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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Sept. 13th 2014

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September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CUMBERLAND, Iowa (KJAN) – Two people were injured during a crash Friday evening on Highway 92, west of Cumberland. Authorities say 44-year old Christopher Robert Tedford, of Cumberland and 43-year old Jason Vaughn Rieber, of Griswold, were injured in the crash that happened at around 5:50-p.m. near Schuler Mfg. Both men were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Tedford, who was not wearing a seat belt, later flown from CCMH by LifeNet helicopter, to Creighton University Hospital, in Omaha.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Council Bluffs on Friday said they were investigating the discovery of a body at a golf course. Police tell the Daily Nonpareil they were called to the Council Bluffs Country Club after a person on the golf course reported seeing a decomposed body.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There is probable cause that a southwest Iowa school district violated the state’s open meetings law when it met privately to discuss the firing of a principal, according to a state investigation. The Iowa Public Information Board says the five-member board of the Red Oak Community School District failed to properly vote to close an April 10th meeting and broke the law on April 14th when it failed to appropriately apprise the public of an agenda item. The Des Moines Register reports each board member could face fines of up to $2,500 per violation.

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — The 24-year-old driver of a pickup truck has turned himself in to face a charge of vehicular homicide in the deaths of four teenage boys who were killed last month in a crash on a country road in eastern Iowa. The Telegraph Herald reports Joseph Conolly of Holy Cross is charged in connection with the August 2nd crash near the community of Epworth.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is 0-2 and comes into today’s game at Iowa with low expectations. Today’s kickoff at a sold-out Kinnick Stadium is at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

(Update) – 2 injured in Cass County crash Fri. evening

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September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier story on kjan.com, the Iowa State Patrol reports two people were injured during a crash near Schuler Manufacturing, Friday evening. Authorities say 44-year old Christopher Robert Tedford, of Cumberland and 43-year old Jason Vaughn Rieber, of Griswold, were injured in the crash that happened at around 5:50-p.m. near 63724 Highway 92 (Richland Road). Both men were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Tedford, who was not wearing a seat belt, later flown from CCMH by LifeNet helicopter, to Creighton University Hospital, in Omaha.

A medical chopper arrives at CCMH to transport an accident victim Friday to Omaha, evening.

A medical chopper arrives at CCMH to transport an accident victim Friday to Omaha, evening.

The initial accident investigation determined a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Rieber was traveling east on Highway 92, and had slowed to turn into Schuler Mfg.  Tedford, who was traveling behind Rieber in a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup, failed to slow down, and rear-ended the other pickup.

Following the collision, Tedford’s pickup left the road and crashed through a fence before coming to rest in a soybean field. Officials say a 2003 Nissan Altima, driven by 29-year old Rachel Powell, of Glenwood, was traveling westbound on the highway. Debris from the initial crash struck her car, causing damage to the vehicle. Powell was not hurt during the incident.

The accident remains under investigation.

Smart phone app for blood donors

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September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross is offering a free application for smart phones that makes it easier and faster for Iowans to find a nearby blood drive. The agency’s spokeswoman Katie Marshall says it’s a free app. You can track your donations, you can learn more about your specific blood type,” Marshall says, “and if there’s a shortage of your blood type, you’re going to get an alert saying, ‘Hey, we really need you to come in.'” The app is available for both i-Phone and Droid users.

“You can look for where the closest blood drives are in your area, you can make an appointment right there,” she says, while making blood donation goals for yourself. Marshall says the Red Cross is the nation’s single-largest supplier of blood and now that summer vacation is over, supplies are up.

“We’re seeing those high school and college drives start to pick up again,” she says. “We’re not looking at a shortage of any sort right now but the need is constant. That doesn’t mean anyone is off the hook. We need people to be donating constantly.” Iowans who want the new Blood Donor App can download it free at redcrossblood.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

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September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Democrat Bruce Braley, who is locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker. Thousands of Democrats will gather Sunday at the hot-air balloon grounds outside Indianola, south of Des Moines, for Harkin’s 37th and final steak fry. The event will serve as an emotional commemoration of his service, capped with tributes from Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

While the former secretary of state’s potential presidential aspirations are likely to capture headlines, the event is also expected to rally activists for Braley. The four-term congressman is running against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst in one of the year’s most competitive Senate races. Republicans need a six-seat gain to take control of the Senate.

Lewis woman injured in accident on Hwy 6, Wednesday

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Lewis suffered possible, unknown injuries during an accident Wednesday morning on Highway 6, in Cass County. The Iowa State Patrol, Friday, said 67-year old Linda Lou South, of Lewis, was traveling north on Highway 6 at around 8:45-a.m., when she saw a Cass County gravel truck slowing ahead of her due to engine trouble. She stopped behind the truck and turned on her flashers to warn traffic behind her.

A 2006 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 37-year old Craig Lantz, of Atlantic, was also traveling north. He saw the stalled dump truck and South’s  vehicle with its flashers on, but was unable to stop before hitting the rear of South’s car.

Lantz was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and for Violation of Financial Liability – accident related. Damage from the crash amounted to $13,000.

 

Multiple vehicle accident reported on Hwy 92

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Medivac Ambulance along crews from Cumberland and Massena Fire and Rescue were called to the scene of a reported multi-vehicle accident Friday evening, in front of Schuler Manufacturing, west of Cumberland, at 63724 Richland Road. Crews were dispatched just before 6-p.m.

A medical chopper arrives as CCMH to transport an accident victim Friday evening.

A medical chopper arrives as CCMH to transport an accident victim Friday evening.

There were injuries, with at least one person, the driver of one of the vehicles, being flown by helicopter late Friday evening to a hospital in Council Bluffs. The Iowa State Patrol was handling the accident investigation…additional details will be released later.

Police investigate body found at Iowa golf course

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Council Bluffs on Friday said they were investigating the discovery of a body at a golf course, Friday. Police said they were called to the Council Bluffs Country Club near the intersection of Wright Road and Comanche, after a person on the golf course reported seeing a body in a pond.

Officials say the body was about75-feeet from the shore, and was retrieved by personnel with the Councl Bluffs Fire Department. The Iowa DCI was notified and began investigation into the matter. Authorities said the body was in a decomposed state and no positive identification could be made at the time of the initial investigation.

The subject was believed to be a man 30-to 40-years of age. There were no immediate indications of foul play. An autopsy is set to take place Sunday to try and determine the cause of death. The investigation continues.

IA Public Info. Board says Red Oak School Board Iowa violated open meetings law

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There is probable cause that a southwest Iowa school district violated the state’s open meetings law when it met privately to discuss the firing of a principal, according to a state investigation. The Iowa Public Information Board said the five-member board of the Red Oak Community School District failed to properly vote to close an April 10 meeting and broke the law on April 14 when it failed to appropriately apprise the public of an agenda item.

Each board member could face fines of up to $2,500 per violation, The Des Moines Register reported. The Iowa Public Information Board will make a decision on the issue when it meets on Sept. 18th. The school board voted earlier this year to consider terminating Red Oak High School principal Jedd Sherman’s contract. Sherman said at the time the board was trying to fire him in retaliation for his reporting of two cases of student bullying, among other things.

The school district later agreed to pay Sherman $100,000 in exchange for him resigning. The state’s open meetings law says a government body can hold professional competency discussions in private if the affected employee requests it. Sherman said he wanted the discussions open.

Greg Barntsen, an attorney representing Red Oak, said audio of the April 10th meeting will resolve some of the issues brought up by the information board. He added that he doesn’t expect the board members to be fined since they were acting on the advice of another attorney.

Home invasion robbery in Council Bluffs

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a reported home invasion. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said officers were called just before 10-a.m. Friday, to 1714 6th Avenue, for a report of a shot being fired. Officers arrived on scene and came into contact with the victim, Kyle Medearis. According to Medearis, someone knocked on his front door. When he opened the door, a black male and a Hispanic male forced their way into his home. Both suspects were described as being in their 20’s, average height and weight. The black male was wearing all black clothing and the Hispanic male was described as wearing a blue ball cap.

The black male was armed with a handgun and they ordered him to sit down. Medearis did not comply and ran to the back of the house. As he was exiting the rear door of the house, the black male fired a single shot in his direction. Medearis was not struck by the round and was able to escape. The two suspects exited out the same door and ran to a full sized white pickup that was parked on 6th Avenue. The white pickup then fled north on 18th Street.

The Council Bluffs Police are still investigating the incident and are asking that anyone with information on the crime call 328-STOP.

Oelwein Man wanted for attempted murder taken Into Custody

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September 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Public Safety report a northeast Iowa man was arrested without incident this (Friday) morning. 33-year old Abel Quijas, Jr., of Maynard,  was wanted in connection with the alleged attempted murder Thursday afternoon, of an Oelwin Peace Officer.

Abel Quijas, Jr.

Abel Quijas, Jr.

Authorities say no further information will be released at this time.