Mills County Sheriff’s Report, 3/30/15


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four recent arrests.On Sunday, deputies arrested 21-year old Renee Katherine McConahay, of Thurman, for Possession of Controlled Substance, Eluding and Speeding. Her bond was set at $2,000, and 41-year old Ronald Loren Gray, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Violation of Protection Order. Gray was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

On Saturday, deputies in Mills County arrested 53-year old Debra Lynn Decair, of Glenwood, for Driving While Revoked, Leaving the Scene of Accident and having No Insurance. Her bond was set at $1,000. And last Friday, 38-year old Charles Curtis Kephart, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Bond was set at $20,000.

Iowa man accused of kidnapping, threatening girlfriend


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man accused of confining his girlfriend and psychologically torturing her has been arrested. Online court records on Monday listed a first-degree kidnapping charge against 50-year-old Daniel Yate, of Woodbine. He was detained after his girlfriend told police last week that he assaulted her at his home and wouldn’t let her leave.

Woodbine Police Chief Michael Jensen tells the Omaha World-Herald that the girlfriend accused Yates of binding her and threatening to throw her in a nearby river. The girlfriend says Yates also sat on her chest and opened and closed a knife.

Records show the woman had injuries consistent with her allegations and a hospital visit revealed a broken rib.

Make an emergency plan for your pet, just in case


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

State and federal officials are urging Iowans to think about their pets when making emergency plans for floods, tornadoes and other severe weather. Phil Kirk, a preparedness coordinator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says FEMA has learned through painful experience the importance of including pets in any preparations.  “There have been countless examples where citizens refused to evacuate their homes in the face of danger because they didn’t have a way to take their pets along or a place to bring them to safety,” Kirk says. “Sadly, those decisions cost some people their own lives as well as the lives of their pets. Additionally, our first responders were faced with even greater risks of trying to save those lives.”

Kirk suggests pet owners try to acclimate their pets to Midwestern storms, whenever they might roll through.  “During storms in this part of the country, take them out when there’s lightning and thunder and get them exposed to it so when it really happens and there’s a need to leave, it’s not the first time that they’ve dealt with it,” he says. Kirk says FEMA has found it must include pets in any emergency preparations a family makes.

“They go hand-in-hand,” Kirk says, “because there are people who will not leave without their pets and I understand that. So, we need to try to do what we can to make sure that everybody can leave and be safe.” Kirk suggests putting together an emergency kit for the pets — as well as the family — so everyone in the home is ready to respond. He says a family needs to have non-perishable food, bottled water, medications and other material together to last for the first 72 hours of an emergency.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood man arrested on drug charge Sunday


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Glenwood man was arrested Sunday on a drug charge. The Glenwood P-D reports 30-year old Logan Lingle was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $1,000. On Saturday, 30-year old Tare Shannon, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Glenwood for Driving While Barred. Her bond was set at $2,000. And last Friday, Glenwood Police arrested 48-year old David Craigmile, of Glenwood, for Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $300.

Wells Fargo debit card scam circulates via text message – AGAIN!


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It’s happening again. Jamie Park, branch manager of the Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic, told KJAN a scam aimed at getting your personal information is making rounds in the area. Park said at around 11:15-a.m. today (Monday), a bank customer called to report they had received a text message warning that the person’s “Check/Debit Card-is SUSPENDED! Please respond.” The message included a link to a website that instructs you to fill out information. Again we remind you: This is an attempt by scammers to gain access to your personal information. DO NOT RESPOND TO THE TEXT OR ACCESS THE WEBSITE ATTACHED TO THE TEXT.

Earlier this month, similar texts went to persons who have Wells Fargo accounts, as well as those who have no accounts at the bank. Among those who received the fake text were persons in County government and local law enforcement officials.

Remember, never respond to unsolicited text messages claiming to be from your or any other bank, that asks you for your personal information. If there is ever any doubt about the status of your bank account, call or stop by your local bank branch.

PHYLLIS SHEER, 89, of Coon Rapids & formerly of Bayard (4-1-2015)


March 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PHYLLIS SHEER, 89, of Coon Rapids (& formerly of Bayard) died Saturday, March 28th at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.  Funeral services for PHYLLIS SHEER will be held on Wednesday, April 1st at 10:30 am in the Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.  Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard has the arrangements.


Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.  Visitation will resume Wednesday morning at 9:30 am at the church.

Burial in the Union Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

PHYLLIS SHEER is survived by:

Sons:  John (Diana) Sheer of Bayard; Wendell (Janet) Sheer of Kempner, TX; Wayne Sheer of Davenport

Daughter-in-law:  Deb Smouse of Carroll

Brother:  Clifford (Peggy) Nelson of Des Moines

Sister:  Darlene McConnell of Atlantic

Sister-in-law:  Della (Vernon) Holdsworth of Harlan

10 Grandchildren

8 Great-Grandchildren

Accident at Atlantic gas station


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Saturday morning at the Casey’s General Store in Atlantic, Saturday morning. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Alison Bruckner, of Atlantic, was pulling away from the pumps at the Casey’s central location (701 Poplar), when a vehicle driven by Todd Schroeder, of Atlantic, came up on the right side of Bruckner’s car heading west, and turned in front of the Bruckner vehicle.

Damage from the collision amounted to $3,500. No citations were issued.

2 men arrested on drug charges in Atlantic


March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested on drug charges, Saturday, in Atlantic. The A-PD reports 56-year old Glenn Keller, of Council Bluffs, and 52-year old Ronald Keller, of Massena, were taken into custody. Glen Keller was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Cocaine – 1st offense; Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Open Container. Ronald Keller faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance Violation, OWI -2nd offense, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Driving under suspension, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Prohibited acts. Both men were booked into the Cass County jail.

On Sunday, Atlantic Police arrested 29-year old Albert Johnson, of Atlantic, on an Ida County warrant for Contempt of Court. He has since bonded-out of jail. And, 20-year old Nick Renner, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Cardinals Tell Villanueva he’s Made the Big League Roster


March 30th, 2015 by Jim Field

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have told reliever Carlos Villanueva he will be on their 25-man opening-day roster.

“We talked to him about him being a part of our club, so today was a good morning for him,” manager Mike Matheny said Monday.

The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and had the right to request his release if not added to the roster by Monday. He will get a $2 million, one-year contract and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for three and six starts.

Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, St. Louis had until Tuesday to give Villaneuva written notice he would be on the opening-day roster, pay $100,000 retention bonus or release him.

Backyard and Beyond 03-30-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Atlantic Kiwanis Club member Sue Muri and Tyler Dickey, Member of the group Sheltered Reality, about the group and their performances today in Atlantic.