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Western IA man wanted for probation revocation holds authorities at bay for 4-hours

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted in Shelby County for revocation of his probation, held authorities in Pottawattamie County at bay for more than 4-hours, Friday. Sgt. Dwayne Riche, with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, told KJAN News 34-year old Aaron David Hockin, of rural Avoca, barricaded himself in a home at 30575 Highway 59,about four-miles north of Avoca, at around 5-p.m., Friday, after deputies attempted to serve the warrant. Riche said the deputies backed up and maintained a perimeter, while issuing a call to the Pott County Emergency Response Team (ERT). The team and a command vehicle arrived on the scene, along with a Council Bluffs Police Department Crisis Negotiator. The father of Aaron Hockin arrived on the scene as well.

Sgt. Riche says during the next couple of hours, auxiliary lighting was set-up to illuminate the residence and any potential routes of escape Hockin might have. In addition, the propane and electricity service to the home was shut-off.  A pole camera was deployed by four-members of ERT and Council Bluffs Police. As they were advancing toward the residence, the negotiator advised he’d made contact with Hockin, and was attempting to get him to surrender. The negotiator was able to convince Hockin to leave the home, and a within a few minutes, he surrendered without incident in an attached garage, and was taken into custody. The scene was secured by about 9:30-p.m.

Hockin, who never displayed a weapon during the incident, was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bond.

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Atlantic Eagle Scout working on Schildberg Park Bench Project

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic Eagle Scout has embarked on a scouting project to outfit the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area with park benches. The project is being undertaken by Casey Ihnen, who presented a pine wood prototype of the bench before the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board during their meeting Monday evening.

Atlantic Eagle Scout Casey Ihnen w/a prototype park bench

Ihnen plans to place at least a dozen benches around both lakes, at locations to be determined, but several are expected to be placed along the walking trail.  The handmade wooden benches will be sunk into pea gravel so they can’t be easily be pulled out. They’ll cost $120 each, or $1,200 altogether. Ihnen will be looking for local sponsors for the benches. He’s already received donations from local businesses, groups and individuals. For more information, you can contact Roger Herring at the Parks and Rec Department in Atlantic.

Midwest Quake felt in 4 states this morning

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – Residents in Illinois and three other states have reported feeling a magnitude 4.0 earthquake that was centered in southeast Missouri.  WSIU Radio in Carbondale reports that the ground shook just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. The quake was centered about 5 miles from East Prairie, Mo. That’s about 16 miles from Cairo, Ill., close to where Interstates 55 and 57 converge.  The U.S. Geological Survey says residents in Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky have reported feeling the quake. 
     There are no reports of significant damage.

Corps of Engineers says flood risk is low to very low

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another federal agency is predicting a lesser chance of flooding this spring in the Missouri River valley. A forecast from the National Weather Service last week said the odds of flooding were average-to-below-average. Now, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the flood outlook in the river basin is low-to-very-low. Jody Farhat, director of the Corps’ Water Control Center in Omaha, says water storage is right on the expected mark. “Total water currently in storage is 56.4-million acre feet, which is 0.4-million acre feet below the base of the annual flood control pool,” Farhat says. “This is a slight increase from the beginning of the month, primarily due to the warm temperatures that have freed up some of the water that was stored in river ice. In a typical winter, we would see this return flow coming in March, so we’re simply getting it a little early this year.” Farhat says there is not much snow on the ground in the region.

“Currently, there’s very little plains snowpack in the Missouri River basin,” Farhat says. “Most locations are reporting less than an inch of water equivalent and the heaviest amounts are all downstream of the main stem system,” which is about half of what they’d normally have at this time. Farhat says they have moved out all the water that was left over from last year’s record flooding on the waterway. “All of our 2011 floodwater has been evacuated from the system and as of today, we have 400-thousand acre feet of additional flood control storage available,” Farhat says. “Both the plains and mountain snowpack are below average and are significantly lower than last year at this time.” Farhat says despite the good numbers, conditions can change quickly and localized flooding could still occur almost anywhere in the basin. She says there has been high water in some part of the basin in each of the last 25 years.

(by Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested following domestic incident

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Monday night, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault/2nd Offense. Troy W. Schneckloth was taken into custody at his residence, following an investigation into a reported domestic disturbance. Officials say there were no reported victims during the incident. Schneckloth was arrested without incident, and was held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Atlantic man arrested twice this past weekend

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three men were arrested over the weekend, in Atlantic….one of them twice. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 52-year old Brian Boken, of Lewis, was arrested Sunday on a charge of Serious Assault. That same day, 25-year old David Tyler Andersen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. Andersen was also arrested Saturday on the same charge, in addition to a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. 

On Saturday, 37-year old Gregory Storjohann, of Walnut, was arrested for Driving While Barred. All three men were booked into the Cass County Jail

Audubon man arrested on OWI charge

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon man was arrested late Monday morning for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says 64-year old James Mason Edwards faces a charge of OWI/2nd offense, following an incident in the 1800 block of Jay Avenue. He was taken into custody at around 11-a.m. Monday, and brought to the Audubon Jail. Edwards later posted a $2,000 cash bond, and was released.

Iowa News Headlines, Tue. Feb. 21, 2012

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February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman has been arrested after police say her 22-month-old child was legally drunk. Twenty-six-year-old Natasha Kriener was charged last week with child endangerment resulting in bodily injury. Police records show the toddler’s father took the child to the hospital. Doctors found the child had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a woman whose 3-year-old son was the subject of an Amber Alert has been arrested in Des Moines. Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Stout was taken into custody yesterday and was wanted for violating a custodial order and escaping from a correctional facility. Last Thursday, Stout’s son was not returned to his custodial guardian. The boy was found later in the day.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa senator has introduced a resolution urging Congress to extend tax cuts. Senator Bill Dix from Shell Rock says families depend on the cuts which were approved under former President George W. Bush. They are set to expire this year after President Barack Obama successfully pushed a two-year extension.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state Senate panel endorses a measure to legalize Internet poker in Iowa in the state’s casinos and racetracks. Projections show it could generate between $3 million and $13 million for Iowa. The full Senate State Government Committee is expected to debate the measure later this week.