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Wellmark Foundation grant funds awarded to 19 organizations

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Wellmark Foundation today (Thursday) announced 19 recipients of its 2014 Healthy Communities small grant program. The Healthy Communities small grant program supports projects of $25,000 or less with the goal of being a catalyst in bringing groups together within a community to impact health improvement. A total of 112 applications were received for this year’s Healthy Communities small grant program.

Among the 15 communities selected to receive funding in Iowa, was:

  • The City of Atlantic, which received $25,000 for the Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project.
  • The City of Manning, $25,000 for the City Park Connector Trail.
  • and Mills County Public Health, $25,000 for “Eat Healthy Mills County.”

Stephanie Perry with the Wellmark Foundation, said “We are pleased to support these 19 community-focused projects in Iowa and South Dakota. These grants provide communities support to help implement or enhance childhood obesity prevention initiatives and/or community-based wellness and prevention programs.”

The 19 Wellmark Foundation awards amount to more than $404,000. To view a summary of each recipient’s Healthy Communities small grant, visit the Wellmark Foundation website: www.wellmark.com/foundation.

 

Iowa lawmaker says he took gun into Senate chamber

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa congressional candidate says he sometimes carries a handgun into the Senate chamber while working there. State Sen. Brad Zaun is an Urbandale Republican, and he told The Des Moines Register during a meeting with its editorial board that he’s concerned about Capitol security. Zaun says other Iowa House and Senate members have carried handguns into their chambers, but he didn’t name them.

Secretary of the Senate Michael Marshall told the Register that administrative code bars people from carrying dangerous weapons in Capitol complex buildings. Zaun said in response to Marshall’s statement that he will stop taking a gun into the Capitol.

Zaun is seeking the Republican nomination in the June 3 primary for the 3rd District congressional seat being left vacant by the retiring Tom Latham.

Frederickson Fund donates to YMCA in Atlantic

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has donated $1,000 to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA’s 2014 annual Partnership with Youth Campaign, as Chairman’s Roundtable Members.

Pictured are Trevor's siblings, Grant Petty and Laena Frederickson.

Pictured are Trevor’s siblings, Grant Petty and Laena Frederickson.

Fund spokesperson Melanie Petty says “The YMCA has been a large part of our lives for many years and we are proud to support them in their “The Y. So Much More” Campaign.”

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man arrested Thu. morning

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a traffic stop early this (Thursday) morning near the intersection of Highways 34 and 48 in Red Oak, resulted in an arrest. 26-year old Skyler Lee Baker, of Red Oak, was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle While Revoked/OWI related, and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Baker was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 cash bond.

Argument in Sidney results in pedestrian being hit by a car

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An argument between two men Wednesday evening in Fremont County resulted in one person being transported to the hospital after being hit by a car. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Jeffrey Fuller, of Sidney, was transported by Sidney Rescue to the hospital, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Officials report deputies were called to 2755 Knox Road, near Sidney, at around 7:40-p.m. after they received word a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle. An investigation determined an argument had taken place between Jeffrey Fuller, and 19-year old Alexander Fuller, of Sidney. During the argument, Alexander Fuller allegedly hit Jeffrey Fuller with his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Alexander contacted law enforcement shortly after the initial call about the incident was received.

The investigation showed Alexander was NOT under the influence of alcohol. Charges are pending completion of the investigation. Sheriff’s officials were assisted at the scene by officers with the Sidney Police Dept. and Sidney Fire and Rescue.

Car rear-ends a van twice at the same location in Clarinda, Wed.

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were transported to the hospital following an accident late Wednesday morning, in Clarinda. The Police Department reports 42-year old Joseph McCormick, of Clarinda was transported to the Clarinda Regional Hospital by Clarinda EMS, while 50-year old Darla Jean McCall, of Clarinda, was transported by Clarinda Police to the hospital.

Officials say a van driven by McCall was traveling south on Walnut Street at around 11:35-a.m. and preparing to stop at the intersection with Highway 2, when she noticed in her rear-view mirror, the car behind her was swerving in the lane. After McCall stopped at the intersection, the 1991 Cadillac driven by McCormick hit McCall’s 2000 Pontiac Montana in the rear.

After McCall pulled her van forward a bit, the Cadillac hit the van again. A witness who got out of his vehicle and approached the car, told Police McCormick was slumped over in his seat and was incoherent. The witness placed the car in park and shut-off the ignition.

Damage from the incident amounted to $800. No citations were issued, pending the outcome of the accident investigation.

Red Oak man arrested after a fight Wed. evening; Villisca man arrested for Harassment

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say an altercation Wed. evening in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of 29-year old Jeremy Ray Dilocker, of Red Oak. The Sheriff’s Department reports Dilocker was charged with Public Intoxication following the incident, which occurred in the 100 block of Broadway in Red Oak, at around 8:25-p.m. Dilocker was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And, Police in Red Oak report the arrest Wednesday of 57-year old Jeffrey Alan Runyon. The Villisca man was taken into custody at a residence in the 100 block of Coolbaugh Street, on a warrant for Harassment by Communication. Runyan was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Regulators to give update on Nebraska nuke plant

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators will offer an update on the performance of a troubled Nebraska nuclear plant since it restarted late last year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to hold the meeting in Omaha on Tuesday. Fort Calhoun, which sits about 20 miles north of Omaha, had been off line from April 2011 until December.

It initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed for more than two years. It has been forced to shut down briefly several times since it restarted.

The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Omaha Marriot at 10220 Regency Circle.

Woman arrested in Council Bluffs had numerous fake ID’s & checks

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May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a woman arrested late Tuesday at hardware store had 30 counterfeit checks and nine fake ID’s in her possession. The Daily NonPareil reports 34-year old Amy Jo Hockabout, of Council Bluffs, was arrested around 9:20 p.m. at Menards on Manawa Centre Drive after she tried to purchase more than $170 worth of merchandise.Sgt. David Dawson with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division said authorities were alerted by Menards security that Hockabout was attempting to pass a bad check.

Amy Jo Hockabout (C.B. P.D. booking photo)

Amy Jo Hockabout (C.B. P.D. booking photo)

Council Bluffs police officers arrived and found 30 counterfeit checks on Hockabout – 27 belonging to a pair of private citizens and three forgeries of checks from Nebraska Precious Metals of Omaha – along with nine fake driver’s licenses. Officers arrested the woman on suspicion of 30 counts of forgery, nine counts of falsifying public documents and for interference with official acts. Each forgery and falsification count is a Class D felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Hockabout is a familiar face to those in the ‘Bluffs P-D. Dawson said she pleaded guilty in 2010 to forgery and probation violation and was arrested for second-degree theft and drug possession in July of 2013. Most recently, she was arrested in mid-March of this year on seven counts of forgery, two counts of falsifying public documents and ongoing criminal conduct, and was out on bond.

She also has warrants out of Douglas County, Neb., for fraud, identity theft and other forgery-related crimes, according to Douglas County Corrections. After her latest arrest, Hockabout remains at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a $250,000 bond.