(HARLAN) A Harlan woman turned herself in on an active Shelby County warrant for 3rd Degree Theft. The Harlan Police Department says 32-year-old Shelly Hulsebus allegedly took $412 from the register at Bomgaars Supply where she was employed. Hulsebus was booked into the Shelby County Jail.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Senator Tom Harkin today announced that 27 Municipal Airports and airport services have been awarded a total of $11,515,836 from the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration. Harkin is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the DOT.
“Ensuring Iowa’s municipal airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency. These airports are important for employers and the operation of companies in local communities,” said Harkin. “The multiple communities affected by these grants will use this funding for a wide variety of activities that will support aviation across the state.”
Details of the funding for Southwest Iowa airports are as follows:
Arthur N Nue, Carroll-$236,700 for the acquisition of replacement snow removal equipment.
Atlantic Municipal Airport-$510,763 to assist meeting design standards.
Creston Municipal Airport-$412,408 to enhance access to the airport.
Guthrie County Regional Airport-$382,500 for construction of a hangar building.
Red Oak Municipal Airport-$142,106 for the replacement of snow removal equipment.
Schenck Field, Clarinda-$313,920 for the rehabilitation of runway lighting system.
(HARLAN) A vehicle stolen from Harlan has been recovered. The Harlan Police Department says on May 28th a 1997 Ford Explorer, belonging to Donna Kester, had been stolen from the 900 block of Durant. The next night the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office notified the Harlan Police Department that the vehicle had been recovered near Missouri Valley. This case remains under investigation.
In other activity, Lea Blackwell, of Harlan, reported to officers on May 23rd that her 1992 Lincoln Town Car was vandalized. There were scratches on both sides of the vehicle, as well as the trunk lid, and two punctures in the driver’s seat. The damage was estimated at $1,500. The case remains under investigation.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the release of a Storify project chronicling the 2011 Missouri River flooding and its impacts on Iowa’s transportation system.
Photos, video and news articles are featured, along with a narrative detailing the events that unfolded as the flood waters inundated western Iowa. Visit www.iowadot.gov to view the story. Take the six-month journey to recount the courageous flood fight, witness the extensive damage and see how quickly Iowa was able to rebuild.
The flooding in Iowa covered a distance of 150 miles from Sioux City to Hamburg. In its path roadways were turned to rubble or covered with a thick layer of sludge. Vegetation was stripped from the landscape. Closure of miles of Interstate 29, coupled with the closing of the Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha, Neb., left motorists searching for detours that took them miles out of their way.
The dramatic impact the flooding had on the region’s economy, its effect on mobility and the resilience of the people who suffered will not be soon forgotten. But, currently there is only one place where you can find it all captured, the Iowa DOT’s Storify project.
(Harlan) The Harlan School Board approved salary increases for the support staff and administration last week.
The Harlan Tribune says Harlan Community Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner will receive a 22-percent salary increase and benefits package in a new three-year-contract that boosts his compensation from one of the lowest in the Hawkeye Ten Conference to among the middle. His base salary will increase from the current $106,500 to $125,000 next year.
The School Board also approved salary increases for support staff and other administrators for this coming fiscal year. Support staff and administrators will receive a 4.27 percent salary increase.
Harlan Finance Director Brian Gubbels will see a 7.74 percent yearly increase and Harlan Community High School Principal John Connell will receive a 6.93-percent increase. Both will receive two-year-contracts.
May 31, 2012
(Atlantic) In a special ceremony held this morning at the Cass Count Courthouse, the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award was presented to Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren (center).
The award is the government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the guard and reserve. Jerry Hansen (left) from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the award.
“On behalf of the national and Iowa committees for employer support of the guard and reserve, I wish to thank you for your past and continued support for your service members, and your support to Ryan. It is a compliment to you and your sheriff’s department. Thank You.”
Sheriff McLaren was nominated by one of his employees, Ryan Johnson (right), who stated that Sheriff McLaren was very understanding when Johnson was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. McLaren thanked all of his deputies for helping to fill in during Johnson’s absence.
“The deputies are the ones who truly did the extra work, the extra hours. I’d also like to thank Brian Rink and Don Lappe who stuck their heads in doing some part time work, former deputies that saw the need for some extra hours and volunteered their time.”
Sheriff McLaren was one of fifty-six nominees for this award.
(ATLANTIC) Steve Livengood, with the Cass County Public Safety Commission, met with the Cass County Board of Supervisors this morning to discuss the Commission’s ongoing efforts to relocate the Cass County 911 Center.
Livengood explained why they are in need of some new space, saying “The equipment is scattered in three different locations; everywhere from the room itself in the Communications Center, to our closet in the Sheriff’s Office, to the little building out by the tower, and it’s very cramped down there, there is no room for expansion.”
Livengood said the Commission did some “fact finding” and made site-visits to Harlan, Carroll, Storm Lake and Greenfield to see their facilities and gathered information on how they do their operations. When they were done with that they looked into several options that could work including, staying where they are currently at or relocating within the courthouse, relocating to some other building in the area, or possibly build a new facility like the one that Adair County just built and locate other organizations there as well.
In the end, an option the Public Safety Commission feels might work best is to “co-locate” with the Iowa State Patrol office. Livengood said they talked with the State Patrol office in Lewis and he said they seemed fairly receptive to the idea, but when they got back to them the State Patrol said it wouldn’t work.
“They said it won’t work because they would like to own the building instead of rent the building from somebody, they need a fiber optic cable into the building and they would like to have some say with how they building is operating; all of which we perfectly agree with, but that was the reasons that they gave, amongst others, on why it wouldn’t work,” said Livengood. “So we would kind of like to go to them and say, ‘If you would like to own the building, why don’t you build the building and rent to us.’ ‘If you want a fiber optic, so do we.’ ‘If you want some say in the building, by all means.’ So we think that their reasons not only are reasons that we could co-locate, but they are reasons that we’d encourage it to happen.”
Livengood said they are going to send a letter to Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble letting him know that the Cass County Public Safety Commission would like the further discuss their proposed venture. The Cass County Board of Supervisors also approved a letter of support for the proposed project.
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday in connection with two apartment’s burglaries that allegedly occurred in Atlantic on May 17.
According to Atlantic Police, 32-year-old Zachary Watkins was taken into custody on Cass County Warrants for 2nd Degree Burglary, Simple Assault and Trespassing. Watkins is alleged to have burglarized apartments #26 and #42 at 1209 East 8th Street.
Watkins was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in.
May 31, 2012
(Des Moines) A good news bad news scenario when it comes to the latest weather system that swept through the area over the last 18-hours.
Brad Small, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines said, "The good news is just about every place in the state saw at least a few tenths with the lowest amounts in west Central Iowa and the far southeastern part of the state. The greatest amounts of rain occurred in Dallas County through the Des Moines Metro and Iowa City and those locations received 1/2 inch to close to an inch of rain."
Small says there are some minor chances of rain but it looks like the next opportunity for appreciable rain won't occur until the later part of next week.
May 31, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the naming of two US Highway 6 bridges after two fallen Iowa State Troopers at their meeting this morning.
Lt. Michael Miller, with the Iowa State Patrol, told the Supervisors that this year’s legislative session granted permission to rename bridges in the State of Iowa as memorial bridges for our fallen State Troopers. He said since the State Patrol was developed in 1935 they have lost 10 State Troopers and two of them died in Cass County.
“Lance Dietsch and Stan Gerling were operating an aircraft down southwest of Atlantic searching for a subject who had wondered away from a care facility and in the course of searching the plane lost air speed and went down and both of them perished in that crash,” explained Miller.
Lt. Miller said he chose two bridges near the accident location that are similar in size. The bridge on Highway 6 west of Lewis at Indian Creek will be named after Trooper Lance Dietsch and the bridge on Highway 6 northeast of Lewis at Turkey Creek will be named after Stan Gerling.
Two other bridges in southwest Iowa will also be named including a bridge on Highway 34 west of Red Oak to be named after Harold Klinkefus and a bridge on Highway 30 at the 30 mile marker between Woodbine and Dunlap that spans the Boyer River will be named after Ralph Garthwaite.
(Harlan) One person was injured in a single vehicle semi accident Wednesday evening in Shelby County.
At 6:15 p.m. the Shelby County Sheriff’s office was called to the scene on Highway 44 near Ironwood Road. A 2005 Freightliner driven by 69-year-old Roger Cooley of Valley, Nebraska was pulling a load of coal and lost control. His semi went into the south ditch and came to rest on its side. Cooley was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan where he was treated and released. The load of coal and some diesel spilled into a waterway and the DNR was called to the scene for cleanup. The tractor and trailer were estimated to be a total loss.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors set hearing dates on a proposed Cass County Illegal Dumping Ordinance at their meeting this morning.
The purpose of the ordinance is to prohibit illegal dumping in public places and on private property within the unincorporated areas of Cass County and to promote health, safety and general welfare in the unincorporated areas of Cass County.
The hearings will be held June 13th and 20th with the adoption of the ordinance to take place on the 20th.
(Onawa) The Omaha World Herald says Onawa Police arrested a 40-year-old man Wednesday on suspicion of Child Molestation.
Onawa Police said the child was 6-years-old but did not release the child’s gender. Investigators believe the incident occurred during the past two weeks. The suspect, who was being held in the Monona County Jail, was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a felony.
The man whose name was not released is being held on $25,000 bond.
May 31, 2012
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(Brooks) A Montgomery County man that has been missing since May 26, was found Wednesday at around 4:11 p.m in Adams County.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office was investigating a burnt vehicle located just west of Filbert Avenue, between 255th East and 255th West on Dave Sproles land southwest of Brooks. The vehicle appeared to be a Ford F-150 pickup. The Adams County Sheriff's Office contacted the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office to find out if this vehicle matched the description of the missing person. Adams County obtained a placard on the vehicle, and it matched the VIN number of the vehicle from the missing persons report, on a 71-year-old Dennis Goodrich, of Stanton, who was last seen at 9:00 p.m., on May 26.
The Iowa State Patrol was called in to conduct air photography and search Sproles land, the DCI began investigating Goodrich's whereabouts, and the State Fire Marshall was brough in to investigate the cause of Goodrich's pickup fire. After further investigation it was believed that Goodrich could be within the same area as the burnt vehicle, due to his recent health condition.
So a search party began to comb the area and around 4:11 p.m., and Dennis Goodrich was located near a ditch, under a tree still conscious and breathing. Goodrich was transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, for further evaluation.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office said this morning that the car fire was ruled accidental, and the case is closed.
May 31, 2012
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man faces numerous charges following his arrest in Montgomery County this (Wednesday) afternoon.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old James Edward Weise was arrested on a valid Missouri warrant for Resisting Arrest, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, 1st Degree Property Damage, and numerous traffic and drug violations.
Weise was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 bond awaiting extradition to Missouri.
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man is continuing his 25-day Great Mississippi River Ride today after taking a day off in St; Louis Tuesday.
Rollie Landness, a retired attorney, started his journey with 21-others, on May 8, in New Orleans.
“I consider this a challenge and while I am physically able I am willing to do it,” stated Landness.
The riders cycle the country roads including the “National River Road” and the “Mississippi River Trail,” with the biggest challenge so far being the heat and the hills.
“It has been very interesting cycling through the back country of Mississippi and places like that,” said Landness.
This isn’t Rollie Landness first long distance trip. In 2009, he rode west to east across the United States.
“I crossed the country traveling west to east so I thought it only fitting that I travel south to north, to me that made sense.”
Oh, and by the way, 68-year-old Rollie Landness isn’t stopping in Minneapolis. He and another rider will continue their trip north on a four-day ride to the Canadian border.
When he is all done, Landness will have traveled nearly 2,400 miles on his bicycle.
May 30, 2012
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(Audubon) The Audubon Wheeler Athletic Boosters are hosting a golf tournament this Saturday, June 2. Lynn Spies is heading the event to raise money for Wheeler Athletics.
“The budget continues to stay where it is at, but the costs continue to rise for equipment, entry fees and uniforms ect.,” stated Spies. The goal is to financially help out the athletic programs in a timelier manner and our hope is to add to the athletic fund so that we can stay a little more current and provide our coaches and our athletes with whatever they are needing for success in their programs.”
Spies says this is a four person best ball that will have two shot gun starts at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. She says there will be lots of prizes along with a silent auction. The cost is $200 per team, and donations are also being taken either monetarily or in the form of auction items and there are still a few hole sponsors available as well.
If anyone wants to donate or form teams contact Natalie at the Audubon High School at (712) 563-2607.
May 30, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors will set dates for hearings on a proposed Cass County Illegal Dumping Ordinance at their meeting Thursday morning.
In April, Wendy Wittrock, Operations Manager of the Cass County Landfill, discussed her concerns about illegal dumping going on throughout the County with the Supervisors and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said deputies have dug through numerous dumped items to find evidence where it came from. One concerned citizen even presented some pictures to the Supervisors showing evidence of illegal dumping in the area of Great River Road and 635th Street.
Also on the agenda, Steve Livengood, with the Cass County Public Safety Commission, will discuss the Commissions ongoing efforts towards relocation of the Cass County 911 center and request a letter of support from the Board of Supervisors.
In addition, the Supervisors will hear reports from the Cass County Attorney, Cass County Engineer and the Cass County Mental Health Director.
The Supervisors meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Cass County Courthouse board room.
(ATLANTIC) The Carson & Barnes Circus will be back in Atlantic on June 11th.
Megan Roberts, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said Carson & Barnes Circus will perform two shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Airport.
“The Carson & Barnes Circus is one of the largest Big Top circuses traveling in the United States right now,” said Roberts. “They have elephants, tight rope walkers, acrobatics, clowns; just about everything you’d expect when you think of a circus, they have. They are one of the top of the line shows and we’ve heard wonderful things about them and we’re excited to have them back to Atlantic.”
Advance tickets are available at the Depot and online at BigTopShow.com. Prices range from $10 for an Adult and $6 for a Child when purchased in advance using a discount coupon. Coupons are available locally or can be downloaded from BigTopShow.com or by visiting www.facebook.com/CarsonBarnesCircus. Tickets will cost $16 for an Adult, $8 for a Child at the gate on the day of the show.
(Griswold) As reported earlier this week, money coming into the State Treasury shows a lot of positive signs. From April of last year through last month there was an increase of $489.9 million or 7.6-percent.
House District 57 Republican Representative Jack Drake of Griswold says this is a good problem to have, however…“There is no question revenues are coming in better than anticipated which is a nice problem to have,” stated Drake. “But according to our current code we can only spend 99-percent of the estimated revenue established by the Revenue Estimating Conference in December. They will look at it again in March and if the revenues increase we have to live with the December, but if they decline we have to go with the new estimate.”
Drake says Republicans are proposing that the money be sent back to the tax payers either as property tax credits or other credits along the way.
May 30, 2012
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(Atlantic) Cass County Sheriff Darby McClaren has been nominated for the prestigious 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. A review board comprised of military and civilian leaders has received 3,236 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members, or family members acting on their behalf.
Only 160 employers have received the Freedom Award since it was established in 1996. Employers named as finalists for the award distinguish themselves not only for adhering to the employment and reemployment rights of Guard and Reserve members, but for actively creating opportunities to assist and support the service of both Guard and Reserve employees and their families.
Jerry Hansen chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) agency for our area will present a certificate honoring Sheriff McClarens’ nomination at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Sheriff’s Office.
The public is invited to honor Sheriff McClaren for his support of our military.
May 30, 2012
(Audubon) A Kimballton woman was hurt in a single-vehicle accident on South Main Street in Kimballton Tuesday afternoon.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 61-year-old Marcia Louis Nelson was transported by Elk Horn Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan following the crash that occurred at around 4:15 p.m.
According to the press release, Nelson was northbound into Kimballton and reportedly fell asleep. Her vehicle crossed the centerline and left the roadway, striking a fire hydrant before impacting a large tree.
Nelson was charged with failure to maintain control. The damage to the 2009 Chevy Impala was estimated at $15,000.00.
May 30, 2012
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(Des Moines) Iowa’s thirsty crops may get a good drink of water starting tonight and lasting through tomorrow, according to Kevin Dietsch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.
“It is going to rain across all of Iowa and it is going to start sometime this evening and continue through much of the day on Thursday.” stated Dietsch. “We will probably see our heaviest rainfall overnight through Thursday morning before it starts to taper off.”
Dietsch we are looking for about a ½ to locally higher amounts. “It will be a nice steady rainfall.”
The rain will begin in our area sometime after 6:00 p.m. this evening.
May 30, 2012
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(Atlantic) Former Atlantic Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Bob Sweeney is coming out of retirement. After, taking four years off Sweeney has accepted the job of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Shenandoah.
Sweeney says he was contacted about the job and after discussing it with his wife Kathy, he decided to take it.
“I interviewed with them last Friday afternoon and at the conclusion of that conversation the board made a formal decision to offer me the job,” stated Sweeney. “I had the weekend to think about and I verbally accepted the position Monday night.”
Bob Sweeney is no stranger to Shenandoah; he spent many years as a coach and administrator at that school district back in the late 80’s.
“I am not a foreigner to southwest Iowa or the Hawkeye Ten Conference. “I think I know the turf and I truly believe I can be an asset to their school district and their community, said Sweeney. “We have talked about a two-year agreement and one of my personal goals is to enhance the position of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director to the Community and the School District of Shenandoah.”
Bob Sweeney and his wife Kathy currently reside in Atlantic where Kathy is currently employed at Rolling Hills Bank. The two will continue to live in Atlantic.
May 30, 2012
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(RED OAK) Two thefts were reported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s today (Tuesday).
Sometime between Saturday and Monday a White/Yellow 2012 GT2100 Cub Cadet lawn tractor and a Black 1995 H&H Dovetail trailer, Iowa License 3544HB, were stolen from Dickel Duit Outdoor Power of 2227 Highway 48 south of Red Oak. The estimated loss is $4,000 for the Cub Cadet and $3,000 for the H&H Trailer.
In a separate incident, Vicki Engstrand, of 504 Thorn Street in Stanton, reported that someone had removed two center caps off the rims of her 1999 Ford F250, valued at $200 and also did approximately $150 damage to an aluminum door on the inside of her 2000 Kiefer built horse trailer.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
(GLENWOOD) An Omaha man was held on $50,300 bond following his arrest in Mills County Saturday. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Francis Richard Bartlett Jr. was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and on a Pottawattamie County Warrant.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office also reports the arrest of 30-year-old Randy Buck Evans Jr., of Red Oak, on Friday for Driving under Suspension and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was held on $1,300 bond.
(ATLANTIC) A bicyclist was transported to the hospital after striking a vehicle in Atlantic Saturday.
The Atlantic Police Department says Dana Heidt, of Atlantic, was driving eastbound in the 1100 block of E. 6th Street, while proceeding to make a left hand turn onto the 500 block of Plum Street, when he was struck in the side by a bicycle being ridden by Brenda Zimmerman, of Atlantic.
Zimmerman complained of minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by Heidt.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on a single vehicle accident that injured four teenagers over the weekend.
At around 6:22 p.m. on Saturday, 16-year-old Hunter Daine Bechtol was driving a 1996 Chevy Corsica eastbound on Yankton when he lost control of the vehicle and rolled into the north ditch. Bechtol and three male passengers, ages 13, 14 and 15, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac, Griswold Rescue and Villisca Rescue. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Bechtol was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.
(ATLANTIC) An Illinois man was injured in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Cass County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 60-year-old Russell Hays, of Rock Island, Illinois, was driving a 2003 Freightliner Semi east on I-80 when he lost control and entered the south ditch. The semi came to rest upright in a drainage ditch on the south side of the interstate.
Hays was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Atlantic Fire and Rescue.
(Red Oak) A Shenandoah man told Red Oak Police all four of his car tires were slashed while it was parked at the corner of East Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak.
According to Red Oak Police, Michael Eshelman reported Saturday that an unknown person (s) cut the tires, and then jumped up and down on the roof of his 1999 Chevy Cavelier causing estimated $1,200 damage.
Police say the incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
May 29, 2012
(AUDUBON) An arrest has been made in connection with an ATV accident in Audubon County over the weekend.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Cale James Bolick has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, Reckless Driving and Interference with Official Acts.
The accident occurred on Goldfinch Avenue northeast of Gray during the early morning hours of May 27th. Bolick was driving a 2006 Arctic Cat ATV northbound on Goldfinch Avenue when he collided with a bridge railing and went into the east ditch and rolled. Three passengers, 39-year-old Brandi Kay Vansickel, of Gray, 18-year-old Rachel Helena Trusty, of Denison, and 17-year-old Megan Boehm, of Gray, were all transported to the Audubon County Hospital by Audubon Fire and Rescue. Bolick and another passenger, Casey Steven Bolick, of Gray, were uninjured.
The damage to the ATV was estimated at $1,500. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may be pending.
(ATLANTIC) A “Better Choices/Better Health” Self-management Workshop is being held at the Allen House in Atlantic on Wednesdays starting June 6th and ending July 18th.
Melissa Stark, co-facilitator for the workshop, says volunteer community members who have chronic conditions, or take care of someone who has a chronic condition, lead the 2 hour sessions held once a week for six weeks.
“This program is an evidence based program from Stanford University and they have a whole workbook and format for it and they’ve found that people that take this class have fewer stays in the hospital and they know how to talk with their doctor and they just start taking better care of themselves and we also encourage people to do more than they thought that they could,” explained Stark.
Stark said the workshop is for anyone who has a chronic condition, such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, or lung disease.
“What we’re finding is that we don’t deal with individual conditions, what we deal with is what we all have in common because there is a cycle of pain and fatigue and depression; all those things that go together with having a chronic condition,” said Stark.
This program is free of charge and will be held June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and July 11th and 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
For more information contact Melissa Stark or Karla Akers at 712-243-8006.
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing vehicle and its’ owner last seen Saturday night.
Montgomery Officials are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 2000 Ford F-150 extended cab pick up, brown over tan in color with a silver tool box and Iowa license 085 ZEB.
Authorities say the owner has not been heard from since approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday evening and maybe suffering from health issues.
The Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Office is asking the public to notify their local law enforcement or the Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107, if they have any information.
May 29, 2012
(Fontanelle) A 3-year-old Fontanelle boy was killed Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him.
According to a press release from Fontanelle Police Chief Pat Henry, law enforcement and emergency personnel were dispatched to a residence in Fontanelle to attend to a child that had been hit by a fallen tree. When they arrived they determined that a large tree had blown over in the yard and one of the limbs landed on 3-year-old Nathan Hutt who was playing in the yard. The Child was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported by Steen Funeral Home.
The Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle says services are pending for Nathan Hutt.
May 28, 2012
(Atlantic) Thousands and thousands of people flocked to Memorial Day Ceremonies across the country to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, thousand have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Annual Memorial Day Ceremony was in at the Atlantic Cemetery this morning.
May 28, 2012
(Des Moines) Record heat was recorded throughout the state Sunday. Kevin Deitsch, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines say Atlantic surpassed an old record high.
"We had a strong southerly flow all day yesterday which brought us really warm air from the south," stated Deitsch. "It looks like Atlantic hit 93-degrees breaking the old record of 91-degrees set back in 1931. It was 90-degrees in Audubon Sunday, just shy of the 1931 record of 91, and Carroll reached 95-degrees breaking the old record of 92. These were very warm temperatures for this time of year,"
The forecast calls for much cooler temperatures towards the middle of the week with highs only in the 60's Wednesday and Thursday.
May 28, 2012
8:00 a.m. news
(Onawa) A man died in a house fire in Monona County Saturday night.
Onawa Police say the Onawa Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the home at around 11:22 p.m. Saturday. When fire fighters got to the house at 1201 Third Street, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
Firemen found the body of 76-year-old Richard Wilson in the home after the fire was put out. He was the only occupant at the residence.
The Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office has been called in to investigate the fire.
May 28, 2012
(Avoca) A Des Moines man was injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning on Interstate 80 near the 42-mile marker.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, 49-year-old Christian Zobel of Des Moines was east bound when he struck a deer. The motorcycle went down on its left side and slid into the south ditch. Zobel was thrown from the bike and landed in the middle of the east bound lanes of Interstate 80. He was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by Life Net with unknown injuries.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff and Avoca Fire and Rescue.
May 28, 2012
(Percival) A Nebraska City man died from injuries he received in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Fremont County Saturday evening.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says, 39-year-old Shane Stephenson, of Nebraska City was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City.
According to the report, Stephenson was trapped inside the vehicle after it rolled on 195th Avenue and 230th Street. Percival and Sidney Fire and Rescue units and Life Net were called to the scene. Rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Stephenson from the pickup. He was then air-lifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities believe alcohol was a contributing factor.
May 28, 2012
(Atlantic) Four teens were injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday evening on Yankton Road 1/4 of a mile of east of Highway 71.
The 16-year-old driver told Cass County Deputies that he met another car and lost control of the vehicle on the gravel road. The Cass County Sheriff's Office is reporting that the vehicle rolled twice before coming to rest.
All four occupants ranging from ages 14-16 were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No names are being released at this time.
Mat 26, 2012
(Macedonia) The Macedonia Eagles of Honor Monument will be unveiled tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The eagle is near Pioneer Trail on the west side of Macedonia, the site of the former Macedonia school building.
Volunteers for the project say the towns theme for its memorial is Trails of Honor, which pays tribute to Macedonia’s spot on the Mormon Trail. The memorial includes information about Morman settlers who passed through the 1840’s.
The three year project cost around $60,000, with $25,000 coming from the Pottawattamie County Board and the rest from fundraising.
Edward A. Slocum Sr., an Army veteran and Macedonia native will speak at the dedication ceremony. A reception will follow at the DeWitt Community Center.
May 26, 2012
(Atlantic) Atlantic Fire Fighters were called to an apartment fire at 401 ½ West 6th Street this afternoon. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Cappel says the home owner smelled smoke and alerted firemen to a fuse box with flames shooting out of it.
Cappel says the fire that was completely contained to one room and it appears it started in an electrical box and moved into the attic from there. Cappel says the walls sustained extensive damage and the room will have to be gutted.
Cappel says everyone in the residence got out of the apartment safely.
May 25, 2012
(State) With the construction season gearing up, Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro wants to remind construction contractors about registration provisions under Iowa Law.
Contractors earning $2,000.00 annually or more are required to register and renew their registration yearly with the Iowa Division of Labor.
Self-employed contractors who do not pay individuals more than $2,000.00 a year may still be required to register, but may be exempt for the registration fee.
For additional information please contact the Iowa Division of Labor at (515) 242-5871 or access www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/contractor.htm.
(Avoca) A Walnut woman was injured Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a car in front of the U-S Bank in Avoca.
Pottwattamie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Sgt. Dewayne Riche says 85-year-old Dennis Allgood, of Omaha was attempting to park when his foot slipped off the brake and the car went over the curb and struck 32-year-old Sarah Nelson, of Walnut and then crashed into the bank.
"Mr. Allgood pulled into a parking spot and his foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator causing the vehicle to jump the curb and struck Nelson who was simultaneously walking in front of the bank and she was struck by the vehicle, " stated Riche.
Nelson was taken by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Sgt. Riche says Allgood was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. His vehicle received $5,000 damage.
May 25, 2012
(Atlantic) The Trevor Frederickson Memorial scoreboard was unveiled last night in Atlantic. 2006 Atlantic High School graduate Trevor Frederickson lost his life in a 2009 fire, and his family and friends have formed a foundation to give back to the community.
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 Melanie Petty, Trevor’s mother. “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 over $22,000 back to the community.
Melanie says baseball was his 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.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Jaycees continue to raise money for the annual 4th of July fireworks display, and more money is needed. The total cost of the fireworks and related insurance will be around $8,000. Tom Welchans, Fireworks Chairperson and Club Chairman of the Board said the Jaycees are in the beginning stages of their fundraising and the community support has been very good and he hopes it continues.
“If we don’t raise the money we are not going to be able to provide as good a firework’s show in the future,” Stated Welchans adding, "The Atlantic Jaycees will continue to host the cities fireworks display for years to come."
He says they will be using the same provider for the fireworks display as last year, which received very positive reviews from those in attendance. The 2012 Fireworks show will include a DJ playing music during the evening, with patriotic music as the firework go off.
If you would like to donate, contact Andrew Moen at 249-8565, or Tom Welchans at 712-350-0075. Checks can also be sent to: Atlantic Jaycees, P.O. Box 522, Atlantic, Iowa, 50022.
May 25, 2012
(Atlantic) Classic Cars will be cruising for a cure in Atlantic next month. Circles4Success is sponsoring the event for the fourth consecutive year and all the proceeds will be donated to Cass County Relay for Life.
“This is a way for out group to get involved and instead of going out and getting individual donations we decided to put on an event,” stated Melissa Stark, Circles4Success Coordinator.
The check-in for Classic Car owners will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic. They will cruise to the “Great Lakes’ of Anita and Littlefield and end at Allen House at 1406 East 19th Street for lunch from noon until 2:00 p.m., and the public is invited.
Stark says, “We are bringing the classics to the classics.”
The entry fee is a free will donation and the public is invited to check out the 1952 Chevy Car Couch valued at $700.00 that will be raffled off for $2.00 a ticket.. The drawing will be held Friday night, June 22nd at the Cass County Relay for Life.
May 25, 2012
(Guthrie Center) One person was killed and two others were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Guthrie County Thursday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 78-year-old Beverly Chase, of West Des Moines died from her injuries. The injured are identified as 77-year-old Nadine Ludwig, of Des Moines, and 26-year-old Angela Lovejoy, of Coon Rapids. Both were transported to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at 1:20 p.m. at the intersection of 190th and Chestnut Road in Guthrie County. Nadine Ludwig was traveling eastbound in a 2002 Mercury Sable and did not yield after a stop sign and was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 2001 Pontiac Aztec driven by Amy Lovejoy, of Coon Rapids. Beverly Chase, a passenger in Ludwig’s vehicle was transported to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The accident remains under investigation.
May 25, 2012
(ADAIR) A Winterset man was killed in a two vehicle accident in Adair this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 32-year-old Randy Johnson was killed after he was ejected from his vehicle on eastbound Interstate 80 shortly after 7:00 this morning.
According to the report, Johnson was driving a 2008 Freightliner pickup westbound on I-80 near the 77 mile marker when he swerved to avoid striking the back end of a westbound 2004 Freightliner van, driven by 43-year-old Viktor Yukhimchuk, of Clearwater, Florida. Johnson lost control and entered into the median, crossing both eastbound lanes where the vehicle overturned in the south ditch, ejecting Johnson.
(DES MOINES) The city of Manning was one of seven communities in Iowa to receive Downtown Revitalization awards. The federally-funded grants, totaling $3.5 million, were awarded for façade master plan projects for downtown businesses. The other six communities receiving awards include; Burlington, Charles City, Conrad, Elkader, Emmetsburg and West Union
"The Iowa Economic Development Authority's Downtown Revitalization Program is transforming downtowns and improving the business climate and quality of life for residents across the state," said Governor Terry Branstad. "Not only are these funds leveraging private investment and improving physical conditions, but participating communities are seeing new businesses and job creation on Iowa's Main Streets. These seven communities have created local public-private partnerships that are making great things happen for their residents and all Iowans to enjoy."
To date, the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Program has supported 19 community revitalization strategies. When complete, these 19 projects will lead to the rehabilitation of 347 downtown properties. The grants are awarded based on the potential impact of the project, the project being part of a comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy, commitment of local resources, and the ability to demonstrate revitalization will continue to move forward following project completion.
The Community Development Block Grant program is federally-funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. Applications are solicited annually, usually during the fall. For more information on CDBG or other community programs, call 515.725.3081, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A College Springs man was sentenced to 170 months in prison and ten years of supervised release for his participation in a drug conspiracy.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 56-year-old Orvis Lee Wagaman was sentenced Tuesday.
According to the written plea agreement, from approximately January of 2004 until November of 2010, the Wagaman was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., age 54, of Coin, Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 34, Levi Edward Gray, age 23, both of Clarinda, IA; and others.
Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., was sentenced on February 21st to 180 months imprisonment 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. Levi Gray was sentenced on February 21st to 48 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., was sentenced on March 27th to 150 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County, Iowa, 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. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man is being held on $50,000 bond for Probation Violation. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Matthew Gayle Schmailzl on Monday at the Pottawattamie County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Office also reports the arrest of 21-year-old Cody James Almquist, of Pacific Junction, for Domestic Abuse Assault Simple. Almquist was arrested at the Mid American Motor Plex on Wednesday.
(GRANT) The city of Grant is hosting several Memorial Day weekend events.
On Sunday, Grant United Methodist Church and the Grant Park Opry will collaborate to hold a worship service in the Grant Park. Gospel music will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10 a.m. After the service, at around 11:15 a.m., the Opry musicians will perform more Gospel music, followed by a pot luck dinner to start at 11:45 a.m. After the dinner, at 1:00 p.m., a country music jam will be held.
On Monday, the Grant United Methodist Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a free-will offering. The menu includes; sloppy joe or ham sandwich, baked beans, assorted salads, pies and desserts and coffee, tea or lemonade. All money raised by the dinner supports the Grant United Methodist Women and their work for mission projects and the grant church.
Following the church dinner, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Grant Community Preservationists will sponsor a country-bluegrass jam session in the Grant City Park. In addition, at around 2:30 p.m., a boy baby quilt will be auctioned. A concession stand will also be open. Proceeds from this event will benefit GCP and its work on the Grant Masonic Lodge and Grant Park.
(THAYER) Four people were killed and one other was injured in a two vehicle accident in Union County Wednesday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 2:37 p.m. a 2002 Chevy S10, driven by 44-year-old Laura Hileman-Dyson, of Murray, Iowa, was eastbound on Highway 34, two miles east of Thayer, when she crossed the centerline. A westbound 2011 Nissan Altima, driven by 31-year-old Jessica Jackson, of Chicago, Illinois, took evasive action and veered into the eastbound lane. Hileman-Dyson then veered back into the eastbound lane where both vehicles took action to avoid a collision. Both vehicles ended up colliding head-on in the westbound lane.
Jessica Jackson, 44-year-old Randall Dyson, of Murray, 28-year-old Mertis Harris, of Chicago, and 35-year-old Kenya Ervin, of Chicago, were killed in the accident. Laura Hileman-Dyson was transported to Mercy Hospital by Lifeflight with injuries.
(ELK HORN) The fourth annual Tour de Tivoli will be held on Sunday.
Debbie Copic, Chairperson for the event, said riders will have a choice of either a 26-mile route or a 50-mile route. She said both routes begin at 9 a.m. and will go north on Main Street to F58 where they will turn west and go past the Danish Museum to M47 where the riders will go past Prairie Rose State Park.
“We’re going to have a SAG stop there, SAG stands for support and gear, so we’ll have refreshments; drinks, food, snacks, and first aid will be available,” said Copic. “When they’re rested up and ready to go again then they will head back north to Highway 44.”
Copic said the riders will take Highway 44 to Kimballton where there will be another SAG stop.
“Riders at that point have the option to either go south to Elk Horn, and that completes the 26-mile route, or they’ll continue on east towards Hamlin,” explained Copic. “Hamlin will have a stop to refresh again… they will then hop on the T-Bone trail and go south to Exira, stop again in Exira, and then head back west to Elk Horn and that route is 50-miles.”
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Danish Windmill. To register ahead of time, contact Debbie Copic at 712-249-7257 or email email@example.com. Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt, free meal and a coupon for the Danish Windmill.
Copic said a post-bike ride party will be held at the Depot Grounds. Bikers and non-bikers are encouraged to attend. Mark Christensen will be singing between 10:30 a.m. and Noon and there will be other music before and after his performance.
(Guthrie Center) The Omaha World Herald says a jury has convicted a Perry man in the 2009 drunken driving death of a former classmate that occurred in Guthrie County.
The criminal case was surrounded by the question of who was driving. Authorities said it was the man who survived, Thomas Dugan, and last week a Guthrie County jury agreed. Now Dugan faces a mandatory 25-year prison sentence after being convicted of vehicular homicide by reckless and drunken driving in the August 2009 death of Adam Anderson of Bagley. The verdict followed a 3-1/2 day trial in Guthrie County District Court.
The deadly accident happened after the 10-year Class reunion for Panarama High School. The two were in Andersons’ 2003 Ford Mustang on a paved road near Yale. Authorities say Dugan lost control at an intersection that turned to gravel. The car went end over end multiple times become ending up in the middle of a bean field.
Dugan had claimed that he had been the passenger in the vehicle, however the Guthrie County Attorneys’ Office says blood samples from Dugan indicated he was on the driver’s side.
May 24, 2012
(Adair) In a developing story….The Iowa State Patrol is at the scene of an accident on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Adair exist this morning. According to scanner traffic, one person was ejected and another person was still in the vehicle.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Adair Fire and Rescue were also called to the scene. We have release more later.
May 24, 2012
(CLARINDA) Following a month-long investigation, an arrest has been made in connection with an arson incident in Clarinda.
Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said Clarinda Police and the Page County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Bryson Sean McAlpin on Tuesday on criminal complains for allegedly throwing two Molotov cocktail devices at a vehicle occupied by two people in the 100 block of West Washington Street on April 1st.
“Mr. McAlpin was arrested in the area of 15th and Chestnut Streets in Clarinda without incident,” said Chief Brothers. “He has been charged with 1st Degree Arson; which is a Class B Felony, Possession with Intent to use an Explosive or Incendiary Device; which is a Class C Felony, and Threats by the use of an Explosive or Incendiary Device; which is a Class D Felony.”
Chief Brothers said McAlpin is being held in the Page County Jail on $25,000 bond.
(Clarinda) A Clarinda man wanted on a Page County warrant was taken into custody Tuesday night.
Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says, 18-year-old Bryson Sean McAlpin, was arrested by a deputy during a traffic stop at around 11:20 p.m. McAlpin was taken into custody on a warrant for Arson, Intimidation, and Possession of Incendiary Device. During that same traffic stop McAlpin was charged with possession of alcohol by persons under the legal age.
McAlpin was unable to post bond and was being held on $25,000 bond.
May 23, 2012
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 7:00 p.m. for several counties in southwest and westcentral Iowa. Those counties include; Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold.
Forecasters say strong and gusty southerly winds of 25 to 35 with gusts to 45 mph this afternoon before diminishing early this evening. Strong and gusty winds will cause loose objects to blow around and small branches may come down.
May 23, 2012
(CRESTON) A former custodian with the Creston Community School District is facing a charge of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse.
According to court records, 36-year-old Eduardo Medina was arrested on May 15th and was held on $10,000 bond. Medina allegedly had inappropriate contact with a student. He was fired from the Creston Community School District Monday night.
No other details on the incident are available at this time.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the FY2012 budget and the FY2012 County Budget Appropriations at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker explained the details of the amendment during the public hearing.
“The reason for our request for the amendment was because we did receive the money from Mid American Energy for the damage they did to our county roads in the Massena area while putting up the wind farm,” explained Marker. “We had gone ahead and expended money for rock and work down in that area above and beyond our original budget. This money coming in at this time, we needed to amend the budget to offset those costs. We put the entire amount of money we received in this year’s budget; what they does, obviously if it doesn’t get spent, secondary roads money stays in the secondary roads fund so that monies will be available to do work and buy rock next fiscal year which begins July 1.”
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said that it is not required that they amend the budget to change the amount for transfers, but it appears they are going to get a little more in local option sales tax than what they originally thought, so this was added to the amendment hearing and appropriations change.
The Supervisors approved the IDOT expenditures appropriations for FY2012 with an increase in Secondary Roads by $203,467, Traffic Controls by $25,000, Road Clearing by $25,000, Equipment Operations by $50,000 and Real Estate Buildings by $80,000. The County Budget was amended with a total increase of $383,467 for Secondary Roads and the Local Option Sales Tax increased the transfer’s amount by $15,000.
(Photo from the Cass County Iowa website)
(ATLANTIC) Several road and bridge projects in Cass County have been completed or are near completion.
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker told the Cass County Board of Supervisors this morning that the bridge south of Highway 92 by Steinbeck’s has been completed and is now open.
The bridge on South Olive Street should be open in the next week or so. Marker said the contractor is doing final dirt work to the approaches of the bridge and there is some seeding and guardrail work left to do.
And patching is complete on Marne Road. However, Marker said the project has been put on hold until Henningsen Construction is available to do the overlay.
(Sloan) The State Medical Examiners Office will be conducting an autopsy to identify a driver killed in a head-on collision north of Sloan on Monday.
The Iowa State Patrol says the fatal crash happened at around 2:20 p.m., when a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado traveling south on County road K45 crossed the centerline and struck a northbound International truck driven by 23-year-old Boe Jenkins, of Sloan.
The pickup driver was killed.
Jenkins suffered minor injuries and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.
The Iowa State Patrol and the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.
May 23, 2012
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(Anita) Campsites will be hard to come by this Memorial Weekend. Most campsites were snapped up months ago and any remaining are available on a first come first serve basis and likely claimed earlier this week.
“We are one of the busiest parks in most of Iowa and we filled up our full hookups late Sunday afternoon and the electronic hookups were spoken for by Monday afternoon,” stated Lake Anita Park Manager Josh Peach. “We are always going to have tents sites available and people can park their RV’s or campers in the non-electric and they can run their generators during the day.”
Lake Anita has 161 total campsites, 91 of them have electrical hookups. The Memorial Day weekend camping is traditionally the start of Iowa’s busy outdoor recreation season and the second busiest weekend of the year next to July 4 for Iowa’s state parks.
May 23, 2012
(Villisca) A Villisca man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon following an investigation into an assault in the 100 Block of West 2nd Street in Villisca.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Jesse A. Luft, who resides at 102 West 2nd Street was arrested and charged with 4th degree criminal mischief and 1st degree burglary.
Luft was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.
May 23, 2012
(Des Moines) Triple-A-Iowa is predicting about 35-million Americans will travel at least 50-miles away from over the upcoming holiday. That's about one-and-a-half percent increase over last year.The average price of gasoline has fallen in recent weeks in Iowa and Triple-A Officials think that is the reason for the increased travel.
In March, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped out at $108.00 and has dropped to about $94.00 a barrel. The current average price for gasoline in Iowa is $3.47, down from $3.85 a gallon a year ago. The current U.S. average price for a gallon of gas in $3.68.
Earlier this year, analysts predicted gas would hit $4.00 a gallon in the Midwest, and maybe even one dollar higher on the east and west coasts.
May 23, 2012
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(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs Police Detective told the Omaha World Herald that authorities do not suspect foul play by a third party in the deaths of a Plattsmouth, Nebraska woman and her son.
The bodies of 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling, and 10-year-old Owen Schilling were identified Tuesday. Their bodies were discovered Sunday evening at around 7:00 p.m. in a wooded area by a passerby in Lake Manawa State Park. The two had been missing for nearly two weeks.
Authorities said the cause of deaths remains under investigation; however police are certain that a murderer is not on the loose.
May 23, 2012
(Atlantic) Phase I of the Schildberg Recreation Area campground will soon begin, thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Schildberg Foundation. Atlantic Park and Recreation Director Roger Herring made the official announcement at the Park Board meeting Monday night.
“Mark Schildberg brought me the check last week and so we are really fortunate in that regard and the Schildberg Foundation has been very generous,” Stated Herring. “This is reinforcement to the kind of activities that are projected in the future out there and this is the first phase to help us get things going at the Schildberg Recreation Area.”
The $10,000 is earmarked for graveling, grading and cementing the RV Pads that will be located at the Northeast Corner of Iowa Avenue and Chestnut Street.
May 22, 2012
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The bodies of the female and young male found near Lake Manawa on Sunday have been positively identified as Charlotte Schilling, 41, and her son Owen Schilling, 10, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
The Council Bluffs Police Department says their manner of death and the events surrounding it remain under investigation.
The bodies were found at around 7 p.m. about 400 yards from boat launching ramps near the Missouri River, close to a parking lot where authorities found a car belonging Charlotte Schilling. Schilling and her son Owen had been missing for almost two weeks.
(Elk Horn) Wednesday night the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board approved the intent to move forward with possible reorganization with Exira by July 1, 2014.
“We are following along with the steps to possibly reorganize with Exira by July 1, 2014,” stated Exira/EHK Superintendent of Schools Dean Schnoes. “It doesn’t mean that it will happen, but you just have to follow the paper trail that the state wants.”
Mr. Schnoes says both school districts will still have to decide if they want to continue in that direction. He says both AEA's and attorneys that represent the school districts have been contacted and paperwork has been put together.
“The feeling is to keep moving forward and we are going to be doing that for the next three months. Then each community will have to have a community organization take petitions around and gather a certain qualified number of signatures in favor of the two schools reorganizing.”
Schnoes says after that it will be put to a vote. “And that could happen this year, or it could happen next year.”
May 22, 2012
(AMES) Travel during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday may be slowed by road construction, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Several projects on Iowa’s interstate and state roadways may warrant advance planning on the part of drivers.
Projects in Southwest Iowa include:
A bridge deck overlay on U.S. 30 west of Missouri Valley in Harrison County has reduced the roadway to one lane. Traffic is being maintained with temporary traffic signals. The open lane has an 11-foot width restriction.
Staged bridge construction on U.S. 30 northeast of Woodbine in Harrison County has reduced the roadway to one lane. Traffic is being maintained with temporary traffic signals.
Bridge construction on I-80 over the West Nishnabotna River near Avoca in Pottawattamie County has closed the westbound lanes between mileposts 34 and 40. Traffic has been shifted to a two-lane, two-way pattern in the eastbound lanes.
Bridge construction has closed northbound I-29 in Fremont County between mileposts 21 and 25. Traffic has been shifted to a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern in the southbound lanes.
Asphalt resurfacing in the northbound lanes of I-29 in Fremont County from milepost 10 to 17 has traffic shifted to a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern in the southbound lanes.
Bridge deck overlays at two locations on U.S. 71 south of Atlantic in Cass County have reduced the roadway to one lane. Traffic is being maintained with temporary traffic signals.
A new bridge deck is being placed on the eastbound I-80 Wiota interchange bridge at milepost 64 and a new bridge over Crooked Creek is being built at milepost 69 in Cass County. Traffic is shifted to a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern in the westbound lanes from milepost 60 to 70. The eastbound ramps at Wiota are closed and a detour is in place for Cass County Road N-28.
Iowa 148 between Massena and Anita in Cass County is closed for highway repair work. Traffic should follow the marked detour.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs City Council approved development plans for a new Walmart Supercenter Monday.
The proposed Walmart will be located in the 1700 block of North 16th in the Northway Shopping Center. Walmart plans to demolish the buildings on the site and construction on the new Walmart will begin in early 2013. The new Walmart will be just a little bit smaller than the cities other Walmart located near Lake Manawa.
The City Council will vote on the financial portion of the project at a later date.
(Ames) Iowa State University Climatologist Elywnn Taylor is paying close attention to the dry weather pattern that has settled over the Midwest. Taylor says it’s been three years since we have had a condition of dryness this time of year.
Taylor says the reason for the recent dry weather is the absence of the Bermuda high pressure being in its normal place, as well as the low pressure that often develops over Texas and Colorado.
“With 85-percent of the moisture that falls in the corn belt coming from the Gulf of Mexico, and having very scant, if any flow of moisture from the Gulf at this time is enough to make anyone concerned,” stated Taylor.
Taylor says historically a dry June often times means the crop will be on the shy side for most of the Corn Belt.
“So this is the anxiety that people feel early. But it is way too early to say that there is any damage being done except in a few situations where there is some problems establishing a newly planted crop. If a crop is established it can usually make it well into June without significant precipitation, but after that it becomes critical.”
Taylor says this dry weather pattern wasn’t highly expected because of the neutral weather pattern in place after La Nina fizzled out in April and he is concerned that it is starting to act like it might be a hot and undesirable situation. Taylor adds, the lawns are a good indicator of what is going on out in the cornfields.
“A lawn is a pretty good indicator of what might be happening to agriculture. I usually say after the lawn starts to look a little ragged or blue or gray in the afternoon, it will begin in the cornfields ten days later. Well, we are six days out from when people started reporting lawns to us. So we have another four days before people will start reporting the cornfields.”
Year-to-date, Iowa is running very close to normal rainfall. Atlantics’ rainfall totals are ½ inch below normal. May rainfall is running about an 1 inch and a quarter inch below normal rainfall thanks to a very dry last two weeks and well above normal temperatures and windy conditions.
May 22, 2012
(DALLAS CENTER) The death of a Dallas Center man is under investigation. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old old Edward Giedraitis was found along a road near Adel Sunday morning. Authorities believe Giedraitis was hit while riding a bicycle sometime after 10 p.m. on Saturday. No other details on the incident are available.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was injured in a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says at around 4:16 p.m. a 2000 Harley Davidson, driven by 32-year-old Todd Anthony Killion, was westbound on Highland Road when he lost control. The motorcycle traveled off the roadway, sliding almost 70 feet.
Killion was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac for evaluation of minor cuts and bruises. The damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $1,500.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department arrested a De Soto man for 1st Degree Harassment and Public Intoxication. 44-year-old Michael T. Jessen was arrested Monday and transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in.
(Council Bluffs) The State Medical Examiner is continuing to use scientific identification techniques to obtain a positive ID of the female and young male found deceased near Lake Manawa State Park Sunday night.
The bodies were found at about 7 p.m. about 400 yards from boat launching ramps near the Missouri River, close to a parking lot where authorities found a car belonging to 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling of Plattsmouth. Schilling and her 10-year-old son Owen have been missing for almost two weeks.
May 22, 2012
(ATLANTIC) An Exira man was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Time. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Timothy Duane Smith on Saturday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held until his outstanding sentence is served.
The Sheriff’s Office also arrested 19-year-old Joel Alan Gronewald, of Red Oak, on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation on Saturday. Gronewald was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $10,000.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident Sunday evening.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says just before 7 p.m., 21-year-old Steven Matthew Maes, of Atlantic, crested a hill on 610th Street, ½ mile south of Jasper Road, and lost control of the 1996 Chevy Cavalier. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch.
The damage to Maes’ vehicle was estimated at $7,500.
(Red Oak) A rural Montgomery County teen was injured in a farm accident west of Red Oak Monday evening.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Joseph Parker was mowing in a farm field south of 201st Street approximately ½ mile south of A Avenue west of Red Oak at around 8:35 p.m.
Joseph Parker’s 13-year-old son Cody Parker was riding with him when the mower launched an unknown piece of debris striking the teen in the throat. Cody Parker was transported by Red Oak Rescue to the 59 Short stop where he was transported by Lifenet to an Omaha hospital for further treatment. Authorities don’t believe his injuries were life threatening at the time.
Red Oak Rescue was assisted by Emerson First Responders, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office.
May 22, 2012
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(HARLAN) An Atlantic woman charged with taking an inappropriate photo of a Salem Lutheran Home resident pleaded guilty today to an amended charge of simple assault.
According to court records, 35-year-old Amanda Sedina was sentenced to 30 days in Shelby County Jail. The sentence was suspended and Sedina was placed on informal probation for 6 months. Sedina shall pay court costs and surcharges.
Sedina was arrested in March when she allegedly took a photo of a female resident of Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn while the resident was bathing.
(ATLANTIC) Iowa has been experiencing a pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak again and just last week Cass County had their first confirmed case of pertussis in this most recent outbreak.
“What we’d like the public to know at this point is the early symptoms of pertussis are very similar to the common cold; so having a runny nose, maybe a slight fever… but the signature symptom of pertussis is the cough, which is very barky and when you cough sometimes you’ll vomit after you cough because you cough so much, so definitely that cough is a signature symptom and if you do have that cough, or a child of yours has that kind of cough, definitely get in to see your primary care provider to just to make sure to see if that is what you have or not,” said Denise Coder, Site Manager for Cass County Home Care.
Coder said there is treatment if you are diagnosed with pertussis and most patients are asked that they do not go out in public for a few days so the antibiotic has a chance to take effect.
“When we have a case of diagnosed pertussis the local public health department here undergoes an investigation to identify the contacts of the case so that we can try to get some treatments or antibiotics to them so that they don’t get sick with pertussis, so there is quite some activity that goes on when we do have a confirmed case,” said Coder. “We do that with every case that is laboratory confirmed to make sure that we try to control the spread in the community a little bit.”
Coder reminds the public to obtain the vaccinations that you need and to take care of yourself if you suspect you are sick.
(CORNING) A Greenfield man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Adams County this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 10:45 a.m., 67-year-old Richard Norval Cooper was driving a 2006 Volvo Straight Truck, owned by Schildberg Construction Co., Inc., south on Highway 148 when he crossed the center line and entered into the northbound shoulder and then traveled down the east ditch and struck an embankment.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Corning Fire and Rescue.
(GLENWOOD) A Carter Lake man was injured in a rollover accident in Mills County last Wednesday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Doss Barnhouse was driving a 2002 Mack Semi eastbound on Iowa Road, ½ mile west of Glenwood, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled on its side, striking a utility pole.
Barnhouse was transported to Mercy Hospital by Glenwood Rescue.
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On May 14th, 19-year-old Dylan Dewayne Doebelin, of Ralson, Iowa, was arrested on a warrant for Burglary 3rd. He was held on $5,000 bond.
On May 18th, 49-year-old Douglas John Howard, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant for Robbery 1st and Eluding.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and Google are partnering on Wednesday afternoon and offering a free computer workshop, “Iowa Get Online.”
“This is a program that they are offering for free to businesses who either need a website or want to learn a little bit more about having a website and how to get it out there for folks,” stated Atlantic Executive Chamber Director Meagan Roberts. She says 66-percent of Iowa small businesses do not have a website; however 97-percent of consumers are looking online for their products and services.
“This really iterates the importance of having a web presence and this free session with Google is top of the line and it is free, and we don’t want folks to pass it up,” said Roberts.
Roberts says, this is for any Atlantic Chamber member, or non-member, or business in the Atlantic area that’s wants to come and do a hands on workshop with the Google leadership.
“They will provide a laptop, so you just come in and soak up as much as you can so that when you walk out of here you will have a website online.”
Those wishing to attend must pre-register by calling 243-3017, and there is a link on the chamber website which is firstname.lastname@example.org
May 21, 2012
(HARLAN) Two men face numerous charges following several fights in Harlan earlier this month.
The Harlan Police Department says on May 12th officers were called to a fight in progress in the 1300 block of 6th Street. As a result of the investigation, 20-year-old Kolten Kobold, of Kirkman, was arrested for Public Intoxication and 23-year-old Kurtis Kobold, of Harlan, was arrested for Assault. Both were transported to the Shelby County Jail.
The next day (May 13th), following their release, officers were called to the 1000 block of West Park for someone breaking out the window of a car. As a result of that investigation, complaints were filed with the Shelby County Clerk of Court charging Kurtis Kobold with 4th Degree Criminal Mischief and Tampering with a Witness.
On the evening of May 13th, police were again called to a fight in progress at 6th and Baldwin. As a result, Kolten Kobold was charged with Assault, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kurtis Kobold was charged with Assault, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. And, 27-year-old Garrett Phillips, of Harlan, was charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct.
(TABOR) A Tabor woman was transported to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Fremont County last Wednesday.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said Denise Williams was driving a 2006 Dodge Dakota northbound on 330th Avenue when she lost control due to a medical issue. The vehicle crossed 120th Street and entered a yard, struck a pickup and garage and ended up in some trees.
Williams was transported to the Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Tabor Rescue.
(HARLAN) The Harlan Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred on May 16th. According to the report, officers were called to the 600 block of Tarkington Street where they found a 2002 Dodge Caravan with four tires that had been slashed. It was reported that money and belongings were also missing. This case remains under investigation.
(Red Oak) A Montgomery County Deputy was injured during a foot pursuit of a suspected prowler Saturday morning. According to Montgomery County authorities,
Deputy Brian Moore was called to assist the Red Oak Police. A resident told officers that she heard noises near the back of her residence early Saturday morning in the 400 block of Jennifer Circle.
Authorities noticed a man running south from the area during their investigation and began a pursuit. It was during that pursuit that Moore was called in to help and tripped over a single strand of barbed wire that knocked him off of his feet. Moore received cuts to both legs and two puncture wounds to his right leg.
Moore was treated and released from the MOntgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak.
May 21, 2012
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(Burlington) It is not the outcome the D-N-R was hoping for Sunday afternoon.
"We were able to recover all four of the people that were missing from the boating collision that happened Saturday morning," stated Kevin Baskins from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources."All of the bodies were found within 100-yards from where the collision occurred."
The deceased are identified as 22-year-old Jacob Boyd, 21-year-old Matthew House, 21-year-old Blake Eakins and 20-year-old Caitlyn Atchley, all from Burlington. None of the victims were wearing a life vest. Along with the four killed, eight people were injured when two johnboats – flat-bottomed boats often made of aluminum – crashed in the O’Connell Slough area of the river before 2 a.m. Saturday. One of the boats was carrying 11 people; the other had a single passenger.
May 21, 2012
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(Anita) An Anita man faces numerous charges in connection with a domestic altercation in Anita late Friday night.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says, 39-year-old Michael Wayne Luke faces charges of 2nd Offense Domestic Assault, Intimidation with a weapon, and reckless use of a firearm.
The Cass County Sheriffs’ Office, Iowa State Patrol, Atlantic Police and the Department of Criminal Investigation were called to the scene at around 11:15 p.m.
Luke is being held without bond pending a pre-trial evaluation.
May 21, 2012
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(Atlantic) After 39 years of leading the Atlantic Girls’ Track program, Head Girls’ Track Coach Bruce Henderson is retiring from his position.
Coach Bruce Henderson, originally from Mount Ayr, started the girls’ track program in Atlantic during the 1973-1974 school year. Under his leadership, the Trojann track team has been a perennial powerhouse in the state of Iowa. During those years , the Atlantic girls’ track athletes have won seven state championships, 1983,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004. Coach Henderson and the girls’ track program have also won 22 Hawkeye-10 conference championships. The Atlantic girls’ track program and Coach Henderson also share a few state records for most team Championships won by a head coach, Henderson (7), most team championships (7), and most consecutive team championships won by a school (4) (1998-2001).
Coach Henderson has also been recognized for his accomplishments at the state and national level. In 2008, Coach Henderson was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2002, Coach Henderson was named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches and a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003.
Bruce and his wife Gail, both retired educators, reside in Atlantic.
May 21, 2012
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(Red Oak) The Montgomery County sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that occurred on Sunday at Hawkeye Storage in Red Oak.
Sondra Stogdill told authorities that someone entered a rented storage unit at 2505 North Broadway and removed a red Yamaha Enduro motorcycle valued at $1,000.00.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 712-623-5107 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
May 21, 2012
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(Maquoketa) An Illinois man was rescued from a cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park after being stuck for more than 20 hours.
Logan Eliasen, 20, of Port Byron, Ill., was freed from the cave at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday after being stuck in a narrow passage of the cave since approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday night.
A companion, Emma Thomson, 20, also of Port Byron, Ill., had also been stuck, but she was freed at approximately 11:40 p.m. Friday. She was treated at the scene and released.
Rescue workers from a number of different agencies throughout northeast Iowa worked continuously to free Eliasen, including chiseling rock to widen the passage. He was given oxygen and IV’s while in the cave to prevent dehydration.
Eliasen was taken by ambulance to Jackson County Regional Health Center.
Other park visitors discovered two people lodged in Wye Cave Friday night around 8 p.m. Eliasen and Thomsen became stuck while crawling through a narrow part of the cave.
The state park, four miles northwest of Maquoketa in Jackson County, features a variety of caves on its premises. Park goers are allowed to explore them, based on their ability and comfort level. Wye (pronounced Y) cave is about mid-distance between the popular Dance Hall Cave and the park campground.
DNR Press Release
May 20, 2012
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(Burlington) Four people are missing and eight people were injured following a boating collision early Saturday morning near Burlington.
The collision occurred between two Jon boats, one with a single passenger and the other carrying 11 people, in the O’Connell Slough area of the Mississippi River near Burlington. The call for rescue personnel came in at 1:43 a.m. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department, the Burlington Police Department, the Burlington Fire Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to the call.
One of the people injured was air-lifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City while the other seven were transported to Great River Medical Center in Burlington.
The names of the missing and injured people are being withheld until notifications are made with family members.
Iowa DNR Pres Release
May 20, 2012
8:00 a.m. news
(Council Bluffs) Storms packing high winds swept across the northern part of the KSOM/KS95 listening area Saturday night. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Pottawattamie, Harrison, Monona, Shelby, Crawford, Carroll, Mills and northern Audubon County between 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The National Weather Service says 63-mile per hour winds were reported in Missouri Valley at around 8:11 p.m. and there was some tree damage reported in Omaha as that line of storms past through. Forecasters say an estimated 70-mile per hour winds were reported along Interstate 80 near exist five in Iowa knocking down a gas station sign at around 8:20 p.m.
We received 2-tenths of an inch of rain at the KSOM/KS95 studio’s overnight.
May 20, 2012
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(Perry) Authorities are looking for a man suspected in the attempted abduction of three girls on the west side of Perry. According the Perry Police department the man stopped his car about 8 p.m. Friday and asked the girls, ages 8 and 9, for directions to a convenience store. He then tried to get the girls into the car, asking them to show him the way. Police say that when the girls refused, the man made a lewd comment and pointed at his crotch. The girls ran to a neighbor’s house.
May 20, 2012
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(Des Moines) A Former Republican Senate leader has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The Des Moines Register says 49-year-old Jeff Lamberti, of Ankeny, was stopped on Interstate 235 in Des Moines about 10 p.m. Friday for weaving.
According to a Police report, Lamberti told the officer he was texting and earlier had two beers — a number he later changed to four and then six. Police say the officer found a cup and near-empty bottle of whiskey in the car. Police say two tests showed Lamberti had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit. Lamberti told the newspaper he made a "stupid mistake" that will never happen again. Lamberti is president of the Iowa Barnstormers, part of the Arena Football League. He served in the Iowa Senate from 1995 to 2006 and ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell in 2006.
May 20, 2012
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(STANTON) A Stanton man faces numerous theft charges. The Red Oak Police Department says 18-year-old Drew Dale Goodrich was arrested Friday for 2nd Degree Theft and 5th Degree Theft.
Following an investigation, officers found that Goodrich had stolen $1,828.11 in fuel from his employer as well as auto parts for a personal vehicle. Goodrich was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $5,000 cash bond.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also reported the arrest of Goodrich on Friday for 3rd Degree Theft. He was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 cash bond for this charge.
(STANTON) A Stanton man reported several items were stolen from his vehicle sometime between Tuesday and Thursday. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Reggie Dean Resh reported two Apple I-pods, two Ford F-250 center caps, one Ford F-250 lock out hub, and one 20 lb propane tank were taken from his vehicle that was parked in the 400 block of Broad Avenue. The estimated value of the items is around $1,200. Anyone with information on this incident can call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.
(AVOCA) An AHST junior and senior have been charged in connection with the bomb threat at AHST School earlier this month. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says the Junior allegedly wrote the bomb threat note and left it in the boys bathroom and the Senior was the one who called authorities to report the note. The student’s names have not been released. Both have been charged with filing false reports to police.
(Ames) A Walnut teen has won two gold medals at Friday’s State Competition for the Special Olympics.
Congratulations to15-year old Josh Guthrie who won the 100 Meter Dash and the Long Jump at Friday’s competition.
The Special Olympics Summer Games are being held May 17-19th in Ames.
(Area) Southwest Iowa hunters, anglers, and trappers are invited to a public forum in Red Oak on Tuesday, May 22nd to share their input with DNR officials.
Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR, refers to the event as the DNR’s trust fund meeting.
The meeting will be held at the Red Oak fire station. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
(ATLANTIC) The Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic is hosting several upcoming events geared towards kids and fitness.
Tamara Gibson, Coordinator for the Kids Fun Fitness events, said the first event will be held on May 30th at the “Y”.
“We have the National Guard coming, they are bringing their climbing wall and a gladiator style obstacle course, we’re hoping 5 to 7 of the guard members with us and they’ll be running a little boot camp,” said Gibson. “So if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to go to boot camp, I’m hoping that it will give you a feeling for that.”
Gibson said 4th through 6th grades will participate from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 7th and 8th grades will participate from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
The second event, called “Water Fun in the Sun”, will be held June 6th.
“The Atlantic Fire Department is coming, they’re bringing their truck and we’re going to make a huge slip and slide and they’re going to make a giant sprinkler for us and we’re going to have water fights and water balloons,” explained Gibson.
Gibson said for this event 6th through 8th grades will participate from 12 to 12:45 p.m. and 4th and 5th grades will participate from 1 to 2 p.m.
For both of these events, parents need to sign a waiver for their children and they must register before the event at the “Y”.
Gibson said these events coincide with the Summer Lunch Program at the “Y”, which begins May 29th, so children can have lunch before or after the events if they choose.
A finale event for the whole family will be held June 24th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the “Y”. Gibson said they’ll be hosting a Down-home Country Hoe-Down.
“We have a mechanical bull coming, we’re going to do stationary steer roping, line dancing and square dancing, the beef producers are coming and they’re going to grill some burgers for us and we’re going to have prizes and old fashioned kids games,” said Gibson.
Gibson said the focus on these events is to get kids out and active.
“One of the major concerns is the lack of movement that we’re seeing in children with computers and games and things, so quite often we’re looking ways to get kids moving,” said Gibson. “So, we were lucky enough to receive this grant so we could have this Kids Fun Fitness.”
All of these events are free and you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate!
(NEOLA) Arrowhead Park’s annual Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, June 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m.
This event is held in connection with Iowa’s free fishing weekend, so a license is not required for Iowa residents. All other DNR fishing regulations apply. Free gifts will be given to all children entered in the derby. Children must be under 16 years of age to participate in the derby. Weather permitting. Bring your fishing gear and catch some bluegill, bass and catfish.
For more information, please call (712) 485-2295. Arrowhead Park is located at 31267 Sumac Road outside of Neola. Take I-80 exit #23.
(DES MOINES) Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued on a downward path in April, falling to 5.1 percent from 5.2 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate stood at 5.9 percent one year ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March.
“Iowa’s recovery made further progress in April as the unemployment rate dropped for the fourth consecutive month and job growth occurred across several industry sectors, said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Job growth in the state’s construction industry has been particularly strong in 2012, signaling a turnaround in an industry that was adversely affected by the housing downturn.”
The number of unemployed Iowans dropped to 85,200 in April from 86,800 in March, and from 98,500 one year ago.
The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,578,200 in April from 1,575,700 in March. The current level is 12,100 higher than the April 2011 figure of 1,566,100.
Iowa’s total nonfarm employment increased to 1,496,300 in April, 5,800 higher than the March level. Job growth in April was spread across more sectors, but again gains were heaviest in the goods-producing industries, primarily in construction and manufacturing. The private sector contributed 4,700 jobs, while government added 1,100.
Advanced manufacturing continued to fuel the recovery, adding 1,000 jobs in durable goods factories. Construction posted a healthy gain of 2,700 in April, bringing the sector’s employment to 69,200, its highest level since 2008. Professional and business services added 1,500 jobs, and continues to rebound from the recent low that spanned the previous two quarters. Government was also in the positive column this month, advancing by 1,100 jobs. Transportation and warehousing lost a significant number of jobs for the second month in a row, down 1,100. This industry accounted for all of the losses in the trade and transportation super sector. All other losses were small in magnitude and included information (-200), education and health services (-100), and leisure and hospitality (-200).
Compared to April of last year, Iowa has added 18,100 jobs, a gain of 1.2 percent. Once again, manufacturing led all sectors in growth, up 12,500 jobs. Construction followed with year-over-year growth of 7,200. Smaller annual gains were posted for other services (1,600), education and health (1,400), and finance (1,000). Government lost 2,900 jobs since last April followed by a decrease of 2,800 jobs in retail trade.
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic firemen were called to a house fire at 602 Oak Street just after 3:00 this morning.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNeese said the structure was the old Hockenberry Funeral Home.
He said, “When we arrived the upper story was fully engulfed in flames and we got it fairly well under control within a half an hour, but it’s such a large structure it takes quite a bit of time to get the hot spots out and get access to some of it. We had to be defensive from the get-go just for the fact that a lot of it had collapsed already, was not safe.”
McNeese said the house was vacant, however; he said people have been in and out of the house that were not supposed to be in there. McNeese said as of 6:30 this morning they were still not able to get into the house to make a search or do an investigation, but he doesn’t believe there was anyone inside.
(WASHINGTON) Unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for new benefits to cover education costs for up to one year through a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor (DOL) program that focuses on retraining 99,000 Veterans for high-demand jobs.
“This important tool will help those who served our country receive the education and training they need to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans are disciplined, hardworking, goal-oriented team members who can play a vital role in helping businesses and the economy grow.”
“Our veterans have made this nation stronger through their service, and they deserve our continued support,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This new program will help unemployed veterans expand their skills and compete for good jobs," she added.
As part of a provision of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) allows qualifying Veterans to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty rate, currently $1,473 per month.
Veterans can apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for VRAP beginning on May 15, 2012, for programs that begin on or after July 1, 2012. Assistance under this benefit program ends on March 31, 2014.
To complete an application, a Veteran will need to know his or her direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of his or her school, the program the Veteran wishes to pursue, and the applicable high-demand occupation.
To qualify Veterans must:
-Be 35-60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged
-Start education or training after July 1, 2012, in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school leading to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the DOL;
-Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g. Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment);
-Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program within the last 180 days;
-Not receive VA compensation at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability (IU).
Upon completion, the Labor Department will engage with participants within 30 days after their training to help them find good jobs that utilize their newly learned skills.
“We are working diligently with our partners around the country to ensure our Veterans have access to all the benefits and services to which they are entitled—especially when it comes to those unemployed,” added Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey.
“This is a true example of interagency collaboration and we are committed to the full and speedy implementation of this program to ensure the success of our veterans in the civilian labor market,” said Ismael “Junior” Ortiz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Veterans Employment Training Service.
For more information on VOW, VRAP, high demand occupations, and how to apply, Veterans may go to the website at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW, or call VA’s Call Centers toll free at 1-800-827-1000, Veterans may also access the VRAP application online at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov through eBenefits, a joint project between the Department of Defense and VA.
Veterans are also encouraged to visit the nearly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers across the nation for assistance from staff, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERS), and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists. To find the center near you visit www.servicelocator.org.
For more information about the Department of Labor’s Veterans programs, go to http://www.dol.gov/vets/.
(ATLANTIC) Jim Sievers has been named as the new supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ field office in Atlantic.
Sievers, a long-time environmental specialist for the DNR field office in Washington, will assume his new duties on May 25.
Sievers graduated from Iowa State University in 1985 with a degree in fisheries and wildlife biology and has served in the Washington field office for 22 years, the last 12 as the lead worker in wastewater and animal feeding operations.
“Jim has a wide-range of experience in all of our environmental program areas and has been extremely successful throughout his career in working with businesses, municipalities and citizens in complying with regulations,” said Barb Lynch, chief of the DNR’s Field Services and Compliance Bureau.
Lynch said Sievers also brings administrative experience to the position, having helped fill in as supervisor of the Washington Field Office when the supervisor there, Dennis Ostwinkle, was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004 and 2005.
The Field Services and Compliance Bureau consists of six field offices throughout the state with a primary task of helping people to understand environmental services programs and assist in complying with regulations.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Colorado man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County Wednesday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said at around 3:30 p.m. Deputy Miller stopped a 2003 Chevy pickup for excessive speed around the 7 mile marker. Danker said the driver, 63-year-old Mark Domreis, of Aurora, Colorado, indicated that there were drugs in the bed of his truck while he was speaking with Deputy Miller. Deputy Miller then deployed his service dog Francisco to do a free-air sniff around the vehicle.
“The dog did alert to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle and Deputy Miller conducted a search and located several duffel bags and coolers that contained numerous vacuum sealed packages of marijuana in the bed of the pickup,” said Danker. “Approximately 128 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and about ½ pound of amphetamines.”
Danker said Domreis was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Deliver Amphetamines, Tax Stamp Violation, and Prohibited Acts. He was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail.
(RED OAK) Red Oak City officials received news Wednesday that the Pamida store will be converted to a Shopko after all.
Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright said when Shopko bought out the Pamida stores the Red Oak Pamida was on the list of stores to close. Wright said the community was not pleased with the idea and so they began a process of trying to convince Shopko officials to stay in Red Oak.
“We ultimately got one of the Vice Presidents to come to Red Oak last week to have a sit-down conversation with him to show him the community personally and to discuss some financial ways between the landlord, the owner of the property of the facility here in Red Oak, and the City of Red Oak, how we could step up and assist in offsetting a certain amount of their costs of the conversion of that store from a Pamida to a Shopko,” said Wright. “Ultimately we were able to reach an agreement and they announced that they would be willing to stay and convert that store.
Wright said, from what he has heard so far, people are extremely excited!
“The Shopko Hometown should give people access to some name brands that they have not had access to in Red Oak before. I think it will be a good fit for us,” said Wright. “I believe they plan to include a pharmacy within that store, they had not had that before, and from what we’ve discussed with them it sounds like their philosophy for the Shopko Hometown is to be a good community member in a smaller type community, so I think we’ll see a lot more involvement of the Shopko and their staff and their people in the community than what we have in the recent past with the Pamida.”
Wright said sometime in the near future they will begin the liquidation process of the Pamida stock and once that is done they will close the store for two to three weeks to begin the process of converting to Shopko. Shopko plans to have the store open sometime during the fall to be open and ready for the Christmas shopping season.
(DES MOINES) Midwesterners, brace yourself for more severe storms, more flash flooding and more river flooding. That’s the prediction from a new study released by two regional eco-activist groups Wednesday.
Karen Hobbes, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, says their new report shows violent storms on the increase in the Midwest.
“The largest of storms, those of 3 inches or more of precipitation in a single day, have increased the most,” said Hobbes. “With our annually frequency more than doubling over the past 51 years, and that means more flooding.”
Hobbes says the report means “double trouble” for Iowa and the Midwest. She says you can access Iowa’s specific data on www.nrdc.org.
And, Doctor Stephen Saunders of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization warns “the past is prologue, when it comes to future flooding.
“In 2008, the flooding caused $16 billion in damages, in 1993 the flooding caused $33 billion dollars of damages in the Midwest,” said Saunders.
The groups are suggesting the use of more “green infrastructure” by cities and more rain barrels and rain gardens by individual homeowners.
Iowa Radio Network
(DES MOINES) Do you have a pair of Skechers in your closet? You might be able to get a partial refund.
Forty four states, including Iowa, have settled a lawsuit with the makers of Skechers over unsubstantiated claims of certain health and fitness benefits.
“They’re just making claims about these shoes that didn’t hold up to scrutiny,” said Nathan Blake with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. “Making health claims about burning calories, or firming up muscles, or reducing cellulite; that they couldn’t back it up with any scientific proof.”
Blake said the easiest way to get some money back is by logging onto the Federal Trade Commission’s website, but consumer’s can also contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for more details. The refunds apply to Skechers “shape ups”, “tone ups” and “resistance runners”.
Iowa Radio Network
(JEFFERSON) Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced Monday that Greene County Medical Center (GCMC) in Jefferson will receive $20 million in loans through the Community Facilities program to expand and renovate a 75-year-old medical facility and create a state-of-the-art medical campus. The Under Secretary made the announcement during a visit to the area.
Tonsager said the project represents part of a continuing effort by the Obama Administration to advance technology as it relates to rural health care.
When construction is completed, Greene County Medical Center, which serves patients from several counties in west central Iowa, will provide enhanced health-care delivery services, as well as expanded outpatient services. GCMC is the area's largest employer with over 250 staff, has a payroll in excess of $9 million and generates over $16.7 million in income in the county which results in an estimated $5.6 million in retail sales and $283,000 in local sales taxes.
USDA Rural Development is providing an $18 million direct loan and a $2 million guaranteed loan to help upgrade and expand the facility.
(Atlantic) Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris told the city council Wednesday night that he has been working with several agencies and exploring ways to fund a possible downtown revitalization project.
“A lot of the facades that are downtown are kind of beginning to show their age and wear,” said Harris.
And Harris says there are monies available through the Community Development Block Grants to fund downtown revitalization and facade improvements. He adds that there is another pot of money that provides for housing in upper levels of these stores, "which might make some of these buildings more viable."
“Talking to the fire chief and others, my understanding is some of those building are in need of some investment work and how do we try to incentivize that to try to keep our downtown viable,” said Harris.
So Harris is planning a meeting at noon on June 12 at SWIPCO. He said, “We’ll be inviting downtown businesses, the Chamber, CADCO, SWIPCO… just to explain to everybody how this works.”
Harris says there are a lot of issues that need to be discussed. “I do think it’s important for the viability of our downtown to start getting some public and private investment into that.”
Harris says the grant applications are not due until January 2013, so this gives them a chance to think about the design criteria and what is allowed or not.
May 17, 2012
(ATLANTIC) City officials are looking into possibly adding some bike lanes on 2nd Street from Chestnut Street to Buck Creek Road.
Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris told the City Council Wednesday night that Myra Kail had contacted him and expressed interest in the bike lanes. Harris said he checked with the State Pedestrian Bicycle Coordinator and they informed Harris that the minimal standard is a 5 foot bike lane on both sides of the road. Harris said he then talked to Scott Suhr with the Department of Transportation to see if the state would allow the bike lanes in that area and if there would be enough room for the lanes and Suhr said that it should be ok.
“We would want to look at the traffic counts and stuff and businesses, so there may be issues with it and there may be better alternatives, but I just wanted to make you aware that it is something that is being looked at and certainly a possibility,” said Harris. “I think they’re (the trails group) trying to find ways for bicyclists to get from like Schildbergs, and eventually the T-bone trail, into our downtown. The only thing I noticed is from Chestnut to Poplar there is parking on both sides, in order to get that lane in that section you’d probably have to remove the parking.”
Harris said the road would change from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with a turning lane. He said additional costs to the city would include the striping and signage.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Wednesday night approved a proposed amendment to the 2012 budget.
The amendment included; $33,000 for public works, $15,000 for Culture and Recreation, $18,500 for Community and Economic Development, and $348,850 for Business and Enterprise. And to set the record straight, Atlantic City Councilman Shawn Shouse explains the amendment process.
“We have to amend the budget to have authorization to spend the money, so most of these are items that there will be income to offset these additional expenses, not that this is all new tax revenues that we’re going to need, the money is there, we just hadn’t anticipated spending this money this year so we have to amend the budget authority to spend that money,” explained Shouse.
In other business Wednesday night, the council approved the second reading of the new chapter to the city ordinance on "Urban Deer Control" and approved the second reading reducing the speed limit on East 22nd Street .
May 17, 2012
(RED OAK) A Grant man was arrested Wednesday for Child Endangerment and Serious Assault.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Jerimiah John Wieseler was arrested Wednesday following an incident in the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue in Grant. Wieseler was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Montgomery County K9 unit, Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Oak Police Department.
(Harlan) The Harlan City Council Tuesday awarded a tax abatement to a company that is expanding. Jacobs Corporation is located in an industrial zone and they are adding a 10,000 square foot addtition to their facility. Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox says the city doesn't have a 3-year tax abatement for industrial property because sometimes they bring in jobs and city officials deal with jobs. Cox says this one is comercial industrial and they are expanding so they exercised a 100-percent commercial so the counciol approved a resolution to mirror image that.
"That will help their company on average of $8,000 a year for three years as they put this addition on and the equipment is worth $2-million that they are putting in their,"stated Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox. "They may add a couple of jobs, but it is more or less helping with their addition and will help the community and after threee years the levy will get distributed like all levies."
Cox says the city doesn't have a 3-year tax abatement for industrial property because sometimes they bring in jobs and city officials deal with jobs. Cox says this one is comercial industrial and they are expanding so they exercised a 100-percent commercial so the counciol approved a resolution to mirror image that.
May 16, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department is hosting a campout for youth ages 9 to 11 next month.
Officer Devin Hogue said the camping will take place June 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
“We’re going to go out to Lewis Lake and for those days it’s going to be as basic camping as we can get. They’re going to be in tents, we’re going to cook everything over the fire, we’re going to let them do some fishing, and we’ve got some different games they can play,” said Officer Hogue. “So we’ll try to make it as fun as possible, get the kids out of town and let them have some fun outside of Atlantic, hopefully with some of their friends and maybe meet some new friends.”
Hogue said the ultimate goal is to get the kids to feel comfortable around law enforcement.
“We always want them to know that we’re on their side, whether it be a fire at their house or a crash or anything we can do to set them at ease if a situation arises where we would have to be around them and be supportive for them,” explained Officer Hogue.
Children interested in the campout must sign up by next Wednesday at the Police Department, with their parent’s permission. Only 6 boys and 6 girls will be chosen for the campout.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the plans, specifications and forms of contracts for the remodeled inpatient behavioral health unit at their meeting this morning.
Pat Markham, CCMH Administrator/Chief Executive Officer, said the Board approved the low bids from Badding Construction for the general construction at $229,000, Camblin Mechanical for the mechanical portion of the project at $165,583 and Drees Company for the electrical at $64,000. Markham said in addition to the low bids there are some design costs and contingency that were added in to make up the total project cost of $584,400.
Markham told KSOM/KS95 news, “This was a very difficult decision for our Board and while they all were committed to the importance and they know what this means to the community, they were only questioning the ongoing costs; the cost to renovate and the ongoing annual costs associated with maintaining this inpatient unit, but they never questioned the need for it or the value in that service.”
Markham said they will be proceeding with remodeling project, but they do not have a specific date on when that will begin to happen at this time.
(RED OAK) Two Red Oak men were arrested on drug charges Tuesday. The Red Pak Police Department arrested 25-year-old James Harlan Rosencrans for possession of marijuana and 18-year-old Mason Philip Roach for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both men were held on $1,000 bond each.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council meets in regular session tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
Highlighting the agenda will be a proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2012 budget. According to Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris the proposed budget amendments include; $33,000 for public works, $15,000 for Culture and Recreation, $18,500 for Community and Economic Development, and $348,850 for Business and Enterprise.
Harris says the Public works department overage is due to the fact that some of the equipment purchases that were budgeted for last year were not expended until the current fiscal year.The overage in the Culture and Recreation is for additional equipment needed at the Atlantic Public Library, the overage in the Community and Economic Development fund is for the first installment payment for the replacement of the faulty Christmas lights as approved by the CPC and the City Council.
Harris says the $348,850 overage in the Business Type and Enterprise budget is for the Storm Water and Sewer Utility funds due to various capital projects.The two largest items have to do with the construction of the new treatment plant and the need to replace the Sanitary Sewer line on Cedar Street.
In other business tonight the council will act on the second reading of the new chapter to the city ordinance on "Urban Deer Control" and vote on the second reading reducing the speed limit on East 22nd Street.
May 16, 2012
(ATLANTIC) This week is National Women’s Health Week.
The Iowa Department of Public Health say this week traditionally focuses on empowering women to make health a priority, and highlights the need for women to schedule check-ups and preventative screenings.
“For some women, the younger age like 18 to 39, that would include an annual breast exam and either a pap smear or pelvic exam, depending on sexual activity and risks,” explained Dr. Vanessa Cook, with the Atlantic Medical Center. “They should start getting their cholesterol checked in their 30’s, especially depending on family risks. As we get older, we need more intensive screenings. You don’t just need the pap smear and breast exam, you need mammograms, you need rectal exams to check for blood in the stool, colonoscopies starting at age 50… there’s a whole wide range and it depends on your age and your risk factors.”
Dr. Cook said the number one way to ensure good health is to take care of yourself in between check-ups.
“Most women take care of their families before they take of themselves and then they don’t have enough energy to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Cook. “They should do stuff like getting enough exercise during the week. Running the kids to soccer practice doesn’t count as exercise, they should actually get out and go walking or biking or go to the “Y”; about 150 minutes of exercise a week is the base line that we recommend to keep healthy.”
For more information on women’s health, you can always visit www.womenshealth.gov or, of course, consult your health care provider.
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at a rural residence Tuesday.
Donald Pech, of 1842 J Avenue, told authorities that someone broke into his home and removed several items. He also reported damage to his home and several household items.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
May 16, 2012
(Clayton, County) Murder suspect, 17 year old Isaiah Sweet is in police custody while awaiting his initial appearance at 1:00 PM today at the Clayton County Courthouse.
On Sunday, May 13th, 2012, at 2:23 PM the Manchester Police Department responded to a 911 call from 109 Deann Drive in Manchester. Upon arrival at the scene officers found the bodies of 62 year old Janet Mae Sweet and 55 year old Richard Lee Sweet inside the residence. Autopsies were conducted Monday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny; however, the cause of death is not being released at this time.
Based on witness interviews and other investigative findings, an arrest warrant for two counts of First Degree Murder was issued on Monday afternoon, May 14, 2012, for Isaiah Sweet. Isaiah Sweet is the grandson of Richard and Janet Sweet.
Complaint & Affidavit
During the evening hours of Monday, May 14, 2012, Sweet was spotted by a Division of Criminal Investigation agent who was conducting surveillance in theCedar Rapids area. Sweet fled, but was soon after identified and taken into custody near Blairs Ferry Road around 7:00 PM by a Cedar Rapids Police Officer .
Investigators did interview Sweet subsequent to his arrest. Based on conversations with Sweet, investigators are not seeking additional suspects in the death of Janet and Richard Sweet. Additionally, investigators believe Sweet had been in the Cedar Rapids area for most of the weekend and no other citizens were harmed while Sweet eluded authorities.
In remains in custody at the Buchanan County Jail.
The successful and safe conclusion of the two day search for Sweet was made possible through the cooperative efforts of many law enforcement agencies including the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Manchester Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Hiawatha Police Department.
Media Contact: SAC Larry Hedlund (515) 571-0880.
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May 15, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center has been recognized as a 2012 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to the quality improvement journey.
"Each one of the award recipients has proven its dedication to improving lives through quality care, and it is a privilege to honor them with this year's award," said Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. "We congratulate Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center on this achievement."
Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers' expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality award, Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality award.
"The commitment these facilities have made to quality care does not stop with this benchmark award" says Chick Stepahin, Chair, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. "The journey to quality care requires dedication, and Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center has risen to the challenge."
The awards are sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Member My InnerView, a Web-based applied research and quality-management company that supports leaders across the entire assisted living, senior housing and skilled nursing profession with tools to measure, benchmark and improve performance. Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center was one of 12 IHCA member facilities to receive the Bronze level award. The award will be presented to Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center during AHCA/NCAL's 63 Annual Convention and Exposition, October 7-10, 2012 in Tampa, FL.
(Glenwood) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred late Monday night at 221st Street in Glenwood.
According to the owner, Jim Schmidt, a person (s) stole a Television Stereo from the residence at around 11:24 p.m.
In a separate incident, 47-year-old Jim Schmidt, of Glenwood was arrested on a warrant Monday at Douglas County Corrections for failure to appear on a charge of 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree theft. Schmidt was transported to the Mills County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 bond.
May 15, 2012
(ATLANTIC) A free summer gardening web series in Atlantic will focus on vegetable gardening.
The Iowa Master Gardeners are offering the program free to all residents with an interest in gardening. The 2012 series is titled “Garden Goodness” and will be hosted by the Iowa State University Extension county offices on the fourth Tuesday of the month, May through August.
“There has been a ton of interest lately in growing food at home and so all four of the sessions will focus on some aspect of vegetable gardening because that’s a really big interest area that we’re seeing across the state right now,” said Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator.
Olson said the first session will be held Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cass County Extension office, “Our speaker next Tuesday will be an Extension Horticulture Specialist, Dr. Ajay Nair, talking about the basics of growing vegetables, kind of how to get started, which is very timely because a lot of vegetables need to be getting in the ground now.”
And, Olson said the next three sessions will be held June 26th, July 24th and August 28th.
“We get a little more in detail on the vegetable gardening,” explained Olson. “We’ve got some experts discussing food gardening and health in June. And we’ve got some people from specific gardens, we’ve got the Glenwood Giving Garden (in June), in July we’ll talk about the Peoples Garden Project over from eastern Iowa, we’ll also talk a little bit about Edible Ornamentals in July and then in August we’ll talk about sustainable gardening. So, a little bit of something for everybody.”
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, or to register, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th Street in Atlantic.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Two men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County over the weekend.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says at around 11:23 a.m. on Saturday a 2012 Kia Optima was pulled over for speeding. Deputies spoke with the two men in the vehicle and found their stories to be inconsistent. Deputies then asked to do a search of the vehicle and the request was denied. A drug dog was deployed to do a free-air sniff around the vehicle and the K9 indicated there were drugs in the vehicle. Deputies found around 18 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.
Forty year old Greg Lisheskie, of Ventura, California, and 38-year-old Michael Christy, of Hayden Lake, Idaho, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, tax stamp violation and prohibited acts.
(Audubon) The Audubon City Council addressed several items during regular session Monday night.
The City Council set May 22 as a date for a special meeting to hire a public works employee. According to the agenda, the council was set to review the applications for the position and approve the hiring of the public works employee. However, the Council scheduled a special meeting next Tuesday, to fill that position.
Tyler Thygesen, who will take over the Public Works Director job on June 1, presented two bids for to demolish a condemned structure at 808 South Street. Jensen Excavation submitted the low bid of $7,200.00. The other bid was submitted by Andersen Excavation for $24,408.00. Jensen Excavation was awarded the project.
In other business, the Audubon City Council appointed Brandon Toft to the Park and Recreation Board, and approved the application for renewal of the Class C Liquor License, outdoor service permit, and Sunday Sales privilege for the Audubon Golf and Country Club. They also approved the application for renewel of the Class B Beer permit, and Sunday Sales privilege for the Audubon Pizza Hut.
The Council will meet in regular session at 7:00 p.m., on May 29.
May 15, 2012
(ATLANTIC) This week is National Police Week, a time to thank peace officers for protecting and serving your community and the State of Iowa.
Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones commends the Atlantic Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work. Jones said when the public doesn’t see anything happening, they think law enforcement is not doing their jobs, but Jones said that is actually when they’re doing their job the best.
“You need to ride with them one night or one day and see what all they go through,” said Jones. “The average person looks very calm during the day time but at night when he or she gets pulled over it’s a whole different person they’re talking to. It takes a special kind of person to be able to take that kind of verbal abuse from our citizens and people get a little ticked off at them. But you’ve got to put yourself in their shoes in their day to day stuff. They do a very good job!”
And another positive note, Jones said, “The crime rate in Cass County is one of the lowest in Iowa, we’re in the very bottom end of it, which is a very big plus for our area.”
According to policeweek.org, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department is reporting a rash of car burglaries throughout the City. Atlantic Police Lieutenant Dave Erickson is asking residents to lock their car doors and remove any valuables in their vehicles.
(Fort Dodge) A South Korean Company is beginning construction on a 320-million dollar, Lysine production facility in Fort Dodge, creating more than 170-jobs by 2014. In addition, Cargill plans to add 134 jobs, both facilities are supposed to be “up and running” by fall of 2013.
“Every 300-employees may have another 150-embedded employees where local companies will have somebody that they hire that live and work on site keeping these plants running but not being an employee of the actual company.” Stated Dennis Plautz with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.
Plautz says the “C-J Bio-America” is significant.”
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May 15, 2012
(Des Moines) Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is planning his first trip to Iowa since effectively locking up the presidential nomination
According to KCCI news the former Massachusetts governor will give a speech Tuesday afternoon about debt and government spending at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 2:05 p.m. in Des Moines.
Romney plans to fight Democratic President Barack Obama hard for Iowa's six electoral votes. Romney finished in a near tie for first in Iowa's leadoff nominating caucuses in January, narrowly losing to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives have each visited Iowa this year. The Democratic ticket began airing its fifth ad in the state Monday.
Iowa is among nine states Obama carried in 2008 that Republican George W. Bush took four years earlier. Most will likely be hard-fought again this year.
May 15, 2012
(Manchester) An arrest warrant for two counts of First Degree Murder was issued for Isaiah Sweet, 17, Monday afternoon in Delaware County. He was captured at around 7:00 p.m. during a search behind a Cedar Rapids Store.
Complaint & Affidavit
Sunday afternoon, May 13th, 2012, at 2:23 PM the Manchester Police Department responded to a 911 call from 109 Deann Drive in Manchester. Upon arrival at the scene officers found the bodies of 62 year old Janet Mae Sweet and 55 year old Richard Lee Sweet inside the residence. Autopsies were conducted Monday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny; however, the cause of death is not being released at this time.
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May 15, 2012
(Atlantic) Nishna Valley Trails association is sponsoring a second “Friends of the T-Bone” work day May 19th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to come to the trail crossing at Lorah, one mile west of US71, about a mile south of “The Valley” truck stop. Volunteers will be clearing dead branches out of the right-of-way and stacking them by the trail to ground into mulch.
Ed Kail, of Nishna Valley Trails, recommends a good pair of shoes, long pants, some sturdy gloves, and a hat. The Association will provide some bottled water.
Kail says a bike ride is slated for 11:00 a.m from the Valley trailhead Darrell’s Place in Hamlin. Those riders who prefer, can ride to the Little Red Barn in Exira, or Big T’s Bar
Micah Lee, the County Conservation director, said he was very pleased with the work that the Nishna Valley Trails Association accomplished on May 5th. The Cass County Conservation crew plan to get out on the trail this week to chip the branches that were previously piled along the trail.
May 15, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic firemen responded to a barn fire at 58748 630th south of Atlantic this afternoon.
Tim Cappel, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief, said the damage to the barn was minimal.
“When we arrived we didn’t see anything, but there was smoke inside the building,” explained Cappel. “In the back corner there was some electrical wire that had arced and caught a little bit of the straw on fire and got into some of the wood molding of the building.”
Cappel said there were some sheep in the barn, but none of them were injured.
(ATLANTIC) A public hearing on the Behavioral Health Unit at Cass County Memorial Hospital will be held Wednesday morning.
The plan is to remodel the old intensive care unit to house a four-bed behavioral health unit. Last week, the hospital board opened bids for the electrical, mechanical and general construction portions of the project.
As reported last week, Nelsen Electric submitted a bid of $99,900 and Drees submitted a bid of $64,000 for the electrical portion of the project. Three mechanical bids were received including; Camblin Mechanical with a bid of $165,583, Vencentini Plumbing bid $168,510 and Drees bid $203,508.
Only one general construction bid was submitted and it came from Badding Construction for $229,000
Pat Markham, CCMH Administrator/Chief Executive Officer, and Steve Lewis, CCMH Assistant Administrator/Chief Financial Officer, says the bids came in a little higher than their given estimates.
“The electrical came in pretty good, the mechanical came in pretty good, but the general construction came in a little high and we think that is because of some of the specialized things we have to put in there like the glass, the glass has to be a certain specification, and it came in a little higher than we thought it was going to,” said Steve Lewis.
Pat Markham added, “The bids did come in higher than what our estimate was from our architect and construction manager.”
Markham said the project was estimated around $300,000 to $350,000. The public hearing begins at 8:15 a.m. in the first floor meeting room at CCMH. A final resolution to approve plans, specifications, forms of contracts and an estimate of costs for remodeling will take place following the hearing.
(Audubon) The Audubon School Board will be hosting and informational meeting at 7:00 p.m. this evening. The focus of the meeting according to Audubon School’s Superintendent Brett Gibbs is to release information on the budget and possible budget cuts. Mr. Gibbs admits the school district is in solid financial shape and he wants to keep it that way.
"We are not to that point where it is imperative and we are hoping to avoid that point where in one year we have to slash a whole bunch of funding to stay viable," stated Gibbs.
So far the district has been able to cut $106,000 through attrition, however Gibbs says more money needs to be shaved and he wants to share some of those ideas with the public at an informational meeting Monday night, May 14.
Gibb’s wants to discuss the possibility of eliminating an in-town bus route, the spring play, consider staffing the cheerleading program with volunteers and possibly eliminating the tennis program.
"We are looking at tennis as a possible cut," stated Gibbs. "We are one of six smaller schools in the state of Iowa with a tennis program and it's the only sport that is not affiliated with the conference so we are looking at that possibility."
Gibbs says the main goal is to stay away from cutting academic programs as much as possible. He are they just looking for input and letting people know what they are considering and proceed from there.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the board room at the high school, and is slated to last for one hour.
May 8, 2012
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Finance Committee will tour the storm drain from the Armory to Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
“We have heard so many different stories that it is falling in ect… and we want to get a first hand look,” stated Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones.
Jones says if they find out there are some problems, they have a couple of different options. One would to by pass downtown.
May 14, 2012
(ATLANTIC) An Anita teen suffered minor injuries when she was struck by a rolling vehicle in Anita Friday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am was parked in a driveway and began to roll because the transmission was not in park. The driver, 17-year-old Shaley Kay Winther, attempted to stop the car, but was knocked down. The car rolled across 6th Street, through a corner of a yard, across Chestnut Street and into a power pole, which broke off and landed on the car.
Winther was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Rescue where she was treated and released. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,000. The damage to the pole was estimated at $1,000.
(SHENANDOAH) A Shenandoah woman was injured in a rollover accident in Page County Sunday afternoon.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Georgia Adams was driving 1997 Buick Regal northbound on A Avenue, north of Highway 2, when she drove off onto the east shoulder and ditch south of 2058 A Avenue. Adams’ vehicle then hit the culvert under the driveway. The vehicle went over the driveway and made contact with the ground, causing it to flip over. A witness stated that the vehicle flipped twice, end over end, before coming to rest on its wheels. Adams exited the vehicle on her own and was transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center by ambulance.
Adams was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(SHENANDAOH) Three people were transported to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Page County Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office says at around 7:44 p.m., 16-year-old Breanna Studey was driving a 1994 Chevy Blazer eastbound on 220th Street when she lost control of the vehicle. Studey overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll over into the east ditch.
Studey and two passengers, 35-year-old Shelly Boulton of Shenandoah and 13-year-old Ieisha Jabbar of Coin, were all transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center by Shenandoah EMS with possible injuries.
Studey was cited for No Driver’s License, No Proof of Insurance and Failure to Maintain Control.
(Iowa City) Universtity of Iowa researcher Helena Laroche has been looking into whether parents have healthier diets, compared to non-parents.
"The non-parents were able to decrease their saturated fat by about 2-percent, the parents decreased their fat by about 1 1/2-percent and in a normal day the recommendation is you would eat about 10-percent of your calories from saturated fat and these people started out at about 14-percent," stated Laroche.
Laroche says they also found the non-parents do a little better job of eating their fruits and vegetables. She says the main issue is that "parenthood" is packed with teachable moments, and one of those is to be good role models for their children when it comes to setting health eating habits.
The study can be found in the Journal Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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May 14, 2012
(Des Moines) If you think the price of gasoline has gone through the roof, try pricing new ozone friendly Freon that the government now requires in all air-conditioning systems. Roger Fouch operates a Des Moines heating and air conditioning company.
"They are cutting back on the allowed production for the year, which has shot the refridgerant price up through the roof. I think we are seeing over a 100-percent increase this year in refridgerant price," stated Fouch.
So that means a typical repair costs hundreds of dollars now. He says the government is trying to encourage you to replace old systems with new ones.
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May 14, 2012
(Des Moines) Iowa State University Entomology Professor Donald Lewis says the early spring warmth means the early arrival of certain insects...including fireflies.
"We always have fireflies by the end of May. this week they maybe a week or two early, not because of the winter weather but the early spring time temperatures where they completed their development and now some adults are being reported so the seasons are marching on," stated Lewis.
He says "June Bugs" are early too, and the Red Admiral Butterfly has benefitted as well. Lewis is not yet willing to predict the Mosquito season, saying it'll depend on rainfall.
May 14, 2012
(Atlantic) Cass Incorporated has broken ground on a garden that will give back to the community while helping the nonprofit organization to accomplish their mission.
“Cass Incorporated is a company that is always looking for new ways to help us achieve our mission which is to enrich lives.”
Says Chris Jahnke who will oversee the project. He says sweet corn, lettuce, and green beans have already been planted. Staff and clients alike will be involved in the upkeep.
The garden is intended to offer low price produce to the public and make donations to the food pantry. Jahnke adds if you would like to get involved with this unique project in anyway, feel free to give him a call at 712-243-2668.
“I want to do grapes, we want to do blueberries. We want to have all kinds of things, we want to do flowers. I know there is expertise out there that can help me get this project blooming as well as it possibly can.”
The garden is located to the Northeast of the Cass Incorporated building at 1406 SW 7th Street in Atlantic.
(Manchester) Sunday afternoon at 2:23 PM the Manchester Police Department responded to a 911 call from 109 Deann Drive in Manchester. Upon arrival at the scene officers found two deceased individuals in the residence.
Law enforcement is seeking a person of interest in this case and are asking for the public's assistance in locating 17 year old Isaiah Sweet. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Sweet please contact the Manchester Police Department at (563) 927-3355.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is providing assistance in this investigation. Also assisting is the Iowa State Patrol and Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
No additional details are being released at this time due to the ongoing nature of this investigation.
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May 14, 2012
(Creston) Crews have been working around the clock to repair the tornado damage done last month to the Greater Regional Hospital in Creston. Administrator Monty Nietzel says another section that suffered damage has been reopened.
"The cancer center will be seeing patients on Monday next week. That was a big area and big services for us to provide in southwest Iowa."
He says the only area that still needs work is the emergency room and they hope to have that back where it belongs in a couple of weeks. It's currently operating in a temporary location.
(Atlantic) Fly Iowa Chairman Garry Pellet announced the theme for the Sept. 15 Atlantic Fly Iowa air show event to be Homecoming & Heritage.
“We have a strong history of individuals in aviation in the greater Atlantic area,” Pellet said. “Our mission with this air show is to recognize those people and anyone who has touched aviation in some way during their life, and along the way, we plan to present some pretty phenomenal family entertainment.”
A subcommittee of the Fly Iowa event continues to work on collecting contact information for area pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, instructors, airport managers, military and others who have touched aviation and have roots in southwest Iowa.
“We have a fantastic facility right here in Atlantic, and many have gotten their start locally,” Pellet said. “We also have several local businesses who utilize the Atlantic Airport on a regular basis.”
According to the Atlantic Municipal Airport operator and Airworks owner Barry Reid more than 50 commercial planes utilize the facilities and more than 200 local pilots.
Pellet said not everyone visits the airport regularly, so the Atlantic Fly Iowa event will provide the opportunity to see some local planes as well as unique displays including a hot air balloon, aerobatic demonstration, World War II aircrafts, skydivers and more.
“We are very excited about this first-time ever event for the Atlantic area, which we expect will bring in thousands of people,” Pellet said. “Our committee is planning a memorable presentation which will appeal to all age levels and be accessible to all because our sponsors have made it possible for free admission.”
A finance and fund-raising sub-committee established several opportunities to get involved in the event, including sponsoring some of the acts and program features. Sponsors will be featured during the event.
“We are still working out a lot of details, but the committee has made a lot of progress,” Pellet said. “Heritage & Homecoming represents what we are celebrating with our aviation history and the Atlantic Fly Iowa event.”
For more information contact Fly Iowa Chair Garry Pellet 712.250.0128 or Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts 712.243.3017.
(ATLANTIC) An Omaha man was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Threat of Terrorism and False Reports to Law Enforcement. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old William C. Kautter was arrested on Thursday and booked into the Cass County Jail where he was held on $25,500 cash bond.
In other activity, 25-year-old Michael John Carroll, Jr., of Avoca, turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Time. He was booked into the Cass County Jail where he will be released upon completion of his sentenced time served.
(CUMBERLAND) For many years church bells served as “time keepers”, so to speak, signifying a time for worship, a time for a wedding or a funeral and members of the Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater are searching for a piece of that kind of history.
Margo Chester, a member of the Trinity Christian Church, said several years ago the Cumberland, Massena and Bridgewater churches merged together. The bell from the Massena Church was kept by a member and the Bridgewater church bell remains. Now members are on the hunt for the Cumberland bell.
“The Cumberland bell disappeared many, many years ago,” said Chester. “My husband has been a lifelong member and he doesn’t remember when it was taken down from the bell tower. Nobody seems to know what’s happened to that bell. We thought maybe somebody would have a recollection of who maybe would have ended up with that bell. Our minister thinks it would be a good idea if we could get all three bells together and make a statue of them outside of our church building.”
Chester said anyone who may know anything about the bell can contact Teresa Stender, Board Chairperson for the Church, at 712-779-0025. Chester can be reached at 712-779-0200.
(Harlan) The Harlan Municipal Board of Trustees has hired a new Chief Executive Officer.
Board President Mike Jones says Darrel Wenzel of Independence, Iowa has accepted the position. Mr. Wenzel recently served as the General Manager of Independence Light & Power, Telecommunications. He succeeds Herbert T. “Tom” Gaffigan who is retiring after admirably serving HMU since 2001.
The Board believes Darrel possesses the managerial and administrative skills necessary to successfully lead HMU. His experience as a successful General Manager of the Independence municipal utility as well as serving on both national and state wide committees that address electric and telecommunication issues is invaluable. He has a proven track record of community involvement and participation.
Wenzel has been the General Manager of Independence Light & Power, Telecommunications since July of 2003. Before ascending to General Manager, he was the Telecommunications Manager of the Independence municipal telecommunications utility starting in May of 2000. Past experience includes two years as a Project Manager in the telecommunications division of Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, Iowa and 17 years with cable company TCI in Waterloo, Iowa eventually becoming General Manager.
He has served as past president of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Community Ambassador’s and Independence Rotary. Wenzel served as president of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Board of Directors from 2011-2012. A native of Kimball, Nebraska, Mr. Wenzel holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Upper Iowa University.
Wenzel will begin his new duties at HMU on May 21st.
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May 11, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The entertainment for the Third Thursday Summer Concert series in Atlantic is lined up.
Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts says the series kicks off June 21st.
“Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab is going to be our country and blues band that is going to play on the June 21st Date,” said Roberts. “In July we’re going to feature Traveling Light which is a little bit more rock and roll, they’re a local group that folks have probably heard of, and so we’re excited to have them at our Third Thursday. And then in August we’re going to feature kind of a back to school theme and so we have a hip hop dubstep DJ that’s going to be playing, as well as a local high school band and some other entertainment lined up for that night.”
Roberts said this year they are adding “Produce in the Park”.
“We are partnering with the Cass County Food Policy Council,” explained Roberts. “They have decided that the more opportunities there are for local food folks to be able to promote themselves and sell their goods, the better. So, this Third Thursday is just a great atmosphere, you’ve got the families there, you’ve got the entertainment, what better than some fresh produce to go along with it.”
The entertainment portion of the Summer Concert Series is free.
(ATLANTIC) A Carson man turned himself in on a Cass County warrant for 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief Thursday. The Atlantic Police Department says 23-year-old Damion Selders posted bond at the Cass County Jail and was released.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department arrested three people for public intoxication Thursday. According to the report, 18-year-old Tyler Doll, 18-year-old Joseph Riesberg and 20-year-old Michael McConnell, all of Atlantic, were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
(DES MOINES) The Announcement by President Obama Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage is sure to stir up the political pot this year.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin calls the announcement courageous and the right decision. Harkin says it’s okay to change your mind like he has with regard to the defense of marriage act, which was approved in the 1990’s.
“In all frankness, I will say that I voted for back in the 90’s,” said Harkin. “But I think now we recognize, at least I recognize, that this is not correct, that we need to move ahead and provide the protections of the constitution to all of our people.”
Harkin says the announcement is a risky one coming in an election year, but it is also a bold one.
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(DES MOINES) Mitt Romney got a priceless gift from the President when he came out in support of homosexual marriage Wednesday. ISU Political Science Professor Steffin Schmidt says this could give Romney an edge with social conservatives, but only if he handles it right.
“If he plays this right he can in fact, I think, get that element more enthusiastic about him,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt says there is a lot of time between now and November in which a lot of other issues could take over the spotlight.
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(Atlantic) High school seniors across the country will be putting on their cap and gowns and receiving that coveted diploma this weekend at many area schools. For instance Atlantic High School Seniors will be participating in graduation ceremonies on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Atlantic High School gym.
So what does the future hold for this new crop of graduates? Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor Craig Fredin says for those going on to college, half of those students will be attending a two-year program seeking an associate’s degree, and the other 50-percent of those grads will be attending four schools. Fredin says he is starting to see a trend.
“We are seeing more high school graduates attending two-year colleges at least initially because it costs about half of what a four year school costs,” stated Fredin. “So from a financial standpoint they see a real benefit in attending a two-year program and then transferring if they want to receive their bachelor’s degree.”
Fredin says there are a lot of technical programs out there now that just require two-years of post secondary education and a lot of those salaries are as good as students getting a bachelors degree. But the key thing according to Fredin is finding jobs in their area of interest which is a common problem across the country.
“Through high school we encourage the students to look at a variety of different interests and try to explore some of those new careers and getting in on the ground floor,” stated Fredin. “Experts are saying now that a lot of the jobs that will exist for this year’s freshman when they graduate aren’t in existence yet and it is hard to prepare students for things that don’t exist.”
Fredin says there are job opportunities in wind energy and manufacturing to name a few.
May 10, 2012
(ORIENT) An Agriland FS sprayer, carrying more than 1,200 gallons of farm chemicals and water, accidentally rolled off the north shoulder of County Highway G61 west of Orient Wednesday evening.
Alison Manz, Environmental Specialist for the field office in Atlantic, says as of 1 p.m. they were still waiting for One Call to respond to the scene.
“Once One Call responds, they can start excavating,” said Manz. “What they are doing in the meantime is pumping water out, accumulated liquid that’s been mixing with ground water and surface water in the north and south ditches of that highway, as well as a small drainage ditch that flows into Shanghai Creek. Right now they’ve pumped about 500 gallons out and they’re going to continue doing that until ammonia concentrations get a lot lower.”
Manz said some of the product reached the south side of the highway where tile intakes discharge into Shanghai Creek, a tributary to the East Nodaway River. No fish have been killed currently. Field tests this morning 1 mile downstream in Shanghai Creek indicated less than 10 parts per million of ammonia.
“We don’t know if that is because the product just started entering that creek or if it’s mixing with the flow,” said Manz. “The flow is pretty high going through there. I would suggest if residents see things that look out of the ordinary, or if there is a fish kill, to contact the department.”
The DNR is monitoring the situation and is not considering enforcement action at this time. Manz said Agriland FS is also doing a great job at helping clean up the ditches.
(GLENWOOD) In just the past two weeks, Mills County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health have noted an increase in the number of bat-related rabies calls.
Sheri Bowen, Mills County Public Health Agency Administrator, says they would like to remind everyone that bat exposures can pose a problem.
“We understand that bats are a part of our area here, but avoidance is always the best plan,” said Bowen. “If you see a bat on the ground outside it is probably injured or ill and we really don’t want to give it any opportunity to bite us when we see one.”
Bowen said most bats don’t have rabies, however, they did have a bite incident in Mills County where the bat tested positive for rabies.
“Typically the calls we get would involve a bat in someone’s home and in the process of trying to capture it they’ve been bitten or perhaps they found it in their bedroom and were asleep and didn’t know if they were bitten or not. In those instances we always want to test those bats,” said Bowen. “The bats need to be handled with a gloved hand and brought in, in a coffee can or a Ziploc bag and refrigerated prior to that so we are able to test them and then what we do is send them in to the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratories for testing so we can rule out rabies.”
Bowen said if there is a positive test for rabies, the person who received the bite would need to undergo a series of rabies vaccinations to make sure that they don’t become ill.
The Iowa Department of Public Health provides 24 hour consultation for rabies. During business hours call 800-362-2736 and after hours call 515-323-4360. You may also call Mills County Public Health at 712-527-9699 for consultation or to submit bats for testing.
(Greenfield) Greenfield, Republican Representative Clel Baudler describes the 2012 legislative session that ended late Wednesday afternoon, “a tough, tough session.”
“Because of extremist groups on both the extreme right and extreme left,” stated Baudler. “They were highly vocal and highly motivated that caved people, citizens against virtually everything.”
Baudler says the HHS budget brought the session to a crawl and even a standstill at times. “There was abortion language that neither side liked. The pro-choice supporters didn’t want anything in there and the pro-life proponents wanted it much stricter.”
However, Baudler says there is no Iowa taxpayer money that will be used for “abortion.”
The 2012 session took three weeks longer than the scheduled adjournment. However, when the final bell rang lawmakers agreed on the state’s $6.2 billion budget. The state will end the year with an ending balance, largely because of an improving economy, which has sparked tax revenue, and the Republican’s wish to spend less than the state receives in tax revenue. State lawmakers also left town leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in reserve.
Meanwhile, the Governor’s well-marked education reform proposal got an unfunded policy bill, and lawmakers failed once again to find a mutual settlement on his property tax reform proposal despite trying up to the final hour.
May 10, 2012
(Atlantic) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will award bids for the Behavioral Health Unit downsizing project at their meeting next week.
The hospital’s old intensive care unit will be remodeled to house a four bedroom behavioral health unit. Today the board received bids for the electrical, mechanical, and general construction parts of the project.
Nelsen Electric submitted a bid of $99,900 and Drees submitted a bid of $64,000 for the electrical portion of the project. Three mechanical bids were received. Camblin Mechanical bid $165,583, Vencentini Plumbing bid $168,510, and Drees bid $203,508.
Only one general construction bid was submitted and it came from Badding Construction for $229,000.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation is experiencing a temporary communications outage, which is affecting customer services throughout the state.
Communication lines that support issuance of driver’s licenses, vehicle registration and motor carrier permitting are down. Customers are asked to delay their trips into the Iowa DOT’s and county treasurer offices until service resumes.
Other services such as the Iowa DOT’s access to email and the Internet are also affected. However, the public does have access to the department’s Internet sites.
The public will be notified when services have resumed. The DOT appreciates the public’s patience during this outage.
(Harlan) Much like a 40-percent chance of rain, we have a 40-percent change of magnetic storms the next couple of days which could play havoc with the GPS systems, particularly those involved in agriculture. Adam Gittins, Precision Ag Manager for HTS Precision Ag Solutions near Harlan, explains the problems this could cause with corn and soybean planting.
“You may see GPS drift on the end of the field which can affect the shut off on your planters or sprayers and this could be a significant amount of GPS drift, we’re not talking about the usual 6 inches or a foot, we could be looking at upwards of 5 feet of GPS drift,” said Gittins. “So, they could be turning their shutoffs on or off upwards of 5 or 6 feet to soon, possibly worse, depending on the unit you’re running.”
The bad news is there is no solution to this problem.
“There is no real great answer to it,” said Gittins. “Much like we have weather here on earth, when it’s raining and it’s too muddy it’s easy to understand that you can’t go to the field. Probably the best way to look at this is in that similar mindset.”
Gittins says when we have a sun spot creating this much space weather, like we see on occasion, it is not a real good idea to rely on your GPS System.
“The idea is, we need to be real consciousness of what the machine is doing so that we can shut it off and drive manually if you’re using auto steer, or not use your automatic shutoffs if you’re using a planter or sprayer when your start seeing these high levels of activity,” said Gittins.
And farmers aren't the only ones that could be affected. Gittins says construction projects maybe disrupted as well.
“They’re depending on that to be setting the grade of a road or running a machine, many dozers and excavators now are using GPS to actually set the grade of the blade and the pitch of the road, so they need to be even more accurate than we need to be in agriculture; they’re looking at 1 to 2 centimeters of accuracy,” explained Gittins.
A pair of solar eruptions on May 7 hurled coronal mass ejections toward earth. Forecast tracks prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab suggest that clouds will arrive in succession on May 9 and May 10, for plus-or-minus 7-hours. The double impact could spark moderate geomagnetic storms.
May 9, 2012
(Harlan) Mental illness affects one in five Americans in any given year and Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan will be offering the community a new training course entitled “Mental Health First Aid” on May 17 and 18, 2012.
Vicki Gillespie of Myrtue Medical Center Education and Grants Coordinator says participants will learn how to use a five-step Mental Health First Aide Action Plan.
“These action steps are pretty easy to do and can be used in many situations,” stated Gillespie. “And with the prevalence of mental illness our goal is to do our best to try and help people in our community and get the help that they need.”
Gillespie says they will address the most frequently seen disorders including; depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and anxiety and the 12 hour training teaches people to recognize and respond to others in stressful situations or a mental health crisis.
Kevin Kaminski, Director of Myrtue Medical Center Behavioral Health will describe mental health problems in general and risk factors and warning signs specifically.
This is the first of 3 opportunities this year to take this training. It will be offered again in July and November. Registration is available at www.myrtuemedical.org and is limited to the first 20 registrants. Deadline for registration is May 15.
The public can call Myrtue Medical Center Education Department at 744-4343 for any questions.
May 8, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors mulled over a decision to purchase either a John Deere or Caterpillar motor grader for the Secondary Roads department at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker presented three bids to the Board this morning. John Deere (Murphy Tractor) had the low bid of $216,756 followed by Volvo (Scott Van Keppel) with a bid of $229,950 and Cat (Ziegler) with a bid of $216,756.
Even though John Deere had the low bid, Supervisor Frank Waters felt that the Cat would be the best choice for the county.
“I’m in favor of the Caterpillar because Cat’s got a dealer right outside of town here and any of the work, and there probably would have to be some work done on it, can be done out at this shop,” said Waters.
Supervisor Chuck Rieken said he was not opposed to the John Deere, but he worries about the costs in the long run compared to the Cat.
“What you save today in $30,000, if things stay consistent, you’re going to lose $20,000 unless things change; and they’ll probably change, but if we look at projections down the road this thing is going to lose $20,000 worth of resale value; if you look at the past histories that we’ve looked at,” said Rieken. “So in ten years, you’re looking at a little less than $11,000 to be able to trade, providing the spreads are equal in what John Deere costs and Cat costs.”
Following the lengthy discussions the Supervisors approved the John Deere in a 3 to 2 vote. Gaylord Schelling, Mark Wedemeyer and Duane McFadden voted yes. Waters and Rieken voted no.
The Secondary Roads Department took bids to sell their used motor grader. The Supervisors approved selling the motor grader to Iron Planet with the high bid of $86,500. PacWest Trading was the other bidder at $86,250.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board approved a two-year contract agreement with the Districts’ non-certified staff Tuesday night. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the contract amounts to a 2.5-percent increase for all employees.
“I think it is a fair contract, and it helps us budget not only for next year but the following year as well,” stated Amstein. “
In summary, the new contract will cover the health insurance premium increase and IPER’s increase, and move the vacation from a half-day to a full-day, which is New Year’s Day. Dr. Amstein says they will be freezing the salary schedule and advancement for 39-employees for experience only. He says the longevity amount was rounded off from 39.5-cents to 40-cents, which would make calculations much easier. The total package increase for the 2012-2013 school years adds up to around 4.52-percent.
Dr. Amstein says for the 2013-2014 school year, there will be a 2.55-percent pay increase for all employees who need to be re-certified in certain areas. The total package increase for 2013-2014 adds up to 4.56-percent. Dr. Amstein noted that the package was similar to the package the district agreed to with the certified staff.
May 9, 2012
6:00 a.m. news
(RED OAK) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting an informal gathering of hunters, anglers and trappers to discuss the future direction of hunting, fishing and trapping in Iowa.
The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, at the Red Oak Fire Station, 1904 N Broadway St., in Red Oak. Anyone with an interest or opinion on the outdoors is encouraged to attend.
The Iowa DNR will present a brief history on hunting, fishing and trapping in Iowa, including success stories and issues on the horizon facing hunters, trappers and anglers. The meeting offers an opportunity for hunters, anglers and trappers to learn more about how their license money is spent and to discuss local priorities with DNR fish, wildlife and law enforcement staff.
(ATLANTIC) The Nishna Valley Credit Union in Atlantic is hosting a raffle drawing to benefit the Relay for Life.
Sherrill Clausen, Captain to the Nishna Valley Credit Union Relay for Life Team, says one of their prizes is a queen size quilt.
“Donna Karwal, who is a friend of mine in the Does organization, she found out that we were going to do this raffle for Relay for Life and her son is cancer doctor in Iowa City and he had given her this quilt quite some time ago that was made by one of Mark’s patients, who is a cancer survivor, so she thought it would be awfully nice to donate the quilt back to Relay for Life to raise more money for cancer research since in came from a cancer survivor,” said Clausen.
Clausen said the quilt is on display in the front lobby of the Nishna Valley Credit Union.
“It’s a strip-type quilt, it looks like there is a lot of strips put together, it’s got a various amount of colors in the middle of it and then it’s done with a bright, kind of a pink/orange, around the outside border and then there are flowers embroidered around the outside,” said Clausen. “It’s a beautiful quilt, it’s beautifully done.”
Tickets for the quilt raffle are available at the Nishna Valley Credit Union for $1 each or 6 for $5. Clausen said they have other prizes available too, including Adventureland tickets and a $100 gift card. The raffle drawing will be held June 15th.
(Council Bluffs) The high water from the Missouri River last spring is causing low water conditions at Lake Manawa this spring. In fact, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters that the conditions are causing navigational Challenges.
DNR Fisheries Biologist Bryan Hayes from the Lewis Office says Mosquito Creek feeds water into Lake Manawa and last summer’s flooding deposited silt over the intake gates at Mosquito Creek thus shutting off the water to Lake Manawa this spring. Hayes says a crew is currently cleaning the silt out so they can let water back into the lake.
“A contractor is currently on site removing the silt and once the gates are repaired we will begin will begin adding water back into the lake,” stated Hayes.
So for now the low water conditions can create boating and jet skiing dangers not normally encountered when the lake is a normal water level including problems launching vessels, pull behind activities such as skiing, tubing and wake boarding are in much shallower water and obstructions normally under water becoming potentially harmful hazards.
May 8, 2012
2:00 p.m. news
(ATLANTIC) A pre-trial hearing for an Atlantic woman charged with taking an inappropriate photo of a Salem Lutheran Home resident has been rescheduled.
According to court records, 35-year-old Amanda Sedina was scheduled for pre-trial on Monday (May 7th), but the date has been rescheduled for May 21st at 9:00 a.m.
Sedina was arrested in March when she allegedly took a photo of a female resident of Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn while the resident was bathing. Sedina entered a plea of not guilty on April 18th. A trial date has been set for May 30th.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) On May 3, the members of Council Bluffs Association of Professional Firefighters, Local 15 voted to endorse John Hitchcock, Republican candidate for Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. This association represents members of the Council Bluffs Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.
John W. Hitchcock has been a leading member of this community for many years. He has been a sworn and certified state police officer for 22 years, a successful local small-business owner for six years, a husband, a father of six children and is currently serving the state of Iowa as a Senior State Trooper. During this time John has consistently demonstrated his leadership. He has worked cooperatively with other organizations in both his private and public roles. John remains regularly engaged in service to his community through events like Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society. Finally, John is considered an active, distinguished and accomplished law enforcement professional, as demonstrated by his long and dedicated service history.
The members of the Council Bluffs Association of Professional Firefighters, Local 15 are genuinely interested in any matter of public service that effect the citizens of Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County, which include the area of local law enforcement. They believe that their close working relationship with the members of the law enforcement community has given us great insight into what is needed to provide effective law enforcement leadership.
It is with these reasons in mind that the Council Bluffs Association of Professional Firefighters, Local 15 has voted to endorse John Hitchcock for Sheriff of Pottawattamie County.
Speaking about the endorsement, Hitchcock remarked, “I am truly honored to receive this support from some of Council Bluffs’ bravest men and women. As Sheriff, I will work cooperatively with the fire departments in the county to provide services such as 911 communications and fire/rescue dispatching.”
Hitchcock continued, “I appreciate this endorsement because the members of this organization understand the public safety needs of the citizens and the importance of this election. I am very proud to have the backing of the Council Bluffs Firefighters because a major part of my campaign has focused on increasing the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and other public service agencies. ”
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trumpeter swans at two locations in southwest Iowa on May 10. Each release will be preceded by a 20 minute program with an opportunity to view the swans up close.
The first swan release will be at Rapp Park, north of Shenandoah, at 9:30 a.m. The second site is the Riverton Wildlife Area Jensen Tract with a program at Riverton City Park Pavilion, preceding the release, at 2 p.m. Four swans will be released at each site.
Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America, weighing up to 32 pounds and with a wing span of up to eight feet. The swans being released are part of the Iowa DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort to restore wild, free-flying swans to Iowa.
(DES MOINES) As predictable as April showers and May flowers, the calls to Iowa conservation officers and fish and wildlife stations is a sure sign that Iowa’s wildlife baby season has officially begun. From now until at least mid-June, phone lines will buzz from hundreds of calls reporting “lost, stranded, or orphaned” wildlife.
From fuzzy yellow ducklings to tiny baby bunnies, nothing appears more cute and cuddly than baby wildlife. It's really no mystery why humans feel so compelled to come to their aid. But in reality, most of the wildlife babies people encounter are not orphaned at all. And those who attempt to "save" these babies may have the very best intentions they are in fact dooming the very creatures they intend to help.
Regardless of species, most birds and mammals will leave their nests or dens well in advance of being able to care for themselves. Although broods or litters may become widely scattered during this fledgling period, they still remain under the direct care and feeding of their parents. Unfortunately, this care is often terminated when youngsters are discovered by humans. In most cases, it is immediately assumed that the animals are orphaned -- that their mother is dead. Their fate becomes sealed as the hapless creatures are promptly "rescued from the wild". It happens every spring.
Most wildlife babies will perish soon after capture -- often from the sheer terror of being handled and confined. Should an animal survive the initial trauma, it often succumbs more slowly to pneumonia, other diseases, or undernourishment. Whether young or adult, all species of wildlife have highly specific needs for survival. "Rescuing a baby from its mother" not only shows bad judgment -- it is also illegal.
Remember this simple message: Mother knows best. Leave wildlife babies where they belong -- in the wild.
(Audubon) Audubon School’s Superintendent Brett Gibbs is keeping a close eye on the budget. Mr. Gibbs admits the school district is in solid financial shape and he wants to keep it that way.
“We are not to that point where it is imperative and we are hoping to avoid that point where in one year we have to slash a whole bunch of funding to stay viable,” stated Gibbs.
So far the district has been able to cut $106,000 through attrition, however Gibbs says more money needs to be shaved and he wants to share some of those ideas with the public at an informational meeting Monday night, May 14.
Gibb’s wants to discuss the possibility of eliminating the Tennis program, the-in-town bus route, the spring play, and consider staffing the cheerleading program with volunteers.
“My main goal is to stay away from cutting academic programs as much as possible. We are just looking for input and letting people know what we are doing and what we are proposing to do and going from there,” said Gibbs.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the board room at the high school, and is slated to last for one hour.
May 8, 2012
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic school bus struck a parked vehicle Monday afternoon, no injuries were reported.
The Atlantic Police Department says at around 1:45 p.m., the school bus was traveling northbound in the 1000 block of Plum Street, approaching the stop sign at 10th Street when the bus struck the front left corner of a parked vehicle owned by Dean Brownlee.
The driver of the bus, Clair Acker of Atlantic, was cited for Striking an Unattended Vehicle. The damage to the bus was estimated at $250. The damage to the parked vehicle was estimated at $1,400.
(DES MOINES) Iowa is one of 44 states agreeing to a $100 million settlement with a drug maker, Abbott Labs, over “off-label” marketing of a prescription drug. Nathan Blake, of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, says the issue concerns the drug Depakote.
“In this particular instance, Abbott Laboratories marketed this drug Depakote, which is a drug that has been approved to treat seizure disorders, bipolar disorders and migraines; they started marketing it for other things basically to make more money even though it had not been approved for those uses,” said Blake. “Those uses included schizophrenia, dementia and autism.”
Iowa’s portion of the settlement is 1.4 million, which goes for consumer education and litigation. Under terms of the agreement, Abbott Labs is prohibited from making false or misleading claims about the medication, prohibited from promoting it for “off-label” uses and required to ensure financial incentives on sales, among other terms.
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(DES MOINES) Lawmakers hit the ground running Monday. Conference committees are hard at work on finding agreements on budget differences. The committee working on Education funding approved their compromise Monday morning. Co-chair Cecil Dolecheck says it includes an extra 23-million for the regent’s institutions.
“A break down is; $18.5-million to general aide, $6.6-million of that to the University of Iowa, $5.2-million to Iowa State, $6.3-million to the University of Iowa, an additional $3 million for the UNI math and science collaborative and $1.5-million to the University of Iowa for the flood center,” said Dolecheck.
Committee co-chair Brian Schoenjohn says the compromise addresses concerns offered by all parties involved.
“We can always do more as we look at education in Iowa, but I believe that this is a great first step,” said Schoenjohn.
The conference committee approved the compromise (7 to 2) and now it must be approved by both chambers on a straight up or down vote, no amendments allowed.
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(DES MOINES) Fits and starts for the effort to ban a new generation of synthetic marijuana up at the statehouse Monday. A Senate sub-committee unanimously signed off on the bill Monday morning after Indianola mom Jan Rozga urged lawmakers to ban substances similar to the one that triggered her son’s suicide.
“I hope that today is the beginning of a bold statement to all the kids in Iowa and that it will snowball,” said Rozga.
But, during debate in the full senate judiciary committee, Ames Democrat Herman Quirmbach points out that lawmakers had to retroactively remove substances from the banned list.
“There are a couple of compounds that had been listed and scheduled that after further review it was determined were not harmful and not a threat,” said Quirmbach.
And, Senator Quirmbach claims the Iowa Board of Pharmacy already has the authority to place new substances banned by the feds onto the State’s controlled substances list. The Senate Judiciary Committee recessed without action on the controlled substances bill shortly after noon. Debate is expected to resume later today.
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(Des Moines) A bill that changes inheritance procedures in Iowa generated a “little heat” during debate in the Senate Monday morning. Hull Republican Randy Feentsra urging senators to accept a house amendment he claims would make Iowa more competitive with its neighbors.
“We are getting hammered by all of these people doing their trusts in South Dakota and we are losing a tremendous amount of money because this is occurring,” state Feenstra
However, Cedar Rapids Democrat Rob Hogg argued against accepting the house amendment.
“Life at some level is for the living, and to allow someone who died centuries ago to control how property is being used is contrary to 500-years of common law and now statutory law in this county.”
The Senate voted Monday morning not to accept the house amendment.
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May 8, 2012
(Washington D.C.) The Adair-Casey student honored last month for organizing a campaign to make personal care kits and sew pillow cases for families in transition is in Washington D.C. this week.
Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair is being honored this week by the Prudential Spirit of Community awards for helping families at the Micah House in Council Bluffs.
(pictured: right: Hannah Jorgensen, middle, Kayla De Weerd, Hull, left Eli Manning)
“It all started out here at school and we each had to do a community service project and my brother’s had talked about this place in Council Bluffs that they had gone out and done a party with the kids and so I thought it would be really cool to do something for this homeless shelter,” said Hannah.
So Hannah went to Council Bluffs and toured the Micah House to find out what their needs were, so she could decide what to do for them.
“I made pillowcases because then everybody there had something, that when they leave, they have something to take with them,” explained Hannah.
Hannah also donated care packages, and she didn’t stop there; Hannah recently returned to the shelter with about 500-books for the children.
“All the kids I know they enjoyed it, they each got to pick out a book and they have a play room and they have this big book shelf and there was like nothing on it and so when I got done there was a couple shelves full of books,” said Hannah.
Hannah says she received a lot of satisfaction knowing that she was helping children.
“A lot of people, when they think of homeless people, they think of a man. Well actually, the Micah House, 70 percent of their residents are children; so actually the biggest group of homeless people are kids because there will be a single parent with like three kids, so I just thought it was cool that I was helping a lot of kids,” said Hannah.
As a state honoree Hannah is among 102 top youth volunteers from across the country who received $1,000, and engraved silver medallion, and all-expense paid trip to Washington D. C., this week for four days of recognition events.
Last night Hannah Jorgensen got to meet New York, Giants super bowl quarterback Eli Manning.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, established in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership wit the National Association of Secondary School Principals represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.
May 8 ,2012
(DES MOINES) There may be some news concerning the near term future of the 132nd fighter wing of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. It has been targeted for closure by the Air Force, but Iowa Congressman tom Latham says a subcommittee of the Defense Appropriations Committee has included language in a bill to be considered Tuesday that would postpone closure to at least the end of the next fiscal year.
“It basically says that the Air Force cannot go ahead with the closure until the government accounting office and congress have reviewed a cost benefit analysis,” said Latham. ‘The frustration is that it’s just a general basically saying it was a judgment call closing the 132nd.”
Latham says the language would prevent any closure until at least September 30, 2013. He says he fully expects a cost benefit analysis to come to the conclusion that closing down the unit would be the wrong thing to do.
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(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On Saturday, 61-year-old Jeanette Schroeder, of Massena, was arrested on a Nodaway County, Missouri warrant. She was held at the Cass County Jail until extradition with Nodaway County, Missouri is arranged.
And on May 1st, 54-year-old Anne Allen Toombs, of Atlantic, turned herself in to the Cass County Jail to be fingerprinted on a District Court charge of 2nd Degree Theft. She was booked and released.
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man was arrested on drug charges over the weekend. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old James Warren Weyer was arrested on Sunday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $1,300 bond.
(GLENWOOD) A Glenwood man was arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for Failure to Appear for Domestic Abuse and Failure to Appear for Driving While Barred. The Mills county Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Brian Robert Vanderpool was arrested on Sunday. He was held on no bond for the Domestic Abuse Charge and $1,000 bond for the Driving while Barred charge.
(GLENWOOD) A Malvern man was arrested for OWI 3rd, Driving While Revoked and Open Container. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Jonathan Wynn Toelle on Saturday. He was held on $6,335 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office also reports the arrest of 63-year-old Melvin Keith Wake on Sunday for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $300 bond.
(DES MOINES) The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Iowa has jumped 121 percent over the number of cases reported at this time last year.
According to testing performed by the State Hygienic Laboratory, the Iowa Department of Public Health says more than 150 people with pertussis have been reported so far in 2012. In southwest Iowa there have been two cases reported in Pottawattamie County, one in Adair County and one in Montgomery County.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the actual number of cases is probably much higher, because most adults with pertussis are not diagnosed or reported. While children ages 5 to 14 years make up the bulk of reported cases, it’s important to note that adults are considered the primary ‘spreaders’ of the disease.
The most common symptoms of pertussis in children are fits of coughing sometimes followed by vomiting or a ‘whooping’ sound as air is inhaled. Adults also cough, but usually the cough is not as severe, and the “whoop” is not heard. This is why many adults do not realize they have pertussis.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board will hold a hearing on the 2011-2012 Certified Budget Amendment at their meeting Tuesday night.
Mary Beth Fast, Business Manager, said each year they have to certify how much money they spend and this year they over spent due to the Middle School projects. She said their “other expenditures” will go from $2,328,000 to $4,500,000 and there are a few other items in the nutrition and management fund.
The school board will also take action on the following items; a floor scrubber for Schuler/AMS, a 2-year agreement with non-certified staff, bids on bread, milk and garbage, 2011-212 certified budget amendment, Anne Wickman playground expansion at Lincoln School., 2012-2013 IASB dues, and Lindamood-Bell reading program contract. The board will also discuss additional classroom space at Schuler Elementary.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlantic High School Media Center.
(Atlantic) The Kansas City Company has called off a proposed housing project in Atlantic. Cohen-Esrey, owners of Sundance apartment’s wanted to build 16- new homes at a cost of $160,000 per unit west of Sundance Apartments and on the Southwest side of Olive and 22nd Street. That was before The Iowa Finance Authority turned down the companies applications for tax credits.
“The tax credits are on a very competitive basis and unfortunately Cohen-Esray didn’t get those credits so the housing project will not happen,” stated Lund. “They said that they are still committed to Atlantic and would like to see some kind of a project happens here at some point.”
The project consisted of 1600-1800 square feet rental homes, similar in design with a full brick design frontage with two car garages, and three bedrooms. The biggest losers in this whole thing were the local supplier’s and future home owners. Lund says after the fifteen years, the tenants would have had a chance to own the homes.
May 7, 2012
(Corning) A Clarinda man has been arrested and faces charges of threat of terrorism and 1st degree harassment.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 30-year-old Kurtis Hillerbrand on Friday. Hillerbrand allegedly threatened to blow up the Miltner Insurance Agency office building in Corning. He was taken to the Adams County Jail and held.
(CORNING) A Corning couple was arrested on Domestic Assault charges over the weekend. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call for a fight in progress between a husband and wife on Sunday. Upon arrival, Heather and Scott Cornish were each arrested for Domestic Assault.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman told police Saturday that her home was burglarized while she was out of town.
Carla Wickwire who lives on East Coolbaugh Street, told police an unknown person (s) entered the residence without force and removed a 19” LCD TV, 13 XBOX Games, an IPOD, and a Laptop computer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500, or the Montgomery County Crime stoppers at 800-432-1001.
May 7, 2012
(Council Bluffs) Three people were injured Sunday morning when a tree fell on a tent they were camping in at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs.
The three injured are identified as 23-year-old Alicia Nichols, 25-year-old Timothy Hiers, Jr., and 3-yearTimothy Hiers III, all from the Council Bluffs area.
The three were taken by private vehicle to Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs. The extent of their injuries was unknown.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. when high winds went through the area.
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May 6, 2012
9 a.m. news
(Farragut) One person was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday in Fremont County.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident happened just before 5pm on Highway 2 just east of Farragut. Authorities say, 21-year-old Trevor Vermillion was traveling east bound in a 1999 Plymouth Neon when he reportedly passed out and lost control of the vehicle. The car drifted into the south ditch where it started to rotate in a clockwise motion before it came over a farm drive and struck an embankment.
Eighteen-year-old Tabitha Morris of Essex, a passenger in Vermillion’s vehicle, was transported by Shenandoah rescue to the Shenandoah hospital and later airlifted to Creighton university hospital.
May 6. 2012
(Corning) An Adams County man is charged with attempted murder.
According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Rex Kinser, of Corning called the Sheriff’s Office at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, stating that he was looking for another person with the intent to kill the individual. Kinser was arrested and taken to jail.
May 6, 2012
(Lenox) A Lenox man was jailed Saturday afternoon on an Adams County warrant for Sexual Abuse, a Class B felony.
Thirty-three-year-old Peter Davidson was arrested April 27, and charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse stemming from an investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Human Services. He was released on $10,000 bond.
Davidson was arrested yesterday, (May 5) at around 4:15 p.m. and charged with 2nd degree sexual abuse, a class b felony.
May 6, 2012
(Atlantic) A Page County woman was seriously hurt in a car/motorcycle accident Saturday night on Highway 71 in Montgomery County.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 41-year-old Patricia O’Neal, of Clarinda was air-lifted to Creighton University Medical Center by Life net helicopter.
According to the report, O’Neal was driving a motorcycle northbound on Highway 71 in front of another vehicle driven by 31-year-old Jamie Lagassie, of Atlantic. O’Neal started to turn east onto 155th Street as Lagassie attempted to pass. The motorcycle then reentered Highway 71 and was struck by Lagassie’s Ford Focus in the middle of the roadway. O’Neal was thrown from the motorcycle, which burst into flames.
Highway 71 was shutdown for nearly two hours.
May 6, 2012
(Area) A storm that produced damaging winds in Bellevue, Nebraska this morning worked it way across southwest and West Central Iowa. Small hail and heavy rain was reported in Audubon. One Audubon resident reported 3.75 inches of rain in an hour . High winds were reported southeast of Anita as well.
Severe Thunderstorm warnings were issued for the following counties; Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Cass, Audubon, Guthrie, Adair, Madison and Dallas County before it moved into central Iowa.
Forecasters say isolated thunderstorms are possible much of the day. Embedded in a broader area of scattered showers. Severe storms are not expected. However, some small hail and gusty winds could occur with any storms in southwest Iowa as well as east central and southeast Nebraska.
May 6, 2012
(Atlantic) For the first time since 2006 the Cass County Landfill will be raising their tipping fees.
Cass County Landfill Operations Manager Wendy Wittrock describes the increase as the cost of doing business. She says the landfill is a 100% tip fee landfill and they do not receive any tax money,
“It’s kind of a catch-22 because we are really promoting recycling which is the best way to reduce waste going into the landfill to keep the future of our landfill for our public. At the same time we are recycling more which reduces the waste that goes across my tip scale which reduces my income to be able to operate off of.”
The tip fee is being increased from $80 to $90 per ton for trash haulers which is an increase of $82.50 over the last 20 years. The increase that the average citizen is likely to experience is much less significant.
“Our tonnage fee increase is only going to amount to half a cent per pound. So if the normal person puts out fifty pounds of garbage per week, their part of the landfill bill that is $4 is now going to go to $4.50.”
Wittrock adds that the board feels they are a utility in the area and in order to provide the utility their fees are going to have to reflect that. The increase will into effect on July 1st.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Lewis Central school bus was involved in a rollover accident Thursday afternoon.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said three students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries in the accident.
“Apparently the bus was on Applewood Road dropping students off, it was getting close to the end of its route from what I understand, and I believe there was a car that was passing the bus and he (the bus driver) had pulled over to let the car pass and when he went to try to pull back onto the travel portion of the roadway, the roadway caved away and the bus rolled over on its side in the ditch,” explained Danker.
Danker said the bus driver, Floyd Claussen, and a student, Gage Lewis, were transported to Jenny Edmundson Hospital. Two other students, Logan Harman and Paige Hickey, were transported to Creighton University Medical Center.
(GLENWOOD) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on a warrant for Vehicle Homicide, two counts of injury by vehicle and OWI with Intent. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Timothy Scott Mahain was arrested on April 30th at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. He was held on $35,000 bond.
On October 19, 2011, Mahain was driving a 2002 Jeep westbound on Ellington Avenue when he topped the hill at an excessive speed and lost control. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled several times, ejecting all occupants of the vehicle. 19-year-old Chance Erik Gunderson was killed in the crash. 23-year-old Felicia Marie Hansen, 19-year-old Jacob Alan Wahle, and Timothy Mahain sustained injuries in the accident.
(Council Bluffs) Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s candidate John Hitchcock responding to Incumbent Sheriff Jeff Danker comments Thursday saying his opponent (John Hitchcock) compiled “baseless allegations against him.” (audio interview is posted below the story)
John Hitchcock released this statement on his website Thursday. “After announcing my political campaign to run for Sheriff of Pottawattamie County, members of the public began to bring numerous complaints to my attention regarding the current incumbent of the Sheriff’s Office. As you know, I am currently a State Police Officer whom has taken an oath of office.”
“After reviewing these numerous items, on my off-duty time, making and paying for open records request under the open records laws under the Code of Iowa, many of these complaints were discarded or found to have no factual basis, “stated Hitchcock. “However, several complaints, in my opinion, required additional information and scrutiny.
Hitchcock said, “It would be a huge conflict of interest if I would conduct an investigation against my opponent as a law enforcement officer. I made the correct decision to turn the information I had discovered over to a non-biased third party to handle as they see fit. On my personal time, I made the ethical and moral choice and turned this information over to my direct supervisor. It was my understanding the Iowa State Patrol turned over the information for review to the Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber, who also claimed a conflict of interest and turned it over to Dallas County Attorney Wayne Reisetter for review.”
The Omaha World Herald released those allegations today:
-The issuance of weapons permits to a convicted felon or disqualified person.
Reisetter’s comment: The improper issuance of a weapons permit is not a crime.
-The indirect purchase of foreclosed property.
Reisetter’s response: The sale of two homes, one to Danker and his former chief deputy, Jim Mathia, appeared to be by private parties, perhaps in avoidance of sheriff’s sales, but not from a sheriff’s sale.
-Another allegation questioned the sheriff’s daughter purchasing a former sheriff’s office Ford Expedition cruiser from a local car dealer.
Reisetter’s response: The vehicle was old to the dealership at fair market value. While the purchase from the dealership by Danker’s daughter was troubling, no criminal investigation was warranted. The vehicle was sold to a local car dealer for $5,000 in 2009. Danker said his daughter purchased the vehicle from the dealer, with whom she negotiated her own deal. Danker said he had no involvement in the matter, and she later sold the vehicle on her own.
Inappropriate emails forwarded through county computers. For a criminal charge to be filed. The material would have to be illegal. He said the content of two emails was “objectionable,” but not illegal.
-Violation of information technology policy.
Reisetter’s response: If a violation of county policy occurred, it would not be criminal
-Dismissal of a ticket issued to a high school student.
Reisetter’s response: A judge dismissed the ticket, not a member of the sheriff’s office.
-The improperly cashed checks.
Reisetter’s response: The complaint acknowledges that Danker accounted for the funds, there is no implication that money was diverted.
-Failure to pay fees for Westfair booth in 2011.
Reisetter’s response: Violation of a fair policy is not grounds for criminal investigation.
-Allowing an intern to drive to work every day while her license was suspended.
Reisetter’s response: There was no information provided to show that the intern used a county vehicle. Even if she did, that would not be criminal.
In Jeff Dankers press release Thursday, Dallas County Attorney Wayne M. Reisetter stated in his conclusion that, “The vast majority of the material does not appear to be remotely related to a cause for criminal investigation, raising a serious question as whether the person making the allegations, has the remotest idea as to the function and scope of a criminal investigation, or of the limits of government intrusion by investigation.”
Hitchcock adds that the Dallas County Attorney did not contact him regarding any of this information for review prior to issuing his opinion. It was Hitchcock’s understanding that Reistter’s opinion was reached only by using the information provided by him (Hitchcock), and to his knowledge no further investigation was conducted by the Dallas County Attorney.
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May 4, 2012
6:00 a.m. newscast
(Des Moines) All of Adams County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:45 a.m. The National Weather Service says radar is indicating a severe thunderstorm that is capable of producing quarter sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60-miles per hour. This storm was located near Corning and is nearly stationary. The western edge of this storm is weakening, however folks in and around Prescott are receiving the brunt of this storm at this hour.
May 4, 2012
(Des Moines) A slow moving system is hovering over Lake Icaria State Park north of Corning and near Cromwell at this hour. Radar is showing that this storm is capable of producing quarter sized hail.The storm is crawling off to the northeast at 5 miles per hour and flash flooding is possible as torrential rainfall is also occurring. The severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 3:00 a.m.
May 3, 2012
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a tornado watch for the following counties in the KSOM/KS95 listening area until 1:00 a.m. including Adair, Adams, Cass, Madison, Jefferson and Union. Thunderstorms are developing and will continue to develop throughout the night. For live storm coverage tune to 96.5 f.m. or 95.7 f.m.
May 3, 2012
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a new scam intended to defraud the public.
The Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints from citizens reporting that they have received notification in the mail that they have won a sweepstakes by being randomly selected as a consumer that has shopped at a large chain store.
The notification includes a check which the intended victim is directed to deposit and then is to remit the “non-resident” tax to an address included in the letter. Allegedly, the victim would then be entitled to receive the remaining prize funds.
Sheriff Danker warns that person who receives any check, money order or negotiable instrument from an unsolicited source should be suspicious of its validity. Citizens are encouraged to report any suspected fraudulent activity to their local Law Enforcement agency prior to taking any action.
(HARLAN) A Kirkman man was arrested on weapon and drug charges. The Harlan Police Department says 20-year-old Kolten Kobold was arrested following a traffic stop on May 2nd. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Carrying a Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance; marijuana and methamphetamine.
(HARLAN) A Harlan woman was arrested for damaging a vehicle.
The Harlan Police Department was called to 524 Market Street on April 28th where officers found a 2001 Suburban that had been scratched extensively on all sides, the hood and the windows. Following the investigation, 27-year-old Amanda Wicker was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief.
Wicker was arrested again on May 1st on an active Shelby County bench warrant for Failure to Appear for Pretrial Conference. She was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
(Atlantic) $77,000 has been raised so far by the Nishna Valley Family Y’s Partnership With Youth Campaign which kicked off on February 29th and ran through March 31st.
Donations can still be made and a fundraising golf tournament will be held this summer to try to reach their goal of $95,000. Membership Director Michelle Heath says the campaign has grown each year
“Our goal keeps going up every year and we have great supporters who are helping us out and making sure that we meet that goal.”
The campaign helps provide memberships to families in need and defrays the costs of youth programs. Heath says she’s thrilled with the support.
“It just amazes me how Atlantic and the surrounding communities have supported us and our mission and helped us in so many ways and we can’t thank them enough for stepping forward and helping us.”
The Nishna Valley Family Y has roughly 4,700 members.
(Atlantic) Over $110,000 was handed out last night at Atlantic high school’s class night. The money was given out in the form of scholarships to graduating seniors at the high school last night. Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor Heather McCue says,
“The students spend a lot of hours filling out the applications and answering a lot of in depth questions on the applications themselves and so it is very time consuming. It’s probably like have a part time job when they figure out how much time they spent filling out those applications.”
Over 100 scholarships were handed out to 45 different recipients.
“A lot of them are going to go on and have the opportunity to pursue their goals and their dreams and these scholarships are helpful in providing that opportunity and more than anything just thanking the local people, the donors that put this money into these students here. It is a wonderful supports system that the Atlantic High School students have here.”
McCue adds that over 50% of this year’s 97 graduates will pursue some sort of post-secondary education.
(Council Bluffs) Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker is responding this morning to what he calls “Baseless allegations” brought against him and his former Chief Deputy, by his opponent in the upcoming election. Danker says for 35 years he has served the people of the county as a member of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and for 20-years he successfully served as Sheriff. Danker says in his 35 years with the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked diligently to preserve the safety of the citizens of Pottawattamie County and the reputation of the Sheriff’s Office, and the county as being a safe to raise a family.
Danker says that reputation was recently affirmed through the results of an independent review which was triggered by criminal allegations brought against him and my former Chief Deputy by opponent, John Hitchcock, in the upcoming Sheriff’s election. The allegations were submitted to Pott. County Attorney Matt Wilber forwarded them to the Dallas County Attorney for an independent review. The Sheriff says after review of the “Baseless criminal allegations,” Dallas County Attorney Wayne M. Reisetter stated in his conclusion that, “The vast majority of the material does not appear to be remotely related to a cause for criminal investigation, raising a serious question as whether the person making the allegations, has the remotest idea as to the function and scope of a criminal investigation, or of the limits of government intrusion by investigation.”
Danker says he’s pleased that the findings prove the charges to be baseless. He said, “This maneuver by my opponent demonstrates a serious lack of experience in law enforcement administration and knowledge of the law both civil and criminal.” He added that, "Hitchcock’s actions also demonstrate a startling lack of integrity and minsunderstanding of the criminal justice system by his careless lodging of serious and baseless criminal accusations.” Danker adds that, " It is unfortunate that he (Hitchcock) would resort to baseless mudslinging in an attempt to win an election instead of addressing real issues.”
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May 3, 2012
10:00 a.m. newscast
(ATLANTIC) It ain’t easy being beautiful, especially in downtown Atlantic.
For many years, volunteers have lined the streets of downtown Atlantic to plant flowers and revive the flower beds.
“Downtown Beautification was basically started by Diana Williams. Back in the 90’s we started up at the center island, that’s all we did for awhile and a few little things in the park, and then we kept going down [downtown Atlantic] and then everybody got pretty burned out on it and so they were going to kind of give it up,” said Jan Kinnison, Atlantic Downtown Beautification Group Coordinator. “I said I wanted them down by my office and so I kind of took it over and we went all the way down to the depot and it’s really proved very nice. A lot of people compliment our flowers and I’ve had new people come into town and they said they took one look at the City and knew that there was a lot of pride in Atlantic and a lot of people were doing a lot of different things, so they chose Atlantic over different towns to live in.”
Kinnison says this year they worked with Hy-Vee to order the flowers and mulch with support from the Community Promotion Commission and funding from the City of Atlantic out of the Local Option sales tax.
The downtown beautification project this year will take place on May 15th.
“We’ll be planting over 5,000 petunias,” said Kinnison. “We start at 4:00 on the 15th and we all meet up at the park and all of these volunteers bring their work clothes, gloves and trowels and if you have a shirt from last year, please bring it, because it looks awesome when they’re all dressed up in the same shirt.”
Kinnison says businesses, service organizations and families are encouraged to take part.
“Even if you think that you can’t plant or you’re not able to get down, we can set up chair and if you just sit in a chair and hand out flowers to the ones down planting, that’s a great help,” said Kinnison. “Or just come and help promote the thing and watch the kids when they’re planting, they love to have people sitting around watching them. And if you’re tired of being in the house, come on down, we can find some little job for you.”
Volunteers will receive a free meal at the Rock Island Depot following the planting. To participate, volunteers must sign up by May 11th at 5 p.m. by calling the Chamber at 712-243-3017.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has awarded funds totaling $3,711,780 for the acquisition of flood damaged properties in Council Bluffs as well as for upgrading electrical lines to withstand inclement weather.
Harkin was the chief sponsor of legislation that greatly expanded FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program following the floods of 1993. That law and its modifications greatly increased the amount of dollars available for recovery of natural disasters, including the 2008 Midwest floods.
Details of the funding are as follows:
Council Bluffs on the Missouri River Floodway - Acquisition of 12 homes and a commercial property that have flooded in the past and are likely to flood in the future. The land can be used for things like a park but cannot have be used for residential or commercial purposes in the future - $2,212,196
Western Iowa Power Cooperative - Retrofit 57 miles of electrical distribution lines, improving the ability of the lines to withstand future bad weather. Covering Crawford and Monona counties and portions of neighboring counties - $1,499,584
(ATLANTIC) May is National Bike Month, an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and celebrate the many reasons bicyclist get out to ride.
Ed Kail, with the Nishna Valley Trails group, says they learned at their Bike Trails Expo Monday night that there is an increasing percentage of Iowans using bikes for their main transportation and he said a big part of that is due to the health factor.
“There are a lot of good reasons, but the health factor is significant both in terms of enjoying life and in terms of the economic impact on healthcare in Iowa too,” said Kail. “But then also, it’s just fun! The kind of thing a family can do, they can scale their pace down to their youngest member and everybody ride together or bunch up two’s or three’s; mom with one bunch and dad with another. And, I want you to know that even us Grandma’s and Grandpa’s ride bikes too and that’s a good way to interact with family members across generations.
Whether biking to work, to school or just for fun, Kail encourages everyone to get out on their bikes.
“We’ve got some good places to bike and if you choose wisely you can have a pretty flat route through town,” said Kail. “And I’d especially encourage during this month, if not biking to work, for sure get out on the trails around the Schildberg Recreation area. The City Parks and Recreations Department and their special Schildberg committee have been doing an amazing amount of work out there and it’s really shaping up into a beautiful facility and now you can even chart how far you go with each lap around the lakes and the various trails they have. And, you’ll want to see it now because before too long they’ll develop the campgrounds and put up some shelters and more benches and things and you won’t even recognize the way it is now.”
And, for those who enjoy biking on the trails, Kail says they have scheduled two Friends of the Trail work days on May 5th and May 19th to clean up the trails. The public is invited to help out. For more information, contact Kail at 243-4265.
Bike to school day is May 9th, bike to work week is May 14th through the 18th, and bike to work day is May 18th.
(Area) If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. Iowans have found to be true for years and 2012 has been no different. Or has it??
The warmest March since the 1930’s gave way to the least snowy April since the late 1800’s. So what does the month of May have in store? Miles Schumacher with the National weather service says,
“Typically the odds are leaning towards a cooler than normal may. We are likely to have a bookend May where it is warm in the early and late part of the month and cooler in the middle. We shouldn’t be all that far from normal when it is all said and done.”
The fairly seasonable weather projected for May comes on the heels of a historic April that saw Iowa receive just one report of snow statewide. To find an April with less reported snow you have to go back two centuries according to state climatologist.
“One lone report this past Saturday morning up in Northeast Iowa of some sleet which goes in the record books the same as snow does, but even that that would be the fewest reports we’ve had for the state of Iowa as a whole going all the way back to 1890”
While March stood out for its record highs and April stood out for its unusual lack of snow, Hillaker takes a cautious approach when predicting what type of weather will set may apart saying,
“We’ll just have to wait and see on that.”
(Atlantic) Atlantic City Councilman Steve Livengood spearheaded a move to hunt deer within the city limits of
Atlantic. Wednesday night, the new chapter to the city ordinance entitled "Urban Deer Control" passed the first reading.
"I think we are ready to start hunting some deer," stated Livengood. "The Police Chief would like to have this adopted no later than July because he does have a fair amount of qualifications before he can find hunters and some places to hunt. But, we are pretty much on track and we can't hunt until deer hunting season anyway."
Livengood in summary says this is a bow hunt within the city limits and the Atlantic Police Department will be responsible for determining what areas will be hunted.
"If we have some property owners that would like to have deer hunted in their backyard and they are not on the list, then they need to solicit the Atlantic Police Department to have your area considered," said Livengood. "The PD will make a list and bring to us for approval. The hunters must also show qualifications and be licensed with the state."
The "Urban Deer Control" ordinance must pass two more readings before it is official.
May 2, 2012
(Omaha) A severe thunderstorm worked it's way through southeastern Mills and Fremont County at around 2:15 a.m. Forecasters says this storm was capable of producing large hail up to ping pong ball size and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.
The storm continued to move east at 35-miles per hour into Page County where trained weather spotters reported large hail up to the size of ping pong ball's. The intense storm continued in an easterly direction at around 30-miles per hour.
The storm weakened at around 3:00 a.m. and all the warnings that were associated with this storm were allowed to expire.
May 3, 2012
(Audubon) An Audubon man was jailed on numerous charges Monday.
The Audubon Police Department says 36-year-old Shawn Michael Vetterick, of Audubon was arrested for 1st offense domestic abuse assault, interference with official acts, obstruction of emergency (911) communications, and trespassing.
Vetterick was booked into the Audubon County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.
May 2, 2012
(JEFFERSON) A Jefferson man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a child abuse investigation.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 21-year-old Patrick Ryan Thompson was charged with Child Endangerment Causing Serious Injury for an incident that occurred in late January. The charge is a class C felony. Thompson was also arrested on an unrelated probation violation warrant.
The charge was filed at the conclusion of an investigation initiated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Thompson is currently being held at the Greene County Jail.
(Des Moines) The bill to ban red-light and speeding cameras throughout Iowa passed the state house Tuesday in a 58-42 vote, the same day Polk County Supervisors approved them for busy Polk County Roads. Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler is vehemently against the bill stating that speed cameras are a money issue, and that’s it.
“It is a money grabbing deal that has nothing to do with public safety,” said Baudler.
The bill was just rotting in the Senate for weeks before Senate Republican Brad Zaun on Tuesday proposed an amendment to a budget bill that would prohibit camera enforcement. Senators on both sides of the aisle agree the bill is virtually dead.
Meanwhile, Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy hopes to have the cameras operational by the end of the summer.
May 2, 2012
(ATLANTIC) A new tool for domestic violence victims in Iowa was announced Tuesday.
Wendy Richter, with Family Crisis Support Network, says the new system is called I-PONDA, or Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse, which is basically an extension of the Iowa VINE program that is already in place.
“What happens is through Iowa VINE; that’s through the Criminal Justice system, I-PONDA being the extension of that is anytime there is a protection order, if there is stalking or harassment that’s going on, the victim can call in to give this information to the automated system and then they will be notified via texting, email or phone calls as to any changes that would be made for that protection order,” explained Richter.
To register with the I-PONDA system, call 888-742-8463 or visit www.registervpo.com.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Firefighters were dispatched to a combine fire south of Atlantic late Tuesday night.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark Mcnees says they were called out at around 11:30 p.m. to the Glenn McFadden farm just off of Oxford Road.
When we arrived the combine was fully engulfed in flames. The owner, Glen McFadden says he was in his pasture pulling calves and happened to look up and saw the glow,” State Mcnees.
“We believe it was an electrical short since it had not been running or worked since last fall. Due to the area of the damage in the cab and engine it was probably caused by a short from the battery.
Mcnees said the combine is a total loss.
May 2, 2012
7:30 a.m. newcast
(BOONE) According to the Boone County Attorney, two Boone Police Officers were justified in opening fire on a suspect who stole a vehicle and allegedly pointed a gun toward officers.
The incident occurred on March 24th in rural Boone. 48-year-old Brian Lee Johnson was shot and wounded when he refused orders to surrender from Boone Police Officers Korie Barber and John Wiebold.
Boone County Attorney Jim Robbins stated that he does not intend to prosecute Barber and Wiebold.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Thomas Jefferson High school teacher is on administrative leave after he allegedly gave prescription drugs to a student.
Adam Jones, a Science teacher, has been charged with Delivering a Controlled Substance after he allegedly gave a student Xanax.
Jones’ arrest stems from an investigation into text messages. The district is also conducting its own investigation.
(GLENWOOD) Iowa’s unusual stretch of warm weather in late winter and early spring has led to earlier than normal tick activity and start to the tick-borne disease season.
Sheri Bowen, Mills County Public Health Agency Administrator, has some tips to protect yourself from ticks when you are spending time outside in wooded or grassy areas.
“We’re recommending you wear a long sleeve shirt and long, light colored pants and tuck those pants into your socks or boots. The idea is that if you don’t have that open pant leg or short sleeve shirt, it’s more difficult for the ticks to access skin. We’re suggesting people stay on trails if they are walking or hiking to avoid that especially high grass because that is a large favorite for ticks. We’re also recommending using an insect repellent and it needs to contain DEET. You want to really look at the label instructions when using that DEET product, it’s not recommended for children under two months of age. So, you need to be careful, but DEET is the product that is most effective,” explained Bowen.
Bowen says to always check yourself, your kids and your pets when you go back inside after being outdoors in the wooded, grassy areas.
“Ticks really like the back of your knee, your armpit, the scalp, back of your neck; so any of those crease areas are areas that you need to check,” said Bowen.
Bowen says if you discover a tick on your body, remove it right away. Folk remedies such as burning the tick with a match or covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish are not effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends carefully grasping the tick with tweezers to grip the tick by its mouthparts, do not squeeze the tick’s body, and pull steadily directly away from your skin. Then, clean the wound and disinfect the site of the bite.
Bowen says the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, which is primarily carried by deer ticks.
“Anytime you have a tick bite, it’s important that you wash it, disinfect it and then to watch just to make sure that you’re not getting any sign of an infection or a rash,” said Bowen. “A rash that may appear within just a few days, even up to a month, at that site of the tick bite; it looks like a small red bump and then it will expand so it almost looks like a bulls eye with a red center and then there is a red ring that surrounds a clear area, so if you develop that kind of a rash after a tick bite, you really need to consult your medical provider.”
85 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health in 2011. Ticks can also carry the organisms that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.
(Hamburg) Four southwest Iowa residents face drug charges following a search warrant at an apartment in Hamburg.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office and the Sidney Police discovered a working meth lab at 409 "F" Street, apartment #5 in Hamburg. The four occupants of the residence face charges of conspiracy to manufacture 5 grams or more of methamphetetamine.
The four subjects are identified as 40-year-old Randall Larson, 22-year-old Samantha Hull,39-year-old Adam Blackman, all from Malvern, and 35-year-old Clinton Robinson of Hamburg .There four suspects are being held in the Fremont County Jail on $100,000 each.
Agents from the Iowa Department of of Narcotics Enforcement processed the scene to secure evidence and remove hazardous materials. Futher charges are expected as the investigation continues.
May 2, 2012
(Des Moines) The weather situation will change little from what occurred late Tuesday. A frontal boundary extending from eastern Nebraska into the northwest third of Iowa will trigger more thunderstorms by the late afternoon and early evening hours. The storms are then expected to cross the Missouri River into Iowa later in the evening. Some of the storms will likely be severe with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Heavy rains may occur as well, and with previous rains over much of the state earlier this morning, could produce localized flash flooding.
There is a moderate risk for severe weather today in the counties of Audubon, Cass, Adair, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Mills, Shelby, Harrison, Monona, Crawford, and Carroll counties.
May 2, 2012
6:00 a.m. newscast
(Omaha) The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Pottawattamie County until 2:15 a.m.
This storm is capable of producing quarter sized hail. The cities of Underwood, Neola, Minden and McClelland are in the path of this storm.
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service has issed a severe thunderstorm watch until 2:00 a.m. for the following southwest and west central Iowa counties; Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Guthrie, Audubon, Shelby, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Montgomery, Mills and Fremont.
Forecasters say storms are expected move into the area from the northwest.
May 1, 2012
(Avoca) Classes at A-H-S-T were interrupted this morning.
Superintendent of School Mark Hopkins released this statement this afternoon.
“The A-H-S-T Community School buildings were evacuated late this morning due to a bomb threat. At that time, law enforcement was called to ensure that the building was safe. It was determined that the buildings were completely safe and that the incident was a hoax. At no time was any student in harm’s way, and any future incidents of this nature will be handled with consultation and advice from law enforcement.”
Hopkins went on to say, “Unfortunately, incidents of this nature do occur, however, I want to commend the A-H-S-T staff and students for handling the situation extremely well. I am proud of our school family. School resumes tomorrow, May 2 as usual. The A-H-S-T Community School thanks all the parents and community members for their cooperation and understanding.”
May 1, 2012
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man was arrested on a warrant for Probation Violation on an original charge of Indecent Contact with a Child. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 55-year-old James Anthony Piunti this (Tuesday) afternoon. Piunti was held at the Montgomery County Jail awaiting transportation to Pottawattamie County.
(Audubon) Following the death of County Treasurer Connie Johnson, the Audubon County Board of Supervisors has chosen to appoint an interim treasurer to fill the vacancy.
“We had the choice to appoint an interim Treasurer or set a date for a special election and there was one date in August that was available for special elections; and you have the cost of the special elections, so we voted today to set May 9th as the date to appoint the interim treasurer,” explained Nelsen.
The board passed a provision yesterday (Monday) to give authority to Deb Campbell to run the day-to-day operations.
“When that position is vacant by death the deputy ceases to be a deputy, so we had to pass a resolution giving the deputy and the auditor joint authority to do day to day business because we had to do a transfer yesterday to make payroll and there was stuff that couldn’t go on, so we had to make a provision for somebody to have the authority to do that,” said Nelsen.
All Audubon County offices will be closed on Thursday due to the death of Connie Johnson.
(Harlan) The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Mgt Agency conducted a test of the County Emergency Notification System Thursday evening April 26.
Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Sievert says the test was very successful with over 86% of the calls reaching Shelby County citizens.
“We called about 8,000 residents in our county and approximately 86-percent of those people received either left on an answering machine or answered the phone directly.”
Sievert says the Call demonstrated their ability to contact a great number of citizens
“I was a good demonstration of our ability to contact the people with critical information at anytime of the day or night. It also provided an opportunity to remind Shelby County residents to sign up for emergency weather alerts and tornado warnings.
Sievert says they will use this in the event of an evacuation from a chemical spill, a missing or abducted child, and whenever the public needs information rapidly.
The message offered citizens information as to how to sign up for tornado warnings, delivered direct to their cell phones and home phones. Sheriff Hervey was very pleased with the result. An additional 425 Shelby County residents took advantage and signed up for Tornado warnings. That makes approx 2,500 People who have signed up for the weather alerts.
The system is a tool shared by eight agencies in Shelby County and costs for signing up are free. For more information or to sign up go to www.shelbycountyema.com, and click on the Code Red registration or call the emergency management agency at 712-755-2124.
May 1, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is offering some great deals and discounts in the Atlantic area.
Megan Roberts, Executive Director, says this last year the Chamber kicked off a new campaign for sponsorship opportunities and one of the things they were hearing from their businesses was that they wanted more opportunities to promote their business individually, and that’s when the AtlanticCoupon was born.
“What it is, is an offer; hopefully on a weekly basis eventually as we get some businesses here to purchase those, and then what we will do is send out the AtlanticCoupon email and it will have a discount for the week,” explained Roberts.
Roberts says this is a great promotion for local businesses.
“Part of our shop local campaign, part of our efforts to keep people here shopping in Atlantic or in the area with our local Chamber member businesses, so this is exactly what the AtlanticCoupon is meant to do, it gives the customer a wonderful deal and it gives the business an opportunity to promote themselves,” said Roberts.
To sign up for these special offers, visit atlanticiowa.com and click on the AtlanticCoupon ad to register your name and email address or call the Chamber at 243-3017.
(Winterset) A chiropractor from Winterset is in trouble with the state board that oversees the profession.
An emergency order has been issued by the Iowa Board of Chiropractic concerning Dr. Stuart Hoven of Winterset. The board says it had received complaints from two female patients claiming Hoven grabbed their breasts during two incidents on February 14th of this year. The complaints are similar to ones made against Hoven in April of 2005. His license had been suspended then by the board but it was reinstated in 2010.
The board of chiropractic’s emergency order says Hoven’s continued practice as a chiropractor poses an immediate danger to the public’s health, safety or welfare, it has set up a series of requirements for Hoven’s continued practice including having a chaperone available when treating female patients and giving them a copy of the board order.
A hearing is set for May 30th.
May 1, 2012
(Audubon) An Audubon County man faces drug charges.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Roger Lee Bates was arrested this morning at around 9:30 a.m. on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. Bates is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and gathering where drugs are used. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident on April 19 at 203 Washington Street in Audubon. Bates was released following an appearance in front of a magistrate.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Audubon Police Department.
May 1, 2012
(Macedonia) Family and friends are coming together this Saturday, May 5, to raise money to help defray medical costs for the family of a 4-year-old Henderson boy who was critically injured in an ATV accident in Mills County on March 31. Kolby Klindt was air-lfted to Creighton University Medical Center after being struck by an ATV in Henderson. Kolby continues to recover and is getting back into somewhat of a daily routine.
"He is on his second week of going back to daycare and everything seems to be healing beautifully and the doctors are impressed with his progress," stated Annie Peterson, Kolby's aunt, who is helping to organize the funderaiser." Kolby is starting to show signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome, but the doctors says that is fairly common for everything they are going through."
Peterson says a Poker run will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Back Forty in Macedonia with the last bike out at noon. Peterson says all vehicles are welcome at the cost of $15.00 per person. An additional $10.00 will be charged for passengers. There will also be a 50-50 raffle for the family along with a live and silent auction.
"The family, as you can imagine has accumulated a large amount of medical expenses and we are trying to raise funds to help them," said Peterson. "They found out that life-flight alone is going to cost $26,000.00."
The benefit supper and live and silent auction will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Carson Community Building. That is this Saturday, May 5.
May 1, 2012
(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department report more information related to the hit-and-run accident Sunday night.
Red Oak Police say 45-year-old Lisa Annette French, of Pacific Junction was identified as the owner and operator of the vehicle involved in the crash. She was cited for no insurance (accident related) and following too closely and was released on citations.
French was traveling north on Broadway following a pickup owned by the Red Oak Fire Department and driven by 24-year-old Rudee Phillip Demarce. Frenchs’ vehicle struck the right side of the pickup as it was attempting a right hand turn into Legion Park. Frenchs’ vehicle then jumped the curve ran over a sign and drove off.
May 1, 2012
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