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“Operation Medicine Cabinet” results in Pott. County


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Council Bluffs Police Department today (Monday), released the results of a Drug Take Back Event that took place Saturday, October 22nd, at the Council Bluffs Walgreens store. During the four-hour event, dubbed “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” 206 people anonymously dropped off their unused, expired prescription or over the counter drugs which resulted in 320 pounds of total weight of surrendered pharmaceuticals.

So far the Department’s 13 Take Back Events since 2010 have resulted in the accumulation of over 4,200 pounds of prescription drugs and over the counter medications with over 2,300 residents participating. dispose_drugsThe event was held as part of  the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsored “National Prescription Drug Take Back” day.

Officials say the Departments’ success with these events would not be possible without the collaboration of several community organizations, volunteers, and the Council Bluffs Recycling Center.

Atlantic Community School District patrons asked to complete survey


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District are asking patrons of the District to fill-out an online survey with regard to the search for a new Superintendent. Business Manager Mary Beth Fast says the School Board wants input from the public on the qualifications they desire for the next Superintendent. The person selected will succeed current Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein, who announced in April he would be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 School year.

A link to the survey, which is available until 8-a.m. November 16th, can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8DGPS6T

(Update) Pott. County crash victim fatality ID’d


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the victim of a single-vehicle crash that took place late Saturday night on Interstate 80, west of Avoca. A passenger in an SUV, 38-year old Mario Rodriguez, of Talmage, Nebraska, who was not wearing a seat belt,was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled several times into the median. Three other people, including the driver, were injured.

Officials say a 1996 Honda Passport driven by 26-year old Jesus German was traveling east on I-80 at around 9-p.m., when the car went out of control and entered the median before it rolled over several times.

Jesus German, and his passengers, 20-year old Steven Baney, and 26-year old Antonio Aguilar, all of Talmage, NE., were injured in the crash. Baney was not wearing a seat belt. The Patrol says the other two men were buckled-up. Authorities say alcohol and speed were considered to be factors in the crash, which remained under investigation.

German was transported by helicopter in serious condition, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Baney and Aguilar were taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, by Avoca Rescue. Authorities say charges are pending against Jesus German, while they awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

Baney and Aguilar were later released from the hospital, but Aguilar was being held in the Shelby County Jail, while awaiting extradition to Nebraska, where a felony warrant had been issued for his arrest from Otoe County.

Sheriff’s Deputies from Pottawattamie and Shelby County assisted at the scene, along with rescue personnel from the Avoca and Walnut Fire and Rescue Departments.

Red Cross requests blood donations


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 24, 2016) – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season. Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Am. Red Cross logoDonors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Some Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Adair County: Orient – 11/2/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orient-Macksburg High School, 201 School Street.

Cass County: Griswold – 11/1/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Griswold High School, 20 Madison Street.

Montgomery County: Red Oak -11/2/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Red Oak High School Auditorium, 2011 N 8th St.

Pottawattamie County: Oakland – 11/4/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oakland Riverside High School, 18997 Hwy 59

Shelby County: Elk Horn – 11/9/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Exira EHK Schools, 4114 Madison; Harlan – 11/10/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Conductix, 1417 Industrial Parkway…11/15/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Harlan High School, 2102 Durant Street…11/15/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1104 Morningview; Westphalia – 11/10/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Boniface Parish Center, 305 Duren St.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Kimballton woman arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Audubon County, today (Monday), arrested a woman on an assault charge. 50-year old Cindy Louise Duncan, of Kimballton, was taken into custody at around 12:30-a.m. for Domestic Abuse Assault, in connection with an incident at a residence in the 300 block of Aero Street, in Kimballton. Duncan was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before the magistrate.

Pott. County Sheriff’s Report (10/24)


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), released a report on recent arrests. Among them, early Sunday morning, 25-year old Saul Joseph Stillwell, of Malvern, was arrested following a traffic stop. Stillwell was charged with OWI/1st offense. Early Saturday morning, 22-year old Cole Conrad Lawrence, of McClelland, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, after his vehicle was pulled over for having a defective license plate light.

Saturday night, a deputy in Pottawattamie County arrested 39-year old Aaron David Hocken, of Avoca, on a warrant for Contempt of Court/Failure to Pay Child Support. And, Friday night, 28-year old Rachel Ann Johnk, of Oakland, was arrested at a residence in the 200 block of Grove Street, in Oakland, on a warrant charging her with Probation Violation.

Keep Your Cider Safe

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

There are many traditions associated with autumn, including visits to pumpkin patches, apple orchards and fall farmers markets. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to check the labels of apple cider containers to ensure the product is pasteurized. Unpasteurized cider can contain cryptosporidiosis (‘crypto’), salmonella or E. coli. All of these bacteria can be dangerous to the very young and those who are immune-compromised.

“You can’t tell if cider is contaminated just by looking at it,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.Apple Cider Safety “In fact, there is no difference in smell or taste either. The key to preventing illness associated with apple cider is purchasing product that has been pasteurized, or by heating unpasteurized apple cider to at least 170°F.”

Unpasteurized products may be purchased as freshly pressed from local orchards, roadside stands, or farmers markets. They may also be found on ice or in refrigerated display cases, and in produce sections at grocery stores. Do not assume that because the juice is hot or bottled that it is safe for consumption. Complete pasteurization is necessary to kill organisms that have the potential to cause significant illness. If product labeling is unclear, ask the location owners or operators whether the juice or cider being offered has been pasteurized.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by contaminated food include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, fatigue, and fever. Symptoms may start within hours of eating the contaminated food or drink, or may begin days later. If you suspect you may have a foodborne illness, call the IowaSic hotline at 1-844-469-2742. The IowaSic hotline will be answered by IDPH specialists who will ask callers about the illness, symptoms, onset and duration, and also complete a history of all foods consumed for the past several days. Illnesses associated with foods purchased from or consumed at food establishments will be investigated by staff in DIA’s Food and Consumer Safety Bureau.

For more information about foodborne illnesses, visit idph.iowa.gov/cade/foodborne-illness.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/24/2016

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October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Creston Police Report (10/24/16)


October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston, Saturday afternoon, arrested 31-year old Colan Hanner, of Creston. Hanner was arrest at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on charges of Theft 5th and Interference with Official Acts. He was released from the Union County Jail on a Promise to Appear later, in court.

And, Sunday night, a Creston resident report to police that after recovering her missing purse from an incident occurring Saturday, she noticed that $50 in cash and a bottle of perfume was missing from the purse. The loss was estimated at $70.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/24/2016

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October 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:05-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson