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Bluffs Body ID’d

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September 15th, 2014 by admin

The Council Bluffs Police Department has released the name of the person who was found at the Council Bluffs Country Club Golf Course last week. The person has been identified as 33 year old Josie Lee Janssen of Council Bluffs. The state medical examiner found no indications of foul play in his death and believes he died of accidental drowning. Janssen had been reported missing by his family on September 3rd. Through the investigation by the Council Bluffs Police it was determined Janssen was last seen the late evening hours of August 29th in the area of 4-0-1 Veterans Memorial Highway walking toward his residence and may have attempted to take a different route.

Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Union County

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad today (Monday) issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Union County in response to recent severe weather. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather and heavy rains on Sept. 9, 2014. In addition, the proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Union County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.

The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

NE man cited following Saturday accident SW of Atlantic

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County say a truck driver from Nebraska was cited following an accident Saturday morning southwest of Atlantic.33-year old Tommy Jo Mannheim, of Bellevue, NE, was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, after the 2011 Freightliner straight truck he was driving went out of control on eastbound Highway 6 near Lansing Road.

photo bu KJAN's Chris Parks.

photo bu KJAN’s Chris Parks.

The truck overturned onto the roadway during the crash, which happened at around 9:20-a.m. No injuries were reported. Damage to the truck was estimated at $7,000.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Atlantic Police along with deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene.

Slauson arraignment set for Sept. 22nd

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Arraignment is set for Monday, Sept. 22nd, in the case of an Atlantic woman facing a multitude of charges in connection with scheme to make her 5-year old daughter appear to be sick with cancer, and solicit money for treatment never rendered.

30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson is charged with: one count of drug distribution to a person under 18, two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury, two counts of administering harmful substances, two counts of assault while committing a felony, two counts of domestic abuse and 10 counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and one count of Theft in the 1st degree. Online records say the alleged offenses date back to September 2013.

In an arraignment hearing, the defendant hears the formal charges against them, and enters a plea in response. Slauson’s Pre-Trial Conference is still set for October 13th, while her trial is slated to begin November 12th, unless she pleads guilty to the charges, in which case a sentencing date would be set.

Iowa birth rate sluggish despite better economy

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Even though Iowa’s economy is improving, the state’s birth rate isn’t keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state’s birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012, The Des Moines Register reported. The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, before the economy slumped. There were 39,013 babies born in 2013, compared with 38,686 in 2012 and 40,835 in 2007.

Similar numbers are being reported elsewhere in the country, which experts say is typical during recessions. People apparently have fewer babies because they’re less confident they can support growing families.

Birth rates tend to rebound eventually, but how long it will take is tough to pinpoint, said Gretchen Livingston of the Pew Research Center. The nation’s fertility rate, the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, was at an all-time low in 2013, though it was a bit higher in Iowa than the nation as a whole.

The decline in Iowa births includes a decrease in the number of babies born to teen mothers, which state public health officials say is a victory.  University of Iowa economics professor Alice Schoonbroodt suspects the birth rate will increase more soon, but she’s less confident than she was a year or two ago.  “The longer we go with no change, the more we’re led to believe it’s something permanent,” she said.

Iowa officials seek to improve financial teaching

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa students should be learning how to make informed financial choices as part of their education, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday, as he accepted a series of recommendations from a group charged with reviewing financial literacy teaching in the state.

Iowa school districts are expected to teach certain financial lessons to K-12 students. The group was formed by the state Department of Education to assess the current offerings and provide recommendations for improvement.  Those recommendations include revising the current standards to provide more clarity to districts and establishing ways to measure if school districts are meeting the goals.

“Financial skills are essential. Which is why they are included in Iowa’s academic standards,” Branstad said. “We know our children need to be financially literate in order to have a bright and successful future.”

Department of Education Director Brad Buck said school districts will continue to have flexibility over how they meet these standards. The department has assigned a staff member to oversee the issue of financial literacy and will try to provide resources for teachers and administrators, he said.

Fall giving opportunities

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As harvest season approaches, the Cass County Health System Foundation would like to remind area farmers that they can choose to donate a portion of their stored or harvested crops to benefit our friends and neighbors by enhancing healthcare services and receive a tax deduction at the same time.

There are a number of advantages to donating crops instead of cash. Not only is the value of the grain excluded from income, which results in lower taxation in federal, state and self-employment taxes, but the grain production costs are deductible as well. CassCounty-HS-2c-logo (3)

The Cass County Health System Foundation is the development arm for Cass County Health System. All monies raised are used for equipment, education and services for Cass County Health System. The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a qualified 501(C)3 organization, which means gifts to the organization are tax deductible.

Contact Dawn Marnin, CCHS Foundation Director at 712.243.7409, or email her at mardd@casshealth.org, for more information.

2 arrests in Mills County

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Pacific Junction man was arrested Friday on drug charges. 42-year old Daniel Dustin Sampson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was taken into custody at around 7:30-p.m. and held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

On Saturday, Mills County deputies arrested 48-year old Annie Christine Gardner, of Glenwood. Gardner was charged with OWI/1st offense after being stopped near the intersection of Highway 34 and Interstate 29 at around 11:10-p.m.

Her bond was also set at $1,000.

Wiota man arrested on drug charges

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Wiota man was arrested on drug charges, Saturday. 19-year old Bryant Kenney Mitchell faces Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. Mitchell was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.This morning (Monday) Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 52-year old Russell Alan Shearer, of Elliott,  on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Shearer was taken to the Cass County Jail, pled guilty  and was released.

Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

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September 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and other farm property, the Des Moines Register reported.

Some states are seeing an increase of cattle thefts since the price of the animals have reached record highs. The problem could soon make its way to Iowa, experts say, since the state is expected to raise more cattle in light of low corn prices and a drought in Texas, the leading producer of cattle in the U.S.

Iowa is the top corn-producing state with nearly 2.2 billion bushels last year, and is ranked sixth nationally for cattle. Corey Schultz is a region executive officer for the Livestock Marketing Association and works with livestock auctions in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. “The rise in cattle numbers, the rise in prices, you could definitely see a rise in cattle thefts,” Schultz said.

Novice thieves usually don’t steal livestock, according to Larry Gray, executive director of law enforcement for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. “Anyone can kick down the door to a house and steal a flat screen TV,” he said. “But to steal cattle – first you have to have the ability to transport those cattle. Then you have to have the knowledge to market the cattle. You can’t run down to the local pawn store and get some money for them.”