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September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Gas Main Break in Massena Monday


September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Crews working on a street in Massena struck a line and caused a gas main leak around 10:30am on Monday (9/23). Utility crews responded quickly to the leak at 3rd and Cedar Streets. A gas shutoff crew from Council Bluffs was called in and the situation was reported to be under control about 2 hours later.gas leak

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Report


September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests over the past weekend.

On Saturday (September 21, 2013) the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Thomas Lee Curtis of Griswold on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Curtis was taken to the Cass County Jail where he plead guilty and was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On Sunday (September 22, 2013) the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Mathew Douglas Minnick of Adair on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Interference with Official Acts. Minnick was taken to the Cass County Jail where he plead not guilty and was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Iowa Early News Headlines 09-24-2013


September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Davenport man serving 60 years in prison for a 2011 shooting death. The court will hear the appeal of Aki Malik Ross. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Authorities have said Ross shot Joevante Howard during a confrontation.

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in northern Iowa are investigating the death of a man who was being detained on suspicion of beating a woman. The Worth County Sheriff’s Department subdued Michael Zubrod after they responded to a domestic assault call. He became unresponsive while he was handcuffed. He was later pronounced dead.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A groundbreaking ceremony is planned today for the transformation of a former department store in Des Moines into housing and retail space. The Younkers Building is a 114-year-old landmark that has been vacant since 2005. Alexander Company is receiving about $15 million in state and federal historic tax credits for the project.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Dubuque’s fire department is conducting a live demonstration on fire safety. Firefighters plan to set fire to two structures that look like a typical home. Only one of the structures will have a fire sprinkler. Officials say the event aims to teach residents about the importance of fire safety technology.

Iowa GOP Moves Convention to June


September 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Republican State Central Committee has voted to hold its state convention in June, a month earlier than previously scheduled.

The Des Moines Register reports  the committee voted Monday to hold the convention June 14 after initially voting to hold the event in July.

The decision to change the date came after complaints that a July convention could delay the selection of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, giving an edge to the Democrats. A number of Republicans are seeking the GOP Senate nomination while Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley has no competition for his party’s nomination.

The committee also agreed to hold the 2014 caucuses on Jan. 21, the same date the Democrats have agreed to.

Atlantic Park and Rec Board and Audubon City Council Meetings Monday


September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Department of Parks and Recreation Board is set to meet Tonight (Monday, Sept. 23rd) at 5:15pm in the City Council Chambers.  The board will hear a presentation from a task force looking into a smoke free/tobacco free policy for Sunnyside Park.  The board will also hear updates on various projects including: the Shildberg Recreation Area campground, Sunnyside Park tennis court reconstruction, Park maintenance building, boat ramp, summer recreation programs, Buck Creek Dog Park, Kiosks and Bike Racks project.

The Audubon City Council is also set to meet tonight at 7pm at City Hall.  On the council’s agenda is discussion from Mark Heller, Mike Wede and Dennis Olesen on a carwash.  Presentation from Laurie Gilbert on contracts.  They will also address a resolution approving the street finance report.  The Council will also hear reports on street bids, pool repairs, and a curb cut for driveway at 706 Brayton Street.

Weekend Atlantic Police Report


September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police reports 1 arrest and 2 traffic accidents over the weekend in Atlantic.  On Friday (9/20) 49-year-old David Kirchner of Atlantic was arrested for shoplifting.  He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

On Saturday (9/21) Atlantic Police report an accident around 10:06am in the 300 block of East 3rd Street.  A vehicle driven by Bryan Rutherford of Atlantic struck a legally parked vehicle owned by Bruce Petterson of Atlantic.  Rutherford was traveling west on 3rd Street and became distracted and drifted to the right striking the parked vehicle.   Damage to both vehicles totaled $5,000.  Rutherford was also cited for no proof of insurance.

Atlantic Police report another incident where a vehicle struck another legally parked vehicle at 1:20pm Sunday (9/21).  James Hildebrand of Atlantic was backing out of a drive at 404 Crombie Street and backed into a legally parked vehicle owned by Deborah Hart of Atlantic.  Hart’s vehicle suffered $2,000 damage.

Atlantic Man Enters Guilty Plea


September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

An Atlantic man who was set to stand trial next month on domestic assault charges, instead appeared in Cass County District Court Monday (Sept. 23rd), to enter a plea of guilty. 46-year old Rex Dean McDermott was arrested on October 13th, 2012, following an incident which allegedly occurred at a feed dealership, in Atlantic.

McDermott plead guilty to a count of Domestic Abuse Assault/Strangulation causing bodily injury.  As part of his plea deal two other charges will be dismissed along with a charge of violating a protective order.  Sentencing has been set for November 12th at 9:00am with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $7,500 fine.

McDermott had initially plead not guilty to a felony charge of Willful Injury causing bodily injury, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury/mental illness. McDermott was released on bond a few days after his arrest, and was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim.  His trial date was continued several times this year, with the last date set for Oct. 22nd.

Anhydrous HAZMAT Program at CCMH

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Cass County Memorial Hospital will be hosting an informational program on Thursday, September 26th from 12-1pm to help prepare area farmers to respond to chemical exposure.  The Program titled “Lessons Learned from Anhydrous HAZMAT Event” will be presented by Jay and Sheri Moorehead of Falls City, Nebraska.

In 2007 Jay Moorehead expaerienced an exposure to anhydrous ammonia while working on his farm.  He will speak about his experience and lessons learned from exposure.  CCMH Educational Services Director Amber Scott is pleased that the program will be very timely information with farmers getting into their fields with chemicals soon following harvest.

The program will be held in Conference Room 2 at the hospital and there is no charge for the program.  A box lunch will be available for those who register in advance. Register or get more information by calling the CCMH Educational Services Department at 712-243-7567.

Coca-Cola Days On Tap This Weekend in Atlantic


September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Annual Coca-Cola Days Celebration is set for this Saturday, September 28th in Atlantic.  The annual Coca-Cola Days Parade will be the finale for the festivities at 4pm Saturday and registration is currently open for all wanting to participate.

Entries from area clubs, businesses, and individuals are welcome for the parade incorporating the theme of “Coca-Cola: Born in the USA – Coca-Cola Days: Born in Atlantic, IA.”  Parade entry forms will be available at 6th and Chestnut in the City Park the day of the parade.  Only the children’s Coca-Cola themed costume contest for 12 and under will be judged and awarded AtlantiCash prizes.

Other Coca-Cola Days activities include the Show, Swap & Sell and Collectors Showcase from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Herring Building located at 2nd & Poplar Streets on Saturday, Sept. 28th. Merchandise including the 2013 souvenir flashlight will be available for purchase with the 2013 shirts.

For more information on Coca-Cola days visit CocaColaDays.org or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.