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Gastroenteritis cases reported in Shelby County: source unknown

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Public Health Department say they recently received multiple reports of a gastroenteritis illness (GI) in the community. It is not known yet what germ is causing the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Testing is underway. The illness has affected all ages, from infants to the elderly.gastroenteritis-man

Health officials say ,any GI illnesses spread from person to person when people fail to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. It is also spread when people prepare food while ill with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Shelby County Public Health Nurse Rachel Birks says “Anyone with diarrhea or vomiting should not be handling any food items, regardless of how well they wash their hands. That rule is important no matter if you’re cooking for 2 or 200, whether it’s a regular family meal or dining out.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages consumers to take an active role in preventing the spread of infection by following safe food-handling and preparation tips. Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food and after using the restroom. Assume that raw chicken and other meat carry bacteria that can cause illness, and do not allow these foods to cross-contaminate surfaces and other foods. Cook chicken and other meats to the right temperatures. It is always best to cook seafood thoroughly. Chill leftovers promptly and reheat foods thoroughly.

For more information on avoiding illnesses from food, visit www.foodsafety.gov.
For more information, call Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422 or contact your medical provider.

2 arrests in Mills County

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Thursday on separate charges, in Mills County. Authorities say 20-year old Billy O’Brien Walsh, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Trespassing. His bond was set at $300. And, 23-year old Theodore Paul Brayman, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Public Intoxication. His bond was also set at $300.

Glenwood woman hurt in 2 vehicle crash, Thursday

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a collision Thursday, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office says Michael Joyce, of Glenwood, suffered minor cuts and scrapes, while his passenger, Elizabeth Joyce, suffered from a possible broken hand and other, minor injuries. She was transported by Glenwood Rescue to the hospital.

Authorities say a 2004 Chevy driven by Michael Pomerenke, of Glenwood, was traveling south on Kidd Road and proceeded across the westbound traffic into the median crossing. He looked toward eastbound traffic and didn’t see a 2009 VW driven by Michael Joyce approaching on Highway 34. As he proceeded to cross, Joyce saw the Chevy cross the median, but when he realized Pomerenke was starting onto the traveled portion of Highway 34 and wasn’t going to stop, Joyce hit the brakes and swerved toward Kidd Road to avoid a direct impact. The two vehicles collided at the intersection, with both vehicles coming to a rest on Kidd Road. Pomerenke wasn’t hurt in the crash, and his vehicle was driven from the scene. The VW was towed upon owner’s request.

(Update) Change of location for NRC/DNR meeting on April 9th

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story this past Wednesday, officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say the location for the April 9th Natural Resource Commission meeting has been changed to 8:30-a.m. in the Harlan Fire Department meeting room at 906 Cyclone Ave., in Harlan.The NRC was set to have met at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area. The presentation and tour departure location remains the same.

On April 8, local DNR fisheries and state parks staff will give commissioners a presentation at the Nishna Bend Rec Area, 516 Maple Road, Harlan, before departing for a field tour of Prairie Rose State Park and the lake restoration project. The field tour and presentation will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meeting, presentation and tour is open to the public.

For more information, click on this link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/BoardsCommissions/NaturalResourceCommission.aspx

Jury convicts Georgia man of second-degree murder

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — A Georgia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of his former roommate in 2009. Jurors deliberated for about four and a half hours before returning a guilty verdict Friday to 55-year-old John Green. He was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City, but convicted of the lesser offense of second-degree murder.

Defense attorneys say Green killed Koster in self-defense. But prosecutors argue that Green significantly outweighed Koster and therefore didn’t need to kill the man to defend himself.

Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were later found buried in his basement after new owners began renovations.

Green’s second trial in the case began Monday. The first ended in a mistrial.

Jury continues to deliberate murder case against Georgia man

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) – A jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of a Georgia man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009. Jurors were scheduled today (Friday) to continue to work toward a verdict in the case against 55-year-old John Green, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City. The case was sent to jurors Thursday after attorneys delivered closing arguments.

Defense attorneys say Green killed Koster in self-defense. But prosecutors argue that Green significantly outweighed Koster and therefore didn’t need to kill the man to defend himself. Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were later found buried in his basement after new owners began renovations.

Green’s second trial in the case began Monday. The first ended in a mistrial.

Atlantic man arrested Thursday on drug charges

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Thursday, on drug charges. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year old Brandon Adam Fredericksen on three Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrants for Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd or Subsequent Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Fredericksen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On Wednesday April 1st, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 44-year old Philip Jesse Gehling, of Atlantic, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault. Gehling was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1000 bond.

On Monday, March 30th, deputies arrested 34-year old Tabitha Lynette Clark, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear on a Child Support matter. Clark was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $400 bond.

And on March 23rd, 26-year old Justin Iglesias Cruz, of Bellevue, NE, was arrested in Cass County on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Cruz was transported to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond.

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Atlantic man arrested Thursday

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 24-year old Michael Sherman, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday. Sherman was taken into custody on a warrant for Probation Violation. The man was brought to the Cass County Jail and booked-in.

Iowa court: Poor defendants get counsel in misdemeanor cases

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says poor defendants have a right to legal representation in simple misdemeanor cases that carry possible jail time. State Appellate Defender Mark Smith says Friday’s ruling will affect people charged with offenses such as shoplifting and public intoxication. He says it’s particularly important for crimes in which potential punishments are enhanced for subsequent offenses.

The decision will not affect the majority of simple misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, because they don’t carry jail time. The ruling dismisses a theft conviction against Archaletta Young in Polk County. Prosecutors used a penalty enhancement to charge her with an aggravated misdemeanor for shoplifting after two previous convictions.

The court says Young didn’t have a lawyer in one of the prior cases, and therefore it can’t be used against her.

Top-selling author returns to Iowa to discuss whether the federal income tax is legal

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With the deadline to file our federal tax returns in less than two weeks, it’s no coincidence best-selling author Steve Berry is releasing his latest book now, as it addresses arguments the income tax may not be legal. Berry will be in Iowa next week to promote his novel, “The Patriot Threat,” and he says it is -not- a manifesto to quit paying your taxes, but it brings up some startling facts from U-S history.  “The book deals with the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and what may have happened in 1913 when the amendment was ratified,” Berry says. “There’s some interesting legal issues that arose during that time, ones that call into question the entire amendment, so I sent my recurring character, my hero Cotton Malone, to deal with this constitutional question.”

Berry writes fictional thrillers and does in-depth research to weave in bits of non-fictional history. For this book, he says he had as many as 400 sources and made trips to Washington D-C, Italy and Croatia. The research led him to some surprising revelations.  “There was a gentleman about 20 years ago who went to every state in the union that supposedly ratified the 16th Amendment and studied their ratification process,” Berry says. “He discovered problems in a lot of the states and in about 12 to 15 of the states, they may very well not have ratified the amendment. His research is not out in left field. There’s a lot of it that makes good sense.” Berry’s first book, “The Amber Room,” was rejected by publishers 85 times.

The 86th attempt landed him his first national best-seller and he’s had multiple best-sellers in the years since. Berry and his wife will be at the Des Moines Public Library next week to pitch the newest book in a benefit for historic preservation.  “I’ll be talking about the book and taking questions and signing books,” Berry says. “That’ll happen at 7 o’clock on the 10th, and then on the 11th, we’re doing the History Matters Writers Workshop. Elizabeth and I are going to teach the craft of writing for four hours. You’ll buy your way in with a contribution and all of that money is going to a historic preservation project that we’re there to sponsor.” The workshops, Berry says, have raised almost one-million dollars for historic preservation and other causes. Last year, Berry hosted a workshop in Davenport to benefit the city’s Art Legacy League.

At a similar event in Des Moines in 2012, Berry donated all proceeds to a state landmark, Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor’s Mansion. He also featured the historic Salisbury House in Des Moines in his last novel, “The Lincoln Myth.” Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 18-million printed copies in 51 countries. Learn more at www.steveberry.org.

(Radio Iowa)