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Lenox woman arrested on Audubon County warrant

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox report a local woman was arrested Thursday night on a warrant out of Audubon County. 21-year old Lacee Malson, of Lenox, was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. at her home, by officers with the Lenox Police Dept and deputies with the Taylor Co. Sheriffs Office.

Malson was wanted on an Audubon County arrest warrant for failure to appear. She was transported to the Taylor County Sheriffs office and later turned over to the Audubon County Sheriffs office.

Atlantic elementary school students & APD Reserves collect items for food pantry

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green reports students with the Schuler and Washington Elementary Schools helped to support the Atlantic Food Pantry in large numbers this week. The two schools were involved in a canned food drive between Nov. 25th and Dec. 10th.

Some students showing off one of the boxes their class collected to donate to our canned food drive. (Photo courtesy Officer Devin Hogue w/the Atlantic P-D)

Some students showing off one of the boxes their class collected to donate to our canned food drive. (Photo courtesy Officer Devin Hogue w/the Atlantic P-D)

The class donating the most items in each grade level will be rewarded with a matinee showing of Turbo, set to take place this Saturday (Dec. 14th), and each student who attends will also receive a free Kid’s Concession Special, including popcorn, drink and M&M’s.  The movie and treats are being provided free of charge to the students, courtesy the Atlantic Police Department and Reserves, through the Reserves’ Children’s account, which also supports the annual summer camp out and last year’s first ever trip to the zoo with kindergarten and first grade students.

On Dec. 10th, officers with the Atlantic Police Department went to each school, picked up and delivered all the collected items to the Atlantic Food Pantry. All the items were totaled by each teacher and logged by the Police Department to see which classes collected the most.

Schuler Elementary collected a total of 768 items, while Washington Elementary collected a total of 2,358 items, for a grand total of 3,126 donations.  Those items filled four pickup loads. Food Pantry representatives said it was the largest one-time donation they had ever received.

The winning classes were presented with a certificate on Dec. 11th. Steve Green and his officers with the Atlantic Police Department thank all the students who participated in the food drive, along with all their parents and family members who helped them in the effort. The donations will greatly benefit Atlantic and the Cass County Area during the holiday season.

Old School finds new life as loft apartments in Shelby

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A renovated school building in Shelby County will open its doors today (Friday) to the public. The Historic School near downtown Shelby has been made into the all new Cardinal Lofts. Foutch Brothers out of Kansas City, MO were the architects who took the school from an abandoned building to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom option apartments.

Photo provided from foutchbrothers.com

Photo provided from foutchbrothers.com

According to the Foutch Brothers website, (www.foutchbrothers.com), the Shelby School building is comprised of 34 spacious residences and has been modernized with new interiors and several social lounge areas. An onsite gym has been remodeled to a fitness center and daycare is provided for residents.

This isn’t the first time Foutch Brothers worked in Shelby County as the city of Harlan hired them for their Dye Street housing project a few years ago. The Cardinal Lofts will be open to the public today (Friday) from 3 to 8pm and again on Saturday from 10 to 4pm. The lofts are located at 304 Western Avenue in Shelby.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Iowa to close some rest areas along interstates

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State officials have decided to save some money by shutting down some rest areas along Iowa’s interstates.  Iowa Transportation Department director Paul Trombino told The Des Moines Register that the agency won’t replace two rest areas in Dallas County that will be demolished for an interchange project in 2015. It’s unclear yet what will happen to the 38 other full-service rest areas. Trombino says there will be fewer of them in the future, “there is no question about that.”

The 40 rest areas cost the state about $6.1 million annually to operate. Delia Meier is senior vice president of the Iowa 80 Truckstop near Walcott, and she says she’d be thrilled to have any additional customers who might stop there if some rest areas were to be closed.

Neola Old Fashioned Christmas

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A town in Pottawattamie County plans to ring in the holiday cheer with an old fashioned Christmas Celebration this weekend. The Neola’s Old Fashioned Christmas is set for Saturday and Sunday and is full of activities, food and fun for the whole family. Penny Christensen, chairperson for the holiday tradition, says it all starts with a cookie walk on Saturday. “We have a cookie walked at St. Pat’s Hall from 4 until the cookies run out. We also have a soup supper there from 4 to 7. We also have a kid’s Christmas shop and games: A dollar each.”

Santa Claus is a part of the Neola Christmas and will set up shop at the Neola Area Community Center from 6 to 8pm. The Neola Christmas features a couple of unique activities. Christensen says one of the activities is a live box auction. We have our great box auction which is about 51 businesses from the area, Minden, Underwood and Neola donating boxes with $50 or more inside. The boxes will get auctioned off with only three clues given and nobody knowing what is inside of it. This usually raises about $6,000 which gets distributed to the food pantry, community center, scholarship, bike trail and other different community things.”

The auction will be held inside the St. Patrick’s Hall as well. The other unique item at the Neola Christmas is the animals showing up on Sunday. “We have a real reindeer caribou and sleigh at the Phoenix Theater from 12 to 3 and is free from the public. Bring your camera so you can take pictures of them.” Other activities at the Neola Christmas include local business open houses, community choir performing on Saturday and Sunday and new this year is the Blast from the Past.

Christensen says “And that will be different things from the past such as a butter churner, record player, an old bath tub and other things kids won’t know what they are. Those are going to be brought by the Montgomery County Museum from Red Oak.” The Blast from the Past will set up inside the Neola Area Community Center on Sunday from noon to 3pm.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Atlantic Elementary School teacher arrested for theft

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 60-year old Peggy Jacobs. The Atlantic woman was taken into custody on a charge of 5th degree theft. Jacobs was booked into the Cass County Jail and later released on $300 bond.

Police Chief Steve Green says Jacobs was arrested for allegedly having in her possession a little more than $100 worth of unpaid merchandise taken from the Atlantic Wal-Mart store. Jacobs is a Special Education Resource instructor at the Washington Elementary School.

In a statement to the media, Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein  said “At this point the school is conducting their own investigation. No determination in regards to discipline will be made until the schools own investigation is completed.”

(Updated 9:30-a.m.)

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Former Ralston teacher guilty of groping students

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A 59-year-old former Ralston, NE., teacher has been convicted at his second trial for inappropriately touching young students.  On Thursday a Douglas County, NE, District Court jury found Nicholas Richter guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child. In August Richter’s first trial ended in a hung jury.

Three boys ranging in age from 10 to 12 testified that Richter groped them during classes. A middle-age man also testified that Richter groped him three decades ago, when Richter was teaching in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Richter faces up to five years in prison on each of the three counts.

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NE man sentenced to 5-years in prison for crimes committed in NE & IA

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December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was sentenced this week to a term of not less than 5-years in prison in connection with incidents that occurred in NE and Iowa in late September. The Omaha World-Herald reports 32-year old Michael A. Beard, of Lincoln, NE., received his punishment from a judge after pleading guilty to a charge of 3rd degree burglary. Four theft charges, two other burglary charges, a criminal mischief charge, an assault charge and an interference with official acts charge have been dismissed.

Beard was arrested after a string of events that began in Lincoln with the theft of a car. The vehicle was later found on fire southeast of Ceresco, NE. Soon afterward, a small pickup parked nearby was stolen. That vehicle was later found in Saunders County, NE, where a nearby electrical company’s truck was stolen. Authorities say at some point, Beard stole a Ford F-150 truck and drove to Iowa. A Harrison County roads crew found him rummaging through a vehicle parked at the county shed south of Modale.

Beard punched a roads crew worker and rammed a vehicle driven by another roads worker before abandoning the F-150 and running off. The next day, the Omaha police helicopter found Beard hiding in a cornfield.

Once Beard has served his time in Iowa, he will be handed over to authorities in Saunders County, Neb., where he faces burglary, theft and possession of stolen property charges. The Lancaster County, NE., Attorney’s office will decide whether to file charges against Beard in the next few weeks.