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Update: Suspicious substance at CDS was not harmful

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department say a suspicious substance discovered at CDS Global Thursday afternoon, was NOT harmful. At around 12:30-pm CDS Global in Harlan received an envelope containing an unknown white powder. Local law enforcement, Shelby County Emergency Management, Shelby County Public Health, Harlan Fire Department and other local agencies responded to the call from CDS.

The FBI, US Postal, The 71st. Civil Support Team, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Iowa State Patrol were called to assist. Until the makeup of the substance could be determined CDS Global was locked down.

Following preliminary testing of the substance employees were allowed to leave CDS Global. Authorities were able to determine that the substance posed no threat at any time to CDS employees or to the public, and  CDS Global was told to resume normal operations at approximately 7:30 PM, Thursday.

The origin of the letter remains under investigation by Federal agencies.

 

Parts of SW/Western IA still in a drought

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released the latest version of its Water Summary, a look at drought conditions, precipitation values, and stream flows. Officials say rainfall during the month of October was slightly above normal, at 2.79 inches, as compared to normal October precipitation of 2.61 inches. However, more months of consistently above normal rainfall are needed to reduce drought conditions before the 2014 growing season.

The most significant groundwater concerns are in a band through the middle of the state with the driest areas in Boone, Calhoun and Webster counties. The lowest streamflow conditions are in the Skunk and Chariton River watersheds. With the exception of a swath of area stretching southeastward from Carroll through Guthrie, Madison, the eastern half of Adair and Union Counties, most streams in the KJAN listening area are at normal flow, according to the DNR.

Precipitation across southwest Iowa was at or above normal for the month, with the exception of a few counties to the south of Cass, where it was 50-to 75-percent below normal. Here in Atlantic, we received 3.95-inches for the month of October, which was well above the normal 2.76-inches.

The latest Drought Monitor from the National Drought Mitigation Center shows with the exception of central and western Pottawattamie County, most counties in the KJAN listening area either still abnormally dry, or in a moderate drought. In Atlantic, we’re still about 5-inches shy of normal precipitation for the year-to-date. Shallow groundwater across the area is at or near seasonal lows.

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For graphical maps of the drought situation, surf to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/geology/10.31.13%20WSU2.pdf

Atlantic man arrested on Forgery charge

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 22-year old Jose Perez-Rivas. The Atlantic man was arrested on a Forgery by credit card, charge. Perez-Rivas was booked into the Cass County Jail.

8AM Newscast 11-01-2013

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November 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cass Supervisors want to crack down on “Mudders”

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, authorized County Engineer Charles Marker to work with County Attorney Dan Feistner, to draft a Resolution it’s hoped will put a little more “bite” into a State law penalizing those who use 4-wheel drive vehicles to tear up County dirt roads after it rains.

Supervisor Chuck Rieken is upset about the condition of the dirt roads, which are primarily used by farmers to transport the crops from their fields at harvest time. The roads are often torn-up by off-road vehicles soon after it rains. He first asked Engineer Charles Marker if there was anything the County could do about the acts of vandalism. More specifically, he asked if there was any way the County could create a resolution that would make the culprits pay a stiff fines for destroying roads the County has to spend time and money on by grading once the roads dry out.

Marker said the Code of Iowa allows Counties to take action against persons who intentionally destroy County property. He said there is a statute on the books about damage to a county or public road, that allows fines to be levied, but citizens who see such acts occurring need to be willing to report those incidents and be willing to testify to what they saw.

Rieken said seeing a vehicle traveling through town covered in mud is not enough evidence to prosecute those individuals. Someone must see the act taking place, take down a license plate and report it immediately to the authorities. Sheriff Darby McLaren said a Resolution from the County would help in prosecuting those responsible, once they are caught. He said it would be difficult to prosecute them using the State statute alone. A County resolution of support he said, would add more clout to the State law, and show the County is serious in making those responsible pay for the crime.

7AM Newscast 11-01-2013

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November 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Pickup truck and trailer engulfed in flames Thu., in Council Bluffs

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a pickup truck escaped injury after his vehicle erupted in flames Thursday morning near the Pottawattamie County Courthouse, in Council Bluffs. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the truck was heading into the downtown area when Barbara Jacobson, who was following behind her husband Jake‘s pickup, in her vehicle, noticed smoke coming from the pickup.

Jacobson pulled over onto 5th Avenue at around 10:40-a.m.    Workers in the area tried to contain the flames with fire extinguishers, but the fire quickly got out of control.  Firefighters responded quickly to the scene, but it still took about 30 minutes to bring the flames under control. Video from the courthouse showed a stream of flames flowing down the street from behind the pickup and trailer it was pulling.

Officials say a gas line leak is suspected to be the cause of the blaze, which destroyed the truck. The incident remains under investigation.

Suspicious powder causes concerns at a business in Harlan

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A suspicious white powder found Thursday afternoon at a business in Harlan caused authorities to block-off roads in the vicinity of CDS Global. Shelby County Emergency Management officials told the Omaha World-Herald the powder was reported at around 1:45-p.m. Federal and State Authorities were investigating the incident and conducting tests on the substance late Thursday night.Harlan police, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, crews with Harlan Fire Department and Shelby County Public Health officials assisted at the scene.

Red Oak men cited for drug & alcohol offenses

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak cited two men Thursday night on separate drug and alcohol-related charges. Officials say 23-year old Cory Melvin Stimmel, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 10:35-p.m. in the 100 block of West Hammond Street, on a charge of Possession of drug Paraphernalia. Stimmel was issued a citation and released from custody at the scene.

About an hour later, 50-year old Timmy Lee Gardner, of Red Oak, was cited for Possession of Open Container, following a traffic stop near the intersection of West 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Gardner was cited for the offense and released.

Expert: Shutdown hurt Midwest business conditions

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November 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states has dropped after rising the previous two months.  The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged to a growth neutral 50.0 in October from 54.8 in September. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the partial government shutdown and slower business activity for firms tied to agriculture pushed overall economic conditions lower for the month.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.