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Iowa News Headlines: Sat., April 19th 2014

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April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, believed to be from China, causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, who die from dehydration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it is stepping up efforts by requiring farmers to report infections.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn’t impact them. Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will “proceed as is,” despite Tuesday’s ruling suggesting that not all felons lose their voting rights. She’s handling felony election misconduct cases against six offenders accused of voting in the 2012 election even though they lost their rights. A seventh may plead guilty Monday.

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa bar and bowling alley owner and one of her employees have been accused of setting a fire to collect insurance money. Authorities say 36-year-old Kristina Manasil owned the Budd-Z’s Sports Bar and Grill and its bowling alley in Sheldon. Manasil and 36-year-old Adam Sickles were arrested Wednesday.

PROLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an escaped prisoner captured in central Iowa was found under a house porch. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was found Friday hiding under a residence in Prole, just south of Des Moines.

IA Sec. of State Schultz to visit area counties April 22-23

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Congress, Matt Schultz, Friday, announced a twelve-stop tour through Iowa’s Third Congressional District. The tour will take place on April 22nd and 23rd. During the tour, Schultz’s will be meeting with voters throughout the district listening to their concerns and talking about his vision to fix Washington DC.

The tour, which is open to the public and the press, will begin in Perry on the morning of the 22nd and will end the day with a meet and greet in Council Bluffs, where Schultz lived and served as City Councilman for five years. Schultz will then travel through the southern part of Iowa’s Third Congressional District ending the tour in Indianola on the evening of the 23rd.

Among the stops during his trip on Tuesday, April 22nd, is: The Hilltop Diner in Guthrie Center, beginning at 9:30am; The Downtowner Cafe in Atlantic, at 11:30, and the Fountain Perk in Red Oak, starting at 1:30-p.m.  Schultz will also be at the Gridiron Garage in Glenwood, at 3-p.m. Tuesday, and he’ll conclude the day’s stops with a visit to Barley’s Bar in Council Bluffs, beginning at 5:30-p.m.

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Matt Schultz will be at the Garrison Coffee House in Clarinda, beginning at 8-a.m.; From there he travels to Bedford for a 10-a.m. visit to the Junction Cafe. Then it’s on to Corning, for an 11:45-a.m. stop at Kay’s Cafe. Schultz’s journey brings him next to Creston, for an 11:30-a.m. stop at the Garden Cafe’ and Coffee Shop. And from there, it’s on to the Northside Cafe in Winterset, where Schultz will meet with the public at 3-p.m.

His day concludes in Indianola.

SD trucker killed in Fremont County accident

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from South Dakota died early Friday morning in Fremont County, when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 29. The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year old Christopher Vonderlieth, of Sioux Falls, SD, was partially in the right lane changing a flat tire on the left side of 2001 Freightliner semi he was driving, when he was struck by a 2008 Chrysler van. The man died at the scene of the accident that happened at around 5:40-a.m., about one-quarter of a mile south of the Thurman exit.

Officials say the semi was parked on the shoulder of the interstate facing southbound, and had its four-way flashers on, but the van’s driver, 49-year old Roger Norton, Sr., of Bellevue, NE, failed to see Vonderlieth in the traveled portion of the road. No charges have been filed.

Missouri teen injured during rollover accident in s.w. Iowa

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say one person suffered possible/unknown injuries during a single-vehicle accident Thursday evening. In a report released Friday, authorities said 16-year old Jennifer Gullion, of Maryville, MO., was transported to the hospital in Shenandoah, after the 2004 Chevy Impala she was driving went out of control on Hackberry Aveue, just south of 280th Street.
When the car drifted off the road onto the east shoulder, the teen over-corrected. The car skidded across the road and entered the west ditch before rolling twice and coming to rest on its wheels. The accident happened at around 7:50-p.m. Gullion was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Iowa officials: Escaped prisoner has been captured

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an escaped prisoner in suburban Des Moines has been captured. Lt. Brent Long with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was placed into custody at around 3:20-p.m. Friday, in Prole. He was found underneath the porch of a residence and refused to obey officers’ orders to come out. An K-9 was sent in to convince Bevard to surrender, but not before Bevard suffered some injuries.

Authorities say 41-year old Casey Joe Risius, of Des Moines, has been charged with aiding and abetting Bevard’s escape.  He was also charged with possession with intent to delivery a schedule II drug — methamphetamine and possession of schedule I drug — marijuana.

Authorities say Bevard was being driven Thursday to Adel in adjacent Dallas County for a court hearing in a burglary case. He was handcuffed when he got out of a Dallas County sheriff’s vehicle. He reached a nearby wooded area.

Authorities say Bevard has served prison time for burglary and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces additional charges associated with the escape.

Georgia man pleads not guilty in Iowa man’s death

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his former roommate in Iowa.  The Fort Dodge Messenger reports 54-year-old John Green, of Blairsville, Ga., made the written plea Thursday. Online records do not list a scheduled trial date.    Green is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City. Koster’s skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his house in 2012.

Police say Green briefly lived with Koster in 2009. Relatives say they last saw Koster that year, and he was reported missing in 2010.  Green was arrested in Florida in March. He is being held at the Sac County Jail without bond.

Officials announces plan for Microsoft data center

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, increasing the company’s investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion and becoming the largest investment in the state to date.

Gov. Terry Branstad joined with local officials Friday to announce Microsoft’s investment in so-called “Project Alluvion,” which is expected to total more than $1.1 billion. A data center completed in 2010 resulted in about a $900 million investment from the company.

Branstad says Iowa’s central location makes it an attractive location for Microsoft and other companies that have recently opened data centers.  Google opened a data center in Council Bluffs in 2009, and Facebook is building a data center in Altoona that should open early next year.

Iowa officials suspect escaped prisoner left area

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a prisoner who escaped in suburban Des Moines may no longer be in the area.  The Urbandale Police Department said Friday it has suspended an active search of the immediate area for 37-year-old Kenny Bevard. They believe he has received aid from others following his escape Thursday in Clive.

Authorities say Bevard was being driven to Adel in adjacent Dallas County for a court hearing in a burglary case. He was handcuffed when he got out and ran as the Dallas County sheriff’s vehicle stopped in traffic. He reached a nearby wooded area.

Dallas and Polk County sheriff’s offices will continue the investigation and search for Bevard.   Authorities say Bevard has served prison time for burglary and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, believed to be from China, causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, who die from dehydration.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it is stepping up efforts by requiring farmers to report infections and labs where farmers send tissue and fecal samples to report positive tests. Farms that suffer an outbreak also will have to participate in a program to help control the spread of the disease

Previously, the USDA and the nation’s pork industry tracked the disease with voluntary reports from the labs.

Iowa’s unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent

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April 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February. It compared to a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in March 2013.    Despite the higher rate, agency director Teresa Wahlert says total employment reached a record high of 1.6 million people.

The number of unemployed people also increased, from 74,200 in February to 76,000 in March. Just over 7,000 additional people joined the labor force. Iowa’s rate compares to a national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.