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Bluffs High School on a brief lockdown Thu. morning

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A school in Council Bluffs was on a brief lock-down late this (Thursday) morning. The Daily NonPareil reports Council Bluffs Police were called to the Thomas Jefferson High School at around 11:45-a.m., upon reports of a man allegedly brandishing a knife outside the school. The unidentified suspect was standing outside the school, on West Broadway, holding a knife.

Officers on the scene were able to apprehend the man. The school was on lockdown for less than five minutes during the incident.

Additional information was not immediately available.

CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Federal officials say they’re taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that’s affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low. Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says they’re optimistic there won’t be any human cases of the H5N2 strain that has cost chicken and turkey producers nearly 6.8 million birds so far.

She said Wednesday that most human infections with other bird flu viruses have required close, prolonged contact with infected birds. So, officials are monitoring farm workers who’ve been exposed to affected flocks. Fry said the CDC has taken early steps toward developing a human vaccine in case it’s needed, but that’s a standard procedure with all emerging diseases.

Riding mowers stolen from Creston business

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department is investigating the theft of two riding mowers from a local business. Agrivision, in Creston, reported to authorities a 2004 and 2015 John Deere riding mower were taken from the business at 710 E. Taylor Street, sometime between Noon April 8th and 2:30-p.m. on April 20th. The loss was estimated at $10,029.

Massena City Council Special Session

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Massena will hold a Special Session Thursday evening. According to their agenda, the Council will review bids for spraying in the City Park. And they will discuss and/or act on: Nuisance addresses (with regard to the Urban Renewal Plan); Ball Park Bleachers; Manhole issues; and Sewer Rates.

The meeting begins at 6-p.m. on Thursday at the Massena City Hall.

House GOP back less spending than Senate Democrats, Branstad

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Leaders in the Republican-controlled Iowa House are offering their budget outline, which includes a lower overall spending goal than the plans put forth by the governor or the Democrat-majority Senate.  House Republicans released their plan Wednesday. Their budget would spend about $7.17 billion, compared to the $7.3 billion spending proposals from Senate Democrats and Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, says House Republicans want spending to stay within the expected revenue for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says the House proposal would cause “significant problems” in managing state government.

Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over how much new funding to provide to schools for the upcoming academic year.

Motion filed in Osborn Pott. County sex abuse case

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Defense attorneys for a Pottawattamie County man who was found guilty late last March on four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, have filed a motion for an acquittal or new trial. 47-year old John Osborn was found guilty by Fourth District Court Judge Richard Davidson on March 26th, with regard to sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl last summer. The Daily NonPareil reports Davidson will make a ruling on the motion for a new trial, on May 8th. Depending on the decision, sentencing in the case is also scheduled during that hearing.

Judge Davidson found that the state had proved Osborn and the girl engaged in sex acts on the night of July 16 into July 17, 2014. At trial it was revealed that Osborn and the girl had exchanged text messages and phone calls sexual in nature prior to the July night in question. Both the state and defense used a computer program to retrieve the messages, as Osborn and the girl had deleted the messages on their phones.

The 14-year-old testified that the sexual encounter occurred sometime that night in around 11 p.m. to midnight, while Osborn’s daughter slept in the family’s living room. In his verdict, Davidson said a “window of opportunity” for the acts opened from 11:05 to 11:35 p.m. At trial, Osborn told the court he went to bed at 11 p.m. and didn’t get up until the next morning. Osborn’s daughter testified that she was awake throughout the night until about 3 a.m.

In his motion, defense lawyers said new evidence had come to light. Text messages from Osborn’s daughter to a friend on the night in question were presented at trial, but Judge Davidson noted there was a window of time where the daughter could’ve fallen asleep. The attorney for Osborn noted that the daughter got a new iPhone on July 21st and the family thought all messages had transferred over. After the verdict against Osborn, the family used the computer program to check if any messages were missing and found additional messages from the daughter to the friend on the night of July 16th. The messages were sent numerous times from 10:47-p.m. through 11:31-p.m. , proving, according to the attorney, that the daughter could not have been asleep during the time frame in question.

The motion also questions the testimony of the 14-year-old girl, saying her timeline of events “varies throughout her testimony.” In the state’s resistance to the motion, Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Shelly Sedlak noted the prosecution “does not have to prove a specific time for the sex acts in any case.”

We Dig Dirt: Connecting Infants & Toddlers to Nature

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Parents and child care providers are invited to explore the wonder of nature and the benefits it offers infants and toddlers. The “We Dig Dirt” workshop will be held on Thursday, June 4th,from 6:30- to 9:30- p.m., at the Ann Wickman Child Development Center in Atlantic. The location has developed an outside nature area specifically for young children, including infants and toddlers. Funding is being provided by Boost 4 Families Early Childhood Iowa.ISU Extension

Participants will discover effective ways to facilitate meaningful infant and toddler learning experiences inspired by nature and gain positive solutions for addressing some of the challenges of working with very young children outdoors. Many practical ideas will be shared for helping infants and toddlers grow up with a sense of wonder.

Certified instructor, Sandra McKinnon, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist, will lead the workshop. Three clock hours for child care providers are available. Visit the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/ to sign up. If you are a parent, register directly with the Montgomery County Extension Office.

Registration and payment is required by May 22. For more information, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak at 712-623-2592.

Healthy U Features Podiatry Overview

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Residents of Cass County and the area is invited to attend the next “Healthy U” program on April 30th. The lunch program will be held at noon in the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room #2. The topic for April is “Foot & Ankle Surgeons: An Overview of Podiatry Services.” Dr. Roger Drown (D.P.M.) will present an overview of the care that podiatrists provide. He will cover common foot problems, treatments, and procedures.

Dr. Roger Down, DPM.

Dr. Roger Down, DPM.

Dr. Drown says “Understanding how a podiatrist can help is the first step to getting you back on your feet and doing the things you love – without pain and worry.” Healthy U is a free educational series that focuses on a different health topic each month. Attendees receive a healthy sack lunch in addition to an educational program presented by medical professionals. Future topics include dementia, joint health, and diabetes.

For more information, or to make a reservation for the April 30th Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

Help available for victims of sexual assault in Cass County

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As part of the national awareness initiative, Cass County Health System wants to help spread the message that local help is available for any victims of sexual assault. Darci Young, RN is a Forensic Nurse Examiner. She has completed both sexual assault training and a clinical program in forensic examinations. Young is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to perform forensic exams.

Darci Young, FNE for CCHS

Darci Young, FNE for CCHS

If someone is a victim of sexual assault in Cass County, it is important that they come to the Emergency Department at Cass County Memorial Hospital within 72 hours of the assault for an exam. The exams are done at zero cost to the victim. The State of Iowa’s Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program pays for the cost of the forensic exam to ensure that all evidence is collected correctly, but it also pays for the cost to “assure the well-being of the victim.” It should also be noted, that the state program pays for any sexual assault examination whether or not the victim reports the crime to law enforcement.

In addition to performing exams, Darci Young will help the victim find resources such as counseling, support groups, and confidential shelters. She typically works with The Phoenix House, a domestic violence shelter and sexual abuse program.

2 arrests in Glenwood, Tuesday

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report two people were arrested, Tuesday. 40-year old Ricardorey Salas, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While revoked. His bond was set at $1000. And, 21-year old Logan Lingle, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Page County warrant for Theft 5th degree and Interference with  Official acts. His bond was set at $300.