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Arrest reported following an assault in Clarinda

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning following an assault in Clarinda. According to Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers, at around 2:30 a.m., officers arrested 19-year old Joseph Ray Williams-Azevedo, on a charge of serious assault. The arrest occurred after authorities received a report from an unidentified 18-year old male alleging that Williams-Azevedo had struck the victim in his head with a closed fist, during a verbal altercation. The incident allegedly happened in the area of 13th & Stuart, in Clarinda.

The alleged victim of the assault suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical attention. Williams-Azevedo was taken to the Page County Jail on $1,000 bail pending an appearance before a Page County Magistrate.

(Update) Fire reported at Northern Natural Gas near Oakland

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Oakland and Carson were called to a fire in a building at the Northern Natural Gas plant, near Oakland, but there was never any danger to the public. Mike Loeffler, Media Specialist with the gas company, in Omaha, told KJAN News the fire — which happened at around 10:15-a.m. — was not actually in the building, as had first been reported. He said a contractor was conducting maintenance on a Hydro-Vac at the Oakland Compressor Station. A fire ignited in the cab of the contractor’s truck. As of 10:45-a.m., the fire was extinguished. There were no injuries, and no damage to the Compressor station itself.

Cass County Supervisors adopt Illegal Dumping Ordinance

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) adopted an Illegal Dumping Ordinance, followed a second public hearing on the matter, during which there were no comments received, and the second reading of the Ordinance. It was adopted after the third reading was waived. Supervisor Chuck Rieken said there’s still apparently some confusion out there about what areas of the County the Ordinance applies to, as evidenced by a conversation he recently had with a resident in Griswold.

Rieken said a gentleman stopped to ask him about a piano that was dumped behind a business in Griswold. The man had read about the ordinance, and wanted to know if the County had jurisdiction over the matter. Rieken informed him that is a matter for the City of Griswold, which can use the County’s Ordinance on Illegal Dumping as a template if it needs to, to control items disposed of within the City limits.

The Ordinance only applies to the Unincorporated areas of Cass County, not the individual Communities, some of which already have rules in place to deal with Illegal Dumping. The Ordinance also does not apply to controlled uses of broken-up concrete the County applies, as rip-rap along banks and streams for erosion control. County Engineer Charles Marker says a rural property owner can use broken up concrete for use as rip-rap along their banks and streams for erosion control, so long as it does not contain asphalt or oil-based materials. Most property owners will get the “safe” type of  concrete from the County, anyway.

Severe weather possible today along with cooler temps

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This is the first day of summer, yet cooler weather is expected for much of Iowa after unseasonable highs in the 90s the past two days. The arriving cool front brings the risk of severe weather across much of Iowa, according to meteorologist Darren Snively at the National Weather Service. For starters, the storms should bring much-needed moisture. Snively says, “We’re looking at wide-spread rains in the range of a quarter to a half-inch, with locally heavier amounts in the stronger thunderstorms.” He says Iowans may need to stick by their radios later today for updates on possible rough weather moving in.

“There is a risk for some severe storms,” Snively says. “The main threats are large hail, strong winds, probably the heavier rain, and minor street flooding would be the biggest threat out of these.” The forecast calls for nicer weather for Thursday and Friday with sunny to mostly-sunny skies and highs mainly in the 80s statewide. For details, visit: weather.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Autopsy ordered on body found near RR tracks in western Iowa

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa are working to identify a body that was found  along the railroad tracks near Highway 30, in Crawford County. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from the Union Pacific Railroad at around 3-p.m., Tuesday, with regard to an unidentified body located along the railroad tracks. Sheriff’s deputies responded to scene along with agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Union Pacific Railroad Agents, Iowa State Patrol, and the Crawford County Medical Examiner.

DPS Officials say due to the state of decomposition a positive identification cannot be determined until final autopsy results have been completed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for today (Wednesday). The Denison, and Vail Fire Departments also assisted with the investigation.

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Communities across Iowa host Relay for Life events

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June 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of Iowans in dozens of communities statewide are taking part in charitable walks during the next several weeks. They’re known as the Relay For Life and the walks are fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Agency spokesman Chuck Reed says the number of relays is growing, year by year. “We have 88 events around the state,” Reed says. “That’s one more than we had last year and if you break it down, 99 counties, 88 events, just about every county has a Relay For Life.” 

The events are designed with several purposes in mind, including raising money, educating people about how to reduce their risk of getting cancer, and honoring cancer survivors. “That’s always a terrific moment at a Relay For Life event, when we have that survivor lap, where they get to walk around the track and are recognized by everyone there as having beaten cancer,” Reed says. “We do celebrate survivorship.” 

Participants also remember those they’ve lost to cancer, often by lighting luminaries that spell out “HOPE.” Reed says Iowa isn’t a very populous state, but we’ve distinguished ourselves in the fundraising efforts. “It’s not always the biggest counties that raise the most money,” he says. “In fact, Carroll County is the #1 Relay For Life in the country as far as raising money per capita.” 

2012 Relay For Life events are being held this Friday (June 22nd), in Cass County: At the Atlantic High School, from 6-11pm; in Montgomery County, at the Red Oak High School, beginning at 6-p.m.; in Union County, at the Creston High School

To find other events near you, or for more information, log-on to www.relayforlife.org, or call 1-800-227-2345.

(Matt Kelley-Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson-KJAN)

IA Board delays hearing for former Tabor Nursing Home Administrator

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators Tuesday (June 19th), ordered a hearing on a Statement of Charges against a former Tabor Nursing Home Administrator, to be delayed by one-week. 52-year old Mitchell Worcester was set to stand before the Board on October 11th, but his hearing was continued instead, until October 18th at 9-a.m. Worcester faces charges of professional incompetence, negligence, and violation of a regulation, rule or law of the state, in connection with a series of alleged sexual assaults by a resident at the Tabor Manor Care facility, which he oversaw in Tabor from October 2007 through July 2011.

In a Statement of Charges issued on April 12th, 2012, the Board said on Worcester’s watch, a patient at the Tabor Manor repeatedly abused his peers at the facility.  State inspectors confirmed at least five incidents over a 16 week span in 2008 when the patient repeatedly violated others at the facility. The Board also said under Worcester’s administration, the facility lacked adequate policies and procedures to guide staff in the performance of their duties, in several areas including: Completion of Incident Reports; Ensuring proper physician and family notifications regarding residents; Investigating allegations or suspicions of resident abuse, and handling those incidents.

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To view additional information on the case visit: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphPLActions/Archive.aspx On the drop-down menu, select Nursing Home Administrators Board, and click on the link to a pdf file on the IBNHA’s Notice of Hearing and Statement of Charges pertaining to Worcester.

Clarinda woman falls asleep at the wheel & rolls her SUV

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June 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A sleepy driver lost control of her vehicle this (Tuesday) morning in Page County, causing a rollover accident. The Page County Sheriff’s Office say 63-year old Linda Diana Sands, of Clarinda, was traveling north on Highway 71 at around 10:15-a.m., when she fell asleep at the wheel of her SUV. As the 2007 Ford Edge crossed the center line of the road, Sands woke up. When she tried to bring the vehicle back into her lane, she over-corrected, causing the SUV to swerve and enter the ditch, where it rolled two and one-half times, before coming to rest on its top. Sands was transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Center, for treatment of possible, minor injuries.