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Cass Supervisors approve road detour for bridge replacement

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) approved an agreement for the use of a local agency Road as a detour, while a short bridge on Highway 92, one-mile west of Highway 148, is being replaced near Massena. Engineer Charles Marker said the County detour request came from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The detour would take traffic along Highway 148 north and east of Massena to County Road G-43. From there over to N-28 (The Cumberland Road), and back south to Highway 92. The project is expected to begin sometime between August 1st and conclude by October 31st, and will take about four weeks, weather permitting.

In other business, Engineer Charles Marker presented before the Supervisors a 5-year (2014-to 2019) Bridge construction plan as required by the DOT.

Cass County Engineer Charles Marker’s 5-year bridge replacement plan for the IA DOT.

The plan will appear in his DOT budget when it is submitted to them. Marker says in the current fiscal year, bidding was let on Bridge #345, with Murphy Construction the low bidder. Construction began in Oct. 2012 with bridge 345. He says as of the end of the Federal Fiscal Year 2012 which ended September 31st, the County had $879, 741 in its account. The County is allocated approximately $400,000 per year for bridge projects.

That’s federal money the County receives from the Road Use Tax and other taxing entities. Marker says projects are an 80/20 match, which means the county must pay for 20-percent of the costs. He says there will be two more bridge projects coming up this next Fiscal Year. Marker says there are three bridges that have an estimated life expectancy of “zero years,” or are approaching the “Critical point” for replacement, according to the latest bridge inspection report. Marker says two of those bridges have already been taken care of, but did not show as being repaired, while another is under contract to be repaired or replaced. He says his department is trying to stay ahead of the required bridge replacement schedule.

Cass County 5-year Road repair plan

Marker says as far as repairs on County roads are concerned, two are included in next year’s budget: G-43 from Lewis to Highway 71, and N-56, from the Atlantic Airport Road south, to Highway 6. Those projects are also included in Marker’s 5-year construction report to the DOT.

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced on Gun Charge

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Pottawattamie County man was sentenced Tuesday to slightly more than  2 1/2 years in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. 25-year old Charles Edward Duncan, of Council Bluffs received his sentence from Chief U-S District Judge James E. Gritzner, in United States District Court in Council Bluffs.

United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt says Judge Gritzner sentenced Duncan to 34 months in prison,  and ordered him to serve 2 years of supervised release following his imprisonment. Duncan is also required to pay $100 to the Crime Victim Fund, and forfeit the firearm and ammunition found in his possession.

Duncan, the victim of a recent shooting, was allowed to remain under the supervision of the United States Probation Office to receive further medical care for his wound, pending the
Federal Bureau of Prisons designating the facility at which he is to serve his term of
imprisonment.

The indictment against him alleged that Duncan was an unlawful user of controlled substances
(marijuana) and that he had, prior to possessing the firearm, been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Either circumstance barred Duncan from possessing a firearm. The charge arose out of the execution of a State of Iowa search warrant by the SouthWest Iowa Narcotics Task Force on April 11th, 2012, at Duncan’s residence in Council Bluffs.

During the search, officers found various indications of marijuana use by Duncan, and an AK-47 style rifle and ammunition. Duncan had, on November 15th, 2011, been convicted in the District Court of the State of Iowa for Pottawattamie County, of a misdemeanor domestic assault resulting in physical injury, and was at the time of the search subject to a domestic abuse protection order.

The case against him was investigated by the SouthWest Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Corning man arrested for probation violation

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adams County say a man wanted on a warrant for a violation of his probation has voluntarily turned himself-in. 25-year old Cody Wilson, of Corning, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant stemming from a domestic abuse incident earlier this month. Wilson was booked into the Adams County Jail and held without bond, pending a court appearance.

Car crashes into Clarinda apartment building – tire burns a hole in carpet

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says no one was killed or injured during a bizarre accident Tuesday afternoon. Brothers reports a 2007 Ford Taurus driven by 85-year old Violette Henneman, of Clarinda, was pulling into a parking stall at 402 West Willow Street at around 3:30-p.m., when Henneman hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Her car drove over a curb and down a yard before crashing into the Clar Haven Apartment building. Even though her car was inside an apartment rented by Merlin Cavner, Henneman still had her foot on the gas, as evidenced by a burn mark on the carpet which was caused by the fast-spinning front left tire.The collision also damaged a box spring mattress in an apartment.

Henneman told authorities she was not hurt, but the woman was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for examination. Damage to the building and box spring was estimated at $20,150 altogether, while the car sustained  $10,000 damage.

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Shelby County Supervisors hold special meeting on the budget, Tuesday

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Board of Supervisors moved one step closer to approving the 2014 Fiscal Year budget. In a special board meeting Tuesday morning, Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter introduced eight options for the 2014 budget. After much discussion from the Board, the taxable valuation increase options were narrowed down to two, and finally one.

Shelby County Supervisor Steve Kenkel said the option they narrowed down called for “Ag property 5-percent, Land 5-percent, no increase for residential and minus 4 to Commercial. That was a total of 4.6percent.”  Auditor Marsha Carter told the board even if the option was approved, the County needed to be aware of changes to Mental Health Dollars.  Carter said “We have always been limited since 1993 when the state as froze our Mental Health tax dollars, they were funding with growth dollars to fill the deficit on the county level. Now the state has regionalized, at this point the max we can tax is $47.28 per capita which is a decrease of about $300,000. So that is taken into consideration when talking about the percentage of increase.”  She said the state could change the number later on and would affect the budget.

Before approving the option, Kenkel said every department was well prepared. “I appreciate the process you guys go through. We spent about three partial days and I thought all the department heads were very prepared when they came. We froze some budgets and we raised some for the cost of business and cut some too. We have a good process here and everything was well put together.”

The Shelby County Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2014 proposed Budget and set the hearing for Tuesday, February 19th at 9-am in the basement of the Shelby County Courthouse.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

4 starving horses rescued from SW Iowa farm

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An animal rescue operation group is in the process of trying to find new homes for four horses that were found emaciated on a Fremont County farm. The one Arabian and three quarter horses were confiscated from a farm near Farragut, on Monday. Sheriff’s officials and a local veterinarian visited the farm late Monday afternoon, after they received a telephone tip.

The veterinarian examined the horses and determined they had been neglected. Two of the animals were said to be several hundred pounds underweight. A 22-year old man who released the animals while authorities were making arrangements to have them removed from the property, was cited on suspicion of interfering with official acts and livestock neglect. The unidentified man was taken to jail, plead guilty Tuesday, and paid a fine.

The horses were removed from the land by court order. Their current location has not been disclosed. Anyone interested in adopting the animals can call the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424. Hooves and Paws Rescue of the Heartland is trying to find homes for the horses.

Cass Co. Supervisors to take action on road detour for bridge replacement

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are expected to act this (Wednesday) morning, on approving an agreement for the Use of a Local Agency Road as a detour, while a bridge is being replaced. The bridge is located over a small stream one-mile west of Iowa Highway 148 on Highway 92.

In other business, the Board will review and discuss proposed Fiscal Year 2014 departmental budgets. The meeting begins at 9-a.m. in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Cass County Courthouse in Atlantic.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Jan. 23rd 2013

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January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of sexually abusing three of his nine children has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Television station KCCI reports the man pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He will be sentenced in March.

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Mississippi River traffic is halted near St. Louis as crews try to sort out how to fix an auxiliary lock’s gate damaged by a barge. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Petersen says the accident that occurred around 5 a.m. yesterday damaged the backup lock near Granite City that’s about half the size of the adjacent main one. That main lock was closed for repairs early last month.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A nursing home in northern Iowa has been fined $15,000 following the death of two patients. The Des Moines Register reports state inspectors say the Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville has repeatedly failed to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

GOWRIE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt after a train derailment in north-central Iowa. Television station KCCI reports a Union Pacific freight train derailed early yesterday morning near Gowrie. The train was loaded with corn and was bound for Texas.