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Accident in Harlan causes 1 person to be sent to the hospital

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports one-person was injured in a two vehicle accident in Harlan last Thursday. Officials say a 2005 Ford driven by Cassie Voge, of Portsmouth, was traveling westbound on Highway 44 and stopped at the intersection with Highway 59 in Harlan. A 2004 Chevy driven by Shane Vandervort, of Council Bluffs, was traveling northbound on Highway 59 and also came to the same intersection.

Voge continued westbound into the intersection at the same time Vandervort proceeded to travel north. Officials say the front end of Vandervort’s vehicle hit the rear driver’s side door of Voge’s vehicle,  in the middle of the intersection. Voge was transported by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Medical Center. Vandervort was cited for failure to yield the right of way and driving under suspension. The accident caused $6,500 damage to the vehicles.

Harlan man arrested following accident

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department says an investigation into an accident that occurred March 22nd resulted in a citation. In their report released today (Monday), officials said 29-year old Gabriel Brown, of Harlan, was arrested on charges of Striking Fixtures on a Highway, and Having No Insurance, after officers were called to a residence in the 800 block of Market Street, where a mailbox had been hit and destroyed. Brown was cited for the offenses and then released.

The following day (March 23rd), 26-year old Kevin Gaudette, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop. Gaudette was charged with OWI/1st offense, and cited for having an insufficient number of headlamps. The man was brought to the Shelby County Jail and later released on $1,000 bond. His preliminary hearing was set for April 11th.

Clarinda man cited following Sunday accident

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County have cited a Clarinda man following an investigation into a single-vehicle accident. Officials say 30-year old Steven Randall Stockton was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to have a valid license or permit, and Failure to show proof of insurance, after he lost control of the 1999 Oldsmobile he was driving, Sunday morning, in Clarinda.

Officials say Stockton was traveling south on 18th Street at around 1:20-a.m., when his car went off the road and landed in a ditch. The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. A property owned by Jerry Edwards, of Clarinda, sustained $200 in landscape damage as a result of the accident, as well.

9AM Newscast 04-01-2013

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April 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowa police capture man who fled from work release

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have recaptured a man who escaped from a work release program in Council Bluffs over the weekend.  Fred Scaletta with the Iowa Department of Corrections says 56-year-old Carroll Wayne Walker was arrested on Sunday, and is being held in the Pottawattamie County jail.

Walker failed to report to work and didn’t return to the work release facility on Friday. He escaped less than a month after the Parole Board allowed him to transfer there on March 1.  Walker is in the middle of a ten-year sentence for second-degree robbery that he began serving in 2006.

8AM Newscast 04-01-2013

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April 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Film about Detroit Firefighters to be shown in Atlantic

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A film that documents the dangers faced by one of the busiest fire fighting units in America will be showing in theaters across Iowa this month (April), including here in Atlantic. “BURN” follows Detroit’s Engine Company 50 as they battle both fires and city hall. John Jensen, a Des Moines firefighter who helped organize screenings of the film in a dozen Iowa cities, says Detroit has one of the highest arson rates in the world. “The economic downturn has left all these houses and buildings (in Detroit) abandoned and there’s people just going around setting them on fire,” Jensen says. “They have 500 structure fires a month.”

The firefighters in Detroit are put at an even greater risk due to a lack of funding and broken down equipment. Jensen film saw “BURN” while attending a conference in Phoenix. “It was very inspiring to me because, in the movie, one of the (firefighters) is injured in a wall collapse and he becomes paralyzed. They follow him through his rehab,” Jensen said. “It hit me right in the heart.”

Tickets to see “BURN” at theatres in Iowa are $15. A portion of the profits from the film will go the Leary Firefighters Foundation, an organization founded by actor Dennis Leary which purchases new equipment for firefighters. The film will be shown in Atlantic on April 24th and 25th, beginning at 7:30-p.m.

(Radio Iowa)

Survey says Midwest economic survey index jumped

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months.  The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to “the strongest new-orders growth in two years.”  The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 1st, 2013

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad and legislators will recognize those who donated land in Iowa for permanent recreation and conservation use. The event, called the Gift to Iowa’s Future, will be at the state Capitol this morning. The first Monday in April is designated as the Gift to Iowa’s Future Recognition Day, an effort which started in 2008.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old Iowa man is facing an arson charge in connection with the fire that destroyed a downtown Knoxville building. Nicholas Carter of Knoxville was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree arson. Carter was released Saturday after posting bond, but authorities say additional charges linked to the March 25th fire are possible.

LANSING, Iowa (AP) — Northwest Iowa authorities are investigating a shooting where a 27-year-old man injured himself. The Allamakee County Sheriff’s office says the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. yesterday at a home near Lansing. Authorities say Logan Bunn fired a gun at a tree outside the home, but the bullet bounced back and hit him. Police were notified after Bunn showed up at a La Crosse, Wisconsin hospital for treatment.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The father of one of two Iowa cousins found dead following their disappearance last summer is facing new drug charges. Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Morrissey of Waterloo is being charged with trying to make methamphetamine and possessing simulated meth sometime between December 1st and his February 11th arrest for failing to comply with conditions of his pre-trial release.

Public hearing in Atlantic, Wednesday, over sewer bonds and Park & Rec bldg. contract

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April 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing is set to take place during the City Council meeting Wednesday evening in Atlantic, with regard to the issuance of a maximum of $7.28-million dollars in Sewer Revenue Bonds. City Administrator Doug Harris has previously reported to the Council, that current interest rates makes it beneficial to issue the bonds, rather than draw down the remaining $6.6-million from the State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) to finance the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The total amount of the issue is $7.28-million, according to Harris, because the City is required to establish a sinking fund which provides bond holders with some additional security, and, it will ultimately be used to pay off the final payments. Harris estimates a savings to the City of $23,500 per year for the first 17-years of the bond maturity structure, for an overall savings of $391,177.  The Council will consider a resolution to enter into a SRF agreement for the bonds, following the public hearing.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, will hold a public hearing as well, on the plans, specifications, estimated cost and form of contract for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Maintenance and office facility. As we reported last Friday, the Parks and Rec Board on Thursday, approved a base bid and alternate additions for the project, from Iron Specialties, of Atlantic, for $291,362. If the bid is approved by the Council following the public hearing, the project would be paid for using 2012 Bond proceeds.

The Council will also act on a resolution approving the contract and bonds for Dostals Construction Company, with regard to the Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction project, in the amount of $295,000. The revised start date for the project is May 1st, with completion expected by no later than July 31st. If the project is not finished, the contractor would be subject damages amounting to $500 per calendar day. The Council will also act on resolutions: approving the contract and bonds amounting to $227,538 for a sanitary sewer relining project; and the 2013 Street Improvement project, which amounts to slightly more than $1.75-million.

Prior to adjournment, the Council will enter into a closed session, as allowed by the Code of Iowa, Chapter 21.5 (i), which pertains to personnel and/or legal matters. The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday, at City Hall.