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Two drug arrests in Montgomery Co. in less than 6-hours

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two southwest Iowa men were arrested on drug charges over a period of less than six-hours recently. Authorities in Red Oak report a Fremont County man was arrested early this (Thursday) morning, on drug charges.  According to the Police Department, 23-year-old Jonathan Lee Million, of Farragut, was arrested on the following charges: Possession with Intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine;  Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana; Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Operating a motor vehicle While under the Influence/drug related, 2nd offense.  In addition, Million was charged Driving While Suspended.

Officials say Red Oak Police Officers confiscated more than 2 grams of a substance suspected of being methamphetamine, and nearly 2 grams of suspected marijuana from a vehicle Million was in, during a traffic stop in the 100 block of West Elm Street, at around 2:30-a.m., Thursday.  Million was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 cash bond.

And, a four-month long investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at a Red Oak residence just before 9-p.m. Wednesday. Afterward, 37-year old Markus Eugene Johnson, of Red Oak, was arrested on felony drug charges. Red Oak Police were assisted at the scene by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Moore. Following the  search of a home at 301 4th Avenue, Johnson was charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of meth with the intent to deliver, and one count of bringing contraband into a jail facility. Authorities also seized a number of items of drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging equipment.

2 winners in Powerball drawing

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball officials say the record jackpot has been won. Early Thursday morning officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: One in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes. The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

The Arizona Lottery says that at 10 a.m. MST Thursday it will release retailer’s location where the winning ticket was purchased in Arizona. However, the lottery says “no information about the winner will be available at this time” because no one has come forward yet.

A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million. The drawing Wednesday night for the Multi-State Lottery Association’s prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history. Tickets earlier Wednesday were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, the jackpot enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.

Single vehicle accident in Adair County Wednesday

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to a hospital in Des Moines Wednesday, following a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Adair County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 35-year old Benjamin Mark Newton, of St. Paul, MN, was taken by Stuart Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, after the 2000 Chevy Blazer he was driving left westbound I-80 near the Greenfield Exit and entered the north ditch, spun around and came to rest facing east, in the ditch. The accident happened at around 9:30-p.m.

(Update 7:30-a.m.) Fire at an Apartment Complex in Harlan displaces 12 residents, but no major injuries reported

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A fire at an apartment complex in Harlan Wednesday night gutted the building and left about a dozen people homeless, but no major injuries were reported. One person did however, suffer from smoke inhalation. The blaze at 707 Durant Street, broke out just after 6-p.m.

Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen told our sister-station KNOD in Harlan, that seven area fire departments were called to help control the flames, including Atlantic (which sent its aerial unit and six firefighters), Avoca, Defiance, Earling, Elk Horn, Kirkman and Westphalia. Bissen said the fire began on the east side of the 1st floor, and quickly spread to the rest of the house. The main reason the fire spread so quickly he said, was because of the age of the building. “This old of a structure you deal with a balloon type structure so there isn’t a break in between floors.” The building, which is located very near the Harlan City Hall, is 102-years old.

Bissen said he thinks there were about 5 tenants inside at the time. , Authorities said the dozen occupants in the apartment building were temporarily relocated to the Settle Inn in Harlan. Volunteers with the American Red Cross provided food, clothing and additional shelter, as needed.

Monetary donations and clothing items can be delivered to: Terry Irwin at 608 Dodge Street in Harlan; West Central Community Action on the east side of the square in downtown Harlan; or, the Town and Country Credit Union 1414 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan.

(All photo’s are courtesy the Harlan Newspapers)

Harlan Apartment Fire Video 11-28-2012

(Video Courtesy Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees)

Iowa woman suspected of stealing from cemetery

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 67-year-old woman has been arrested after a hidden camera appeared to show her stealing flowers, wreaths and other items from grave sites in a Council Bluffs cemetery. Ileen Wallace, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft and trespassing at Ridgewood Cemetery. The arrest came after another Council Bluffs resident, Doug Lantry, became fed up with the theft of flowers and other items from his late wife’s grave. Lantry mounted a motion-sensing camera to a tree near his wife’s grave, and says he now has pictures of Wallace allegedly taking items from the site. On Monday, a cemetery worker spotted the woman in the cemetery and called police.

Charges pending in Page County cattle neglect case

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, that charges are pending against a Clarinda man, as an investigation in underway into the neglect of cattle in rural Page County. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says the investigation, which remains ongoing, began Saturday, following a report of animal neglect at 2773 X Avenue. During the course of the investigation over a period of several days, authorities consulted a veterinarian, who determined 17 cows, 1 bull and 15 calves, which were located on property owned by Kiel Martin Brittain, of Clarinda,  were severely malnourished.

The animals were seized. Additional information will be released by authorities when charges are filed.

Essex man arrested in Page County on Adair County warrant

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday, that an Essex man wanted on a warrant out of Adair County, was arrested Tuesday at the Pierce Creek Campground. Officials say 36-year old Daniel Elmer Bright was wanted for Failure To Appear on a traffic charge. Bright was brought to the Page County Jail and was unable to post a $2,000 cash bond. He was held in the jail until deputies from Adair County could arrange for him to be transported to the jail in  Greenfield.

Public hearing in Cass County Friday, over contract with Fagen Farms

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will take place Friday afternoon in Atlantic, with regard to the approval of a “Contract for Private Development” agreement between Cass County and Fagen (Fay’gen) Farms, for their acquisition of property in the County, for the purpose of securing a developer to construct a second generation bio-fuels facility, renewable energy facility, or agricultural related facility on the site. The hearing takes place at 1:30-p.m., during a meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors, and will be followed by a vote on the matter a little bit later on during the afternoon session.

In other business, the Board is expected to discuss the Amendment of a Zoning Ordinance with regard to Permitted Uses within Districts, such as Light and Heavy Industrial , and an Amendment of the Division/Subdivision Zoning Ordinance.  They will also act on remove certain parcels from Amaizing Energy ‘Urban Renewal Area/TIF district’, and they discuss, as well as possibly take action on, the re-location of the Cass County 911 Center from the center of the jail to the third floor of the Cass County Courthouse.

If approved, the 911 Center would move into space currently occupied by the Cass County 911 Director and Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator. The move would result in the assignment of the former Cass County Conservation Board offices to the Cass County Public Safety Commission and Cass County Emergency Management Agency for use as administrative offices and the assignment of the two small offices currently used by Juvenile Probation and the Cass County Engineers Office, for renovation into one room, to be used as an equipment and server room for the Cass County 911 Center.

The Supervisors are also expected to vote on pooling funds with regard to the County’s role in the State’s Mental Health Regionalization process. They may also discuss an update of the Cass County Division/Subdivision Ordinance.

Train slams into SUV in Crawford County – no injuries

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An SUV stalled on railroad tracks in Crawford County Tuesday night, was struck by a train, but no one was injured. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the 1998 Ford Explorer, driven by 57-year old Lonny Lee Kolln, of Dow City, was left on the railroad tracks after it stalled out. An eastbound Union Pacfic train hit the SUV broadside at around 10:35-p.m. Tuesday, but Kolln was able to jump to safety prior to the impact.

Tractor-trailer hauling lime rolls over west of Atlantic

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a semi hauling a load of lime rolled over this (Wednesday) morning, just west of Atlantic. According to reports, the rig was traveling west on the Marne Road (Highway 83), when it went out of control on the curve just east of Highway 173, and rolled onto its side. The driver of the semi was transported by a private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked for possible injuries.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Atlantic Police, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol Troopers assisted at the scene of the crash, which was reported a little after 10-a.m.  Additional details are currently not available.