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Minor injury accident on I-80 in Cass County, Sunday evening

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A passenger in a vehicle driven by a Washington State man suffered minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident Sunday evening on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by 23-year old Joseph Gregerson, of Des Moines, rear-ended a 2009 Honda Civic, driven by 46-year old Jerry Hagerstrom, of Edmonds, WA. A passenger in the Honda, 31-year old Melissa Hagerstrom, also of Edmonds, WA, suffered minor injuries but was treated at the scene by a Medivac Ambulance crew, and did not require transport to the hospital. The accident happened at around 6:20-p.m., as both vehicles were traveling east on I-80, about a mile west of the Elk Horn, or Highway 173 exit. The Patrol’s report did not indicate if any citations were issued.

Red Oak man injured during hunting accident in southern Iowa

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a Red Oak man was injured Sunday morning while hunting deer west of Indianola. 58-year old Miles Sagen was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen, according to Allen Crouse, recreational safety officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sagen was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

During the preliminary investigation of the incident, Crouse said it was impossible to see someone more than 100 yards away because of the dense fog, even if the person was wearing blaze orange. He  strongly urges hunters to “Reconsider hunting” in conditions where dense fog is present, because “It just isn’t safe.”

The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.

Shenandoah man arrested Saturday for possessing a gun as a felon

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer, Sunday, said deputies from his county arrested a Shenandoah man Saturday afternoon. 43-year old Thomas Duane Ayres was arrested for allegedly being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Class-D felony offense. Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of officers with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, took Ayres into custody a little before 4:30-p.m. Saturday.

Ayres was transported to the Page County Sheriff’s Office where he later posted bond and was released.  A court date has not yet been set.

(Updated) 2 die, 1 hurt in Woodbury County plane crash

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Two of the three people on board a small plane that crashed in northwest Iowa have been identified.  Authorities say Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, was flying the plane when it crashed into a farm field 2 1/2 miles south of Correctionville around 8 p.m.   Knaack’s two passengers died in the crash, and Knaack sustained serious burns.

Former Anthon Fire Chief Mike Berning says longtime firefighter Lee Schroeder was one of the passengers killed in the crash. Schroeder was scheduled to portray Santa Claus at a town celebration next weekend.  Authorities have not yet identified the other passenger.

The 70-year-old Knaack was taken to a Sioux City hospital and later transferred to a burn center in Lincoln. Saint Elizabeth spokeswoman Betty Thompson says Knaack was in critical condition Sunday.

Bluffs man arrested Sat. on an assault charge in Adams County

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Council Bluffs man was arrested Saturday evening on an assault charge. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 22-year old Gary Blakeman was arrested following an investigation into a report someone became combative and allegedly assaulted an individual. The victim suffered minor injuries during the incident. Blakeman was subsequently arrested at around 6:15-p.m. and brought to the Adams County Jail, where he was being held on a charge of Simple Assault. His bond was set at $300.

2 dead in NW Iowa plane crash

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people are dead following the crash of a small plane Saturday night in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County. According to the Sioux City Journal, the crash happened in a location south of Correctionville, on or near Highway 31, at around 8-p.m. Those who died were said to have been passengers on the plane. The pilot was injured and driven to a Sioux City Hospital after heavy fog in the area forced a medical evacuation helicopter to be grounded.

The National Weather Service began issuing dense fog advisories in northwest Iowa as early as 7:40 p.m. Saturday, but it’s not clear if weather played a role in the crash. No other details are currently available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 2nd 2012

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad’s administration has proposed freezing wages and increasing health care costs for 20,000 state workers in negotiations with state employee unions. But Danny Homan, president of the state workers’ union, scoffed at the proposal and says Branstad is out to score political points.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat who lost an Iowa House seat by just 22 votes on Election Day has called off a recount of the votes she had earlier sought. Susan Judkins of Clive called off the recount Friday in the Iowa House District 43 race in suburban Des Moines. That leaves Republican incumbent Chris Hagenow as the winner. House District 43 includes the city of Windsor Heights as well as portions of Clive and West Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City landlord accused of peeping at tenants in their showers has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of invasion of privacy. Sixty-three-year-old Elwyn Miller pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. Miller was arrested October 31st when police were called to one of his rental properties by a woman who told police that Miller been watching her through a peephole in her shower.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs. The H3N2v influenza A strain was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1 injured during single vehicle accident in Shelby County Saturday evening

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was sent to the hospital following a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening south of Elk Horn, in Shelby County. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Janet Snyder, of Elk Horn, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Elk Horn Rescue, following the accident which happened at around 5:15-p.m on Highway 173, just north of Interstate 80. The Patrol says according to witnesses, Snyder’s 2002 Ford Explorer left the road slowly just past a residence at 146 State Highway 173 and continued well into a corn field before coming to rest. Officials say it appears the accident occurred when Snyder suffered from some sort of medical condition.

Cedar County child diagnosed with swine flu

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that the H3N2v influenza A strain was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says the child, who has since recovered, had not been in contact with swine, one of the modes of transmission.

Quinlisk says health professionals in the Cedar County area are being asked to take more specimens for testing from people who might have the flu. Quinlisk says three Iowa children had the same strain in November 2011. All recovered.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. Local/State News 12/1/12

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December 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….