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Adair County Sheriff’s report (8/4/20)


August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department late Monday night issued a report on arrests over the past week. Early Friday morning, 22-year old Savian Jerimy Fisher, of New Orleans, LA., and 20-year old Troy Rollins, Jr., of Auroro, CO., were arrested on I-80, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both were released later that same day on a $1,000 cash or surety bond.

Late Thursday night, 30-year old Charles Augustus Elkin, of Fischers, IN., was arrested on I-80 for OWI/1st offense. He was released the next day on a $1,000 bond. Early Wednesday morning, 39-year old Michael Benjamin Crall, of Orient, was arrested in Adair County, on two counts of Domestic Abuse Assault with injury. He was released later that same day on his own recognizance.

On July 28th, 30-year old Samantha Lynn Bell, of Grimes, was arrested following a traffic stop on I-80 in Adair County. Bell was taken into custody for Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana, and Drug Tax Stamp Violations. She was released the following day on $1,000 bond.

July 27th, 33-year old Justin Carol Donaldson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Polk County Jail, on an Adair County warrant to serve his required sentence in Adair County. Donaldson was released three-days later after time-served. Also arrested July 27th, was 31-year old Ryan Douglas Neal, of Orient, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Mariuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was released the 31st on his Own Recognizance.

And, on July 26th, 52-year old Rex Allen Roberts, of Blair, NE., was arrested by Stuart Police, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Harassment in the 1st Degree (following an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, and Theft in the 2nd Degree. He was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond.

Economists predict significant losses for corn farmers, due to pandemic

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – An analysis prepared for the National Corn Growers Association concludes American corn farmers will lose 89 dollars an acre in revenue this year — due to the pandemic. Chris Edgington, who farms near St. Ansgar, is the association’s new vice president. “There’s some economists predicting that are projecting….the 2021 crop year will be impacted,” he says.

A prediction from a University of Illinois economist suggests 2020 revenue from U.S. corn sales will dip to a 14-year low. “We’ve got a lot of challenges,” Edgington says. “We’ve got a lot of great product that we need to get moved and we’re just looking for homes to get it out of the bins so we can put this year’s crop in there.” The economic analysis done for the Corn Growers indicates that even after calculating the additional payment from federal farm programs, there’s a 15-dollar per acre drop in revenue related to the 2019 corn crop.

“COVID is definitely causing some challenges in the country,” he says. “Exports are a challenge. Demand for both ethanol and livestock have both been hit pretty hard at times and so those things rise right to the front when we get together as a group and talk.” Edgington is part of a three-generation operation. He farms with his father, his brother and his son.

Salary boost for doctor who’s the top medical advisor in state gov’t


August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The state medical director whose public profile has been elevated during the pandemic has gotten a big pay boost. Dr. Caitlin Pedati’s boss is Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia, who is now the interim director of the Public Health Department, too. Garcia says she raised the medical director’s salary by nearly 45 percent for a variety of reasons — including new responsibilities for Dr. Pedati in the Department of Human Services.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati (File photo)

“This decision was really focused around retention,” Garcia says, “but also really focused around the job we’ve asked her to do in those dual roles.” Pedati has been the state epidemiologist as well as the state medical director since late 2018. Pedati’s new, 265-thousand dollar annual salary is higher than that of Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, her predecessor who retired nearly two years ago after 24 years in the job. Garcia says she’s quite comfortable with Pedati’s new salary compared to what other physicians in state government are making.

“I did poll a variety of other salaries for positions both internal to the Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health as well as the Department of Corrections,” Garcia says, “and this salary adjustment is actually below what those other salaries are in comparison.” The Bleeding Heartland blog first reported Pedati’s salary adjustment, as well as the 55-thousand dollars Pedati was paid for overtime work this spring. Garcia says Pedati is not only being asked to be the state’s top clinician, she’s had to do her work in the spotlight and — in Garcia’s words — “under a microscope” during the pandemic.

“She’s worked at the CDC,” Garcia says. “She’s worked in another state and she is paramount to our ability to sustain this response over the course of the next year.” Pedati worked in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services before taking the job in Iowa’s Department of Public Health.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., 8/4/2020


August 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ actions were made possible by an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits, and Reynolds in turn vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Miller says the compromise importantly is temporary and won’t hamstring future Iowa attorneys general.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting a man in the parking lot of an eastern Iowa funeral home where he was attending the funeral of his 8-year-old son, who died of cancer. The Quad-City Times says 26-year-old Jeramie Shorter, of Davenport, was shot Saturday morning outside Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport and later died. Shorter was there to attend the funeral of Jermier Leon Shorter, of St. Paul, Minnesota. A possible motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately known. Police later arrested 24-year-old Nuemonei Tre Vonne Laster, of Davenport, who appeared in court Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, eluding and weapons counts. He is being held on a $300,000 cash bond.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of business leaders released Monday suggests the economy continues to recover in nine Midwest and Plains states, but businesses are still cutting jobs amid the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the economy still remains weaker than before the virus outbreak began. The overall index for the region improved to 57.4 in July from June’s 50.3. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below 50 suggests decline. The monthly survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — Two workers installing internet cables in Pella, Iowa, died after striking an underground, high-voltage electrical cable. Pella Police Lt. Paul Haase said the workers died Saturday morning after striking the electrical line. Haase said residents nearby reported hearing a loud boom at the time. A third worker for Excel Utility Contractors suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. The crew was installing internet cables for Pella Fiber. Haase said 35-year-old Genis Urgell Rueda and 20-year-old Nelson Joani Figueroa died. They were both from Richmond, Virginia. People who lived near where the electrical line was struck were evacuated for about an hour

Field of Dreams game in Iowa postponed to 2021 due to virus

News, Sports

August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White Sox originally had been set to host the New York Yankees.

When MLB remade its schedule following the delayed start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals became the opponent. MLB will keep the White Sox for the game next year. The other team has not been determined.

Northwest Iowa man accused of illegally getting federal unemployment


August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – A northwest Iowa man is accused of illegally getting coronavirus relief money from other states. Sixty-one-year-old Alvin Rex, of Schaller, is charged with one count of mail fraud. The complaint against Rex alleges he received approximately 19-thousand dollars in unemployment claim deposits to his bank in Storm Lake in the names of individuals from Massachusetts and Arizona.

The complaint says Rex then made a series of cash withdrawals from his account and mailed the cash to at least one other person in Maryland. The money included Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits. Rex appeared in federal court in Sioux City and was released on bond pending further court proceedings.

4 more COVID-19 cases in Mills County


August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Public Health Department reports four more, positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mills County. One of the newly confirmed cases is a person 18-to 40-years of age, the others are age 41-to 60. One individual contracted the virus through close contact, while the others contracted it through community spread.

The latest cases bring the total to 79 in Mills County, with 38 persons having recovered. Officials say 2,655 residents of the county have been tested. And, “Going forward Mills County Public Health and [the] Mills County Emergency Management Agency will only be sending out weekly reports, following a briefing of the Mills County Board of Supervisors during their regular meetings on Tuesday morning, and NOT for every confirmed case.

Officials continue to encourage residents be safe, practice social distancing and hand washing procedures, along with other measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Follow-up to Glenwood Shooting incident


August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Glenwood Police Department, Monday (today), issued an update to their earlier reports with regard to a shooting incident that took place last Thursday. Their latest report says “At approximately 11:12-p.m., the Glenwood Police Department responded to a shooting at 506 S. Locust Street. Upon arrival, a 17-year old male victim was identified and sent to the hospital via medical helicopter.

“The suspect’s vehicle was located by Mill County Deputy’s, north of Glenwood, where the suspects then fled on foot. An extensive search led to the apprehension of two minor aged suspects, a 17-year old male from Omaha, and a 15-year old female from Council Bluffs. Both have unrelated charges of Burglary [in the] 3rd Degree.”

Officials said also, that on Friday, July 31st, at about 11:30-a.m., Glenwood Police arrested a third suspect: a 17-year old male from Glenwood, at an address in Glenwood. He too faces a charge of Burglary in the 3rd Degree. All three of the teenage suspects will have additional charges levied against them as the investigation continues.

The investigation remains on-going, with the Iowa DCI and Mills County Sheriff’s Department assisting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Glenwood Police at 712-527-4844.

Pavement patching on Iowa 83/Second Avenue in Atlantic begins Thursday, Aug. 6


August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC, Iowa – Aug. 3, 2020 – A pavement patching project on Iowa Highway 83/Second Avenue from the west city limits to Poplar Street, in Atlantic, will require lane closures and closure of some side streets during work hours beginning on Thursday, Aug. 6, until Thursday, Aug. 13, weather permitting.

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office says Ten Point Construction is the prime contractor for this project. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should expect some delays.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

Audubon Mayor declares “Water Alert”


August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Mayor Barb Jacobsen has declared a “Water Alert” for the City, through the end of September.  According to the City, “When moderate but limited supplies of water are available, the Mayor shall, through appropriate means, call upon the general population to employ prudent restraint in water usage, and to conserve water voluntarily by whatever methods available.”

Residents should refrain from watering yards and gardens, and use commercial car washes instead of private washes, to conserve water.