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CWD found in captive deer in southern Iowa

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A deer at a hunting preserve in south-central Iowa’s Davis County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The disease is fatal to deer and Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman, Kevin Baskins, says that’s why it’s important to keep on top of the situation. “Well there’s always a concern about the spread of it, but the good news is that this particular animal was contained. It’s not like it was just a deer that was just roaming wildly and had a lot of exposure to other wild deer,” according to Baskins. “I think at this point we’re just going to have to look at this particular facility and what can be done there to contain it as much as possible.”

It’s not know how long the deer had been at the facility and where it came from.  “No, I think that’s what we are going to be talking to the owner about, trying to trace back the history of this particular animal,” Baskins says. C-W-D can also be found in elk and deer and involves a protein in the brains of the animals, leading to symptoms that include weight loss and abnormal behavior. Baskins says tests are conducted on thousands of captive animals each year. “This particular facility, there’s been a hundred and 17 deer in the last five years tested – including 43 in the last year — and this was the first positive detection that we have had of Chronic Wasting Disease in that particular herd,” according to Baskins.

The state began taking samples from hunters in 2000 to test the wild population of deer after the disease was confirmed in surrounding states. The state tested just over 43-hundred deer during last year’s hunting seasons. “Nothing has turned up at all so far, but I think what you’ll also see too is that we’ll be increasing the number of deer tested in that immediate area to make sure that it didn’t get into the wild population,” Baskins says. while the disease is deadly to deer, the D-N-R says there is no evidence that C-W-D can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock such as pork, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep or goats.

(Radio Iowa)

American Idol to host small-town tryouts: Iowa included


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — “American Idol” plans stops in some smaller cities in search of singing talent for its 12th season. The FOX television show’s website says the new “Small Town Audition Bus Tour” is scheduled to make stops in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Mont.; and Casper, Wyo., as part of a 10-city tour that starts next month. The dates, times and locations are to be announced. Small town auditions also are scheduled in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. The stops include Iowa City and Rock Rapids.

The show also is taking nominations for people who may not think of trying out, and it’s accepting online video submissions for two weeks, starting Aug. 1st.

Clearfield man pleads guilty to arson charges in connection w/Lenox Motel fire


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports a Clearfield man plead guilty last week to arson charges, in connection with an investigation into a fire at the Lenox Hotel. 25-year old Christopher Jo Cameron, plead guilty of 3 felony counts of Arson in the second degree on July 17th. He was charged as the result of a joint investigation with the Lenox Police Department and the State Fire Marshals office into a fire at the Lenox Motel.The investigation also provided information which showed Cameron was responsible for two additional fires in Clearfield.

Cameron was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections and a $1000 fine for each of the three counts of arson. Additionally he was ordered to pay $118,256 in restitution, $4,050 in jail fees to the Taylor County Sheriffs office and $1,039 in medical restitution to the Taylor County clerk of court. Cameron has been transferred to the custody of the Iowa Medical Classification Center at Coralville.

Arrests in Atlantic


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested in Atlantic over the past few days. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 22-year old Devin Register, and 23-year old Tara Woodard, both of Atlantic, were arrested Friday on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, on Sunday, 25-year old Jeffrey Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree. Knight was also booked into the Cass County Jail.

Rollover accident in Montgomery County – no injuries


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a rollover accident this (Monday) morning northwest of Stanton. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 9-1-1 cell phone call at around 9:15-a.m. about the crash west of Nature Avenue, on 200th Street. When deputies arrived, they determined a 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup, owned and operated by 64-year old Gary Merl Jackson, of Stanton, was traveling west on 200th Street and had attempted to pass a tractor.

In the process, Jackson noticed an eastbound vehicle approaching. He locked-up his pickup’s brakes and cut -in behind the tractor before the pickup caught traction on the pavement and rolled onto its top. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000. No citations were issued.

(12-p.m. news)

Comedian pilot to perform at Fly Iowa in Atlantic


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of the attractions at the upcoming “Fly Iowa” Airshow in Atlantic this September, is an aerobatic performance by a man who’s used to flying….upside down.

Koontz' plane

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says Greg Koontz has been doing aerobatics for over 30 years and will give the audience at Atlantic’s Fly Iowa Air Show on September 15th something to watch in amazement, hold their breath during and go home talking about. His show is billed as a “wacky, fun air show comedy act.” Greg (Clem Cleaver in the show) arrives at the show as a misfit from the hills of the Deep South with no idea how to act in the city. He and his dog, Rat Dog, make a hilarious show that includes loops, vertical rolls, snaps, tumbles and inverted passes.

The Atlantic Fly Iowa Heritage & Homecoming Air Show begins with a flight brunch that is open to everyone. A hot air balloon, skydivers, many planes displayed for people to walk around and look at, and aerobatic acts, such as Greg Koontz will be performing.

Greg Koontz, aerobatic stunt pilot

Koontz started flying air shows in 1974, performing in comedy acts in a 1946 J-3 Super Decathlon Cub for Colonel Moser’s Flying Circus. He worked with Colonel Moser in St. Augustine, Florida, teaching aerobatics and flew in the Flying Circus all over the southeast and part of the Caribbean. He also developed solo aerobatic routines in the Bellanca Citabria, Great Lakes biplane and the Bellanca Decathlon.  Koontz brings the small, Super Decathlon Piper Cub to the Atlantic Fly Iowa Air Show.

Koontz has over 22,000 flight hours in over 165 different aircraft types. He   spent his career as a flight instructor, charter pilot and corporate flight department manager, flying everything from Cubs to jets. Today, he runs a bed and breakfast aerobatic school, Sky Country Lodge, on a private airstrip in Alabama. For more information about the Atlantic Fly Iowa event, contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

Hwy 6 crash update – 1 person critically injured


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released some additional details about the five people who were injured during a three-vehicle crash this (Monday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say four people in a 1997 Honda Odyssey van were injured, while the driver of a 2004 Honda Accord suffered life-threatening injuries. No names have been released at this time, however, until relatives can be notified.

The Patrol says the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 6 and Hunt Avenue (east of Council Bluffs), at around 7:25-a.m. Authorities report a 2012 Mazda 3 was slowing or stopped for turning traffic. The driver of the Accord failed to stop and rear-ended the Mazda before the Accord came to rest in in the westbound lane of Highway 6. The vehicle was then hit broadside by the van on the drivers’ side door. The driver of the Mazda was not injured.

An investigation into the crash continues.

CAM School Board approves a resignation and new hire


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education met in a special session this (Monday) morning, at the High School in Anita. Superintendent Steve Pelzer says the board approved the resignation of Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Berns. He said she has been offered and verbally accepted an Elementary Principal’s position with the Villisca Community School District.

Pelzer says they were fortunate to have filled her position with a previously interviewed candidate. Julie Green, from Atlantic, has been offered and accepted the job. She will be a first-year teacher. Pelzer says the Board also approved a Custodial position contract, and, a Management Fund Bill. He says that covers their liability and property insurance, and allows the district to pay the bill for the upcoming year.

9AM Newscast 07-23-2012

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July 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Vandalism and theft reported in Clarinda


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating incidents of vandalism and theft which occurred over the weekend. On Saturday, Frank Tomkinson, of Clarinda, reported that sometime during the late evening hours of July 20th or the early morning hours of July 21st, his 2012 Pilot trailer had been vandalized with spray paint while the trailer was parked in the 200 block of West Clark Street. Damage to the trailer is estimated at $100.00. There are no suspects and the incident remains under investigation.

And, on Friday, Devon Wallace, of Clarinda reported that his apartment at 800 West Tarkio Street in Clarinda, had been burglarized sometime between July 17th & 19th. Wallace said an X-box 360, Play Station 3 controllers, foot pedal sound board and some clothing had been removed from his apartment. The estimated value of the stolen property is $550.00. The incident remains under investigation and several leads are being followed.