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Girl Scouts to sell part of Dubuque-area campground

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Girl Scouts officials plan to sell part of an eastern Iowa campground in the latest move to reduce property holdings and adjust to changes in demand from the youth it serves.
Stacy Conforti serves as director of property and outdoor program for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Conforti tells the Telegraph Herald that the group intends to divest between 50 and 90 acres of its 154-acre Camp Little Cloud property in the Dubuque area.

She says the property is sloping timberland and not integral to the Girl Scouts’ programming. The group spent about $139,000 to keep the property open but the camp recouped only $34,000 in revenue.
Officials are contacting camp neighbors to gauge interest in purchasing the property. The parcel’s location and price haven’t been finalized yet.

Adair County Sheriff’s report (2/26)

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports five recent arrests. 42-year old Nicole Lee Glendinning, of Stuart, was arrested by Stuart Police at around 11:25-p.m. Feb. 22nd. She was taken into custody on an Adair County warrant for Failure to Appear in court Feb. 19th, on an original OWI/1st Offense, charge. Her cash or surety bond was set at $1,000, and she must complete a substance abuse evaluation before being released.

At around 11:15-a.m. Feb. 22nd, Adair County Deputies arrested 22-year old Ashley Nicole Kelly, of Des Moines, on an Adair County felony warrant for Violation of Probation. Kelly was being held without bond, until seen by a judge. On Feb. 19th at around 12:07-p.m., 54-year old Toni Lynn Reese, of Bridgewater, was arrested on an Adair County warrant to serve a sentence. She was transported to the Iowa Women’s Correctional Facility in Mitchellville, per court order.  That same day, 19-year old Brennen Meyer Weiland, of Greenfield, was arrested on an Adair warrant for: Possession of Meth/1st offense, and carrying a knife with a blade 5 inches long, or longer, violating the terms of his pre-trial release. Weiland was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $2,000 cash only bond.

32-year old Sherrece Patricia Kilgore, of Bridgewater, was arrested Feb. 18th, at the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, on an Adair County warrant for Failure to Serve Court Ordered Jail time. She was being held in the jail without bond, pending completion of her sentence. And, a juvenile was arrested by Adair County Deputies, but additional information was not released, due to their age.

Dead fish appear as eastern Iowa marina thaws

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The late-winter thawing of an eastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad. Fish in Burlington’s Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing temperatures and ice build-up. Harbormaster Jon Billups tells the Hawk Eye that using bubblers to churn air and oxygen into the marina and keep ice down didn’t help this winter.

The ice thawing exposes the silvery fish, not much bigger than minnows, frozen where they were swimming. Billups says fishermen are invited to collect the shad to use as bait. Pelicans, gulls and eagles have already begun to make meals out of the dead fish.

The shad will likely flow into the Mississippi River as currents return to the marina.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report (2/26)

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests. Last Friday afternoon, 57-year old Kim Renae Sederburg, of Essex, was arrested at a tavern, in Avoca. The woman was taken into custody, for Public Intoxication. 34-year old Mindy M. Mortensen, of Oakland, was arrested a little after 5-a.m. Saturday, for Public Intoxication, and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. She was taken into custody at the Oakland Casey’s store, after deputies were called to check on her welfare.

Late Saturday morning, a traffic stop in Pott. County on westbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 3, resulted in the arrest of a man from Colorado. After the 2017 Chrysler 300 was pulled over for excessive speed, the driver, 39-year old Mason Allen Fuller, of Boulder, CO. was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, a man from Council Bluffs was arrested Sunday afternoon, for Domestic Assault with injury. 54-year old Troy Dean Stuart was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, at a residence in Carson. The 52-year alleged victim of the assault suffered apparent minor injuries.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrest/accident report (2/26)

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests and one accident. On February 22nd, Deputies arrested 35-year old Steven Micheal Scott Beck, on a charge of OWI 3rd/Subsequent. Beck was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

At around 8:34-a.m. Saturday, Deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on White Pole Road at 582nd Street. Officials say a 2008 Ford driven by 18-year old Randy Tate Harrison, of Griswold, was eastbound on White Pole Road when he lost control of the vehicle due to slippery conditions. The vehicle slid north of the roadway, colliding with a ditch and going through a barbed wire fence. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,500; damage to the fence is estimated at $500.

And, on Sunday, Cass County Deputies arrested 49-year old Dion Chad Skelton, of Atlantic, on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Skelton was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Lang submits nomination petitions from all 99 IA counties, to have name on ballot for IA Sec. of Ag

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES − Craig Lang, a Brooklyn dairy farmer and former Iowa Farm Bureau Financial president, today submitted his nomination petitions to appear on the June 5 Republican primary ballot as a candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and encouraged any GOP opponents to join him in a series of debates in different regions of the state. Lang, who was required to collect at least 1,000 signatures from a minimum of 10 counties, gathered more than 2,880 signatures from all 99 counties. He was the first candidate to submit signatures for any office this morning and the first to file for secretary of agriculture. Bill Northey, a Republican who is serving his third term in the post, has been nominated to a U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary position.

Lang said his priorities will be to improve Iowa’s water quality, soil health and rural economy. He proposed four debates before the June 5 primary. Lang has been farming more than 40 years. He and his two sons, who are the family’s sixth generation of farmers, milk a 650-head dairy herd, farm 1,200 acres and run a cow/calf beef operation. He was one of the longest serving leaders of both the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, where he served as president from 2001 through 2011, and the FBL Financial Group, where he served as chairman of the board for a concurrent term. He also was chairman of the Grow Iowa Values Fund and chairman of the State Board of Regents.

The candidate filing period for state and federal offices in the June 5, 2018 primary election began Monday, February 26. It runs through Friday, March 16. Candidates can file their nominating petitions and affidavits of candidacy with the Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, either in the Capitol Building or in the Lucas Office Building. An updated list of candidates whose papers have been received and accepted will be published to the Iowa Secretary of States’ website at the end of each day, and will also be updated periodically. That page is available here and will also be accessible from the home page of the Secretary of State’s website, https://sos.iowa.gov/.

Creston man arrested at Union County LEC on drug warrant

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports 20-year old Darian Scott Stone, of Creston, was arrested Friday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a Union County warrant for possession of controlled substance – marijuana 1st offense. Stone was being held in the Union County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Clinton woman arrested in animal neglect case

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

More details are now being released in last week’s animal neglect case in Clinton. Police were called to a house Wednesday evening and found eight live dogs and one dead dog at the home. According to police the residence had not power, heat or water. The dogs were taken to the Humane Society custody for treatment. On Friday night, officers from the Clinton Police Department located Teresa Muhs and she was subsequently charged with nine counts of animal neglect. This incident still remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

(Radio Iowa)

HPV vaccinations in Iowa adolescents are above the national average

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, IA (Feb. 26, 2018) — Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates in Iowa are above the national average, according to a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). From 2010-2016, 31 percent of adolescent Wellmark members in Iowa received the initial dose of the CDC-recommended HPV vaccination by their 13th birthday. This is above the national average of 29 percent. Iowa’s first-dose HPV-vaccine rates increased from 22 percent for adolescents born in 2000 (who turned 13 years old in 2013) to 39 percent for adolescents born in 2003 (who turned 13 years old in 2016). Nationally, 22 percent of adolescents in 2013 received an initial dose of HPV vaccination compared to 34 percent in 2016. Further, 10 percent of adolescent Iowans completed the full three-dose HPV regimen by age 13 in 2016, which is above the national average of nine percent.

Dr. Bill Jagiello, Wellmark’s medical director, says “The HPV vaccine is more than 97 percent effective at preventing infection from types of HPV that cause most HPV cancers. However, it must be given before your child is exposed to the virus. That’s why it’s important to schedule an annual well-child visit with your family doctor to stay up-to-date on vaccinations and discuss any additional health concerns.” The study also found in Iowa:

  • HPV-vaccination lags behind other adolescent vaccines, where 72 percent of adolescents in 2016 received the meningococcal vaccine, and 84 percent received the Tdap vaccine.
  • Only 38 percent of adolescent girls received a dose of HPV vaccine compared to 40 percent of boys in 2016. However, this outpaced the national average of 37 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

The report, “Adolescent Vaccination Rates in America,” represents a comprehensive study of outpatient medical claims for commercially insured BCBS members born from 2000 through 2003 and who were vaccinated by their 13th birthday between 2010 and 2016.

Pedestrian killed, SUV driver arrested in Des Moines

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February 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(UPDATE) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian provided a false name to officers. A police news release Monday said officers expect more charges will be leveled against 22-year-old Oleaf Teoh, who they say provided a different name proved false by fingerprint examination. Police say a man walking west was struck from behind around 9 p.m. Sunday by a sport utility vehicle. The man’s been identified as Des Moines resident Matthew Otto.

Police say Teoh is charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, leaving the accident scene and charged with related crimes. Police say 3-day-old and 6-year-old children were in the SUV when Otto was struck.