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Mills County arrest report

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, issued a report on recent arrests. On December 3rd, 32-year old Shelly Jean Logeman, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail at around 7:15-a.m., on a warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Driving While Barred. Her bond was set at $5,000. Also arrested Monday, was 20-year old Austin Keith Kelly, of Pacific Junction. Kelly was arrested at around 7:40-a.m. in Pacific Junction, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. His bond was set at $1,000.

On Sunday, 49-year old Scott Wade Fisher, of Malvern, was arrested by Mills County deputies for Possession of Controlled Substance and Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail on the assault charge, with the bond for PCS set at $1,000. Also arrested Sunday in Mills County, was 23-year old Sara Ann Young, of Glenwood, for OWI/1st Offense, and 37-year old Darren Douglas Bartley, of Malvern, of 2nd offense OWI. Their bonds were set at $1,000 and $2,000 respectively.

And, on Saturday, Mills County deputies arrested 28-year old Nicole Ann Crom, of Plattsmouth, NE, for OWI/1st Offense. Bond was set at $1,000.

1 person injured during Mills County rollover accident

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident Sunday morning, in Mills County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 31-year old Carol Backus, of Shenandoah, was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, following the accident on Highway 59, about one-half miles south of Emerson. Officials say Backus was traveling north on the highway at around 1-a.m. Sunday, when her 2005 Cadillac crossed the center line, and went out of control.

The car dropped off the shoulder and continued down a hill before rolling twice in an open field and coming to rest on its wheels 35-feet from a power substation.

Clarinda death ruled apparent suicide

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An investigation was conducted this (Monday) morning into the death of a Clarinda man. Police Chief Keith Brothers said officers responding to 115 East Garfield Street at around 9-a.m., made an initial determination 39-year old Michael Dean Durfey, of Clarinda, died from hanging. Final determination as to the manner of death is pending upon completion of autopsy by the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office. No foul play is suspected.

The Clarinda Police Department was assisted with the investigation by the Page County Medical Examiner, Clarinda Regional Health Center Emergency Medical Services and the Clarinda Fire Department.

Royal Neighbors awards $7,000 to Nation of Neighbors recipients to help empower women in southwest Iowa

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of  Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1373, in Atlantic,  will present two local women a check for $3,500 each through Royal Neighbors’ Nation of Neighbors Program. Treva Turpin, of Brayton, will use the funds to complete a two-story building to use as a “mess hall” for her Bible retreats and camps. Jacque Wickey, Atlantic, is dedicated to assisting the area’s Family Crisis Support Network Victim’s Services (FCSNVS). The funds she receives from Royal Neighbors will help purchase gift cards and pay for first month’s deposits on rent, phone, electricity, etc., for families in need. The two, $3,500 checks will be presented to the women at 2-p.m. Wed., Dec. 5th, at the Sweet Joy Shoppe in Atlantic (315 Chestnut St.)

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors has given more than $1 million to assist 900-plus families and individuals in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through its Nation of Neighbors Program. The program, which was launched in 2007, demonstrates the neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy on which Royal Neighbors was founded in 1895.

Two arrests in Atlantic over the weekend

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested over the past few days. On Friday, 33-year old Essex Mullins, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. The alleged incident marked the third time she was arrested last week, on various charges. And, 18-year old Kyler O’Brien, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday, on a shoplifting charge (5th Degree theft).

Mullins and O’Brien were brought to the Cass County Jail, and booked in.

13 Counties to vote on IWCC Bond issue

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Residents of 13 counties in western and southwest Iowa will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a proposed $22.5-million dollar Iowa Western Community College bond issue. If voters approve the measure by the required 60-percent supermajority, the bonds would be used to fund the construction of space for a new physical therapy and robotics program on the IWCC Council Bluffs campus, and repairs to the college’s centers located in Shenandoah and Clarinda.

Iowa Western President, Dr. Dan Kinney, has said approval of the bond issue would lower the portion of property taxes residents pay into the school, by 10-cents per thousand dollars valuation.

Voters in Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties are being asked to decide on the bond issue. In Cass County, the polls open at 7-a.m. Tuesday, and close at 8-p.m. in all precincts.

Only five voting centers will be used in Cass County: The Heritage House, for Atlantic Wards 1,4 and 5; The Atlantic Public Library, for the remainder of patrons in the Atlantic Community School District, along with persons in Marne and Wiota.

CAM Community School District patrons have two polling places: At the Anita Community Center, for voters residing in that portion of the CAM School District lying in Adair and Audubon Counties, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln Townships in Cass County, the Cities of Anita and Wiota; and, in Massena, at the Massena Public Library, for those persons in the district living in Adams County, the Bear Grove, Edna, Massena, Noble, Union and Victoria Townships in Cass County, the Cities of Cumberland and Massena.

The fifth and final polling site is in Griswold, at the Griswold Community Building, for Griswold and voters in the Griswold School District. For more information on where to vote, contact your county auditor’s office.

AMU to hold public hearing over adopted budget tonight

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held this evening in Atlantic, with regard to Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. The meeting takes place at 5:30-p.m. in AMU’s business office at 15 West 3rd Street.

AMU says its total budget for 2013 is up 12.1-percent from the current year. They are calling for a 10-percent increase in water rates and a 7.5-percent increase in electric rates to make up for wholesale increases in the cost to obtain electricity and other related expenses. The utility says they’ve seen a 35.5-percent increase in electric production costs and a 21.5-percent increase in the cost of transmitting electricity.

If approved, the new rates for AMU’s customers would become effective with the February1st, 2013 billing. AMU’s budget report says even with a rate increase, their fund balance will decline by 9.2-percent (or $431,000). They claim their overall rates will still be lower than the regional average, as well.

The Atlantic City Council will be asked to accept AMU’s budget report during the Council’s meeting on Wed., Dec. 5th.

Record High temps expected today (Monday)

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Expect to see several records being broken today for the warmest temperature on this date. In Atlantic, as of 11-a.m., the temperature at the KJAN studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic) was 63-degrees, which tied the record set 50-years ago on this date. The predicted high this afternoon, is forecast to be around 63.

Car vs. semi accident Saturday near Treynor

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A spokesman for the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department says two Villisca teens were injured when a car collided with a semi Saturday morning, just east of Treynor. Sergeant Dwayne Riche told KJAN News the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 92 and 370th Street east of Treynor at around 9:45-a.m. Saturday. Riche says the semi was traveling west on Highway 92 at the same time the car was traveling north on 370th Street – or, County Road M-16, when the car failed to stop at the controlled intersection and hit the rear axles of the trailer being pulled by the semi.

Two passengers in the car, 15-year-old Thad Brunning Villisca, were transported by Carson Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Niether the driver of the 2011 Chevy Malibu, 16-year old Eric Bodwell, nor the driver of the semi, 45-year old Andrey Galinov, of Lawrenceville, NJ, were injured.

Eric Bodwell was cited for Failure to Yield and a seat belt violation. Damage from the crash amounted $22,000. The wreckage of the semi remained near the roadway this (Monday) morning.

$14.3-million bond issue comes before Riverside voters Tuesday

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Administrators and others interested in improving the Riverside Community School District’s facilities, hope the fourth time at bat yields a home run with the voters. Superintendent Dr. Jim Sutton says this time around, there’s a big difference in the type of facility patrons of the district will be voting on. Sutton told KJAN News they went from the previously proposed and rejected Pre-K through 12th grade building to a 7th through 12th grade building. The final proposal came through suggestions from the community, and includes updating and consolidating the athletic complex, and the installation of a geo-thermal heating and cooling system.

Sutton says he thinks the pared-down and prioritized $14.3-million dollar bond referendum will be approved by the voters. The same day patrons of the Riverside District will be heading to the polls, residents of 13 southwest and western Iowa counties will be casting their ballots on a $22.5-million dollar bond issue, to be used for Iowa Western Community College Construction and renovation projects. Sutton doesn’t think the fact both bond issues are being held at the same time will impact turnout for the Riverside District’s vote. He says people have heard the information that’s been presented by Iowa Western officials, and he doesn’t think it will be a problem, because the Iowa Western bond which is intended to generate $22.5-million dollars actually ends-up lowering the tax rate by 10-cents per thousand dollars valuation.

Speaking of tax rates, if the Riverside bond issue passes Tuesday, it will increase the tax asking by a maximum $2.70 per thousand dollars residential property valuation. Sutton says the current tax rate for all funds in the 2013 Fiscal Year is $9.63/thousand, which is still lower than surrounding districts, and the eight lowest rate out of 357 districts in the State this year. The bond issue will raise about two-thirds of the $22.1 million dollars needed for the project. The rest of the money ($7.8-million) will come from the district’s savings and borrowing against the remaining sales tax.

Sutton says this latest attempt to float a bond issue is a “step forward,” in terms of providing greater savings to the district. He says they’re kind of “In the 11th hour “as far as the High School is concerned. Either they will have to spend a lot of money to make the facility compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] and energy efficient, or they will have to come up with a plan that charts a completely new course with a more efficient building that meets current and future needs.

The only polling place for the Riverside bond referendum allowed by the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s office is at the Carson Community Building. Patrons may cast their ballots from 7-a.m. to 8-p.m. Tuesday. For more information, check out the district’s November Newsletter at http://www.riversideschools.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/4ca0e8b9d15c7/November%202012%20Newsletter.pdf