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Cass Supervisors approve refinancing resolution

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have passed a Resolution calling for the securing of a loan to refinance the purchase of a County-owned building across the street from the Courthouse. Their action today (Wednesday) will save the County about 2.5-percent in interest and approximately $8,000 over the course of the initial loan. The move followed a public hearing during which there were no written comments or members of the public in attendance.

Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer mentioned most the persons who asked questions about the loan were in favor of refinancing once they learned it would be saving the County some money.

In other business, Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Board on current projects, which include the lining of some rusted out pipes located under paved roads. One of the pipes is located under County Road G-30 [Airport Road], by Indian Creek. Another is located under G-43 just west of N-28, or west of Cumberland. The third is the Canby Road south of Anita, toward the Adair County line.

Denco Construction out Mingo worked on those projects with assistance from the Secondary Roads Department. Work is currently underway putting bags under the liners in preparation for the pouring of concrete, or flowable mortar, between the liner and old pipe. Afterward, it’s a simple matter of grading the inlets and outlets for the pipe. Marker said lining the pipes is much more cost effective than tearing up the road to replace the pipe and long lasting.

Marker says Cunningham-Reis, out of Van Meter, is working on installing the components for a new bridge on the Cass County Landfill road. And, a pre-construction meeting with A-M Cohron is slated to take place next Tuesday week with regard to the Griswold Golf Course Bridge project. The anticipated start date for the project is August 3rd.

Immediately after that meeting, a pre-construction meeting will be held with PCI, out of Minnesota. They’re the contractor responsible for work on the Troublesome Creek Bridge northeast of Atlantic. Marker says they are tentatively expected to begin work on the project at the end of this month.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/15/2015

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/15/2015

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Bluffs woman dies in NE crash

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in Nebraska say two people, including a woman from Pottawattamie County, have died in a rollover accident near Beaver Lake in Cass County, NE.  22-year-old Jeremiah Ferguson, of Omaha and 21-year-old Kelsey Leclaire, of Council Bluffs, died Tuesday.

Authorities say a 2006 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback went through a stop sign at a Highway 75 intersection and struck an embankment. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle went over a fence before it landed upside down in a bean field.

Cass County (NE) Sheriff William Brueggemann said a local lawn care service noticed tracks and debris and found the vehicle, which was not visible from the highway. Brueggemann said speed was likely a factor in the crash.

Red Oak man arrested Tuesday night on escape warrant

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on an Iowa Dept. Of Corrections warrant for Escape From Custody, was arrested Tuesday night, in Red Oak. Authorities say 33-year old George Allen Alfred Westbrook III was taken into custody at around 10:35-p.m. in the 300 block of 8th Street, in Red Oak. Westbrook, who was also wanted on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Escape From Custody, was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 cash bond.

Tips from the public lead to Red Oak man’s arrest Wed. morning

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Tips from the public led to the arrest early this (Wednesday) morning, of a man wanted on numerous felony and other charges, in Red Oak. According to Red Oak Police, 33-year old Jacob Allen Cochran, of Red Oak, was taken into custody without incident, thanks to assistance of Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested at around 12:15-a.m. at a residence in the 500 block of S. 6th Street. Cochran was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

He faces felony charges that include:  Assault on a Peace Office and Eluding, associated with a vehicle pursuit on June 22nd; Theft in the 2nd Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver, in connection with the theft of an ATV from Stanton, on July 5th; and a felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine charge, associated with a raid at two houses in Red Oak early Tuesday morning, during which two other people were arrested, but Cochran managed to escape.

In addition to the felony charges, Cochran was charged with Interference with Official Acts (in connection with the pursuit), and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana (with regard to the ATV theft incident).

Thieves grab almost $10k worth of valuables during car break-ins

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Nearly $10,000 worth of goods has been reported stolen in a cluster of car break-ins over the last week in Council Bluffs – including one at a hotel – but police don’t believe the incidents are related. According to the Daily NonPareil, a Louisiana man lost an estimated $3,100 worth of items during a stay this past weekend in Council Bluffs. He reported Sunday that $200 in cash, $1,400 in computer equipment and $1,500 in clothing was taken from his vehicle while it was parked at AmericInn Hotel, 1000 Woodbury Ave.

The Council Bluffs Police Department does not have any suspects at this time. Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said thieves would often check vehicles in hotel parking lots, because people often leave their expensive items in their vehicles. While many people who stay at hotels and experience theft are residents of another community, so they don’t remain in town long, Meyers said police will keep looking for the items. If they relocate the stolen objects, they will do their best to get them back to the original owners, he said.

Other reports were from local residents, including a Council Bluffs woman who told police $2,000 worth of items were taken from her car while it was parked on the 2600 block of South 24th Street. Myers said the break-ins vary by method and location, so it’s possible more than one person is responsible for the thefts.

Jeb Bush slams Donald Trump for ‘rhetoric of divisiveness’

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush is criticizing fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for his “rhetoric of divisiveness.” During a campaign stop in Council Bluffs Tuesday, the former Florida governor and 2016 candidate said that the Republican party cannot win elections as a “grievance party” and must focus on giving people hope for a better life.

The reality television star has been critical of Bush recently. Last week Trump called Bush “a joke” for suggesting that Mexican immigrants cross the border illegally as “an act of love.” Bush said that Republicans must focus on hope and optimism. He said that Trump has a right to hold his beliefs, but said he does not want to be associated with the “vitriol that he’s spewing out these days.”

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 15th 2015

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years. The report says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. More than $170,000 was spent on excess vacation and sick leave for some employees.

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have identified the person killed in an apparent fall from a train in northwest Iowa as a 29-year-old man. The Department of Public Safety says a pedestrian found the body of Brandon Joseph Sage Gould on Monday near Sibley, just south of the Minnesota border. Investigators believe Gould fell and then was run over by the train. It’s unclear how or why he fell. Authorities haven’t determined Gould’s hometown.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A re-trial has begun for the former mayor of Oelwein, who is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a girl. The trial of Jason Manus got underway Tuesday in Bremer County District Court. In May, a Chickasaw County jury found Manus not guilty of one count of third-degree sexual abuse involving a 14-year-old girl, but the jury deadlocked on a charge involving a younger girl. Judge Richard Stochl declared a mistrial and later agreed to move the trial to Bremer County.

Atlantic Police Department phone problems

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports they are experiencing phone problems this (Tuesday) evening with their administrative, or Non-Emergency, line. All Calls after business hours normally route to the Cass County Communications Center. However, they are not switching over. Authorities are asking anyone needing to contact the Police Department to do so by calling (712) 243-2204.

Any 911 calls will be answered as normal. The issues only have to do with the non-emergency line. Please use 243-2204 until at least 8-a.m. Wednesday. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.