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(UPDATE) Children seriously injured when stolen car crashed in SUV

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say several people — including two children — were seriously injured when a stolen car being chased by Council Bluffs Police slammed into another vehicle in Omaha, Nebraska. Authorities say identified the suspected driver as 23-year old Raymundo Rafael Silva-Gomez, of Bellevue, NE. Police tried to stop the Cadillac he was driving near 535th and Ronald Road at around 5-p.m., Thursday, but Silva-Gomez failed to pull over. Officers eventually discontinued the pursuit.

The car at some point crossed the Missouri River into Omaha at speeds over 100 miles per hour, ran a red light and crashed into a sport utility vehicle at 13th and Missouri Avenue, in Omaha. The impact caused two children to be ejected from the SUV. KETV in Omaha reports Silva-Gomez suffered a fractured leg in the crash. He was wanted on warrants and was cited for reckless driving, no registration and no proof of insurance.

Police said the driver of the Murano, 18-year old Rosa Espinosa, of Omaha, suffered a fractured arm. Paramedics also took a 12-year-old girl to Nebraska Medicine for treatment of a fractured clavicle. A 9-year-old boy suffered a fractured arm and collarbone. The front-seat passenger, 17-year old Denice Garcia, of Omaha, suffered minor injuries, according to police.

2020 Governor’s Charity Steer Show Comes to Iowa State University

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

For the first time in its 38 year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show (GCSS) will not be held at the Iowa State Fair. Due to the cancellation of this year’s fair, Iowa State University will host the event. Dr. Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, says “We are very honored to host the 38th Annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Learning Center here at Iowa State University. This event is a great opportunity to showcase how the people of the Iowa cattle industry care about our neighbors in need of help by fundraising for a very worthy cause. We are so excited to help continue this tradition to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.” Dr. Thomson will serve as this year’s Showmanship Judge.​

The event, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa, will be held on August 15, 2020. Organized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, the GCSS has raised over $3.8 million to help provide a home away from home for families of children who are being treated in nearby hospitals. Ronald McDonald Houses are located in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City.​

Twenty-five steers from across the state will compete for the championship designation, showmanship honors, and the People’s Choice award. The steers have been raised by Iowa youth involved in the cattle industry, and celebrities will accompany the young steer owners in the ring. Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Last year’s auction raised more than $284,000.

The event will be invite-only, and participants will be encouraged to follow the university’s social distancing guidelines. The show and auction will be streamed live online, and fans can donate to the cause and vote for the People’s Choice award online.

Iowa woman gets probation for holding party during shutdown

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

RIPPEY, Iowa (AP) — A west-central Iowa woman has been sentenced to one year of probation for holding a large party in May during a government-order ban on gatherings of 10 or more people. Television station WOI reported Friday that 38-year-old Charity Snavely was also sentenced earlier this month to 10 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended. Snavely pleaded guilty to a public health violation stemming from a May 23 party at her Rippey home in which police said she served 13 minors alcohol.

At the time, Gov. Kim Reynolds had ordered a ban on such gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Iowa Board of Corrections approves Mike Heinricy as next warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE – The Iowa Board of Corrections voted unanimously today (Friday) in support of the appointment of Mike Heinricy as the next warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, in Coralville. His appointment was recommended to the board by a department hiring committee. Heinricy has served as the deputy warden of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center since May of 2020, and he served as the Deputy Warden at the Anamosa State Penitentiary from May of 2016 to April of 2020.  He started his more-than-17-year career in corrections with the Anamosa State Penitentiary as a Correctional Officer in 2002. Throughout his career in corrections, he has held such positions as: Officer, Counselor, Unit Manager, and Deputy Warden.

Commenting on the approval by the board, Iowa Corrections Director Beth Skinner said, “IMCC is probably our most complex prison in the entire system. The team that works there is extremely dedicated to their job, and they deserve a leader that will be dedicated to helping them succeed. I am positive that Warden Heinricy is going to serve this team, and the taxpayers of Iowa well as the leader of this extremely important correctional facility.”

Griswold hosting 138th annual Old Soldiers Reunion

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The 138th annual Old Soldiers Reunion takes place this weekend, in Griswold. The annual Military March into the town begins just outside the city limits at 4:15-p.m., Saturday. Landon Peterson is a member American Legion Post 508 in Griswold. “Veterans, families of veterans (and) our theme is ‘Hometown Heroes’ so law enforcement, fire and EMS — anybody who is involved in that is welcome to join in our road march.”

Tractors will be parked on Cass Street in Griswold for a tractor show that starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Peterson says that’s been a popular part of the annual event for the tractor owners AND members of the community. “That’s something that they’ve always been done and they were really excited to know that we were going to continue with the reunion so they didn’t have to miss one, because they really enjoy that,” Peterson says.

Other events at this year’s Old Soldiers Reunion include a parade and a street dance on Saturday night.

Search for missing brain cancer patient continues

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The search for a former Wartburg College music instructor who left a Waterloo care facility Monday night is entering its fourth day. Authorities have been looking for 46-year-old Michael Jensen of Waverly since he escaped from Ravenwood Specialty Care through a window. Jensen’s wife, Jen, says her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012. “He’s had diminished capacity since 2016,” Jen Jansen says. “Mostly from the brain cancer and complications from the treatments.”

Michael Jensen

Jensen says the past few months have been extremely difficult on the family. Jensen and the couple’s three daughters, one of whom just graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School, haven’t been able to visit Michael because pandemic restrictions. “He’s been in a nursing home for two years with cooperative care,” Jensen says. “… To be quite honest, with COVID, we’ve been at the end of our rope. It had been 121 days on Monday since I’ve seen him and been able to hug him.”

Authorities believe Michael Mitchell may be trying to return to the family’s home in Waverly. Nearly 50 volunteers showed up in Janesville Thursday to help look for him and they spent the morning searching property between Cedar Falls and Waverly before severe weather ended the effort around noon. Mitchell says she’s extremely grateful for the support her family has received from friends and strangers. “When I drove in the parking lot, I had to a minute to have a good cry,” Jensen says. “It’s overwhelming to see … a parking lot full of volunteers, who are taking their summer day.”

Firefighters and first-responders went door-to-door in Janesville Thursday night. Even though there have been no signs of Mitchell since he disappeared, Jen Jensen is confident he will be found.”We’re going to find him,” Jensen says. “I have so much confidence in this law enforcement team. Waterloo P.D. has been fantastic and homeland security has been wonderful.”

The search for Jensen will resume at 9 AM today. Volunteers should report to the Incident Command Center at the Island Park Boat House in Cedar Falls.

Test Iowa passes 100,000 tests conducted mark

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – This week the state’s Test Iowa program has passed the 100-thousand mark in number of tests conducted. Governor Kim Reynolds announced in April that a group of Utah companies were being paid 26-million dollars to supply the test kits. The first Test Iowa site opened April 25th in Des Moines.  “Last week, Test Iowa sites across the state surpassed the capacity of 3000 tests per day,” Reynolds says.

There are now 20 “Test Iowa” sites in the state. Some are drive-through sites. Others are set up in partnership with local hospitals and clinics. According to the governor, 21 percent of the COVID-19 tests that have been done in Iowa since March have been run through the Test Iowa program. Reynolds says Test Iowa is currently the state’s number one source for tests. “As demand for testing continues to grow, Test Iowa appointments are filling up quickly, so even though we’ve far exceeded our capacity for the past two weeks, we’re mindful that we can push our capacity limits only so far,” Reynolds says. “While our volume of tests are in good supply, we are considering different ways to adjust operations at some of our test sites and at the State Hygenic Lab so that we can further expand capacity to meet the demands of Iowans that want to be tested.”

Iowans must use the Test Iowa app or call to schedule an appointment time for a COVID-19 test. Sites in Des Moines and Waukee account for 40 percent of the tests conducted through the Test Iowa program this month.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/10/20

News, Podcasts

July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

More State and area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 7/10/20

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:05-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Iowa COVID-19 update (7/10/2020)

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July 10th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

In the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus update today (Friday, 10-a.m.), officials report: Three more people have died from COVID-19 (for a total of 742); Officials say 358,394 have been tested for the virus to-date, with the number of positive cases up 744 to 33,756. There were 7,972 Iowans tested Thursday, another new single-day record. One of 9 Iowans have been tested for the virus and 1 of 94 have tested positive. Negative cases stand at 326,822; and, 25,750 Iowans have recovered from the virus.

Iowa’s hospitalization rates have been increasing since the beginning of July after a long period of decline. IDPH reported 169 current patients with COVID-19, up from 168 the previous day. There are 54 patients listed in intensive care, up from 49 the previous day. There are 26 patients on ventilators, equal to the previous day. There were 19 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, down from 32 the previous day. In southwest/western Iowa RMCC Region 4: Five people are hospitalized (2 less than yesterday); 4 are in an ICU; none were admitted to a hospital, and there was no one on a ventilator. Long-Term Care (LTC) facility data show: 15 current outbreaks; 282 residents/staff tested positive for COVID-19; 87 have recovered, and there have been 392 deaths to-date.

County-by-County COVID-19 cases, and the number of person who have recovered (   ).

  • Cass: 27 (19)
  • Adair: 16 (12)
  • Adams: 8 (8)
  • Audubon: 16 (15)
  • Guthrie: 72 (57)
  • Montgomery: 11 (8)
  • Pottawattamie: 796 (655)
  • Shelby: 119 [2 more than on Thursday] (105)