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3 hurt when wind blows tree onto tent at Iowa park

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May 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Three people were injured when a tree fell on their tent early Sunday morning, at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 23-year-old Alicia Nichols, 25-year-old Timothy Hiers Jr. and 3-year-old Timothy Hiers III, all of the Council Bluffs area, were taken to a hospital after the Sunday morning incident.

According to Omaha television station KETV, Nichols suffered skull fractures, a broken pelvis, back and rib injuries, along with internal bleeding. Tim Heirs Jr. suffered from a torn spleen and internal bleeding. Both were being treated at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Tim Heirs III  was being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. And while he might be able to come home in a few days, his grandfather said the boy would be on mandatory bed rest, for at least a week.Authorities said the three victims were camping in a tent at the park when high winds swept through the area around 5 a.m., and brought down the tree.

Clarinda woman injured in fiery cycle crash

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May 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A collision between a small car and a motorcycle Saturday evening in Montgomery County resulted in one injury and the cycle bursting into flames. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 41-year old Patricia O’Neal, of Clarinda, was flown by Lifenet Helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha following the crash on Highway 71, at around 5:25-p.m. Officials say O’Nea was traveling north on 71 on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle and started to turn east onto 155th Street, when she turned back onto 71. 31-year old Jamie Lagassie, of Atlantic, was behind the cycle and and attempting to pass it on the left as it was turning right. When the cycle merged back on to 71, it was hit by Lagassie’s 2012 Ford Focus. O’Neal was thrown from her cycle, which then burst into flames. A report on the womans’ condition was not available late Saturday night. Lagassie was not injured in the crash.

Essex teen injured in Saturday crash

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May 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Essex teen was injured during a single vehicle accident this (Saturday) morning in Fremont County. The Iowa State Patrol says a passenger in a 1999 Plymouth Neon, 18-year old Tabitha Morris, of Essex, was transported by Shenandoah Rescue to the hospital in Shenandoah after the car went out of control, slid across a farm drive and entered a drainage ditch before coming to rest on its left side in the ditch. The accident happened on Highway 2, at around 6:20-a.m., about 1 mile east of Farragut, and took place when the driver of the car, 21-year old Trevor Vermillion, of Farragut, passed out at the wheel. Officials say Morris was not wearing her seat belt. A report on her condition was not available. Vermillion was not injured.

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May 5th, 2012 by admin

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Cass County Extension Seeks Community Input

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May 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Cass County is asking for community input as staff looks ahead to programming for the upcoming year. Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator says they “Really want to get some feedback from local residents on the types of things they would like to see…” offered in the future. From now through the 15th of May, the Extension office has a quick 10-question survey on their homepage (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass>) where anyone can take a few minutes to select programs they would like to see happen in Cass County. The survey is also available in paper form at the Extension Office for those who are unable to access it online.

The survey lists many topics under the areas of family life, youth development, agriculture and natural resources, business and community development. If you have questions about the survey, or would like to discuss programming opportunities, you can also contact the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132, log on to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass> or e-mail Kate Olson at keolson@iastate.edu<mailto:keolson@iastate.edu>.

Classic 1959 “Journey” movie returns with Q-and-A from Pat Boone

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May 5th, 2012 by admin

A regional film historian is bringing another classic movie back to the big screen in Omaha-Council Bluffs in two weeks, along with a visit from one of the film’s original stars. Bruce Crawford is organizing a special showing of the 1959 movie, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and the evening will include an appearance by a long-ago Hollywood heart throb.

Crawford says, “Pat Boone will be our guest of honor to discuss the movie, how it was made, his input in it and, of course, his unbelievably long, 55-year career.” Crawford says “Journey” is a true classic film. The plot involves a professor who leads an expedition to our planet’s core via a volcano. Along the way, the group encounters a host of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening challenges.

“”The visual effects, they’re from 1959 but they’re still fun to watch,” Crawford says. “You know, the CGI stuff just exploding in your eyes every two seconds. It’s organic. You know it’s not real but it’s fun and you enjoy it because it suspends your disbelief. It’s like a classic Disney film — they hold up.” Crawford has rounded up a host of entertainment for the event, including re-inactors.

“I’m going to have a group of Omaha Pipes and Drums is going to have some kilted bagpipers because in the film, there is a contingent of bagpipers,” he says. “Pat Boone wears a kilt in part of the movie, by the way. And we’re going to have re-inactors. They call themselves the Nebraska Steampunk Society.” That group is into Victorian-style clothing and gadgetry that incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy and alternate history. The event is planned for Saturday, May 19th, at the Joslyn (JOZ-lin) Art Museum in Omaha. Tickets are 25-dollars and benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association. This is Crawford’s 30th event. Previous movie nights have brought in stars including: Iowa native Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Janet Leigh, and Patricia Neal.

Early Morning Iowa Headlines

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May 5th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Storms rolling across the Upper Midwest are bringing strong winds and the threat of tornadoes to northern Iowa. The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud was reported yesterday afternoon about 3 miles west of Algona. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until this morning for northern and central Iowa.
 
     CHICAGO (AP) – Federal authorities say the conviction of a former Iowa letter carrier for sending dud pipe bombs to investment advisers shows they can successfully track down such attackers. A Chicago official at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says John Tomkins of Dubuque, Iowa carried out “a reign of terror.” Jurors in Chicago convicted Tomkins after just two hours of deliberations yesterday.
 
     MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – A 41-year-old Bettendorf man has been charged with stealing money from a customer. Shawn Mask faces two counts of felony theft. Prosecutors say he was working for a Muscatine insurance broker in 2010 when he misappropriated more than $88,000 from a customer by falsifying bookkeeping entries. Mask is free on $10,000 bond and didn’t return messages from the Associated Press seeking comment yesterday.
 
     KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) – A Keokuk man faces trial in July on a charge that he killed his mother in August 2011. Twenty-three-year-old Adam Pitman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Rosa Pitman. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for July 10th.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for far west/southwest Iowa until 12-a.m.

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May 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE

WS 241 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 550 PM CDT FRI MAY 4 2012

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 241 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 AM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS.

IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE: FREMONT HARRISON MILLS MONONA MONTGOMERY PAGE POTTAWATTAMIE SHELBY

Charges Filed in Sac County Sex Abuse Investigation

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May 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said late this (Friday) afternoon, that law enforcement in western Iowa have arrested and charged a 17-year old Sac County resident for the alleged sexual assault of a family member. An investigation into the allegations began on February 27th, 2012, after a local doctor contacted the Sac County Sheriff’s Office to report the sexual assault of a minor girl who was mentally handicapped.

On March 1st, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assist in the investigation.  The Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the DCI proceeded to collect evidence related to the sexual assault.  Through the evaluation of evidence, 17 year old Avery Tjossem was identified as the offender.

Tjossem turned himself in to Sac County Authorities today (Friday, May 4th), He was booked and charged with Sexual Abuse 3rd (a Class C Felony) and Incest (a Class D Felony).  Tjossem has since been released on his own recognizance.

Atlantic man arrested on warrant

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May 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 22-year old Tyler Johnston, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday on a Cass County warrant for Contempt of Court/Failure to Appear, on orginal charges of Trespassing and Contempt. Johnston was booked into the Cass County Jail.