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2 arrested on felony charges Saturday evening in Adams County


February 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson


Sydney Dimmler


Gregory Welcher

Sheriff’s Deputies in Adams County arrested two people Saturday evening on felony charges. 19-year old Gregory Welcher, of Thayer, and 18-year old Sydney Dimmler, of Corning, were arrested at around 6:25-p.m.

Welcher faces a Class-B felony charge of Distribution to a Person Under 18 on Certain Real Property. His bond was set at $25,000. Dimmler faces a Class-D felony charge of Conspiracy to Distribute to a Minor. Dimmler posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

The case remains under investigation.

IL man arrested on drug charges Sun. morning in Montgomery Co.


February 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Sunday) morning in Montgomery County, resulted in the arrest of one person on drug charges. Deputies stopped 37-year old Mark Anthony Stowe, of Atkinson, IL., at around 3:05-a.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and M Avenue.

Stowe was subsequently charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Dubious distinction: Page County #1 in IA teen pregnancies


February 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Page County has a top ranking in Iowa it isn’t proud of: teen pregnancies. On top of that, the southwest Iowa county is in the top 15 in the state for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) among those under age 21. The Daily NonPareil reports, as a result of those dire statistics, a teen pregnancy prevention initiative has been started in conjunction with Mills County, which is in the top five for teen pregnancies and also highly ranked for STIs.

Shanae Adams, a teen pregnancy prevention educator with Planned Parenthood, says a federally funded grant worth $5 million over the next five years will allow education and advocacy to be brought to the two counties. Adams says while the rate for teen pregnancy in Page County is lower than the national average, it is high in relation to the number of teens in the county, and the state-wide average.

After five years, Adams said the hope is for the program to remain sustainable so it can continue. The first two years will be spent organizing community and youth advisory boards to help get the initiative’s curriculum into Page and Mills county classrooms. Adams said she will ask the school boards for Page and Mills county schools to bring the curriculum into those schools.

Planned Parenthood is hoping to launch a pilot program at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year for its new sex education curriculum for Page and Mills County schools. Adams is also trained to present on topics such as bullying, online safety and confidence, providing other options for schools as they look to supplement their existing educational programs.

As the teen pregnancy prevention initiative continues to get underway in Page County, volunteers are needed to serve and provide input into the planning process. A community advisory board meets 7 to 8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month in the meeting room of the Shenandoah Public Library, 201 S. Elm St. The meetings are open to anyone in the community.

In the hour before the community group, a youth advisory board will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Shenandoah Public Library. The meetings are open to any teenager in Page County.

Branstad highlights cheaper prison calls that were required


February 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Prison inmates in Iowa are paying cheaper telephone rates to talk to their families under a rule change that Gov. Terry Branstad has highlighted as part of his criminal justice reform efforts, but the change was also federally mandated.

The Federal Communications Commission adopted changes last year, including a rule that prisons can charge inmates a maximum of 11 cents per minute for telephone calls within the United States. The Iowa Department of Corrections removed a more expensive flat rate in January.

Branstad highlighted the change in his Condition of the State address when he specified his criminal justice reform efforts in Iowa. Branstad’s spokesman says the timing of the federal requirement is coincidental, though a corrections spokesman says the change was greatly influenced by the FCC.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Feb. 14th 2016


February 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former students say they were routinely kept in small concrete “isolation boxes” for days or even weeks as punishment at a private boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is now under investigation by the FBI. Six former students at Midwest Academy in Keokuk tell The Associated Press they dreaded the cell-like rooms where they had to sit on the floor for 24 hours or more and listen to classmates screaming or piped-in motivational recordings.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Police in a Des Moines suburb say a city officer has shot and killed a man suspected of first firing a gun at officers. The Register reports that the shooting happened in an Urbandale hotel lobby around 4 a.m. Saturday. Police Sergeant Gary Lang says officers responded to a Holiday Inn after receiving a call about drugs there. Authorities have not released the names of the man shot or officers involved.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer has had his bond set at $300,000. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isaiah Mothershed’s bond was set Thursday. Mothershed’s preliminary hearing has been set for February 19th in Woodbury County District Court.

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-graders at Clive Learning Academy are getting a new addition, and this one has four legs. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that a goldendoodle named Bogey is the school district’s first therapy dog.

5.1 and 3.9 magnitude earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma: felt in Iowa


February 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in northwest Oklahoma that was reportedly felt across Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, Arkansas and Iowa.

Fairview police and the Major County Sheriff’s Office say there are no reports of injury or damage as a result of the quake that struck Saturday at 11:07 a.m. about 17 miles north of Fairview. A second earthquake measured at magnitude 3.9 struck in the same area at 11:17 a.m. The area is about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude 5.6 centered in Prague in November 2011 that damaged 200 buildings. The temblors are the latest in a series of earthquakes linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production.

ServSafe Class to be held in March


February 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ServSafe, the national certification program for food service managers, will be held in Atlantic on March 14, 2016. The cost of the course is $150 and includes 8 hours class time, a manual, and the national certification exam. There is a $50 discount for Iowa Restaurant Association members. It will be held at ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cass County in Atlantic.

Anyone interested in preparing and serving safe food is welcome to attend. All food service operations are required to have at least one certified staff person. To receive more information and registration form, contact ISU Extension and Outreach, Cass County at 712-243-1132 or your local ISU Extension and Outreach office.

Anyone needing to take the recertification exam only may contact the office for more information. Registration is required by March 10.

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Elliot man arrested for OWI


February 13th, 2016 by Chris Parks

An Elliot man was arrested early Saturday morning for OWI Second Offense.  The Red Oak Police Department arrested 20-year-old Andrew Clair Coughlin of Elliot at 2:49am at the intersection of 200th Street and K Avenue.  Coughlin was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $2,000 cash bond.

Two citations, one recent arrest in Montgomery County


February 13th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced two citations and one recent arrest.  On Friday at 7:55pm Deputies cited 35-year-old Michael Vance Maccormack of Omaha for Driving While Suspended.  He was stopped at the intersection of Highway 34 and Boxelder Avenue.  Maccormack was released from the scene.

This (Saturday) morning at 2:29am Deputies arrested 20-year-old Daniel John Platt of Emerson at the intersection of 250th Street and K Avenue for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense.  Platt was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond.  During that same stop 21-year-old Wyatt Kane Bailey of Red Oak was cited for possession of an open container of alcohol as a passenger.  Bailey was released from the scene.