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NW Iowa manufacturing plant cutting 70 jobs

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More jobs are being cut at a plant in northwest Iowa that manufactures hydraulic pumps and motors. The Eaton Corporation plans to eliminate 70 jobs at its plant in Spencer. Plant Manager Tony Niese says 23 employees will be out of work within 60 days, while the others will be let go over the next year. “We met with all of our employees and talked about the continued market decline and things that Eaton has seen since 2015 and continue into this year,” Niese said.

Just under a year ago, Eaton cut 49 workers at the Spencer facility and forced all employees to take a week off without pay. There are currently 180 workers at the plant. Those who are losing their jobs will receive a severance package and help finding other work. “They’re eligible to explore opportunities within Eaton at other locations if that’s what they want to do, but we also want to assist anybody wanting to find new (jobs) here in the region as well,” Niese said.

The Ohio-based Eaton Corporation opened the Spencer plant in 1974. At one time, it was the largest employer in Spencer.

(Radio Iowa)

Mother: Girl whose leg severed by mower in Council Bluffs faces more surgery

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old Omaha girl who had part of her right leg severed in a lawn mower accident says the girl faces another surgery this weekend. Tonya Streck said in a news conference Thursday that her daughter is expected to recover, but that her right leg was amputated below her knee following the Tuesday evening accident.

Streck says the girl was with family friends when she fell off a motorized child’s vehicle, rolled down a ditch embankment and under a riding mower in Council Bluffs.

Streck, who is six months’ pregnant, said her daughter is still on a pain medication and a ventilator and is unaware that part of her leg is missing. The girl turns 3 on Saturday. Streck says she faces another surgery on Sunday.

Disturbance in Hamburg results in arrest of 2 people from Missouri

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a disturbance early this (Friday) morning, in Hamburg, resulted in the arrest of two people from Missouri. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports deputies were called to the 1600 block of Main Street in Hamburg. Upon arrival, and following their investigation, deputies arrested 23-year old Ryan Burke, of Tarkio, MO and 21-year old Montana Martin, of Rock Port, MO.

Montana Martin

Montana Martin

Ryan Burke

Ryan Burke

Aistrope says after an altercation occurred in Missouri, Burke and Martin made their way into Hamburg, where they both were arrested for Public Intoxication and Martin also for Interference with official acts. They were transported to the Fremont County Law Enforcement center. Further Charges are pending following the investigation of criminal mischief.

Iowa early News Headlines: 6/3/16

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders in Washington hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley have turned to former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, a farmer who has won statewide. But as the state’s June 7 primary approaches, it’s unclear whether Judge’s advantages in fundraising and name recognition will be enough to overcome support for a more liberal state senator, Rob Hogg, who has endorsements from most Democratic legislators and two key labor unions.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the Legislature failed to approve a financial-support plan, but an email obtained by The Associated Press indicates the company is pursuing a full-steam lobbying effort. Exelon announced it will shutter its plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities in the next two years because no action was taken on legislation to extend state subsidies to nuclear generators producing clean energy.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The former treasurer of an Iowa State University sorority alumni association has pleaded guilty in a scheme to defraud the group out of nearly $1 million over 14 years. U.S. Attorney Kevin VanderSchel says Thursday that 50-year-old Andrea Baker pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Baker admitted that she received and attempted to receive over $950,000 from the Chi Omega Alumnae Association between 2000 and 2014. Sentencing is set for Oct. 6.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu outbreak. Federal on-site egg inspections at processors with 3,000 or more birds were suspended in 21 states in May 2015 after the FDA consulted with state veterinarians concerned about spreading the bird flu virus. FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said the agency resumed inspections Wednesday.

(Update) – Credit card skimmers found at 2 central Iowa gas stations

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says credit card skimmers have been found at two central Iowa gas stations. Officials say Thursday the device was plugged into a card reader in a gas pump at the Git-N-Go on Henry Street in Bondurant, just off of U.S. Highway 65. A pump technician discovered the skimmer Tuesday afternoon.

Two more devices were discovered Thursday afternoon inside gas pumps at a Grimes BP on Southeast 37th Street, just off of Iowa Highway 141. The skimmer is placed inside the credit card reader to capture credit and debit card information as the card is being swiped.

Customers who used a card at the two locations over the past two weeks are being asked to check their bank statements for unfamiliar changes.

Boil Advisory in effect for Taylor County town

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa DNR said Thursday, that even though water pressure has been restored, a boil advisory will remain in place for the city of New Market in Taylor County until bacteria samples can be collected to ensure the water is safe.

The boil advisory was issued Wednesday when boring for fiber optics lines hit a
water main at approximately 11 a.m. A loss in water pressure can allow bacteria to
enter the system which is why the boil advisory is in place.

Residents of New Market are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for
one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled
water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation
until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The
water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available
from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

Halted in bird flu outbreak, federal egg inspections resume

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu outbreak. FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher says the agency resumed inspections Wednesday.

Federal on-site egg inspections at processors with 3,000 or more birds were suspended in 21 states in May 2015 after the FDA consulted with state veterinarians concerned about spreading the bird flu virus. States inspect smaller operations.

About 49 million turkeys and chickens were euthanized or died of the bird flu virus in 15 states, including more than 24 million egg layers in Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producer. The inspections are done primarily to prevent salmonella contamination in eggs.

Credit card skimmer found at Bondurant gas pump

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says a credit card skimmer has been found at a Bondurant gas station. Officials say Thursday the device was plugged into a card reader in a gas pump at the Git-N-Go on Henry Street, just off of U.S. Highway 65. A pump technician discovered the device Tuesday afternoon while doing routine maintenance.

The skimmer is placed inside the credit card reader to capture credit and debit card information as the card is being swiped. Customers who used a card at that location over the past two weeks are being asked to check their bank statements for unfamiliar changes.

Harlan man cited for leaving the scene of an accident

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports the driver of a vehicle involved in a minor accident was cited, May 24th. Marcus Rueschenberg, of Harlan, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident after his 2005 Pontiac came into contact with a 2015 Chevy, driven by Lavera Stern, of Harlan. The mishap occurred as Rueschenberg was traveling south on 12th Street and Stern was traveling northbound. The vehicles hit as they were turning west onto Chatburn Avenue. Damage from the impact amounted to $1,500.

Griswold woman arrested in Harlan

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June 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department has released its weekly report on arrests and incidents. Officials say a Cass County woman was arrested Monday, following a traffic stop. 48-year old Bianca Simonds, of Griswold, was arrested for OWI. She was also cited for passing contrary to highway markings, and open container as a driver. A passenger in the car, 54-year old Russell Shearer, of Elliott, was arrested on an active Cass County warrant.

Tuesday, Harlan Police issued a warrant for 41-year old Michael Stessman, of Defiance, after officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 3000 block of 12th Street. Stessman later turned himself-in on a charge of domestic abuse assault, for allegedly injuring a woman from Harlan. Also arrested Tuesday, was 41-year old Morice Bryant, of Omaha, who was charged with domestic abuse assault, for allegedly striking a woman from Harlan during a domestic disturbance in the 2300 block of 9th Street.

Last Sunday, Harlan Police arrested 43-year old Larry Lange, of Omaha, on a charge of Public Intoxication. That same day, a couple from Westphalia reported their 2001 Oldsmobile van had been taken from the Shopko parking lot. The case remains under investigation.

On May 27th, Harlan Police arrested 11-year old Caden Stevens, of Harlan, on a reckless use of fire, charge following an investigation into a May 23rd garage fire in the 1700 block of 6th Street. Stevens was transported to the Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center and referred to Juvenile Court. On May 25th, 58-year old Robert Murtaugh, of Harlan, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly conduct, after officers were called to a disturbance in the 100 block of Court Street.

Harlan Police report also, 49-year old Timothy Turner, of Harlan, was arrested May 24th, on a charge of Trespassing. On May 21st, 57-year old David Thies, of Avoca, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. And, on May 19th, 30-year old Missy Jo Rothman, of Harlan, was arrested for Driving While Revoked.