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Fight in progress in Guthrie Center leads to drug arrest

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation to a reported fight-in-progress Monday morning in Guthrie Center, led to one person being arrested on several charges, including those related to illegal drug activity. Guthrie County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene in the 300th block of Prairie Street in Guthrie Center at around 10:10-a.m., Monday.

Following an investigation, Rick A. Berrigan, of Guthrie Center, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Witness Tampering. While booking Berrigan into the jail, a small amount of marijuana was located on Berrigan. He was subsequently charged with Introduction of Contraband Into a Detention Facility and Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense.

A search warrant executed at Berrigan’s residence at 303 Park Ave., resulted in additionally charges that include Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense, Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Berrigan appeared before the Guthrie County Magistrate on March 22nd and was ordered held on $500 bond. He later posted bond and was released.

Senate OKs bill over firearms on snowmobiles, ATVs

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Democratic-controlled Senate has passed a bill that would allow a person to carry a loaded firearm while operating or riding a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. The Senate voted 43-4 Tuesday in support of the legislation, which would allow such a person to carry a loaded firearm whether it’s concealed or not. The Senate added additional language that would create rules for gun owners who are on their private land and those who are not on such property.

The Republican-majority House passed the bill 78-20 in February. The changes in the Senate mean the legislation will be sent back to the House before it can reach Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk. The legislation is one of several gun bills under consideration this session.

Bad siren in Atlantic needs replaced

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, today (Tuesday), wants citizens of the community to be aware that last week’s test of the Outdoor Warning System (Tornado sirens) resulted in the discovery that one of the sirens, located in the area of 5th and Spruce Streets, was not working. Green says repairing the siren is not possible due to the age of the siren and parts no longer being available.

A new siren has been ordered, but it’s not expected to arrive for at least eight-weeks, due to the volume of sirens typically ordered at this time of year from communities across the country.

Between now and the time the replacement siren arrives, Green says authorities want the public to be aware of the options they have with regard to staying safe in an emergency:

  1. If you have computer access, navigate to the Cass County home page on the web (www.atlanticiowa.com/county). Near the bottom of the page is a link entitled ALERT IOWA. Click on the link and follow the instructions to sign-up for emergency alerts on your phone (land-line) or cell phone. You can also elect to receive text messages, depending on the option you choose.
  2. For smartphone users, there is an app distributed by the Red Cross that alerts you to warnings issued by the National Weather Service for the Atlantic Zip Code. The app also has other important uses in case of a Tornado Emergency. This app is free, and you can find it by going to your App Store and searching for American Red Cross Tornado.

Finally, in the event of a true emergency, Atlantic Police will have an officer in the area with instructions to run his or her cruiser siren in conjunction with the other emergency sirens in town. The Police Department will NOT, however, be running the Police Siren for weekly drills or for the Statewide Tornado Drill, on Thursday.

Atlantic Fire called to leaking anhydrous tank n.e. of town

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Fire Department was called to the scene of a leaking anhydrous ammonia tank just before 11-a.m., today. The incident took place about northeast of town, about 1.5 miles east of Olive Street off Troublesome Creek Road. Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon was on the scene, and provided KJAN News with an update at around 11:35-a.m.

He says the nurse tank overturned onto its side near the road. The leak wasn’t too bad, he said, but it was enough for them to be concerned. The primary concern will be the condition of the tank’s valves. Crews were in the process of up-righting the tank to inspect it.

Photo courtesy Mike Kennon, Cass County EMA

Photo courtesy Mike Kennon, Cass County EMA

Winds were gusting out of the west-southwest, so there was no danger to the public, especially since the accident took place in a rural setting.

Exira-EHK Board approves additional spectator restrooms for Exira FB field

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

When nature calls, it’s nice to have a restroom available, especially when you’re at a local sporting event. Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Superintendent Dean Schnoes said the District School Board Monday night made the decision to remodel one of the facilities at the Exira Football Field to better accommodate spectators.

He said for the last few years, they’ve brought in porta-potties. On the south end of one of the buildings, though there is a men’s/women’s restroom, but only one stall. The Board realized that because there is room in the building, they’ll undertake a two-phase project to incorporate more bathrooms. A remodeling of the building will include additional stalls in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

The Exira-EHK Board also set April 11th at 5-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the 2016-17 School Budget and Calendar. At that same meeting, they’re expected to wrap-up negotiations with the education association and get the contracts sent out.

Audubon School Board approves Superintendent sharing with CR-B

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Community School District’s Board of Education, Monday, approved a sharing agreement with the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District, for the services of Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs. Gibbs told KJAN News they’ve been sharing with CR-B for years, including elementary counselors and industrial technology instructors. Beginning with the next school year, July 1st, Gibbs will be splitting his time, 40-percent of his time at Coon Rapid-Bayard, 60-percent in Audubon. He said the agreement will allow both districts to split the cost of a superintendent, and each district gets to count eight additional students, which will show-up in the F.Y. 2018 budget.

Gibbs said also with the Audubon School District is seeing a decline in enrollment and low State Supplemental Aid, the School Board instructed him to find ways to cut costs, even though he predicts enrollment numbers will balance out and start growing in a couple of years. Meanwhile, the district was left with little option but to find ways to save some money.

Sharing Gibbs’ position with CR-B is one way to do that, he says. Gibbs said also, the Board approved a quote from Feld Security for additional cameras and door entrance systems. Feld will be upgrading the district’s current 11 security cameras and installing new door locks on both buildings that will require people to identify themselves in order to be allowed access to the building. They will also install additional cameras to cover areas not currently monitored. The board gave the administration authority to add more cameras, for an amount not to exceed $60,000.

And, the Audubon School Board approved a contract with Deluxe Driving Academy in Carroll to provide one driving instructor. The decision means students will pay $350 instead of the projected $275 for Driver’s Ed. Gibbs said for the last couple of years they’ve struggled to find two instructors. The district currently has one instructor but needed a second one.

Harlan Casey’s store struck by a vehicle

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say the Casey’s General Store at 1006 Chatburn Avenue sustained  minor damage when it was hit by a vehicle, Monday. Authorities say Damien Bissen, of Harlan, was pulling into a parking stall in the Casey’s parking lot and when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.  His 2008 GMC jumped the curb and struck the left corner of the Casey’s building. The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage during the mishap. Police cited Bissen for failure to maintain control.

Harlan Police arrest 2 on drug charges

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan, Monday, arrested two men on drug charges at the Harlan High School. Officers responding to a report of a student possibly under the influence of drugs arrested 18-year old’s Yance Jones and Toan Huynh, both from Harlan. They were brought to the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested Monday, in connection with a domestic disturbance in Harlan, was 30-year old Eugene Cardine, and 28-year old Kimberlee Green, both of Harlan. Cardine and Green were transported to the Shelby County Jail, where they were both charged with the violation of a no contact order.

CAM School Board sets budget hearing date & time

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education, Monday, evening, set April 12th at 6:30-p.m., as the date and time for a public hearing on the 2016-17 district budget and school calendar. Superintendent Casey Berlau told KJAN News the budget, if approved, will result in a tax rate of $10.84 per thousand dollars taxable property valuation.  He says the budget presented to the Board Monday night is based on the district receiving 4% State Supplemental Aid [SSA], which, Berlau says he doubts will happen.

The budget reflects an increase of 67-cents to the maximum of $1.34 per thousand dollars allowed by a physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) that was approved by voters in the CAM District, last month. Berlau said the other part of the increase is due to the fact the District hasn’t been levying much in terms of cash reserve. Their cash balances are not in trouble, according to Berlau, but the trend has been down, so they did levy some in cash reserves that they hadn’t done in the past.

The budget will be published in the local paper within the next week. In other business, the CAM School Board approved the hiring of Snyder and Associates Engineers in Atlantic, for the District’s summer capitol projects, which have been prioritized to includes a roof project in Massena, a parking lot project at the Anita High School, fixing the bus driveway at Massena, as well as exterior wall work. Snyder’s will assist the District in obtaining sealed bids for the projects, because they exceed the $25,000 thresh-hold policy for purchasing and bidding the district has in-place.

(Update) 14-year old from Neola dies in Monday evening crash

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims of a fatal rollover accident that took place Monday evening, near Neola. Authorities say 14-year old Gage Williams, of Neola, died from his injuries at Mercy CHI Hospital. The driver of the vehicle, 18-year old Kael Karagianis, of Neola, and a passenger, 16-year old Jordan Macias, also Neola, both suffered non-incapacitating injuries, and were also transported to Mercy CHI. 16-year old Kaden Karagianis, (the brother of Kael), was transported to Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs for treatment of incapacitating injuries.

An investigation determined that at around 5:40-p.m. a 1998 Ford F‐150 pickup that had been south bound on Rail Road Highway, went out of control. The driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to cross the centerline of the road and strike a field entrance in a ditch. The pickup rolled at least one time coming to rest on its top, in a farm field.  All of the victims were transported to the hospitals by Neola Fire and Rescue. Authorities have said the teens had just left track practice at Tri-Center High School when the accident occurred

The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. No citations have been issued at this time. Crisis response and grief counselors are being made available for students of the Tri-Center School District, today, as they process the death of a classmate and the injury of three others.

Monday’s crash was eerily reminiscent of a similar accident that took place a little more than six-years ago a few miles north of the Tri-Center/Neola High School campus. During the March 17th, 2010 crash, 14-year old Katie Dyer, of Honey Creek, died. That accident, which involved a car that rolled over numerous times, also resulted in injuries to the driver, 15-year old Samantha Reid, who was from Honey Creek, and her 16-year old passengers Cari Wilson and Chelsea Birtwell, both of whom at the time, were from Persia. In that crash, two of the girls, including Dyer, were wearing seat belts, the other two were not. All four were ejected from the vehicle. Reid was driving with a school license, which allowed students who are 14 ½ years of age or older, to drive to-and-from school.