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Charges Pending in Audubon Single Vehicle Accident


(Audubon) An Exira man was transported to the hospital following an accident south of Audubon Thursday night. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on Heron Place approximately 2.5 miles south of Audubon at 7:20 last night (Thursday).

 

According to the report, 40-year-old Bryan Kent Ingerslev was southbound on Heron Place and attempted to make the right curve. Ingerslev was traveling at a higher rate of speed than his vehicle could take the curve and he began to slide sideways. The rear of the vehicle came around and entered the south ditch and rolled. Ingerslev initially refused medical treatment and was transported to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office. He later requested medical treatment and was transported by Audubon rescues to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital.

 

The Accident remains under investigation with charges pending. Ingerlsev’s 2001 Ford F150 was estimated at $12,000.

 

Bennett Blake
10/31/14

All County Auditor's Offices open Tomorrow


(Atlantic) Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman is reminding voters that   all Iowa County Auditors’ offices must be open tomorrow for at least eight hours until at least 5 p.m. for absentee voting and other election business.

 

The Cass County Auditor’s office will be open from 9 a.m. thru 5 p.m.

 

Sunderman says the last day to request and vote an absentee ballot in person at the County Auditor’s office is Monday, November 3.  It will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Election Day, polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.

 

Tom Robinson

October 31, 2014

a.m. news 

Union County Man faces Drug related Charges


(Creston) A Creston man was arrested on drug related charges Wednesday.

 

The Creston Police Department reports that 38-year-old Jamie Vandel, of 600 North Division Street was arrested at his residence for failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of a protection, and two-counts of a possession of a controlled substance.

 

On Thursday, Vandel was arrested at the Union County Jail on a Department of Corrections Warrant for a charge of a violation of parole. He is being held on no bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 31, 2014

a.m. news 

Atlantic City Council sets Five Year Goals


(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council met in a special planning session Wednesday evening to discuss the City Goals and Vision over the next five years. Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones says the long term high priority goals will be trail connections, Schildberg Recreation Area, and roads.

 

Mayor Jones says the main focus will be on the city parks and how to improve them. He says there a couple of shelters at Sunnyside Park that are in need of repair and they are hoping to partner with some businesses in town to repair or rebuild them.  

 

He says another priority is to improve the traffic flow at Washington Elementary.

 

“We are going to get this fixed,” stated Jones. “But it is going to have to be by a partnership with the school district and the city of Atlantic, because this problem affects a lot of people.”  

 

The City also listed partnering with a developer for the construction of new house subdivisions, enforce the minimum maintenance code, landscaping downtown, preservation of the second floor of the historic theater, begin work on a new City website, and spend tax payer money prudently.

 

The Mayor also outlined some other goals such as building stronger relationships with AMU, the County, CADCO, Chamber Iowa West Community College and the Atlantic School District.

 

(File Photo)

 

Tom Robinson

October 31, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Teen Suffers Possible Injuries in Two-Vehicle Accident


(Red Oak) One person was treated for possible injuries following a two-vehicle accident in Red Oak Thursday afternoon.

 

According to the report, 74-year-old Bette Lou Larson was driving a 2008 Chevy Impala eastbound on Coolbaugh Street and ran the stop sign and collided with a 1998 Dodge Neon driven by 16-year-old Miranda Nicole Jones. Both drivers were from Red Oak.

 

Jones was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

 

Tom Robinson

October 31, 2014

a.m. news 

Drunk Driver Injured in Harlan Accident


(Harlan) A drunk driver suffered injuries in a single vehicle accident in Harlan on October 18th.

 

The Harlan Police Department says Christian Soll, of Harlan, was driving a 1999 Ford westbound on Garfield Avenue and failed to navigate the T-intersection at College and Garfield. Soll’s vehicle left the roadway, jumped the curb and struck the corner of the house at 2113 College.

 

Soll was Life Flighted to Omaha for head and facial injuries. Soll was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

Harlan Police Report


(Harlan) An Atlantic man faces charges in Harlan for assault.

 

The Harlan Police Department says 30-year-old Ty Jordan was arrested on October 18th after officers were called to 1019 7th Street after Jordan allegedly struck a Kirkman woman, who was transported to Myrtue Medical Center for her injuries. Jordan was also charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree for damage allegedly done to a vehicle. Jordan was later arrested by the Atlantic Police Department and brought to the Shelby County Jail.

 

In other activity, 22-year-old Brandon Hunt, of Shelby, was arrested October 7th on an active Shelby County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

 

Two juvenile males were arrested and charged on October 13th for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree for allegedly damaging a garage door and vandalizing the bathrooms at Potter’s Park. Both boys were referred to Shelby County Juvenile Court.

 

Curtis Scheffler, 55, of Harlan, was charged on October 12th for allowing a dog to run at large when officers took a report of Scheffler’s dog biting a cross country runner. A complaint on running at large has been sent to the Shelby County Clerk of Court.

 

And, 48-year-old Jeffrey Rowland, of Harlan, was arrested October 27th on an active Shelby County warrant for five counts of Theft 5th Degree. The warrant was issued as a result of an investigation of checks allegedly forged by Rowland. Rowland was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

University of Iowa Students want you to take Pledge against Sexual Assault


(Iowa City) University of Iowa students are looking for members of the public to take a pledge against sexual assault.

 

The pledge is part of the national “It’s On Us” campaign. Student Government President Patrick Bartoski was instrumental in bringing the idea to the University campus.

 

“In late May I went to the White House for a leadership conference, they talked about a national sexual assault prevention campaign that was going on and they were like we want you all to formulate, over the summer, a campaign at your respective campuses,” explained Bartoski.

 

The campaign was founded to specifically fight sexual assault on University campuses. There have been at least eight cases of assault reported on the UI campus since the beginning of the school year.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/30/2014

Walnut School Requests to Reorganize with AHST


(Walnut) At a joint board meeting held on Monday, the Walnut Board of Education formally asked A-H-S-T to consider reorganization.

 

Walnut and A-H-S-T Superintendent Jesse Ulrich said declining enrollment and a desire to be proactive with future financial constraints on the horizon prompted Walnut’s request to reorganize. Both boards felt it would be mutually beneficial to move forward with the process of reorganization and set a goal to have a public reorganization vote in June of 2015. If approved by voters, the new reorganized district would be established July 1, 2016.

 

The first step towards reorganization is for both boards to establish a petition. This petition would establish the name of the district, the legal description, how many board members would serve the new district, how the board members would be established, and how the new reorganized district will handle the assets and liabilities. After the petition is secured with enough signatures, it will be sent to Green Hills AEA. The Green Hills AEA will oversee the process of reorganization objections and land objections. After these public hearings, it will be sent to voters for approval.

 

“I just think it’s a wonderful opportunity for both communities to establish themselves for the best interest of our kids long term,” said Ulrich. “A-H-S-T and Walnut will be a combined district of about 750 students certified enrollment. That’s a wonderful district in southwestern Iowa, but what’s most important is with that size of a district we can maintain the small town feeling and connections that we have with students, but be able to have the resources to offer them everything that they can anywhere else in the state of Iowa. We really think it’s a win-win opportunity.”

 

Walnut and A-H-S-T already whole grade share 7th-12th grades.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

Absentee Ballots Continue to roll in


(Des Moines) The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office says 493-thousand requests for absentee ballots have now come in.

 

“Of the requests so far, over 203-thousand have come from the Democrats, which is 41-percent. Over 180-thousand have come from Republicans at 37-percent. And, No Party is over 107-thousand at 22-percent,” said Spokesman Chance McElhaney.

 

McElhaney says about 75-percent of the requested ballots have now been returned. And, of those, 41-percent came from registered Democrats, 39-percent from registered Republicans, and 19-percent from No Party voters. In order for ballots to be counted in the upcoming election the envelope must be postmarked by November 3rd.

 

The Secretary of State’s Office says there are more than 1.9 million active voters in Iowa, the largest within that group are No Party voters, which account for 700-thousand, followed by Republicans at 619-thousand and registered Democrats at 600-thousand.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/30/2014

Red Oak Man Arrested for Indecent Contact with a Child


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested for Indecent Contact with a Child.

 

The Red Oak Police Department arrested 55-year-old Darwin Eugene Schurr on a valid Red Oak Police Department warrant today (Thursday). He was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate Visiting Greenfield, Atlantic and Audubon


(Atlantic) Rick Stewart, Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, will be visiting Greenfield, Atlantic and Audubon this afternoon for his “Let’s Talk, Iowa” Tour.

 

Rick is bringing his mobile 'living room' to every county in Iowa to sit down and eat homemade cookies with voters and discuss real issues.

 

Rick will be at the county courthouses in Greenfield at 2:00 p.m., Atlantic at 4:00 p.m. and Audubon at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

Young Teachers may qualify for Financial Help under new Law


(Des Moines) Teachers, who have been in the classroom for five years or less, may qualify for financial help, through a new state program.

 

Heather Doe with the Iowa College Aid Commission says teachers who graduated in the top 25-percent of their class may be eligible, if they specialize in a designated subject-shortage area.

 

“It allows current teachers who are teaching in an identified shortage field to select either an income bonus or have a payment made on their student loans,” stated Doe. “And it is up to four thousand dollars a year up to five years.”

 

Applications, which can be found on www.iowacollegeaid.gov, are due by November 26th.

 

Designated shortage areas include; all middle school teachers, special education, agriculture, early childhood Education, English as a second language, consumer and family science, industrial tech, talented and gifted, counselors and teacher-librarians.

 

Iowa Radio Network

October 30, 2014

a.m. news 

Shenandoah Man Arrested on Woodbury County Warrant


(Shenandoah) A Shenandoah man was arrested on a warrant from Woodbury County Wednesday.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Highway 2, approximately one mile east of Shenandoah, at around 11:52 p.m. During the traffic stop, a passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Cory Joseph Smith, was arrested on a warrant for being absent from custody. There is no bond for this warrant.

 

Smith was transported to the Page County Jail where he was held until Woodbury County makes arrangements to transfer him to their facility.

 

Mandy Billings

10/30/2014

High Speed Chase ends in Missouri River


(Missouri Valley) A high speed chase that started in Missouri Valley ended in the Missouri River Wednesday afternoon.

 

Police arrested two suspects trying to swim away from a submerged Ford truck. One male subject is still missing.

 

The incident started out as a traffic stop in Missouri Valley and ended in the Missouri River near Crescent.

 

Authorities say three people inside the truck were seen swimming away after the crash. Two people were arrested including 27-year-old Jeffrey Huff and 28-year-old Heidi Baxter each face charges of second degree burglary. Huff was injured and taken to a Council Bluffs hospital. One other suspect is still missing.

 

Dive crews searched the river Wednesday afternoon for the missing man however, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office called off the search at dark.

 

They plan to resume their search at daylight.

 

Tom Robinson

October 30, 2014

a.m. news 

Orient Man Arrested on Warrant for Identity Theft


(Creston) The Creston Police Department reports two arrests.

 

37-year-old Corey Davey, of Orient, was arrested at the Law Enforcement Center on four Union County Warrants for charges of Identity Theft under $1,000 (15 counts) and Identity Theft over $1,000 (3 counts) He is being held in the Union County Jail awaiting bond hearing.

 

Also arrested on Wednesday was 23-year-old Aaron Turlock, of Lenox, Turlock was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence 1st Offense. He was released on $1,000 bond.

 

Bennett Blake

10/30/4

 

Red Oak Man being treated for Gunshot Wound


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was critically injured in what appears to be an accidental shooting Wednesday night.

 

Police responded to a call regarding a shooting at a residence in the 400 block of East Coolbaugh Street. When they arrived on scene they found 28-year-old Cody Allen Tunnell with a severe gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital and later transferred by medical helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.

 

The DCI was called to investigate the scene. Through the investigation and crime scene examination, evidence indicates Tunnel’s injuries are possibly accidental. However the incident will remain under investigation until the victim can be interviewed by investigators.

 

Tunnell is reported to be in stable but critical condition.

 

Tom Robinson

October 29, 2014

a.m. news 

Shenandoah Man Arrested for 1st Degree Murder


(Shenandoah) A Shenandoah man was arrested for 1st Degree Murder.

 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 34-year-old Brian Davis was arrested today for the death of his girlfriend, Holly Durben. Based on interviews of witnesses and crime scene evidence, investigators believe that Davis is responsible for Durben’s death.  Davis is currently being held at the Fremont County Jail on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

 

At 9:36 a.m., on July 18, 2009, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from Brian Davis at 2492 Highway 59 south of Shenandoah.  When Deputies arrived they located 29-year-old Holly Durben deceased in the bedroom of her residence, which she shared with her boyfriend Brian Davis.    The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in the investigation from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
 

An autopsy was performed on Ms. Durben’s body at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.  It was determined that Ms. Durben suffered a fatal gunshot to the head as well as other injuries.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/29/2014

Absentee Ballot Deadlines


(Des Moines) Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is reminding Iowans of important deadlines for returning absentee ballots.

 

Absentee ballots returned by mail and received in the county auditor’s office by 9 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4 are eligible for counting. Absentee ballots returned by mail and received by the auditor’s office after the polls close must be postmarked by November 3 or earlier and be received by the auditor before noon on Monday, November 10.  Mail is not always postmarked so it is important to return the ballot as soon as possible. Absentee ballots can also be returned to the county auditor’s office in person no later than 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.

 

Iowans can vote early in-person by absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office through Monday, November 3 at 5 p.m.

 

Iowans that did not register to vote by the Saturday, October 25, deadline may use Election Day registration procedures to register to vote and cast a ballot in person through Election Day on Tuesday, November 4.

 

Mandy Billings

10/29/2014

Report Suggest Enhancing State and Federal Assistance Programs


(Des Moines) A new report suggests enhancing a few state and federal assistance programs would go a long way towards allowing more families in Iowa to become part of the middle class.

 

The report from the Iowa Policy Project in Iowa City suggests increasing the income threshold for dropping families out of the earned income tax credit, Iowa’s childcare assistance program, and the child and dependent care credit.

 

“These are all programs designed to keep children out of poverty, to help families that are earning less than they need to get by, to raise their families in  a healthy environment,” said researcher Peter Fischer.

 

Fischer says current income ceilings force people out before they have reached a level of financial viability and can actually deter people from seeking to improve their lives because of those consequences.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/29/2014

Page County Arrests


(Clarinda) The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.

 

Steven Dean Lundvall, 42, of College Springs, was arrested Tuesday at his residence on a warrant for Failure to Appear. Lundvall was transported to the Page County Jail where he posted bond and was released.

 

Robin Charisse Welsch, 49, of Clarinda, was arrested Tuesday at the Page County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Aiding and Abetting Violation of a No Contact Order. Welsch posted bond and was released.

 

Mandy Billings

10/29/2014

Adams Community Chamber of Commerce November Events


(Corning) The Adams Community Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for several events in November.

 

On November 7th and 8th a Holiday Retail Open House will be held in Corning. Wendi Boswell, Adams Community Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Director, said four businesses will be offering specials and specialty items. The businesses include the Lone Arranger, Randomness, Fudge Town Interiors and The Fickle Frog.

 

“There is also a program going on during the Open House that is $5 off coupon to be used at any of those four stores just for the retail event,” explained Boswell.

 

The Adams Community Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “Sample Corning” November 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in downtown Corning. Boswell said 44 businesses will be participating in this event.

 

“It’s a very fun program that is an annual event here in Corning and with 44 businesses participating this year this is one of the biggest that we have had in the past,” said Boswell.

 

And, the annual Lighted Parade will take place on November 29th at 7:00 p.m. New this year: cash prizes will be given to the top three entries in each category. Santa will be in the Santa House in Central Park before and after the parade.

 

Mandy Billings

10/29/2014

Red Oak Police Report Vandalism


(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department is investigating vandalism at the city of Red Oak’s Parks.

 

According to the report, four park tables had been vandalized between Tuesday and Wednesday. The damage to the tables is estimated at  $450.00.

 

If anyone has any information in regards to this incident, they are asked to call 712-623-6500.

 

Tom Robinson

October 29, 2014

10:00 a.m. 

Harvest Pace can Stress Producers


(Atlantic) Farmers are ramping up harvest efforts as the calendar soon turns to November. The long and late hours can take a toll on those trying to bring in the large harvest thus heightening their stress levels as well.

 

“Farmer’s deal in a rather unique work environment,” stated Kate Olsen, Iowa State Extension Program Coordinator for Cass County. “Number one we are a little late getting into harvest this year so weather becomes even more of a concern, in many cases, especially crop farmers, they have their entire year of profitability riding on how things go over the next month.”

 

Olsen says some of the signs of stress include; increased sickness, an increase in farm accidents because they are more distracted because of fatigue or inability to concentrate, decline in the general appearance and upkeep of the farmstead, and children and family members showing signs of stress if the farmer is taking that stress out at home.”

 

Olsen says farmers can reduce stress by climbing out of the combine for 15-minutes a day, have lunch with the family on the tailgate, and reconnect with friends and family through church or other activities. Olsen says taking a little time out during this harvest season will reduce stress, which can lead to injury and illness, and in the long run it is probably worth doing that.

 

Tom Robinson

October 29, 2014

a.m. news   

Creston Woman arrested on Drug Related Charges


(Creston) A Creston woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

According to the report, 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Wilson, of 506 West Prairie Street was arrested at the Union County LEC.

She was released on a promise to appear.

 

In other activity, 63-year-old Donald Barnes, of 231 Chestnut Street in Creston, was arrested at 231 South Chestnut Street for 3rd degree harassment. He was released on a promise to appear in court.

 

Tom Robinson

October 29, 2014

10:00 a.m. 

Program Focuses on Planning for your Retirement


(Audubon) If you are newly retired or retiring within the next ten years, the Audubon County Extension Office is hosting a program that may be of interest to you.

 

The program focuses on securing your financial future and sessions will be held November 12th and 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Audubon County Extension Office.

 

Ruth Freeman, Human Sciences Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will present the programs. She said the session on November 12th, titled “Picture Your Future”, will assess how much you will need using the hands-on ‘Welcome to Retirement’ simulation.

 

“How the simulation works is that we are able to visit that individual or couple at age 65, we’ll visit them again at age 75 and again at age 85 and basically life happens… some people will lose their spouse, some people will need a new furnace, some people will eventually need to consider long-term care and the whole scope of things that people deal with as we move from age 65 to age 85,” explained Freeman.

 

The second session on November 19th, titled “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck”, will discuss strategies for structuring your retirement income, inflation, health costs, annuities and more.

 

To register for the program, or for further information, call 712-563-4239. The cost is $15 and that will help off-set direct expenses and to support the Human Sciences County Extension Program.

 

Mandy Billings

10/29/2014

Braley with Slight Lead over Ernst in Final Iowa Poll


(Des Moines) A final Iowa based poll on the senate race indicates it could be sometime on November 5 when we learn who won.

 

The poll from Loras College has Democrat Bruce Braley up by a point over Republican Joni Ernst at 45-percent-to-44 percent with eight percent undecided.

Political Director Christopher Budzisz says early voting was ramped up by both parties this election cycle and Republicans were able to reduce the advantage Democrats had two and four years ago.

 

“I think this is all going to come down to turn out and efforts on the ground,” stated Budzisz.

 

The poll also found incumbent Republican Terry Branstad with a nearly 20-point lead over Democrat Jack Hatch.

 

Iowa Radio Network

October 29, 2014 

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Hatch will make stop in Atlantic Monday


(Atlantic) Political candidates continue to push their campaigns with just five days away from the mid-term election.

 

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and his running mate Monica Vernon will be in Atlantic on Monday at 1:45 p.m. at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters as part of their six-day statewide tour across Iowa.

 

Hatch served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. He returned to the Iowa House in 2000, and then won his first term to the Iowa Senate in 2002 where he still serves.

 

Tom Robinson

October 29, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Man Arrested on Warrant for Burglary


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested on a warrant for Burglary 1st Degree. The Red Oak Police Department says 28-year-old Aaron Lucas Allen turned himself in today (Tuesday). He was held on $25,000 cash bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Tools Stolen in Lorimor


(Lorimor) The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports the theft of tools from a garage in Lorimor.

 

The tools were reported stolen from 708 3rd Street on Tuesday. Sometime Monday night someone entered the garage and took a battery operated grease gun, Roto zip, Makita circular saw, finish nail gun, ½ hammer drill, Makita buffer and a saws all.

 

The tools are valued at $990.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Witnesses Detain Man Involved in Robbery/Kidnapping Incident


(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on Robbery and Kidnapping charges following an incident in the Walmart parking lot at 3201 Manawa Center Drive in Council Bluffs.

 

The Council Bluffs Police Department says officers were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot at around 8:26 a.m. today (Tuesday) for a report of a Hispanic male who was armed with a knife and dressed in female clothing. The man had allegedly just robbed a female at knife point and was being followed on foot by some witnesses.

 

The man was identified as 53-year-old Jose Gusman. After speaking with the 19-year-old victim and witnesses, it was learned that Gusman had approached the victim as she was opening the door to her car. The victim was able to push away from Gusman and run from the area, yelling for help. Witnesses in the area heard the victim and began following Gusman, who was walking south through the parking lot. Two of the witnesses physically detained Gusman near the entrance to Sams Club, located next to Walmart.

 

Gusman was taken into custody and charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Kidnapping 2nd Degree. The victim was not injured during the incident.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Juveniles Arrested Following Pursuit


(New Market) Three juveniles were arrested following a pursuit through Page and Taylor counties.

 

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says at around 6:30 Saturday night the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle pursuit headed into Taylor County from Page County. Page County authorities pursued the vehicle north of New Market. The vehicle being pursued was a silver 2003 BMW. For a short time the location of the BMW was unknown before deputies with Taylor County located the vehicle north of New Market on Badger Avenue at the intersection of 205th.

 

Deputies pursued the vehicle south on Badger. The vehicle went into New Market and was travelling at an estimated 90 to 100 mph through New Market. The pursuit continued east from New Market on 220th to Diamond Avenue and south onto Highway 2 and eastbound. The BMW eventually started to slow down, believed to have run out of fuel, near the intersection of Highway 2 and Franklin Avenue. The vehicle came to a stop on the shoulder near the intersection.

 

Three juveniles were identified in the BMW. Two of them were taken into custody. One of the juveniles was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and released to parents. The other juvenile, Brett Eickemeyer, of Clarinda, was charged with Eluding and was detained at the Eldora Juvenile Facility until being released.

 

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says further traffic citations are likely to be filed in this case.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

IEDA Proposing Biochemical Tax Credit


(Des Moines) The Head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority says they're planning to propose a Biochemical Tax Credit next legislative session.  IEDA Director Debi Durham says the new credits would provide incentives to commercialize chemical byproducts generated during ethanol or biofuel production.

 

Durham said, “This is an area of great opportunity for the state, do we seize it or do we not and how do we do that because it is an emerging market, at what level of investment are we willing to make?”

 

Director Durham says they're hoping to "repurpose" existing tax credits to provide the new incentives.  She says Iowa could become a real leader in a new industry if the tax credits are enacted.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/28/2014

Guthrie County Sheriffs Office K9 Unit Participates in HAPDA Certification


(Guthrie Center) The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit participated in the Heart of America Police Dog Association’s certification process in Manhattan, Kansas October 5th through October 10th.  Certification was attended by approximately twenty five K9 teams from Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. 

 

During the week, the K9 team consisting of K9 Rage and Deputy Kent Gries were certified in numerous areas of police work including: tracking, narcotics detection, article search, suspect search, obedience and handler protection.  Rage and Deputy Gries passed all of the certification scenarios without issue. 

 

On the last day of certification, two certified K9 judges created a difficult scenario involving a barricaded subject inside of a commercial building structure.  The K9 teams were tasked with safely apprehending the barricaded subject while navigating obstacles presented to them throughout the scenario.  Upon completion of the scenario, the judges graded each team’s performance and awarded first, second and third place trophies.  K9 Rage and Deputy Kent Gries were awarded 2nd place for their efforts. 

 

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all of the donors to the K9 unit and appreciate all of the well wishes that have been offered after Rage’s recent emergency surgery.  Rage is doing well and is back to full duty.

 

 

10/28/2014

Adair Man Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting his Mother


(Menlo) An Adair man was arrested following an investigation into an assault that occurred at a residence in Menlo.

 

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Jeffery J. Godron on October 24th for Assault Causing Injury. Godron is alleged to have assaulted his 84-year-old mother at her residence.

 

Godron was arrested and booked into the Guthrie County Jail. After an appearance before the magistrate he was held on $1,000 cash or surety bond.

 

Godron was also found to have warrants out of Adair County for Willful Injury and Domestic Abuse Assault. A hold has been placed on Godron by Adair County.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Atlantic School Board Discusses Budget Cutting Parameters Monday Night


(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board rolled up their sleeves and started tackling budget issues during a work session Monday night. The School Board set the parameters for school administrators to follow when beginning the process of cutting $500,000 from next year’s budget.

 

(file photo) 

 

Atlantic Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein admits it will be a difficult process, but they are getting an earlier start compared to last year.

 

“It’s a difficult process,” stated Amstein. “Last year we started looking at it in the spring, this year we are getting a jump on it so we can take a longer look at areas where we need to reduce.”

 

Amstein says the board set the following criteria for administrators when identifying cost reductions.

 

Those criteria include; the cuts needs to comply with the state and federal mandate, and have a minimal impact on instructional programs, student safety, district reputation, upkeep of current facilities, affect the ability administrators manage programs, student achievement and learning, and minimize the impact of technology in the district.

 

Tom Robinson

October 28, 2014

HMU Streetlight Replacement Program Shows Drop in Electricity Use


(Harlan) The Streetlight replacement program at Harlan Municipal Utilities is showing dividends for HMU customers.

 

Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing, oversees the energy efficiency programs at HMU. Hammer said they began replacing older style traditional streetlight bulbs with new LED lamps in 2013. Under the four year plan, around 25-percent of the streetlights in Harlan are replaced each year.

 

“We knew LED technology would be a viable form of efficient lighting, but until recently the higher cost was hard to justify. The cost for LED lamps is coming down to the point where it makes economic sense to switch,” said Hammer. “Not only is HMU switching to LED lighting for things like streetlights, but I see more and more businesses and residential customers making the switch to LED lighting.”

 

In 2014, about 270 streetlights have been replaced, including lights along main thoroughfares Chatburn Avenue, Highway 59 and Cyclone Avenue.

 

Krista Allen, HMU’s Director of Finance, said they compared January through September of 2013 to the same time frame in 2014 to judge the effectiveness of the replacement program and they found there was about 28-percent drop in the amount of electricity required for streetlights. This decrease in use saved about $16,000 in energy costs that would have been absorbed by HMU customers.

 

Also being replaced this year are the decorative streetlights in downtown Harlan. Fifty-two, five globe streetlights will be retrofitted with a one-lamp fixture. The old streetlights were rated at 500 watts and the new LED streetlights are rated at 100 watts leading to an 80-percent decrease in energy use and associated cost.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Audubon City Council Discusses Street Lights at Work Session


(Audubon) The city of Audubon is interested in adding more street lights in the southeast part of town. 

 

City Clerk Joe Foran explains during Monday night’s work session there was discussion on adding street lights along a portion of 3rd Street.

 

“There is a stretch in town there from Hahn Street to South Division Street that’s about a two block stretch that has street lighting only on the end where the intersections are.  Someone has requested that we look at putting street lights in to light it so that cars can see people.”

 

Adding to the issue is the fact that there are no sidewalks on either side of the street. The council has also run into a road block with a past ordinance dating back to 1983.

 

“That limited putting street lights in, in between blocks like that because we had a street that was vacated that would normally go through, but didn’t go through that area. So that’s why we have  a two block area with no lighting.  So in the next council meeting we are going to pass two resolutions, one to probably repeal the ‘83 resolution and one to pass putting in some street lights in that area.”

 

The council would also like to add sidewalks in that area, however, under current city code, sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners instead of the city.

 

Bennett Blake
10/28/14

DNR reports Two Hunting Accidents over the Weekend


(Lewis) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports two hunting accidents that occurred during the opening of Pheasant hunting season last weekend.

 

“We always hate to see those hunting accidents and there was some obvious mistakes made,” stated Bryan Hayes is with the DNR Office in Lewis and offers these hunter safety tips.

 

“Just a basic reminder…always know where all the members of your hunting party are located,” said Hayes. “As you are hunting along in tall grass make sure you walk in a straight line and wait for that younger hunter that may not quite be keeping up.”

 

According to the DNR, a New Sharon man sustained minor injuries to his face, chest and hand when he was hit by pellets fired from a shotgun by someone in his hunting party. And a Remsen man was seriously injured Saturday when his gun went off while crossing a creek. The report says he was handing his shotgun to another member of his hunting party when the gun discharged into his abdomen.

 

Hayes also reminds hunters to wear blaze orange which will make you visible to others in your hunting party, and know your safe zone of fire.

 

Tom Robinson

October 28, 2014

a.m. news 

Clarinda Teen Arrested for Eluding


(Clarinda) A Clarinda teen was arrested for felony eluding and driving while revoked.

 

The Clarinda Police Department attempted to execute a traffic stop at 12th & Washington Streets at around 6:20 Saturday night. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit was short in duration and subsequently called off.

 

Additional investigation revealed the identity of the driver who was arrested later the same night. A 17-year-old male juvenile of Clarinda was arrested and released to the custody of a parent pending action by Page County Juvenile Court Services and review of the charges by the Page County Attorney’s Office.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Clarinda Police Report


(Clarinda) A Clarinda man was arrested twice for trespass.

 

The Clarinda Police Department says officers were called to the Timber Creek Apartment Complex for a disturbance on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. 19-year-old Caleb Ennen was arrested both times for simple misdemeanor trespass and transported to the Page County Jail.

 

In a separate incident on Friday, officers responded to the Timber Creek Apartment Complex at around 3:10 p.m. for a disturbance. 38-year-old Chad Jeffery Newberg, of Clarinda, was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Newberg scuffled with the officers during the arrest. The officers did not sustain any injuries during the altercation. Newberg was transported to the Page County Jail and held on $300 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/28/2014

Red Oak Woman arrested for Theft and Trespassing


(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department arrested a woman on 5th degree theft and trespassing charges Monday.

 

According to Police, 58-year-old Cindy Jo Cassidy was taken into custody at around 6:00 p.m.

 

Bond was set at $600.00.

 

Tom Robinson

October 28, 2014

a.m. news 

Trial Begins Today for Metzker-Madsen


(Logan) The trial begins today for the teenager accused of killing a five-year-old boy in Harrison County a little over a year ago.

 

Cody Metzker-Madsen, now 18, will appear in the Harrison County Courthouse in Logan today to face a murder charge in the death of Dominic Elkins, a child who was placed in the same foster home as Metzker-Madsen. His attorney will use the insanity defense to argue that Metzker-Madsen couldn’t understand the seriousness of his actions at the time of Elkins’ death.

 

Judge Kathleen Kilnoski will decide the case rather than a jury.

 

According to court records, Metzker-Madsen and Elkins were both in the care of a foster family in Harrison County, when the younger boy died on Aug. 31, 2013. On the day of the boy’s death, authorities were called to his foster family’s rural house on a report of an injured boy.

 

When deputies arrived on the scene they found Elkins at the bottom of a ravine with injuries to his head and torso. Metzker-Madsen, who was then 17, led family members to the ravine and told authorities that he and Elkins had been “playing bricks.”

 

The teen told a deputy that Elkins had hit himself with a brick, the report said. But Metzker-Madsen had blood on his shirt and had been seen with blood spattered on his face. He gave inconsistent accounts of what happened while the two had been playing and was eventually arrested and charged with first degree murder.

 

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

 

Tom Robinson

October 28, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Woman Arrested on Missouri Warrant


(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman was arrested on a Missouri warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver.

 

The Red Oak Police Department says 25-year-old Katie Rose Carnes was arrested this (Monday) afternoon and held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center awaiting her initial appearance in front of the magistrate and the extradition back to Missouri.

 

The charge carries a $25,000 bond out of Benton County, Missouri.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Governor Branstad Not Considering Mandatory Quarantine at Iowa Airports


(Des Moines) Some Governors are being criticized for enforcing a quarantine on travelers returning to their states from west African countries with Ebola activity.  But, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he's not considering ordering such a mandatory quarantine at Iowa airports.

 

“There are a few airports in this country where you have flights from those countries, but Iowa is not one of them,” explained Branstad.

 

Governor Branstad says he's working with the head of the Iowa Department of Public Health to prepare for any possible spread of the Ebola virus to Iowa.  But, he emphasizes that has not yet happened to date.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/27/2014

Another Pheasant Hunter Injured This Weekend


(Oskaloosa) A New Sharon man was injured Sunday while pheasant hunting in Mahaska County.

 

The Iowa DNR says 51-year-old Kevin Flander sustained minor injuries to his face, chest and hand when he was hit by pellets fired from a shotgun by someone in his hunting party at approximately 11:30 a.m. southwest of Barnes City.

 

Flander was taken by private vehicle to Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa where he was treated and released.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Attorney for Leatha Slauson Files Motion to Change Venue


(Atlantic) The attorney for an Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter’s cancer has filed a motion for a change of venue. A hearing date on the change of venue has not been scheduled at this time.

 

The trial for Leatha Slauson is set for November 12th. Slauson’s attorney Jay Mez said in the motion that due to the extensive media coverage, gossip, rumors and speculation by residents in Cass County concerning the outcome of this case, Slauson cannot receive a fair trial from an impartial jury in Cass County. Mez has entered several exhibits including stories that aired from various media outlets, press releases that were distributed, and trial information alleging that Slauson obtained donations and other services by deception to the community. Thus, alleging that the community itself is a victim in this matter.

 

Slauson faces charges of 1st Degree Theft, two counts of Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury, distributing drugs to a person under the age of 18, two counts of administering harmful substances, two counts of domestic abuse assault, two counts of assault while participating in a felony, and 10 counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Audubon County Arrests


(Audubon) A Carroll man was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Andy Brandon Clark at around 2:30 Saturday morning following a traffic stop on Highway 71 in Audubon. Clark was transported to the Audubon County Jail. He was released on a recognizance bond and will appear before the magistrate on Thursday.

 

In other activity, 24-year-old Scott Nathaniel Belew, of Audubon, was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later posted bond and was released.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Cass County Arrests


(Atlantic) A Sidney man was arrested on a warrant for Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Michael Monroe Welch on October 23rd. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $10,000 bond.

 

In other activity, 27-year-old Jerry Thomas Chapman, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday for Public Intoxication. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Absentee Ballot Numbers Above Normal


(Des Moines) The absentee ballot requests for next month’s election keep rolling in. Chance McElhaney, of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, says the total of requests has surpassed 430,000. He says more than half have been returned.

 

“Of those returned, 41-percent are Democratic ballots, 41-percent are Republican ballots and nearly 18-percent are No Party ballots,” explained McElhaney.

 

Election officials say the numbers are way ahead of a usual mid-term election.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/27/2014

Remsen Man Seriously Injured While Pheasant Hunting


(Sioux City) A Remsen man was seriously injured Saturday while pheasant hunting in Plymouth County.


Ross Arens, 18, of Remsen, was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after receiving a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The Iowa DNR says Arens was crossing a creek and was handing his shotgun to another member of his hunting party when the gun discharged at approximately 8:45 a.m. Saturday.


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is still investigating the incident. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene of the incident.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Boone Man Arrested on Union County Warrant


(Creston) The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports one arrest.

 

Terry Lynn Phelps Jr., 39, of Boone, was arrested at around 10:30 Friday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear.

 

Phelps was held in the Ringgold County Jail for Union County on $2,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Diagonal Man Injured in Page County Accident


(Clarinda) A Diagonal man was transported to the hospital following in a single vehicle accident east of Clarinda Sunday morning.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Robert Joseph Fletcher was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on 185th Street when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The vehicle entered a deep ravine on the north side of the roadway and came to rest on its top.

 

Fletcher was transported to the Creston Hospital with unknown injuries. The vehicle was considered totaled.

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Two Injured in Dallas County Accident


(Dallas Co.) Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Dallas County Saturday morning.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred at around 8:35 a.m. at 300th Street and R Avenue. 75-year-old Beverly Havlik, of Adel, was driving a 2001 Chevy Cavalier southbound on R Avenue attempting to make a left turn onto 300th Street. 38-year-old Jennifer Long, of Van Meter, was driving a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country and attempted to pass when she struck Havlik’s vehicle.

 

Beverly Havlik was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital. Her passenger, 83-year-old Walter Havlik, was transported by helicopter to Methodist Hospital.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/27/2014

Fremont County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report


(Sidney) Two arrests have been reported from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the past week.

 

51-year-old Pamela Sue Leners, of Omaha was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance Meth on Monday, October 20th.

 

Arrested on Tuesday, October 21st, was Raymond Thomas Davis, of Hamburg. Davis was arrested for Simple Assault.

 

Bennett Blake
10/27/14

 

Three Pottawattamie County Residents Jailed on Drug Charges


(Council Bluffs) Three people from Council Bluffs face drug charges in Fremont County.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the delivery of illegal narcotics. As a result of this investigation, 33-year-old Benjamin Franks, 57-year-old Joyce Franks, and 51-year-old Mark Pike, were arrested for the Delivery of Methamphetamine.

 

In addition, Benjamin Franks was charged with Possession of  Methamphetamine and Warrants out of Council Bluffs and Montgomery County. Mark Pike also faces additional charges having warrants out of Council Bluffs.

 

Pike and Franks are each being held in the Fremont County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. Joyce Franks is being held in the Montgomery County on $100,000 cash bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 27, 2014

a.m. news  

Creston Police Report Several Arrests


(Creston) The Creston Police Department reports a handful of weekend arrests including a 10-year-old referred to Juvenile Authorities for Criminal Mischief and Assault with Injury. 

 

10-year-old Rowan Davis Pope was turned over to Juvenile Detention Staff following an arrest at his residence at 1006 W. Montgomery Street in Creston.

 

On Friday, 38-year-old Jamie Scott Vandel, of Creston, was arrested at 600 N. Division Street for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was released on $300 bond.

 

48-year-old Patricia Jean Young, of Creston, was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense on Saturday. She was released on $1,000 bond.

 

Also on Saturday, Andy Alden Hansen, age 32, of Des Moines, was arrested for Interference with Official acts at Summit and Irving Street. He was released on $300 bond.

 

19-year-old Steven Dennis Richardson, of Creston, was placed under arrest at 411 ½ North Oak Street Saturday for Theft 5th. He was released on his own recognizance.

 

Bennett Blake
10/27/14

Atlantic Police Officer Offers Halloween Safety Tips


(Atlantic) Halloween is Friday and Atlantic Police Officer Devin Hogue, who is the Community Relations Officer, will be heading to the local schools to talk bout Halloween Safety this week.

 

Officer Hogue says will be talking with students from pre-school through third grade.

 

“We are going to talk about all of the safety tips,” stated Hogue. “Not eating your candy until you get home so your parents can check it, don’t cross the street between cars, carry a flashlight, lift their mask before they cross the street, anything they can do to stay safe while they are out “Trick-or-Treating.”

 

Officer Hogue cautions motorists to watch out for the “Trick or Treaters.”

 

“A normal color for Halloween is black so they are going to blend in a little bit,” said Hogue. “So make sure you slow down and take your time in the busy area in case a child pops out in front of you in the middle of a busy street.”

 

Officer Hogue wishes everyone a safe Halloween this year.

 

Tom Robinson

October 27, 2014

a.m. news 

Montgomery County Man arrested on Drug Related Charges


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested early this morning on drug charges.

 

According to Police, 20-year-old Henry Abnau Monroy-Fuentes faces charges of Possession of a controlled substance marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

He was arrested at the intersection of East Linden and 4th Street at around 12:18 a.m. and taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he is being held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 27, 2014

a.m. news 

BANNED CAR VISITS URBANDALE SATURDAY


(URBANDALE) The Hy-Vee parking lot in Urbandale received a lot of attention yesterday as Iowa residents came to see the arrival of a series of electric-run Tesla cars, whose sales are banned in Iowa.

 

KCCI reports that Tesla car sales are banned in Iowa due to a law that refuses the company’s sales directly to the public because they are not a licensed auto dealer. An Iowa Department of Transportation law states even test drives are not allowed; however, some Iowans were able to have this experience after some Tesla owners from Minnesota drove to Urbandale Saturday to show off their gas-free vehicles.

 

Some Iowans even brought out their own electric-run cars to help Tesla owners spread the word, the event being described by one owner as any other car rally, only without the standard sounds and smells. No efforts are being taken to change the state’s law; the event was held in an attempt to simply share technology and information across state borders. Iowas can purchase the car, it must simply be done online. Other states which host the same ban on Tesla sales in-state include Texas, Arizona, and Maryland.

 

Brecklyn Carey

am news

10/26/2014

 

Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Ankeny


(ANKENY) Investigations are ongoing for a fatal crash concerning a pedestrian in Ankeny.

KCCI reports of a sedan hitting a pedestrian at approximately 2pm Saturday afternoon along the 1800 block of Oralabor Road in Ankeny. The victim, whose name has not been released, died at the scene. The name of the driver has also not been made available, and no charges have since been filed. More information will be released as investigations continue.

 

Brecklyn Carey

am news

10/26/2014

Arrests Made In Red Oak


(RED OAK) Two arrests have taken place in Red Oak in the past 24 hours.

 

A woman was arrested for 5th Degree Theft at approximately 1:10pm yesterday afternoon. 57 year old Sheryl Lynne Frazen was transported to a law enforcement center where she is currently being held on $300 bond.

 

Also in Red Oak, an arrest took place early this morning concerning disorderly conduct. 25 year old Cody Linn Hudson, of Emerson, was arrested for Breach of Peace at approximately 2:05am this morning. Hudson is also currently being held on $300 bond.


 

Brecklyn Carey

am news

10/26/2014

 

Injuries Avoided in Montgomery County Accident


(Red Oak) The sun is being blamed for a non-injury accident in Montgomery County Friday evening. 
 
According to Montgomery County Law Enforcement, Leatha Bennett, of Red Oak, failed to see an oncoming vehicle because of the sun glare. She pulled into the intersection of K Avenue and Highway 34. An oncoming motorist, Robert Childs, of Red Oak, attempted to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so.
 
No injuries were reported and total damage is estimated at over $6,000. Bennett was cited for a stop sign violation.
 
Bennett Blake
10/25/14

Council Bluffs PD On Lookout for Man Who Missed Sentencing Hearing


(Council Bluffs) A man wanted for intimidation with a weapon, going armed with intent, possession of a firearm, assault while participating in a felony, and eluding police while participating in a felony is behing sought by Council Bluffs authorities.
 
According to the Omaha World-Herald, 27-year-old Luke Bird skipped his sentencing hearing last week. He was originally arrested in August following a Council Bluffs shooting, and was out on presentencing release. 
 
Police say Bird is known to be armed, on drugs, and a flight risk. 
 
Bennett Blake
10/25/14
 

Lenox Men Arrested for Disorderly Conduct


(Lenox) Two men were arrested following a fight in the parking lot at Cheese’s Grocery Store in Lenox this (Friday) afternoon. 39-year-old Martin Villareal and 40-year-old Salomon Granados-Hernandez, both of Lenox, were arrested for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Taylor County Jail.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Red Oak Woman Arrested for Harassment


(Red Oak) A Red Oak woman arrested for 3rd Degree Harassment. The Red Oak Police Department arrested 50-year-old Candace Suzanne Johnson this (Friday) afternoon. She was held on $300 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Nominations Being Accepted for Entrepreneur of the Year


(Stuart) Midwest Partnership is accepting nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is an opportunity to highlight and share in the success of small businesses throughout the Midwest Partnership region. Success can be defined as significant increase in sales, securing a large contract, innovative process or entrepreneurial ideas that result in meaningful performance improvements in the firm. Success may also be from within the community, a positive workplace initiative, an example of community volunteerism and/or can simply be a unique product or service offering.

 

The award will be given for the first time at the organization’s Annual Meeting on January 22, 2015.

 

Nominees must be businesses based in Adair, Audubon, Greene or Guthrie County; and can be employees, owners and/or management teams who demonstrate some level of entrepreneurial success with their area firm. Self-nominations are accepted.

 

The application can be found at the Midwest Partnership website; www.midwestpartnership.com and can be completed and sent back to Sarah Gomez at sgomez@midwestpartnership.com, faxed to (515) 523-1397, or mailed to PO Box 537, Stuart, Iowa 50250.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 9.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Red Oak Man Arrested for Assault


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested for Aggravated Assault. The Red Oak Police Department arrested 56-year-old Charles James Netherton on Tuesday. He was held on $2,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Time to Nominate Businesses and Individuals for Guy Powell Award


(Stuart) Nominations are being accepted for the Guy Powell Award.

 

Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation and active volunteer on the board of many other area organizations, was passionate about local and regional economic development.  He was a strong believer in the region’s potential. In recognition of his life-long dedication, commitment, and service, the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation has created the Guy Powell Award.  The award will be given for the sixth time at the organization’s Annual Meeting on January 22, 2015.

 

Businesses and individuals who are members of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals who stand out as outstanding leaders in this area of west central Iowa, particularly in the counties of Adair, Greene and Guthrie, and who work to make it a more economically vital place to live, work, and play.

 

The application can be found at the Midwest Partnership

website; www.midwestpartnership.com and can be completed and sent back to Sarah Gomez at sgomez@midwestpartnership.com, faxed to (515) 523-1397, or mailed to PO Box 537, Stuart, Iowa 50250.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 9.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Thankful for Wellmark Foundation Award


(Atlantic) Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring is reacting to news that the Wellmark Foundation awarded the City of Atlantic a $25,000 grant to help fund the Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project.

 

“I can’t thank Wellmark enough,” said Herring. “It’s been a coordinated effort between the Cass County Wellness Coordinator; which was Teddi Grindberg, and the Atlantic Community Schools and Atlantic Parks and Rec. to secure that match from Wellmark. And, to have that approved that allows us to improve the opportunities for our residents to be able to have a healthy lifestyle and to be able to exercise and to be able to use those pathways from all throughout the city.”

 

The Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project will complete the last section of the Atlantic intra-city trail that runs beside Bull Creek in front of Schuler Elementary. The multi-use trail begins at 14th Street, connects with the Atlantic Bike Route and the Atlantic Walking Path, and continues north through Atlantic to the Schildberg Recreation Area.

 

Herring said the funds from Wellmark will be combined with the TAP funds they received from the DOT. He said the most important thing to note is that with the funds from Wellmark they will not have to use any local tax dollars to complete the project.

 

Herring said they are waiting for the layout of the pathway to be approved and then they will hopefully be able to let bids for the project in early Spring.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Lenox Man Arrested on Warrant for Theft


(Lenox) A Lenox man was arrested on a warrant for 4th Degree Theft. The Lenox Police Department says 36-year-old Jeremy Harris was arrested at around 9:40 this (Friday) morning.

 

The warrant was issued as the result of an investigation into several hundred dollars of bad checks written to Lenox area businesses. Harris was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was held on $1,000 cash only bond.

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Drug Arrests in Red Oak


(Red Oak) Two people were arrested on drug charges in Red Oak this (Friday) morning.

 

The Red Oak Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of West Coolbaugh Street at around 8:26 a.m. Upon further investigation, Samuel Kier was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 2nd Offense. Gillian Bourn was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 3rd Offense.

 

Both were taken to the Montgomery County Jail. Kier was held on $1,000 cash bond. Bourn was held on $2,000 cash bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Creston Police Report


(Creston) The Creston Police Department reports drug and theft arrests.

 

Ronald Griffin II, 50, of Creston, was arrested at around 12:18 this (Friday) morning on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Discharge of a Weapon in City Limits and Trespass. He was held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

 

Curtis Bunnell, 40, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Thursday night at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. He was held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Mineola Teen Arrested for Theft and Possession of Alcohol


(Glenwood) A Mineola teen was arrested for 5th Degree Theft and Possession of Alcohol underage. The Glenwood Police Department arrested 18-year-old Devin Jackson on Wednesday. He was held on $600 cash or surety bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Iowa Tourism Organizations and Individuals Receive Awards


(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 24 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry last night in Council Bluffs during the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference.

  
Award winners in southwest Iowa include:

 

Danish Windmill in Elk Horn – Outstanding Attraction

 

WATTA WAY Tours in Council Bluffs – Outstanding Collaboration

 

Hotel Pattee in Perry – Outstanding Lodging

 

Living Loess in western Iowa – Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative

 

Perry Area Chamber of Commerce – Outstanding Promotion Material

 

Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau – Outstanding Website

 

 
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com.

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Jack Drake and Tom Shipley Meet and Greet


(Atlantic) Jack Drake and Tom Shipley will be holding a meet and greet with voters on Saturday, October 25, at 9 a.m. at the Heritage House in Atlantic.  The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments and doughnuts will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Ernst Cancels meeting with Editorial Boards


(Des Moines) Appearances before editorial boards or the lack of them are the latest dust up in Iowa's hotly contested U.S. Senate Race.  Jim 
 
The on line chatter has been almost deafening as word spread that Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst is delcining invitations or canceling existing ones to meet with newspaper editorial boards around the state.  
 
The candidate canceled a scheduled appearance with the Des Moines Register and has refused to schedule meetings after getting invivations from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, The Quad City Times and the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  
 
Bruce Braley campaign manager Sarah Benzing says Ernst is scrambling to avoid having to talk about her plans and any candidate should be willing to discuss their positions.  
 
But Ernst campaign manager Gretchen Hamel says the senator is barnstorming the state talking with undecided voters and with less than a dozen days to go before election day time is precious. She adds based of previous editorials in the Des Moines Register the newspaper has already made up its mind who to support.
 
Iowa Radio Network 
October 24, 2014 
a.m. news 
 

Treynor Student Agrees to Self-Isolate Following His return from Uganda


(Treynor) The Council Bluffs Non-Pareil is reporting this morning that a Treynor High School student who is traveling to Uganda will self-isolate himself after returning to Iowa. Treynor Superintendent Kevin Elwood released a statement Thursday that a concern about a student traveling to Uganda on a mission trip was brought to the attention of school officials.

 

Elwood said the Treynor Community School District contacted the student’s family as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the school’s attorney. Elwood says the student has agreed to a three-week voluntary self-isolation after returning from the central African country.

 

Elwood acknowledged in his statement that neither state nor federal officials are discouraging travel to that portion of Africa. But he said the district will continue to communicate with authorities about the student’s case.

 

Tom Robinson

October 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Ernst Campaigns in Atlantic


(Atlantic) Senate Republican hopeful Joni Ernst made a campaign stop in Atlantic late Thursday afternoon as part of her 99-county tour.  Ernst told the gathering at the Cass County Community Center that “America is at a cross roads.”

 

“We are at a crossroads, and when you ask most Iowans out there, they believe Iowa is headed in the right direction,” stated Ernst. “But if you ask them where do you think we are headed as a nation, they believe we are slipping backwards and that is why I am running for United States Senate.”

 

Ernst explained that she grew up on a tiny farm in Montgomery County where she learned what it meant to earn a dollar and take care of whatever you got. Ernst says the Federal government needs those Iowa values.

 

 A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday shows Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley in a dead heat in the Iowa Senate race.

 

Ernst holds a slender, 2-percentage-point edge over Braley, according to the poll, 48 percent to 46 percent, with 4 percent of likely voters undecided. That is well within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points and unchanged from a 2-point lead for Ernst last week.

 

Tom Robinson

October 24, 2014

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Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced to Prison


(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to over five years in prison on a felony charge that occurred in Fremont County.

 

United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner, sentenced 35-year-old Craig Duane Ellis to 70-months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Ellis is also ordered to serve two years supervised release following the imprisonment.

 

Ellis was pulled over for a traffic stop in Fremont County last February, and two 12-guage shot guns were found in the vehicle. Ellis was prohibited from possessing a firearm after he pled guilty in 2001 to third degree kidnapping. He pled guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm last July.

 

The case was conducted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

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