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Iowa reports first cantaloupe-related illness

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State health officials say a northwest Iowa woman is the state’s first reported case of someone becoming ill after eating a cantaloupe tainted with listeria. The Iowa Department of Public Health says in a news release Wednesday the woman was pregnant at the time she became ill and suffered a miscarriage. State health officials say the woman has recovered. The woman had eaten a cantaloupe purchased at an Iowa store. It’s the state’s first case linked to the multi-state outbreak of listeria linked to a Colorado farm. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the state’s medical director, says while all affected cantaloupe should be off store shelves, more illnesses may be reported because it can take two months for symptoms to develop. Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.

Lincoln man sentenced to life for meth conviction

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A 43-year-old Lincoln man with at least six aliases has been sentenced to life in federal prison for dealing drugs.Nebraska’s U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Javier Garcia-Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. There is no parole under federal sentencing guidelines. Garcia-Hernandez was convicted of the charge in June. Federal prosecutors were able to determine that Garcia-Hernandez had three prior felony drug convictions from Iowa, South Dakota and Texas, all under different names. The amount of drugs for which Garcia-Hernandez was held responsible and his prior drug convictions meant his mandatory minimum sentence was life in prison.

Standby postal workers could make $1.7 million

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Forty postal workers in Sioux City could still collect a total of over $1.7 million a year in salaries even though their office recently closed. The U.S. Postal Service mail-processing facility closed on Friday. But officials agreed to a four-year union contract with those workers in May. The Des Moines Register reports the total average costs of those 40 standby employees could tops $2.88 million a year once benefits are factored in. That number slightly exceeds the estimated $2.8 million annual savings from merging the center’s functions with one in Sioux Falls, S.D. Postal spokesman Richard Watkins says closing the facility still makes sense financially. That’s because it’s likely the majority of the 40 standby employees will be relocated to other postal jobs.

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Area teen arrested on drug charges

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Villisca teen was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials report 16-year old Nicholas J. Farwell was taken into custody at around 3-a.m., for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His arrest took place following a traffic stop at 250th and Q Avenue.

During a search of Farwell’s vehicle, deputies discovered several items of drug paraphernalia. In addition to the drug paraphernalia charge, Farwell was cited for violating his graduated driver’s license. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and processed before being released to the custody of a parent.

Bluffs Workshops teach kids to be safer when interacting online

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A program designed to help young internet users stay safe online was the subject of a workshop last night (Tuesday) for parents and students in Council Bluffs. Shannon Seeger, spokeswoman for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition or i-Keep-Safe, says children are growing up in a world where their social life is coordinated through interactions on-line or through a cell phone. Seeger says kids need to be reminded how to act and interact. “Keeping and maintaining a positive reputation, keeping your personal information to yourself, also, when you interact with people, how to be a citizen about it,” she says.

Children need to be aware of predators, cyber-bullying, harassment and other threats. While the Internet can be a great place to connect with friends, Seeger says some people use social networking sites to humiliate and degrade others. “It doesn’t just deal with bullying, it’s harassment of all kinds, child-to-child harassment, parent-on-teacher, child-on-teacher,” she says. “There are many, many different variations on cyber-bullying.”

Seeger says there are increasing reports of children missing school, dropping out and event taking their own lives because of non-stop bullying. “One-million children were cyber-bullied last year on Facebook alone,” she says. “That doesn’t take into count all of the other social media and all the networking and messaging that children are doing back and forth.”

The first workshop Tuesday in Council Bluffs was for teachers only and was directed at helping to teach their students to be responsible online. The second workshop last night was for parents and students, urging them to start their own at-home programs for safe, healthy and ethical internet use. Learn more at: www.ikeepsafe.org

(Radio Iowa)

Arrest follows accident in Adams County

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested late Tuesday night in Montgomery County following an investigation into an assault and personal injury accident. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Kiley B. Caron, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 10:40-p.m. at 5th Avenue and 1st Street.

Caron was found following his flight from the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident which occurred in Adams County. Authorities say he was visibly intoxicated, and emitted a strong odor of alcohol. Caron failed his preliminary breath test and was taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication.

He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Villisca teen wrecks pickup after brakes fail

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October 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Villisca teen escaped injury Tuesday night, when the pickup he was driving ran into a ditch and hit an embankment. 16-year old Damon Tyler Sunderman, of Villisca, told Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officials he was traveling east on 250th Street, and approaching the intersection with Highway 71, when he applied the brakes, which apparently failed.

The 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup he was driving went through the intersection and into the east ditch before coming to rest against the embankment. The accident, which happened about one-half mile north of Villisca, occurred at around 8:45-p.m.

The pickup, owned by Brad Sunderman, of Villisca, was considered a total loss.

Earling man arrested for supplying booze to minors

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October 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say an Earling man was arrested last week, for allegedly supplying alcohol to persons under the legal age. The incident allegedly occurred on May 28th. 21-year old Cody Betances was taken into custody September 28th on an active Shelby County warrant. Betances was brought to the Shelby County Jail. He posted a $1,000 bond on Monday.

A pre-trial hearing will take place October 17th in Shelby County District Court, with his trial set for November 15th.