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September 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Mills Co Incident Report

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports several recent incidents.

On September 14, Jessica Appley of Red Oak reported 2nd degree arson near highway 275 and Rains Ave.

On September 15, Jean Curtis of Hastings reported 3rd degree burglary on 345th st in Hastings.

On September 17, Vanderhaag’s of Council Bluffs reported 3rd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft on 189th street in Council Bluffs.  Also on September 17, Farm Service of Pacific Junction reported a burglary incident at the Pacific Junction Depot.

On September 18, Carol Liles of Pacific Junction reported 3rd degree burglary on Elm Street in Pacific Junction.

If you have any information about these incidents, contact the Mills County Sheriff’s Office at 712-527-4337.

MidAmerican Begins Search for New Nuclear Plant Site

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

MidAmerican Energy has begun the process of studying potential locations to build a new nuclear power plant in the state. Company spokesperson, Tina Potthoff (Pot-off), says the study is focusing on Muscatine and Fremont counties in the southwest corner of the state.

“When evaluating sites to include in this study, we look at things like geography, environmental issues, proximity to transportation routes and proximity to existing transmission lines,” Potthoff explains. She says the study is in reaction to a law the legislature enacted a law in 2010 directing MidAmerican to look at and analyze the possible construction of nuclear power-generating facilities.

“We are in the process of beginning soil and environmental sample taking, that’s a part of the study process to asses land suitability in the event that a determination will be made to to develop the facility in the location,” Potthoff says. “And it is important to note that no decision has been made to build any generating facility in Iowa, this is simply part of the study process and those samples will be taken as several locations this fall. An overview of the study will be in 2013.” Crews moving around taking soil samples have drawn notice from residents.

“There’s definitely been an interest in this, as there should be. We want to make sure that we’re letting people know –especially in those sites where we might be on their land or their neighbor’s land — that they understand what is going on,” according Potthoff. “The sites under study also may be a good location for other generating facilities in the future, especially a natural gas plant, if a nuclear plant is not pursued.” Iowa currently has just one nuclear power plant located in Palo (Pay-low) in eastern Iowa.

Early Voting in Iowa Begins Today

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

Today is the 40th day before election day, and the first day that absentee ballots may be voted in a county auditor’s office.  Any Iowa voter may request an absentee ballot if they expect they cannot go to the polls on election day.  Voting an absentee ballot may be done in different ways:

  1. Voters may vote in-person in their county auditor’s office during the regular business hours.  The last day that a voter can vote an absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office is Monday, November 5th.  In Cass County, the auditors office is located at Cass County Courthouse 5 West 7th Street Atlantic, IA 50022.  Regular business hours are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  The phone number is 712-243-4570
  2. Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed.  The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, November 2nd at 5 PM.  If you request a ballot by mail, it must be returned to the county auditor’s office by the following deadlines:
  • In-person delivery – Tuesday, November 6th by 9:00 PM
  • Mail delivery – postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th and received no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13th.  Postmarks are not guaranteed.  Please mail your ballot early to make sure it is received on time.
  1. Satellite voting stations may be offered.  Check with your local county auditor’s office to see if satellite voting is available.

A voter who chooses to vote an absentee ballot by one of these methods will be asked to fill out an official Iowa absentee ballot request form.

Persons soliciting absentee ballot request forms while acting as an agent for a political party or candidate must offer a receipt to the voter for the completed request form.

Track your absentee ballot at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/search.aspx.

 

Cass Co Bridges to be Dedicated to 2 Fallen Troopers

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Iowa State Patrol will soon dedicate bridges near Lewis to two fallen troopers.

On October 18, the Iowa State Patrol will formally dedicate the trooper Lance Dietsch and trooper Stanley Gerling memorial bridges near Lewis.  The two bridges span Indian Creek and Turkey Creek on Highway 6 just west of Atlantic near Lewis.

The ceremony will be held at the Iowa State Patrol Communications Center at 56911 Whitepole Road in Lewis at 10 AM.  Once the ceremony is over, those who desire photos at the bridge sites will be taken there in small groups.

The State Patrol says the memorials will serve as a reminder of gratitude to fallen troopers and the families they leave behind.

Both troopers being honored were killed in a plane crash near Highway 6 near Lewis on June 30th, 1989.

Corning Woman Arrested for Writing Bad Checks

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

A Corning woman was arrested Wednesday for writing bad checks.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports Dorothy Snyder of Corning was arrested Wednesday at about 11:20 AM.  She was arrested on two warrants for writing bad checks in Adams and Montgomery Counties.  She was being held on $900 cash bond.

Rollover Accident Blocks Traffic on I-80

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

A rollover accident in Neola blocked part west bound I-80 for almost two hours Wednesday.

Just before 1 PM, a semi driven by 23-year-old Inderjit Singh of Chowchilla, CA was traveling west on I-80 near mile marker 27 in Neola.  When the semi drifted onto the shoulder Singh over corrected causing the semi to roll onto its right side.

The incident caused one and a half lanes of traffic to be blocked on I-80 westbound in Neola.  All lanes were re-opened about two hours later just before 3 PM.

No other details about the incident are currently available.

Earlham Man Killed in West Des Moines Crash

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

Police have identified a man who died in a single-vehicle crash in West Des Moines.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jeffrey Douglas Jones of Earlham was killed just before 6 a.m. Wednesday when his vehicle left the roadway on an interstate mix master that connects Interstates 80, 35 and 235. Police say Jones’ vehicle crossed several lanes of traffic and struck a concrete jersey barrier.

Jones was alone in the car. Authorities say they believe speed played a role in the crash. Jones was originally from Shellsburg. Authorities say they are still investigating.

Flu Clinics in Cass Co

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

Cass County Health System and Cass County Public Health announce the availability of seasonal influenza vaccinations.  Community clinics are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Monday, September 24, 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cass County Home Care
  • Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rex Pharmacy, Atlantic
  • Friday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Griswold Medical Clinic
  • Friday, October 5, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Massena Medical Clinic
  • Saturday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Cass County Home Care
  • Thursday, October 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Health & Wellness Center, Anita

Charges for flu vaccinations at these community events will be $30 for seasonal vaccine, and $45 for the high-dose vaccine (those 65 and older).  Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, and hawk-i can be billed.  Both injectable and mist forms are available at these community clinics.

Businesses desiring onsite flu vaccination clinics for their employees may contact Denise Coder, Community Health Coordinator at 712-243-7475 or coderda@ihs.org.  Additionally, Cass County Public Health will be conducting flu vaccinations for students during school time at all Cass County schools in October.  Schools are distributing consent forms, which are due back to the school by October 1.

Flu vaccine will be available at Atlantic Medical Center beginning Monday, October 1st.  No appointment is necessary; the immunization nurse is available from 8:30 am – noon and 1 pm – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; 8:30 – 11:30 am on Saturdays.  AMC follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on influenza vaccinations:

 

Thursday Morning AP Iowa Headlines

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September 27th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad has named a large conference room in the state Capitol in honor of former Governor Robert D. Ray. Branstad announced the honor yesterday, on Ray’s 84th birthday. Ray and his family joined Branstad for a brief ceremony Wednesday in Des Moines.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Fire officials say sparks from a grinder ignited a fire that destroyed a building near the town square in downtown Centerville. The Tuesday afternoon fire gutted a building that was home to a shop called The Gypsy Quarter. Fire officials blamed the blaze on a contractor who was doing metal work on the roof. It took firefighters three hours to bring the blaze under control.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a man who died in a single-vehicle crash in West Des Moines. Authorities say 21-year-old Jeffrey Jones of Earlham was killed just before 6 a.m. yesterday when his vehicle left the roadway on an interstate mix master that connects Interstates 80, 35 and 235.

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against a former resident at an Iowa residential care facility, after a man he is accused of attacking died. KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports that 35-year-old Matthew Braun is accused of assaulting 57-year-old Kris Simpson at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility last week.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – The Story County attorney’s office has dismissed charges against two teenagers accused of a sexual assault in July. The Ames Tribune reports the county attorney filed documents Monday dismissing the case against the 16-year-old boys from Ames and Boone.