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METC and Walnut Communications set to join forces

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Marne and Elk Horn Telephone Company (METC) and Walnut Communications, longtime partners during their 100 years in business, today (Tuesday) officially extended that partnership further when they announced they would merge later this year. The merger was recommended for approval by the Board of Directors of each company, and officially approved by the shareholders of both companies earlier this week. The Iowa Utilities Board and the Federal Communications Commission still need to approve the merger before it is final, according to company staff.

The merger is expected to provide both companies with the opportunity to share staff resources, reduce combined operating expenses, and continue to provide customers with the excellent service that both firms have historically provided in their respective areas. The merged company, which will be managed by Janell Hansen, has the capacity to grow in ways the two separate companies could not.

Bruce Heyne, Walnut Communications, General Manager said, “This merger allows our communities to be served by a local, committed and forward looking communications provider who understands our customers and our rural communities and employs a team of local experts.” Marne & Elk Horn G.M. Janell Hansen said “We have worked on projects and partnerships for years, so this really is a continuation of a lifetime of work together.”

Hansen added, “One of the many reasons this merger works is because we understand rural communities and the people and businesses in western Iowa. There are no plans to close any offices, change staff members or immediately change the names of the companies. Together we are a stronger local entity which can better serve all the customers in both serving areas.”

According to Hansen and Heyne, staff members have expertise in providing state-of-the-art Internet, Digital TV, Voice and cellular services to rural residents. METC is just completing a fiber-to-the-home network that delivers ultra-fast Internet, digital TV and voice services to customers. Walnut is using fiber-to-the-home and other technologies to deliver services to customers.

Traffic Incident Mgmt. class set for area officials in Adair

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair Fire and Rescue has scheduled a DOT approved Traffic Incident Management (TIM) class for area Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Dispatch, Public Works and Towing Company officials. The program covers multiple aspects of training in response to traffic accidents, and is designed to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities to those emergency personnel who are on the scene by providing safer and more effective techniques of traffic control as well as additional accidents. TIM

In addition to the goal of keeping emergency responders safe, the TIM program will demonstrate ways to keep traffic from backing-up, reducing incident clearance times and secondary crashes, fewer insurance claims, and additional cost savings.

The program is supported by: The International Association of Chiefs of Police; International Association of Fire Chiefs; The National Volunteer Fire Council; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Towing and Recovery Association of America.

The TIM program will be held 1-p.m. August 2oth, at the Adair Community Center, in Adair. Reservations are requested by August 12th. Call or text Adair Fire Chief Jordan Smith at 641-745-5254, or e-mail smithjorden@hotmail.com.

Harlan Police Report (issued 7/12)

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan, today (Tuesday), issued a report on numerous, recent arrests. This past Sunday, 30-year old Jason Fuhs, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to a disturbance in the 1000 block of 7th Street.  Fuhs was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public, assault causing bodily injury and disorderly conduct.

Last Thursday, 26-year old April Stinn, of Harlan, was arrested when a search warrant was served at a residence in the 600 block of Durant Street.  Stinn was taken to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts penalties.

Harlan Police arrested six people on the 4th of July.31-year old Daniel Pedersen, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to a disturbance in the 900 block of Dye Street.  Pedersen was arrested on an active Polk County warrant and taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Three Harlan resdients were arrested following a traffic stop, July 4th.  All three were transported to the Shelby County Jail.  18-year old Nicholas Haner was charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and prohibited acts penalties.  Haner was also cited for failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to prove security against liability, operation without registration, and improper tail lights.  19-year old Cassie Swensen was charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and permitting an unauthorized person to drive.  And, 26-year old April Stinn was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested July 4th, was 58-year old Walter Gaul, of Harlan, who was taken into custody following a traffic stop.  Gaul was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.  Gaul was also cited for failure to obey stop or yield.

And, on July 2nd, 50-year old George Hadfield, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop.  Hadfield was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited acts penalties.  Hadfield was also cited for failure to prove security against liability and cracked windshield obstructing view.

Semi rollover accident in Cass County, Tue. morning

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews from Anita and Wiota, along with Medivac Ambulance, were called to the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover accident, in Cass County this (Tuesday) morning. According to dispatch reports at 9:46-a.m., the semi blew a tire on Interstate 80 westbound near the 72 mile marker and struck a bridge before it entered the north ditch and rolled onto its side. The driver, Pedro Diaz Alvarez, from Florida, suffered a minor hand injury but refused transport to the hospital.

Photo courtesy Cass County Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator Mike Kennon.

Photo courtesy Cass County Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator Mike Kennon.

 

Des Moines man arrested on Union County warrants

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say a man from Polk County was arrested Monday afternoon on two Union County warrants for Failure to Appear in court, on Child Support matters. 52-year old Christopher Lee Thurmond, of Des Moines, was being held in the Union County Jail on $1,500 bond.

And, a Lorimor woman reported to the Sheriff’s Office, Monday, that sometime over the weekend, someone got into her house and took her TV valued at $600, and $690 in cash. The incident remains under investigation.

(9-a.m. News)

Cass County Board of Supervisor’s agenda for 7/13/16

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their regular weekly meeting 8:30-a.m. Wednesday, at the courthouse in Atlantic.

On their agenda is action on an order approving Audubon County’s plan of reimbursement to Cass County for Administrative Assistant Services rendered to the Audubon County Attorney’s Office, and action on a Resolution calling for Cass County Engineer Charles Bechtold to execute the certification on completed work and final acceptance, with regard to Farm-to-Market roads.

The Board will also act to set ordinance hearing dates on an ordinance to establish a policy for the construction and reconstruction of roadways and bridges on the Cass County Secondary Road System.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/12/2016

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Jury selection set for man accused in northwest Iowa slaying

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for a 30-year-old man accused of killing another man in the northwest Iowa community of Sloan. The Sioux City Journal reports Timothy Schroeder has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, going armed with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Schroeder shot to death 29-year-old Dustin Wilder at Wilder’s home on Jan. 9, 2015.

Atlantic P&Z Commission to consider vacating of alleys

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet this (Tuesday) evening in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On the agenda for their 5:30-p.m. session, is the consideration of two alleys to be vacated. In the New Business portion of their agenda, the Commission will discuss the proposed vacating of an alley located between Birch and Locust, and 13th and 14th Streets.

The alley was the subject of a dispute between two property owners. During a civil lawsuit that City was involved in, Judge James Richardson failed to overturn the City’s opinion that the alley was a property alley, and therefore would have no reason to maintain the strip of land. City Administrator John Lund says since the Judge did not specify WHO owns the land, the City is back to square one, with no idea who owns it. In the absence of such a determination, he says, it is assumed the City has some jurisdiction. If the Commission does not object, the City, according to Lund, feels it would be reasonable to abandon any claim or title to the affected strip of land.

Old Business will include discussion pertaining to the vacating of an alley west of 1315 Birch. At their last meeting on June 14th, the matter was tabled because the Commission had questions for City Administrator John Lund, who was not able to attend the meeting, and out of concerns for neighbors.

In the City’s analysis, it was noted officials inspected the property and proposes that only the southern part of the alley, south of the creek, be vacated. Lund recommends the Commission pass a motion to abandon part of the alley, or the entire alley, depending on a response from abutting property owners.

4 arrests in Creston, Monday

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July 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested four people on separate charges, Monday evening. 22-year old Patrick Iiams, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) on a Union County Warrant for Violation of Probation on original charges of Public Intoxication 3rd or Subsequent, 5 counts of Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations – Bodily Injury, and for Violation of Probation. Iiams was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

23-year old Brittony Miller, of Creston, was arrested at her home Monday, on a Union County Warrant for Violation of Probation on an original, Possession of a Controlled Substance, charge. Miller was being held in the Ringgold County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

30-year old Juan Gonzalez, of Creston, was arrested Monday on a charge of Driving While Barred. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $2000 bond. And, 19-year old Keegan Williams, of Creston, was arrested Monday evening on two Union County Warrants for Failure to Appear on original charges of  Theft 4th degree and Violation of Probation. Williams was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.