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Cass County Republicans announce caucus sites

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Republican Central Committee and Auditor Dale Sunderman have released the list of sites and times for the 2012 Republican Precinct Caucuses in Cass County. The event begins at 7-p.m., January 3rd.

The following is a list of Precincts and locations for the caucus:

City of Atlantic, Ward 1, Ward 2/Grove Township, & Ward 3 - SS Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Center.

City of Atlantic, Ward 4 - Washington Elementary School.

City of Atlantic, Ward 5 – Heritage House.

City of Lewis/Cass & Bear Grove townships – Lewis Activity Center.

City of Griswold/Edna, Noble & Pleasant townships – Griswold Community Bldg.

Benton Township – Anita Community Center.

City of Marne/Brighton, Grove 1, Pymosa & Washington townships – Washington Elementary School in Atlantic.

Cities of Anita & Wiota/Franklin, Grant & Lincoln townships – Anita Community Center.

City of Massena & Victoria township - Massena City Hall.

City of Cumberland/Union township – Cumberland Public Library.

During the precinct caucuses: Each precinct caucus will elect 2 persons, both Republican residents of the precinct, to serve on the County Central Committee; Each will elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Cass County Republican Convention to be held Sat., March 10, 2012; the precincts will propose and vote on platform planks to send to the County Convention; and, they will conduct the Presidential Poll.

Nissan recalls 2 vehicles for engine stalling

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 34,000 Sentra compact cars because of a battery cable problem that could cause the engines to stall. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that a zinc coating on the cable bolts could be too thick. That can cause a voltage drop that can damage the engine control computer. The documents say the cars can stall while moving and it may not be possible to restart them, increasing the risk of a crash. The filings appeared on the NHTSA website over the weekend. The problem affects 2010 and 2011 Sentras equipped with MR-20 engines that were built from May 11, 2010 to May 22, 2010, and from July 8, 2010 to Oct. 25, 2010, according to the NHTSA documents. Nissan says it will replace the positive battery cables and covers free of charge starting on or before Jan. 23, 2012. Nissan also is recalling more than 28,000 Juke small crossover SUVs from the 2011 model year. A turbocharger boost sensor bracket can break free from an air inlet tube because of a defective weld, according to NHTSA. If that happens, the vehicles can stall while the engines are idling, raising the risk of a crash, the agency said.

The Jukes were built from April 9, 2010 through May 12, 2011. The company will check the brackets and replace them free of charge if necessary, according to the documents. The recall is expected to start around Jan. 9, 2012. Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman said that no crashes or injuries have happened because of either problem. Owners with questions can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Injury accident reported in Fremont County

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office issued its culmulative arrest/accident and incident report this (Monday) morning. The report covers incidents which occurred during the first full-two weeks of the month. Authorities say on December 13th, one-person was sent to the hospital in Shenandoah, following a collision between two vehicles at Manti Road and an unidentified intersection. A car driven by Ritchie Diehl, of Farragut, was traveling west on Manti Road when he went through an intersection and was hit by a vehicle being driven by Ryan Anderzhon, also of Farragut. Diehl was transported by Shenandoah Rescue to the Shenandoah Hospital. The report did not specify the extent of his injuries.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reports also, the arrest December 14th, of 46-year old Jeffrey Scott Ruckman, of Omaha, for a probation violation, and the arrest December 9th, of 18-year old Dustin Wayne Griffin, of Sidney, on charges of Criminal Mischief and Trespassing.

9AM Newscast 12-19-2011

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Cass Co. Sheriff’s Deputies investigate juvenile fight in Griswold

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Cass County spent nearly an hour and a-half investigating a reported fight between juveniles in Griswold that may have involved a baseball bat, Sunday night. Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering told KJAN News the incident was called-in from the Casey’s Store at around 10-p.m.  One juvenile was detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation, and charges are pending.

Frost covered roads cause numerous accidents

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Frost covered roads contributed to numerous accidents this morning in the listening area, most of which were reported in Pottawattamie County. A rollover accident was also reported in Mills County, and a non-injury accident in Guthrie County, occurred near the Adair-Casey Community Schools. Details on those incidents are currently not available.

In Cass County, Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering told KJAN News frosty roads caused an accident this morning on the A-T&T curve north of Lewis. The accident happened at around 6:50-a.m. at the intersection of Whitepole Road and 582nd Street. Westring says a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Austrid Cohrs, of Lewis, was traveling northbound around the curve when Cohrs lost control of the vehicle, which then went into a ditch, traveled 12-feet down an embankment, and landed upright, wedged  in a concrete culvert. No injuries were reported to either Cohrs or her two young children. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $6,500.

8AM Newscast 12-19-2011

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December 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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EXPECT FROSTY SLICK ROADS THIS MORNING

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

716 AM CST MON DEC 19 2011  CRAWFORD-CARROLL- AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS- -CASS-ADAIR-MADISON–ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

…FROSTY SLICK ROADS EXPECTED THIS MORNING…

THICK FROST HAS SETTLED ON AREA ROADS ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA

LEADING TO VERY SLICK CONDITIONS THIS MORNING. TRAVELERS SHOULD

BE ADVISED TO SLOW DOWN AND USE EXTRA CAUTION AS THE FROST WILL

CONTINUE THROUGH THE MID MORNING HOURS. DRIVERS SHOULD BE

ESPECIALLY MIND FULL WHILE CROSSING OVERPASSES AND BRIDGES.

NW Iowa deputy mourns K-9 partner

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December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa Sheriff’s deputy is mourning the loss of his K-9 partner.  Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Dorhout’s partnered with his German shepherd named “Sabot” when the dog was just a puppy, in 2002. Sabot retired from the Sheriff’s Office in April 2010, about the same time Dorhout, a member of the Iowa National Guard, was called to his third overseas deployment, this time in Afghanistan. Dorhout, with C Troop, 113th Cavalry, in Le Mars, was going away for a yearlong deployment. He says the time away from his best friend and partner made the loss of Sabot, who died last month at the age 9, all the harder for him to accept.

Blinking back tears as he spoke with a reporter, Dorhout said “Every time I would come home he was always happy to see me. He always greets me and wants to be by me.” He says he and Sabot had many conversations while riding in their patrol car. The pair met in February 2002 when Sabot was received by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.

Sabot was a dual-purpose canine partner: He was trained and certified by the U.S. Police Canine Association as a drug detector dog in 2003 and a patrol dog in 2004. Along with finding drugs and the bad guys, Dorhout said Sabot also enjoyed meeting children and working with them during community and school programs. Since the pup grew up with Dorhout’s own children, the deputy said he never had to be concerned when the dog met children in the public.

It was decided that Sabot would retire in 2010 because the hard work of being a detector and patrol dog had taken its toll on the animal. For Dorhout, it was odd coming back to the Sheriff’s Office after returning from Afghanistan this past summer without his retired canine partner. Dorhout said he hasn’t discussed getting a new canine partner with the sheriff, but it’s probably something he will do down the road. For now, he’s content to just remember his friend.