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Updated: Cass County Man killed in a Car/Semi Accident Wednesday


(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was killed and another person was injured in a car/semi accident on the west edge of Atlantic Wednesday evening.

 

According to a press release from the Atlantic Police Department, 82-year-old Kenneth Dean Beymer, of Atlantic died in the crash. His passenger, 55-year-old Connie Beymer, also of Atlantic, was injured in the accident that happened at around 6:18 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street and Highway 6.  She was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

Police say Mr. Beymer was northbound on 10th Street in a 1999 Buick Le Sabre. He stopped at the stop sign and for an unknown reason he failed to yield to the right away and was struck in T-bone fashion by an eastbound semi driven by 19-year-old Tucker Harvey Sager of Atlantic.  

 

Kenneth Beymer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Sager was not hurt.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

p.m. news 

Updated: One Person was Killed in a Semi/Car Accident in Atlantic Wednesday Evening


(Atlantic) One person was killed and another was injured in a car/semi accident on the west edge of Atlantic this evening.

 

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green tells KSOM/KS95 news that a passenger car was westbound at the 10th Street and Highway 6 intersection and was attempting to cross the Highway into the entrance of the West Casey’s store and was struck by a northbound semi on Highway 6. The car passed directly in front of the semi and attempted to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.

 

Chief Green says the accident has resulted in one fatality. The other occupant in the vehicle was transported by medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial hospital for treatment of injuries that are unknown. The driver of the semi did not appear to be injured according to Chief Green.

 

The Iowa State Patrol is on the scene investigating the accident.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

p.m. news 

Rescue Crews Respond to the Scene of Two Vehicle Accident in Atlantic


(Atlantic) Rescue crews are on the scene of a car/semi accident near the intersection of Highway 6 and 10th Street.

 

Medivac ambulance, the Atlantic Police Department, Atlantic Fire, and the Cass County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene.

 

No other details are available.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

p.m. news 

Updated: Two hurt in one Vehicle Accident near the Adair Cass County Line


(Bridgewater) Two people were injured in a single vehicle accident near the Adair/Cass County line near the intersection of 780th and Richland Road this afternoon.

 

The accident happened at around 4:45 p.m., Cass County Deputy Sheriff Bill Ayers says an eastbound vehicle came upon an eastbound farm implement. The vehicle swerved to the pass the implement and lost control. The vehicle entered the south ditch and ended up on its top.

 

One person was airlifted from the scene by Mercy One Helicopter. The other occupant was transported by Bridgewater Rescue to the Adair County Hospital in Greenfield.

 

No names have been released at this time. 

 

(Photo provided by Bill Ayers, Cass County Sheriffs Office) 

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

p.m. news 

Two Vehicle Accident on Highway 92


Massena Fire and Rescue and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were called to a two-vehicle personal injury accident on Highway 92 near the Cass and Adair County line this afternoon. Medivac ambulance was called to the scene, but was later disregarded. We will have more details when they become available.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

4:55 p.m.

Update: Atlantic School Officials Wrap up Threat Investigation


(Atlantic) The Atlantic School district has wrapped up their investigation of a “threat” that occurred on school grounds Tuesday afternoon.

 

Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says a middle school student leaving school on Tuesday afternoon lifted up his shirt and showed some other students what appeared to be the handle of a weapon.

 

“The students came back into the school and reported the incident to Atlantic Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen who then contacted the Atlantic Police Department,” stated Amstein. “Police picked up the student on the way home and checked to see if he had a weapon and also questioned him.”

 

The student told Police that he didn’t have a weapon and the Police didn’t find anything.

 

However, today the student admitted to Atlantic Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen that he had a carved look-a-like pistol in his pocket and had thrown it down by the creek near the Middle School. Rasmussen found the carved pistol and took it into his possession.

 

Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the student will be administered discipline according to district discipline policies.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

p.m. new

SOS Candidate Working on Safe at Home Proposal


(Des Moines) One of the candidates for Secretary of State is pushing to make is easier for domestic violence victims to register to vote without disclosing their address.

 

Victims Advocate and domestic abuse Survivor Tiffany Allison says her address was found in public records and published.

 

“Not only is this dangerous to my safety but it was also re-victimizing that my information was made public,” said Allison.

 

She's working with Candidate Brad Anderson to build new rules that will allow victims to keep their address off voter information. Anderson says the 'Safe at Home' proposal would pass with bipartisan support.

 

“This is a common sense idea Republicans and Democrats can, and should, support,” said Anderson. “The ‘Safe at Home’ policy will not only give victims a sense of security that they deserve, but could ultimately save lives.”

 

He wants to create a system of P.O. boxes that could be used in place of an actual address. Iowa is one of 15 states without a similar system.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/22/2014

Atlantic Area Ambassadors Visit Fareway


(Atlantic) Fareway, along with several Atlantic Area Ambassadors, welcome new Store Director, Tony Schmidtki, to the Atlantic Area.  Schmidtki joined the Atlantic Fareway team back in March, continuing his career of 20 years with Fareway. Schmidtki and his family previously resided in Burlington, Iowa where Schmidtki served as the Store Director for 4 years at the Burlington Fareway.


Fareway recently remodeled the first aisle and plans to continue remolding throughout the year to make the store more easily accessible to consumers. There are also plan to put upright freezers on the east end of the store to offer a more diverse selection of freezer goods.


Store Director Pictured: Tony Schmidtki & Fareway Staff
Ambassadors Pictured: Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Melanie Petty, Dr. Keith Leonard, Arlene Drennan, Loran Coder, Kerry Jepsen, Carl Seddon, Lucas Mosier, Cheri Hunt, Patty Maas, Doreen Ellsbury, Rich Perry, Donnie Drennan, Dave Schwab, Chelsea Amundson, Kathy Sweeney, Tammy Waters, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Nedra Perry, Dianne Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Jane Kay, Dr. Haley Kickland, Janet Cappel, Connie Wailes, Sue Muri, Debbie Leistad, Tara Jennerjohn, Dolly Bergmann and Crystal Christensen

UnityPoint at Home Named to 2014 HomeCare Elite


(Des Moines) UnityPoint at Home today announced that seven of its locations, one being Atlantic, have been named to the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health care providers in the United States.

 

Now in its ninth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies based on performance measures in quality outcomes, process of care measures, and financial performance.

 

UnityPoint at Home is an integrated home health services provider serving patients and communities in Iowa and Illinois. Part of UnityPoint Health, the nation’s fourth largest nondenominational health system, UnityPoint at Home works together with its affiliated physicians and hospitals to coordinate the services, support and education necessary for patients to continue their care at home. Services include adult and pediatric nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, personal care and home support, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, palliative care, hospice and home medical equipment services.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Fire in Vacant Council Bluffs Building Sends Homeless Woman to Hospital


(Council Bluffs) A 31-year-old female was transported to Creighton Hospital Tuesday morning following a fire in Council Bluffs.

 

According to the Council Bluffs Fire Department, Drema Lewis was treated for smoke inhalation and other non fire related injuries after units were dispatched to a vacant, two-story structure at 327 9th Avenue.

 

Preliminary fire investigation found evidence of a fire consistent with transient activity as the cause. Dan Roberts, is a Fire Investigator.

 

“It started at 6:16 in the morning, I know that the fire was made a defensive fire early on due to a vacant structure with previous damage from an earlier fire that had occurred at that house.”

 

The property owner has had the structure taken down and the fire investigation remains open.

 

Bennett Blake
10/22/14

 

Phone Systems Down in Adams County


(Corning) Mediacom phone systems in Adams County are down at this time. Adams County Emergency Management Director Donnie Willett says if you have an emergency go ahead and dial 911. The calls will be re-routed to another county and emergency crews will be dispatched through radio.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

1:45 p.m

Page County Sheriff Reports Scam


(Clarinda) The Page County Sheriff’s Office is reporting another scam.

 

The scamming caller is stating that you have won a large sum of money.  They state that they will pay the taxes on the large sum if you send them money, via several different ways which might involve getting money orders or pre-paid cards and then giving them the numbers. The scammers have even claimed that the money will be delivered to your door via a courier.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has investigated these scams and “played along”, only to ensure that this is a scam. If you receive a call in reference to winning a large amount of money it is more than likely a scam.  The Sheriff’s Office has found that there is no way to re-coup the money lost as it seems to be overseas calls.  The calls may appear to come from a number in the United States, but with today’s technology, the scammers have found ways to make this happen from outside of the United States. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office advises not to answer any questions or give out any information no matter what questions are asked or what personal information the scammer may have.  Almost anyone’s information can be obtained via the internet in this day and age. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Clarinda Teen Arrested on Warrant


(Clarinda) A Clarinda teen was arrested on a warrant for Criminal Mischief 4th Degree.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Joseph Daniel Kirsch turned himself in Tuesday to the Sheriff. Kirsch is alleged to have broken out a window of a 1999 Chevy Tahoe on October 20th in the 1300 block of Highway 48. Kirsch was a passenger in the vehicle when the incident occurred. The vehicle is owned by Lindsey Langley, of Clarinda, and was being operated by Sam Ripley, of Clarinda, at the time the incident occurred.

 

Kirsch posted $100 cash bond. This was the allowed amount of the $1,000 bond as ordered by a Page County Magistrate. He was released from custody pending further hearings after posting bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Atlantic Community Schools Continues Investigation on a Threat at the Middle School


(Atlantic) Atlantic School Officials are handling an incident through the schools disciplinary policy as a “threat” that occurred on school grounds Tuesday afternoon.

 

Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says a middle school student leaving school lifted up his shirt and showed some other students what looked to be a weapon.

 

“The students came back into the school and reported the incident to Atlantic Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen who then contacted the Atlantic Police Department,” stated Amstein. “Police picked up the student on the way home and checked to see if he had a weapon and also questioned him.”

 

The student denied having one and nothing has been found.

 

However Amstein says they will continue to follow up just to make sure because it occurred on school grounds. He says once they have completed their investigation, they  will decide what disciplinary action needs to be taken.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

11:00 a.m. 

Atlantic Police Report One Accident and One Arrest


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 6 near the Wal-Mart entrance Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to the report, Roberta Caltrider, of Adair, was driving westbound on Highway 6 and failed to stop at the red light. Caltrider struck a vehicle, driven by Donna Andersen, of Atlantic, who was northbound at the stop light, turning left to go westbound.

 

Both drivers complained of neck pain and Caltrider had a laceration on her right forearm, but both women refused transportation to the hospital. Caltrider was given a warning for Failure to Maintain Control. The damage to Andersen’s vehicle was estimated at $3,000. The damage to Caltrider’s vehicle was estimated at $15,000.

 

 

In other activity, the Atlantic Police Department arrested 30-year-old Ty Jordan, of Atlantic, on a Shelby County warrant for Aggravated Assault. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and later transferred to Shelby County.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Lenox Man Arrested on Warrant for Theft


(Lenox) A Lenox man was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of theft filed by the Lenox Police Department. The Shenandoah Police Department arrested 36-year-old Jeremy Harris Tuesday night. He was transported to the Taylor County Jail where was held without bond until his initial appearance.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Additional Charges Filed in Crawford and Shelby County Sheriff Investigation


(Denison) The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges against an Earling woman arrested last week on drug charges.

 

On Tuesday, 27-year-old Nicole McClure was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft in the Second Degree and Ongoing Criminal Conduct. McClure is still being held by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Once she is done there she will be transported to the Crawford County Jail.

 

A search warrant was conducted by the Crawford and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices on October 15th at 258 5th Street in Earling and resulted in the arrest of Nicole McClure. Also arrested was 46-year-old Daniel Welsh, of Denison, for three counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and 24-year-old Elizabeth Melby, of Moorehead, who had a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Monona County.

 

Mandy Billings

10/22/2014

Creston Police Report Drug Related Arrest


(Creston) A Creston man has been arrested on Drug Charges.

 

The Creston Police Department reports 39-year-old Jeremy Hiatt was placed under arrest at 5:30 on Tuesday on a Union County Warrant for Controlled Substance Violation. The arrest took place at McKinley Park where Hiatt was additionally charged with Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

 

Hiatt is being held in the Union County Jail on $51,000 total bond.

 

Bennett Blake
10/22/14

One Person Killed in Greene County Accident


(Grand Junction) One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Greene County Tuesday morning.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says 26-year-old Shannon Poole, of Boone died in the crash. Shane Swett, of Arcadia was injured in the accident and was transported by Greene County Ambulance to the Greene County Hospital.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 11:17 a.m. on Highway 30 on the east side of Grand Junction. Shannon Poole was westbound in a 1984 Delta 88 and for unknown reasons crossed over the centerline and collided with an eastbound Kenworth semi driven by Swett.

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Green County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Emergency Services, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

a.m. news 

Council Bluffs Police Searching for a Suspect Who Tried to Steal a Vehicle


(Council Bluffs) Authorities are searching for a man who attempted to steal a vehicle in Council Bluffs.

 

Council Bluffs Police say the subject tried to drive off with a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 he stole from the 700 block of Veterans Memorial Highway at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The suspect pulled the vehicle out of the lot and rear ended a 2008 GMC Sierra, disabling the pickup.

 

The suspect fled on foot. No description was available.

 

The damage to the two vehicles is estimated to be $500 each.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

a.m. news 

 

Union County Man arrested in Montgomery County


(Red Oak) A Creston man was arrested early Tuesday morning in Montgomery County.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Michael D. Gourley was arrested on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense following a traffic stop that occurred at T Avenue ¼ mile north of 250th Street.

 

Gourley was taken into custody and held on $2,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Men Arrested Following Fight


(Red Oak) Two Red Oak men were arrested this (Tuesday) afternoon following a fight.

 

The Red Oak Police Department says officers were called to the 100 block of E. Grimes Street for a fight in progress. When officers arrived on scene the fight had been broken up. The two males involved in the fight; 29-year-old Randon Daniel Phelps and 56-year-old Charles James Netherton, were cited for Breach of Peace and released.

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Harlan Community School Board Approves Sharing Agreement with Woodbine


(Harlan) The Harlan Community School District is traveling down a path they haven’t taken before, according to Harlan Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner. Monday night, the Harlan Community School Board approved a sharing agreement with the Woodbine School District.

 

“I think if we keep thinking the same way we have always thought in rural communities, we are going to look at ourselves twenty years from now and say wow what happened,” stated Wagner, who will now be serving as Superintendent and Curriculum Director at both schools, along with Business Manager Brian Gubbels and Human Resource Manager Kelli Klaassen.

 

“So this is kind of a rattle the cage for us and for everybody,” explained Wagner. “We are in a great financial position right now and if we want to continue to stay there, we need to continue to look at ways to generate funds so we protect our students and our staff in terms of programming and particularly on the financial side. So we think this is going to be a win, win.”

 

How it works is that the shared personnel have to spend at least 20-percent of their time for those specific positions that have been legislatively designated. Those positions include; Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Human Resource Manager, and a School Business Official. The legislative incident will mean an added $130,000 for each school.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

4:00 p.m. news 

CCHS Follows Protocols for Ebola Screening and Preparation


(Atlantic) Cass County Health System has begun screening patients for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever indicators. 

 

In the ongoing effort to contain this virus, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended all healthcare providers implement this screening process in areas where patients could present with symptoms of Ebola.  According to Todd Hudspeth, Chief Executive Officer, the screening is precautionary, as there have been no cases of Ebola diagnosed in the state of Iowa, and only three in the entire United States. The screening involves asking patients coming into Atlantic Medical Center, or the CCMH Outpatient Clinic, hospital inpatient areas and the Emergency Department four questions (see box).

 

Another precaution CCHS officials have taken is to assign an in-house Ebola coordinator, as recommended by the CDC.  Dr. Patricia Goodemote, CCHS Chief Medical Officer, has been designated for this local role. 

 

“Dr. Goodemote is one of our Emergency Department physicians.  Prior to coming to CCHS, she served for 24 years in the United States Air Force, where she received extensive disaster preparedness training,” Hudspeth explained.  “She is monitoring CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health updates on a daily basis and will serve as our local expert with regard to Ebola updates and protocols.”  

 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, if an individual has been exposed to Ebola and begins to experience symptoms, they should self-isolate at home and immediately contact their healthcare provider or an emergency room by telephone.  Then the appropriate infection control procedures can be implemented before the patient transfers for medical care to limit the risk to the community, but still allow for care of the individual.


Up-to-date information on the Ebola outbreak can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website, http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.

 

 

10/21/2014

 

Audubon School to take bids for Remodeling the Elementary Interior


(Audubon) The Audubon School Board is moving forward with plans to remodel the interior of the elementary school.

 

Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said last year the bids to remodel the elementary interior came in too high and so they rejected them all. He said over the summer they installed some new AC units and made some changes to the plan in an attempt to get those bids down. At their meeting Monday night, the board gave approval to issue drawings for the project and set a bid opening date and public hearing date.

 

“We’re issuing the drawings, people will have until November 13th to submit a bid and on the 13th we’ll open those bids and then on November 17th before the regular board meeting the board will review the bids and then have the public hearing and then either reject or hopefully accept the bids,” explained Gibbs.

 

Gibbs said the remodeling would take place next summer.

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Red Oak School Board Holds Work Session on Middle School Repair Project


(Red Oak) It appears that Red Oak Middle School students will not be moving back into their water damaged facility until the first of the year.

 

Last night the Red Oak School Board met for a 2 ½ hour work session to discuss the repairs with various vendors. Red Oak Schools Superintendent Terry Schmidt says the biggest hang up right now at least for the gym portion will be a workable fire alarm system. Schmidt says a company is coming in today to see if they can get that going in the next two or three days. He says if that happens the State Fire Marshall will give them access to the gymnasium.

 

“And access to that gymnasium is going to be critical to get ready to start basketball practice in a couple of weeks here,” stated Schmidt.

 

He says as far as the main building; construction crews are still finishing up. The electrical panels just arrived and there is several weeks of work left to do there. In addition he says they have mitigated all of the damaged flooring and are waiting for final approval to get the carpets replaced and fixtures back in.  

 

“It looks like it could be at least January at the earliest before we would be able to move back into the main building,” said Schmidt. “And all of that is going to be dependent upon how quickly and what kinds of problems that the electrician runs into with repairs.”

 

The school was temporarily closed during the first week of September after a second floor water leak flooded the building for approximately 20 hours. The damage forced School Officials to move the 270 middle school students and 25-30 faculty members to the Technology Center during the repair process.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

Noon news 

Griswold School Board Sets Goals


(Griswold) Three main goals were identified by the Griswold School Board during their regular meeting Monday night. 
 
The three goals set forth by the district include: 1) Student Academics, 2) Student Safety, and 3) Long Term Financial responsibility. Superintendent Dana Kunze says all three are very logical goals. He comments on the long term financial responsibility goal. 
 
“Like a lot of schools more than half a decade ago, we found ourselves in financial straights that made us make hard choices that we don’t want to have to revisit. The board still has a very good memory of that, so the financial long term planning is important to them.”
 
And even more important considering the enrollment numbers continue to decline. 
 
“Our district, like most rural districts, continues to shrink which means we have less funding and we have to plan accordingly because the board is determined to continue to offer strong education to students. Our tests scores historically have been strong for our neighborhood, they want to continue to build on that.” 
 
Kunze says official enrollment numbers won’t be available until later next month, but preliminarily a dip of 27 students has been seen at Griswold. He categorizes that as a sharp decline in relation to recent years. 
 
Bennett Blake
10/21/14

Villisca Woman Cited for Animal Neglect


(Villisca) A Villisca woman has been cited on two counts of Animal Neglect.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Cheyanne Nicole Welcher was cited today (Tuesday) following an investigation stemming from a citizen complaint.

 

Officials from the city of Villisca also seized two puppies belonging to Welcher from the 100 block of W. 5th Street in Villisca. The puppies were placed in the care of Southern Hills Vet Clinic in Villisca.

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Exira EHK School Board Approves Sale of Land


(Exira) The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board approved a resolution for the sale of land where the old Exira Elementary School building once stood following a public hearing Monday night.

 

Superintendent Dean Schnoes said Marvin Jorgenson bought the land for $5,000 and Schnoes said due to the amount of the bid they had to have a public hearing.

 

“So, really we’re repeating what we have already done by approving the sale and the Quit Claim Deed and all that stuff, we just have to go through the proper steps once you hit that dollar value,” explained Schnoes. “It’s all taken care of, all approved and we’ll move forward with it.”

 

In other activity, the board approved changing the date of the November meeting to Tuesday, November 18th since the Rolling Valley Conference Vocal Concert will be taking place at the school the night of their regularly scheduled meeting.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Iowa Unemployment Rate Increased Slightly in September


(Des Moines) Iowa Workforce Development officials say the State’s unemployment rate increased slightly in September to 4.6 percent, up from 4.5 percent in August.

 

Spokesperson Kerry Koonce says the change was mainly a seasonal factor.

 

“But, we saw some drops in the leisure and hospitality, which is not unusual this time of year, and then Trade, Transportation and Utilities saw some drops as well,” said Koonce.

 

Koonce says construction added the most jobs in the recent report, with a gain of 1,600. Education and Health services also added jobs in September.

 

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,629,700, which is 3,300 higher than August and 33,000 higher than one year ago.

 

The U.S. Unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/21/2014

Atlantic Police Report


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests.

 

Daniel Green, 48, of The Dalles, Oregon, was arrested October 17th for 5th Degree Theft (shoplifting). He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Mandy Bolin, 38, of Atlantic, was arrested October 20th on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Iowa Public Information Board to Hold Training Session in Atlantic


(Atlantic) The Iowa Public Information Board has scheduled training on the Iowa Open Meetings/Public Records Laws. The training session will be held in the Cass County Courthouse in Atlantic, on Monday, November 10, from 2:00 p.m.-to-4:00 p.m.

 

The focus of the training is to provide information about “how to comply” with Iowa’s’ transparency laws to local officials as well as provide citizens, local officials and the media with information about the IPIB and how to use IPIB services.

 

Anyone can attend the free training. Interested participants are encouraged to contact the IPIB at 515-725-1781 or by email at Margaret.Johnson@iowa.gov so that adequate training materials are available.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

a.m. news 

Joni Ernst to be in Atlantic Thursday


(Atlantic) U.S. Senate Republican Nominee Joni Ernst will hold a campaign event in Atlantic Thursday. Ernst will be at the Cass County Community Center at 4:45 p.m. To RSVP for the event, contact Josie at 701-373-5848 or josie@joniforiowa.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/21/2014

Shelby County Man to be honored for His Work in Preserving Cemeteries


(Harlan) A Panama man will be honored on Sunday, October 26th for his work in preserving cemeteries in southwest and west central Iowa.

 

Ron Chamberlain will be receiving the “Man of the Year Award,” from the State Association for the Preservation for Iowa Cemeteries. Chamberlain is responsible for creating the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association.

 

“There is an old saying that ordinary people working together do extraordinary things,” stated Chamberlain. “We currently have over 125 members that meet seven times a year and we go out on Saturday’s and work on cemeteries.”

 

His mission began in 1975 when he and two others found a tombstone under the ground. In 1982 he walked into a cemetery where there was only one tombstone standing and within a half an hour he found two more buried under the ground. So he recruited twenty-five people and they discovered twenty-one tombstones under the ground in one cemetery. In 2010, Chamberlain got the word out and 45 people showed up for Pioneer Cemeteries and they formed the Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association.

 

The “Man of the Year” award is presented to someone who shows interest and who has worked on cemeteries over a period of years.

 

The ceremony will be held at the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan on Sunday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Along with being named “Man of the Year,” Chamberlain will receive a $200 check that will go towards cemetery maintenance projects.

 

(Photo from the WIPCA Facebook page)

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

Shelby County Man Dies in ATV Accident


(Earling) A Shelby County man died late Monday afternoon in an ATV accident.

 

The Shelby County Sheriffs’ Office says 79-year-old Charles Mumm, of Earling was operating an ATV at around 5:30 p.m. near his residence at 2222 Dogwood Road. Deputies determined that Mr. Mumm lost control of the ATV in a farm field due to a large washout and possible mechanical failure.

 

Dunlap Fire and Rescue responded to the scene along with the Shelby County Medical Examiner. Mr. Mumm was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

a.m. news 

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Meeting Recap


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward with hiring an Assistant Parks and Recreation Director.

 

John Lund, City Administrator, told the Board Monday night that so far the budget looks good to hire an assistant and he will discuss it even further during an upcoming work session with the Atlantic City Council. Meanwhile, the board is hoping to hire someone as soon as possible so they can see how the whole year goes in the Parks and Recreation Department in case Herring decides to retire when his commitment is up on May 31, 2016.

 

And, Board Member Charlene Beane wants someone hired soon to free up some time for Herring to do other things.

 

“I think we need someone on board as soon as possible,” stated Beane. “There are too many things that are pending and we have all these projects that need a force behind them. If we’ve got the money to hire somebody, I think we ought to do it ASAP.”

 

The board agreed to put an item on the next agenda to look into amending this year’s budget to fit in an assistant and look into the hiring process. Herring noted the position would be open for the public to apply and the Board will make the final decision.

 

In other activity, Herring said the retaining wall at the Senior activity area is completed, fine grading is completed and grass seed will be drilled this fall and straw mats will be used on the banks for soil stabilization and erosion control. Meanwhile, equipment for pickle ball, croquet, bocce ball, badminton, horseshoes, ladder toss and bean bag toss have been ordered and will be available to rent from the Parks and Recreation Department.

 

The fishing dock at Schildberg Lake #3 is closed and under repair. The dock was donated by Connect-A-Dock many years ago and over the years natural wear and tear has caused the deck to need some parts replaced.

 

The board approved a contract with Schneider’s as the engineer for the Bull creek walking/biking path in the amount of $5,040. Herring said they are still waiting for final approval of the TAP funds, which he says is a very long process, but once that is done work can begin.

 

Herring said he will also be looking to some TAP funds to put a trail around Lake #2 at Schildberg to connect the trails now that Nishna Valley Trails received a REAP grant for a connector trail and bridge into the Schildberg Recreation Area.

 

And, Herring mentioned to the board that he would like to look into getting a website up and running for the Parks and Recreation Department so citizens can see what they have to offer and also so they can make reservations online. Herring said sometimes he has to play phone tag with individuals that call and leave a message to make a reservation and this would hopefully make the process much quicker and easier. Herring mentioned this after he announced that Grant Podhasky has finished the Camblin Fire Pit at Sunnyside Park as part of his Eagle Scout Project. He said anyone can use the pit, but after dusk when the park closes you must have a reservation to be there.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

6am

Red Oak Police Arrest Three on Breach of Peace Charges


(Red Oak) Three people including one juvenile were arrested by the Red Oak Police Department overnight.

 

Red Oak Police Monday arrested 19-year-old Brandon Michael Borgmyer, 16-year-old Tyler Austin Sowers, and 32-year-old Melissa Marie Rinabarger, of all of Red Oak, in the 2000 Block of North 8th Street on charges of  “Breach of Peace.’

 

Breach of Peace is a comprehensive term, encompassing acts or conduct that seriously endangers or disturbs public peace and order.

 

The adult defendants are being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 cash bond. Tyler Sowers was released to his parents.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

a.m. news 

Nebraska Woman arrested on Drug Charges in Fremont County


(Sidney) An Omaha woman faces drug charges in Fremont County.

 

According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, 51-year-old Pamela Leners, was arrested in Sidney following a narcotics investigation and charged with delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine.

 

Leners was transported to the Fremont County Jail where she is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 21, 2014

a.m. news 

Construction Zone Accidents in Mills County


(Pacific Junction) Construction work at the intersection of Highway 34 and 195th Street in Mills County caused several accidents last week.

 

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Donna Sumner-Johnson, of Pacific Junction, was driving a 2002 Toyota southbound on 195th Street at around 10:17 Friday morning and failed to yield from the stop sign entering the construction zone. Sumner-Johnson struck a semi that was westbound on Highway 34, driven by Patrick Hogan, of Omaha, Nebraska. Sumner-Johnson’s vehicle went down the embankment and came to rest in the cornfield. She was transported to Creighton hospital by Lifenet.

 

Earlier Friday morning, Anthony Bartel, of Glenwood, was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital after his vehicle was struck by another vehicle, driven by Brandon Foster, of Randolph, who failed to yield while pulling away from the stop sign.

 

Two other accidents also occurred last week where drivers failed to stop at the posted stop sign and attempted to cross westbound traffic in the construction zone. There were no injuries reported in those accidents.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Cass County K9 Teams Attend HAPDA Certification


(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams of Corey Larsen and Mufasa, and Kyle Quist and Vader attended the Heart of America Police Dog Association annual certification October 5-10. The event was attended by 28 K9 teams from Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

 

All members of the organization can submit a case for consideration of the Patrol Case of the Year award as one of their best cases for the year between certification periods. The cases are read to all members of the organization and all details such as names, departments, areas, etc., are anonymous. The members of the organization vote for the case they believe to be the best one submitted for the year. 


K9 team Quist and Vader received this award for Patrol Case of the Year for an incident that occurred in Audubon County, when the K9 team was called to assist multiple agencies with a domestic situation involving a firearm. At that time, the suspect fled on foot, and K9 Vader tracked the suspect through a field. Suspect was apprehended by Vader’s bite. That subject was arrested on multiple charges after medical clearance. 


Deputy Quist and K9 Vader ran a tracking distance and also won a Master Tracker award. This award is granted to one of two competing K9 teams who were considered to be the best in their certification. The judges lay similar tracks for the two competing teams of roughly a mile in length and attempt different techniques to make the K9 teams lose the track. The judges ascertain how well the K9 stayed on track and how the K9 worked on different surface conditions and terrain. 


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is very proud of our K9 teams and the hard work they do!

 

 

Press Release

10/20/2014

Cass County Arrests


(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests.

 

Trent Matthew Suhr, 31, of Walnut, was arrested October 16 on charges of OWI 3rd or Subsequent, Driving While Barred, and four charges of Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $12,000 bond.

 

Tyler Lee Mills, 24, of Atlantic, was arrested October 18 for Violation of a No Contact Order. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled not guilty and was released the following day.

 

Tamara Lynn McCoy, 35, of East Moline, Illinois, was arrested October 18 for OWI 1st Offense. She was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $1,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Study Criticizes Policies Regarding the use of Tasers


(Iowa City) A new study released today is criticizing the "patchwork quilt" of policies around the state regarding the use of Tasers. 

 

Professor Nathan Miller of the University of Iowa is warning the misuse of such electronic weapons can be deadly.

 

“Obviously we’ve had some deaths, even here in Iowa, but some studies have shown that from 2001 up through 2013 at least 500, possibly more, people have died from taser use,” said Miller.

 

Professor Miller admits his study was conducted in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, but, he insists that sponsorship did not influence the results in anyway.

 

 

More information can be found at www.aclu-ia.org/2014/10/19/aclu-report-finds-iowa-taser-policies-woefully-inadequate .

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/20/2014

Pheasant Season Opens This Weekend


(Atlantic) Pheasant Hunting in Iowa begins this Saturday and hunters should have an enjoyable season with improved pheasant numbers.

 

The Iowa DNR Pheasant Biologist estimates harvest should approach 200,000 to 300,000 pheasants this year, which is up significantly from the 150,000 harvested last year in the state.

 

Bryan Hayes, with the DNR Office in Lewis, says hunters should remember to plan their hunt, know where the other members of the party are and be aware of your safe zone of fire.

 

“People are taught this in the hunter safety courses; that safe zone of fire,” said Hayes. “If a pheasant flushes in front of me right now… can I shoot right? Can I shoot left? Can I shoot straight ahead? You should be constantly thinking about that as you’re moving through the field.”

 

And, Iowa law requires you wear at least one article of blaze orange.

 

“Most of the hunting accidents that we investigate involve not seeing other members of your party and violating those rules of safe zone of fire,” said Hayes. “So, Iowa law requires you to wear one articles of clothing, either a cap or a vest, but wear multiple; the more the better. Make yourself visible out there, that will be safer.”


Hunting hours for Iowa’s pheasant seasons are 8 a.m. until 4:30 each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Scam Involving the Atlantic Police Department


(Atlantic) Authorities would like the public to be aware of a scam involving the Atlantic Police Department.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a telephone scam involving a number belonging to the Atlantic Police Department. An Audubon County resident received a call from a number that came up on their caller I.D. as 712-243-3512, which is the administrative number for the Atlantic Police Department. The person receiving the call was told that they were going to be arrested in 30 minutes if they did not pay $100 via an electronic payment.

 

Sheriff Todd Johnson, Sheriff Darby McLaren and the Police Chief Steve Green would like the public to be aware that caller identifications can be “spoofed” via certain computer manipulations. The Atlantic Police Department would like the public to know that they do not call and collect money via telephone, emails or social media.

 

Never send money or divulge personal information, financial information, etc. to anyone you do not personally know.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Crawford County Drug Arrest


(Denison) A Defiance woman was arrested on a charge of Possession of Marijuana.

 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says a traffic stop was conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office on 20th Street and Highway 30 in Denison at around 11:04 p.m. Sunday. During the stop, illegal drug activity was suspected and K9 Bayou was requested for a K9 sniff. The sniff resulted in a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. A search was conducted and marijuana was located and seized from the vehicle.

 

Cheri Justine Baker, 25, was arrested and held on $1,000 bond.

 

To date, Crawford County K9 Bayou is responsible for just over 50 arrests in a little over 6 months.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Exira Man Injured in Two Vehicle Accident


(Audubon) An Exira man was injured in a two vehicle accident in Audubon County Saturday.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at around 2:00 p.m. on 320th Street near Goldfinch Avenue. 57-year-old Randy Brian Hansen, of Exira, was westbound on 320th Street and ran into the back end of a semi-trailer, driven by 23-year-old Brett Austin Hansen, of Council Bluffs. Hansen was also westbound on 320th Street, turning onto Goldfinch Avenue.

 

Randy Hansen was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Exira Rescue. The damage to the Hansen trailer, a 1995 Hawk trailer, was estimated at $6,000. The damage to Randy Hansen’s vehicle, a 1997 Ford pickup, was estimated at $8,000.

 

The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Hit and Run in Kimballton


(Audubon) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run accident.

 

The accident occurred on West First Street in Kimballton sometime after 8:00 p.m. on Friday. A white pickup was northbound on West First Street, went into the yard, sideswiped a legally parked 1996 Saturn (owned by Dorothy Ann Sorensen, of Valparisio, Nebraska), hit a tree and then left the scene.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information about the accident to call the Sheriff’s Office at 712-563-2631 or Audubon County Crimestoppers at 712-563-2234.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Audubon County Arrests


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

 

Dayton Duane Hansen, 18, of Kimballton, was arrested Sunday for Criminal Mischief 4th Degree. The charge stems from the investigation into an incident at Hansen’s residence earlier in the day. Hansen was transported to the Audubon County Jail. He was later released. He will appear in court on October 27th.

 

And, 51-year-old Todd Ray Selland, of Exira, was arrested Sunday for Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and Interference with Official Acts. The charges stem from the investigation into an incident that occurred in the 100 block of East South Street in Exira. Selland was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. He was released following an appearance before the magistrate. Selland pled guilty to the charges and was fined.

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Vehicles Stolen from Sales Lot in Glenwood


(Glenwood) Best Finish Auto in Glenwood has reported the theft of two vehicles.

 

The Glenwood Police Department says a maroon 2007 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 pickup and a red 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup were taken from 209 Sharp Street in Glenwood, the sales lot. The keys were stolen prior to the vehicle theft.

 

If you have any information on these vehicles, please contact the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527-9920.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/20/2014

Creston Police Report


(Creston) The Creston Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend.

 

According to the report; 28-year-old Daman Matthews, of 107 East Irving Street, in Creston, was arrested at 129 North Pine Street for 1st OWI. He was released on $100.00.

 

Creston Police also arrested 26-year-old Andrew Scott Robb, of 400 East 6th Avenue of Kellerton. He was arrested at 302 Pine Street in Creston, for 1st Offense OWI and released on $1000.00 bond.

 

Police say, 32-year-old Stephanie Marie Halterman, of Indianapolis Avenue in Des Moines, was arrested in the 800 block of Wyoming Avenue, for disorderly conduct. She was being held on $300 bond in the Ringgold County Jail.

 

In other activity; Alicia Lovell, of 408 South Vine Street, reported that between 2:43 p.m. on October 8, and 7:27 a.m., on October 13, someone entered her residence and stole a Toshiba Laptop. The loss is estimated at $200.

 

Tom Robinson

October 20, 2014

a.m. news 

Iowa Medical Hospitals and Clinics preparing for Ebola Virus Just in Case


(Des Moines)  Iowa Medical Officials including; Hospitals and doctors’ offices in Iowa are getting ready for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state. Clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based in West Africa. In addition area hospitals are practicing using protective equipment that would be needed to treat an Ebola patient.

 

“We have been on webinars with both the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC to make sure our policies and procedures are in place,” stated Shelby County Public Health Director Calla Poldberg. “They have offered us numerous tools that would be of assistance. It is not likely that an Ebola patient would present here, but it is not impossible either. So we want to make sure that we are prepared to deal with all types of infectious disease.”  

 

Poldberg says it’s important to remember Ebola is not a virus spread through the air, and is only contagious if the infected person is having active symptoms. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated.

 

Poldberg says they will continue to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to ensure they are ready to respond should the need arise. IDPH has been working with CDC and local public health agencies in the following ways:Enhancing surveillance and laboratory testing capacity in states to detect cases, developing guidance and tools for health departments to conduct public health investigations, providing recommendations for healthcare infection control and other measures to prevent disease spread, and disseminating up-to-date information to the general public, international travelers, and public health partners.

 

Tom Robinson

October 20, 2014

a.m. news 

Will this be Another Volatile Week on Wall Street?


(Des Moines) Will we see another volatile week on Wall Street this week?

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says investors have been dumping stocks, and moving their money into bonds…perceived as a “safe haven.”

 

“The yields on those bonds have been coming, down, down, down, and moving below two-percent,” stated Goss. “In fact, ten-year interest rates adjusted for inflation are now below zero so that is the fear gauge and that is what we are seeing.”

 

The silver lining to that, he says, is a continuation of low mortgage interest rates.

 

Iowa Radio Network

October 20, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Arrest Report


(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports two arrests Sunday.

 

Police say they arrested 26-year-old Jason Rolfe Aherns, of Red Oak at around 6:11 p.m. on a Montgomery County Warrant for failure to appear on a charge of 5th degree theft.  Aherns was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300.00 cash bond.

 

Police also arrested 58-year-old William Wayne Elliott for false reporting at around 8:44 Sunday night. Elliott was taken to jail and held on $300 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 20th, 2014

a.m. news 

Treynor Organization Hopes to Strengthen Community


(TREYNOR) Efforts are being taken in Treynor in hopes of bringing the residents closer together and strengthening the community.

 

Daily Nonpareil states the program titled “Treynor Community Outreach” is a group of about 25 members which was founded by Nigel Horton, a 4th grade teacher in Treynor. Horton created the organization to challenge organizations, such as churches, businesses and other community groups, in an attempt to communicate with residents, seeing a need to bring people together following the tragic happenings in the last 4 years. Last year in April, a 14 year old boy committed suicide, with another suicide of a 46 year old man had taken place just 2 weeks beforehand. Two other suicides had taken place in the 2 years prior.

 

The program is focused on the entire community growing; not just for kids, because Horton believes tragedy can be experienced at all times of life. The group meets once a month, completing little tasks that members in the organization can be passionate about; such as the little libraries they posted throughout town following last months meeting. Other actions that have been taken include block parties, and Horton states the Treynor Community Outreach plans to do more projects which will hopefully make Treynor residents feel like they’re apart of something bigger.

 

Brecklyn Carey

10/19/2014

am news

 

Young Woman Turns Herself in Following Hit-and-Run


(DES MOINES) A young woman has been arrested following a hit-and-run accident in Des Moines that occurred early Saturday.

According to KCCI, authorities state 20 year old Ashley Brown confessed to the police that she was the driver of the vehicle which struck and killed 55 year old Kenneth Wallace on University and East 26th Street. Using a call made by a witness of the incident, Wallace had been traced back to her family and then convinced to turn herself in.

 

Brown was charged on the counts of not having insurance and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death; however, Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines Police Department states Brown would have only been ticketed if she had not left the scene. He says it was clear Wallace had died in the accident, and fright most likely scared Brown away from the scene. Halifax also reports that Brown is remorseful of her actions, stating how she is quite young. Authorities are still investigating why Brown hit Wallace, as intoxication and speed have been ruled out as possible factors.

Brown had been taken to the Polk County Jail, however bail was posted shortly after and she has been released.

 

Brecklyn Carey

10/19/2014

am news

 

Red Oak Man Arrested Under 3 Violations


(MONTGOMERY CO.) A Red Oak man was arrested early this morning on the counts of 3 violations.

 

Officers of the Red Oak Police Department pulled over 58 year old William Wayne Elliott of Red Oak at the intersection of West Oak Street and North Broadway St early Sunday morning at approximately 1:25am. Authorities arrested Elliot on a count of driving while barred, alongside the charges of Speed by Radar and Failure to Prove Security. Elliott was taken to the MOntgomery County Law Enforcement Center and is currently being held on $2,000 cash bond.

 

Brecklyn Carey

10/19/2014

am news

 

Two Escapees Recaptured in Page County


(Shenandoah) Two prisoners that had escaped from Council Bluffs were arrested in Shenandoah Friday afternoon.

 

The Shenandoah Police Department was alerted by the U.S. Marshall Service Friday at around 3:00 p.m. that 19-year-old Robert Michael Guzman, who was wanted for escape from Council Bluffs, was staying at a residence in Shenandoah.

As the result of that investigation, Officers found Guzman at a residence located at 309 Sycamore, along with another escapee, 23-year-old Colton Edward Benson-Blaine. Both were recaptured without incident at around 5:30 p.m. and taken to the Page County Jail.

 

The U.S. Marshall Service, the Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Shenandoah Police Department all assisted in the arrest.

 

Tom Robinson

October 18, 2014

a.m. news 

Two injured in Two Vehicle Accident in Creston


(Creston) Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Creston Friday morning.

 

According to the press release; 60-year-old Holly Elaine Ferber, of Corning and 42-year-old Staci Kimm Wilker, of Creston were transported by Creston ambulance to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston with possible injuries.

 

Police say the accident happened at around 11:40 a.m. at the intersection of West Page and South Division Streets in Creston. Officer’s say Ferber was driving a 2014 Chevy Equinox westbound on Page Street and was making a left hand turn onto Division Street and struck a 2009 Pontiac Vibe driven by Wilker.

 

 Both vehicles were totaled in the accident.

 

Tom Robinson

October 18, 2014

Ammonia Release in Villisca Contained


(Villisca) Ammonia that got released from an agricultural cooperative in Villisca earlier this week is contained and is being recovered. The recovered solution of water and ammonia will be land applied to crop fields.

 

The Iowa DNR says an unknown amount of anhydrous ammonia was released into a city storm sewer intake and then flowed into a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River. The ammonia is believed to have originated at the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca and to have occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported to the DNR by a citizen.

 

Under instruction from the DNR, the coop constructed a dam on the tributary and is pumping it to be land applied. By this (Friday) afternoon, approximately 44,000 gallons of the solution had been recovered. The coop is also flushing the tributary from the storm sewer to remove the contamination.

 

Although the incident is still under investigation by the DNR, it appears that soil at the cooperative had been contaminated with anhydrous ammonia and came in contact with water when a water line broke. Anhydrous ammonia is in vapor form until it comes in contact with water and becomes soluble. When the water line was being repaired, the ammonia-mixed water got pumped to a city storm sewer that eventually empties into the unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River.

 

DNR field office staff is continuing to monitor the clean up.

 

Mandy Billings

10/17/2014

Audubon Teens Arrested after Flash Drive Reveals Photos and Videos Inside Girls Locker Room


(Audubon) Two Audubon teens have been charged following an investigation into an incident that occurred at the Audubon High School.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office said school officials notified law enforcement of a flash drive turned over to them that had videos and pictures taken from inside the girl’s locker room starting in November of 2013. Through the investigation, the victims have been identified and notified of the incident.

 

Michael Jim Rudolph, 15, of Audubon, has been charged with Harassment 3rd degree, Invasion of Privacy, and Extortion. Rudolph was taken into custody on Thursday and is currently being held in juvenile detention.

 

Jordan Rene Meaike, 16, of Audubon, has been charged with Invasion of Privacy for her involvement in taking the videos and pictures in the locker room. She was released to her parents.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

Audubon School Superintendent Brett Gibbs released a statement saying: All students and their parents involved in this incident have been contacted and visited with by the school. At no time were any students or staff in any danger. In accordance with Iowa Law, the Audubon Community School will not be releasing the punishment assigned to the perpetrators. If the school did not contact you, your student was in no way involved in this incident.

 

Mandy Billings

10/17/2014

IEDA Improves Incentives for Three Projects


(Des Moines) Governor hinted about a big economic development project coming to northwest Iowa earlier this week. 

 

Today, the Iowa Economic Development Board delivered by unanimously okaying tax credits for a nearly 30-million dollar project proposed for Sioux City by TrinityRail Maintenance Services.  IEDA Director Debi Durham says this morning's action is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

 

“We have been working for this for a long time and I think the importance of the project is that it is a strategic perfect fit for the rail park that Sioux City has been investing in now for a number of years,” said Durham.

 

Director Durham says the project will position Trinity to offer services to retrofit rail cars to match new Federal requirements.  Up to 250 jobs expected to be created.

 

The IEDA today also approved financial incentives for Mrs. Clark's foods in Ankeny and Kunkle and Associates in Dubuque.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/17/2014

Congress Acts Quickly on LIHEAP


(Des Moines) Congress acted quickly this year to provide annual funding to help low income families with their energy bills.

 

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been around since the 80's, but for the last few years its allocation has come down to the wire as lawmakers stalled over funding. Iowa Bureau of Energy Assistance Chief Jerry McKim says many households couldn't wait for the money this year.

 

“People are currently, as we speak, struggling to get caught up from last winter and this summer’s energy costs and now we’re getting ready to go into another season where the utility bills will be higher,” said McKim.

 

McKim says some households will still see expensive energy bills this winter. Even if temperatures stay warmer, fuels costs and the overall economy can make heating homes expensive.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/17/2014

Mowers and Trimmers Stolen in Glenwood


(Glenwood) Approximately $20,000 in equipment was reported stolen in Glenwood.

 

The Glenwood Police Department says Jim Hughes Real Estate reported a theft of multiple Mowers and Trimmers on Thursday.

 

Anyone with information on the theft should contact the Glenwood Police Department.

 

Mandy Billings

10/17/2014

Nodaway Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse


(Nodaway) A Nodaway man was arrested on Sexual Abuse charges.

 

On Thursday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the State of Missouri reference possible sexual abuse of a child. At around 8:16 this (Friday) morning, Adams County Deputies arrested 20-year-old Brandon Pafford for 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse and Lascivious Acts with a Child.

 

Pafford was transported to the Adams County Jail where he was waiting to appear in front of a Magistrate. The case remains under investigation and further charges are pending.

 

In other activity, 38-year-old Carolyn Green, of Nodaway, was arrested today (Friday) for Child Endangerment based on an investigation of possible Sexual Abuse of a Child within her residence. Green was placed in the Adams County Jail where she was waiting to appear in front of a Magistrate.

 

Mandy Billings

10/17/2014

Adams County Drug Arrest


(Brooks) A Brooks man was arrested on drug charges.

 

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says Deputies received a complaint of suspicious activity in the city of Brooks at around 5:50 this (Friday) morning. Upon further investigation, 29-year-old Joshua Cooney was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Cooney was transported to the Adams County Jail where he was held before seeing a Magistrate.

 

Mandy Billings

10/17/2014

Gas Prices Continue to Decline


(State) Gas prices have continued to decline in recent weeks and some locations are now posting prices under $3.00 per gallon.

 

Gail Weinholzer of the Iowa/Minnesota AAA says four factors are leading to the decline. One, is that there is a decline in demand after Labor day. Two, is the change has been made from summer grade to winter grade, which is cheaper to refine. Third, the supply is good, largely because there have been no hurricanes. And four, is that crude oil prices are declining.

 

Wienholzer doesn’t expect prices to continue to fall for very much longer.

 

“I wouldn‘t expect anything much more significant than what we are seeing. We‘ll start seeing upward pressure on prices as we get past Halloween and start heading into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years season when of course demand starts to increase as people travel for the holidays.“

 

The national average price for a gallon of gas is at $3.14 while the Iowa average is at $3.01.

 

Bennett Blake
10/17/14

Iowa Public Information Board hands down Final Resolution in Red Oak Opens Meeting Case


(Red Oak) The Iowa Public Information Board handed down a final ruling Thursday on complaints that the Red Oak School Board violated the open meetings law last Spring when they fired former Principal Jedd Sherman. There were three complaints filed initially with the Iowa Public Information Board in reference to three meetings in question, two of them in April and the other in May.

 

“And after study and recommendation by the Professional Staff, the conclusion was that the Red Oak Community School Board did not make any mistakes and did not illegally enter into closed sessions,” stated Red Oak Community School District Attorney Rick Engle. “To that extent the outcome was gratifying to the board.”  

 

However, Engle says the IPIB board did find that in a couple of incidents the agendas could have and should have been more specific. Engle says a remediation plan has been ordered to the board that addresses additional training and information to the board members and the Superintendent of the School District. The plan is to ensure that the board and the Superintendent are fully knowledgeable about the requirements of the open meetings law.

 

“I am sure the school board will do what is required of them and do additional training and then report back to the IPIB,” said Engle “As long as the school board does those things the resolution handed down by the IPIB Board is final.”  

 

Tom Robinson

October 17, 2014

a.m. 

Taylor County Sheriff's Office Identifies Suspect in Tuesdays Pursuit


(Bedford) The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect that remains at-large following a pursuit Tuesday evening.
 
Taylor County authorities confirmed this morning that 30-year-old Charles Adam Bradshaw, of Clarinda is the person in question and is still at-large. 
 
Authorities attempted a traffic stop on a charcoal colored Dodge pickup at around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, that was allegedly driven by Bradshaw. Subsequently a pursuit began and ended about 15-minutes later when the pickup crashed into a corn field east of Bedford. The subject fled the accident on foot.
 
Then Tuesday night a rural Taylor County resident reported a man in their back yard.
 
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office  says the suspect  is wanted for eluding, criminal mischief, felon in possession of a firearm and driving while suspended. An arrest warrant for Bradshaw  was issued Thursday.
 
 Anyone with information regarding Bradshaw's location should contact the Taylor County Sheriff's Office at 712-523-2153.
 
Tom Robinson
October 17, 2014
a.m. news 
 

King: Congress Needs to Hold Special Session Dealing with Ebola


(Kiron) Iowa Congressman Steve King says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be replaced with someone who can better handle the Ebola crisis.

 

The northwest Iowa Republican says as far as the Reservists, in West Africa, now, their service should be considered “Voluntary.”

 

“They should be volunteers, not people that are ordered there,” stated King. “There are about 564 of them there now. I would let any of them that want to come home to come home, but I would first put them through quarantine and anybody coming back from that part of the world needs to be quarantined.”

 

King says Congress should hold a special session, to set up parameters for stopping the spread of the virus,-including stopping flights from impacted West African nations.

 

Iowa Radio Network

October 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed


(Atlantic) For several years, ISU Extension in Cass County has served as a host site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Now, organizers are looking for local volunteers to keep the program going.

 

Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator, said VITA 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.

 

“Due to IRS rules and regulations we have to have two certified volunteers so they can check each other’s work. We do have one volunteer that has been with us for awhile and we need a second volunteer,” said Olson. “Basically, anyone who has a basic understanding of income tax, an interest in helping others and has basic computer skills is a great candidate for this volunteer position.”

 

To find out more about the VITA program, contact Kate Olsen at the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or keolson@iastate.edu. Interested persons will need to complete a one page application and background screening.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Three Arrested Following Investigation by Crawford and Shelby County Sheriffs Offices


(Earling) A joint investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in three arrests.

 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says a search warrant was served at 258 5th Street in Earling Wednesday afternoon. As a result of the search warrant, several items of stolen property were recovered from the residence, plus narcotic and drug paraphernalia.

 

The residence is occupied by 27-year-old Nicole McClure, formerly of Charter Oak. McClure was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). She was held in the Shelby County Jail on $100,000 bond.

 

Also arrested was 24-year-old Elizabeth Melby, of Moorehead, on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Monona County. She was taken to the Shelby County Jail and later transported to Monona County.

 

And, 46-year-old Daniel Welsh, of Denison, was charged with three counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree. He was transported to the Crawford County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

 

The investigation is ongoing by both Sheriff’s Offices with the possibility of more arrests in the future.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Page County Juvenile Charged for Assaulting her Mother


(Clarinda) A female juvenile was cited into Juvenile Court for allegedly assaulting her mother.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says Deputies responded to a call of a family disturbance at 2346 P Avenue at around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. During the investigation, the complainant, 40-year-old Wendy Mier, said that she and her 13-year-old daughter had gotten into a verbal argument which turned physical when her daughter had allegedly kicked her in the face and arm causing injury.

 

During the investigation it was found that an assault had occurred. Wendy Mier did wish to pursue charges for the assault that had occurred. The juvenile was cited for simple assault and released to her father.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

College Springs Woman Arrested on Warrant


(Clarinda) A College Springs woman was arrested by Page County Deputies on a Fremont County warrant for Violation of Probation.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Torri Grace Perry was arrested Wednesday night at 517 East Main Street in Clarinda. Perry was unable to post the $10,000 bond. She was transported to the Fremont County Jail by a Page County Deputy.

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Montgomery County Extension Hires New Youth Coordinator


(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Extension Council and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have announced the hiring of a new Youth Coordinator.

 

Stephanie Langner, Montgomery County Program Coordinator, said Hallie Peck began work on October 6th.

 

“One of the main things that Hallie will do is oversee the 4-H program and then we also do some other youth outreach events throughout the year, such as summer day camps and like a family fun night event,” said Langner. “I’m really looking forward to hearing some of her ideas on new things we can do with the entire youth of Montgomery County and I think she will have some great stuff to offer.”

 

Hallie Peck is originally from Griswold and was a member of the Griswold Clubsters 4-H club and the Griswold FFA in her youth. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Agriculture Education, as well as Iowa Western Community College majoring in Agri-Business Technology. She recently worked with the East Pottawattamie County Extension Office and has experience working with the 4-H Livestock program. Peck resides in rural Elliott.

 

You can contact Hallie at hpeck@iastate.edu or 712-623-2592 regarding any Montgomery County 4-H programs or resources available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Audubon County Drug Arrests


(Audubon) Two Marshalltown men were arrested on drug charges in Audubon County.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Luis Gomez Baeza and 21-year-old Braulio Moreno at around 1:30 this (Thursday) morning. Baeza has been charged with Possession of Marijuana. Moreno has been charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

The charges stem from a traffic stop in the 3100 block of Highway 71. Baeza and Moreno were both transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. They were released following an appearance before the magistrate.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Inmate Fails to Return to Council Bluffs Work Release Facility


(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Department of Corrections reports an escaped inmate.

 

Colton Edward Benson-Blaine, 23, was placed on escape status after failing to return to the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility from employment on Wednesday. Benson-Blaine was transferred to work release on August 6th. This sentence began on August 5th, 2011 for Voluntary Manslaughter. He was committed in Shelby County.

 

Benson-Blaine is described as a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes, 6’1”, 267 lbs and has a scar on his right wrist.

 

Information as to Benson-Blaine’s whereabouts should be reported to the Council Bluffs Police Department or Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Ernst has three time more cash than Braley


(Des Moines) Republican Joni Ernst has three times

 as much cash as  Democrat Bruce Braley going into the final days of the competitive Iowa Senate race.

 

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Ernst raised six million dollars between July 1 and September 30 and ended that period with 3.6 million dollars in cash. Braley raised 2.8 million dollars during that time and ended the financial quarter with 1.2 million dollars.

 

Despite the financial spread, votes have stayed about even. The latest Quinnipiac College Poll shows Ernst with a two point lead over Braley in the fight to fill retiring Democrat Senator Tom Harkin’s seat.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/16/2014

Atlantic Teen Arrested on Drug Charge


(Atlantic) An Atlantic teen was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance (marijuana). The Atlantic Police Department says 17-year-old Logan Nielsen was arrested Wednesday and was cited and released to his parent.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Missouri Valley Woman Arrested on Warrant


(Glenwood) A Missouri Valley woman was arrested on a Story County warrant for Failure to Appear on a Contempt Hearing on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. The Glenwood Police Department arrested 41-year-old Mindy Cryderman on Wednesday. She was held on $1,000 cash only bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/16/2014

Creston Man Arrested on Warrant


(Creston) The Creston Police Department reports the arrest of 26-year-old Danny Alan Fry, of Creston.

 

Fry was arrested at 7:30p.m. Wednesday at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County Warrant for Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree as a Habitual Felon an Enhanced Class D Felony.

 

Fry is being held in the Union County Jail on a $15,000 cash only bond.

 

Bennett Blake
10/16/14

Facebook Scam Hits Atlantic Area


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is warning residents of another scam that has been detected in the community.

 

The latest issue arose from Facebook, where a resident of Atlantic informed police they were targeted about a Sergeant Harris Joe Danford, on a mission in Nigeria wanting money for various things. They said that when he made contact with the victim through Facebook he would have them start contacting him through a personal messenger. He asked them to send the money to Nigeria by money order. Citizens are reminded to not send money by money order to a person that you don’t know since most of these situations are scams.

 

Bennett Blake

10/16/14

 

Harlan Police Report


(Harlan) A Harlan man was taken into custody earlier this week on drug charges.

 

According to the Harlan Police Department, 21-year-old Adam Scheffler was taken into custody on Monday on an active Shelby County Warrant for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. 

 

In other activity, Zachariah Hendon, age 21, Panama, was taken into custody when officers were called to a disturbance in the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Hendon was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public and bribery.

 

Harlan Police are investigating two separate incidents of theft. The incident was reported at the 1800 block of Exchange Street for a camper that had been broken into.  Items were missing from the camper and extensive damage was done to the camper while attempting to gain access.  There are no suspects and the case. The other incident occurred at Bomgaars store. A store employee observed two female subjects loading several sacks of pine bedding into a truck and drive away without purchasing them.  This incident remains under investigation.

 

And Zane Szeliga, age 27, Harlan, was arrested when he was found in possession of a stolen bicycle. It was later determined, from surveillance videos from Shopko, that Szeliga had taken several items, totaling $250.00, from the store without being purchased.  All items were found on his person when he was arrested.  Szeliga was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of stolen property in the 3rd degree and theft in the 4th degree.

 

Police say Tammy Putnam, age 44, Harlan, and Melody Harwager, age 47, Earling, were both charged with assault following an altercation in the parking lot of Myrtue Medical Clinic on October 9. The altercation was apparently a result of one of the subjects making a left hand turn from Chatburn without using her turn signal.

 

Tom Robinson

October 16, 2014

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Page County Man faces Charges in Montgomery County


(Red Oak) An Essex man was taken into custody early this morning for assault.

 

According to the Red Oak Police Department, 20-year-old Nathaniel William Hale was arrested at around 2:15 a.m., on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault.

 

There was no bond amount listed.

 

Tom Robinson

October 16, 2014

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Atlantic Mayor Signs Red Ribbon Week Proclamation


(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones signed a Proclamation Annually Designating October 27 through October 31 as Red Ribbon Week for the City of Atlantic. The Red Ribbon represents Drug and Alcohol Prevention Awareness Week.

 

“We have a large collaboration going on in the community for Red Ribbon Week and students have some great ideas that they will be doing in the schools,” stated Karla Akers Builders Club-Kiwanis Sponsor. “But to kick things off we would like a Proclamation Declaring October 27th through October 31 as Red Ribbon Week to let the public know what is going on and what we are doing.” 

 

The community involvement includes; Builder’s Club, Kiwanis, Young Professionals of Atlantic, Elks Drug Awareness Program, Cass County Memorial Hospital and Officer Devin Hogue.

 

Red Ribbon Week has been a nationally recognized program since the 1980’s. The Proclamation is a ceremonial gesture of the City’s commitment to Red Ribbon Week.

 

Tom Robinson

October 16, 2014

Atlantic City Council Approves Interim City Administrators Contract


(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council accepted the Personnel and Finance Committee’s salary recommendation for Interim City Administrator John Lund at Wednesday’s meeting.

 

Lund will receive a six month salary of $32,500 effective October 4, 2014, through March 27, 2015. At that time the City Council will review it based on how everything is going. In addition he will receive health insurance benefits equal to all other City employees according to the City’s Personnel policy. He will also receive  $100 a month car allowance, and shall maintain the same of amount of vacation, personal holidays, administrative leave and sick leave accrued to date. He will also be issued a city owned cell phone for conducting city business.

 

Lund’s responsibilities include; Building Permits and Reporting, Planning and Zoning Commission Advisor, Board of Adjustment Advisor, Flood Plain Manager, and Property Condemnation and Demolition.

 

The Council agreed on the salary proposal by a 7-0 vote.

 

Tom Robinson

October 15, 2014

Eastbound I80 On Ramp to NB I29 to Reopen Friday


(Council Bluffs) Building on recent interstate improvements that include last week’s opening of the bridge on southbound Interstate 29 over I-80, the new I-80 on-ramp to northbound I-29 just east of the Missouri River is scheduled to open this Friday.

 

Motorists traveling eastbound I-80 headed for northbound I-29 will now exit on the right side of the interstate and use the new bridge to access northbound I-29. Interstate signage will direct motorists to the new exit.

 

The new ramp will result in improved safety on I-80 and reducing lane changes. It will take approximately three more years until the reconstruction work is far enough along so motorists can merge from this ramp into the right lane on northbound I-29; however, the elevated approach and longer merge lanes of this design will allow for a more comfortable merge.

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced


(Des Moines) The Iowa Economic Development Authority today awarded $928,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants to 13 communities around the state.

 

Here in southwest Iowa, Manning will receive a $75,000 grant for their Downtown Revitalization Project. The total project cost is $157,492.

 

The Main Street Iowa Challenge grants will benefit local improvement projects such as façade upgrades and restoration, upper floor rehabilitation, and remodeled spaces for expanding downtown businesses. The announcement was made during a ceremony held at the Des Moines Botanical Center today. 

 

The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs.

 

The Challenge Grant program is funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature.  Since the first appropriation in 2002, approximately $5 million in state and federal funds has leveraged over $34 million in private reinvestment in 97 projects in 42 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state. 

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

DNR Investigates Ammonia Release in Villisca


(Villisca) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating an ammonia release from a local agricultural cooperative in the Montgomery County community of Villisca.

 

An unknown amount of anhydrous ammonia was released into a city storm sewer intake and then flowed into a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River. The ammonia is believed have originated at the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca and to have occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported to the DNR on Wednesday by a citizen.

 

High concentrations of ammonia were detected by the DNR throughout the tributary to the river, however, no fish kill was observed. Co-op employees are pumping contaminated water out of a pit that was dug on-site and near the large bulk tanks.  The pit was dug to contain product on-site.  Co-op employees were also directed to pump the product out of the tributary.   

 

The cause of the release is still under investigation.  DNR field office staff will continue to monitor the clean up.

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Atlantic Chamber Programs Director Hired


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a new Programs Director.

 

“We’re very excited to have Chelsea Amundson here at the Atlantic Area Chamber, she’s going to be a great addition to the staff,” said Ouida Wymer, Executive Director. “I think she’ll work really well with all of our members, she has a strong background in marketing and promotions and volunteerism and so we just can’t wait to get her trained and get her started.”

 

Chelsea Amundson recently moved to Griswold from Lincoln, Nebraska. While in Lincoln, Chelsea graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was employed as the Marketing Specialist at Nebraska Wedding Day Magazine and served as the Twenty Somethings Women’s Ministry Director at Lincoln Berean Church. She has currently been serving as the Project Manager for Farmers Markets of Cass County supported by the USDA Rural Enterprise Grant, and partnered with Produce in the Park.

 

“I’m very excited,” said Amundson. “I’m on day two and so I’m still learning a lot of the information, getting to meet the members and getting acquainted with the community more, but I’m just really excited to team up with Ouida and also work alongside different people in the community and get to know all of the business members and community members and be part of the events and helping promote business here in Atlantic.”

 

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to be business based and community minded through partnership, outreach and promotion. Their existing plan of work includes four priorities to increase local option sales tax receipts, increase membership, increase volunteerism and increase legislative awareness.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Study on Adults Targeted by Workplace Bullying


(Ames) About 54-million adults say they were the victims of targeted bullying in the workplace.

 

Iowa State University Associate Professor Stacy Tye-Williams is looking to shine a light on that issue with a new study. She says the victims often remain silent.

 

“We have a difficulty communicating about that, then we have difficulty getting help and getting that type of intervention,” said Tye-Williams

 

Tye-Williams documented the stories of 48 victims for her study. She says many victims feel targeted by their boss so they don't have a way to address the issue.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/15/2014

Boone County Authorities Investigating Distribution of Nude Photographs of Juveniles


(Boone Co.) The Boone County Attorney’s Office, the Boone Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are currently conducting an investigation in Boone.

 

The Boone County Attorney’s Office says in late August, the Boone Police Department became aware of an incident involving a male juvenile high school student attempting to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile high school student. An arrest has been made for the charge of extortion.

 

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that numerous past and present High School students were in control and operated several online based storage accounts that contained various photographs and videos of nude juvenile females. It was also discovered that over 100 unique users had access to these accounts. It appears that the collection was amassed over several years by area high school students.

 

At this point, it appears that Law Enforcement has been able to secure and contain the accounts in questions, preventing further sharing and distribution of the photographs. Notification of the victims and their families has already begun and will continue as the investigation continues. It is possible that additional charges could be forthcoming.

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visit Brymons Interiors


(Atlantic) Brymons Interiors has made several changes and updates to improve the store including: all new energy efficient lighting and signage.


“The All New 4 U principals guarantees our customer’s an outstanding shopping experience, “Owner, Jennifer Miller said.


The principals are enhanced selection of items, the opportunity to take it home today, match pricing of advertised items from competitors, and on-line ordering.  Another new feature is the personalized gifts available.
 
Pictured Are: Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Carole Schuler, Kerry Jepsen, Diane Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Jennifer Miller, Connie Wailes, Linda Hartkopf, Becky Steffen, Cate Christensen, Crystal Christensen, Ed Leistad, Carol Seddon, Rita Willmott, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Joanne Mueller, Christy Ladd, Patty Maas, Donnie Drennan, Dale Reinier, Dr. Keith Leonard, Jane Kay, Melissa Ihnen, Brian Lensch, Melanie Petty, David Schwab, Tammy Waters, Don Johnson, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Kate Olson, Lana Westphalan, Stuart Dusenberry , Loren Coder, Rich Perry, Debbie Lesitad, Nedra Perry, Sara Nelson, Jay Mendik, Sue Muri, Gerald Brink, Janet Cappel, and Russ Joyce.  Brymon employees not pictured Carolyn Bond and Barb Paulsen.

Montgomery County Arrests


(Stanton) A Stanton man was arrested on a warrant for Theft 2nd (Possession of Stolen Property) and Felon in Possession of an Offensive Weapon.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Thayne Kinnison today (Wednesday). The charge stems from an investigation and search warrant conducted by the Sheriff’s Office on September 3rd. Kinnison was held on $5,000 cash bond.

 

The Sheriff’s Office also arrested 20-year-old Travis Brightbill, of Council Bluffs, today on a warrant for Probation Violation on an original narcotic violation offense. Brightbill was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,500 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Victim of Pottawattamie County Accident Identified


(Avoca) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of the Highway 83 accident near Avoca Tuesday morning as 60-year-old Garry Johnk of Atlantic.

 

The cause of death is pending autopsy results.

 

Iowa Department of Transportation workers were on location erecting a construction zone sign at around 7:30 a.m. when they spotted a male driver that appeared to be slumped over, leaning toward the driver’s door when he passed. Workers were nearly struck as the 2011 Ford F150 passed westbound leaving the roadway. The vehicle came to rest in a harvested cornfield where DOT workers rendered aid.

 

Johnk was transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan where he was pronounced deceased. The vehicle received minor damage.

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Absentee Voting in Cass County Going Well


(Atlantic) Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman told the Cass County Board of Supervisors this morning that absentee voting for the November General Election has been going well so far.

 

Sunderman said approximately 960 persons have either requested and/or returned ballots since absentee voting began on September 25th.

 

Sunderman said there are two ways to vote absentee; you can vote in the Auditor’s office…

 

“They come directly to the Auditor’s Office and fill out a request for an absentee and then vote right there in the office. The ballot is put into a secrecy sleeve, put in an affidavit envelope and then sealed up until Election Day and on Election Day they are counted,” explained Sunderman. “We’ve had a good number of persons that have voted that way.”

 

Or, you can request a ballot to be mailed to you…

 

“The packet includes the ballot, instructions, a secrecy sleeve, and an affidavit envelope,” said Sunderman. “They fill out the ballot, put it in the secrecy sleeve, put it in the affidavit envelope, seal it and sign it and mail it back to us or they can personally deliver it back to us.”

 

The last day to vote absentee in the Auditor’s Office is November 3rd, the day before the General Election.

 

(In the photo above, Dale Sunderman shows the Supervisors a voting machine that can be used for handicap individuals, including the visual and hearing impaired)

 

Mandy Billings

10/15/2014

Atlantic Police Arrest 15 and 19 year-olds on Drug Charges


(Atlantic) Two Atlantic teens face drug charges following their arrests on Tuesday.

 

15-year-old Spenser Denison was arrested for two counts of Delivery of Controlled Substance (marijuana). He was cited and released to his parent.

 

Also arrested on Tuesday was 19-year-old Kody Lynn Hansen, on Cass County Warrants for Drug Delivery to Minors (2 counts) and Delivery of Controlled Substance. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Bennett Blake
10/15/14

One Person Suffers Serious Injuries in Shelby County Crash


(Shelby County) A Pottawattamie County woman was seriously injured in a head on collision Tuesday afternoon in rural Shelby County.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says 39-year-old Amy Jo Malloy, of Walnut was airlifted from the scene to the University Nebraska Medical Center with severe injuries. Authorities say she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities say the accident happened at the crest of a hill at 400th and Umbrella Road. Malloy was traveling eastbound in a 2006 Toyota Camry and collided head on with a 2014 Silverado pickup driven by 31-year-old Jason Michael Leinen, of Adel. Leinen was transported by Elk Horn Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. 

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

Tom Robinson

October 15, 2014

a.m. news 

Union County Man Jailed for Attempted Burglary


(Creston) A Creston man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon on a charge of attempted burglary.

 

The Creston Police Department says 26-year-old Danny Alan Fry was taken into custody at around 5:00 p.m. on a charge of 2nd degree attempted burglary.

 

He was released from the Union County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

October 15, 2014

a.m. news 

Mills County Mans Sex Abuse Trial Delayed


(Council Bluffs) The Omaha World Herald reports that a Mills County man has had his trial delayed while waiting an Iowa Supreme Court decision whether to up hold a felony kidnapping charge against the defendant.

 

In May Daniel Walden, 67, of Glenwood was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, indecent contact with a child and two-counts of second-degree sexual abuse. In Iowa, a first-degree kidnapping conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

 

According to court documents Walden was arrested for luring a child under the age of 12 into his home and committing sexual abuse back in the summer of 2006 or 2007. It was reported to the authorities on May 5.

 

Waldens’ attorney claims the kidnapping charge falls outside of Iowa’s statute of limitations of three-years. The Iowa Supreme Court listened to the arguments from the defendant’s attorney in August but hasn’t made a decision.  

 

A new court date has not been scheduled.

 

Tom Robinson

October 15, 2014

a.m. news 

Three Cases of Infuenza Confirmed in Iowa


(Des Moines) Iowa Department of Public Health Officials has identified three cases of influenza in the state. The cases have been reported in Henry, Johnson and Polk Counties.

 

The State Hygenic Laboratory’s confirmation of the cases says influenza activity still remains low in Iowa. However, Officials say it indicates the virus is circulating in the state.

 

Flu symptoms include; cough, sore throat, congestion and body aches.

 

Yearly, about 30,000 Iowans get the flu.

 

Tom Robinson

October 15, 2014

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