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Cass Supervisors approve rezoning request by Alliant Energy

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Friday, approved the rezoning of a section of land on the Cass-Adair County line. Rich Hanson, assistant to Cass County Engineer Charles Marker, reported the Zoning Board met January 15th to consider the request from Alliant Energy to rezone a three-acre parcel in Grant Township, Section 13, just north of Whitepole Road, or G-30. Alliant wants to build a new electrical substation to replace three smaller area substations that are outdated. Construction won’t start on the project until 2017.

Landowners in the area have not objected to the plan, and the County Zoning Board approved the request before forwarding their recommendation to the Supervisors. In other business, the Board approved the hiring of Stacie Platt as a part-time administrative assistant to Cass County Attorney Dave Wiederstein, at a rate of $15/hour. Platt will likely work about 12-hours per week.

The Supervisors also approved the abatement of taxes for a property owned by the City of Anita, which had been declared a nuisance property. And they took under advisement a request for $7,500 funding from the Cass County Historical Museum.

Atlantic man arrested on a warrant Tuesday

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Cass County arrested an Atlantic man, Tuesday. 32-year old Zachary Alan Frank was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Frank was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held until sentence is served.

5 Bridgewater residents arrested on drug charges Thursday evening

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A total of five Adair County residents were arrested Thursday evening on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Department reports just before 7-p.m., a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 92 and 620th Street. During the course of the stop, a Cass County K9 conducted a sniff of the vehicle and indicated to narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle was conducted by Cass County deputies and approximately ½ pound of methamphetamine (with a street value estimated at $20,000), ½ ounce of marijuana, baggies, scales, and paraphernalia were located. Deputies arrested four Bridgewater residents: 51-year old Henry Lewis Degraw; 32-year old Julie Ann Holmes; 33-year old Justin Paul Parker, and 46-year old Samantha A. Jones. All four subjects were arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (B felony), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (D felony), two counts of Drug Tax Stamp violations (D felonies), and Prohibited Acts (aggravated misdemeanor). Additional charges are pending at this time.
As a result of the traffic stop, a Cass County deputy obtained search warrants for three residences in Bridgewater. The search warrants were executed simultaneously by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Atlantic Police Department and Greenfield Police Department. 63-year old Toni Lynn Reese, of Bridgewater, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Adair County jail. Additional charges are pending at this time.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 1/30/2015

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Afton woman arrested on a burglary charge

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a woman from Afton was arrested recently burglary charges. 38-year old Sara Exline was taken into custody at a motel on Laurel Street  in Creston. She’s been charged with 2nd degree Attempted Burglary, and three counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree from a motor vehicle. Exline was being held in jail on $5,000 cash bond.

And, last Saturday (Jan. 24th), Creston Police took a report from a Creston resident with regard to a break-in and theft. Roger Straw told police someone broke a window at his apartment on south Poplar Street and took and LG tablet. The loss was estimated at $100. The incident happened sometime between 12:30-p.m. and 1:45-p.m., on Jan. 24th.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 1/30/2015

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Bluffs man cited for Jan. 23rd crash and fire

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who allegedly crashed a pickup truck into a home in Council Bluffs and then fled on foot, was located earlier this week and cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. The Daily NonPareil says police identified the driver as 32-year old Brandon Carrera, of Council Bluffs.

Authorities say at around 2-a.m. on Jan. 23rd, Carrera was driving northbound on Harrison Street in a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, when he lost control and crashed into the porch of a home at 304 Harrison Street. The truck caught fire after the wreck, and police arrived on the scene to find it engulfed in flames. The fire also spread to the porch, though flames did not damage the house. Council Bluffs Fire Department crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Damage to the porch – caused by the wreck and fire – was estimated at $15,000. No injuries were reported. Witnesses told police the driver of the pickup took-off on foot after the crash.

Bluffs woman suffers minor injuries in Thu. morning crash

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A crash on Interstate 80 Thursday morning in Council Bluffs resulted in minor injuries to a woman, but she did not require transport to the hospital. According to a Bluffs Police report, 24-year old Taylor Wees, of Council Bluffs, was traveling west on I-80 near the southbound I-29 split, when traffic slowed in front of her. Wees was unable to slow down in-time and swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle, but in the process hit a guard rail.

Wees’ 2007 Mazda spun sideways before coming to rest across the westbound lanes of traffic. The wreck brought traffic to a dead stop for about 40-minutes, while the scene was investigated and cleaned-up. No citations were issued. Damage to the Wees’ car was estimated at $8,000. Damage to the guardrail was also estimated to be several thousand dollars.

Group issues report on school shooting incidents – including 1 at IWCC in Council Bluffs

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A shooting last April at Iowa Western Community College was one of a 100 such incidents since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012, according to a national advocacy group.
The Daily NonPareil says “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released a report this week analyzing 100 cases where a firearm was discharged at a school or on a campus – as documented through press or law enforcement reports, excluding three instances of self-defense – since the Dec. 14, 2012, murders in Newtown, Conn.

One of those was a shooting on April 16th, 2014, at Iowa Western in Council Bluffs,  where a 19-year-old student was struck in the upper arm following what he described to police as a Craigslist deal gone wrong. According to police, the shooting took place near the Reiver Village dormitories when a student and his friend drove to meet someone to sell an item. Two men arrived and got into the back seat of the car, where one of them drew a gun and demanded their wallets. The student attempted to grab the gun, believing it was fake, causing a struggle for the gun. He was shot in the upper left arm and shoulder, and the two men fled and drove away. The victim, Dalton Crosser, was treated and released from an area hospital.

On May 5, Council Bluffs police arrested Richard L. Dawson, 19, of Omaha, in connection to the crime. Dawson was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery and willful injury causing serious injury. The Omaha man is currently in prison after pleading guilty.

The Everytown report also included a shooting at North High School in Des Moines on Jan. 31st, 2014, as well as a shooting at Algona High/Middle School on Nov. 1st, 2013, where a man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The final analysis in the report said “Regardless of the individuals involved in a shooting or the circumstances that gave rise to it, gunfire in our schools shatters the sense of security that these institutions are meant to foster. Everyone should agree that even one school shooting is one too many.”

A copy of the report can be found at everytown.org/article/schoolshootings.

More than a dozen people attend Shelby FF info. meeting

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January 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An informational meeting for persons interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter for the City of Shelby drew about 15 potential candidates, Thursday night.  The meeting was held at the Shelby City Hall. The Daily NonPareil reports Greg Martin, a former firefighter with the department was one of those who signed-up. Martin, who served on the department for six-years, said he had to quit because of his regular job. He said the work firefighters do to save property…including his own at one point in time… is one reason he wanted to come back to the force.

Before the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Richmond said he hopes the department can be rebuilt soon. He said he had talked to several people who expressed an interest in serving. The city is recruiting volunteers to fill the department’s needs because the Shelby City Council fired all 12 firefighters Monday evening, and Fire Chief Eric Wendt resigned Wednesday morning. The firings were the result of a dispute between the council and department over funds the department raises.

Shelby City Attorney Clint Fichter said the fire department kept a separate bank account to hold monies generated by fundraisers – about $40,000. The matter is being litigated between the city and an attorney for the fire department.

Shelby is currently relying on the Minden and Avoca fire departments to provide fire protection and is purchasing ambulance services from Medivac in Harlan. The city won’t have to pay to receive help from Avoca and Minden because of a mutual aid agreement, although response times would inevitably be longer than for a Shelby fire department.