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Iowa early News Headlines: Aug. 8th 2013

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines suburb of Ankeny has selected the Polk County administrator as its news city manager. The City Council last night chose David Jones, who as Polk County administrator was responsible for administration of county operations, staff and managing the budget. Ankeny is north of Des Moines and has a population of more than 45,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he will not run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Bruce Braley’s run for Senate. In an email to supporters yesterday, the Hiawatha resident says he will run for re-election to the state House.

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa have arrested two people in connection with a robbery at a church. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Robby Jones, and 38-year-old Rana Frisch, both of Newton, were arrested yesterday. Police say Jones and Frisch entered St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo and robbed a church employee on Wednesday.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Students, teachers and parents from an eastern Iowa high school have been stranded in east Africa after a fire swelled into a roaring inferno at Kenya’s main airport and halted international flights. The group of 26 from Maquoketa High School was in the area after completing a mission trip that helps build houses and hospitals. The group has been told the earliest they can travel out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is Friday.

Monona County Auditor pleads not guilty to meth purchasing charge

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman who serves as the auditor for Monona County, has plead not guilty to drug charges. 27-year old Brooke Ann Kuhlmann entered her plea in front of the judge on Tuesday. And while her case is on-hold pending the outcome of a District Court case, according to the Omaha World-Herald, the Monona County attorney has recommended a review of the County’s financial records.
Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a statement last week, that Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer on Monday who had seized a dealer’s cell phone the day before.
After the drug purchase, Onawa police initiated a traffic stop and took Kuhlmann into custody for questioning. She was arrested and charged with possessing methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possessing drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. She was subsequently released from custody, and remains free on a $1,000 signature bond. Kuhlmann, a Democrat, is serving her second term as auditor.

Powerball luck strikes 3 times in 2 states

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation’s latest Powerball millionaires. Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said late Wednesday night that three tickets matched the winning numbers and will split the lottery’s latest massive jackpot: $448 million. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported early Thursday that a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery said that one of the multimillion-dollar tickets was purchased at a supermarket in South Brunswick, N.J., and the other ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Information on the Minnesota ticket was not available early Thursday.

Maryland man injured in I-80 Cass County crash

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Maryland was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha following a single vehicle accident this (Wednesday) afternoon on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 28-year old Matthew Shilman, of Westminster, MD, was traveling west on I-80 near the 57-mile marker (Olive St. Exit), when his 2005 Subaru Impreza left the road and entered the north ditch. The car went through a fence and into a field before colliding with a ditch embankment.

Accident scene. Photo by Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Mgmt.

Accident scene. Photo by Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Mgmt.

Officials say Shilman, who was wearing his seat belt, was flown by LifeNet to Creighton Medical Center. The accident, which happened at around 2:08-p.m., remains under investigation. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Fire and Rescue, and Medivac Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Accident in Page County this morning

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Page County report charges are pending against a College Springs man following completion of an investigation into a personal injury accident that occurred this (Wednesday) morning. The accident happened near 2860 Nutmeg, on the north edge of College Springs. Authorities say an investigation revealed that 34-year old Richard Edward Hale, of College Springs was driving a 1997 Ford Extended cab F-150 pickup north on Missouri Avenue, when,  according to Hale, a deer ran out in front of him.

Hale swerved to the east to avoid the deer, and then over-corrected to the west, causing the pickup to begin a counter-clockwise spin.  When the truck entered the west ditch, its passenger side tires caught in the turf of the ditch, causing it to roll passenger side down nearly twice before coming to rest on its roof and hood. 

Hale exited the pickup and went to the residence on the west side of the road for assistance.The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the College Springs Fire & Rescue, and the Clarinda Fire & Rescue.

(12-p.m. News)

Wisconsin man’s vehicle goes airborne in Mills County

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Mills County say no injuries were reported following a high speed accident early Tuesday morning at the intersection of Highway 34 and 190th Street, or just east of Interstate 29. Authorities say at around 3:20-a.m., a 1996 Toyota driven by Yuan Tu, of Appleton, WI, was, according to a witness, approaching the intersection at a high rate of speed, and failed to stop at the posted stop sign.

The vehicle hit the stop sign which controls north- and southbound traffic on 190th Street, entered a ditch at a high rate of speed and went airborne over the unfinished Highway 34 project. The vehicle then entered a second ditch where it came to rest. Tu claimed he did not see the posted stop sign, because of dense fog in the area at the time. Authorities say he was cited for Failure to Observe a posted stop sign.

T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 10th

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Committee has announced plans for it’s 5th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held this Saturday, August 10, at the Nishna Hills Golf Course. Frederickson, the son of Darrin and Melanie Petty of Atlantic and Gary and Kari Frederickson of Council Bluffs, was 21 years old when he lost his life in a 2009 home fire.

In his memory, a four person best ball tournament will begin at 9 a.m with prizes awarded in four flights and on every hole. A silent auction, merchandise sales, 50/50 raffle, and free will donation meal will be held all day in the club house. The meal will consist of a hot dog or hamburger, chips, and homemade cookie or bar. The public is invited to attend.

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded to give back to the projects and organizations that best represent Trevor’s interests. The golf tournament and silent auction, held annually the second Saturday in August, is the Fund’s only fundraiser. To date, over $69,000 have been given back to the community Trevor loved. Photos recapping the donations will be on display in the club house.

For more information, contact Melanie Petty at 712-249-3696. Updates on the Fund’s activities can be found on the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund page, on Facebook.

 

Cass County Supervisors approve Urban Renewal Powers for Massena

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), voted 4-to 1 in favor of a Resolution giving consent to the City Massena, to exercise Urban Renewal Powers. The dissenting vote came from Board Chair Mark Wedemeyer, who wanted the CAM School District to give its blessing on the TIFing of 38 wind turbines located within a two-miles radius of the Massena City Limits, and because he wanted more public input.

Approving the Resolution does not mean the City will be able to institute Tax Increment Financing on the turbines. SWIPCO (Southwest Iowa Planning Council) Executive Director John McCurdy says it does set the ball rolling for future discussion involving officials with the CAM School District, City officials in Massena, the County, and SWIPCO. McCurdy offered to facilitate a meeting of the concerned parties.

Massena Mayor Linda Reinecke and McCurdy plan to appear before the CAM School Board during their meeting next week, to try and iron out the details of where and when such a meeting might take place, and to garner an iron clad position from the District, on how the TIF funds should or should not be used. Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer stressed the importance of having the CAM School Board’s voice heard on the matter.

Right now, all the Supervisors have is a spoken acknowledgement the CAM School Board is in favor of Massena using TIF monies for their sewer relining and street rehabilitation projects, which are expected to cost in the millions of dollars. In other business, the Board approved motions abating the taxes for Fiscal year 2014 on a parcel of abandoned land owned by the City of Anita, and the FY 2014 taxes owed by the Iowa DOT, for three parcels of land it acquired for a right of way. Both abatements are allowed under Iowa Code.

3 arrests in Cass County

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has issued a report on recent arrests. Officials say on Tuesday (Aug. 6th), 31-year old Ryan Michael Paul, of Eagle Grove, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Paul was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond.

On Sunday (Aug. 4th), deputies arrested 21-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak,  on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

And on July 31st, deputies in Cass County arrested 19-year old Cody Benjamin Carrol Johnson,  of Stanton,  on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

 

Cass Co. S/O releases details on Aug. 2nd accident

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday) released more information about an accident which occurred August 2nd in a construction zone, near Anita. Officials say at around 9:54-a.m. on that date, deputies responded to a report of an individual being struck by a semi on Highway 83 west of Anita in a construction zone. A 2008 Peterbilt driven by 22-year old Dylan Dennis Newell, of Anita, was eastbound in the construction zone on Highway 83, when a construction worker, David Christianson, made contact with the trailer of the semi. Christianson suffered cuts and bruises, and was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Fire and Rescue. No citations were issued.