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Clarinda Police Officers assaulted

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Police Officers were assaulted in Clarinda, Tuesday night, after responding to a domestic disturbance. Police Chief Keith Brothers says at approximately 9:05 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call concerning a domestic disturbance taking place at Lot #29 in the Maplewood Trailer Court, 515 South 10th St. The female caller reported her husband was out of control and the female resident needed help from the police.

The male resident, 52-year old Ricky Dean Harrison, of Clarinda kicked one of the officers in the leg and kicked another officer in the stomach. Afterward, one of the officers deployed a Taser device on Harrison, who was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Assault on a Peace Officer and Resisting arrest. The officers were not injured during the altercation.

Harrison was booked into the Page County Jail and held without bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate. The Page County Attorney’s Office will review the incident for the filing of formal charges.

Shelby County road re-opens

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) reports a pipe replacement project under 2000th Street has been completed and the road has re-opened. The culvert in the 900 block of 2000th Street just west of Hazel Road and 2000th was closed on Monday, November 18th.

The closure met the approximate schedule of three weeks to finish.

Cass Supervisors approve appointment of a deputy sheriff

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, approved the appointment of a deputy sheriff, increasing the number of deputies by one. Sheriff Darby McLaren introduced the hire, who will begin his duties immediately. The new man is 23-year old Tyler Shiels.

Tyler Shiels (on the left) and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren.

Tyler Shiels (on the left) and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren.

Sheils was recently released from his duties with the West Des Moines Police Department so he could accept the position in Cass County. He took a few moments to address the board about his background, saying that he is originally from Urbandale and graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Sheils is finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree from Upper Iowa University. He’s also served in the military since 2009. He says his girlfriends’ family is from this area, and he’s excited about getting started in his new position.

Arrest, and school bus accident in Atlantic

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Tuesday of 38-year old Christopher Harper. Harper, who’s from Atlantic, was taken into custody on a warrant for Failure to Appear. He was booked into the Cass County Jail but later posted bond.

And, an accident in Atlantic Tuesday night in the high school parking lot caused $2,150 damage, but no one was injured. Officials say a school bus driven by Laurence Tallman, of Atlantic, was westbound in the Atlantic High School parking lot attempting to make a left turn around a parked vehicle, when the bus was unable to make a wide enough turn. The left rear of the bus struck the left front corner of the vehicle, registered to Tracy Jacob, of Atlantic. The accident happened at around 10:15-p.m.

Cass County Supervisors approve building purchase

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, passed a resolution approving the purchase of property across the street from the courthouse. The Resolution said “Whereas the Cass County Communications Center needs to expand the area of its facility in order to comply with State regulations, and (because) there is no available area for expansion within the courthouse or courthouse annex, and where the property at 707 Poplar Street…has come available for purchase, the Board of Supervisors believe it is in the best interest of the County to purchase (the) property for future expansion. The purchase price is $370,000.

The payments will be made in installments. The building is currently owned and occupied by the Cambridge Law Firm. The Board Wednesday also passed a resolution setting the date for a Public Hearing on the lease of the building for a term of more than three-years. The hearing will take place at 9-a.m. December 18th in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Courthouse. Work on the building will likely not begin for at least three-to four-months.

It remains to be determined whether the lower level of the Cambridge building will be used for a new 9-1-1 Center, or the offices of the County Assessor and Engineer. Moving those offices would likely open-up enough space for an expansion of the current Communications Center on the lower level of the courthouse. Cass County E-911 Director Rob Koppert said Al Povandra, with Povandra Carlson, West and Povandra Architects in Omaha, stopped by last week to conduct an initial assessment of the lower level of the courthouse to determine the cost effectiveness of using that section exclusively for the 911 Communications Center.

Koppert said Povandra had some concerns with the Engineer’s space. A room where a pipe broke a couple of years ago could be problematic if anything of value where to be established there. It’s possible that space could be renovated into a restroom, which would also need to be ADA compliant. Koppert  says another concern is with regard to windows in the lower level of the courthouse. He said they will be required to install one-way or opaque windows so people can’t see in and gather information about the equipment and computer systems inside.

Some type of shuttering to prevent severe weather damage would also be needed. Up to 11 windows may need to be treated, but whatever is put in place, must also meet the requirements of the National Historic Registry, because the Courthouse is listed on that Registry. Povandra had previously mentioned whatever renovations are done to the building won’t come cheap because the building is constructed so well.

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3 Villisca residents arrested in Red Oak, Tuesday

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report three arrests occurred on Tuesday. Officials say 19-year old Marissa Lynn Sherman and 20-year old Jeremy Joel Navarette, both of Villisca, were charged with 5th degree theft for allegedly taking $15 worth of items from the Dollar General Store in Red Oak. Police say Navarette took the items, while Sherman acted as an alleged accomplice. The pair were arrested at around 1:10-p.m. and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond each.

And, just before 8-p.m. Tuesday, 29-year old Jeremiah Gray Grayeagle, of Villisca, was arrested in Red Oak for a parole violation, based on a valid Montgomery County warrant. Grayeagle was processed at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and then released on his own recognizance.

January 15 is deadline for applying for new commercial property tax credit

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of commercial property owners in Iowa face an important deadline in five weeks, as they have to submt an application for the new tax credit Iowa policymakers have established. Courtney Kay-Decker is director of the Iowa Department of Revenue. “Just like when you first buy your house, you have to apply for the homestead credit, this is the first time that you’re going to be eligible for the commercial property tax credit and you have to apply,” Kay-Decker says, “and it’s by January 15th.” Some counties have the applications available online, which others require commercial property owners to submit paper forms.

“Each county is doing it slightly differently, because it’s local government,” Kay-Decker says. Commercial property owners who fail to meet that January 15th deadline will have to wait another year to apply for the credit. The governor and legislators hammered out a deal this spring which would reduce commercial property tax RATES in Iowa by 10 percent within three years, but the plan also created a new property tax credit for commercial property. Counties will get 50-million dollars from the state to create that tax credit at the local level. That means math must be done to calculate how to divvy up that money and determine how much the credit will be worth to each individual commercial property owner.

“So we’re working on software between the Department of Revenue and all of local governments which involves not only the assessors…but also the treasurers and the auditors to come up with how to do it, the technology to do it,” she says. “We’re, in fact, testing right now.” That computer software is being tested today (Wednesday) by officials in each of the 99 counties as well as the Iowa Department of Revenue. Kay-Decker says commercial property owners will find out in August or September how much of a credit they’ll receive.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan woman hurt in Bluffs crash last week

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report a woman from Shelby County was injured during a crash that took place last week. Information released this week indicates 51-year old Melinda Mathiasen, of Harlan, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries during the crash that took place Dec. 5th  on Interstate 29, near South 24th Street, in Council Bluffs.

Offcials say Mathiasen’s 1992 Lincoln Towncar was struck by a 2007 Nissan Sentra driven by 23-year-old Stephanie Jones, of Council Bluffs. The accident happened at around 8:30-a.m.  as Jones was traveling west on I-29 and attempting to merge into the left lane. As she was switching lanes, Jones’ car hit Mathiasen’s vehicle, which caused the Lincoln to strike sand-filled barrels along the road. Both cars spun around before coming to a stop.