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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 24th 2012


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Towing companies have started to remove cars and trucks that were abandoned after last week’s blizzard swept through Iowa. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports tow truck operators were busy this weekend. Towing bans imposed on Interstates 35 and 80 were lifted on Saturday, which allows crews to retrieve vehicles that went off the road Wednesday through Friday.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are blaming road ice for a rollover crash on Interstate 380 that sent an Illinois man to the hospital. The Black Hawk County sheriff’s office says 52-year-old John Adkins of Highland, Illinois lost control of his Jeep yesterday morning while merging onto the interstate. Adkins was taken to a hospital after the Jeep rolled along U.S. Highway 20.

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Vendors at an Iowa gun show have reported brisk sales in the wake of a shooting that killed 20 students and six staff members at a Connecticut elementary school. The Des Moines Register says that the sales appear to have increased because of fears that politicians will enact new gun restrictions following the December 14th massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 18 points to lead Northern Iowa to an 82-75 victory over Saint Mary’s yesterday. Jake Koch added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, who have won 11 in a row at home. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but Saint Mary’s was delayed in arriving due to bad weather.

Elderly man hospitalized after Iowa house fire


December 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 90-year-old man is in intensive care after an early-morning fire at his Council Bluffs home. KETV-TV in Omaha reports that the fire began around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say a smoke detector saved the lives of the elderly man and his daughter. Fire crews found the man in his bedroom. The fire had not spread to that part of the house, but the man suffered critical third-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

Investigators say the man’s daughter, also living in the home, told firefighters that she tried to reach her father but couldn’t because the staircase was on fire. She called 911 and crawled out a basement window.

Corning woman arrested early Sunday morning


December 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Corning was arrested early Sunday morning, on an assault charge. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 20-year old Janelle Blaisure, of Corning, was taken into custody at around 12:25-a.m., on a charge of Aggravated Assault. No other details about the alleged incident which led to her arrest, were released. Blaisure was being held in the Adams County Jail on $2,000 bond.

IL man arrested on Trespass charge in Adams County


December 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a call about a person in a Prescott residence Saturday night resulted in an arrest. Gary Johnson, of Island Lake, IL, was taken into custody at around 9:10-p.m., on a charge of Trespassing. When Johnson allegedly violated a court order banning him from the residence, the owner of the home asked deputies to take the man into custody.

Deputies, with the assistance of the Adams County K-9 units, arrested Johnson, and brought him to the Adams County Jail, where he later posted bond, and was released.

Traffic stop in Adams County results in 2 arrested for drug possession


December 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Adams County Saturday evening resulted in the driver and passenger of a vehicle being arrested on drug charges. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a vehicle driven by 24-year old Ashley Parrott, of Creston, was stopped for speeding at around 6:30-p.m. Saturday.

Upon further investigation, marijuana, open containers, and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle. Officials say marijuana was also located on Parrott when she was searched. The woman also refused to take test a chemical test for OWI. She was brought to the Adams County Jail on charges which include: Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of an Open Container of alcohol; OWI/refusal and Speeding. Parrott was also charged with supplying alcohol to a minor, when a passenger in her vehicle, 18-year old Mario Pantoja, of Lenox, was questioned and searched.

Pantoja was arrested also arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, he faces a charge of Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Pantoja was also brought to the Adams County Jail.

Stranded car tow ban lifted on Iowa highways


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Car owners who had to abandon their stuck or stranded vehicles over the last few days can now get them towed. The Iowa State Patrol says it has lifted the prohibition on towing for most of the state’s interstate highways and other state roads. The patrol says arrangements should be made to safety remove cars in a ditch or along the shoulder of a state highway or interstate through a licensed tow operator. If conditions on a particular roadway or in a specific region of the state deteriorate again the prohibition could be reinstated. The patrol also advises car owners to contact local law enforcement to verify if towing is allowed on county roadways, or roads and streets.

2 SW IA residents injured in crash on I-80 in Adair County, Saturday


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident early Saturday afternoon in Adair County resulted in two people being sent to the hospital. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by 41-year old Nicole Rainey, of Grant, was traveling in the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 three-miles east of Stuart, when the vehicle hit a patch of ice. The van slid into the median and hit a 1998 Chrysler Sebring that was parked in the median facing westbound, due to an earlier, weather-related incident. The van came to rest on its wheels facing westbound in the median.

Rainey, and a passenger in the van, 14-year old Mykenzie Rainey, also from Grant, were injured, and transported by Stuart Rescue to Mercy Hospital West Hospital in Des Moines. The Sebring was unoccupied at the time of the crash, which occurred at around 12:10-p.m.

Massena man arrested in Creston on sex abuse charge


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Lenox Police Chief Jon Huggins reports a Massena man was arrested late Friday night in Creston.

Roy Liles (Photo courtesy Lenox P-D/Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept.)

47-year old Roy Liles was taken into custody by Lenox and Creston Police on two felony counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse. The charges stem from an investigation by the Lenox Police Department into allegations that Liles committed various sexual acts with a 6-year old female in Lenox over a period of several months.

Liles was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was being held without bond pending an appearance before a magistrate. The investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

Council Bluffs casino to be sold to Pinnacle


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Las Vegas-owned casino operator plans to buy the company that owns the Ameristar casino in Council Bluffs. The Des Moines Register reports) that Pinnacle Entertainment says it plans to buy Ameristar Casinos for $2.8 billion.The Council Bluffs riverboat casino operates on the Missouri River and has 869 employees.

No major changes are expected in the operation and it will still be branded an Ameristar casino. Pinnacle owns seven casinos in Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana and a racetrack in Ohio. Ameristar also owns seven other casinos in addition to the Council Bluffs operation. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which regulates gambling in Iowa is expected to consider the deal next summer.

West Central IA Beef Cattle Forum Jan. 23rd in Arcadia

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension say area cattlemen should plan to attend the first annual West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum to be held January 23rd, at the American Legion Hall in Arcadia.  The free Carroll County educational program is being offered by the Iowa Beef Center, in coordination with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM the day of the event, with introductions and speakers to begin at 9:00 AM.  There will be no cost to register and lunch will be provided.  Lunch will be served at approximately 12:15 PM and the meeting should conclude around 3:30 PM.

The target audience includes anyone involved in the beef industry including cow/calf and feedlot producers.  There will be a variety of topics discussed including economic outlook, bovine nutrition, confinement feeding of beef cows, and environmental issues.  Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be present to discuss surveillance and regulatory issues.

Dan Loy, Director of the Iowa Beef Center will be present to discuss protein supplementation and corn stalk treatment.  Other highlights will include an economic outlook from Shane Ellis, Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a discussion regarding the confinement feeding of beef cows.  There will also be numerous sponsors from the animal health industry available to inform producers about their products and services and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association representatives will provide an ICA update.

Officials are asking anyone interested in attending the Beef Cattle Forum to  RSVP by January 17th. Contact Chris Clark, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist for southwest Iowa, at 636-432-9437 or by email at caclark@iastate.edu or by contacting Merle Witt, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Membership Coordinator at 515-231-7310 or by email at merle@iabeef.org.

More information can also be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center website, county extension offices, or from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.