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(SLOAN, IA) A head-on collision east of Sloan has resulted in 5 fatalities and 3 people in serious condition.

KCCI reports the crash happened yesterday afternoon at 3:30pm at Highway 141 and Eastland Avenue. The sheriff of Woodbury County, Dave Drew, says a white Chevy Trailblazer was westbound on Highway 141 when the driver veered onto the gravel and overcorrected, losing control and crashing into a black Ford Truck heading east. Each vehicle contained 4 occupants, whose names are not being released. Drew also states road conditions were not a factor in the crash, and investigations are ongoing.


Brecklyn Carey

November 23, 2014

am news



(DES MOINES) A woman was found with a stab wound to the stomach Friday night in a Des Moines home.

According to KCCI, 50 year old Cathy Smith was found shortly before 9pm on the front porch of a home across the street from Drake Park suffering from injuries. The victim was still conscious when authorities arrived, despite being stabbed once in the abdomen. Smith was able to identify her assailant, but the suspect had disappeared by the time authorities arrived. Smith does not live at the residence she was found at. Police are continuing to search for the suspect.

Brecklyn Carey

November 23, 2014

am news


55 Year Old Man Charged With Trespassing

(RED OAK)  A 55 year old man was charged with Trespassing yesterday afternoon.


According to Montgomery County Law Enforcement, Red Oak resident Ronald Hall was arrested Saturday afternoon for violating a trespass at HyVee. Hall is currently being held on $300 bond at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a Trespass Charge, which is a simple misdemeanor.


Brecklyn  Carey

November 23, 2014

a.m. news


Audubon County Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

(Audubon) An Audubon County man was killed in a single vehicle accident in rural Audubon County. 


The Sheriffs’ Office received a report of the accident at around 1:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of 190th Street.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found a wrecked pickup and a deceased male identified; as 19-year-old Matthew Terry Sundberg, of Audubon.  The victim had been ejected from his vehicle.


Authorities are still investigating the accident.


The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Audubon Police Department, Audubon Fire and Rescue, and the Audubon County Medical Examiner’s Office.


Tom Robinson

November 22, 2014

a.m. news 

Decision on Ethanol Content in Fuel Delayed

(Des Moines) Officials with Iowa’s renewable energy industry say they have reason to be encouraged by a delay in a decision about how much ethanol should be allowed in the nation’s fuel supply.


“Hopefully that means we can get the RFS back on track with correct numbers and the correct methodology, so we’re trying to be optimistic,” said Monty Shaw, of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.


The EPA has proposed a reduction in ethanol content in fuel, prompting a huge backlash from industry proponents and corn growers. The EPA now says a decision will come next year.


Iowa Radio Network


Red Oak Man Arrested on Warrant

(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested on a warrant for Operating While Intoxicated.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Danny Leroy Lewis on Friday in the 2200 block of 160th Street. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he will serve a two day sentence to satisfy the mittimus.


Mandy Billings


Farm Bill Options Meeting in Atlantic on December 4

(Atlantic) Farmers and landowners are invited to learn more about new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, at an informational meeting on December 4th. The session, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency, is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street in Atlantic.


Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agricultural Economist, and Max Dirks, Cass County Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency, will lead the discussion.


The Farm Bill meeting will introduce these new programs: Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage. Eggers will also discuss how the new crop insurance product, Supplemental Coverage Option, interacts with the Price Loss Coverage program.


There is no cost to attend the meeting. To make sure there are enough handouts and seats, please pre-register by calling Cass County Extension at 712-243-1132 or emailing xcass@iastate.edu.


Press Release


Pledge Goal Exceeded for Shop Atlantic Small Business Saturday

(Atlantic) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce challenged Small Business Saturday participants to invite 50 Atlantic shoppers to pledge to shop small businesses in Atlantic on Saturday, November 29.  Participating businesses, along with the Atlantic Area Chamber, have exceeded that goal with 135 pledges as of Friday. 

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, the Atlantic Area Chamber is pleased to announce participating businesses: Aunt B’s, Bonnesen’s Five & Ten Store, Brink Flower & Gift, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Brymon Interiors, Cappel’s Ace Hardware, Dvorak Tire & Service, Geis Perry Jewelry, Howard’s Clothing, Hy-Vee, Lindeman Tractor Inc., Lou Lou’s, Renew Ag Supply, Robinson True Value Hardware, Tinder Box, The Nest Egg, The TV Store, Something for You, Steffen’s Cycle and Unique Salon & Spa. 
On November 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Atlantic community is encouraged to Shop Atlantic small business.  Kick off the day by fueling up before you shop at Downtowner Café & Catering, Family Table and Sweet Joy Shoppe.  


Press Release


Update: Jury Convicts Robert A. Reynolds of First Degree Murder

(Council Bluffs) A jury Friday afternoon found Robert A. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa, guilty of First-Degree murder in the April 8, shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.


The jury consisting of three men and nine women began deliberations at around 11:30 a.m. and returned to the courtroom with a verdict at around 2:45 p.m.  Robert Reynolds was escorted out of the courtroom by two Pottawattamie County Sheriffs deputies shortly after the verdict was read by Fourth District Court Judge Greg Steensland.


Defense Attorney's Nelson and Reedy say they will file a motion for arrested judgment. The grounds of their motion are expected to be; the trial not being held in Avoca, the jail house telephone call and possibly one or two issues discussed in chambers. If the judge denies the motion at sentencing, they intend to file a formal appeal.


Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber says he was obviously happy with the verdict, but also feels bad for the Reynolds family, and has compassion for the jurors who had to make that decision.


“I don’t really celebrate after someone is going to prison for life, win or lose,” stated Wilber. “I could even see some tears in the eyes of the jurors as they were filing out and I know that they are going to struggle with this. But I know they made the right decision. I thought we had a very strong case, but it was a tough decision for them.”


It was also a tough three days for a group of friends of both parties who sat through the entire trial. Rob Stamp, of Atlantic was one of them.


“I have known both families for quite some time, Pat more than the Reynolds family, who I have known for roughly four years,” stated Stamp. “It’s quite a shock. But I believe justice was served. Nobody wins, everybody loses.”


Robert Reynolds is scheduled for sentencing on January 14, at 1:30 p.m.


Tom Robinson

November 21, 2014


Four Arrested Following Casey's General Store Robbery in Council Bluffs

(Council Bluffs) Suspects in the robbery of a Council Bluffs convenience store have been placed under arrest.


The Council Bluffs Police Department reports the arrest of 23-year-old William Dominque Jones Jr. 28-year-old Markis Moses Davis, 28-year-old Gregory Chevelle Lewis, and 21 year-old Stasha Dawn Cannon. The four individuals, all from Council Bluffs, are charged with 1st Degree Robbery in relation to a November 4th robbery at a Casey’s General Store.


The Police Department says their investigation determined Davis committed the crime while Jones, Lewis, and Cannon are all accomplices. The Fugitive Task Force were able to locate all four suspects and arrest each of them.


Bennett Blake


Bill Cosby in Des Moines Not Cancelled So Far

(Des Moines) A number of upcoming stage shows by Bill Cosby have been cancelled in recent days, amid decades-old accusations of sexual abuse. The entertainer's tour brings him to Des Moines next March 7th. Cindy Hughes-Anliker, Spokesperson for Des Moines Performing Arts says,


"At this time there is no indication the tour will be suspended and there are no immediate plans to cancel the show."


She says if that should change, announcements will be made. Cosby last performed in Des Moines in April, 2011. Cosby representatives have issued a statement discrediting the accusations, now brought on by several women who knew the entertainer decades ago.


Iowa Radio Network


Adair-Casey Seeks Whole Grade Sharing Partner With No Immediate Deadline

(Adair) The Adair-Casey School Board passed a motion on Wednesday to operate in their same capacity, while at the same time exploring future whole grade sharing opportunities with other districts.


An agenda item on Wednesday's regular board meeting agenda listed three options under "Future of Adair-Casey District." 1.) Preservation of Current Situation 2.) Whole Grade Sharing 3.) Consolidation.


School Board President Megan Kading describes the action taken as a combination of items one and two and says the goal is to identify a suitable and mutually beneficial partner.


"We are seeking a partner that enhances our existing programs and who has programs that we can enrich. We are looking for a partnership that compliments each other. We want a good fit for our students, our families, and our communities."


Kading explains there is no deadline for finding a partner and says the schools under consideration for whole grade sharing are West Central Valley, CAM, Guthrie Center, and Nodaway Valley.


"We met with all of them briefly this past year when we were doing our research and we are intending to reach out to districts again now that we determined that we need to progress forward a little bit. So while we stay as we are, we will start that process again about contacting our contiguous districts."


Kading says Wednesday's board meeting drew a crowd of approximately 120 people.


Bennett Blake

Jury Reaches Verdict in State vs Reynolds Trial

(Council Bluffs) A jury Friday afternoon found Robert A. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa, guilty of First - Degree murder in the April 8, shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman. 

The jury consisting of three men and nine women began deliberating at around 11:30 a.m. and returned to the courtroom with their verdict at around 2:45 p.m.  

Robert Reynolds was escorted out of the courtroom by two Pottawattamie County Sheriffs deputies. 

Sentencing is set for January 14, and bond has been revoked. 


More details will be released later on, 



Bennett Blake


Red Oak Woman Arrested for Child Endangerment

(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of 25-year-old Katie Rose Carnes, of Red Oak.


Carnes is charted with Child Endangerment following her arrest late Friday morning.

She was held on $2,000 bond.


Bennett Blake


Juvenile Justice System Being Examined in Iowa

(State) Iowa is working to fix its juvenile justice system that seems to unfairly target black youth. The state justice department recently finished its report on the problem, Community and Strategic Planning Committee Chairman Duane Hoffmeyer says the solutions will need to involve several state agency. For instance, he says schools need to work to find disciplinary-solutions inside the building rather than suspending misbehaving students. Hoffmeyer says,


"When a kid is suspended, the evidence shows the likelihood of him not finishing school increases dramatically. We also do not want the juvenile courts to be the disciplinary arm of the school system."


The proposed plan calls for summits on juvenile justice every two years. Hoffmeyer says if the state can fix juvenile courts, the effects will echo into the adult judicial system.


Iowa Radio Network


Anthony International Closing Down Audubon Facility

(Audubon) Audubon Mayor Sam Kaufman has confirmed that Anthony International has announced they will shut down operations in Audubon as of January 16th. This will result in a loss of 61 jobs.


"It's never a good thing of course, but I think we have a couple of options that are viable once it's all done. We have a couple of other people we are thinking might be interested."


Mayor Kaufman admits it will be a blow to the city financially.


"Well yeah, anything that has that many jobs of course is a big benefit to the city. Obviously it's going to hurt some because who knows what you can replace it with. It might be fewer jobs replacing it. Hopefully it will be a lot more."


Kaufman says he cannot elaborate on what potential business may be interested in the building once it becomes available. Anthony International is a nationwide business that makes shelving for Wal-Mart stores among other things. 


Bennett Blake

Freezing Rain Possible Friday Night for Guthrie and Adair Counties

(Area) Freezing rain is in the forecast for a small portion of the KSOM/KS95.7 listening area. Here’s Kurt Kotenberg with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be very close for southwest Iowa. I think most of it is going to be along Interstate-35 and to the east, but it might creep westward toward Guthrie County and into Adair. If you’re travelling west the chances for freezing rain decrease, and as you start getting towards the Des Moines metro and certainly east and south of the Des Moines metro there is a good chance for freezing rain tonight.”

He describes it as an evening through overnight event.

“It’s mainly going to start to the south and then spread northward and eastward. Along the Iowa/Missouri border we are looking at a starting time of 6-7p.m. and in the Des Moines Metro we are looking at 8-9p.m. then up further north from 11:00 until midnight.”

For freezing rain to occur, the air temperature must be in the 32-34 degree range, and the surface temperature must be 32 or below.

“With the snow cover and the cold temperatures we’ve had the past week the ground is below freezing in a lot of places. So what happens is the precipitation falling from the clouds is mainly rain and a little bit of icing as it goes from the cloud to the ground and then as soon as it hits the ground it freezes into ice on the surfaces which are below freezing.”

Kotentaberg does not expect any snow to be mixed in with the rain tonight.


Bennett Blake


Reynolds Case in the hands of the Jury

(Council Bluffs) Closing arguments wrapped up this morning in case of the State vs. Robert Reynolds.
Reynolds was charged with 1st degree murder in connection with the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic. 
The case is now in the hands of the jury.
11:35 a.m.

Tabor Man Arrested for Theft

(Glenwood) A Tabor man was arrested in Glenwood on Theft charges.


The Glenwood Police Department arrested 36-year-old Charles Knipe on Thursday for 1st Degree Theft and 2nd Degree Theft while already in custody.


Knipe was held on $15,000 cash or surety bond.


Mandy Billings


Villisca Man Arrested on Warrant

(Villisca) A Villisca man was arrested on a warrant on an original charge of OWI 1st Offense.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Alan Joe Turpen at around 3:15 Thursday afternoon in the 500 block of E 5th Street in Villisca. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he will serve a two day sentence to satisfy the mittimus.


Mandy Billings


Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent

(Des Moines) Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in October from 4.6 percent in September.


The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October compared to 5.9 percent in September.


The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 76,800 in October from 77,700 in September. The current estimate is 2,700 higher than the year ago level of 74,100.


The total number of working Iowans reached a current-year peak of 1,634,800 in October. This figure is 5,100 higher than September and 34,800 higher than one year ago.


Mandy Billings


Average Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Just Under 50 Dollars

(Des Moines) The 29th annual Thanksgiving dinner survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found a Thanksgiving feast for 10 will cost just shy of $50 this year. Up 37 cents from last year, the survey found the cost to be $49.41.


American Farm Bureau Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson says overall there were no major increases in the survey.


“A few things that did increase though were sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie mix was up a little bit, and probably the items that were up more than anything else, although still not a major move, were the dairy related products; we have whipping cream and whole milk in the survey and we also have miscellaneous items which includes butter,” explained Anderson.


The big ticket item in the informal price survey, the turkey, came in lower than last year. A 16-pound turkey will cost an average of $21.65 this year. That’s roughly $1.35 per pound, a decrease of less than 1 cent per pound, or a total of 11 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2013.


“Turkey production has been down some this year, so you might think that would contribute to a higher retail price, but that’s really not what we’ve seen,” said Anderson. “If you look at the last couple of months of information from the USDA on turkey prices, their retail prices have been lower. Wholesale turkey prices have been a little higher, so what we may be seeing is retailers deciding to take a little lower margin to get people in the store.”


The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.


“The cost of our Thanksgiving meal works out to less than five dollars per serving, that’s incredibly affordable,” said Anderson. “To be able to provide a special holiday meal for your family, really for less than the cost of a fast food meal, is remarkable and it’s something that we shouldn’t take for granted.”



Iowa Radio Network


Defense in State vs Robert A. Reynolds Trial calls Four Character Witnesses to the Stand

(Council Bluffs) Defense Attorney Eric Nelson called four character witnesses to the Stand soon after the State rests their case in the murder trial; the State vs Robert A. Reynolds.


Click here to listen 


Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilber cross examined each witness and asked them if they had been with Reynolds on the night in question. Each of the witness said “no.”


Reynolds faces a charge of first degree murder in the shooting death of the rural Atlantic woman, found deceased at his residence on April 8. The State Medical Examiner’s Office stated during testimony that Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey died of a single gun-shot wound to the head.


Both the State and the Defense rests their case.


The case resumes Friday morning at 8:30; closing arguments begin at 9:00 a.m.


Tom Robinson

November 21, 2014 

Credit Union in Council Bluffs Robbed

(Council Bluffs) The Centris Federal Credit Union in Council Bluffs was robbed Thursday afternoon.


The Council Bluffs Police Department says at around 2:37 p.m., the suspect entered the Centris Federal Credit Union Lobby, at 2825 Avenue G, through the front entrance, walked up to the teller platform and displayed what appeared to be a long barreled pistol. The suspect then began to wave the handgun at several of the tellers and demanded currency in large bills. The suspect then ordered the teller to put all of the money into a bag that he brought with him. The suspect became agitated and then proceeded to grab the money from the tellers himself. The suspect also took the time to pick up some of the money he dropped on the floor. The suspect fled the credit union in a southbound direction with an undetermined amount of money.


The suspect is described at a white male, approximately 6’1”, 220 lbs, wearing a light blue denim jacket with a blue hooded sweatshirt underneath. He had a green scarf over the bottom half of his face and was wearing sun glasses and a fleece trapper-style hat. The suspect was also wearing mismatched gloves; one yellow and one gray, and carried a blue backpack style bag.


Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.



Mandy Billings


Man Found Standing on Porch Arrested in Montgomery County

(Stanton) A man was arrested on a warrant in Montgomery County early this morning.


The Montgomery County Communications Center received a call from a resident on 180th Street, northeast of Stanton, at around 1:45 a.m. stating that there was a stranger on the porch that had tried the doorknob several times. Upon arrival, a Montgomery County Deputy located a male, identified at Joshua Fuller, on the porch. After a brief discussion with Fuller, the Deputy secured him and placed him into his patrol vehicle and was notified that Fuller had an active warrant out of Fremont County charging him with Obstructing Police originally charged as Driving Under Suspension and Interference with Official acts.


Fuller was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was held on $600 cash bond while awaiting transportation to Fremont County.


Mandy Billings


Closing Arguments in State vs Reynolds Trial slated for 9:00 am Friday

(Council Bluffs) Jury instructions are slated to start at 8:30 a.m. Friday and closing arguments are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the trial; the State vs Robert A. Reynolds. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa,  is charged with 1st degree murder in connection with the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic. Both the State and the Defense rest their case on Wednesday afternoon.


Testimony lasted two full days with the State attempting to prove that Reynolds shot and killed Dorsey, the defense argued that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it.


The State wrapped up with testimony from Sgt. Michael Schmidt, of the Pottawattamie Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Rob Ambrose, (pictured on the witness stand), the lead investigator in the Reynolds case.


Sgt. Michael Schmidt told the court that he was assisting the Investigation Department by guarding Robert A. Reynolds who had been placed under arrest of the morning in question.


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Sgt. Schmidt testified that the defendant made two statements while he was escorting him at just before 7:30 a.m.


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Defense Attorney Reedy cross examined the witness.


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A recorded phone call became a controversial piece of evidence submitted by the State. Judge Steensland, after and early lunch break, to take time to review the legal process, allowed it to be entered in as evidence. The State played that recording for the court Thursday afternoon.  


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Lead Investigator Sgt. Rob Ambrose of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office testified that he believed that the voice on the phone was that of Bob Reynolds.


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Defense Attorney Reedy questioned Ambrose on the validity of the taped conversation.


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That was the State’s final witness before they rest their case Thursday afternoon.  

The defense called four character witnesses to the stand. That story will be posted and aired separately.


Tom Robinosn

November 20, 2014

Winter Hours in effect at City of Atlantic Yard Waste Site

(Atlantic) The City of Atlantic will go into their winter hours at the yard waste site effective November 24th. 


The yard waste site will be open from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Saturdays.


The city reminds residents to bring only trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. 


Bennett Blake



Ice Fishing Season Around the Corner

(Area) Cold temperatures over the past two weeks have led to ice formation on bodies of water in Southwest Iowa.


Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR, says the ice isn't quite thick enough to get and fish just yet, but it's close.


"We are set up to have a long ice fishing season. Typically in southern Iowa we don't see much ice fishing before Christmas. This year we potentially could be on the ice the.first week of December."


Local lakes that Hayes believes will provide good ice fishing this year include Lake Anita, Littlefield Lake, Greenfield City Reservoir, Green Valley, and Prairie Rose.

The DNR recommends 4" of ice formation before getting out on the ice. Hayes reports as of mid-week many areas have up to 3" of ice formation.


Bennett Blake

Mills County Man Arrested on Warrant

(Glenwood) The Mills County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 36-year-old Charles Knipe, of Tabor.


He was arrested Thursday on a Mills County warrant for Eluding and Assault while Displaying a dangerous weapon.


Bond was set at $5,000.


Bennett Blake

Atlantic Police Join Effort to Increase Tobacco Compliance Rate

(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is pledging to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products out of the hands of Atlantic's youth.


The police department has partnered with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa's tobacco, alternative nictotine and vapor laws. 


Police Chief Steve Green says, "I-PLEDGE's retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illiegal tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor product sales." 


Officers will be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. 


Bennett Blake



Crime Scene Evidence Highlights Reynolds Trial this morning

(Council Bluffs) A Crime Scene Technician took the stand today in the trial of the State vs. Robert Reynolds.


The state called to the stand, Katie Pattee, Crime Scene Technician, from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office. Pattee testified that she was called out at around 3:45 a.m. on the morning of April 8, to 303 Brown Street, the location of a possible crime scene. 

The prosecution played a 12 minute video of the outside and inside of the residence displaying multiple marked items that Pattee believed were evidence. Some of those items included; a secured firearm lying next to a shed, a magazine removed from a handgun, and a photo of live ammunition located inside the weapon. 

Inside the residence was a close up of a handgun located inside a night stand drawer as well as items on the kitchen counter, including; cell phones and alcohol containers. 

Others items that were entered as evidence included; an ID of the victim, a broken dowel off of kitchen chair, and a broken gold colored neck less located on the kitchen floor. 

In addition photos of a shell casing underneath the kitchen stool and two shell casings located in the hallway of the residence. 

A handgun, rifle, and locked Firearm cabinet, were shown in the basement. In addition; photos of the deceased and a section of carpet from underneath the body were some of the items discussed as evidence. 

Pattee was on the stand almost the entire morning. 

The trial began Wednesday morning. 

Tom Robinson
November 20, 2014

Proposed reconstruction of US 6 in Atlantic to be discussed December 2 in Atlantic

(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, December 2, to discuss the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 6 in Atlantic from Olive Street to 880 feet east of Plum Street.


 As part of the project, the driveway and sidewalk system within the project limits will also be improved to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. 


Traffic would be detoured during construction using Iowa 83, Iowa 173, Interstate 80, and U.S. 71.


All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the Iowa DOT District 4 Office, (2210 E. Seventh St.), in Atlantic. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made.


The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT by November 25.



Mandy Billings


Beware of Financial Aid Scams

(Des Moines) The Iowa College Student Aid Commission is reminding parents that this time of year scammers come out of the wood work trying to take advantage of college bound students looking for financial aid. Spokesperson Heather Doe warns parents and students about some of the common pitfalls.


“Anytime a company wants you to pay a fee; either to guarantee financial aid, to help you complete applications or to help you secure scholarships… a reputable organization will never ask you to pay a fee for those types of services,” said Doe.


Doe says also watch out for promises and money-back guarantees because the scammer is really just after your credit card information. She says the scams tend to be more common as students prepare to fill out financial aid forms toward the first of the year.



Iowa Radio Network


Hogs Killed in Audubon County Fire

(Viola Center) Several hogs were killed in a fire in Audubon County this morning.


Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou said they were called to a hog confinement fire at 2516 150th Street near Viola Center at around 7:20 a.m.


“When we got there the attic was pretty much fully involved. We requested and got tanker assistance from Templeton and Dedham and we knocked it down and vented it out,” said Ballou. “They had around 400 head of hogs in there and they got about 360 to 370 of them out that survived.”


Ballou said they were on scene until around 9:45 a.m. The cause of the fire may have been an electrical short.


Mandy Billings


Newly Elected Iowa SOS to push for Voter ID

(Des Moines) The newly-elected Iowa Secretary of State is signaling he will push for Voter I-D once he takes office.  And, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate has an answer for critics who claim requiring a photo I-D to obtain a ballot is "a solution in search of a problem".


“Cedar Rapids, Iowa, my own back yard, Democrat County Auditor, he found a gentleman through his routine checks and balances who didn’t vote just once absentee, not twice, but three times,” said Pate.


The Secretary-elect asks "how much is too much"?  And, Pate says other states that have instituted Voter I-D actually have seen increased voter turn-out and increased minority participation after a transition period.


Iowa Radio Network


Elliott Man Arrested for OWI 3rd

(Atlantic) An Elliott man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd or subsequent offense. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Randall Joe Conry on Wednesday. He was also charged with Driving While Barred. Conry was taken to the Cass County Jail.


Mandy Billings


Two Injured in Cass County Accident

(Atlantic) Two people were transported to the hospital following a two vehicle accident east of Atlantic Wednesday evening.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Whitepole Road. 55-year-old Paul Stinn, of Atlantic, was driving a 2004 Ford pickup westbound and slowed for traffic in front of him. 35-year-old Heather Possehn, of Audubon, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota behind Stinn and struck his vehicle in the rear.


Both drivers were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Medivac. Possehn was cited for Failure to Stop within Assured Clear Distance.


The damage to Stinn’s vehicle was estimated at $8,000. The damage to Possehn’s vehicle was estimated at $12,000.


Mandy Billings


Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Donates to Friday Friends Backpack Program

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $300 to the Friday Friends Backpack Program.  The program helps provide weekend meals for students in need in the Atlantic school district. 

Rollover Accident in Southeast Pottawattamie County

(Elliott) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has released details on a rollover accident early this morning.


Lt. Duane Riche said 22-year-old Dominic Tilson was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on 500th Street from Pioneer trail when the accident occurred.


“The subject driving the vehicle stated that he swerved to miss a deer and his vehicle barrel rolled into the ditch,” said Riche.


Riche said Tilson was somehow able to get back to the residence where he had stayed the night at. He said Tilson made it to the front yard and persons inside heard him and came out to his aid.


“He is not sure how he got back to the residence due to his condition at the time,” explained Riche. “He was life-netted to Creighton.”


The accident remains under investigation.


Mandy Billings


Council Bluffs Authorities Seek Help in Locating Robbery Suspect

(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is searching for a suspect in a convenience store robbery.


A white male, approximately 5’9” with an average build entered the Kum & Go Convenience store located at 2024 5th Avenue. The suspect was armed with a large wrench and was wearing a black and grey coat, stocking cap, and red scarf covering his face. After the suspect demanded money, the clerk grabbed a baseball bat and told the man to leave. The suspect instead started throwing items at the clerk who began swinging the bat in his direction several times, but never striking him. The suspect fled the scene eastbound on foot in the alley behind the store. The phone number to call if you have any information that may help in this case is 712-328-STOP. Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a cash reward.


Bennett Blake

Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance Asking HyVee to Quit Selling Tobacco Products

(Des Moines) Hy-Vee is being asked to end the sales of tobacco products at any store that has a pharmacy or a health clinic.


The Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance is asking Hy-Vee to follow the lead of CVS Pharmacies and quit selling tobacco products. The group is starting a petition drive asking Hy-Vee to follow suit.


Dr. Christopher Squire, Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance Board President, says if Hy-Vee were to end the sale of tobacco products it would reduce the availability and marketing of such products, accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use, and ultimately help more Iowans quit smoking.


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Laptop and TV Stolen in Creston

(Creston) A laptop and television were reported stolen in Creston.


The Creston Police Department says John Mcfee, of 623 New York Ave., Apt. F, reported Wednesday, that sometime between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. someone broke into his apartment and stole his HP laptop computer and 42 inch flat screen TV.


The estimated loss is $700.


Mandy Billings


State vs Robert Reynolds Murder Trial continues Today

(Council Bluffs)  The trial in the shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman got underway at a little after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

Robert A. Reynolds, 63, of Oakland is standing trial on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.


Dorsey was found deceased in the kitchen of the Reynolds residence at 303 Brown street in Oakland on April 8. According to testimony from an official with the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Dorsey died of a gunshot wound to the head. 

A rescue call came in at around 3:00 a.m. in regards to a shooting inside the home at 303 Brown Street. 

Pottawattamie County Deputy Marc Freeman testified Wednesday morning that when he arrived on scene he went to the rear of his car, grabbed his tactical vest and his rifle and proceeded to the east side of the house.


“During that time I observed Mr. Reynolds, or the subject thought to be Mr. Reynolds at the time, exit the house onto the front porch several times with his hands in the direction or area of his waistband or pockets in the front of him, not complying with the orders that were being given to him by all deputies on scene at the time,” said Freeman.

Freeman says the subject came out of the rear of the house and took cover behind a gold SUV. He crouched down with his hands in the vicinity of his waist band. Freeman says he gave a command to the subject to take his hands out of his pockets, but the subject did not comply and retreated back into the home. After that Freeman says the subject eventually came out of the home and sat down on a porch swing where he succumbed to law enforcement.  


“At that point the subject was handcuffed. I checked him for weapons, anything that would stick or poke me, I asked him if he was alright and then immediately started reading him his Miranda rights,” explained Freeman.


When asked if he had a conversation with Reynolds, Freeman said, “Just asking him if he was injured or if he needed medical attention was the amount of my conversation with him other than reading him his rights.”


When asked if Reynolds responded, Freeman said, “He said that he needed medical attention in the form of mental help.”

Freeman says the subject was secured inside a patrol cruiser and was alerted that there was one female victim found inside the home. 

The prosecution is attempting to prove that Robert Reynolds shot and killed Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey. The defense is arguing that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it. Reynolds has pleaded not-guilty. 

Testimony continues this morning at 9:00 a.m. 

Tom Robinson
November 20, 2014

Orthopedic Surgeon to join CCHS and MMC

(Atlantic) Edward Fisher, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will be joining Myrtue Medical Center and Cass County Health System in February 2015.  Dr. Fisher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of experience.


Dr. Fisher will provide full orthopedic services at hospitals, conducting clinics and performing surgeries at least two days each week in Atlantic and Harlan.  His care will encompass a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries including: joint replacement (hip and knee), carpal tunnel, arthroscopies (knee and shoulder), rotator cuff, and fracture and dislocation procedures.


Dr. Fisher completed medical school and his orthopedic internship and residency training at the University of California, Irvine. After practicing in California for seven years he moved to Russellville, Alabama where he practiced for 15 years.  He has been working in Clarksdale Mississippi since 2009.   


Dr. Fisher and his fiancée, Maggie Doran, will relocate to southwest Iowa in early 2015.


Mandy Billings


Great American Smoke Out Today

(Iowa) The annual Great American Smoke Out is today.


“Smoking is the one activity that affects health more than any other in the United States,” said Dr. Richard Deming, Medical Director of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines. “About 30 percent of all cancer is caused by cigarette smoking.”


Dr. Deming says on average, those who smoke reduce their life expectancy by 10-years.


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Atlantic City Council Approves 2015 Street Improvement Project

(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council approved an engineering contract with Snyder & Associates for the 2015 Street Improvement Project for $127,750 at their meeting Wednesday night.


The project is a continuation of the ongoing street improvement projects that the City has undertaken over the last few years.


“With this getting done, 95 percent of our streets will either be in good or excellent condition,” said Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones. “We’ll have a few little pockets here and we’ll fill them in as we need to.”


The project includes:


5th Street from Walnut to Mulberry

6th Street from Spruce to Walnut

8th Street from Palm to Poplar and Walnut to Cherry

14th Street from Linn to Olive

16th Street from Oak to Olive

Laurel Street from 8th to 10th

Linn Street from the railroad tracks to Commerce

Spruce Street from 5th to 7th


The City Council also approved an engineering contract with Snyder & Associates for the sanitary sewer relining project for $21,850. The proposed area of impact includes:


Teresa Drive from 14th to cul-de-sac

Bryn Mawr Blvd. from Ridge Road to Apt. parking lot

18th Street from Hillcrest to Fair Ridge Circle

Fair Ridge Circle from 18th to Oak Street

Walnut Street from 9th to 11th

19th Street from Hemlock to Bryn Mawr Circle

Chestnut Street from 1901 to 2001 address

8th Street from Cherry to Plum


The existing sewer mains will be cleaned and televised, protruding taps will be removed and point repairs will be completed where found necessary.


In other activity, the City Council approved a change order for the 2014 Highway 6 reconstruction for $3,900. This is for the sanitary sewer improvements to be included in the Highway 6 reconstruction plans. Meanwhile, Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones encourages everyone to attend a public information meeting on December 2nd that will focus on the proposed reconstruction of Highway 6 in Atlantic. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Iowa DOT District 4 Office (2210 E. 7th Street) in Atlantic.


Mandy Billings


Single Vehicle Accident Just Reported

(Griswold) Griswold Rescue and Medivac have been called to a  single vehicle accident at 49229 Pioneer Trail this morning. According to scanner traffic a 22-year-old male was concious and breathing, but he hit his head. Lifenet has been sent to the scene. We'll have more details on the accident whent they are available.



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State vs Robert Reynolds Murder Trial is Underway

(Council Bluffs) The trial in the shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman got underway at a little after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.


Robert A. Reynolds, 63, of Oakland, is standing trial on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.


Dorsey was found deceased in the kitchen of the Reynolds residence at 303 Brown street in Oakland on April 8. According to testimony from an official with the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Dorsey died of a gunshot wound to the head.


Witnesses say there were five people in the home when the April 8 incident happened including; Robert A. Reynolds, his wife Theresa, step-daughter Amber, and Theresa’s five-year-old grandson.


Reynolds, his wife Theresa, and Pat Dorsey were drinking with the neighbors, who left the house at a little after 10:00 p.m. and according to testimony everything was fine.


But, as the hours wore on something changed inside that home.


The prosecution played the chaotic 9-1-1 call at around 3:00 a.m. of the morning in question.  


Reynold's wife Theresa testified that she had gone to bed and was awakened by some commotion and when it continued she got up and walked into the kitchen and saw Pat lying on the floor, and yelled at Bob and told him to go to bed. Theresa testified that Robert headed toward his bedroom and returned to the kitchen, yelled at her and pushed against the kitchen sink and that is when she said she heard shots being fired.


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She also testified that she saw the gun lying on the kitchen table and picked it up.


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Theresa Reynolds said she took the gun and laid it by the garage following the shooting.


During cross examination Theresa admitted to defense attorney Eric Nelson that she has also been questioned about the April 8 shooting.


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Several Pottawattamie County deputies testified that they took Robert Reynolds into custody following a brief standoff that morning.  Deputies testified that Reynolds eventually came out the front door of the house and sat on a porch chair with a beverage in his hand. Officers testified that they tackled him and put him in handcuffs and read him his Miranda rights.


The prosecution is attempting to prove that Robert Reynolds shot and killed Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, the defense is arguing that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it. Reynolds has pleaded not-guilty.


Testimony continues Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.


Tom Robinson

November 19, 2014 

Grassley Commemorates Harkin on 75th Birthday

(Des Moines) After a hard-fought election, Senator-elect Joni Ernst will soon be sworn in. The man who she'll replace celebrated his 75th birthday today. It's an event his colleague, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, commemorated on the Senate floor.


“Although some of our silver tongued critics over the years may have described Tom’s views as those of a bleeding heart liberal, or mine mischaracterized as that of a cold hearted conservative… we both, Tom and I, know that our hearts have always been in the right place,” said Grassley.


Harkin thanked Grassley for the praise and invited him to speak at the Harkin Institute. The retiring senator has spent 40 years in Washington.



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GOP Activists and Donors Calling for Bipartisan Action on Immigration

(Des Moines) The national coalition of GOP activists and donors, including here in Iowa, today are calling for bipartisan action on the issue of immigration. 


During an Iowa statehouse news conference this morning, GOP consultant John Stineman says he prefers Congressional action as opposed to Presidential executive orders.


“This is all part of an effort to make it 100-percent clear that Republicans do want to see action on immigration reform, we want to see conservative principles reflected in that reform,” said Stineman.


And, former state Senator Jeff Angelo says the time for campaigning is over, the time for governance has begun.


“This is the time when the talking points end and you actually begin to practically implement policy,” said Angelo. “So, there are some things that we absolutely need to do in this next session of congress in regard to immigration policy.”


Angelo claims there needs to be a "pathway out of the shadows" for millions of undocumented workers.  But, he and others insist calling it "amnesty" would be a misnomer.


The Iowa news conference was one of more than twenty similar events in other states.  It's timed to coincide with the release of a report from the "Partnership for a New American Economy" Wednesday morning called "Immigration: Conservative and Economic Solutions to Act Now".  Articles contributed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Representative Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and Senator Rand Paul.  An accompanying letter signed by over a hundred major national Republican donors.


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Red Cross Busy Helping Victims of House Fires

(Des Moines) This month has been extremely busy for Red Cross volunteers called out to help victims of house fires. Spokesperson Kara Kelly says the most recent case was overnight in southern Iowa.


“We assisted a family in Mystic, which is in Appanoose County… a couple who lost their home in a fire and we helped them with blankets and warm clothing; we give out a lot of warm clothing this time of year, and then we made sure they had a safe place to stay overnight and then we’re going to be working with them today to see if there is anything else we can do for them,” said Kelly.


Kelly says there have been twice as many home fires this month than normal. She notes, they always see an increase when the weather turns cold and people start relying on alternative heating sources.


The number one cause of house fires is cooking. The number two cause is heating sources.


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Iowa 'Doing Well' in terms of Credit Scores

(Area) When it comes to their credit scores, Cedar Rapids residents have some of the best in the nation. Rod Griffin of Experian says the Cedar Rapids area came in 9th in the nation among communities they tracked. And he says the rest of the state did pretty well.
“Everybody is doing well in Iowa generally on average. What we see in our survey and have consistently seen is that people in the Midwest and in the northern part of the country seem to have better credit scores on average than the populations in the southern part of the country.”
Experian’s ‘State of Credit’ report shows that nationally, credit scores are up and use of bank cards and retail credit is also on the rise. 
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Teen Arrested for Arson Fire at Abraham Lincoln High School

(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Fire Department has released new details on the fire at Abraham Lincoln High School.


At around 12:17 p.m. Tuesday, Council Bluffs Fire Department units were dispatched to a report of a fire in Abraham Lincoln High School. Fire crews found the fire to be out upon arrival. The fire suppression system in the school extinguished the fire that occurred in the mezzanine level of the gymnasium. The students were evacuated from the school without incident. The gymnasium sustained fire, smoke and water damage.


A fire investigation was conducted in cooperation with Council Bluffs Community School District and Council Bluffs Police Department. The fire was found to be incendiary in nature. Two suspects, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, were interviewed in connection with the incident. A 14-year-old male was charged with 1st Degree Arson and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. The names of the juveniles are not being released.


Mandy Billings


Resources Available to Help Distinguish Dementia and Forgetfulness

(Ames) A partnership program is underway involving Iowa State University’s Gerontology Program and the department of aging to help promote a resource, that may help folds distinguish between normal forgetfulness and early dementia. The resource is www.lifelonglinks.org. ISU Gerontology Program Director Jennifer Margrett says it may prove valuable to your family.
“With ultimately the idea that people can age in place, can work within the context of dementia and have improved quality of life and not end up living in long term care needlessly or prematurely.”
She says a big obstacle, is simply talking about dementia, because there’s a stigma attached to it. 
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Abraham Lincoln High School Suffers Water Damage After Fire

(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs authorities are investigating a fire that led to the evacuation of an area high school.


The fire was reported just after 12:00p.m. on Tuesday at Abraham Lincoln High School. Council Bluffs Fire Marshal Larry Wohlers says someone intentionally set fire to a football tackling dummy in the school field house.


A sprinkler system activated to put out the flames. Officials say no one was injured. The school was evacuated for a short time while the firefighters worked to vent the smoke. School officials say there is water damage on the balcony and in the music wing at the school.


Bennett Blake



Supervisors Discuss Courthouse Safety

(Atlantic) Gunshots rang out at the Cass County Courthouse this morning, but only as part of an exercise.


Cass County Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, with Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren by his side, fired a starter pistol on each floor of the courthouse so employees could recognize the sounds of gunshots on each floor in case there was an active shooter in the building.


Prior to the exercise, Sheriff McLaren, Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon and the Board of Supervisors discussed courthouse safety.


“If we have an active shooter, we have to have some place for everybody to go,” said Schelling.


Most of the departments in the Courthouse have a “safe room”, but the plan is to talk with each department about the safe rooms and what they would need to do to ensure their safety. And, the courthouse will soon only allow the public to enter through one entrance, which would be the south entrance by the parking lot. Signs will be put in place to notify the public which entrance to use.



Mandy Billings


Minor Injuries Reported in Council Bluffs Car/Pedestrian Collision

(Council Bluffs) Officials in Council Bluffs say there will be no charges after a car collided with a 9-year-old pedestrian. The incident took place at the intersection of 6th and Willow Street at 8:00 a.m. today (Wednesday).


According to the report, 9-year-old Joshua McNutt, of Council Bluffs, entered the intersection against a walk sign and into the path of a car driven by Kayla Knudtson, of Omaha. The low speed impact caused the pedestrian to fall to the ground and suffer minor injuries to his knees. He was taken to Mercy ER for evaluation as a precaution.


Bennett Blake

Theft of Ipod Nano Reported in Creston

(Creston) The Creston Police Depart reports one theft incident. According to authorities, Sherri Hodge, of Creston, reported that sometime on November 13th between 11:55 a.m. and 5:32 p.m. someone took a package containing an Ipod Nano from her residence that was delivered by Fedex that day. The estimated loss is $140.


Bennett Blake

Congressman King to hold Presidential Candidate Summit

(State) The Presidential campaign season for Republicans will officially kick off in January. Congressman Steve King and Citizens United are sponsoring an event in Des Moines to give potential presidential candidates a chance to make an early case to be Republican caucus-goers. King says,


"Almost all of them in a type of one on one conversation. I have confidence they'll have a good turnout. We'll have an outstanding list of potential candidates and thought leaders. Again it's just the right thing to do."


The event will be January 24th at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium in Des Moines. Among the possible candidates are Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Mike Lee, Carly Fiorina and John Bolton.


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Area Conservation Boards Offer Bird Viewing Trip to Minnesota

(Area) The Cass County Conservation Board in conjunction with the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards are offering a Minnesota Avian Adventure trip. 
The trip to the Duluth, Minnesota area will be Friday, January 16th to Monday, January 19th. Participants will get a chance to see the world famous Sax-Zim Bog area. For more information on the trip you can contact Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning at 712-769-2372. 
The cost of the trip is $480 for a single person or $645 for double occupancy. Included in the cost is transportation, three nights lodging, guides, one lunch, and snacks/refreshments on the bus.
Interested parties must register by December 31st.
Bennett Blake

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Makes Two Arrests

(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reports a pair of drug arrests were made on Tuesday evening.


One came during a traffic stop while another arrest came after a follow up reference to an incident at a residence in Grant.


At 6:30 p.m. authorities pulled over 36-year-old Damyn Carl Stacy, of Villisca, at the intersection of Highway 34 and Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. Stacy is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to Montgomery County Corrections, booked in, and later released on citation. 


At approximately 9:20 p.m. authorities did a follow up reference to an incident at 108 Adams Street in Grant. Deputies arrested Scott Timothy Brown, age 51, of Grant for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brown was booked into Montgomery County Corrections in lieu of $1,000 cash bond.


Bennett Blake


Strong Winds Prompt Special Weather Statement

(Area) A Special Weather Statement is in effect until 7:00 this morning for several counties throughout the state including Carroll, Crawford, Audubon, Guthrie, and Cass Counties within the KSOM/KS95.7 coverage area.


Much of Iowa will experience a brief period of strong winds early this morning. A cold front is pushing southeast across the state and right behind the front, a strong push of cooler air is causing winds to increase to 20-30 mph at times with gusts briefly to 45 mph. This may cause blowing snow, especially in northern Iowa. 


High profile vehicles may experience some brief difficulty driving early today and blowing snow may cause a few slippery stretches on roadways. Motorists are urged to use caution and allow extra time to reach your destination.


Bennett Blake


Adair-Casey School Board to Discuss District's Future

(Adair) The Adair-Casey school board will meet in regular session tonight (Wednesday).


Among the items on the agenda is the 'Future of Adair-Casey District' below that are three options: 1.) Preservation of Current Situation 2.) Whole-grade Sharing and Seek to Find a Partner 3.) Consolidation and Seek to Find a Partner.


Superintendent of Schools Steve Smith says, "Whole-grade sharing is kind of a nice comfortable feeling that you can get in and work around and work with another district, but the third option could be that you would just decide to investigate and look into consolidating with another school district. Most times that's really not the best option to start out with. I don't look for that to be there, but that has to be laid out there because there has to be those kinds of options."


Of course the entire discussion is due to declining enrollment.


"I think in rural Iowa we can all say that declining enrollment is taking it's toll not only in our schools but in our communities. It's no different at Adair-Casey than it is at some other surrounding communities and schools. Trying to align yourself and trying to work towards making the best fit and getting the best education possible for your kids is really important."


Smith says this same item came up about this team a year ago, at which time no immediate changes were made. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Adair-Casey High School at 7:00 p.m.


Bennett Blake

Opening Arguments set for Wednesday morning in State vs Robert Reynolds Trial

(Council Bluffs) It took nearly seven hours at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs Tuesday to select a jury for the trial, the State vs Robert Arthur Reynolds.


The jury selection process started at around 9:00 a.m. with a group 102 people from the East Pottawattamie County Jury pool. At 5:30 p.m. the selection process was completed.  


Robert Reynolds, 63, of Oakland,  faces charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade Dorsey of rural Atlantic.


The shooting occurred in the early morning hours of April 8. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Oakland Fire and Rescue found Kinkade-Dorsey deceased inside Reynolds’ residence. At the time, the sheriff’s office said a disturbance – involving one or multiple people who’d been drinking alcohol –occurred before the shooting. The defendant and the victim were reportedly acquaintances. Reynolds pleaded not guilty.


According to Sheriff’s reports the weapon used was a semiautomatic handgun. 


The jury trial before Fourth District Court Judge Greg Steensland is set to begin with opening arguments at around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.


Tom Robinson

November 18, 2014

Study Shows Lower Commodity Prices Influence Farm Land Values

(State) Iowa farm land values slipped four percent, according to the latest Chicago Federal Reserve study. Economist Dave Oppedahl says values may drop even more this winter. But he says there's certainly a silver lining.


"At the same time, there is still long term prospects for agriculture that are pretty positive given the position of our productive farm land and our water resources in the midst of a world that is going to need a lot more food."


Oppedahl says the decline in values is directly related to lower commodity prices.


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DNR Officials Promote Iowa's HUSH Program

(Area) The Iowa HUSH program provided over half a million meals a year ago. Spearheaded by the Iowa DNR, it’s a collaborative effort with the Food Bank of Iowa to accomplish two main goals.


HUSH stands for help us stop hunger and among it’s primary goals is to help reduce the Iowa deer population.


“It’s been a really popular program, because obviously in Iowa the DNR has been under an effort to reduce the deer herd for a number of years now and the HUSH program really helps us do that. Most hunters only want to harvest one or two deer for consumption and that‘s not going to bring the deer herd down in a hurry. With this HUSH Program, we not only get some deer harvested, but also helps feed the needy in Iowa.”


As Larsen mentioned, the other main goal of the program is to provide high quality protein to needy Iowa citizens.


“This meet that‘s collected through the HUSH program goes to feed needy Iowans. In the 2013-14 hunting season 3,900 deer were donated which generated 624,000 meals for Iowa’s less fortunate so it’s a really good program and we are glad to have it again this year.”


For a rundown of rules and for a hush locker list map you can check the iowadnr.gov webpage.


Bennett Blake

American Legion National Vice Commander Visits Atlantic

(Atlantic) The American Legion National Vice Commander stopped by Atlantic Tuesday morning for a tour of the Armory building and to visit with veterans about the American Legion.


Vice Commander Paul O. Sanford, of Kansas, stopped by the Armory just prior to 11:00a.m. on Tuesday. Sanford's main message centered around the four pillars that the American Legion was founded on, chief among them is veteran affairs and rehabilitation.


"To me that's one of the most important. Basically that says we are still veterans and we are still serving veterans. We are taking care of our veterans. That's the main thing that we need to do."


Sanford was accompanied by Department Commander Ron Struble, of Manchester, and Membership Chairman Jim Peterson, of Gowrie. The group began the day by visiting the freedom rock in Greenfield and went from Atlantic to Shenandoah to continue their tour.


Bennett Blake

Jury Selection Continues for State Vs Robert Reynolds Trial

(Council Bluffs) Jury selection for The State Versus Robert Reynolds trial continues this afternoon at the Pottawattamie Courthouse in Council Bluffs.


Robert Reynolds, 63, of Oakland faces 1st Degree Murder charges in the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of Rural Atlantic. Reynolds has pleaded not guilty.


The court room was packed with 102 prospective jurors and as of noon today only 36 had been interviewed.


Judge Greg Streensland says unless something extraordinary happens, opening arguments may not begin until Wednesday morning.


The East Pottawattamie County Jury Pool is being used for this trial in Council Bluffs.


Tom Robinson
November 18, 2014 

Alternate Home Heating Sources Bring Increased Risk of Fire

(Area) Frigid temperatures this week have prompted individuals to use alternative heat sources to stay warm. Many of those come with an increased fire risk. Red Oak Fire Chief Jamie Blount…


“We are getting to that time of year where people are using alternative methods to heat there homes. Space heaters as well as any other type of heaters, we want to make sure we keep a 36’’ radius around the heater from any type of combustible material.”


Some of those combustible materials may include, but are not limited to…


“Any type of home furnishings, any kind of paper, clothing, furniture, any type of material that could possibly burn.”


Other safety tips as the temperature dips include not using cooking stoves as a means to heat a home and having your chimneys cleaned out to minimize fire risk.


Bennett Blake

Cass County Arrests

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


Michael George Dennis, 45, of Casey, was arrested Friday for OWI 1st Offense and Child Endangerment. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.


Haylee Marie Thompson, 23, of Exira, was arrested Thursday for OWI 2nd Offense. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on her own recognizance.


And, 20-year-old Sunnie Jo Marie Peck, of Walnut, was arrested November 10th on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was held on $10,000 bond.


Mandy Billings


Update on House Fire in rural Montgomery County

(Grant) Fire destroyed a home northeast of Grant Monday night.


Grant Fire Chief Greg Vetter said they were called to 1020 W Avenue, Villisca, at around 8:46 p.m. for a two-story structure fire.


“When we arrived on scene we had heavy fire conditions on the east side of the structure,” said Vetter. “A defensive attack was made at that time to get the main body of fire knocked down. Once we had that accomplished we were able to enter the structure to interior attack the remaining fire. There was quite a bit of salvage and overhaul to get completed once we had the bulk of the fire put out.”


Vetter said they battled the fire for almost four hours. He said the fire may have started where the electrical service goes into the house.


“The owners were home at the time of the fire and it sounded like they lost part of the lights in the house and very shortly thereafter they lost the rest and as they exited the residence they saw flames in the area of the main fuse box,” explained Vetter.


Vetter said half of the house had heavy fire damage and the entire house had heat and smoke damage. He said the home will probably be considered a total loss. There were no injuries.


Vetter would like to thank the Griswold and Elliott Fire Departments and Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman for their assistance at the scene.


(Photo from Montgomery County Emergency Management)


Mandy Billings


Atlantic Police Report Two Arrests

(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 21-year-old Curtis McCoy on Sunday. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.


The Atlantic Police Department also arrested 30-year-old Gwen Vanderhoof, of Atlantic, on Friday for Public Intoxication. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.



Mandy Billings


Audubon School Board Accepts Bid for Elementary Project

(Audubon) The Audubon School Board awarded a contract for their elementary project at their meeting Monday night.


Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they didn’t receive any comments for or against the project during the public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Board accepted the low bid from Badding Construction Company out of Carroll in the amount of $512,800. They also accepted one alternate bid to redo the bathrooms in the amount of $119,800.  Gibbs said they bonded against sales tax money to pay for the project; they did not use any local property tax dollars. The remodeling project should start right after school gets out this spring and they anticipate the project to be done around August 10th.


Gibbs said the School Board also discussed their financial situation at the school. He said even though they have had an increase in enrollment, they are probably looking at making some cuts going forward as they continue to battle low allowable growth. Gibbs said they need to make adjustments to keep the unspent balance in a healthy situation. The board will continue to discuss this matter at future meetings.



Mandy Billings


Atlantic Parks and Recreation Looking at Proposal to Replace Kiddie Korral Shelter

(Atlantic) Plans are moving forward to replace the Kiddie Korral shelter at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic.


Atlantic Parks and Recreation Director Roger Herring told the Parks and Rec. Board Monday night that he received a proposal for an open wood shelter that is approximately the same size as the current shelter.


“Aesthetically, trying to think about that location and where the Kiddie Korral is at, I think we want to keep the feel for that area and with the old shelter being a wood one that’s a landmark I thought maybe we wanted to keep that in mind for the next one,” said Herring. “But, that decision is going to be up to the board.”


Herring said the shelter would cost between $25,000 and $26,000, and that price does not include the concrete slab, installation or wiring. The board also has the option of putting a smaller shelter in for half of the cost. Herring said he would like to move the shelter location a little bit to the south and west away from the bank that goes down to the trails.


In other activity, Herring said they received a Cass County Community Foundation grant in the amount of $3,000 to continue and finish grading at the campground.


Installation of the bike hitches at the Courthouse and City Park has been stalled due to the weather.


The fishing dock at Schildberg remains closed and may stay closed through the winter. The parts to repair the dock have not arrived yet.


Seed has been drilled in at the Senior Activity Area. Straw mats were used on the banks for soil stabilization and erosion control. The picnic tables and grills need to be put in place, as well as electrical outlets. The horse shoe pits will be constructed next spring.


And, the Parks and Recreation Department will soon be advertising for an Assistant Parks and Recreation Director. The board would like to get the process started to get an assistant hired as soon as possible. The purpose of the position is to insure the Parks and Recreation department continues to serve the community to its fullest following the retirement of Roger Herring. Herring will be retiring at the end of his fifth year of service on May 31, 2016. And, to insure the Parks and Recreation Department maintains its vision and progressive mode.



Mandy Billings


Drug Arrests in Montgomery County

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


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop at 222nd Street/Highway 48 south of Red Oak at around 3:47 a.m. As a result of the stop, the Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old James Keith Saufley, Jr., of Hepburn, for Possession of Methamphetamine and Carrying Weapons. 41-year-old Amy Michelle Stiner, of Hepburn, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Saufley Jr. was held at the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond. Stiner was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and released on citation.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Red Oak Police Department.


Mandy Billings


Iowa Harvest is Nearing Completion

(Des Moines) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says 92 percent of corn and 98 percent of soybeans harvested.  Unfortunately, the snow and bitter cold weather creates challenges for farmers that still have crop in the field


Iowa farmers used the 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork to harvest one-tenth of the state’s corn crop during the week ending November 16, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cold temperatures and snow halted most other activities during the week, but some corn stalks were baled, and manure hauled.


Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.


Ninety-two percent of Iowa’s corn acreage was harvested, equal to 2013 but 2 days ahead of the five-year average. This was the first time this season that corn harvest was ahead of the normal pace. Corn harvest in south central Iowa continued to trail behind the rest of the state with only 79 percent complete. Soybean harvest was nearing completion with 98 percent of the acreage harvested.


Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 48 percent moderate to heavy, dropping 12 percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated at 84 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was 79 percent adequate to surplus.


Hay and roughage supplies were estimated at 97 percent adequate to surplus. Cold and snowy conditions tested livestock, and some farmers have started to feed hay.


Mandy Billings


House Fire in rural Montgomery County

(Griswold) Firefighters from Grant, Elliott and Griswold battled a two-story structure fire in rural northeast Montgomery County last night. Montgomery County Emergency Management says all occupants were able to safely exit the structure. The fire started shortly before 9:00 p.m.


(Photo from Montgomery County Emergency Management)












Mandy Billings


Podiatrist Relocates Practice to Cass County Health System

(Atlantic) Dr. Roger Drown, D.P.M. will relocate his podiatry practice to Cass County Health System this month.


Dr. Drown began providing podiatric care for area residents as a visiting specialist in the CCMH Outpatient Clinics in July of 2013. Since that time, he has decided to make Cass County Health System his only practice location.


Effective Tuesday, November 18th, Dr. Drown will provide care in Atlantic three days each week—Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The office will remain in its current location within the hospital’s Outpatient Clinics.


Dr. Drown received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University in 2009. He completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 2012. Since that time he has practiced with East Village Foot and Ankle Surgeons in Des Moines.


Mandy Billings


Edgewood Man Injured While Raccoon Hunting

(Littleport) An Edgewood man received a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg while hunting raccoons near Littleport in Clayton County late Friday evening.


Kyle Fry, 20, was trying to get tracking dogs away from raccoons when the .22 caliber rifle he was holding discharged hitting him in the thigh.


Fry was taken to a hospital in Elkader and then later transferred to a hospital in Dubuque where he was being treated for what are believed to be a non-life threatening injury.




Update: Cause of Red Oak Fire Believed to be Electrical

(Red Oak) Officials with the Red Oak Fire Department believe they have found a cause of the residential structure fire south of Red Oak last Thursday. Four fire departments were called to 2359 Highway 48 just south of Red Oak where Fire Chief James Blount says a residence was engulfed in flames.

“The investigation, after talking with the home owner as well as piecing together the fire scene, it appears that it‘s going to be electrical in nature.”


Noone was injured in the fire. Chief Blount says there were occupants at the home who were able to get out and call for help.


Bennett Blake

Angels of Christmas Deadline Extended

(Atlantic) The deadline for nominations for the Angels of Christmas has been extended.


The Angels of Christmas is an Atlantic tradition recognizing and thanking area residents who symbolize the true meaning of the season.  Angels exemplify the true holiday spirit all year long; putting others first, spreading generosity and sharing the holiday spirit with everyone they meet.
This year, the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and Cass County Health System will honor an Angel of Christmas at our local Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 7th.  The honored Angels of Christmas will receive a gift of AtlanticCash and an angel figurine in appreciation for their spirit of giving and serving others. 


Angel nominations are now being accepted at the Atlantic Area of Commerce.  The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, November 21st.  Nominations may be submitted in hard copy to the chamber at 102 Chestnut Street or via email chamber@atlanticiowa.com. 

For more information, contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.



Grants Awarded to Audubon County Nonprofit Agencies

(Audubon) Brett Irlmeier, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that $39,770 in grants was awarded to Audubon County nonprofit agencies.  With these grants, the Audubon County Community Foundation has distributed over $1.2 million in grants and scholarships over the last 14 years.


The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Audubon County Community Foundation by the September 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the Audubon County Board of Directors:


-Audubon Downtown Stage Revitalization Committee – Handicap access, signage and other components for John James Audubon City Park stage structure - $5,000.


-Audubon Recreation Foundation – Recreation Center Project - $15,000


-Exira Community Club – Little Legion Splash Pad - $5,000


-Exira Public Library – Complete Current Construction Project - $14,770


Of this amount approximately $2,500 from the Leon and Iva Milliman Endowed Fund went to the Exira Public Library; $2,800 from the Charles T. and Kathleen K. Manatt Endowed Fund, $690 from the Audubon State Bank/Stephen Garst Endowed Fund, and $1,200 from the Audubon Masonic Association Endowed Fund went to the Audubon Recreation Foundation; and $490 from the Fred and Evelyn Nissen Endowed Fund for Audubon, and $490 from the Merle and Norma Petersen Endowed Fund went to the Audubon Downtown Revitalization Stage Committee.


All grantees met the criteria as Audubon County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services.  Only organizations providing services in Audubon County were eligible.


Audubon County agency representatives received their checks on November 14th.  During brief check distribution activities Irlmeier commended the nonprofit agencies for their individual efforts to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Audubon County.



State vs Reynolds Trial set to Begin Tuesday

(Council Bluffs) Jury selection is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, (November 18),  in the trial the State vs Robert Arthur Reynolds.


Robert Reynolds, 63, of Oakland, Iowa, faces charges of first-degree murder in the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade Dorsey of rural Cass County. Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to the charge.


The trial will be held at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs. The East Pottawattamie County Jury pool will be used in the trial.


Tom Robinson

November 17, 2014

Noon news 

Teen Injured in Single Vehicle Crash in Shelby County

(Harlan) An Elk Horn teen was injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports 17-year-old Zachary Thompson, was southbound on Highway 173 at 12:20p.m. when he lost control near the 400 block. Thompson’s 2005 Chevy Blazer went into the east ditch, rolled, and came to rest on it’s top.


Thompson was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and later transferred to Nebraska Medical Center. The roadway was snow and ice covered at the time of the accident.


Bennett Blake

Updated: No Injuries in Accident at 9th and Poplar in Atlantic Friday

(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department has released the details of an accident that took place late Friday morning at the intersection of 9th and Poplar.


A vehicle driven by Jesse Simmons, of Atlantic, was southbound in the 900 block of Poplar when a vehicle driven by Marilyn Mundorf, of Atlantic, pulled out from a stop sign into the intersection. The collision caused Simmons’ vehicle to roll onto it’s top.


No injuries were reported in the accident which caused nearly $13,000 estimated damage.


Simmons is cited for Driving Under Suspension and No Liability Insurance. Mundorf is cited for Failure to Stop or Yield at an Intersection.


Bennett Blake

Updated: Leatha Slauson Pleads Guilty to Five out of Twenty Charges

(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter’s cancer entered a guilty plea to five counts out of the 20 she was originally charged with in Cass County court this morning.


Leatha Slauson, 30, pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 3; child endangerment, count four; administering harmful substances, count 10; unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device, and an amended charge of count 20 from 1st degree theft to 2nd degree theft. Under this condition, all other charges will be dismissed.


“Originally she had made a lot of statements to law enforcement, she admitted to what she had done and she wanted to come forward and admit it today,” said Jay Mez, Attorney for Leatha Slauson. “It was my job to get the best plea agreement done for her and I think we did that.”


When Judge Mark Eveloff asked Slauson about why she faces these charges, she admitted that she had given her 5-year-old daughter Riley cannabis oil and neupogen and did not have a prescription for either. She also admitted that she had received money from fundraising events while claiming Riley had terminal cancer and had put that money in the bank.


Sentencing will take place on December 22nd. Until then, Slauson will be released to the care of her mother in Hampton, Iowa, subject to pretrial release conditions. Slauson is not allowed to have contact with her husband or her children. And, she must complete a mental health evaluation.


Jay Mez said Slauson knows she has issues and wants to get help. He doesn’t believe she will be a danger during her pretrial release.


“The only thing that ever happened that caused all of this was with one of the children. He (the judge) has protected the whole family. There has never been any allegations that she did anything wrong to any other children or adults. She has no prior arrests, not even a speeding ticket,” explained Mez. “So, the court and I believe that she is not a danger.”


Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner was asked why this case wouldn’t go to trial given the strong facts. He said in this case she is pleading to multiple felonies and even though the facts of the case may be strong, things can take a different direction at trial.


“Could you get more convictions at a trial? Sure, you can. And, things can also go the opposite way too. Not just through an acquittal or other reasons, but sometimes things happen at a trial, maybe a mistrial, or there are various reasons,” said Feistner. “I think I tried to take a look at the full nature of the charges and the strength of the case, but also something that ensures that she is pleading to substantial charges, if you will, rather than amended charges and that’s why she pleaded to at least the felony charges.”


Slauson faces up to 21-years in prison.


(The 20 charges Slauson was facing included 1st Degree Theft, two counts of Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury, distributing drugs to a person under the age of 18, two counts of administering harmful substances, two counts of domestic abuse assault, two counts of assault while participating in a felony, and 10 counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device.)


Mandy Billings


Slauson Plea Agreement announced in Cass County District Court This Morning

(Atlantic) The Atlantic woman that has been sitting in the Cass County Jail since late August pleaded guilty this morning in Cass County District court to lying about her daughter’s cancer.


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


Today, with her Lawyer, Jay Mez, at her side pled guilty to counts, one and three Child Endangerment, count four, administering harmful substances, count ten, unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device and amended the charge of count 20, first degree theft, to second degree theft. Slauson will be released from jail to the custody of her mother under pretrial release supervision. She also must get a mental health evaluation and cannot have contact with her husband or children. Slauson could face up to 21 years in prison. 


Sentencing is set for December 22.


Mandy Billings 

November 17, 2014

a.m. news


Atlantic In-Town Deer Hunt Influencing Deer Population

(Atlantic) The City of Atlantic’s in town deer hunt is now in it’s 3rd year and he popularity has grown immensely since the first year in 2012.


Chris Larsen, of the Iowa DNR, says the effort has made an impact in reducing the deer heard within the city limits.


“In 2013 they harvested 12 does and two bucks. It doesn’t seem like a lot of deer, but remember those does would have had fawns the next spring, some of them doubles, so they really reduced the deer herd by 24 to 36 deer just by what they harvested in 2013 and you do that for a couple-three years in a row, that’s really going to bring the deer population down in a hurry.”


A big incentive that was introduced last year, which helped in a big way.


“Obviously the city did this to try and reduce the deer numbers in town. They got a little out of hand there a few years ago so they passed an ordinance to allow doe only harvest to begin with, but they didn‘t have a lot of participation so they made some incentives to get more hunters to participate. They allowed the harvest of a buck after you’d harvested a doe.”


Anyone interested in participating in the bow hunt must register with the Atlantic Police Department. For more information you can call 712-243-3512.


Bennett Blake

Updated: Names Released in Council Bluffs Sledding Accident

(Council Bluffs) More information has been released in regards to the Council Bluffs sledding accident Sunday that seriously injured a child.


Authorities say 5-year-old Kailey Maloney, of Council Bluffs, was sledding near Abraham Lincoln High School when her sled slid onto Bennett Avenue. Maloney slid into the path of a pickup driven by 58-year-old Michael Needham, of Council Bluffs.  She was transported to Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition.


The accident took place at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday and was investigated by the CB Police Department Traffic Unit.


Bennett Blake

Iowa Home Sales Increase; Prices Remain Steady

(Clive) The Iowa Association of Realtors reported today that October home sales were up compared to the same month last year. Home prices remain steady.


According to IAR’s 2014 October Housing Trends Report, sales rose by 3.0 percent in October, reflecting an increase in overall activity. According to the report, 3,349 homes were sold or closed in October of this year, compared to 3,251 homes sold/closed in October 2013.


The average sale price remained virtually unchanged improving by 0.1 percent from October 2013. The average sale price was $157,231 in October 2014 and $157,140 in October 2013. The median price was $130,000 in October 2014 and $130,000 in October of 2013.


Inventory showed a 1.2 percent decrease compared to October of 2013. Days on the market increased 9 percent to 85 days in October compared to 78 days in October 2013.


Tom Robinson

November 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Shelby County Narcotics Investigation Leads to Three Arrests

(Harlan) The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three individuals on drug charges.


35-year-old Benjamin Allmon, of Westphalia, 28-year-old Amanda Hourani, of Defiance, and 48-year-old Darius Jacobs, of Omaha, were all arrested at Allmon’s residence following a narcotics investigation.


Allmon is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession with intent to deliver (Methamphetamine), Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, and Prohibited Acts.


Hourani faces charges of Gathering where Controlled Substances are used and Possession of a Controlled Substance  (Methamphetamine).


Jacobs is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine) and Failure to Affix Drug Stamp.


Allmon and Jacobs are being held in the Shelby County Jail on $100,000 bond while Hourani is being held on $2,000 bond.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit assisted in the investigation.


Bennett Blake

Creston Police Report Two Arrests and Three Theft Incidents

(Creston) Two Creston residents were arrested in separate incidents Friday night.


The Creston Police Department says 20-year-old Patrick Riley Iiams was placed under arrested at 300 N. Elm Street at 10:15 p.m. for Public Intoxication. Iiams was released on his own recognizance.


Also on Friday, 15-year-old Mauricio Andres Trejos Castaneda was referred to Juvenile Authorities for Possession of Marijuana. He was released to his step fathers.


The Creston Police Department also reports three theft incidents. Kenneth Duane Batten, of Creston, reported a stolen wallet, credit/debit cards, military ID, and driver’s license. Dean Alan Leith reported that a red 2001 MCKD Mac-Lander Trailer was taken between October 14th and November 14th. Trisha Marie McDonald, of Creston, reported that someone entered her residence and stole a Google laptop, Nexus 7 tablet and $100 cash.


Bennett Blake

Latest Ebola patient has died at the Nebraska Medical Center

(Omaha) The Third Ebola patient treated in Nebraska has died, according to an ABC News Alert.


Dr. Salia arrived in Omaha on Saturday, and wasn’t well enough to walk off the medical jet to the ambulance.  


Salia was suffering from advanced symptoms of Ebola when he arrived at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday, which included kidney and respiratory failure.


Hospital officials will release more details at a press conference this  morning at 11 a.m.  


Tom Robinson

November 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Meteorologist Predicts Volatile Winter Weather Season

(Area) Two weather patterns currently in place are leading one meteorologist to believe we are in for a volatile winter weather season.  DTN Ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson says one is El Nino; the other is what forecasters call a “blocking high pressure system;” which drove all that cold air into the Midwest last winter.


Anderson tells KSOM/KS95 news that the wildcard in this whole thing is that “blocking highs” are tough to predict and the one currently in place could stay around for a long time or could diminish in 10-days.


 “And all of a sudden we go back to a warmer pattern and have temperatures that are above normal for the Midwest during late November and early December, and that is how quickly things can turn,” stated Anderson. “So I think we really have to think about a volatile winter weather pattern here in the Midwest for this winters season.”


Anderson says the two weather patterns currently in place could also lead to a “pretty big” winter storm pattern.


“Especially if we get into a scenario where we have cold air interacting with a surge of energy from the El Nino in the Pacific, and I think that is one thing that is certainly in play with the kind of volatile winter weather scenario we have for a potential feature for this 2014-2105 winter season,” Said Anderson.


So we could be talking about a foot of snow instead of inches.


“That’s’ the very parameter that could be a part of things, or a harsh round of freezing rain,” explained Anderson. “This is another feature that we could have with this type of volatile pattern. And I think this is a winter that could wind up being a very dangerous one because of these two powerful players and how they interact with each other.”


All in all; Bryce Anderson predicts near normal temperatures in December, January and February, and snowfall amounts of around 30 inches, particularly in the western cornbelt.  


Tom Robinson

November 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Montgomery County Man arrested on Assault Charges

(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested Sunday for domestic abuse assault (simple).


Red Oak Police say 22-year-old Kyle Lee Foster was taken into custody at around 2:45 p.m. and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held pending an appearance in front of a magistrate.


Tom Robinson

November 17, 2014

a.m. news  

Roads Snow and Ice Covered this Morning

(Area) Motorists will need to allow a little extra time this morning to get to their destinations. According to 511ia.org, roads around southwest and west central Iowa are packed with snow and ice. 


Interstate 80  from Council Bluffs to  Adair is completely covered with snow and ice. 


Highway 59 from Oakland to Harlan is completely covered with ice and snow.

Highway’s 34 and 92 from Nebraska to Interstate 35 are partially covered with snow and ice. Highway 44 is completely covered with snow and Highway 30 is completely covered with snow and ice.


Several locations received 2 1/2 inches of snow including; Atlantic, Bedford, and Carroll. Massena is reporting 2 inches of snowfall. 


If you would like for more information on the latest road conditions log onto www.511ia.org.


Tom Robinson

November 16, 2014

a.m. news 

Driver Found Underneath Rear of Vehicle Following Crash

(Glenwood) A Chicago resident has been transported to the Jenny Ed hospital for injuries caused in an accident in Glenwood.


According to the Iowa State Patrol, 31 year old Dennis Smaguar of Chicago was eastbound  on Bunge Avenue near Alcorn Avenue when he lost control of his 2004 Chevy Colorado. The vehicle went off the roadway towards the south ditch, struck a sign post, hit a culvert and spun around, coming to a rest in the eastbound lane facing in a southwesterly direction. Smaguar was found underneath the rear of the vehicle and was transported to the Jenny Edmundson hospital in Council Bluffs for his injuries.


The vehicle was towed by Darnold’s Towing, and the Iowa State Patrol was assisted by Glenwood Rescue.


Brecklyn Carey

November 16, 2014

am news



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