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Atlantic Board hires FCS specialist after year-long search


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education Tuesday, approved a recommendation from Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen, for the hiring of a Family and Consumer Science Instructor. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the position will finally be filled after a year-long search.

Carolyn Russell (from her Linked-In profile)

Carolyn Russell (from her Linked-In profile)

Amstein says Rassmussen recommended the hiring of Carolyn Russell, from Minnetonka, MN. She’s fully-endorsed in Family and Consumer Science. Rasmmussen said Russell has started FCS programs from scratch in other schools, and will be helping Atlantic’s fledgling program get off the ground. That includes getting the students lab time in areas such as cooking and sewing.

Every 6th, 7th and 8th grader will be required to take the class and related labs. Russell has an impressive resume. She has years of experience, including working for General Mills, being a Culinary Specialist. She has an MBA in marketing from Indiana Wesleyan University, a BA from Iowa State University in Vocational Family and Consumer Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Food Science from the University of Illinois.

Rasmussen said Russell saw the Atlantic School District’s website, and liked what she saw. On her way to Atlantic from Minnesota last week, Russell ran into trouble, in the form of Mother Nature. He says she was caught in the massive hail storm near Adair. Her car was a mess, but Russell still made it into town and accepted the position.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board renewed Superintendent Amstein’s contract for the 2014-15 school year. The contract calls for a two-percent negotiated increase in pay, and for a payment of $25,000 upon retirement, to a health insurance plan.

The Board also received and approved a resignation from para-educator Michelle McLaren who was hired for another position within the district but had not turned in her resignation from her current position. And, the Board approved the first reading of a new policy with regard to Honorary Diplomas. Superintendent Amstein said there was a request made to the Board for that, and since there was none in-place, that topic is up for discussion and possible action. He said it’s a “Good opportunity to award those individuals, who for one reason or another, may not have been able to complete their high school education, but certainly have made [documented] contributions to the school district itself or to the community.”

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MI truck driver cited for accident on I-80


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a truck driver from Michigan was cited following an investigation into an accident Monday morning on Interstate 80, in Adair County. Officials say 64-year old Franklin LeRoy Voss, of Port Austin, MI., was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, after the 2009 tractor-trailer he was driving left I-80 westbound near the 88-mile marker, at around 8-a.m., Monday.

The semi, registered to Stageline Express, of Coopersville, MI, entered the median and hit a cable guardrail, which stopped the rig and became entangled beneath the tractor and trailer. Voss was not injured during the accident, but a passenger in the cab, 45-year old Gregory Lynn Harris, suffered minor injuries. He refused transportation to the hospital.

Damage from the accident amounted to $8,500.

CA truck driver cited in connection crash into Trooper’s vehicle


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In a follow-up to our story earlier this week, officials say a truck driver from California was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Move over for a Patrol Car, following an investigation into Monday’s crash on Interstate 80 in Adair County, that sent a State Patrol Trooper to the hospital. In information released late Tuesday, the Patrol said 59-year old Michael Patrick O’Hara, of Hesperia, CA, was cited.

O’Hara, who was driving a 2013 Volvo semi registered to Hill Brothers Transportation, of Omaha, was traveling west in the right hand lane of I-80 area around 10:17-a.m. Monday, when he became distracted, looked up and saw traffic in front of him slowing for an earlier accident being covered by Iowa State Patrol Trooper Todd Granner. O’Hara slammed on his brakes, which caused the semi to lose control.

The rig crossed both lanes of traffic and struck the left rear corner of Granner’s 2009 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser, which was parked in the left, westbound lane of traffic with its emergency lights activated. After the cruiser was hit, the semi struck a cable guard rail and came to rest in the median. The accident happened near the 89.2-mile marker.

Trooper Granner was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked for injuries before being released. Damage from the crash amounted to $11,000.

Teenager assaulted during home invasion in Council Bluffs


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for three suspects in connection with a home invasion, robbery and assault that happened Tuesday night. According to Sgt. Dave Dawson with the Council Bluffs P-D, at around 9:40-p.m., three black males of unknown age, entered a residence at 2404 7th Avenue, through an unlocked back door. All of the suspects wore masks. Two of the men had a handgun and rifle, while the third was brandishing a “billy club.”

The suspects found 56-year old Beverly Breeden in her bedroom. One of the men held a rifle to her head. The other suspects entered a separate bedroom, where they found 18-year old Taylor Shew, of Council Bluffs, and a 16-year old female.

One of the suspects held a gun to the juvenile’s forehead and then began to assault her while at the same time demanding money. The teen was later treated for minor head and rib injuries at at hospital in Council Bluffs. Shew complied with the suspects’ orders, and handed them his wallet. The three armed men then fled the area in a brown Dodge Durango with unknown plates.  If you have any information pertaining to the crime, call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

2 Red Oak men arrested Tuesday


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Red Oak were arrested Tuesday on separate charges. According to Red Oak Police, 22-year old Cody Dean Johnson was arrested at around 6:40-p.m. in the 100 block of West Valley Street, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Johnson was being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

And, at around 3:45-p.m. Tuesday, Red Oak Police arrested 23-year old Ty Andrew Chandler, of Red Oak, on charges of Eluding and Trespassing. Chandler was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,300 bond.

Bluffs man arrested for attempted murder in June shooting incident


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was arrested over the weekend in connection with a shooting at an apartment complex in mid-June. The Omaha World-Herald reports police arrested 21-year old Vaughn D. White, Saturday. After he was placed in handcuffs, White ran but officers who caught up with him were forced to use a stun gun to subdue the man. White faces attempted murder and, because of his actions Saturday, escape from custody charges. He’s accused of being involved in a June 14th shooting incident at 37 Bluff Street.

Authorities reports that around 3 p.m. that Saturday, officers were called to the apartment complex, where they found a 16-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound. The girl told officers she was in a vehicle with two others when an unidentified man fired a handgun toward the vehicle. A bullet hit the girl, who was transported by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital.

An investigation into the shooting led police to White and his subsequent arrest.

Trial set to begin for Oakland man charged in shooting of Cass County woman


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Jurors in the case of a Pottawattamie County man accused of killing a rural Cass County woman, will hear opening statements in less than two weeks. The Daily NonPareil reports the trial for Robert A. Reynolds Jr. is scheduled to begin on July 22nd. The 63-year old has plead not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey.

Prosecutors and authorities say on April 8th, Reynolds allegedly shot Kinkade-Dorsey. During an interview with law enforcement, Reynolds allegedly admitted he and Kinkade-Dorsey had a verbal dispute inside his residence, and that he then left the area to locate a firearm which he allegedly used to fatally shoot Kinkade-Dorsey. Sheriff’s Lt. Dwayne Riche said some kind of disturbance involving alcohol preceded the shooting.

When deputies arrived Reynolds was uncooperative and a brief standoff ensued, ending when the suspect granted authorities access to the home. The Sheriff’s Department said the weapon used in the shooting was a semiautomatic handgun. Reynolds allegedly told deputies that Kinkade-Dorsey was not armed.

The trial, originally set to begin June 8th, has been moved to July 22 and will take place at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. Reynolds remains held without bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail. The suspect pleaded not guilty in May.

Ceiling collapse in Pott. County injuries teen


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a 17-year-old Oakland girl was injured in a home accident Tuesday afternoon. According to the Daily NonPareil, the accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. in a home in the 600 block of Walnut in Oakland. Sheriff’s officials told the paper the unidentified female was doing laundry when plaster in the ceiling above her gave way and fell onto her.

She complained of head and back pain, and was transported by medical personnel to Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs with non-life threatening injuries. According to reports, water from recent storms apparently seaped into the ceiling causing the plaster’s base to weaken from the ceiling.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 9th 2014


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two boys have died after a northern Iowa house fire. Palo Alto County firefighters say they went in and found 5-year-old Gavin Hasbrouck and 7-year-old Collin Reed, who were taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg with their mother. Authorities say the boys were pronounced dead at the hospital.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the case of an eastern Iowa man who tried to use his rare cancer condition as a defense to marijuana-growing charges. Attorneys for both sides in the Benton Mackenzie case gave closing arguments Tuesday. The jury began deliberations but was sent home a short time later. They will resume Wednesday. The 48-year-old Mackenzie and his wife Loretta, both of Long Grove, are charged with manufacturing marijuana and other drug charges.

MOULTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, of Moulton, Iowa, was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though their remains were never recovered.

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters battled a fire at a rural hog confinement operation in northeast Iowa. Officials say a structure at the confinement in Hudson caught fire Tuesday before spreading to an adjacent building. Heavy smoke and impaired visibility was reported. The second structure contained hogs, and some are believed to have died in the fire. It is unclear how many hogs were inside.