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(Update) 1 seriously injured during early morning rollover accident in Atlantic, Saturday


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a story we brought you early Saturday morning, on KJAN.com and during our newscasts, one-person was seriously injured during a rollover accident near the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area, in Atlantic. Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance crews were dispatched at around 1:13-a.m. to an area north of the bridge on Buck Creek Road, just before Glacier Road, for a passenger vehicle that had rolled over.

County County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh McLaren told KJAN News a 1993 Buick LeSabre driven by 19-year old Daniel Schmeling, of Atlantic, was traveling north on Buck Creek road and had just crossed the bridge onto the gravel, when the car went out of control and rolled near the northwest corner of the intersection with Glacier Road. One of the passengers, a 14-year old male, was partially ejected and  trapped under the vehicle. Another male passenger, age 18, suffered what are believed to have been minor injuries. Their names have not been released.

McLaren said while alcohol was NOT a factor in the crash, the accident remains under investigation.

Iowa DOT offers map showing location of snowplows

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January 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials want people to know where snowplows are working during winter weather.

The state Department of Transportation is offering an interactive online map that shows where the vehicles are currently located. It’s under the agency’s winter driving section.

When snowplow icons are clicked, a visitor can see where its location was last reported and what direction it was headed. It also gives the reported air temperature.

Data is fed automatically every two minutes from the snowplows.

The map is available via desktop or mobile device.

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Domestic Abuse Assault Arrest Saturday in Villisca


January 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest Saturday morning in Villisca.  Officers arrested 19-year-old Holly A. Nutting of Villisca on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault with Injury.

Charges stemmed from the investigation into a report of a family disturbance at 102. W. 2nd Street in Villisca.  The victim was found to have minor injuries that did not require medical treatment and Nutting was found at a nearby residence and taken into custody without incident.

Nutting was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Jan. 18th 2014


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa News from the Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is intervening in litigation over the future of a gaming license in Woodbury County. Attorneys for the city filed motions Friday in Polk County District Court asking to present evidence in a lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The Iowa Supreme Court is examining whether the district court had the power in December to stay the license awarded by the commission.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials are warning Iowa City residents to beware of a phone scam involving people claiming to be IRS agents.City officials say the impersonators are calling residents and demanding they pay taxes they don’t owe. The callers have threatened jail time, deportation and other consequences.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal jury has ruled in favor of the maker of an infant formula that a family claimed caused severe brain damage to an Iowa girl.The jury in Sioux City said Friday that the powdered formula manufactured by Abbott Laboratories did not lead to 5-year-old Jeanine Kunkel contracting meningitis when she was an infant. The meningitis caused brain damage.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a prominent Iowa developer to one year in prison for embezzling money from business ventures to prop up his real estate holdings and keep up a wealthy lifestyle. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose said Friday that she struggled to fashion an appropriate sentence for Chuck Ruhl of Davenport, especially since he had paid his victims back and had made many positive contributions to the community. But she said she was troubled that he improperly withdrew money for years from real estate partnerships he managed, even after he had been caught doing so once.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines police say a freight train hit a dump truck in West Des Moines, injuring the truck driver. Police say the crash happened just before 1 p.m. Friday when an Iowa Interstate Railroad train hit a dump truck driven by 59-year-old Rick Northway of Des Moines. Authorities say his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Wrong-way vehicle causes fatal accident near Council Bluffs Fri. night


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and three other people were injured during two-vehicle crash Friday night in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident took place at around 10:30-p.m., just south of junction of I-29 and I-680, just north of Council Bluffs.

Officials report a 2008 Kia Spectra driven by a person from Rogers, Arkansas was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-29, when it collided head-on with a 2005 Nissan Maxima driven by Freda Zanabria, whose city of residence was not known. Following the collision, the KIA came to rest in the median. Its driver, whose name was not released, died at the scene. The Nissan came to rest in the west ditch.

Zanabria was trapped and suffered what were described as “extremely critical” injuries. Zanabria and a passenger in the car, 23-year old Cesar Caballero were flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Another passenger in the car, 20-year old Luz Trujilo, was transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to UNMC. Zanabria was the only person in the vehicle to be wearing a seat belt. The hometowns of the passengers in the Zanabria vehicle was unknown to authorities at the time of their news release.

3 injured during rollover accident in Atlantic Sat. morning


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three people were said to have been injured during a rollover accident early this (Saturday) morning, near the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area, in Atlantic. Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance crews were dispatched at around 1:12-a.m. to an area north of the bridge on Buck Creek Road, just north of the walking trails, for a passenger vehicle that had rolled over. One of the victims was partially ejected and  trapped under the vehicle. Two passengers in the vehicle were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, one was flown by helicopter a little over 90-minutes later to a trauma center in Omaha. A report on the victims’ conditions is not available.

The 19-year old driver of the car was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Additional details about the accident are currently not available.

Free Tax Prep available for SW IA low/moderate income families


January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Free tax preparation services will be available in southwest Iowa for low and moderate income families as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. For more information or to make an appointment call after January23rd to the Shelby County Extension Office in Harlan, phone: 712-755-3104. Other tax sites will also be available in Atlantic, Guthrie Center, Carroll, Jefferson, Malvern, and Corning.

The program is open to Iowa residents with adjusted gross income below $57,000. Tax preparation services will be provided by IRS trained and certified local volunteers who utilize the Tax Wise software to complete returns. The IRS now requires all returns to be quality reviewed by a second tax volunteer which could delay the filing of a tax return by a day or two. Most returns will be electronically filed and to speed up the refund process participants are encouraged to have a savings or bank account, although it is not required. Taxpayers can have refunds deposited into more than one account and also purchase Series I US Savings Bonds.

Only Basic Federal, Iowa and nearby state returns will be processed. The program does not prepare Schedules or Forms related to Business profit/loss (except Form C-EZ with business expenses under $10,000), Capital gains/losses, Farm or rental income, Employee business expenses, or Moving expenses. A professional tax preparer should be consulted for these services.

Health savings accounts (HSA’s) and Cancellation of Debt returns are only prepared where volunteers are certified to do so.

In rural southwest Iowa the VITA program is a joint effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowan’s for Social and Economic Development. The program is financially supported by the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Human Services. For more information about the program contact Mary Beth Kaufman, ISU Extension Program Specialist and VITA Coordinator at 712-755-3104.

Boil Advisory lifted for Prescott


January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Residents of Prescott in Adams County can drink their tap water again after a boil advisory was lifted today (Friday), at 3:30 p.m. The DNR and Southern Iowa Rural Water lifted the advisory after two sets of water samples taken a day apart tested clean for bacteria.

The advisory was issued Wednesday after a contractor hit a water main, causing the town to lose water pressure. Pressure drops can allow bacteria to enter the drinking water.

IEDA approves awards to support the creation & retention of up to 177 jobs


January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board (Friday) today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to five companies for job creation and expansion projects. The awards will assist in the creation of 91 jobs and the retention of 86 jobs and will result in over $90 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also took action to support the growth of start-ups and small businesses in Iowa. The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Norwalk, Carter Lake, Rose Hill, Coralville and Johnston.

Owen Industries, Inc. in Carter Lake supplies fabricated steel for commercial, industrial and nuclear projects at its Carter Lake facility. The company was awarded $50,000 in direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits for a project to expand operations to a new green-field facility and add several major pieces of processing equipment to meet customer requirements. The $33.6 million capital investment is expected to create 16 new jobs and retain 72 jobs, of which 20 are incented.