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Shenandoah woman arrested on drug charges Friday morning

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July 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports a woman was arrested early this (Friday) morning, on drug charges. 54-year old Karen Arlene Green, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody by the Fremont County Sheriff’s K9 Unit, in connection with the illegal sales of a Controlled Substance (Meth). Green was arrested without incident and transported to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center, where her cash bond was set at $50,000.

Karen Arlene Green

Man accused of destroying property at eastern Iowa building

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July 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man has been accused of destroying property at a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics building. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 50-year-old Robert A. Dostal of Hiawatha has been charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

University of Iowa police say in complaints that Dostal entered a secured area at the Pomerantz Family Pavilion Wednesday night and caused about $400 in damage to the building. He is accused of being aggressive.

Dostal remains at the Johnson County Jail as of Friday morning.

Water Quality report finds most public water supplies meet standards

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July 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The annual report from the state Public Drinking Water Program shows only a small percentage of public drinking water supplies are failing to meet all the federal quality standards. The executive officer of the program, Diane Moles, says the compliance was especially good this year.

She says the percentage of water systems in compliance was at nearly 95 percent, which is the best the state has had in 10 years. Moles says the percentage of systems in compliance has been consistently above 90 percent. Moles says operators are good about reacting quickly to issues. “When a problem is found — no matter what they’re looking for — we’ve got a lot of good operators in the state. And they are diligent about getting these fixed,” Moles says. “And we’re also as a state program with oversight, we’re ensuring that they are getting them fixed. So, it’s sort of a collaborative effort, when problems are found, they get them taken care of .”

Mole says the numbers this year were boosted a bit by a change that no longer makes the discovery of coliform bacteria in a system and automatic violation. She says operators are now allowed to do a check of their whole system to find the source of the problem. If they don’t check the system, that becomes a violation. And then if they do check the system and they find a problem and they don’t fix the system, that becomes a violation,” Moles explains. “So, there’s more of an opportunity to see if there is a problem and get it fixed right away as opposed to just going right away to the violation.”

The report says the coliform bacteria are not harmful in themselves, but indicate a pathway into the water system through the pipes or some other avenue. That is why the system operators are now given the opportunity to check for the problem and correct it before it becomes a bigger issue.

Iowa did not have a disease outbreak or death linked to water from a public system. Moles says she has never seen that in Iowa in her time here. She says she’s been in the program for 21 years and says in that time there have been other cases of people dying from contaminated water systems in other states such as Illinois and Missouri. “There’s some famous ones in Missouri where birds go in water towers and caused some salmonella outbreaks and people did die from that,” Moles says.

A public water system is one that serves at least 25 people, and there are nearly three million (2.93) people who get their water from those systems in Iowa. Moles says those who are served by a public water system should soon see a report on that system sent out by the system. She says it’s important information. “People need to know what’s in their water — that’s part of the reason for this consumer confidence report — so that people know what’s in their specific water. They know who their water supplier is,” Moles says. “There’s a requirement in there for them to know when their board meetings are held, however the governing structure is in that system and who they can contact if they need more information. All of that kind of stuff is in there, it’s actually a very good report.”

You can see the full report on the Iowa D-N-R’s website at: www.iowadnr.gov. Go to the Environmental Protection section and click on the Water Quality tab.

(Radio Iowa)

A third of fireworks sales sites were not inspected

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July 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More than 650 dealers are now licensed to sell fireworks in Iowa, but about a third of the required inspections were NOT completed before selling began. Barbara Edmondson, an attorney for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, says it was a challenge getting the licensing program up and running once the governor signed the bill May 9th.

“There was a very short window for selling,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to get licenses issued to the extent we could and to ensure that there was a maximum opportunity for people to be successful with this.” The new law made fireworks sales legal in Iowa on June 1st.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office spent more than 110-thousand dollars reviewing and inspecting the sites where fireworks have been sold. However, state officials say there wasn’t enough time or money to finish the job, so some provisional licenses for fireworks sales were issued. Retailers are charging the state sales tax on the commercial-grade fireworks that are now legal to sell in Iowa.

License fees have brought in nearly a quarter of a million dollars in state revenue. Fireworks sales are to end this Saturday, July 8th. Another period for sales — and use of fireworks — will open in December and last through early January.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, 7/7/17

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July 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:15 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Navy leaders have backed off a commander’s claim that an Iowa State University midshipman fabricated a sex assault, but they say the victim will still be expelled for underage drinking. In a recent letter, a Navy leader says the July 2016 assault was “unfortunate and appalling” but irrelevant to the 20-year-old man’s decision to drink alcohol the night of the alleged molestation. The midshipman has been ordered to repay $55,000 in benefits he received during his years in the scholarship program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling means black defendants on trial in Iowa have a better chance of challenging all-white juries. The court’s decision throws out a method previously used to gauge the racial composition of a jury. It says judges must consider multiple methods of assessment that offer a more balanced review.

SOLON, Iowa (AP) — A Lake Mills man has died from injuries he received in a bicycle crash last week in rural Johnson County. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that 70-year-old Franklin Dahn was riding his bicycle around 1:30 p.m. June 30 down a hill when he hit an animal and crashed The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says Dahn was flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have no video or breath test results in the public intoxication arrest of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ new campaign manager. An officer spotted 32-year-old Phil Valenziano urinating outside a bar June 23, days after Reynolds announced he would lead her 2018 campaign. A West Des Moines police spokesman says its officers don’t wear body cameras yet and the arrest wasn’t captured by dash cam video.

TelePrep, HIV prevention initiative, to target rural Iowa

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July 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A new telehealth initiative will expand H-I-V prevention efforts in rural Iowa, where H-I-V rates continue to climb. TelePrep will use at-home video calls and the postal system to administer H-I-V prevention medication to rural residents who are at risk. TelePrep coordinator Angie Hoth says in other Midwestern states, H-I-V cases are mostly concentrated in big cities.

Hoth says, “Whereas Iowa has approximately 25 to 30 percent of its HIV cases occurring in a rural part of the state, which is quite unique compared to our neighbors.” Hoth says the TelePrep program expects to serve 300 to 500 rural Iowa residents. She says the distance from cities can be a barrier to getting H-I-V prevention medication.

Hoth says, “People who may be at risk may be eligible for HIV prevention and for sexually-transmitted infection prevention don’t always have access to the services they need.” University of Iowa Health Care and the Iowa Department of Public Health are collaborating on TelePrep, which may be the only program of its kind in the country.

(Radio Iowa)

30 years for convicted drug runner

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July 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A California man arrested at the Des Moines Airport last fall has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for a drug-running operation. Forty-three-year-old Jonathan Leroy Homedew was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Last fall, prosecutors say Homedew mailed more than 10 kilos of the potent, smokable form of methamphetamine in packages. The packages were found in Des Moines postal facilities.

Investigators say Homedew had been traveling between Iowa and California repeatedly last summer, buying drugs in California, mailing them to Iowa and then flying here himself to distribute the meth. Three others pleaded guilty in this case. One man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. A woman has been sentenced to more than seven years. A third woman who pleaded guilty hasn’t been sentenced yet.

(Radio Iowa)

Ramp shutdowns to affect drivers in Omaha, Council Bluffs

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July 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation has shut down several interstate ramps in east Omaha expected to affect 47,000 drivers and cause traffic headaches for motorist in Omaha and western Iowa.

Station KETV reports that westbound Interstate 80 ramp to northbound Interstate 480 has been closed along with northbound Highway 75 ramps to westbound I-80 and northbound I-480. Also, the F Street entrance ramp to northbound Highway 75 is closed.

Drivers are being rerouted east on I-80 to northbound I-29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, then westbound back into Omaha on I-480. The ramps were closed Wednesday night for construction that’s expected to last until the first week of October. The DOT says the closures are needed for bridge repairs and repaving.

Shelby County Sheriff’s report (7/6/17)

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July 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Tennant was arrested for filing false reports with law enforcement. 48-year old Mark Allen Boardman was taken into custody late Sunday night, after deputies were called to the 600 block of Stanley Blvd in Tennant, for reports of shots fired. Deputies arrived on scene and determined in fact no shots were fired. Boardman was booked into the Shelby County Jail and posted a $300 bond Monday afternoon.

And, on June 30th, Sheriffs Deputies in Shelby County arrested 57 year old David Gerard Ausdemore, of Persia, for OWI/1st Offense. Ausdemore was also cited for Speeding, and Reckless Driving. The charges were the result of a traffic stop along Highway 191. Ausdemore was transported to the Shelby County Jail and released the following morning on his own recognizance.

Vehicle vandalism reported in Lorimor

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July 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say a man residing in the 100 block of Kansas Avenue, in Lorimor, reported Wednesday, that sometime during the last couple days, someone came along the side his 1997 Ford F250, and broke out the side window.  The damage was estimated at $350.