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Harlan Resident Sentenced to 10-years in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a man from Shelby County was sentenced Thursday to 10-years in prison on a drug charges U-S District Court Senior Judge Robert Pratt handed down the sentence against 48-year old Jon Monte Rodacker, of Harlan. Pratt sentenced Rodacker to 120 months imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine. The judge also ordered Rodacker to serve a five-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On September 5th, 2012, Rodacker pled guilty to a charge of manufacturing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The charge was the result of an investigation conducted by several law enforcement agencies into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in rural areas in and around Shelby County. The investigation revealed that Rodacker was actively producing methamphetamine from as early as July of 2009, up to March 6th, 2012, using pseudoephedrine pills purchased in Iowa and Nebraska.

The investigation was conducted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Harlan Police Department, Iowa State Fire Marshal, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Corning woman faces at least 3 charges


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a call requesting an officer Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of a Corning woman. Deputies responded to 1006 8th Street in Corning at around 7:15-a.m., and upon further investigation, arrested 24-year old Katherine Coleman, of Corning.

Coleman was charged with felony Theft, Harassment and Trespassing, both of which are simple misdemeanors. She was being held in the Adams County Jail on $5,000 bond. Officials say the case remains under investigation, with additional charges currently pending.

Supreme Court rules in case involving Nurse Practitioners


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a district court ruling in a case involving the duties of nurse practitioners. Several physician associations went to court seeking to throw out two administrative rules that permit advanced registered nurse practitioners to supervise technicians during fluoroscopy — a type of x-ray. The physicians argued the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Iowa Department of Public Health exceeded their authority in approving the rules to allow the supervision. The district court agreed, and threw out the rules.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling says the district court erred in second-guessing the Department of Public Health and nursing board. It says A-R-N-P’s have been supervising the procedure for many years and nowhere in the voluminous record are there any reports of an injury resulting from the practice. The ruling went on to say the visual images provided by the fluoroscopy improve patient safety,  and the practice also improves access to health care for rural Iowans while  helping lower costs.

Justice Mark Cady wrote a dissent to the opinion, saying registered nurses may be qualified to supervise fluoroscopy, but the legislature has left it for the medical profession to make this decision, in partnership with the nursing profession and did not leave it to the nursing board to decide. Cady says the nursing board clearly acted well beyond its authority, contrary to a clear legislative directive.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors approve bargaining agreement & abatements


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have approved an agreement with the bargaining unit representing the County’s Secondary Roads Department. The action, which came during the Board’s meeting today (Friday) inAtlantic, essentially cleans-up the language in the agreement, and doesn’t make any monetary or policy changes. 

The Board also approved the abatement of taxes on a nuisance property belonging to the City of Anita since November, 2012. Auditor Dale Sunderman said the taxes amounted to $230. The Supervisors also approved the assignment of a County held tax sale certificate of purchase, to the City of Cumberland. Sunderman said in July 2012, the City acquired possession of the west half of Lot1 in block 14. The City decided it also wished to acquire an adjacent property that belonged to the same owner, inLot2 of block 14. Sunderman says the property had acquired last year had a total $108 in taxes due. The newest property has 3.5-years worth of taxes due, or $644.

Cass County Treasurer Tracey Marshall said the County is better-off giving the certificate and property to the City in exchange for the taxes being paid and the County abating $300 worth of those taxes. Part of the agreement stipulates the City of Cumberlandwill proceed to get both properties in the City’s name because they have been up for sale long enough, that they can immediately apply to have a tax sale on those properties. Once the City applies, it takes 90-days for the process to run its course.

The Board Friday also approved a 6-month agreement with Solution, LLC. for licensed County software code support and information technology services. The agreement will cost the County an additional $50 per month.  In other business, Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, members of the County Public Safety Committee and representatives with the City of Atlantic will take a tour next week of the former Sitel building at 1206 southwest 7th Street. The tour is part of a fact-finding mission pertaining to the possible relocation of the County’s Communications Center to a building outside of the courthouse. No action will taken during the tour on approving the site. The tour begins at 9-a.m. Thursday, June 6th, and will likely include other members of the Board of Supervisors, as well.

Residential burglaries reported in Clarinda


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is requesting help from the public in solving a recent rash of residential garage burglaries & vehicle break-ins. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports for about the last 30 days, there have been a significant number of such crimes. Brothers says items ranging from power tools, electronic devices and miscellaneous, personal and household items, are being stolen.

He says that his officers have followed up on numerous leads and continue to do so, but no arrests have been made in connection with the burglaries and break-ins. The Chief asks that people keep a watchful eye on their neighborhoods and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police. He also requests that anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for committing these crimes contact the Clarinda Police Department at 712-542-2194. Information that leads to an arrest and indictment is eligible for a cash reward from the Page County Crimestoppers fund.

Brothers also reminds Clarinda citizens to keep their vehicles locked and either remove valuables from the vehicle or keep the valuables out of sight. He advises property owners to use exterior lighting at night such as motion sensor lights, and to keep garage structures locked and secured, and keep shrubbery around the property trimmed. Brothers also reminds citizens to let their neighbors know when they are going to be away and ask them to keep an eye on your home while gone.

(8-a.m. News)

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May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Boy injured in 2-story fall in Council Bluffs


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 2- or 3-year-old boy has been injured in a fall from a second-floor apartment window in Council Bluffs. Police say the boy fell through a screen at the Featherstone Apartments. He was taken to an Omaha, Neb., hospital, for treatment of a possible head injury. His name and condition haven’t been released.

Powdery substance mailed to Pott. County Sheriff’s Office to be tested


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The State Hygenic Lab in Des Moines will be testing a suspicious substance found in a letter mailed to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Daily NonPareil, firefighters from Council Bluffs responded to the facility located at 1400 Big Lake Road, at around 1:30-p.m., when a substance described as being white and powdery was found inside  a clear plastic bag that was in a manilla envelope. Officials said that while the envelope had been opened at the Sheriff’s Office, the bag itself remained undamaged.

Because the contents were never exposed to the air, firefighters were able to wear their normal gear and secure the package for shipment to Des Moines for testing. The Sheriff’s Office was not evacuated at any time during the process. It’s not clear when the results of tests on the substance will be made known.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., May 31st 2013


May 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) — Emergency management officials have told residents of New Hartford to be prepared to evacuate as water begins to run over the top of a gravel road that serves as a levee protecting the northeast Iowa community. Ridge Avenue holds back Beaver Creek on the west side of town. The 500 residents of New Hartford have been told to prepare to evacuate if the levee breaks. If it does, officials say they’ll have about 90 minutes to get everyone out.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Johnson County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of two rural neighborhoods due to high waters from the Iowa River. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office yesterday ordered residents of Riverview Estates and the Izaak Walton League area to leave their homes. Utilities to the Riverview Estates neighborhood have been shut off.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Stormy weather caused significant problems in the western Iowa city of Onawa, blowing down trees and damaging buildings. Onawa Mayor Bob Skelton told the Sioux City Journal newspaper that strong winds damaged many trees. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Fobert says damage apparently was caused by a thunderstorm and not a tornado.

LE GRAND, Iowa (AP) — Officials have lifted a boil advisory issued on Tuesday for the small city of Le Grand in central Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources says test results yesterday of water samples taken earlier in the week showed the water was safe to drink.

Preliminary storm damage report – Atlantic

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May 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms that passed through Atlantic Thursday night caused some tree damage and produced some pea-sized hail. The Cass County Emergency Management Agency told the Weather Service winds estimated at 45-miles per hour caused a 5-inch diameter tree limb to break in Atlantic at around 9:30-p.m.   Pea-sized hail was observed here at the KJAN Studios as well, at around that same time.

There were no other, immediate reports of damage in Atlantic. In Montgomery County, Emergency Management officials said G Ave between Hwy 34 and Old Hwy 34 was closed for a few hours late Thursday evening, due to a power line falling over the roadway west of Red Oak. The road was re-opened at around 11:15-p.m.