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3 felony arrests in Adams Co., Friday

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June 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports three people were arrested Friday on felony charges. Friday night, 41-year old James Castillo, of Prescott, was arrested on charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive with felony warrants. Castillo was being held in the Adams County Jail on $2,000 cash bond.

And, 24-year old Garret Templeton along with 20-year old Zach Gilbert, both of Corning, were arrested on warrants for an incident of vandalism to a vehicle which occurred on June 12th. The men were being held in the Adams County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Iowa DOT to implement flood mitigation measures for Iowa 175 near Onawa

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June 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – June 24, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will be
implementing flood mitigation measures along Iowa 175 to help keep the road open as
long as possible. This road is an important transportation connection between Onawa,
Iowa, and Decatur, Neb., as well as other communities along the Interstate 29
corridor.  

The success of these mitigation strategies remains dependent on the level of
continued rising river and ground water levels. They are being deployed at this time
due to the increased release of water by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is
projected to raise river water elevations from .5 to 1 foot. Those levels would
cause inundation of portions of the roadway.

Preliminary sandbagging will be performed this weekend along the shoulders of the
roadway in lower-lying areas. Starting Monday, additional measures will be taken to
address a rise in river water levels of up to 1 foot. 

If water levels exceed 1 foot, conditions will be created within the overall basin
area that will make it impossible to contain the water and keep the roadway open. In
that event, the roadway will be closed.   

An additional benefit of these mitigation strategies is the fact that it may allow
the roadway to be reopened sooner, if closed. 

Next week, contractor employees will be placing sandbags and concrete barrier wall
along the west side of Cashew Avenue. In addition, sandbags and barrier wall will be
placed along the north side of Iowa 175. The lowest-lying areas will be the target
of the sandbagging effort. 

The Iowa DOT has already strengthened the shoulders of the north side of Iowa 175 at
certain locations to help mitigate damage to the roadway surface.

Gov. Branstad, Gen. Derek Hill, Congressman Steve King to tour flood-affected areas along the Missouri River on Monday

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June 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry E. Branstad will join Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency
Management Director Gen. Derek Hill and Congressman Steve King on Monday, June 27,
2011 in traveling via Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of the flood-affected
areas along the Missouri River.

The trio will visit with local officials and hold press conferences in Sioux City
and Council Bluffs regarding flood damage, and prevention efforts, along the
Missouri River. They will then conduct an aerial surveillance of the flood-affected
areas while traveling from Sioux City to Council Bluffs.

Calif. man arrested on gun charge in Cass Co., IA

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June 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a California man was arrested today (Friday), for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 27-year old Christopher Lawrence Gaul,  of Hemet , CA,  was brought to the Cass County Jail and is being held on $5,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s office reports also, 26-year old Sarah Shanelle Olsen, of Griswold, was arrested Thursday, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Olsen was brought to the Cass County Jail, pled guilty to the charge and was released the next day.

3 Iowa soldiers injured in Afghan explosion

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June 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa National Guard soldiers have been injured when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the incident happened Tuesday.

National Guard Maj. Mike Wunn tells the Courier in an e-mail from Afghanistan that the three soldiers suffered minor injuries and have returned to duty.

Wunn says names of injured soldiers aren’t released unless their injuries require evacuation and more extensive treatment.

The soldiers are members of the Waterloo-based 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry Regiment. They have been in Afghanistan since October and are expected to return home later this summer.

Delayed accident report

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June 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

In a delayed report from the Iowa State Patrol, officials said a couple from Anita was injured during an accident on Interstate 80 in Cass County. The crash occurred just after 12-p.m. on June 11th.
Officials say the accident happened as 75-year old Richard Wayne Lewis and his 73-year old wife Mary Bernita Lewis, were traveling west on I-80 and passing another vehicle. A camper trailer being pulled by the Lewis’ pickup truck began to sway, causing Richard Lewis to lose control. His pickup hit both sides of a bridge near the Cass-Pottawattamie County line and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of traffic.
Richard Lewis was transported by Trooper Todd Granner to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Mary Lewis was taken to the hospital by Walnut Rescue. Both were had been wearing their seatbelts.

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Sioux City concert to thank flood volunteers

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June 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A free outdoor concert has been planned to thank the thousands of people who have volunteered to help fight Missouri River flooding in the Sioux City area. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux City Center parking lot. Bush Hawg and Toby McBrooks will perform.

The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing massive amounts of water into the river from dams upstream. Those releases will keep the river above flood stage along Nebraska and Iowa at least into August.

Harlan burglaries

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June 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for several burglaries last weekend, in Harlan. According to Harlan Police, several burglaries were reported in the community during the weekend of June 18th & 19th.

Officials say in two of the instances, garages were entered and items stolen, while in another instance, the home of an elderly female was entered while she was away due to an illness.  Authorities remind residents in the community to secure locks on their homes while they are away.

Harlan Police report also, 18-year old Mitchell Max, of Harlan, was cited June 17th for 5th Degree Theft, after he allegedly took items with out paying for them, from the Hy-Vee Food Store in Harlan. Max was found to be in possession of a 20-ounce can of Red Bull energy drink, when he was caught. After being cited for the alleged offense, the man was released from custody.

And, authorities in Harlan say 26-year old Tiffanie Newcomb, of Harlan, was arrested this past Monday, an an active Shelby County warrant for probation revocation related to a possession of controlled substance charge filed against her on May 26th. The woman was being held in the Shelby County Jail. Her arraignment on the PCS charge is scheduled for June 27th.