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Mills County Sheriff’s Dept & Glenwood P-D report


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Four people have been arrested in Mills County on separate charges. Sheriff’s officials say 54-year old Randall Dean Herring, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 3-a.m. Monday on Interstate 29, for Obstructing Prosecution of Defense, Eluding, and Speeding. His bond was set at $3,000. And, 34-year old Adelaido Lara-Guillen, of Lenox, was arrested at around 5:15-p.m. Monday at 280th Street and Highway 34, for being a Fugitive From Justice. Her bond was set at $5,000.

On Saturday, deputies in Mills County arrested 18-year old Briar Dakota Shivers, of Indianola, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Shivers was arrested on Highway 34 at around 11-p.m.  Bond was set at $1,300.  And, at around 7-p.m. Saturday, deputies arrested 41-year old Ronald Loren Gray, of Pacific Junction, on a warrant for Harassment in the 3rd degree. He was taken into custody at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, and held on $300 bond.

The Glenwood Police Department reports 41-year old Donald Graalfs, of Glenwood, was arrested Sunday, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. His bond was set at $1,000. 18-year old Marcus Pierce, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday, on a Mills County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault, with bond set at $1,000.

And, as we reported last week, the Glenwood P-D says two people were arrested Feb. 11th: 31-year old Michael Dyer, of Omaha, and 33-year old Danielle Darling, of Bellevue, NE, were arrested for Theft in the 3rd degree, and Conspiracy to Commit a felony. Dyer faces additional charges that include 3 counts of Forgery and ongoing criminal conduct. His bond was set at $47,000. Darling also faces a charge of Forgery. Her bond was set at $12,000.

Clarinda Police Make Drug Related Driving Arrest


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County man was arrested Monday night on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Clarinda. Police Chief Keith Brothers reports 33-year old Kyle David Bahn, of Villisca, was arrested at around 11:10-p.m., Monday, for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance suspected to be a central nervous system stimulant, with an amphetamine base.

Bahn was arrested without incident, processed at the jail and later released on a recognizance bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court. His hearing is set for February 25th.

Public hearing in Pott. County March 9th over 23-cent reduction in levy


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors has proposed a fiscal year 2016 county operating budget that calls for a 23-cent reduction in the levy. According to The Daily NonPareil, the board on Tuesday set an evening public hearing on the budget for 6:30-p.m. Monday, March 9th, in the Supervisors room on the second floor in the county courthouse.

While budget specifics – including total revenues and expenditures – are still being put together, it appears the proposed countywide levy for the next fiscal year beginning July 1 is $8.69 per $1,000 taxable valuation, down from this year’s figure of $8.92 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. Those who live in rural areas who pay both the countywide and rural taxes will see their rate decrease to $12.02 per $1,000 in taxable valuation, down from this year’s amount of $12.25.

Board Chairman Scott Belt said much of the decrease can be attributed to the county’s mental health and disability services going to a regional setup. In other business, the board approved rehab work on a county road that goes west out of Oakland. The work would involve resurfacing county roads G42 to M16 and M16 north to G30, a stretch of 8.5 miles, according to County Engineer John Rasmussen.

The plan is to resurface the current asphalt overlay on concrete with new asphalt. Rasmussen said the current concrete will stay. The work will include the shoulders of the road, he said. Estimated cost is $6.7 million, with $4 million coming out of his budget and the rest from the state. It’s hoped this project can start this year.

Tree grants for SW IA cities

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several southwest Iowa communities have received grants totaling $203,000, through MidAmerican Energy’s Trees Please! program. The Daily NonPareil reports the cities include Council Bluffs, Farragut, Macedonia, Marne, Modale, Randolph, Red Oak, Shelby and the Glenwood Tree Board. Each of those entities received funds to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification through the planting of trees. Council Bluffs received $20,000. The other cities received $1,000 each.

Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Assistant Director John Batt said the grant will go towards planting a variety of trees around town, primarily on public property, parks and trails wherever possible. Communities and organizations submitted applications to MidAmerican and were selected based on their individual merits and benefits to the community while also being able to obtain matching funds.

Tina Yoder, energy efficiency manager for MidAmerican Energy said trees serve as a natural wind break while providing shade to homes and businesses.

2 arrests in Red Oak Tue. night


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police say two people were arrested Tuesday. Officials say at around 10-p.m., 16-year old Christopher Michael Ceder, of Red Oak, was arrested following a traffic stop in the 900 block of Riverview Drive. Ceder faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also cited for being a Minor in Possession of Tobacco. Ceder was cited into juvenile court and later released to his custodian.

And, at around 6-p.m. Tuesday, 23-year old Aaron Gar Nelson, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 1500 block of north Broadway, on an active warrant for Theft in the 4th Degree. Nelson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Workshops for current and wanna-be cattle producers to be offered across western Iowa in March

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A series of workshops targeting Iowa beef producers will be held across western Iowa next month which will compare various types of cattle operations. Beth Doran is a beef program specialist at the Iowa State University Extension, based in Orange City. She says the workshops are targeted towards potential and current producers. “We’re going to try to give an overview of facility types,” Doran says. “We’ll be talking about different kinds of facilities, hoop barns, monoslope barns, open lots, deep-pitted slotted-floor barns. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of them and review some of the research on those types.”

Doran says producers will receive several production resources and tools as well as an updated manual on feedlot systems. “We’re also going to give the workshop participants several scenarios and they’ll have to work through making appropriate choices for an operation,” Doran says. “That might involve their financing decisions, cost-benefit measurements and taking a look at that production environmental risk that’s going on with that.” Doran says northwest Iowa contains a lot of the different operations that will be discussed in the workshops.

Producers interested in attending should call their local extension office to pre-register. The workshops will be held (locally) March 18th in Lewis, and on March 25th in Carroll.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Feb. 18th 2015


February 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan to hike the state’s fuel tax by ten cents is quickly moving through the Iowa Legislature. The legislation would raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents. That would provide about $215 million annually for the state’s network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair. Iowa’s fuel tax is now 22 cents per gallon for gasoline, including fees. The tax hasn’t been raised since 1989.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines city councilman says he was not trying to get a speeding ticket waived when he contacted the interim police chief. Joe Gatto was given a ticket for driving 10 miles over the speed limit during a traffic enforcement event on Dec 3. After the traffic stop, the councilman contacted the Interim Police Chief Doug Harvey. His speeding ticket was voided 27 minutes after being downloaded onto the police department’s server. Gatto says that he did not contact the police chief to have the ticket waived, but to express concern about how the traffic stop was handled.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old man has been gunned down on a street in southeast Iowa. The shooting occurred around 2:45 p.m. Monday near South Hill Park in Burlington. Police and medics found the man lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was taken to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, where he died around 3:30 p.m. The man has been identified as Deonte Raynell Carter, of Burlington. No arrests have been made.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The defense is getting its turn after prosecutors rested their case at Theresa Supino’s murder trial in Waterloo. The woman is accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago. Prosecutors called more than 40 witnesses over nine days.

Task force member criticizes Iowa regents’ funding model


February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A member of a task force that assisted the Iowa Board of Regents in creating a new performance-based funding model has reiterated his criticism of the model to lawmakers. Len Hadley, retired chief executive officer of Maytag Corp., told an education appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that the model would unfairly compare funding needs at the state’s three public universities.

Hadley, who has previously criticized the model, represented the University of Iowa on a five-person task force that issued a funding proposal to the regents. He voted against it. The new model rewards universities for recruiting more in-state students. The regents say the model, which they approved last year, is more transparent in its method for requesting state dollars.

Lawmakers at the meeting say they will discuss the issue in the future.

Iowa Senate panel OKs minimum wage increase


February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill to boost Iowa’s minimum wage has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate. A three-member subcommittee backed the bill Tuesday, with two Democrats and one Republican voting in favor. The bill would gradually raise Iowa’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

Sen. Tony Bisignano, a Des Moines Democrat, says the bill was an overdue effort to help low-wage workers. Sen. Rick Bertrand, a Republican from Sioux City, said this would keep Iowa wages in line with neighboring states.

The bill is expected to win approval in the Democratic-majority Senate, but prospects are less clear in the Republican-controlled House. Asked last week if House Republicans would support raising the minimum wage, Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said his caucus was more focused on training for high-paying jobs.

House panel turns down bill on Iowa high school civics test


February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A House panel has declined to approve a bill that would have required Iowa high school students to pass a civics exam to graduate. Members of an education subcommittee discussed the bill Tuesday. It will not be taken up again this session.

A few education groups were registered against the bill, which would have required high school students to pass an exam given to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship. Lobbyists questioned mandating such a requirement without funding. Lawmakers also pointed out that Iowa high school students are already required to take a government course to graduate.

Several state legislatures are considering similar bills. The Joe Foss Institute, an Arizona-based nonprofit, is working toward getting all 50 states to approve such laws by 2017, when the Constitution turns 230 years old.