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Cass County, Iowa Utilizing Pictometry(r) Intelligent Images

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Cass County, IA, announced Wednesday, that the county has implemented the use of Pictometry(r) Intelligent Images in county assessment, GIS and public safety offices. Pictometry imagery is high resolution aerial oblique imagery that is geo-referenced to enable the accurate measurement of structures and land features directly on imagery. With Pictometry’s patented aerial oblique imagery users can see the fronts and sides of locations from multiple perspectives and can measure area, distance, height, elevation, bearing, pitch and more – directly on imagery.

“Pictometry imagery is used by more than one third of the counties in the U.S. because it is an approved and accurate way to do field calculations and dispatch the appropriate first response resources when they are needed most,” said Duane McFadden, County Supervisor. “With Pictometry, counties can re-coup cost of investment within a year and can actually generate county income through significant improvements to work processes and fair and equitable assessment practices.

As of November 1, 2011 Pictometry(r) Online is now available to Cass County entities for one year on a free trial basis. There are 200 seats available with each seat entitled to five users for a total of 1000 users. In addition to being able to view Cass County properties, you will also have access to Montgomery, Pottawattamie and Shelby properties.

For more information please contact Tracey J. Marshall, Cass County Treasurer at tmarshall@casscoia.us, or Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management mkennon@casscoia.us, or Mary Anstey, Deputy Cass County Assessor manesty@casscoia.us

Shenandoah man cited for driving while suspended

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Shenandoah man was cited into court Tuesday, after a deputy familiar with the man’s record observed him driving a vehicle while suspended, on the streets of Clarinda. Brian Heath Davis was cited for Driving Under Suspension, and Failure to Prove Security Against Liability (failure to show proof of insurance). The incident took place at around 9:50-a.m., Tuesday.

Injury accidents reported in Page County

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports three people suffered possible/unknown injuries during two separate accidents earlier this week. On Tuesday, 57-year old Gae Poole, of Clearmont, MO., was transported to the Clarinda Regional Hospital by private vehicle, following an accident on Highway 71. Poole was traveling north on the highway just north of 240th Street at around 5:30-p.m., when a deer appeared on the road. When the SUV Poole was driving collided with the animal, it sustained $6,000 damage. Poole, who was wearing her seatbelt, went to the hospital to be checked for any possible injuries.

And, on Sunday, 16-year old Sarah Gruhn, of Manning, suffered minor, possible injuries, after she lost control of the car she was driving, causing the vehicle to enter a ditch and roll once before coming to rest on its wheels. The accident happened as the car was rounding a curve near 140th Street and Avenue C, just before 1-p.m., Sunday. A passenger in the car, 16-year old Jamie Stribling, of Shenandoah, also suffered possible/unknown injuries. Both girls were wearing their seatbelts. The teens were transported by ambulance to the Shenandoah Hospital to be checked-out. Sheriff Palmer says Gruhn was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The vehicle was totalled in the crash.

Auto theft arrest in Pottawattamie County

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man who authorities say lived at the Residential Corrections Facility (RCF) in Pottawattamie County, was arrested Tuesday morning on a theft charge for allegedly stealing a pickup truck.  Lt. John Reynolds with the Pott County Sheriff’s Department, told KJAN News 27-year Thomas Curtis allegedly stole a vehicle from the Clausen Brothers Trucking Company, in Treynor at around 9:30-a.m., Tuesday. The owner of the truck saw the theft and followed Curtis in another vehicle. Reynolds says deputies caught up with Curtis near Macedonia at about County Road M-16 and G-66 — or Pioneer Trail. The man ditched the vehicle and took off on foot through a corn field, but. With the assistance of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol, Curtis was captured and charged with Theft in the 2nd degree.

Lt. Reynolds said Curtis was basically, a transient trying to make his way back to Red Oak. Following his arrest, Curtis was booked into the Pott County Jail.

First-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is at 1 PM today (Wednesday)

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowans will hear something unusual on their radios and TVs at one o’clock this afternoon (Wednesday), the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. John Benson, with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says most folks won’t even realize the scope of the test, which will involve many thousands of broadcast outlets.

“It’s going to sound and behave real similar to what you see happen either on a weekly or monthly basis with the radio stations in terms of them activating the tones and reading a brief message,” Benson says. “It’s going to be the first time they’ve done it on a nationwide basis but for most people, it’s going to appear just like that local or regional one they’re used to hearing.” 

The test will just run 30-seconds but it’ll be heard from coast to coast, and not just on the radio.”It will go into the TV stations and also onto cable TV,” Benson says. “The only place you won’t hear it will be on the National Weather Service radio system because those two systems aren’t tied together yet but that’s something they’re looking at in the future.” 

This test will -not- involve sounding the tornado sirens as it’s only for broadcasters on the radio and TV. Benson says it’s the largest-ever test of the Emergency Alert System. “As they built the system, they want to see if it works on a nationwide basis,” Benson says. “We know it works locally, we know it works regionally, so the next big step is, let’s see if the thing works on a nationwide basis and I would expect that it would.” 

Federal officials say the main goal of the test is to: “assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identify improvements to better serve communities in the preservation of life and property.” Benson says Iowans need to be aware. “It’s another good reminder as we’re moving into the winter weather season, to pay attention to those alerts on your TV or radio,” Benson says. “That’s important information. If there was something happening on a nationwide basis, can we make the system work? Obviously, pay attention to it and understand what’s going on.” 

(Radio Iowa)

2 injured in Harrison County crash

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a near head on collision Monday morning near Woodbine, in Harrison County. Officials say 24-year old Bikash Pandey, of Storm Lake, was traveling southbound on Highway 30 just before 7-a.m. Monday, when his car crossed the center line and collided with a pickup driven by 23-year old Jeremy Jacobsen, of Woodbine

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers used the Jaws of Life to cut Pandey from his car. The man suffered serious, but non-life threating injuries, and was flown to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha, for treatment.  Jacobsen was transported to the hospital in Missouri Valley by Woodbine rescue, for treatment of minor injuries, treated, and released.

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Two NE man hurt in crash near Council Bluffs this morning

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two Nebraska men were seriously injured early this (Wednesday) morning during a single-vehicle accident northeast of Council Bluffs. Lt. John Reynolds with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department told KJAN, the accident, involving a 2009 Toyota Corolla, occurred a little after 3-a.m., near the 13-mile marker on Interstate 80.Reynolds says the vehicle was westbound on I-80 at around 3:05-a.m.,when it left the road and entered the median at about the Idlewood overpass, near Underwood. The car continued over an embankment, rolled and came to rest on Idlewood Road.

The driver of the car, 21-year old Thomas Reber, and his passenger, Michael Miller, both of Papillion, NE, were injured and transported by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where Reber was in stable condition. Miller was later transferred to the Creighton University Medical Center. A report on his condition is not available. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

Alcohol and excessive speed are not believed to be factors in the wreck. Reber was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Veterans offered free breakfast on Nov. 11th

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November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Hy-vee grocery stores across the Midwest will honor America’s veterans this Friday, Nov. 11th, by serving them a free breakfast in advance of Veterans Day. Hy-Vee President Randy Edeker says the event has grown in popularity in the past several years, with more than 80,000 free breakfasts served to vets in 2010.

The breakfast buffet is complimentary for veterans, and open to others at a small cost. Some Hy-Vee stores have planned programs, displays, entertainment or other activtities to go along with the breakfast. Serving takes place from 7-a.m. until 11-a.m.