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Adams County arrest report

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County Wednesday morning, released a report on recent arrests. Authorities say 33-year old Lyda Rachel Wilson, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 9:10-p.m. Tuesday after she left the Adams County Sheriff’s Office driving on a suspended license. Wilson was charged with Driving While Revoked. Her bond was set at just over $1,573.

And, at around 6:30-p.m. Tuesday, deputies in Adams County arrested 27-year old old Crystal Estell, of Corning, for Driving While Barred and Failure to file for SR-22 insurance. Her bond was set at slightly more than $2,573.

IA Flag stolen, U-S Flag disrespected in Hamburg

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding who stole an Iowa flag from a pole and left an American flag lying on the ground. The incident happened Friday between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. near Main and E streets in Hamburg. The city of Hamburg is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those involved. Fremont County Crime Stoppers also will match the $1,000 reward. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (712) 374-2424 or crime stoppers at 1 (800) 432-9240.

In a separate incident, three flags, including from the U-S Post Office, was reported stolen from Macksburg last week.

SW IA authorities on the lookout for missing Essex teen

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 6:48-a.m. 3/26/14 – Authorities in Shenandoah say Bird has been found with the assistance of Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies. No other details were provided.)

Authorities in southwest Iowa are asking for the public’s help in finding a teenager who’s been missing for more than four days. The Daily NonPareil reports 16-year old Brydget Bird, of Essex, was last seen by her mother Friday night. Shenandoah Police Chief Kris Grebert says the girl was reported missing the next day.

Brydget Bird

Brydget Bird

Bird is 5-foot-5 and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black pants, a long sleeve white shirt and a Superman backpack. Police believe she may have left home in a silver Chevy HHR with Iowa plates.

Bird could possibly be with friends in the Shenandoah, Clarinda or Essex areas. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Shenandoah Police at (712) 246-3512.

Boots to Heels Women’s Conference Set for April 12th

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Women in Southwest Iowa are invited to a day of fun, learning and friendship during the annual Boots to Heels Conference on Saturday, April 12th. The conference runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Organizers say a dynamic lineup of speakers are scheduled for the one-day conference, to focus on the interests of women living and working in rural Iowa.

Kate Olson, program coordinator with Cass County ISU Extensio, says this is an event for any woman who wants to have fun and learn about farm related topics and plenty of other topics for ladies who do not have a farm background. Currently scheduled speakers include Kris Boettger, owner of Barn Happy, a restored old barn near Cedar Falls that features all Iowa made products, as the keynote speaker to start off the conference. Boettger will encourage attendees to know themselves, find balance in their lives and serve out their strengths in a session titled “Living and Giving Your Best.”

Brandi Eckles, owner of Lou Lou’s clothing store in Atlantic, will discuss fashion trends and share tips for mixing and matching the newest trend pieces in her session “3 outfits 9 ways” during the lunch hour. Additional breakout sessions include some favorite speakers and topics from years past. Breakout topics range from fitness to food and wine pairing, and farmland leasing to arm-knitting a scarf! Favorite presenters from previous conferences include Kate Kohorst, Dawn Rice and Aubrey Stuart. A few new speakers also join the lineup to share their expertise with conference attendees.

A full list of breakout sessions and descriptions is available on the Cass County Extension website at www.extension.iastate.edu.   Registration for the entire day, which includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, lunch, dessert and materials, is just $30. Registration forms with a full schedule are available at the Cass County Extension office and other local supporting businesses, or can be printed at the Cass County Extension Website www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

Iowa superintendent resigns to save district money

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COON RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A schools superintendent in west-central Iowa says he is resigning in an effort to save his district money. Rich Stoffers, superintendent for the Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District, says he’s taken an early retirement package in order to save thousands of dollars for the district next year. He called the decision bittersweet.

The Daily Times Herald reports Stoffers says financial challenges have been mounting for the small district, which aims to cut about $400,000 from its general fund budget for the upcoming school year. Stoffers, who is also an elementary school principal, recommends that the district share the superintendent position with another administrator. School board president Joel Davis says he has contacted other superintendents about the option, but it’s too early in the process to comment further on it.

Official questions Council Bluff’s crime data

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A county official in western Iowa is questioning how Council Bluffs police recorded inaccurate crime data in the past. The Council Bluffs Police Department recently announced that crime data for most of 2012 was reported at a higher rate because of a glitch in its records software. Authorities say the problem was resolved late last year.

Pottawattamie County Board member Loren Knauss says he has since reported the issue to state officials out of concern with funding that was issued based on the statistics. The Omaha World-Herald reports Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh questioned Knauss’ actions, since the inquiry may require authorities to return money. Knauss says he has a legal and ethical obligation to report the situation.

Groups object to addition in Iowa casino case

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Multiple parties in a legal fight over casino gambling in Sioux City are objecting to a group’s bid to join a lawsuit. Warrior Entertainment LLC recently filed requests to intervene in a lawsuit by Penn National Gaming Co.

Penn is challenging the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s decision last year to award a casino license to the owners of the Hard Rock casino. Warrior Entertainment, a partnership involving Ho-Chunk Inc. and others, also lost a bid.

The Sioux City Journal reports the commission, the Hard Rock developer and Sioux City officials all object to Warrior Entertainment’s petition. The commission argued in a motion Monday that the group is trying to “piggyback” onto the lawsuit. Ho-Chunk President and CEO Lance Morgan says the group has an interest in the proceedings.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 26th 2014

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March 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa House have advanced a bill attempting to change the state’s law dealing with drunken drivers. The bill would allow offenders to begin driving more quickly if they install an ignition lock device, which requires drivers to show they haven’t had alcohol before their vehicle ignition will unlock.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to toughen laws against sexual assaults in state military forces and to hold the Iowa National Guard accountable for such abuses has won the Iowa House’s support. The measure would ensure that victims are aware of their right to report assaults and require the Guard to comply with certain reporting standards. It would require the Iowa National Guard to file a report annually to the Legislature detailing sexual abuse allegations. It also would make it illegal for a commander to interfere in a victim’s reporting process.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A county official in western Iowa is questioning how Council Bluffs police recorded inaccurate crime data in the past. The Council Bluffs Police Department recently announced that crime data for most of 2012 was reported at a higher rate because of a glitch in its records software. Authorities say the problem was resolved late last year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that previously added pets to domestic abuse protective orders was amended by the Iowa House to also include property of emotional value. The legislation would give judges discretion to include property if a victim is emotionally attached to such items as well.

Now it’s a 4-way race for Cass County Recorder

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March 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Another name has been thrown into the hat for the Cass County Recorder’s job. Auditor Dale Sunderman reports Delbert Thurman, a Republican from Atlantic, has filed nomination papers for the June 3rd Primary. Thurman, the only male candidate for the Recorder’s position, joins fellow Republican candidates Mary Ward, Jess Ehrman and Shelly Glynn, in the bid to become Recorder. Thurman filed his nomination papers today (Tuesday).

Students to Participate in Capitol Youth Day 2014

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March 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

High school students from across Iowa will be at the State Capitol in Des Moines for Capitol Youth Day on March 26th and 27th.  Capitol Youth Day celebrates Democracy Day and provides high school students with a non-partisan overview of the importance of civic participation and the electoral process.

Among the students participating on Wednesday, are those from: Adair-Casey; Panorama; Fremont-Mills and East Sac County. On Thursday, students from: Coon Rapids-Bayard Junior High; Glidden-Ralston and Council Bluffs/Thomas Jefferson will be participating in the event.

Democracy Day was started in March of 2011 by Rock the Vote to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment and a national effort to promote civic education in high schools.

During Capitol Youth Day, students will have the opportunity to meet with members of the state legislature and statewide elected officials; participate in an interactive election activity; tour the Capitol; and participate in a student rally. Capitol Youth Day is sponsored by the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.  The Capitol Youth Day lunch is sponsored by Hy-Vee and Anderson Erickson Dairy.