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Public hearings Wednesday in Adair County

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two public hearings will take place Wednesday morning in Greenfield, during a regular meeting of the Adair County Board of Supervisors. The hearings are with regard to the vacating of sections of Orange and Etna Avenues, and will be followed by action on resolutions approving the vacating of those roads.

The meeting begins at 9-a.m., in the Adair County Boardroom at the Courthouse, in Greenfield.

Iowa Authorities release new details on Bluffs Trooper-involved shooting

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Iowa have released additional information with regard to a State Trooper- involved shooting incident that took place Sunday morning, near Council Bluffs. Officials said Tuesday (Today), that 27 year-old Michael Lee, of Carter Lake, was shot while trying to elude Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tim Sieleman.  Trooper Sieleman was attempting to stop Lee for not having license plates on a Dodge Ram Pick-up.

Trooper Tim Sieleman

Trooper Tim Sieleman

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Trooper Sieleman, a 16-year veteran of the patrol, has been placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation per departmental policy. Lee remains hospitalized recovering from his non-life threatening injuries.

Lee was eventually stopped by other troopers, after they successfully rammed the truck he was driving, on Veterans Memorial Highway in Council Bluffs.  Lee’s truck rolled across the median from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes, where he was taken in to custody and transported to UNMC hospital in Omaha, NE.

While investigating the incident, it was discovered that Lee had outstanding warrants and that the Dodge Ram Pick-up that he was driving was stolen.

The on-going investigation is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Patrol, the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.

Car collides with semi in Audubon County Monday morning

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A woman from New York was injured when the car she was driving went out of control and collided with a semi, in Audubon County. Sheriff’s officials say 25-year old Erin Elizabeth Lower, of Rochester, NY, was transported to the Audubon County Hospital by Exira Rescue, following the crash north of Exira at around 9-a.m., Monday.

Authorities say 31-year old Justin Kyle Wells, of Woodward, OK, was traveling north on Highway 71 in a 2005 Peterbilt semi,  as 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Lower, was traveling south. When the right front tire of Lower’s car slipped off onto the shoulder, Lower over-corrected, sending the vehicle across the centerline of the road, where it collided with the semi.

Following the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch. Wells wasn’t injured in the crash, but his semi sustained $10,000 damage. Damage to the Toyota was estimated at $12,000. Officials say Lower was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.

Details released on Sunday night accident in Cass County

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released details about an accident that occurred Sunday night. Officials say at around 8:18-p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 92 west of Highway 71. A White Ford F350 pickup driven by 27-year old Tanner Paul Preston, of Atlantic, was eastbound on Highway 92 when Preston lost control of the truck, which rolled approximately six times, coming to rest in the north ditch.

The man was ejected from the vehicle and transported by Griswold Rescue to Cass County Memorial Hospital before being flown by helicopter to University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The accident remains under investigation.

2 injured in Guthrie County crash

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County have released details about an accident causing injuries, which occurred Sunday morning, just west of Menlo. Authorities say a 2008 Toyota driven by 18-year old Carly Dycus, of Des Moines, was traveling north on Redwood Road at a high rate of speed, when Dycus failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with White Pole Road (Highway 6). The vehicle ramped over the intersection and continued north onto Ranch Trail before going out of control, spinning around and entering the east ditch.

The left rear of the vehicle impacted the ditch embankment, causing the car to roll over one and a half-times before coming to rest on its passenger side on the northbound lane of the road. The accident happened just before 2-a.m., Sunday.

Dycus and a passenger in the car, 16-year old Zana Jarett, of Earlham, were transported by Stuart Rescue to Mercy hospital in Des Moines. Three other teens in the car refused treatment. They were identified as 16-year old Taylor Coffman and 15-year old Olivia Canelos, both of Earlham, and 14-year old Devin Hensley, of Dexter.

Dycus was charged with First Offense OWI, Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, and Failure to Maintain Control. The car, registered to Ronald Dycus, of Des Moines, sustained $8,000 damage.

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AMU Board adopts resolutions approving power/water rate increases

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities have approved resolutions adopting increased electric and water rate fees. The action came during the AMU Board of Trustee’s meeting Monday night. AMU General Manager Steve Tjepkes said during their meeting on Nov. 18th, the AMU Board tentatively approved the increases, and a public hearing was needed prior to final action being taken on putting the new rates into effect. Notices were published in the local paper explaining the rate change and reasons for it.

It’s the second consecutive year for rate increases from AMU.  Last year, electric rates went up 12-percent, and the water rate was increased 4-percent. The Board Monday approved a 5-percent across the board increase (residential and commercial) in electric rates. Tjepkes said the electric rate increase is due to EPA regulations for the coal-fired power plant in Council Bluffs, from which AMU receives additional energy. AMU’s cost related to the Council Bluffs plant improvements and EPA compliance will amount to $500-thousand next year, and about $1.2-million in 2015.

Tjepkes said there will also be a 5-percent across the board increase in water rates. The increase in Atlantic’s water rates he said, is driven by changes that require parts of the system to be lead-free, which entails the removal of some parts and replacement of those items with non-lead parts. Those costs are estimated at 30-to 35-thousand dollars.

There were no written or public comments during the meeting with regard to the increases.The Board’s action means the average household in Atlantic would see a One-dollar increase in their water bill each month, while the electric bill would increase two-to three-dollars per month. In other business, the AMU Board approved a resolution adopting their Calendar Year 2014 Budget.

Pickup hits semi in Montgomery County near Red Oak – 1 injured

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured Monday afternoon, when a pickup rear-ended a semi tractor/trailer, near Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an Old Dominion Freight Line Company semi driven by 47-year old Brian S. Antisdel, of Omaha, was sitting in the westbound lane of Highway 34 at the railroad tracks, with its flashers on. A 2013 Dodge 1500 pickup traveling west on Highway 34 and driven by 67-year old Clinton Wade Rubey, of Red Oak, slammed into the rear to the trailer.  The crash happened at around 3:25-p.m., about one-quarter of a mile west of the intersection with Highway 48.

Officials say Rubey was transported to the Montgomery County Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, for treatment of minor injuries.  Damage from the collision amounted to $60,000. Authorities say Rubey will be cited for Failure to Stop in a Safe and Assured Distance.

Red Oak Police and Red Oak Fire and Rescue Assisted at the scene.

Red Oak man arrested for DWB

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December 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Red Oak man was arrested Monday evening for Driving While Barred. 24-year old Randy Michael Mitchell was taken into custody just before 5-p.m. and booked into Montgomery County Corrections, where he was being held on a $2,000 cash bond.