Iowa Sheriff: Anti-police protests are bringing a shift in perception about law officers

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

At least four law officers have been killed nationwide in the past nine days and a longtime lawman in southwest Iowa says he’s seeing a shift in public sentiment about people who wear badges. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the law enforcement career is already dangerous, but all of the anti-police protests and violence against officers is changing the way they do business.

“It appears to be,” Sheriff Danker says. “I’ve been in law enforcement for almost 38 years and it’s definitely changed, the perception and what people are saying, the inflammatory things that are said about law enforcement. It definitely has changed.” Danker says he and his deputies have not experienced a lot of law enforcement hatred like what is being seen elsewhere around the country.

Pott. Co. Sheriff Jeff Danker

Pott. Co. Sheriff Jeff Danker

“For the most part, we don’t,” Danker says, “but depending on the call that you go to, the individuals you deal with, whether they’re on some type of drugs or alcohol, possibly some mental health issues, and some people just don’t like law enforcement.” In general, Danker says people in Iowa respect law officers.

“I believe the majority of people support law enforcement,” Danker says. “They appreciate the fact that we’re out there doing the job that we do and putting our lives on the line every day. No matter where you are, rural, urban, anything can happen. Randomly, people saying things to us? No, not really.” Protesters with the “Black Lives Matter” group took to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds last weekend, chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” as they marched. The protest came one day after a deputy sheriff in Texas was shot several times in the back.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council approves placing bond resolution on Nov. ballot

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, voted to approve a Resolution placing on the Nov. 3rd General Election ballot, a bond measure asking citizens to approve paying for the restoration of the historic ballroom/theater and the creation of a multi-purpose facility on the second and third floors of the City Hall building. The cost of the bond would not exceed $875,000, and would be paid for through Local Option Sales Tax (or, “LOST”) funds.

Design Alliance has placed the cost of work for the project at around $933, 000. The Council approved $100,000 during the last bond issuance, for the installation of an elevator that makes the second floor accessible. About $10,000 of those funds have been reserved to compensate Design Alliance for their services to the City. City officials say the remaining $90,000 can be credited to the project, bringing the needed funds to around $841,097.

City Administrator John Lund says he requested the bond on the ballot measure be increased to $875,000, to cover any contingencies or unanticipated costs associated with work on the project, because contractors have warned him the building’s age may be concealing major problems that won’t be known until after work begins.

Special fixtures for the auditorium, such as a stage curtain, lighting and audio-visual equipment, and any unforeseen circumstances, could be paid for through an extra bond next year, but Mayor Dave Jones said the City needs to stick within its budget. More than a few people, he said, have been interested in offering additional financial support, should it become necessary.

Prior to a vote on approving the Resolution, Design Alliance Architect firm representative Jerry Purdy and his colleague Kristofer Orth made a presentation on the proposed project, which a Taskforce has been reviewing issues pertaining to, for the past six-months. Purdy said the task force and others made it clear, they don’t want any changes in the structure to detract from its historic appearance. Among the top priorities of the Task Force was an elevator to make the second and third floors ADA compliant, along with rest rooms, and possibly a kitchen.

Among the proposed changes to the building is an elevator that would come from the basement, where a machine room would also be located. On the ground level floor above that, a portion of the Mayor’s office and the Police lobby would be used to make room for the elevator. On the second floor, the ballroom space would be renovated and restored for performances. That includes renovating the stage and dressing rooms. A conference room, space for storage of tables and chairs and a serving kitchen for banquet purposes would also be made available. A new restroom has also been designed for the second floor. The floor and facilities would be designed to accommodate up to 300 people. A secondary means of egress would also be necessary to evacuate persons from the building, if necessary.

On the third floor, there would be storage for entertainment props, balcony seating would be restored, and a space on the northeast side could be used for a coffee shop or museum/gallery for local artists, and a restroom.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council held the first readings of Ordinances amending the City’s Code of Ordinances, with regard to “Fiscal Management and Accountability,” and “Provisions pertaining to Mayor and Council Compensation.” Both ordinances requires two more readings before they are passed. John Lund says the last time the Council’s compensation was considered was in 1994, with the Mayor’s salary having been adjusted 18-years ago.

3 vehicle accident east of Atlantic

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

At least two people suffered minor injuries during a three-vehicle collision Wednesday evening, east of Atlantic. According to dispatch reports, the accident happened near where the old State Patrol Headquarters was located (the site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), just west of the intersection of Highway 6 and 650th Street (Highway 71). The crash happened at around 5:44-p.m. and involved a Mustang, an SUV and one other vehicle.

Additional details are currently not available.  A second, unrelated accident happened at 6:33-p.m. just east of 8th and Plum Streets, near the entrance to the Mid-Town apartments.

Expect lane shifts next week at I-29/Hwy 275 & 92 interchange

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Transportation Office in Atlantic reports reconstruction work in the Council Bluffs area, requires shifting west- and eastbound traffic to the newly completed westbound lanes from the eastbound lanes near the Interstate 29/U.S. 275/Iowa 92 interchange.

The following traffic impacts will occur Wednesday, Sept. 8, and Thursday, Sept. 9.

Interstate 29

6 p.m. Wednesday until 5:30 a.m. Thursday: Southbound on- and off-ramps to Interstate 29 at the I-29/U.S. 275/Iowa 92 will be closed, weather permitting.
From approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5:30 Thursday: Motorists wishing to access I-29 will need to utilize the South Expressway (exit 3) detour.

U.S. 275/Iowa 92

6 p.m. Wednesday and later that evening: Westbound traffic on eastbound U.S. 275/Iowa 92 will be shifted to the newly-finished westbound lanes at 6 p.m. Eastbound traffic will be shifted later in the evening.
Between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesday: Motorists on westbound U.S. 275/Iowa 92 wanting access to I-29 should use an alternate route.

Denmark Drive

At 6 p.m. Wednesday: Denmark Drive into Metro Crossing will be reopened to traffic.
Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction on U.S. 275/Iowa 92 since June 2014 to allow for reconstruction of the westbound bridges and adjoining pavement.

The next phase of construction project includes rebuilding the eastbound bridges and adjoining pavement.

Iowa DOT is in the process of reconstructing I-80, I-29, and I-480 in the Council Bluffs metropolitan area. This comprehensive interstate redesign will modernize the highway system and improve mobility and safety of approximately 18 miles of interstate. Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time while this interstate improvement takes effect. If you would like more information about detours and traffic impacts visit the program website, www.CouncilBluffsInterstate.IowaDOT.gov.

Pickup stolen from Glenwood last week

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood are asking for your help in finding a stolen pickup truck. Authorities said Wednesday sometime between Aug. 25th and the 28th, a black 2002 GMC Sierra C1500 Truck, with the Iowa license plate CCV 128 IA (Montgomery County) was taken from 801 N. Walnut St in Glenwood.

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Vehicle stolen was similar in body style to this one

Anyone with any information about the vehicles’ location or the crime itself, please contact the Glenwood Police Dept. at 527-9920 or 527-4844.

Cardinals recall three from AAA Memphis

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September 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

The St. Louis Cardinals today have optioned last night’s starter Marco Gonzales to Memphis (AAA) and recalled two left-handed pitchers – Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood – and right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich, all from Memphis.  Lyons will make the start tonight against Washington at 7:15 p.m. CDT.

Lyons, 27, will be making his 7th start for St. Louis this season and appearing in his 10th game.  This is the lefty’s 5th stint with the big-league club, splitting his time with Triple-A Memphis.

Socolovich went 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA with St. Louis earlier this season, picking up wins in his first two relief outings with the club.  He made 21 appearances (23.1 IP), 16 scoreless, and pitched a season high 2.0 innings on three occasions.

Greenwood spent the majority of the season at triple-A where he made 21 starts and appeared in 31 games, posting a 12-6 won-loss record and 5.68 ERA.

Cass County Extension Report 09-02-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

w/ Kate Olson

Backyard and Beyond 09-02-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

Lavon Eblen speaks with Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning about Monarchs and more.

Atlantic man arrested on drug and other charges, Tuesday

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, of 19-year old Tyler Ray Osborn, of Atlantic. Osborn was taken into custody on charges of Driving While Revoked (Serious) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). He was brought to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $1,300 bond.

And on Monday, deputies in Cass County arrested 19-year old Sarah Jo Porter, of Atlantic. Porter was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. She was brought to the Cass County Jail, and later released on $5,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office also wants the public to remain aware that phone scams are an ongoing problem. Authorities say you should Never give your personal information or bank account information to anyone via telephone on calls you did not initiate!

(12-p.m. News)

Wood Chipper stolen from Adair

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adair County are asking for your help in finding a wood chipper stolen from the Adair business, Cornerstone Landscaping. The theft took place sometime in the late hours of Sunday night or early hours of Monday morning. 

If you know or have heard of the whereabouts of the machine, or who may have been involved in the theft, please call the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 641-743-2148. chipperYou can also contact Chief Heinz at the Adair Police Department, at 641-742-3615. Or, send the Sheriff’s Office a message on FB. You can always request to remain anonymous.

Authorities are also looking for information on a stolen trailer from another business owner in Adair, Caliber Concrete, in Adair.