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7AM Newscast 10-11-2011

News, Podcasts

October 11th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Atlantic Board of Ed to meet this evening

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October 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education is slated to meet this evening, at the High School. Discussion items on their agenda include: classroom space at the Washington Elementary School for 2012-2013; the Hospital School; additional funding options for the Atlantic Middle School project; and, the sharing of Business Manager Mary Beth Fast with the Walnut Community School District. The Board will also receive a construction update on the Atlantic Middle School, from Design Alliance Architect’s Jerry Purdy.

The meeting begins at 7:30.

Scenic byway sign installation wrapping up in western IA

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October 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) said Monday, crews are completing the installation of signs for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway and the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway in the Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County area. Thanks to grant funds made available through the Federal Highway Administration, the DOT is installing a new sign system for all the Scenic Byways in Iowa. Each of the 11 scenic and heritage byways across the state has a unique logo in a similar framework easily identifiable as an Iowa byway. The images are on reflective signs, with directional information added at decision points for the traveler.

The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway signs are now being installed in our area. The Loess Hills were named one of Iowa’s Scenic Byways in 1998 and received National Scenic Byway recognition in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway stretches along the western edge of Iowa through Fremont, Mills, Pottawattamie, Harrison, Monona, Woodbury, and Plymouth Counties. The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway also goes down Broadway in Council Bluffs, from highway 6 to 7th street. The public is invited to an unveiling of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway signs on October 13th, at 4-p.m., in the offices of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, in the renovated Hughes-Iron Historic Building, at 149 West Broadway. 

The new Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway signs have been in place for a short time. They feature a distinctive “L” on a red, white, and blue background. The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 in Detroit, Michigan. The first transcontinental highway, Old Lincoln Highway was officially 3,389 miles long from New York City to San Francisco. In Pottawattamie County, the road goes down county road L20, North Broadway in Council Bluffs, continuing on West Broadway towards Dodge Street in Omaha over the Missouri River.

Griswold School District late start

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October 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Due to dense fog, the Griswold Community School District will start classes 2-hours late today (Oct. 11th).

Atlantic’s Mayor faces charges for illegal dumping

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October 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones

The Omaha World-Herald reports in today’s (Tuesday’s) edition, Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones faces two misdemeanor charges associated with illegal dumping of items into the Missouri River floodwaters. The 63-year old is accused of setting fire to items from a flood-damaged Nebraska cabin and dumping them into Missouri River floodwaters on September 24th, near Tekamah, Nebraska. Jones and Burt County, Neb., Attorney Daniel Smith told the paper the matter could be resolved with a plea deal as early as today (Tuesday).

According to Smith, the law requires a burn permit, and tossing debris into the river means someone else downstream will have to deal with the items later. He emphasized that the offenses fall short of meriting jail time or probation, saying instead a fine would be an appropriate penalty.

Jones said he didn’t realize he was breaking any laws but accepts responsibility. He told the newspaper – quote – “I need to pay for my stupidity.” Jones, who has served as the Mayor of Atlantic since 2009, said he and his wife purchased the roughly 1,100-square-foot cabin at Harbor 671 near Tekamah last August. It is located about 250 yards from the river, next to a slough or inlet. During this summer’s flooding, the cabin had four feet of water in it for three months.

On the morning of September 24th, while cleaning the cabin, Jones and friends and family members piled up flood-ruined mattresses and furniture and burned them. Jones said he placed the pile next to the water so if the fire got out of control the items could be pushed into the slough with a friend’s Bobcat. Some debris from the fire, including charred parts of furniture, slid off into the inlet — most likely when the remains of the fire were doused, Jones said. The parts that fell into the river were unsafe to retrieve, he said.

A neighbor called the Burt County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office, which ticketed Jones that afternoon.

Two arrests in Cass County (IA) last week

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two Atlantic men were arrested last week. On Tuesday, 42-year old Troy Christian Baker was taken into custody on a charge of OWI 3rd offense, and Driving While Revoked. And, last Thursday, 30-year old Dylan Ron Drake was arrested for a Parole Violation. Drake was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held pending a hearing before a District Court Judge. Baker was released from custody October 5th, on $6,000 bond.

Alleged assault under investigation in Coin

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending completion of an investigation into an alleged assault. Officials said today (Monday), deputies were called to #10 Main Street in Coin last Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived they spoke with Jamie Gray, of Coin, and a witness to the incident.

Gray told deputies she had allegedly been assaulted by Bobbie Jo Kent, of Elmo, MO, and Cindy Jo Hamilton, of New Market, following an argument. Hamilton, Kent, and another witness denied responsibility for the alleged incident, which remains under investigation.

11 juveniles and one adult arrested in Page County after party is busted

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Eleven juveniles, eight-males and three-females, were arrested in Page County Saturday and cited for being Minor’s in Possession of Alcohol, following a tip to authorities. According to the Page County Sheriff’s Office, an anonymous tip from a female caller Friday night, indicated an underage party was occurring at 511 North 6th Street, in Coin.

When deputies arrived, they confirmed an underage party was in progress. They engaged in a short foot pursuit with some of the suspects, and arrested a total of 11 juveniles, who resided in southwest Iowa and across the state line in northwest Missouri. 18-year old Michael Dean Ribbey, of Blanchard, Iowa, was cited into magistrate court, and released.  The juveniles were cited into juvenile court and released to the custody of their parents.

Expect lane restrictions on I-29 in Harrison County, & near Hamburg

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office says road construction work will cause traffic to be restricted to one lane in both directions of Interstate 29 between Harrison County Road F-50 (exit 82) and Iowa 127 (exit 89) near Modale beginning Monday, Octover 17th, and ending Monday, Oct. 24th, weather permitting.

And, road construction work currently underway in both directions of Interstate 29 between the Missouri state line and Iowa 2 (exit 10) north of Hamburg, will require motorists to share the roadway with opposing traffic beginning until Monday, Nov 14th, weather permitting. A 16-foot width lane restriction will be in place in the open lanes.

U.S. 6 to close east of Council Bluffs Oct. 17 for bridge repairs

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluff construction office reports bridge construction work will require closing U.S. 6 in both directions between Pottawattamie County roads L-52 and L-55 four miles east of Council Bluffs beginning Monday, October 17th, weather permitting.  Motorists will be asked to follow the detour signs during this closure. The bridge and U.S. 6 will be open by Oct. 31.