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Shelby County teens busted for underage drinking

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports four 18-year olds were arrested last week on alcohol charges, following a traffic stop. Taken into custody on May 25th, were: Brock Travis, Jared Klein, and Cari Freml, all of Harlan, and, Rachel Ferry, of Kirkman. Each was cited for Possession of Alcohol under legal age, and later released. Their booze was confiscated.

On that same day, 32-year old Shelly Hulsebus, of Harlan, turned herself in to authorities. The woman was wanted on an active Shelby County warrant for 3rd degree theft, after allegedly taking $412 from the cash register at the place of her employer, Bomgaars Supply, Incorporated, in April. Hulsebus was being held in the Shelby County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Authorities in Harlan also spent part of the past week investigating an incident of vandalism. On May 23rd, a Harlan woman reported that her 1992 Lincoln Town Carr was intentionally scratched on both sides, and the driver’s seat punctured twice. The damage was estimated at $1,500, and the case remains under investigation.

SUV stolen fom Harlan recovered in Mo. Valley

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department and authorities in Harrison County are investigating the theft of an SUV from Harlan. On Monday, officers with the Harlan P-D were called to the 900 block of Durant Street, where it was reported a 1997 Ford Explorer belonging to Donna Kester, had been stolen. The following evening, Harrison County Sheriff’s officials notified Harlan Police that the vehicle was recovered near Missouri Valley. The case remains under investigation.

Hearings set on illegal dumping ordinance

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, set June 13th and 20th as the dates for public hearings, and the 1st and 2nd readings of a proposed Illegal Dumping Ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted after the second reading, would apply to all the unincorporated areas of the County, and would call for a $100 fine on the 1st offense if the items illegally dumped weighed less than 10-pounds, or up to 15-cubic feet in volume, and up to $250 for the second and subsequent offenses. The fines increase from $250 to $500 respectively, for trash that exceeds 10-pounds, or 15-cubic feet in volume.

$1M Iowa Powerball ticket sold in Council Bluffs

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Lottery officials say someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Council Bluffs convenience store has won $1 million.  The lottery said in a news release Thursday that the ticket matched the first five numbers of 9, 10, 24, 52 and 56 but missed the Powerball number of 14.  The lottery says the ticket was purchased at D&S X-Press on North Broadway and that the buyer hasn’t come forward yet.   The lottery says it’s the fourth $1 million-winning ticket sold since the $2 Powerball began in January. One of prizes was claimed by a Council Bluffs woman.  No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing, so jackpot is expected to hit $164 million for Saturday’s drawing.

Atlantic man arrested on warrants

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 32-year old Zachary Watkins, of Atlantic, was arrested this (Thursday) morning on Cass County warrants, charging him with two-counts of Burglary in the 2nd degree, Simple Assault, and Trespassing. Watkins was brought to the Cass County Jail and held, pending a court appearance.

Sheriff McLaren receives recognition award

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren received an award today (Thursday) honoring him for his committment to a member of the military who served overseas, who also is one of his deputies. Jerry Hansen Veteran’s Service Officer for Montgomery County made the award to McLaren on behalf of the Iowa and National Committees for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is under the office of the Secretary of Defense.

(at left) Jerry Hansen, (Center) Sheriff Darby McLaren, (right) Deputy Ryan Johnson

McLaren was nominated for the Secretary of Defense Employer’s Support Freedom Award by Deputy Ryan Johnson, who was required to take time off of his job to serve in the military, overseas. The award is the U-S Government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Only members of the Guard and Reserve and their family members are eligible to nominate their employers for the award.

Hansen said the award “Recognizes employers who support goodwill, are critically important to retaining highly skilled and qualified members of the Guard and Reserve.” He says Johnson felt strongly enough about McLaren’s support to nominate him and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department for the recognition. In his letter nominating McLaren, Johnson said he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan. After notifying McLaren of his deployment and the duties he needed to atteded to prior to deploying overseas, he says McLaren understood the committment, and explained the situation in detail to the remaining deputies and staff.

While on active duty, Johnson says McLaren saw to it his wife was taken care of, including providing them with security after an attempted break-in at their home, and even removing a snake from his basement. Johnson said his wife was “treated like a queen”by the other deputies and staff. He says when he returned from his deployment, McLaren told him to take as much time as necessary to re-adjust to life and worked on scheduling, so Johnson could spend time with his wife, whom he was away from for 15-months. He ended his statement my saying “My boss is great.”

McLaren, humble in his acceptance of the award, said it was as much for the deputies in his office as it was for himself, because of their committment to working the extra hours necessary to cover for their fellow employee. He especially thanked former deputies Brian Rink and Don Lappe, for stepping-in to volunteer their time. McLaren said he feels “Unwarranted for accepting the award from the military, based on what Ryan (and his fellow soldiers) were giving up,” to serve our Country. He says the deputies “Were home with their wives and families every night, while they (the soldiers) were overseas, risking their lives.”

Iowa DOT captures story of historic 2011 Missouri River flood

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation today (Thursday) announced the release of a Storify project, chronicling the 2011 Missouri River flooding and its impacts on Iowa’s transportation system. Photos, video and news articles are featured, along with a narrative detailing the events that unfolded as the flood waters inundated western Iowa.

Just one of the images from the historic Mo. River flood of 2011

Go to http://www.iowadot.gov/ to view the story, and take the six-month journey to recount the flood fight, extensive damage and how quickly Iowa was able to rebuild.  

The flooding in Iowa covered a distance of 150 miles from Sioux City to Hamburg. In its path roadways were turned to rubble or covered with a thick layer of sludge. Vegetation was stripped from the landscape. Closure of miles of Interstate 29, coupled with the closing of the Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha, Neb., left motorists searching for detours that took them miles out of their way.

If you would like to recount your personal experience with the 2011 flood, visit the Iowa DOT’s Facebook site and post a comment or upload your photos or video: www.facebook.com/iowadot.

Shelby County DevelopSource announces business competition

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Shelby County DevelopSource say their 2012 Business Plan Competition is underway. “Shelby County New Enterprises,”  is a business plan competition open to all start-up and expansion businesses located in or willing to locate to Shelby County. The competition winner can receive up to $30,000 in start up grants. Costs eligible for the funds include feasibility studies, market research, and equipment; purchase/improve property, marketing and more.

In addition, the winner or winners could receive other free items such as basic website design, office space for three months, newspaper and radio advertising, mentoring and assistance in completing finance package. Entrepreneurs with business ideas to implement in Shelby County are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application to the Shelby County New Enterprises is Friday, July 20th. A panel of judges will select the finalists and all finalists have the opportunity to present their business plan on Thursday, August 16th. More information and an application form can be found at www.developsource.com .

Cass Co. Supervisors sign letter of support naming 2 bridges in honor of fallen troopers

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Thursday) approved a Resolution authorizing Board Chair Duane McFadden to sign of a letter of support naming two bridges in the County in honor of two State Troopers who were killed in the line of duty 23-years ago.

Lt. Michael J. Miller, with the State Patrol, said the Iowa Legislature granted permission

ISP Lt. Michael J. Miller (left) speaks to the Cass Co. Supervisors

to rename bridges in the State of Iowa, as Memorial Bridges for fallen Troopers. Miller said since the State Patrol was formed in 1935, 10 Troopers have lost their lives in the line of duty, with two having died in Cass County. Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch and Trooper Stanley Gerling were killed in an airplane accident on June 30th, 1989, southwest of Atlantic. The pair had been searching for an elderly man who had wandered off, and were about to call off the search when they troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground. Troopers Dietsch and Gerling were the first aircraft fatalities since the addition of the Patrol Airwing in 1956.

Miller said his job was to try and locate a couple of bridges close to where the accident occurred, and suggest they be named in honor of Dietch and Gerling. The two bridges he chose are west and northeast of Lewis,  and were not already named in honor of a notable individual. They included the #432 bridge west of Lewis, which crosses Indian Creek, and the #464 bridge northeast of Lewis, over Turkey Creek. The Indian Creek bridge will be named in honor of Dietsch, while the Turkey Creek bridge will be named in honor of Gerling. Printed samples of what the signs will look like (Courtesy Lt. Miller)

Miller said the 6-foot by three-foot signs were created by the Iowa Dept. of Transportation and are ready to be installed by the State.

NE man hurt in Shelby Co. tractor-trailer rollover

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say a Nebraska man was injured when the semi he was driving rolled into a ditch Wednesday evening. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year old Roger Cooley, of Valley, NE was traveling in a 2005 Freightliner eastbound on Highway 44 near Ironwood Road at around 6:15-p.m., when he lost control of the rig, which traveled into the south ditch and came to rest on its side. The semi was hauling a load of coal, which spilled into a waterway along with diesel fuel, which spilled from one of the crushed tanks on the semi’s tractor.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was called to the scene and ordered a cleanup of the water way and soil. Highway 44 was closed while the clean-up efforts were underway, and traffic was re-routed. Cooley was transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment, and later released. Both the tractor and trailer were estimated to be a total loss. The Harlan Fire Department assisted the Shelby County Sheriff’s at the accident scene.