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Atlantic School Board work session to be held Monday

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet in the high school Media Center Monday evening, for a scheduled work session. The meeting begins at 7:30.

During the session, the Board will act on approving the 2014-2015 District Special Education District Delivery Plan. They’re also set to discuss an evaluation of the Counseling Program, and graduation requirements.

The Atlantic School Board will then move into a closed session to discuss their Collective Bargaining strategy. Afterward, they’ll look at “Graduating All Students Innovation Ready.”

2 arrests in Adams County over the weekend

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report two arrests over the weekend.  Saturday night, 33-year old Joey Baxter, of Creston, was arrested at 2041 Corning-Carl Road near Corning, on charges that include OWI/3rd offense, Open Container, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to File SR-22 Insurance. His bond was set at $5,000.

And Sunday morning, 37-year old Matthew Rayhons, of Lenox, was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. He was charged with Driving While Revoked and Failure to File SR-22. Bond was set at $2,000.

Audubon Police Dept. releases arrest report

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Officer Matt Starmer, Sunday, released the Audubon P-D’s latest arrest report. Starmer said on Friday (9/19), 54-year old Ricky Dean Fiebelkorn and 26-year old George Anthony Fiebelkorn, both of Audubon, were arrested for Disorderly Conduct. The men were transported to the Audubon County Jail where they were held to appear before a magistrate. Deputies with the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in handling the incident.

Audubon Police arrested two people on 5th degree Theft charges, Sept. 14th: 29- year old Sarah Marie Horn, and 57-year old Phillip Alan Rustvold, both of Audubon, were cited for the offense and released on promise to appear later, in court.

And, on Sept. 11th, officers with the Audubon P-D arrested 23-year old Austin Michael Greve,of Audubon, for 2nd degree Criminal Mischief. That same day, 28 year old Katrina Ann Shotwell,of Exira, was arrested for Theft in the 5th degree. Both were released on a promise to appear later, in court.

Workers call-off search for missing boy in Atlantic Sunday morning

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police and firefighters, along with others in the Atlantic area, were set to begin a search for a missing boy Sunday morning, when the search was called off a little after 9-a.m.

Cameron Gearheart

Cameron Gearheart

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green told KJAN News 11-year old Cameron Gearheart was located by officers at a friends house in the 1300 block of Olive Street, where he’d spent the night. Green said the mother had apparently forgotten about her son’s plans and became worried when he didn’t come home after riding his bike.

He had last been seen at around 6-p.m. Saturday riding the bike on Locust Street in Atlantic, and was reported missing to police at around 11:30-p.m.

Multiple lawsuits filed against former Bluffs Pediatrician

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Thirteen families have joined a civil lawsuit against a former Council Bluffs pediatrician who was sentenced Aug. 15th to 10-years in prison for possessing child pornography. The Daily NonPareil reports the families assert in the lawsuit Dennis Seaborn Jones allegedly recorded videos of the patients’ private areas during his examination of the patients. The lawsuit also names Methodist Physicians Clinic, where the former pediatrician practiced.

Court documents showed Jones possessed an estimated 1.2 million images of child pornography and 9,300 videos of child pornography. Included among the files were videos of 24 to 30 patients made secretly by the then-doctor using a pen camera. Jones allegedly shot the videos during what he purported to be necessary medical examinations, done without the consent of the patients, the children’s parents or Methodist Physicians Clinic. At his federal sentencing Jones admitted to recording the videos at the clinic, saying he planned to use them for educational purposes.

On Aug. 20, Fourth District Court Judge Richard Davidson found Jones guilty of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony, for actions involving a 5-year-old girl. Jones was sentenced to 10 years on the charge, which will be served at the same time as the federal sentence.

Attorney Randy Shanks, who’s representing the families in the civil suit, said the matter is in the discovery phase, with both sides requesting documents and other evidence from each other. In the court filing, the plaintiffs request punitive damages.

Central IA man arrested Sunday morning in Red Oak

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from central Iowa was arrested early this (Sunday) morning in Red Oak, on a warrant out of Clarke County. Police in Red Oak report 54-year old Russell Dean Simmons, of Des Moines, was taken into custody near north 2nd and Oak Streets at around 3:10-a.m., on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a charge of Theft in the 3rd degree.

Simmons was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, pending transport by authorities to Clarke County, or payment of $300 bond.

Branstad campaign sets more modest goals

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Back in 2010, Gov. Terry Branstad pledged to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce government spending as part of his bid to return to office. Four years later, his re-election campaign promises are far less ambitious.

The Republican governor — who holds a significant lead over Democrat Jack Hatch in recent polls — has released just a handful of policy proposals so far in his run for a sixth non-consecutive term. All are modest in nature, dealing with issues like college tuition and Internet access. Much of his campaign trail chat is about his recent achievements in office, including collaborating with the Legislature on a property tax cut and new education spending.

Branstad said the agenda he laid out in 2010 was always meant to take five years, so he’s still working to meet those targets. “In addition to those ambitious goals, we are also spelling out goals I want to accomplish in this coming term,” he said.

Hatch, a state lawmaker from Des Moines, said Branstad doesn’t want to create high expectations for another term. “He can’t even meet the promises he made four years ago,” Hatch said.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 21st 2014

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September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch offered competing ideas on job creation during their second debate. Branstad and Hatch faced off yesterday at a middle school in Burlington, in the southeastern part of the state. Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque police officer attempting to arrest a woman suffered a serious knee injury earlier this week. The Dubuque Times Herald reports the injury occurred Wednesday when officers were called to a local hospital for a disturbance. Beck was treated at the hospital for the injury. Police say he will be unable to return to duty for several weeks.

ELDON, Iowa (AP) — Cardinal School District students in southern Iowa who take the bus now have something to look forward to on the ride to and from school. The small district in Wapello County has outfitted its buses with high-speed, wireless Internet, Des Moines television station KCCI reported Saturday. It’s also giving students in grades 6 through 12 tablet computers loaded with educational apps and games.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Tenants escaped injury after their Evansdale town house caught fire this weekend. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the fire was reported around 4:55 p.m. Friday after three people in the town house smelled smoke and fled with their pets.

Iowa woman pleads not guilty in baby’s death

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman accused in the death of her infant son has pleaded not guilty to child neglect and child endangerment resulting in death. Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, 24, entered the pleas Friday in Woodbury County District Court, the Sioux City Journal reported. Williams-McCarthy was formally charged Sept. 12. The charges stem from the April 29 death of her 2-month-old son, Leonard Williams. She is also charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent person in connection with her two other children.

Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings said an autopsy showed the baby died of malnutrition and dehydration. A bond review hearing for Williams-McCarthy has been set for 10 a.m. Monday.

Earlier court documents filed in the case say Williams-McCarthy failed to take the baby to doctor appointments and did not pick up vouchers for baby formula. The apartment in which she lived with her children was not safe for them, the documents said. Leonard’s father, Michael Williams, 26, has pleaded not guilty to neglect of a dependent person in connection to the death. He carried the baby into a hospital before the child was pronounced dead.

He is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 14.

Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When a group of historians gathered last spring in Omaha to discuss the revival of teaching Middle America’s history, among their plans had been to start an online Midwest history journal. Instead, this week they saw the University of Nebraska Press send out the inaugural print editions of the Middle West Review, an academic journal devoted to the history of the Midwest and Plains.

The 180-page issue features eight peer-reviewed articles, 18 book reviews and an interview with a 94-year-old former University of Wisconsin-Madison history professor it deemed “the last prairie historian.”

University of Iowa graduate student Paul Mokrzycki, the journal’s editor-in-chief, says it will help preserve the region’s history and provide a place for historians to publish their work, helping them get college tenure, grant funding and book deals.