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Public hearing in Atlantic Wed. morning on zoning change

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held during a meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning, with regard to a zoning classification change. If approved, the change would affect a parcel of land 260-feet by 225-feet, near the southwest corner of a section of Noble Township, and would mean that parcel would become a Light Industrial District instead of General Agricultural. Following the hearing, which begins at 8:40-a.m. in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Courthouse, the Board will vote on approving the zoning change.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors will act on approving a construction contract for renovation of the building at 707 Poplar Street (the future home of the Cass County 9-1-1 Center), and the appointment a member to the Cass County Food Policy Council, and hear scheduled reports from the County Engineer and Mental Health/General Relief Coordinator, as well as quarterly reports from the County Conservation and Veterans Affairs Directors.

The meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.

2 Glenwood men arrested on assault charges

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two Glenwood men were arrested Monday on assault charges. 22-year old Derek Edward Rodwell was arrested at around 11:25-p.m. and held without bond on a charges of Domestic Abuse Assault and for Violation of Protection Order. He was also charged with  two counts of Criminal Mischief, for which bond was set at $5,000.

40-year old Jeffrey Dale Liddell, of Glenwood, was also arrested and held without bond, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. He was also taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m., Monday.

This (Tuesday) morning, 30-year old Melissa Anne Holt, of Omaha, was arrested in Mills County on a warrant for Violation of a Protection Order. Her bond was set at $200.

 

Griswold School Board holds-off on approving 2014-2015 Calendar

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board Monday evening held-off on approving the 2014-2015 District Calendar. The decision followed a public hearing on the Early Start Waiver and conversion to an hour-based calendar, during which there were no comments from the public. Superintendent Dana Kunze said the Board did not approve the calendar as presented, and will instead, make some suggestions to the teachers group that made the initial proposal, and “re-work that.”

Kunze said the reason they didn’t approve the calendar was essentially for the same reason many schools don’t want to start too early. He said “The start date looking like it’s creeping earlier and earlier into August, and that was something they were concerned about.”

In other business, the Griswold School Board Monday, approved the list of Cass County Sheriff’s officials who applied for authorization to carry weapons while they are off-duty, on school grounds. They include Sheriff Darby McLaren, and Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering, and Deputies Corey Larsen, Kyle Quist and Ryan Johnson.

(9-a.m. News)

Indianola man arrested in Lenox after a foot chase

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox were involved in a foot pursuit Monday. Authorities say the chase began shortly after officers responded to an ambulance call at around Noon, Monday.

Cody Simmons

Cody Simmons

They later learned that one of the persons at the scene —  identified as 20-year old James Cody Simmons, of Indianola — was wanted on a Dept. of Corrections arrest warrant for violation of probation.

Officers were unable to locate Simmons, but at around 9:20-p.m., authorities received a call about  a suspicious male walking on the highway 1.5-miles south of Lenox. That person matched the description of Simmons. When officers responded to the area, Simmons ran into a field. After a foot pursuit, Simmons was taken into custody.

He was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was charged with interference with official acts in addition to the warrant. Simmons was being held without bond in the Taylor County Jail.

Google and MidAmerican Energy Company Announce Energy Agreement

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Google and MidAmerican Energy have announced an agreement for MidAmerican Energy to supply Google’s Council Bluffs data center with up to 407 megawatts of wind-sourced energy. The wind power will come from several wind projects that are part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind VIII program, an initiative under which MidAmerican Energy will bring 1,050 megawatts of new Iowa wind power online by the end of 2015. Officials say the agreement fully supplies the first phase of Google’s facilities in Council Bluffs with 100% renewable wind energy, bundled with and tracked by renewable energy certificates, and will allow additional phases to be supplied with wind-sourced energy as the company grows in Iowa.

Google has been working with MidAmerican Energy to procure additional renewable resources since the construction of Google’s data center in Iowa in 2007, and when MidAmerican Energy filed for approval for Wind VIII it had companies like Google in mind as customers.  The agreement represents Google’s sixth and largest renewable energy purchase to date, bringing the total amount of renewable energy Google has contracted for to over one gigawatt (1,000 megawatts).

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Interest rate cuts to save money for 16 Iowa towns

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State officials say 16 Iowa towns that received loans for water quality projects will end up saving money because of interest rate cuts. The Iowa Finance Authority and the Department of Natural Resources says those towns will see a combined savings of $1.5 million over the life of their loans. They have been paying 3 percent interest on the loans, but rates are being lowered 1.75 percent.

The State Revolving Fund is one of main sources for projects to improve Iowa’s drinking water, and to enhance wastewater and pollution control. The towns that will see savings include:  Ainsworth, Alleman, Audubon, Bancroft, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Grandview, Kalona, Lisbon, Lovilia, Neola, Pocahontas, Rockwell City, Sioux City and Tiffin.

Leg spasm causes accident in Red Oak Monday afternoon

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A leg spasm is said to have been the blame for a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon, in Red Oak. According to Red Oak Police, vehicles driven by 46-year old Jeffrey Hawkins, of Independence, MO., and 40-year old Sarah Anderson, of Hastings, collided at the intersection of Highway 48 and Broadway Street at around 12:20-p.m.

The accident happened as both vehicles were heading south on North Broadway, and were stopped at the traffic light. Officials say Anderson told officers she had a leg spasm, causing her to step on the gas. Her 2000 Ford F-250 pickup hit the rear of Hawkins’ 2008 Chevy pickup, causing $8,500 damage altogether. Anderson hit her lip on the steering wheel of her truck, but refused medical treatment.

Authorities cited Anderson for Unsafe starting of a stopped vehicle.

Judge: Iowa teen competent to stand trial for the murder of his foster brother

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A judge has declared an Iowa teen competent to stand trial for the murder of his 5-year-old foster brother. District Court Judge Judge Kathleen Kilnoski said Monday, an evaluation of 18-year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen showed that he understands the charges against him and can actively participate in his defense.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Metzker-Madsen is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Dominic Elkins, of Atlantic. Authorities say Dominic was killed while the boys were playing outdoors on Aug. 31 at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. Dominic died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.  Metzker-Madsen has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Psychology experts who examined the teen say he has developmental problems. Metzker-Madsen’s mother used methamphetamine during her pregnancy with him.