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Cass County BOS Meeting

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The Cass County Board of Supervisors had their final September meeting Friday morning at the Cass County Courthouse.

The Board heard from Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner and unanimously approved hiring Deb Church as a temporary office assistant for a few weeks until they get a final hire done.  Feistner explained that she’s been a tremendous help and typically comes in a couple of days each week.

The Supervisors then heard from Cass County Engineer Charles Marker.  He provided the Board with an update on the various projects the Secondary Roads Department is handling.  He says they recently sent out proposals to construct a bridge at the intersection of G43 and N28 just north of Cumberland.  They hope to have a bid on that project from a contractor soon.

Marker also says they have begun spraying weeds on county roads.  He says they’re trying to cover as much ground as possible but they do have 750 miles of road left to spray in the county.  According to Marker, they used to be able to hire a contractor to do the work about 10 years ago but because of finances they are no longer able to hire contractors, which is why the County is seeing 10 years worth of growth on the roads.  He says they hopefully might be able to have some of the farmers take up the responsibility.

 

Arrests in Harlan

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports several arrests the past few weeks.

On Thursday, 28-year-old Carl Parkhust of Harlan was cited for driving without a valid drivers license following a traffic stop.  He was cited and released.

On Tuesday, 59-year-old Gary Anderson of Harlan was cited for violation of open burning regulations when police received calls from citizens alleging that Anderson was burning household garbage.  Anderson was cited and released.

On September 23, 23-year-old Casey Sheehan of Harlan was arrested when officers were called to the intersection of 16th and Pine Streets for a male subject passed out behind the steering wheel of his car.  He was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

On September 14, Travis Culp of Harlan reported that someone had taken money from his account through an ATM.  As a result of an investigation, 23-year-old Ramon Briones of Council Bluffs was arrested and charged with 5th degree theft and identity theft.  Briones was also held on an active warrant out of Pottawatamie County.

On September 10, Andrea Petersen of Harlan reported that someone had forged her checks and cashed them at a local business.  Subsequently, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Stessman of Harlan was taken into custody and charged with two counts of forgery.

Two CB Men Sentenced on Drug Charges

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Two Council Bluffs men were sentenced in US District Court in Council Bluffs according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt Thursday.

27-year-old Steven Lacey Etherington and 34-year-old Nicholas Joseph Franks, both of Council Bluffs, were sentenced on September 18 in United States District Court in Council Bluffs for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Etherington to 150 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Judge Jarvey sentenced Franks to 133 months imprisonment, plus 5 years of supervised release for the drug trafficking conspiracy, and 120 months imprisonment, plus 3 years of supervised release for the firearms conviction, with the sentences on both counts to be served concurrently.

The conspiracy involved distribution of methamphetamine to some females under age 21, the operation of a drug house in Council Bluffs, and trading stolen property for methamphetamine.  Franks was also involved in the sale, in Council Bluffs, on or about July 27, 2011, of a stolen shotgun and fifty shells to what he later learned was an undercover officer from the South West Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force. At the time of the sale, Franks had previously been convicted of Theft in the Second Degree.

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King, Vilsack Debate

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The fourth face-to-face debate between Republican Congressman Steve King and Christie Vilsack, his Democratic challenger, was held last night (Thursday). King opened with a subtle attack on Vilsack, who moved to Ames to run in the new fourth congressional district.

“I live here. My roots are here,” King said. “They’re going to stay here, whatever happens in November.” Later, King said he wanted to know whether Vilsack and her husband — former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture — supported a particular bill, prompting Christie Vilsack to make this declaration:

“Congressman King, you’re running against me, not against my husband.” The two quarreled over the languishing Farm Bill as they have in their three previous debates.

“I’m sitting in a position where I expect to be on the conference committee and we’ll have a voice of Iowa there when we hammer the last bill out,” King said. Vilsack replied: “I don’t think that you’re going to be on a conference committee. You haven’t shown leadership in other situations either and I don’t think you’re going to show leadership here.” Vilsack suggested there was a reason King was the only member of Iowa’s congressional delegation who did not sign a petition calling for a vote in the House on the Farm Bill.

“I think there are $136,000 reasons why he didn’t do that and those are the dollars that he is receiving from the Club for Growth,” Vilsack said. The Club for Growth issued a statement saying support of that petition would “count heavily as anti-growth” on the group’s “congressional scorecard.” King immediately shot back by criticizing the way Vilsack’s husband is running the U-S-D-A’s food stamp program.

The USDA has been spending millions of dollars advertising food stamps. They’ve gone from 19 million people on food stamps a few years ago to 47 million today,” King said. “That’s the bigger part of the argument going on in congress and that is hurting our agriculture.” The debate was held in Orange City, on the campus of Northwestern College and sponsored by K-T-I-V television.

Cass County Master Gardeners Grant Money Available

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Now is the time to plan and plant for future gardens. The Cass County Master Gardeners organization is offering a total of $1,500 in grant money to be used by the end of 2012, to encourage gardening to grow food and/or beautify surroundings. The money may also be used for education purposes.

Any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply. Schools, churches, libraries, 4-H clubs, Scouts, and individuals working to improving their communities can use the money to begin or improve gardens or landscaping, or to provide education for their members or the public. Each grant has a maximum of $500. The application must also include plans for teamwork and sustainability. Consideration for the environment is also an important selection factor.

Applications should be completed as soon as possible and grant requests will be evaluated and awarded in the order received. Information and forms are available on the Cass County Extension website, www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The Master Gardener program trains volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills in horticulture. These volunteers then give back to their communities through gardening service and education.

3 Men Sentenced in US Court in Council Bluffs

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Three men face prison time on unrelated charges after being sentenced Thursday in United States District Court in Council Bluffs according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

29-year-old Andrew James Ring of Council Bluffs was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Ring was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Ring to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund.

Ring was sentenced following his plea of guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm. The charge arose out of an incident in which a motor vehicle operated by Ring struck a parked vehicle near a bar in Council Bluffs on December 5, 2011. Council Bluffs police officers responded and found a rifle and ammunition in Ring’s vehicle. Prior to possessing the rifle, Ring had been convicted of OWI 3rd in Pottawattamie County.

51-year-old Richard Pearson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual contact.  Pearson was sentenced to 120 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Pearson to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, to register with the Sex Offender Registry, and to forfeit certain items of personal property found in his possession on the date of his arrest in southwest Iowa.

The Indictment related to events involving texting between Pearson and a minor under 16 years of age which occurred between about mid-February of 2012, to about April 20, 2012, when the Pearson was in southwest Iowa on a trip from Colorado to engage in unlawful activities with the minor victim in Iowa. Pearson was an over-the-road trucker, who cultivated a relationship with the minor victim using cell phones provided to the minor by Pearson.

29-year-old Jeffrey Daniel Bozarth of Council Bluffs was sentenced for possession of child pornography.  Bozarth was sentenced to 48 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Bozarth to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, and also ordered Bozarth to forfeit all of his child pornography and equipment on which it was digitally stored

The charge arose out of a Nebraska State Patrol “P2P” investigation, which led to Bozarth’s address. On December 2, 2010, agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Omaha, Nebraska Office executed a federal search warrant at Bozarth’s residence in Council Bluffs and recovered various computer equipment and digital files stored therein. Forensic examination of the computer files seized in the search found a significant quantity of child pornography, including known child pornography from other states within the United States and some from other countries.

Friday Morning State AP Headlines

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America are starting a bus tour reminding voters in early voting states they can begin casting ballots. The tour kicks off in Sioux City at noon tomorrow then heads to Council Bluffs for a 3 p.m. event. Several other stops are planned throughout Iowa next week. Early voting began in Iowa yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Campaign aides say Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit eastern Iowa next week. The Wisconsin congressman will headline a rally Monday at Loras College in Dubuque, then visit Clinton, the Davenport area and Muscatine on Tuesday. It will be the first time Ryan has campaigned in eastern Iowa. Vice President Joe Biden campaigned there last week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines doctor faces a fifth malpractice lawsuit for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to a patient who fatally overdosed. The Des Moines Register reports Doctor Daniel Baldi (BALD’-ee) was sued this week by the family of 39-year-old Chad Martin. The man from Johnston died last September. Baldi has denied wrongdoing.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa school districts have received a multimillion-dollar national grant to help teachers and principals develop their skills as educators. Governor Terry Branstad announced yesterday that the Central Decatur Community School District and the Saydel Community School District have won the grant, which will provide $2.3 million in its first two years.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say firefighters have rescued two cats from a mobile home in Cedar Rapids after a resident had to flee the heavy smoke. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says the blaze was reported about 2 a.m. today by a resident at the Summit View mobile home park.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a Sioux City convenience store with a hammer. KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports that 42-year-old Shannon Ivory was charged with first-degree robbery and two counts of assault while participating in a felony. Police say they responded to the robbery around 1:30 a.m. today at a Kum and Go store before arresting Ivory.

More Lane Restrictions on I-80 near CB

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

Construction work will continue to restrict lanes on eastbound Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs through the weekend. The Iowa Department of Transportation will be closing the left lane of eastbound I-80 between exit 1 (I-29) and exit 1B (South 24th Street) from Friday at 10 PM until Monday at 6 AM weather permitting.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.