TWO RED OAK MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(Red Oak) Two Red Oak men were arrested on drug charges early Friday morning. Twenty-one year old Bruce Anthony Kaimann Jr was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and twenty-one year old Daniel Joseph Peck was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Peck was cited and released. Kaimann was taken to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond.
PASSPORT SERVICES NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT THE CASS COUNTY RECORDER'S OFFICE
(ATLANTIC) Effective at the close of business today, the Cass County Recorder’s office will no longer be processing passport applications. However, the Cass County Auditor’s office will be assuming that responsibility,
“There have been recent changes implemented by the US Secretary of State Office that are filtering down to the county level,” states Joyce Jensen, Cass County Recorder. “The changes center around county recorder offices that are considered ‘dual function facilities’; they are County Registrars for the vital records (birth, marriage, & death records) in their county and also are certified passport acceptance agents.”
Recorders throughout the State of Iowa received a letter from Passport Services dated Oct. 29, 2010, stating that if they could not comply with new policies, they would no longer be permitted to process passport applications. There are stipulations to which the Recorder must adhere in order to keep the service in the office.
The first of those is physical space. Separate physical space is required under the new policy. That entails separate public counters, separate entrances, separate private workstations, and a physical separation or wall between the workspaces. Information and files must also be physically separated from birth record files and not accessible to anyone but those working with passports. The second requirement is that the person processing passport applications can not have access to birth records or indexes of any form.
“This policy change creates a huge lack of customer service locales for passport customers,” stated Jensen. “The Iowa County Recorder’s Association has contacted legislators at all levels for assistance with this matter. For larger offices, the service will remain available if they can comply. For the small offices, such as mine, there is no way to appease Passport Services and still provide quality customer services in all the other areas we specialize in.”
County Auditor Dale Sunderman and County Recorder Joyce Jensen decided that they did not want to lose the local customer service that they provide their constituents. Therefore after discussion with the Board of Supervisors the decision was made that the personnel in the auditor’s office would begin training to become passport agents.
The current implementation date for the changes is May 1, 2011. The last date for processing a passport application through the County Recorder’s office will be April 29, 2011.
“It is will much regret that we will no longer be able to provide this service to our customer,” said Jensen. “I am very pleased that this service will still be provided on the local level and our customers will not have to drive to a more distant city for this service.”
LANE CLOSURE ON SOUTHBOUND I-29 BEGIN MAY 3
(Council Bluffs) Bridge maintenance work will cause the left southbound lane of Interstate 29 to be closed between exit 82 (Harrison County Road F-50) near Modale and exit 89 (Iowa 127) near Mondamin beginning Tuesday, May 3 weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs office.
The bridge painting project is expected to be completed by early June.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits 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.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS DRUG TRAFFICKERS
(Atlantic) This week two Atlantic men were arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. One of the arrests was part of a month long investigation with assistance from multiple counties. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says the work they have done in the past few months will certainly put a damper on the drug activity in the Cass County area.
“We are trying to make a statement, don’t bring drugs into the county, and think it is going to be okay,” stated McLaren. “We are going to use all our resources including; state and federal agencies to get your attention.”
Thursday it was reported that 43-year-old Harold Eugene Powell with 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, five counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, five counts of Trafficking, Stolen Weapons, and one charge of 5th Degree Theft.
MAN ARRESTED ON ADAMS COUNTY WARRANT
(Grant) A passenger in a vehicle stopped near Grant Thursday faces numerous charges after giving false information to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Authorities arrested Jessie B. Fitzwater after the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over for speeding at 1st Street and Highway 71. Fitzwater was arrested on a warrant from Adams County for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, 6 counts of drug paraphernalia and Possession of a firearm as a felon. Originally Fitzwater didn’t have any identification and gave officer’s a false name.
He was transported to the Adams/Montgomery County line where he was transferred to Adams County authorities.
Fitzwater was held on 10-thousand dollars cash bond
MONTGOMERY SHERIFF REVIEWS TEXTING RULES
(Red Oak) Court documents state that the 18-year-old Page County teen, charged with motor vehicle homicide in Montgomery this week was texting just before the collision that killed two children in Montgomery County last fall. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson reminds that the are laws that prohibits the use of cell phones while driving.
“As of July 1, 2010 the state passed a law that made it illegal to text and drive, unless you pulled over to the side of the road,” said Sampson. “If you are 17-under it is against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving. If you are 18-above you can talk on a hand free device only.”
Eighteen-year-old Karli Jo Brown, of Essex is charged with two-counts of Motor Vehicle Homicide and one count of Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle for the November 28, 2010 fatality that claimed the lives of. These charges were the result of a technical Accident Investigation conducted by the Iowa State Patrol. The accident occurred on Highway 48 south of Red Oak on November 28, 2010, that claimed the lives of 4-year-old Alexander McNeese and 5-year-old Maliki McNeese, of Cumberland.
GLENWOOD POLICE REPORTS
(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department reports two arrests this week.
Twenty nine year old Keith Wilson of Glenwood was arrested today (Friday) for driving while suspended, failure to prove SR-22, and failure to have ignition interlock device.
On Wednesday, 49-year-old Charles McNeil of Bellevue, Nebraska was arrested for Trespassing.
The Glenwood Police Department also took several reports of theft on Monday. Jessica Holford reported a 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft from her vehicle, Brande Barnes reported an attempted 2nd Degree Burglary, Kenneth Steans reported the theft of his vehicle, and Jeffrey Cooper of Glenwood reported a burglary to his vehicle.
WIND ADVISORY FOR PARTS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA
(OMAHA) A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, and Page counties.
The National Weather Service says strengthening low pressure over eastern Colorado will result in increasing surface winds across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. It will become windy with southeast winds at 25 to 35 mph with gust to 45 mph.
Travel on east to west roadways may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Secure trash cans, lawn furniture or lightweight outdoor objects.
CASS COUNTY TEEN FACES DRUG CHARGES IN SHELBY COUNTY
(Harlan) A Cumberland teen was arrested on drug related charges following a traffic stop in Harlan Monday.
According to the Police report, 18-year-old Shannen Tedford was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. She was one of four occupants in the vehicle pulled over by Police. Officers offered to give the four subjects in the vehicle a ride home and as they were patted down for weapons, Tedford was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.
Tedford was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was booked for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN AT ATLANTIC GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
(ATLANTIC) Bart and Beth Peppers, owners of the Feedlot Steakhouse in Atlantic, will be opening a new restaurant on the property of the Atlantic Golf and Country Club.
Atlantic Golf and Country Club House Chair Kipp Harris says the restaurant, called Chances R, will be operating in the dining room area of the Club and in the south half of the ballroom area.
“They’re going to lease the restaurant facility from the Atlantic Golf and Country Club and they’ll also be able to not only serve our members, but they’ll also be able to serve the general public and hopefully somebody that’s run a successful business for 16 years will be able do the same there and it will be a win-win for both us and Bart and Beth,” said Harris.
Chances R restaurant will open June 28th.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-680 BEGIN MAY 6
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge maintenance work requires restricting Interstate 680 traffic to one lane in each direction between exit 21 (Pottawattamie County Road L-34) and exit 27 (I-80) beginning Friday, May 6, until Monday, June 6, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Council Bluffs construction office.
SHENANDOAH TO RELEASE PARTIALLY TREATED WASTEWATER
(SHENANDOAH) A scraper arm in a wastewater clarifier at the Shenandoah wastewater treatment plant broke Wednesday night requiring emergency repairs today (Thursday).
The city estimated that about 150,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater would run into a drainage ditch and then to the East Nishnabotna River between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday).
As of 1 p.m., the city had drained wastewater from the primary clarifier and was discharging wastewater through a storm water clarifier while welders repaired the scraper arm. Although the wastewater is receiving some treatment, it is bypassing biological treatment.
The DNR is requiring water samples and testing and is monitoring the situation.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF AND RED OAK HY VEE PARTNERING IN DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM
(Des Moines) The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement are collaborating with local agencies across the state to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide prescription drug take-back program this Saturday. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson says this program is an asset to the community.
“A lot more people are getting hooked on prescription medication." said Sampson. “There are people’s homes that are getting broken into for medication.”
According to the DEA, unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Currently more Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroine combined, according to the DNA.
Area Citizens can bring their unused prescription medications to the Red Oak Hy Vee Pharmacy from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
PAGE COUNTY TEENAGER CHARGED IN FATALITY ACCIDENT
(Red Oak) Court documents state that the 18-year-old Page County teen, charged with motor vehicle homicide in Montgomery this week was texting just before the collision that killed two children in Montgomery County last fall. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson reminds us of the law that prohibits texting while driving.
“As of July 1, 2010, the State passed a law where it is illegal to text and drive, about the only way you can text is if you pull off to the shoulder of the road and come to a complete stop then you can actually sit and text,” explained Sampson. “If you’re 17 and younger you cannot even talk on a cell phone while you’re driving. 18 and above you can talk on a cell phone if you’re using a hands free device.”
Eighteen-year-old Karli Jo Brown of Essex was charged with two-counts of Motor Vehicle Homicide and one count of Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle for the November 28, 2010 fatality. These charges were the result of a technical Accident Investigation conducted by the Iowa State Patrol. The accident occurred on Highway 48 south of Red Oak on November 28, 2010, that claimed the lives of 4-year-old Alexander McNeese and 5-year-old Maliki McNeese, of Cumberland.
HY-VEE PARTNERS WITH CELEBRITY CHEF
(Atlantic) Hy-Vee has teamed with celebrity chef Curtis Stone to develop a series of recipes designed to bring families together for meals that are easy, affordable, and fun. Stone, a native of Australia classically trained in London, is the host of Top Chef Masters on Bravo and appears as an investor/mentor on NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant.
Atlantic Hy-Vee Store Director Amy Jordahl says Stone’s recipes for Hy-Vee will emphasize fresh, high quality, seasonal ingredients, and ease of preparation. “The new recipes will appear each month in our ad and website, and the new recipes will be prepared in our store so people can try it before they buy it and they can see how easy it is,” said Jordahl.
Jordahl says Hy-Vee’s ultimate goal for the campaign is to promote the importance of the family table.
COUNCIL BLUFFS MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF FIREARM
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for possession of a firearm.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Iowa, United State District Judge John E. Jarvey has also ordered Bret David Hauptman to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration. Hauptman had entered a guilty plea in federal court in Council Bluffs on November 18, 2010, to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person for possessing a .22 caliber rifle on May 29, 2010.
On May 29th, Hauptman was found in possession of the rifle by officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department when they responded to a disturbance call at a residence in Council Bluffs, Iowa. During the investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department it was determined that the Pottawattamie District Court had entered an Order of Protection on April 29, 2010, restraining Hauptman from harassing, stalking, or threatening his wife.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District
of Iowa. The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the
Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM THIS WEEKEND
(DES MOINES) This Friday and Saturday, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement will partner with local agencies across the state to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s nationwide prescription drug take-back program.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Currently more Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroine combined, according to the DEA.
Southwest Iowa locations to turn in your unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications include; Hy Vee Pharmacy in Red Oak, UMBA Hall in Underwood, Hy Vee Drug Town at 757 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs, Greater Regional Medical Center Parking Lot in Creston, Farmers and Merchants Bank in Winterset, City Hall in Carter Lake, Glenwood Police Department, and the Greene County Law Enforcement Center in Jefferson.
This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, Capsules, all other solid dosage forms, and liquids in original prescription bottles will be collected. Syringes will not be accepted.
The prescription drug take-back program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit www.justice.gov/dea
SPRING BRINGS INCREASED FARM EQUIPMENT MOVEMENT ON ROADWAYS
(AMES) While wet weather has delayed the planting season in Iowa, a few days of dry weather at the end of this week should allow farmers to get into the fields and onto the roads with farm equipment.
As the spring planting season begins, the Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways.
Data for 2010 shows a total of 199 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in four fatalities, 12 major injuries, 42 minor injuries and 38 other possible injuries. There were also 129 crashes that resulted only in property damage.
The DOT offers these tips for motorists; be alert and always watch for slow moving vehicles, especially during planting and harvest seasons. Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle. Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.
And for farm vehicle operators; make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn. Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation. Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by. Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends three feet beyond the tracks on both sides.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADDITIONAL ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Child Endangerment. 35-year-old Thomas Jordan Fredrickson turned himself in on Friday and was released later that day on $12,500 bond.
In other activity, 28-year-old Misty Jo Nelson of Atlantic was arrested on Sunday for OWI 1st Offense. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released on her own recognizance later that day.
ATLANTIC MAN FACES BURGLARY, DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on burglary, drug, and weapons charges.
Cass County Sheriff’s Darby McLaren says 43-year-old Harold Eugene Powell was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, five counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, five counts of Trafficking Stolen Weapons, and one charge of 5th Degree Theft.
McLaren says this arrest is the result of a month long investigation with multiple counties assisting. McLaren says Powell and another individual were allegedly breaking into abandoned houses and stealing items related to Meth.
“I think most of the proceeds were going towards meth and delivery to other individuals,” stated McLaren. “Just trying to put our heads together and find a way to put the people that are stealing the public’s things and dealing the meth around to people in Cass County, find away to put them away.”
McLaren said the investigation is not over, “The investigation is ongoing and certainly there will be more arrests in the future related to the meth activity and drug activity in Cass County and the surrounding areas.”
Powell is being held in the Cass County Jail on $110,000 bond.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-29 NEAR MISSOURI VALLEY BEGIN MAY 6
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge construction work will cause lane restrictions in both directions of Interstate 29 between U.S. 30 (exit 75) and Harrison County Road F-50 (exit 82) near Missouri Valley beginning May 6 until Aug. 5, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says traffic in this work zone will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Also, a 13-foot-6-inch width lane restriction will be in place.
GROUP OF MASSENA CITIZENS BUYS ECONOMY FOOD MARKET
(Massena) A group of Massena Community residents has organized a new Iowa Limited Liability Company, Economy food Market, L.L.C. and has purchased the Economy Food Market. Steve Waters plans to close the business on April 30, and Waters and the new L.L.C. have signed an agreement for the purchase of the store in its entirety, including real estate, equipment and inventory as of the close of business on April 30 with the store opening on May 1 under new ownership.
Massena Mayor Mike Cormack said, “Obviously your number one item in a small town is your school and number two is your grocery store.”
The group-organizing residents feel that the store is an important part of the community and have been and are in process of procuring memberships in the new Limited Liability Company to fund the purchase, provide working capital, and make some capital improvements to the business. The L.L.C. is selling shares for $500.00 a share.
IOWA GUARDSMEN AIDE IN ARREST OF TOP AFGHAN MILITANT
(Des Moines) A Cass County Deputy Sheriff serving in Afghanistan is one of the Iowa Guardsmen credited with capturing a highly sought insurgent financier in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province.
According to the Des Moines Register, the arrest occurred April 17 near Gardez. The man, whose name was not released, was among four men in a car that was stopped during a sweep performed by members of the Guards 1-168th Battalion, the Afghan National Army and the local police.
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Johnson, Cass County Deputy told the Des Moines Register that the financier was one of the legs of a table and if you start taking off the legs, the whole thing is going to collapse. He says the financier was one of those legs, and now the table is wobbling.
The operation also uncovered two homemade bombs.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN
(DES MOINES) An Iowa National Guard Soldier from Dubuque was injured at the Combat Operating Post Najil in Laghman Province, Afghanistan on April 22nd.
Pfc. Cody Skahill, 19, of Dubuque was injured as a result of a negligent discharge of a weapon. He was evacuated to Jalalabad Air Field, Afghanistan for treatment and then evacuated to Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where he is receiving additional medical care. Pfc. Skahill is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division in Dubuque.
The incident is under investigation. No condition or injury reports are available at this time.
RAGBRAI HOUSING COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR HOSTS
(Atlantic) The Housing Committee for the local RAGBRAI Organizing Committee has opened up registration to local residents that are interested in hosting RAGBRAI participants during the overnight stay in Atlantic on Sunday, July 24th. Registration forms and more information are available online by going to www.atlanticiowa.com.
COMPLAINT IN VILLISCA LEADS TO ONE ARREST
(Villisca) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 47 year old Larry Willard Stoneking. Stoneking was arrested early Tuesday afternoon for Interference with Official Acts at the corner of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue in Villisca. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300.00 bond.
PRAIRIE ROSE LAKE RESTORATION PUBLIC MEETING
(HARLAN) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting Tuesday May 3rd at the Harlan Community Library. Beginning at 6:30pm the Prairie Rose Lake Restoration Plan will be presented to the public.
Prairie Rose Lake is one of 35 priority lakes in the state selected for lake restoration work to improve water quality. Poor water quality has impacted the fish population and affected all water based recreation at the lake.
The lake's water level will be lowered after the July 4 holiday and will be kept there for the remainder of the year to accommodate construction in the lake basin. Draining the lake will effectively eliminate the existing fish population.
The presence of common carp in Prairie Rose Lake has contributed to the poor water quality and the dramatic reductions in both the numbers and the quality of sport fish populations and corresponding reduction in angling and boating use.
It is important to note that all other park facilities including the campground will remain open during the lake restoration work. Users should expect limited lake access until normal water levels return in 2012.
The lake draining and fishery renovation is only part of a process aimed at improving the lake’s water quality. Stabilizing shoreline erosion problems, dredging to restore depth, and wetland construction will all be part of the restoration project.
Conservation practices aimed at reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients reaching the lake began over three years ago. Soil and nutrient saving practices installed around the lake’s 4,600 acre watershed include more than 40 miles of terraces.
“Now that a significant portion of the land around lake has been treated it is time to move in-lake with restoration efforts,” say Bryan Hayes Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR.
The public meeting will provide specific details of the nearly $4 million Lake Restoration project at Prairie Rose Lake.
The Harlan Community Library is located at 718 Court St. For more information, contact the Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Bryan Hayes at 712-769-2587.
ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF EAGLE GROVE CHILD
(EAGLE GROVE) The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Eagle Grove Police Department arrested 20-year-old Kara Crapser in Lehigh, Iowa and charged her with First Degree Murder in the death of 5-year-old Mikayla Valentine.
On Friday, January 7, 2011, emergency personnel were called to 208 North Wright Avenue in Eagle Grove with a report of an unresponsive child. Mikayla Valentine was taken by air ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She was pronounced dead at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8. An autopsy performed January 10 by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be Abusive Head Trauma.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Eagle Grove Police Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office continue to investigate this incident. Additional charges are pending.
CIRCLES4SUCCESS HOSTS SOCK HOP SATURDAY FOR ANIMAL SHELTER
(Atlantic) Members of the organization Circles4Success are inviting the public to a Sock Hop April 30th to raise money for Friends of the Atlantic Animal Shelter. Melissa Stark, of Circles4success, says they want to do something that will help the community.
“Because that’s what Circles4Success does; we like to pay it forward, we like to help our community and everyone has gifts and talents,” said Stark.
Stark says the money raised from this event will help fund the Friends of the Atlantic Animal Shelter for spaying and neutering pets adopted from the shelter.
“We have a lot of unwanted animals that end up at the shelter and we just want to promote the idea of adopting from our local shelter and hopefully if we can help with the cost of spaying and neutering hopefully we won’t have as many pets ending up at the shelter,” said Stark.
There will also be a special drawing for the best 50’s or 60’s attire worn at the sock hop, and there will be a poster contest for students from Schuler Elementary and Atlantic Middle School that best shows the theme for compassion and kindness toward animals and others. The posters will be displayed that night and prizes will be awarded to the students.
There is a free will donation for this event that will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Schuler gym. For more information, call Circles4Success Coordinator Melissa Stark at 243-8006 Ext. 3308 at Cass County Home Care.
MOWING HEIGHT IMPORTANT TO MAINTAINING HEALTHY LAWN
(Atlantic) One of these days the sun is going to shine and farmers are going to get back into the field and people will have to start mowing the lawns. Bill Drey, Cass and Montgomery County Extension Program Coordinator, says pay close attention to how short you are cutting the grass.
“If you’re doing lawn contracting stuff for hospitals and most of those places, you’re probably looking at about 2 to 2 ½ to 3 inches mowing height,” said Drey.
Drey says this holds especially true when the temperatures really start to heat up.
“You need to mow it tall enough, it’s going to look better in the long run,” said Drey. “Don’t give it a scalp because that really causes some problems and some damage to your lawn in the long run.”
AUDUBON CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO LOAN MONEY FOR LED PROJECT
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council approved a bid for a city owned lot, agreed to loan some money to the chambers LED project, approved two T.I.F. rehabilitation applications, and approved two beer and wine permits at their meeting Monday night.
The City Council agreed to loan the Audubon Chamber some money for their $4,000 LED downtown lighting project. The LED’s will outline all of the downtown buildings, and the goal is to have this project done before T-Bone Days.
In other business, the City Council approved a T.I.F. Rehabilitation application for a door and window at 308 Broadway, and a window to replace some plywood at 238 Broadway. The T.I.F. Rehabilitation Project is an incentive program to keep downtown businesses in good shape. The city pays half and the storeowner pays half the cost.
In other news, The City Council approved David Flifet’s bid of $1,500 for the vacant lot at 601 Chicago Street. In addition, the City Council approved beer and wine permits for the Country Store and Pizza Hut.
MISSOURI VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED THEFT FROM BUSINESS
(OMAHA) A Missouri Valley man was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing more than $271,000 from the River City Barricade Company.
The Omaha World Herald says 34-year-old Christopher Brooks is suspected of writing company checks for himself over a four year period. He was being held in the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of four counts of felony theft by deception causing a loss of more than $1,500.
APD REPORTS TWO ARRESTS MONDAY
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests.
On Monday, 42-year-old Dana Cisar of Atlantic was arrested for Driving While Suspended and 47-year-old George Brittain of Atlantic was arrested Driving While Barred.
Both individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
ATLANTIC POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THREE ARRESTS
(Atlantic) According to a release from the Atlantic Police Department, 35-year-old Thomas Fredrickson, 19-year-old Michael McConnell, and 32-year-old Blue Rutherford, all of Atlantic, were arrested over the weekend. Fredrickson was arrested on a Cass County Warrant, McConnell was arrested for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts, and Rutherford was arrested for Revoked License from an OWI and Failure to File SR22 Insurance. All three were transported to the Cass County Jail.
SPEND SMART. EAT SMART. WORKSHOP SET FOR APRIL 27
(Atlantic) A program to help shoppers put more food in their cart with less money is being offered by Cass County Extension. The free workshop on Spend-Smart-Eat Smart is this Wednesday April 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bill Drey, Cass and Montgomery County Extension Program Coordinator, will teach participants that good nutrition does not have to be expensive. “What this program is designed to do is help you save money when you go grocery shopping and most of the time when you ask somebody if they’re spending more and more money on food and ending up with less and less, the answer is probably yes,” said Drey.
Drey says participants will learn strategies to save money on food expenses and incorporate new ideas in menu planning and food shopping.
“One thing I tell people to do is in most grocery stores you shop the perimeter and that’s where you find your healthy foods like meat, milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables, that type of stuff,” said Drey. “When you get into the center aisles, you’re basically looking at more of your junk food.”
Drey says it also makes a difference who is shopping with you. “Probably don’t take kids with you either, they have a tendency to make you buy stuff that you shouldn’t,” said Drey.
The workshop is free to the public, but you must preregister at by calling the Cass County Extension Office at (712)-243-1132end_of_the_skype_highlighting. There is a limit of 15 for the workshop.
MISSOURI VALLEY WOMAN SUFFERS HEART ATTACK BEHIND THE WHEEL
(Missouri Valley) A Missouri Valley woman suffered a heart attack while travelling on Interstate 29 Monday morning. 54-year old Karen Lenz of Missouri Valley was taken by Lifenet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her husband was able to guide the vehicle to the shoulder at the 69 mile marker. Pottawattamie Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and a deputy used an automatic defibulator to shock Lenz and also administered CPR. The incident occurred at around 6:30 this morning.
ATLANTIC HYVEE RAISING MONEY FOR JDRF
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Hy-Vee will kick off fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this weekend.
Hy-Vee Store Director Amy Jordahl says the theme for their Springtime Party Celebration is “Carnival of Savings” and along with a carnival of savings inside the store, they will have a carnival of games outside for the public to enjoy on Saturday.
“A hula hoop contest will start at noon and whoever can hula hoop the longest will win a $100 Hy Vee gift card, we’ve got dunk tank coming, we’ve got ring toss, a bounce house, pop the balloon game and all sorts of really fun things,” said Jordahl.
Jordahl said tickets for the Carnival go on sale Wednesday at Customer Service.
Hy-Vee employee Aaron Siggins came up with idea to raise money for JDRF for personal reasons.
“It’s near and dear to my heart because my niece is diabetic and seeing her struggles I decided that I wanted to try to do something about it,” said Siggins. “I got involved with the JDRF bike ride a few years ago and started doing some fund raising to go on that bike ride and it was just a great way to raise money for JDRF and create some awareness.”
Siggins said on June 3rd and 4th they will ride stationary bikes on top of the roof of Hy-Vee for 24 hours to raise money for JDRF. Last year they raised just over $5,000 during this event. Anyone interested in riding one of the bikes for a period of time can set up a spot by contacting the Atlantic Hy-Vee.
(Photo from the 2010 JDRF fundraising event at the Atlantic Hy Vee)
WOMAN INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH NEAR HARLAN
(Harlan) One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Shelby County this morning.
The Shelby County Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says, 24-year-old Clara Mohr, of Harlan suffered significant injuries in the accident that occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. in the 800 block of Maple Road southeast of Harlan.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Mohr was southbound when the vehicle went out of control and eventually rolled ejecting Mohr. She was transported by Medivac ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Medivac ambulance, the Harlan Police Department and the Harlan Fire Department.
The accident remains under investigation.
TWO INJURED IN POTT. COUNTY ACCIDENT
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two people were injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in Pottawattamie County Saturday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year-old Suzette Harville and 38-year-old Michael Harville, both of Council Bluffs, were transported to Mercy Hospital by Underwood Rescue.
The report says Suzette Harville was driving a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer eastbound on I-80 at the 17 mile marker and for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway to the right and ended up rolling in the ditch.
RED OAK TEENS FACE THEFT CHARGES
(Red Oak) Two Red Oak teenagers face theft charges in connection with a stolen pickup and camper early this morning.
In a press release, Red Oak Police say, 19-year-old Nathan Allen Aldrich and 16-year-old Eric Michael Chapin were arrested after leading authorities from Red Oak to Glenwood. Aldrich faces charges of first-degree theft, eluding, and OWI 1st (Narcotic)/serious. Chapin is charged with first-degree theft.
Red Oak Police attempted a traffic stop at the Highway 34/48 intersection, on an unplated Jayco camper, being pulled by a 2006 Nissan pickup. Officers knew the owner and became suspicious after seeing the pickup and camper operating at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. The vehicle proceeded westbound on Highway 34 without stopping for officers. The owner (Mark Euken of Red Oak) was contacted and advised officers that westbound pickup and camper had been stolen. It continued westbound on Highway 34 into Mills County where officers were able to spike the tires with stop sticks. The vehicle turned into Glenwood and the defendant drove the pickup and camper into the ditch at the intersection of Highway 275 and Highway 34.
Aldrich is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond. Chapin was processed and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs.
Police found evidence in the vehicle that indicates both suspects have possibly broken into other vehicles or businesses. Red Oak police are asking residents to check their vehicles and businesses for indications of burglary.
The Red Oak Police were assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, and the Glenwood Police Department.
SOUTHWEST IOWA MEN GRADUATE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY
(JOHNSTON) Three southwest Iowa men were among 21 other men and women sworn in as peace officers with the Iowa Department of Public Safety at the 35th Academy Graduation ceremony on Thursday. They will serve their communities as Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, and Special Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Garrett Clayton of Walnut has been assigned to District 16, Capitol Complex, and Cole Johannsen of Avoca and Matthew Ross of Glenwood were both assigned to Gaming Enforcement in Lyon County.
The officers completed a 22-week training academy designed to prepare them for readiness to serve as law enforcement officers. Elements of their training included the use of firearms, emergency response procedures, first aid and CPR, tactical driving techniques, and courses on Iowa law. The begin active service in their new assignments effective immediately.
TWO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS IN CASS COUNTY
(Anita) Two people facing drug charges in Cass County turned themselves in Tuesday.
According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Miles Blake Cooley and 22-year-old Sydney Kay Darling, both of Anita face charges of possession of Marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Darling and Cooley bonded form the Cass County Jail later that day on $5,000 bond each.
NEW PROGRAMS CELEBRATE BIG FISH, FIRST FISH
(Lewis) The DNR is introducing a new “Big Fish” program that takes the bragg’n beyond the photo on the wall in the local bait shop. The new Iowa master angler award replaces the big fish award that attracted between 300-400 submissions each year. Brian Hayes, fisheries biologist from the Lewis Office in Southwest Iowa says anglers who catch a fish that qualifies will receive a certificate, and a car or boat decal announcing their success.
“We want to put the spotlight on fishing,” stated Hayes. “We want people to be talking about what fish they are going after this week and where. As a biologist I guarantee at the end of the season I will looking see where these master angler fish came from, particularly those if any, that came out of the waters that I manage.”
The DNR has set minimum lengths for 41 different species eligible for the program that can be found in the fishing regulations or online at fishing.iowadnr.gov.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests.
As the result of an ongoing investigation, 41-year-old Ann Valentine Butler of Anita turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on Thursday on a Cass County warrant for 1st Degree Theft. She was released later that day on 10-thousand dollars bond.
Also on Thursday, 20-year-old Cody Allen Canfield of Oakland was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held in the Cass county Jail on $2,500 bond.
On Sunday, 19-year-old Jonathan Christian Pilgreen of Griswold was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.
On April 15th, 22-year-old Andrew Gaston Nickum of Atlantic was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held without bond.
Also on April 15th, 42-year-old David Lee Jordan of Atlantic was arrested for 5th Degree Theft, shoplifting. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty the next day and was released.
On April 13th, 30-year-old Joseph Alan Diamond of Lewis was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on April 16th on $2,500 bond.
AMU 2 DEGREES 2 SAVE WINNERS
(ATLANTIC) The winners have been announced for the Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ 2 Degrees 2 Save program.
With assistance from the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, a drawing was held from a pool of entries consisting of any customer who returned the survey postcard to AMU and included a valid email address. The winner of the IPad2 was Sherri Clark.
Drawings were then held from a pool of entries consisting of over 1,000 customers who signed up to participate in the 2 Degrees 2 Save program. Prizes in this category are all in the form of credits posted to the winner’s utility accounts at AMU.
1st Prize of $600 credit went to Charlie Simpson, Precision Concrete. 2nd Place prize of $300 credit went to Allen Shampang and Sharon Gaul. And 3rd Place went to Allen Kramer, Deb Prekker, and Jeff Salz with a $150 credit.
Everyone who returned a completed survey postcard will receive three fre Compact Fluorescent Lamps. AMU will begin mailing postcards in the next few weeks which can be exchanged at the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce for their free CFL’s
SMALLEST COUNTY IN IOWA TO GIVE AWAY $5,000.
(Corning) The latest Census numbers show Adams County as the smallest county in Iowa. However, community leaders remain big thinkers.
Beth Waddle, Executive Director of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation says they are offering a $5,000 referral award to any person who refers a qualified business to them which results in a contracted client
“We may be the smallest county in Iowa, but we are still very progressive, have a solid labor force, and infrastructure in place to help businesses grow on their own here in Iowa and in Adams County,” Stated Waddle.
Full detail, entry form and contest rules can be found on their website at www.adamscountyiowa.com with link straight from their home page.
TWO AUDUBON COUNTY MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff's office reports the arrest of 47-year-old Lewis Byron Hogue of Brayton and Jay Dean Jenson, 35, of Audubon. According to the report, the charges stem from a traffic stop in Exira on Wednesday at around 1:30 p.m. Jensen has been charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Hogue has been charged with Possesion of Marijuana. Both men were transported to the Audubon County Jail and later posted bond.
AUDUBON COUNTY SELECTED FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION GRANT
(DES MOINES) Audubon County is one of 23 counties in the state selected by the Iowa Department of Public Health to participate in a $10.5 million federal grant to reduce binge drinking and underage drinking, and the problems associated with both.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says in February the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention approved Iowa’s plan for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, allowing IDPH to implement a county selection process.
The counties that have been identified as "highest need" in regards to underage alcohol use, and youth and adult binge drinking include Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Buena Vista, Clinton, Delaware, Dickinson, Dubuque, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Monona, Plymouth, Ringgold, Sac and Woodbury.
According to data from IDPH, nearly 28 percent of Iowans 12 years of age and older had consumed more than five drinks of alcohol in one sitting during the past month. This is significantly higher than the national rate of 23 percent. In addition, 36 percent of Iowans felt that five or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week was a great risk. The Iowa risk perception rate was 6.5 percent lower than the national rate of 42 percent, suggesting that alcohol use is not deemed to be as high of a risk by Iowans as it is by other Americans.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his residence on Sunday.
The Harlan Police Department says 33-year-old Marty West was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting Mikaela Posekany of Omaha. West was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, 2nd offense.
In other activity, 31-year-old Erica Lacy of Harlan was charged with 5th Degree Theft when she fraudulently used a debit card belonging to Uzene Erkrich of Harlan. Lacy was cited, given a court date and was released.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Shelby County.
The Harlan Police Department says 24-year-old Derek Hildebrand was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped on Sunday in Harlan. He was found to have drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Hildebrand was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties.
DRIVER PARTIALLY EJECTED IN POTT. COUNTY ACCIDENT
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Fremont, Nebraska man was injured in a rollover accident in Pottawattamie County Thursday.
The Iowa State Patrol 68-year-old Edgar Leu was transported to Creighton University Hospital by Lifenet. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.
The report says Leu was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota exiting I-680 eastbound to I-29 southbound when he lost control and slid sideways across the ramp to the outside ditch where the vehicle rolled several times. Leu was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but he was still partially ejected from the driver’s side window. The vehicle came to rest on Leu’s head and hand.
TWO INJURED IN HARRISON COUNTY ACCIDENT
(MODALE) Two people were transported to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Harrison County this (Thursday) morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 4:30 a.m. 49-year-old Phillip Berten of Omaha was driving a 2006 Hyundai Sonata southbound on I-29 and approached the bridge over K45. Berten lost control and struck the bridge rail. The vehicle slid down the bridge making contact with the bridge rail several times. Berten and a passenger, 21-year-old Dakota Beadle, were transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley by Mondamin Rescue for minor injuries.
Berten was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
NEBRASKA MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE IN MONONA COUNTY
(BLENCOE) A Nebraska man faces charges following a high speed chase in Monona County.
The Iowa State Patrol says 21-year-old Bee Vang of South Sioux City, Nebraska faces charges of speeding, reckless driving, and failure to use headlamps. The report says at around 1:40 a.m. Vang’s speed was clocked at 93 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-29 near mile marker 102. Vang exited I-29 at exit 105 and turned off his lights at the top of the off-ramp where he continued toward Blencoe. The trooper pursing Vang lost contact with Vang’s vehicle and attempted to locate it around Blencoe. The vehicle was located east of K45. Vang had continued east onto Main Street in Blencoe where he lost control and left the roadway and drove through several yards before striking a parked vehicle and then a tree. Both vehicles were totaled and a residence was damaged by flying debris.
Vang was transported to Burgess Hospital in Onawa and was later released with a broken nose. He was then arrested and taken to the Monona County Jail.
ARMED FORCES COMMEMORATIVE DAYS DRAWS BIG CROWD
(Atlantic) Students from several area schools attended the Armed Forces Commemorative Days in Atlantic Thursday. Trace Peterson’s U.S. History class at Atlantic High School was just one of the many groups of kids looking through the exhibits throughout the day. Mr. Petersen says his class just ended their unit on World War II. Sophomore Harrison Hoegh was one of the students in Mr. Petersen’s U.S. History class. Hoegh said the most interesting part for him was listening to veteran Al Cranston speak about his experiences with U.S. Navy. Hoegh also mentioned that he had been to the Armed Forces Commemorative Days before but found it much more interesting this year since they have been learning about some of the battles in class.
MAPLETON RESIDENT CREDITS SHERIFF FOR SAVING LIVES
(Mapleton) Residents of the Monona County town of Mapleton are still recovering from the devastating EF3 tornado that ripped through the community April 9 damaging nearly 60% of the town of 1,100. Despite all the damage, no one lost his or her life.
Colleen Sulsberger, a volunteer coordinating the incoming donations, credits Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt for saving lives. Sulsberger says Sheriff Pratt followed the tornado as it approached Mapleton. “He was driving towards Mapleton from the west literally following the tornado and once he realized it was going to hit Mapleton, he called ahead and said “sound the sirens.”
Sulsberger calls Sheriff Jeffrey Pratt a true hero. “He gave us fifteen minutes warning to go to shelter. So all of those kids and spectators at the school play in the high school gymnasium went to the basement of the school that eventually lost its roof,” said Sulsberger. “We credit him for the fact that there were no deaths or serious injuries.” She adds, one person did suffer a broken leg, and a woman went into labor.
An estimated 225-families lost their homes. Sulsberger says they are trying to set up a program at the local grocery store to take small denomination gift cards. If you wish to donate contact Colleen Sulsberger at (712)-880-1316end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL BEGINS PROCESS OF RAISING WASTE WATER FEE SCHEDULE
(Atlantic) Calling it a "good news, bad news" scenario, Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris recommended the city council approve a sewer rate increase to pay for the new $15 million waste water treatment plant Wednesday night. Harris says this reflects an overall 11.5 % increase for the average bill.
“So the good news is, well it’s never pleasant to have to increase sewer rates, it is lower than originally anticipated despite the fact water usage is going down, that’s because we got the grant and the bids came in and so some good news and bad news,” said Harris.
The recommended rate would be increased from $24 per month to $27, and the usage charge for water used in excess of 3,000 gallons per month would be increased from $5 per 1000 gallons to $5.50 per 1,000 gallons.
The Council passed the First Reading of the wastewater fee schedule 7-0.
WASTE WATER FEE SCHEDULE PINCHING AT LEAST ONE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS BUDGET
(Atlantic) At least one business is feeling the effects of the increase in wastewater fees. Dick Whetstone and his son own and operate a car wash on the west end of Atlantic. Whetstone says their AMU bill in March of 2010 was $1,625 and in March 2011 their bill was $2,894, an increase of 78-percent. It is 70-percent higher based on their sewer rates.
“So now there is a proposal to increase our water rates also, it’s really putting a strain on our business,” said Whetstone.
Whetstone says in the last 15-years their property taxes have increased 110%, sales tax has increased up 2%, property insurance increased 30%, natural gas increased 30% or more. Whetstone says that fortunately customer volume has remained the same.
“Our biggest factors are the weather and gas prices,” said Whetstone.
He says in 2008 when gas prices went to $4.00 a gallon their volume lost 30%.
“When you spend $100 to fill your tank you say ‘Well gee, I don’t think I’ll wash my car today’, and it really puts a squeeze on us,” said Whetstone.
Whetstone says they have only raised their rate once in the last 15 years. In 2009 the rate on their most popular car wash went from $6.00 to $8.00.
“So you know, where do we go from here?” said Whetstone. “Do you folks want to pay $10 or $12 for an automatic car wash? I don’t think so. I don’t want to.”
Whetstone says even though the increase seems like a small amount it affects their business significantly. The Council was sympathetic, but admits they have to pay for a new treatment plant.
PARK AND REC BOARD LOOKING INTO SIGNAGE
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Department is looking into purchasing signs to state the Park hours.
Park and Rec. Director Travis Garrett explained to the Park and Rec. board Monday night that there are still kids going into the parks late at night and there has already been damage to the disc golf course and two bricks through the bathroom windows this year.
“The cops really don’t have much to fall back on right now, there is no signage up there that is saying ‘park is closed at this hour’,” said Garrett. “So, what I’m wanting to temporarily do is at least get signs and have them posted at Cedar Park, Holt Park, one at each of our local parks and when it comes to Sunnyside, one at each of the shelters.”
Garrett would like to make it very clear that the Parks hours at from 6 a.m. to sunset.
ARMED FORCES COMMEMORATIVE DAYS SET FOR THIS WEEK
(Atlantic) The Armed Forces Commemorative Days starts today at the Old Armory in Atlantic.
Event Coordinator Steve Livengood says 500 students will go through the display of war memorabilia today.
“We have a slogan that we came up with probably five or six years ago, its “Uniting Students and Veterans Since 1994” and that’s really what it’s all about,” said Livengood.
The show is open to the public until to 6:00 p.m. today, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
IOWA RURAL TELEPHONE COMPANIES CRITICAL OF WASHINGTON NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
(Des Moines) Iowa’s rural telephone companies were joining forces Wednesday to criticize Washington’s “National Broadband Plan”. Tom Conry, of Farmer’s Mutual Telephone and the Iowa Telecommunications company coalition, describes it as the “Great Disconnect”.
“The FCC is making a lot of changes and the National Broadband plan along with proposed rules are contemplating moving revenues away from us those who have built and those continue to build to make those connections that are important for us going forward,” said Conry.
Conry claims the federal plan is prevalent with “flawed logic that doesn’t make economic sense”. Find out more at www.thegreatdisconnect.org.
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BOETTGER RUNNING AGAIN DESPITE DISTRICT CHANGES
(Harlan) The Iowa reapportionment law was made official Tuesday and is now the law of the land. The new redistricting plan pits several incumbents against each other. Iowa Republican State Senator Nancy Boettger is no exception. Boettger, who has been in the state legislature since 1994, is now in the same district as incumbent Senator James Seymour, of Woodbine.
“I have not had a conversation with Senator Seymour so I can’t speak for him,” stated Boettger. “But I do plan to run unless he retires then I wouldn’t have to run again in 2012.”
Many of the lawmakers in the same boat are moving to another district; however, Boettger is not one of them. “I am not moving, we have our century farm here and the district shifts a lot to the north.”
Boettger is praising the Iowa reapportionment process that is administered by the legislative service agency so there is no gerrymandering.
HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH COUNCIL BLUFFS
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two juveniles were arrested following a high speed chase in Pottawattamie County Wednesday.
The incident began when authorities attempted to stop a van that had been reported stolen in Sioux City. The pursuit started near Crescent reaching speeds of 70 mph and went through Council Bluffs where the van struck a vehicle at North Broadway and Kanesville Boulevard. The van continued eastbound and struck another vehicle at North Avenue, causing the van to break down. The juveniles pulled off to the side of Highway 6 where they surrendered and were taken into custody.
At least one person was reported to have been taken to the hospital following the collision near North Broadway. No names have been released at this time.
BEDFORD MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(SIDNEY) A Bedford man was arrested on drug charges in Fremont County following a traffic stop late Tuesday night.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says shortly before midnight 35-year-old Nathaniel Teeters was stopped in the 2400 block of Highway 275. Teeters did not have a valid driver’s license and upon further investigation he was found to be in possession of various amounts of controlled substances including methamphetamine and marijuana, along with various items of drug paraphernalia.
Teeters was transported to the Fremont County Jail where he was held on 50-thousand dollars bond. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver less than five grams of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two traffic citations.
SUPERVISORS APPROVE BUCK CREEK ROAD PROJECT
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Sta-Bilt Construction Company for a reconstruction project on Buck Creek Road at their meeting this morning.
Rich Hansen, Assistant to the County Engineer, said the cost of the project is $4,800.
“We’re starting just south of the railroad tracks and we’ll come within 50 to 100 feet of the bridge down there and we’ll just tear it all up and just blade it as a rock road, add some rock to it,” said Hansen.
A completion date for the project is set for May 28th.
In other news, the Supervisors approved the first reading of the Cass County Rural Addressing Ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to provide for an orderly street and address system, based upon established zero origin base lines and a minimum interval, in feet, to be used hereafter to assign addresses in order to promote the convenience, safety and general welfare of the unincorporated areas of Cass County. The Supervisors changed some of the language to state that the reflective sheeting shall be High Intensity grade background with white letters in compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
FUNERAL SERVICES SCHEDULED FOR IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
(Council Bluffs) Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Sgt. Brent Maher, of Honey Creek, Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m., at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. A visitation is planned for Thursday, April 21, from 4-8 p.m.
Sgt. Maher was killed during a mounted patrol, Monday, April 11, when an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan struck a “Cougar” Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle on April 11.
ATLANTIC MAN FACES CHARGES OF ARMED WITH INTENT
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was jailed Monday for threatening another man with a knife.
According to the Police report, 21-year-old Darnell Coleman allegedly escorted a man from Coleman's house to the man’s car after giving Coleman's girlfriend a ride home from Omaha. Coleman's girlfriend said her car broke down.
Coleman is charged with Going Armed with Intent. He was booked into the Cass County Jail and released Tuesday evening on $5,000 bond.
ATLANTIC MAN ARRESTED FOR GOING ARMED WITH INTENT
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of 21 year old Darnell Coleman of Atlantic. Coleman was arrested Monday for Going Armed with Intent. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked and held.
RAGBRAI® ORGANIZING COMMITTEE TO HOST TOWN MEETING
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic RAGBRAI Organizing Committee will host a “Town Meeting” on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Members of the Organizing Committee will be on hand to give a brief presentation that includes a short video presentation about RAGBRAI as well as overall information of concern to most residents.
After the presentation, there will be time for questions from the audience, as well as the opportunity for the public to talk on a one-on-one basis with most members of the RAGBRAI Organizing Committee. RAGBRAI staff will also be on hand for the public meeting.
“RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. It is quite simple why that is. The people and towns of Iowa display that Midwestern hospitality that is second to none,” said T.J. Juskiewicz , RAGBRAI Director. “I know the RAGBRAI riders are excited to be returning to Atlantic to visit your community and get to meet the wonderful people who live there.”
The RAGBRAI Organizing Committee is comprised of the Executive Committee, which includes
Kipp Harris, General Chair
Amy Jordahl, Co-Chair
Leroy Phillips, Co-Chair
Chief Steve Green, Co-Chair
Bob Sweeney, Co-Chair
Chip Hansen, Treasurer
Ann McCurdy, Recording Secretary
The RAGBRAI Organizing Committee also includes committee chair who are as follows:
Beverage Garden & Entertainment, Amy Jordahl
Campgrounds, John Becker and Travis Garrett
Communication, Rob Koppert
Electrical, Junior Hansen and Greg Smith
Food & Vendors, Sheryl Dusenberry and Cathy Larsen
Housing, Julie Anderson and Bev Schelling
Information Center, John & Lisa Krogman and John & Angie Worth
Law Enforcement, Lt. Dave Erickson
Medical, Darci Young and Lavonne Schroetter
Public Safety, Mike Kennon
Publicity & Hospitality, Missy Goergen
Ride Right, Ed Kail
Showers, Sanitation & Recycling, JT Reisdorph
Shuttle Service, Steve Andersen & Kelly Davis
Volunteers, Billie Hoover and Jackie Sampson
Web & Social Media, Ann McCurdy
DANISH IMMIGRANT MUSEUM RECEIVES GRANT
(ELK HORN) On April 8th, The Danish Immigrant Museum was one of 9 non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Shelby County Community Foundation. Only organizations providing services in Shelby County are eligible and must meet the criteria of being an organization with charitable missions in areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services.
The museum was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 to contract with JFNew for a detailed design and implementation plan for the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. This 20-acre development will be in the style of Jens Jensen, one of America’s greatest landscape designers in the early 20th century. Jensen, a Danish immigrant, is best known for his designs for the Chicago Park System, as well as hundreds of landscapes for wealthy industrialists, schools and universities. He advocated that gardens, parks, roads and cities should be harmonious with nature and its ecological processes.
JFNew is a landscape architecture firm that follows Jensen’s philosophy for landscape design. Jens Jensen’s great-grandson works for the firm and will be project manager. JFNew’s detailed plan is necessary to move into the implementation phase. Only with the detailed plans – which will include timelines, layouts, planting guides, and cost estimates – can the museum proceed to secure further financial support for this project.
Dr. John Mark Nielsen, executive director, accepted the grant award on behalf of the museum at the award presentation on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse in Harlan.
The Danish Immigrant Museum is located at 2212 Washington Street, Elk Horn, Iowa. For more information, please call The Danish Immigrant Museum, 712.764.7001 or visit our website at www.danishmuseum.org
COUNCIL BLUFFS DRIVER’S LICENSE STATION TO BE CLOSED BRIEFLY EARLY MAY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Buffs driver’s license station at the Mall of the Bluffs will close on Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m. and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.
The purpose of the temporary closing is to reconfigure the business space to accommodate the new driver’s licensing process in which customers have their photos taken first, rather than at the end of the visit.
Individuals needing assistance while the Council Bluffs DL station is closed can go to any participating county treasurer’s office or other Iowa DOT driver’s license station located around the state.
RED OAK CITY COUNCIL MET MONDAY NIGHT
(RED OAK) The Red Oak City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending regulations pertaining to the Standards for Signs and Sign Users at their meeting Monday night.
Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright said only one change was made to the ordinance and that included striking a portion that spoke about non-conforming pole signs off of the Broadway and Commerce areas.
“Previously it had said that if they were damaged beyond 50% or if they needed repairs or replacement it was going to be in excess of 50% of the value of the sign they couldn’t do it, they would have to put in a new monument type of ground sign,” said Wright. “They struck that language last night that talked about the 50%, so those pole signs are still deemed a non-conforming sign but basically it now says that regardless of the cost you can maintain and keep that pole sign as long as you want to in those areas and those areas are off of Broadway, Commerce or Senate.”
Wright said sign owners will still have five years to replace the signs.
In other news, the Red Oak City Council approved an ordinance establishing a Water Utility Improvement District in the area of J Avenue south of the Country Club between Fairview Drive on the North and Bluegrass Road on the South. Wright said some property owners are looking at potentially building homes in the area and have a desire to get water out there. They set the connection fee at $7,500. The board can now proceed with authorizing bids on the project.
And, the City Council discussed a sharing agreement with the Aquatics Director between the Red Oak Park & Tree Board, City of Red Oak, and the Montgomery County Family YMCA. Wright said the Aquatics Director at the YMCA would provide the management services for the City Pool.
THREE ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES IN FREMONT COUNTY
(THURMAN) Three people were arrested in Fremont County on Burglary and Theft charges and a warrant will soon be issued for another suspect.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says a concerned citizen reported the burglary incident near Thurman on Monday. Miscellaneous household items, a fuse box, and wiring were reportedly removed from the unoccupied rural residence.
Authorities arrested 48-year-old Tammy Rose and 49-year-old Kenneth Milenkovich, both of Council Bluffs, on 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft charges. They were held on 5-thousand dollars bond each. 54-year-old Lucy M. Uriel of Omaha is being held on two counts of Conspiracy (3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft). Her bond is set at 5-thousand dollars.
The identity of the individual that fled on foot is known to Fremont County authorities and a warrant is forthcoming for 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft.
PARK AND REC POSITION DISCUSSED AT MONDAYS’ BOARD MEETING
(Atlantic) Atlantic Park and Rec Director Travis Garrett told the Board of Directors at Monday night’s meeting that he has received 14-solid applicants for the Directors job so far. The question is what the new director’s job description will be. Discussion continued at Monday night’s meeting about the possibility of the Nishna Valley Family YMCA taking over some or all of the recreational activities.
Dan Haynes, Executive Director of the Nishna Valley Family YMCA attended the meeting Monday night.
“We’re not looking to take anything from the Park and Rec. Board if you guys don’t want us involved with anything that’s certainly fine with us too, we’ve got plenty of stuff to do, but if you want us to help with stuff then we’ll sit at the table and discuss whatever you want us to discuss,” said Haynes.
The Park Board is already searching for a new pool manager, which is something that has been discussed with the “Y.”
“Obviously the pool in itself is quite the entity and then the Rec. programs are as well and we’ll have to kind of figure out if you have vested interest in one or the other or both,” said Garrett.
Haynes said, “Well I would think if you’re going to do one you may as well do everything and get all the recreation under one house.”
Park and Rec. board member Stuart Dusenberry wants to make sure that if the recreation end of it is turned over to the “Y” that costs remain the same.
“My biggest concern as the Park and Rec. Department is to me I think it is our mission to provide activities and opportunities for youth at low cost or no cost, it is our public parks and our tennis courts and swimming pools,” said Dusenberry.
Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris suggested the discussion during the April 5 meeting. Harris says the problem is costs are going up and resources are not. He suggested the board discuss sharing staff with the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.
The discussion will continue on the subject. The deadline for Park and Rec Director Applications is April 29.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS WASTEWATER FEES
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic City Council will discuss the first reading of Ordinance #932 amending wastewater fee schedule at their meeting Wednesday night.
Fox Engineering did a sewer rate study in 2008 and determined that a series of rate increases would be necessary to pay for the new $15 million wastewater treatment plant. The recommended base sewer rate would be increased from $24 per month to $27, and the usage charge for water used in excess of 3,000 gallons per month would be increased from $5 per 1000 gallons to $5.50 per 1,000 gallons. This reflects an overall 11.5% increase for the average user. According to agenda details, this is significantly less than the two 18% scheduled increases for FY 12 and FY 13.
Other items on the agenda include approving the final plat for the Jallas Subdivision, an order to refer proposed landscaping plan for Boulder’s Inn & Suites and requested changes to the Development Agreement to the Community Development Committee for review and recommendation, approval of the selection of an engineering firm to design and provide cost estimates for the T-Bone Trail project, the second and third reading of the RAGBRAI ordinance, and a resolution establishing Council committees.
The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlantic City Council Chambers.
RED OAK TEENS ARERSTED FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
(RED OAK) Two Red Oak teens for arrested for 5th Degree Criminal Mischief.
Red Oak Police say they took a report on Monday from Jedadiah Prokes who stated that someone had shot his vehicle with a BB gun. Prokes was southbound on N. 3rd Street between Cherry and Walnut when he heard his vehicle get struck on the passenger side. The 1998 GMC Yukon was struck on the passenger side rear door causing a dent and chipping of the paint. The BB then traveled up to the passenger side mirror, spidering the glass. Officers canvassed the area and located two defendants, 14-year-old Cameron Sickels and 14-year-old Zachary Thomas in the 100 Block of E. Walnut Street. Further investigation revealed that they had shot the vehicle with a pump action BB gun.
Sickels and Thomas were taken into custody, charged with 5th Degree Criminal Mischief and were released to a parent.
MORE THAN $98,000 GRANTED TO CASS COUNTY NONPROFIT AGENCIES
(ATLANTIC) Nicholas Hunt, Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce today that $98,848 was awarded in grants to Cass County nonprofit agencies.
The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Cass County Community Foundation by the February 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the Cass County Board of Directors:
Anita Child Care Center
Purchase equipment for infant/toddler room & preschool room
Purchase new exercise bikes
Ann Wickman Child Development Center
Maintenance funds to provide quality educational environment to pre-schoolers
Atlantic Coca-Cola Center & Museum
Purchase easels, wall-mounted display case and label holders
Cass County Ag & Ed Assn/Cass County Master Gardeners
Renovate public garden at Cass County Community Center to provide space for outdoor events and community education
Cass County Conservation Board
Purchase optics for viewing wildlife at sponsored events
Cass County Historical Society
Funds to renovate/preserve the upper story of the Museum
City of Atlantic/Atlantic Trees Forever
Trim trees and plant new trees in City Park
City of Atlantic Public Library
Purchase all-weather surveillance camera
City of Cumberland Public Library
Expand technology area into attached building
City of Griswold
Revitalize historic wooden playground
City of Griswold Fire Dept.
Purchase a new Jaws of Life
City of Griswold Public Library
Technology update to systems and purchase computers
City of Lewis
Rehabilitate historic Lewis Park bandstand
City of Marne
Construct new shelter at Marne City Park
City of Massena / Lions Club
Replace old tables and purchase dehumidifier for Lions/Legion Hall
City of Massena
Cover costs of 2011 Youth Historical Play
Friends of the Atlantic Animal Shelter
Hire sanitation service to maintain animal shelter
Iowa Western Community College Foundation
Remodel to house a technology center
Lewis First Responders
Purchase portable suction unit and portable ram kit
Lewis Town & Country Boosters
Replace floor covering
Little Lambs Preschool
Renovate classroom and update equipment
Nishna Valley YMCA
Promote water safety
The Lullabye Foundation
Assist youth and families in need
West Central Community Action
Funding to help people avoid losing their homes
All grantees met the criteria as Cass County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. Only organizations providing services in Cass County were eligible.
Cass County agency representatives received their checks this week. During brief check distribution activities, Hunt commended the nonprofit agencies for their individual efforts to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Cass County.
“Our Advisory Board is pleased to direct $98,848 in grants to these important community efforts in Cass County,” Hunt explained. “The Cass County Community Foundation is one of nine counties that are collectively known as the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa and meets or exceeds the Standards for Community Foundations as established by the Council on Foundations in Washington DC.”
The Cass County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds that address the changing, vital community needs and interests. Donating to a permanently endowed fund helps your neighbors today AND you help build a stronger community tomorrow. Not only that, you’ll be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit for each donation, in addition to any Federal tax benefits for which you may qualify.
The Cass County Community Foundation invests and administers these funds and distributes grants to deserving, qualified nonprofit organizations. “This has grown from an annual event to twice a year, with one grant cycle in the spring and another in the fall,” said Hunt.
Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are: Chair, Nicholas Hunt of Atlantic; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold; Beulah Follman of Massena; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic.
For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact any of the Board Members, or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Program Officer, at 800-794-3458.
GREENFIELD REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE VOTES AGAINST NEW DISTRICTING MAP
(Greenfield) Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler does not like the layout of the new Congressional map that was passed by the General Assembly last week. Baudler says he voted against the new redistricting plan because he doesn’t like the fact Southwest Iowa has been thrown in with Council Bluffs and Des Moines.
“I think Council Bluffs and Polk and Dallas County will eat up southwest Iowa, cow/calf producers, rural Iowa; that was my reason for voting no on the bill,” said Baudler.
Baudler says he lost Massena and Victoria townships, and kept Benton, Grant, Franklin and Lincoln, and lost all of Audubon County. He still retained Adair and Guthrie County and picked up 5-townships in Dallas County including the cities of Linden and Dawson and the entire city of Perry.
ATLANTIC PARK AND REC BOARD TO DISCUSS DIRECTORS ROLE AT TONIGHTS MEETING
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Department meets tonight and part of the meeting will deal with the department’s role and responsibilities relative to recreational services.
Dan Haynes, Executive Director of the Nishna Valley Family YMCA is scheduled to appear at the meeting. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris told the board at the April 5 meeting that the Director’s job has snowballed and increased. Harris says the problem is costs are going up and resources are not. He suggests the board discuss sharing staff with the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.
The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. at city hall.
IOWA GETS $13 MILLION TO FIX DAMAGED ROADS
(DES MOINES) Eight DOT projects in the southwest district will benefit from funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Iowa is receiving just over 13-million dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation to cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters including 2 projects in Cass County, 2 projects in Harrison County, 1 project in Page County, 2 projects in Shelby County, and 2 projects in Taylor County.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that the money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges, and other roadway structures such as traffic signs, guardrails and lighting. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas are also eligible.
The Iowa Department of Transportation will receive 2.8 million dollars for the May 2010 Severe Storms and Flooding and 13.1 million dollars for the June 2010 Storms and Flooding.
HARLAN SENATOR NANCY BOETTGER IN SAME DISTRICT AS WOODBINE SENATOR JAMES SEYMOUR
(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad says he will sign the plan to change Iowa’s congressional and legislative election boundaries that were passed by the General Assembly last week. The governor says the non-partisan plan is probably the best plan possible. The change means some Iowa lawmakers will have to travel farther to meet constituents, while the others will have to gather with inter-party peers to see who will run in 2012.
The new map means 41-legislators now live in districts with other incumbent lawmakers. Republican State Senator Nancy Boettger, of Harlan is one of them. Boettger, who was elected in 1994, finds herself in the same district as fellow GOP Senator James Seymour of Woodbine.
Boettger told the Des Moines Register that she and Seymour would have to discuss the matter. Boettger says if anyone decides not to run they would have to make decision by next March
ARMED FORCES COMMEMORATIVE DAYS SET FOR THIS WEEK
(Atlantic) April 21, 22, and 23 is the Armed Forces Commemorative Days at the Old Armory in Atlantic.
Steve Livengood, retired service member chairs the event that will attract some 500-students that will go through the display of war memorabilia on Thursday. “Our slogan is uniting students and veterans since 1994, and that is what this is all about,” said Livengood.
Al Cranston retired U.S. Navy Veteran says there will be memorabilia from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War to the current conflicts in the Middle East. “This is a great opportunity for our young people and adults to see the items on display and talk to those veterans of war behind the displays.”
The public is encouraged bring in memorabilia from either a veteran or a family member of one. Officials want all the memorabilia brought into the "Old Armory," Wednesday, April 20.
The show is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
ATLANTIC POLICE MAKE TWO ARRESTS ON THURSDAY
(Atlantic) Atlantic Police report the arrest of 43 year old Steven Winebrenner of Atlantic. Winebrenner was arrested Thursday for Driving Under Suspension and transported to the Cass County Jail.
David Wall Sr., age 53, of Atlantic was arrested for two counts of Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, two counts of Indecent Acts with a Child, and one count of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor. Wall was arrested on Thursday and transported to the Cass County Jail.
ATLANTIC EASTER EGG HUNT APRIL 23RD
(ATLANTIC) An Easter Egg Hunt will be held for Atlantic children on April 23rd at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center.
Kellie Jimmerson, Administrator of Atlantic Nursing and Rehab, says a fire truck will bring the Easter Bunny to the Center and the fire truck will sound the siren to start the hunt promptly at 10:30 a.m.
“We expect probably around 1,000 people to show up, that’s what showed up last time we had it,” said Jimmerson. “We have over 15,000 eggs and those eggs go in a matter of minutes.”
Jimmerson said there will be a number of prizes awarded including 8 bicycles and 6 helmets.
The Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to age 12.
“We break into four age groups, so therefore you may want to bring plenty of adults because there are four different sections of our yard that we break into,” said Jimmerson. “So, allow plenty of time and come on out and have a good time.”
Jimmerson encourages residents to park at the high school. SWIPCO will be providing transportation from there. Hot dogs, chips and pop will be provided at the Easter Egg Hunt as well.
OHIO MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO TREYNOR SCHOOL
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Columbus, Ohio man was arrested and transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail in connection with the threats made to the Treynor School in regards to the shooting exercise on March 25th.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said 47-year-old Robin Elston was arrested on a warrant for one count of Threat of Terrorism and one count of Threats, both Class D felonies.
“After this threat came in at the Treynor school, investigators followed up and were able to find out the phone number that had made the call and tracked it back to the registered owner of the phone and that happened to be this Mr. Elston who was in Columbus, Ohio,” said Danker. “We had Columbus, Ohio police find him and talk with him. He admitted to making a call, (Elston) didn’t remember what he said, but they were able to get a warrant for him for the threats.”
A message was left on the Treynor High School voicemail at 2:19 a.m. on March 25th that stated, “If you are smart, I wouldn’t go to work tomorrow, or today. Cause maybe your little training exercise might come into reality. You think about that.” The message then went into profanity laced statements about illegal immigrants.
Elston is expected to make his initial appearance this morning. He is being held on 10-thousand dollars bond.
ONE PERSON INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT EAST OF ELK HORN THURSDAY NIGHT
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff's Office reports an accident that occurred three miles east of Elk Horn Thursday night. A vehicle driven by 46 year old Susan Marie Mardesen of Elk Horn was westbound on Littlefield Drive when a northbound vehicle on Falcon Avenue pulled out in front of Mardesen. The northbound vehicle was driven by 57 year old Dennis John Vogl of Atlantic. Mardesen was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Elk Horn Fire and Rescue. Her 2001 Chevy vehicle received $8,000 after running into the side of Vogl's vehicle. Vogl has been charged with Failure to Yield from Stop Sign, his vehicle received $10,000 damage.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD REPORTS SECOND AFGHANISTAN CASUALTY
(Des Moines) A northeast Iowa soldier was killed and another from Southwest Iowa was wounded in Afghanistan Wednesday.
The Iowa National Guard says 21-year-old Spc. Donald L. Nichols, of Shell Rock was killed and 24-year-old Spc. Timothy R. Gourd, of Prescott (pictured left) was wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device attacked their All -Terrain vehicle. The incident happened at around 11:00 a.m., Wednesday.
Both soldiers were assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division based in Waterloo.
Spc. Donald L. Nichols is the second Iowa Soldier killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan this week. Thirty-one-year-old Spc. Brent M. Maher, of Honey Creek was killed during a mounted patrol, Monday.
HARLAN BUSINESS TAKING DONATIONS FOR MAPLETON
Touch of Class in Harlan is collecting items for the city of Mapleton.
Items needed to help clean and repair the town are needed; including garbage bags, work gloves, tools, building materials, cleaning supplies, etc. Other donations are welcome as well.
Touch of Class will be filling a U-Haul and taking the items to Mapleton a week from tomorrow (Saturday).
For more information on donations, visit the Mapleton Tornado Releif page at http://mapleton.com/mapleton_tornado_relief.asp
GAS MAIN LEAK IN ELK HORN WEDNESDAY NIGHT
(ELK HORN) Several residents were evacuated during a gas main leak in Elk Horn Wednesday night.
The Elk Horn Fire Department says members of King Construction were in the process of finishing up work for the day and accidently hit a 2 inch gas main with approximately 50 pounds of pressure. At around 8:16 p.m. members of the Elk Horn Fire Department along with Shelby and Audubon county deputies were called to assist with traffic and evacuation of six residences in the surrounding two block area. Mid America Gas was called in to stop the flow of escaping gas and repair the ruptured line. Repairs were made and the residents were able to return to their homes at around 11:00 p.m.
The Elk Horn Fire Department would like to thank all of the residents, deputies, and members of Mid America for their fast response to repair the damaged line.
IOWA EXPERIENCING HIGHER THAN NORMAL TORNADO OUTBREAK THIS SPRING
(Johnston) The number of tornadoes in Iowa so far this year is well above normal.
Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Des Moines says, “We don’t have an exact count yet because we are still tallying up the data, but so far Iowa has had 20 tornadoes between the events on March 22 and April 10. That includes three EF 3 tornadoes and several EF 2 tornadoes.”
Johnson says the atmospheric conditions have been just perfect for tornadoes so far this spring. Storm systems have been coming out of the southern Rockies with a low-level pressure system going across Iowa. He says those kinds of atmospheric conditions are primed for tornadoes and that is exactly what occurred on March 22 and April 10.
COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COORDINATOR WEIGHS IN ON GOVERNORS MENTAL HEALTH VISION
(Atlantic) Cass County Mental Health Coordinator Teresa Kanning is reacting to Governor Branstad’s vision for mental health services in the state. Earlier this week Branstad told reporters his goal is to establish a statewide system of care that would replace the 99-plans for mental health care that is in the 99-counties. Branstad also stated that the current 99-counties are lacking in access to crisis care, a uniform level in investment and differences in levels of care, quality and access.
Kanning says there has been a lot of talk and discussion in regards to how the state handles mental health services for the past 16-years.
“There has been a lot of talk and discussion ever since 1995 when Senate file 69 was passed about how to restructure the mental health services for the mentally ill, mentally retarded, and developmentally disabled and so we’ve participated in that process the whole way through,” said Kanning.
Therefore, Kanning was a little surprised when the Governor stated the 99-counties not working together.
“When I saw the Governor’s vision for mental health reform in his press release on Monday I was surprised because it makes it look like counties have chosen to not be players at the table and chosen to not help reform that system and that’s certainly not true in any way,” said Kanning.
Governor Branstad says the State of Iowa currently spends $1.3 billion in this system. Kanning says the counties actually contribute $118,320,396.00 annually to mental health services, the federal government kicks in $1.3 billion, and the state actually contributes closer to $150 million.
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY MAN SHOT AND KILLED
( Council Bluffs ) A Council Bluffs man is charged in connection with the shooting death of another man Wednesday evening.
Police say Robert Keith Hasberger is charged with first-degree murder in the death of John Anthony Rodarte Jr., of Council Bluffs .
Police say the two were involved in a verbal altercation near the Do Rock Inn at 1200 7th Avenue . During this incident, Hashberger allegedly produced a 9mm handgun and shot Rodarte once in the chest. A Rescue Squad transported Rodarte to Creighton Hospital in Omaha where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. this morning at the Ankeny Lab.
The investigation is ongoing.
POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL ACCIDENT IN COUNCIL BLUFFS
( Council Bluffs ) Council Bluffs Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred early this morning on Interstate 80 near the 2.4-mile marker in Council Bluffs .
Police say the accident happened at just after 1:00 a.m., at the bridge over Indian Creek. When officers arrived they found 28-year-old Lori Rosas of Omaha deceased in the vehicle.
A preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle struck a guardrail on the south side of the bridge approach and swerved across three lanes into concrete bridge railing. Rosas was the only occupant of the vehicle.
NEBRASKA WOMAN INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR ESSEX
( Essex ) One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident near Essex Wednesday evening.
The Iowa State Patrol says, Erika Summers, of Fort Collins , Colorado , a passenger in a jeep driven by 50-year-old Richard Watson, of Papillion , Nebraska was airlifted to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha .
The Iowa State Patrol says, Watson was traveling west on Highway 48 and was attempting to pass a tractor that was attempting to turn south at the intersection of Highway 48 and E. Avenue. The Jeep collided with left side of the tractor driven by 27-year-old Andrew Liljedahl of Essex.
Both vehicles remained upright at the intersection.
FATAL FIRE IN COIN UNDER INVESTIGATION
(COIN) One person was found dead in a house fire in Coin Tuesday.
The state Fire Marshal’s office said the fire occurred at 303 6th Street where a two story home and two parked vehicles were fully involved in the fire. The home is owned by 56-year-old Trudy McDowell.
The investigation of the fire scene by Coin and Shenandoah fire personnel revealed one deceased person inside the home. A positive identification has not been established and the body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy to determine positive identification and cause of death.
The cause of the fire is currently listed as undetermined and the case is being investigated by the Page County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Medical Examiner.
RURAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENT REPORTS THEFT
(Red Oak) A Montgomery County resident says someone stole an entrance gate sometime between 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim told authorities that he discovered the yellow Sioux 18-foot gate missing Wednesday afternoon at his field entrance located in the area of D Avenue and 250th Street in rural Red Oak. The gate is valued at $300.00.
Anyone with information should call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 623-5107, or the Montgomery County Crimestoppers at (800)-432-1001.
COUNCIL BLUFFS MAN JAILED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES
(Red Oak) A Council Bluffs man faces drug charges in Montgomery County following a traffic stop west of Red Oak Wednesday afternoon.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old John Anthony Welch on Highway 34 and D Avenue west of Red Oak. Welch was charged with driving while barred, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and a Mills County warrant for driving while barred.
Welch was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $50,000 bond.
MILLS COUNTY MAN HURT IN SEMI ACCIDENT
(Glenwood) A Glenwood man was airlifted to an Omaha hospital as the result of a semi accident on Interstate 29, at around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 35-year-old Aaron Dempsey was southbound near the 38-mile marker when the passenger side tire blew out forcing the semi into the ditch and rolled.
The Iowa State Patrol says Dempsey was life-flighted to Creighton Medical Center in Critical condition.
ATLANTIC TEACHER AND STUDENTS RECEIVE HONORS
(Atlantic) The Iowa Academy of Science has recognized Atlantic High School Science teacher Kathy Hobson as one of five teachers honored this year by the academy.
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein made the announcement at Tuesday night’s board meeting. “The academy honors five teachers each year on five separate disciplines for quality and instruction and Kathy Hobson is being recognized for that.”
Dr. Amstein also applauded Seniors Trevor Knuth and Parker Hoye for being honored last week as academic all Hawkeye Ten Conference representatives for Atlantic. Tess Dusenberry was honored as character award winner for Atlantic.
ATLANTIC RAISES DRIVERS EDUCATION RATES
(Atlantic) It is going to cost more to take Drivers Education in Atlantic this summer.
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein proposes raising the rates to $350.00 for resident students to $380.00 for non-resident students.
Amstein says the reason for the increase is the escalating fuel prices.
SUPERVISORS APPROVES WATER AND SEWER PROJECT
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors gave their approval to proceed with the northwest water and sanitary sewer extension project at their meeting this morning. The project would extend services to the Amaizing Energy urban renewal area.
Cass/Atlantic Development Corporation Director Russell Joyce told the board this morning that CADCO owns 50 acres of land outside of the city limits and he believes this would be a great project because if they get any prospects in the area, everything will be ready to go.
“Anytime we get a request or a proposal from a company that would like to locate somewhere here is Iowa, or even in western Iowa, they have sewer and water needs and so if we want to expand our businesses here in our community we’ll need the infrastructure and a place to do that,” said Joyce.
Tim Tieg of Snyder and Associates said Atlantic Municipal Utilities will be the contracting officer for the project. A bid date has been tentatively set for May 13th. The awarding of the bid will be contingent on board approval.
KUEMPER SCHOOL BUS CRASHES IN GUTHRIE COUNTY
(Guthrie Center) A school bus transporting the Kuemper, Catholic Carroll girl’s soccer team was involved in roll over accident last night sending the driver, 2 coaches, and 23 students to the Guthrie County Hospital. Kuemper Catholic, Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick says all of the occupants were treated and released by midnight Tuesday.
“The kids suffered bumps and bruises and a few of the students are limping around today,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We did call off the Thursday's soccer game with Boone to give our students more time to heal.”
The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says the school bus was traveling north on Highway 25 and struck a set of tractor weights lying on the pavement. The school bus lost control, entered a steep ditch, and overturned on the driver’s side. Members from the Guthrie Center Fire and Rescue Department extricated the occupants from the bus and transported all of them to the Hospital.
Authorities say a tire on an anhydrous tank blew out causing the tractor to jolt and throw off the front-end weights. Agriland FS Inc., of Winterset, owns the tractor.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
(Johnston) The Iowa National Guard regrets to announce the death of Spc. Brent M. Maher, 31, of Honey Creek, Iowa. Maher was killed during a mounted patrol, Monday, April 11, when the “Cougar” Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle in which he was the gunner, was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device in Paktya Province, Afghanistan at approximately 1 p.m., local Afghanistan time. Wounded in the attack were Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Jedlicka, 31, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Spc. Justin Christiansen, 24, of Nebraska City, Neb., and Spc. Dustin Morrison, 20, of New Market, Iowa. All four Soldiers were assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard’s Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Shenandoah, Iowa.
Maher was born Dec. 3, 1979 in Hamburg, Iowa and graduated from Farragut (Iowa) High School in 1998. He also attended Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb. Prior to his mobilization, he was employed by the Woodhouse Auto Family in Omaha, Neb.
An 11-year military veteran, Maher enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1998, serving until October 2005. He then joined the Iowa National Guard in May 2007 and was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, in Denison. He transferred to Company B, 1-168th Infantry, Shenandoah, in January 2008, where he was assigned as an Infantryman. He will be posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Maher was part of the approximately 2,800 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division deployed to Afghanistan. Company B is comprised of approximately Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers from Company B in Shenandoah, Detachment 1 of Company B at Camp Dodge, and Detachment 2 of Company B, from Corning.
These Iowa Soldiers reported to their mobilization station at Camp Shelby, Miss. in July 2010 for additional training and preparation before departing for the Afghanistan theater of operations. The unit arrived in Afghanistan in November 2010, where the Soldiers
provide full-spectrum operations in a combat theater, including lethal and non-lethal capabilities, support to Afghan National Army and Police units, and assistance to humanitarian relief initiatives.
Maher is survived by his wife, Brenna M. Maher, of Honey Creek, Iowa; daughters Kaitelyn Elizabeth and Hannah Rose, and a son, Matthew Douglas, 8, all of Niles, Mich.; his mother, Cheryl L. Tyner and step-father Mick Tyner, both of Essex, Iowa; a brother, Greg Maher, of Biloxi, Miss.; and grandparents Roy and Wilma McGraw, of Essex, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Maher.
The family of Spc. Brent M. Maher issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our beloved husband and father, Brent Matthew Maher, during combat in Afghanistan. Brent died doing what he loved, serving his country and protecting the freedom that we enjoy and providing the people of Afghanistan with the opportunity for freedom.
We are proud of Brent’s accomplishments and those of his fellow Iowa National Guard Soldiers and all of the military serving our country. We are forever grateful to the United States military for providing Brent with the opportunities he has experienced for the past 11 years. Brent was making a difference in the lives of the Afghan people, and was proud of it. As shocked as we are by his death, we are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support shown by his fellow Soldiers, his family, friends and the community during this difficult time.
We are sure that you can understand and will honor our request for family privacy at this time, as we are focused on working with military officials to return Brent’s body home for military services and burial. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness at this extremely difficult time. We are deeply saddened by our loss, but extremely proud of the honorable way he served America as a leader in the U.S. Army. We will remember him, his sense of humor, his faith in God, and his love for his family, friends and his country, with great pride.”
Funeral arrangements are pending in Council Bluffs and details will be provided as they become available. The Maher family asks that their privacy be respected at this time. Media representatives may contact the Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Office for additional information.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD NAMES NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board approves a contract for a new middle school principal at their meeting tonight. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein recommended Cameron Smith and the board unanimously approved. Smith comes from Garner Hayfield where he was middle school principal for one year and dean of students for two years. He will start July 1st.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORT ACCIDENT ON 7TH STREET MONDAY
(Atlantic) According to an accident report from the Atlantic Police Department, a vehicle driven by Orville Gard of Atlantic was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Brandon Anderson of Atlantic on Monday. The accident occurred shotrly after 11:00 a.m. Gard was eastbound on 7th street and slowed down due to traffic. Anderson didn't see Gard's vehicle slow down and struck the vehicle from the rear. No injuries were reported from the two vehicle accident. Gard's vehicle received $1,300 damage and Anderson's vehicle received $2,300 damage.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SCHEDULES BRIEFING
(Johnston) The Iowa National Guard is holding a press briefing this evening at 9:00 p.m. at the Camp Dodge Freedom Center regarding recent events in the Afghanistan Theater of operations.
The press release stated that the event will be one of special interest to media from Southwest Iowa. However, the public affairs office stated that they couldn’t release any further information until the press briefing this evening. Stay tuned to KSOM/KS95 for further developments.
MASSENA GROCERY STORE FACES CLOSURE
(MASSENA) The fate of a small western Iowa town’s grocery store will be in the hands of the community.
Massena Mayor Mike Cormack says the current owner of Economy Food Market has announced they are not going to continue to operate beyond the end of this month. Cormack said they plan to hold a community meeting in a few weeks to see what the community would like to do from there.
“Obviously probably your number one item in a small town is your school and probably number two is your grocery store in terms of quality of life type issues and so obviously it’s a blow for the area,” said Cormack. “So, whether it gets handled through a private sale or whether the town needs to try to solicit other vendors to come in and operate and that type of thing… I guess we’re just looking to be a helper, not to drive the engine, just to be somebody that helps facilitate the discussion.”
Cormack said every option would be on the table as far as trying to find a way to keep the service going.
“It’s probably not as big of a blow to the people who are mobile in the community, but when you think about your elderly and some of the folks that are not so mobile that’s something that would be a concern,” said Cormack.
According to a study done by Iowa State University Extension’s ReCap program, the number of grocery stores with employees in the state dropped from around 1,400 in 1995 to 700 in 2005. The number of supercenters offering groceries increased by 175 percent.
AUDUBON COUNTY SUPERVISORS DISCUSS REPRECINCTING
(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors has begun discussion on possible reprecincting in the county. Supervisors chair Todd Nelson says board is discussing reprecincting as a way to save money during elections. More precincts means more ballots that have to be printed. Audubon County currently has four precincts, but with the current population, that number could be reduced. The board has discussed having either three or two precincts. 3,500 people is the maximum number for one precinct. Nelson adds that a change in precincts would have to be approved at the city level before any changes can be made with the county.
COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS – CASS COUNTY 43RD OF 99
(ATLANTIC) According to the latest county health rankings, Cass County ranks 43rd out of the 99 counties in the state.
Cass County Community Public Health Coordinator Denise Coder says this ranking obviously means that the county is in the upper half of all the counties which is something to be proud of, but it also means there are some things they need to be working on.
Coder said some of the lowest indicators in the county health rankings also showed up as issues on the recent community health assessment.
“Some of those issues were adult smoking; particularly for women who are pregnant, we have increasing teen birth rates and sexually transmitted diseases and sometimes those two coincide,” said Coder. “Certainly poverty continues to be an issue and its affecting people’s abilities to practice healthy behaviors and we recently also did our county survey last summer and that really highlighted some of the behaviors that are contributing to some of these diseases and death rates; behaviors such as people not exercising and not having access to healthy food.”
Coder says these indicators have become focus issues for them for improvement opportunities. She said the public will be seeing more communications from Cass County Public Health regarding these issues and some of their improvement strategies.
“One of the other issues we identified in our community health assessment was the fact that our public needs to know more about the issues that we are facing in public health and they need to know the extent of the issues and what opportunities for improvements they can be accessing along the way,” said Coder.
Information on all county health rankings can be found at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
ATLANTIC MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man walked away from a single-vehicle accident at the east end of the Atlantic Cemetery Friday afternoon.
Atlantic Police say, Donald Prall was westbound on Highway 6 when the pickup he was driving went out of control and crossed the centerline and struck a tree and two gravestones on the east edge of the Catholic Cemetery.
The pickup sustained $12,000 in damage. Prall was cited for failure to maintain control and reduce speed.
Prall was not injured in the accident that occurred at just after 3:00 p.m.
ATLANTIC SCHOOLS ADVERTISING FOR A NUMBER OF TEACHING AND COACHING POSITIONS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community School District is expected to name the new Middle School Principal at tonight’s school board meeting. The district is also advertising for a number of other positions.
Those include, (1) Secondary P.E. and Social Studies Teacher, (3) Middle School Generalist/with reading endorsement, (1) elementary P.E. and Health Teacher, (1) Kindergarten teacher, (1) PK Special Education instructor, and (1) technology Integration Teacher.
The School is also searching for a number of coaches including the rebuilding most of their volleyball coaching staff. The positions include; a head volleyball, assistant volleyball and a freshmen coach. Meanwhile, an assistant boy’s track job is open, along with assistant baseball, freshmen baseball, freshmen football, freshmen boys’ basketball, and a High School Student Council Advisor.
The deadline for these applications is Thursday, April 14.
HEAD START ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR MAPLETON
(ATLANTIC) Head Start in Atlantic is accepting donations to be taken to the community of Mapleton, which was destroyed by a tornado over the weekend.
Officials with the Head Start in Mapleton said their classroom was not damaged, but they have Head Start staff and families who have lost their homes in addition to many others in the community.
Items that are needed include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, clothes, shoes, and canned goods. Any other items are also welcome, just no large items like furniture at this time.
Donations are needed as soon as possible and can be dropped off at the Atlantic Head Start at 54233 Olive Street. The donations will be taken to Mapleton from there.
EHK TEACHERS OFFERED A RAISE
(Elk Horn) Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes is offering the teachers a 2.7-percent package increase.
“The board is in full support of it,” stated Schnoes. “With no new money coming in and everything going on with the economy, I think everybody is pretty happy we can handle it.” Schnoes says the deal is now up to the teachers.
In the meantime, Schnoes says the budget is set and the tax rate per thousand dollars of valuation is pretty close to last year, with a 2-hundreds of a point increase. That takes into account an increase in cash reserves in case of an unexpected expense.
POSSIBLE INJURIES REPORTED IN RED OAK ACCIDENT
(RED OAK) Two people were sent to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Red Oak Monday.
Red Oak Police say 18-year-old Chauntel Hughes of Red Oak, who was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra, stopped at the southbound stop sign on 4th Street. Hughes stated that she had checked for traffic and didn’t observe the 2004 Chevy Malibu approaching. She entered the intersection and was struck by the Malibu driven by 28-year-old Russell Williams who was eastbound on Highway 34.
Two occupants from the Williams vehicle went to the hospital for exam of possible injuries. Hughes received a citation for the stop sign violation.
Red Oak Fire and Rescue, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.
ATLANTIC MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON PEACE OFFICER
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested Saturday for Assault on a Peace Officer, Interference with Official Acts, and Disorderly Conduct. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 21-year-old Tyler Crawley and transported him to the Cass County Jail.
In other news, 34-year-old Amy Dole of Atlantic was arrested on April 6th for Simple Assault. She was transported to the Cass County Jail
IWCC CASS COUNTY CENTER RECEIVES $150,000 DONATION
(Atlantic) Iowa Western Community College Cass County Center has received $150,000 from the Southwest Iowa Foundation. Cass County Center Director Ann Pross says they could not have been more thrilled to find out they were the recipient of the large grant. The donations that Iowa Western has been receiving all go towards the startup costs for the new design technology program which was all made possible by the $65 million donation from Siemens. There will be a pre-bid construction meeting held at the Cass County Center in Atlantic Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Local contractors are encouraged to attend so they can get the information they need to submit a bid.
BRANSTAD OUTLINES PLAN FOR STATES MENTAL HEALTH CARE
(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad briefed reporters today on the direction he would like to see taken about revamping mental health services in the state.
The goal is to establish a statewide system of care that would replace the 99-plans for mental health care that is in the state’s 99-counties. Branstad told reporters the system they have in mind would create a balance between availability, affordability, and quality of care. The governor says the current 99-plans are lacking in access to crisis care, a uniform level of investment and differences in levels of care, quality and access.
The administration has established a goal that would eliminate those shortcomings under a statewide system of care while being accountable to the public. The target for development is the next several years.
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RED OAK RECEIVES TREE CITY USA AWARD
(RED OAK) The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Red Oak has received the 2010 Tree City USA award.
State Forester Paul Tauke commented, “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees.” The City of Red Oak has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa communities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.
The City of Red Oak was one of 88 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements: 1) The city must possess either a city forester or an active city tree board, 2) The city must have a tree ordinance, 3) The city must annually spend at least $2 per capita for its community forestry program.
CASS COUNTY ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three OWI arrests.
On Sunday, 38-year-old Bret Alan Pellett of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Child Endangerment, and Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held pending pretrial evaluation.
On Friday, 21-year-old Jake Daniel Myers of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.
On April 5th, 22-year-old Andrew Gaston Nickum of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
In other activity, 43-year-old Terry Laine Stalson of Andover, Minnesota was arrested Friday on a Wisconsin warrant. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held pending extradition.
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office charged Cass County Jail inmate, 21-year-old Tyler Lee Crawley, with 5th Degree Criminal Mischief in regards to damage done to county property. Crawley remains in the Cass County Jail on Atlantic Police Department charges.
GRANT MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR SEXUAL ABUSE
(ATLANTIC) A Grant man was arrested Thursday on a Cass County Warrant for 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old William Daniel Mendez as a result of an ongoing investigation. Mendez was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on 10-thousand dollars bond.
ATLANTIC MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) Two Atlantic men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Sunday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Robert Phillip Colton was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 33-year-old James Robert Fulk was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both men were transported to the Cass Count Jail. Fulk was held on 2-thousand dollars bond. Colton was held on 5-thousand dollars bond.
HMU HELPS RESTORE POWER TO MAPLETON RESIDENTS
(Harlan) Four employees from Harlan Municipal Utilities assisted in the restoration of natural gas services in Mapleton, Iowa after a tornado ripped through the city Saturday night. Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing, and Stakeholder Relations at HMU says they were one of five utilities from around the state called out by the Iowa Municipal Utilities Mutual Aide program.
“HMU gas and meter foreman Al Ickes received a call at around 7:00 a.m. Sunday asking him to put together a crew to help restore the natural gas service to the residents of Mapleton,” stated Hammer. “Ickes, Charlie Conrad, Troy Doonan, and Jeremy Clark helped shut off every gas meter in town and helped repair two large gas leaks.”
Hammer says once those were fixed and electric service was restored, the entire system was pressurized and checked for leaks. The crew then went back to all the houses and businesses, purged the meters, and lit pilot lights.”
An EF3 tornado pounded Mapleton at around 7:20 p.m. Saturday evening ripping a path of destruction to over 60-percent of the town of 1,200 people.
COUNCIL BLUFFS MAN CHARGED IN SHELBY COUNTY BURGLARY
(Harlan) A Council Bluffs man is charged in connection with of the burglary of a rural Shelby County residence and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says, 25-year-old Jason Hanan, of Council Bluffs was arrested on April 6 in connection with the incident that occurred March 28. Hanan is charged with 3rd degree burglary, and 1st degree theft.
Police arrested Hanan in Council Bluffs at the request of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD TO NAME MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board may name a new Middle School Principal Tuesday night. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein told the Atlantic News Telegraph that about 75-people applied for the job vacated by Todd Roecker, who announced his retirement in February.
The field of candidates was narrowed to down to eight. Those individuals were interviewed a week ago.
The meeting Tuesday starts at 7:30, at the High School Media Center.
RED OAK MAN JAILED ON ALLEGED CHARGE OF CHILD ABUSE
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man is in custody in connection with an incident with a child.
Red Oak Police say 30-year-old Hector Raphael Lopez is charged with Indecent Contact with a Child.
Lopez was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.
RED OAK MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT ARRESTED FRIDAY
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was taken into custody Friday afternoon on an assault warrant.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old David Lawrence Howe was arrested at around 4:45 Friday afternoon on a valid warrant for assault.
Howe was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked in and held in lieu of $300.00 cash bond.
THREE CHARGED FOLLOWING NARCOTICS WARRANT
(Red Oak) Three Montgomery County residents were taken into custody on drug charges Friday.
Red Oak Police report the following arrests:
Forty-eight-year-old Shelly Renee Shuffler faces three counts of delivery of a controlled substance. She is being held on $5,000 bond. David Allen Shuffler, 26 of Red Oak is charged with three counts of gathering where controlled substances were used. Shuffler was held on $1,000 bond. Police also arrested 41-year-old Fred Francis Welch, of Red Oak and charged him with gathering where a controlled substance is used. He is being held on $1,000 bond.
The arrests were the result of a narcotics search warrant in the 300 block of West Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak. The arrests were without incident and all three individuals are being held on the Montgomery County on full bond.
The Red Oak Police were assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and their K9.
RAGBRAI LOGO UNVEILED
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic RAGBRAI committee has unveiled their logo.
More than 20 submissions competed in the contest and the winning logo was created by Zach Robinson. The logo features “Atlantic” in a Coca-Cola inspired font. The logo also includes the town’s theme, “Cokes, Spokes, and Wonderful Folks.”
The logo will be used on t-shirts, posters, and other promotional materials as part of the RAGBRAI overnight stay in Atlantic on Sunday, July 24th.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORT TWO ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 24-year-old Jason Wingrove on Thursday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held.
In other activity, 29-year-old John Houston of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 2nd offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held.
STOLEN MOTORCYCLE REPORTED IN OAKLAND
(Oakland) Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jim Matthai says a 1994 Harley-Davidson was reported stolen from an Oakland residence on Wednesday night. The motorcycle, owned by Justin Mark, was posted for sale on Craigs List. According to Deputy Matthai, a white male and a white female both in their mid-30's showed up to test-drive the motorcycle. They arrived in a Dodge pickup which was later learned to have been stolen from Council Bluffs. The couple got on the motorcycle for a test drive and never returned.
ONE PERSON INJURED IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man was injured in a single vehicle accident Thursday afternoon.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Kelly Edward Steffes was driving a 1988 Plymouth on 221st Street, ½ mile north of Glenwood, when he left the roadway to the right striking a 911 sign and a driveway tube at 56698 221st Street. The vehicle continued in the ditch striking a utility pole, then back across 221st Street and entered the ditch to the right where the vehicle came to rest after striking a pine tree.
Steffes was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs by Glenwood Rescue.
FORECASTERS SAY IOWA IS IN FOR A STORMY WEEKEND
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a significant storm system will impact the state over the weekend. Carl Jungbluth, meteorologist with the National Weather Sevice, says the main threat will be over eastern Iowa, but everyone else should be on the lookout.
“If thunderstorms do move into the area, the potential for them to produce hail or wind or even tornadoes is still there, the chances aren’t as high as in the northeast but they’re still there and there is still a significant risk possibility if thunderstorms do occur,” said Jungbluth.
Forecasters say there are two primary rounds of severe weather expected Saturday evening and then again on Sunday afternoon and evening. The storm may carry with it very large hail and isolated tornadoes Saturday, especially north of Interstate 80. Strong and potentially long tracked tornadoes, very large hail and damaging winds are all possible with Sunday's event.
Strong and gusty winds are likely Monday with wind gusts in excess of 45-miles per hour possible.
NISHNA VALLEY FAMILY YMCA GARAGE SALE APRIL 9
(Atlantic) The Partnership with Youth Nishna Valley Family YMCA Garage sale will be held tomorrow, (April 9), in the south gym from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., all the proceeds go to the “Partnership with Youth Campaign.”
Officials say people can bring any donations to the South gym today until 5:00 p.m.; the garage sale is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
No clothes will be taken, only household items.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-80 IN ADAIR COUNTY
(CRESTON) Traffic on Interstate 80 between Antique County Drive (exit 83) near Casey and Iowa 25 (exit 86) near Menlo will be restricted to one lane in each direction for road construction work until Monday, May 2, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.
Both east- and westbound I-80 will be restricted to one lane. The open lanes will have a 16-foot width lane restriction.
ARREST MADE IN FATAL CRASH
(SIOUX CITY) A Hornick man was arrested in connection with a fatal accident in Woodbury County.
On February 21, 17-year-old Mary Hughes of Salix was killed in a head-on vehicle crash on I-29 northbound near the 131 mile marker. Hughes was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero and southbound in the northbound lanes of travel. Hughes collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Pickup being driven by 23-year-old Ryan Marx of Sioux City. Mary Hughes was killed in the collision. Her blood alcohol content was .238. Ryan Marx suffered minor injuries.
Iowa State Patrol Troopers investigated the crash and learned the alcohol consumed by Mary Hughes prior to her death had been purchased and supplied by 26-year-old Robin "Tony" Armfield of Hornick. On April 6th an arrest warrant was obtained for Robin Armfield and Woodbury Co Deputies arrested Robin Armfield at his residence.
Robin Armfield was booked into the Woodbury County Jail on the charge of Supplying Alcohol to a Minor Causing Death, a Class D Felony. He was held on $25,000 bond.
The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.
HARLAN POLICE REPORT
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department reports four arrests.
On April 1st, 19-year-old Winston Leal of Harlan was arrested on a Shelby county warrant for violation of a no contact order. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
Also on April 1st, 21-year-old Kyle Reeder of Harlan and 17-year-old Jenine Porter of Des Moines were arrested following a disturbance at 702 Chatburn Avenue. Reeder was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with providing alcohol to a person under legal age. Porter was cited for minor in possession and released to the custody of her parents.
On April 2nd, 39-year-old Alan Hill of Portsmouth was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with operating while intoxicated and careless driving.
On April 6th, 56-year-old David Turner of Audubon was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, failure to show proof of insurance, driving without a valid driver’s license and fraudulent use of registration.
The Harlan Police Department is also investigating numerous criminal mischief reports between March 24th through April 1st. The reports include the 1100 block of Willow, 1400 block of Grand Ave., the 1600 block of 9th Street, the 1100 block of 10th Street, and the 600 block of Spring Street. Police are following up on tips and all of the cases remain under investigation.
GOVERNMENT FACES POSSIBLE SHUTDOWN
(DES MOINES) The Governments spending authority expires Friday, which could result in a government shutdown.
If a shutdown would occur, the government would have to cut staffing across the executive branch, including workers at the White House and Civilian employees at the Defense Department. Congress and the federal court system would also be affected by the shutdown. U.S. military troops, including those in the war zones, would receive only one week’s pay instead of two in their next paycheck. The IRS will not process paper returns during the shutdown, so those expecting a refund should file electronically and ask for the money to be deposited directly into their bank accounts. National Parks around the country would close, the federal housing administration would stop guaranteeing loans, and meatpackers may be affected because meat processors cannot operate without the inspectors on the job.
The last government shutdown occurred 15 years ago and lasted around 21 days.
ATLANTIC RECIEVES TREE CITY U.S.A. DESIGNATION AWARD
(Atlantic) Cass County Trees Forever President Dolly Bergman presented the Atlantic City Council with the Tree U.S.A. designation award Wednesday night.
“There are only 88 communities in the state of Iowa that have been able to obtain the Tree City USA award this year, so I think that puts us in a pretty elite group,” said Bergman.
Bergman says four items must be accomplished before a city can receive this designation.
“The community has to have a tree border department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita,” explained Bergman
In addition, the fourth item is actually the Arbor Day observance or Proclamation.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RAGBRAI ORDINANCE
(Atlantic) The planning for RAGBRAI’s overnight stay in Atlantic continues to move forward. The city council Wednesday night approved the first reading of a RAGBRAI ordinance that includes the fees associated with the event July 24.
Food permits include; $250.00 for local non-profit, $300.00 for local for-profit; $600.00 for non-profit inside Cass County; and $650.00 for profit outside of Cass County . Non-Food Permit fees: $250.00 local, and $300.00 outside Cass County .
General RAGBRAI Chairman Kipp Harris says the cost to host RAGBRAI is overwhelming. “The total budget to bring these people to town is $125,550.00. This committee just can’t go out and get people to hand us $125,550.00, we will be lucky to get $10,000-$15,000 of corporate sponsors,” Stated Harris. “So that is where this (fees) money is coming from to take care of this budget.”
Harris says, “If everything goes right and we have a good day we could net $26,000.00.”
The Des Moines Registers Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins in Glenwood on July 24. Around 15,000 bicycle riders will travel 64-miles to Atlantic for the first overnight stop.
NUMBER OF ARSON FIRE HEADLINES ATLANTIC FIRE CHIEF REPORT
(Atlantic) Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees presented the 2010 activities report to the city council Wednesday night. McNees says one item that sticks out is the number of arson fires committed in the city last year.
“We had three arson fires which is highly unusual, especially two that were back-to-back,” stated McNees. “I have never filled out two back-to-back arson reports and I hope I don’t ever have to do it again.”
McNees says the fire department has helped train Atlantic Police Officer Paul Woods as an Arson investigator.
“We know what we are looking for at a fire, but officer Woods can take over on the law enforcement side of it right away. I can question people but it is much better when you have someone who has done the training and can ask the right questions.”
The Fire Department responded to 225 calls that McNees labeled as normal. He says the department put out one structural and nine private dwelling fires. The estimated loss was around $300,000. He notes the department is currently at full strength with 35 fire fighters on the force.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL DENIES COUPLE CONTRACT TERMINATION
(Atlantic) An Atlantic couple are stuck with some property they mistakenly purchased from the city. Ed and Deb Leistad asked the city council to terminate the contract for the sale of city property at 706 Walnut Street.
The Leistads say they mistakenly thought their $5,000 bid encompassed two bare lots instead of one. The council had two options: allow the Leistad’s to back out of the contract if they pay the city $40.00 to cover publication costs associated with advertising the property or legally require them to purchase the lot for the $5,000 bid price.
The Council voted Wednesday night to require the Liestads to purchase the lot for the $5,000.
ANOTHER SOUTHWEST IOWA HOSPITAL PLANS FOR EXPANSION
(HARLAN) Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan is planning a major expansion and upgrade of their facilities.
The hospital was built in the early 1950’s and has been expanded or renovated 11 times. CEO Barry Jacobsen says this expansion and renovation focuses a lot on outpatient specialty clinics and surgery.
“We are planning to move both of those services down one floor and create a new entrance from the south,” Jacobsen explained. “We will be adding about 17-thousand square feet to the south and renovate adjacent space that in the past year became available when our Home and Public Health departments moved off campus and our rehab services moved over to the new Wellness Center, so surgery and outpatient specialty clinics will take over this new and renovated space.”
Jacobsen said the lab department will double its current space when it moves to the lower level and radiology will gain much needed space when it expands into the vacated lab area. He said when the first phase is complete the key outpatient services will have access off of Highway 44 with ample parking available.
The second phase of the project will take the space vacated by surgery and outpatient specialty clinics and be converted into administration and business offices and some meeting rooms. A north entrance will be created for access to these areas. One more Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum room will also be added with enhanced security in the OB department. The plan also calls for upgrading technology in surgery, radiology, and the information systems area.
Jacobsen said in addition to the 17-thousand square feet expansion, about 49-thousand square feet of existing space will be renovated.
“The total cost of the building project is estimated at 14.3 million dollars and the technology piece of the project will add another 1.5 million dollars to the total cost,” said Jacobsen. “Funding will come from existing reserves, Shelby County Health Foundation, and capital revenue notes. There will be no direct taxpayer involvement in the funding of this project.”
Jacobsen said this has been about a 3 ½ year planning process.
“I think it’s just important to emphasize that the focus all along in the planning process has been on our patients; quality care, access, privacy, and patient comfort have kind of been the things that have driven the planning process,” said Jacobsen.
A public hearing on the project will be held on April 12th. Jacobsen said they are hoping to gain approval from the board to go out for bids following the hearing and hopefully start on the project this summer.
The project would take around 2 to 2 ½ years to complete.
ATLANTIC MAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for Public Intoxication, Interference with Official Acts, and 5th Degree Theft. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 48-year-old Milton Milligan Jr. today (Wednesday) and transported him to the Cass County Jail.
RIVERSIDE SUPERINTENDENT WEIGHS IN ON FAILED BOND ISSUE
(OAKLAND) Riverside Superintendent Jim Sutton is weighing in on the failed $12.5 million bond issue for a new school Tuesday night.
The Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office says 802 people voted yes and 724 voted no, failing to clear the 60 percent super majority needed to approve the bond issue. 916 votes were needed to pass the bond issue.
Sutton says the next step is to go back and visit with the board about the specifics of the election.
“We did not get a super majority, but we did get a majority, which means that a majority of the people in our district that voted believe that Riverside needs a new school and that’s something for the board to consider and then it’s up to them as to whether or not we move forward and if so, how?,” said Sutton.
Sutton said the key is to get the information out to the people and hopefully they can do another bond election in the future.
“We spent a lot of time telling people the story here as far as what we wanted to have them vote on and we probably reached about 600 or 650 people, but we can see from this election; which happened to be I think probably a historical one in turns of the turnout, we have to reach more people, we have to figure out how to get the information out because I think that once people understands what the plan is and what it will cost to them and the benefits to our students, I think we will get that super majority,” said Sutton.
Sutton said the board purchased 70 acres of land in November with every intention of having a new school. What happens with that land with be part of future discussions with the board.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 4-8
(Des Moines) The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, together with the National Weather Service, is again recognizing the first week of April as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The goal is to provide Iowans a better understanding about the state’s spring weather hazards.
The highlight of the week is the annual statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 at approximately 10:15 AM. Schools, businesses, local governments and individuals are encouraged to participate in the drill. According to Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator, there will be a change in this year’s drill, which will make it easier for people to participate. The National Weather Service has received a waiver from the FCC to use “live” Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes during the statewide tornado drill. Among other things, this means that NOAA weather radios will sound an alert, reminding people of the drill and prompting them to take action.
As in previous years, sirens will be activated in cities throughout Cass County as a result of this drill. If severe weather threatens on April 6, the drill will be conducted on April 7 at the same time.
More information about severe weather and family safety can be found at:
ATLANTIC PARK AND REC BOARD DISCUSSES CHANGE DIRECTORS ROLE
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec Board is discussing the possibility of re-focusing the role of the Park and Rec Director. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris told the board at Tuesday night’s special meeting that the Director’s job has snowballed and increased. Harris says the problem is costs are going up and resources are not. He suggests the board discuss sharing staff with the Nishna Valley Family YMCA.
Harris says now may be a good time to re-focus on maintaining the park and rec. facilities and there may be options like using the “Y” to contract recreational programming. “It would make sense; to contract with them to manage the pool and other recreational activities and for Park and Rec. Department to concentrate on maintaining facilities.”
Mayor Jones, Doug Harris and board member Sandi Landness will be meeting with the Executive Director of the “Y” Dan Haynes to discuss the possibility of sharing some responsibilities.
In the meantime, the job will be advertised and interviews are expected to begin in May with the goal of having a new director hired by June 1.
Last month Travis Garrett announced his resignation. His last day will be June 23.
ADAIR COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
(Corning) A Greenfield man faces two-counts of possession of stolen property in Adams County.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old James Block was allegedly in possession of a 1998 Chevrolet and a 1995 Star Light Trailer. The vehicle was stolen from Stuart.
MILLS COUNTY MAN PLEAD GUILTY IN SEX CASE
(Malvern) The Omaha World Herald says a Mills County man pleads guilty to reduced charges in a case involving sex with a teenage boy.
According to the Mills County Attorney’s Office, 56- year-old Stephen Beattie pleaded guilty Monday to three misdemeanor charges: serious assault, lascivious acts with a minor and indecent exposure.
Beattie must now go through a sex-offender treatment program, register as sex offender for the next 10-years, and serve three years of probation as part of a plea agreement with the Mills County Attorney’s Office.
In April, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that Beattie and a friend Karl Hertz had abused a 17-year-old boy who was an employee at the funeral home in Malvern. Hertz committed suicide hours after he was served a search warrant.
Beattie also must pay restitution to the victim’s family.
CAM SCHOOL BOARD SETS TAX LEVY
(Anita) The newly formed CAM School Board lowered the districts property tax rate to $12.67 trumping the previous rate of $16.67 for Anita School District patrons, and $14.50 for Cumberland and Massena property owners. CAM Schools Superintendent Steve Pelzer says there are a number of reasons for the lower tax rate.
“There is an automatic $1.00 tax break for schools that consolidate on the uniform levy,” said Pelzer. In addition, both districts levied for about $800,000 and after the two combined, that levy dropped to around $400,000, which was a significant decrease.
Pelzer says by putting the two districts together it allowed them to combine some of their assets. “For instance one district might have been healthy in one area where the other district wasn’t. We were just able to reduce a lot of the property tax levy that we would not have been able to do if we remained separate districts.”
School District voters from Anita and Cumberland @ Massena went to the polls last September and voted to abandon the Whole-Grade Sharing agreement in favor of Consolidation.
AUDUBON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATING THEFT
(AUDUBON) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a Red 2004 Ford F-250 and a flatbed trailer that was stolen from an Audubon business in the 300 block of N. Market Street sometime on April 3rd. The vehicle and trailer were later located in Avoca.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-563-2631 or the Audubon County Crimestoppers at 712-563-2234.
WALNUT MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
(AUDUBON) A Walnut man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Audubon County.
The Sheriff’s Office said 22-year-old Shea Michael Young has been charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense. The charge stems from a traffic stop on Highway 71 north of Exira on March 15th.
Young will appear in court April 7th.
ELK HORN MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY/DRUG CHARGES
(AUDUBON) An Elk Horn man was arrested on burglary and drug charges in Audubon County.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Jack Lee Carson Jr. was arrested on Sunday on charges of 3rd Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The charges stem from the investigation into a traffic stop in Kimballton. Through further investigation and evidence of stolen property in the vehicle, it was discovered that a business in Kimballton had been burglarized earlier in the evening.
Carson was transported to the Audubon County Jail and was held. He later posted bond and was released. The incident remains under investigation.
FUNDRAISER TO BE HELD FOR DOWNER FAMILY
(MASSENA) A fundraiser will be held this Friday at the CAM Middle School in Massena to help support the Downer family.
Event Organizer Staci Venteicher said Kathy Downer has been battling cancer for over a year.
“Dean and Kathy are always the first people to help when someone needs something and we just want to pay back just a little bit to them,” said Venteicher.
Venteicher said a free-will donation meal will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with the auction beginning at 6 p.m. She said there will be numerous auction items including; quilts, a load of rock, excavator work, beef packages, ISU football tickets, a weekend stay at Spirit Lake, a 32 inch flat screen TV, and so much more.
“Within hours of deciding to do this fundraiser, we didn’t even get word out before people were calling us, just the outpouring of support and love for them with phone calls and emails, we put it out on Facebook and we had over 200 responses of people saying they want to come, they want to help, so it’s just been really neat,” said Venteicher.
For a complete list of auction items, visit the CAM schools website at camcougars.org. An account has also been set up at First National Bank in Massena and Anita called Camp Downer.
Following the meal and auction, the 8th graders will be putting on a play at 7 p.m.
(Photo from the CAM website)
APD REPORTS THREE WEEKEND ARRESTS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend.
According to the report, 22-year-old Jenna Smith, of Atlantic was taken into custody Saturday on a charge of Criminal Mischief. In a separate instance Saturday, 19-year-old Jesse Luft, of Villisca was charged with Assault, and was taken to the Cass County Jail.
The third arrest involved 46-year-old Brian Cable, of Atlantic. Cable was taken into custody on a charge of second Offense, OWI.
ATLANTIC JUNIORS AND SENIORS WITNESS MOCK ACCIDENT
(Atlantic) A mock accident was conducted on the Atlantic High School Campus Monday afternoon as part of a program called “Every 15 Minutes”. This is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with driving while impaired. The crash is staged, the emotions are real!
Atlantic High School juniors and seniors sat on the north lawn of the school grounds and witnessed Monday’s exercise beginning at around 1:45 p.m. The mock accident resulted in the deaths of two teenagers and the arrest of another.
An 18-year-old male student was killed in the mock crash. A 17-year-old female student was airlifted from the scene to a trauma center where she later died from her injuries. Both teenagers were passengers in the vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female who, according to the script, lost control rounding a curve in the road and was struck broadside by a 1993 Cadillac. The driver of that vehicle and a third passenger in the vehicle driven by the 17-year-old were taken by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
Junior and senior high students witnessed the student being loaded into the Life-Net Helicopter, Medivac Ambulance, and a hearse. The parent of the victim was even brought to the scene to identify her son for the medical examiner.
At around 3:45 p.m. the 17-year-old appeared in court for a mock sentencing with real lawyers and a real judge, who sentenced the teen to 25-years in prison on each count to run concurrent on a charge of motor vehicle homicide.
Before the sentencing the parents of the students participating in the drill read statements in front of the judge.
“Brett was only 18 years old; he was getting ready for his senior prom and looking forward to graduating from Atlantic High School. He was planning to go on to college and major in sports management education; he always wanted to be a coach. Brett was a very outgoing, witty individual with a very tender heart,” said Dan Feistner.
Atlantic High School Student Cody Ihnen.
“We’ve been told all our lives don’t drink and drive, don’t ride with people that have been drinking, but this just brings a whole level of realism to it, it’s just more intense,” said Ihnen. “I didn’t really know how emergency services treated accidents seeing that mock accident was very realistic.”
Alyssa West says the “Every 15 Minutes” Program taught a life lesson.
“It will stick with me forever and I will share it with my little siblings and my family not to drink and drive because it does affect everybody,” said West.
The “Every 15 Minutes” drill continues this morning with a staged memorial service for the victims killed in the mock crash.
TWO ARRESTED IN RED OAK
(RED OAK) The Red Oak Police Department reports two arrests.
28-year-old Dean Thomas Hegary III of Red Oak was arrested on Sunday for 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on 10-thousand dollars bond.
Also on Sunday, 18-year-old James Dale Aherns of Council Bluffs turned himself in on a valid Fremont County warrant for 3rd Degree Theft. He was held on 2-thousand dollars bond.
DOT RESURFACING AND BRIDGE PROJECTS
(ATLANTIC) The Iowa Department of Transportation has several resurfacing and bridge projects scheduled for this summer.
Scott Suhr with the DOT office in Atlantic said the projects are spread out all over the district and a couple of them they are trying to finish up from last year.
“One of those projects in on Iowa 148 north of Anita towards the interstate, that project is ongoing and should be completed late spring/early summer,” said Suhr. “We’ve also got a bridge project up in Modale that we’re trying to get finished up from last year as well.”
Suhr said there will be resurfacing projects taking place on Highway 34 in Adams and Union counties and Iowa 2 in Taylor County. There will be several bridge and resurfacing projects on I-29 in Mills and Fremont Counties, a couple bridge projects in Pottawattamie County, a resurfacing project on Iowa 25 along with a structure that will be replaced south of Guthrie Center, and a couple resurfacing projects in Dallas County.
Suhr urges motorists to be aware of their surroundings.
“We certainly want people to obey road construction signs, obviously slow down, no texting, no talking on the cell phone while going through the construction zone,” said Suhr. “Just trying to keep everybody safe and hopefully we won’t have any incidents this summer.”
For an update on projects in your area visit www.iowadot.gov.
PUBLIC ASKED TO AVOID 14TH STREET NEAR ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL
(Atlantic) There will be an educational mock collision held this afternoon at Atlantic High School. The public is asked to avoid this area along 14th Street between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. so as not to interfere with Emergency vehicles.
THOUSANDS GET BIRDS EYE VIEW OF RAPTOR EAGLE GUARDING NEST
(Decorah) Iowa’s new baby Eagles are already internet celebrities.
In one day, two newly hatched Eaglets are getting more attention than most humans do in a lifetime. The live web stream of an Eagles nest in Decorah has had 6.8-million views so far, with more than 100 thousand people watching at a given time. In fact so many online birdwatchers flocked to the Eagles nest video, they crashed the website over the weekend. However, if you missed the hatching of the first two Eaglets, the Raptor Resource Project has put the video recap online as well.
The adult Eagles ignore the extra attention, feeding their hatchlings and waiting for the first cracks in their third egg, expected to hatch in two days.
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HEIFER PROJECT PARTICIPANTS HONORED AT ANNUAL BANQUET SUNDAY
(Atlantic) An Atlantic banker’s project to keep cattle in southwest Iowa continues to thrive. “It’s called the “Heifer Project” and Chuck Edwards of Rolling Hills Bank started this program in 2001, and today 40-youth have raised close to 200-head of cattle.
Edwards encourages 7th and 8th grade students to apply for the program. Those that do qualify receive five bred heifers and at the end of five years, they pay back five heifers or the equivalent.
Edwards laughed when he told KSOM/KS95 news that the key to the success of the program is money.
“It takes a lot of money to keep an operation. In all honesty, it costs the parents and everybody involved just as much as it costs the bank to start this project.”
Edwards said the record price of fat cattle is encouraging but he notes there are some challenges ahead in the cattle industry inlcuding; “Finding pasture in Iowa, high production costs, and negative media attention."
The participants were honored at the annual banquet at the Cass County Community Center Sunday afternoon. Records are a big part of the project and the participants with the best records are rewarded every year with scholarships. This year Chad Obrecht, of Oakland received the top award of $750.00, Garrett Muhlbauer, of Lewis received $500.00, and Melissa Anstey, of Cumberland received $250.00.
GRISWOLD MAN JAILED ON DRUG CHARGES
(Atlantic) A Griswold man faces drug charges in Cass County.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Devin Allen Foote was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Foote was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released after plead guilty.
FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARREST REPORT
(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff's office reports two arrests from Thursday. 20-year-old Zachery Lowell Wright of Riverton was arrested for Criminal Mischief 5th and Reckless Driving.
Nineteen year old Blain Evan Long of Hamburg was also arrested on Thursday. Long was arrested for Criminal Mischief 5th and Reckless Driving.
ATLANTIC COUPLE FACE DRUG CHARGES
(Atlantic) Two people face drug charges following a traffic stop in Atlantic Friday.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Nicole Fredricksen, and 35-year-old Thomas Jordan Fredricksen are each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and child endangerment.
Nicole Fredricksen and Thomas Jordan Fredricksen were transported to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $7,000 bond.
IOWA WESTERN CASS COUNTY CENTER PREPARES FOR DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
(Atlantic) Construction will soon begin on the Iowa Western Cass County Center. Building renovations need to be made in preparation for the Design Technology program which will be launched in the fall on August 22nd, 2011. Cass County Center director Ann Pross says they are still working towards their fundraising goal of $1.2 million for not only construction costs but also other startup costs including an endowed scholarship program. They want to involve local contractors in the bidding process for building improvements. For more information on the bidding process you can call Iowa Western at 243-5527. Outside of the upcoming construction plans, Pross added that some students have already been accepted to the program. There is a capacity of 30 students per year and a job opening for a professor will be posted very quickly.
TEEN INJURED IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A Clarinda teen was injured in a two vehicle rollover accident in Mills County Thursday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Kourtney Foster was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital following the accident that occurred at around 3:41 p.m.
The report says Foster was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee westbound on Highway 34 near 390th Street when a 1994 Chrysler Concorde, driven by 60-year-old Rodney Courtier of Hastings, attempted to pass her. Courtier struck Foster’s vehicle causing it to skid. Courtier’s vehicle then struck Foster’s vehicle again causing Foster to leave the roadway to the right where the vehicle rolled approximately 2 times.
Foster’s Jeep came to rest on the passenger’s side. Courtier’s Chrysler came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.
ATLANTIC PARK AND REC BOARD BEGINS PROCESS OF RECRUITING NEW DIRECTOR
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Board will discuss recruiting a new Parks and Recreation Director when they meet next week.
Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Travis Garrett announced his resignation
March 21. Garrett's last day will be June 23rd. Garrett has served as the Parks and Recreation Director since June of 2008.
The Park and Rec Board will also discuss the Departments role and responsibilities relative to recreational services.
The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
NEW REDISTRICTING MAP BRINGS A NEW LOOK
(Des Moines) Politicians are weighing in on the new redistricting map released Thursday morning. The proposed Iowa Congressional map eliminates one district and may require U.S. Representative Steve King to run against Incumbent Republican Representative Tom Latham. If the map is approved, Council Bluffs and Des Moines will be in the same district.
Iowa House Representative Clel Baudler, of Greenfield, says in Cass County he lost Massena and Victoria townships, and kept Benton, Grant, Franklin and Lincoln, and lost all of Audubon County. He still retained Adair and Guthrie County and picked up 5-townships in Dallas County including the cities of Linden and Dawson and the entire city of Perry.
“It’ll affect me kind of by the distance I’ll have to travel to population basis, i.e. Perry, other than that it looks like a reasonable district for me,” said Baudler.
Baudler says keep in mind this is only the first map.
“Second and third maps might be coming, we might take this one, it looks like what I’m hearing the Senate democrats aren’t very happy with this map, I know I’ve heard some people are going to move, a lot of people were thrown together, there is one district up here that threw three republican incumbents together,” said Baudler.
Baudler admits when you have sixty-incumbents, you are going to have some of that.
THREE ARRESTED IN CASS COUNTY
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals earlier this week.
On Tuesday, 52-year-old Timothy Dayle Meyer of Massena was arrested for OWI 3rd or subsequent offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on 5-thousand dollars bond.
On Wednesday, 20-year-old Justin Dale Hardisty of Cumberland was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, simple. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance later that day.
Also on Wednesday, 36-year-old Steven Ray Root of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
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