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Iowa GOP Moves Convention to June

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September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Republican State Central Committee has voted to hold its state convention in June, a month earlier than previously scheduled.

The Des Moines Register reports  the committee voted Monday to hold the convention June 14 after initially voting to hold the event in July.

The decision to change the date came after complaints that a July convention could delay the selection of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, giving an edge to the Democrats. A number of Republicans are seeking the GOP Senate nomination while Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley has no competition for his party’s nomination.

The committee also agreed to hold the 2014 caucuses on Jan. 21, the same date the Democrats have agreed to.

Atlantic Park and Rec Board and Audubon City Council Meetings Monday

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Department of Parks and Recreation Board is set to meet Tonight (Monday, Sept. 23rd) at 5:15pm in the City Council Chambers.  The board will hear a presentation from a task force looking into a smoke free/tobacco free policy for Sunnyside Park.  The board will also hear updates on various projects including: the Shildberg Recreation Area campground, Sunnyside Park tennis court reconstruction, Park maintenance building, boat ramp, summer recreation programs, Buck Creek Dog Park, Kiosks and Bike Racks project.

The Audubon City Council is also set to meet tonight at 7pm at City Hall.  On the council’s agenda is discussion from Mark Heller, Mike Wede and Dennis Olesen on a carwash.  Presentation from Laurie Gilbert on contracts.  They will also address a resolution approving the street finance report.  The Council will also hear reports on street bids, pool repairs, and a curb cut for driveway at 706 Brayton Street.

Weekend Atlantic Police Report

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police reports 1 arrest and 2 traffic accidents over the weekend in Atlantic.  On Friday (9/20) 49-year-old David Kirchner of Atlantic was arrested for shoplifting.  He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

On Saturday (9/21) Atlantic Police report an accident around 10:06am in the 300 block of East 3rd Street.  A vehicle driven by Bryan Rutherford of Atlantic struck a legally parked vehicle owned by Bruce Petterson of Atlantic.  Rutherford was traveling west on 3rd Street and became distracted and drifted to the right striking the parked vehicle.   Damage to both vehicles totaled $5,000.  Rutherford was also cited for no proof of insurance.

Atlantic Police report another incident where a vehicle struck another legally parked vehicle at 1:20pm Sunday (9/21).  James Hildebrand of Atlantic was backing out of a drive at 404 Crombie Street and backed into a legally parked vehicle owned by Deborah Hart of Atlantic.  Hart’s vehicle suffered $2,000 damage.

Atlantic Man Enters Guilty Plea

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

An Atlantic man who was set to stand trial next month on domestic assault charges, instead appeared in Cass County District Court Monday (Sept. 23rd), to enter a plea of guilty. 46-year old Rex Dean McDermott was arrested on October 13th, 2012, following an incident which allegedly occurred at a feed dealership, in Atlantic.

McDermott plead guilty to a count of Domestic Abuse Assault/Strangulation causing bodily injury.  As part of his plea deal two other charges will be dismissed along with a charge of violating a protective order.  Sentencing has been set for November 12th at 9:00am with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $7,500 fine.

McDermott had initially plead not guilty to a felony charge of Willful Injury causing bodily injury, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury/mental illness. McDermott was released on bond a few days after his arrest, and was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim.  His trial date was continued several times this year, with the last date set for Oct. 22nd.

Anhydrous HAZMAT Program at CCMH

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Cass County Memorial Hospital will be hosting an informational program on Thursday, September 26th from 12-1pm to help prepare area farmers to respond to chemical exposure.  The Program titled “Lessons Learned from Anhydrous HAZMAT Event” will be presented by Jay and Sheri Moorehead of Falls City, Nebraska.

In 2007 Jay Moorehead expaerienced an exposure to anhydrous ammonia while working on his farm.  He will speak about his experience and lessons learned from exposure.  CCMH Educational Services Director Amber Scott is pleased that the program will be very timely information with farmers getting into their fields with chemicals soon following harvest.

The program will be held in Conference Room 2 at the hospital and there is no charge for the program.  A box lunch will be available for those who register in advance. Register or get more information by calling the CCMH Educational Services Department at 712-243-7567.

Coca-Cola Days On Tap This Weekend in Atlantic

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Annual Coca-Cola Days Celebration is set for this Saturday, September 28th in Atlantic.  The annual Coca-Cola Days Parade will be the finale for the festivities at 4pm Saturday and registration is currently open for all wanting to participate.

Entries from area clubs, businesses, and individuals are welcome for the parade incorporating the theme of “Coca-Cola: Born in the USA – Coca-Cola Days: Born in Atlantic, IA.”  Parade entry forms will be available at 6th and Chestnut in the City Park the day of the parade.  Only the children’s Coca-Cola themed costume contest for 12 and under will be judged and awarded AtlantiCash prizes.

Other Coca-Cola Days activities include the Show, Swap & Sell and Collectors Showcase from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Herring Building located at 2nd & Poplar Streets on Saturday, Sept. 28th. Merchandise including the 2013 souvenir flashlight will be available for purchase with the 2013 shirts.

For more information on Coca-Cola days visit CocaColaDays.org or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.

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Villisca Woman Arrested After Striking Stop Sign

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September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

A Villisca woman was arrested Sunday (9/22) night at 11:20pm for Operating While Intoxicated first offense after striking a stop sign and leaving the scene.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jessica D. Hale at her home on East 3rd Street in Villisca following an investigation into an accident.  Hale struck a stop sign at the intersection of High Street and 4th Avenue in Villisca and then returned to her residence in the 2012 Black Chevy Malibu that she had struck the sign with.  Hale was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where she was processed, booked, and released after posting $1,000 bond.

Sisters Arrested After Fight in Corning

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September 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Two sisters were arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault following a fight Sunday (9/22) in Corning.  The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports that Linda Scarpello of Corning came to the sheriff’s office at 1:08am Sunday to report that she had gotten into a fight with her sister Katherine Coleman at their house in Corning.

Both Coleman and Scarpello claim that the other person had started the fight so both were taken into custody for assault.  During the arrest Coleman also assaulted a Deputy Sheriff and was charged with Assault on a Peace Officer.

Scarpello is being held on $2,000 cash bond while Coleman is being held on $4,000 cash bond.