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2 deaths blamed on influenza in Iowa

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today (Monday) announced two influenza-related deaths. The two middle-aged (41 to 60 years of age) males were from central Iowa. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder the flu virus is circulating in Iowa, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.”

The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows three states in the nation have the highest estimated influenza activity – Iowa, Oregon and Rhode Island. Based upon CDC’s national estimates, an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia cause an average of 1,000 deaths yearly in Iowa. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza; however, it is also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Anti-viral medications are an important second line of defense to treat the flu in persons at highest risk of developing more severe illness. Anti-viral medications can make flu illness shorter and reduce the risk of ending up in the hospital or dying from influenza. Antivirals work best if started as soon as, or within 48 hours of when symptoms begin, so it is important to contact your health care provider if you develop symptoms of influenza. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days.

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and may cause severe illness or even death in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. Both the current influenza deaths in Iowa occurred in individuals with underlying health conditions.

The “stomach bug” which causes diarrhea and vomiting is not caused by the influenza virus but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness. Influenza is not a ‘reportable disease’ in Iowa, which means doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a patient tests positive for influenza; however, IDPH conducts year-round influenza surveillance through the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network. This surveillance indicates what types of influenza viruses are circulating and how widespread influenza illness is. For more information about where and what kind of influenza is in Iowa, go to https://idph.iowa.gov/influenza/reports.

Contact your health care provider or local health department to find out where the vaccine is available in your community or use the Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov/.

Iowa DOT expands Highway Helper program to Council Bluffs, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is expanding its “Highway Helper” program. Scott Marler, director of the DOT’s Office of Traffic Operations, says two safety patrol trucks have been in operation in Des Moines. Four more trucks were added in metro areas of eastern and western Iowa today (Monday). “We’re expanding the program into the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids metro area, as well as the Council Bluffs metro area,” Marler said. “So, we’re putting two trucks in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids and two trucks in Council Bluffs.”

Iowa DOT Hwy Helper truck

Iowa DOT Hwy Helper truck

The Highway Helper vehicles assist motorists with flat tires, jump starts, fuel, and transports free of charge. Marler says the ultimate goal is to improve highway safety. “It really is about keeping traffic moving because we know that traffic backups can lead to very dangerous conditions,” Marler said.

The two trucks added in eastern Iowa will mostly operate on I-80 through Iowa City and I-380 between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. “For the Council Bluffs area, we’ll mostly be focused on Interstates 29 and 80,” Marler said. The patrol vehicles will be in operation on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. and during select high-traffic holidays, according to Marler.

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School District Dissolving – Farragut

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Farragut Community School District will have to find a new superintendent if it manages to survive this week’s State Board of Education meeting. The Board is expected to act Wednesday on a proposal to dissolve the district. A report given to the state board in October indicated that enrollment is down 28 students from last year’s 167 students. The district has also exceeded its spending authority.

Superintendent Tom Hinrichs has told state and local boards that he’s leaving at the end of the school year. The Daily NonPareil reports that Hinrichs says his decision to leave is being made for personal and family reasons, citing his 75-mile commute from west Omaha.

Creston Police report, 11/16/15

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest on Saturday, of 55-year old Robert Fleharty, of Creston. Fleharty was taken into custody just after 6-p.m. in the 200 block of E. Montgomery Street, on an OWI 1st offense charge. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, a Macksburg man reported to the Creston P-D Sunday morning, that someone had stolen a utility box containing miscellaneous tools. The box was taken from a truck parked at his business on S. Mulberry Street in Creston, sometime between 1-p.m. Saturday and 9:30-a.m., Sunday. The loss was estimated at $300.

Iowa fire department has hovercraft at its disposal

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Council Bluffs Fire Department says its new hovercraft has already aided its rescue capabilities, and should come in handy this winter. The Daily Nonpareil reports the department purchased the hovercraft for about $60,000 last summer. According to department Technical Services Captain Jason Sorenson, the hovercraft can fly 9 inches off the ground and can travel over water, grass, ice and snow.

The department was able to rescue a 23-year-old man trapped in the West Nodaway River in Clarinda due to flooding less than a month after acquiring the vehicle. According to department officials, the hovercraft will be an asset when ice begins to appear in Lake Manawa. Department chief Justin James says it’s difficult to deploy rescuers through bad ice on the lake due its large size.

Assault in Council Bluffs leads to 2 arrests

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs say an investigation into a report of a man bleeding and a female screaming in the parking lot of the Ameristar Casino early this (Monday) morning, resulted in the arrest of two people. Officers determined that that the victim, identified as Jose Castillo, had given a ride to 30-year-old Latisha Medina and 25-year-old Austin Brown.

Once the three arrived in the area of the casino, Brown and Medina allegedly attacked Castillo by punching him. Brown then allegedly attacked Castillo with a machete that Castillo uses for work that Brown had found in the vehicle. Castillo was able to bring the vehicle to stop in the parking lot where he was able to flee on foot. He flagged down a passerby and asked them to notify police. The incident happened at around 1:25-a.m.

Police say Castillo suffered non-life threatening lacerations to both hands and his left leg. He was treated and released at the scene by Council Bluffs Fire Department paramedics. Brown and Medina were arrested at the scene and transported to Pottawattamie County Corrections for processing.

Bluffs Police seek vehicle/driver involved in pedestrian hit & run

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of an accident that took place this (Monday) morning at approximately 7:30. The accident happened at the intersection of 25th and Broadway. Officials say a 17-year old female was crossing the intersection southbound on the west side of the intersection, in the crosswalk. A red, crossover-type SUV vehicle, driven by a white female, was facing north on 25th street and attempted a left turn to go west onto Broadway. The vehicle struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

photo1 photo2The driver of the vehicle stopped and made contact the pedestrian, and remained on scene until the Fire Dept arrived. Paramedics transported the pedestrian to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the vehicle left the scene before police arrived to investigate the crash. Authorities are asking the driver, or anyone who knows who the driver is, to contact the Council Bluffs Police Traffic Unit at 712-328-4948. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Greenfield man arrested on drug charges

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November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a Greenfield man was arrested on drug charges, last week. 43-year old Robert Lee Reeves was taken into custody Nov. 9th, by Greenfield Police, following the execution of a search warrant at his home in the 300 block of Public Square, in Greenfield. Authorities recovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, including marijuana, and a crystallized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Reeves was charged with two counts of Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd offense. He was later released on $5,000 bond.

Last Wednesday, deputies in Adair County arrested 39-year old Donathon Eugene Ebrecht, of Adair, on a warrant for Harassment in the 2nd degree. Ebrecht was sentenced to time served. On Thursday, Greenfield Police arrested 33-year old John Robert Lemon, of Greenfield, for Public Intoxication, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, and Interference with Official Acts. He was cited for the offenses and released.