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Bridge work on I-29 in Woodbury County set for April 4th

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City Construction Office reports bridge removal work at the exit 134/Salix interchange in Woodbury County, will require the closures of south- and northbound lanes of Interstate 29 from 8-a.m. Monday, April 4th, until 5-p.m. Thursday, April 7th, weather permitting.

I-29 traffic will be detoured onto the I-29 off-ramps at exit 134, and then onto the I-29 on-ramps. Motorists are encouraged to follow the signed detour routes.

The bridge removal is part of the exit 134/Salix interchange replacement project. The $16.2 million contract was awarded to Godbersen-Smith Construction Inc. of Ida Grove.

Page County accident Tuesday – No injuries

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon, in Page County. Sheriff’ Lyle Palmer says 20-year old Jennifer Leann Blackburn, of Clarinda, was traveling west on 230th near Juniper Avenue at around 1:30-p.m., when she lost control of her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The car slid off the road and into a ditch, where it hit a utility pole belonging to Atchison Holt Electric Company.

Damage from the crash amounted to $5,000. No charges have been filed at this time.

Imogene man charged w/Child Endangerment following an incident in a vehicle

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County have charged a man with Child Endangerment following an incident that took place in a vehicle late this (Wednesday) morning, near Red Oak. 21-year old Jacob W. Avery, of Imogene, was a passenger in a vehicle who was allegedly involved in an altercation in the vehicle, sometime after 11-a.m.

When deputies investigated the alleged altercation, they were told Avery had left the vehicle, but he was located a short distance away. During the investigation, it was determined that as a passenger in the vehicle, Avery allegedly rapidly applied the brakes, causing the vehicle to skid on the road, and children in the rear seat to be thrown against their restraints.

Avery was taken into custody at around 11:35-a.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $2,000.

Harlan Police report 3/30/16

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report three arrests took place over the past week. On March 25th, 37-year old Daniel Grabill, of Harlan, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct after officers were called to a possible domestic situation in the 1700 block of 20th Street.  On March 26th, 56-year old Galen Ayers, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to the 600 block of Spring Street for a domestic disturbance.  Ayers was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault. And, on March 29th, 20-year old Marcus Morgan was arrested when officers were called to the emergency department at Myrtue Medical Center for a female injured in a domestic dispute.  Morgan was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault.

Officials report also, a complaint was filed March 26th with the Shelby County Clerk of Court, charging Terri Davis, of Carter Lake, with violation of a No Contact Order. That same day, 32-year old Elizabeth Woodward was cited for supplying tobacco to a minor, when she sold tobacco products to a person under age. And, 29-year old Jeremy Carrier-Tischer, of Harlan, was cited for Driving Under Suspension, following a traffic stop.

In other activity, Harlan Police cited Kelsie Kleffman, of Harlan, for Failure to Obey a Stop or Yield sign. She was cited following an accident March 23rd at 5th and Victoria Streets, in Harlan. Damage from the collision with a vehicle driven by Curtis Schumacher, of Avoca, amounted to $1,400.

2 more candidates file for District 4 Cass Co. Supervisor seat

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports two more candidates have filed nomination papers to run for County Office in advance of today’s (Wednesday’s) 5-p.m. deadline for the June 7th Primary election in Cass County.

Republicans Rocky Anderson and Ryan Askeland, both of Griswold, will compete on June 7th for the District 4 Cass County Board of Supervisor’s seat against fellow Republicans Steve Baier and Barry Moore, of Griswold, Todd Hansen, of Atlantic, and Nick Hensley, of Cumberland. Chuck Rieken had earlier announced he would not be running for re-election in District 4.

As of mid-day today, there were still three Republican candidates running for Duane McFadden’s seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors in District 1: Steve Green, Dave Jones and Dale Retallic, all of Atlantic hope to get the most votes in June.

There’s no change in the District 5 Cass County Supervisor’s race, where Republicans J. Ford Lillard, of Wiota, and Bernard Pettinger, of Anita, hope to unseat incumbent Republican Frank Waters, of Cumberland.

And, there are no new contenders thus far for Cass County Auditor, where incumbent Dale Sunderman, of Atlantic, faces a challenge from Wendy Richter, who is also from Atlantic. Both are running on the Republican ticket.

Cass County Republican Sheriff Darby McLaren was unopposed for his position, as of mid-day, Wednesday. There are NO Democrats running for any of the open positions in Cass County.

Justices struggle with key issues in Iowa voting rights case

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Supreme Court justices are struggling with legal questions in a case that asks them to restore voting rights for thousands of felons. During oral arguments Wednesday, justices seemed divided and puzzled over how to interpret an 1857 provision in the Iowa Constitution that disenfranchises those convicted of “infamous crimes.”

At stake is voting rights for 57,000 felons who’ve been disqualified from participating in Iowa elections or holding public office. The American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP and the elections commissioner of Iowa’s largest county asked the court to define infamous crimes as only those that are particularly serious and an “affront to democratic governance.” That definition would restore voting rights to most felons and potentially some inmates. But an attorney for the state argued all felonies should be considered infamous.

Shenandoah man arrested for drug paraphernalia in Mills County

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Tuesday night in Mills County resulted in one person being arrested on a drug charge. Mills County Sheriff’s Officials say 23-year old Joshua William Bell, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody on Highway 34 at around 11:30-p.m., on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charge. His bond was set at $300.

And, at around 11:15-p.m., Tuesday, Mills County deputies arrested 39-year old Tangee Nicole Bennage, of Shenandoah,  on a Page County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Bond was set at $300.

(Update 10-a.m.) Atlantic woman arrested after early morning chase

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our earlier reports) – A chase that began early this (Wednesday) morning in rural Cass County resulted in the arrest of a woman on drug and other charges. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year old Denise Jean Chamberlin, of Atlantic, faces a felony Eluding charge, along with an aggravated misdemeanor charge of OWI/2nd offense, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Driving While Revoked. She was also cited for numerous moving violations, including: speeding; Reckless driving; and, four counts of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Chamberlin was arrested after a nearly 15 minute pursuit that began a little after 1-a.m.  Deputy Ben Bartholomew noticed a 2002 Mitsubishi took an abrupt turn onto a gravel road when he passed by the vehicle while on routine patrol. When Bartholomew turned around near 710th and Galveston Road and tried to question the driver, the SUV sped-off.

The chase wound its way across gravel, dirt and paved roads before coming to an end when Bartholomew performed a PIT maneuver just west of the intersection of White Pole Road and 690th Street, at around 1:20-a.m. The move caused the SUV to spin into the south ditch off White Pole Road.

(Photos by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson)

(Photos by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson)

IMG_20160330_022148241Chamberlin was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released n her own recognizance. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Dodge Charger was damaged during the pursuit, but still functional.

Atlantic woman arrested on a Cass Co. warrant associated w/prescription drug violation

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an Atlantic woman was arrested Monday, on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Prescription Drug Violation (a Serious misdemeanor). 24-year old Thea Marie Sherman was taken to the Cass County Jail and released Tuesday on her own recognizance.

Workforce Alignment Committee Taking Action

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March 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reports business leaders in the Atlantic Area are collaborating to strengthen jobs and job opportunities. The group has created the Cass County Workforce Alignment Committee. The goal of the committee is to strengthen relationships among employers in Cass County to help address workforce issues including: employee development, school-to-work programs, training, recruitment, retention, community development and housing opportunities.

Committee member Jay Edwards, MAHLE Engine Components USA, Inc., said “The days of putting an ad in the paper and waiting for people to line-up at your door are long gone, Cass County businesses of all types need to collaborate to come up with solutions and strategies that cannot be developed alone.” Edwards added “This is the kind of effort local business needs to improve our community’s future.”

The mission of the Cass County Workforce Alignment Committee is to attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce in Cass County. Three goals have been determined to help achieve this mission:

1. Community development to attract younger and culturally diverse populations to increase the size of the workforce.
2. Develop the skills of the current and future workforce to meet business needs.
3. Address community needs to retain workers and families. Officials say that’s the main focus of the committee.

Ouida Hargens, Executive Director, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, says “The goals are big but attainable. We aren’t expecting this to change overnight but it gives the committee and community a map to success.” To help reach the goal, objectives and actions steps have been determined and clearly defined by the committee. All of the information is included in the Cass County Workforce Alignment Plan. This plan is posted on www.atlanticiowa.com.

The Workforce Alignment Committee will meet again on April 28th, 2016 at Noon at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 102 Chestnut Street. If you are interested in helping or have questions, please contact: Ouida Hargens at 712.243.3017 or ouida@atlanticiowa.com.