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8AM Newscast 04-06-2012

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April 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 04-06-2012

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Diabetes Health Fair to be held in Atlantic April 17th

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System will be hosting Spring into Action Diabetes Health Fair, a free community event, on April 17th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital atrium. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and ways to stay healthy with diabetes.  There will be vendors with diabetes products and product samples, interactive education areas, and cooking and exercise demonstrations.

Emily Krengel, RD, CCMH Dietician, will present healthy cooking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The interactive exercise presentation will be at 5:00 p.m. and Dr. Vanessa Cook will present “How to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit” at 6:00 p.m.

Cooler weather doesn’t stop agency from asking for fans

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While it’s downright cold this (Friday) morning, especially in eastern Iowa, the recent warm spell is causing something of a crisis for organizations that serve the needy. Candace Gregory, CEO of the Open Door Mission in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says the agency’s food pantries were very busy when temperatures were in the 80s and 90s just a few days ago. “For the last week-and-a-half, we’ve had families literally coming in looking for t-shirts, shorts and box fans,” Gregory says, “things that we don’t even have ready until May.” Gregory is asking the public for help with donations, especially of electric fans. 

“When you’re out picking up a box fan, if you can think of picking up one for someone else that’s in need, it will go a long way,” she says. A new trend has developed over the past 18 months. Gregory says many middle-class families are coming to the mission to get food assistance, people who used to be regular donors or volunteers. She says three-quarters of the people they serve are strictly seeking food assistance. Gregory says because of the mild winter, food donations dropped. 

She says, “For us, serving 17-hundred meals a day, it has been a challenge because we haven’t had as many food drives this winter.” Gregory says their shelves are bare and they could use donations of food, clothing and other household items. Four out of ten people served by the Omaha-based mission are Iowans. Learn more at: “opendoormission.org”.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Two injured in Thursday accident southwest of Massena

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two rural Massena residents were injured during a two-vehicle collision Thursday evening between a 1998 Chevy Blazer and a 1999 Chevy Suburban, southwest of Massena. According to Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh McLaren,  the accident happened near the intersection of 710th and Wichita Road. McLaren told KJAN News the Blazer driven by 18-year old Courtney Read, of Griswold, was traveling westbound on Wichita Road, and had stopped at the intersection at 710th, before proceeding into the intersection, and hitting the northbound Suburban driven by 53-year-old Dan Ankenbauer, of Massena. The Suburban ended-upslightly tipped onto its top in the ditch, while the Blazer came to rest on the roadway. The accident happened at around 5:15-p.m.  Dan Ankenbauer, and his passenger, 54-year old Kathy Ankenbauer, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Cumberland and Massena Rescue. Reed, and a male passenger in her vehicle were not seriously injured, and did not require transport to the hospital. The accident remains under investigation.

Red Oak teen arrested on drug charges

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak teen was arrested Thursday night on a Possession of Marijuana and OWI drugged 1st offense charge, following a traffic stop in Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year old Cole Ryan Kier was taken into custody at around 11:50-p.m., and brought to the Montgomery County Jail for processing, before being released to one of his parents.

And, Police in Red Oak say 28-year old Ryan Dean Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested today (Friday), at around 2:40-a.m. in Red Oak, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Adams was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Audit: Iowa should repay $2.6M in child care aid

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal auditors are asking the state of Iowa to refund more than $2.6 million in funds for child care assistance for low-income families that was awarded years ago. A report posted online Thursday by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the state should have refunded most of the money in 2006 when a contractor overseeing the program dissolved. The report says the Iowa Department of Human Services gave the money to other contractors, which is not allowed under federal rules. The recommendation to give back the money has angered state officials, who say they consulted with the federal agency’s regional office on their plan to use the leftover funds and thought they had put the matter to rest years ago.

Iowa (early) News Headlines: Friday, April 6th 2012

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April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law a measure toughening Iowa’s child pornography and human trafficking laws. Branstad signed the measure Wednesday before a crowd of child advocates in a ceremony in his formal office.

HILLSBORO, Iowa (AP) — Four starving horses have been rescued by Henry County Animal Rescue in southeast Iowa. Dubuque television station KWQC reports that one of the horses was about 2 weeks old and that the animals had been without food for weeks. The animals were being kept on a property in rural Hillsboro. The owner signed over ownership of the horses. No arrests have been reported in the case.

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — Polaris Industries plans to add 89 jobs in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola as it boosts production of Indian motorcycles. Minnesota-based Polaris acquired Indian last year and produces the motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Engines for both Indian and Victory motorcycles are made at the Osceola plant, which employs about 100 people.

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A regional pharmacy chain headquartered in Austin, Minnesota is acquiring seven additional drug stores. Astrup Drug says the acquisition involves Rushford Drug Company pharmacies in southern Minnesota and Iowa. Rushford Drug owner Tom Witt says it was important that he selected a family-owned buyer that would maintain a presence in small communities like Altoona, Iowa.

3 arrested in Harlan for burglaries & vandalism

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April 5th, 2012 by admin

The Harlan Police department reports the arrests of several people over the past few days.

On Wednesday (April 4th), an anonymous tip led to the arrest of three persons in connection to burglaries that occurred at the fairgrounds and other criminal mischief.  Eighteen-year-old Frank Bates of Harlan was charged with three counts of Burglary 3rd, two counts of criminal mischief, theft 5th, and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.  18-year-old Matthew Scheuring of Harlan was charged with burglary 3rd and criminal mischief . And, a 17-year-old juvenile was charged with aiding and abetting operation without owner’s consent and aiding and abetting burglary.  Bates and Scheuring were taken to the Shelby County Jail and the juvenile was cited and released to their father.  A fourth person is being investigated in the case.

On Tuesday, 64-year-old David Peters of Harlan was arrested for public intoxication when Harlan police responded to a report of an unconscious person lying in the grass in front of a residence in the 1000 block of Park Street.

On March 30th, Bomgaar’s Supply Inc. called police in Harlan to report the theft of money by an employee.  Authorities report that 32-year-old Shelly Hulsebus of Council Bluffs was charged with 3rd degree theft.

And, on March 27th, police were called to the Brian Bowers residence in the 1400 block of College Blvd when a 1992 Mercury Sable was reported stolen.  The Shelby and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Offices and the Iowa State Patrol stopped the stolen vehicle near the Underwood rest area after it was observed on Highway 59 and I-80.  The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Patrick James Schmitz of Harlan.  He was taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail.  Schmitz faces numerous traffic and criminal charges.

Lenox man arrested on sex abuse warrant

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April 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports today (Thursday), 23-year old Eric Almanza, of Lenox, was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant out of Union County for felony Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree. According to online court records, the offense allegedly occurred on January 30th. Almanza was transferred to the custody of a Union County deputy. His bond was set at $10,000.