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Cass Co. Conservation receives REAP-CEP grant

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning announced Thursday, that Cass County Conservation was awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection Program- Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP) Perpetuate a Good Idea Grant for Outdoor Educational Classroom Nature Trunks. This Resources Ehancement mini-grant provided funding to Cass County Conservation to complete two Nature Trunks that will be housed at the Outdoor Educational Classroom in Massena, IA. The project has 6 trunks total; the two funded are the Orienteering and the Birds’ trunks. Each trunk will contain multi-grade activities on the topic for teachers to use at the Outdoor Educational Classroom.

Iowa’s  REAP-CEP provides funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation, and more. Conservation Education Program is grants for programs that teach people of all ages about their environment and how to make intelligent, informed decisions about its well-being.

For more information about the environmental education opportunities in Cass County, contact Lora Kanning at 712-769-2372 or lkanning@casscoia.us .

Cass Supervisors set Zoning Ordinance hearing dates

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have set February 13th and 20th as the dates for public hearings over a proposed amendment to the County’s zoning ordinance, which would allow for the creation of businesses that allow gun sales and service, along with an indoor shooting range. Under the current zoning ordinance, such businesses are not allowed.

The County’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposed amendment during its meeting Jan. 24th, and have forwarded their recommendation on to the Board of Supervisors, who will decide on the amendment’s fate after the two public hearings are held. A local man has proposed establishing a gun sales/repair and indoor shooting range business, near Massena.

Cass County Supervisors & Jailers Union present initial bargaining proposals

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors were supposed to have met Thursday, with a representative of the Jailer’s Union with regard to an exchange of collective bargaining proposals, but the AFSCME representative failed to show up. Regardless, Auditor Dale Sunderman provided the media with copies of both proposals.There were many areas of the three-year contact where the County and the Jailer’s Union disagree. One of those areas concerns wages.

The Union proposes a 3.5-percent wage increase effective July 1st, 2013, for all steps and pay grades of the salary schedule, and a shift differential increase amounting to 80-cents per hour for jailers, which would match that of deputies. The County instead, proposes giving all Deputies a base annual salary, which is 70-percent of the Sheriff’s annual base salary. All remaining non-deputy union members would receive a 3-percent salary increase.

Cass County says it also does not agree with the Union, with regard to discussion about the Sheriff’s Office overtime policy, and Holiday time for regular full-time employees, which would allow 11 holidays instead of the previous 10, and would include Christmas Eve. The County also does not see eye-to-eye with the Union as far as Standby and on-call pay is concerned, whereas the Union proposes employees will be paid a minimum of two-hours, when called out while on standby.

There are others issues for which the two sides do not agree, including the County’s request all union Jail employees contribute more toward the cost of their insurance per month, beginning in year two of the contract. The increase would amount to $20 the second year and $40 the third year.

No date was set at the end of the Supervisor’s meeting for both sides to sit down and hold a closed session on the initial bargaining attempt, which is the next step in the negotiating process.

Shelby County snowplow rolls over – 1 person hurt

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say a county road department employee suffered only minor injuries following a rollover accident in a snowplow Wednesday. The Shelby County Sheriff’s say 45 year old Tracy Klein of Harlan was traveling east on County Road F-58 in a 1998 Mack snow plow when blowing snow blinded the driver. The plow drifted onto the south shoulder and was pulled into the south ditch.

Once in the ditch, the vehicle rolled over one and one-half times coming to rest on the driver side. The accident took place around 6:55am Wednesday about one half mile east of Elk Horn. The Elk Horn Fire Department responded and had to extricate Klein from the plow. He was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment.

(Update): Bottle bombs lead to 3 arrests in Atlantic

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(This is an update to our earlier, posted story)

Three Atlantic teens were arrested Wednesday night for using and possessing homemade explosive devices, after police responded to a report of “shots fired.” Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said the call about activity in the 300 block of Maple Street came in at around 9:10-p.m. Green says the officers arriving also heard what sounded like gun shots, and observed  individuals in the second story of an apartment looking out the window. Green says an investigation determined the individuals were allegedly throwing pop bottle bombs outside from the window to the ground and watching them blow up.”

The officers who arrived and heard the loud noises had their guns drawn, but no shots were fired from their weapons. Soon after the individuals were questioned, officers discovered two unexploded bottle bombs in the yard. The Iowa State Patrol responded and disabled the devices by firing rubber bullets at them to relieve the pressure inside the bottles. He says rubber bullets are generally used for riot control and while not intended to be lethal, if fired at a person’s head, they can become lethal.

Green says that would explain why people thought they heard two different sets of gunshots. One was the bottle bombs going-off, the other was the sound of rubber bullets being fired. Taken into custody following the investigation, was 19-year old Daylan Kleen, 17-year old Bryce Gehling, and 17-year old Jeremy Stone, all of Atlantic.  All three were charged with Reckless use of Fire or an Explosive Device (a Serious Misdemeanor), Unauthorized Possession of Weapons/Homemade explosive (a Class D felony), and Using Explosives with the Intent to Commit a Public Offense (a Class C felony). Kleen was booked into the Cass County Jail, while Gehling and Stone were later released to the custody of their parents, pending an appearance in juvenile court.

Chief Green says in the early 1990’s kids were blowing up mailboxes with bottle bombs comprised of common household chemicals, and the stiffer charges are intended to demonstrate that type of activity will not be tolerated again.

9AM Newscast 01-31-2013

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January 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks

3 Atlantic teens arrested in explosives incident

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An incident Wednesday night in Atlantic led to the arrest of three teens on explosives-related charges. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 19-year old Daylan Kleen, 17-year old Bryce Gehling, and 17-year old Jeremy Stone, all of Atlantic, were arrested shortly after 9:30-p.m. All three were charged with Reckless use of Fire or Explosive Device, Possession of Weapons (Homemade explosive), and Using Explosives with the Intent to Commit a Public Offense.

Kleen was booked into the Cass County Jail, while Gehling and Stone were later released to the custody of their parents, pending an appearance in juvenile court. Additional details about the incident are currently not available.

8AM Newscast 01-31-2013

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January 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Assault arrest Thursday in Red Oak

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A domestic incident early this (Thursday) morning led to the arrest of a Red Oak man. Red Oak Police say they received a call just after 2-a.m., about a possible domestic assault in progress in the 200 block of East Corning Street. Following an investigation, 35-year-old Erik Allan Appley , of Red Oak, was charged with Felony Domestic Abuse, three counts of Child Endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance. Appley was being held in the Montgomery County jail without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Baudler backs bill focused on pregnant women

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker wants to make it a felony for a mother to pass illegal drugs to a fetus. The bill would make passing illegal substances from a mother to a fetus a Class B felony, punishable by up to five years in prison or up to a $7,500 fine. Republican Rep. Clel Baudler of Greenfield says his bill sends the message that “using illegal drugs will not be tolerated” and that incarceration is an effective means to force drug-using pregnant women to get clean. The bill was introduced Wednesday to the House Public Safety Committee, which Baudler heads. Baudler, a former state trooper, says he expects opposition from Democrats.