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Arson under investigation in Hamburg

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August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning an arson that occurred in Hamburg on Sunday, August 16th.  Officers received a call Sunday of a possible arson that occurred at the apartment building located at 300 Park Street in Hamburg.  During the investigation it was discovered that at 1:45am someone approached the south building of the complex and attempted to throw an incendiary device through an upstairs window of the building.

The fire caused minimal damage and no injuries were reported. Several people were inside the building at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424.  Fremont County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in the crime.  You may remain anonymous.

The Iowa Fire Marshall’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

Two arrested in connection to a burglary and assault in Shenandoah

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August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Two arrests were made Sunday by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a burglary and assault in Shenandoah.  At approximately 5:30pm the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1505 W Sheridan Avenue in Shenandoah for a report of two women fighting. Upon arrival deputies spoke with a female resident of the apartment building that told officers she was in her apartment when two neighbors broke in, assaulted her and stole her cell phone when she attempted to call 911.

Officers then arrested 21-year-old Felicia Galaziz-Monson and 23-year-old Daniel Dean Archer both of Shenandoah in connection with the case.  Both are being held on charges of Burglary in the 1st Degree, a Class B Felony; Assault during the Comission of a Felony, a Class C felony; Obstructing Emergency Communications; and Theft.

Both individuals are being held without bond and further charges are pending.

Two arrested in Red Oak traffic stop Sunday

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August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of two men after a routine traffic stop on Sunday for multiple charges.  At 10:30pm officers stopped a vehicle with two male occupants int the 300 block of East Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak.  Officers then arrested 48-year-old Scott Allen Phillips of Bellevue, NE and 40-year-old Christopher Michael Weaver of Windsor, MO.  Both men were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and both cited for Open Container of Alcohol While Driving.  Phillips was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Both men were taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

1 injured during I-80 crash in Cass County

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August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to the hospital in Atlantic following a single-vehicle accident early this (Monday) morning on Interstate 80 in Cass County. The accident at the 63 mile marker eastbound was reported just after 4-a.m, when a vehicle went into the south ditch. The person’s injuries did not appear to the life threatening. Anita and Wiota Rescue were called to the scene.

Additional information is currently not available.

Stuart Police make additional drug-related arrests over the weekend

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August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Stuart executed a total of four search warrants over the weekend, resulting in the recovery of methamphetamine and one arrest, with charges pending against a second person. Officials say one warrant was executed at a residence in the 300 block of N. Harrison Street, where marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Charges are pending on the occupant of the house.

A second search warrant was conducted in the 600 block of SW 7th Street, where marijuana, meth, and drug paraphernalia was also recovered. A male subject was arrested at that location on felony charges of distribution to a minor and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as aggravated misdemeanor charges of possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment, and a simple misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Other charges are pending related to that warrant.

Friday night, officers with the Stuart Police Department executed two search warrants at South Summit Apartments in Stuart, where a significant amount of methamphetamine was recovered. One person was arrested and faces a felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute, charge. The unidentified suspect was also charged child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No names were released in connection with the incidents.

Griswold School Board meeting preview

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August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Board of Education will meet in a regular session at 5:45-p.m. Monday, in the Central Office at the Middle School/High School Building. On their agenda are updates on the Interior Lighting and Security System, as well as Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Long-Term planning.

The Board will take action of a Community/School Marque Sign, and discuss painting of the Middle School Gym, in addition to discussion and possible action on the first reading of 401 series Board policies.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board set to meet Mon. evening

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August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet Monday in the City Council’s Chambers at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:15. During their session, the Parks Board will receive updates from Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring and Assistant Director Seth Staashelm, with regard to the Urban Forestry Grant and Tree Census in Atlantic, as well as the Kiddie Korral, which the City’s Street Department has agreed to demolish after Labor Day. A new shelter will be erected in its place.

Other updates include those pertaining to: The Schildberg Rec Area Fishing Dock; Schildberg Campground; the Atlantic Swimming Pool (which will close for the season on August 23rd); The Bull Creek/Schuler Trail, and Schildberg Lake #2 Trail Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant. Herring and Staashelm will also talk about “Operation ReLeaf” that takes place this fall, and the selling of trees through the Urban Forestry Grant.

Logan woman arrested in Red Oak

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August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a woman from Harrison County, Sunday. 34-year old April Marie Watson, of Logan, was arrested just before 2-p.m. in the 100 block of W. Coolbaugh Street, on a warrant for Contempt of Court/Failure to Appear, on an original 5th Degree Theft charge. Watson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Iowa poultry producers plan for possible return of bird flu

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August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa poultry farmers are bracing for the possibility that bird flu will return this fall when wild birds migrate, but they hope the disease won’t return. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the industry that had to slaughter more than 35 million chickens and turkeys earlier this year is just starting to recover. But agriculture officials say migrating birds might bring the disease back.

The Iowa Poultry Association’s Randy Olson says the industry is doing everything it can to prevent another outbreak. Tony Halsted says he’s grateful that his hatchery near Rudd escaped bird flu in the spring. Halsted says he has divided his birds up and moved some flocks into Missouri to make sure that a bird flu infection at one location wouldn’t cripple his operation.

Iowa town coping with loss of beef plant and its 400 jobs

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August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials are working to help Denison cope with the closing of a Tyson Foods plant there that employed about 400 people. Mayor Brad Bonner told the Daily Nonpareil that Tyson’s announcement Friday was a surprise, and the city is now using its economic disaster response plan.

Tyson has said workers could apply for jobs at the company’s other plants. Economic development officials will try to help workers find other jobs if they want to stay in the area.

Bonner says it’s sad to see the plant close because it has a long history in Denison. It opened in 1961 as the first plant run by Iowa Beef Packers. That company grew into a major player in the industry before Tyson acquired it in 2001.