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Shelby County girl takes 1st runner-up in State Fair Queen Contest

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August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Shelby County took the 1st runner-up award during the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest Saturday evening. 18-year old Chandler Mores, of Harlan, won a $1,300 scholarship and $300 gift card to the Jordan Creek Mall as part of the honor. Chandler is the daughter of Alan Mores and Donna Christensen-Mores, of Harlan.

17-year old Kelsey Smith, of Henry County was crowned the 2013 Iowa State Fair Queen. The daughter of Jason and Debbie Smith of Mount Pleasant, Kelsey was chosen out of the 102 contestants who participated in this year’s competition. All had been crowned queen of their respective county fairs prior to the State Fair.

Queen Kelsey, who will reign for the next year, receives a $2,800 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair in addition to her crown, sash, trophy and other prizes.

2 Montgomery County arrests

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August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Sunday afternoon in Montgomery County, on alcohol-related charges. 36-year old Clinton John Gardner, of Red Oak, and 39-year old Lavonne Lynn Lutz, of Clarinda, were arrested at around 2:55-p.m. at 250th and G Avenue, in rural Red Oak. The pair were charged with Public Intoxication and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond, each.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 12th 2013

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August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will head to Iowa next month to headline Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s steak fry fundraiser, a key stop for aspiring presidential candidates. The White House says Biden will speak at the September 15th event.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins says it has reached an agreement to acquire an Annapolis, Maryland-based company for $1.39 billion. Rockwell Collins announced the deal yesterday evening to buy ARINC Incorporated. The aviation and military electronics maker says the transaction will bring together two companies in the growing field of aviation information management.

KEYSTONE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old child and two others died when a truck collided with their car in eastern Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the crash happened Saturday night near the Benton County community of Keystone. The sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Raul Salazar Junior of Bushland, Texas has been charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle, preventing apprehension and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His passenger, 29-year-old Rafael Moreno of San Fernando, California was charged with preventing apprehension and both were held at the Benton County Jail on Sunday.

KALONA, Iowa (AP) — A historic bridge in southeast Iowa has burned, and fire officials believe it was arson. KCRG reports that the Bunker Mill Bridge burned yesterday morning and only charred remains of its wood deck remain. The bridge crosses over the English River.

Woman arrested after alleged road rage incident Sunday night on I-80

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August 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A woman on a Harley Davidson trike (motorcycle) was arrested late Sunday night after an alleged road rage incident. According to scanner traffic, a woman on the three-wheeled cycle pulled up next to another motorist near the 60-miler marker on Interstate 80 eastbound, at around 11:40-p.m, and allegedly displayed a gun.

The woman was observed a short time later walking on the I-80 overpass to Highway 71. An Iowa State Patrol Trooper reported the woman was in possession of a gun when he approached her. The woman was taken into custody without incident, just before midnight, and brought to the Cass County Jail. No other information is currently available.

4 injured during rollover Sunday evening near State Radio

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Four people were injured during a rollover accident on Highway 6 north of Lewis Sunday night. The accident happened at around 9:25-p.m. just west of the Iowa State Patrol Communications Center. All four subjects were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. One was later flown to an Omaha trauma center by helicopter. No other details were available late Sunday night.

(Update 1:15-a.m.) Man from Canada injured during semi rollover in Cass County Sunday night

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports a truck driver from Ontario, Canada was injured late Sunday night, when, for reasons unknown, the 2003 International semi he was driving left Interstate 80 westbound in Cass County, and rolled into the median at the 57-mile marker (Olive Street exit). 46-year old George McClintic was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic following the crash, which occurred at around 10:49-p.m.

Crash scene photo. (Courtesy Mike Kennon/Cass County Emergency Management Agency

Crash scene photo. (Courtesy Mike Kennon/Cass County Emergency Management Agency

McClintic was trapped in the cab of the semi, which was nearly crushed. I-80 westbound was blocked while authorities rerouted traffic up the exit ramp and around the crash site.

The accident remains under investigation.

Atlantic School Board meets Monday evening

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s (ACSD’s) Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, at the High School. During their session which begins at 7:30-p.m. in the Media Center, the Board will hear special presentations from: Erik Miller, with regard to the FFA; Derek Bair, who will talk about the Career Technical Education curriculum, and, Jerry Purdy with Design Alliance, with regard to progress on renovations at the Atlantic Middle School.

Action items on the Board’s agenda will include approval of: The 1st reading of Board Policies (Series 100); An amendment to the 2013-2014 District Testing Calendar; Lisa Munsey as a mentor at the Middle School; An FFA trip to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY; the ACSD Special Education Service Delivery Plan; The purchase of lunchroom tables for Washington Elementary; and approval of lighting and electric bids for the AHS Auditorium lighting project.

Near the end of the meeting, the Atlantic Board of Education will discuss staffing matters including a School Administration Manager (SAM) position with the CAM School District. During the CAM School Board’s meeting on June 24th, Superintendent Steve Pelzer said he having discussions with neighboring districts to see about sharing a SAM.  The individual could be an assistant to a principal, working with discipline and other issues, and could help with state reporting.  Pelzer said there are sharing incentives available to each district of over $60,000.

The Atlantic  Board will also discuss a SAM position at Washington, and having an At-Risk Advocate for the Level 3 (Behavioral Center) program. In addition, the Board will discuss an administrators Performance Incentive Pay plan, and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

1 killed, 1 injured in Central IA accident

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One Des Moines resident died and another was injured during a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Central Iowa’s Warren County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2008 Harley Davidson operated by 63-year old Everett Faux (say “f”oh”), of Des Moines, was traveling north on Interstate 35 near the 63 mile marker at around 9:45-p.m., when the machine went out of control. It toppled onto its side a skidded down the road before coming to rest on the roadway.

Faux was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. His passenger, 62-year old Laura Faux, also of Des Moines, was pronounced dead at the scene.

2 killed, 3 injured in eastern IA crash Saturday

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were killed and three others were injured during a crash that occurred in eastern Iowa’s Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of one the vehicles left the scene following the crash, and has not been found. Officials said the accident happened at around 7:20-p.m., just east of Tiffin on Highway 6, at the intersection with Jasper Avenue.

Authorities say full-sized 1995 Chevy pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection and struck an eastbound SUV on the driver’s side. Killed in the crash was the driver of the SUV, 48-year old Troy Liddell, and a passenger 50-year old Kelly Rae Liddell.Troy was wearing his seat belt, while Kelly was not. Both were from North Liberty. Kelly’s husband, 50-year old Todd Liddell, along with Troy Liddell’s 48-year old old wife Martha, also from North Liberty, were injured.The Patrol says Todd was wearing a seat belt, while Martha was not.

A passenger in the pickup, 31-year old Juan Castillo-Moreno, was also injured. Troy and Kelly Liddell died at the scene. The rest of the crash victims were transported to the University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City.

2 arrests in Montgomery County

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August 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two men were arrested this weekend. Late Saturday night, 51-year old Randall R. Dixson, of rural Nodaway, was arrested on a Simple Misdemeanor charge of Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. He was taken into custody at his residence at around 11:50-p.m. and transported to the Mongomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held until making an initial appearance before the magistrate.

And, early this (Sunday) morning, 22-year old Tyler Frederick Sevy, of Red Oak, was arrested by Police in Red Oak, on a charge of Domestic abuse/Simple Assault. Sevy was taken into custody at around 1-a.m. and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held without bond.