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Red Oak man arrested on criminal mischief charges


March 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a Red Oak man on Criminal Mischief charges Tuesday.  At approximately 1:25pm officers arrested 31-year-old Zachariah Michael Holland in the 400 Block of North 2nd Street in Red Oak on a valid Red Oak warrant.  Holland is being charged with four counts of criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, which are all class D felonies.  Holland was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $10,000 cash bond.

Pott. County joins “Alert Iowa”


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new emergency notification system that will replace CodeRED was launched today (Tuesday) by the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency. Officials said the Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System is part of the growing statewide notification system “Alert Iowa.” Currently, 80 of Iowa’s 99 counties have or are in the process of implementing this statewide emergency notification system.Pott County EMA

Pottawattamie County will be activating public access and registration to the new system today. The existing CodeRED alerting system will remain in place over the next couple of months as citizens register for the new system and then that program will be eliminated.

Residents will be able to choose the types of alerts they receive, such as for severe weather, 9-1-1 outages or winter storms. Alerts can be sent to residents via landline and wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TTY/TDD, and social media. Photo, video, audio and links may be included in the alerts to help recipients better understand the situation or where to go to get additional information.

In addition, Emergency Management has been granted access to interface the new system with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to send imminent emergency and public safety messages through the Emergency Alert System, NOAA Weather Radio and the Wireless Emergency Alerts system.

Using IPAWS for local alerts will be another method to ensure the most urgent information is delivered to as many residents as possible when an emergency is happening and requires the public to take immediate action.

Residents can sign up for multiple phone numbers and addresses to receive emergency alerts for themselves or for loved ones in another community within the county. You may also sign up for alerts that may impact your place of business by registering separately for that address as well. A new feature that will be available is the ability for citizens with special needs to provide that information during registration which will allow emergency responders and planners to effectively meet the needs of those with special needs impacted by disaster.

To register for the Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System (Alert Iowa) visit www.pottcounty.com, the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Facebook page, or www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

NE man claims he was scammed by his western IA girlfriend


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man claims his on-and-off again Iowa girlfriend scammed him out of $125,000 and now she won’t return his phone calls. The Daily NonPareil says the unidentified 59-year old victim filed a report with the Omaha Police Department on March 10th, a year after discovering he had been defrauded. He told police that the suspect, a Council Bluffs woman in her 30s, had promised to pay him back.

The alleged victim told police that he wrote checks of $6,000 and $6,500 as gifts to a woman that he met in a bar and had dated “a couple of times.” He later learned that the amount of the checks had been changed to $60,000 and $65,000. The police report said the woman has now blocked her telephone number. and the victim is unsure of her exact address.

Atlantic School Board to act on Non-Certified Employees Agreement


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet in a Special Session Thursday evening at the High School. During the 6-p.m. meeting in the High School Media Center, the Board will act on ratifying a 2015-16 tentative agreement with the district’s Non-Certified Employees.

During their meeting on March 15th, the Atlantic School Board vote against ratifying the Non-Certified Employees 2015-16 tentative contract agreement, which called for a 47-cent per hour increase in pay, which would cost the district $87, 584. Board member Phil Hascall said “He struggled with” the increase, and other board members agreed.

Hascall said it’s not that he doesn’t think people don’t deserve a raise, but in his business and elsewhere, it’s hard to justify a nearly three-percent raise. “It’s sends a message to the rest of the employees who haven’t [yet] settled.” Board member Rod Hartwig said the amount was “A little higher than I thought it would be,” and Hascall said he didn’t want to vote for something that might result in the elimination of the para-educators.

Atlantic man & woman arrested for theft


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man and woman was arrested Monday on Theft charges. The Police Dept. says 25-year old Brittany Sampson was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Sampson was booked into the Cass County Jail. And, 31-year old Bryan Kirby, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 4th degree. He was also booked into the Cass County Jail.

Rollover accident in Page County


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a rollover accident Monday evening, in Page County. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says deputies responded at around 5:25-p.m. to a report of an accident on A Avenue, about a mile north of Shenadoah. When they arrived, they discovered a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in a field. The driver, and sole occupant of the car, 32-year old Carrie LeeAnn Leece, of Essex, was transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Palmer says Leece was traveling south on A Avenue when she lost control. The vehicle then went into the ditch, rolling and coming to rest on its wheels.

NE woman arrested on Cass County warrant associated w/cattle theft

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March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report a Nebraska woman was arrested Monday on a Cass County Theft warrant. 42-year old Amy Louise Springer, of Omaha, was charged with Felony Theft in the second degree.  The charge stems from the theft of cattle from Freund Brothers Farms in January, at which time 57-year old Ervin John Jacob, of Omaha, was also charged. Springer was taken to the Cass County Jail where she is being held on $5,000 bond.

Cass & Adair Board of Supervisors – meeting previews


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass and Adair County Boards of Supervisors are set to hold their regular, weekly meetings Wednesday, in Atlantic and Greenfield, respectively. In Atlantic, the Cass Supervisors meet at 8:30-a.m., and will act on: A Child Abuse Prevention Council request to proclaim the month of April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Cass County; A contract with Medivac Ambulance for services covering July 1st 2015 through June 30th, 2020; and a 28-E agreement for Juvenile Emergency Services.

The Supervisors will also act on contracts for a bridge replacement and bridge project materials, along with proposals for the replacement of the courthouse telephone system, and approving the securing of a loan for communications equipment requested by the Public Safety Communications Commission. In other business, the Board will meet with representatives of Carlson-West-Povandra Architects, and Morrissey Engineering, with regard to heating in the new Communications Center.

In Greenfield, the Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9-a.m. They’ll discuss and/or act on an Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Tax Control Program; Township Clerk Wages; a Courtyard Use Permit, and a Transfer Resolution. They’ll also receive updates on the Manure Management Plan (MMP) and the Matura Action County FY 2014 Audit Report.

STEP results in Guthrie County


March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, released details about the Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) that took place March 13th to 17th, during the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday period. Officials say there was one citation issued for OWI which resulted in an arrest, and one warning issued, where a person was tested but not arrested, for OWI. Six warnings were given for seat belts violations, plus four warnings and one citation for Child Restraint violations. There was also 154 warnings for Speeders and five citations issued.

Authorities say one arrest warrant was served, one narcotics arrest made, and one canine search or interdiction. In addition, six accidents were investigated, and eight motorists assisted.

Statewide results for the STEP are not yet available. The next Special Traffic Enforcement Program statewide is slated to take place May 18th through the 31st.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 3/24/2015

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March 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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