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Cass Supervisors approve SWIPCO agreement & table Regs pertaining to Radon control

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday) approved a contract with SWIPCO (the Southwest Iowa Planning Council), to provide and perform necessary services to carry out formal adoption of the local Hazard Mitigation Plan for rural Cass County and the eight cities located within the County. Action on the matter was postponed last week because there were some changes and conditions to the contract that needed to be made. The total cost of the project is $53,000, with the County’s in-kind share amounting to $7,950.

The Supervisors however tabled approval of the regulations for “Radon Control Methods,” which were passed and adopted earlier this week by the Cass County Board of Health. The Supervisors wanted more time to review the regulations and are expected to act on approving them during their meeting on Feb. 6th.

Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, who is the Board’s representative on the County Board of Health, said there really isn’t a radon problem in Cass County, but there is in other parts of the State. Testing for radon is required prior to the sale of homes. Supervisor Duane McFadden had the test done when he sold his home. He said it cost about $1,700-to $1,800, which was covered the installation of equipment and the test itself.

The equipment remains in the house, usually in the basement, and serves as a precautionary means to evacuate the colorless, odorless radioactive gas from the home through a ventilation system. It’s meant as a precaution even if no radon is detected. Supervisor Chuck Rieken said smaller test kits are also available at most hardware stores. After a few days of monitoring, the kit is sent to a company that evaluates the results.

Schelling said if the initial test show there is no problem with radon, installation of the more expensive equipment to remove it, is not necessary. Rieken said the need for radon testing arises because it is a carcinogen that can cause cancer.

The average national indoor radon level is 1.3 picocuries (peek-oh-cure’ees) per liter of air (pCi/L). Information from http://ia-radon.info/ lists the level of radon typically found for each county in Iowa. In Cass County, the average indoor radon levels as determined by radon test results from Air Chek, Inc, is 8.5 pCi/L.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of the homes tested in Cass County showed levels above 4 pCi/l, 17-percent were between two and 3.9 pCi/L, while two-percent were under 2 pCi/L. The US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L. At or above that level of radon, the EPA recommends you take corrective measures to reduce your exposure to radon gas.

Atlantic man arrested on an assault charge Thursday

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January 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Thursday night of 25-year-old Andrew Nickum, of Atlantic. Nickum was taken into custody on a Cass County Warrant for Serious Assault stemming from an altercation that occurred early Saturday morning at 305 East 6th Street. He was booked into the  Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Reminder of Emergency Snow Ordinance in Clarinda

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda later this weekend the Clarinda Police Department is reminding citizens of the community about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance says: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more.”

“Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”

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Debate over letting 12 & 13 year olds handle pistols & revolvers

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A bill that would let 12- and 13-year-olds handle pistols and revolvers as well as the ammunition — if they’re being supervised by an adult — has cleared its first hurdle in the Iowa House. Representative Dan Muhlbauer, a Democrat from Manilla, says it’s a bill that promotes education and training. “Showing these people — these young kids, the proper way to handle a gun (and) the concerns that go along with it,” Muhlbauer says. Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Columbia, says he nearly put his own eye out with a pellet gun when he was a youngster because he didn’t have proper training.

“I am a gun owner. I have lots of children that have experience with handling fire arms. We teach them fire arm safety,” Heartsill says. “I would argue that my kids are more prepared when encountering a gun situation than I was a child and didn’t have that kind of training.” Critics of the plan voiced their objections during a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Eight-year-old Luther Johnson of Des Moines told legislators he started a group called “Kids Against Violence” after his older brother was shot with a pellet gun last summer. “I don’t like seeing people getting hurt,” Johnson said. “…I’m scared at 12 years old they might hurt someone really bad.” Kathleen Adams, a psychiatric nurse at a Des Moines hospital, says kids with raging hormones and brains that are still developing don’t always make good decisions. “If we teach you about guns and we say it’s o.k. for you to have a gun and you’re 12, then your respect for that gun, I’m afraid, goes down or you’re tempted to show off to your friends,” Adams says. “…I cannot imagine how we would think that 12 year olds ought to have access to (a) gun.”

Rick Miller, a former art teacher in Newton, told lawmakers 12- and 13-year-olds aren’t “mentally ready” to handle and fire a pistol or revolver. “And so I’m here to say, ‘This is too young,'” Miller said. “This is blurring the line between childhood and adulthood.” Rita Carter, a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church, says in today’s world, this proposal doesn’t make sense. “I can’t see a reason for more access to guns for children in Iowa,” Carter said. Others spoke of incidents in which children maimed or killed others with a handgun. Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, responded. “You can’t legislate stupidity,” Baudler says. “When I hear some of these stories, that’s what it is — stupidity in raising kids. Sorry to have to say that, but that’s the truth.”

Under current state law, Iowans between the ages of 14 and 21 can handle pistols and revolvers if they’re under the direct supervision of an adult. The bill that would lower the legal pistol-handling age to 12 has cleared a House subcommittee. State laws for “long guns” used for hunting are different, as 11 year olds can take hunter training courses and, when they turn 12, they can start hunting with an adult.

(Radio Iowa)

5 arrested in Bluffs prostitution sting

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Council Bluffs Police Department says five people were arrested Wednesday following a prostitution sting set up at an area hotel. Sgt. Bob Christensen told the Daily NonPareil agents with the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force and other agencies arrested 18-year Aleigha C. Horn, of Waterloo, 23-year old Chrystal L. Cocklin, 24-year old Shanta R. Wood,  55-year old Samuel D. Weiss, and 29-year old Raynette L. Heidt, all of Omaha, on suspicion of prostitution.The arrests occurred from just before 3-p.m. until about 10:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Christensen said the task force arranges meetings with customers and prostitutes on a number of various websites. It conducts the stings around four to six times per year, sometimes more when big events are held in the area.

The arrested all face an aggravated misdemeanor charge of prostitution. Of the women, Heidt and Cocklin have prior arrests for prostitution, according to the Omaha Police Department.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., 1/31/14

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican county election official is pushing Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to investigate how three legitimate voters incorrectly appeared on a list of felons ineligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline says one person who was never convicted of a felony and two ex-felons whose voting rights had been restored were denied votes.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Cedar Rapids man fatally shot his wife and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says the bodies of 73-year-old Linda Huber, 41-year-old Ingrid Huber Livingston and 47-year-old Robert Livingston were found yesterday morning. The couple has two minor children, but they were not hurt.

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five people whose bodies were retrieved from a northeast Iowa house completely destroyed by an early morning fire. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday that the people found in the rumble of the January 24th fire near Arlington were 84-year-old Gil Stachar; 30-year-old James McCain; 27-year-old Amanda Lynn Smith-Miller; 4-year-old Delacisey Seales; and 1-year-old Isabella Miller.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A truck crash along Interstate 35 in northern Iowa caused a load of oranges to tumble over the side of a bridge and onto railroad tracks below. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened yesterday morning in Clear Lake when the driver lost control of his truck in icy conditions.

AZ man sentenced in Pott. Co. for possession of child porn

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports an Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to prison, on Child Pornography charges. 47-year old Shawn Michael Carrico, of Phoenix, AZ, was sentenced in Council Bluffs by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to 120 months (10-years) in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

On February 17th, 2012, Carrico was stopped by the Iowa State Patrol as he traveled on Interstate 29 through Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol determined that there was an arrest warrant for Carrico from Arizona which led to a subsequent search of his items. In his possession a computer was found that appeared to have several suspicious files on it. When examined later by computer forensic experts, the computer contained images of child pornography. On October 3rd, 2013, Carrico entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crime Unit. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Warren Cultural Center Receives Rural Arts Grant

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield has received a Rural Arts Development grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will help support the WCC’s Premier Performance Series, which features a variety of nationally touring acts appearing on the stage of the restored 1896 opera house in Greenfield.

The $5,000 grant will help underwrite the cost of three performances, including soul singer Jane L. Powell, who performed January 18th at the WCC. In addition to her public performance, Powell held a workshop for young singers, which was made available at no cost to area high schools. Other performances are the men’s a cappella group Shy of a Dozen, with jazz singer Ria Olson on March 29, and Frank Ferrante’s “An Evening with Groucho” performance on April 26.

The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) awarded $74,506 in Project Grants and Rural Arts Development Grants funding to support 14 arts projects serving Iowans in 10 communities across the state. The WCC was one of three projects to receive a Rural Arts Development grant.

Rural Arts Development Grants support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa, demonstrate public value, and support IAC funding priorities. Eligible applicants must be located in select Iowa counties and include nonprofit organizations incorporated in Iowa that have federal tax-exempt status; schools; local, county, state and federal government agencies; and tribal councils. Funding for both programs come from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2013-14 Premier Performance series is made  possible through sponsorships by the following local businesses: 1st National Bank, Adair County Abstract Co., Adair County Health System, Adair County Farm Bureau Alliance, Alliant Energy,  Farm Bureau Financial Services – Connie Hohertz agent, Havens Accounting, Hight Law Office, Marion E. James Law Office, Jensen Law Office, Olesen Law Office, Pro Team Insurance/West Bend, Southwestern Community College, Stalker Chevrolet, Robert A. Weiland O.D., and Union State Bank.