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Walnut Communications provides Growing Communities Grants to Neola and McClelland

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cities of Neola and McClelland were the recent recipients of Walnut Communications Growing Communities Grants. The Neola Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) was awarded a $900 grant. They’ll use the money to purchase 20 pairs of the Innotex 795 firefighting and rescue gloves, at a cost of $95.00 per set.

The NVFD currently consists of 19 active members who aid in services to the city of Neola as well as portions of Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties. NVFD covers approximately 83 square miles in Pottawattamie and Harrison County and 38 miles of I-80 and I-680 interstates. In 2015, the NVFD made 121 fire and rescue/ambulance calls.

The City of McClelland received a Walnut Communications Growing Communities grant in the amount of $750. The grant moneys are to be used for a main street beautification project. More specifically, to hang welcome banners and plant flowers this spring, and also for fall and Christmas décor later this year.

McClelland grant

Walnut Communications G.M./President Bruce Heyne presents a check to Sue Stenlund a City Council Member in McClelland.

Walnut Communications says it is proud to support local non-profit groups with their Growing Communities grant program. Grants of up to $10,000 per calendar year are awarded across the eight communities the company serves: Walnut, Avoca, Shelby, Minden, Neola, Persia, Underwood and McClelland. The application can be found on their website at www.walnutcommunications.com.

General Manager and President of Walnut Communications, Bruce Heyne presents a check to Fire Chief Paul Ward and Greg Heine on behalf of the Neola Fire Department.

General Manager and President of Walnut Communications, Bruce Heyne presents a check to Fire Chief Paul Ward and Greg Heine on behalf of the Neola Fire Department.

 

 

2 southwest IA men arrested on burglary & theft charges

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County report two men have been arrested on Burglary and Theft charges, following an investigation into a burglary that occurred at a residence in Hamburg, where several items of furniture were reported stolen.
Sunday evening, deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence in Sidney, and arrested 22-year old Michael Welch, of Sidney. Stolen property was recovered at the residence.

This (Monday) morning, deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence near Hamburg and arrested 21-year old Douglas Clark, of Hamburg. Stolen property was also recovered at that residence.

Clark

Welch

Both Clark and Welch were arrested on felony charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, and Theft in the 2nd Degree. They were being held at the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office on $10,000 bond, each.

 

Storm damage reports filtering in

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Reports are filtering in about damage from Sunday night’s storm that quickly blew through western Iowa. In Anita, a sign outside the Anita Grand Hotel was destroyed by high winds.Bruce and Calla Poldberg told the Danish Villages News on the DVN’s Facebook page, that their home in Kimballton was struck by lightening at around 6:10-p.m., Sunday, causing a small electrical fire in the upstairs bathroom. The Kimballton Fire Department quickly responded and handled the situations.

One-inch diameter hail was reported Sunday afternoon near Whiting, in Monona County, and winds gusting up to 62 miles per hour blew through Shenandoah at around 8:50-p.m., Sunday.

Update: Highway 173 into Elk Horn is re-opened after a gas leak shuts down traffic

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Manager Bob Seivert reports Highway 173 on the south side of Elk Horn is now open, following a gas line leak that prompted a short-radius evacuation late Monday morning. Utility crews will still be working in the area for a few more hours, however.

According to the Danish Villages Voice, the Department of Transportation was apparently drilling a hole for a new road sign south of the Village Station. City maintainer Jerry Evans stated that the crew had called ahead, and the line was located before digging started, but the line was still compromised at around 11:15-a.m., near 4013 Main Street ( Highway 173) in Elk Horn.

The Elk Horn Fire Department was dispatched and on Scene at 11:18 and established Incident Command. Mid American Gas Company was also notified. At the time, it was determined that due to the size of the leak, an evacuation of an area of approximately 1,000 feet would be needed. Residents were notified and directed to a shelter at the Elk Horn Town Hall. Shelby County Sheriff, Emergency Management, Public Health, and Elk Horn City officials, coordinated the response.

The evacuation order was lifted between 1:15 and 1:30-p.m.

Gas leak prompts evacuation in Elk Horn

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Shelby County say the Shelby Co Emergency Management and 911 were notified at around 11:15-a.m. today (Monday), of a gas line rupture near 4013 Main Street ( Highway 173) in Elk Horn. The Elk Horn Fire Department was dispatched and on Scene at 11:18 and established Incident Command. Mid American Gas Company was notified.

It was determined that due to the size of the leak, an evacuation of an area of approximately 1,000 feet would be needed. Residents were notified and directed to a shelter at the Elk Horn Town Hall. Shelby County Sheriff, Emergency Management, Public Health, and Elk Horn City officials, are coordinating the response .

Highway 173 is closed at the south side of Elk Horn, and will remain closed until the situation is resolved. This could be at least an additional hour. For additional information contact Shelby County Emergency Management at 712-755-5160.

Greenfield man arrested on assault & other charges

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Greenfield arrested a man April 18th on two simple assault charges, and a charge of Obstructing an Emergency Call. 34-year old Timothy John Davis, of Greenfield, was arrested after he allegedly forced his way into a man’s apartment and shoved him against a counter, before warning the man to stay away from his (Davis’) daughter. Davis also allegedly grabbed a female by the arm and took her cell phone while she was making a 9-1-1 call. He then tossed the phone across the street.  He was brought to the Adair County Jail and appeared in court before being released the next day on his Own Recognizance.

A Menlo man was arrested last Wednesday, after he lost control of his vehicle, and drove it into a creek, where it became submerged. Sheriff Jeff Vandewater says 32-year old Patrick Lawrence Nolte, of Menlo, then told authorities his car had been stolen. He was charged with making a False report to a public entity, Driving While Barred, and Domestic Abuse Assault/3rd offense. The latter charge was the result of a report Nolte was beating a woman alongside a road in front of a witness’ home. The woman told authorities Nolte had tackled her and put her in a head lock, causing redness and swelling on the right side of her face. Nolte was being held in the Adair County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, a traffic stop April 22nd in Bridgewater, led to the arrest of 34-year old Tyler Wayne Mensing, of Greenfield, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Mensing was released from custody the next day, after posting a $1,000 bond.

Clarinda man arrested after his bond is revoked

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), arrested a man whose bond on previous charges was revoked by a District Court Judge.

Marcus Washington

Marcus Washington

30-year old Marcus Edgar Washington, of Clarinda, was brought to the Page County Jail where his bond set at $2,000.

Atlantic woman arrested on drug charges in Audubon County Friday night

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Audubon County arrested a Cass County woman on drug charges, Friday night. 41-year old Stephanie Joan Clark, of Atlantic, was taken into custody at around 9-p.m. following a traffic stop, in Exira. Clark faces a Possession of Marijuana charge, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released on a Signature bond. Clark is scheduled to appear in court this Thursday morning.

Rain-laden northwest Iowa storms topple utility poles, trees

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Spring thunderstorms that dropped more than 2 inches of rain in some parts of northwest Iowa also damaged some homes and knocked down utility poles and trees. Sioux City television station KTIV reports poles were knocked down near Hornick Sunday afternoon and trees were downed in Linn Grove and Aurelia. Quarter-size hail dented several structures in Cherokee and Woodbury counties.

No injuries have been reported. More than 2 inches of rain was recorded in Orange City but less than a quarter inch in Sioux City.

4 arrests in Mills County

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April 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests. On Sunday, 33-year old Jeffrey Dale Hankins, of Tabor, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, Speeding, and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle. His bond was set at $2,000. And, 37-year old Lucas Eric Chambers, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. Bond was set at $435.

And, last Thursday, 32-year old Melissa Anne Holt, of Omaha, was arrested on a warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. Her bond was set at $300. Also, 54-year old Mark Sheaffer Uebele, of Mineola, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond, in the Mills County Jail.