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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/12/2017

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Operation Dry Water campaign in Iowa included six BWI arrests

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reporting six people were arrested for boating while intoxicated in the state between June 30th and July 2nd. The DNR took part in a national campaign called Operation Dry Water. Susan Stocker, the DNR’s boating law administrator and education coordinator, says the six drunk boating arrests is down slightly from last year. “During the 2016 campaign, we had 10 boating while intoxicated arrests,” Stocker said.

Law officers stepped-up enforcement efforts over the recent holiday weekend at Okoboji, Clear Lake, Saylorville, Coralville Reservoir/Lake MacBride, Lake Delhi, and both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. During the three-day enforcement operation, 153 officers participated, spending more than 1,800 hours making contact with 1,463 vessels.

In addition to the six boating while intoxicated arrests, the DNR reports officers issued 478 various citations or warnings. Six people were killed in Iowa in boat crashes last year. Two of those crashes involved alcohol.

(Radio Iowa)

Helping Iowa cattle handle the heat

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A blistering heat wave has washed over Iowa this week and as temperatures rise, so does the level of concern among livestock producers. Iowa State University Beef Center Veterinarian Grant Dewell says the biggest keys to keeping cattle comfortable is plenty of shade and large amounts of drinking water.

“Their water intake will increase by two to three times during these hot days,” Dewell said. “So, we always want to make sure people’s water tanks are in good shape, the valves are running freely, and they don’t have something stuck or some hard water deposits on there that limit the ability for those tanks to refill.”

Farmers are also advised to use fans and sprinkle cattle with water if the animals are showing signs of heat stress. According to Dewell, cattle in Iowa fair pretty well when temperatures are below 90-degrees. Actual temperatures this week have reached the mid-to-upper 90s in parts of the state.

“If you think about it, most of our cattle we deal with (in Iowa) — Angus, Hereford, Simmentals — are cattle from the north; northern England, Germany, and those types of places where they don’t get this amount of heat,” Dewell said. “They’re really developed for cold weather environments and an Iowa summer is a little bit warm for them.”

There have been no reports of cattle deaths in Iowa due to heat in many years. In the summer of 2011, beef producers in five states reported nearly 20,000 cattle deaths due to an extended period of extreme heat and humidity. According to the Iowa Beef Industry Council, there are more than 3.8 million cows on farms across the state. Iowa is ranked 9th in the country in terms of beef cow production and 12th in dairy cows.

(Radio Iowa)

Storms damage farmsteads, knock out power in eastern Iowa

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 7:22-a.m.) CONROY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a tornado has damaged farmsteads and crop fields and high winds from other storms have torn at homes and knocked out power in eastern Iowa.

Iowa County authorities say the tornado touched down about a mile north of Williamsburg a little before 6 p.m. Tuesday and churned northeast, skirting Conroy before lifting. No injuries have been reported at the three damaged farmsteads. Thunderstorms packing winds up to 75 mph downed trees and power lines in Dubuque County overnight, leaving thousands of people without electricity.

More than 9 inches of rain has been reported in southern Clayton County, where authorities evacuated up to 20 homes because of flooding. Quarter-size hail was reported in the Holy Cross area.

Ottumwa police investigate death of 3 dogs in hot car

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Ottumwa Police Department is investigating after three of four dogs found locked in a hot car on Saturday died from heat exposure. Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says that while no charges have been filed at this time, officers do know who was responsible for the animals. The incident occurred during the annual A-K-C All Breeds Dog Show at Bridge View Center.

McAndrew confirmed that the animals were in Ottumwa for the dog show. McAndrew says the investigation is ongoing and asks anyone who might have information on the incident to contact the Ottumwa Police Department.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 7/12/17

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July 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:45 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ending a case that’s been called a remarkable injustice, prison officials have dropped all sanctions imposed on an Iowa inmate for his role in an alleged 2009 gang rape that he says never happened. The decision by the Iowa Department of Corrections is a victory for Joe Byrd, who had denied involvement in the alleged attack through 7 ½ years of hearings and appeals. Department officials will expunge the discipline from Byrd’s record as if the case never happened, shaving time off his sentence.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide has testified in her sexual harassment lawsuit that sex, race and sexual orientation were regular topics of conversations and jokes in the office. The Des Moines Register reports that 39-year-old Kirsten Anderson testified in her lawsuit Tuesday. Much of her testimony focused on the behavior of a male senior analyst whom she said in 2010 seemed angry and daily referred to women using an obscenity.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Officials have identified a woman whose body was pulled from the Wapsipinicon River last month. The Courier reports that the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the body found June 15 is that of 47-year-old Rhonda Apfel, of Waterloo. Dr. Jonathan Thompson with the state examiner’s office says the cause of death hasn’t been determined and is pending further tests.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Another man has been sentenced to prison in connection to a Burlington shooting that police suspect was prompted by a still-unsolved homicide. The Hawk Eye reports that Holland Ewing Jr., of Chicago, was sentenced Monday to 10 years. Police say the three conspired to shoot into a house where they thought the killer of their friend, Breon Combs, was. Combs also lived in Chicago.

Glenwood man arrested last week in Harlan on numerous charges

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July 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan last week arrested a man from Mills County, on charges that include Disarming an Police Officer, and assault on a peace officer. 41-year old Patrick Lee Amburn, of Glenwood, was arrested July 6th following a traffic stop that was initiated in the 100 block of Cyclone Avenue, in Harlan.

Authorities say in addition to the previously mentioned charges, Amburn was taken into custody for reckless driving, interference with official acts, speeding, failure to obey a stop sign, operating a non-registered vehicle, littering, open container and violation of financial liability coverage. Amburn was being held on bond in the Shelby County Jail. His initial hearing was set for July 17th.

Car hits building in Harlan, Monday – no injuries reported

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July 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department report a building was struck by a vehicle, Monday. Authorities say Darlene Totten, of Denison, was driving a 2004 Chrysler Concorde, when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator. He vehicle then struck the building located in the 1900 block of Chatburn Avenue. No injuries were reported and a dollar amount of the damage along with other information, was not provided.

The Harlan P-D said also, 47-year old Anthony Thomas Parks, of Sioux City, was arrested July 5th, following a call about a possible intoxicated male near the area of Highways 59 and 44. Parks was charged with Driving Under Suspension and for violation of financial liability coverage. Also on July 5th, 36-year old Theresa Patten, of Harlan, was cited for a fireworks regulation violation, following an incident in the 2100 block of 21st Street. On July 4th, 31-year old Terri Lynn Hallas, of Shelby, was cited for Driving While Suspended, following a traffic stop in Harlan.

And, on July 8th, 35-year old Matthew Malone, of Harlan, was arrested on a Monona County warrant. Malone was released to a Shelby County Deputy, who then transported him to Monona County.

CADCO members hear from Ethanol Plant Mgr.

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July 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Cass/Atlantic Development Corporation (CADCO) held their annual meeting Tuesday evening in the Camblin Addition shelter house at Sunnyside Park, with dinner catered by the Downtowner. Guest speaker for the evening was Mike Messing, Manager for the 150-million gallon per year Elite Octane Ethanol Plant that’s under construction, on the northern side of Atlantic.

Elite Octane Ethanol Plant Mgr. Mike Messing

Messing said construction will start soon at the plant, on the world’s largest freestanding bins for storing corn. He says the bins will 156-feet in diameter, 29 rings high and hold 2 million bushels each. Later this week or next, concrete will be pressure-pumped into the ground to place the structures on. Construction crews started camping out at the Schildberg Recreation Area almost as soon as the camping pads were installed. Altogether, there are currently about 100 people working on various aspects of the project.

Once all the steel work is done, pipe fitters will be scampering around the site installing at nearly 25-miles worth of pipe. Messing said residents should begin to see an influx of workers coming into town within the next couple of months. When the plant is up and running, it will process 400- to 420-thousand gallons of ethanol per day. He says the initial run will produce 120,000 gallons per day and increase to 150,000 gallons soon thereafter. The rest depends on the supply of corn.

Messing says they hope the project will be complete by Sept., 2018. They will begin taking applications for skilled, general and advanced positions (like chemists) at eliteoctane.net within the next week or so. It is important that you use “dotnet,” because there is an eliteoctane.com that has nothing to do with the ethanol plant project.

50 employees are expected to be on the payroll when the plant is fully functional. Messing said the annual payroll is expected to be $6.5-million. Base pay on the low end will be approximately $18.50 per hour, with the more advanced positions paying considerably more. The heavy work force likely won’t be needed until the Spring of 2018.

Iowa officials ID body of woman pulled from river in June

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July 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Officials have identified a woman whose body was pulled from the Wapsipinicon River last month. The Courier reports that the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the body found June 15 is that of 47-year-old Rhonda Apfel, of Waterloo.

Dr. Jonathan Thompson with the state examiner’s office says the cause of death hasn’t been determined and is pending further tests. Authorities had been looking for Apfel since May 28 near the river near Dunkerton. A motorcycle and other items belonging to Apfel were found inside the Bruggeman Wildlife Area outside Dunkerton.