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Iowa early News Headlines: Memorial Day, 5/30/16

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park. Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box. Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted the rock as part of his effort to create Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old Clinton man has drowned in a lake near Sabula in eastern Iowa. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Eugene A. Kemp Jr. was pronounced dead at a Clinton hospital. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says Kemp was taken to the hospital after being found in a small lake Saturday afternoon.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials and resident have spent nearly $10,000 on a 3-D image of a historic statue to ensure the artwork can be restored if it’s ever damaged. Residents wanted to be sure the 96-year-old Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial could be restored if it was damaged, so they worked with the city to raise $9,750 for a California company that scanned the sculpture over several weeks, giving officials an exact replica of the artwork.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was shot to death in Omaha had been acquitted of first-degree murder in the 2001 death of his girlfriend. The Omaha World-Herald reports 40-year-old Carlos A. Alonzo, who was killed early Saturday, was acquitted in 2005 in the death of his girlfriend, Teresa Windham. The 17-year-old Windham disappeared from a Council Bluffs motel where she was staying with Alonzo. Her body was found near Fremont. Prosecutors allege Alonzo killed Windham at the motel, but a judge acquitted him.

Van carrying 13 people rolls over on I-29 in s.w. Iowa, injuring 8

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May 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports eight people out 13 people riding in a van, were transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following a rollover accident Saturday afternoon, in Fremont County. None of the victims were wearing seat belts. One of the children was flown from the scene by LifeNet helicopter.

The Patrol says a 1997 Dodge Ram van driven by 38-year old Tomas Matias, of Omaha, was traveling south on Interstate 29 near the Percival exit at around 4:25-p.m. Saturday, when the right rear tire blew out. The van went out of control, entered the median and rolled onto its top.

The Patrol says among the injured was: 1-year old Edwin Garcia-Zacarias; 6-year old Edwardo Garcia-Zacarias; 5-year old Carolina Garcia-Zacarias; 38-year old Hilario Garcia-Paiz; 35-year old Miguel Garcia, and 37-year old Maria Zacarias, all from Omaha.

Man shot to death in Omaha was acquitted of Iowa slaying

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was shot to death in Omaha had been acquitted of first-degree murder in the 2001 death of his girlfriend. The Omaha World-Herald reports 40-year-old Carlos A. Alonzo, who was killed early Saturday, was acquitted in 2005 in the death several years earlier of his girlfriend, Teresa Windham.

The 17-year-old Windham disappeared from a Council Bluffs motel where she was staying with Alonzo. Her body was later found near Fremont. Prosecutors allege Alonzo killed Windham at the motel, but a judge acquitted him of the first-degree murder charge. Saturday’s killing was the 11th homicide in Omaha in 2016.

Cedar Falls Freedom Rock vandalized by spray paint

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Freedom Rock completed last fall in Cedar Falls has been vandalized days before Memorial Day. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls Veterans Park. Spray paint was used to damage the rock, along with a fence and utility box.

Tom Hagarty, commander of the Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237, said a Memorial Day ceremony planned for Sunday night was going ahead. Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted the rock, which includes images of the Five Sullivan Brothers killed in World War II and Taylor Morris, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who lost portions of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Sorensen wants to paint Freedom Rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Motorcycle accident northwest of Atlantic, Sunday

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated)

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident northwest of Atlantic, Sunday afternoon. According to Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Ayers, a motorcycle with a single male occupant was rounding a curve eastbound on Highway 83 just east of the intersection with Highway 173 at around 3-p.m, when the cycle left the road and entered a ditch. The cycle flipped end-over-end, ejecting the driver, identified by the State Patrol, as 63-year old Joseph McFarland, of Iowa City. McFarland came to rest under a small tree.

The man was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. His injuries were described as serious but non-life threatening. Authorities say McFarland was wearing a helmet.

Photos courtesy Cass Co. Sheriff's Deputy Bill Ayers

Photos courtesy Cass Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Ayers

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3D scan ensures future of historic Council Bluffs statue

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials and resident have spent nearly $10,000 on a 3-D image of a historic statue to ensure the artwork can be restored if it’s ever damaged. The Daily Nonpareil reports residents and officials teamed for the scan of the Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial.

The 96-year-old statue was sculpted by Daniel Chester French, who created the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The bronze sculpture had fallen into disrepair but was restored in 1984 and now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Residents wanted to be sure the statue could be restored if it was damaged, so they worked with the city to raise $9,750 for a California company that scanned the sculpture over several weeks, giving officials an exact replica of the artwork.

More rural Iowa school districts plan to close their doors

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Once again, the end of a school year means the end of several school districts in Iowa, continuing a trend seen for decades but one that doesn’t get easier for the communities involved. Because of the closure of the Farragut Community School District and merging of two others, classes won’t resume after summer vacation at three schools in southwest Iowa.

Since Iowa school funding is based on student enrollment, many rural districts have struggled to keep their student numbers up amid declining populations. Staci Hupp, spokeswoman for the state’s education department, says it’s typical to see a few districts merge each school year, usually because of declining enrollment. This fall the Prescott and Creston school districts will merge, along with A-H-S-T and Walnut schools.

Northwest Iowa fire kills 5,000 pigs, destroys 2 buildings

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say about 5,000 pigs died in a fire at a northwest Iowa hog confinement operation. The Sioux City Journal reports two buildings housing the hogs caught fire Saturday morning near Hawarden. The Sioux County sheriff’s office says the fire apparently began when a pig dislodged a heat lamp, which fell into straw bedding.

When Hawarden firefighters arrived, one building was engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to an adjacent building. Both structures were destroyed. No employees were injured, but the estimated 5,000 pigs died.

Gov. Branstad & Lt. Gov. Reynolds to tour s.w. IA this week

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be traveling to southwest Iowa this week. Reynolds will attend a Memorial Day Service in Adel at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, beginning at 8-a.m., Monday.

On Tuesday, Branstad and Reynolds will be in Creston at 9:30-a.m. for a tour of Vanmark Equipment. At 11-a.m., they’ll be in Corning at the Memorial Rock Park, for a Home Base Iowa announcement. Monday afternoon, the Governor and Lt. Governor will be in Red Oak at 1 o’clock, for a tour of Johnson Controls (JCI). Afterward, they’ll travel to Glenwood, for a 2:30-p.m. stop at the Glenwood Resource Center. Their afternoon concludes with a tour of the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, at 4:15-p.m.

On Wednesday, the Governor and Lt. Governor will be at the Clarinda Correctional facility for a tour of the Dept. of Corrections’ Apprenticeship Program, at 8-a.m. Then at 9:30, they’ll be in Bedford for a visit to a Bedford Chamber of Commerce. And, they’ll be in Mt. Ayr at 11:15, for a tour of the Ringgold County Courthouse.

Adams County Sheriff’s report (5/29/16)

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May 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports three, recent arrests. Saturday evening, 53-year old Teresa Lee Jones, of Bedford, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), after results that came back from a lab, showed she tested positive for a controlled substance in a prior case. Jones was arrested at her home and brought to the Adams County Jail, where her bond was set at $1,000.

Last Thursday, Adams County Deputies arrested 33-year old Jackie Ann Stacy, of Corning, after she allegedly became very hostile toward deputies who had arrived at 2674 Highway 148. Authorities say Stacy was told several times to “calm down.” She was taken into custody for Public Intoxication and held in the Adams County Jail on $300 bond.

And, last Wednesday morning, 18-year old Austin Tyler Nichols, of Prescott, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, following a traffic stop. His bond was set at $300.