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Thieves armed with baseball bat & hammer rob Bluffs store

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October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say two persons got away with an undetermined amount of cash following a robbery late Sunday night at a convenience store. Officials say two white men entered the Kum and Go store at 154 Bennett Avenue in Council Bluffs just after 11-p.m., and demanded money from the clerk. The men, armed with a baseball bat and a mechanic’s hammer, were said to have been in their 20′s. The clerk was not injured.

One of the suspects wore a black coat, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black ski mask. He’s about 5-feet 11-inches tall, and weighed about 200-pounds. The second suspect was also wearing a black coat, and blue jeans. He wore black shoes, and had a  black bandana covering his face.  He was said to be about 5-feet 11-inches tall, and about 170-pounds.

Officials say the case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Council Bluffs Police at 712-328-4728.

Burglary investigation leads to an arrest in Shenandoah

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October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County say a Shenandoah man was arrested Sunday on a burglary charge, following an investigation into an incident which occurred over the weekend. According to Shenandoah Police, 22-year old Jonathan Million was arrested Sunday morning on charges of Theft, and Burglary in the 3rd degree.  Million was being held at the Page County Jail in Clarinda,  on $2,000 bond.

Southwestern Comm College suffers loss of two people in Saturday crash

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October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HOPKINS, Mo. (AP) – An accident early Saturday morning in northwest Missouri claimed the lives of three people, including a current student at, and an alum of, Southwestern Community College, in Creston. The Missouri State Patrol says the crash occurred at around 2:15-a.m. Saturday, one half mile east of Hopkins.

Officials say a pickup driven by 22-year old Scott R. Woods, of Hopkins, ran off the road, overturned and caught fire. Woods refused treatment at the scene. Three passengers in the vehicle were killed. Two passengers suffered serious injuries, while another had only minor injuries. None of the seven people in the pickup were wearing their seatbelts.

Those who died in the crash were identified as 21-year-old Joshua Bix and 22-year-old Benjamin McIntyre, both of Hopkins, and 18-year-old Chrystal Olerich, of Lake View, Iowa. Bix graduated from SWCC in Creston, where Olerich was a freshman volleyball player.

Creston woman arrested in Adams County

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October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a Creston woman was arrested Sunday afternoon following  a traffic stop on Highway 25.  Offcials say 52-year old Renae Michelle Scott was driving a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup when she was pulled over at around 2:30-p.m., for not having plates on the vehicle and having a cracked windshield. Scott was charged with Driving While Suspended, and brought to the Adams County Jail.

Vehicle hits bridge in Montgomery County

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October 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say no injuries were reported after an SUV hit a bridge railing Saturday morning southeast of Coburg.  According to the sheriff’s report, the Montgomery County Communications Center received a call at around 8:10-a.m. Saturday, about an abandoned vehicle which had collided with a bridge railing on G Avenue, about three-quarters of a mile south of 270th Street.

An investigation determined 19-year old Tasha Treat, of Red Oak, was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty north on G Avenue, when the SUV left the road and hit the bridge railing, causing $8,000 damage to the Jeep, and $3,000 damage to the bridge railing and signs.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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Atlantic Teen Arrested in Montgomery County

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October 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday, a Cass County teen was arrested late last week, near Elliott.  16-year old Brandon Dwayne Clark, of Atlantic, was taken into custody at around 11:45-p.m., Thursday, following a traffic stop at Highway 48 and Kirkwood Avenue. The vehicle Clark was in, was being sought following an incident involving an alleged assault earlier that same evening in Red Oak.

Clark was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was brought to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, where he was processed and later released to the custody of a parent.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in conducting the investigation, by officers with the Red Oak Police, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

2011 “Scrooge” Candidates Announced by Atlantic Chamber

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October 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Plans for the “Christmas in Atlantic” celebration are getting underway with the nominations for the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce’ annual Elect-a-Scrooge contest having been announced Friday.  The “games” begin November 1st. Megan Roberts,  Executive Director of the Atlantic Chamber says “In the Elect-a-Scrooge Contest everyone is a winner. The participants always have fun, the Food Pantry gets a large donation and the community truly supports this holiday time of giving a hand up to those in need.”

Scrooge candidates raise funds and non-perishable items for the Atlantic Food Pantry from November 1st to December 2nd, and the Scrooge who raises the most serves as the Grand Marshal in the Lighted Christmas Parade on December 3rd, in downtown Atlantic.

Candidates for the 2011 “Scrooge” contest include: Aaron Siggins, with the Atlantic Hy-Vee store; Janet Cappel, from Cappel’s Ace Hardware; Nancy Fredrickson, with Geis Perry Jewelry; Brad Peerbolte, with Peerbolte Chiropractic; and, Karen Nelson, from the Handbag Ranch.

Each candidate will accept donations at their listed businesses and many have special promotions in the works. One dollar or one non-perishable item equals a vote for the Scrooge candidate. For more information contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712.243.3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com

Breaking News: I-680 to reopen Nov. 2nd, nearly 1 month ahead of schedule!

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October 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation announced Friday evening that Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County will be reopened at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd. The Iowa DOT’s fast-track flood recovery effort and accelerated pace of construction by the contractors has led to the quick reopening. Working 24 hours a day at times since construction started Sept. 28th, Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck and Reilly Construction Company Inc. of Ossian and their subcontractors, consultants and suppliers have completed work in only 34 working days.

All four lanes of I-680 will be reopened to traffic. The ramps at the 130th Street interchange (exit 1) will remain closed due to the closure of the intersecting local roadways.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino III will be hosting a grand reopening ceremony at 1 p.m. at the I-680/130th Street interchange. Joining them will be U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. The Nebraska Department of Roads has also been invited. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

For complete details on the grand reopening ceremony, visit: www.iowadot.gov/floods/I680_opening.html

Additional details released on I-80 drug bust

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October 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a story we first brought you Thursday morning on KJAN. Authorities in Pottawattamie County have released additional details about a traffic stop that resulted in the recovery of 226-pounds of marijuana.  Pott County Sheriff Jeff Danker says 63-year-old Richard Giffels, of Springfield, Oregon was arrested after the GMC pickup he was driving was stopped for speeding by Deputy Brian Miller. The vehicle was pulled over on eastbound Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs, at around 11:25-a.m., Wednesday.

Giffels faces charges which include possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a drug tax stamp violation, prohibited acts and excessive speed.