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Local Iowa water official being investigated

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November 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) — The longtime manager of the Creston Water Department is under investigation, but officials aren’t saying why. KCCI reports Creston’s mayor confirmed that Steve Green is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the state auditor. Green has managed the water department for about 30 years. He is suspended with pay while he is being investigated.

Omaha police rescue 2 people, dog from Carter Lake

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November 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Omaha police officers rescued two people and a dog from Carter Lake after their boat capsized. An officer spotted the overturned boat in Carter Lake, Iowa, Sunday and called for help. Paramedics were worried that 55-year-old Kay Dunn and her 32-year-old son, Nathaniel Nelson, could develop hypothermia if they were in the water too long. Four other Omaha police officers responded and helped get the two people and their dog out of the water.

The two people who were rescued and one officer were taken to the hospital to be checked for hypothermia after being in the water for about 20 minutes. The dog, Buster, was taken to the Nebraska Humane Society to get checked out.

Area school board meetings set for Monday evening

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November 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A trio of area school district Boards of Education are slated to hold separate meetings Monday evening. The Griswold School Board will gather at 5:30-p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. On their agenda under Old Business, is an update on district facility improvement projects, and action on various board policies. Additional action will be taken with regard to specifications for a Lift Bus and an Early Retirement Policy.

In Anita, the CAM School Board will meet in the High School Media Center, beginning at 7-p.m., Monday. Discussion and/or action items on their agenda include: A report from Snyder and Associates; A School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) application; Open enrollment applications; a Resignation and Superintendent Goals.

And, in Elk Horn, the E-H-K School Board will meet at 7-p.m. Monday in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School. New business on their agenda consists of: Suggested changes to the Early Retirement Package; Matters pertaining to the phone system; Bus cameras on all buses; Approval of an agreement with the Atlantic Community School District for Special Education; Approval of the Iowa Association of Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (IADATP) for Bus Driver’s Drug testing; and, approval of the Certified Annual Report (CAR).

Trespass complaint leads to OWI arrest

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November 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A complaint about a reported trespasser led to the arrest of a Red Oak man late Saturday night. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says 21-year old Jesus Garcia-Rodriguez, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11:40-p.m., on a charge of OWI/1st Offense.

Officials say his arrest was the result of a trespass complaint filed by a resident on Ginko Avenue in Red Oak. Garcia-Rodriguez was located in the driveway of 2360 Highway 48. During their investigation, deputies determined the man had been drinking. After Garcia-Rodriguez was given and failed a Field Sobriety Test, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1.000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Nov. 18th 2012

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November 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The developer behind a proposed $150 million casino at Ankeny is giving the city the option of bowing out of the deal. Wild Rose Entertainment said Friday it will give Ankeny officials an opportunity to opt out of a contract the city and developer signed on October 29th. The $150 million casino project would be built near a new interchange on Interstate 35 in the Des Moines suburb.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An 8-year-old boy is being credited with saving members of his family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Sioux City television station KCAU-TV reports that Jacob Mace was sleeping at his grandmother’s house Tuesday night when he woke up feeling ill. He alerted family members who were able to get out. All were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning at a Sioux City hospital. The poison was traced to a malfunctioning furnace.

BUFFALO, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old Buffalo man is dead following a rollover crash in eastern Iowa. The Scott County Sheriff’s Department says Jacob O’Connell was killed in the wreck around 1 a.m. yesterday on a county road between Buffalo and Blue Grass.

BADGER, Iowa (AP) — A Central Iowa man is struggling to recover from injuries he received when he was run over by a tractor on his farm. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Jerry Warehime, of rural Badger, was hurt late Friday afternoon while he was working on the tractor at his home.

Bank robbery reported in SW IA

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November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Local and Federal authorities are investigating a bank robbery which occurred Saturday morning in Fremont County. According to reports, the incident happened at around 9:30-a.m., in Riverton, after a white male subject entered the Great Western Bank and later fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was described as being about six-feet tall. He had a small goatee, wore a black hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.  Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Fremont County Sheriff’s office at 712-374-2424.

Johnny Carson estate approves plans for movie

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November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) – The estate of the late Johnny Carson has given the go-ahead for a movie about his life. The Norfolk (NE) Daily News reports that the project is being written by John McLaughlin, who adapted the biopic “Hitchcock,” starring Anthony Hopkins. Carson was the longtime host of television’s “The Tonight Show.” He was born in Corning, Iowa, grew up in Norfolk, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He died in California in 2005.

The movie will be based on the upcoming book, “Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait,” written by Bill Zehme.  Zehme was a consultant and appeared in the “American Masters” documentary, “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” that aired on PBS last May.

8-year-old Iowa boy credited for saving family

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November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An 8-year-old Sioux City boy is being credited with saving members of his family from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Jacob Mace was sleeping at his grandmother’s house Tuesday night when he woke up feeling ill.  He then woke up his grandmother, Debbie Beardsley, who also was ill. She thought they might have the flu, until other family members in the house reported feeling ill, too.

Beardsley and her 29-year-old son took Jacob and Beardsley’s 16-year-old granddaughter to a Sioux City hospital, where it was discovered they were all suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless deadly gas. The poison was traced to a malfunctioning furnace.

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Cass Supervisors approve Walnut Grove Subdivision plat

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November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have approved a plat for the Walnut Grove Subdivision southwest of Atlantic. The action came during the Board’s meeting earlier this week, in Atlantic. Zoning Administrator Rich Hanson reported during Wednesday’s meeting that the Zoning Commission met October 31st and approved the final plat filed by Jason Wright and others for the property.

In other business, the Supervisors discussed, but took no action on a Resolution for the Division of Land Process as required under Chapter 354 of the Code of Iowa. Earlier in the morning, the Board Wednesday met to canvass the results of the November 8th General Election. The canvass resulted in no changes to those elected to the various County Offices, Commissions, Councils and Township Trustee and/or Clerk positions.

When the Supervisors meet again on Wed., Nov. 21st, they are expected to act on allowing or disallowing Military exemptions and Homestead Credit applications for taxes collectible for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. And, if the paperwork is ready, act on an Ordinance removing parcels from the Amaizing Energy TIF District, as it pertains to the Division of Taxes Levied on Taxable Property in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area (URA), pursuant to the Code of Iowa. The Board will also act on a contract for Private Development with Fagen Farms, if the contract is ready.

(8-a.m. News)