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(Update) 2 injured in Harlan crash, Monday

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say two people were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan following an accident this (Monday) morning. Authorities say 54-year old Gary Lemons and 80-year old Christian Blum, both of Harlan, were injured after their vehicles collided on westbound Highway 44 near Chatburn Avenue, at around 7:45-a.m.

The accident happened as a 2012 Lincoln MKZ driven by Lemon was stopped waiting for on-coming traffic, as he prepared to make a left turn. Blum, driving a 2006 Dodge Ram truck, failed to see Lemon stopped in front of him. His truck hit the rear of the car.

Lemon was transported by Medivac ambulance to the hospital, while Blum went by personal vehicle. Blum was later cited for Failure to come to a stop in an assured clear distance. Damage from the crash amounted to $10,000.

Atlantic Parks & Rec member recognized for her volunteer work

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Jolene Smith, a member of Royal Neighbors Chapter 1373, from Atlantic, and a member of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, was honored recently with the 2014 Iowa Fraternalist of the Year for her volunteerism within her community.  The award was presented during the Annual Iowa Fraternal Alliance meeting in Ankeny.

Jolene Smith, a member of Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1373, Atlantic, IA, at right, was presented a plaque from Sarah Reemtsma on behalf of the Iowa Fraternal Alliance. In recognition of her volunteer efforts in the community, Jolene was honored as a 2014 Iowa  fraternalist of the Year. (Photo provided)

Jolene Smith, a member of Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1373, Atlantic, IA, at right, was presented a plaque from Sarah Reemtsma on behalf of the Iowa Fraternal
Alliance. In recognition of her volunteer efforts in the community, Jolene was honored as a 2014 Iowa fraternalist of the Year. (Photo provided)

Smith’s volunteer efforts include working with Heads at Ease, the Allen House Retirement Home, the Cass County Memorial Hospital, Festival of Trees, and Hitchcock House. According to her fellow Royal Neighbors members, “Jolene is the life blood of our chapter.”

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, empowers women to meet the needs of their families with annuities and life insurance products such as whole life, term, final expense, and universal life. Royal Neighbors’ philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For more information, visit www.royalneighbors.org or call (800) 627-4762.

Shenandoah motorcyclist injured when his cycle hits a deer

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Shenandoah man was transported to Creighton Hospital in Omaha by Malvern Rescue Thursday night, after the motorcycle he was driving hit a deer. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened near the intersection of Noyes Avenue and 290th Street, at around 11:40-p.m.

Authorities say David Long, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2001 Honda eastbound on Noyes Ave a deer ran out in front of him and his cycle struck the animal. Long hit his handlebars hard upon impact. His injuries were reduced because he was wearing a helmet and protective leather riding gear. He was sitting in a motorist’s vehicle when the deputy arrived.

The deer was found dead in a ditch.

2 arrested in Mills County for Possession of Stolen Property

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest on Sunday of two people on theft charges. 42-year old Brian Keith Floyd, of Council Bluffs, and 48-year old Jessie William Jackson, of Omaha, were taken into custody at around 9:07-a.m. in the vicinity of 190th Street and Highway 34. Both face charges of Theft/Stolen Property. Their bonds were set at $5,000 each.

And on Friday, 45-year old John Ray Nolan, Jr, of  Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree. Bond was set at $5,000.

Iowa State Bar: All 72 judges should be retained

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Bar Association says all 72 judges on the November ballot should be retained. The association Monday released the results of a member survey that found all 72 were well qualified, receiving high marks for their professionalism and demeanor.

More than 1,100 lawyers statewide answered questions about judges. They ranked them from very poor to excellent on questions such as their knowledge of the law and the promptness of their rulings. A vast majority of respondents said all 70 district judges and two appeals court judges should stay in office.

More than 70 percent of the 40 lawyers who ranked Judge Emily Dean said she should be retained. The Iowa Supreme Court last month suspended her for 30 days showing up drunk to the job in 2012.

Iowa revokes online lender’s license over loans

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have revoked an online lender’s Iowa license over allegations of exorbitant interest rates. The Iowa Superintendent of Banking said Monday that CashCall Inc. must pay $1.5 million in restitution costs and stop lending money to Iowa residents. The state’s Division of Banking says the settlement offers restitution for more than 3,400 illegal loans by the company.

The California-based CashCall was accused of charging borrowers illegally high interest rates. Officials say that violated state lending laws. As part of the agreement, CashCall neither admits nor denies wrongdoing. The company has tried to argue that its lending activity is beyond Iowa’s jurisdictional reach because it originated through another company that offered loans on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Car hits building in Audubon – driver sent to the hospital

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a car that struck a building in Audubon, Friday afternoon, was transported to the hospital and cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports 65-year old Ruth Elaine Young, of Audubon, was attempting to park in a diagonal parking space at around 2:20-p.m.,  when she stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.

Her 1997 Infiniti drove over  a curb and struck the side of the Community Insurance building, causing $8,000 damage to the business and $6,000 damage to the car. Young was transported to the Audubon County Hospital by Audubon Fire and Rescue.

Authorities: Girls admit to false possible abduction report

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three northern Iowa girls who reported a possible abduction attempt have admitted to police in Corwith the story was a hoax. KCCI-TV said the story about a man who was following the girls around a park sparked a statewide alert about another attempted abduction, but in follow-up interviews the girls admitted it didn’t really happen.

Authorities said filing a false report can result in criminal charges, but no charges have been filed in this one so far.

2 men arrested Friday on OWI charges in Cass County

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence Friday, in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports 24-year old Justin Dale Hardisty, of Cumberland, was arrested on charges of OWI/ 3rd or Subsequent Offense, and Driving While Barred. Hardisty was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remained held today (Monday) on $7,000 bond.

And, 36-year old Kelly Monta Watson,  of Omaha, NE, was arrested Friday on charges of OWI/1st Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Watson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1,000 bond.

First lady will campaign Friday for Bruce Braley

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October 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in Des Moines Friday to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said Sunday that Obama and Braley will attend a rally at Drake University Friday afternoon. The event will stress the importance of early voting in the competitive Iowa Senate race.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and officer in the Iowa National Guard from Red Oak. They are vying for the seat held by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.

Republicans are hoping to win in Iowa in their drive for the six-seat gain they need to grab the Senate majority. Obama has been stumping for Democrats in a number of tight races around the country.