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Funeral services for Harlan woman killed in crash to be held Tuesday

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January 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Tuesday), for a Harlan woman who died in a crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 22-year old Nicollette “Nikki” Johnston died when her car crossed the median near Avoca, and was struck broadside by a semi.

The accident happened about two-miles west of the Avoca exit, at around 1-p.m., Friday. Officials says Johnston’s 2006 Saturn was traveling west on I-80, when, for reasons unknown, the car went out of control, entered the median, spun counterclockwise and came to rest on the eastbound lanes of I-80, where it was struck broadside by a semi. The truck impacted the car on the driver’s side, causing it to enter the median, where it came to rest.

The semi, driven 45-year old Bret Roberts, of Estherville, crossed the median and came to rest on the westbound lanes of I-80. The accident, which remains under investigation, closed the interstate in both directions, for nearly 4 hours. A Mass of Christian Burial service for Nikki Johnston will be held 11-a.m. Tuesday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, in Harlan.

CAM and EHK School Boards to hold separate meetings Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM and Elk Horn-Kimballton Boards of Education will hold meetings Monday night in Anita and Elk Horn, respectively. Both meetings begin at 7-p.m.

On the agenda for the CAM School Board, is discussion and possible action on: Snyder & Associates’ preliminary drawings and project cost estimates, and an agreement for the final project design; Resolutions to open a free, K-thru 12 online school and to approval of an agreement with Connections Education for the online school. In addition, the Board will receive a bleacher project update, act on any resignations, and, open enrollment applications.

The Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will discuss the election of Board members and Board policies, followed by discussion and/or action on the approval of a bid proposal for roof repairs, as well as Special Education Delivery Plan Committee members.

Griswold School Board to hold public hearing on transfer of property

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday evening. The meeting will follow a 5:30-p.m. public hearing on the transfer of school property to the City of Elliott. During the regular session, the board will act on transferring a deed for the property to the City of Elliott, followed by the receiving of information and discussion, with regard to re-districting for School Board districts.

Business action items include those pertaining to: a contract with Estes Construction; various Board policies; Piper-Jaffrey bonding; and, boiler maintenance at the Middle School/High School building.  The Griswold School Board meeting takes place in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School building.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to receive CIP updates Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in the Council’s chambers, at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the various Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), including those pertaining to: the Park Maintenance building; Sunnyside Park improvements (including the grills, softball field; swimming pool, and entrance signs); Sunnyside Park tennis court reconstruction; City Park sidewalk improvements; the refurbishing of Sunnyside Park Skate Park equipment, and, the Holt Park playground equipment.

The board will also act on a YMCA Management Agreement and Fee structure, in addition to preliminary plan and site specifications for the Park Maintenance building.

IA SUPCO Board suspends Atlantic lawyer/Magistrate judge’ license

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board on Friday, suspended the law license of Atlantic lawyer and Cass County  Judicial Magistrate, James C. Van Ginkel. The Board suspended his license for an indefinite period of time, with no possibibility of reinstatement for at least 60-days. In it’s decision, the Board took into consideration a recommendation by the Grievance Commision of the Supreme Court of Iowa, which had suggested Van Ginkel’s license to practice law be suspended for at least 30-days, along with a public reprimand, but the Board concluded a suspension of 60-days was more appropriate, given the seriousness of the offenses.  No criminal charges were filed.

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board charged Van Ginkel with multiple violations of their disciplinary rules, in connection with the probate and closing of an estate. They charged Van Ginkel engaged in neglect in connection with the estate, engaged in conduct that was prejudicial to the adminstration of justice, knowingly made false statements to the tribunal, and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

 James C. Van Ginkel has been a member of the Iowa Bar since 1980. He has a solo private practice in Atlantic, and has served as Cass County Magistrate from November 1984 to June 1985, and from August 2001 to present day.

The Attorney Disciplinary Boards’ decision can be found online at:

http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Supreme_Court/Recent_Opinions/20120113/11-0886.pdf

Atlantic man arrested on Audubon County warrant

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday, that an Atlantic man was arrested Friday afternoon on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for Revocation of Probation. The charge against 26-year old Derek Allen McDermott stems from his recent arrests in Cass County. McDermott pled guilty to Burglary in the 3rd degree in Audubon County on August 22nd, 2011, and was on probation for the offense. He was being held over the weekend in the Audubon County Jail.

Creston teens cited for Minor in Possession

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three Creston teens were cited early Sunday morning on charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year olds Derek Pellman and Taylor Davis, along with 19-year old Chase Blazek, were cited following a traffic stop at around 2:30-a.m.,  after they left a party in Corning.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 22-year old Suzanne Fife, of Corning, was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st Offense, following a traffic stop at around 3:15-a.m. Sunday, after she also left a party in Corning.

Adair County Supervisors to hold special meeting on Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold a special session at 9-a.m. on Monday, to hear additional Fiscal Year 2012 budget requests from the various County departments and agencies. That includes the Department of Human Services, R/C & D, Recorder and Treasurer. Just after 10-a.m. Monday, the Board will hear from County Engineer Charles Marker, with regard to a request for Leave of Absence without Pay, and the Fiscal Year 2013 Secondary Roads budget request.

The meeting takes place in the Supervisors Board Room at the courthouse in Greenfield.

Cass County Supervisors to act on division of land process Resolution

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at the courthouse in Atlantic, instead of on Wednesday, as they would normally do. During the session, the Board will act on a Resolution for the division of land process. They’ll also hear regular reports from the County Attorney, Engineer, and Mental Health/General Relief Coordinator. The meeting begins at 9-a.m.

Iowan who dumped dead dogs found with more dogs

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January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman convicted of dumping 23 dead or dying dogs in a south-central Nebraska cornfield in 2008 has been found with more dogs during a probation compliance check. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says deputies checking up on Denise Withee, of Mapleton, on Thursday found 13 dogs at the home she shares with her mother — a violation of Withee’s Nebraska probation. Deputies cited Withee and her mother on suspicion of animal cruelty. Withee said during her Nebraska animal cruelty trial that she was taking the dogs to someone in Nebraska when she became sick, pulled over and passed out. She said that when she awoke, most of the dogs were dead from the heat. She said she panicked and dumped them. Withee could not be reached for comment.