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C.Bluffs woman suffers critical injuries in NE crash


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 25-year-old woman from Council Bluffs was critically injured early Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident near North 108th and Blondo Streets in Omaha. The Daily NonPareil reports Kyleigh Parrish, who was taken to Nebraska Medical Center, suffered life-threatening head injuries in the 2:30 a.m. crash four blocks south of Blondo at Charles Street.

The police investigation determined a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Parrish was southbound on 108th at a high rate of speed as it approached the Charles Street intersection. Just before Charles Street, police said, the pickup crossed into the northbound lane of 108th Street, left the roadway on the east side and struck a wooden power pole. After hitting the power pole, the pickup rolled several times and Parrish was ejected from the truck.

Reports to Douglas County emergency 911 dispatchers indicated that Parrish was thrown about 10 to 15 feet from her vehicle when it rolled. Police said a tire that was ripped off Parrish’s truck after it struck the power pole hit a Dodge pickup truck that was following her Chevy.

Authorities said speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

New audio tours available for Iowa State Fairgoers

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Guided tours around the state fairgrounds will be available when the 2015 State Fair begins August 13th. Museums often offer audio tours and now anyone with a smart phone will be able to plug into one of four different audio tours of the Iowa State Fair. “Everyone has their favorites that they visit at the Iowa State Fair and we are challenging people in 2015 to take a tour and find a new path,” says Mindy Williamson, the marketing director for the State Fair.

Each tour has six stops. One is all about the animals on the fairgrounds. Another is a tour for “foodies” who want to sample some of the fair’s gastronomic offerings. “And then we have a special one called ‘Nooks and Crannies’ which are little-known places on our fairgrounds,” Williamson says, “some places for you to stop and see.” The fourth tour highlights the free entertainment available during the fair.

The State Fair has been held at its current location in Des Moines since 1886. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat. 7/25/15


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign. The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of Tuesday’s editorial.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two 2016 Democratic presidential hopefuls are visiting the liberal Iowa stronghold of Des Moines’ Beaverdale neighborhood this weekend. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley took questions and led folks in a song at a local bar Friday night. Hillary Rodham Clinton is set to visit a house party Saturday.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A group is working to restore the St. Michael Shrine at Mount Calvary Cemetery, along with other sites that have suffered from vandalism and neglect. The Telegraph Herald reports that donations are helping cover the estimated $4,000 restoration project of the shrine built in 1906. Artist Diego Velez is currently working on the sculpture in his studio in the former St. Theresa Church in La Motte.

CHELSEA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been killed by a train in the Tama County town of Chelsea. The accident occurred a little before 9 a.m. Thursday. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nathan Ludwig says the woman apparently crossed between trains and was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific train.

Update: Hwy 92 pavement blow-up


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Maintenance crews with the Iowa Dept. of Transportation have been dispatched to a pavement blow-up five-miles west of Massena. District 4 Transportation Coordinator Scott Suhr based in Atlantic, told KJAN News the incident was reported at around 7:30-p.m., Friday on Highway 92, near the intersection with 720th Street.

Suhr said crews were paving in the area and moisture in the slab caused a pavement blow-up. He said anytime there is moisture underneath a concrete slab and hot temperatures, which was the case Friday, a steam effect is created, which causes pavement to rise.

If you are traveling Highway 92 tonight west of Massena, be prepared to encounter road crews working to repair the area of the pavement blow-up.

Large crack forms on Hwy 92 Friday evening


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A large crack has formed on Highway 92 west of Massena. The crack located near the intersection of 720th Street has caused drivers to nearly lose control of their vehicles, according to dispatch reports, as of 7:30-p.m., Friday. Massena Fire was called out to provide traffic control while the problem is being addressed. That section of road was recently under construction.

Page County, Iowa, Resident Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Page County man was sentenced Friday to 16-years in prison on a drug charge. 31-year old  James Paul Davis, of Shenandoah, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to serve 192 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Davis was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following the period of imprisonment.

Davis plead guilty to the charge on March 11th.  His plea was the result of a year-long investigation that showed large quantities of methamphetamine were transported to Southwestern Iowa from the border region in Texas for distribution across Southwestern Iowa and into Eastern Nebraska from September of 2013 to June of 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Shenandoah, Iowa, Police Department, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, and the United States Marshal’s Service for the Southern District of Iowa.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Red Oak man arrested on drug charges Friday afternoon


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man with a history of run-in’s with the law was arrested again Friday afternoon. Police say 27-year old Jason Rolfe Aherns was taken into custody at around 4:30-p.m. in Red Oak, for Violation of his probation, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, 2nd offense. Aherns was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Clarinda man falls asleep at the wheel, gets rude wake up call


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup early this (Friday) morning, in Page County, suffered minor injuries when the vehicle did a nose-dive into an embankment. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year old Cole Curtis Johnson, of rural Clarinda, was taken by private vehicle to the Clarinda Regional Health Center following the crash that happened at around 2-a.m..

Deputies investigated after authorities received word at around 6:45-a.m. about a pickup that was in a field drive at Highway 48 and 170th Street – or about half-way between Shenandoah and Essex — and that the vehicle appeared to have been in a rollover accident. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office found a maroon 2004 Dodge standard cab pickup in a field drive in the southeast corner of the intersection that had severe damage. No one was around the vehicle.

During the investigation, it was determined that Johnson was operating the 2004 Dodge pickup westbound on 170th, when he fell asleep. The vehicle ran the stop sign at the “T” intersection, went into the ditch on the west side of Highway 48 and hit the ditch. Johnson said he woke up while the vehicle was in the air travelling across the Railroad tracks. The pickup landed on the west side of the railroad tracks, west of the intersection with the front end digging into the embankment.

It came to rest in some trees on the west side of the tracks. Johnson told authorities he then drove the vehicle out and parked on 170th just east of the intersection to assess the damage to the vehicle and him self. The man parked the vehicle in a field drive, and called someone for a ride to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Page County man arrested on assault charge


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a domestic situation east of Blanchard early Thursday morning, arrested a man on an assault charge. 41-year old Michael Leo Pickens, of Blanchard, was taken into custody shortly after 12:30-a.m., for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond in the Page County Jail until making an appearance before a magistrate.

Stanton man charged with theft after car taken


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest this (Friday) afternoon, of a Stanton man on a 2nd Degree theft charge. 39-year old Michael Lafollette was taken into custody at around 12:05-p.m., after he allegedly took a 2009 Hyundai belonging to Lucinda Lafollette. The incident occurred following an alleged verbal altercation with the woman.

Michael Lafollette was apprehended in Red Oak and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond. The vehicle was returned to its owner without damage. Red Oak Police and Red Oak Rescue personnel assisted in handling the incident.