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(Update) Red Oak woman’s vehicle stolen and burned – recovered in Mills County

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County and Mills Counties are investigating the theft and destruction of a vehicle taken from Red Oak.  The father of 29-year old Jessica Appley told KJAN News his daughter was notified about the incident early this (Friday) morning, by the Red Oak Police Department. Officials in Red Oak had been contacted by authorities in Mills County, who indicated Appley’s fire damaged 1999 Chevy Cavalier was located just south of the former Ponderosa Truck stop/Cafe, on Highway 34, east of Glenwood. The vehicle sustained extensive damage, and appeared to have been a total loss.

The incident remains under investigation by the Red Oak Police Department, along with the Mills and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments.

Fly Iowa event to be held Saturday, in Atlantic

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pilots from around Iowa and the Midwest will gather in Cass County this weekend for the annual Fly Iowa air show.The free event takes place Saturday, at the Atlantic Municipal Airport, and begins with a brunch from 8-a.m. to 10:30-a.m. Garry Pellett is the local chairperson for the event. He says there’ll be at least four World War II era P-51 Mustangs on-hand, including one owned and flown by Atlantic resident Mike Henningsen.

A P-51 Mustang

The Mustang, Pellett says, has a very distinctive sound. He says the aircraft are equipped with engines producing nearly 15-hundred horsepower, and they will literally “shake the ground,” when they are warming up and taxiing for take-off.

But the Mustangs aren’t the only vintage aircraft to take to the sky Saturday.

Douglas A-26 “Lady Liberty” bomber

Pellett says a bomber scheduled to make an appearance can produce 54-hundred horsepower.   says an A-26 Bomber will be flying in from the south.

Greg Koontz, aerobatic pilot

Aerobatic flying will be performed by Greg Koontz, from Alabama, who is one of the top performers in the country. Koontz will perform two shows, including a comedy act. The air show runs from 11-a.m. to 1-p.m.  There will also be static exhibits on the ground for people to enjoy.

Gary Maas, “Air Boss” for the event, says that includes helicopters, other aircraft, and various aviation and food vendors. Depending on the wind conditions, a tethered hot air balloon may available, along with helicopter rides, for a nominal fee. There will be plenty of activities for persons of all ages to enjoy. Maas says the theme for the event in Atlantic is “Heritage and Homecoming.” He says it sets the event apart from other, previous Fly Iowa shows, by having people from southwest Iowa who have a career or experiences in aviation, invited to attend. Those persons have written about their experiences. Their bios will be on display and those individuals will be available for the public to speak with.

One person flying in for the event lives in Medford, OR., who is originally from Bridgewater, Iowa. He flew as a pilot for TWA, and will continue in his aircraft to Kittyhawk, NC for another air show, following the Atlantic show. Maas reminds those planning to attend to bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort, while you enjoy the show.

I-680 reconstruction project in running for $10,000 award

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An interstate reconstruction project in western Iowa is among 10 finalists for a national award. The Missouri River flooding in 2011 closed 77 miles of highways and interstates between Hamburg and Sioux City.

Flood damage to I-680 (courtesy Iowa DOT)

The most highly traveled roadway section to close was a three mile stretch of Interstate 680 connecting Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska. That section of roadway was destroyed after being under water for four months.

Troy Jerman (German), with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says it reopened to traffic in early November after just over a month of construction. “They did that in 34 days, which was quite a feat, but everything just came together – the weather cooperated, the contractors were ready to go and the plan was there,” Jerman said. “It was quite a turnaround of a project.”

The I-680 project is up for a People’s Choice Award in the America’s Transportation Awards “ahead of schedule/small project” category. The winning project will be awarded a $10,000 prize. “We haven’t discussed what we would do with that (money) yet,” Jerman said. “The People’s Choice Award says it must be donated to a charity of our decision, but we haven’t had that discussion yet about where that would go.”

Iowans can cast their vote at www.americastransportationaward.org. Voting is open now through October 19. The awards presentation is scheduled for November 16.

(Radio Iowa)

Judge: Western IA Mom convicted in slaying must see kids

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A prosecutor is expressing outrage about a decision ordering a father to take his two children cross-country to visit their mother while she’s in prison for killing a man in their rural western Iowa home in 2001.  Judge Nancy Whittenburg has ordered Michael Roberts to take his children from California to visit their mother, Tracey Richter, at Polk County’s Mitchellville prison while she appeals.

Whittenburg says the kids have a bond with their mother and the visits will “bring closure to the sudden and traumatic events of the past year.”  Sac County Atorney Ben Smith said Thursday he respected the decision, but couldn’t disagree more. He says it’s “mind-boggling” Richter still has parental rights since she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde while the kids were one room away. Richter claims self-defense.

SW IA man arrested for indecent exposure

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Dept. reports a Lenox man was arrested Thursday night on an Indecent Exposure charge. Officials say 21-year old Aaron Turlock was taken into custody at around 9:45-p.m., for allegedly e-mailing an indecent picture to a minor. Turlock was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

OIL SPILL ON NORTH RACCOON RIVER NEAR JEFFERSON BEING INVESTIGATED BY DNR

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources are investigating an oil spill originating from a greenhouse facility in Jefferson that reached the North Raccoon River. The spill was reported to the DNR shortly after 1-p.m. Thursday by local authorities. By Thursday evening, the DNR, with assistance from the police and fire departments in Jefferson as well as the Greene County Sheriff’s Department had tracked the spill approximately eight miles downstream. It was determined that the spill originated from an above ground tank storing used oil at Krieger’s Greenhouse in Jefferson.

A valve on the tank malfunctioned allowing used oil to run into a ravine where it eventually reached the Raccoon River. The amount of oil that was released has not yet been determined Thursday night. Hydro-Klean, Inc. of Des Moines, was in the process of installing booms downstream from the spill to prevent contamination further downstream Thursday evening. No dead or dying fish were found while tracing the oil downstream. The incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

Harkin not sure if House can get farm bill done before recess

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A procedural move pushed by Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, to allow the full U-S House to vote on that body’s version of the farm bill moved ahead Thursday. Braley is now working on getting enough signatures on what is called a “discharge petition” to bring it to a vote. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, says he’s not sure if there is time to get a vote on the House bill and then work out differences in the Senate bill before the fall recess. “I don’t know, probably not, but at least if the House passed it, then you’ve got a bill, you got the Senate (bill), we can meet on it, and then we can come back in the lame duck session and get it done,” Harkin says. He says it is important to at least get the House version passed now.

“If they wait and pass it in November, then it would be problematic,” Harkin says. “But if they pass it now, let staff get to work, do stuff on it, get it ready when we come back, then we can conference the Tuesday after the election, yeah, I think we could get it done.” Harkin a Democrat blames Republicans and Tea Party members for holding up the vote before the election. He was asked if it would be easier to pass after the election.

Harkin says it would be more politically feasible, but more difficult institutionally to pass the bill. “So if you’re looking at the political aspect, I suppose the House leadership wants to punt this until after the election so they don’t bring it out on the floor and have people vote on draconion cuts to the SNAP program and other things like that,” Harkin says. The current farm bill is set to expire on September 30th and the House and Senate are expected to take their fall recess sometime next week.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines: Fri., Sept. 14th 2012

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for President Barack Obama says Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Iowa next week includes a visit to Burlington. Biden will speak at an event at the Port of Burlington on Monday. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Details of other campaign stops haven’t been released.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — One of the Republican appointees to the Electoral College has resigned abruptly from her post after publicly questioning whether she would support the GOP’s presidential ticket when casting official votes after the November election. Melinda Wadsley of Ames tells The Associated Press that she could not in good conscience vote for party nominee Mitt Romney. Wadsley had previously backed Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed is seeking a delay in his preliminary hearing. Doctor Daniel Baldi (BALD’-ee) was charged earlier this month. One of the eight patients identified in court papers was Paul Gray, a founder of the heavy metal band Slipknot. He died of an overdose in 2010 at an Urbandale hotel.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An ape sanctuary near Des Moines has passed an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kenneth Schweller is the chairman of the Bonobo Hope Sanctuary board. He says that a USDA inspector was at the facility on Wednesday and “everything looked good.”

Omaha man injured in Pott. County crash

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September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was injured during a crash Thursday morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 73-year old Dean L. Crase, of Omaha, was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Creighton University Medical Center, following the crash on Interstate 29, near Council Bluffs. Crase was reported to be in “fair” condition at the hospital.

Officials say Crase, who was wearing a seat belt, was traveling north on the interstate at around 7:30-a.m., when the 2004 Chevy Trailblazer he was driving left the road on the west side of Council Bluffs. The SUV crossed the median and southbound lanes of I-29 before entering the west ditch and hitting a fence. It finally came to rest on River Road.

The accident remains under investigation.

Cass County Home Care and Hospice Receive National Recognition for Quality of Care

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September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Cass County Home Care and Cass County Hospice have announced both facilities recently received national recognition for demonstrating excellence in performance measures and quality of care. Cass County Home Care has been ranked in the top five percent of home health agencies in the United States by a recent HealthInsight report. The ranking is an improvement from the HealthInsight report released in March, which listed Cass County Home Care in the top seven percent.

And, Cass County Hospice received an excellent report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey results. The report was developed by the NHPCO with extensive input from hospices that participate in the data collection and reporting for the survey. The surveys are sent to family members of hospice patients who received care.  Cass County Hospice received strong marks and satisfaction from survey respondents, with a composite score of 92 percent. Additionally, Cass County Hospice achieved the highest level, top ten percent of hospices, in 18 out of 27 categories measured on the survey.

Cass County Home Care, an integrated home health provider, is part of Iowa Health Home Care, an affiliated network of providers. Iowa Health Home Care is part of Iowa Health System. To learn more about Iowa Health Home Care and its services, visit http://www.yourhealthcareathome.org.