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Fire Prevention week

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

This is National “Fire Prevention Week.” In Atlantic, Harlan and elsewhere, fire department members served-up breakfast for a free-will donation for area residents and offered demonstrations of various sorts, yesterday (Sunday). John Bolton, Atlantic Fireman, said the fundraiser served to help bring the annual Fireman’s Parade to Atlantic. The parade takes place this coming Saturday, Oct. 11th. It starts at 6-p.m. Participants will line-up at 4-p.m. at 3rd & Olive Street, and will proceed South on Walnut to 6th street over to Chestnut and go North to 2nd Street. FPW

This year’s theme is: “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives Test Yours Every Month.” Awards will be given for: Farthest Away Department, Most Members From 1 Department and many others. The parade, which wraps-up Fire Prevention Week, includes lots of family-oriented activities. Bolton says there will be a professional clown and face-painter, their will be bag-pipe players, and dancers.

During Fire Prevention Week, Firefighters will be in area schools , to talk about fire safety, and offer demonstrations of smoke detectors, so children will be aware of what they sound like when detectors go-off, and not be afraid. Bolton says they also put on their turn-out gear to show children they shouldn’t be afraid of firefighters, and let them know they’re there to help.

Bolton says kids are sometimes afraid of firefighters because with all their gear on, they look like “Aliens or robots.” He says to alleviate that fear, fire crews will appear in plain clothes, then put on their equipment piece-by-piece and demonstrate their microphones – how they communicate with each other – and then take the equipment off, to show once again…they are humans.

They also teach children how to deal with smoke in the home that may be from an unseen fire, and what they should do if they see smoke or flames, or if the detector goes off. Bolton says batteries on smoke detectors should be checked monthly, there should be a detector in the center of each room, and hallways.

Firefighters will also take kids for rides on a fire truck, and “Freddy the Fire Truck” will explain to children where they should be standing (in their yards), if they see a fire truck heading down the street, and that they shouldn’t go up to the scene.

Deadline is next week for Iowa “hero” nominations

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa and Nebraska chapters of the American Red Cross are searching for heroes in the two states who will be recognized at the Iowa-Nebraska football game on November 28th in Iowa City. Kara Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Iowa, says there are plenty of heroes out there who deserve a little recognition and the deadline for nominations is next week.  “We’re looking for people who really go above and beyond or have done a life-saving act,” Kelly says. Last year, the two Red Cross chapters got more than 50 nominations from both states.

“This is the 4th year of the Hy-Vee Heroes game, it started with the first game between Nebraska and Iowa,” Kelly says. “So far, it’s been very successful and we’ve had the opportunity to meet and honor some really amazing people.” One hero from each state will be singled out for a presentation on the 50-yard line on game day. She says last year’s hero from Iowa was Mike Klemmensen.

“The 2013 hero was a young man from Hinton, Iowa, who is a firefighter with the 185th Fighter Wing (of the Iowa National Guard),” Kelly says. “He is really a phenomenal guy. He ran into his neighbor’s house, which was burning, and rescued all of the family members inside.” Last year’s Nebraska hero was Caleb Amundson of Fairbury. He helped save the life of a driver whose pontoon boat and truck landed in Harlan County Lake on Labor Day last year.

The deadline for entries is October 14th. Nominate someone online at www.hy-vee.com or at www.redcross.org.

(Radio Iowa)

1 person injured in Mills County accident, Sunday

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A passenger in a pickup truck was injured Sunday evening, when the vehicle rolled over off of Interstate 29, in Mills County. The Iowa State Patrol says 36-year old Rebecca K. Hansen, of Logan, was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha, following the crash that happened on northbound I-29 at around 6-p.m., Sunday. Hansen was wearing her seatbelt.

Officials say she was riding in the back seat of a 1997 Toyota SR-5 pickup that went out of control and entered the median before coming to rest on the driver’s side. A trailer being pulled by the pickup became detached during the crash and ended-up on its top.

The vehicle was driven by 17-year old Ethan E. Hansen, also of Logan, who was cited for failure to maintain control. Neither the driver nor two other passengers in the pickup were injured.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 6th 2014

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in Des Moines Friday to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. A Braley campaign spokesman Jeff Giertz said yesterday that Obama and Braley will attend a rally at Drake University Friday afternoon. Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is spending some of his overflowing campaign money on Illinois television, with the hope of carrying remote Lee County, one of two counties that have eluded the governor in his long career. The 67-year-old Republican seeking a sixth term acknowledges it is not a cost-effective move but hopes to highlight how the county’s economy has rebounded since his 2010 election.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district’s refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status. The district’s lawyer, Andrew Bracken, tells the Des Moines Register it appears that 16-year-old Habibu Moise Habienza’s legal residence remains with his family in Rwanda, so Des Moines won’t enroll him.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa county is suing a landowner to collect more than $1 million in unpaid taxes. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Black Hawk County filed the lawsuit against J.L. Watts Company in August over $1.048 million in unpaid property taxes.

Red Oak man arrested Sunday afternoon

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Sunday afternoon in Montgomery County resulted in the arrest of a Red Oak man. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year old James Donald Uhlmann, Jr., was pulled over at around 2:45-p.m. in Red Oak. He was charged with Driving While Revoked/Drug Related, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where Uhlmann’s cash bond was set at $300.

Beware loose cattle in southern Cass/northern Montgomery County

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Motorists traveling in southern Cass and northern Montgomery Counties early this morning should slow down and be on the lookout for cattle on the loose. According to scanner traffic, deputies were reporting a couple of hundred head of cattle were roaming free near the Cass/Montgomery County line south of Lyman and near Grant, or in an area spanning from about Wichita Road south along Highway 71 in Cass County, to the County line, or about one-mile south of Grant.

Rollover accident in Cass County Sunday morning

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No one was seriously hurt when a vehicle rolled over this (Sunday) morning, near Griswold. According to dispatch reports, motorists saw a vehicle in the ditch west of Highway 48 on Osage Road, at around 1:35-a.m.

Griswold Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance responded to the scene, along with a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy. The male driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then turned over to law enforcement.

No other information is currently available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Oct. 5th 2014

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest. The area of most concern includes the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where just 40 percent to 50 percent of the corn crop is mature.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial service to remember an Iowa State University student from China whose body was found on September 27th in the trunk of her car. The Des Moines Register reports that 250 people gathered in a circle on the Iowa State campus Friday night to remember 20-year-old Tong Shao. The memorial service was held by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City officer is in an Omaha, Nebraska hospital after turning a gun on himself. The Sioux City Journal reports that the incident began late Friday afternoon when police officers were called to a Sioux City house. Officer Jill Ohm was the first to arrive. Police say she struggled with the 27-year-old suspect before the man wounded her in the chin.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old Davenport man has been charged with second-degree murder. The Quad-City Times reports that Devyn Fix was charged Friday for the September 26th shooting death of 18-year-old Thomas Taylor.

Templeton Rye co-owner responds to lawsuit allegations

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Keith Kerkhoff, co-owner and Templeton Rye recipe-holder of Templeton, Iowa-based Templeton Rye Spirits, LLC, responded today (Saturday)to allegations made in lawsuits filed in Chicago. On the company’s social media site, Kerhoff said “The unfortunate and misguided lawsuits have been turned over to our lawyers. The claims made in these lawsuits are false and damaging to our company.”

He went on to say “Templeton Rye is a unique, award-winning whiskey based on the Prohibition Era Kerkhoff recipe. We have a distilling partner in Indiana and flavor engineer in Kentucky who supply ingredients but Templeton Rye is made in Templeton, Iowa. They supply flour and eggs and we bake the cake.”

Kerkhoff said “We have never hidden the fact that we have a distilling partner in Indiana. We don’t think folks buy Templeton based on where it might be distilled. We think they buy our product because it is a great tasting whiskey with a unique story at a fair price. We are a small Iowa company trying to do great things in our community and our state. It is a shame that we are being attacked with this frivolous lawsuit from a Chicago law firm.”

Last Tuesday,the Iowa attorney general’s office said a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a Templeton Rye bottle. It claims the company broke consumer protection laws and misled drinkers about where the whiskey is made.  The newspaper reports a second Chicago law firm plans to file a class-action lawsuit.

Sioux City officer shot; suspect in custody

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting and injuring a Sioux City officer is in custody after turning a gun on himself. The Sioux City Journal reports) that the incident began late Friday afternoon when police officers were called to a house for a disturbance. Police say Officer Jill Ohm was the first to arrive. Police say she struggled with the 27-year-old suspect before the man shot her in the chin.

Ohm was taken to a Sioux City hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. At the same time, police launched a massive search for the shooter.

Police say the suspect was found Friday night in the basement of an abandoned home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His condition is not known.