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Motorcyclist injured in Pott. Co. crash

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August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in western Pottawattamie County resulted in one person being sent to the hospital in critical condition. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the accident happened at around 1-p.m. Sunday, near 205th Street and Hawk Lane, between Council Bluffs and Underwood. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Additional information is likely to be provided by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, later this morning.

Iowa teen dies when thrown from pickup truck bed

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August 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 15-year-old Iowa girl died after she was thrown out of the bed of the pickup truck she was riding in. Authorities said Alexi Vaul, of Sioux City, died Saturday after an accident in Dakota Dunes, S.D. Authorities say Vaul was riding in the back of the Chevrolet truck and talking through a window to 16-year-old William Murray, who was driving when the accident happened. The truck hit a curb and left the road, and the impact sent Vaul flying. Vaul suffered fatal injuries. The driver and two passengers riding inside the truck’s cab were not hurt. Murray is from McCook Lake, S.D.

Harlan man arrested on drug charges

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August 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports one person was arrested last Monday (August 20th), on drug charges. Officials say 57-year old Bradley Norton, of Harlan, faces two-counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a single count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. Norton was taken into custody after officers were called to a disturbance in the 700 block of Broadway Street.

Sunnyside Skate Park Meeting Rescheduled

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August 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The meeting for the Sunnyside Skate Park in Atlantic that was scheduled for 10:00am Saturday has been rescheduled to Monday, August 27th at 6:00pm at the skate park.  The meeting had to be moved due to the rain on Saturday.  Anyone intending to utilize the skate park facility should plan on attending and parents are encouraged to attend as well.

 

Iowa man dies in Omaha, Neb., crash

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August 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say an Iowa man has died in a semitrailer crash in eastern Omaha. Police say 26-year-old Richard Anderson III, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was driving the semitrailer when it rolled onto its side on a ramp entering Interstate 80 and caught fire. Several passers-by attempted to get the driver out of the cab, but couldn’t. Police says diesel fuel spilled and the fire spread quickly, engulfing the truck. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. Investigators say the truck had been hauling debris away from Rosenblatt Stadium, the former College World Series baseball venue that is being torn down.

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August 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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US Attorney says 13 indicted in Omaha drug case

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August 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Nebraska says 13 people have been accused in a federal indictment of conspiring with a Mexican drug cartel to deal methamphetamine in Omaha — including the owner of a south Omaha auto dealer. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg (gihlj) said Thursday that 12 of those indicted have been arrested or were already behind bars for other offenses. She said six are in the U.S. illegally. The indictments were announced the same day that officers from eight different law enforcement agencies in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa executed search warrants in the case, including one at Gomez Auto Sales. Gilg says authorities seized 30 cars from the lot, believed to be a front for the drug ring. If convicted, those indicted face up to life in prison.

Council Bluffs bank robbed Friday

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August 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities are investigating the robbery of a bank in Council Bluffs. According to Bluffs Police, a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and a ski mask walked into the American National Bank at 2650 W. Broadway at around 10-a.m. The man, brandishing a gun, jumped over the counter and demanded money from a teller before leaving through the bank’s east doors. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash. One of the bundles contained a dye-pack that exploded as the suspect was on foot.

Police officers found a several yards long money trail along Avenue A, and followed it back toward West Broadway, but they were unable to locate the suspect. The incident remains under investigation.

Omaha man arrested for OWI following Pott. Co. high speed cycle crash

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August 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Nebraska man was arrested Tuesday night after he crashed his motorcycle into a ditch. Officials say 55-year old Glenn Allen, of Omaha, was traveling at a high rate of speed on his 1996 Ducati M900 cycle when he lost control. The bike crashed at around 9:50-p.m., and came to rest in the west ditch off of Interstate 29 southbound, about 4.5-miles north of Council Bluffs. The cycle was totaled in the crash, with the damage estimated at $4,000. Allen refused medical treatment at the scene. He was charged with OWI/1st offense, Failure to Maintain Control, and Failure to have a Valid License or permit to operate a motor vehicle.

IA Dept. of Public Health says Mosquito repellant still necessary

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August 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) say even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the recent West Nile virus outbreak as the largest ever seen in the U.S., Iowa West Nile virus case reports have been consistent with recent years. The  (IDPH) says it has received five confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness and several additional cases are currently being investigated. The five confirmed cases include one each in Grundy, Linn, Lyon, Page, and Plymouth counties. All patients have recovered.

While overall mosquito activity has been lower this year, likely due to the extremely dry spring and summer, officials say the cases illustrate West Nile virus is circulating and causing illness. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “Iowans may think the use of mosquito spray while outdoors is unnecessary because there seem to be few mosquitoes bothering them.” But Quinlisk says they’re urging residents and visitors to continue the use of insect repellent with DEET while outdoors, to protect against mosquitoes which may be carrying the West Nile virus, and ticks, which may carry Lyme disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to use insect repellent when outdoors. Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2-months-old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3-years-old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

While West Nile virus case reports so far have been consistent with recent years, there has been a slight increase in Lyme diseases case reports. 113 cases of Lyme disease have been confirmed thus far in 2012. There were 100 confirmed cases in 2011.