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6 recent arrests in Cass County


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Six people were arrested on separate charges over the past week in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Department reports 43-year old Daniel Dale Laws, of Atlantic, was arrested Feb. 7th on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Laws pled not guilty and was released later that day. That same day, 36-year old Isaac George VanSickle, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. VanSickle was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On February 8th, Cass County deputies arrested 47-year old John Martin Chamberlin, Jr, of Atlantic,  on two District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Chamberlin was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Two people were arrested in Cass County on February 10th. 39-year old Danny Allen Elrod, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on two district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Elrod was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance. And, 37-year old Eric Jason Ostrander, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Ostrander was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held without bond.

On February 12th, 35-year old Joshua James Mullen, of Atlantic, was arrested by Cass County deputies on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. After arrest, Mullen was also charged with Assault Causing Injury upon a fellow inmate. Mullen remains held at the Cass County Jail on $20,000 cash bond.

3 Atlantic women arrested on drug charges


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three Atlantic women have been arrested on drug-related charges. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 35-year old Heather Marie Christensen,  of Atlantic, was arrested Feb. 4th,  on charges that include Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Sponsoring a Gathering, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Christensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance. Christensen was arrested last Sunday (Feb. 15th), for OWI 2nd Offense, two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and Driving Under Suspension. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she later posted $25,000 bond and was released.

Cass County deputies arrested 22-year old Ashley Hope Cohrs,  of Atlantic, on Feb. 4th. Cohrs was charged with Sponsoring a Gathering, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

And on February 9th, Cass County deputies arrested 53-year old Sharadee Ann Witt,  of Atlantic,  on two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd or Subsequent and one charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Witt was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $5000 bond.


14 people arrested in undercover prostitution sting Tuesday


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An undercover operation to nab prostitutes and “johns” in western Iowa has resulted in the arrest of 14 people. The suspects were from Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Sgt. Chad Christensen with the Council Bluffs Police Dept. reports members of the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force conducted the sting Tuesday at an undisclosed location. During the operation, investigators arrested six men and eight women, all of whom were charged with Prostitution.

Two of those who were arrested – Charlicia Lacole Hicks, and Aaron K. Fellows, both of Omaha, had outstanding warrants for Possession of Meth and OWI. Also arrested during the investigation was: Rusty A. Davis, of Marble Hills, Mo; Christopher Graham, Kristina Adele Rolden, Ronald R. Travis, Courtney J. Flower, Charlene Michell, Sophia Tajouri Radia, Jessica S. Walker, and Ta Tiana RoLynne Davis, all of Omaha; Gary Lynn Curtis, of Hastings, IA; and Whitney Jones, of Minden, NE.

Officials say this is an on-going operation, and further checks will be conducted in the future.

Elderly Creston man involved in two hit-and run accidents


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a local man was involved in two, separate hit-and-run accidents this week. Late Monday night, a legally parked vehicle registered to Derek Kohl, of Creston, was hit by on Sycamore Street by a northbound vehicle, which then left the scene. The 1996 Dodge Avenger sustained $1,100 damage.  Police officers followed tire tracks to the home of 80-year old Dean Paxson, of Creston, where they found a 1996 Chevy S-10 pickup that had sustained $1,200 damage. Officers spoke with Paxson, who said he had no idea what happened.

At around 12:15-p.m. Tuesday, Police in Creston received a report that the rear of a 1990 Chevy Caprice parked off the road in a yard at 403 West Monroe Street, had been hit by a vehicle traveling westbound on Monroe Street. The car, registered to Timothy Norton, sustained $500 damage.

The vehicle responsible left the scene, but parts of it were left behind. An investigation matched the piece to Paxson’s pickup. The police report indicated no citations were issued.

Ignoring Parking Tickets in Clarinda will land you in jail!


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers is warning the public that not paying parking tickets in Clarinda may land you in jail. Brothers said as an example, 21-year old James Alan Kinghorn, of Shenandoah, was arrested Tuesday evening on a warrant for failure to pay parking tickets issued to Kinghorn over the last couple of months. As a result Kinghorn ended up spending a night in the Page County Jail.

The Chief Brothers says the City of Clarinda goes out of its way to give individuals an opportunity to get their parking tickets paid. If a parking ticket is issued, the violator has thirty days to pay the $15.00 fine for a simple parking violation to city hall. If the parking ticket is not paid within the allotted thirty days, the police department sends a letter in the mail to the registered owner of the vehicle ticketed informing the person they have 14 days to pay the parking violation from the date of the letter and that the parking violation is now $20.

If not paid, a complaint will be filed with the court and a warrant may be issued for the person’s arrest. Brothers said that if the parking ticket ends up in the courts, the costs of the initial parking ticket ends up being about $100. He added, that it’s not his desire to utilize his department’s resources in arresting people for unpaid parking tickets, but he makes it clear that if you are issued a parking ticket, you shouldn’t throw it away, because that approach may just land you in jail.

Glenwood man arrested on Mills Co. warrants


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports a Glenwood man, 38-year old Billy Hunter, was arrested Tuesday, on two Mills County warrants. One was for Probation Violation, while the other was for Theft in the 4th degree. Hunter’s bond was set at $6000.

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More Kids Eat Breakfast at School, But Iowa Lags Nationally


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest study shows a growing number of low-income children in Iowa and across the nation taking part in school breakfast programs, but locally there’s much progress to be made. The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows the number of Iowa kids who eat free or reduced-price lunches at school and also take part in school breakfast programs has grown by 2.2 percent over the past five years. However, Crystal FitzSimons, FRAC’s director of school and out-of-school-time programs, says much more can be done.

“Iowa actually ranks 48th for participation in the school breakfast program, compared to low-income students’ participation in the school lunch program,” she said. “So, they’re feeding about 72,000 students breakfast each day.” Nationally, an average of more than 11 million low-income kids ate breakfast at school each day last year, an increase of about 320,000 students from the previous year.

FitzSimons said many factors are driving the upward trend in school-breakfast participation. One is that states and districts are looking at more innovative and accommodating ways to offer morning meals, such as breakfast-in-the-classroom programs.

“It’s where kids are eating breakfast in the morning in the classroom together,” she said. “They’re doing grab-and-go programs, where kids kind of grab a breakfast on their way into school and take it to the class with them – really taking a look at creative ways to make sure that the breakfast program is available to kids who want to participate.”

Considerable research shows that nutrition – and eating breakfast in particular – is important for cognitive functioning and academic success. State-specific information is online at frac.org.

(Iowa News Service)

Teen tanning bed ban passes House committee


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A bill that would ban teenagers from commercial tanning bed businesses has cleared a committee in the Iowa House. About 100 volunteers from the American Cancer Society were at the statehouse Tuesday, as a show of support for the bill. Gail Orcutt, of Pleasant Hill, a lung cancer survivor, has a cousin who died of skin cancer two years ago. “Kids can’t go in and buy cigarettes and certainly they can’t smoke cigarettes before they’re 18,” Orcutt says, “so we need to keep our kids safe and a lot of parents just don’t know how dangerous tanning is.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. Eleven other states, including Minnesota and Illinois, have passed legislation banning indoor tanning for minors. A 2011 study found one-third of the girls who were high school seniors had used a tanning bed that year.

While the bill banning teens from tanning beds in Iowa cleared the House Human Resources Committee, it wasn’t unanimous. Some Republicans on the panel objected, arguing it should be the parent who decides whether their 16 or 17 year old can tan.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston teen allegedly in possession of pot


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports 17-year old  Andrew Gordon, of Creston, was referred to juvenile authorities after allegedly being in Possession of Marijuana. Gordon was subsequently released to his mother.

(7-a.m. News)