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Developer of Sioux City building files for bankruptcy

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A California-based developer of a 12-story historic art deco building in downtown Sioux City has filed for bankruptcy protection, indefinitely delaying an effort by an eastern Iowa bank to foreclose on it.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Mako One Corp., of Carlsbad, California, has notified the court that it’s filing a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of California.

In its petition, Mako lists nearly $1 million in unsecured creditors. Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust filed for foreclosure on the Badgerow Building in April, saying Mako, its managing partner Bruce DeBolt and two other limited liability companies defaulted on a $6 million bond agreement to help finance work to renovate the building. The bank said it was owed more than $4.4 million.

Police say motorcyclist killed in Sioux City crash

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car in Sioux City. Police say the crash happened Friday afternoon at a city intersection when a car turned left in front of the motorcycle. Investigators say the 41-year-old motorcycle rider laid the bike down in an effort to avoid a crash, but hit the side of the car.

The man was taken to a Sioux City hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not yet released his name.

Public Intox arrest in Red Oak

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June 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police report the arrest of 38-year-old Jason Michael Eppenbaugh of Red Oak for Public Intoxication on Saturday morning. The arrest was made at 5:35am near Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Eppenbaugh was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

2017 Cass County Relay for Life raises over $60K to fight Cancer

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June 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The 2017 Cass County Relay for Life was another huge success in supporting Cancer Survivors in the are and raising funds to fight back against Cancer.

The night got started with a Survivor Meal at the Atlantic High School Commons where approximately 85 survivors joined for a free meal generously provided by the Atlantic Hy-Vee. A short program was held indoors for those survivors and then activities moved out to the track at 6:00pm.

Opening Ceremonies were followed by the Pennant Ceremony which was a change this year. Pennants were purchased, instead of luminaries, in memory or honor of someone who has lost their battle or is still fighting Cancer. Those names were read during a time of reflection for all in attendance. The Pennant Ceremony was then followed by the Survivor Lap celebrating another year of birthdays for all Survivors in attendance.

The night continued with food, education, kids activities, and entertainment. Villa Dance performed a number of routines with their students followed by music from local band Jett Black.

It was a beautiful sunny night to celebrate survivors, remember those lost, and fight back against Cancer. The accounting by the end of the night, with more donations still to come in, was $60,718.52 raised to support the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society. Relay organizers would like to thank everyone involved that helped make the 2017 Cass County Relay for Life a huge success and we look forward to continuing the effort up to next year’s event.

International delegation of farmers wraps up Iowa tour

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A delegation of ten agricultural producers and officials from countries as far away as Australia completed their tour of Iowa this week. They visited a host of farms and agricultural facilities as well as communities, large and small. Murilo Betarillo works for an agriculture company in Brazil and says it was a thrill to see how farmers are respected in Iowa.

“I was really impressed with how people here are proud of agriculture and how connected with agriculture they are,” Betarillo says. “People here really give the love for the farmers, for agriculture, so I loved it.” Brazil and the U-S may be on separate continents but when it comes to farming, he says they could practically be next door.

“Brazil and the United States have a lot of similarities,” Betarillo says. “We are a big country so people in the city, they don’t care too much about farmers. It’s the same in Brazil. People in the big cities, they are not very connected to farmers but people in the agricultural states, it’s strong, like here in Iowa.”

The visit included stops on farms and tours of agricultural industries in the Des Moines area as well as Ames, Anita, Bridgewater, Sigourney, Nevada and Ellsworth. They also took in an Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines, the first baseball game for many of them. Delegates were from Australia, Brazil, England, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested on drug charges in Fremont County

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Friday evening in Fremont County resulted in the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over, being arrested on drug charges. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Waubonsie Avenue, near Bartlett. As a result of the traffic stop, 28-year old Christopher Ryan Brammer, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Brammer was being held in the Fremont County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Fremont County K9 Unit and Tabor Police.

Red Oak man arrested Friday afternoon

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June 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak at around 3:50-p.m., Friday, resulted in the arrest of 36-year old Gary O. Smith, of Red Oak, on a trio of charges. Smith was taken into custody for OWI/1st offense, Driving While Suspended, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana/3rd or subsequent offense. Smith was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash bond

Correction to original post: 1 dead in Montgomery County crash

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Please note, the ORIGINAL report from the Iowa State Patrol indicated there were TWO fatalities in this crash. The report was subsequently revised to indicated ONE of the drivers had passed away.)

A young woman is dead following a crash Friday afternoon in Montgomery County, near Villisca. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 19-year old Sara R. Venatta, of Elliott. The driver of the other vehicle, was identified as 62-year old Robert Drake, of Corning.

Officials say Venatta was traveling west on Highway 34 in a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, while Drake was heading east on 34 in a 1991 Ford F-150 pickup. The van went out of control and crossed the center line of Highway 34 into the eastbound lane, where it was struck on the right side by the pickup. The van came to rest on its right side in the south ditch. The pickup came to rest partially on both the eastbound lane and shoulder.

Venatta, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene. The Patrol says Drake, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flown by Life Flight helicopter to the UNMC in Omaha where he was being treated for his injuries. The accident, which happened at around 12:20-p.m., remains under investigation. Villisca and Red Oak Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.

Senator Ernst still reviewing Senate version of Health care bill

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says she is still reviewing the Senate health care bill that was unveiled Thursday. She was asked at an event today (Friday) what she would say to Iowans who are afraid they would lose their Medicaid coverage under the bill. “I would say we’re still going through this bill, we’ll have some lengthy discussions, but I wouldn’t say we are losing it. We do need to go through the bill — but we want to make sure Iowans are protected,” Ernst says.

She says Medicaid will be part of the discussion when they return to work on Monday. “I think we are thoroughly vetting the bill and we will continue to move through that process. We will have a lot of time committed to speaking just about the health care bill. It’s up to leadership when they call that up for a vote ,”ERnst says. “But, we will continue to hear from our constituents, and we are already.” Ernst says she can’t yet specifically say what parts of the bill she would support or oppose.

“It was just released yesterday, so we have 142 pages to go through. And just as we did with the A-H-C-A that came over from the House, I want to make sure that I have time to go through it, talk to my staff, talk to folks around Iowa and understand what the impacts of the bill are,” Ernst says. Ernst says the senators who put the bill together understand the issues facing Iowa.

“They are very aware of Iowa’s situation,” according to Reynolds, “but again we have to talk through this. Now that we have the draft — and again it is just draft text — to make sure it is workable for Iowa.” Ernst made her comments during an event at the Iowa State Capitol on another issue.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested Friday morning after foot pursuit

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A foot pursuit that was part of a search for a man wanted on warrants, caused injuries to the suspect and a Council Bluffs Police Officer. The incident leading to the arrest of 37-year old James David Yopp, Jr., began at around 11-a.m., Friday. Bluffs Police say officers went to a residence in the 2500 block of Avenue in an attempt to locate Yopp Jr., of Council Bluffs, who was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for Domestic Abuse and Violation of a No Contact Order.

As the officers approached, Yopp ran from the area. After searching the neighborhood for approximately an hour, Yopp was located hiding in the 2500 block of Avenue H. He was taken into custody and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

During the initial foot chase with Yopp, a CBPD officer sustained a knee injury; the officer was treated and released from a local hospital. A full recovery is expected.

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