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Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Aug. 3rd 2020

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August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases reported in Iowa reached 45,481 Sunday after it increased 544 since Saturday. Iowa officials also reported two more deaths linked to COVID-19, which gives the state a total of 874 deaths linked to the virus. Hospitalizations for the virus remain at an elevated level across the state. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, 231 people were hospitalized. That’s down from Saturday’s 242 people hospitalized but still higher than what had been seen in recent weeks. Yet the number of people hospitalized with the virus remains far below the state’s peak of 417 on May 6.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police officers could be wearing body cameras by the end of the year. Police Chief Rex Mueller says the city council will be asked Monday to approve spending $260,000 for 120 body cameras. Mayor Bob Scott said he would be shocked if the proposal doesn’t pass unanimously. Mueller said after training, officers could be wearing the cameras late this year. Purchasing cameras is voluntary for Iowa law enforcement agencies, Sioux City has been considering them for several years but Mueller said the financing was never available because of other city priorities.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One influential pork company has received the vast majority of payments from an Iowa program designed to support farmers who euthanized their hogs after the coronavirus devastated their industry. Newly released data shows that Christensen Farms has received $1.86 million from the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program. That’s 72% of the $2.6 million the program has paid to date. Christensen Farms is one of the nation’s largest family-owned pork producers, The Sleepy Eye, Minnesota-based company has received reimbursement payments for disposing of 46,599 euthanized hogs. The 15 other companies and farmers who have received payments reported euthanizing about 18,000 hogs combined.

SW IA man charged with enticing a minor

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Adams County, Saturday, arrested a man from Carbon on numerous charges.

Jerry Mack Anderson

81-year old Jerry Mack Anderson faces charges that include three Class-C felony counts of enticing a minor, one Class-D Felony count of enticing a minor, four-counts of indecent exposure, and four-counts of 3rd Degree Harassment.

Anderson was being held in the Adams County Jail on a $40,200 cash bond.

2 utility workers die after striking buried electrical line

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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

IA COVID-19 Update for 8/2/2020: 5 new cases in Cass County

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Sunday, reports that as of 10 a.m. there were 544 additional COVID-19 cases over the past 24-hours. The COVID-19 dashboard indicates 45,481 cases have been confirmed statewide since Iowa’s outbreak began. Iowa’s reported positivity rate is 9.4% compared to 8.1% Saturday. Of the state’s confirmed cases, 32,918 Iowans recovered. There are 5 new cases in Cass County, for a total of 47.

The Iowa DPH reported two additional COVID-19 deaths for a statewide death toll of 874. The website said 606 of the state’s deaths involved Iowans with preexisting conditions. COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities account for 471 of the state’s total deaths.

Iowa DPH reports 231 hospitalizations, of which 75 patients are in intensive care. The Iowa DPH said hospitals admitted 28 new COVID-19 patients in the past 24 hours compared to 36 on Saturday. Polk County reports the most cases in the state, with 9,658 cases. Hospitals in western/southwest Iowa report: 13 people are hospitalized with COVID-19; seven are in an ICU; one person was recently admitted, and three people are on a ventilator.

The IDPH Dashboard current County/Positive Case count/reported recoveries (   ), and the number of deaths to date (if any)  {    }:

  • Cass: 47 (34) {1}
  • Adair: 20 (16)
  • Adams: 16 (10)
  • Audubon: 28 (15) {1}
  • Guthrie: 126 (80) {5}
  • Montgomery: 43 (29) {3}
  • Pottawattamie: 1,206 (781) {21}
  • Shelby: 158 (132) {1}

Update: 1st Cass County COVID-19 death

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic, IA— As we reported yesterday on the KJAN.com News page and our morning broadcasts today (Sunday), Cass County Public Health has confirmed the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for a resident of Cass County.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Cass County Public Health Director Beth Olsen. “We know this is a difficult time for them, and we honor their right to privacy. The only details about the patient we are able to disclose is the age range, which is 61-80.”

“We continue to work daily with key stakeholders in the county and state to limit the spread of COVID-19, so that we can decrease its impact on our residents, families, businesses, and everyday life. Our call to action and plea to every Iowan is still the same; we need everyone’s help in practicing social distancing, mask wearing, and staying home when ill so that we can hasten the end of this pandemic.”

All residents should:

  • Practice social distancing whenever possible and mask wearing when in close contact or in public.
  • Call your healthcare provider before you go into any healthcare facility if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities).
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Take the online assessment at testiowa.com to see if you should be tested for COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov or the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov.

Atlantic City Council has a full agenda for Wednesday

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic City Council have a full slate ahead for their meeting Wednesday evening at 5:30.  First-up, is action on an Order to Close the alley behind the Fireside Lounge on August 29th, from 8-a.m. until midnight, for a Street Dance. The event is nearly identical to one the Council approved last month. They’ll also act on a request from Atlas Cinemas on W. 5th Street, to place a Pepsi vending machine on the sidewalk, abutting their property. City Code allows for such requests provided goods do not extend over three feet from a building. Placement of the pop machine would still leave eight-feet of sidewalk space for foot traffic.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the sale of a vacated Linda Drive right-of-way, followed by action on a Resolution approving the disposal of the land to a nearby resident for just One-dollar. The Council will also discuss the partial vacating of a right-of-way between Hemlock and Sycamore Streets, south of E. 18th Street, and likely act to refer the matter to the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

In other action, the Atlantic City Council is expected to approve the third, and final readings of Ordinances pertaining to: Licensing of tree trimmers; Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants; Businesses or Individuals who wish to do business with or contract for, the City; and an Ordinance with regard to Truck and Large Vehicle parking. They will also hold the first reading of an Ordinance (#997), “Amending Provisions to Chapter 169,” with regard to persons residing on land in residential neighborhoods, when there is no proper home, and/or working plumbing, yet are still being occupied.

City Administrator John Lund says neighbors are “Fed up with seeing people occupying property in their neighborhood and living like it is a third world country.” The Ordinance, as it currently stands, has prevented Atlantic Police from removing those persons from the premises. The amended ordinance, developed by Code Enforcement Office Kris Erickson and Atlantic Police Chief Dave Erickson, would be broader than the current scope, and allow authorities to deal with such issues in the future. It’s likely the Council will approve the 1st reading, and waive the 2nd and 3rd readings, so that the Amended Ordinance may be in place and enacted upon, prior to this weekend. If all three readings are required, the earliest the the ordinance would become effective is Sept. 4th.

The Council is also expected to set 5:30-p.m. Aug. 22nd, as the time and date for a Work Session on the “Standards, Building and Property Codes for Atlantic.” Representatives from SWIPCO and the City’s Code Enforcement Department, as well as others, will be on-hand to discuss property maintenance and conditions enforcement, and the proper tools with which to legally handle such issues as they pop-up. Persons planning on attend the session in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, must wear a face mask, or they will be offered a disposable mask upon entry to the room. They meeting will also be televised. The public may contact City Hall or their elected representatives in advance of the meeting, to pose any questions or concerns.

Bluffs man arrested Saturday night after firing a rifle near a bar

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Police, Saturday night, arrested 25-year old Benjamin Merksick, of Council Bluffs, after they were called to a shots-fired incident, outside of a bar. Merksick faces charges that include Attempted Murder, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and Going Armed with Intent. He was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Benjamin Merksick

Authorities say Officers were called to Sugars Lounge int the 2700 block of E. Kanesville Blvd. at around 11:23-p.m., Saturday, in reference to a male party shooting a gun in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they noticed that two patrons had the offender, Benjamin Merksick, on the ground. Officers were able to take Merksick into custody. After further investigation it was determined that Merksick had gotten into an argument inside the establishment and went outside to his vehicle to grab a rifle. Merksick then shot the rifle several times in the vicinity of many patrons. As Merksick was attempting to reload, two of the patrons were able to take Merksick to the ground before officers arrived. There were no injuries reported at the time of the incident.

If you have any information pertaining to the incident, please contact the Council Bluffs Police Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.

Man from Stuart arrested in Red Oak

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Saturday, arrested a man from Stuart on a Dept. of Corrections warrant for Violation of Parole. Authorities say 27-year old Jesse Patrick Beaman was taken into custody at around 7:30-p.m. in the 200 block of W. 3rd Street, in Red Oak. Beaman was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in his arrest.

Creston man arrested in Montgomery County

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man seen walking in the 2000 block of Highway 34 in Montgomery County early this (Sunday) morning, was questioned and then taken into custody on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Assault on a person in a certain occupation. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports Anthony Wasson was arrested at around 4:30-a.m., and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on a $1,000 bond. Red Oak Police assisted Deputies in handling the arrest.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, 8/2/2020

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August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:15 a.m. CDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police officers could be wearing body cameras by the end of the year. Police Chief Rex Mueller says the city council will be asked Monday to approve spending $260,000 for 120 body cameras. Mayor Bob Scott said he would be shocked if the proposal doesn’t pass unanimously. Mueller said after training, officers could be wearing the cameras late this year. Purchasing cameras is voluntary for Iowa law enforcement agencies, Sioux City has been considering them for several years but Mueller said the financing was never available because of other city priorities.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One influential pork company has received the vast majority of payments from an Iowa program designed to support farmers who euthanized their hogs after the coronavirus devastated their industry. Newly released data shows that Christensen Farms has received $1.86 million from the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program. That’s 72% of the $2.6 million the program has paid to date. Christensen Farms is one of the nation’s largest family-owned pork producers, The Sleepy Eye, Minnesota-based company has received reimbursement payments for disposing of 46,599 euthanized hogs. The 15 other companies and farmers who have received payments reported euthanizing about 18,000 hogs combined.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old Waterloo man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on gun charges after he shot a man in 2019. Alberto Quinto-Pascual shot Alejandro Franco at a Waterloo apartment and Franco later died from his injuries. Quinto-Pascual was not charged with murder but was sentenced Friday in federal court on gun charges, in a move the increased his sentence. Quinto-Pascual is a citizen of Mexico, and will likely be deported following his prison time. Prosecutors said the two men met at a bar and then went to a house, where Quinto-Pascual shot Franco. Quinto-Pascual told police Franco shot himself.

UNDATED (AP) — Officials from states across the country who are hoping to expand broadband internet to underserved areas with federal money appropriated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are scrambling to finish the projects by the end of the year. To comply with the current CARES Act rules, states must have the broadband projects, which can typically take months if not years of planning and construction, up and running by Dec. 30. In Vermont, the Legislature cut back on what lawmakers would have liked to allocate from $100 million to less than $20 million because they didn’t believe they could have spent the larger amount on time, despite the need.