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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 7/2/20

News, Podcasts

July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:06-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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$2,500 donation to Atlantic Little League by Frederickson Mem. Fund

News, Sports

July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $2,500 to the Atlantic Little League.  Fund spokesperson (Trevor’s mom) Melanie Petty, says the money will be used for fencing improvements to the fields.  Although a normal season wasn’t held this year due to COVID-19, Petty says the board continued to do work on the fields and grounds to update them and have them ready to go for the clinics that were held along with different travel teams and this year,  the AHS Softball program.  She says “Atlantic should be very proud of the facilities that are available for our children to play on.”

Pictured: Grant Petty and Sara Wood (President of Little League) (Photo submitted)

Petty says baseball is one of the fund’s favorite things to help with, as Trevor played ball from the time he was 5 years old all the way through college.  After college he continued to play ball on town leagues.  It was a true passion of his.

The annual TFred Memorial Golf Tournament will be happening in just over a month on August 8th at Nishna Hills Golf Course.  Melanie Petty says “We are looking forward to a great day of golf and hope to see a lot of people out there.  There is still time to sign up your team to golf, donate an item for our silent auction or sponsor a hole.  All money raised is given back to the community that Trevor loved.”

The Trevor Frederickson Fund ia a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Petty says they look forward to another year of giving back [to the community].

Celebrate With a Plan this holiday weekend: Special Traffic Enforcement planned

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the last few months have brought incredible challenges for our communities. As our nation begins to reopen, many Americans will be eager to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) want to remind drivers to not let the celebration turn dangerous by driving impaired.

Nationally, during the 2018 July 4th holiday period (the most recent statistics available) 193 people died in motor vehicle crashes and 78 of these fatalities occurred in an alcohol-impaired crash. On the fourth of July in 2018, one person lost their life in Iowa due to an alcohol related crash. On July 4, 2019, Iowa experienced 112 crashes which involved 2 fatalities and 9 serious injuries. These fatalities and injuries are certainly nothing to celebrate.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 71 percent of those who died in alcohol related crashes were in vehicles involving a driver with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 or higher, almost two times the legal limit of .08. Law enforcement agencies across Iowa will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from July 3 to July 7, 2020.

In an effort to combat impaired driving, officers will be exhibiting zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Impaired driving is not only dangerous but illegal, and it puts everyone on the road in jeopardy. There is also a financial aspect of driving impaired. An OWI arrest can cost up to $10,000. You could lose your license, your car, and your job. Before you set out to celebrate this holiday weekend, make a plan – have a designated driver, call an Uber, or other rideshare service.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that it is never okay to drink and drive!

Walnut City Council meeting set for this evening (7/2)

News

July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Walnut is set to hold a meeting at the Walnut Community Center and online at GoToMeeting (You can also dial in at 1-(669)-224-3412 & use access code 491-221-661). Their session begins at 5-p.m. Among the items on their agenda, is:

  • Discussion & possible action on the 1st reading of Ordinance 167, amending the Code with regard to provisions pertaining to water service discontinued and customer deposits.
  • Discussion of the Walnut Community & Fitness Center, & Family, Inc. lease renewal.
  • The appointment of the City of Walnut Zoning Administrator.
  • A Housing Rehabilitation Grant
  • Discussion of Property Maintenance.
  • Discussion of the City of Walnut Sesquicentennial Celebration.
  • And, information with regard to Quarterly Inspection of City Property.

Iowa COVID-19 dashboard update 7/2/20: No deaths over the past 24 hours; 411 new positive cases

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Thursday), say (as of 6-a.m.),  no new deaths resulting from the virus were reported, Wednesday. The toll remains 717. However, 411 people tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 29,701. Negative test results amount to 283,012 (4,065 more than yesterday).  Those who have recovered from the virus number 742.

In Regional Medical Center Coordination (RMCC) data: 145 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized (compared to 149 yesterday); 36 are in an ICU (37 yesterday); 18 were admitted to a hospital (compared to 29 in Wednesday’s report), and 18 are on a ventilator. That’s 3 less than reported earlier. There was no change in the RMCC Region 4 (western/southwest IA) data.

Long-Term Care (LTC) facility outbreaks remain at 20. At those facilities, 558 persons (Staff & patients) have tested positive,. Recoveries from the virus amount to 430, while COVID-19 deaths at LTC’s amount to 381. There has not been much change in area County COVID-19 data, except to say: Audubon County has one less positive case, Shelby County has two more positive cases, for a total of 108, and two more persons recovered (for a total of 81).

Pottawattamie County’s numbers show 712 positive cases (an increase of 21), 599 recovered (11 more than yesterday).

Iowa has new, tougher law on animal abuse, torture

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – A new state law that took effect with the first day of July enhances the penalties for those caught abusing, neglecting or torturing pets. The law makes it easier for prosecutors to pursue these cases. A person convicted of seriously injuring or killing a pet could be sentenced to up to two years in prison. A second offense would be a felony. Representative Mary Wolfe, a Democrat from Clinton, says the penalties in the new law are reasonable.

“And will, in fact, provide law enforcement and judges with a better tool to both rehabilitate people convicted of these crimes and perhaps provide a little bit of deterrence,” she says. The new law defines animal abuse as intentionally or recklessly injuring or poisoning a pet. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, led Senate debate of the bill.

“Countless times we hear stories in the media of just disgusting abuse of our companion animals that so many times are members of our families,” Zaun said. Senator Tony Bisignano of Des Moines, a Democrat, says Iowa’s animal abuse penalties had been classified as the 49th weakest in the country before now. “Iowa has a good animal cruelty bill, not the best, but a good one and I thank all of my colleagues on both sides who have had to compromise,” Bisignano said. “…There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s what makes good legislation.”

Efforts to toughen penalties for animal abuse faltered over the past decade. Farm groups raised concerns that animal rights activists would use an updated law to target farmers. The new law applies to abuse, neglect and torture of “companion animals” and specifically excludes livestock and wild animals.

Dsm P-D releases statement on State Capital arrests

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July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek, Wednesday night released a statement concerning the arrest of 17 individuals Wednesday afternoon/evening on the grounds of the State Capital. In his statement, Parizek said, “Throughout the protest events of recent weeks, a variety of crimes have been committed by persons present at these events. Des Moines Police Department detectives have continued to follow up on these crimes, and arrests are being made.

“Today, officers monitoring a protest at the State Capitol arrested three people for charges related to the damage done during the protest at Hy-Vee, 3221 SE 14th Street, on 20 June 2020. Those arrests were made without incident within the Capitol building.

“As officers and Iowa State Patrol troopers attempted to escort an arrestee out of the building, a large crowd of protestors followed them into the parking lot. The crowd surrounded the officers, with at least one person attempting to physically block their path.

“As officers attempted to arrest this person, several people in the crowd began to assault the officers. Violent physical attempts were made to pull the arrestees from the custody of the police officers. The police officers were also pushed, pulled, hit, and jumped on.

“At one point, a protestor assaulted a police officer by jumping on his back, placing him in a chokehold, and wrestling him to the ground. As they struggled on the ground, the officer was disarmed of his duty handgun. The officer was able to recover the handgun. This protestor was arrested.

“The crowd continued to be aggressive with law enforcement officers. Nearly 50 law enforcement officers from the Des Moines Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and other State law enforcement agencies were required to restore order. During this process, multiple additional arrests were made.

Pepper spray was deployed during this event. Persons arrested during this event include:

  • Indira Sheumaker, 26 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer With Serious Injury, Assault On A Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Interference With Official Acts With Injury, and Criminal Mischief – 1st Degree (Hy Vee incident)
  • Clayton Stein, 18 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer With Serious Injury, Interference With Official Acts With Injury, Disarming A Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct.
  • Matthew Bruce, 24 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer (2 counts), Interference With Official Acts With Injury, Disorderly Conduct.
  • Bradley Penna, 31 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer Causing Injury.
  • Giovonni Bahena, 22 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct.
  • Anna Gebhardt, 29 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer Causing Injury.
  • Brandi Ramus (adult – no age available at this time) – Charged with Interference With Official Acts.
  • Alexandria Dea, 26 years old – Charged with Interference With Official Acts.
  • Louise Bequeaith, 19 years old – Charged with Disorderly Conduct.
  • Eva Lewin, 24 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer Causing Injury, Assault On A Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct.
  • Jennifer Erwin, 36 years old – Charged with Assault On A Police Officer Causing Injury.
  • Kirk Johnson, 50 years old – Charged with Interference With Official Acts Causing Injury, Resisting Arrest.
  • Jalesha Johnson, 21 years old – Charged with Interference With Official Acts.
  • Jasmine Johnson, 19 years old – Charged with Criminal Mischief – 1st Degree (Hy Vee incident)
  • Lashon Winfield, 22 years old – Charged with Criminal Mischief – 1st Degree (Hy Vee incident)
  • At least two juveniles were taken in to custody during this event.

Additional arrests connected to this incident may not have yet been processed.”

Iowa early News Headlines: Thursday, 7/2/20

News

July 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:35 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s executive branch is getting a grim gift from a company that has long made uniforms for meatpacking workers: a free supply of 500 body bags. Dickson Industries is donating the body bags as the state prepares for a worst-case scenario in which the coronavirus or another health emergency would overwhelm hospitals and medical examiners. The Des Moines-based company makes garments and products for the food processing, medical and other industries, including coats and insulated jackets for meatpacking workers. A state spokesman says the body bags will be kept in a state stockpile, just like 500 ventilators the state is purchasing.

DES MOINES, Iowa. (AP) — Police used tear gas and arrested people at the Iowa Capitol during a protest to persuade Gov. Kim Reynolds to restore voting rights to felons. KCCI reports the police said protesters started the confrontation on Wednesday but protesters accused law enforcement of mishandling the arrests. Videos from the scene show Iowa State Patrol troopers taking some protesters to the ground while others tried to pull authorities away. Des Moines police arrived and more arrests were made. Police say at least 15 people were arrested. Two juveniles also were taken into custody..

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The IBM Client Innovation Center in Dubuque will close within four months, the big tech company said Wednesday, taking nearly 350 jobs with it. Word of the closure first came from Greater Dubuque Development Corp. CEO Rick Dickinson, who told the Telegraph Herald that an IBM official called his office Wednesday morning to inform him that the facility will close by November. IBM spokesman Fred McNeese confirmed that later Wednesday, saying the company will consolidate the Dubuque tech support and outsourcing center with its center in Columbia, Missouri. McNeese says most employees in Dubuque will be given the opportunity to relocate to the Columbia facility or take a severance package.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police in Waterloo are investigating after dozens of gravestones were damaged in a late-night vandalism spree. Up to 50 gravestones were toppled or moved at Elmwood Cemetery sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Cemetery manager Joe Fox told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that damage ranged from huge markers to a small headstone for a 2-month-old baby named Allen dating from the 1800s. Waterloo police photographed the damage and collected evidence but had made no arrests as of Tuesday night.

Atlantic City Council honors promoted Police Officer & others

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening, recognized Atlantic Police Officer Cameron S. Ward, who was promoted during the meeting by Chief Dave Erickson, to Sergeant. Ward’s father and Omaha Police Officer/Millard North Middle School SRO Tony Ward, pinned the badge on his son after he was sworn-in.

Atlantic Police Sgt. Cameron Ward gets a hug from his father Tony, following his promotion and badge pinning. (Atlantic Police Dept. Facebook page photo)

Cameron Ward joined the A-PD in Dec., 2016. He’s a native of Griswold and G.H.S graduate. Mayor Dave Jones recognized Chris Dvorak, for her thirty-years of service with the Atlantic Police Department. And. the Council also recognized Crista Wiskus for her 20-years of service to the Atlantic Public Library.

In other business, the Council approved/passed the following:

  • An Order to close the alley behind the Fireside Lounge to 7th Street, from 8-a.m. to 11-p.m on July 11th. Owner Mark Foegen plans on holding a street dance with live entertainment, similar to what took place last year, during RAGBRAI.
  • They also passed the 3rd & final reading of an ordinance amending the Animal Shelter’s fee schedule to cover State mandated vaccinations of all intake animals and those adopted, if there is no proof of prior vaccinations. The costs, ranging from $13-to-$60 or more, will be passed on to the adoptee.
  • The Council passed the 2nd reading of an ordinance amending City Code with regard to Curfew, which will be changed from 6-p.m. to Midnight, to Midnight to 5-a.m. The error was caught by Atlantic Police Lt. Paul Wood and brought to the Council’s attention.
  • The Atlantic City Council also approved the 1st reading of an amended ordinance pertaining to Tree Trimmer Licensing. The amendment requires proof of Worker’s Comp Insurance (if applicable), and adds exemptions for: City employees performing tree work as part of their job; Private property owners trimming, removing or cutting trees on their own property or the publicly-owned right-of-way abutting their property, or any exceptions determined valid the Mayor, on a case-by-case basis (such as a declared emergency).
  • The Council held and passed the 1st reading of an amended ordinance pertaining to “Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants.” Changes include the addition of mobile food vendors and requirements, bond requirements are changed to insurance requirements, and there are two new exemptions.
  • They also passed the 1st reading of an ordinance concerning “Doing Business with the City,” which adds requirements for persons and businesses doing work for the City, to include insurance requirements.
  • And, the Council passed the 1st reading of an ordinance pertaining to “Truck & Large Vehicle parking.

Test Iowa clinic site to open in Pottawattamie County

News

July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – A new Test Iowa clinic site is scheduled to open in Pottawattamie County on Mon., July 6, 2020. The new clinic site will be located at All Care Health Center, 902 South 6th St., in Council Bluffs.

Clinic sites are partnerships between the State of Iowa and local health care providers to increase access to testing in their communities. Clinics operate and staff the test sites. The state provides testing supplies and processes the samples through the State Hygienic Lab.

This is the second Test Iowa location in the area. The first site opened on May 29 at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., also in Council Bluffs. Individuals who wish to get tested at any site must first complete the online assessment at testiowa.com. They will then be directed to schedule an appointment.

Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Locations and hours of operation for all test sites can be found at testiowa.com or coronavirus.iowa.gov.