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Iowa Supreme Court to visit Council Bluffs: Atlantic & Hamburg cases to be heard

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court plan to be in Council Bluffs on Wednesday evening and Thursday. They will hear arguments in two cases, visit seven high schools, and speak at the local community college. The court will hold a special session at Iowa Western Community College to hear oral arguments in two cases. The session, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In the first case, a nude dancing business in Hamburg is challenging a 2008 city ordinance regulating such businesses. The second case involves the American Civil Liberties Union, which wants to find out details of disciplinary action taken against two Atlantic School district employees after a strip search was conducted of five students in 2009. The school visits are scheduled for Thursday.

Western IA man electrocuted in tree trimming accident

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man was electrocuted in a tree trimming accident in Sac County. The sheriff’s office says 63-year-old Edward Peters, of Lake View, died on Monday while working near Nemaha. Sheriff Ken McClure says Peters, who owned Peters Painting and Tree Trimming, was leaning on a boom truck, while a worker in a bucket on the truck was cutting branches. McClure says the 50-foot boom touched an overhead power line. Electricity traveled through the truck and Peters, who died at a hospital in Sac City. An autopsy is pending.

Iowa News Headlines: Tues., March 6th 2012

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad made a rare public plea for lawmakers to approve his proposed overhaul of Iowa elementary and secondary schools. He spoke Monday night at a House hearing about the education plan and argued that student test scores have fallen and school reform is needed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governor is defending Iowa’s new law that he signed Friday. The law makes it a crime to lie in order to gain access to a livestock operation to record animal abuse. Governor Terry Branstad says gaining access to property under false pretenses is a serious matter and property owners deserve protections.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Delaware County supervisors will proceed with a $3 million bond to help fund the rebuilding of the Lake Delhi dam. The dam in northeast Iowa collapsed during flooding in 2010 and nearly drained the 9-mile lake that’s surrounded by private homes on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH’-kuh-tuh) River. A public hearing is scheduled for March 19.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a western Iowa man was electrocuted in a tree trimming accident. Police say 63-year-old Edward Peters who owned Peters Painting and Tree Trimming was leaning on a boom truck, while a worker in a bucket on the truck was cutting branches. The 50-foot boom touched an overhead power line and electricity traveled through the truck and Peters. The co-worker wasn’t injured.

Century Old Human Remains Found in Hamburg Cemetery are not those of missing man

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March 5th, 2012 by admin

The State Archeologist’s Office has confirmed human remains recovered from the Hamburg Cemetery, are NOT those of a man missing since 1968. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday afternoon, the Archeologist’s Office has determined the skeletal remains belonged to an unidentified man of European ancestry, 16-to 23-years of age, who lived sometime between 1850 and the early 1900′s. The remains were found in mid-February, while crews were excavating a new burial shaft.

Prior to receiving official word from the State on the identity of the remains, many had speculated they might have been those of Hamburg resident Gary Sebek, who disappeared in 1968. The Sheriff’s Office says the remains will be returned to Hamburg for reburial within the city cemetery.

Iowa News Headlines: Monday afternoon, March 5 2012

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A public hearing at the Statehouse on proposed changes to Iowa’s public school system is expected to draw a crowd of lobbyists and regular citizens tonight. The House is holding the hearing to offer people a chance to speak out on Governor Terry Branstad’s plan, which includes new testing and performance requirements for students.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa professors whose programs are downsized will receive a year’s salary and other benefits to retire or resign under a program created by the Iowa Board of Regents. The regents voted 8-0 today to approve the Early Separation Incentive Program. Employees interested in receiving the benefits will have to apply for the program by April 23rd.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Highway 20 in north-central Iowa has reopened after two separate chain-reaction collisions that sent eight people to the hospital. The pileups happened this morning east of Webster City. The Iowa State Patrol says 22 vehicles were involved in the westbound crash, with seven others on the eastbound side. Two people are in serious condition.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man charged in a deadly 2010 motorcycle crash in Mason City has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. James Bollinger entered his plea during a hearing today. Bollinger told the judge he was drunk the night he slammed his car into a motorcycle, killing Tim Wurtzel of Hanlontown.

Coin man arrested on burglary charge

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a Coin man was arrested Thursday, on burglary and other charges. 45-year old Jeffrey Paul McCoy was taken into custody at around 2:20-p.m., following an investigation into an incident which occurred shortley after midnight, March 1st, at 2346 P Avenue in Page County. McCoy was charged with Burglary, Domestic Abuse Assault, and Assault. He was brought to the Page County Jail, posted bond, and was released pending additional court proceedings.

Two arrests in Atlantic over the weekend

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests over the weekend. Authorities say on Saturday, 34-year old Arthur Davis was arrested for Interference with Official Acts. And, 42-year old Angela Cook was arrested for 1st Offense OWI. Davis and Cook are from Atlantic. Both were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Iowa volunteers respond to deadly tornadoes across the Midwest & South

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Last week’s killer tornadoes missed Iowa, but dozens of Iowans are responding to help residents in other states recover and rebuild. Volunteers from Iowa’s Red Cross chapters, from Sioux City to Des Moines to the Quad Cities, are loading up emergency response vehicles or hopping on planes. They’re heading for states as close as Illinois and as far away as North Carolina and Alabama. So far, the Red Cross has opened 25 shelters in 11 states after the tornadoes injured hundreds of people and killed at least 39. Iowa church groups are also responding. Volunteers from a West Des Moines church are in Harrisburg, Illinois, working to clear fallen trees with chainsaws. To donate, visit RedCross-dot-org.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to adopt budget Wednesday

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the City Council in Atlantic will act on adopting the Fiscal Year 2013 budget during their meeting Wednesday evening, at City Hall. A public hearing on the budget will precede a vote on approving a resolution adopting the budget. City Administrator Doug Harris says following the hearing, the Council can reduce, but not increase the Municipal Budget, which calls for expenditures of more than $13.6-million dollars. Harris says that’s a decrease of over $9.8-million (42%) from the current FY 2012 budget. If approved, the budget would result in a Total tax levy rate of $17.24 per thousand dollars valuation on regular property, or $3.00 per thousand, on Agricultural land. During the public hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget.  The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Harris says the FY 2013 budgets for the City’s 15 Operating Funds total $10.1-million, which is an increase of nearly $1.1-million (12%) over the current year. He says the “Lion’s share” of the increase is due to the $725,000 increase in the Wastewater Fund, to pay for a portion of the news Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements being funded out of current revenues, and, the cost of principal payments to the State Revolving Loan (SRL) fund.

Other factors contributing to the large increase in the Operating Budget, include the use of some fund balances from the Storm Water Fund ($200,000) and the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Fund ($650,000), for one-time capital improvement projects. Those changes aside, Harris says the rest of the Operating Budgets are up 1.5%, or $107,000.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will hold the second reading of an ordinance calling for the speed limit to be changed on 22nd Street, from Highway 71 to Olive Street, and from Chestnut Street to Highway 6. The ordinance states the speed limit on those sections of 22nd Street, will be reduced from 45-, to 35-miles per hour. Some councilpersons have already received feedback from the public in opposition of the change in the speed limit, which was reviewed last month by the Community Protection Committee. Councilman Steve Livengood will report on the CPC’s findings and recommendation, during Wednesday evening’s meeting.

Drug arrests reported in Fremont County

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March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested on drug charges this past week. On Friday, 38-year old Victor Bruce Ingram, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving Under Suspension. And, 43-year old Curtis Lee Clark, of Shenandoah, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine.

On Sunday (March 4th), 18-year old Mikala Nicole Dixson, of Shenandoah, was arrested on a charge of Simple Assault. And, last Thursday, 57-year old Henry Thomas Toogood, of Ft. Worth, TX, was arrested for Failure to have an Iowa Sales Tax Stamp and Failure to hold a Peddlers License.