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Health workers violated privacy of Iowa athlete, girlfriend


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has fired one student health clinic worker and disciplined another for breaching the privacy of an athlete and his girlfriend by immediately discussing the results of their pregnancy test. The violations come after Iowa fired three and suspended two for accessing the records of football players who were hospitalized in 2011. The university has increased its training on health privacy rules.

According to records The Associated Press obtained under Iowa’s open records law, the latest investigation found a lab worker told a clerk Dec. 31 that a pregnancy test was positive and identified a male athlete in the waiting room. The clerk then spoke with medical assistants who treated the patient to ask whether the athlete was with her and how the couple reacted.

IA DPS releases more info. on Harrison County shooting/chase


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, today (Tuesday), released more details about Monday’s shooting and chase in Harrison County. Authorities say at 12:34-p.m., DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County.  Officer Floerchinger stopped to conduct a motorist assist.

He made contact with the driver who initially provided a false Iowa Driver’s License.  During questioning by Officer Floerchinger, the driver put the car in gear and sped away.  Officer Floerchinger then pursued the vehicle and called for assistance.  Several Agencies to include the Iowa State Patrol, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Valley Police Department responded.

During the pursuit the subject’s vehicle reached rates of speed exceeding 100MPH.  At these high rates of speed Officer Floerchinger observed the driver leaning out the driver’s side window; at that point Officer Floerchinger heard a loud noise.  One bullet struck Officer Floerchinger’s marked unit.

The driver retreated back into the car and the pursuit continued south bound to a rest area located at the 80 mile marker.  In the parking lot the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked vehicle.  The driver ran into a wooded area behind the rest area and was later taken into custody by officers from the Missouri Valley Police Department. A female passenger was also taken into custody by Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers.  Both subjects were transported to the hospital in Missouri Valley to be checked for injuries and then released to law enforcement.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to conduct the shooting investigation. The driver of the vehicle is a 17 year old male whose name is not being released.  The female passenger is 20-year old Sydney Swanson, of Sioux City, Iowa.  The driver has been charged with Attempted Murder, and Swanson was charged with Identity Theft and Interference with official acts.  The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are pending.

Bomb threat in Stanton School District Tue. morning


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a person who sounded like an adolescent, called-in a bomb threat this (Tuesday) morning, in the Stanton Community School District. According to reports, the call came in just before 8-a.m. from someone claiming they would bring a bomb to the school. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson and deputies investigated and in the process, screened all K-thru-12th grade students as they entered the school. The students then reported to their homeroom under the supervision of adults.

After a thorough search of building failed to uncover any suspicious devices, the all-clear was given at 9:10-a.m., with classes resuming as normal. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the threat is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Stanton school administration.

2 arrested on drug charges in Cass County


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) issued a report containing information about numerous arrests. Officials say on May 12th 31-year old Eloy Flores, Jr., of Escondido, CA, and 22-year old Karla Cristina Cabrera, of Somerton, AZ., were arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop. The pair were charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver approximately 20-pounds of methamphetamine, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, and Prohibited Acts. They were released the following day on their own recognizance.

Also arrested that same day, was 54-year old Gregory Scott Kline, of Griswold, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Kline was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance later that day. And, 41-year old Joseph Jesse Betances, of Harlan, was arrested May 12th in Cass County, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Betances was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,000 bond.

On May 15th, deputies in Cass County arrested 35-year old Travis Lynn Sickels, of Red Oak, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Sickels was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held without bond. On May 16th, 19-year old Wyatt Lee Sargent, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Cass County on a charge of Driving While Barred. Sargent was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On May 19th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year old Robert Lee Olwell, of Avoca, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Olwell was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance. On May 7th, 51-year old Richard Lee Clausen, of Adair, was arrested on a charge of Theft 3rd Degree (Aggravated). Clausen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On May 9th, 36-year old Heather Marie Christensen, of Atlantic, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a charge from the Sheriff’s Office from earlier in the week of Driving While Revoked (Serious). At the time Christensen turned herself in, she was charged with Public Intoxication. Christensen was released on her own recognizance later that day.

On May 10th, Russell Shearer was arrested in Cass County, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear and an additional charge of Driving While Revoked. Shearer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond. On May 11th, 24-year old Morgan Kay Leeder, of Griswold, was arrested on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious), Assault on a Peace Officer (Serious), and Interference with Official Acts (Simple). Leeder was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

High school students resume classes after tornado


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Students have resumed classes this week in Lake City after their high school was damaged by a tornado. The Messenger reports students of South Central Calhoun High School attended classes Monday at various locations, including churches, a public library and a bank.

The last day of school for everyone in the district is next Thursday. Principal Randy Martin said he’ll leave it up to the teachers to decide whether students would be given end-of-the-semester tests.  An EF1 tornado on May 10 damaged the school’s roof, making the building unusable for the rest of the academic year.

Cass County Supervisors to discuss courthouse HVAC project


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, will continue discussion with regard to the bid process for the courthouse HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) replacement project. The meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.

During their meeting last week, the consensus of board was to move forward with replacement of the courthouse HVAC system. Auditor Dale Sunderman says since the cost will exceed $135,000, the competitive bid process under IOWA CODE chapter 26 must be followed.

In other business, the Board may take action on the appointment of a Cass Township Trustee. A vacancy term is available through 2016, with a four-year term to follow.

During their meeting last week, the Supervisors moved to appoint Kenneth Harrison, of Anita, to the Cass County Commission of Veteran Affairs for the 3 year term beginning July 1st, 2015.  They also approved the bond and contract with A.M. Cohron & Son, Inc. for a bridge replacement project near the Griswold Golf Course.

And, the Board held discussion with regard to the avian bird flu and what proactive and preventive measures Cass County could take. It should be noted there has been NO reported case of the H5N1 outbreak in Cass County. Officials say if there is an outbreak, the economic impact would be significant, not only in the loss of animals, but the loss of jobs. The Supervisors stressed local media will help increase public awareness, and the County asks for the public’s cooperation. Cass County will continue to work closely with emergency management and other local, state and federal agencies.

2, injury accidents in Mills County, Friday


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says two people were injured during separate accidents, Friday. A collision at around 12:30-p.m. in the 2900 block of Highway 34 resulted in a passenger in one of the vehicles, Tasha Strange, of Omaha, being transported by Malvern Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs. Officials say the accident occurred when a westbound vehicle driven by Brandon Reed, of Council Bluffs, crossed the center line of Highway 34 and struck the trailer of an eastbound semi driven by Leonard Eakes, of Lamoni.

Earlier in the day, a single vehicle accident happened near 190th Street and Jesup Avenue, when the driver, Thomas Howell, of Plattsmouth, NE., swerved to miss a deer on the road. His 2001 Honda entered a ditch which was full of water. Four-inches of water ended-up on the floor board of the car and both the front and rear bumpers were damaged. Howell was transported to Jennie Ed by Pacific Junction Rescue.

7 arrests over the past week in Mills County


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports seven people were arrested on a variety of charges over the past week. On May 12th, 26-year old Marcus Allen Armstrong, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. On May 13th, 53-year old Thomas Michael Horan, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Violation of Probation, and 36-year old Rusty Ervin Meinke, of Emerson, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault.

On May 14th, 55-year old Alfred Charles Barrett, of Glenwood, was arrested for Parole Violation. Last Saturday, 27-year old Letta Marie Stogdill, of Red Oak, was arrested for Probation Violation. On Monday (May 18th), 25-year old Christopher Lee McDaniel, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. And today (Tuesday, May 19th), 34-year old Kale Garrett Hardman, of Red Oak, was arrested for Violating a No Contact Order.

Each of those individuals, with the exception of Rusty Meinke and Kale Hardman, were being held in the Mills County Jail on bond. Meinke and Hardman were being held in the jail without bond.

2 Council Bluffs men arrested on drug & other charges in Red Oak


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County two Pottawattamie County men were arrested early this (Tuesday) morning in Red Oak, following an investigation into suspicious persons near the Kum-and-Go Store at 710 N. Broadway Street, in Red Oak. When police officers arrived on the scene a little after 4:15-a.m., they made contact with 22-year old Jacob Michael Good and 23-year old Michael Wayne Wilson, both of Council Bluffs, who were in a car.

Officers requested assistance from the Montgomery County K9 Unit, and through the help of the drug dog located drug paraphernalia and marijuana. A search of the vehicle also resulted in the recovery of a .45-caliber revolver, which had been reported as stolen through the Carter Lake Police Dept.

Good was subsequently arrested on a felony charge of Possession of Stolen Firearms, and various degrees of misdemeanor charges that include Going Armed, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Good was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Wilson was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. His bond was set at $300. An investigation into the incident by Red Oak and Carter Lake Police, continues.

(9-a.m. News)

Atlantic City Council to act on Connector Trail engineering agreement


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will meet during a regular session Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:30. During the meeting at City Hall, the Council will act on entering into an Engineering Agreement with Snyder and Associates Engineers, with regard to the Schildberg Rec Area Connector Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, project. The City will act as the fiscal agent for the Nishna Valley Trails project, and the agreement will allow the City to begin the engineering and design phase of the $600,000 project.

The Council will also act on passing a Resolution “Accepting the easement for Ash Street Storm Water Project: Phase 1.” The first phase of the project, which will include a catch basin that leads water out to 14th Street, was approved for the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. Since the basin will be located on private property, an easement is necessary to gain access. The second phase of the project will address past, current and future drainage issues to the west, with the Community Development Committee reviewing the options.

In addition, a Public Hearing will be held during Wednesday’s City Council meeting, with regard to an amendment to the FY 2015 Budget, as required by State Law. The amendment amounts to more than 1.99-million dollars, and is more related to issues of timing, rather than new spending or overspending, according to City Administrator, John Lund. He says it basically boils down to moving monies designated for the next fiscal year to the current fiscal year, in accordance with State Law.

The Council will also hold the third and final reading of an Ordinance amending the City Code of Ordinances, by adding a section pertaining to “Prohibited Parking within Designated Construction Zones,” especially in light of construction work on Highway 6/7th Street, which is slated to begin next week. On a related note, the Council will act on passing a Resolution “Allowing signage along public roadways during Highway 6 Reconstruction.”  The signs will direct traffic to various businesses located along the Highway, by means of detours off of other City streets.

And, City Administrator John Lund will provide the Council with the City’s Annual Debt Report, Wednesday. In the report, Lund says Atlantic is currently at 66.45-percent of its total debt limit, or 10.3-million dollars. The City may issue debt up to 15.5-million dollars. If no other debts are issued, Lund says the City would be debt-free by July 2028, given any changes in property assessments and debt due paid.