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Shenandoah man arrested on assault charge

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a man was arrested Thursday evening on an assault charge. 25-year old Jesse Don Powell, of Shenandoah, was arrested after he turned himself-in just before 7-p.m. Thursday, on a Page County Warrant for Serious Assault causing bodily injury.

Jesse Don Powell

Jesse Don Powell

Powell was booked into the Page County Jail and immediately posted the $1000.00 surety bond through a bonding agency.  He was released pending further court proceedings.

Hasty meeting called for Atlantic Personnel & Finance Committee

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic City Administrator John Lund today, reports the City’s Personnel & Finance Committee will be meet in a hastily-called session in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, to discuss a counter proposal from Noddle Development. The Omaha commercial property development firm owns buildings in the Atlantic Shopping Plaza, where Hy Vee, the Salvation Army and Pizza Ranch are located.

The company says it has had storm water drainage and sanitary sewer issues, and proposes the City contribute towards the repairs. The PF&C meeting takes place at 1-p.m.

Oakland man arrested for OWI Thu. evening

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports an Oakland man was arrested on an OWI charge at around 10:45-p.m. Thursday, after he was pulled over in Council Bluffs, on Highway 6 near McPherson Avenue. The deputy initially stopped 63-year old Charles Gordon Reed for having defective tires, but he was subsequently placed under arrest  OWI/1st offense, after he field tested well above the legal limit for intoxication (at .156). A subsequent test indicated a slightly less reading. Officials requested a blood test for intoxication be conducted on Reed, but the results of the test were not available at the time of the report. Reed was booked into the Pott. County Jail on the OWI charge, and cited for having defective tires.

Powerball weekend jackpot climbs to $478 million

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Powerball players will have a shot at the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot this weekend, but they’ll face long odds that have resulted in nearly three months without a winner. Anyone who matches all five balls and red Powerball on Saturday night could win a $478 million annuity paid over 29 years or opt for a $330.6 million cash prize. No one has matched all the numbers since the May 7 drawing.

This jackpot is less than a third of the record $1.6 billion Powerball won in January, but is the fifth-largest in the game’s history.

Cass County Supervisors approve resolution to enforce posted weight limits on bridges

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution for the enforcement of posted weight limits on county bridges. Cass County Engineer Charles Bechtold, today (Friday), said the move will make the resolution an annual occurrence. Bechtold said the signs have always been posted, but there was never a resolution adopted. He said enforcement however, has been an issue. He cited an incident in Audubon County where an overloaded grain cart caused a bridge collapse in the fall of 2008. The accident prompted a legal issue where the weight limit was posted, but no resolution was passed that would have enforced the limit through stiff penalties.)

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors passed a resolution to enter into a 28-E agreement with 58 other counties in Iowa, known as the Iowa Precinct Atlas Consortium. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman explained the computer software program and hardware will help with voter identity confirmation through the use of a scanner for ID’s or voter registration cards. The County will pay a fee of $1,500 per year to remain in the consortium, which was started in 2008.

Sunderman said there are only two such systems in existence. The State uses a separate system, but it never really caught on like the Atlas system has. The Supervisors today (Friday), also heard reports from County Conservation Director Micah Lee, who said they’ve been cleaning up a lot of storm damage at parks in the county, as far as downed tree limbs are concerned. They’re also continuing with general maintenance and repairs.

And, Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes provided the Board with a Quarterly and Annual Report. In his annual report, Holmes said his office assisted 606 veterans and their families, with a total of 4,586 contacts having been made. A total of 429 federal VA documents were processed during that time, as well.

Holmes said recent statistics shows Cass County veterans and their families received a little more than $7.825-million dollars in federal VA Benefits during FY 2016, which is an increase of just under $100,000 from last year. That includes $3.55-million for compensation and pensions, $3.7-million for medical expenditures, and $413,000 for education and vocational rehab.

Holmes said if federal VA assistance was not available, many of the County’s veterans and their families would have to seek assistance from state and County sources, such as the general assistance fund, which would reduce the amount of assistance available to non-veteran residents.

Iowa woman pleads guilty in Super Bowl ticket scam

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to duping dozens of people into buying nonexistent tickets to the Super Bowl and other big events. Federal court records say Ranae Van Roekel, of Boyden, entered her pleas Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Her charges: mail and income tax fraud.

Prosecutors say Van Roekel was a self-employed ticket broker who ran the business Get ’em Now Tickets from January 2008 to June 2012. Victims say she falsely claimed to have personal relationships and ties to events that gave her an inside track for deeply discounted tickets, hotel rooms and VIP passes.

Her sentencing date hasn’t been set. Prosecutors say she faces up to 20 years on the mail fraud conviction and up to eight years on the tax conviction.

Housing rehab grants available for Elk Horn residents

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), report SWIPCO is seeking two more applicants for a housing rehabilitation program in the City of Elk Horn. Up to $24,999 in home repairs per home, with additional money for lead abatement, is available for the five year forgivable loan.

Applicants must live in the target area, be income qualified, be the homeowner of record, and live in the residence. SWIPCO staff is available to help all homeowners through the application, income qualification, and rehabilitation process.SWIPCO

Community Development Director Amber Carcel says “This program allows us (SWIPCO) to do so much for homeowners. With the large amount of funds available per home we can help repair a leaking roof, replace windows, put on new siding, or whatever the most pressing need is for that particular home.”

The funds are made possible by a Community Development Block Grant the City of Elk Horn received from the Iowa Economic Development Authority in 2015. Elk Horn was awarded $304,000 for the repair of eight homes. Six homes have been approved and are in the rehabilitation process.

Interested applicants should contact SWIPCO at 712-243-4196 for more information.

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Western Iowa woman accused of injuring little boy

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Avoca woman has been accused of injuring a little boy. The Daily Nonpareil reports 23-year-old Tanisha Pallaya has been charged with felony child endangerment causing injury. Her attorney, Bill McGinn, said Friday that Pallaya would be pleading not guilty.

A court record says the child, who was born in 2012, was taken to an Omaha hospital in May. Doctors say the child’s bruises and abrasions on his back, abdomen, head, arms and elsewhere on his body appeared to have been caused by blunt force and didn’t appear To have been the results of an accident or accidents. Pallaya’s next court date is set for Aug. 5th.

Dayton Rodeo founder died in fire, authorities say

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July 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one of the founders of the Dayton Rodeo has died during a fire at his Dayton home. The Webster County medical examiner pronounced 98-year-old Allen Porter dead at the scene Thursday. Dr. Dan Cole told The Messenger that Porter’s body was found in a hallway. An autopsy has been ordered.  Fire officials say Porter’s caretaker escaped through a window. The fire cause is being investigated.

A Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club account of the rodeo’s history says Porter helped started the event in 1937 with Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson. They began with rope trucks in the city park. Porter will be honored during an empty saddle ceremony at the rodeo. It’s scheduled for Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m.