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Atlantic Police report: 7 arrests

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(12-p.m. News) — The Atlantic Police Dept. reports seven arrests took place from Feb. 9th through the 19th. Taken into custody today (Wednesday), was 27-year old Daniel Jones, of Atlantic, on charges that include Interference with Official Acts, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment in the 3rd Degree. Yesterday (Tuesday), 18-year old Cheyenne Toepfer, of Audubon, was arrested in Atlantic on a Cass County warrant for Driving While Suspended.

On Sunday, 22-year old Kaylee Roach, of Atlantic, and 26-year old Robert Joens, of Exira, were arrested in Atlantic for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Joens was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

On Feb. 11th, 43-year old Joseph Grimes, of Wiota, was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence. And, on Feb. 9th, 20-year old Tyler Petty, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI, and, 33-year old Michael Medina, of Atlantic, was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order. All subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Mills County Sheriff’s report (2/19)

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests took place over the past week and a half. Today (Wednesday), at around 3:20-a.m.,  37-year old Michael Thomas Lenz, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at Bunge Avenue & I-29, of OWI/1st offense. On Tuesday, 29-year old Amanda Elizabeth Fisher, of Omaha, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a Mills County warrant for Probation Violation, and, 26-year old Dana Maraleee Hornung, of Hubbard, IA, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension, and Operating a Non-Registered vehicle.

On Monday, 38-year old Donovan Edward Hankins, of Tabor, was arrested in Fremont County, on a Mills County warrant for Sex Offender-Verification Violation. His bond was set at $10,000. Last Saturday, 43-year old James Daniel Tupy, of Hastings, was arrested in Mills County for Driving While Barred. On Friday, 35-year old Megan Renee Daughtery, of Brighton, CO., was arrested for being a Fugitive from Justice. She was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

Last Thursday, Mills County Deputies arrested 33-year old Bret Wade Shepperd, of Emerson, on a warrant for Failure to Appear. He was being held without bond. And, 19-year old Austin Joseph Marsh, of Omaha, was arrested at the Mills County Jail, on a warrant for Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, and Theft in the 5th Degree. On Feb. 11th, 50-year old John Paul Hauger, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Pott. County warrant for Contempt of Court. On Feb. 10th, 31-year old Joshua Jon Lebaugh, of Omaha, was arrested on a warrant for Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Theft in the 2nd- and Burglary in the 3rd-Degrees. He was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond.

And, on Feb. 9th, 22-year old Johannes Jean Louise Sales, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st Offense. 44-year old Reagan Dee Roeder, of Red Oak, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, and Open Container.

Local churches in Atlantic to observe Lenten season together

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Five Atlantic churches will be observing the Lenten season together through a rotating dinner and worship service. Pastor Ray McCalla with the 1st Baptist Church in Atlantic, says each congregation will host a meal for everyone, followed by a worship service that reflects their own tradition. Everyone is welcome to join in. The meals start at 6:00 p.m., and the services start at 7:00 p.m.

Here is the schedule:

  • March 4 at First United Presbyterian Church, 616 Chestnut St., Sharon Worthington presenting.
  • March 11 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1011 E. 13th St., Dean McPherson presenting.
  • March 18 at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 106 W. 6th St., Ray McCalla presenting.
  • March 25 First United Methodist Church, 800 Poplar St., Father Trevor Chicoine presenting.
  • April 1 First Baptist Church, 710 Walnut St., Rachelle McCalla presenting

CCHS Scholarships Available for Students Studying Healthcare

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC – Officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) say several scholarships are available to area students through CCHS and its affiliate organizations.  Cass County Health System offers a $1,000 scholarship to southwest Iowa students pursuing a four-year degree in a health-related career. The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2020.

Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provides grant-in-aid scholarships for students pursuing a health-related career. Deadline is April 1, 2020. The Cass County Health System Foundation is offering $10,000 in scholarships to students who are enrolled and have been accepted into a nursing or medical doctor educational program. The scholarships were established by a bequest from Louie and Elsie Hansen. Again, the deadline is April 1st.

Applications are available on the Cass County Health System website, www.casshealth.org, and can be turned in to the Public Relations Office by the respective deadlines listed above. For more information, contact Ann McCurdy, Public Relations Coordinator, 712-243-7405.

Mobile home park bill tabled over rent control concerns

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A key legislator has tabled a bill drafted in response to significant rent increases in mobile home parks in Iowa that were recently purchased by a Utah-based company. Republican Representative Steven Holt of Denison is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “It initiates some price controls and some things that we, as free market folks, are not comfortable with,” Holt says. “…The bill before us is simply too expansive in nature.”

Holt says lawmakers will look for other ways to help residents of these mobile home parks facing stiff rent hikes and may attach those proposals to other bills that are eligible for House debate. “These mobile home parks provide a really important level of affordable housing and we have to be careful that decisions we make don’t render those things economically not feasible anymore,” Holt says.

Holt says the chief concern is if legislators impose rent controls on mobile homes, apartment dwellers will seek the same kind of protection. “There’s a lot of philosophical issues here that we have to work through here,” Holt says. “We want to provide some relief and we want to be able to protect folks from bad actors. I started out my career in the Marine Corps. I lived in a mobile home park because that’s what I could afford as a private in the Marine Corps. I understand the difficulty of moving a mobile home if rent goes up on a lot that so, so much.”

The bill that’s been tabled mostly would have limited the rent increases in mobile home parks to the rate of inflation, with some exceptions. Critics said that would prevent mobile home park owners from adequately maintaining the property. A group of mobile home residents will be at the statehouse later this (Wednesday) morning to ask legislators for help.

Man gets 15 months for false tax return, failures to file

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport business owner has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for tax crimes. Federal court records say Jonathan Folker also was ordered at his sentencing Thursday in Davenport to pay restitution of nearly $257,000. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion and one of filing a false tax return. A plea agreement says Folker didn’t file individual returns for 2001 through 2011 or 2013 through 2017. It says that when he filed a return for 2012, he reported less income than he earned. The agreement also says Folker didn’t file some returns for his company, Nerdwerx.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/19/20

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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Authorities ID employee who was killed in barn collapse

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

REMBRANDT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an employee killed when equipment collapsed inside a barn in northwest Iowa. Buena Vista County authorities say a structural failure early Friday morning at the Rembrandt Foods facility just east of Rembrandt caused a catastrophic collapse of equipment inside the building. The victim had been working inside. He’s been identified as Humberto Jesus Lopez, who lived in Worthington, Minnesota. A search for him was suspended Friday evening because of safety concerns for rescue workers. Authorities say the search resumed Saturday, and his body was recovered around 2 p.m.

Atlantic woman arrested for OWI Sunday

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 39-year old Meghan Lynn Paulsen, of Atlantic, was arrested Sunday. Paulsen was taken into custody for OWI/1st Offense, and released later that same day on her own recognizance. And, on February 12th, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 26-year old Joel Shawn Thomas White, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. White was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

Atlantic & other area airports receive USDOT grants

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February 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today (Wednesday) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $15.74 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to 25 airports in Iowa. This investment in Iowa’s airports is part of a $520.5 million national investment in America’s airports that was announced today by Secretary Chao. Included among the area airports that were awarded grant funds, was:

  • $909,000 to Atlantic Municipal Airport for runway rehabilitation.
  • $278,000 to Arthur N. Neu Airport in Carroll for runway, taxiway and apron pavement sealing.
  • $225,000 to Schenck Field in Clarinda to acquire snow removal equipment.
  • $600,000 to Denison Municipal Airport for runway construction.
  • $383,976 to Harlan Municipal Airport for apron reconstruction and apron pavement sealing.
  • $369,000 to James G. Whiting Memorial Field in Mapleton for runway lighting reconstruction and to install visual guidance systems.
  • $108,000 to Red Oak Municipal Airport for taxiway and apron pavement sealing.
  • $900,000 to Sioux Gateway Field in Sioux City for taxiway reconstruction.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. says “This $520.5 million in federal support to airports across the country will help to keep our nation’s airports in good shape and make air travel a better experience for passengers.”