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Page County Sheriff warns of “Public Official” phone scam

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about recent, attempted phone scams that have been happening in the area. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says one of the attempted scams has a the caller is posing as a law enforcement, court or other, public official, from another country.  The caller says your relative in another country and is in trouble, whether with the court system, law enforcement, or needing money for another reason.  The caller pleads with the resident to send money to keep their relative out of jail, prison, or other legal problems including being stranded. This is a new twist on the old “grandchild in trouble with the law” phone scam. Palmer says fortunately, everyone that has contacted the Page County Sheriff’s Office has not fallen for the scam. 

Another attempted scam that has been reported recently has to do with personal financial issues.  The caller claims to be from a debt collection agency and demands money be sent immediately or the resident will be arrested.  Sheriff Palmer says this is definitely a false accusation as immediate arrests don’t come from debt collection agencies.  They come from court orders or active investigations and are not done over the phone.  Law Enforcement does not call on the phone to collect a debt from a private individual / company.   Law Enforcement will show up in person with a court order from a previous court judgment that was rendered.

 If anyone calls you and wants money sent immediately, always be cautious.  Ask for a phone number to return a call.  If it is a legitimate call, you should have no problem getting one.  Check out the alleged reason for sending money with other relatives, no matter what the caller tells you, even if they claim to be a relative.  Call Law Enforcement to report the call and the details before you would comply with the requests. If someone wants money immediately, it is usually a good indicator of a scam.  Always be cautious about giving any financial information over the phone / internet as it could be “seen” by more than the intended viewer and your information compromised.

Cass County Dems elect Executive Committee

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chair of the Cass County Democratic Committee said today (Wednesday), the County Democratic Central Committee Tuesday elected its new Executive Committee. Sherry Toelle  says she was re-elected as Chairperson. Also elected was: Kathy Kerns, Vice Chair; and, Cheryl Wessels, Secretary. Dale Whittaker was elected to the Treasurer’s Post, following the retirement of former Treasurer Helen Pigg. Elected officers will serve a two-year term (2012 & 2013).

Mexican national sentenced to more than 3-years in prison

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

U-S Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said today (Wednesday), a Mexican citizen, Luis Conde-Alcala, was sentenced Tuesday to 40-months in prison, for being an illegal alien found in the United States after deportation, without proper consent. In handing down the sentence in Council Bluffs, U-S District Judge John Jarvey also ordered Conde-Alcala to serve a three-year term of supervised release, following his incarceration. Conde-Alcala pled guilty to being in the U-S illegally, on May 5th, 2011.

Immigration officials found the man in the Pottawattamie County Jail, on September 8th, 2010, awaiting disposition on a state criminal charge. A check of immigration records showed he had been deported from the U-S on several occasions prior to being found in the Pott. County Jail, with the last time being on September 4th, 2008. The records also revealed Conde-Alcala had not applied for readmission from the Department of Homeland Security, as required.

The investigation was conducted by the U-S Department of Homeland Security, officials with ICE, and prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Bluffs man sentenced to 20-years on meth & weapon charges

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports 41-year old Gary Eldred Kremer, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Tuesday to 20-years in prison, after he was convicted on Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possessing a Sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of drug trafficking, charges. Judge John Jarvey sentenced Kremer to 120-months in jail on each charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Kremer pled guilty to the charges on September 8th, 2011.

The judge also ordered Kremer to serve 5-years of supervised release following his incarceration, and he must pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Kremer will remain the custody of the U-S Marshal’s Service pending designation of a Federal Bureau of Prison facility at which he will serve his federal sentence.

The case against Kremer arose from the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Council Bluffs on January 18, 2011. The search was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (SWINE). Co-defendant, 30-year old Shannon Hardisty, who was living in the home at the time, was sentenced in November 2011, to 14-years in prison for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Officials say Kremer and Hardisty had conspired to distribute about 1.4-kilograms of a mixture or substance containing meth from about the Summer of 2010 to January 18th, 2011.

Atlantic man arrested on NE warrant

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 47-year old Douglas Bissell, of Atlantic, was arrested Tuesday. Bissell was taken into custody on a warrant out of Sarpy County, Nebraska, for Failure to Appear while on Bail, on a felony charge of Making Terroristic Threats. Bissell was released from the Cass County Jail late this (Wednesday) morning, on his own recognizance, per Nebraska authorities.

Cass County Supervisors approve rezoning despite concerns

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Despite one area residents’ concerns the City of Atlantic’s well water might be contaminated with oil, the Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday) approved the rezoning of a small section of  land just outside of the Atlantic City limits, from General Agricultural, to light industrial. John Dvorak made the request to the County’s Zoning Commission last month, in order to expand his tire repair and automotive service business. The Commission approved the request at its February 9th meeting, and forwarded its recommendation to the Board for final approval.  During a public hearing this morning, Zoning Commissioner Rich Hansen explained where land was located. Hansen says the 4.5-acres of land is near the intersection of Olive Street and Great River Road, near the KJAN studios.

Hansen says Dvorak does not need a DNR permit for waste oil disposal, because there would need to be over 1,300 gallons of it on site in order for a permit to be necessary. Dvorak said during the meeting there wouldn’t be anymore than 160-gallons on-hand at any given time. The oil will not be stored underground. Instead it will be stored in approved plastic “totes.” Used oil and Tires at the facility will be properly disposed of using local sources, so there won’t be the “eyesore” of tires piled-up around the business or on the property. Paul Lundquist said while the business serves a need in the area, and he “salutes” Dvorak’s idea to expand his business, he was concerned about the possible effects of well water contamination. He says the business, while located on high ground, will be located over the only source of water for the City of Atlantic. He wanted the Supervisors to get more data on how any potential pollution created by the business could affect the water.

Hansen said because the property is located south and west of the wells, any drainage would flow to the southwest, away from the wells, which are about 1,000-feet away. Hansen said Cass-Adair-Audubon and Guthrie County Sanitarian Steve Patterson has conducted extensive surveys of the land and the possible effect on the wells, and determined there’s no problem with the drainage, or concerns over contamination. Supervisor Chuck Rieken said that’s good enough for him, because Patterson is well qualified to make that determination. He said Patterson is very strict, and “By the Book,” when it comes to environmental safety, and he would never have  recommended approval to the Zoning Board, the plans if they threatened the water.

The Board then voted 4-to-nothing, with Supervisor Frank Waters absent, to approve the zoning change. Afterward, Lundquist said the Board “Made a mistake,” but thanked them for looking into it.

Cass Supervisors pass resolution pertaining to CAM School District

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), unanimously agreed to pass a Resolution abating property taxes erroneously levied on patrons of the CAM Community School District. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner and Auditor Dale Sunderman explained the abatement would be for a period of one-year only, due to a line-item error on the 2011-2012 budget. Sunderman says rather than writing a refund check to every person affected, which would be impractical,  they would rebate the amounts paid through the tax process. Sunderman says the State Auditor’s Office approved of the plan as long as the County Attorney agreed, which he did.

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Altercation with sheriff’s deputies results in tasering & arrest

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February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Tuesday following an alleged assault in Coburg. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 29-year-old Bill Joe Gillespie faces Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Domestic Abuse/Assault and Carrying Weapons, and a Simple Misdemeanor charge of Trespassing. Officials say Gillespie allegedly became combative and tried to flee, when deputies tried to take him into custody. The Sheriff’s Office says when deputies caught up with Gillespie, he became even more combative. He was finally brought under control when deputies deployed a Taser. Gillespie was being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on $2,000 bond.