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Glenwood woman arrested for Possession

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report a Glenwood woman was arrested early this (Thursday) morning on a drug charge. 47-year old Lisa Mae Bolan faces a Possession of Controlled Substance charge. She was taken into custody at around 3:20-a.m. on Highway 275. Bond was set at $1,000.00.

Authorities said also, no injuries were reported following a single vehicle rollover accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say  Jess Mullanix of Glenwood, was driving a 2004 Dodge 4 Miles eastbound northwest of Glenwood on Ellington at Glover Road, when the vehicle slipped-off the edge of the gravel road and rolled into the south ditch. The vehicle came to rest on its driver’s side. The accident was reported at around 2:25-p.m.

ACSD Budget hearing and action set for Monday

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s (ACSD) Board of Education will meet in a work session Monday evening at the High School, during which time a Public Hearing will be held on the Proposed 2014-2015 Certified Budget, which sets the rate patrons of the district will pay in terms of property taxes. The proposed budget calls for a 66-cent increase per thousand dollars assessed valuation, from $14.25 per thousand dollars valuation, to $14.91 per thousand.

Last year’s levy generated nearly $5.84-million. This year, the levy will generate a little more than $6.28-million for the district. Business Manager and Board Secretary Mary Beth Fast says the budget incorporates changes in how the districts spends for next year, and how much anticipated revenue is generated.

She says the district is generating money in its management fund to pay for early retirements, property casualty insurance premium. The Board she says has a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy [PPEL] which is up for renewal every 10-years, and a voted PPEL, and revenue from the General Fund. There is no Debt Service fund, because there are no current bond issues, and the Middle School renovation/reconstruction project is paid through the One-cent Local Option Sales Tax [LOST].

During the Board’s meeting on March 10th, Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the districts needs to try and cut more than $803,800 from the budget over the next couple of years. One of the ways the district hopes to accomplish that is through it’s early retirement proposal. Elsewhere, cost reductions could be made across all departments, the cutting of two para-educator positions from the Level 3 Behavior Program, and other, similar savings.

Monday’s work session and public hearing begins at 7:30-p.m. in the Atlantic High School Media Center. The hearing will be followed by action on approving personnel recommendations, and the 2014-2015 proposed certified budget, along with discussion with regard to Capital Projects and the 1-to1 Computer proposal.

Wild wreck on I-29 in western Iowa leaves two injured

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A multi-vehicle crash this morning on Interstate 29 south of Sergeant Bluff left two people seriously injured. Woodbury County deputy, Doug Boetger, says it started with a pickup that for unknown reasons was going the wrong way on the interstate. “It attempted to get back up onto the interstate in the southbound. In doing so, it pulled up in front of three semis,” Boetger explains. “It struck one semi in the rear trailer axle and then kind of spun in front of a second semi that basically took it head on between the box and the cab — which imbedded the pickup onto the semi.”

A third semi was bearing down on the wreck and the driver had to take evasive action. “And managed to miss both of the other semis, but clipped a couple of trees. It was off the road for probably a hundred and fifty yards or so before it came to rest,” Boetger says. The occupants of the pickup had to be pulled out of the tangled pickup and semi. “Two people in the pickup were extricated by Salix and Sergeant Bluff Fire Rescue. They were transported to Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City) with serious injuries,” Boetger says.

The drivers of the three semis were not injured. The names of the people in the pickup are not yet available.

(Radio Iowa)

Wednesday afternoon rear-ender in Atlantic

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A rear-end collision Wednesday afternoon in Atlantic caused $4,000 damage, but no serious injuries. According to the Atlantic Police Department, vehicles driven by John Carns and Jacquelyn Sheeder, both of Atlantic, collided near the intersection of 7th and Plum Streets.

Officials say both vehicles were traveling westbound on 7th at around 4:20-p.m.  When Sheeder slowed for traffic that was stopped at the signal lights, her vehicle was hit from behind by the Carns vehicle. Carns complained of pain, but declined medical assistance. Authorities say Carns was given a warning for Failure to Stop in an Assured/Clear Distance.

Locomotive strikes propane truck in northern Iowa

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MANSON, Iowa (AP) – A driver has been hospitalized after his propane truck was struck by a locomotive at a crossing in the northwest Iowa town of Manson.  The Messenger says the accident occurred around 5:55 p.m. Wednesday. State trooper Mark Anderson says witnesses saw the southbound truck stop at the tracks and then get hit in the back as the eastbound train went through. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side.

A hazardous-materials team responded when firefighters reported that propane was leaking from the truck.

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Man gets probation for Iowa bus records tampering

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) – A former transportation director of a northwest Iowa school district has been given two years of probation for tampering with bus records.  The Sioux City Journal says 52-year-old Douglas Wessling was sentenced on Tuesday. The judge also ordered Wessling to pay a $1,000 civil penalty. Wessling had pleaded guilty.

Wessling was put on leave last fall and then lost his job as transportation director for the Galva-Holstein Community School District after an investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. District Superintendent Dave Kwikkel has said three district buses were taken out of service because of damage. Kwikkel said Wessling put one of them back into use before it had been repaired. Authorities say he also falsified repair records on at least three buses.

Report estimates 73,000 Iowans will have Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new report shows 62-thousand (62,000) Iowans have Alzheimer’s Disease and that number is expected to grow to 73,000 in just over a decade. Carol Sipfle, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Iowa, says the annual report has more disturbing facts about the disease’s impact in the state. “We have the third highest death rate from Alzheimer’s Disease in the country. I think that’s pretty startling,” Sipfle says. “In Iowa, it’s the fifth leading cause of death, while nationally it’s the sixth leading cause of death.”

Iowa has one of highest percentages of residents 65 and older in the country, but Sipfle is quick to point out that Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease that strikes the elderly. Sipfle says the disease remains widely misunderstood, as many people mistakenly believe it’s simply about memory loss. “It’s so much more than just memory loss, it’s something that kills people,” Sipfle says. “As the brain deteriorates from Alzheimer’s Disease, yes, people do lose their memory, but it impacts their personality, their ability to think, it has a physical impact, and ultimately people will die either from Alzheimer’s Disease or with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

The report from the Alzheimer’s Association (2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures) features information about how the disease impacts primarily women. Sipfle is calling on the federal government to invest in Alzheimer’s research as heavily as it does breast cancer. “You know, women are afraid of breast cancer, and rightly so, but what this report tells us is that by the time women are in their 60s, they’re almost twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s as they are to get breast cancer,” Sipfle said.

The report states a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. For more information:  www.alz.org/greateriowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Investigation refutes Bluffs’ ranking as one of 100 most dangerous cities in the U-S

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March 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An investigation by The Daily NonPareil indicates a website’s ranking of Council Bluffs as one of the 100 most dangerous cities in the country, is misleading. The paper cites a number of errors in the NeighborhoodScout.com report, that ranked Council Bluffs 56th in the nation in the “100 most dangerous places to live in the U.S.” list. The report used information from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report released in November of 2013 to make its assessment.

Retired Council Bluffs Police Chief Ralph O’Donnell and Capt. Terry LeMaster pointed out the report’s errors to the paper while discussing the ranking. LeMaster said in 2012 the department switched software for tracking crimes and also switched how the information was recorded. In the past, members of the department’s records division took field reports and entered them into the system, but with the new software, created by the Iowa Department of Transportation, officers in the field began entering the information. There was a glitch that caused the program to list incidents such as a Simple Assault, as an Aggravated Assault (a more serious crime) in the field called “Uniform Crime Report.”

Another example cited by O’Donnell, was a single incident being reported as more than one crime. For instance, if during a vehicle burglary a window was broken, the shattered window went down as criminal mischief on top of the burglary.

The year in which the error was occurring, 2012, showed 590 aggravated assaults, compared to 416 in 2013 – after the fix – and 486 in 2011, before the process change occurred. The department fixed the problem and returned to its old method, having records personnel input reports. The report may also be misleading based on how other cities disclose their crime.

The FBI, for its part, warns against using the report for rankings or comparison, for caveats that include the fact that not everybody reports, and some agencies may leave out information or report extra information to garner more of those federal funds. The Bureau warns that using the crime report to create rankings is a simplistic route to examining the data that provides “no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular region,” including demographics and geography, according to the report’s website. Furthermore, it says the rankings “Lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions.”