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Citation issued following accident in Atlantic Friday

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Friday morning, here in Atlantic. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Salz, of Atlantic, crossed the center line of the road as Salz was heading north in the 1200 block of Maple Street. Salz’ vehicle struck a southbound vehicle driven by Sandra Neighbors, of Anita, causing a total of $8,000 damage. The accident happened at around 9:30-a.m.  Salz was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Atlantic arrests

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report four people were arrested recently. On Friday, 58-year old Blaine Buchanan, of Atlantic, was arrested on two Cass County warrants for Failure to Appear to serve jail time, twice. And, 24-year old Marshall Fischer, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana). Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

On Sunday, 43-year old Carl Kemp, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. That same day, 22-year old Brady Salberg, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY ISSUED FOR CITY OF LOGAN

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Residents of the city of Logan in Harrison County, are being urged to conserve water while workers try to determine where a break may have occurred in the system. Water for the city of Logan comes from four wells located several miles from town. The amount of water coming in from the wells has been gradually decreasing in recent weeks from approximately 250 gallons per minute to approximately 160 gallons per minute.

It is believed that the decrease in water production is due to a break in a line somewhere in the system. Crews spent most of the weekend trying to locate the problem, but have so far been unsuccessful.

The city currently has a full storage tank at 250,000 gallons, but uses and average of 160,000 to 170,000 gallons a day. Until the cause of the problem can be determined and repaired, residents are being asked to conserve water as much as possible to retain an adequate supply.

(12-p.m. News)

Pottawattamie County Sheriff launches new public website resource

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) reports they recently launched a newly designed, Inmate List website resource, which is the latest stage of the PCSO’s public information website project. The new page provides a near real-time listing of persons currently incarcerated in the Pottawattamie County Jail.Pott Co Sheriff

Sheriff Jeff Danker says  “Crime victims, family members, law enforcement officials, attorneys, and the interested public will be able to view a current list of people who are confined in our jail facility.” The Inmate List can be found in the Public Awareness section of www.pottcosheriff.com.

Iowa Business Council pledge to hire veterans

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The state’s 20 largest employers are promising to hire 25-hundred veterans over the next five years. Larry Zimpleman — the chairman, president and C-E-O of Principal Financial Group — is the incoming chairman of the Iowa Business Council. “The Iowa Business Council is made up of leading Iowa businesses, our three Regents universities and the Iowa Bankers Association,” Zimpleman says. “Collectively we employ one in eight Iowans.”

The pledge to hire more veterans has become part of the governor’s “Home Base Iowa” initiative to lure soldiers who’re leaving the military to Iowa.  “The returning veterans come to us with a variety of skills that often map into different disciplines that are more important for certain Iowa Business Council members,” he says.

Zimpleman estimates veterans make up about five percent of his own company’s current employee roster. “Home Base Iowa is an exciting program that builds our Iowa workforce with the most talented group I know: our returning veterans,” Zimpleman says.

This week the Iowa Senate is poised to approve a bill that would end state income tax charges on military pensions. It’s one of the items on Governor Terry Branstad’s list of actions he argues state government should take to make Iowa more attractive to veterans. “This shows that they’ve got it on the fast track,” Branstad says. “Good things are happening.”

Late last week the Iowa Board of Education voted to allow veterans, their spouses and their dependents to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s community colleges.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans are warned of cell phone scam that preys on your curiosity

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but curiosity could also lead to an expensive cellular phone bill. Iowans are being warned about a new scam that targets cell phone users. Jim Hegarty, at the Better Business Bureau, says it starts when either a scammer or their robo-call device contacts your cell.  “When they go to answer, the person on the other line, or if it’s an automated call, it just disconnects immediately,” Hegarty says. “The whole purpose of this is to get you to call that number back, just because you’re curious as to who called.” If that curiosity gets the better of you and you decide to call the number, it could be very costly call.

“It’s likely a premium adult entertainment line that’s located in Grenada or Jamaica or Costa Rica and it’s going to charge your cell phone extravagantly,” Hagerty says. “It could be a $20 charge or even more.” Legally, you made the call so you’ll be responsible for the charge, though Hegarty says if that happens, report it to your cell phone carrier and it’s possible you can get the charge reversed. He says to always review your bills carefully, line-by-line, to insure you haven’t been the victim of this sort of scam.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon City Council to hear public records request and Attorney appointment

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will meet tonight beginning at 7 o’clock at their City Hall. On the agenda, former City Council member Andy Griffith will speak with regard to “Public Concerns,” and Dawn Rohe, City Clerk/Manager in Manning,  will discuss Open Meetings and Open records. It’s expected those issues will be with regard to a Jan. 13th decision by the Council to appoint a new Audubon City Clerk. The Council, upon a motion in the form of a Resolution by new Councilman Jason Hocker, approved the appointment of Janet Nelson instead of Lora Hansen, who has been with the City for more than 30-years. The move came as a surprise to Hansen and many others who attended the meeting.

The Audubon City Council this evening, will also act on an Interim City Clerk and Posting of Position, with public comment limited to two-minutes per person. That will be followed by an official Public Records Request.

The Council will also act on the Appointment of a City Attorney, following the resignation last week of City Attorney Lance Levis.

 

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Like bicycling? Like bacon? The Bacoon Ride may be just for you…

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January 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

If you can’t devote a full week of your life to riding a bicycle across Iowa on RAGBRAI, you can get a taste of the long-distance biking festival — and more than a taste of bacon — during a new event this summer. Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says the Bacoon (bay-COON) Ride will be a one-day, 72-mile excursion starting and ending in the central Iowa town of Waukee.  “We’re going to try to take advantage of every town along the Raccoon River Valley Trail,” Wyatt says. “There will be event specials and special things for registered riders along the way.”

The ride is scheduled for June 28th. Along the oval-shaped trail, riders will go through the towns of: Waukee, Ortonville, Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon, Jamaica, Dawson, Perry, Minburn and Dallas Center. Much like the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, Wyatt says each community along the Bacoon Ride will be rewarding cyclists with treats, except instead of pie, this event will all be bacon-oriented.

 “We’re starting the morning with bacon-flavored donuts,” Wyatt says, “and there should be everything from a hog roast and bacon cheeseburgers and all kinds of different food opportunities along the way.” Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, RAGBRAI’s Dream Team and other Iowa charities. Learn more at: bacoonride.com

(Radio Iowa)