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Chase and search ends in 2 arrests

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November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two suspects who led authorities on a chase and manhunt this morning in Pottawattamie County are in custody. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the chase began with a gas drive-off in Mills County. The vehicle, a pickup truck, was reported stolen out of North Carolina, according to Danker. It crashed into a field near 272nd and Juniper. The male and female suspects ran from the vehicle and were apprehended by troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, and after the couple was found hiding in a ravine, at 10:17-a.m. They were arrested without incident. These may be the same people who robbed a convenience store in Harlan last week. Sheriff’s deputies, k-9 units and the Iowa State Patrol were all involved in the search.

CAM School Board to hold work session Monday

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November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will hold a work session Monday, at the high school, in Anita. On the agenda for the 7:30-p.m. session, is long-term planning for the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) tax, and Public Eduction and Recreation Levy (PERL), or “Playground Levy,”which is used to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds in the public school buildings and grounds of the district.

The Board will also discuss a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Resolution, and a contract.

Sentencing set to take place Mon. for woman charged in fatal SW IA crash

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November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A 19-year old will be sentenced Monday afternoon in connection with a November 2010 crash that claimed the lives of two Cumberland boys and severely injured their mother. Karli Jo Brown, of Essex, pled guilty in September, 2011, to motor vehicle homicide/reckless driving in the crash that killed 5-year old Maliki and 4-year old Alex Todd. The boys died at the scene of the crash, while their mother Nina McNeese, and Brown, were injured and flown to an Omaha hospital.

The accident happened at around 5:40-p.m. November 28th, 2010, on Highway 48, as Brown passed two vehicles on a hill, and hit McNeese’ vehicle head-on. Court documents said Brown was driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone and texting her boyfriend on a cell phone at the time of the crash.

Brown faces up to 10 years in prison on each of two counts of motor vehicle homicide when she appears in court at 1:30-p.m. Monday. In return for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of causing serious injury by motor vehicle.

Another convenience store robbed in Council Bluffs

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November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating yet another convenience store robbery. Officials say at around 9:30-p.m., Saturday, a clerk at the Kwik Shop located at 1602 Avenue G, reported an unknown male subject walked up to the counter, pointed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He grabbed about $60 before running out of the store.

The suspect was described as being white, about 20-to 30-years old, 5-feet 11-inches tall, and weighing about 175-to 190-pounds. He wore a dark ball cap, dark coat and dark pants. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-326-4765.

Three other convenience store robberies remain under investigation in Council Bluffs. Those events occurred September 30th at a Kwik Shop, October 30th at a Kum and Go, and November 3rd at a Kum-and-Go, all in Council Bluffs.

Adams County accident shuts down Hwy 34 for about an hour

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Highway 34 was closed for nearly an hour this (Saturday) afternoon, due to an accident in Adams County. Details about the crash are currently not available, but officials said both lanes of travel on Highway 34 were closed two-miles west of Corning due to the accident, which occurred at around 3:50-p.m.  Traffic was rerouted while the scene was being investigated and cleared.

Council Bluffs/Omaha area ranks high on list of Best Places to Relocate to

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Council Bluffs are thrilled the city shares the honor with Omaha, Nebraska, as being the third best place in the nation, to relocate to.  In fact, several cities are in the Midwest are on the list, compiled by Sperling’s BestPlaces.net and posted on CNBC.com. Only Pittsburgh, Penn., and Buffalo, N.Y. finished ahead of Omaha/Council on the Top 10 list, and ahead of such places as Austin, Tex., Madison, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul and Des Moines.

The recently released list was based on the following factors: unemployment, cost of living, crime rates, population health, and cultural events. The ten best cities to move to all have lower than average house prices and unemployment rates below the national average (10.2%). Leisure activities and sports teams were also factored into the equation.

According to BestPlaces.net, the Omaha/Council Bluffs area’s cost of living is 12.4 percent below the national average. The average price of a home is $137,600, well below the national average of $171,700. The unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, less than half the national average of 10.2 percent.

Kathy Fiscus, Special Projects Director for the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau said the city’s ranking was “Super” news,  and that they’re “pleased and proud” to be on the list. Fiscus told the Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil “A lot of people think we’re ‘Midwest nice,’ which means we’re so nice.” She asked “Wouldn’t you really enjoy living somewhere where you’re greeted on the street and have no fear for yourself when you leave your residence?” Fiscus says the area still serves as a place to live out “The American Dream.”

See the report for yourself at: http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/americas_top_relocate_cities.aspx

Dry conditions & strong winds present fire danger today (Saturday)

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

STRONG AND GUSTY SOUTH WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 40 MPH WILL OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THIS WILL ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR FIRES ACROSS THE AREA WITH DRY GRASS CONDITIONS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND STRONG WINDS. THESE ARE ALSO LOCATIONS THAT SAW RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION EARLIER IN THE WEEK…SO CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY. USE EXTRA CAUTION OR PUT OFF BURNING UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE.

A Burn Ban remains in effect for Cass County, IA, until further notice. The Fire Danger Rating in Shelby County is “High.” The Fire Danger Rating in Shelby County is “High.” Burning of any kind in Shelby County is restricted unless approval is received from your local fire chief.

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

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MO. RIVER FLOOD WORKING GROUP SETS HEARING FOR NOV. 30th

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham will take part in a Nov. 30TH hearing focusing on this summer’s historic flooding along the Missouri River. The hearing was announced on Thursday by the newly formed U.S. House Missouri River Flood Working Group, of which Congressman Latham is a member. Latham said he will voice the concerns of Iowans who live and work along the Missouri River during the hearing. He said any new river management policies enacted in the wake of this summer’s disaster must focus on flood prevention in lower basin communities.

The working group aims to make flood control a greater priority in Missouri River management after concerns arose in recent months regarding river management practices by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps of Engineers is currently conducting public meetings for its 2012 Annual Operating Plan of the Missouri River system. The Nov. 30th hearing will be a chance for House members to voice questions and concerns about the 2012 operating plan.

Low pheasant numbers have an economic impact

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Lower pheasant numbers are not only hurting the efforts of hunters to find the birds, they are also putting a damper on the economic impact of hunting. D-N-R wildlife technician, Mark McInroy, says sureveys shows hunters spend an average of 125-dollars each day they are out. McInroy says that’s one of the most unfortunate things about the drop, as he says lower bird numbers mean “only the most passionate hunters keep involved” and he says that impacts grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, motels are impacted. Hunting clubs are one alternative for those who want tobe sure they get a bird during their hunt.

Curt Sandahl brings in birds from the Dakotas to stock the Winterset Hunt club. He says it gives the hunters the experience they’re looking for. Sandahl says every day is opening day because the birds haven’t been hunted before and they act like opening day birds. Sandahl also sees an impact from the lower bird numbers, as Iowa’s position as a top pheasant state drops. “Twenty-years ago, every small town hotel was booked for the first three weekends (of the pheasant season) from people from out of state,” Sandahl says. He says South Dakota now has those people from all over the country going to their state to hunt pheasants.

(Radio Iowa)