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ISP releases more info. on Sept. 12th crash in Cass County

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol, Monday, released more information about a crash which occurred on Interstate 80 last Wednesday (Sept. 12th), in Cass County. As we reported on KJAN.com that same evening, one person suffered minor injuries when a pickup pulling a camper  overturned into the north ditch, at around 7:30-p.m., near the Elk Horn exit. Officials say a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by 71-year old David Herrmann, of Sturgis, Michigan, was traveling west on I-80. As he entered a construction zone, the SUV hit the cones which set out to guide traffic into the left lane. The Patrol says Herrmann panicked and hit his brakes, causing the travel trailer he was pulling to jackknife. The SUV and trailer continued westbound until both rolled onto their left sides into the ditch at about the 54-mile marker. Herrmann, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Atlantic Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, for treatment of his injuries. He was later cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The SUV was totaled in the crash.

Missing Missouri man found in western Iowa

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – A missing Missouri man has been found by some hunters in western Iowa.    Authorities say 36-year-old Daniel Stockwell, of Meadville, Mo., was found Sunday morning near the Missouri River, west of Onawa. He’d last been seen walking at the Whiting Marina on Wednesday.  Stockwell was taken to a hospital for observation.

Burglary and vandalism in Clarinda

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Clarinda are investigating recent incidents of theft and vandalism. Police Chief Keith Brothers said a resident on Wells Street reported Saturday, that her home had been burglarized and property taken. Entry was forced into the house through a sliding glass door. A thirty-two inch television and surround sound system was stolen from the home.  The loss of the property and damage to the home is estimated at $1,600.00. The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime between August 30th and September 15th.

On Friday, a Clarinda man reported that four tires on a 2005 Dodge he owns were punctured sometime during the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 12th while the vehicle was parked in the 100 block of West Washington Street. The damage is estimated at $400.00.

And, on Thursday, September 13th,  a female resident in the 900 block of West Tarkio Street in Clarinda reported that two tires on a 2004 Kia she owns were punctured sometime on Wednesday, September 12th between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in parking lot at the Meadow Run Apartment Complex. The estimate of damage is $330.00.

All three incidents remain under investigation.

2 injured, 1 arrested following a weekend fight in Clarinda

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says a Clarinda man was arrested early Saturday morning on assault charges, following a fight at 822 East Chestnut Street. 23-year old William Jake Champ, was charged with Serious Assault and Simple Assault, after allegedly striking 22-year old Tyson Banks, and 23-year old Taylor Banks, both of Clarinda. Both Tyson and Taylor Banks received injuries during the altercation, but neither sought medical attention at the time of the incident. Champ was taken into custody and later released on $1,000.00 bail. The matter has been referred to the Page County Attorney’s office for review.

Chief Brothers say also, a Clarinda man was arrested today (Monday), on drug charges. 35-year old Bradley William Honnold, faces a serious misdemeanor charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine. Honnold turned himself in at the police department. He was later released on his own recognizance and will appear before the Page County Magistrate at a later date for an initial appearance.

And, Police officers in Clarinda  arrested four female juveniles at around 1:30-a.m. Sunday, for violation of the City of Clarinda curfew. The girls were taken into custody in the 300 block of Eas Garfield. Two of the juveniles were age 16, one 15 and one 14. The juveniles were subsequently released to the custody of their parents.

Accident and arrest in Atlantic

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports an accident Saturday evening at 9th and Walnut Streets resulted in $3,500 damage, but no injuries. Officials say Melanie Mullen, of Atlantic, was traveling north on Walnut Street, when she became distracted. When she looked up, her vehicle hit a legally parked car registered to Kenneth Archibald, of Atlantic. Mullen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

And, the A-PD reports 31-year old Mitchell Mullins, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday, on a charge of OWI/3rd offense. Mullins was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

(12:40-p.m. News)

Branstad, Reynolds announce video contest in conjunction with Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said today (Monday), that they are inviting all Iowa middle schools and high schools to submit a video about what their school is doing to prevent bullying and what more might be done. The videos are being requested prior to the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit, which will be held Nov. 27th at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

During the Governor’s weekly Press Conference, Branstad and Reynolds noted that each video should reflect the theme of “Preventing Bullying in Your School and Beyond.” The audience for the video will include students, teachers, school administrators, parents and community leaders.

School, parents and businesses are encouraged to print out this flyer to help spread the word: https://governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Bullying-Summit-Video-Contest-Flyer.pdf

Branstad says students should use this as an opportunity to tell your school’s story about how bullying is being stopped, what more might be done, and how to better engage the community as a whole in bullying prevention efforts. Videos that meet all contest guidelines will be posted to Governor Branstad’s YouTube channel, with the public invited to choose their favorite between Nov. 12 and Nov. 21. Guidelines may be found at: https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/.

The top vote-getter will receive a $500 prize to be used for bullying prevention efforts at their school, along with a visit by the governor and lieutenant governor for an all-school assembly. The video contest winner will be announced at the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit.

Truck driver hurt during Friday accident, north of Atlantic

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a truck driver from Pottawattamie County was injured during a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon. Officials say the accident happened at around 3-p.m.,  on Troublesome Creek Road, about one-half mile west of Highway 71. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a 2006 Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with corn, driven by 48-year old Roger Fred Hobus, of Avoca, was westbound on Troublesome Creek Road when Hobus reportedly drove to the north edge of the gravel road to avoid an oncoming car.

As he pulled to the side, the road edge gave way, causing the truck to roll over onto its right side into the north ditch. Hobus was taken via private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital,  where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $20,000. A fence in the north ditch also sustained damages of $500.

Shelby County Fire Danger rating reduced to “Moderate”

News, Weather

September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the Fire Danger rating in the County, to “Moderate.” The rating had been set at “High” this past week, and in weeks prior, the “Extreme” category. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said today (Monday), that current weather conditions have “Opened-up a window of opportunity,” for those who have been holding-off on burning piles or CRP ground. Seivert says conditions through this coming Thursday will be better than they have been for several weeks. After Thursday, it looks like fall drying conditions will continue, and the grasslands will continue to die-off.

Seivert reminds Shelby County residents to exercise caution with all burns, and to contact your local Fire Chief or the EMA, if you have any questions about what the best time of day is to conduct an open burn, and the safest methods to do so.

Harlan Police issue arrest report

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department, today (Monday), issued a cumulative arrest report. The report covers incidents and arrests having occurred since August 26th. Most recently, on Sept. 11th, authorities say an arrest warrant was issued for 26-year old Zachary Scheffler, of Harlan. The warrant  was issued after officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of 6th Street, during which Scheffler allegedly assaulted a woman during an argument. Scheffler had been released earlier in the day on $2,000 bond, in association with an Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charge of Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender.

And, as we told during our news last Friday, 14-year old Bryan Wilke was arrested Sept. 9th on a felony charge of extortion, after allegedly demanding money and/or goods from the mother of a 12-year old girl, who had allegedly taken inappropriate pictures of herself and sent them to Wilke in the form of a text message. Wilke was allegedly willing to trade those pictures to the girls’ mother in exchange for $6,000 and/or unspecified goods.

The H-PD says also, 17-year old Jessi Gregg, of Paola, KS, was cited Sept. 9th, for being a minor in possession of tobacco. The citation was issued after authorities were called to a disturbance in the 1800 block of 10th Street. Gregg was cited for the offense, and released.

Adair County Supervisors to meet Tuesday

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Adair County Board of Supervisors will gather Tuesday morning at the courthouse in Greenfield, for their regular weekly meeting. During their 9-a.m. session (which is normally held on Wednesday), the Board will canvass the result of a Special School Election, as well as discuss and/or act on: a Tax Abatement Resolution; a Transfer Resolution, and a Fiscal Year 2012 Iowa Municipal Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) Workman’s Comp Audit Report.

At 9:15-a.m., Sheriff Brad Newton is scheduled to discuss the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) and Fire Suppression contracts. At 9:30, the Board will hear from Joyce Ray, with regard to the Wayne Ray Memorial. And, at 9:45, County Engineer Nick Kauffman will present a proposal from Gus Construction, for culvert extensions on County Road G-30. Kauffman will also give a Secondary Roads Department report, and his regular report on Maintenance and Activities.