(Atlantic) An Atlantic man faces fifth degree (shoplifting) theft charges in two separate incidents this week.
According to Atlantic Police, 31-year-old Christopher Anstey, of Atlantic was arrested at around 2:24 a.m. Tuesday for alleging stealing a can of beer from Casey’s Central. He was also cited for public intoxication, and taken to jail. The same afternoon, (1:40 p.m.), Anstey was released from jail and went to the Atlantic Hy Vee and allegedly stole three more cans of beer.
Anstey is currently being held in the Cass County Jail.
November 30, 2011
(ANITA) A Fontanelle couple involved in a two vehicle accident southeast of Anita last week has passed away.
The Steen Funeral Home says funeral services are pending for 92-year-old Virgil Martin and 89-year-old Evelyn Martin who passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.
On November 20th, the Martins were driving a 2000 Buick Lesabre eastbound on Glendale Road when a 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by Cynthia Simon of Anita, attempted to make a left turn into a farm drive and struck the Martin vehicle head-on. Simon was cited for Failure to Yield Left Turn, No Valid License and No Proof of Insurance.
(ST. PAUL) Chris Behrens, energy division manager of Farm Service Cooperative in Harlan, recently received a 2011 Energy Summit Award from CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading cooperative.
Behrens was honored at the Cenex Energy Summit in San Diego, Calif., where he received the Energy Summit Award in the lubricants category.
“Energy Summit Awards are reserved for outstanding business achievement, customer service and partnership,” says Anwer Hussain, CHS senior vice president of lubricants, who presented the award. “We’re very pleased to congratulate Chris and his entire team of employees for the successful growth of their lubricants business. We commend them for expanding their product offering, increasing their efficiency and building their expertise as part of their commitment to serving existing and new customers.”
Energy Summit Awards are awarded based on volume growth, local department profitability, program utilization, collaboration, industry leadership and positioning for long-term survival. Behrens and four other winners were recognized at the annual Cenex Energy Summit, a gathering of the top 150 CHS energy customers. To view videos of the winners, visit chsinc.com.
(Atlantic) No one was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Atlantic.
According to the Atlantic Police Department, Shirley Chester, of Atlantic was eastbound on 6th Street approaching Birch Street. Keisha Houston, of Avoca, of failed to stop at the stop sign at 6th Street striking the Chester vehicle. Chester’s vehicle came to rest in a yard. She was cited for failure to obey a stop sign or yield sign.
Chester’s vehicle sustained an estimated $2,500.00. Houston’s vehicle received estimated $2,000 damage.
November 30, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Nebraska man was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for being an illegal alien found in the United States after deportation.
Guillermo Hernandez-Sandoval, who was residing in Douglas County, Nebraska, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment and was also ordered to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration.
On August 4, Hernandez-Sandoval entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from January, 2010, through February 25, 2011, and to being illegally in the United States after deportation.
Between January, 2010, and February 25, 2011, Hernandez-Sandoval, along with his co-defendant, Jorge Zamora-Lopez, distributed methamphetamine throughout South Omaha, Nebraska, and Western Iowa. Law enforcement identified Hernandez-Sandoval as a potential source of methamphetamine when a controlled purchase was made in Shelby County, Iowa, using a confidential informant, in January of 2010. The investigation continued, finally culminating in the arrest of Hernandez-Sandoval and Zamora-Lopez on February 25, 2011, when they drove to a location in South Omaha to deliver methamphetamine. At the time of their arrest, Hernandez-Sandoval and Zamora-Lopez had over a pound of pure methamphetamine, cocaine, and over ten thousand dollars in currency in their possession. Prior to his arrest on February 25, 2011, Hernandez-Sandoval had been deported on four separate occasions.
Jorge Zamora-Lopez, a citizen of Mexico who had been residing in Douglas County, Nebraska, was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and also ordered to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration.
(Villisca) The future of the Villisca school districts remains under discussion.
The Villisca School Board will meet jointly with the Stanton School Board tonight at 7:00 p.m. to present a possible academic sharing agreement. Monday night, the Villisca and Corning School Boards released their plans for whole-grade sharing.
“At that meeting Corning presented a proposal to house the 9-12 in Corning and the 6-8 grade in Villisca,” stated Villisca Superintendent Willie Stone. “A response to this proposal is due before noon on December 7.”
The three districts have shown interest in whole-grade sharing. The plan must be submitted to the state by February 1, to be activated next school year.
The meeting tonight is at the Villisca High School.
November 30, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Honduras man was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment for his illegal reentry into the United States.
United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced 39-year-old Carlos Alberto Ramirez Melgar on Tuesday and also sentenced him to three years of supervised release following his imprisonment and imposed a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund.
Melgar remains detained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his term of imprisonment. Melgar is subject to deportation following completion of his federal prison sentence.
On June 30, 2011, Melgar appeared before the Federal Court in Council Bluffs and entered a guilty plea to the charge of illegal reentry into the United States of America following deportation or removal. The illegal reentry charge arises from a March 6, 2011, arrest of Melgar in Council Bluffs on a State of Iowa charge of forgery. He was subsequently found to be illegally in the United States of America, having been previously removed from this country in December of 2006. Melgar was removed from this country following his conviction and imprisonment on a charge of retaliation against a Texas law enforcement officer in a jail in which Melgar was serving a sentence for aggravated assault.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to 170 months imprisonment for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Tuesday.
United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced 30-year-old Shannon Wayne Hardisty to ten years of supervised release following his imprisonment, and imposed a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. Hardisty remains detained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Bureau of Prison facility at which he will serve his term of imprisonment.
On August 4th, Hardisty appeared before the Federal Court in Council Bluffs and entered a guilty plea to the charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The charge arises from a January 18th search of the Council Bluffs residence of co-defendant Gary Eldred Kremer, where Hardisty was also residing. During the search, officers found indications of drug trafficking and a loaded sawed-off shotgun in an area in which drug trafficking was occurring. Further investigation determined that the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine was carried out in Council Bluffs from approximately the summer of 2010, to January 18, 2011, and involved an estimated 1.4 kilogram of mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
Gary Eldred Kremer is awaiting sentencing.
(Elliott) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break-in at the Elliott Elementary School sometime between November 23 and November 29.
The report says an unknown person(s) pried open a window and entered the school. Once they were inside, the perpetrator(s) removed 3-laptop computers and 6-cameras. The items are valued at $4,105.00.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Montgomery County Crime stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.
November 30, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors spoke with the County Attorney today to review the counties position with Southlawn Cemetery.
The issue was brought up after some individuals expressed interest in some plots in the cemetery. Supervisor Chuck Rieken clarified that the county doesn’t have ownership or authority to sell plots. The County, City and Townships involved are strictly just caretakers.
“Maintenance and upkeep,” said Rieken. “But that’s the extent of what the county has, the county cannot stop anybody from being buried there that already has plots and proof of plots, they can still be buried there, but nobody has authority to sell any additional plots under the agreement with the AG’s office.”
A question was brought up on what could they do to allow people to purchase plots and County Attorney Dan Feistner advised them that there isn’t much they can do.
“I just don’t personally think it’s a good idea to be looking into that when we went to the court and it’s not something we were there to be part of and I don’t believe we have the authority to do it,” said Feistner. “We don’t own the land or the plot itself which is sold.”
The issue will be put on next week’s agenda for further discussion with the individuals who expressed interest in some plots.
(Atlantic) Cass County Health Systems Coordinator Denise Coder says surveillance indicates influenza is making its way through Iowa.
Coder says they will be conducting a flu shot clinic this evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cass County Home Care Office at 1500 East 10 Street.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced their first case of the flu in Iowa on November 14. According to a department news release, the State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed the positive test result in a Polk County child with no reported medical conditions.
Public health officials remind Iowans it is not too late to get a flu shot. It is especially important for those with risk factors including heart diseases, lung diseases, diabetes, women who are pregnant, and the very young and very old.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or complications in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.
November 30, 2011
(Walnut) The Walnut School Board will share all athletics with A-H-S-T, and attend classes for approximately three periods a day there starting with the 2012-2013 school year. That was decided at the Walnut School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Walnut Schools Superintendent Jim Hammerich.says, "There was a vote on the shifting of academics from Atlantic to A-H-S-T for three periods in the afternoon, just like we have in Atlantic.The board decided on a two-year contract with A-H-S-T."
The Walnut school board then voted to continue sharing Junior High sports, and voted unanimously to send all boys sports to A-H-S-T, and after a long discussion, the board voted 3-2 to share all girls sports with the western Iowa Conference school. The move by the board will end the sharing agreements with Atlantic.
"It was just a better fit for our kids, all the logistics, transportation costs ect., and having Junior High already in Avoca all weighed in on the decision," says Hammerich.
"We want to thank the Atlantic School Board, and Superintendent, and the community for all of their the support the past four or five years, the experinence in Atlantic was wonderful."
Hammerich says future plans include the discussion of whole-grade sharing between A-H-S-T and Walnut.
November 30, 2011
(Greenfield) The $300,000 Greenfield Hotel Renovation project is expected to be completed in February. Greenfield Chamber Director Jenny Kuhfus says the hotel opened two months ago after construction was completed on the first level, including the lobby. Meanwhile, the renovation project continues on the second floor.
“We didn’t have anywhere for people to stay, and the community realized that,”says, Kuhfus. “So a group of people rallied behind the project and the restoration is just beautiful.” She adds that the rooms are historic with internet and other amenities.
A group of investors formed an LLC, and received an I-jobs grant to make this project happen. Kuhfus says work still needs to be done on the outside patio, as well as two handicapped accessible rooms.
November 29, 2011
(Corning) The Corning City Council approved an easement to spend $20,000 of Community Development Block Grant Money to make improvements to the Community Center. Two-years ago the city of Corning received a $460,000 CDBG for façade improvements. Mayor Guy Brace says this money is federal housing money that can be utilized by business owners and government to upgrade their facilities.
“We are hoping that we can extend the life of the buildings number one, get a little more energy efficient, and add aesthetic value to our buildings downtown,” says Brace.
Twenty-Seven businesses in the Community have qualified for the $650,000 facade project. Cornerstone Construction of Corning is the general contractor for the project that is set to begin next spring.
In other activity Monday, the city council approved funding to make repairs to city hall. Mayor Brace says an estimated $20,000 will be taken out of the city’s budget to repair the siding, windows, shutters and doors. These repairs do not qualify under the CDBG.
November 29, 2011
(EXIRA) Whole grade sharing is going well with the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton school districts, according to Superintendent Dean Schnoes.
The Exira and Elk Horn Kimballton School Boards held a joint meeting Monday night and discussed how things are going as far as how the students are doing together, how the staff are doing together and what they see coming down the road.
“I know that this is just the first year of whole grade sharing, but each year you need to go back and reflect on what you have,” said Schnoes. “So part of the meeting dealt with a review of our facilities as far as extra-curricular activities, we had our AD visit with other coaches, some of the students and other people, and make recommendations as far as what we see happening down the road as far as our facilities.”
Schnoes said they want to keep communication open and let everyone know that things are working out very well.
“We always have little rocks in the stream that you have to work around, but I would say for the most part things are really going well and we want people to understand that the students are getting a good education and that things are working out really well,” said Schnoes. “I know that one of the other things that we had in there was we gave each district’s vision and mission statements so they could compare them and sitting there looking at those, they are very similar to each other. Both districts have the same idea as far as the vision and mission of what they want for their education of the students that are in their district.”
Schnoes said in 2014 there will be no more supplemental funding for whole grade sharing and so they talked about down the road they will be looking at reorganization and consolidation.
The next joint board meeting will be held March 26th.
In other activity, the preschool and kindergarten room in Exira is nearing completion.
“Right now they (the students) are in a building that is almost adjacent, so you have to walk outside to get there and I’m uncomfortable with them being outside, especially with the cold weather and who knows in Iowa when you’re going to get your next ice storm or blizzard, and I would just like to have them inside,” said Schnoes. “But the overall construction is moving along and we’re looking at hopefully somewhere at the end of January of being able to be completely finished with everything.”
Schnoes said most of the foundation on the outside has been taken care of, the bricks are up, the windows are in, they are working on putting the metal edging around the top and they are even doing some work in the rooms.
(GLENWOOD) One person was injured in a two vehicle accident in Mills County Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 66-year-old Carla Zieg of Glenwood was driving a 2011 Chevy north on Kidd Road and failed to yield to a 2000 Chevy, driven by 42-year-old Johnnie Jerrett of Hastings who was westbound on Highway 34. Jerrett’s vehicle struck the front passenger side fender of Zieg’s vehicle. Jerrett lost control of the vehicle, which rolled on Highway 34 and came to rest. Zieg’s vehicle spun and came to rest near the median.
Jerrett was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Glenwood Rescue.
(AUDUBON) Barb Jacobsen, with the Audubon County Hospital, met with the Audubon City Council Monday night to discuss a Blue Zone Project and get support from the Council for an application. Blue Zones Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index®.
The City Council also discussed putting vinyl siding on the Audubon Police Department and also using space in the basement of the Police Department to keep exercise equipment.
(Audubon) A resolution for the West Central TIF project was approved by the Audubon County Supervisor’s.
Audubon County Supervisor’s Chairman Todd Nelson says the resolution was approved at their meeting Monday morning.
“The title of it is resolution to determine the necessity of establishing urban renewal and plan for the Hamlin West Central urban rene4wal area.”
Nelson says an urban renewal area has to be defined and it has to go before the zoning board to make sure that it fits with what the zoning intention was laid out to do when it was zoned.
“We have to go through a consultation meeting with the effected taxing entities and we have to have a public hearing. It’s all part of the process to end up with a TIF area that we’ve agreed to do with West Central.”
Nelson adds that the Supervisors are working with Region XII to set up all the meetings and get the ball rolling.
(Red Oak) Three people were arrested following a traffic stop in Red Oak Monday night.
According to Police, 24-year-old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater, of Council Bluffs was driving the vehicle that was pulled over in the 400 block of East Sunset Avenue. She was charged with driving without a valid drivers license.
During the investigation, her two passengers were arrested on numous charges. Eighteen-year-old Susannah Rose McDaneld, of Council Bluffs faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, 21-year-old Steven Lee Fitzwater, of Villisca, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
All three were taken to the Montgomery County Jail. The Fitzwaters were each held on $300.00 cash, and McDaneld was being held on $1,000.00 cash.
November 29, 2011
(Atlantic) There is currently a large scale cyber theft that has resurged involving an email virus.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says it’s main target is businesses and anyone that does substantial ACH transactions from their computers. It is recommended that emails not be opened on any computer that also is tasked with the company ACH transactions unless they are from a well known source. Chief Green says this is not a new threat however; it appears to have resurfaced in great numbers.
Chief Green says the primary emails claims to be advising of a cancelled ACH transaction. Another suspect email claims to be the IRS. These emails give thieves access to routing numbers in the computer and allow them to re-route the ACH transactions.
All businesses and persons who make substantial ACH transactions should review their email procedures on any system connected to the financial computer.
November 28, 2011
(Atlantic) On Monday, November 28th, a two vehicle accident occured on Linn Street at the YMCA entrance. A vehicle driven by Anne Darrow of Atlantic was southbound on Linn Street and slowing down when it was struck from the rear by a vehicle driven by Austin Van Aernam. Van Aernam was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Darrow's Vehicle sustained $1,600 damage and Van Aernam's vehicle's damage was estimated at $1,500.
On Thursday, November 24th, Christina Russell of Atlantic was cited for moving a vehicle backward onto a highway. Russell was southbound backing out of a parking stall at Valley View Apartments and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Calvin Krause. Damage to the Russell vehicle was estimated at $1,600 while the Krause vehicle received $2,100 damage.
(Lewis) The Staff and Students at Lewis Elementary are back to class this afternoon after a foul odor caused an evacuation this morning. Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze says,
“Students were out of the building for about 45 minutes. I really want to thank Black Hills Energy, they got a guy there really quickly, probably within a half an hour of our initial call. So it didn’t disrupt the day too long.”
A gas leak was originally suspected but it turned out to be a combination of a couple of other things.
“Some agricultural waste that was being spread and perhaps our drains in the boiler room being dried out so that the trap system didn’t work, so a combination of a couple different odors that were happening.”
Students returned to the school at around 10:45 this morning.
(DES MOINES) The bobcat quota has filled and the season is closed as of 11 a.m. today (Monday).
There is a grace period for trappers to report any animals to a conservation officer and receive their proper tags. The grace period officially ends at midnight Nov. 29.
The grace period only applies to trappers to allow time to move their traps from areas likely frequented by bobcats. Hunters are not allowed a grace period. Bobcats trapped after the grace period must be turned over to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
(ATLANTIC) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Cass County Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Jason Andrew Miller of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance; 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension. 32-year-old Ryan Vincent Lee Richards of Elk Horn, Nebraska was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both men were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were released on their own recognizance the next day.
(ATLANTIC) Nominations are still being accepted for the Angels of Christmas in Atlantic.
Two individuals who symbolize the true meaning of the season will be selected as the Angels of Christmas at the Holiday Concert on December 10th. Megan Roberts, Chamber Director, said nominations will be accepted through December 2nd.
“We usually have a lot of people that get nominated for that and we like to honor them at the Holiday concert, it’s a big surprise that night and then we unveil the winners,” said Roberts. “If you’d like to nominate someone you just need to get your applications written to the Chamber of Commerce at 102 Chestnut Street or email it to email@example.com.
Angels of Christmas if sponsored by Stifel Nicolaus.
(ATLANTIC) Christmas in Atlantic events will take place this Saturday.
Megan Roberts, Chamber Director, says events will begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast with Santa at Hy-Vee and the Does cookie and candy walk and the events continue into the afternoon and evening.
“Our horse drawn wagon rides and Santa’s Cabin will be open from 3 to 5 pm at 6th and Chestnut Street, so folks can come out with their kids, have a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy those family times together. We will also have caricature artist at Santa’s Cabin, he will be doing drawings as people would like, that’s something new this year and we’re kind of excited to add that to all the festivity. And then that evening is our lighted holiday parade, so we’re looking forward to all the fantastic business floats in the beautiful lighted downtown Atlantic,” said Roberts. “The Atlantic Coca-Cola Museum will do soup-to-go in front of the new museum this year at 207 Chestnut and the Atlantic and Business Professional Women will do hot dogs and cider in front of Something for You on Chestnut Street. So people can come down for supper, enjoy the lighted parade, we do have fireworks to kick things off and those will be fantastic this year as well and then our living windows display will be 5 to 6 p.m. as well.”
Roberts said the Scrooge Contest ends on December 2nd and the winner will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. Scrooge candidates include Aaron Siggins of Hy-Vee, Janet Cappel of Cappels Ace Hardware, Nancy Fredrickson of Geis Perry Jewelry, Brad Peerbolte of Peerbolte Chiropractic, and Karen Nelson of the Handbag Ranch. Scrooge candidates are accepting donations for the Atlantic Food Pantry.
(Guthrie Center) The Guthrie County Sheriff's Office, along with the Guthrie County Sheriff's Reserves, Guthrie Center Police Department, Audubon County Sheriff's Office K-9, and Greene County Sheriff's Office, executed an early morning search warrant for drugs, Sunday November 27, 2011 at 1769 260th Trail, the Dennis Glenn residence. Numerous methamphetamine manufacturing items were found along with Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Dennis Carroll Glenn, 53, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine five grams or less (Class "C" felony), Possession of a controlled substance being Methamphetamine 3rd offense (Class "D" felony), Possession of a controlled substance being Marijuana 3rd offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Possession of precursor being Anhydrous ammonia (Class "D" felony), Possession of precursor being Lithium (Class "D" felony), Possession of precursor being Pseudoephedrine (Class "D" felony), Prohibited Acts (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Possession of drug paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor). His bond has been set at $100,000 cash or surety.
(Audubon) A Northern Iowa man faces drug charges in Audubon County.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Howard Reed Wright, of Estherville was arrested on Saturday afternoon, and charged with Possession of Marijuana, 2nd offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Xanax.
Wright was cited and released and will appear in court on December 8, at 9:00a.m.
November 28, 2011
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Board of Supervisor's is hosting the first of a series of meetings this week in regards to the future of the Montgomery County Jail. The first one is scheduled for Wednesday evening in the basement of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Red Oak.
According to the Montgomery County Auditor Ted Schoonover, the reason for the meeting is to gather information from county residents on what should be done with the old jail. Some ideas include; demolishing the old structure, save it, or sell it. Officials don't expect there to be any decisions made Wednesday night. The fact that the current jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places will have no bearing on whether the county decides to preserve the structure, or demolish it.
In 2010, Montgomery County voters approved the construction of a brand new 24-bed facility expandable to 36, that is currently under construction next to the the current 100-year-old jail. Officials say the new facility should be completed by the fall of 2012.
November 28, 2011
(Storm Lake) The Storm Lake Community has an official hero living among them. Buena Vista Sheriff Gary Launderville, was selected as one of two citizen heroes at the inaugural 2011 Hy Vee Heroes game held in Nebraska on Friday.
Launderville, with his wife Kathy, raised six children, adopted seven others, and fostered 125 more children over the years.
Launderville was also hit by an S-U-V last January as he tried to rescue a mother and child in a snowstorm.
There were over 200 citizen hero nominations from the state of Iowa. The
Red Cross received a $100,000 donation from Hy Vee before the game and will continue to raise money through the 90999 text campaign.
Iowa Radio Network
November 28, 2011
(Des Moines) A recent survey from Deloitte found that 74-percent of manufacturers surveyed are reporting a shortage of skilled workers in electrical repairs and commercial and industrial sectors of various industries.
Salaries have risen 15-percent for electrical repair specialists on commercial and industrial equipment.
Iowa Radio Network
November 28, 2011
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Barb Jacobsen will discuss the Blue Zone Project, and the City Council will talk about siding on the police office, space in the basement for the Police Department, and compensation practices.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Audubon City Hall.
November 28, 2011
(Elk Horn) Five discussion items are on the agenda for tonight’s joint meeting between the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton school boards.
The discussion items include; graduation diplomas, sports facilities, communication structure, joint advisory committee, mission and vision, and goals for 2012-2013.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the Elk Horn-Kimballton High School.
November 28, 2011
(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Court of Appeal’s has turned down a former Army Officer’s Appeal in a case where he is accused of breaking into a Council Bluffs apartment and assaulting a female.
The court rejected the request from former Lt. Colonel Robert Butts, who claimed there were several problems with his 2010 jury trial. He was sentenced to 25-years in prison for seven charges, including second-degree kidnapping.
Butts was accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment on November 11, 2009, and holding her at gunpoint. The female’s sister, who was hiding in a closet, called police.
During the trial, Butts testified that he didn’t remember what happened that night. A psychiatrist testified Butts had a history of sleepwalking.
November 28, 2011
(Atlantic) Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell will appear at Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic tonight to discuss issues facing community colleges. The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the campus on 705 Walnut Street.
The 77-year-old Democratic U.S. Congressman is challenging Republican Representative Tom Latham for the state’s newly redrawn third district, next year.
Boswell has served in Congress for 12-years.
November 28, 2011
(ONAWA) A Blencoe man was injured after he was struck by a vehicle in Monona County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 2:05 a.m. a verbal altercation occurred in the alley behind Sudds and Juggs bar. A backseat passenger of a 2004 Chevy Tahoe, identified as 44-year-old Kimberly Heberer of Sergeant Bluff, moved into the driver’s seat and backed up the vehicle. Heberer struck 25-year-old Manuel Anton, who was standing behind the vehicle.
Anton was transported to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City by Burgess Ambulance.
(DES MOINES) A Wind Advisory is in effect for Southwest Iowa from 8 am this morning to 6 pm this evening.
The National Weather Service says strong and gusty northwest winds will spread across the area this morning and remain strong this afternoon. Northwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph with gust to near 50 mph possible during the late morning and afternoon.
High profile vehicles will experience strong cross winds, which could impact stability and control while driver. Lighter, unsecured items, such as garbage cans and lawn furniture will blow around and may damage nearby windows and door glass. The wind could also create areas of blowing dust.
(SPENCER) A Missouri man was injured Friday morning while hunting pheasants northeast of Spencer in Clay County.
Steve Nelson, of Independence, Mo., was struck in the upper thigh, hand and arm by a 12-gauge shotgun being carried by a juvenile walking behind him in their hunting party as the group was finishing the hunt at approximately 9 a.m.
Nelson was taken by other members of his hunting party to the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
DNR Recreational Safety Officer Marty Eby said the incident underscores the need for hunters to always be sure that their firearm muzzles are pointed in a safe direction.
“In this case, we probably wouldn’t have had an injury if the gun had been pointed in a safe direction, even if it was accidentally discharged,” said Eby.
Eby said experienced hunters also need to provide constant supervision of younger hunters to reinforce positive safety practices.
The incident remains under investigation.
(WALNUT) Walnut’s 30th Annual Christmas Antique Walk begins today.
Events today include the Festival of Trees at the Welcome Center until 5 p.m., Country School Museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm with a harmonica player at 2 pm, a singing quartet from 1 to 3 pm, AmVet ladies will be serving soup at the American Legion Hall and wine tasting will take place at the Victorian Rose.
Saturdays events include the Festival of Trees at the Welcome Center from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Santa at the Walnut Library from 10 am to 1 pm, Country Singer Craig Smith will be strolling the streets in the afternoon, Gooseman and his gaggle will be wandering from 1 to 3 pm, the Country School Museum will be open from 1 to 4:30 pm with and organist from 2 to 4 pm, AmVet ladies will be serving soup at the American Legion Hall and wine tasting will take place at the Victorian Rose.
On Sunday the Festival of Trees will be open from 12:30 pm to 4 pm and the Country School Museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm with an organist playing all day.
(DES MOINES) Record High temperatures were observed Thanksgiving Day.
The National Weather Service says at 3:19 p.m. the temperature at Omaha Eppley reached 73 degrees. This not only shattered the previous record high for November 24th for the Omaha area, it was also the warmest so late in the season. The old record for November 24th was 65 set in 1990 and the previous warmest temperature so late in the season was 72 degrees recorded on November 29, 1998, November 25, 1960 and December 6, 1939.
The 73 high was also the warmest Thanksgiving Day on record.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Several laptops have come up missing at the Iowa Department of Human Services office in Pottawattamie County.
Nine laptops were missing when workers arrived on September 26th and then 8 more were gone on September 30th. There were no signs of forced entry into the office and the door locks have been changed since the incident.
The computers were older computers scheduled for replacement. There was no private information stored on the computers.
(GLENWOOD) The Glenwood Police Department reports five arrests.
On November 18th, 20-year-old Michael Trader of Pacific Junction was arrested for Robbery, Assault, and Theft.
On November 19th, 26-year-old Jonathan Toelle of Malvern was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense. And, 42-year-old Fancisco Villa of Omaha was arrested for OWI 1st Offense.
On November 22nd, 23-year-old Eric Brandt of Malvern was arrested for Probation Violation. And, 42-year-old Francisco Villa of Omaha was arrested for Failure to Appear.
(ATLANTIC) The Antlerless Deer Season begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
“This allows hunters to make use of those antlerless tags, all those antlerless tags are on a quota depending on which county you are in,” said Brian Hayes, with the DNR Office in Lewis. “Party hunting is allowed, all hunters must wear blaze orange just like any of our other gun seasons, and hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.”
Hayes says hunters are required to report to the harvest reporting system any deer that they take. The antlerless deer season is open in 42 counties with leftover antlerless tags.
Brian Hayes will appear on the DNR report on 96.5 FM, KSOM on Saturday morning around 7:30.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The DNR received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized determination that a 3.4 square mile area of central Council Bluffs violated the national air quality standard for lead in 2010 and is designated in nonattainment. The only known source of lead emissions in this area is Griffin Pipe Products Company.
The DNR began working with Griffin Pipe in 2010 to implement changes to reduce lead emissions. Griffin Pipe completed facility modifications and installed controls to reduce lead air emissions in early 2011. As of Nov. 15, the DNR’s Council Bluffs lead monitor has not registered any violations. In 2010 the Council Bluffs lead monitor measured six violations of the national standard.
The lead nonattainment area in Council Bluffs consists of industrial, commercial and residential areas. It is bounded by Avenue G on the north, North 16th/South 16th Street on the east, 23rd Avenue on the south, and North 35th/South 35th Street on the west.
The EPA allows areas in nonattainment 18 months from the effective date of designation, in this case Nov. 22, 2011, to develop and implement plans to reduce the exceeding air pollutant within five years.
The DNR will continue to monitor the area to determine whether additional measures may be needed to remain at or below the national air quality standard for lead. The standard is 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, measured as a consecutive three-month rolling average.
Lead emitted into the air can be inhaled or ingested after it settles. Depending on the level of exposure, lead can affect the nervous system, kidney function, immune system, reproductive and developmental systems, and the cardiovascular system. There is no known safe level of lead in the body.
(HARLAN) Thanksgiving is a time when many families come together and decorate their Christmas tree.
As we know from past years, something that comes with Christmas trees and decorations is a risk fire.
Harlan fire chief Roger Bissen warns that it's not only live trees that pose a fire hazard but artificial trees as well.
"Look everything over, look the lights over real close and if there's any kind of damage done to the lights just throw them away and go buy some new fixtures. They are not that expansive and it's going to be a lot safer for you in the long run."
And as far as live trees, make sure they get plenty of water.
"Cut the stump off at least one inch so you are able to let that tree absorb some water, as much water as they possibly can."
Cheif Bissen also says to make sure not to overload your electrical outlets
when plugging in Christmas lights and also be sure to use caution if you light
candles during the holiday season.
(Area) As Thanksgiving approaches, one thing that travelers can be thankful for is the lack of any snow to worry about in the forecast.
"It's still fairly early in the season. On average, the first snow of an inch or more typically isn't until roughly November 28th or so. So we are still not up to that average date for the first inch."
That’s State Climatologist Harry Hillaker who says there have been a couple of exceptions to that so far this year.
"We had just a small area, mostly Pottawattamie County that had some brief accumulation on November 2nd. Then a week later on November 9th, a fairly significant amount of snow across parts of south central, central, and into northeastern Iowa. As much as six inches at Winterset."
According to the state climatologist, it’s still too soon to tell what the current weather pattern might lead to throughout the winter.
"We get another two or three weeks behind us if we do get alot of snow in early to mid-December that often times does carry on into the winter."
Hillaker added that the last five years have all been snowier than the long term average. As far as the temperatures for the month of November, they have been running three degrees warmer than usual.
(ELK HORN) The 33rd Annual Julefest will take place in the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lisa Riggs, Event Coordinator and General Manager of the Danish Windmill, says Julefest events will take place at 24 this different locations and will feature two craft fairs, wine tasting, a Christmas concert featuring local musicians, dancing around the Christmas tree, plenty of food and so much more!
“It’s a fun time, it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, there are horse and carriage rides on Friday and it’s just a great way to open up the Christmas season in the Danish Villages,” said Riggs.
Riggs said you can pick up brochures and any of the business or attractions in the Danish Villages. Or you can view the brochure by clicking here.
(ANITA) Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Cass County Tuesday afternoon.
Cass County Deputy Bill Ayers says the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Glendale Road approximately three miles southeast of Anita.
“Cynthia Simon of Anita was eastbound on Glendale and Virgil Martin of Fontanelle was westbound on Glendale. The Simon vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Blazer, attempted to make a left turn into a farm drive failing to see the eastbound Martin vehicle, a 2000 Buick Lesabre. As a result, both vehicles hit head on in the roadway,” said Ayers. “Both drivers and a passenger in the Martin vehicle, Evelyn Martin, were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac and Anita Rescue. I believe Simon was treated and released and both of the Martin’s were admitted in serious condition.”
Ayers said the damage to the Simon vehicle was estimated at $8,000. The damage to the Martin vehicle was estimated at $10,000. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.
(GRISWOLD) The Griswold School is getting ready to look at some larger maintenance projects.
Superintendent Dana Kunze says they are going to have a financial statement review done by Piper Jaffrey that will help the board pick out which projects they want to address first.
“Some of those projects would include a new parking lot, a new roof for the High School building and some lighting our sports fields,” said Kunze. “Those are some of the projects that are probably going to be up first.”
Kunze said early estimates show that the roof and parking lot projects came in at just over one million dollars each. “Those are definitely things that we can’t get within a yearly budget so we have to make sure that we are planning long term on those,” said Kunze.
Currently the Griswold School is wrapping up a project that includes putting in some new entry doors and windows around the door.
(SALIX) Iowa State Patrol Troopers were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit that ended when the driver ran into the Winn A Vegas Casino building in Sloan on Monday.
At approximately 7:59 pm an Iowa State Trooper attempted to assist a motorist that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 29 near Salix. When the Trooper pulled over, the Plymouth Breeze pulled out onto the interstate. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and the car had a paper license plate in the rear window. The Trooper attempted to stop the car to check on the driver’s welfare, and speak to the driver about wearing his seatbelt. The driver continued south on I-29 and would not stop. A pursuit ensued. The Plymouth continued south into rural Monona County, where Troopers deployed stop sticks which deflated one of the suspect’s tires. The suspect vehicle then swerved at oncoming Troopers and narrowly missed striking one patrol car. The suspect vehicle eventually turned into the Winn A Vegas Casino parking lot. There the driver lost control of his vehicle, striking the casino building. A Trooper used his vehicle to block the suspect from escape, and then arrested the driver.
The suspect has been identified as 54-year-old Robert Bechtel of Cherokee, Iowa. Mr. Bechtel was taken to the Woodbury County Jail and charged with OWI and numerous other traffic charges.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Monona and Woodbury County Sheriffs’ Offices.
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(DES MOINES) A Coin, Iowa man was sentenced Tuesday to 235 months imprisonment for his involvement in the robbery, carjacking, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, and a consecutive 84 months imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the carjacking.
Forty three year old Tiran Rodez Casteel was also ordered to serve a five year term of supervised release following release from prison and ordered a $400 special assessment to be paid to the Crime Victim Fund. Restitution was ordered to remain open until the value of the stolen coins can be determined.
In September of 2008, Darlene Eitzen was held at gun point at her rural Page County farm home while Casteel and his son, Devan Casteel, robbed her of a rare and valuable coin collection which she had acquired after her husband’s death.
Federal jurisdiction for the prosecution existed because Casteel had taken Mrs. Eitzen’s car during the robbery, in violation of the federal carjacking statute. While awaiting trial on the federal charges, Casteel attempted to have Mrs. Eitzen killed so she could not testify at his trial. This resulted in additional charges being filed in federal court for obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
United States Attorney Southern District of Iowa
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Community School District will conduct a SchoolReach test on Monday, November 28th at 4:00 p.m. SchoolReach is a parent notification system for school communications. If you do not get reached, please call 712-243-4252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind this is an automated system.
(DES MOINES) The Iowa otter season officially closed at 1 p.m. today (Tuesday) when the quota of 650 otters was reached.
The otter call-in line was updated reflecting the season quota had been filled and the grace period to move traps is underway. Trappers may keep otters captured prior to midnight November 23. Otters captured after the grace period must be turned over to the DNR without penalty.
The harvest quota numbers are updated regularly on the DNR website www.iowadnr.gov or by calling the Iowa DNR at 515-281-5918.
Trappers are required to turn all otters caught after November 24th at 12 a.m., over to the DNR without penalty.
(GRISWOLD) The Griswold School Board discussed redistricting the Board of Director Districts at their meeting Monday night.
Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze says after every census School Boards have the opportunity to reconfigure itself. He said currently they have seven districts with a Board member from each district and he said they could look into moving more positions to “At Large”.
“I think the Board is looking to perhaps make an adjustment on that, probably stick with seven Board members, they like that configuration, but we may take a look at going to some At Large positions just because it’s getting harder and harder to recruit folks to run for School Board,” said Kunze.
In other news, the school board appointed a new board member at their meeting last night. Kunze said they had a member pass away last month and last night was the last opportunity to appoint that position without having a special election. Kunze said Rob Peterson was appointed by the Board.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two people were arrested following a drug bust on I-80 in Pottawattamie County Monday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says at around 12:30 p.m., Deputy Miller was doing traffic control on Interstate 80 around the 9 mile marker when he stopped a 2010 Chevy Malibu for speeding.
“Deputy Miller went ahead and issued some citations and then requested permission to search the vehicle. He was allowed to search the vehicle and he located 55 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in some vacuum sealed bags located in the vehicle,” said Sheriff Danker. “The occupants were placed under arrest for Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Tax Stamp Violation and Prohibited Acts
Danker said the driver was Somphavanh Childs and the passenger was Samson Phommabout, both of Utah. They are currently being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail.
In other activity, a Council Bluffs man was arrested on Monday for breaking into a house on River Road and stealing metal from the home. “The owner observed a vehicle there, he stopped by and the suspect took off and hid in the creek,” said Danker. “Deputies and a Trooper located him and he was arrested.” The individual was identified as 23-year-old Joshua Thompson.
(Elk Horn) Fans attending the Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools sporting events at Elk Horn-Kimballton High School are encouraged to use the new parking lot southeast of the school. Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the new lot consists of 56-parking spaces
“The parking lot is a half a block from the main building,” stated Schnoes. “We needed the parking spots because we have streets that surround the school building. The parking is limited on the west side of the building and they fill up quickly on nights we have sporting activities.”
The project was completed November 11, and school officials encourage people to park there because it is well lit in a very nice area.
November 22, 2011
(RED OAK) Dennis D. Bloom Esq., Chair of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Red Oak Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce that $17,800 in grants was awarded to Montgomery County nonprofit agencies.
The Following nonprofit organizations submitted applications to the Montgomery County Community Foundation by September 1st and were awarded grants by the Montgomery County Community Foundation Board of Directors:
-Red Oak Public Library, $1,300 to provide a virtual learning center (computer and software)
-Stanton Senior Center, $400 to purchase a new air conditioner
-City of Stanton Public Library, $1,000 to purchase and implement a new automation system
-Elliott Volunteer Fire Department, $500 to replace old pagers
-Montgomery County Family YMCA, $3,000 to upgrade health and wellness fitness center
-Montgomery County History Center, $1,450 to purchase equipment and materials to help research area history and archive it
-Red Oak Community School District, $3,000 to renovate “Cage” recreation site for use by general public
-Stanton Child Resource Center, $1,400 for preschool and toddler programs supplies and equipment
-Stanton Greenbelt, $1,000 to add more handicap-accessible trails for public use
-The Wilson Performing Arts Center, $2,000 for equipment
-Villisca Community School District, $2,000 to purchase document cameras for use with school interactive whiteboards
-Villisca Public Library, $750 to provide e-book services and space for use by young people
This total includes $1,000 from the VHS class of 1977 Endowed Fund, which was established in December of 2009 exclusively for the benefit of Villisca Community Schools, and $800 from the Stanton Endowed Fund, which was divided between the Stanton Senior Center and the Stanton Child Resource Center.
For more information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, contact any of the Board members or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Program Officer, at 800-794-3458.
(Greenfield) The Adair County Conservation Office is making an effort to improve Orient Lake.
This morning Adair Conservation Director Kevin Blazek will be asking the Adair County Board of Supervisors for a letter of support for a grant application for a house/shower and safe room project. Blazek says it is a much needed facility.
"Our old pit latrine is in poor shape, the foundation is settling and the walls are cracking," explained Blazek. "It will mean better sanitary facilities for campers which hopefully means longer stays and a safe room for severe weather."
Blazek says the past few years this has been a very popular campground. "This past summer weekend campsites filled up by Wednesday or Thursday night, and holiday's were reserved a week or two ahead of time.
Blazek says he is in currently in the process of applying for a grant. The Adair County Supervisor meeting started at 9:00 a.m. this morning. The board will go into closed session on a litigation matter at 10:15 a.m.
November 22, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests.
On November 15th, 30-year-old Steven Robert Pedersen of Atlantic turned himself in on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. He was released later that day on $2,000 bond.
On November 17th, 31-year-old John Oliver Knight of Council Bluffs was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $300 bond.
And on November 19th, 23-year-old Travis Derrick Collins of Bishop, Texas was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Sunnyside Park will not be shutting the gates this Thanksgiving Holiday. Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring says customarily when the restrooms are shut down, the park closes. The restrooms will be closing at the end of (Tuesday) today, but the park will remain open.
“It is so neat to see people, drive in during the noon hour, park their cars, read and have their lunch,” said Herring. “If we shut the gates they are not going to be able to do that.”
Roger Herring.says the park gates will remain open as long as the weather cooperates.
The Park and Rec. Board also elected new officers for 2-year terms Monday night. Stuart Dusenberry was elected Chairperson, Mary Strong, Vice-Chair, and Sandy Landness, Secretary.
November 22, 2011
(Atlantic) 2011 was a good summer financially for the Atlantic Municipal Swimming Pool. Atlantic Park and REC Director Roger Herring says the pool generated $10,000 more this past summer than in 2010. Herring says RAGBRAI was one big contributing factor.
“RAGBRAI brought in $7,000.00 in one day,” stated Herring, adding the increased rates also helped generate some additional cash. “Family passes were increased from $75.00 to $105.00, and the daily rates increased from $3.00 to $4.00 for children, and $4.00 to $5.00 for adults, so we were able to generate some additional revenue there.”
Herring also notes that the pool had virtually no break downs during the 2011 swimming season significantly cutting maintenance costs.
In 2010 the pool cost the city $41,100.00. In 2011 the cost to the city was $27,986.00. Total revenues in 2010, were $23,414.00. Total Revenues in 2011 added up to $35,400.00.
November 22, 2011
(Mapleton) One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Monona County (Monday) last night.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 29-year-old Robert Paris Palmer, of Mapleton, died when the car he was a passenger in was struck by a truck in Mapleton. The driver of the car, 27-year-old Lenley Ray Schofield, Junior, of Sioux City, was injured and taken by Mapleton Rescue to Burgess Hospital, in Onawa. Neither of the occupants in the car were wearing seatbelts.
The driver of the pickup, 24-year-old Joseph Lee Daggett, was not injured.
November 22, 2011
(Ponca, Nebraska) A Nebraska man pleads guilty to two counts of motor vehicular homicide and one county of drunken driving in connection with a deadly crash that killed a western Iowa man.
Fifty-five-year-old Robert Mahler, of Hubbard, Nebraska, pleaded guilty in Dixon County court Monday, for driving drunk on the night of September 9. The report says he was traveling on the wrong side of a Nebraska Highway near Emerson and hit an oncoming motorcyle. Two people on the motorcyle were killed including; 20-year-old Christopher Oberg, of Mapleton, Iowa, and his passenger, 19-year-old Alexis Calfee, of Bennet, Nebraska.
Authorities say Mahler's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Mahler could be sentenced to one to 50-years in prison on each vehicle homicide count.
A sentencing date has been set for January 23.
November 22, 2011
(Stuart) Business and individuals who are members of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals for the Guy Powell Award.
Guy Powell, past president of Midwest Partnership Development Corporation was an active volunteer on the board of many other organizations, and was passionate about local and regional economic development. So three years ago, this award was named after him. Sarah Gomez, is the economic Coordinator for Midwest Partnership EDC.
“The Guy Powell Award recognizes excellence, leadership and passion for economic development in the Midwest Partnership Development Region,” stated Sarah Gomez Economic Coordinator for Midwest Partnership EDC.
Gomez says members of Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals who stand out as outstanding leaders in this area of west central Iowa, and who work to make it more economically vital place to live. “Anyone, in this region that has showed a leadership role in the community in recognizing economic development,” said Gomez.
The deadline to submit nominations is January 12, 2012. Members can Mail or email nomination forms to: Monica Cateron, Midwest Partnership Office Manager at Midwest Partnership Development Corporation, Post Office Box 537, Stuart Iowa, 50250.
Midwest Partnership EDC serves the counties of Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie Counties.
November 22, 2011
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(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors discussed building permits at Monday’s meeting.
Audubon County Board of Supervisor Chair Todd Nelson says just because Audubon County Rural residents are allowed to build an agriculture building in an agricultural zone, doesn’t mean they don’t need a building permit.
“The understanding has been that if you build ag in an ag zone your are exempt from a building permit. However, our process right now is that you apply for a building permit if you are building in an ag zone,” stated Nelson.
Nelson says in some counties they call it a zoning determination to make it less confusing.
“Because ag buildings, particularly hog confinements are exempt from zoning because the county has no authority to zone them,” said Nelson. “However we have some authority to determine whether or not it is fit.”
Nelson says in addition, part of the process is getting the building permits to flow through the county so the assessor is aware of what is being constructed.
“We want the permits to flow through the county so that the assessor is aware of the construction, and right now we are not doing that,” explained Nelson. “There are so many buildings that get built without a permit because there is this assumption that they don’t need a building permit if you are building ag in an ag. Well, some of them may be exempt from zoning, but never exempt from needing a building permit.”
The Audubon County Board of Supervisor’s are thinking about revamping the process.
November 21, 2011
(ATLANTIC) Preliminary numbers are in from the Atlantic Rotary Auction held at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
JT Reisdorf, Rotary President, says preliminary numbers from the raffle show they raised between 6 and 7 thousand dollars and the proceeds from this raffle go to the Schildberg Recreational Area and for the General Fund they raised around $43,000.
“This is incredible news,” said Reisdorf, “It shows the support that the community not only gives back to the Atlantic Rotary and supporting this auction, which we have every year, but it’s the support that they give the community because these funds do go back into the community and these are funds that any of our community groups can come to us on a weekly, monthly, yearly basis and support them and their needs. Our number one priority is Service Above Self and that was clearly shown this Saturday evening.”
Reisdorf said they are already planning for next year when they’ll be celebrating their 30th Anniversary.
(HARLAN) The Shelby County Community Foundation announced last week that over $26,000 in grants were awarded to Shelby County nonprofit agencies.
The following nonprofit organizations submitted applications by September 1st and were awarded grants by the Shelby County Board of Directors:
-City of Elk Horn, $2,000 to create a memorial to honor veterans
-City of Shelby, $2,000 to purchase an electronic message board for public communication of community events and emergencies
-Concerned Inc, $1,000 to purchase chairs for clients and participants in Adult Day Services
-Country Care Center Corp., $1,500 to replace central a/c and door seals of walk in refrigerator/freezer
-Elk Horn Public Library, $500 to purchase new books for the juvenile collection
-Irwin Fire and Rescue, $4,000 to purchase power cot to make lifting patients safer for responders
-Kirkman Centennial Committee, $3,500 to repair floors, ceiling, tables, chairs, counters and doors in community building due to water damage
-Portsmouth Fire and Rescue/Cass Township Fire Department, $4,000 to provide protective equipment for firefighters
-Shelby County Community Outreach, $5,300 to replace roof on Mentoring Facility and upgrade a/c system with donated unit
-Shelby County Historical Society, $1,000 to purchase computers, printer, desks and lighting for the library office
-The Danish Immigrant Museum, $1,000 to purchase additional shelving and data loggers to improve long-term care of collections
-The Little Mermaid Trail committee, $1,000 for development of phase 1 of trail construction
Included in this total is $1,300 from the Endow Harlan Fund towards the grant for Shelby county Community Outreach and $500 from Thelma Petersen towards the grants for the Shelby County Historical Society and the Danish Immigrant Museum.
For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, contact any Board Member or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Program Officer, at 800-794-3458.
(AUDUBON) Two Audubon men were arrested on weapons charges over the weekend.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Randy Travis Kurth and 26-year-old Rodney Jerald Kurth on Saturday and charged both men with 2 counts of Carrying Weapons. The charges stem from a traffic stop on Highway 71 near Highway 44.
Both men were transported to the Audubon County Jail where they were held. They were later released following an appearance before the magistrate.
(CLARINDA) A New Market man was arrested on a Taylor County warrant for Failure to Appear.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Roberto Hernandez Cruz on Saturday. Cruz was unable to post bond and was released to a Taylor County Deputy for transporting to the Taylor County Jail for holding.
(Harlan) Two Shelby County businesses received a total of $30,000 Friday in a competition sponsored by Shelby County Developsource.
Shelby County Developsource Director M.J. Broomfield says, the businesses that were awarded the money include: Iowa Agricultural Bio-Fibers, owned by Alan Chute, Don Cordes and John Schechinger, who will receive $20,000 to assist in building expansion costs. And, Panama Diesel, owned by Josh and Theresa Kaufman, who will receive $10,000, to purchase new diagnostic computer software.
"The original goal was to try and promote start-up or expansion businesses to Shelby County and help them to succeed," stated Broomfield, who adds that there were nine eligible applications that were submitted for the program.
The panel of five judges went through the applications and selected the top four, who presented their businesses plans last Friday. "This has been in the works for months marketing the program and getting business people interested," said Broomfield, adding they have enough funding available for doing this at least a second time in 2012.
Shelby County DevelopSource partnered with the City of Harlan, Harlan Industrial Foundation, Harlan Municipal Utilities, Shelby County Board of Supervisors, Bank of the West, Defiance State Bank, Farmers Trust and Savings Bank, Midstates Bank, Shelby County State Bank, Town & Country Credit Union, and United Bank of Iowa.
November 21, 2011
(Glenwood) The Glenwood Police Department reports the following arrests from the past week.
31-year-old Michael Gaver, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While Barred.
22-year-old Daniel Doyen, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense.
Brian Lemke, age 32, of Geneva, NE, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense.
Manda Reed, age 30, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While Revoked.
Douglas Heitman, age 30, of Silver City was arrested for Fugitive From Justice.
19-year-old Christopher Young of Glenwood was arrested on a Montgomery County Warrant.
23-year-old Eric Brandt of Malvern was arrested on a Pottawattamie County Warrant.
(Corning) The Adams County Sheriff's office reports two arrests. On Friday, 21-year-old Travis Beaty of Prescott was arrested for Driving While Suspended. Beaty was pulled over on a routine traffic stop for speeding and was placed under arrest and brought to the Adams County Jail.
Early Saturday morning, Christofer Shockly, age 22, of Creston was picked up by the Union County Sheriff's Office and brought to the Adam's County Jail for a Probation Violation Warrant.
(Carson) The production of the seven/8 dorks will open tonight at the Carson Community Center. The money generated from this will go to the Carson Dreamland Theatre digital projector project.The Carson Community Club is committed to updating the projector and sound system and keeping the theatre open and playing current releases.
Director Wilma Laughlin says, "The main purpose is so we can raise the money we need for a digital project for our theater. If we don't get this digital prjector then we will have to shut the theater down because everying is going to digital. We got a grant but we have to match it so we're digging up the money for that."
The play is a modern version of Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
"We had our old Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story that we've grown up with but we decided that things change in time and whatever happened to the seven dwarfs? So we tell about how they've changed through time and how Snow White has changed through time. The evil Queen has changed also but I'm not going to let you in on any of the secrets of that. You'll have to see that for yourself."
The Carson Community Club received a big financial boost from the Iowa West Foundation to the tune of $41,000.00. This combine with the $23,000.00 they currently have on hand for the projectior, this leaves $20,000.00 left to raise. Laughlin says this theatre is on of the communiites most viatal and historic attractions.
"The theater is kind of our heart-throb in this town. We're not going to let it die out too easily."
The doors open for the three act play at 6:00 p.m. tonight and tommorrow night, and the show starts at 6:30. The cost is $25.00 per person, which includes a Ribeye Steak Supper.
"You can't beat it. It's really a perfect night."
In addition to that, Frank Rizzo, Program Director for KSOM/KS95 Radio, stars as "Prince Charming."
(Lenox) Lenox Police filed assault charges Thursday on two male students at the Lenox Middle School.
The charges were filed after police investigated a report Wednesday morning. The report stated that two boys, ages 12 and 13, knocked a 13-year old boy to the ground and kicked him repeatedly while he was down. The victim sustained minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to a doctor.
The names of the juveniles were not released.
November 17, 2011
(Harlan) Three Harlan juveniles face numerous charges this week for leaving obscene pictures on porches, and allegedly egging a house.
According to the press release, 14-year-old Levi Preston, 13-year-old Bryan Wilke, and 14-year-old Zachary Powers, all of Harlan were taken into custody Monday.
Preston was charged with Harrassment, and Wilke and Powers were charged with Accessory after the fact. The three boys were charged with criminal mischief for allegedly throwing eggs at a house earlier in the afternoon.
The three boys were cited and released to their parents. The case is being referred to Juvenile Court Services.
In other activity, 18-year-old Sarah Caswell was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant November 10, for 3rd degree burglary in connection with an incident last summer at 412 Durant Street. Caswell was transported to the Shelby County Jail. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Harlan Police arrested 47-year-old Karla Moeller, of Westphalia following a traffic stop Saturday. Moeller was arrested on active warrants out of Shelby and Carroll Counites and taken to the Shelby County Jail.
Harlan police arrested a suspect Monday for an alleged burglary. According to the report, 20-year-old Winston (Joe) Leal, of Harlan, was taken into custody on an active Shelby County warrant for the alleged burglary at 411 6th Street earlier this month. Leal was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was also charged with Interference with Official Acts.
November 18, 2011
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(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman suffered minor injuries in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 6 and Walnut Street, Wednesday.
According to the Atlantic Police, Dillon Cox, of Atlantic and Laura Champlin, of Atlantic were both driving southbound on Walnut Street. Champlin stopped to wait for traffic to make a left turn and Cox failed to get stopped, and rear-ended Champlins’ vehicle. She was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Dillon Cox was cited for following too close. His vehicle sustained $3,000.00 damage. Champlins’ vehicle received $1,500.00 damage.
November 17, 2011
(New York) The nomination of Scott Deter, dealer principal of Deter Motor Co., a Chevrolet, Chrysler, Buick, GMC and Jeep dealership in Atlantic, Iowa, for the 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced this week by TIME. Deter is one of a select group of dealers from across the country who will be honored at the 95th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas on February 4, 2012. The announcement of this year’s nominees was made by Kim Kelleher, worldwide publisher of TIME, and Tim Russi, executive vice president, North American Operations, for Ally Financial.
“Auto dealers have a tremendous impact on the viability of communities across the U.S.,” said Russi. “Ally is proud to support these extraordinary dealers who are truly making their communities better places to live and work.” As part of its support for the program, Ally will make more than $60,000 in charitable contributions to local community causes on behalf of the dealers. The 2012 national TIME Dealer of the Year winner will receive a $10,000 contribution for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of his or her choice. The other 50 nominees will each receive $1,000 to give to a qualified nonprofit organization. To celebrate the valuable contributions of dealers across the U.S., Ally has also launched a digital hub (ally.com/bizhero) featuring engaging content celebrating auto dealers and their philanthropic achievements.
The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who must also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Deter, 57, was chosen to represent the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 50 auto dealers, from 17,000 nationwide, nominated for the 43rd annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME Magazine in association with Ally, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan selects one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.
“Like many second-generation dealers, I began my automotive career in the family dealership,” says nominee Deter. “At age 13, I started dusting used cars on the lot. During high school and through college, I worked as a janitor, lube man, mechanic, parts clerk, body man, detailing and anything else that needed done, learning about all elements of the business.”
And that experience and entrepreneurial spirit kept him from pursuing a career in the corporate world, a lesson he learned after earning a B.A. from Tulane in 1976 and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1981. “During an interview at General Motors, an executive told me I was too blunt and too candid to succeed there,” he says. “He suggested it would be much more beneficial for GM and for me if I returned to the Iowa dealership.”
Founded in 1964 as Deter Chevrolet Buick by Deter’s father, Donald, the dealership continues to thrive and be a positive force in the community. Deter is proud to provide stable, well-paying jobs to the local economy and give his employees great flexibility, so they can take time off to attend children’s activities or deal with family illnesses. He also empowers his team to make their own decisions, creating an atmosphere of trust and self-reliance. “We have had minimal turnover and have been able to watch our staff and their families grow through the years,” he adds.
Deter Motor Co. has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to a variety of projects and organizations, including the Technology Center at Iowa Western Community College, Atlantic’s YMCA, Cass County Community Center, Atlantic Little League and Girls Softball Team, Ann Wickman Child Development Center, as well as donating cars for fundraising event prizes. “The community has been very good to Deter Motor Co. and the Deter family and we, in turn, have always believed in giving back,” says Deter.
He is proud to have founded the Atlantic-area Athena Foundation Chapter in 2001 and continues as sole financial supporter of the organization that recognizes outstanding women leaders and mentors and promotes leadership opportunities for women. Deter also sponsors the annual AtlanticFest Car Show and is a member of Atlantic Rotary, on the Mid-America council board of trustees for the Boy Scouts of America and has served on various committees and task forces for the local school district and other community groups.
Nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year Award by Bruce Anderson, president of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, Deter and his wife, LuAnn, have a daughter.
TIME is a global multimedia brand that includes TIME magazine, the world’s largest weekly newsmagazine, with a domestic audience of 19 million and a global audience of 24 million; four worldwide editions of TIME magazine; TIME for Kids; and TIME.com, which draws over 10 million unique visitors a month and has over 2.9 million Twitter followers.
November 17, 2011
(Percival) A Percival area levee that failed during last summer's flooding will be repaired temporarily. The total estimated damage was $120 million, but only $10 million have been received so far to go towards the repairs. The repairs will improve the levee enough to allow it to handle a 25-year flood. Repairs are expected to be made by March 1st.
(Atlantic) Gift boxes that will be sent out to under-privileged children around the world are now being accepted at the E-Free Church in Atlantic.
It’s all part of Operation Christmas Child. Atlantic collected 400 boxes of gifts last year and organizers hope to increase that total this year to 600-800 boxes.
The final day to make a donation is Monday. The E-Free church, which is located at the corner of 22nd and Chestnut, will also be open for donations from 3-7 p.m. for the rest of the work week and most of the day on both Saturday and Monday. If you have any questions you can call the church office at 712-243-4738.
(Adair) A former Adair City Clerk and her son were sentenced Monday for stealing city funds.
According to court documents, 63-year-old, Linda Nichols and her son 41-year-old Terry Nichols, who was employed by the Adair City Street Department pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in October as part of a plea agreement.
Monday, Linda Nichols was sentenced to no more than 10 years. That order was suspended and she was placed on five years probation, and ordered to pay a supervision fee of $300.00. In addition to that, she was ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine and statuatory 35-percent surcharge and pay full restitution and court costs as well as a $125.00 law enforcement initiative surcharge. Linda Nichols must also perform 100 hours of community service in each year that she is under probation. The hours will be served in the city of Adair. In addition Nichols must submitt a DNA sample. Her son Terry's sentence is the same.
The Attorney Generals Office says under the restitution agreement, a total of $83,293.05, must be repaid along with an additional $5,824.39 for the cost of the state audit. The amount is higher than the city of Adair's estimate of $80,000, but less than the $110,257.26 amount listed as improper in a special investigation report released by the State Auditor's Office on May 3, 2011. The report included losses due to the city's payroll taxes paid to the state, amounts that cannot be proven to have been stolen, and amounts that, after additional investigation, were proven to be stolen.
The special investigation was ordered by Adair City Officials as a result of misappropriation of city funds, and alleged improper and unsupported disbursements and undeposited collections.
November 16, 2011
(AMES) Over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Transportation restored traffic on Iowa 333 into Hamburg. This marked a significant milestone in Iowa’s fast-track flood recovery effort, as this was the last section of state highway to remain closed as a result of the Missouri River flooding.
Iowa 333 was closed in June when a temporary levee was constructed around Hamburg and across the highway to protect the town. Flooding eventually inundated the highway with several feet of water, damaging the roadway and bridge approach.
Fremont County and the city of Hamburg were hard hit as a result of the Missouri River flooding. Flooding took an economic toll on businesses that lost access to the interstate, as well as to the many regional business and recreational travelers the highway brought to the area.
Flooding closures significantly impacted local residents by adding miles to their daily commutes. The Iowa DOT joins the residents of Fremont County in welcoming visitors back to Iowa, and encourages travelers to make a stop in Hamburg (I-29, exit 1) or any one of the other communities easily accessed from Interstate 29.
(Chicago) The federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is reporting Farmland values in the United States Midwest surged 25-percent during the third quarter, the most since 1977, as higher grain and livestock earnings boosted demand for acreage.
Nebraska farmland values increased the most with roughly 40-percent jump over 2010.
November 16, 2011
(Glenwood) A Glenwood man faces burglary charges in Montgomery County.
Red Oak Police served a warrant Tuesday on 19-year-old Christopher Lynn Young charging him with 3rd degree burglary, a Class D Felony. Young was tranposrted to the Montgomery County Jail for processing. His bond was set at $5,000.00.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the MIlls and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office's in the service of this arrest warrant.
November 16, 2011
(Cumberland) Residents gathered at the Cumberland Community Building for a special meeting to discuss the fate of the community’s post office. The U.S. Postal Service may close hundreds of post offices in the United States as part of cost cutting measure proposed to the U.S. Government Post Regulatory Commission; and the Cumberland Post Office is on the list.
JaNan O’Brien, a representative from the U.S. Postal Service explained what may happen if the post office closed; but at least one resident didn’t want to hear that.
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However, if resident’s do not let their opinion’s be known, O’Brien almost guaranteed the Post Office would be closed.
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The save the Cumberland Post Office Committee is circulating a petition against the closing. Those can be found at the Cumberland Post Office, 21st Century Coop, Cumberland City Hall, and the Cumberland Library. Rodgers says copies of this petition will be sent to the Postal Service, and Representatives King and Boswell, as well as Senators Grassley and Harkin.
(Atlantic) Iowa has its first confirmed case of the flu and it is a severe one. Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder encourages the public to get a flu shot. Coder says vaccination's are down this year.
“We need people getting vaccinations, especially now that we’ve heard that we’ve got the first case in Iowa,” said Coder. “We’ve seen cases throughout the nation here for a few weeks, but this is the first case in Iowa and it comes a little closer to home. We know it’s here, the holidays are coming up and people are going to be mingling so it’s a great time to get out and get that vaccination.”
Coder admits the flu season appears to be starting a little early this year, and it could be a long season.
“We usually don’t see our first case here until December, and sometimes even January, so it does kind of raise eyebrows a little bit and I think that should give people a little bit of a nudge if they have been delaying it to get in and get that taken care of,” said Coder.
Coder says there are two walk in vaccination clinics scheduled at the Cass County Hospice. The first one is November 21, from 9:a.m.-to-noon. The other is November 30, from 5:30-to-6:30 p.m. on a come and go basis.
(Shelby) A Shelby County man whose currently serving time for sex crimes in Nebraska faces similar charges in Iowa.
According to the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office, 46-year-old Todd Mills, of Shelby, is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting four women from 2008 to June 2010. He was charged with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of kidnapping. He is scheduled to be arraigned December 12.
Mills was sentenced in Nebraska in September for up to 140-years in prison for sexually assaulting two women in Omaha.
November 15, 2011
(DES MOINES) After 10 days in to the furbearer season, Iowa fur harvesters have reported 372 otters and 114 bobcats as of November 15.
Fur harvesters must call a conservation officer or designated DNR employee within 24 hours of capturing an otter or harvesting a bobcat. The animal will be included in the daily updates of harvest totals and remaining quota provided on the DNR’s recorded hotline 515-281-5918 or on its website http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/TrappingFurHarvesting.aspx.
Once the quota is reached, trappers may keep any otter or bobcat captured within the 48 hour grace period. Otters and bobcats accidentally captured after the grace period and bobcats captured in an area of the state closed to bobcat harvesting, must be turned over to the DNR without penalty.
The river otter season is open statewide with a quota of 650 otters, plus any that are trapped by midnight of the following day after the quota is reached. The season limit is three otters per licensed fur harvester
The bobcat season is open in the southern three tiers of counties, plus Guthrie, Harrison, Monona and Woodbury counties. The open zone quota is 350 bobcats, plus any that are trapped by midnight of the following day after the quota is reached. The season limit is one bobcat per licensed fur harvester, regardless if it was hunted or trapped.
The harvest quota numbers are updated regularly by calling the Iowa DNR at 515-281-5918.
(DES MOINES) Licenses are on sale for Iowa’s three day November antlerless deer season Nov. 25, 26 and 27. November antlerless season licenses are valid only on private land in the 42 counties were the antlerless quota has not filled.
Party hunting is allowed and all hunters must wear blaze orange. Hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. For a listing of counties with antlerless licenses available, visit the DNR website.
All deer taken must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities.
For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.
(ATLANTIC) ISU Extension is hosting an open house called “CyDay Friday” in conjunction with the ISU game on Friday, November 18th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cass County Extension Office.
There will be free burgers from the Beef producers, door prizes, photos with Cy and a live broadcast with KSOM from 11 to 1 with an ISU Football ticket giveaway.
Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator, said part of the event is to get people to understand what all Extension can do.
“Historically we are known for youth programming through 4H and for a lot of our Ag and continuing education programs, but Extension has really sort of broadened its horizons,” explained Olson. “We have a lot of great programs for families, for youth outside of 4H, a lot of great educational opportunities, a lot of publications and resources, we do a lot with gardening, of course we have a lot of resources for farmers, we have a lot of resources as far as families and parenting, a lot of resources as far as family financial management, those are probably some of our biggest growing areas and most popular areas that a lot of people don’t know about.”
Olson says everyone is invited to attend. “Even though it is CyDay Friday and we are kind of tying it in with the Iowa State game, Extension certainly serves all Iowans,” said Olson. “So, even if you don’t want to wear your cardinal and gold, we want to invite everybody in the community to come out and have a free meal and learn a little bit more about what we are about and find out something maybe that they didn’t know that Extension did that could be a resource to them in the future.”
Olson sends a special thanks to Hy-Vee, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart for donating lunch items for this event.
(HARLAN) 1380th Street in Shelby County is closed for bridge replacement.
Shelby County Emergency Management says the bridge is over an unnamed tributary of Mosquito Creek, just west of Highway 191 between Elmwood Road and Highway 191.
The bridge is being replaced with a culvert and construction will last approximately three weeks.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin announced today that three telephone utility companies have been awarded over $36 million in loan funds to improve, build and expand broadband services to rural territories and communities in Iowa.
The Griswold Cooperative Telephone Company will receive $12,747,000 in loan fund to be used to complete a system-wide FTTP network, enhancing broadband service to all subscribers.
The funding comes from United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee where he worked to increase the availability of broadband in rural areas. He is also a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the USDA.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On November 10th, 34-year-old Amy Jo Dole was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On November 11th, 34-year-old Deemaku Atkinson of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County warrant for 4th Degree Theft.
And on November 12th, 42-year-old Troy Baker of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, 2nd Offense.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon man was arrested for Public Intoxication and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief Sunday.
The Audubon Police Department says 27-year-old Nathan Patrick Kinzie was asked to leave an Audubon business because he was alleged to have been intoxicated and acting in a disorderly manner. Kinzie then struck and broke the front window of the business.
Kinzie was booked into the Audubon County Jail and was held pending an appearance before the magistrate.
(GLENWOOD) Mills County Emergency Management has an important message for homeowners, renters, business owners, and private nonprofits in Mills County, declared a disaster area due to the 2011 Missouri River flooding. Resources are available to help with financial recovery, legal assistance and mental health support.
To be considered for disaster assistance either through flood events or the August hail storms, it is important to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, or visit the SBA website at www.disasterassistance.gov Applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call TTY 1-800-877-8339. After registering with FEMA, residents and business owners must complete an SBA Disaster Loan Application using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or complete the application by mail. It is a necessary step to be considered for most forms of disaster assistance, including grants. SBA service representatives are available at all Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, help individuals complete their applications. No appointment is necessary.
There are 2 sites currently serving the Mills County area and they are open 9am-6pm M-F, closed Sat/Sun. In Pottawattamie County, The Human Services Campus located at 705 N. 16th Street in Council Bluffs. And in Fremont County, the Emergency Operations Center located at 2014 290th Avenue in Sidney.
Those flood affected individuals who may require legal assistance, are eligible to receive free disaster related legal advice from an attorney, by calling the Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal aide hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a day, and leave a brief message with the following information, identifying that you are seeking flood-related legal assistance, the county where you reside and your current contact information. Survivors who qualify for assistance are matched with Iowa lawyers, who have volunteered their time to provide free legal advice. (Note: this service is provided solely for legal issues arising from the flooding which occurred during the period of May 25 to August 1, 2011, in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Pottawattamie counties.)
Mental health assistance is also available at no cost by contacting the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985. Project Recovery Iowa can assist you by providing needed support during the recovery process and help you to regain a sense of control over your life. This free and confidential service is available to any flood affected individual here in Mills County.
The Mills County Flood Recovery Hotline, 712-527-4231, is still in operation and staff is available to provide resources as needed. You can access up to date resource information by calling the Hotline or online at www.millscountyflood.org. Call today for information or to find out how you can assist members of your community as we work together to recover from the 2011 floods.
(DEXTER) A boil advisory has been lifted for the city of Dexter after repairs to a broken water line were completed.
The boil advisory was issued as a precaution because loss of water pressure resulting from the broken water line can allow bacteria to get into the system. Water samples taken of the system after repairs were made indicate there are no bacteria in the system and the chlorine levels are at an acceptable level.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is raising money to make some area families "Christmas Dreams Come True."
Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson says the project is called "Christmas Family Dreams." The applications can be picked up at the Atlantic Police Department, KSOM/KS95, and Masker Plumbing and Heating.
“We go through the applications and try to pick out the families that are in need the most and then we take them shopping in Atlantic, downtown Atlantic, on Saturday,” said Erickson. “They go shopping with a Police Reserve and when they are all done with that we bring them back to the Police Department and we give them enough groceries for Christmas dinner so they can prepare their meal on Christmas Day.”
Lt. Erickson says last year they raised enough money to provide Christmas for 8-families, and another five families received groceries for Christmas dinner.
“It’s very rewarding, I enjoy it, I like doing things with kids and the other officers are the same way, they get a lot out of it just seeing the reactions on the kids’ faces,” said Erickson.
The applications should be submitted back to the Atlantic Police Department by December 14.
A passerby shared this photo of a vehicle fire on Interstate 80 east of Wiota Sunday afternoon.
(Des Moines) During last years Thanksgiving Holiday, eight people lost their lives on Iowa highways. Beginning November 21 through November 27, Iowa law enforcement will be conducting another law enforcement project as part of the Special Traffic Enforcement Program.
"Seatbelts, speed, drunk driving, and anything we think is a public safety issue," stated Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says this is part of statewide project to change driver behavior. "Far too many people are killed on our roadways for failing to obey traffic laws."
Fifty-percent of those 13-people killed during last year's 7-day sTEP program as a result of being unbuckled, would be saved if only motroists would take three seconds to put on the safety belt.
In 2010, 390-people were killed on Iowa roadways.
November 14, 2011
(CLARINDA) Two people were arrested following an altercation at the Ice House Restaurant in Clarinda early Sunday morning.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy assisted with a call at the Restaurant for a fight in progress at approximately 1:30 a.m. The Deputy arrived on scene and was directed to a vehicle that had persons involved in the fight and was attempting to leave the parking lot. The driver, 38-year-old Dereck Wayne Freshour, of Villisca, was using the vehicle to move the Deputy while the Deputy was ordering him to stop the vehicle. The Deputy eventually convinced Freshour to stop the vehicle.
Following investigation by the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Clarinda Police Department, Freshour was arrested and charged with Felony Assault on a Peace Officer, OWI 1st Offense, and Interference with Official Acts. He was booked into the Page County Jail and later posted $5,000 bond.
Thirty-six year old Heath Patrick Rodney, of Hardford, South Dakota, was arrested for Public Intoxication and two counts of Interference with Official Acts. He was booked into the Page County Jail and later posted $300 bond.
Thirty-one year old Joshua Edward Simmons was listed as the third passenger in the vehicle, but no charges were listed under his name.
(SIDNEY) One person was injured in a two vehicle accident in Fremont County November 3rd.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says Judson Krein of Farragut was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber on 370th Avenue at the intersection of 190th Street when he pulled into the intersection and was struck by a 2000 Buick Century, driven by Michael Glenn of Riverton.
A passenger was taken to Shenandoah Hospital with minor injuries.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff's Office reports four arrests this past week.
According to the report, 42-year-old John Darwin Steckelberg, of Adair was taken into custody, Thursday, on a Cass County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine. Steckelberg was being held on $10,000 bond.
In other activity, a Council Bluffs man was arrested on Thursday on a district court warrant for a probation revocation. Twenty-nine year-old Nathan Lee Louis Lukavsky, was held on $5,000 bond.
An Atlantic man was arrested on Friday for a violation of a protective order. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Matthew Ray Thies, of Atlantic was taken into custody and released on his own recognizance.
Sheriff's deputies arrested 37-year-old James LeRoy Chelf on Friday, on a charge of failing to appear on a driving while suspended. Chelf was held on $325.00 bond.
November 14, 2011
(Cumberland) The Cumberland Post Office is on the list for closure, and a meeting is set for this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Cumberland Community Building to discuss the issue with U.S. Postal Representatives. Bob Rodgers, of Cumberland is a spokesperson for this event and he is asking the public to attend this meeting to help avoid this closing.
"We are hoping for a good crowd that will ask alot of questions, and explain how they will be inconvenienced," stated Rodgers.
There is also a petition against this closing located at the Cumberland Telephone Office, 21st Century Coop, Cumberland City Hall and Cumberland Library. Rodgers says copies of this petition will be sent to the Postal Service, and Representatives King and Boswell, as well as Senators Grassley and Harkin.
Bob Rodgers emphasizes that a good turnout is one of the factors that could stop the closing of the post office.
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(ATLANTIC) Anyone interested in recreation, wellness, trails and tourism is invited to attend the next meeting of the Nishna Valley Trails Association on Monday, November 21st from 6 to 7 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church (1101 E. 13th Street) in Atlantic. There will be updates on the development of trails in Cass County and Atlantic and reports on work with city and county partners. A special item on the agenda will be a presentation by Denise Coder, Cass County Wellness Director. Bring your good ideas and interest in community development, and join in.
(Corning) An Adams County man was taken into custody Sunday afternoon on drug and harrassment charges.
According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, 41-year-old Matthew Dean Desher, of Corning was arrested at around 6:00 p.m., and charged with 2-counts of 1st degree harrassment, and possession of marijuana. Authorities say two different individuals reported that Desher was harrassing them.
Desher was taken to the Adams County Jail. A deputy found Decker to be in possession of marijuana while he was being booked in.
November 14, 2011
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(Stanton) Three people face charges following a traffic stop early (Saturday) this morning near Stanton.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says, 24-year-old Jonathan Phillip Van Den Einde, of Stanton is charged with interference with official acts, 24-year-old Raymond Biersted, of Ames, faces charges of OWI 1st offense, and 21-year-old Caleb Michael Sunderman, of Clarinda is charged with OWI 2nd offense. The three were stopped at 250th and P Avenue at around 12:53 a.m.
All three subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Van Den Einde was held on $300.00 bond, Bierstedt, $1,000 bond, and Sunderman was held on $2,000 bond.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Red Oak Police Department.
November 12, 2011
(ATLANTIC) It won’t be long and you’ll be hearing those familiar bells ringing as part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
Kettles will be set up at Walmart, Hy-Vee and Fareway in Atlantic on December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. Kettles will also be set up at the Grand Lighting on November 17th. New this year, Salvation Army has the ability to accept donations through the National Salvation Army website. Anyone wanting to donate to the local unit can go on the website and specify which local unit they want their Red Kettle donation to go to. More information will be released on this program at a later date.
Duane McFadden, chairman of the Cass County Red Kettle Campaign, says the money raised from the campaign stays in Cass County.
“They use it for the Police Program “Shop with a Cop”, there are gift cards to local schools to assist students to meet their various needs, sometimes there are stranded motorists or transient individuals that need funds, and also money has been spent on fans to be distributed by West Central Community Action and backpacks to be distributed through the school staff,” said McFadden. “This year the Cass County Salvation Army unit also partnered with the Parents as Teachers program to purchase car seats.”
Any person, family, community group or religious organization who would like to sign up for a two hour shift to ring bells should contact Duane McFadden at 712-781-2287.
Last year the Cass County unit raised $5,827.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs Day Care provider pleaded guilty to aggravated child endangerment Thursday and will serve one year of probation.
Thirty seven year old Teresa Chapin was arrested in October in connection with the death of five month old Lane Thomas. Lane Thomas was discovered not breathing at Teresa’s Tony Tots Day Care on August 17th and was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy conducted on Lane Thomas indicated that the manner of death was undetermined and the cause was sudden unexplained infant death.
Teresa Chapin’s sentencing will be held next year.
(ANITA) An Anita couple is celebrating a special anniversary today, their 11th anniversary on 11-11-11.
Kevin and LuAnn Myers were married on November 11th, 2000 at the Methodist Church in Anita.
“It didn’t even occur to me at that time that this was going to be happening so I thought, let’s have a party, let’s not celebrate our 10th anniversary, let’s celebrate it on our 11th anniversary,” said LuAnn. “I have invited friends and family to come in and have a celebration with us, we’re going to have a beach party theme and at 11:11 p.m. I am going to be toasting a very special toast at that time.”
LuAnn says since today is Veterans Day, that toast will be a special salute to our Veterans.
“My husband has two children that are in the military, they are both Marines,” explained LuAnn. “One is going to basic training right now and will be graduating next week and his other son is already graduated from the Marines but he is still stationed in the Marines in North Carolina, so I just thought this would be a special time to have a special toast.”
And with a high in the upper 50’s today, the weather almost seems ideal for a November Beach Party. LuAnn said when they got married in 2000 it was snowing.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department continues to investigate the bomb threat at the Atlantic Middle School Thursday morning. It was the second bomb threat in two weeks. Lt. Dave Erickson is leading the investigation.
"It about 8:20 a.m. we received a call from the middle school principal of another bomb threat and when we arrived there was one in the same bathroom as the last time," stated Erickson. "The note said they were going to blow up the middle school and the YMCA at 11:45. We contacted the authorities and it wasn't a credible threat but we still swept the building and got the kids out of the school, and evacuated the Y."
Lt. Erickson says the incident is still under investigation and when they catch the person that did this he will be charged with terrorism, which is a Class B felony.
"I'll catch him, we are not going to let it get away," said Lt. Erickson.
Police interviewed one suspect, but he has been ruled out as a suspect.
November 11, 2011
(VAIL) The DNR is investigating a fish kill south of Vail reported by the Crawford County Engineer Tuesday afternoon.
Many dead fish and a strong smell of manure indicate recent manure application may be the cause of the fish kill. The DNR fisheries staff did a fish kill count Wednesday, finding mostly small fish such as minnows and shiners. About one to two miles of Miller Creek have been affected southeast of its confluence with the Boyer River.
The DNR is actively investigating the source of the fish kill and will continue to monitor the situation.
(ATLANTIC) The Counseling staff at Atlantic High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Planning meeting for seniors and their parents on Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. A representative of the College Planning Center in Des Moines will present a program which will address the following topics: FAFSA financial aid form, various loan programs, tax law concerning education tax credits and incentives, and career planning information. The counselors from the High School will also be available to answer questions and explain other career and financial aid materials available at the High School.
(GRISWOLD) The American Red Cross is asking people to roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets this Veterans Day weekend to honor those who have served their country. At the same time, anyone who comes to donate will have the opportunity to sign a card and include a personal message that will become part of the annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.
The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have joined together for Holiday Mail for Heroes, a program through which people can sign holiday cards for members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and the Red Cross will sort and deliver them to military installations, veterans’ medical facilities and other locations during the holidays.
A blood drive will be held Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Griswold High School. You can call the school to make an appointment, walk-ins are also welcome.
(ATLANTIC) A bomb threat was discovered and reported to the office at the Atlantic Middle School. The Atlantic Police Department was notified. The police have searched the building and feel the building is safe. The Middle School staff and students have been evacuated for a short period of time as a precautionary measure. The school district will continue to work with the local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all students in the district.
(Audubon) Two Omaha, Nebraska men were arrested early Tuesday morning in Audubon County on numerous drug charges.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says, 40-year-old Scott Lee Kounovsky, and 42-year-old William Ray Blackerby were taken into custody at around 1:45 a.m.
Kounovsky has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing contraband in correctional facility. Blackerby, has been charged with 2nd offense possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were taken to the Audubon County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.
The charges stem from a traffic stop on Highway 71 near Littlefield Drive.
November 10, 2011
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a Fort Dodge man Wednesday on an outstanding warrant.
According to the report, 32-year-old Christopher Lee Gordon was taken into custody at around 1:00 p.m. He was charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from the investigation into a traffic stop that occurred in Hamlin on
Gordon was transported to the Audubon County Jail and is being held on $5,000 bond.
November 10, 2011
(WALNUT) The Walnut School Board met with the AHST School Board Tuesday night to discuss sharing possibilities.
Walnut Superintendent Jim Hammrich said they discussed a possible sharing agreement with AHST that would look a lot like the current sharing agreement they have with the Atlantic School District, which includes having the 9th through 12th grade students sharing for a ½ day.
“I think the Board felt that our proximity was key; being so close, and of course their classification, not being a 3A school, we probably would have more students participate. I think we had 3 kids that played football and we felt like maybe if they were at a different school where they might be able to compete a little better we would have a few more kids out, so that was certainly an issue. And possibly sharing staff, again being so close that was an option which would be a little more difficult than Atlantic because of the distance,” explained Hammrich. “So, nothing negative in either way, just what might work better for our kids.”
Hammrich said they already met with the Atlantic School Board to discuss the same possibilities. He said they plan to make a decision at their Board meeting on the 21st so they can give each School District a heads up on their plans.
(SHENANDOAH) Two teenagers were sent to the hospital following a rollover accident in Page County Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Sarah Gruhn of Manning was driving a 1993 Buick Century at 140th Street and C Avenue, rounding a curve, when she lost control and began to swerve back and forth. Gruhn tried to regain control, but left the roadway on the west side of the Highway. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest upright.
Sarah Gruhn and a passenger, 16-year-old Jamie Stribling of Shenandoah, were both transported to the Shenandoah Hospital by Ambulance. Gruhn was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(Oakland) Oakland residents turned down a recreation tax, that would have accessed $4.00 per month to their utility bill.
The measure would have generated enough funds to make improvements to the swimming pool, city parks and trail systems. However, Oakland residents turned down the measure 121-79.
The passage of the public measure would have also allowed Oakland residents with utility accounts within city limits entry into the swimming pool at no admission charge.
The measure would have been re-evaluated after four years, to review its' effectiveness.
November 9, 2011
Jesse A Andersen – 177
Gene Gettys Jr. – 420
David Tyrrel – 157
City Council At Large (1)
David H Pedersen – 650
City Council Ward 2 (1)
David Miller – 181
City Council Ward 4 (1)
Eric Glover – 25
Daniel J. Schumacher – 97
Stan Jens – 36
City Council (3)
Timothy Frederiksen – 35
Susan Mardesen – 31
Nate Potts – 35
Lori Teachout – 8
Roger Schumacher – 5
Robert Schumacher – 2
Write Ins – 8
City Council (3)
Betty A. Brantner – 6
Ralph Heese – 24
Ronald Peters – 28
Dana Tuma – 24
Alan J. Wilwerding – 38
Bob Kloewer – 26
City Council (2)
Bob Kloewer – 27
Jeff Theulen – 56
Wes Walker – 35
Ron Weihs – 33
Jim Borcher – 73
City Council (2)
Richard Wiig – 70
Diane Plumb – 68
Jay W. Wageman – 43
City Council (2)
Tracy Finken – 39
Tyler L. Gubbels – 38
George Leuschen – 23
City Council (2)
Bernard Hermanson – 9
Steve Wegner – 20
Cory Freund – 6
Alan Bruck – 5
Jerome Gross – 16
City Council (2)
Nicholas J. May – 21
Jerome Schneider – 9
Ron Heese – 8
City Council (3)
Larry Gustason – 4
Phil Nielsen – 5
Terry Fiscus – 4
Matt Nielsen – 3
Michelle Anderson – 3
Arlyn Oman – 6
Gary Brown – 3
Brandi Bacon – 2
Clint Kienast – 4
Sonny Goans – 3
William J. Sondag – 24
City Council (2)
Larry Wendt, Sr. – 22
Gerald Kohles – 1
Connie Johl – 1
Gale Tarkington – 1
Tim Blum – 1
Craig Rau – 1
Michael Stoll – 1
Lisa J. Juhl – 114
City Council (3)
Christopher J. Evans – 41
Doyle Gilland – 49
Rick Kiesel – 45
Ron Kroll – 47
Shawn Osbahr – 80
Robert Richmond – 60
Sheila M. Rihner - 83
Bill Billings – 735
Larry Brandstetter – 347
Bill Haufle – 76
James A. Johnson – 154
Jeff Van Scoy – 17
City Council Ward 1 (1)
John F. Haidsiak – 84
Scott Keith – 149
Roger Waggener – 128
City Council Ward 3 (1)
Larry D. Barnett – 442
Steve Fenn – 111
City Council At Large (1)
Dennis Jones – 361
Jeanice A. Lester – 791
Russell Williams – 125
City Council (3)
Tammi Redd (Write In) - 4
Amy Eggleston (Write In) - 4
Julianna Schooling (Write In) - 4
Clavin Myers (Write In) -4
Sandy Gray (Write In) - 3
Ellen Houser (Write In) – 2
(The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors will choose the three candidates out of the 4 tied write-ins when they canvas the election results. The canvas date will be set at their meeting on Thursday)
Kirk Requist – 57
City Council (2)
Ray Guffey – 66
Kelvin B. Wenberg – 58
Stephen C. Howell – 36
City Council (2)
Michael A. Carson – 39
George L. Petty – 37
Andy Crussell – 94
Larry E. Figgins – 77
Adam Wainwright – 88
City Council (3)
Rex Galloway – 120
Lee Haidsiak – 225
Marilyn Halda – 190
Marsha Shepherd – 153
Andrea Jeannette Holldorf – 41
Laurenda Mifflin – 6
City Council (5)
Michael Bradley Amos – 36
Michael Austin Ford – 26
John Geifing – 22
Greg Lightner – 34
Lyn Sliger – 37
Nancy Taylor – 41
Brenda Wendt - 25
Brian Corpe – 7
City Council (5)
Ricardo Avila – 4
Jauson King – 5
Donna Rochau – 7
Dwight Sunderman – 7
Kathy Jones (Write In) – 6
Marlene Lee (Write In) – 1
Ed Harlow (Write In) – 1
Larry Johnson (Write In) – 1
Peter Rochu (Write In) – 1
Guy Brace – 198
Judith Butcher – 78
Janet E. Scheilz-Wood – 80
City Council At Large (1)
Bert Peckham – 296
City Council Ward 1 (1)
Wayne Moore - 121
City Council Ward 3 (1)
Warren G. Blaisure – 83
Patricia A. Shipley – 16
City Council (5)
Hartford Cooper – 14
Christine Dunn – 16
Becky Pen – 16
Christine Wiechman – 16
Gary Poen (Write In) – 13
Gene Dixon (Write In) – 1
Eddie Perrin (Write In) – 1
Jerry Loghry – 18
Bob Hendricks – 5
Sherry Gray – 5
Greg Wilkinson - 4
City Council (1)
John Grossnickle – 37
City Council To Fill Unexpired Terms (2)
Billy Preston – 8
Greg Wilkinson – 7
Kim Reed – 4
(Marne) There were six candidates vying for five seats on the Marne City Council Tuesday night. Three incumbents were re-elected and two newcomers earned the other two seats.
Incumbents Angela Redler receiving 42-votes, Dennis Priester 39, and Lanny Kite 31, were all re-elected. Newcomers, Alan Cranston, (38), and Randy Henningsen, (33), will join the council.
James Hoffman, finished sixth in the race with 19-votes.
November 9, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) An Omaha woman was sentenced to prison for her participation in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in rural Mills County.
On Friday, 35-year-old Jennifer Mae Biggerstaff was sentenced to 80 months in prison, five years of supervised release following imprisonment, and imposed a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. Biggerstaff was allowed to remain in her current placement pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prison Facility at which she will serve her sentence.
On April 28, 2011, an indictment was returned by the federal grand jury charging Jennifer Biggerstaff and five other persons with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and associated charges in what has been referred to as the Fisher Farm Case. On August 4, 2011, the defendant appeared in Federal Court in Council Bluffs and pled guilty to her participation in the conspiracy. The Fisher Farm is an acreage located in rural Mills County, Iowa, at which an estimated 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of pure methamphetamine was manufactured by several people from at least February of 2003, to May of 2011. Persons involved in the conspiracy were responsible for the theft of substantial quantities of anhydrous ammonia in southwest Iowa and for the purchase of pseudoephedrine from several stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, all of which was used to manufacture methamphetamine. Biggerstaff’s role in the conspiracy was to purchase pseudoephedrine to be used to manufacture the methamphetamine, for which she received a portion of the resulting methamphetamine.
Previously sentenced in this case were: Kirk Jason Hardman (120 months imprisonment), and Trent James Fisher (90 months imprisonment). Previously sentenced in associated cases regarding the same conspiracy were: Timothy Earl Bendt (48 months imprisonment) and Paul Leon Foster (157 months imprisonment). Pending sentencing in the case are Andru Alan Fisher, Robert Gene Ott, Jr., and Christopher Nicholas Smith.
(Griswold) A write candidate captured the mayoral seat in Griswold. Lee Wyman narrowly defeated Victoria Jones 116-to-115 Tuesday. Wyman will serve a four-year term.
Another write-in candidate, Ryan Askeland was elected to the city council. Lisa Cook and Larry Mundorf listed on the ballot garnered 124 and 120 votes respectively, while Askeland received 100-votes to fill the third seat. Three other write-in candidates had respectable showings. Andy Steffens mustered 94-votes, Carol Hogueison, 84, and Barry Moore received 33-votes.
November 9, 2011
(Atlantic) A retired teacher and coach will fill the Cass County Board of Supervisor’s District 2 seat.
Gaylord Schelling longtime teacher and head football gathered 170-votes, Donald Lappe received 150-votes, Pat McCurdy 99, Kathy Somers, 77, and Jeff Richter received 11-votes, in a special election held Tuesday.
“I appreciate all the people that supported me with this and took time to help and I hope I can help Cass County continue to be a great place to live," stated Schelling.
Gaylord Schelling was nominated by the Republican County Convention to fill the seat left vacant after Chuck Kinen’s death. However, following the party convention the four other candidates filed petitions to run.
November 9, 2011
(Des Moines) A narrow band of snow blanketed an area from Taylor to Decatur and north to Polk and Dallas Counties overnight. Jim Lee, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says the heavy wet snow knocked downed trees causing power outages. The heaviest of amount of snow was reported in Winterset.
"We had reports within that band of upwards of 4-6 inches of snow in some areas. The highest amount was 6.4 inches reported in Winterset and that was while snow was still falling," stated Lee.
Winterset and Lenox school officials have delayed classes for two hours this morning and there is no morning practices in Lenox..
November 9, 2011
(Des Moines) The first snow of the season is expected across parts of Iowa this evening. The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a handful of counties including the following in western Iowa. They include; Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Crawford and Guthrie Counties.
Forecasters say the snow will begin to fall in west Central at around 9:00 p.m. and in northeast Iowa by about midnight. The snow will taper off quickly to the northeast on Wednesday morning. A band of 2 to 4 inches of heavy wet snow is expected...with locally heavier amounts possible. Strong north to northeast winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts will lead to reduced visibility at times.
The Weather Service warns that roads could become slick which could lead to hazardous driving conditions. Particular caution should be exercised with this being the first snow of the season.
November 8, 2011
(DENISON) Auditor of State David Vaudt today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Denison Fire Department for the period July 1, 2005 through March 31, 2010. The special investigation was requested by City officials as a result of alleged improprieties regarding certain disbursements for the City’s Fire Department. The concerns were identified after the former Fire Chief, Mike McKinnon, left the City’s employment in early 2010.
Vaudt reported the special investigation identified $95,896.01 of improper and unsupported disbursements. Of this amount, $72,794.80 was paid by the City of Denison and $23,101.21 was paid by the Crawford County EMS Association. The $72,794.80 paid by the City includes a $12,000.00 improper disbursement initially paid by the Denison Volunteer Fire Department which was subsequently reimbursed to the Department by the City.
The $72,794.80 paid by the City includes $64,255.97 of improper disbursements, which consists of $39,805.00 paid to businesses owned and operated by Mr. McKinnon, $12,956.87 paid to other vendors, $5,076.48 of personal purchases made with the City’s credit card and $6,417.62 of travel reimbursements. The $8,538.83 of unsupported disbursements identified includes purchases made with the City’s credit card.
Some of the improper disbursements to businesses owned and operated by Mr. McKinnon were not supported by invoices or other appropriate documentation. Other improper disbursements to Mr. McKinnon’s businesses were supported by invoices which included vendor addresses consisting of post office boxes in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa. However, the post office boxes listed on the invoices did not exist.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic teen is charged with stealing the family car Monday. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said the boy was arrested near Council Bluffs.
“A 13-year-old juvenile evidently stole the family vehicle and stated that he intended to drive back to another state where the family had moved here from,” said Chief Green. “He was picked up in Pottawattamie County and returned here. Evidently there had been some issues with this juvenile. The father of the juvenile chose to pursue a charge of Operating without the Owner’s Consent on his son. The officer’s cooperated and continued with that charge.”
The juveniles name is not going to be released.
(Sidney) A Page County woman will serve two-ten year prison terms in connection with the death of the two Cumberland boys in a two vehicle accident south of Red Oak nearly one year ago.
On November 28th, 2010, 19-year-old Karli Jo Brown was driving southbound on Highway 48 south of Red Oak and attempted to pass two vehicles up a hill in a no-passing zone and collided with a vehicle driven by Nina McNeese of Cumberland.
McNeese’s two sons, 4-year-old Alex Todd and 5-year-old Maliki Todd, were both killed in the accident. Nina McNeese suffered serious injuries. Brown had been driving at a high rate of speed and was texting on her phone when the accident happened.
Nineteen-year-old Karli Jo Brown, had plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in September. Monday, she was sentenced to serve the two- ten year terms concurrently. She was also ordered to pay restitution, however the amount was not determined.
November 8, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a way to alert the public of national emergencies. The Emergency Alert System is a media communications-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the American public at the national, state and local levels. Remember; this is just a test.
Voters will be heading to the polls today for their respective city elections, and at least one county is holding a special County Supervisor Election.
In Atlantic polling centers for Wards 1, 4, and 5 open at noon and close at 8:00 p.m. Atlantic polling centers for Ward 2/Grove 2 Township and Ward 3 will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.
There are five candidates running for the vacant seat that expires December 31, 2014. The five candidates include; Gaylord Schelling, Donald Lappe, Pat McCurdy, Jeff Richter, and Kathy Somers. There are no contested city council races in Atlantic. Dana Halder is running unopposed, for Director-at-large, incumbent, Linda Hartkoph, is unopposed in Ward 4, newcomer, Chris Jimerson, is unopposed in Ward 1 , and newcomer, Ashley Hayes is unopposed in Ward 3. Jolene Smith and Mary Strong, Park and Recreation Board are also unopposed.
In Anita: Voters will be choosing a mayor, but there are no candidates listed on the ballot. Anita residents will also be voting for candidates to fill two council seats they are; Jeff Bohnsack, Thomas Harris, and Angel Lea McCoullough.
In Cumberland: Nancy Virginia Coughlin is unopposed for Mayor. Sandra Armstrong is the only candidate running for the two open seats on the city council.
Griswold voters will be electing a mayor. Victoria Jones in the only candidate on the ballot and two individuals are running for three seats on the city council. They include; Lisa Cook and Larry Mundorf. Griswold residents will also vote on a Public Measure that states: Shall the City Council of the City of Griswold, Iowa, establish a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund and levy taxes at a rate not to exceed sixty-seven and one-half cents per thousand dollars of taxable value each year, for a period not to exceed twenty years, commencing with the levy for the fiscal year 2012, payable in fiscal years ending June 20, 2013 through June 30, 2032, for the purpose of funding flood mitigation efforts, procedures and strategies in the City of Griswold, Iowa?
There is a race for City Council At Large in the City of Marne. Alan Cranston, Randy Henningsen, James Hoffman, Lanny Kite, Dennis Preister, and Angela Redler are running for five seats. Randall Baxter is unopposed for Mayor.
There is a race for Mayor in the city of Wiota; candidates include Kathryn A. Havens and Ford Lillard. There is also a race for two City Council At Large seats; candidates include Erik J. Johnson, Jon Schwarte, Lamar K. Spies and Raymond Zellmer.
There are no races in Lewis. Don Cohrs is on the ballot for Mayor and Duane Scott Anderson, Sarah Cohrs, and Bethany Nichols are running for City Council.
In the City of Massena, Adam McCunn, Linda Reineke and Gloria Waters are unopposed for three City Council At Large seats. There is no candidate for Mayor.
There are three candidates on the ballot for Mayor in the City of Harlan and they include Gene Gettys Jr., David Tyrrel and Jesse Andersen. Gary Christiansen is not seeking re-election.
There is a race for three City Council seats in Shelby. Christopher Evans, Doyle Gilland, Rick Kiesel, Ron Kroll, Shawn Osbahr, Robert Richmond, and Sheila Rihner are all on the ballot.
And in the City of Tenant, Betty Brantner, Ralph Heese, and Ronald Peters are vying for three council seats.
Five candidates are on the ballot for two seats on City Council in Avoca. Candidates include Marcella Marcy DeSchamp, Tim Gubbels, Fred G. Miller III, Sandy Petersen and Deanna S. Scroggie. Jennie J. Maassen is running unopposed for Mayor and Damon Gray is unopposed for Park Commissioner.
There is a race for Mayor in the City of Hancock. Candidates include Wayne M. Bivens, Jeff Gress and John Hayes Sr. There is also a race for three City Council seats. Candidates include Darwin Brockman, Cyndi Guyer, Herb Handel and James Kock.
William Heitert and Eric Weuve are challenging each other for Mayor of Carson. Richelle Alff, Victor Ayers, Troy Graves, Callie Kallsen and Clifford R. Pracht are all running for two City Council seats.
In the City of Macedonia, Mitchell Easton, Terry Granks, Daniel W. Lajko, Bradley Swope and Donald Tye are running for three seats on City Council. Terry W. Pullen is unopposed for Mayor.
Richard Armstrong and O. Dean Olson are running against each other for Mayor of Minden. Patrick W. McFadden and Kevin D. Zimmerman are unopposed for two seats on City Council. John Wellman is unopposed for City Council to fill a vacancy.
There is a race for Mayor in Neola; candidates are Lon Ring and Jason Zaborowski. There is also a race for City Council. John Herbert Brich, Joe Munch, Pete Sorenson and Aaron Wellman are running for three seats.
There are no races in Walnut. Gene Larsen is unopposed for Mayor. Marye Bierbaum and Kathleen Anne Humann are unopposed for two seats on City Council.
In the City of Oakland, Betsy Moniz is the only candidate for two seats on City Council. One seat may be determined by write-in. Oakland residents will also vote on a Public Measure that states “By adding $4.00 per month to each City of Oakland residential utility bill, should the City of Oakland assess a $4.00 per month park and recreation tax to be allocated and spent for the following: improvements of the swimming pool, city parks and trail systems? Passage of the $4.00 per month fee will also allow Oakland residents with utility accounts within the city limits entry into the swimming pool at no admission charge. If passed, the City of Oakland will reevaluate the effectiveness of the fee in four years.
There is a race for Mayor and City Council in Guthrie Center. Douglas R. Calley, Dennis F. Kunkle, and Jimmie L. Robson are all on the ballot for Mayor. Craig Heckman, Carolyn Masters, Duane Norgart and Roger Underwood are running for three seats on City Council.
In the City of Yale, Brandon Ray Godwin, Kevin Kirtley, Gene Pohl and James L. Vaughan are running for two seats on City Council. Steve Stanton is running unopposed for Mayor.
There is a race for two seats on the Jamaica City Council. Jayanna Corbin, Tim McDermott, Hal Meinecke and Trevor J. Wager area all on the ballot for City Council. Ladonna Kennedy is running unopposed for Mayor.
In the City of Stuart, Wade Chafa and James Morgan are running unopposed for City Council.
Steven L. Baker is running unopposed for Mayor in the City of Panora. David Beidelman and Mark S. Humphreys are running for two seats on City Council.
In the City of Menlo, Doug O’Brien is running unopposed for Mayor. Rick Cobert, Troy Miller and Kim Olson are running unopposed for three seats on City Council.
And in Casey, Forrest P. Schnobrich is running unopposed for Mayor. Cris Ketchum, Rick Richter and Bruce Vorm are running for three seats on City Council.
There are races for Mayor and City Council seats in two Adair County cities.
In the City of Adair, Danny J. Claussen, Kelby Harris and Dennis J. Weigel are running for Mayor. Kathleen Ann Avey, Rich Kennedy Sr., Larry Ludwig, James Snyder, and Craig Wedemeyer are running for three seats for City Council At Large. Donald Eggen, Armond Harris and Jim Zimmerline are running for two spots for City Council to Fill a Vacancy.
In the City of Fontanelle, Lynn E. Eddy, R. Scott Homan, and Gregory S. Jackson are running for Mayor. Debrea Jo Dukes, Dixie Dukes, Patricia Glassell, Mark Holan, Chance Avery Phillippi, Linda Shafer, Amanda Sickles, Dallas Sickles and Roger Young are running for three seats.
In the City of Greenfield, Ron Smith is running unopposed for Mayor. Brian Eisbach and Carol Woosley are running for two City Council At Large seats. And no candidates filed for City Park Board and City Park Board to Fill a Vacancy.
No candidates filed for Mayor or the two City Council seats in the City of Orient. And no candidates filed for Mayor and three City Council seats in the City of Bridgewater. Those positions may be determined by write-in.
There are five candidates on the ballot for Mayor in the City of Red Oak and a race for the three City Council seats. Candidates for Mayor include Bill Billings, Larry Brandstetter, Bill Haufle, James A. Johnson, and Jeff Van Scoy. Ted Schoonover is not seeking re-election. For City Council Ward 1, John F. Haidsiak, Scott Keith and incumbent Roger Waggener are running for one seat. Larry D. Barnett and Steve Fenn are running for a seat in Ward 3 currently held by Larry Brandstetter who is seeing the Mayoral position. And, Dennis Jones, Jeanice A. Lester, and Russell Williams are running for a seat on City Council At Large.
There are no races in the City of Elliott. Incumbent Stephen C. Howell is seeking re-election for Mayor and Incumbents Michael A. Carson and George L. Petty are seeking re-election for the two City Council seats.
In the City of Stanton, Incumbent Kirk Requist is seeking re-election for Mayor. Kelvin Wenberg and Ray Guffey are running for two City Council seats. Michael Lawson and Robert Schenck are not seeking re-election.
There is a race for Mayor in Villisca. Incumbent Larry E. Figgins is being challenged by Andy Crussell and Adam Wainwright. There is also a race for three City Council seats. Rex Galloway, Marsha Shepherd and Incumbents Lee Haidsiak and Marilyn Halda are running for those seats. Curtis Gaunt is not seeking re-election.
There is also a race for Mayor in Grant. Andrea Jeannette Holldorf and Laurenda Mifflin are running against each other. Zelda Swartz is not seeking re-election. There are five seats up for election on the City Council. Michael Bradley Amos, John Giefing, Greg Lightner, Branda Wendt, and Incumbents Michael Austin Ford, Lyn Sliger and Nancy Taylor are all challenging each other. Lyn Shafer and Philip Chalmers are not seeking re-election.
And in the City of Coburg, no candidates filed for the three City Council seats. Tammi Redd, Amy Eggelston and Juliana Schooling are not seeking re-election
There is a race for Mayor in the City of Corning. Judith Butcher and Janet E. Scheilz-Wood are challenging incumbent Guy Brace for Mayor of Corning. Wayne Moore is running unopposed for City Council, Ward 1. Warren G. Blaisure is running unopposed for City Council, Ward 3. And for City Council At Large, Bert Peckham is running unopposed.
There are no races in the City of Carbon. Brian Corpe is running for Mayor and Ricardo Avila, Jauson King, Donna Rochau and Dwight Sunderman are running for City Council. One position will be filled by write-in.
In the City of Nodaway, Patricia A. Shipley is running for Mayor and Hartford Cooper, Christine Dunn, Becky Poen, and Chris Wiechman are running for City Council. One position will be filled by write-in.
No one filed for Mayor in the City of Prescott, that position will be filled by write-in. John Grossnickle is running unopposed for City Council At Large. And for City Council At Large to fill a vacancy, two positions will be filled by write-ins.
There are no races in Audubon County.
On the ballot for the Audubon City election, Clark A. Kauffman is running unopposed for Mayor and Robert A. Jacobsen and John L. Whetzal III are running for the two seats on City Council.
In the city of Exira, Randy Thompson is running unopposed for Mayor and Mike Huegerich and Kevin Petty are running for City Council At Large. The third City Council At Large seat may be determined by write-in.
Randy Poldberg is running unopposed for Mayor of Kimballton and Jeffrey R. Albert and Michael D. Jensen are running for two of the three seats for City Council At Large.
In the city of Brayton, Steve Fister, Jebidiah F. Marshall and Steven L. Sykes are all running unopposed for City Council at Large. Mavis Kygar is running unopposed for City Council At Large to fill a vacancy. There is no name on the ballot for Mayor.
There is also no one on the ballot for Mayor in the City of Gray, that position may be determined by a write-in. For City Council At Large, John Lee Hansen III, Jared S. Olson, and Penny Schmidt are running unopposed. Marilyn Newell is running unopposed for City Council At Large to fill a vacancy.
(Cumberland) The Cumberland Post Office is on the list for closure, and a meeting is set for Monday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cumberland Community Building to discuss the issue with U.S. Postal Representatives. Bob Rodgers, of Cumberland is a spokesperson for this event and he is asking the public to attend this meeting to help avoid this closing.
"We are hoping for a good crowd that will ask alot of questions, and explain how they will be inconvenienced," stated Rodgers.
There is also a petition against this closing located at the Cumberland Telephone Office, 21st Century Coop, Cumberland City Hall and Cumberland Library. Rodgers says copies of this petition will be sent to the Postal Service, and Representatives King and Boswell, as well as Senators Grassley and Harkin.
The meeting will be held Monday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cumberland Community Building. Bob Rodgers emphasizes that a good turnout is one of the factors that could stop the closing of the post office.
Novewmber 7, 2011
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
On Sunday, 30-year-old Steve Pedersen of Atlantic was arrested on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held.
On Saturday, 27-year-old Laura Madden of Atlantic was arrested for 3rd Degree Burglary, Domestic Abuse Assault, and Assault While Participating in a Felony. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
And On Friday, 24-year-old Kelsey Swinnerton of Atlantic was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. She was transported to the Cass County Jail.
(ATLANTIC) Three people were injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in Cass County Friday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Cal Jeffrey Heuton of Atlantic was driving a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo eastbound on Glacier Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned. Heuton was treated at the scene for minor injuries. One passenger received minor injuries and another passenger was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac for treatment of leg injuries.
Heuton was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,500.
(ATLANTIC) No injuries were reported in a single vehicle rollover accident in Cass County Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Office says a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 18-year-old Chelsey Noel Nicklaus of Griswold, was westbound on Tucson Road between 670th and 680th Streets when Nicklaus lost control and slid into the north ditch, rolling through a fence.
The damage to the Grand Am was estimated at $10,000.
(Atlantic) Atlantic fire fighters were called to an early morning fire outside of the Salvation Army in Atlantic this morning.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees says a passerby spotted the fire in the drop off area on the westside of the building at around 2:30 a.m. "Quite a few items were dropped off on Sunday, including mattresses and furniture," stated McNees. "When we arrived one of the bins and the pile was on fire and the flames were shooting over the roof, but it was all contained to the outside."
McNees said the cause of the fire is undetermined and he is currently ruling it accidental. "I suspect somebody was smoking when they dropped off some items and flicked one out and it could have smoldered quite a while before the fire took off."
November 7, 2011
(RED OAK) Sentencing will take place at 1:30 this afternoon for an Essex woman charged in a fatal accident in Montgomery County last year.
On November 28th, 2010, 19-year-old Karli Jo Brown was driving southbound on Highway 48 south of Red Oak and attempted to pass two vehicles up a hill in a no-passing zone and collided with a vehicle driven by Nina McNeese of Cumberland. McNeese’s two sons, 4-year-old Alex Todd and 5-year-old Maliki Todd, were both killed in the accident. Nina McNeese suffered serious injuries. Brown had been driving at a high rate of speed and was texting on her phone when the accident happened.
Brown pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide/reckless driving in September.
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reported five arrests last week.
On November 2nd, 36-year-old Tracie Lou Payne, of Rockport, Missouri, was arrested for Child Endangerment, Criminal Mischief 4th, and Reckless Driving.
On November 3rd, 38-year-old George Anthony Ferrell, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for 5th Degree Theft and Trespassing. 29-year-old Aurora Jeanne Campbell, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Trespassing. And, 32-year-old Vernon Lee Humphrey, of Omaha, was arrested for Trespassing and a U.S. Marshall warrant.
On November 4th, 32-year-old Shonna Shondell Rakes, of Riverton, was arrested for Theft, 5th.
(Greenfield) An Adair County man being held on drug charges escaped from the Adair County Jail Sunday.
According to the Adair County Sheriff's Office, at around 12:47 p.m., Adair County's three inmates were allowed out of their cell to shower and excercise. An inmate's ability to exercise is mandated by the Iowa Adminstrative Code. While in the chain link fenced-in exercise area attached to the south side the of Adair County Jail, Thomas Lee Caldwell climbed the chain link fence and was somehow able to make his way through the twelve foot high "ceiling" portion of the fence. Caldwell fled the area on foot before stealing a 1991 Chevrolet pickup that was parked in the 200 block of East Iowa Street in Greenfield.
Caldwell was taken back into custody approximately 74-minutes later near his residence in the 1800 block of Sheldon Avenue in rural Adair County. The stolen Chevrolet pickup was also located near Caldwell's residence in a wooded area.
Caldwell was additionally charged with escape from Custody and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
(Stuart) An Adair County man faces a gamet of drug charges following a search warrant in Adair County Friday.
The Adair County sheriff's Office says, 35-year-old Thomas Lee Caldwell, of Stuart, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of lithium as a precursor; possession of anhydrous ammonia as a precursor, possession of pseudoephedrine as a precursor, manufacturing marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The search warrant was executed at 1874 Sheldon Avenue and 1880 Sheldon Avenue in Adair County by members of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, South Central Iowa Drug Task Force and the Adair County Sheriff's Office.
The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are expected.
November 7, 2011
(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night around 930 at the Kwik Shop at 1602 G Ave.
According to the police report, the male suspect did not have enough money to complete his transaction. When the clerk asked for more money, the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. An undetermined amount of money was taken and the police have no leads at this time.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5’ 11” 175 to 190 pounds wearing a dark ball cap, dark coat and dark pants.
November 6, 2011
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The no-wake restriction for boaters on Lake Manawa was removed today after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources determined the lake was back down to acceptable levels.
The no-wake restriction had been in place since June 27 to minimize the impact of the high water to infrastructure around the lake. Many of the docks were submerged and posed a safety hazard to boats operating at higher speeds.
Dan Jacobs, park manager for Lake Manawa, said they will place a boat dock on the west boat ramp that will remain in place through the winter, but the docks on north and south boat ramps will be removed next week.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate’s forum at the Cass County Community Center Thursday night. The five Supervisor candidates responded to the question: Name one thing that is not being done and what the Supervisor’s could be doing.
Click here to listen to the response from Pat McCurdy
Click here to listen to the response from Jeff Richter
Click here to listen to the response from Kathy Somers
Click here to listen to the response from Donald Lappe
Click here to listen to the response from Gaylord Schelling
The other candidates in attendance were Chris Jimerson; Ward #1 City council candidate, Ashley Hayes; 3rd Ward candidate, and Mary Strong and Jolene Smith; both unopposed for the Park and Rec. Board.
(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police are investigating a robbery that occurred Thursday night at the Kum n Go convenience store at 2024 5th Avenue in Council Bluffs.
According to the report, a suspect entered the business, selected a drink from the cooler and approached the counter. He presented a black handgun, demanded money, and grabbed the arm of the female clerk. The suspect reached into the drawer and pulled int onto the counter and removed an undetermined amount of cash. The supect left on foot and has not yet been located.
The suspect is described as a white male, 30-35 years of age, 5-10, 185 lbs, mustache/goatee and unshaven face, reddish brown hair, black hoodie sweatshirt with zipper, black baseball cap with an unknown logo on the front, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information about this is asked to call the Council bluffs Crime Stoppers line at 712-328-7867.
(Atlantic) An Atlantic Middle school student is in custody in connection with the bomb threat that was discovered this morning at the Middle School.
The suspect has been identified at 12 year old Austin Koma Mualia. He has been charged with Terrorism, a Class B Felony, and is now under the supervision of Juvenile authorities.
“Basically we looked at the hand writing and compared it with some probable suspects and some other things came together where we were able to identify a prime suspect,” said Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green.
Chief Green says when officers approached the Nishna Valley Family YMCA where the students were being kept during the investigation, the suspect fled the scene. “When officers approached the YMCA to speak with the suspect he took off on foot. He was later located at his residence and was brought down to the Police Department,” said Green. “He has confessed to writing the situation and that there is no threat to the safety of the other children or anything else.”
All students and employees were evacuated from the school to the YMCA where the students were dismissed at 12:30.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council tabled the sale of 7.6 acres of land located northwest of the intersection of Olive Street and Commerce Street at Wednesday night’s meeting. The 7.6-acre parcel of land was originally part of several city owned parcels of land rented to John McCurdy two weeks ago for the high bid of $300.00 per acre. However, the council pulled that piece out during the same meeting after Dave Chase, representing the Nishna Valley Trails informed the Council that he had been in discussions with Ted Wickman about getting a trail easement that would connect the Schildberg Rock Quarry east to Olive Street. He pointed out that Mr. Wickman had been farming this 7.6-acre parcel since he gave it to the City in 1986, without a lease or rent being charged. The land was donated to entice De Long’s Sporting Goods to locate in Atlantic. Chase told the council that Mr. Wickman did not submit a bid for the lease of this property, but he would be interested in buying or leasing it. Mr. Chase pointed out that Mr. Wickman willingness to provide a trail easement across his property may be contingent on his being allowed to continue to farm both of these city parcels.
A public hearing was held on the issue last night and Mayor Jones read a letter to the council written by John McCurdy. The following is part of that letter…
Quote: John McCurdy
“It is my strong opinion that my original offer to rent the ground for $300.00 per acre should be honored. I thinks there is an issue of fairness to be considered and as a young beginning farmer; it is very difficult for me to get access to land. It is difficult enough to miss property because someone has family or a friend connected to it. However, to be the high bidder on a publicly sealed bid and then having it taken away is hard to take. I don’t have an axe to grind with Mr. Wickman. If I were him I would want the existing arrangements in effect as well. Even if he had entered a lower bid and the city had decided to award it to him on the grounds that there was some compelling public good for that I could take that more easily than the current situation where he did not place a bid.”
To add to the confusion, Keith Steffens purchased the Delong property that adjoins the land in question, and wonders who owns the grass strip east of his building.
“The property I am concerned about, I believe is city owned and not part of the 7.6-acre parcel. I am refering to the parking and grass area that is not being farmed that adjoins that,” stated Steffens. “When I purchased the Delong property it was brought to my attention that the property was to go to Delong’s if they met certain requirements on employment and so forth, but apparently that never happened.
“If I need to purchase the farmland to obtain that property, I would certainly do that,” stated Steffens.
City Attorney Dave Wiederstein did say that the area in question was part of the 7.6 acres. The Council tabled the issue until December 2, so they could discuss it further and discover the facts,
November 3, 2011
(Villisca) A Villisca man faces sexual abuse charges in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Benjamin Wyatt Barnes is charged with 3-counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony each.
Barnes was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond.
November 3, 2011
(HARLAN) The fire danger rating in Shelby County through Monday has been moved to Moderate.
Shelby County Emergency Management says the recent moisture has provided some reduction to the risks associated with outdoor burning. Light winds and sunshine will quickly dry out the ground, again, in the next few days. A good time to burn is in the early morning, while the ground has some overnight moisture, from frost or dew, which would make small controlled burns easier to control.
If you have any questions about your burn, or would like assistance with a large burn, please contact your Fire Chief.
Shelby County Emergency Management
(GLENWOOD) A Red Oak man was killed and one other person was injured in two vehicle accident in Mills County Wednesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 71-year-old William Kinard was killed after his eastbound 2007 Hyundai Accent crossed the centerline on Highway 370 and struck a 2010 Honda Element driven by 46-year-old Luci Branyan of Jefferson City, Missouri, who was westbound on Highway 370.
Branyan was transported to Creighton University Medical Center by Pacific Junction Rescue.
(ATLANTIC) A Griswold woman turned herself in on a Cass County warrant for three counts of 3rd Degree Burglary and one count of 2nd Degree Theft on Monday. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Ashley Renee Dewitt was held in the Cass County Jail on $20,000 bond.
In other activity, 50-year-old Joseph Alan Martindale of Turin, Iowa was arrested on October 23rd for OWI 3rd Offense and Reckless Driving. Martindale was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on $10,000 bond.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing that Iowa 175 between Decatur, Neb. and Interstate 29 (near Onawa, Iowa), including the Missouri River toll bridge; will reopen to traffic at 6 p.m. this evening.
This highway and bridge were impacted by the Missouri River flooding and have been closed since June 27. The large scour hole that formed around the bridge piers and eastern abutment has been filled and roadway embankment stabilized. The toll bridge has been inspected and is now safe for travel.
The second stage of this project, including construction of a weir and dike, will be performed while the roadway is open to traffic.
Opening of the Decatur Bridge marks the third and final Missouri River crossing to be reopened as part of the Iowa DOT’s fast-track flood recovery effort. The pace of rebuilding and repair work continues to exceed expectations. Bids for the Iowa 175 repair project were opened Oct. 5.
The Iowa DOT appreciates the public’s patience throughout the last several months. The department also thanks the Burt County (Neb.) Bridge Commission, Nebraska Department of Roads and Western Contracting Corporation of Sioux City for their roles in the quick reopening of the bridge.
(Council Bluffs) Residents in Fremont, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Harrison Counties that were impacted by the flood are encouraged to sign up for federal disaster aide.
Cynthia Kimber, FEMA Public Information Officer told KSOM/KS95 news, "We want to be sure that all Iowa residents who were impacted by this years flooding and live in the five counties included in the federal disaster declaration to register with FEMA. Kimber says residents should contact FEMA Officials at 800-621-3362, or go online at disasterassistance.gov, and m.fema.gov for smart phone users.
"Once individuals have registered they will receive a packet from FEMA, which may include and SBA loan application. You don't need to own a small business to apply," stated Kimber. "The Small Business Administration is one of the largest funders of disaster recovery dollars, for individuals, small businesses, and for private not-for-profit organizations."
Kimber says it is very important to complete the application and mail it in whether you believe you qualify or not. "If someone is found to be ineligible for an SBA disaster loan, they may be referred back to FEMA for another program called Another Needs Assistance. That program would cover things like essential personnal property and grants for moving and storage expenses that were a direct result of a disaster."
Once again to register, contact FEMA Officials at 800-621-3362, or go online at disasterassistance.gov, and m.fema.gov for smart phone users.
November 2, 2011
(AUDUBON) A Fort Dodge man was arrested in Audubon County on drug charges.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Nicholas Zachariah Coulter has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense, Possession of Marijuana 3rd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While Barred.
The charges stem from a traffic stop on Highway 71 near Hamlin on Tuesday. Coulter was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held on $5,000 bond.
(AUDUBON) More than $28-thousand in grants was awarded to Audubon County nonprofit agencies.
The following nonprofit organizations submitted applications to the Audubon County Community Foundation and were awarded grants by the Audubon County Board of Directors:
-Audubon Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 for lighting to accent architectural design of downtown structures
-Audubon County Hospital Foundation, $3,000 to purchase equipment to expand patient care services
-Audubon Stage Committee, $4,400 to build a stage for use by numerous community groups, activities, and festivals
-Exira Public Library, $5,000 for new furnishings for the Library expansion and remodel
-New Opportunities, Inc./Audubon County Mentoring Program, $4,800 to purchase new skates for Agri Hall
-Nishna Valley Trails, Inc., $5,500 to erect a sign on the trail-head in Audubon
-The Little Mermaid Trail Committee, $5,000 for development of Phase 1 trail construction.
This total includes $2,000 from the Leon and Iva Milliman Endowed Fund, $2,000 from the Charles T. and Kathleen K. Manatt Endowed Fund, $500 from the Audubon State Bank/Stephen Garst Endowed Fund, $1,000 from the Audubon Masonic Association Endowed Fund, $470 from the Merle and Norma Petersen Endowed Fund, and $470 from the Fred and Evelyn Nissen Endowed Fund for Audubon.
The Audubon County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds that address the changing, vital community needs and interests.
(Stuart) A Pole Barn and the miscellaneous equipment inside were completely destroyed by a fire Tuesday night near Stuart. Stuart Fire Chief John Schwinger tells KSOM/KS95 news that they were dispatched to 3424 105th Street just east of Stuart at around 8:00 p.m.
"When we arrived the pole barn and its' contents were fully engulfed in flames," stated Chief Schwinger. "It appears something from a brush pile on the westside of the structure started the fire."
The Dexter and Menlo Fire Departments provided mutual aide. It took fire fighters about 2 1/2 hours to put out the fire.
November 2, 2011
(Atlantic) It was a scary ride for a construction worker in Atlantic this (Tuesday) afternoon. Atlantic Police Officer Matthew Staiert says a heavy piece of equipment owned by Western Engineering stalled while traveling up the hill on 10th Street near the Cass County Community Center.
"The machine started to roll backwards at which time the driver tried to apply the brakes but nothing was working. The machine continued to roll backwards eastbound on tenth," stated Staiert. "The driver, fearing for his safety, jumped off the machine, while his fellow employees helped get people and vehicles out of the way. The machine proceeded past Whetstone Car Wash and struck a parked Suburban and ran over a light pole before coming to rest in the ditch at Highway 6 and 10th Street.
Officer Staiert says the damage to the parked vehicle is estimated at around $5,000.00. The machine received an estimated $5,000.00 damage, and the light pole sustained $2,000.00 damage.
Officer Stairet says the driver, whose name was not released, escaped injury. No one else was hurt during the mishap.
November 1, 2011
(AMES) Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Interstate 680 grand reopening ceremony being hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation on Wednesday will be held at the Crescent Fire Station. The public is welcome to attend.
I-680 is still scheduled to reopen at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday. Vehicles representing the contractors responsible for the fast-track rebuilding of the highway will lead the way.
The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Crescent Fire Station located at 102 W. Florence Street, just west of Old Lincoln Highway. Parking will be available at the Pink Poodle Steakhouse. Limited parking will also be available along Florence Street.
Formal remarks will be made by Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor M. Mendez, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III, Nebraska Department of Roads District 2 Engineer Tim Weander, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. There will be a ceremonial “re-linking” of Nebraska and Iowa, followed by refreshments.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Norfolk, Nebraska man was sentenced for being an illegal user of drugs in possession of a firearm and ammunition following an incident in Council Bluffs in 2010.
Twenty-six year old Eric Steven Blevins was sentenced on October 28th to 15 months imprisonment and was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release. United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner also imposed a $100 assessment for the Crime Victim Fund and ordered the forfeiture of the seized pistol and ammunition. Blevins remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his sentence.
On January 26th, 2011, the federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Blevins, charging him with being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a 9mm pistol and ammunition. The charge arose from Council Bluffs police officers on October 3, 2010, finding Blevins and another person at a Council Bluffs motel with marijuana and K2 (synthetic marijuana). Outside the window of the motel room, in which Blevins was staying, officers found an unloaded 9mm pistol and ammunition. Subsequent investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives further linked the firearm and ammunition to Blevins, and demonstrated that Blevins had a lengthy history of use of marijuana, including on or about October 3, 2010. Blevins entered a guilty plea to the charge on June 30, 2011.
(Fort Dodge) Authorities say a Fort Dodge man was injured when his tractor was hit by a train. A Union Pacific train hit the tractor as it was crossing the tracks at around 8 a.m. Monday. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office said 70-year-old Rodney Peterson’s leg was pinned under the tractor. He was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center.
(Villisca) Two Villisca men were arrested in separate incidents Monday.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 52-year-old Bernard Anton Cerven was arrested on a magistrate warrant for contempt of court. He was being held on $4,000.00 cash bond.
The other arrest involved 40-year-old Keith Allan Currin on a district court warrant for violation of probation. He appeared in front of the judge, and was released on $1,300.00 cash bond.
November 1, 2011
(Elliott) A Montgomery County woman suffered possible minor injuries in a car/deer accident in Montgomery County Sunday afternoon, 2-miles east of Elliott.
According to the report from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Dana Fae McCormick, of Elliott, was southbound on Highway 48, when a deer ran onto the roadway just north of 110th Street. McCormick’s vehicle struck the deer, resulting in a personal injury accident.
McCormick complained of arm pain, but did not seek immediate treatment.
November 1, 2011
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Fire Department was dispatched to a shed fire at the Dave and Lynn Eckels farm, at 57899 Indian Creek Road west of Atlantic at around 2:25 a.m..
"When we arrived a machine shed was fully engulfed in flames," stated McNees. "There were three freshly filled propane tanks next to the burning structure, and one of them had popped off and was hissing. We able to keep those cool and did what we could do keep the flames from spreading to a nearby barn and home. The building was a total loss."
McNees says an ember from a burn pile sparked the fire.
"The cause was from a cement burn pit with a grate over the top of it that was lit earlier in the day," said McNees. "Apparently, an ember escaped from the pit and started some leaves on fire that trailed up to the building. The flames got underneath the sheeting and the building went up pretty quick."
It took Atlantic Fire fighters about two hours to douse the blaze.
November 1, 2011
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