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Iowa program helps attract dentists to rural areas with aid

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A program that offers new dentists help paying off their students loans is helping attract dentists to small towns in Iowa. Since the program started in 2002, 28 of the 31 dentists who received grants through the program have remained in Iowa.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Adrienne D’Agostino Kane is receiving $80,000 in tuition reimbursement that helped make it possible for her to take over her father’s practice in Maquoketa.

Delta Dental of Iowa provides most of the grant money while the state and local communities add to the total. Participants receive $50,000 from the insurance agency, $25,000 from Iowa and $5,000 or more from local communities.

The state has designated 65 of Iowa’s 99 counties as being short on dentists.

 

Villisca woman arrested for making a false theft report

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a woman Sunday morning (4/24)  for making a false report to law enforcement. 57-year old Martha Lorene Freeman, of Villisca, was taken into custody for reporting on April 19th, that her vehicle had been stolen. After a brief investigation, it was determined the vehicle was in fact, NOT stolen.

Freeman was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Villisca man arrested on an assault charge, Sunday

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Villisca man was arrested on an assault charge, Sunday afternoon. 44-year old Christopher D. Vannausdle, was taken into custody at around 1:45-p.m. for Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. The charge is the result of an investigation into an incident that took place at around 10:45-a.m. Sunday, where an alleged victim in Villisca contacted authorities and reported an assault had occurred. The victim was said have had a minor injury that did not require medical treatment.

Vannausdle was located at his residence and arrested without incident. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 10-p.m. (4/24)

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

225 PM CDT SUN APR 24 2016

THE SEVERE STORMS PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN, OK., HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 101 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ADAIR ADAMS AUDUBON BUENA VISTA CALHOUN CARROLL CASS CHEROKEE CLAY CRAWFORD DICKINSON EMMET FREMONT GREENE GUTHRIE HARRISON IDA LYON MILLS MONONA MONTGOMERY O’BRIEN OSCEOLA PAGE PALO ALTO PLYMOUTH POCAHONTAS POTTAWATTAMIE SAC SHELBY SIOUX TAYLOR WOODBURY.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 10-p.m (Counties in mauve)

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 10-p.m (Counties in mauve)

PROBABILITY TABLE:

PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES : 20%

PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /F2-F5/ TORNADOES : <02%

PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE WIND EVENTS : 60%

PROB OF 1 OR MORE WIND EVENTS > 75 MPH : 30%

PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE HAIL EVENTS : 90%

PROB OF 1 OR MORE HAIL EVENTS > 2 INCHES : 30%

PROB OF 6 OR MORE COMBINED SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS : >95%

MAX HAIL /INCHES/ : 2.5

MAX WIND GUSTS SURFACE /MPH/ : 75

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Precautions when a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued:
Unplug electronic equipment. Power surges from lightning can damage computers, monitors and TVs, and cause sparks that might start a fire.
If it’s safe, bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. These may become a hazard.
Stay inside a building or car that’s not a convertible.
Rubber tires won’t protect you from lightning so avoid touching metal inside the car.
Close windows, shutters, blinds, shades, and curtains. This will help keep out wind, rain, and broken glass.
Make sure outside doors are securely closed. This will help keep out wind and rain.

Accident in Montgomery County results in the arrest of a Massena man

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An accident Saturday evening in Montgomery County resulted in the arrest of a Cass County man. Sheriff’s officials say a 1986 Ford Econoline van owned by Ann Luther and driven by 51-year old Douglas Dean Erickson, of Massena, was traveling east on 190th Street northeast of Red Oak at around 5:50-p.m., when Erickson looked back into the driver’s side mirror, and failed to notice the van had crossed the center line of the road. The mirror hit a stop sign at M Avenue. The impact knocked the mirror off the van.

The vehicle continued into a ditch and then drove out, heading east to O Avenue. Deputies stopped the vehicle at 201st and O Avenue, and took Erickson into custody for Driving While Revoked. He was also cited for No Proof of Insurance and Failure to Maintain Control. Erickson was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Damage to the van was estimated at $100. The stop sign and post sustained $500 damage. No injuries were reported.

Mental health providers say Iowa needs more prescribers

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill pending in the Iowa House would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in hopes of alleviating a shortage of treatment options, but the proposal has run into opposition from some of the state’s psychiatrists.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, has been the leading supporter of the bill, which would allow licensed psychologists who complete additional coursework and training to prescribe about 100 medications. Supporters of the bill hope to ease treatment delays, especially among rural patients, that can stretch on for a month or longer and require long drives to larger cities.

Some psychiatrists in the state say it would be risky for someone without medical training to prescribe medication, especially without direct oversight from the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Hotel evacuated in western Iowa after an overnight fire

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A hotel in western Iowa had to be evacuated after a fire early Sunday morning. The Omaha World-Herald reports authorities believe a lightning strike around 7:30 a.m. Sunday caused the fire at the Value Place Hotel in Council Bluffs. The hotel was evacuated while firefighters battled the fire.

Assistant Fire Chief Derrick Williams says no injuries were reported in the fire, but the building will need to be repaired before it can be used again. The hotel sustained both water and smoke damage from the fire and the effort to contain it.

Oelwein man killed while turkey hunting, Saturday

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Sunday, an Oelwein man was fatally injured Saturday while turkey hunting in Fayette County. 63-year old Michael Adams was hit in the face and chest area by shot from a 12-gauge shotgun fired from another hunter in his hunting party at approximately 3-p.m. Saturday, north of Maynard.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

Reckless driver hits motorcyclists in Monona County

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle traveling recklessly on Interstate 29 in western Iowa’s Monona County, struck a motorcycle Saturday evening, sending a South Dakota couple to the hospital. The Iowa State Patrol says 35-year old Sarrell Manley, of Omaha, was driving a 2006 Ford 500 northbound on I-29 a little after 7-p.m. Saturday, and attempted to pass between a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the right lane, and another vehicle in the left lane.

Manley’s car hit the cycle ridden by 52-year old David Yeadon and 49-year old Patricia Yeadon, both of Sioux Falls, SD. The impact caused both motorcycle riders to be tossed to the pavement. Manley continued northbound on I-29, leaving the scene of the accident. He was later stopped deputies from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office near Salix, and arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.

The Yeadon’s were transported by Burgess Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. A report on their conditions was not immediately available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, April 24th 2016

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April 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police have charged a 40-year-old Council Bluffs with kidnapping and sexually abusing a teenage girl. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Fednol Garly St. Cyr was charged Friday with first-degree kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child. St. Cyr could face life in prison if convicted of the kidnapping charge.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former magistrate arrested on a sex abuse charge last year while running for the local school board is now asking for a lawyer to be appointed to help him at his sentencing. Doug Lindaman served as his own attorney during his trial earlier this month, when he was found guilty of third-degree sexual abuse. Authorities say Lindaman fondled a 17-year-old boy in 2011.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state panel is mulling what to do about a lack of foster homes for Native American children in northwestern Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs was told of the problem Friday during a meeting in Sioux City. Shane Frisch, a state social work supervisor says there are only five licensed foster homes with Native American parents in Woodbury County.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a central Iowa city’s outdoor severe weather sirens are not working, even as forecasters predict stormy weather this weekend with a potential for tornadoes. Johnston spokeswoman Emily Price tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that none of the city’s eight sirens worked during tests Friday. Price says officials don’t know why the sirens aren’t working. A technician is scheduled to check on them early next week.