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Crash on I-80 Saturday morning in Cass County

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November 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after the driver of a 2010 Dodge fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and crashed early Saturday morning in Interstate 80. According to dispatch reports, the accident happened on I-80 westbound, just west of the Highway 71 interchange, at around 1:20-a.m.

Reports indicated the driver of a Texas plated Dodge vehicle fell asleep, crossed the median and struck an unoccupied, broken-down Lincoln, registered to the person out of South Dakota. One of the vehicles ended up in the median, while the other reportedly rolled over. No other details are available.

Stolen Car Found

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November 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports that a vehicle that was recently stolen from the Omaha/Red Oak livestock market was found in another location.

A tan 2000 Buick Century belonging to Hawkeye Ford in Red Oak was stolen sometime between November 20th and 23rd from the Omaha/Red Oak Livestock Market at 1511 200th Street.  The vehicle was later located on November 23rd at 7:00am at 240th and J Avenue with an estimated $4,000 damage.

Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 800-432-1001.

Creston teen killed, another injured in Adams County crash Friday morning

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident Friday morning northeast of Prescott in Adams County, has claimed the life of a Union County teen. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the unidentified 16-year old was a passenger in a van driven by a 17-year old. Both teens are from Creston. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Officials say a 2002 Honda van the teens were in was traveling west on a gravel road (190th Street), when as the vehicle crested a hill, the driver lost control. When the driver over-corrected, the van went partially into the north ditch. A second over-correction caused the vehicle to go into the south ditch, where it rolled over and ejected the 16-year old, who died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the Adams County Hospital in Corning. A report on their condition is not available. The accident happened just after 8-a.m. The names of the victims had were being withheld pending notification of relatives.

8AM Newscast 11-23-2012

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November 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 11-23-2012

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November 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Police deny any gunfire at once-bloody Omaha mall

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Police have knocked down reports about shots fired at an Omaha mall where nine people were killed nearly five years ago.  Officers were called to Westroads Mall around 1 a.m. Friday after shoppers or store employees called 911 to report hearing gunfire.  Other people called Omaha media outlets to say they were hiding in bathrooms and panicking because they’d lost touch with their kids or other shopping companions.

Omaha Officer James Shade says there was a fight between early Black Friday shoppers, but no shots were fired. He says people heard the sound of trash cans being knocked over – not gunfire. One person was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Hawkins fatally shot eight people and himself at the mall’s Von Maur store on Dec. 5, 2007.

Lawsuit aimed at Iowa farm electrical inspections

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lawsuit filed by three farmers is aimed at ending electrical inspections at Iowa farm facilities. The Carroll County farmers are challenging the state Electrical Examining Board’s authority to require inspections and permits for electrical installations on farm property. The lawsuit says farm property is immune from board regulations and those issued the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding the permits or inspections.

In defending the state, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office says the board did not err in determining that electrical installations at farm buildings were regulated commercial applications that weren’t exempt.   Court records don’t show a trial date.

1 killed 3 injured in Crawford County crash Thu. night

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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One person was killed and three others were injured Thursday night, during a collision between two cars in Crawford County. The Iowa State Patrol says driver of a 2001 Saturn SC-2, 50-year old Jeffrey Alan Studt, of Vail, died in the crash, which occurred at around 11:30-p.m., northwest of  Vail.  A passenger in his car 42-year old Christina Marie Studt also of Vail, was injured. The driver of the other vehicle, 30-year old Matthew Lee Johnson and his passenger, 27-year old Becky Ann Weller, both of Manilla, were also injured.

Officials say the Saturn was traveling south on 330th about one-half mile south of Avenue J, when it collided with Johnson’s  2001 Chevy Impala. The accident happened at the crest of a hill. Following the crash, both vehicles ended-up in the west ditch. All of the victims were transported to the Crawford County Hospital in Denison, by Vail Rescue. The accident remains under investigation.

Burglary at the Villisca Axe Murders House

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Someone has invited bad karma into their lives after breaking into an Adams County home famous for a gruesome murder scene. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Thanksgiving Day burglary at the Villisca Axe Murder House.

Authorities received a call at around 3-p.m. Thursday reporting the break-in.  After deputies arrived, they found evidence of forced entry and a broken ceramic crock in the kitchen. Other belongings were scattered around the house. The damage was estimated at $350.

The home is the site of the June 10, 1912 murder of Josiah “J.B.” Moore, his wife and four children, and two overnight child guests. The occupants of the residence were bludgeoned with an axe  sometime between midnight and 5:00 a.m., on that date, 100-years ago. The assailant was never identified.

Anyone with information about Thursday’s burglary is asked to call Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Nov. 23rd 2012

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November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Motorists in northwest Iowa could encounter high winds this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a swath of Iowa stretching from Sioux City to Fort Dodge. The advisory runs through 6 o’clock this morning. Temperatures are also expected to drop by as many as 30 degrees in much of Iowa this morning.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Iowa City are hoping to capitalize on the combination of the Iowa-Nebraska football game and the traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy to show off downtown. George Etre, a member of the Iowa City Downtown District marketing committee, says many downtown business owners are anticipating high foot traffic today.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s top elections administrator is vowing to continue to ferret out fraud and to push lawmakers for a voter ID law. Secretary of State Matt Schultz says the voter fraud cases resulting in arrests so far are only the beginning. Schultz says it’s likely more arrests will come as the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division works through a list of more than 1,200 people he believes registered to vote without citizenship.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — The Clinton City Council has scheduled a discussion on how it will proceed in replacing the ousted city administrator. The council voted November 12th to ask Jeffrey Horne to quit. Horne had been on leave for several weeks for personal reason that have not been explained. Horne has declined to comment.