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Century-old company in Creston to close. 95 workers will lose their jobs

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A manufacturer of air flow management systems for numerous mechanical operations — including diesel engines, turbo chargers, pumps and gear boxes — has announced the closing of its 103 year old plant in Union County, and the loss of 95 jobs. KCCI-TV reports GITS Manufacturing in Creston confirms its plans to close its plant in Creston. The company told its employees it intends to shut down production to other Actuant factories. They have plants in Urbandale and China.

GITS started in Creston in 1910.The company said a total of 95 employees are affected with 15 being moved to the Urbandale facility and the other 90 will have their jobs phased out. Job cuts will start in November and run through June of 2014.  The plant is expected to officially close on June 30, 2014.

Omaha man arrested in connection w/suspicious mail sent to Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Office

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker reports the arrest last week of a Nebraska man on charges associated with the delivery of suspicious mail to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office in Council Bluffs. An arrest warrant for five counts of Harassment was issued on September 11th, for the arrest of Frank Donald Hytrek, of Omaha. Hytrek was subsequently arrested and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail. On September 6th, Hytrek admitted during an interview with investigators, to sending the packages to the Sheriff’s Office and to other various locations in the Metro Area. Harassment 3rd is a Simple Misdemeanor in the State of Iowa.

Originally Investigators were looking into charging Hytrek with Terrorism; however the facts of the crime did not meet the definition of Terrorism under Iowa Law. The suspicious envelopes were received on May 30th, June 3rd, June 4th, June 19th, and July 10th. The suspicious nature of the envelopes varies from containing unknown powders to unknown liquids. Initial forensic testing indicated that the substances were non-toxic. Further testing has isolated that the substances range from Flour to Muriatic Acid.

The incidents were investigated by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

 

Iowa Gov. wants to meet with feds on health plan

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking to meet with federal officials in Washington to urge them to approve Iowa’s proposal to expand low-income health care. Branstad aide Michael Bousselot says Wednesday that meeting details are being finalized for next week when Branstad will be in Washington.

State lawmakers in May approved legislation that accepts federal funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and to pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get private insurance on the new health care exchanges. Branstad submitted the plan to federal authorities for approval last month.

The new health care marketplaces are opening for enrollment on Oct. 1. Bousselot said state officials are still negotiating some plan details, but expect approval by then.

Numerous drug arrests in Red Oak Wednesday

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report several people were arrested on numerous drug charges today (Wednesday), following the execution of three search warrants. 42-year old Jason Cornelison, of Red Oak, was charged with four counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Meth, and the manufacturing of marijuana, following a search of his home at 1401 1/2 Eastern Avenue, in Red Oak. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. 43-year old Bradley Adolphson of Emerson, was charged with Possession of Meth. His bond was set at $5,000.

The execution of a second search warrant at 205 East Corning Street in Red Oak, resulted in the arrest of 26-year old Megan D. Reynolds, of Red Oak, who faces two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $50,000.

A third warrant executed at 2404 N. 8th Street, Lot 64 in Red Oak, resulted in the arrest of 46-year old Tammy Glisan, of Red Oak, on two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession, with the Intent to Deliver/Meth. Her bond was set at $100,000.  Also arrested was 45-year old Richard Meinders, of Red Oak. He was charged with two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

In a separate incident, 46-year old Rodney Richardson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a valid Montgomery County warrant charging him with Theft in the 5th Degree. Richardson posted a $300 cash bond, and was released.

No injuries reported after car hits school bus in Villisca

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a collision between a car and a small school bus this (Wednesday) morning, in Villisca. Officials say the accident occurred at around 7:35-a.m. at the intersection of 4th Avenue and High Street in Villisca. A 2001 Honda Civic driven by 16-year old Dean Allen Smith, of Villisca, was stopped at the intersection, waiting to turn west onto High Street. Smith told authorities he didn’t see an approaching Villisca Community School District bus because of condensation which had formed on his driver’s side window.

Smith pulled out into the intersection and struck a 2001 International School Bus driven by 57-year old Jeffrey Allen Beckett, of Villisca. The bus was also occupied by two students. Villisca Fire and Rescue responded and checked the occupants for injuries, but there were none reported.

Damage from the accident amounted to $5,500. Officials say Smith was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Harlan City Council news

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan City Council is set to dispose of a property within the city limits. In a meeting held Tuesday, the council passed a resolution setting October 1st at 5:15-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the disposal of the property. The Council previously determined that as city owned property, 808 Main Street, was not needed for public use by the city of Harlan, and to enhance city wide economic development.

The council also passed a resolution approving a contract with Leinen Construction for the Harlan Police Department’s new building. City Administrator Terry Cox told the board with their approval, the building project will begin next Monday.

During his report to the Council, Mayor Gettys presented Pat Deren and Mike Hatfield with certificates for their years of service on various boards. Gettys and Councilman Keith Kaufman brought up the openings on the city council. Kaufman is one of the council members not running for re-election.

Kaufman in Ward 1, Kate Kohorst of Ward 3 and Aaron Anliker, at-large seat, will conclude their terms in office at the end of the year. Mayor Gettys said time is running out for anyone wanting to file nomination papers for City office. He said This Thursday at 5pm is the deadline to have nomination papers turned in. I am also planning on running for another 2 year term. There truly is still time. We continue to look for engagement. There is a time commitment. It’s as much as you want to make of it. Yet it is getting involved with the future direction of the policy and growth of our community.”

Nomination papers may be picked up at the Harlan City Hall.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

After deadly DC shootings, Iowa National Guard reviews security at bases statewide

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A full security review is being conducted at all Iowa National Guard facilities statewide following this week’s shootings at the Washington D-C Navy Yard that left 13 people dead. Iowa Guard spokesman Colonel Greg Hapgood says the precautionary move isn’t anything out of the ordinary. “The Iowa National Guard routinely pulls out the security plans, reviews them, exercises them, to make sure they’re still relevant regarding the threat environment that we face,” Hapgood says. “Those threats can certainly evolve with time so we want to make sure our policies work well for whatever that situation might be.”

The colonel says he’s confident in the current security precautions. “We believe that the policies and procedures we have in place now are very sound and don’t foresee any significant changes,” Hapgood says, “but it’s certainly a good point in time for us to pull them out, take a look at them and make sure that they work well.”

There are 54 Iowa National Guard outposts in 41 Iowa cities. The guard headquarters and training base at Camp Dodge near Des Moines underwent extensive security upgrades after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Co. Supervisors to act on Uniformed Service agreements w/Anita & Griswold

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, are expected to act on approving Uniform Patrol Service agreements with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cities of Anita and Griswold. City leaders in both communities approved their respective agreements, last week.

In a related matter, the Cass County Supervisors will act on approving an increase in the number of Deputy Sheriff positions by one (meaning there will be eight instead of seven), with the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to be amended later, to fund the additional position through June 30th, 2014, and to provide a vehicle, with the majority of the expense paid for by receipts from the Cities of Anita and Griswold.

In other business, the Board will receive a report from the City of Lewis’ economic development group, and information at 10-a.m. Thursday from Excel Mechanical Co., Inc., on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The Supervisor’s meeting begins at 9-a.m.

“Hollywood” Bridge in Shelby Co. is closed through Friday

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has announced a bridge will be closed during the day for the rest of the week. The “Hollywood” bridge over the West Nishnabotna River on 1400th Street between Orange Road and County Road M-36 will be closed from 9-am to 5-pm,  today (Wednesday) through Friday, for engineering work.

Residents and emergency personnel in the Irwin and Kirkman areas should be aware of this change.  Signs will be posted during the day and taken down in the evening. Persons affected by the bridge work should plan to take alternate routes. If you have questions regarding the bridge repair, contact the Shelby County Engineer’s Office at 712-755-5954.

Several kennel cough cases confirmed in Des Moines

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September 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Veterinarians in Des Moines have confirmed several cases of kennel cough in dogs in the region. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that vets have seen a recent increase in the cases of the virus, commonly spread at dog kennels, parks, pet boarding businesses and grooming centers. The disease isn’t life-threatening, but causes inflammation of the windpipe and voice box, and the accompanying cough can last several weeks.

Veterinarian Dennis Woodriff says the Bordetella vaccine can reduce the risk of getting the illness, but “with so many strains, even vaccinated dogs can catch the highly contagious cough.”