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Red Oak men arrested on assault & trespass charges


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two recent arrests. Early this (Friday) morning, 29-year old Kyle William Chase, of Red Oak, was arrested for Trespassing. Chase was taken into custody at around 1:20-a.m. at a residence in the 400 block of N. 4th Street. He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $300 bond.

And at around 3:40-p.m. Thursday, Red Oak Police arrested 31-year old Brent Lee Wagaman, of Red Oak, for Domestic Abuse Assault. Wagaman was taken into custody in the 400 block of E. Coolbaugh Street and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held without bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., May 2nd 2014


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate, after working all night and into Thursday morning to finish the 2014 legislative session, must return later today after a dispute developed involving subpoena powers. Senate Democrats intend to pass a resolution granting subpoena power to the Senate oversight committee, but Republicans are resisting. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal adjourned the session until 8 a.m. Friday, when a vote will be held and the session adjourned.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City has submitted data to Iowa transportation officials in support of traffic cameras on state roads. Police Chief Doug Young says in a report submitted Wednesday to the state Department of Transportation that the cameras should remain in use because they increase driving safety. The Sioux City Journal reports municipalities were required to submit data to state officials by Thursday.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say four 13-year-old students in southeast Iowa’s Burlington have been charged after their scheme to bake marijuana-laced cookies in a home economics class was discovered. The Hawk Eye newspaper says the four were arrested and released Wednesday. Burlington police Lieutenant Jeff Klein says the four attended Edward Stone Middle School.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A Chicago veterinarian who specializes in birds has made one of his biannual visits to Burlington. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports Scott McDonald was booked solid Wednesday as he visited Horse and Hound, an animal specialty store. He saw about 60 birds within 11 hours.

Clarinda Police Dept. to observe Nat’l. Peace Officer’s Memorial Week


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The President of the United States and the United States Congress has declared the week of May 11-17, 2014 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Week.NationalPoliceWeek2014

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. the Clarinda Police Department will conduct a memorial service at the Clarinda Cemetery Armed Services Flag Stand/ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Clarinda Police Department Chaplain Dr. Richard F. Iske will provide the invocation. American Legion Sergy Post 98 will provide a 3 volley salute and taps at the service.

Clarinda Chief of Police Keith Brothers and his staff cordially invites the public to attend the memorial service and pay tribute to those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

One hundred eleven (111) federal, state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States and its territories in 2013 according to the United States Department of Justice.

In the event of inclement weather the memorial service will be cancelled.

Atlantic Fire Dept. responds to vehicle fire (Update)


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic were called to the scene of vehicle fire late this (Thursday) morning. The call about a 2008 Chevy Silverado pickup on fire came in at around 11:49-a.m.  from the Monsanto Company at 53751 650th Street.

Fire officials say prior to the vehicle becoming fully engulfed in flames, employees attached a chain and pulled the pickup about 50-feet away from the building. No injuries were reported. The pickup soon became fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss.

DNR plans Trumpeter Swans release at Summit Lake

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release four trumpeter swans at Summit Lake, one mile west of Creston on Highway 25 at 10-a.m., on May 9th. The release site is the boat ramp on the south side of the road. The release is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. The event includes a 20-minute swan/wetland presentation, a unique opportunity to touch and view the swans up close, and a historic photo opportunity with the kids.

As the largest North American waterfowl, these magnificent all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan.

Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s. By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states. The trumpeter swans being released are part of the DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort.

Iowa A-G issues advisory on “Unauthorized charges” & “Free Trial” offers


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

If you’ve ever discovered that someone billed your credit card account for something that you didn’t order, the bad news is that you may have a little work to do to clear it up, but the good news is that at least you checked your monthly statement and you caught the problem. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA) protects consumers from unfair and fraudulent charges on “open end” credit accounts, such as credit cards, and revolving charge accounts, such as retail store accounts. The law does not apply to debit cards or more traditional loans.

The FCBA gives you the right to dispute credit card charges that are incorrect; charges that you didn’t authorize; charges for goods or services that you didn’t receive or accept; and charges for goods or services that were not delivered as agreed or as promised (disputes about the quality of goods and services are not considered billing errors). You also have the right to dispute a failure to post payments and other credits (such as returns), and a failure to send bills to your current address.

Always check your monthly credit card and debit card statements, and dispute unauthorized or fraudulent charges as soon as possible.

Disputing an unauthorized credit card charge or billing error:
• Report the disputed charge immediately to your card issuer, especially if the issuer operates a 24-hour customer service number.
• Even if you reported the incident by phone or via the Internet, send a letter to the creditor (send it to the address for billing inquiries, not the payment processing address). Include your account number, your full name, mailing address, a description of your dispute and copies of relevant receipts or documentation. Make a copy of your letter. Save that copy and your original receipts and documents.
• Send your letter via certified mail, and request a return receipt. Make sure that the creditor receives your letter within 60 days after the first bill that included the unauthorized charge was mailed to you.
• Continue paying for any other charges on your bill that you don’t dispute (including finance charges on the undisputed amount), but you may withhold payment on the disputed charge and other charges related to the disputed amount.
• The creditor must acknowledge your complaint in writing within 30 days after receiving it. The creditor must resolve the dispute within two billing cycles of receiving your letter, or within 90 days.
• During the dispute, the creditor may not threaten your credit rating, report you as delinquent, or take legal or collection action against you.
• If there’s an error, the creditor must explain the error and remedy in writing, credit your account, and remove any fees or charges related to the error. If the creditor agrees the charge was unauthorized, you won’t have to pay more than $50.
• If there’s not an error, the creditor must explain it in writing. You will be responsible for the disputed charge, plus any finance charges. However, you still may file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office about the charge.

“Free trial” offers
Many “free trial” offers result in ongoing charges on your credit card bills because you didn’t realize that you had to cancel the offer within a certain number of days. And, in many cases, you may not have explicitly approved the charges or even provided a credit card number, which may have come from another company with which you did business.

If you discover you’re being charged for something you didn’t authorize, contact the company directly and ask that they remove any charges. Follow up with your credit card company to dispute the charges or to ensure that they’re removed.

More info. on Montgomery County Chase


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has released additional details about a chase that occurred Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Joe Sampson said just before 4-p.m., a Montgomery County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that had run a stop sign at the intersection of 110th Street and D Avenue, but the suspect, later identified as 32-year old Jacob Cochran, of Council Bluffs (and formerly of Red Oak), began to flee.

The pursuit made its way throughout the northern portion of Montgomery County and lasted for about 50-minutes. Along the way Cochran made moves inside the vehicle that the pursuing deputy thought might have been an attempt to reach for a weapon. Just before the chase ended, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper laid down stop sticks, which Cochran’s vehicle ran over. The tires deflated and Cochran lost control of the vehicle in the 1100 block of F Avenue. After the vehicle entered a corn field it became disabled.

Cochran attempted to flee on foot but was captured immediately. Sheriff Sampson said a search of the vehicle revealed no weapon. He says Cochran faces charges that include eluding, along with numerous traffic violations. Cochran remained in the Montgomery County Jail, pending a court appearance.

Sheriff’s officials thank these law enforcement agencies for helping or offering to help in the apprehension of Cochran: The Montgomery County K-9 Unit; Red Oak Police Department; the Page, Cass, Pottawattamie and Mills County Sheriff’s Departments, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Atlantic man arrested on multiple warrants


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Wednesday on multiple warrants issued out of six Iowa counties. The Atlantic Police Department reports 54-year old Timothy Campbell was wanted in Davis, Calhoun, Cedar and Jasper Counties, for Theft in the 2nd degree. He was also wanted in Hancock County for Failure to Appear on 2nd degree Theft charges, and in Polk County on warrants for 2nd and 3rd degree Theft. Campbell was being held in the Cass County Jail on behalf of those law enforcement agencies.

The A-PD reports also the arrest on Wednesday of 51-year old Milton Milligan of Atlantic. He was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine.  And, 34-year old Shannon Wojciechowshi, of Atlantic, was arrested Wednesday on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Chamber Ambassadors news


May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber Ambassadors visited Atlantic Locker Service recently, to learn more about the services and products being offered to Atlantic Area customers and state wide customers. “We ship locally raised beef and pork all over the United States, Chicago, Colorado, all over,” owner/operator Dale Haupert said. Their best sellers include jerky, Windsor chops and specialty cheeses from Wisconsin.

Pictured:  Lana Westphalen, Sue Muri, Jan Myers, Cheri Hunt, Patty Maas, Haley Kickland,  Janet Cappel, Dr. Keith Leonard, Rachael Johnson, Kevin Wieser, Arlene Drennan, Gerhard Marburg, Tammy Waters, Lucas Mosier, Melanie Petty, Josh Dvorak, Dave Schwab, Tyler Mosier, Bill Saluk,  Jim Kickland, Renea Steffens, JoAnn Runyan, Doreen Ellsbury, Debbie Leistad, Darrell Hockenberry, Steve Andersen, Kathy Sweeney, Pat McCurdy, Gerald Brink, Russ Joyce, Sherri Sansgaard  and Karl Aldag.

Lana Westphalen, Sue Muri, Jan Myers, Cheri Hunt, Patty Maas, Haley Kickland, Janet Cappel, Dr. Keith Leonard, Rachael Johnson, Kevin Wieser, Arlene Drennan, Gerhard Marburg, Tammy Waters, Lucas Mosier, Melanie Petty, Josh Dvorak, Dave Schwab, Tyler Mosier, Bill Saluk, Jim Kickland, Renea Steffens, JoAnn Runyan, Doreen Ellsbury, Debbie Leistad, Darrell Hockenberry, Steve Andersen, Kathy Sweeney, Pat McCurdy, Gerald Brink, Russ Joyce, Sherri Sansgaard and Karl Aldag.

Atlantic Locker Service continues community outreach through the H.U.S.H Program (Help Us Stop Hungry). H.U.S.H is a cooperative effort among deer hunters, the Food Bank of Iowa, local meat lockers and the Iowa DNR. Atlantic Locker Service ranked 6th in the state of Iowa providing high quality meat to help feed the hungry. “Moving to a bigger location has allowed us to continue to serve the community well and to expand the business,“ Haupert said.

“Iowa By Trail” mobile app released

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A website and mobile application that provide an interactive map of bike trails in central Iowa is being released today (Thursday). The free app is being released by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) and spokesperson Hannah Inman says it’ll be expanded statewide in time for RAGBRAI in July. Inman says “This app is pretty neat because it’ll have all 1,800 miles of trails in the State of Iowa on it,” Inman says. “You’ll be able to geo-locate yourself and follow yourself on the trail, keeping track of your mileage, how fast you’re going, and what trails you’ve completed.”Trails App 2

The I-N-H-F is also working with local communities across the state to build “points of interest” into the app.  “As we do that, you’ll be able to find the hidden gems, the great businesses along the trails, as well some cultural, historical, and natural resource information that are unique to the trails,” Inman says. Private donations and grants have helped pay for the development of the “Iowa By Trail” mobile app and website. Inman says it’s cost about $200,000 and there’s more to raise.

“We have fundraised for the marketing, the content creation, the Apple, and the website version. Now, all we’re doing is fundraising for the Android version and we’re hoping that will be completed and out this fall,” Inman says. The West Des Moines-based company Shift Interactive created the “Iowa By Trail” app.

(more info. at www.inhf.org/iowabytrail.cfm)   (Radio Iowa)