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Tuesday Afternoon News, September 18th


Names of Monday Evening’s Highway 75 Vehicle Accident Now Identified

(Merrill) — The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of the fatal two- vehicle accident that occurred Monday evening on Highway 75 near Merrill.
The driver of the first vehicle was 38 year old Mohamed Abdullahi-Mohamud of Sioux City. Abdullahi-Mohamud was driving a Nissan Rogue heading southbound when his vehicle dropped off the travel portion onto the west shoulder.
Abdullahi-Mohamud then over-corrected and lost control, crossing two southbound lanes and a center turn lane. He then collided nearly head-on with a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, driven by 33 year old Sarah Landsness of Le Mars. Abdullahi-Mohamud suffered life threatening injuries. His vehicle had three other passengers. Six-year old Ayaan Ibrahn was killed during the
accident. Eight month old Rayan Arab suffered serious injuries, and 34 year old Hawo Arab had non life threatening injuries. Landsness also suffered serious injuries.



LUVERNE, Iowa (AP) – A man accused of killing another man at a northern Iowa home has pleaded not guilty.
Kossuth (kuh-SOOTH’) County court records say Jeffrey Winters, of Livermore, entered the plea last week to a charge of first-degree murder.
The records don’t show that a trial has been scheduled.
He’s suspected of killing 54-year-old Randy Page, who authorities say died before deputies reached the Lu Verne home on Aug. 27. His wife had called to report that he was on the garage floor and unresponsive.
A criminal complaint says four 9 mm bullet casings were found near the body, but no gun was found.



LUCAS, Iowa (AP) – State and local authorities are investigating the deaths of a man and woman inside their home in the south-central Iowa community of Lucas.
Lucas County deputies were sent to the home Monday to check a report of a shooting. Deputies found the bodies inside.
The two have been identified as 64-year-old Julie Dawson and her husband, 66-year-old Craig Dawson.
Autopsies were ordered. Authorities suspect the two died as a result of a murder-suicide.
Des Moines police say Craig Dawson retired in 2007 after 33 years on the force.



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified a body found in a rain-swollen Cedar Rapids stream as a missing kayaker.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the state medical examiner’s office had identified the body as 34-year-old John Conley of Cedar Rapids.
Conley’s body was found Sept. 6 in Indian Creek. His wife, 30-year-old Samantha Conley, was rescued from the stream several days earlier after their kayak overturned.
The creek was running high because of heavy rain.



AMES, Iowa (AP) – A former Iowa State University golfer has been found dead at a golf course, and a man has been charged with murder.
Police said in a news release that 22-year-old Celia Barquin
Arozamena was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and officers determined she had died after being assaulted. They said 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with first-degree murder.
Additional details weren’t immediately available.
Barquin Arozamena was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university says the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.
Police said officers were called to the golf course around 10:20
a.m. Monday after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it. Officers found a body some distance from the bag.




DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Democrats are accusing Gov. Kim Reynolds of a “pay for play” arrangement by accepting campaign contributions from a company that provides Medicaid services under Iowa’s privatized health care program for poor and disabled residents.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said Monday the Reynolds campaign received $1,000 in December from Anthem, the parent company of Amerigroup, months before the state renewed its Medicaid contract. Another donation of $1,500 was made Aug. 22, two days before the state announced
Amerigroup and UnitedHealthCare would get a $100 million increase in state funding.
Reynolds’ staff spokeswoman Brenna Smith says Medicaid funding is based on recommendations from the Department of Human Services and its independent actuary based on expected medical costs. Selections must be approved by a federal agency.
Campaign spokesman Pat Garrett says accusations the payments were linked to the contracts are “as false as they are desperate.”
The state is dealing with persistent complaints that Medicaid services deteriorated under privatization and the promised millions of dollars in savings haven’t materialized.