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Summer Heat, Unattended Children in Cars Dangerous Mix

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MONINES, Iowa – With the Fourth of July holiday now in the books, it’s straight ahead to Iowa’s hottest days of summer and that has parents being reminded of the dangers when it comes to children, vehicles and heatstroke. There are children who die every year after being left in the heat in a vehicle unattended and while the voices that follow always exclaim, ‘not me.’ Janette Fennell, president and founder with KidsandCars.org says “The worst mistake you can make is to think this can’t happen to you or someone in your family,” she says. “We are human and sometimes our memories let us down. So if we realize everyone is capable of having something like this happen to them, we will put the correct safety measures into place.”

Fennell says those safety measures include always looking before you lock or leaving an important item, such as your cell phone or handbag, in the back seat so you have to open the back door to retrieve it every time you park. On average, 38 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles.

While most of those deaths are from parents leaving or forgetting their child is in the back seat, Fennell says about a third are from a child climbing into a parked car unnoticed. She says you should always keep your vehicle locked even if it’s in your driveway or garage. “Another thing that’s very important is to make sure you have keys that are out of reach of children,” says Fennell. “So many of them have remote openers and the kids want to use those and they make noises and the trunk pops open and all of those fun things, but it could be a death sentence in the hands of a child.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, temperatures inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes and even with an outside temperature of just 60, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees.

(Iowa News Service)

1 arrest, 1 cited in Red Oak, Sunday

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say one man was arrested and another cited on separate charges Sunday, in Red Oak. The Sheriff’s Office says 42-year old Lester Michael Ballard, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 5:45-p.m. on a charge of Driving While Suspended. His bond was set at $566.

And, at around 5:30-p.m., 58-year old Michael Loren Kelly, of Elliott, was cited for Urinating in Public following an investigation by Red Oak Police into a report of a man exposing himself in public. The incident allegedly occurred in the 900 block of E. Hammond Street.  Kelly was cited for the Simple Misdemeanor offense and given a date to appear in court before a magistrate.

Villisca man arrested on assault & other charges, Sunday

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation Sunday into an alleged assault Villisca resulted in an arrest. 48-year old Douglas Franklin Nicholas, of Villisca, was taken into custody a little after 2:30-p.m. on charges that include Domestic Assault, Obstruction of Emergency Communication and Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, Nicholas was arrested in the 300 block of S. 3rd Avenue and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 bond.

(Used during overnight news 7/5-6)

New, free tool to ‘nudge’ Iowans to live healthy

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new online tool has been created to help gauge the well-being of Iowans and “nudge” Iowans to make improvements. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is encouraging Iowa businesses, communities and schools to use it. “This assessment tool is a great resource for those who want to seek change and positively impact the health of our state, but they may not know where to start,” Reynolds says. “The assessment tool will provide immediate feedback on opportunities for improvement and access to resources that will help support those improvements.”

Jami Haberl is executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative, which led the effort to create this test. “Being healthy extends beyond physical activity and nutrition,” Haberl says, “and it includes other factors such as tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. In the tool you’ll find questions about all of these areas.”

The online tool, which is free, is available at www.iowahealthieststate.com. A number of Iowa schools and businesses have already taken the assessment as part of a pilot project. Among them is: the Red Oak Senior High School; Wesley Life; Houghton State Bank; CDS Global, and RDG Planning and Design.

Answers are scored and provide immediate feedback on how Iowa schools, workplaces and communities support or put up roadblocks to the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual health of Iowans.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, July 6th 2015

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS ,Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs Police say a bullet someone fired into the air wounded a 7-year-old boy who was watching fireworks with his grandparents. When the boy started crying and complaining about shoulder pain Saturday night, his grandparents initially thought he’d been hurt by fireworks. But while treating the wound, the boy’s grandmother discovered a .223 caliber bullet in the wound, which was about ¼-inch deep. The boy was treated at a local hospital and released.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary Sunday morning was recaptured several hours later in Illinois. The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Kestner was arrested by the Illinois State Police roughly 100 miles from the prison in Fort Madison, Iowa.

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — An Iowa girl has drowned during a family gathering on a Wisconsin island on the Mississippi River. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says 2-year-old Bryle (BRIGH’-lee) Morgan of Waterloo, Iowa died early Sunday at an Iowa City hospital.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — After 50 years of marriage, one Iowa woman found the perfect gift for her husband: a kidney. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Jan Maulsby donated one of her two kidneys to her husband Mike on Thursday. Family members say both are recovering well after the surgery. Mike Maulsby has been undergoing dialysis treatments for about a year while waiting for a kidney donation, but that takes an average of three to five years.

Des Moines man arrested in Stuart on a robbery charge thanks in-part to special law enforcement training

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July 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater credits a deputies’ special training in information gathering and sharing in making an arrest last week. Vandewater says at about 1:25 p.m., Tuesday June 30th, an Adair County Sheriff’s Deputy and Detectives from the Des Moines Police Department arrested 33-year old Johnny Saenz Jr., of Des Moines, at the Phillips 66 Food Mart on the south side of Interstate 80 in Stuart. Saenz, was charged with Robbery in the First Degree and is being held in the Polk County Jail. He is alleged to have robbed the First Class Credit Union in Des Moines on June 24th.

Vandewater says in early April this year, he sent a deputy to a two week L.E.I.N, or Law Enforcement Intelligence Network, school. While knowing the deputies’ being away from his local duties for that length of time is a bit of a burden for a small office, the Sheriff said they had needed to “bite the bullet” for a long time. They made some scheduling adjustments and made it work.

The primary goal of LEIN is information sharing. The deputy who arrested Saenz had just come back to work after having been off a week on vacation. Another deputy and the Greenfield Police Department had contact with Saenz in the middle of the preceding week in Greenfield. The LEIN-trained deputy learned of this, and while going through his LEIN information, he learned that Saenz was a suspect in the First Class Credit Union Robbery.

The LEIN deputy then contacted Des Moines Detectives and they initiated an investigation into Saenz’ current location, which culminated in his arrest in the Phillips 66 Food Mart parking lot. Vandewater says “The arrest of Saenz validates my belief that we have long needed to send a deputy to LEIN school. The criminal element is highly mobile and our ability to communicate and share information effectively and efficiently with other agencies is critical in the 21st century”.

For more information about L.E.I.N, go to http://www.dps.state.ia.us/intell/lein/index.htm

Iowa 2-year-old drowns during gathering on Wisconsin island

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July 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — An Iowa girl has drowned during a family gathering on a Wisconsin island on the Mississippi River. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says 2-year-old Bryle Morgan, of Waterloo, Iowa, died early Sunday at an Iowa City hospital.

According to the initial investigation, the child’s family was preparing for a group picture on an island on the Wisconsin side near Waupeton, Iowa, late Saturday afternoon. Bryle’s mother took her back to the boat to retrieve an item. When the mother got out of the boat, the girl was missing. Bryle was found moments later under a boat in the water.

Detective Rick Place says Bryle was wearing a life jacket before the incident, but it was removed for the group picture. He says there’s no indication of foul play.

Fatal hit and run near Logan Saturday night

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July 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person is dead following a hit-and-run accident late Saturday night, near Logan. The Logan Herald-Observer says according to Logan Police Chief Aaron Brensel, officers were on patrol when they saw debris and clothing on Highway 127 at around 11-p.m., Saturday, near the north exit of the Logan-Magnolia High School. An investigation resulted in the discovery of a woman’s body. The female was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was being withheld, pending notification of family.

KETV in Omaha reports the accident happened nearly half an hour after the town’s fireworks show, which was near Logan-Magnolia High School. Neighbors said someone pulled out of the high school parking lot, erratically spinning the car’s tires at about the time the woman was struck and killed. Residents who watched the scene said at first it appeared the driver appeared concerned, but fled northbound out of town.

The Police Chief said authorities identified a suspect and impounded the vehicle, but there’s no word on any arrest. The Iowa State Patrol is conducting an investigation into the incident, with assistance from the Logan Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff Office, the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, and Logan Fire and Rescue.

Accident in Creston Sat. night

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July 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Creston Saturday night resulted in $3,500 damage, but no one was injured. Authorities say a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country van was traveling east on West Adams Street at around 10:15-p.m., and had stopped because of traffic congestion at the intersection with North Lincoln Street, when the van was hit from behind by a 2010 Honda Insight.

The driver of the car, 27-year old Amanda Jean Putzier, of Creston, told authorities she didn’t notice the van, driven by 34-year old Corey Wayne Bisgard, of Ankeny, had stopped. The woman accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake when she got too close, the action of which resulted in the collision. There were no citations issued.

Inmate escaped from Iowa’s maximum security prison is captured

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July 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison this (Sunday) morning, was captured about 100 miles away, south of Geneseo, Illinois.

Justin James Kestner

Justin James Kestner

The Department of Public Safety notified the facility of his capture after 10 a.m., the officer said.

Iowa Department of Corrections spokesperson Fred Scaletta says 25-year-old Justin Kestner had been last seen at 1:30 a.m. during the routine count of the inmates. He was discovered missing at 4:45 a.m. Kestner is serving a 10 year prison sentence stemming from a 2009 theft charge out of Woodbury County. He robbed a Sioux City convenience store.

(WQAD/Radio Iowa)