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Red Oak Middle School closed for at least 1 more day


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Students at the Red Oak Middle School are getting an extended break for Labor Day. The Daily NonPareil reports classes were cancelled yesterday and again today (Wednesday), while crews work to clean-up after a weekend water leak that left at least 2-inches of water on the second floor of the three-story middle school building.  The incident triggered an alarm. When firefighters and district personnel arrived, they found a water valve was open.

A professional restoration company worked Sunday and Monday to attempt to have the building ready for class Tuesday, but several sections of the western portion of the school remained wet and classes were canceled. Restoration of the building was almost done Tuesday when work was called off about 3:30-p.m.. An electrical contractor found that water had dripped into electrical conduits, creating a potential safety hazard.

A fire marshal will inspect the building this morning. School officials say they hope to announce students can return to their classes on Thursday. An announcement about classes on Thursday is expected by noon today.

Nationally accredited SW IA cancer center gets $1-million grant


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The only nationally accredited cancer treatment center in southwest Iowa has received a $1-million grant for an upgrade to its radiation therapy equipment. The Daily NonPareil reports Methodist Jennie Edmundson’s Cancer Center in Council Bluffs received the award from The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and a $1 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor. The funds will help to make the purchase a state-of-the-art linear accelerator.

Shelly Stingley, Program Director of the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program, said the Helmsley grant is intended to enhance health care delivery to residents of rural areas

The combined $2 million will help launch a capital campaign to raise $5 million for the purchase of the accelerator and construction of the special vault needed to house it. The accelerator will deliver radiation with as much speed and accuracy as possible, reducing the duration and number of treatments patients need, according to a press release from Jennie Edmundson.

When a patient undergoes radiation treatment with this technology, the beams are designed to selectively debilitate cancer cells while minimizing damage to nearby healthy cells. Increased precision allows radiation oncologists to treat complex cases involving cancers of the head, neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. Even tumors that move – such as those in the lungs – can be precisely targeted thanks to special technology that compensates for motion during a treatment.

Accident near Hastings Tuesday kills 1, injuries 3 others


September 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A head-on collision Tuesday evening near Hastings, in Mills County , resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others. The Iowa State Patrol says 84-year old Marilyn Gruber, of Shenandoah, died in the crash, Her husband, 91-year old Richard Gruber, was injured, when an eastbound 2010 Subaru SUV driven by 57-year old Christine Carpenter, of Warrensburg, MO., pulled to the right on Highway 34, and made a U-turn in front of an eastbound 2004 Chrysler mini-van, driven by Richard Gruber. The accident happened at around 5:20-p.m.

The Grubers were not wearing their seat belts. Marilyn Gruber died at the scene. Richard Gruber and Christine Carpenter were flown by LifeNet to Creighton Hospital in Omaha. A passenger in the Subaru, 56-year old David Carpenter, of Warrensburg, was also injured. He was transported to Creighton by Glenwood Rescue. The couple in the SUV were wearing their seat belts.

Traffic on Highway 34 had to be re-routed for several hours while the crash remained under investigation.

U. of Iowa says 2 students report sexual assaults


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says two students reported recently that they were sexually assaulted on campus. The school issued a notification Tuesday in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires that colleges and universities disclose timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

The notification says one student reported Sunday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall. Another student reported Monday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall.

Another student reported on Aug. 22 that she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall.

Iowa regents plans would affect admissions, hiring


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa’s three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees. The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.

They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index. Another change would require the schools to calculate students’ admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don’t keep class rankings.

A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.

Suspicious vehicle investigation results in a scuffle & the arrest of 2 felons


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Sheriff’s deputy in Guthrie County investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Panora convenience store early Sunday morning, ended-up in a scuffle with one of the suspects. The sheriff’s office says at around 4:00 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Kent Gries questioned two men outside the Casey’s General Store in Panora. During the course of investigation, Gries became suspicious the men were involved in some sort of criminal activity. He also saw a weapon in their vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department says during an attempted pat-down of Jesse Lynn Crawford, of rural Jamaica, Crawford allegedly hit Greis numerous times in the head and upper torso. An intense physical struggle ensued for a lengthy period of time in the Casey’s General Store parking lot, on Highway 4, and into the yard of a business near Casey’s. During the struggle Gries was able to utilize his Taser on Crawford, but Crawford was able to fight through the effects. The Deputy was able to deploy his backup Taser cartridge, but still was not able to take Crawford into custody.

As the struggle continued, the Deputy attempted to radio in for emergency assistance, but was unable to reach Guthrie County dispatch but was able to activate the panic button on his portable radio. While still struggling with Crawford, a passing motorist saw the struggle and stopped to assist. With the motorist’s assistance, Crawford was taken into custody.

Panora EMS crews were called to the scene. They treated both Crawford and Deputy Gries for their injuries. Gries reportedly suffered from physical exhaustion as well as scrapes and bruises. At the time of his arrest, Crawford was found to be in possession of approximately 44 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities say it was the largest seizure of drugs in recent Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office history.

Crawford was booked into the Guthrie County Jail on numerous charges including Assault While Participating in a Felony, Interference with Official Acts with Injury to a Peace Officer, Assault with Injury to a Peace Officer, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Greater than Five Grams of Methamphetamine.

The other suspect was identified as David Michael Cannon, of Grand Junction. He was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Officials say Cannon and Crawford are convicted felons in the State of Iowa, with Crawford having numerous incidents of theft, drug and weapon violations and assault with use or display of a weapon on his record. Both men appeared before a magistrate.

Cannon was released on his own recognizance, while Crawford was being held on bond.

Weekend storms did some damage to crops

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sunday night’s storms carrying winds up to 70-miles-an-hour damaged corn fields in Crawford and Greene Counties around Denison and Jefferson. Mike Bravard farms nearly three-thousand acres near Jefferson. He did a survey Monday of some of the storm damage. “It’s worse, in Greene County, once you get a few miles south of Highway 30 there’s some corn fields, some broke off, some laid down pretty good. Some’s broke off, some’s just laid over at the roots,” Bravard says. Bravard says despite the storm damage — this year’s corn crop is doing very well.

“The corn looks really good. It could be as good a crop, as good a yield as I’ve ever had,” according to Bravard. But his soybean fields are being hit by sudden death syndrome. “Right there in the beginning of August we got three inches of rain and sudden death set in pretty good, Sudden Death Syndrome. It’s just kind of been expanding ever since,” Bravard says.”Beans are prematurely dying. There’s still going to be beans there where the beans are dying, but they’re just going to be small, I think. And it’s going to take some bushels off of our bean yield.”

Bravard estimates the disease may cut soybean yields by five, maybe even ten-bushels an acre. It’s too soon to assess how much the wind cut west-central Iowa’s corn harvest.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update 9:40-a.m.) More charges & trial date set for Leatha Slauson


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged in August in connection with a fraudulent cancer scheme, now faces additional charges, and her trial date has been set. According to court documents, 30-year old Leatha Slauson faces charges that include: two counts of felony Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury; felony Distribution to a person under the age of 18; two felony counts of Administering Harmful Substances; two felony charges of Assault While Participating in a felony; Domestic Abuse Assault (a Serious Misdemeanor), and 10 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanors). Her trial is set to take place November 12th in Cass County District Court. Slauson’s arraignment will be held Sept. 22nd, with a pre-trial conference October 13th, and trial 9:30-a.m. Nov. 12th.

According to Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, from Sept 21st 2013 through Aug. 21st 2014, Slauson inserted a feeding tube through the nose and into the stomach of her five-year old daughter Riley. She then allegedly administered through the tube Cannabis Oil without a prescription, for no medical purpose, and without any prior training, direction and/or supervision. The drug was distributed to her daughter within 1,000-feet of a school and/or other restricted areas. The complaint states Slauson also injected her daughter with the cancer treatment drug Neupogen without any prior medical training and without a prescription. The drug can cause muscle and joint pain, cramping, stiffness and bodily injury.

The Harmful Substances charge alleges Slauson administered the drugs to her daughter on numerous occasions. The Assault charges allege Slauson intentionally administered both the Cannabis Oil and Neupogen.  And, the Unlawful Possession charges are with regard to 10 vials of Neupogen that were found in Slauson’s possession during the time the drug was allegedly administered to her daughter.

An investigation revealed the 5-year old Riley had no known cancer or other form of terminal illness. Leatha Slauson  was being held in the Cass County Jail on $35,000 cash bond only.

(Corrects bond amount from previous posts)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 9-2-14

News, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Creston Police report, 9/2/14


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest Monday night of an Ottumwa man on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 29-year old Bradley Gregg Clymer was being held without bond in the Union County Jail, awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

Early Sunday morning, Creston Police arrested 18-year old Dylan Daniel Meggison, of Creston, for Interference with Official Acts. Meggison was subsequently released on $300 bond. And, Chad Sterling Cozad, of Creston, was arrested Sunday night on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $1,000.

Last Friday night, 48-year old James Orville Conley, of Creston, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense. He was later released on $2,000 bond. Earlier that evening, officers with the Creston P-D arrested 20-year old Storm Julian Spencer, of Creston, on Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct charges. Spencer was released on a promise to appear later before a magistrate.
In other news, Creston Police investigated incidents of theft and vandalism. A Creston man reported Monday morning someone placed rocks in a pipe on his property, and took two lens covers for his security lights. On Sunday, a Creston resident reported that a tote bag with VHS tapes, CDs books and sunglasses were stolen from his vehicle sometime over the weekend. The loss was estimated at $35. Another Creston resident reported someone vandalized the interior of his vehicle. The damage was estimated at $150. And, a Creston man reported an XM car radio, CD player faceplate and cigarettes were stolen from his vehicle over the weekend. The loss was estimated at $486.