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Deluge of rain expected tonight – NWS says be prepared!

News, Weather

September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In a update late this (Tuesday) morning, officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines said “MAJOR rainfall likely for many tonight!”  A widespread 2″ to 4″ of rain is likely for much of Iowa. This may lead to flash flooding and river flooding at many Iowa locations this evening into tomorrow morning. Locations from Atlantic eastward could see anywhere from 3-to 5-inches of rain during the period.

Anticipated rainfall over the next 24-hours. (NWS graphic) - click on image to enlarge.

Anticipated rainfall over the next 24-hours. (NWS graphic) – click on image to enlarge.

Most flash flood fatalities occur at night because people cannot gauge the depth of the water. When in doubt, remember to turn around, don’t drown. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all but the far west and southwestern counties in Iowa, from 7-p.m. through early Wednesday morning.

Family quarrel in Clarinda leads to 2 arrests

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A quarrel between family members late Sunday night in Clarinda led to the arrest of two people. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says officers were dispatched to 312 North 20th Street at around 11:15-p.m.  The officers were sent to investigate a report that 38-year old  Jason William McCollum, who lives at the address, had been threatened with a handgun during a family quarrel.

Police subsequently arrested 23-year old Tera Dawn Lutz, of Clarinda, for going armed with intent, aggravated assault, and illegal carrying of a concealed weapon. The complaint alleges the woman displayed a handgun during a family quarrel. Brothers said his officers also arrested 56-year old Terry Lynn Layne, for aggravated assault.

An investigation determined Layne and McCollum reside at the residence and had been involved in an argument earlier in the day on Sunday, and that Layne had eventually left the residence. Layne and Lutz returned to the residence later in the day on Sunday to retrieve some personal property at which time Lutz allegedly displayed a handgun and pointed it at the male who resides at the residence.

McCollum was not injured during the incident and no shots were fired. A small caliber handgun that was believed to have been used by Lutz was recovered. Lutz and Layne were taken into custody without incident. They were booked into the Page County Jail and held on $5,000 bond, pending an appearance before the Page County Magistrate. The matter has been referred to the Page County Attorney’s office for review and the filing of formal charges.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 9/9/14

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston man arrested on sexual abuse warrant

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Monday evening on a Polk County warrant for Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree. Creston Police say 24-year old Bud Wade Nutt was arrested at a residence in the 400 block of West Mills Street, at around 7:50-p.m.   Nutt was held without bond and turned over to authorities with the Des Moines Police Department.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 9/9/14

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Council Bluffs man arrested in Red Oak for parole violation

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Pottawattamie County man early this (Tuesday) morning. 27-year old Andrew Eugene Maybee, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at around 3:25-a.m. on a valid Page County warrant for Parole Violation. Maybee was transported to Clarinda, where he was being held in the Page County jail without bond.

Flash Flood Watch issued for most of Iowa tonight thru Wed.

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

Counties shown in green are included in the Flash Flood Watch. (9/9-10)

Counties shown in green are included in the Flash Flood Watch. (9/9-10)

356 AM CDT TUE SEP 9 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7-P.M. THIS EVENING THROUGH 7-A.M. WEDNESDAY.

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL IOWA TONIGHT…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 3 INCHES OR MORE POSSIBLE.

FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE REGION. SIGNIFICANT PONDING IN URBAN AREAS IS POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION…SMALL STREAMS MAY RISE ABOVE THEIR BANKS AND CAUSE FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS INCLUDING ROADWAYS. FLASH FLOODING AT NIGHT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

SW IA Hospital sues Mills County for inmate medical treatment

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An inconsistent interpretation of Iowa law is sending a Red Oak hospital’s medical bill lawsuit against Mills County to district court. Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Attorney Tom Stamets told The Daily NonPareil, the facility is suing Mills County for just over $17,246 – the amount of bills accumulated by about 10 female inmates who were transferred from Mills County and received treatment at the hospital in 2013.

Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said while the Eighth Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court rulings have constitutionally required health care for inmates, the law does not make it clear who should foot the bill. Stamets said the hospital is asking the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of the county, to pay for the medical bills. Under Iowa law, it is the duty of the “keeper of each jail” or a sheriff to “furnish each prisoner with necessary bedding, clothing, towels, fuel and medical aid.”

Stamets said two Iowa Supreme Court cases call for counties to take responsibility for inmates arrested in their jurisdictions. Those cases, he said set the standard to define “furnish” as “make available.” However, it remains unclear whether “make available” means “payment.”

Mills County does not house female prisoners because the current jail does not have a way to separate male and female inmates. Until the Mills County Law Enforcement Center and Jail, now under construction and which can house female prisoners, opens, female inmates will be taken to the Adams County Jail. In December 2013, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors told Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson to no longer accept inmates from Mills County.

Mills County pays Montgomery County $55 per day for each prisoner, according to Hansen. The counties do not have an existing contract for who is responsible for inmate medical expenses. Both sides are going through initial legal proceedings. A court date has not been set.

Manpower survey: 95% of Iowa companies to increase or maintain staff levels through end of 2014

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A fairly upbeat job market is anticipated in Iowa over the final three months of the year, according to a new survey released today (Tuesday). Manpower spokesperson Karen Miller says only four-percent of the employers surveyed in Iowa expect to decrease staffing levels between October and December. “We’ve got 20-percent of the companies we interviewed planning to hire more employees and 75-percent expect to maintain their current staff levels,” Miller said.

Those results are good for a “Net Employment Outlook” of 16-percent for the fourth quarter of 2014. That’s down slightly from 18-percent in the third quarter survey, but it compares very favorably to Q-4 one year ago. “Last year, we had a Net Employment Outlook of 11-percent,” Miller said. Iowa’s job market is looking better the nationwide outlook.

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed in the U.S., Manpower found 19-percent expect to add to their workforces, while 7-percent expect a decline in their payrolls between October and December.

(Radio Iowa)

Six regions win grants for health care improvement

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A program that is designed to improve the health care of what are called “underserved” patients has been expanded this year. Iowa Primary Care Association C-E-O, Ted Boesen, says six regions of the state will receive grant money to build local partnerships to connect patients to community resources to overcome barriers in their treatment. “Health care delivery resources are sometimes spent more wisely if some of the determinate of their health — like housing and transportation and understanding their situations better — is more a function of what happens,” Boesen says. He says the local partnerships called “Community Care Coordination” ensure the issues outside the doctor’s office or hospital are taken care of.

“They’ll actually work with the primary care practices that see these patients, kind of connect with them, and then they’ll connect with the social services…that provide the needed care. They’ll be kind of the conduit between the patients, the practices and some of the services available in the community,” Boesen says. The program started last year in Cerro Gordo and Webster County and Boesen says they learned lessons from the first year.

“We really kind of downsized the amount of money each grantee got so we could have implementation opportunities, but we could also have developmental opportunities,” Boesen says. The Iowa Legislature provided more than 900-thousand dollars in funding for the program.

Here is a list of the types of grants the recipients:
Implementation Grants – Implementation initiatives will deploy a Community Care Coordination team to support primary care practices in providing services for their highest need patients by addressing gaps in care, transitions of care, and connection to community resources.
· Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa – to serve Cerro Gordo County -($200,000)
· Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital – to serve Cass, Mills, and Pottawattamie ($150,000)
· Seasons Center – to serve Clay and Sioux counties ($200,000)
· Webster County Health Department – to serve Buena Vista, Calhoun Webster, Hamilton Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, and Wright counties ($200,000)

Developmental Grants – Developmental initiatives will assess and develop a plan to provide assistance to local primary care and other health care providers to meet the unique needs of their highest risk patients, establish connections with other community resources, and provide education to their community partners about Community Care Coordination.
· Allen Memorial Hospital to serve Black Hawk County ($50,000)
· Dallas County Nursing Services to serve Dallas County ($88,784)

Learning Collaborative Stipends – Three additional regions were awarded $10,000 stipends to participate in the Care Coordination Learning Collaborative. These three organizations will join the other grantees in a team-based effort to share experiences and best practices to become more patient-focused and efficient.
· Healthy Henry County Community
· YMCA Healthy Living (Des Moines)
· Shenandoah Medical Center

(Radio Iowa)