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Shambaugh man reports residential theft

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Shambaugh man who left his home for a couple of days over the last weekend in April, came home to find several items missing. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says the man reported a deadbolt to his building was unlocked when he came home. Missing from the residence located at 210 West Street, were several tools, including four paint spray guns, a pressure pot, and a half-inch millimeter wrench. The loss was estimated at $5,100. Anyone with information about the theft should contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

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A description of the items missing is as follows:

Binks Model 7 Manuel Air Spray gun; Hulp Model 62 spray gun; Binks pressure pot; Sharps prime paint gun; Sharps Touch up spray gun, and a Snap-On 1/2″ mm wrench.

Domestic disturbance leads to arrest in Page County

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A reported domestic disturbance Thursday morning in College Springs led to one person being arrested on an assault charge. Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says deputies responded to a residence in the 700 block of Oberline Avenue in College Springs just after 2-a.m., Thursday.

When deputies arrived they spoke with a 19-year old female who lives in the home and subsequently arrested 42-year old Douglas Brian Stotts, who also lives there. Stotts was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and transported to the Page County Jail where he was being held without bond pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Cass Co Sheriff’s Office warning about arrest scams

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware: If you receive a call claiming you owe an outstanding debt and a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you don’t forward money to someone right away, you very well may be the target of a scam. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware that our Sheriff’s Office NEVER cold-calls citizens to tell them to pay a fine RIGHT NOW or go to jail.

Massena man arrested on burglary & other charges

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests on Friday (May 2nd). Officials say 28-year old Trel Curtis Peterson, of Massena, was arrested on two Cass County warrants for Burglary in the 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief 4th degree, along with and Burglary 3rd and Harassment 1st Degree. Peterson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

On May 2, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Lee Atkinson, 36, of Anita,  on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on $300 bond.

Atlantic Chamber announces Larsen as Executive Director

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce say that effective May 19th, 2014 Rhonda Larsen will take over the position of Executive Director of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. Larsen succeeds Megan Roberts, who announced last month she was leaving to pursue employment in the insurance industry. Roberts has served as the Chamber Director since August, 2012.

Chamber President Amy Jordahl said “On behalf of the Chamber Board, we are confident that Rhonda is going to be a perfect fit for the Chamber team. She has an excellent background in marketing and promotions and strong relationships in the Atlantic area to help us accomplish our goals.”

Jordhal said also “We have a strong team of board members, volunteers, businesses and staff. Rhonda is a great addition to our leadership team, and we are thankful for a community that will help her transition into this new role.”

Branstad & Reynolds to visit Greenfield, Creston & Corning

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will visit three communities in southwest Iowa this coming week.  The pair will be in Greenfield, Creston and Corning, on Tuesday, May 6th. Their first stop at 10-a.m. will include a tour of Cardinal Glass in Greenfield.

From there, Branstad and Reynolds travel to Creston for an 11:30-a.m. tour of CHS Oilseed Processing. Their day ends in Corning, where a town hall meeting on the Governor’s STEM (Science Engineering, Technology and Math) initiative will be held beginning at 1:30-p.m., in the Southwest Valley High School gymnasium.

Breaking News: Landlines in Portsmouth and Panama are down

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert reports  the  landline 9-1-1 Lines in the Portsmouth and Panama areas of Shelby County are not working. If you have an emergency please use your cellphone to dial 911.

Crews are assessing the situation and we will update you with information as the nature and duration of the outage become known.

Iowa accepts state’s 18th safe haven baby

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the state has taken custody of a newborn baby under Iowa’s safe haven law. The Department of Human Services announced Friday a woman who gave birth on April 15 at an Iowa hospital had immediately asked that the infant be declared a safe haven baby. Under state law, parents can give up custody of babies age 14 days and younger with no questions asked.

The agency has taken custody of the baby and a court hearing to terminate parental rights will be held within a month. It’s the 18th time the state has taken a child under the safe haven law, which was approved in 2001 after an eastern Iowa teenage mother killed her home-delivered newborn.

The state didn’t release details, including where the baby was born.

2 vehicle non-injury accident in Montgomery County

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported and no citations were issued following a two-vehicle accident this (Friday) morning. The crash occurred at around 8-a.m near 1186 210th Street, southeast of Emerson.

Officials say a 1978 Ford pickup driven by Matthew Stacy, was traveling east on 210th Street and cresting a hill. At about the same time, Sarah Smith was pulling out of a driveway in her 2009 Nissan Murano onto westbound 210th.  Because of the obstruction created by the hill, Smith didn’t see Stacy’s pickup approaching, and Stacy couldn’t stop in time once he came over the hill.

The vehicles collided at the driveway entrance, with Stacy’s pickup coming to rest in the north ditch. Neither driver reported any injurues, and both refused treatment from rescue crews. Damage from the collision amounted to $9,000.

District to burn down old Iowa school building

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May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton School District will burn down its nearly century-old elementary school building to save money this weekend. District officials say Sunday’s controlled burn, which was delayed by one -week due to the previously dry and windy conditions, will save up to $60,000 in demolition costs.

The unique event will also serve as a training exercise for firefighters. About 100 of them from a dozen or so departments are expected to turn up for the burn, which will be aided by wooden pallets donated by residents. Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the district, like others, is always seeking ways to save money.

Fire training consultant Cliff McFarland says controlled burns like the one Sunday will help volunteer departments better coordinate large-scale fire scenarios.