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Stuart Police make additional drug-related arrests over the weekend


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Stuart executed a total of four search warrants over the weekend, resulting in the recovery of methamphetamine and one arrest, with charges pending against a second person. Officials say one warrant was executed at a residence in the 300 block of N. Harrison Street, where marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Charges are pending on the occupant of the house.

A second search warrant was conducted in the 600 block of SW 7th Street, where marijuana, meth, and drug paraphernalia was also recovered. A male subject was arrested at that location on felony charges of distribution to a minor and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as aggravated misdemeanor charges of possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment, and a simple misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Other charges are pending related to that warrant.

Friday night, officers with the Stuart Police Department executed two search warrants at South Summit Apartments in Stuart, where a significant amount of methamphetamine was recovered. One person was arrested and faces a felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute, charge. The unidentified suspect was also charged child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No names were released in connection with the incidents.

Griswold School Board meeting preview


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Board of Education will meet in a regular session at 5:45-p.m. Monday, in the Central Office at the Middle School/High School Building. On their agenda are updates on the Interior Lighting and Security System, as well as Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Long-Term planning.

The Board will take action of a Community/School Marque Sign, and discuss painting of the Middle School Gym, in addition to discussion and possible action on the first reading of 401 series Board policies.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board set to meet Mon. evening

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet Monday in the City Council’s Chambers at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:15. During their session, the Parks Board will receive updates from Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring and Assistant Director Seth Staashelm, with regard to the Urban Forestry Grant and Tree Census in Atlantic, as well as the Kiddie Korral, which the City’s Street Department has agreed to demolish after Labor Day. A new shelter will be erected in its place.

Other updates include those pertaining to: The Schildberg Rec Area Fishing Dock; Schildberg Campground; the Atlantic Swimming Pool (which will close for the season on August 23rd); The Bull Creek/Schuler Trail, and Schildberg Lake #2 Trail Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant. Herring and Staashelm will also talk about “Operation ReLeaf” that takes place this fall, and the selling of trees through the Urban Forestry Grant.

Logan woman arrested in Red Oak


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a woman from Harrison County, Sunday. 34-year old April Marie Watson, of Logan, was arrested just before 2-p.m. in the 100 block of W. Coolbaugh Street, on a warrant for Contempt of Court/Failure to Appear, on an original 5th Degree Theft charge. Watson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Iowa poultry producers plan for possible return of bird flu

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa poultry farmers are bracing for the possibility that bird flu will return this fall when wild birds migrate, but they hope the disease won’t return. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the industry that had to slaughter more than 35 million chickens and turkeys earlier this year is just starting to recover. But agriculture officials say migrating birds might bring the disease back.

The Iowa Poultry Association’s Randy Olson says the industry is doing everything it can to prevent another outbreak. Tony Halsted says he’s grateful that his hatchery near Rudd escaped bird flu in the spring. Halsted says he has divided his birds up and moved some flocks into Missouri to make sure that a bird flu infection at one location wouldn’t cripple his operation.

Iowa town coping with loss of beef plant and its 400 jobs


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials are working to help Denison cope with the closing of a Tyson Foods plant there that employed about 400 people. Mayor Brad Bonner told the Daily Nonpareil that Tyson’s announcement Friday was a surprise, and the city is now using its economic disaster response plan.

Tyson has said workers could apply for jobs at the company’s other plants. Economic development officials will try to help workers find other jobs if they want to stay in the area.

Bonner says it’s sad to see the plant close because it has a long history in Denison. It opened in 1961 as the first plant run by Iowa Beef Packers. That company grew into a major player in the industry before Tyson acquired it in 2001.

Numerous vehicle burglaries in the Menlo and Casey areas


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting numerous vehicle burglaries have taken place this weekend in the Casey and Menlo areas. The burglaries happened early Saturday morning. Authorities say items were stolen from about 11 vehicles since Friday, and while the most common item reported missing was money, in another incident, a rifle and a laptop stolen from a vehicle in Casey.

The Sheriff’s office believes the thefts are occurring during the overnight hours and seem to be concentrated on White Pole Road, between Casey and Menlo.  In most cases, the vehicles hit by thieves were unlocked, and were generally located on the street or curbside parking.

Officials urge residents to remove all valuables from your vehicles and lock them, even in the rural areas. If you have any information about the burglaries, call the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office at 641-747-2214.

Elliott man arrested for assault


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County arrested a man on an assault charge Saturday evening. 31-year old Corey Ross Smith, of Elliott, was taken into custody at around 7:35-p.m. for Domestic Assault. Smith was brought to Montgomery County Corrections and held without bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Aug. 16th 2015


August 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The 20-year-old son of a western Iowa man who was fatally shot in his home has been arrested in Colorado. Police believe Sean Schendel killed his father, 55-year-old Robert Schendel, before his body was found Wednesday after he didn’t show up for work. Sean Schendel remained in a Colorado jail on Saturday awaiting extradition to Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers, Donald Trump’s helicopter circled the fairgrounds in the air above. That’s as close as Clinton and Trump’s massive entourages came at the state fair, a rite of passage for any presidential candidate. Clinton was accompanied by former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin as she greeted voters.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old Iowa man is in custody after being arrested at the scene of a fatal shooting in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The name of the victim, who died later, wasn’t immediately released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Health officials have cleared an eastern Iowa Taco Bell to reopen after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were cleaned up. The Linn County Health Department decided the restaurant was safe after two rounds of environmental testing, but the company hasn’t decided when it will reopen.

(Update) – Council Bluffs man found on Street Sat. morning has died


August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said late Saturday evening that a man found on a street early Saturday morning, has died. 20-year old Jacob Combs passed away at around 4:45-p.m. at Creighton Medical Center. Authorities are now treating this incident as a death investigation. An autopsy will be scheduled but the date and time are pending. An investigation is ongoing and officials are are asking for the public’s help with any information that can be provided. You can call Crime stoppers at 712-328-7867 or the Council Bluffs Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728, and remain anonymous.

Combs was found on 10th Street near Avenue B. Officers were called to the scene at around 5:42-a.m. Saturday to assist Fire Rescue personnel who were treating Combs. The man was suffering from severe head trauma. Authorities are trying to determine the cause of his injuries. David Combs