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Atlantic Parks Dept. may use Trail Cams to catch 4-wheelers at Sunnyside Park

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department may purchase or borrow a Trail cam to try and catch persons who are using 4-wheel off-road machines on the grassy areas at Sunnyside Park and tearing-up those surfaces. Speaking at Monday night’s meeting of the Parks and Rec Board, Director Roger Herring said that while the roads to the park are closed, the park itself is still open to various activities, but there are limitations.

He said there is no 4-wheeling on the grassy areas, but someone is doing that. It’s happening in the same spot but Herring says they don’t know right now what time of day the damage is occurring. By installing a trail cam in an undisclosed location nearby, it’s hoped they can catch those persons in the act and take legal action against them.

Herring says a “decent quality” trail camera would cost about $150 and be used anywhere there is a problem in the park system with vandalism, since it is portable. Some of the units have a “Black flash,” which is useful at night and doesn’t alert the perpetrator to the fact their picture is being taken. Those types of cameras usually cost about $200 more. Herring said also the Cass County Sheriff’s Office has offered the temporary use of its high tech trail cam, if necessary.

The Parks and Rec Board Monday tabled a decision on finalizing a Tobacco Free Ordinance for Sunnyside Park that they can forward to the City Council for its review and approval, because there was still some language that needed to be cleaned-up, and appeared to have been contradictory. The Board will reconvene prior to the January 22nd meeting of the City Council, when the Ordinance is set to be on the agenda, to make sure the final draft has gone through the legal approval process with the City Attorney.

And, Parks Director Roger Herring reported a successful Gizzard Shad kill occurred at the Schildberg Recreation Area’s Lake number One on Dec. 3rd. The DNR applied Rotenone to try and control the invasive fish species and help the more desirable species survive. Herring said the timing of the chemical application was “perfect,” because the weather was cooperating. He said within 24-hours there was a good fish kill of the gizzard shad and a few days later the lake iced-over, which means the dead fish will sink to the bottom and become food for other species and help keep the lake alive throughout the winter.

There was some “collateral” damage to other species of fish (Including the killing of game fish such as some of the small bluegill, one crappie, and one catfish), but Herring said that was to be expected. None of the bass in the lake were killed, though. He said because the fish kill was successful, it will be exciting to see how the desirable game fish population explodes over the next two- to-three years at Lake number One.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director makes his Christmas wish list

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the public, private entities or corporations who are still looking for areas they can make worthy tax deductions before the end of the year, may want to consider donating new or used equipment to the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department. Director Roger Herring presented the Parks and Rec Board Monday night, with a “Holiday Wish List” of items his department could use.

He says items don’t need to be new. The wish list includes: A sliding compound mitre saw; small-to medium sized skid loader; air compressor and pneumatic tools; a multi-drawer shop tool chest; router; welder; gas-powered auger; hammer drill; refrigerator; micro-wave oven; garden roto-tiller; 3-point tractor sprayer, and a transfer pump.

He said those are things they’d love to have, but are not currently in the budget. If you are able to donate any of those items and receive a receipt for their value to be used as a tax deduction, contact the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department at 712-243-5466.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 17th 2013


December 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The $586 million Mega Millions jackpot is currently the fourth-largest in U.S. history and could grow by Tuesday night’s drawing. Experts say what drives people to play is the same thing that drives people to gamble: the fantasy of quickly improving your life amid financial anxieties and uncertainty. But the huge Mega Millions prize stems from a major game revamp in October that dramatically reduced the odds of winning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman was taken to jail after a neighbor told police she was standing on her front porch with a drawn bow and arrow aimed his way and could be heard saying, “Should I shoot? Should I shoot?” The Des Moines Register reports the neighbor said he was taking groceries out of his car’s trunk when he saw and heard the woman, so he went inside to call police. Officers seized the bow and arrow and took the woman to the Polk County Jail.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Fire Department says there has been a surge in fires in the past week, including eight in one 24 hour period. The department said the fires could be tied to extremely cold temperatures that have settled over central Iowa. The city’s fires included 15 in homes, one in a business and two in vehicles. The department says 11 of the fires appear related to heating appliances and furnaces.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Romance writer and Iowa native Janet Dailey, whose books sold more than 325 million copies worldwide, has died at her southwest Missouri home. She was 69. Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson, Mo., says Dailey died Saturday in the music resort town. The cause of death was not released as of Monday. The funeral home reports the family said Dailey died “peacefully.”

Search continues for man missing in Lake Ponderosa


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A search is continuing for the body of a man who fell into Lake Ponderosa when ice broke beneath the all-terrain vehicle he was riding. KCCI-TV reports that authorities identified the man as 57-year-old David Hartke, of Grundy Center. Montezuma Fire Department Chief Chris Widmer says the effort is now considered a recovery mission.

Hartke fell through the ice Saturday evening after ice fishing at the lake near Montezuma, about 50 miles east of Des Moines. The initial search for the man continued until about 2 a.m. Sunday when it was called off because equipment kept freezing. The search continued Sunday afternoon. Widmer says divers were plunging into 37-degree water as the searched for the body.

Members of the Midwest Regional Dive Team, including persons from southwest Iowa, began their search efforts for Widmer at Noon, Monday.

Accidents reported in Cass County


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has updated their report on recent and past accidents.

Officials say late Saturday morning, deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on I-80 at the 65 mile marker. A 2003 Hyundai Sonata driven by 62-year old James William Garrow, of Davenport, was westbound on I-80 when a deer ran north across the road and struck the front of the vehicle. The deer went through the windshield of the vehicle and crushed the roof area. Garrow and a passenger, Nancy Jean Herberg, were transported to CCMH via Medivac and Anita Rescue. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000.

On December 10th, deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on White Pole Road in Wiota. A 1999 Toyota Camry driven by 24-year old Sydney Kay Darling, of Anita, was eastbound on White Pole Road when the driver lost control, striking a sign and jumping a terrace. The vehicle landed on its wheels and rolled into a field. Upon arrival, no one was with the vehicle. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to the sign is estimated at $1000. The incident remains under investigation.

On December 9th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single-vehicle car/deer accident on Highway 92. A 2006 Chevy K2500 owned and driven by 25-year old Simon Dale Jensen, of Adel, was westbound on Highway 92 approximately ½ mile east of 690th Street when the driver reportedly swerved to avoid striking deer in the roadway, entering the north ditch and flipping the vehicle onto its top. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000. Jensen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

And on December 4th, deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Olive Street north of Atlantic. A 2005 Sterling semi driven by 52-year old Todd Allen VanWinkle, of Des Moines, was northbound on Olive Street when the driver lost control on the ice-covered roadway and entered the east ditch. VanWinkle was transported to CCMH by Medivac Ambulance. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $15,000.

3 arrests in Cass County


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three recent arrests. On Saturday, 38-year old Troy Adam Dillavou, of Carroll, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (more than 5 grams), Drug Tax Stamp Violation, and OWI 3rd Offense. Dillavou was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was subsequently charged with Possession of Contraband. Dillavou remains at the Cass County Jail on $40,000 bond.

On Friday, deputies in Cass County arrested 44-year old Kory Chris Schubert, of Griswold, on a charge of Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault. Schubert was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And on Thursday, 55-year old Leroy Michael Rodriguez, of Anita, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Rodriguez was taken to the Cass County Jail where he served 48 hours and was released.

(12:40-p.m. News)

Weekend accidents in Atlantic


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No serious injuries were reported following two separate accidents over the weekend, in Atlantic. According to the Police Department, an accident Friday afternoon at the intersection of 7th and Poplar Streets caused $4,000 damage, and resulted in a citation for Failure to Yield. Officials say a vehicle driven by Robert Zimmerman, of Lewis, was westbound on 7th Street at around 2:45-p.m., when an eastbound vehicle driven by Charles Bannister, of Valley, NE, turned in front of Zimmerman, in an attempt to head north on Poplar Street. Bannister was cited for Failure to Yield while making a left turn. Both drivers were checked out by crews with Medivac ambulance, but refused transport to the hospital.

The other accident happened at around 11:45-a.m. Saturday, in the Casey’s west parking lot. A vehicle operated by Sarah Scott, of Lewis, was backing out of a stall when it struck a parked vehicle registered to the Casey’s store. The damage amounted to $1,800.

Wright & Atlantic Jaycee’s named Angels of Christmas


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce report the Atlantic Jaycee’s and Dick Wright were named Angels of Christmas over the weekend.

For the past several years, the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and Stifel Nicolaus have sponsored the Angels of Christmas award, a surprise honor bestowed upon two community members or organizations who symbolize the true Christmas spirit. The “angels” are nominated via written letters of recommendation to the Atlantic Special Promotions & Events Committee. The presentation happens in front of a large audience at the end of the annual free holiday concert at the First United Methodist Church on the second Saturday in December.

Dick Wright is very private about his deeds, but they most definitely do not go unnoticed. The person who nominated him said Wright “Unselfishly gives his time and vehicle to help many individuals in the Atlantic and surrounding areas.” As a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, he helps man the video system, does “Dial A Daily Word” and serves on committees. Dick has been a long-time auxiliary member at the Cass County Memorial Hospital that takes patients to therapy. Not only does he take patients to therapy, but he also frequently drives patients to Dr. appointments, both in and out of town.

The Atlantic Jaycee’s adopted a project developed by the West Central Development in the 1980’s that gives food for a Christmas meal to those in need or just because they deserve it. They were nominated because “For over 30 years the Atlantic Jaycee’s have been raising money and collecting names to help the people of Cass County have a Merry Christmas.” Baskets of food for a complete Christmas dinner are put together by the local grocery stores and delivered with the help of other local organizations. Many families are helped during the Christmas season that fills them with the holiday spirit.

Mills County arrest report


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County report six arrests took place over the past few days. On Sunday, 35-year old Donovan Richardson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/5th offense, Driving While Revoked and for Theft in the 2nd degree. His bond was set at $11,000, and, 37-year old James Alan Rasmussen, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a Polk County warrant pertaining to Child Support. His bond was set at $2,000.

Arrested Saturday in Mills County, was: 34-year old Justin Andrew Hooker and his wife, 33-year old Angela Danielle Neil, both of Malvern. Hooker was charged with Public Intoxication. Neil was arrested for an alleged Violation of a Protection Order. Both were later released on their own recognizance. Also arrested Saturday, was 34-year old Dayton Ernest Tupper II, of Malvern. He was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and was reportedly held on $5,000 bond in the Mills County Jail.

And, on Friday, 30-year old Rodney Charles Grap, Jr., of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Driving While Revoked. His bond was set at $2,000.

Stopped car causes Audubon County accident


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle stopped on the traveled portion of the road in Audubon County resulted in a personal injury accident Saturday morning. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says a 2005 Dodge operated by 20-year Cole Richard Burns, of Crescent, was parked facing westbound on 220th Street near the intersection of Falcon Avenue, when the vehicle was hit from behind.

The other vehicle, a 1999 Pontiac was driven by 42-year old Cherry Michelle Budd, of Avoca. Budd was traveling west on 220th after she topped the hill at the intersection, saw Burns’ vehicle, but was unable to stop or avoid the vehicle in her lane of travel. Following the collision, Budd reported she was suffering from minor injuries. She was transported by Audubon Fire and Rescue to the Audubon County Hospital.

Burns was not injured in the crash, that happened at around 11-a.m., Saturday. He was cited for Stopping on the Traveled portion of the Roadway. Damage from the crash amounted to $6,000.