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Clarinda Police Officer involved in shooting incident

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said today authorities are investigating an overnight shooting in Clarinda, which involved a Clarinda Police Officer. In a statement released just before 10-a.m. today, the DCI says the investigation involves officials with the Clarinda Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa State Patrol. 

Officials say at around 3:20-a.m., a Clarinda Police Department officer went to 110 North 16th Street in Clarinda in response to a 911 call received from a female in the residence.  The caller indicated there was a man with a hammer outside her window.

Upon arriving at the residence the officer observed a man using a hammer to break the window of a first floor apartment, and a woman inside the apartment.  As the officer approached, the man turned toward the officer and began yelling at him.  The man then advanced toward the officer with the hammer in his hand and the officer fired his duty weapon, striking the subject.  The suspect was immediately transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment.  A report on his condition is not available. 

The Clarinda Police officer was not injured during the incident.  He’s been placed on administrative leave per department policy.  The names of the suspect and officer will be released by the DCI on Thursday. No other information is being released at this time.

Denison man arrested on drug-related charges

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports a Denison man was arrested Tuesday night on an outstanding Audubon County warrant stemming from an original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, 2nd offense. The warrant was issued for 31-year old Nikolas Jack Schwenn, for Revocation of his probation. Schwenn was picked-up by authorities in Crawford County and brought to the Audubon County Jail, where he was being held on $7,500 bond.

Audubon County teens injured in rollover accident

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two teens from Audubon County were injured Monday evening during a rollover accident three-miles southeast of Audubon. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of the vehicle, 16-year old Morgan Kathleen Parris, of Audubon, and her passenger, 15-year old Drew James Christensen, of Exira, were injured. Parris was transported to the Audubon County Hospital, while Christensen refused medical treatment.

Officials say the 2006 Toyota Parris was driving was traveling east on 215th Street at around 7:20-p.m., when it went out of control as it crested a hill. When Parris over-corrected, the vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over. The damage was estimated at $20,000. The accident remains under investigation.

Harlan man arrested on numerous charges following theft of vehicle

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan man was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail this (Wednesday) morning on numerous charges, following the theft of vehicle from Harlan late Tuesday night. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News 32-year old Patrick Schmitz was arrested after he gave himself up to authorities at an Interstate 80 rest stop southwest of Neola.

Danker says Schmitz allegedly stole a 1992 Mercury Sable from Harlan and was being followed by another motorist into the Avoca area, where the vehicle disappeared. Authorities were soon informed the vehicle was possibly northbound on 360th Street and Tamarac Road. The informant lost sight of the vehicle again, but it was later observed by a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy near Minden.

When the deputy attempted to stop the car near the edge of town, Schmitz refused to stop and ran several stop signs. He continued northbound toward westbound I-80, where he was pursued by troopers with the Iowa State Patrol. The patrol deployed stop sticks at about the 23-mile marker, and two semi’s attempted to assist their efforts by boxing the car in. Danker says the car rammed both semi’s as he attempted to drive between them about three-miles north of the Underwood exit. The car finally pulled over at the rest area between Underwood and Neola, where Schmitz surrendered to the Patrol.

Schmitz was being held in the Pott. County Jail on $5,000 bond on charges that include 3rd offense OWI, 2nd degree theft, driving while barred, 2nd degree criminal mischief, eluding and speeding.

8AM Newscast 03-28-2012

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March 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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AMS Building Leadership Team discusses progress and concerns

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Middle School’s Building Leadership Team (BLT) appeared before the Atlantic Board of Education Tuesday night, to report on their progress and concerns. Cam Smith, Middle School Principal said the team has discussed the Iowa Assessment tests, goals and “True Trojan Traits,” which is part of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) System. He says it’s a “paradigm” shift on how discipline is looked at, student expectations, behavior in the classroom, hallways, etc. The team helped to establish those guidelines. 

Cam says part of the PBIS process involves figuring out how it will be implemented, how to get the community involved, possible reward systems and what professional development the teachers will need to make the system successful. He says the school looks to implement PBIS beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. He says the team hopes to limit instructional distractions in the classrooms, increasing the amount of time taught teaching, and decreasing the amount of time they use to “manage” students’ disciplinary issues. He says kids who are doing well will be rewarded with positive affirmations, and a culture that’s in unison with expectations of them. 

Smith says also the Atlantic Middle School remodeling and classroom moving process went fairly smoothly, as classrooms and teachers were shuffled around to accommodate construction crews and their work. He said the BLT discussed teacher and class scheduling issues also, over the past year. Teachers he said are concerned about being understaffed, technology-related issues, and other matters pertaining to the remodeling and changeover to the upgraded facilities. Smith says the staffing concerns teachers mentioned to members of the Building Leadership Team included how to address a feeling the Middle School is understaffed with core teachers and how the needs of students will be met with the current staff. 

Another concern is the lack of technology in the building. Smith says he’s checking with the AEA to see if grants are available to upgrade their computers and related technology.

7AM Newscast 03-28-2012

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March 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa pension fund sues audit firm over fraud loss

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System has sued a New York-based auditing firm, alleging that the company failed to detect a theft scheme that cost the pension fund millions of dollars.  The Des Moines Register reports the federal lawsuit was filed in New York last week against Deloitte & Touche. The lawsuit says the auditing firm issued unqualified or “clean” audit reports that the fund relied on in purchasing fraudulent securities.

A Deloitte spokesman says the lawsuit has no merit and that its employees didn’t audit the financial statements of the entities at which the fraud allegedly occurred. The lawsuit follows the criminal case against two executives of Westridge Capital Management and a registered broker-dealer, WG Trading Co. 

One of the two awaits sentencing. The other awaits trial.

Mediacom delays full digital switch to April 10

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Cable television provider Mediacom says customers whose televisions are not yet digital ready have been given a two-week extension before analog reception is fully eliminated. The company still has 48 cable channels located between 23 and 78 operating on older television sets.  A phase-out of analog reception began two weeks. The upgrade to all-digital channels will be complete on April 10th.

For the past six years, customers have received both analog and digital signals through a Mediacom cable connection, but now most analog stations are being eliminated to make room for more high-definition channels and faster broadband Internet speeds.

Nebraska man sentenced for Iowa cocaine conspiracy

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man who supplied crack cocaine that was sold in northwest Iowa has been given 15 years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Tuwane English had pleaded guilty in Sioux City to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. English would sell crack in Omaha, Neb., to people who would sell it in the Sioux City area. English, of Omaha, must serve eight years of supervised release when he leaves prison. He was sentenced on Monday. He’d already been convicted of conspiracy to distribute narcotics in Nebraska.