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Emergency Personnel tour Cass County Health System

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Representatives of area emergency services toured Cass County Health System recently as part of local disaster preparedness efforts. “With all the changes in our building we thought it was important to give our emergency responders an up-close look at our facility,” noted Amy Anstey, CCHS Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

Jack Evans of the CCMH Plant Operations Department explains the decontamination area in the CCMH Emergency Department.  Shown from left are:  Darby Mclaren, Cass County Sherriff; Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator; Evans and John Johnson, Atlantic Fire Department and Medivac Ambulance. (Photo from Sara Nelson/CCMH)

Jack Evans of the CCMH Plant Operations Department explains the decontamination area in the CCMH Emergency Department. Shown from left are: Darby Mclaren, Cass County Sherriff; Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator; Evans and John Johnson, Atlantic Fire Department and Medivac Ambulance. (Photo from Sara Nelson/CCMH)

Representatives from the Atlantic Fire Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Medivac Ambulance Service and the Atlantic Police Department, along with Cass County Emergency Coordinator Mike Kennon participated in the extensive tour. Guests were welcomed by the CCHS Safety Department staff. Brian Juhl, Diagnostic Imaging, explained the special response tactics required for the new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, due to the high powered magnet utilized. Members of the Cass County Memorial Hospital Plant Operations Department spoke with guests and then led three groups on tours of the facility. The tours included public areas of the facility as well as maintenance areas, underground access tunnels, rooftop access and all other exits and entrances to the facility.

This was the first time a tour of this nature had been organized, and the participants all expressed appreciation for the opportunity. “The hospital is a complex facility that could present serious challenges to Emergency Responders depending on the threat,” Kennon noted. “The tour helped identify emergency access points, critical areas and functions within the facility, and options to mitigate risks from specific threats.” Discussion among hospital staff and the emergency responders led to several ideas for improving responder access, which will be implemented in the near future.

 

Accident in Atlantic causes $4,500 damage Tuesday

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident Tuesday morning at 18th and Sycamore Streets in Atlantic caused a total of $4,500 damage, but no one was hurt. According to Atlantic Police, a vehicle driven by David Freund, of Atlantic, was turning west onto Sycamore when the sun reflected into Freund’s eyes. The blinding light caused him to run into a parked car registered to Stephanie Clark, of Atlantic. No citations were issued.

Des Moines man arrested on a warrant in Mills County

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a central Iowa man was arrested on a Mills warrant Tuesday. 57-year old Daniel Lee Green, of Des Moines, was arrested at the Polk County Jail on a warrant charging him with Ongoing Criminal Conduct. Green was being held in the Mills County Jail on $25,600 bond.

Cass County Supervisors approve FY2015 County Budget but lowers compensation rates

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, today (Wednesday) adopted the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, following a public hearing, during which there were no written or spoken comments. The Budget amounts to slight more than $20-million, 188-thousand dollars, which is a decrease from the re-estimated FY 2013-2014 budget of $20.9-million. Auditor Dale Sunderman said the budget was lower because the amount the County takes in from taxes is less than last year.

The proposed tax rate is $5.68 per $1,000 valuation for urban areas and $10.16 per $1,000 valuation for rural areas. Last year the tax rate was $5.63 per $1,000 valuation for urban areas and $10.17 per $1,000 valuation for rural areas. The levy rate Sunderman says is the same, but the taxes will still go up because of an increase in valuations.

He said the total valuation for the County on property tax alone was increased. Sunderman said there was also a rollback on residential properties, which amounted to 54.4-percent of the assessed value. He says that’s due to an increase in valuation. Last year the rollback was 52.8166-percent. For agricultural property, the rollback was to 43.3997-percent. Last year the rollback was 59.9334-percent. That, he says means the Ag valuations went down, which resulted in shift in some of the tax burden to residential property owners.

The Iowa Department of Revenue determines the rollback amount. Sunderman said there this was also the first year in a long time there has been a rollback in Commercial/Industrial and Railroad property. The rollback was 95-percent, whereas it is normally 100-percent. The amount of taxes in the General Basic fund derived from property taxes is expected to be a little more than $2.678-million.

In other business, the Supervisors voted to approve a schedule of salaries for elected officials, which was less than what the County Compensation Board had recommended. The Board had recommended a 3.5-percent increase for the Recorder, Treasurer, Auditor and Supervisors, and a 7-percent increase for the County Attorney and Sheriff.

Supervisor Gaylord Schelling made a motion to lower the percentages. Schelling proposed reducing the percentages from 3.5 to 3-percent for Recorder, Treasurer, Auditor and Supervisors, and from 7 to 6-percent for the Sheriff and County Attorney. That’s a reduction of one-seventh. The annual salary as approved amounts to $95,498 for the County Attorney, $68,438 for the Sheriff, $53,256 each for the Auditor, Treasurer and Recorder, $27,798 for the Supervisors and $28,798 for the Supervisor Chair.

8AM Newscast 03-05-2014

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March 5th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Pott. County man arrested on Montgomery Co. for 2nd offense OWI

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Pottawattamie County is facing a second OWI charge following his arrest Tuesday night in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 33-year old Jacob Cochran of Council Bluffs, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop and subsequently arrested for Operating a motor vehicle While under the Influence of drugs.

The Montgomery County K-9 unit was put into use during the investigation.  Cochran was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $2,000 cash only bond.

Iowa teen recovering in Omaha after crash

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) – A 17-year-old Iowa teenager is recovering in a Nebraska hospital after being stranded for hours after a crash.  Taylor Peatrowsky lost control of her car Sunday when she took a drink of water while driving to work. The accident occurred about three miles north of Treynor.  Her car went into a ditch, hit an embankment and rolled, landing partly in a creek. She says she couldn’t find her cellphone to call anyone and couldn’t move far because one of her legs hurt so badly.

After about three hours a neighbor found her. She told Omaha television station WOWT that the neighbor “drove right to the spot and found me, so I definitely think someone was watching over me.”  Peatrowsky was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

7AM Newscast 03-05-2014

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March 5th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

“Spread the Word to End the Word” Day

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – Across Iowa and the nation today, people are being asked to take time to stop and think about how their words may affect others. This is “Spread the Word to End the Word” day, asking people to remove the “R-word” from their vocabulary, said Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

“The word ‘retarded’ is used so often that people often don’t realize just how cruel and offensive the term is,” said Shannon. “When we choose words like that word, whether we intend to or not, we really disparage other people.”

Shannon said nearly 50,000 Iowans who have developmental disabilities are family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. While today is focused on getting everyday people to stop using the word, Shannon said on a higher level, it’s already been replaced with the phrase “intellectual disability” in the text of laws, both locally and nationally.

“We’ve made a great deal of progress in recent years in removing the ‘R-word’ from state and federal code references,” he said. “Choosing language that’s more respectful, more inclusive is a big part of building strong communities where everyone feels like they’re welcomed and accepted.”

More information and resources can be found online at r-word.org and at IDaction.org.

(Iowa News Service)

2 men arrested following traffic stops Wed. morning in Fremont Co.

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March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested early this (Wednesday) morning, following separate traffic stops in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Dept. says 64-year old Francis Bruce Ingerson, of Savage, MN, was arrested for Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle, No Insurance and Failure to have a valid Driver’s License. Ingerson was pulled over at around 1-a.m. on Interstate 29 near mile marker 24, because there were no license plates on his 1987 Lincoln. He was brought to the Fremont County Jail and held on $1,215 bond.

At about the same time as Ingerson was being arrested, deputies in Fremont County conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Main and A Streets in Hamburg. A 1995 Mercury Cougar with no license plates was pulled over, and its driver, 43-year old Jeffrey Wade Massey, of Hamburg, was charged with Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, Operating a Non-Registered vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine.

Massey was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $2,608 bond.