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Iowa gets rain but needs more

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

June 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Much of Iowa has received some rain, but the state could use some more to help ease the dry spots.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s crop report that corn conditions declined slightly for the second consecutive week. The report shows 75 percent of the corn is rated good to excellent. That’s down from 77 percent a week ago and 81 percent two weeks ago. The first soybean rating puts the crop at 71 percent in good to excellent condition.  The USDA says 46 percent of Iowa’s topsoil and 45 percent of the subsoil is dry.  Last week’s rain totals ranged from 0.35 inches at Bloomfield to 3.7 inches at Akron. The statewide average was 0.84 inches. In Atlantic, rainfall from May 27th through June 2nd amounted to .43″.

Iowa early News Headlines – Tue., June 5th 2012

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June 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s congressional hopefuls plan to keep working for votes through primary election day by making calls, meeting voters and giving media interviews. The races in the eastern half of the state will narrow the GOP field to one candidate in the two districts, and determine whether Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack can seek a fourth term. Loebsack faces a primary challenger, Davenport state Sen. Joe Seng.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with running a nationwide sex trafficking ring that used Backpage.com to solicit customers will be detained pending trial. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner rejected Johnelle Bell’s request for release Monday.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. are heading to the negotiating table. The two sides are set to resume talks Friday after the union asked a federal mediator to call the meeting. It has been more than 10 months since the lockout started and more than four months than the two sides last met.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are seeking a 40-year-old man who escaped from a residential work release facility in western Iowa’s Sioux City. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Cletus Antonio Armell failed to return to the facility Sunday from a shopping pass.

Woman rescued from Missouri River

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An unidentified woman was rescued from the Missouri River near Council Bluffs this (Monday) morning. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Patrick Norris says Officer Chad Selander found the woman near a boat dock at Lake Manawa, along the river, around 8:15 a.m. As he approached her, she then jumped into the river and swam to about the center of the river and then started floating down,” Norris said. Selander called for rescue boats.  “The whole time, (Selander) kept a visual on her and talked to her while running through the shrubs and the trees. It was pretty taxing,” Norris said. Selander ran about three miles along the riverbank as the water carried the woman downstream. He was then able to direct the rescue boats to her location.  “It is almost like a needle in a haystack. He did a great job,” Norris said of the officer. “He did a bit more investigating than maybe some would do. She jumped in and luckily he kept a good eye on her and could keep up with her.” Norris said the woman was “combative” when she was pulled from the water. She was then taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Norris said he believes Officer Selander’s actions saved the woman’s life.

(Radio Iowa)

Man escapes Iowa residential work release facility

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are seeking a 40-year-old man who escaped from a residential work release facility in western Iowa’s Sioux City. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Cletus Antonio Armell failed to return to the facility Sunday from a shopping pass. Armell had been serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery. He was transferred to the work release facility in Sioux City on Dec. 15.

Lab: Iowa egg company warned of salmonella in hens

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Records show an Iowa State University scientist found evidence sick hens at farms owned by an Iowa egg producer were “almost certainly” laying eggs contaminated with salmonella months before one of the nation’s largest outbreaks of food-borne illness. Testing records filed as part of a civil lawsuit show scientists at ISU’s Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory found salmonella in manure at several Iowa egg-laying plants and in the internal organs of dead birds in the months before the August 2010 recall of 550 million eggs.

The laboratory reported the results to the company requesting tests, but scientists say they had no legal or ethical obligation to alert regulators or consumers since salmonella is not a reportable disease. Lab director Rodger Main says it was up to the company to take appropriate action.

Survey: Iowa hospitals #1 in patient experience

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s hospitals scored top marks in a U.S. government survey of hospital patients. Scott McIntyre is spokesperson for the Iowa Hospital Association, which represents 118 hospitals in the state. “When patients responded to the survey, considering their overall hospital experience and how they perceived the hospital overall, Iowa was ranked first in the nation tied with two other states,” McIntyre said. 

Iowa tied for first with Kansas and Nebraska. The survey was administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nearly three out of four patients gave Iowa hospitals the highest possible rating — either a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale. In addition to the overall rating, patients were surveyed about nine other aspects of their hospital experience. Iowa ranked in the top 10 in all nine of those categories.  “One area where we faltered a little bit, compared to how well we did in the other areas, was in quietness,” McIntyre said. “That’s always a struggle because it’s tough to keep a hospital as quiet as somebody who’s not feeling well would like it to be. That’s something our hospitals work at continually every day.” 

Iowa ranked eighth for hospital quietness. The survey was based on patients discharged from hospitals between July 2010 and June 2011.

Griswold woman backs out of garage, hits parked pickup

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Griswold woman was cited for Unsafe Backing this (Monday) morning, after the vehicle she was driving hit a parked pickup. The accident happened at around 9-a.m. on Union Street, in Griswold. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 2010 Ford Taurus owned and driven by 66-year old Julianne Margaret Adams, of Griswold, was backing out of a garage onto Union Street, when the car hit a parked 2008 Nissan Titan, owned by Christopher Thomas McCoy. Adams’ Taurus sustained $600 damage during the mishap, while the damage to McCoy’s truck was estimated at $2,000.

5 arrested for OWI over the weekend in Atlantic

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports five people were arrested over the weekend. Taken into custody Saturday, on a charge of OWI/1st offense, was 36-year old Brandon Shadden, of Oakland. Among those arrested on Sunday, was: 43-year old Rhonda Stanley, of Atlantic. She was charged with OWI/2nd offense; 43-year old Brian Wright, of Atlantic33-year old Sergio Ramos, of Greenville, NC, and 20-year old John Bierbaum, of Griswold, were each arrested on a charge of OWI/1st offense.

All of those individuals were booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending a court appearance.

Charges filed in connection with Atlantic car burglaries

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said today (Monday) a combined effort by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Atlantic Police Department has resulted in numerous charges being filed in association with a number of car burglaries, and the theft of a firearm. Taken into custody on 25 counts each of Burglary in the 3rd degree and Ongoing Criminal Conduct, were 17-year olds Shawn Jensen and Kameron Burg, both of Atlantic.

During their investigation, authorities recovered a stolen firearm from 19-year old Joseph Riesberg, of Atlantic. He faces a felony charge of Possession of a Firearm, and Theft in the 4th Degree. 20-year old Lucas Nelson, of Marne, faces a Possession of Stolen Property charge.

Green says the case remains under investigation, and additional charges are currently pending.

Harlan firefighters’ family to be featured on IPTV Tuesday

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A family of seven firefighters from the Harlan Fire Department will be featured on Iowa Public Television, tomorrow (Tuesday). Tom Butler of Harlan and his sons Chad, Brad and Mike, along with his daughter Kristi Pederson, son-in-law Tim Pederson, and daughter-in-law Robin Butler, are all members of the Harlan Fire Department. Tom Butler says he has Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen to thank for getting the family on television. Butler says IPTV wanted to do a segment on firefighters. Bissen threw their name into a hat, and after interviewing Butler’s family members and other prospective families, decided to select the Butlers. 

Families from the state of Iowa were interviewed as potential candidates for the segment entitled “Iowa’s Firefighting Families.” Butler says once the film crew came back, they followed and filmed the family for a week. Tom Butler says at first he didn’t think he had the time to join the Harlan Fire Department but one fire in particular changed his mind. He says after a fire at the grocery store where his wife works, he decided to join the department. Once his children grew up, they decided to follow in his footsteps. 

He’s been on the Harlan Fire Department for 24 years. Most of his kids have been serving with the department for over a decade. The 30 minute program featuring the Butler family will air 7-p.m. Tuesday, on IPTV. If you miss the first broadcast, you can see it on Tuesday, June 12th, beginning at 4:30-pm, or, on Sunday, June 24th at 8:30pm. Butler says it was an honor to be featured on the program.