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Farming accident report near Oakland (ages corrected 9:45-a.m.)

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a farming accident over the weekend northeast of Oakland, in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Riche says a Case model 275 tractor owned by David Lee Applegate, of Oakland, and driven by 16-year old Cory Reichart, of Oakland, was backing up to a trailer, under the direction of 18-year old Collin David Applegate, of Oakland.

As the tractor was backing up, Collin Applegate’s left leg got caught between the trailer and tractor, causing a severe, but non-life threatening injury. Sgt. Riche says the mans’ leg was nearly severed at the knee. He was flown by helicopter to Creighton University Hospital’s Trauma Center for treatment.

The accident happened at around 1:45-p.m. Saturday.

Bridge jumper still missing

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

There’s still no sign of a man who witnesses say jumped from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge linking Iowa and Nebraska, Friday evening. According to Police, the family of 19-year old Cory Criss heard from him just before authorities received a call of about someone jumping off the bridge at around 8:30 p.m. The family said Criss was suicidal.

Rescue crews and police spent more than two hours searching along both sides of the Missouri River and a rescue boat was launched Friday and again Saturday evening. Criss’ backpack was recovered, but there’s been no sighting of his remains.

Audubon City Council to discuss vacated street

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon is expected to act on a resolution tonight, calling for the disposal of a vacated portion of Davis Street, and the offering of property to adjacent property owners. The move will take place during the council’s regular session, which begins at 7-p.m.  The Audubon City Council will also discuss compensation practices, and, siding for the Police Office.

Two public hearings tonight in Massena

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two public hearings are on the agenda for this evening’s meeting of the Massena City Council. At 6:30, a hearing will be held with regard to housing rehabilitation and construction programs administered by the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), and, at 6:45, a hearing will take place with regard to a 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for wastewater collection systems improvement.

During the start of the regular session at 7-p.m., the Massena City Council will take action on approving the SWIPCO and CDBG applications, along with a contract for wastewater collection systems improvement. The council will also hear a presentation on rural water from a representative with SIRWA, and act on approving an agreement with Railroad Management, L.L.C and the City of Massena.

In other business, they’ll act on approving payment for blacktop service using funds from the Local Option Sales Tax and/or Betterment Fund, set the date for trick-or-treating, and discuss the demolition of a home at 208 East Cedar Street.

Nishna Valley Trails meeting

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A local trails group is inviting the public to attend tonight’s meeting in Atlantic. The Nishna Valley Trails Association will gather at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on East 14th Street, beginning at 6-p.m.

During the meeting, the group will hear from a representative with the Western Iowa Tourism Council, and, receive updates on the development of trails in the Atlantic area.

Train-Pedestrian fatal in Council Bluffs

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a fatal collision between a train and a pedestrian. Officials say they received a call at around 8:40-p.m., Sunday, about a person who had been hit by a train in the area of North 11th Street and Avenue C, in Council Bluffs.  Published reports have said a 45-year old man had tried to jump on-board a moving train, and suffered severe head trauma.

The unidentified victim was taken by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident remains under investigation by Council Bluffs Police, and no other details are being released at this time.

Official say beware of telemarketing scams

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

State officials are warning older Iowans and their families about deceptive telemarketing schemes. Linda Hildreth, with the Iowa Department on Aging, says many older Iowans who’ve been scammed out of money are too embarrassed or ashamed to let family members know.  “A lot of older individuals can be isolated because Iowa is so rural, so when they do get somebody calling them on the phone, they’re kind of excited to have conversation,” Hildreth said. “And these (telemarketers) are trained. They know how to play on people’s sympathies and use whatever they’re so-called weaknesses or vulnerabilities are.” Some of the warning signs that an older person may be a fraud victim include; receiving a lot of junk mail for contests or sweepstakes, frequent calls from strangers asking for charitable contributions or if they’re receiving cheap items in the mail such as pens and pencils, small appliances, jewelry or beauty products. Hildreth encourages Iowans to contact her office if they need help with an elderly family member who may be targeted.

“If you suspect something, we’d rather have you call us and find out there’s nothing to it…but unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there who perpetrate on older victims and persons with disabilities,” Hildreth said. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently announced an agreement that prevents a Virginia based telemarketing company from calling Iowans. He said the company, called “Products At Work,” misrepresented how they would use the money collected from selling various products. In one recorded call, a person claiming to be a volunteer said 100% of the company’s proceeds benefit paraplegics and amputee victims. Miller said both claims weren’t entirely true.

“We advise older Iowans to be suspicious about unsolicited calls from charities or others. They shouldn’t be fooled by sympathetic names or stories,” Miller said. Records show a 71-year-old Floyd County woman with alzheimer’s disease placed at least 13 orders with “Products At Work” within two years – including five separate orders for wind chimes, spending more than a $1,000. An 83-year-old Keokuk County woman placed 12 separate orders, totaling nearly $800 within 15 months. And a 66-year-old Clayton County woman placed ten orders for nearly $500 in just over a year-and-a-half.  For more information, surf to www.Aging.Iowa.gov., or call the Iowa Department on Aging at 515-725-3333.

(Radio Iowa)

Corps will hold meetings on Missouri River plan

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October 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is likely to get an earful when it holds public meetings on its plan for managing the Missouri River next year because  many people have criticized the way the agency handled this year’s record flooding. Several hundred thousand acres of land flooded along the Missouri River and hundreds of homes had to be evacuated. The fact that the flooding began this spring and continued into fall only made matters worse. The corps has said it had to release massive amounts of water from the dams along the river to deal with unexpectedly heavy spring rains and above-average snowpack. The corps will hold eight public meetings in cities along the river between Oct. 24 and Nov. 3.

No success in search for Missouri River jumper

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October 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities spent hours searching a stretch of the Missouri River after reports of a man jumping from a pedestrian bridge linking Nebraska and Iowa. Omaha police say witnesses saw the man jump just before 8:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities from the Omaha area and Council Bluffs, Iowa, spent more than two hours searching for the man without success. Police say the man had contacted a family member and may have been suicidal.

7AM Newscast 10-08-2011

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