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Deter Motor Co. awarded Improvement Award


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce’ Image Committee has awarded Deter Motor Company Community with Improvement Award.

Pictured:   Saluk, Gene Fischer, Dolly Bergmann, Scott Deter,  Rich Perry and Gerald Brink

Pictured: Saluk, Gene Fischer, Dolly Bergmann, Scott Deter, Rich Perry and Gerald Brink

The Chamber’s Dolly Bergmann said “It is nice to see a well-established business like Deter’s make the investment to change and update their building, leaving their customers with a positive impression of the business.

The Community Improvement Award is given to a business that takes pride in making Atlantic a welcoming and beautiful community by continuing to improve its appearance.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral announcements, 8/25/14

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August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Creston Police Report, 8/25/14


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report five people were arrested over the weekend on separate charges. Early Sunday morning, 55-year old Andrew Lewis Carney, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) on a charge of OWI/2nd offense, and two counts of Child Endangerment. He was later released on $2,000 bond.

24-year old Matthew Jon Buchanan, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:10-a.m., Sunday, for Driving While Suspended, and Eluding. He was later released on $1,000 bond. At around 4:10-a.m. Sunday, 23-year old Jacob Troy Eischeid, of Waukee, was arrested at the Union County LEC in Creston, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. He was also later released on $1,000 bond.

This past Saturday, 32-year old Jason Donald Willey, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County LEC on a warrant for Probation Violation. Willey was being held without bond in the Ringgold County Jail, awaiting an appearance before the magistrate. And, 29-year old Monica Pettit, of Creston, was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Union County jail on a Union County warrant for Credit Card Fraud. She was subsequently released on $2,000 bond.

Last Friday afternoon, two people were arrested on 5th degree Theft charges at the Wal-Mart in Creston. 51-year old David Lynn McMullen, of Creston, and 53-year old Lorie Cooper Lee, of Bridgewater, was later released on a Promise to Appear before the magistrate at a later date.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News/Funeral report, Mon. 8/25/2014

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August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Doctor/author Ben Carson greeted in Iowa by chants of “Run, Ben, Run”


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A retired neurosurgeon who is the author of a book that’s on the New York Times best-seller list spoke to over four-hundred Republicans in Iowa’s capital city last night (Sunday). Supporters in the crowd wore t-shirts and waved signs encouraging Ben Carson to run for president in 2016. “It’s been a little while since we’ve been to Iowa, a wonderful, wonderful place — particularly if you like corn,” Carson said, then Carson and the crowd laughed. After his speech, more than 100 people waited in line to get Carson’s signature on his book, which is titled “One Nation.”

Carson says this is no time for Republicans to relax because of the stakes in this fall’s election. “I’m not sure if we don’t take the Senate in November that there’ll even be an election in 2016 at the rate that we’re going because we will still have Harry Reid. He still will be pocket-vetoing everything and the president will be expanding his executive powers and who is to say how long our republic can stand that.” Carson says one reason America can’t solve problems is because “political correctness” is keeping citizens from having “honest conversations” with one another.

“I hate political correctness. I think it is a destructive thing. It’s antithetical to one of the founding principles of our nation — freedom of speech and freedom of expression.” Carson was the keynote speaker at a Polk County Republican Party fundraiser. Richard Hamann of West Des Moines hopes Carson runs in 2016 because he sees Carson as an effective communicator, in the mold of Ronald Reagan.

“(Reagan) communicated to the people, not at the people,” Hamann says. “Carson is right, talks to you and you understand what he is saying.” And Hamann says Carson’s inspiring life story is an asset, too. Thirty-two names were listed on a “straw poll” ballot handed out to those who bought tickets to Sunday night’s Polk County G-O-P fundraiser and Carson won. Some of Carson’s supporters came from surrounding states and arrived three hours before the event started — and five hours before Carson got there — to ensure they got in.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa residence hall emptied over unknown chemical


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a University of Iowa residence hall was evacuated the night before classes began after an unknown chemical was reported and a student was found unresponsive.  The 500-person capacity Slater Hall was evacuated for about four hours Sunday night. Students were allowed to return around 11:30 p.m. after police said there were no toxic or explosive dangers. Police didn’t identify the chemical.

Police spokesman Chuck Green tells The Daily Iowan a male student was transported to an area hospital after he was found in a third-floor lounge. An update on his condition was not available Sunday night, but Green says no one was injured by the chemical. It’s unclear what was wrong with the student.

Green says the residence hall was evacuated as a “safety precaution.”

Police: Man arrested in Iowa trail murder


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have charged a 49-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found near a recreational trail. Clive Police Chief Michael Venema says officers arrested Steven Jonas late Sunday. He is charged in the death of 21-year-old Zachary Michael Paulsen.

Volunteers cleaning the Greenbelt Trail found Paulsen’s body lying against a fence on the property of a business owned by his family. An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine his cause of death. Venema didn’t disclose evidence for arresting Jonas.

Jonas is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

NE men arrested on drug charges in SW IA


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Nebraska were arrested on drug charges Sunday evening in southwest Iowa. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says Clinton Doiel and Darrel Wichman, both of Nebraska City, NE, were arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, following a traffic stop.

Doiel, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Both men were being held in the Fremont Count Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 25th 2014


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Governor Terry Branstad is optimistic a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for re-election, has offered a rebooted version of his broadband proposal. Branstad calls it the “Connect Every Acre” plan.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. The Sioux City Journal reports Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe. Sales manager Paul Schumacher says the company has developed ways to make the concrete barriers more attractive. And in recent years, there has been renewed interest in the company’s livestock waterers.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge increased a Marshalltown man’s bond to $1 million after he was charged with killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports the new bond amount for Branden Collins was set Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment on Friday.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The man killed outside a Waterloo night club this weekend has been identified as a 35-year-old Twin Cities man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Sanders Funeral Service identified the victim of Saturday’s shooting as Celio Antonio Posada of Minneapolis. The shooting outside El Senior Tequila Nightclub was reported around 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities issue alert about alleged roofing contractor’s scam


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police, city officials and a former employer are warning the public about an alleged scam artist in Council Bluffs. According to the Daily NonPareil, 39-year old James Urso, also known as “James Fetter,” has left a trail of unhappy customers throughout the country, often times taking money up front for work he fails to complete.

James Urso, AKA "James Fetter."

James Urso, AKA “James Fetter.”

Officials in Council Bluffs say he’s likely doing the work there, to pay restitution to victims allegedly scammed elsewhere. In April, Ohio’s Attorney General announced the indictment of James Urso on felony theft charges relating to his home improvement businesses.

Urso, of Mt. Gilead, OH, operated companies under the names Help Point Restoration LLC and ZunCare Restoration LLC. The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Urso took nearly $22,000 from four homeowners for roof replacement and other repairs but failed to perform the work, deliver the materials, or provide a refund.

In December 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section filed a civil lawsuit against Urso and his companies, for violations of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act. As a result of the lawsuit, Urso was ordered to pay more than $52,800 in consumer restitution and civil penalties to the state of Ohio.  On April 29th, a warrant was issued for Urso’s arrest in Ohio. The felony warrant charged him with 5th degree theft and 4th degree Theft/Theft from an Elderly person.

Urso plead guilty to the charges earlier this month. He’s scheduled to appear in an Ohio court on Oct. 2nd for a disposition hearing. He’s also been charged in Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Anyone in the area who’s had money stolen by a contractor is asked to call police at (712) 328-5737.