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Shots fired during domestic incident in Cumberland Monday morning


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Deputies from Cass and Montgomery County responded to a reported domestic abuse incident with shots fired early this (Monday) morning, in Cumberland. According to scanner traffic at around 1:37-a.m., deputies were looking for a man who fired a round from a shotgun, outside of a home and into the air, in the 200 block of Adams Street. No injuries were reported at the residence. The weapon was found in the yard. The unidentified suspect took off from the home on foot and was not believed to be armed. At least two k-9 units were called-in to search for the man. The search was called-0ff just before 3-a.m.

Additional details are currently unavailable. It’s expected Sheriff’s officials will have more on the incident, later this morning.

Authorities searching for 2 missing Iowa girls – may be with Atlantic area runaways


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in eastern Iowa are searching for two missing 15-year-old girls.  KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visekboth last made contact with family members on Saturday afternoon.

The teens are believed to be traveling in a vehicle similar to this.

Family members say they left in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no license plates.

The girls are both from the Shellsburg area.

Austin Boggs

Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth says the girls may be with two runaways from the Atlantic area, 16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs.

Corey Sunderman (photo provided by his family)

Floyd is described as 5’1″ 115 pounds white with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Skie Floyd

She was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark stonewash jeans and boots. Visek is white and has green eyes and brown hair. She’s 5’5″ and weighs 185 pounds.

Jazlyn Visek

She was wearing blue skinny jeans, a gray zip up hooded sweatshirt with word “arrow” on the front and gray and green Nikes. She also has two lip rings.

If you have any information on the teens’ whereabouts, call the Benton County Sheriff’s Department at 319-472-2337.

CAM School Board meeting to be held Monday


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will hold their regular meeting Monday evening, at the CAM High School Media Center. During their 7-p.m. meeting, the Board will discuss and/or take action on: Contracts; a Joint Board meeting with the Adair-Casey Community School District; an FFA ski trip; and, Revisions to Board Policies pertaining to Employee Physical Exams, and Classified Employee’ Vacations, Holiday and Personal Leave.

Prior to the Board reports and adjournment, the CAM Board will enter into a closed session, to discuss the goals of Superintendent Steve Pelzer.

Griswold School Board meeting preview


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School Building. On the agenda for the 5:30-p.m. session, is an update on district improvement projects, along with discussion and/or action, on: A Sport Coordinator; Short- and long-term Facilities projects; Various Board policies; the purchase of a wheel chair lift bus; An agreement with the Atlantic School District, with regard to the CCEOC (Cass County Educational Opportunity Center; and a policy pertaining to the publication of student names with school photos.

The Griswold School Board will also hear updates on: Certified Enrollment; the Iowa West grant; and, other Board Policies.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in a regular session, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On the agenda for the 5:15-p.m. meeting, is a presentation pertaining to a Tobacco Policy, discussion with regard to the Schildberg Recreation Area campground plan, updates on the Parks and Rec Capital Improvement Plan, and, an update on plans for a dog park at the Schildberg Recreation Area. In addition, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide his regular, monthly report.

Iowa district says bullying database has helped


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – School administrators in Sioux City say a new state bullying database helped them stop harassment. The Sioux City Journal reports that school officials have used the system to track where instances of bullying have taken place.

The database required by the Iowa Department of Education has been in use for the past month. The system collects detailed reports about where bullying has occurred, who was involved and why the victim was targeted.

Sioux City schools administrator Marilyn Charging says the database has helped administrators identify where bullying has occurred, allowing them to increase staff in problem areas.  The Iowa Department of Education says districts filed nearly 11,000 reports of bullying in the 2011-12 school year.

Another flag and flag pole theft reported in Villisca


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County are asking for your help in identifying the person or persons responsible for the theft of flag posts and flags from a residence in Villisca. Officials said Sunday, that sometime between the hours of 9:45-p.m. Saturday and 11-a.m. Sunday, a person or persons unknown stole a metal flag post and a Stanton Viking flag from the front yard of a residence at 103 West 3rd Street, in Villisca.

Authorities say the theft marked the third time the Stanton flag has been stolen from the same yard, and the second time a metal post has been taken from the property. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Rainfall in Atlantic (updated 7-a.m. Sunday)

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rainfall overnight in Atlantic (at the KJAN studios), as of 7-a.m. Sunday (Oct. 14th), was 1.06″.  That is also our 24-hour total. The rain had pretty much ended by 7-a.m., with just some light drizzle remaining in town. Total rainfall for Atlantic, including the Friday-Saturday precipitation, amounted to 1.93-inches.

Bluffs Elementary School named best in IA in English education


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education has named Bloomer Elementary School in Council Bluffs, as the best in the State at educating students in learning English. The school is set to receive the IDED’s “Breaking Barriers” award, next month. The institution is one of five schools scheduled to receive the honor.

The IDED says Bloomer Elementary was the only Iowa schools awarded for how its English-learning students did on the state math and reading tests, as compared with the state average for the same group of students. Districts and schools receive the distinction for narrowing the achievement gaps between better-off groups of students, and disadvantaged groups, such as those students learning English or students from low-income families.

(Update 7:11-p.m.) One killed after vehicle crashes into Council Bluffs house Saturday


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a house Saturday died, while the driver of the car was injured. The accident happened at around 4:47-p.m. Saturday, near North 16th Street and Avenue F. The names of the victims were released late Sunday night.

Officials say a 1990 Geo Prizm driven by 47-year old Patrick Coover, of Council Bluffs, was traveling north on North 16th Street, when for reasons unknown, the car crossed over the center median heading in a westerly direction across Avenue F. The car then crashed into the side of an unoccupied  residence at 1602 Avenue F. Coover and a transient passenger in the car, 36-year old Rogers Williams Jackson, were transported to the hospital, where Jackson was pronounced dead. Coover was being treated at the Creighton University Medical Center. A report on his condition is not available.

The crash remain under investigation. Authorities say alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash, while speed may-or-may not have played a role. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Special Operations/Traffic Unit. Call 712-328-4948.