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Winter storm watch out for Thursday: Worry about the wind – not the snow

News, Weather

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service Tuesday (Today), issued a winter storm watch for Thursday morning into Friday morning for much of the state. N-W-S meteorologist, Jim Lee, says the storm has been steadily heading for the state. “We’ve been watching this for several days — in fact all the way since last week — and things remain more or less on track,” Lee says. “We’re looking at a potentially significant winter storm coming up. Mostly on Thursday and then lingering into Thursday night and into Friday.”

Snow forecast totals range from six to 12 inches with this storm, but Lee says the snow won’t be the biggest concern.  “We’re not really trying to focus on the amounts too much. Most of the impact of this storm will come with the initial swath of snow moving across the state on Thursday. In which most of your accumulation is going to fall, but also there will be very strong winds,” according to Lee. “So for several hours as that moves through it’s gonna be near-zero visibilities, drifting snow, very dangerous conditions to be outside.”

Things will calm down as the storm pulls out Friday. Another storm is expected to move through early next week. “However with that system, the temperatures are quite a bit warmer — so there’s a question of how much will be rain and how much will be snow. Right now I wouldn’t necessarily say we are anticipating any high snow accumulations until we see how that pans out. We’ll keep an eye on that one,” Lee says.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested on Audubon County warrant

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report the arrest on Sunday, of 36-year old Ezra Sedina, of Atlantic. Sedina was taken into custody at around 8-p.m., on an Audubon County warrant for OWI and Failure to Maintain Control. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted in making the arrest.

The charges against him stem from an investigation into an accident which occurred on January 25th, in the 1600 block of 320th Street in Audubon County. Sedina was brought to the Audubon County Jail. He posted a $1,000 bond on Monday, and was released from custody. No court date has been set.

Cass Supervisors to hold final hearing on gun range-related ordinance

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The second of two public hearings and votes on a change to the Cass County Zoning Ordinance will be held Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The action takes place during a regular meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors, and would allow an indoor shooting range and/or a gun sales and service shop to be located within the County. The amended ordinance was unanimously approved during the first reading held during the Supervisor’s meeting, last week. Kevin McCunn, of Massena says he plans to open an indoor shooting range and gun sales/service shop near Massena this Spring, if the ordinance is adopted.

In other business, the Board will act on approving four applications:  Two for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Multi-family Unit Production-New Construction Program, Round 5 grants; One for a CDBG Multi-family Unit Production- Round 5 grant; and one for a CDBG Multi-family Housing Application project Round 5 grant. The grants are being made available through 2008 Disaster Recovery Funding, and if approved, be administered through the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO).

The Cass County Supervisors will also act on a Resolution to approve an application for establishment of an enterprise zone, and on appointing a member to the Cass County Local Food Policy Council. Their meeting begins at 9-a.m., Wednesday.

9AM Newscast 02-19-2013

News, Podcasts

February 19th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Harlan School Board/HEA negotiations continue

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education offered a counter-proposal to the Harlan Education Association (HEA), Monday. The HEA made its initial proposal at a meeting with the school board two-weeks ago. During that meeting, the association had asked for a 5% wage increase and some policy changes, with regard to personal leave, the adding of duty free recesses for teachers at the Primary and Intermediate buildings to work with students, and early retirement.

During Monday’s meeting, Harlan Superintendent Justin Wagner made a few changes to the contract proposal, including one pertaining to realignment. Previously, the rule stated an employee would have first priority to a vacancy in the district. However, the new proposal says an employee may apply for the vacancy and be considered for the position before the district seeks an applicant from outside the bargaining unit.

Also in the realignment, the school district added, “After a teacher has been realigned at their request, the teacher will not be eligible for any other voluntary realignment until they have completed 3 full years in the new position.” And, with regard to compensation, the Harlan School board proposed a 2.05% increase for the teacher’s total package. The Education Association will have a chance to review the counter-proposal before further meetings will take place between the HEA and the school board. The subsequent meetings will take place in closed session.

And, as we reported Monday, Harlan Superintendent Secretary/Board of Education Secretary Terry Cox is retiring from her position. Cox has been the board secretary since 1999 and has been with the district a total of 32 years. She told the board she has seen many changes at the district over the years, but the goal has always been the same: To educate the kids.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Three arrests in Atlantic Monday

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report three people were arrested Monday. 26-year old Jeffery Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Assault, involving a female victim. 24-year old Johnny Kirchner, of Atlantic, was arrested for Harboring a 15-year old female Runaway, who was not from Atlantic,  and, 36-year old Mish Loghry, of Lewis, was arrested for Domestic Assault involving a female victim. All three were booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

8AM Newscast 02-19-2013

News, Podcasts

February 19th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowan gets 11 years for vehicular homicide, OWI

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February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has been given 11 years in prison for vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.  The Sioux City Journal reports Lenley Schofield Jr. had pleaded guilty on Feb. 4th. His agreement with prosecutors included the 11-year prison term. He was sentenced on Monday.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Schofield was driving on Iowa Highway 141 near Mapleton in November 2011 when his car veered into an oncoming truck. His passenger, Robert Palmer, later died.  Schofield also must pay $150,000 restitution to Palmer’s estate.

Grassley to hold town hall meetings in Greenfield & Guthrie Center this week

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will hold two out of 10 state-wide town hall meetings this week, in Greenfield and Guthrie Center, while the senate takes the week off. Grassley will travel to 16 counties to hold the meetings, which will also features a question-and-answer session with students at four high schools, employees at a manufacturing plant in central Iowa, and members of the Des Moines Rotary Club.

Residents will have a chance locally, to listen to what Iowa’s senior senator has to say, and make comments of their own, during an Adair County Town Hall meeting at the Adair County Health and Fitness Center (202 N. Townline Road), in Greenfield, from 6-to 7-pm Wednesday. Another, hour-long meeting will be held Thursday at the Guthrie County Courthouse in Guthrie Center, beginning at 7:45-a.m.  Afterward, Grassley will travel to the ADM High School in Adel, to hold a Q&A session with  students at the school, beginning at 9:45-a.m.

Senator Grassley has held at least one meeting with Iowans in each of the state’s 99 counties since 1980, when he was first elected to serve in the U-S Senate.

Former Iowa teacher gets probation for drugs

News

February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A former fourth-grade teacher in western Iowa has been given a year of probation for drug possession.  The Sioux City Journal reports that 44-year-old Karen Bartelson, of Blencoe, had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Court records say police found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her purse on July 21st.

District Judge Jeffrey Poulson deferred judgment on the charge. That means the charge will be removed from Bartelson’s record if she were to successfully complete probation.  Bartelson was a fourth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Onawa when she was arrested. She resigned before the school year started in August.