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Clarinda Police activity report

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers this (Monday) morning, released a report on weekend activity in his department. Brothers says early Saturday morning, 27-year old Anthony Michael Schaner, of Iowa City, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Schaner was released on$1,000.00 bond. Also on Saturday, residents on West Division and South 16th Streets in Clarinda reported someone destroyed their mailboxes, using a blunt instrument of some sort. Damage from the incidents, which remain under investigation, amounted to $200. And, on Friday, a Clarinda resident reported to police she had been the victim of a mail fraud scheme. The loss was estimated at $400.00. That incident also remains under investigation.

Storms bring much needed rain, some hail & wind damage

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Severe thunderstorms Sunday evening and overnight, brought strong winds, some hail and much needed rain. Here in Atlantic, we received Nine-tenths of an inch of rain at the KJAN studios. Other areas of town reported 1.4-inches. Up at “The Valley,” (Highway 71/I-80), our spotter says she received .8″ of rain. An unofficial rainfall report from Walnut indicated 1.9-inches.

Harlan reports .91-inch, and Massena 1.53-inches. In Shenandoah, 1.84-inches of rain fell. Anywhere from 2-to 4-inches of rain fell over portions of western and northwestern Pottawattamie County last night, as storms continued to train and reform over an area stretching from the Interstate 80/680 split, southwest to Council Bluffs.

The storms also brought some unwanted hail. The National Weather Service says nickel-sized hail fell at around 10:30-p.m. in Council Bluffs. Strong winds toppled a power pole north of Atlantic along Olive Street, near Chicago Road, just after 8-p.m., Sunday. The pole fell across Olive Street, blocking the road for about 30-to 40-minutes.

Audubon City Council to meet this evening

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon will hold its regular meeting this evening, beginning at Seven o’clock. On their agenda, is a progress report on abatements, a report from the Fire Chief, discussion about City radios, and resolutions approving cigarette permits, the publication of 2011 wages, and the transfer of funds from Water to General. The Audubon City Council will also discuss Sewer rates, wages and raises.

Public hearing tonight in Massena

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first of two public hearings will be held this evening in Massena, with regard to the disposal of Centennial Park property. The hearing takes place at 6:45-p.m. at the Massena City Hall, prior to the start of the regular Council session. During the regular session at 7-p.m., the Massena City Council will hold discussion on the Centennial Park matter, followed by action on a resolution creating and approving terms of a resolution to dispose of the property, and the date for a special meeting on disposal of the property and related public hearing.

The Council will also act on approving a Street Dance for the Main Street Bar and Grill, set for August 18th, and other matters, including a designated “Children playing” area sign for some city streets, and “No Parking” signs on either side of East Cedar, from 6th to Clark Streets.

Vilsack calls on King to return pay raises

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Democratic congressional candidate Christie Vilsack says her opponent — Republican Steve King — should return the pay raises he has gotten since being elected to congress in 2002. “A service member in Iowa makes about $48,000 a year,” Vilsack says. “I’m a public school teacher. If I were still teaching I’d be making about $50,000 and Steve King makes $178,000 a year and for people struggling in the fourth district, I think that’s a considerable sum.” Vilsack misspoke. The current salary for members of congress is 174-thousand dollars. King’s salary has increased nearly 20-thousand dollars since he took office in January of 2003.

“At the same time he has not voted for bonus pay for our service members; $1500 is all they asked for,” Vilsack says. King has said he deserves his pay raises because actions he’s taken as a member of congress have saved taxpayers billions of dollars.  “To decide that you should vote yourself a pay raise and then actually say that you deserve it is not right,” Vilsack says, “so I think he should give it back.” King’s campaign accuses Vilsack of “misleading voters in a desperate attempt to distract them” from her own policy positions. According to King’s campaign spokesman, King has never voted to increase his pay on a stand-alone vote. The one time there was an opportunity to cast a vote on pay raises alone, King voted to freeze his pay. Vilsack says if she’s elected to congress, she’ll give any pay raises back to the U.S. Treasury until the federal budget is balanced. Vilsack made her comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television. Vilsack and King are facing off to represent the new fourth congressional district which includes most of northwest Iowa as well as the cities of Ames and Mason City.

(Radio Iowa)

Sac County woman survives flesh-eating disease

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Six patients who were afflicted with a flesh-eating bacteria were treated in the past several weeks at an Omaha hospital, including at least one person from western Iowa. The condition is very rare and is often deadly. The Iowa woman survived. Jane Bisenius is from Schaller, in Sac County. She says she first saw the spot on her arm on April 12th.  “I noticed in the morning a little round, pinkish-red circle on my elbow, my left elbow,” Bisenius says. “On my way home, that red dot swelled up to an oval about the size of a cupped hand and it became very hot and painful, my arm did.”

When that spot on her arm swelled to the size of a softball, Bisenius’ daughter, a doctor, told her to get to an emergency room right away. Bisenius had surgery at a Spencer hospital and she seemed to be getting better for a while, but things quickly worsened.  “We could see the redness spreading up and down the arm about an inch every 15 to 20 minutes,” she says. That’s when Bisenius was airlifted to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. When she arrived, she had a temperature of 104-degrees and was extremely sick. Doctors say the cause of her condition was a staph infection. She spent eight days at the hospital, being treated in the hyperbaric oxygen unit. She has recovered but will continue to receive physical therapy so she can regain the full use of her arm.

Dr. Jeffery Sartin is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He says people shouldn’t panic, as this type of case usually only appears in the region two or three times a year. “There are some stories that get in the news that are very dramatic and tragic, really, but these are very, very rare,” Dr. Sartin says. “There are a lot of bad things that can happen to you out there and there are probably others that are more likely that you should worry about.” The affliction is called necrotizing fasciitis, and it kills 30 to 40-percent of the people who become infected. Generally, he says, the flesh-eating bacteria does not spread from one person to another.  “In most cases, if somebody gets it and you’re in contact with them, you’re at no great risk,” Sartin says. “There are a few exceptions. For instance, if somebody has a staph infection, especially the resistant staph called MRSA, if you live in a household with that person, you are more likely to have MRSA on your body, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get a bad skin infection.” A Georgia woman who recently went zip-lining and landed in a river contracted a severe case of the disease. She had to have both hands and a leg amputated. The Nebraska Medical Center has the area’s only Level One hyperbaric oxygen unit.

(Radio Iowa)

Greene County man drowns in Guthrie County Lake Saturday

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Guthrie County early this (Monday) morning, released the name of a Greene County man who drowned in Lake Panorama Saturday evening. 54-year old Larry Blanchfield, of Churdan, died shortly after the incident occurred at around 5:20-p.m., Saturday.

Authorities say they received a 911 call from a cell phone at around 5:23-p.m., indicating there was a subject down in the water at Lake Panorama, who was unresponsive.  Emergency services responded, including Panora Fire & Rescue, Lake Patrol, State Patrol and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.  A male subject later identified as Blanchfield, was pulled from the water with the help of citizens and LPA Lake Patrol.  Panora paramedics attempted to revive the man by performing CPR, but were unsuccessful.  Blanchfield was transported to the Guthrie County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation indicates Blanchfield initially jumped off the boat into the water to retrieve a hat and went under the water.  The investigation is continuing at this time.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, June 11th 2012

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June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — Southeast Iowa authorities are searching for the body of a 27-year-old man who drowned in the Mississippi River this weekend. Princeton’s Police Chief says officers were called to the river shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday after two people fell into the river near the public boat ramp. A 27-year-old Clinton man remains missing. Princeton is about 20 miles northeast of Davenport.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City authorities say the mother of a 20-month-old boy and her boyfriend are responsible for the boy’s death in April. Iowa City police say both 18-year-old Mireya Balderas and 20-year-old Jorge Perez told investigators that they had hit Marcus Balderas before. Perez is charged with two counts of child endangerment resulting in the April 30th death while Balderas faces one count of the same crime. Both remain jailed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Changes to Iowa’s mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs. County officials blame a new state law that shifts control over Medicaid-funded mental health services from counties to the state. The change is part of larger reforms of Iowa’s mental health care system designed to make services more uniform, in part by taking control away each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The next Miss Iowa will be Mariah Cary. She won the title of Miss Iowa 2012 on Saturday night. Cary is a resident of Burlington and had been serving as Miss Muscatine. Cary will represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas next January.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — Another proposal to build a hog confinement operation in Iowa has been scrapped. Story County officials say a proposal to build a hog confinement operation for nearly 2,500 animals near Hickory Grove Lake Park has been withdrawn. Last month, a different proposal in Dallas County was withdrawn after neighbors protested that hog confinement proposal.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Media and political analysts say Omaha residents will find their televisions inundated with political ads aimed at the presidential election in the weeks before the November 6th general election. But the ads aren’t necessarily aimed at the very red state of Nebraska. The target lies across the Missouri River, as both campaigns battle for undecided Iowa. And to get air time in western Iowa, you’ve got to go through Omaha. Presidential campaign ads have already shown up in Omaha earlier than usual. Omaha television station KETV says President Barack Obama’s campaign has been running ads, but not Romney’s. But Romney is getting a boost in Omaha from some conservative super PACs, which have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to run ads slamming Obama for several weeks.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH ISSUED UNTIL 11-P.M.

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June 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 343 PM CDT SUN JUN 10 2012 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
 370 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
COUNTIES….(KJAN LISTENING AREA HIGHLIGHTED IN BOLD)

ADAIR                ADAMS               AUDUBON
BOONE                BUENA VISTA         CALHOUN
CARROLL       CASS                CERRO GORDO
CHEROKEE             CLARKE              CLAY
CRAWFORD        DALLAS              DECATUR
DICKINSON            EMMET               FRANKLIN
FREMONT              GREENE              GUTHRIE
HAMILTON             HANCOCK             HARDIN
HARRISON             HUMBOLDT            IDA
KOSSUTH              MADISON             MILLS
MONONA               MONTGOMERY          O`BRIEN
OSCEOLA              PAGE                PALO ALTO
POCAHONTAS           POLK                POTTAWATTAMIE
RINGGOLD             SAC                 SHELBY
STORY                TAYLOR              UNION
WARREN               WEBSTER             WINNEBAGO
WOODBURY             WORTH               WRIGHT

HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE  FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
 AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR  THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
 AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY  DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

Risk of dog bites rises as summer approaches

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June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A study finds almost half of all Iowa children will be nipped by a dog at some point. With school out and many kids playing outside, the odds of meeting up with a stray or unchained canine rise during the summer months. Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Humane Society in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says some dogs see us as moving targets.  “Kids on bikes, people running, sometimes dogs with a bit of a prey drive go, ‘Oooo, someone’s running! The chase is on and I can chase you,’” Wiese says. “Often times, dogs will run and bark and not bite. Sometimes they will try to bite you. That gives a dilemma to a lot of people because they want to get away from this dog but getting away means I’m moving and he may want to chase.” Wiese says the best thing a child — or an adult — can do if they come in contact with an aggressive dog is to stop and stand still.

Her simple advice: “Be a tree. Stand still, put your arms down, look at your feet and just look down. Don’t make eye contact with a dog that appears to be approaching or is upset. He may come up, sniff you and leave, like, ‘Oh, you’re boring.’” Wiese says locking eyes with an aggressive dog can actually make matters worse. “Don’t make eye contact with the dog and a lot of times, that will just defuse the situation. The dog will go, ‘Oh, well, you’re not threatening. You’re actually kind of boring. There’s nothing to chase here. I’m going to sniff you and then go on my merry way.’” Wiese says parents need to teach the “Be a Tree” technique to all children, as it may prevent a serious injury. She also reminds parents to talk to their kids about how to act around a dog and never to pet an animal without the owner’s permission.

(Radio Iowa)