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Templeton Rye co-owner responds to lawsuit allegations

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Keith Kerkhoff, co-owner and Templeton Rye recipe-holder of Templeton, Iowa-based Templeton Rye Spirits, LLC, responded today (Saturday)to allegations made in lawsuits filed in Chicago. On the company’s social media site, Kerhoff said “The unfortunate and misguided lawsuits have been turned over to our lawyers. The claims made in these lawsuits are false and damaging to our company.”

He went on to say “Templeton Rye is a unique, award-winning whiskey based on the Prohibition Era Kerkhoff recipe. We have a distilling partner in Indiana and flavor engineer in Kentucky who supply ingredients but Templeton Rye is made in Templeton, Iowa. They supply flour and eggs and we bake the cake.”

Kerkhoff said “We have never hidden the fact that we have a distilling partner in Indiana. We don’t think folks buy Templeton based on where it might be distilled. We think they buy our product because it is a great tasting whiskey with a unique story at a fair price. We are a small Iowa company trying to do great things in our community and our state. It is a shame that we are being attacked with this frivolous lawsuit from a Chicago law firm.”

Last Tuesday,the Iowa attorney general’s office said a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a Templeton Rye bottle. It claims the company broke consumer protection laws and misled drinkers about where the whiskey is made.  The newspaper reports a second Chicago law firm plans to file a class-action lawsuit.

Sioux City officer shot; suspect in custody

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting and injuring a Sioux City officer is in custody after turning a gun on himself. The Sioux City Journal reports) that the incident began late Friday afternoon when police officers were called to a house for a disturbance. Police say Officer Jill Ohm was the first to arrive. Police say she struggled with the 27-year-old suspect before the man shot her in the chin.

Ohm was taken to a Sioux City hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. At the same time, police launched a massive search for the shooter.

Police say the suspect was found Friday night in the basement of an abandoned home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His condition is not known.

Atty. for Bluffs teen involved in fatal fight wants a punishment hearing

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The lawyer for a Council Bluffs teen suspended from school following a fight on September 25th that turned deadly, and is being required by the district to attend an alternative school, says he’s asking for a formal hearing before the Council Bluffs School District’s Board of Education. According to Omaha television station KETV, 16-year old Gregary Teer’s attorney made the request Friday, in a letter sent to district officials.

The attorney is asking for a formal hearing before the school board to discuss Teer’s punishment. He claims Teer’s 14th amendment rights for due process were violated. The attorney also said he plans to seek an injunction to have Teer return to class at Abraham Lincoln High School, if they don’t get a formal hearing. He said also they’d be willing to negotiate if there was a way to gradually have Teer turn to the school this year.

The Council Bluffs School District said it’s consulting with its attorney and didn’t have an immediate response. Earlier in the week, school officials said Teer wouldn’t be suspended, and charges of assault were dropped, after video-taped evidence of his fight with 17-year old Dakota Escritt,  indicated Teer was not the aggressor, and was trying to defend himself. Escritt died last weekend from injuries to his skull that occurred when he fell to the floor and struck his head.

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Stanton man arrested Fri. night in Red Oak

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop for speeding late Friday night in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of a Stanton man. According to Red Oak Police, following the traffic stop and a brief investigation, 25-year old Janssen Shadow Ludwigs, of Stanton, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Ludwigs was being held Saturday in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash only bond.

Bridge linking Mills Co, IA & Sarpy Co., NE to open Oct. 22nd

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Economic development officials say a new $140 million bridge that spans the Missouri River and connects Mills County, Iowa with Sarpy County, Nebraska, should be open in three weeks. The Omaha World-Herald reports an opening ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 22nd, just before traffic is allowed on the bridge that will extend U.S. Highway 34 from Interstate 29 west of Glenwood toward Platteview Road and U.S. Highway 75 in Bellevue.

Larry Winum, president of the Mills County Economic Development Foundation, told the paper the opening of the bridge will be the catalyst for development along the Highway 34 corridor on the Iowa and Nebraska sides. There are an estimated 3,000 acres of buildable land on each side of the river.

Winum said officials would like to see the areas around the bridge become development sites for potential business parks or commercial projects. The bridge is expected carry 2,000 cars every day. More traffic also means more people who might spend money in Mills County, which relies heavily on residential owners and farmers to generate tax revenue.

The bridge also is the start of road project for southwest Iowa. Mills County officials are pushing to expand U.S. Highway 34 to a four-lane highway to Interstate 35 in Osceola.

Iowa maid services line up to offer free house cleaning to women cancer patients

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

More than a dozen house cleaning companies in Iowa are now affiliated with a program that offers free services to women who are fighting cancer. Debbie Sardone runs a residential cleaning service in Texas and in 2006, launched the non-profit venture called “Cleaning for a Reason” (CleaningForAReason.org.) which now has a nationwide reach.  “Several years ago, I took a call from a woman who was inquiring about service,” Sardone says. “I gave her the price and she said, ‘I can’t afford that right now, I’m battling cancer and I’m not working,’ and she hung up. I decided that day, the next time any woman called our office and said she had cancer, we’d give her the cleaning for free.”

Sardone’s idea of “paying it forward” now enlists more than 11-hundred maid services across the country in all 50 states and in Iowa communities like Ames, Clinton, Council Bluffs and Waterloo. “Cleaning for a Reason is for any woman battling any type of cancer, not just breast cancer,” Sardone says. “They can go to cleaningforareason.org, click on the ‘cancer patient’ tab and fill out the contact information either for themselves or for a loved one and we will match them with a local participating maid service.” That service will provide free monthly cleanings for four months.

The professionals who work for the cleaning services have said they truly enjoy being able to give back and use their skill to make the life of a woman a little bit easier,” she says. Since its launch eight years ago, the program has provided free services to more than 15-thousand women with cancer. “Battling cancer is difficult enough but sometimes pushing a broom or a mop or a vacuum cleaner is just out of the question,” Sardone says. “That’s when Cleaning for a Reason comes in with this very practical everyday help.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Locally, companies involved in the program include:

  • Council Bluffs: Simply Cleaner;
  • Red Oak: Missy’s Cleaning Service

(Radio Iowa)

 

State Health officials says Legionella bacteria commonly found everywhere

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

State epidemiologist, Patricia Quinlisk, says the Legionella bacteria recently found in Iowa City’s Veteran’s Administration hospital is common in most water supplies and throughout the environment. The bacteria can lead to a type of pneumonia known as Legionaire’s Disease. Doctor Quinlisk says she’s not worried about the discovery. “In fact, we tell people not to look for it. Because if you look for it hard enough, you’re going to find it. It’s basically, probably in the water of my house and in the water of your house, etcetera,” she says.

Quinlisk says there’s no reason to worry about the bacteria being around. “Ninety-nine-point-nine-percent of the time when it’s out there it’s just living in our environment not causing anybody any harm. And that’s why we tell people don’t really test for this bacteria unless you have a reason why you need to test,” Quinlisk says. “And there are some places where they do do routine testing, for example, hospitals, but I would not anybody to test their own water in their house or places like that because there’s no reason to.”

Quinlisk says most people have immune system resistance. “Once in a while when it gets into the lungs of a susceptible person, it can actually cause that person to have a pneumonia,” according to Quinlisk. Quinlisk says the bacteria is spread by breathing a water mist into the respiratory system, and not from drinking the water. “What I would tell people to do in Iowa if they wanted to reduce their risk of getting Legionella, we know that hot tubs are one of the highest risks. And just make sure that your hot tub in good condition. Make sure that you keep it clean. Make sure you use the right kind of chlorine or other disinfectant system,” Quinlisk says, “and that’s probably going to lower your risk of getting Legionella more than anything else you do.”

Quinlisk says persons with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for pneumonia caused by the bacteria. The bacteria first gained attention from an outbreak among those attending a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia in 1976. The cooling system in the hotel they were staying in caused the outbreak of Legionaire’s Disease.

(Radio Iowa)

Secretary of state candidates seek new approach

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The candidates running to succeed Secretary of State Matt Schultz are trying to distance themselves from his tenure, but for different reasons. Schultz, who is leaving office after serving one four-year term, ran on a platform of tougher voter identification and fighting what he argued was problematic voter fraud.

Democrat Brad Anderson called it a failed legacy that didn’t improve the system. Republican Paul Pate declined to comment on Schultz’s record, saying he preferred to look forward.

Schultz, who unsuccessfully sought to pass a Voter ID law and spent $250,000 in a two-year investigation of election fraud, decided not to seek for another term. He made a failed bid for the 3rd Congressional District Republican nomination. He has launched a campaign for Madison County attorney against the incumbent Democrat.