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(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 2/5/2015

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area news from Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/5/2015

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news, and funeral announcements, w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Local trails group asks Atlantic City Council for funding of Connector Trail

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, listened to a presentation from a representative with the Nishna Valley Trails (NVT) group, and their request for $50,000 in funding to help in their efforts to continue progress on the “Troublesome Creek Connector Trail.”

Dave Chase speaks to the Atlantic City Council.

Dave Chase speaks to the Atlantic City Council.

Dave Chase said last summer, the group applied for and received a $96,000 Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) Grant, for the organization’s latest project. It was one of seven out of 24 projects that had applied for and received funding from the state for cities the size of Atlantic.

The $550,000 project involves the construction of about a 1.5-mile recreational trail and the use of a 12-foot wide single-span pedestrian bridge. The bridge itself has not yet been purchased. Chase said the group has raised more than half the funds needed to purchase the bridge needed to span Troublesome Creek, through a Community Drive, which has brought in a little over $50,000 since Christmas. He said the group has also filed a number of grant applications, but even if those are approved, it still won’t be enough to help complete the project, which is why NVT came to the City of Atlantic to ask for additional help.

Chase and City Administrator John Lund discussed the possibility of using a portion of the Community Progress Fund which is derived from the Local Option Sales Tax, to leverage more of the grant funds.  If the City Council should approve the $50,000 matching funds request, it would be combined with $50,000 from the County, which Chase said he intends to pursue as well. He said their goal is to raise all the necessary funds by this spring, with bid-letting at the same time, and construction getting underway this fall. He said the engineering aspect of the project has been completed.

The City of Atlantic’s Community Promotion Commission is set to consider a request from NVT for $10,000, during their meeting at Noon, today (Thursday).

Broken gas line causes fatal house fire in Atlantic

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A broken gas line is to blame for an explosion and fire in Atlantic late Wednesday night that claimed the life of one person and resulted in serious injuries to another. Firefighters were called to 604 Olive Street (Denise’s Taxi Service) at around 10:08-p.m.  When crews arrived on the scene they knew they had victims trapped. A female victim was found upstairs. The woman was unresponsive and underwent CPR before being transported to the hospital in Atlantic and later flown to a trauma center in Omaha. A male victim was found deceased in the second floor bathroom.Fire2

Ric Hanson (photo)

Ric Hanson (photo)

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said neighbors told him they heard a loud “boom” prior to noticing the flames. Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office used that information and spent the night combing through the home trying to determine the cause. He says they discovered a natural gas pipe in the basement broke due to the weight of clothes on hangers being hung on the pipe. The ignition source of the explosion is not known, but since a kitchen stove on the first floor is directly above the pipe in the basement, it’s believed the stove may have sparked the explosion.

The Chief said there were numerous combustible materials inside the home which made getting the flames knocked down and the victims found, difficult. When they arrived on the scene, the temperature was around 1 degree above zero. By the time firefighters left at around 3:20-a.m., the temp was down to -11. Atlantic Street Department crews were asked to salt and sand the street in front of the home, as the water used to fight the fire had created extremely icy conditions for pedestrians and motorists alike.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Atlantic Fire was assisted at the scene by Medivac Ambulance, the Atlantic Police Dept., Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Atlantic Municipal Utilities and Alliant Energy crews.

Driving too fast for conditions causes accident in Red Oak

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle authorities say was traveling too fast for road conditions, crashed into a tree Wednesday afternoon, in Red Oak. According to police, 17-year old Gavin French, of Red Oak, was traveling west on east Coolbaugh Street at around 1:50-p.m., when he lost control of the 2000 Mercedes Benz C-230 he was driving on the plowed, but still snow covered road. When vehicle hit a tree in front of 1203 E. Coolbaugh, it sustained $3,600 damage. French told police the vehicles’ traction control device was disabled. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Feb. 5th 2015

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ATLANTIC (KJAN) – A fire has claimed the life of a man in Atlantic, and resulted in a woman being critically injured. The blaze at 604 Olive Street was reported at 10:08-p.m., Wednesday. The female victim was flown from Atlantic to another hospital, while the male was found deceased in the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No names have been released.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities at the scene of a freight train derailment in eastern Iowa say 11 cars have derailed, with three of them catching fire and three plunging into the Mississippi River. Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald 10 cars which derailed around 11:20 a.m. yesterday were carrying ethanol, some of which spilled into the river.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been accused of sexually assaulting a Dubuque woman while she was asleep. The Telegraph Herald reports 19-year-old Patrick J. Hanley of Shullsburg, Wisconsin was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $30,000.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago has begun in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says prosecutors opened the case Wednesday against 54-year-old Theresa Supino, who was arrested in March in connection to the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bakersfield, California running back Sheldon Croney and offensive lineman Jaypee Philbert helped Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads salvage a recruiting class that took some late hits. Five players who had committed to Iowa State changed their minds in recent weeks, but getting Philbert, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Coffeyville, Kansas, Community College, helped ease that sting, as did this week’s commitment from Croney.

Nighttime closure of I-29 near Sioux City begins at 10 p.m. Thursday

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s District 3 office in Sioux City report placement of overhead electrical lines will require nighttime closures in both directions on Interstate 29 north of the Floyd Boulevard interchange (exit 147) beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, weather permitting.Road work

Traffic will be stopped for 15-minute intervals. Motorists approaching this area should drive with caution and be prepared to stop for traffic backups beyond the limits of the work zone. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

2 victims of Atlantic house fire

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Update 3:35-a.m.)

One person is dead, another was critically injured during a house fire Wednesday night, in Atlantic. Firefighters were called to 604 Olive Street (Denise’s Taxi Service)at around 10:08-p.m. Prior to arriving, they were informed there were people inside the home, as a deputy heard someone hollering for help.Neighbors told KJAN News they heard a loud “pop” or “bang” before they looked out and saw flames shooting from the building.

Ric Hanson (photo)

Ric Hanson (photo)

The first crews on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. The smoke could be seen for a long distance in town on he clear, calm and very cold night. The body of an unconscious woman was removed from the home’s upstairs just before 10:30-pm. Firefighters were performing CPR on her before she was transported by Medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. The woman was later flown to another hospital.

It took firefighters about 30-minutes more to locate the body of a deceased male who was also in the house. His body remained in the home until early this (Thursday) morning, while investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office combed through the scene trying to determine a cause for the fire. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News flames apparently spread from the basement to the first floor and into a second floor bedroom.The Chief said there were numerous combustible materials inside the home which made getting the flames knocked down and the victims found, difficult.

Firefighters left the scene at around 3:20-a.m. Atlantic Street Department crews were asked to salt and sand the street in front of the home, as the water used to fight the fire had created extremely icy conditions for pedestrians and motorists alike. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Walnut City Council to receive presentation from WCSD Superintendent

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council will meet Thursday, beginning at 5-p.m. City Clerk Terri ABell said Walnut Community School District Superintendent Jesse Ulrich will be present to discuss a possible acquisition by the City, of a school building. Abell couldn’t provide additional details about the proposal in advance of the meeting.

She said also, Marye Bierbaum, an intern,  and Bob Hilligas will be present to discuss an expansion of tourism and marketing efforts, using technology and advertising. And, Rick Blum will discuss proposed improvements to Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Senate panel OKs bill on breast density data in mammograms

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require breast density data in mammogram reports be given to patients and physicians, a move that supporters say could help women detect cancer earlier. The bill approved Wednesday by a human resources subcommittee would require that patients be told if they have a certain density of breast tissue. Advocates of the proposal say such breast density can obscure early detection of breast cancer in mammograms. They say this legislation will help patients be better informed.

Several medical groups say they’re against mandating standards of care under Iowa law. Some say the information could lead anxious patients to undergo unnecessary and costly additional testing. Similar legislation has failed to advance in previous sessions. The bill now goes to a full committee.