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October 30th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed for Local Program

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Extension Service says volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program are needed in southwest Iowa.  VITA  is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteers  are needed to prepare 2012 taxes. Anyone interested should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others, and basic computer skills.

VITA volunteers are provided free training, self study materials, and software necessary to prepare basic income tax returns including Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040.  They must complete a certification exam and the IRS waives liability for volunteers if they prepare returns within the scope of their certification. To find out more about the VITA program contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 , or Mary Beth Kaufman, Extension Family Program Specialist at 712-755-3104 or e-mail: mbkaufma@iastate.edu.  Interested persons will need to complete a one page application.

The VITA program provides free tax preparation to low and moderate income families so they can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credits.  In Southwest Iowa, the program is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension with funding and support from the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Human Services, and Iowans for Social and Economic Development (ISED).

Red Cross volunteers from Iowa ready to head to the East Coast

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hurricane Sandy is blamed in at least 13 deaths in the U-S, while leaving more than six-million homes in 12 states without power. Allison Roach, with the Red Cross office in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says some volunteers from her chapter are already on the East Coast.  “We have many, many more who are on standby who are ready to go at a moment’s notice as soon as flights to those areas resume,” Roach says.

Several hundred disaster services volunteers in the region are offering a wide array of skills that will be needed in storm-damaged areas.  Roach says, “They will sign up and say ‘I am capable of going out’ and we will get a message from our national organization saying, ‘We need this many volunteers with these skills,’ and they’ll ask for these volunteers by name.” Roach says the best way Iowans can help is to make a donation to the Red Cross or by giving blood.

(Radio Iowa)

Arrest follows traffic stop in Adams County, Monday night

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Adams County man was arrested Monday night on a warrant out of Union County for Failure to Appear on a charge filed in April, of Animal Neglect.  Cody M. Jay, of Prescott, was taken into custody following  a traffic stop on Highway 34, at around 8:15-p.m. He was brought to the Adams County Jail and held.

Iowa early News Headlines – Tuesday, Oct. 30th 2012

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michelle Obama says the race for the White House could come down to a few key battleground states, including Iowa. The first lady returned to the state yesterday with stops in Iowa City and Sioux City as she touted President Barak Obama’s accomplishments.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — City officials in Ankeny have approved a contract with a gambling company hoping to acquire a license for a casino. The Ankeny City Council approved a five-year contract yesterday with Wild Rose Entertainment of West Des Moines. The company is calling for a $150 million project that would create about 600 jobs.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Friends and supporters of two Iowa girls who’ve been missing since July plan to distribute fliers to maintain public awareness. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports residents are invited to hand out copies of the missing girls’ photos on Halloween in Evansdale. The FBI believes Lyric Cook and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, were abducted when they disappeared last July.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say vandals have damaged one of Mason City’s new sculptures in the downtown area. A Chamber of Commerce worker noticed on Sunday that one of the sculpture’s elbows had been snapped off. The sculpture, one of seven put up in September, is valued at more than $7,000.

Fatal accident in Mills County Monday

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October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A northwest Iowa woman died from injuries she suffered during a rollover accident Monday afternoon, in Mills County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 44-year old Rebecca May Kleinwolterink, of Orange City, died after being flown from the scene of the crash near mile marker 33 on Interstate 29, near Glenwood. The woman was a passenger in an SUV driven by 49-year old Galen Dean Kleinwolterink, also of Orange City.

Officials say the 2005 Chevy Uplander was traveling south on I-29 when a tire went flat on the drivers side rear, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled multiple times. Rebecca Kleinwolterink, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the SUV as it rolled. She was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Medical Center, and pronounced dead. Galen Kleinwolterink was wearing a seat belt. He was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Creighton, where he was listed in stable condition, after suffering from minor injuries.

Iowa afternoon News Headlines – Mon., Oct. 29th

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October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa investigators are looking into absentee ballot problems in Muscatine and Floyd counties. Officials say they appear to center on voters receiving ballots without having signed a request form. More than 624,000 absentee ballots have been mailed to Iowa voters. More than 470,000 have been returned.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for President Barack Obama this week in Iowa. Clinton will also hold events in Minnesota and Wisconsin to partially fill a void for the president, who will be in Washington dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A businessman from Indiana has pleaded guilty to ripping off an Iowa company in a fraud scheme. Lowell Hancher admits he abused his position on the board of Spencer-based manufacturing company Cycle Country to misappropriate more than $500,000 for himself under a phony stock buyback program. He also admits defrauding Iowa investors in a Colorado construction company.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An explosion blew out windows and caused a fire at a house in Des Moines this morning. A fire inspector says it happened when a woman who needs an oxygen tank when she sleeps left it on after she woke up and then lit a cigarette. The woman, her grandson and the family dog all escaped. The home has at least $50,000 damage.

Weekend accident under investigation

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October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a property damage accident that happened early Saturday morning, when a pickup struck a utility pole. Authorities report the Cass County Communication Center received a call at around 2:05 a.m.,  of a one-vehicle accident on 540th Street. When deputies arrived, the driver of a 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup, 45-year old Danny Leroy Lewis,  of Red Oak, was no where to be found.

Officials later learned he had walked away from the scene of the crash, and was transported by private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Assault and other arrests reported in Atlantic

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October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested Friday on an assault charge in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials say 53-year old Joseph Anthony Hardin, of Hancock, was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for Aggravated Assault. Hardin was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Sheriff’s officials said also,54-year old William Clarence Shearer, of Atlantic, was arrested Oct. 23rd, on a District Court Warrant for Violation of Probation. Shearer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $5000 bond. And, on October 18th, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 34-year old Michael Lee Moller,  of Griswold, on a Cass County warrant for Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (D Fel). Moller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $5000 bond.

Atlantic woman arrested on drug charge

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October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, that an Atlantic woman was arrested last week, on a drug charge. 54-year old Mary Helen Adams was arrested October 25th, on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance (Meth) (Serious Misdemeanor). Adams was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $1000 bond.