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Nebraska storms cause flooding, power outages


September 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

(Updated 6:57-a.m.)

Emergency officials in Madison County report motorists in two separate vehicles had to be rescued early this (Wednesday) morning, when those vehicles became stranded in low spots on the road that were covered with water. The incidents occurred about 8-miles south-southwest of Earlham in the 1700 block of Pitzer Road. No injuries were reported.

Heavy rainfall also caused flooding and power outages in Omaha, with the storms bringing down tree limbs and high waters stranding some motorists.  Omaha firefighters tell the World-Herald a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan, which was trapped under a bridge. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers. More than 2,100 residents were without electricity Tuesday night. For about half an hour, the Douglas County, NE.,  911 system also wasn’t working properly. Mark Conrey, director of the 911 call center, says he’ll be working to find out what happened.

According to reports, in Shenandoah, a portion of a downtown building slated for demolition collapsed sometime between 4-and 6-pm Tuesday, when a strong thunderstorm swept through the community. As a result of the damage, the Shenandoah City Council voted to block Blossom Street between West Sheridan and the alley north of the street, out of concerns more of the building would collapse.

Union County emergency management coordinator Jo Anne Duckworth says up to 4 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes in the southern side her County. There were road washouts in Ringgold and Clarke Counties, and some bridges damaged. Hail slightly larger than the size of golf balls fell in Adams and Taylor Counties late Tuesday afternoon. Tree limbs blocked some roads in and near Griswold late Tuesday night. There was also some brief flooding of Bull Creek here in Atlantic, according to the Cass County Communications Center.

Audubon man arrested on theft charges


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department on Tuesday released a report on arrests dating back to late August. Most recently, on Tuesday (9/9), 35 year old Rodger Darrell Chancey of Audubon, was arrested on 2 counts of Theft in the 5th degree. And, 54-year old Sheila Ann Matthews, of Audubon, was arrested  Tuesday for Theft in the 5th degree.  Chancey and Matthews were cited for their offenses and released on a promise to appear later, in court.

On Sept. 5th, Audubon Police arrested 40 year old Tiffany Michelle Kidd and 47 year old Daniel Scott Bald, both of Audubon, for Disturbing the Peace. Both were cited and released on promise to appear.

On August 31st, Audubon Police arrested 16 year old Brianna Lee Schwab and 40 year old Carrie June Schwab, both of Audubon, for Disturbing the Peace. Both were cited and released on promise to appear.

On Aug. 30th, 42 year old Veryln Duane Richardson of Audubon was arrested for Disturbing The Peace. Richardson was cited and released on promise to appear. And on Aug. 22nd, 37 year old Heather Dawn Harris of Des Moines was arrested for providing false information to a police officer. Harris gave false information to her identity in an attempt to avoid capture from a Texas warrant. Harris was taken to the Audubon County Jail where she appeared before a magistrate and pled guilty to the charge.

IA Transportation Commission approves FY 2015 State Aviation Program


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tuesday) approved approximately $4.6 million for the fiscal year 2015 State Aviation Program, which includes several subprograms. Included among the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects is:
The Corning Airport – $102,000 toward the total project cost of $120,000, for replacement of a fuel system; The Harlan Airport – $22,100 toward the $26,000 total cost of obstruction removal; The Red Oak Airport – $167,000 toward the $232,000 cost for the construction of a new T-hangar and hangar taxi-lanes; and the Winterset Airport, $56,248 toward the $66,175 cost of the Runway 32 end runway protection zone and 20-foot building restriction line navigation easements.

In addition, the General Aviation Vetical Infrastructure Projects include the construction of a hangar at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. The state will pay $150,000 toward the $298,300 cost.

In all, the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will fund $2.4 million for aviation safety, planning and airport development projects at 21 airports throughout Iowa. Aviation vertical infrastructure programs will provide $2.3 million for projects at nine general aviation airports and eight commercial service airports throughout Iowa.

Bluffs Police ask for help in finding a missing man


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person named Josey Janssen. Janssen is a 33 year old white male, 5-8, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was reported missing by his family on September 3rd.

Josey Janssen

Josey Janssen

Janssen was last seen leaving work on August 29th at 5:00 P.M.  He does not own a car and doesn’t drive. Council Bluffs Police have found no evidence of foul play, however, Janssen’s family has indicated that this type of behavior is out of character for him.

Anyone with information on Janssen is urged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 328-STOP.

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

YPA Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt This Friday


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic will host their annual scavenger sponsored by Dolly Bergmann, Longaberger Consultant, S. F. Martin House and Subway. The hunt will include 15 Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Businesses. Social Committee Co-Chair Lora Kanning says “This is a great annual event incorporating chamber businesses and young professionals with lots of fun.”

YPA logo

YPA logo

Teams of four will be challenged to find the Chamber businesses with photo clues. Points will be earned by successfully identifying and taking a picture of each business. Bonus points will be awarded for creativity. Teams will start at the Rock Island Depot and have an hour and half to complete the search.

The winners will be announced and awarded Atlanticash and other prizes at the S.F. Martin House during the wrap-up party. Appetizers and drinks are included in the registration fee and will be available, as well. The event is open to all Young Professionals in the Atlantic Area.

For more details and to register for this event go to www.atlanticiowa.com or contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712.243.2017.

Breaking IA News….Man armed with gun fires during county meeting, killed after being tackled by supervisor


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 1:43-p.m.)
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A man was shot to death during a struggle with a supervisor at a county meeting in eastern Iowa on Tuesday after he fired a shot at the county assessor, a sheriff said.

Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said Francis Glaser, 71, was killed during a struggle with Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos in Maquoketa. That followed a shot fired by Glaser inside the Jackson County Courthouse, Kettmann said.

The shooting occurred during a meeting in which officials were discussing property assessments.

Koos was injured during the struggle when his arm crashed through a glass door.

Maquoketa is 175 miles north of Des Moines.


Atlantic Police report 7 arrests


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report officers made seven arrests over the course of the past couple of weeks.  The most recent arrest took place Monday. 25-year old Damion Selders, of Atlantic, was arrested on a shoplifting charge (5th degree theft). Last Wednesday (Sept. 3rd), officers with the Atlantic P-D arrested 36-year old Rose Peters, of Atlantic, for violating a No Contact Order.

On Sept. 2nd, 27-year old Aaron Macias, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI and Driving While Suspended. The previous day, 18-year old Nathan Sandbothe, of Atlantic, and 21-year old Joseph Riesberg, of Audubon, were arrested for Interference with Official Acts. Sandbothe faces an addition Minor in Possession, charge, while Riesberg was also charged with Providing Alcohol to Minors. Reisberg was also arrested Aug. 28th,  on a warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree (shoplifting).

And on Aug. 27th, 27-year old Alan Kennedy, of Atlantic, was arrested for Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree.

Each of the subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Alan Peterson of Cass County receives state award

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Conservation Districts of Iowa report Alan Peterson, Assistant Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Commissioner in Cass County, received the Ruth Wagner Award on September 3, 2014 at the 68th Annual Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts Commissioners Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. DSC_0542

The Ruth Wagner Award is an award started in 2001 to honor Soil and Water Conservation District Assistant Commissioners. Johnson SWCD gives the award in memory and honor of Ruth Wagner, who served the Johnson SWCD for 53 years.

Clare Lindahl, Executive Director with Conservation Districts of Iowa, says Peterson is a very dedicated assistant commissioner who attends all of the district, regional and annual meetings. He had been actively participating in federal and state conservation programs even before he showed interest in serving as an assistant commissioner.

Nebraska, Iowa National Guard units delay drills


September 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska and Iowa Army National Guard units have delayed drills this month because of a federal funding shortage that has affected thousands of Army National Guard units across the country.  Nebraska National Guard spokesman Kevin Hynes said Tuesday that the delays affect about 20 Nebraska Army Guard units – about half of the state’s total. The state has about 3,500 soldiers in the Army Guard.

Col. Greg Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard says the delays affect most of the state’s 7,200 Army National Guard members. The states’ Air National Guard units are not affected.

A $101 million funding gap has led to postponed Guard drills nationwide. Efforts are underway in Congress to get funding reallocated so drills can be held and National Guard members can get paid.