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Iowa man selling coffin gets questions about bones

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June 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An online classified ad offering an oak coffin neglected to mention the full skeleton inside that Iowa authorities seized to try and identify. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports the coffin belonged to the now defunct Council Bluffs chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows.

Dave Burgstrum says he placed the ad to sell the coffin for $12,000 because he’s trying to raise money to pay the property taxes on the fraternal organizations hall. Burgstrum says the coffin that was made in the 1900s was used in the group’s rituals to represent death, and the bones had been inside for years.

Council Bluffs Police detective Michael Roberts says human remains can’t be sold with proper identification. So the skeleton was sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner.

Montgomery County Theft Arrest

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June 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest on Friday of two individuals in Red Oak on theft charges.  43-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares and 49-year-old Kevin Leon Simmons were arrested at their residence in the 100 block of East Maple Street in Red Oak on a charge of theft in the 5th degree.  They reportedly stole property from another individual valued at $179 on Thursday, June 20th.  Olivares and Simmons were taken to the Montgomery County Law Center and held on $300 cash bond.

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4 central Iowa people hurt in Harrison County crash

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June 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says four people from Des Moines were injured after the vehicle they were in crashed and rolled over Friday night in Harrison County. Officials say a 2006 Toyota corolla driven by 24-year old Chappo Kabadom, of Des Moines, was traveling north on Interstate 29 about two-miles south of the Missouri Valley exit, when the car went out of control and hit a bridge before sliding sideways off the north shoulder of the road and rolling over. One person was ejected during the crash, which happened at around 11:55-p.m..

Kabadom, along with his passengers : 16-year old Banana J. Masso, 24-year old Assanai Worare, and 22-year old Andiriya Adum, all of Des Moines, were transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, with the 16-year old being flown to the facility by helicopter. Their injuries were described as non-life threatening. The accident remains under investigation, but was being complicated by a language barrier.

2013 Cass County Relay for Life a Huge Success

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June 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

A large crowd participated in the 2013 Cass County Relay for Life Friday night (6/21) at the Atlantic High School Track.  Individuals, teams, and corporate sponsors all helped make the fundraising effort the best year yet in raising funds to battle Cancer with the American Cancer Society.  The fundraising total as of the end of the event Friday was at $78,880.59 with some donations still coming in.2013 Relay for Life Survivor Lap

The night began with a Survivor dinner in the Atlantic High School Commons catered by Hy-Vee.  Survivors then kicked off the activities at the track by completing the first lap and being recognized for their fight against Cancer.

The night also contained a wide variety of entertainment, kids activities, an education tent, many raffles, some great food, special laps and the luminary ceremony in the evening. 

A couple of other special efforts went on throughout the day Friday as well with a tractor ride that began from the Cass County Fairgrounds and a motorcycle ride that started at the Atlantic City Park.  Both rides were very well attended and raised more funds for Relay.  The tractor riders finished their day at the Atlantic Hy-Vee while the motorcycle ride made their final stop at the Relay for Life event to turn in their funds.

Another special moment toward the end of the event was a special memorial donation presentation from the McCunn family in honor of Don McCunn.  Thier large donation helped push the fundraising total over the top of last year’s efforts.

The Cass County Relay for Life committee would like to thank everyone in Cass County for supporting the cause and making the event a great success.

Investigation into Creston Water Works shows improper disbursements

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June 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The State Auditor’s Office today (Friday) released a report on a special investigation of the Creston Water Works. The investigation covers the period from July 1st, 2005 through November 16th, 2012, and was conducted as a result of concerns regarding certain purchases and other financial transactions authorized by the General Manager, Steve Green

The audit identified more than $89,835 worth of improper and unsupported disbursements, which includes slightly more than $49,720 paid to Green, and additional retirement contributions for inspections of 2 projects for which a separate inspector had been hired. It also includes just over $30,300 worth of unauthorized vacation payouts and FICA contributions, and a little more than $2,315 worth of  assets purchased by the Water Works but in Green’s possession. The improper disbursements identified also include almost $1,961 of petty cash reimbursements to Green, for prescription medications and about $1,263 to Green for meals. 

The more than $3,050 worth of unsupported disbursements identified includes petty cash reimbursements to Green and other Water Works employees for meals, travel and conference expenses for which documentation was not sufficient to determine the propriety of the reimbursement.

The Water Works does not allow employees to carry over or payout their vacation balance without Board approval. However, in addition to paying out his vacation balance, Green carried his balance over from year to year. The investigation says as a result, Green’s vacation balance was overstated by 476 hours, which is valued at more than $22,520. 

The report includes recommendations to strengthen the Water Works’ controls and procedures over inventory, payroll and other disbursements, including petty cash. 

Copies of the report have been filed with the Union County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s website  http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/1223-0848-BE00.pdf

Microsoft seeks to build another Iowa data center

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June 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Microsoft is the latest business planning to build a massive data center in Iowa as the state continues to attract some of the biggest technology companies looking for a place to expand their computer processing and storage abilities.  Microsoft is proposing to spend more than $670 million on another West Des Moines data center. The company is seeking $20 million in tax credits to create about 30 jobs. The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday was considering approval of the incentives.
 
Already Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have chosen Iowa for data centers. Microsoft’s total investment is expected to exceed $1 billion in Iowa with the new project. Industry consultants say Iowa offers plentiful, inexpensive electricity and policies that alleviate millions of dollars in property and sales taxes.

Heartland Pride Parade move to Council Bluffs

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June 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An annual parade organized by a gay and lesbian nonprofit group will move from Omaha to Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reports the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in downtown Council Bluffs. More than 35 floats will join in the Heartland Pride Parade, which typically is held in Omaha but had to be moved because of the College World Series. Due to that event, there weren’t enough police officers to block streets in Omaha.
 
The parade is hosted by Heartland Pride, which advocates for the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The parade is part of the 28th annual Live Proud event, which began Thursday and continues through Sunday at Omaha’s Stinson Park at Aksarben Village.

NE man dies in Mills County rollover accident

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June 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports one person was killed, another injured, during a single-vehicle rollover accident late Thursday night, in Mills County. Officials say 30-year old Jason R. Hawkins, of Plattsmouth, NE, died in the crash, while a passenger in the vehicle, 34-year old Shaun Goines, of Clarinda, was injured.

The accident happened at around 10:50-p.m. on 195th Street, just north of Pacific Junction. A 1999 Chevy Blazer driven by Hawkins was traveling north when the SUV went out of control, rolled, and came to rest upright in the northbound lane of travel. Neither Hawkins nor Goines was wearing a seat belt. Hawkins died at the scene, while Goines was transported by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha. A report on his condition is not currently available.

The accident remains under investigation.

Disorderly conduct arrest in Atlantic

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June 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 39-year old Dan Christensen, of Atlantic. Christensen was taken into custody on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to Cass County Jail where he was booked and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.