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1 arrest, 2 accidents Tuesday in Mills County

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says one person was arrested and two accidents were investigated, Tuesday. 41-year old Larry Steven Hutchings, of Emerson, was arrested at around 5-p.m. Tuesday for Disorderly Conduct. His bond was set at $300.

And no injuries were reported following accidents that happened early Tuesday morning and late Tuesday afternoon, in Mills County. Officials say a 2003 Jeep driven by Samantha Shatava, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 240th Street at around 1-a.m, when she swerved to miss a deer about one-half mile northeast of Glenwood. Her vehicle went into the ditch and hit an embankment.

Authorities said also, a 1998 Buick driven by Aaron Heard, of Glenwood, was traveling east on Elrod Avenue at around 3:45-p.m. , when the car went out of control on a curve. The vehicle rolled into the east ditch and came to rest on a small, portable fence. Heard was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office also investigated an incident of burglary and theft, Tuesday. Officials say the incident at Loess Hills Harley Davidson in Pacific Junction, was reported at around 9:15-a.m.

Cass Supervisors approve zoning change request

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), approved a recommendation from the County Zoning Commission, for a change in classification for a parcel of land near Lyman from General Agricultural to Light Industrial. Zoning Administrator Rich Hansen explained the request to have the 1.3-acres rezoned came from Corey Sindt, for the expansion of his business. Sindt already has an auto repair business, and wants to expand his growing family business to include used car sales.

Supervisor Chuck Rieken recommended the Board approve the request because the family has been a long-time contributor to the Cass County economy. Rieken said Sindt has more, long-term plans for his property and business as well, which will make for additional economic assets to the County.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors approved a construction contract with Carlson–West-Povandra Architects in Omaha, for the renovation of a building the County purchased across the street from the courthouse. The facility will be used as a new 9-1-1 Center. With the Board’s approval, C-W-P can begin to solicit bids for the project. The bid date was tentatively set for May 22nd.

The Board also received a Quarterly report from Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes. Holmes reported V-A Commissioner Terry Rutherford, who has served two six-year terms on the Commission, is stepping down, effective June 30th. Holmes requested and approved the Board’s permission to place advertisements in the local paper asking for Veterans to apply for a position on the Commission. In order to be considered for an appointment to the V-A Commission, the applicant must have been honorably discharged from the military and be a war-time veteran.

There are currently two men and one woman on the Commission, which meets during the third Monday of the each month. In making a selection for appointment to the position, the County must keep in mind the need to maintain a gender balance.

In his report, Holmes said there were 15 claims for General Assistance through his office during the past Quarter. The claims amounted to $2,365, the bulk of which was in the form of utility assistance. There were also 125 forms completed and filed for Federal V-A Benefits, the majority of which were for Disability Compensation. The claims ranged from $129 to as much as $1,500. And, Holmes’ office made 1,862 contacts during the past Quarter, including e-mails, phone calls and visits in and out of the office, or a little more than 30 contacts per day. His efforts drew the praise of Supervisor Chuck Rieken, who said Holmes is doing a “Good job.”

Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse Launching Facebook Page

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse is launching a one-of-a-kind Facebook page. The new Facebook page will be used to publicize high-profile missing person cases, child safety education and prevention information, frequently asked questions, missing person related news and statistics. This new page will serve as another way for law enforcement and the general public to report tips and submit questions to the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse. To “like” the page, simply search for “Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse,” on Facebook.DPS_2011_150

The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse was established July 1, 1985, within the Department of Public Safety, providing a program for compiling, coordinating and disseminating information in relation to missing and unidentified persons. Housed within the Division of Criminal Investigation, the clearinghouse assists in helping to locate missing persons through public awareness and cooperation as well as in educating law enforcement officers and the general public about the missing persons.

Anyone with information about a missing person or persons can call the 24 hour, toll-free hotline at 1-800-346-5507 or email at mpicinfo@dps.state.ia.us.

8AM Newscast 04-23-2014

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April 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Stanton’s famous coffee pot water tower to be taken down

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A landmark in Stanton that has stood the test of time for about 100 years, is coming down later this year. The Omaha World-Herald reports a tower fashioned to look like a Swedish coffee pot will be removed by a crane and placed on the grounds of the nearby Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center. The water tower is being removed because repairs would be too costly.Stanton coffee pot

Instead, it will be refurbished and put on display at the cultural center. It will sit on the south side of the Cultural Center, about a half-block from the childhood home of Victoria Christine, an actress and Stanton native who appeared on American televisions as “Mrs. Olson” in Folgers Coffee commercials, teaching newlyweds how to brew a good cup of coffee. It is not known when the coffee pot will be fully restored.

The City of Stanton will pay $30,000 to remove the coffee pot, move it, and dismantling the legs that hold it about 125 feet above the ground. The Stanton Historical Society, which operates the center, will need to raise $73,000 to repaint and refurbish the coffee pot, which was built to function as a water tower, while also serving as  a tribute to the city’s Swedish heritage and a nod to Virginia Christine.

 

7AM Newscast 04-23-2014

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April 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Dems to hold 3rd District Convention this weekend

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Over 200 delegates of the Democratic Party from 16 counties will meet this Saturday (April 26th) at the Kirn Middle School in Council Bluffs, for the Third Congressional District Convention. Cass County Democrat Party Chair Sherry Toelle says the convention consists of delegates from sixteen county conventions, meeting to help create the State Democratic Platform, send delegates on to the State Convention, and select candidates for the State Central Committee.

Cass County residents who were elected as delegates at the Cass County Democratic Convention in March include Sherry Toelle and Dale Whittaker, both of Atlantic, and Karen Thomsen of Cumberland. Alternates are Armando Rosales, Rusia Salapa, and Helen Stillian, all from Atlantic.

The delegates from the convention will meet with those of the other Iowa districts in June in Des Moines to set up the leadership of the party and hammer out a final platform to inform the public where the Iowa Democratic Party stands on issues. Toelle says Democrats consider this to be an important middle step in setting out the direction of the party and the leadership going into the 2014 campaigns.

The keynote speaker will be Staci Appel, the Third District Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Many other candidates are expected to appear and to speak about the issues that confront Iowa and the nation.

Red Oak woman arrested on drug charges, Tuesday

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a 52-year old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon, on drug charges. Michelle Renee Solt, of Red Oak, was taken into custody just before 3-p.m. in the 1200 block of Broadway. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance/methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication, Driving While Suspended, failure to give notice of an address change, and failure to display a registration plate.

Solt’s bond was set at $1,000.

Earth Day groundbreaking on new trail system near Coon Rapids

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new back-country trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders at the Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids. Conrad Kramer, the conservancy’s executive director, says construction of the new trail system should take much of the summer and into the fall, following a five-year effort to raise four-point-eight million dollars. Kramer says, “We’ve got five miles of really nice trail here and about nine miles of old farm lanes and basically what we’re doing is trading in our nine miles of old farm lanes for 35 miles of new trail.”

The five-thousand acre non-profit land trust is Iowa’s fourth largest park. Kramer says he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than starting construction for a trail system that will allow many more Iowans to experience the beautiful natural landscape the conservancy was created to protect. “We believe it’ll be the best destination trail system in the state,” Kramer says, “and also the best destination mountain bike trail within 400 miles.” When complete, the 40-mile trail system will give visitors the opportunity to experience being surrounded by nature.

Winding through seven square miles of the Whiterock Conservancy, visitors will see oak savanna and prairie restoration areas, forests, ponds, stunning vistas, pastures and sustainably-farmed land in the Middle Raccoon River Valley. “We will have 16 miles of single track specifically designed for mountain bikers,” Kramer says. “We will also have six miles of single track specifically designed for equestrians to enjoy, and then we’ll have 12 miles which we’re calling our main track, a double track. Everyone can use it, mountain bikers, horseback riders and pedestrians.”

Low-powered “Gator” vehicles will be available to rent for anyone with mobility issues, senior citizens and families with young children, who would still like to see the sights. The groundbreaking was followed by the planting of at least 100 trees at the Bur Oak Visitor Center.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., April 23rd 2014

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April 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The interim police chief in Council Bluffs has been given a unique opportunity to formally welcome his son as an officer. Capt. Ray Mabbitt swore in his son, Christopher Mabbitt, on Monday as the newest member of the Council Bluffs Police Department. The elder Mabbitt, who took the interim role in March, called the situation one of his most memorable on the job.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would make sweeping changes in some state government practices has been backed by a legislative panel. The bill would make personnel settlement agreements subject to review by the attorney general, prohibit confidentiality provisions, and post all agreements on a state website. The legislation that also would revise state hiring and firing practices goes to full committee Wednesday.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Manchester woman has been arrested after her toddler fell from a second-story apartment window. The Manchester Police Department says 27-year-old Stacy Neuhaus was arrested Monday in Iowa City. She faces charges of child endangerment.

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — A boil advisory has been issued for the central Iowa city of Madrid. The state Department of Natural Resources says the water’s level of cloudiness, also known as turbidity, is currently above the standard. That can interfere with disinfection and increase the chances for disease. The boil advisory is expected to last several days. Residents are encouraged to boil their water. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar uses.