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March 6th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Atlantic City Administrator says no more warnings for snow removal


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With temperatures expected to be near 60 during the coming week and most of the snow on the ground already melted, Atlantic residents might not be too concerned about shoveling snow from their sidewalks in a timely fashion, but with Mother Nature being unpredictable, there is still a chance we could see measurable snowfall. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris warned Wednesday, that his assistant, John Lund, will no longer send out warning notices to residents who have not shoveled their walks within 72-hours of the end of a snow storm.

Harris said in the past, the property owner would be notified by Certified Mail that they are in violation of a City Ordinance requiring snow to be removed from sidewalks. Now, if the job is not done within 72-hours, City crews will remove the snow and the property owner will be billed for the cost of labor and equipment. If the bill is not paid, it is assessed to their property and therefore the property owners’ taxes.

They especially want to focus on the sidewalks around the schools in Atlantic. This Spring and Summer, the focus will shift to tall grass on residential lawns. Harris said the City will still send out notices if the grass or weeds are more than 12-inches high, but the City could consider lowering that to 8-inches, taking into account the time it takes crews to mow violators’ lawns if the notice is not obeyed.

In other business, Harris told the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, that his office has received requests and inquiries regarding private sewer lines. He says there currently is no policy pertaining to private ownership of sewer lines, but it is something he and Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Mark Farrier have looked at and created a draft proposal the Council can review and possibly forward recommendations to the Community Development Committee.

There are several sporadic private lines already around town, including one near the old Cherry Corner building off of east 7th Street.

2 people arrested after a disturbance in Villisca Wed. night


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested following a disturbance Wednesday night, in Villisca. Authorities say deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were called to 104 W. 6th Street at around 10:10-p.m., and upon arrival located several subjects in the intersection of 1st Avenue and 6th Street. As the result of an investigation, 24-year old Michael D. Jones, of Shenandoah, and 35-year old Jamie R. Straw, of Villisca, were arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

Straw was also charged with Criminal Mischief and Simple Assault. Officials say additional persons involved in the incident fled the scene and additional charges may be possible.

2 vehicle accident in Red Oak, Wednesday


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say no injuries were reported after two cars collided Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of North 3rd and East Corning Streets. Officials say at around 12:40-p.m.,  17-year old Shelby Musland, of Red Oak, was driving a 2003 Mini Cooper  south on N. 3rd Street and had stopped at the intersection. With a school bus blocking a clear view of the road, the teen pulled away from the stop sign and was struck by an eastbound 2011 Ford Fusion, driven by 48-year old Jamie Thompson, of Red Oak.

The accident caused $3,600 damage altogether. Musland was issued a written warning for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Updating strip search policy for city, county jails


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has voted to update state policy governing strip searches of both inmates and visitors to city and county jails. Representative Stan Gustafson, a Republican from Cumming, says contraband is becoming commonplace. “In recent months Iowa sheriffs’ offices being confiscated everything from weapons to illegal substances being carried into the jail,” he says. “Recently in Linn County, a woman carried in a knife.”

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all jail inmates, regardless of the charges they may face, can be strip searched when they’re booked. The bill that passed the House would give Iowa jailers authority to conduct a strip search if there is “reasonable suspicion” the person being booked into jail, or coming into the jail as a visitor, is concealing a weapon or contraband like drugs.

“Safety concerns are at the heart of this bill,” Gustafson says. “…It is the sheriff’s responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment and House File 2174 assists in that duty.” Gustafson cites a recent incident in Oklahoma. A man booked into a jail on minor charges had a loaded gun and bragged about it to other prisoners. Authorities didn’t know about the gun for 16 hours because the inmate wasn’t strip searched before he was put in a cell.

Last March Woodbury County paid 385-thousand dollars to settle three lawsuits filed by women who had been strip searched at the county jail. Federal lawsuits filed by two other women who say they were subjected to excessive force during searches at the Woodbury County Jail are still pending.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., March 6th 2014


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fuel leak near a Des Moines hospital. The Des Moines Fire Department says the leak was reported yesterday morning at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. No injuries were reported and hospital activities continued as normal. City officials and a private contractor will remove the fuel and work with the state Department of Natural Resources on cleanup efforts.

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have issued a boil advisory for the small Iowa city of Dayton in Webster County. The state Department of Natural Resources says the advisory was issued because of a water main break Tuesday night. It caused water from a tower to drain.

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A broken sewer line has caused wastewater to reach a small frozen creek in northwest Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources says the ice-filled Outlet Creek below Storm Lake has been affected by a leak discovered Tuesday morning. The line, managed by the Southwest Sanitary District, leads to a wastewater treatment plant. The leak was stopped a short time later.

STANWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa say a moose trekking through the area could be the same creature spotted a few months ago. Eric Wright, a conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources, tells the Quad-City Times the animal seen recently in Cedar County could be the same one seen around Linn County in December.

Former St. Albert Administrative intern arrested on ND arson charge


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A former administrative intern at the Council Bluffs St. Albert High School has been charged in connection with a high school fire in North Dakota. The Daily NonPareil reports 30-year old Thomas Sander, a Principal at Trinity High School in Dickinson, N.D., faces felony charges of Arson and Endangerment by fire or explosion. Sander was being held in jail Wednesday on $500,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 10-years in prison.

The fire, which occurred Monday, heavily damaged the school. Students were given the week off while officials decided how to continue the school year.

While at St. Albert, Sander worked six to eight hours per week for one semester as part of an unpaid administrative practicum for his master’s degree. He was not a school employee, however, and was at the school for about three months.

Former Lewis Central students’ death ruled accidental


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said Wednesday that a former Lewis Central student whose body was found late last year in the back seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of a J.C. Penny store off of Marketplace Drive, died of alcohol poisoning. Authorities say an autopsy determined 15-year old Mireya Mata-Alvarez‘ death the night of Dec. 21st was ruled “accidental.” The cause was listed as “acute ethanol intoxication,” which is commonly referred to as “alcohol poisoning.”  The girls’ blood alcohol level registered more than five-times the legal limit of .08. No foul play was involved.

Officials say Mata-Alvarez had been with two juvenile girls and five juvenile males earlier that same evening. Both girls – one of whom dialed 911 – were on scene when emergency crews arrived, but the boys were no longer present.

Mata-Alvarez had attended Lewis Central High School during her freshman year, but was not enrolled for her sophomore year, because she had transferred out of state.

2nd arrest made in connection w/2003 murder in Council Bluffs


March 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County said Wednesday a second arrest has been made in connection with a murder that took place in the Summer of 2003 in Council Bluffs. According to Council Bluffs Police, 36-year old James Cain Harris,of Council Bluffs, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder for the July 2003 death of Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez. Harris was being held in the Pott. County Jail on $1-million bond. His preliminary hearing was set for March 14th.

Officials say Alvarez-Hernandez was killed after a fight outside of a home in the 1600 block of south 13th St. in Council Bluffs. Witnesses had reported a loud altercation taking place outside the residence and heard Alvarez-Hernandez call for help. According to police, those same witnesses said they saw several subjects near the victim who fled prior to police arriving.

Someone had stabbed Alvarez-Hernandez to death, and the case remained unsolved until late last year, when authorities were able to link DNA evidence to 47-year old Thomas J. Sanchez,of La Vista, Neb. Sanchez was arrested in late January, 2014. He remains held on $1-million bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder. Sanchez’ trial is set to begin April 15th.

Public hearing over FY 2015 City of Walnut Budget, Thursday


March 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council will hold a Public Hearing and take action on adopting, the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, Thursday. Both will take place during a regular meeting of the Council, which begins at 5-p.m., Thursday.

In other business, the Council will receive and possibly act on approving a letter of support for a grant application being submitted by the Walnut Questers. Other discussion will include that which pertains to the Peace Haven Retirement Home and possible street work. The Council may also act on approving a letter to the Wheatley Estate, providing Notice of Intent with regard to a former gas station and associated real estate.

The Walnut City Council is also expected to discuss matters pertaining to the concessions stands at the City Park.