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Sioux County Deputy Involved With Altercation

 HULL, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux County deputy and a suspect have been treated for minor injuries following an altercation.
      The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Florencio Or-tig-oza-Victoriano, of Hull, got into a scuffle with Sheriff's Deputy Caleb Haverdink Wednesday following a domestic disturbance call.
     Ortigoza-Victoriano is accused of trying to remove Haverdink's firearm from its holster. Other deputies helped take Or-tig-oza-Victoriano into custody.
     Ortigoza-Victoriano was taken to Sioux Center Community Hospital with minor injuries. He was released a short time later. Haverdink was treated for minor injuries and released from Orange City Hospital.
     Ortigoza-Victoriano was arrested and faces charges of domestic assault, interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer. Court records do not list an attorney.


Akron Fire Department Respond To Grass Fire

(Akron) -- Akron Fire Department responded to a grass fire Friday afternoon at about 2:10 p.m.  The fire was located a mile south of the intersection of Fawn Avenue and 190th street.  Fire fighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes.  No word as to how much area had burned.


Baled Corn Stalks Catch Fire And Burn Barn

 HARLAN, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a fire in western Iowa was concentrated in a half-dozen bales of corn inside a barn.
     Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen says the early Friday fire started in the bales stored inside the hoop barn. Tractors helped remove the burning bales from inside the structure.
     Firefighters from several departments were summoned to the scene. No injuries were reported. 
     The barn sustained some damage to the canvass-style fabric covering the structure.


Des Moines Man Breaks Into Walgreens To Steal Cigarettes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say a man used a brick to smash a hole in the glass door of a Des Moines business, and then filled his pockets with Newport cigarettes.
Surveillance video at the Walgreen's store shows a man smashed the door with the brick and then crawled through the opening. He walked to the cigarette shelves and stuffed his pockets with the one brand of cigarette, and then left about 90 seconds later.
     The crime happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday, but an alarm didn't sound and the burglary wasn't reported until a newspaper delivery driver called police about 5 a.m.
     Police say the video doesn't provide a clear view of the burglar.


Clear Lake Declared "Iced-In"

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Officials have declared northern Iowa's Clear Lake to be iced-in, a declaration that is more than two weeks earlier than last year.
     The Clear Lake Water Department declared ice-in on Nov. 25. Last year, that milestone was reached Dec. 11.
     The department makes the declaration when employees can't see open water along the shoreline.
     The earliest ice-in was Nov. 4, 1991. The latest was Dec. 24, 2001.


North Liberty Woman Attacks Partner

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - A North Liberty woman has been accused of attacking her partner and threatening her with a kitchen knife.
     North Liberty police say they responded to a home Thursday night where a woman claimed she was attacked by 26-year-old Sondra S. Irving. A criminal complaint says the women were involved in a relationship.
     The woman told police she and Irving were arguing, and Irving eventually swung a knife at her.
     Irving is also accused of pinning the woman against a wall and choking her. Irving's 5-year-old daughter was allegedly present during the incident.
     Irving has been charged with domestic abuse impeding of airflow, domestic abuse with intent or display of a weapon and child endangerment with no injury. Court records do not list an attorney.


Iowa State University Professor Has Plan To Stop Astoroid

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University professor has a plan for saving humanity from a devastating asteroid collision, and he'll soon meet with officials at NASA to discuss his proposal.
     Engineering professor Bong Wie says one way to stop an asteroid from hurtling toward earth is to break up the rock with a nuclear device. He will meet Tuesday with NASA officials to talk about his research, which is being hashed out at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames.
    Wie plans to request a five-year, $5 million grant to put the research into action and launch a practice satellite. A NASA spokesman says there's no grant request scheduled in the Tuesday meeting.
     Wie says developing the project will take more than a decade.


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