(Des Moines) The Department of Defense released information in regards to the death of Sgt. James L. Skalberg, Jr., 25, an Emerson, Iowa native serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, who died June 27, in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan. Skalberg was killed when the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle he was driving was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device. He was assigned as a canon crewmember to Battery B, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, Texas.
1st Lt. Stephen C. Prasnicki, 24, of Lexington, Va. was also killed in the attack. Prasnicki was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade Team, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.
Skalberg grew up in Emerson and graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005, where he participated in basketball, football and track. He attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb., where he played football, prior to enlisting in the military. He joined the U.S. Army in February 2007 and was initially stationed with Battery A, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment at Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany. He deployed with this unit to Iraq in 2008-09.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart (posthumous awards), Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver’s Badge, Air Assault Badge and Combat Action Badge.
Skalberg is survived by his wife, Jessica Skalberg and son, Carter Skalberg, both of Red Oak, Iowa; his parents, James L. and Kelli R. Skalberg, Sr., and sister, Spring Skalberg, all of Cullman, Ala.; grandparents, Bonnie and John Stephens, Emerson, Iowa; and grandmother, Karen Brewer, of Emerson. He is also survived by his mother- and father-in-law, Meshell and Bill Billings, of Red Oak; father-in-law, Dave Payne, of Omaha, Neb.; brother in-law, Jacob Payne, who is currently serving in Afghanistan; and sister-in-law, Courtney Billings, Red Oak.
The family of Sgt. James L. Skalberg, Jr. issued the following statement:
"James was loved by his family, friends and community. Carefree, easy-going, reliable, level-headed, loving, he was a gentleman in all respects. He was the true love of Jessica’s life. They met when Jessica was 15-years old and Jamie was 17 and their young love grew into so much more. A proud father, he was excited to have more children and was looking forward to teaching them how to play basketball. He was proud to serve his country and was greatly respected and loved by his Soldiers. He will be greatly missed and remembered forever."
Funeral arrangements are pending and details will be provided as they become available. The Skalberg family asks that their privacy be respected at this time. For more information regarding Sgt. Skalberg, media may contact the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division Public Affairs Office at 915-744-8498 or 915-744-8406 or 254-371-5704, or the Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Office at the contact information listed below.
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(Griswold) Two people were injured when a single-engine plane crashed Friday evening in a beanfield northwest of Griswold.
The accident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. near 18384 490th street approximately 6-miles northwest of Griswold. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KSOM/KS95 News that a high wing single-engine air-craft took off during an event at a private air strip when the engine stalled, went down and nosed into the ground causing the plane to flip over onto its top.
Danker did not release any names but did say the owner and pilot of the plane is a 75-year-old man who suffered a broken femur. The 59-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries. Danker said both were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff Danker said a tow company will be transporting the plane back to the airstrip. He said the FAA will investigate the crash on Monday.
June 29, 2012
(DES MOINES) A State audit has uncovered thousands of tax payer dollars taken by a County employee for personal use.
The review covered January of 2005 to March of last year at the Mills County Treasurer’s Office. State Auditor David Vaudt says is focused on former Deputy Tammy Gammons.
“She worked at the vehicle registration area and she was processing transactions and keeping the cash, so she was going through and actually voiding the registrations and stuff where people paid in cash,” explained Vaudt. “She had a little over $36,000 worth of un-deposited collections.”
Gammons was fired in April of last year. Vaudt says the theft was actually uncovered by the Iowa Department of Transportation as it was reviewing registration data from various counties around the state.
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(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa has entered into a settlement agreement and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services has entered into a corporate integrity agreement with Bethany Lutheran Homes, Inc., a skilled nursing facility in Council Bluffs, to resolve allegations of billing Medicare for medically unnecessary physical, occupational and speech therapy services announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.
Bethany Lutheran Homes has paid the United States the sum of $675,000 to settle the allegations, and entered into a corporate integrity agreement to ensure future compliance with federal health care program requirements.
Klinefeldt said this settlement and corporate integrity agreement are the culmination of a two-year investigation and review of Bethany Lutheran Homes’ billing practices to Medicare.
This case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
(ATLANTIC) The paving project on M56 from Marne to the Interstate is set to begin next week.
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Cass County Board of Supervisors on the project this morning.
“We will be starting with the actual overlay part of that paving project, we’ll go all the way through the city of Marne; we do the paved roads that’s on the south side of Highway 83, go all the up north of the main street through town out by Baxter Cycle and then we start outside on ours,” said Marker. “This is part of where the Farm to Market funds that goes to the city, and we retain part of it, is used to continue our extension of our roads into the city.”
Marker said the bridge on Victoria Road is complete and the Supervisors approved the final payment of $19,068.69 to A.M. Cohron & Sons Inc. The total project cost was $635,720.10.
(Emerson) An Emerson native died while in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
Family members told the Omaha World Herald that 25-year-old Army Sgt. James Skallberg, a graduate of Nishna Valley High School died while serving his country.
The Department of Defense had not yet publicly confirmed Sgt. Skallbergs death. Department policy is to wait 24-hours after the family has been notified to announce a death.
The Omaha paper says 145 military members with ties to Nebraska and Western Iowa have died in the Afghan and Iraq wars.
June 29, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Audubon County Attorney Francine Andersen as Deputy County Attorney at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Attorney Dan Fiestner told the Supervisors that the appointment is only on an “as needed” basis.
“Sometimes things come up where there might be a conflict or a case where I can’t handle it, so I told Dale (County Auditor) I’ll probably just ask maybe each year in January to appoint another County Attorney as a Deputy so if something comes up and I couldn’t handle a case or something was to come up to where I wasn’t available you wouldn’t be left hanging,” explained Fiestner.
And, the Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Kenny Harrison, of Anita, to the Cass County Commission of Veteran Affairs for a three year term. Kenny Harrison had expressed interest in serving on the Commission and since the Supervisors felt there needed to be more balance within the County they voted for Harrison, who will replace Steve Livengood. Cass County Supervisor Chuck Rieken commended Livengood for his work on the Commission.
“I’d like to make note that Steve Livengood has done a very, very good job on the Veteran Affairs Board and he is to be commended for serving on that Board and the only reason that I voted the way I have is because I’d like to see a more even distribution throughout the county for representation,” said Rieken. “Steve has done an excellent job and I’m very proud of the job he has done.”
In other activity, the Supervisors approved an application and granted a permit for a fireworks display on July 3rd to Clarke Gerlock of rural Cumberland.
Chamber Ambassadors meet new dentist Dr. Taylor Schroeder and his family at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony Thursday. Schroeder took over the Spicer practice on Poplar Street after a search for an Iowa community close to his home in Wall Lake to begin his own practice. After dental school, Schroeder spent four years in the Army and he, his wife Becky and three children Makenna, Keaton and Gage now reside in Atlantic. Pictured above are Debbie Leistad, Amy Nelson, Sue Muri, Tammy Waters, Gage, Keaton, Becky and Taylor Schroeder, Susan Powell, Allison Swain, Barb Hogberg, Lana Westphalen, Dolly Bergmann, Nedra Perry, Gerald Brink, Laura Stuetelberg, Jolene Roecker, Chip Hansen, JoAnn Runyan, Bev Walter, Melanie Petty, Karl Aldag, Rich Perry, Sara Nelson, Keith Leonard, Jason Nicholas, Steve Andersen, Carole Schuler, Chip Hansen and Stuart Dusenberry.
(Adair) One person was hurt in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 80 in Adair County Thursday morning
The Iowa State Patrol says 50-year-old Dennis Kommes, of Exira was injured in the accident at around 9:15 Thursday morning near the 73-mile post in the westbound lanes on Interstate 80.
The Iowa State Patrol says, Kommes was traveling in the right lane westbound on I80 when the back wheel of his 2008 Boss motorcycle locked up and stopped turning. The motorcycle tipped to the right before it flipped over to its left side and came to rest on the right shoulder.
Kommes was transported by Anita Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
June 29, 2012
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(Audubon) Construction of a new runway for the Audubon County Airport is expected to begin in early July.
The airport will undergo a $2,060,000 renovation project to replace the current runway which has been in use since the early 1970’s. The current runway is in need of replacement due to drainage issues. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for July 2nd with the estimated start date for the project slated for July 9th.
Airport Authority Chairman Lance Levis explains that a federal grant for $1,854,000 will cover the bulk of the expenses. To cover the remainder of the costs, the city and the county are expected to contribute $103,000 each while Audubon County Economic Development will put forth $10,000.
Levis says they hope to complete the new runway by mid to late summer and explains that the main benefit will be to area ag producers as the primary use of the Audubon County Airport is for aerial spraying application.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports five arrests this past week.
On June 22nd, 30-year-old Angelo Tap Gatdor, of Des Moines, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and Driving under Suspension. He was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond.
Also on June 22nd, 30-year-old Jesse James Noah, of Oakland, Nebraska, was arrested on a Hampton Police Department warrant. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on bond.
On June 23rd, 18-year-old Alexander Warren Wiechmann, of Red Oak, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Violation of Probation. Wiechmann was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond.
On Tuesday, 23-year-old Kasandra Rose Mesa, of Atlantic, was arrested on a District Court warrant for 5th Degree Theft; bad checks. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she pled guilty the next day and was released.
And on Wednesday, 51-year-old Jeffrey Charles Dory, of Anita, was arrested for Driving While Barred. Dory was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $2,000 bond.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested for Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance and 5th Degree Theft. The Harlan Police Department says 35-year-old Randall Price was allegedly riding a bicycle and drinking and almost struck two children. Officer located Price at Pioneer Park and transported him to the Shelby County Jail.
(AVOCA) Local residents, business owners and community leaders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner visits Avoca on Tuesday, July 10th.
A rural-issues roundtable will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Club House at The Avoca Golf Club, 1701 N. Willow Street in Avoca. The meeting is open to the public.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $2 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state’s communities have fewer than 500 residents.
USDA Rural Development is working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
(Des Moines) “Disastrous” is the comment from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in reference to the Supreme Court ruling today that says Health Care Reform and the individual mandate are constitutional.
Branstad issued a statement claiming the Higher Court ruling means future higher costs, higher taxes, and increasing debt for Iowans. He adds that the current health care system is nothing but a federal takeover and continues to exceed its budgeted amount every day.
Meanwhile the ruling has brought a sigh of relief to some in the health care field, like Iowa Health System C-E-O Bill Leaver.
“I think the insurance reform and the individual mandate really created a different playing field for employers, for the commercial insurance companies, that probably over the long-term Congress will tweak,” stated Leaver.
Leaver says the decision continues to move the country forward on the path to a different health system that includes a different way to pay for it and will bring savings to the federal government and individuals in the long run.
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June 28, 2012
(DES MOINES) Starting Sunday you should be able to make it through security at the Des Moines airport a little faster. The TSA is installing an additional security lane. Jay Brainard, with the TSA in Des Moines, says the reason is the jump in passenger traffic this year.
“Airport traffic is up, it’s up about 10 to 12% over last year, and right now we’re seeing anywhere from 1,150 to 1,400 passenger every morning between the hours of about 4:30 and 7:00,” said Brainard.
He says it should shave off the wait time at the security stations from up to 20 minutes to about half that.
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(DES MOINES) Are small and medium size businesses in Iowa going to be hiring or firing or holding pat in the third quarter? Tom Hamilton with the Hamilton Hiring Survey says there ahs been change recently in what these business people think.
“Essentially what it’s telling us really from the previous quarter is that the optimism for hiring still remains, and so although we had good optimism about hiring, the pessimism also increased,” said Hamilton.
So more businesses plan no changes in staff and almost none expect layoffs in the upcoming quarter.
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(Washington D.C.) The Supreme Court made a historical decision today and upheld the vast majority of President Barak Obama's health care overhaul, including the sometimes fiery debated core requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance.
The 5-4 decision means the vast overall, still taking effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way a large number of Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.
June 28, 2012
(Atlantic) Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein laid out the frame work for the 2012-2013 School Board goals during Wednesday night’s work session. Two of the five goals are to raise the achievement levels in reading and math, and adopt a more cohesive disciplinary policy.
Dr. Amstein says certainly he would never want to always make decisions about removing a student from an educational environment.
“But there have been several instances where I think we’ve tried to keep kids in school despite the education of the other students,” said Amstein.
Amstein says a person’s rights end at the end of their nose.
“As a principal I always said that you have the right to choose whether or not to get an education, and that’s the greatest thing about America is that you have the freedom to make those choices even if sometimes they are bad choices,” said Amstien. “But you do not have the right to make that decision about not getting an education for other individuals.”
That is where Dr. Amstein thinks the school system needs to take a tougher line.
“If you choose not to get an education, that is certainly well within your rights, but we’re not going to allow you to take that opportunity away from other students because they have the right to the education that you’re choosing not to take,” said Amstein.
As far as raising achievement levels, Dr. Amstein said if at least 85-percent of Atlantic students become proficient in reading and math this upcoming year, as a district administrator he would be very happy.
The other goals discussed briefly by the board Wednesday night involved capital projects and the Iowa core.
June 28, 2012
(HARLAN) The Expansion and Renovation Project at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan is a little past the half way mark.
Barry Jacobsen, Myrtue Medical Center CEO, said at this point the lab department is complete and they moved into their new area in January. The new data center was just completed and the information system staff will be moving into that area within the next week. And, they have renovated space in the old fitness center in the lower level of the clinic for temporary space for the business office staff.
Jacobsen said the major part of the project is the surgery addition and the renovation of space adjacent to that addition for a new outpatient and specialty clinic and the upgrade of the radiology department.
“The surgery addition is totally enclosed at this point and we are working on the interior finishes in that area, as well as in the specialty clinic and radiology area,” explained Jacobsen. “That part of the project should be complete in November of this year, with moves happening in December and then we would anticipate opening for business in these areas on January 1.”
Jacobsen said once the surgery and outpatient clinics have relocated they will begin renovation of those areas which will then become the new business office, administration and meeting rooms. He said this area will have a new entrance from the north side of the hospital. And, at the conclusion of the project, all of the outpatient clinical services will be accessed from the south side of the hospital and the non-clinical functions will be accessed on the north side.
Jacobsen said overall, everything is going very well. “When you plan a project like this you try to anticipate problems that might arise, and we know there are a certain amount of inconveniences you go through with a major project like this, but I’ve been very pleased with the way our team members and patients have responded,” said Jacobsen. “I think both patients and staff have been very understanding and I think are very excited about the improvements we will have once the project is complete.
The expansion and renovation project began in June of 2011 and is on pace to be completed by May of 2013. The overall cost of the project is $16.3 million and $1.5 million of that is medical equipment and technology upgrades.
(Photo: Barry Jacobsen www.myrtuemedical.org)
(Red Oak) Red Oak Police arrested 39-year-old Michelle Marie Neville, Wednesday on charges of counterfeiting/forgery and possession of stolen property. Neville was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,300.00 bond.
The Red Oak Police Department also reports the arrest of 27-year-old Seth William Rogers. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail on a warrant for Child Endangerment. Rogers was held on $5,000 bond.
June 28, 2012
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board gave their approval Wednesday night to the hiring of a new High School vocal music teacher. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein told the board that Jennifer Gaesser, of Winterset had been offered the job and the school board approved the hiring by unanimous vote.
“Jennifer has taught in Winterset the last 7-years and comes highly recommended,” stated Amstein. “Mike Wells, the current Superintendent highly recommended her. He is getting ready to take over the Superintendents job at Cedar Falls and he told me over the phone that if he had a job opening there he would take her with him.”
Atlantic High School Principal Heather McKay said there were 17-applicants for the job.
June 28, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Baz Luhrmann said it best in his popular 1999 song… “Wear Sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.”
But, if his common sense advice isn’t enough for you, local experts weigh in on the importance of protecting yourself during these hot summer days.
Dr. Brian Fiedler, Family Practice Physician at the Atlantic Medical Center, says the best way to protect your skin is to limit your exposure, but if you can’t; use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF30.
“Some people don’t know that you need to apply if about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and you need to re-apply it about every two to three hours,” explained Dr. Fiedler.
However, Dr. Fiedler says pediatricians usually don’t recommend using sunscreen on children under the age of 6 months, “If they have to be outside you can use a little bit of sunscreen, mostly on just the exposed area such as the face and hands, use a SPF of about 15.”
Besides sunburns, you can also suffer heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke, which can be serious or even fatal. Dr. Fiedler offers these tips to beat the heat.
“Wear loose fitting clothes where the air can get in and around it; light weight, light colors. Also you need to keep hydrated, it’s very important to drink plenty of fluids. Often recommended is to drink like a Gatorade or a sports drink to help replace salts and minerals because when you sweat you lose a lot of your salts. If you do have to be outside and be active, pace yourself, you don’t want to overdo it. And obviously the best thing would be, especially on days like today, is to just stay inside,” said Dr. Fiedler.
If you feel like you may be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, get to a cool spot and rehydrate as soon as possible. If you don’t start feeling any better, call a doctor immediately.
(Atlantic) Many people headed out to their local swimming pools today to get relief from the heat. Melanie Dunphy, Atlantic Municipal Swimming Pool Manager, says she has several guards on hand.
“We always have 5 to 6 guards on hand and then we go by ratio, so it‘s one guard per 20 people. So if we have 40 people in the pool then we’re going to have 2 to 3 guards up. We really just place the guards where people are in the pool,” said Dunphy.
And Dunphy says hourly breaks are taken to rest the swimmers and the lifeguards.
“There are breaks at 10 minutes to the hour, every hour, and then we have one guard up during that time because we still do let adults stay in the water during that time, but the guards are on a rotation, so they get about a 20 minute break,” explained Dunphy.
Melanie Dunphy says they have sold a lot of season pool passes this year, and they are still available. The cost of a family pass is $105.00, and a single pass is $70.00. The pool hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week
June 27, 2012
(Atlantic) Air-conditioners will be humming today as the mercury rises close to 100-degrees. Duane Masker, of Masker Plumbing and Heating in Atlantic says the best thing you can do is close your blinds in your home.
“To help keep that heat transfer from the windows,” said Masker.
Masker says another thing that can keep that air-conditioner running smooth is to wash off your outside condensing unit, and make sure the furnace filter is clean.
“If you can’t get that air across that coil as hot as it is, it’s going to freeze your unit up because that air conditioner is pumping all that cold air and if it can’t bring enough warm air across that coil in your house it’s going to freeze it up and it going to take your efficiency away,” said Masker.
And Masker says the proper thermostat setting should be set at 76-degrees when it is 100-degrees outside.
June 27, 2012
(Atlantic) The big first heat wave of the summer is expected beginning today, with temperatures forecast to reach 103-degrees. Cass County Home Care reminds the public that elderly relatives, friends and neighbors are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses during these extreme conditions.
“Older adults are especially at risk of heat stress because with age the body does not adjust as well to extreme changes in temperature,” stated Rhonda Duvall. “Chronic medical conditions and prescription medicines common to elderly patients also affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, loses its ability to sweat and is unable to cool down. Body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. If left untreated, heat stroke may lead to permanent disability or even death. While less serious than heat stroke, heat exhaustion can also occur after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate hydration.
June 27, 2012
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(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests.
According to the report, 19-year-old Jason Porter, of Stuart, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. 49-year-old Larry Will, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 23-year-old Kasandra Mesa, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for 5th Degree Theft.
All three individuals were transported to the Cass County Jail where they were booked in.
(CLARINDA) The Page County Sheriff’s Office has received information of a possible text messaging scam.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Page County resident received a text message from a number they didn’t recognize, identified as 1-617-671-5276. The text message stated that they were Iowa’s winner of the day and directed them to go to a website, http://www.wallmart.com.totalgiveawaymadness.com to claim their $1,000.00 prize. It also stated that they must claim their prize within 24 hrs.
The resident called1800walmart (1-800-925-6278), selected the customer (2) service, and the prompt advised that there had been a recent rash of text messages. The Wal-Mart phone service also advised that Wal-Mart doesn’t send text messages. It also advised to call the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) and gave the phone number of the F.T.C.
The resident did not fall for the message, but looked into it and found that it was more than likely a scam to get information from them that could be used to compromise their identity and or financial holdings.
The Page County Sheriff says it is advised that no information be given to someone that contacts you in regards to personal or financial information. With today’s technology, it is a lot easier to be “scammed” than ever before. More than ever, the old phrase “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” should be taken to heart.
(Des Moines) Air-conditioners will be on high speed today. A heat advisory is in effect for all of Iowa from 1:00 p.m. this afternoon to 8:00 p.m. this evening.
The National Weather Service says dangerous heat indices of 105 to 110 will be combined with dew points of around 70-degrees. Brenda Brock with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says the temperature could surpass 100-degrees today.
“In southwest Iowa you could have a high today of near 103, our heat index values in Southwest Iowa will be as high as 111 and it will also be windy, that southwest wind will be 15 to 20 miles per hour will gusts to 30,” explained Brock.
If that is the case Atlantic would tie a record that has been around since the mid-thirties.
“Around the Atlantic area the record high is 103 that was set in 1934,” said Brock. “In Central Iowa we have the heat advisory as well and Des Moines may reach a record today. The last time we reached 100 degrees was in 2006.”
Brock says the combination of heat and humidity will create and increased risk of heat exhaustion or other heat related illnesses.
“The main thing we want to get out to folks is dangerous heat indices this afternoon into early this evening; for children, for animals, for people in general, for livestock, because these temperatures, climbing to around 100 degrees-plus, are combined with dew points of around 70 degrees, the impacts can be great from heat exhaustion or other heat related illnesses,” said Brock.
The risk will increase with prolonged outdoor activity with the elderly and very young being most at risk.
A "Heat Advisory" means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
June 27, 2012
(AMES) Travel during the upcoming July 4th holiday may be slowed by road construction. The Iowa Department of Transportation says several projects on Iowa’s interstate and state roadway 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 between mileposts 10 and 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 between mileposts 60 and 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.
There are many other ongoing construction and maintenance projects affecting traffic on state, county and local road systems. Details of all current Iowa DOT construction projects can be found at www.511ia.org.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Inpatient Services will move into the new addition on Friday. Inpatient Services include the medical/surgical, intensive care and obstetrics units. The move will take place throughout the day, with patients being moved in shifts.
“We will begin moving after our patients have had breakfast and morning medications,” explained Diann McLaren, IP Services Director. “We will then move them in small groups as we get rooms fully equipped in the new area. It will be an exciting day, and our goal is to move our patients safely, with the least inconvenience to them as possible.”
Visitors coming to see patients in the new Inpatient Services are encouraged to enter from the North or East entrances, and use the elevator at the end of the Atrium, next to the newly relocated CCMH Auxiliary Gift Shop. Effective Friday, the North Entrance (in front of the large staircase) will open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to accommodate visitors in the evening. The West Entrance along 10th Street, formerly used to visit inpatients, will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The East Entrance is also open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but there is an intercom to allow access 24 hours a day.
(Adair) The City of Adair has been informed that their cable television company D & L Technologies is closing its operations effective June 29.
Adair City Clerk Michelle King released this statement today from the cities cable provider.
“Due to skyrocketing operation costs, government regulations changing daily, and the inability of most county assessors to properly assess small cable systems. We are being encouraged by our investors to close D & L Technologies as of June 29, 2012. We thank you for your past patronage and offer our sincere apologies for this inconvience.”
The company says currently only 14-Adair residents are hooked to cable television. The city has a population of 840.
June 26, 2012
(Audubon) As of July 1, all Audubon City Employees will be paid hourly instead of salary. Wages and raises were discussed at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
The following employees will now receive this per hour wage as of July 1; James Crawley, 30-years of service, $15.82-per hour, Coby Gust, 6 ½ years, $14.56, Lora Hansen, 32-years of service, $17.41, Todd Lawshe, 0-years of service, $14.00, Jan Roberts, 26 ½, $13.29, David Simonsen, 33-years, $18.26, Matthew Starner, 2-years, $14.36, Tyler Thygesen, 9 ½, $18.03, and Greg Wanninger, 34-years, $17.02.
The council also hashed out a proposed sewer rate increase. The city clerk’s office says the current rates no longer support the fund so a proposal was presented to the council that would include a 15-or-20-percent rate increase. The council did not act on the proposal and tabled it until the next meeting.
Currently, residents that use 0-5,000 gallons pay $28.28 per quarter. Those using over 5,000 gallons are billed an additional $8.08. A 20-percent increase in rates would amount to about $5.66 more per quarter, or $2.00 more per month, per household.
In other activity, the Council also re-appointed Jim Tinker and Josie Clark to the Library Board.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 9.
June 26, 2012
11:00 a.m. newscast
(ANITA) Anita Fire Chief Duane Murphy says the State Fire Marshall is investigating Monday's house fire in Anita. Anita Fire Chief Duane Murphy says the Fire Marshall's Office believes they have pin-pointed the origin, but are still investigating the cause of it.
“We’re just trying to determine the remainder of the facts and he (State Fire Marshall) was going to talk to the lady that was injured and get a little bit more history from her before he released to us what the official cause was,” said Murphy.
The call came in at around 8:30 a.m.in regards to the house fire at 306 Elm Street. When firefighters arrived there was a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the home and a report of a "boom" sound. Murphy says they do know what caused the minor explosion.
“We have determined that the reported explosion, or whatever, was simply the lines from the air conditioner when they burned through and the pressurized gas, when it escaped, that was the sound that was reported to us,” explained Murphy.
Chief Murphy advises the public to stay clear of the area anytime firefighters are battling a blaze. For example, as firefighters were battling the blaze in the home yesterday, someone trying to see what was going on ran over the firemen’s main water supply hose.
“We use a large diameter supply line to supply our pumpers with water, and that’s pretty common for most departments, but anyway, the gentleman drove over it, got his car hung up on top of it and then was trying to spin to get off of it,” said Murphy. “We got really lucky that he did not tear our hose.”
Murphy says had the hose been torn, the fireman inside would have been in danger.
“At the time, I had four men inside fighting the fire and they would have been without water. Their lives would have been in danger in an instant simply because somebody wanted to see what was going on,” said Murphy.
The home suffered significant damage, and a female occupant was transported with injuries sustained from the fire. Murphy said there was also a dog in the home that the woman didn't want to leave in the home.
June 26, 2012
(DES MOINES) There’s a new survey showing many Americans could “shore up” their personal savings. The survey finds 28-percent of Americans have zero savings, and about half of Americans barely have enough to cover three months of expenses.
Jan Knock, of Iowa State Savings Bank in Creston, reminds consumers, even when times are good, clouds can form on the horizon.
“Even though Iowa’s economy is relatively strong and Iowan’s tend to be prudent individuals overall, who prepare and save, we still see a tremendous need for Iowan’s to take a strong look at emergency savings,” said Knock.
They know that all too well in Creston, where tornados caused so much damage earlier this year. Knock also recommends naming special savings accounts, for vacations for example, so it seems less like “subtracting” and more like “adding” to reach a goal.
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(DES MOINES) The cities of Stanton and Treynor have received the 2011 Community Fluoridation Reaffirmation Award.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says a total of 12 Iowa water systems have been awarded fluoride certificates by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Dental Association. Flouridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to an optimal level for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2011.
The other communities awarded include Boone, Sioux Center, Davenport, De Soto, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Monona, Vinton and Waterloo.
(CLARINDA) An infant was transported to the hospital following a single vehicle accident in Page County Saturday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Breanne Krienert, of Osmond, Nebraska, was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 southbound on Highway 59 when she checked on her infant son, causing her to drift onto the west shoulder. Krienert overcorrected and traveled into the ditch where her vehicle came to rest near a bean field.
Krienert and her son were transported by a passerby to the Shenandoah Police Department. After meeting with Officers, Krienert took her son to the Shenandoah Medical Center to be checked out for possible injuries.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic business is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend.
Mary Murphy, owner of Nishna Valley Cycle, located at 2500 E. 7th Street, said they opened for business in 1982.
“We started out across from where K-Mart used to be and then in 1989 we moved out here and we had half the building then and then we added-on later on,” said Murphy. “We enjoy doing a lot of the riding and that type of stuff and helping the community.
Murphy added, “Two years ago we took on a partner, Rob Thornton, so he’s been helping us so we can kind of kick back a little bit and Dennis and I don’t have to be here quite so much.”
The 30th Anniversary celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Team FMX will put on two 30 minute shows at noon and 2:00 p.m. Autograph sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Sign in for the Poker Run is at 9:00 a.m. and the ride starts at 10:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. First place prize is $100 cash, 2nd place a $75 gift certificate and 3rd place a $50 gift certificate.
The Bikini Bike Wash will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
And, a free pork sandwich and coke luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to whenever the food runs out.
Nishna Valley Cycle sells a wide variety of items, including; ATV’s, Street and Dirt Bikes, Golf Carts, Power Equipment, Golf Carts and Accessories.
(Omaha) The American Red Cross supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. April Oppliger says the shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.
“There are people in hospitals right now waiting for blood products,” stated Oppliger. “Fortunately we have not had to cancel any surgeries or procedures’ because of the shortage.”
Oppliger says the Red Cross is trying to turn this trend around over the Fourth of July week and all blood types are needed.
Oppliger said, “We are expecting blood donations to drop even more next week because of the Fourth of July Holiday. It falls in the middle of the week so fewer people are hosting blood drives, but also people are busier and a lot of folks are taking time off and won’t be taking the time to give blood. So we need people to come out now and donate.”
Oppliger says the Red Cross must collect 17,000 pints of blood daily for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Of that, the Midwest Blood Services Region must collect approximately 500 pints per day.
June 25, 2012
(Portsmouth, Iowa) Two people were killed and another injured in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon near Portsmouth in Shelby County.
The Shelby County Sheriffs’ Office says 64-year-old Dennis M. Johnson, of Luverne, Minnesota, and 63-year-old John Veral Smith, of Portsmouth were killed in the accident. Sixty-eight year-old Mary Louise Smith, a passenger was taken by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan.
According to the Iowa State Patrol the accident happened at around 4:35 p.m. on Highway 44, two-miles east of Portsmouth in Shelby County. John Veral Smith was westbound on Highway 44 in a 1998 GMC Jimmy pulling a boat and crossed the centerline and struck a 2011 International Semi and trailer head-on.
The report says Johnson saw the pickup coming into his lane and attempted to avoid the collision by braking and steering toward the south ditch but could not avoid the head-on collision.
June 25, 2012
(ANITA) Anita and Wiota firemen responded to a house fire at 306 Elm in Anita this morning.
The call came in around 8:30 a.m. Anita Fire Chief Duane Murphy said when firemen arrived on scene there was a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the home. Murphy said it had vented out two windows on the far side of the home and up in the attic. However, firemen quickly got the fire under control.
“At this point we’re not exactly sure what’s happened. There was a report of some sort of a report of a boom or a bang ahead of time. Our suspicions are is when the air conditioner burnt through and vented, so we don’t really think that there was any kind of gas or anything like that,” said Murphy. “We’ll go ahead and finish an investigation before it’s over. We’ve got the gas people here taking a look at things. Pretty extensive damage to the house.”
Murphy said a female occupant of the home was transported to the hospital with injuries sustained from the fire. He said there was also a dog in the home that the woman didn’t want to leave the house without finding.
“It’s really hard to get across to people sometimes that, even though they love their pet that much, that their health is more important,” said Murphy. “This lady had some singed hair in her nasal area, had obviously taken in a lot of heat, she needed to go to the hospital. And it puts us in a really tough spot; we spent 25 minutes trying to convince her to go to the hospital when she needed treatment.”
Murphy said most of the damage to the home was located inside near the attic area. The fire remains under investigation.
(Guthrie Center) The $500,000 downtown revitalization project continues in Guthrie Center. City Maintenance Director Bob Secoy says the project includes new LED lights, new sidewalks with design and color hooked in with some store front revitalization.
“What sparked the project is we wanted to spruce up the town and revitalize the downtown business area,” stated Secoy.
“When it is finished we will have crisp looking sidewalks that aren’t heaved here and there and not cracked,” He said. “We will have matching light poles, we are getting rid of some of the overhead clutter and it will also get the city up-to-date with the ADA requirements including handicap ramps and all that.”
Secoy says the idea for the project started about two-years ago. Construction began about a month ago.
June 25, 2012
7:00 a.m. newscast
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for Assault. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 31-year-old Steven Pedersen on Friday and transported him to the Cass County Jail for booking.
(Anita) Anita and Wiota Fireman are on the scene of a structural fire at 306 Elm Street. According to Cass County dispatch smoke and flames were seen coming from the building. We will have more details later on.
June 25, 2012
(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police are releasing more information in the hit-n-run accident that injured two women early Sunday morning.
According to the press release the accident happened at around 1:58 a.m. at the intersection of South 21st and 8th Avenue in Council Bluffs. Three pedestrians were struck by a vehicle which fled the scene. The vehicle was located a couple of blocks away but the driver had fled the scene.
Of the three victims hit by the car two were taken to Creighton University Medical Center and their conditions no longer appear to be life-threatening. The victims are identified as 35-year-old Misty Rocha, of Council Bluffs, and 31-year-old Shannon Miller, of Arlington, Nebraska. The driver has been identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Vaughn, of Omaha, Nebraska.
The crash is still under investigation. No further details are available at this time.
June 25, 2012
7:00 a.m. newscast
(Villisca) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary early Sunday morning at a Villisca Restaurant.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says an unknown person (s) forced entry into TJ’s Café at 307 East 4th Street by shattering a window. The perpetrator got away with an undisclosed amount of merchandise and money. The damage to the window is estimated at approximately $225.00.
The investigation continues.
June 25, 2012
6:00 a.m., newscast
(Atlantic) Total rainfall amounts are starting to come into the KSOM/KS95 studios this afternoon.
The heaviest amounts fell from Atlantic to Wiota north including:
7-miles southwest of Atlantic-4-tenths
4-miles north of Massena-1-inch
June 23, 2012
(Lewis) He did it!
Duane Weirich, of Lewis lived up to his promise. He climbed onto his 20x32 foot bike Saturday afternoon and rode an estimated three city blocks following the Lewis Celebration Parade. The crowd cheered as Weirich rode the towering yellow bicycle west to east before stopping in front of the Lewis fire station. Weirich emphasized that the main reason for riding it Saturday was to promote the community.
“Getting people to Lewis was my biggest concern.”
Weirich came up with the idea a year ago when he found out RAGBRAI was coming through Lewis, and it was a big hit. People from all over the country marveled at the large bike on display on the Elementary School grounds.
Someday if Duane Weirich chooses to pedal the giant bike 1,000 feet, it could make the Guiness Book of World records for the distance traveled by the largest bicycle in the world.
Click here for the video of Duane Weirich riding the bike
June 23, 2012
Picture and video courtesy of Melvin Briles
(Lewis) "Operation Dry Water" continues today and tommorrow on Iowa Lakes. People should be aware that there will be an increase number of law enforcement officers out on the lakes this weekend with an emphasis on safety.
"A year ago fifty officers participating in this same public awareness event contacted 799-boaters while out on the water, and conducted over 200 safety checks while working that weekend." stated Bryan Hayes, DNR'S Southwest Iowa Fisheries Biologist.
Hayes says by far the most common thread to boater safety is alcohol consumption.
"When you are out on the water and in the sun, alcohol can impair your judgement and slow down your reflexes," said Hayes. "And that is why they lowered the blood alcohol level and brought in line with motor vehicles."
One year ago the legally intoxicated number was lowered from .10 to .08.
June 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. newscast
(Atlantic) Cass County Relay for Life participants enjoyed great weather Friday night at the High School Track. Event Chairman Carol Schuler says a little over $68,800.00 was raised with more money coming in.
"Number one God made the weather perfect, it was a beautiful night to be outside," stated Schuler. "We had over 100-surviors that walked the lap and many survivors just sat and watched an applauded for everybody else. There were around 400-500 walkers who walked the track throughout the evening raising funds for the American Cancer Society."
The event started off at 8:00 am., with a tractor ride, Windbags sponsored a motorcycle ride at 11:30 a.m., the Survivor’s dinner got underway at 4:30 p.m., and the Survivor’s Walk kicked off the events at the track at 6:00 p.m.
All the money raised from this 13th annual event goes toward Cancer research.
June 23, 2012
(Grant) Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber-optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. Rob Koppert, Cass County 911 Director has been a HAM Radio Operator since the early 90s.
“What we are mainly tasked to do are basically two different things,” stated Koppert. “One is to provide emergency backup communications in the event that something fails. And the second is to further exploration of radio and radio technology.”
Rob Koppert along with Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers, who is the emergency communications liaison for Montgomery County, will operate their Amateur radio stations at Pilot Grove County Park on County Road H14 about 3 miles west of Grant, Iowa. The plan is to operate from 2:00pm on Saturday until sometime early Sunday morning. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.
June 23, 2012
(Hamburg) Fremont County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Missouri man, they believe is connected to a bank robbery in Hamburg.
The warrant is for 47-year-old Nathan Wayne Smith, of Lexington, Missouri. The warrant follows a joint investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha FBI Office who believe Smith is the man responsible for the June 11 Great Western Bank robbery in Hamburg.
Smith is described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 5-6, to 5-8, inches tall, and 175 pounds. On the day of the crime, Smith was wearing a white visor, aviator-style sunglasses, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shows. The suspect, who did not show a weapon, fled on foot, and could have been driving a green mid-90’s four-door Cadillac with a tan vinyl roof.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, (1-800-432-9210), or the FBI Office in Omaha, (1-402-493-8688).
June 23, 2012
(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman was taken into custody Friday afternoon for tampering with a witness.
According to Red Oak Police, 58-year-old Michelle Dawn Ronfeldt, of Washington Avenue in Red Oak faces charges of Tampering with a Witness.
Ronfeldt was booked in and bond was set at $2,000.00
June 23, 2012
(RED OAK) An open house at the new law enforcement center in Red Oak will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The new facility will house the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Red Oak Police Department, the joint Communications Center and a 24-bed jail.
“The building is not quite 100%, but it’s the only time before we move any inmates in there, that the general public can come and see what their money is going to,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson. “It’s a very, very nice building. It’s very safe and very secure. I think the general public will be very much impressed with what their tax dollars have purchased.”
Sampson said they are in the first phase of a two phase project.
“The first phase is the Sheriff’s Office and the jail getting built and after that is built we will get moved over and the metal building that we are currently in will be torn down and the Red Oak Police Department’s part of the law enforcement center will be built where our office is,” explained Sampson.
And Sampson said they should be moved in soon.
“We still have a couple of minor inspections to go through, but I see no real problems with getting past those,” said Sampson. “We’re still waiting for some equipment to be installed and I’m going to guess we’ll probably be in there within two weeks.”
Sampson said on Monday the dispatch radios will be transferred to the new law enforcement center and at that time another law enforcement agency will be taking the emergency calls for a couple days. He said a remote will be set up for local calls.
(Atlantic) Forty-four tractors left the Cass County Fairgrounds at just after 8:00 o’clock this morning to raise money for Cass County Relay for Life. Barb Baier, ride coordinator says this is the biggest turnout in the history of the Cancer ride. Baier says each driver is asked to donate $25.00 to the cause and she collected over $1,100.00 this morning.
“The thing about it is each one of these riders has been impacted by cancer in some way, whether it is friends, family, neighbors and maybe themselves,” stated Baier. “We did make a detour in Lewis today because one of the driver’s good friends in Lewis is suffering from cancer and he wanted to see the tractors and wasn’t able to get out. So we detoured by his house and he got to see all forty-four tractors.”
The ride ended at the Hy-Vee parking lot in Atlantic this afternoon.
Windbags sponsored a motorcycle ride at 11:30 a.m., the survivor’s dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m., and the survivors’ walk will kick off the festivities at the high school track at 6:00 p.m. this evening.
June 22, 2012
10:00 a.m. newscast
(Atlantic) AMU is releasing information today on their Fiber Optic cable project that has been in the works for months. Matt Klein, AMU’S IT Coordinator says the Fiber Optic Project consists of placing Fiber Optic cable from AMU’S Power Plant and Control Center, located near the intersection of Pine and 3rd Street, to their Main Office, located at 15 W 3rd Street. Additionally, Fiber is being installed at their substation and water tower located on 22nd Street, providing a direct data connection to a majority of their facilities. There are four main reasons why AMU needed the ability to connect these areas with high speed fiber optics.
“One of the main reasons for the project is to connect our substation on 22nd Street with out control room on 3rd Street,” stated Klein. “That will allow us opportunities to communicate with the equipment up there and be able to control it.”
Klein says previously, to obtain readings from this equipment or to operate the equipment; someone had to physically go to this location. By installing Fiber Optics, it will allow for most of this to be done remotely from their Control Center and will help improve AMU’s reliability and increase their responsiveness to their customers.
Another purpose for installing fiber optics is to allow a high speed data connection to the 22nd Street Water Tower area. In addition, having a fiber connection to these locations will allow them to provide reliable High Speed Internet Service between all of AMU’s facilities.
Finally, Klein says with the high speed connection to all of their facilities, AMU will be able to quickly and easily provide off-site data backup. This connection will allow them to back up large data files located in one facility to a server located in another facility.
Klein said, "By doing this, we greatly improve our ability to recover data from a minor event or a major catastrophe."
June 22, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Windbags sponsored a motorcycle ride, which left the Atlantic City Park this morning, to benefit the Cass County Relay for Life.
Susan Baxter, Event Organizer, said the motorcycle ride is traveling through Griswold, Grant, Massena, Anita, and Wiota before ending at the High School. She said this is the first year for the event.
“There is a bunch of us that like to ride; we came about being named the Windbags, not just because we’re loud and strong, but that there is a reason to ride for your cause and we just want to help out where we can in the community,” explained Baxter. “I had wanted to go on a tractor, but of course I don’t have a tractor anymore, so why not on a motorcycle. And, this has been so well received; it can only get larger and hopefully really help the cancer society get a hold of this disease.”
Riders Chris Blaine and Shirley Brown are riding in memory of Shirley’s husband Al Brown.
“He was just an all around good guy, he would do anything for anybody, always happy,” said Blaine.
Shirley added, “He lost his battle to pancreatic cancer last August and we walked the survivor lap last year so it means a lot for us to be on this one.”
All proceeds from the motorcycle ride will be donated to the Cass County Relay for Life this evening.
(DES MOINES) There are farmers in some parts of Iowa who are paying very close attention to what ISU Climatologist Elwynn Taylor has to say about the dry conditions.
Taylor says there was a “swath” of Iowa that picked up four inches of badly needed rain Wednesday night, but unfortunately that was rare.
“But, for the most part, the number of people that have gotten one inch to two inches would be half of the counties in the state,” said Taylor.
He says extreme northwest and extreme southwest Iowa only got a few drops. Taylor says while the cooler daytime temperatures are pleasant, there’s less humidity right now, and we need muggy conditions, mainly because we need the moisture.
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(Lewis) The Lewis Celebration is tomorrow and one of the featured attraction’s in the parade is a 20x32 foot bike built by Duane Weirich of Weirich Welding. He came up with the idea a year ago when he found out RAGBRAI was coming through Lewis, and it was a big hit. People from all over the country marveled at the large bike on display on the Elementary School grounds.
Parade goers Saturday morning will have a chance to see the bike in the parade that starts at 10:30 a.m. A dinner is planned Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the spacious Lewis Community Building and Duane Weirich has thrown down a challenge.
“We have enough meat for 200-people and we have 200-people at the meal Saturday evening, I am going to ride the bicycle again Saturday night,” said Weirich, who wants the meat gone before he rides the bike. The meal starts at 6:00 p.m.
If Weirich can ride the bike 1,000 feet, it could be a Guiness Book of World record for the distance traveled by the largest bicycle in the world.
June 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. newscast
(Vail ) The family of Jonathan Elwell, of Pennsylvania believes his body was discovered along the railroad tracks near Vail, Iowa. Family members of the man that has been missing since April released a formal statement to the media Thursday.
Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuhler would not reveal what authorities relayed to the Elwell family, but he did not discourage them from releasing a statement.
A sister of the missing man said family members are “extremely confident” that the body is that of her brother.
Jonathan Elwell, originally from Shillington, PA., was last seen in that state on April 17. His rented Volkswagon Jetta was discovered about two-miles west of Westside on a Crawford County gravel road.
Union Pacific Railroad workers found the body Tuesday along the tracks approximately two miles from where the car was found. The body was too decomposed for investigators to determine age or gender at the scene.
The body was sent to the State Medical Exmaniner’s Office for an autopsy.
June 22, 2012
6:30 am newscast
(Atlantic) The 13th Annual Cass County Relay for Life is slated for this evening at the Atlantic High School Track.
The event actually starts this morning at 8:00 a.m. with a tractor ride. Windbags sponsored motor cycle ride begins at 11:30 a.m. at the city park, tractor riders will display their tractors at Hy Vee at 2:30 p.m., and a survivor’s dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m.
The survivors walk starts at 6:00 p.m. at the high school track and the Luminaries will line the track after dark.
This year’s theme is “Fight Back.” All the money raised from this yearly event goes towards Cancer Research.
June 22, 2012
(Atlantic) Iowa’s manufacturing health was give an “A” grade and “B” grade logistics according to a research report from Ball State University. The only other states to get the “A” mark for manufacturing were Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Closer to home, Mahle Manufacturing in Atlantic is pretty close to their home states grade according to General Manager Bruce Kreutzer.
“Manufacturing, as far as wages, we appear to be in the ball park with the state of Iowa based on the feedback we have off the internet,” said Kreutzer.
Kreutzer says the only thing he would like to see improved is the automation,
“Just due to the nature, I don’t want to say this negatively, but the people we have to choose from and trying to get the caliber of people we need to small communities. That would be the only down fall of us,” said Kreutzer. “And people like me were brought in. I’m trying to bring in an engineering manager from the outside that has some more automation and lean input on the plant so that we can advance ourselves to get caught up with the rest of the industry.”
Meanwhile, Kreutzer rates Mahle’s logistic higher than the “B” grade given to the state.
“I think logistics, for us, is probably higher than a “B” because a lot of our customers are in this area,” said Kreutzer. “We do have customers in the south, North Carolina and far regions, but as far as the industry that we’re in, we supply a heavy duty market and most of those customers are in Illinois or Iowa, some in Nebraska, so I would rate us a “B+”.”
And Kreutzer says Mahle’s production efficiency is well ahead of last year.
“We’re running around 98% delivery performance,” said Kreutzer, who added that compared to last year it was 64. Kruetzer said the difference is focus, “What we were doing was managing how we could run things through production and now we’re managing how we manage the customer ship date.”
Mahle Manufacturing employees 280-people and operates three shifts a day 5-days a week The Company manufactures bearings for heavy duty equipment for automotive, air craft, trucks, tractors and locomotives.
According to the report, the states that graded an “F” included; Alaska, Hawaii, New York, New Mexico and Nevada.
June 21, 2012
(State) Last night’s (Wednesday) rainfall came as a welcome relief but still leaves most of the state below the average rainfall totals for the month of June.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker reports the state average for June of 2012 is 2.55”. That’s about an inch less than a typical June. Extreme NW Iowa has had less than .25” of rain this month but some areas in Southwest Iowa are already well above their typical average for June. Underwood and Red Oak have each received at least 6".
Hillaker says the portion of the state that is now in need of rain the most is in East Central Iowa.
Rainfall for the year in Iowa is about an inch to an inch and a half below average. According to Hillaker January through April were very close to average and it’s been May and June that have created the deficit.
Luxury Limobus brought the visit to the Ambassadors with their 14-passenger limo coach at the Rock Island Depot on Thursday. The coach is designed to safely haul 12-14 people in a luxurious way for events like weddings, tailgating, and proms. Owner Jeff Nelson of Audubon gave tours and answered questions about the vehicle, soon to be equipped with satellite television. Pictured are Megan Roberts, Arlene Drennan, Sue Muri, Jolene Roecker, Connie Wailes, Jeff Nelson, Janet Cappel, Becky Mosier, Sara Quinn, Debbie Leistad, Jeff Lowary, Dolly Bergmann, Bev Walter, Joann Runyan, Kathie Hockenberry, Lana Westphalen, Gerald Brink, Melanie Petty, Haley Kickland, Dennis O’Connell, Ed Leistad, Stuart Dusenberry, Lucas Mosier, Keith Leonard, Chip Hansen, Chris Blake, Donnie Drennan, Jim Kickland, Loran Coder, Bill Saluk, Tammy Waters, Jim Burnette, and Rich Perry.
(KANSAS CITY) Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) has been selected to receive $200,000 in Workforce Development and Brownfields job training funds from EPA to train unemployed and underemployed residents in Council Bluffs and Omaha.
IWCC is one of only 15 workforce development organizations in the nation to receive the funding this year. Its project will specifically serve residents of the environmentally impacted neighborhoods of the South Main Brownfields Site in Council Bluffs and northeast Omaha.
Targeted populations include Trade Adjustment Assistance individuals displaced from their jobs due to the competition of foreign imports or due to work activity moving out of the U.S.; unemployed and underemployed individuals, with priority given to veterans, long-term unemployed, residents of the identified contaminated communities; and populations underrepresented in the green and environmental fields, including minorities and women.
IWCC plans to train 100 students, place 80 graduates in jobs, and track graduates for one year. The core training program includes 152 hours of instruction on hazardous materials, lead and asbestos abatement, storm water management, underground storage tank leak prevention, construction debris recycling, green remediation, and environmental health and safety. Participants will also be offered additional training in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction and mold contractor remediation.
(Atlantic) Medivac Ambulance has new owners. Dave Miller has sold the business to Bob and Nella Sievert of Harlan. Miller introduced the new owners to the Atlantic City Council Wednesday night. Before that Miller presented the council with a brief activity report.
“In the past year and a half we have increased our staff,” stated Miller. “We have moved two full time paramedics into the Atlantic community and both have purchased real estate. Both have moved here from Nebraska. One of them has 20-years of experience and we were lucky to get him.”
Miller, who has spent 40-years with Medivac recently decided that it was time to retire.
Miller said, “I have been doing this since 1972 and it has been a wonderful career, but all goods things must come to an end. I know that when that pager goes off at 3:00 o’clock in the morning now and it is twenty-degrees below zero outside I don’t have to go.”
Nella and Bob Seivert of Harlan take over Medivac each with 28-years experience as medics. Bob will continue his duties as Shelby County Emergency Management Director and Nella will oversee the daily operations of Medivac.
June 21, 2012
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(ADAIR) An Adair woman was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident in Adair County Tuesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 8:20 a.m., 73-year-old Rosalie Jessen was driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla west on G30, just south of Adair, when she went off the roadway to the north, overcorrected and entered the north ditch where the vehicle rolled and came to rest upright near a utility pole.
Jessen was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. She was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(Atlantic) After a lengthy discussion the Atlantic City Council will request that the Iowa Department of Transportation allow the city to convert 2nd Street from Buck Creek Road to Chestnut Street from a four lane Street to three lanes. The city council has agreed to allow a five foot bike lane on both sides. That portion of the street would have 2 travel lanes with a center turn lane.
Atlantic City Councilman Dana Halder said, “My question is. Are we getting a little ahead of ourselves by not knowing what the plan is bringing this trail in from the north?”
Atlantic City Councilman Steve Livengood says it is his understanding that the T-Bone Trail is actually coming to the quarry. “We are coming farther into town,” stated Livengood. “I guess it depends on how you look at it whether these trails go to the north or come from the north and we really don’t have anyway for the bicyclists to get out to Schildberg’s now and we don’t have anyway for the bikes coming into Schildbergs’ from the T-bone trail to get into town.”
Myra Kail, of the Nishna Valley Trails Association says her intent is that trail ultimately needs to come into Atlantic if it’s going to benefit this community in the way they know it can. “Into Atlantic as far as I am concerned, doesn’t mean Schildberg Quarry,” stated Kail. “ It means into the city proper where you can get shopping and where you can get food and find a bathroom, things like that. We are looking at bringing bicyclists into our community not just to the edge of it.”
The resolution passed 6-1. Councilman Chris Jimmerson cast the note vote citing safety issues.
“It is well traveled and yes we do have people going out to Schildbergs and using the yard waste site.” Stated Jimmerson. “But I do have a concern about a kid riding a bike on Buck as well as an adult.”
Proponents of the bike lane want to provide a connection for bicyclists between downtown Atlantic and the Schildberg Recreational Area. DOT officials told Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris that the stretch of 2nd street could be restriped to turn it into a three lane road.
The photo below shows some of the bike route alternatives
June 21, 2012
(Red Oak) Three people were arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Red Oak.
According to Red Oak Police, 19-year-old Timothy Jennings, of Red Oak is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nineteen-year-old Jessica Moorehead of Atlantic and 41-year-old Kevin Jennings, of Red Oak are each charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The Red Oak Police Department arrived at 1660 East Summit Street for an investigation on a separate case. When they arrived officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from an apartment. Officers conducted a search warrant on the residence which lead to the arrest of Timothy Jennings, Jessica Moorehead, and Kevin Jennings. In addition, 37-year-old Anthony Gregory, of Red Oak and 19-year-old Timothy Humphrey, of Omaha were both charged with a trespass violation.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted in the search warrant by Montgomery County Deputies.
June 21, 2012
(DES MOINES) The “Shipping 20” arrived to lottery headquarters in Des Moines by bus to collect their 241-million dollar Power Ball Jackpot, the largest lottery prize to date in Iowa.
The group, who wants to keep their names private, works at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, many for almost 30-years, pooling $5 every time the jackpots get over 100-million.
Al, the ticket buyer, says for the most part it’s been the same long time group. He said, ““There have been a few that have retired in the last few years and I just pick up one more person to fill in the difference.”
The “Shipping 20” intend to request an injunction to keep their names private, claiming they don’t want to deal with solicitors. Some have bought new cars already, and on winner, known as Kelly, says this jackpot helped him save the family farm and plans to move to Alaska.
They’ll each receive 5.6 million after taxes.
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(DES MOINES) Goodwill stores across the state will no longer take tube TV’s beginning July first because they can’t find a recycler who will pay to take them.
Marlin McCain, with the Goodwill in Des Moines, says they still can make some money on old computers.
“Right now we have an agreement with Dell, they have an agreement with a third party recycler, so we will continue to take computer, monitors and related electronics,” said McCain.
McCain says they will continue to take newer TV sets, which actually sell.
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(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Harassment by Communication. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 44-year-old Ronald Jeray on Tuesday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in and held.
(DENISON) A body was located along the railroad tracks near Highway 30 in Crawford County Tuesday.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says at around 3:00 p.m. Union Pacific Railroad employees reported the incident. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with officers from the Division of Criminal Investigation, Union Pacific Railroad, and Iowa State Patrol, as well as the Crawford County Medical Examiner.
Due to the state of decomposition, positive identification and cause of death cannot be determined until final autopsy results have been completed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy will be performed today (Wednesday).
The Denison Fire Department and the Vail Fire Department also assisted with the investigation.
Meanwhile, law enforcement is still searching for 44-year-old Jonathan Elwell of Shillington, Pennsylvania who was last seen on April 17th. Elwell’s rental car was found in Crawford County on April 20th. Authorities said any relation between these two cases will not be determined until the autopsy is complete.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors adopted the Cass County Illegal Dumping Ordinance following approval of the second reading and suspending the third reading 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. Supervisor Chuck Rieken would like the public to know that this ordinance does not cover city limits.
“Just yesterday morning I had a guy stop me wanting to know, he said somebody had dumped a piano behind his place of business in Griswold, and he had read about this ordinance we were going to pass, and so I explained to him that the ordinance has no affect or power within the city limits,” said Rieken. “The cities are welcome to use this as a boiler plate to do their own but we have no authority in there, so he is going to have to deal with the Council.”
Fines for violating the provisions of the ordinance range from $100 to $1,000, depending on the amount of items dumped and whether it is a first, second or subsequent offense.
In other activity, the Supervisors approved bids from the Secondary Roads Department for 2 years of Diesel Fuel. Cass County Engineer Charles Marker received bids from Olsen Fuel Supply and 21st Century Coop. Olsen Fuel Supply had the low bid for the Anita and Griswold sheds with a margin of 8.4 cents per gallon. Marker said this is the same price margin they’ve had the last two years. And, 21st Century Coop had the low bid of 10.1 cents per gallon for the Massena Shed. Marker said they are estimating 25,000 gallons to be used at each of the shops per year.
(CLARINDA) A Clarinda woman was injured in a single vehicle, rollover accident in Page County this morning.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 63-year-old Linda Sands was driving a 2007 Ford Edge north on Highway 71 when she fell asleep and crossed the centerline. When sands woke up she over corrected back to the other side into the ditch where the vehicle overturned approximately 2 ½ times, coming to rest on its top.
Sands was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center by Clarinda EMS.
(Holstein) Two people were killed and two others were injured Monday afternoon in a three vehicle accident in Ida County.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 55-year-old Michael Hengel, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 38-year-old Cory Severson, of Pine Grove, Wisconsin were killed in the crash that occurred at around 1:25 p.m. on Highway 20 near Harvest Avenue. The injured are identified as 45-year-old Oscar Alonzo, of Miami, Florida, and 55-year-old Jeffrey MacGregor, of Spencer, Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says all three vehicles were westbound on Highway 20. Traffic was stopped to wait for a Pilot car in a construction zone when a 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, driven by Alonzo failed to stop and rear ended a Pontiac G6, driven by Hengel forcing the car into another Semi-Tractor trailer, driven by MacGregor.
Michael Hengals vehicle rolled on the road and became engulfed in flames killing Hengel and his passenger Cory Severson.
Oscar Alonzo was transported by Holstein Ambulance to Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove. Jeffrey MacGregor was not transported.
The accident remains under investigation. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident that remains under investigation.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Ida County and Carroll County Sheriff’s Offices, and Holstein Fire and Ambulance.
June 19, 2012
(Des Moines) Iowa Department of Natural Resource Spokesman Kevin Baskins warns boat operators about the dangers of drinking and boating. Baskins tells KSOM/KS95 news that an operator can face penalties if he is found guilty of operating a boat while under the influence, but even beyond that, he says there are safety issues.
“When you are in a boat and drinking the sun and the wave action can certainly accelerate the effects of alcohol.” Stated Baskins. “And you also run into situation with boats where you don’t have quit the control you have with a motor vehicle.”
He said for example boats don’t steer the same and they don’t have brakes. “The reason we have boating intoxicated laws is for safety bottom line.”
A West Des Moines man was killed Sunday evening when two boats collided between the Second Avenue and Sixth Avenue Bridges on the Des Moines River. The two men, 46-year-old Tony Starrett and 54-year-old Steven Mayo, were each charged with boating while intoxicated. Tony Starrett’s brother, 49-year-old Kelly Starrett was killed in the collision.
Tony Starrett’s boat has been recovered from the Des Moines River. Authorites are examining the boat and talking to eye witnesses to figure out exactly what happened in that accident that occurred at around 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
June 19, 2012
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Department will begin developing the Schildberg RV site later this week. Last month, the Atlantic Park and Recreation Board received a $10,000 donation from the Schildberg Foundation to use toward the project. The money is earmarked for graveling, grading and cementing the RV pads.
Stuart Duesenberry, Chairman of the Atlantic Park and Rec. Board approved Phase I of the project Monday night. He said the pads and road through the new RV site located at the Northeast Corner Iowa Avenue and Chestnut will be marked off later this week.
Pheasants Forever also presented the Park Board with a grant to plant prairie grass around the campground sites.”
June 19, 2012
(AUDUBON) A Carroll man was arrested following a single vehicle accident in Audubon County Monday.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Cody Lee Petersen was driving a Chevy Cobalt on Highway 173, just north of Elk Horn, at around 12 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway on the right side, crossed 280th Street and entered the right ditch where he struck a pine tree and fence.
The Sheriff’s Office says Petersen failed to report the accident and left the scene. He was charged with Failure to Maintain Control, Open Container and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Petersen was later arrested and transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held. He appeared before the magistrate today, pleaded guilty and was fined.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Board is moving on to step two of the estimated $250,000 Sunnyside Park tennis court renovation project.
Atlantic Park and Recreation Board Chairman, Stuart Duesenberry says the board has been informed by the United States Tennis Association that they have completed the project review and are releasing the application for funding which is the next step.
Duesenberry says if the funding application is approved, the Park will receive money through the USTA’s Grant Program.
“Two of the courts are playable and two of them are not,” Stated Duesenberry. “This would definitely be a great addition to our park and rec. system, and hopefully by the end of the summer we will have a brand new surface for our tennis players to play on.”
If the application for funding is approved then they will put the project up for bid.
June 19, 2012
(ATLANTIC) This Thursday marks the first Third Thursday Summer Concert Series in Atlantic from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Park.
Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts discusses this summer’s entertainment, “Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab is going to be our country and blues band that is going to play on June 21st. 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. Audience members will need to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to best enjoy the experience. Ready-to-eat meals will also be available through local vendors.
(Des Moines) The start of the new cellphone alert system for weather and national emergencies, scheduled to go online Monday, has been delayed for at least a week.
National Weather Service Spokeswoman, Susan Buchanan told the Omaha World Herald that the system now is expected to be on line late next week. Connectivity problems delayed its start.
The system is a joint effort of the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and cell carriers.
Cell phone’s will vibrate, sound and alert and then send a text message when life-threatening weather develops, such as a tornado warning. Alerts also will sound during national emergencies and can be activated for Amber Alerts.
The system only works on newer-model cellphones. Even though messages will come across as a text, users will not be charged a text fee.
June 19, 2012
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at 2603 Montgomery/Page Street.
The Sheriff’s Office says the victim, 38-year-old John Delaine Hanson, of Clarinda, reported that sometime between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. today (Monday) someone forced entry into his machine shed and siphoned fuel from a seed cart. Hanson estimates his loss at around $210.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.
(HARLAN) The city of Harlan has sold their spec house in the Dye Street subdivision.
Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox said the home sold for $98,800.
“SWIPCO had a grant process that if a City wanted to build a house of certain size and the City sold it to a low to moderate family or person, the city would then get $50,000 and we thought about if we did that then we would build another house,” said Cox.
Terry Cox said the spec house is located in the new Dye Street Housing Development area which will consist of 18 houses and 10 condos for low to moderate families or individuals.
“They already have one being rented. They have to rent them for 15 years and after 15 years they will then sell them to whoever is owning them and if you’ve lived there 15 years, part of your rent will go towards the purchase price,” said Cox. “They have five houses built now and they have another five that they are working on.”
Cox said the Foutch Brothers are in charge of the project and the homes should be done by the end of September.
(Westside) Officials with 11 area high schools came together late last week to cement plans for a new athletic conference that has been talked about for over three years.
The eleven teams include Adair-Casey, CAM, Exira-EHK, Ar-We-Va, Boyer Valley, Charter Oak-Ute, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Glidden-Ralston, Paton-Churdan, West Harrison, and Woodbine.
The conference will be referred to as the Rolling Valley and begins in the fall of 2013. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes says Thursday’s meeting at Ar-We-Va was used to start work on the constitution.
The Activities Directors of those eleven schools will meet in late July to better prepare for the new league.
Schnoes says the recent redistricting in football prompted the schools to become more serious in their talks about forming a new conference.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested on a warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old David Scott Elwood on Saturday and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $50,000 bond.
(ATLANTIC) A Griswold man was arrested Saturday for Eluding and OWI 1st Offense. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Thomas Otto Williamson was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
(Panama, Iowa) This month marks the 200th Anniversary of the beginning of the war of 1812, between the inexperienced American Republic and Great Britain, one of the worlds “Super Powers” of that era. Ron Chamberlain, of Panama, is the Shelby County Historian and President of the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association.
“The War of 1812 touches everyone in Iowa,” stated Chamberlain. “We (Western Iowa Cemetery Association) have uncovered six tombstones of War of 1812 veterans in Old Pioneer Cemeterys’ over the past two years.”
Chamberlain says the proclamation will be handed out Friday afternoon during a picnic at the Panama One Room School House Museum. And the unveiling of the Abel Galland Cemetery will be the main event on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Cemetery is located 4-miles east of Dunlap and 3-miles north of Earling.
The Western Iowa Cemetery Association has discovered nine burials with a ground penetrating device between Earling and Dunlap that date back to the early 1850’s.”
Abel Galland was a veteran of the war of 1812, and the first Shelby County Settler. Americans declared war on the British for three reasons; 1) Britain was restricting trade with France, 2) the British “impressed” American sailors by stopping American vessels and seizing men the Brits claimed were actually English citizens. 3) Britain supported Native American tribes warring against the U.S. The British feared the United States was attempting to seize more North American territory, especially parts of Canada.
June 18, 2012
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic woman was transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident Thursday.
The Atlantic Police Department says at around 1:36 p.m., Nicole Ross, of Atlantic, was driving eastbound on Highway 6, near Plum Street in Atlantic, when she made a left hand turn in front of a vehicle driven by Anna Amdor, of Massena, who was westbound on Highway 6.
Ross was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac. She was cited for Failure to Yield Making a Left Hand Turn. Amdor was checked out by Medivac, but was not transported.
The damage to Amdor’s vehicle was estimated at $6,000. The damage to Ross’ vehicle was estimated at $5,000.
(CLARINDA) A Shambaugh man was arrested for OWI following a domestic incident in Page County Sunday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says at around 8:58 p.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to 106 Hersey in Shambaugh for a Domestic situation in progress. When Deputies arrived, they spoke with some family members who stated that David Jacob Stimson and his wife had been in a physical altercation. They had both left the residence heading east. Deputies located the vehicle east of Shambaugh and initiated a traffic stop.
During the investigation it was determined that 51-year-old David Jacob Stimson was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. He was unable to post bond and is currently being held in the Page County Jail on $1,000 bond.
The Domestic incident is currently under investigation
(ESSEX) Three people were cited for Alcohol under Legal Age in Page County Friday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says at around 10:46 p.m., Deputies were called to a field in Section 20 of Pierce Township, approximately 2.5 miles west of Essex, north of the Pierce Creek County Park campground, for suspicious activity. When Deputies arrived at the pond they observed a bonfire and a large group of people who started to run away. Deputies began a foot pursuit and made contact with some of the group.
Following the investigation, 18-year-old Mitchell Dale Steinkuehler and 19-year-old Nicholas Tyler Allely, of Shenandoah were cited for Alcohol under Legal Age. 19-year-old Tyler Wayne Miller, of Imogene, was cited for Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age and was arrested for Interference with Official Acts. Miller posted $300 bond and was released.
There were other individuals found at the scene that were not consuming alcohol and they were not charged.
(DES MOINES) The operators of two boats involved in a fatal collision Sunday night on the Des Moines River have been charged with boating while intoxicated.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 54-year-old Steven Mayo and 46-year-old Tony Starrett, both of Des Moines, were charged with BWI.
Kelly Starrett, 49, of West Des Moines, was fatally injured in the collision and was the brother of Tony Starrett.
The accident occurred at around 7:00 p.m. on the Des Moines River near Birdland Marina, just up the river from downtown Des Moines. The DNR says although two people from each boat were thrown into the water by the collision, all were quickly rescued by others on the scene and no other serious injuries were reported. Two people involved in the collision were taken to a Des Moines hospital Sunday evening where they were treated and released.
The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
(Lewis) Remember the 18x32 foot bike believed to be the largest in the world built one year ago by Duane Weirich, of Weirich Welding in Lewis? Well…now he is going attempt to ride it Saturday morning at the Lewis Celebration Parade that starts at 10:30 a.m.
Weirich will ride the bike at around noon and when asked if he was a little scared of falling over, Weirich responded with a laugh, “I am not scared, I am putting training wheels on it so I won’t tip over.”
He came up with the idea a year ago when he found out RAGBRAI was coming through town, and it was a big hit, people from all over the country have stopped to see the bicycle that has been on display in the school yard south of Lewis Elementary.
And parade goers will hopefully be able to experience what maybe a new Guinness World record for riding the largest bike the farthest.
“I need to ride it 1,000 feet to make it into the record book,” said Weirich. “But, getting into the record book is not my big concern, getting people to Lewis is my big concern.”
“The first thing I have to do before I even think about riding this thing is to make sure the power lines are high enough,” chuckled Weirich. “I may have to pick and choose where I go.”
The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday morning in downtown Lewis. Weirich will probably be the last entry in the parade.
June 18, 2012
(Boone) Two people were killed and two others were injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Boone County.
The Iowa State Patrol says 77-year-old Dorothy Peter and 80-year-old Delbert Peter, both of Boone died in the crash that occurred at around 3:12 p.m., Saturday, on Highway 30 and Nobe Hill Place. The injured are identified as 28-year-old Danielle Snook, of Davenport, and 24-year-old Lloyd Hise, of Guthrie Center. Both were air-lifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Authorities say Daniel Peter was westbound on Highway 30 and changing lanes to make a left hand turn when another vehicle driven by 43-year-old John Barker Jr., of Des Moines, struck Peters’ vehicle forcing it off the road. The 1996 GMC Jimmy rolled ejecting one passenger. Barker juniors 2003 Hummer Limo came to rest in the median.
The accident remains under investigation.
June 17, 2012
(Red Oak) A Glenwood man was jailed Saturday afternoon on numerous charges in Montgomery and Mills County.
A Montgomery County Deputy observed 25-year-old Miles Ryan Pein, of Glenwood heading westbound on 210th Street traveling at a speed of 81-miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. The pickup was swerving all over the road just before Pein lost control and wrecked into the south ditch near 1351 210th Street. Pein attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance from the scene.
Authorities arrested Pein on several traffic offenses and two-Mills County warrants for 1st Degree Theft and 2nd Degree Arson. He is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on the charges and will be turned over to Mills County on their charges.
June 17, 2012
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(Atlantic) Record or near record highs are forecast for Monday in Southwest Iowa. Kevin Deitsch, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says high temperatures around Audubon and Atlantic will be bumping up against 100-degrees.
“Atlantic’s record high is 98 set back in 1910, and tomorrow we are forecasting a high temperature of 98 or 99-degrees in Southwest Iowa,” stated Deitsch. “A big ridge is moving in and temperatures are going to warm quickly.”
Deitsch adds that the record temperature for Audubon is in jeopardy as well. The 98-degree record high set back in 1953 could also fall Monday.
Meanwhile, the hot temperatures will also dry things out again. Winds are expected to blow out of the southwest at 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour throughout the day Monday.
June 17, 2012
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(Des Moines) The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following counties:
Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Cass, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren, and Wayne Counties until 7:00 p.m.
Forecasters say scattered thunderstorms will be possible for this area today before moving into the southeast third of Iowa overnight. A few of the storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds as the primary threats.
June 16, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Memorial Hospital began caring for patients in their new Emergency Department effective 2:00 pm, Friday. Patients coming to the new Emergency Department will still utilize the south ambulance drive. The new ED Garage doors will open automatically when a vehicle approaches. Patients may park outside the ED and enter on foot through the new ED entrance, which is to the right of the temporary ED entrance that has been in use for the past year.
The Same Day Surgery and Surgery Departments also moved into the new facility on June 15th. Beginning Monday, all scheduled surgery patients will register in the new ED Admissions, just inside the ED entrance, and utilize the new Same Day Surgery Department and operating rooms.
Patients or visitors who are unsure about how to access any hospital services during this transition are encouraged to call ahead for clarification, or ask any hospital staff member for assistance.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Community Center will feature a night of dancing and music as local musicians return to the bandstand for a big band dance on June 23rd.
Quickly following their recent event at the Heritage House, jazz band Popcorn Button will bring their second dance of the summer to the community. The band is a diverse group of talented volunteer musicians from Atlantic High School, the community, and several universities. Some return from colleges and internships as far away as Iowa City and Kansas City to play at the dances, and they are very appreciative of the community's support of their work.
Dance instructor Jake Auerbach and his mother Pam will once again be offering a guide to getting started with ballroom and swing dancing at the event from 7:30-8 pm. Event organizers are also working out the scheduling of a potential visit from a member of the Iowa State University Cyclone Swing Society. This will provide the opportunity for all involved to learn some new moves in addition to the basics of waltz, swing, two step, and polka.
This dance is a free public event. A free will donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs of the event. All ages and dancing abilities are invited and encouraged to attend from 7-10 pm on Saturday, June 23rd at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic.
For more information, contact Curtis Ullerich at email@example.com or at 712-249-2588, or visit the band's website at www.popcornbutton.org.
(COBURG) Four minors were charged with alcohol underage in Montgomery County early this morning.
The Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a reported beer party that was occurring in Coburg. As a result, 18-year- old Chloey Elizabeth Major, 19-year-old Colby William Wise, 20-year-old Justin Lewis Marsden and 19-year-old Hilary Jo Jackson, all of Red Oak, were arrested and charged with Alcohol Underage.
(WALNUT) The 30th Annual Walnut Antique Walk begins today.
Gene Larsen, Post commander for the Walnut AMVETS, said, “We’ve got some of the best dealers in the country coming again from about 21 different states, 310 I think at last count, so we’re filling 17 blocks of the middle of town.”
Larsen said visitors will find dealers of all types, “Furniture to glass to jewelry to toys to tools, postcards, and linens.”
The Antique Walk will be held through Sunday. More information on the event can be found at walnutantiqueshow.com
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Council Bluffs woman was injured in a wood-chipper accident Thursday.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Angela Davis was working for a tree removal service when the accident occurred.
“She had a chipper that was chipping up the branches from the three as they were taking them down. We don’t have an exact description of what happened, but apparently she was trying to free this rope out of the chipper and she kind of got pulled into the chute were the chipper is and had lacerations to her face and her leg,” explained Danker.
Danker said Davis was transported to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
(HANCOCK) A Hancock man was injured in a single vehicle accident in Pottawattamie County Thursday night.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said at around 10:20 p.m., Darren Jacobsen was driving southbound on Highway 59 when the accident occurred near the cemetery.
“The F250 Ford pickup left the roadway, went through the fence into the cemetery and then out the other fence parallel to Mahogany, the vehicle came to rest in the north ditch of Mahogany,” explained Danker.
Danker said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
“We do the injuries and the test will be done on Mr. Jacobsen’s blood, but we do not have the results right now,” said Danker.
Danker said Jacobsen was transported to Mercy Hospital by Oakland Rescue to be treated for injuries. Jacobsen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Montgomery County early this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 29-year-old Ryan James Perdue, of Red Oak died at the scene.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident happened at around 4:16 a.m. on O Avenue, 1/2 of a mile north of 170th Street. Perdue was southbound on O Avenue when his vehicle drifted to the right, overcorrected and lost control and rolled into the northbound ditch, ejecting Perdue.
June 15, 2012
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(Sioux City) The Sioux City Police Department says 23-year-old James Kroll has been charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary after police say he broke into a home at 503 39th Place at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning and attacked the 54-year-old residents.
“The investigation revealed and later developed that the party that has been arrested, James Kroll had used a crowbar to assault both victims,” stated Sioux City Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick. The male victim has succumbed to those injuries.”
Lt. Kirkpatrick says 54-year-old Jeffrey Morevek died at the hospital. The condition of the other victim, Mary Tope is not known. Tope’s 20-year-old daughter was in the home at the time but was not attacked. Kirkpatrick says the victims knew Kroll, but wouldn’t comment on the motive. Kroll remains in the Woodbury County Jail pending a $1 million dollar bond.
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June 15, 2012
6:00 a.m. news
(ATLANTIC) A two-vehicle accident occurred at 7th and Plum Streets just after 1:30 this afternoon.
No details on the accident are available at this time.
(HARLAN) A Woodbine man was injured in a car vs motorcycle accident in Harlan Tuesday.
The Harlan Police Department says at around 8:44 a.m. 71-year-old Edwin Monson, of Irwin, was driving a 2012 Chevy Equinox westbound on Chatburn Avenue approaching the HyVee entrance and started to turn. Monson didn’t initially see the motorcycle, driven by 53-year-old Danny Dickman, of Woodbine, who was eastbound on Chatburn Avenue. When Monson did see the motorcycle he stopped, but it was too late, Dickman had already laid his bike down.
Dickman was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan by Medivac.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests this week.
According to the press release, 20-year-old Michael Andrew McConnell, of Atlantic was arrested on a Polk County Warrant. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and later transferred to Polk County.
The other arrest involved 38-year-old Michael Don Hagen, of Anita on a charge of 5th degree theft. Hagen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $300.00 bond.
June 14, 2012
1:00 p.m. newscast
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Protection Committee is trying to find out whether cats are a problem in the city of Atlantic. The Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss their options on regulating cats.
“This all started with a call from a lady complaining that a neighbors cat was harassing her birds in her backyard bird sanctuary,” stated Atlantic Community Protection Committee Chairman Steve Livengood.
Livengood admits most of chapter 55 of the cities animal control ordinance covers cats and the problems that are occurring.
“So if you look at Chapter 55.01 the definition states that an animal is a non human vertebrate, which sounds like a cat to me,” said Livengood. “Therefore, this animal control ordinance covers cats.”
Livegood said, “55.13 in the definition say an owner is a person, owning, keeping, or harboring any animal that feeds or maintains an animal on their premises for three days.”
The ordinance also states that it is unlawful for an animal owner to abandon a cat, and it’s also unlawful for an owner to allow their cat to cause damage to cause interference with others property.
“I don’t pay much attention to cats except when I mow the yard and I am reminded that there are cats around,” stated Livengood. “55.11 states that the owner shall not permit his or her animal to discharge their feces, unless they immediately take steps to remove the feces from the property. So if an owner’s animal is depositing feces on somebody else’s property, and that is definitely interference in my opinion…because it didn’t smell like that before…they are guilty of a violation. ”
The ordinance becomes a little tricky when it talks about destruction of animals at-large.
“It is lawful for an animal control officer, with assistance from the Police Department, to destroy if necessary any animal, including (cats), found at-large and cannot be captured. So does that say an animal control officer and the PD can shoot cats if they cannot catch them?”
The committee continues to investigate this to find out if there really is a problem, and what more can be done to control them.
June 14, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board approved Registration Fees for 2012-2013 at their meeting Wednesday night.
Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the fees pretty much stayed the same, but they have gone up a bit at the High School.
“Taking a look at some of the band fees and then also some of the fees for vocal music; didn’t go up a huge amount, but the fees were affected in that area,” explained Amstien. “School insurance is pretty much the same amount that it has been in previous years; there has not been a premium increase. And then in previous action several months ago, the Board approved the breakfast and lunch prices and in the past those had been a little bit lower than other localities and because of federal and state requirements we were asked to go ahead and increase our lunch prices.”
In other activity, the School Board approved a 4% pay increase for Administrators and Supervisors and a 4.6% pay increase for the Central Office Staff for 2012-2013.
The Board also approved the PPEL transfer for bus lease payments. Amstein said the amount needed this year for the bus leases, coming out of Capital Projects, was $47,551.32.
And, the Board approved a fuel bid from Olsen’s for diesel in the amount of $2.89 per gallon and bid for propane in the amount of $1.13 per gallon.
(Massena) A Wind Turbine investment meeting is slated for 7:30 this evening at the Massena Legion Hall. The meeting will discuss the opportunities for investing in the Cumberland Rose Wind Energy project which includes wind turbines near Wiota, Orient, and Greenfield.
“The first two turbines have performed so very well and way above expectations as far as production which is driving this,” stated Randy Caviness Greenfield Power Manager. “The local bankers have seen what we have done and how this thing works, not mention General Electric’s dedication to us and the eight turbines put up in this area owned by in their words…farmers.”
Caviness said General Electric operates the turbines.
“We think we are in sound footing and not farmer’s trying to run it, but enjoying the benefits of a great investment that also benefits the community. The turbines will generate about $2 million worth of tax credits to the community.”
The cost of the shares is $35,000 in Cumberland Rose, Meadow Ridge and Greenfield Wind and Power with a $26,000 state tax credit that can be earned over the next ten years. The credits can used against both state and federal tax returns or sold for around .88-cents on the dollar.
“So if a person is interested in saving money on their taxes and looking for a greater return than a money market, investing in a wind turbine might be something they seriously want to consider.”
Each of the 34-shareholders can then expense their share of the $2.4 million eligible costs. There is also a cash dividend scheduled to be paid each year.
For more information on the meeting, or the wind turbine projects contact Randy Caviness at 515-250-8200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14, 2012
9:00 a.m. newscast
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover accident west of Atlantic this morning.
At around 6:30 a.m., 18-year-old Spencer Lee Biggs was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on Highland Road four miles west of Atlantic when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled onto its top in the south ditch.
Biggs was not injured in the accident. The damage to his vehicle was estimated at $3,000.
(Council Bluffs) Two people were hurt in a car/motorcycle accident in Council Bluffs Wednesday night. Council Bluffs police say it happened at around 9:47 p.m.
Twenty-Three-year-old Joshua Ourada was attempting a left hand turn onto MidAmerican Drive in front of a southbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by 39-year-old Jeremy McCollum. McCollum and his passenger 26-year-old Kristine Freeman were both ejected from the motorcycle. Freeman sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident. McCollum received non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported by the Council Bluffs Fire Department to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha. Ourada was not hurt.
Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash, and it appears neither McCollum nor Freeman were wearing helmets.
Citations are pending upon completion of the investigation.
June 14, 2012
6:00 a.m. newscast
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department is searching for a van that was stolen overnight. Police are looking for a white, 2004 Chevy Venture van, with plate number 583MFS. If anyone sees this vehicle, do not approach it; notify the Atlantic Police Department at 712-243-3512 immediately.
(ADAIR) An Adair man suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident in Adair County Wednesday.
The Iowa State Patrol says 61-year-old Timothy Turk was driving a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire east on I-80 in the left lane when he entered the median, crossed onto the westbound lanes, overcorrected and re-entered the median, crossing both eastbound lanes where the vehicle overturned and slid into the south ditch.
Turk told authorities that he had blacked out for a moment before the accident occurred. The report states that Turk sustained minor injuries, but he was not transported to a hospital.
(Anita) A fundraising golf tournament will be held in Anita for the CAM High School football team FRIDAY.
Tee time is 9:30 a.m. at Crestwood Hills Golf Course for the 2nd Annual CAM Gridiron Golf Tournament. Here’s CAM Football coach Joe Wollum says the money will help fund a team camp at Northwest Missouri State and purchase a new camera.
It’s a four-person best ball tournament with one unique twist.
Coach Wollum says there will be two pins at each hole just in case you hit a bad shot.
The cost is $120 per team and Coach Wollum says teams can sign up the morning of the tournament. The Gridiron Club raised $5,000 for the football team at last year’s tournament and they are hoping to at least match that this year.
(Atlantic) Persons with disabilities are capable of performing many of the same tasks as everyone else in the community. That was the message at Tuesday's Community Conversation sponsored by ID Action and Cass Incorporated.
Tara Christensen, Barbara Curtis, and Sally Fischer shared stories of how they have been able to overcome challenges and accomplish many of their goals. Fischer told the audience at Iowa Western Community College yesterday that initially she was reluctant to get involved in the community until she found out until she got started with the New Horizons program at Cass Incorporated and found there are a lot of people who care about her.
“This program has taught me the importance of giving back to our community in a variety of ways. Some of my favorite volunteer opportunities are meals on wheels, hanging the bloodmobile posters, participating in planting the downtown flowers cleaning up local parks, assisting with the lunch program at the YMCA, sacking popcorn for the children at Santa’s village, raising money for adopt-a-family, and reading to the children at Ann Wickman.”
Barbara Curtis says she has had the opportunity to experience many firsts since moving to Atlantic. That list ranges from sitting on a bike for the first time to moving into a house with two roommates.
“Once I was settled and comfortable with my home I had an idea for another first for me. Both of my roommates go to the daily acivity program at Cass too. They also go to work on the work floor several hours a week. Even though I never had a job before I decided it was something I wanted to try. With the help of my service coordinator at Cass I got the chance to work two afternoons week starting in May. It makes me feel really good that I get to work for a living and I was excited to take home my first pay check.”
Tara Christensen is one of over 30 Cass Incorporated clients who are employed in the community.
“Getting a job is the community is a little scary but I did it. I achieved it. I did it on March 12, 2012.”
Christensen works for an after school program at a local church.
“I now work five afternoons per week preparing snack, doing crafts, and playing with the children, the perfect job for me.”
The event was sponsored by ID Action which is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the development of services and supports that allow Iowans with developmental disabilities to make choices and take greater control of their lives.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Protection Commission is meeting later this afternoon to discuss the possibility of regulating cats. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the topic arose after a councilman received a complaint about cats bothering a residence bird sanctuary.
“I believe a resident contacted a council member concerning cats running loose in her back yard where she has a bird sanctuary,” stated Harris. “So this has been referred to the Community Protection Commission.”
Harris says cat ordinances are somewhat unusual because they are difficult to regulate.
However, there are currently over 1,100 cities and counties that have local ordinances on controlling cats, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Those ordinances can be found at www.municode.com. American Bird Conservancy Officials say the following statistics should be compiled locally before presenting a case for legislation.
The “cat facts” include; The number of cats entering the shelter each year; how many of those cats are stray and how many have been surrendered; how many stray cats have been reclaimed by their owner; how many are adopted; and how many are euthanized. Track the number and kinds of complaints that animal care and control agencies receive regarding cats. Document all cases of neglect, cruelty, and injuries. And document public health problems that relate to cats.
The meeting is slated for 4:30 this afternoon in the Atlantic City Council Chambers.
June 13, 2012
2:00 p.m. newscast
(AMES) With the busy summer travel season and one of the largest construction programs in the state’s history underway, the Iowa Department of Transportation is expanding the ways in which travelers can conveniently access Iowa travel information when they are on the go.
Now, travelers can get personalized “My Reports” alerts via email and/or text message. Alerts keep travelers informed about traffic incidents, road closures and other restrictions that affect the highway routes users have preselected.
To subscribe to My Reports and sign up to receive the email/text alerts, visit hb.511ia.org/MyReportsInfo.html for step-by-step instructions.
Iowa’s 511 service is a 24 hour/seven day-a-week service of the Iowa DOT that provides real-time updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, traffic incidents, road closures and other events that impact traffic. Get highway route reports, view camera images, see weather warnings, read the messages displayed on active electronic road signs, and see traffic speeds in certain locations.
511 travel information is available:
-By phone (call 511 within Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide).
-On Facebook and Twitter (visit www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html for details).
-On the Internet at www.511ia.org.
-In a mobile device-compatible format (visit www.511ia.org)
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the 1st reading of the 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.
As described in the ordinance, dumping is to intentionally or unintentionally abandon, deposit, discard, drop, place, scatter, or throw any garbage, litter, refuse, rubbish, rubble, solid waste or waste building materials; to intentionally or unintentionally allow to be abandoned, deposited, discarded, dropped, placed, scattered or thrown any garbage, litter, refuse, rubbish, rubble, solid waste or waste building materials as a result of a person’s failure to not properly secure, tie-down or cover said materials while transporting same for disposal.
Fines for illegal dumping would range from $100 to $1,000, depending on the amount of that was dumped and whether it is a first or second offense.
The Supervisors will hold the second reading and adoption of the ordinance at their meeting next week.
(Griswold) A Griswold family is offering a $500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) who stole a three-piece bench from their daughter Kayleen’s gravesite located at the Whipple Cemetery northwest of Griswold.
It was a family gift from a cousin to celebrate my daughter’s life,” stated Patty Amos, the mother of Kayleen. “She was 21-years-old when she was killed in a pickup rollover accident on August 9th, 2011. The 3-piece concrete Garden Bench was engraved with the verse; “holes in heaven and the stars shining down so we know they are happy.”
Amos says the bench means a lot to her family and they want to get it back.” It has been a horrible year for all of us and then to have that taken on top of it. All of the family used that bench when we went out to visit Kayleen’s grave.”
It was first discovered missing sometime between April 23 and April 28, and if anyone has information in regards to this three piece bench set, contact the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office at 712-328-2200.
June 13, 2012
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires. The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment.
Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau, said fire departments should receive the grant information in early July.
Fire departments can improve their grant scores by sending Kantak a wildland fire report whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports can receive priority points in the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application scoring process.
The wildland fire reports will be compiled locally and nationally and will be reported to Congress.
The grants package and the Wildland Fire Report form is available at www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/FirePrevention/FirePrograms.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Applications are due October 15th. The grant provides 50 percent reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department.
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Green Veterans AmeriCorps members will be leading volunteers in waste audits at Iowa’s state parks this summer.
Volunteers are needed to assist with separating, weighing, documenting, and bagging recyclables for processing. The information collected will be used to determine the feasibility of onsite recycling in state parks.
Waste audits are planned for Lake Manawa State Park on June 18th from 9 a.m. to noon and Lake Anita State Park on July 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers should wear clothing suitable for sorting waste and close-toed, comfortable shoes. Other safety equipment and instructions will be provided onsite.
For more information or to pre-register contact Kaitlyn Vitko at Kaitlyn.Vitko@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-0153. Volunteers will meet at park campgrounds.
Waste audits are being performed at several state parks may help identify additional sustainability-related opportunities.
Waste sorts are sponsored through partnerships with the DNR Land Quality Bureau, DNR Iowa Green Veterans AmeriCorps program, and Iowa Waste Exchange.
(Atlantic) An 18-year-old Atlantic man was injured this morning in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 83 just northwest of Atlantic.
Scott Pigsley, with the Iowa State Patrol says the driver Brandon Ballinger was putting a drink in the cup holder when the pick up went out of control.
Ballinger was heading northwest on Highway 83 out of Atlantic when he became temporarily distracted as his pickup rounded the curve. The vehicle drifted to the hand shoulder. Ballinger overcorrected and the vehicle lost control and rolled into the south ditch. Medivac Ambulance transported Ballinger to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
The Atlantic Police Department, Medivac Ambulance, and the Cass County Sherifrf's Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol at they scene.
June 12, 2012
(HAMBURG) Authorities are searching for a man who robbed the Great Western Bank in Hamburg Monday.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says at around 9:25 a.m., a male, approximately 30 years old, entered the Great Western Bank and demanded that a plastic bag be filled with money. No weapon was displayed. The subject then left the bank and ran south with an undisclosed amount of money.
The subject is described as approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall, 175 lbs with a dark complexion. He was wearing a white visor, aviator style sunglasses, a white t-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Through witness accounts and surveillance footage, it has been determined that the suspect was possibly driving a dark green, mid 90’s model Cadillac, four-door with a tan vinyl top. The vehicle was last seen turning south onto I-29 at the Hamburg exit shortly after the incident.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Fremont County Crimestoppers at 800-432-9240. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for an award up to $1,000.
(HARLAN) Prairie Rose State Park will be hosting a 50-year celebration this weekend.
Brian Hayes, with the DNR office in Lewis, says construction on Prairie Rose State Park started in 1958 and finished in 1960. The park was then opened to the public in 1962. Hayes said the 50-year celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday outside the park office and shop area and will include cake, refreshments and a short program.
“Unfortunately they are going to have to celebrate this 50th birthday party with a dry lake,” said Hayes. “As people are well aware, it’s the current lake that is going through the restoration process and Prairie Rose has been dry since last July.”
Hayes said a contractor was in last winter and removed around 70,000 cubic yards of sediment from a wetland above the lake that will act as a sediment trap in the future. A second contractor is about ready to wrap up stabilizing the eroding shore line with rock. That contractor is also building some fish habitat and those projects are expected to be done very soon. Hayes said the final piece of the puzzle is the spillway modification. He said the concrete should be poured in a couple weeks and then by mid-July the project will be completed and that will allow them to close the gate and start trapping water.
“Those dry conditions that we’ve been suffering through so far this year, hopefully we’ll get some relief, not only for our friends in agriculture, but to refill this lake,” said Hayes. “I get asked all the time how long is it going to take to refill that lake and it all depends on run-off events and rainfall.”
Prairie Rose State Park is located 3 miles south of Harlan and 8 miles north of Walnut on M47.
(Atlantic) The state’s road salt supplies are filling up quickly at bargain prices, unlike four years ago when there was a salt shortage and prices skyrocketed after a terribly hard winter. Now the price of salt has dropped nearly 14-percent following the state’s mildest winters on record.
“The good indication from this is apparently the salt suppliers are predicting a good supply of salt for the entire winter,” stated Cass County Engineer Charles Marker. “We will buy as much as we can. We can’t buy enough for the entire winter because we don’t have enough storage.”
Marker says the winter of 2009-2010 was the harshest winter on record in Cass County since 1991. During the 2009-2010 winter, Cass County went through 1,673 ton of salt and sand at a cost of $97,000. Last winter, (2011-2012), Cass County’s salt usage dropped 29-percent.
Charles Marker also saves the county about $7.00 a ton by using a local carrier.
June 12, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Rescue crews responded to a single vehicle, personal injury accident northwest of Atlantic on Marne Road (Highway 83) this morning.
According to scanner traffic, the occupant of the vehicle was concious and complaining of shoulder pain.
No other details are available at this time.
(HARLAN) A Portsmouth man facing burglary charges from an incident in May is set to be arraigned on Monday.
Forty-three year old Mark Allen Boardman was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief after he allegedly entered an unoccupied trailer in Harlan with a pry bar and broke a window.
A pre-trial hearing is set for July 2nd and Trial July 10th.
(EARLING) Two Council Bluffs men will have pre-trial hearings on Monday in connection with the theft of an ATM machine from the Farmer’s Trust and Savings Bank in Earling in April.
Thirty four year old Robert Edie and 19-year-old Patrick Eggerling face charges of 1st Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and Burglary Tools, and 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief. Edie and Eggerling are accused of pulling an ATM out of the bank with a log chain and loading it into their vehicle and taking off. Edie and Eggerling were arrested following a pursuit through Harrison and Pottawattamie counties that ended in a crash. The vehicle the two men were in had also been stolen.
Edie will have a hearing/motion for discovery on June 25th and trial dates for both men have been set for July 10th.
(Atlantic) Staff at Cass County Memorial Hospital are preparing for the first stage of their move to the newly completed addition. Friday, June 15th, the Emergency Department (ED), Same Day Surgery Department, and Surgery Department will all relocate into their new quarters on the first floor of the addition. The Inpatient Services located on the second floor are scheduled to move on Friday, June 29th.
“We will be operating out of our old Emergency Department until everything is operational in the new area,” explained Pat Markham, CCMH Administrator. “As soon as we are ready to go in the new ED we will make radio announcements, post it on our website and put up signage for the new ED. Fortunately, the two entrances are very close together, so it should not cause a lot of confusion.”
Patients coming to the new Emergency Department will still utilize the south ambulance drive. The new ED Garage doors will open automatically when a vehicle approaches, and patients can enter from a door inside the garage. Patients may also park outside the ED and enter on foot through the new ED entrance, which is to the right of the temporary ED entrance that has been in use for the past year.
Beginning Monday, June 18th, all scheduled surgery patients will register in the new ED Admissions, just inside the ED entrance, and utilize the new Same Day Surgery Department and operating rooms. “The procedure won’t really be different than what we’ve done in the past, we will just be using our new facilities and equipment, which we expect will be a very positive experience for our patients,” Pat noted.
Any patients or visitors who are unsure about how to access any hospital services during this transition are encouraged to call ahead for clarification, or ask any hospital staff member for assistance.
June 12, 2012
(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an SUV that stole a utility trailer that was hauling an ATV
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says at approximately 3:31 this (Tues.) morning the Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft from 2266 Ginko Avenue South of Red Oak. It was determined that someone entered onto the property with an SUV and hooked up to the victim’s Utility Trailer and left northbound on Ginko Avenue from the residence. The trailer was hauling a 2005 Polaris Sportsman 500, 4x4, green in color which had a yellow boom sprayer on the back rack of the ATV.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Montgomery County Crime stoppers at 800-432-1001 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107.
June 12, 2012
(Red Oak) A Red Oak resident complained told the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning that a large pile of copper had been stolen from his residence.
The victim, 67-year-old Spencer William Ralph Johnson reported that between 11:30 p.m., June 10 and 11:00 a.m. June 11, someone had stolen the pile of copper wire valued at $500.00.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Montgomery County Crime stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.
June 12, 2012
(Atlantic) The trial date has been moved back for the former Anita teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Monday Judge Jeffrey Larson agreed to extend the trial date for Sixty-Five-year-old William Glenn Foulkes until September 25, at 9:30 a.m. He was to go to trial on July 10.
Foulkes pled Not Guilty in March; to charges he sexually exploited a minor for a period of 13-months. The former Anita Math teacher, who resigned in 2010, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct on numerous occasions with a minor female from August 2009 until November 11, 2010.
He was arrested on March 15th on a felony warrant for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee and 49-aggravated Misdemeanor counts for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee.
June 11, 2012
(OMAHA) Westbound Interstate 80 will be closed at midnight Tuesday, June 12, until 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the I-80/I-29 interchange in Council Bluffs. The closure is necessary for sign maintenance. Travelers will follow a marked detour utilizing I-29 and I-480.
Also on Tuesday evening, the 13th Street entrance and loop ramps to westbound I-80 will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 13. Both west- and eastbound I-80 will have lane closures between 13th and 20th streets in Omaha.
The work is being performed by Nebraska Department of Roads maintenance staff.
(EARLHAM) An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting in Madison County early this morning.
According a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence in Desoto and arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Clayton on a charge of Willful Injury. Clayton is being held in the Madison County Jail and additional charges are pending.
At around 4:55 a.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1900 block of 105th Streed (2 miles East of Earlham) after an adult female called 911 and reported a shooting.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO A PORTION OF THE 911 CALL PROVIDED BY THE MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
When deputies arrived a short time later, an adult male, identified as 45-year-old Howard Clayton Jr., of Earlham, was located in the doorway of an outbuilding that is adjacent to his residence. Clayton who had suffered a gun-shot wound was transported by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital where his condition is still unknown at this time. Howard is the father of Nicholas.
The investigation is still on-going at this time.
(Photos courtesy of the Madison County Sheriff's Office)
“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.”
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 today.
(RED OAK) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a trailer.
A red 2004 H&H two wheel trailer, owned by 72-year-old Delaine Willmer Isaacson, of Red Oak, had been stolen from 1655 Ironwood Avenue between 10:30 am and 3:07 pm on Sunday.
If anyone has any information they can contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.
(DES MOINES) After 100 years there are many reasons why the Villisca murders have captivated the attention of people from all over the country, according to Montgomery History Center Director David McFarland.
“The fact that after 100 years and it still remains unsolved I think just kind of ads to the mistake and I suppose some people are drawn in because it’s an unsolved mystery, there’s a huge, huge following of the paranormal; you know if there is ever a haunted house this has to be it, and there are those of us that look at it from a historical view point,” said McFarland.
Tickets were sold Sunday to people from all over the country to tour the home where eight people were found murdered on June 10, 1912. The Montgomery History Center has the axe used in the murders on display.
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(ADAIR) A Council Bluffs man was injured in a single vehicle accident in Adair County Sunday.
The Iowa State Patrol says at around 12:20 pm, 45-year-old Michael Bersane was driving a 2001 Toyota Camry eastbound on Interstate 80 and attempted to exit I-80 at the 83 exit when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the ramp to the left. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the ditch between I-80 and the off ramp.
Bersane was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Stuart Rescue.
(Atlantic) A Kimballton man and a two-year-old boy were injured Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on 173 near 590th Street.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says Joshua Hemminger, of Kimballton was southbound on 173 at around 3:25 p.m. Saturday when he lost control. The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled several times.
Hemminger was air-lifted to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Medivac Ambulance transported the 2-year-old boy to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
June 11, 2012
(Council Bluffs) Two men from Council Bluffs remain in the Polk County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver.
Polk County SGT. Jana Rooker says the Mid-Iowa Task Force said 30-year-old Chandler Robbins and 34-year-old Allen Sutton, both of Council Bluffs were arrested at 2:30 Saturday morning after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 80.
“One of the subjects had a warrant and gave The Mid-Iowa Task Force permission to search the vehicle, stated Rooker. “They found some guns and a white substance in several plastic bags.”
Rooker said the Mid-Iowa Task Force was called to field test the substance. It was positive for methamphetamine. There were three guns also found in the car. Both Robbins and Sutton were taken into custody. The amount of Schedule II narcotics obtained has not been released.
Both men are being held on $100,000 bond.
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June 11, 2012
(Panora) A Churdan man drowned at Lake Panarama late Saturday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old Barry Blanchfield, of Churdan initially jumped off the boat and into the lake to retrieve his hat and went underwater at around 5:23 Saturday afternoon.
The Panora Fire and Rescue, Lake Patrol, State Patrol and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene for an unresponsive male. Blanchfield was pulled from the water and paramedics began administering CPR. He was then taken to the Guthrie County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation is continuing but alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
June 11, 2012
(Atlantic) The sound of lightening and thunder was music to the ears Sunday evening. We received 1.4 inches of rain at the KSOM/KS95 studios overnight.
There were just a few severe storm warnings issued for the area including, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, northeastern Cass, Audubon, Adair and Adams County. Those warnings were issued mainly for small hail and possible high wind gusts.
The forecast for today calls for a high around 80-degrees with winds out of the northwest at 10-20-mph with gusts up to 30-miles per hour.
-7-miles southwest of Atlantic-1.75 inches
There is another chance of rain this weekend.
June 11, 2012
(Atlantic) Cass County Health System will unveil Phase 1 of the Addition and Renovation Project to the Public today during an open house from 1p.m.-5p.m..
Phase 1 of the project is 42,250 square foot addition to the hospital. CEO Pat Markham says she’s excited to share the progress with the community."I think they are going to see a state of the art facility that’s going to maximize patient privacy. We’re very proud of what we have accomplished here." The addition will help enhance customer care in several ways including the addition of a rehab pool for physical therapy area.
Phase 2, includes remodeling the existing 22,000 square feet for improved outpatient services. The AMC addition and remodeling was completed last fall and those areas have been in use since that time. The hospital areas will move into the new addition shortly after the open house, the main floor departments will move the weekend of June 15, with second floor departments moving the weekend of June 29.
updated June 10, 2012
(Audubon) A rural Audubon County man pleaded guilty to conspiring to grow and sell marijuana in Audubon County.
Federal prosecutors said 44-year-old Paul Irlmeier pleaded guilty Wednesday. His co-defendant, 62 year-old Randy Irlmeier, pleaded guilty on May 30. The two face a miminum of five years and a maximum of 40-years in prison.
Presecutors said that as part of the guilty pleas, the two men admitted to running the marijuana operation from 2005 to October 27, 2010. Authorities found dozens of marijuana plants at Randy Irlmeier's residence n Audubon County.
June 9, 2012
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(Mondamin) Former West Harrison Principal Mike Loftin faces one year of unsupervised probation following a January 20th incident in which he pulled down the pants of a student.
Loftin appeared in Harrison County court Wednesday where he was found guilty of simple assault. He requested and received deferred judgment.
The family of the girl involved in the incident plans on filing a civil lawsuit against the fired school principal.
(Greenfield) Rob Mensing from Greenfield has been selected to participate in the 2012 New Century Farmer Program July 8-14 in Johnston, Iowa.
Mensing is one of 50 outstanding young people representing 24 states who will participate in the program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.
Mensing, who attends Iowa State University, will take part in a series of workshops and sessions during the conference. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. He will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate him on the risks and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.
The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Case IH; CSX Corporation; and Farm Credit; with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program is designed to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge applicable to their own farming operations. In addition, they will build a network of colleagues that will benefit them throughout their careers.
The National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
June 8, 2012
(Greenfield) Copper theft is a crime and it is on the increase in Farmers Electric service areas. Stan Crees Member Service Director of the Farmers’ Electric Cooperative in Greenfield says copper thefts costs the U.S. economy $1 billion a year. And not only that stealing copper from an electric substation or utility pole can not only cause extensive outages, fires and explosions-but it might cause serious injury or death.
“If something happens to a breaker it has got to go to ground and then it will trip out,” stated Crees. “And if there is no ground for it to go to it could damage appliances and could people also.”
Crees says a lot of copper thefts take place to supplement drug habits.
“I think a lot of it is methamphetamine addicts which is an easy way for them to get dollars for their drug habit. Experts have determined that is where a lot of this is going,” said Crees.
Crees says the public can help by increasing their awareness and reporting suspicious activities near substation areas or near utility poles.
June 8, 2012
(Greenfield) The Adair County Auditors' Office is taking applications for two spots that are now open on the three member Adair County Veterans Affairs Commission. Adair County Auditor Mindy Schaefer current Veterans Affairs Commissioner Donna Bitner is retiring June 30th, which opened up at least one spot on the commission.
"Rick Schrecker, a current VA Commissioner was hired was to replace Donna Bitner as the Administrator," stated Schaefer. "And we also have another commissioner who is wanting to retire, so we now have two spots open on the commission."
Schaefer says applications can be picked up at the Adair County Auditor's Office.
June 8, 2012
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(Corning) Five people face assault charges in Adams County.
According to the Adams County Sheriffs’ Office the five were arrested on an Adams County warrant for willful Injury Assault late Thursday night.
The five charged are identified as 33-year-old Douglas Alan Stirek, of Massena, 21-year-old Zachary M. Bagshaw, of Cumberland, 31-year-old Eric Michael Bradley, of Greenfield, 35-year-old Aaron Jon Greenwalt and 28-year-old Shawn Michael Buffington, both from Corning.
The five men were allegedly involved in a bar fight in Corning that left one person seriously injured. The Adams County Sheriff's Office would not release that persons name.
Bradley was held on $10,000 cash only bond, Greenwalt, Buffington, Stirek, and Baqgshaw were being held on $5,000 cash only bond.
June 8, 2012
(ATLANTIC) Patients in the CCMH Emergency Department will be seeing a familiar face when they visit the Cass County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.
Mark Johnson, M.D., will be transitioning from his full-time position as a family medicine physician at Atlantic Medical Center to working full-time in the CCMH Emergency Department. Dr. Johnson’s final day at AMC will be Friday, August 3rd. Dr. Johnson has provided some ED care throughout his time at AMC; this change will expand his role in that department.
Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa and completed his Family Practice Residency at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, where residents receive a lot of emergency medicine training. Dr. Johnson came to AMC in June 1987.
Currently a staff of five medical providers, including two physicians, one nurse practitioner and two physician assistants, provide care in the ED 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sometimes that can involve a provider working some long shifts. The medical staff and hospital administration have decided to increase the number of providers to decrease the length of shifts worked, which will improve quality of patient care and patient safety.
(RED OAK) An Aviation Youth Camp will be held at the Red Oak Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 16th.
Gail Ernst, Manager of the Red Oak Airport, says the Aviation Youth Camp provides children hands-on experiences in the world of aviation and connects aviation to history, science, math and communications.
“It is a great introduction to aviation and hopefully we’re going to touch just a few of our future pilots we’re going to have here in our local area,” said Ernst.
Ernst said during the camp, children will have the opportunity to learn about airplanes and aerodynamics, airports, weather, the language of aviation, careers in aviation and given the opportunity for a free orientation flight courtesy of local Red Oak Pilots. He said the aviation camp is very popular with the kids; however enrollment is limited to only 28 youth on a first-come application basis.
“We have a great turnout for this and I’ve had so many inquiries,” said Ernst. “This is the third year that we’ve done it now at our airport. This year we’re taking children ages 10 to 17. The Civil Air Patrol is a very active unit here and they will also be giving a class for one of the round-robin type teaching that we do here.”
The Aviation Youth Camp will be held from 8:30 am through 12:30 pm on June 16th. Enrollment is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Applications and parental consent forms may be requested by emailing Gail Ernst at email@example.com or by calling 712-623-6523 or 712-370-1511.
The Aviation Youth Camp concept is endorsed by the Iowa Aviation Promotion Group, the Iowa Public Airports Association, the Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, and is hosted by the Red Oak Municipal Airport.
(Atlantic) Atlantic City Councilwoman Kathy Somers reminds residents within Atlantic City limits, which debris from buildings undergoing demolition has to go to the landfill.
“The debris cannot go to some secret place outside of the city limits,” stated Somers. “And if the DNR ever finds a secret place where stuff has been dumped and buried, the person responsible will have to dig it up and take it to the landfill.”
Councilman Shawn Shouse says farmers can’t offer to take the debris either. “The farm rules dictate that only buildings on that particular farm be buried on that same farm.”
Meanwhile, the Cass County Board of Supervisor’s has been dealing with illegal dumping issues. County Officials have received complaints regarding old furniture and trash being dumped along county roads and ditches.
Last week, the Supervisor’s set hearing dates on a proposed illegal dumping ordinance. Hearings will be held June 15th and 20th with the adoption set for June 20th.
June 7, 2012
(OAKLAND) Several Riverside High School students were among over 80,000 students across the country who participated in the 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge organized by the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Education.
Thirteen Riverside students were recognized as being among the top 20% of all students taking the voluntary online exam nationally. The highest achieving students included; Kevin Collins, Dannielle Easton, Jacie Feigenbutz, Brea Fender, RJ Griger, John Gunderson, Clay Harris, Mack Housman, Samantha Keast, Alexander McLaughlin, Joshua Mills, Marissa Rose, and Elisabeth Seifert. Additionally, students who scored in the top 10% of the nation were given special recognition, and two students from Riverside achieved this honor: Jacie Feigenbutz and Alexander McLaughlin.
Additionally, as part of the National Financial Capability Challenge, students as well as school districts were eligible for a drawing for scholarship money and prizes. Riverside received a $1,000 cash prize from Iowa Student Loan, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Jump$tart, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, and the Iowa College Access Network. Schools that had at least one student who scored in the top 20% of the Challenge were entered into a drawing for one of 30 cash prizes of $1,000. The money should be used for scholarship funding as well as improving and continuing financial literacy education at Riverside.
(Atlantic) A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning at the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
Cass County Health System will unveil Phase 1 of the Addition and Renovation Project to the Public on Sunday during an open house.
Phase 1 of the project is 42,250 square foot addition to the hospital. CEO Pat Markham says she’s excited to share the progress with the community.
“I think they are going to see a state of the art facility that’s going to maximize patient privacy. We’re very proud of what we have accomplished here.”
The addition will help enhance customer care in several ways including the addition of a rehab pool for physical therapy area.
Phase 1 includes the new construction on the project. Phase 2, includes remodeling the existing 22,000 square feet for improved outpatient services.
(DES MOINES) The Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center in Harlan will be part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 14th.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Safe Kids Greater Des Moines, Altoona Aquatic Park, Algona Family YMCA, and the Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center in Harlan are joining top water safety and training organizations around the U.S. and world for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL).
On June 14th, water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host WLSL lessons simultaneously at 10 a.m. CT in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. The event is designed to build awareness about the importance of teaching young children to swim to help prevent drowning.
The event will feature a 30 minute swimming lesson, occurring simultaneously at pre-registered locations around the world. In 2011, the Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson ever occurred on June 14, when more than 20,000 people representing 45 states and 14 countries on five continents participated. This year, there are more than 500 official WLSL host locations around the world, representing 24 countries on five continents and 46 states in the U.S.
For more information on WLSL, visit www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org.
(Atlantic) ID Action and Cass Incorporated will hold a community conversation on June 12th to raise awareness of the positive impact that those with developmental disabilities have in their communities.
Three Cass Incorporated clients will speak about their community involvement during the event that will be held at Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic on Tuesday.
Service Coordinator Jenny Rogers with Cass Incorporated says persons with disabilities take great pride in completing tasks within the community.
“I think it’s going to be a very unique opportunity. A lot of people don’t understand that individuals with disabilities have abilities just as wonderful as what we are able to do and sometimes even more so and hopefully this will get ablot of awareness out into the community.”
Barbara Curtis, Sally Fischer, and Tara Christensen will all speak at the event which is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12th in room 141 at Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating their 70th Anniversary with their first ever banquet.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will speak at the banquet and the Soil and Water Conservation District will honor a local landowner or tenant that has shown good conservation practices.
Chairman Curt Behrends and Vice Chairman Greg Zellmer say most of the time you only hear about the things that people are doing wrong and that’s why they want recognize those that are doing the right thing.
This is the 70th anniversary for the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District and Zellmer quickly sums up the reason why they exist saying,
“So that they land will be there for next generation.”
Nominations are due July 6th to the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Atlantic. That is also where you can buy your tickets and/or make a donation to help fund the first ever banquet which will be held at the Cass County Community Building at 6:00 p.m. on August 23rd.
(Atlantic) The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals responsible for the graffiti that is being spray painted on numerous downtown businesses is now up to $1,000. Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones and Councilmen, Dana Halder and Steve Livengood orginally offered a $500.00 reward, but since the story broke the reward has doubled for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals that are spraying graffiti on downtown businesses.
“We are offering a reward for our graffiti vandals for their arrest and conviction starting immediately, “stated Mayor Jones at the Atlantic City Council meeting Wednesday night. “We are hoping to get this stopped.”
Melanie Petty offered $250.00 from the Trevor Fredricksen Foundation, an anonymous donor kicked in another $250.00 bring ing the total up to $1,000.00. Anyone who sees this happening or has any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible are to call the Atlantic Police Department.yone who sees this happening or has any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible are to call the Atlantic Police Department.
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(Atlantic) In an attempt to lower the deer population in Atlantic this fall the Atlantic City Council voted across the board on the third reading to amend the city code by adding a new chapter entitled “Urban Deer Control.”
The Community Protection Committee recommended approval of this ordinance after reviewing data gathered on the City’s deer population by the DNR. After discussions with them and public input, the Committee concluded that there is currently an over population of deer in Atlantic that poses a threat to property and public safety.
In response the committee drafted regulations that would allow bow hunting of antlerless deer within the boundaries of the City with certain appropriate restrictions and conditions.
June 7, 2012
(Omaha) An Omaha boy found unresponsive at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs died at a Council Bluffs hospital.
The Council Bluffs Police Uniform Division and the DNR were called to the Lake Manawa beach area at around 2:23 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived CPR was in progress on 11-year-old Isaiah T. Griffin, of Omaha. Council Bluffs Rescue transported the boy to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say Isaiah was with a group of children and adults from Lydia House/Open Door Mission Camp on a swimming outing. Isaiah Griffin was swimming in a designated area playing football with other children when for an unknown reason he disappeared. He was found in approximately 4 feet of water by one of the counselors from the Lydia House and pulled to shore where they began CPR.
There were camp counselors along with a life guard on location at the time of the incident.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. At this time the incident appears to be accidental, but the investigation continues.
June 6, 2012
(Atlantic) Motorists traveling East 22nd Street in Atlantic take note, there will soon be a change in the speed limit.
The Atlantic City Council approved the change on the third reading Wednesday which means the to speed limit will be reduced from 45-miles per hour to 35-miles per hour on East 22nd Street from Highway 71 to Olive Street.
The Community Protection Committee recommended this change after discussions with Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green who expressed his concerns with the traffic engineer’s recommendation that speed limit remain at 45-mph. Chief Green said that some residents who live on this section of street have expressed their concerns about the difficulty of pulling out of their driveways given the present speed.
In addition, he said that the pedestrian traffic on this road and the likelihood of more development and traffic in the future warrants the lowering of the speed limit on this section of 22nd Street from 45-mph to 35- mph.
The Community Protection Committee eventually agreed with Chief Green and recommended lowering the speed limit.
June 6, 2012
(IOWA) There is always a need for blood, and blood donations tend to decline during the summer, which is why there are several opportunities to donate in southwest Iowa this summer.
“Donating blood is a really simple process, it only takes about an hour, so if you’ve never donated before and you’re wondering, what is the commitment, what is it going to take; in about an hour you could potentially help give someone else a lifetime,” said April Oppliger, Communications Program Manager with the Red Cross. “Most people liken the needle stick to a pinch in the arm. Actually donating the blood, where the needle is inserted, takes about five minutes, so it’s a pretty short process.”
Oppliger added, “We encourage you; if you’re coming in for the first time, or if you’re a regular donor, to get a good night’s rest, drink lots of fluids so you’re well hydrated, eat something and those things will help you have a more successful donation.”
Oppliger said all blood types are truly needed, but O negative, B negative and A negative are needed the most.
And, Oppliger said those who donate blood through September 5th will be entered in the “Live Life, Give Life” summer promotion. One lucky donor will win a $5,000 giftcertificates.com prize package.
A blood drive is being held at the Oakland Community Center until 5:30 p.m. today.
Upcoming blood drives will be held in the following locations:
*Shenandoah Medical Center on June 8th from 7 am to 1 pm
*Irwin Community Building on June 11th from 11 am to 5 pm
*Anita Community Center on June 12th from 12 pm to 6 pm
*Corning Community Center on June 13th from 11 am to 5 pm
*Lewis Community Center on June 14th from 12 pm to 5:30 pm
*St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Audubon on June 14th from 12 pm to 6 pm
*Treynor Community Center on June 14th from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
*Harlan Primary Elementary School on June 16th from 9 am to 2:30 pm
To make an appointment or to find an area blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org
(Atlantic) Nearly 100 area youth were cooling off Wednesday afternoon outside the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic on a huge slip-n-slide brought in by the Atlantic Fire Department, and the water was donated by the Atlantic Municipal Utilities.
This is all part of “The Kids Fun Fitness events” at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA this summer. And the kids were having fun.
“They are and I think that is the key to keeping the kids really active is they really need to enjoy themselves,” stated Tamara Gibson program coordinator. “And this is just a plastic sheeting and hoses and the kids are having fun being kids.”
Gibson says one of the major concerns is the lack of movement in children today with computers and games and things, so quite often people like Gibson are looking for ways to get kids moving.
“They are connected all the time through the internet, facebook, twitter, and whatever the kids are doing. But this is good old fashion fun and this is relaxing to kids.”
Gibson says the “Y” was lucky enough to receive a grant to fund the Kids Fun Fitness program. This giant slip-n-slide donated by the Atlantic Fire Department is one of three major outings for the area youth. The National Guard brought in a Rockwall May 30th, and a “Down Home Country Hoe-Down” is scheduled for June 24th from 4-6 pm at the Y.
June 6, 2012
3:00 pm newscast
(LORIMOR) The Union County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the attempted abduction of a child in the Lorimor city Park Monday by a man reportedly in a white van.
Union County Sheriff Rick Piel says it’s not the first time the “white van” has come up.
“I know there have been a lot of reports in the Des Moines area of a white van,” said Piel. “We also had a report last Tuesday of a white van in Afton that had asked a ten year old child to hop in the van and help him look for his puppy.”
A quick thinking mother got the license plate from the van and officers interviewed the man, who says he was in the area working, but didn’t try to lure the children.
Piel encourages people to get the license plate number quickly and call it in to law enforcement.
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(BRADDYVILLE) A Braddyville man was arrested Tuesday on a Shelby County warrant. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Roger Dale Schaben was unable to post the $25,000 bond and was transported from Page County by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
(Harlan) Harlan Mayor Gene Getty’s authorized several appointments to various boards and commissions at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The Mayor appointed and the Harlan City Council approved by consensus vote for Brett Shields to replace Jim Hansen on the Library Board effective immediately. Pat Deren was re-appointed to the Airport Commission and Terry Derby and Bill Reid were appointed to the Veterans Commission effective April 19, 2012. Other appointments include; Kayla Jacobs to the Board of Adjustment, and Kim Zaccone and Sharon Daberkow were appointed to the Library Board effective July 1.
The Mayor is looking for someone to fill a spot on the Harlan Park and Rec. Board. Darcy Shropshire has declined another stint on the board.
June 6, 2012
(Harlan) Work continues on Harlan’s Waste Water Treatment Plant. Tuesday night the Harlan City Council approved the issuance of a $2.4 million bond for the renovation project and agreed to levy a tax to pay for it.
“The plant is 34-years old and we have gotten our life out of it and it is time to re-fix it and go on,” stated Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox.
Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox says the council approved part of that bond issue for the lift station which was built, re-built and improved. He says work is currently being done at the main plant. Workers are rebuilding 8-bio discs which could take 9-months to complete. The other improvements include a new roof, and digester along with some lid replacement.
Cox says the project is scheduled to be completed in about a year.
June 6, 2012
(Griswold) The Griswold School Board has reached a settlement with the Non-Certified staff. During Monday night’s special meeting the School Board approved a 4-percent salary increase which amounts to .52-cents an hour raise.
In other business, the school board made a final approval on the Parking Lot project which included walkways out to the football and track stands.
“We just have gravel pads out there now and the board thought it was time to do something more substantial and more ADA compliant for that area,” stated Griswold Schools Superintendent Dana Kunze. He added that it also included some adjustments to the plan for the path that is currently out there.
Kunze said the board also approved the lighting Design at the parking lot. “The board had a number of ideas as far as adjustments and changes. They wanted to keep light poles out of the parking area if at all possible for simpler navigation for vehicles and snow removal.”
Kunze says the project estimated has come in to cost just north of $1.5 Million dollars. The Bids are due June 15, and the contract will be awarded the following week.
June 5, 2012
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to regionalize with the southwest Iowa counties as part of the new Mental Health Redesign bill that was passed by the Iowa legislature this year.
Originally the board was going to sign a letter of intent to join with other counties in a 28E for mental health services. However, they changed their motion after Mental Health Director Teresa Kanning received a letter from the Shelby County CPC.
Kanning’s Assistant Deb Schuler explained, “It says Linda Hinton suggested just having the individuals Board’s of Supervisors from each county pass a motion during a regularly scheduled board meeting that they intend to participate in the planning process to regionalize with the southwest Iowa counties instead of doing a formal letter of intent.”
The new mental health redesign bill will require counties to regionalize for the mental health services. The DHS website says Iowa’s community-based, person-centered system will provide locally delivered services, a regionally managed system and statewide standards.
(Council Bluffs) Authorities are searching for a runaway teen and her baby last seen at Children’s Square in Council Bluffs at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Officers received a call at around 7:25 p.m. in reference to a runaway identified as 17-year-old Jewelie Coburn, of Council Bluffs, who left Children’s Square with her one year-old baby Gaige Coburn. Officers checked the area of North 16th Street and Interstate 29 for a report of a female carrying a baby but no one was located. Meanwhile, authorities received a tip that the girl and her baby may be enroute to Villisca, but a deputy checked the residence and Coburn and her infant son were not there.
Council Bluffs Police believe the girl and her child are in Villisca or possibly St. Joe, Missouri at this time. Investigators have been in close contact with Montgomery County regarding this runaway.
June 6, 2012
6: a.m. newscast
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(CLARINDA) A Red Oak woman was treated for minor injuries following a two vehicle accident in Page County Friday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Jaymie McAdams was driving a 1995 Ford Taurus eastbound on Highway 48, between G and H Avenues, attempting to pass a tractor and grain wagon. McAdams struck the grain wagon with the passenger side of the front end and continued contact down the passenger side of the vehicle. The airbags on McAdams’ vehicle deployed and both vehicles came to a stop.
McAdams was treated at the scene for burns and scrapes. The damage to her vehicle was estimated at $2,500. There was no damage to the grain wagon. McAdams was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The driver of the tractor, 55-year-old David Rydberg, of Essex, was not injured.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Program has approved a 3.375 percent 40 year loan of $21,000,000 to the Manning Regional Healthcare Center. The funds will be used to construct a replacement hospital of the current facility that was built in 1927.
The new, seventeen bed critical access facility will be approximately 61,900 square feet, and will include a physician clinic and a recovery center that will provide substance abuse treatment services for sixteen patients in a partial residential setting. Senator Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the USDA and the Rural Development Program.
(Harlan) The polls are open until 9:00 p.m. for Primary election 2012. In Shelby County there is a race for Sheriff and two seats on the Shelby County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Incumbent Delbert Hull is being challenged by Scott Burchette, Steve Kenkel, Randy Nelson, Charles Parkhurst, and David Yamada. Voters will vote for two candidates to fill the seats. Three candidates are running for two spots on the Democratic ticket. Incumbent James Burmiester is not seeking re-election. Herb Christensen, LaVon Christensen and Jerry Hensheid are running for two spots in the November General Election. The candidates must get 35-percent of the vote to get on the November ballot.
Republican Sheriff Mark Hervey is up against Nathan Dee Christensen in the Primary. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election.
The other races are unopposed including; Steve King, District 4 U.S. Representative, and Republican Jason Schultz for District 18 State Representative.
Congressman King will be challenged by Democratic Challenger Christie Vilsack, running unopposed on the Democratic ticket. Schultz will be opposed in November by either Kasy Fredrichsen or Bernard Murphy both running on the Democratic ticket.
Polls will be open until 9:00 p.m.
June 5, 2012
(Audubon) A Carroll man faces numerous charges following a single vehicle accident in Audubon County.
The accident occurred just north of Hamlin at around 6:30 on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Richard Lee Wilson of Carroll was driving a 2000 Chevy Impala southbound on Highway 71 when he lost control and crossed the roadway and bike trail. Wilson’s vehicle ended up in the field on the east side of the highway. He is charged with OWI 3rd Offense, Driving While Revoked, and Failure to Maintain Control. Wilson refused medical treatment and was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held.
(AMES) The Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Patrol and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck 2012 today through Thursday.
The agencies will be working in Iowa as part of the 25th annual international truck and motor coach safety and security event consisting of 72 continuous hours of enforcement activity throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program directed to commercial motor vehicles in the world, with an average of approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico during this event.
Each year nearly 8,000 CVSA and FMCA-certified inspectors at 2,550 locations across North America perform more than 70,000 truck and bus inspections in the 72 hours of Roadcheck. Inspectors focus on the North American Standard Level I inspections, motor coach inspections, hours of service logbooks, and household goods carriers.
Iowa DOT motor vehicle enforcement officers will conduct commercial driver/motor vehicle inspections at locations throughout the state on roadways identified as high-crash corridors. Inspections will be performed to determine driver and vehicle compliance with the FMCSA’s safety and hazardous materials regulations. Trucks or buses with serious safety violations will be taken out of service and not allowed to continue until they are repaired. Unqualified drivers will also be taken out of service.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) There is a race for Auditor, Sheriff and Board of Supervisors in Pottawattamie County for today primary election.
Republican Incumbent Marilyn Jo Drake is being challenged by Republican Gary Herman for County Auditor. For County Sheriff, Republican John W. Hitchcock is up against Republican Incumbent Jeffery D. Danker. And, Republicans Kevin Crouse, Lynn G. Grobe; Incumbent, and Melvyn J. Houser; Incumbent, are running for two County Board of Supervisors seats.
(RED OAK) There is a race for Sheriff in Montgomery County in today's primary election. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson (Republican) is being challenged by Republican Chris Stephens in the June 5th Primary Election.
The following Republican Incumbents are running unopposed for their seats: Ted A. Schoonover; Auditor, Bryant Amos; Supervisor District #3, and Donna Robinson; Supervisor District #5.
(Atlantic)The Atlantic Police Department reports one arrest.
27-year-old Samantha Schroeder of Atlantic has been placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense.
Schroeder was transported to the Cass County Jail where she was held.
(Exira) One person was injured in a two vehicle crash Monday evening in Exira.
The Iowa State Patrol report says a 2010 Ford F-150 driven by 74-year-old Lonnie Barber of Hamlin was traveling south on Fairview Road while a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by David Bahus of Dover, Arkansas was traveling east on Washington street. Barber failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the Bahus vehicle that was traveling east through the intersection. A passenger in the eastbound vehicle, 61-year-old Monta Bahus, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.
(Audubon) It’s Primary Day and three candidates are challenging Incumbent Audubon County Supervisor Todd Nelsen in the Republican Primary today. The Republican challengers include; Duane D. Diest, Monte L. Dreher, and Roger Merk. Jerry R. Carter is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary for the same Supervisor seat.
Audubon County Republican Auditor Lisa Frederickson is unopposed in the primary and there are no Democratic candidates in the race for her seat.
Audubon County Sheriff Todd W. Johnson is running unopposed in the Republican Primary. But, there will be a race in the General Election in November. Blake Asberry is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
The Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.
We will have complete coverage on KSOM and KS95 starting just after 9:00 p.m.
June 5, 2012
(Atlantic) An open house will be held Sunday at the Cass County Memorial Hospital. The purpose of the event is to unveil Phase 1 of the Addition and Renovation Project.
Phase 1 of the project is 42,250 square foot addition to the hospital. CEO Pat Markham (pictured) says she’s excited to share the progress with the community.
“I think they are going to see a state of the art facility that going to maximize patient privacy and security. It has the latest in medical technology. It’s homey it’s warm and comforting. I think everyone is going to be very impressed. We are very proud of what we have accomplished here.”
The addition will help enhance customer care in several ways. Specifically, one of those improvements will be an addition to the physical therapy area.
“It’s all about patient care and patient services. One area that we are expanding and that will be a completely new and additional is we will have a pool in our physical therapy area. You will be able to get water therapy in a nice warm pool for athletic injuries or post-surgery, or many of those kinds of things.”
Phase 1 includes the new construction on the project. Phase 2, includes remodeling the existing 22,000 square feet for improved outpatient services.
The open house on June 10th is from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
*Photo is from a tour of the addition in February
(Atlantic) A combined effort by the Cass County Sheriff’s and Atlantic Police Department resulted in numerous charges involving a number of car burglaries and a stolen firearm.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says four people have been charged in the burglaries including; 17-year-old Shawn Jensen, of Atlantic and 17-year-old Cameron Burg, of Atlantic. They are each charged with 25-counts of 3rd degree burglary and ongoing criminal conduct. During the investigation, law enforcement recovered a stolen firearm from 19-year-old Joseph Riesberg, of Atlantic. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm, and 4th degree theft. Also charged was 20-year-old Lucas Nelson, of Marne for possession of stolen property. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says the arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation.
“These burglaries have been going on for sometime around the County and the city of Atlantic,” stated Chief Green. “For probably about two weeks Atlantic Police and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office have been working on specific information on some of these individuals. Sheriff McLaren had some initial leads and worked into and as usual we put all of the officers and deputies together and they came up with quite a number of charges.”
Chief Green says the case remains under investigation and may have more charges pending.
June 4, 2012
(East Peru) Longtime Iowa Farm Broadcaster, Mark Pearson died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at his home near East Peru in Madison County.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and emergency responders had been called at around about 5:30 p.m. to Mark Pearson’s residence in rural Madison County. An air ambulance also flew to the scene. But, Chief Deputy Jason Barns told the Register about half an hour later that Pearson was dead.
News of Mark Pearson’s passing has made it all the way to Iowans in the Far East, where Governor Terry Branstad is on a trade mission to China.
"He was just a great friend of agriculture, a man with a great sense of humor and someone I considered a dear, dear friend," stated Governor Branstad. "So I am very sorry to hear of his passing, and he is going to be greatly missed."
And Terry Branstad says he mourns the loss of his “Good Friend” Mark Pearson Mark Pearson had been host of Iowa Public Television’s Market-to-Market Show. He also co-hosted WHO-AM radio’s “The Big Show,” which also focused on agriculture news. Mark Pearson was 54.
Des Moines Register and
the Iowa Radio Network
June 4, 2012
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The cause of death has been released on the Plattsmouth, Nebraska mother and her son who were found deceased near Lake Manawa in May.
The Council Bluffs Police Department says the manner of death for 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling and 10-year-old Owen Schilling is being classified as ligature/strangulation by use of a zip tie. Police say the official autopsy reports will not be available until toxicology testing is completed which may not be ready until mid to late June. Law enforcement is investigating the incident as a Murder/Suicide.
According to the report, Charlotte Schilling attempted suicide by the same method in November of 2011. Interviews with friends and associates of Charlotte have revealed recent actions consistent with those of a person contemplating suicide. Evidence located at the scene of their death support this.
Charlotte and Owen Schilling had been missing for nearly two weeks when their bodies were discovered on May 20th in a wooded area near Lake Manawa.
(Griswold) The Griswold City Clerks Office reminds Griswold residents living in the corner of 4th and 8th and Scott and Union Streets will their water shut off for a few hours to replace a valve.
Griswold City Clerk’s Office
June 4, 2012
(Audubon) An Irwin woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Audubon County Friday afternoon.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says Irwin Fire and Rescue transported 52-year-old Debra Jayne Rasmussen, of to the Manning Hospital for treatment of injuries.
According to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at around 12:45 p.m. on 150th Street near Yellow Road, approximately 6-miles east of Irwin. Krause crossed the centerline, lost control and went into the ditch, struck an embankment and flipped onto its’ side, trapping Krause inside.
The damage to her 2006 Ford F250 pickup was estimated at $16,000. The accident remains under investigation.
June 4, 2012
11:00 a.m. newscast
(AUDUBON) The Audubon Flight Breakfast held on Sunday served 730 people.
Free breakfast was served to all fly-ins between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. Fifty planes flew in from Clarinda, Pocahontas, Manning, Manson, Carroll, Atlantic, Marne, Danbury, Ames, State Center, Lake View, Wall Lake, Exira, Creston, Anita, Des Moines, Smithland, Mason City, Gray, Elk Horn, Indianola, Kimballton, Red Oak, Sheldon, Pacific Junction, Red Oak, Iowa Falls, Omaha, Nebraska, Millard, Nebraska, and Bancroft, Nebraska.
The Audubon Flight Breakfast was sponsored by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce.
(Atlantic) An Atlantic man is in jail on a charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren arrested 19-year-old Joseph Riesberg on charges of possession of stolen property, (a firearm) and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Riesberg was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains in custody on $6,000 cash bond.
June 4, 2012
(Corning) The Adams County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men trying to steal an air-conditioner from a residence at 1200 Davis Avenue in Corning Friday afternoon.
According to the Adams County Sheriffs’ Office, 41-year-old-Eric Matthews Gray and 67-year-old Victor Gray, both of 404 Grove Avenue in Corning face 2nd degree theft charges and were jailed on $5,000 cash bond.
The two men were identified by two Corning residents.
June 4, 2012
(Red Oak) Four teens were arrested in Montgomery County late Sunday night for alcohol under the legal age.
The Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Office says the four arrested are indentified as 17-year-old Cody Johnson, of Stanton, 17-year-old Shelby Tichota, of Atlantic, 17-year-old Torri Huerta, of Griswold, and 18-year-old Taylor Watson, of Griswold. The arrests were made following an incident in the 2700 block of Quail Drive east of Stanton.
Watson was cited and released while the three juveniles were transported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office where processed and released to an adult.
June 4, 2012
(Council Bluffs) Two people were killed and four other’s were injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident near the 63 mile marker on Interstate 29.
The Iowa State Patrol says, 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez, of Omaha, and 37-year-old Obed Orozo, of Logan died in the crash. The four injured are identified as Joel Garcia-Lucero, 25-year-old Mario Amaya-Elizalde, 27-year-old Alejandro Gardea, all of Omaha, and 25-year-old Nicholas Miller, of Glenwood. Council Bluff's Rescue transported Lucero, Gardea, and Elizalde to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Crescent Rescue transported Miller to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
According to the accident report, Lucero and Miller were both northbound on I-29 in the right hand lane. Lucero lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to pass Miller and crossed back over in the right hand lane striking Millers’ vehicle. Both car’s entered the ditch and rolled several times before coming to rest.
June 4, 2012
6:00 a.m. newscast
(VILLISCA) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover accident Friday afternoon.
According to the report, at around 4:13 p.m., 28-year-old Erin Nicole Johnson, of Villisca, was driving a 2012 Dodge Durango north on Q Avenue, following another vehicle. Johnson stated that the other vehicle created dust, making it hard to see. Johnson said she got too close to the shoulder and the loose gravel pulled her vehicle into the east ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over onto its top where it came to rest.
Johnson refused medical treatment on scene for her and her two children; however the three were later transported to Clarinda Regional Hospital by private party for observation. The Sheriff’s Office says the Johnson’s were contacted later and no injuries were reported.
The Durango was estimated a total loss.
(Southwest, Iowa) The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship released a statement Friday saying two southwest Iowa bulls will be quarantined after they tested positive for a venereal disease.
Officials say the two cases are the first in Iowa and it can spread to cows and cause infertility.
The location of the bulls was not released and Officials recommend that cow/calf producers have their bulls tested for the disease before they are purchased, or that they purchase virgin bulls.
June 2, 2012
8:00 a.m. newscast
(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police say more than $40,000 worth of copper and tools were stolen from two job sites in separate incidents Thursday.
Police say thieves took 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of copper from Jack Maitland Contracting valued at $30,000. The copper was in a shipping container that was broken into at 202 29th Avenue. The incident happened sometime between 5:00 p.m. May 25 and 7:00 a.m. the following day.
In a separate incident, $11,000 worth of copper wire and tools were stolen from the E & I Specialist Inc. construction site at 6401 Gifford Road between 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. Thursday.
June 2, 2012
8:00 a.m. newscast
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was taken into custody late Friday night on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Charles David Roof, of Red Oak was arrested following a complaint of a suspicious male at the Stanton High School baseball field.
Roof was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300.00 bond.
June 2, 2012
6:00 a.m. news
(State) The Iowa Department of Natural Recourses free fishing weekend is being held Today (Friday), Saturday, and Sunday.
Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the DNR office in Lewis says the free fishing weekend started over 20 years ago.
Hayes says it has been successful in generating interest in fishing especially among young people. A kids fishing derby will start at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Lake Anita.
Hayes adds that fishing conditions should be good for the weekend.
During the kids fishing derby children also get the opportunity to learn about different kinds of fish and get tips from DNR officials on what types of hooks and bait to use.
(COUCIL BLUFFS) Swimmer’s itch is starting to make its presence known to swimmers at Carter Lake near Council Bluffs.
The good news is that parasitic little pest that can cause welts and itching only lasts a few weeks and is not life-threatening.
The condition is caused by flatworms, a parasite. The flatworm eggs are transferred to water by bird droppings. The eggs hatch and infect snails, from which the free swimming form of the flatworm larvae emerges. In the absence of a suitable host such as a bird, the parasite will attempt to penetrate the skin of humans, and quickly dies after that, causing an allergic reaction below the skin resulting in welts and itching.
Officials say the symptoms are not life threatening and generally disappear within a few days. An antihistamine along with calamine lotion can be used to treat the affected areas.
Swimmer’s itch is most prevalent along beaches pounded by waves.
Officials say the most preventive measure is to reduce the amount of time in the water and to quickly dry off when getting out of the lake.
(Photo from www.cdc.gov)
(Dunlap) On June 24th, the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association will unveil the Abel Galland Memorial Cemetery to the public.
With the help of a ground penetrating radar unit, the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association found nine burials in October 2010 near Dunlap, Iowa and have spent over a year and half restoring the cemetery.
Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association President Ron Chamberlain says they have put a fence around the area, added a brick walkway from the first re-organized Latter Day Saints Church in America, and have put in two pillars with a sign that reads ‘Abel Galland Memorial Cemetery.’
Next week they’ll finish off the final step which is to add the remaining tombstones for Abel Galland and his wife as well as some children from other families.
The burials are located three miles north of Earling and four miles east of Dunlap. The ceremony begins at 2:00 on June 24th.
(NEOLA) Pottawattamie County Conservation and the County-wide Trail Planning Committee in Partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program would like to introduce the completed County-wide Trails Plan to the public on June 16th.
Mark Shoemaker, Executive Director of Pottawattamie County Conservation, says the event will take place at Arrowhead Park at 9:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Phoenix 5k race.
“During the event, it’s going to be more of a celebration, just to let the public know that we do have a plan in place, or underway, and we’re going to have some maps that show where the potential routes could be,” explained Shoemaker.
Shoemaker said they will have guest speakers from the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, the Pottawattamie County Supervisors and the County-wide Planning committee.
(Atlantic) During the month of June, Brian Fielder, D.O., will be completing his final preceptor experience at the Atlantic Medical Center as part of the Clarkson Family Medicine Residency program in Omaha, NE. On July 1, he will officially join the medical staff of Atlantic Medical Center and Cass County Memorial Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fiedler, call Atlantic Medical Center at 712-243-2850.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Fiedler joining our medical team,” noted Pat Markham, CEO. “He is completing an excellent residency program and will be well prepared to meet the medical needs of our community.”
Dr. Fiedler graduated from Iowa State University with an accounting degree in 1993. After working several years as an accountant, he returned to ISU and completed a minor in Zoology in 2003. He received a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in 2008, and went on to a one year pathology residency at Creighton University.
“Abby and I are excited to return to our hometown. Atlantic is a great place to grow-up, and we want our children to be able to experience the benefits of a smaller community,” Dr. Fiedler noted. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to practice medicine in Atlantic and not only treat patients, but build relationships.”
Dr. Fiedler and his wife, Abby (Knop) Fielder, are both originally from Atlantic. They have two young children, Isabella and Jack.
CCMH Press Release
June 1, 2012
(DES MOINES) Congressman Steve King says he’s disappointed that a bill prohibiting so-called “gender selection abortions” failed to get enough votes in the house to pass. The bill required a two-thirds majority to pass, but on a 246-168 vote it fell short.
“It is sad that a supermajority of the congress can’t come behind a bill that would protect innocent unborn little baby girls that are being aborted just because they are baby girls,” said King.
King says the “special order” vote required the “supermajority vote”, but he’s going to press house leaders to bring the measure up for a regular vote, where only a majority is required.
Iowa Radio Network
(DES MOINES) The month of May was the driest May in six years.
“Just about 3 ½ inches of rain averaged over the state this month and that’s a little more than an inch below normal,” explained Hillaker.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says it was the warmest May since 1988, but had less severe weather than a normal May. There were nine tornados early in the month. Usually May and June are the most active months for severe weather.
Iowa Radio Network
(DES MOINES) Are we eventually going to see gasoline prices dropping to under 3 dollars a gallon? Iowa Department of Agriculture energy expert Harold Hommis says the big drop in oil prices should eventually show up at the pump.
“We’re $13 below on crude oil as compared to the first of the year to where we are now, we’re down to about $88 a barrel on West Texas Intermediate so I think that those retail prices will follow on refined products also,” said Hommis.
He says the drop will be painfully slow as wholesalers and retailers are finally seeing a bigger profit margin and plan to hold onto it as long as they can.
Iowa Radio Network
(CLARINDA) A Shenandoah woman was injured in a motorcycle accident in Page County Monday afternoon.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 61-year-old Deborah Snyder was driving a 2000 Suzuki LS650 southbound on M Avenue where the road curves to the east. Snyder lost control and went into the south ditch where the motorcycle tipped over.
Snyder was transported to the Clarinda Hospital by ambulance.
(DES MOINES) The worldwide economic slowdown and money trouble in Europe are coming back to haunt the Midwest economy. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says his monthly survey of the Midwest shows things are slowing here, almost exactly what happened a year ago.
“We’re not in a recession, but we’re certainly in a period of slow growth,” said Goss. “It’s much like what we saw last year at this time when we saw pretty good numbers in the winter and then spring got slower and then summer even slower.”
He says the June survey will be the one to watch. Another downturn would spell trouble for Midwest economic growth.
Iowa Radio Network
(DES MOINES) Governor Terry Branstad phoned home today from him week long trip to China. He’s visiting with other state officials at the invitation of Vice President Ji Xin Ping, who came to Iowa earlier this year.
Branstad says the delegation is not only bolstering relations with the Chinese, but also saying thanks for an agreement signed while they were here.
“When Vice President Ji was in Iowa they purchased $4.3 billion worth of soybeans,” said Branstad. “About 1 in every 4 rows of soybeans planted in Iowa is now being sold here is China.”
Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham say the current visit has yielded some indications that the Chinese are about ready to make investments in the State’s bio economy.
Iowa Radio Network
(Atlantic) Cass County Health System will be hosting a community open house on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 1 – 5 pm. The open house will showcase the completion of Phase 1 of the CCHS Addition and Renovation Project. Guests should enter via the the main north entrance.
“We are so excited to share the progress with our community!” said Pat Markham, CEO. “It’s hard to believe we broke ground just 14 months ago, and now we have this beautiful new addition. The improvements in facilities and equipment are amazing, and will enable us to continue providing outstanding care for our patients.”
The main emphasis of Phase 1 is a two-story 42,250 sq. ft. addition, mostly to the southeast of the existing hospital. The main floor of the new area includes the Emergency Department and Admissions, Same Day Surgery and Surgery Department. All of the areas have been designed to maximize patient privacy and security, while accommodating the latest in medical technology. The second floor of the addition houses Inpatient Services, which includes Obstetrics, Medical/Surgical, and Intensive Care Units. Highlights of this area include large, homey patient rooms, each of which has a pull-out love seat for family members and a private bathroom with shower. Having all the Inpatient Services centrally located will allow staff to be cross-trained and serve patients more efficiently. Another major improvement in the new addition will be the updated air-handling systems which will allow more comfortable, consistent temperatures in patient rooms.
Work was also done at Atlantic Medical Center during Phase 1, with the expansion of Suite C to create a separate Obstetrics/Gynecology area, and the remodeling of some existing space to create Suite D with six additional family medicine exam rooms. “We have been very successful in recruiting and retaining our family medicine staff the last few years, so we needed additional space to provide care to more patients every day,” Pat explained. “With the expanded clinic hours of 7 am – 7 pm four days a week, the AMC is able to accommodate almost all patients on a same day basis when needed.”
Finally, the CCMH atrium area has been redecorated, thanks to the CCMH Auxiliary’s very generous $140,000 donation. The Auxiliary funds were also used to purchase new flat-screen televisions for patient rooms and waiting areas in the new addition.
The AMC addition and remodeling was completed last fall, and those areas have been in use since that time. The hospital areas will move into the new addition shortly after the open house; the main floor departments will move the weekend of June 15, with the second floor departments moving the weekend of June 29. “We do ask for everyone’s patience as we make this transition,” Pat noted. “Our staff has done a lot of planning and preparation, and hope to make the move with as little disruption to patients and families as possible.”
Immediately following the move, work will begin on Phase 2 of the Addition and Renovation Project. This will include remodeling of an existing 22,000 sq. ft., primarily for improved outpatient services. The remodeling will take place in several phases as departments are moved to new locations, freeing existing space for work. “We will do our best to keep the community informed as we move departments into temporary locations, and then into their permanent new homes,” Pat said. “Remodeling is usually more disruptive than new construction, so please be sure to ask any of us for help if you need it – we’ll be happy to help you find your way!”
CCMH Press Release
June 1, 2012
(Atlantic) Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon says beginning sometime this month the National Weather Service will begin issuing Severe Weather Alerts through participating wireless carriers directly to cell phones. So anyone with a newer cell phone will be alerted when dangerous weather is about to occur at the specific location that you are at anywhere in the nation.
“It means that if you have a cell phone that is capable of receiving these alerts, you will be notified of a dangerous weather situation no matter where you are at,” stated Kennon. “For instance if you are from California and driving through Cass County and a tornado warning is issued for Cass County that person will receive an alert text message. This is just another vehicle to get that information out to people.”
The alert will look like a text message, and will automatically appear on the mobile device screen showing the type and time of the alert along with any action that should be taken. The message will be no more than 90 characters, and will have a unique tone and vibration, indicating dangerous weather.
June 1, 2012
(GLENWOOD) An Omaha man was arrested on a warrant for Probation Violation. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Jeffrey James Ivey was arrested Wednesday at the Pottawattamie County Jail. He was held on $25,000 bond.
In other activity, 26-year-old Nicolas Lynn Wolfe, of Malvern, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for Burglary 3rd and Violation of a No Contact Order. Bond was set at $2,300.
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