December 18, 2014

Victim in Clayton County fatal accident identified

Patrol-logoThe Iowa State Patrol has identified a woman killed in a crash late Sunday night in northeast Iowa. The crash happened around 11 p.m. in rural Clayton County. A person living nearby called police after hearing a loud noise outside.

The patrol reports 24-year-old Shari Ann Harbaugh of Edgewood died after the car she was driving entered a ditch and struck an embankment.

Harbaugh was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the car. The vehicle rolled and came to a stop in a nearby field.


Two die in accident in Pottawattamie County

Ambulance-Back-DoorAn accident early Sunday in southwestern Iowa has claimed the lives of two men. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department says 30-year-old Eric A. Poole, of Atlantic, and 19-year-old Nathan C. Poole of Omaha, were ejected from their vehicle as it rolled numerous times about seven miles east of Oakland.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the vehicle the men occupied crashed through a fence before rolling, and became entangled in another fence before coming to rest in the south ditch off of Highway 6. The accident happened at around 5 a.m. Sunday. An investigation determined the vehicle the men were in was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 when accident took place.

The cause of the accident and the driver of the vehicle has not been determined at this time. The crash remains under investigation.

(Reporting by Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)

Grassley says violence in wake of Ferguson decision is not the answer

Senator Chuck Grassley.

Senator Chuck Grassley.

Rallies are planned in four Iowa cities tonight in response to last night’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, where indictments were not brought against a white policeman who fatally shot a black teenager. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he has sympathy for the family of Michael Brown, who “lost a son.”

“There’s a strong feeling on both sides, the Brown family, President Obama and the clergy all said that violence is not an answer,” Grassley says, “but obviously, people didn’t listen to that or you wouldn’t have had all the fires you had last night.” There were clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson and elsewhere, in addition to gunfire, looting and the burning of many buildings.

Grassley says it’s senseless. “I wasn’t on the grand jury so I don’t have all the evidence that was presented,” Grassley says. “I heard a lot of it on television last night. You have to have confidence in the grand jury and in our system of justice and I do.”

Grassley says those doing violence last night were able to “take advantage of the situation to create the turmoil and the revolution that they think this country ought to go through.” Violence should never be the answer, he says. “We know that violence only adds to the hurt,” Grassley says. “There’s nothing wrong with peaceful protests. It happens that they’re a much better way to get a point across.”

The Ferguson National Response Network says on its website that rallies will be held at five o’clock tonight in Des Moines, Iowa City, Grinnell and Waterloo, as well as in numerous other cities nationwide.



Ottumwa police look for hit-and-run driver

A hit-and-run incident over the weekend in southeast Iowa sent a teenager to the hospital with serious injuries. Ottumwa Police were called just before midnight on Saturday to downtown Ottumwa, where a person was found lying in a street and appeared to have been run over.

The victim, 18-year-old Logan Fleeman, was taken to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later air-lifted to a hospital in Des Moines. Police are reviewing footage from downtown cameras to try and identify the vehicle that hit Fleeman and left the scene.

(Reporting by Ken Williams, KBIZ, Ottumwa)


Two dead in two accidents in Scott County

Two people died in two separate weekend crashes in eastern Iowa’s Scott County. Both accidents took place on Saturday. A little after 1:30 in the afternoon Scott County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a wreck involving a semi and a passenger car in rural McCausland.

Deputies say the car, driven by 84-year-old William Flenker of rural Long Grove, pulled out of a private driveway and was struck by the truck on the driver’s side. Flenker later died at a Davenport hospital. The driver of the semi wasn’t hurt. The second crash occurred about 6:15 at night on Interstate 280 in Davenport.

A northbound SUV went into the median, hit a crossover and rolled. The driver, 59-year-old Keith Hentges of Davenport, died at the scene.

(Reporting by Phil Roberts, Davenport)


Bicyclist killed in Clear Lake accident

A Clear Lake bicyclist was killed in a collision with a flatbed truck on Thursday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says 62-year-old Sally Bell was traveling west on 340th Street west of Fertile when she collided in the intersection at Balsam Avenue with a northbound truck driven by 63-year-old Timothy Cole of Clear Lake.

Bell was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, where she later died. The State Patrol says the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

(Reporting by Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City)



Fire damages hog confinement building in Audubon County

Firefighters from several departments in southwest Iowa were on the scene of a hog confinement facility fire in Audubon County this morning. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou says the blaze at the private facility, northeast of Audubon, was reported around 7:20 A.M.

Ballou said when they arrived, the entire attic space was on fire. Tanker trucks from Templeton and Dedham were called in to assist. The flames were confined to the attic area. The chief says a man at the facility told him he saw arcing and burning around the wires leading into the attic. About 20 hogs were lost, but another 360 were saved.

A dollar amount of the damage was not available, but Ballou said the roof will likely need to be replaced. No injuries were reported. Crews were on the scene for a little more than two hours.

(Reporting Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic)