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Fundraising goal nearly met for CCMH Healing Garden


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation said Monday, that they have raised over $280,000 for the Cass County Health System Healing Garden. The funds come from generous gifts made by individuals, families, foundations and businesses.  The foundation says they are currently at 93-percent of their campaign goal of reaching $300,000.

CCMH Healing Garden (Cass. Co. Health System photo)

The Healing Garden is adjacent to the hospital cafeteria, and opened July 31, 2012.

CCMH Foundation Director Dawn Marnin said in a press release, that “It is so rewarding to see so many patients, visitors and staff enjoying the garden at all hours of the day.”  Marnin says she’s “Received countless comments about how relaxing and beneficial just a few minutes in the garden can be, (and) it’s a joy to know (it is) having such a positive impact.”

Marnin says there is still time to have a donor recognition paver or plaque installed this fall, but only for a limited time.  Donor recognition gifts are available for $250 and up.  To sponsor an area of the garden or purchase a paver in honor or memory of someone special in your life, contact the CCMH Foundation office soon.  While the opportunity to donate and have a paver or plaque installed, is only available until October 10th. Marnin says gifts of all sizes are appreciated.

For more information, go to www.casshealth.org.,   or contact Dawn Marnin, CCMH Foundation Director 712-243-7409.

Eastern NE man sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender in western Iowa


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Monday, a Douglas County, NE., man was sentenced Friday to one and a-half years in prison for failing to register with the sex offender registry. United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner handed down the 18-month prison sentence to 42-year old Richard Elliot Hansen. Gritzner also ordered Hansen to serve a five-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On May 3rd, 2012, Hansen entered a guilty plea to failing to register with the Pottawattamie County, Sheriff’s Office, as required when he began employment in Council Bluffs. Law enforcement determined in November of 2011 that Hansen had been employed at a Council Bluffs business for approximately two months without registering with the Sheriff’s Office as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced on Firearms Charge.


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Judge in Pottawattamie County, Friday, sentenced a Council Bluffs man to more than three and one-half years in prison, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Monday evening, that the sentence was handed down against 39-year old Lawrence Anthony Cipolla, from Chief United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner. The judge sentenced Cipolla to 45-months in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Cipolla to pay a $100.00 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. Cipolla remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his sentence.

On March 28, 2012, Cipolla was charged in a two-count Superseding Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of less than five grams of methamphetamine. Cipolla entered his plea of guilty to the firearms charge on June 28, 2012. The firearms charge arose from the July 21, 2011 sale of a .44 caliber revolver by Cipolla to a confidential informant.

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

Truck fire reported in a Shelby County field


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Harlan and Shelby were called to the scene of a truck fire at around 630th and Ironwood Road this (Monday) afternoon. The incident took place at around 3:34-p.m. The truck, which was fully engulfed in flames, was said to be in a partially combined field about three-miles west of the Harlan Municipal Airport. The fire had also begun to spread to the field. No injuries were reported.

Pickup rear ends School Bus Monday afternoon in Cass County


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries have been reported after a pickup truck rear-ended a school bus this (Monday) afternoon. The accident, which was reported at around 3:40-p.m., took place on 550th Street (Highway 48), a little over two-miles north of Griswold. No other details are currently available, but again there are no reports of injuries.

Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Youth ages 12-to 17 can discover pheasant hunting for FREE, during the Pheasants Forever member guided hunt, on Sat., Oct. 20th.

Pictured: 2011 Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. Courtesy Lora Kanning.

The event will be held at Hansen Outfitters in Anita.  Cass County Conservation officials say the group will leave the Atlantic Hy-vee parking lot at 7:30-AM, and will return at approximately 12:30- PM. Lunch will be provided.

There are limited youth spots available. The deadline to sign up is October 17th 2012.  Call Jason Jordahl at 243-7988 to sign up, and for more information.  Interested youth must have taken a Hunter’ Education Course in order to participate in the event. A shotgun may be provided if a youth does not have access to one. If this is the case, you are asked to mention that, when signing up.

Discarded cigar blamed for deadly Sioux City fire


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a discarded cigar is to blame for a deadly fire in Sioux City. According to KTIV-TV in Sioux City, investigators say 71-year-old Delbert Rowse died at a hospital after he was pulled from the basement of the burning home early Saturday. Officials say Rowse was asleep when the sofa he was on was ignited by an improperly discarded cigar. It is Sioux City’s second fatal fire this year. A man found dead in a burning home in July died of smoke inhalation.

Avoca named a 2012 All-Star Community


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa League of Cities has recognized the city of Avoca as a 2012 All-Star Community. The recognition came at the ILC’s Annual Conference & Exhibit, which was held in Sioux City from September 26-28th. The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the League to cities.

Photo of the Avoca group with their award (Courtesy Iowa League of Cities)

Entries are judged by a panel of former city officials and others familiar with municipal government. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, service sharing or quality of life improvements. This year, Avoca was one of five of Iowa’s 947 cities to garner such recognition for their Restoring Avoca Project.

During a visioning exercise, leaders in the city of Avoca realized they were stuck in the “good enough rut.”  As former council member David McCain put it, “maintaining a city is an ongoing project.” When the city decided to start enforcing nuisance codes, many residents were resistant. The All-Star judges panel recognized that the community took a big risk, and endured lots of criticism from unsettled citizens. Yet community leaders believed in their vision to restore Avoca and moved forward.

Taking advantage of the need to update an underground water main, the city’s downtown underwent a face-lift along with infrastructure improvements. During the Elm Street renovation, downtown business owners had the opportunity to partner with the city to update their storefronts, restoring the main business district and sharing costs.

Residents also had the opportunity to cost-share with the city and update their deteriorating sidewalks. The initiative, which helped to replace more than 40 percent of the city’s sidewalks, allowed homeowners to opt-in. The city paid for the materials for the walkways while the property-owner paid for labor, with the option to spread the payment over seven-years. Restoring Avoca includes many projects and has created a huge physical transformation. Leaders in Avoca have noticed that as the aesthetics improve, pride in Avoca is also being restored.

This year’s other All-Star Community Award winners were Charles City, Manchester, Mason City and North Liberty.

Cass County arrest report


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests over the past week. On September 25th, 23-year old Alexander Paul Dvorak, of Atlantic,  turned himself in at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. Dvorak was being held at the Cass County Jail on $5,000 bond. That same day, 23-year old Jennifer Rene Dellaca, of Atlantic, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Child Endangerment. Dellaca was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $2,500 bond.

On September 28th, 40-year old Michael Eugene Boggs,  of Atlantic, was arrested on charges of Domestic Abuse 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Assault on a Police Officer, and Interference with Official Acts. Boggs was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $10,000 bond. Also on Sept. 28th, deputies in Cass County arrested 53-year old Terry Lee Ranney, of Massena,  on a charge of Simple Assault. Ranney was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $300 bond.

On Saturday, 35-year old Joshua Lynn Hemminger,  of Atlantic,  turned himself in to the Cass County Jail on Sheriff’s office charges of Child Endangerment and OWI 3rd Offense. The charges were the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 6th, 2012. Hemminger was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And on Sunday, 37-year old Daniel Ray Lung,  of Massena, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Serious. Lung was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released today (Monday), on his own recognizance.

Atlantic woman arrested for assault


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Friday, of 19-year old Jessica Cooper, of Atlantic. Cooper was taken into custody on a charge of Serious Assault. No other details about the incident are available. Cooper was booked into the Cass County Jail.

(12-p.m. News)