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Missouri River body found on Mills County side, ID’d

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, with the help of several other agencies, has positively identified the body that was pulled from the Missouri River on July 1, 2014. The male body was located in the area of Lincoln’s Landing campground near the Plattsmouth Bridge in southern Mills County. Through cooperative effort of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County, NE Coroner’s Office, Dr. John Filippi DDS D-ABFO, and the staff at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, the body of a missing person found in the Missouri River was positively identified as 49 year old Robert T. Jensen of Council Bluffs.

Family members of Jensen called after reading the descriptions of the tattoos located on the body. Visual confirmation of the tattoos was then made by family members.  Dr. John Filippi DDS D-ABFO (Diplomate American Board of Forensic Odontolgy) positively identified Jensen via biometric dental comparison analysis.

The investigation continues into the death of Robert T. Jensen.

Deputy & motorist try to lift vehicle off driver following rollover accident near Hancock

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A passenger in a van that rolled over near Hancock Saturday evening tried to save the life of the driver, after he was ejected and the van partially rolled on top of him. Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News the accident involving a 2000 GMC Safari van happened at around 6-p.m. Saturday.

Reynolds said the accident happened on Patton Avenue at about 430th Street, near Hancock. When a deputy arrived, he found a 2000 GMC Safari van on its driver’s side in the ditch west of the intersection, and the driver, 36-year old Sean Eveland, of Shelby, pinned beneath the A-pillar of the van. His passenger was identified as 24-year old James Chew, of the Avoca area. The deputy helped Chew use a 4×4 post to pry the vehicle off Eveland and keep the weight off his chest, until the first responders arrived.

Eveland was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, for treatment of unknown injuries. Chew suffered unknown, possible injuries. A report on his status is not available. Reynolds said evidence gathered at the scene indicated the driver was probably under the influence, but the accident remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Paper reports rural Iowa shortage of emergency aid

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A newspaper report says 29 of Iowa’s 99 counties have no ambulance or only one capable of providing full-time, 24-hour-a-day service. These 29 counties are home to nearly 427,000 people. The Des Moines Register also says in its analysis of data from the Iowa Bureau of Emergency Medical Services that 14 Iowa counties have four or fewer emergency medical service agencies of any kind within their borders.

Brian Donaldson is director of Sumner Emergency Medical Services, and he says part of the problem is that emergency medical services are not required of cities and counties.  Donaldson says a 2007 study showed the relative risk of a rural victim dying in a crash is 15 times greater than in urban areas, after adjusting for other contributing factors.

Update: SUV crashes into a ditch at Lake Anita – 2 injured

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County have released additional details about an accident at Lake Anita Sunday evening that resulted in two people being injured. As we reported on KJAN.com News Sunday, Anita and Wiota Fire and Rescue personnel and Cass County Deputies responded to the scene.

Authorities say 41-year old Curtis Dow Baldwin, of Anita, was driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer that went out of control, entered a ditch and hit several trees before coming to rest near the Ranger’s station west of the entrance to Lake Anita, just after 6:45-p.m.

Baldwin and his passenger, 40-year old Ryan Lavin, of Lansing, IL, were injured and transported by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Anita Fire and Rescue. Baldwin was  cited for OWI/3rd offense and Driving While Barred, while Lavin was cited for allowing an unauthorized person to drive a vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

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July 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Wellmark celebrates 75th anniversary by giving back to communities

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, IA (July 14, 2014) –Wellmark announced today (Monday), it will be awarding $75,000 to celebrate 75 years in business and to thank Iowans and South Dakotans for supporting a locally-based health insurer. For the next 75 days, Wellmark will also be giving back to communities in Iowa and South Dakota by inspiring and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Wellmark is awarding $7,500 to ten projects that are able to demonstrate a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice and improving overall community health and wellness. Examples of projects include improving parks or trails in the community, establishing or improving recreational activities, or improving access to healthy foods.

In order to be eligible to receive the funds, applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or governmental entity in Iowa or South Dakota. Qualified organizations can submit applications at Wellmark.com/75 until August 5th. On August 20th, all qualified entries will be available for the public to vote for their favorite project. Public votes are one of four final factors Wellmark will use to determine winners.

To learn more about the award, enter a project or see what Wellmark is doing each day during the 75 days to encourage healthier and better lives for Iowans and South Dakotans, visit www.Wellmark.com/75.

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Ernst delivers the GOP response to the president’s weekly address

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst delivered the response to President Obama’s weekly address for her fellow Republicans this past Saturday. “The problem in America today is that Washington is fully liberals who think that government is the solution to every problem,” Ernst said. “They think that nothing can be solved unless Washington is involved.” Ernst opened the nearly six-minute speech by discussing her military experience and she closed by stressing her farm roots.

“Growing up on that southwest Iowa farm, my family didn’t have much. My mother canned our food and made our clothes, teaching us the lessons of not spending what we don’t have.” Ernst said. “…Today, to get America back on track it’s going to teach each of us working together to advance real solutions to our problems, not more tired rhetoric.” Ernst repeated her call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would forbid deficit spending and require congress to pass balanced budgets.

“That is how we run our households and we should expect nothing less from Washington,” Ernst said. Ernst faces Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley this fall in the contest for the U.S. Senate seat Democrat Tom Harkin has held for nearly three decades. Braley has been traveling the state since June, citing Ernst statements that “perhaps” younger workers and those just entering the workforce should be able to shift their Social Security taxes into personal accounts and manage their own retirement savings. During her national speech, Ernst said Republicans believe Social Security should “be strengthened.”

“But we also believe, as do some of our friends in the Democratic Party, that these programs must be reformed,” Ernst said. “so America not only keeps its promise to today’s seniors, but is also able to guarantee a safety net is available for our children and grandchildren.” Ernst is a lieutenant colonel and battalion commander in the Iowa National Guard. She’s currently on a two-week training mission in Wisconsin with her troops and she recorded the speech before going on active duty.

(Radio Iowa)

Weekend arrests in Montgomery County

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two arrests over the weekend. At around 12:30-a.m, Sunday, 52-year old David Lawrence Howe, of Red Oak, was arrested for Public Intoxication, following an incident at 1st and Hammond Streets, in Red Oak. Howe was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $300 bond.

And, at around 4:30-a.m. Saturday, deputies in Montgomery County, assisted by Red Oak Police, arrested 20-year old Dillon Michael Johnson, of West Des Moines, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His arrest was the result of an incident in the 1900 block of 207th Street, east of Red Oak. Johnson was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $1,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 14th 2014

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July 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a man and woman from Fort Dodge were killed when a tree fell and hit their all-terrain vehicle. The incident happened yesterday afternoon in Webster County. Authorities say 21-year-old Jordan Ulicki and 20-year-old Sadie Rae Foreman were pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — Autopsies have been completed on a northwest Iowa couple found dead in their home last week, but officials aren’t releasing many details. Eighty-three-year-old Don Neunaber and 80-year-old Esther Neunaber were found dead in their home last Wednesday. The couple’s 44-year-old son has been detained in Wisconsin as a material witness, but hasn’t been charged.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Family members of two Iowa cousins whose bodies were found months after their disappearance say they’re trying to keep their own lives on track while hoping for an arrest in the case. Drew Collins says he and his wife are working to move forward as a family, but it’s still difficult. Their 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and 10-year-old Lyric Cook disappeared in July 2012. Their bodies were found months later in a rural area.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lance Armstrong is again planning to join the 418-mile bicycle ride across Iowa later this month. The Des Moines Register reports Armstrong plans to participate in his sixth RAGBRAI and even work as a guest bartender on Saturday in Rock Valley. Up to 10,000 riders are expected to take part in the bike ride that begins next Sunday.