(JOHNSTON) Friday morning the USDA released their 2012 perspective plantings report. It indicated corn acreage across the U.S. will be up 4 percent from 2011 and 9 percent higher than 2010, to 95.9 million acres. This will represent the highest corn acreage in the United States since 1937 when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted. A record number of acres are planned for corn in 2012 in Iowa.
It is important to note that the March intentions are just that, an intentions report and historically it could shift 15% as the planting season rolls on. In actual practice, the May 15 plantings report from the USDA more closely correlates with the final acres planted.
(ATLANTIC) The deadline to apply for a health career scholarship from Cass County Health System is approaching.
A $1000 award is available for a student studying to become a healthcare professional. Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a health career educational program leading to at least a bachelor’s degree. Applications are available at area high school guidance offices, the human resources office at Cass County Memorial Hospital and on the hospital’s website, www.casshealth.org.
Applications for the scholarship are due April 6, 2012. For further information, contact Sara Nelson, CCMH Public Relations Director, at 712-243-7408.
(AUDUBON) Audubon Agriculture students will be presenting a safety program to their fellow students next week called Buckle Up or Eat Glass.
“We are educating our 8th grade students and freshman, on Monday we're giving them presentations about the dangers of driving on rural roads and then on Wednesday morning when our students are coming into the high school we will be in the parking lot checking to see if they have their seatbelts on or not and if they do they get a reward and if they don’t' we give them a fake ticket educating them on the dangers of driving without their seatbelts,” said Audubon Sophomore Allison Blomme.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says although seat belt use has climbed to record levels, research has consistently shown that safety belt use is lower among young drivers than adult drivers.
(Lewis) Iowa anglers have been heading to their favorite fishing holes in droves this past month. Bryan Hayes, DNR Fisheries Biologist in Southwest Iowa says we are seeing record fishing license sales this month.
“With the above average temperatures, and how quick our rivers and lakes warmed up, we have never seen license sales like this before,” stated Hayes.
He says typically through the end of March, fishing license sales are around 75,000. In 2009, that spiked up to 86,000, this year it has vaulted to 100,000 licenses sold.
“Not only have the warm temperatures brought the fish in earlier, but it has brought our anglers out.”
Hayes says increased sales also results in increased revenue for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
“The revenue funds are Walleye brood stock collection efforts, hatchery operations, and all the management operations across the state that keep fish out there to keep our lakes up and running.”
The revenue from fishing license sales so far this year has surpassed $2-million.
March 30, 2012
(Marne) An Omaha man was injured in a single vehicle accident on Interstate-80 this morning.
According to the Iowa State Patrol 53-year-old John Price was driving a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner eastbound at the 52 mile marker when he lost control and rolled several times. The vehicle crossed the median and came to rest on the driver’s side in the westbound lanes. Price was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac.
The accident occurred shortly before 9:00 Friday morning.
(ATLANTIC) A workshop for emergency planning committees will be held in Atlantic on April 12th.
Members of local emergency planning committees (LEPC) are charged with keeping their community safe and preventing damage to the environment when a toxic or hazardous chemical is spilled. Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator, says this workshop will give members of the LEPC a chance to learn more about planning and perhaps get ideas on how to expand their scope.
“Each year the committee goes through our hazardous material plan for the county, they have a wide scope of things they could be doing, we kind of limit our local LEPC to that function,” said Kennon. “But this workshop will give us and surrounding counties an opportunity to come and see what the LEPC could be, what our scope could be and some different things we could maybe look at.”
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center. Register by April 5th by calling Elonda Bacon, Iowa DNR, at 515-725-0302, Mike Kennon at 712-254-1500 or go online at www.iowadnr.gov/spills. There is a $15 fee for the workshop.
Emergency management coordinators and other community leaders, safety coordinators from local industries and elected officials should plan to attend. The workshop is also open to interested citizens.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Cathy Downey to the Cass County Veteran Affairs Commission at their meeting this morning.
On March 21st, the Board received a letter of resignation from Jerald Putnam, a member of the Cass County Veterans Affair Commission for 12 years. The Commission recommended the appointment of Cathy Downey, which will help gender balance the board.
Downey will fill the remainder of Putnam’s term which ends on June 30th, 2013.
In other news, the Supervisors approved the appointment of three members to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Kurt Reason, with the Marne Fire Department and Iowa DOT, will take the spot of James Wyman, with the Griswold Fire Department, who was removed from the Committee. Gaylord Schelling, with the Board of Supervisors, will fill a vacancy previously held by Chuck Kinen. And Mark Wedemeyer, with the Board of Supervisors, is a new member.
(Marne) Rescue crews are on the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident in the median on Intertate 80 near the 52 mile marker.
According to early reports at least one personappears to have suffered minor injuries in the accident that occurred at around 8:35 a.m.
Currently the westbound lanes of traffic are closed near the Elk Horn exist.
March 30, 2012
(Creston) A Creston man died from injuries he received in a single-vehicle accident in Adair County Thursday afternoon. Two others were injured in the crash that occurred at around 12:15 p.m.
The Iowa State Patrol says 53-year-old James Edward Rinkert, Macksburg, was transported to the hospital in Creston, where he died from his injuries. The two people injured in the crash are identified as 20-year-old Mark Stout, of Greenfield and 49-year-old Susan Lavonne Rinkert, of Creston were both transported to the Greater Regional Hospital in Creston. Both were then air-lifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
According to the report Stout was traveling north on County Road P-33, about ½ mile north of the Adair/Union County line, when the car went out of control as it was passing a semi. The vehicle entered a ditch and impacted a river embankment where it came to rest.
(Griswold) The first severe weather event of the season rolled through southwest Iowa Thursday evening.
The first warning was issued at around 7:00 p.m. in Mills and South Central Pottawattamie counties. From there the storm system headed east dropping golf ball sized hail in Griswold, (pictured). It exited to the east into the Cumberland and Massena and locations in Western Adair County.
Storm warnings were also issued for northwestern Cass, Southeastern Audubon, Fremont, Page, Montgomery and Taylor Counties.
We received .63 or rain at the KSOM/KS95 studios in downtown Atlantic.
March 29, 2012
(ATLANTIC) A caring bridge website has been set up for an Atlantic Community School District employee who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Mary Beth Fast, Business Manager, was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection on February 24th. After completing prescriptions, she still had a sore throat. After further examinations, blood tests and bone marrow biopsy, Mary Beth was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Further results showed it to be Acute Myeloctytic Leukemia. Mary Beth was admitted to Immanuel Hospital in Omaha where she is on high dose chemo therapy.
Mary Beth’s caring bridge website can be found at www.caringbridge.org/visit/marybethfast.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Bedford man was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Southern District of Iowa Chief Judge James Gritzner also ordered 48-year-old James Leroy Meek to serve a two year term of supervised release following incarceration.
Meek entered a guilty plea on December 6, 2011, to the charge of being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition, and agreed to forfeit to the United States over 4000 rounds of ammunition found during a search of his residence in April of 2010. Meek had previously been convicted in Taylor County of the crime of furnishing precursor drugs for unlawful purposes.
The investigation was conducted by the Taylor County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Bedford, Iowa, Police Department, Adams County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department is investigating several reports of break-ins and criminal mischief at the fairgrounds, ball fields and private property. These cases remain under investigation. The public is reminded that Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man has been charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and Simple Assault. The Harlan Police Department says 45-year-old Timothy Turner was arrested when police were called to a disturbance in the 900 block of Victoria on March 24th. Turner was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
(HARLAN) A Harlan woman was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on March 23rd. The Harlan Police Department says 35-year-old Sheila Boell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Offense and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. She was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
(HARLAN) An Atlantic man was arrested for 5th Degree Criminal Mischief following an incident in Harlan on March 25th. Harlan Police were called to the Big House East by the owner, Brad Knauss, for obscenities that were scratched in the paint. As a result of the investigation, a complaint was filed with the clerk of court charging 22-year-old Trent Brammann with 5th Degree Criminal Mischief.
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for Burglary, 3rd. 41-year-old Jesse Eugene Sump was arrested at the Mills County Jail on Wednesday. He was held on $5,000 bond.
(RED OAK) Two Villisca men were charged with Supplying Alcohol to a Minor. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Eric Waldron and 21-year-old Drew McKinley on Wednesday. Both were held on $1,000 bond.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man was arrested on warrants for Domestic Assault, Concealed Weapons Violation, Trespass, and Violation of a No Contact Order. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Bill Jo Gillespie on Wednesday. He was held on $7,500 bond.
(RED OAK) A Villisca woman was arrested on warrants for Harassment and Simple Assault. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old Martha Oltmanns this (Thursday) morning. She was released on $300 bond.
(Massena) In an effort to raise money for a CAM Middle School Employee, the 8th grade students will perform “The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet.”
The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. on April 20th at the CAM Middle School. Middle School reading teacher Mary Schoning explains,
“It is going to be a silly, fun imitation of Romeo and Juliet. Everything rhymes and the kids are having a lot of fun with it.”
Schoning says the money will be used to help defray the medical costs for para-educator Lu Hosfelt.
“Lu is a staff member that has worked at the school here as a para for several years. She has been struggling with health issues and finally got put on the transplant list. In March we learned that she was eligible, there was a pancreas and kidneys for her so she went in right away and got her transplant.”
Schoning says Hosfelt is now recovering at home.
“We felt that with medical expenses and babysitters and everything we wanted to help her. But we’re very excited for her because she has struggled with this for years so we are very excited and just wanted to be able to help out.”
A free-will donation spaghetti supper begins at 5:30 p.m. and silent auction will also be held at the middle school on April 20th. If you would like to donate an item for the auction you can contact Stacy Venteicher at the CAM Middle School (712-779-2212).
(Atlantic) Cass County Home Care today announced that it has been ranked in the top seven percent of home health agencies in the United States by a recent HealthInsight report. HealthInsight is a private, non-profit organization recognized as a leader in defining health care values, transparency and public reporting. HealthInsight rankings are computed using publicly reported data from CMS Home Health Compare, a report on the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies.
Cass County Home Care site manager Denise Coder credits experience, knowledgeable staff and the organization's ongoing focus on innovation with its ability to rank as one of the country's top agencies.
"Cass County Home Care is proud to be recognized as a leading home health provider and remains steadfast to our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve. Our commitment to implementing innovative clinical strategies such as integrated chronic disease management enhances the practice and improves the quality of home health care, which is reflected in our high ranking."
Cass County Home Care is a full-service, integrated home health care provider, serving patients in southwestern Iowa. Comprehensive services include nursing care, personal care and home support, rehabilitation therapy, respiratory therapy, infusion therapy, palliative and hospice care.
Cass County Home Care is part of Iowa Health Home Care, which manages multiple home health affiliates throughout the state of Iowa. Iowa Health Home Care is an affiliate of Iowa Health System. Three other Iowa Health Home Care affiliates were in the top 10 percent: Iowa Health Home Care, Des Moines; St. Luke's Home Care, Sioux City; and Trinity Home Care, Fort Dodge. In total, only eight Iowa agencies ranked in the national top 10 percent of the nearly 9,000 home health agencies reviewed.
"Our success comes from our ability to continue our patients' care at home and help them maintain their quality of life," Coder states. "Cass County Home Care is committed to providing the level of care and support necessary to help patients and families achieve their goals of optimal health, well-being and independence, and ensure their ability to remain together in the comfort of their home."
Cass County Home Care, an integrated home health provider, is committed to high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care in the comfort of home that promotes health, well-being and independence, and improves quality of life. Comprehensive services include adult and pediatric nursing care, personal care and home support, rehabilitation therapy, respiratory therapy, infusion therapy, palliative care, and hospice care. Cass County Home Care is part of Iowa Health Home Care, an affiliated network of providers that includes: Iowa Health Home Care in Des Moines; St. Luke's Home Care in Sioux City; Trinity Home Care in Fort Dodge; Cass County Home Care in Atlantic; Allen Home Care in Waterloo; and Trinity Visiting Nurse and Homecare Association in Muscatine and Moline, Ill. Iowa Health Home Care is part of Iowa Health System. To learn more about Iowa Health Home Care and its services, visit www.iowahealthhomecare.orghttp://www.iowahealthhomecare.org.
March 29, 2012
(HARLAN) An Atlantic woman was arrested in connection with an investigation involving inappropriate photos taken of a resident at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation revealed that an employee of the Salem Lutheran Home took an inappropriate photo of a female resident while bathing. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 35-year-old Amanda Sedina.
Sedina was charged with Invasion of Privacy-Nudity, a serious misdemeanor. She was held in the Shelby County Jail.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) On Tuesday, 54-year-old Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., of Coin, and 47-year-old Wilbur Leo Long, III, of Elmo, Missouri, were sentenced for their participation in a drug conspiracy.
Edward Eugene Gray, Sr. was sentenced to 150 months imprisonment, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, was sentenced to a term of 100 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Both were also sentenced to five years supervised release following their incarceration.
From approximately January of 2005 until November of 2010, the defendants were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators Orvis Lee Wagaman, age 56, of College Springs, Iowa; Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 34, of Clarinda, Iowa; Levi Edward Gray, age 23, of Clarinda, Iowa, and others.
Edward Gray, Jr. was sentenced on February 21st to 180 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 60 months for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment. Levi Gray was sentenced on February 21st to a term of 48 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Co-defendant Orvis Lee Wagaman, is scheduled for sentencing on May 22, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to 24 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Southern District of Iowa District Court Judge John Jarvey sentenced 29-year-old Merle Leon Ivey on Tuesday and also ordered him to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration.
Ivey entered a guilty plea on November 3, 2011, to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and agreed to forfeit to the United States the firearm he possessed.
On April 18, 2011, a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered from Ivey by Council Bluffs, Iowa, police as they were investigating a child neglect call in the area of 25th Street and 3rd Ave., Council Bluffs. Ivey had been convicted of a felony offense in Nebraska in 2005.
The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(Atlantic) A $228,475 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will benefit all Cass County Fire Departments. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark Mcnees says the
Cass County Fire Association applied for this Grant for narrow banding the radios mandated by the Federal Government in January, of 2013.
"Rob Koppert, 911 Director, and all of the Cass County Fire Departments did leg work on this grant," stated Mcnees. "This is a fantastic deal for the county, because it is going to buy alot of equipment that wasn't in the budget for anybody."
Users who do not make the switch by January 1, 2013 face the loss of their communication capabilities. Although the migration deadline seems far off, it is necessary for organizations to plan well in advance.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initially set the narrowbanding initiative in motion in 1992 with the ultimate objective of increasing capacity and efficiency for the industrial/business and public safety radio pools in the private land mobile radio services category. Specifically, it set forth that all "Part 90" business, educational, industrial, public safety, and local and state government two-way radio system licensees currently operating legacy wideband (25 kHz) voice dispatch or data/supervisory control and data acquisition radio systems in the 150-174 MHz (VHF) and 421-512 MHz (UHF) bands must make the transition to the narrowband technology (12.5 kHz).
March 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. updated
(Atlantic) A Griswold school bus carrying eleven students was involved in an accident with a pickup Wednesday.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on 650th Street, 1/2 mile south of Victoria Road. A northbound 1990 pickup driven by 39-year-old Susan Mae Lane, of Griswold didn't see a the stopped school bus striking the rear of the bus.No one was injured in the crash.
Damage to Lane's vehicle is estimated at $3,000.00. No citations have been issued at this time. The accident remains under investigation.
March 29, 2012
(CLARINDA) The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identified the subjects in the overnight shooting involving a Clarinda Police Officer.
At around 3:19 a.m. on Wednesday, Clarinda Police Officer Justin Ridnour went to 110 North 16th Street in Clarinda, responding to a 911 call received from a female at the residence. The caller, Alisha Michaelson, indicated there was a man with a hammer outside her window.
Upon arriving at the residence, Officer Ridnour observed 40 year old Jason Cieslak using a hammer to break the window of a first floor apartment, and Ms. Michaelson inside the apartment. Officer Ridnour approached and engaged in a conversation with Cieslak. This dialogue continued as the confrontation traveled down the block. Officer Ridnour repeatedly commanded Cieslak to drop the weapon (hammer). These commands were ignored. Eventually, Cieslak advanced on Officer Ridnour with the raised hammer. Officer Ridnour then fired his duty weapon once to stop the threat, striking Cieslak. Cieslak was immediately transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
An arrest warrant for Jason Lee Cieslak has been filed. After his release from the hospital, Cieslak will be arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary, a class "B" felony. Additional charges are pending the results of the investigation.
Clarinda Police Officer Justin Ridnour was not injured in the incident. He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. Officer Ridnour is a two year veteran of the Clarinda Police Department.
(Sidney) Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle accident in Fremont County Wednesday morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 78-year-old Elizabeth Davis and 62-year-old Christina Webster, both from Nebraska City were transported by Sidney Rescue to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Nebraska City.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, Elizabeth Davis was westbound on Highway 2 when for some unknown reason she lost control of her car. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled several times.
Both Davis and Webster were wearing seatbelts.
March 29, 2012
(Atlantic) The official filing date for elected officials has come and gone.
In Cass County filing for re-election include; District 1 Supervisor Republican Supervisor, Duane McFadden, District 4 Republican Supervisor Chuck Rieken, and District 5 Republican Supervisor, Frank Waters.
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren are also seeking re-election.
The Primary Election will be held on June 5.
March 30, 2012
(Harlan) A Harlan man faces numerous charges after allegedly stealing a 1992 Mercury Sable. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol were lead on a high speed pursuit Tuesday evening.
Iowa State Patrol Senior Trooper John Hitchcock says 32-year-old Patrick Schmitz of Harlan travelled south on Highway 59 and then entered Interstate-80 before making a u-turn and continuing south on Highway 59 into Avoca. Schmitz was later located in Minden where Hitchcock began his pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
On I-80 near the Underwood rest area stop sticks were deployed striking at least one tire, at that point, two westbound semi’s attempted to block Schmitz who eventually came to a stop but refused to exit the vehicle. He was then taken out of the vehicle and placed under arrest.
Schmitz faces a long list of charges including theft of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, operating while intoxicated, eluding, stop sign violations, speeding and open container.
He was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail and held on $5,000 bond. No injuries were reported in the pursuit.
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood woman was arrested on drug charges over the weekend. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Megan Hogueison on Sunday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on $1,300 bond
The Mills County Sheriff’s also reports the arrest of 30-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Esser, of Nebraska City, Iowa, for OWI 2nd, Child Endangerment and Speeding. She was held on $4,300 bond.
And, 25-year-old Kayla Lynn Pierce, of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested at the Adam’s County Jail on March 23rd for being a Fugitive from Justice. She was held on no bond.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on a Cass County warrant for OWI 1st and a Colorado warrant for Identity Theft. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 19-year-old Michael Vyzourek on Tuesday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in.
(CLARINDA) This morning the Clarinda Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa State Patrol continue to investigate an overnight shooting involving a Clarinda police officer.
At approximately 3:19 am this morning a Clarinda Police Department officer went to 110 North 16th Street in Clarinda in response to a 911 call received from a female in the residence. The caller indicated there was a man with a hammer outside her window.
Upon arriving at the residence the officer observed a man using a hammer to break the window of a first floor apartment, and a woman inside the apartment. As the officer approached, the man turned toward the officer and began yelling at him. The man then advanced toward the officer with the hammer in his hand and the officer fired his duty weapon, striking the subject. The subject was immediately transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment. The medical status of the man is not known at this time.
The Clarinda Police officer was not injured in the incident. He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.
Nothing further will be released at this time. The officer’s name and the man’s name will be released tomorrow, March 29, 2012.
(AUDUBON) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Nikolas Jack Schwenn, of Denison, on an outstanding Audubon County Warrant. Schwenn was picked up by Crawford County authorities.
Schwenn has been charged with Revocation of Probation, Original Charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Offense, and Methamphetamine. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held on $7,500 bond.
(AUDUBON) Two teenagers were injured in a rollover accident in Audubon County Monday night.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 7:20 p.m., 16-year-old Morgan Kathleen Parris, of Audubon, was driving a 2006 Toyota eastbound on 215th Street, approximately 3 miles southeast of Audubon, when she lost control of the vehicle over a hillcrest and overcorrected. The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled. Parris was transported to the Audubon County Hospital by Audubon Rescue. A passenger in the Parris vehicle, 15-year-old Drew James Christensen, of Exira, received minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
The damage to Parris’ vehicle was estimated at $20,000. The accident remains under investigation.
(ATLANTIC) The local Child Abuse Prevention Council would like to ask the community for their assistance in collecting items for the Family Crisis Support Network and West Central Community Action. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the theme this year is Stand Up For Children.
The Council is setting up displays and drop off points at four local businesses; Cass County Memorial Hospital, HyVee, Fareway, and Mahle Engine Components. Beginning Monday, the Council will begin gathering donations for each agency. Items needed include; diapers, baby wipes, brushes and combs, personal hygiene products, backpacks, school supplies, cleaning supplies, socks, children’s clothes, boxed meals, canned goods, and so much more. Wish lists will also be available at each drop off location.
Donations will be accepted through Thursday, April 12th. The Council asks that no cash donations be left at the drop off points.
After the donations have been collected, the business who collects the most items will finish out the month displaying the 100 “Pinwheels for Prevention” and a banner spreading the word about protecting children.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board took action on a recommendation for termination of employment at their meeting Tuesday night. Following a closed session, the Board unanimously approved the termination of employment of Becky Oliver, a Food Service employee. The Board did not elaborate on the details of the termination.
During the Board’s regular work session, Middle School Principal Cameron Smith discussed some of the ideas and information from the Atlantic Middle School Building Leadership Team. Some of the topics included Iowa Assessment test planning and preparation, building remodeling and move, scheduling issues, teacher concerns, student lead conferences and supplemental reading.
(ATLANTIC) Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C. CPAs have released an audit report on Cass County.
The County had local tax revenue of $22,858,378 for the year ended June 30, 2011, which included $1,414,745 in tax credits from the state. The County forwarded 16,267,674 of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities and other taxing bodies in the County.
The County retained $6,590,704 of the local tax revenue to finance County operations, a 14.5 percent increase from the prior year. Other revenues included $5,385,388 from the state, including indirect federal funding of $837,755, and direct federal funding of $725,657, charges for service of $364,599, and $160,970 for the use of money and property.
Expenditures for County operations totaled $11,939,682, a 9.1 percent decrease from the prior year. Expenses included $4,167,109 for roads and transportation, $1,916,651 for mental health, $1,851,156 for public safety and legal services, and $1,070,552 for administrative services.
A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor of State and the County Auditor's office.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak woman was arrested for 5th Degree Theft. The Red Oak Police Department arrested 55-year-old Cindy Jo Cassidy on Tuesday. She was held on $300 bond.
(Council Bluffs) A Glenwood man was sentenced to three years in prison for drug distribution Tuesday according to The United States Attorney's office of the Southern District of Iowa.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 58-year-old David Andrew Stump was sentenced to prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and must pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim Fund.
Stump was found to be in possession of actual methamphetamine two separate times as the result of search warrants conducted by local law enforcement at Stumps residence.
The first search warrant was executed in June of 2011. Authorities discovered seventeen grams of actual methamphetamine along with small amounts of other drugs and indications of the distribution of drugs.
The second search warrant occurred August 3rd while Stump was free pending trial on the original charge. Area lawmen seized another six grams of actual methamphetamine and found additional evidence of drug distribution. Stump pleaded guilty last December to one of the two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The investigation was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, the Mills County Sheriff’s Department, and the Glenwood Police Department. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted the case.
March 27, 2012
(Greenfield) The brand new Adair County Public Safety Center, slated to begin operations Tuesday, will not open until April 11. Adair County Sheriff Brad Newton says they are waiting on the installation of the 911 equipment.
“The construction phase is all done and we have quite a bit of our office equipment already moved in, and our tentative date to occupy the new center is April 11,” stated Sheriff Newton. “We are waiting on the installation of the 911 equipment and the switch over is slated to happen April 11.”
Newton is scheduled to present an update on the new Public Safety Center at the Adair County Board of Supervisor meeting in Wednesday morning.
“I’m just glad we are getting close,” says Newton. “We are anxious to get in there and learn how to run the place.”
Sheriff Newton says the new jail will be far more secure than it is now. The Administrative part of the facility will be 100% more user friendly and everyone will have their own workspace. There is also more storage and an updated filing system.
The brand new facility provides for a new Sheriff Administration, an area for the Greenfield Police Department, a new Correctional area and a new 911 Dispatch Center.
The support areas include; Evidence Storage, Conference/Emergency Command Center, an Interview Room and A secure Arraignment area.
The Correctional areas include 6 classifications, fourteen beds and room for 6 additional future beds.
Sheriff Newton says the new facility replaces a 107-year-old house that suffered from structural damage, representing a danger to Staff, Inmates and Public Safety.
March 28, 2012
6:00 a.m. news
(Atlantic) The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of April 2nd through April 6th, 2012 Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator says, “It is an opportunity for information to be released to the public. After all we are in the middle of the severe weather season and people just need to be aware of that and make plans to prepare for severe weather.”
The highlight of the week will be the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, April 4 2012. Outdoor warning sirens will be activated throughout Cass County at or near 10:15 a.m.
“There is an emphasis on tornadoes with a statewide tornado drill,” stated Kennon. “Most people have been through this drill and it’s an excellent opportunity for people to do what they would do if there was an actual tornado.”
Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety by issuing informative Public Information Statements.
Severe Weather Awareness Topics include:
Monday - The focus on Monday will be flash flooding. Flash flooding is the most deadly thunderstorm threat in the United States. Never drive into a flooded area!
Tuesday - On Tuesday we will discuss warning reception. Over the years, the ways to get hazardous weather warnings have changed. Today, we will focus on how to get a warning. Do you know how you get a warning?
Wednesday - Today is tornado day. In 2011, over 500 people died in the United States from tornadoes! Do you know where the safest place is in your home or car?
Thursday - This is severe thunderstorm day. Hundreds of severe thunderstorms hit Iowa each year. Did you know severe thunderstorms can be as dangerous as tornadoes?
Friday - Family Preparedness. Learn about family safety from natural and man made hazards.
NOAA weather radios will also sound an alert. This tornado drill will be an excellent opportunity for Cass County residents, businesses and schools to practice their own procedures in the event of severe weather.
In the event of an actual threat of severe weather, the drill will be cancelled.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines has updated the preparedness pages on their website. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/?n=preparedness
Media interviews concerning severe weather week are encouraged and should be directed to Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines, IA.
In the event of an actual threat of severe weather, the drill will be cancelled.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines has updated the preparedness pages on their website. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/?n=preparedness
March 27, 2012
(Atlantic) This is Iowa State University extension week and the Cass County Extension Office is hosting an open house until 6:00 p.m. this evening at their office located at 810 West 10th Street.
“The purpose of Extension week is to make people aware of all the different programs and ways we impact the state and local communities,” stated Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator. “It is also a time to thank the various program volunteers, and also thank our partners who make things happen on the local level.”
Olson admits agricultural is a big part of extension, but they have many other non-ag related programs as well.
“Agricultural is definitely a big part of extension,” says Olson. “But even in our Ag and Natural Resources we have the Home Lawn and Garden and we have a huge extension to families.”
Those programs include; family finance, parenting, health and nutrition, and 4H, which is a youth development program. Agriculture is just one part of it. Others programs include; leadership, communications and citizenship, which are actually the cores of 4H.
Olson says the public is invited to their open house this afternoon. Program Information will be available, along with plenty of snacks and door prizes.
March 27, 2012
2:00 p.m. newscast
(Greenfield) The deadline to apply for the Adair County Engineer’s position is March 30.
Cass and Adair Counties have been sharing an engineer, but the Adair County Board of Supervisor’s have decided to go back to a full-time engineer. They began advertising for the position last month, and set, March 30, at 4:30 p.m., the deadline for applications.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering; and possession of or capable of acquiring a license from the state of Iowa within 6-months of employment. Four years progressive experience in the transportation industry including supervisory or managerial experience preferred. The Adair County Engineer will be directly responsible for planning, overseeing, and managing the design, construction, and maintenance of the secondary roads transportation system, including managing department staff, budget, and resources.
Residency in Adair County is required if hired.
March 27, 2012
3:00 p.m. update
(SHENANDOAH) An Essex man died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. According to a press release, the Shenandoah Police Department, assisted by Essex Fire and Rescue, responded to a call in Essex at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday for a report of a male with a gunshot wound. The man, identified at 68-year-old Michael Phelps, was transported by Essex Rescue to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on two Cass County warrants for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Contempt Hearing. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 51-year-old Jimmy Joe Misner on Monday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in.
(DES MOINES) A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening for Audubon, Carroll, and Crawford counties in Southwest Iowa.
The National Weather Service says to expect gusty southwest to west wind to prevail today. The winds will diminish toward sunset. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph with gust to near 45 mph. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
National Weather Service
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council made a few changes to the city employee’s compensation package Monday night. The Audubon City Council agreed to include 5-days paid vacation to employees that have been on the job for only 1-2 years.
The rest of the package remained the same. Those city employees that have worked for 3-7 years receive 10-days paid vacation, and 8-15 years receive 15-days paid vacation.
In other activity the council awarded a five-year wastewater maintenance contract to U.S. Water. The company presented the low bid of $11,393.72 per month. A second bid was submitted by People’s Service for $11,600 per month.
The city council also approved an ordinance allowing low speed vehicles being operated on city streets by unlicensed adults. And Audubon City Attorney Lance Levis is also being asked to draw up an ordinance banning parking in yards. That ordinance is expected to be available at their next council meeting.
March 27, 2012
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two people were arrested on drug charges following a drug bust on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says a 2012 Dodge Caravan was stopped for speeding at the 7 mile marker on eastbound I-80 at around 2 p.m. The Deputy detected a smell of marijuana and conducted a “probable cause” search. Around 15 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a duffle bag that was in a floorboard compartment. The suspects also had two pit bulls in the vehicle with them which were turned over to Pottawattamie County Animal control.
Thirty-four year old Justin Quayle and 21-year-old Andrew Walton, both of Santa Rosa, California, were arrested for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Tax Stamp Violation and Prohibited Acts. Both were held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $5,000 bond each.
(EXIRA, EHK) The Exira-EHK joint board meeting was held Monday night to discuss their Whole Grade Sharing.
Superintendent Dean Schnoes said they discussed how things are going overall, what is happening in the classrooms, and if all the issues are being handled properly. Schnoes says everything is going very well and they’re going to keep moving forward.
“I think we’re on the right track of what we were kind of hoping to see, is everything going well,” said Schnoes. “Probably the biggest thing is you can’t tell anything with the students, you have no idea; they’re working together, they’re off doing their chores and their classes, you would have thought that they were one district already a long time ago. So things are good, things are really good.”
Schnoes would like to let everyone know that there will be an Open House on April 2nd at the Exira-EHK Middle School in Exira from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to view the new kindergarten, preschool and two new classrooms.
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports three drug arrests.
On March 14th, 25-year-old Isaac Calvin Hayes, of Hamburg, was arrested for OWI 2nd, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Driving While Barred and Non-Registered vehicle.
On March 19th, 31-year-old Victor Robert Chapman, of Omaha, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.
And on March 20th, 40-year-old David Shane Anderson, of Hamburg, was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana.
(SIDNEY) Three people were arrested on theft charges in Fremont County earlier this month.
The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Cody Jacob Blezek, of Pacific Junction, was arrested on March 13th for Burglary 3rd, Criminal Mischief 2nd, Conspiracy, and Theft 3rd.
On March 11th, 24-year-old Corey Michael Ware, of Thurman, was arrested for Serious Domestic Assault, Burglary 3rd, and Theft 2nd.
Also on March 11th, 24-year-old Rebecca Anne Hart, of Omaha, was arrested on two counts of Theft 5th.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests.
On March 17th, 48-year-old Michael Patrick Amdor, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While Revoked and Interference with Official Acts. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.
On March 25th, 58-year-old Kim Delaine Perdue, of Griswold, was arrested for OWI 3rd Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $5,000 bond.
Also on March 25th, 28-year-old Christopher Leon Bomer, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $300 bond.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A distracted driver caused a two-vehicle accident in Pottawattamie County Monday evening.
The Iowa State Patrol says 30-year-old Jeffrey Vana, of Logan, was stopped in the outside lane of I-29 due to a previous accident when he was rear-ended by a 2004 Chevy Impala, driven by 26-year-old Teddy Mahoney, of Onawa. According to the report, Mahoney was distracted by a bag in the passenger compartment when the accident occurred. Both vehicles ended up in the east ditch.
Vana and Mahoney were both transported to area hospitals with injuries.
(Corning) It has been along time coming, but the Corning Opera House will officially open next week in Corning. A Grand Opening Ceremony is planned for April 5 and 6.
Beth Waddle, Adams County Economic Development Director says the project began in the early part of this decade when the Corning Opera House Committee received the building. The first phase of the project was preserving the structure, which included a new roof, windows ect….. The project really took off just over a year ago when they received a $1.5 million I-Jobs grant.
Waddle says the excitement keeps building as they get closer and closer to this great event next week. She says there are some many historical pieces in the building and it is exciting to see it come out.
“We are so excited that we were able to restore some of the original ceiling, inlayed art, the original stage is still there that is the only one in Iowa that is built that way,” stated Waddle.
And the wood apron in front of the balcony is also original, and the newly renovated facility is a great social environment for the community.
“The building will not only house a lot of performances such as comedy, musical and theatre, but it can also be rented out for meetings, conferences, wedding receptions, and reunions, “ said Waddle. “All of those things will help make it cash flow and make a great social gathering space in our community.”
The doors open at 6:00 p.m. on April 5 with treats and wine sampling. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance with the “Ron Cooley Triow with/Corning attorney and song writer Jeff Millholin, performing at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale Monday’s through Friday’s from 1-5 p.m. They are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children reserved seating only. The remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
March 27, 2012
(Boone) Investigators have released the names of the Police Officers involved in a shooting over the weekend in Boone.
Authorities say, 32 year old Sgt, John Wiebold who is a 10 year veteran of the force and 29 year old Officer Korie Barber who has five years, have been placed on administrative leave. They fired their weapons at 48-year old Brian Johnson of Boone late Saturday night. He's in serious condition at a Des Moines hospital. D-C-I Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger says the two officers went to Johnson's house and while talking with him he ran. Officer Barber used his taser to try to stop Johnson but that didn't work. Motsinger says that's when Johnson turned and pointed a handgun at the officers’ who then fired multiple rounds hitting Johnson.
The Boone County Attorney will decide whether any charges are warranted against the officers for their use of force.
March 27, 2012
(Harlan) The Shelby County Emergency Management Office is asking county residents to refrain from burning, at least through Thursday.
Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Sievert says drying winds and low relative humidity will make controlling fire difficult. Sievert has placed the Shelby County Fire Danger rating to the High Category.
Sievert says if you need to burn, contact your local Fire Chief of Emergency Management, for assistance in developing a burn plan.
The next update will be Thursday, March 29.
March 26, 2012
(Atlantic) The winner of Iowa’s Best Burger contest will be announced in just over a month. The list of ten finalists has been released and the Farmer’s Kitchen in Atlantic has made the cut for the third straight year.
Owner Mark Johnson says the Cy-Hawk Burger is the most popular choice in the Farmer’s Kitchen line-up.
A secret panel of judges will visit all ten finalists in the next few weeks and evaluate the burgers based on proper temperature, appearance, and taste. The Rusty Duck in Dexter won Best Burger in 2011 and the Sac County Cattle Company took top honors in 2010.
(Carroll) A 19-year-old Carroll man has died after being hit by a semi in northeast Iowa.
According to KWWL-TV in Waterloo, 19-year-old Kyle Pudenz was a pedestrian on Highway 20 eastbound near the Highway 63 ramp when he was struck by a semi last night. Authorities were called to the scene at around 9:15 p.m and found Pudenz laying in the median with head and chest injuries. He was taken to Covenant Medical Center where he later died. The semi was driven by Valoree Blake of Vermillion, South Dakota. According to the report, the driver says she tried to swerve when Pudenz walked out into the path of her semi but could not avoid hitting him.
(Atlantic) For the first time since 2008, the Carson and Barnes Circus will be coming to Atlantic. Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts says,
“There has always been a good relationship with the Carson and Barnes group. They always put on a great show. The Atlantic residents and businesses both support it. Hopefully the weather that night will be great.”
The circus will be held at the Atlantic Municipal Airport on Monday, June 11th.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board is meeting in closed session Tuesday night to decide on a recommendation for termination of employment.
According to the agenda, the meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. in the High School Media Center. The Board will meet in open session to act on the employee termination and following that will conduct a work session to discuss topics from the Atlantic Middle School Building Leadership Team.
The board will also decide which board members will be attending the Super Board event on March 29.
March 26, 2012
11:00 a.m. update
(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 50-year-old Robert Charles Atkinson of Atlantic. Atkinson was arrested Friday at around 9:00 p.m. on an outstanding Audubon County Warrant. Atkinson is charged with Revocation of Probation. He was originally charged with 3rd Offense Public Intoxication. Atkinson was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green is recovering at a Des Moines Hospital following a tree trimming accident early Saturday afternoon. Lt. Dave Erickson wouldn’t elaborate only saying that the Chief suffered multiple injuries.
“We were dispatched to a medical call at his residence just after 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon,” stated Erickson. “He was about 10-15 feet off the ground trimming a tree when a tree branch fell and hit the ladder causing Green to fall to the ground.”
Erickson says Chief Green suffered multiple injuries to his left side and was taken by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to a Des Moines Hospital.”
“I would like to thank Medivac, the Atlantic Fire Department, and everybody else that helped, including neighbors,” Stated Erickson. “There were numerous people assisting us.”
Lt. Erickson says it will be business as usual. “The same as always, we have a chain of command set up and we will be in touch with him if we have any problems.”
Lt. Erickson says expects Chief Green to be back in his office in the next two to three weeks.
March 26, 2012
(Des Moines) Police say a young mother was upset about custody arrangements one day before killing her 2-year-old son and herself.
Indianola and Des Moines presented some details of the shooting during a press conference Sunday about the deaths of 23-year-old Kelli Sly, and her son Gavin.
Police say Sly killed Gavin inside their apartment in Indianola sometime Sunday morning. Then Sly drove to Des Moines, where she ran her vehicle into a bridge pillar and died at around 8:00 a.m. Sunday. Her infant son’s body was found about ½ hour later.
Indianola Authorities spoke to Sly on Saturday because she had violated a court order by contacting her estranged husband. He said he was worried she would hurt herself, but Sly had denied being suicidal on Saturday.
March 26, 2012
(Villisca) One person suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident in Montgomery County Saturday afternoon.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at around 2:24 p.m. approximately ¼ of a mile east of Vine Avenue on Montgomery/Page Street.
The driver of a 2005 Dodge Durango, 31-year-old Krista Colleen Sabo, of Nodaway was taken by Villisca Fire and Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Sabo told authorities that her vehicle struck a couple of pot-holes in the road causing the Durango to leave the road and enter the north ditch. The vehicle struck an embankment and came to rest.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Villisca Fire and EMS.
March 26, 2012
Sunday, a.m. news
(Manning) Authorities forced a Manning man out of his home with tear gas following a 12-hour standoff in Manning Saturday morning.
Authorities say, 37-year-old David Wurr, of 347 Madison St., was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll for treatment.
Wurr's relatives asked Police to check on him and when they arrived Wurr met them at the door with a handgun. According to a press release, Officers attempted to negotiate with Wurr, but failed. Wurr Subsequently barricaded himself in the residence and refused to come our or give up his weapon.
Police say Wurr fired several shots at officers during the standoff. They said the Iowa State Patrol attempted to negotiate with Wurr for several hours before firing the gas containers into the house around 7:30 Saturday morning. Police said no officers were injured.
March 26, 2012
(Boone) Authorities continue to investigate a shooting in Boone involving several law enforcement officials.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the incident began Saturday night at around 10:40 p.m. A Boone County deputy and two officers with the Boone Police Department went to 827 South Division Street in Boone, to further investigate a previous incident.
Upon arriving at the residence officers spoke with two individuals. During their conversations, one man ran from the residence and two Boone Police officers pursued him through the yard. The subject then turned on officers and pointed a handgun at them. Officers fired multiple rounds, striking the man. He was immediately transported to the Boone County Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines for treatment.
The subjects medical status is not known at this time.
The two Boone Police officers were not injured in the incident. Both have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.
Nothing further will be released at this time. The officer's names and the man's name will not be released until Monday.
March 25, 2012
(GREENFIELD) A Southwest Iowa lawmaker wants to amend a current confirming drug bill that would ban a new drug that can cause severe heart attacks. Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says the drug is called Kraton and originates from Southeast Asia.
“As much as we know about it, it's very dangerous because it speeds up the heart and can actually cause heart attacks whether,” said Baudler. “It's a pain retardant, psychedelic so it does have some hallucinate affects to it.”
He says the language for the amendment is currently being written because they would like to get ahead of this dangerous drug before it gets out of hand.
(PLATTSMOUTH, NE) An Essex, Iowa man was arrested in connection with a stabbing in Nebraska.
KETV news says 24-year-old Brandon Hendon was arrested in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and then booked into the Sarpy County Jail on two counts of attempted murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and burglary.
At around 4 a.m. this morning, Hendon allegedly went to an apartment near 88th Street and Elm Plaza in LaVista and stabbed a 31-year-old and her 18-year-old stepdaughter in the neck and upper chest. Hendon is reportedly the 18-year-old’s ex-boyfriend.
Both victims were transported to Creighton University Medical Center. KETV news says the stepmother has been treated and released and the 18-year-old is in good condition.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested for Assault. The Harlan Police Department says on March 18th, officers were called to a residence in the 2000 block of 20th Street for an apparent assault. As a result of the investigation, 23-year-old Tyler Powers was charged with assault and transported to the Shelby County Jail.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man faces theft charges for use of unauthorized utilities.
The Harlan Police Department says 27-year-old Kevin Smith was charged with 5th Degree Theft when Harlan Municipal Utilities notified Police that the residence at 1804 6th Street was using unauthorized utilities in the form of cable television.
As a result of the investigation, a complaint was sent to the Shelby County Clerk of Court charging Smith.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and Supplying Alcohol to a Person under Legal Age. The Harlan Police Department says 42-year-old James Boell was arrested following a traffic stop on March 21st. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail. In addition, 19-year-old Daniel Martin, of Netawaka, Kansas, was cited for Possession of Alcohol by Person under Legal Age.
(HARLAN) Six people were charged with possession of alcohol under legal age in Harlan.
The Harlan Police Department says on Saturday, March 17th, police responded to a noise complaint in the 600 block of Broadway. As a result of the investigation 18-year-old Cain Pfeifer, 19-year-old Malerie Scheffler, 18-year-old Tannis Belisle, 19-year-old Chantel Scheffler, 19-year-oled Adam Scheffler, and 18-year-old Kaitlyn Stessman, all of Harlan, were charged with Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age. In addition, 24-year-old Jackie Thielen, of Harlan, was cited for Supplying Alcohol to Persons under Legal Age.
All subjects were cited and released.
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on numerous charges in Mills County Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Jesse Eugene Sump was arrested on Tuesday for Possession of Stolen Property, Driving While Barred, Felon in Possession of Ammo and No SR-22 Insurance. He was held in the Mills County Jail on $13,000 bond.
Sump was then arrested on Wednesday at the Mills County Jail on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for 1st Degree Theft. His bond on that charge was $10,000.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Treasurer’s Office would like to remind property owners that the second half tax payments of real estate and mobile homes are now due. You can go online to pay your taxes at www.iowatreasurers.org. Credit and Debit cards are accepted for in-office payments. The deadline for payments without penalty is Monday, April 2nd. Payments with a postmark will be accepted without penalty.
(DES MOINES) Auditor of State David A. Vaudt today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Dexter for the period July 1, 2004 through August 31, 2010. The special investigation was conducted as a result of concerns City funds may have been improperly disbursed by the City’s former Clerk, Denise Miller.
Ms. Miller was the City Clerk from January 1, 2000 until she passed away on July 15, 2010. Vaudt reported the special investigation identified $131,391.92 of improper and unsupported disbursements. The $129,354.23 of improper disbursements identified include $70,662.23 of checks improperly issued to Ms. Miller, $45,363.56 of penalties and interest related to payroll taxes and $6,969.77 of interest for an unauthorized loan Ms. Miller established in the City’s name. The improper disbursements also include $4,367.50 paid to Ms. Miller’s husband.
The $2,037.69 of unsupported disbursements includes 12 checks for which sufficient documentation was not available to determine the propriety of the payments.
Vaudt also reported it was not possible to determine if additional amounts were improperly disbursed or if collections were not properly deposited because adequate records for disbursements and receipts were not available.
Copies of the report have been filed with the Dallas County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s website at auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1022-0233-BE00.pdf.
(ATLANTIC) An Anita woman was arrested on four Cass County warrants.
The Atlantic Police Department says 30-year-old Sarah Prall was arrested on Tuesday on warrants for OWI 1st, No Proof of Insurance, Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Maintain Safety Belt.
Prall was transported to the Cass County Jail where she posted bond and was released.
(Red Oak) An Omaha man faces drug charges in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Timothy Green was brought in on a warrant early this morning charging him with possession of a controlled substance and gathering for the use of marijuana.
He was originally located by Shenandoah Police and transported without incident to Montgomery authorities. Green is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.
March 23, 2012
6:30 a.m. news
(Des Moines) The democrat running for Congress in northwest Iowa's 4th Congressional District has responded to the republican challenge for debates during the upcoming campaign.
Christie Vilsack says in a letter to Congressman Steve King that she has always supported debates because the people of the 4th congressional district deserve an opportunity to hear the viewpoints of both candidates and the positions each have taken. She says her campaign is now performing its due diligence to ensure any moderator of a debate is a neutral party. Mrs. Vilsack says her campaign is reaching out to media outlets and other organizations that may be interested in sponsoring a debate and she encourages King's campaign to do the same.
Congressman King last week proposed six debates in various communities around the state with specific dates and times citing the congressman's schedule. Mrs. Vilsack says her letter is the first of many steps in the process for negotiating a schedule of debates.
March 23, 2012
(RED OAK) Five people were sent to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Montgomery County this (Thursday) morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 9:24 a.m., 16-year-old Adam Mathew Stevens was driving a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, attempting to turn eastbound onto High Street, when he was unable to make the turn and entered the southeast ditch.
Adam Mathew Stevens, Jennifer Dawn Schultz; the owner of the vehicle, 12-year-old Brigette Englebert, 2-year-old Malakeye Westbrook and 1-year-old Montgomery Westbrook, were transported to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for evaluation by Red Oak and Villisca Rescue.
The damage to the vehicle was estimated around $1,500. No citations were issued at this time. The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the Villisca Fire Department.
(TABOR) A body was recovered from a farm pond in Mills County this morning.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says on Monday, at 10:55 a.m., the Mills County Sheriff’s Office responded to a farm pond northwest of Tabor for a possible drowning. Tabor Fire and Rescue and Red Oak Rescue and Dive Teams also responded. The missing person’s boat was located, but it was unoccupied. The Clarinda Dive Team also responded to assist in the search. The Sheriff’s Office says weather conditions made the search more difficult.
At around 11:00 a.m. this (Thursday) morning, a body was recovered from the farm pond. The Mills County Coroner arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The name of the victim is not being released until all family has been notified. The incident remains under investigation.
(Atlantic) 65-year-old William Glenn Foulkes of Anita appeared in front of a magistrate judge Thursday afternoon at the Cass County Court House.
Foulkes was arrested last week for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Foulkes faces one charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a School Employee, a Class D Felony and 49 charges of Sexual Exploitation which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor.
Foulkes plead not guilty and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Foulkes will have an arraignement at a future date. His Attorney, F. Montgomery Brown stated after the appearance that Foulkes will vigorously contest the allegations and denies that any contact was sexual.
Foulkes is a former CAM Elementary teacher who resigned on November 15th, 2010. The sexual exploitation charges come from incidents that allegedly occurred between August 1st of 2009 and November 11th, 2010.
(DES MOINES) Auditor of State David A. Vaudt today released an audit report on the City of Atlantic.
The City’s receipts totaled $15,165,347 for the year ended June 30, 2011, a 94.5% increase over the prior year. The receipts included $2,971,263 in property tax, $123,056 from tax increment financing, $1,624,729 from charges for service, $1,699,087 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest, $2,194,504 from capital grants, contributions and restricted interest, $724,158 from local option sales tax, $8,124 from hotel/motel tax, $9,439 from unrestricted interest on investments, $5,519,437 from general obligation and sewer revenue bond proceeds and $291,550 from other general receipts.
Disbursements for the year totaled $11,090,429, a 40.1% increase over the prior year, and included $2,734,582 for capital projects, $2,336,719 for refunding debt, $1,584,592 for public safety and $1,278,081 for public works. Also, disbursements for business type activities totaled $574,172.
A copy of the audit report is available for review in the City Clerk’s office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1120-0128-B00F.pdf.
(ATLANTIC) One person was sent to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Atlantic Monday night.
The Atlantic Police Department says at around 11 p.m., Joseph Riesberg, of Atlantic, was westbound on 9th Street, approaching Chestnut Street, when he veered north onto the City right-of-way, striking a tree located just off of the roadway.
Riesberg was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac.
(Atlantic) It appears the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and the company they purchased their damaged Christmas Lights from is reaching a settlement agreement. Atlantic Chamber Director Megan Roberts says the LED lights were put up in 2009 and soon after that, city officials noticed some unexpected damage to them.
“There has been this ongoing discussion with the company that we purchased the lights from for warranty reasons. We recently received a settlement agreement from them and are hoping to wrap things up before the holiday season,” stated Roberts.
The original cost of the lights was around $44,000 and the company is offering to replace the lights strand for strand.
“Because the batch was not the quality and commercial grade that we were promised is why we are arguing this and why the company is offering to replace the lights strand for strand. As long as we can agree on this we should be able to replace them with exactly what we agreed to purchase,” said Roberts.
Roberts says they are currently reviewing the companies offer and making some changes in the Chambers best interest to ensure this is exactly what they want.
“It is a disappointment to everyone when we lit those trees and there were fewer lights than what there should have been,” said Roberts. “Because Christmas in Atlantic is such a large promotion and a large community involved event, we just feel like it has been tough for everyone. However, we are optimistic that we are going to get this thing resolved and we are definitely not going to let Christmas 2012 suffer because of it. So we are going to keep moving forward and look forward to a beautiful sparkling Christmas in Atlantic.”
Roberts says they will return the companies offer within a month and hope for a signed agreement to come back. If the two parties don’t come to an agreement, Roberts says the Chamber Board is currently working on a backup plan for this coming holiday season.
March 22, 2012
(FORT DODGE) A Clarinda woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Webster County Wednesday morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 7:55 a.m. 68-year-old Katheryn Duley was driving southbound on Webster County Road P-59 when a northbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck her vehicle head-on. Duley’s vehicle came to rest on its top. The northbound vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Patrick Oberg, of Otho, came to rest on the passenger side.
Duley and Oberg were both transported to Trinity Hospital where Duley later died from injuries sustained in the accident.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council voted Wednesday night to authorize bids for a $40,000 maintenance improvement project at the street maintenance garage. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the building is in poor condition and that is why this project was included in the capital improvement plan.
“The office needs new flooring and windows, air-conditioning, the restrooms are pretty deplorable and the locker rooms will be re-done,” stated Harris. “Basically we are going to get that building up to some reasonable standard.”
Mayor Dave Jones said, “Besides the park maintenance shed, this is probably the second worse building we have.”
Tim Tieg of Snyder and Associates presented the plans and specifications for the needed improvements. The estimated costs of improvements are $40,000, plus $15,000 to replace some of the garage doors. Harris says this is in line with the $55,000 that was originally approved in the 2011 bond issue for this purpose. However, bids for the street and park improvements came in alittle higher than the engineer’s estimates which has left the city with only $30,000 from the bond proceeds for these improvements. Harris recommended that the council transfer $25,000 of the $63,000 in proceeds from the recent sale of land to cover the balance of the cost of this project including the replacement of the overhead doors.
The council voted unanimously to authorize bids for this project.
March 22, 2012
(Red Oak) Red Oak City Officials are offering a proposal to Shopko Officials to keep their former Pamida Store open. Shopko recently bought out the chain and plan to close stores they say had disappointing sales, including the one in Red Oak. Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright says there is a committee working through the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce actively working to keep that store in their community.
“We have had communications with Shopko management and have told them that we disagree with that decision and believe there is a strong market here,” stated Wright. “We have been making a pitch to them to re-evaluate that and keep this store open.”
Wright says residents gathered in front of the store last weekend in an effort to convince Shopko to keep it open. “We have had four-or-five hundred people down there holding a banner that says we want Shopko. We sent a proposal to Shopko management trying to show all the reasons we believe a well run Shopko can do a strong business in Red Oak.”
Shopko Officials recently announced that about $80 million will be invested in converting the other Pamida stores by the end of 2012.
March 21, 2012
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A California man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Pottawattamie County Monday afternoon.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Deputy Miller was running radar on Interstate 80 near the 5-mile-marker when he stopped a 2011 Dodge Nitro that was traveling eastbound over the speed limit. Danker said Deputy Miller believed the driver could be possibly transporting drugs and deployed his K9 Francisco to do a free-air sniff around the vehicle at which time the K9 alerted on the vehicle.
“A search was done of the vehicle and they located a wrapped cardboard box that apparently they had used like a spray insulating foam to cover the contents and that was cut away and they found marijuana in sealed plastic bags, about 34 ½ pounds of marijuana in there,” said Danker.
Danker said the driver, 30-year-old Zachary Hunter, of Eureka, California, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Tax Stamp Violation, Prohibited Acts, and Excessive Speed. He was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests Tuesday.
According to the report, 19-year-old Alex Rutledge, of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for a Probation Revocation. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
The second arrest involved 18-year-old Jacob Sweeney, of Atlantic. He was taken into custody on a charge of simple assault.
March 21, 2012
(Wiota) If you drive down one of Iowa’s interstates it won’t take long before you see an oversized load sign followed by a semi carrying pieces of a Wind Turbine. Power companies are rapidly adding to their wind energy projects and according to windenergy.org, 20% of energy produced in the state of Iowa is created by wind. That percentage ranks #1 in the nation and #2 in the world.
Wiota Wind Energy LLC has joined in on the effort to increase the supply of wind energy in the state. With a group of 27 investors pitching in, a turbine now stands south of Wiota. When the new turbine begins producing energy, that energy will be sold to Farmers Electric Cooperative. General Manager Clarence Moshier explains says the energy will be used for those served by the Wiota substation. The turbine is projected to produce 5,900 megawatt hours annually and could provide a benefit surrounding communities as well.
The turbine should pay off for the investors, reduce costs for Farmers Electric Cooperative and save customers money. A tour of the turbine was rained out on Monday and officials are working to re-schedule a tour. The turbine is expected to begin operation during the first week in April, it will be operated by General Electric.
(Red Oak) Two people were taken into custody in separate incidents in Montgomery County this week.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says, 28-year-old Matthew Gusman, of Red Oak faces assault charges following an incident that occurred in the 100 block if west Coolbaugh. Gusman was held on $300.00 bond.
The other arrest involves a Villisca man. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Benjamin Barnes was arrested on a valid warrant from the Department of Corrections for violation of probation. He was held on $7,500.00 bond.
March 21, 2012
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Office is investigation an incident of criminal mischief in Stanton.
The victim, Marta Clark-Moffett reported that sometime during the night of March 18 or early the 19th, someone had broken out the rear window of her 2005 Chevy Malibu causing $300.00 damage.
The incident remains under investigation.
March 21, 2012
(Hamburg) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 40 year-old David Shane Anderson of Hamburg. Anderson is charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the Sheriff’s Office received a report yesterday of gunshots heard near a building on the south end of town in Hamburg. Anderson was located and arrested later that afternoon.
"He was around his residence, he was just walking with his kids. He was taking them out target practicing, evidently."
Anderson posted $5,000 bond and was released.
(ATLANTIC) Jerald Putnam has announced his retirement from the Cass County Veteran Affairs Commission, effective immediately. Putman has served 12 years on the Commission.
The Cass County Veteran Affairs Commission has recommended that Cathy Downey serve the remainder of Putnam’s term, which ends on June 30th, 2013. The Cass County Board of Supervisors said at their meeting this morning that Downey is a great choice.
“I’m glad they appointed Cathy, she’ll do a very, very nice job,” said Chuck Rieken. “She’s been very involved in the Legion Club in Griswold over many years and it will give us a gender balance on the board and like I said, she’s a very nice lady and does a very nice job.”
The Supervisors will take action on Downey’s appointment at their Board meeting on March 30th.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council will hold a public hearing on a $9.125 million budget amendment at their meeting tonight.
Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the lion’s share of the amendment is attributed to accounting changes recommended by the state auditor that the costs for the Waste Water Treatment Plant improvement project be shifted from the Capital Project Fund to the Sewer Fund.
Harris says other big items in the Debt Service Fund include the decision to refund the cities 2007 G.O. bonds that will require that the city pay off the $655,000 principal on those bonds this year from the proceeds of the 2012 G.O. bonds. He says this will increase the budget for the current year, but will result in saving the City over $45,000 in interest costs. Also, the interim $112,000 interest on the WWTP project borrowing from the State Revolving Loan Fund was shifted from the project fund to the Debt Service Fund.
The increased use of Aviation Fuel that was purchased this year is also weighing in on the budget amendment. Harris says while the city experienced a big increase in the amount of fuel purchased it will be offset by corresponding increase in revenue from those sales. The Atlantic Public Library received a large donation last year from the Library Board and they have used $50,000 from these funds to make some repairs and equipment purchases. And $25,000 from the 2011 bond proceeds was transferred to the Community Promotion Fund to pay for this year’s contribution to Iowa Western Community Colleges Design Technology Program. In addition the Community Promotion Committee has made contributions to various organizations in excess of the original budget.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, at City Hall.
March 21, 2012
(Atlantic) A memorial scholarship is being offered to an Atlantic senior this spring in honor of a dedicated family man, who invested a lot of time and energy in helping not only his own children but many students in the Atlantic School system.
Al Wernimont, passed away last fall after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was an excellent role model for student athletes and encouraged everyone to find good balance in their lives. His generous spirit and willingness to always lend a hand touched many people in the community and beyond.
A $750.00 memorial scholarship has been established in his name to continue the tradition of Al’s giving nature and make a difference in the lives of one more student each year.
The application is now available and can be returned to the Atlantic High School Guidance Office by April 15.
March 21, 2012
(ADAIR) An Anita man was sent to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident in Guthrie County Monday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 54-year-old Kevin Wedemeyer, of Anita, was driving a 1994 Chevy S10 westbound on White Pole Road and noticed a John Deere Service Truck pull away from a stop sign on Juniper Avenue in front of Wedemeyer. Wedemeyer tried to stop, but hit the truck in the passenger side.
Wedemeyer was transported to the Guthrie County Hospital by Adair EMS.
The driver of the service truck, 32-year-old Brian Tunink, of Adair, was cited for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way.
(Atlantic) The admission fee at the Atlantic Municipal Swimming Pool this summer will remain the same as last year. During the Monday night Atlantic Park and Rec. meeting, Director Roger Herring cleared up some of the confusion surrounding the use of family passes.
“A family is defined as all immediate family members residing at the same street address; this includes children of divorced parents who have joint custody, step-children, and foster children,” explained Herring. “Babysitters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and ex-spouses are not considered immediate family members unless they appear as a dependent on the applicants income tax returns.”
So this year the park and Rec. Department is offering punch cards particularly for daycare providers.
“It’s $4 a day, you can buy a 15-punch card for $50, that’s a $10 discount if you buy a $50 punch card,” said Herring. “So a daycare provider can use that punch card.”
Herring says there will also be some regulations for daycare providers.
“If they bring ten kids, they have to have at least two more adults with them based on their age,” said Herring. “So ages 0 to 3; 2 children, 1 staff person. Ages 3 to 5; 6 children, you need 1 staff person per 6 in that age group. Age 6 up to 2nd Grade; 10 children, 1 staff person.”
The cost of a family pass is $105.00; Single adult pass is $70.00. The daily charge is $4.00 for 3-years-old and up. Two-year-olds and under get in free.
The pool is set to open May 23 and will close September 3.
March 20, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is one of three southwest Iowa employers nominated for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Monona Police Department and the Micah House in Council Bluffs are also nominees.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, received 3,236 nominations nationwide. 56 Iowa Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers for the Freedom Award which is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting members of the Guard and Reserve. Up to 15 recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. on September 20th at the 17th annual Freedom Award Ceremony.
A list of nominations from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia are available at www.FreedomAward.mil. Semifinalists for the 2012 Freedom Award will be announced later next month.
(Elk Horn) The Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board approved a $160,000 budget amendment increase Monday night. Elk Horn-Kimballton schools superintendent Dean Schnoes says the increase is due to some additional expenses involving the operation of the school building such as added transportation costs for busing students back and forth from Exira and additional staff expenses.
“It was expenses that all of a sudden came in that were needed and because they came after last years budget we have to amend it legally to stay within the confines of the law,” stated Schnoes.
Dean Schnoes says while they have already made the payments and it will lower the schools spending authority, all the changes were made for the good of the students.
March 20, 2012
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(GRISWOLD) The Griswold School Board approved an early pay incentive for new teachers at their meeting Monday night.
Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze said the new policy gives the opportunity to pay a brand new teacher the equivalent of their first two weeks pay before the pay period would actually end.
“As start up dates have crept to be earlier and earlier in the calendar year, a new employee for the school would be starting at Griswold August 8th of this upcoming year and they wouldn’t be seeing a pay period until September, about six weeks later,” explained Kunze. “So, the idea was somebody fresh out of college shouldn’t have to wait quite that long for their first pay period.”
Kunze says what this does is it splits their first paycheck into two and they would get their first half of that pay after two weeks of employment.
(GRISWOLD) The Griswold School Board approved the 2012-2013 Budget following a public hearing Monday night.
Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze said their tax levy will be going down about 40-cents this year. “That would be putting us at $11.14 per thousand.”
Kunze said there was no opposition to the budget during the public hearing Monday night.
In other news, Kunze said the Driver’s Education fees are going to go up to $225 for students who take Driver’s Ed. this next year.
(Atlantic) An early spring means green grass, budding trees…and…yes noxious weeds. Cass County Weed Commissioner Larry Randel says the early spring probably means a double dose of treatment this spring and summer.
“Spring is here and weeds will grow, and are growing, so I encourage residents to develop a plan and get some things taken care of in a timely manner to control these noxious weeds, “ stated Randel. “It’s is not just rural residents, its city, state, and county residents that need to be aware of this.”
Randel says there is a penalty for not controlling those noxious weeds. “As Weed Commissioner I can serve you notice to get these weeds under control. And if nothing is done within a certain length of time we can hire an applicator to do it and the charge will be assessed to your taxes. We don’t want to do that and you don’t either, so just do something to help control them.”
Randel says if anyone has questions on the chemicals and application rates contact a local chemical dealer. Randel says you can also contact him at 712-254-0258, or your county supervisor or county recorder.
March 20, 2012
(Atlantic) An Atlantic author inspired by his wife’s battle with rheumatoid arthritis has self-published a book.
Allen Stark, a retired high school/middle school English and performing arts teacher, will appear for a book signing for his new book Saturday, March 24, at the Atlantic Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Stark’s wife Melissa Paulsen Stark has dealt with rheumatoid arthritis since age 16 and, as a result, has had to undergo multiple operations. In the book, titled “Balloons for Breakfast,” Stark captures the life his wife and others like her have had to endure, especially young people dealing with the disease and related diseases.
“Anyone that has gone through this I believe is much better qualified to help other people get through similar situations. And that is what the book was intended to do, inspire people to move beyond their comfort zones and get out of their box that they think that they are in,” stated Stark.
His story is taken from the drama of real life that characters have lived out in warm desert areas of Arizona and California.
“Sometimes our kids grow up today thinking that movies, video games, DVD’s, ect. are what is important. So I am trying to get their peers to speak out and tell these kids what life is all about and how they can make a difference in other people’s lives,” says Stark.
Stark says there seems to be a belief among writers of children’s stories that denies real life conflicts exist and imagines all stories have happy endings. “I don’t want to hit people between the eyes with reality, but I do want them to understand what some people have to go through, especially children.”
Allen Stark has another book that will soon be released and it is called “Walkout.” Stark says a great deal of what he shares in the novel resulted from watching, listening to, and interacting with those in several Christian communities over a period of 20-years. He has seen how things work and don’t work depending on people’s focus, and how people walkout of situations rather than helping to make things better. We will have more on this story tomorrow.
Allen Stark will be at the Atlantic Public Library Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, for the book signing.
March 20, 2012
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(Atlantic) Atlantic youth wanting to participate in this summer’s playground program will be offered a ride. Herring presented the proposal to the Park Board at their meeting Monday night.
“It is valid that we consider running a bus in the morning to pick up kids throughout the city since we have gone from multiple sites to one single site,” said Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring.
“We want to make sure we give every area of the city an equal opportunity to be a part if this and distance does not interfere,” stated Herring. “I have contacted SWITA and it will be a pickup only, the parents will have to pickup their children at 11:30 at the “Y.”
The bus will begin the route from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at three locations; 5th and Mulberry, Cedar Park, and 10th and Mahogany.
The Board approved the route.
March 20, 2012
(Des Moines) Craig Cogil, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, says we can expect periods of showers and thunderstorms as we progress through the evening hours.
Cogil says we could even experience some severe weather with this system tonight, but it doesn’t appear to be widespread. “Primarily some large hail and damaging wind gusts is what we're really looking at as the main threat,” said Cogil.
Cogil says it is impossible to pinpoint exactly where the severe weather threat might occur, however he admits if there is severe weather the best bet would be somewhere in southwest Iowa.
“Locations in South-central/Southwestern Iowa have the best threat in the state, but to narrow it down beyond that is probably pretty difficult at this time,” said Cogil.
Cogil says this is a slow mover and some locations could receive 1-2 inches and 3-inches in some locations through Thursday.
March 19, 2012
(Atlantic) A Cumberland man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident this (Monday) afternoon in the 1200 block of Southwest 7th Street.
Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson, says 80-year-old Lester Duede, of Cumberland was taken by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic with minor injuries.
Erickson says the accident occurred at around 2:05 p.m. Duede was southbound on 7th Street in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt stopped and waiting to make a left hand turn into Sitel, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 1997 Ford Pickup driven by 25-year-old Dustin Applegate, of Oakland. The impact spun Duede’s vehicle 180-degrees to the east shoulder coming to rest heading northbound.
Applegate was cited for failure to maintain control/reduced speed. The Damage to both vehicles’s totaled $6,000 damage.
March 19, 2012
(Walnut) The Dale Lynch Alumni Weekend in Walnut drew a huge crowd last year and 2012 will mark the ninth annual event. It’s scheduled for March 23rd through the 25th.
The community of Walnut has come together each year since 2003 to honor longtime teacher Dale Lynch who tragically died in a deer hunting accident. The money raised goes to a variety of things within the school.
“All the money is used to support the school. We generally raise about $10,000 on Dale Lynch weekend and a good portion of that is used to fund scholarships. So we give out three or four thousand dollars each year to graduating seniors who are going on to college.”
Walnut native Rick Blum says the event has grown over the years. A soup cook-off will kick start the weekend this year.
“Those of us Alumni that live in Walnut we thought it would be appropriate to put together a little basketball tournament and one thing led to another and pretty soon it grew into a basketball and volleyball tournament. It’s more or less an alumni weekend now.”
There will also be an alumni dance held at the Legion Hall on Saturday. Other events include an auction for a Warrior Uniform Quilt made by Rosemary Pedersen and a raffle for an iPad2 and 39” LCD TV. Blum thanks everyone involved in making this weekend a possibility.
“I think it’s important to note this is an army of people involved... I just want to recognize everyone who is involved in our community in making this happen. It’s an army of people who enjoy raising money for the school. In Walnut, and the local area, we have a strong sense of volunteerism that can’t be beat.”
Despite the fact that Walnut will join with AHST with all sports beginning next fall, Blum says the Dale Lynch Alumni Weekend will continue as long as students graduate from Walnut High School.
(Des Moines) The Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) State Central Committee today approved the formation of a 17-member Iowa Caucus Review Committee. The three southwest Iowa committee members include; Sen. Nancy Boettger, Shelby County, Chad Olsen, Guthrie County, and Gwen Ecklund, Crawford County
The purpose of the committee is to conduct a full audit and review of the Republican Caucus. They are going to review what went right and what went wrong and fix what went wrong and promote what went right.
The committee will hold its first meeting at 10 A.M. Thursday, April 26 in Des Moines. Future meetings will be held in other communities across the state.
Committee members will be assigned to sub-committees on public relations, operations and training. A research subcommittee will gather data and background information for the committee.
The committee and each of the sub-committees will be asking for ideas and suggestions from experts and ordinary citizens alike throughout the state and nation, Schickel said.
The Republican caucuses, we will be acting in consultation with there colleagues in the
March 19, 2012
(SIDNEY) Two people arrested on numerous burglary and theft charges in Fremont County.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Joshua Robert Dasovich and 42-year-old Rhonda Kay Corbett, both of Council Bluffs, on Friday for Conspiracy, Trespass and Possession of Burglary Tools. After further questioning of the suspects more thefts were solved. Both suspects were charged with fifteen counts of Burglary, eighteen counts of Theft and eight counts of Criminal Mischief.
The suspects are accused of stealing tractor weights and batteries from numerous pieces of farm equipment in Fremont County, Iowa and Atchison County, Missouri. The suspects allegedly broke into at least fourteen different empty farmhouses and machine sheds stealing copper from A/C units, furnaces and propane tanks, plus other items. Some of the tractor weights were recovered at Alters Salvage in Council Bluffs. Alters is cooperating fully with the investigation.
Dasovich and Corbett are both being held in the Fremont County Jail on $5,000 cash bond. The Atchison County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office also has a hold on the two suspects.
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, along with the assistance of the Tabor Police Department, recovered a large amount of commercial telephone cable. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance to find the owner of the cable. Contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information at 1-800-432-9240.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend.
On Saturday, 23-year-old Cara Larson, of Atlantic was arrested for 4th Degree Criminal Mischief. 20-year-old Jesse Luft, of Villisca, was arrested for Simple Assault. And, 27-year-old Devin Pritchett, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail.
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Corey Ware, of Thurman, for Domestic Assault. Ware was arrested on Sunday and was also charged with burglary and theft for a separate incident in rural Fremont County. Ware was held in the Fremont County Jail on $6,000 bond.
(Council Bluffs) Asphalt resurfacing and bridge construction work on northbound Interstate 29 north of Iowa 2 will require shifting traffic to one lane in each direction in the southbound lanes at two locations beginning Monday, April 2, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Council Bluffs construction office.
The asphalt resurfacing project is between Iowa Highway 2 (exit 10) and Fremont County Road J-34 (exit 15) near Percival. The bridge construction work is between Fremont County Road J-24 (exit 20) near Thurman and Fremont County Road J-10 (exit 24) near Bartlett.
A 16-foot width lane restriction will be in place. The $6.9 million dollar resurfacing and $1.2 million dollar bridge projects are expected to be completed by late summer.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.
For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide), or follow us on Twitter @StatewideIA511 for all alerts.
DOT Press Release
March 19, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Applications for the 3rd Annual Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Scholarships are now being accepted through April 15. Criteria for selection requires a GPA of 2.5 or above, plans to attend a vocational or four year college, and participation in extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, or employment.
Melanie Petty, Trevor’s Mom, said being able to offer these scholarships through the Memorial Fund means a lot to her.
“Just reading through the applications and seeing what all these kids can accomplish in their four years of high schools is just really good,” said Petty. “With Trevor, he applied for the scholarships, and there weren’t very many that were for the average student back when he graduated so that’s we kind of curved it to make it more for the average student.”
Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to graduating Atlantic High School seniors during Class Night on May 2. Applications are available at the Atlantic High School guidance office and online at www.atlanticiaschools.org.
The scholarships are presented in memory of Frederickson, a 2006 graduate of Atlantic High School and 2008 graduate of Southwestern Community College in Creston, who lost his life in a 2009 fire. Proceeds from the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament fund the scholarships along with a wide variety of other donations totaling over $35,000 to date. For more information about the Fund and its activities, follow the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.
(HARLAN) Due to an extended rain forecast for this week, the Fire Danger Rating in Shelby County has been moved to the Low category. Shelby County Emergency Management is still asking the public to inform them of any burning for informational purposes. Call Shelby County Emergency Management at 712-755-2124.
(OAKLAND) The Riverside School Board will hold a meeting tonight to select a committee that will review suggestions from community members who have opposed previous plans for a school bond issue.
After last month’s vote failed, suggestion boxes were placed in the schools and other various locations in the communities of Carson, Macedonia and Oakland. The newly selected board will have three main responsibilities.
"Number one, reviewing the suggestions, secondly deciding if their is any other forum that needs to be discussed and utilized such as town meetings or something like that to see if htey want to get any additional input from the communities, and then finally to come up with a written report that they will return to the board.”
Riverside Schools Superintendent Jim Sutton says the school board is responsible for selecting a well balanced committee.
"We have three different communities so I think they will want folks on there that represent each one of their communities. And then of course we have folks with different viewpoints about the about the new building although frankly the charge will be to review the suggestions as opposed to making their own.
Sutton reports that interest has been high for this new committee.
"We have had probably 18 or 20 folks who have said they would be either interested or willing to work on that committee so we are pleased with the folks that have agreed to volunteer and give their time.”
An April 2011 vote came 7% short of passing while the February of 2012 vote came closer, but still fell short by 5%. The proposed facility is located just south of Oakland at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 6.
(Greenfield) As reported this week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Education Reform Bill passed out of the house with 53-yes votes. Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says there is one part of it he doesn’t like.
"When students are a junior they will have to take a test to pass out of that subject and if they don't, they won't get credit for it.”
And not only that they won’t receive additional help to graduate with their class.
"My fear is that you are going to take some marginal students that are going to say, 'I'm just not gonna go on' and they're going to drop out.”
Baudler says Iowa has students that are brilliant and some students that struggle and somewhere there needs to be a happy medium to make sure they graduate with a high school diploma.
"Maybe not worldwide but at least in there community because everybody is not going to be a brain surgeon or a Rhoads scholar. We need people to make buildings, to carry bricks if you will. We need people that will work with their hands and have a very full and productive life.”
Clel Baudler says the bill is not a done deal. It now goes to the Senate, where he expects changes will be made to the bill.
(Sidney) Two people were killed and five others were injured in a single-vehicle accident in Fremont County Sunday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year-old Maria Ledezma and 15-year-old Alex Ledezma, both of Smyrna, Tennessee were killed in the crash that occurred near the 18-mile marker on Interstate 29 at around 5:39 a.m. Sunday. Five others were injured in the crash including; 10-year-old Carlos Ledezma, 14-year-old Victor Ledezma, 8-year-old Jacklyn Ledezma, 26-year-old Ricardo Osorio-Torres, and 7-month old Nancy Osorio-Torres, all of Smyrna, Tennesse.
The Iowa State Patrol says, the 2004 Chevy Suburban left the road and entered the median, then re-entered the road and rolled several times ejecting 2-victims. Prior to the arrival of rescue crews a northbound semi entered the crash scene and struck one of the victims.
March 19, 2012
(Atlantic) Four Cass County democrats were elected as delegates to the Democratic District and State Conventions.
Those four include; Armando Rosales, Paul Lundquist, Sherry Toelle, all of Atlantic, and Cheryl Wessels, of Anita. Karen Thomsen of Cumberland was elected as an alternate.
Cass County Democrats also donated non-perishable food, personal hygiene, and paper good items to the Atlantic Food Pantry.
March 19, 2012
(Onawa) A Wyoming man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old woman at knife-point in a rest stop bathroom near Onawa.
The Monona County Attorney says jury found 24-year-old Mark A. Bitzan guilty of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual assault for raping the victim in a handicap stall at an Interstate 29 rest stop in January, 2010.
Bitzen was sentenced Friday and remains in the Monona County Jail pending his transfer to the Iowa Department of Corrections.Bitzan were previously convicted of third-degree sexual assault in Natrona County, Wyoming. Bitzan is appealing the conviction.
March 19, 2012
(Des Moines) Over 200 state employees who work to find jobs for the unemployed could themselves be looking for a job. That’s the reaction from Governor Terry Branstad’s office to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday.
Branstad last year vetoed language in a budget bill that put restrictions on money appropriated for Iowa Workforce Development. The head of the state’s largest union and several legislative democrats sued to overturn those item vetoes. And the Supreme Court Friday ruled both the restrictions and the money weren’t approved.
“What that did was eliminate Workforce Development Offices across the state, it would eliminate 200-jobs, and would eliminate some unemployment reserve funding, and the Labor and Workers Compensation Division. So now it is a blank slate and back to the drawing board,” Albrecht said.
Branstad spokesman Tim Abrecht says that could mean the layoff of over 200 state workers and closure of all Iowa Workforce Development Offices.
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March 17, 2012
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating vandalism in the city of Stanton.
According to the report, an unknown person(s) broke out the front passenger window of a silver 2001 Hyundai Elantra, owned by Chris Stephens, that was parked in the owners driveway at the time of the vandalism. The estimated damage to the vehicle is $250.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107 or Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 800-432-1001.
(HARLAN) ACCENT Marketing Services, LLC, is planning to hire 25 new employees at its customer engagement center in Harlan to support new client growth.
Gene Gettys, ACCENT’s Harlan Engagement Center Director, says they are seeking employees with at least six months of customer service experience and an aptitude for sales.
“These are engagement positions for financial services and licensed insurance work,” said Gettys. “We need to have 10 positions in the next two weeks and then by August 1st we’ll be adding a total of 25 positions to the area.”
Gettys said these positions provide full benefits with paid time off, inclusive of paid training and career development with getting your insurance license.
ACCENT is hosting a job fair at the Shelby County Entrepreneurial and Technology Center, located at 1901 Hawkeye Avenue in Harlan today (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) from 8 a.m. to noon.
“We have picking up of online applications, as well as learning about ACCENT marketing here at the Job Fair, we’d love to have you stop by,” said Gettys.
All interested applicants can apply through the careers section of ACCENT’s website at www.accentonline.com.
The Harlan center is the only ACCENT facility located in Iowa and serves as a dedicated insurance and financial services customer engagement center. ACCENT opened the Harlan facility in February after announcing it had acquired the licensed agent line of business from a leading insurance solutions provider. Under the agreement, ACCENT retained the provider's employees and management as well as assumed its client contracts specifically related to the company's licensed agent line of business.
Founded in 1993, ACCENT employs more than 2,500 people across the United States, Jamaica and the Philippines.
(RED OAK) The National Weather Service Valley Office and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency will conduct its annual Severe Weather Awareness week to promote Severe Weather Safety to citizens the week of March 19-23, 2012.
The Annual TORNADO DRILL DAY will be Wednesday, March 21st. (In the event of severe weather, the drill will be postponed to Thursday, March 22nd, 2012.)
The drill will begin at 10am with the outdoor warning sirens activated at approximately 10:10am. The test warning will be valid for 20 minutes. All citizens, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and public facilities are encouraged to participate in this drill by practicing what you would do in a real Tornado Warning.
The Montgomery County Communications Center will activate all outdoor warning sirens for the cities of Red Oak, Stanton, Villisca, Elliott and Grant, along with the indoor warning system for participating agencies. Residences in these communities are encouraged to contact your local City Hall or local Fire Departments should their sirens not properly sound during the drill. As a reminder, all outdoor warning sirens have limited to no effectiveness when you are in your home or traveling in your vehicle.
This Tornado Drill will only be conducted for the Omaha/Valley Weather Service Warning Area which includes SW Iowa Counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties. The Des Moines Weather Service will hold their annual Severe Weather Awareness week April 2-6, 2012, with the annual Tornado drill on April 4th, 2012.
(ANITA) The annual meeting of the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise, P.R.I.D.E. economic development organization will take place Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Anita Community Center.
The evening’s speaker will feature Lynn Adams, development specialist for Iowa State University Extension - Community Economic Development, and coordinator for the Southwest Iowa Coalition, SWICO.
Adams will describe the benefits of Buy Iowa Online, an Internet commerce website owned by P.R.I.D.E., where eligible vendors can sell their Iowa products to the world without having to create and maintain their own sites. Its website is www.BuyIowaOnline.com.
“Iowa’s rural economy benefits when products get to market and entrepreneurs can reach consumers beyond their local area,” she explains. “Buy Iowa Online brings together entrepreneurs in Iowa and buyers from around the world who want to purchase quality products and invest in rural economies. Buy Iowa Online can serve as your first Internet sales presence or provide a second presence within a community of Iowa entrepreneurs targeting buyers for Iowa-made products.”
Additional business will be the election of the 2012 officers.
P.R.I.D.E. is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to development of all types in and beyond Southwest Iowa for the member cities of Cumberland, Griswold, Lewis, Marne, and many individual members.
For information on the annual meeting, or to join P.R.I.D.E., please contact Randy Baxter, president, from Marne; or Clarke Gerlock, vice-president, from Cumberland; or Frank or Kim Spillers, 712-250-0275.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and other preparedness partners will conduct a Severe Weather Awareness Week to promote severe weather safety to citizens March 19th though the 23rd.
The National Weather Service will promote weather safety by issuing informative daily Public Information Statements. Citizens can also get this information by following the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. Topics will include: Severe Weather Terminology, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tornado Drill, Lightning, Flooding and Social Media.
The annual Tornado Drill Day will be Wednesday, March 21st. In case of severe weather, the drill will be postponed to Thursday, March 22nd. The drill sequence will begin at 10 a.m. with sirens sounding at approximately 10:10 a.m. The test warning will be valid 20 minutes. All citizens, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and public facilities are encouraged to participate in this drill by practicing what you would do in a real tornado warning.
The County 911 Center will activate outdoor warning sirens for the communities of Avoca, Carson, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Macedonia, McClelland, Neola, Oakland and Underwood. Citizens in other Pottawattamie County communities are encouraged to contact their City Hall or local Fire Department to see if sirens will sound during the drill.
Pottawattamie County residents are encouraged to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Notification System. The service is free of charge and you will receive a phone call when severe weather threatens. Residents should sign up at www.pottcounty.com.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 65 year old William Glenn Foulkes of Anita. Foulkes was arrested on a Sheriff’s Office warrant and charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a School Employee, a Class D Felony. Additionally, Foulkes is charged with 49 counts of Sexual Exploitation which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says there is believed to be only one victim,
"We're claiming it was from August 1st, 2009 to November 11th, 2010."
Foulkes is a former CAM Elementary teacher. According to board minutes he resigned from his position as a TAG teacher on November 15th, 2010.
Foulkes was booked into the Cass County Jail where he posted $50,000 bond and was released.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved their Fiscal Year 2013 budget at a meeting held at the Cass County Courthouse yesterday morning. The budget includes a 2.5% raise for all elected officers and a $1,000 bonus for the Chair of the Board.
FY13 Salaries: $87,468 for attorney; $50,198 for auditor, recorder and treasurer; $62,683 for sheriff; and $26,202 for each supervisor - chair additional $1,000.
(Atlantic) Over 30,000 pieces of candy, 15,000 easter eggs, nearly a thousand kids, dozens of prizes, five to ten minutes to pick everything up, and one really good time had by all. It’s the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and it’s just over three weeks away.
Kellie Jimerson, Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center Administrator says the residents enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids faces and enjoy filling eggs and feeling worthwhile.
The hunt, located at 1300 East 19th Street in Atlantic, starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 7th. Jimerson says prizes include bikes, helmets, skateboards and more. This will be the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center.
(Harlan) Pro football placekicker and Harlan native Billy Cundiff will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Parenting for Prevention night coming up at Harlan Community High School.
Kevin Kaminski, Myrtue Medical Center Behavioral Health Director, says Parenting for Prevention is designed to create awareness.
Kaminski says Cundiff is a natural connection to the community and will Cundiff will address several issues. The free event will also include breakout sessions on depression and suicide as well as risk behaviors.
The Parenting for Prevention Night will be held March 19th from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Harlan Community High School Auditorium.
(Harlan) The Fire Danger rating is Shelby County is in the Extreme Category through this weekend.
Shelby County Emergency Management says low dew points, low humidity, and very dry, windy conditions will prevail. Fires will start easily and move rapidly, even through short grassy areas.
No open burning should occur until further notice. Contact your Fire Chief or Emergency Management if you have any questions.
(ATLANTIC) A Lewis man was arrested on a warrant for drug charges Monday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Cam Christopher Jahnke was arrested on a warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth, two counts of Distribution to Person(s) under the age of 18, and one count of Using a Person under 18 in the Drug Trade.
Jahnke was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $110,000 bond.
(RED OAK) Two people were arrested on 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse charges in Montgomery County.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-year-old Jesus J. Ramos-Torres and 31-year-old Jose Manuel Ramos, both of Red Oak, on Wednesday. The arrests are the result of an investigation into an incident that occurred on March 10th.
Both individuals were held on $10,000 bond.
(RED OAK) Arrests have been made in connection with the burglary at the Red Oak Lanes Bowling Alley on March 6th.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Aaron G. Nelson, 19-year-old Christian T. Leming, 21-year-old Michael L. Chase and 19-year-old Chelsee L. Morris, all of Red Oak, were arrested on Wednesday on 3rd Degree Burglary charges.
All four individuals were taken into custody in lieu of $5,000 bond. Chase and Morris were released after posting bond.
(ATLANTIC) March is National Nutrition Month.
Emily Krengel, Food Service Director and Registered Dietician at Cass County Memorial Hospital, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have set the theme as, “Get Your Plate in Shape.”
“The idea with “Choose Your Plate” is that you have a plate divided in fourths, half of it is fruits and vegetables, a quarter grains; half of those should be whole grain, a quarter protein and then off to the side is dairy; not that that’s not important, but it’s just included by putting it off to the side,” explained Krengel.
Krengel says, when considering nutrition, it is best to choose whole grains, low fat dairy products and load up on fruits and vegetables.
“The average Iowan, it’s kind of embarrassing we don’t do too well, we’re supposed to have about five servings of vegetables a day and 3 to 4 servings of fruit, and to say nine servings of fruits and vegetables for most of us; I’m not sure we get there,” said Krengel. “There was research done several years ago that the average Iowan ate one vegetable a day, so I think we need to maybe improve a little bit on that.”
Krengel says www.choosemyplate.gov is a great source for nutritional information. The website includes a Super Tracker that can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.
(WASHINGTON) An Audubon businessman was selected as Iowa’s Small Business Person of the Year.
Timothy Greene, owner of Quality Machine of Iowa, will be traveling to Washington D.C. in May, along with winners from the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, where one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-22.
For more information on the winners and events surrounding National Small Business Week, visit www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com.
(SCHLESWIG) A Schleswig teen was injured in a rollover accident in Crawford County Wednesday morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 16-year-old McKenzie Weiss was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Highway 59 when the vehicle went off on the right shoulder. Weiss over corrected, bringing the vehicle back onto the roadway. The vehicle then traveled into the west ditch, went into a fence line and rolled. Denison and Schleswig Fire had to use the Jaws of Life to remove Weiss from the vehicle.
Weiss was transported to the Crawford County Hospital by Ambulance. Weiss was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(SIOUX COUNTY) A former employee of the Sioux County Treasurer’s Office in Northwest Iowa was arrested Wednesday on a charge of 2nd Degree Theft.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the criminal charge against 39-year-old Wendi Kats, of Hull, is the result of an investigation conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Auditor’s Office. The investigation was initiated when it was discovered that funds were missing from the Treasurer's Office in Sioux County.
According to the State Auditor’s Report, a total of 5 deposits totaling $4,252 in cash and checks were missing between the dates of July 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. The deposits were for fees due to the Iowa Department of Transportation for issuance of driver’s licenses and non-operator identification cards through the Sioux County Treasurer’s office.
Kats was released from the Sioux County Jail on her own recognizance.
(DES MOINES) The Vision Iowa Board awarded $134,642 in grants to the restoration of the Johnny Carson Birthplace home and a trail project in Des Moines. The grants were approved Wednesday at the Vision Iowa Board meeting.
The Johnny Carson Birthplace Home Restoration project will receive $21,100 upon completion of fundraising in 30 days. The total cost of the project is $139,100. The project includes the full restoration of Johnny Carson’s birthplace home. When completed, the home will be permanently maintained as a 1925 period home with memorabilia of Carson’s life and career.
(EXIRA) For 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States. May 8th is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate by donating blood in Exira on March 23rd.
The Exira EHK/Middle School blood drive will be held at the Exira REC Center on March 23rd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. All blood types are needed.
(ATLANTIC) More than 350 people were served at the 4-H Endowment Pancake Supper, held Tuesday. The Endowment Committee wishes to thank all of the community members who came out to support this fundraiser which raised more than $2300. “The current program development fee for each member is 30 dollars and we have more than 250 members so that takes a lot of pancake eating and support from the community,” shared Susan Oliver, Cass County Youth Coordinator.
Proceeds from the 4-H Pancake Supper will directly benefit the Cass County 4-H Program. This money defrays the cost of the Program Development Fee each year, provides scholarships to send Cass County 4-H'ers to camps and conferences, start up dollars for new programs such as Clover Kids, as well as 4-H program materials and awards.
(ATLANTIC) The official kick off for the Relay For Life event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, will be the Captain’s Meeting on April 9.
Relay For Life is a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Prior to the Relay For Life event, community volunteers form teams. The teams plan community activities to help raise donations for the American Cancer Society. Then during the night of the event, members of the teams walk around Atlantic High School track. This year's event is scheduled for June 22.
According to Denise Coder, Cass County Relay For Life Committee Member, the captain’s meeting is for individuals interested in being captains of Relay For Life teams , and will be held at Cass County Home Care on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Information will be presented on important dates, team campsites, photos and fund-raising idea. Individuals will also be able to pick up a team packets during the meeting. Cost to register a team is $50 if registered by May 1, and $75 if registered after May 1. Those who can’t attend the captain’s meeting can pick up their packet at the Atlantic Medical Center Appointment Desk after April 10.
Last year, over $77,000 was raised during the event. Relay For Life Chairman Carole Schuler said last year a total of 177 participated in the event, and "celebrated another birthday," a reference to the American Cancer Society's "More Birthday's" theme. She also noted sponsors of the event donated approximately $25,000.
Officials with Circles4Success also announced earlier this month they would hold their Classic Car Cruising for a Cure event once again this year. It has individuals driving classic cars in a trip around the area and raises funds for Relay For Life. It will be held June 9.
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(ATLANTIC) Sid Petty, along with family and friends, presented Dawn Marnin, CCMH Foundation Director, with a donation of $1711.50 to the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The monies were raised at the Kick It Cancer Fundraiser held recently at the Atlantic Eagles Lodge in Sid’s honor.
Sid is a two-time colon cancer survivor, and wanted to give back to Cass County Health System for the excellent care he has received throughout his treatments. The gift will be divided between patient assistance needs and the CCMH Healing Garden.
Shown making the donation are (front row, left to right): Dawn Marnin, CCMH Foundation Director, Summer Petty, Gracie Olsen, Amanda Christensen, Cherie Petty, Donna Snyder. (back row, left to right): Jo Worth, Southwest Iowa Surgery; Lesley Ferguson, CCMH; Cody Christensen, Tabitha Olsen, Brad Herring, Harley Moodie, Sid Petty, Dr. Chad McCance, Southwest Iowa Surgery; Ralph Tilton.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Juvenile male was arrested in connection with the high speed chase that started in Nebraska and ended in Iowa early Wednesday morning.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says the chase ended when the suspect lost control of the stolen Ford Escape on some abandoned railroad tracks near I-29 and slid down the embankment and into a tree, pinning the driver’s door shut. With assistance from the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office apprehended the juvenile male subject with no injury to Officer’s or the subject.
A small caliber handgun was located in the front passenger seat in a black bag loaded with three rounds of ammunition. The gun had not been reported stolen. A contact was located for the possible victim(s) and information obtained. Further investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska revealed that items located in the stolen vehicle from Fort Calhoon, Nebraska were items reported stolen from a burglary reported that same day in Douglas County. An attempted burglary believed to be connected was also reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the same area and time frame. Also located in the vehicle was a “Things to do Before 3/11/12”. The list included check boxes in which some had been checked and others had not. Items on the list included survival type gear, checking the pistol, finding places to go, etc.
The juvenile was transported to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center to be held for the charges of Theft 1st, Felony Eluding, Theft 3rd, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Have a Valid Driver’s License.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board approved the FY2013 budget at their meeting Tuesday night.
Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the budget totals $30,947,599 and the change in the tax levy will be about 60-cents less than last year at $14.15 per thousand dollars valuation. Amstein said their budget this year is just a little more than last year’s budget.
“Last year we certified out budget $29,176,540,” said Amstein.
The School Board also approved bids for two busses, one of them being an 84 passenger bus.
“The one we currently have is in pretty poor condition and certainly when we send our kids off to competitions using that big of a bus we want to make sure that it’s in good shape, so it was time to do that,” said Amstein. “And, then we’re also taking a look at a 64 passenger bus that is propane powered. We wanted to take a look at that because of rising fuel costs to see if there is a possibility to save us some money down the road.”
And, the School Board approved lunch prices for the upcoming year. Amstein said those prices will be posted on the school’s website.
(ATLANTIC) A dump truck, owned by the Audubon County Secondary Road Department, was involved in a rollover accident this morning.
Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering said the accident occurred at around 8:25 a.m. approximately two miles north of Atlantic on Olive Street near the Headstart.
“The vehicle was southbound, coming into Atlantic and according to reports; and this is still under investigation, there might have been a non-contact vehicle turning into the driveway that caused the dump truck to do some evasive maneuvers causing the vehicle to slide into the east ditch and roll once onto its top,” explained Westerning.
The driver of the dump truck, 58-year-old Edward Leroy Nielsen, was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac where he was treated and released.
(ANITA) The 1st Annual Alumni Health and Wellness Center Scholarship Tournament in Anita will be held March 30, 31st and April 1st.
Dominic Giegerich, Committee Chair, said the tournament is modeled after the one that is held for the Walnut School District.
“Kelsi Eden lives in our District and she is from Walnut and she brought this to us last year and we met with the organizers and we’ve pretty much taken their blueprint and applied it to the CAM school system,” said Giegerich. “The idea is to raise money for seniors for scholarships and then secondary, we want to help the programs that come out of the Anita Wellness Center and we’re going to start by helping pay down some their debt and possibly fund an upcoming program that hasn’t been added yet.”
Giegerich said teams are needed for the tournament that includes Volleyball and Basketball. Participants must be out of High School and the cost is $15 for each participant.
“We’re looking for more rec. teams especially, it seems like the younger competitors are already signing up, but we have rec. basketball and we’re trying encourage some of the older gentleman and ladies to participate,” said Giegerich.
For more information on the event or to register, contact Giegerich at 515-210-8372 or visit www.camcougars.org.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a suspect involved in a pursuit that started in Nebraska.
According to the report, at around 4:55 a.m., a broadcast was put out over the radio that Douglas County and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the Nebraska State Patrol, were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle eastbound on I-680 towards Iowa. A short time later, deputies were advised that they had pursued the suspect vehicle in Iowa and that they terminated the pursuit at the County Road exit just inside of Iowa.
Deputies from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol responded to the area of 130th Street and River Road. An Iowa State Patrol Trooper spotted the suspect vehicle, which took off northbound into a field. The suspect then back tracked through the field, exiting onto River Road in front of Deputies.
Deputies pursued the suspect south on River Road where he eventually drove around some spike strips deployed by Council Bluffs Police. The pursuit continued and the suspect turned west onto the abandoned railroad tracks that lead to the swing bridge. The suspect lost control shortly after entering the tracks and was apprehended by Pottawattamie County Deputies.
The suspects name has not been released at this time.
(AMES) The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Stuart.
Up to $303,750 will be made available to assist in construction of approximately 1,100 feet of South Seventh Street, approximately 500 feet of Southwest Eighth Street, and intersection improvements on South Gaines Street and South Division Street located on the southwest side of town. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 2012.
This project is necessary to provide access to 68 acres for light industrial purposes. Funding for the grant comes from the city share of the RISE Fund.
(SIDNEY) An elderly couple was injured in a single vehicle accident in Fremont County Tuesday evening.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 6:45 p.m. 99-year-old Charles Best, of Kansas City, Kansas, was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander northbound on I-29 when he left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle traveled into the ditch and then entered a field and a creek and then came back to rest in the field.
Charles Best and 96-year-old Marie Best were both transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation.
(DES MOINES) More than 750 county officials will be traveling to Des Moines this week for education, skills training and networking. The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) will be holding its 69th Spring School of Instruction March 15-16 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.
"This year's spring school of instruction will feature presentations on hot topics in human resources, an overview of IPERS, and the Iowa Citizens’ Aide/Ombudsman’s office,” said Bill Peterson, ISAC Executive Director. “In addition, county officials will be learning about important legislative issues that will impact county operations and finances in the future.”
ISAC will award scholarships to eight outstanding high school students during ISAC's Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on March 15. From Southwest Iowa, scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to: Amanda Kesterson, Denison High School and Amanda Steffes, Audubon High School in Audubon County. A runner-up scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will also be awarded to Paige Kennon, Atlantic High School. Ethan Westering from Atlantic High School, will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Iowa Counties Information Technology Organization. Michaela Kennedy from Abraham Lincoln High School will receive the Past President’s Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.
Criteria used in judging the scholarships are scholastic achievement, financial need, participation in extracurricular/community activities, and overall character. Eligibility is limited to children of county officials or county employees. ISAC scholarships are funded through the ISAC Education Foundation. Also during ISAC’s business meeting, county officials will review and approve the association’s budget for fiscal year 2013.
(DES MOINES) Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, will be in Wiota on Monday to participate in a public tour of Wiota Wind Energy’s new 1.5 megawatt hours (MWh) wind turbine.
The turbine, which is located at 68752 Independence Road, Wiota, will be open for public tours from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the project and answer any questions.
Wiota Wind Energy LLC was formed in 2011 and includes several private local investors. This is the organization’s first turbine. This commercial sized community-owned wind turbine is expected to generate as many as 5,900 MWh annually with a design life of 20 to 25 years. A power purchase agreement has been made with the local power cooperative.
USDA Rural Development participated in the project by providing a $504,733 loan guarantee through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
(CORNING) A Villisca man was injured in a rollover accident in Adams County this (Tuesday) morning.
The Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Dean Richard Orr was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue northbound on Birch from Highway 34. The vehicle slid through the intersection at 210th and Birch, headed north on Birch. When the vehicle approached 205th and Birch at the intersection it was going too fast for the road conditions and went off on the west side. Orr tried to correct the vehicle, causing it to roll 6 times, landing in the north ditch.
Orr was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines by Helicopter. Orr faces charges of Driving While Suspended, Failure to Maintain Control, No Insurance, and No Seat Belt.
(ATLANTIC) Boots to Heels, a Conference for Rural Women, will be held Saturday, March 24th at the Cass County Community Center.
Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator, said the program begins at 8 a.m. with registration and refreshments, at 9 a.m. the Keynote speaker, Kathy Peterson, will discuss “Finding Happiness in the Craziness of Life” and then breakout sessions begin at 10 a.m.
“We have some information on farm succession planning, some information on land leasing prices, we also have some sessions that really would apply to anyone; such as How to Have Fun in the Kitchen with Kids, Adding Color and Texture to Your Garden Throughout the Year; we have a specialist coming over from the University of Nebraska that is going to talk about how to plant things in your garden so you can get a little pop of color basically from April all the way through October, we will also talk about Home Food Preservation and we also have someone coming from Brymon's to talk about accessorizing your interior spaces with style and how to kind of make your space your own,” explained Olson.
Lunch will be provided at noon and the program will wrap up with door prizes at 3 p.m.
The registration fee is $30 if postmarked by March 16th. The “Bring a Friend” special is $55 for any two registrations returned together by March 16th. Early registration is encouraged to make sure enough materials will be available for participants. Otherwise, late registrations or at the door cost is $35. To register, contact your local ISU County Extension Office.
(ADAIR-CASEY) The 5th Annual Variety Show at the Adair Casey High School will be held Friday.
Adair-Casey student Cole Palmer says students, faculty and alumni participate in the show to help raise money for the music boosters.
“Our event gives students an opportunity to perform music and dance they enjoy while raising funds for music boosters,” said Palmer. “The show this year is packed with talent and offers a variety of acts with vocal acts, live bands, dance, comedy sketches, and features show choir and jazz combos. We are doing covers that involve, Adele, Lady Gaga, Johnny Cash and so on.”
The Variety Show will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Concessions will be available.
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Senate Monday afternoon approved plans to overhaul the State’s Mental Health system. Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, says there was bi-partisan work in the Senate to put together the changes.
“It has bi-partisan support last year when we repealed, the county-based system that existed for years. It had unanimous support when it came out of the interim committee this fall. It had near unanimous support as it came out of committee just two weeks ago. Will we get unanimous support today? Unlikely. Unlikely because there are still some issues that need to be resolved only through the process and further discussion,” said Hatch.
The measure approved Monday would put in place statewide standards for mental care. It also would create regional units to coordinate services, replacing a County-based system. Services would still be provided locally. The Senate approved the package on a 32-18 vote, sending it to the House. Hatch says the measure would cost $42 million in the first year. But, the vote on funding will come later this session.
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(DES MOINES) If you drink too much green beer and drive on Saturday, you could be seeing red lights. Randy Hunefeld, with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says they’ll have about 250 Law Enforcement Agencies taking part Thursday through Sunday in a Special Traffic Enforcement Program.
“St. Patty's Day is the day we kind of target because we know there are lot of people out there on the roads and some of them are probably drinking and driving and we're trying to make that particular weekend a safe weekend for everybody,” said Hunefeld.
There have been 59 traffic fatalities in the first two months of this year, so officials hope this “STEP” effort will help slow down that trend.
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(MONDAMIN) The former West Harrison Principal accused a pulling down the pants of a female student faces a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. The Omaha World Herald says Mike Loftin turned himself in last week after the charge was filed. He was later released on $300 bond. The West Harrison School Board fired Loftin in January following the incident.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man faces numerous charges after using a Red Oak employee’s duty vehicle for a bathroom.
The Red Oak Police Department says at around 2:19 p.m. on Monday, 55-year-old Dennis Ray Peck was taken into custody just east of the indoor tennis courts at the YMCA in Red Oak. Peck was charged with Public Urination, Breach of Peace for disturbing the peace of the general public, Interference with Officials Acts (aggravated) and Indecent Exposure.
Peck was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond.
(Des Moines) The Garst Family of Guthrie County has donated 160 acres of farm land as part of their 5,300 acre planned land gift to Whiterock Conservancy.
The land will be used to demonstrate conservation practices such as no-till production, cover crops, grass waterways, and a wetland designed to reduce tile-sourced nitrogen. The most recent donation brings the total land donated by the Garst family to nearly 3,000 acres.
The family will be recognized at a special ceremony that will be held at the state capitol on April 2nd. Governor Terry Brandstad will be on hand to honor all of the land donors. So far, nearly 5,700 acres of land valued at over $5,000,000 has been donated towards this conservation effort that is designed to benefit Iowa’s parks, trails, and other outdoor recreation activities.
(WALNUT) A La Vista, Nebraska woman was arrested following a pursuit in Pottawattamie County early this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 41-year-old Wendy Johnson-Delong was eluding Law Enforcement on Interstate 80 eastbound at around 1:50 a.m. near the 47.9 mile marker. Trooper Brian Beenen was pursuing Johnson-Delong and used legal intervention to perform the P.I.T. maneuver. The P.I.T. maneuver caused Johnson-Delong’s vehicle to enter the median and come to a stop.
Wendy Johnson-Delong was cited for Eluding, Assault with a Weapon on a Peace Officer and OWI 1st.
(ATLANTIC) A Griswold man was arrested on three charges of Forgery and one charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Alexander Paul Dvorak last Wednesday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $6,000 bond.
(ATLANTIC) An Omaha man was arrested on a Sex Offender violation. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 48-year-old Allen Siegle on Friday on a Douglas County, Nebraska warrant for Sex Offender Registry Act Violation. He was transported to the Cass County Jail.
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests.
On Friday, 21-year-old Miles Ryan Pein, of Glenwood, was arrested for Eluding. His bond was set at $2,000. 30-year-old Erin Catherene Hauser, of Red Oak, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana with Intent, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Interference with Official Acts. Her bond was set at $5,600. 32-year-old Adam Michael Michaelsen, of Pacific Junction, was arrested on two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was $600.
And on Saturday, 41-year-old Michael Robert Martini II, of Malvern, was arrested on a Warrant for School Violation. His bond was $500.
(HARLAN) The fire danger rating in Shelby County will remain at High through Thursday. Shelby County Emergency Management says the light rain they have received will quickly be absorbed by the dry ground and with winds, clear skies, and temperatures in the 70’s forecast for the remainder of this week, the ability of fire to spread quickly will be present.
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(LEWIS) The 2012 Annual Cass County National Weather Service Strom Spotter Program will be held March 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis Fire Station. This free program is presented by a meteorologist from the National Weather Service and is encouraged for emergency responders and the general public. Pre-registration is not required.
Each year, National Weather Service meteorologists from Des Moines travel to nearly all 51 counties they serve to provide a comprehensive multi-media spotter training presentation. The course contains information about severe weather climatology, severe thunderstorm types, different severe weather threats and how to identify them, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. Spotter training classes last between one and two hours, and are open to the public free of charge.
This Spotter Training class is sponsored by the Cass County Emergency Management Agency and questions concerning this training should be directed to Cass County EMA Coordinator, Mike Kennon, at 712-254-1500.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was injured in a high speed chase that ended in a crash early Sunday morning.
The Atlantic Police Department says at around 3:32 a.m., officers were advised by the County dispatcher that a citizen was on the line who had witnessed a subject break a window out of a vehicle. The officer noticed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and also noticed a code violation on the vehicle, which was a 2008 Chevrolet HHR.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of 7th and Walnut. The vehicle refused to pull over immediately and circled the area of an alley and finally stopped in a local business parking area. The officer had summoned backup due to the unusual behavior of the vehicle and driver, identified at 25-year-old David Tyler Anderson. While awaiting backup, Anderson chose to flee the scene in the vehicle. The officer immediately began pursuing Anderson as he turned Westbound on 7th Street and accelerated rapidly. The pursuit continued Westbound on 7th across town to the west end where the suspect’s speed appeared to near 100 miles per hour.
Anderson failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway where he struck a large grain wagon belonging to Lindeman Tractor and abruptly came to a stop upon impact. Anderson exited the vehicle and fell to the ground where he was advised to lay still and await an ambulance. The vehicle was a total loss and there was extensive damage to the grain wagon.
Anderson was transported by Medivac Ambulance to Cass County Memorial Hospital and later to Creighton Hospital in Omaha for injuries. Alcohol and/or controlled substances are believed to be involved in the incident and numerous charges are expected to be filed upon test results.
The Atlantic Police Department noted that without deployment of the vehicle airbag, officers doubt that the subject would have survived the incident.
(CORNING) The Corning and Villisca School Districts are moving closer to a Whole Grade Sharing Agreement.
Willie Stone, Corning and Villisca Superintendent, said on Thursday, during a special meeting, the Villisca School Board approved a preliminary approval of the draft of whole grade sharing for the purpose of presentation at a public hearing set for April 12th.
“That starts the 30-day process where you have to present what you’re trying to do to the public for 30 days prior to being able to approve the agreement,” said Stone. “Corning will be doing the same thing tonight at 6:30 in the High School Auditorium. We are holding a meeting; we’ll read through the whole draft and then allow people to give public input. And then with that, after tonight, as they approve that or when they do the motion, that will start Corning’s 30-days that they have to wait and their public hearing will be scheduled on April 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.”
Stone said details on the proposed sharing agreement can be found on both of the School’s websites… www.villisca.k12.ia.us or www.corning.k12.ia.us.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man was arrested for Domestic Assault, Simple. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Caleb Lee Walter was arrested on Sunday and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $300 bond.
(RED OAK) Three arrests were reported Saturday in Montgomery County.
According to the police report, 51 year old William Coatney and 23 year old Jennifer Dellaca both of Red Oak were arrested at around 5pm Saturday following a phone call to authorities reporting two individuals walking along the train tracks. Police did not find them immediately but found them later further down the tracks. They were charged with trespassing, issued citations and later released.
Earlier in the day police arrested 16 year old Brittney Maynes. Maynes was charged with serious assault and was later released to the custody of her parents.
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout in Villisca after a 911 call Thursday night.
According to the report, a female caller at 115 W 3rd St in Villisca called 911 to report that upon entry to the back door of her house she was confronted by a white male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask. The woman fled the scene and called police who arrived minutes later but were unable to find the man. The residence was searched with assistance from the K-9 unit.
The sheriff’s office is asking that residents be on the lookout for suspicious behavior in and around their residence. Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery county crime stoppers at 800-432-1001.
(NEOLA) The Tri-Center Dollars for Scholars luncheon will be held March 24th at the Tri-Center High School gymnasium.
Barb Dalton, Dollars for Scholars member and chairwoman of the luncheon, says they started doing these luncheon’s around 15 years ago to raise money for scholarships.
“It is our big fundraiser for raising money and it has been very successful over the years,” said Dalton. “What happens is we have hostess’s that decorate a table to a theme of their choosing every year and they invite some people to sit at their table with them and we prepare our own food from scratch and serve it family style and then have little entertainment.”
Dalton said they give between 20 to 25 scholarships a year to graduating seniors who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college.
The luncheon costs $10 per person and is open to the public. Reservations are required for the luncheon. If you would like to just view the decorated tables between 10 and 12, the cost is $3. For more information or to make reservations, contact Barb Dalton at 712-328-4769.
(OMAHA) The eastbound and westbound lanes of I-480 will be closed at the Missouri River on Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The Iowa Department of Transportation says these closures are necessary for the installation of a permanent sign structure. Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest is the contractor on this project.
(ATLATIC) Several fires have been reported throughout southwest Iowa today.
“One was out by Indian Creek Road and Airport Road extended out to the South, I didn’t go to that one but I went to the one in the outskirts of Marne which was a controlled burn that got a little out of control,” said Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon. “We also have a large fire in Pottawattamie County and I don’t know the details on that but you can see it from the fires I am at to the west.”
Kennon says it is probably best to not do any controlled burns at this time. “It's just windy enough and you might think there is a little dampness underneath but the grass on top of that is really dry and can get away from you in a hurry, so I wouldn’t recommend people to do any controlled burns right now.”
Kennon said if you do plan to burn, contact your local fire chief and ask for their opinion first.
(ATLANTIC) Congressman Leonard Boswell visited with citizens at the Atlantic Public Library today to discuss the Farm Bill.
Boswell admitted we are going through a challenging time in the history of this country and there are a lot of concerns and things that need attention and one of those important issues concerning Iowa is the next Farm Bill. Boswell said one thing we need, if you’re in agriculture, is a safety net.
“It pretty much boils down to the crop insurance as the safety net, now if it's going to serve that purpose it's got to be accessible, affordable and available of course, and that's pretty much what I think you're going to see as the safety net,” said Boswell.
Boswell said the other programs, as far as direct payments and thing like, are probably going to go away.
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Boswell said this bill will run out in September if they don’t get something done, but he thinks that they can and they probably will.
(Hancock) Family and friends are rallying to help a Walnut man who recently underwent surgery to remove part of his left leg after suffering from blood clots.
A fundraiser is planned for Tony Bailey Sunday, April 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the old Hancock Fire Hall/City Hall. A free will donation soup supper, bake sale and Silent auction are planned that evening, and items are still needed for the auction.
Tony was diagnosed in 2002 with Retroperitoneal Fibrosis, an inoperable tumor around his abdominal aorta and iliac arteries. In 2006, he underwent a femoral to femoral bypass to restore blood flow to his left, when the tumor began cutting off circulation.
On January 20th, 2012, he underwent emergency surgery for blood clots in his left leg. But, soon after that he developed a flesh eating bacteria which was progressively killing off muscle. Originally Tony had two large incisions running from his knee to his ankle on both sides of his leg and was required to wear a wound vac and attend daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments with gradual removal of dead tissue. Tony’s condition continued to deteriorate and on March 1st the decision was made to amputate the lower part of his left leg.
Tony and his wife Deb are from Walnut, and he has three sons, Joe Bailey, of Shelby, Josh Bailey, of Pilger, Nebraska, and Jon Bailey, of Walnut. Tony has one daughter, Mandy Billings, who lives in Hancock.
Some of the auction items that have already been submitted include; Crochet Afghans, Crocheted hats, a Kansas City Chiefs brick paver, a pair tickets to the October 13, Iowa State vs Kansas State football game, Scentsy products, a 2 hour professional house cleaning by Molly Maid, and a $50.00 gift certificate for pet grooming at Harlan Veterinarian Associates.
If you would like to donate items for the silent auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8, 2012
(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Supreme Court Justices heard arguments at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs Wednesday night. One of the cases was the American Civil Liberties Union seeking additional information regarding discipline imposed on two school district employees after a “locker room strip search” of five female students. Attorney Randall C. Wilson, of Des Moines represented the ACLU.
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The Atlantic School District argued the discipline was confidential information contained in personnel records and therefore could not be released as a matter of law, no matter how compelling the public interest.
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The Justices questioned the School District Lawyer, Brett S. Nitzscke, of Cedar Rapids.
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Five female high school students were searched by school employees in an effort to recover $100 that another student had reported missing. The money was not found.
The Iowa Supreme Court Justices said they would have a decision in approximately 60-days.
March 8, 2012
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(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Red Oak man sustained minor injuries in a single vehicle accident in rural Montgomery County early this morning. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at just after 2:00 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 1726 205 Street.
Authorities say Kevin Hardy of Red Oak fell asleep at the wheel while southbound on Ginko and drove through the “T” intersection. He was unable to stop the car that collided with a fence on the Southside of the road coming to rest on top of the fence. A pole from the fence entered the passenger compartment and went thought Hardy’s shirt sleeve causing a minor abrasion to his arm. Hardy told authorities that he was on his way home from work.
The 2003 Saturn received $4,500 damage and the fence sustained and estimated $1,200 damage.
There were no citations issued and only minor injuries as a result of this accident.
March 12, 2012
(Atlantic) Atlantic property owners will notice a bump in their property taxes next year. The Atlantic City Council approved the fiscal 2013 budget by unanimous vote Wednesday night calling for a 62-cent increase in the tax levy.
A public hearing was held prior to the decision and no written or public comments were submitted to the council. Mayor Jones and council member Ashley Hayes were not present at the meeting.
The budget allows for a tax rate of $17.24 cents per thousand dollars of valuation, which is an increase of 62-cents.
City Officials say the increase is needed to offset increased capital improvements and a 30-percent jump in Workers Compensation payments. Health insurance payments increased $49,000 over the same period, but the actual numbers will not be known until May.
March 8, 2012
(Harlan) An Illinois man faces numerous traffic charges in Harlan including felony eluding, following an incident last Sunday.
According to Harlan Police, 39-year-old Nathaniel Coles, of Chicago, Illinois, faces charges of operating while intoxicated, felony eluding, three-counts of failure to obey a stop sign, and reckless driving and speed.
Police attempted to stop his vehicle when it was observed traveling above the posted speed limit. Coles was arrested after he tried to elude police.
In other activity, 31-year-old Randy Stolz, of Earling was cited for fifth-degree theft when Casey’s personnel notified police that he had taken food products from the store that were not paid for. Stolz was cited and released.
Officers were notified on Monday morning that a van belonging to St. Michaels Church was missing. The vehicle was recovered on Tuesday by the Omaha Police Department. The case remains under investigation.
March 8, 2012
(Harlan) The National Weather Service in Des Moines has listed a Shelby County as a Very High Fire Risk today through Monday, March 12. This means extreme caution is encouraged if you must burn and if you can postpone the burn it would be wise to do so.
The Shelby County Emergency Management Office says the very high danger risk was implemented based on 24-support dry fuels, winds and lower relative humidity. These conditions are predicted to continue with only a 30% chance of minor precipitation on Sunday followed by extended drying through next Friday. The signs for this time should be placed in the High Category.
The Shelby County Emergency Management Office urges residents to note the location of the burn and if the category is in the extreme or High range they are asking that you make contact with the local fire chief. The fire chief in cooperation with Emergency Management can assist you in developing a burn plan, so that your burn can be conducted with the utmost safety. Please check your local city ordinances regarding what you can burn and the times you are allowed to do so.
The next scheduled update will be Monday, March 12.
March 8, 2012
(Harlan) Three Shelby County people face numerous drug charges following several search warrants that were conducted at three Harlan locations Tuesday evening.
The three suspects, all of Harlan were taken into custody. They are identified as 47-year-old Jon M. Rodacker, 57-year-old Mark E. Olson, and 53-year-old Joleen M. Olson.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Narcotic enforcement conducted search warrants at 809 4th Street, 1603 Cheyenne Avenue, storage unit #67 at Industrial Parkway, and a 1997 Dodge pickup.
Rodacker is charged with 18-counts of violation of restricted purchases of pseudophedrine from a pharmacy, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of anhydrous ammonia and pseudoephedrine, tampering with and possessing and transporting anhydrous ammonia, possession of a firearm, 2-counts of prohibited acts, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mark E. Olson, faces 9-counts of violation of restricted purchase of pseudoephedrine from a pharmacy, possession of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
Joleen M. Olson was charged with 3-counts of violation of restricted purchase of pseudoephedrine from a pharmacy.
Jon M. Rodacker was taken to the Shelby County Jail and held on $100,000 bond, Mark E. Olson was held on $25,000 bond, and Joleen M. Olson’s bond was set at. $10,000 bond.
March 8, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Three people were arrested in connection with a burglary in Montgomery County.
The Sheriff’s Office says the burglary occurred in the early morning hours on Tuesday at 1695 G Avenue, rural Red Oak. Following a joint investigation between the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Oak Police Department the following individuals were arrested, 38-year-old Jody Lee Michaelsen, 20-year-old Cameron Allen Crimson, and 20-year-old James Leroy Christensen Jr., all of Red Oak.
All three subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Jail where they were process and held in lieu of bond.
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at Red Oak Lanes. According to the report, it was determined that the suspect(s) forced entry into the building and once inside the building, began to vandalize various items. An undisclosed amount of currency was also taken in this incident.
Anyone that may have information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office a t 712-623-5107.
(NODAWAY) Minor injuries were reported in a single vehicle accident in Adams County Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 12:21 a.m., 19-year-old Johnathan Locke, of Nodaway, was believed to be driving eastbound near 2107 Corning Carl Road when he swerved to miss a deer. The vehicle proceeded down the north ditch and made contact with a driveway, which sent the vehicle airborne into a utility pole causing it to fall and start the north side of the ditch on fire. Hannah Cross, of Corning, was a passenger in Locke’s vehicle.
Locke was arrested on Tuesday on an Adams County warrant and has been charged with Driving While Suspended, Public Intoxication, Minor in Possession and Interference with Official Acts. Other Citations were also issued.
(ATLANTIC) Just over one year after announcing a $65 million grant from Siemens PLM Software, Iowa Western’s Design Technology Program has used donations from several area businesses and individuals to help them purchase a 3D Printer.
Professor Joe Vanstrom explains that students began working with the new 3D Printer last week.
“Our students are actually working on a project where they are reverse engineering a radio controlled car and designing it completely virtually. I had them redesign the wheel rims for it and we just printed off our first wheel rim so it’s actually pretty exciting right now. We are finally getting up and running and we are going from that slow jog up to a spring right now so everything is going incredibly fast.”
The printer allows students to get a real life model of the things they are digitally designing.
“Basically if you take your typical inkjet printer and you were to print thousands and thousands of sheets and stack them on top of them you would have a square block. Now if you were to take a 3D object slice that thing up 1,000 times and then print each one of those slices and stack them on top of each other, that’s what that 3D printer is.”
Professor Vanstrom is excited to see the impact that these students will make on the industry.
“They will be able to find a job but I want to make sure that they are fully prepared. I’m not just going to push them through for two years, I want to make sure that my students are prepared and that the employers that hire them are going to be well satisfied with the set of skills that these employees will have.”
Enrollment numbers for the upcoming academic year will be finalized by next month. Professor Vanstrom says the program has received a lot of interest from students both locally and nationally.
(ATLANTIC) Iowa Western Community College’s Design Technology Program, located at the Cass County Center in Atlantic, continues to receive significant attention, which Professor Joe Vanstrom says is leading to a lot of interest from students who are applying for next fall.
Vanstrom says he is excited about the direction that this one of a kind program is heading.
“We just had a visit out to one of the local industries and basically he’s saying that everything we’re doing is what he’s looking for, for future employers which is good for me to hear and also good for the students to hear,” said Vanstrom. “But for the fact that we’ve had so much recognition so early on and so much support from the community, it’s been nothing but encouragement.”
Iowa Western hopes to expand their enrollment to 20 students for the next academic year. Professor Vanstrom notes that there is a lot of local interest in the program.
“The word is getting out and we’ve had a lot of people come in and say they are interested in design technology and want a tour,” said Vanstrom. “So last fall I gave approximately a dozen tours to people that were interested in the program, and without getting into any numbers, I know that a good portion of them have actually applied for the program.”
In addition to the local interest, the Design Technology course is also continuing to receive national attention.
“Our president, Dr. Dan Kinney, was contacted by the U.S. Secretary of Labor about this program that she had heard about in Atlantic, so on her invitation our president went out to D.C. to talk to the Secretary of Labor about what is Design Technology and how is this going to help the Midwest, specifically Iowa, to start generating more skilled workers for the area,” said Vanstrom.
The Design Technology program is in its first year and was made possible by a $65 million grant by Siemen’s, as well as several donations from area businesses and individuals.
(Oakland) Riverside Schools Superintendent Jim Sutton wants to hear suggestions from the public on what they liked or didn’t like in regards to the $13 million school bond issue that failed last month.
“Riverside school officials have decided they want to step back and see what may strike a cord of interest within our community as far as what they liked or disliked with our plan,” Sutton said.
The $21-million project failed by just five-percent of the vote, a sixty-percent super majority is needed to pass.
“One of the things the board is convincedof is whether it is yes or no, we have people in our community that don’t want this to be a dividing factor,” stated Sutton.
Sutton says “suggestion boxes” will be delivered to each of the districts communities to get the public’s input. A committee will then be formed to go over the suggestions.
This is the second time in less than a year that the proposed $21.6 million Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade facility failed to pass. In April, 2011, the 117,000 square foot facility failed by only 7-percent points. The proposed facility would have been built on 68-acres just south of the Highway 59 and Highway 6 intersection, just south of Oakland.
March 7, 2012
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(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker is still waiting to hear back from officials with Mid American Energy for reimbursement for the damage done to some county roads while the wind turbines were being installed.
“The one we actually had under contract, we have sent two letters and we are still in contact with them trying to get the money that was agreed upon to purchase gravel to put on the rest of the gravel roads down in that area, that money has not come in,” said Marker. “The money to repair G61, I believe is the numbered route, the concrete road that goes off of 148 to southwest Iowa; it has been paid back to us.”
Cass County Supervisor Charles Rieken told Marker that he needs to contact the head of Mid American Energy.
“Put a call into him and tell him we haven’t got reimbursed yet, I’m sure he would take some fairly rapid action on that,” said Rieken.
Marker said that is his next step, “And after that there will be a letter from our Attorney possibly to him, but I’m hoping to get it resolved before that. We sent them a second notice with more information about two weeks ago, so we’re starting up the chain of command.”
Marker said they have hauled some rock and stock piled some rock in that area, but not as much that was agreed to in the settlement. He said the actual settlement was around a quarter of a million dollars and they don’t have the financial means to spend that quarter million until all the money comes in. Marker said they are keeping records of all of their work.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Cass County Board of Supervisors on some of their projects going on within the County.
Marker said one projects includes the bridge on Olive Street, “The bridge on Olive Street, which is under contract through Murphy Construction, has finished all of their abutment and pier pours so they are now ready to, what we say; set the beams.”
And another project is bridge #51 on Victoria Road. “They have all the form work completed on that bridge, it is a poured deck so we are going to have our pre-construction conference on Friday for what is called the pre-pour, meaning we get all the organization and understanding how the concrete is going to come in and where it’s coming from and they’re actually planning on doing the pour itself next Tuesday, weather permitting,” said Marker.
Marker said they also have their excavators out at this time cleaning out ditches and piling brush. And, as weather permits, they are hauling some rock on some of the soft areas.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure of Local Option Sales Tax funds to eliminate the deficit balance in the Baughman Drainage District Fund at their meeting this morning.
“This would clear that deficit and bring it to zero so that further actions can be taken within the district whether to reactivate it and start the assessment process or to maybe extend that, basically to do away with that drainage district and make a larger drainage district,” said Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman.
Sunderman said the deficit balance is around $42,733.
(Council Bluffs) A Nebraska man faces theft charges in Pottawattamie County following a lengthy search Tuesday morning.
According to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Louis Enrique Cruz-Guzman, of Bellevue Nebraska is charged with 3rd degree burglary, 5th degree theft, and interference with official acts and criminal trespass.
Deputies were called to L-34 Road in the 23000 block at around 10:15 a.m. in reference to a suspicious male walking in the area. Area schools were notified of the male subject and subsequently locked down as a security measure.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says the male is alleged to have entered an outbuilding and taken property that didn’t long belong to him. The male was spotted entering a corn field toward a creek line by another area resident who was searching for him on an ATV. Officers set up a perimeter and a short time later received a complaint that the suspect has stolen a bicycle. Officer eventually tracked him down about an hour later near the 14.5 mile marker on Interstate 80.
Louis Enrique Cruz-Guzman was transported to the Pottawattamie County Corrections.
Deputies were assisted by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Officers and Troopers from the Iowa State Patrol.
March 7, 2012
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(Harlan) Myrtue Medical Center will receive the Excellence through Insight Award this week.
Healthstream Research notified Myrtue Medical Center in December that they are receiving the Excellence through Insight Award. The award is given for overall patient satisfaction in Myrtue’s Medical Center inpatient medical unit.
“We are just extremely proud of all of our frontline staff, they work very hard to pursue excellence when caring for our patients and for them to be honored this way it just makes us very happy,” said Karen Buman, RN, BSN, Chief Nursing Executive at Myrtue Medical Center.
Buman said the staff has made a strong commitment towards serving customers.
“It takes a lot of commitment from all of our staff and from staff through all areas of the hospital. They work so hard with keeping patients at the forefront of what they do every day,” said Buman. “We’re just very proud of everything they have done; they have worked very hard for many, many years to get to this point.”
Myrtue representatives are being invited to take part in a panel to share some of the initiatives they have in place to provide excellence in customer service. Buman admits there are numerous initiatives, but one in particular stands out.
“We call them (the patient) within 24 hours to make sure they understand their discharge instructions, what they should be doing, how they should be caring for themselves…. so that we cannot have any readmissions in the future regarding what has been going on with the patient,” explained Buman.
The award will be presented at Healthstream’s Annual Convention in Nashville on March 8th. Nurse Manager Christy Feldman with the Myrtue Medical Surgical Unit will be in Nashville to receive the award.
(Des Moines) A senate panel heard from a group this morning wanting to expand the bottle bill to other plastic bottles, and allow grocers to keep an additional penny of the five-cent deposit. Dave Jones owner of MCF can redemption Center in Atlantic spoke in front of a Senate panel at the Iowa State house this morning. Jones defended the bill after Grocers claim it is inefficient.
“My statement to them was, if we recycle 86-percent of our beverage containers in Iowa that have deposits on them and less than 20-percent are recycled water bottles with curbside recycling. What system is inefficient?” Jones said.
Dave Jones is part of a group that favors expansion of the "bottle bill". They commissioned Selzer and company, who produced the Des Moines Register's "Iowa Poll" to question Iowans about whether they want to keep it or do away with it. Anne Selzer says Iowans like the bill as it stands.
“One of the things we found was the bottle bill is very popular bill including half of them that feel very favorable toward it,” stated Selzer. “And a very clean read on whether they thing it should be repealed or not, and by 2-1 they say no.”
But she says when Iowans were asked about making other "non-carbonated" drinks in plastic bottles subject to the five-cent deposit, 44-percent were in favor of expanding it while 39-percent said keep it that way it is.
March 6, 2012
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(Atlantic) Congressman Leonard Boswell will be stopping in Atlantic on Friday, March 9th. The Atlantic Public Library will be the site for the Farm Bill Listening Post with Congressman Boswell. The event starts at 10:45 a.m. on Friday and the public is encouraged to attend the event which will feature a discussion on agricultural issues as well as the upcoming farm bill. For more information on Congressman Leonard Boswell’s Farm Bill Listening Post you can contact Boswell for Congress at 515-883-2254.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Democratic Party will hold its election-year convention on Saturday, March 10th, at the Cass County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m.
According to Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle, four delegates will be elected to represent Cass County at the Democratic Parties’ District and State Conventions later in the year.
Other agenda items include; voting on a county platform and selecting committee persons to fill vacancies on the Cass County Central Committee and to serve on District and State Convention Committees.
March 6, 2012
(Atlantic) A Pottawattamie County man faces numerous traffic charges in Cass County.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office arrested 24-year-old Raymond Carl Egner, of McClelland Sunday, on charges of 3rd offense OWI, driving while barred, and driving with a revoked license.
Egner was taken to the Cass County Jail and held on $7,000 bond.
In other activity, 33-year-old Bridget Lea Barnholdt, of Atlantic was arrested Monday on a district court warrant for probation violation. She was taken to the Cass County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.
March 6, 2012
(Des Moines) A group that's pushing to expand the state's so-called "bottle bill" says Iowans are warning up to the idea. They commisioned Selzer and company, who produce the Des Moines Register's "Iowa Poll" to question Iowans about whether they want to keep it or do away with it. Anne Selzer says Iowans like the bill as it stands.
"When they had a chance to think all the way through this issue, one-in-three came down in favor of saying you know let's get rid of it we can put everything into our curb side recycling bins and that will be fine," Selzer said.
But she says when Iowans were asked about making other "non-carbonated" drinks in plastic bottles subject to the five-cent deposit, 44-percent were in favor of expanding it while 39-percent said keep it that way it is. A senate panel at 11:15 a.m.this morning will take up a proposal to expand the bottle bill to other plastic bottles, and allow grocers to keep an additional penny of the five-cent deposit.
The study was commissioned by a loose-knit coalition of groups that favor expansion of the "bottle bill".
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(Sac City) A Western Iowa man died after being electrocuted in a tree trimming accident in Sac County Monday.
The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says, 63-year-old Edward Peters, of Lake View, was leaning on a boom truck, while a worker in a bucket on the truck was cutting branches near town of Nemaha. Authorities say the 50-foot boom touched an overhead power line. Electricity traveled through the truck and through Mr. Peters, who later died at a Sac City hospital.
An autopsy is pending.
March 6, 2012
(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Supreme Court will hear two cases at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs this week.
Officials say Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will hold a special session to hear arguments in a case of a nude dancing business in Hamburg that is challenging a 2008 city ordinance regulating these types of businesses. The other case involves the American Civil Liberties Union wanting a clarification of the disciplinary action handed down to two Atlantic School District employees after a strip search was conducted on five female students at the school back in 2009.
The Justices will be in Council Bluffs on Wednesday evening and Thursday.
March 6, 2012
(Atlantic) The Cass County Auditor and Cass County Sheriff announced their plans to run for re-election Monday.
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman and Sheriff Darby McClaren filed their papers for re-election on the first filing date.
Candidates wishing to run for office have until March 28th, if they want to run in the June 5th, primary.
March 6, 2012
(Des Moines) Dry windy conditions has sparked the National Weather Service to issue an Extreme Fire Danger to three southwest Iowa counties.
Forecasters say the grassland fire danger index will be in the extreme category this afternoon for the counties of Montgomery, Page and Fremont. This means that fires can start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas under an Extreme Fire Danger.
The National Weather Service says the area counties of Crawford, Carroll, Cass, Audubon, Greene, Guthrie, Dallas, Adair, Adams, Union, Taylor and Madison are in an elevated fire danger. Forecasters say south to southwest winds at 15 to 30 miles per hour are expected today causing the elevated fire danger.
March 6, 2012
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(HAMBURG) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has received a report from the Iowa State Archaeologist Office regarding human remains that were recovered from the Hamburg Cemetery on February 16th.
The remains were unexpectedly found during the excavation of a new burial shaft. According to the report, the skeletal remains represent a male of European ancestry that was between 16.5 and 23 years of age at the time of death. Coffin hardware and grave goods indicate that the individual was probably interred between 1850 and the early 1900’s. No cause of death can be determined from the remains.
Upon the recommendation of the State Archaeologist Office, the remains will be returned to the City of Hamburg for reburial within the City Cemetery.
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Scott Michael Halouska was arrested on Thursday. His bond was set at $2,000.
(ATLANTIC) The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold two public information meetings next week regarding the update of Iowa’s state transportation plan.
The meetings are scheduled for March 13th at the Ames City Hall and March 15th at the Iowa DOT District 4 Office in Atlantic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At each meeting, a presentation will be made at 5:15 p.m. Personnel will be available between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to individually discuss the plan.
The meeting rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities. To provide comments, or to request special accommodations at a meeting, please contact the Iowa DOT, Office of Systems Planning, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, telephone 515-239-1520, email Iowa.Motion@dot.iowa.gov.
The Iowa DOT will be accepting public comment on the plan through March 30, 2012. To view information concerning the plan, go to the Iowa DOT's website at http://www.iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/state.html.
(Red Oak) The Red Oak City Council will gather for a special meeting next week to discuss the proposed Hotel/Motel Tax and select the Architect for the Downtown Revitalization project. Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright says this is for the $500,000 Downtown Community Development Block Grant Revitalization project that the city is applying for.
“We are going through procurement for architectural Services to assist us with finalizing our full application which we are in the process of working on.” Wright said. “Some of those details include cost estimates to fix the facades on some of the those downtown buildings.”
Wright says if the grant is awarded to the city, the second phase would include the final design improvements for the façade of those buildings."
The other item on the agenda is the implementation of the proposed 7-percent hotel/motel tax and the division of revenue. The measure is going to be put in front of the Red Oak citizens for a vote in the November election.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 12 at the Red Oak Fire Station.
March 5, 2012
(CLARINDA) A Coin man was arrested on March 1st on a warrant for Burglary, Domestic Abuse Assault, and Assault.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says the warrant for 45-year-old Jeffrey Paul McCoy stems from an incident that happened shortly after midnight on March 1st at 2346 P Avenue in Page County. McCoy posted bond and was released pending further court proceedings.
(Amherst, MA.) A former southwest Iowa music teacher has received a high honor.
Desi Armentrout, a Griswold High School and Morningside College graduate is currently studying for his doctorate in music education and music education technology at the University of Massachusetts. He recently learned that he has been chosen as a presenter at the 30th International Society of Music Education World Conference this summer in Greece. July 15 though July 20.
Armentrout had to submit a lengthy proposal to the organization last September, and has just been notified that he has been selected as a presenter. Armentrout’s presentation will be on Adobe Audition and the use if it in Music Education.
“It is an honor to represent southwest Iowa as a former high school music instructor and meet various music educators from around the entire world,” Armentrout said.
Desi Armentrout, is the former Instrumental Music Director at Elk Horn-Kimballton High School. The Society of Music Education World conference will be held July 15 through July 20. The conference is held every two years in different locations around the world.
March 5, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The annual 4-H Foundation Endowment Pancake Supper will be held March 13th at the Cass County community Center.
Chris Cakes will have two grills lined up this year to serve pancakes from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the local 4-H program. Supporters can enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $6. The money raised goes to the Cass County 4-H Endowment, a fund to defray the 4-H Program Development Fee, support scholarships to send Cass County 4-H’ers to camps and conferences, start up dollars for programs like Clover Kids or the food & fitness club.
The Program Development Fee is 30 dollars that goes to the support the overall state program. The Cass County Extension Council chose not to pass this expense on to the individual 4-H’er and families. Instead, the Cass County Extension Council and the 4-H Endowment Committee pick up this expense.
There is also a silent auction during the supper. Each of the 15 clubs in Cass County plan to donate an item, as well as some additional friends of 4-H.
For more information on the Pancake Supper, Endowment or 4-H contact Susan M. Oliver, Cass County Youth Coordinator, at 243-1132 or email@example.com.
(ATLANTIC) The Annual Cass County 4-H Mardi Gras event is scheduled for March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center.
Susan Oliver, Cass County Youth Coordinator, said Mardi Gras includes fun, food and carnival-type games for kids of all ages. The cost of admission is 50 cents. Each game ticket is ten cents. Clubs set their own rate per game. Most games are two to five tickets in cost. There are 13 club booths including; horseshoes, handmade “Color Wheel of Fortune”, ski ball, target practice with the Safety Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) program, ball toss and more. There is also a club food stand at the event.
Citizenship skills are an outcome of the 4-H program. Often that is through the form of community service. Several years ago, Cass County 4-H started this event to provide a budget friendly event for families in the community. The clubs also get the opportunity to have fun together while planning and executing the booths. This event also raises funds for the individual clubs and the overall 4-H program.
(Atlantic) A benefit is planned for March 10th at Nishna Hills Golf Course for an Atlantic man that had a liver transplant last December.
Dave (Freddy) Duskin received the liver transplant on December 29, 2011 after being diagnosed with cirrhosis in September 2008.
To help the Duskin family with the many expenses they have encountered, there will be a benefit at Nishna Hills Golf Course this Saturday, March 10th starting at 6:00 p.m. and a live auction will begin at 7:00 o’clock.
Some of the auction items include; gift baskets, motel stays, St. Louis baseball tickets, carpentry work, jewelry, and many other fun items.
If you have any questions or wish to donate items, please call Jenny Johnson at 243-1453, or Nancy Fredrickson at 243-4938.
March 5, 2012
(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports three drug arrests.
On March 2nd, 38-year-old Victor Bruce Ingram, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving Under Suspension. And, 43-year-old Curtis Lee Clark, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Possession of Meth.
On February 25th, 21-year-old Jeremy Alexander Ross, of Columbia, Missouri, was arrested for Possession of Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication.
(Greenfield) The Greenfield City Council has changed their meeting from tonight, to tomorrow night.
The council will hold a public hearing on the 2013 budget, and the council is expected to act on the budget following the public hearing.
In addition to the budget, the council will get an update on the Opera House project, approve liquor licenses for J’s LLC, and Casey’s General Store, act on the Mayor’s committee appointments, hear committee reports from the Airport, Pool and Rec., Streets and Sanitation, Finance, and Public Safety.
The meeting starts at 6:30, Tuesday evening, March 6, at the Greenfield City Hall.
March 5, 2012
(Red Oak) Two people were arrested on numerous drug charges in Red Oak Sunday afternoon.
Red Oak Police say, 17-year-old Bryce Dalton Uhlenberg, of Red Oak, and 21-year-old Kirstin Lynn Wilerding, of Omaha, Nebraska were arrested in the 500 block of West Coolbaugh Street. Both were charged with gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used, and unlawful use of prescription drugs.
They were both transported to the Montgomery County Jail and each held on $1,000 bond.
March 5, 2012
(Atlantic) Anyone involved in the food institution take note.
ServSafe, the national food safety certification program for food service employees, will be held at Cass County ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Atlantic on March 12 and 19, 2012. Participants must attend both sessions to successfully complete the training. The cost of the course is $135 which includes 10 hours class time, a manual, and the national certification exam. Anyone interested in preparing and serving safe food is welcome to attend. Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olson says the classes are mandatory.
"ServSafe is one of three programs that will actually meet the requirements, and one of the most comprehensive programs.," Olson said.
The course is currently required by some companies such as restaurants, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but beginning in July of 2012 food safety certification will be required for all licensed food service establishments. ServSafe is one of three certification programs that will fulfill this certification requirement. For more information or a registration form, contact the Cass County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 712-243-1132 or your local ISU Extension and Outreach office.
Anyone needing to take the recertification exam only may contact the office for more information. Registration is required by March 5.
March 4, 2012
(Villisca) Drivers escaped injury in a car/semi accident at the intersection of Highway 71 and High Street in Villisca Saturday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call just before 10:00 o’clock Saturday morning. When they arrived they determined that a 2004 Peterbilt semi tractor pulling a salvage trailer, driven by 72-year-ole Cecil McCuen, of Villisca, was turning east onto High Street into Villisca. A 2006 Jeep Liberty, driven by 48-year-old Kathleen Louise Goines, of Villisca was facing west at the stop sign at the intersection of High Street and Highway 71.
Authorities say McCuen cut the turn too short and struck the Goines vehicle in the left front causing around $4,000.00 damage, and no damage to the Semi. No one was hurt, and no citations were issued.
March 4, 2012
(Des Moines) Rising fuel prices have raised a speed bump on the legislative road to a higher fuel tax in Iowa.
News sources say supporters of the proposal acknowledge the hindrance but haven’t given up their quest.
House speaker Kraig Paulsen said this week that the legislation doesn’t have the requisite support in the legislature, and Iowans sure don’t support it right now.
A house panel has approved an 8-cent per-gallon fuel tax increase and an increase in taxes on new vehicles. The two increases together would raise an estimated $230-million annually for road repairs. The senate is considering a measure also.
Senator Tom Reilly, Democrat from Oskaloosa says a fuel tax increase is always going to be a tough sell, but when gas prices go up, it makes it just that much tougher.
March 3, 2012
(Atlanta, Ga.) The Weather Channel is reporting that at least nine states received damage from a massive tornado outbreak that extended from the Ohio Valley into the Southeast. The Weather Channel Website says when the count is confirmed, it’s likely the outbreak will have spawned as many tornadoes in one day, as typically seen in the entire month of March.
At least 28-deaths have been blamed on Friday’s storms including; Indiana (14), Kentucky, (12) and Ohio, (2). More than 85 tornadoes were reported.
March 3, 2012
Governor Branstad has declared March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges residents to learn more about colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer death in Iowa.
According to the 2010 Iowa Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, about 64 percent of Iowans ages 50 years or older report ever having been screened for colorectal cancer. The Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer Program is committed to increasing Iowa’s screening rates to 80 percent by 2014. IDPH is partnering with members of the American Gastroenterologist Association (AGA) and several Des Moines area colorectal cancer surgeons to provide free colonoscopies to uninsured men and women between the ages 50 and 64 from March 29 through 31, 2012.
For more information on colorectal cancer and locations for the Iowa Get Screened Program, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/IGS/
(Omaha) The Midwest economy is finally starting to bloom according to Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. His monthly business index shows improvement across the board with the exception of construction. Goss says skyrocketing energy prices could bring all of this down. “That’s a big risk factor if we see oil prices move above $125 a barrel at any time at all that would really push us down.” He says another problem area is inflation; it has been almost dormit until now.
(Council Bluffs) Then floods of 2011 caused five major levee breaches along the Missouri River between Council Bluffs and the Missouri state line. Bret Budd with the Army Corps of Engineers says they were able to repair the earthen walls in record time. “As a peak of the repair we have over 160 pieces of equipment on site and over 200 personnel and they are working 24/7 to get the project done.” Budd also said as they were rebuilding the levees, engineers found more problems and were able to ‘Fix them on the fly’ as they were rebuilding the flood barriers and the levees can hold water again but they’re still not done. “We have identified additional areas that need repaired and construction work is going to continue on.” The manpower to accomplish the repairs drew resources from Alaska all the way to New England.
(Des Moines) An Iowa lawmaker talking to the Senate floor today complained about a “Travesty” in the making. Burlington Democrat Thomas Courtney says the Iowa D-O-T’s about to purchase guns from makers in Arizona and Connecticut when there is a perfectly good Iowa company manufacturing those types of firearms in Wapello. “Why in the world we don’t go to Iowa companies first on something like this is just beyond me and I am embarrassed by it. And I am going to do everything I can do and I hope everyone on this chamber will support me in whatever I can to do keep these jobs in Iowa.” Senator Courtney also says he just wants to make sure Iowa gun manufacturers have “A legitimate shot” at offering bids on state orders. He says if the superior arms company gets the contract, it’d create 20-jobs in an economically challenged area of the state.
(Ames) Vice President Joe Biden came to Iowa State to talk up the Administration’s Programs to bring more industries back to the US. But he also had to face a question about the Obama Administration’s mandate that insurance companies of religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage.
“President Obama was quoted in commencement address saying, ‘Lets honor those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause to make sure all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science but also in clear ethics’ Mr. Vice President then why did you disregard the statement in the HHS Mandate forcing all faith based agencies and employers to provide a contraceptives to the medical insurance for the very thing that violates our conscience.” That’s a question from one of the I-S-U students in the audience. In his response, the Vice President said the administration made a mistake in their first version of the mandate saying, “It got screwed up” and is now where it should have been originally.
(Des Moines) The C-E-O’s of Iowa’s twenty largest companies expect to be steady or increase over the next six months. 95% expect capital spending to remain steady or increase and 90% expect hiring to increase or remain steady. Spokesman Elliot Smith credits a couple of factors “I think between the pent up demand and the low inventories that resulted from that because businesses just weren’t producing or having services performed for consumers and now the demand is there.” The council also includes the largest banking association in the state and the presidents of the three state universities.
(Des Moines) A group of Republican Iowa legislators is asking Attorney General Tom Miller for a legal opinion on whether the Iowa Board of Regents had the authority to close the Price Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa. Republican State Representative Pat Grassley says it’s been a hot topic with their constituents, “We have been hearing from people in an up-rise of emails as this is one of the hot topics that has hit some of us in this area on this issue and the process in which this happened seemed kind of quick and the Iowans I have spoke with want to make sure it was transparent.”
On Monday, the regents voted eight to nothing with one abstention to close the Price Lab facility next year, hoping to save about two million dollars a year. Price is officially designated as the state’s Research and Development School.
(Des Moines) A new report out by Federal Trade Commission shows that Iowa is ranked 45th in the nation for consumer fraud. Nationally, consumers are bilked out of 1.5 billion each year, making it the FTC’s number one complaint. Bill Brock with the consumer protection division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office says the criminals will try to fish information out of you while you are online. Brock says, “They try to trick you into confirming some personal information like your account number or social security number or something like that so we all need to be very careful.”
You can be extra careful by checking your credit. We all have the federal right to request a free credit report from all three credit reporting services every year.
The Attorney General’s Office has some very helpful tools on their website to help you to protect your personal information. Go to www.iowaattorneygeneral.com.
(Atlantic) Thanks to a generous donation from the “Trevor Fredrickson Memorial Fund,” the Atlantic baseball field is receiving a brand new scoreboard. Melanie Petty, mother of the late Trevor Fredrickson, presented a check for $13,000 to Atlantic Activities Director Josh Rassmussen, this (Friday) morning.
“I would like to thank Melanie for everything that she has done, not only for Atlantic High School, but for the entire community,” stated Rassmussen. “Trevor continues to touch a lot of lives and through her donations and hard work and willingness to give back to her community she has made a tremendous impact, something that everybody should strive for. And this gives her a chance to put Trevor’s name in that left centerfield spot and it will be a neat memory that will be at the baseball field a long, long time.”
Trevor was a four-year letter winner at Atlantic High School and went on to play at Southwestern Community College in Creston, and continued to play after that.
“This for is the perfect gift in his honor…he’s smiling,” said Petty. “When this happened we weren’t thinking about starting a foundation, his classmates were the ones that put together the first golf tournament and when we saw all the love and support from that we knew it was something we had to keep going.”
A 2009, Council Bluffs apartment fire took the life of 21-year-old Trevor Frederickson. Each year family and friends host a golf tournament with the proceeds going to community projects. So far, the family has been able donate about $22,000 back to the community.
Melanie says baseball was he love. “We started Trevor playing baseball when he was five-years-old, and he loved baseball, it was his life.”Petty says they plan to continue supporting community projects. “We still have a lot of ideas and more people that we want to touch and a lot more things the he loved that we hope we can help out with in his name.”
This summer’s golf tournament is scheduled for August 11th. The new scoreboard will keep track of balls and strikes, identify who is at bat, and breaks down the score by inning.
March 2, 2012,
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(Denison) Tyson Fresh Meats a subsidiary of Tyson Foods announced today that the current expansion of their largest beef plant in Dakota City, Nebraska may result in the closing of the Denison, Iowa plant. If this happens, it would eliminate 400-jobs in Denison in 2013.
The company reports that the Nebraska plant would no longer need a supplemental supply of beef carcasses from the satellite plant in Denison which opened in 1961.
Noah White, Senior Vice-President of Tyson Foods Corporation says unless the area cattle supplies increase significantly, or they can find an alternative use for the facility, it may make economic sense for them to close it next year.
Meanwhile, the Nebraska expansion project will result in 200 additional jobs while Iowa could lose 400.
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March 1, 2012
(Harlan) Two people from Nebraskans face theft charges in Shelby County after a Security Camera viewed them leaving the “Do It Best” hardware store in Harlan with stolen property Wednesday.
According to Harlan Police, The subjects identified as 40-year-old Terry Cottonwood, and Peggy Robitaille, both from Omaha, were apprehended as they were trying to leave town.
Both subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were charged with 4th degree theft, possession of stolen property and ongoing criminal conduct.
Cottonwood was also charged with failure to have a valid drivers license and failure to show proof of insurance.
March 1, 2012
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(Atlantic) There is something for everybody at this year’s KSOM/KS95’S Home Garden and Business Expo March 2 and 3, at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic.
“We have everything from home remodeling projects, heating and air-conditioning to a group selling pillows,” stated Meredith Communications Vice-President and General Manager Bill Saluk. “If it is for the home, you name it will be there.” And the event is free of charge.
“There is absolutely, no charge. We like people to come and join us and check out everything there is to offer, there will be food there and the girl scouts will be selling cookies which maybe your last chance to get them,” said Saluk.
He adds that this is a convenient and casual way to get ideas on a number of projects all under one roof. “If you are looking at doing a project in your home, you can talk to multiple people who provide all that at the same place.”
The doors at the Cass County Community Building open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, and close at 8:00 p.m. The show will be open again on Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.
March 1, 2012
(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Transportation is gearing up for several road construction projects in southwest Iowa this spring. Scott Suhr, District Planner for the Iowa Department of Transportation District Office in Atlantic says the number of projects is down some from last year.
“Dollar-wise is pretty close to last year, and as far as number of projects it’s probably not as great,” stated Suhr. “But keep in mind we had to deal with the flooding and emergency projects particularly on I-680, Highway 2, Highway 333, and Highway 30 last summer which added to the number of projects in our district.”
Suhr says motorists can expect some traffic delays on the two-lane projects. “Most of the projects on the two-lane highways will be controlled by a flagger and a pilot car. We have project on Interstate 80 from the Cass County Line to Highway 25 that will be done one lane at a time with traffic shifts and arrows boards.”
Suhr says construction work is also scheduled on Highway 148 from Massena to Anita, and Highway 83 from Anita to Wiota. In Audubon County, work is scheduled for Highway 44 from Kimballton to Highway 71, and in Pottawattamie County on Highway 59 from Oakland to Hancock.
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(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Wednesday approved the sale of $4.9 million in a General Obligation bond that will be used for street improvement projects and construction of a new Park and Rec. maintenance shed. The interest rate is just shy of 2.1-percent which Mayor Dave Jones says it unheard of.
“We are at a great time to be borrowing to fix things,” stated the Mayor, who adds that Atlantic has also received an A+ credit rating. “A lot goes into that including population and the city’s low unemployment rate.”
Jones says the leading employer is Cass County Health Systems, (440-employees), Local School Districts, (300-employees), Mahle Components, (260-employees), and Wal-Mart Stores, (225-employees).
“We have a lot of good companies in town,” said Mayor Jones, not to mention Hy-Vee, Fareway, Plastic Professionals, Atlantic Bottling and many other businesses that employ 15-20 that support a lot of the workforce.”
March 1, 2012
(ADAIR) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are scheduled to visit the Adair plant of Owner Revolution Inc. on March 8th.
Owner Revolution Inc. is a 100% employee-owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company with plants in Adair and Atlantic. The company manufactures a wide variety of plastic products for the lottery, consumer, marine, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and point of purchase markets. The company has had significant growth through a continuous flow of new products, rapid production and a willingness to take some risks.
Owner Revolution Inc. (ORI) is an Iowa based holding company for four wholly-owned subsidiaries. Schafer Systems is a recognized leader in the production of lottery ticket dispensers and promotional displays worldwide. A second business is Connect-A-Dock which sells floating modular dock and personal watercraft float systems in the worldwide marine industry. A third subsidiary is The Plastic Professionals which produces a wide variety of rotationally molded plastic products serving the needs of many industries and customers. A fourth subsidiary is Schafer Solutions providing eye-catching, complete, turn-key point of purchase plastic displays, dispensers and products and solutions designed around our customers’ special needs.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man is charged after striking a woman with a baseball bat Wednesday evening.
Red Oak Police say, 28-year-old Brandon Scott Boydston is charged with Willful/Injury, and violation of protective order.
Police say Boydston was arrested after officers responded to the City View Apartments at around 7:30 p.m., for a report of a woman screaming for help. Upon further investigation officers found that Boydston did strike the woman with a baseball bat. The victim, whose name was not released, was transported by Red Oak Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Boydston was being held on $5,000.00 bond.
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