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Adams County Celebrates National 4-H Week October 4-10

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

October 4th through the 10th, 2015, is National 4-H Week, and Adams County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made and are making an impact on the community. Adams County 4-Hers are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. During National 4-H week Adams County 4-H clubs and members will be visiting with elementary students in Corning about what 4-H is about.

Students will get information about joining one of the three Adams County 4-H clubs to bring home to their parents. 4-H clubs usually meet at least once per month, elect officers, and throughout the year participate in many community service projects and activities as well as have their own individual projects.

Also during National 4-H Week, Adams County Extension will host the Adams Community Chamber of Commerce coffee at the Extension office in Corning. The office is located at 603 7th street in downtown Corning. According to Chris Nelson, Adams County Extension program coordinator, the coffee will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9th and all interested adults and youth are invited to attend and celebrate 4-H with special 4-H cookies and coffee or ice tea.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to society and their communities.

There were more than 20,000 4-H club members and more than 10,000 4-H volunteers in the Iowa 4-H program in 2014-2015. In Adams County, more than 85 4-H members and 50 volunteers are involved in the 4H club program. 4-Hers do hands-on projects in program areas ranging from citizenship to communication, food and nutrition, leadership, livestock, pets, and science and technology.

4-H’ers are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. Learn how you can join 4-H by contacting Bonnie Chafa, County Youth Coordinator at Iowa State University Cooperative Extension in Adams County at 641-322-3184 or e-mail to xadams@iastate.edu.

Hastings man injured in tractor accident Thu. afternoon

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A distracted driver lost control of the tractor he was driving Thursday afternoon about four-miles south of Emerson, causing the machine to enter a ditch and hit a power pole. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year old Curtis Frazer, of Hastings, was driving a 2011 New Holland Tractor that was pulling a grain cart, when he reached for his cell phone that fell off the seat.

When Frazer reached down, the tractor veered toward the ditch, and by the time he tried to over-correct its path, it was too late. The tractor hit the power pole, causing it to snap-off, and continued into a corn field before coming to rest. The power lines laid down on the grain cart. A utility crew had to remove the lines before Frazer could be removed from the tractor and treated.

He suffered injuries to his right leg and ankle, and cuts from broken glass. Frazer was transported by Red Oak Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Damage to the tractor, owned by William Frazee, of Emerson, was estimated at $17,000.

Stanton teen charged in connection w/Red Oak H.S. incident

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Thursday, arrested a teenager on Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree charges, following an investigation into an incident that happened Saturday evening in the parking lot of the Red Oak High School. 15-year old Christopher Owen Jones, of Stanton, allegedly caused $1,600 damage to a vehicle not owned by him. Jones was processed at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and released to the custody of his parent.

Man sentenced in NE on sex abuse charges returns to IA to face additional charges

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man who in August was sentenced to up to 40 years in Nebraska prison after being convicted of sexual abuse returned home this week to face similar charges in Iowa. The Daily NonPareil reports 29-year old Rocky Ontiveros, was transported from the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, to the Pottawattamie County Jail Tuesday evening, to face two charges of second-degree sexual abuse with a minor.

Before being brought to Pott. County, Ontiveros was serving a 30- to 40-year sentence in Nebraska after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a minor between the years of 2003 to 2009. He is eligible for parole in Nebraska on Sept. 12th, 2029.

Although Ontiveros will be off the streets for at least the next 14 years, Pottawattamie County attorney Matthew Wilber brought Ontiveros to Council Bluffs so that the two alleged victims could have their day in court – just like the single victim from Douglas County did when Ontiveros was sentenced on Aug. 12th. Ontiveros was officially charged by the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s office with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse back on Oct. 21st, 2014.

At that time, Ontiveros was awaiting trial for Douglas County charges in the Douglas County Corrections facility in Omaha. According to court documents, two days after Ontiveros was sentenced in Nebraska, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office filed a detainer to bring Ontiveros to Council Bluffs. According to Iowa court documents, Ontiveros sexually abused two minors from Nov. 1st, 2013 to Sept. 19th, 2014, one of which was a relative. Ontiveros has been charged with two Class B felonies – which, according to Iowa law, means the victims were under the age of 12. If convicted, he could receive up to 25 years in prison.

Con Agra cuts 1,000 jobs in Omaha, leaves Council Bluffs plant untouched

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha metro area is losing one of its biggest employers, but it appears the plant in Council Bluffs will remain untouched. ConAgra is moving its corporate headquarters from Omaha to Chicago next summer. The Omaha office now employs about 25-hundred people. About 12-hundred positions, mostly management, will be kept in place and 300 people will be transferred. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says that means about one-thousand employees will be out of a job but there are lots of opportunities in town.

“We have a low unemployment rate and we are in a severe labor shortage,” the mayor says. “We have a lot of talent. We still have four Fortune 500 companies in Omaha. Our concentration should be focused on those whose jobs will be eliminated, helping them find comparable jobs in our marketplace.” ConAgra officials say the cuts are difficult but necessary. Mayor Stothert met with ConAgra C-E-O Sean Connolly on Wednesday and asked him direct questions.

“I said, ‘Is there anything that I as mayor, the Chamber of Commerce, the governor could do, if there’s anything in the form of incentives, anything that we could have done differently or that we could do now that would change the direction you’re going,’ and he said, ‘Absolutely, no. This is not about incentives. This is not about we need more money to stay here.'” Stothert says Connolly said the decision was all based on the industry, not the community. She was told the lay-offs will not take place immediately.

“This would take a good year to notify everybody, to notify who was going to be transferred, what roles they would play,” Stothert says. “They said this was a longer process about how they were going to notify employees, where they were going to go and what they were going to be doing.” ConAgra has been headquartered in Omaha since 1922. The company employs about 800 workers at the plant in Council Bluffs, another 100 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and no lay-offs are planned at those locations.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update) Bluffs man arrested in robbery for smokes

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report an arrest has been made in connection with an incident where a man was robbed of his cigarettes Thursday morning outside a Hy-Vee Store in Council Bluffs. 18-year old Tyler J. Moss, of Council Bluffs, was located Thursday evening by uniformed officers and taken into custody on a charge of Robbery in the 1st degree. Moss was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

The Criminal Investigation Division continues to look into the incident which began with a call to police at around 2:40-a.m., Thursday, from near the Hy-Vee Store at 2323 West Broadway. 22-year old Dakota Casey, of Council Bluffs said as he was leaving the store after purchasing a pack of cigarettes, he was approached by a white male subject who asked for a cigarette. Casey said he would sell the other man (later identified as Moss), a cigarette for 25-cents.

Tyler J. Moss

Tyler J. Moss

Moss paid for the cigarette, and as Casey was leaving, he heard Moss demand the entire pack of cigarettes. Casey said Moss produced a knife as he demanded the cigarettes from him. Casey gave the pack to Moss, who, along with other two males he was with, then fled the area on foot.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 2nd 2015

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October 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says he won’t dismiss a sex abuse charge filed against a convicted sex offender who received 14 percent of the votes in losing a Charles City school board election last month. Fifty-nine-year-old Doug Lindaman has pleaded not guilty to allegations he performed a sex act in 2011 on a 17-year-old without the boy’s consent. Before the election, Lindaman called the charge politically motivated.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 44-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to allegations he killed two other homeless people in Cedar Rapids in separate crimes earlier this month. Travis Standlee’s attorney submitted a written plea on Tuesday. Standlee is accused of killing 56-year-old Raymond Ursino and 41-year-old Sharon Mead.

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school district had to dispatch a second bus and driver to pick up students after the first driver quit midway through her morning route. The incident occurred Tuesday in Waukee. Waukee Community School District spokeswoman Nicole Lawrence says no students were endangered. It’s unclear what made the driver quit so abruptly.

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Company says it has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union, which represents 10,000 Deere employees at 12 factories in three states. The farm equipment manufacturer announced the agreement on Thursday. The new contract covers manufacturing employees at facilities in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo.

Bluffs man arrested Thu. on child endangerment/willful injury charges

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October 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man Thursday on willful injury resulting in serious injury and child endangerment resulting in serious injury, charges. 21-year old Andrew Ross, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody following an investigation into an incident that took place during the early morning hours of Sept. 20th, when Council Bluffs Medics were dispatched to an apartment at 542 Woodbury Avenue, for a five month old Lyncoln Sadler with labored breathing.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

The child was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, where it was discovered she had a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain. Lyncoln was then transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Omaha, where she remains in serious, but stable condition.

The investigation determined the girl was in the sole custody of Andrew Ross when she sustained her injuries. Ross was the boyfriend of Lyncoln’s mother at the time of the incident. Lyncoln remains hospitalized at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Ne.

Ross was arrested without incident and was being being held at Pottawattamie County Jail.

Legal experts support confidential juvenile court records

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October 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two legal experts are recommending the court records of Iowa’s convicted juveniles be confidential and unavailable to the public. Jerry Foxhoven, the executive director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic, and Mike Sorci, head of the Youth Law Center in Des Moines, met Wednesday with a state task force studying justice policy reform. The group is expected to make recommendations within the next month on reforms in a variety of areas, including juvenile court records.

The Des Moines Register reports that the men said confidential juvenile court records would help young people who have completed probation turn their lives around. Both of them recommended changing state law so juvenile court records remain confidential unless a judge orders them to be public.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges

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October 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says an Atlantic man was arrested this (Thursday) morning on drug charges. 32-year old Bryan Matthew Kirby faces charges that include Possession of A Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kirby was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was subsequently charged with felony Possession of Contraband in Jail. Kirby remains at the Cass County Jail on $6,300 bond.

Also arrested today (Thursday) in Cass County, was 37-year old Robert Lee Atkinson, of Massena, who was taken into custody on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Driving While Barred, and Eluding. Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains on $2,000 bond.

And on Wednesday, 23-year old Carly Jean Seddon, of Atlantic, was arrested by Cass County deputies on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Assault Causing Injury. Seddon was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $1000 bond.