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Red Oak Arrests


October 24th, 2014 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department made three unrelated arrests this (Friday) afternoon. 58 year old William Wayne Elliottt of Red Oak was charged with violation of a protective order. 56 year old Charles James Netherton also of Red Oak was arrested aggravated assault and held on 2-thousand dollar bond.  50 year old Candace Suzanne Johnson of Red Oak was charged with third degree harassment and was being held on 3-hundred dollar bond.

Gilbert man arrested in Shelby County on Red Oak warrant


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Central Iowa was arrested this (Friday) morning, on a theft charge. Red Oak Police say 19-year old Ryan James Corder, of Gilbert, was taken into custody at around 9:25-a.m. on a warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Gilbert was arrested at the Shelby County Jail. His bond was set at $300.

Lenox man arrested for writing bad checks


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox have arrested a local man for writing bad checks. 36-year old Jeremy Harris, of Lenox, was arrested at around 9:40-a.m. on a warrant for theft in the 4th degree. The warrant was issued as the result of an investigation into several hundred dollars of bad checks written to Lenox area businesses, Harris was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was being held on a $1000 cash only bond

Traffic stop in Red Oak results in 2 drug-related arrests


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak this (Friday) morning, resulted in two people being arrested on drug charges. Authorities say officers stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of west Coolbaugh Street at around 8:25-a.m., and upon further investigation, charged the driver, 26-year old Samuel Joseph Kier, of Red Oak, with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, 2nd offense. He was also given warnings for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and Failure to Obey.

A passenger in the vehicle, 20-year old Gillian Ray James Bourne, of Red Oak, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, 3rd offense. Bourne was also issued a warning for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both men were brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where Kier was being held on $1,000 cash bond. Bourne’s bond was set at $2,000.

3,200 Iowa workers to get back meal $


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration says 3,200 union workers are expected to be reimbursed for years of meal expenses that were improperly cut. After lengthy negotiations with the state’s largest union, the Department of Administrative Services agreed last week to refund meal reimbursements that were cut in August 2011.

A department spokesman tells The Associated Press that the deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is expected to cost nearly $1.5 million. The state has already reimbursed members of two other unions nearly $250,000 under prior settlements.

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said Friday that checks might go out in February after the reimbursements are calculated. Homan says employees who traveled every day – such as motor vehicle enforcement officers – might receive $2,500 or more.

Democrats and Republicans schedule “Meet and Greets” w/area residents.


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Democrats and Republican voters in Cass County will have a chance to meet with candidates for office or party representatives, in the coming days. On Saturday (Oct. 25th), Republican Representative Jack Drake, of Griswold, and Tom Shipley, State Senate candidate for District 11, from Nodaway, will hold a meet and greet with voters at 9 a.m. at the Heritage House, in Atlantic.

Shipley is running against fellow Republican Art Hill, of Council Bluffs, for the State Senate’s 11th District that covers all of Adams and Union Counties, a good portion of Cass County, and most of Pottawattamie County. The men are competing for the seat being left vacant by Hubert Houser, who is not running for re-election. Drake is running for re-election in House District 21, which encompasses parts of Cass, and Pottawattamie Counties, as well as all of Adams and Union Counties.

And on Monday (Oct. 27th), Troy Price, the Executive Director of the Iowa Democratic Party, will be at the Cass County Democratic Headquarters (at 511 Chestnut) in Atlantic at 9-a.m. Price will meet with local Democrats and Democratic volunteers, and talk about the current election.

Both events are open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Auto dealer discusses massive recall involving exploding airbags


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A lot of auto dealerships across the state are fielding calls from concerned car owners. That’s after federal officials have increased a recall to a total of 7.8 million vehicles equipped with Takata brand airbags. Dave Wright, of Dave Wright Auto in Cedar Rapids, told KCRG-TV that his receptionists are keeping busy on the phone. “We’ve experienced several calls each day from customers with questions about how to handle the recall,” Wright said.

The recall involves cars of many makes and models, manufactured from 2000 to 2008. Three million additional vehicles are being recall than previously announced. Safety experts said the airbag can explode, shooting shrapnel into the faces of the people in the car. Now, dealerships are watching and waiting for updates, especially with the growth of that list of cars involved.  “Nissan acknowledged it a year ago and have repaired or at least had the campaign so customers had the opportunity to come in as much as a year ago and have their airbags replaced,” Wright said.

Auto companies send out a letters to everyone impacted with instructions on what to do. If your car is on that list of recalls, it’s also important to remember that it does not typically include every single car made during that time frame. “If you provide your (vehicle identification number), we’ll run it, and we will be able to tell you if you are in there and if you need the part replaced,” Wright said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the airbags are more of an urgent issue in places of high humidity and temperatures. So, it is especially urging people in warm-weather states to see that the problem is fixed quickly.

(KCRG-TV/Cedar Rapids via Radio Iowa)

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Creston man arrested Friday on drug & other charges


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest this (Friday) morning of 50-year old Ronald Griffin II, of Creston. Griffin was taken into custody at around 12:18-a.m. on charges that include Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Discharge of Weapon within City Limits and Trespass. He was being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, 40-year old Curtis Bunnell, of Creston, was arrested at around 8:20-p.m. Thursday, on a Union County warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree. Bunnell was taken into custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 bond.

Danish Windmill wins Iowa Tourism award


October 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An attraction in Shelby County has been awarded the Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa’s “Outstanding Attraction” award in the rural division. The award was presented to the Danish Windmill Thursday evening during the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference at the Mid-America Center, in Council Bluffs.

Danish Windmill Mgr. Lisa Steen-Riggs is presented with an award Thursday in Council Bluffs.

Danish Windmill Mgr. Lisa Steen-Riggs (center) is presented with an award Thursday in Council Bluffs.

Iowa Tourism Office Manager, Shawna Lode said “The tourism conference gives us the opportunity to annually recognize the best of the best in our industry. All nominations are reviewed and scored by industry members, people who know and appreciate tourism in Iowa.”

Danish Windmill Manager Lisa Steen-Riggs was on-hand to receive the award. Steen-Riggs, who is also President of the Travel Federation of Iowa, said “The Iowa tourism industry is full of hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals. These awards recognize their contribution to Iowa’s tourism economy.”

In other award categories, the “Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative” in the rural division was presented to Living Loess, western Iowa. And, The Council Bluffs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau received the “Outstanding Website” award, in the Metro Division.

The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together more than 250 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.