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Greene County man drowns in Guthrie County Lake Saturday


June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Guthrie County early this (Monday) morning, released the name of a Greene County man who drowned in Lake Panorama Saturday evening. 54-year old Larry Blanchfield, of Churdan, died shortly after the incident occurred at around 5:20-p.m., Saturday.

Authorities say they received a 911 call from a cell phone at around 5:23-p.m., indicating there was a subject down in the water at Lake Panorama, who was unresponsive.  Emergency services responded, including Panora Fire & Rescue, Lake Patrol, State Patrol and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.  A male subject later identified as Blanchfield, was pulled from the water with the help of citizens and LPA Lake Patrol.  Panora paramedics attempted to revive the man by performing CPR, but were unsuccessful.  Blanchfield was transported to the Guthrie County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation indicates Blanchfield initially jumped off the boat into the water to retrieve a hat and went under the water.  The investigation is continuing at this time.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, June 11th 2012


June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — Southeast Iowa authorities are searching for the body of a 27-year-old man who drowned in the Mississippi River this weekend. Princeton’s Police Chief says officers were called to the river shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday after two people fell into the river near the public boat ramp. A 27-year-old Clinton man remains missing. Princeton is about 20 miles northeast of Davenport.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City authorities say the mother of a 20-month-old boy and her boyfriend are responsible for the boy’s death in April. Iowa City police say both 18-year-old Mireya Balderas and 20-year-old Jorge Perez told investigators that they had hit Marcus Balderas before. Perez is charged with two counts of child endangerment resulting in the April 30th death while Balderas faces one count of the same crime. Both remain jailed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Changes to Iowa’s mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs. County officials blame a new state law that shifts control over Medicaid-funded mental health services from counties to the state. The change is part of larger reforms of Iowa’s mental health care system designed to make services more uniform, in part by taking control away each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The next Miss Iowa will be Mariah Cary. She won the title of Miss Iowa 2012 on Saturday night. Cary is a resident of Burlington and had been serving as Miss Muscatine. Cary will represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas next January.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — Another proposal to build a hog confinement operation in Iowa has been scrapped. Story County officials say a proposal to build a hog confinement operation for nearly 2,500 animals near Hickory Grove Lake Park has been withdrawn. Last month, a different proposal in Dallas County was withdrawn after neighbors protested that hog confinement proposal.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Media and political analysts say Omaha residents will find their televisions inundated with political ads aimed at the presidential election in the weeks before the November 6th general election. But the ads aren’t necessarily aimed at the very red state of Nebraska. The target lies across the Missouri River, as both campaigns battle for undecided Iowa. And to get air time in western Iowa, you’ve got to go through Omaha. Presidential campaign ads have already shown up in Omaha earlier than usual. Omaha television station KETV says President Barack Obama’s campaign has been running ads, but not Romney’s. But Romney is getting a boost in Omaha from some conservative super PACs, which have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to run ads slamming Obama for several weeks.


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June 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 343 PM CDT SUN JUN 10 2012 

ADAIR                ADAMS               AUDUBON
BOONE                BUENA VISTA         CALHOUN
CARROLL       CASS                CERRO GORDO
CHEROKEE             CLARKE              CLAY
CRAWFORD        DALLAS              DECATUR
DICKINSON            EMMET               FRANKLIN
FREMONT              GREENE              GUTHRIE
HAMILTON             HANCOCK             HARDIN
HARRISON             HUMBOLDT            IDA
KOSSUTH              MADISON             MILLS
MONONA               MONTGOMERY          O`BRIEN
OSCEOLA              PAGE                PALO ALTO
POCAHONTAS           POLK                POTTAWATTAMIE
RINGGOLD             SAC                 SHELBY
STORY                TAYLOR              UNION
WARREN               WEBSTER             WINNEBAGO
WOODBURY             WORTH               WRIGHT



Risk of dog bites rises as summer approaches


June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A study finds almost half of all Iowa children will be nipped by a dog at some point. With school out and many kids playing outside, the odds of meeting up with a stray or unchained canine rise during the summer months. Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Humane Society in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says some dogs see us as moving targets.  “Kids on bikes, people running, sometimes dogs with a bit of a prey drive go, ‘Oooo, someone’s running! The chase is on and I can chase you,'” Wiese says. “Often times, dogs will run and bark and not bite. Sometimes they will try to bite you. That gives a dilemma to a lot of people because they want to get away from this dog but getting away means I’m moving and he may want to chase.” Wiese says the best thing a child — or an adult — can do if they come in contact with an aggressive dog is to stop and stand still.

Her simple advice: “Be a tree. Stand still, put your arms down, look at your feet and just look down. Don’t make eye contact with a dog that appears to be approaching or is upset. He may come up, sniff you and leave, like, ‘Oh, you’re boring.'” Wiese says locking eyes with an aggressive dog can actually make matters worse. “Don’t make eye contact with the dog and a lot of times, that will just defuse the situation. The dog will go, ‘Oh, well, you’re not threatening. You’re actually kind of boring. There’s nothing to chase here. I’m going to sniff you and then go on my merry way.'” Wiese says parents need to teach the “Be a Tree” technique to all children, as it may prevent a serious injury. She also reminds parents to talk to their kids about how to act around a dog and never to pet an animal without the owner’s permission.

(Radio Iowa)

Tourists look for ghosts at Iowa ‘Ax Murder House’


June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The 100th anniversary of Iowa’s worst mass killing will be commemorated with lectures, films and a chance to see the ax used in the grisly crime. But most events will be in Red Oak, 25 miles from where the crime occurred in Villisca. In part that’s because the county history center in Red Oak has better meeting space, but some say it’s also because after a century, Villisca residents are tired of talking about the case. As former mayor Susie Enarson puts it, “I would like it to be over.” But many people will still head for Villisca, where they can tour the house where two adults, their four children and two of the children’s friends were hacked to death while they slept. Their bodies were found June 10, 1912.

Man and child injured in an accident NW of Atlantic, Saturday


June 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people,  and adult male and a child were injured during a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, northwest of Atlantic. The accident happened on Highway 173, about one-half mile north of Eastland Road, or about 2-miles north of the intersection of Highway 173 and 83, at around 3:25-p.m..

According to dispatch reports, an approximately 45-year old male was trapped in the vehicle. The 4-year old male child was in the back seat, in a child safety seat. The man was freed from the vehicle by crews with Atlantic Fire and Rescue. He suffered head and back injuries, but was conscious and communicating with rescuers when they arrived. He was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. The child was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, with what were described as minor injuries.

Marne First Responders were also called to the scene to offer assistance, along with Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies. Highway 173 was blocked to through traffic for nearly an hour.

Montgomery County Theft Arrest


June 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Saturday (6/9/12) of 55-year-old Michael Dean Ohnmacht of Essex on a valid Montgomery County warrant for theft in the 5th degree. Ohnmacht was arrested around 11:33am and taken to the Montgomery County Jail where he was later released on $300 bond.

CCHS to Host Open House on Sunday


June 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

ATLANTIC –   Cass County Health System will be hosting a community open house on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 1 – 5 pm.  The open house will showcase the completion of Phase 1 of the CCHS Addition and Renovation Project.  Guests should enter via the the main north entrance.

            “We are so excited to share the progress with our community!” said Pat Markham, CEO.  “It’s hard to believe we broke ground just 14 months ago, and now we have this beautiful new addition.  The improvements in facilities and equipment are amazing, and will enable us to continue providing outstanding care for our patients.”

            The main emphasis of Phase 1 is a two-story 42,250 sq. ft. addition, mostly to the southeast of the existing hospital.  The main floor of the new area includes the Emergency Department and Admissions, Same Day Surgery and Surgery Department.  All of the areas have been designed to maximize patient privacy and security, while accommodating the latest in medical technology.  The second floor of the addition houses Inpatient Services, which includes Obstetrics, Medical/Surgical, and Intensive Care Units.  Highlights of this area include large, homey patient rooms, each of which has a pull-out love seat for family members and a private bathroom with shower.  Having all the Inpatient Services centrally located will allow staff to be cross-trained and serve patients more efficiently.  Another major improvement in the new addition will be the updated air-handling systems which will allow more comfortable, consistent temperatures in patient rooms.

            Work was also done at Atlantic Medical Center during Phase 1, with the expansion of Suite C to create a separate Obstetrics/Gynecology area, and the remodeling of some existing space to create Suite D with six additional family medicine exam rooms.  “We have been very successful in recruiting and retaining our family medicine staff the last few years, so we needed additional space to provide care to more patients every day,” Pat explained.  “With the expanded clinic hours of 7 am – 7 pm four days a week, the AMC is able to accommodate almost all patients on a same day basis when needed.” 

Finally, the CCMH atrium area has been redecorated, thanks to the CCMH Auxiliary’s very generous $140,000 donation.  The Auxiliary funds were also used to purchase new flat-screen televisions for patient rooms and waiting areas in the new addition.

            The AMC addition and remodeling was completed last fall, and those areas have been in use since that time.  The hospital areas will move into the new addition shortly after the open house; the main floor departments will move the weekend of June 15, with the second floor departments moving the weekend of June 29.  “We do ask for everyone’s patience as we make this transition,” Pat noted. “Our staff has done a lot of planning and preparation, and hope to make the move with as little disruption to patients and families as possible.”

            Immediately following the move, work will begin on Phase 2 of the Addition and Renovation Project.  This will include remodeling of an existing 22,000 sq. ft., primarily for improved outpatient services.  The remodeling will take place in several phases as departments are moved to new locations, freeing existing space for work.  “We will do our best to keep the community informed as we move departments into temporary locations, and then into their permanent new homes,” Pat said.  “Remodeling is usually more disruptive than new construction, so please be sure to ask any of us for help if you need it – we’ll be happy to help you find your way!”

7AM Newscast 06-09-2012

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Storage unit burglary investigation underway in Red Oak


June 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating an incident of burglary. Officials say at around 11:45-a.m. Friday (June 8th), a Red Oak resident reported that her two storage units in the Park West Storage facility, had been broken into. The locks on the units were cut-off.

Once inside, the thief or thieves stole an antique mirror, hurricane lamp, and a “Charmed” dvd series. The loss was estimated at $500. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.