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Alleged Hamburg bank robber arrested in MO.

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man who allegedly robbed the Great Western Bank in Hamburg June 11th was taken into custody on unrelated charges in Missouri.

Nathan W. Smith (Bank robbery suspect)

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday (today), Police in Higginsville, MO., arrested 47-year old Nathan Wayne Smith of Lexington, Missouri, on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) charges.  Smith was also being held in the Lafayette County, MO., jail on a warrant out of Fremont County, for 2nd degree robbery.

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Wanted: small town attorneys

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Many rural Iowa communities are losing a valuable resource: attorneys. The state bar association reports it’s a growing crisis as small town lawyers are retiring and few are willing to take their place. Some small town residents are struggling to get basic legal services they need to sell a house or draft a contract. Phil Garland, chair of the bar’s Rural Practices Committee, says they’re teaming up with the University of Iowa to place law students in rural areas this summer. “We’re also expanding it to really try to encourage a lot of us in small town Iowa to hire a clerk during the summer, to take a spin and really see what life is like in a small town,” Garland says.

Some Iowa towns currently have no resident attorneys, according to Garland. He says Adams County now has just two attorneys and several other rural counties have only three or four. The program is placing eight law students in small towns this summer with plans to add more students next year. Garland was a guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” program.

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Warrant issued for Hamburg bank robbery suspect

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County have issued an arrest warrant for a Missouri man, in connection with a bank robbery earlier this month, in Hamburg.

Nathan W. Smith (Bank robbery suspect)

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the warrant was issued for47-year-old Nathan Wayne Smith, of Lexington, MO.  An investigation by Aistrope’s office and the FBI determined Smith was the man behind the June 11th robbery of the Great Western Bank, in Hamburg.

Smith, a black male, was described as being in his early 20s, approximately 5-6, to 5-8, inches tall, and 175 pounds. Anyone with information as to the location of Nathan Wayne Smith, should call the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-432-9210, or the Omaha FBI office, at 1-402-493-8688.  The man is to be considered dangerous, and should not be approached by the public.

Alleged witness tampering leads to arrest in Red Oak

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County arrested a Red Oak woman Friday evening on a charge of Tampering with a witness. Officials with the Red Oak Police Department say 58-year-old Michelle Dawn Ronfeldt was being held on $2,000 bond. Additional details about the incident which lead to her arrest, are currently not available.

Emergency Communications Demo. this weekend in Grant, IA

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Several southwest Iowa Amateur or “Ham” Radio operators will offer the public a chance to meet and talk with those individuals during an event being held this weekend, near Grant. Rob Koppert, 911 Director for Cass County, along with Red Oak Police Chief Drue Powers, who is the emergency communications liaison for Montgomery County, will operate their amateur radio stations at Pilot Grove County Park on County Road H14 about 3 miles west of Grant, from 2:00pm today (Saturday), until sometime early Sunday morning, as part of the annual “Field Day” event.

The Field Day is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

Over the past year, there have been many reports in the news, of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including in Creston, during a devastating tornado,  the California and Colorado wildfires, winter storms, and other events world-wide. Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. Often called “hams,” they provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station, all for free.

The public is invited to come to the local event this weekend, and learn more about what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.

BC Truck driver injured in rear-end collision Friday afternoon

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A tractor-trailer driver from Richmond, British Colombia was injured Friday afternoon during a collision on Interstate 29, in Mills County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 56-year old Michael Vostrov was driving a 2003 Volvo semi northbound on Interstate 29 at around 2:50-p.m., when the rig slammed into the rear of another semi that was slowing for a traffic problem ahead. The other semi, a 1999 Kenworth, was driven by 31-year old Yevgeniy Martyn, of Vancouver, WA.

Officials say following the collision, the semi driven by Vostrov came to rest in the east ditch. Vostrov was flown by Lifenet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A report on his condition is not available.

2012 Cass County Relay for Life a Great Success

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June 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

The 2012 Cass County Relay for Life took place Friday night (6/22) at the Atlantic High School Track.  A beautiful evening accommodated a large crowd that came out for a night of celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against cancer.

Teams and committee members work throughout the year to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.  This year’s effort in Cass County raised an impressive $68,880.08 to date with more donations still coming in.

A tractor ride started the day for Relay for Life with 44 tractors on the ride.  A motorcycle ride took place later in the day and the survivor’s dinner began at 4:30pm.  The Survivor’s lap kicked off the festivities on the track.  The crowd was able to enjoy entertainment on the infield stage, children’s activities throughout the night, and an education tent along with strolling around the track.  The luminary ceremony wound down the night supporting those with cancer and remembering those lost.

The Cass County Relay for Life committee would like to thank all of the area businesses and residents that supported the Relay effort and helped make it a great success.

City of Hamburg receives $500-k award for levee reinforcement

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June 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Friday, announced that the City of Hamburg was awarded $500,000 in direct financial assistance, to maintain and supplement as needed, the existing federal levee and install three new flood-closure gates on highways in and around the city. The levee will then continue to protect businesses, employees and citizens who represent the majority of industry in Fremont County. The project represents a $2.2 million capital investment.

The award was announced following action Friday by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), which awarded financial assistance to 10 companies in all, and one community, for job creation and expansion projects. The awards will assist in the creation of 238 new jobs, retention of 142 jobs and will result in $77 million of new capital investment to the state.

In addition to assistance provided to Hamburg, the board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Ames, Farley, Dubuque, Polk County, Clinton, Keokuk County, Orange City, Urbandale and Davenport.