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Arson incident being investigated in Red Oak

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December 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak law are looking for suspects involved with an alleged arson that occurred Sunday near 108 West Walnut St. Authorities say Red Oak Police and Fire as well as deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a garage fire about 6:37 p.m., Sunday.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze on the east side of the garage, but there was some damage to an interior wall. The damage was estimated at about $500. The garage is located next to the alley behind the residence, and is east of Broadway Street.

Officials are asking for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area from 6- to 6:30-p.m. Sunday, to call the Red Oak Police Department at (712) 623-6500 or Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 10th, 2013

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December 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former federal prosecutor who alleges she was discriminated against because of her mental and physical condition acknowledged leaving work early, even when specifically told to stay until 5 p.m. The Sioux City Journal reports Martha Fagg was asked Monday about leaving a half hour early on the first two days after being reassigned from Sioux City to Cedar Rapids due to disciplinary action. Fagg responded, “I had to take care of my dogs.”

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman received a mandatory 25-year prison sentence after being convicted of vehicular homicide while drunk. Miranda Lalla spoke briefly before the sentence and apologized. Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Lalla ran over and killed 44-year-old Pamela Gross with a pickup truck in June 2012. Lalla says she had a few beers the night she and Gross got into a physical fight at a parking lot. She pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge in October as part of a deal.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A book about the history in Orange City is set to be released in April. It’s the product of a collaboration among a Northwestern College professor, a student and library staffers. History professor Doug Anderson says he decided to create the book after noticing a history book about another city. The 128-page paperback includes details about Orange City’s founding in 1869, its growth and the creation of Northwestern College.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The annual bacon festival will host its first bacon-themed wedding in February. The Iowa Bacon Board says Watson and Tricia Snider, of Altoona, reached out to organizers after a request for couples to wed at the seventh annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. There are three more wedding packages available. The “Viva Las Bacon” weddings will take place hourly in the Chapel OHHHH Bacon. One wedding will be free in exchange for the ceremony taking place publicly on a stage.

2 non-injury accidents in Atlantic last Friday

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following two separate accidents last Friday. The first occurred at around 2-p.m. Officials say vehicles driven by John Harris and Jordan Foster, both of Atlantic, were traveling northbound in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street. Harris was following the Foster vehicle, when Foster signaled to turn right to head eastbound, and turned left instead. The move caused Harris’ vehicle to run into the side of Foster’s car. The total amount of damage was estimated at $3,000.

The second accident happened at around 3:30-p.m., Friday, when vehicles driven by Kirk Knudsen and Mark McNees collided, as McNees was southbound on Plum Street, and Knudsen was backing out of a private drive in the 1200 block of Plum Street.  Both men are from Atlantic. Knudsen’s vehicle collided with McNees’ causing $2,300 damage altogether.

3 arrests in Atlantic over the weekend

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Sunday of 53-year old Timothy Parker. Parker, who’s from Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 4th degree, and Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. He was transported to Cass County Jail and booked in.

Two people were arrested in Atlantic last Friday, including: 50-year old Dick Cook, of Atlantic, who was charged with  Theft in the 2nd degree, and 34-year old Kevin Jensen, of Atlantic, who was wanted on a Pottawattamie County Warrant for Forgery. He was transported to Cass County Jail and booked in. Cook was also brought to the Cass County Jail, and later posted bond.

Grant Reminder for Audubon County Nonprofit Organizations: $109,000 Available!

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, reminds Audubon County nonprofit organizations that $109,000 in grant funds are available and that applications are due no later than February 1, 2014. Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions. All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Audubon County are eligible. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.

Grant Reminder for Cass County Nonprofit Organizations $109,000 Available!

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation, reminds Cass County nonprofit organizations that $109,000 in grant funds are available and that applications are due no later than February 1, 2014. Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Contact any board member for additional information. Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions. All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Cass County are eligible. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.

Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, 243-5485; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita, 762-3434; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic, 243-4154; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold, 778-2586; Beulah Follman of Massena, 779-3457; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic, 243-1800.

Senator says premiums delaying health expansion

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa senator says federal approval for an expansion of low income health care has been held up due to debate over premiums in the plan. Des Moines Democrat Jack Hatch says Monday that he has spoken with federal officials about Iowa’s application. Iowa needs a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, a new health insurance program which would cover up to 150,000 residents.

Hatch says federal authorities are concerned about the use of premiums. Under the plan, the state would start charging some people small monthly premiums in 2015, though they would be waived if they complete certain health goals. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says the Legislature approved the plan and that it will improve health outcomes.

MI man dies in Adair County crash Monday morning

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A 21-year old Michigan man was killed in a crash between a car and a semi on Interstate 80 in Adair County, Monday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says Jeremiah Keller, of Cadillac, MI, died at the scene of the crash about one-mile east of Stuart. Authorities say he was wearing a seat belt.

Officials say Keller’s 1998 Buick Bonneville was traveling west on I-80 at around 9:05-a.m., when the wheels slipped off onto the shoulder. The man overcorrected, sending the car into the median and eastbound lanes of traffic, where it was hit broadside by a 2008 Peterbilt semi that was passing another vehicle.

Following the collision, both the semi and car slid into the south ditch. The driver of the semi, 60-year old J-D Khabir, of LaVista, NE, was not injured.

Massena man arrested on drug charges Friday

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report the arrest on Friday of a Massena man. 55-year old Dennis Charles Bagshaw, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving Under Suspension. Bagshaw was taken to the Cass County Jail where was released later that day on $2300 bond.

(12-p.m. News)

2 arrested on drug charges in Fremont County

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December 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Sunday evening on drug charges in Fremont County, after authorities investigated suspicious activity in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Sheriff’s officials say 22-year old Dakota Lee Standley, of Hamburg, and 25-year old Michael Allen Frakes, of Nebraska City, NE, were arrested shortly after 6:30-p.m. The pair were taken into custody at the Wendy’s parking lot near the junction of I-29 and Highway 2.

Standley was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, while Frakes was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were being held in the Fremont County Jail on $50,000 cash bond, each.