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Documents: Iowa hospital patients not told of risk

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Documents in an unemployment benefits case show that a Council Bluffs hospital administrator resigned his post last year after his superiors refused to tell patients that surgical instruments used on them hadn’t been properly sterilized. The Des Moines Register reports that Robert Owen Burgin was a registered nurse and the infection-control specialist for Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. State records show he resigned April 12, 2013, after making several attempts to get permission to tell two patients they were at risk of infection from blood-borne pathogens.

Documents say a supervisor threatened his job when he persisted. The matter became public when Burgin filed for unemployment benefits and the hospital challenged his claim. A judge has ruled for Burgin, saying Burgin resigned for good cause.

Heavy rain floods some low-lying Omaha streets

News, Weather

June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for parts of Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River, and storms that dumped nearly 7 inches of rain on parts of Omaha haven’t helped. The National Weather Service says 6.83 inches of rain fell at the Millard Airport in Omaha from Friday night to about 7 a.m. Saturday — and more could be on the way.

The storms flooded low-lying Omaha streets and forced a College World Series game between Mississippi and Virginia to be postponed. The weather service says there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for the area on Sunday and a 50 percent chance on Monday.

The Flood Warning continues until 1-p.m. Sunday for the Missouri River….near Blair, NE., affecting Harrison County in Iowa…and near Omaha, affecting Pottawattamie County.

Iowa man who escaped from work release sought

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Northwestern Iowa officials are looking for a prisoner who failed to return to a work release facility in Sioux City. Officials say 30-year-old Caleb Robert Babb was placed on escape status after failing to return to the facility Friday after working his job.

Babb, who was nine years into a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery, had been transferred to work release on May 29. Officials are asking anyone with information on Babb’s whereabouts to report it to the Sioux City Police Department or Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department.

Police: DNA led to Iowa man’s arrest in slayings

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GLIDDEN, Iowa (AP) — A criminal complaint says DNA evidence led to the arrest of a man suspected in death of a mother and her son in western Iowa. Fifty-three-year-old Thomas Henderson, of Lake City, was arrested Thursday and charged Friday with murder. He is accused of killing 48-year-old Tammie Lee Devore and her 30-year-old son, Karl Allen Devore. Their bodies were found in their Glidden mobile home on May 18.

The Des Moines Register reports that investigators found a knife blade, a black knife handle and a knife labeled “Yoshiblade” at the crime scene. Investigators say DNA found on the knife and handle belonged to Henderson. Henderson is being held without bond at the Carroll County Jail.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. State/Local News, 6/21/2014

News, Podcasts

June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & funeral report, 6/21/2014

News, Podcasts

June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Adams County man arrested after truck gets stuck in a field

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Adams County man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning after authorities investigated a pickup truck stuck in a corn field north of the Prescott School. Sheriff’s officials say 22-year old Ansley Matthew Page, of Corning, was charged with Public Intoxication. Page was being held in the Adams County Jail on $300 bond.

Authorities say they received a call at around 3:30-a.m. about a white pickup truck stuck in a field. An area resident saw Page leave the truck and walk through the field, get in a car and leave. He later reported to officials that his truck was taken from the bar in Prescott.

Storms bring flooding to Omaha, hail & damaging winds to sw IA

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Strong storms that moved from Nebraska into western and southwest Iowa Friday night resulted in street flooding in Omaha, reports of dime-to quarter-sized hail, potentially damaging winds, and the postponement of a College World Series game. A Flash Flood Warning that was issued just after midnight for northwestern Mills and south central Pottawattamie County, was allowed to expire at 6:30-a.m. Officials say the heavy rain which prompted the warning has ended, and flooding in those areas is no longer expected to pose a threat.

Storm clouds form waves near the KJAN studios at around 9-p.m., Friday. (Ric Hanson photo)

Storm clouds form waves near the KJAN studios at around 9-p.m., Friday. (Ric Hanson photo)

Here in Atlantic, we received just over one-inch of rain at the KJAN studios on the north side of town. A little further into town, 1.2-inches was reported. The storms moved into Harrison and Shelby Counties a little at around 6-p.m., Friday, dumping quarter-sized hail and winds of up to 45 miles per hour near Little Sioux. Less than an hour later, those winds had increased to over 55-miles per hour.

At around 8-p.m., dime-sized hail was reported near Mondamin, in Harrison County. A few minutes later, dime-to-quarter size hail was reported by a spotter in Missouri Valley. At about that same time, spotters at the Persia Fire station recorded a 60-mile per hour gust of wind. And, at around 8:15-p.m., the Harlan Airport’s automated weather observation system recorded a wind gust of up to 58-miles per hour.

There were no immediate reports of damage associated with the wind and hail events. Today’s forecast calls for the possibility of additional thunderstorm activity later this afternoon and tonight. The storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hail. Additional periods of thunderstorms are possible Sunday through next Friday, severe weather and heavy rain are possible as well. Information with regard to the timing and location of these storms will unfold as the week progresses.

 

Crawford County race decided by just 1 vote

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The final results of the June 3rd Primary in the Crawford County Board of Supervisors race came down to just one vote. The Omaha World-Herald reports a recount has verified Steve Ulmer won the race. Ulmer, of Arion, appeared to have won on election night with a one-vote lead over incumbent Jerry Butler, of Kiron, but two provisional ballots resulted in a tie at 541-votes apiece.

The tie was broken last week by a drawing of lots, as required by state law. Ulmer won, but Butler requested a recount, which determined Butler received one vote fewer than originally recorded, resulting in a 541-540 win for Ulmer.

Ulmer, Kyle Schultz, of Charter Oak, and incumbent Eric Skoog, of Denison, will be on the ballot in November’s General Election, for the three Board of Supervisors seats.

(Update) 2 NE residents arrested after chase and crash

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story Friday morning, authorities say two people from Nebraska were arrested early Friday morning following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that later crashed. The Omaha World-Herald reports police arrested 44-year old Mark T. Fuller,  of Bellevue and 19-year old Cara Pokorny, of Omaha, on suspicion of second-degree theft, disobedience to a peace officer, interference with official acts and two counts of eluding, according to police records. Fuller was also arrested on suspicion of not having a driver’s license.

The pair were taken into custody at around 1:20 a.m. Friday, after a chase in Sarpy County, NE that began when an officers’ attempt to pull over a 1994 Buick that was reportedly stolen. The chase ended up in Council Bluffs, where the vehicle crashed in the 2000 block of Veterans Memorial Highway.

Both suspects remain at the Pottawattamie County Jail on $10,000 bail.