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Cass County Sheriff’s Dept. accident report (10/25)

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is reporting two accidents took place over the past couple of weeks. On October 14th,deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at 3rd and Locust Streets in Anita. A 2008 Chevy Silverado owned and driven by 53-year old David Alan Hockenberry,  of Anita, was northbound on Locust Street when it was struck by an eastbound 2012 Buick owned and driven by 81-year old Gloria Ruth Turner, of Anita, when Turner failed to yield at a stop sign. No injuries were reported. Damage to Hockenberry’s vehicle is estimated at $1,500; damage to Turner’s vehicle is estimated at $2,500. Turner was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

And, on October 22nd, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on 590th Street ¼ mile south of Quincy Road. A 2008 Jeep Liberty driven by 43-year old Katherine Jean Bellmyer, of Griswold, was northbound on 590th Street when the vehicle lost control, sliding into the east ditch and onto its top. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000.

Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrest report (10/25)

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday), released a lengthy report on arrests dating back to Oct. 12th. On October 12th, 43-year old Jeremy Eugene Jameson, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Jameson was held at the Cass County Jail until transferred to Pottawattamie County authorities.

On October 16th: Cass County Deputies arrested Henry Herman Miller, Jr., on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth (a Class-C Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine, Sponsoring a Gathering (a Class-D Felony), Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $59,300 bond.

Also arrested October 16th, was 32-year old Marcia Jane Casteel, of Anita, who was charged with of Domestic Abuse Assault. Casteel was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on her own recognizance. And, 47-year old William Charles Holliday, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Holliday was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $2,000 bond.

On October 18th, Cass County Deputies arrested 55-year old Jim Lee Findley, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Findley was taken to the Cass County Jail, sentenced, and served sentenced time. On October 19th, 24-year old Jordan Louis Brown, of Norton Shore, MI, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Possession of Xanax 2nd Offense, and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense. Brown was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $5,000 bond.

On October 20th, 20-year old Connor Nathaniel Burg, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense. Burg was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $1,000 bond. 29-year old Kaleigh Marie Turner, of Harlan, was arrested that same day on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Turner was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.

On October 23rd, 35-year old Thor Douglas Jordan, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Jordan was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance. And, 38-year old Robert Lee Atkinson, of Anita, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $2,000 bond.

Atlantic Police report (10/25)

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report three recent arrests. On Monday, 18-year old Drew Miller, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, and 19-year old Jordan Ewing, of Atlantic, was arrested for Dissemination of Obscene Materials to Minors.

On Friday, 40-year old Amanda Bashor, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault. All three subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

(Update) Name released in Fremont County ATV fatal accident

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, today (Tuesday) released more information on a fatal ATV accident that took place Monday evening. The Sheriff says 14-year old Cameron Owen, of Hamburg, was found unresponsive, after suffering numerous injuries when the ATV he was riding in a bean field, went out of control and the teen, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the machine. The accident happened at around 6:30-p.m. Monday, about three-miles east of Hamburg.

Owen was transported to Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, where he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa DNR and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Shenandoah EMS, Hamburg, Sidney, and Riverton Rescue units, and LifeNet.

Griswold School Facilities Committee news

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Facilities Committee met Monday evening in a work session to process their plan of action since their last Board meeting on Oct. 17th. Superintendent David Henrichs told KJAN News at their last meeting, the Committee asked the School Board if they were planning an architectural firm to put together some firm numbers, because the Committee felt it could not present an accurate total cost analysis without that information. The Board indicated it would pursue that course of action.

(He said the Committee is planning how to move forward. There are two parts to their strategy: Waiting until the firm numbers come in from the architectural firm, and continuing in an effort to break down the Operational cost savings, so if there comes a time when they go before the public, they can better justify those figures.”)

Henrichs says for example, instead of just making a blanket statement such as “We’re going to save $30,000 in transportation, they can see if a bus driver at so many hours per day at this rate, plus FICA and IPERS, plus gas, etc.,” those numbers are firmed-up before they are presented to the public.

The Committee’s next meeting is set for Nov. 15th.  In the meantime, a draft RFP (Request for Proposal) for the architectural firm will be drawn-up for the Griswold School Board to review, offer thoughts and comments about, and consider approving the following Monday.

Man shot at by Council Bluffs officer gets 25 years

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man who was shot at by a Council Bluffs police officer has been given 25 years in prison. The Daily Nonpareil reports 28-year-old Adam Thomas was sentenced Monday. He’d pleaded guilty in September to a charge of ongoing criminal conduct after making a deal with prosecutors.

Officer Ben Lake had arrested Thomas in October 2015 at a farm supply store. Thomas managed to free himself and then bumped Lake with his truck while trying to flee. Lake fired six shots into the truck, missing Thomas.

Authorities say Thomas will serve his time for Nebraska crimes before being returned to Iowa. Nebraska court records say Thomas was sentenced in May to six years in prison on Douglas County convictions for burglary and two weapons crimes.

City of Atlantic Personnel & Finance Committee to review City Clerk apps

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Personnel and Finance Committee will meet Wednesday evening at City Hall, to review applications filed for the City Clerk position. Long-time City Clerk Deb Wheatley Field announced on Sept. 26th she would be retiring after working for the City for 35-years. Her last day on the job will be February 24th, 2017.

In other business, the Personnel and Finance Committee will hold discussion on Centralized Reception, Staffing and Phone Systems, as well as City Employee Compensation for Fiscal Year 2017-18. Other discussion will cover additional findings on Iowa Municipal Drug-testing policies.

And, since officials with FEMA have informed the City the Murphy Lease is unacceptable, the Committee will discuss the matter and action the City can take.

The Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday.

IDPH Announces First West Nile Virus Death Since 2010

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today (Tuesday) announced the first West Nile virus death in Iowa since 2010, an elderly (81 years of age and older) individual from Northwest Iowa. Testing at the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) has confirmed 33 cases of West Nile virus in Iowa, with several more under investigation. This is more than double the number of cases reported last year at this time.

IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “Though autumn weather is beginning, this death and continuing reports of West Nile virus cases are reminders that mosquitoes are still biting and Iowans should still be mindful of that when outdoors.” IDPH

Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely, someone dies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people over 60 years of age are at greatest risk for severe disease.

Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2015, 14 cases of West Nile virus were reported to IDPH. Previous to this year, the last death caused by West Nile virus was in 2010, and there were two deaths that year. For more information about West Nile virus, visit idph.iowa.gov/cade/disease-information/west-nile-virus.

(Update) Omaha woman hit by car in Council Bluffs

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Police say a Nebraska woman is in critical but stable condition after being struck by a car Monday night, in Council Bluffs. Authorities say 33-year old Sharee Rhoades, of Omaha, was transported to Creighton CHI in Omaha, after she was hit. Authorities said Rhoades was struck by a 2008 Acura as she was walking east on 9th Avenue at around 7:45-p.m.

The driver of the car, 54-year old Tamara Chamberland, of Blue Springs, MO.,  said she noticed Rhoades walking in the roadway, but was unable to take evasive action in time to avoid striking her. Chamberland was not injured in the crash.

Preliminary investigation indicates that neither speed nor driver impairment appear to be factors in the accident. The Council Bluffs Police Department traffic unit is conducting an investigation into the incident. Any witnesses are asked to call 712-328-4948.

(9-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/25/2016

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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