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2 injured during an accident north of Harlan, Monday night

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(9-a.m. News)

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were injured during an accident Monday night, north of Harlan. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 59 and 1800th Street at around 7:20-p.m., when a 2006 Chevy Malibu driven by 27-year old Naomi Krapfl, of Defiance, went out of control on the slick, snow covered road. The car crossed the center line and hit a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 32-year old Lilian Garcia, of Harlan. The Chevy also hit a 2012 Hyundai, driven by 53-year old Roger Petersen, of Harlan.

Two passengers in the Malibu were transported by Medivac Ambulance and Earling Rescue, to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. They were identified as 48-year old Della Behrendt, and 8-year old Madeline Krapfl, both of Defiance. The accident remains under investigation.

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Applications being accepted for Trevor Fredericksen Mem. Scholarship

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Melanie Petty, the mother of Trevor Frederickson, says applications are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Trevor Frederickson Memorial Scholarship.  Applications may be obtained from the Atlantic High School guidance office at 1201 E. 14th Street or the Atlantic High School website: www.atlanticiaschools.org. Two $750 scholarships are available to those graduating from Atlantic High School in the spring of 2014.

Trevor Frederickson

Trevor Frederickson

Applicants must plan to attend a college or vocational school, show involvement in school and/or community activities, supply a copy of their college acceptance letter, provide two letters of reference along with their 7 semester transcripts, and maintain academic achievement of 2.5 or better.  The scholarships will be awarded at the Atlantic High School Class Night held in May.

Funds for the scholarships are raised at an annual golf tournament.  Plans are already in the works for the 6th Annual TFred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2013.  Organizers look forward to another successful tournament so they can continue to grant scholarships for many years to come.

Trevor Frederickson graduated from Atlantic High School in 2006.  He went on to further his education at Southwestern Community College in Creston where he studied automotive mechanics and played baseball for the Southwestern Spartans.  Two additional $750 scholarships will be available for Southwestern Community College students this fall.

Frontier will resume Sioux City flights

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Frontier Airlines says it will resume flights into the Sioux City airport beginning this summer. The Sioux City Journal reports Frontier in June will begin flights three days a week between Sioux City and Denver.

Denver-based Frontier will return to Sioux City six years after it pulled out of the market. Frontier will become the second carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport, joining American Airlines. The new flights will use 138-seat Airbus 319 jets.

Two New DNR Hunter Listening Session Locations

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story on Feb. 4th, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports a meeting over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) designed to gather the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall, that was originally scheduled to be held at the St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs, has instead been moved to Lewis Central Middle School. Also another meeting location has been added at the public library in Atlantic.DNR logo

The Lewis Central Middle School is located at 3504 Harry Langdon Blvd in Council Bluffs. Park in the single lot in front of the building along Langdon Blvd and enter the front door by the sign for the ICN room. The Atlantic Public Library is located at 507 Poplar Street. Both meetings will be held February 26th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government. At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall. The discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

If you have questions call Matt Dollison at (712) 350-0147.

 

Iowa National Guard units brace for possible cuts

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposal by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to shrink the Army National Guard by 20,000 soldiers and the Army reserve by 10,000 over the next few years has Iowa soldiers worried for their jobs. The Iowa Army National Guard has 7,200 soldiers statewide.

The Des Moines Register reports spokesman Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr. says the worst-case scenario would mean a loss of 500 to 600 soldiers. Or there could be no cuts. He says the state’s commanders are preparing for possible scenarios. Gov. Terry Branstad, who commands the soldiers in peacetime, says Democratic and Republican governors are telling federal government not to cut the National Guard.

When not fighting war guard troops respond to natural disasters, such as floods and tornadoes.

Fund established for family who lost their home in Hancock

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Daily NonPareil reports a fund has been established for a Hancock family that was displaced after their house burned down earlier this month.37-year old Cim Bird and three of her children were in their mobile home at 126 North Scott Street, when the fire broke out at around 5:40-p.m. on Feb. 3rd.

All four got out safely thanks to an alarm from a smoke detector. Cims’ oldest daughter and fiance, Charles, were not home at the time of the fire. The Hancock, Oakland and Avoca volunteer fire departments were called the scene. Despite their efforts, the home and its contents were a total loss.

Donations can be made at any U.S. Bank under Charles R. Bird Beneficiary. A spaghetti dinner will be held 4 p.m. March 8 at the American Legion Hall in Avoca at 112 N. Elm St. There is no cost, however the family will accept donations. The family also received support from the A-H-S-T Community School District, where their children attend school. Students in the district held a clothing drive and delivered the items to the family.

Plea deal reached in C. Bluffs arson case

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man originally charged with two felony counts of Attempted Murder and one count of 1st-degree Arson, has instead plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree arson in connection with a Nov. 21st, 2013 fire at his home. 21-year old Jacob Rolfe admitted to setting the blaze while his mother and 12-year-old brother still inside the home. According to the Daily NonPareil, Rolfe’s plea Monday in Council Bluffs District Court comes with a deferred judgment and supervised probation. The 21-year-old is currently serving a 60-day sentence for two counts of assault related to the incident, with his release set for mid-March.

In court, Jacob Rolfe’s attorney, Eric Nelson, in asking for the deferred judgement on the arson charge, noted his client had no prior brushes with the law, not even a traffic ticket. Judge Kathleen Kilnoski told Jacob Rolfe he must undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations as part of a plea deal and must adhere to any recommendations for treatment that come from those evaluations. The judge told Rolfe he must spend a total of 40 hours engaged in a combination of time at work, at school (he attends Iowa Western Community College), or treatment. If the man doesn’t meet the terms of his probation, he will be sent to prison on the arson charge.

Prosecutors say at around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 21st, Rolfe poured gasoline in the kitchen of his home at 112 Delong Ave., and used a match to set the blaze, all while his 41-year old mother, Jill Rolfe, and 12-year old brother Jordan, were sleeping. Authorities arrived on the scene to find Jacob Rolfe waiting at the curb, where he admitted to causing the fire. Rolfe said he’d used gasoline to set the fire when interviewed on the scene.

Rolfe told investigators he set the fire because he “was mad at his mother for being a bad mom” and “wanted her to know what it felt like to not have anything.” Jon Jacobmeier with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office said the pair had been arguing because Jill Rolfe wanted her son to get a job. Police reports noted Jacob Rolfe was intoxicated, and Council Bluffs Interim Fire Marshal Curtis McKeon noted Rolfe has a history of medical problems, including mental health issues. Even so, McKeon said Jacob Rolfe appeared to have his faculties while speaking with investigators.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 25th 2014

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February 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ames police are investigating a series of reports in which a man randomly punched people in the face and ran to a waiting getaway car. KCCI TV says two assaults were reported on February 16th and another Saturday night.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Frontier Airlines says it will resume flights into the Sioux City airport beginning this summer. The Sioux City Journal reports Frontier in June will begin flights three days a week between Sioux City and Denver. Frontier will become the second carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport, joining American Airlines. The new flights will use 138-seat Airbus 319 jets.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The cat room at the Iowa City animal shelter is open again for visitors looking to adopt and for new cats needing a home. The Iowa City Press Citizen reports the cat area of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has been closed for two weeks after an outbreak of a virus that can be fatal to cats was discovered.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has instructed the Hawkeyes to shut down their Twitter accounts for the rest of the season after senior Zach McCabe exchanged barbs with detractors on the social media service. McCabe air-balled a 3-pointer that could have tied the game with 16 seconds left against Wisconsin on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes went on to lose 79-74.