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February 4th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Multi-vehicle accident in Cass County on I-80

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews from in Atlantic have been called to a multi-vehicle accident this morning on I-80 in Cass County. The call came in at around 6:28-a.m. from Interstate 80 westbound at the 60 mile marker, or just west of the Highway 71 interchange. At least two people were hurt, including a man with a shoulder injury, and a pregnant female who was having trouble breathing.  Crews from Atlantic Fire & Rescue, Anita Rescue and Medivac were called to the scene.

No other details are available. Another accident reported at the 48-mile marker westbound has a car on its top in the traveled portion of the road. At 6:51-a.m., the Iowa Dot’s Website at 511ia.org reported I-80 westbound between Exit 46 (County Road M-47) and Exit 51 (County Road M-56 near Walnut) was blocked due to an accident.

(update 6:46-a.m.)

Exira man arrested on theft and FIP of firearm charges

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Audubon report the arrest on Saturday of 35-year old Scott Harold Toepfer, of Exira. Toepfer was charged with Theft in the 4th Degree and three counts of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His arrest stems from the execution of a search warrant.
Toepfer was transported to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office where he was being held on $5000 bond.  His arrest was made by officers with the Audubon Police Department with the assistance of deputies from the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office.

Another Council Bluffs convenience store robbed

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating yet another armed robbery of a convenience store. Sgt. Dave Dawson says just before midnight, Monday, a white male in his 20’s entered the Kum- & Go store at 2024 5th Avenue, in Council Bluffs. The man grabbed a bottle of pop and approached the clerk at the counter. The suspect then reached into his right pocket and pulled out a hand gun, pointed it at the clerk and told him to open the cash drawer and give him all the money.

The suspect told the clerk he had quote “10 seconds to open the drawer, ” or he was going to kill him. The robber then took off with an undetermined amount of cash. It was the second time in the past 3 days the store was robbed. In this most recent incident, the suspect had brown hair, wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, and a scarf over his face.

An investigation into the incident continues. Sgt. Dawson it’s not known if the suspect(s) in the robberies are connected. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 4, 2014

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow to fall across southern Iowa, creating hazardous driving conditions. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning will be in effect between 9 a.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Meteorologist Roger Vachalek says officials predict between 5 and 8 inches of snow, especially in areas closest to the Missouri state line.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — State officials say the destructive emerald ash borer has been found in a sixth location in Iowa. The finding in Waterloo means a statewide quarantine restricting the transfer of some wood materials out of the state will be issued Tuesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate subcommittee has approved extra money to help low-income families pay their utility bills. The proposal would appropriate $2 million to Iowa’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The legislation comes amid a propane shortage and resulting price spike.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Years after a 2008 flood exposed flaws in emergency communications, first responders in Iowa’s second-largest county are using a new radio system to talk to each other. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says his office and police departments in Hiawatha, Mount Vernon, Lisbon and Robins started using the new digital system Monday. Marion started using it last week, and Cedar Rapids is scheduled to make the switch Feb. 11.

Atlantic CC work sessions precede Budget hearing

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, will hold the first of two work sessions on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. The first session will come on the heels of Wednesday’s regular council meeting, which takes place at the Atlantic Senior Center, beginning at 5:30-p.m. The next budget work session will be held Feb. 11th. The Council is slated to adopt the preliminary budget during their meeting on Feb. 19th, and hold a Public Hearing prior to adoption of the Budget during their regular session, on March 12th.003

In a nearly one-inch thick FY 2015 Budget Report, City Administrator Doug Harris said the proposed budgets for all operating funds amounts to $9.373-million, which is a decrease of $481,863 or 4.9%, from the total estimated expenditures in FY 2014. Even though the budget is lower than last year, the tax rate for the City is going up. Harris said the rate would be $18 per $1,000 of assessed taxable value, which is an increase of 32-cents or 1.8%, over the last Fiscal Year. Of the six tax-levying funds available to the City, only two are responsible for the increase in taxes: The Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) and Debt Service Fund (DSF).

Harris says the EBF is up 18-cents per thousand, or 4.36%, while the DSF is up nearly 14-cents per thousand, or 2.9%. The biggest dollar increase in the EBF is for Health Insurance Premiums, which Harris says are up 14.9%. Fewer Workers Compensation claims have brought the City a $4,00 savings, and brought all other non-health insurance costs down to a net increase of just one-half percent.In increase in the DSF according to Harris, reflects a change in accounting for equipment purchases, the expenses for which were double-counted under the old system when debt payments and capital expenses for capital equipment purchases were charged to the fund. The current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) does not call for issuing any more general obligation bonds in 2014.

The largest tax levy fund is capped by the State at 8.1-mils, or $8.10 per $1,000 taxable value. Property tax assessment legislation passed by the State last year will continue to contribute upward pressure on property tax rates, according to Harris, and the resulting gradual shift of the tax burden onto residential tax payers.

The new legislation rolls back the assessed values of commercial and industrial properties, and reclassifies multiplex apartment buildings from commercial to residential. The change in assessment practices, Harris says, will constrict tax revenue in the City’s General Operating Fund, and increase taxes on residential tax payers for the five other funds supported by property taxes.

Rollover accident near Walnut Tue. morning

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident early this (Tuesday) morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center, the accident happened at around 2:14-a.m. on I-80 eastbound, about a mile east of the Walnut exit (Exit 47). One person in the vehicle suffered a head laceration. Medivac Ambulance tiered with Walnut Rescue in response to the accident.

Roads in the area were partially-to-completely covered with snow at the time. No other information is currently available.

Trailer home fire in Hancock Mon. night

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three southwest Iowa fire departments were called to combat a trailer home fire Monday night in Hancock. The Daily NonPareil reports the Hancock, Oakland and Avoca volunteer fire departments were called about 5:42 p.m. to 126 N. Scott for a report of a furnace fire.

Various photos taken at the scene showed thick grey smoke emitting from the home as firefighters worked to contain the blaze. The damage was extensive. No other details, including a cause of the fire, are currently available.

Atlantic Police warn of Publisher’s Clearinghouse scam

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February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department is warning area residents of a mail scam. Authorities say on Monday (Feb/ 3rd), officers were informed that an Atlantic resident received a letter in the mail in reference to them winning $650,000 through the “Publishers Clearing House.” The letter asks them resident to call a number and use a reference number to claim their prize. The letter was sent through standard mail and did not include a return address.

The scam letter (Atlantic P-D photo)

The scam letter (Atlantic P-D photo)

Officers looked on the PCH website, which stated that anyone winning a prize over $500 would be notified by personal contact from the company or notified through certified mail. Police also called the number listed on the letter multiple times and were unable to make contact with anyone. If you or anyone you know receive a letter similar to this through standard mail, please treat it as a scam.

Changing Weather picture prompts changes in Warning/Watch/Advisories

News, Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As forecasters get a better idea of the track of a winter storm heading for the Midwest, the types of weather statements being issued are in flux. Cass and area counties to the east, northeast and south, are now under a Winter Storm Warning. The warning is in effect from Noon on Tuesday and runs through 6-a.m. Wednesday for Cass, Adair, Dallas, Guthrie and Madison Counties. In the southern part of the KJAN listening area (Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties), the Warning begins at 9-a.m. Tuesday and runs until 6-a.m. Wednesday. In Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties, the Warning is in effect from 3-a.m. Tuesday until 6-a.m. Wednesday. The remaining counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 3-a.m. Tuesday until 6-a.m. Wednesday.

For those counties in the warned area, some 4-to 6-inches of snow are expected, with anywhere from 5-to 8-inches for those lower two-tiers of counties in the southern section of the state. Forecasters say snow will develop in the far southwest counties late Monday night and spread into the rest of the area during the day, Tuesday. Accumulating, heavy snow is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening before it tapers-off Wednesday morning. In addition to the heavy snow, northeasterly winds starting out at 10-to 15-miles per hour Tuesday morning, will increase to 25-miles per hour by Tuesday night, causing reduced visibilities of as little as one-half mile or less at times. Snow, blowing and drifting snow will cause roads to become treacherous.The Weather Service says you should only travel in the event of an emergency during the day, Tuesday. If you must travel when conditions worsen, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle, in case you become stuck. Bring a cell phone charger with you, and if your vehicle becomes stranded, run the engine for a few minutes at a time as necessary, to stay warm. Make sure your vehicles’ tailpipe is clear of obstructions when you do run the engine in a situation where you are stranded.