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Officials investigate wastewater discharge in Lake Panorama

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August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Officials say they’re investigating the cause of a wastewater discharge that entered Lake Panorama in central Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it’s unclear what caused a pump to fail Saturday night at a lift station managed by the South Panorama Sanitary District. Officials reported the problem Sunday morning, around the time officials believe the discharge ended.

DNR officials say it wasn’t clear to the agency that there was a wastewater discharge until Monday night. The sanitary district believes it was likely a small discharge.

It’s unclear what caused a pump to fail, since all pumps at the lift station appear to be functional.

Officials for the sanitary district are considering the construction of a new lift station, where discharges would be less likely to reach the lake.

Health insurance rate hike approved in the state


August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top insurance regulator has approved rate increases for several health providers in the state.

Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday that he approved increases on individual insurance plans provided by Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Coventry Health Care and Gundersen Health Insurance. The changes go into effect in January.

The Des Moines Register reports the rate increases include between 17.6 percent and 28.7 percent on average for plans by Wellmark, 19.8 percent on average for plans by Coventry and 9.4 percent on average for plans by Gundersen.

The newspaper reports some residents who attended a hearing earlier this year on the proposed increases criticized it. Officials for at least two of the providers say the increases were needed because of unexpected health care costs.

Stuart Police make another drug bust


August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

On Monday, August 24th Stuart Police officers recovered approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine from a Creston man after he was arrested in the 700 block of S. Division St. He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver. He was also found to be in possession of hundreds of illegal prescription pills which he was also charged with.

This drug seizure was one of several over the last 2 weeks by Stuart Officers. In the last 10 days alone Stuart Officers have seized approximately $6,000 worth of methamphetamine, approximately $1,500 of illegal prescription pills, and approximately $1,000 worth of marijuana.

Red Oak arrest report


August 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police released details on two arrests in the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday, August 26th officers arrested 21-year-old Jesse Dean Uhlmann of Red Oak on a Montgomery County Warrant for Revocation of Probation.  Uhlmann was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $10,000 cash bond.

Early this (Thursday) morning at 12:45am officers arrested 45-year-old Teri Ann Nelson of Red Oak for Domestic Abuse Assault Second Offense (An Aggravated Misdemeanor).  Nelson was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on no bond until seen by a Magistrate.

Clarinda woman arrested for forgery and theft


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Clarinda Police report that on Monday, August 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m. officers arrested 44-year-old Julie Kay Hillhouse of Clarinda on a valid warrant. The warrant alleged that Hillhouse committed six felony counts of forgery and theft at various businesses in Clarinda during the early part of August.

The warrant was issued after an investigation into the fraudulent activities. Hillhouse was arrested at her apartment located at the Parkview Apartment Complex, 1001 E. Main Street in Clarinda without incident. Hillhouse was booked into the Page County Jail on $5,000 bail pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Man convicted of murder in 2013 death of woman shot in 2011


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 54-year-old Iowa man has been convicted in the April 2013 death of a woman he shot nearly two years earlier.

A Pottawattamie County jury found Craig Finney guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder.

He was convicted of shooting 48-year-old Patricia Harker, his former girlfriend, on June 17, 2011, during an incident at Harker’s home in Minden. She survived, and Finney later pleaded guilty to attempted murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Harker died on April 25, 2013. Prosecutors then filed first-degree murder charges against Finney, saying Harker died from complications caused by the gunshot wound.

The jury convicted Finney on the lesser charge of second-degree murder. He faces up to 50 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 6.

Audubon man arrested Tuesday


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, August 25th of 30-year-old Adam Richard Graves of Audubon.  Graves was arrested around 8:30pm and charged with Interference with Official Acts and Resisting Arrest.  The charges stem from an incident at Graves residence in Audubon.  He was taken to the Audubon County Jail and held.  The Audubon Police Department assisted in the arrest.

2 arrested in Creston Tuesday


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports two arrests on Tuesday, August 25th.

At 11:12am 44-year-old Manuel Silva of Creston was arrested at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County Warrant for 2 counts of Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.  He was released from the Union County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

At 6:05pm Tuesday 42-year-old Anthony Gross of Creston was arrested at 200 South Elm Street and charged with Public Intoxication 2nd Offense.  He is being held in the Union County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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Atlantic School Board candidate forum held


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Members of the public and media gathered at the Atlantic High School Auditorium last night for a candidate forum of potential school board members in the upcoming elections.

7 candidates running for three open spots on the Atlantic School Board answered a number of questions from a media panel and the public. The seven candidates are: Doug Bierbaum, Alison Bruckner, Bob Drogo, Mark Foegen, Dennis Schwanke, Dr. Keith Swanson, and Jenny Williams.

Atlantic Junior Tori Krogh was part of the media panel at the event reporting for the school newspaper and is Secretary of the Student Council.  She said it was a great opportunity to hear more about the candidates and their ideas.  She also said she does see the impact of the concerns brought up by the public at the forum and encouraged students to get involved and make an impact as well.