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Cass County Supervisors approve Urban Renewal Powers for Massena

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), voted 4-to 1 in favor of a Resolution giving consent to the City Massena, to exercise Urban Renewal Powers. The dissenting vote came from Board Chair Mark Wedemeyer, who wanted the CAM School District to give its blessing on the TIFing of 38 wind turbines located within a two-miles radius of the Massena City Limits, and because he wanted more public input.

Approving the Resolution does not mean the City will be able to institute Tax Increment Financing on the turbines. SWIPCO (Southwest Iowa Planning Council) Executive Director John McCurdy says it does set the ball rolling for future discussion involving officials with the CAM School District, City officials in Massena, the County, and SWIPCO. McCurdy offered to facilitate a meeting of the concerned parties.

Massena Mayor Linda Reinecke and McCurdy plan to appear before the CAM School Board during their meeting next week, to try and iron out the details of where and when such a meeting might take place, and to garner an iron clad position from the District, on how the TIF funds should or should not be used. Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer stressed the importance of having the CAM School Board’s voice heard on the matter.

Right now, all the Supervisors have is a spoken acknowledgement the CAM School Board is in favor of Massena using TIF monies for their sewer relining and street rehabilitation projects, which are expected to cost in the millions of dollars. In other business, the Board approved motions abating the taxes for Fiscal year 2014 on a parcel of abandoned land owned by the City of Anita, and the FY 2014 taxes owed by the Iowa DOT, for three parcels of land it acquired for a right of way. Both abatements are allowed under Iowa Code.

3 arrests in Cass County

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has issued a report on recent arrests. Officials say on Tuesday (Aug. 6th), 31-year old Ryan Michael Paul, of Eagle Grove, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Paul was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond.

On Sunday (Aug. 4th), deputies arrested 21-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak,  on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

And on July 31st, deputies in Cass County arrested 19-year old Cody Benjamin Carrol Johnson,  of Stanton,  on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

 

Cass Co. S/O releases details on Aug. 2nd accident

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday) released more information about an accident which occurred August 2nd in a construction zone, near Anita. Officials say at around 9:54-a.m. on that date, deputies responded to a report of an individual being struck by a semi on Highway 83 west of Anita in a construction zone. A 2008 Peterbilt driven by 22-year old Dylan Dennis Newell, of Anita, was eastbound in the construction zone on Highway 83, when a construction worker, David Christianson, made contact with the trailer of the semi. Christianson suffered cuts and bruises, and was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Fire and Rescue. No citations were issued.

Atlantic man arrested on Polk County warrant

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report the arrest on Tuesday of 18-year old Skylar Breeling, of Atlantic. Breeling was taken into custody on a Polk County warrant for felony Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana. The warrant was issued August 2nd, and was based on his failure to complete a PreSentence Investigation interview. Breeling was booked into the Cass County Jail and held without bond.

The A-PD reports also, a large group of keys has been turned into the Atlantic Police Department. If they are yours, you may call or stop by the P-D to identify and claim them.

Burglary & theft reported at Villisca pool

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating an incident of burglary which occurred at the Villisca Swimming Pool. Officials say the burglary happened sometime between 9-p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-a.m. today (Wednesday). The Sheriff’s Department says about $140 in candy was taken, and the buildings’ locks sustained $57 in damage. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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Red Oak man arrested on burglary & drug charges

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report one person was arrested following an attempted burglary, Wednesday morning. Officials say 29-year-old Kirby David Stoneking, of Red Oak, was arrested on attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, interference with official acts, possession of marijuana and entering contraband into a jail facility, charges. Stoneking was taken into custody after police were called to the 500 block of East Reed Street for a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers observed a man allegedly attempting to break into a business. Police say the man fled on foot behind the business after officers activated their emergency lights. Officers then chased the suspect on foot and several times ordered him to stop. They caught up with Stoneking in the 400 block of North 5th Street, and took him into custody.

As they were booking him into the Montgomery County Jail, officers discovered Stoneking had allegedly concealed a plastic bag containing marijuana. The man was being held in the jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Dallas County voters reject jail bond issue; Greene Co. voters approve gambling

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Dallas County voters have said no to a Board of Supervisors’ plan for a new county administration building and jail. A $16.9 million bond referendum was rejected by about 68 percent of voters on Tuesday.  The money would have helped the county pay the $22 million total price for the proposed 91,000-square-foot building on county-owned land in east Adel.

In other special elections Tuesday, more than 73 percent of Indianola voters rejected a proposal to move from a mayor-council form to a manager-council-at-large form of government. And in Greene County, more than 75 percent of voters approved a proposal to allow gambling. Developers want to build a $35 million casino and entertainment complex near Jefferson.

Floppy will be governor’s guest at state fair

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Floppy is going to be Gov. Terry Branstad’s companion at the Iowa State Fair. The governor’s office announced Tuesday the beagle puppet made famous by his 30-year-run on Des Moines TV station WHO will go on display in Branstad’s state fair booth in the Varied Industries Building. The fair begins Thursday. The puppet starred on “The Floppy Show” and came to life through the ventriloquism of Duane Ellett.

After Ellett died in 1987, his family donated Floppy and other puppets to the State Historical Society. Floppy was displayed from 1994 until earlier this year, when the puppet was removed to the outrage of his fans. After the fair, Floppy will be sent to Omaha, Neb., for repairs at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, then returned the State Historical Museum.