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Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 12th, 2014

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June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The nation’s wheat crop is smaller than earlier was predicted due to drought. But corn and soybean crop expectations have changed little in the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The monthly update released Wednesday shows farmers producing a record 13.9 billion bushels of corn and 3.6 billion bushels of soybeans.

SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa town is under a boil advisory after a hole in a well pipe drained the city’s water tower. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said yesterday that the hole in the pipe was repaired, and the city of Soldier’s system was running once again. But the loss of water pressure created the potential for bacteria to enter the water system.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – A state agency has begun an investigation into the death of an Illinois man at a Muscatine construction business. The Muscatine Journal reports 52-year-old David Bewley of Colona, Illinois died in an accident Monday at Heuer Construction. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Herky has returned to his spot on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the fiberglass Reflections of U Herky is back on its concrete base on campus. Last month, a vandal broke off the statue beneath the university mascot’s knees. Cedar Rapids artist Kim O’Meara repaired the shattered legs, and the statue was bolted back into place Monday.

Another phone scam making the rounds

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it would like the public to be aware of a scam call that has been reported to authorities. Officials say during the scam, a caller will say your debit card has been locked and to push “1” to activate it.

The sheriff’s office says you should hang up on any such calls, and contact your financial institution to verify everything is ok.

Man arrested after standoff faces more charges

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man who was arrested after a police standoff in Council Bluffs faces additional charges. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that 29-year-old Kevin Bequette is now charged with second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

Police say the Omaha Area Fugitive Task Force located Bequette at a Council Bluffs home on June 2 and attempted to arrest him on a warrant for a parole violation. A standoff ensued in a detached garage, in which police say Bequette threatened to tamper with a natural gas line. Bequette allegedly started a small fire in the garage, and police say he tried to compromise the gas line.

After the standoff, police say they found two stolen Honda vehicles, which in part led to the additional charges.

Griswold man suffers minor injuries during rollover accident

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a Cass County man was injured during a rollover accident Tuesday afternoon. The Pott. County Sheriff’s office reports 19-year-old Joshua Turack, of Griswold, was traveling west on Dogwood Road at around 12:50-p.m., when his 2003 Saturn Ion went out of control on the gravel, and rolled into a ditch before coming to rest on its top. The accident took place just west of the intersection of 550th Street and Dogwood Road.

Turack suffered minor injuries during the mishap, but he refused treatment at the scene.

(12-pm News)

PQA Plus© & TQA Training Session Set in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus version 2.0 (PQA Plus v2.0) and/or Transport Quality Assurance program. The certification sessions have been set for Thursday June 19th, 2014 at the Cass County Extension office in Atlantic Iowa.

Updated in June 2013, the revised in PQA Plus® v2.0 provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being. Pork producers pride themselves on the commitment to continuous improvement and the PQA Plus is regularly revised to increase its effectiveness, incorporate new research information, and ensure the program’s validity.

ISU Extension Swine Specialist Matt Swantek will be offering the TQA training from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. and the PQA Plus® v2.0 training from 3:15 – 6:00 p.m. Training sessions are limited to 30 persons, but requires at least 5 participants are needed to hold the training sessions.

All training events are sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and are free for all Iowa pork Producers. Pre-registration is requested to lclemenson@iowapork.org or (800) 372-7675.

There is an on-line re-certification option for those who have current PQA Plus® certification. Contact Matt Swantek (mswantek@iastate.edu) or any other PQA Plus® v2.0 certified Adviser for additional information and setting up the ability to test on-line. New certification or producers with expired certification will require a face-to-face training.”

Iowa police academy official is fired

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The embattled assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy has been fired, weeks before he was set to retire following a 48-year career in law enforcement. Academy director Arlen Ciechanowski told The Associated Press that he has dismissed assistant director Michael Quinn. He said he couldn’t elaborate because it’s a confidential personnel issue.

The firing is puzzling because Quinn announced in April that he would retire June 30 following months of criticism for making inappropriate sexual and threatening remarks to female cadets and colleagues. Ciechanowski had let Quinn stay in his job but gave him a final warning after a 2012 investigation found that he violated anti-discrimination and violence-free workplaces policies.

Democrats and advocates for victims had repeatedly criticized Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration for keeping Quinn at the academy.

Malvern woman injured during a single-vehicle accident

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say one person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon, about 4 miles northwest of Emerson. Authorities say Ida Dixon, of Malvern,was transported to the Montgomery County Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, after the 2008 Hyundai she was driving westbound on Highway 34, crossed the eastbound lane of traffic and entered the south road ditch, striking the embankment.

The car came to a rest in the south road ditch. Officials say a non-contact vehicle owned by Eva Hall sustained collateral damage from gravel flying off the shoulder of the road and hitting her vehicle. The accident happened at around 1:30-p.m.

Mills County arrest report (6/11/14)

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report three people were arrested Tuesday. 33-year old Kale Garrett Hardman, of Malvern, was arrested at around 9:30-a.m. on a Mills County warrant for Operating a Motor Vehicle without the Owners Consent. Hardman was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail. His bond was set at $2,000.

32-year old Erin Catherin Hausen, of Villisca, was also arrested Tuesday morning at the Pott. County Jail. She was wanted on a Mills County warrant for Violation of Probation. Bond was set at $25,000.

And, 40-year old Ronald Loren Gray, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Tuesday evening, on a charge of  Harassment in the 3rd degree. His bond was set at $300.

Shelby Co. BOS approves contract with union reps

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Board of Supervisors approved a new 2 year contract with the county’s union representatives. In a board meeting Tuesday, the contract for Shelby County Sheriff, Emergency Management and Secondary Roads was approved with increase in wages, insurance and deferred compensation. The contract states on July 1st, 2014, a cost of living raise of 2.25 percent will go in effect and then on July 1st, 2015, the contract will increase by 2.5 percent.

The deferred compensation went from $48.07 to $50 per pay period and insurance increases increase on July 1st, 2014 from 10 percent to 12 percent and another 3 percent in 2015. The Supervisors also noted the language in all three contracts had some changing and cleaning up to make them all universal. Secondary roads saw an increase in longevity to match the Sheriff’s and EMA and their boot allowance increased to $25. Supervisor Steve Kenkel said the board was disappointed in one aspect of the new contracts, “I thought everything went fairly well. I know the board is really disappointed in we initially had a proposal in there to enact performance evaluations on an annual basis with performance pay. Long story short, all three unions rejected that offer. So we will keep trying.”

In other business, Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter presented the canvass voting from the primary election that was held on Tuesday, June 3rd. Carter stated the county had 15.05 percent of the residents vote which she said was “good for a primary but overall pretty sad.” The Supervisors approved the canvass. They also approved the early retirement application of Secondary Road Shop Officer Denny Anastasi. This was the second early retirement application approved and will save the County about $51,000. Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart said Anastasi has put in 43 years of service to the county. His last day on the job is June 27th.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Food companies work with farmers on sustainability

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A nonprofit network of investors, companies and public interest groups says in a new report that manufacturers depending on U.S. corn and other commodities must send strong signals to farmers to help preserve water and soil. The Boston-based group called Ceres is working with several companies, including food giants General Mills and Unilever. Both of those have adopted sustainability programs suggested by Ceres that set specific goals for suppliers and farmers.

The report calls for the establishment of corporate policies setting specific goals for suppliers that reduce environmental impacts, procurement contracts requiring that crops be sustainably grown, and efforts to identify areas of high water stress, groundwater pollution and overuse of fertilizer.

Ceres also recommends companies substitute other grains for corn where environmental benefits are well-demonstrated.