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Cass County Fair Beef selection show results from Mon. evening

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The prelude to today’s big livestock sale at the Cass County Fair was held Monday evening, with the Parade of Champions and Grand Champion Beef Selection Show.  Among the big winners during Monday’s event were Lindsey Dinkla and Hannah Carlson. Carlson exhibited the Grand Champion Market Heifer, which weighed 1,388-pounds. Hannah is the daughter of Mike and Pat Carlson. Lindsey Dinkla, the daughter of Gary and Beth Dinkla,  exhibited the Grand Champion 4H Market Steer, which weighed-in at 1,326-pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Heifer was shown by Caroline Pellett, with the Pymosa 4H Club. She is the daughter of Brad and Kristi Pellett. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer was shown by Haley Carlson, with the Pymosa 4H Club. Haley is the daughter of Mike and Pat Carlson. Haley also exhibited the Grand Champion FFA market heifer.

Marshall McDermott, of the Atlantic FFA displayed the Reserve. Marshall is the son of Mike and Melanie McDermott. Eric Plagman showed the Grand Champion FFA Market Steer. Eric is the son of Mike and Kristi Plagman. The Reserve went to Nate Moen, of the Atlantic FFA. His parents are Clint and Laura Fruend.

The livestock sale gets underway at 8-a.m. and will conclude when all the animals are sold. Breakfast will be served at the Foodstand from 6:30-until 10-a.m.

Pocahontas County man arrested following pursuit in Montgomery County


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from northwest Iowa’s Pocahontas County faces three felony and numerous other charges, following a pursuit, crash and man hunt Monday. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year old Mark Alan Achterberg, of Laurens, was arrested at around 2-p.m. Monday, after authorities had been unable to locate him earlier in the day.

The incident leading up to his eventual arrest began at around 1:24-a.m., Monday, when a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the 2400 block of O Avenue, for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit, with speeds reaching in excess of 100-miles per hour. The pursuit ended at 260th Street and G Avenue, where Achterberg wrecked the pickup in the west ditch. The vehicle was heavily concealed by the brush and not visible from the road.

Achterberg took off on foot. Despite a massive search that included members of the Iowa State Patrol, Red Oak Police, Cass, Page, Fremont, and Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as Shenandoah Police, authorities were unable to locate the suspect. He was apprehended later in the day. Achterberg faces felony charges that include: Eluding, Assault of a Peace Officer, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. He was also cited for numerous traffic violations. The man was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Man & woman arrested for illegal fireworks in Council Bluffs


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 55-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested Monday by Council Bluffs authorities for allegedly running an illegal fireworks manufacturing operation. According to a Council Bluffs Fire Department press release, Craig Woodward and Katelyn Reynolds were arrested about 2:40 p.m. near South 32nd Street and 11th Avenue, after authorities received a tip about the operation.

Bluffs police said the couple were charged with manufacturing fireworks without a license. Bluffs firefighters said a large number of fireworks was found inside the garage and inside the residence where the couple were arrested. Council Bluffs Police and the Council Bluffs Fire Marshal’s Office are continuing to investigate the case.

High speed pursuit in 3 counties Monday morning


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was arrested following a high-speed chase through three western Iowa counties late Monday morning. The Daily NonPareil says according to Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker, 36-year old Frank A. Dunn, of Villisca, allegedly stole a 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup truck from Front Street in Neola. The incident took place at around 11:50-a.m.

Danker said a city maintenance employee witnessed the theft and followed Dunn northbound on Railroad Highway as the employee notified authorities. Pottawattamie County deputies located Dunn on a county road in Harrison County and attempted to pull the truck over. Danker said the pursuit began when Dunn failed to stop.

The chase covered a number of gravel roads in Pottawattamie, Shelby and Harrison Counties, with deputies from those counties engaging in the pursuit. Speeds during the chase approached 90-mph.  Dunn was able to avoid stop sticks on the highway and eventually traveled to westbound Interstate 680. Deputies deployed stop sticks again on the interstate, blowing out the front tires on the truck, but Dunn managed to keep driving. A short while later a third stop stick attempt blew out the back tires, but again Dunn continued driving.

He eventually turned around in a median, traveling eastbound on I-680, before he was slowed behind semi trucks and eventually pulled over into the median. Authorities arrested Dunn on suspicion of second-degree theft and eluding. Additional charges are possible. Sheriff Danker said after the pursuit Dunn was suffering from stomach pains not related to the chase and was hospitalized. He was scheduled to be transferred to the Pottawattamie County Jail after treatment.

Research links blood sugar and memory loss


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A researcher at Iowa State University finds a link between the insulin that regulates blood sugar in our bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. I-S-U’s Auriel Willette conducted the study with a researcher from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. “In certain brain regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, they show that these neurons are using less and less blood sugar. And so, these problems with using blood sugar were also selectively related to — in these same people — to having problems with memory,” Willette says.

People who are obese tend to become insulin resistant, which could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Willette says they found the link between the insulin resistance and memory issues. “Immediate memory over the course of a couple of minutes, all the way down to 20 minutes later,” Willette says. He says this study may be enough warning for people to think more about losing weight now, to prevent the possible onset of Alzheimers. Willette wants to do more work on the impact of blood sugar levels on the brain.

“Some subsequent work that I want to do is trying to see…if you are overweight or if you are obese, if you do engage in moderate exercise, could that have an affect on the brain where we don’t see the relationship we’re seeing here?,” Willette says. Willette says having less sugar means the brain has less energy to relay information and function, but there’s a lot that isn’t known.

“We as brain scientists know very little about the dynamics of how this works,” Willette says. “We are just now kind of beginning to understand this as to how we perceive food and things along those lines.” He says this new link involving brain sugar and insulin raises more questions. “In relation to how insulin might give us that extra jolt of energy to be able to figure something out or to remember something or to make a new memory — things along those lines — we really don’t understand much of how that works at all. It’s just a really, really new field, and so know we are just trying to puzzle out what it all means,” according to Willette.

Willette’s findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 28th 2015


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LIME CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two men from Muscatine have been killed in an accident along Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa’s Cedar County. The accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says a semitrailer was legally parked on the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes when it was struck in the rear by a car. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Gregorio Tapia. His passenger was identified as 19-year-old Anthony Nunez.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man accused of torturing his roommate’s cat last year has been given probation. Ywenty-one-year-old Leo Nopoulos, of West Liberty, was sentenced to two years of probation under supervision on charges of animal torture and animal abuse. He also received 30 days in jail on a separate drunken driving charge from an arrest in May.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint. Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, says its client, Bob Eschliman, and Dixon, Illinois-based Shaw Media Inc. reached a confidential settlement over Eschliman’s termination in May 2014 from the Newton Daily News. Eschliman was editor when he posted online that gay organizations are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

MOSCOW, Iowa (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a family cemetery this weekend in Iowa as part of an annual family reunion. Jeff Kaufmann, a former state legislator and current chairman of the state’s Republican Party, was the chief organizer of the reunion, which began in 1916. His great-great-great grandparents, Gottlieb and Dorothea E. Kaufmann, arrived in America from Germany in 1847 with 13 family members. Relatives gathered on Saturday in the Kaufmann Family Cemetery, which is just north of Moscow.

Villisca woman arrested on Theft warrant


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Red Oak Police Department, Monday, arrested a woman at the Mills County Jail, on a warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. 49-year old Stephanie Lee Hightshoe, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 2:45-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where her bond was set at $300.

Iowa Homes Selling Fast, Sales Climbing in June and Second Quarter


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The good news just keeps getting better if you are selling your home in Iowa. According to the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR), sale prices and number of homes sold continue their upward trend. Sales increased almost 10 percent and average days on market reached a new 3 year low. Homes continue to sell at a fast pace in most communities. Days on market dropped to 69 in June, which is the fastest rate in over 3 years. That’s a 14.8 percent improvement from June of 2014.

Sales increased 9.7 percent from a year ago. 4,749 homes were sold last month as compared to 4,329 homes that sold in June 2014. Active listings were up 3.7 percent and Pending listings were up 7.6 percent when compared to last June. The IAR’s 2015 June Housing Trends Report shows the median sale price rose 6.0 percent. In June 2014 the median sale price was $143,900 while the median price last month was $152,500. The days on market of 77 days hit a new low when comparing second quarter performance of this year to the past eight years.

IAR President Jon Yocum said “The second quarter statistics demonstrate the strong housing market we have had in Iowa this year. In fact, the second quarter of 2015 shows a higher number of sold properties than we have had in the last eight years. We’ve had a 10 percent increase in sold properties when comparing to the second quarter of last year. Buyers are realizing that it is still a good time to buy with relatively low interest rates. Homeowners are hearing that homes are selling fast with low inventory levels. It is a great time for them to put their homes on the market.”

5 arrests in Atlantic


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of five people over the past week. On Sunday, 32-year old Bryan Kirby, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation. And, 36-year old Michael Trotter, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree.

On Friday, Atlantic Police arrested 27-year old William Seffron, and 37-year old Richard D. Smith, both of Atlantic, were both arrested on a Cass County warrants for Violation of Probation.

And, on July 23rd, 49-year old Richard Lewis, of Atlantic, was arrested by Atlantic Police for Domestic Abuse Assault, 3rd or Subsequent offense. All five subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Reward grows in connection with chainsaw carving thefts

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Photos provided to the Atlantic Police Dept. courtesy Laura Bacon with the Atlantic News Telegraph.

A group of concerned area citizens is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of two chainsaw carvings taken sometime Sunday night from the Cass County Fairgrounds.  The pig and goat head carvings were created over the last couple of days by Doyle Chainsaw Artist and are to be auctioned off tonight (Monday) at the fair as part of a fund raising effort for the fair.IMG_7494

A reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the carvings. Anyone who might have any information about the theft is asked to contact the Atlantic Police Department, the Cass County Extension Office, or any Fair Board member. Anyone wanting to contribute to the reward fund can contact Bill Simons (249-9503) or Allen Zellmer.