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Sioux City casino still trying to fill 40-45 slots


November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Those looking for a job at Sioux City’s newest casino can count on more than Lady Luck. The downtown Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City that opened nearly three months ago is still looking to fill 40 to 45 jobs, many of them front-line positions, including table game dealers, security officers, bartenders, servers, cooks and housekeepers.

But some of the jobs are managerial. Hard Rock General Manager Todd Moyer tells the Sioux City Journal  that the casino is still looking for a purchasing manager, director of hotel operations and environmental services manager.

Moyer says a tight local labor market has made recruiting more challenging. The Sioux City area unemployment rate recently stood at 4.4 percent.

Atlantic Park and Rec Board to Meet Monday


November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Park and Recreation Board will meet Monday, November 17th at 5:15pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Included on the agenda will be a presentation of the completed Fire Pit Eagle Scout Project at the Sunnyside Park Camblin Shelter.

The board will also discuss capital projects updates including: renovation and refurbishing of the Camblin Shelter and Kiddie Korral with preliminary plans and costs, an update on the Senior Activity Area, painting of lines on basketball courts and pickle-ball courts, and shelving installed for an equipments storage room.

There will also be updates on the bike hitch progress at the city park and courthouse.  Discussion of repair to the Shildberg fishing dock which is closed.  They will discuss the 2016 budget and the park and rec Assistant position.

The meeting will finish with a Director’s report that will touch on the bull creek pathway, park restrooms being closed for the winter, Sunnyside gates being open as long as possible, the Cass County Community Foundation Grant, and ending of seasonal employee employment on November 12th.

The next meeting after Monday will be December 15th.

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Underage Drinking Party Busted in Red Oak


November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

An underage drinking bust at approximately 12:30am Saturday (11/15) morning in Red Oak led to eight teenagers being charged.  The incident occurred at a residence on East Hammond Street.

18-year-old Ryan Plambeck of Red Oak was charged with consuming Alcohol Underage.  The other 7 teens were charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol.  Those individuals were Autumn Athey of Red Oak, Matthew Wood of Stanton, Francisco Rohner of Red Oak, Bennett Archer of Red Oak, Quin Hall of Red Oak, Brooke Samms of Stanton, and Alyssa Wilkins of Red Oak.

Adair-Casey School Board to vote on the district’s future next week


November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Adair-Casey Community School District’s Board of Education are expected to decide on the future direction of the district, this coming week. A meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening (11/18) will include comments about the district’s financial  situation, from Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Finance Director Gary Sinclair.  That meeting begins at 6-p.m.

Next Wednesday (11/19), the Adair-Casey School Board will hold their regular meeting at 7-p.m. in the High School Library, during which it’s expected they will discuss and then vote on options concerning Whole Grade Sharing, Consolidation, or staying the course with regard to finances and operations.

The Board has been working throughout the year assessing the district’s financial and operational stance, and had met with experts to analyze current enrollment trends, finances, class/course options and more. They’ve also met with four contiguous district board of education to evaluate sharing opportunities.  if the Board agrees to either Whole Grade Share or Consolidate with a district yet to be determined, additional talks would be held early next year.

The purpose of the past and future meetings, is to determine what is in the best interest of all students in the Adair-Casey School District.

Red Oak Police Report Two Arrests Friday Night


November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of two individuals in separate incidents Friday (11/14) night.

At 6:00pm officers arrested44-year-old Richard Jenkins of Red Oak on an active Pottawattamie County Warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Jenkins was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and is being held on a $2,000 bond.

At 10:20pm officers were called to the 100 block of East Prospect Street for a reported domestic abuse incident. After gathering information from both parties and witnesses it was determined that one individual’s story was not matching witness accounts.  24-year-old Eylissa Rose Strange of Red Oak was then arrested on a Domestic Abuse charge and transported to the Montgomery County Jail where she is being held.

Car Catches Fire After Wreck Friday Night


November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Communications Center received a call from Cass County on Friday (11/14) night at approximately 9:33pm of an unoccupied vehicle fire around 110th Street and Pilot Grove Park.  The vehicle was then located on Q Avenue, one half mile north of 110th Street fully engulfed in flames.  Elliot Fire arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.

Car fire Friday night (Photo submitted)

Car fire Friday night (Photo submitted)

Upon investigation it was determined that the owner and operator of the vehicle was 23-year-old Jared Scott Smith of New Market.  He was traveling northbound on Q Avenue when he fell asleep and woke back up as he was entering the east ditch.  Smith swerved back to center and lost control, sliding into the west ditch where the car laid to rest.  Smith stated the vehicle began to fill with smoke and he exited the vehicle and called 911.  The vehicle was a total loss.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Elliot Fire and Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Accident in Fremont County Friday


November 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was called to a one vehicle accident at approximately 7:33am on Friday (11/14/14) in the 1300 block of Highway 275.  Officers discovered that 14-year-old Bryant Reafling was driving to school and lost control and rolled a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville. Reafling refused treatment of injuries at the scene. During the accident the car also knocked down a No Passing sign and a telephone box owned by Windstream.  The accident is still under investigation.

Griswold teens raise funds for baby w/diabetes


November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Several fundraisers in Griswold this coming week will help a 2-year-old who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes earlier this year. The Daily NonPareil reports Markus Palmer of Griswold was diagnosed at 18 months and has been to the hospital repeatedly at a young age. His body does not produce insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into the energy the body uses for daily life.

Griswold Community School District students are organizing Hoops 4 Hounds: A Fight Against Type I Diabetes beginning Monday for this year’s Iowa Pride Challenge, a statewide community service initiative in its fifth year. Griswold has participated in the challenge the past two years, winning awards for projects both times and taking home the state’s top award last year. This year, the school district’s modern issues classes and girls basketball team are working to raise money for Markus to buy a diabetic alert dog.

A Press Release distributed by the Griswold School Districts says “Since Markus is too young to know when his blood sugar is too low or too high, a diabetic alert dog can alert his parents. The dog will be purchased through Heads Up Hounds, an organization in Omaha that trains rescue dogs to become service dogs.”

The school fundraisers will conclude Friday (Nov. 21st) with a Pride Challenge basketball game. The Griswold Tigers will host the Stanton Viqueens in a girls varsity and junior varsity doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. at Griswold High School, 20 Madison St. Team Markus T-shirts and bracelets will be on sale for the game. They can be purchased by calling the Griswold High School main office at (712) 778-2152.

Cop told Ernst staffer she wouldn’t be charged with OWI if she admitted drinking & driving


November 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Urbandale Police Department have released the video of a traffic stop involving the woman who, at the time, was serving as the spokesperson for Joni Ernst’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Gretchen Hamel is seen sitting in a seat, talking with the policeman who pulled her over. “I’m here working on a campaign currently,” Hamel said. The officer asked: “For who?” and Hamel did not give Ernst’s name and merely said she was working “for a political candidate here in Iowa.” The officer said: “So obviously an OWI would get you fired.”

Hamel told the officer she was a passenger in the vehicle and someone else had been driving when the car hit a pole. The officer suggested video from a nearby intersection could be checked and he asked Hamel how many people would be seen in the car at that tim “Probably two,” Hamel said. The officer said: “Probably, huh? Not: ‘They should show two’ or ‘They will show two’ but ‘probably (two).'” At this point Hamel concedes: “O.K. They may show one.” After a long pause, she adds: “They may show two.” The officer then gets Hamel to admit she had been driving the car.

“Here’s the thing — all I want’s the truth from you, O.K? Right now, I’m leaning towards not charging you with OWI, OK? Not because I don’t believe you were driving because I know for a fact that you were driving, but because I really don’t necessarily think that you need to be fired from your job for this,” the cop said. “That being said, you were the driver, correct?” Hamel then admitted she was the driver. “I was pulling over,” she said. The officer continued: “You were pulling over because thought maybe you’d been drinking too much and you didn’t see the poles there.” Hamel replied, “Yes.”

A breath test showed Hamel’s blood alcohol level was point-16 (0.16). That’s two times over the legal limit. She was not charged with drunken driving for this October 3rd incident. Hamel was charged with reckless driving and her car, which was decorated with Ernst campaign stickers, was towed. Nearly four weeks later, on October 29th, Hamel was arrested in West Des Moines and charged with operating while intoxicated. She resigned from the Ernst campaign the following morning.

(Radio Iowa)