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Audubon man dies in Sunday morning rollover accident


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report a fatal, single-vehicle rollover accident occurred early Sunday morning, south of Gray. 21-year old Michael Dean Schmidt, of Audubon, died at the scene of the crash off 120th Street. The accident was reported at around 3:30-a.m.

Officials say Schmidt’s vehicle was traveling west on 120th Street when it crossed the center line of the road and continued onto the left shoulder following a curve. Schmidt was ejected from the vehicle as rolled down a ditch and landed in a field.

The accident remains under investigation. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by officers with the Audubon Police Department and crews from the Audubon Fire and Rescue Department.

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7AM Newscast 10-21-2013

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October 21st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Stuart Police investigate report of shots fired, and pot belly pig capers


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police Officers in Stuart Officers responded Sunday to a report of a disturbance in the 600 block of North Gaines St. The 911 caller said they heard an argument, yelling and gun shots coming from a neighbor’s house. After investigating the incident, officers discovered that the 911 caller was allegedly suffering from an altered mental state, and that the shooting/argument had never actually occurred.

And, Stuart Police say they have received another report of a pot belly pig running lose in the downtown area. Authorities say it’s the 5th pig call of the summer, and they’re not sure where the pigs are coming from. The pig was captured unharmed by Stuart Officers and taken to the Stuart Vet Clinic.

Nebraska woman arrested in Stuart has BAC more than 3x the legal limit


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Stuart Police Department reports a woman from Nebraska was arrested at around 6-p.m. Sunday, after she was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically on Interstate 80 in Adair County. Motorists reported the woman had come close to crashing several times. Iowa State Troopers and Adair County Deputies were not in position to stop the vehicle at the time of the reports, but Stuart Police Officers stopped Melissa Ruge of Decatur, NE, after her vehicle exited I-80 at the Stuart exit.

Authorities say Ruge was determined to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) nearly three and a half times the legal limit. She was charged with OWI 1st offense and booked into the Adair County Jail.

Red Oak pair face felony burglary & other charges


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man and a woman from Red Oak face felony Burglary and other charges, after police responded to a report of two subjects making a forced entry into a residence. Officials say 26-year old Christopher James Colebank and 24-year old Megan Renea Guffey, both of Red Oak, were charged with Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class-D felony, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. Colebank and Guffey were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond, each.

The pair were taken into custody at around 5:40-p.m.  One of the suspects was caught leaving the property in the 100 block of East Joy Street. The other was apprehended about a block away, on East Corning Street. Red Oak Police were assisted in making the arrests, by deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Officials also thank the public for its assistance in nabbing the suspects.


Red Oak woman arrested Sunday night


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest at around 10:40-p.m. Sunday, of a Red Oak woman. 37-year old Angela Elizabeth Baier was charged with Driving While License Revoked. Baier was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Cass County Public Safety/E-911 Boards to meet tonight


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The topic of privatizing Cass County’s 9-1-1 calling center operations will be the subject of two separate meetings tonight (Monday). The Cass County Public Safety Commission is set to take up the matter during their meeting, which begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Supervisor’s Board room at the Courthouse. And, the County E-911 Service Board will discuss the issue during their meeting at 7-p.m., in the same location.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors briefly discussed the possible privatization of 9-1-1 services during their meeting last Wednesday, in Atlantic. Board Chair Mark Wedemeyer said he had been looking into using the services of the Cranston, New Jersey-based iXP Corporation. Since many questions still remain regarding the potential use and cost of the service, and benefit or lack thereof to the County, no action was taken, and several more meetings are planned to discuss the privatization issue.

The Public Safety Board is also expected to discuss and possibly act on the proposed new communications center and location options, which includes the Cambridge Law firm building almost directly across the street from the courthouse, and a report on a tour of the Rutherford building at 2410 East 7th Street, as another possible site for a new comm. center.

Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert will update the E-911 Service Board on the 911 system upgrade during their meeting tonight, along with information on the radio system upgrade and other matters.

Lights out on sections of I-29 in Council Bluffs


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thieves have left motorists traveling along a nearly one-third mile stretch of Interstate 29 in the dark, in the Council Bluffs area. According to the Omaha World-Herald, authorities and Iowa Department of Transportation officials are frustrated by the covert theft of copper wiring from circuit boxes and other access points along the interstate, where thieves yank out as much as 300-or more feet of wire, causing street lights to go dark. About a dozen streetlights aren’t working because of the thefts. And, Council Bluffs Police have reported a spike in thefts of copper wiring and tubing from construction sites and vacant homes over the past few months. In some cases, two-to three-cases of theft are reported per day.

Jim Bane, DOT district maintenance manager for southwest Iowa told the paper the thieves typically strip the wire on site, hiding in bushes or under a bridge, then haul the copper away, leaving the rubber coating behind in the grass. Since July 1, 25,000 feet of wire had been stolen from lighting systems along Interstates in the Council Bluffs area.

With the wire valued at about $3 per foot, the thefts cost Iowa taxpayers roughly $75,000 just to buy new wire. The Department of Transportation does not know when the lights will be working again on I-29 between 25th and 28th Streets. The I-29/I-480 interchange just east of downtown Omaha was in the dark for several weeks recently after someone stole wire there. Those lights are back on…at least for now.

Officials think a person or persons with skills in electronics are responsible for the thefts, because of the high amount of voltage that passes through the wiring at street light sites. A person unfamiliar with how to handle up to 400 volts of energy is likely to be electrocuted. Transportation officials have installed tamper-resistant circuit box covers and taken other steps in an effort to curb the copper thefts, but the thefts continue.

About 3,000 feet of wire was stolen along I-29 near Nebraska Avenue on Wednesday night, leaving some lights out at the interchange near the Ameristar Casino Hotel.

Iowa early News headlines: Mon., Oct. 21 2013


October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with an armed burglary in a Des Moines suburb. The Des Moines Register reports a husband and wife were watching television Saturday night when five men entered the home through a basement window. Two men held the couple at gunpoint while their accomplices stole less than $200 in cash and electronics.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President Barack Obama’s health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new online insurance marketplaces. Detailed enrollment data is unavailable because the federal government, which is running the exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the marketplaces were launched October 1st.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in Cedar Rapids displaced six family members and their three dogs. A Fire department spokesman says the fire was reported Saturday night when resident Lori Appleby noticed an orange glow in her backyard. She investigated and found flames coming from the roof of her home’s attached garage.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A fire in eastern Iowa injured four people in an apartment and damaged a cat shelter in Anamosa. KWWL reports the fire started in a building that housed The Cat Adoption Center and an apartment in Anamosa yesterday morning. Firefighters say the fire was confined to the second floor of the building. The injured are being treated at area hospitals.

Area School Board meetings set for Monday evening


October 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold, CAM and Elk Horn-Kimballton Boards of Education are set to hold their separate, regular monthly meetings Monday. The Griswold School Board will gather in the Central Office Board Room at 5:45-p.m., where they will receive updates on various ongoing, completed and future projects. They’ll also act on awarding snow removal bids (if any), and discuss the offering of early retirement incentives.

The CAM School Board will meet in Anita at 6:30-p.m., in the CAM High School Media Center. During their meeting, the Board will receive a presentation by the Anita Public Library, and, discuss and possibly act on: Open enrollment applications; Contracts; a proposed High School curriculum and an increase in the credit card limit. The Board will also review Capital Projects, and enter into a closed session for negotiations.

And, the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn, beginning at 7-p.m.  The Board is expected to act on a contract with Beth Peppers with regard to Prom. They’re also scheduled to discuss and possibly act on: Activity passes, with regard to employees or other adults; the appointment of a representative to the Audubon, Shelby and Cass County Compensation Boards; bids for the school roof repair; A contract with the Council Bluffs Community School District for a Special Education student, and, approve of students for early graduation.