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Schleswig women dies in Crawford County crash, Monday


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A collision between a semi and a car this (Monday) morning in Crawford County has claimed the life of a Schleswig woman. The Iowa State Patrol says 61-year old Margaret Rebecca Irvine, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the crash on Highway 59, about 3-miles north of Denison. Officials say a 2004 International was traveling south on Highway 59 at around 8:35-a.m., when a northbound 1993 Oldsmobile driven by Irvine went out of control on the slick road surface, and crossed the center line. The vehicle was then struck broadside by the truck.

The driver of the truck, 51-year old David Charles Joslin, of Galva, was not injured in the crash.

Adair County Extension Office to move in April

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Extension office is moving. Officials with the Extension office in Greenfield says as of this April, the center of Adair County’s 4-H and Youth programs will be housed in the south portion of the Warren Cultural Center on the Greenfield Square. “We’re really excited about being up there,” says Adair County Extension Council Chairman Randy Caviness. “We see really positive things coming out of this.”

The Extension Service oversees a variety of ag-related programming, including Adair County 4-H, Clover Kids, and Youth Council. It provides pesticide and manure handling training, livestock and crop management education, and Master Gardener programs, as well as partnering with the Neely Kinyon Research Farm for its annual field day. Extension also focuses on area families with the Growing Strong Families program.

It is currently housed in the City Hall Building on South First Street, where it has been for 15 years. The city will use the additional space to accommodate its office needs. “Agriculture is a part of our culture, and that makes the Extension Service a good fit for our mission,” says Nancy Queck, chairman of the Warren Cultural Center project. “They’re more than just a tenant. They’re a vital part of our community and we’re thrilled to have them in the center.”

Patrons of the Extension office will enter via the main entrance to the building. Extension and the WCC will share a receptionist. The Extension Service will utilize other portions of the building for meetings and conferences as needed. “It’s not only good for us, but it will get people into the building that might not o herwise go there,” says Caviness. “It’s a wonderful historic building, and it’s great to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Atlantic Police report an arrest and accident


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said today (Monday), his officers arrested one person and investigated an accident over the weekend. On Sunday, 22-year old Tyler Johnston, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Johnston was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, on Saturday, officers with the Atlantic P-D cited Shannon Schmitt-Boudle, of Atlantic, for Failure to yield while backing onto a highway, after Schmitt began to pull her properly parked vehicle out of a stall and collided with a vehicle driven by Matthew Nielsen, of Exira. The accident happened as Nielsen was traveling north in the 300 block of Chestnut Street, at around 1:30-p.m., Saturday. Damage from the mishap amounted to $8,000.

Arrests and accident reported in Cass County over the past week


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County say four people were arrested over the past week on unrelated charges. Last Thursday, deputies arrested: 27-year old Thomas Lee Curtis, of Red Oak, on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. Curtis was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $5000 bond; 23–year old Travis Derrick Collins, of Cumberland, was arrested Thursday on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Collins was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled not guilty and was released on his own recognizance later that day; and, 39-year old Robert Joseph Dambra, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday on a Cass County Warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. Dambra was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $50,000 bond.

 On Sunday, 70-year old Michael Francis Wagner, of Cumberland, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Simple. Wagner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remained pending a hearing before the magistrate. 

And, on Saturday, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a non-injury accident at 7th Street and Hospital Drive, in Atlantic. Officials say a 2006 Ford Freestar owned and driven by 74-year old Robert Leroy Baker, of Griswold, was attempting a left turn onto Hospital Drive when his vehicle struck an oncoming 2006 Pontiac G6 owned and driven by 66-year old John Allan Carns, of Atlantic. Damages from the accident amounted to $5,500.  Deputies cited Baker for Failing to Yield the Right of Way.

Glenwood man arrested on sex abuse warrant


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County arrested a Glenwood man last week on a warrant charging him with sexual abuse. 19-year old Andrew Mark Schoening was taken into custody January 17th, on a warrant for 3rd degree sexual abuse. Schoening was being held in the Mills County Jail on $10,000 bond.

8AM Newscast 01-23-2012

News, Podcasts

January 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Lenox woman arrested in Adams County


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say an Lenox woman was arrested Sunday night on an OWI charge. 45-year old Mary Holbrook was taken into custody just outside on Lenox on Sycamore Avenue, at around 10:40-p.m..   She was brought to the Adams County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Update 7:29-a.m.: 2 injured in Cass County crash Sunday were illegal immigrants


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released additional details about an accident that occurred Sunday morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Officials said this (Monday) morning, that at around 8:40-a.m., Trooper R. Boyd Burn responded to a report of a van rollover on I-80 near exit 60 (Hwy 71). Witnesses said after the vehicle came to rest, 8 persons fled the scene on foot, while two people who suffered serious injuries, one of them was determined to have suffered critical injuries, including a head trauma and paralysis. Both were transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

Following a search of the area, six of the eight persons in the van were located and transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, for treatment of their injuries. Two other persons were able to acquire taxi service, and were taken to Council Bluffs. The Patrol says agents with ICE (The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency), were contacted. The agents interviewed the  subjects at CCMH and determined they were illegal immigrants en-route to New Jersey.

The persons who went to Council Bluffs were allegedly transporting the eight individuals to New Jersey to secure employment. All six subjects were turned over to ICE agents and transported to Omaha, NE. ICE agents were able to get a ping on the cell phones used by the two persons who went to Council Bluffs, but those individuals remain at large. An investigation into the incident continues.

The State Patrol was assisted in its investigation by deputies with the Cass and Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Fire and Rescue, and ICE agents.

Update 7:18-a.m.: 2 western IA men killed in Greene County crash


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the victims of Sunday’s two-vehicle crash in Greene County. Officials said this (Monday) morning 19-year old Andrew Gordan Jackson, of Orient, 54-year old Dwight Lee Snogren, of Jamaica, and 42-year old David James Muir, of Rippey, died at the scene of the crash on Greene County Road E-57, about a mile west of Rippey.

Officials say a 2002 Pontiac Firebird driven by Muir was traveling east at a high rate of speed at around 1:30-p.m., when the car went out of control, spun around and crossed the centerline of the road, where it was struck on the passenger side, by Snogren’s 2011 Ford F-150 pickup. After the impact, both vehicles entered a ditch and rolled onto their sides.

Neither Muir nor Snogren were wearing their seatbelts. Jackson, who was a passenger in the Firebird was wearing his seatbelt. The accident remains under investigation.

Majority of Iowa roads completely covered with ice and snow

News, Weather

January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 23, 2012: 7 a.m. – All roadways in Iowa, except those in the far southeast corner of the state, are currently reported as completely covered with ice and snow. High winds are causing drifting, reducing visibility and producing periods of whiteout conditions. 
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that covers a large part of the state: extending north of Interstate 80 to the Minnesota state line, east to the Wisconsin/Illinois state lines and west U.S. 59. The advisory remains in effect until noon today. The snow is expected to diminish to flurries this morning from southwest to northeast and end tonight. Gusty northwest winds (up to 36 mph) will cause blowing snow over central and northern Iowa throughout the day. Visibility at times may be reduced to one-half mile or less. 

For the latest road conditions, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide), or follow Twitter @statewideia511.