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Elliott man arrested on OWI charge in Cass County

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County man was arrested Wednesday in Cass County on an OWI charge. Sheriff’s officials report 50-year old Randall Joe Conry, of Elliott, was taken into custody on charges of OWI 3rd or Subsequent Offense and Driving While Barred. Conry was brought to the Cass County Jail where he remained pending a hearing before the Magistrate.

(Update) About 20 hogs lost in Audubon County confinement fire

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Audubon, Templeton and Dedham were on the scene of a hog confinement facility fire this (Thursday) morning, in Audubon County. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou told KJAN News the blaze at the private hog confinement facility located at 2516 150th Street, northeast of Audubon, was reported at around 7:20-a.m.  About 20 hogs were lost, but another 360 were saved.

Ballou said when the arrived the entire attic space was on fire. At that point tanker trucks from Templeton and Dedham were called-in to assist.  The flames were confined to the attic area and knocked down to prevent them from spreading. The Chief said a man at the facility told him he saw arcing and burning around the wires leading into the attic.

A dollar amount of the damage was not available, but Ballou said the roof will likely need to be replaced. No injuries were reported. Crews were on the scene for a little more than two-hours.

(Update) Accident east of Atlantic Wed. night

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our story posted online Wednesday night and heard this (Thursday) morning on KJAN), the Cass County Sheriff’s office says an accident that occurred at around 5:30-p.m. resulted in two-people being transported to the hospital in Atlantic.

Authorities say 55-year-old Paul Stinn, of Atlantic, was driving a 2004 Ford pickup westbound on Highway 6 near the railroad overpass, and had slowed for traffic in front of him. A 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 35-year-old Heather Possehn, of Audubon, rear-ended Stinn’s truck, causing a total of about $20,000 damage.

Authorities cited Possehn for Failure to Stop.

Frederickson Fund donates to local backpack program

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $300 to the Friday Friends Backpack Program. The program helps provide weekend meals for students in need in the Atlantic school district.donation

CCMH audit shows facility is financially sound

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, say a recent audit by Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C., shows the hospital remained financially strong during the 2014 fiscal year. Susan Daniels, CCMH Chief Financial Officer, said “The staff at CCMH is to be commended on another great year for the hospital. Our knowledgeable staff is increasingly important during this time of change in the national healthcare landscape, and we appreciate their efforts to keep CCMH a first-class hospital and economic engine in our community.”

Highlights of the audit include:
• The hospital’s unrestricted funds revenues totaled $38.95-million (for the year ending June 30, 2014), which is a 2.4 percent increase from 2013.
• The revenues included $33.4-million in net patient revenue, $638,300 in other operating revenue, $2.16-million from the county and $132,200 in investment income.
• Expenses for the year totaled nearly $36.3-million, a 2.6 percent increase from the prior year, and included just over $6.2-million for nursing services, nearly $13.7-million for other professional services and $8.86-mllion for fiscal and administrative services.

The increase in revenues was primarily due to higher reimbursement for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as increased retail pharmacy income. The increase in expense was primarily due to increased depreciation and interest as a result of the hospital completing its construction projects.

There were no necessary corrective measures indicated in the audit. A copy of the audit report is available for review in the offices of the Auditor of State and the CCMH Chief Executive Officer.

Clerk armed w/a baseball bat fends off robber armed with a wrench

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for a suspect involved in a convenience store robbery early this (Thursday) morning. Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said at around 2:50-a.m., a white man about 5-feet 9-inches tall, with an average build, entered the Kum-and-Go store at 2024 5th Avenue in Council Bluffs. The man, who was armed with a large wrench, approached the clerk and demanded money.

Still shot of robbery suspect taken from surveillance video.

Still shot of robbery suspect taken from surveillance video.

The clerk grabbed a baseball bat and told the man to leave. The suspect then began throwing items at the clerk, who in-turn swung the bat at the suspect several times, but missed. The suspect fled the store and was last seen running eastbound in an alley behind the store.

The suspect was wearing a black and grey coat, stocking cap, and had a red scarf covering his face. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Dept. at 712-328-STOP. Information that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward.

2 western Iowans appointed to State Commissions

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s office announced today (Thursday), the Governor has made several appointments to Iowa’s various boards and commissions. Included among the more than one-half dozen appointees, is Kathleen Parris, of Audubon (to the Health Facilities Council), and Timothy Carmody, of Council Bluffs (to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council).

The appointments are effective today (Nov. 20th), are unpaid positions, and are subject to Iowa Senate confirmation in the 2015 legislative session.

Group calls on Hy-Vee stores to end tobacco sales

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Anti-smoking activists are launching a campaign calling on Iowa’s largest grocery store chain to end tobacco sales at locations with pharmacies and clinics. The Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance said Thursday that Hy-Vee, Inc. should stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes at those locations to demonstrate its commitment to its customers’ health.

The alliance noted that Hy-Vee is a leader of Iowa’s “Healthiest State Initiative” and has taken many steps to focus on health and wellness. Executive director Jeneane Moody said selling tobacco products is inconsistent with those values.

She said the group went public with its campaign after Hy-Vee didn’t respond to a letter requesting a meeting to discuss the issue. CVS ended tobacco products at its stores earlier this year.

Hog confinement fire reported in Audubon County

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Audubon and Templeton were on the scene of a hog confinement facility fire this (Thursday) morning, in Audubon County. Sheriff’s officials told KJAN News the blaze at the private hog confinement facility near 150th and Quail Avenue, northeast of Audubon, was reported at around 7:20-a.m.

No other details are currently available.

(Update) Elliott man injured in rollover accident

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November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County man was injured during a rollover accident early this (Thursday) morning in Pottawattamie County. Pott. County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News 22-year old Dominic Tilson, of rural Elliott, suffered from a head injury and was transported by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit, following the crash that happened at around 5:10-a.m.

Reynolds said Tilson was traveling southbound on 500th Street near the intersection of County Road M-47, when a deer ran in front of his vehicle.  Tilson swerved to miss the animal, causing his 1988 Toyota Camry to go out of control. The car rolled multiple times, coming to rest in a ditch.

Tilson was found in the front yard of his girlfriend’s home about a mile away. He told authorities he doesn’t remember how he got there. When rescuers arrived, he told them he could not feel his hands. A report on his condition was not immediately available.