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Pacific Junction man faces numerous charges following a chase and capture

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says a chase that began with a reported break-in at a rural Hastings residence Sunday night, ended early Monday morning with the suspect taken into custody on numerous charges, including attempted murder. Sheriff Eugene Goos said Tuesday, 33-year old Myron Lee Brandon, of Pacific Junction was located by an Iowa State Patrol aircraft at around 12:10-a.m., Monday. The man had been hiding in a brushy area about 50-yards from an abandoned pickup truck he allegedly used to ram twice a law enforcement vehicle. Brandon was charged with Felony Eluding, Attempted Murder, Criminal Mischief and 3rd Degree Burglary. He was being held in the Mills County Jail with additional charges pending.

The incident began at around 8:52-p.m., Sunday, when Mills County Dispatch received a 911 call with regard to the break-in of a rural residence. The home’s owner was following a black Ford F-150 pickup believed to be used by the suspect in the burglary. A Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle near the intersection of Lambert Avenue and 380th Street, and engaged in a pursuit.

During the chase, the suspect’s vehicle entered a farm field located north of Lambert Avenue on 325th Street. At about 10:24-p.m. the pickup rammed the deputy’s SUV, disabling it. After the deputy exited his vehicle, the pickup intentionally hit the rear of the SUV where the deputy was standing. In fear for his life, the deputy fired 5 shots into the pickup, which continued on and hit a grain auger and barn before leaving the property.

After the pickup was found abandoned along the north side of the railroad tracks, a ground search for the suspect involving deputies with the Mills, Montgomery, Cass and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Offices as well as officers with the Glenwood Tabor and Red Oak Police Departments, was conducted. Brandon was taken into custody without incident. No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

Medical marijuana unlikely to advance in Iowa

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the Iowa Senate, but supporters say it will not advance this year because of a lack of bipartisan support.  Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he needs both Republicans and Democrats from the state House and Senate to support the bill. So far, he says the GOP members have shown little interest in publicly endorsing the legislation.

Under the measure, patients with certain medical conditions could obtain medical marijuana if they got a prescription from a physician and receive authorization from the state. Parents of children with epilepsy spoke in favor of the bill at a news conference Tuesday, saying that in other states children with similar conditions had found relief taking marijuana in an oil form.

Democrats push minimum wage hike in Iowa

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Legislation to boost Iowa’s minimum wage has earned preliminary approval in the state Senate. A bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 an hour won backing in a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. But supporters in the Democratic-majority Senate said there is no Republican interest in the effort. That means the bill may have a tough time advancing in the GOP-controlled House.

Currently, the minimum wage in Iowa is $7.25 an hour. Supporters of the bill argued it would help low-income families and would reduce dependence on public benefit programs. Business groups opposing the bill said it could mean that employers would fire workers or reduce their hours.

Democratic Sen. William Dotzler, of Waterloo, said he’d be open to amending the bill to win Republican support.

Harlan man arrested on drug charges, Monday

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report the arrest on Monday of 18-year old William Stanton, of Harlan. Stanton was taken into custody after officers responded to a report a possible overdose. He was brought to Myrtue Medical Center and, after being medically cleared, was transported to the Shelby County Jail on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

The H-PD reports also, 48-year old Rosemary Yoder, of Harlan, was arrested Sunday, after officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance. Following an investigation, Yoder was brought to the Shelby County jail and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault.

EHK School Board approves track coach contract

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board met Monday evening in Elk Horn. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said they voted to approve a contract with Jessica Larsen for the Junior High Track. Schnoes said the Board discussed but took no action on the 2014-2015 School Year with regard to whether to base the amount of education on 1,080 hours or the traditional 180 days.

He said they’re leaning toward 1,080 hours because it gives the district more lee-way when it comes to severe weather situations, and because that’s the way most districts in the area of leaning toward implementing their calendars. He says both the Exira and EHK Boards are in favor of the hourly schedule. The new “Super Board” will take a look at the proposal and finalize it a later meeting.

Schnoes said also they’re working on negotiations with teachers for the upcoming school year. And, in his report to the Board, Schnoes discussed the “Rural School Advocates of Iowa,” who lobbies for its member schools in the legislature. He said a similar effort was attempted several years ago, to make sure legislators in the State were aware rural schools “Are still a lot of your backbone for what goes on in the State of Iowa,” and that “Those people are going to be important as education moves along in the years to come.”

RSAI works to ensure students in rural schools receive a “Fair, equal and quality education.” Dues for the organization run $1,000 and serves to lobby legislators on behalf of rural schools to securing adequate resources, both academic and financial, in order for the quality of education to be sustained, and for maintaining local control through the flexibility and authority of locally elected school boards.

CAM School Board sets date for Budget and Early Start hearings

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School Board met Monday evening in Anita, and set April 14th at 6:30-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the Early Start date for the 2014-2015 School Year. Board Secretary/Business Manager Linda Edwards said the Board will also hold a hearing and discuss the 2014-2015 budget during the same meeting.

Edwards said the Board also approved renewal of a contract with Richard Strittmatter as the Driver’s Education Instructor, along with a Five-dollar increase in the  fee he’s paid, which brings his fee to $200 for the Summer. The driver’s education fee for students remains unchanged from last year, at $250 per student, or $195 for those in the Free and Reduced Program.

In other business, CAM School Board approved a 2015 student trip (for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) to Washington, D.C. The next step is for sponsors to gather information and prices from a tour company. If the price is affordable, that may include a side trip to New York City. And, the Board approved the retirement of Middle School English Teacher Jan Waddell and North Elementary teacher Gabe Baughman.

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Significant Winter Storm expected to hit Thursday

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Mild conditions with highs in the 40s and 50s will be common today. It will remain mild but cooler on Wednesday. Precipitation will overspread the area Wednesday night in the form of rain with a few thunderstorms possible south.storm The rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast late Wednesday night through Thursday. Several inches of snow is possible over central and north central Iowa. In addition…strong northwest winds will develop by Thursday after with significant blowing and drifting of snow possible. For this reason, a blizzard watch has been issued for portions of the area Thursday and Thursday night. Hazardous travel conditions will extend over the entire area during this period.

(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)

2 arrests in Montgomery County after authorities investigate suspicious vehicle

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Monday night in Montgomery County following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle, and the subsequent search of a nearby rural residence. Sheriff’s officials say 57-year old John W. Goodall, of Red Oak, was located by a K-9 Unit hiding in a cornfield near the intersection of D Avenue and 130th Street, at around 8-p.m. Goodall faces charges that include Criminal Trespass, Attempted 3rd degree burglary, and Possession of Burglar’s tools. While transporting him to the Montgomery County Jail, the driver of the suspicious vehicle, 28-year old Kendra S. Harlow, of Omaha, who was earlier cited by a deputy for Failure to provide proof of insurance, was observed walking along Highway 34 towards Red Oak. Harlow was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond. Goodall’s bond was set at $2,000.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by officers with the Red Oak Police Dept., along with those persons who called to alert authorities to a possible crime in progress.