(DES MOINES) A retired ISU professor has been sentenced for possession of child pornography.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 69-year-old Walter Thomas Meyer, a retired professor physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, was sentenced today (Thursday) to time served, twelve months of home confinement, and five years of supervised release. The sentence of time served was imposed, in part, because the images and movies of prepubescent boys did not depict sexual assault. Meyer will be required to register as a sex offender. He pled guilty to the charge of possession of child pornography on July 24th.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(GLADBROOK) One person was killed in a residential house explosion in rural Gladbrook today (Thursday).
The Garwin/Gladbrook Fire Departments were dispatched to the residential house explosion and subsequent fire at 1207 230th Street in rural Gladbrook at around 9:10 a.m. The Tama County Sheriff’s Department, Green Mountain Fire, Toledo Fire, Gladbrook Ambulance, and Toledo Ambulance also responded to the scene.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the single story house was completely destroyed and on fire. Two people were inside the house at the time of the explosion. One person resided at the residence and one person was a heating and cooling repair person.
An adult male was transported from the scene to the University of Iowa Burn unit. The body of an adult female was recovered from the debris and pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the fatality and injured persons are not being released pending family notifications.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, along with the Gladbrook/Garwin Fire Departments.
(ATLANTIC) Holiday themed pet photographs will be taken at Orscheln’s in Atlantic on November 9th as part of a fundraiser for the Buck Creek Dog Park.
Charlene Beane, member of the Schildberg Recreation Area committee and the Dog Park sub-committee, says local photographer Myers Burmeister will be taking photos of your dog, cat, rabbit, or small exotic pet from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“We’re hoping people will call and make appointments to have their pet’s photos taken so that we can schedule things properly, but we will try to accommodate walk-ins if they come in,” said Beane. “It’s only $10 and most of that, except for the cost of printing, goes toward the Dog Park that we’re putting together out at the Schildberg Recreation area.”
Beane said with the $10 cost you have a choice of 5x7 or 8x10 color prints or digital. The photo can be posed with or without the owner. To make an appointment, call Charlene Beane at 243-7040.
(AMES) All over the nation, veterans will be honored on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, for their service to our country. In Iowa, several of the public transit agencies will be offering free rides to veterans to thank them for their sacrifice.
Some systems are extending free rides to veterans’ family members. To find out if your local transit system is participating, please go to http://www.iowadot.gov/transit/transitveterans.html. Check the site often as more activities are being added as additional events are confirmed.
Iowa is served by 19 urban transit agencies, 16 regional transit agencies, and 10 mobility managers supporting urban and rural communities in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Public transit plays a critical role in the mobility and quality of life of Iowans. All public transit services are open to the public.
(Hampton) The Sheriff’s Office in Franklin County is offering a $20,000 reward for information that helps find a Hampton man who has been missing for more than a month.
Several people have donated toward the reward in hopes it will help find 22-year-old Ethan Kasmerzak.
He was last seen about midnight September 15th at a party, and Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier held a news conference Wednesday, speculating Kazmerzak is no longer in the county.
Searchers have scoured the county by land and air several times, and no one has reported a sighting. The reward deadline is December 2nd. Those with information should call Hampton Police at 641-456-2529 or Crime Stoppers of North Central Iowa at 800-383-0088.
(State) There were a couple of unusual weather notes for the month of October…A rare late-season tornado on the 4th in Northwest Iowa, and the first snow of the season, on the 21st-and 22nd. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says November will begin with a chance of rain.
“For the most part probably just going to be in the line of rain and maybe a few times here and there where it is just cold enough to be snow, but at the moment it doesn’t look like anything really cold here for the near future, but obviously just seasonally we are getting colder. For the most part it does look to me a little bit milder temperature wise as we get into early November and it does look to be wet as well.”
The week’s drought monitor shows a little improvement, although most of Iowa is still in some form of drought.
(Corning) Halloween’s prime time for ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night…but, “Who you gonna call?” if you think you might have a real ghost or poltergeist on your hands? Dan Berger of the “Iowa Paranormal advanced research team” or I-Part says they’re always ready to help check out legitimate reports of supernatural phenomenon. He sways they just wrapped up an investigation into the Corning Opera House.
“And there was always some urban legends there. There was supposedly a death in the basement, a guy that used to own the building. Originally it was a bank, the bank burned down, it was several other things. Eventually it was an opera house.”
Berger says he’s still going over the recordings they made on a stake-out this past weekend. He says he’s in the process of up-loading the most puzzling phenomenon to their website: diepart.com
He says I-Part is affiliated with the “Ghost Hunters” organizations you see on T-V.
(HARLAN) The Shelby County Extension Council is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Taggs as County Extension Educator at the Shelby County ISU Extension and Outreach office in Harlan. Taggs, an Elk Horn native, began her duties as the Shelby County Extension Educator on October 7. She replaces former Shelby County Extension Educator Angela Ahrenholtz.
In this position Taggs will be responsible for county coordination and facilitation of ISU Extension programs in communities, families, business and industry, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H youth development. She has a strong background in both youth and adult education. She is a 1991 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Family Services. She is a former Shelby County 4-Her with related experience in community leadership, youth education and 4-H.
Mary and her husband John reside in Harlan. They have three children.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green wants area youngsters to keep a few things in mind when they venture out to trick-or-treat tonight.
“I want to remind kids to make sure and have something reflective on and watch out for traffic,” stated Chief Green. “And don’t go into anyone’s home that you don’t know unless you have a parent with you.”
Chief Green reminds motorists to be on the look out for those ghosts and goblins that tend to get excited and sometimes forget about traffic safety.
“Whether you out there driving your vehicle, driving your kids around to different homes for trick-or-treating, or if you are heading to the grocery store,” pleaded Green. “Please, please, keep an extra eye out for the little folks that are out collecting goodies from house to house.”
Chief Green reminds parents to examine their children’s candy before they bite into it. He says make sure the wrappers haven’t been tampered with.
“Just wait until the kids are home and then look the candy over,” said Green.
Chief Green says it seems like every year somewhere around the United States someone tampers with the candy.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic woman was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault Choking. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 34-year-old Heather Christensen on Wednesday and transported her to the Cass County Jail where she was booked in.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker will be working with the County Attorney to draft an ordinance that will reinforce the Iowa Code on fining people who tear up the county roads.
Cass County Supervisor Chuck Rieken said something needs to be done about the people “mudding” and tearing up the dirt roads.
“These people get on them and tear them all to thunder and you can’t hardly drive up them because they’re just ruined,” said Rieken. “Our guys go out and get them all smoothed out and then we get a rain like this and the first thing they do is tear them all to thunder. It’s just ridiculous; we’ve got to get this stopped.”
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker said it is against the law to tear up the roads and if you know of someone who is doing that you need to turn them in.
(MARNE) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an individual with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Marne at around 10 a.m. Wednesday. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, 43-year-old Scott Edward Sullivan of Marne was pronounced dead from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
(Guthrie Center) The Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Agencies are joining Iowa Homeland Security and the Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service declaring November 7, as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa.
“Iowans are used to being in inclement weather, but a lot of times we can become a little complacent on our emergency kits and our planning for winter weather,” stated Kempf. “Planning ahead can make quite the difference in case you get stranded or your utilities go out.”
Robert Kempf, who is the Coordinator for Adair and Guthrie Counties, says there are some “must haves” when it comes to winterizing your car or home. For instance; always keep a supply of food and water for each person in your home for at least three days and at least a week’s supply of essential medications. Include a personnel hygiene kit, battery-operated flashlight and extra batteries for your NOAA radio and have some extra clothing.
Winter items for your vehicle should include; window scraper, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand for traction. A small shovel and other tools, and a brightly colored cloth to use as a flag should you become stuck.
Kemph says in addition, you should have a mechanic check all of your car’s systems and fluid levels. Make sure you install good winter tires, and always maintain at least a half a tank of gas at all times.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution giving consent to the city of Anita to exercise Urban Renewal Powers at their meeting this morning.
The city of Anita will be capturing revenues using tax increment financing from the five turbines within a two mile radius of the city. The city estimates they will have $2.4 million coming in over a 20 year period.
Lindsay Jahde, Anita City Clerk, said some of the projects the city has proposed include Municipal Waterworks System Blight Alleviation and Improvement in the amount not to exceed $2,200,000, Streetscape Blight Alleviation in the amount not to exceed $1,120,000, Main Street Improvement Project (Phase 1) in the amount not to exceed $150,000, and Anita Economic Development Group Support Project in which the Economic Development Group will receive financial assistance to repair certain Blighted Commercial Facilities; that project will not exceed $130,000.
“We have numerous projects and we realize that the funds that will be generated from the TIF on the wind turbines will not meet the costs of these projects and we intend to use other funds as we go along, if they’re available, to complete the projects,” said Jahde.
The city of Anita has set a public hearing to approve the Urban Renewal Plan on November 26th.
(Clarinda) Clarinda Police are investigating the death of a Clarinda man whose body was found Wednesday morning.
Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers stated in a press release that on Wednesday, October 30, Police responded to 702 West Tarkio Street to investigate the death of 41-year-old Charles O. Grubb. Mr. Grubb resided at that residence.
The incident remains under investigation as to the manner and cause of his death. The Iowa State Medical Examiners Office in Ankeny will conduct an autopsy.
The Page County Medical Examiners Office, Clarinda Regional Health Center Emergency Medical Services and the Clarinda Fire Department assisted in the investigation.
(Des Moines) Police Chiefs from several Iowa communities turned out Wednesday to protest new Iowa D-O-T rules regulating the use of automated traffic cameras.
Windsor Heights Police Chief Dennis Mc-Daniel’s been turned down by the State in a legal battle to allow camera’s on I-235. He issued a warning if the rules are allowed to go into effect.
“If the rules committee allows these regulations to move forward as proposed and if the rules are adopted without objective standards and I clearly reference the appeals process,” stated Mc-Daniels,” Then the rules committee will be creating a climate of continuation of private litigation and all but assures the D-O-T will be involved in future legal battles.”
The Police Chiefs from Davenport, Sioux City, and Cedar Rapids all spoke in opposition to the proposed rules. The Assistant City Attorney for Sioux City says his community has already obtained an injunction allowing them to keep their cameras in operation.
(Red Oak) Two people were arrested in separate incidents in Red Oak Wednesday night.
According to Police 19-year old Brooks R. Hilgerson, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, was arrested at around 8:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of East Summit Street and charged with 4th degree Criminal Mischief. Hilgerson was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.
The second arrested occurred at around 10:25 p.m. Police says 34-year old Marcella Janine Mutchler, of Essex, was arrested in the 2100 block of Highway 48 in Red Oak on a valid Page County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Fifth Degree Theft charge. Mutchler was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held before her extradition back to Page County. Mutchler’s bond was set at $900.00.
(DES MOINES) You could have an easier time making it through airport security this holiday season.
Selected travelers through the Des Moines airport will now be allowed to sail through an expedited security checkpoint. Jay Brainard of the Transportation Security Administration says the program is called “TSA Pre-Check”.
“Passengers who are eligible for TSA pre-check include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines or citizens who are members of the CBP trusted traveler or Nexus program and also the passengers traveling pre-screened using the secure flight system,” explained Brainard.
Brainard says some selected travelers will also have notices on their ticket that they qualify for TSA pre-check. He says the goal is having a quarter of passengers funneled through the expedited check.
But, Brainard says even if you don’t qualify for pre-check, all travelers should benefit from shorter lines and reduced wait times. For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.
(DES MOINES) The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources today announced that 22 Iowa communities will benefit from a combined total of more than $34.7 million in low cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund.
State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.
Recipients in southwest Iowa include:
*Anita: $1,065,000 for infiltration and inflow corrections
*Anita Municipal Utilities: $102,500 for planning and design
*Massena: $445,000 for infiltration and inflow corrections
*Shenandoah: $14,057,000 for new treatment plant and water main
*Hancock: $98,910 for planning and design
*Mount Ayr: $378,000 for rural water connection
The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities more than $2.1 billion in Construction Loans and $125 million through Planning & Design Loans since program inception. The loans are made available as part of the State Revolving Fund. For more information on Planning & Design Loans, as well as other State Revolving Fund programs, visit IowaSRF.com.
(Iowa City) The use of urban wetlands are increasing in Iowa, and having a small impact on water quality statewide, according to a new report released today by the Iowa Policy Center. The report’s co-author and restoration ecologist Liz Maas says the use of urban wetlands helps increase biodiversity, as well as water treatment plants…
“Any of that water that comes through or passes across the city has been used, we’ve been using storm water basins for many years but now we are integrating other sorts of natural features, vegetation and specialized soil construction to try and capture and treat that storm water that carries with it some pollution.”
Maas says the report looked at four urban wetland projects, three in Iowa City and one in Tipton. Iowa Policy Project officials are encouraging farmers to get on board with the use of wetland to naturally treat polluted water run-off.
(Des Moines) Broadlawns Medical Center is hosting another “Enrollment Fair”, this Saturday from 9:AM to 1PM. They will have 12 counselors available to help Iowa-Care participants, and anyone else needing help enrolling in the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. Betty Spratt, the Supervisor of Financial Counseling has a recommendation of what to bring with you.
“As a rule, what we are doing is telling patients they need to bring their ID and social security card. We are telling them on the check list is proof of their citizenship like a birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, or their permanent resident card. Then if they filed an income tax return for 2012 they need to bring that with them.”
The Enrollment Fair takes place at Broadlawns Medical Center’s Financial Counseling Offices, on Hickman Road in Des Moines.
(ATLANTIC) A Council Bluffs man was arrested for OWI 1st Offense. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 39-year-old Andy Walters today (Wednesday) and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was booked in.
(Fort Madison) State officials officially opened the new Iowa State Penitentiary for business this morning. And, Governor Terry Branstad says it’s about time the state replaced the old Fort Madison Prison that dates back to before Iowa was a state.
“More modern, more efficient. Hopefully it can provide better services for the people that are in the correction system.”
And, the Governor says the new Fort Madison Prison will allow staff to safely monitor and guard even more prisoners than before.
(Atlantic) Deter Motor Company and The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 13th annual ATHENA Award in Atlantic, Iowa. Nominations are now being accepted for the award, which will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Cass County Community Center. The award will be presented to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.
The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 6,000 individuals in hundreds of cities across the globe. Locally, past winners include Dolly Bergmann, Wendy Richter, Ann Pross, Janell Hansen, Jan Kinison, Carole Schuler, Glenda Farrier, Margaret Slepsky, Denise O’Brien, Leanne Pellett, Judy Marnin and LaVon Eblen.
Deter Motor Company believes in the values underlying ATHENA’s philosophy of incorporating talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. The spirit of the ATHENA Award Program is captured in a quotation from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.
Those interested in nominating an individual can pick up a nomination packet after Nov. 1st at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 102 Chestnut Street, or by visiting www.AtlanticIowa.com. Nominations are due by Nov. 22, 2013.
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Adair and southeastern Guthrie Counties until 10:15 a.m. A storm was located 11-miles northwest of Greenfield and moving northeast at 45-miles per hour.
Radar is indicating quarter size hail and 60-mile per hour wind gusts with this storms. Forecasters say this can damage vehicles, roofs, siding and trees.
Locations impacted include; Stuart, Adair, Casey and Menlo. This also includes Interstate 80 between mile markers 75 and 96. Heavy rain has fallen near the 54-mile marker of Interstate 80 with one half inch in 20 minutes.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Mills County, northern Fremont County and southwestern Pottawattamie County until 9:45 a.m. Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Cedar Creek to Union moving northeast at 55 mph. Hazards include quarter size hail.
(Percival) A Nebraska man was arrested early this morning in Fremont County following a pursuit that reached speeds of 70-miles per hour in a 25-mile per hour zone.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Bradley Wright, of Nebraska City, faces charges of Assault on a Peace Officer, two counts of Disarming a Police Officer, Felony Eluding, Interference with Official Acts, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, as well as several moving violations.
According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, a deputy observed a black 1996 Honda Civic being driven in the Percival area at around 12:10 a.m. The car had one head light out and was speeding. The deputy attempted to stop the car and when it failed to stop a pursuit began that ended at a residence located at 2072, 190th Street, in Percival.
Wright resisted arrest which resulted in the deployment of a Taser.
Wright is currently being held in the Fremont County Jail on $28,754.75 bond. And the investigation continues.
(Council Bluffs) Two people were hurt when the semi they were riding in overturned on Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs Monday night.
According to the Omaha World Herald the driver of the semi, 24-year-old Bradlee Ellis of Hutchinson, Kansas told Police that he was awakened by his passenger, 20-year-old Emileigh Martens, also of Hutchinson, Kansas just before he lost control of his 1994 Peterbilt about 11:00 p.m. on southbound Interstate 29 at Avenue G.
Ellis and Martens were hurt in the accident and were listed in fair condition Tuesday at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
The Semi was hauling cattle and an estimated 12 head were walking along the interstate. Equipment was called in to remove the dead animals from the trailer.
According to the accident report, the semi was on a curve and slid into the Interstate 29 overpass at Avenue G and bounced off. The top of the trailer ripped off spilling cattle on the roadway. The semi came to rest blocking southbound I-29.
(Wiota) Fire fighters were called to a fire at the Wiota Steakhouse late Tuesday night. Wiota Fire Chief Cody Will tells KSOM/KS95 news that firefighters from Wiota, Atlantic, Anita, and Cumberland battled the blaze that was called in at around 11:20 p.m.
Will says when they arrived the east side of the steakhouse was fully engulfed in flames. He says they were able to control the fire with the first inital knockdown. Will says it appears the fire orginated from a hot water heater exhaust that started the floor on fire.
Will says the fire basically gutted the kitchen.
(Top photo courtesy of Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management. Bottom Photo: Tom Robinson)
(Bayard) One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident in Guthrie County Tuesday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Jacob Cody Stringer, of Bayard, was killed in the crash that occurred at around 5:33 p.m. The other driver, 60-year-old Laverne Joseph Tigges, of Adel, was airlifted by Mercy Air One to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
According to the report, Stringer was westbound on Highway 141 in a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass, when the vehicle hit the north guardrail causing it to lose control. The vehicle then crossed the centerline and collided with an eastbound 1997 Ford F150 pickup, driven by Tigges.
Stringer was pronounced dead at the scene. Tigges had to be extricated from his pickup by the Jaws of Life.
The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.
(Red Oak) Red Oak Police executed a search warrant at 1012 East Washington Street in Red Oak Tuesday night that resulted in three arrests.
Police searched the residence at around 10:15 p.m. and found 386.66 grams of suspected marijuana, a 1.25 caliber handgun, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana had a street value of $4,260.00.
Red Oak Police arrested 59-year-old Ricky Allen Straw, 44-year-old Susan Elaine Rooker, and 22-year-old Tiffany Renee Fulcher, all of Red Oak.
Straw is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, (marijuana), Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, felon in possession of a firearm, a drug tax stamp violation, two counts of child endangerment, gathering where a controlled substance is unlawfully used, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Straw was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 cash bond.
Rooker faces charges of two counts of child endangerment, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rooker was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $2,000 cash bond.
Fulcher was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two children were also removed from the residence and placed in the custody and control of a family member.
According to Red Oak Police the investigation continues and further charges in connection with this incident are pending.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County K-9 unit.
(Guthrie Center) The Guthrie Center City Council approved their new insurance rates at Monday night’s city council meeting. Guthrie Center City Clerk, Laura Imerman says the good news is the new rates are 23 ½-percent lower that a year ago. Imerman credits the decline to a younger work pool.
“So age really makes a difference when it comes to group insurance,” stated Imerman. “We had some employees retire and replaced them with younger employees, which has helped tremendously.”
The rate decrease piggy backs last years 47-percent increase. The lower rates will save the city nearly $28,000.
In other activity, the city council officially approved the hiring of a new Police Officer. Rod Pavelka, a former Guthrie Center Officer, is returning after leaving ten years ago. Pavelkas’ first day on the job will be Monday, November 4.
The City Council also passed the first reading on an ordinance that bans parking on the north side of Oak Street. This is an emergency route to the hospital and the Police Department says there are times when it is almost impossible to get a vehicle through that street.
(VILLISCA) A Villisca man was arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography, and Dissemination and Exhibition of Obscene Material to a Minor.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old James L. McDaniel was arrested today (Tuesday) following a three month investigation. The investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville, Tennessee, and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.
(State) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says more congressional oversight is needed of national security agencies to try to prevent the negative fallout that’s been happening with the discourse that we’ve been gathering data on phone conversation in allied countries.
“Intelligence organizations of countries do what their friends and enemies like. Consequently I believe that what we are up to here is trying to make sure that we keep on top of any effort any place in the world to repeat what happened on 9/11.”
Spain’s prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that Spain was a target for surveillance by U.S. intelligence.
(State) Today is the one year anniversary of superstorm Sandy…and Iowa Ecological Activists don’t want you to forget all the deaths and devastation caused by the superstorm. Zach Davis of organizing for action warns,
“Those who don’t recall their history are condemned to repeat it. In the year since hurricane Sandy, too many Americans have encountered increasingly extreme weather that is characteristic of climate change. Our personal experiences are economic interests and our personal obligation to future generations all call for a concentrated national effort to address climate change before it’s too late.”
The final two events tonight commemorating hurricane Sandy will culminate a week of public events held around the state.
(Waterloo) A 25-year-old Waterloo man who choked his toddler to calm him for naps has been given up to 50 years in prison.
Daniel Reddout was sentenced Monday in Black Hawk County District Court. He had been charged with first-degree murder, but in September jurors convicted him of involuntary manslaughter and other, lesser charges, including child endangerment causing death and child endangerment, multiple acts.
The charges stem from the April 2011 death of Kaleb Reddout at a Cedar Falls motel. Prosecutors say Reddout cut off 18-month-old Kaleb’s airway while trying to get the child to sleep April 4th.
(HARLAN) A Harlan teenager was arrested on drug charges following an investigation.
The Harlan Police Department says a search warrant was executed at the home of 16-year-old Dustin Dirks in the 800 block of 12th Street on October 22nd. Dirks was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Acts Penalties.
In other activity, the Harlan Police Department arrested 32-year-old Juan Romero of Harlan following a traffic stop on October 23rd. Romero was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Speed, and Failure to Have a Valid Driver’s License. A hold was placed on Romero by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
On October 25th, 19-year-old Lacey Jae Bird and 24-year-old Kyle Tearney, both of Harlan, were arrested after officers were called to investigate a suspicious male outside of a residence in the 300 block of Court Street. Both subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with Violation of a No Contact Order.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board heard a presentation from Jerry Purdy with Design Alliance regarding their capital projects during a work session Monday night.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said Purdy has drawn up five concepts to address their additional space needs based on meetings he has had with the public and school officials. Amstein said they are working on setting up a meeting to present that information to the public.
“The board is taking a look at using a facilitator for the public meeting that they would like to do to first of all inform the community about the concepts that Jerry Purdy has been working on, but also to get any other input; are there any other ideas that maybe we haven’t thought of yet to address the additional instructional space that the district needs,” explained Amstein.
The Atlantic School Board also heard a presentation from the Model Employment Team. Amstein said last year the district received a grant to address employability needs for special needs students. He said the MET team has made contact with a number of businesses in Atlantic to get input from them on how they can better prepare their special needs kids for employability inside and outside of the Atlantic area.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Angels of Christmas award.
“Stifel Nicolaus has generously sponsored the Angels of Christmas award for several years here in Atlantic and it’s a local tradition meant to honor a couple of individuals who really grasp that spirit of Christmas and really share it within the community,” explained Megan Roberts, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Nominations are due at the Chamber by November 8th.
“We prefer a brief essay about the individuals, just some descriptors that give us an idea of why you think they’re worthy of the award,” said Roberts. “The more information the better, that gives our committee something to go on as they make their decision.”
The presentation of awards will be on December 14th at the end of the annual free holiday concert at the First United Methodist Church. The concert is sponsored by Aunt B’s, Bonnesen’s, J&R Tax Service, and Unique Salon & Spa and coordinated by Guy Somers. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.
For a full schedule of Holiday activities, visit christmasinatlantic.com.
(ESSEX) The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rollover accident that occurred Sunday.
Page County Deputies were dispatched to the accident near 170th Street and J Avenue at around 7:30 p.m. When Deputies arrived, fire personnel from Essex and Clarinda were extricating a male from the vehicle who was later identified as 66-year-old Clifford Wayne Baker, of rural Essex.
Baker had been driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on 170th Street when he lost control. The Jeep came to rest on its top and Baker was trapped inside. He was transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center by ambulance.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
(CLARINDA) The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
Twenty seven year old Marcus Alan Perkins of Elmo, Missouri was arrested at around 2:43 Sunday morning for Public Intoxication and Domestic Abuse. The arrest stemmed from an incident in Coin on Crook Street earlier in the night. Perkins was taken to the Page County Jail where he was held on no bond until he was seen by a Magistrate.
Twenty three year old Keith James Land was arrested Saturday on a Fremont County warrant. The Page County Sheriff’s Office transported Land to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office where he was unable to post the $11,000 bond.
(AUDUBON) The Audubon City Council approved a contractor for the collection and disposal of residential solid wastes and recyclables at their meeting Monday night.
Audubon City Clerk Lora Hansen said they received two bids. The cities current contractor Bohlmann & Sons Sanitation bid $109,200 for a three year contract. However, the Audubon City Council approved the low bid from Dreher Sanitation in the amount of $99,800 for a three year contract.
(Elk Horn) A pair of teenagers suffered injuries in an ATV accident in the Elk Horn City Park Monday evening. Authorities say 19-year-old Maisie Williams, of Atlantic, was flown to the University Medical Center in Omaha with serious injuries. 18-year-old Angel Knowles of Elk Horn suffered minor injuries. She was treated and released.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 2000 block of College Street at approximately 6:30 last (Monday) night. The ATV, operated by Williams travelled up a small embankment and struck a utility pole. Both Williams and Knowles were ejected from the ATV. The accident remains under investigation.
(Jefferson) Three teenage boys have been charged in connection with a series of arson fires in Jefferson.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Jefferson Police have arrested a 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds on arson and burglary charges.
The arrests are in connection with the October 21, fires that destroyed a school bus, parked in the school districts lot and caused extensive damage to a 3 ½ story building.
Police also charged the teens with offenses related to a railroad signal being placed on tracks, leaves set on fire on middle school property, a trash can lit on fire in a park, a bicycle theft and a theft at the Dollar General Store.
(Atlantic) Two Aspiring young Pilots’ are inviting fellow fourth through sixth graders to join them for a new program called Flight Club starting November 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA. Club members will learn how to file a flight plan, do a pre-flight systems check and fly different aircraft using a simulator.
The group will be instructed by two 8th graders Luke Hohoenberger and Braden Bean. They are both working toward their Pilot license and have offered to share their knowledge. Both boys have a passion for flying. Luke Hohoenberger says it has been a life long dream.
“I went to a flight camp in Red Oak and from then on I was hooked on aviation,” stated Hohoenberger. “That has been my dream, I want to go to the Air Force Academy and then become a pilot in the Air Force.”
Hohoenberger, along with Bean, have been fortunate enough to have flown in a number of different aircrafts.
“Braden and I had the opportunity to fly in the cockpit of a KC135 while refueling a Stealth Bomber,” said Hohoenberger. “And a month ago I got to fly in the “Big Beautiful Doll” P51 Bomber, and that was a once in a life time ride.”
And Braden Bean would like other students to have a chance to experience the same thing. That is why they are instructing this class.
“Some kids don’t have the opportunity to fly and that is what this program is about,” said Bean. “And that is to give them the opportunity to learn about planes and flying.”
The Flight Club is open to members and non-members free of charge. There will also be some field trips to be announced at a later date. For more information call Tamara Gibson, Fun Fitness Coordinator at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA at 243-3934.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman was arrested on numerous charges following a traffic stop in Red Oak early this morning.
The Red Oak Police Department says 24-year-old Amanda Kate Carlson was arrested in the 400 block of North 4th Street. She was charged with driving while barred, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with official acts.
Carlson was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and is being held on $2,000 cash bond.
(CLARINDA) A New Market teenager was ejected from her vehicle in a rollover accident Saturday morning.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Sydney Casteel was transported to Creighton Hospital by Clarinda Helicopter with incapacitating injuries.
The accident occurred at around 10:36 a.m. Casteel was driving a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 210th Street, west of the intersection of 210th & Willow. Casteel began to lose control of the vehicle which slid into the north ditch. The car continued to slide towards the east along the edge of the road and north ditch. The car then rolled several times and came to rest on its wheels in the north ditch just past Willow Avenue. Casteel was found by EMS lying on the east side of the car.
(ATLANTIC) Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein has released the certified enrollment data for the district.
Amstein said their certified enrollment this year shows 1,431 students, however, he says that doesn’t give a reflection of their open enrollment or home schooled kids. Amstein said when you look at actual warm bodies in their classrooms this year they have about 1,643 students and that includes preschool kids.
“In breaking down those numbers it looks like we’re down about ten students in our four year old program and about seven students in our special ed. preschool,” said Amstein. “But the numbers where we start to really make up the difference is when we start getting back into our kindergarten through 12th, and this number also includes open enrollment, so based on where we were at this time last year, last year we were at 1,611 students and this year we’re at 1,643 students, so that’s a gain of around 32 students.”
Amstein says it’s a positive sign to see the district grow and he hopes the trend continues.
(ANITA) Rescue crews have been called to the 67 mile marker on Interstate 80, west of Anita, for a semi vs. van head-on collision. According to scanner traffic, both eastbound lanes are blocked. Only one injury has been reported at this time. No other details on the accident are available at this time.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) An accident blocked the eastbound lanes of I-80 east of Council Bluffs for a period of time this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. near the 9 mile marker. 27-year-old Benjamin Mattox, of Malcolm, Nebraska, was driving a 1992 GMC 3 axle truck eastbound when the trailer and load started to sway. The vehicle rolled onto the driver’s side, coming to rest in the median and eastbound lanes.
(Mitchellville) There is a ceremony today in central Iowa to mark a $68 Million renovation project at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women at Mitchellville
Not only is the prison getting an upgrade its getting bigger. All women entering the prison system will now go through Mitchellville which will be able to accommodate nearly 900 inmates. They’ll be housed in medium security living units that are replacing decade old buildings. Also included in the project are a mental health unit, one for special needs, and an assisted living facility. The prison is also getting a couple of new dining halls, a minimum security unit and a new administration building.
The prison staff is also going to be increased significantly to be in line with the additional inmates and services in Mitchellville.
(State) A recent story in Forbes Magazine reports nearly half of all home sales, nationally, in the month of September, were paid for in cash. They say tight lending conditions are edging out traditional buyers. Don Marple, President of the Iowa Association of Realtors, says that is not the case here.
“From my conversations with other agents around the state…people are still borrowing around here are catching the low rights while they can because it’s a better investment there than trying to take their cash out and put it into the properties because they can do better with their cash in the markets right now."
He said he’s heard of only one all-cash deal so far, this year.
(GLENWOOD) An Emerson man was arrested on a warrant for Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Sean Eugene Hicks on Saturday. He was held on $3,000 bond.
(State) The recession of a few years ago and the recovery from it launched a surge in start up technology driven companies around the state and the creation of numerous programs aimed to assist entrepreneurs trying to make a go of it. Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham says,
“So there is this new energy around innovation and startups and technology driven initiatives and companies. It really is almost organic that is growing all across Iowa and you see it from small communities to certainly commercial centers.”
Those include companies like Web Filings of Ames that recently announced plans for 700 new jobs to a fish farming operation in Webster County. Durham says the success rate for start ups to get ourside funding that have had some state help has been running in the 45% range over the past couple of years.
Ambassadors visit the Cass County extension office team who recently celebrated National 4H week October 6-12th. Kate Olsen, the director of the Cass County extension office, introduced the new Youth Programs Coordinator, Beth Irlbeck, who started in July and is a recent ISU graduate. The Extension office also recently held Cyday Friday Open House that included a live broadcast with 96.5 KSOM, free lunch grilled by Cass County Beef Producers, drawings for Cyclone Football Tickets, among other fun activities. Pictured are Jackson Bissell, Lucas Mosier, Rich Perry, Karl Aldag, Melanie Petty, Steve Anderson, Keith Leonard, Josh Dvorak, Jim Kickland, Haley Kickland, Donnie Drennan, Bill Saluk, Carol Schuler, Tammy Waters, Kathie Hockenberry, Arlene Drennan, Pat McCurdy, Janet Cappel, Lana Westphalen, JoAnn Runyan, Jane Kay, Connie Wailes, Nedra Perry, Sue Muri, Rebecca Lovig, Kate Olson, Jane Hayes-Johnk, and Beth Irlbeck.
(RED OAK) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Red Oak Saturday.
The Red Oak Police Department says 22-year-old Ty Andrew Chandler and 18-year-old Tylor Daniel Fine, both of Red Oak, were arrested on S. Broadway at the Riverview Dr. intersection at around 1:30 a.m.
Chandler was charged with Public Consumption and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond. Fine was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, marijuana. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $1,000 cash bond.
(AUDUBON) No injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident in Exira Friday.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Crystal Michelle Parker of Exira was backing out of a driveway on the west side of N. Kilworth Street. Parker did not see a southbound vehicle, driven by 56-year-old Janell Fay Bluml, and struck the left front corner of her vehicle.
The damage to Parker’s 1999 Olds was estimated at $200. The damage to Bluml’s 2001 Buick, owned by Audubon County, was estimated at $1,800. Parker was cited for Unsafe Backing.
(AUDUBON) An Audubon man was arrested on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Jason Arthur Malloy on Saturday. Malloy has been charged with Revocation of Probation. He posted bond and was released. Malloy will appear in court on Thursday.
(Villisca) A Villisca man was charged following a two-vehicle accident in Montgomery County Sunday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Rodolfo Morales, Junior, was charged with Driving While Revoked. He was also cited for No Proof of Insurance. Morales was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.
According to the report, Marvin Dale Perry, of Clarinda was driving eastbound and collided with Morales’ vehicle that was backing out of a driveway.
No one was hurt in the accident that occurred at around 1:41 p.m.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County 4-H Convention will be held Sunday. The annual awards program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center and is being organized by the 2012-2013 4-H Youth Council and Youth Action Committee.
Members and leaders of all fifteen 4-H clubs in Cass County will be presented on stage to receive recognition. Record book project awards will be announced and recognition will be given to members who did outstanding work. Local club leaders will be recognized for their service to the 4-H program.
Beth Irlbeck, County Youth Coordinator, said special recognition will be given to 4-H clubs for outstanding community service projects, Herdsmanship at fair, 4-H Endowment Fund contributors, promotional activities during National 4-H week, and club officers will also be recognized for their outstanding work.
“They do a lot of different things in 4-H and 4-H is for everyone so we want to recognize them,” said Irlbeck. “Kids are busy these days, so by recognizing them and giving them the opportunity to show that we appreciate what they do and to show the community that they are out there, they are busy and they are doing things to better the community.”
Final activities of the day will be the announcement and installation of the 2013-2014 Cass County 4-H Youth Council.
Parents, relatives, friends and the general public are invited to attend the Cass County 4-H Convention this Sunday.
(Des Moines) You may have seen a lot of deer venturing into residential areas in your city or community. But Iowa DNR deer project biologist Tom Litchfield days it’s not because their food supply in the rural areas is drying up. He says it’s because they live in the urban area or on the outskirts. And the cornfields that they used for cover are now gone with the harvest.
“You have the corn harvest going on which provides a lot of cover,” stated Litchfield. “The corn grows very tall and deer kind of treat it like a forest. The deer live in the grassy waterways in amongst the cornfields and once that corn is harvested the deer to shift to other cover areas.”
Litchfield says there’s not a huge migration of deer in many of the larger cities in Iowa, including Polk County, because officials have deer management plans in place that allow for controlled deer hunting.
Over the weekend, a deer smashed through the glass door of the Younker’s Department Store in Mason City. It managed to escape on its’ own. In Des Moines, a deep flew through the picture window of a home, and crashed through a second window to escape.
(Atlantic) The Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council is teaming with the Atlantic Rotary Club to raise money for a speaker to come to all Cass County schools next year.
Council member Kate Olsen says the goal is to declare the 2014-15 school year 'The year of violence prevention education' in all Cass County schools.
"What we are hoping to do is kick off the school year by bringing in a very dynamic speaker. Our target is late August or early October of 2014 to bring a speaker in. We've been working with a gentleman by the name of The Scary Guy."
Yes his real name is, the Scary Guy. He's a former tattoo artist and tough guy turned violence prevention speaker.
"That is his legal name. He changed it about 13 or 14 years ago to reflect the work that he does. Based on the proposal he has given us now he would be in our school district for about two full weeks. What he does with his show is he does a group show for multiple ages and then he breaks it down and works with each individual grade and takes an individualized message out to those kids."
According to Olsen, the Scary Guy refers to himself as the messenger of love and peace. He'll hold community meetings, answer questions that parents may have, talk with students and hold training with teachers during his two week stay.
"Its a very comprehensive program, it would be training our teachers, talking to our kids, but we know once he talks to the kids he won't be here the next several years. So the fact that it comes with a teacher training and a curriculum piece to help follow up and deliver that message was a very important part of our consideration."
Proceeds from the annual Rotary Auction will help fund the endeavor. The Scary Guy comes with a price tag of $26,000 to come and speak at all Cass County Schools.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak residence reported to Police that someone stole her outdoor surveillance camera.
Cuba Cerene Lane told authorities that sometime in the past two weeks an unknown individual or individuals stole the outdoor camera and the bracket it was attached to.
The estimated value of the camera is around $50.00. The damage to the bracket was around $10.00. Police admit those values may change as additional information is obtained concerning this type of camera system.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at (712) 623-6500.
(Des Moines) Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were in Des Moines Sunday. They were featured guests as Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley brought his “Bruce, Blues and Bar-B-Q” fundraiser to the State Fairgrounds.
Giffords, who is still recovering from near fatal gun-shot wounds suffered in Tucson, Arizona in January of 2011, spoke only briefly. But she beamed as she told the crowd about her condition.
“Thank you for inviting me here today,” stated Gifford. “It’s been a long hard battle but I am getting better.”
Her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke about their organization Americans for Responsible Solutions…which he says is a counter to the National Rifle Association.
“Gabby and I completely believe in the second amendment and that extends to all Americans that right to own a firearm, and we take that right seriously and we would never give it up, “exclaimed Kelly. “Just like Gabby would never give up he gun, nor would I give up mine. But rights demand responsibility.”
Organizers of Braley’s event say about 1200 people turned out for the Sunday afternoon fundraiser.
(Red Oak) Two people were arrested on drug related charges in Red Oak early this morning.
Red Oak Police say 20-year-old Wilson D. Baker, of Council Bluffs and 21-year-old Jeremy Allen Aparo, of Griswold were arrested at the intersection of North Broadway and West Reed Street and around 2:14 a.m.
Aparo was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and Baker was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Aparo was held on $1,000 cash bond. Bond for Baker was set at $300.
(Le Mars) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was pheasant hunting in western Iowa over the weekend sparking speculation that he might run for President in 2016. The Des Moines Register reports that the Texas senator hunted on Saturday with Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King.
The two then went to a fundraising luncheon at the Le Mars Convention Center, where Cruz spoke in front of a sold-out crowd for Iowa Congressman Steve King.
Cruz received cheers and a standing ovation after his remarks to about 275 people. He compared the mood of the country to the malaise experienced by Americans during the administration of Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, in the 1970s.
Cruz, a lawyer and Harvard graduate pledged to fight for traditional GOP principles of lower taxes, less spending and less government regulation.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested early this morning on numerous charges.
Montgomery County Deputies arrested 21-year-ld Caleb Lee Walter at around 2:45 a.m. in the 100 block of East Summit Street. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with official acts.
Walter was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.
(Council Bluffs) A Harrison county man was killed Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 680 near the 28-mile marker north of Council Bluffs.
The Iowa State Patrol says 86-year-old Donald Dean Obrecht, of Missouri Valley was killed in the crash that occurred at around 7:15 a.m.
Authorities say Obrecht was westbound on 680 in a 1999 Chevy Cavelier and was rear ended by a 2001 F250 Ford pickup driven by 39-year-old Mark Anthony Kaufman, of Harlan. Obrecht’s car came to rest in the median. Kaufmans’ pickup ended up on the westbound shoulder.
Obrecht was pronounced dead at the scene. Kaufman escaped injury.
(Red Oak) A Villisca man was arrested early Saturday morning on a Montgomery County Warrant.
According to the press release, Jermiah Grayeagle was arrested at around 12:45 a.m. on a warrant for a sex offender area violation.
Grayeagle was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.
In other activity, Deborah Moore, of Macedonia was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, first offense, and open container, following a traffic stop at 2:00 a.m. A passenger, Bruce Castillo was also arrested for interference with official acts and open container.
Both parties were transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Moore was held on $1,000 bond and Castillo was held on $300 bond.
(Red Oak) Several area law enforcement agencies were dispatched to Red Oak Friday night in search of a man who was in possession of a pipe at a Red Oak residence.
Red Oak Police were called to 1401 ½ Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. When Officers arrived the suspect had left the residence on foot in an unknown direction. Law Enforcement secured the location and subsequently located a purse in the backyard of the residence.
Police then requested the assistance of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to search for the suspect. Officers were unable to locate him and at this time no charges have been filed.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by Sheriff’s Offices from Montgomery, Mills, and Cass Counties, including the Cass County Sheriffs Office K-9 Unit, as well as the Iowa State Patrol and The Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.
(ATLANTIC) Members of the Atlantic Fire Department, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, 911, the DNR, and Cass County Sheriff’s Office were given a tour of the Ethanol Transfer Station north of the Depot in Atlantic this week.
POET employees went over the inspection and safety procedures they have in place, which impressed 911 Director Rob Koppert.
“I was actually pretty impressed with the safety procedures that they have incorporated in there, not just the retention pit for any spillage that they might get, but also the grounding and bonding together all of the metal, the rails, the tank cars and everything, so that there wouldn’t be any kind of a spark that could ignite any of the vapors,” said Koppert. “They went through and extensively bonded everything together electrically to dissipate any static and I thought that was one of the greatest things that I’ve seen.”
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said another positive is POET’s safety record.
“One of their employees said that they’ve got 2,600 rail cars within the POET system and their transload system and on their plant system and they’ve never had an incident with one of those,” explained McNees. “Their safety record is something they’re very proud of and they’re working hard to maintain and they don’t want to see anything happen either.”
McNees said POET has provided the fire department with 25 five gallon buckets of alcohol resistant foam in case they may need it.
Poet-Bio Refining plans to load fourteen 8,000 gallon tanker trucks a day in Coon Rapids and haul to the Atlantic site north of the depot. They will splash fill the product into railcars to be hauled away.
A new low-cost treatment for a common birth defect could become “Iowa’s gift to the world”. Doctor Tom Cook of the University of Iowa Ponseti Institute says their new clubfoot brace is designed to help poorer families in developing countries afford treatment.
“It is non surgical, inexpensive, it is incredible, our results are in the 98-100 percentile,” said Dr. Cook.
Doctor Cook says they’re also still looking for the cause of clubfoot in order to develop prevention protocol rather than just treatment. Patent is pending for the new clubfoot brace.
More than three quarters of those surveyed for the American Trucking Association say they plan to boost salaries and spend more time looking for qualified drivers in order to meet demand. Brenda Neville, Executive Director of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, says there are plenty of reasons to choose the profession.
“There’s lots of factors that could be cited for reasons why folks are not going into the profession, however; it’s also a great job in a lot of respects because equipment is very good; it gets better every year, it’s a very good paying job, very rewarding,” explained Neville.
Neville says IMTA members are always available to talk with new recruits or simply reach out to a local trucking company or a community college to learn about truck driving careers. The ATA says the expected driver deficit could hit 240-thousand by 2022.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
Today (Friday), 49-year-old JB Schmidt of Audubon was arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for 3rd Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Theft, two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance and two counts of Drug Tax Stamp Violation. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was held on $25,000 bond.
On Thursday, 27-year-old Tony Alan Pross of Atlantic was arrested for Eluding. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.
The head of the Iowa Board of Regents is making his case for an increase in state funding to allow them to freeze tuition for the second year in a row. Bruce Rastetter says it’ll allow the Board and the Universities to continue their work holding tuition increases below the national average.
“Those tuition increases have averaged almost 16 percent, 15.9 percent, across the country,” said Rastetter. “The Board of Regents and the Universities have done that at the level of 3.75 percent.”
Regents President Rastetter says they recognize the state’s resources are limited, so they’re not making their four percent funding increase request lightly.
(DES MOINES) The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to the Department of Drug Enforcement administration Office of Diversion Control, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Drop off locations in southwest Iowa include:
-Audubon Police Department
-Manning Police Department
-Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Red Oak
-Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office
-Treynor Community Center
-Carroll Police Department – rear of the building
-Walgreens at 535 East Broadway in Council Bluffs
-Carter Lake City Hall
-Medi-Cap Pharmacy in Glenwood
-Greene County Law Enforcement Center in Jefferson
(Atlantic) No one was hurt in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 6 in Atlantic Wednesday afternoon.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says the accident happened at around 2:45 p.m. Terrance Oathoudt, of Anita, was westbound on Highway 6 and traveling through the intersection when he collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Phyllis Pierce, of Atlantic, who waiting at the intersection and pulled north towards the business driveway and into the path of Oathoudt.
Pierce was cited for Left turns Yielding.
The damage to Pierces vehicle is estimated at $3,000. Oathoudt’s vehicle sustained $2,000.00 damage.
(ONAWA) One person was killed and one other was injured in a two vehicle accident in Monona County Thursday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred at around 2:50 p.m. on Cherry Avenue, south of county highway K42. According to the report, 26-year-old Raetahne Thomas of Walthill, Nebraska was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette van northbound on Cherry Avenue. 43-year-old Ricky Kellog of Tekamah, Nebraska was driving a 1985 Mack Semi southbound on Cherry Avenue at a curve in the road. The two vehicles collided in a “driver side to driver side sideswipe”. Raetahne’s vehicle came to rest in the west ditch. The semi overturned on the roadway.
Raetahne Thomas was removed from the vehicle and transported to Burgess Hospital by Onawa Rescue where she was pronounced dead. Ricky Kellog was transported to Burgess Hospital by Onawa Rescue to be treated for injuries.
(Des Moines) Gasoline prices in some parts of Iowa are showing prices below three dollars a gallon for the first time since January.
Gail Weinholzer of Minnesota-Iowa-Triple-A says they’re expecting little change in the pump price and definitely not the nearly four dollars a gallon price Iowa had on May 26.
“We had a significant spike just prior to Memorial Day when a lot of refineries in the upper Midwest had to do some scheduled and unscheduled maintenance,” stated Weinholzer. “We also saw a rather large increase just after Labor Day when it appeared a strike against Syria was rather imminent. So those sorts of things can certainly have a dramatic impact.”
Right now, she says inventories are normal and refineries have moved to the cheaper winter blends of fuel. Except for the possibility of price increases during the holiday travel season, she says it will be smooth sailing for prices for awhile.
(Washington) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says he and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah are asking the 47 different companies that worked on the Obamacare website healthcare.gov for copies of their contracts and all of their billing information. Grassley says the website has been a disaster and their subcommittee wants to find out why.
“We want to make sure we know what the cost is as part of our responsibility in oversight,” stated Grassley.
Grassley is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees. He says he is more confident that he’ll get the information by their deadline of November 8th than he would if the request was made to the Obama Administration.
(Corning) An Adams County man was hurt in a two vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of 150th and Corning-Carl Road. According to the report 72-year-old Donald Hardisty of Corning was injured in the accident. He was transported by Adams County Rescue to Alegent Creighton Health/Mercy Hospital in Corning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 21-year-old Shayne Larsen, of Red Oak was westbound in a 1993 Ford F350 pickup on 150th Street and was stopped at the intersection. Larson then pulled away from the stop sign and struck Hardistys' Ford Ranger pickup causing it to enter the west ditch and roll before coming to rest.
The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by Corning Fire and Rescue and the Adams County Sheriff's Office.
(Area) Pheasant season opens up in Iowa tomorrow (Saturday).
A record setting wet spring has driven the numbers down once again in southwest Iowa, but certain portions of the state still provide good opportunities for hunters.
“The best pheasant hunting in Iowa this year is going to be found in the northwest and north central part of the state. They maintain some of the best habitat with their marshes and they’ve also been able avoid some of the heavier snow falls that we have suffered through in southwest and central Iowa.”
That’s the statement from Brian Hayes of the Iowa DNR who reminds hunters to follow a number of safety standards such as planning out your hunt, wearing blaze orange as required by law, and know your zone of fire.
“Keep that in mind if a bird does flush, ‘where is my safe zone of fire?’ Most of the accidents that are investigated by the DNR are when a bird flies back through or between people and one hunter getting fixated on the target and not being aware of what’s beyond the target.”
The annual roadside survey count shows a 35% decline in the pheasant population from last year.
(Waterloo) Five people suffered stab wounds in two seperate incidents early this morning in Waterloo. Police went to Winning Edge Bar on Fletcher Avenue after getting a report of a person with a knife. Paul Geiger, Christopher Parham and Dakota Kessel were stabbed and required treatment at Covenant Medical Center while Joseph Terhune was assaulted. 28-year-old Eric Hayes is charged with two counts of willful injury, two counts of going armed with intent, and one count of assault causing bodily injury.
In the other incident that happened a little after 2:00am. 47-year-old Dautrail Bell of Waterloo was charged with serious domestic assault after being accused of stabbin gan unidentified woman in the neck.
Bell and Hayes are both in the Blackhawk County Jail.
(Belmond) Volunteers are needed to help the city of Belmond clean up after a tornado damaged homes, businesses, and farming operations in June. Clean-up was delayed by wet weather conditions and wet ground in the areas near the east branch of the Iowa River over the summer. Belmond City Manager, LeAnn Waltzing, says the small community in northern Iowa need ‘Manpower’ to help pick up metal siding, insulation and other debris spread across pastures, wooded areas, and the Iowa River.
“We’re just looking for some extra help and trying to avoid having this debris impede the flow of water especially next spring when we get more rain so we want to get the debris picked up and out of the way before it affects other people as well.”
The clean up effort is scheduled for 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Waltzing asks that you call the city hall if you are interested in helping out. She says food will be provided for volunteers.
A tornado touched down the afternoon of June 12th just outside of Belmond.
(HANCOCK) Pottawattamie County Conservation is hosting their inaugural Wild Game Cooking Competition at Botna Bend Park’s Olsen Lodge on November 16th.
You can test your best wild game recipes and see how you fair against other area hunters and chefs. Recipes will be judged based on taste, texture and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers and the first place winner will receive the title of Camo Chef and receive a $50 Bass Pro Shop gift card.
For more information or to register for the event contact Assistant Ranger, Cory Thomas at 402-676-4507. Registration is limited to 20 chefs and the registration deadline for the event is November 11th.
Botna Bend Park is located at 42926 Mahogany Road in Hancock.
(ATLANTIC) Officials at Cass County Health System announced a new logo design today to be used throughout the health system. The new logo was developed to better reflect the integrated care provided by all of the health system affiliates – Cass County Memorial Hospital, Atlantic Medical Center, Eye Associates, Southwest Iowa Surgery, and Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center. The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation will utilize the new logo as well.
The current hospital logo was designed by a long-time staff member, Bev Mendenhall in 1987. Originally used in brown, the logo was updated to blue in 1992, with Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center and the CCMH Foundation using the same design in different colors. Over the years, Atlantic Medical Center, Eye Associates and Southwest Iowa Surgery all developed individual business logos. When Cass County Health System was formed in January, 2000, no changes were made to any of the logos. Finally, in 2006, a health system text logo was developed, but all the others remained in use, too.
“The new logo reflects our motto, Neighbors Caring for Neighbors,” said Pat Markham, CEO. “You can see the medical cross in the center with the arms of all the health system affiliates wrapped together, supporting and caring for our neighbors.” The colors of the image also add to the message. Blue represents dependability and security, communicating that the health system provides a strong, solid foundation. The green represents growth, health and a sense of calm.
Cass County Health System turned to the Des Moines based branding and marketing agency McLellan Marketing Group for the logo development.
(State) It’s likely lawmakers will try to address the problem in next year’s legislative session. A ten member pension committee heard experts talk on Wednesday about the impact of maintaining a police and fire fighter pension fund used by 49 larger Iowa cities. Gretchen Teggler, executive director of the taxpayer association of central Iowa says Des Moines has seen reduced library hours and higher property taxes and Urbandale has had tax increases for three consecutive years. Democratic senator Tom Courtney, the senate committee chair says he expects a bill to be introduced next year to make pension funding changes but details weren’t decided. Republican representative Dawn Pettingale says lawmakers should avoid knee-jerk reactions.
(DES MOINES) A Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event will be held at the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines November 11th.
The hiring fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing will start at 9:00 a.m.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Positive identification has been made on the skeletal remains discovered on October 11th along the I-480 bridge in Council Bluffs. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation worked in association with the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office, who used known dental records to identify the remains as 21 year old Chance Fletcher of Omaha.
Fletcher was last seen alive on December 15, 2011, by area law enforcement during the course of a police pursuit. Fletcher was driving in a stolen car when a Carter Lake officer attempted to pull him over. Eventually the chase ended in Council Bluffs, near the I-480 bridge, after Fletcher wrecked the car he was in and escaped on foot. Officers with Council Bluffs Police Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Omaha Police Department assisted in the search for Fletcher that evening with no success.
The Omaha Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit was investigating cold cases when they coordinated a search of the area on October 11th, with the assistance of the Council Bluffs Police Department. The discovery of the skeletal remains were located in a drainage ditch on the south side of the I-480 bridge, an area adjacent to the location Fletcher was last seen running from almost 2 years ago.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was requested to investigate the discovery of the remains and death investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department as local law enforcement was the last to have contact with Fletcher during the course of the pursuit and his escape that evening. Assistance was provided by the Council Bluffs Police Department, Omaha Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.
(SHELBY) A lawsuit filed by the driver who hit and killed a Shelby firefighter has been dismissed.
According to court records, the lawsuit was dismissed Wednesday but no reasons were given to why it was dismissed. David Thies had filed the lawsuit against the city of Shelby seeking $5,000 claiming that firefighter Michael Collins was under the influence of drugs at the time he stepped into traffic. Documents show that Collins had THC in his system, which is an active ingredient in marijuana and certain narcotic pain relievers.
The accident occurred September 18th, 2011. 41-year-old Michael Collins was directing traffic at an accident scene on Interstate 80 near Shelby. Collins was standing in the left lane when Thies navigated his vehicle around the slowed traffic and struck Collins. Thies was only ticketed for Driving without proper registration.
(Council Bluffs) Anyone interested in local parks and trails is encouraged to attend the regional REAP meeting in Council Bluffs on Tuesday.
Brian Hayes of the Iowa DNR says REAP stands for Resource Enhancement and Protection…
“For 24 years REAP has funded nearly $300 projects for cities, counties, and state parks, water quality, habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical developments and conservation education. REAP spent almost $17 million locally on projects.”
At the meeting delegates to REAP congress will be selected these delegates will send priority parks and trails to the governor.
“Anybody that has an interest in the outdoors in the local parks and trails is encouraged to attend and take part in the REAP assembly meetings.”
The annual meeting will be held at the Council Bluffs Public Library at 6:00 on October 29th.
(Area) Deer will be crossing the roadways in a more rapid rate in the coming weeks. The Iowa DNR reminds that it’s always a good practice stay alert as you travel Iowa’s roadways.
Brian Hayes with the Iowa DNR Office in Lewis explains a couple of reasons why deer pose more of a risk to motorists this time of year.
“The deer are entering into their breeding season in conjunction with that the corn harvest is underway reducing the available habitat to the deer. It really puts the deer on the move.”
Of course the common phrase is ‘Don’t veer for Deer’.
“Leaving your lane of traffic can cause a collision with another vehicle or a roadside obstacle such as a utility pole or a culvert. You’re better off to stay in your lane and hope that you don’t hit the deer. When you veer or swerve to miss the deer, it’s just not advisable.”
Hayes notes the good news is that deer related accidents have dropped significantly since 2003 thanks to hunters increasing their take of does over the last ten years.
(Des Moines) All but one of the Republican U-S Senate Candidates last night said they wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.”
Paul Lunde says getting rid of the law would eliminate too many “good republican ideas.”
But, Matt Whitaker says Congress needs to “repeal and replace” the law and put in place more programs to help small business provide healthcare. “As a small business owner myself I would like to see small businesses combine their resources and purchase health insurance as a group instead of having to buy as an individual employer.”
Sam Clovis told the audience at Drake University he’d like to see only a couple of things survive including; “Children that come home because they can’t live on their own and are allowed to stay on their parents insurance up to the age of 26, and the high risk and pre-existing condition issues.”
State Senator Joni Ernst highlighted her votes in the legislature on the issue. “I am the only one on this stage that has stood up against Obamacare,” exclaimed Ernst. “I voted no for Medicaid expansion that the democrats proposed and I stood against the federal exchanges here in Iowa.”
(Corning) The newly restored birthplace of Johnny Carson was unveiled to the public at 500 13th Street in Corning Wednesday afternoon. Enid Grundman, of the Johnny Carson Birthplace Society was one of several who spoke to a packed house Wednesday afternoon. Grundman told the story about Ed Chappell, who purchased the home in 2005 and sold it to the Johnny Carson Birthplace Society at his cost.
“He knew the homes heritage and he wanted Corning to be nationally recognized as the birthplace of one of America’s most popular and beloved entertainment icons,” stated Grundman. “He had the philosophy that only one location can have a birthplace designation and Corning was Johnny Carson’s.”
The Johnny Carson Birthplace Society went to work and renovated the home to its’ 1925 time period.
“And now here we are October, 2013, and the house is ready to be shared by Johnny Carson fans everywhere,” said Grundman.
The CEO of the Iowa Lottery Terry Rich was at the unveiling Wednesday. He appeared on the Johnny Carson Show in 1981. He had asked Johnny to be their Celebrity for a day during RABGRAI’s ride through Cooper, Iowa. And Johnny ended up asking Rich to appear with him on the tonight show.
“We were on for about twenty-minutes and everyone asked what was Johnny Like,” said Rich. “And if you ever met Johnny, what you got in person, he had the Corning, Iowa values.”
Sorensen said they are welcoming people to join the membership of the Johnny Carson Birthplace Society and help with the project. He said the next phase of the project is to do landscaping and sidewalk work. They also plan to build a Visitation Center to display photos and memorabilia of Johnny Carson. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Roger Sorensen at 515-975-7777. You can also find more information online at www.johnnycarsonbirthplace.org.
(TREYNOR) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Treynor Community Center. Citizens can drop off any drugs, legal or Illegal prescription or non-prescription, with no questions asked. No sharps, needles, pressurized inhaler canisters or thermometers can be accepted.
(GRISWOLD) The Griswold School District is down 16 students this year.
Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze updated the School Board on their certified enrollment data Monday night.
“Last year, as I look at the numbers, we ticked up just a little bit. Last year we were at 593 and now we’re at 577,” explained Kunze. “So, we’re actually closer to where we were two years ago then we were last year.”
In other activity, Kunze said the Board approved the addition of some more parking spaces to be put into asphalt at the Lewis elementary building. And, Kunze said their track project is finally complete with the exception of the seeding that needs to be done.
(State) A new report indicates the rate of increase for college tuition is slowing and the news is even better in Iowa and for in state students. The College Board says the average published cost for an in-state student to attend a four-year college is $247 more this year and now about $8,890 annually. The 2.9% increase is the smallest one year increase in 30 years. The national average is well above what students paid this year at Iowa’s three state universities where tuition stood at $6,648 at Northern Iowa and Iowa State while it was $6,678 at the University of Iowa. The Board of Regents meets today and tomorrow in Iowa City where it will consider a plan to freeze tuition for the second consecutive year provided the state increases aid by 4%.
(GLENWOOD) A Fayetteville, North Carolina man was arrested in Mills County on a warrant for sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.
Following an investigation by The Mills County Sheriff’s Office, 64-year-old John Robert Schondelmeyer was arrested Tuesday at the Sarpy County, Nebraska jail on a warrant for two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child. He was held on $70,000 bond.
The Mills County Attorney’s Office says Schondelmeyer recently resided in Bellevue, Nebraska, but now has a residence in North Carolina. Schondelmeyer is accused of committing various sex acts with two minor girls ages 7 and 8 over a period of time, some occurring in Mills County and others in different jurisdictions.
The punishment for Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree is 25 years in prison with a mandatory 70 percent time to be served before eligible for parole. Lascivious Acts with a Child is punishable up to 10 years in prison.
(Des Moines) A local teen’s trying to spread the anti-distracted driving message to kids her age. 14-year-old Des Moines East High School Freshman Josie Hill says,
“Stop, put the phone down, pay attention to where you are at, keep your eyes on the road, and pay attention to your surroundings.”
Hill says she just got her driver’s permit, but, she’s had to “Be the Adult” to her older sister and mother sometimes when they drive. She says she tells them to turn off the phone and “It Can Wait” while they’re on the road.
(Des Moines) A Polk County Judge has ordered a Phoenix-based telemarketing company to sop calling Iowans, and selling household products, supposedly to benefit veterans and disabled workers. The order resolves a consumer fraud lawsuit, filed in September against “Advanced Employment Solutions.” Iowans who received such phone calls, may have heard something like this.
“$42.95 and you can get a breast cancer flashlight. It’s beautiful florescent pink and it has a wrist strap and a portion of the sales will be donated to the cancer society.”
That’s a portion of a phone call, form an under-cover phone line in the A-G’s office. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office reminds consumers to be careful with their donated dollars…don’t be fooled by a sympathetic name, don’t be pressured, get it in writing, and check out charities at the National Better Business Bureau’s Wide-Giving site.
(Audubon) Communication is a key part of any organization and with technology always changing the Audubon County Board of Supervisors are looking into upgrading their phone system.
Supervisor Chairman Todd Nelsen says the board received an update from Windstream this week in regards to updating the phones at the Audubon County Courthouse. Nelsen says the current system is aging.
“We have some departments with phones going bad and they have trouble finding phones to replace them, they don’t make them anymore. We have a few spares sitting around, but we’re ready to buy new phones and can’t find them, wondering if we should upgrade so Windstream came out and talked about what they could do to switch us to a new phone system.”
Officials from Windstream met with county department heads to discuss needs. They'll put that information together and come up with a bid that they will relay to the board at a later date.
In other action the board signed the necessary paperwork to finalize the $314,000 rise grant. The money will be used on the 190th Street project on the north end of the city of Audubon.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Municipal Utilities is replacing the single-phase electric meters with new ones that will allow them to read your meter remotely during a power outage. Matt Klein, IT Coordinator for AMU says this will also them to pinpoint the exact location of a power outage.
“Under the current system during a power outage we have a general idea from people calling in on where the outage is located,” stated Klein. “So it is manually driving around and searching for the problem. We will now be able to pinpoint in on exactly what is going on.”
Klein says the new meters will speed up the process of restoring power. In the rural areas AMU will know exactly who is without power.
Employees are currently installing the new meters to the rural customers. Their goal is to have the project completed by the end of the year.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Cass County Board of Supervisors on some of the projects going on throughout the county at their meeting this morning.
Marker said Henningsen construction is doing shoulder work on M56 and they are still waiting on them to do the shoulder work on the Lewis road to Highway 71. Both roads also need center line striping before the projects are complete.
Murphy Contracting is still waiting on a sub-contractor to do the guard rails on the bridge over the Nishnabotna on the Research Farm road. For now they are working on rip rap under the bridge and the ditch structures.
Gus Construction is working on putting in a 12x12 concrete box on Boston Road east of the Valley. Right now they have it excavated and they are doing the base work and the trenching.
Cass County crews are working on a bridge south of Highway 92, southwest of Lyman. Marker said they put a new beam underneath and they should be done the middle of next week with putting the steel decking on it. Once the decking is on they will put dirt and rock over the surfacing.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors heard a report from Cass County Veteran Affairs Executive Director Mitch Holmes at their meeting this morning.
Holmes said he had 16 claims for general assistance, totaling $2,112, for the first quarter of FY 2013-14. He said that is just a tad bit higher than the same period last year mainly due to the cost of living. Overall this quarter, 288 veterans were assisted, there were 286 office visits and 11 home visits, 353 phone contacts, 1,067 correspondence and 1,717 total contacts.
Holmes was able to continue working through the government shutdown and he said the only thing affected were the Federal VA benefits. He said everything should be back up to speed now.
“The VA has told us that November 1st everything is supposed to go as normal, there’s been no interruption,” said Holmes. “They (the veterans) shouldn’t see any difference.”
The Cass County Veterans Affairs Commission provides assistance to all military veterans discharged under honorable conditions and/or their family members in applying for federal benefits and other veteran’s aid.
(Atlantic) At the Atlantic Rotary Club Meeting yesterday, Rotarian Ted Robinson unveiled the club's plan to give out an annual Outstanding Teacher Award.
Nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award are available November 1st and due by February 1st. Nominated teachers must fill out a form as well which will be due by March 1st. The mission for the award was presented to the Rotary Club at yesterday's meeting,
"It is the intention of the Atlantic Rotary Club through this award, to recognize and award outstanding educators in our public school system who exemplifies the Rotary motto of service above self, for their continued dedication to students, parents, peers, and the larger community as well as the art and practice of education."
Robinson announced that the winner will be revealed during a teacher inservice in May.
“The honoree will be nominated by students, peers, and others who have been impacted by the teacher’s work by a panel from the field of education outside the Atlantic Community School District and business and public service representatives from within the community. The award may be used to enhance the educational resources of the teacher, further the teacher’s education, or for any other purpose that the selected teacher deems appropriate."
Robinson gave a lot of credit to fellow committee members Kate Olsen and Jennifer Plum for laying the groundwork for the award.
"I think its really neat to do something like this, I feel like it’s how we do the Rotary Auction and other communities look towards Atlantic and the Atlantic Rotary for our auction and how we set that up. I think this is going to be one of those things that other Rotary Clubs are going to look towards us and think that it’s a really neat opportunity the way that we are supporting education in Atlantic."
Money raised through the Rotary's Annual Auction will be used to fund the Outstanding Teacher Award. This year's auction is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th at 5:30pm at the Cass County Community Center.
(Jefferson) KCCI-TV is reporting that two suspicious fires are under investigation in Jefferson.
A fire destroyed a Green County School bus parked at the bus barn on the fairgrounds in Jefferson at around 8:45 p.m. Monday night. Several hours later, a structure fire damaged a four-story concrete storage building in the 700 block of North Elm Street, in Jefferson.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office said the preliminary causes are suspected to be arson-related.
(Clarinda) Three people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash in Page County Tuesday afternoon.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 2:45 p.m. near Highway 48 and B Avenue. Authorities say 24-year-old Meaghan Baker, of Red Oak was southbound on Highway 48. Baker began to pass a vehicle and failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2002 Chevy Impala, driven by 19-year-old Douglas Clark, of Sidney. The collision forced the Impala into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a 2008 Chevy Cobalt.
According to the report, 34-year-old Michael Irvine, of Red Oak and 19-year-old Shannon Barnard, of Shenandoah, both passengers in Bakers vehicle, were airlifted to an Omaha Hospital with unknown injuries. Baker was taken by Shenandoah EMS to Shenandoah Medical Center.
(Exira) Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton Superintendent Dean Schnoes says enrollment is holding fairly steady. He says the overall student count is 467 which is down eight students from a year ago.
“That number includes students that could be open enrolled in and open enrolled out, you account for everything that is there,” stated Schnoes. “And when you look at the beds enrollment then you start talking about all of the students that are in your district. For example; for our beds, between the two buildings, it says we are down four students, but that also includes students that are home schooled and things like that.”
When it comes to bodies in the classrooms, Schnoes says they are up seven students this school year.
(DES MOINES) A Freeze Warning has been issued for Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold counties from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall below freezing with low in the upper 20’s and 30’s. Sub-freezing temperatures will likely end the growing season for outdoor vegetation.
(Area) The AAA of Iowa is attempting to “Drive Home” the importance of teen safety, behind the wheel, in snowy situations.
Director of Public Affairs, Gail Weinholzer suggests your teen have an emergency kit for those just-in-case times.
What’s important to have in that kit? Weinholzer says…
“Well certainly a cell phone, we don’t want people talking on the cell phone while they are driving, but a cell phone for emergency purposes is always good idea. Some additional warm weather clothes are also a wonderful addition to an emergency kit.
As well as some things like perhaps a bottle of water or an energy bar. In case you are stranded for a bit you want to make sure you have something to eat and something to drink as well.”
Teen Driver Safety Week runs Monday (October 21st) through Saturday.
(AUDUBON) No injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident in Audubon County this afternoon.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at the intersection on N-36 and 220th Street, approximately seven miles southeast of Audubon, at around 12:50 p.m. 30-year-old Nicholas Brooks Peck of Audubon was traveling westbound on 220th Street, stopped at the stop sign and then pulled onto N-36. Peck allegedly did not see a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Gary Lee Borkowski of Carroll who was traveling northbound on N-36. Borkowski was unable to stop and struck Peck.
Peck has been charged with Failure to Yield from Stop Sign. The damage to Borkowski’s 2005 Chevy Tahoe was estimated at $1,000. The damage to Peck’s 2003 Chevy Alero was estimated at $3,000.
(State) Individual lawsuits alleging racial discrimination begin today. Jury selection is scheduled today for the first in what could be several trails in claims brought by black employees and job applicants who allege racial discrimination cost them jobs and promotions in Iowa’s executive branch.
The case stems from a class action lawsuit in which up to 6,000 blacks passed over for state jobs alleged a pattern of discrimination. A judge dismissed the lawsuit last year and the Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to reinstate it. Meanwhile some individual cases will be tried after years of litigation. The first trial features former Iowa Workforce Development clerk Dorthea Polk who contends that she was fired in 2006 after filing a discrimination complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.
Three other trials are scheduled in the coming weeks.
(Washington D.C.) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says one good thing that came out of the government shutdown was that a conference committee was established by law to work on approving a federal budget.
“I’m very pessimistic about reaching an agreement but that is a process that is going to be in place and has to be used and possibility of reaching an agreement.”
Grassley says the worst development was the closing of the open air memorials in Washington which he claims was done for political reasons.
(HARLAN) Three people were arrested following an investigation into a loud explosion in Harlan Friday.
Harlan Police obtained a search warrant for 1807 5th Street which resulted in the arrests of 25-year-old Michael Hall, 47-year-old Thomas Carney, and 41-year-old Pamela Frieze, all of Harlan.
Hall was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, reckless use of fire or explosives, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited acts penalties. Carney was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, prohibited acts penalties, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. Frieze was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited acts penalties.
(HARLAN) A Harlan man was arrested on numerous charges following a traffic stop on Friday.
The Harlan Police Department says 27-year-old Steven Riley was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant stemming from an incident in July where Riley was charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was also charged with driving while revoked, carrying weapons, prohibited acts, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In other activity, the Harlan Police Department is investigating two reports of theft. On October 15th, Jeron Henscheid reported the theft of his 1998 Buick Park Avenue that was parked in the parking lot at 6th and Hill. On October 21st, Randy Davis reported the theft of a cement deer lawn ornament from his residence in the 500 block of 5th Street. There are no suspects in either case.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Park and Recreation Department is looking to improve the fish population in pond #1 at the Schildberg Recreation Area.
Bryan Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the DNR office out of Lewis told the Park and Rec. Board Monday night that the DNR did a survey with their electro-fishing equipment to determine what fish are present and the size of the pond.
Hayes said all three ponds at the Schildberg Recreation Area are affected by the influence of the river and the river species due to flooding at one time or another.
“When we were in pond #1 this summer we were visiting with Roger (Herring) about the protection from the river and the fact that maybe it doesn’t get flooded into very frequently, or very rarely, and there’s an opportunity for us to try and get the gizzard shad out of there, a competing fish, which would help some of the other fish species and make it a better fishing pond,” explained Hayes.
Hayes said to remove the gizzard shad the DNR would use a low dose treatment of rotenone, a fish toxicant, to kill them off. He said the rotenone would not harm the bass, blue gill or crappies in the pond and it would not be hazardous to other animals if they feed off of these fish.
The Park and Rec. Board made a motion to work with the DNR and move forward with the project. There will be no cost to the Atlantic Park and Rec. Department since the DNR typically works with the cities and counties with stocking and controlling fish populations.
Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring said he sees a real tremendous potential at pond #1 for family recreation. He hopes that in the future the DNR could come out and do one of their fishing clinics for kids.
(AUDUBON) Certified enrollment for the Audubon School District looks good, according to Superintendent Brett Gibbs.
Gibbs said they are down seven kids, however; last year at this time they were projected to be down 18 kids.
“That’s quite a jump to go from projected 18 to only being down seven. Actually, overall butts in seats we are up about three kids,” said Gibbs. “Our preschool numbers were a lot of higher than what we had anticipated. Plus, our open enrollment-in increased by six kids. So, in the scheme of things we’re actually up overall.”
Certified Enrollment is an annual report of enrolled resident students used for the Iowa School Finance Formula calculation. The certified enrollment count is taken on the first weekday of October every year. Data collection is due no later than October 15.
(AUDUBON) The Audubon School Board has selected an architectural firm for the elementary remodeling project.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they had three companies who gave presentations to the School Board and the Board went out and visited some of the projects that those companies had done. At their meeting Monday night, the Audubon School Board chose DLR Group out of Des Moines as their architectural firm for the project.
Gibbs said they are hoping to let bids for the project right after the first of the year.
“That’s all being paid for with sales tax money that we bonded against, so we should be able to do that without any increase in any taxes locally which has really been the big benefit of the one cent sales tax and I think that’s helped districts throughout the area get delayed maintenance projects done that needed to be done,” said Gibbs. “So, we’re excited about getting started on that.”
The project will include remodeling the interior of the older section of the elementary school.
(Winterset) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed an image captured on a hunter’s trail camera this month in Madison County is a Mountain Lion.
Spokesman Kevin Baskins says biologists think it’s a young male cat, about 100-pounds or so, that wandered here from points west. Baskins says it’s hard to tell if the Mountain Lion is still around.
“That photo was snapped on October 13 and that Mountain Lion might be in that same vicinity or it maybe 200 miles from here,” stated Baskins. “Mountain Lions can move fantastic miles in a 24 hour period.”
December 2012 was the last time, a Mountain Lion sighting was confirmed in Iowa. In that case, a male was found in a Des Moines neighborhood, and shot by Police. In this most recent case, the trail camera had been posted on a farm about ten-miles north of Winterset.
Baskins says since 2000, there have been 1,000 reported Mountain Lion sighted, but very few have been confirmed. He says most of the time; it’s a case of mistaken identity, a Bobcat or similar sized animal with similar coloring.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Park and Recreation Department is moving forward with their tobacco free policy for Sunnyside Park.
Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring presented the Park and Rec. Board with a policy the City of Adel uses at their meeting Monday night. Board member Jolene Smith said it would be a great model for the tobacco free policy at Sunnyside Park.
“I think it’s very well written and it shows that we are concerned about the youths and the smoke affect on them,” said Smith.
The City of Adel’s ordinance states that tobacco use is prohibited in designated areas of Adel City parks, trails, and outdoor recreational facilities, and all public building grounds at all times. Designated park areas include: restrooms, athletic fields and in the spectator areas of athletic fields during a sporting event; tennis courts; disc golf courses; playground areas; recreational trail rest areas; and any pavilions; shelters and benches located in a park or on a public ground.
The Atlantic Park and Rec. Board wants to take disc golf courses out of the language and add in the skate park. They would also like to put in the language that you cannot use tobacco within 25 feet of playground equipment, shelters or pavilions.
When it comes to punishments for those caught using tobacco, the Park and Rec. Board will follow Chapter 142D.9 Civil Penalties. Any penalties paid will be deposited into the cities general fund.
The Park and Rec. Board will draft an ordinance and look it over before sending it on to the City Council for approval.
(Red Oak) One person suffered possible injuries in an accident involving two semi’s Monday evening.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at around 5:23 p.m. at the intersection of 230th and M Avenue. Frank Blaha, of Lincoln, Nebraska was driving a 1999 International Semi-tractor pulling a side-dump trailer. He stopped at the intersection to let another vehicle enter. Meanwhile, another semi driven by Shawn Costales, also of Lincoln, was approaching Blaha from behind and did not see him due to the dusty conditions at the intersection. Costales tried to avoid the collision by turning left at the last second but ended up hitting the left rear bumper and tire of Blaha’s trailer. Costales vehicle then left the road and crashed through a fence.
Costales was taken by Red Oak Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital to be treated for possible injuries. Blaha refused medical treatment. Both men submitted DOT drug tests at the hospital.
Costales semi received $11,000 damage. Blaha’s rig sustained estimated $4,500 damage. A fence owned by Max Darwin Petersen of Stanton received damage as well.
(Atlantic) The Cass County E911 Service Board briefly discussed the privatization of the 911 Center and the relocation of the 911 Center at their meeting Monday night.
During the October 16, Cass County Supervisors’ meeting Chairman Mark Wedemeyer told the board that he has been in contact with officials from IXP Corporation out of Princeton, New Jersey. The company currently plans, implements and manages emergency response solutions for public safety. Wedemeyer stated that there are not very many counties or municipalities in the country that do this right now, but this company has a wide array of what they could do.
Cass County Supervisor and 911 Board member Gaylord Schelling told the 911 Board Monday night to review what they have now would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12,500.
“So we are going to have a conference call to see if it is even feasible,” stated Schelling. “This is no reflection on what Rob Koppert, (911 Director) is doing.
“We are just trying to save money and see if we can do it more efficiently,” explained board member Steve Livengood.
Schelling says the time and date of that conference call has yet to be determined.
In regards to the relocation of the 911 center, Schelling says they have made an offer back and forth for the Cambridge Law firm P.L.C. building across the street from the Cass County Courthouse. However, they have not been able to come to an agreement on a price yet.
Schelling has been instructed by the Public Safety Commission to revisit that issue with the law firm this week.
(WOODBINE) Law enforcement agencies in west central Iowa continue to investigate a fire in Woodbine at the Everything Ellen Flower shop located at 413 Walker Street. The fire occurred on Thursday, September 26, as a potential arson fire. The scene investigation revealed the fire was likely set to the west wall of the flower shop abutting the alley that runs north to south behind the building.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video from the alley showing a male subject walk up to the back of the building from the south at approximately 3:21 p.m. After a short amount of time the subject turns around and walks back down the alley (to the south). The subject of unknown age appears to be a white male, approximately 5’7” to 6’0” tall, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, light colored baggy shorts that extend past their knees (possibly white basketball style short) with a dark stripe down the side, and dark colored shoes. The fire was reported to Harrison County 911 at approximately 3:29 PM.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to identify this person. Investigators are also seeking the public’s help in providing copies of any video or photographs taken of the downtown area within an hour prior to the fire or within the first 30 minutes of the fire call. As with any fire, a reward is offered through the arson reward fund of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this or any other fire.
Anyone with information concerning the fire, or who has video or photos meeting the above requirements are asked to contact the Woodbine Police Department at 712-647-2345, the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 712-308-3977, or the Arson Hotline at 800-532-1459. The Harrison County Sheriff is also assisting with this investigation.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation will be hosting a Simon Estes “Roots to Wings” concert on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Atlantic High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $20 each and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in Atlantic at Gade Insurance, Meyer & Gross Real Estate Company, Rex Pharmacy and the CCMH Switchboard. In Anita at Mailander Law Office, Rusty Razor and Vicki’s Cut and Curl. Houghton State Bank in Cumberland, Gade Insurance in Griswold, First National Bank in Massena and the Massena Public Library, and the Lewis Public Library. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Dawn Marnin at 712-243-7409.
The concert will feature Simon Estes performing familiar selections from Broadway, gospel, folk, spiritual and patriotic songs. The concert will also include performances by the Atlantic, CAM & Griswold choirs. The program will be followed by an informal meet and greet, where guests will have the opportunity to purchase CDs and books by Mr. Estes and have them personally signed by the artist.
On Monday, October 28, 2013, Mr. Estes will present an informal program to Cass County High School students, sharing his own unique story, the obstacles he overcame, and what qualities and characteristics are needed to become successful.
(LEWIS) A Lewis man was arrested for Interference with Official Acts. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Philip Reed Thompson on Saturday. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.
(Des Moines) “Stay Tuned”…that’s the message from the Governor today when asked if it’s still possible to reach his ambitious goal of creating 200,000 new jobs in his first term back in office. Terry Branstad says he’ll be announcing a new program soon.
“About how we are going to bring more people to the state of Iowa, how we are not only going to grow jobs in Iowa, but how we are going to bring people hear with the skills to fill those jobs.”
The Governor made those comments during his weekly news conference Monday morning.
(Ankeny) More pink slips will be going out at John Deere. One hundred more workers will be without a job by early next month, at the Ankeny John Deere Plant.
The layoffs are being described as “Adjustments” to meet market demand and the company says it broke the news to employees in mid-August, that this would happen. Deere Spokeman Ken Golden said these layoffs were in addition to 40 plant workers who were placed on indefinite layoff in mid-September.
(Red Oak) Red Fire Chief Jamie Blount says the investigation into the October 7th fire that destroyed a 116-year-old building near downtown Red Oak remains under investigation.
“We recovered a couple of items of interest that will be sent off to the lab to be analyzed,” stated Red Oak Fire Chief Blount. “At this point we are not certain these items started the fire, but it is something that we are going to send off to have analyzed that so we can either pin point or rule out.”
Blount says, “Our investigation has led us to believe that the fire started on the second floor at the midway point in the building. And we have come to that conclusion because of several factors. It was the most heavily burned area, plus when we arrived that is where the bulk of the main body of the fire was.”
The building was vacant and the owner had spent a lot of time and money renovating the inside of it. Nearly half dozen fire departments battled the blaze that was called in at around 12.25 a.m. on October 7. Fire fighters battled the blaze in the two story building for around 4 hours. The remainder of the building was demolished because of fears the walls would collapse
(ATLANTIC) A Lewis teen was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault by Strangulation. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 18-year-old Philip Thompson on Saturday. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
(Audubon) The theft of two Ford F-150 pickups is under investigation in Audubon County.
The Sheriff’s Office reports that sometime during the evening hours of October 18th or early Morning hours of October 19th, a theft occurred at a business in the 300 block of North Market Street. Taken out of a building were two 2005 Ford F-150 pickups, one was white in color while the other was silver. The white pickup has since been recovered, but the Silver one has not been. It has a dent in the driver’s side box with the license plate 720 PZN. Other identifiers include a tool box and fuel tank in the bed of the truck.
If anyone has information about this theft they are asked to call the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-563-2631 or Audubon County Crimestoppers at 712-563-2234.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Lexington, Missouri man was found guilty in federal court of robbing the Great Western Bank of Hamburg.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 47-year-old Nathan Wayne Smith will be sentenced on January 29, 2014. Bank robbery carries a potential sentence of up to twenty years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution.
Smith’s trial was presided over by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner. The evidence produced at trial showed that Smith traveled from his home in Lexington, Missouri, to Hamburg, Iowa, arriving at the Great Western Bank around 9:30 a.m. on June 11, 2012. Smith approached a teller in the bank, placed a plastic bag on the counter in front of the teller, and told the teller to fill the bag with money. After obtaining the money from the teller, Smith ran from the bank.
Smith was identified as the party responsible after he was stopped by the Buckner, Missouri, Police Department later in the day on June 11, 2012. Buckner, Missouri, is approximately 150 miles south and east of Hamburg.
The investigation was conducted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckner, Missouri, Police Department, the Lexington, Missouri, Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
(Red Oak) A domestic call led to the arrest of a Red Oak man late Sunday night.
The Red Oak Police Department was called to 109 West Prospect Street for a reported domestic assault. While en route Officer’s were informed that a male subject had left the residence in a vehicle and was intoxicated. Police intercepted the vehicle in the 1100 block of North 1st Street.
Police arrested 28-year-old Randon Daniel Phelps, of Red Oak on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.
The alleged domestic assault was unfounded and the alleged victim refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The Red Oak Police Department was assisted in the investigation by deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
(HARLAN) A Seneca, Missouri man faces drug charges in Shelby County.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office completed a narcotics investigation following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab located on a vacant farm in rural Shelby County. The Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the remnants of the meth lab by the public.
Thirty nine year old Raymond Johnson has been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Pseudoephedrine, and Possession of Lithium. Johnson is currently being held in the Fremont County Jail on unrelated narcotics charges.
A warrant has been issued for Raymond Johnson with bond set at $5,000. Johnson will be returned to Shelby County upon completion of the Fremont County charges.
(STUART) A Nebraska woman was arrested Sunday after she was caught driving with a blood alcohol content nearly three and half times the legal limit in Stuart.
The Stuart Police Department says Melissa Ruge of Decatur, Nebraska was stopped after exiting Interstate 80 at the Stuart exit. The vehicle Melissa was driving was reported by numerous concerned motorists along I-80 in Adair County. The vehicle was allegedly driving erratically and almost crashed several times while traveling down the interstate. Stuart Police says Iowa State Troopers and Adair County Deputies were not in position to stop the vehicle at the time of the reports.
Melissa Ruge was charged with OWI 1st Offense and booked into the Adair County Jail.
(GLENWOOD) An Oakland man was arrested on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Eluding, and OWI. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Kirk Kincaid Kinser was arrested October 16th at the Cass County Jail. He was held on $2,000 bond.
(Gray) An Audubon County man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident in northern Audubon County.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on 120th Street at around 3:30 a.m. south of Gray.
According to the report, 21-year-old Michael Dean Schmidt, of Audubon was westbound on 120th Street. He crossed the center line and continued onto the left shoulder and traveled along the shoulder following the curve. The vehicle then rolled down the ditch landing in the field to the southwest of the road. Schmidt was ejected during the roll. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Audubon Police Department and Audubon Fire and Rescue.
(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
Twenty-nine year-old Jeremy Keith Foreman of Nebraska City, NE was arrested on October 12th on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. On October 14th, 32-year-old Jeremy Scott Carnes of Pacific Junction was arrested for Aggravated Assault. Thirty-Nine year-old Kara Marcine Straw, of Sidney, was arrested October 15th for Public Intoxication and Simple Assault. Robert Eugene Straw, age 36, of Sidney, was arrested that same day for Interference with Official Acts and Simple Assault. On October 19th, 33-year-old John Bosco Lukas, of Omaha, NE was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Failure to have Insurance, Open Container, No Valid Driver’s License, and Speeding.
(Council Bluffs) Two men were stabbed early Sunday morning in Council Bluffs.
The Council Bluffs Police Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Brian Ferguson and 33-year-old Oral White, both from Council Bluffs.
According to a press release from the Council Bluffs Police Department, a disturbance occurred in the 100 block of West Broadway. Officer's found Ferguson and White on the sidewalk suffering from stab wounds. White had stab wounds on his neck and shoulder. Ferguson received a cut to his face. Both were treated at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
Police say they have identified the suspect and charges are pending.
Numerous people were in the area at the time of the assault and are encouraged to call Council Bluffs Police at 712-328-4728.
A Montgomery woman was arrested on charges of 1st degree burglary Sunday.
The Montgomery Police Department was called to a rural residence for a burglary in progress about 2:20 pm.
Upon investigation, it was determined the offender had forced entry into the home and had assaulted one of the subjects of the residence. Deputies found 44 year old Pamela E Caruse of Emerson still inside the home and took her into custody at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center. She was held in lieu of $25,000 cash bond on the charge of 1st degree burglary.
(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department is asking the public’s help in solving a multiple burglaries that have occurred in and around the Red Oak area.
Police are seeking information regarding a 1988 Chevy Pickup, red in color with Nebraska license plate TEM284.
Authorities say if you see this vehicle do not approach it. Call your local law enforcement agency or the Red Oak Police Department at (712)-623-6500 or the Montgomery County Crimestoppers at (800)-432-1001.
(Red Oak) Two people face numerous charges following a traffic stop in Montgomery County Friday afternoon.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Chevy Silverado for a traffic violation. During the investigation authorities discovered the driver of the vehicle Dustin Ray Bozwell, of Red Oak to be intoxicated. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated 3rd offense, driving while revoked for OWI, interference with official acts, and open container. His passenger Tracy Lynn Bozwell, also of Red Oak, was charged with interference with official acts and open container.
Both were transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Dustin Bozwell is being held on $5,000 bond. Tracy Bozwell, is held on $300.00 bond.
A group of 155-local scientists and researchers from 36 Iowa Colleges and Universities are releasing “The Iowa Climate Statement 2013” today. Professor David Courard-Hauri of Drake University calims critics of climate change theory are offering up “Straw man” arguments
“There is and will be a legitimate debate about how to balance adaptation and mitigation options that we have, but we gain nothing if we act as if there is uncertainty where there is not, or that there is significant division among scientists regarding the causes of climate change.”
Professor Gene Takle of ISU says a decade-long “Hiatus” in the rise of average world temperature doesn’t disprove the climate change theory.
“So that’s not unprecedented that we have these periods of a few years where there doesn’t seem to be any increase in the global average surface temperatures.”
Organizers of the “Climate Statement” are inviting media and critics of climate change theory to contact one of the 155 signers to learn about the latest science.
(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation will be holding a vehicle and equipment auction tomorrow (October 19th) at the D-O-T’s auction lot off South 4th Street and Oak Avenue in Ames. Michael Holl of the Iowa D-O-T says all types of vehicles will be on hand, from sedans and extended-cab trucks along with single and tandem dump trucks, wheel loaders, and minivans.
“We’ll have approximately 50 vehicles there will be approximately 30 single and tandem axel dump trucks. We have a 2006 garbage truck it’s a Freightliner with a 13 yard packer. We’ll have approximately 10 Wheel Loaders and they are going to be 1993-2000’s they’ll be Case Volvo, Honda, and JCB’s.”
He says you can pre-view items today until 4:00pm, and tomorrow morning before the sale starts. Bidders must at least 18 years old, and buyers are encouraged to bring cash, check, or money orders to use for purchasing.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for OWI 3rd Offense and two charges of Child Endangerment. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Nathan Patrick Kinzie today (Friday) and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $9,000 bond.
(COLLEGE SPRINGS) A College Springs man was arrested in connection with a house fire Thursday.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says Deputies responded to a request for assistance at a house fire at 708 Iowa Avenue in College Springs at around 3:27 p.m. Fire Departments from College Springs and Clarinda were attempting to get the house fire under control. The house was unoccupied and no one was inside. A residence at 706 Iowa Avenue, owned by Kenny and Debbie McCLarnon was damaged by the heat of the fire.
During the investigation into the fire, 41-year-old Steven Dean Lundvall was arrested for Reckless use of Fire. He was transported to the Page County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of 19-year-old Andrew Laughlin of Atlantic. Laughlin was placed under arrest Thursday on a Cass County Warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.
(AUDUBON) The Iowa FFA Foundation has notified the Audubon Community School that the schools agriculture department and instructor Brittany Elmquist have been awarded a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education grant in the amount of $11,250.
These funds are to be used for instructional training for Mrs. Elmquist at the summer Curriculum Institute held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny and for additional CASE implementation equipment for the Audubon agriculture department.
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education funds are part of the state and national emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. The Audubon Community School has been part of the Governor’s STEM scale-up Initiative since its inception and remains one of the leading STEM schools in southwest Iowa. These funds will help insure that Audubon students continue to receive hands-on, cutting edge agricultural science education preparing them for the future.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman was burned in an apartment fire in Red Oak Thursday afternoon. Red Oak Fire Chief James Blount says they received a call at around 1:53 p.m. at 1805 North 8th Street Apartment 22-D, also known as Alcorn Acres.
“When we arrived from found smoke coming from the rear of the apartment,” stated Blount. “As we proceeded to size up the incident we located a burn victim on the back side of the building.”
Blount says crews were able to make entry into the building and extinguish the fire rather quickly. He says it was confined to a bedroom as well as a mattress and there was minimal damage to the bedroom itself. He says most of the damage was done to the mattress.
Chief Blount says the woman in the apartment was airlifted to an Omaha Trauma Center to be treated for burns.
“Her condition at this time is unknown and her injuries at that time did not appear to be life-threatening, “said Blount. “The investigation revealed that the patient was in the bedroom and improper smoking material was the cause to the ignition which led to her burns.”
Chief Blount says the cause of the fire has been determined as improperly discarded smoking material.
(Des Moines) You can fill up the tank for less than three-dollars a gallon in Council Bluffs and Clear Lake right now. State Energy Analyst Harold Hommes says he’s optimistic that the downward trend will spread.
“We are hovering just above that $3.00 mark, “stated Hommes. “But I think we will get there.”
The state’s latest fuel report shows the statewide average for unleaded gasoline is at $3.28 per gallon. The report also shows a 13-cent increase in “natural” gas prices. Hommes says, however, that’s considered a small hike, and natural gas prices remain at record levels.
(ANITA) Authorities and rescue personnel were called to a single vehicle personal injury accident on Highway 6 near the Cass/Adair county line this afternoon. No other details are available at this time.
(ATLANTIC) The annual fall blood drive will be held at the Atlantic High School on Wednesday, October 23rd.
Breanna Kixmiller, National Honor Society President, said they have a goal of receiving 115 units.
“We do it just to go out and help the community and it’s a great way for kids to feel involved with helping the community,” said Kixmiller. “It’s only maybe a half an hour out of your day and you can help save lives. We always get a really good turnout and it makes us really happy to see how our high school is giving back.”
The blood drive will be held in the High School gym from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested should call the Atlantic High School at 712-243-5358. Walk-ins are also welcome.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic teacher is one of 120 Iowa teachers who received news from U.S. Cellular that their classroom projects have been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign.
The wireless carrier worked with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $500,000 in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. Iowa donations worth $70,820 will benefit 8,950 students throughout the state.
Sue Riggs of Washington Elementary School had a $729.36 Reading Homework-I Can’t Wait to Get Started project funded.
Starting November 4th, U.S. Cellular will bring back its Calling All Communities campaign for the fifth year. Schools can rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500,000 to fund what their students need the most. The top 20 schools that garner the most community votes will each win $25,000 to use as they wish to improve their educational experience. More information can be found online at www.uscellular.com.
(DES MOINES) A lot of U.S. Treasury Bill investors are breathing a sigh of relief that the partial shutdown has ended.
State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald says it was down to the wire. Many states were thinking about bailing on t-bills in order to keep money liquid to pay bills. He says had the shutdown continued for a week or more things would have gotten ugly.
“It would cause us a tremendous problem, everybody else in the United States and as we learned, even around the world, it would just cause chaos,” said Fitzgerald.
Several major, private investment firms did bail on t-bills, choosing to opt out rather than take the risk that the shutdown would continue.
(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad Wednesday signed an executive order in hopes of calming fears that Iowa's state educational standards will be taken over by the Feds. The Governor announced his order says the federal government won't be involved.
"We want to make sure that the academic standards are Iowa standards and that it's the state and not the federal government that is in charge of this. We also want to make sure that there is plenty of opportunity for public comment and input from the citizens."
The Governor's order comes as many conservative groups around the country have attacked common core standards, which is a project initiated by the National Governor's Association. Opponents claim they are being used by the US Department of Education to further liberal education objectives.
(State) These cooler night-time temperatures may be prompting more space-heater use. Newer models are less of a fire-hazard than the old-style varieties, but there are still some safety issues to keep in mind. Abby Bottenfield with Mid-American Engergy says,
"If you're going to leave the room make sure you unplug it, if you're going to leave your home make sure all space heaters are not plugged in."
She reminds homeowners that utility companies offer household energy audits and/or on-line energy assesments, which just might prompt a little winterizing. She notes even simple steps can reduce your monthly winter-time energy bill.
(Shenandoah) Two teenagers were hurt in a single-vehicle accident in Page County late Wednesday night.
The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old Bridget Leigh Bird was driving northbound on E Avenue just north of 200th Street when she met another vehicle. Bird panicked and moved over too far to the right causing two tires to leave the pavement. Bird’s, 1996 Mercury entered the ditch and struck an embankment.
Bird and a passenger, 15-year-old Sayj Elizabeth Martin, both from Shenandoah were injured in the crash that occurred at around 11:00 p.m. Emergency Personnel used the Jaws of Life to free the girls from the vehicle.
According to the accident report, both teens were eventually taken by Mercy One helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha.
(LENOX) A Kent, Iowa woman was arrested following a disturbance in Lenox Wednesday.
Lenox Police responded to a disturbance at 601 S. Walnut at around 12:45 pm. Upon officer’s arrival, they found several individuals had left the scene. Following investigation into the incident, arrest warrants were obtained.
At around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, 37-year-old Marie Merithew was arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Driving Under Suspension in connection with the incident. She was transported to the Taylor County Jail for processing and was held pending an appearance before the magistrate.
(DES MOINES) The number of deer infected with the virus known as EHD has surpassed 600 so far this year.
“There’s probably a lot of deer out there that may be carrying it at any given time,” said Kevin Baskins with the Iowa DNR. “Some of them succumb to the EHD and others will kind of live with it and shake it off.”
He says there have been EHD cases reported in 48-counties. The majority this year are in southeast Iowa.
Last year, EHD claimed nearly 3,000 deer. The state’s deer herd is estimated at 350-thousand.
(DES MOINES) Former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle told reporters Wednesday that news of a budget deal isn’t necessarily cause for celebration.
“This is not a proud moment for our country,” said Nussle. “Even with the good news of an agreement we can all look forward and see a couple of different paths that could easily develop. One that is just as negative as the one that we’ve recently been on.”
Nussle served as the House Budget Chairman and as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Bush administration. He’s currently working with the committee for a responsible budget, which held a news conference in D.C. He says the so called “fix” being approved only pushes negotiations for a permanent solution to January and February, which will again resurrect the possibility of a government shutdown and a default on the nation’s debt.
(DES MOINES) A new study about global food production and demand is raising new concerns about the “haves” and “have-nots” in the future. Margaret Vickler of the Global Harvest Initiative says their report released in Des Moines this week looks at the importance of good trade deals. She says China, for example, will have great needs and Brazil is expected to have a large supply of food to export.
“This dynamic illustrates the importance of trade as a way to supply resources for poor regions and resource rich countries,” said Vickler.
The study concludes that meeting the demand will require long-term investments. The Global Harvest Initiative released the study during World Food Prize events in Des Moines this week. The organization is a private sector entity supported by a number of major agri-businesses.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday night to pay for the design engineering costs to reconstruct Highway 6 from Olive Street to Burger King.
An Official from the Iowa Department of Transportation told Atlantic City Officials that the project is not in the State’s three year improvement plan. But, there is a catch. If the City would pay $68,000 in engineering costs for the state owned road, they would include it in their schedule for 2014, pending state funding. As stated in the City Council Packet the reconstruction project has been needed for several years and is important to the city.
“My feeling is that it is a very important part of Atlantic and if we can get a guarantee from the state that they will do it next year and if we are not in their three or four year plan we could be in serious trouble three or four years down the road,” stated Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones. “But it is their road, exclaimed Councilman Chris Jimerson. “I know it is their road, but they still control the purse strings, “replied Jones.
Atlantic City Councilman Steve Livengood asked the Mayor that if it is the DOT’s road and their responsibility, how much of the project is the City supposed to pay for. “None, because it is their road and their responsibility, some because we may get moved up on the list a little bit more, all of it and then we can do it tomorrow, I mean it is their road. What are we going to do when they decide that if we like the road snow plowed more frequently and if we would do it that would be okay?”
Councilman Chris Jimerson says he hates to encourage the state by taking over their responsibility. However, Councilman Shawn Shouse chimed in that it is the sign of the times.
“This is not unheard of for city’s do things like that too,” said Shouse. “If private funding becomes available to help pay for something, then yeah…we might pay for something to go along with the city funding.”
Shawn Shouse, Dana Halder, Linda Harthoph, and Ashley Hayes all voted yes. Chris Jimerson and Steve Livengood voted no.
The estimated cost of the total project is just under $1.2 million. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says he has received permission to borrow ahead for the city’s $68,000 contribution to the project. Harris pointed out that this means these funds would not be available for city street projects which will impact the tax payers.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council agreed by unanimous vote to set regulations governing the city’s truck parking lot at Wednesday’s city council meeting.
According to the agenda the functionality and purpose of this facility have been severely compromised over the years by misuse and lack of clear rules governing the use of the parking lot.
The list of rules are as follows:
According to the resolution, no more than three parking stalls shall be rented by an individual truck driver or the same company.
Individuals or companies that reside in Atlantic may lease stalls for $1,200 per year minimum and rental fees are due before January 1 of each year for a minimum of 12-months, except the city may set aside up to three stalls for short term leases at $40.00 per week for up to three weeks.
Only tractor trailers with a combined gross weight of over 26,000 pounds will be allowed on the lot and small vehicles can be parked in the rented stall while the truck is on the road only.
The truck parking lot shall not be used for long term parking or storing of vehicles, tractors or trailers that are not being regularly used “on the road.”
Trailers are not required to be hooked to trucks and may be “dollied down.”
The city may provide, for a fee, electrical hook ups. And the city will provide security lighting, minimal snow removal and grading and leveling of the lot.
(RED OAK) The Red Oak Police Department is investigating several vehicle burglaries. The Red Oak Police Department says they took several reports of vehicle burglaries during the night and early morning hours today. Officers encourage the citizens of the community to secure your vehicle when they are not in use.
(RED OAK) Two people were arrested on Public Intoxication charges following a report of a fight in Red Oak this (Wednesday) afternoon.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Kevin Leon Simmons and 54-year-old Robert Anthony Marron Jr., both of Red Oak, were taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where they were held on $300 cash bond.
(ATLANTIC) An Avoca woman was arrested on drug charges in Cass County Tuesday.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Alicia Arlene Dellaca was arrested on charges of OWI 3rd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, Interference with Official Acts and Driving Under Suspension.
Dellaca was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was held on $5,000 bond.
(Massena) A teenage girl that ran away from a residence in Massena has been located.
Cass County Deputy Corey Larsen tells KSOM/KS95 news that they received a call at around 9:51a.m. today of a 16-year-old teenage girl that had run away from a residence in Massena. Deputy Larsen searched for the female for about and and hour and a half and could not find her.
He then deployed his K-9 who tracked the girl to a ditch on fourth Street just south of West Cedar. The Deputy says he found the juvenile face down in the ditch. He says the girl had fallen and bumped her head on the embankment.
The 16-year-old was transported by ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic with minor head injuries.
(AMES) A cylindrical object in a sock placed near an ISU campus coffee shop caused a stir this morning.
ISU Police weren’t sure what it was so they contacted the State Fire Marshalls Office. ISU Spokesperson Annette Hacker says there were concerns it might be an explosive device, but that did not turn out to be the case.
“At approximately 11:28 ISU Police announced via Twitter that they had determined the item to be non explosive,” explained Hacker. “Further investigation will continue off campus.”
Investigators are trying to figure out what the item is and who left it at the coffee shop.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Iowa Western Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Iowa Western Small Business Development Center are pleased to announce the Top Five vote-getters for the Southwest Iowa 2013 Dream Big Grow Here Contest.
The top five include:
1. The Pudgy Pumpkin Patch Gift Shop in Red Oak
2. Egg Krate Antiques LLC in Elk Horn
3. Innovative Strength and Conditioning (ISC) in Neola
4. Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Hall in Shelby
5. Kitchen Sisters LLC in Persia
The Wildcard pick is Valley Drug Store in Missouri Valley. The Wildcard was chosen by representatives of the Southwest Iowa Dream Big Grow Here Contest. Criteria was based both on the creative and strategic approach to getting votes during the contest as well as the validity of the business model.
The businesses will advance to the regional pitch off contest for a chance to win $5,000 and an opportunity to compete for $10,000 in a live, pitch-off during the statewide EntreFest Conference in 2014. The regional pitch off contest will be held at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs on October 29 from 12 to 3:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend by calling for reservations at 712-325-3350.
(State) The world food prize foundation is both opposition to genetically modified crops and the divisive issue of global warming as experts and national gather this week to talk about feeding a growing global population. This year’s prize was awarded to three bio-technology pioneers including a scientist who works for Monsanto which donates to the foundation. The news infuriated environmental groups and opponents of large scale farming. The occupy world food prize organization vows to protest again this year. Several members were arrested last year. The group claims genetically modified crops and large scale farms supported by corporations are destroying family farms and the environment. The world food prize attracts about 1,000 scientists, policy experts and political leaders. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to attend this year.
(SE Iowa) Iowa’s electric utilities are teaming up with crime stoppers to discourage copper theft, by offering a toll free “Tip Line.”
“Citizens can report any suspicious activities to an electric utility substation or around any other equipment like a transformer or power pole or even a meter at a home, a farm, or a business.”
Spokesman Bob Dickelman says the “Scrap” value is minimal, compared to the tremendous cost to the utilities and customers, who are inconvenienced, because of damage to lines…not to mention the penalties the thieves face when they’re caught. He says in one case, thieves stole copper wire from a southeast Iowa electric utility, and caused a power outage, and $40,000 in damage.
(Oelwein) A northeast Iowa man accused of shooting his wife multiple times faces an attempted murder charge. Oelwein Police responded to a report Tuesday of gunfire at a home just before 7:00.
Shortly after, 44-year-old Myron Meador came out of the residence with self-inflicted gunshot injuries. Police then went inside to find is 38-year-old wife Niki with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a local hospital before being transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics. Their conditions are unknown. Other charges are pending against Myron.
(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday. The board approved and signed a Jennie Edmondson rate sheet and also approved and signed a Community and Family Resources contract. In other news, the board received an update from Joe Behrens on the TIF Districts. Plans are reportedly progressing towards combining all TIF Districts into one Urban Renewal Program.
(MASSENA) Rescue crews were called to Massena after a 16-year-old female was found in the ditch on 4th Street, just south of West Cedar, by a Deputy this afternoon. According to scanner traffic the female was bleeding from the head, but she was conscious and speaking to the Deputy. Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says at this time no foul play is suspected. No other details are available at this time.
(Atlantic) Atlantic High School’s “Service Learning Day” was deemed a success. Some 444-high school students divided up into 30-groups and performed volunteer work at various venues from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this (Wednesday) morning.
One of the main projects was collecting food for the food pantry. Assistant Atlantic High School Principal Matt Alexander was thrilled with the results.
“It was a great day we had about 10-groups going around our community for the food pantry, “stated Alexander. “We collected over 1500-items and caught a few people at home that were willing to support the cause.”
Atlantic Student Council President Lillie Zablocki was one of the students that canvassed the community collecting food items.
“It was good see all the students come together to put forth a different effort, “said Zablocki. “A lot of people were out shoveling gravel and cleaning up the community. And we learned service and what a wonderful thing that is. And once we learned to give back… we learned to give back to everyone and we end up giving back to ourselves really.”
The rest of the student groups cleaned up the downtown flower beds, planted trees at CCMH, mulched trees at the Schildberg Rock Quarry, painted the FFA Food Stand, helped at all the of the nursing homes and retirement homes and one of the groups even sat down with the residents at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center and wrote biographies.
And a reminder if there are homes that got missed, they are asked to please take the food to the food pantry.
(Photo: compliments of Matt Alexander, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director)
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of privatizing emergency/public safety communications at their meeting this morning.
Supervisors Chairman Mark Wedemeyer has been in contact with officials from IXP Corporation out of Princeton, New Jersey who do planning, implementing and managing emergency response solutions for public safety. Wedemeyer said there are not very many counties or municipalities in the country that do this right now, but this company has a wide array of what they could do.
“It’s possible for them to own the equipment and the site and then they hire the people to work and in general what they have done in the past is they’ve hired the current staff to do the job,” explained Wedemeyer. “They can work that down to where the county owns the property and the equipment and they just run the staff. And, sometimes when they look at it they say it’s not practical for them.”
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green questions the ability to handle the issues that might arise between the communications center and their people out on the street.
“Right now I’ve got input to Darby (Cass County Sheriff) and Rob (E911 Director) and if some issue arises then we deal with it. If you’ve got a corporation under contract then where is your power to deal with an issue that comes up?” asked Chief Green.
Wedemeyer replied, “Well that’s one of the things that you have to put in a contract. They said that all of the cities that they are working with, and counties, they have an agreement where they are penalized if they don’t meet the qualifications that are set out in the contract.”
Cass County Recorder Joyce Jensen says there are concerns that this company is from out of state. She said, “I think there is a concern out there too that people in New Jersey aren’t familiar with how things in Iowa work and maybe it would be a little bit more palatable if it were an Iowa company coming in and looking at an Iowa product. But, I think there is something about going outside of the state to procure an organization and spend that kind of money on it to look at something that is not done here.”
Wedemeyer said at this point they don’t know very much and that is why they are doing the research to see if this would work. He said they are not sure if this will be a cost savings to the county or not. He said IXP Corporation is very interested in coming down here but they have never worked with a county as small as Cass County.
IXP Corporation said it would cost $12,500 to do a study and Wedemeyer had told them he didn’t think the Supervisors would agree to do that. IXP officials said that they could also do a conference call if the Board wanted more information. Wedemeyer has asked that the law enforcement agencies and 911 officials be involved in that conference call.
(Atlantic) Stocks are sharply higher today in early trading on Wall Street with news that Senate leaders have reached a last-minute agreement today averting a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 6-day shut down. Sources suggest Congressional leaders are also pushing for passage as soon as possible.
"They are basically just putting a bandaide on this situation," stated Mark Smith, CFP, with Principal Financial Group in Atlantic. "It looks like the deal they have been working on is just going to be enough to keep the debt ceiling going for another two to three months."
Smith says hopefully within that time they can work something out, but his isn't too optimistic."I would be very surprised if that happens and wouldn't be surprised that come January or the first part of February we are right back in that same situation."
"Even if they didn't come up with some deal today and even it didn't even happen on the 17th, we were still going to be able to pay our bills, they can still do some things that can extend that out," said Smith. "We are not going to default on our obligations. That would not be good and I just think Congress would have a hard time explaining that."
Smith says the market was trading 200-points higher at one point this morning in reaction to a pending deal. Despite all the controversy in Washington the Dow Jones has been slowly increasing since the beginning of the year. A year ago at this time the Dow Jones was at 13,539, todeay it is at 15, 369.
(Harlan) The Harlan City Council approved a resolution to affirm the previously transferred ownership of Hangar #8 at the Harlan Municipal Airport from Western Engineering to the City of Harlan. The council finalized the process to take over ownership at their meeting Tuesday night. The move comes after Western Engineering’s lease expired.
(Atlantic) A 12-year-old Florida girl’s suicide has led to the arrest of two juvenile’s. A Florida Sheriff says it was a cold-hearted online post that led to the arrest of the girl’s age 12 and 14, in the bullying-suicide case of Rebecca Sedwick. The two juveniles have been charged with felony stalking.
Cass County Schools Resource Officer Corey Larsen spends two-hours a day in 13-Cass County School District Buildings. He says dealing with cyber-bullying takes up most of his time and he has this message for parents.
“Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing as far as using their phones and internet,” stated Larsen. “Basically stay in touch with their children to see what they are using and how they are using it.”
Larsen agrees bullying has been around forever…but cyber bullying makes it easier.
“Back in the day it was face to face contact,” said Larsen. “Now you have that chance to take the cowardly way out and send that message without being there. I always tell kids that before they send something think before they push that send button.”
Rebecca Sedwick climbed to the top of a cement tower and hurled her self over the side to her death. Sedwick was tormented on social media and at school by as many as 15-girls.
(Photo: Corey Larsen speaking in front of Atlantic School Board)
(Adel) One person died and another was injured in a single vehicle accident in Dallas County early this morning.
The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year-old Nakia Williams, of Adel was killed in the accident. A passenger, 32-year-old Justin Merical, was airlifted from the scene to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around midnight on First Street and F31. Williams was westbound on F31 and failed to negotiate the turn. Her 1998 Chevy Malibu left the road and struck a tree.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was taken into custody early this morning on an Iowa State Patrol warrant.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight in the 2404 block of North 8th Street in Red Oak. Police discovered that 23-year-old Stewart Russell Andersen was wanted on the warrant for failure to pay or appear on a seatbelt charge.
Andersen was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $500.00 bond.
(HARLAN) The Expansion and Renovation Project at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan is complete.
Barry Jacobsen, Myrtue Medical Center CEO, said the project began in June 2011.
“We’ve been working pretty hard on construction here for the last several years,” said Jacobsen. “The Wellness Center was completed in 2010 and then we kind of jumped right into this project.”
Jacobsen said the first, and biggest, phase of the project involved the surgery addition and the renovation of the space adjacent to that addition for new outpatient and specialty clinics, as well as upgrading the radiology department.
“That’s the part of the project where most of the money for this project was spent and it’s also the area that affects our patients the most so it makes sense that more of the public interest in the project revolved around that area,” said Jacobsen.
Most recently, the final phases of the project were completed which included the renovation of the business offices, administration, LEAP study, and meeting rooms. Jacobsen said all of their staff has been moved in to their permanent locations.
In October of 2012, the Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the purchase of Mickel’s Restaurant adjacent to the hospital. Barry Jacobsen said they plan to tear that building down in the spring, but they have no immediate plans for the property at this time.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council will set regulations governing the city’s truck parking lot at this evening’s city council meeting.
According to the agenda the functionality and purpose of this facility have been severely compromised over the years by misuse and lack of clear rules governing the use of the parking lot.
According to the resolution, no more than three parking stalls shall be rented by an individual truck driver or the same company.
Individuals or companies that reside in Atlantic may lease stalls for $1,200 per year minimum and rental fees are due before January 1 of each year for a minimum of 12-months, except the city may set aside up to three stalls for short term leases at $40.00 per week for up to three weeks.
Only tractor trailers with a combined gross weight of over 26,000 pounds will be allowed on the lot and small vehicles can be parked in the rented stall while the truck is on the road only.
The truck parking lot shall not be used for long term parking or storing of vehicles, tractors or trailers that are not being regularly used “on the road.”
Trailers are not required to be hooked to trucks and may be “dollied down.”
The city may provide, for a fee, electrical hook ups. And the city will provide security lighting, minimal snow removal and grading and leveling of the lot.
(Atlantic) Atlantic High School students will not be attending class this morning but that doesn’t mean they won’t be learning. Today is “Service Learning Day” and the students will be scattered out throughout the community from 8:00 a.m. to noon volunteering their time at numerous locations.
“It is an opportunity for students to gain that life experience of what it means to give back,” stated Atlantic High School Principal Heather McKay. “We have a community that constantly gives to our students and our schools. This is an opportunity to give back to our community.”
JoAnn Runyan, District School to Work Coordinator says the 444-high school students will be divided up into 30-groups and will be doing volunteer work at various venues. Runyan says one of the big projects involves the entire community.
“We have seven groups of students who will be canvassing the community to collect non-perishable food items for the food pantry,” explained Runyan. “And those seven groups have divided Atlantic into seven sections and hopefully we will be able to cover all of them until about 11:30 a.m.”
Runyan says other student groups will be cleaning up the downtown flower beds, planting trees at CCMH, mulching trees at the Schildberg Rock Quarry, painting the FFA Food Stand, helping at all the of the nursing homes and retirement homes and one of the groups will be sitting down with the residents at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center and writing biographies just to name a few.
JoAnn Runyan says if residents cannot be home between the hours 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and would like to donate to the food pantry, just lay out your non-perishable food items on the porch or front step and the students will pick them up. And if there are homes that get missed just take the food to the food pantry.
(HARLAN) The parents of a Harlan child were arrested following an investigation into allegations that their 16 month old son had been abused.
The Harlan Police Department arrested 29-year-old Corey Zeimen and 24-year-old Kassandra Kline, both of Harlan, on Monday. They were transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with two counts of aggravated child endangerment and one count of felony child endangerment.
Police say 16 month old Leo Zeimen was examined at the Myrtue Medical Center emergency room on September 17 and officers were called to investigate the alleged abuse.
(HARLAN) An Avoca man was arrested Sunday after he left the Casey’s General Store in Harlan without paying for some items that were consumed.
The Harlan Police Department obtained the description and license number of the suspect vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. 25-year-old Christopher Courtney II was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving while revoked, 5th degree theft, open container, and failure to have security against liability.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak Police Officer was cited following a two vehicle accident Monday afternoon.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred in the 600 block of N. Broadway in Red Oak at around 12:35 pm. A 2012 Ford F150, driven by Kenneth Bruce of Red Oak, was stopped in traffic in the northbound lane for the stop signal at the intersection of Broadway and Corning. A 2013 Dodge Charger, owned by the Red Oak Police Department and operated by Officer Derrick Walter, was also northbound. Upon approaching the Bruce vehicle, Officer Walter stated that he did not observe the brake lights in time and due to wet conditions could not get the patrol vehicle stopped in time. The patrol vehicle hit Bruce’s vehicle in the rear.
No injuries were reported. Officer Walter was cited for Failure to Stop within Assured Clear Distance. The damage to Bruce’s vehicle was estimated at $1,019. The damage to the patrol vehicle was estimated at $4,400.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Council Bluffs Police Department has released more information on a standoff that occurred this morning.
Officers were dispatched at 8:09 a.m. for a report of a disturbance and shots fired at 3441 Avenue B. Officers arrived and discovered the body of 44-year-old Millisa Cox in the front yard. Millisa was transported to Mercy Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Officers learned that an armed male was located inside the house and was possibly suffering from a gunshot would as well. The officers established a perimeter around the home and requested that negotiators and EST respond. When members of EST were throwing a contact phone through the window they noticed a male subject passed out on the floor. Members of EST then made entry into the house and secured the male, identified at 55-year-old Darwin Cox. He was transported to UNMC. Darwin Cox had a single gunshot wound to the area of his chin, however, the wound was superficial and not life threatening.
Council Bluffs Police say at this point it appears that Darwin fatally shot Millisa and then unsuccessfully attempted suicide by shooting himself. The case remains under investigation and charges will most likely be filed against Darwin Cox.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors will be discussing the possibility of privatizing the emergency/public safety communications at their meeting Wednesday morning.
Supervisors Chairman Mark Wedemeyer said he has been researching to see if this option would be feasible for the county.
“There are some cities and counties in the east that have started doing this and so what I did was contact one of the companies that is doing that, IXP Corporation, and they will talk to our county and find out what our operation is like and give us an idea if they think we can do something like this,” explained Wedemeyer.
Wedemeyer said this company would come in and take over the operations and the employees, but nothing would really change. He said if this is something that would work out for the county it could be a cost savings.
“That would be one of the things that their analysis would do; determine if their costs would be less than what we’re doing right now,” said Wedemeyer.
The Cass County Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.
(State) There’s still uncertainty amid optimism about an emerging deal between senate leaders on the twin crises of raising the debt limit and ending the partial government shutdown. Iowa senator Charles Grassley says he has some serious concerns.
“The reason I might not vote for the entire shutdown compromise is, is there going to be some possibility that we abandon the budget control act of August 2nd, 2011 which set in place sequestration.”
Grassley says the law that created sequestration should not be changed any more than President Obama thinks that health care reform should not be changed.
(State) The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has rejected a petition calling on the state to set measurable water standards to clean up Iowa lakes.
Both the Iowa Environmental Council and Law and Policy Center filed the petition in August saying the states plan for reducing phosphorous and nitrogen that pollute lakes is inadequate and doesn’t meet standards. The petition calls on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to set standards to protect 159 of Iowa’s publicly owned lakes. The DNR denied the petition arguing the department needs time to see how other water quality efforts are working.
(Marshalltown) The estate of a Marshalltown couple has given more than $1 Million to a dozen organizations.
The estate of Verle and Ellen Hunt recently gave $100,000 to a variety of organizations that were important to the couple. Recipients include the Animal Rescue League, First United Methodist Church, Iowa 4-H Foundation, Mid-Iowa Council of Boys Scouts of America, and the Iowa State University foundation. Verle hunt worked at Fisher Controls and Emerson as a design engineer. He designed a number of products. Ellen Hunt died on April 21st, 2012 at the age of 94. Verle Hunt died on April 6th also at the age of 94.
(Red Oak) A Villisca man turned himself into the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Monday night in connection with the assault of a teenage male.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a simple assault of a 14-year-old male at around 6:35 p.m. Following the investigation, 30-year-old David Michael Wright turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office at around 11:20 p.m. Wright was charged with simple assault and booked into jail.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A standoff in Council Bluffs this morning has ended.
KETV Newswatch 7 says emergency crews, SWAT and a negotiator were sent to the home near 34th and Avenue B at around 8:15 a.m. where a man had barricaded himself inside the home. At around 10:00 a.m., authorities stormed the home and the man was taken away in an ambulance.
A neighbor told KETV news that someone saw an injured woman in the front yard of the home and called 911. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
No other details on the incident are available at this time.
(AUDUBON) The Audubon water tower project is set to wrap up.
Audubon City Clerk Lora Hansen said the project included cleaning the tower inside and out and painting. She said they are hoping to have the tower filled back up by the end of the month. The Audubon City Council approved a pay estimate for the project at their meeting last night in the amount of $119,894.75.
The Audubon City Council also adopted the Audubon County multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. According to FEMA, mitigation plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process creates a framework or risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
(HARLAN) A pre-trial hearing for a former Harlan teacher facing sexual abuse charges has been continued.
According to court records, 72-year-old Lee Nelson was to appear Monday for the pre-trial hearing. However, the hearing has been continued to October 21st at 9:00 a.m. Nelson faces charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.
On May 30th, a 17 year old female victim and her parents contacted police to report that since October, 2012, Nelson had been saying rude and inappropriate things to the victim, as well as touching her inappropriately. The incidents allegedly occurred at school, on band trips and at his residence.
Nelson was employed with the Harlan School District for 35 years. The school board accepted his resignation in April of this year.
(Atlantic) Atlantic School Resource Officer Corey Larsen told the Atlantic School Board Monday night that it has been a fairly quiet year. Larsen, in his fifth year with the district, says he spends most of his time dealing with harassment issues.
“More kids are getting smart phones and that seems to be where all of this starts,” stated Larsen. “The facebook and twitter accounts are crazy and that is what we are having to deal with.”
Larsen says he plans on bringing the drug dog through the high school at least twice. He is hoping to do a sweep of the high school before Christmas.
Larsen is working with truancy to get the word out that, "They are going to be as harsh as they can to make sure students come to school." He says that has gone pretty well this year. There are only a couple of students they are currently dealing with.
(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board Monday night tabled a $47,000 proposal to install security cameras in the Middle School. Atlantic Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen says when something happens inside the school he doesn’t have anything to go on.
“I have had something happen everyday and I have nothing to help me find out exactly what happened,” explained Rasmussen. “Whether it is in the catwalk or upstairs or outside of the school, whether it’s bullying a fight or something stolen, I don’t have anything to go on.”
Rasmussen added that it sometimes takes him a half day of school to process one incident.
“It takes me all morning to process one incident and I know I have gone to Roger Warne (Technology coordinator) a couple of times,” said Rasmussen. “One thing happened in the one hallway where we had cameras and that is all I needed. The student was suspended and it was a done deal. It helps me out a lot.”
However, school board member Phil Hascall drug his feet because the proposal was just put in front of them Monday night.
“I understand its safety and it’s something I would like to do,” admitted Hascall. “I would just like to see better planning than having this dropped on us tonight.”
In other activity, the school board awarded Brown Electric the bid for the Atlantic High School Auditorium Light System, Halls Floor Covering the bid for the Schuler S and P room carpet project, Metheny Construction was awarded the $5,650.00 bid for the preschool playground at Washintgon Elementary, and a change order was approved for the exit lights for the Atlantic Middle School locker rooms.
(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones will be recognizing Phil Chintz Wednesday night at the Atlantic City Council meeting as the official historian for the city of Atlantic.
Mayor Jones says Phi Chintz has been dedicated and tireless in his efforts to preserve Atlantic’s rich history.
Chintz, a lifelong resident of Atlantic, graduated from Atlantic High School, he honorably served in the military and came back to Atlantic where he served as sports writer and editor for the Atlantic News Telegraph.
According to the proclamation Phil Chintz’s love for Atlantic and deep appreciation of the past have caused him to do extensive research and has selflessly given the time and talent to mentor others and share his substantial knowledge of and love for Atlantic’s rich history. In addition, much of Atlantic’s history and many artifacts have been preserved thanks to his ceaseless efforts.
(Logan) A judge ruled Monday that the 17-year-old teen accused of killing his foster brother will not be transferred to juvenile court in Council Bluffs.
According to the Omaha World Herald, a judge ruled Monday that Cody Metzker-Madsen will remain at the Harrison County Jail, where he is being kept in solidarity because minors are separated from other inmates. Another motion to determine whether Metzker-Madsen’s first degree murder charge would be moved to juvenile court will be decided on December 6.
Metzker-Madsen faces 1st degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Dominic Elkins, who authorities allege was killed as the two played near a ravine outside their rural home north of Logan.
Both were in the foster care of Don and Julie Coolman.
(Red Oak) Volunteers in southwest Iowa are needed to prepare 2013 taxes for low tomoderate income individuals. Stephanie Langner, Montgomery County Program Coordinator says the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families.
“It is a great opportunity for individuals in our area and I want to keep offering that opportunity,” stated Langner. “The program really encourages individuals to file for the earned income tax credit and helps those lower income individuals out by getting them the assistance they need to hopefully get them back on their feet.”
Langner says volunteers should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others, and basic computer skills.
VITA volunteers are provided free training, self-study materials, and software necessary to prepare basic income tax returns including Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Volunteers must complete a certification exam and the IRS waives liability for volunteers if they prepare returns within the scope of their certification.
To find out more about the VITA program contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 623-2592, or Mary Beth Kaufman, Extension Family Program Specialist at 712-755-3104 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons will need to complete a one page application.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak woman was arrested on numerous warrants for 5th Degree Theft.
The Red Oak Police Department says 37-year-old Rachel Charise Kathleen Hadden was arrested this (Monday) afternoon on a Red Oak Police warrant and two Montgomery County warrants for 5th degree Theft. Hadden was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where she was held on $2,300 cash bond for all three warrants.
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Public Health has announced the availability of seasonal influenza vaccinations and upcoming community clinics.
Clinics will be held:
Tuesday, October 15 from 3 to 5:30 pm at Rex Pharmacy
Thursday, October 17, from 4 to 6 pm at UnityPoint at Home Lobby (formerly Cass County Home Care)
Friday, October 18, from 8 to 11 am at the Griswold Medical Center. And, 1 to 4 pm at the Massena Medical Center.
Friday, October 25, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Anita Health and Wellness Center
Tuesday, November 5, from 4:45 to 6:45 pm at the CCMH cafeteria.
Charges for flu vaccinations at these community events, for individuals choosing to pay privately, will be $30 for seasonal vaccine, $35 for Flumist (those 2yrs-49yrs) and $45 for the high-dose vaccine (those 65 and older). Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, and hawk-i can be billed. To allow Cass County Public Health to bill these insurances, please have your card available.
Cass County Public Health will be giving flu vaccinations for students during school time at all Cass County schools in the next couple weeks. Schools distributed consent forms electronically by email, which were due back to the school by October 14. If you didn’t get a consent form contact the school.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A chase that started in Mills County ended with a crash in Pottawattamie County Sunday night.
KETV News says the chase began near Glenwood and ended when the driver of the SUV crashed the vehicle on Interstate 80 near the Lake Manawa exit in Council Bluffs at around 11:40 p.m. The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries.
No other details on the incident are available at this time.
(Des Moines) Should the Governor call a special session of the legislature to deal with the potential impacts of the on-going partial government shutdown? That’s what one candidate for Terrace Hill is suggesting. But, the current occupant says that’ not on his radar screen right now.
“So far the state of Iowa has handled the situation pretty well. We’ve been able to minimize the impact.”
Besides, Governor Terry Branstad says calling a special session is an expensive option. And, the Governor says they’ve found a way to keep the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum to keep operating during the shutdown.
(State) A former employee of the Iowa DOT’s Office of Right of Way is now accused of diverting a lot more money than first thought. The State Auditor’s Office issued a report in April, involving David Weigel, who’s accused of diverting funds, from real estate transactions, into his own bank account. Tami Kusian is with the Auditor’s Office and says,
“The DCI established a hotline basically to receive additional information. Via those calls we then received information that we needed to pursue from an audit standpoint. The additional procedures we performed identified an additional $195,000 of improper disbursements.”
The total of diverted funds is now more than $777,000. David Weigel, Jason Weigle and Grady Marx are facing charges in the case.
(GLENWOOD) Two people were arrested on Child Endangerment charges in Mills County.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Timothy Eugene Truhlicka of Pacific Junction was arrested Friday at around 9:43 a.m. at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of Child Endangerment. And, 26-year-old Amber Rose Pearson of Pacific Junction was arrested at around 11:23 a.m. on a warrant for two counts of Child Endangerment and Fugitive from Justice. She was held on $14,000 bond.
In other activity, 50-year-old Ernest Leroy Runyon of Hastings was arrested at the Mid-American Motor Plex Saturday for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was held on no bond. And, 27-year-old Kristen Ann Svendsen of Bellevue, Nebraska was arrested Sunday for OWI 1st Offense. She was held on $1,000 bond.
(Des Moines) A Polk County judge has ordered a Phoenix-based telemarketing company and its owner to permanently cease all contact with Iowans…In connection with fraudulent telephone calls using sales pitches focused on helping disabled workers. Steve St. Clair of the Attorney General’s Office says, unfortunately, Iowa’s ruling does not stop this company from soliciting other states.
“Sadly they’ll continue doing some of the objectionable things that we caught them doing in Iowa elsewhere.”
In September, undercover work found that Iowa seniors were being targeted by callers out of Arizona, to buy products that help handicapped or disabled workers. The consent judgment handed down Friday bars the company—American Handicapped and Disadvantaged Workers Incorporated—and its owner, from using the Iowa call list for future use, or giving the list to another company.
(LENOX) A pickup truck owned by the Lenox Fire Department was involved in an accident Sunday evening.
The Lenox Police Department says a 1979 Dodge pickup, owned by the fire department, was parked outside of the fire station during the annual soup supper and was on display. While looking at the truck, a child hit the gearshift into neutral causing the truck to roll down the drive and strike a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer parked on the street.
The damage to the trailblazer, owned by Randy Samo of Lenox, was estimated at $4,000. The damage to the Dodge pickup was estimated at $2,500. No citations were issued.
(AUDUBON) An Atlantic man has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Failure to Maintain Control following an accident in Audubon County Friday night.
The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on N. Kilworth Street in Exira. 49-year-old Douglas Allen Bissell was travelling north on N. Kilworth when he struck a legally parked vehicle on the east side of the street. Bissell was not injured in the accident. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was later released following an appearance before the magistrate.
The damage to Bissell’s 2011 Ford was estimated at $5,000. The damage to the parked 2002 Dodge, owned by Alan Seehusen of Exira, was estimated at $9,000.
(State) The most recent winter weather outlook from the National Weather Service indicates a warmer than normal winter but features no prediction on precipitation.
There is bad news for anyone hoping to get a clearer picture on the upcoming winter weather based on the current weather pattern.
"When you look at other factors, say for example recent weather we have been having, you get very conflicting signals based on what you look at so you can choose either way."
That's the stance of State Climatologist Harry Hilaker who says on one hand a wamer and less snowy winter appears to be in store.
"Unusually warm Septembers like we had this year with some areas 100 degree temperatures earlier in September, very strong odds following that sort of weather that we would have a warmer and less snowy than usual winter in Iowa, roughly about 2-1 odds in that direction."
But on the other hand, perhaps we are due for above average snowfall.
"If you look maybe more recently, a relatively mild pattern has continued well into October for the most part year's we've had an unusually late first freeze which this year has been one of those, it's kind of just the opposite, about 2-1 odds favoring above normal winter snowfall."
Hilaker says the best prediction tool is whether there is El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean, but currently there is neither. A new winter outlook from the National Weather Service is due out on Thursday.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Boone, Iowa man who struck and killed a Shelby volunteer firefighter who was directing traffic at the scene of an accident on Interstate 80 is suing the city of Shelby.
The Omaha World Herald says David Thies is suing the city, alleging that Shelby volunteer firefighter Michael Collins was under the influence of drugs at the time he stepped into traffic. Thies is seeking $5,000 for a portion of what the accident has cost him. A hearing will be held October 21st in Pottawattamie County small claims court.
According to the Omaha World Herald, documents filed, including the Iowa State Patrol’s investigative report, indicated that Michael Collins had THC in his system, which is an active ingredient in marijuana and a narcotic pain reliever called oxymorphone.
The accident occurred September 18th, 2011. 41-year-old Michael Collins was directing traffic at an accident scene on Interstate 80 near Shelby. Collins was standing in the left lane when Thies navigated his vehicle around the slowed traffic and struck Collins. Thies was ticketed for Driving without proper registration. Tests following the accident indicated that Thies did not have alcohol or drugs in his system. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber told the Omaha World Herald that investigators could not find evidence that Thies acted in a reckless manner; therefore no other charges were filed against Thies.
(State) Duck hunting season in the south zone begins this Saturday and the Iowa DNR has an important reminder when it comes to using your boat. The Iowa DNR would like to remind duck hunters to help stop the spread of aquatic hitchhikers.
"And these are the invasive species," says Brian Hayes of the DNR office in Lewis, "We want to remind water foul hunters to avoid spreading that."
The same laws that apply to boaters in the summer apply to the fall duck hunters.
"Be sure to clean, drain, and dry all equipment before you leave the marsh. Remind them that it is a law that you remove all drain plugs and drain all water."
Duck hunting in the north zone is already underway. The north and south zone is divided by Highway 30.
(RED OAK) A Red Oak man was arrested for Breach of Peace, 5th Degree Criminal Mischief, and Domestic Assault Simple. Red Oak Police arrested 35-year-old Michael Shane Sunny Cantrell in the 400 block of E Grimes Street Sunday. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on no bond.
(SIDNEY) A Seneca, Missouri man was arrested on drug charges in Fremont County.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Raymond Bartholomew Johnson was arrested Saturday for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana with intent to Deliver, two counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, No Tax Stamp, Driving Under Revocation, No Insurance, Violation of Registration, and a Shelby County Warrant.
(Harlan) A former Harlan teacher will appear in court this morning for a pre-trial hearing on charges of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee and Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse. Court records say, 72-year-old Lee Nelson entered a plea of not guilty on July 26.
A 17-year-old female claiming to be a victim and her parents contacted police on May 30, 2013, and reported that Nelson had allegedly been saying rude and inappropriate things to the female, as well as touching her inappropriately.
The incidents allegedly occurred at school, on band trips and at his residence.
(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs woman died from injuries she received in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 29 near the 44 mile marker at around 2:11 Sunday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 33-year-old Miki Lynn Bailey.
According to the report, Bailey was northbound in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee when she swerved to miss a vehicle in front of her that had slowed down for another slow moving vehicle. Her Jeep Cherokee went out of control and entered the median where it rolled.
Bailey had to be extricated by fire and rescue personnel. She was flown by Lifenet Helicopter but died from her injuries.
(DES MOINES) According to KCCI, Iowa gained a newborn girl as the 17th “safe haven” baby of the state.
Iowa’s “Safe Haven” law allows that the parents of a infant no more than 2 weeks in age be able to give up custody of their baby at any medical facility. Amy McCoy, who is apart of the Iowa Department of Human Services states that a parent of a newborn can walk into any part of a healthcare facility and leave their child. They could even leave them, then call in and call 911 alerting the staff where the child was left. Babies left in heathcare facilities in the past were all successfully adopted.
The Iowa Department of Human services reported the latest safe haven baby was born last week, and the mother requested the baby be taken by the state. The infant was placed into a foster care family almost immediately, and McCoy says the child will almost certainly be adopted into a permanent home.
(GLENWOOD) The Daily NonPareil reports that Glenwood High School will be the only Iowa school competing against 19 other schools in the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts.
With a 15 member cast, and no year round theatre director, Glenwood High School has high hopes for their theatre department this year. The production being entered into the competition is “Into The Woods,” a story that adds a darker side to traditional fairytales. Students participating in the play are also heavily involved with other extra-curricular activities, however Director Russell Crouch states rehearsal means students can break away from their usual demeanors. Students who have been casted as narrators and nice-guy fathers are now being cast as a village idiot and as a big bad wolf, giving them an opportunity to challenge themselves in their new roles.
Students in the competition will be granted with free theatre workshops, discount tickets to Broadway Shows, professional critique, scholarship opportunities and free Broadway master classes. The top five participants and schools for each category will be honored on June 13, 2014 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. Written critiques will be written by four judges who will attend one of the performances, and given to the school after their production.
(RED OAK) Investigations still continue on the structure fire at 1508 North 2nd Street in Red Oak that occurred September 24th.
It has been learned by officials that there was possibly a vehicle leaving the scene of the fire immediately prior to the fire. The vehicle is described as having a loud exhaust. The Police Department is asking the public for its assistance in reporting anything observed in that area around 8:24 pm.
Information can be given to the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500 or the Montgomery Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.
A Red Oak man was arrested on drug related charges early Saturday morning.
According to police, 22-year-old Thomas Dale Mace was arrested at the intersection of East Summit Street and Eastern Avenue. Mace was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.
In other activity, 37-year-old Joel Wayne Etzen, of Red Oak was arrested for driving while suspended, 17-year-old Blake Dean Holand was cited with public intoxication, 43-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares of Red Oak was charged with public intoxication with $300 bond, and 24-year-old Joshua Clarence Sieverding of Spencer, SD was charged with Breach Of Peace by the Red Oak Police Department.
(Red Oak) A vehicle reported stolen from Mills County was found in Red Oak Friday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen 1998 Ford F150 pickup belonging to a Michael Johnson. Through there investigation they contacted the Red Oak Police and the pickup was found parked in the 200 block of East Valley Street in Red Oak.
The matter has been turned over to the Mills County Sheriff’s Office and is currently under investigation.
(WALNUT) The Walnut Merchants Association is planning a costume swap to be held in conjunction with their Walnut Halloween Haunt on Saturday, October 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by McCurdy’s Pumpkins of Atlantic.
The swap will be held at the Walnut Public Library and is open to anyone who would like to either unload old costumes or look for a new one. All costumes will be available the night of the Haunt and are provided for free. Face painters will also be available to help complete even the most terrifying looks. Costumes can be dropped off at any of the following businesses: Frannie’s Attic, Sugar Grove Antiques, Bulldog Antiques, or City Hall.
You can dress up and enjoy the activities that will be taking place in Walnut’s downtown, including after-hours shopping, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and free chili and hot chocolate.
If you have your costume ahead of time, you can post your photo on Walnut’s Facebook page, Fans of Walnut, Iowa’s “Antique City.” The pictures will be collected and a winner will be chosen and announced that night! Prizes will be announced closer to the evening of the event.
(DES MOINES) Now’s the time for people over 60, and the disabled, to sign up for the low income home energy assistance program.
It’s designed to help you pay a portion of your utility bill during the winter heating season. Applications will be accepted from everyone else starting November 1st. LIHEAP Director Jerry McKim says it’s a toss-up regarding how much assistance will be available.
“We are at this point clueless to, not only what we’re going to get for an appropriation level, but when they may get around to passing something,” said McKim.
People participating in the LIHEAP program also fall under the state’s winter moratorium law which prohibits utility companies from disconnecting service between November 1st through March 30th.
(DES MOINES) The Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society in Iowa is warning about the growing use of so called electronic cigarettes.
“E-cigarettes are a drug delivery system where they create a vapor, there’s no smoke, to deliver that nicotine,” stated Dr. Otis Brawley of Emory University.
Dr. Brawley says nicotine is a drug more addictive than cocaine. He admits he has no evidence, but he thinks once you’re hooked on nicotine it makes it that much easier to start smoking real tobacco to get your fix.
Dr. Brawley was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Cancer Summit held in Des Moines today.
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) Human remains and clothing were found in Council Bluffs this morning.
The remains were found in a drainage ditch just south of the riverfront exit near Interstate 480 in Council Bluffs. KETV news says sources believe the remains are those of 21-year-old Chance Fletcher who was last seen in the same area on December 15th, 2011 after a pursuit with police. However, authorities will not have a positive identification on the remains until they are examined by the state medical examiner.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is being assisted by the Council Bluffs and Omaha police departments with the investigation.
(ATLANTIC) An Atlantic man was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Nicholas Alan Pelzer was arrested today (Friday) and transported to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
(State) The big holiday shopping season will soon be here. Consumer Economist Ron Prescott of Iowa State University Extension says he’ll be keeping an eye on the “Online” sales numbers, noting www.amazon.comis gearing up for a big fourth quarter.
“They are actually looking at about 5-10,000 more jobs through the retail season.”
He says that’s good news for transportation, and especially good for companies in the package-delivery business. Prescott says he’s also willing to agree with other analysts in predicting a pretty good holiday shopping season, either right “on-par” with last year, or even slightly better.
(North Liberty) The Iowa Supreme Court is allowing an eastern Iowa man to move forward with his lawsuit against several law officers that claims he was the victim of Assault, Battery, and False Arrest.
The suit by Joshua Thomas came about after an incident at North Liberty Fun Days in 2007 in which he tried to break up a fight and during the scuffle was tasered, and arrested by officers of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and North Liberty’s Police Department. Two years later he sued but a lower court threw out the suit claiming the officers were immune from prosecution because they were enforcing state laws. Judge Paul Miller said that put them outside the scope of the Tort Claims Act.
But the Supreme Court disagrees ruling the officers actions do not fall under immunity stated under the Tort Claims Law and therefore does not protect the officers or the county or town from being sued. Our decision simply holds that the mere act of enforcing state law is not enough to bring municipal officials and employees within the scope of the ITCA and its immunities.
(GLENWOOD) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.
On Thursday, 32-year-old Angela Danielle Neil of Malvern was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. She was held on no bond. And, 26-year old Nathan Michael Blezek of Glenwood was arrested for OWI 2nd offense. He was held on $2,000 bond.
(Avoca) The City of Avoca has been awarded a grant of $75,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection (IDNR) commonly referred to as REAP.
The grant money will be used for the construction of a 1 mile segment of the Nishnabotna Trail, which will connect the community to the new pedestrian bridge to Edgington Memorial Park. The $243,850 bridge will soon be constructed with the assistance of a $171,392 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. 15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation, and resource management.
(Atlantic) The counseling staff at AtlanticHigh School will host a college planning meeting for juniors and seniors and their parents at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17.
AHS Guidance Counselor Craig Fredin says a representative of the CollegePlanningCenter in Des Moines will present a program which addresses a variety of topics, including: Admission requirements; School selection; dual high school-college level classes; career and college computer searches and financial aid information.
Counselors from the high school will also be on-hand to answer questions and explain other career and financial aid materials available at the high school.
(Red Oak) Red Oak Police say a teenager faces numerous charges after he wrecked his vehicle at the Plaza Parking lot in Red Oak Thursday.
According to Red Oak Police, 17-year-old Dean Anthony Brooms of Red Oak faces charges of reckless driving, failure to have a valid driver’s license, and interference with official acts.
According to the Police Report, Brooms was westbound in the Plaza parking lot driving at a high rate of speed, attempting to show off for a group of teenagers gathered nearby. As Brooms was traveling westbound he lost control of his 2007 Ford Mustang GT and it slammed into a parked 1991 Ford Escort Wagon, owned by Marlene Dewylia Dukes, of Red Oak.
The Mustang received $13,500 damage. The Ford Escort was considered to be a total loss.
Brooms was released to the custody of his grandmother.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested late Thursday night on a Montgomery County Warrant stemming from fines owed on a theft charge.
According to the Red Oak Police Department, 22-year-old Michael Eugene Sickels was arrested in the 200 block of West Reed Street on a warrant for failure to pay fines; stemming from an original charge of 2nd degree theft.
Sickels was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he is being held on $5,000 bond.
In a separate incident, 22-year-old Phillip Eugene Parsons, of Red Oak was charged with possession of drug paraphernilia. He was taken into custody and held on $300.00 bond.
Hundreds of thousands of Iowans may qualify for a refund after a consumer fraud settlement. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says a Connecticut firm had been misleading consumers into signing up and paying for discount club and membership programs through free trials. He says nominal monthly charges kept coming, prompting a major multi-state lawsuit which has now been resolved.
“We will be contacting people, but anybody that’s had any kind of transaction like this we encourage them to contact our office,” said Miller. “The relief that we’re getting is sizable in terms of money. We’ll be able to cover most of, if not everybody, that responds. We’re doing settlements with other companies so it’s really comprehensive and we encourage people to contact us.”
Miller says this latest settlement, along with past agreements involving other similar companies, has led to a projected 50-million dollar award; more than 20-million dollars of that will be available for Iowa consumers.
The company “Affinion Group” and subsidiaries “Trilegiant” and Webloyalty” ran multiple discount clubs and membership services, offering credit monitoring, roadside assistance, and discounted travel.
(ATLANTIC) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and ranks second among cancer deaths in women.
Karla Akers, Care for Yourself Program Coordinator, said it is important to know what may put you at risk of breast cancer. She said, “You don’t hear this one a lot, but the younger you were when you first started your menstruation cycle. Never having given birth or being older at your first child’s birth. Starting menopause at a late age. Using hormone replacement therapy for a long time. Of course, tobacco use. And, getting older.”
One of the best preventative measures is early screening because breast cancer is easier to cure if it is found early.
“Mammograms are recommended to start at the age 40. Self breast exams should begin around age 20-21. Regular visits to the doctor, healthy eating and exercise are all important and contribute to the overall health which is important for breast health,” explained Akers.
The Care for Yourself Program has funding to help women who are uninsured or underinsured. Akers said, “We will pay for a physical that will consist of a clinical breast exam, a pap and a pelvic, and then a mammogram.”
For more information, you can contact Karla Akers at 712-243-7443.
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic Police Department wants to inform the public that the Atlantic High School cross country meet this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. will be at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club instead of Nishna Hills Golf Course. With this change, bus parking will be on Chestnut Street between 29th and 22nd Street. Spectator parking will be on 22nd Street west of Palm Street, as well as 29th Street west of Chestnut Street. The community should plan for more traffic and pedestrians in these areas.
(State) Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is sounding the alarm today to open the Government back up and increase the debt ceiling by the October 17th deadline, or major programs will be affected.
“The treasury won’t be able to borrow money to pay for spending congress has approved, which essentially means avoiding our legal payment obligation like paying for social security and Medicare. Yes, if we shutdown the Government, things like social security and Medicare could be stopped or cut back.”
Fitzgerald says the reckless Republicans shut down is hurting the U.S. Economy and families nationwide. He says Republican’s threat of defaulting on the nation’s debts will cause interest rates to rise and credit more difficult to obtain, as well as threatening social security and Medicare.
(Washington, D.C.) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s heard all about the problems with the health insurance exchange website. And his Senate Subcommittee is in charge of overseeing the operation. But he says the Federal Government Shutdown’s preventing him from looking into it.
“I don’t have a committee because the government is shut down and you can sense the frustration in my voice. As these things come in and we hear about it, as the chairman of the committee these are the types of things I would be on the hook with HHS right away.”
Published reports yesterday put part of the blame on the fact that the Health and Human Services Department hired contractors to build the biggest part of the website not because they had the right kind of experience….but because they were already in the HHS procurement system. Harkin says once the shutdown is over, he’ll be investigating what happens.
(Council Bluffs) Allegations that he used counterfeit gambling chips at Council Bluffs Horseshoe Bend Casino have cost a Navy Vice Admiral one of his stars and his post as the number two man in charge of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
The Navy announced yesterday that President Obama relieved Vice Admiral Tim Giardina of his role as Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command in Omaha. Giardina also was demoted to a two star admiral from three stars. The Vice Admiral is now facing an investigation by the naval criminal investigative service as well as a criminal probe by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The incident in question reportedly happened in July of this year. No other details were made available.
(GLENWOOD) Four people were arrested on warrants in Mills County Wednesday.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Timothy Eugene Truhlick of Pacific Junction was arrested at the Mills County Sherriff’s Office on a warrant for 1st Degree Harassment. He was held on $2,000 bond.
Eighteen year old Dominique James Schlup of Hastings was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Probation Revocation. He was held on $5,000 bond.
Twenty eight year old Brett Allen Coyle of Glenwood was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was held on $5,000 bond.
And, 20-year-old Tyler Gene Coddington of Red Oak was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was held on $10,000 bond.
(GLENWOOD) A two vehicle accident in Mills County was caused by a driver who was attempting to light a cigarette.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Payton Frederick of Corning was driving a 1998 Ford eastbound on Highway 34, approximately four miles southeast of Glenwood. Frederick was attempting to light the cigarette when he struck a 2005 Ford, driven by Dennis James of Tabor, from behind. The accident caused the trailer of James’ vehicle to detach. Frederick’s vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lane with both airbags deployed. James’ vehicle and trailer came to rest on the eastbound shoulder.
James was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by Glenwood Rescue. A passenger, Gayle Steinbach of Tabor, was also transported, but the report does not state where. Frederick was cited for Following too Closely.
(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested for allegedly stealing an ATV.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Timothy Lee Gardner was southbound on Highway 48 near 215th Street on a 1997 Polaris Trail Blazer 250. When Law Enforcement Officers conducted a VIN number check it was discovered that the ATV Gardner was operating was stolen.
Gardner was taken into custody and transported to Montgomery County Corrections and held on $5,000 cash bond.
(Des Moines) The Iowa Department of Transportation wants to curb distracted driving with motor vehicle enforcement officers while driving on-duty. So starting this week, laptop computers in police vehicles will be equipped with a new “arch angel” program designed to freeze and disable their computer’s touch screen, mouse and keyboard once the officer’s begin driving over the speed of 15-miles per hour.
“This provides them with another tool that makes the officer safer going down the road,”stated Lorenzen. “If they get into an emergency situation they can press a hot key that will allow that computer to activate. Their focus needs to be operating the vehicle in a safe manner and we feel this tool will help them do that in a more effective way.”
Chief Dave Lorenzen says the computers become active again once the vehicle gets below 15-miles per hour. He says all agency vehicles should be equipped with computer software by November 1.
(Red Oak) Three people were cited for having open containers of alcohol early this morning during a traffic stop in Montgomery County.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction. During the investigation it was discovered that the passengers of the vehicle identified as 45-year-old Raymond Briggs, 36-year-old Clinton Gardner, and 35-year-old Jeffrey Joiner were all found to be in possession of alcoholic beverages.
The three were cited and released for open container.
(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that the Interstate 80 corridor from the Missouri River Bridge to the South Expressway Exit will be closed until late afternoon.
According to the press release the Exit is closed due to construction work on the roadway.
(RED OAK) Organizing for America will be presenting a community conversation about the Affordable Care Act Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at the Red Oak fire station.
Conversations will include how the Affordable Care Act impacts and benefits your life, your family and small business. There will be a panel presentation and stories from southwest Iowa families, along with a question and answer session and light refreshments. Other information includes women’s health, insuring children to age 26 and where to sign up.
For more information you can contact Community Organizer Jennifer Herrington at 712-542-5336.
(Anita) Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Anita Monday night.
According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at around 7:15 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Second Street.
The report says 82-year-old Mildred Klimesh, of Anita was eastbound on Main passing the Casey’s parking lot when a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by 48-year-old Scott Bailey, of Anita exited Casey’s and struck the left front of Klemishs car.
Two passengers in her vehicle identified as 85-year-old Harriet Alf and 83-year-old Leola Larsen, both from Anita, were transported by Anita Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. One of those passengers whose name was not released was later transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
(ATLANTIC) The Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center, operated by the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic, is holding an open house with business tours on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Dianna Williams, Director of the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center, said for now the tours are only open to businesses; tours will be open to the community at a later date.
“We wanted to take an opportunity to educate the community on the services that we provide at the Ann Wickman Center,” said Williams. “We’ve been here for three years now and unless you have young children that you’re looking for daycare for, you really don’t understand what the operation is like.”
Williams said the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center is dedicated to providing rich childhood experiences for children, which is very important.
“The Early Childhood Conference Day on the Hill this year focused on the first 2,000 days and there are approximately 2,000 days between the time that a child is born and they enter Kindergarten, so you have a really short window of time to provide those rich experiences for kids… those learning opportunities to expand their brain growth and get them ready for their school years,” explained Williams.
And, that’s why Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center is known for more than just a daycare center.
“There is a lot of play experiences and learning through play,” stated Williams. “We educate the staff and a practice called creative curriculum, which is what the school system also uses. It doesn’t mean that we’re teaching two year olds how to read and write, it means that we’re teaching the staff how to recognize those developmental milestones in the kids and then get them to the next level.”
Businesses are encouraged to sign up for the tour by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, or Friday at the very latest, by calling 712-243-2553.
(ATLANTIC) Harvest Fest activities will take place in Atlantic this weekend.
Megan Roberts, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said Rib Fest will kick off the weekend events from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday.
“Our meat smoking cook-off participants will prepare different styles and varieties of ribs and you’ll be able to come taste test for $1 apiece and people’s choice vote on who your favorite is,” explained Roberts. “We also have a beer garden and Danny Grouse and his “Boonetucky Sound” performing live, no cover charge we just want everyone to come down to the Depot area and enjoy Rib Fest Friday night.”
Harvest Fest activities will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
“We have all kinds of things going on from a quilt show to our crafters, free tractor wagon rides, at 3 p.m. we have free pumpkin painting brought to you by McCurdy’s Pumpkins for all the young kids and just a fun family festival to celebrate fall and the harvest season,” said Roberts.
The apple pie contest is open for anyone interested in baking an apple pie. The pies need to be delivered to the Depot by 2:00 p.m. for judging. The pie will be served at 5:00 p.m. before the Firemen’s parade along with the smoked meat sandwiches and beverages.
(Cedar Rapids) A state program aimed at preventing teen prescription and over-the counter drug mis-use and abuse is getting underway.
A seventeen year old from Cedar Rapids is lending her voice for this issue as the campaign begins. The high school student is currently going through an inpatient recover program for prescription drug abuse after being introduced to the drugs at a party and she hopes to prevent others from going down the same path. October is teen prescription drug mis-use and abuse month in Iowa. Organizers say 1 out of every 4 American teens report to having mis-used or abused prescription drugs and of these teens 4 in 10 took it from the medicine cabinet at home. Other sobering stats, 16% of all drug overdoses are from prescription drugs and during the last decade the number of Iowans age 12 or older treated for prescription pain reliever abuse has shot up more than 250%. Overdoses due to pain meds have increased 1,200%.
(SIDNEY) Three teens face numerous charges following a pursuit that ended in Fremont County Wednesday.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a pursuit at around 10:40 am entering the county on Highway 2 from Otoe County. Deputies were advised that Otoe County Deputies were in pursuit of a gray 2012 Dodge Ram, reported stolen from Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Speeds topped 110 mph near the intersection of Highway 2 and Interstate 29, as well as within the city limits of Riverton.
Fremont County Deputies joined the pursuit at Highway 275 and Highway 2 and the vehicle was unable to be located after entering Riverton. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who advised he had seen a vehicle matching the description in Sidney. Deputies searched Sidney and the vehicle was found parked in the parking lot of the Sidney Elementary School. It was discovered that the juveniles had entered the Sidney Community Library to access the internet. Upon deputies’ arrival, three juveniles were seen running from the area. After a short foot pursuit, all three were apprehended.
A 16-year-old male, 16-year-old female and 13-year-old male were identified as three juveniles that were reported missing from Quakerdale Youth Center in Manning, Iowa. They are being held in Fremont County for 2nd Degree Theft, 5th Degree Theft, Interference, Eluding, Reckless Driving, and a variety of traffic offenses. Charges are pending in other jurisdictions. The juveniles are also being investigated for a vehicle theft in Manning, a police pursuit in Atchison County, Missouri, thefts in Nemaha County, Nebraska, and vehicle theft and vehicle arson is Cass County, Nebraska.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Cass County Nebraska Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska Fire Marshall’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.
(Des Moines) According to a new report from the Salvation Army more than 10,200 households received groceries from the Salvation Army’s two food pantries in the past year. The latest food pantry number is roughly 10% greater than the number of households served in the previous year and 17% greater than two years ago. On a positive note, the Salvation Army’s homeless feeding program served more than 98,200 hot breakfasts in FY13, that’s 1.3% less than the previous year. The Salvation Army also assisted 487 households with rent, deposit, and mortgage assistance during the past year. That is a 24% increase over the previous year.
(State) If you’ve been able to go to healthcare.gov, set up a login and order health insurance through the Iowa “Obamacare” exchange, let us know. Governor Terry Branstad says they haven’t heard of a single person who’s been able to get access and complete an application. Branstad says Iowans have had better luck signing up for the state’s replacement for Medicaid health insurance. The Governor says they’ve had a steady flow of applications to the Iowa health and wellness initiative. The only thing they haven’t had success with…is getting the U-S Secretary of Health and Human Services to approve a waiver for the program…
“We still need HHS to give us the waiver. I heard over the weekend that Sebilius said she’s going to give us the waiver, but she hasn’t told us yet.”
(Red Oak) Red Oak Fire Chief Jamie Blount says the cause of the fire at the former “Old Tap Bar” Building just east of downtown Red Oak early Monday morning remains under investigation. Blount says the intensity and complexity of the fire caused the building to collapse during fire fighter operations which didn’t allow fire fighters to enter the structure.
“The investigation is a joint effort between the Red Oak Fire Department and the insurance company’s investigator,” stated Chief Blount. “We anticipate getting into the debris field early next week.”
Chief Blount will not speculate on what caused the blaze.
“Without going through the debris field and getting a real good idea of all of the pieces to the puzzle I really can’t speculate,” Said Blount. “We don know that the bulk of the fire was on the second floor on our arrival, possibly in the middle of the structure.”
Blount says they may have an answer by the middle of next week.
The building that was located at 501 East Reed Street was unoccupied and had been under restoration for the past year or two.
(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved an Iowa DOT Federal-aid agreement for a bridge project on 560th Street near Griswold at their meeting this morning.
Cass County Engineer Charles Marker said the estimated cost of the project is $360,000.
“When will they be started on that and when is the completion date?” asked Supervisor Chuck Rieken.
“The actual letting was a March letting, so it will be next spring and since that’s just the agreement, we have not seen from the DOT’s contracts how many working days they will allow them to use,” explained Charles Marker.
Rieken asked because, “There are concerns because the only other way in to that is three miles north of town and back.”
Marker also updated the Supervisors on a few projects that will be wrapping up soon. He said the paving on G43 from Lewis over to Highway 71 is complete and the only thing that needs done is shoulder rock and center line painting. As far as the paving on M56, only one lane needs the surface course done from Hopley road north to the airport road. Then striping and shoulder rock will need to be done. Some pavement work needs to be done by the bridge over the Nishnabotna River on the Research Farm road and they are waiting on the subcontractor to do the guard rails. And, work on the bridge near the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 71is completed and now open.
Also, you may have noticed some work going on around the outside of the Cass County Courthouse recently. Charles Marker has been supervising the work being done by Karr Tuckpointing and he said everything is going very well.
“They’ve got a lot of the joints ground out, they’ve got a lot of the replacement of the grouting done, they’ve also done the front steps, I see that where the blocks are cracked they’re supposed to fill those in; they haven’t quite got that done, and they’ve got most of the power washing done that they were required to do too,” said Marker. “They’re doing an excellent job from what I can tell.”
In other activity, the Supervisors approved the employment of Dorothy Barlett as a full time jailer at $13.65/hour. And, Maynard Hansen and Phyllis Nichols were appointed members of the Cass County Compensation Board for a four year term.
(Des Moines) The State Fire Marshal Division, along with the Woodbine Police Department, has been investigating the cause for the fire that occurred on Thursday, September 26, 2013, to Ellen's Flower Shop located at 413 Walker Street, Woodbine, Iowa. The fire was reported at approximately 3:29 p.m. The fire completely destroyed the building housing the flower shop and caused structural damage to an adjoining building to the north and water and smoke damage to two or three other buildings located along Walker Street.
The investigation has revealed that the fire may have been intentionally set to the west wall of the flower shop adjacent to the alley that runs north and south behind the building. The exact manner of how the fire was set is being withheld to preserve the ongoing investigation. Information has been obtained that indicates a white male subject was in the alley approximately two minutes prior to the first smoke being observed.
Investigators are requesting the public’s help with the investigation. Anyone who was around the south end of the alley near the flower shop at approximately 3:25 p.m., who may have observed someone walking out of the valley, is asked to contact investigators. Witnesses may contact the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division at 712-308-3977, the Arson Hotline at 800-532-1459, or the Woodbine Police Department at 712-647-2345.
(Atlantic) At last night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting the board discussed multiple families occupying single-family properties. The board seemed to be in a general consensus that there are some homes in town that have too many people living in them.
Safety, sanitation, and parking congestion were among the chief concerns among the board when it came to multiple families occupying single family properties.
Questions arose about how to properly define single family property. Board member Doug Leonard suggested any potential ordinance be based on number of people per square foot.
“That’s why a square footage delineation would be the easiest thing to do because then you don’t have to get into looking at what a family unit is. You certainly can address it by safety and congestion in a neighborhood and in a single-family neighborhood that’s zoned for that.”
The board ultimately tabled the topic for their November 12th meeting. In the mean time, Zoning Administrator John Lund will look into other cities that have similar ordinance and draft an ordinance for Atlantic.
(Menlo) A DallasCounty man was hurt Tuesday evening in a semi/train crash east of Menlo.
The Iowa State Patrol says 74-year-old Ira Norman Stine, of Adel was driving a semi, registered to Stine Seed Farm, Inc, of Adel, and was struck by an eastbound train about a one-mile east of Menlo.
Stine was airlifted to MercyHospital in Des Moines.
According to the report the accident happened at around 6:35 p.m. The Semi had just dropped off a load of grain, and was southbound on Talon Avenue, just north of Highway 925. Stine failed to yield and the train struck the semi-tractor behind the cab. The cab ended up on the south side of the railroad tracks. The Trailer came to rest on the north side of the railroad tracks.
(Des Moines) October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year's event marks a major shift as more women will soon be able to access the health care they need. One of the big changes under the Affordable Care Act, is that women cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Other measures focus on prevention and early detection, says Jen Schulte with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Iowa.
"The health care law covers preventative services for those women. Those include annual mammograms starting at the age 40, (and) genetic testing and counseling for women who may have a family history of cancer. It also reduces the amount of out-of-pocket, which makes health care more accessible and affordable."
Enrollment in the new health care exchange in Iowa is underway, with the policies to take effect as of January 1st.
(ATLANTIC) A fire damaged a building at 304 W. 2nd Street in Atlantic Tuesday evening.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said the fire was reported just after 7:00 pm when a man walking by noticed flames inside the window of the building.
“Upon arrival we had flames and heavy smoke coming out of the building, we got a pretty quick knock down,” said McNees. “There was a lot of smoke damage throughout the building, fairly significant fire damage on the front half. The other half of the building is owned by another occupant and they have some smoke damage but I don’t think it did much there.”
McNees said the occupant of the building had been refinishing furniture this afternoon and left at around 5:00 pm. McNees said they can see the location of where the fire started but cannot find what may have started the fire. His suspicion is a solvent on a rag may have started the fire, but that is still undetermined.
“It’s kind of strange, the occupant, Dean Beach who has the stuff in there kind of on consignment and refinishing furniture, and he was just thinking about wiring up some lights in this front window to showcase some stuff but nothing was there. There was absolutely no electrical or nothing,” explained McNees. “There was some furniture there and there is a definite burn pattern and we know where the seat of it was.”
(HARLAN) Two people face assault charges following an altercation in Harlan on October 3rd.
The Harlan Police Department says officers were called to the 1000 block of Park Street for an altercation that involved a knife. Upon arrival, officers found 44-year-old Clinton Scheffler outside of the house with minor injuries and 66-year-old David Peters inside the residence. Peters was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with serious assault. A complaint charging Scheffler with serious assault was filed with the Shelby County Clerk of Court.
In other activity, the Harlan Police Department was contacted by David Meyers of Harlan on October 3rd who reported several tools were taken from his garage at Westridge Acres, lot #30. Meyers also reported several watermelons were missing from his garden. This case remains under investigation.
(AMES) The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a number of Highway rehabilitation projects around the state for the coming year. Spokesman Stuart Anderson says it amounts to a little more than 146-million dollars worth of extra work that can be done in the current budget year.
“We haven’t utilized all of our operations budget so that money goes straight into roadway construction,” said Anderson. “We also had several other savings throughout the year and different line items for funding that we utilize for managing the system.”
Plus, they got a little more funding from the federal government. Major pavement rehab projects in the plan include a large portion of interstate 80 west of Des Moines, Highway 151 and 1 in eastern Iowa and Highway 71 in western Iowa from Atlantic to the Missouri Line.
(DES MOINES) Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz says a Dallas County resident, who pleaded guilty to election misconduct, is just the beginning of what Schultz says will be many more cases of people getting caught for voting when they’re not allowed to do so.
“We turn all of the cases over to DCI, they’re working with ICE to try and vet them and I’m confident that DCI will conduct their investigations and I believe this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Schultz.
Schultz says in many cases those involved in voter fraud