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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 1 2014

News

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FAIRFAX, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man has been killed in a building collapse caused by severe weather in eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says strong winds blew through the small community of Fairfax on Monday and caused extensive damage to a building that trapped a man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Severe weather affected much of the state Monday, causing damage to properties and reports of extensive flooding.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials are warning people to stay away from boating on the Mississippi River along the eastern border of Iowa because of flooding. The state Department of Natural Resources says high water has placed large amounts of debris in the water, creating unsafe boating conditions. There are also reports of boat wakes causing flooding in cabins along the river. Officials recommend that people stay away from swimming, wading and entering the river.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Damage including flooded roads and downed power lines has been reported around Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and large hail moved through the state. The National Weather Service says it received dozens of reports Monday about damage caused by severe thunderstorms. Reported damage included snapped trees in Hamilton County, downed power lines in Hardin County and flash flooding in Black Hawk County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has placed a priest on indefinite administrative leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was credible. The diocese says Bishop Richard Pate has placed the Rev. Howard Fitzgerald on leave while the matter is forwarded to the Vatican. While on leave, Fitzgerald can’t function publicly as a priest. Pate also has asked him to not wear clerical garb.

Harlan Police warn of possible roof inspection scams

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan have issued an alert to area residents about possible roof inspection scams. Officials say people are calling from the 402 area code wanting to come out and inspect roofs damaged by recent hail and wind events. The calls were directed at elderly individuals.

Additional information is expected to be released later, with regard to the validity of the roof inspection requests.

Disaster Proclamation for Adair and Guthrie Counties

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Monday, issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five counties in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather that took place beginning on June 26th. Locall, Adair and Guthrie Counties are included in the proclamation, which allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program (IAP) for Adair and Guthrie Counties. The IAP provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available of the Iowa Department of Human Services website:  http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Adair hit hard by wind, hail and rain

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Adair-Guthrie County Emergency Management Director Bob Kempf is asking people to stay away from the City of Adair due to the damage that resulted from hail ranging in size from ping pong balls to eggs, and heavy rain that hammered the area late Monday morning.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

Flooding southwest of Adair near the Jesse James marker.

 

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Exchange State Bank sign riddled by hail

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Tree down across a yard and street in Adair

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Flooding southwest of Adair along White Pole Rd at Afton Road.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Leaves littered nearly every single street, stripped from the trees.

Kempf says there is lots of hail and wind damage to residents, businesses and vehicles, power lines and trees are down, and debris litters the streets. Unless you know someone in Adair, avoid coming to town. If you live in Adair and you need help cleaning up, call City Hall at 641-742-3751. Likewise, if you want to help with the clean-up process, call the Adair City Hall to sign-up. Work will begin Tuesday on the massive undertaking.

Kemp says there were no injuries reported. Evidence of the storm was visible west of town, along interstate 80, where a semi was blown into the median near the 71-mile marker westbound. There was also extensive crop damage from the hail, heavy rain and wind. Crops west of Adair were shredded and water gushed down through fields and out of normally dry creeks. Just south of the Jesse James train robbery marker along White Pole Road, washed roared across Afton Road just east of White-Pole near the railroad tracks. Construction signs and cones were tossed about on Interstate 80, making for some tricky driving until road crews could put them back in place.

In Adair, massive trees blocked roads, leaves were shredded and littered nearly every single street. Even the Fire Station got hit. Adair Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jordan Smith told KJAN News there was significant damage, including shattered windows, paint stripped from siding and numerous power poles toppled. He said shortly after the storm went through there was a 9-1-1 call about a person trapped in their vehicle after a tree limb fell on top of it. Powerlines were entangled in the mess, and crews had to wait nearly 90-minutes for power crews from Alliant to arrive before the victim could be extricated. Fortunately, the person in the vehicle was not injured.

Smith’s 2007 pickup, which never had a scratch on it before the storm, was pock-marked from hail damage, and some security lights outside the fire station lay shattered on the ground. IMG_20140630_144537_230

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The huge flag flies nearly untethered.

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

The Caseys canopy is shredded in Adair

Field1More damage in Adair

More damage in Adair

 

Storms cause damage in Atlantic and Adair

News, Weather

June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities report extensive wind and hail damage in Adair this afternoon. There was also wind damage in Atlantic. Sherry Toelle sent these images to KJAN from the 13th Street area of town. IMG_0188 IMG_0189

Malvern woman injured during motorcycle accident

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Malvern was injured Saturday during a motorcycle accident in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials say Mary Holbrook, of Malvern, was transported by helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha following the accident, which took place just after 6-p.m. Saturday on Main Street, in Malvern. According to the Sheriff’s report, a 1999 Ford driven by Jesse Perkins, of Hastings, was backing out of a private driveway onto Main Street, when Perkins noticed Holbrook’s 1996 Kawasaki approaching southbound.

Perkins drove back into the drive, but Holbrook braked hard and laid the motorcycle on its side. There was no contact between the vehicles.

And, no injuries were reported after a 1994 Ford driven by Zane Carter, of Thurman, hit a parked vehicle on 225th Street in Mills County, early Saturday morning. Carter was subsequently arrested for OWI/2nd offense.

Mills County arrests

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County report four people were arrested recently. On Saturday, 20-year old Colton Frank Sederburg, of Riverton, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,300. And, 20-year old Zane Christian Carter, of Thurman, was arrested Saturday for OWI/2nd offense. His bond was set at $2,000.

On Thursday, 20-year old Bragun Michael Michaelsen, of Pacific Junction, was arrested at the Fremont County Jail on a warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $25,000.  That same day, 39-year old Jeremy Jack Rusco, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While Revoked. His bond was set at $1,000.

Officials report possible tornado activity in Iowa

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials are monitoring severe weather in central Iowa that’s capable of producing tornadoes. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Monday for parts of Adair, Dallas, Guthrie and Madison counties. The warning was allowed to expire at 1:15-p.m.

Officials say a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located four miles southeast of Earlham. Another severe thunderstorm was reported nine miles east of Roland. Officials say there’s the potential for 2-inch hail and strong winds.

Cass County arrests

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests. On Saturday, 34-year old Timothy Matthew Rasmussen, of Exira, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Rasmussen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

And last Thursday, Cass County deputies arrested 34-year old Leo Alan Edwards, of Pacific Junction,  on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released on $2,500 bond.

LeClaire boulder planned as ‘freedom rock’

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June 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) – A 7 1/2-ton rock has been lowered into place along the Mississippi River in LeClaire as residents work to establish another “freedom rock.” When it’s completed, it will be the 49th Iowa county with a rock covered by a patriotic mural painted by artist Ray Sorensen. He wants to paint such murals in each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

As a crane lowered the boulder into place Saturday, LeClaire resident Tonia Kennedy told the Quad-City Times it’s been a year since she began working to create a freedom rock in LeClaire. Kennedy and others who have joined the effort are trying to raise $15,000 to cover Sorensen’s expenses and other costs. Businesses have donated the cost of acquiring and delivering the boulder.