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Audubon County teen named 2nd runner-up in State Fair Queen contest

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August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon County teen was named the second runner-up during the selection of the State Fair Queen title, Saturday night. Chelsea Nelson, the daughter of Dave and Trudy Nelson, of Exira, was a finalist in the contest. The second runner-up wins $700 in scholarship money and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card.

The title of Fair Queen went to Paris Schnepf, of Granville, in O’Brien County, who won a $2,800 scholarship and $600 gift card to the Jordan Creek shopping mall. Her name will also be placed on a brick at the Riley Stage, on the State Fairgrounds.

Cassie Galm, of Spencer, in Clay County was named 1st runner-up, and Kelsey Orr, of Sioux City, in Woodbury County, was the third runner-up for the title.

The winners were chosen from 101 county queens, and had spent several days with judges at the fair. Last year’s Iowa State Fair Queen, was Lacy Stevenson.

Red Oak man arrested again on drug charge


August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a local man was arrested on a drug charge, Sunday. 23-year old Demarcus Jermar King was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, after authorities executed a search warrant at his residence on West Coolbaugh Street. During the search, officers with the Red Oak P.D. and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office seized more than six-grams of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia.

King was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond, for Possession with the Intent to Deliver. It’s the second time in a little over two-years King has been arrested on a Possession of Controlled substance charge.

NE Teen injured in Mills Co crash, Sunday


August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Nebraska teen was injured Sunday night when the car she was driving was struck by an SUV a few miles east of Bellevue, Nebraska, on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. Officials say 18-year old Jillian McGlothlin, of Bellevue, was driving a 2000 VW Beetle on 189th Street and turning onto Highway 370, when she was hit on the driver’s side by a 1999 Ford Explorer.

McGlothlin was transported by Pacific Junction Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. The driver of the SUV, 24-year old Tristan Rackley, also from Bellevue, was not injured.

The accident happened at around 8:10-p.m., Sunday.



August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, IA – A pipeline carrying natural gasoline developed a leak over the weekend,
with the potential to lose about 140,000 gallons of gasoline in the Missouri River
floodplain southwest of Onawa.

Enterprise Products of Houston, Tex., reported a drop in pipeline pressure to the
Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The pressure drop
occurred at 2:30 a.m. in a section of 8-inch pipe that runs under the Missouri River
from Decatur, Neb., east to Interstate 29 just west of Onawa.

Company officials were able to shut the pipeline down on both sides of the river,
estimating the maximum amount of gasoline in the pipe to be 140,742 gallons. They
had teams searching for the leak by 4:30 a.m. The company tried to verify and locate
the break on the ground, from a plane and from a boat.

By 4 p.m., they suspected the break was on the Iowa side of the river in the flood
plain, but still did not have a specific location. The company is pumping the
gasoline that remains in the pipeline into trucks. If flood water shows up as they
pump, that may help the company locate the break. If not, officials plan to send
divers to look early next week.

Natural gasoline is not natural gas. It is an unrefined light-weight liquid, clear
to light amber in color. It smells of petroleum and floats on water. It is heavier
than air. The product has likely floated on down river. Even if the gasoline is
found, it would be dangerous and difficult to recover in the turbulent flood

The DNR notified downstream water supplies in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Blair and
Omaha, Neb., to alert the operators of possible petroleum contamination. The DNR
also notified the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The company notified
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Nebraska.

A second pipeline carrying propane runs in the same trench as the natural gasoline.
Company officials are using a flare to burn off propane on the Nebraska side of the
river as a precaution.

The DNR is not considering enforcement actions.

Creston man arrested in his boxer shorts


August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Creston man was arrested early this (Sunday) morning, at the Corning City Park. 20-year old Michael Frabau was taken into custody at around 1:45-a.m., on a charge of Public Intoxication, after he was seen wearing just his boxer shorts.

Authorities investigate property damage accident in Red Oak


August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County Sunday, investigated a property damage accident in Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a two-vehicle accident happened at the intersection of Highways 34 & 48. When Deputies arrived just after noon, Sunday, they determined a 2008 Chrysler van owned and driven by 86-year old Gene H. Howes, of Hamilton, IL, was traveling east on Highway 34, and failed to yield or stop at the intersection with Highway 48.

The van collided with a 1998 Ford van, driven by 44-year old June Marie Lang, of Red Oak. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $8,000.

Officials say Howe was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign. Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Red Oak Fire and Rescue Department, Red Oak Police, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Reserves.

Griswold man named best pro truck driver in NE


August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – Eight drivers are representing the Nebraska trucking industry at the national competition in Orlando, Fla., this week. The drivers all won the chance to represent Nebraska by winning one of the categories at the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships in June. The competition is designed to promote safety while drivers showcase their skills in tests such as an alley dock, side park and right turn. Drivers also have to navigate an obstacle course that designed to represent challenges they face every day.

Tim Dean, of Griswold, Iowa, was named the best professional truck driver in Nebraska after winning the tanker competition. He is one of three drivers for Omaha-based Werner Enterprises who won state categories. Drivers from Crete Carrier Corporation won two of the eight state categories.

Smelly surprises lurk beneath Missouri River flood


August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – When the Missouri River’s floodwaters recede this fall, piles of debris, silt and some smelly surprises will be revealed. It’s hard to say exactly what’s hiding under the waters, but experts predict this year’s epic flood will leave behind a mammoth mess once the water returns to within the Missouri River’s banks. The Army Corps of Engineers’ John Remus says he doesn’t envy the cleanup crews.

Much of the flooded land in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri this year was farmland, so the mess is certain to include agricultural debris like crop residue and fuel tanks. Carcasses of small animals swept up by the flood will add to the mess. And the river will leave large piles of sand and woody debris all over the floodplain.

2 dead in small plane crash near Des Moines River


August 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MADRID, Iowa (AP) – Two people have died in a small plane crash near the Des Moines River near Madrid. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the Saturday afternoon crash of a vintage World War II plane. The Dallas County sheriff’s office says the plane went down in a remote area and was only accessible by boat or helicopter. The plane took down some high-power transmission lines when it crashed. Authorities have not yet released the name of the pilot or passenger who died in the crash.

The plane was a rebuilt war plane from the Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield. It was flying along the river from Boone to Ankeny when it crashed.

Woman arrested on arson charge in Montgomery County


August 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Elliott woman was arrested Friday afternoon on a felony arson charge. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 47-year old Tammy Sue Davis was taken into custody on a warrant charging her with Arson in the 1st Degree, a Class “B” Felony.

Davis was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.

Sheriff’s officials were not able to provide more detailed information on the basis for the warrant, Saturday evening.