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Nebraska’s highest court reprimands Bluffs attorney

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Supreme Court has reprimanded a western Iowa attorney for failing to disclose he was disciplined in 2008 by Iowa’s highest court.  Michael James Murphy, an attorney in Council Bluffs, who is licensed to practice in both states, was given a public reprimand in Iowa for his work on a divorce case in 2005. Iowa court records show Murphy represented both a husband and a wife during divorce proceedings, which constituted a conflict of interest.  The Nebraska Supreme Court says in Friday’s decision that Murphy failed to notify the Nebraska court that he was reprimanded. The Nebraska court reviewed Murphy’s Iowa record and decided to issue its own public reprimand. The court’s decision indicates Murphy plans to resign from the Nebraska bar.

Clarinda man arrested on OWI charge early Sat. morning

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Clarinda man and cited three teens early this (Saturday) morning on alcohol-related charges. Officials say 18-year old Logan William Sump was taken into custody at around 4-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Sump was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond. Cited for Possession of Alcohol under the legal age, in connection with the same incident, were 18-year old’s Samantha Jo Thornton, of Coin, and Mariah Joy Holman, of Braddyville. Their citation bond amount was set at $465 each.

In addition, 16-year old Andrew Jarick Whitehill, of Coin, was given a Juvenile Referral citation for Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age. Whitehill was released to the custody of his parent.

Drug-related arrest in Montgomery County

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Friday night on a drug charge, following an investigation into a complaint about a suspicious man at the Stanton High School Baseball Field. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year old Charles David Roof, of Red Oak, faces a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. Roof was arrested at around 10:45-p.m. Friday and brought to the Montgomery County Jail in Red Oak, where he was being held on $300 bond.

2 bulls in SW Iowa test positive for venereal disease

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Friday, said that two bulls in southwest Iowa have tested positive for trichomoniasis (trik-uh-muh-NEYE’-uh-sis), a venereal disease in cattle.  The facility itself was not identified. Bovine trichomoniasis is a reportable disease in Iowa.  There are no clinical signs of illness in the bulls, but it can be spread to cows and causes infertility. Farmers buying bulls are encouraged to make sure the animals are tested for the disease before being introduced into the herd or to purchase virgin bulls. The Department has issued an order of quarantine for the facility where the disease was found.  The quarantine will remain in place until further testing confirms the disease is no longer present in the herd. This is the first known case of the disease in Iowa but there have been more than 200 cases in Missouri.

“Fairly quiet” tornado season in Iowa

News, Weather

June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A tornado destroyed about 75 percent of the southwest Iowa town of Thurman in mid-April, the same day a tornado smashed into Creston, doing major damage to a hospital. But State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says other than that outbreak of severe weather, it’s been “fairly quiet” in terms of tornado activity in Iowa this year. “May and June are peak months for tornado activity and June the 9th would be kind of the mid-point to the tornado season, so we’re not quite to the very heart of tornado season — but we’re pretty darned close to it, though,” Hillaker says. “But thus far it’s been, you know, fairly quiet as far as severe weather — both tornadoes and hail, and high winds and such.”

Forecasters recently divided the country into 100-square-mile increments and mapped out tornado touch downs. The research found that in the past 20 years, Iowa has had more tornadoes touch down than all but two states. Recent forecasts indicate a period of calm weather ahead for Iowa. “Of course that could change in just one afternoon and kind of make the season with one bad outbreak,” Hillaker says. “But so far we’ve avoided any really big, widespread events.”

According to the National Weather Service there were 50 tornadoes in Iowa last year. Twenty tornadoes were reported in Iowa on one day — April 9, 2011.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., June 2nd 2012

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge company where specialty gloves were made since 1970 has shut down and laid off 22 workers. The Ansell Hawkeye factory closed on Thursday. Operations Manager Mark Lolley says there were be layoffs at the company’s plants in Arkansas, Illinois and Michigan.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a man can sue a mother to recover money he spent supporting a daughter she lied about being his own. The court opened the door yesterday to lawsuits against Iowa mothers who engage in paternity fraud. A district judge had ruled last year that such cases were not allowed in Iowa. The court says 28-year-old Joseph Dier of Grundy Center can sue Cassandra Jo Peters for paternity fraud.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Swimmers and other people have returned to the George Wyth (wihth) Lake beach, which had been washed away in June 2008. Cedar River floodwaters had swamped the beach and damaged restrooms and a concessions building. The lake sits on the north side of Waterloo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Incoming Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he is against stipends for student-athletes, pointing out that there are other places where they can play for money. Bowlsby also says that the Big 12 supports a four-team playoff consisting of the highest-ranked teams to determine college football’s national champion. Bowlsby starts the job on June 15th.

Latham announces IA Disaster Mitigation Grants for Pott. County properties

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, Friday, announced that some Pottawattamie County properties ravaged by Missouri River flooding last summer will receive help in the form of federal disaster grants. The FEMA hazard mitigation grants will be used to buy out 32 residential properties and one commercial property that were damaged beyond repair. Under the grant structure, the federal government will cover 75 percent of the costs, or a total of about $4.77 million, while the state government will cover the remaining costs.

 

Griswold School Board Special Meeting to be held Monday

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold School Board will gather for a special session Monday afternoon, June 4th. During the 5:30-p.m. meeting at the Middle School/High School Board Room, the Board of Education will act on approving the: Parking Lot Lighting Design; Walkways to the Football/Track Stands; and, a Non-Certified Staff settlement.  The board will also discuss and possibly act on personnel matters.

Summer Pest making the season’s 1st appearance at Carter Lake

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Swimmer’s itch is starting to make its presence known to swimmers at Carter Lake near Council Bluffs. The good news is that parasitic little pest that can cause welts and itching, only lasts a few weeks and is not life-threatening. The condition is caused by flatworms, a parasite.

The flatworm eggs are transferred to water by bird droppings. The eggs hatch and infect snails, from which the free swimming form of the flatworm larvae emerges. In the absence of a suitable host such as a bird, the parasite will attempt to penetrate the skin of humans, and quickly dies after that, causing an allergic reaction below the skin resulting in welts and itching.

Officials say the symptoms are not life threatening and generally disappear within a few days. An antihistamine along with calamine lotion can be used to treat the affected areas. Swimmer’s itch is most prevalent along beaches pounded by waves.

Officials say the most preventive measure is to reduce the amount of time in the water and to quickly dry off when getting out of the lake. For more information on swimmer’s itch visit the following websites:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/swimmersitch/    

 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swimmers-itch/DS00902

Shenandoah woman injured during motorcycle accident

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reported today (Friday), one person was taken to the hospital in Clarinda following a motorcycle accident which occurred Monday afternoon. 61-year old Deborah Snyder, of Shenandoah, suffered non-incapacitating injuries, when the 2000 Suzuki Savage she was driving went out of control on a curve, as she was traveling south on M Avenue in Page County. The cycle entered the south ditch and tipped over, causing $500 damage. The accident happened at around 2:45-p.m. No citations were issued.

Sheriff Palmer also reported there were no injuries following two separate vehicle versus deer accidents early this (Friday) morning. At around 3-a.m., a car driven by 20-year old Dakota Kirkpatrick, of Bedford, sustained $3,500 damage, after the man swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The 2003 Kia Spectra went out of control and slid sideways into a ditch, crossed a washout and came to rest against the south embankment. Kirkpatrick tried to drive out of the ditch but ended-up getting stuck. The accident happened about two-miles north of the Iowa-Missouri line, on Highway 2.

The other accident happened at around 6:30-a.m., when a 2007 Toyota driven by 52-year old Randy Leigh, of Council Bluffs, hit a deer on Highway 2. His vehicle sustained $5,000 damage.