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2 western Iowa men charged with flagpole thefts

News

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Two western Iowa men are accused of stealing more than 500 flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion over Memorial Day weekend. The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports that 37-year-old Christopher Lee Gay and 20-year-old Chance Abel Kinney, both of Lake City, were arrested on Sunday. The men were charged with first- and second-degree theft and were released from jail on a promise to appear in court.

Police Chief Jeff Cayler says investigators are seeking a third suspect, whom he declined to identify. The suspects allegedly stole two trailers with an estimated 550 metal flagpoles and tried to sell them at two salvage yards. Salvage yard workers declined to buy the poles, and were able to identify at least one of the suspects.

The poles are worth an estimated $16,500.

Carroll library watching patron numbers

News

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Carroll are more closely enforcing maximum occupancy limits in the city’s public library after a former City Council member threatened to report overcrowding to the state fire marshal. The Carroll Daily Times Herald reported Monday that former council member R.W. Collison sent the letter last week to Fire Chief Greg Schreck.

Collison noted that hundreds of children attend summer reading programs at the library and would be in danger if the building had to be vacated quickly because of a fire or other emergency. Officials were measuring the building and planned to post maximum occupancy signs of about 100 people. Some library programs may need to be moved to other sites.

Collison has supported redevelopment of the library. He’s opposed proposals to build a new library.

Atlantic School Board hires new Head Football Coach

News, Sports

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education Monday night approved the hiring of Eric Waldstein as the new Head Football Coach. Waldstein comes from Aberdeen, S.D., where he taught Health and Wellness classes, is a strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and has been Head Football Coach at Presentation Junior College since 2012.  He succeeds Nick Ross, who resigned in April.

Eric Waldstein (Photo from pcsaints.com)

Eric Waldstein (Photo from pcsaints.com)

In addition to his coaching duties, Waldstein will be a Physical Education and Social Studies teacher at the Atlantic High School. His wife, Hillary, was hired as a Level 2 & 3 Special Ed instructor at the high school. Athletic Director Matt Alexander said Eric Waldstein has junior college head coaching experience and is well qualified for the position. He was one of 7 finalists for the job,5 of whom were from within the district.

In a Press Release, Alexander says Eric Waldstein began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Morningside College in Sioux City, and since that time has had the opportunity to coach at several 2 and 4 year colleges including Simpson in Indianola, IA and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Coach Waldstein has also been either the head or assistant coaches at junior colleges in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Alexander says Coach Waldstein’s experience and background will be a great asset to the Trojan football program. He’s expected to meet with his staff this Friday. Waldstein and his family are making plans to get moved to the community in the near future.  He and his wife have two children, Xander, age 6, and Ryan, age 2.

Fatal accident Mon. morning in Shelby County

News

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Harlan man died after a single vehicle accident this (Monday) morning. The Shelby County Sheriff’s say 71 year old Kelly Doonan of Harlan died following the accident near 915 Timber Road in rural Shelby County. Doonan was driving a 1998 Chevy Pickup northbound on Timber Road around 7:15am when he lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree in the front yard. Doonan was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan and was pronounced dead. The pickup was a total loss. The Shelby County Sheriff’s were assisted by Medivac Ambulance, Harlan Fire Department and Kimballton Fire Department.

Nearly 1K Iowa, Nebraska VA requests not scheduled

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An audit of Veterans Affairs facilities has found nearly 1,000 veterans who requested an initial appointment in Iowa or Nebraska over the last decade, but have not yet been seen. The report released Monday says 987 enrolled veterans sought appointments at one of three facilities — two in Iowa, and one in Nebraska that serves western Iowa.

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System had 606 appointment requests during the last decade that have not been scheduled. The VA Central Iowa Health Care System had 274 requests, and the Iowa City VA Health Care System had 107.

The report shows 317 new patients who were placed on waiting lists for initial appointments. New patients are placed on waiting lists when an appointment can’t be scheduled within 90 days.

Injury accident Saturday in Mills County

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say one person was transported to a hospital in Council Bluffs following an accident Saturday afternoon, northeast of Malvern. Judy Smith was a passenger in a 2007 Pontiac driven by Charles Smith, of Red Oak. She was taken by Malvern Rescue to Jenny Edmundson Hospital following the rear-end collision just west of the intersection of Highway 34 and 330th St.

Officials say a 1999 Plymouth driven by Jerico Coy, of Omaha, was traveling west on Highway 34 behind the Smith vehicle, and failed to notice Smiths’ car before running into the back of it. The accident happened at around 12:15-p.m.

Mills County arrest report

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Four people were arrested over the weekend, in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials report 21-year old Angel Rose Bovee, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 4-p.m. Friday, on a warrant for Violation of her probation. Her bond was set at $10,000.

On Saturday, Mills County deputies arrested 20-year old Ozzy Ray Hunter, of Oakland, on a warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Driving While Barred. He was taken into cusotdy at around 2:30-p.m. during a traffic stop on Highway 59 at Applewood Road. Hunter’s bond was set at $5,000.

On Sunday, 37-year old Francine May Gladden, of Omaha, was arrested in Mills County on a Red Oak Police Dept. warrant. Her bond was set at $300.

And on Monday (Today), 19-year old Kurtis Robert Miller, of Council Bluffs, was arrested near Highway 34 and 370th Street in Mills County. Miller was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,300.

(Noon News)

Break-in reported at Papetti Farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating a break-in and theft from Sunbest Papetti Farms, on the southwest side of Villisca. Officials say the incident happened sometime between 4-p.m. Friday, June 6th, and the early morning hours of Saturday, June 7th. Officials say a person or persons unknown broke into the maintenance shed at the egg business, located at 2975 265th Street.

Once inside, more than $3,000 worth of tools were loaded into a Kubota utility vehicle and driven to T Avenue, where they were off-loaded into another vehicle. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Deputies pursue semi in Fremont County

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An unusual pursuit took place Sunday afternoon, in Fremont County. Sheriff’s officials say a little after 3-p.m. deputies were called to the area of Highway 2 and 370th Avenue, for a report of an erratic semi tractor. Deputies caught up with the 1994 Kenworth semi, which was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound, in the eastbound lanes of the 3100 block of Highway 2.

The semi failed to yield to deputies and reached speeds of 96-miles per hour northbound on Highway 275 in the southbound lane of travel. The vehicle came to a stop in the 700 block of Main Street, in Tabor. Authorities say the driver – who was not identified — was transported to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and later to a Council Bluffs hospital, to undergo a mental evaluation.

Charges are pending completion of the investigation. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the incident, by deputies with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Tabor Police, and Sidney Fire and Rescue.

Traffic stop in Red Oak nets 3 arrests, an assault rifle, ammo & drugs

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak early Monday morning resulted in three Iowa residents being arrested on drug charges, and the recovery of what was described as “A large of amount of ammunition,” an S-K-S 7.62-calibur assault rifle, and 213-grams (one-half pound) of methamphetamine. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 28-year old Austin Lee Wulf, of Deloit, IA, 27-year old Mark Paul Weller, of Denison, and 29-year old Becky Ann Weller, of Red Oak, were arrested at around 4:20-a.m.  Each was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to Deliver.

Wulf faces an additional charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The suspects were booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $100,000 bond, each. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted in their investigation by the Montgomery County K-9 unit and officers with the Red Oak Police Department.