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Cass Supervisors to act on abatement in Anita & Massena Urban Renewal request

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, are expected to act on a couple of matters pertaining to the Cities of Anita and Massena. During the 9-a.m. meeting at the courthouse in Atlantic, the Board will act on approving an abatement of taxes on property belonging to the City of Anita, at 501 Maple Street, and Iowa Dept. of Transportation, for three parcels in the Right of Way.

The Supervisors will also act on approving a Resolution allowing the City of Massena to exercise Urban Renewal powers, pursuant to the Code of Iowa. During the past two Board of Supervisors’ meetings, Massena Mayor Linda Reineke presented information about the City’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), which illustrates that it is only the approximate $3.83-million for a Sanitary Sewer Collection System Relining Project that Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) could potentially finance in six-years. The other, approximately $8.17-million worth of projects are not included.

During last week’s meeting, Auditor Dale Sunderman recommended the Board consult legal counsel before proceeding, and that a public hearing be conducted before taking action. The Board took the recommendation under advisement.

At 11-a.m., the Board will receive an Iowa Counties Information Technologies’ evaluation of the Cass County Information Technology System.

Grassley to hold constituent meetings later this month

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has announced plans to hold constituent meetings in 15 Iowa communities during the month of August. In the KJAN listening area, meetings will be held in Onawa, Denison, Carroll and Sac City.

On Monday, August 26th Grassley will be: In Onawa at the the Community Center, from 2:15-to 3:15-p.m.; In Denison, in the Community Room at Denison Municipal Utilities, from 4:30-to 5:30-p.m.; and in Carroll, from 6:30-to 7:30-p.m., at Charlie’s Steakhouse on U-S Highway 71 north.  And on Tuesday, August 27th, the Senator will be in Sac City, from 7:30-until 8:30-a.m., at the Law Enforcement Center (100 NE State Street).

With the scheduled meetings, Grassley will have been to every one of the state’s 99 counties this year, for meetings with Iowans. He’s held meetings in every county, every year since 1980, when he was first elected to the U-S Senate. All of the meetings are open to the public.

Atlantic photographer looks to donate school supplies

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A photographer in Atlantic is asking area residents to donate school supplies at her studios for distribution to schools in Cass County. Sue Fischer, of Sue Fischer Photography says the idea is based on a similar program in Omaha. Fischer said she decided to do something special this year, after 15-years in business. The idea is once the supplies are accumulated, they will be equally dispensed to the schools in Cass County.

Fischer says no purchase of her photography services is necessary. She says if donors of school supplies do elect to have a portrait taken, they will receive a free, extra portrait to take home. The school supplies will then be given to the children.

Fischer says there is no limit to the type of school supplies you can donate. The only exception is that the supplies must be new, and not used. They will be distributed first, among the schools in the Atlantic District, and then it will be on to CAM. Donations will be accepted at Fischer’s studios from tomorrow (Wed., Aug. 7th,) through the end of the month.

*Update-victim name corrected*Bluffs teen injured during rollover accident this morning

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A rural Council Bluffs teenager suffered non-life threatening injuries following a rollover accident early this (Tuesday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. According to Sheriff Jeff Danker, 16-year old Keagan Hedrick, who was wearing his seat belt,  was transported by LifeNet to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, for treatment of broken bones cuts, bruises and other, unknown injuries. Danker said the accident happened near 260th Street at around 6:20-a.m., as the teen was traveling east on Highway 92, enroute to football practice in Treynor.

The teen told authorities he fell asleep at the wheel of the 2005 Toyota minivan, and when he woke up saw his vehicle had drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic, where another vehicle was approaching. Hedrick swerved to avoid contact and lost control, causing the van to roll several times into the north ditch.

Danker said he wasn’t sure if the teen will be cited for Failure to Maintain Control, he said more importantly he’s just thankful the teen is still alive.

Mills County accidents reported

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say no injuries were reported following two recent accidents. On July 30th, a 1998 Lincoln driven by Denver Cook, of Glenwood, was traveling east at a high rate of speed on Highway 34, when Cook tried to make a left-hand turn onto 315th Street. His vehicle was traveling too fast to make the turn though, and went out of control. It hit a ditch head-on before traveling up an embankment through a cornfield and coming to rest in the south ditch of Highway 34, about one-half mile north of Malvern.

The other accident happened last Friday (Aug. 2nd), at around 2:35-p.m.  Officials say a 2007 Honda driven by Samuel Kalhorn, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 240th Street, when an unknown vehicle was headed northbound, partially in Kalhorn’s lane. When he swerved to avoid contact with the other vehicle, Kalhorn’s car hit a cable guardrail.

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Body in Iowa cornfield identified

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a woman whose body was found in a southwest Iowa cornfield.  Des Moines television station KCCI says  the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as 31-year-old Maggie Weaver.  Authorities say a crime isn’t suspected in Weaver’s death. Toxicology reports are expected in four to six weeks.

The body was found Saturday in a field west of Lenox in Taylor County. Weaver had been missing for several days.

Hill announces his run for Senate in District 11

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Republican Art Hill, Monday, announced his decision to run for Iowa Senate in District 11. The district covers 2,200 miles in Pottawattamie, Cass, Adams, and Union Counties. Hill stopped in Atlantic Monday afternoon following his announcement at the Public Library in Council Bluffs. Speaking with KJAN News, Hill, who works as the City of Council Bluffs’ Finance Director, said he’s tossing his hat in the ring this early in the political season because there’s a lot of work to be done and many miles to cover before the Primary election, which is about 300 days away.

Hill says after reapportionment in 2011, he looked at the new district and saw how radically it had changed. He also looked at the common threads between Council Bluffs, Atlantic and Creston. They each have campuses with community colleges that provide an opportunity for graduates to get good jobs, and that’s something he wants to continue to see happen. Fellow Republican, Senator Hubert Houser, currently presides over the 11th District. Houser has not announced his intentions with regard to re-election. Hill says he spoke with Houser in May and informed him of his intentions. He says he respects Houser and whatever plans he makes. Hill says if Houser decides to run against him in the Spring, voters in the four counties should feel they would be well represented by either of the two men. No democrats have announced their intentions early in this political season to challenge Hill or Houser in the 2014 elections.

Hill says his experience as Finance Director for Council Bluffs, and a former Business Manager for the Lewis Central Community School District, gives him an edge when it comes to fiscal responsibility. He says “Finding an equitable way of raising tax revenue for services we ask for from our government in the future is important. He says in Iowa, that means simplifying the tax code. On a national level, he says a Fair Tax is important. Voter integrity is also important to Hill, who says voter ID laws are one way of ensuring the elections are legitimate on the state and national level. Hill says he supports efforts by Secretary of State Matt Schultz to ensure election integrity. He says also, a common core of values and beliefs are important to the future of our society.

He says “As a country we’ve developed a culture that has provided many blessings and providence for our country and it’s based on a core set of values and beliefs.” Hills says “Maintaining a sense of purpose…and a set of values we can rally around is important for any society to be ongoing.”

Hill has lived in Council Bluffs with his wife Andrea for the past 18-years. The couple have been married for 35-years. They have two adult children.

DCI Investigates officer-involved shooting of a federal fugitive in Council Bluffs

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(re-posted due to a formatting error on previous post entered 5:30-pm Mon., Aug. 5th)

(Council Bluffs) — As the investigation into Sunday’s officer involved shooting incident continues, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Monday evening, released the names of all individuals involved. Offcials say on Sunday, August 4th  at around 4:45-p.m., an unidentified woman told Council Bluffs Police Officers Aaron Gutierrez and Jason Burleigh that she had just seen a suspicious individual at the site of the new Wal-Mart in Council Bluffs.  She told the officers that the man was acting suspicious and was bleeding from his hands.

Michael Hannum

Michael Hannum

Officers Gutierrez and Burleigh responded to the construction site where they encountered 52 year old Michael Hannum. Hannum was bleeding from his wrists and armed with a sharp, cutting instrument.  Throughout the encounter, Hannum did not respond to verbal commands from Officers Gutierrez and Burleigh.  When he became aggressive towards the officers, Officer Burleigh to deployed his TASER, but the officer’s attempt to subdue Hannum was unsuccessful.  Hannum continued to advance toward the officers, at which time Officer Gutierrez fired is duty weapon, striking Hannum two times. Hannum was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition.

In accordance with the police department’s policy, Officers Gutierrez and Burleigh will remain on paid, administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation into this incident. Last Friday, Hannum was listed as a fugitive from the Federal Bureau of Prisons – Federal Residential Reentry Center in Council Bluffs.  At the time of the encounter, the officers did not know Hannum’s identity.

To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Council Bluffs Police Department requested DCI review the incident.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the DCI investigative report will be turned over to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber for his office’s review of the incident. Law enforcement officials are looking for the woman who originally alerted Officers Gutierrez and Burleigh to the suspicious person.  This citizen should contact DCI at 712-322-1585 or the Council Bluffs Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.