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I-29 closed after fiery Iowa crash that killed 1


July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 5-a.m. 7/29)

A bridge along Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs was closed for a little more than 5-hours Sunday while authorities conducted a damage assessment following a fiery semitrailer truck crash that killed one person.  According to Council Bluffs Police, a 2005 Volvo semi was traveling north at around 3:30-p.m., when for reasons unknown, it crashed through the guardrail separating I-29 northbound and I-29 southbound at Avenue G. The truck flew across Avenue G and hit an embankment between the bridges on the north side of Avenue G before becoming fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters contained the blaze and fuel spill in about 10 minutes. Once the flames were extinguished, the body of the male driver was discovered. The man’s identity had not been verified as of early this (Monday) morning, but authorities say they believe they do know who he is. His name will be released pending confirmation through an autopsy slated for today, and notification of family.

While the crash remains under investigation, officials say speed, alcohol and medical reasons could be factors. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Council Bluffs P-D’s Traffic Unit at 712-328-4948.

I-29 traffic was rerouted Sunday while Iowa Roads Department engineers evaluated the bridge, which was re-opened to traffic by around 8:30-p.m.

Drug arrest in Red Oak, Sunday


July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested this (Sunday) afternoon, on drug-related charges. According to Red Oak Police, 22-year old James Leroy Christensen, Jr., was taken into custody in the 600 block of North Highland Avenue in Red Oak, at around 12:10-p.m. Christensen was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and then released on a citation.

Sioux City Native: Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88


July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a POW in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s cellmate, has died. He was 88.

Col. George "Bud" Day (IA Aviation Museum/photo)

Col. George “Bud” Day (IA Aviation Museum/photo)

Doris Day said Sunday that her husband died Saturday at his home in Fort Walton Beach after a long illness. Col. Day was born in Sioux City, where the airport is named after him. In 2011, Day was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame, at the Iowa Aviation Museum, in Greenfield.

Day was one of the nation’s most highly decorated servicemen since Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He later became a tireless advocate for veterans’ rights. He received the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam. In all, he earned more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Doris Day said her husband will be buried at Barancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

3 juveniles arrested on drug & alcohol charges in Audubon, Sunday


July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department reports three juveniles from Audubon were arrested today (Sunday), on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Alcohol, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrests stem from an investigation into an incident at the Legion Park on July 16th. The juveniles were charged and referred to the Juvenile Court District.

On Saturday, Police in Audubon arrested 38 year old, Christopher Lee Hansen, of Audubon, for Interference with Official Acts and Driving without a valid motorcycle license. Hansen was transported to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office where he posted bond and was released. That same day, 38 year old James Raymond Nottingham, of Wadsworth, Illinois was arrested on charges of Domestic Abuse Causing Injury by Dangerous Weapon (3rd offense), and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owners Consent. He was also cited for Failure to Have a Valid License. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on July 25th. Nottingham was being being held in the Audubon County Jail, Sunday. The Audubon Police Department was assisted in handling the incident by the Iowa State Patrol.

And, on July 12th, officers with the Audubon Police Department arrested 29 year old Roger Allen Schmidt of Audubon, for Open Container of Alcohol in a Public Place. Schmidt was cited and released at the scene.

Cass County Fair – Day 4 (Sun., July 28th 2013)

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Fair continues its 6-day run here in Atlantic, today. The Swine show kicked-off activities early this morning, at 7:30. The Commercial Exhibits building opens at 10-a.m. The Thrashing and Antique Equipment Show is slated to run from 11-a.m. until 3-p.m..

Other events include the Decorator’s Showcase from Noon until 4-p.m., where young people have an opportunity to decorate one room in their own style. Participants select coordinating textures and colors, consider a formal, informal or semi-formal look, then put those selections into a display. Each member is allowed one-hour for the contest. Local businesses have donated and loaned samples of wallpaper or fabric as a starter for 4-H’ers to use.

The Poultry and Dog show, and Skid Loader Rodeo events begin at 2-p.m., the Texaco Country Showdown for new music talent gets underway at 3-p.m., “Share the Fun” at 5-p.m., with Cass County 4-H’ers showing-off their talent, and the Horse Fun Show is at 6-p.m., along with the Tractor Pull.

(Updated 1:23-p.m./NWS) Record Low set in Atlantic for July 27th

News, Weather

July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cold northwesterly winds over the last, combined with an area of high pressure settling south from Canada, resulted in record to near record cold across central Iowa this (Sunday) morning.Clouds helped keep temperatures warmer across the northeast parts of the state, but residents in central and western Iowa saw their thermometers dip into the 40’s to around 50-degrees.

Atlantic broke a 24-hour record Low temperature overnight. The 24-hour low for the period beginning 7-a.m. Saturday and ending at 7-a.m. today, was 41-degrees. That broke the previous record of 47 set in 1962 and 1971. The Low temperature for July 28th will also be a record breaker. At 7-a.m. in Atlantic, when the National Weather Service gauge was re-set, it was 43-degrees, which beats the previous record of 45 set in 1925.

Sioux City also broke a record low temperature overnight, when the Sioux Gateway Airport registered a temperature at 6:48-a.m., of 44-degrees. The previous record low was 50, set in 1925 and then again in 1994. Record lows of 48 and 51 were set in Ottumwa and Des Moines, respectively, also. Both previous records were set in 1925.

Other reports of record low temperatures set this morning include (City/Low/previous record low): Audubon at 45 degrees (46/1994); Bedford at 47 (51/1920); Mount Ayr 44 (49/1925); Estherville 45 (46/1925).

(Podcast) State/Local News: Sun., July 28th 2013

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July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., July 28th 2013


July 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa criminal investigator who was removed from duty after complaining about Governor Terry Branstad’s speeding SUV has paid the speeding ticket issued to a state trooper driving the vehicle. Larry Hedlund paid the $181.50 ticket issued to Steve Lawrence, the trooper who was driving Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds in the governor’s SUV on April 26th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state’s largest gay advocacy group is accusing the Iowa Department of Public Health of needlessly delaying listing both partners in married lesbian couples on their children’s birth certificates. The group One Iowa tells the Des Moines Register that lesbian couples are being directed to follow an affidavit process and provide certified copies of their marriage license.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old Des Moines man has been charged with arson after hanging around the scene of a fire in an eastern section of the city and asking firefighters about the blaze. The Des Moines Register reports that Lequan Clark was arrested early Friday morning after firefighters were called to a fire at a vacant home shortly after 1:30 a.m. Clark is being held in the Polk County Jail on $10,000 bond.

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — State and local officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the Dallas County jail. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 42-year-old Leroy McKinney Junior was found unresponsive in his jail cell around 1 p.m. Friday. McKinney had been in custody since June 7th awaiting trial on a theft charge.

Body in river near Council Bluffs (Update 8-p.m. Sat.)


July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report a body found in the Missouri River Saturday afternoon had apparently been in the water for anywhere from 7-to 10-days. Police, fire and rescue personnel were called to the river’s edge near the Ameristar Casino at around 1-p.m. Saturday, after several witnesses boating in the area observed a body floating in the river.

The subject was described as being a white male, approximately 25-to 40-years of age. He had a stocky build, weighed about 220-pounds, had strawberry blonde hair, a scruffy beard and a mustache. The man also had tatoos on his left and right hand with names on each. He was wearing a St. Joseph’s University Alumni T-shirt, and a bag from an Omaha hotel was around his wrist.

A caller to 9-1-1 on July 21st reported that someone was in the river who appeared to be in distress, but rescue crews were unable to locate anyone. Officials say they don’t know if it could be the same person, or not. Authorities checked the missing persons database for the surrounding area and states, but were unable to find any match for the physical description given. While an autopsy is slated to take place Sunday, officials say early indications are circumstances surrounding the man’s death are not thought to be suspicious.

Anyone with any possible information about the case is being asked to contact their local law enforcement agency, or Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Camp helps disabled children join in sports


July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A health care organization is sponsoring a free camp that will let children with disabilities swim, play golf and join in other activities. Alegent Creighton Health has organized the Junior Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. The camp will run from Monday through Thursday.

About 40 children from five states are expected to attend the annual camp, which was first held in 1990. College and high school athletes will help the children in activities including football, basketball, archery, golf and swimming.

The goal is to build confidence in the children, and enhance their coordination skills and wheelchair maneuvers.