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Blakesburg woman injured in Pott County crash

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from southern Iowa was injured when her SUV crashed Monday afternoon in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 30-year old Kendra Schultz, of Blakesburg, was transported to Alegent Hospital by Missouri Valley Rescue, after her 1999 Toyota 4 Runner slid-off the curve as it was merging from Interstate 29 southbound to I-680. The vehicle hit a light pole on the north side of the road and came to rest in the north ditch. The accident happened just after 2-p.m. Officials say Schultz was wearing her seat belt.

Car jacking suspect arrested in Council Bluffs

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man suspected in a car jacking incident late Monday morning. Authorities says at around 11:30-a.m., officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart 3201 Manawa Center Drive in reference to a Car Jacking at that location. As the suspect, a transient identified as 31-year old Joey D. Guillory, fled the area in the stolen vehicle (a blue 2007 Pontiac G-6), he struck another vehicle in traffic in the 3800 Block of Metro Drive. At the intersection of Highway 92 & East Manawa Drive, the stolen car hit the back of a vehicle driven by Robert Shoemaker.

As Guillory continued Southbound on East Manawa Drive, he was followed by Shoemaker. Near the intersection of East Manawa Drive and Navajo Street Guillory lost control of the car, which spun out. Guillory then used the stolen car to intentionally ram into the front of Shoemaker’s vehicle. When the Pontiac became disabled, Guillory was taken into custody by officers, as the arrived on the scene.

During the investigation it was determined that Guillory was initially confronted by Wal-Mart Security who witnessed him attempting to steal a shopping cart full of merchandise from the business. When  confronted the man brandished a knife at the Security Officers and took off running through the parking lot, where he stole the car from his victim, at knife point.

Joey D. Guillory was arrested for 2 counts of Robbery 1st Degree and Aggravated Assault. The merchandise was recovered at the business and is valued at $830.

Cass County Extension offering Farm Bill Computer Lab Workshops on January 8th

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Extension is offering Farm Bill Computer Lab workshops to help local residents get the most out of online decision-making tools using current farm data and price projections to help guide their decision making regarding programs and options available through the new Farm Bill. Officials say participants in the workshops will be asked to bring certain farm data, enter that data into online decision tools, choose anticipated price scenarios and evaluate possible outcomes based on program choices. Participants should be able to increase their confidence when making choices regarding base reallocation, yield update and farm bill program selection for farms.ISU Extension

Workshops in Atlantic are scheduled for Thursday, January 8th and will be held at Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic. Classes will meet in the computer lab, and computers will be supplied for all participants. Currently, there are two available workshop times on the 8th- an afternoon session from 1-4 PM, and an evening session from 6-9 PM. Tim Eggers, ISU Extension Field Agricultural
Economist, will be on hand to explain the decision tools and walk participants through the data entry and price selection options. Workshops are scheduled for three hour time slots, but some participants may need less time than this, depending on the number of farms entered and the number of scenarios run.

Pre-Registration is required at least 2 days in advance by calling 712-243-1132. Registration is limited to the number of computer workspaces available, so please register early to save your seat. There is a $5 fee required for registration to offset program costs. Please call the Cass County Extension Office or email keolson@iastate.edu<mailto:keolson@iastate.edu> with any program questions.

Additional Farm Bill Computer Lab workshops in Southwest Iowa are scheduled at Southwestern Community College in Creston on Wednesday, January 7th or at Southwestern Community College in Red Oak on either Wednesday, January 14 or Wednesday, January 28. For more information, or to register for these sites, please call 877-596-7243.

Iowa officials: Inmate leaves work release

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say they’re looking for an Iowa inmate who failed to return to a work release facility in Council Bluffs. The state Department of Corrections says 31-year-old Roger Eugene Madsen was placed on escape status Sunday after he didn’t return from a scheduled program appointment. He was required to check in at a work release facility in Council Bluffs.

Madsen is serving a 20-year sentence on multiple offenses, including first-degree theft and assault. His sentence began in 2009 and he was transferred to work release on Dec. 10.

4 accidents in Atlantic, Saturday

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police and rescue personnel were busy Saturday, responding to four separate accidents. The first happened at around 12:20-a.m. at 10th and Plum Streets, when a vehicle driven by Jason Mullin, of Atlantic, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Amanda Cooper, also of Atlantic. The accident happened as both vehicles were traveling east on 10th. Following the collision, Mullin left the scene. Cooper followed him and called police once both vehicles were parked. Mullin was subsequently arrested for OWI/1st offense and booked into the Cass County Jail. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $5,000.

The A-PD says at around 4-a.m. Saturday, a vehicle driven by Adam Fisher, of Lincoln, NE, was traveling west on 29th Street from Highway 6, when Fisher failed to negotiate a curve as the road turns south onto Nishna Street. The vehicle ran off the road and hit a metal livestock chute. No injuries were reported. Damage from the collision amounted to $17,000.  Fisher was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Just before Noon, Saturday, two people were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital after vehicles driven by Allen Thelen, of Anita, and Michael Albert, of Atlantic, collided at the intersection of 7th Street and the Wal-Mart access drive. Officials say Thelen was traveling north on the access road and turned right onto eastbound 7th Street. When Thelen braked, his vehicle was struck in the rear by Michael Albert’s eastbound vehicle. Albert had the green light, according to Police. Thelen, and a passenger in his vehicle, were taken to CCMH.  Damage from the crash amounted to $11,000. No citations were issued.

And at around 3:50-p.m., Saturday, a rear-end collision occurred at 7th and Walnut Streets in Atlantic. Authorities say vehicles driven by Stephanie Blum, of Walnut, and Kegan McManigal, of Griswold, were both traveling westbound when Blum stopped for the red light. McManigal was unable to stop in-time. She was cited for Failure to Stop in an Assured Clear Distance. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $7,500.

Massena man arrested Saturday

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday, of 45-year old Bradley Leo Ranney, of Massena. Ranney was charged with Driving While Suspended and brought the Cass County Jail. He was released later that day on $300 bond.

Bluffs man arrested following an accident Saturday evening in Page County

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say a Pottawattamie County man was arrested following an investigation into an injury accident that happened Saturday evening about three-miles east of  Shenandoah, on Highway 2.

Robert Lee Bailey, Jr.

Robert Lee Bailey, Jr.

According to the report, deputies responded to the scene after being notified of a crash at around 5:50-p.m., Saturday near the intersection of Highway 2 and E Avenue. Their investigation showed  50-year old Robert Bailey Jr., of Council Bluffs, was traveling east on Highway 2 in a 2006 Ford Taurus, when he lost control of the car, which went onto the shoulder and partially into the ditch. Bailey over-corrected, sending the car back onto Highway 2 and across the center line of the road, where it struck a westbound 2006 Chevy pickup driven by 65-year old  Richard Runyon, of Shenandoah.

During the collision Runyon, suffered unknown injuries. He was flown to a Nebraska hospital by Life Net Helicopter. A passenger in Runyon’s pickup, 67-year old Dennis Duane Carlson, of rural Clarinda, also suffered unknown injuries, and was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Bailey refused medical treatment.

He was subsequently arrested for OWI 1st Offense. Bailey was unable to post bond and is currently being held in the Page County Jail, awaiting trial. He was also issued citations for Failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, Open container of alcohol, and Driving on the wrong side of a two way HWY. Both vehicles were a total loss.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Shenandoah Fire, Shenandoah Ambulance, and Life Net Helicopter service.

(12-p.m. News)

 

Influenza Spreads across Iowa

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

After weeks of low to moderate influenza levels in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports statewide surveillance indicates flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows cases of influenza have been confirmed by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) in every region of the state and the geographic reach of influenza is now categorized as ‘widespread,’ the highest level.

In the last reporting week, the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network indicated 130 influenza-related hospitalizations, mostly among those aged 64 or greater. Several flu outbreaks have been reported in long-term care facilities, especially in central and western Iowa. The most common flu virus circulating is the influenza A(H3N2) strain, although four different strains have been identified. In years when A(H3N2) viruses dominate, the flu season tends to be more severe with more hospitalizations and deaths. Based upon CDC’s national estimates, an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia cause an average of 1,000 deaths yearly in Iowa.

Officials say the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza; however, because some of the A(H3N2) viruses may only be partially covered in the vaccine, it’s even more important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Anti-viral medications are an important second line of defense to treat the flu in persons at highest risk of developing more severe illness. Anti-viral medications can make flu illness shorter and reduce the risk of ending up in the hospital or dying from influenza. Antivirals work best if started within 48 hours or sooner of when flu symptoms begin.

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or even death in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. (The “stomach bug” which causes diarrhea and vomiting is not caused by the influenza virus but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness.)

Influenza is not a ‘reportable disease’ in Iowa, which means doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a patient tests positive for influenza; however, IDPH conducts year-round influenza surveillance through the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network. This surveillance indicates what types of influenza viruses are circulating and how widespread influenza illness is. For more information about where and what kind of influenza is in Iowa, go to www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluHome.

Contact your health care provider or local health department to find out where the vaccine is available in your community or use the Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov.

Nebraska cities still waiting on flood money

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska cities along the Missouri River are still waiting for nearly $7.2 million to be reimbursed from state and federal agencies, more than 3 years after a 2011 flood.  The Omaha World-Herald reports five cities haven’t yet received payments between $275,000 and nearly $4 million. Omaha is owed the most at $3.6 million.

Grants from the Nebraska and Federal Emergency Management Agencies have helped pay for flood damage and recovery, but Nebraska still owes 43 percent of the nearly $17 million owed in flood claims. A NEMA official says processing claims takes a lot of time and work.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management has paid all but 5 percent of its $38.6 million in claims.

Group using bar napkins to combat drunken driving

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A group in Sioux City plans to distribute 36,000 bright yellow bar napkins that encourage people to avoid driving after drinking in the nights leading up to New Year’s Eve. It’s the latest campaign launched through Mercy Medical Center’s Reality Education Alcohol Prevention Program, otherwise known as REAP. The Sioux City Journal reports the napkins say, “Friends do whatever it takes to stop friends from driving drunk.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration, nearly 10,100 people were killed last year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Those deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.