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Clarinda School District Superintendent announces his retirement

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February 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Superintendent of the Clarinda Community School District announced plans Monday evening to retire at the end of the school year. According to the Daily NonPareil, Paul Honnold, who will be turning 63, submitted his resignation to the Clarinda school board during a regularly scheduled meeting. His contract runs through June 30th.

His resignation came as somewhat of a surprise to the school board, who only knew from the prepared agenda they would be acting on approving a resignation or resignations. Honnold said it was important for him to resign early enough to give the district plenty of time to search for a new leader. At the end of the day, he said he’s getting tired and it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter.

Honnold is serving as his 41st year in education and will finish his 21st year as superintendent of the Clarinda Community School District. Once he’s retired, Honnold said he’s not sure how he’ll spend his time. He was first hired in Clarinda, his home for 35 years of his career, as a middle school physical education teacher and wrestling coach, and he left between 1986 and 1990 to serve as principal of Bedford High School. He returned as Clarinda Middle School’s principal for five years before earning the promotion to superintendent.

Honnold said he plans to stay in the community and will likely be seen in the schools as a family member instead of the district’s top official.

Iowa part of national mortgage settlement

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February 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is part of a federal and state settlement with H-S-B-C Bank over alleged issues with mortgage settlements. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s spokesman, Geoff Greenwood, says Iowans will see some of the 470 million dollar settlement. “Over the years, H-S-B-C we alleged had engaged in mortgage servicing abuse. This is the same type of thing we had seen throughout the industry over the years of lost documents, incorrect information that’s on documents, foreclosures that really shouldn’t have happened,” Greenwood says.

H-S-B-C has agreed to make changes in how they operate. “This settlement requires them to go through new servicing standards. They have to up their game when it comes to wanting to foreclose on a borrower,” Greenwood says. “We are trying to make sure that when they file documents, that the documents are accurate, that they have done everything they can to avoid a foreclosure, and make it a fair playing field for the borrower.”

He says some 600 Iowans could be getting part of the settlement. “Those borrowers are going to get contacted by a settlement administrator sometime later this year — they’ll have to submit some paperwork — and they’ll be eligible for a payment,” Greenwood explains. The amount each Iowan will get in the settlement depends on how many borrowers file. It covers those who lost their home to foreclosure from January 1st, 2008 through December 31st, 2012.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 9th 2016

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February 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa police have confirmed that a research goat has been captured after being on the loose for over a week. Dispatchers confirmed “William the Goat” had been captured but could not provide any details. The police department posted a statement saying the goat was back in a pen at the University Research Park. The male goat escaped on Jan. 29 while being transferred from a portable carrier to a vehicle.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Knoxville house fire killed a 77-year-old woman and injured her husband. Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt says around 11 p.m. Sunday dispatchers received a call about a Knoxville house engulfed in flames with a woman inside. Emergency responders took Patricia Henning to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Her husband, 79-year-old Ronald Henning, was injured and taken to a burn unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board is meeting to consider whether to approve a hazardous liquid pipeline permit for an oil pipeline that will stretch 346 miles across the state diagonally from the northwest to the southeast. Texas-based Dakota Access is building the so-called Bakken pipeline to carry a half-million barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois crossing Iowa and South Dakota. Iowa is the only state that hasn’t yet approved a permit.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man charged in Iowa with killing his wife will stand trial in September. Twenty-eight-year-old Rogelio Morales, of Hubbard, Nebraska, will stand trial for first-degree murder Sept. 20 in Woodbury County District Court. Morales is accused of killing 21-year-old Margarita Morales, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, on April 19 near a Sioux City residence.

5 arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports five people have been arrested on drug charges. On February 2nd, deputies arrested 32-year old Mickie Gene Weppner, of Plattsmouth, NE, on felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Ongoing Criminal Conduct, an aggravated misdemeanor charge of Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Weppner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $52,000 bond.

Last Friday, as the result of a traffic stop, Cass County Deputies arrested 29-year old Melaney Lynn White, of Council Bluffs, on two counts  of Possession of Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 29-year old Samuel Lavern Huffman, of Anita, was on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both subjects were taken to the Cass County Jail. White was released the following day on her own recognizance; Huffman was released on $2,000 bond.

Also arrested last Friday, was 54-year old Henry Herman Miller, Jr., of Atlantic, on a felony charge of Sponsoring a Gathering, and misdemeanor charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond. On Sunday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year old Angel Nicole Knowles, of Elk Horn, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and on an Audubon County warrant. Knowles was also cited with Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Knowles was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day.

Last Saturday, deputies in Cass County arrested 38-year old Eric Allen Smith, of Council Bluffs on a felony OWI 3rd Offense charge. Smith was also charged by the Atlantic Police Department with two counts of Assault. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $3,000 bond.

Deputies in Cass County last Friday, arrested Selena Marie Hansen on two Cass County District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Hansen was also charged with Interference with Official Acts, Driving Under Suspension and various traffic citations stemming from an attempted traffic stop on January 13th, 2016. Hansen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $7,400 bond. Also arrested Friday, was 29-year old Nicole Amaris Bittner, of Avoca, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Bittner was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $2,000 bond.

And, on Thursday, February 4th, 31-year old Ehren Michael Mardesen, of Anita, turned himself in at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Violation of a Protective Order. Mardesen was booked and released on his own recognizance.

Atlantic Police report (2/8): Assault, drug, & OWI arrests

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports four arrests took place Saturday. 24-year old Mark Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine. 52-year old Robert Keithley, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday for OWI/1st offense. 29-year old Tony Mack, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault, and, 38-year old Eric Smith, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Saturday for Simple Assault, and Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

All four men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Event about skilled labor in Iowa scheduled for April

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An event in Des Moines about increasing skilled labor in Iowa has been scheduled for April. The Future Ready Iowa Summit is aimed at closing the state’s so-called skills gap in the workforce. The all-day event on April 19 at Hy-Vee Hall is expected to include participation from business leaders, educators and students.

Gov. Terry Branstad has called for Iowa to increase opportunities for education and training beyond high school. He announced an initiative last year that seeks to have 70 percent of Iowans with that extra education and training by 2025.

Specifics about how much such an initiative would cost have been vague. Branstad said during a Monday press conference that the summit will be funded through grant money, private donations and a small registration fee.

Red Oak Police investigate break-in and theft of a pickup

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are asking for your help in locating a pickup stolen from property owned by the United Farmers Mercantile Cooperative. Officials say at around 8-a.m. today (Monday), the P-D began an investigation into the incident after they received a call from UFMC.

During the investigation, it was determined a person or persons unknown entered the property at 203 W. Oak Street in Red Oak, sometime early this (Monday) morning. Several vehicles owned by UFMC were rummaged through, but it’s believed nothing was taken. The suspect or suspects are then alleged to have started a 1991 Kenworth T-800 semi tender truck, and drove it through a chain-link fence that was surrounding large, bulk propane tanks.

From inside the chained-in area, they stole a white, 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup with Iowa license plate ASL 402. The thief or thieves left in an unknown direction of travel. If you have any information about the crime, call the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500, or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers, at 1-888-434-2712.

Narcotics investigation in Glenwood results in an arrest

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood who were investigating the alleged selling of drugs arrested a Sidney man, Saturday. The investigation into the selling of methamphetamine in the parking lot of the Glenwood McDonald’s restaurant began after authorities received complaints on Feb. 1st. Officials say a vehicle 27-year old James Hume was stopped Saturday for having an expired registration, as he was leaving the Glenwood McDonald’s.

Hume was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Mills County Jail and is currently out on bond.

Harlan woman arrested for ID Theft & Forgery, in Audubon

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer reports a woman from Shelby County was arrested last Thursday for Identity Theft (Over $1,000) and Forgery. The offenses allegedly occurred Nov. 20th, 2015. 36 year old Haydee Michelly Juarez-Castillo, of Harlan, was transported to the Audubon County Jail and posted a $5,000 Recognizance bond on Friday.

On Saturday, Audubon Police arrested 18 year old Hannah Marie Spencer, of Audubon. Spencer was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Fail to Obey a Stop Sign and Fail to Provide Security. She was transported to the Audubon County Jail where she posted bond and was released. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

And on Jan. 26th, 38 year old Micah Mitchell Hansen, of Audubon, was arrested for Failure to Maintain Control, Reckless Driving, No Valid Driver’s License, Failure to Provide Security – Accident Related, Failure to Register Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Striking a Fixed Object. Mitchell later appeared before a magistrate where he pled guilty to the charges.

Bill to make weapons permits confidential advances at statehouse

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February 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Republican-dominated panel at the statehouse last week approved another gun rights bill, part of a package of legislation backed by the Iowa Firearms Coalition. A bill to make weapons permits confidential will now be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee. Missouri Valley Republican Matt Windschitl says it’s a matter of privacy for gun owners.

“As many of you know, anyone can walk into any sheriff’s office right now and request any information on any permittee,” Windschitl said. “They can get all the information, including their home address and any other information that’s on that form.” Windschitl says those individuals who get a permit-holder’s personal information from the sheriff could then go after the gun owner.

“If they’re going on vacation, they could maybe break into the home and steal their guns. Or, for the folks who don’t have a permit, the conclusion could be drawn that they don’t have a weapon in their home and they could be the targeted by someone with nefarious intent, to break into their homes and rob them,” Windschitl said. “Keep in mind, we’re talking about a constitutional right here. We’re talking about the right to keep and bear arms.”

In some states, Windschitl notes entire lists of weapons permit holders have been published online, exposing gun owners, and violating their right to bear arms. Critics of the bill include the Iowa Newspaper Association, which argues weapons permits are public records. Other opponents of the bill say the public should be able to keep an eye on the local governments issuing the permits.

A similar measure passed the Iowa House three times last year, but died in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

(Radio Iowa)