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Wounded Vietnam Vet to receive long awaited medals

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King said Friday, that he will be honoring Sioux City resident and wounded Vietnam Army Veteran, Dennis Roberts on Tuesday, August 21st, with medals Roberts did not formally receive previously for his service. The ceremony takes place at 12:30-p.m., in Congressman King’s office in Sioux City.  Roberts is slated to receive the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the Air-, Army Commendation-, National Defense- and other, similar medals, in addition to his Combat Infantryman badge, and sharpshooter badge and rifle bar.

Roberts served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from March 1969 to June 1970. During that year he was a reconnaissance scout assigned to search and destroy missions with the 101 St. Airborne Divisions.  On Christmas Day in 1969, his 25 member platoon landed and split up into groups.  The landing zone or “L-Z” was hot, with the soldiers came under enemy fire. In the fire-fight, Roberts came into contact with a booby trap. The explosion blew-off his right thumb. Shrapnel also pierced hit his right arm and lower back. Roberts suffers from permanent loss of hand motion as a result of his injuries.

Turkey talk leads to rollover accident in Montgomery County

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Discussion between the driver of a pickup and her passenger Friday afternoon about a turkey in a field, resulted in a rollover accident southeast of Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says Mary K. Bailey and her passenger, Erica R. Jackson, both of Red Oak, suffered from minor injuries following the accident, which happened at around 6:30-p.m., near the intersection of 210th and K Avenue.

Officials say Bailey was driving a 1993 Chevy pickup southbound on K Avenue and speaking with Jackson. The discussion was about a turkey Jackson saw in a field on the east side of the road. When Bailey turned to look at the wild bird, she missed her turn onto eastbound 210th Street. When she realized her mistake and attempted to negotiate the turn, the pickup skidded off the south side of the road, entered a ditch and rolled onto its side. The damage was estimated at $3,000.

IA DNR asking public to report deer deaths

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it has received scattered reports of dead deer around water sources this summer. D-N-R wildlife research supervisor, Willie Suchy, says they believe the dead deer are due to a disease called E-H-D. “Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, ant it’s a virus that’s transmitted by a biting midge. And in dry years deer get concentrated around somewhat limited water and if they happen to be going to a water source where the midges are around and they get infected, then you can have a more significant die off than that local area and that’s what we’re seeing,” according to Suchy. He says they are asking the public to report any deer that are dead or don’t appear to be acting normally.

He says you should call your local D-N-R officer if you see something like this. “The other thing is we are always on the lookout for animals that are diseased and sick. And right now if it’s E-H-D there’s not much you can do, the disease will take its course. But there are other things we can monitor for,” he says. Suchy says the deaths due to E-H-D don’t pose a major threat to the deer population. “At this point it’s above what we normally would see and this is kind of what we would be expecting with the dry weather,” Suchy says. He says the last big outbreak of 1988 and deer numbers then were down a little bit, but he says they bounce back.

The disease has also shown up in Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan. E-H-D remains active until rain disperses the deer or a heavy frost kills the midges.

(Radio Iowa)

Volunteers paint 75 houses today in Council Bluffs area for those in need

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Some two-thousand volunteers will be painting several dozen homes in Council Bluffs and Omaha today (Saturday) as part of a community-wide beautification and weatherization effort. Tom Pettigrew is executive director of the 24th annual Brush-Up Paint-A-Thon. He says it helps low-income elderly residents and people with disabilities to maintain their properties. Out of some 210 applications, about 75 houses will be painted. Nearly 75 companies, businesses and individuals donated all the materials that are being used for the project.

Pettigrew explained the qualifications for getting your home’s exterior freshened up with a new coat of paint: You need to be over 62 years old or be permanently disabled at any age, you must own the home, no rentals, and meet certain financial guidelines. Some volunteers started earlier in the week with scraping off the old, flaking paint and getting the houses coated with a primer.
They’ll prime any bare wood, put down a top coat of paint and then caulk, too, to weatherize the homes. In the past 24 years, more than 24-hundred homes in the metro area have been painted by volunteers through the program.

Atlantic family to be honored at the Iowa State Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic family is one of six from across Iowa to be honored with “The Way We Live Award,” at the Iowa State Fair. Mick and LaVon Sager were selected from 75 total entries. According to fair officials, the award “Honors “industrious Iowa families who demonstrate a daily dedication to animal agriculture and exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming.” The Omaha World-Herald reports the Sager family raises about 200 hens, 60 calves, 32 ewes, 14 turkeys and two llamas on their 20-acre spread about four miles northwest of Atlantic.

A fair spokesperson cited the farm as the epitome of a small, diversified, family farm. In selecting the Sagers for the award, the fair is recognizing Mick and LaVon for passing on the lessons of farm life to their kids. The Sagers will receive their award at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday), at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center on the fairgrounds in Des Moines. Mick Sager is a roads foreman for Cass County, while LaVon is a para educator for Atlantic Community Schools. Neither are full-time farmers. The couple has four children.

Iowa early News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 18th 2012

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August 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a person involved in a shooting that occurred during an undercover drug operation at a trailer park near Iowa City. Police Sergeant Denise Brotherton says that officers responded yesterday afternoon to an apartment complex where someone believed to be involved in the Thursday night shooting was staying. Officers escorted John Mulbah outside in handcuffs minutes after firing tear gas to end a four hour standoff.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge police officer has helped an apartment resident escape from a fire that was burning in a nearby, upstairs unit. The police officer, Leighton Walker, was among those who responded to a 911 call. No injuries were reported.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been given 10 years in prison for running over his estranged girlfriend and killing her. Thirty-seven-year-old Eric Olsen had been convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years for the homicide and five years for leaving the scene. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s James White sure likes what he hears from his coach. Paul Rhoads says the Cyclones will run the football — a lot. White grinned when he heard that and he should. White became the starter last fall after a neck injury in the fourth game sidelined Shontrelle Johnson.

Car fire on I-80 in Cass County – No injuries

News

August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a car fire Friday evening on Interstate 80 in Cass County. According to dispatch reports, the fire occurred at around 7:40-p.m. on I-80 eastbound at the 50.85-mile marker.

Firefighters look over the burned out vehicle. (Mike Kennon photo)

Car fire on I-80 (Courtesy MIke Kennon/Cass Co. Emergency Management Agy,)

Firefighters from Marne and Atlantic responded to the scene. Authorities said the driver of the car, and only occupant, escaped unharmed. Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon told KJAN News the driver and another motorist were on their way back to Des Moines after purchasing the car at an auction, when the blaze broke out.

Earlier in the afternoon, Friday, a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire on I-80 near the Cass/Adair County line. The truck appeared to have been a total loss, but no animals or humans were injured.There is no more information currently available.

And, firefighters from Anita and Wiota were called to help extinguish a grass fire that was burning dangerously close to a barn and residence, Friday afternoon. The blaze was reported at around 1:50-p.m., at about 140th and Delta Avenue, in northwestern Adair County. No other details are available at this time.

Iowa unemployment rises to 5.3 percent in July

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in July. State labor officials say the preliminary rate was two-tenths of a point higher than June’s revised rate of 5.1 percent. The rate was 6 percent in July 2011. Iowa Workforce Development says in a report issued Friday that the state gained 2,300 jobs in total nonfarm employment last month after two months of decreases. The state says the gains occurred only in the sectors of wholesale and retail trade, other services, local government and health care. The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 88,200 in July, compared with 85,300 in June. A year ago, an estimated 99,100 people were unemployed in Iowa.  The national jobless rate rose a tenth of a point in July, to 8.3 percent.

Stolen vehicle leads to chase, but no arrest in Shelby County

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August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An incident that began with the theft of a motor vehicle from Pottawattamie County, resulted in a chase but no arrest Thursday evening, despite a coordinated effort by several law enforcement agencies. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports Police officers in Harlan observed a vehicle known to have been stolen from Pott. County inside the Harlan city limits. The officers engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle, a 1996 Oldsmobile. The chase continued east onto Oak Road, before the H-PD officers requested assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. The officers and deputies lost track of the vehicle however, in the 1200 block of Oak Road.

At around 11:30-p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was alerted to suspicious activity in the 1900 block of Oak Road, where authorities recovered the stolen vehicle. The Sheriff’s office requested and received assistance in locating the suspect, from the Cass County K-9 Unit, along with sheriff’s deputies from Audubon County. Deputies recovered property from the suspect in the area, and cordoned-off a corn field, where the suspect was though to be hiding.

Additional assistance was requested from the Omaha Police Department, which sent their helicopter, “Able 1″ to the scene. The chopper was equipped with a FLIR (Forward looking infrared Radar), which detects heat signatures. Despite the concentrated effort, the suspect was never located, and the search called-off during the early morning hours.

An investigation into the theft continues. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Record low temps set overnight in several Iowa cities

News, Weather

August 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Last month, Iowans saw an array of new record high temperatures set, but this morning, many of us woke up to the coolest weather since early June. Kevin Deitsch is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston. “Most of the record lows were confined to northwest Iowa,” Deitch says. Sioux City’s record low this morning was 43 degrees, Lamoni was at 50 and Webster City reached 44. The temperature in Webster City shattered the previous record of 46 set on this day in 1897.

In Atlantic, we bottomed out at 40-degrees on the thermometer at KJAN, which was just two-degrees shy of tying our record low set in 1897. KJAN is the official National Weather Service reporting and record-keeping station for Atlantic. For a welcome change of pace, Deitsch says Iowa’s weather will be pleasant for the weekend, the final weekend of the Iowa State Fair. “Dry weather we’ve had makes it pretty easy to cool down at night and to warm up during the day and that looks to be the trend as we head through this weekend,” he says. Highs will be in the 70s today through the weekend with lows in the 40s and 50s. There is no precipitation forecast for the next seven days.