Floyd Valley Healthcare Gets Medical Equipment Donated By Local Doctor
(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare and Clinics unveiled a new piece of medical equipment today (Thursday) during a news conference that will make it easier, and possibly less painful, for patients with difficulty locating a vein for blood extraction analysis. Dr. Andrew Geha was told of the “Accurate
Vein Locater” by his patient, Richard Miller of Le Mars. Geha then decided to purchase the equipment and donate it to the clinics and hospital. Miller says he has a condition that makes it difficult for health officials to locate his vein.
Miller says many times his arm would have bruise marks due to the many attempts to locate his vein.
Miller says he first learned of the “Accurate Vein Locator” through connections with social media platforms.
Dr. Geha says he felt it was important to make the donation to the Floyd Valley Clinics and Healthcare, to give additional measures of comfort to patients.
Geha explains how the “Accurate Vein Locator” will better assist health care officials, when drawing blood.
The Floyd Valley Healthcare physician says he is glad to make the donation.
Wendy Prins, Floyd Valley Clinic Manager is appreciative of Dr. Geha’s donation, and says the vein locator will be shared between the clinic and the hospital.
Many Southwest Iowa Residents Are Without Water
CRESTON, Iowa (AP) – Thousands of people in nine Iowa counties have been without drinking water for days because of a filtration system failure that won’t be fixed until this weekend at the earliest.
A membrane filtration system failure at the Twelve Mile Water Plant in Creston has left residents in the region without water since June 1.
Residents have been advised to boil tap water before consumption to avoid potential bacteria, viruses and parasites that could cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches.
Dan McIntosh is the general manager of the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association and Creston Water Works’ treatment plant. He says the water is safe for bathing and for pets and livestock.
McIntosh says it’s unclear why the system failed last week. The utility has ordered new equipment.
Appeals Court Overturns Conviction For Fake Currency
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Appeals Court has overturned a man’s conviction because the fake money he tried to use was too unreal to believe.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 48-year-old James Scott, of Waterloo, offered a $100 bill marked “For Motion Picture Use Only” and “This note is not legal” in April 2016 when he tried to buy a cellphone in Waterloo. A store clerk rejected it, and Scott eventually was convicted of forgery.
Scott argued in his appeal that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
The appellate court Wednesday cited Iowa court rulings from 1859 and 1869 that say that if a document isn’t capable of deceiving, its use doesn’t constitute forgery. Consequently, the court said, “There is insufficient evidence to support Scott’s conviction.”
DEA To Set Up New Office In Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is establishing a new field division based in Omaha that will include Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
In a news conference Thursday in Omaha, DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson said the new division will open in July. It is the agency’s 23rd division office in the United States.
Patterson says the move was prompted in part by the nation’s growing opioid crisis. In April, authorities seized a record 118 pounds of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl during a traffic stop.
The Omaha division will be led by Matthew Barden, who previously served as the Associate Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Division.
Barden says the new division will “produce more effective
investigations on methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid trafficking.”
Ankeny Police Identify Dead Bodies
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) – Police in the central Iowa city of Ankeny have identified two people whose bodies were found earlier this week inside a mobile home.
Police said in a news release Thursday that autopsies reveal 44-year-old Karen Jayne Edsinga and 45-year-old Lonnie Robert Perry died in the Autumn Ridge mobile home. Their bodies were found Monday after officers were sent to check on their welfare. Police say it appeared the two had been dead for “an
extended period of time.”
Police say the autopsy showed Edsinga died of a self-inflicted gunshot and that Perry also died of a gunshot wound. Police say they were unable to determine if Perry’s wound was self-inflicted or at the hands of Edsinga.
Investigators say evidence at the scene suggests both parties’ actions were consensual.