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February 11th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Man arrested in Guthrie Center after being tracked down by a K-9 unit


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on a warrant for Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault was taken into custody last Friday night after being tracked down by a Guthrie County Sheriff’s Dept. K-9 unit. According to reports, at around 8-p.m., Friday, authorities responded to a residence where it was thought 36-year old David Michael Hunt, Jr. would be found. When they arrived, officials discovered Hunt, Jr., had escaped out the back window of the home and fled on foot.

Officers with the Guthrie Center Police Department and deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office coordinated their efforts to locate the man, with the aid of the sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Approximately 45 minutes later, they tracked Hunt, Jr. into a timber area in the northern part of Guthrie Center. A perimeter was established with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol and the IA DOT’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, and within minutes, the K-9 “Rage” and his partner found Hunt, Jr. and took him into custody.

Hunt was being held without bond in the Guthrie County Jail.

Red Oak woman arrested on numerous drug charges, Monday


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A call to police in Red Oak Monday night with regard to a woman who was allegedly caught stealing money from a restaurant resulted in an arrest of the woman on numerous drug-related charges. Red Oak Police say Elizabeth Riley, of Red Oak, faces possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of prescription drugs charges, along with a drug tax stamp violation.

She was taken into custody after officers responded to the Rainbow Cafe at 105 West Market Street at about 7:15 p.m., Monday.  Upon their arrival, officers were told Riley allegedly stole tips from other waitresses’ tables, and money out of the manager’s purse. The manager told police she didn’t want to press charges, but she alleged Riley had a needle in her pants.

Police say Riley admitted she had a needle, then removed it and placed it on a table. Riley also admitted to police she had marijuana and some pills in her purse. Upon further investigation, police found marijuana, a one-hit marijuana pipe, 38 Buproplon pills, and 19 Clonazepam pills.

Riley was taken to the Montgomery County Jail, and was unable to post bond.

Cass Co. Supervisors to act on termination of Mental Health/Gen. Assistance Coordinator’s employment


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday morning in Atlantic, and one of the action items on their agenda is action on the termination of employment for long-time County Mental Health/General Assistance Coordinator, Teresa Kanning. No reason was given in the agenda for the termination of employment.

In other business, the Board will hold a public hearing on the vacating of portions of Secondary Roads Right-of-Way, with regard to portions of: 644th Street in Section 14 of Grove Township; 700th Street, between Sections 2 & 3 in Benton Township, and Galt Lane, in Section 5 of Lincoln Township. Following the hearing, the Board will act on vacating those sections of roadways.

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

Demolition workshop to be held in Corning next month


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two groups in Iowa want to teach people about the alternatives to demolition.  The Center on Sustainable Communities and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center are hosting four workshops in March to talk about deconstruction. The practice involves carefully disassembling something so its materials can be reused.

The groups say deconstruction is an alternative to demolition that provides social, economic and environmental benefits. The workshops are scheduled March 11 in Ida Grove; March 13 in Corning; March 18 in Keosauqua; and March 20 in Elkader.

The Center on Sustainable Communities is a nonprofit group in Des Moines. The Iowa Waste Reduction Center is at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Their efforts are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Natural Resources.

Domestic disturbance leads to an arrest Tue. morning


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A “domestic situation” early this (Tuesday) morning in Montgomery County has resulted in an arrest. Sheriff’s officials say deputies were called to a residence in the 100 block of west 2nd Street in Villisca shortly after midnight. Following a brief investigation, they took into custody 22-year old Jesse A. Luft. Luft was charged with Disorderly Conduct and brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held on $300 cash bond.

And, a Red Oak woman was arrested Monday evening on for Violating the terms of a Protective Order. 43-year old Shelby JoAnn Oliveres was taken into custody at around 6:55-p.m. at a residence on east Maple Street, in Red Oak. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 11th 2014


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative panel is considering a pair of bills that would limit the use of drones in Iowa. Members of a Senate judiciary subcommittee discussed two bills yesterday that would regulate drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, used by law enforcement agencies and private users. Similar legislation is being debated in the House.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Classes at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City were canceled Monday because of a water main break. The Sioux City Journal says water to the campus was shut off, leaving students and school workers without running water and heat.

DEWAR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Waterloo man has been hospitalized after a snowmobile crash. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says the accident was reported a little before 10 p.m. yesterday and occurred in Dewart. Deputies say Jerry Morehouse was thrown from the snowmobile after it struck a pile of wood. He was thrown into a chain-link fence.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Lisa Bluder is now the school’s winningest coach. The Hawkeyes beat Northwestern 90-84 last night to give Bluder her 270th victory at Iowa, surpassing the mark set by C. Vivian Stringer. Bluder has a record of 270-163 in her 14 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

New tax credit for up to 585 first-time Iowa homebuyers


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Finance Authority is now offering some first-time Iowa home buyers a tax credit of up to two-thousand dollars a year, for the life of their 30-year mortgage. Twenty years ago congress passed a law allowing states to set up this kind of a program and Iowa is doing it for the first time in 2014. Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison says his agency will issue a certificate for that tax credit on mortgages that are handled by a lender participating in the program.

“One important note is that the Mortgage Credit Certificate funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended,” Jamison says. Home sales that closed after February 3rd of this year are eligible. There are income limits as to which first-time home buyers are eligible, as well as limits on the price of homes they buy, but Jamison estimates 585 Iowa home buyers will be eligible in 2014. Iowa Association of Realtors C-E-O Dave Bert says this “Take Credit” program should encourage more Iowans to buy a home.

“Not only is home ownership good for individuals, it promotes a prospering economy,” Bert says. “Every home purchase pumps up to $50,000 into the economy over time and homeownership helps support and create jobs.” The Iowa Finance Authority was created in the mid-70s to administer programs that help low- and moderate-income Iowans buy their first home.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood School Board allows off-duty officers to carry guns on school property


February 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Just weeks after a former police officer accidentally shot himself in his vehicle in the parking of the West Elementary School in Glenwood, the Glenwood school board has unanimously approved a resolution to allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms on school property. The Omaha World-Herald reports those officers, however, would first require district approval in order to do so.
Superintendent Devin Embray told the paper approval would be given only to full-time peace officers in good standing. The resolution approved Monday by the Board, says the goal is to enhance the safety and security of students and teachers. Embray said school security was brought to light after an incident on Jan. 24th, when Douglas Trent Good, the father of a student at West Elementary, accidentally shot himself in the leg while waiting in his car. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and was later released.Glenwood police arrested Good and charged him with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony. If convicted, Good would face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500. He is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19. Good was a former Glenwood police officer who had taught training classes for people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons. As a former officer, Good would not have been allowed to carry a firearm on school property under the resolution approved Monday.The Mills County Attorney says only on-duty law enforcement, military, correctional officers or people authorized by the school district are now allowed to carry a firearm on school property. The Glenwood Community School District currently has two officers who carry firearms on school grounds — a truancy officer from the Glenwood Police Department and a safety education officer from the Iowa State Patrol. It’s not clear how soon schools in the district would begin to welcome off-duty officers carrying a weapons, or how those officers would apply for the required authorization to do so.

Audubon City Council nullifies action taken to replace City Clerk


February 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council Monday voted to make null and void action reached during its Jan. 13th meeting with regard to the appointment of a new City Clerk, and opted to have current Clerk Lora Hansen as the “Hold over” clerk, while at the same time seeking applications for her possible successor or an interim clerk. Action on the appointment of a City Clerk or Interim City Clerk was tabled, because as with the January 13th meeting, there was not a sufficient notice of publication of the Council’s intent.

Audubon Co. Atty. Francine Andersen (Ric Hanson/photo)

Audubon Co. Atty. Francine Andersen (Ric Hanson/photo)

Prior to their vote to keep Hansen on, the Council heard from Audubon County Attorney Francine Andersen. Andersen said she had not filed a claim in District Court or a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), with regard to the Iowa Open Meetings and Public Records laws some on the Council may have allegedly violated in making its initial decision on Jan. 13th not to reappoint Hansen, because she said she hopes to have the problem resolved “informally.” She acknowledged, however, there was “Probable Cause” to file a complaint.

Andersen said the Council could avoid legal action by being accountable for its actions, including submitting voluntarily to her all electronic communications, such as e-mails, faxes, text messages, etc. that pertain to the City Clerk’s position, whether they were deleted or not, from Nov. 2nd, 2013 through Feb. 2nd, 2014. She also suggested the City might avoid a future such fiasco by knowing the law better. That includes educating the Mayor, Council and City Clerk’s Office on the Open Meetings/Records Laws, with specific focus on agendas and electronic communications, as well as timely compliance to public records requests.

She also requested specific information with regard to meetings not held in front of the public. Failure to do so within 60-days she said, would result in a complaint being filed and the subsequent forensic examination of all public computers and file servers under the control of the City. During the Council’s meeting on Jan. 27th, Dawn Rohe (Roy), City Administrator in Manning, also made a request under the Iowa Open Records law, for documents pertaining to actions leading up to the Jan. 13th meeting, and any other pertinent information. She said to date, she had not heard from some of the City Officials with regard to her request. The Iowa Attorney General says within 20-days is the “appropriate time” to respond to such requests.

Councilperson Teresa Murray offered to give Rohe her City owned laptop for examination of any e-mails. John Whetzal said he had turned his e-mails in to City Attorney Dave Wiederstein. Mayor Sam Kauffman said he was “Not a techie,” and would have his wife Lois forward those e-mails to Rohe. Wiederstein said with the exception of one e-mail on Nov. 25th which may be considered private and not part of the public record, he has, and would continue to comply with, the request.