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Mills County Sheriff’s report

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were recently arrested on warrants: 45-year old Michelle Diane Weston, of Corning, was arrested Sunday evening on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County, with regard to Child Endangerment. She was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail. And, 25-year old Jacob Michael Roebuck, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pott. County Jail Monday afternoon, on a warrant for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300.

Monday night, 35-year old Laffeatte Jason Thomas, of Council Bluffs, was arrested following a traffic stop on 230th Street. Thomas was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Domestic Abuse, and Child Endangerment. He was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

U.S. Senate passes pandemic relief bill, including new round of $1,200 checks

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Republicans in the U-S Senate are forwarding yet another incarnation of the CARES Act to the House which Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says is designed to address continuing problems with the public health crisis. Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says he was directly involved in several key elements of the coronavirus pandemic relief legislation. “That includes updated tax relief to help get folks back to work and help businesses safely open,” Grassley says, “updates in our approach to the unemployment benefits, to provide another round of economic impact payments.”

That part of the plan provides for another round of $1,200 payments for most Americans, with an additional $500 for each dependent. The measure would also lift restrictions on federal assistance that’s already been sent to state and local governments, so it could be used to fill revenue shortfalls. “In other words, originally it was just supposed to be used to fight the virus,” Grassley says, “but if states have money left over, we’ll give them flexibility on spending it.”

He says the package contains a new credit for expenses, like for personal protective equipment and cleaning, which is needed to maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers. Grassley, a Republican, says the proposal sets a “responsible path forward” to address the problems our country is facing due to COVID-19.  “We put forth the bill and we’ve got to negotiate with the House,” Grassley says. “I hope my Democrat colleagues will work with us in good faith. They’d better be open to compromise and keep the best interests of the American people in mind.”

The package would help nursing home patients and workers, Grassley says, in addition to freezing Medicare premiums at 2020 levels to head off a predicted spike next year.

Crescent man arrested on warrants, Monday

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County report search warrants were served at a residence in rural Crescent, Monday afternoon. Taken into custody on Felony charges that include Theft in the 1st Degree, and Commit a Specific Unlawful Act/Ongoing activity, was 43-year old Jason Henry Miller, II, of Crescent. Miller was being held in the Pott. County Jail on a total of $35,000 bond. And, at around 11:30-p.m. Monday, 23-year old Aaron Daniel Fauteux was arrested following a traffic stop. Fauteux was taken into custody for OWI/1st offense.

Work release escape of Devonte Ellison

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE –The Iowa Department of Corrections reports 25-year old Devonte WB Ellison, who was convicted of Assault on Peace Officer, and Eluding, in Dubuque County, failed to report back to the Dubuque Residential Facility as required this (Tuesday) morning.

Devonte WB Ellison (IA DOC Photo)

Ellison is a 6-feet one-inch tall, and weighs 194 pounds. He was admitted to the work release facility on May 28, 2020.  Persons with information on Ellison’s whereabouts should contact local police.

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For more information on the state’s work release program, please see Iowa Code 904.901-904.910

 

Coronavirus cases at Boys State Training School in Eldora

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Twelve students and five staff members at Iowa’s detention center for boys have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. According to KCCI, the first case at Eldora Boys State Training School was reported last week. All students and staff are now getting tested. Anyone who tests positive is separated and parents will be notified. The school holds about 70 youth from across the state.

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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Roadside survey starts this week for Iowa’s small game animals

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The annual roadside survey for small game animals starts this week as staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources drive routes across the state, looking for a variety of critters. Iowa D-N-R wildlife biologist Todd Bogenschutz says they’ll be seeking pheasants, quail, Hungarian partridge, jackrabbits and cottontails. Bogenshutz says he’s particularly optimistic about the pheasant population. “Last year, the counts were down a bit. We had a tougher winter and it was a wetter spring,” Bogenschutz says. “Coming into this year, we had a fairly mild winter which means we probably had fairly decent hen survival through the winter.”

Bogenschutz says the year ahead may be particularly promising for hunters, especially when compared to 2019. “Spring was cool but it was also one of the driest in almost ten years, that’s usually a good sign in talking about our nesting wildlife,” he says. “A lot of folks are excited about what we’re going to see in the count. Everybody’s expecting things to be up.” Bogenschutz says the work of the counters in the survey should not be impacted by COVID-19 as they’re staff members, not volunteers, and they’ll be driving their routes themselves. He anticipates a busy fall hunting season. “I know our fishing license sales are up and our spring turkey hunting license sales were up,” he says. “I think it’s just because of the COVID thing. A lot of people aren’t working so outdoor recreation is one of the ways they fill the void and maybe that’ll continue this fall.”

The results of the roadside survey will be released by early September. The count started in Iowa in the 1930s.

Sierra Club calls for overhaul of Iowa’s ag economy, better race relations

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club is calling for a climate adaptation plan and other policies to overhaul the state’s agricultural economy. The group calls for changes to make farming more environmentally sustainable while still being profitable. Chapter director Pam Mackey-Taylor says to create a climate adaptation plan, they want farmers, state officials, consumers and environmentalists to meet and address key questions.  “How do you sustain farm incomes in the future?” Mackey-Taylor says. “What kinds of things do we need to do to adapt? and how do we make sure that agriculture remains a part of our economy for the future?” Mackey-Taylor says the state could invest economic development dollars in small meat processors and in creating new markets so farmers can expand beyond the standard two-crop rotation.

The chapter is also backing the national organization in distancing itself from founder John Muir. In recent weeks, Muir’s ties to eugenics and white supremacy have prompted the nation’s oldest environmental organization to call for a reckoning with its founders and past attitudes. Mackey-Taylor says many people and groups are reconsidering their actions and language around race. Mackey-Taylor says, “It makes sense for Sierra Club to do that close look and to mend the hurts and the harms that we’ve done and to move forward after that.” Across the country, the environmental movement is confronting its lack of diversity as some of the few activists and staffers who are not white have quit or called for organizational overhauls.
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The Planned Parenthood affiliate that includes Iowa issued a statement last week denouncing what it called the “problematic positions” of the organization’s founder. The group said Margaret Sanger’s advocacy of racist ideas was wrong and repugnant.

(By Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio)

Iowa Coronavirus update 7/28/20

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July 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(UPDATE 10-a.m., 7/28/20) – The State’s Coronavirus dashboard today (Tuesday) shows 253 additional positive, confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24-hour reporting period, and seven more deaths from the virus. IDPH reported 3,327 individuals tested Monday, with a 7.2% positivity rate. There have been 458,738 Iowans tested for the virus. One of 7 Iowans have been tested and one of 74 have tested positive.

The IDPH says 414,286 Iowans have tested Negative; 30,476 have recovered from the virus, and 836 have died. Hospitalization data show: 253 are hospitalized across the State from COVID-19 (an increase of 12 from yesterday); 75 patients are in an ICU (3 less than Monday); 30 were admitted to a hospital since Monday’s report, and 31 people were on a ventilator.

Hospitals in western/southwest Iowa report: 2 more hospitalizations from COVID-19, for a total of 13; Four more are in an ICU, for a total of nine; two people with virus symptoms were admitted to the hospital since Monday, and one person remains on a ventilator.

Long-Term Care facility (LTC) data show 21 outbreak (One less than yesterday), 651 staff/patients have tested positive for COVID-19, 213 have recovered, and 455 have died (7 more than reported on Monday).

IDPH Dashboard, current County Positive case counts, and the number of reported recoveries ( )

  • Cass: 37, (29)
  • Adair: 20, (16)
  • Adams: 13, (Recovery data not available)
  • Audubon: 25, (no recovery data available)
  • Guthrie: 122 [3 more than on Monday], (69)
  • Montgomery: 39 [1 more than yesterday], (20)
  • Pottawattamie: 1,049 [3 more than on Monday], (760)
  • Shelby: 135 [2 more than on Monday], (126)