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Shelby County plant goes out business

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A meat cooking facility in Shelby County has closed its doors. Superior Meats out of California purchased Jim’s Meat Market in February 2008. Since that time, the plant went from a raw plant to a cooking plant. Owner and operator Hank Mayhue said it was because of the price of raw buffalo going from $1.70 per pound of a-trim to $5.73 per pound. The company renovated the building, purchased equipment and turned it into a cooking plant, distributing hamburgers and meatballs. The product was sold to schools, prisons and retailers. The company was shut down for months and cost millions of dollars to get the company up and running. 

Mayhue said it was their own inability to get the machine working properly that led to the company closing its doors along with the cost of testing the meat extensively. The company at their peak had close to 30 employees. They have paid their vacations and treated their employees’ right. Mayhue says he hopes someday the plant will be successful. Mayhue says they can’t say enough good things about the people of Harlan. He says they are so sad that the money is gone and lost, and they wanted to see people be successful. 

The plant was shut down last Friday, May 11th. Kohler Company in Lincoln, NE will host an auction for everything in the plant and the 5 acres sometime in the middle of July this year. Superior Meats is hoping someone in the meat industry will purchase the building because it is ready for production right away.

(Joel McCall/KNOD – Harlan)

Board votes to retain Behavioral Health Unit at CCMH

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital’s seven member Board of Trustees this (Wednesday) morning voted to keep the Behavioral Health Unit at the hospital, even though the bids to remodel a portion of the facility for a scaled down version of the BHU came in at a greater than anticipated cost. The Board approved the remodeling project and to retain the BHU by a vote of 4-to 2, with board members Lois Casey, Jerry Putnam, Phyllis Stakey and Ned Brown voting in favor, and Leanne Pellett, John Molgaard voting against.

The plan is to move forward with the remodeling of the special care unit to house a four-bed BHU. It was just last week that the hospital board opened bids for the electrical, mechanical and general construction portions of the project. Hospital officials said while the electrical and mechanical bids came in at around projected costs, the general construction bid was higher than expected, primarily due to certain specifications pertaining to the type of glass used, and other such issues.

Arrests made in Copper theft from Pott. County

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Omaha were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the theft of copper from Center-Point Irrigation systems in the northwest part of Pottawattamie County. According to Sheriff Jeff Danker, the arrests followed a call early Tuesday morning from a farmer who received an alarm at around 4:40-a.m., from his two CPI units in the vicinity of 145th and Treasure Lane (about 3-miles south of the Interstate 29/I-680 split). Danker says deputies quickly responded and found a 1994 Dodge Intrepid with Nebraska plates, but no one around the vehicle.

The deputies discovered the Center Pivots had copper stripped-off. After a search of the area revealed no suspects, the vehicle was towed. About 3-hours later, deputies located an individual walking on the railroad train tracks in the same area, at about 145th and Desoto. Clifford Krings, 38, of Omaha, was brought to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. A little more than 90-minutes later, 41-year old Scott Mohr, also of Omaha, the owner of the car, was located in the same area as Krings. Danker says a comparison of the mens’ footwear with impressions left in the area where the thefts occurred were similar. Both men were arrested on charges of Theft in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree.

Krings was being held this (Wednesday) morning in the Pott. County Jail on $5,300 bond, while Mohr was later released on a $5,000 bond. The Sheriff says the theft of copper from the Center Point irrigation system is just the latest in a string of such occurrences in the area devastated by last year’s flooding. He says there are no residences nearby, and the remote location makes it an easy target for thieves looking to steal copper wiring any chance they get. Danker said it costs about $5,000 to replace the wiring in just one of the CPI units, which is why the farmer who called them had an alarm system installed.

Drug arrests made after weekend traffic stop in Pott. County

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men from the western part of the country were arrested over the weekend on drug charges, in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker said the driver of a 2012 Kia Optima, 40-year old Greg Lisheski, of Ventura, CA, and his passenger, 38-year old Michael Christy, of Hayden Lake, ID, were arrested following a traffic stop last Saturday morning.

Danker says Deputy Brian Miller stopped the eastbound rental car on I-80 at around 11:35-a.m., for excessive speed. Conversations the deputy held with Lisheski and Christy led Miller to suspect the men were transporting drugs. He requested permission to search their vehicle, but was denied. Miller and his K-9 partner “Francisco” then conducted a free-air search around the car, during which the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the trunk.

A search of the trunk resulted in the recovery of 18-pounds of packaged marijuana. Both men were taken into custody and brought to the Pott. County Jail on Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and Tax Stamp Violation, charges.

Lisheski and Christy posted $5,000 bond each, and were released from custody.

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Bicyclists Roll Along in Ride of Silence in Several Iowa Cities Tonight

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hundreds of bicyclists in at least a half-dozen Iowa cities will gather and ride their two-wheelers in a slow line tonight (Wednesday) as part of the Ride of Silence. Scott Sumpter, organizer of the Des Moines ride and founder of BikeIowa.com, says it’s a solemn tribute. “The ride exists so we can ride in honor and pay respect to those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways,” Sumpter says. Since May of last year, five bicyclists have died on Iowa’s roads and 16 were injured. Those 21 names will be added to a list of more than 160 people who’ve been killed or injured while biking in Iowa in recent years. He says it’s an unfortunate fact that cyclists aren’t always respected by careless motorists.

“Every year, we see bicycling grow but we also see a few people get hit and killed,” Sumpter says. “We’re out there to raise awareness that the cyclists have the legal right to ride the roads.” Rides of Silence are being held in more than 300 American cities tonight and in 18 other countries. Sumpter says the bike riders will only be rolling along at maybe 10 or 12 miles an hour, and in many cities, with a police escort. “Every ride is supposed to start at 7 PM,” Sumpter says. “It’s just a silent procession, a really slow ride. It’s almost like a funeral-like procession.” Rides are being held in cities including: Ames, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Mason City, Woodward and in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, Nebraska. Most of the rides will only go between four and ten miles in distance. Learn more at: www.rideofsilence.org

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Burglary investigation in Montgomery County

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating an incident of burglary which was reported Tuesday, northeast of Red Oak. Officials say 58-year old Donald Pech, of rural Red Oak said his residence had been broken into and several items removed. There was also damage to the residence from an apparent forced entry, and numerous household items which were damaged.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107, or Crimes Stoppers, at 1-800-432-1001.

Red Oak men arrested on drug charges

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak say two men were arrested Tuesday night, on drug charges. According to the Red Oak Police, 18-year old Mason Phillip Roach was arrested on Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia charges, and, 25-year old James Harlan Rosencrans was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. Both men are from Red Oak. They were taken into custody in the vicinity of East Grimes and North 6th Streets in Red Oak, at around 11:25-p.m. Tuesday, and were being held in the Montgomery County Jail, on $1,000 cash bond, each.

Atlantic City Council to hold Public hearing on budget amendment

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May 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held this evening in Atlantic, with regard to proposed amendments to the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. City Administrator Doug Harris says the amendment includes a $33,000 overage in the Public Works Dept. resulting from some equipment purchases that were budgeted for last year, under the AMU lease-purchase program, that were not expended until the current fiscal year. While the unspent funds were carried over and available, the appropriation authority does not carry forward.

Another reason for the budget amendment, according to Harris, is that Library Director Carol Stanger has informed the City the facility will be spending an additional $15,000 for equipment. The additional funds for purchases will come from a large donation the library received last year, and were placed in their Trust and Agency (T&A) Fund. Also, the budget for Community and Economic Development is increasing $18,500, for the first installment payment for the replacement of faulty Christmas lights. The amount will be funded from the City, AMU, and a $4,661 loan from the Chamber of Commerce. The funds first passed through the Chamber and they in-turn to the City. The 2nd payment of $19,486 will be made this coming Fall. The City will reimburse the Chamber for their contribution in subsequent years.

And finally, the budget needs to be amended by $348,850 on the Business Type/Enterprises line item, according to Harris, because of overruns resulting from various capital projects, the two largest of which pertain to the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, and the replacement of a sanitary sewer line on Cedar Street. Those two projects alone make up $303,000 of the amendment.

The public hearing, followed by action on a Resolution amending the F.Y. 2012 Budget, and other matters to come before the Atlantic City Council, will take place at City Hall, beginning the 5:30-p.m.