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Red Oak woman arrested Tue. night

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May 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Tuesday night of a local woman. 44-year old Holli Anne Burgess, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. in the 400 block of East Coolbaugh Street, for a Probation Violation. Burgess was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 bond.

2 from Creston arrested in Adams County Tue. night

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May 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people from Union County were arrested late Tuesday night in Adams County, following a traffic stop. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 34 at around 11:50-p.m., Tuesday. During an investigation, it was determined the driver, Skylar Cook, of Creston, had no valid driver’s license. Cook was arrested for Driving While Suspended, and brought to the Adams County Jail, where he was held on a $566 cash bond.

A passenger in Cook’s vehicle, Katlyn Hughes, of Creston, was charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol (Under the age of 21), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 5/21/2014

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May 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) — A teacher in western Iowa faces felony charges in connection to alleged inappropriate contact with former high school students. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Mike Travis turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning. Travis faces two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say an Iowa State Penitentiary employee has been assaulted by a prison inmate. Prison officials say the assault occurred Monday morning after the employee directed some inmates to move away from a restricted area. One inmate began to argue with the staffer, which led to the alleged assault.

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been accused of sending a threatening email to several students and a staff member at a middle school in northwest Iowa. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says the boy sent the email May 12 to 16 students and one staff member at Ridge View Middle School in Early. Authorities say the email told recipients they had three days to live. Law enforcement officials removed the boy from school and he was taken into custody.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A West Des Moines teenager has been accused of setting a small fire inside a high school bathroom. Police say the 16-year-old boy set the fire Tuesday morning at Valley High School. The fire set off the sprinkler system, and no injuries were reported. The student was taken into custody.

Update: Iowa teacher accused of inappropriate contact turns himself in

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa elementary school teacher faces felony charges in connection to alleged inappropriate contact with former high school students. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office told The Daily NonPareil 44-year-old Michael Douglas Travis turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest as a result of an investigation led by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office that alleged Travis had inappropriately touched two softball players during separate incidents in 2002 and 2006. He was released a short time later on pretrial supervision.

Travis faces two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on June 10. If convicted, Travis faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each charge.Travis is a fifth-grade teacher at Treynor Elementary School and an assistant softball coach at Treynor High School. He was placed on paid administrative leave in April.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says it has identified three women that may be victims of inappropriate contact from Travis. They are pressing charges on behalf of two women, since one of the cases no longer falls under the Statute of Limitations.

 

Iowa teen accused of sending threatening email

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been accused of sending a threatening email to several students and a staff member at a middle school in northwest Iowa. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says the boy sent the email May 12 to 16 students and one staff member at Ridge View Middle School in Early. Authorities say the email told recipients they had three days to live.

School administrators were notified about the email several days later. The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune reports law enforcement officials removed the boy from school and he was taken into custody. He appeared before juvenile court officials before being released to his parents.

Sheriff Ken McClure says there’s no evidence indicating the teen planned to act on his threat

Atlantic City Council to act on hiring of Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening, will hold a closed session at the end of their regular session, to discuss a personnel matter. Once the Council resumes their open session, they’re expected to act on a motion to execute an Employment Agreement with regard to the filling of an upcoming Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor vacancy position. In April, City Administrator Doug Harris announced Mark Farrier, who was hired to run the new treatment plant in 2012, tendered his resignation, effective July 3rd, 2014. Farrier, his wife and family are moving to Guatemala to become Missionaries.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, will hold the second reading of an ordinance regarding “Flood Plain Regulations.” The State has asked the City of adopt the technical changes in our to keep Atlantic’s regulations in conformance with FEMA requirements. The Council will also act on setting June 4th as the date for a public hearing on a proposed Airport Land Use and Height Overlay Zoning Ordinance, which the Airport Board is recommending for approval. The ordinance regulates the height of structures, objects and growth of natural vegetation, as well as land uses within the vicinity of the airport.

The Atlantic City Council is also expected to act on awarding a bid for the sale of property at 405 W. 4th Street, which the Council voted to dispose of during its last regular meeting. The City Council session gets underway at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

Extreme makeover Harlan style

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It was an Extreme Makeover type experience as the Pre-kindergarten through 2nd graders at the Harlan Community School District along with parents, grandparents and administration unveiled an all new play house to the Primary Building. Mrs. Spangenberg’s 2nd grade class started the  project in November of collecting cans to help raise the funding needed for the new playhouse. With the help of Mr. Klaassen’s high school engineering class, every student designed a miniature playhouse to show
the designer’s what the kids wanted to see in the actual playhouse.Playhouse Fun 4

One of the 2nd graders, Teya Frolich said the class gave Leinen Construction some pointers on how the playhouse could be more efficient. The crew designed the playhouse with a skylight on the roof for the children. Mrs. Spangenberg said the class’s project tied into everything the students were learning in math and science. She says in addition to the cans, a bake sale was held. “We did a bake sale at Hy-Vee. Adam was great and allowed us, three moms, to do a bake sale on a Saturday morning. So some money came from that and some came from generous donations.”

One donation in particular was very heart warming. “We got a letter in the mail from Nan and it
was in honor of her husband. Her husband was known as the ‘Avoca Can Man.’ He would collect cans in Avoca, bring them to Harlan. He would cash them in, get the money and give it to youth organizations. And he passed away so that was in honor of him. That was really special and a
neat lesson for the kids to learn.”

Now that the project is over, the kids were asked how soon they would design a real house. They said it would be a “Couple of years.” The students were able to play in the playhouse at second recess this (Tuesday) afternoon.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Man hanging power lines dies in fall near Dexter

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DEXTER, Iowa (AP) — A man who was helping to string a new power line near Dexter has died in a fall. KCCI-TV reports the man fell about 50 feet Tuesday morning while working as part of a crew a couple miles north of Dexter. The workers were hanging power lines on the west side of Dexfield Road when the fall occurred from a boom truck.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office says the man died from injuries he received in the fall. The man’s identity and other details weren’t available. Dexter is about 30 miles west of Des Moines.

Cass and Adair County Supervisors to meet Wednesday

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass and Adair County Boards of Supervisors will hold their regular, separate meetings Wednesday morning. In Atlantic, the Cass County Board will act on a suspension of taxes for a parcel of land in Section 28 owned by the City of Anita. Their meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.

In Greenfield, the Adair County Board will hold a Public Hearing on a Fiscal year 2014 Budget Amendment at 9:30-a.m., followed by approval of a Resolution amending the budget and an Appropriations Resolution.

At 9:45, the Adair Supervisors are scheduled to discuss and vote on a request by three Orient area farmers, all brothers in third generation business, to expand their hog operation. The Geidel brothers want to increase their hog confinement facilities from 2,500 head each, to 5,000 head each. The owners of a nearby, privately run tourist attraction, Hatfield Lakes, is protesting.

The Supervisors will discuss and act on a DNR Notice of Complaint; Master Matrix Scoring; A review of correspondence, and then make a recommendation to the DNR with regard to the request. The meeting at the Adair County Courthouse begins at 9-a.m.

Waffles for Waffles an overwhelming success

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May 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Organizers of a fundraising event held last Friday in Exira was a big success. Several communities rallied together in support of an Exira area youth, Jon “Waffles” Herron. Jon is a junior in the Exira-EHK Community School district. Over the last two years, he’s experienced both his parents passing away and then to come home on prom night to find the home where he lives with his aunt burning down. The home was a complete loss.

front row: Kaele Lange, Kate McAlpin, Jon "Waffles" Herron, Jared Hansen, Jen Neville, Jessica Wood, Jake Paulsen second row: Mitchell Pigeon, Rachel Walker, Nelson Zach, Harrison Olson, Cody Kommes 3rd row: Kennedy Madsen, Rachel Smith, Margo Christensen, Katie Kunik, John Schultes, Martin Olson

front row: Kaele Lange, Kate McAlpin, Jon “Waffles” Herron, Jared Hansen, Jen Neville, Jessica Wood, Jake Paulsen
second row: Mitchell Pigeon, Rachel Walker, Nelson Zach, Harrison Olson, Cody Kommes
3rd row: Kennedy Madsen, Rachel Smith, Margo Christensen, Katie Kunik, John Schultes, Martin Olson

The communities put together a fundraiser for Jon and his aunt Kathy. The Exira Rec Center was packed. Organizers say there were waffle irons as far as the eyes could see. A free-will donation got those who attended the event waffles, sausage and all the fixings. There was also a bake sale that brought in additional funds. A forty-two inch flat screen TV was raffled off, and the winner of the television, Darrell Schroeter, donated it back to Waffles and Aunt Kathy.

Jon and Kathy would like to thank everyone who came out to support them. A thank you goes out to all of the area businesses, organization and people who donated time and money to make this all happen. The monetary donations along with the household and clothing donations have been so appreciated. They plan to stay in the area and hope to rebuild.

In all, the Waffles for Waffles fundraiser brought in over $9000. Any other donations can be made to the Exchange State Bank in Exira Iowa.