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September 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Voters approve initiatives in 2 out of 3 special s.w. IA elections, Tuesday

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September 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Voters in southwest Iowa didn’t let the storms and in some cases flood waters stop them from heading to the polls Tuesday to help decide on initiatives in three school district special elections. The Lewis Central, East Mills and Missouri Valley public school districts asked voters to weigh in on voter-initiated funding streams. The Daily NonPareil reports voters said yes to Lewis Central and Missouri Valley, but rejected East Mills’ proposal. Turnout was low in Council Bluffs, where a tax was being renewed, but around 30 percent of voters showed up in Missouri Valley, Malvern and Hastings, where additional taxes were on the ballot.

Kristi Everett, elections deputy for Pott. County, said the instructional support levy was approved by a vote of 227-75. The levy represented about 54 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation in property taxes, based on last year, as well as a 6 percent income surtax. The levy brings in about $1.3 million annually for the district. With Tuesday’s decision, the levy has been renewed for a decade. The Lewis Central Community School District’s existing instructional support levy was set to expire in June 2016.

Voters in the East Mills School District rejected an expanded physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) 403-345, according to unofficial results from the Mills County Auditor’s Office. The East Mills Community School District will not expand its board-approved 33 cent per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The district had asked voters to expand that to a $1.34 levy. Turnout for the election was about 31.4 percent. The levy would have generated an additional nearly $4 million for infrastructure projects.

Approval of the levy was anticipated in the district’s facility plans, which also include a school bond campaign. Superintendent Paul Croghan said he isn’t sure what the next step will be. The school board will have its next meeting Sept. 15, he said.

And in the Missouri Valley School District, voters approved physical plant and equipment levy was approved 704-153, according to unofficial results from the Harrison County Auditor’s Office. About 28.6 percent of registered voters turned out for the contest. Of the 857 votes cast, 66 were cast on absentee ballots.

With the outcome, the Missouri Valley Community School District will double its existing physical plant and equipment levy, which pays for infrastructure needs, to a combined $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The levy is expected to generate $2.9 million to help pay for a $7.5 million investment in the district’s campus, connecting all the schools together and making safety and wellness improvements. The remaining $4.6 in funding would come through state sales tax revenue.

And, voters in the Bedford Community School District approved by a vote of 284-to 249, a 33-cent increase in the district’s PPEL, to $1.67 per thousand dollars valuation. School officials proposed the increase  to cover roughly half the cost of a new heating and air conditioning system in the Bedford K-12 building. Revenues from the district’s local option sales and service tax will cover the remaining half.

Iowa counties likely to revisit security measures following fatal shooting in Jackson County Courthouse

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September 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The executive director of the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) expects officials in many of Iowa’s 99 counties will be reevaluating their courthouse security measures following the fatal shooting yesterday (Tuesday) in Jackson County. Bill Peterson says it’s been a few years since the I-S-A-C has surveyed its members on the use of metal detectors or other methods to screen visitors entering county buildings.

“But, I would say the vast majority of counties do not have any security that would evaluate whether or not an individual was bringing a weapon into a county facility, whether it’s the administration building or the county courthouse,” Peterson says.

A Maquoketa man shot himself on Tuesday inside the Jackson County Courthouse. Authorities say 71-year-old Francis Glaser — upset about a property tax assessment — went to a board of supervisors meeting and fired a shot at the county assessor. He missed and was then tackled to the ground. Glaser shot himself in the head, but investigators aren’t sure if he intended to kill himself or if he was trying to shoot others. The Jackson County Courthouse does not have permanent security measures. Peterson says most counties simply can’t afford the necessary machines or manpower.

“I think it does, in many cases, become just a financial decision that they would not provide that,” Peterson says. The Jackson County sheriff said Glaser did not have a permit to purchase or carry a gun. Glaser was the former city manager of Maquoketa.

(Radio Iowa)

Nebraska storms cause flooding, power outages

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September 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

(Updated 6:57-a.m.)

Emergency officials in Madison County report motorists in two separate vehicles had to be rescued early this (Wednesday) morning, when those vehicles became stranded in low spots on the road that were covered with water. The incidents occurred about 8-miles south-southwest of Earlham in the 1700 block of Pitzer Road. No injuries were reported.

Heavy rainfall also caused flooding and power outages in Omaha, with the storms bringing down tree limbs and high waters stranding some motorists.  Omaha firefighters tell the World-Herald a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan, which was trapped under a bridge. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers. More than 2,100 residents were without electricity Tuesday night. For about half an hour, the Douglas County, NE.,  911 system also wasn’t working properly. Mark Conrey, director of the 911 call center, says he’ll be working to find out what happened.

According to reports, in Shenandoah, a portion of a downtown building slated for demolition collapsed sometime between 4-and 6-pm Tuesday, when a strong thunderstorm swept through the community. As a result of the damage, the Shenandoah City Council voted to block Blossom Street between West Sheridan and the alley north of the street, out of concerns more of the building would collapse.

Union County emergency management coordinator Jo Anne Duckworth says up to 4 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes in the southern side her County. There were road washouts in Ringgold and Clarke Counties, and some bridges damaged. Hail slightly larger than the size of golf balls fell in Adams and Taylor Counties late Tuesday afternoon. Tree limbs blocked some roads in and near Griswold late Tuesday night. There was also some brief flooding of Bull Creek here in Atlantic, according to the Cass County Communications Center.

Audubon man arrested on theft charges

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department on Tuesday released a report on arrests dating back to late August. Most recently, on Tuesday (9/9), 35 year old Rodger Darrell Chancey of Audubon, was arrested on 2 counts of Theft in the 5th degree. And, 54-year old Sheila Ann Matthews, of Audubon, was arrested  Tuesday for Theft in the 5th degree.  Chancey and Matthews were cited for their offenses and released on a promise to appear later, in court.

On Sept. 5th, Audubon Police arrested 40 year old Tiffany Michelle Kidd and 47 year old Daniel Scott Bald, both of Audubon, for Disturbing the Peace. Both were cited and released on promise to appear.

On August 31st, Audubon Police arrested 16 year old Brianna Lee Schwab and 40 year old Carrie June Schwab, both of Audubon, for Disturbing the Peace. Both were cited and released on promise to appear.

On Aug. 30th, 42 year old Veryln Duane Richardson of Audubon was arrested for Disturbing The Peace. Richardson was cited and released on promise to appear. And on Aug. 22nd, 37 year old Heather Dawn Harris of Des Moines was arrested for providing false information to a police officer. Harris gave false information to her identity in an attempt to avoid capture from a Texas warrant. Harris was taken to the Audubon County Jail where she appeared before a magistrate and pled guilty to the charge.

IA Transportation Commission approves FY 2015 State Aviation Program

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tuesday) approved approximately $4.6 million for the fiscal year 2015 State Aviation Program, which includes several subprograms. Included among the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects is:
The Corning Airport – $102,000 toward the total project cost of $120,000, for replacement of a fuel system; The Harlan Airport – $22,100 toward the $26,000 total cost of obstruction removal; The Red Oak Airport – $167,000 toward the $232,000 cost for the construction of a new T-hangar and hangar taxi-lanes; and the Winterset Airport, $56,248 toward the $66,175 cost of the Runway 32 end runway protection zone and 20-foot building restriction line navigation easements.

In addition, the General Aviation Vetical Infrastructure Projects include the construction of a hangar at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. The state will pay $150,000 toward the $298,300 cost.

In all, the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will fund $2.4 million for aviation safety, planning and airport development projects at 21 airports throughout Iowa. Aviation vertical infrastructure programs will provide $2.3 million for projects at nine general aviation airports and eight commercial service airports throughout Iowa.

Bluffs Police ask for help in finding a missing man

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person named Josey Janssen. Janssen is a 33 year old white male, 5-8, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was reported missing by his family on September 3rd.

Josey Janssen

Josey Janssen

Janssen was last seen leaving work on August 29th at 5:00 P.M.  He does not own a car and doesn’t drive. Council Bluffs Police have found no evidence of foul play, however, Janssen’s family has indicated that this type of behavior is out of character for him.

Anyone with information on Janssen is urged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 328-STOP.

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

YPA Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt This Friday

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic will host their annual scavenger sponsored by Dolly Bergmann, Longaberger Consultant, S. F. Martin House and Subway. The hunt will include 15 Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Businesses. Social Committee Co-Chair Lora Kanning says “This is a great annual event incorporating chamber businesses and young professionals with lots of fun.”

YPA logo

YPA logo

Teams of four will be challenged to find the Chamber businesses with photo clues. Points will be earned by successfully identifying and taking a picture of each business. Bonus points will be awarded for creativity. Teams will start at the Rock Island Depot and have an hour and half to complete the search.

The winners will be announced and awarded Atlanticash and other prizes at the S.F. Martin House during the wrap-up party. Appetizers and drinks are included in the registration fee and will be available, as well. The event is open to all Young Professionals in the Atlantic Area.

For more details and to register for this event go to www.atlanticiowa.com or contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712.243.2017.

Breaking IA News….Man armed with gun fires during county meeting, killed after being tackled by supervisor

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September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 1:43-p.m.)
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A man was shot to death during a struggle with a supervisor at a county meeting in eastern Iowa on Tuesday after he fired a shot at the county assessor, a sheriff said.

Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said Francis Glaser, 71, was killed during a struggle with Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos in Maquoketa. That followed a shot fired by Glaser inside the Jackson County Courthouse, Kettmann said.

The shooting occurred during a meeting in which officials were discussing property assessments.

Koos was injured during the struggle when his arm crashed through a glass door.

Maquoketa is 175 miles north of Des Moines.