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Atlantic City Council Meeting

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

The Atlantic City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday night.

On the agenda was an update on the Sunnyside Tennis Court’s project.  City Administrator Dough Harris says the project would include renovating and replacing the courts.  The Council approved the resolution authorizing bids for the Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction unanimously.

The Council then heard a motion to authorize the Mayor the sign a cooperative agreement between the City of Atlantic and the DNR where the DNR would agree the share with the costs of replacing the boat ramp adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant.  Councilman Steve Livengood says the old boat ramp was torn up when new wastewater treatment plant was built.  The DNR will pay a little over $19,000 to replace the boat ramp.  Overall, that means the DNR would be paying 63 percent of the total cost of the project. The new ramp will be a little closer to the road than the old one.

Next, the Council set a date for a public hearing on the disposal of property located at 302 and 302 ½ Cedar Street.  Adjacent property owners next to those lots have expressed interest in purchasing the properties.  This means the properties would not have to go to bid and would be sold for fair market value.  The potential new property owners would use the lots for rehabilitation.  The Council set August 1 as the date for the disposal of the properties.

In other business, Councilman Livengood says during his committee report that the emergency communications center has set a goal to move within the next two years since they have outgrown their current location.  He says there was discussion with Iowa Highway Patrol about sharing a new location, but the highway patrol declined.

The Atlantic City Council meeting was held Wednesday evening at City Hall.

Thursday Morning Iowa Headlines

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July 19th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A spokeswoman for a company that collects trash in a northeast Iowa city where two young cousins disappeared says trash from the city is being separated for investigators. Debbie Acklin of Black Hawk County Waste Disposal says authorities asked the company on Monday to start dumping trash from Evansdale homes and businesses in a separate area of the county landfill. Eight-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey were last seen Friday at their grandmother’s house in Evansdale.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa teenager suspected of killing his grandparents at their home in Manchester faces several new charges as an adult. The charges previously filed against 17-year-old Isaiah Sweet in juvenile court have been transferred to district court this week. Sweet is charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Richard of Janet Sweet in May.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A tree is getting the blame for a power outage in Iowa City. Officials say the tree fell across a street and hit a power line yesterday afternoon, knocking out power to about 2,000 homes and businesses.

GARNER, Iowa (AP) – A motorist who hit and killed a Minnesota man on a bicycle in northern Iowa has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. Forty-year-old Travis Thomas of Floyd pleaded guilty on May 8th to involuntary manslaughter and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was sentenced on Tuesday in Hancock County District Court.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines-area utilities have issued another peak water alert and are asking residents to conserve during the heat wave. The Des Moines Water Works and area utilities that receive water from the Des Moines utility issued the alert today.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Workers at a bankrupt Iowa brokerage and other firms owned by a businessman implicated in a $200 million fraud scandal say they’re stunned by Peregrine Financial Group’s sudden collapse. About 75 workers of PFG and other companies controlled by Russ Wasendorf Senior attended a meeting today at a community college in Waterloo. They were given information about unemployment, job training and other benefits.

Iowa DOT wins two America’s Transportation Awards for SW IA project

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July 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) say the DOT has been awarded two regional America’s Transportation Awards at a ceremony held at the Mid America Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ annual meeting in Lexington, Ky.

I680 reconstruction

First, the Iowa DOT was recognized in the “Ahead of Schedule” category for the Interstate 680 reconstruction project in Council Bluffs. The section of  highway was completely rebuilt in only 34 working days following the 2011 Missouri River flooding.

Second, the Iowa DOT received an award in the “Best Use of Innovation” category for the Keg Creek Bridge.

Keg Creek Bridge pre-fab (IA DOT image)

The bridge was completely prefabricated off-site and then assembled at the construction site using an accelerated bridge construction method. Utilizing this approach, the road was closed for only two weeks.

For more contest and project details, visit www.americastransportationaward.org/

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun

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July 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Wednesday, that 48-year old Jaime Richard Schieffer, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court in Council Bluffs, upon his conviction for possession of a sawed-off shotgun. United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Schieffer to twenty four
months imprisonment, plus twenty four months of supervised release following his imprisonment, and imposed a $100.00 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. The Judge also ordered forfeiture of the shotgun and accompanying ammunition.Schieffer remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prison facility at which he will serve his sentence.

Klinefeldt said on November 29th, 2011, an indictment was returned by the Federal Grand Jury for the Southern District of Iowa, charging Jaime Richard Schieffer with possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Schieffer appeared in Federal Court in Council Bluffs on April 5th, 2012, and pled guilty to the firearms charge.

The case against him was the result of an encounter on August 31st, 2011, in Council Bluffs, between Jaime Schieffer and an Iowa Highway Patrolman. The encounter ultimately led to the Trooper finding a sawed-off shotgun and shells at Schieffer’s residence. Both the stock and the barrel of the shotgun had been shortened.

The case was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Small Business Disaster loans available for non-farm businesses

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Small, non-farm businesses in 43 Iowa counties and neighboring counties in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West said Wednesday, that the loans offset economic losses because of the frosts and freezes that occurred in the following primary Iowa counties from April 6th through the 30th. Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

The Primary Iowa counties in this area include: Audubon and Harrison.  Neighboring Iowa counties: Adair, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Dallas, Guthrie, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Shelby.

Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency (FSA) about the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling SBA toll-free at (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. The deadline to apply for the loans is March 11th, 2013. By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster at the request of Governor Terry Branstad.

 

Bates Sentenced on Drug Conviction

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July 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

A Griswold man was sentenced on drug charges Wednesday.  47 year old Douglas Dean Bates was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine in and around Cass County.  District Judge John Jarvey also ordered Bates to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration. On February 21, 2012, Bates plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance – methamphetamine. The conviction was the result of a three year investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in and around Atlantic, Iowa. At the time of his guilty plea, Bates admitted that from July of 2009, until May of 2010, he agreed to distribute methamphetamine obtained from a South Omaha, Nebraska, source to customers in the Atlantic, Iowa, area.  The investigation was conducted by the Cass County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Audubon County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Cass County, Iowa, County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Iranistan Shooting Range Closes

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July 18th, 2012 by admin

The Cass County Board of Supervisors had their regularly scheduled meeting this morning in Atlantic.

The supervisors head from Cass County Conservation Director Micah Lee.  In his quarterly report, Lee says the Iranistan shooting range near Lewis has now closed.

He says they had some concerns from people in the area that their property was being damaged from the shooting area.  So he says the board voted to close the area to shooting until they can figure out how to make the area safer.  Lee says the may consider a new place in the area to put the shooting range.

Towards the end of the meeting, the supervisors head from Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon, who spoke about burn bans going into effect around the area and when or if Cass County might institute a burn ban.

He says its not as easy as just saying, “we want a burn ban” as there are other considerations.  He says primarily fire departments from the southern portions of Cass County are concerned about the fire risk.  There will be a fire association meeting being held tomorrow night where Kennon says a possible burn ban will likely be discussed.

Burn bans are already in effect in Montgomery, Mills, Audubon, Pottawattamie, and Page Counties.

More Burn Bans in KJAN Listening Area

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July 18th, 2012 by admin

(Updated to add Pottawattamie County)

Burn bans will be issued for four southwest Iowa counties.  Officials in Audubon, Mills, Page and Pottawattamie Cunties will have burn bans go into effect.

In Audubon County, the burn ban will go into effect on Thursday at noon.  In Mills and Pott Counties, the burn ban goes into effect today at noon.  In Page County, the burn ban goes into effect Thursday at 8 AM.

A burn ban already went effect this morning at 8:00 in Montgomery County.  Altogether, 37 counties in Iowa have announced burn bans.

A burn ban means no open burning will be allowed. Permits for burning may be requested from area fire departments, but approval is up to the local fire chief.  Recent hot and dry weather has made conditions favorable for wildfires that can cause heavy damage.

 

3 more area counties issue Burn Bans

News, Weather

July 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office said today (Wednesday) three more southwest Iowa counties will be under a ban on open burning. The Burn Ban begins in Mills County at Noon today. in Page County, the ban takes effect at 8-a.m. Thursday, and in Audubon County, at Noon on Thursday. Outdoor burning is prohibited without a permit issued by your local fire chief or Emergency Management Office, until further notice. The bans are being implented due to the lack of rain and extremely dry conditions, which could result in explosive fire danger in grassy and timber areas. Those fires could result in substantial property damage and endanger lives. A Burn Ban went into effect in Montgomery County at 8-a.m. today.

Clarinda Police Blotter

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July 18th, 2012 by admin

The Clarinda Police Department reports two arrests and two cases of theft or vandalism this past weekend.

On Friday, July 13th shortly before 4 AM. officers responded to 500 block of East Stuart Street to deal with a 14 year old white male juvenile who was out of control at the residence and destroying property. Officers were able to restore order and no arrests were made.

On Saturday, July 14th The Clarinda Police Department reports three separate, unrelated incidents.

At about 2 AM, officers responded to a fight in the 200 block of East Lincoln Street. A 35 year old male was involved in a minor scuffle with his 25 year old sister. Officers were able to restore order and no arrests were made.

Also Saturday, 26-year-old Amanda Marie Searl of Clarinda reported that a door handle on her 2007 Buick Lucerne had been damaged in the 100 block of Logan Street. Damage was estimated at about $180.00. There are presently no suspects and the incident remains under investigation.

Clarinda Police also say Saturday that 70-year-old Fred Bennage of Clarinda reported that two tires had been slashed on a 1990 Ford F-150 pickup truck while the truck was parked in the driveway at 606 N. 11th Street. Damage is estimated to be $200.00. There are presently no suspects and the incident remains under investigation.