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Healthy U series of lunches continues Thursday, in Atlantic

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The next in a series of “Heathy U” programs sponsored by Cass County Health Systems will take place Thursday, June 25th, beginning at noon, in Conference Room 2 at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic.

Elaine Berry, M.D.

Elaine Berry, M.D.

Guest speaker is Dr. Elaine Berry, who will address the topic of “End of Life Care.”

End of life care is a difficult topic, but knowing your loved one’s wishes, or having your own wishes known, can make this time easier to navigate for all. Dr. Berry will discuss the issues involved and answer questions. Dr. Berry joined Atlantic Medical Center in 1988, where she provides the full spectrum of family medical care. She has served as medical director of Cass County Hospice since 1990, and in 2008 became the only certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physician in southwest Iowa. Dr. Berry also serves as the medical director of Cass County Emergency Services and is the Cass County Medical Examiner.

Healthy U is a free educational series that focuses on a different health topic each month. Medical professionals present an educational program and attendees receive a healthy sack lunch to enjoy during the program. Future topics will include dementia, joint health, and diabetes. For more information, or to make a reservation for the June 25th Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

Red Oak man arrested on meth-related charge Mon. morning

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak on foot patrol early this (Monday) morning, arrested one person on a drug charge. Officials say 23-year old Justin Lewis Marsden, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 3:30-a.m. in the 500 block of E. Washington Street, for Possession of Methamphetamine, with the Intent to Deliver. Marsden was being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on $5,000 bond.

Union Pacific uses social media to warn about track dangers

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Union Pacific is turning to social media to help keep people off railroad tracks. img_up_safety_senior-1 The railroad unveiled a new campaign last week about the dangers of railroad tracks. The short animated videos are designed to persuade photographers and high school seniors to refrain from taking pictures on or near train tracks.

The videos show a high school senior posing in the middle of a highway before getting hit by a truck. img_up_safety_senior-2-shareThe videos are designed to be easily shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. Federal statistics show that more than 500 people were killed nationwide last year while walking or standing on railroad property.

Missouri River claims man who tried to save his daughters

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Father’s Day turned tragic for a family whose father drowned trying to rescue his daughters as they were being pulled-in by the Missouri River current while wading and playing in the river Sunday afternoon. The Omaha World-Herald says the incident happened during a Father’s Day outing at NP Dodge Park, on the Nebraska side of the river, near Omaha.

31-year old Elias Salvador, of Omaha, jumped into the river to try to save his two daughters and two other children. The children were rescued by three fisherman and family members. They tried to save Salvador, but were unable to pull him from the river current’s grip.

Search and rescue teams from around Omaha and Pottawattamie County looked for Salvador’s body until and it was recovered by an Omaha Fire Department dive team just after 8-p.m., Sunday.

Harlan Police investigate Sunday evening shooting

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan were called to a location off of Industrial Parkway Sunday evening for a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived shortly after 7:40-p.m., officers initially determined a man in his mid-to late 30’s had suffered an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was conscious and breathing prior to medics arriving on the scene, according to dispatch reports. The man was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan.

No other information is currently available.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges in Greenfield

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Atlantic and a woman from Greenfield were arrested on separate drug charges over past few days. 26-year old Marshall Brandon Fischer, of Atlantic, was arrested just before 5-a.m. Friday in Greenfield, on charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a pipe allegedly used to smoke meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense – Meth, and Driving While Barred. Fischer, who had a previous conviction on a meth charge in 2014 in Cass County, was being held in the Adair County Jail on $2,000 bond.

And, at around 3:40-p.m. Thursday, 48-year old Kristina Marie Merical, of Greenfield, was arrested on charges that include: Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 1st offense; Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine – 3rd or subsequent offense; two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; A Prescription Drug Violation, and, Theft in the 3rd Degree (for allegedly taking property valued at more than $500, but less than $1,000).

Merical was released from the Adair County Jail Friday evening, on $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon. June 22nd 2015

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that has wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms. An Omaha breakfast and lunch eatery owner says his supplier’s inventory has dwindled because of demand and production is down because of federal testing.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Governor John Kasich is hitting the road again later this week. The Republican will be making his first trip to Iowa since he began exploring whether to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Kasich has yet to officially announce his decision on the 2016 presidential race. Kasich’s trip to Iowa on Wednesday will have him making several stops in Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data show motorists in Iowa’s largest cities don’t often appeal citations from traffic enforcement cameras. The Des Moines Register reports just 2.7 percent of motorists in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Sioux City appeal such citations. The city of Davenport doesn’t track the information and officials in Muscatine didn’t provide the data.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old man was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at a party in Des Moines. Police say officers responded to a 911 early Sunday and found the 27-year-old man along with 23-year-old person. Both had stab wounds and were taken to a Des Moines hospital. The 27-year-old man later died from his injuries.

Suspicious death investigation in Adams County

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June 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NODAWAY, Iowa — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division if Criminal Investigation (DCI) are investigating a suspicious death in Nodaway, Iowa.

The investigation is ongoing and the name of the decedent is not being released at this time pending notification of family memebers.

Barbeque and Food Safety for this Summer

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June 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Summer is here and if you haven’t already had a cookout, it’s time to think about cooking outdoors. Although many people cook outdoors all year around, summer is still a time for barbeques. Here are some simple guidelines from the USDA and ISU Extension for safe food grilling, to prevent bacteria from multiplying and possible food borne illness from happening to you.

From the store: Separate raw meat and poultry in your shopping cart to prevent cross contamination. If meat juices drip unto uncooked food, it can spread bacteria. Plan to go directly home from the grocery store or take a cooler and ice with you. All perishable food should be refrigerated within two hours and one hour if the temperature is above 90°.

Thaw safely: Thaw meat before grilling so it cooks more evenly. Thaw in the refrigerator, in cold running water, or the microwave. Use the microwave only if you are going to cook it immediately.

Transporting: When transporting food to another location, keep it cold. Use ice or cold packs to keep food at less than 40° Pack cold food directly from the refrigerator into insulated coolers for transport.

Keep everything clean: Use clean platters and utensils. Don’t use the same platter for raw and cooked meat. Harmful bacteria from raw meat can contaminate cooked meat. Take clean water with you for cleanup or use moistened towelettes for cleaning surfaces and hands.

Cook thoroughly: Just because it looks done, does not mean meat and poultry have reached safe internal temperatures to prevent food borne illness. Use a meat thermometer to make sure it is safe. Beef and pork steaks should reach 145°for medium rare, 160° for medium. Ground beef and ground pork should be at 160°, and all poultry to 165° to be considered safe to eat.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold: Cold foods should always be kept at 40° or less. Hot foods should be held at 140° or more. Foods should not left out for more than 2 hours or only 1 hour if the temperature is 90°.

If you have any questions about grilling call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline number 1-888-674-6854 or Iowa State University Extension Answer Line at 1-800-262-3804.

Omaha man arrested Sun. morning in Montgomery County

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June 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Nebraska was arrested early this (Sunday) morning, in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office says 24-year old Matthew John Pruss, of Omaha, was taken into custody at around 2:30-a.m., following a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Highway 48, south of Red Oak. Pruss was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.