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2 Atlantic residents arrested on theft charges

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested Wednesday on theft charges. 21-year old Chelsea Rollins and 27-year old Joshua Batenhorst, both of Atlantic, were arrested on Cass County warrants for Theft in the 5th Degree. Batenhorst was also charged with Introducing contraband into a County Jail. Both subjects were being held in the Cass County Jail pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 01-30-2014

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January 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Attempted robbery at Casey’s east in Atlantic

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man is in custody after allegedly attempting to rob the Casey’s east convenience store Wednesday night. Authorities say at around 8:50-p.m., Atlantic Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at 1408 east 7th Street (The Caseys General Store). Officials say a man identified as 22-year old Brady Thomas Salberg, of Atlantic, had entered the store and demanded all of the money in the cash register.

Brady Salberg (Cass Co. S/O booking photo)

Brady Salberg (Cass Co. S/O booking photo)

Off-duty Iowa DCI Agent Shelby McCreedy noticed the incident unfolding, and notified people in the parking lot not to enter the store and to call 9-1-1. As the call was going out to officers, the agent then entered the store with her firearm and confronted the suspect while commanding him to drop to the floor. The suspect complied and was on the ground when uniformed officers arrived moments later.

An investigation revealed Salberg did not actually have a firearm in his possession, but had his hand in his pocket to make it appear like was armed. Salberg was brought to the Cass County Jail and charged with felony Robbery in the 2nd Degree.

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January 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Middle School students get pitching tips from a pro

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A pitching clinic sponsored by the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund brought Carlo Walton to the Atlantic Middle School every Sunday in January. Walton, a former basketball player for Iowa State University and Washburn University, also played 3 years as catcher in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pictured:  Chase Mullenix, Joey Walker, Ryan Hawkins, Carlo Walton,  Garrett Franken, Tyler Thomas, Kenny Jimerson, Brendan Holmes, Melanie Petty  (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty)

Pictured: Chase Mullenix, Joey Walker, Ryan Hawkins, Carlo Walton, Garrett Franken, Tyler Thomas, Kenny Jimerson, Brendan Holmes, Melanie Petty (Photo courtesy Melanie Petty)

Melanie Petty, Fund representative, said “This particular clinic was aimed at third grade through high school age boys interested in pitching. Our goal is to give back in ways that represent Trevor’s interests, and Trevor was a pitcher so this was a perfect opportunity for us.”

To date, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has donated over $75,000 to a variety of area projects and organizations. Their annual fundraiser, the T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, will take place August 9 at Atlantic’s Nishna Hills Golf Club. For more information, like the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.

Red Oak pair arrested on assault charges, Wednesday

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a man and a woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon on assault charges. 23-yearold Caleb Nathaniel Brown and 21-year old Bradina Sky Gary, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 2-p.m., after officers with the Red Oak Police Department responded to a reported domestic situation in the 1800 block of East Summit Street.

An investigation determined Brown and Gary had allegedly assaulted each other. Both were subsequently charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where their bonds were set at $300 each.

Pott. County “Freedom Rock” finds a home in Oakland

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A large boulder painted with a patriotic theme by Adair County artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, of Greenfield, will be found in the Pottawattamie County city of Oakland, thanks to the efforts of a local coffee clatch. The Daily NonPareil reports a “Freedom Rock” for Pott. County was approved by the mayor and city council, after the Oakland Coffee Ladies – a six-member group – approached Mayor Michael O’Brien about bringing it to Oakland.

LaDonna Applegate, a member of the Oakland Friday Coffee Ladies, said the rock will be placed in the Spring near Chautauqua Park. The rock is part of a statewide program that places a patriotic rock in each Iowa county. The rock will serve as a marker to attract tourists and also honor southwest Iowa veterans. Many counties have contracted with Sorensen to have Freedom Rocks painted, while four others (Shelby, Adair, Adams and Ringgold) already have their rocks in place and completed.

The original Freedom Rock is located just south of Interstate 80 on Highway 25 in Adair County, attracts about 14,000 people each year. Sorensen paints a different theme on it every year during the late Spring or Summer. The rock in Oakland is a pink granite and will be highly visible for drivers because of U.S. Highways 6 and 59 that pass through the town. The city paid $1,000 in fees to obtain the rock for Pottawattamie County.

NE man gets 2 life terms for the murder of a former western IA woman

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man convicted of killing a former western Iowa woman and her husband was sentenced Wednesday to two life terms in prison. The Daily NonPareil reports 34-year old Matthew Hinrichsen, of Ewing, NE, will serve two life sentences for murdering newlyweds Victoria Lee Vargas and her husband Alex, in December 2012. Victoria Vargas was a former Missouri Valley city councilwoman. Their murders took place in northeast Nebraska’s Antelope County.

Hinrichsen – who was convicted in Antelope County District Court in October 2013 – received a life sentence for each of two counts of first-degree murder, 25 to 30 years for one count of possessing a firearm while committing a felony and 40 to 50 years for one count of using a firearm to commit a felony. His sentences will be served consecutively.

The bodies of the couple he killed were discovered in a burned-out mobile home on Dec. 8th, 2012. The Nebraska Attorney General said autopsies showed Alex Vargas was shot three times in his midsection, while his wife suffered traumatic blunt force trauma to the head before their home was torched.

Hinrichsen, an ex-boyfriend of Victoria’s, was arrested the same day at a family member’s home.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 30th 2014

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Acclaimed opera singer Simon Estes joined forces with fine arts lobbyists to advocate for arts education. Estes, along with members of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, urged lawmakers to add fine arts to the Iowa Core Curriculum in a presentation Wednesday before the Senate Education Committee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has appointed former U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell to the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission. Branstad announced the appointment yesterday. Boswell, a Democrat, will take over a seat vacated by former Democratic state Senator Tom Rielly, who resigned due to a professional conflict of interest.

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — A former county treasurer in eastern Iowa has been accused of stealing more than $62,000 from the county over several years. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office says Kimberly Tanke has been charged with felony first-degree theft in connection with missing funds. A private auditing firm and Iowa County officials say the money was taken between 2006 and 2010, when Tanke served as treasurer. They gave their findings to authorities, including the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Boone police say autopsies are complete on the bodies of two people found dead in their home last week, but it’s still unclear how they died. KCCI-TV reports the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s report showed no apparent injury or trauma to the bodies of 47-year-old Lisa Kurth and 56-year-old David Morrison. They were found in a Boone home on Friday.

Governor appoints former Congresman Boswell to transportation commission

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has appointed former Congressman Leonard Boswell to the state transportation commission. The governor announced he appointed Boswell to fill out the term of Tom Rielly, who resigned from the commission due to a business related conflict of interest. Boswell served in Congress from 1997 to 2013 and prior to that was a state legislator and a decorated veteran of the Army who served in Vietnam.

Boswell is a Democrat who has worked with the Republican governor recently on the initiative to recruit veterans to come and live in Iowa when they leave the military. Boswell’s appointment must be confirmed by the Iowa Senate and the term runs through April of 2017. The seven-member commission set transportation policy and state law requires the commission be balanced by gender and party affiliation.

(Radio Iowa)