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NE man & IA woman arrested after 2 state pursuit


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Nebraska and a woman from Iowa were arrested Monday night following a two-state pursuit of a vehicle stolen from Papillion, NE. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies assisted Bellevue, NE Police in their pursuit of a vehicle that crossed over the Bellevue Bridge into Iowa Highway 370, at around 10:18-p.m.,  Monday.

Officials say when the 1996 Honda Accord ran out of gas, the occupants, identified as 28-year old Jeremy Jakub, of Union, NE., and 20-year old Brooke Moerker, of Council Bluffs, were quickly apprehended. Both face a felony charge of Theft in the 2nd degree. Moerker was also wanted on warrants out of Council Bluffs, while Jakub had warrants for his arrest issued in Nebraska. Jakub, who faces an additional charge of being a Fugitive from Justice, was awaiting extradition back to Nebraska.

The Iowa State Patrol assisted in the pursuit and arrests.

US DOT denies Harlan reimbursement funds


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation have denied a request from the City of Harlan and metropolitan Area Planning Association for reimbursement of funds for the city’s Pioneer Park trail. A letter was sent in October to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Iowa Division Administrator, asking that the initial funding of $272,400 for the project be granted.

The letter stated that through miscommunication, the project was inadvertently not included in the Regional Planning Transportation Improvement Program even though the project was originally submitted and approved by the association for a Transportation Alternatives Program project. The City of Harlan, believing the project was included in the Transportation Improvement Program, moved on with construction of the project.

The DOT response to the request said not only was the project not listed in the Transportation Improvement Program, but none of the federal regulations were in compliance. And in accordance with rules and regulations, there is no mechanism to grant a waiver for the project.

The City may continue to investigate options for reimbursement for the project from federal and/or state sources.


Iowa man pleads not guilty in house fire case


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to setting a house on fire that had four people inside. Thirty-four-year-old Nathan Toft entered his written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court on charges of first-degree arson and stalking. His trial is set to start in March.

Toft is accused of setting a pile of wood on fire that was next to a home. The house sustained fire damage as two adults and two children escaped. They were not hurt. The Sioux City Journal reports there were two protection orders on file against Toft at the time of the fire. Court document also say he was not supposed to be near the home. It’s unclear what his relationship is to the four inside the home.

December 2014


December 2nd, 2014 by Stacie Linfor

December 1st:

  • Thatcher Hilyard of Cumberland (Winner)

December 2nd:

  • Margaret Taylor of Cumberland (Winner)
  • Janet Nielsen of Atlantic
  • Leon Vogl of Anita
  • Sandi Lauritsen of Audubon
  • Tamie Madsen of Kimballton

Cass County Supervisors to act on tax abatement & Courthouse HVAC proposal


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have a relatively light agenda for their meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The Board is expected to act on approving a Resolution calling for the abatement of taxes on properties at 404 California Street, in Lewis, and on a mobile home at Sycamore Village, in Atlantic, where, according to the agenda, it is “Impractical to collect [the] tax.”

The Supervisors will also act on a proposal from Excel Mechanical Company, with regard to a Courthouse Heating, Ventilation And Cooling (HVAC) study. The Cass County Board of Supervisor’s meeting begins at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.

Adair County Board to handle administrative matters, Wed.


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors are set to meet at 9-a.m. Wednesday, in Greenfield. During their session at the courthouse, the Board will act on: An Appropriations Resolution; A Wellness Program Agreement; Administering the Oath of Office to the County Sheriff; Appointing of Sheriff Deputies, Civil Clerk, and Jailer/Dispatchers.

In his report, Sheriff Jeff Vandewater will discuss the Resignation of his Chief Deputy, the Appointment of Chief Deputy, and Approval to Hire a New Deputy.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office issues arrest report


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday), issued a report on arrests that have taken place over the past week. Officials say on Monday (Dec. 1st), 31-year old Trent Matthew Suhr, of Walnut, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Suhr was brought to the Cass County Jail and held.

On Saturday, November 29th, 38-year old Joseph William Baker, of Griswold, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Baker was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released by a court order.

Last Wednesday (Nov. 26th) deputies in Cass County arrested 25-year old Alexander Paul Dvorak, of Atlantic, on a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Dvorak was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $5,000 bond.

On November 25th, 45-year old Connie Jae Emgarten, of Casey, was arrested in Cass County on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Emgarten was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on her own recognizance. That same day, 25-year old Heather Ann Bell, of Ames, was taken into custody on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Bell was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $300 bond.

Additional info. on I-80 accident Tue. morning


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released additional details about an accident we first told you about during our news today (Tuesday) at 6:30-a.m.  Authorities say at 12:30 a.m. (Tuesday), the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle accident on I-80 westbound at the 72 mile marker.

A 2009 Freightliner owned and driven by 28-year old Anatolie Enachii, of Romeoville, IL, was westbound on I-80 when the driver fell asleep and the vehicle struck a rail and bridge, left the roadway, and entered the ditch. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000; damage to the rail and bridge is estimated at $500.

Enachii was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Atlantic Jaycees to deliver food baskets to persons in need


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Jaycees are requesting the names of individuals or families who could benefit from a delivery of food.images

Hans Krengel, Atlantic Jaycees President, said food baskets will be delivered after they are put together on Wednesday, December 17th. He says the Jaycees will “Gather together at Hy Vee and…get some food bags put together with ham, or a half of a ham depending on the size of the family, and then they usually get a couple of canned goods, a loaf of bread and we’re hoping to throw a couple of extra treats in there this year as well.”

Nominations of families or person in need of food during the holiday season are being accepted at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce or at West Central, Incorporated. . by December 10th. Krengel says families or persons who are nominated will receive their food basket between 7-and 9:30-p.m. Wed., Dec 17th.

He says they are also looking for volunteers to help deliver the food boxes.  If you are interested, contact Hans Krengel at 712-249-7817. Additional donations are also appreciated and can be sent to the Atlantic Jaycees, P.O. Box 522, Atlantic, IA, 50022.

2 men hurt in high speed Audubon County collision


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The drivers of two vehicles were transported by Audubon Fire and Rescue to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital Monday night, following a high speed collision on Highway 71, south of Audubon. The Sheriff’s Department says 24-year old Andrew Roland Petersen, of Carroll, was traveling north on Highway 71, allegedly driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. Petersen’s vehicle was traveling at an estimated 90-miles per hour, when it rear-ended a northbound vehicle driven by 47-year old Michael Dean Christensen, of Audubon.

Following the collision, Christensen’s vehicle ended-up in the east ditch. Peterson’s vehicle was immediately disabled and spun 180-degrees. Damage to the vehicles amounted to $16,000.

The accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending against Petersen.