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Attempt to light a cigarette causes accident in Mills County

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from southwest Iowa was injured during an accident Monday morning 4-miles south of Glenwood, in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials say Dennis James, of Tabor, was driving a 2005 Ford east on Highway 34 at around 10:35-a.m., when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 1998 Ford. The driver of the other vehicle, Peyton Frederick, of Corning, was attempting to light a cigarette when the collision occurred.

The impact caused a trailer being pulled by James’ vehicle to become detached. Both the vehicle and trailer came to rest on the eastbound shoulder. Officials say during the impact, the airbags in Fredericks’ vehicle deployed. Dennis James was transported by Glenwood Rescue to a hospital in Council Bluffs. A passenger in his vehicle, Gayle Steinbach, also of Tabor, suffered unknown injuries.

Authorities says Frederick was cited for Following too closely.

Shelby Co. Fire Danger continues to be “Moderate”: Outdoor burning discouraged Thursday

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) says residents in the area should avoid outdoor burning today (Thursday). Windy conditions are expected to persist throughout the day, exacerbating any potential fire danger that exists under the current, dry conditions. In addition, the Fire Danger Index in Shelby County will continue to be in the “Moderate” category until at least Monday.

Governors suggest Congress live on “bread and water” until shutdown is

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota are calling on Congress to end the deadlock that’s shut down the federal government. The three met at the Tri-States Governors Conference in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on Wednesday. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, says he deals with split government, with Democrats controlling the Iowa Senate, and they can find agreements.

“I don’t spend my time attacking the Democratic leader in the Senate, I don’t call him names and things like that,” Branstad says. “Instead, I focus on things that can help move Iowa forward. I know at the end of the day, I’m going to have to compromise. It’s gotta’ be a win-win situation and things that the other party can see as beneficial as well.”

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, says there is plenty of blame to go around in Washington D-C.  “Both parties are at fault,” Heineman says. “It is now time for the president to exert presidential leadership, in my opinion, bring everybody down to the White House, say, ‘We’re going to the basement and I’m only going to feed you bread and water ’til we get this thing resolved.’ Doggone it, it’s time to do what’s right for America and that’s what they should do.”

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, says the states will feel more effects the longer the shutdown continues. “To the extent that we have employees and programs that are reliant on federal funds, we’ve been pretty careful to steward those funds over the years,” Daugaard says. “We’ve got some that are available that can carry us at least to the end of the month, of October. Some will carry longer than that but some won’t.”

The three governors meet every year, with the meetings rotating around the Sioux City area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update) I-80 reopens in Council Bluffs

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A portion of Interstate 80 in western Iowa that was closed overnight to repair a collapsed portion of the shoulder that could have affected the entire width of the three-lane road, re-opened this morning, just in time for the rush hour. Troy Jerman, with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Office in Atlantic, told KJAN News the road re-opened today (Thursday) at 8-a.m.

Jerman says contrary to some earlier reports, the Interstate itself did not collapse at around 8:15-p.m. Wednesday, and create a 10-foot gap, two-to three-feet deep. He says it was just the shoulder that gave way. Immediately afterward, crews stopped working and investigated how extensive the void was.

Jerman says the situation began to unfold while crews were installing a pipe beneath the road located between Exits 1-A and 4, in Council Bluffs. Workers discovered a void that ran under the eastbound lanes, so they were closed to traffic. Jerman says they’re still not sure what caused the void.

Jerman says crews worked throughout the night to make sure the road would be open as quickly as possible.

(He says they cut a 10-foot section of the interstate out where the void was, backfilled it with granular materials and put a patch of pavement on top.)

8AM Newscast 10-10-2013

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October 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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I-80 expected to be reopened in Council Bluffs

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Transportation Department expects to reopen eastbound Interstate 80 this (Thursday) morning.  District 4 engineer Troy Jerman says the pavement patch should be cured and ready for use by 8 a.m.

Jerman says a portion of the interstate shoulder collapsed about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday as workers were installing a pipe under the roadway. They discovered a void that ran under the eastbound lanes, so they were closed to traffic.

Drivers trying to cross from Nebraska into Iowa had been advised to seek other routes on Thursday. They were directed north to the Interstate 680 or south to the Veterans Memorial Bridge in southern Omaha. Westbound lanes remained in use.

2 people arrested on theft-related charges

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Note: Red Oak Police issued a correction on the name of the female.  Her name is Nicole SMITH, not Barker. This post edited at 7:51-a.m.)

The Red Oak Police Department reports a man and a woman were arrested early this morning on theft-related charges. 38-year old Markus Eugene Johnson, and 25-year old Nicole Ann Smith, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 4:30-a.m. at 301 W. 4th Avenue in Red Oak. Both face a charge of Aiding and Abetting (Theft in the 2nd degree). The pair were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, each.

7AM Newscast 10-10-2013

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October 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak man arrested for ATV theft

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested this (Thursday) morning for operating an ATV that was reported stolen. Timmy Lee Gardner was operating a 1997 Polaris Trail Blazer 250 ATV southbound on Highway 48 near 215th Street. A check of the Vehicle Identification Number (or, VIN) revealed the machine was stolen. Gardner was arrested for Theft in the 2nd Degree/Motor Vehicle, and brought to the  Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 cash bond. Red Oak Police assisted Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies in conducting the arrest.

Admiral at Offutt Air Force Base fired over gambling allegations at Iowa casino

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October 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The officer who’s been second-in-command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has been fired after being accused of using 15-hundred dollars worth of counterfeit chips at a Council Bluffs casino. A Navy spokesman says Vice Admiral Tim Giardina was removed from his position at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Wednesday. Giardina was also demoted to a two-star admiral. For nearly two years Giardina has been the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces. The gambling allegations surfaced in June at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. Agents from the State of Iowa and the Navy are investigating the case.

Giardina is a highly decorated officer with more than three decades of service in the Navy. He had been deputy commander and chief of staff of the U.S. Pacific Fleet before his assignment at Offut Air Force Base. He was stripped of his security clearance in early September.

(Radio Iowa)