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2 arrests, 1 accident Tuesday, in Atlantic

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests were made Tuesday, and one accident was investigated. Officials say 19-year old Alex Rutledge, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Probation Revocation. And, 18-year old Jacob Sweeney, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Simple Assault charge. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending a court appearance.

The P-D says also, Tanner Barr, of Clarinda, was cited for Failure to Yield while making a left turn, following a non-injury accident at the entrance to the Burger King restaurant. Barr was traveling west on 7th Street at around 7:15-p.m. and turning into the business entrance, when his vehicle was hit a an eastbound car driven by Makala Osborn, of Walnut. Damage from the accident amounted to $1,900.

Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week March 25-31

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is thanking partners across the state and promoting its educational programs during a statewide celebration this month. ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 25-31, will include activities on the Iowa State campus, across the state and in Guthrie County. Terry Torneten, Regional Extension Education Director says “The weeklong celebration is just one way we can say ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support Extension and Outreach work in Guthrie County.” 

Governor Terry Branstad will officially sign a proclamation on March 27th, declaring the dates as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week. Guthrie County ISU Extension and Outreach Office will celebrate Extension week on Friday, March 30th, with an open house from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Guthrie County Extension and Outreach Office, located at 212 State Street, Guthrie Center.  Everyone is welcome to come and meet the new staff and see what services they have to offer.  Refreshments and door prizes will also be offered. 

Iowa State University Extension provides researched-based information and education for communities, families, business and industry, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H youth development as well as continuing education through off-campus courses, degree programs, service learning programs, noncredit conferences and seminars and educational materials.

Traffic stop in Council Bluffs results in the recovery of more than 34-lbs of Pot

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 eastbound in Council Bluffs, Monday afternoon led to the arrest of a California man, and the recovery of nearly 35-pounds of marijuana. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller pulled a 2011 Dodge Nitro over for speeding at around 3:10-p.m. Monday, near the 5-mile marker on I-80. After speaking with the driver of the car, 30-year old Zachary Hunter, of Eureka, CA, Miller asked for but was denied, permission to search the vehicle. When Miller and his K-9 partner “Francisco” conducted a free-air search around the car, the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

Sgt Riche says during a search of the vehicle, Deputy Miller located a cardboard box containing expansion spray foam. After the foam was cut away from the box, plastic bags of marijuana were found, amounting to 34.45-pounds. Hunter was taken into custody on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and Violation of the Drug Tax Stamp. He was also issued a Warning citation for speeding. Hunter was brought to the Pott. County Jail and later posted a $5,000 bond before being released.

8AM Newscast 03-21-2012

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Shenandoah residents arrested on theft and drug charges

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from Shenandoah have been arrested following an investigation into stolen vehicle. 29-year old Curtis L. Mattox faces charges of 2nd Degree theft, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. 30-year old Tamara Reynolds was also taken into custody on a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Their arrests occurred at a residence in the 600 block of Northwest Road, in Shenandoah, and was the result of an investigation into the disappearance of a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup belonging to Mid-American Energy, early Tuesday morning. The vehicle was recovered that same day, in Shenandoah.

Mattox and Reynolds were brought to the Page County Jail. Authorities say Mattox was subsequently released after posting a $5,000 bond, while Reynolds posted a $300 bond before being released. Shenandoah Police say their investigation continues into the incident, with additional charges pending completion of the investigation.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 21st 2012

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — The principal of a Dunkerton secondary school says his resignation was planned long before a Christian rock band’s performance that promoted anti-gay and anti-abortion views during an assembly. Mike Cooper said after Monday’s school board meeting that he was leaving to become a superintendent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lobbyists have stepped up their efforts to try to kill a bill that would foster construction of a nuclear power plant in Iowa. A full-page ad in yesterday’s Des Moines Register encouraged residents to ask lawmakers to defeat the proposal that’s awaiting debate in the Senate. MidAmerican Energy has launched a new website to explain why the state should change its policies to encourage nuclear power.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dismissed their case against a 65-year-old woman for damaging a wetland while building a Dubuque campground. But they have reserved the right to later pursue a prison sentence for Elaine Kelly, who pleaded guilty last week to a felony violation of the Clean Water Act. Family members said she accepted a plea deal to avoid an expensive trial she could not afford.

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — A mental competency hearing has been rescheduled for April 18 for a southern Iowa man accused of killing his brother. Seventy-three-year-old Richard Davis, of Albia, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Gary Davis, who was a respected doctor. He was shot multiple times in his driveway in Albia on February 15, 2011.

Bill would allow the hunting of hogs in Iowa

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s only hunting preserve with wild boars would be shut down under a bill passed by the Iowa House, Tuesday. Critics say wild boar present hazards to the state’s pork industry. The bill, however, would allow domestic hogs to be hunted on the preserve. Representative Lance Horbach, of Tama says the Tama County farmer who operates the only wild boar hunting preserve in Iowa would have 90 days to get rid of his wild boar if the bill becomes law. “This allows this Iowa hunting preserve to have hog hunting,” Horbach says. “But it would be domestic swine.”

Some legislators like Representative Mary Wolfe of Clinton questioned the whole concept of hunting hogs.  “We’re going to pass a bill that lets us people hunt these big fat, lazy pigs that apparently don’t provide a whole lot of sport for hunters,” Wolfe said. Representative Dan Muhlbauer, of Manilla, wasn’t sold on the sport of hog hunting either. “We’re going to go out and turn ‘em loose in a 360 acre pasture and shoot ‘em,” Muhlbauer said. “…Where’s the logic in this?” Wild boar or “feral swine” have attacked domestic swine herds in other states and wild boar hunting was banned in Iowa in 2007. A third-generation Tama County farm has kept up its wild boar hunting preserve since then, through extensions which are about to expire.

The bill to let that farm offer hunters a chance to shoot at hogs raised in the U.S. now goes to the Senate.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to hold public hearing on amending FY 2012 Budget this evening

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held this (Wednesday) evening at the City Hall in Atlantic, with regard to amending the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget. The 5:30-p.m. hearing takes place during a regularly scheduled session of the Atlantic City Council, and will be followed by a Resolution to approve the amended budget.

According to City Administrator Doug Harris, the budget amendment is necessary primarily due to changes recommended by the State Auditor that suggest $9.1-million dollars in costs for the Wastewater Treatment Plant be shifted from the Capital Project Fund into the Sewer Fund. Another factor playing into the amendment, is the Council’s decision to refund the 2007 General Obligation Bonds. That requires the City to pay off the principal on the bonds this year, in the amount of $655,000, from the proceeds of the 2012 G.O. Bonds.

Harris says that while that will increase the budget for the current year, it will result in the City saving over $45,000 in interest. Other factors associated with the need to amend the 2012 Budget include: An increase in revenue from the sale of aviation fuel, which offset the City’s cost; A large donation to the Atlantic Public Library, which the Library Board used to make repairs and equipment purchases; And, $25,000 from the 2011 Bonds was transferred to the Community Promotion Fund to pay for this year’s contribution to Iowa Western Community College’ Design Technology Program. Harris said the Community Promotion Committee has also made contributions to various organizations, which exceeded the original budget.

In other business, the Council this evening will consider a resolution authorizing bids for improvements to the Street Maintenance Building, which is expected to cost about $55,000. Harris says that while that is in-line with the amount originally approved in the 2011 Bond issue, because bids for street and park improvements came in higher than the engineer’s estimate, that’s left the City with just $30,000 in bond proceeds to pay for the improvements. He’ll recommend the City transfer $25,000 of the $63,000 in proceeds from the recent sale of land, to cover the remaining cost of the project.

The Council is also scheduled to hear a report from Atlantic Municipal Airport Manager, Barry Reid, during their meeting this evening.

Wernimont Scholarship honors Atlantic man who served the community & school system

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Graduating Seniors at the Atlantic High School are eligible to apply for a $750 scholarship named after an Atlantic man who has helped many students become successful, including his own. The Al Wernimont Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Wernimont, who by all accounts, was a dedicated family man who invested a lot of time and energy in helping not only his children but many students in the Atlantic School system be successful.

Wernimont, who died last November at the age of 57, was also an excellent role model for student athletes and encouraged everyone to find good balance in their lives.  His generous spirit and willingness to always lend a hand touched many people in the community and beyond.

The memorial scholarship was established in his name to continue Wernimont’s traditional, giving nature, and make a difference in the lives of one more student each year. Applicants for the single, $750 scholarship must:  Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; Be active in their church and community or volunteerism; Provide a letter of reference attesting to their good moral character; And a copy of your college acceptance letter, along with a copy of your high school transcript. The completed form must be returned to the Atlantic High School Guidance Counselor’s Office by no later than April 19th.