THREE ARRESTED IN CASS COUNTY LAST WEEK
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests.
On May 24th, 46-year-old Tracy Joe Lane of Griswold was arrested for OWI 3rd offense, Child Endangerment, and Driving While Revoked. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and was released on May 28th on $10,000 bond.
On May 27th, 36-year-old Thomas Jordan Fredrickson of Atlantic turned himself in to the Cass County Jail on a Cass County Sheriff’s warrant for OWI 2nd offense. He was released later that day on his own recognizance.
On May 29th, 34-year-old Shawn Michael Egging of Omaha was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was released later that day on $1,000 bond.
MORTALITY RATES FOR FALLS FOR OLDER ADULTS IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL
(Atlantic) Cass County deaths and hospitalizations due to falls in residents over age 65 are high. The Cass County death rate is 113.9 versus 69.5 statewide. The Cass County hospitalization rate is 1487.1 versus 1175.2 statewide. That is according to the Iowa Department of Health from 2002-2006, “Falls in Iowa --Death and Hospitalization Rates.”
Cass County Community Health Systems Coordinator Denise Coder says, “We want to make sure that there are things that we don’t trip on in our homes and we want to make sure that we aren’t taking medications incorrectly that could cause us to be a little disoriented and make us fall a little easier and that kind of thing.”
Denise Coder lists a couple of links for older adults that gives a checklist on how to make sure their homes are safe from falls. The links are:
Room by room checklist:
Concerned citizens can also call Denise Coder at 243-8006.
HISTORIC FLOODING ALONG MISSOURI RIVER
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) It’s being called a historic event along the Missouri River from Montana south into Missouri. The Army Corps of Engineers says additional rainfall and continued snowmelt has accelerated the release of water from five dams north of Iowa. Chief Water Management Officer Jodi Farhat says evacuations have been ordered for several areas along the river including Dakota Dunes, which is across the river from Sioux City. The Corps of Engineers says those areas that do flood will be in that situation for a couple of months.
The city of Council Bluffs is bracing for the Missouri River’s swell. County Attorney and acting Pottawattamie Emergency Management spokesperson Matt Wilber says they are watching the river as it reaches flood stage. Wilber says if you were to drive around Council Bluffs you wouldn’t think there was a huge flooding potential. He says besides a couple closed roads and some power outages, the county is basically dry. He says if the river tops 30 feet, they’ll have some new areas of concern. Outside of Council Bluffs the rest of the rivers are behaving normally for the season.
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OWI ARREST MADE IN AUDUBON COUNTY
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of twenty-three year old Brock Knapp or Exira. Knapp was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Driving While Suspended. The arrest came at around 2:30 a.m on Friday May 27th. Knapp was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. He was released following an appearance before the magistrate.
CASS COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE AMENDMENT TO FY11 BUDGET
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the FY2011 budget following a public hearing at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said the amendment basically includes changes in secondary road allocations; reducing the construction budget and slightly increasing the operating budget.
Sunderman said in order to expend the money they also have to change the appropriations in the County and Iowa Department of Transportation budget. The board approved amending the DOT expenditure appropriation by decreasing Secondary Roads construction by $808,000, increasing snow and ice control by $60,000, and increasing new equipment by $75,000. The County portion included increasing local health by $10,000; flow of revenues for grants, Secondary Roads construction decrease by $808,000, increase snow and ice control by $60,000, increase new equipment by $75,000, and increase capital projects by $60,000.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORT THREE ARRESTS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of thirty-one year old Ryan Richards of Avoca. Richards was arrested Friday for Driving While Suspended.
Twenty-five year old Ryan Mullen of Atlantic was arrested Saturday for Driving While Revoked for OWI test fail.
Dereck Hilsabeck, age twenty-three, of Des Moines was arrested Sunday for OWI and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
RED OAK MAN JAILED FOR ASSAULT
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man faces domestic assault charges in connection with an incident that occurred Monday afternoon.
According to the Red Oak Police Department, David Bushey was arrested for domestic assault at around 3:50 p.m. The Police Report says, Dawn Marie Bushey told authorities the suspect slapped her in the face twice and punched her in the shoulder.
David Bushey is being charged with domestic assault, which is a simple misdemeanor and was held on $300.00 cash bond in the Montgomery County Jail.
AVOCA IOWA VETERANS’ MONUMENT DEDICATION MEMORIAL DAY
(Avoca) A large crowd is expected for the dedication of the Veterans Monument in Avoca at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. According to a press release, the monument is a part of the Pottawattamie County Eagle Project, and includes a “Pledge of Honor.” Organizers say it is designed to recognize those who have served and those who will serve.
Neola artist Russell Christensen designed and created the bronze eagle sculpture series to serve as veterans’ memorials in Avoca and 11 other Pottawattamie County communities in Pottawattamie County.
The Veterans’ Plaza dedication ceremony will be held in downtown Avoca next to the courthouse. The ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. with the USAF Heartland of America Brass Quartet and a community chorus, followed by the dedication. Darlene McMartin, Administrator for Pottawattamie County Veterans Affairs is the guest speaker.
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE HELD AT ATLANTIC CEMETERY
(Atlantic) Memorial Day services were held across the nation today to honor American service members who died while on military service.
The Veterans Organizations of Atlantic hosted a 10:00 a.m. service at the Atlantic Cemetery. The Atlantic High School Band and the firing of the cannon opened the ceremony. Atlantic Pilot Mike Henningsen did a fly-over.
The guest speaker was Michael Carr, Chief of Staff of the State Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a man has been charged following a single vehicle rollover accident in rural Montgomery County Sunday night.
Authorities say 45-year-old David Lee McClain was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense after rolling his pickup on Highway 48 just south of 260th Street.
According to the report, McClain was southbound when the vehicle crossed the centerline; traveled across the northbound lane onto the shoulder of the northbound lane. The pickupentered the ditch and rolled several times before coming to rest on the drivers side in a farm field.
McClain was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on bond. The 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup is considered a total loss in the crash that occurred at around 9:37 p.m.
ADAMS COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATION DRIVE BY SHOOTING
(Mt. Etna) The investigation continues into a drive by shooting in a small Adams County Community.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call late Friday night of shots fired in Mt. Etna. During their investigation, they discovered that multiple shotgun rounds from a drive by shooting damaged one house in the town located 8-miles north of Corning.
The incident remains under investigation.
ADAMS COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES
(Corning) A Corning man is in custody for assaulting a female.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Aaron Anderson faces assault charges for the alleged assault that occurred at just after 1:00 a.m. at Lake Binder.
In other activity, 33-year-old Michael Miller, of Corning, was arrested for assaulting his father. He is being charged with domestic assault. Adams County authorities also arrested a Malvern man on drug charges. According to the press release, 32-year-old Nicholas Brule is charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
FLAGS STOLEN FROM A PAGE COUNTY CEMETERY: REWARD IS BEING OFFERED
(Clarinda) The Page County Crime stoppers are offering a reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person (s) involved with stealing 8-American Flags from the Coin Cemetery.
The Page County Sheriff's Office says they received information Saturday morning that sometime during the night, the flags that were placed Friday afternoon for Memorial Day, were taken from the cemetery. The 8 large coffin sized flags were each on a 16-foot section of a steel pole that is also missing. Authorities say most of the flags had the name of a soldier stenciled on them.
The Page County Sheriff's Office and the families of the soldiers ask that anyone with information about the case call the Page County Sheriff's Office and aide in this investigation.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MAN JAILED FOLLOWING HIGH SPEED CHASE
(Red Oak) A Montgomery County man faces multiple charges after leading law enforcement in a high-speed chase through the county Saturday evening.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old John Wayne Strait, of Red Oak is charged of eluding, failure to have a valid license and speeding.
Montgomery County Deputies radared a motorcycle approximately ¼ of a mile west of the Highway 34/48 intersection on Highway 34 going well in excess of the posted speed limit. When deputies tried to stop the motorcycle, Waite took off leading law enforcement on a chase that wound through the counties secondary roads. He finally yielded to the deputies in the 1600 block of 180th Street where he was taken into custody.
WESTERN IOWA PIONEER CEMETERY ASSOCIATION TO HONOR FORMER SOLDIER
(Harlan) In July, a veteran of the War of 1812 will be honored at a burial ground northwest of Panama. Ron Chamberlain, Chairman of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association says they found Abel Gallands’ grave last fall.
“On October 22 we used a ground penetrating radar unit and we found nine burials,” stated Ron Chamberlain. ”One of the burials is Abel Galland who was born in 1787 and fought in the war of 1812. In July, we are going to honor him with color guard and a tombstone from the federal government.”
Chamberlain says about 80-members are involved in the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association, a group of volunteers interested in preserving Pioneer and abandoned cemeteries in Western Iowa counties.
“We go to these old cemeteries and find underground tombstones and turn them upright,” said Chamberlain. “We also make sure the fence is alright, we put a flag pole in every cemetery and we have somebody locally take care of that flag.”
The Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association is holding another workday on June 4, at the Slate Cemetery north of Kirkman, starting at 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Rex Adams at 712-766-3318 or Ron Chamberlain at 712-489-2736.
GRISWOLD WOMAN WAIVES SPEEDY TRIAL IN FATALITY ACCIDENT
(ATLANTIC) The Griswold woman facing charges in a fatality accident last summer has waived her right to a speedy trial. According to court records, the trial for 45-year-old Christine A. Riedemann has been continued to August 23rd.
Riedemann is charged with vehicular homicide and possession of a control substance, marijuana, in connection with a single-vehicle accident that occurred on June 4, 2010 west of Atlantic.
Riedemann was allegedly operating a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, while intoxicated, westbound on Highland Road. Riedemann lost control of the Jeep, entered the ditch, and struck a utility pole between Front and Pearl Streets. This collision resulted in the death of her passenger Katrina L. Christensen. Court records show two blood draws were taken from Riedemann and were above the legal limit at .221% and .162%. Marijuana was also found to be in the possession of Riedemann and it was confirmed from the DCI Laboratory.
ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS TWO ARRESTS
(CORNING) A Corning man was arrested for assault early this morning.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says just after 1:00 this morning officers were called to Lake Binder where 37-year-old Aaron Anderson allegedly assaulted a female while camping at the lake. Anderson was transported to the Adams County Jail.
In other activity, an unidentified male was arrested Wednesday for Disorderly Conduct after authorities were called to the Kcc Motel in Corning for a fight. The male gave two deputies several different names and date of birth. The man is still in jail waiting for proper identification.
POLICE CHARGE RED OAK MAN IN ALCOHOL INCIDENT
(Red Oak) Police charge a 22-year-old Red Oak man Thursday evening for providing alcohol to minors.
The Red Oak Police Department says Travis L. Treat was placed under arrest at his home at around 8:20 p.m. He faces a charge of providing alcohol to minors, a serious misdemeanor.
Treat was taken to the Montgomery County Jail, and held on $1,000 cash bond.
BEEF FEEDLOT IN UNDERWOOD TO PAY $20,000 CIVIL PENALTY
(KANSAS CITY, KS) A beef feedlot in Underwood has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty for unpermitted discharges of wastewater from the facility into Mosquito Creek.
Moran Beef, Inc., agreed to pay the penalty as part of an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kansas. In June 2009, EPA inspectors visited the facility and found that it lacked controls to prevent the discharge of animal waste into Mosquito Creek and its tributaries. A subsequent inspection in October 2009 collected samples of effluent that showed the facility was discharging pathogens, ammonia, and nitrate into an unnamed tributary of the creek.
At the time of EPA’s inspection of Moran Beef, the facility was confining approximately 1,485 cattle in its open lot and confinement barn operations. A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation with both open lots and confinement barns is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act as a “Large CAFO” if the entire operation contains more than 1,000 cattle.
EPA issued an administrative compliance order to Moran Beef in January 2010, directing it to comply with requirements of the Clean Water Act and end all unauthorized discharges of wastewater from its facility. Following that order, Moran Beef applied for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and has built controls at its facility to prevent unauthorized discharges.
US 34 REDUCED TO ONE LANE BETWEEN CORNING AND CRESTON BEGINNING JUNE 2ND
(CRESTON) Road construction work will reduce U.S. 34 to one lane between Iowa 148 (near Corning) and Iowa 25 (near Creston) beginning Thursday, June 2, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office says flaggers and a pilot car will be used to control traffic during the closure, which is scheduled to last until June 23. A 16-foot width lane restriction will also be in effect.
RED OAK TEENS CHARGED WITH MIP
(RED OAK) Three Red Oak teens were arrested on charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol Wednesday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Jesse Wilwerding, 16-year-old Tyler Terry, and 17-year-old Daniel Carlson were arrested following an investigation into a complaint of suspicious activity near the Frankfort Cemetery northeast of Red Oak. When officers arrived, the individuals were found to be in possession and consuming alcohol.
The teens were transported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office where they were processed and released to the custody of parents.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON US 6 NEAR COUNCIL BLUFFS BEGIN JUNE 1ST
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge painting work will cause lane restrictions on U.S. 6 between Iowa 192 and Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs beginning Wednesday, June 1, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says the first phase of the bridge painting will cause traffic on the westbound U.S. 6 bridge to be restricted to one lane for approximately three weeks. After phase one is completed, the contractor will start the second phase of this project June 22 causing traffic on the eastbound U.S. 6 bridge to be restricted to one lane. The painting project is expected to be completed by mid-July, weather permitting.
HTS PRECISION AG TEAM IN JOPLIN HELPING TORNADO VICTIMS
(Joplin, Mo.) A team of HTS Precision Ag Team employees in Harlan is assisting residents in the tornado ravaged city of Joplin, Missouri. The city of 50,000 torn apart by an EF4 tornado that killed around 125-people. Dan Lucas, HTS Precision Ag Specialist, says there are areas where people cannot find the street they lived on.
“This is something that happened in a matter of very few minutes and destroyed, they’re saying, $3 billion worth of property in about three minutes,” said Lucas.
Lucas says the storm was so strong it moved St. John’s, a 600-bed hospital, about 4-inches off of its foundation.
“Everybody that was a patient got out of the hospital safely except for a few that were on ventilators and when they lost power and it took out their back up power, they were in the intensive care unit, and it did not bode well,” said Lucas.
A weather event as massive as this reminds us how vulnerable we really are. “My first reaction was, Man has no control over anything,” said Lucas.
For a full interview with Dan Lucas tune in to “Precision Talk” at 7:45 Friday morning on 96.5 FM.
CAMPERS ARRIVE AT LAKE ANITA STATE THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
(Anita) One area Park Manager says campers arrived earlier than normal for the Memorial Day weekend. Josh Peach is the Park Manager at Lake Anita.
“Sunday evening, all of our full hook-up sites were full. By Monday evening all of our electric sites were taken already,” said Peach. “Typically every year for Memorial Day we’ll fill on Wednesday or Thursday, but this year is just extremely early. People are not necessarily fighting for sites, but they were really wanting them this year.”
Peach says the slow economy might have something to do with the demand for campsites.
“It seems like when the economy kind of slows down a little bit, especially when gas prices go up, people aren’t wanting to travel quite as far maybe and they’re looking for something closer to home and State Parks and camping is a very economical vacation or getaway for a family,” said Peach.
Campers are reminded of the new requirements on labeling of firewood. On January 1, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship began requiring all firewood sold or acquired in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of the packages and the delivery ticket for bulk.
CUMBERLAND WOMAN TURNS HERSELF IN ON WARRANT
(AUDUBON) A Cumberland woman turned herself in to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant.
The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Rhiana Marie Christensen has been charged with Keeping a Place for Possessing Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges stem from a search warrant at Christensen’s apartment in Audubon on April 30th.
Christensen was seen by the magistrate and was released.
CASSCOUNTY HEALTH SYSTEMS HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
(Atlantic) Cass County Memorial Hospital Officials hosted a groundbreaking celebration Wednesday afternoon for the Cass County Health Systems 23.5-million dollar renovation and expansion project. Hospital Administrator Pat Markham says the project has been in the planning stage for over five years.
“All the while we were doing this planning, first and foremost we in mind the needs of this community and how we could best service our community and their future needs,” stated Markham. “We want to be here for future generations and provide the best possible care of for Southwest Iowa and Cass County.”
Markham says during the planning stage hospital officials looked at health trends regionally, nationally, and in Cass County. “What we realized is that there is going to be a continuing demand from outpatient services and less and less demand for inpatient services.”
The 30-month construction and renovation project began in March beginning with a 41,530 sq. ft. two-story addition. The project includes a new Emergency Department, Same Day Surgery Department, surgical suites, and inpatient units. Over 23,000 sq ft. of existing space will be remodeled to improve and expand outpatient services. The final stage will be the demolition of 29,000 sq. ft. of the orginal, outdated building.
STANTON MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT
(STANTON) A Stanton man was arrested on a warrant for driving with a denied or revoked license Tuesday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Carl Pearce was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and was released after he posted 10% of $1,000 bond.
ATLANTIC PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Parks and Recreation board held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to announce the hiring of the director for the parks and recreation department. The board named Roger Herring as their new director. Herring’s previous experience includes 20 years as Principal at Atlantic High School and 19 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Westside High School. He says that lends itself to working with programming for parks and recreation. Herring takes over for Travis Garrett whose last day will be June 3rd.
AUDUBON POLICE WARN OF FRAUDULENT SOFTWARE
(AUDUBON) The Audubon Police Department is reminding residents to be wary of fraudulent internet software.
An Audubon resident downloaded what she believed to be a valid security program that ended up being fake and produced a viral malware. A program titled “Windows 7 Recovery” was introduced on the computer screen advising her that her computer need to be downloaded to better the computer’s performance. When downloaded, this program introduces Trojan viruses into the system, which in turn creates connection problems and may disrupt the entire hard drive if not dealt with in a timely manner.
Not only does this fraudulent download create dismay with the computer, this person had to buy the program by way of a debit/credit card, which in turn can put the person at risk of losing more than just the cost of the program.
SUPERVISORS APPROVE CUMBERLAND LIBRARY FUNDING
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a funding request from the Cumberland Library at their meeting this morning.
Vicki Anstey, President of the Cumberland Library Board, said they requested $10,000 to go towards a remodeling project in the first room.
“It currently has some old brown paneling that came out of the 60’s or 70’s and some of our patrons are concerned with the lighting in there, it’s kind of dark for them to come in and see. And, our shelving has been there for years also and we’re concerned about the safety of the shelving for our little children. Some of them are broken and kind of sagging,” said Anstey. “So, this $10,000 would help us replace that paneling in there, brighten up the room, get some new shelving and make it safer and more accommodating and welcoming for our patrons.”
Anstey said they have been working for two to three years to get grants to expand the library. The city has allowed the library to expand to the back store room and they are currently in the process of remodeling that area. She said the total project cost is around $50,000.
In other news, the Supervisors approved funding their portion of the sidewalk repair project in the Atlantic City Park in the amount of $5,495.67.
TWO ATLANTIC PEOPLE ARE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A CHILDS DRUG OVERDOSE
(Atlantic) Two people from Atlantic face multiple charges after an 11-year-old boy was treated for a drug overdose.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says, 19-year-old Tia Cohrs and 18-year-old Alex Rutledge face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of an illegal narcotic to a minor, and gathering for use of marijuana.
The warrants resulted from an investigation of a report of an 11-year-old boy being treated at Cass County Memorial Hospital for an overdose or adverse reaction to the use of an illegal narcotic.
The results of the investigation and a search warrant revealed that Rutledge and Cohrs allegedly distributed the illegal narcotics to the child inside the Cohrs residence.
Both Rutledge and Cohrs were taken into custody and transported to Cass County Jail where they were held pending their appearance in front of a magistrate.
UNITED BANK OF IOWA IN HARLAN RANKED NUMBER ONE IN AG
(Harlan) For the seventh straight year, the American Bankers Association has recognized United Bank of Iowa in Harlan as the #1 ag bank in Iowa for 2010.
Tim Meyer, Vice-President, and Office Manager attribute the ranking to a consistent plan to do what they can to help agriculture. The 2010 listing ranks United Bank of Iowa in Harlan fourteenth in the nation compared to 22nd in 2009.
“Agriculture has been very strong the last few years, are clients are doing extremely well, and we would like to think that part of their success is because of our assistance,” stated Meyer. “We would like to think that growth is not going to stop here and we have no vision of sitting on the egg, we definitely want to continue to grow and moving up from 22nd to 14th is a result of that.”
Meyer says the number one focus with their clients is liquidity and common sense lending to their borrowers. “I think that has helped our clients to stay in position and be able to take advantage if that farm next to them comes up for sale rather than spend money on intermediate assets that depreciate quickly. We tend to encourage our customers to stay in position and take advantage of opportunities.”
MEASLES REPORTED IN CENTRAL IOWA
(Atlantic) A confirmed case of measles has occurred in a Dallas County resident. Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder says this situation is being treated as a public health emergency because measles can be very troublesome for certain populations in particular pregnant women.
“Measles is one of those childhood diseases with certain immunizations we hope we don’t have any of but once in awhile it pops up and so far all of the Iowa cases have been on the eastern side of the state,” said Coder. “Obvisiously, we have had some movement and it is closer to our area with the case in Dallas County.”
Local public health officials in Dallas and Polk counties are working with the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to determine who this individual may have exposed to measles and are at risk of becoming ill. Coder says she has notified all the Cass County Health providers.
“We have given them instructions on what they should be watching for and what they should be doing should they find someone with the symptoms of measles,” stated Coder. “For the public’s information, that would be fever, rash and running nose…but particularly the rash would be the differentiating factor.”
Coder says, there are vaccinations that prevent measles and now might be a good time to look at whether you or your children are up-to-date on the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines.
Any individuals who visited the following locations at the listed times should check to make sure they have received two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines. Those older than their mid-50s and know that they had measles as a child do not need to be vaccinated. If you have been at these places during these times and have not received two doses of MMR (or are not sure if you have received two MMRs), you should contact your county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated.
American Airlines Flight AA3965, Departed Chicago O’Hare: 11:55 a.m. arrived at the Des Moines International Airport: 1:05 p.m. on May 11. Alternatively, May 14, at the Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to close.
To be fully vaccinated, an individual should have had two doses of the measles vaccine, or have had measles in the past.
ELK HORN MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(ELK HORN) Two Elk Horn men were arrested on drug charges following an investigation and service of a search warrant.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant at 2017 Washington Street and seized items consistent with material used to manufacture a controlled substance. All items seized were taken to the Sheriff’s Office as evidence.
On Monday, 22-year-old Gregory Frazer and 22-year-old Lucas Spangler were both arrested and charged with Prohibited Acts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Manufacturing a Controlled Substance. Both men were released from the Shelby County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.
FORMER WOODBINE BANKER SENTENCED TO PRISON
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A former Woodbine banker was sentenced to federal prison for fraudulent loan practices.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, On May 20th, 59-year-old Kenneth W. Wait was sentenced to 18 months in prison by John A. Jarvey, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, for making a false loan application to Commercial Federal Bank, his past employer, for the purpose of obtaining a 2.3 million dollars line-of-credit for some distressed customers.
A grand jury returned an indictment on August 5th, charging Waite with 50 different financial crimes, including misapplication of bank funds, making false bank entries, and making false statements to a bank. He proceeded to trial in Council Bluffs on January 31st. In the midst of trial, Waite pleaded guilty to count 50 of the indictment, which charged him with knowingly making false statements for the purpose of influencing the action of the executive loan committee of Commercial Federal Bank by submitting a false loan application to renew and increase the existing revolving line of credit of some local cattle feeders.
None of the customers knew of Waite’s actions. Commercial Federal’s successor, Bank of the West, discovered the scheme soon after acquiring the Woodbine bank, and eventually had to charge off a $3.3 million loss on the account due to Waite’s actions.
WALNUT SPLASH PAD DEDICATION JUNE 3RD
(WALNUT) The dedication for Walnut’s new Splash Pad is set for June 3rd.
Carol Rosenbaum, Splash Pad Committee Chair, said the idea of a Splash Pad in Walnut was presented to the Walnut City Council almost two years ago.
“Through wonderful donors and grants, we’ve made it through phase one of this project,” said Rosenbaum. “We’re going to be doing phase two now. We still need a safety fence and we would like to stain and seal the concrete and put up some benches and a sidewalk and a few items like that. So, we are still going to be doing some fundraising.”
The dedication ceremony will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Park in Walnut. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be available for a free will donation. There will be giveaways, a quilt raffle and Cash Splash tickets available for a raffle that will take place in August for a chance to win cash prizes.
The new Splash Pad will be free and open to the public.
GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION FOR HOSPITAL PROJECT
(ATLANTIC) A Groundbreaking Celebration will be held for the Cass County Health System Renovation and Expansion Project Wednesday.
“We’re thrilled to be getting this project off the ground and started and looking forward to having these new health care services available for our community,” said Cass County Memorial Hospital Administrator Pat Markham.
The 23.5 million dollars construction and renovation project includes an addition onto the hospital.
“It consists of two stories; the first level is a new OR/ER and same day surgical unit and the second level will have all new in-patient rooms,” said Markham. “Once that’s done and we’re able to start moving departments out of those areas into the new areas, we’ll start some renovation and moving of departments around and expanding of some of the current departments we have such as the outpatient clinic area and cardiac rehab and then we’ll move all of the rehab services into the old OR and OB departments.”
The groundbreaking celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the east parking lot of the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
ATLANTIC MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE REVOKED
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for Driving While Revoked for OWI Test Fail and a Cass County Warrant for Failure to Appear.
Atlantic Police arrested 36-year-old Steven Root on Monday and transported him to the Cass County Jail.
FISH KILL IN ADAIR COUNTY FARM POND
(CASEY) The DNR investigated a fish kill in an Adair County private pond south of Casey Monday afternoon.
About noon Monday, the pond owner reported hundreds of dead bluegill in his farm pond. When the DNR arrived on scene, ammonia levels were highly elevated according to Keith Wilken, DNR environmental specialist.
The DNR traced the source of ammonia to a holding pond used by the Casey office of Agriland FS of Winterset. The holding pond normally collects runoff at the site.
However recent heavy rainfall filled the holding pond. An employee opened a gate on the holding pond to prevent it from overtopping which allowed runoff to flow about one-fourth mile downstream to the farm pond.
The DNR will conduct a fish kill count and continue the investigation Tuesday morning. The DNR will follow up with Agriland FS to prevent future problems and take enforcement action as appropriate.
DRUG, BURGLARY, AND ASSAULT ARRESTS IN CASS COUNTY
(ATLANTIC) An Elk Horn man was arrested on drug charges in Cass County Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Timothy Duane Snyder on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Snyder was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $60,000 bond.
In other activity, 39-year-old Dwayne Gavin Clark of Atlantic was arrested on Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrants for 2nd Degree Burglary, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, 3rd Degree Burglary, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth. Clark was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $50,000 bond.
And, 20-year-old Michael Jay Sherman of Anita was arrested Monday for Simple Assault. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $300 bond pending a hearing before the Magistrate.
ONE PERSON INJURED IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A Sidney woman was injured in a two vehicle accident in Mills County Friday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Tami Fuller was driving on Sharp Street in Glenwood when she lost control, crossed the center line, and struck a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Scott Burtch of Missouri Valley.
Fuller was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Glenwood Rescue.
ELLIOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTING GOLF TOURNAMENT
(Elliott) It takes a lot of money to maintain a fire department “big” or “small” and the mandatory training costs a lot of money. The Elliott Fire Department is holding a four-person 4-man best ball golf tournament June 10 to offset some of those costs.
“Little volunteer fire departments are held to the same standard as the Omaha Fire Department, the New York City Fire Department, any department that has training and training is very expensive,” said Travis.
Tournament Chair Andrew Travis, of the Elliott Fire Department says Fire Fighter 1 certified means every firefighter must have the NFDA minimum training before he or she is allowed to fight a fire.
“They take you through the basics; the correct way to put on your gear, the correct way to put your SCBA on, the correct way to go through homes, how you can get in and out of a building simply by following a hose line, by knowing your male and female, which one goes to the truck which one goes to the nozzle, to be able to navigate your way out of a home,” said Travis.
Travis said United Group Insurance has stepped up with a generous contribution. “I’d also like to say a special thank you to United Group Insurance, they not only put a team together but very generously donated $500 to the fire department for this event,” said Travis.
Andrew Travis says the tournament at the Griswold Golf and Country Club starts at 10:00 a.m. He says the cost is $100.00 per team and the deadline to signup is Wednesday, May 25. Anyone interested in forming a team can call Andrew Travis at(712) 789-9527
TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN PAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT
(SHENANDOAH) A Chicago woman and her passenger were sent to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Page County Sunday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Elayne Anderson was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan eastbound on 150th Street west of B Avenue when she lost control of the vehicle which slid off of the roadway at B Avenue. Anderson’s vehicle struck and knocked down a stop sign, entered the east ditch, rolled over onto a fence and came to rest on its wheels.
Anderson and 20-year-old Antonio Putnam of Essex were transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center. Anderson was cited for Operation without a Valid License, Failure to Maintain Control, and No Proof of Insurance.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORT NUMEROUS ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) Three people were arrested on drug charges in Atlantic.
On Sunday, 18-year-old Alex Rutledge and 19-year-old Tia Cohrs, both of Atlantic, were each arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distributing to person under age eighteen, and Gathering where Controlled Substances are unlawfully used. 23-year-old Brandon Johnston of Atlantic was arrested today (Monday) for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
In other activity, 43-year-old Lenny Biggs of Atlantic was arrested on May 17th on four counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. 25-year-old Benjamin Grulke of Atlantic was arrested May 21st for Driving Under Suspension. 22-year-old Trent Brammann of Atlantic was arrested for Operating while Intoxicated 1st Offense and Driving Under Suspension. And, 26-year-old Rudy Gutierrez Del Toro of Atlantic was arrested on Sunday for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense.
All individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
TWO HURT IN I80 CRASH
(Underwood) Two people were injured in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near Underwood, in Pottawattamie County Sunday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says the driver, 68-year-old Wayne Maschmeier, and a passenger 64-year-old Patricia Maschmeier, both from Pleasantville, were hurt in the crash. Patricia Maschmeier was airlifted from the scene to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Wayne Maschmeier was taken by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
According to the report, the eastbound vehicle drove into a ditch and over an embankment and ended up in the creek.
The accident remains under investigation.
FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED IN GLENWOOD
(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department reports four arrests that occurred last week.
On May 15th, 22-year-old Ryan Wright of Glenwood was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
Also on May 15th, 46-year-old Roseann Stokes of Glenwood was arrested for OWI 1st Offense.
On May 16th, 23-year-old Tracee Hartzell of Glenwood was arrested for 4th Degree Theft and 5th Degree Theft.
And, on May 17th, 19-year-old Alexander Reidler of Glenwood was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Violation of Probation.
SHELBY COUNTY SALVATION ARMY BUSY THIS SPRING
(HARLAN) The Shelby County Chapter of the Salvation Army has been busy this spring with several projects completed and more in the works.
According to the press release, the projects include giving $350 for lice kits and diapers for needy Shelby County residents, $200 to assist a local non-profit to help with their After School Program, $300 to help re-stock a local non-profit that donated their existing stock to the Mapleton tornado victims, and $200 for a Fans for the Elderly project to purchase fans to give to elderly recipients that do not have air conditioning in Shelby County.
The Shelby County Chapter of the Salvation Army is funded by donations received from bell ringing volunteers in the Shelby County area and also receives funding from the Shelby County Community Chest.
ATV CRASH CLAIMS A LIFE
(Council Bluffs) A Carter Lake man was killed in an ATV accident in Council Bluffs, Sunday afternoon.
Council Bluffs Police say 24-year-old Phillip Bigham, of Carter Lake died in the crash that occurred at around 4:20 p.m. at East Manawa Drive and Navajo Street.
Police say Bigham lost control and the ATV struck a power pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second subject was injured and transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The accident remains under investigation.
RED OAK TEEN ARRESTED FRIDAY
(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of seventeen year old Kyle Robert Danick of Red Oak. Danick was arrested Friday for Trespassing, Public Intoxication, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
ATLANTIC POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS TWO ARRESTS
(Atlantic) Two arrests were reported by the Atlantic Police Department on Thursday. Thirty-two year old Randall Larson II, of Atlantic, was arrested for Violation of a No-Contact order. Also, forty-five year old Sue Shobe, of Griswold, was arrested for Driving While Revoked, Driving While Suspended, and a valid Warren County warrent for Failure to Appear.
Both Larson and Shobe were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked and held.
CARROLL POLICE ASKING FOR HELP FROM PUBLIC IN MISSING PERSON CASE
(Carroll) Individuals from seven counties, representing law enforcement, county conservation, fire departments, as well as representatives of the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation participated in a briefing this morning to discuss search strategies for missing person Dawn Allen.
In addition to the efforts of these specific agencies assistance will also be sought by fire departments, first responders and other volunteers within their jurisdictions.
Additionally, the Carroll Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is requesting the continued cooperation and assistance from the general public throughout the western half of the state, but especially within the following jurisdictions:
Palo Alto County
Law enforcement is requesting that individuals check out buildings, ditches, waterways, wooded areas and any other areas on their property and/or any other public access areas where someone may have hidden or disposed of evidence involving this missing person case.Anyone finding such evidence or who may have other information about this case should contact their local law enforcement agency, or may also contact the Carroll Police Department 712-792-3536.
FOUR IOWANS INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN
(Camp Dodge) Four Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard were wounded when their vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device while conducting combat operations in Afganistan on Wednesday, May 18.
Sgt. Chisum Frisch, 23, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Spc. Jacob Hutchinson, 21, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Spc. Benjamin Ward, 26, or Rowley, Iowa; and Private 1st Class Tanner Williams, 18, of Tama, Iowa, were transported to medical facilities at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Frisch, Ward and Williams were members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, while Hutchison belonged to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
Approximately 2,800 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in July and August 2010. Their mission is to 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.
TWO INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests today.
26-year-old Aaron Lucus Allen of Stanton was arrested on a charge of Domestic Assault. He was held in the Montgomery County.
25-year-old Christina Denise Hayes of Council Bluffs was arrested on a warrant for 5th Degree Theft. She was held in the Montgomery County Jail.
CASS COUNTY RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CONSPIRING TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was sentenced to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Thursday.
On February 3rd, Steven Jon Erlacher entered a guilty plea in federal court in Council Bluffs for violating Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, by conspiring to deliver 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine between May of 2010 to July 6, 2010.
On July 6, 2010, a residence in Atlantic was searched by a probation officer with the State of Iowa Fourth Judicial District Probation and Parole, with assistance from local law enforcement. During the search, Erlacher was found to have a container with thirty small baggies containing methamphetamine and a large amount of United States currency. Investigation by local law enforcement determined that Erlacher had been delivering personal use amounts of methamphetamine to various places in and around Atlantic.
United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered Steven Jon Erlacher to serve a four year term of supervised release following incarceration.
The case was prosecuted by the United State Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. The investigation was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Police Department, Department of Corrections-Probation and Parole, the Cass County Attorney’s Office, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
PENNSYLVANIA MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Pennsylvania man was arrested on drug charges in Pottawattamie County Thursday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says Deputy Miller stopped a black Nissan Versa on I-80 near the 14 mile marker because of an issue with the license registration. When Deputy Miller was speaking to the driver, 32-year-old Joshua Cohen of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, he noticed a marijuana bud laying in plain view in the vehicle.
Danker said Miller asked Cohen to exit the vehicle and he deployed his drug dog Francisco.
“Francisco walked around the vehicle and indicated that there was a presence of narcotics within the vehicle,” said Danker. “Deputy Miller did a search of the vehicle, located drug paraphernalia, approximately five pounds of marijuana, about 137 grams of hashish, a glock handgun, and a 308 caliber rifle.”
Danker said Cohen was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail and was charged with drug possession and delivery of marijuana.
OPERATION LIFESAVER: STAY OFF! STAY AWAY! STAY ALIVE!
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation would like to remind the public that fishing is not allowed off of Iowa bridges.
The DOT says it is unsafe and illegal to fish off of a public road or street bridge, and illegal trespassing to be on a railroad right of way. This reminder comes from a recent incident of a woman being struck by a train while fishing off of a railroad bridge in northeast Iowa, the woman fortunately survived the incident.
Operation Lifesaver, a national non-profit organization that advocates rail safety, urges pedestrian safety with their message, “Stay Off! Stay Away! Stay Alive!”
The DOT is urging anglers and others to utilize public access points to Iowa’s rivers, streams and lakes. Or, see permission from the local landowner. Vehicles should not be parked on the roadway shoulder, which is limited to emergency use only.
TWO MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN HARLAN
(HARLAN) Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Harlan Wednesday.
The Harlan Police Department says 25-year-old Shane Hill of Harlan was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and cited for Improper Rear Lamps. 18-year-old Adam Scheffler of Harlan was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both men were transported to the Shelby County Jail.
COUNCIL BLUFFS MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
(HARLAN) A Council Bluffs man was arrested Sunday after officers were called to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan for a female subject who was assaulted by her boyfriend.
The Harlan Police Department says the female was being treated for a broken arm. 35-year-old Shane Lester was later located and arrested for assault causing serious injury. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail.
NEWT GINGRICH STOPS IN ATLANTIC
(ATLANTIC) The campaign for the 2012 presidency is well underway.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich stopped in Atlantic last night as part of his tour around Iowa campaigning for President. Gingrich said there are three things needed to get America back on track.
“You have to have a candidate who can clearly distinguish between where Obama would take us and where we need to go, and distinguished so clearly and vividly that by the time you get to a debate next October it will be clear to most Americans why they want to be with us, because that’s what it’s going to take to win,” said Gingrich. “But when you win, you have to understand that’s the beginning, the goal here isn’t just to beat Obama, the goal is to get America back on the right track and beating Obama doesn’t get America back on track, it just slows down the ring in which we’re running the wrong way.”
Gingrich said the second thing is to have somebody who could actually get things done in Washington.
“Washington is a very hard city and I think it’s gotten worse, so you better have a grand strategy that says here is how we are going to win after we win,” said Gingrich.
And the third thing is to have big solutions. “We have big challenges,” said Gingrich. “You don’t take a 2 trillion dollar deficit and fix it with tiny solutions. You don’t take competing with China and India and fix it with tiny solutions. You don’t take the challenges of radical Islamists in the Middle East and fix it with tiny solutions.”
Gingrich encourages his constituents to visit his campaign website at www.newt.org.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD APPROVES AWARDS TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF UP TO 447 JOBS
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Economic Development Board approved awards today (Thursday) for projects that will create up to 447 jobs in Iowa. The board approved incentives for planned or proposed projects in Shelby, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Mason City, Dyersville, Grundy Center, Cedar Rapids, and Chariton.
The board approved Enterprise Zone tax incentives to Menard, Inc. to expand a warehouse at its distribution center in Shelby that will allow for a further expansion of its product lines. The company also considered out-of-state locations for this project. The project represents an estimated $10.9 million capital investment and is expected to create 28 new jobs at the facility.
The board approved $520,000 in direct financial assistance from the GIVFAP and tax incentives to meat processor Plumrose USA to build a proposed manufacturing facility in Council Bluffs. If the project proceeds, it would represent a $57.8 million capital investment and create 65 new jobs supported by state incentives.
And, the board awarded $800,000 in direct financial assistance from the GIVFAP value-added component and Enterprise Zone tax incentives to Tyson Prepared Foods, Inc. for a proposed renovation of its Council Bluffs facility. The project involves 53 jobs that meet enterprise zone requirements and would be supported by state incentives. The proposal includes an addition of roughly 60,000 square feet and renovating the cooked meats facility for a total capital investment of $48 million.
NEWT GINGRICH TO STOP IN CARROLL, ATLANTIC AND COUNCIL BLUFFS
(ATLANTIC) Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be making stops in southwest Iowa today and tomorrow as part of his campaign for President in 2012.
Gingrich will be meeting with activists at the Santa Maria Vineyard and Winery in Carroll at 4:15 p.m. today and then he will make his way to Atlantic where he will meet with activists at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 6:00 p.m. He will travel to Tish’s Restaurant in Council Bluffs Friday morning at 8 a.m.
Information on Newt Gingrich and his stops across Iowa can be found at www.newt.org.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL TABLES PUBLIC HEARING ON BOULDERS INN DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
(Atlantic) There is still no official agreement with officials from Boulders Inn and Suites on a proposed development agreement. The City Council tabled a public hearing and action on the development proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Councilman Shawn Shouse, a member of the Finance Committee, says the parties involved were getting close to an agreement but they didn’t have anything in hand ready for the council to take action on.
“A reason being, the Finance Committee has been working with the City Administrator and the City Attorney and they have been discussing a proposed development agreement with representatives from Boulders, but have not yet come to an agreement on something they would like the Council to vote on,” explained Shouse.
Originally, the City Council agreed to an incentive package with a $125,000 up front grant, which the Developer identified as “critical” in financing the project. However, Mayor Dave Jones says in April they discovered the development agreement had not been signed by the January 1, deadline, so the council rescinded their original agreement and set out to draw up a new one.
Councilman Kern Miller questioned why they did not sign the agreement at the first meeting.
Councilman Shawn Shouse said,“They expressed confusion over the requirements.”
“But if they had confusion, why didn’t they come to us prior to that?” asked Miller.
“I don’t know but that’s really not the point, at this point it didn’t get signed and that’s all there is to it,” said Shouse.
“Well I think that’s a question to a lot of the people in this community right now,” said Miller.
Boulders representatives say the development agreement was part of the financing plan, and the money would not have been available to Boulder’s until the project was completed, which is and open for business.
The Council did not set a date for a new public hearing on the issue until both parties come together on an agreement.
CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO YMCA MANAGING CITIES RECREATION PROGRAMS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council voted across the board Wednesday night to enter into a one-year agreement with the Nishna Valley Family YMCA to operate and oversee various city recreation programs including the city’s swimming pool. The current Park and Rec. Director, Travis Garrett, is leaving June 2nd. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the timing is right to consider other service delivery options that could improve services and reduce costs to the city.
“I think this is an ideal opportunity to try a different method of providing these programs,” said Harris. “If the “Y” Board approves this, one thing I made clear is that they would oversee all of the recreation programs for the City and the pool for the year, and then we would sit back and evaluate how that works.”
Council members Steve Livengood and Shawn Shouse agreed that the timing is right to try it out with the “Y”.
“It is the ideal time, everything is going to be new in the Park and Rec. area in the city of Atlantic here in about two weeks,” said Livengood.
“The finance committee looked at the proposed agreement and was satisfied with the items that were in the agreement and the way that they proposed covering the costs, so it wasn’t a huge additional cost to the city,” explained Shouse.
The city will continue to own and maintain all of the cities facilities; the “Y” will only manage the programs.
The agreement is pending the decision by the “Y” board which we understand met last night.
JESUP AVE EXIT ON I-29 NEAR PACIFIC JUNCTION CLOSED
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge construction work will require closing Jesup Avenue under Interstate 29 at exit 35 approximately one-half mile west of Pacific Junction until Mid-August, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office.
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.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FIVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council approved 2-million-678-thousand-820-dollars worth of Capital Improvement projects at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Godberson-Smith was the low bidder on the 2011 P.C.C. Paving and Storm Sewer Improvement project for 1-million-499-thousand-604-dollars and 28-cents. Carley Construction of Treynor was awarded the 2011 H.M.A. Paving and Storm Sewer Improvement Project for the lowest bid of 709-thousand-900-dollars.
Three other projects were also approved including; the Sunnyside Park Road Resurfacing and Parking Improvement, Bull Creek Pathway Resurfacing and City Park Sidewalk Repair Project.
Western Engineering was awarded the Sunnyside Park Road Resurfacing and Parking Improvement for 363-thousand-580-dollars. Henningsen Construction was low bidder on the Bull Creek project for 78-thousand-39-dollars, and Betts and Beer Construction presented the low bid of 27-thousand-697-dollars for the Atlantic City Park Sidewalk Repair Project.
The Council passed the five projects by a 6-1 vote. Councilman Kern Miller voted no on each of the projects.
NEW HOTEL HOSTING OPEN HOUSE
(ATLANTIC) Boulders Inn & Suites in Atlantic is hosting an open house Sunday, May 22nd from 1 to 4 p.m.
“We’ll have cookies, coffee, and lemonade. We’ll have our doors open for our different rooms, our suites will be open as well as our standard rooms,” said General Manager Jamie Ridnour. “We just invite the public to come in, come and meet us, and enjoy!”
Ridnour said the hotel opened on May 13th and they are very pleased with how everything is going.
“We have a lot of weekends where we are full, we have a lot of wedding parties coming in; which is totally fitting for summer, we are completely booked for RAGBRAI, and we are taking waiting lists for some days as well,” said Ridnour.
Boulders Inn & Suites is located on the southwest edge of town just off of Highway 6.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT/TEACHERS TENTATIVELY AGREE ON CONTRACT
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School District and the teachers have reached a tentative salary agreement…now it is up to the school board to put their stamp on it.
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says if approved the teachers would receive a 3.5-percent package increase, which includes a boost in salary and cost of insurance increase. “It was a long process, but I think in the end both the district and the teachers association were pretty pleased with the settlement,” stated Amstein. “This proposal is similar to an average offered by other school districts.”
The board is being called to a Special meeting Thursday to decide on the salary proposal.
The new contract would be effective July 1.
May 18, 8:00 a.m.
HARLAN GRAD OPENS FIRST ACCELERATOR BUSINESS
(Harlan) A former Harlan graduate is the first to open up a business in the business accelerator at the entrepreneurial and technology Center in Harlan. Shelby County Develop source Executive Director M.J. Broomfield says Alex Kitner is starting a computer and technology business called Kitnet Computing. Broomfield says the Business Accelerator is a facility for startup businesses.
“It was designed to be a place for new businesses to come and have an opportunity to grow so that the could eventually go out on their own and have their own space.”
The 9,500 square foot facility located near the corner of Highway 59 and Highway 44 is home for Shelby County Develop Source and a new office room called Buslink for people working out of their home that need a place to go for the day.
Broomfield says around 6,000 square feet of space remains for prospective businesses.
EHK SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES PARKING LOT EXPANSION PROJECT
(Elk Horn) The Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board approved a bid to expand the schools parking lot at Monday’s meeting. Exira/EHK Schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the project includes approximately 60 new parking spots in a section of the sports complex near the baseball field.
“There had been a concern about the parking area around the Elk Horn-Kimballton School building when they added on the new gym and for the last few years they’ve been talking about different ideas of what to do,” said Schnoes.
And, with the addition to Exira’s 9th through 12th grade students, this could possibly increase the number of vehicles needing a parking spot.
“We also know that from activities that we have, there is not a whole lot of parking until you start parking down the street,” said Schnoes.
Schnoes says Specialty Concrete came in with the low bid of $93,200.00.
IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN
(DES MOINES) An Iowa National Guard soldier was wounded in Afghanistan over the weekend.
The Iowa National Guard says Pvt.2 Alexander Meyer, 19, of Ainsworth was injured by small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan on May 15th. Meyer was transported to medical facilities at Jaf Hospital and then evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for additional medical treatments. He will eventually be transferred to military medical facilities in the United States.
No condition statements are available at this time, but his wounds are not considered life-threatening.
Meyer is assigned to Waterloo’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
SERVICES ARE SET FOR FORMER ATLANTIC COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATOR
(Indianola) Funeral Services for a former Atlantic Community Schools Administrator are set for this Thursday afternoon.
Rollin Oberton Dyer, 84, died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Funeral Services are planned for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 19 at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Indianola. Burial will follow in the Indianola I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; sons, Bob (Tricia) Dyer of Indianola and Jim (Sondra) Dyer of Webster City; daughter, Jan (Tom) Smith of Indianola; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Merwyn (Theresa) Dyer of Indianola. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Fran.
Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at Trinity United Presbyterian Church with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. to greet friends. Memorial contributions may be given to Atlantic Athletics or Simpson College Athletics. On-line condolences can be made to www.overtonfunerals.com.
CASS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISOR’S APPROVE THE CONTRACTOR FOR THE NORTHWEST WATER AND SANITARY SEWER PROJECT
(Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a contract at Wednesday’s meeting for a $534,648 water and sanitary sewer extension project. The property was to be used for the Amaizing Energy ethanol plant but construction came to a halt several years ago. This project might help the County market the property.
“The ethanol site which has an office building is ready for someone to move into but there isn’t any water or sewer there, said McFadden. “ We are trying to make this area shovel ready sowhen we get a prospect when can finish the deal.”
Cass County Board of Supervisor Chair Duane McFadden says they have had several prospects, but it takes a sales plan to sell the facility and the community. McFadden notes there are several attractions for new business including the hospital, the Nishna Valley Family YMCA, and the day care.
H & W Contracting of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will be doing the project.
IOWA DNR WILL DO WITH LESS THIS SUMMER
(Lewis) Last week we reported that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was eliminating more than 100 positions because of budget cuts the agency has been forced to absorb. Chris Larsen, Southwest Iowa Fisheries Supervisor says besides the 100-jobs that were lost, lawmakers have cut an additional 116 part-time positions in parks and law enforcement.
“These folks go out and help us do our work, and summer time is our busy time with forests, grasses, wildlife and fisheries and we need help with that type of stuff,” stated Larsen. “Well they are not going to be there to do it now so I hope our parks people can keep up. It’s going to hurt, but it is not devastating, and we are definitely going to feel it in our department.”
The only full-time positions to be eliminated are in the Geological and Water Survey Bureau, which will lose 3 employees, and 13 University of Iowa employees under contract with the agency. The layoffs are effective July 1.
AUDUBON SCHOOL TO SHARE FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR
(AUDUBON) The Audubon School Board approved a food service sharing agreement at their meeting Monday night.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said earlier this school year they hired Troy Lebeck who has worked for the Legends restaurants in Des Moines for many years. Gibbs said they will now be sharing Lebeck with the Coon Rapids Bayard school district.
“Coon Rapids Bayard was looking for a new person this year and we were able to share Troy because of that background that he has and his expertise,” said Gibbs. “I think that’s going to become more of an issue going forward because of the amount of paperwork that’s involved now with the Food Service program with all the Healthy Kid Acts and everything and so we’re really excited about sharing him.”
In other news, the school board accepted the resignation of head Girls Basketball Coach Derek Sonderland, approved a contract for Brittany Elmquist to be the new Ag teacher, and approved Molly Reuter as the new head Volleyball Coach.
AUDUBON COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE TAX ABATEMENT FOR CITY PROPERITES, DISCUSS POLICIES
(Audubon) At their meeting on Monday, the Audubon County Board of Supervisors discussed Ordinance 99-3 which deals with the airport. Board of Supervisors chairman Todd Nelson says only two counties in the state support the airport and it’s something that comes up quite often so they put it on the agenda to discuss. The board also discussed the counties retirement policy. The county does not currently have a uniform policy and Nelson says they discussed having a policy that lays out the steps and would be handled the same way every time. The board also approved tax abatement for two city properties at their meeting on Monday.
MORE INFO ON ADAMS/UNION COUNTY SHOOTING
(CORNING) More information has been released on the shooting that spanned through two counties in southwest Iowa on May 13th.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from 18-year-old Andrew Davis of Orient just before 1 a.m. on May 13th who said he was being chased by three vehicles on Union Ave. in Adams County. Davis then reported that he was being shot at by one of the vehicles. The chase went through Adams County and then into Union County from highway 34. Union County Deputies were able to locate Davis’ vehicle along with two other vehicle that were chasing him. There were four people inside Davis’ vehicle including 19-year-old Alex Pellman of Creston, 18-year-old Cole Gutschenritter of Creston, 18-year-old Taylor Chapman of Afton, and 18-year-old Kayla Hoskins of Prescott. An investigation revealed several bullet holes in Davis’ pickup.
A firearm and rounds were recovered from one of the suspect vehicles which was recovered on Highway 34 around 205th St. in Union County. The vehicle had been wrecked and abandoned by one of the suspects during the chase.
Three suspects were taken into custody. 19-year-old Logan Jenkins of Prescott faces charges of 5 counts of Attempted Murder and 1 count of Going Armed with Intent. He is being held on $500,000 cash bond. 22-year-old Trenton Jenkins and 55-year-old Eric Jenkins, both of Prescott, were both charged with 5 counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony. They are each being held on $150,000 cash bond.
TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Cass County last week.
On May 10th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Joseph Aaron Honorow of Skokie, Illinois, was arrested on a charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $10,000 bond.
Also on May 10th, 34-year-old Jason Glen Dukes was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
APD REPORTS THREE ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On May 11th, 42-year-old David Jordan of Atlantic was cited and released for shoplifting.
On Saturday, 25-year-old Ryan Mullen of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 2nd offense. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
On Sunday, 20-year-old Devin Register of Atlantic was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was held in the Cass County Jail.
AUDUBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT
(AUDUBON) The Audubon School Board will meet tonight.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said the meeting will start 30 minutes later than normal because they are hosting an informational Question and Answer session in the auditorium prior to the regular meeting with parents, guardians, and students regarding the 1:1 computer initiative that will start next fall.
During the regular meeting, the board will take action on a food service sharing agreement, Medicaid billing service, the first reading of policy’s 605.7 and 401.13, Audubon Swim Team Transportation, and Personnel.
The board will then discuss professional development for FY12, student senate proposal, financial literacy curriculum, review the sanitation bid process, legislative update, and technology update.
The regular board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the board room at the High School.
CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS TWO ARREST
(Atlantic) An Exira teen was taken to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of minor in possession of alcohol in an incident at 585th Nishna Road over the weekend.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says, 19-yer-old Michael Todd Sonntag refused to sign a ticket and was taken into appear in front of the magistrate. Sonntag pleaded not guilty to the citation.
In other activity, 30-year-old Ian Lee Lieb, of Lewis was arrested for domestic assault, simple. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and appeared in front of the magistrate, where Lieb pleaded not guilty.
TWO ARRESTED IN MILLS COUNTY
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On Sunday, 20-year-old Brady Thomas Weddle of Nebraska City, Nebraska was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Prescription. He was held on $1,000 bond.
And, 26-year-old Daniel Paul of Omaha was arrested this morning for OWI 1st Offense. He was held on $1,000 bond.
MILLS COUNTY ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A Pacific Junction man was involved in a rollover accident in Mills County Sunday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Farley was attempting to make a right hand turn on to 190th Street from South 221st Street when the vehicle went off the roadway to the left and rolled onto its top.
Farley was not injured in the accident.
SUPERVISORS APPROVE CONTRACT FOR NW WATER AND SEWER EXTENSION
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a contract for the northwest water and sanitary sewer extension project at their meeting this morning.
The project involves extending services from Highway 83 to the industrial site near glacier road, the amazing energy urban renewal area.
The board approved H&W Contracting out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota with the estimated project cost at $534,648.
TWO RED OAK MEN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES
(Red Oak) Two Red Oak men have been charged with 2nd and 4th degree theft charges.
According to the Red Oak Police Department with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Andres Alvarado Ramirez Jr. and 36-year-old Floyd Robert Johnson Jr. both of Red Oak were observed stealing scrap metal and appliances from a residence near the Snyder Pond on Riverview Drive in Red Oak. They were then spotted stealing more scrap metal and appliances at a residence located at 2032 190th st just east of Red Oak. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the two men had stolen other scrap metal and appliances numerous times and taken them to salvage yards for compensation.
Both men are being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5000 bond.
TWO INJURED IN PAGE COUNTY CRASH
(Clarinda) Page County Deputies were called to a two vehicle head on collision just after noon on Saturday.
According to Page County Chief Deputy Jake Daly, twenty-three-year-old Keari Bebout of Clarinda was southbound on P Avenue just south of Highway 2 when she attempted to pull into a driveway and collided with a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Irene White of Coin.
Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Center transported both drivers. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
AUDUBON TEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(AUDUBON) An Audubon teen was arrested on drug charges Friday.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Tiffany Marie Hansen has been charged with Possession of Marijuana and Keeping a Place for Possessing Controlled Substances. The charges stem from a search at Hansen’s residence in Audubon on April 30th.
Hansen was released and will appear in court on May 19th. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.
RED OAK POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFT
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man told police that several items have been stolen from his residence.
Dalton Synder stated that 3 older Ford tractor hoods, 4 Ford tractor fenders, some rear end tractor parts, and about 5 tons of scrap iron were all stolen sometime between May 11 and May 12th.
If anyone has any information please contact the Red Oak Police Department or crimestoppers.
FIVE CHARGED IN FREMONT COUNTY DRUG BUST
(Hamburg) Five people are charged in a Fremont County drug bust Friday. All five are from Hamburg.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Ellie M. Warren faces two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, two counts of prohibited acts, and two counts of child endangerment. Forty-seven-year-old Rodney D. Moore is charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and two counts of drug paraphernalia. Thirty-year-old William H. Bailey was arrested for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Elton E. Roberts, 60, and Debra M. Haughton, 54, are each charged with prohibited acts.
Warren, Moore, and Bailey were incarcerated in Fremont County on $50,000 bond each. The bond for Roberts and Haughton was set at $5,000 respectively.
GLENWOOD POLICE REPORT FIVE ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department noted five arrests in their weekly arrest report.
On May 6th, 19-year-old Austin Landers of Council Bluffs was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On May 7th, 49-year-old John Caley of Glenwood was arrested for Public Intoxication.
On May 11th, 44-year-old Lisa Bolan of Glenwood was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Methamphetamine.
In May 12th, 19-year-old Alexander Reidler of Glenwood was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Driving While Suspended.
Also on May 12th, 41-year-old Christopher Cox of Glenwood was arrested for Public Intoxication and Trespass.
THREE MEN CHARGED IN SHOOTING
(Prescott) Three Adams County men face serious charges related to a shooting early this (Friday) morning.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says, Logan Jenkins is charged with 5-counts of attempted murder and 1-count of armed with intent. Eric and Trenton Jenkins are charged with 5-counts of assault while participating in a felony. The three men are from Prescott.
According to the press release, 19-year-old Logan Jenkins with his brother 22-year-oldTrenton and their father 44-year-old Eric Jenkins were chasing a vehicle through Adams and Union Counties. During the chase, Logan Jenkins fired multiple rounds from a rifle striking the vehicle being chased which was occupied by 5-people.
Logan Jenkins is being held on $500,000 cash bond, Eric and Trenton Jenkins are being held on $150,000 cash only bond.
NUMEROUS ARRESTS FOLLOWING DRUG INVESTIGATION IN SHELBY COUNTY
(HARLAN) Five people were arrested and an arrest warrant has been issued for one other person following a two month narcotics investigation in Shelby County.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says search warrants were served at 1104 Hazel Road, 2004 23rd Street; Room #210, and 3002 12th Street; Lot #3, all in Harlan. Drug related items were seized at each residence and collected as evidence.
All of the following suspects were transported to the Shelby County Jail.
55-year-old Jeffrey Stehr of Harlan was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Prohibited Acts. His bond was set at $100,000.
54-year-old David Ayers of Harlan was charged with 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, and Prohibited Acts. His bond was set at $100,000.
Michel Anderson was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond has been set at $3,000.
28-year-old Thomas Holzer of Harlan was charged with Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Distributed, Prohibited Acts, Possession of a controlled Substance, and Carrying a Weapon. His bond has been set at $3,000.
34-year-old Jill Arkfeld of Defiance was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, and Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Distributed. Bond has been set at $100,000.
A warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Lisa Patten of Harlan for Delivery of a Controlled Substance 2 counts; Methamphetamine.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with the arrest and execution of the search warrants by the Harlan Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Ida County Sheriff’s Office, and Denison Police Department.
THEFTS REPORTED IN RED OAK
(RED OAK) The Red Oak Police Department took two reports of theft on Thursday.
Police say Melissa Glassel reported that her son was missing a camouflage “redhead” brand hunting backpack containing an LG cell phone. Glassel said her son was at the Snyder Pond between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. that evening and the item could have possibly been taken out of an unlocked car or near the car.
In a separate incident, Tracy Bozwell of Red Oak reported an unknown person (s) entered their residence sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and stole a playstation 3, XBox 360 gaming systems, and miscellaneous games. The entry was not forced and no other items were taken. The total amount of merchandise taken is estimated at $800. The investigation is ongoing.
HARLAN TEEN DISCOVERED SLEEPING ON RESIDENTS COUCH
(HARLAN) A Harlan resident called police after discovering an unknown male sleeping on their couch Sunday morning.
The Harlan Police Department says officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Victoria where a home owner stated that they found the male, later identified as 17-year-old Cody Schwery of Harlan, sleeping on their couch when they got up that morning.
Schwery was charged with public intoxication and released to the custody of his mother.
In other activity, 29-year-old Bruce Spray of Harlan was arrested following a disturbance in the 800 block of Court Street. As a result of the investigation, Spray was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, trespass, and obstruction of emergency communications.
TWO PEOPLE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN HARLAN
(HARLAN) Two people were arrested on assault charges in Harlan last Friday.
The Police Department says Ashley McWilliams of Harlan filed a complaint with police for an assault. As a result of the investigation, 17-year-old Emily Boeck of Harlan was charged with assault resulting in bodily injury. Boeck was cited and released to the custody of her mother. 25-year-old Zachary Scheffler of Harlan was also charged with domestic abuse assault and violation of a no contact order.
FIVE CHARGED AT SHELBY COUNTY SPEEDWAY
(HARLAN) Four minors were cited at the Shelby County Speedway Saturday. One other person was arrested.
The Harlan Police Department says during patrol of the races, 16-year-old Sunny Peck, 17-year-old Dezaray Forde, 17-year-old Katie Weihs, all of Walnut, and 18-year-old Amanda Skow of Atlantic, were all cited for minor in possession, or possession of alcohol under legal age, and released.
21-year-old Marshal Fischer of Omaha was arrested on a Shelby County warrant for 4th Degree Theft. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN PAGE COUNTY
(SHENANDOAH) Three people were sent to the hospital following a three vehicle accident in Page County Thursday afternoon.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says three vehicles were eastbound on Highway 2 when the accident occurred. 50-year-old Julie Baxter of Shenandoah was driving a 2008 Toyota Prius stopped at the intersection of A. Avenue with the signal on waiting to turn north. 55-year-old Teresa Jackson of Clarinda was driving a 2007 Pontiac Vibe and stopped behind Baxter’s vehicle. 59-year-old Patrick Whipple of Shenandoah, who was driving a 2007 Ford Taurus, became distracted and failed to notice the stopped vehicles in front of him.
All three drivers were transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Shenandoah Rescue for possible injuries.
THE OLD SWITCHEROO BEGINS MAY 23RD IN CASS COUNTY
(ATLANTIC) A new wellness incentive program begins May 23rd in Cass County.
Cass County Wellness Coordinator Bethany Rogers says the six week campaign called ‘The Old Switcheroo’ challenges you to make small changes every day.
“The idea about this campaign is we’re trying to take small changes into big benefits, so we want people to do little changes in their life,” said Rogers. “Let’s say everyday someone drinks Diet Coke, so maybe instead of that Diet Coke everyday they’re going to switch that for juice or water, so a small switch. Or let’s say when they get home from work every day they sit down and watch TV for a half an hour, instead maybe swap that for going and walking for 15 minutes to half hour. So, just small changes to help them get to a more healthier lifestyle instead of one big, huge change.”
Rogers said each participant will receive an MP3/Audio Device Holder and those who successfully complete the campaign will be eligible to be entered into a drawing for a $75 gift card to Browns.
If you work at CCMH and would like to participate, contact Lisa Schmitt at 243-7477. If you work at the Cass County Courthouse, contact Bev Groves at 243-4504. If you live or work in Anita, contact Scott Mikkelson at 712-762-5000. If you live or work in Massena, contact Nancy Cullen at 712-779-2221. Anyone else interested in participating can contact Bethany Rogers at 243-8296.
GRISWOLD COUPLE REPORTS STOLEN PICKUP
(Griswold) Not a great start to the day for a Griswold couple this morning. Lorna Albright told KSOM/KS95 news this (Friday) morning that someone stole their pickup during the overnight hours.
Lorna Albright says the pickup was parked in front of their garage at 16376 Contrail Avenue 1-mile west and one and ½-miles north of Griswold between dark and 4:00 a.m.
She says the pickup is described as a blue Chevy Silverado extended cab with license plate 612WIS.
If anyone has any information regarding this crime please contact the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office.
FOOD SAFETY MEETING FOR RAGBRAI VENDORS
(ATLANTIC) Food vendors who have applied for an Atlantic RAGBRAI permit will need to attend a food safety meeting before their licenses will be issued. The first meeting will be offered on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. An alternative meeting time will be scheduled for early June.
"All food vendors are required to be at one of these two sessions," says Amy Jordahl, RAGBRAI Co-chair. "The local food inspector will be presenting information that all groups will need to know in order to safely operate during the event."
If a group is not yet registered as a food vendor, they are still welcome to attend the meeting to gather more information.
Please RSVP for the meeting by calling the Chamber at 243-3017.
DEATH INVESTIGATION IN SHAMBAUGH CONTINUES
(SHAMBAUGH) Law enforcement continues to investigate the death of two Shambaugh, Iowa residents late last night.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says at approximately 7:38 p.m. Wednesday, the Clarinda Dispatch Center received a call from 68-year-old Frank Harley McCoy of Shambaugh who indicated that he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.
Local authorities requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Law enforcement immediately responded to the McCoy residence at 506 2nd Street in Shambaugh. The home was secured and officers made multiple attempts to contact the occupants. When attempts at contact were unsuccessful, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, and Page County Sheriff’s Deputies formed and entry team and conducted a tactical entry into the home. Once inside, law enforcement discovered 68-year-old Karen K. McCoy and Frank McCoy dead.
Today, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Attorney, and the Clarinda Police Department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the McCoy’s.
Autopsies are scheduled for today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.
LENOX RESIDENTS FOCUSING ON CLEANUP FOLLOWING TORNADO
(LENOX) The main focus is cleanup in the city of Lenox today. A tornado ripped through the town Wednesday afternoon causing damage to homes and businesses and tearing away trees in the city park.
“There are a lot of people right now in town with trailers, dump trucks, tractors, and the chain saws are sounding like bumble bees going around here today,” said Mike Venteicher.
Venteicher says he was working at Michael Foods when the tornado hit.
“We were out there, it was about 4:15, and the sirens went off. We actually got evacuated to the middle of the building,” said Venticher. “South of town there is a place that has tile and the big rolls of tile were flying across the road and ended up in the city park and the swimming pool, and everything in the city park is pretty much gone.”
Venteicher said anyone willing to volunteer with clean up should check in at the Methodist Church.
IOWA DOT SENDS HELP TO LENOX
(AMES) A suspected tornado tore through the southwest Iowa town of Lenox yesterday afternoon. The community of about 1,400 people was pummeled by high winds and hail, with approximately 45 percent of the buildings suffering damage. Storm spotters also reported a tornado near Kent, a few miles northeast of Lenox; and twisters near Ashton, Sibley and Lyon in northwest Iowa.
A disaster declaration has been declared for Taylor County. Lenox is in Adams and Taylor counties.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is preparing to respond to a request from Lenox received through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist with debris removal. Resources to be deployed include trucks, front-end loaders and chippers.
FRIENDS OF LAKE ANITA RECEIVE DONATION
(ATLANTIC) The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $200 to Friends of Lake Anita to help with their annual fishing clinic which will be held at Anita State Park on Saturday, June 4th. Approximately 100 children will attend the event. Melanie Petty said Trevor enjoyed fishing, especially during college, so this donation is a perfect fit for them.
STORM CAUSES DAMAGE IN LENOX
(Lenox) The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is reporting significant storm damage in the city of Lenox from a tornado that swept through the city late Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the damage is confined to a twenty-block area near the park.
Kenny Prodrazik is with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.
“The reports we’ve gotten from the Fire Department and Rescue in Lenox, we’ve had a couple of tornado reports, brief twin tornado reports, just weak ones but enough to really cause some damage to some homes and trailers and knock down some power lines within the town of Lenox,” said Prodrazik.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says there are no storm related deaths or injuries.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Adams, Taylor and parts of Montgomery County. One resident reported 5-inches of rain in Villisca.
Meanwhile, don’t let your guard down. Prodrazik expects more of the same today.
“We’re looking at a real good chance of some large hail, damaging winds, and possibly isolated tornado’s through the afternoon and evening hours,” said Prodrazik.
Prodrazik says a strong low-pressure system in western Kansas is to blame for another round of severe weather today.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING CARROLL WOMAN
(Carroll) It has been eight days since the disappearance of 50-year-old Dawn Allen of Carroll. Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler says one witness in the case, 54-year-old James Snovelle, who took his own life Monday night in Coffey County, Kansas, had developed a relationship with the missing woman.
“They had met in December and it’s our understanding that sometime after that they began a casual dating relationship, once or twice a week he would come down here and they might go out to a movie, or go out to eat, or go out and have a drink or something like that,” said Cayler.
Cayler said authorities had several phone conversations with Snovelle and he indicated that he was coming in to talk to them, but of course, he never showed up.
“He called us a number of times over the weekend and indicated he would come in and then never did and obviously that reluctance started to be very suspicious, but really all we wanted to do was talk to him and find out what it was that he talked to Dawn about that Wednesday so that we could see if there was any logical explanation for her absence,” said Cayler.
Cayler says Kansas authorities are currently working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Carroll Police Department to execute a search of the wooded area where Snovelle was located. However, Cayler says as each day passes Allen’s safety becomes more of a concern.
“Obviously with each day that passes since her disappearance we become increasingly concerned that her safety is in jeopardy,” said Cayler. “We’re all maintaining hope. Everybody who works here, they know Dawn personally. I’ve known her for probably 25 years, so in addition to trying to protect our community and to find Dawn, this is personal.”
The Carroll Police Department is asking the public’s help. If anyone has information that may relate to the disappearance of Dawn Allen contact them at (712)-792-3536 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
JUVENILE CHARGED IN HOUSE FIRE
(Red Oak) A 12-year-old juvenile faces first degree arson charges related to a fire at 104 west Maple Street in Red Oak early this morning. Red Oak Fire Chief Rick Askey says the call came in at around 1:45 a.m.
“Upon our arrival we had a very heavy fire condition existing on the second story; it was a two story house, in a second story bedroom. It had already self ventilated through the front and rear sides of the residence,” said Askey. “Interior crews quickly advanced on the fire, noted that we had very heavy heat and smoke conditions within the residence. They were able to suppress the fire in a relatively short period of time, but we did have significant fire damage to the second level of the residence and smoke damage throughout the residence.”
Chief Askey says the 12-year-old used ordinary combustibles to start the fire.
PAGE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRING TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Shenandoah man was sentenced to 150 months in jail for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, United States District Judge James Gritzner also ordered 49-year-old Michael Thomas Shane to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration. On February 3rd, Shane had entered a guilty plea in Federal Court in Council Bluffs to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine from January 2009 to July 17, 2010, in the amount of 500 grams or more.
On July 17, 2010, Shane was found to have an active methamphetamine lab in his residence. Investigation by law enforcement found that Shane had worked over a lengthy period of time with a group of people to gather the items needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Shane would then manufacture, or help others manufacture, methamphetamine at various locations in and around Page County.
The investigation was conducted by the Shenandoah Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, the SWIN Task Force, the Page County Attorney’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board approved a handful of teaching contracts at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The list includes; Drew Duff, Physical Education and Health, Aaron Ehley, Keyboarding and technical and financial literacy at the Atlantic Middle School, Beth Haupt, Pre-Kindergarten and Special Education monitoring teacher, Marnie Lieferman, Atlantic Middle School Reading and English, Andrea Riley, Atlantic Middle School Math and Science, Roger Warne, Technology Director, and Nick Hackman in Math. School Officials say they have completed interviews for a new Kindergarten teacher.
The remaining contracts approved last night were Ginger Bectol, for a summer project idea, Casey Pelzer, Drivers Education, and Tom McLaren, Head Freshman Baseball Coach.
RED OAK MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man was arrested on an Iowa Department of Corrections Warrant for Parole Violations this (Wednesday) afternoon. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Robby Dale Lukehart is being held on 50-thousand dollars bond.
GRANT FUNDS AWARDED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN LOESS HILLS REGION
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Loess Hills Alliance Economic Development Committee is awarding $1,245 to the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board to advertise rental opportunities for the Hitchcock Nature Center Lodge.
The committee is also awarding $4,000 to the Living Loess Association to cooperatively promote and advertise 8 specialty businesses in Harrison and Pottawattamie counties. The businesses include an art studio, goat cheese creamery, woodworking shop, aronia berry farm, restaurant, Hitchcock Nature Center and Harrison County Welcome Center.
The association is working to attract 3,000 additional visitors to improve business sales.
THREE ARRESTED IN MILLS COUNTY TUESDAY
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests on Tuesday.
Thirty three year old Joshua Anthony Sandlin was arrested at the Mills County Jail on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was held on 15-thousand dollars bond.
Fifty four year old Steven Craig Severin was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and Driving While Revoked. He was held on 3-thousand dollars bond.
Thirty eight year old John Michael Molnar of Glenwood was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was held on 300 dollars bond.
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES RECORDED AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ACROSS THE STATE OF IOWA TUESDAY
(DES MOINES) It was another scorcher Tuesday across the state of Iowa. In fact, several major reporting sites registered record-breaking temperatures including Des Moines, Waterloo, Ottumwa, Lamoni, and Mason City.
“The Airport in Des Moines the temperature was 95 degrees, the old record was 90 and that was set in 1911. Waterloo was 93 degrees and it broke the old record by 2 degrees. Ottumwa was 92 degrees. Mason City hit 94 degrees breaking its record by 5 degrees. And, Lamoni shattered it as well by 5 degrees; it hit 91 degrees,” said Kenny Prodrazik, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “We had one observer that hit 100 degrees and that was at Jeffersen, so that was really the only 100 degree temperature we had officially.”
Des Moines and Lamoni shattered a 100-year-old record. Mason City and Waterloo knocked out records set in 1987, and Ottumwa broke a record set in 1934.
SUPERVISORS APPROVE ZONING CHANGE REQUEST
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning change request from Mid American Energy at their meeting this morning.
Rich Hansen, Assistant to the County Engineer, said the request is to change the zoning classification for some property in Massena Township from General Ag. to Light Industrial.
“The Zoning Board had a public hearing on April 28th to hear Mid American’s proposal, they were looking for a site on the northern end of the Rolling Hills Wind Farm project for an operation/maintenance facility to maintain the turbine project,” said Hansen. “So they came up with this site and they want combine the Adair maintenance and operations facility with this one, so there will be roughly 50 people employed in this office.”
The building will be around 100 by 200 ft. with part of it going towards office space and a larger portion to hold maintenance components for all of the wind turbines. They building is expected to be built this summer.
COUNCIL BLUFFS POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ARSON CASE
(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police are investigating an Arson and Attempted Murder that allegedly occurred early this morning at 3616 John Street.
Police say, Kevin and Roland Arnold were in the southwest bedroom of the residence when they heard gunshots, which penetrated the room and struck both of them. Roland Arnold was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Kevin Arnold refused treatment for his minor injuries at that time. The weapon is believed to be a shotgun.
Authorities say that he suspect (s) had thrown an accelerant around the outside of the residence that did not burn.
The investigation continues.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Schools non-certified staff is getting a .39-cent per hour raise. The Atlantic School Board approved the Master Contract for the non-certified staff Tuesday night. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the contract also provides life insurance for individuals that qualify.
“I think our non-certified folks were very reasonable in their negotiations,” stated Amstein.
In addition, there is language in the new contract that grants seniority regading transportation during District sponsored trips.
HIT-N-RUN ACCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-n-run accident on Highway 71, 1/8 of mile south of the 36-mile marker.
Authorities say an unidentified driver in a southbound diesel pickup pulling an unknown item struck the left front of a trailer pulled by a semi driven by 29-year-old James M. Hecker, of Trimont, Minnesota. The driver of the unknown vehicle allegedly continued south to 170th Street and turned west at a high rate of speed. Authorities contacted individuals working in a nearby farm field and no one observed anything.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 623-5107.
AUDUBON CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO NEW BUIDLING PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE
(Audubon) For the first time in 30-years, building permit fees in Audubon are going up. Audubon City Clerk Lora Hansen says the city council approved the change at Monday night’s meeting.
Hansen says the new fee schedule is modeled after La Port City, and could bring in an additional $4,913.00 to the city.
In other business, the city council approved an ordinance defining a no parking area on part of North Division Street. The ordinance was drawn up for safety reasons and will include 250-feet of space on North Division Street between Tracy and Nasby.
The city council also approved a budget amendment to accommodate $250,000 to establish a neighborhood stabilization grant.
FIRE DESTROYS OAKLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT MACHINE SHED
(OAKLAND) A fire that destroyed an Oakland Fire Department building is being investigated as arson.
The Council Bluffs Nonpareil says an unauthorized fire was started at the Oakland yard waste disposal area on Sunday. Firefighters extinguished the flames and monitored the area throughout the day Monday but high winds caused the embers to make it approximately 50 yards to the fire department’s machine shed at 40565 Honeysuckle Road. The building burned to the ground. A fire was intentionally set at the yard waste pile another time within the last two months.
The Iowa State Fire Marshalls Office and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire. Anyone with information on the suspicious fires is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 712-308-3977.
WITNESS KILLS HIMSELF, CARROLL WOMAN STILL MISSING
(COFFEY COUNTY, KANSAS) The witness wanted in connection with the missing Carroll woman took his life in Kansas last night.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says at around 6 p.m. Kansas law enforcement officials located the vehicle of 54-year-old James Snovelle in a wooded area in Coffey County, Kansas. Snovelle was a wanted witness to the disappearance of 50-year-old Dawn Allen.
During a search of the area, law enforcement located Snovelle. Snovelle fled and a foot pursuit ensued. While attempting to cross a creek, Snovelle again encountered law enforcement and at that time he retrieved a gun and shot and killed himself.
The search for Dawn Allen continues. Kansas authorities are currently working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Carroll Police Department to execute a search of the wooded area where Snovelle was located.
Anyone with information related to the disappearance of Dawn Allen should contact the Carroll Police Department at 712-792-3536.
INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES ON I-80 NEAR COUNCIL BLUFFS BEGIN MAY 11
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Nighttime construction work will cause intermittent lane closures in both directions of Interstate 80 between Madison Avenue (exit 5) and U.S. 6 (exit 8) near Council Bluffs beginning May 11 until May 12, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says motorists should expect 30-minute delays when the road is closed and should consider using an alternate route.
AUDUBON COUNTY ARRESTS
(AUDUBON) A Gray, Iowa man turned himself in to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the warrant for 32-year-old Joshua Robert Saunders was issued on April 21st after he failed to appear for a Driving While Suspended charge. Saunders was held in the Audubon County Jail and was released following an appearance before the magistrate.
In other activity, Jodi Kay Bails was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense and Driving While Revoked following the investigation into an accident that occurred April 16th. The accident occurred near Mockingbird Avenue and 250th Street. Bails was expected to appear in court today (Monday).
And, 19-year-old Dilan Seth Olesen of Audubon was arrested on Saturday by the Exira Police Department and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense. The charge stems from a traffic stop in Exira. Olesen was transported to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office. He later posted bond and was released.
POMEROY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(AUDUBON) A Pomeroy woman was arrested on drug charges in Audubon County Friday.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office say 47-year-old Bonnie Fay Wiggins has been charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Keeping a Place for Possessing Controlled Substances.
The charges stem from a traffic stop near 235th Street and Highway 71. Wiggins was transported to the Audubon County Jail and was held. She later posted bond and was released.
ONE PERSON SENT TO HOSPITAL IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) An Omaha man was sent to the hospital following an accident in Mills County early this (Monday) morning.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Pu Reh was driving a 1999 Toyota southbound on 189th Street down a steep hill where the vehicle collided with an embankment and stopped. The vehicle then proceeded west until it came to a stop.
The report says Pu Reh was confused and could not speak English. He was transported to Jenny Edmundson Hostpial by Pacific Junction Rescue.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING CARROLL COUNTY WOMAN
(Carroll) The search continues for the missing Carroll woman.
Law Enforcement including the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation are searching for 50-year-old Dawn Allen, last seen at around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7.
Police say they have found no evidence of foul play at her home or in her car found in the Piranha Club parking lot on Thursday morning, May 5. The vehicle had been parked there after employee’s and staff left Wednesday night. Allen, a longtime employee at Subway, did not show up for work Thursday morning.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact authorities. Allen is described as 5-feet-two-inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, blue eyes, and short blonde spiked hair.
ATLANTIC POLICE CHIEF STEVE GREEN REMINDS MOTORISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES
(Atlantic) Motorcycles are starting to come out of the garage and Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green reminds us that motorcycles blend into heavy traffic.
“The motorcycle is almost camouflaged by those vehicles, you may not see one that is following the vehicle that you’re watching come by, you see the vehicle go by, you step on the gas and there is the bike,” said Green.
Chief Green says do a double take before pulling out into an intersection.
“People just need to be aware to look twice both directions,” said Green. “There is no place in Atlantic that somebody usually needs to be that an extra two seconds is going to make a big difference in their arrival time and that can make a very big difference in some motorcyclist’s life.”
Chief Green says motorcycle operators need to realize that they are blending in and reduce their speed underneath the speed limit.
WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
(Red Oak) An Emerson woman was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Montgomery County Sunday evening.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Red Oak Rescue took 43-year-old Rebecca Ann Cates to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Authorities say Cates lost control on a curve ½ mile east of 200th Street in rural Montgomery County at around 8:45 p.m. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled for an undetermined amount of times before coming to rest on its top in a farm field.
Cates had left the scene of the accident and was found a short distance from the accident. The investigation continues and charges are pending.
TICKETS TO GO ON SALE FOR 2ND ANNUAL CORD MCCOY PBR CHALLENGE
(ATLANTIC) Tickets for the 2nd Annual Cord McCoy PBR Challenge go on sale May 16th.
The June 24th event is brought to you by PBR world finalist and two-time Amazing Race star Cord McCoy of Tupelo, Oklahoma.
“Cord is really excited to put on a great show,” said Logan Weirich, Event Coordinator. “He had a really good time last year and looks forward to coming to Atlantic again.”
Weirich says this year the Cord McCoy PBR Challenge will again showcase some of the most promising and rising stars of the PBR, riding alongside fan favorites and veterans, as all of the competitor’s face-off against the most famous animal athletes in the industry.
“The bulls are going to be brought to you by Double S Bull Co.; they’ve won multiple awards all over the Midwest, some of the best bulls in the country,” said Weirich. “Also, our entertainment, we’re going to have a band, Clutterbilly, and we’re having a dance along with that and we’ll also have a mechanical bull for the children and adults to have a little entertainment on as well.”
The event is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Cass County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under in advance. Tickets at the gate are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A limited number of V.I.P tickets are available for $40. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16th and can be purchased with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017. The can also be purchased at the Cass County Extension Office, Weirich Welding Plus in Lewis, and R&B Feeds in Atlantic. The proceeds from the event will go towards improving the Cass County Fair.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-80 NEAR AVOCA BEGIN MAY 16
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Road construction work will cause traffic to be restricted to one lane in both directions of Interstate 80 between Pottawattamie County Road M-16 (exit 34) and Pottawattamie County Road M-47 (exit 46) near Avoca beginning Monday, May 16
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says a 14-foot width lane restriction will be in place in the open lane. The project is expected to be completed by early August, weather permitting.
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.
TWO ARRESTED IN MILLS COUNTY
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trespassing, and Violation of a Protection Order. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Billy Ray Hunter was held on $600 bond.
In other activity, 28-year-old Keith Alan Wilson II of Glenwood was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry. He was held on $5,000 bond.
MANILLA FIRE STATION DAMAGED BY FIRE
(MANILLA) The newly renovated Manilla fire station sustained extensive damage in a fire Wednesday night.
Three of the city’s fire truck, one antique fire truck, and one ambulance were not damaged, but the fire station and much of its contents were destroyed. Officials estimate the damage to be around $350,000.
The fire started at around 10:30 p.m. in an old welding shop east of the fire station. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire.
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN GLENWOOD
(GLENWOOD) One person was transported to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Glenwood Thursday.
According to the accident report, Sylvia Lilly of Glenwood was driving a 2011 Honda south on Locust Street and entered the turning lane to turn left onto 6th Street when her vehicle struck a 2006 Hyundai Accord that was northbound on Locust. The airbags on both vehicles were deployed.
Glenwood Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and evaluated Chelsey Timson, the driver of the Accord. Timson refused treatment, however she was later transported to the hospital by private vehicle.
In other activity, 21-year-old Thomas Cash of Tabor was arrested on May 5th for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The Police Department also took six reports of burglary and theft on May 2nd and two reports of harassment on May 3rd.
NUMEROUS INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department arrested numerous individuals when officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on April 30th.
According to the police report, the warrant for 25-year-old Zachary Scheffler of Harlan stemmed from the domestic abuse and criminal mischief charges from earlier in the week. As a result of their investigation, a search warrant was executed at a residence at 1708 9th Street.
Four people were charged with interference with official acts and gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used. They include 19-year-old Kolten Kobold of Kirkman, 28-year-old Michael Gifford, 19-year-old Brandon Barnum, and 17-year-old Dylan Hansen, all of Harlan. In addition, 17-year-old Emily Boeck of Harlan was charged with interference with official acts and Zachary Scheffler was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited acts penalties, interference with official acts, and gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used.
Scheffler, Gifford, Barnum and Kobold were transported to the Shelby County Jail. Boeck and Hansen were cited and released to the custody of their parents. Scheffler was also served with the warrant for domestic abuse assault and criminal mischief.
ATLANTIC POLICE REPORTS TWO ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) A Griswold man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday.
The Atlantic Police Department arrested 35-year-old Thomas Williamson for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
On Monday, 21-year-old Darnell Coleman of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Assault. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
SWITA OFFERING SUMMER BUS SERVICE FOR YOUR CHILD
(ATLANTIC) Southwest Iowa Transit Agency is offering a safe, reliable, and affordable way to get your kids to their summer activities.
Steve Andersen, Transit Director at SWITA, says the summer bus service will take your child to any pre-approved location within two miles of city limits between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We’re really looking forward to stepping it up a little bit knowing that gas prices are higher than ever,” said Andersen. “Every mile that someone drives in their own car does make a difference and the way that we make it work is by having several kids on the same bus, we can combine those miles and cut down and offer it at a pretty affordable rate.”
Andersen said the cost is 10 rides for $20, 20 rides for $30, 1 month of unlimited rides for $40, or get an entire summer of rides for $100. The first 50 people to sign up with get the services for the month of May for free.
To sign up, stop by the SWITA office at 1501 SW 7th Street in Atlantic.
COUNCILMAN SAYS DITCHES BEING LITTERED WITH APPLIANCES TO AVOID PAYING FEE
(Atlantic) Atlantic City Councilman Kern Miller says some Cass County citizens are dumping computers and other appliances in the counties ditches to avoid paying a fee to the landfill. Miller says a concerned citizen presented some photographs of the litter during a recent landfill meeting.
“They have to charge a fee because they have to drain certain things and take certain things out those pieces of equipment,” said Miller. “Unfortunately some people in the county and in the city decided that they don’t want to pay those fees and so they dump them in the ditches.”
Miller says the DNR may have to hand down tougher penalties when they catch the people littering the ditches with these items.
“We need to encourage people to do what’s the right thing to do, not the wrong thing to do,” said Miller.
TWO CHARGED WITH STEALING WEAPONS IN RINGGOLD AND UNION COUNTY
(Afton) Authorities say they have arrested an 18-year-old Afton man and a 17-year-old juvenile and recovered dozens of stolen firearms from an abandoned Union County farmhouse.
Union County Sheriff Rick Piel says Eric K. Downey has been charged with second-degree burglary.
“Of the five burglaries he was charged with in Union County and the two in Ringgold County we recovered 40 guns. We also seized two compound bows and some cross bows and some miscellaneous scopes and shells and things like that,” stated Piel.
The second suspect, 17-year-old Tanner Jonathan Dean Harvey, of Afton was taken into custody without incident in Polk County Wednesday afternoon, by Law enforcement officers and agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Harvey faces six-counts of Burglary Class C Felony and one count of Burglary Class D Felony in connection with the theft of guns in Union and Ringgold County. He was transported to the Central Iowa Detention center in Eldora.
STILL NO FINANCIAL INCENTIVE AGREEMENT WITH BOULDER’S INN AND SUITES
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council decided Wednesday night to rescind an agreement in regards to a financial incentive for the $1.4 million Boulder Inn and Suites Hotel project under construction on the southwest edge of Atlantic. Originally, the city council agreed to an incentive package including $125,000 from the city’s economic development fund and $25,000 a year in tax abatement to be spread out over four years. But, Mayor Dave Jones says last month it was discovered that the agreement had not been signed.
“About three or four weeks ago Governor Branstad was proposing a tax cut for commercial property and me and Deb were talking about (how) we needed to probably figure out some way to protect us if that goes through in a voters deal, to protect our investments on the tax increment things, and we started talking to Dave and at that time Dave said ‘you don’t have an agreement’,” said Jones.
Therefore, Atlantic City Attorney Dave Wiederstein and the City’s Bonding Counsel recommend they rescind the agreement. So now what? Wiederstein says the city will move forward on a new agreement, but there are no guarantees at this time.
“The city officials are going to move forward on crafting a new agreement, we hope, that will meet to the approval of the council at the next meeting,” said Wiederstein.
When asked if Boulder’s is going to get their money, Wiederstein said, “No guarantee’s right now, that’s my advice to the council.”
The goal is to have that agreement available for discussion at the May 18 city council meeting.
Meanwhile, Atlantic Businessman Keith Steffens approached the city council to address some misinformation that he feels is out on the street in regards to the Boulder’s Inn and Suites project.
“Apparently tonight you received, I haven’t seen it, but apparently there were letters or a letter from the lender saying that the money from the City was a vital part of the financing of that project, am I correct on that?” asked Steffens. The answer was yes.
Steffens went on to say that, “Word on the street is, and some of this is coming from the council members from what I understand, comments like ‘apparently they don’t really need the money because they went ahead with the project and you know the project is near completion so apparently the money isn’t needed’, but as you can see it was part of the financing plan,” said Steffens.
Steffens explained, “The money would not have been available to Boulder’s until the project is completed, does everyone understand that?” The answer was yes.
Construction on the 1.4-million-dollar, 32-bed facility began in October.
IOWANS TURN IN MORE THAN 5,000 LBS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Des Moines, IOWA --- Last weekend the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) and more than 85 law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's nation-wide Prescription Drug Take-Back event. As a result of this public service event, Iowans turned in 5,142 pounds of unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications.
Safely removing these prescription drugs from Iowa homes is important. Statistics from the Drug Enforcement Agency indicate:
-1 in 7 teens admits to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. Sixty percent of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15.
-Fifty-six percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs.
-2 in 5 teens believe that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. And 3 in 10 teens believe that prescription pain relievers are not addictive.
-Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends' and family's medicine cabinet.
Upon hearing the results of the Prescription Take-Back event in Iowa, DNE Director Kevin Frampton was impressed with the turn-out, "More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined." Frampton added, "It's reassuring to know Iowans are taking note of this public health issue. And when presented with an opportunity, the citizens are working to get medication out of their homes and out of the reach of our teens."
OSCEOLA MAN KILLED IN UNION COUNTY ACCIDENT
(CRESTON) An Osceola man was killed and one other person was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Union County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 51-year-old Dick Downing was killed in the accident that occurred on Highway 34 at around 7:41 a.m. 35-year-old Brandi Shay of Tingley was injured.
The report says Downing was driving a Chevy S10 and Shay was driving a 2009 Suburban, both vehicles were eastbound on Highway 34. Shay was slowing down and was rear eneded by Downing’s vehicle.
RED OAK MAN ARRESTED ON MILLS COUNTY WARRANT
(RED OAK) A Red Oak was arrested in the Montgomery County Jail on a valid Mills County Warrant for Eluding with a bond of $5,000 cash and 1st Degree Theft, Possession of Stolen Property with a bond of $10,000 cash.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Nathan Allen Aldrich will remain in the Montgomery County Jail and will see a magistrate on May 5th.
EASTERN IOWA FACTORY WORKER CHARGED WITH TERRORISM
(Amana) An Iowa County man was arrested after reports he threatened to blow up Amana because Osama Bin Laden was killed.
Iowa County Deputies were notified at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that a man at Amana Refrigeration Appliances factory in middle Amana was making terrorist threats. 41-year-old Boubker Lamkadi was taken into custody.
Employees say Lamkadi stated he intended to blow up Amana because his friend and brother Osama Bin Laden was killed. Lamkadi told sheriff’s deputies he was kidding and misunderstood.
Lamkadi had no weapons or explosive devices. He was charged with making a threat of terrorism, a class d felony.
Sheriff’s deputies say that the situation placed many of the employees in fear of their safety.
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ELEVATED GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER
(DES MOINES) The National Weather Service says there is an elevated grassland fire danger for a portion of southwest Iowa this afternoon and early evening.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees says even though everything is starting to turn green, there is still some dryness and with the low humidity levels and heavy winds, this is conducive to fires.
“When they issue these that means conditions are very ripe for a fire to get out of control or to easily start so everybody should hold off on any burning that they’re thinking of doing and of course please do not discard cigarettes or any other materials that might start a fire,” explained McNees.
The elevated grassland fire danger includes Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor, and Ringgold counties.
THE DANISH IMMIGRANT MUSEUM CELEBRATES IOWA MUSEUM DAY
(ELK HORN) Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed Saturday, May 14TH as Iowa Museum Day. The Danish Immigrant Museum will participate in this state-wide celebration by waiving its admission fee for all visitors that day.
Governor Branstad has recognized the importance of Iowa’s museums in his proclamation, stating that Iowa Museum Day will celebrate the crucial role of Iowa’s museums in preserving the historical fabric and memory of our state through preservation of artifacts and archives; in providing educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages; in contributing to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and state; and in their significant role in enhancing community quality of life.
The Danish Immigrant Museum has 9 full-time and 4 part-time employees. They also have a well-respected internship program, hosting students from Denmark as well as the U.S. The museum has approximately 2,500 hundred members from across the country and 6 foreign countries and a volunteer base of nearly 100. The museum’s collection of artifacts is nearing 35,000 pieces!
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.
TWO ADAIR COUNTY COMMUNITIES REJECT SALES AND SERVICE TAX
( Greenfield ) Tuesday voters in Stuart and Casey decided to discontinue the one cent local option sales and service tax. Stuart voters turned down the measure 26-4, and in Casey. Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer says it will cost Casey $647.00 and Stuart $41,900.00.
“I imagine it will make quite an impact especially in the city of Stuart,” stated Schaefer. “The total amount that they received from the Guthrie and Adair County side makes up about a third of what they will no longer be receiving starting in July of 2012.”
Schaefer says officials in Stuart and Casey can repeat the election of they choose to.
According to the results, the following communities approved the local option sales and service tax including Adair, (28-4), Bridgewater (7-0), Fontanelle (35-10), Orient (7-1), and Greenfield (121-35).
The hotel/motel tax in Greenfield passed 121-34.
COUNCIL BLUFFS FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The man who died in a house fire in Council Bluffs this morning has been identified.
Council Bluffs Police say 37-year-old Daniel Naylor was overcome by smoke and was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At around 1:10 this morning the Council Bluffs Fire Department was called to the single story structure fire at 405 North 7th Street. Preliminary investigation found evidence of an accidental fire caused by household items and trash accumulated behind the refrigerator as the cause of the fire. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen area with heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the residence. A dog was also found deceased in the residence.
No working smoke detectors were found in the home. An autopsy will be performed by the state Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday.
The Council Bluffs Fire Department expresses their deepest sympathy to the family of Daniel Naylor in their loss.
STATE AUDITOR RELEASES REPORT ON SPECIAL INVESTIGATION IN ADAIR
(ADAIR) Auditor of State David Vaudt today (Tuesday) released a report on a special investigation of the City of Adair for the period January 1, 2007 through July 31, 2010. The special investigation was requested by City officials as a result of alleged misappropriations of City funds.
The investigation identified $119,339.17 of improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections. The improper disbursements of $103,462.59 include $56,827.08 of payments to vendors such as Beacon Systems and Casey’s General Store. The improper disbursements also include payroll checks issued to former City Clerk, Linda Nichols, and her son, Terry Nichols, who worked for the City’s Street Department on an on-call basis. The improper payroll checks issued to Ms. Nichols and Mr. Nichols total $8,606.23 and $31,606.95, respectively. $3,148.47 was improperly paid to Ms. Nichols as a final payout as well. In addition, improper reimbursements totaling over $2,600 and $633 were issued to Ms. Nichols and Mr. Nichols, respectively.
The unsupported disbursements include payments to vendors including Menards, Orscheln Farm & Home, and a business owned and operated by Mr. Nichols, as well as reimbursements issued to Linda and Terry Nichols and checks issued to petty cash. Other undeposited collections were used for utility bills.
Vaudt reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed or if collections were not properly deposited because adequate records for receipts and disbursements were not available.
Copies of the report have been filed with the Adair County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State online at auditor.iowa.gov.
(Red Oak) Red Oak City Officials are discussing ways to fill the Street Superintendents position vacated by Terry Crowe who retired from the position last Friday.
According to the minutes, The Red Oak City Council discussed the issue during Monday night’s city council meeting. They had conversation in reference to the role of a new Street Superintendent. Councilperson Brandstetter polled the Council about hiring a Public Works Director to work as a Street Superintendent and oversee the water and wastewater departments.
Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright says it is not his intent to hire a Public Works Director at this time. Some of the Council felt they need someone who understands maintenance and has the know how to fix curbs. Wright says his priority is to find a good leader for the street department that will be aggressive and focused on maintenance and repairs with planning as part of the job.
The Council asked Wright to continue the search as it is currently being done, with the goal to find someone that could potentially grow into the Public Works Director position.
CCMH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ENTRANCE CHANGE EFFECTIVE MAY 4
(Atlantic) The Emergency Department Entrance at Cass County Memorial Hospital will be relocated effective May 4, 2011 at 7 am. Cass County Public Relations Director Sarah Nelson says all traffic – private vehicles and ambulances – taking patients to the Emergency Department (ED) will need to use the south entrance off 10th Street, which used to be marked as Ambulance Only. Signs will be posted to direct traffic to the new ED entrance.
“We want to make sure patients are not delayed by trying to find the right door to come in. We want them to be able to get there—get there quickly and get the care they need,” stated Nelson.
The ED Entrance is moving to a temporary location on the south end of the building where it will remain for about 18 months until the hospital addition, which includes a new Emergency Department, is completed.
There will be very limited parking at the temporary entrance, so only vehicles bringing a patient for emergency care will be able to park at this entrance. Other people coming to the ED, either to check on an emergency patient or register for same day surgery should continue to drive around the north end of the building to the East Entrance. Again, signs inside the building provide direction to the ED.
ATLANTIC POLICE OFFICERS OFFER FREE CAMP OUT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
(Lewis) The Atlantic Police Department is inviting boys and girls ages 9-to-11 years old to apply for the Atlantic Police Camp Out in June 24, 25th, and 26th at Lewis Lake. Atlantic Police Officer Cody Eckles is heading the event.
“The basic goal is trying to build a rapport with the young kids and the police department and trying to build a relationship with them,” stated Eckles. “We also want to give these kids an opportunity to enjoy camping and fishing and things like that.”
Atlantic Police Officers will provide a sleeping bag. Campers will need a Saturday and Sunday outfit, towel, pillow, Jacket, Pants for Hiking and a personal hygiene kit.
Applications must be turned in by Friday, May 20, 2011 before 4:40 p.m. and there will be a limit of five boys and five girls chosen to attend the camp out. All applications will be read and chosen by the Officers conducting camp along with Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green.
Applications that are chosen will be notified within a week of Friday, May 20, 2011.
NTSB RELEASES INVESTIGATION DETAILS ON TRAIN CRASH
(RED OAK) The National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary information on their ongoing investigation into a collision between two BNSF Railway trains near Red Oak. The collision on April 17th resulted in the death of two railway workers from Creston.
According to a press release on the NTSB website, the event recorder and forward facing video camera on the leading locomotive of the coal train were damaged in the collision and subsequent fire. Both recorders were retrieved and are being analyzed at the NTSB's lab in Washington, DC. The video camera was too badly damaged to retrieve data. A preliminary review of the locomotive event recorder data indicates that just before the collision, train speed increased and the throttle was decreased as the train reached the top of a hill west of the accident site. The data also indicates that the speed at impact was 23 mph and that the emergency brakes were not applied before impact.
During the on-scene investigation, NTSB investigators tested the signal system and the undamaged coal cars. The equipment satisfactorily met test criteria.
The crew of the struck train reported that visibility at the time of the collision was good.
As the investigation continues, investigators will review personnel, maintenance and various other records. In addition, crew cell phone records have been subpoenaed and will be reviewed by investigators.
The NTSB has formed a work group which will examine the crash performance of the leading locomotive where crew members were fatally injured. Parties to this investigation are the Federal Railroad Administration, the BNSF railroad, Electro Motive Diesel (the manufacturer of the lead locomotive), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the United Transportation Union.
HARKIN STAFF TO HOLD OPEN LISTENING SESSION IN ATLANTIC
(ATLANTIC) Senator Tom Harkin today announced that his staff assistant Kevin Condon will hold a meeting in Atlantic on Friday to listen to constituents’ views on a wide variety of issues.
Residents can express their opinions about current legislative issues or seek assistance if they are having problems with a federal agency.
The event will take place at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
TWO ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals today (Tuesday).
According to a press release, 27-year-old Garrett Alan Winter of Villisca was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for 5th Degree Theft. He was held on 300-dollars bond.
Thirty nine year old Jason Ray Cornelison of Red Oak was arrested on a Montgomery county bench warrant for Violation of Probation. He was held on no bond.
SPRING PLANTING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce still needs volunteers for the annual spring planting on Tuesday, May 17. Volunteers who register by May 6th will receive a free t-shirt, and all volunteers will receive a free dinner. T-shirts this year will be lime green and feature the same design as years past.
“We’d love to see service clubs, an office staff, or a group of friends come together and participate,” says Ann McCurdy, Executive Director. “It’s a great way to sneak in some additional exercise, and it’s a great opportunity for a team of people to build relationships by stepping out of their normal environment and take on a challenge like this.”
All volunteers are asked to start in City Park at 4 p.m. on the 17th. “Even our experienced planters will want to first start in the City Park, as we have some new instructions for them,” says McCurdy.
After the planting, the free dinner, which includes maid-rites, chips, salads, and dessert, will begin at the Depot around 6:30 to 7 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, please call 243-3017.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON I-29 NEAR PACIFIC JUNCTION BEGIN MAY 9
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Road construction work will cause lane restrictions in both directions of Interstate 29 from one mile south of the junction with U.S. 34 near Pacific Junction to just north of the rest areas in Mills County beginning May 9, 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 16-foot width lane restriction will be in place. The project is expected to be completed in early December.
APD REPORTS FIVE ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports five arrests.
On April 28th, 54-year-old Robin Jennings of Atlantic was arrested for Assault.
On April 30th, 25-year-old Zebedee Joiner of Menlo was arrested for 5th Degree Theft.
On May 1st, 25-year-old Tony Mayo Jr. of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County Warrant. 18-year-old Scott Jackson of Atlantic was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, 27-year-old Cody Hanson of Atlantic was arrested for Public Intoxication.
All five individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
SOUTHWEST IOWA SOLDIER INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN
(DES MOINES) A southwest Iowa soldier was wounded by enemy fire in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard says Specialist Dane Nelsen of Walnut was conducting a patrol on foot in Paktia Province, Afghanistan when his unit came under fire.
“Specialist Nelsen was wounded, he was evacuated and is receiving medical care,” said Hapgood. “We don’t have any additional information regarding his specific injuries or his condition at this time.”
Dane Nelsen’s mother, Robin Henningsen says, “On behalf of Dane’s family we just want to thank the community and the friend’s for all of their support now and during his deployment. We are proud of Dane’s service to our country as he is fighting for what he believes in and we just continue to pray for all of the soldiers and their families.”
Nelsen is a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry with the Iowa National Guard.
ACEDC REFERRAL REWARD MONEY DOUBLES
(CORNING) The Adams Community Economic Development Corporation announced today (Monday) that the reward amount for their referral program has doubled due to a generous donor who will match dollar for dollars the previous $5,000 reward.
The referral promotion was developed to fill a new 22, 500 square foot spec building at the Blue Grass Industrial Park outside of corning. They are now offering a $10,000 referral award to any person who refers a qualified business to them which results in a contracted client to fill the spec building.
The contest runs through 2011. Full details, entry forms and contest rules can be found on their website at www.adamscountyiowa.com with a link straight from their home page.
THURMAN MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE
(THURMAN) A Thurman man faces sexual abuse charges.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Russell Ray Gilbert was arrested on Thursday for three counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse.
Gilbert was held in the Fremont County Jail on 25-thousand dollars cash bond.
HEAVY WINDS CAUSE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MILLS COUNTY
(GLENWOOD) An Omaha man was injured in a motorcycle accident in Mills County on Friday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Christopher Cercena was driving a 2008 Kawasaki westbound on Highway 34 four miles northwest of Pacific Junction when severe winds caused him to lose control. Cercena laid down the motorcycle and was thrown off. He was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by Life Net.
FUNERAL SERVICES SCHEDULED FOR IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
(Des Moines) Funeral Services have been scheduled for Staff Sgt. James Justice, 32, of Grimes, Iowa. Justice was killed by enemy small arms fire during a combat operations on Saturday, April 23, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Wounded in the attack was Spc. Zachary Durham, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa. Both soldiers were assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.
Services will begin with a visitation from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m... Tuesday, May 3, at the IKM/Manning Middle School gymnasium, 755 Main St., Manilla. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m. for visitation prior to the funeral), Wednesday, May 4, IKM/Manning High School Gymnasium, 209 10th Street., Manning. Graveside service and burial will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia at a later date.
James A. Justice was born June 30, 1978 in Manning, and grew up in Manilla. He graduated from Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla High school in 1997.
James A. Justice leaves behind his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Caydence, of Grimes.
ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF HARLAN MAN
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested today in connection with the death of 39-year-old Jay Anthony Casali. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 20-year-old Colton Edward Benson-Blaine has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, March 5th, Benson-Blaine and Casali were involved in an altercation inside a Harlan residence. Casali was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan where he received treatment for his injuries. On the evening of Sunday, March 6th, Casali was found deceased inside a different Harlan residence.
An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and it was determined that the injuries inflicted by Benson-Blaine were a contributing factor in Casali’s death.
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