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Sidney woman hurt in Fremont County crash

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to a hospital in Omaha following a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Office says 65-year old Jolene Fuller, of Sidney, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered incapacitating injuries and was flown to Nebraska Medicine for treatment.

The accident happened at around 3:50-p.m. in the 2000 block of 220th Street, near Percival, Iowa. Deputies discovered a 2000 Saturn SL1 was westbound on 220th Street, when Fuller to negotiate the curve and her vehicle left the roadway. The car then struck a roadside utility pole. Deputies believe a medical condition led to the crash.

Percival Fire and Rescue, Sidney Fire and Rescue, and Lifenet assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office with the accident. The vehicle was a total loss.

Teenager dies in rollover car crash in western Iowa

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MOORHEAD, Iowa (AP) — A teenager has died after being involved in a rollover car crash in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports 16-year-old Shelby Montange was pronounced dead at the scene of the Friday morning crash outside of Moorhead. The driver, 15-year-old driver Sidney Solberg, tells the Monona County Sheriff’s Office she lost control of the car on black ice and went into a ditch off a county road.

Officials say Solberg and another 12-year-old passenger, Braiden Solberg, were both injured and taken to Burgess Hospital in nearby Onawa for treatment. The two passengers were reportedly not wearing seatbelts when they were thrown from the vehicle. Officials with the sheriff’s office say they don’t know the extent of the injuries.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Forgery arrest in Red Oak

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January 15th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A Red Oak woman was arrested on Friday by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officials on a warrant for Forgery.  At 2:14pm Friday Sheriff’s Officials arrested 24-year-old Desiree Pauline Willis in the 500 block of Coolbaugh Street.  Willis is being held on $5,000 bond.  While in custody she was charged with another Forgery charge.  The investigation is ongoing.

Search warrant leads to one drug arrest in Creston

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January 15th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports a search warrant executed in Creston on Friday resulted in one arrest.  In the morning hours on Friday Creston Police K9 Unit, Drug Task Force and Department of Narcotics Enforcement executed a valid search warrant at 920 West Mills Street in Creston that resulted in the arrest of Cody Lee Vandel for a Union County Warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine under 5 grams (A Class C Felony).  Vandel is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Evidence seized during the search warrant will result in other pending drug charges.  A large amount of US currency was recovered during the search and is beleived to be drug related and was seized.

Plane bound from Des Moines to Washington makes emergency landing in Ohio; no injuries

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — No injuries were reported when a passenger plane made an emergency landing at an Ohio airport after the pilot reported trouble with the plane’s hydraulics system. A spokeswoman at Dayton International Airport said an American Airlines flight headed from Des Moines, Iowa, to Reagan National Airport in Washington landed in Dayton around 8:30 Friday morning.

Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes says there were 69 passengers on board. She says no other flights were affected by the landing. Hughes says the hydraulics system reportedly began operating again prior to landing, but mechanics at the airport were checking it. Hughes had no information about the flight number or whether the plane remained at the airport.

School bus crash hurts several people, including 2 students

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAC COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — A crash involving a school bus sent two students and several other people to the hospital. KCCI-TV reports Debra Dettman was driving an East Sac County school bus with four children on board Thursday afternoon when they were struck by a truck. The crash, which happened at the intersection of Highway 20 and Rolf Avenue at 4:17 p.m., sent both vehicles into a ditch.

Dettman was taken to a Sac City hospital. The driver of the truck, 40-year-old August Bach, and his passenger, 38-year-old Jennifer Elliott, also were taken to the Sac City hospital. Their conditions weren’t available.

The parents of two of the children took them to a hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. Dettman was charged with failure to yield.

Sioux City to add Dallas/Fort Worth airline connection

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – City leaders say Sioux City will add a direct flight to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Sioux City Journal reports that beginning May 5th, American Airlines will provide flights from the Sioux Gateway Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth. City officials announced the new, non-stop flights during a Friday news conference.

One daily flight will be offered that include departures from Dallas/Fort Worth at 12:20 p.m. and return trips from Sioux City leaving at 3:12 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Saturday.  American is the only carrier at the Sioux Gateway and currently offers two daily flights to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Sioux City has not had a direct flight to a western hub since October 2014.

CCMH Audit report released – no corrective measures needed

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, today (Friday) released an annual audit report. The report, prepared by Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C. shows the hospital remained financially strong during the 2015 fiscal year. It indicated there were no necessary corrective measures. A copy of the audit report is available for review in the offices of the Auditor of State and the CCMH Chief Executive Officer.

Some highlights of the audit include:
• The hospital’s unrestricted funds revenues totaled $45,705,200 (for the year ending June 30, 2015), which is a 7.2 percent increase from 2014.
• The revenues included $36,572,400 in net patient revenue, $5,884,500 in other operating revenue, $2,183,500 from the county and $160,300 in investment income.
• Expenses for the year totaled $40,931,900, a 2.4 percent increase from the prior year, and included $18,121,700 for wages and benefits, $5,401,000 for professional fees, $12,480,300 for supplies and other expenses, $3,244,600 for depreciation, and $1,668,100 for interest expense.

The increase in revenues and expenses were primarily due to increases in services provided. The number of inpatient acute days increased by 5.4% compared to the prior year, swing bed days increased by 23.1%, and outpatient occasions of service increased by 11.3%.

Abbey Stangl, Chief Financial Officer said “Our staff has done an outstanding job to hold expenses at only 2.4% growth while increasing occasions of service of all types,” noted . “Their diligence has allowed us to maintain the financial health of our organization while caring for our community members.”

(Press Release)

Dexter teen involved in Guthrie County accident

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Dexter was injured during an accident Thursday morning, in Guthrie County. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year old Emma Egger was traveling west on White Pole Road at around 9:05-a.m., when she lost control of the 2002 Chevy Trailblazer she was driving as it was entering a curve. The SUV spun around and entered the eastbound ditch. Egger complained of head and leg injuries and was transported by Stuart EMS to Mercy West Hospital. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,500.

Bluffs man fails to return from work release

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January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa are asking for your help in locating a man who failed to return to the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, 32-year-old Roger Eugene Madsen was placed on escaped status after failing to return to the facility from his place of employment. Madsen is described as a white male, 5’9, 166 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Roger Eugene Madsen

Roger Eugene Madsen

He was serving a 20-year prison sentence for two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of voluntary absence, prohibited acts with controlled substance, assault with intent of injury on a peace officer and assault with a weapon on a peace officer. Madsen’s sentence began in October 2009. He was transferred to the work release facility on January 5th, 2016.

If you have seen Madsen or know where he is, contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at (712) 328-4701 or the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 890-2200.