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Neighbors near Lake Manawa concerned about camping

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Neighbors in an area near Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs are concerned about camping and other issues near the lake.

About 80 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops to learn about two renovation projects by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Lake Manawa State Park. Under the proposed plan, 51 full hookup campsites would be made and dedicated spaces for tent camping would be eliminated, though tent camping would still be allowed.

Mike McGhee, the department’s project manager for lake restoration, says the two projects are expected to total more than $10 million. The Daily Nonpareil reports residents who live in Lake Manawa neighborhoods were concerned about overall park and lake safety. Some wanted to reduce camping numbers or prohibit the recreational activity all together while some supported the department’s plans.

Cass County Supervisors approve new jailers

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, today (Wednesday), approved a recommendation from Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering, for the hiring of two full-time jailers. The Board approved the employment of Maria Agboglo at a starting union scale wage of $14.06/per hour, effective Oct. 15th. The second Jailer hired, effective this past Monday, was Linda Marxen. Since Marxon had worked for the County previously, Westeringg recommended her union scale wage be paid at $14.50 per hour.

In other business, Auditor Dale Sunderman reported there has been a good deal of interest in the upcoming General Election, as demonstrated by the number of Absentee ballots requested and turned in. He said 960 persons have requested ballots, with a little over half having already been returned. Overall he says, it’s going pretty well.

With Monday being a holiday, nearly 60 ballots came into the Auditor’s Office on Tuesday. Sunderman says they’re averaging about 30 and 50 ballots requests per day. The last day to submit an Absentee ballot to the Auditor’s Office, is Nov. 3rd.

Cass Co. Auditor Dale Sunderman demonstrates a new voting machine for the blind/visually impaired.

Cass Co. Auditor Dale Sunderman demonstrates a new voting machine for the blind/visually impaired.

He demonstrated to the Board the new vote tabulation machines, including one for persons who are blind or visually and/or hearing impaired.

Sunderman says it has an audio ballot. The difference between the new machine and the old AutoMark machine, is that the old style required an 8-by 14 ballot to be fed into it. The new machine generates a heavier, paper receipt similar to what you would get from a grocery store or other business. The receipt is about four-inches wide. Each precinct will have one of the special, touch-screen machines for blind/hearing impaired voters.

Stanton man arrested on theft and weapon charges

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say an investigation that led to a search warrant on Sept. 3rd, also resulted in the arrest of a man on theft and weapon charges. 48-year old Thayne Kinnison, of Stanton, was arrested Wednesday (Today) on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree/Possession of Stolen Property, and for being a Felon in Possession of an Offensive Weapon. Kinnison was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Also on Wednesday (today), deputies in Montgomery County arrested 20-year old Travis Brightbill, of Council Bluffs, on a warrant for Probation Violation related to an original narcotic violation offense. Brightbill was being held in the jail on $2,500 bond.

(Update) Atlantic man dies during Tuesday accident

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In a follow-up to our story Tuesday about a fatality accident near Avoca, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday) identified the victim as 60-year old Garry Johnk, of Atlantic. Sheriff Jeff Danker says the cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Johnk was driving a Ford F-150 pickup on westbound Highway 83 at around 7:35-a.m., Tuesday, when the vehicle left the road and came to rest in a harvest cornfield. Iowa Department of Transportation workers were on location erecting a construction zone sign,  when they saw the pickup pass by. The driver appeared to be slumped over, leaning toward the driver’s door.

The workers were nearly struck as the truck passed them. John was transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Medical Center-Harlan where he was pronounced dead.

(Update) 2 injured in Shelby County crash Tuesday

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon, in Shelby County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 39-year old Amy Malloy, of Walnut, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered severe injuries and was flown by LifeNet helicopter to the UNMC in Omaha, while the driver of the other vehicle, 31-year old Jason Leinen, of Adel, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered non-life threatening injuries, was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan by Elk Horn Rescue.

The accident happened at around 12:50-p.m. on 400th Street, about one-quarter of a mile east of Umbrella Road, in Shelby County. Officials say a 2006 Toyota Camry driven by Malloy, was traveling west on the wrong side of 400th Street, at the same time a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Leinen, was traveling east.

The vehicles collided at the crest of a hill, causing major damage to both vehicles.

 

 

Atlantic residents arrested on drug charges

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people from Atlantic were arrested on drug charges, Tuesday. The Atlantic Police Dept. reports 19-year old Kody Lynn Hansen, of Atlantic,  was arrested on Cass County warrants for two counts of Delivery of Drugs to Minors, and for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Hansen was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, 15-year old Spenser Denison, of Atlantic, was arrested on two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. He was later released to his parent.

(Podcast) 8-am News 10/15/14

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Creston man arrested for attempted burglary

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County say a Creston man was arrested Tuesday evening at the Union County Jail, on a charge of Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree. 26-year old Danny Alan Fry was later released from the Jail on $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. KJAN area news & funeral report, 10/15/14

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Harlan Police issue bad checks alert

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in being on the lookout for stolen checks and forgery. The checks are drawn on 1st Whitney Bank and Trust from Atlantic, and are from the account of the former Custom Body and Sound. The checks are signed by a “Mitch Mundorf.”

Authorities say if you see any of these checks, contact the Harlan Police Department at 755-5151.

(KNOD/Harlan)