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Man convicted of 1985 killing of Council Bluffs woman dies

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November 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An inmate convicted of a 1985 killing in Dallas County has died of liver disease. The Iowa Department of Corrections announced that 58-year-old Estel Wade Dunsmore died Tuesday at a prison hospice care unit in Coralville.

KCCI-TV reports Dunsmore was sentenced to life in prison after a conviction of first-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Vargas of Council Bluffs. Her body was found near Earlham.

3 from Iowa City injured during rollover accident in Pott. County

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November 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two adults and a child from eastern Iowa were injured during a rollover accident Tuesday night in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the driver of the vehicle, 24-year old Joshua Hindman, and his passengers, 24-year old Carissa Hindman and a 7-month old male, all from Iowa City, were transported by Missouri Valley Rescue to the hospital in Missouri Valley. All three  were properly restrained in the vehicle prior to the crash.

The Patrol says the 2005 Mazda Tribute SUV the trio was in was traveling westbound on Interstate 680 at around 9:30-p.m., when a deer ran onto the road. When the driver swerved to miss the animal and over-corrected, the SUV slide sideways across the number 2 lane and hit the metal posts and cable barrier before rolling over the cable barrier and down a steep bank through a small grove of trees before coming to rest on its wheels, with the right front tire off of the rim.

Turner honored for Atlantic Animal Shelter service

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman who has been instrumental in saving the lives of animals by contributing to their safety, health and welfare, was honored this (Tuesday) afternoon during a surprise gathering at the Buck Creek Dog Park located on the west side of the Schildberg Recreation Area, in Atlantic.

Mary Turner sits on the bench placed in her honor at the Buck Creek Dog Park.

Mary Turner sits on the bench placed in her honor at the Buck Creek Dog Park.

Mary Turner, who for over 15 years, volunteered her services and much of her own money to the Atlantic Animal Shelter, has a bench with a plaque in her honor, located just inside the gates to the Dog Park. Mary was accompanied to the Dog Park by her husband Larry. He acknowledged she spent “An awful lot of time and effort and her own money…our money…into [the Animal Shelter]. And that’s fine, because she really believed in what she was doing.” Mary Turner said “I still believe it. I see a dog and I want to help them. Larry won’t let me take them home,” to which he responded “We’ve got one .” That drew laughs from those in attendance.

IMG_20151124_134916Mary said while she appreciates the recognition, she did what she did…writing grants for the Animal Shelter, buying food for the animals, and caring for them…because those dogs needed her. She said “I did it because those dogs didn’t have a home. If you look at a sad, sorry dog that doesn’t have a home and really needs one, how can you not [care]?” Larry Turner said her efforts led to a lot of dogs being adopted by loving families, but Mary said there were a lot of volunteers contributed toward the cause of finding homes for the animals. She praised the way the shelter looks now, and how much better it is for the animals.

The animals also have air conditioning for the warm months. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said Mary was a person who “made things happen” for the Shelter and the Animals it houses.

Woman’s body pulled from Missouri River near Nebraska City

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a woman’s body has been pulled from the Missouri River just south of Nebraska City. The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Tuesday that the body was sighted and recovered Monday. Nebraska City radio station KNCY reports that a trapper notified authorities about finding the body north of the Omaha Public Power District plant around 6-p.m.

The patrol says the body hasn’t been identified. An autopsy has been ordered.

Alcohol treatment center for Native Americans discussed

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An activist is urging Sioux City and Woodbury County officials to open an alcohol treatment center for Native Americans. The Sioux City Journal reports that Frank LaMere told officials at a forum Monday that a facility could help lower the disproportionate number of Native Americans arrested for public intoxication in Sioux City.

The city did have a Native American Alcohol Treatment Program that was funded by the Indian Health Service before it closed in 2005. The meeting was a follow-up to a September round-table discussion that focused on what community leaders say is a growing problem of alcoholism and homelessness in Sioux City.

Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young said that a ban on single-can beer sales, which had been previously discussed to curb public intoxication, would not be possible because the state of Iowa regulates liquor sales.

Herzberg Now a Licensed Psychologist

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center (SWIMHC) have announced Sarah Herzberg is now a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Iowa. Herzberg has been with Cass County Health System for 19 years, and has been with SWIMHC for the last 11 years.

SarahHerzbergIn a press release, she said “The doctoral degree and licensure allow me to serve the community by doing something I truly love. I will be able to see a broader range of clients, and hopefully cut down on patients’ wait time for first-time appointments.”

Sarah Herzberg graduated from the CAM High School, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University, and recently completed a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her background is in Counseling Psychology with training in diagnosing and treating a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety and other chronic mental health issues. Sarah also supervises clinicians who provide care through the SWIMHC school-based mental health program.

Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center (SWIMHC) partners with Cass County Memorial Hospital to meet the mental health needs of children, adolescents and adults. The treatment team includes professionals in the disciplines of psychiatry, social work, psychology and psychiatric nursing.

Iowans traveling abroad are warned to stay vigilant

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans will be traveling across the state or across the country for Thanksgiving, but a few will be making international trips in the next week. The U-S State Department is issuing a rare global travel alert due to increased terrorist threats. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says America’s intelligence community is keeping closely attuned to any rumblings that may indicate trouble. “CIA, FBI use the word chatter,” Grassley says. “There’s a lot of chatter out there coming from all of the terrorist organizations that you can name, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, ISIS, probably a dozen more you could name, seems to be a lotta’ chatter.”

There are reportedly no specific threats directed at the United States, but officials are warning Americans to be more vigilant after recent multiple attacks around the world. “I think it’s reasonable to take it very serious,” Grassley says. “I hope nothing comes of it. We had the same thing July the 4th, not too much came out of it. That’s because the FBI was on top of things and arrested several people before they had an opportunity to do any damage.”

The alert from the State Department says travelers abroad should avoid large crowds and crowded places, and exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. Grassley says, “We saw what happened in Paris so I think we ought to listen to what the State Department says.”

The November 13th attacks on the French capitol for which ISIS claimed responsibility claimed 130 lives and injured hundreds. Other recent attacks struck in Denmark, Mali, Nigeria and Turkey. The travel alert will remain in place into late February.

(Radio Iowa)

Winterset woman arrested on Union County warrant

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Madison County was arrested Saturday at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff’s officials say 39-year old Jaqueliene Juatriene Clabaugh,  of Winterset, was arrested on a Union County Warrant for probation violation. Clabaugh was being held for Union County in the Ringgold County Jail, on $2000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/24/2015

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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IRS renews campaign to prevent identity theft

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Internal Revenue Service is launching a new campaign with the Iowa Department of Revenue and the state’s private sector tax industry to nudge Iowans into taking more precautions with their sensitive financial information. Christopher Miller, a spokesman for the I-R-S in Iowa, says identity thieves are becoming more sophisticated all the time and taxpayers need to keep up or they may become victims.

“We want to encourage people when they file their taxes at home and whenever they’re working with personal information at home, to use security software to protect their computers,” Miller says. “That includes firewalls and anti-virus protection.” Authorities say I-D thieves are using personal data from real taxpayers to create fake state and federal tax returns to claim real refunds. Miller says Iowans have to be on guard for crooks who are trolling to rip you off using telephone and email “phishing” cons.

“If you get a call from someone posing as an IRS agent and they threaten you with jail or lawsuits, it’s a scam, hang up,” Miller says. “We also want to encourage people to protect their personal information. Do not routinely carry your Social Security number.” Also, oversharing on social media gives identity thieves even more personal details. The new I-R-S campaign is called “Taxes. Security. Together.” and it aims to raise public awareness that even routine actions on the Internet and with personal electronic devices can affect the safety of financial and tax data.

“Your tax returns are sensitive data so you have to treat that information just like you would cash, don’t leave it laying around,” Miller says. “Properly dispose of old tax returns and other sensitive documents by shredding them before you put them in the trash.” The campaign includes several components, including YouTube videos, consumer-friendly Tax Tips each week and local events. Several IRS publications are being added or updated to help taxpayers and tax professionals at IRS.gov, state web sites and platforms used by the tax preparation community.

The campaign will continue through the April tax deadline. Learn more on the web at https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Taxes-Security-Together

(Radio Iowa)