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Cass County Public Safety/E-911 Boards to meet tonight

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The topic of privatizing Cass County’s 9-1-1 calling center operations will be the subject of two separate meetings tonight (Monday). The Cass County Public Safety Commission is set to take up the matter during their meeting, which begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Supervisor’s Board room at the Courthouse. And, the County E-911 Service Board will discuss the issue during their meeting at 7-p.m., in the same location.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors briefly discussed the possible privatization of 9-1-1 services during their meeting last Wednesday, in Atlantic. Board Chair Mark Wedemeyer said he had been looking into using the services of the Cranston, New Jersey-based iXP Corporation. Since many questions still remain regarding the potential use and cost of the service, and benefit or lack thereof to the County, no action was taken, and several more meetings are planned to discuss the privatization issue.

The Public Safety Board is also expected to discuss and possibly act on the proposed new communications center and location options, which includes the Cambridge Law firm building almost directly across the street from the courthouse, and a report on a tour of the Rutherford building at 2410 East 7th Street, as another possible site for a new comm. center.

Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert will update the E-911 Service Board on the 911 system upgrade during their meeting tonight, along with information on the radio system upgrade and other matters.

Lights out on sections of I-29 in Council Bluffs

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thieves have left motorists traveling along a nearly one-third mile stretch of Interstate 29 in the dark, in the Council Bluffs area. According to the Omaha World-Herald, authorities and Iowa Department of Transportation officials are frustrated by the covert theft of copper wiring from circuit boxes and other access points along the interstate, where thieves yank out as much as 300-or more feet of wire, causing street lights to go dark. About a dozen streetlights aren’t working because of the thefts. And, Council Bluffs Police have reported a spike in thefts of copper wiring and tubing from construction sites and vacant homes over the past few months. In some cases, two-to three-cases of theft are reported per day.

Jim Bane, DOT district maintenance manager for southwest Iowa told the paper the thieves typically strip the wire on site, hiding in bushes or under a bridge, then haul the copper away, leaving the rubber coating behind in the grass. Since July 1, 25,000 feet of wire had been stolen from lighting systems along Interstates in the Council Bluffs area.

With the wire valued at about $3 per foot, the thefts cost Iowa taxpayers roughly $75,000 just to buy new wire. The Department of Transportation does not know when the lights will be working again on I-29 between 25th and 28th Streets. The I-29/I-480 interchange just east of downtown Omaha was in the dark for several weeks recently after someone stole wire there. Those lights are back on…at least for now.

Officials think a person or persons with skills in electronics are responsible for the thefts, because of the high amount of voltage that passes through the wiring at street light sites. A person unfamiliar with how to handle up to 400 volts of energy is likely to be electrocuted. Transportation officials have installed tamper-resistant circuit box covers and taken other steps in an effort to curb the copper thefts, but the thefts continue.

About 3,000 feet of wire was stolen along I-29 near Nebraska Avenue on Wednesday night, leaving some lights out at the interchange near the Ameristar Casino Hotel.

Iowa early News headlines: Mon., Oct. 21 2013

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with an armed burglary in a Des Moines suburb. The Des Moines Register reports a husband and wife were watching television Saturday night when five men entered the home through a basement window. Two men held the couple at gunpoint while their accomplices stole less than $200 in cash and electronics.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President Barack Obama’s health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new online insurance marketplaces. Detailed enrollment data is unavailable because the federal government, which is running the exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the marketplaces were launched October 1st.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in Cedar Rapids displaced six family members and their three dogs. A Fire department spokesman says the fire was reported Saturday night when resident Lori Appleby noticed an orange glow in her backyard. She investigated and found flames coming from the roof of her home’s attached garage.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A fire in eastern Iowa injured four people in an apartment and damaged a cat shelter in Anamosa. KWWL reports the fire started in a building that housed The Cat Adoption Center and an apartment in Anamosa yesterday morning. Firefighters say the fire was confined to the second floor of the building. The injured are being treated at area hospitals.

Area School Board meetings set for Monday evening

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October 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold, CAM and Elk Horn-Kimballton Boards of Education are set to hold their separate, regular monthly meetings Monday. The Griswold School Board will gather in the Central Office Board Room at 5:45-p.m., where they will receive updates on various ongoing, completed and future projects. They’ll also act on awarding snow removal bids (if any), and discuss the offering of early retirement incentives.

The CAM School Board will meet in Anita at 6:30-p.m., in the CAM High School Media Center. During their meeting, the Board will receive a presentation by the Anita Public Library, and, discuss and possibly act on: Open enrollment applications; Contracts; a proposed High School curriculum and an increase in the credit card limit. The Board will also review Capital Projects, and enter into a closed session for negotiations.

And, the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn, beginning at 7-p.m.  The Board is expected to act on a contract with Beth Peppers with regard to Prom. They’re also scheduled to discuss and possibly act on: Activity passes, with regard to employees or other adults; the appointment of a representative to the Audubon, Shelby and Cass County Compensation Boards; bids for the school roof repair; A contract with the Council Bluffs Community School District for a Special Education student, and, approve of students for early graduation.

Atlantic Parks and Rec meeting to be held Monday

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October 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday evening in the City Council’s Chambers at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive a presentation by DNR Fisheries Biologist Brian Hayes with regard to the Schildberg Recreation Area (SRA) lake #1 fishery development.

The Parks and Rec Board will also discuss the tobacco free policy for Sunnyside Park. During their meeting last month, the Board agreed to draw up an ordinance banning tobacco use in covered picnic shelters, the playground, Skate Park and all courts including the Tennis and basketball courts. The ordinance was set to be sent to the City Attorney for review.

The Board will also hear updates on the SRA campground progress and Kiosk glass replacement. Replacement glass for the the kiosk, which was damaged by vandals, is being donated by Atlantic Glass Co. owners Jericho Schmidt and Terry Keegan. It was installed earlier this month. The Board will also receive updates on the: Sunnyside Tennis Courts; Park Maintenance Building; Boat ramp, and Bike Racks Projects

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2 people stabbed in Council Bluffs

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October 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Council Bluffs Police Department said 2 people were stabbed early Sunday morning during a disturbance in the 100 block of west Broadway Street. Police Sgt. Dave Dawson  said responding officers found Oral White and Brian Ferguson on the sidewalk at around 1:50-a.m.

Ferguson had suffered a cut to his face, while White was stabbed in his neck and shoulder. Both men were transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

Dawson says a suspect has been identified in connection with the incident, and charges are pending. Numerous people were in the area at the time of the assault. Anyone who witnessed the incident are asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-328-4728.

Missing child from Griswold found safe

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October 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Griswold were about to engage in a search for a missing child this morning, but she was found safe. The Cass County Communications Center dispatched Griswold Fire and Rescue at around 7:30-a.m. to help find the missing 2-year old female, who was discovered missing at around 5:30-a.m.  She was wearing only pajamas. As the search, which also involved deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department began, a resident in the 200 block of Whitney Street found the girl and the parents were notified by authorities.

Sloan officer will not face discipline for crash

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October 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a Sloan police officer who crashed his squad car in Sioux City while trying to pull over a suspected drunken driver did not act improperly.  Sloan Mayor Charles Thorpe tells the Sioux City Journal that Police Officer Brent Vander Weil will not face discipline, and the city will cover the damages.

Officials say the 45-year-old Vander Weil was responding to a Woodbury County 911 broadcast of a suspected drunken driver on Interstate 29 because there were no Sioux City police in the area at the time. In the process, he lost control of his patrol car, hit a light pole and flipped. He was partially thrown out of the car, and taken to a hospital with a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is expected to recover.

Emerson woman arrested on burglary charge

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October 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a reported burglary in progress Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County has resulted in the arrest of an Emerson woman. 44-year old Pamela E. Caruso was taken into custody shortly after 2:20-p.m., when deputies arrived at a rural Montgomery County residence and discovered Caruso allegedly forced her way into the home and assaulted one of its residents.

Caruso was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and charged with Burglary in the 1st degree. Her bond was set at $25,000.

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