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Atlantic man arrested on Audubon County warrant

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports an Atlantic man was arrested Friday night on an outstanding warrant out of Audubon County, for Revocation of his probation. The warrant for 50-year old Robert Charles Atkinson stems from an original charge of 3rd Offense Public Intoxication. Atkinson was picked up from Cass County authorities and brought to the Audubon County Jail, where he was being held on $10,000 bond.

8AM Newscast 03-26-2012

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March 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 03-26-2012

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Atlantic Police Chief injured during tree trimming accident

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green was transported to a hospital in Des Moines, Sunday, after he fell off of a ladder while trimming a tree.

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green (photo from the City's website)

His family says the 53-year old Green suffered from a broken shoulder blade, fractured shoulder and collar bone, two broken ribs, and bruises to his face. Police Lt. Dave Erickson said Green was on a ladder at his home cutting a branch off of a tree. Green was about 15-to 18- feet off the ground when the branch hit the ladder, which caused the Chief to fall to the ground, where he hit his shoulder and head. The accident happened at around 1:45-p.m. Green was flown to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he is recovering from his injuries.

Erickson says Green is expected to be released from the hospital in “a couple of days.”

(Update) Man from Manning man faces terrorism charge after standoff

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MANNING, Iowa (AP) – A 58-year-old Manning man faces a felony charge of terrorism after standoff at his home ended in a tear gas cloud.  A Carroll County jailer says David Wurr remained in custody today (Monday), pending $25,000 bail.  The incident began Friday night when a relative asked police to check on Wurr. 
 
Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass says Wurr had a pistol when he came to the front door a little before 8 p.m. He refused to leave his home but later talked to a negotiator who was called to the scene. Iowa State Patrol Lt. Darin Fratzke says several shots were fired inside the home, then more at officers outside. No injuries were reported.

Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, tear gas was fired into the home, and officers went in to apprehend Wurr.

Corps of Engineers finishes inspection tour of Missouri River dams

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Top brass in the U-S Army Corps of Engineers have wrapped up a spring inspection tour of the six dams along the main stem of the Missouri River. All of the dams had to release record amounts of water last spring and summer as the Corps dealt with record levels and historic flooding. Brigadier General John McMahon, commander of the Corps’ Northwest Division, says the recovery and repair process is well underway. “We’re making good progress in the assessments,” General McMahon says. “We have money flowing at one dam. We have construction crews going out that we actually saw at other dams, there was evidence of construction so, the process is working. That’s always good to see. We’ve got a lot to do and we don’t know all that we have to do because we haven’t concluded all of the assessments that we need to do.”

 McMahon says there are critical issues at some of the dams. “There are, but they’re being addressed, as you would expect them to be,” he says. “We have a good scheme of what needs to be done first and those things are being done but no surprises in that regard.” There were several levee breaks downstream of Gavins Point Dam in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. McMahon says most of those compromised levees have had at least temporary repairs. “There are other places in northwestern Missouri where we’ve got a lot of work to do but that’s being held up by different aspects of the process,” he says. “We’ve got to get easements, we’ve got to get land and those are responsibilities of the local folks but all of that’s unfolding as we speak.” McMahon says another issue for the Corps will be regaining the trust of the people who live along and near the river.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Iowa (early) News Headlines: Mon., March 26th 2012

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are trying to determine whether two Boone police officers acted appropriately when they shot and wounded a fleeing suspect. The Division of Criminal Investigation says it’s investigating what happened around 10:45 Saturday night when the officers went to a home to follow up on a previous incident. The DCI says the man’s identity won’t be released until later today.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a young Iowa mother was upset about custody arrangements one day before killing her 2-year-old son at her apartment and then driving her vehicle into a bridge pillar. Indianola and Des Moines police held a joint news conference yesterday about the deaths of 23-year-old Kelli Sly and her son Gavin.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will speak in Iowa again this week about the administration’s efforts to create U.S. manufacturing jobs. Wednesday’s speech in Davenport will be the second Iowa speech Biden has given this month. The re-election campaign for Biden and President Barack Obama announced this week’s event yesterday. Biden will speak at PCT Engineered Systems in Davenport.

Fire Weather Watch in effect Tuesday afternoon/evening for parts of western IA

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March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For MONONA & HARRISON Counties….

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE issued 325 AM CDT MON MAR 26 2012

FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH ON TUESDAY, BRINGING LITTLE CHANGE TO TEMPERATURES BUT MUCH DRIER AIR. BEHIND THE FRONT. WESTERLY WINDS WILL REACH AROUND 15 TO 20 MPH, WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH POSSIBLE. THE COMBINATION OF VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREMELY HIGH FIRE DANGER.

RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO 15 TO 20 PERCENT BY NOON TUESDAY ACROSS THE AREA, AND WILL REMAIN LOW UNTIL SUNSET. ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

Police say Iowa mom killed 2-year-old son, self

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March 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police are trying to determine why a young Iowa mother killed her 2-year-old son and herself. Indianola and Des Moines police held a joint news conference Sunday about the deaths of 23-year-old Kelli Sly and her son, Gavin. Police say Sly killed Gavin inside their Indianola apartment sometime Sunday morning. Then Sly drove about 20 miles north to Des Moines where she crashed her vehicle into a bridge pillar and died. The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, and Gavin Sly’s body was found about a half hour later. Indianola police say officers spoke to Kelli Sly Saturday because she violated a court order by contacting her estranged husband. Sly’s husband said then he worried she would hurt herself, but Sly denied being suicidal on Saturday.

Audubon City Council to meet Monday night

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March 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday night. On their agenda is: Maintenance bids for the water/wastewater treatment plants, along with a resolution awarding the contract; The 1st and possibly final, consideration of an ordinance allowing low speed vehicle operation on City streets by unlicensed adults; The consideration of an ordinance banning parking in yards; A resolution establishing City employee compensation practices; and, discussion with regard to the solid waste transfer station.  The meeting at the Audubon City Hall begins 7-p.m., Monday, March 26th.