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7AM Newscast 05-21-2012

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May 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Hay bale fire reported near Lewis


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Spontaneous combustion appears to be the cause of a minor hay bale fire this (Monday) morning between Atlantic and Lewis. Atlantic Firefighter Gene Schmeling told KJAN News the bales were stacked up outside of a building. Some of the bales began to smolder outside of a structure at Milk Unlimited at 59100 Memphis Road. Crews were dispatched at 8:21-a.m. to the facility located about three-miles northeast of Lewis.

Lewis firefighters assisted at the scene. Schmeling said Milk Unlimited employees used an end-loader to move the affected bales away from nearly 200 other bales located nearby to prevent any spread of the fire. Crews remained on the scene for about 30-minutes. No injuries were reported.

Deputy hurt while chasing suspect in Montgomery County


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say one of their deputies suffered minor injuries while in a foot pursuit of a suspected prowler Saturday morning. The incident occurred when Deputy Brian Moore responded to a call for assistance from Red Oak Police. A resident had advised officers she heard noises in the rear of her home early Saturday morning in the 400 block of Jennifer Circle.

During their investigation, authorities observed a man running south from the area, and began to pursue him. During the pursuit, Deputy Moore became entangled in a single strand of barbed wire and was knocked off his feet. Moore reportedly received lacerations on both legs and two puncture wounds to the right leg. The deputy was treated and released at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. There was no word on the status of the suspect.

Hand, foot and mouth disease spreading in Iowa


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A virus has been spreading among children in central Iowa.   Authorities say it’s called hand, foot and mouth disease, which causes sores on a person’s hands, feet and mouth. Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic in Des Moines reports that it’s treated dozens of small children with the disease.
Dr. Nader Aljuni says is more prevalent in toddlers who are exposed at day care centers or when interacting with other kids.  Experts say the best defense against the disease is frequent hand-washing and disinfecting shared toys.  Aljuni says the unusually warm spring has brought a new batch of viruses that aren’t expected until summer months.

2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists now available

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – May 21, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, a popular publication updated to show new 4-foot, paved shoulders and trails completed since the 2009 version was published. The map is now available for free at locations throughout the state and on the Internet.

As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes by identifying bike trails and traffic levels for paved roads. Detailed maps for Iowa’s 16 largest cities are shown, depicting bike trails, highways, major streets and city boundaries. 

A person riding a bicycle on a public road has all the rights and responsibilities applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle, including knowing and obeying all traffic laws and rules of the road. To assist bicyclists understand their rights and responsibilities, a section of the map is dedicated to highlighting rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicyclists are urged to always wear helmets, use lights at night and watch out for road hazards, including gravel, sand and debris. 

The 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists is available online at the Iowa DOT’s website iowadot.gov/iowabikes, or by calling 515-725-3084 or 888-472-6035.

Names of Iowa boat crash victims released


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the names of four people who died after a boat collision on the Mississippi River in Iowa.  Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone on Monday listed them as 22-year-old Jacob Boyd, 21-year-old Matthew House, 21-year-old Blake Eakins and 20-year-old Caitlyn Atchley. All four victims are from Burlington. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the four bodies were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site. None was wearing a life vest.  Along with the four killed, eight people were injured when two johnboats – flat-bottomed boats often made of aluminum – crashed in the O’Connell Slough area of the river before 2 a.m. Saturday.   One of the boats was carrying 11 people; the other had a single passenger.

(Update) 2 bodies found near Lake Manawa appear to be those of a missing woman & her son


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two bodies found at Lake Manawa State Park in western Iowa appear to be those of a missing Nebraska woman and her son. KETV in Omaha is reporting the FBI is confirming the bodies are those of an adult female and a juvenile male. Authorities say a passer-by discovered the bodies about 7 p.m. Sunday in woods about 400 yards from a boat ramp that runs into the Missouri River.  Names and possible causes of death have not been released.
41-year-old Charlotte Schilling and her 10-year-old son, Owen, have been missing from their home in Plattsmouth, Neb., since May 10.  Police say Schilling’s vehicle was found near Lake Manawa, which sits south of Council Bluffs. The lake is northeast of Plattsmouth, Neb., across the Missouri River. Her wallet and cellphone were in the car. 

VA health care facilities put out urgent call for volunteers


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

There’s a dire need for volunteers to help out at several Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Will Ackerman, spokesman for the V-A’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, says the vital corps of hundreds of volunteers absolutely help to keep the system running.  “We’re seeing a lot of our volunteers aging and certainly some of them are retiring or even passing away,” Ackerman says. “We’re really trying to encourage people of all ages, but especially some of our younger population, to get involved.” He says volunteers are needed for a number of services throughout the V-A health care system.

“We have about 800 volunteers throughout our Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System,” he says. “They do so many things that we just don’t have staff to do, such as doing coffee rounds in the lobby or around the floors, we have a transportation network and just greeters at our front door.” Ackerman says it isn’t just the V-A Hospital in Omaha that needs volunteers, but there are veterans’ clinics, community living centers and other facilities in many cities around the region, including Shenandoah.

“Volunteers do a lot of very important things and certainly there’s an opportunity for them to volunteer at a location that’s even closer to where they might live,” he says. Volunteer orientation classes are being held frequently in various facilities, often twice a month. An orientation class for teens, between 13 and 18, is planned at the Omaha V-A Medical Center for June 1st. Contact your nearest V-A facility for details on volunteering opportunities.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Group helps wounded soldiers recover


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A group that was formed by military wives in 2006 to help wounded soldiers is reaching out to Iowa veterans. Robin Kelleher is the president of the “Hope for Warriors” organization. She says “We have 10 different programs that begin at bedside, and so we are at the hospitals when our servicemembers come in from Iraq or Afghanistan. We work with the families on the onset of injury to sort of help alleviate some of the financial pitfalls that they may see on that path to recovery. And then later into the recovery process we offer other programs.” Kelleher talks in more detail about the organization’s programs. “Spouses scholarships, financial needs assistance grants, we have warrior’s wish program that grants wishes to severely wounded, we have a team that supports and trains our servicemembers to do athletic endeavors despite their different injuries. At the end of that cycle you would see a program called Above and Beyond,and that’s where we really work in that transition piece for them,” Kelleher says.

The group has joined in a partnership with the Casey’s Convenience store chain to help raise awareness about their programs. “We have a website that’s very comprehensive on our different programs, and that’s hope-for-the-warriors-dot-org (hopeforthewarriors.org). If you go to Casey’s this month and buy one of their large specialty pizzas, there’s a sticker on the outside of the box that gives you all of our contact information. And for every large specialty pizza they sell, they are donating one dollar to Hope for the Warriors,” Kelleher says. She says anyone who wants to help the effort can make a donation. “We have people who do beneficiary events for us allt he time from lemonade stands to putting on runs in their own community. You can certainly make a donation on-line,” Kelleher explains. “As of this weekend, if you text ‘Warriors’ to 20222, you can make a 10-dollar donation.” The organization is headquartered in North Carolina, but Kelleher says they are expand their presence across the country in states like Iowa that have soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, May 21st 2012


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Obama’s visit to Iowa this week will include a grassroots event at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. The White House previously announced that Obama will give an economic speech in Newton and meet with supporters in Des Moines. Doors open at the fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s open to the public, and no tickets are required. Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — The body of a fourth missing person has been found after a boat crash on the Mississippi River in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says four bodies were found yesterday within 100 yards of the crash site, where the river is about 12 feet deep. The victims’ names have not been released, pending notification of their families.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Crews have suspended their search for a man believed to have drowned while trying to cross the Cedar River. Cedar Rapids police say firefighters and dive teams searched for several hours Saturday and for much of yesterday, halting the search about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. They’re scheduled to resume the recovery effort at 1 p.m. today.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Junior led for 209 of 250 laps and won the NASCAR Nationwide race at the Iowa Speedway yesterday. It was his third straight win in Newtown. Stenhouse, who won both races in Iowa in 2011, picked up his third victory of the season.