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Iowa officials say missing teens found in Illinois

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

VINTON, Iowa (AP) — Four missing teens – two from western Iowa and two from eastern Iowa, have been found safe in Illinois.  Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said Tuesday afternoon, that  16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs, both of Atlantic, and Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek, both 15 from Shellsburg, were located in Eureka, IL., where they were taken into custody. They had been missing since Saturday afternoon.

Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth had said Monday that the teens were not believed to be in any danger and that the girls had planned a trip with the boys. Corey Sunderman’s mother, Crystal Sunderman, told KJAN News Monday, that she thought the teens may have been on their way to Florida for a skateboarding event.

Copper thieves scale great heights in Iowa

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Thieves are scaling great heights in Iowa in the search for copper, yanking wiring from cellphone towers and wind turbines. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says thieves are risking jail or death for a few dollars. Danker says there are over 40 wind turbines and nearly a dozen cellphone towers from Avoca to Council Bluffs, and patrolling them all is a problem. Authorities recently caught two men on top of a cellphone tower near the Lewis and Clark Monument in Council Bluffs. They were arrested for criminal mischief and burglary. Officials say one of the men was wearing gloves and gear to keep him from falling.

SW IA woman arrested on assault charge…again

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a Malvern woman was arrested Monday afternoon, after she allegedly assaulted a police officer. 24-year-old Tonisha Christina O’Meara was being held without bond, for Simple Assault, at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center. The same woman was also arrested October 8th, for allegedly assaulting a police and corrections officer, but those charges were dismissed by the court, the next day. She still faces a separate assault charge for an incident that occurred on October 1st. Her trial on that charge is set to take place November 6th.

Montgomery County to Host Forestry Field Day October 30

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say the Nodaway River Valley Woodland Owners Association Forestry Field Day is Oct. 30th, at 12:30 p.m., beginning from the host landowner property at 1974 U Avenue, Villisca. The field day will include light hiking and demonstrations on woodland health and wildlife habitat management, pond management, and bow making.

It will also include a discussion on alternative products from Iowa forests like ginseng, maple syrup, wild plum, hazelnuts, aronia berries, using thinning residues for meat smoking and native tree species for wood working. The field day is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. Attendees should plan to dress for outdoor weather conditions and be prepared for light physical activity.

Directions to the host property: 2.8 miles north of Hwy. 34/71 interchange on Hwy. 71, then east on 198th street to the bend in the road where hit becomes U Avenue. The property is at the corner of U Avenue and 198th Street.

Clarinda-based medical helicopter unveiled Monday

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The public and local officials had an opportunity Monday, to take a look at a new helicopter in Clarinda, that will serve a 15-county area of southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

A Bell 407 helicopter similar to one that will based in Clarinda.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Bell 407 helicopter will be based either at the Clarinda Regional Health Center or at a maintenance hangar at Schenck Field in Clarinda. It’s service area is within about 50-miles of the base.

The fully-staffed chopper was made possible thanks to a partnership with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, and Air Methods/LifeNet. Mercy will provide the 11 flight paramedics and nurses, while Air Methods will provide the pilots and a mechanic. The helicopter will transport patients to medical centers in Omaha and Lincoln, NE, Des Moines, and St. Joseph, MO. Communities served by the chopper include Clarinda, Atlantic, Corning, Creston, Mt. Ayr, Red Oak and Shenandoah, in Iowa, and Fairfax and Maryville, in Missouri.

Assault arrest in Atlantic

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Monday on an assault charge. The Atlantic Police Department said Tuesday, 21-year old Troy Romick was taken into custody on a Domestic Abuse/Assault, charge. Romick was booked in to the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Two Bridges along Highway 6 to be named in Honor of Troopers, Thursday

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Law enforcement officers in southwest Iowa will pause this week to honor two State Troopers who died in the line of duty.

Trooper Lance G. Dietsch

Local and State authorities, along with members of the Iowa Legislature, will be pay tribute to Troopers Lance Dietsch and Stan Gerling, by dedicating two bridges to the men in Cass County.The bridges are located northeast of Lewis along Highway 6, as it traverses Indian Creek, and Turkey Creek, respectively.

Members of the public are invited to attend the dedication ceremony as a show of support for those who serve and protect Iowa Communities. The ceremony will take place beginning at 10-a.m. Thursday, at the Iowa State Patrol’s State Radio Office, located at 56911 Whitepole Road, just west of the Lewis turnoff from Highway 6.

Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch and Trooper Stanley Gerling were killed in an airplane accident on June 30th, 1989, southwest of Atlantic.

Trooper Stanley E. Gerling

The pair had been searching for an elderly man who had wandered off, and were about to call off the search when they troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground. Troopers Dietsch and Gerling were the first aircraft fatalities since the addition of the Patrol Airwing in 1956.

Four arrests in Cass County over the weekend

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests over the past weekend. On Friday, 52-year old Mark David Carroll, of Griswold, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Carroll was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1000 bond.

Last Saturday, deputies in Cass County arrested 53-year old Joseph Anthony Hardin,  of Hancock,  on a charge of Aggravated Assault, and 53-year old Jill Elizabeth Kirkman, of Kansas City, KS, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Hardin was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2000 bond, while Kirkman was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

And, on Sunday, 33-year old David Joel Case,  of Anita, was arrested on charges of Driving While Revoked and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Case was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $2000 bond.

(9-a.m. News)

Slight decline in Griswold certified enrollment

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

There’s been a slight decline in the certified enrollment numbers at the Griswold Community School District. That was the word from Superintendent Dana Kunze, to the Griswold School Board, during their meeting Monday evening. Kunze told KJAN News he reported to the board they are down seven students this year, which he said is on their “trend line.” He said it’s not unexpected, but “Not what we were hoping for, either.”

In other business, the Griswold Board of Education opted to utilize the district’s existing staff to manage the k-through 12 sports program, instead of hiring a Sports Coordinator. He said the discussion focused on the need to coordinate an elementary through high school program, to make sure they weren’t losing students or student athletes as they make the transition through the grades. He says they decided their current staff is adequate, and capable of handling the necessary duties.

Atlantic City Council to act on a preliminary plat for commercial development

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

When the Atlantic City Council holds their regular session Wednesday evening, they’re expected to receive more information on a proposed preliminary plat for Namanny Commercial Development, on the City’s west side. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the preliminary plat during their meeting a little over a week ago. Plans call for a nearly eight-acre tract of land owned by the Namanny Company to be divided into four different lots, one of which is located just north of Boulders’ Inn and Suites. Two small lots would be just off of Highway 6 would be for commercial buildings. City Administrator Doug Harris says the goal of some private parties is to create more of a commercial/retail hub in the area, which would also generate more activity around the Boulders Inn. Approval of the proposed layout by the P-and-Z however, does not constitute final approval of the plans, and submittals that are part of the final plat.

In other business, the Council, Wednesday, will receive a draft of the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Policy. The matter was tabled during their last meeting two-weeks ago, so that Councilman Shaun Shouse and the City Attorney could review the document and make sure it was in compliance with recent changes to the State’s Urban Renewal Law. The Council is being asked to review the draft as presented and ask questions, but they are not expected to take action on the policy until at least November 2nd.

The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m.