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IA SUPCO Board suspends Atlantic lawyer/Magistrate judge’ license

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board on Friday, suspended the law license of Atlantic lawyer and Cass County  Judicial Magistrate, James C. Van Ginkel. The Board suspended his license for an indefinite period of time, with no possibibility of reinstatement for at least 60-days. In it’s decision, the Board took into consideration a recommendation by the Grievance Commision of the Supreme Court of Iowa, which had suggested Van Ginkel’s license to practice law be suspended for at least 30-days, along with a public reprimand, but the Board concluded a suspension of 60-days was more appropriate, given the seriousness of the offenses.  No criminal charges were filed.

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board charged Van Ginkel with multiple violations of their disciplinary rules, in connection with the probate and closing of an estate. They charged Van Ginkel engaged in neglect in connection with the estate, engaged in conduct that was prejudicial to the adminstration of justice, knowingly made false statements to the tribunal, and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

 James C. Van Ginkel has been a member of the Iowa Bar since 1980. He has a solo private practice in Atlantic, and has served as Cass County Magistrate from November 1984 to June 1985, and from August 2001 to present day.

The Attorney Disciplinary Boards’ decision can be found online at:

http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Supreme_Court/Recent_Opinions/20120113/11-0886.pdf

Atlantic man arrested on Audubon County warrant

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday, that an Atlantic man was arrested Friday afternoon on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for Revocation of Probation. The charge against 26-year old Derek Allen McDermott stems from his recent arrests in Cass County. McDermott pled guilty to Burglary in the 3rd degree in Audubon County on August 22nd, 2011, and was on probation for the offense. He was being held over the weekend in the Audubon County Jail.

Creston teens cited for Minor in Possession

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three Creston teens were cited early Sunday morning on charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year olds Derek Pellman and Taylor Davis, along with 19-year old Chase Blazek, were cited following a traffic stop at around 2:30-a.m.,  after they left a party in Corning.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 22-year old Suzanne Fife, of Corning, was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st Offense, following a traffic stop at around 3:15-a.m. Sunday, after she also left a party in Corning.

Adair County Supervisors to hold special meeting on Monday

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold a special session at 9-a.m. on Monday, to hear additional Fiscal Year 2012 budget requests from the various County departments and agencies. That includes the Department of Human Services, R/C & D, Recorder and Treasurer. Just after 10-a.m. Monday, the Board will hear from County Engineer Charles Marker, with regard to a request for Leave of Absence without Pay, and the Fiscal Year 2013 Secondary Roads budget request.

The meeting takes place in the Supervisors Board Room at the courthouse in Greenfield.

Cass County Supervisors to act on division of land process Resolution

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January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at the courthouse in Atlantic, instead of on Wednesday, as they would normally do. During the session, the Board will act on a Resolution for the division of land process. They’ll also hear regular reports from the County Attorney, Engineer, and Mental Health/General Relief Coordinator. The meeting begins at 9-a.m.

Iowan who dumped dead dogs found with more dogs

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January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman convicted of dumping 23 dead or dying dogs in a south-central Nebraska cornfield in 2008 has been found with more dogs during a probation compliance check. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says deputies checking up on Denise Withee, of Mapleton, on Thursday found 13 dogs at the home she shares with her mother — a violation of Withee’s Nebraska probation. Deputies cited Withee and her mother on suspicion of animal cruelty. Withee said during her Nebraska animal cruelty trial that she was taking the dogs to someone in Nebraska when she became sick, pulled over and passed out. She said that when she awoke, most of the dogs were dead from the heat. She said she panicked and dumped them. Withee could not be reached for comment.

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Grant Reminder for Cass & Audubon County Nonprofit Organizations

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January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chairpersons of the Cass and Audubon County Community Foundations reminds residents in their respective counties, that time is growing short to submit spring grant applications, which are due no later than February 1st, 2012.  In each county, $95,000 is available to nonprofit organizations.

Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa.  Applications will only be accepted through the online system.  Contact any board member for additional information*.  Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions.  All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only 501(c)(3)  organizations providing charitable services in Cass or Audubon County are eligible.  Those organizations must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support.  Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.
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*Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are: Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, 243-5485; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita, 762-3434; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic, 243-4154; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold, 778-2586; Beulah Follman of Massena, 779-3457; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic, 243-1800.

*Board members of the Audubon County Community Foundation are Chair, Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, 712-563-2644; Vice Chair, Larry Beckendorf of Exira, 712-268-5331; Secretary/Treasurer, Thomas Nielsen of Audubon, 712-563-2742; Joanie Heuton of Kimballton, 712-773-5291; Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon, 712-563-2009; Jay Nelson of rural Brayton, 712-549-2277; and Daryl Olsen, DVM of Audubon, 712-563-2080.

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Clarinda man pleads guilty to trespassing while hunting charge

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January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday, that a Clarinda man pleaded guilty to trespassing while hunting deer north of Hepburn, in Page County, on December 17th, 2011.  Officials say while 29-year old Donald E. Runyon entered his guilty plea in court on January 4th, and paid nearly $400 in fines and court costs, he faced additional charges uncovered during the trespassing investigation. Runyon was charged last Monday, with two felony counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He was taken into custody and has since been released on a $5,000 cash bond.

The DNR says Runyon had been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and based on that conviction was prohibited from possessing firearms. A court date has not been set.  The investigation into his alleged activities was conducted by officers from Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State Patrol, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Clarinda Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.