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Tuesday News, September 30

Tanker Filled With Acid Shuts Down Traffic After Accident

(Le Mars) -- Traffic on Business Highway 75 from 6th Avenue to 18th Street southwest was shut down for a couple of hours Monday afternoon, while the contents of a semi-truck and tanker were unloaded.  The tanker was hauling more than 4,000 gallons of two different types of acid.  The truck had turned the corner too short from Hawkeye Avenue or Business Highway 75 on to 12th Street southwest, causing the  accident.  The tanker struck a concrete barrier that was in place so to protect a railroad crossing standard.  That concrete barrier was wedged between the back axles and the tanker.  Fortunately, no leaks had occurred during the mishap, but officials did not want to take a chance of moving the vehicle until its contents were unloaded.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says officials wanted to use extreme caution when dealing with the corrosive phospheric acid.

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The accident happened a few minutes before 12:00 noon, but the intersection of 12th Street Southwest, and Business Highway 75 was closed for nearly five hours.  Both the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department's Hazard Materials unit and Sioux city Haz Mat team were called to the scene. Chief Schipper says the tanker had four separate containers.  He says the clean-up process may have taken some time, but everything worked smoothly, with no further danger to the community.

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Schipper says several people were helpful with the emergency scene. 


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Two Teens Killed During Buena Vista County Auto Accident

(Storm Lake) -- A fatal traffic accident occurred in Buena Vista County, Monday morning claiming the lives of two teen agers.  Buena Vista County authorities responded to the accident that happened a half mile east of County Road M-50 on 570th Street, northeast of Storm Lake.  The accident involved two vehicles, a pick-up truck driven by 43 year old Kent Erickson of Albert City, and a passenger car driven by a 17 year old male from Sioux Rapids. The 17 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene, as was a 16 year old female passenger from Marathon.  Also injured in the passenger car was a 15 year old female from rural Storm Lake who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by helicopter from the scene to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Rose Joens, age 19, of Schaller was also a passenger in the car and suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake by ambulance.  Erickson suffered minor injuries in the mishap.  49 year old Trent Jackson of rural Alta was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel from Newell and Storm Lake Fire Departments having suffered incapacitating injuries.  Authorities are withholding the names of the fatalities pending notification of family.  Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, the Newell Fire Department, the Storm Lake Fire Department, Newell Ambulance, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Paramedics, and the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's office.  The investigation is continuing by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and Iowa State Patrol.

 

Council Bluffs Pipe Company Fined For Environmental Violatons

  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Environmental officials say a pipe company must pay $950,000 for air and water violations at its former Council Bluffs facility.
     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 says Griffin Pipe Products must pay the civil penalty after multiple violations.
     The company is accused of illegally discharging untreated process wastewater to the city's wastewater collection system between 2007 and 2008. It is also accused of violating its storm water permit in 2011. The EPA says the company also discharged zinc, lead, copper and other pollutants in violation of its permit levels.
     Griffin Pipe Products has ceased production at the Council Bluff facility. It says it is now in compliance with the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
     A message left for Griffin Pipe Products was not immediately returned Monday.

 

Lab Results Show Capsules Found In Prison Not To Have Controlled Substance

 ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lab results show hundreds of capsules found at a northern Iowa prison tested negative for any controlled substances.
     The state Department of Public Safety made the announcement Monday about the 300 to 400 capsules found earlier this month at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory completed an analysis of the capsules.
     The pills contained an unknown substance, prompting a state drug investigation. Initial field testing indicated they contained cocaine and the pain killer Demerol, but later testing came back negative for controlled substances.  State officials have not said how the capsules got inside the prison.

 

Dead Girl Found In Car's Trunk Is Thought To Be  Missing College Girl  

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police continue to investigate a homicide after finding a body in the trunk of a car belonging to a missing Iowa State University student.
     Police are careful not to identify the body as that of 20-year-old Tong Shao but say it was her Toyota Camry in which the body was found Friday night at an apartment complex in southeast Iowa City.
     Iowa City Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Gaarde says an autopsy has been completed and efforts are being made to identify the body.
     Shao, a junior chemical engineering student from China was last seen in Ames more than three weeks ago.
     She is believed to have gone to Iowa City to visit her boyfriend, who police say is a person of interest they believe has flown to China.

 

 


 
 

   

Monday News, September 29

Two Motorcylce-Car Accidents Reported In Plymouth County During Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Rescue personnel responded to two separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend.  The first motorcycle accident happened on Saturday afternoon at about 2:50 p.m. at the south intersection of County Road C-44 and K-49, near Hinton.  The Hinton Fire and Rescue Department, along with the Hinton Ambulance responded to the accident involving a motorcylce and a car.  There were injuries reported, but at this time we don't know the extent of those injuries, or the identities of those involved in the accident.  A second motorcycle accident happened at about 4:45 p.m. at Akron.  That accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 12 and north 8th street. Again, we are still awaiting for the police accident report to be completed in order to identify those involved with the accident.

 

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Silage Chopper Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department was called to action on Saturday to extinguish a corn silage chopper that had caught on fire.  That fire was reported at about noon Saturday at 28621 County Road K-42.  Fire personnel was on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.  The Hinton Fire Department and the Merrill Fire Department were also called a short time later to a fuel truck that had been leaking fuel.  The incident happened at about 1:40 p.m. when a semi truck was involved in a property damage accident at the junction of Lynx Avenue and 260th Street.  Fire personnel were at the scene of that accident for nearly an hour.

 

Sioux City Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department responded to a reported shooting incident that occurred Saturday afternoon, outside of a residence at 1923 Grandview Blvd.  Upon arrival, a male victim was located that had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim, identified as 21 year old, Lester Calderon-Hidalgo of Sioux City was transported to the Mercy Medical Center.  He was treated and released.  32 year old Jose Escobar of Sioux City was arrested and taken into custody at the scene.  Escobar has been charged with attempted murder, a class B felony.

 

Ernst And Braley Square Off In First Senate Debate

(Indianola) -- Senate Candidates Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst squared off in their first of three debates last evening at Simpson College in Indianola.  Almost immediately, the two candidates started in with the verbal barbs.   Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst clashed over health care, Social Security and foreign policy during the first debate of the Iowa Senate race.  The two major party candidates for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat met face-to-face in an hour long debate early Sunday evening -- touting their rural Iowa roots and questioning their opponent's loyalties. Republican Joni Ernst grew up on a farm near Red Oak in southwest Iowa. Democrat Bruce Braley grew up in the small eastern Iowa town of Brooklyn, where his dad ran the grain elevator.

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Each accused the other of being beholden to special interests who're financing thousands of dollars worth of ads to try to sway Iowa voters. Braley accused Ernst of being beholden to Oklahoma billionaires who made their money in the oil industry.

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Ernst also accused Braley of doing the bidding of President Obama and Harry Reid,the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate. Braley countered with this.

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That exchange came near the end of the debate. Both began by stressing a message to appeal to independent voters. Braley repeatedly tried to tie Ernst to the so-called "Tea Party."

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Ernst told the audience she provided voters a "clear contrast" with Braley.

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The two candidates broke no new policy ground on issues like the minimum wage and immigration. Braley charged Ernst co-sponsored legislation in the Iowa Senate that ultimately would wind up banning abortion, certain forms of contraception and invitro fertilization. Ernst said she "will support life," but she also believes "in a woman's right to contraception." Before the debate had concluded Sunday evening, each candidate had one more verbal barb.

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The debate was sponsored by The Des Moines Register and broadcast live on KCCI TV in Des Moines.

 

Muscatine Man Found Safe After Reported Missing

 MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - An 81-year-old Iowa man who went missing has been found safe after a chance encounter with an off-duty State Patrol trooper.
     The Muscatine Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/1rEwO0q ) William Morgan, of Muscatine, was found Sunday at a campground near the Coralville Reservoir.
     Morgan, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, went missing Friday after going to a doctor's appointment in East Moline, Illinois.  Authorities searched the area Friday.
     One official who helped with the search, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jesse Hernandez, was off-duty and fishing at the Coralville Reservoir on Sunday when he noticed a van that looked like Morgan's. Hernandez contacted an on duty-trooper, Dave Hughes, and they eventually found Morgan sitting on the ground by the campground's entrance. Morgan was later reunited with his family.
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Authorities Investigate Two Attempted Kidnappings

 GOWRIE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating two attempted kidnappings reported in the same Iowa county.
     The Webster County sheriff's office received two reports on Sunday, one in the town of Gowrie and the other in Dayton.
     Sheriff James Stubbs says two girls were targeted in separate instances. One is between the ages of 5 and 6, and the other is between 12 and 13 years old. Stubbs says both children are OK.
     Witnesses described a white-colored vehicle in both reported kidnapping attempts. Authorities say they weren't able to give a description of a suspect, but they're conducting interviews and hope to provide more information.
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Council Bluffs Mourns Death Of Teen After Fight In School

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Council Bluffs community has come together to remember a western Iowa 17-year-old who died from a head injury suffered during a fight at school. 
     Friends of Dakota Escritt released balloons at a memorial Sunday night. He died Saturday at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, two days after he hit his head on the tile floor at Abraham Lincoln High School. 
     Authorities have filed an assault charge against a 16-year-old boy, who was suspended from school. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes.
     Superintendent Martha Bruckner tells KETV-TV the fight appeared to be a random, isolated incident that no policy could have prevented.

 

 


 

 

   

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