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Fertilizer spill into Red Oak creek feeding Nishnabotna River

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency announced late Tuesday afternoon, that the City of Red Oak was notified of a possible hazardous materials spill from Nachurs Alpine Solutions, in Red Oak. It was determined that an unknown amount of mixed fertilizer had been released into a waterway behind the business and had traveled to the Nishnabotna River on the west side of Red Oak.

At this time there is no immediate health risk to the public, however there may be an environmental impact to fish downstream. Nachurs Alpine in Red Oak has taken the steps to contain the spill and are working with an outside source to clean up the remaining product that had been released.

The City of Red Oak, Red Oak Fire & Rescue, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and Iowa DNR assisted at the scene.

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA Spill2

Staffers start adjournment tasks but lots of work remains

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Staffers in the Iowa Legislature are starting some of the tasks associated with adjourning the session, even though lawmakers are not close to concluding the budget process. Student pages in the Iowa Senate were organizing boxes in the chamber Tuesday for members to pack up desks. As per tradition, they also stacked the boxes up to the balcony until they collapsed.

Friday will mark the last day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, as well as the final day of work for many clerks and pages in the part-time Legislature. But lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have not reached a compromise deal on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

Kixmiller awarded Theatre Production Scholarship

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa State University’s Theatre Department report an ISU student from Walnut, Breanna Kixmiller, was recently awarded the $1,000 Frank E. Brandt Production Scholarship.

Breanna Kixmiller (photo submitted by ISU)

Breanna Kixmiller (photo submitted by ISU)

Breanna is a sophomore in Pre-Integrated Studio Arts and Performing Arts. She was scenic design assistant for this year’s spring musical, Les Misérables.

Loud explosions in Guthrie County explained

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday, it received many reports over the past several days about loud explosions or gun shots being fired. Authorities say the noises appeared to have originated in the northwest part of Guthrie Center. Late Monday night, officers were able to pin point and identify the source of the explosions.

Guthrie Center Police Chief Rod Pavelka, says Rose Acre Farms is using a device intended to keep the migratory birds away from their water treatment lagoons due to the Avian Flu spreading closer to the County. This device uses propane and fires off a burst, which is essentially a small explosion. The location of the device is high enough on the hills behind Rose Acres that the sound travels easily into town and echoes off of our many metal buildings.

Pavelka says the device will primarily be used during dawn and dusk periods  during the day. These explosions pose no danger to our citizens, but are a minor irritation from the noise. The explosions are fairly random, but are harmless.

2 arrests in Page County

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports deputies arrested 41-year old Lisa Jennifer Holtz , of Westboro, Mo., Monday, at the Page County Courthouse. Holtz was taken into custody on a Page County Warrant for charges of unauthorized use of a Credit Card, and Theft in the 4th Degree. Holtz was unable to post the $2000.00 bond and is currently being held in the Page County Jail.

Also on Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for 59-year old William Alfred Hale Jr., of Shenandoah. The warrant, issued by the Page County District Court, charges Hale with Forgery, Identity theft under $1000.00, and Theft 4th Degree. Hale had failed to appear for sentencing in the District court on April 27th and was arrested at 809 Vista in Shenandoah that same day. He was transported to the Fremont County courthouse for sentencing in the District Court. Hale was sentenced to two 5-year prison sentences to run concurrently, and ordered to be transported to the Oakdale Medical Classification Center for intake into the Iowa Prison System.

Hale Holtz

 

Ex-egg execs appeal jail sentences in salmonella outbreak

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Two former egg industry executives are appealing the three-month jail sentences a judge has ordered for their roles in a 2010 food poisoning outbreak. The appeals filed Monday by Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, had been expected.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ordered the jail time earlier this month, citing a “litany of shameful conduct” that happened at their large Iowa egg production company. But Bennett allowed them to stay free while they appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal investigators traced the 2010 salmonella outbreak to eggs that came from the DeCosters’ company, Quality Egg. Thousands of people were sickened and more than 500 million eggs were voluntarily recalled. The DeCosters’ attorneys argue that jail time is unconstitutional for the crime.

First case of dog flu in Iowa confirmed in Sioux City

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The first dog flu case in Iowa has been confirmed in Sioux City. Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University says samples from a sick dog treated at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital are believed to be the latest strain of canine flu, H3N2. He says the specific strain hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The virus has swept the Midwest in recent weeks, sickening more than 1,000 dogs and killing five between January and March. Dr. David Ray, the veterinarian who first treated the sick dog April 20 in Sioux City, says the owners reported his health was improving as of Monday. He says about half of animal clinics in the area have reported dogs with flu-like symptoms, including fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough.

Defiance City Clerk arrested for alleged misappropriation of funds

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation by authorities in Shelby County has led to the arrest of the City Clerk in Defiance. The Sheriff’s Office reports 37-year old Kristin Wagner, of Defiance, allegedly used the city’s credit/debit card to make numerous purchases of merchandise for her personal use. The purchases exceeded $5,000. The loss was discovered following a review of bank transactions associated with the city’s credit/debit card, which revealed several misappropriated withdrawals. It’s not clear when the purchases began and what Wagner allegedly bought with the card.

Wagner was taken into custody Monday and charged with Felony 2nd degree theft. She had since posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

Union County man reports a theft

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say a Lorimor man reported Monday afternoon, that sometime in the past week, someone entered his machine shed and took a 3 point log splitter used with a tractor. The loss was estimated at $1500.

Jury selection set for 2nd suspect in western Iowa slayings

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Court officials say jury selection will be getting underway Tuesday in a Sioux City courtroom for the trial of the second man charged with killing two elderly people in Crawford County. A judge granted a venue change for 20-year-old Jayden Chapman because news coverage of the case.

Another man charged in the slayings of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga, 27-year-old Michael Schenk, was sentenced last month to two life terms for his role in the killings.

Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair at a trailer home in Deloit in March 2014 and then set it on fire. Investigators have said Schenk and Chapman probably were on the property to steal scrap metal.