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Northwest Iowa man found after missing for 17 hours

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July 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An 82-year- old northwest Iowa man who got lost in a cornfield Saturday evening was found Sunday afternoon following an extensive search. Family members say Stewart “Skip” Harris left his home in rural Akron Saturday evening, riding his all-terrain vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. to check on irrigation units. Son John Harris says he saw a light on at his father’s house in the evening, so didn’t stop to check on him. Harris says he discovered his father wasn’t home Sunday morning and began looking for him.

“Right away I came down here to the field to see if he happened to be down here — and then that’s when I found the four-wheeler here in the cornfield abandoned. I called my sister and told here ‘we got problems.’ We looked for a while, five family members and finally we just said we can’t do this ourselves and called 9-1-1,” Harris. “Somehow the word got out…and there’s just so many people here who have helped us out.” He says his dad apparently went out to check on an irrigation units.

“Evidently in the dark he got disoriented and he drove into the cornfield and couldn’t find his way out. He left the four-wheeler and started walking around. It’s hard enough to find your way out in the daylight, let alone in the dark,” Harris says. The elder Harris was located in a cornfield at about 2:12 Sunday afternoon, nearly 17 hours since he was last seen. He was in good condition, aside from being exhausted, and dirty and dehydrated. Volunteer searchers cheered when Skip Harris was brought to the command center ending the search. John Harris was thankful with the way things turned out.

“It could have been a tragic ending — fortunately it worked out the right way,” Harris says. “We thank all the volunteers, and thank God for helping us find him.” More than 150 people from various emergency agencies, along with several volunteers concentrated their search within two corn fields Sunday.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, July 25th 2016

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July 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

ATLANTIC, Iowa – Five people, an adult and four teens, suffered what were believed to be minor injuries, when an amusement park ride had a mechanical breakdown Sunday night, causing some of the arms of “The Octopus” ride to collapse onto the ground.

EMERSON, Iowa – Authorities say a medical condition may have caused a fatal, single-vehicle accident west of here Sunday afternoon. 62-year old Stephen Pierson died in the crash.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Opening day of bike ride across Iowa marred by death of bicycle rider. Iowa State Patrol says rider was killed near Glenwood on Sunday morning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say 59-year-old man was killed Sunday morning in a shooting. Officers are investigating the shooting that happened around 4:30 a.m. near Roosevelt High School. Few details about the shooting were released Sunday and no arrests had been made.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms at least three tornadoes moved through eastern Iowa on Saturday. The storms damaged crops and some farm outbuildings but mostly avoided towns. Experts are still surveying the damage from the storms.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new Kossuth County sheriff’s department drone helped authorities quickly find and rescue an Iowa man and his granddaughter whose boat became hung up on a logjam on the Upper Des Moines River. Authorities said the remote-control aircraft reduced the amount of time it took to locate the pair.

Emerson man dies in Mills County crash Sunday afternoon

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says one person died following a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon, in Mills County. 62-year old Stephen Pierson, of Emerson, died at the scene of the crash that took place at around 2:36-p.m.  Pierson was traveling west on County Road H-34 about 8-miles west of 390th Street, when his 1993 Chevy Lumina left the road  and went into a ditch. The vehicle traveled for about 195-feet in the ditch prior to hitting an embankment and coming to rest.

The Patrol says Pierson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was known to have medical conditions, that may have played a role in the accident.

(Update 10-p.m.) 5 injured in Cass County Fair Amusement park ride

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Five people, an adult and four teens, suffered what were described as non-life threatening injuries Sunday evening, when a mechanical failure caused the arms of an amusement park ride at the Cass County Fair to come crashing to the ground. Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson told KJAN News Sunday night, that the incident happened at around 7:30-p.m. on “The Octopus.” The ride is located just outside of the “Kids Barn” portion of the two commercial buildings on the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

Erickson said the injured parties, a woman believed to be in her 20’s, along with two  teens, a male and a female, were transported by ambulance to the Cass County Hospital. Two 15-year old males went to the hospital by private vehicle. The injured complained of neck, back and shoulder pain, and bruises, according to Erickson.

He said the Fair Board has contacted the State Division of Labor about the incident, and until an Inspector can come out and examine the ride and find out what went wrong, the “Octopus” is shut down.

3 injured on amusement ride at the Cass County Fair

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people, two children and an adult, were injured Sunday night when a mechanical failure occurred on an amusement ride at the Cass County Fair, in Atlantic.  According to KETV in Omaha, the mechanical failure, which was reported around 7:40 p.m. at the Cass County Fair, caused the arms of the octopus ride to slam to the ground. The ride is located just outside of the “Kids Barn” portion of the two commercial buildings on the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

An adult and child went to Cass County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The other child went to the hospital in a private vehicle. The ride is currently shut down. No further information was given. We’ll update this story on KJAN as officials provide us with more details.

Wildlife refuge to use Olympics to teach about animal skills

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is offering visitors a chance to test their athletic skills against area wildlife. The refuge will offer an animal Olympics program at 1 p.m. on Saturday where visitors can see if they can jump as high as a deer or balance like a great blue heron. The program will teach about the abilities of native wildlife.

The refuge sits north of Omaha, Nebraska, along on U.S. Highway 30 near Missouri Valley, Iowa. An entrance permit is required to enter the refuge. For more information, call 712-388-4800.

3 arrested in Creston

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people have been arrested on separate charges, in Creston. The Creston Police Department reports 21-year old Dylan Daniel Hudson, of Shannon City, was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Afton Fairgrounds in connection with a Domestic Assault that allegedly took place Friday. Hudson was being held without bond in the Union County Jail, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

19-year old Coltyn Michael Bredberg, of Creston, was arrested Saturday night in Creston, for Driving While Suspended. Bredberg was later released on $300 bond.

And, Friday night, Creston Police arrested 46-year old Lisa Kay Foster, of Creston, for allowing an animal to run at large. Foster was issued a citation, and then released.

Two women arrested in Fremont County for allegedly exploiting their elderly father

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two women have been arrested on Felony 1st Degree Theft and Dependent Adult Abuse by financial exploitation charges, in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Office said Sunday, 62-year old Roberta Lee Hovey, of Omaha, NE., and 59-year old Rebecca Ann Cook, of Centerville, TX, were taken into custody following an investigation that began with a report from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Officials say the DHS notified the Sheriff’s Office that the house of an elderly man residing at The Ambassador Sidney, Incorporated (a nursing home) had been sold, and the proceeds used by Hovey for her own use. Hovey and Cook are the daughters of the alleged victim, and had acted as his Power of Attorney.

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca Cook

Roberta Hovey

Roberta Hovey

During the course of the investigation, other financial transactions took place between 2013 and 2015, including the purchase of vehicles, and other large payments between Hovey and Cook that depleted their fathers’ banking account, which had a value of more than  $466,000 at the time the women took it over.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in their investigation by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office and Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

FL man killed in RAGBRAI accident

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Florida who just began to leave the starting point for the 44th RAGBRAI touring event died early this (Sunday) morning, after being hit from behind by a pickup truck, in Mills County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 72-year old Wayne L. Ezell, of Jacksonville, FL, had just dipped his bike tires in the Missouri River and was traveling westbound on Highway 34 near Glenwood, when the driver of the pickup, 34-year old Robb Philippus, of Glenwood, failed to see the bike. The accident happened at around 6:40-a.m.

Ezell was thrown from his bike during the crash and came to rest on the north shoulder of the road. The accident remains under investigation.

RAGBRAI riders are enroute from Glenwood to Shenandoah for the event’s first stage, which covers about 50 miles. A “Mile of Silence,” was scheduled for today, dedicated to the memory of those who have been injured or killed while enjoying a bicycle ride. The “Mile of Silence” takes place between Malvern and Tabor.

Two car collision in Red Oak Saturday

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July 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department released details of a 2 vehicle property damage accident that occurred Saturday afternoon in Red Oak.  The accident occurred at 2:55pm Saturday at the intersection of Highway 48 and West Walnut Street.  After investigation it was determined that a 2012 Subaru Forester driven by 60-year-old Teresa Risinger-Hebb of Stanton was traveling westbound on West Walnut Street and had stopped at the stop sign. A 2012 Honda Fit driven by Oleda Cooper of El Dorado, KS was southbound on Highway 48 approaching the Walnut Street intersection when Risinger-Hebb pulled out into the intersection and struck the Honda in the Drivers side doors.  The Honda came to rest in the southbound lane and the drivers side airbags deployed.  No injuries were reported in the accident. Risinger-Hebb stated she did not see the approaching vehicle and was cited for Failure to Yield from the stop sign.  The Subaru sustained an estimated $2,000 damage and was driven away from the scene but the Honda had to be towed with an estimated $6,000 damage.