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MN man arrested for Bluffs auto dealership break-in


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Minnesota man was arrested following an investigation into a break-in that occurred Feb. 24th at a Council Bluffs car dealership. Bluffs Police say 60-year old Samuel Berry, of Brooklyn Park, MN, was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the 3rd degree. His bond was set at $5,000.

According to authorities, his arrest followed an investigation into a break-in at one of the buildings at the Rhoden Auto Center complex. While Rhoden employees were reviewing surveillance footage of the break in, one of them noticed that the suspect looked like a man who had been in the day before and asked a clerk to make change for a dollar.

After comparing video of the man with the burglary suspect, the employees were convinced that it was the same person. They also had video of the vehicle that the man had arrived in the previous day. They then called the police and showed the videos to Officer Shawn Landon. After speaking with the employees, Officer Landon began checking the area for a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description.

As Officer Landon was checking the parking lot of Motel 6 at 3032 South Expressway, he noticed a man placing something in the trunk of a bronze colored Cadillac. The man and the vehicle matched the descriptions of those in the video, so Officer Landon made contact with him. The man was identified as Berry.

After further examination of the videos, it was determined that Berry was the man seen breaking into Rhoden Auto Center on the night of the 24th. Berry’s vehicle was impounded and he was placed under arrest. On February 26th, a search warrant was obtained for Berry’s vehicle. Located in the trunk of the vehicle were specific clothing items worn by Berry during the commission of the burglary, a pry bar used in the burglary and property belonging to Rhoden Auto Center. Berry

2 arrests reported in Cass County


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests. On Sunday, 27-year old John Antonio Aparo, Jr., of Griswold, was arrested on charges of OWI 1st Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Marijuana). Aparo was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

And on Friday, Cass County deputies arrested 33-year old Kevin Earl Pieper, Jr., of Cumberland, on a Shelby County warrant. Pieper was taken to the Cass County Jail and transferred later to Shelby County.

Clarinda man turns himself-in on harassment & other charges


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a Clarinda man turned himself-in to authorities Saturday afternoon. 26-year old Nicholas Aaron Formaro, of Clarinda, was wanted on Page County Warrants for Contempt – Violation of a no contact order, and Harassment 1st Degree. Formaro posted the bond and was released pending further court proceedings.

Red Oak man awarded Certified Flight Instructor of the Year in IA


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Airport Commission reports a flight instructor based in Red Oak, was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Iowa’s Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, for 2016. Norm Yeager was also selected as the CFI of the Year for the FAA Central Region, which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. As a result, he was one of eight finalists for the FAA’s National CFI of the Year award.

A ceremony honoring Yeager will be held 6:30-p.m. March 7th, at the Red Oak Airport. Snacks and punch will be provided at the event, which is open to the public. Afterward (at 7-p.m.) an FAA pilot safety meeting will be held on the topic of “Loss of Control.” The session will be conducted by the Des Moines Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) team.

Trailer reported stolen from Union County


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a woman from Afton reported Sunday afternoon, that someone had taken a black, Finish Line trailer (IA license plate AV 6341) from her property in the 300 block of S. Clayton Street, in Afton. The theft resulted in a loss of about $1,700.

Man from Adair arrested for 3rd degree sexual abuse


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater has released his weekly arrest report. In it, the Sheriff reports 39-year old Robert Gene Bashaw, of Adair, was arrested Feb. 24th in Adair, on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree. The alleged victim is a female in her teens. Bashaw was released from custody Feb. 25th, on $10,000 bond.

Also arrested in Adair County recently, was 23-year old Shuoyang Yu, of Iowa City. He was taken into custody Feb. 22nd  near the 85 mile marker of eastbound Interstate 80 by an Iowa State Patrol Trooper. Yu was pulled over for speeding. A check of the vehicles’ license plate also revealed the license of the registered owner of the vehicle had been revoked. Yu was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. He was also charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, after a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a backpack in the trunk. The backpack contained several green bottles of a green leafy substance that resembled marijuana. It also contained a glass pipe, an electronic vaporizer, hashish and one package of an edible THC-infused candy. Yu was released from the Adair County Jail Feb. 23rd, after posting a $1,000 bond.

Other arrests in Adair County include: 54-year old Timothy John Vaneaton, of Orient, who pulled over Feb. 23rd for not wearing a seat belt. Vaneaton was subsequently arrested for Driving While Barred. He was later released on $2,000 bond; 35-year old Jennifer Marie Woollums, of Greenfield, was arrested Feb. 25th on an arrest warrant. Woollums was then transferred to the custody of Adams County authorities; On Feb. 27th, 25-year old Tarayia Shilon Brooks, of West Des Moines, was arrested in Stuart for Driving While Barred. The woman was then released on the citation; And, on Feb. 24th, Deputies in Adair County arrested 33-year old Dylan Joseph Evanoski, of Des Moines. He was serving the balance of his two-day sentence on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Meth-1st offense, when authorities were notified Evanoski was wanted on a warrant out of South Dakota for Possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 Controlled Substance. He was being held at the Adair County Jail pending extradition to South Dakota.

IA Dept. of Revenue extends March 1st filing deadline to April 30th


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

At the direction of Governor Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) has determined it will grant an extension to certain taxpayers to file and pay 2015 Iowa individual income tax returns without underpayment of estimated tax penalty. Taxpayers who earn at least 2/3 of their income from farming or commercial fishing will have until April 30 to file and pay their 2015 returns.

Iowa Code section 422.21 allows the Director of Revenue to allow further time for filing returns if good cause exists. Late in 2015 the federal government enacted legislation impacting certain tax benefits known as federal “extenders.” Current Iowa law does not conform to these federal provisions and many taxpayers have waited to file their 2015 returns to see if the Iowa Legislature would “couple” with these provisions. To date, the Legislature has not yet reached a decision on how to address coupling.

The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and to support government services in Iowa by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

Reminder: The Registration Deadline is Tue., March 1st, for: Money Talk Financial Education Course for Women (in Cass County)


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Money Talk, Financial Education for Women, will be offered locally this March by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The 5-session class gives women the knowledge to make major financial decisions and improve their lives. Designed to help women improve their money management skills and overall level of financial knowledge, Money Talk will be held Thursdays, starting March 3rd, from 6:30 to 8:30-p.m., at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 1st to ensure materials are available for participants.ISU Extension

The five week course will cover the following topics:

March 3: Financial Basics – Sandra McKinnon, Iowa State University Extension
March 10: Insurance Essentials – Tammy Cullen, Cullen & Associates

March 17: Investment Fundamentals – Jenny Johnson, Wiges & Johnson

March 24: Retirement Realities – Megan Roberts, Megan Roberts State Farm

March 31: Legal Issues -Jody Lorence, Otto, Lorence & Weiderstein, PLLC

The program is strictly educational, using a research-based Extension curriculum, and does not promote any company or product. Local speakers were invited to share their subject matter expertise, and to be a voice of experience for participant questions.

The cost for the 5 week program is $25 per person. This includes all sessions, handout materials and a 192-page workbook that participants will use to track their goals and progress. This program registration fee is below the usual course fee of $75 per person due to support from the Cass County Extension Council and local sponsors Cullen & Associates; Wiges & Johnson, Ameriprise Financial; Megan Roberts, State Farm; and Otto, Lorence & Wiederstein, PLLC.

For more information, or to register, contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or email Kate Olson at keolson@iastate.edu. A registration form can also be found on the Cass County Extension website at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

2016 Beginning Farmer and Military Veteran Workshops

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Agricultural Development Division is co-hosting Beginning Farmer and Military Veteran Workshops. The free events are open to everyone, and are sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, Farm Service Agency, FFA Alumni, Iowa Finance Authority and Veterans in Agriculture. Locally, a workshop will be held in Creston, Thursday April 14th, 2016, from 8:30-until 11:30-a.m. at Southwestern Community College (1501 W. Townline St.), Instructional Center Room 180.

imagesThe agenda for the meeting is as follows:

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Registration and Coffee
9:00-9:30 a.m.: Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer Programs
9:30-10:00 a.m.: Iowa Finance Authority Beginning Farmer Programs
10:00-10:15 a.m.: Veterans in Agriculture update
10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
10:30-11:00 a.m.: Ag Lenders Panel on Regional Ag Topics
11:00-11:30 a.m.: Questions and Discussion
11:30 a.m.: Adjorn

To register for the workshop, visit IowaFinanceAuthority.gov.

Storm Spotter class March 16th in Stanton

News, Weather

February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency reports the Montgomery County Annual Storm Spotter Class will be held 7-p.m. March 16th, at the Viking Center in Stanton ( located at 501 Elliott St). The class is hosted by Montgomery County Emergency Management in conjunction with the National Weather Service in Valley, NE. It is open to the public and free of charge.