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South Dakota man dies after being hit on I-80 in Council Bluffs

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September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs have identified the victim of Monday’s fatal semi-versus- pedestrian accident as a South Dakota man. 52-year old James Hoss, of Watertown, South Dakota, died at the scene of the accident on Interstate 80 eastbound, near the Manawa exit. Officials say Hoss was walking on the interstate when was struck by a semi being driven by 37-year old Sedrick Taylor, of Crestview, Florida.

The accident happened at around 1:10-p.m. Officials say while the incident remains under investigation, alcohol and speed were not believed to be factors in the collision. Instead, they‘re looking into the possibility Hoss may have intentionally walked into the path of traffic.

Women misses deer but rolls her vehicle

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September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An attempt to avoid a deer in the road resulted in a rollover accident, and Clarinda woman being sent to the hospital over the weekend, for treatment of possible injuries.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Breanna Everett was taken by ambulance to the Clarinda Regional Health Center following the accident on 290th Street just west of the intersection with Wolf Avenue, in southeastern Page County.

Authorities say Everett’s 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was traveling west on 290th when it topped a hill and she noticed deer in the roadway. Everett lost control of the compact utility vehicle while swerving to avoid contact with the deer. The vehicle then entered the ditch and hit a tree on a fence line before rolling onto its top.

The accident happened at around 3:10-p.m. No citations were issued.

Assault arrest in Adams County

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September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Taylor County woman was arrested over the weekend on an assault charge in Adams County. Sheriff’s officials say 27-year old Carrie Sickels, of Lenox, was arrested Sunday evening, and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault.

Theft investigation in Page County

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September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating the theft of a grain wagon from an area near Imogene. The Sheriff’s Office says a Westendorf 8-ton wood-side grain wagon was reported stolen Monday from the Mike Delehant residence at 4116 100th Street in Imogene. The wagon was taken during the course of the past few days, from a farm building where equipment is stored. Authorities say tracks were found where persons unknown had taken the wagon. Anyone with information on the stolen wagon should contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-542-5193.

Man dies after hit by semi on I-80 in Pottawattamie County

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after being hit by a semitrailer this afternoon, on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. The accident happened about 1 p.m. , in the eastbound lane near the Lake Manawa exit. Eastbound traffic was being diverted while Council Bluffs police and the Iowa State Patrol investigated. Authorities aren’t sure why the person was on the interstate. No other details, including the person’s name, were immediately released.

Accident lands Red Oak teacher in jail

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A minor traffic accident Sunday evening has resulted in a Red Oak High School Science teacher landing in Jail. According to Red Oak Police, 57-year old Dennis Redel was arrested for OWI and given a warning for Unsafe Backing, after the pickup he was driving backed into a car as he was pulling out of a parking spot in downtown Red Oak. The incident happened at around 9:15-p.m., Sunday.

Officials say Redel’s pickup hit a car driven by 58-year-old Steven Roby of Red Oak. A back seat passenger in Roby’s vehicle, 32-year-old Doris Ellison, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Another passenger in the car, Patrick Ellison was not injured. Redel was also uninjured. He was taken to the Montgomery County jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Redel relinquished his softball coaching duties this past Summer, but had continued to teach high school science. Red Oak High School Principal Jedd Sherman has said a statement will be released later today with regard to the incident, from Superintendent Terry Schmidt.

Inspection team checking out Neb. nuclear plant

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) – A special team of federal inspectors is at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant looking for the cause of a small fire at the plant in June. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said today (Monday) that the three inspectors will make sure the problems that caused the fire have been fixed before the plant is allowed to restart. The electrical fire briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel. Temperatures at the plant never exceeded safe levels and power was quickly restored.

The Omaha Public Power District plant has been shut down since April. Initially the plant was shut down for refueling maintenance, and later flooding along the Missouri River forced Fort Calhoun to remain dormant because floodwaters surrounded the plant. Fort Calhoun is about 20 miles north of Omaha.

Mental Health System redesign workgroup sessions planned

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowans with mental health, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, their families, and other interested persons, are being invited to share their views regarding Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MH/DS) Redesign, at one of five meetings being held around the state in the next few weeks. The meetings are sponsored by advocacy groups, and according to Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Chuck Palmer, are “Important to make sure that policy makers are aware of the needs of those with disabilities.”

Legislation approved last Spring, directs the DHS to recommend a complete redesign of Iowa’s current system of delivering mental health care to those eligible for government services. Workgroups have been appointed to address core services and delivery systems. The groups’ recommendations will be delivered to the legislature, in December.

In western Iowa, meetings on the MH/DS redesign will take place September 30th in Sioux City, and October 7th, in Council Bluffs. For more information on the time and place, go to www.dhs.state.ia.us/partners/mhdsredesign.html on the web.

Three arrests over the weekend, in Atlantic

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend. On Saturday, 24-year old Jeffrey Knight, of Atlantic, was taken into custody for Public Intoxication, 3rd or subsequent offense. And, 42-year old Troy Baker, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.  On Sunday, 24-year old Levi Olsen, of Atlantic, was arrested for shoplifting (Theft in the 5th Degree). Olsen was also brought to the Cass County Jail, and held pending a court appearance.

Two accidents Friday in Audubon County, one arrest

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September 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following two separate accidents last Friday. 19-year old Tyler Rich Wood, of Des Moines was cited for having no insurance, after the car he was driving hit a deer on Highway 44, at around 10-p.m., Friday. The 2005 Chevy Cavalier Wood was driving sustained $12,000 damage.

And, at around 11:45-p.m., vehicles driven by 23-year old David Michael Guill, of Macedonia, and 51-year old Dennis Alan Esbeck, of Brayton, collided at the intersection of Highways 44 and 71 in Hamlin. Authorities say when Guill failed to obey the stop sign as he was headed east on 44, the 1991 Honda Civic he was driving was hit by Esbeck’s 1998 Chevy, as it was traveling south on 71. Damage from the crash amounted to $7,000.

In other news, the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports 50-year old Fred James Muhr, of Exira, turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office this (Monday) morning. Muhr was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Audubon County, for Driving While Revoked. The charge stems from an incident which occurred in Exira, on August 25th. Muhr was released from custody after appearing before the magistrate. His preliminary hearing was set for September 29th.