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Cass County PPME Union requests 3-year contract, and wage increases

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A representative of the Public Professional and Maintenance Employees (PPME) Union Local 2003 presented the Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, with the Union’s initial bargaining proposal for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1st, 2013 through June 30th, 2016. Craig Meyer said the Union, which represents the County’s Secondary Roads Department, said one of the proposed changes they would to see made to their contract, is in the area of insurance. The proposal requests the County provide dental insurance to all employees and their families who request the coverage.

Other changes to the language in the contract, pertained to vacation time and holiday pay. The Union proposes employees should be eligible to use their vacation as they earn it, and after one-year, earn 10-days. They also request to have July 5th as a floating holiday, beginning in 2013. And, when it comes to wages, the PPME Union requested a seven-percent rate increase for the first-year of the contract. They also called for a 4-percent increase across the board the second-year of the contract, and a 3-percent increase for the third-year, effective July, 2013.

When the Cass County Courthouse is closed due to bad weather, the Union requests Secondary Roads Department employees receive comp time equal to lost time paid to courthouse employees. The Supervisors did not present their initial proposal to the Union, because it is still being tweaked. It’s expected the proposal will be available to the Union Representative by the Board’s next meeting, on October. 17th.

Assault investigation and OWI-related arrest reported in Clarinda

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is investigation an incident of assault. Police Chief Keith Brothers says his officers responded Monday, to a report of an assault in progress at 108 N. 9th Street. 39-year old Merlin Glenn Lininger, of Clarinda, told authorities he had been assaulted by an unknown male subject. Lininger received some minor injuries during the assault, but did not require medical attention

And, Tuesday night, Clarinda Police arrested 21-year old Jeremy Scott Dolph, of Clarinda, for operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked, due to an OWI charge. Dolph was arrested at the intersection of 18th & Main Streets, and transported to the Page County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

(updated 2:43-p.m.) NO injuries following an accident NE of Lewis, late Wed. morning

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Cass County said early Wednesday afternoon that NO injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident northeast of Lewis, this (Wednesday) morning. The accident happened at around 10:25-a.m, at the intersection of Highway 6 and Lansing Road.  Officials say a 1996 Chevy pickup driven by17-year old Brett Keegan, of Lewis, was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 6 from Lansing Road when the pickup hit a 2007 Chevy Equinox driven by 55-year old Myong Drake, of Lewis, as Drake was traveling northbound on Highway 6. Damage to Pace’s vehicle is estimated at $1000, while damage to Drake’s vehicle is estimated at $3000. Keegan was cited for Failure to Yield.

 

Theft and vandalism incidents under investigation in Clarinda

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is investigation several recent incidents of theft and vandalism. Chief Keith Brothers says on Tuesday, October 9th, the Illinois-Iowa road Construction Company reported that four road constructions signs and stands had been stolen from the area of Shenck Road & the US. Highway 71/State Highway 2 bypass sometime between October 8th and 9th.

Last Friday, a Clarinda resident reported that a 1996 Dodge truck they owned was vandalized, while the vehicle was parked at their residence located in the 400 block of West Stuart Street. The vehicle had been pelted with eggs sometime that same day. No damage was estimate available.

On Thursday, October 4th, a Clarinda resident reported someone had vandalized her 2000 Chevrolet truck. The box of the truck had received multiple dents from some type of blunt object. The truck was damaged while it was parked in the Parkview apartment complex lot, located at 1001 E. Main Street. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between October 3rd & 4th. Damage to the truck is estimated at $1,500.00.

That same day, another Clarinda resident reported vandalism to his 2005 GMC truck while it was parked in the 300 block of W. Grant Street. The incident occurred sometime between October 3rd & 4th. The vehicle had been pelted with eggs. Damage to the truck is estimated at $200.00.

Theft and other arrests reported in Cass County

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports today (Wednesday), the arrest on Columbus Day (Monday), of 44-year old David Lee Jordan, of Atlantic. Jordan was charged with OWI 2nd Offense and Driving Under Suspension. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and  released the following day on his own recognizance. On Sunday, 30-year old Jason Thomas Eilts, of Wiota, was arrested in Cass County on a Dallas County warrant. Eilts was brought to the Cass County Jail and later transferred to Dallas County.

Officials said also, 18-year old Nicholas Wayne Renner, of Atlantic, was arrested October 3rd, on a charge of Theft in the 3rd Degree. Renner was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released on his own recognizance the following day. On October 5th, 27-year old Rose Ellen Points, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Cass County on a warrant for Probation Violation. Points was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was being held on $10,000 bond.

 

More details released on Tues. Night accident near Atlantic

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office this (Wednesday) morning, released additional details about an accident that occurred at around 10-p.m. Tuesday, north of Atlantic. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Eastland Road. Upon investigation, it was determined a 1995 Chevy Monte Carlo owned and driven by 47-year old Lana Jo Knight, of Atlantic, was traveling east on Eastland Road, when Knight swerved to avoid a deer on the road. Her car entered the north ditch and rolled onto its top.

A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year old Brandon Allen Anderson, of Atlantic, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac ambulance, after complaining of head and neck pain. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $5000. Knight was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

8AM Newscast 10-10-2012

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October 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

WFAN hosts Women Caring for the Land mtg in Honey Creek

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Registration is being accepted now through October 18th, for women landowners interested in conservation. Women who own or manage farmland in western Iowa are invited to the free conservation discussion Sponsored by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN). The session will take place Saturday, October 20th at Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, IA.

Coffee and registration begin at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is being provided. The discussion will focus on identifying, establishing, and protecting wetlands. All women landowners are welcome, regardless of whether you have wetlands on your property now. The event is part of WFAN’s Women Caring for the LandSM series, in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partners.

Reservations are needed by 5-p.m. Thursday, October 18th. You can e-mail Karen Androy, Harrison County Soil and Water District, at Karen.Androy@ia.nacdnet.net,  or call her at 712-644-2210. This event is funded by a grant from the U-S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

7AM Newscast 10-10-2012

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October 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

BBQ events this weekend in Atlantic

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Smoke will be rising from the Rock Island Depot area in Atlantic this weekend, but residents shouldn’t be alarmed—it’s all part of the Atlantic Area of Chamber of Commerce’s & McCurdy Pumpkins’ Harvest Fest activities. A new event, “Rib Fest” will take place Friday, Oct. 12th, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free for live music from country, rock, and blues band “Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab.” In addition, rib samples will be available for one dollar each, and includes a slip to vote for People’s Choice ribs. A beverage garden will be open during the festivities as well.

The cooking will continue through the night as smokers prepare pulled pork and beef brisket to be judged on Saturday afternoon. AtlantiCash prizes will be awarded for the top three places in both categories. A Harvest Feast of beef brisket or pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, apple pie, and ice cream will be served at 5-p.m., Saturday. The $7 meal includes a beverage. Partnering with the Atlantic Fire Department, the Chamber will also host the Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp. and the Salem Stepping Saints for a performance at the Depot at 5-p.m., prior to the Atlantic Firemen’s Parade at 6.

Registered BBQ teams include: 2 Guys and Some Pork – Ryan McAlpin of Shenandoah, Born Again BBQ – Adam Roberts of Atlantic, D&D BBQ – David Jensen of Avoca, Nelson BBQ – Brad Nelson of Griswold, Rad Men BBQ – Jeff Myers of Atlantic, Robinson’s Hardware BBQ – Dean Beach of Atlantic, RRR BBQ – Rick Kanning of Anita, Shmokin Hot – Zac Thielen of Griswold, Weirich Custom BBQ – Duane Weirich of Lewis, and Willie’s Homeless Hut BBQ – Cameron Williams of Clarinda.

More information can be found on AtlanticIowa.com or by calling the Chamber at (712) 243-3017.