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2 more filings for Cass County Offices reported

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Deputy Auditor Sheri Karns, Thursday, reports two more candidates have filed nomination papers in advance of the November 8th General Election. Republican Keith W. Nelson, of Massena, filed his papers Thursday for the Edna Township Trustee position. And, Incumbent Republican Curt Behrends, of Wiota, filed papers Wednesday, for one of three seats on the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Persons interested in having their names on the Nov. 8th ballot for various County Offices, have until Aug. 31st to get their nomination papers with the proper number of signatures on them, in to the Cass County Auditor’s Office.

Glenwood man arrested on warrant for Harassment

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department, Thursday, said a Glenwood man was arrested Wednesday on a Mills County warrant for Harassment in the 1st degree. 37-year old Christopher Brown, was being held in the Mills County Jail, on a $5,000 cash only bond.

Harlan Police remind residents to lock vehicles, homes & garages

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Several, recent reports of residential and vehicle break-in’s and thefts in Harlan have authorities reminding residents to lock their homes, garages and cars. The Harlan Police Department says many houses and cars have been broken into, and items stolen. Each case remains under investigation.

Harlan Police also issued their latest arrest and incident report, Thursday afternoon. Officials said last Sunday, 40-year old Chad Petersen, of, Harlan, was taken into custody when officers were called to the 1100 block of Farnam Circle for a male subject trying to break into a house. Petersen was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public.

Saturday, 26-year old Carlos Fonseca-Triminio was taken into custody, when officers were called to a possible domestic situation. As a result of the investigation, Fonseca-Triminio was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault, criminal mischief 4th degree, and trespassing.

August 18th, 50-year old Jeffrey Rowland was arrested following a traffic stop, in Harlan. Rowland was charged with driving a motor vehicle while suspended. He was cited, given a court date, and released.

On August 14th, 33-year old Bradley Robinson, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to the 1000 block of 7th Street for someone who was asked to leave the establishment and would not leave.  Robinson was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with trespassing. That same day, 22-year old Dustin Marchant, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop. Marchant was charged with driving a motor vehicle while suspended and cited for failure to prove security against liability.  He was given a court date, and released.

On August 13th, 24-year old Dillon Lorentzen, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to an unconscious person in the alley in the 1000 block of 7th St. Lorentzen was checked out by the Medivac ambulance personnel and Lorentzen refused treatment. Lorentzen was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public.

On August 12th, Harlan Police were notified at around 3-a.m., that a 13-year-old male had not returned to his residence. Later that morning, after an extensive search was conducted, the male juvenile was found in the company of a second male juvenile. Both subjects were cited for curfew violations and released to their guardians.

And, on August 9th, 19-year old Trever Richter was arrested following a traffic stop in Harlan.  Richter was charged with driving a motor vehicle while suspended.  He was cited for the offense, and released.

Iowa board doesn’t immediately vote on pipeline request

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has declined to take immediate action on a request by 14 landowners to halt construction of a four-state oil pipeline. There is temporary stop on construction until Monday but the board met Thursday to hear two hours of arguments from Texas-based Dakota Access and the landowners on whether to order a more permanent delay.

The landowners have filed a lawsuit that challenges the board’s authority to allow eminent domain of their land for a privately owned pipeline project. That suit has not come before a court yet. The $3.8 billion pipeline has generated legal challenges and protests in North Dakota and Iowa.

The board adjourned until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and will meet again Friday afternoon. It gave no indication when it would vote.

Union blames “dangerous understaffing” for incidents at Clarinda prison

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The union representing a majority of workers in the state’s prisons claims understaffing contributed to a pair of recent problems in southwest Iowa. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 issued a statement saying two correctional officers were physically assaulted by an inmate in a special needs unit at the Clarinda Correctional Facility on Sunday and one of the officers was taken to a hospital.

The union claims the facility in Clarinda is “dangerously understaffed” and eight positions were eliminated there in June.

Clarinda Correctional Facility

Clarinda Correctional Facility

According to AFSCME, a lack of proper staffing contributed to another incident two weeks ago involving two inmates who smoked synthetic marijuana brought in by a visitor.

(Radio Iowa)

Here’s the full statement/News Release from AFSCME:

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Sunday evening assault on two correctional officers by an inmate at the Clarinda Correctional Facility:

“On Sunday, August 21, 2016, two correctional officers were physically assaulted by an inmate in a special needs unit. While one of the injured officers continued to work, the other had to be driven to the hospital, leaving only three available staff to respond to any incidents at the facility.

“Two weeks prior, another incident took place involving two inmates acting erratically after smoking synthetic marijuana (K2, spice) that was brought in during visitation. Anything that doesn’t set off a metal detector can come into the facility because officers are no longer allowed to pat-search visitors. It’s up to one officer to monitor 40 inmates during visitation, so it wasn’t a big surprise that this situation occurred.

“Ultimately, Clarinda Correctional Facility, just like all of our correctional facilities in the state, is dangerously understaffed and officers’ lives are being put at risk. These recent events are further proof of that. Not only are open positions not being filled, but eight positions were eliminated entirely in July. Clarinda Correctional Facility and the Department of Corrections are trying to increase services with fewer staff, and something’s got to give. Safety has to be a priority, both for inmates and staff. These conditions are a disaster waiting to happen.”

STATEMENT FROM IOWA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS:
On August 21, 2016 there was an assault on two correctional officers at the Clarinda Correctional Facility during a cell search. Both officers received facial injuries. One of the assaulted officers was transported to local hospital for treatment.

There are incidents where staff encounter and respond that can result in threats and injury. The Department will continue to attend the needs of the injured officers and commends all responding staff for their prompt and excellent response to protect fellow officers and prevent any further harm. The Department will continue to ensure that Correctional Officers and staff receive proper training to protect themselves and co-workers under these difficult circumstances.

Fred Scaletta, Department of Corrections

Is the near-constant half-staffing of the U.S. flag marring its meaning?

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

From the Iowa State Capitol to your neighborhood bank to private homes, the U-S flag is being displayed at half-staff more often now than at any other time in history. Bill Gartner is in charge of the crew that raises and lowers the flags atop the state capitol. Gartner, a Vietnam veteran, wonders whether seeing a flag at half-staff is losing its impact, as it’s become so common. “It’s at half-staff so often I think it’s becoming hazy and fuzzy why it’s there, who’s done what,” Gartner says. “I just think it’s become meaningless because it’s always at half-staff.”

half staff flag Ia capitalThe national symbol has become a reflection of a troubled world; fallen soldiers and police officers, terrorism and mass shootings. A USA Today review found President Obama has signed a record number of proclamations to mourn tragedies at home and abroad. An Iowa native from Glidden is known as the “Flag Guru.” Mike Buss is at the American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis. “We’ve done it so often that really it’s lost its meaning,” Buss says. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a resolution from our membership to, I hate to say tighten up, but make it more important as to when the flag is at half-staff.”

When the U-S Flag Code was adopted in World War 2, casualties did not lower the flag, as Memorial Day is already set aside for those who died in military service. If a proclamation was issued for the funeral of every Iowan killed in Vietnam, the flag would have stayed at half-staff for more than two years, according to Colonel Greg Hapgood, spokesman for the Iowa National Guard.

Hapgood says, “It’s important that half-staffing is used judiciously so the solemnity of whatever that event is, is maintained and the respect of the nation is focused on that flag and that event or those people.”

Just when to re-set the flag is also confusing. In Iowa, and even the nation’s capital, the colors sometime are at half-staff when they shouldn’t be. For guidance on presidential proclamations, you can sign up for email alerts on the American Legion website: www.legion.org.

(Radio Iowa)

2 arrested on drug charges in Red Oak

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Thursday) morning in Red Oak, resulted in the arrest of two women on drug charges. Red Oak Police say 23-year old Stephanie Rose Eggleston, and 18-year old Dakota Lynn Girouex, both of Red Oak, were arrested just before 3-a.m.

Eggleston faces charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Prescription Pills, Driving While Suspended, and Having No Insurance. Girouex faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to carry SR-22 insurance.

The women were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond, each.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/25/2016

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/25/2016

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa dairy producers to benefit from USDA purchase of 11 million pounds of cheese

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August 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Dairy producers in Iowa and across the country are getting some help from the USDA. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says revenues for dairy producers have dropped 35 percent over the past two years and that’s led to a surplus of cheese which is at its highest level in 30 years. “So, in an effort to try to provide help and assistance and to complement the work that we’ve done with the Margin Protection Program, we’re announcing a purchase of about 11 million pounds of cheese that will be used for food banks and pantries to help families who are struggling financially with their food assistance and food help,” Vilsack said.

photo courtesy of traveliowa.com

photo courtesy of traveliowa.com

The purchase is valued at $20 million and should help the market “a bit,” according to Vilsack. The 11 million pound purchase is far less than the amounts recommended by the National Milk Producers Federation and the American Farm Bureau. “This is at the end of the fiscal year. We don’t have as much flexibility in the program, obviously, because we’ve already made commitments to purchase various other products throughout the year that are faced with a similar set of challenges and circumstances as our dairy producers are,” Vilsack explained.

In addition to the cheese purchase, Vilsack has extended the deadline for signup for the Margin Protection Program. Instead of having until September 30, dairy producers now have until December 16. Iowa ranks 7th in the country for cheese production. Wisconsin and California are by far the top two cheese producing states in the U.S.

(Radio IA/Brownfield Ag News)