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Lenox Men Arrested for Disorderly Conduct


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

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Red Oak Woman Arrested for Harassment


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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Nominations Being Accepted for Entrepreneur of the Year


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Red Oak Man Arrested for Assault


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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Time to Nominate Businesses and Individuals for Guy Powell Award


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

 

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

 

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

 

The application can be found at the Midwest Partnership

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Thankful for Wellmark Foundation Award


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Lenox Man Arrested on Warrant for Theft


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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Drug Arrests in Red Oak


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

 

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

 

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Creston Police Report


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

 

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

 

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Mineola Teen Arrested for Theft and Possession of Alcohol


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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Iowa Tourism Organizations and Individuals Receive Awards


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

  
Award winners in southwest Iowa include:

 

Danish Windmill in Elk Horn – Outstanding Attraction

 

WATTA WAY Tours in Council Bluffs – Outstanding Collaboration

 

Hotel Pattee in Perry – Outstanding Lodging

 

Living Loess in western Iowa – Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative

 

Perry Area Chamber of Commerce – Outstanding Promotion Material

 

Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau – Outstanding Website

 

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

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Jack Drake and Tom Shipley Meet and Greet


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

10/24/2014

Ernst Cancels meeting with Editorial Boards


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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

Tom Robinson

October 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Ernst Campaigns in Atlantic


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tom Robinson

October 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced to Prison


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tom Robinson

October 22, 2014

a.m. news  

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Senator Jack Hatch Campaigning in Southwest Iowa


(Harlan) Iowa Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Jack Hatch is winding up his 18-month 99 county tour with stops in Shelby, Audubon and Fremont Counties. 


“There’s one thing I’ve learned over the last 18 months and that is Iowa has great opportunities, it’s limitless in what we can do and I want to be a Governor and lead with our business partners, our community partners, our farming partners, our industry… to make this state a better state, to build a stronger economy, because that’s what we can do,” said Senator Hatch.

With only 12 days remaining in the campaign, a new Quinnipiac poll this morning shows Branstad-Reynolds leading by 18-points over Hatch-Vernon. But that isn’t discouraging the Senator.

 

“I can only tell you that when Tom Vilsack ran he was an unknown State Senator too and he was 20 points behind about this time and he won,” said Hatch.

Hatch says if elected he is going to fully fund an early childhood education program for four-year-olds and grow the economy from the community up, not from the top down. He says he has a plan to divide economic development into four regions and appropriate money directly to those regions so that communities can re-establish their prominence in helping businesses grow. Hatch also says he will push to repair the state’s bridges and roads and is an advocate in raising the gas tax 10-cents over a five year period. 

Tom Robinson
October 23, 2014

Iowa Electronic Market Shows Republican Lead


(Iowa City) Recent polls have given republicans the edge when it comes to congressional control after the mid-term elections. There’s another similar predictor from the Iowa Electronic Market.

 

"This market is indicating about an 84 percent chance that we’d have both a Republican House and a Republican Senate,” said University of Iowa Accounting Professor Joyce Berg. “We’re actually running a market specifically in the Senate and that market shows the same thing, that the market traders believe that it’s likely that the Democrats will lose the Senate.”

 

The IEM began in 1988 and allows students and others to invest small amounts of money in a mini-stock market of sorts. It has often out-performed political polls, proving to be a fairly accurate predictor of presidential elections and other races.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/23/2014

Iowa Board of Regents Member wants to Freeze Tuition for Third Straight Year


(Des Moines) A member of the Iowa Board of Regents today says he will make a motion to freeze tuition for a third straight year.  Regent Larry McKibben says even the proposed "relatively modest" one-and-three-quarter-percent tuition hike could be "the camel's nose under the tent".

 

“But it’s a slippery slope, you start it as a little one and then next year we have more needs and the little one becomes a little bit bigger one and we’ve all been through that process,” said McKibben.

 

Regent McKibben says Iowa students are graduating with too much debt.

 

He said, “The 6th highest debt in the nation is a social and economic negative for our state.”

 

The former state senator claims that's 'unacceptable'.  Two or three other of the nine Regents are indicating they will support McKibben's motion.

 

But, the I-S-U President is sounding a note of caution.  Steven Leath says "an affordable education" means nothing if it lacks "quality".  He's concerned that quality might suffer without adequate funding after a recent enrollment spike in Ames.

 

Iowa Radio Network

10/23/2014

Executive Director of Iowa Democratic Party to be in Atlantic


(Atlantic) Troy Price, Executive Director of the Iowa Democratic Party, will be at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters in Atlantic at 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 27.

 

Troy would like to meet with local Democrats and Democratic volunteers to talk about the current election.

 

A light breakfast of donuts and coffee cake will be provided.

 

Mandy Billings

10/23/2014

Wellmark Foundation Awards Grant Funds to the City of Atlantic


(Atlantic) The Wellmark Foundation recently awarded the City of Atlantic a $25,000 grant to help fund the Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project.

 

The Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project will complete the last section of the Atlantic intra-city trail that runs beside Bull Creek in the heart of Atlantic. The multi-use trail will begin at 14th Street, connect with the Atlantic Bike Route and the Atlantic Walking Path, and continue north through Atlantic to the Schildberg Recreation Area. The trail will connect several areas of Atlantic directly to Schuler Elementary School, the Atlantic Middle School, and the Nishna Valley Family YMCA, giving children a safer place to ride their bikes to school and after-school activities. This project will also complement the continued development of the Schildberg Recreation Area and the future development of the trail connecting Schildberg to the T-Bone Trail. 

 

Through its 2014 Healthy Communities small grant program, the Foundation received 112 grant requests from various organizations seeking support for smaller community health projects. This grant award to the City of Atlantic represents one of 19 competitively awarded grants across Iowa and South Dakota to establish pilot efforts or expand upon current community health initiatives.

 

Mandy Billings

10/23/2014

CCHS to discontinue participation in Humana Medicare Advantage


(Atlantic) Effective January 1, 2015, Atlantic Medical Center, Cass County Memorial Hospital and Southwest Iowa Surgery will no longer participate in the Humana Medicare Advantage health insurance plan. 

 

The change is being made due to ongoing problems with claims being delayed and paid inaccurately. The health system participates in several other Medicare Advantage plans and officials are available in helping assist area residents in selecting their Medicare Advantage plans for 2015.

 

Because participation will continue through the end of 2014, the Medicare Advantage website will not reflect the change, so it is important for consumers to understand this change that will go into effect January 1, 2015.

 

Mandy Billings

10/23/2014

Two Cass County Men Cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident


(Atlantic) Two men face a plethora of citations for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident Wednesday.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Tony Rae Cue, of Atlantic and 34-year-old Dean Riggle Junior were issued citations for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident at Buck Creek and Chicago Road Wednesday. The Cass County K-9 was used to track down the two individuals that were located two-miles from the accident.

 

Both men face charges of, leaving the scene of an accident,  Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication. In addition Cue was charged with Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to have a valid driver’s license.  

 

Both were taken to the Cass County Jail. Cue was released on his own recognizance the following day. Riggle was released the following day after pleading not guilty.

 

In other activity; 31-year-old Trent Matthew Suhr, of Walnut was arrested on a District Court warrant for a Probation Violation. He was taken to jail where he is being held on $20,000 bond.

 

The Sheriff’s Office also reports the arrest of 31-year-old Matthew James Wiechman, of Lewis on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Simple. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.

 

Tom Robinson

October 23, 2014

Noon 

Updated Iowa West Foundation Announces Changes to Grant Policies and Procedures


(Avoca) Officials with Iowa West Foundation held an informational meeting at Western Iowa Development Association in Avoca this morning to discuss changes to the Iowa West grant making policies and procedures.

 

Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, said they recently hired a national foundation group to do a Grantee Perception Report and found that there were two main concerns; grantees wanted more clarity and transparency on what the policies are and how they operate, and grantees wanted more time to understand and get the best grant possible.

 

“I think in some ways people might have perceived the foundation in the past as sort of making decisions in an ivory tower sometimes and what we’re very intentional about is we need to listen to what the community is saying,” said Tulipana. “We’re a private foundation who acts like a community foundation in some ways, so we need to listen to what people say. That doesn’t mean that you get to decide, that’s the job of our board to decide, but we first need to listen and we do that by creating a task force, bringing people together and then that task force  educates and informs us and then we use that information to educate and inform our board.”

 

As a result of the community outreach, the strategic plan - with its focus areas of economic development, education, place making and healthy families, will be part of the guidelines. The Iowa West Foundation came up with five key changes….

 

1.      There will be three grant cycles per year, instead of four cycles. Funding amount per year will be approximately 20-million dollars. Letters of Inquiry will open February 1, June 1, October 1 and grant contracts announced in mid to late June, September and January.

 

2.      Programmatic and General Operations grants are limited to a total of six years in any eight year period of time.

 

3.      To allow for greater review of information, beginning in 2015, the Letter of Inquiry period is now two weeks and the application period is four weeks.

 

4.      Organizations may submit applications a maximum of two grant cycles per calendar year rather than every cycle.

 

5.      In-kind support may be used as match funding, but it is limited to 15 percent of the program/project costs rather than 25 percent.

 

All changes go into effect January 1, 2015.

 

The primary funding area for the Iowa West Foundation is Councils Bluffs and Pottawattamie County and then they fund the contiguous counties around Pottawattamie County.

 

For more information on the Iowa West Foundation’s strategic plan and changes, visit www.iowawestfoundation.org.

 

Upcoming coffee chats will be held at the Walnut Fire Station on November 12th at 2:00 p.m. and the Carson Community Center on December 4th at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mandy Billings

10/23/2014

Burglary Investigation Launched in Adams County


(Adams) The Adams County Sheriff’s office is investigating a burglary that occurred Monday at 1963 Highway 148.

 

The Sheriff’s office took a report from 49-year-old Wannita Olson that a Toshiba Lapton and a Pack ‘n Play were taken. The time of the burglary is unknown and the case is still under investigation.

 

Bennett Blake
10/23/14

Creston Police Report Two Arrests


(Creston) A 50-year-old Creston man faces a list of drug and alcohol related charges following his arrest last night.

 

Troy E. McKinney was placed under arrest at the intersection of Lincoln and Prairie Street at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged with OWI 2nd Offense, Possession of Meth, and Possession of Paraphernalia. McKinney is being held on $5,000 bon in the Union County Jail.

 

Also arrested by the Creston Police Department Wednesday ways 22-year-old Travis Dunham, of Creston. Dunham is charged with Driving While Suspended. He was released on $300 bond.

 

Bennett Blake
10/23/14

Kimballton Man Suffers Accidental Gunshot Wound


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports a 26-year-old Kimballton man was injured last night after accidentally being shot in the leg.

 

According to the release, Atlantic Medivac, was dispatched to 803 Cedar Street, in Atlantic, at 7:21 p.m. Upon arrival they found Jarred Johnson had a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. It was determined that Johnson had been cleaning his weapon when it accidentally discharged. Johnson was taken to Cass County Memorial Hospital and then proceeded to be transferred to Des Moines for further medical treatment. 

 

Bennett Blake
10/23/14

Iowa West Foundation Announces Grant Policy Changes


(Council Bluffs) Iowa West Foundation Officials have announced some changes in the Foundation’s grant making policies and procedures.

 

According to the Omaha World Herald, Iowa West Foundation President and CEO Pete Tulipana says beginning in 2015, they will award grants only three times a year instead of quarterly.

 

However, Tulipana said that the reduction in the number of grant cycles will not impact the amount the foundation provides to grantees, which annually amounts to approximately  $20 million.

 

Tom Robinson

October 23, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Police Report


(Red Oak) Two juveniles were arrested late Wednesday afternoon on theft and harassment charges.

 

According to the press release; a 13-year-old male juvenile was arrested for 2nd degree harassment and 5th degree theft late Wednesday afternoon. He was detained at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 Police arrested a second 13-year-old male for 5th degree theft.

 

Tom Robinson

October 23, 2014

a.m. news 

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 

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