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Driving too fast for conditions causes accident in Red Oak

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle authorities say was traveling too fast for road conditions, crashed into a tree Wednesday afternoon, in Red Oak. According to police, 17-year old Gavin French, of Red Oak, was traveling west on east Coolbaugh Street at around 1:50-p.m., when he lost control of the 2000 Mercedes Benz C-230 he was driving on the plowed, but still snow covered road. When vehicle hit a tree in front of 1203 E. Coolbaugh, it sustained $3,600 damage. French told police the vehicles’ traction control device was disabled. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Feb. 5th 2015

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ATLANTIC (KJAN) – A fire has claimed the life of a man in Atlantic, and resulted in a woman being critically injured. The blaze at 604 Olive Street was reported at 10:08-p.m., Wednesday. The female victim was flown from Atlantic to another hospital, while the male was found deceased in the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No names have been released.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities at the scene of a freight train derailment in eastern Iowa say 11 cars have derailed, with three of them catching fire and three plunging into the Mississippi River. Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald 10 cars which derailed around 11:20 a.m. yesterday were carrying ethanol, some of which spilled into the river.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been accused of sexually assaulting a Dubuque woman while she was asleep. The Telegraph Herald reports 19-year-old Patrick J. Hanley of Shullsburg, Wisconsin was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $30,000.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago has begun in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says prosecutors opened the case Wednesday against 54-year-old Theresa Supino, who was arrested in March in connection to the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bakersfield, California running back Sheldon Croney and offensive lineman Jaypee Philbert helped Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads salvage a recruiting class that took some late hits. Five players who had committed to Iowa State changed their minds in recent weeks, but getting Philbert, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Coffeyville, Kansas, Community College, helped ease that sting, as did this week’s commitment from Croney.

Nighttime closure of I-29 near Sioux City begins at 10 p.m. Thursday

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February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s District 3 office in Sioux City report placement of overhead electrical lines will require nighttime closures in both directions on Interstate 29 north of the Floyd Boulevard interchange (exit 147) beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, weather permitting.Road work

Traffic will be stopped for 15-minute intervals. Motorists approaching this area should drive with caution and be prepared to stop for traffic backups beyond the limits of the work zone. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

2 victims of Atlantic house fire

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Update 3:35-a.m.)

One person is dead, another was critically injured during a house fire Wednesday night, in Atlantic. Firefighters were called to 604 Olive Street (Denise’s Taxi Service)at around 10:08-p.m. Prior to arriving, they were informed there were people inside the home, as a deputy heard someone hollering for help.Neighbors told KJAN News they heard a loud “pop” or “bang” before they looked out and saw flames shooting from the building.

Ric Hanson (photo)

Ric Hanson (photo)

The first crews on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. The smoke could be seen for a long distance in town on he clear, calm and very cold night. The body of an unconscious woman was removed from the home’s upstairs just before 10:30-pm. Firefighters were performing CPR on her before she was transported by Medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. The woman was later flown to another hospital.

It took firefighters about 30-minutes more to locate the body of a deceased male who was also in the house. His body remained in the home until early this (Thursday) morning, while investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office combed through the scene trying to determine a cause for the fire. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News flames apparently spread from the basement to the first floor and into a second floor bedroom.The Chief said there were numerous combustible materials inside the home which made getting the flames knocked down and the victims found, difficult.

Firefighters left the scene at around 3:20-a.m. Atlantic Street Department crews were asked to salt and sand the street in front of the home, as the water used to fight the fire had created extremely icy conditions for pedestrians and motorists alike. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Walnut City Council to receive presentation from WCSD Superintendent

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council will meet Thursday, beginning at 5-p.m. City Clerk Terri ABell said Walnut Community School District Superintendent Jesse Ulrich will be present to discuss a possible acquisition by the City, of a school building. Abell couldn’t provide additional details about the proposal in advance of the meeting.

She said also, Marye Bierbaum, an intern,  and Bob Hilligas will be present to discuss an expansion of tourism and marketing efforts, using technology and advertising. And, Rick Blum will discuss proposed improvements to Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Senate panel OKs bill on breast density data in mammograms

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require breast density data in mammogram reports be given to patients and physicians, a move that supporters say could help women detect cancer earlier. The bill approved Wednesday by a human resources subcommittee would require that patients be told if they have a certain density of breast tissue. Advocates of the proposal say such breast density can obscure early detection of breast cancer in mammograms. They say this legislation will help patients be better informed.

Several medical groups say they’re against mandating standards of care under Iowa law. Some say the information could lead anxious patients to undergo unnecessary and costly additional testing. Similar legislation has failed to advance in previous sessions. The bill now goes to a full committee.

4 people arrested on drug charges in Crawford County

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Tuesday in Crawford County resulted in two Sac County men being arrested on drug charges. And, a search warrant executed in Crawford County early this (Wednesday) morning resulted in drugs, paraphernalia and cash being seized, along with the arrest of a Denison man. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reports during the traffic stop Tuesday, a drug investigation was initiated, and a request was made for K9 “Bayou,” who when deployed, alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics coming from the vehicle. As the result of the search, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was seized from the vehicle. Arrested was 19-year old Shawn Freier and 19-year old Shane Thelen both of Sac County for Possession of Methamphetamine a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor.

A search warrant obtained this (Wednesday) morning and a search of a home at 1715 1st Avenue north in Denison, was conducted. The search was for illegal narcotics, and evidence of distribution of illegal drugs. During the search, items taken into custody and seized for evidence, included methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging materials, scales, ledgers, drug paraphernalia and over $1600 dollars in United States Currency. The currency will be seized and filed for forfeiture.

Arrested was 48 year old Armando Valerio of Denison. Valerio faces a felony Delivery of methamphetamine charge, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Possession of methamphetamine, along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor. It was also learned that Valerio had an outstanding arrest warrant. 48 Year old Mindi Jo Wittrock ,of Wall Lake, was arrested at the home for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Officers with the Denison Police Department assisted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the Search Warrant

Glenwood P-D asks for help in ID’ing burglary suspects

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood are asking for your help in identifying two suspects who allegedly stole alcohol from the Newman’s Thriftway store during the early morning hours of Jan. 30th.  Surveillance footage from the store shows two suspects that entered the store and took alcohol from the shelves.suspects
Anyone that recognizes these suspects or anyone with any information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527-9920 or 712-527-4844 and ask for Officer Burtch or Sgt. Martin.

Officials locate missing ACT exams at Iowa grocery store

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have located nearly 200 missing ACT college entrance exams at an Iowa grocery store, just days after notifying students they wouldn’t receive their results. Johnston County Community School District spokeswoman Laura Sprague says Johnston High School’s principal picked up the test packets Wednesday morning at a Dahl’s store in Johnston. The ACT organization sent an email Monday night to 195 students who tested at the high school Dec. 13 notifying them their answer sheets never arrived at headquarters in Iowa City and therefore could not be scored.

Sprague says there was a mix-up with shipments after an ACT-hired testing coordinator dropped off the packets for mailing. She says the tests will be sent overnight. ACT spokeswoman Katie Walker says the exams are valid and scoring will be expedited.

Atlantic man arrested for OWI

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report the arrest on Tuesday, of 44-year old Craig Griffin. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Griffin was booked into the Cass County Jail.