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Group criticizes Des Moines Water Works records bill

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group opposed to a lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works says the utility company’s bill of $40,000 for water quality studies and other records that the group has requested is unprecedented. The utility company says the bill is a “good-faith estimate” for the extensive effort required to meet the Iowa Partnership for Clean Water’s request, part of which includes records dating back to 1974.

Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit against Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties in March, claiming draining districts in the counties are funneling nitrates from farm fields into the Raccoon River. The river is a drinking source for 500,000 residents.

The Des Moines Register reports the group claims the utility company has pushed to seal court documents pertaining to the case and is purposely delaying fulfilling the records request.

Waterloo vets notice mystery respiratory illness in dogs

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Waterloo-area veterinarians say they’ve noticed an uptick in dogs suffering from an unknown respiratory illness. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint the illness, but they say dogs respond well to antibiotics and cough suppressants. The symptoms generally pass after about 10 days. Doctors say well-vaccinated dogs suffer from a cough, but show no other signs of distress.

Dr. Tom Taylor of Den Herder Veterinary Hospital says about 25 dogs have been treated in recent days. Doctors say owners should avoid taking their pets to places with lots of other dogs for the next few days. In addition, pet owners who have been in contact with dogs other than their own should wash their hands and change clothes before touching their dog.

Beetle juice creates headaches for Iowa wine makers

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An abundance of ladybugs is creating headaches for Iowa’s wine industry. The Des Moines Register reports that multi-colored Asian lady beetles are burrowing into clusters of grapes destined for wine barrels. The beetles secrete a foul-smelling chemical when crushed, which can ruin large quantities of wine.

Steve Larson, the owner of Trainwreck Winery in Algona, says he plans to ask the federal government for permission to dump 250 gallons of wine after the bugs were found floating in his supply. Had the batch been bottled and sold in stores, it would have been worth nearly $19,000.

Ken Holscher, an associate entomology professor at Iowa State University, says the beetles thrived this year because of a near-record soybean crop that fed them and the absence of a hard freeze.

2 pedestrians hurt in Bluffs hit-and-run accident – suspect sought

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in a hit and run accident in which two pedestrians were injured. The incident took place just after 3-p.m. Thursday, at 25th and Ave G.

Bluffs Police Sgt. Jason Bailey said 37-year old Sherry Dmyterko-Tramp, of Council Bluffs, and a 5 year old boy were crossing 25th street eastbound. The suspected hit and run vehicle was westbound on Ave G turning south onto 25th street. When the victim realized the vehicle was not going to yield to them, she grabbed the child and turned away from the vehicle. The vehicle struck the victim’s right leg causing visible swelling and bruising. She was treated at Jennie Edmundson hospital and released. The child suffered a minor injury to his knee.

The driver of the vehicle drove a short distance, exited his vehicle, appeared to check for damage and then left the scene without checking on the welfare of the woman and child. The vehicle was described as being a gold or tan colored newer Chevy Colorado, mid-sized pickup. The driver was a white male, possibly in his 20’s. He may have a dragon tattoo on one or both arms.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Traffic Unit at 712-328-4948.

Avian Influenza update: Quarantines lifted on all 72 commercial sites, 5 backyard flocks remain under quarantine

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture today (Friday) announced that all of the 72 commercial poultry farms that had a confirmed case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have had the quarantines on their facilities lifted and they are eligible to restock birds. All sites have completed the cleaning and disinfection process and had negative environmental tests. They also had to undergo a 21 day fallow period following disinfection before the quarantine could be lifted.

Five backyard operations remain under quarantine. Backyard facilities must undergo a 180 day fallow period following depopulation before the quarantines can be lifted and birds brought back to the farm. It is anticipated that these sites will be able to come off of quarantine in the next month.

Now that fall migration of wild waterfowl is underway, bird owners are again reminded to exercise biosecurity to prevent the return of the disease. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a report last month on its planning and preparation for a potential recurrence of the disease. APHIS’ fall plan focuses on four major areas: preventing or reducing future outbreaks; enhanced preparedness; improved and streamlined response capabilities; and preparing for the potential use of AI vaccines.

APHIS’ fall planning report not only discusses planning and preparedness activities but also contains links to updated policies, guidance documents, and background information, including a biosecurity self-assessment for the poultry industry, criteria for using ventilation shutdown as a depopulation method and a plan for how vaccine could potentially be used.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, together with USDA, partner state agencies and industry stakeholders have conducted after-action reviews and preparedness planning. USDA’s Avian Influenza page, which includes a link to the Fall Plan can be found here: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=avian_influenza.html

Atlantic woman arrested on Cass County warrant

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Thursday of an Atlantic woman. 32-year old Randi Irene Shafer was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear and an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 3rd Degree. Shafer was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $27,000 bond.

And, the Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following an accident that occurred just before 2-p.m., on November 1st. The accident took place on Interstate 80 eastbound about 3-miles west of the Olive Street exit (Exit 57). Officials say a 2004 Volvo truck driven by 49-year old Leonardo Varona-Millet, of Lincoln, NE, lost control and entered the south ditch. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,500.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/06/2015

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Restroom vandalized at Creston Elementary School

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say officials at the Creston Elementary School reported Thursday night, that someone had vandalized the 3rd and 4th grade girls restroom at the school by means of graffiti. The incident happened sometime between 10:30-a.m. and Noon, Thursday. The damage was estimated at $30.

4 men arrested on drug charges Thursday, in Creston

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9:20-a.m.)

Authorities in Union County say four men from Creston were arrested on drug charges, Thursday. Creston Police, deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Agents with the Dept. of Narcotics Enforcement, made the arrests during individual traffic stops, illicit narcotics investigations, and resident search warrants. Officials say large amounts of drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, electronic scales, marijuana, and about 50-grams of methamphetamine were seized during the narcotics enforcement effort, in Creston.

Cody Lee Vandel

Cody Lee Vandel

Lonny Ray Brown

Lonny Ray Brown

Brian Clair Smith

Brian Clair Smith

Anthony Michael Atkins

Anthony Michael Atkins

On Thursday: 34-year old Brian Smith was arrested for Possession with the Intent to Deliver (more than 5 grams of methamphetamine), and Obstruction of Prosecution – Destruction of Evidence, and 28-year old Cory Vandel, also of Creston, was arrested on two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver (more than 5 grams of methamphetamine), and Possession with the Intent to Deliver (Marijuana). Both men were being held in the Union County Jail on $100,000 bond, each.

Thursday night, 28-year old Anthony Atkins and 37-year old Lonny Brown, both of Creston, were taken into custody for Possession with the Intent to Deliver (methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Atkins and Brown were being held in the Union County Jail on $10,000 bond, each.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/6/2015

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November 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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