September 22, 2014

Work continues after fire at Sioux Center coop

Firefighters continue to work a fire at the Farmers Coop Society in the northwest Iowa town of Sioux Center. Just before 6 P.M. on Monday, the Sioux County communication center received a 911 call of a structure fire at grain bin on the northwest edge of Sioux Center. When firefighters arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the roof.

Firefighters remain on the scene today as crews continue working to get a about 2.5-million bushels of grain removed from the facility. Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland says it could take four or five days to get all the grain out of the bin. The cause of the fire and the amount of damage is unknown.

(Reporting by Doug Broek, KIHK, Sioux Center)


Boone man dies in accident

A Boone man was killed Monday morning in a two-car accident on Highway 30 near Grand Junction in Greene County. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 27-year-old Daniel Reetz. Reportedly, a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Reetz crossed the center line on a bridge east of Grand Junction when it collided with an eastbound 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by Lombardo Ramos of Oskaloosa.

It was reported that Reetz was operating the car in a wreckless manner. Reetz was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Ramos and a female passenger were transported to a hospital in Jefferson for treatment of their injuries.

(Reporting by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)


SUV runs over, kills baby in Des Moines

Charges are pending after an infant was run over and killed in Des Moines. The accident happened Saturday evening in a driveway of a home on Des Moines’ east side.

Police say the father of a four-month-old boy placed the child, in his car seat, in front of an SUV as he and another man were loading several children into a pair of vehicles. The SUV then ran over the baby, who was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The man who was behind the wheel of the SUV, 33-year-old Deanthony Clark, could be charged with vehicular homicide. Police say they don’t believe Clark knew the child was there, but noted that Clark smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Investigators performed a drug test on the scene and are waiting for those results. A police report shows the driveway was littered with beer cans and several liquor bottles were scattered in the yard.

Rock Valley woman identified as victim of two-car crash

The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the woman killed in two-vehicle crash in northwest Iowa on Friday night. The woman has been identified as 51-year-old Susan R. Bliek of Rock Valley.

The crash happened about 11:30 p.m. The patrol reports a car driven by 18-year-old Jacob Kennet of Le Mars was westbound on county road A34, about two miles north of Inwood, when he drove through a stop sign. Kennet’s vehicle struck the car driven by Bliek, which had been southbound on Highway 182.

Bliek was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Kennet vehicle, 34-year-old Timothy Farmer of Iowa City was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For now, no charges have been filed.

by Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA

State Patrol warns Labor Day drivers to use caution

Patrol-carState law enforcement officials are warning that the Labor Day weekend is historically one of the most dangerous holiday weekends on Iowa roadways.

Sergeant Scott Bright, with the Iowa State Patrol, says in 2013, the Labor Day weekend had the second most traffic fatalities among the six holidays tracked by the Iowa DOT.

“Last year, we had four fatalities. One was alcohol-related, so we’re recommending if people get out there this weekend and have too much to drink, they should make sure they don’t get behind the wheel and they call somebody to take them home,” Bright says.

With nearly two-thirds of 2014 complete, Bright says the state is on pace to potentially record the fewest traffic fatalities in decades.

“Last year, we had 317 fatalities in the state, which has been the lowest in over 40 years. Right now, we’re at 193. We’re five ahead of this time last year, so we’d like to see that number go down,” Bright said.

The 317 traffic fatalities last year was the lowest total since 1944. According to Bright, 75 of last year’s fatal traffic crashes were alcohol or drug-related.


Boone man dies in motorcyle accident

Authorities are releasing the name of the 52-year-old Boone man who was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night in Story County. The victim is identified as Benjamin Parsons.

The Story County Sheriff’s Department reported the westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Parsons left the travelled portion of Highway 30 entering the north ditch approaching State Street when he left the roadway and was thrown from the motorcycle.

First responders on the scene performed CPR on Parsons. He was then flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The accident remains under investigation.

(Reporting by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)


One person dead in Mason City fire

A 62-year-old Mason City man has died after a house fire on Wednesday night. Firefighters were called to the southwest side of Mason City at about 11:20 Wednesday night. Home owner Jesse Pierce died after being taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Fifty-nine-year-old Cherie McClemons, who also lived in the house, was taken to Mercy-North Iowa and then later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Fire officials believe the fire started in a recliners in the living room, sparked by a cigarette that fell from an overturned ashtray into the seat cushion and arm of the chair.

Fire officials say the home had smoke detectors but they didn’t have batteries.

(Reporting by Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City)