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Hepburn man arrested in Page County Wed. night


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a man from Hepburn was arrested Wednesday night, on two Page County warrants. 26-year old Keaton Ray Osthoff was taken into custody at 3rd & Main streets in Coin. at around 9:42-p.m.  He was wanted on warrants for: Failure to Appear on original charges of Theft 3rd Degree, Theft 4th Degree, and Burglary 3rd Degree, and for Violation of Probation on the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Osthoff was unable to post bonds that amounted to $7,000.  He was transported to the Page County Jail where he remains pending future court appearances.

Keaton Ray Osthoff

(UPDATE 10-a.m.) Pursuit & shots fired in Pott. County


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says the pursuit of a stolen vehicle early this (Thursday) morning concluded with a crash, but not before shots were fired at Deputies. The chase began at around 3:45-a.m., after Pottawattamie County deputies were advised of a stolen vehicle at 10 East Street, Shelby (Loves Travel Stop).  The vehicle stolen was a white 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.  At approximately 3:55-a.m., a Pottawattamie County deputy observed the vehicle westbound on Interstate 80 near the 21 mile marker.  The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the Chevy accelerated to nearly 120 mph.  The vehicle left the Interstate at Underwood and continued westbound on Magnolia Road to County Road L-34.  From there, the car went northbound on L-34 at high rates of speed to Whippoorwill Road.  At County Road L-34 and Whippoorwill Road, a pit maneuver was used in attempt to stop the vehicle.  The car entered the south ditch and two occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot.



The driver, identified as 25-year old Brandon J. King, of Scranton, Kansas, was detained by law enforcement.  His passenger, later identified as 30-year old John P. Detimore, of Burlingame, KS entered a pickup in the area and fled the scene.  When he drove into a nearby corn field, the pickup became stuck, and Detimore fled on foot. Law enforcement personnel from Harrison, Shelby and Cass (Iowa) Counties assisted Pottawattamie County deputies setup a perimeter.  With the assistance of a Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Detimore was located and detained.

Located at the scene was a stolen Ruger handgun.  The weapon was in a pickup that was stolen on October 4, 2017 in Centralia, Kansas.  Both Brandon King and John Detimore were transported to a Council Bluffs Hospital with minor injuries.  Both were released and transported to Pottawattamie County Corrections. The investigation is ongoing into shots being fired at the pursuing deputy and the theft of a vehicle from the State of Kansas.

Brandon King is being charged with multiple traffic offenses, theft of a motor vehicle, interference with official acts, possession of a stolen gun and possession of a dangerous weapon. John Detimore is being charged with theft of a motor vehicle (2 counts), felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts and attempted murder.

Pursuit in Pott. County results in 1 hospitalized 2 arrested


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Update 9;55-a.m.) The pursuit of a vehicle stolen from the Love’s Truck Stop in Shelby early this morning included shots fired and a crash that sent one person to the hospital. Sheriff Jeff Danker said he was made aware at around 5-a.m. of the incident that began at around 3:45-a.m.  Danker said a Deputy saw the vehicle, and began a pursuit. The pusuit ended with the stolen vehicle being crashed. The suspects allegedly stole another vehicle. It was during that part of the pursuit, that shots were fired at the Deputy, but nothing was hit. After that vehicle also crashed, the driver was arrested, while the passenger took off and stole another vehicle, which he drove into a corn field near County Road L34 and Whippoorwill Road. The location is southeast of Missouri Valley and just south of Interstate 680..

The Cass County K9 assisted in finding the passenger, who was taken into custody at around 5:30-a.m. Danker said the pair also allegedly stole a vehicle he thought was from Kansas. Authorities were still looking for that vehicle.


Time for the Trumpeter Swan Contest in Cass County

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October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking you…When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry (In Atlantic)?  They’re asking you to “Please call in your prediction (by November 10th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number,” if staff are not available.  Duplicate dates will not be allowed.  For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date.  S

Call anytime until November 10th to make your prediction.  One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of more than 6 trumpeter swans to Lake 4.  The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.  This contest is only for residents of Cass County.

Here is a list of previous arrival dates:

Trumpeter Swans have visited the Schildberg Quarry for, at least, seventeen out of the last eighteen winters.  Arrival and departure dates of the swans have been as follows:

1997/1998    December 18 – January 2

1998/1999    Nothing on record

1999/2000    December 25 – February 15

2000/2001    November 23 – March 6

2001/2002    December 25 – February 24

2002/2003    November 23 – March 15

2003/2004   November 26 – March 21

2004/2005    November 25 – March 18

2005/2006    November 17 – March 5

2006/2007 October 30 – March 9

2007/2008 November 22- February 14

2008/2009 November 18- March 12

2009-2010 November 19 – January 5

2010-2011 November 5 – February 10

2011/2012 November 17 – February 21

2012/2013 November 24– March 4

2013/2014 November 12- April 7

2014/2015 November 11- April 6

2015/2016 November 22- March 24

2016/2017 November 19- March 9

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October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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Former clerk accused of stealing money from city


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WESTFIELD, Iowa (AP) – A former city clerk in northwest Iowa has been accused of stealing money while on the job. Court records say 48-year-old Angela Sorensen is charged with theft. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

The records say that when Sorensen was clerk for Westfield, she had control of an account in which money was amassed for a public park and T-ball complex. The records say the town mayor contacted authorities in September, after the loss of nearly $9,000 was discovered.

Sorensen had resigned in August.

Child Car safety seat recall


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More than 500,000 child car seats made by a company called Diono are being recalled because they may not adequately protect children in a crash. The recall covers the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier convertible and booster seats. They were made from January of 2014 to September of this year by Diono, which used to be called Sunshine Kids Juvenile.

Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. government say that when the seats are secured using a lap belt without the top tether, children over 65 pounds have an increased risk of injury in a crash. Diono, based in Sumner, Washington, says it has no reports of injuries.  The company will send owners an energy absorbing pad and a new chest clip. The recall is expected to start Nov. 22.

Creston woman arrested for Trespassing


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Creston was arrested for 1st offense Trespassing, Wednesday night. 28-year old Shaeina Allison was taken into custody at around 10:30-p.m. at a home in the 800 block of Laurel Street. She was later released on a $300 bond.

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October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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Bruckner elected Atlantic School Board President; Enrollment down


October 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board Wednesday evening, held its annual re-organizational meeting following the Sept. School Elections. During their meeting, Allison Bruckner was re-elected to the position of School Board President, and former Board President Kristy Pellett, was elected as Vice-President of the Atlantic School Board. Pellett and Josh McClaren, who were unopposed in the Sept. election, were sworn-in to the newly elected Board, Wednesday night. And, Sarah Sheeder was approved and sworn-in as Board Secretary/Finance Director.The Atlantic School Board voted 4-to-1 to hold their regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30-p.m., and their Work Sessions on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

In his report to the Board, Superintendent Steve Barber said the enrollment numbers for 2017-18 – while not yet certified to the State – are down several dozen students. The District must certify their numbers to the State by Friday. The numbers are down 32.6 students, from 1,384.7 last year, to 1,352.10 this year. The number of open enrollments also saw a decrease in students.Students enrolling into the District were down 13.3 from last year, making for a total of 45.9 fewer students in the District than last year.

Barber said 80 students moved out of the District, some of which no doubt to can be attributed to the loss of jobs this past summer, at Plastic Professionals. The administration will be talking about how those numbers affect the budget, in a couple of weeks. But it’s clear, the District will utilize its Budget Guarantee, as it has the past few years.