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Council Bluffs preps for flooding, park will be underwater by Sunday


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Like many Iowans, officials in Council Bluffs are watching the water levels rise and begin to swallow landmarks. John Batt, the city’s assistant director of Park and Recreation, says water from the Missouri River is already flowing into Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. “We basically have closed the road going into it to try to not have vehicle traffic in there,” Batt says. “We’re kind of watching it right now, but we haven’t officially closed the park.” He says they’re taking other precautions, too, as the flooding worsens.

“Some of the things that we’re doing is shutting off the road, we’ll be shutting off the power and all the water service in there,” Batt says. “Most of the park will be underwater by Sunday, I believe.” Batt says they are also keeping a close eye on the city’s Big Lake Park where flooding has been a concern before.

(Radio Iowa)

Overall index down in rural Midwest banker survey


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The overall index for a monthly economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has fallen from May but remains in positive territory, suggesting slower growth in the near future. The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to 53.6 in June from 55.6 in May. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth in the months ahead.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey from Omaha. He says June’s results indicate that areas highly dependent on agriculture and energy are experiencing slower growth than a year ago. Almost half of bankers surveyed reported that higher beef and pork prices have increased overall economic activity in their area.

Bankers from Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and the Dakotas were surveyed.

Arrest made in Carroll County Double Homicide


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation say an arrest has been made in connection with a double homicide that took place last month in Glidden.

Thomas Henderson

Thomas Henderson

Authorities say DCI, along with an Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies, executed a search and arrest warrant for 53 year-old Thomas Henderson, of Lake City. Based on investigative findings, sufficient probable cause was developed to file charges. Henderson was arrested and taken into custody without incident at an apartment building in Lake City. He’s currently being held in the Carroll County Jail.

Henderson is charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of 48-year old Tammie Lee Devore, and her son, 30-year old Karl Allen Devore, both of Glidden. On Sunday, May 18th, 2014, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 of an unconscious individual at 129 Carroll Street, Lot #5 in Glidden.  Upon arrival and through further investigation, law enforcement officials discovered Tammie Devore and Karl Devore deceased at the residence.

The investigation continues into this case. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake City Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., June 20 2014


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LAKE CITY, Iowa – Authorities say a Lake City man was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of 1st degree murder in connection with the deaths in May of a woman and her adult son in Glidden. 53-year old Thomas Henderson was being held in the Carroll County Jail.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The overall index for a monthly economic survey of bankers in Iowa, Nebraska and eight other Midwestern states has fallen from May but remains in positive territory. The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to 53.6 in June from 55.6 in May. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey from Omaha. He says June’s results indicate that areas highly dependent on agriculture and energy are experiencing slower growth than a year ago.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say heavy rains are to blame for the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque. City officials say manholes at several locations overflowed into the streets early yesterday, allowing untreated wastewater to enter some storm sewers. The state Department of Natural Resources cautions people to keep their children and pets away from the affected areas.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of inmates at the Newton Correctional Facility in central Iowa have been relocated because of water damage in their dorm unit. The state Department of Corrections says a major thunderstorm yesterday caused water damage at the facility’s Correctional Release Center.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — An inmate at a southern Iowa county jail is accused of assaulting two people and attempting to escape custody. The Mahaska (muh-HAS’-kuh) County Sheriff’s Office and the Oskaloosa Police Department says the assault occurred Wednesday while 18-year-old Martell Lamar Tillman-Hollinshed was visiting a local doctor for an appointment. Tillman-Hollinshed is accused of attempting to assault a jail staff member with a fire extinguisher.

Marne July 4th Hogroast and Fireworks


June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The annual Marne Community Club July 4th Celebration will take place on Friday, July 4th at the Marne Park. The flag will be raised at 6:00 p.m., with the meal to follow. Fireworks begin at dusk. The Marne July 4th Celebration features delicious roast pork. The Marne Community Club provides Secret Recipe Marne beans, buns, ice tea and lemonade. Please bring  a pot luck side dish, salad or dessert to share, as well as table service for your family. All who attend are asked to give a free will donation to help pay for the fireworks.

The Marne Fire Department will be hosting water fights with area volunteer fire departments earlier in the day. Kids’ water fights will be held that evening during the hog roast. So pile everyone into the car (don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets!) and come to Marne for an old-fashioned, small-town 4th of July!

Flooding Impacts Iowa State Parks

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources said Thursday several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfall and rising rivers. George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County, will close at noon tomorrow, June 20, through Tuesday, June 24, due to flooding. The park may be closed longer, depending on weekend rains.

The main road through Dolliver State Park, in Webster County, is under water, and the campground and family cabins are closed. The north shelter can be accessed from the north entrance, and the south lodge and the group camp can be accessed from the south entrance. With more rain in the forecast, the main road will likely be closed through this weekend.

Little Paint, Big Paint, Creekside Equestrian and Frontier Equestrian campgrounds at Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County will be closed through Monday, June 23, due to flooding. Also, all horse trails will be closed through Thursday, June 26.

Although scheduled to reopen at the end of this month, Wilson Island State Recreation Area, in Pottawattamie County is predicted to go under 3 to 4 feet of water Saturday morning, delaying the reopening until sometime in July. For updates, call the park office at 712-642-2069. www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610118&idAdminBoundary=221>

The east, west and north entrances of Backbone State Park, in Delaware County, are closed until further notice due to high water in the main part of the park. However, the two campgrounds, beach area and cabins remain open.  Ledges State Park, in Boone County, remains open. However, portions are closed due to flooding.

The canyon road and lower road are currently closed and, with predicted pool levels at Saylorville Lake, will likely remain closed through June 30. Park facilities such as the campground, picnic areas, trails and shelters remain open. Brushy Creek State Recreation Area in Webster County, has temporarily closed equestrian and bike trails due to wet conditions. The 12-mile Lake Trail remains open. Equestrian trails at Elk Rock State Park, in Marion County, are closed due to recent rains. Volga River State Recreation Area, in Fayette County has closed its equestrian trails due to recent rains and downed trees.

High water causes hazardous conditions for river recreation

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Paddling enthusiasts need to evaluate stream levels before heading out to paddle this week. The Iowa DNR says recent heavy rains have created rising water levels across the state and hazardous conditions on many rivers and streams. As rivers rise woody debris, like branches, logs and in some cases entire trees, float downstream lodging at the base of bridge pilings and on the outsides of tight bends. The combination of logjams and high flows create hazardous conditions which can trap and pull tubers and paddlers underwater.

John Wenck, water trails coordinator for the Iowa DNR, says “Logjams can be difficult to avoid at low to normal flows, but at high flows they’re extremely difficult to avoid and can be deadly.”  High water levels demand greater skills to avoid obstacles or hazards. “Tubers are more vulnerable than paddlers because they lack the ability to steer,” he said. “They are at the whim of the current which tends to direct them toward the areas where woody debris has accumulated.”

With increased temperatures and high humidity it might be tempting to throw caution to the wind, but it’s important to be vigilant if you plan to paddle or tube on rivers this summer. Wenck offered the following safety tips for tubing and paddling Iowa rivers:

* Avoid paddling or tubing rivers that are rising: Learn more before you go. Review river heights from the nearest U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/current/?type=flow. On the “Discharge” graph, find the median daily flow triangles. If the current water level reading is more than 50 percent higher than the median in late June to early July, use extra caution.

* Wear your life jacket: Properly fastened and cinched life jackets save lives. Life jackets are mandatory for any child under age 13.

* Always pay attention to what is downstream: If timber and debris are floating down the river or the river is out of its banks or nearly so, don’t launch.

* Develop skills to avoid hazards: Novice paddlers and tubers generally have less control as rivers get swifter, and should be more cautious.

* Avoid logjams or woody debris piles: Most high water accidents involve an obstruction. Downed trees and branches can trap boats and people under water. Bridge piers or boulders can pin people on the upstream side. Low-head dams can re-circulate and trap vessels under water.

* Don’t paddle or tube alone

* Let others know where you’re going and when you plan to return

* Avoid or limit alcohol consumption.

Woman adjusting her radio causes 2 vehicle accident


June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Shenandoah woman distracted by her radio caused an accident that sent three people to the hospital, Wednesday. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year old Ashleigh Sons, of Shenandoah, was traveling north on Highway 59 near the intersection of 110th Street, when she lost control of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero she was driving.

When the car left the road to the east, Sons over-corrected, causing the car to re-enter the road, where it hit a southbound 2013 Ford Taurus. The Ford, driven by 42-year old Jac Cornet, of Chicago Heights, IL, entered the west ditch and rolled over. Cornet, and a passenger in his car, 44-year old Brian Sharp, of The Colony, TX, were transported by Essex Rescue to the Shenandoah Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Sons was transported by private vehicle to the same hospital, for treatment of similar injuries. She was subsequently cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Fremont County deputies were assisted at the scene by deputies from Page County, and personnel with the Essex Fire and Rescue Dept.

(12-pm news)

Long-time dispatcher in Guthrie County dies suddenly


June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office sadly reports one of their veteran Dispatchers died suddenly, Wednesday. 40-year old Darci Fuller collapsed at her home after leaving work early. The Guthrie Center and Panora Ambulance along with the Sheriff’s Department attempted to revive her, but were unsuccessful. Funeral services for Darci Fuller will be held 1:30-p.m. Tue., June 24th, at the 1st Christian Church in Guthrie Center.

Darci was a 15 year veteran dispatcher with Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office. She leaves behind her husband and three young children. A memorial fund for her family has been established to help cover her expenses. You may contribute to the memorial fund at the Guthrie County State Bank (400 State Street, P.O. Box 8, Guthrie Center, IA, 50115).

Fremont County Authorities investigate suspicious vehicle incident


June 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspicious vehicle. The Sheriff’s Department reports at around 5-pm Wednesday, a vehicle described as possibly being a 1990’s model, blue Honda Odyssey, with a bumper sticker on the rear, approached a female child in Randolph. The driver of van, described as being a white female with a tattoo on her left shoulder, asked the girl to get in the van and help her search for her lost grandchild.

When an adult came out of a nearby residence, the van took off and was last seen driving east out of Randolph on 120th Street. If you have any information about the incident, contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424.

(12-p.m. News)