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Elliott teen arrested by Red Oak Police

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August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report an Elliott teen has been arrested on forgery and possession of stolen property charges, following an investigation into stolen checks. 17-year-old Cheryl Ann Hallcock was taken into custody Tuesday on  two felony counts of Forgery, and two simple misdemeanor charges of Possession of Stolen Property. The teen was arrested in connection with an investigation to a report by a male victim of the crime that some of his checks had been taken and used without his consent. Hallcock was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs. Officials believe others were involved in the crime, and additional arrests are expected, as their investigation continues.

Layoffs at largest employer in Woodward

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August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials say the shift away from round-the-clock institutional care for people with disabilities has led to layoffs at the largest employer in the Dallas County town of Woodward. Twenty-seven jobs at the Woodward Resource Center were eliminated Tuesday. Roger Munns, a spokesman for the state agency that manages the facility, says that adjusts staffing levels to the reduced number of disabled residents.”Both of our facilities, at Woodward and Glenwood, have worked very hard, vigorously, to try to find community or home-based placements for people with disabilities and we’ve been very successful, averaging about a dozen new placements from both places,” Munns says. “As a result of this, budgets and staff have been reduced.”

In the past five years, there’s been a 25 percent reduction in the number of full-time residents in the Woodward facility. “There are fewer people to care for,” Munns says, “and, obviously, you need fewer staff.” On Monday, nearly 700 people were employed to care for 181 disabled residents. A total of 27 staff positions were eliminated Tuesday, but some union workers who got layoff notices will be able to take the position of an employee in a similar job who has less seniority. As the number of Woodward residents declined in recent years, layoffs had been avoided through staff turnover.

“Normal attrition — people leaving for other positions — but there wasn’t very much turnover at Woodward,” Munns says. “There were very few people who left for the incentive for early retirement a couple of years ago. As a result, there are more people (on staff) than the budget can support.” The Glenwood Resource Center in western Iowa is the permanent home for 263 disabled residents. Managers of that facility say they’ll be able to manage reduced budgets without layoffs this year.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to award bids for Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will act Wednesday evening on a Resolution awarding a bid for the reconstruction of the Sunnyside Tennis Courts. The move will follow a public hearing on the plans and specification for the project, and approval of those matters. Bids for the project were due in to the City Clerk’s Office by the close of business on Tuesday.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring has been working on the project, and is set to present the plans and specs as prepared by Snyder and Associates Engineers. The plans and specs reflect the design requirements of the U-S Tennis Association, so that the project can receive a $50,000 grant. The project is expected to cost about $241,000. City Administrator Doug Harris has said the project will be paid for with $88,000 in 2012 Bond proceeds, $65,000 in grants from the USDA and Iowa Western Community College, along with two, separate payments of $44,000 each from the Atlantic Community School District.

In other business, the Council will hold the first reading of an Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances, by adding a new chapter entitled “Illegal Dumping.” Cass County Landfill Director Wendy Wittrock has asked the county and cities to adopt the ordinance, so there could be consistent rules and enforcement, county-wide. The Council will also hold the first reading of an Ordinance amending the City Code, by adopting a section entitled “Private Wells,” as recommended by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the City’s consulting engineers. The ordinance would prohibit private water wells (except closed-loop systems), within 1,000-feet of “High risk sites.” It would still permit the use of closed-loop geothermal and heat pump wells, however, because those systems prevent human exposure to the water.

And, the Council will act on appointments to various Boards and Commissions, as suggested by Mayor Dave Jones. They include: Mary Ward and Katrina Sonntag, to the Board of Adjustment; James Behrens, to the Planning & Zoning Commission; Rollie Landsness to the Community Promotion Commission; Michelle Saluk and Steve Teague, to the Cable TV Commission; and, Linn Headlee, Sid Winchell, and Carolyn Hanson, to the Library Board.

The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Griswold man arrested on burglary and theft warrant

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday of 29-year old David Allan Minard, of Griswold. Sheriff’s officials said late Tuesday afternoon that Minard was taken into custody on a Mills County warrant for Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree. The man was taken to the Cass County Jail, where he was awaiting transport to Mills County.

On Monday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office charged Minard with Burglary 3rd Degree in conjunction with an investigation into a reported break-in at the concession stand at the Griswold High School that occurred on July 25th. Three juveniles also involved were cited into juvenile court for charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Theft 5th Degree, and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

Minard was also charged with three counts of Providing Alcohol to Minors. He remained in the Cass County Jail Tuesday on $6000 bond for Cass County, and $10,000 bond for Mills County.

(Update) Treynor man dies in mower accident during Council Bluffs park mowing accident

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An employee with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has died in a mowing accident at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs. Police say 78-year old Bruce Thomas Jensen of Treynor, a seasonal state employee, was mowing around a parking lot on the west side of the lake when the accident took place at about 2:40 p.m. The riding mower apparently got too close to an embankment that was obscured by weeds, and rolled into the lake, landing on top of Jensen, who was pinned beneath about 6-inches of water, and died at the scene. An autopsy will determine whether Jensen died of trauma from the accident, drowning, or some other reason. An investigation into the incident continues.

(Update 3-a.m. Wed., Aug. 1st)

(update 6:40-p.m.) Rollover accident causes fire south of Atlantic, 1 person injured

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County teenager was injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon, about six-miles south of Atlantic and one-half mile east on Oxford Road (G-43), in Cass County. The Iowa State Patrol says 17-year old Jacqueline Wright, of Oakland, suffered from head and other, unknown injuries. She was flown by LifeNet Helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha following the crash, which occurred at around 3:18-p.m.

The patrol says Wright was traveling west on Oxford Road when the 2005 VW Jetta she was driving went out of control. The teen overcorrected, sending the vehicle across the center line and into the south ditch before it rolled several times and came to rest in a mowed wheat field on the south side of the road. Wright was ejected from the VW during the crash. Sheriff Darby McLaren said the teen was not wearing a seat belt.

After the car came to rest on its wheels, it burst into flames. The first persons on the scene prior to rescuers, pulled Wright away from the vehicle, because the fire was spreading to the surrounding field. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

LifeNet lands at the accident scene

Update: Yorktown, IA teen injured during tractor rollover accident near Clarinda

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was seriously injured during a tractor rollover accident this (Tuesday) morning, in Page County. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says they received a 9-1-1 call about the accident at around 9:30-a.m.  Emergency personnel responded to the scene in the 3200 block of 250th street, southeast of Clarinda. During an investigation, it was determined that 18-year old Nathan Keith Harvey, of Yorktown, was operating an International 856 wide front tractor with loader, when he attempted to drive the tractor on a bank over a tube in the road ditch from the field side.

The tractor, which did not have a cab or rollover protection, rolled once before coming to rest right side up in the bottom of the ditch, among the bank rip rap.  Harvey was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center where he was being treated for his injuries.

2012 Beef Show Champions at Cass County Fair

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July 31st, 2012 by Chris Parks

The 2012 Cass County Fair Grand Champion Beef Selection Show was held Monday night at 7:00pm at the Livestock Show Ring at the Cass County Fair.

In the 4-H Heifers the Grand Champion was shown by Drew Ticknor of the C&M Champions.  The Reserve Champion was shown by Duke Zellmer of the Pymosa 4-H Club.

In the 4-H Purchased Steers the Grand Champion selection belonged to Morgan McDermott of The Bear Grove Blazers.  Reserve Champion was shown by Macy Ticknor of the C&M Champions.

The FFA Heifer Grand Champion was shown by Walker Mundorf of Griswold FFA.

Also the FFA Steer Grand Champion was shown by Brady Runyan of the CAM FFA.  Reserve Champion was shown by Tanner Potter of the Griswold FFA.

Al Capone’s niece tours Templeton Rye Brewery

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A relative of Chicago legend Al Capone has written a book about her unique life.

Deirdre Capone

Deirdre Capone is the grand niece of legendary mobster Al Capone. She says she decided to publish her book after starting it when she was 11 years old. The woman is the last living member of the family born with the famous last name. Her grandfather was Al Capone’s oldest brother and business partner. On Monday, Deirdre Capone stopped in Templeton to tour the infamous Templeton Rye brewery and get a taste of what Al called “The Good Stuff”. She said one of the reasons she wanted to tour the facility was because her family spoke about the whiskey they use to get in the small town in Iowa. Capone says one of the main purposes of the book is to tell a different side of Al Capone.

Al Capone: The Untold Story from inside his family

 The book features several insightful stories into the life of Deirdre and Al including information on how the Capone’s made their money and what happened to Al when he was locked up in Alcatraz. She says “That’s when you hear that Al got violent and they had to put him in solitary confinement. They were injecting my Uncle with mercury and said that would cure his syphilis.” 

She says the book will give insight on things previously not made public. The book is subtitled ‘The Untold Story from Inside his family.’ Capone says there are many many things about the Capone family that nobody knows. She said her children were a heavy influence on releasing the book when she told them about being related to the Italian mobster. According to Capone, her four children “Begged her to write the book.”  When people ask her “Was Al Capone a mobster?’ She says “Yes he was.” But “ Was he a monster? No he was not.” 

The book is titled Uncle Al Capone the Untold Story from inside His Family and can be purchased anywhere books or sold or online at www.unclealcapone.com. Deirdre Capone is touring Western Iowa and is stopping in Carroll at the Carrollton Inn this (Tuesday) evening, beginning at 6 when she will sign copies of her book. That will be followed at 7 by a special screening of the movie “Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye,” and a social/cocktail at 8:15, featuring a Q&A session with Deirdre Capone. The cost of the event is $10 per person, and includes a Templeton Rye cocktail.

(courtesy Joel McCall/KNOD)

Cass County Supervisors approve “Other Supplement Pay” for 1st Deputy

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Tuesday) approved an “Other Supplemental Pay” allowance for Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering for Fiscal year 2013, in the amount of $5,000. The pay includes Social Security and IPERS benefits. Board Chair Duane McFadden explained that during the Fiscal Year 2013 Budgeting process, the position of Jail Administrator was considered. Sheriff Darby McLaren was consulted, and it was determined it would be most practical if the 1st Deputy Sheriff – Westering – agreed, and was willing to expend additional hours necessary to perform those duties. A motion to approve the supplemental pay passed unanimously, with Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, absent. The actual amount of pay, minus Social Security and IPERS, amounts to just over $4,253. 

In other business, the Board heard from Cass County 9-1-1 Director Rob Koppert, who mentioned a slight problem with the County’s 175-kilowatt Emergency Generator located on the courthouse grounds. He said they had an issue last week where it “alarmed out” at around 1-a.m. Friday, showing a “Low Voltage” on batteries. Koppert said they called Caterpiller Service, who came out and confirmed there was a problem with a battery charger on the system, which maintains the battery voltage. A replacement charger was ordered, and a temporary charger installed to speed up the generator. 

The temporary part is functioning as it should, and, since the generator was purchased in November 2010 and installed in the Spring of 2011, the replacement part and service call to install it, is covered under warranty. Rob Koppert said also, a new dispatcher has been hired for the Cass County Communications Center. Sherri Hansen, of Atlantic, started her job last Thursday. Hansen will undergo numerous hours of training, including Emergency Medical Dispatch Training in Council Bluffs, and other required courses.