(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department reports four arrests this week.
On Sunday, 23-year-old Christopher Courtney of Council Bluffs was arrested for Public Intoxication.
Also on Sunday, 19-year-old Michael Trader of Glenwood was arrested for Public Intoxication.
On Tuesday, 31-year-old Timothy Thrulicka of Council Bluffs was arrested on two Pottawattamie County warrants.
And on Wednesday, 58-year-old Vernon Brent of Glenwood was arrested for Public Intoxication.
ONE PERSON INJURED IN FREMONT COUNTY ACCIDENT
(SIDNEY) One person was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident in Fremont County Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. two miles north of 129th Street on Highway 59. A vehicle driven by Dung Thi Nguyen was northbound on Highway 59 when she lost control, entered the westbound ditch and rolled onto its top.
Nguyen was transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Shenandoah Rescue to be treated for minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office says neither speed nor alcohol were contributing factors in the accident.
HARLAN POLICE REMIND CITIZENS TO LOCK VEHICLES
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department had several reports of vehicles that were either broken into or had damage done to them between July 20 and 24th. All of these cases remain under investigation.
Citizens are reminded to lock unattended vehicles and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. You may be eligible for rewards paid by Crime Stoppers for any information leading to the arrests and conviction of persons involved.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE DISPLAYING WEAPON
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested following a domestic dispute on July 23rd.
The Harlan Police Department says 25-year-old Christopher Smagacz was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault Displaying a Dangerous Weapon. Smagacz allegedly threatened his wife with knives.
He was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED FOR HIT AND RUN AND ASSAULT
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested following a hit and run accident on July 22nd.
The Harlan Police Department says officers were called to the 200 block of 7th Street for a person struck by a vehicle and the vehicle left the scene. When officers arrived they found the victim, Jacob Riesgaard of Harlan. Riesgaard was taken to Myrtue Medical Center by private vehicle.
Following the investigation, 18-year-old Spencer Seyler was charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Willful injury.
Seyler was arrested again on July 23rd following a fight near 6th and Dodge. Billy Scheffler and Curt Scheffler, both of Harlan, had been assaulted by two males, identified as 20-year-old Jesse Seyler and Spencer Seyler. The Seyler brothers were arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail.
Jesse Seyler was charged with Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Spencer Seyler was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. One of the bicycles they were riding was found to have been stolen, so Jesse was also charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Spencer was charged with 5th Degree Theft.
CASS COUNTY FAIR 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Fair kicks off this Saturday and runs through August 5th.
Fairboard President Duane Wierich says the kids will be bringing in their static exhibits on Saturday and livestock entries will be coming in as well. A Youth Dance will also be held from 7 to 10 p.m.
Weirich said a whole line up of activities is set for Sunday.
“Sunday is the Horse Show, the Community Building is open for the exhibits, the Poultry Show, and the Dog Show, and that evening Frank Spillers and some of his people he plays in a band with will be doing some musical entertainment before the Queen Contest and some music afterwards,” said Weirich. “The Queen contest will be in a different spot this year; it’s going to be up by the Community Building at the Master Gardner’s garden. It’s going to be kind of a neat setting with the bleachers under the shade trees; it’ll be really nice up there.”
The Smoking Contest will also take place Sunday and contestants can still sign up by calling the Cass County Extension Office.
Activities for Monday include the Beef Show, Best of Iowa, Dairy and Goat Show, Watermelon Feed, Grand Champion Beef Selection and the Pedal Tractor Pulls. Fair-goers can also enjoy a Carnival at the Cass County Fair this year.
VILLISCA MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT AND DRUG CHARGES
(RED OAK) A Villisca man was arrested on a valid warrant for 5th Degree Theft in Montgomery County Thursday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Garrett Alan Winther was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on full bond.
T.I.F. POLICY DEVELOPMENT TAX FORCE MEETING SET FOR TONIGHT
(Atlantic) A Mayor appointed task force will begin to hammer out the details of a new Tax increment Financing Policy tonight. Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones says he would like to see a $1-million property valuation minimum and job creation potential before they even talk about a T.I.F.
Jones says there has never been a set policy in place and he wants the task force to build one specific to Atlantic’s needs.
“There has never been an official policy, it has always been a little bit here, and a little bit there, and who you were in town, with a lot of opposition to different T.I.F.’s,” stated Mayor Jones. “So this committee is going to explore whether or not a T.I.F. policy will work in Atlantic, what hasn’t worked, and how we can tweak it to make a better T.I.F. program for Atlantic.”
The eight members of the committee include; Don Sonntag, Greg Williams, Teresa Jorgensen, George Howard, and Community Development Committee representatives Linda Hartkoph, Kathy Somers, Shawn Shouse and J.C. Van Ginkle.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
July 28, 2011
WINTERSET WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
(WINTERSET) A Winterset woman suffered serious injuries in a rollover accident in Madison County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 36-year-old Heather Dawn Meggison was driving a 2005 Ford XST southbound on Highway 169 just before 5 a.m. when she swerved to miss a deer. The vehicle entered the east ditch, overturning and coming to rest on its wheels.
Meggison was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines by Madison County Ambulance. She was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
SIX INJURED IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A two vehicle accident in Mills County sent six people to the hospital Wednesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 17-year-old Ashley Gray of Tabor, 19-year-old Austin Jack of Glenwood, 18-year-old Jeffery Huskins of Glenwood, 17-year-old Shelby Beam of Council Bluffs, 21-year-old Patrick Jack of Emerson, and 40-year-old David Debolt of Omaha were all transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center following the accident that occurred at around 1:55 a.m.
According to the report, Patrick Jack was driving a Ford Taurus southbound on Deacon Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign. Jack entered the eastbound lanes of Highway 34 and was struck in the passenger side by a semi driven by David Debolt who was eastbound on Highway 34. The semi entered the south ditch and came to rest on its side. The Taurus entered the median where it came to rest.
The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.
LONG STRETCH OF HOT WEATHER LIKELY TO CONTINUE
(Atlantic) Wednesday marked the 12th time in 13 days that the temperature in Atlantic had reached at least 90 degrees. Monday’s 89 degree reading was the only exception in that stretch. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says it’s a bit unusual to have this long of a stretch of 90 degree weather. He says it’s the high humidity that has kept the heat index readings in the triple digits through midnight. Some areas of the state are experiencing overnight low temperatures in the 80’s which is 12-13 degrees above average for this time of year. The hot stretch is expected to continue for another couple of weeks at least.
HOMECOMING CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT
(Des Moines) A community homecoming ceremony for an Iowa Army National Guard unit mobilized as part of Operation Enduring Freedom will be held in Des Moines on Friday. Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate and the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The ceremony will be held for approximately 135 soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Company A and Company C, 334th Brigade Support Battalion at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The homecoming event begins at 1:00 on Friday.
RAGBRAI CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY
(Altoona) RAGBRAI riders head from Boone to Altoona today after their overnight stay in Altoona tonight there will be stops the rest of the week in Grinnell, Coralville and Davenport before bikers dip their tires into the Mississippi River on Sunday. Today’s trek from Boone to Altoona spans 56.1 miles, it’s the shortest day on the route this year. This will be the first time in RAGBRAI’s 32 year history that riders will stay overnight in Altoona. Altoona is perhaps best known as the location of the Adventureland theme park as well as the birthplace of NFL quarterback Kyle Orton.
QUICK RELEASE EMERGENCY RELIEF DOLLARS FOR IOWA FLOODING
(WASHINGTON) U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced he is making $2 million in quick release emergency money available to the Iowa Department of Transportation to reimburse Iowa for work done on federal-aid highways immediately following the recent flooding there.
Quick release emergency relief funds will be used to reimburse Iowa for the cost of controlling traffic flow, shoring up roads and bridges and other measures implemented immediately after the flooding to prevent further damage. These include strengthening the shoulder sections of the highways, sand bagging and asphalt overlays.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration will provide the money that will reimburse the state and localities for the cost of repairs. FHWA's emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.
Excessive snow melt from the mountains of Montana and unusually heavy rain throughout the upper Missouri River basin resulted in historic flooding of the Missouri River along the western border of Iowa starting in May 25. Flood waters are expected to remain high in the area for several weeks, and several major highways are still closed. The Iowa Department of Transportation expects that the longer it takes for the waters to recede, the greater the repair costs will be as more and more roads are affected.
FHWA anticipates additional funding requests from states that have been battered by extreme weather events.
SHENANDOAH MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
(SHENANDOAH) A Shenandoah man was transported by life flight to Creighton Medical Center following a motorcycle accident in Fremont County this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened on Highway 59 about 1 ½ miles south of the Highway 2 intersection. 27-year-old Corey Whitehill was driving a 2001 Honda CBR600 motorcycle when he lost control of the bike after passing a vehicle and entered the west ditch. Shenandoah Rescue transported Whitehill to the Shenandoah Airport where he was transported by life flight.
CASS COUNTY ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports four additional arrests.
On July 26th, the Anita Police Department arrested 34-year-old Jason Glen Dukes of Anita on charges of OWI 2nd Offense and Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
On July 25th, 37-year-old David Daniel Good of Anita was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver and Driving While Barred. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $7,500 bond.
On July 22nd, 42-year-old Shannon Sue Prall of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse, Simple. She was transported to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office where she was released on her own recognizance the following day.
On July 21st, 37-year-old Gregory James Storjohann of Walnut was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.
THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN CASS COUNTY
(ATLANTIC) Three people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Cass County Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Cam Christopher Jahnke was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 21-year-old James Michael Howard of Atlantic was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. And, 27-year-old Alanda Nevelle Starkey of Lawrence, Nebraska was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Offense.
All three were transported to the Cass County Jail. Howard and Jahnke were held on $6,000 bond. Starkey was held without bond.
ATLANTIC TEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic teen was arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for drug charges Tuesday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the warrant for 18-year-old Austin Allen Schmitt was for Delivery of Marijuana, Distribution of Drugs to Persons Under 18, two counts of Use of Individual Under 18 in the Drug Trade, and two counts of Using a Juvenile to Commit and Offense.
Schmitt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $45,000 bond. Two juveniles have been cited into juvenile court on Delivery of Marijuana charges in connection with this case.
HOUSE BEING MOVED VIA SEMI IN ATLANTIC
(ATLANTIC) A house is being moved via semi from the area of the Rolling Hills Bank parking lot onto Highway 6 and then north at Mulberry Street this morning. The move is expected to completely block the highway both eastbound and westbound for a period of time.
Local authorities will be assisting in the move. Local residents are asked to travel south on Olive Street if eastbound to detour around the move. Westbound vehicles are asked to use Hospital Drive, Plumb Street, or US 71 to detour around the move. Traffic control personnel will be available at the intersections to assist with helping you detour around the situation.
The house may take several hours moving through parts of the North side of town, eventually traveling west on Highway 83.
TEMPORARY CROSSOVER TO SHORTEN FLOOD DETOUR IN MILLS COUNTY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation will change the existing traffic control south of the Interstate 29 interchange at exit 32 this morning. The change will allow motorists to use the crossover to make a u-turn from one interstate ramp to another. In addition, eastbound U.S. 34 travelers will drive south on the ramp and use the crossover to take the ramp north.
The purpose of the crossover is to provide relief to travelers detoured by flooding; especially residents of Nebraska and Iowa that are using the Missouri River crossing at Plattsmouth, Neb. on a daily basis due to the flood-related closure of Iowa 2 at Nebraska City.
The temporary crossover will shorten out-of-distance travel by approximately 15 miles for travelers going east on U.S. 34 from Plattsmouth, Neb., and planning to continue north on I-29 or east on U.S. 34.
Travelers will now use a combination of the median crossover and exit 32 interchange ramps to make a safe movement from southbound to northbound I-29.
Use of the crossover will lengthen the closure of I-29 from the Iowa/Missouri state line to exit 32. The interstate had already been closed to exit 24, the Bartlett interchange, due to flooding.
This temporary detour crossover can be used legally by the public, unlike other median crossovers along the interstate that are restricted to use by law enforcement, maintenance and emergency vehicles.
Presently, there is bridge construction work on I-29, which started before the flooding, that is restricting travel on I-29 northbound and U.S. 34 (in both directions where the highway travels under the interstate).
BICYCLIST INJURED IN CASS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was injured after his bicycle struck a vehicle at 6th and Poplar in Atlantic last night.
The Iowa State Patrol says 41-year-old Raymond Knutsen was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac following the accident that occurred at around 9:17 p.m.
According to the report, Knutsen was riding the bicycle northwest through the park and failed to stop for traffic. The bicycle went into the street and struck a 2003 Ford Focus driven by 33-year-old Michella Bartholomew of Atlantic who had turned left onto Poplar Street from 6th Street.
Knutsen was cited for Failure to Have Head Light.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CASS COUNTY FAIR SMOKE OUT CONTEST
(Atlantic) The Cass County Fair will again feature a smoking contest. There will be three. The cooking will begin on Saturday and the judging takes place on Sunday at around 4:00. Registration is now open. Applications are available at the Cass County Extention Office. For more information you can call the extension office at 712-243-1132.
AUDUBON COUNTY AND WEST CENTRAL REACH AGREEMENT
(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors and West Central have each signed an agreement regarding a potential TIF District. Supervisors chair Todd Nelson says the agreement is not meant to be a final contract. He refers to is as an agreement in theory. Nelson says the agreement has a limit of up to $325,000 for 10 years.
IOWA SALES TAX HOLIDAY AUGUST 5TH & 6TH
(DES MOINES) Today, Rep. Jack Drake released details regarding the annual Iowa sales tax holiday.
This year beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5th through midnight on Saturday, August 6th, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing or footwear having a selling price of less than $100.00 per item.
All businesses that are open on August 5th and 6th are required to participate. The holiday does not extend to Sunday.
CULVERT REPAIR WORK IN SHELBY COUNTY
(HARLAN) A portion of county road F16 in Shelby County will be closed for approximately two weeks for culvert repair work.
Shelby County Emergency Management says the culvert is in the 1300 block of Shelby County Street F16 and Crawford County Y Avenue, between Linden Road and Mulberry Road on the north side of Greeley Township, section 6.
TALL CORN OBSTRUCTS VIEWS AT ROADWAY INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS
(AMES) Iowa’s 2011 corn crop is on pace to be one of the largest ever recorded, and as the corn grows taller, motorists are urged to use extra caution at roadway intersections and railroad crossings where the driver’s view may be obstructed.
Iowa Department of Transportation statistics show during 2010 there were 46 crashes at rural intersections attributed to obstructed views by trees or crops. One person died as a result of these crashes and at least 49 people were injured. The state normally sees approximately two fatalities each year due to sight obstructions on rural gravel intersections and driveways.
Most rural intersections are not marked with stop or yield signs. Highway-rail grade crossings are marked with a crossbuck that serves as a yield sign. Jeremey Vortherms, the Iowa DOT’s state safety engineer, said motorists should treat these intersections as if they had stop or yield signs posted, and not enter the intersection or cross the railroad tracks until they are absolutely certain no vehicles are coming from the side roads or trains are present, and then proceed with caution.
The appearance of dust from an approaching vehicle on a gravel roadway is often used by motorists as a signal to slow down at a rural intersection. Wet weather and special roadway treatments can hold down the dust and make it more difficult to tell if a motor vehicle is approaching on a side road. Loose gravel can make controlling a vehicle difficult when making any sudden stop.
FLOODING ALONG MISSOURI RIVER CONTINUES
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division reminds Iowans that flooding along the Missouri River is continuing, and river levels are projected to remain high for many more weeks. It is important that residents in threatened areas remain prepared in case conditions change. Keeping a bag packed with essential items and establishing a family evacuation plan will help Iowans be ready to evacuate if an order is given.
THREE INJURED IN CASS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(ATLANTIC) Three people were injured in a single vehicle accident on I-80 in Cass County this (Monday) morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 31-year-old Ebony Porter and 27-year-old Marquita Adams; both of Peoria, Illinois, and 26-year-old Paul Lee of Union City, California were all transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Rescue.
According to the report, Porter was driving a 2011 Nissan Sentra eastbound on I-80 in the right lane when she went into the left lane to pass another non-contact vehicle. The left rear tire went off the shoulder into the median and Porter attempted to hit the brakes, but hit the gas pedal by mistake. The vehicle went across both lanes into the south ditch where it struck a farm fence and came to rest in a corn field.
MILLS COUNTY ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Department reported four arrests on Saturday.
Forty five year old John Anthony Welch of Council Bluffs was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a warrant for Failure to Appear on Driving While Revoked.
Thirty Three year old Nickolas James Haley of Malvern was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
Thirty Seven year old Marcus Walter Truitt of Eldrege was arrested for Public Intoxication and Public Consumption.
Twenty Seven year old Jesse Ray Salmons-Rice of Malvern was arrested for Driving Under Suspension and No Insurance.
MISSING BOATER IDENTIFIED
(Stanton) DNR officials have identified the missing boater at Viking Lake State Park in Montgomery County.
The DNR says dive teams found the body of 63-year-old John Carmichael, of Red Oak in the lake near the pontoon boats at around 12:35 p.m. Sunday after searching most of the night.
Park visitors reported an empty fishing boat around 7:30 p.m. Saturday which intitiated a search for the boater.
Iowa DNR conservation and park officers, the Midwest Regional Dive Team, the Red Oak and Stanton Fire Departments; and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted the search.
July 25, 2011
FOUR FREMONT COUNTY ARRESTS REPORTED
(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff's office reports the following arrests.
On Sunday, July 17th, 20-year-old Jeffrey Paul Hull of Des Moines, was arrested for Criminal MiSchief 5th and Person Under Legal Age.
Twenty-five-year-old Brian Keith Palm of Des Moines was arrested on a Des Moines Police Department Warrant on Tuesday, July 19th.
Also arrested on Tuesday were 39-year-old Shannon Gene Bruce and 29-year-old Jenny Christine Bruce both of Hamburg on three counts of Child Endangerment.
On Wednesday, July 20th, the Fremont County sheriff's office arrested Byan Dacey Herbst, age 19 of Shenandoah, for Person Under Legal Age.
TWO ARRESTED IN AUDUBON COUNTY OVER THE WEEKEND
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff's office reports two arrests over the weekend.
Thirty-five year old Jay Dean Jensen of Audubon was arrested on Friday and charged with Theft 5th Degree. That charge stems from a check written to an Audubon Business. Jensen was taken to the Audubon County Jail and released following an appearance before the magistrate.
On Friday at around 7:00 p.m., 59-year-old Belinda Joy Vanaernam of Ida Grove was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Open Container. Vanaernam was stopped in the 1600 block of Highway 71. She was transported to the Audubon County Jail where she posted bond and was released.
RAGBRAI WEATHER DRY IN THE MORNING/CHANCE OF RAIN THIS AFTERNOON
(Des Moines) The weather looks good today as thousands of RAGBRAI participants make their way from Glenwood to Atlantic. Jacob Beitlach, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says there is a stubborn frontal boundary to the north that may bring in a few showers and maybe a thunderstorm during the afternoon hours, but it looks mainly dry this morning with temperatures approaching the 90’s today.
"It looks like most of the rain is going to be focused to their north and east which is good news for the riders," stated Beitlach. "However we can't rule out a few thunderstorms this afternoon, but it looks like they will have a dry ride this morning."
Beitlach says the weather looks good for Monday and Tuesday with a few raindrops in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday.
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The route today will feature a drastic change in elevation of 462 feet on the enarly 64-mile ride from Glenwood to Atlantic.
July 24, 2011
RIDERS FROM ALL FIFTY STATES WILL PARTICIPATE IN RAGBRAI
(Des Moines) According to the Des Moines Register RAGBRAI riders will be coming from all over the world.
In thirty-nine years the ride has grown from mainly riders from Iowa and bordering states to just over a third of all riders from Iowa, and the rest from all 50-states and 13-foreign countries.
The breakdown looks like this: Iowa-37%, Illinois-10.5%, Minnesota-5.5%, Colorado-4.2%, Wisconsin and Texas-3.6%, California-7%, Missouri-3.2%, Nebraska-3.1%, Arizona-1.7%, Florida-1.6%, and Washington-1.2%.
The foreign countries include; Albania, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
July 24, 2011
DIVE TEAMS SEARCH FOR MISSING BOATER AT VIKING LAKE
(Stanton) Dive teams are searching for a missing boater and possible drowning victim at Viking Lake State park near Stanton Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says, Park visitors reported an empty fishing boat at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, which initiated a search for the boater.
Dive teams from Clarinda, Cass County, Ringgold County and Red Oak, The Red Oak and Stanton Fire Departments; and Iowa DNR Conservation officers and park officers are involved in the search.
July 24, 2011
RAGBRAI RIDERS HEAD TO ATLANTIC
(Glenwood) RAGBRAI XXXIX is underway as thousands of riders begin their 60-mile trip to Atlantic.
The riders left Glenwood and pedal 9-miles to Silver City, then 19-miles to Carson. From there they ride 15-miles to Griswold, 7.5-miles to Lewis and 8.1-miles to their overnight stay in Atlantic.
The route today will feature a drastic change in elevation of 462 feet on the route from Glenwood to Atlantic.
July 24, 2011
FDA PROVIDING LIVESTOCK ASSISTANCE
(Ames) Livestock incurring death loss due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events maybe eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program. Doug Steele, owner of Steele and Land Livestock says it is a program that hasn’t been used very much.
“There are certainly some losses these last three days including 100 in Winneshiek County, and over 1,000 harvest ready cattle in South Dakota,” said Steele. “This is a significant dollar amount.”
Producers have 30-calendar days of when the loss of livestock was apparent to the producer. They will be required to provide documentation of the livestock lost for the LIP Program.
July 21, 2011
IOWA DOT PROVIDES UPDATE ON WORK NEAR MISSOURI RIVER CROSSING AT DECATUR, NE
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that flood mitigation work on Iowa 175 in Monona County, Iowa near the Missouri River crossing at Decatur, Neb. will be finished today. The contractor will be demobilizing equipment from the site.
Severe riverbank and bridge berm erosion caused by the flooding has occurred along the east abutment of the toll bridge owned by the Burt County [Nebraska] Bridge Commission. The bridge carries Iowa 175 and Nebraska 51 over the Missouri River. Scour around the abutment, changes in the river channel caused by the high-velocity flood waters and instability of nearby soils resulted in the closure of the bridge June 27.
An Iowa DOT contractor has constructed a U-shaped rock berm that begins north and ends south of the crossing. The purpose of the berm is to help prevent further erosion from occurring, which could result in loss of the roadway approach to the bridge and threaten the abutment. The rock berm is designed to stabilize the embankment and reduce the churning motion of the flood waters next to the abutment, which contributes to the loss of soil.
An inspection of the abutment and embankment area will be performed by the Iowa DOT as soon as it can be done adequately and safely. Reopening of the bridge/road is dependent on a positive bill of health, meaning it is safe for travel. No timetable has been set to perform the work since the water level is too high and current too swift.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will begin reducing outflows at Gavins Point from 160,000 cubic feet/second (cfs) to 155,000 cfs July 30; and 155,000 cfs to 150,000 Aug. 1; then holding the 150,000 cfs through Aug. 12. It is estimated that a further reduction in the water levels will be needed to perform the required inspection.
The public will be kept informed of any changes regarding status of the road/bridge.
WORLD’S LARGEST BICYCLE ALMOST COMPLETE IN LEWIS
(Lewis) A bike that is believed to be the world’s largest is nearing completion at Weirich Welding Plus in Lewis.
Weirich Welding Plus owner Duane Weirich says the bike that he will be putting the finishing touches on this weekend has drawn a lot of attention from people all over the United States. He can’t remember an event in the past that has created this much excitement in Lewis. People from as far away as Florida have stopped by Lewis to see if what they had been hearing about was in fact real. Many others around the country have e-mailed Weirich about the project.
By the time the painting is finished, nearly 30 hours of work will have gone into the 18 foot tall and 32 foot long structure. The plan is to have the bike completely put together by Friday afternoon and then paint the bike on Saturday.
So what happens to the bike after Ragbrai goes through on Sunday? Weirich says that Ripley’s Believe it or Not has expressed interested in buying the bike.
A GEOLOGIC GUIDE TO THE RAGBRAI CHALLENGE
(IOWA CITY) For those about to embark on the muscle-straining challenge known as RAGBRAI, help is available.
Cyclists who join the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) can find their guide to the challenging terrain in a series of DNR brochures. Each brochure provides an idealized cross section and shaded relief map of the day’s ride. The brochures highlight the route and the elevations that cyclists will traverse. RAGBRAI riders can also find points of interest and information about the geologic features they will find each day.
Riders on Day 1 can expect a knee-breaking change in elevation of 462 feet on the nearly 64-mile run from Glenwood to Atlantic. Sights to see include Iowa’s unique landform, the Loess Hills; and the Hitchcock House near Lewis, a stop on the Underground Railroad, while learning more about oil wells and limestone quarrying in Iowa.
Look for “Learn about the Land” brochures at the Iowa Archaeology Outreach booth at the RAGBRAI EXPO in Glenwood on Saturday. U.S. Geological Survey staff will be on hand to answer questions. Or, find brochures online at the DNR - Iowa Geological and Water Survey website.
The DNR’s Geological and Water Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey created the brochures with support from the Iowa Limestone Producers Association.
APD REPORTS THREE ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On Thursday, 33-year-old Neil Christensen of West Valley, Utah was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
And, 21-year-old Justin Jacobs and 24-year-old Robert Hackwell, both of Atlantic, were each arrested today for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Both individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
GARDEN FIELD DAY AT ARMSTRONG RESEARCH FARM
(LEWIS) A Garden Field Day will be held at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis on July 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Keith Booth, Director of the Wallace Foundation, said this year’s Home Garden Demonstration is devoted to children and cats and you’ll have to come to find out what that means.
“With that, Cindy Haynes, the head of the Home Demonstration Garden, will be explaining all the plants and flowers related to children and cats and Bernie Havlovic, the Farm Superintendent, will be covering the All American Selections,” said Booth. “As you remember, the All American Selections are varieties that seed companies provide to the research stations to evaluate to find out if they are ones they may use in the future. So, you may actually see some varieties there that you may not see any place else because they may not go on the market.”
Booth said Barb Fuller, Extension Nutritionist, will also do a presentation on Food Preservation.
“We do a lot of growing and appreciate the fresh fruits and vegetables, but there is also a lot of interest in preserving those for future use, and we’ve almost got away from doing that in the past,” said Booth.
Booth said the Field Day will conclude with Ice Cream and Strawberries.
RAGBRAI TWO DAYS AWAY
(Atlantic) The Des Moines Registers Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins Sunday morning. The first leg of the ride is 78-miles and it begins in Glenwood and ends with an overnight stay in Atlantic. RAGBRAI Officials are asking motorists to be very careful while traveling in Atlantic all day Sunday and Monday morning.
“Just the shear volume of people is a factor we must be thinking about,” stated Ed Kail, Chair of the Safety Committee in Atlantic. “We need local residents to become more watchful for people that may do the unexpected on a bicycle because they are going to be all over town.”
There will be a few roads closed in Atlantic Sunday morning to keep citizens and riders as safe as possible. Both 22nd Street and 29th Street will be closed to westbound traffic at their intersections with Sunnyside Lane and Willow Street.
Sunnyside Lane from 22nd Street to 10th Street will be open only to RAGBRAI riders and persons living on Sunnyside Lane in that area.
Also, keep in mind support vehicles will enter the city from Interstate 80 Exist 57 which is on Olive Street and be directed to their campgrounds from 7th and Olive.
On Monday, riders will be taking the Elk Horn road as they head to Carroll.
July 22, 2011
HOMECOMING CEREMONIES SCHEDULED FOR IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNITS
(Camp Dodge) Community homecoming ceremonies for Iowa Army National Guard units mobilized as part of Operation Enduring Freedom will be held on Friday, July 22nd in Carroll and Council Bluffs. Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate and the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend these homecoming ceremonies.
Homecoming ceremonies will be held July 22 for the following Iowa Army National Guard units:
Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (Carroll). Homecoming ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Carroll High School football complex at 640 North Grant Road. Buses will enter Iowa via Interstate 35 South, then turn west on onto U.S. Highway 20, then south onto Iowa Highway 4, then west on Iowa Highway 175, then south on U.S. Highway 71, then east on U.S. Highway 30 to Carroll.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (Council Bluffs). Homecoming ceremony starts at 3:30 at the Mid-American Center. Buses will enter Iowa via Interstate 35 South to Des Moines, then west on Interstate 80 to Council Bluffs. At Exit 8, they'll turn west onto East Kanesville Boulevard to East Broadway, which merges into West Broadway to Pearl Street. They'll turn south onto Pearl Street, past Bayliss Park to Willow Avenue, to South 7th Stree and then south onto South 7th Street onto the South Expressway to 23rd Avenue. They'll then turn right onto 23rd Avenue to 29th Street and then south at 29th Street to the Mid-American Center.
CCMH BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSIDER CLOSING BEHAVORIAL HEALTH UNIT
(Atlantic) The future of the Cass County Health Systems Behavioral Health Unit is unknown. The issue was the main topic of discussion at Wednesday’s Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustee meeting.
“It is a very difficult decision and our board has been struggling with this for the past year,” stated Pat Markham, Cass County Memorial Hospital Administrator.
“The reason it is being discussed is once we became a critical access hospital, inpatient behavioral services are an impediment for our facility,” said Markham.“Because those are not reimbursed on a cost basis like our other services. Medicare pays for only about 62-percent of the cost of what is billed for those services.”
Markham says last year the unit lost $500,000, plus the current Behavioral Health Center is being demolished as part of the Hospital’s $21 million renovation project.
Markharm said, “When our board looks at it and we lose $500,000, and they look at the Cass County residents that use the service, they start wondering where their fiscal responsibility is compared to their community service piece.
In 2010, there were 252 total admissions, only 92 Cass County residents, and 160 non-residents.
Markham says the board has not a made any type of decision as of yet, and the discussion will continue.
July 21, 2011
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The victim of a motorcycle accident in Council bluffs early this (Thursday) morning has been identified as 39-year-old Charles Thompson of Bellevue, Nebraska.
Police say Thompson lost control of the motorcycle in the 1400 block of South 35th Street at around 2:00 a.m. The motorcycle fell over and the rider struck his head on the pavement. Thompson suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead the scene.
ATLANTIC REPORT ANOTHER ARREST IN JULY 8 INCIDENT
(Atlantic) A third person has been arrested on a warrant for an incident that occurred July 8.
Atlantic Police say, 38-year-old Katina Wilson, of Atlantic has been charged with Assault without Intent Causing Serious Injury. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
Thirty-three year old Steven Mahan and 30-year-old Tammy Bolin, both of Atlantic, were each arrested Tuesday on warrants for Assault without Intent Causing Serious Injury in connection with the same incident.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green would not comment on the incident because it si still under investigation.
July 21, 2011
TWO ARRESTS REPORTED IN AUDUBON COUNTY
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of 40-year-old Skeet Weston Miller of Stuart. Miller was arrested on Wednesday on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Interference with Official Acts. The charges on Miller come from an investigation of an April 3rd incident at a business in Kimballton. Miller was taken to the Audubon County Jail where he is being held.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s office also reports the arrest of 67-year-old Robert Daniel Low of Hamlin. Lowe was transported to the Audubon County Jail following his arrest that occurred at around 6:30 on Wednesday. Lowe has been charged with Public Intoxication and was released following an appearance before the magistrate. A preliminary hearing will be set.
IOWA STATE NEELY KINYON RESEARCH FARM FIELD DAY
(GREENFIELD) An Iowa State Neely Kinyon Research Farm Field Day will be held July 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Keith Booth, Director of the Wallace Foundation, said the topic will be Conservation.
“There will be a number of topics discussing no-till farming, the history of it, also adaptations for planters for no-till,” said Booth. “Also interesting will be Emily Heaton with Giant Miscanthis, which is new to this area as a perennial energy crop. Many of you are familiar with switch grass; this is like the next generation.”
The Field Day is free and open to the public with a complimentary dinner. Booth said kids are encouraged to attend because there will be an educational conservation trailer set up.
The Field Day will be held at the Neely Kinyon Research Farm located two miles south of Greenfield.
DROWNING VICTIM IN CLARINDA IDENTIFIED
(CLARINDA) The 11-year-old male who drowned Tuesday night in the Nodaway River at Clarinda has been identified as Deontae Haynes of Chicago.
The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday when five young people between the ages of 9 and 20 were swimming below a dam on the Nodaway River. Haynes was reportedly wading in the water when he stepped into water over his head and was pulled toward the dam by the undertow. 16-year-old Tamra Haley of Clarinda attempted to save him, but ingested water and had to be rescued by others at the scene. Haley was hospitalized at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Haynes was recovered in approximately 27-feet of water by divers and transported to the hospital in Clarinda where he was pronounced dead.
Conservation officers with the Iowa DNR, the Page County Sheriff’s Department, the Clarinda Police Department, the Clarinda Fire and Rescue, and several southwest Iowa dive teams all assisted at the scene.
PAGE COUNTY RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Clarinda man was sentenced to prison for Receipt of Child Pornography.
On July 18, Robert Eugene Glassgow, was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment. United States District Judge James Gritzner also ordered Glassgow to serve a ten year term of supervised release following incarceration.
On January 12, Glassgow was found guilty by jury verdict of Receiving Child Pornography. The verdict stemmed from evidence presented by the United States at trial establishing that Glassgow had built his own computer and had, by using a file sharing program, received videos and images depicting child pornography over the course of nine months.
The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation-Cyber
Crimes Unit, Clarinda Police Department, Page County Attorney’s Office and Department of
Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, and was prosecuted by the United States
Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
NUMEROUS CASS COUNTY ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests.
On Monday, 51-year-old Jeffrey Dale Mase of Atlantic was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $10,000 bond.
On Sunday, 19-year-old Cody Allen Mills of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.
Fifty-year-old Christopher Shackel Kendrick of Cumberland was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.
Twenty-nine year old Jacob Tyler Blaine of Massena was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was relased on his own recognizance later that day.
On Saturday, 22-year-old Noah James Mass of Carson was arrested for OWI 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance later that day.
On Friday, 22-year-old Randi Rae Krieg of Cumberland was arrested on a Clay County Warrant. She was transported to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $1,000 bond.
And on July 12th, 27-year-old RK Miko of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense as the result of a traffic stop. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
NEBRASKA MAN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFT IN CASS COUNTY, IOWA
(ATLANTIC) A North Platte, Nebraska man was arrested for 2nd Degree Theft, Motor Vehicle, in Cass County.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Jacob Lee Gronewold was arrested in connection with the theft of an S-10 pickup from Griswold, reported on January 25th. Gronewold was already being held at the Cass county Jail on charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine, on $100,000 bond. He now has an extra $5,000 additional bond because of the new charges.
A 16-year-old juvenile from Griswold was also cited into juvenile court on charges of 2nd Degree Theft, Motor Vehicle, in connection with this case.
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 109 MONTHS FOR CONSPIRING TO DELIVER MARIJUANA
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Council Bluffs man sentenced to prison for conspiring to deliver marijuana.
On July 18, Michael Tracy Snuttjer was sentenced to 109 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana. United States District Judge James Gritzner also ordered Snuttjer to serve a four year term of supervised release following incarceration.
On March 3, Snuttjer had entered a guilty plea in Federal Court in Council Bluffs, to Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana beginning as early as October, 2006, to on or about October, 2010, in the amount of 100 kilograms or more.
The investigation by law enforcement determined that Snuttjer was obtaining marijuana from Mexico and having it shipped or driven to the Council Bluffs area. In addition to being sentenced to 109 months, Snuttjer forfeited to the United States two Omaha, Nebraska condominiums, located in Omaha, as well as cash and other property.
The investigation was conducted by the South West Iowa Narcotics Task Force, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement, Department of
Homeland Security- Enforcement and Removal Operations, Internal Revenue Service and the
Drug Enforcement Administration, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
LANE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ON EB I680 IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Bridge construction work continues on eastbound Interstate 680 between I-29 (exit 71) and Pottawattamie County Road L-34 (exit 21) east of Crescent.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says the right lane is closed in the construction zone. The open lanes now have a 14-foot-6-inch width lane restriction. This project is expected to be completed by mid-November.
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION DURING RAGBRAI
(ATLANTIC) Thousands of bicycles will be hitting the road this weekend for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This Sunday, riders will be making their way from Glenwood to Atlantic for their first overnight stay.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said they are taking a number of steps to keep people as safe as possible this weekend. He warns motorists to be aware and drive like there are 15,000 bicycles on the roadway.
“The only way we can really keep them safe is for our local public, as well as the RAGBRAI personnel, to just realize that they’re going to have to take their time getting places, that there is going to be congestion and that there are going to be bicycles coming out of nowhere,” said Chief Green.
Chief Green said it would be best to completely avoid Highway 6 from Lewis to Atlantic on Sunday. “The reason being is there is such an influx and such a volume going to be coming up there and the shoulders of the road have rumble strips on them so it’s very difficult for the bicyclists to ride those rumble strips and after that there isn’t much shoulder for them to get over on, so a car coming down the roadway will obviously be a hazard,” said Chief Green. “It would be faster, literally, for people to take a different, longer route, to get to where they are going because they will have to drive so slowly going down highway 6 that it would take forever just to get to Lewis.”
And, with the hot weather forecast for this weekend, keep an eye out for anyone who may look ill. Chief Green said if you notice someone with symptoms of heat illness, give them some water and call for help.
“There are just a lot of things that we can do to put our best foot forward, be good hosts, it’s a large sporting event and for it to come to our town it’s truly an opportunity to put out the welcome mat and show them our best,” said Chief Green.
Chief Green said there will be road closures on 29th Street from Willow to Highway 6, and 22nd Street from Sunnyside to Highway 6. Officers will be in the area to keep watch and direct traffic.
All RAGBRAI support vehicles will use I-80 Exit 57. The traffic will come into Atlantic on Olive and then be directed to their campgrounds from Olive Street. Due to the large number of support vehicles, local traffic should avoid exit 57 and Olive Street.
Other areas of congestion include 10th Street between Olive and Highway 6, Sunnyside Park, Cass County Fairgrounds, and Roosevelt Drive.
On Monday, the riders will be leaving Atlantic by traveling from Sunnyside Lane to 6th Street, north on Front Street, and then proceeding north on Marne Road (Highway 173) to Elk Horn.
ONE PERSON INJURED IN MILLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) One person was sent to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Mills County Friday.
According to the report, 43-year-old Michelle Combs of La Plata, Missouri was entering the intersection on Highway 59 at 410th Street ½ north of Emerson and failed to yield. Combs was struck by a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Earle Alley of Omaha who had the right of way.
Combs was transported to the Red Oak Hospital by Red Oak Rescue.
APD REPORTS TWO ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests.
Thirty-three year old Steven Mahan and 30-year-old Tammy Bolin, both of Atlantic, were each arrested Tuesday on warrants for Assault without Intent Causing Serious Injury.
Both individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
TWO INJURED IN PAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT
(PAGE CO) Two people were injured in a four vehicle accident in Page County Tuesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 54-year-old Hugh Hollinrake of Adair, a Dodge mini-van driven by 22-year-old Richelle Hollinrake of Wallingford, a Subaru Impreza driven by 24-year-old Patricia Houghton of Lamoni, and a Kawasaki motorcycle driven by 26-year-old Jeffrey Lillard of Wiota, were all westbound on Highway 2. Hugh Hollinrake had stopped and signaled a left turn onto county road M48. Richelle Hollinrake was behind Hugh and failed to observe his actions and quickly braked and slowed, avoiding contact. Houghton was behind Richelle Hollinrake and took evasive action, driving onto the north shoulder of the roadway, avoiding contact. Lillard, who was behind Houghton, tried to slow down and avoid contact with Richelle Hollinrake’s vehicle, but failed and struck the right rear area of Hollinrake’s vehicle.
Jeffrey Lillard and passenger Elizabeth Lillard, also of Wiota, were both transported to the Shenandoah Hospital by Ambulance.
ATLANTIC PARK AND REC SET CLOSING DATES FOR POOL
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Municipal Pool will change their hours beginning August 15th. Atlantic Park’s and Rec. Director Roger Herring says the pool will be closed during the week beginning August 15, and open every weekend after that through Labor Day Weekend.
“The pool will be open the 20 through the 21, and Labor Day weekend,” stated Herring.
In other activity, Stuart Duesenberry volunteered to serve as Vice-Chair, and Chairperson Nancy Fredricksen will continue to serve as secretary… for now.
July 20, 2011
AUDUBON COURTHOUSE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT RESUMING SOON
(Audubon) At their meeting on Monday, the Audubon County Board of Supervisors submitted a contract proposal for Jansen Waterproofing, Inc. to the county attorney for review. The estimated cost of the project is $57,828. The contract proposal is for the third phase of a multi-year project to make improvements and help prevent any water damage to the Audubon County Courthouse. The board is hoping the contract will get approved and work will get underway shortly.
ELK HORN-KIMBALLTON SCHOOL OFFICIALS SEARCHING FOR NEW BAND DIRECTOR
(Elk Horn) The Elk Horn-Kimballton School District is looking for a new Band Director. Michelle Dickinson resigned to pursue a similar position at another Southwest Iowa School so the board began exploring their options including the possibility of sharing a band instructor with Audubon. Schnoes says after discussing that option with the board last night they decided to hire a full-time instructor.
“During the board meeting last night we sat down and looked at all of the different aspects that the band instructor does for us, not just the band part, but all of the other things that we would include as far as the lessons and helping cover some of the other programs that are going on, and the board really felt that we needed to bring back a full time person,” said Schnoes.
Schnoes says they have a couple of prospects that are recent college graduates and they plan to interview those two individuals on Thursday.
“We’re talking about two brand new individuals in the teaching profession, but both individuals come very highly recommended, very excellent in the field,” said Schnoes. “One graduated from the University of Iowa and the other one graduated from Simpson.”
In other activity, the board accepted the resignation of the school nurse Beth Hansen, and Steve Humphrey’s as Assistant High School Football Coach. They also approved Drivers Education contacts for Steve Blazek, Casey Pelzer, Paul McKay, and Dick Cassidy.
Mr. Schnoes says they are also in need of a Volleyball Coach, and need someone that would be interested in the Head Coaching job or as an assistant.
ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED AFTER HOME INVASION OF US CONGRESSMAN BOSWELL
(DECATUR COUNTY) Arrest warrants were issued Monday for two men believed to be involved in the Saturday, July 16th home invasion of US Congressman Leonard Boswell’s Decatur County farm. One suspect is now in custody. Law enforcement continues its efforts to locate the second suspect.
On July 19, 19 year old Cody John Rollins of Lamoni, was arrested without incident at his family’s home. Rollins is currently in the Decatur County Jail facing charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Assault While Participating in a Felony, Going Armed with Intent, and three counts of Robbery in the First Degree. Rollins is being held on $50,000 bond
The second suspect, 20 year old David Palmer Dewberry of Fremont, Nebraska, is still at-large. Dewberry’s whereabouts are unknown. There is a warrant for Dewberry's arrest. Law enforcement is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Dewberry. Dewberry is an African American male, 6’1” tall, and weighs approximately 155 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Dewberry is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 446-4111, or call 911.
At approximately 10:45 PM on Saturday, an armed intruder entered the home of Congressman Leonard Boswell. Also at home were the Congressman’s wife Dody Boswell, daughter Cindy Brown, and grandson Mitchell Brown. The intruder physically assaulted Congressman Boswell’s daughter and demanded money. Congressman Boswell then entered the room and a physical altercation ensued. Soon after, Congressman Boswell’s grandson entered the room carrying a shotgun. The intruder fled.
Congressman Boswell sustained minor scrapes and bruises during the altercation with the intruder. No other injuries were sustained by members of the Congressman’s family.
The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Leon Police Department, Lamoni Police Department, Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol initially responded to the call for assistance. Currently the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are assisting the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in conducting this ongoing investigation.
HIGH TEMPERATURES CAUSING PAVEMENT BLOWUPS
(AMES) Motorists traveling in Iowa should be aware that the mercury might not be the only thing to rise during the sweltering summer heat. Pavement blowups occur when thermal expansion forces the pavement to buckle and shatter. A number of such incidents have been occurring this week.
Unlike scheduled maintenance, pavement blowups occur spontaneously and motorists receive no advance warning. Once a blowup is reported, it takes time to erect a work zone and notify the public.
The Iowa DOT urges motorists to pay special attention to pavement surfaces when driving during afternoons with 90-degree or hotter temperatures. Use caution and reduce your speed when approaching broken pavement areas.
Motorists who witness a pavement blowup are asked to contact the nearest law enforcement agency to ensure traffic is routed around the blowup until work zone signage and repair crews are on the scene.
HOMECOMING SCHEDULED TOMMORROW IN RED OAK FOR IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT
(Red Oak) A homecoming ceremony is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at the high school football field in Red Oak for approximately 80 soldiers of Detachment 1, Co. F based in Council Bluffs.
Major Bill Backhaus, Rear Detachment Battalion Commander for the 168th Infantry says, the buses will enter Iowa via Interstate 35, head west on Interstate 80 and continue to the Highway 71/I-80 exist. They will proceed south on Highway 71 on the east edge of Atlantic and turn west at the Highway 34 exist.
“It will be a smooth transition and the buses should pass through the east edge of Atlantic between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon,” stated Backhaus.
Attending a homecoming ceremony is a great way to show support for servicemen and women who deploy into harm’s way in the defense of our nation and also provide hope for a bright peaceful future to citizens of other nations.
July 19, 2011
ARRESTS MADE IN DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE INVESTIGATION
(DENISON) Two people were arrested in Denison as a result of a Dependent Adult Abuse investigation.
Late last week, 40 year old Wendy Mosier and 48 year old Van Mosier of Denison, Iowa were arrested by law enforcement officials upon the completion of an investigation into Dependant Adult Abuse.
In December, 2010, the Denison Police Department, with the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, began a lengthy investigation into questionable financial expenditures involving Wendy Mosier. Mosier was employed by WESCO Industries in Denison from March, 2005 to January, 2011. During the course of Mosier’s employment, she was responsible for purchasing items for clients of WESCO, using the clients’ money, held in financial accounts controlled by WESCO.
WESCO is a facility that assists and cares for mentally disabled individuals.
Felony arrest warrants were issued in Crawford County late last week for Wendy Sue Mosier. Mosier was charged with Dependent Adult Abuse, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and 2 counts of Forgery.
Felony arrest warrants were also issued for Van Eugene Mosier, Wendy Mosier’s husband, in Crawford County. Mr. Mosier was charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm, and Possession of Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. The charges against Van Mosier were a result of information and evidence obtained after a search warrant was served at the Mosier home located in Denison.
Both Wendy and Van Mosier were arrested on Friday, July 15, 2011 without incident.
It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
HOMECOMING CEREMONY SET FOR SOUTHWEST IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT
(Shenandoah) Homecoming ceremonies are set today for three Iowa Army National Guard units mobilized as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Companies B and C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Grimes, and 3:30 p.m. in Shenandoah.
The Shenandoah ceremony includes Detachment 1, Company B based in Council Bluffs and Corning.
The units arrived in Afghanistan in November 2010, where the soldiers provided full spectrum operations in a combat theater, including lethal and non-lethal capabilities, support to Afghan National Army Police units, and assistance to humanitarian relief initiatives’.
July 19, 2011
WOMAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(Red Oak) A woman was arrested in Montgomery County Monday evening on a valid warrant for criminal mischief.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Alexandra Marie Sindt was taken into custody for 2nd degree criminal mischief.
Sindt was held on $5,000 bond.
July 19, 2011,
HOT WEATHER CREATES HIGHER ENERGY DEMANDS
(ATLANTIC) As the weather stays hot, the demand for energy gets higher and higher each day.
Alan Bonderman with Atlantic Municipal Utilities says it hasn’t created any problems yet and the energy supply is still good.
“The supplies are adequate, there is no shortage of supply in the Midwest at present, but what happens is you start using up all of your cheaper forms of supply like the coal plants and nuclear plants and you start using combustion turbines and diesel engines and forms of generation that are far more expensive,” said Bonderman. “The power costs during the extended long periods are extremely high.”
Bonderman said it is okay to turn your AC up a couple degrees, but also use fans because the draft will help you feel cooler than just the normal room temperature. Shut off any unnecessary appliances that may generate heat and shift usage for laundry and hot water into the evening hours when it has cooled down a bit.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY
(Atlantic) The Heat Index is expected to reach 111-to-116 degrees again today, which can be dangerous for people that over do it outside. Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon there are three facilities in Cass County that have opened their doors for people who need a break from the extreme heat. The cooling station in Atlantic, located at the Nishna Valley YMCA at 1100 Maple Street is open from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
The Anita Health and Wellness Center will be available as a cooling station from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Griswold Community Building will also be open to those attempting to escape excessive heat from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
MILLS COUNTY CRASH CLAIMS ONE LIFE
(Glenwood) A Nebraska man died from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Mills County.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 60-year-old Michael Eppenbach, of Ord, Nebraska where air-lifted to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha where he died. Two others were injured including, 36-year-old Jeffrey Eppenbach, of Waverly, Nebraska, and 60-year-old George Mills, of Waverly, Nebraska.
Mills was driving a Ford 150 Pickup northbound from the 32-mile marker Interstate 29 on ramp. Mills attempted a U-turn at the top of the ramp in a head-to-head construction area and collided with a northbound semi traveling on Interstate 29.The semi, whose driver was not listed struck the drivers side door.
The Accident remains under investigation.
July 18, 2011
MAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUFFERED IN HIT-N-RUN IN SHELBY COUNTY
(Shelby) A man involved in a hit-n-run accident in Shelby County this month has died from his injuries.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 31-year-old Mosadaq Aden, of St. Paul, Minnesota suffered a crushed pelvis and severe head injuries July 6 when he was struck by a car as he walked along an Interstate 80 exit ramp near Shelby. The driver fled the scene.
Aden had been traveling across the country, hitchhiking when he couldn’t find other transportation.
July 18, 2011
THREE ARRESTED IN ATLANTIC OVER THE WEEKEND
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend.
On Saturday, 36-year-old James Chelf of Atlantic was arrested for 4th Degree Criminal Mischief.
On Sunday, 23-year-old Joseph Fredericksen of Atlantic was arrested on two Cass County warrants for Public Intoxication and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief.
Also on Sunday, 25-year-old Shannon Lambson of Atlantic was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Publix Intoxication.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
PLANS SET FOR THE T-FRED GOLF TOURNAMENT
(Atlantic) The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Committee has announced plans for the 3rd Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, August 13, at the Nishna Hills Golf Course. Frederickson, the son of Darrin and Melanie Petty of Atlantic and Gary and Kari Frederickson of Council Bluffs, lost his life in a 2009 home fire.
In his honor, a four person best ball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in three flights and on every hole, including the opportunity to win a brand new car on Deter Motor Company's hole in one! A silent auction, t-shirt sales, and free will donation meal will be held all day in the club house with the public invited to attend. The meal will consist of a hot dog or hamburger, chips, and homemade cookie or bar.
Proceeds from the event have funded three annual scholarships and donations to a variety of recipients including the Atlantic Food Pantry, AHS Athletics Department, school and public libraries, Friends of Lake Anita's fishing clinic, Kiwanis Club's bicycle helmet program, Cass County Fair, Atlantic Parks and Recreation, Nishna Valley Family YMCA's Partnership With Youth program, Atlantic Nursing and Rehab's Easter egg hunt, Atlantic Little League's Trevor Frederickson Baseball/Softball Clinics, and The Compassionate Friends.
"There are numerous projects we feel would be worthwhile to support, but choose our recipients based on Trevor's specific interests," explained Petty, Fund representative. "To date, over $15,500 has been disbursed! We are so thankful for the tremendous support we receive at the tournament and throughout the year. It allows something positive to come out of something horrible, and that truly helps us get through."
For information about sponsoring a hole or donating to the silent auction, contact Melanie Petty at 712-249-3696 or email@example.com
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . Updates on the Fund's activities can be found in the Atlantic News Telegraph, on KSOM/KS95.7 and KJAN, or by following the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.
RAGBRAI OFFICIALS CAUTION DRIVERS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic RAGBRAI Committee is urging all residents to use caution while driving on Sunday, July 24th and Monday, Julys 25th, while in the Atlantic area.
Cyclists will be traveling into Atlantic on Highway 6 from Lewis on Sunday and they will be traveling throughout town to reach campsites and private homes. Authorities are urging everyone to avoid Highway 6 entirely that day.
All RAGBRAI support vehicles will use I-80 Exit 57, which is Olive Street. The traffic will come into Atlantic on Olive and then be directed to their campgrounds from Olive Street. Due to the large number of support vehicles, local traffic should avoid exit 57 and Olive Street.
Other areas of congestion include 10th Street between Olive and Highway 6, Sunnyside Park, Cass County Fairgrounds, and Roosevelt Drive.
On Monday, the riders will be leaving Atlantic by traveling from Sunnyside Lane to 6th Street, north on Front Street, and then proceeding north on Marne Road (Highway 173) to Elk Horn.
THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MILLS COUNTY
(GLENWOOD) One person was injured in a three vehicle accident in Mills County Friday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 21-year-old Maegen Duran of Johnstown, Nebraska was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by Lifenet following the accident that occurred at around 5:16 p.m.
According to the report, Duran was driving a 2000 Chevy S10 pickup southbound on I-29 and collided with 27-year-old Luke Edmonds of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, who was driving a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, also southbound on I-29. Duran’s vehicle entered the ditch and rolled. 35-year-old Tara Marie Cowherd of Omaha, who was driving a 2003 Toyota Highlander southbound on I-29, then struck Duran’s vehicle.
The accident remains under investigation.
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON I80 IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY
(UNDERWOOD) Two people were sent to the hospital following a two vehicle accident on I-80 in Pottawattamie County Friday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 83-year-old Leslie Wayne Johnson of Villisca was driving a 1988 Dodge Dynasty eastbound on I-80 and realized he was going the wrong direction. Johnson pulled off onto the right shoulder and attempted to cross both lanes into a prohibited u-turn area and was struck by a 2008 Chevy Impala driven by a 15-year-old female.
Both drivers were transported by personal vehicle to their doctors.
PAROLE BOARD RECOMMENDS GRISWOLD WOMANS SENTENCE NOT BE COMMUTED
(DES MOINES) A woman who pled down to 45 years in prison for intentionally setting fire to her Griswold home, killing two of her siblings, had her commutation hearing in front of the Iowa Board of Parole this morning.
“I know it was wrong and I know that they died and I just want maybe for you to be able to look at my sentence before my mandatory is up and maybe give me a chance before then,” said Tracey Dyess. “I’m not saying I want out now, but maybe before my mandatory is up.”
The Board unanimously recommended that her sentence NOT be commuted. That recommendation will now be sent to the Governor’s office for his final decision.
Iowa Radio Network
WOUNDED WARRIOR BENEFIT
(TREYNOR) American Legion Post #725 of Treynor is joining with American Legion Riders of Post #2, Council Bluffs, to host a benefit for families of soldiers injured in Afghanistan.
The benefit will be held July 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post #725 in Treynor. A memorial brick honoring Sgt. Maher will be placed on the plaza at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will be distributed to the families of Nick Jedlicka, Dustin Morrison and Brent Maher. Jedlicka and Morrison were wounded in a combat; Maher lost his life.
The posts are serving a dinner of pulled-pork sandwiches with all the fixings. There will also be hotdogs for the kids. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING
(DES MOINES) An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 7 am Tuesday for Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, and Page counties.
Afternoon highs will reach the low to mid 90’s today, the middle 90’s Saturday, and 95 to 100 Sunday and Monday. The 95 to 100 highs will likely continue Tuesday and Wednesday.
An Excessive Heath Watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Wednesday evening for Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Taylor, and Ringgold counties.
MANNING MEN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department arrested 28-year-old Anthony Bruns and 22-year-old Jason Mabbit, both of Manning, following a traffic stop July 9th.
Bruns was charged with carrying a weapon within 1000 feet of a city park, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mabbitt was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both individuals were transported to the Shelby County Jail.
TWO ARRESTED AT SHELBY COUNTY SPEEDWAY
(HARLAN) Two people were arrested at the Shelby County Speedway in Harlan July 9th.
The Harlan Police Department says 16-year-old Mathew Becker of Shelby was arrested when officers were called to the Speedway by a Security Guard. He was transported to the Harlan Police Department where he was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Becker was cited and released to the custody of his parents. The case was referred to Juvenile Court.
And, 19-year-old Lisa Johnson of Avoca was cited for minor in possession of alcohol after an officer observed her drinking alcohol. She was cited and released.
THEFTS REPORTED IN HARLAN
(HARLAN) The theft of a vehicle in Harlan is under investigation.
Harlan Police say Tammy Schwartz reported the theft of a 2003 GMC Yukon from their driveway on July 8th. The vehicle was recovered by the Omaha Police Department who have an ongoing investigation into the four individuals in the vehicle when it was located. The theft of the vehicle is still under investigation.
The Harlan Police Department has also taken several reports of copper theft. Those cases are still under investigation.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED FOR OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
(HARLAN) A Harlan was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence in connection with an incident on May 19th.
The Harlan Police Department says 25-year-old Shane Hill was the driver of a vehicle involved in a traffic stop. As a result of the investigation, evidence collected was submitted to the Division of Criminal Investigation. According to documentation from the DCI, Hill was found to have had methamphetamines and cannabinoids in his system at the time of the stop.
Hill was cited and released.
IOWA DOT PROVIDES UPDATE ON FLOODED ROAD CONDITIONS
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing the following update on road conditions in western Iowa.
At the present time, river levels are either holding steady or slowing dropping. Therefore, the continued threat to higher-risk roadway segments is contingent on the integrity of the levee systems or heavy rainfall.
Turn Around Don't Drown®
Flooding is a dynamic situation, ever-changing throughout the day. Motorists need to take extra precautions when traveling in areas where flooding is occurring or predicted.
- Use additional caution when traveling at night when it is difficult to see a flooded road ahead or water approaching the roadway from the side.
- If you must travel on roadways where water is nearby, give your full attention to the driving task and expect vehicles ahead to slow down or make sudden stops.
- Keep your focus on the road ahead, not on the water around you and adjust your speed for conditions.
Current road closures/restrictions
- I-29 Hamilton Boulevard interchange in Woodbury County: The southbound I-29 interchange ramps at Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City are closed. An alternative ramp has been constructed from southbound I-29 to Wesley Parkway/U.S. 77.
- UPDATE: I-29 in Pottawattamie County: The south- and northbound lanes of I-29 between milepost 55 (North 25th Street interchange in Council Bluffs) and the I-29/680 interchange at milepost 71 (near Loveland) are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
- I-29 from exit 24 (near Bartlett, Iowa) south across the Iowa/Missouri state line to the U.S. 136 interchange in Missouri (Mo. 110 exit, near Rock Port): The north- and southbound lanes are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
- I-680 in Omaha area: I-680 is closed from the I-29/680 interchange (exit 61 near Crescent) in Iowa to North 30th Street in Omaha, Neb. (exit 13). This closure includes the Mormon Bridge across the Missouri River. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
- Iowa 2 in Fremont County: Iowa 2 is closed from I-29 in Iowa to Nebraska City. Both east- and westbound lanes are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure. High-velocity flood waters from an earlier breach near Percival are presently flowing through this area making it very dangerous.
- UPDATE: Iowa 175 between I-29 (near Onawa) and Decatur, Neb.: The road is closed because of serious erosion occurring near the east abutment of the Decatur toll bridge. An area 250 feet east of the present embankment has been deemed unstable and unsafe, and subject to further erosion. Flood mitigation work to protect the roadway that is currently underway is being performed beyond the limits of the unsafe zone. The bridge and road will remain closed until the flood waters recede and major reconstruction work can be performed.
- Iowa 333 in Hamburg: Iowa 333 is closed from I-29 into Hamburg. Access to Hamburg is currently available via U.S. 275 in Iowa. This will be a longer-term closure.
Highway segments at higher risk of being closed due to flooding
- I-29 (north of Missouri Valley, between mileposts 77-78): TrapBag flood barrier walls have been installed in this area.
- I-29 (north of Modale, between mileposts 85-88): This is a levee-protected area. However, if a breach were to occur, the roadway could be inundated with several feet of flood water.
- UPDATE: I-29 (south of Blencoe, between mileposts 103-104): An emergency flood mitigation project is underway to raise the highway grade approximately 1 foot over a 4,200-foot stretch of the southbound lanes of I-29.
- I-29 (north of Blencoe, near mileposts 107 and 109): TrapBag flood barrier walls have been installed along the north- and southbound lanes of I-29.
- UPDATE: I-29/I-680 interchange: This interchange near Loveland was previously closed due to flooding. Flood mitigation work, including use of sandbags, barrier wall and pumps, allowed the roadway to reopen. Additional flood mitigation work, including construction of a dike and jacking of large drainage pipes under the roadway, has been completed.
- U.S. 30 west of Missouri Valley, including the Blair, Neb. bridge across the Missouri River: TrapBag flood barrier walls have been installed on the north and south sides of the road. This site remains on the “high risk” list because it is still vulnerable to a levee breach that would occur north of the highway. The TrapBags are intended to help prevent inundation of the roadway from any additional breaches occurring south of the highway.
- U.S. 34, between I-29 in Iowa and Plattsmouth, Neb.: This roadway is protected by a levee system, but remains at risk from a levee breach or overtopping. U.S. 34 remains open to travel, but bridge construction work (started before the flooding) is underway and traffic is being detoured in a head-to-head configuration on I-29. The Iowa DOT is developing plans to construct a crossover that will shorten the construction detour. It could be constructed as early as next week.
- UPDATE: Iowa 376 northbound (U.S. 75 Business-Lewis Boulevard): Flood mitigation work involving drainage plugs and pumps has allowed the ramp at this location to remain open.
- I-29, northbound and southbound lanes in Sioux City at the U.S. 77/Wesley Parkway underpass (between exits 148 and 149): Flood mitigation efforts will be deployed to try to prevent this low area from being flooded.
- I-29, northbound off-ramp to Dace Avenue in Sioux City (exit 147B or commonly known as the Downtown/Tyson Events Center): Flood mitigation efforts will be deployed to try to keep this ramp open.
- I-29, southbound exit ramp to Nebraska Street (exit 147B) in Sioux City: This area is dike protected, but would be inundated if the dike is breached or overtopped.
- UPDATE: I-29 (north of Whiting, near milepost 121): This area is at risk due to a connection between the Missouri River and a stream that flows under Berry Avenue and through the Badger Lake State Wildlife Management Area. The roadway could be affected if the water levels would increase. The water level is currently holding stable.
- I-29, from the Bellevue, Neb., interchange (exit 42) to the Bartlett interchange (exit 24): This area is at a lesser risk, but would be inundated if a levee is breached or overtopped.
- UPDATE: I-29 exit and entrance ramps at the Bartlett interchange, exit 24: This area is at risk due to ground water near the ramps.
- Iowa 127 near Mondamin: The Iowa DOT is monitoring areas east and west of Mondamin, near mileposts 0.8 and 1.5, but the risk of flooding is lower because the road is protected somewhat by a high ridge.
- Iowa 370 west of I-29, including the Bellevue, Neb. Missouri River crossing: This area is levee protected. Levee reinforcement work was performed in an area just south of Iowa 370.
CHANGE IN I29 ROAD CLOSURE LOCATION IN COUNCIL BLUFFS
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that the road closure point for Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs has been changed to exit 55, the North 25th Street interchange. The road had been closed to exit 54B, the North 35th interchange, due to an emergency repair project being performed by the city.
Both the south- and northbound lanes of I-29 remain closed between exit 55 in Council Bluffs and exit 71 near Loveland due to the flooding. This is expected to longer-term closure.
HARLAN FFA HONORED AT SHELBY COUNTY FAIR
(HARLAN) Harlan FFA was honored at the Shelby County Fair today (Friday) as the top chapter in the state for the FFA Chapter Challenge pilot program, sponsored by Monsanto.
Monsanto representatives presented Harlan FFA with a $1500 check to be used at the National FFA supply service for any FFA supplies they may need. Harlan FFA Advisor Dan Leinen said this was a huge boost for the chapter.
“It’s a very nice honor; we’re very appreciative to Monsanto, $1,500 for FFA merchandise will go a very long ways,” said Leinen. “We’ll probably be using it for awards for our students at banquets, we may put in some money for a scholarship type deal, but it’s a huge boost to our chapter. We had a lot of area farmers and we even had some out of state farmers that contacted us and voted for us.”
Justine McCall, the new Ag Instructor in Harlan, said this is a good sign for the future.
“It just shows that Harlan has a good chapter already, I’m just honored that I can be a part of it,” said McCall. “Coming into a good chapter is a lot of pressure but that’s awesome that they’re already successful.”
FFA members in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia, and Alabama took this opportunity to make meaningful connections with area farmers, and farmers then voted for their favorite chapter. Twenty-five chapters across Iowa were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, which was made possible through National FFA and Monsanto. The chapter that received the most votes won a trip to this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The top 10 chapters in each state were awarded a $1,500 certificate of credit. The second prize chapters received FFA merchandise gift certificates.
THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(Red Oak) The Iowa Department of Transportation reports a three vehicle accident on Highway 34 Thursday evening.
According to the report, a Ford Contour driven by Katherine Renee Carpenter of Omaha was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of 200th Street and Highway 34. The vehicle proceeded northeast through the intersection striking a westbound Chevy Malibu driven by David Anthony Daquila of Lake Ozark, Missouri. As a result of the collision, Daquila's vehicle then struck a Ford Ranger driven by David Wayne McFarland of Red Oak. McFarland was stopped at the stop sign southbound on 200th Street at the time his vehicle was struck by Daquila's vehicle. Carpenter, the driver of the Ford Contour, was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign. She and her passenger Denise Roschelle Smith each suffered injuries and were taken to the Montgomery County Hospital by Red Oak Rescue.
FOUR TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN FREMONT COUNTY CRASH
(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff's Office reports a single vehicle accident that occurred in the 3000 block of Highway 59.
According to the report, a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada driven by 33-year-old Shawna Caniglia of Omaha was Southbound when when a flat tire caused her to lose control of the vehicle and leave the roadway. The vehicle rolled one and a half times and three of the four passengers were ejected from the car. Two of those passengers were taken by Shenandoah Rescue to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. The two other passengers were taken to Grape Community Hospital by Hamburg Rescue.
MILLS COUNTY ISSUES MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER
(MILLS CO) A Mandatory Evacuation Order was issued today by the Mills County Board of Supervisors and Mills County Emergency Management, affecting 4 residences in northwest Mills County. The Evacuation area includes the following: Alcorn Avenue west of the road closure located approximately ¼ mi. west of the Alcorn Avenue and Allis Road intersection. The evacuation area includes the following 911 Addresses: 16544, 16546, 16573 and 16683 Alcorn Ave. A copy of the Mandatory Evacuation Order and evacuation routes is being hand delivered to each residence in the affected area. Due to the rise of interior ground water east of the Mills County Levee system, various roads in this area are becoming impassable. The Levee System in Mills County is currently patrolled by the Iowa Army National Guard, the Levee and Drainage District Staff and Emergency Management. There are no immediate threats from the Levee system at this time.
Residents in the evacuation area are required to evacuate as soon as possible, but no later than 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011. If residents in this area need assistance with the evacuation process or a shelter site, please contact the following agencies: Mills County Communication Center – 712-527-4871 or Mills County Public Health at 712-527-4231.
Every effort will be made to leave utilities on in the affected area as long as possible. Those residences deemed unsafe due to water accumulation or impassable road conditions will be disconnected. Decisions to disconnect additional customers in the affected area will be made based upon changing safety conditions. MidAmerican Energy will make every effort to notify customers prior to disconnections.
Flood damage to area homes should be reported to Mills County at 712-527-4231. Residents are encouraged to call the Mills County Flood Center Hotline at 211 or access the website at www.millscountyflood.org for ongoing updates. Both options will provide additional information, help for those in need, opportunities for volunteer sign up and a place to list available resources. Code Red is an additional emergency notification system that will be important during this time and residents are encouraged to sign up on the website.
GOVERNOR APPROVES PROCLAMATION FOR STATE INDIVIDUAL ASSITANCE GRANT PROGRAM
(DES MOINES) Governor Branstad today approved a proclamation to enact the State Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program will be made available to Iowa residents living in the flood affected counties of Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont.
The State Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants to families with household incomes at or below twice the federal poverty index. The maximum grant a family can receive is $5,000. The program is launched with a governor's declaration and at the request of local officials. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and need to provide all receipts for replacement items claimed.
For an application and instructions, see http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Assistance_Programs/CashAssistance/DisasterAssistance/StormHelp.html or visit the “Storm Help” link on the front page of the Department of Human Services Website, dhs.iowa.gov.
LEWIS DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED
(Lewis) Jon Martens, Director of Water Operations for the Atlantic Municipal Utilities says the high nitrate problem in Lewis has been corrected and the water is safe for infants to drink.
Martens says on July 8, the customers of the city of Lewis Water Supply were notified of a problem with their drinking water and were advised to run a confirmation sample on the finished water and run a raw water sample, because a treatment working sample was taken at the wrong tap.
The PWS is working to have the violation invalidated. They are pleased to report that the problem has been corrected and that it is no longer necessary to take precautions about giving water to infants under six months of age.
July 14, 8:00 a.m.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT THIS WEEKEND
(OMAHA) An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Tuesday evening for Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page, and Madison counties.
Afternoon high temperatures will reach the low to mid 90’s Friday and then the 95 to 100 degree range Saturday through Tuesday. Heat index values are expected to reach 105 to 110 each day, with overnight heat indices only cooling to around 80.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives, neighbors, and pets. Temperatures within vehicles can become lethal in a matter of minutes. Never leave children or pets in vehicles.
National Weather Service
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES AT IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS THAT HOUSE NEW PROGRAM
(Atlantic) Construction continues at the Iowa Western Community College Campus in Atlantic for the Design Technology program set to begin this fall. Last February, Iowa Western Community College Officials announced that they were receiving the
Largest in-kind corporate contribution ever received by the college.
“There is a great deal of progress going on right now it is just amazing how this is moving along ,” stated Ann Pross, Cass County Center Director. She says the addition is being built into some unfinished space in the facility and there will be about 3700-square feet designed to the “Design Technology Program.
There will be a large computer lab where the primary 30-station lab will be located and home for the software program and some different things like that. There will also be a location for students at a small lab setting where they will be able to video conference with partners globally to internships and other project designations.
“This has the latest of all technology and skills that students will be able to achieve and sample without ever leaving our community.”
Siemens PLM Software presented a grant to the Atlantic campus for $65.2 million to enhance the career opportunities of students at Iowa Western, increase the availability of skilled workforces of Iowa and Nebraska businesses to help them grow. It’s a virtual program where students can design, develop, introduce products to market, all virtually on a computer without ever having a company outlay cash for manufacturing.
July 14, 7:00 a.m.
DNR REMOVES NO-WAKE BOATING RESTRICTION ON BLUE LAKE
(ONAWA) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has lifted the no-wake restriction for boating on Blue Lake, in Lewis and Clark State Park, near Onawa.
The DNR had closed the lake and park for precautionary reasons based on potential impacts of the Missouri River. On July 1, the DNR reopened the park to day use and the lake to no-wake boat traffic. The campground however, remained closed.
The DNR will meet early next week to review the condition of the entire park and projected Missouri River releases.
SEVEN PEOPLE INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
(BOONE CO.) A two vehicle accident in Boone County sent seven people to the hospital Wednesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 26-year-old Ashley Sabatka of Omaha was driving a 1998 Toyota Avalon southbound on Snedden Drive and failed to yield from a stop sign. Sabatka’s vehicle was struck broadside by a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 20-year-old Sarah Conry of Harlan who was traveling westbound on Highway 30.
Ashley Sabatka was transported to Mercy Hospital by helicopter. Sarah Conry, 5-year-old Nathan Sabatka of Omaha, 21-year-old Monica Madsen of Melbourne, 20-year-old Rose Koester of Gladbrook, 26-year-old Amanda Valentin of Ames, and 20-year-old Jacqueline Carlson of Red Oak, were all transported to area hospitals by ambulance.
ATLANTIC SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES RANDOM DRUG SEARCH
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board agreed to allow School Resource Officer Corey Larsen to conduct unannounced school searches in the Middle School and High School this coming school year.
“We did run into a couple of drug issues this past year and I want to talk to the board about K-9 searches.” Stated Larsen.
During the search the school goes into a “lockdown” and students must remain in the classrooms with their bags in the hallway. “We all know that kids these days carry book bags and don’t use their lockers and most everything they have is in those book bags,” said Larsen. Who adds, there will be at least two school officials with the officers during the search which will include the lockers, commons area, employee lounges, and the bathroom. “I know the kids are moving drugs back and forth in the bathroom but it’s hard to catch them.”
He says if someone has drugs or drug related material in their possession or on their person, a citation may be issued to the student, or, they may be placed under arrest. The student and their belongings will be taken to the Principal’s Office and searched by school officials.
July 13, 2011, 7am
ONE SENT TO HOSPITAL IN SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT
(Harlan) The Shelby County Sheriff's Office was called to a two vehicle accident Wednesday morning. The accident occurred north of Harlan at the 1400 block of Highway 59. Both vehicles were north bound when a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by 58-year-old Teresa Wagamen of Harlan slowed down to take a left turn and was struck by a 2001 Ford F250 pickup driven by 17-year-old Rachel Ferry of Kirkman. Wageman was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital and Ferry refused treatment. Ferry was cited for failure to stop in a clear and assured distance.
BIG INCREASE IN WHOOPING COUGH CASES LOCALLY AND STATEWIDE
(Atlantic) The number of pertussis cases in Iowa rose sharply in 2010.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, pertussis or whooping cough cases rose 229-percent. Cass County Community Health Systems Coordinator Denise Coder says they had 21-cases of the vaccine-preventable disease, which was up 21-percent from the previous year.
Coder said, “Some of the research is showing that those baby shots that we might have gotten when we were younger wane in their protection for certain diseases after a period of time. At one we thought pertussis wasn’t one of those but now we are thinking it might be.”
Coder says the 21-Cass County cases were predominately adolescents. So last fall Cass County Health Systems took a proactive approach and did a full-based pertussis vaccination to100-students.
“But another group that could benefit from the vaccine is our adults,” stated Coder. “So we have made a real effort to get to our eligible adolescents but there are still a lot of adults that could benefit from that booster. Because pertussis is one of those diseases we see recycle every two years so we will get a break for about 2-years before it appears again.”
While the statewide whooping cough cases showed an increase, the number of vaccine-preventable diseases dropped compared to a three-year average.
July 13, 2011
AUDUBON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FILL DEPUTY VACANCY
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office recently filled a Deputy position. Sheriff Todd Johnson says Jason Rokke, who is originally from Belmond, Iowa, is the new Deputy.
“He’s a graduate of Simpson College in 2006 and he was working at National Insurance in their security department before coming to us,” said Sheriff Johnson.
Sheriff Johnson says Rokke was hired to fill an officer vacancy.
“We had a Deputy that resigned earlier this year and we’ve been doing about a two month hiring process,” said Johnson. “We have to go through the Civil Service Commission, they have to take a post test, physical agility test, psychological test and we do the interviews and a background investigation before we can even offer the position.”
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department consists of 4-deputies and a Sheriff.
THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE FEDERAL MONEY FOR SAFE ROOMS
(Des Moines) Three Southwest Iowa school districts will receive federal funding for safe rooms in the event of a tornado.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has approved nearly $3.3 million in funding for projects in Creston, Lenox, and West Des Moines over the past three months.
The safe rooms will be designed to withstand winds of 250 miles per hour. They typically shelter an entire building’s population and are often used as gyms, cafeterias, and libraries on a daily basis.
GLENWOOD MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man was injured in a single vehicle accident in Mills County Tuesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 51-year-old Eric Harris was driving a motorcycle on the on-ramp to Interstate 29 northbound from Highway 34 westbound. Harris was traveling to fast to make the curve and lost control. He entered the west ditch where the motorcycle went down onto its right side and continued in a northwesterly direction striking some fence posts and then entered into the water that was standing in the ditch.
Harris was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by Pacific Junction.
ATLANTIC CRAZY DAYS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
(Atlantic) Since the 1950’s, Crazy Days in Atlantic has provided big savings for customers and an increased consumer base for businesses. Crazy Days 2011 is slated for this weekend.
Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Membership and Special Projects Coordinator Megan Roberts says while many communities have similar sales events, Atlantic’s retail base makes Crazy Days a unique event. Rich Perry of Geis-Perry Jewelry has been a part of Atlantic’s Crazy Days as a retailer and as a member of the special promotions and events committee since the 1970’s. Perry says he has seen a lot of changes over the years. Tim Cappel at Cappel’s Ace Hardware says the biggest benefit is in the number of people that come through the door.
FIVE PEOPLE INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
(RED OAK) Five people were sent to the hospital following a rollover accident in Montgomery County Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Eligah Cole Ryan Newkirk of Nodaway was driving a 2008 Ford Fusion, owned by 73-year-old Goldie Ann Adams of Red Oak, southbound on J Avenue approaching the intersection of 230th Street when a deer allegedly entered the roadway. Newkirk swerved to miss the deer and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the southeast ditch of the intersection, rolled and came to rest on its top.
Red Oak Rescue transported all five occupants to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for observation of their injuries. Their names were not released.
LAKE CITY WOMAN KILLED IN CARROLL COUNTY ACCIDENT
(CARROLL) One Person was killed and two others were injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in Carroll County Monday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 19-year-old Janelle Woods of Lake City was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition westbound on 170th Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went off onto the right shoulder and Woods steered hard to the left and lost control. The vehicle rolled several times off the roadway to the left.
Woods and one rear passenger were ejected. Woods died from injuries sustained in the accident. Two passengers, 28-year-old Roger Hickerson and 27-year-old Ashley Hahn received serious injuries.
PRAIRIE ROSE LAKE PROJECT TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
(Harlan) The Prairie Rose Lake restoration project is set to begin. The Lake will be drained next week.
Bryan Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the plan is to hold the lake dry through the winter and in the spring of 2012 shut the gate and start refilling the lake,
Hayes says, the excessive sediment and nutrients in the 175-acre lake is interfering with the fish population. “The best thing for Prairie Rose is to re-do the lake… re-do the fish population and improve the water quality and overall health of the fishery there.”
The total cost of the project is around $3-million and the return on the local economy should be significant. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t triple or even quadruple the number of people that use the lake. There will be more people come through town and buy fuel, ice and other supplies, so locally they should see alittle impact from a restored Prairie Rose,” said Hayes.
Prairie Rose Lake has an economic impact of $3.37 million and the campground hosts more than 21,000 camper nights per year. The campground and other park facilities will remain open during the project.
TRACY DYESS TO HAVE COMMUTATION HEARING FRIDAY
(Des Moines) A Griswold woman will have a commutation hearing with the Iowa Board of Parole Friday.
In 2005, Tracy Dyess, now 24-years-old, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for setting fire to her Griswold home, killing her two siblings. Dyess said she set the fire to kill her stepfather, Brian Street, because of sexual abuse. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren hopes the board recommends she stay in prison.
"I would not view her as a very good parole or commutation candidate and I'm hopeful and confident that the people making those decisions will see the same thing that I do," said McLaren. "I guess facts of the case that law enforcement know, that the public may or may not, I would not like to see her back in society at this time.”
The Iowa Board of Parole is expected to make a recommendation within a few weeks to Governor Branstad.
HARKIN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $5 MILLION FOR HOUSING IN IOWA
(WASHINGTON DC) Senator Tom Harkin today announced that 48 Iowa Public Housing Agencies will receive a total of $5,049,415. The funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development though the Capital Fund Program, which provides for the financing, development and improvement of public housing in communities across the country.
In southwest Iowa, the Afton Housing Commission will receive $31,136; Corning Housing Commission, $43,361; and Stanton Housing Commission, $18,836. Low Rent Housing Agencies receiving fund; Clarinda, $72,721; Essex, $14,187; Lenox, $27,293; Farragut, $19,825; Hamburg, $23,391; Missouri Valley, $48,538; Mount Ayr, $24,253; Onawa, $58,215; Red Oak, $47,638; Sidney, $18,318; Winterset,$41,850; Malvern, $18,196; Shenandoah, $75,028; Tabor, $20,129; and Villisca, $43,852. The Municipal Housing Agency in Council Bluffs will receive $290,779 and Manning, $26,383.
WORK BEGINS ON FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECT SOUTH OF BLENCOE ON I29
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that work will be starting Wednesday on a flood-mitigation project located south of Blencoe on Interstate 29.
The southbound lanes of I-29 will be closed because the roadway is being elevated approximately 1 foot to prevent flood waters from inundating the highway.
I-29 southbound will be closed between exit 95 (Harrison County Road F-20) and exit 105 (Monona County Road E-60). The I-29 southbound ramp at the Blencoe interchange will also be closed.
The project is expected to be completed by July 22.
LANE RESTRICTIONS ON IOWA 141 BETWEEN JAMAICA AND PERRY BEGIN THURSDAY
(CRESTON) Road construction work will reduce Iowa 141 to one lane between Iowa 4 (west of Jamaica) and Iowa 144 and Dallas County Road P-58 (near Perry) beginning Thursday, weather permitting.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office says motorists will be assisted through the construction work zone by flaggers and a pilot car. The roadway will return to normal traffic patterns when workers are not present. A 16-foot width lane restriction will also be in effect. The project is expected to be completed by early October.
C&M AND ANITA SCHOOL BOARDS HOLD FINAL MEETING
(Anita) The new CAM School Board met for the first time Monday night since the re-organization of the C&M and Anita School Districts.
Gary Dinkla, is the President and the other board members include, Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinzie, Todd McKee, and Randy Rabe. Those six members were appointed by the respected boards to serve on the new CAM school district board, the three board members that were not appointed received plaques for their years of service. They are Rob Ticknor, Jennifer Holste, Sean South, Jeff Gregersen and Julie Williamson.
The board approved the resignation of Head Volleyball Coach Chris Jahnke, and hired Assistant Volleyball Coach Zeli Rasmussen to take over as the new head coach. Brianne Beuter was hired as the assistant coach.
In other activity the CAM School Board voted to keep book and lunch fees the same as a year ago.
July 12, 2011
THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN FREMONT COUNTY
(SIDNEY) Two people were sent to the hospital following a three vehicle accident in Fremont County Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Office says Alexandria Snyder of Macedonia was driving a 1998 Ford F150 northbound on Highway 59 when she was adjusting her radio and did not see the vehicles stopped in front of her. Snyder tried to brake but rear-ended a 2002 Hyundai that was driven by Andrea Candamil of Omaha. Candamil was stopped on Highway 59 waiting for an unknown semi to turn left on 250th Street. The impact pushed Candamil’s vehicle into a 2005 Lexus CX driven by Elaine Baumann of Town & Country, Missouri, who was also waiting for the semi to turn left.
Andrea and Ilse Candamil were both transported to the Shenandoah Hospital by Shenandoah Rescue with minor injuries. All other victims appeared uninjured and refused treatment. Snyder was cited for Following to Close.
Shenandoah Fire, Shenandoah Rescue and the Page County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
IOWA DOT’S TEMPORARY FLOOD CALL CENTER TO CLOSE AT 1 PM
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is deactivating its temporary flood-related road information call center as of 1 p.m. today.
Closures continue on sections of Interstate 29 and I-680 (in Council Bluffs), Iowa 333 in Hamburg, Iowa 2 from I-29 west to Nebraska City, Neb., and the Iowa 175 bridge between Onawa, Iowa, and Decatur, Neb. While these closures are expected to be longer term, travelers are finding adequate alternative routes.
The Iowa DOT will continue to issue periodic news releases on the progress of work on the Iowa 175 bridge, as well as other flood-mitigation projects that may be necessary in the coming weeks.
For a complete listing of roads closed due to flooding, visit iowadot.gov and click on the “Flooding Ahead” sign.
Iowa travelers can continue to call 511 for automated road closure information. For out-of-state callers interested in Iowa road closure information, the automated information is available by dialing 800-288-1047 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
The Iowa DOT sincerely appreciates the cooperation shown by the public during this disaster in being attentive to the dangers of driving on flooded roadways and taking the necessary detours.
HARLAN FFA NAMED AS TOP CHAPTER IN FFA CHAPTER CHALLENGE
(HARLAN) Harlan FFA has been voted as a top chapter in their state by area farmers in the FFA Chapter Challenge pilot program, sponsored by Monsanto Company. FFA members in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama took this opportunity to make meaningful connections with area farmers, and farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter.
Twenty-five FFA chapters across Iowa were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge Grand Prize, which was made possible through National FFA and Monsanto. The chapter that received the most votes won a trip to this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22, for six students and one adviser. The trip is valued at $6,500.
The top 10 chapters in each state were awarded a $1,500 certificate of credit as first prize. The remaining 55 prizes were awarded to the overall top chapters, not to include those that ranked in the top 10 for their state. The second prize chapters received FFA merchandise gift certificates. These certificates of credit can be used with the national office for items such as blue jackets, convention fees and more.
To see a full list of 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit ffachapterchalllenge.com.
BIRCH STREET CLOSED BETWEEN 7TH AND 14TH IN ATLANTIC
(Atlantic) Construction continues on Birch Street in Atlantic between 7th and 14th street. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the project is scheduled to be completed within a month with weather permitting. Birch Street is being fully reconstructed as opposed to just a resurfacing. Eleven other street projects are scheduled to get underway in Atlantic this year.
ATLANTIC WOMAN CHARGED WITH OWI
(Atlantic) an Atlantic woman was arrested on alcohol related charges over the weekend.
According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Richelle Ann Smith was taken into custody on a charge of First Offense OWI.
Smith was released on her own recognizance.
1:00 pm, July 11, 2011
$28.2 MILLION DOLLARS AWARDED TO IOWA COMMUNITIES
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Department of Economic Development awarded Community Development Block Grant funds to support 88 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.
In southwest Iowa, Anita will receive $500,000, Cumberland $200,000, Essex $287,000, Griswold $500,000, Lenox $225,000, and Mondamin $116,000, for Sanitary Sewer collection improvements. Creston will receive $600,000 for Water Distribution System Improvements. Panora will receive $500,000 for Water Treatment Plant improvements. And, Minden will receive $300,000 for Water Tower construction.
Atlantic will receive $484,500 dollars for rehabilitation of 13 owner-occupied single family units. Bedford will receive $241,000 for 6 units, Harlan will receive $373,000 for 10 units, Logan will receive $383,000 for 10 units, Mount Ayr will receive $203,500 for 5 units and Shenandoah will receive $373,000 for 10 units.
EGG PRODUCERS AND HUMANE SOCIETY REACH AGREEMENT ON LAYING HEN CAGES
(Washington) The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States announced an historic agreement Thursday to phase out the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens and establish other treatment standards. Doug Steele, of Steele Land and Livestock an Anita Farmer and Angus Seedstock Producer discussed the issue during his show “The Herdsman” last week.
“The agreement reached by the two entities is to pursue legislation to go to an enriched colony housing system from the conventional cages that are currently used in the industry today,” stated Steele. “The new system contains a nest, some perches, and a scratch area.”
Steele says it will cut building populations in half. “The new cages will be 124-square inches for white hens and 144-square inches for brown hens. So we are talking buildings that used to house 125,000 birds, will only house 65,000-to-75,000 birds now.”
This agreement will become a national standard that would phase-out battery cages and gradually require cages that would give many hens more space and allow hens to express natural behaviors. It would also require companies to indicate on carton labels how the hens that produced their eggs were treated.
The Humane Society says the bill would improve the lives of hundreds of millions of hens.
Tom Robinson,Noon, July 11, 2011
MILLS COUNTY ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reported six arrests over the weekend.
On Friday, 27-year-old Amber Chandler of Calico Rock, Arkansas was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was held on $1,300 bond. And, 61-year-old Stephen Youngers of Mt View, Arkansas was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was held on $6,000 bond.
On Saturday, 50-year-old Paul Neal White, listed as homeless, was arrested for OWI 4th Offense. He was held on $5,000 bond.
On Sunday, 43-year-old William Stanton of La Vista, Nebraska was arrested for Speeding, Driving While Revoked, and Failure to have SR-22 on File. He was held on $2,300 bond. And, 49-year-old Pam June Dooley of Glenwood was arrested for Aiding/Abetting Protection Order Interference.
And, 31-year-old Gregory Edward Buelow of Pacific Junction was arrested today (Monday) for No SR22 on File and Driving Under Suspension. He was held on $1,300 bond.
ANITA MAN JAILED ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGES
(Atlantic) An Anita man faces charges of Serious Domestic Assault following an incident in Anita over the weekend.
Anita Police say, 24-year-old Matthew Quinn Bonnesen was taken to the Cass County Jail and released on his own recognizance.
HIGH WINDS FLATTEN CORN IN SOME SOUTHWEST IOWA CORNFIELDS
(Atlantic) High winds flattened corn in some Cass County cornfields early this morning.
“I have been out a little bit this morning west of Atlantic and there is some corn that is pretty flat in a few places,” stated Aaron Saeugling, Southwest Iowa’s field agronomist for Iowa State University. “I noticed a couple of pockets where it appears we had straight line winds gusting upwards of 50-miles per hour.”
Saeugling admits there is not much a grower can do about it, except take note and harvest those fields early.
HIGH WINDS ROLL THROUGH THE AREA
(Atlantic) High winds blew through southwest Iowa early this morning blowing down tree branches and dumping heavy rain. However, most of the damage occurred in eastern Iowa.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Cass, Southern Audubon, Adair and Guthrie Counties at around 2:05 a.m.
“We had a pretty strong storm come across the Omaha area and move through West Central Iowa including the Atlantic and Audubon areas where it really began to strengthen,” stated Donavan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “We did have reports of winds gusts of 50-miles per hour through here causing some tree damage.”
Donavan says the storm continued to build strength as it moved east into Des Moines with reports of 64-miles per hour winds that caused a lot of tree damage. And the storm intensified even more in eastern Iowa. “It really started to strengthen just east of Des Moines,” said Donavan. “There is a lot of structural damage particularly around Marshalltown.”
Donavan says the storm moved into the Cedar Rapids area causing extensive damage there early this morning.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION INTO GLENWOOD RESOURCE CENTER CLIENT ACTIVITY CLEARING ACCOUNT
(DES MOINES) The State Auditor’s Office has released a report on a special investigation of the Glenwood Resource Center and Client Activity Clearing Account. The special investigation was requested by Center Officials as a result of concerns regarding improper use of the Clearing Account by Carol Tibben, the former Patient Accounting Clerk in the Business Office.
State Auditor David Vaudt reported Ms. Tibben made 17 unauthorized cash withdrawals from the Clearing Account, which totaled $3,360 between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Of that amount, she re-deposited $2,510 before she resigned on June 21, 2010. The remaining $850 has not been repaid. Tibben also prepared an unauthorized cash withdrawal of $200 which was not withdrawn from the Clearing Account before she was confronted by the Acting Superintendent regarding inconsistencies identified by staff. There were also a total of 477 voided cash withdrawals totaling $45,421, including withdrawals improperly prepared by Tibben.
The Glenwood Resource Center’s mission is to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing comprehensive services to accomplish individualized goals. The Center deposits all funds received by its clients in the Clearing Account and maintain an individual ledger account for each client showing deposits, withdrawals and the balance in their account. Clients may use the funds in the accounts for various activities including field trips, shopping, movies, groceries and other personal items.
A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and online at auditor.iowa.gov.
RAGBRAI ON THE ROOF COMING TO ATLANTIC HY-VEE FRIDAY
(Atlantic) RAGBRAI is less than two weeks away, and the local organizing committee is hoping to get the community excited about the event. T-shirt sales are in full swing, and Hy-Vee will host a special promotion on Friday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"We'll have members of the Atlantic RAGBRAI Organizing Committee on top of the roof cycling all day," says Kipp Harris, General Chair. "We're hoping everyone will come to the store, purchase a t-shirt, and help us get everyone excited about this event."
T-shirts featuring the "Cokes, Spokes & Wonderful Folks" logo will be available for $12 and $14. Youth and adult sizes are available in both gray and black.
Locals who wear the t-shirt on Sunday, July 24 will get free entry into the beer garden and entertainment area next to the Rock Island Depot. Admission without the shirt is $5.
RED OAK POLICE REPORT ARREST
(Red Oak) Red Oak Police report the arrest of 32-year-old Amy Lous Nease of Red Oak. Nease was arrested Friday for Illegal Resistance to Order. She was held on $1,400 cash only bond.
RED OAK POLICE RECEIVE THEFT REPORT
(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department took a report of a theft from the Red Oak Swimming pool that occured on June 29th. A black ipod valued at $250 was reported as stolen. Anyone with informatoin is asked to call the police department at 712-623-6500 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
CORNING MAN FACES THEFT CHARGE IN ADAMS COUNTY
(Corning) The Adams County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 29-year-old Kurtis Hillerbrand of Corning. Hillerbrand was arrested Friday afternoon and faces theft charges. He was transported to Adams County and held on $1,000 bond.
CHAMBER ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH RAGBRAI APPROACHING
(Atlantic) The RAGBRAI Organizing Committee is still in need of many volunteers for Sunday, July 24th, and those interested in helping are encouraged to sign up now. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt to wear on July 24th, and wearing the shirt will also give them free entrance to the entertainment area to see The Nadas perform.
Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of areas including the Information Center,
Beverage Garden, Traffic and Parking, and Shuttle/Bus Stops.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, please call 243.3017 or visit www.atlanticiowa.com/ragbrai to fill out our online form.
UNIQUE BICYCLE WILL BE ON DISPLAY WHEN RAGBRAI COMES THROUGH LEWIS
(Lewis) Ragbrai will be coming through Lewis on July 24th and once riders arrive they will be greeted by a very unique spectacle. One of the largest bikes in the world is currently being built in Lewis. Duane Weirich (pictured), owner of Weirich Welding Plus, is working on a bike that will be stand 15 feet tall and stretch 32 feet long. Weirich says the largest bike that he has heard of is in Germany and is 24 feet long and 12 feet tall. Weirich's project will easily top that. Both of the wheels are complete, but there is still a lot of time remaining on the project. He expects 28 total hours of work will go into it. He has already put in four hours on each wheel. Weirich says he's planning to make the bike fully functional with working pedals and a kickstand that will allow it to stand up on its own.
HIGH NITRATE LEVELS REPORTED IN LEWIS DRINKING WATER
(Lewis) High levels of nitrate have been found in the drinking water in Lewis. Lewis residents are being asked not to give water to infants under six months old or use it to make infant formula. Sample results recieved today showed nitrate levels of 11 mg/L which is above the nitrate standard or maximum contaminant level of 10 mg/L. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate over the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill. Symptoms inclued shortness of breath and blu baby syndrome. Bottled water should be used for infants until further notice. Confirmation samples of the Lewis drinking water will be taken on Monday. For more information you can contact Jon Martens at Atlantic Municipal Utilities by calling 243-1395.
MILLS COUNTY ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports six arrests.
On Wednesday, 45-year-old Michael Scott Holtz of Council Bluffs was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine over 5 grams. He was held on $25,000 bond. And, 31-year-old Roger Guy Sillik Jr. of Glenwood was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
On Thursday, 48-year-old Tracey Adolph Anderson of Glenwood was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear for Domestic Simple. He was held on $300 bond. 27-year-old Richard Jack Franks of Council Bluffs was arrested at Pottawattamie County Corrections on a warrant for Failure to Appear for Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance, and Expired Registration. He was held on $1,000 cash only bond. And, 41-year-old Robert Rex Weikle was arrested at Pottawattamie County Corrections on a warrant for 2nd Degree Theft. He was held on $5,000 bond.
Nineteen year old Walker James Langel of Glenwood was arrested today (Friday) for OWI 1st Offense. He was held on $1,000 bond.
SMALL FUEL SPILL DISCOVERED OUTSIDE MENLO
(MENLO) The city of Menlo in Guthrie County is investigating how a petroleum product entered its storm water system.
A resident reported a diesel odor at the 350th Street bridge east of Pinewood Avenue, just south of Menlo, to the Guthrie County Conservation Board on Thursday. A DNR investigation found a plastic tile discharging water with a rainbow sheen and slight petroleum odor into a drainage ditch.
The tile line drains water from Menlo’s storm sewer. Unlike sanitary sewers, storm sewers do not receive any treatment before discharging into streams, rivers or lakes. The drainage ditch flows into an unnamed tributary of the North River.
The city is investigating possible sources of the fuel and has put absorbent material in the ditch to keep it from spreading. It is not known how much fuel may have entered the storm sewer.
WOMEN IN AG CONFERENCE AUGUST 4TH
(ANKENY) The fifth annual Iowa Women in Ag Conference, called “Women Cultivating Success”, will be held August 4th at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.
Deb Schuler, Iowa Women in Ag President, said the conference is for any woman involved in agriculture, interested in agriculture, living on a farm, or involved in agribusiness.
“It’s an opportunity for us to network with other women and learn what’s going on,” said Schuler. “I know a lot of times we just don’t take the time to set aside for ourselves to do something along these lines; we’re taking care of this kids or doing the books and so on and so forth, so it’s an opportunity to just take a day and find out what is going on in Ag. There have been a lot of new developments this past year and we’d like to have everyone come and see what’s happening.”
Schuler said the conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with numerous sessions to attend.
“Locally we have Rod Hartwig from Farm Credit Services of America speaking about how we do our balance sheets and profit loss and ratios and what we need to be doing as far as our future. Sara Ross with Common Ground, she’s from the Minden area, and she will talk about what they’ve been doing hearing the real facts from families behind our foods. And, Dan Lucas from HTS Precision Ag Solutions from Harlan is going to be talking how it started, where we are now and where it’s going to take us. So, lots of innovations in the technologies there so it will be good to see that hands on,” said Schuler.
To register, stop by Smith Land Service Co. in Atlantic or call 712-243-4444. You may also register online at www.iowawomeninag.org. Registration is $60 and everyone that registers and pays in advance will be in the drawing for an iPad. All attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win an eReader or a 20” flat screen monitor.
STATUS OF FLOOD MITIGATION WORK ON US30 WEST OF MISSOURI VALLEY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that work on installation of the flood barrier wall along the north side of U.S. 30 in locations west of Missouri Valley is completed and the road reopened.
RED OAK MAN ARRESTED ON BURLGARY CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) A Red Oak man was arrested on Burglary charges following an investigation regarding various thefts from vehicles in the past two weeks.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Red Oak Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, arrested 18-year-old Joel Alan Gronewold on three charges of 3rd Degree Burglary and two charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Charges are forthcoming on two juveniles from Montgomery County as well.
Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held awaiting an initial appearance before the magistrate.
In other activity, 25-year-old Jacob Lee Gronewold of North Platte, Nebraska was arrested Tuesday for Deliver of a Controlled Substance; Cocaine, within 1,000 Feet of a City Park. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $100,000 bond.
NINE & WINE TO BE HELD AUGUST 12TH
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual “Nine & Wine” event on Friday, August 12, at Nishna Hills Golf Course.
The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, and teams are still welcome to register for the evening. “Nine & Wine” is a nine-hole best ball tournament that features a wine tasting and appetizer at each hole. The focus of the event is on fun, and not on scores.
In addition to Hy-Vee, many hole sponsors have already come on board for the event including Cambridge Law Firm, Atlantic Nursing & Rehab Center, Henningsen Construction, United Group Insurance, Brocker, Karns & Karns, Gronewold, Bell & Kyhnn, Brymons Interiors, Akin Building Center, Safeguard / Choice Printing, METC, and Wal-Mart. Additionally, more than 25 business have donated prizes for the evening as well.
After golfing, all of the participants enjoy a buffet dinner, glasses of wine, and DJ music at the clubhouse. Tickets can also be purchased for just the wine tasting, buffet and music for $20.
If you would like to volunteer or register a team, you can contact the Chamber at 243.3017.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested when officers investigated a suspicious vehicle in the pit area of the Shelby County Speedway on June 30th.
The Harlan Police Department says 52-year-old Kenneth Kenkel was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties.
HARLAN MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT AND BURGLARY
(HARLAN) A Harlan man wanted for theft and burglary turned himself in to Police June 27th.
Twenty one year old Cody Lister was wanted in connection with the theft of a vehicle belonging to Brion Barrett of Shelby and a burglary at the residence of Marion Hendricks.
Lister was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, Aiding and Abetting Possession of Stolen Property, and Forgery.
HARLAN POLICE ARRESTS
(HARLAN) A Harlan was man arrested when officers found him unconscious in the 600 block of Market Street Sunday. The Harlan Police Department says 25-year-old Joseph Fate refused medical treatment and was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Public Intoxication.
In other activity, 25-year-old Joel Sims of Harlan was arrested Monday on an active Fremont County warrant when police were called to investigate a possible fight at 524 Market Street. Sims was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he awaited extradition to Fremont County.
And, 37-year-old Mark Anthony Kaufman of Harlan was arrested following an altercation at 1012 Hill. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Disorderly Conduct and two counts of Assault stemming from the altercation with Megan and Gayle Roberts of Council Bluffs and Tahni Roberts of Minden.
FLOODING CLOSES HIGHWAY RAMP IN SIOUX CITY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that flooding has closed the ramp from northbound U.S. 75/Iowa 376 to westbound U.S. 20/Gordon Drive in Sioux City.
Pumping of flood water allowed the ramp to open briefly on Thursday, but additional flood and ground water has forced it closed again.
IOWA DOT TO HOLD ANOTHER EMERGENCY BID LETTING
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation will be holding another emergency bid letting related to the Missouri River flooding at 11 am today.
As a flood mitigation effort, the Iowa DOT is proposing to raise the grade of southbound Interstate 29 about one foot using hot-mix asphalt from milepost 103 to 104 in Monona County, south of the Blencoe interchange. The length of the project is approximately 4,200 feet.
A notice to contractors was provided Wednesday and any interested contractors asked to order project plans from Bid Express.
PERRY MAN ARRESTED ON AUDUBON COUNTY WARRANT
(AUDUBON) A Perry man was arrested on an Audubon County Warrant following his release from the Clarinda Correctional Facility Wednesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old Alan Kenneth Bramer has been charged with Burglary. The charge stems from the investigation into a burglary that occurred on April 30th in Ross.
Bramer was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held on $5,000 bond.
In other activity, 29-year-old Joseph Mark Zaiger of Audubon was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. Zaiger has been charged with 5th Degree Theft. The charge stems from a check written to an Audubon business in March. Zaiger appeared before the magistrate and was released.
And, 34-year-old Claudette May Jayne of Exira was arrested early this (Thursday) morning for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Driving While Barred. The charges stem from a traffic stop on Jay Avenue near 329th Street. Jayne was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later appeared before the magistrate and was released. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 25th.
ARRESTS MADE IN LIVESTOCK AND MACHINERY THEFTS
(AUDUBON) Two people have been arrested in connection with theft of livestock and machinery in Audubon County.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s office says 19-year-old Benjamin Lee Petersen of Audubon and 20-year-old Christopher Joe Groninga of Dunlap were arrested today (Thursday). Petersen has been charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Theft. Groninga has been charged with 2nd Degree Theft and/or Aiding and Abetting 2nd Degree Theft.
The charges stem from the ongoing investigation into the theft of livestock that occurred on June 6th in the 2900 block of Goldfinch Avenue and the theft of machinery that occurred on June 23rd in the 1600 block of 315th Street.
Petersen was held in the Audubon County Jail on $5,000 bond. Groninga was seen by the magistrate and released. A preliminary hearing for Groninga has been set for July 25th.
The incidents remain under investigation.
ATLANTIC MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for Use of a Person Under 18 years old in the Drug Trade.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Kevin Damien Engles was utilizing a juvenile to deliver illegal drugs. The unidentified juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center in Council Bluffs facing charges of possession with intent to deliver.
Engles remains in the Cass County Jail where he is also being held on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Violation of a Drug Tax Stamp. Bond on his prior charge is $5,000. Bond on the new charge is $10,000.
CASS COUNTY ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests.
On Monday, 21-year-old Cam Christopher Jahnke of Lewis was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held pending pre-trial release.
On Sunday, 32-year-old Damon John Bucy of Glenvil, Nebraska was arrested on a Cass county District court warrant for Failure to Appear. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $5,000 bond.
Also on Sunday, 23-year-old Rachel Marie Huggins and 22-year-old Bryceton Lee Flathers, both of Cumberland, were arrested on charges of Public Intoxication and Interference with Officials Acts. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were released later that day on their own recognizance.
On Friday, 27-year-old Robbie Troy Metheny of Anita turned himself in on a Cass County Warrant for OWI 1st Offense. He was booked at the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $1,000 bond.
On June 30th, 26-year-old Robin Lee Grieshaber of Cumberland was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $5,000 bond.
And on June 29th, 34-year-old Aimee Jo Nicholson of Des Moines was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. She was held at the Cass County Jail on $10,000 bond.
ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL TO EXPLORE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE
(Atlantic) Should Atlantic adopt a Property Maintenance Ordinance? That topic was discussed at the Atlantic City Council meeting Wednesday night. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the city is facing the dilemma of trying to curb the proliferation of dilapidated and dangerous structures.
“Right now we have a “dangerous structure,” which means the building is falling down and beyond the point of repair,” Stated Harris. “Usually the building doesn’t have much value so we end up tax acquiring the property. The city is then responsible for maintaining the property which can be very expensive for the taxpayers.”
Harris these structures have an adverse effect on surrounding property values, which overtime results in the further spread of blight.
“As we all know as a building becomes blighted it has a negative impact on the values of neighboring properties, and blight just tends to spread,” said Harris. “The ordinance is one tool that could potentially be used to prevent the spread of blight.”
Harris says one approach cities have employed to address this problem is the implementation of what are called property maintenance ordinances or minimum maintenance codes. The objective of these ordinances is to keep properties from deteriorating to the point that they are dilapidated and dangerous structures by requiring property owners to keep structures in reasonably good repair.
The Council didn’t make a decision but has agreed to consider the idea and decide how to proceed at its next council meeting.
MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING CLARINDA POLICE OFFICER
(Clarinda) A Clarinda Police Officer received minor injuries after being assaulted by a man being booked into the Page County Jail.
Authorities say 22-year-old Dakota Jim Smith had originally been arrested on charges of public intoxication and simple assault in connection with a disturbance in the parking lot at Timber Creek Apartments early Sunday.
Police say Smith allegedly assaulted a member of the Police Department with a closed fist, striking the officer in the left eye region of the head. Smith was charged with felony assault on a peace officer.
The Officer was treated at the Clarinda Regional Health Center.
CORNING MAN ARRESTED ON BLACK HAWK COUNTY WARRANT
(Corning) The Adams County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 55-year-old Jack Pembrock Nevius of Corning. Nevius was arrested on a Black Hawk County Warrant. He was transported to the Adams County Sheriff's Office following his arrest on Wednesday afternoon.
HIGH SPEED CHASE IN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY
(NEOLA) Two people were arrested following a high speed pursuit in Pottawattamie County early this morning; a warrant has been issued for another man.
The Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred at around 2:36 a.m. Deputy Jahn Kirlin was traveling south on Railroad Highway from Neola when two vehicles were observed driving north on Railroad Highway at the 27000 block. Deputy Kirlin attempted to catch up with the two vehicles and as the patrol car got closer the vehicles started to speed up. Both vehicles entered the town of Neola, one turned left onto 6th Street and another turned left on 5th Street. The one that turned on 6th turned around and drove back onto railroad highway and then also made a left turn onto 5th Street. Deputy Kirlin turned onto 5th Street and activated the emergency lights and sirens.
Deputy Kirlin could only see one of the vehicles taillights travel onto 290th Street and continued to follow the vehicle with speeds reaching 77 miles per hour. At the intersection of York Road and Tustin Avenue Deputy Kirlin located a red Chevy Cobalt in the north ditch unoccupied with the rear passenger side door open.
Deputy Travis Breitkreutz, CPL. Mark Freeman, Iowa State Trooper Jimmy Bullington, Harrison County Deputy Dallas Clemmons, and Cass County K9 Deputy Kyle Quist arrived on scene for assistance. After setting up a perimeter around the vehicle, Deputy Quist announced that he was going to release his K9 over his patrol vehicle intercom. At that time officers could hear voices in the timber south of the vehicle. After further instructions, a male and female suspect walked through the timber and were placed under arrest.
The suspects were identified at Caitlynn Ozee and Patrick Eggerling, both 18-years-old. Both suspects identified 35-year-old Scott Hall as the driver of the vehicle. Eggerling told authorities that Hall was his father and that he believed his father was running from the cops because he doesn’t have a driver’s license.
After searching the area, officers were unable to locate Scott Hall. Both Ozee and Eggerling were transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail and charged with Interference with Official Acts. Ozee was also cited for permitting an unauthorized person to drive her vehicle. A warrant was issued for Scott Hall for Eluding and Driving Under Suspension.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING BUOYS PLACED IN 16 IOWA LAKES
(DES MOINES) Iowa State University has begun installing water quality monitoring equipment in 16 Iowa lakes to collect data during the 2011 and 2012 ice-free seasons that will help identify what factors lead up to harmful algal blooms, which is a major water quality impairment for Iowa lakes.
Lakes in southwest Iowa that will be part of the monitoring study include Lake Orient in Adair County and Springbrook Lake in Guthrie County.
The study is being conducted in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hazard buoys mark the location of the equipment, which is beneath the water surface and officials are asking the public to not disturb the buoys.
FUNDING NEEDED FOR PHASE TWO OF WALNUT SPLASH PAD
(WALNUT) The city of Walnut is still raising funds for phase two of their new Splash Pad.
“We’re selling Cash Splash tickets at City Hall for $20 apiece and every day in August we’re drawing for $50, every Saturday we’re drawing for $150, and the last day of August we have a drawing for $1,000,” said Terri Abel, Walnut City Clerk. “That’s a fundraiser to add two water features, we’re also going to do some landscaping, benches, and we have a brick project that’s going to connect the Splash Pad and the playground. So, we’re selling bricks here too.”
The Splash Pad is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
JENNIFER ARP RECEIVES IHERF SCHOLARSHIP
(ATLANTIC) The Iowa Hospital Association’s (IHA) Education and Research Foundation has awarded $96,000 in scholarships to 32 college students from all parts of Iowa. Jennifer Arp of Massena, a registered nurse at Cass County Memorial Hospital, is one of the outstanding students from across the state who received a $3,000 scholarship. The students, who are all studying in health care fields, will also be eligible for up to $6,000 in assistance from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) over two years.
Jennifer currently works as the Quality Coordinator at CCMH, and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix.
IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005, and now 200 students have benefited from the program. In exchange for financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided $600,000 in direct support to students since its inception.
IHA staff, the IHERF Board, hospital leaders and IHA Auxilian/Volunteer Board members from throughout the state evaluated scholarship applications from more than 130 students, who were judged on grade point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference, and extracurricular, community and healthcare-related activities.
This year’s recipients include nurses seeking both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, ultrasound technology and physician assistant programs.
WALNUT CITY COUNCIL MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT
(Walnut) The Walnut City Council’s financial participation in the Residential Sidewalk Replacement Program is one of many items on the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting.
Walnut City Clerk Terri Abel says for the past several years the city council has allocated $5,000 per fiscal year as an incentive for homeowners to replace their public sidewalks.
“It has been well received by our residents and we have had many of them participate in that,” said Abel. “The Council seems to think it’s a pretty good incentive.”
Abel says the city reimburses the property owner $5.00 per running foot, which takes care of the concrete cost.
“We would like to give them this incentive rather than go out and mark sidewalks and force them, we have done that also, but it has been well received and we have replaced a lot of sidewalk that way,” said Abel.
The meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. Thursday at Walnut City Hall.
CASS COUNTY WEAPONS PERMITS WELL AHEAD OF LAST YEAR
(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has granted nearly as many weapons permits during the first half of this year as it did in all of the previous year.
To date the Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 598-weapons permits have been granted compared to 602 in all 12-months of 2010.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren thinks the increase is attributed to an increase in public awareness. “The media has been talking about the new law and people now realize how easy it is to get a permit,”
McLaren downplays the idea that the increase is attributed to a change in state law that eased restrictions on issuing of permits to carry a weapon. Previously a Sheriff could deny a permit for any or no reason. McLaren says he rarely denied a weapons permit.
TWO HIGHWAYS RE-OPEN IN AUDUBON COUNTY, MORE WORK AHEAD
(Audubon) Audubon county Engineer Mitch Rydl reports that highway M66 has been re-opened for traffic through the county. The highway had been closed for a lane patching project in preparation of RAGBRAI. The lane patching continues on portions of the road north of Kimballton and lane restrictions are in place in certain areas, but the road is no longer completely closed off. Rydl also says that they Highway N36 project in the northern part of Audubon county has been completed and Jay Avenue north of Ross has been closed between 150th and 160th Street. Work on Jay Avenue began last Wednesday and is expected to continue for another week.
AUDUBON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RAISE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE
(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors approved several resolutions at their meeting Tuesday. The board approved a resolution for payroll deductions for FY12 and the board also approved a resolution for tourism for FY12. Other resolutions that the board approved yesterday include a resolution for economic development, a resolution conforming with equal employment opportunities and a resolution for interfund operating transfers. Also at their meeting yesterday the board adjusted the mileage reimbursement rate from forty-three cents per mile to 47.5 cents per mile.
MAYOR APPOINTS ATLANTIC TIF COMMITTEE
(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones has released the names of a committee to study a Tax Increment Finance Policy for the city.
Those individuals are Don Sonntag, Katrina Sonntag, Teresa Jorgensen, Greg Williams, and George Howard.
Mayor Jones says he has asked the Committee members to come up with a TIF policy that works for Atlantic. Their recommendations will be presented to the Atlantic City council for their approval.
The Mayor will officially release the names at the Atlantic City council meeting tonight.
PAGE COUNTY MAN INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT
(Clarinda) A 79-year-old Clarinda man was injured in a car/semi accident in Clarinda last evening.
The Iowa State Patrol says, Charles Bashor was airlifted to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Authorities say Bashor was traveling northbound on 8th Street and came to the intersection of eighth and Highway 2/71 overpass. Bashor left the intersection and was struck by a semi driven by 62-year-old Richard Shaefer, of Carroll.
The Iowa State Patrol says Bashor was listed in critical condition.
APD REPORTS THREE ARRESTS
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On Saturday, 23-year-old Joseph Fredericksen of Atlantic was arrested for Interference with Official Acts, Public Intoxication, and Assault on a Peace Officer.
Also on Saturday, 24-year-old Jeffery Knight of Atlantic was arrested for 5th Degree Theft.
On Monday, 21-year-old Darnell Coleman of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
MILLS COUNTY ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reported five arrests over the weekend.
On Friday, 27-year-old Justin Henderson of Silver City was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault with Injuries, Child Endangerment, Interference With Official Acts, and Obstruction of 911. He was held on $2,600 bond.
Also on Friday, 48-year-old Eric Preston of Omaha was arrested on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was held on $5,000 bond.
On Sunday, 34-year-old Jason Huffstuttear of Lincoln, Nebraska was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was held on $300 bond.
On Monday, 22-year-old Ryan Jarrett James Wright was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was held on $300 bond.
Also on Monday, 31-year-old Brandee Nicole Steffes was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. She was held on $300 bond.
In addition to these arrests, the Sheriff’s Office also issued 33 speeding citation, 3 seatbelt citations, and 8 Minor in Possession citations, among other citations over the weekend.
U.S. 30 FLOOD MITIGATION WORK WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that installation of the flood barrier wall along portions of the north side of U.S. 30 from the Missouri River crossing (at Blair, Neb.) to Interstate 29 (near Missouri Valley) will begin Wednesday. The road will close at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Work will be performed around-the-clock and will take approximately 48 hours.
The Iowa portion of the detour, established for persons traveling from Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Blair, Neb., is: I-29 south to I-680E, take I-680E to I-80W, and then take I-80W to the Iowa/Nebraska state line at Council Bluffs/Omaha.
The public will be notified when the roadway is reopened to travel.
As a reminder, flood mitigation work being performed at this site is intended to address a specific scenario – breaches that occur south or downstream of U.S. 30.
This site remains on the Iowa DOT’s list of roadways at “high-risk of closure due to flooding” because of its continued vulnerability to a levee breach north or upstream of U.S. 30. The duration and severity of the flooding is putting tremendous pressure on the levee systems. Placement of the TrapBags® on both sides of the roadway in lower-lying areas does not prevent an inundation of U.S. 30 should a breach occur in the agricultural levee north of the highway. Due to the characteristics of this site, no mitigation strategies were feasible for a northern breach.
AUDUBON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS TWO ARRESTS
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests from the holiday weekend.
On Saturday, the Audubon County Sheriff’s office arrested thirty-six-year-old Angela Marie Weaver of Exira. Weaver has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense following a traffic stop on Highway 71 near 310th street. Weaver posted $1,000 cash bond and was released. She will appear before the magistrate on Thursday, July 7th.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s office also reports the arrest of twenty-seven-year-old Robbie Troy Metheny of Anita. Metheny has been charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possesion of Drug Paraphernalia. Metheny’s charges stem from a traffic stop on Sunday. He will appear in court on Thursday.
ONE INJURED IN RED OAK ACCIDENT
(Red Oak) One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday evening in Red Oak.
According to Red Oak Police, 86-year-old Marilyn Jean Mullins, of Red Oak was injured in the accident that occurred at around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and Eastern Avenue. Mullin was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.
According to Police, Mullins was southbound on Eastern Avenue when her vehicle was struck broadside by a westbound pickup driven by 42-year-old Jeffrey Blount, of West Des Moines.
Mullins car received $12,000 damage. Blount’s pickup sustained $8,000 damage.
MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
(Underwood) A Wisconsin man was injured in a motorcycle accident at the 27-mile marker on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 52-year-old Michael Rismeyer, of Deloit, Wisconsin was airlifted from the scene to Creighton Medical Center.
According to the report, Rismeyer was westbound on I-80 entering a curve and for some unknown reason drove off to the right. He braked which caused the motorcycle to roll. Rismeyer was thrown from the bike and ended up in the ditch near the shoulder. The motorcycle came to rest in the ditch.
TWO ARRESTS IN FREMONT COUNTY
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On June 25th, 25-year-old Justin Michael Evans of Sidney was arrested for 3rd Degree Burglary, Operating without Owners Consent, and 5th Degree Theft.
On June 23rd, 38-year-old David Duane Thompson of Poteau, OR was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Non-Registered Vehicle, and Improper Rear Lamp.
THREE INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
(RED OAK) Three people were transported to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Montgomery County early this (Monday) morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says just before 4 a.m., 40-year-old Martha Oltmanns was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus north on Forest Avenue and failed to make the turn at Fernwood and Forest causing the vehicle to go straight into the ditch. The vehicle struck a driveway ditch at 2796 Fernwood, causing the vehicle to fly over the driveway where it came to rest in a flower garden.
Oltmanns and two passengers, 41-year-old Jennifer Fitzwater of Princeton, Missouri and 41-year-old Scott Gibbens of Villisca, were transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue. A third passenger, 34-year-old Jay Lininger of Villisca, was uninjured.
Oltmanns was cited for Driving While Suspended, Failure to Maintain Control, and No Insurance. The investigation is ongoing for charges of Operating While Intoxicated.
UPDATE ON RED OAK BURGLARY
(RED OAK) Red Oak Police have updated a burglary report from last week.
Sometime between 7:30 Thursday night and 1:30 pm Friday afternoon an unknown person (s) forced entry into a residence at 211 N 7th Street and stole a Dell laptop computer valued at $600. Police are now saying a Century Safe was also stolen. The safe is black in color and measures approximately 2’ x 3’. The victim stated that it would take a minimum of two individuals to move this item.
Anyone with information or that observed suspicious activity in this location is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department or the Montgomery County Crimes Stoppers.
IOWAN SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY KILLED IN IRAQ
(DES MOINES) The Department of Defense regrets to announce the death of Capt. Matthew Gunnar Nielson, 27, a Jefferson, Iowa native serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, who died June 29, in Badrah, Iraq. Nielson was killed during an indirect fire attack by insurgents on Contingency Operating Logistics base Shocker while deployed to Iraq for Operation New Dawn (formerly known as Operation Iraqi Freedom). Also killed in the attack were Capt. David E. Van Camp, 29, of Wheeling, W.Va., and Spc. Robert G. Tenney, Jr., 29, of Warner Robins, Ga. All three Soldiers were assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas. The attack is under investigation.
Nielson was born February 1, 1984 in Omaha, Neb. and raised in Lincoln, Neb., Ogden, Iowa, and Jefferson, Iowa, where he was homeschooled. Nielson worked for the Fareway Store in Jefferson during and after high school, eventually being promoted to produce manager. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2008 and received a commission into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant (Armor branch) through the UNI Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in May 2008. While at UNI, he received the Gen. George C. Marshall Leadership Award and the American Legion Gold Scholastic Award. Nielson was also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Society, UNI Ultimate Frisbee Team and the UNI Alumni Association.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
Nielson is survived by his mother and father, Christine and Roger Nielson of Jefferson; brothers Nathanael, Jakob, and Luke; and sisters Heather, Kirsten, Teddi, and Emily.
The family of Capt. Matthew Nielson issued the following statement:
“Since Matt was a small boy he loved anything military, so he died doing what he loved best. Serving others was of the utmost importance to him and how he wanted to spend his life. He always gave his all, whatever he was doing. Matthew was a beloved son, brother, friend and Soldier. He’s already home, and we know we’ll be together again someday. Apart, but forever in our hearts. Psalms 11.”
Funeral arrangements are pending and details will be provided as they become available. The Nielson family asks that their privacy be respected at this time.
IOWA DOT PROVIDES UPDATE ON ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING
(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing the following update on roads closed in western Iowa due to flooding. The department is also continuing to monitor at-risk areas as flood water levels and levee conditions change.
Turn Around Don't Drown®
Flooding is a dynamic situation, ever-changing throughout the day. Motorists need to take extra precautions when traveling in areas where flooding is occurring or predicted.
· Use additional caution when traveling at night when it is difficult to see a flooded road ahead or water approaching the roadway from the side.
· If you must travel on roadways where water is nearby, give your full attention to the driving task and expect vehicles ahead to slow down or make sudden stops.
· Keep your focus on the road ahead, not on the water around you and adjust your speed for conditions.
Current road closures/restrictions
· I-29 Hamilton Boulevard interchange in Woodbury County: The southbound I-29 interchange ramps at Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City are closed. An alternative ramp has been constructed from southbound I-29 to Wesley Parkway/U.S. 77.
· I-29 in Pottawattamie County: The south- and northbound lanes of I-29 between milepost 54B (North 35th Street interchange in Council Bluffs) and the I-29/680 interchange at milepost 71 (near Loveland) are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
· I-29 from exit 24 (near Bartlett, Iowa) south across the Iowa/Missouri state line to the U.S. 136 interchange in Missouri (Mo. 110 exit, near Rock Port): The north- and southbound lanes are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
· I-680 in Omaha area: I-680 is closed from the I-29/680 interchange (exit 61 near Crescent) in Iowa to North 30th Street in Omaha, Neb. (exit 13). This closure includes the Mormon Bridge across the Missouri River. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
· UPDATE: U.S. 30 west of Missouri Valley, including the Blair, Neb. Bridge across the Missouri River: This road is currently OPEN for the holiday weekend, but will close again at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. The temporary closure is expected to last approximately 48 hours while a flood barrier wall is installed along the north side of the road.
· Iowa 2 in Fremont County: Iowa 2 is closed from I-29 in Iowa to Nebraska City. Both east- and westbound lanes are closed. This is expected to be a longer-term closure.
· Iowa 333 in Hamburg: Iowa 333 is closed from I-29 into Hamburg. Access to Hamburg is currently available via U.S. 275 in Iowa.
· Iowa 376 northbound (U.S. 75 Business-Lewis Boulevard): The exit ramp to westbound Gordon Drive is closed.
Key traveler information resources
· Road condition information will be available 24 hours a day throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Visit www.iowadot.gov (click on the “Flooding Ahead” sign) to view the road closure map, or call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (anywhere in the United States) for a recorded message of road closures.
THREE ARRESTED IN STANTON
(Stanton) Three people face alcohol related charges in Stanton early this (Saturday) morning.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says, a Gray Kia Sportage was stopped at the parking lot of the Stanton School with no headlamps. An investigation lead to the following arrests.
-Kristopher A. Maley, 20-years-old of Stanton, charged with possession of alcohol under 21.
-Jordan D. Williams, 22-years-old of Stanton, charged with possession of alcohol under 21-years-old.
Justin D. Williams, 22-years-old, of Stanton arrested for operating while intoxicated First Offense.
Maley, and Jordan Williams were arrested, processed and release on citations. Justin Williams was held on $1,000 bond.
TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN OMAHA AND COUNCIL BLUFFS
(Council Bluffs) Two men are in custody following a motor vehicle pursuit through Council Bluffs and Omaha of two armed subjects early this morning.
Council Bluffs Police assisted the Omaha Police Department, were actively engaged in a motor vehicle pursuit into Council Bluffs. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a parked car in the area of South 35th Street and 8th Avenue, and continued to flee. Ultimately, the vehicle crashed in the 10 block of South 31st Street where the two occupants were taken into custody. The vehicle that was confirmed stolen out of Omaha caught fire as the result of the crash. Members of the Council Bluffs Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire.
The driver, 30-year-old Eric Lozano, wanted in Omaha, is charged with a Fugitive from Justice, 2nd Degree Theft, and Felony Eluding. The passenger, 18-year-old Aleazar Rodriguez, was charged with being a material witness, 2nd Degree Theft and Eluding.
NEW ATLANTIC MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BEGINS WORK
(Atlantic) Friday was the first day on the job for Atlantic Middle School Principal Cameron Smith. Smith comes to Atlantic from the Garner-Hayfield School District where he was a teacher, coach, activities director, and principal for eight years. Before that he taught and coached for one year at Clarion-Golfield.
Smith went right to work on his first day at the Atlantic Middle School. He says the upcoming year is a big year for no-child left behind. Smith met with outgoing principal Todd Roecker yesterday and Mr. Roecker provided him with a history of the middle school. Smith says Roecker and everyone else have been very helpful.
The first day of school is August 17th and he says he's looking forward to the start of school. Smith is from Sacramento but attended college in Iowa at Northwestern College in Orange City where he played football. He got his masters degree at Iowa State. He takes over as AMS principal for Todd Roecker who resigned after fourteen years.
RED OAK BURGLARY
(RED OAK) A Burglary was reported in Red Oak.
The Red Oak Police Department says the Burglary occurred at 211 N. 7th Street sometime between 7:30 last night and 1:30 pm today. An unknown person (s) forced entry into the residence and stole a Dell laptop computer valued at $600. The porch door and door frame and interior door and door frame were also damaged.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Red Oak Police Department or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.
GLENWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS
(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department reports four arrests.
On June 24th, 37-year-old Stacie Dillon of Nevada was arrested for Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On June 26th, 51-year-old Larry West of Glenwood was arrested for OWI 1st Offense.
On June 29th, 39-year-old Brian Vanderpool of Glenwood was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drug and Interference with Official Acts.
On June 30th, 49-year-old John Caley of Glenwood was arrested for Assault on a Peace Officer, Public Intoxication, Interference with Officials Acts, and Criminal Mischief.
Status of Vanmann # 30 Levee Breach
(LOVELAND) Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Theulen received a telephone call at approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning from Harrison County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Oliver. The purpose of that call was for Mr. Oliver to notify us that the Vanmann #30 Levee may be in the process of being intentionally breached via explosives. The timing of the detonation was alleged to be at 10:00 a.m.
At approximately 10:10 a.m., the Pottawattamie County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) received a complaint call from a private citizen who had apparently witnessed the explosion and wanted to know why “we” were blowing up levees. Pottawattamie County did not participate in this intentional levee breach. It is our understanding that neither the State of Iowa, nor the Army Corps of Engineers, nor any other governmental entity, had anything to do with the detonation. Multiple calls to the Pottawattamie County EOC from concerned citizens regarding this event have followed.
In late May, shortly after the release of the inundation maps by the Army Corps of Engineers, a group of private citizens began work on the Vanmann #30 Levee to raise it to a level which would allow it to withstand the anticipated river flow. On Saturday, June 25th, this levee was naturally breached in Harrison County near DeSoto Bend. A considerable amount of water flowed south and pooled behind the portion of the Vanmann #30 Levee in question.
Pottawattamie County was first notified that a group of citizens wanted to breach this levee on Sunday, June 26th. The purpose of this breach was to lower the Vanmann #30 Levee to the prior level to allow the pooling water to flow back into the Missouri River.
EMA Coordinator Theulen met with the group that evening and informed them that they would likely need the permission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, before such an activity could take place. These individuals were also cautioned that any activity undertaken by them which affected the flow of water would be at their own risk should the lives and/or property of others be impacted.
On Tuesday, June 28th, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources determined that it did not have authority to regulate the levee in question because it was put into place prior to their statutory authority. The Corps initially indicated that they would not be approving the breaching of the Vanmann #30 Levee. This morning, however, the Army Corps of Engineers indicated that it also had no authority to regulate the levee in question as it is not a federal levee and is outside of federal jurisdiction.
As of this writing, Pottawattamie County is still gathering information about the activities at the
Vanmann #30 Levee. We received no advance notification from any individuals involved of the
imminent intention to breach the levee. A member of the Vanmann #30 Levee District was contacted by a representative of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office late this morning. That individual confirmed that a half mile stretch of the Vanmann #30 Levee (from approximately river mile marker 637 to 637.5) was mechanically excavated. He further confirmed that further lowering of the levee was accomplished via use of explosives.
Obviously, we will be monitoring this situation very closely – both in terms of observing the effect that this breach has on water flow and river levels, and in terms of tracking potential damage to critical infrastructure and private property elsewhere downstream. Furthermore, we are very disappointed in the decision to go forward with the breaching of the Vanmann #30 Levee without notifying any authorities in Pottawattamie County. There are tens of thousands of citizens on both sides of the river who are affected by the flooding on the Missouri River and private activities such as this which have the potential to affect those lives should not be undertaken without a full consideration of the consequences.
Finally, we are presuming that the explosives detonation on the Vanmann #30 Levee was accomplished by a properly licensed and permitted commercial user of explosives who was using the explosives in accordance with the conditions of that permit. Any use outside the legally mandated process would be a Class C Felony under Iowa law, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A full investigation of these activities will be accomplished as soon as possible.
Pottawattamie County Emergency Management
THREE INJURED IN SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT
(Harlan) Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Shelby County Thursday afternoon.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says two drivers and a passenger were injured in the accident that occurred just before 3:00 p.m. on Highway 59, near the 82-mile marker. They are identified as Caryn Gekas, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jennifer Rodgers, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a female passenger.
Authorities say, Gekas was stopped in the roadway awaiting the passing of a semi-tractor trailer hauling windmill parts. A second vehicle behind Gekas and driven by Rodgers couldn’t get stopped in time and rear ended the Gekas vehicle.
All three were taken to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan by Ambulance.
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HOSTING RURAL-ISSUES LISTENING POSTS
(DES MOINES) Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, will be in Elk Horn, Greenfield and Corning on Tuesday, July 12th to listen to local community and economic development leaders, as well as the general public, discuss issues and opportunities they encounter in their ongoing efforts to keep rural Iowa vibrant and prosperous.
The sessions will take place at 9 a.m. at Elk Horn Town Hall, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenfield City Hall, and at 3:30 p.m. at the Adams County Fair Grounds in the Pavilion (north side of the 4-H Exhibit Building) in Corning. All three are open to the public.
In the last 10 years, 66 of Iowa’s 99 counties have seen a population decline. While rural communities and areas are home to 1.7 million Iowans, more than half of Iowa’s nearly 950 cities now have fewer than 500 residents.
USDA Rural Development currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
During the past year the agency helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
SIOUX CITY MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT
(ONAWA) A Sioux City man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Monona County Thursday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 27-year-old Craig Jacob Aasen was driving a Ford F350 northbound on I29 at the 116 mile marker when he lost control of the vehicle, went across the median and came to rest on its side in the west ditch of southbound I29 where Aasen was ejected.
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