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Clarinda woman arrested Tues. morning

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January 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report the arrest early this (Tuesday) morning, of a Clarinda woman. 27-year old Megan Diana Reynolds was taken into custody at around 1:30-a.m. on a valid warrant for Driving While Suspended. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $300 bond.

Task force looks at teacher prep standards

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January 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Board of Education has authorized a task force to study how to beef up standards in the state’s teacher preparation programs. The department’s Lawrence Bice says they’re looking at tougher standards for professors in the teacher prep programs, and clearer rules for what student teaching should look like. “We’ve been charged by the state board of education to update the standards, to make sure they are rigorous, and that’s what we’re doing,” Bice says. ” Beefing up teacher prep is a high priority of the state board. ” Bice says state law already mandates what tests prospective teachers have to pass:

“We don’t have the authority to change legislation certainly, that’s what our legislators do. So what we’re doing is we’re lookint at what do we have control over — and we’re trying to, frankly we’re trying to make the requirements more rigorous,” Bice explains. That includes requiring the teacher preparation programs to report on what they’re doing to improve based on their last accreditation review.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Jan. 14th 2014

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January 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WOODWARD, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Woodward in central Iowa were without water after a water main break. The water was shut off yesterday morning. KCCI-TV reports water was restored Monday afternoon, but officials are advising residents to boil their drinking water until testing shows it’s safe.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Judith Cabanillas was just 13 when a middle-of-the-night phone call conveyed the shattering news: Her older sister had been found murdered in an Iowa farmhouse. That was in 1974. The slaying went unsolved for years. Now, almost four decades later, her quest could be near an end as authorities put a suspect on trial today in the death of Mary Jayne Jones, a carefree 17-year-old wh worked at a drive-in restaurant. Cabanillas hopes the trial in Ottumwa provides some justice for her family and eases their grief.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for possession of a homemade bomb. Federal prosecutors in Cedar Rapids say 34-year-old Bjorn Luster of Cresco pleaded guilty in September to one count of possession of a destructive device.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds and Number 15 Kansas beat 8th ranked Iowa State 77-70 last night for its third straight win to open Big 12 play. The Jayhawks handed the Cyclones their second consecutive loss after a 14-0 start.

Food Backpack program approved for Atlantic Schools

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A program designed to feed children in the Atlantic Community School District over the weekend, has received approval and is expected to begin next month.

ACSD Food Service Director DeeAnn Schriener with one of the Backpack meals for kids.

ACSD Food Service Director DeeAnn Schriener with one of the Backpack meals for kids.

DeeAnn Schriener, Food Service and Wellness  Coordinator for the School District said during Monday night’s School Board meeting, she was approached about the “Backpack Program” a couple of years ago, but at that time it was the consensus of the district’s principals that the need wasn’t there. That’s not the case now.

She said this year some students had approached her on a Monday morning and said they hadn’t eaten anything all weekend. Their stories moved her to pursue the Backpack Program a little further. Schriener said after much research and phone calls, the program started falling into place. One of the places she contacted was the Food Bank of the Heartland, in Omaha, which has the program. After a conversation, she was moved to the top of their priority list, because Cass County is in what’s called a “Red Zone,” which means it is an “underserved community.” Officials with FBH met with the district’s principals after the Christmas break, and things have been taking off from there.

Schriener said her goal was to start with 15 Backpacks of food, but the count is currently at 144, which will be provided by Food Bank of the Heartland.  She says the food is free to the district and to the kids. Each backpack is a bag which contains 2 breakfast cereals, 2 main dish items, 2 shelf stable milks, 1 juice box and 1 fruit bowl. The main goal of the program she says, is to make sure kids have food in their stomach, which it is hoped will increase their test scores back up and improve their concentration.

Schriener says if she can raise enough money, the Wellness Team will supplement the FBH backpack with 2 main dish items, 1 or 2 juice boxes and 2 snacks. That will cost about two to four-dollars per pack. She says there is a lot of community support behind the project. That includes help from the Atlantic Food Pantry, and Hy-Vee Manager Amy Jordahl, who will work to create and organize a media campaign to explain how the program works. Hy-Vee will also post signs throughout their store that indicate which items are “Friday Friendly.”

When customers purchase those items, they can give them to the cashier who makes sure the school receives those products. The food packs from FBH are expected to arrive next week, with distribution beginning Feb. 1st. Students are referred to the program by District staff and selected by the principals of each building and Schriener. Students DO NOT need to be on the Free and Reduced meal program. Once those students most in need are identified, the food backpack will be placed in the students’ locker and a waiver form will be sent home with their parent, which will give them the option of permitting their student receive future backpacks, or decline the offer.

Cass County Supervisors to act on partial renovation project contract

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are expected to approve an agreement with an Omaha architectural firm Wednesday morning, with regard to the partial renovation of the basement at 707 Poplar Street. The lower level of the building, which was purchased late last year, will be used for the Cass County Communications Center in the near future. The agreement is with Carlson-West-and Povandra Architects.

In other business, the Supervisors will hear a quarterly Conservation Department report, review and possibly take action on the County Compensation Board’s recommendations for a compensation schedule for annual compensation of the auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff, county attorney, and supervisors for FY2015, and approve a schedule for the same. They’ll also discuss and act on whether to allow or disallow  family farm credits, and to approve agricultural Land credits in accord with the Code of Iowa.

The Board may also act on making an appointment to fill a vacancy term on the Cass Co. Board of Health. Their meeting begins at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.

 

Atlantic Public Library receives $500 from Frederickson Fund

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Public Library recently received a $500 donation from the Trevor Frederickson Memorial fund to help complete their new Dr. Seuss area located in the children’s section.

Melanie Petty (Left) presents a check to Librarian Julie Tjepkes. (Photo supplied by Petty)

Melanie Petty (Left) presents a check to Librarian Julie Tjepkes. (Photo supplied by Petty)

Reading was an important part of Trevor’s life. He took part in many summer programs at the library when he was young and continued to enjoy reading from then on. Melanie Petty with the Frederickson Memorial Fund, says they hope many children will get to enjoy the fun space that the library is putting together and that they too will find a love of reading to last them a lifetime.

 

23-year old from Mills Co. sentenced to 50-years in the death of a 13-month old

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A district court judge has sentenced a Mills County man to as much as 50-years in prison for the death of 13-month old. The Daily NonPareil says 23-year old Colby Puckett, of Pacific Junction, received his sentence today (Monday), in connection with the Feb. 2012 death of Aliyanna Lenae May. Pucket had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He must serve at least 35-years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The court also ordered Puckett to pay more than $9,000 in restitution to the victim’s family, and $150,000 in restitution to the state.

Court records indicate Puckett was baby-sitting the 13-month-old girl and two of her siblings, ages 3 and 2, while their mother was taking a college class. Puckett – who was dating the baby’s mother – told a Mills County Sheriff’s Office deputy that he had placed Aliyanna on a bed and she fell off. She died the next day.

Doctors found extensive injuries to her eyes and brain, which they said was more consistent with abuse, and not a fall. The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, which determined Aliyanna had died as a result of the head injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Authorities arrested Puckett on Feb. 8th, 2012.

 

Leaders in NW Iowa county, city dispute 911 protocol

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FONDA, Iowa (AP) — A police chief in northwest Iowa has been cut off from emergency dispatch communications following a dispute with a county sheriff over the proper response protocol for emergency calls. Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe recently issued a memorandum that says employees should not communicate with Fonda Police Chief Alex Leu on radio traffic.

The Des Moines Register reports Leu posted about the situation on the Facebook page for Fonda, a city about 90 miles east of Sioux City. He listed his city-issued cellphone number with the post. Lampe says Leu is not authorized to respond to emergency medical calls outside of city limits. Leu, who is a state-certified emergency medical technician, disputes that. He says he can often get to a scene quicker than a county deputy.

Bluffs man arrested on warrant for theft in Cass County

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Thursday of a Council Bluffs man. 48-year old Timothy Andrew Frieze was taken into custody on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle) (a Class-D Felony) and Operating without Consent (Aggravated misdemeanor). Frieze was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Volunteers wanted to visit nursing facilities, report to State Ombudsman

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January 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Volunteers are wanted to visit nursing homes and similar facilities in the state to help resolve concerns among residents about quality of care. Deanna Clingan-Fischer is the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. “We hope to recruit individuals and train them to go into nursing facilities and be the eyes and ears for individual residents, so that we can insure quality care and make sure residents have someone they can turn to if they are in need of some assistance,” Clingan-Fischer says.

The new Volunteer Ombudsman Program is open to anyone at least 18 years of age. Previous experience in health care is not required. “Certainly, individuals who have a background in health care…would have an instant advantage, so to speak, in knowing some of the lingo and the health care needs of our vulnerable people,” Clingan-Fisher says. Plans call for placing one or two volunteers in every nursing facility, residential care facility, and elder group home in Iowa. Potential volunteers must go through a one-day, eight-hour long training session.

Volunteers are also be required to attend 16 hours of continuing education and commit to visiting a care facility at least three hours per month for one year. More information and volunteer applications are available at: www.iowaaging.gov/vop

(Radio Iowa)