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Pott. Co. S/O extends office hours for weapons permits

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office say the S/O will feature extended hours on Wednesdays, beginning February 5th.  It’s hoped the change will help facilitate the issuance of weapons permits for those who cannot make it to the Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours .On Wednesdays the Office doors will be locked at 5-pm. Anyone in the building prior to 5-pm will still receive their permit.

Here’s the schedule for normal business hours and when weapons permits will be issued:

BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30am to 4:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am to 5:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30 to 5:00pm

Thursday & Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30am to 4:00pm

Open burning spreads to small shed near the Grant/Griswold areas Wednesday

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Griswold and Grant were called to the scene of a fire that spread to a small shed Wednesday afternoon, about 2.5-miles north of Grant. Griswold Fire Chief Andy Steffen told KJAN News the call from 62222 Yankton Road came in at around 2:13-p.m. Steffen said a telephone company repair or installation crew were the first to notice the blaze and notified the homes’ resident. They told her she needed to call 9-1-1.

Steffen said open burning and later wind conditions was the likely cause of the fire. He said a female resident at the home was burning boxes in the open earlier in the day. Embers from the fire were whipped up by the winds and caught some leaves on fire. The blaze spread to a nearby small shed containing wood. The fire then proceeded around the building before spreading to a grassy area. Steffen said if they had arrived any later then they did, the fire could have spread to a nearby machine shed. An area about 100-feet long and 40-feet wide was scorched by the flames.

Firefighters from Grant equipped with two tanker trucks and a grass unit helped Griswold crews get the flames under control within about an hour. Steffen says residents in the area need to be cautious with outdoor burning, because conditions are extremely dry. He says if you must burn outdoors, use a barrel with a cover on it. The dry conditions and a strong wind will cause fires to spread rapidly.

He didn’t rule out the possibility of a Burn Ban for Cass County, after speaking with Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon. He said Kennon has probably spoken with other area fire chiefs as well. Steffen said a ban may be needed to prevent any catastrophes.

There were no injuries reported during Wednesday’s firefighting efforts.

Cass Supervisors to act on SWIPCO contract and other matters

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning in Atlantic. During their 8:30-a.m. session, the Board will act on approving the regulations for “Radon Control Methods” as passed by the County Board of Health on Monday. They’re also set to act on approving a contract with SWIPCO (the Southwest Iowa Planning Council), for services necessary to carry out the formal adoption of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for rural Cass County and the eight cities within the County. The Board had tabled the matter during their meeting last week, because the agreement was not ready.

In other business, the Supervisors will act on a Resolution appointing a person to serve a three-year term (beginning April 9th) as Commissioner of the Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA). And, at 10-a.m., the Board is set to hear from Solutions, Inc., with regard to quotes for new computer servers and backups, or intelligent business continuity. Action to purchase the hardware and/or services, will follow.   

2 Atlantic residents arrested on theft charges

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested Wednesday on theft charges. 21-year old Chelsea Rollins and 27-year old Joshua Batenhorst, both of Atlantic, were arrested on Cass County warrants for Theft in the 5th Degree. Batenhorst was also charged with Introducing contraband into a County Jail. Both subjects were being held in the Cass County Jail pending a court appearance.

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January 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Attempted robbery at Casey’s east in Atlantic

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man is in custody after allegedly attempting to rob the Casey’s east convenience store Wednesday night. Authorities say at around 8:50-p.m., Atlantic Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at 1408 east 7th Street (The Caseys General Store). Officials say a man identified as 22-year old Brady Thomas Salberg, of Atlantic, had entered the store and demanded all of the money in the cash register.

Brady Salberg (Cass Co. S/O booking photo)

Brady Salberg (Cass Co. S/O booking photo)

Off-duty Iowa DCI Agent Shelby McCreedy noticed the incident unfolding, and notified people in the parking lot not to enter the store and to call 9-1-1. As the call was going out to officers, the agent then entered the store with her firearm and confronted the suspect while commanding him to drop to the floor. The suspect complied and was on the ground when uniformed officers arrived moments later.

An investigation revealed Salberg did not actually have a firearm in his possession, but had his hand in his pocket to make it appear like was armed. Salberg was brought to the Cass County Jail and charged with felony Robbery in the 2nd Degree.

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Atlantic Middle School students get pitching tips from a pro

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A pitching clinic sponsored by the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund brought Carlo Walton to the Atlantic Middle School every Sunday in January. Walton, a former basketball player for Iowa State University and Washburn University, also played 3 years as catcher in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pictured:  Chase Mullenix, Joey Walker, Ryan Hawkins, Carlo Walton,  Garrett Franken, Tyler Thomas, Kenny Jimerson, Brendan Holmes, Melanie Petty  (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty)

Pictured: Chase Mullenix, Joey Walker, Ryan Hawkins, Carlo Walton, Garrett Franken, Tyler Thomas, Kenny Jimerson, Brendan Holmes, Melanie Petty (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty)

Melanie Petty, Fund representative, said “This particular clinic was aimed at third grade through high school age boys interested in pitching. Our goal is to give back in ways that represent Trevor’s interests, and Trevor was a pitcher so this was a perfect opportunity for us.”

To date, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has donated over $75,000 to a variety of area projects and organizations. Their annual fundraiser, the T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, will take place August 9 at Atlantic’s Nishna Hills Golf Club. For more information, like the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.

Red Oak pair arrested on assault charges, Wednesday

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a man and a woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon on assault charges. 23-yearold Caleb Nathaniel Brown and 21-year old Bradina Sky Gary, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 2-p.m., after officers with the Red Oak Police Department responded to a reported domestic situation in the 1800 block of East Summit Street.

An investigation determined Brown and Gary had allegedly assaulted each other. Both were subsequently charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where their bonds were set at $300 each.

Pott. County “Freedom Rock” finds a home in Oakland

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A large boulder painted with a patriotic theme by Adair County artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, of Greenfield, will be found in the Pottawattamie County city of Oakland, thanks to the efforts of a local coffee clatch. The Daily NonPareil reports a “Freedom Rock” for Pott. County was approved by the mayor and city council, after the Oakland Coffee Ladies – a six-member group – approached Mayor Michael O’Brien about bringing it to Oakland.

LaDonna Applegate, a member of the Oakland Friday Coffee Ladies, said the rock will be placed in the Spring near Chautauqua Park. The rock is part of a statewide program that places a patriotic rock in each Iowa county. The rock will serve as a marker to attract tourists and also honor southwest Iowa veterans. Many counties have contracted with Sorensen to have Freedom Rocks painted, while four others (Shelby, Adair, Adams and Ringgold) already have their rocks in place and completed.

The original Freedom Rock is located just south of Interstate 80 on Highway 25 in Adair County, attracts about 14,000 people each year. Sorensen paints a different theme on it every year during the late Spring or Summer. The rock in Oakland is a pink granite and will be highly visible for drivers because of U.S. Highways 6 and 59 that pass through the town. The city paid $1,000 in fees to obtain the rock for Pottawattamie County.