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Stomach ailment reported in 5 Iowa counties

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December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Health has received reports of eight medium to large outbreaks of probable norovirus in at least five counties. Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The illness usually begins 24 to 48 hours after exposure and lasts one to two days. The IDPH says three groups of people became ill after eating at a restaurant where several food handlers had also been sick. Outbreaks were also associated with events like holiday parties and holiday potlucks. Medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says if a person has had any stomach illness, he or she should not prepare food of any kind for others until 48 hours have passed since his or her recovery.

The IDPH did not identify the five counties where the probable norovirus outbreaks occurred.

Bluffs man seriously injured fleeing from authorities

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December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A  western Iowa man was flown to an Omaha hospital after the vehicle he was driving went out of control and rolled over two-separate times Sunday near Underwood, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 33-year old Justin D. Alstadt, of Council Bluffs, was attempting to flee from officers, when the 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup he was driving left the road near 270th Street and Pinoak Road at around 9:10-p.m., Sunday. The truck rolled over once before coming to rest on its wheels. Alstadt was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries. Officials say he was not wearing a seat belt.

Alstadt was being pulled over on suspicion of having a broken taillight and driving 20 mph over the 30 mph speed limit on Highway 191, in Neola. The trooper who tried to stop him didn’t know at the time, that the Council Bluffs Police Department had issued a warrant for Alstadt’s arrest in connection with a domestic incident which allegedly took place earlier that day.  When Alstadt sped away from the trooper, his pickup reached speeds of 70 mph, sometimes on gravel roads. At one point, officials say the Chevy rolled over, but then landed on its wheels. Amazingly enough, Alstadt took off again, but the chase came to an end when the pickup went out of control and rolled over for a second, and final time.

Officials say alcohol was likely a factor in the crash, as troopers reportedly detected an odor of booze in the the vehicle Alstadt was driving. Charges are currently pending.

Man wanted on 2 warrants arrested Sunday in Shenandoah

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December 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on a warrant for eluding authorities was arrested Sunday morning in Shenandoah, following a foot pursuit. According to the Shenandoah Police Department, 30-year old Alfred Mutchler, Junior, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody in the 1300 block of West Lowell, early Sunday morning. Mutchler was wanted on a Page County warrant for eluding, which carries a $10,000 bond, and, on a Montgomery County warrant for a violation of probation, which carries a $5,000 bond. Authorities say Officer Brandon Allen was on routine patrol when he spotted Mutchler in the 1300 block of West Sheridan. When the Officer tried  to approach Mutchler, the man took off on foot. Sergeant Steve Mather of the Shenandoah Police Department joined in on the foot pursuit, until Mutchler was captured and placed under arrest. Mutchler was unable to post bond and was taken to the Page County jail in Clarinda for holding until he could make an appearance before the magistrate.

Council Bluffs airport revenues increase 50 percent

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December 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An audit shows the Council Bluffs Airport Authority revenues increasing 50 percent the last fiscal year and expenditures decreasing 12 percent. Total revenues were just over $2.9 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. Property taxes accounted for more than $575,000, rental income $145,000 and federal grants more than $2 million. There was an increase in federal grants for airport improvement projects. Expenses were almost $1.4 million. Those expenses included $189,000 for employee salaries, $738,000 for depreciation and $142,000 for interest expense. Certified public accountant Mike Massman said the airport is run “efficiently” and that it is a “real asset to the community.”

Wildlife refuges announce Neb., Ia. deer hunts

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December 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges are holding a January muzzleloader deer hunt for Iowa and Nebraska hunters. The hunt will run from Jan. 11 through Jan. 18, and will apply to antlerless deer only. Nebraska hunters need a Season Choice Area 21 permit for the hunt. Iowa hunters will need a January antlerless deer license, but they can use similar permits from Harrison or Pottawattamie counties. Boyer Chute Refuge is open to Nebraska hunters only. DeSoto has land in both the states of Iowa and Nebraska, and hunters from both states may hunt.

Western IA News (podcast) 12-25-11

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December 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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New online map feature Iowa historical sites

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December 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new map featuring information about Iowa’s historical sites, National Register areas and cemeteries is now available online. The Department of Cultural Affairs says it has uploaded information to its Iowa Site Inventory database on almost 114,000 historical and architectural properties, 280 National Register districts and 3,500 cemeteries. It can be accessed at http://ags.gis.iastate.edu/IsitesPublicAccess/. Cultural Affairs director Mary Tiffany Cownie says the site marks the first time that the statewide inventory of cultural resources has been made available to the public in such an easy-to-use format. Information on each property on the map varies. Some entries include a photograph but others have a full National Register nomination, newspaper clippings and project reports. Specific properties can be located by searching by location, name, functions, building materials, architect and National Register status.

Wanted sex offender arrested in Page County

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December 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted in Oregon for Failure to Register for that State’s Sex Offender Registry, was arrested in Shenandoah on a similar charge out of Iowa. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says Rubio Aviles (A-K-A Guadalupe Berglanga) was arrested in Shenandoah Friday, after authorities received a tip he had been living and working in Shenandoah since 2005, and had failed to register with Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry.

Aviles was convicted in Oregon in 2001 on sex-related charges. With the assistance of officers with the Shenandoah Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Deputies were about to go to Aviles’ home, when a Shenandoah Police Officer observed the mans’ vehicle leaving the residence. The officer stopped Aviles’ vehicle near the intersection of north Elm Street and west Lowell, in Shenandoah.

After speaking with Aviles, he was taken into custody for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry requirements (an aggravated misdemeanor), and later posted a $2,000 bond. Prior to his release however, Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities (ICE) were contacted, and a hold was placed on Aviles , who was being held in the Page County Jail pending an investigation into the circumstances of his presence in the U-S.

7AM Newscast 12-24-2011

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December 24th, 2011 by admin

w/ Brett Johnson

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Drug arrests reported in Adams County, Friday

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December 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adams County say two people were arrested Friday morning on drug charges, following the search of a home in Corning. 26-year-old Michael Scott Walton, of Corning,  was arrested at around 10:45-a.m. on a warrant out of Polk County. During the arrest Sheriff’s Deputies identified drug paraphernalia in plain view, inside the residence. A second search warrant was issued, which resulted in the recovery from the residence, of two pounds of marijuana.
Walton and 22-year-old Katherine Lynn Coleman, also from Corning, were taken into custody on charges which included Child Endangerment, Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp.