a dirt berm and coming to rest on its top.

The accident happened at around the 46.25-mile marker.