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Two southwest IA Peace officers killed in the line of duty to be honored


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Eight law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, including two from southwest Iowa, will be honored Tuesday by the State of Iowa, as part of Peace Officer Memorial Week. Among those whose name will be on the Peace Officer’s Memorial, is Officer Robert Heller, with Avoca Police Department.

Officer Robert Heller arrived at a domestic disturbance on the south side of Avoca, on June 20, 1886. Officer Heller announced himself at the residence and was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast from the drunk offender, William Farrell. Farrell then turned the gun on himself, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Also, being honored during Tuesday’s ceremony, is Deputy Thomas Walsh, with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. On December 4, 1899, Deputy Walsh served Al Williams a writ of execution. In the afternoon, the deputy went to the Williams farm to secure the property to satisfy the judgment. Walsh was met at the farm with Al Williams holding a shot gun. Mr. Williams told Deputy Walsh to leave and when Deputy Walsh advanced toward Williams, Williams shot Deputy Walsh just below the right ear killing him instantly.

The latest addition to the Peace Officer’s Memorial is Sergeant Erik Stein, with Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office. On April 4th, 2011, Sergeant Eric Stein was shot and killed as he, the county sheriff, and another deputy attempted to question a man regarding an incident that had occurred the previous night.

The three officers had gone to the man’s rural home shortly before noon when they were fired upon. Sergeant Stein was struck and killed. The sheriff and remaining deputy took cover and called for assistance. The stand-off was brought to an end by the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team.  Sergeant Stein served with the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter, sister, and father.

The ceremony takes place at 10-a.m. at the Peace Officer Memorial next to the Lucas State Office Building, on the corner of East Grand and East 12th Street in Des Moines. Governor Terry Branstad and other notables will be on-hand for the event, which the public is welcomed to attend.

Three arrests in Atlantic recently


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Three Atlantic residents were taken into custody over the past week, on unrelated charges.
On May 11th, 42-year-old David Jordan was cited for shoplifting, and released. On Saturday, 25-year-old Ryan Mullen was arrested for OWI 2nd offense.
And, on Sunday, 20-year-old Devin Register was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Mullen and Register were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance in front of the magistrate.

Two men arrested on drug charges in Cass County


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an Illinois man was arrested May 10th on a drug charge. 27-year old Joseph Aaron Honorow, of Skokie, IL, was taken into custody for Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Marijuana. Honorow was being held in the Cass County Jail on $10,000 bond.
An Anita man was arrested that same day on charges of OWI 2nd offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 34-year old Jason Glen Dukes, was booked into the Cass County Jail and released on his own recognizance.
On Sunday, 19-year old Michael Todd Sonntag, of Exira, was arrested for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. He was released later that day after pleading not guilty before the magistrate.
And, 30-year old Ian Lee Leib, of Lewis, was arrested today (Monday), on a charge of Domestic Abuse Simple Assault. Leib was released from custody after pleading not guilty before the magistrate.

Area school boards to meet this evening


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A trio of area school district board’s of education will meet this evening, in the KJAN listening area.

The Griswold School Board will meet in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School building, beginning at 5:30-p.m. On their agenda is an update from Estes Construction, a presentation by the Flippen Group, and discussion as well as action on: Ragbrai matters; Board Policies 402.1-403.2; an agreement with Iowa Western Community College on concurrent courses; vehicle bids; and the 1-to-1 Computer Initiative.

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will gather in the Family & Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn at 7-p.m. On their agenda this evening, is action on: resignations, including early retirement for a Special Education teacher; the Heritage Path donation to the Danish Immigrant Museum; approval of a 28-E agreement with the Iowa Association of School Boards/Iowa State Education Association; approval of the sharing of a Business Manager with Exira; as well as approval of parking lot bids, staff- and support staff- contracts, and a concurrent enrollment agreement with IWCC.

And, the Anita School District’s Board of Education will meet at 7:30-pm., in the media center at the CAM High School. The board will discuss contracts, a resignation and out of state travel requests.

Audubon County drug arrest


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon woman was arrested Friday on drug charges following an investigation and search of a residence in Audubon on April 30th. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year old Tiffany Marie Hansen was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Keeping a Place for Possessing Controlled Substances. The charges were the result of a search at an apartment at 403 Davenport Street, in Audubon.

Hansen was released from custody soon after her arrest, and was ordered to appear in court this Thursday, May 19th. The incident which resulted in her arrest remains under investigation, and additional charges are pending.

Cass County BOS approves NW water & sewer extension


May 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Monday) approved the awarding of a contract for the Northwest Water and Sewer Extension project, and authorized full length of the project instead of a proposed, shorter version. Their unanimous decision followed discussion that included representatives from CADCO, the Atlantic Municipal Utilities and others.

Cass-Atlantic Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Russell Joyce said during the meeting, CADCO preferred to see the full project, which involves the laying of 3,200 feet of water main and sanitary sewer from Highway 83 to the Amaizing Energy Industrial area and along Glacier Road, underneath the railroad spur line, for economic development reasons.

He says water is important to one of their clients, for a sprinkler system. Another client is interested in constructing a building in the area, as well. Joyce says the Iowa Department of Economic Development won’t even recommend prospective clients to local development organizations until the site is “spade ready,” meaning sewer and water hookups are available.

CADCO Board Member and local developer Don Sonntag said the prospects for the area could each bring 12-to 15-jobs along with them, if they should decide to build there. He says he is prepared to request from the CADCO Board permission to construct a building in the area using CADCO funds if necessary, to spur economic development if the prospects don’t pan out as hoped. That he says, would help to bring in jobs and increase the tax base.

Joyce and AMU General Manager Alan Bonderman both indicated it would be more cost effective to do the entire project, because of the current interest rates and materials cost. Supervisors Chuck Rieken and Frank Waters said it makes sense to take the project on full-bore, for those same reasons, and others.

H&W Construction, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was approved by the Board as the contractor for the $534,648 project, which will involve the laying of ductile iron pipe, instead of the less expensive P-V-C pipe. The board chose to go with ductile iron because of it’s proven longevity and ease in locating leaks, if any should occur over the course of time. The base bid for the project was $482, 141. A 5-percent contingency and engineering fee is included in the total price. The County will pay for the project, with AMU being the flow-through agency.

Red Oak men arrested for scrap metal thefts


May 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A joint, on-going investigation by authorities in Montgomery County has resulted in the arrest of two Red Oak men of theft charges. Officials with the Red Oak Police Department report 29-year old Andres Alvarado Ramirez, Jr., and 36-year old Floyd Robert Johnson, Jr., were arrested Saturday afternoon just east of Red Oak, after they were observed allegedly taking scrap metal valued at between $200-to $500.

The men were charged by Red Oak Police with Felony 2nd Degree Theft, and by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, with 4th Degree Theft. Both were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond, each.

Authorities says Red Oak Police received a tip Saturday afternoon, indicating the men allegedly took scrap metal at the Snyder Pond on Riverview Drive, in Red Oak. Officials received a description of the men’s vehicle, a physical description of the suspects. A little over an hour later, the men were arrested at another location.

Information gathered during the investigation indicates Ramirez, Jr., and Johnson, Jr., allegedly made multiple trips to salvage yards with scrap iron and/or appliances, that were believed to have been stolen.

Officials say anyone who might have seen the men’s vehicle – a 1996 beige & green, 1996 Dodge 1500 pickup with Iowa License plate #584 WNI – or the men themselves, taking items from properties in the Red Oak and/or Montgomery County areas, to notify the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, at 712-623-6500.

Injuries reported following Page County head-on crash


May 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two southwest Iowa women suffered unknown, possible injuries Saturday afternoon, during a head-on collision in Page County. According to the Page County Sheriff’s Department, 23-year old Keari Bebout, of Clarinda, and 56-year old Irene White, of Coin, were injured when their vehicles collided at around 12:25-p.m. Saturday, west of Clarinda.

Officials say a car driven by Bebout was traveling south on “P” Avenue and preparing to turn into a driveway, when her car crossed the center of the road and met head-on with a car driven by White. The accident happened just south of Highway 2.

Both drivers were taken to the Clarinda Regional Health Center. The extent of their injuries is not known. The accident remains under investigation.

Simple Assault arrest in Villisca


May 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report a Villisca woman was arrested Friday night on an assault charge. 49-year old Eldina Faye Larabee, of Villisca, was taken into custody on a charge of Simple Assault.

Larabee was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $300 cash bond.

5 Hamburg residents arrested on drug charges


May 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A four-month long investigation in Fremont County led to the arrest Friday, of five Hamburg residents on drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 40-year old Ellie M. Warren was charged with two-counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine, two-counts of Prohibited Acts, and two-counts of Child Endangerment.

47-year old Rodney D. Moore

Warren, Moore and Bailey were being held in the Fremont County Jail on $50,000 bond, each, while Roberts and Haughton were being held on bonds amounting to $5,000 each.

was arrested for Conspiracy to Deliver Meth, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Meth, and two-counts of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia. 30-year old William H. Bailey was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Meth and Drug Paraphernalia. And, 60-year old Elton E. Roberts, and 54-year old Debra M. Haughton were arrested for Prohibited Acts.