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Atlantic woman arrested on drug and driving charges

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 23-year old Kayla Ashburn was arrested Wednesday. Ashburn, of Atlantic, was taken into custody for unlawful possession of Prescription Drugs, and, for Driving While Revoked. Ashburn was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Sears to sell Coralville, Council Bluffs stores

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Sears says it will sell 11 stores in nine states including stores in Coralville and Council Bluffs.  The stores will be sold to mall operator General Growth Properties, which owns the malls in which the stores are located. The deals will close within the next two months.  Sears will continue to operate the stores into 2013. Final closing dates will be announced later this year.  The Coralville store is at the Coral Ridge Mall and the Council Bluffs store is in Mall of the Bluffs.
     Sears posted a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday. Its revenue fell 4 percent as demand in categories like appliances and consumer electronics fell. The store sales are part of a plan to raise cash to help offset poor performance.

Mail plants in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo to stay open – Carroll & Creston plants will close

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The United States Postal Service says it is backing off of proposals to close mail processing plants in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. The agency announced today (Thursday) it would close smaller plants in Carroll and Creston and move their work to Des Moines.  The postal service had been studying whether to close the plants since last fall as part of a nationwide downsizing of its distribution network.  Bruce Clark, president of the Iowa Postal Workers Union, says the closures of Carroll and Creston were probably inevitable since they did not have automated machinery. But he said the decisions to keep Cedar Rapids and Waterloo open were “fantastic news.”   In a statement, the postal service said it found “no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service” by closing Waterloo or Cedar Rapids.

Search of impounded car results a call to the bomb squad

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Crime Scene Technician with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office received a bit of a scare Wednesday afternoon, while she was conducting a crime scene processing and inventory of a recovered stolen vehicle parked at the County and City of Council Bluff’s impound lot on South 15th Street in Council Bluffs. Sheriff Jeff Danker says the unidentified woman discovered a round cylinder in the vehicle which she thought, was a red fire extinguisher. He says as she was pulling the object out of the vehicle, she discovered there were wires attached and a digital timer. Bomb squad experts from the sheriff’s office and Council Bluffs P-D used a “disruptor”-type round to blow the device open. At that point, Danker says they were pretty sure it was not an explosive, but did give the appearance of a bomb.

He says the first disrupter round didn’t give them a good enough look at the inside of the device, so a rope was attached to it. The device was pulled out of the vehicle and a second disruptor round was fired to open it up a little bit more. That’s when they knew it definitely was not a bomb. The bomb squad was on the scene from about 4-to 6-pm, Wednesday.

Traffic stop on I-80 near Council Bluffs nets $50k in cash & marijuana

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs Wednesday afternoon, resulted in the arrest of two Ohio men, the seizure of a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of cash. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the arrests occurred after Deputy Brian Miller pulled over a 2012 Chevy Impala for speeding, on westbound I-80 about two-miles north of the Iowa Western Community College campus (Mile marker 10), at around 3:15-p.m. Danker says when Miller approached the car to speak with the driver, he could smell marijuana. Miller conducted a “probable cause” search of the car and found a baggie of marijuana along with some rolling papers. A further search resulted in the discovery of $50,000 in U-S currency.

The occupants of the car, 28-year old Antione Parker, and 27-year old Shawn Petrack, both of Canton, OH, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance for personal use, and brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs, where they were being held this (Thursday) morning, on $1,000 bond, each.

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Atlantic CPC to discuss speed limit & deer hunting, Friday

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Protection Committee (CPC) will discuss and take input from the public on, a proposed speed limit reduction for 22nd Street. The Ordinance calls for the speed limit on East 22nd Street (from Highway 71 to Olive Street), and on West 22nd Street (from Chestnut to Highway 6), to be reduced from 45- to 35-miles per hour.  Following public input on the matter, the CPC will forward its recommendations to the City Council for a vote during their next regular meeting.

The Committee will also discuss deer hunting, within the Atlantic City limits, in an effort to cull the herd. The meeting takes place at 4-p.m. Friday, Feb. 24th, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, in Atlantic.

(update) Mechanical malfunction causes semi trailer Fire on I-80 in Cass County this morning

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A mechanical malfunction of some sort was to blame for a semi trailer fire early this (Thursday) morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Firefighters from Atlantic and Marne were called to the scene located on I-80 westbound at the 52 mile-marker, at about 5:49-a.m.  Atlantic Firefighter Gene Schmelling told KJAN News a tire burned out on the trailer of the semi which was hauling lime. The flames spread to the rest of the trailer, causing a substantial amount of damage to the rear. The semi’s driver managed to separate the tractor from the trailer, and prevent further damage. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour. No injuries were reported. The DOT reported the right lane of I-80 westbound was blocked for a little more than four-hours this morning, while crews worked to remove the damaged trailer and clean-up the mess. Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon says the wreck was finally cleared by around 11:45-a.m. 

Firefighter Gene Schmelling said it’s not clear how the fire began, but it was most likely caused by a blow-out, bad brakes or worn bearings.

Semi Trailer Fire (Mike Kennon/Cass Co. EMA photo)

Trailer Fire on I-80 WB at mm 52 (Mike Kennon photo)

Winter Weather Statements Issued Feb. 23rd, 2012

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February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-ADAIR-

421 AM CST THU FEB 23 2012

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING

* TIMING…A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP THROUGHOUT THE MORNING AND INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO ALL SNOW BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY LATE THIS EVENING. * STORM TOTAL SNOW…TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES.* WINDS/VISIBILITY…GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND LEAD TO VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES INTO THE EVENING HOURS…ESPECIALLY DURING RUSH HOUR. * IMPACTS…CONDITIONS MAY QUICKLY DETERIORATE BY THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. TRAVEL WILL BECOME QUITE DIFFICULT AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITY WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 PM CST THIS EVENING

COUNTIES:

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

...WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING

* WINDS…WEST NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO A GENERAL 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH BY MID AFTERNOON. * IMPACTS…THE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY ON EAST TO WEST ORIENTED ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING…* TIMING…SNOW WILL SPREAD OVER WEST CENTRAL TO NORTHWEST IOWA THROUGH THE LATE MORNING HOURS AND PERSIST THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING TONIGHT. HEAVY SNOWFALL WITH RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLY LATE THIS MORNING…BUT ESPECIALLY BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF BY EARLY THIS EVENING. * STORM TOTAL SNOW…TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. WINDS/VISIBILITY…VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AS NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH CAN BE ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. * IMPACTS…CONDITIONS WILL QUICKLY DETERIORATE BY MID TO LATE THIS MORNING AND WORSEN THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. SOME AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BY THE EARLY EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.