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Cass County Sheriff’s Office looking into Co-Op embezzlement allegations

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations an employee of the 21st Century Co-Op may have embezzled money. According to Sheriff Darby McLaren, the manager of the Co-Op asked for the investigation, which also includes a review of records by the Auditor’s Office. McLaren said because it is a complex, on-going investigation, additional details will not be released at this time. 21st Century Co-Op has locations in Cumberland, Massena, Atlantic, Fontanelle, and Greenfield.

A letter from Board President Rick Wheatley to the Co-Op’s stockholders dated October 3rd, said:

“This letter is to inform you as a Member of the 21st Century Cooperative about criminal activity that was recently uncovered and is being addressed by the Cass County Sheriff, the board of directors, and Coop management.

Late last week, the Coop learned that an employee has embezzled funds from the Coop. The employee was discharged. The theft was immediately reported to law enforcement authorities and investigations by the Cass County Sheriff’s office and our auditors are ongoing.

We ask that you keep this information confidential and refer any inquiries you may receive to Randy Daugherty, General Manager of the Coop. We will keep you informed as more definitive information is available.

The audit has been completed and we are pleased to report another successful year. Dividend checks will be distributed at next month’s annual meeting. In addition to last year’s business, we will also be paying off past equity for the years 2004 and 2005.

The 21st Century Cooperative remains a financially strong organization. We will continue to provide the highest quality service to our members and customers.”

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., Oct. 12th 2014

News

October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pork prices hit record highs this summer as farmers weren’t able to feed the demand — mostly because a virus had killed millions of their baby pigs. But there is good news for pork lovers in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture production update, as it shows more piglets are surviving and producers are building up pork herds.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Motorists are being warned that part of Interstate 35 just south of Des Moines will be closing overnight for the next several days. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the stretch will be closed starting at 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday. It’s expected to be closed again overnight Monday and Tuesday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former Argosy casino riverboat’s trip down the Missouri River has been hindered by electrical problems. The Sioux City Journal reports that the boat was forced to stop Friday just south of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The three-deck vessel, a replica of a 1920s-era paddlewheel boat, left its longtime dock in Sioux City on Tuesday.

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Scott Community College in eastern Iowa saw its Friday classes and activities canceled when a contractor accidentally cut through a power line and caused an outage. College spokesman Alan Campbell tells the Quad-City Times that a contractor was digging trenches outside the entrance of the college when the line was cut around 10 a.m. Friday.

US Senate candidate debate focuses on remarks behind closed doors

News

October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With yet another poll showing Iowa’s U.S. Senate race a virtual dead heat, the two candidates squared off in a high-stakes television debate Saturday night in Davenport.  The Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” released late Saturday afternoon found Republican Joni Ernst had the support of 47 percent of those surveyed and Democrat Bruce Braley was one-point behind, at 46 percent. At the end of Saturday’s debate, Ernst accused Braley of having a “failed record.”

“I disagree almost completely with Congressman Braley and President Barack Obama on just about everything,” Ernst said. Braley attacked Ernst for saying the E-P-A should be eliminated and for suggesting privatizing Social Security might be an option for younger workers. “Senator Ernst is fond of saying things that sound good, but when you look at what they mean to Iowans, they don’t make Iowans better off,” Braley said. Ernst shot back. “When you talk about your words, behind closed doors at a fundraiser in Texas, you poked fun at Senator Grassley for being just a farmer without a law degree,” Ernst said, getting cheers and applause from her supporters in the audience at St. Ambrose University.

Braley countered by bringing up the Oklahoma billionaires who made their money in the oil industry. “You attended two secret donor meetings in California that were hosted by the Koch brothers. You called them ‘wonderful’ at that meeting,” Braley said, as Ernst laughed softly into her microphone. “You credited them with launching your senate campaign and these are the same Koch brothers who have seven different organizations attacking me right now in Iowa.” The two candidates agreed on one issue during the hour-long forum.

Neither would support an effort in congress to undo President Obama’s executive order which has granted temporary legal status to young adults who were illegally brought into the country when they were under the age of 16. They both said the U.S. must do more to stop Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, but Ernst questioned Braley’s commitment to the effort.  “Just earlier this year in June after Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, was taken by ISIS he voted against funding any combat actions in Iraq and yet now he’s asking that congress come back to reconsider that. I’m not sure where to go with that and I know that he twice voted to defund our combat troops while they were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ernst said.

Braley responded: “Senator Ernst knows that that’s just not true. What I voted for was to end a decade-long commitment of US troops and I made it very clear that I supported pay increases for those troops and was not going to de-fund them and Senator Ernst also knows that the vote she’s talking about was a bipartisan vote where Republicans and Democrats had concerns about who we were going to be helping and what threat we were going to be addressing.”

Saturday’s event was hosted by the Quad-City Times and K-W-Q-C T-V and held at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. The third and final debate between these two candidates is scheduled for Thursday in Sioux City.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man faces numerous charges following an accident

News

October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident Saturday night in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of the vehicles’ driver on numerous charges. Police arrested 39-year old Jason Neal Beacham, of Red Oak at around 6-p.m., following an investigation into the theft and wreck of a vehicle.

Officers responding to a reported vehicle theft were advised enroute to the scene the vehicle, a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup, had crashed into a tree in the 400 block of west 2nd Avenue, and that the driver had fled on foot. He was taken into custody a short time later, and informed authorities his girlfriend put the pickup for sale in a local swap site, and he took the vehicle in an attempt to prevent it from being sold.

The pickup was totaled in the crash, with the loss estimated at $3,000. A fence that was struck during the crash and belonging to a Red Oak woman, was damaged as well. The loss was estimated at $150.

Beacham faces charges that include OWI/3rd offense, Careless Driving, No/or improper registration, No Insurance relating to an accident, and Driving While Suspended. He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on a $5,000 bond.

Car Theft in Red Oak

News

October 11th, 2014 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle theft from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parking lot in Red Oak. James Peterson of Red Oak informed police that he showed up for church at 2pm Saturday afternoon. He told officers that when he left the building around 2-50 his vehicle was missing. Peterson told officers he left the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the center console. The vehicle is a green 2007 Ford Escape with a license plate number of 1-3-7—R-Z-D and has a scratch on the rear right quarter panel.. Estimated loss listed at 18-thousand dollars.

Iowa riverboat trip slowed by electrical problems

News

October 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former Argosy casino riverboat’s trip down the Missouri River has been hindered by electrical problems. The Sioux City Journal reports that the boat was forced to stop Friday just south of Nebraska City, Nebraska.

The three-deck vessel, a replica of a 1920s-era paddlewheel boat, left its longtime dock in Sioux City, Iowa, on Tuesday. It’s bound for Wood River, Illinois — a 730-mile trip down the entire length of the Missouri, then briefly up the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

The riverboat also lost power on Tuesday, stalling near Sloan, Iowa. The riverboat was bought by Mike’s Inc., which operates a large shipyard at Wood River.

Man who jumped in river to escape police sentenced

News

October 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man who jumped in the Missouri River in August to try to escape police has been sentenced to prison for choking and trying to kidnap his estranged wife. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that 40-year old Chance Michaels was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and two counts of domestic assault.

Police say Michaels choked his wife and forced her into his vehicle in early August. The vehicle soon suffered a flat tire, and police say he jumped into the river as officers arrived.

Some people on a boat helped pull Michaels from the river.

1st Annual “Color the Town” Color Run/walk in Atlantic

News, Sports

October 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A large group of runners and walkers gathered at the high school in Atlantic this (Saturday) morning to participate in the first of what’s hoped to be an annual event. The “Color the Town” Color Run/Fun walk began just after 8-a.m. with the bang of a starter’s pistol.

All photos by Color Run participant & KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson.

All photos by Color Run participant & KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson.

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Fresh fruit and water along with donuts were made available by the Atlantic Hy-Vee and Atlantic Fitness. The event served as a fundraiser for the Atlantic High School Student Council.

Saturday State News 10-14-14

News

October 11th, 2014 by admin

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Mississippi River bridge linking Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois should open soon after repairs that took weeks longer than expected. John Wegmeyer, an engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, told the Quad-City Times on Friday the Centennial Bridge should be open within a week. When the 74-year-old bridge was closed for repairs on August 3rd, the contractor was given 35 days to reopen the span. As of Friday, the bridge had been closed 67 days.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A jury has rejected an Iowa prison guard’s lawsuit that said she was sexually harassed after inmates were repeatedly allowed to watch sexually graphic and violent moves. The Polk County jury reached its decision Friday afternoon, a day after hearing closing arguments in the case of Kristine Sink, who filed the sexual harassment lawsuit in 2012.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to develop a wind farm in southwest Iowa and expand another operation in northwest Iowa. The Des Moines-based company announced yesterday it plans to build the wind farm in Adams County and expand an existing farm in O’Brien County. MidAmerican estimates the developments would result in 67 new turbines.

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa couple faces animal neglect charges after malnourished horses were found on their property. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that Fayette County sheriff’s deputies executed a warrant Thursday at the Arlington home of Duane and Margaret Landis.

Red Oak Arrests

News

October 11th, 2014 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department received a call Friday night regarding an individual purchasing alcohol for minors. Responding officers observed the vehicle described by the caller leaving a grocery store. The vehicle was stopped in the 100 block of East Walnut Street in Red Oak.

After the investigation officers arrested 21-year old Jacob Elwood, of Red Oak. Elwood was charged with Supplying Alcohol to a Minor, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was also cited for having an open container of alcohol as a passenger. Elwood was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on a $2,000 cash bond.

19-year old Brett Martin, of Griswold, was charged with .02 (point oh-two) violation and cited for minor in possession of alcohol. Martin was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and later released. 17-year old’s Kenzey Nicklaus, Hannah Misner, both of Griswold and 17-year old’s Bridgett Sand and Morgan McFarland, both of Red Oak, were transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and cited into juvenile court for minor in possession of alcohol and were released to their parents.

The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.