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Cass County Auditor reminds about petitions to file for elections


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

With City Elections set to take place on November 3, 2015 Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman is reminding the public that nomination petitions for a city office must now be filed with the County Auditor and not with City Clerks.

The first day to file papers is today August 24th with the final day to file being September 17th.

The process for filing nomination petitions is as follows:

  • Obtain an original nomination petition and candidate’s guide from the county
    auditor, city clerk or online from the Iowa Secretary of State www.sos.iowa.gov.
  • Obtain the nomination signatures of the required number of eligible electors of
    the city or ward, as the case may be (The candidate’s guide lists the number of
    signatures required. In Cass County, the number of signatures required is 10 for
    all positions except the Atlantic At Large council position for which a minimum of 16 signatures are required.). A person may sign nomination petitions for more than one candidate for the same office.
  • Attach a notarized affidavit acknowledging the candidate’s eligibility.
  • File the petition with the County Auditor prior to 5 p.m. on September 17, 2015.

Each candidate who successfully files a completed nomination petition is assured a place on the ballot.

Adair County arrest report


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office released their weekly arrest report on Monday.

On Wednesday, August 19th at 4:18pm officers arrested 39-year-old Clinton Troy Hostetler of Stuart for Theft in the 5th Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, and Trespass-Injury/Damage greater than $200.  Hostetler was later released on $5,000 bond.

Also on Wednesday, August 19th Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 39-year-old Marc Edward Ernst of Bridgewater for Forgery, Credit Card Fraud, and Driving Under Suspension.  He was later released on $5,000 bond.

Greenfield Police arrested 47-year-old Paula Kay Pelkey of Greenfield at 9:49pm Wednesday, August 19th.  Pelkey was charged with Going Armed with Intent, and Assault on a Peace Officer.  Pelkey was later released on own recognizance.

On Friday, August 21st Stuart Police arrested 23-year-old Gideon Lee Corbett of Dexter at 2:51pm in the 100 block of NW 2nd Street in Stuart.  Corbett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Endangerment.  Corbett was taken into custody and held on $100,000 bond.

On Sunday, August 23rd at 2:25am Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 32-year-old Nicholas George Harvalis of Greenfield in the 2800 block of Bridgewater Road.  Harvalis was charged Harassment of a Public Official and later released on $300 bond.

Finally on Sunday, August 23rd at 3:00am Adair County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 25-year-old Colleen Nicole Denton of Fontanelle in the 2800 block of Bridgewater Road.  Denton was charged with Driving Under Suspension and was later released on $300 bond.

Exira-EHK School Board to meet tonight


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Exira-EHK School board will meet this evening at 7:00pm in the Family Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn.  The agenda includes multiple reports and review of multiple contracts.  Action items include approval of a 2nd reading of revised board policies, approval of a bid for bread for the school year, approval of revised FFA trip, approving leadership payroll transfer, and consideration of general funding allocation for PBIS purchases.

Atlantic School Board candidate forum to be held Tuesday


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

7 candidates are running for three open spots on the Atlantic School Board and the public will be given the opportunity to hear from them on Tuesday night.  A candidate forum is set for 7:00pm Tuesday, August 25th at the Atlantic High School Auditorium.

The seven candidates are: Doug Bierbaum, Alison Bruckner, Bob Drogo, Mark Foegen, Dennis Schwanke, Dr. Keith Swanson, and Jenny Williams.

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum.


No injuries after shots fired in Council Bluffs early Monday


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

No one was injured after shots were fired during an incident in Council Bluffs early Monday morning.  The Council Bluffs Police are investigating after officers responded to a report of shots fired at approximately 12:47am at 535 East Broadway in
Council Bluffs. Upon officers’ arrival at the scene which is a Walgreen’s store, they were informed that a white Ford Focus, leaving the scene was involved in the incident.

Officers were able to make a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of State St. and East Pierce St. at 12:51am. In Interviewing the two subjects at the scene, it was determined that the passenger in the Ford Focus, was the target of the shooting.

A witness who was buying groceries in the store said an unknown individual followed them out of the store and got into a dark colored SUV in the parking lot. At that time, the driver of the dark colored SUV, exclaimed the victim had “mean mugged” his friend inside the store. As the victim exited the store, the driver of the dark colored SUV, fired a shot at the victim with an unknown firearm as he left the store. The suspect fled the scene in the dark colored SUV and has not been located at this time.

No injuries were reported by the victim. There is video of the incident and this case will be followed up by the Criminal Investigation Division. The victim’s name
is not being released as this is an ongoing investigation.

Two OWI arrests in Creston over the weekend


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports two Operating While Intoxicated arrests over the weekend.

On Friday, August 21st at 9:45pm Officers arrested 22-year-old Jacob Dobb of Creston on Highway 34 for OWI 2nd Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  He was later released from the Union County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Then early Sunday morning at 5:16am Officers arrested 19-year-old Dallon Grinder of Creston was arrested at 608 Wyoming Street and charged with OWI 1st Offense.  Grinder was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

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Trailer tire causes accident in Creston


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Creston PD reports an accident involving two vehicles on Friday night at 8:25pm.  A 2001 Honda Odyssey Van driven by a Glenwood man was traveling south bound on New York Avenue in Creston when a Dodge Truck pulling a trailer traveling in the same direction had a tire fall of the trailer.  The tire rolled into the lane of the van and struck it in the front bumper area.  The truck and trailer were owned by a Shannon City, IA man and conditions were rainy during the accident. A damage estimate was not able to be obtained due to previous damage to the van from another accident.  The Glenwood man suffered possible injuries as the result of the accident.

Details released on rural Montgomery County accident


August 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Details have been released by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office about an accident on Monday, August 17th.  On that date the Montgomery County Communications received a call at 9:19pm stating there was a single vehicle property damage accident on 110th Street, 1/2 mile West of Grant.

After investigation it was determined that a 1997 Chevy 1500 operated by 73-year-old Terry Evans of Corning was parked across the traveled portion of the road with it’s four-way flashers on while attempting to close a gate after putting cattle back in the fence.  A 2013 Chevy Impala driven by 56-year-old Michael Webb of Red Oak crested the hill traveling Westbound and took evasive action to avoid hitting the Evans vehicle.  This caused the vehicle to lose control and enter the North ditch causing about $2,500 damage to the vehicle.  No other details were reported and charges are pending at this time.

Special Traffic Enforcement Program planned for Aug. 25th-Sept. 7th


August 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Law enforcement agencies from across Iowa and the nation will be stepping up enforcement to save lives from now through this Labor Day weekend. Authorities say the motoring public will notice more officers and increased safety messaging.The Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) runs August 25th through September 7th.

The Labor Day weekend traditionally signals the end of summer and often involves one last road trip for the year with the family. It also involves a high rate of drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, the most recent year in which data is available, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Almost half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking, and 27 percent of those drivers had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – nearly twice the legal limit of .08. In the same time period, four (4) people were killed in crashes in Iowa, twenty-five percent of those were alcohol related.

Iowa is offering a new, SaferRide mobile app (which is free from the Apple iTunes store and Google Play) that can help users call a taxi or a friend for a ride home. The app can even help you identify your location so you can be picked up. If you know you will be drinking, plan how you will get home afterward.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that, “Driving sober is not just a recommendation, it’s the law!”