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Two injured in Page County rollover accident


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a rollover accident Sunday afternoon, in Page County. Sheriff’s officials say the driver of a minivan, 18-year old Elyane Anderson, of Chicago, IL, and her 20-year old passenger, Antonio Ray Putnam, of Essex, were transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center following the crash at 150th Street and “B” Avenue, at around 3:15-p.m., Sunday.

The pair were traveling east on 150th when Anderson lost control of the 1997 Dodge mini-van. The vehicle slid off the road at the intersection with B Avenue and knocked over a stop sign, entered the east ditch and rolled over onto a fence before coming to rest on its wheels.

Anderson and Putnam suffered possible, unknown injuries. Authorities say they were wearing their seatbelts. Authorities cited Anderson for Operating without a valid license, failure to maintain control, and having no proof of insurance.

The van was totaled in the crash. Other damage, including to the stop sign and fence, amounted to $850.

Seven Atlantic residents arrested over the past week


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports seven people were arrested over the past week, on a variety of charges. Early this (Monday) morning, 23-year old Brandon Johnston, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Sunday, officers arrested 18-year old Alex Rutledge and 19-year old Tia Cohrs, both of Atlantic. Rutledge and Cohrs face charges which include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distributing to a person under the age of 18, and Gathering where Controlled Substances are unlawfully used. And, 26-year old Rudy Gutierrez Del Toro, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI, 1st offense.

Saturday, 25-year old Benjamin Grulke, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension, and, 22-year old Trent Bramman, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI 1st offense, and, Driving Under Suspension.

And, on Tuesday, 43-year old Lenny Biggs, of Atlantic, was arrested on four-counts of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree.

Each of those individuals were brought to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

Shelby County Salvation Army news


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Chapter of the Salvation Army say the non-profit organization has been very busy this Spring with a variety of projects which have recently been completed or are currently in the works. Among the projects is a $350 donation to needy Shelby County residents for lice kits and diapers.

The organization has also provided $200 to assist a local non-profit group to help with their After School program, $300 to help re-stock a local non-profit organization that donated their existing stock to victims of the Mapleton tornado, and $200 for a “Fans for the Elderly” project, to purchase fans for those elderly individuals who are without air conditioning.

The Shelby County Chapter of the Salvation Army is funded by donations received from bell ringing volunteers in the Shelby County area and Shelby County Community Chest. Many volunteers give their time to the organization, while others assist in the distribution of goods and services.

Local businesses also help, by giving the organization the items it needs, at or below cost. Officials say their help is invaluable in helping those in need, in Shelby County, and the Salvation Army is grateful for the assistance.

Fremont County rollover reported


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County say no injuries were reported following a rollover accident early last week on Interstate 29, near the Iowa-Missouri border. Authorities say Jose Celis, of Hempstead, TX, was driving a 2002 Dodge pickup truck northbound on I-29, when a car veered into his lane.

As Celis attempted to move over, his pickup caught the shoulder and caused him to lose control. The vehicle rolled into a ditch and ended-up on its wheels. The accident happened on Tuesday, May 17th.

Feds and State Officials to discuss Flood Prevention


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Federal and State government agencies are coming to Council Bluffs Thursday, to Discuss Flood Prevention. The second of four “Don’t Test the Waters” forums across the state is sponsored by Iowa’s Flood Awareness Interagency Coalition, and will held at 6:30-p.m. in rooms A and B at the Council Bluffs Public Library, at 400 Willow Avenue.

During the meeting, you can learn how to prepare for floods and protect against property losses, and receive an update on flood mitigation efforts by local, state and federal government officials. Topic of discussion include: “Flood Readiness: Prepare, Prevent and Protect”; “New Floodplain Map: Has Your Risk Changed?”; “National Flood Insurance: Is It Right for You?”; “Flood Forecasts: Your Prevention Resource,” and “Council Bluff’s Flood Protection and Prevention Plan.”

Following the various presentations, there will be a panel question and answer session with the audience, along with refreshments.

Fire destroys rural Guthrie County Home


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Lightening may have sparked a fire that destroyed a home in rural Guthrie County Saturday night. Guthrie Center Fire Chief Doug Kent told KJAN News this (Monday) morning, the call about a fire at 2667 Frontier Road came in at around 11:30-p.m.

Kent says the home, owned by Tyler Carney, of Adair, and located about seven-miles southwest of Guthrie Center, was being remodeled, and is considered to be a complete loss, with the roof and sidewalls gone. The structure was unoccupied, and no injuries were reported.

The Guthrie Center Fire Department received mutual aid in fighting the blaze from the Adair and Casey Fire Departments. They remained on the scene for over four hours.

 The Chief says a storm passed through the remote area at around 8:30-p.m., and it’s possible lightening may have struck the home and caused a fire to smolder for about three-hours before it engulfed the home, but the cause remains under investigation.

World War II planes to visit Bluffs on May 28


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

B-17 “Liberty Bell”

Two World War Two aircraft will take to the skies over Council Bluffs this Memorial Day weekend. According to the non-profit Liberty Foundation, The Liberty Belle, a restored World War II B-17 “flying fortress” bomber and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk will take-off from the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th, as part of the Liberty Foundation’s “2011 Salute to Veterans” tour. 

Anyone interested will have an opportunity to take a ride in the restored warbirds. Cost for a flight in the B-17 is $390 for Liberty Foundation Members and $430 for non-members. Twenty-minute rides are available for $1,150 on the newly restored P-40. Longer flights are available upon request. Become a member for $40 and receive the member discount. The foundation relies solely on donations and contributions. Funds raised from the flights help to keep the aircraft flying.

Ground tours will be available after the flights. The event is open to the public. Those interested can call (918) 340-0243 to schedule a flight. For more information, go to the website at libertyfoundation.org.

Carter Lake man dies in Bluffs ATV crash


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a Carter Lake man died Sunday evening, when he lost control of the All-Terrain Vehicle he was driving and hit a power pole. 24-year old Phillip Bigham was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near the intersection of East Manawa Drive and Navajo Street. A second, unidentified person on the machine was injured, and transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The crash happened at around 5:20-p.m.

An investigation revealed Bigham was operating a 4-wheel ATV on Navajo Street and approaching East Manawa Drive when the machine went out of control. The accident remains under investigation.

Click it or ticket begins


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) marks the beginning of a statewide effort to crack down on motorists who are not wearing their seatbelts. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports Iowa is part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign, where law enforcement agencies across the state and country will not only be on the lookout for unbuckled motorists, but those who have defective or missing equipment on their vehicles, and other moving violations.

The campaign runs through June 5th, and will be held day and night. If an officer finds you on the road without your seatbelt on, you can expect a $127 ticket – NOT a warning! There will be no exceptions, and no excuses allowed.

“Click it or Ticket” efforts have resulted in a nearly 25-percent increase in seatbelt usage over the past 13-years. In 1997, only 75-percent of motorists in the state used their seatbelts during the daytime. By 2010, that number had risen to 93-percent.

Statistics from the Iowa DOT “Life Toll” program indicate 6,458 lives have been saved since the state’s seat belt law took effect, in July, 1986.

Audubon City Council preview (May 23rd)


May 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Public hearing is scheduled to take place this evening in Audubon. The hearing, which will be held during the Audubon City Council meeting, is with regard to approval of a 2010-2011 budget amendment, and will be followed by a resolution to that effect. The meeting begins at 7-p.m.

In other business, the Audubon City Council will hear from a representative with Mid American Energy, with regard to franchise renewals….Audubon County Economic Development, about housing incentives, and the City Attorney, with regard to a Third Avenue Right-of-Way.

They’ll also review applications for a custodian, and act on a resolution hiring a custodian, along with a resolution pertaining to the hiring of part-time Summer help.