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Study says death rates worse at rural hospitals


April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new study says the death rates in small rural hospitals are worse than at most hospitals. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that the death rate in remote hospitals got worse between 2002 and 2010. The death rate at other hospitals improved over that same time period. Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and Kansas are the states with the most critical-access hospitals.

Nebraska has 65 of the smaller, rural hospitals that qualify for special treatment from Medicare because they provide critical access to care. The study’s lead author, Doctor Karen Joynt, says it may be harder for rural hospitals to afford the latest technology and advancements that are helping other hospitals.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 8th 2013


April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There are just four weeks to go before the scheduled last day of this year’s Iowa General Assembly, but when lawmakers will actually pack up and leave the state Capitol is anyone’s guess. Issues like new education spending, property tax reductions and Medicaid expansion remain unresolved. A key deadline is June 30th, because a budget must be in place before a new fiscal year begins on July 1st.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are still searching for one of the two men who escaped from an eastern Iowa jail this weekend. The Clinton County Sheriff’s office says Kendrell Keith and Kyle Julian escaped around 4:40 p.m. Saturday. Both men are 18 years old. Keith was captured at 11:49 p.m. Saturday in Clinton. Julian had not been found as of Sunday morning.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The Wapello County sheriff’s office is investigating the apparent theft of 27 cows near Ottumwa. Wapello County Sheriff Chief Deputy Don Phillips says the cattle were stolen sometime during a four-month period during the winter. The farmer called the sheriff’s office Wednesday after doing a herd count.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is accused of hanging one of her boyfriend’s three dogs in their garage. Twenty-eight-year-old Sheena Cornwell allegedly told police after her arrest on Saturday that she killed the dog because it was old and sick. Cornwell’s boyfriend told police he wanted to get a restraining order against her.

2 Montgomery County field fires occurred Sunday


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from three Montgomery County area departments battled two separate field fires Sunday afternoon. According to Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman, the Villisca Fire Dept.  fought the first blaze shortly after 1:50-p.m., at 170th and W Avenue. They were able to contain the flames in a short time. The second field fire happened not long after the first, near 130th and M Avenue. Elliott and Red Oak fire fighting crews were on scene for roughly 2-to 3 hours.

130th & M fire (Brian Hamman photo)

170th and W Avenue fire (Brian Hamman photo)

Fire near 130th & M in Montgomery County (Brian Hamman photo)

170th & W Avenue fire (Brian Hamman photo)

Grass/Brush fires Sunday in Cass County


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic and Cumberland were busy Sunday afternoon, fighting two separate fires fanned by the wind.

Atlantic Fire Fighters work to contain a brush fire Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Tim Cappel via Atlantic Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page)

The Atlantic Fire Department responded to a brush fire just after 1-p.m. Sunday, near 65597 Troublesome Creek Road (Just east of Highway 71). The fire reportedly started as a controlled burn that got out of control. And, the Cumberland Fire Department fought a grass fire at around 12:30-p.m., near 690th and Memphis Road. No injuries were reported.

And, at around 6:30-p.m., Sunday, firefighters from Massena were called to the scene of a grass fire one-mile east of Highway 148, on Yankton Road.

Red Oak woman arrested for 5th degree theft


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest Sunday afternoon of 82-year old Lois Marilyn Nelson, of Red Oak. Nelson was taken into custody on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $300 bond.

Red Oak woman arrested on burglary charges


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a joint investigation between the sheriff’s office and Red Oak Police has resulted in the arrest of a Red Oak woman on burglary charges. 32-year old Holly Ann Kelly faces three counts of burglary in the third degree, following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of west 1st Avenue, in Red Oak. She also faces Red Oak P-D Serious Misdemeanor charges that include Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana.

Kelly was arrested Saturday evening brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where she was being held on $5,000 bond.

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Red Oak Man Arrested


April 6th, 2013 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest on Friday of 18-year old Eligah Cole Newkirk of Red Oak on charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Burglary 3rd Degree. Newkirk was arrested and held on $2,000 bond.

Mills County to institute a Burn Ban on Monday

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April 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Emergency Management officials in Mills County report a countywide ban on open burning will go into effect on Monday, April 8th, beginning at 4-p.m.  According Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst, the ban will prohibit open burning in all cities within Mills County until further notice, under Chapter 100 of the Iowa Code.

The decision to institute a Burn Ban on Monday came after Emergency Management officials polled the local fire department Chiefs in the county. The chiefs agreed to the plan, which was submitted to and approved by, the State Fire Marshall’s Office in Des Moines. Under a Burn Ban, residents of Mills County must discontinue the burning of yard waste, piled tree debris or other items. Small recreational camp fires will be permitted, but only if they are built in a fire place of brick, metal or heavy one inch wire mesh.

An application from your local Fire District Chief can be obtained and submitted to allow a permit for open burning if your local fire official believes it’s safe to do so. After approval of permit, several county entities are informed to lessen the danger of false alarms. Violation of a burn ban is punishable by a simple citation, or, an arrest for reckless use of fire or disobeying a burn ban.

For more information on burn bans and the law contact the State Fire Marshall’s Office at 515 725-6145

Burglary in Red Oak


April 5th, 2013 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department received a report of a burglary today (Friday) at a residence located within the 700 Block of E. Reed St. The victim, James Leroy Bourn, reported that the suspect(s) forced an exterior door open to gain entry into the residence. This caused approximately $200 damage to the door. Bourn is still compiling a list of items taken from the residence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500 or the Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 800-432-1001.