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Cass County Board of Supervisors minutes and next agenda


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Cass County Board of Supervisors met at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd with all members present. The board approved permits to display fireworks during the meeting.  One approval went to the Jeffrey Andersen family for display of fireworks on July 3rd. The other approval went to the Atlantic Jaycees for fireworks display on July 4th.

The Supervisors also approved County budget expenditure appropriations and transfers for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017.

The Board also heard from County Engineer Charles Marker on current road projects.

The Board’s next meeting will be held Thursday, June 30th at 8:30am in the boardroom at the Cass County Courthouse.   Their agenda is listed below:

8:30 Call meeting to order

Approve Agenda

Approve Prior Meeting Minutes

Report: Cass Co. Attorney

ACTION: Fireworks display permits (CODE OF IOWA, Chapter 727)

ACTION: Review FY2016 expense appropriations and amend if necessary

ACTION: Receive certifications from county officers for base salaries of their deputies and certify base salaries of deputies to the county auditor

ACTION: Determine the compensation of ‘other employees’

Report: Cass Co. Engineer – Secondary Roads Update

Report: Cass Co. Mental Health/Disabilities Services & General Assistance

Report: Cass Co. Engineer – Secondary Roads Update

Report: Cass Co. Mental Health/Disabilities Services & General Assistance

UNSCHEDULED: Time for those without an appointment to address the Board

(Limit 5 minutes)

Committee Meeting Reports: As attended

Reports Filed-

ACTION: Approve claims


Food Preservation Basics Course Coming Up June 28

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Food Preservation Basics Course Coming Up June 28

Pre-Registration Requested by Monday

Local residents interested in food preservation are invited to Food Preservation 101, a two-hour overview of general food preservation principles. The class includes current recommendations for canning, freezing and drying, display of equipment and utensils and sources for safe and tested food preservation information.  The course will be held Tuesday, June 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cass County Extension office in Atlantic. Fee for the course is $5 per person, and includes all materials, recipes, etc. Pre-registration is requested by Monday, June 27 by calling 712-243-1132 or emailing xcass@iastate.edu.

Cass County Extension also offers pressure canner dial gauge testing by appointment.  Dial gauge pressure canners should be tested annually for accuracy. Dial gauges will also be tested at the end of the Food Preservation 101 program on June 28 for any participants interested.

1 wanted party surrenders to authorities in Council Bluffs


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

One of two women wanted by Council Bluffs Police after a theft and crash incident on Monday has turned herself in. On Thursday at 10:15pm Michelle Lynn Kuhl reported to Pottawattamie County Corrections and turned herself in to Council Bluffs Police. She was then booked into Corrections for several warrants related to the Monday incident.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of 52-year old Michelle Kuhl and 27-year old Amanda Wilson, both of Council Bluffs on Tuesday. The nature of the charges have still not been publicly released. Both women fled with a child from a Council Bluffs hospital they were transported to, before police arrived. They had been taken to the facility following an accident that took place late Monday evening, after one of the women allegedly took a package off the front porch of a residence, sometime before 9-p.m., Monday. When the homeowner confronted the suspect, she jumped into an SUV occupied by a female driver and the child. The SUV was struck broadside at the intersection of 25th and Avenue E by a Chrysler Minivan. The impact flipped the SUV flipped onto its top.

The warrants for Amanda K. Wilson are still active. As with any wanted party, the public is asked not to contact these parties and notify local law enforcement if they are sighted. Anyone with information on the location of Wilson is asked to call Council Bluffs Crime Stoppers at 712‐328‐STOP (712‐328‐7867).

Shooting in Clarinda Thursday evening


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Clarinda Police were called at approximately 8:39pm Thursday evening to the Parkview Apartments at 1001 E. Main St. in Clarinda for a person with a gunshot to the leg. Upon arrival officers found the victim, 45-year-old Jason Kubly of Clarinda, with gunshot wounds to both legs in the upper leg and hip area. Kubly was intially taken to Clarinda Regional Health Center and later transported by Life Net to UNMC in Omaha with non-life threatening injuries.

Police determined the suspected gunman was the victim’s brother 41-year-old Aaron Kubly of Des Moines and he was located walking near 12th and Main St. Kubly was taken into custody without incident and booked on charges of Attempted Murder (Class B felony) , Burglary 1stdegree (Class B felony), and Assault while participating in a felony (Class C felony). Kubly is being held at the Page County jail on $100,000 cash only bond.

The investigation is still on going. The Clarinda Police Department was assisted by Clarinda EMS and the Page County Sheriffs office.

Lake City man dies after crash on closed road


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

A Lake City man died after crashing on a closed road in Guthrie County on June 10th according to a report released by the Iowa State Patrol.  The crash happened at 3:17pm on June 10th on Frontier Road.  69-year-old Robert Core of Lake City was driving a 2003 Buick LeSabre northbound on Frontier Road south of Highway 44 in Guthrie County when his vehicle struck a pile of gravel on the road, which was closed due to resurfacing. The collision caused the vehicle to enter the southbound ditch facing northwest. Core was alert and conscious after the crash and was transported by Life Flight to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines where he later died.

Council Bluffs Fire assist man attacked by girlfriend with steak knife


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department responded to a call at 11:50pm Thursday night to assist the Council Bluffs Fire Department with a male covered in blood. Upon arrival officers located 56-year-old Stanley Gray of Council Bluffs who had suffered a puncture wound to his left arm just above his elbow, and laceration to the left side of his neck. Gray was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment.

During the investigation officers learned that Gray had been involved in a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend, 52-year-old Candace Bell of Council Bluffs. During the disturbance Bell used a steak knife to cut Gray’s neck and stab him in the left arm. Bell was placed under arrest and charged with Willful Injury, and Aggravated Domestic Assault.

Gray was taken into surgery but his injuries are not life threatening.

Red Oak Police report three Thursday evening arrests


June 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports three arrests Thursday night from two separate incidents.

At 8:55pm officers arrested two Red Oak residents in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue.  Officers arrested 32-year-old Christopher Ivan Long and 34-year-old Bobbie Jo Bruce. Long was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, a serious misdemeanor.  Bruce was charged with Domestic Assault, an aggravated misdemeanor.  They both were taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on no bond.

At 11:30pm officers with the Red Oak Police arrested 46-year-old Mark Douglas Berggren of Red Oak for Driving While Revoked, a serious misdemeanor.  He was arrested at the intersection of N 8th Street and Ratliff Road in Red Oak and taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Bomb squad responds to suspicious device on Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge


June 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A concerned citizen noticed a suspicious device on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Thursday morning, and notified authorities. The call to the National Park Service came in just after 8-a.m., about a homemade device that was in the form of a bottle with a rope coming out of the top. Upon locating the device on the Iowa side of the bridge, Officers coordinated with the Omaha Police Department to shut down access to the bridge linking Council Bluffs to Omaha across the Missouri River.

A Council Bluffs Police Department Bomb Technician responded to the scene and rendered the device safe to transport. Officers conducted a sweep of the bridge to check for any additional suspicious devices. Once that search was completed and no additional devices were located the bridge was reopened to pedestrian traffic.

Authorities are continuing to work in partnership with the Omaha Police Department to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-7868 (STOP). Lt. Greg Schultz, with the Council Bluffs Police Department, says the incident and response “Is a great example of the principle ‘if you see something, say something’.  Authorities encourage everyone to follow the same principle to help make our communities as safe as possible.

3 vehicles involved in Wednesday crash in Montgomery County


June 23rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has released details of a three-vehicle accident  at 130th Street on O Avenue Wednesday.  The accident was first reported as a two-vehicle accident at 11:16am and upon arrival the deputy determined that three vehicles were actually involved.

After investigation it was determined that a 2014 Volkswagon Passat owned and operated by Michael F. Harvey of Carson was traveling southbound on O Avenue when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2013 Ford F450 pulling hay on a trailer that was owned by David Devries and operated by Michael A. Foote of Stanton.  The vehicles struck left front to left front as Foote tried to avoid the collision.  Harvey’s Volkswagon spun out and cam to rest in the west ditch facing to the northeast.  The Foote vehicle entered the east ditch striking a fence and came to rest with the trailer jackknifed into the left rear side of the truck. The third vehicle was a 2003 Chevy Impala owned by Joan Sink of Red Oak and driven by Rochelle L. Sink of Red Oak.  Sink was traveling behind the hay trailer and entered the east ditch attempting to avoid the initial collision and struck a wooden post and fiber optic junction owned by Griswold Telephone Cooperative with the right front of the car.  Sink’s vehicle ended up coming to rest on top of the wooden post.  No one was injured during the accident.

Damage to the Volkswagon was estimated at $20,000 and considered a total loss. Damage to the Ford F450 was estimated at $70,000 with the RedOx Hay Trailer sustaining $15,000 damage.  Hay bales were also destroyed in the accident at a loss of $420.  The Impala suffered $3,000 damage to the right front and undercarriage.

Harvey was cited for Failure to Yield 1/2 the roadway when meeting a vehicle and Failure to Carry Current Proof of Insurance. The investigation into the accident is complete.

Drugs & drug paraphernalia seized, 6 arrests made in Stuart


June 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Stuart Police executed a search warrant in the 300 block of N. Harrison St. on Wednesday, June 22nd. Officials say several thousand dollars worth of Methamphetamine and marijuana were recovered in addition to various items of drug paraphernalia during the execution of the warrant. Six subjects were arrested on various drug related charges which ranged from Felony to Misdemeanors.

Those arrested include: Kyle Styron, of Stuart, for Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (Meth)(a Class B Felony), possession of a controlled substance (Subsequent Offense)(marijuana), unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jeremy Day, of Stuart, was arrested for Gathering where controlled substances unlawfully used (Meth)(a Class D Felony), Accessory after the fact (preventing apprehension), possession of a controlled substance (Subsequent Offense) (Marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (Meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clinton Hostetler,  Kristine Salazar, and Erin Hostetler, all of Stuart, along with Jessi Parker, of Missouri, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Parker, Missouri was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (Marijuana).

Also found inside the house during the search warrant was a subject wanted by the Stuart Police Department after he fled on foot from a traffic stop in April earlier this year. This was part of an ongoing investigation into the sales of controlled substances in the Stuart area. The Stuart Police Dept. was assisted in its execution of the search warrant by deputies from the Adair and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Departments.