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Atlantic man arrested on drug charge


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an Atlantic man was arrested Sunday, on a drug charge. 24-year old Aaron Lee Ihnken was taken into custody on charges of Possession with the intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana. And, 44-year old Marke Wayne Rydl, of Exira, was arrested Sunday on charges of Interference with Official Acts, and Interference with a Police Service Dog. Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail, where Ihnken was being held on $50,000 bond. Official say Rydl was released on his own recognizance, Monday.
Sheriff’s officials also report the arrest last Thursday, of 45-year old Angela Renee Johnson, of Cumberland. Johnson was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Revoked. She was later released on $1000 bond.

1 dead, 1 injured during a crash Monday in Carroll County


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and another injured, during a crash this (Monday) morning, in Carroll County. The Iowa State Patrol says 81-year old Lowell Bernard Daniel, of Glidden, died at the scene of the crash between his pickup and a semi,  northwest of Carroll. The driver of the semi, 65-year old Dennis Paul Vonnahme, of Breda, was injured, and transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll.

The accident happened at around 9:15-a.m., as Daniel’s 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup was traveling west on 160th Street, and a 2002 Freightliner semi grain truck was traveling south on Granite Avenue. Officials say when Daniel failed to yield to the semi at the uncontrolled intersection, his pickup was broadsided on the passenger side. Daniel was ejected from his pickup, which came to rest in the in east ditch. Officials say he was not wearing a seatbelt. The semi came to rest in the west ditch, on its top. The accident remains under investigation.

Dry Northern Plains helps spring runoff prep on MO. River


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A dry fall across the Northern Plains has helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release water from the six Missouri River reservoirs to guard against a repeat of this year’s major flooding along the river. Corps official Jody Farhat says the agency should reach its goal later this month of 56.9 million acre feet of flood storage in the reservoirs. South Dakota Climatologist Dennis Todey tells the Argus Leader newspaper that there is “marginal to no snowpack” across the Plains. And December snow measurements in Montana’s mountains have been average to a bit below average in the drainage areas that feed the Missouri. Farhat says reservoirs are near the point whether they should be able to accommodate the projected runoff next spring.

Shelby County Jail evacuated after incendiary devices found


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Residents in a one-block radius of the Shelby County Jail in Harlan were evacuated Sunday evening, after authorities discovered an incendiary device on a suspect being booked into the jail. The Sheriff’s Office reports the device was discovered as 42-year old Alan Heath, of Harlan, was being booked into the jail on a charge of 5th degree theft.

Officials say deputies removed the device and placed it in the driveway of the jail. An evacuation of the area was conducted by Harlan Police and Fire Department personnel, and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office was called-in to evaluate the device. During a search of Heath’s backpack, a second incendiary device was found. The Fire Marshal Office determined both devices were safe enough to be transported out of the City to be examined and destroyed.

Authorities subsequently searched Heath’s residence at 402 Broadway Street, in Harlan, but did not find any other such devices. In addition to the theft charge, Heath now faces charges which include: Interference with Official Acts (Simple Misdemeanor); Felony Possession of an Offensive Weapon; and, 2 counts of Possession of an Explosive or Incendiary Device.

Heath was being held in the Shelby County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Atlantic man arrested on warrants for moving violations & drugs


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports 25-year old David Tyler Andersen, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday on warrants for three offenses. The warrants charge Andersen with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear on a charge Operating a motor vehicle without proper registration, and Reckless Driving. Andersen was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, 20-year old Jesse Luft, of Villisca, was arrested by Atlantic Police Sunday, on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree. Luft was also booked into the Cass County Jail, and held pending a court appearance.

Cass County Republicans announce caucus sites


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Republican Central Committee and Auditor Dale Sunderman have released the list of sites and times for the 2012 Republican Precinct Caucuses in Cass County. The event begins at 7-p.m., January 3rd.

The following is a list of Precincts and locations for the caucus:

City of Atlantic, Ward 1, Ward 2/Grove Township, & Ward 3 - SS Peter and Paul Catholic Parish Center.

City of Atlantic, Ward 4 - Washington Elementary School.

City of Atlantic, Ward 5 – Heritage House.

City of Lewis/Cass & Bear Grove townships – Lewis Activity Center.

City of Griswold/Edna, Noble & Pleasant townships – Griswold Community Bldg.

Benton Township – Anita Community Center.

City of Marne/Brighton, Grove 1, Pymosa & Washington townships – Washington Elementary School in Atlantic.

Cities of Anita & Wiota/Franklin, Grant & Lincoln townships – Anita Community Center.

City of Massena & Victoria township - Massena City Hall.

City of Cumberland/Union township – Cumberland Public Library.

During the precinct caucuses: Each precinct caucus will elect 2 persons, both Republican residents of the precinct, to serve on the County Central Committee; Each will elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Cass County Republican Convention to be held Sat., March 10, 2012; the precincts will propose and vote on platform planks to send to the County Convention; and, they will conduct the Presidential Poll.

Nissan recalls 2 vehicles for engine stalling


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 34,000 Sentra compact cars because of a battery cable problem that could cause the engines to stall. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that a zinc coating on the cable bolts could be too thick. That can cause a voltage drop that can damage the engine control computer. The documents say the cars can stall while moving and it may not be possible to restart them, increasing the risk of a crash. The filings appeared on the NHTSA website over the weekend. The problem affects 2010 and 2011 Sentras equipped with MR-20 engines that were built from May 11, 2010 to May 22, 2010, and from July 8, 2010 to Oct. 25, 2010, according to the NHTSA documents. Nissan says it will replace the positive battery cables and covers free of charge starting on or before Jan. 23, 2012. Nissan also is recalling more than 28,000 Juke small crossover SUVs from the 2011 model year. A turbocharger boost sensor bracket can break free from an air inlet tube because of a defective weld, according to NHTSA. If that happens, the vehicles can stall while the engines are idling, raising the risk of a crash, the agency said.

The Jukes were built from April 9, 2010 through May 12, 2011. The company will check the brackets and replace them free of charge if necessary, according to the documents. The recall is expected to start around Jan. 9, 2012. Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman said that no crashes or injuries have happened because of either problem. Owners with questions can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Injury accident reported in Fremont County


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office issued its culmulative arrest/accident and incident report this (Monday) morning. The report covers incidents which occurred during the first full-two weeks of the month. Authorities say on December 13th, one-person was sent to the hospital in Shenandoah, following a collision between two vehicles at Manti Road and an unidentified intersection. A car driven by Ritchie Diehl, of Farragut, was traveling west on Manti Road when he went through an intersection and was hit by a vehicle being driven by Ryan Anderzhon, also of Farragut. Diehl was transported by Shenandoah Rescue to the Shenandoah Hospital. The report did not specify the extent of his injuries.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reports also, the arrest December 14th, of 46-year old Jeffrey Scott Ruckman, of Omaha, for a probation violation, and the arrest December 9th, of 18-year old Dustin Wayne Griffin, of Sidney, on charges of Criminal Mischief and Trespassing.

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Cass Co. Sheriff’s Deputies investigate juvenile fight in Griswold


December 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Cass County spent nearly an hour and a-half investigating a reported fight between juveniles in Griswold that may have involved a baseball bat, Sunday night. Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering told KJAN News the incident was called-in from the Casey’s Store at around 10-p.m.  One juvenile was detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation, and charges are pending.