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(Updated) Atlantic Accident report; Drug and Assault arrest in Atlantic

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier reports, the Atlantic Police Department Monday afternoon released additional details about an accident that happened at around 7:40-p.m., Sunday. Officials say Jadon Jahnke, of Lewis, was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, after his Ford Ranger pickup rear-ended an SUV driven by Megan Magers, of Atlantic.

The accident happened near the intersection of 7th and Pine Streets, when Magers pulled over to yield for a passing fire truck responding to a fuel spill incident near the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Atlantic. 002When Magers slowed to a stop, Janke, who was distracted by the passing fire truck, failed to notice. Magers was transported to the Cass County Hospital by Medivac Ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Damage from the collision amounted to $5,000.

The A-PD reports also, 26-year old Joshua Olwell, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday on a Cass County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. And, 18-year old Kyle Hansen, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday for Domestic Abuse Assault. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Report: students in STEM programs more likely to want to work in Iowa

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A new report shows students who participate in Science Technology Engineering and Math or STEM projects in their schools score better on tests and are more interested in working in Iowa once they graduate. Jeff Weld is executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “Over half of the children of the state have now participated in one or more of these STEM programs, so we’re really at an interesting tipping point,” Weld says. “And I think we’re beginning to prove the concept here, that we’re going to provide a talent pipeline for the IT, agriculture, medicine, engineering, advanced manufacturing pipeline as a result of the work that we’re doing here.”

The State of Iowa began spending money on STEM programs five years ago. Back then, only one out of four Iowans knew STEM stood for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Now, nine out of 10 Iowans say STEM education should be a priority, but only 46 percent think it is in their local school. Governor Terry Branstad says sometimes it takes a while for perception to catch up with reality. “It really is phenomenal, the change that we’ve seen in five years, but we know we still have a ways to go and we want to continue to work on it,” Branstad says.

Branstad wants 70 percent of working-age Iowans to have at least two additional years of college or vocational training beyond high school by the year 2025. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “‘Greatness STEMS from Iowans’ — our brand that we have — we are hearing more and more people tell us that, you know, they recognize it at STEM festivals that we’ve having across the state, STEM Day at the State Fair, so I mean it’s building and growing and we’re working on really driving public awareness and getting more parents and grandparents involved, so we’ve made a lot of progress,” Reynolds says. “We’re just admitting that there’s more work to do.”

According to the report released today (Monday) by the governor, students who participated in STEM projects scored an average seven percentage points higher on the Iowa Assessments in mathematics, six percent higher in science and four percent higher in reading than their peers. Among the STEM “Scale-Up Program” participants, 45 percent of them said they were “very interested” in working in Iowa someday. That compared to 39 percent of all students who said they wanted to work in Iowa when they became adults.

(Radio Iowa)

Afton Police seek help in finding vehicle that damaged maiboxes

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Afton Police Department is asking your help in locating a vehicle that was used to strike several mailboxes along South Browning Street n Afton. Police Chief John Coulter says the vehicle would have damage to the front end and undercarriage, from striking and dragging the mailboxes.The incidents happened Aug. 17th.

Coulter says also, an Afton man reported last week that someone broke into his work truck and took an RD-8000 utility locator device. The theft occurred while the work truck near a residence in Afton. Anyone with information concerning the theft is asked to contact the Afton Police Department at 641-347-5255.

And, on Aug. 19th, a Creston man reported that sometime during the day while his 2006 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup was parked in the 200 block of W. Kansas St. in Afton, when another vehicle (black in color) hit the right rear quarter panel causing damage. If you can help locate and/or identify the suspect vehicle, call 641-347-5255.

Cass County election: Candidate update 8/22/16

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Deputy Auditor Sheri Karns says two people filed nomination papers last week to run for County Office in the November 8th General Election. Republican Jody Steffen, of Griswold, filed to run on the Agricultural Extension Council. Steffen joins previously announced Incumbent Republicans Julie Aupperle, of Wiota, Darrin Petty, of Atlantic, and Marcy Jo Dorsey, of Anita, in seeking seats on the Ag. Extension Council.

And, Richard Hoffman, of Cumberland, filed papers last week to run for a vacancy seat as Union Township Trustee. Delmar South, of Cumberland filed for the seat August 9th.

The filing deadline for nomination papers for County Offices is 5-p.m., August 31st. Other (previously announced) candidates having filed papers include: Cass County Supervisor – District 1: Republican Steve Green, of Atlantic; Cass County Supervisor – District 4: Democrat Dana Kunze, and Republican Steve Baier, both of Griswold; Cass County Supervisor – District 5: (Incumbent) Republican Frank Waters, of Cumberland, and No Party candidates Randy J. Pollock, of Anita, along with J. Ford Lillard, of Wiota.

Cass County Republicans, Auditor Dale Sunderman and Sheriff Darby McLaren, have filed for re-election. And, Democrat Jody Lorence, of Atlantic, has filed to run for the Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees – Northwest District.

Atlantic man arrested Sunday morning in Aud. County

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cass County man was arrested early Sunday morning for Public Intoxication. 39-year old Jason Eric Schumann, of Atlantic, was arrested following an incident in Exira. Schumann was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released. He’s scheduled to appear in court 9-a.m. Thursday.

Glenwood woman arrested for Serious Assault

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood, Sunday, arrested 37-year old Wendy Meadow, of Glenwood. Meadow was charged with Serious Assault and held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond. That same day, 19-year old Kayla Montgomery, of Glenwood, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. Her bond was also set at $1,000.

Trial set for Crescent man arrested on eluding/OWI & Reckless Driving charges

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man arrested last month on felony eluding, OWI and Reckless Driving charges, is set to be arraigned next month at the Pott. County Courthouse. Trial for 26-year old Joseph Charles Harter, of Crescent, was set for October 18th.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says just before 1-a.m. July 17th, a deputy on patrol saw a motorcycle driven by Harter driving recklessly, doing wheelies, and traveling over the speed limit, northbound on the Old Lincoln Highway. When the deputy turned around to stop the 1994 Harley Davidson cycle, Harter accelerate to near 100 miles per hour in an attempt to elude the deputy.

Harter finally pulled over at a Casey’s Store in Crescent, and was taken into custody. He was booked into the Pott. County Jail and later posted a $5,000 bond.

Adair County Sheriff’s report (8/22/16)

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater today (Monday), released his weekly arrest report. Vandewater says 40-year old Scott William Funke, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday evening on an Adair County warrant for Failure to Fingerprint. His bond was set at $300. Thursday evening, 45-year old Brent Edward Bast, of Des Moines, was arrested near Bridgewater, on warrants out of Des Moines and Fayette County. Bast was released to those agencies that same day.

Wednesday evening, 49-year old Kristina Marie Merical, of Greenfield, was arrested on an Adair County warrant for Possession of Marijuana and Methamphetamine/1st offense, and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug. Merical was released Friday on $5,000 cash bond or surety.

Tuesday afternoon, 36-year old Brian P. Patton, of Chicago, IL, was arrested by an Iowa State Patrol Trooper on Interstate 80, following an accident near the 83.5-mile marker westbound, where his vehicle struck a cable guardrail. Patton was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and OWI/1st offense. He was later released from the Adair County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Authorities investigate death of baby girl in northwest Iowa

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – State authorities are helping local officers investigate the death of a baby girl in northwest Iowa’s Sac City. The Sac City Police Department says officers and medics were dispatched to the home Friday morning to check a report that a1 1/2-month-old infant was not breathing. Police say the girl died after being taken to Loring Hospital. An autopsy was ordered.

Police identified the baby as Sydney Grimm, of Jackson, Minnesota. Police say her father lives at the Sac City home where officers and medics were sent.

2 NE residents injured in Shelby County motorcycle accident

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A motorcycle accident Sunday evening in Shelby County resulted in non-life threatening injuries to a man and woman from Nebraska. The Sheriff’s Office says Robert Duermyer, and his passenger, Alicia Livingston, both of Papillion, NE., were injured when the cycle they were on left the road and entered a ditch before hitting a mailbox near a farm drive. The pair were found lying on the ground in the 400 block of State Highway 37, at around 5:30-p.m. They were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital.

Officials say the accident happened because Duermyer was unfamiliar with the road, which has a sharp curve to the left. Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel with the Earling and Dunlap Fire and Rescue Departments.

(9-a.m. News)