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Honor Flight motor escort leaves Atlantic enroute to Des Moines


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here are some images from the Honor Flight Honor Dinner at the Cass County Community Ceneter, and the motorcade from Atlantic to Des Moines Monday evening. 150 veterans from Cass and area Counties will arrive in Des Moines after passing through Wiota and Anita on their way to I-80 near Adair.HF4 HF1 HF2 HF3 Three buses full of veterans and their escorts/medical staff were preceded on their journey by throngs of motorcycles, and followed by emergency vehicles from Atlantic, Marne, Griswold and elsewhere, along with two Deuce and a half trucks and other vehicles.

The veterans will depart Des Moines at sunrise Tuesday enroute to Washington, D-C. They will return at around midnight Tuesday. The trip was made possible thanks to Atlantic natives Roger Underwood and Jeff Becker, two successful businessmen from Ames. (Jim Field and Ric Hanson photo’s)

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2 men arrested Monday on Theft charges in Mills County


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest of two men on Theft charges. 26-year old Bret Alan Hurt, of Glenwood, and 49-year old Raymond George Webster, were taken into custody at around 12:25-a.m. Monday at a location on Nuckolls Street in Glenwood, and charged with Theft in the 5th Degree. Their bonds were set at $300 each.

And, late Sunday night, 48-year old Michael Scott Holtz, of Omaha, was arrested in Mills County on an outstanding Pottawattamie County warrant for Failure To Appear. His bond was set at $5,000.

Clarinda Police Make Drug Arrest


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda report the arrest late Friday evening of a woman on drug charges. 31-year old Lacey Jo Smalley, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 7:25-p.m. on a felony charge of  Possession with intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, and, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Smalley was being held in the Page County Jail on $100, 000 bond. A decision regarding the filing of formal charges on the woman is under review by Page County Attorney Jeremy S. Peterson.

(Update) Severe Thunderstorm Watch

News, Weather

June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE has cancelled Severe Thunderstorm Watch # 301 for Fremont and Mills Counties in Southwest Iowa. The Watch remains in effect until 2-p.m. for Harrison, Pottawattamie and Monona Counties in the KJAN listening area.

The primary threat from storms that develop will be large hail with isolated damaging winds up to 70-miles per hour possible.

Cass County k-9 Vader leaves a big impression on a suspect


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County K-9 “Vader” made it clear he was in-charge Friday night, when he cornered a suspect wanted  on an assault charge, in Audubon County. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports 56-year old Rick Joseph Santee, of Manning, suffered bites from the dog, and required stitches at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital, after he was located hiding behind a fence upon being tracked by Cass County Deputy Kyle Quist and his partner “Vader.”

Santee was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – with intent to inflict serious injury, 1st degree Harassment, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Interference with official acts. The charges are the result of an incident which allegedly occurred at 1665 Bluebird Avenue in rural Audubon County, Friday evening. Santee was taken into custody at around 9-p.m. Friday.

Officials say after being patched up at the hospital for minor injuries, Santee was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held on $4,000 bond. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted in the search and apprehension of the suspect, by deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Audubon Police Department, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Museum exhibit on Iowa’s role in movies to debut


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An exhibit focusing on Iowa’s place in movie history has been announced by Gov. Terry Branstad. “Hollywood In The Heartland” opens at the State Historical Museum of Iowa on June 27. It features a 6,400-square-foot exhibit of Hollywood memorabilia including Academy Awards won by actresses Cloris Leachman and Donna Reed, both Iowa natives.

Items from other Iowa-born actors including John Wayne, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh, and Tom Arnold are on display. Arnold, an Ottumwa native, is scheduled to appear at the exhibit’s premier to talk about his movie making experiences. The exhibit discusses movies made in Iowa including “Field of Dreams” and “Bridges of Madison County.”

It also offers historical information and artifacts from some of Iowa’s historical movie theaters including drive-in theaters.

(Updated) Severe Weather Chances increasing across much of western IA

News, Weather

June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The latest weather statement from the National Weather Service points to an ever-increasing risk for severe thunderstorms across Iowa, today. Scattered thunderstorms may be moving northeast out of Nebraska into western Iowa and may contain large hail over an inch in diameter. More vigorous activity is expected to develop by mid to late afternoon over northwest Iowa then shift east into this evening.

The latest outlook shows an increased risk for damaging winds and large hail.

The latest outlook shows an increased risk for damaging winds and large hail.

Very strong storms are expected with this activity. Initial storms may produce very large hail and a few tornadoes before evolving into a damaging wind threat by mid to late evening. Heavy rainfall is possible as well, especially over northern Iowa. Localized flash flooding may occur with storms producing intense rainfall rates.

(Updated 9:45-a.m.)

Atlantic teen arested on assault & drug charges


June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic arrested a local teen over weekend on assault and drug charges. Officials say 17-year old Lucas Stone, of Atlantic, faces charges that include Domestic Abuse Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Stone was arrested Saturday and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs and held until making a court appearance.

Also arrested Saturday was 38-year old Ezra Sedina, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intoxication. And, 27-year old Andre Sabatine, of Glenwood, was arrested Sunday in Atlantic, on a charge of OWI/3rd offense. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Farmer’s Markets and Garage Sales: Summer safety tips

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As summer approaches, the number of farmer’s markets, roadside food stands, and other outdoor markets grows. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that warmer weather makes it even more important to ensure food is properly transported, cooked and stored. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “The variety of fresh foods available at outdoor markets means you should come prepared when shopping. Bring a cooler with ice to transport perishable products home and just as you should when shopping at a grocery store, buy cold foods like meat and poultry last, right before leaving.”

Drive directly home from the market so the food doesn’t sit in a hot car any longer than necessary. Once home, place meat and poultry and fresh non-pasteurized items, like salsas and guacamole, in the refrigerator right away. Freeze poultry and ground meat that won’t be used in one or two days and freeze other meat within four to five days. Whether purchased at a grocery store or roadside stand, it’s always important to wash your hands before and after handling food. In addition, always keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean, and always use one plate for raw foods, and another for cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination. For more information on food safety, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Foodborne.aspx.

Summer is also prime garage sale season. Buyers and sellers should be aware of potential safety issues with children’s toys and cribs. Make sure items are in good working order. Also, check the online database from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.saferproducts.gov) to ensure these items have not been recalled due to safety issues. For example, some cribs with drop sides have been recalled because they can trap and injure children.

Dr. Quinlisk said “Also, bed bugs have been making national headlines for years. Mattresses and sleeper sofas (that have been slept on) are two of the main places these bugs hide out. If buying used beds or mattresses, check them carefully for signs of bed bugs.” Small bloodstains from crushed bed bugs or dark brown spots from their droppings may be evident on mattresses. Because young bed bugs shed their skin several times, the “empty shells” may also be evident.

While bed bugs do not transmit disease, their bites cause large, itchy welts. Although infestations can be treated by pest control companies, it’s best to avoid selling or buying mattresses with signs of bed bugs. For more information, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/healthy_homes.asp.

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June 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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