Friday News, January 10
Remsen and Oyens Fire Department Respond To Early Morning Accident
(Oyens) -- Both the Oyens and the Remsen Fire and Rescue Departments were called to an early morning accident that happened shortly after 2:30 this morning. Not much is known at this hour about the accident, other than it occurred on County road C-38, one mile west of County Road K-64.
State Fair Reverses Decision On Going "Cashless" For Concession Sales
(Le Mars) -- This past week the Iowa State Fair initially proposed the idea to have fairgoers purchase tickets for concessions rather than to use cash. However, the fair board received hundreds, if not thousands, of comments against the decision to implement a cashless fair for concessions. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad even got involved by urging the state fair board to reconsider its decision. State Fair Board director, Dave Hoffman of Merrill, says the latest decision is the fair will not implement such a program.
Hoffman says he told the fair board president he had nightmares about the new program. The state fair board director says the reason for the cashless program was to assist the concessioners.
Hoffman denies the idea the fair board rolled out the cashless program to make the concessioners more accountable for the state fair's share of sales. Hoffman says there are several other large venues, such as the Texas State Fair that have switched to the "cashless" method for concessions. But ultimately, Hoffman believes the right decision was made.
Sioux City Police Issue Warrant For Shooting Suspect
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux city Police is reporting they have identified a suspect in the shooting incident that happened late afternoon of January 3rd. You will recall the shooting occurred on the 1100 block of Oak Street on the west side of Sioux City. The victim of that shooting suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City and is expected to recover from his injuries. Police have placed an arrest warrant for Jose Sandoval-Alvarez who fled the scene with a second male and both are unaccounted for. Sandoval-Alvarez is 19 years old, stands 5 foot - seven inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds. He is wanted for attempted murder, willful injury, and going armed with intent.
U-S Marshal Office Arrest Barton
(Sioux City) -- The man wanted for running over his ex-girl friend with a vehicle has been arrested. Anthony Joseph Barton, age 23, was arrested in Sargeant Bluff on Thursday afternoon by the U-S Marshal's office after receiving numerous tips regarding Barton's whereabouts. Sioux City police say Barton shot his ex-girl friend Karilynn Schroeder, 22, of Moville several times with a stun gun and hit her with her own SUV outside PetSmart in the shopping mall parking lot on December 19th. Schroeder's pelvis was broken in three places. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Army Corps Of Engineers To Release More Water Into Missouri River
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Slightly more water than normal is expected to flow into the Missouri River this spring, but the dams along the river should have room for it.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says several of the reservoirs remain below normal because they are still recovering from the 2012 drought.
So the Corps' Jody Farhat says the reservoirs should be able to safely handle the 26.1 million acre feet of runoff expected this year. That forecast is slightly above normal runoff of 25.2 million acre feet.
The Corps adjusts the amount of water released from dams along the river in response to conditions.
Last year, releases along the water were limited because the Corps was conserving water as the region recovered from drought. That affected barge traffic on the river.
Investigators Say They Have Solved A Triple Murder From 1984
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Investigators say they've solved the 1984 bludgeoning deaths of a mother, her son and her son's fiancee in southern Iowa.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and officials from two sheriff's offices will announce the resolution to the case Friday.
Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis confirmed Thursday the developments come in the deaths of 20-year-old Justin Hook, Jr.; his mother, 41-year-old Sarah Link, and Hook's fiancee, 19-year-old Tina Lade.
Firefighters found Hook's body outside his burned-out mobile home in rural Drakesville in April 1984. A farmer found Link's body the following week in a wooded area near Eldon. Two days later, police dogs discovered Lade's body in a ravine a half-mile away.
All three were killed by trauma to the head.
No one has been arrested in the case.
Fire At Centerville School Evacuates Teachers And Students
CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A fire in a teachers lounge has forced the evacuation of a high school in south-central Iowa.
The Centerville Police Department says the fire was reported a little before 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Centerville High School. The students and staff were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Investigators later determined that a fire that began in an electrical outlet spread to a nearby couch in the lounge. Centerville Police Chief Mike Bogle says that a teacher closed the lounge door, which helped contain the flames.
Middle School Students Visit University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than 100 middle school students from eastern Iowa are visiting the University of Iowa as part of a career education program.
Participants of the Project HOPE program are scheduled to visit Friday. The students from West Liberty will have multiple sessions available in a variety of locations on campus.
Project HOPE, organized through UI's College of Education, promotes health science professions to eighth-grade students from rural middle schools. The schools have a large immigrant population of Mexican descent.
The sessions will focus on a range of careers, including nursing, pharmacy and physics. Organizers say early exposure can help minority and rural students plan their academics toward health science professions.
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