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9AM Newscast 07-06-2011

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July 6th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 07-06-2011

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July 6th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Cycle accident claims a life in Monona County

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in western Iowa’s Monona County say a Moorhead man died following a motorcycle accident between Moorhead and Pisgah. 36 year old Eric Houston was found in a ditch off of Highway 183. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say the accident, which happened sometime Monday night, was not discovered until Tuesday morning, when the driver of a mail truck saw Houston’s cycle in the ditch.

The accident remains under investigation.

Harkin urges crop disaster relief for western Iowa

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to approve crop disaster relief for western Iowa in the wake of flooding along the Missouri River. Harkin, a Democrat, made his plea in a letter to Vilsack, a former Iowa governor. Harkin says a secretarial disaster designation would provide money from USDA programs, emergency loans and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program to help producers recover from loss of crops and damage to farmland, livestock facilities and buildings.

Harkin says designated counties would include: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury. Gov. Terry Branstad recently began the process to secure a disaster designation.

Cass Co. K-9 unit helps to catch suspects

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Dep. Kyle Quist & his K-9 partner Kane (photo by Cass. Co. S/O)

The Cass County K-9 unit was involved in the apprehension early this morning of two suspects in Pottawattamie County. Full details are currently not available, but according to Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Quist, a vehicle pursuit ended with a crash in Pott County at 290th and York Road.

Two suspects ran from the vehicle and were located by the K-9 unit in a tree line east of where they wrecked the vehicle We’ll have more on this story when additional details are released.

Cass Co. K-9 unit helps to catch suspects (follow-up to earlier story)

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County K-9 unit was involved in the apprehension early this morning of two suspects in northern Pottawattamie County. Pott County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Richie told KJAN News the incident began at around 2:36-a.m. near Neola, as Deputy John Kirlin, who was on routine patrol, was traveling south on Railroad Highway.

The deputy observed two vehicles traveling northbound. After he turned around to catch up with the vehicles, both vehicles began to speed up. One car made a turn onto 6th Street in Neola, the other turned onto 5th Street. The 1st car turned around and back onto Railroad Hwy before traveling onto 5th street. Both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his cruiser’s lights and sirens.

Deputy Kirlin then began to record the incident on his in-car camera. He was able to follow the taillights of one of the vehicle onto 290th Street and continued the pursuit at speeds in excess of 77-miles per hour on the gravel road.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of York Road and Tustin Avenue, where Kirlin found a red, 2009 Chevy Cobalt in the north ditch. The vehicle was unoccupied, and the rear passenger door left open. The car’s engine was also running and beginning to overheat. The deputy shut the vehicle off and was assisted in the search for the occupants by two more deputies, a State Trooper and a Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy and Cass County K-9 officer Kyle Quist and his partner “Kane.”

Authorities determined three suspects ran from the vehicle. Two suspects, a male and a female, both 18-years of age, were located by the K-9 unit hiding in a tree line. They were identified as Caitlyn Ozee and Patrick Eggerling. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 35-year old Scott Hall, of Council Bluffs. Hall reportedly told the pair to “run,” but they soon reconsidered their options. Richie says they were warned by Deputy Quist to come out or the dog would be sent after them, they decided to comply.

The pair were charged with Interference with Official Acts. During question, Eggerling told officials why Hall took-off from the deputy. He said it was because Hall didn’t have a Driver’s License. Hall remains at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Branstad to visit flood-damaged towns

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is set to visit three flood-damaged towns in western Iowa. Branstad and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Brig. Gen. Derek Hill are set to visit with local officials in Blencoe, Missouri Valley and Pacific Junction today (Wednesday).

Branstad’s office also says that the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and county officials will start conduct assessments in six counties beginning today.

Branstad asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week for a Secretarial Disaster Designation for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.

Red Cross opens Council Bluffs shelter

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Red Cross has opened a 24-hour shelter in Council Bluffs to help people affected by the flooding along the Missouri River.

Red Cross officials say the clinic opened Tuesday evening at First Assembly of God Church in Council Bluffs. The shelter will provide meals, minor first aid, referrals and a safe place to stay.

Officials say other shelters remain on standby in counties along the river in both Iowa and Nebraska.

Structure fire near Adair this morning (updated 6:25-a.m.)

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Adair, Anita and Wiota were called to a reported structure fire early this morning, about 3-miles south/southwest of Adair, in Adair County. Adair Deputy Fire Chief Scott Harkins told KJAN News the call from the Oliver residence at 1407 Cedar Avenue, came in at around 3:19-a.m.

Firefighters from Anita and Wiota were paged-out to assist Adair Fire about 25-minutes later.

Harkins says the fire appears to have started in the attic, and was electrical in nature. The flames then spread to the insulation and woodwork. No injuries were reported. Harkins said there was minimal fire damage, but the house did sustained smoke and water damage. No dollar amount of the damage was immediately available.

“A conversation on aging issues” to be held in Atlantic

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July 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department on Aging says several community conversations will take place across the state this summer, to give people an opportunity to understand the aging network, and the IDA an opportunity to understand the concerns you might have with regard to aging. The meetings, appropriately entitled “A Conversation on Aging Issues,“ will also offer an opportunity to discuss H-F 45, a legislative mandate to reduce the number of Area Agencies on Aging.

Everyone is welcomed to partake in the conversation at meetings scheduled to take place locally, in Atlantic, Creston and Carroll.

The meeting in: Atlantic, will be held on July 28th, from 12:30-to 2-pm, at Iowa Western Community College, and later that same day in Creston, from 5-to 6:30-p.m. The session in Carroll will be held August 4th, from 12:30-to 2-p.m., at the Carroll Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 1-800-532-3213, or e-mail aging.conversations@iowa.gov.