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Iowa man gets 50 years for sexually abusing girls

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sac City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing four girls. Court documents show 35-year-old Christopher Carnine received the sentence Monday in Sac County District Court on two charges of second-degree sexual abuse and two charges of third-degree sexual abuse.

The Sioux City Journal reports Carnine was ordered to serve two 25-year sentences consecutively, while two 10-year sentences will be served at the same time. Carnine was accused of performing sex acts with young girls beginning in 2009. Two of the girls were under 12 at the time. He was also accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl this year.

Carnine must serve 35 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. He must also register as a sex offende

Iowa inmate escapes again from work release

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say an Iowa man who escaped from a work release facility in the past has escaped again. The state Department of Corrections says Cletus Armell was placed on escape status Monday after he failed to return to the Sioux City work release facility from an appointment.

Records show Armell escaped from a residential work release center in Sioux City in 2012. He was captured a short time later and charged with an additional offense. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says Armell was returned to prison after his 2012 escape. He was transferred to work release in November. He is serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery.

Council Bluffs OKs ban on feeding wild turkeys

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs has given the green light to a measure that bans residents from purposely feeding wild turkeys. The City Council unanimously approved a second reading Monday on an ordinance that bans turkey feeding. The council waived a third and final reading, which means it will be in effect soon.

The Daily Nonpareil reports a first offense could result in a warning letter, and subsequent offenses could lead to the fine. Growing a garden or flowers that attract the birds would not fall under the category of purposely feeding them.

Councilman Nate Watson says feeding wild turkeys causes a nuisance.

Lenox Police warn of Fire Dept. fundraising scam

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox are warning area residents about a fundraising scam. Authorities say they have been notified a local resident recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be raising funds for the Lenox Fire Department. Officials stress “The Lenox Fire Department IS NOT soliciting donations via the telephone.”Scam alert

The Police Department say if you receive or have received a call like that, you should  contact Lenox Police. If you have caller ID, and the number appears, write that information down so authorities can get to the bottom of this scam.

The Lenox P-D wants to make clear that the local Fire Department IS currently conducting a door to door fund raising campaign. It involves current members of the fire department ONLY. If you have any doubts as to the validity of someone claiming to be from the fire department, please ask for identification or contact the Lenox City Hall.

Above all, remember, NEVER give out credit card or bank account information over the phone to someone who has called you, claiming to need that information for any purpose.

Blood drive today in Elk Horn

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients.

During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Today (Tuesday), the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in Elk Horn.

The drive takes place from 11:30am-5:30pm at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church. If you are able, make sure you donate blood today because you never know whose life you may save tomorrow. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Shelby County Supervisor’s news

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Supervisors approved a new telephone system for the Shelby County Courthouse. In a meeting this (Tuesday) morning, Shelby County Assessor Tony Buman explained that a committee made up of himself, Treasurer Carolyn Blum and Recorder Linda Fahn, worked on going out for bids for the new telephone system. He called the current courthouse telephone system is outdated and most of the parts can not be ordered if something goes wrong. The committee received bids from Farmer’s Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company (FMCTC), Mytel and Off Kilter Media.

Buman said “We looked at all three of them. We looked at some of the systems provided by them. We looked at the costing and so on. And our recommendation is unanimous to go with Farmer’s Mutual. Not only are they are current provider, they offer a product that does not upgrading to a network system which would be a little bit more complex in running. It was also the least pricing of all three proposals as well.”

Buman added, the bids were not exactly alike which is why there was a discrepancy in the amount per company. The bid from FMCTC was for $15,080.37. The Supervisors approved the bid with a vote of 2-0 with board member Roger Schmitz having to abstain due to being a member of the FMCTC board. One talking point was an emergency button service in every room of the courthouse which would tie into the new phone system.

The Supervisors agreed they needed more information on what would need to be installed at the courthouse before making a decision on the matter. In other business, the Shelby County Board of Supervisors approved a disaster declaration for the county presented by Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Social Security Death Index Information Provided to County Auditors

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office has provided county auditors information from the Social Security Death Index regarding possible deceased voters. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said “It’s important that our voter lists are accurate and this routine check of information in the Social Security Death Index will help county auditors determine which voters are deceased and should no longer be on the voting rolls.”

Prior to removing any names from the voting rolls, county auditors will analyze the information to determine whether the deceased individuals are matches to voters currently registered to vote. A total of 1234 individuals were initially matched as currently being on Iowa’s voting lists and listed in the Social Security Death Index. County auditors also previously reviewed Social Security Death Index information to improve the voter lists in 2012.

In the immediate KJAN listening area, the Secretary of State’s Office has sent the following records to County Auditors: 6 each in Adair and Montgomery Counties; 1 in Adams County; 2 each in Audubon  and Cass Counties; 8 in Guthrie County; 13 in Pottawattamie County, and 16 in Shelby County.

Chamber Board moves to appoint selection committee to find new Director

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has agreed to appoint a selection committee tasked with re-opening the interview process for the Executive Director’s position. Earlier this month, Rhonda Larsen resigned from the post after serving for less than two months. In a press release today (Tuesday), Past Chamber President Chip Hansen said “Due to the nature of the personnel issues, the Board cannot comment on the specifics of the resignation of Rhonda Larsen. We wish her the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her time.”
Hansen said “The Board hopes to have the position filled in the coming weeks. The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce intends to update the public as we move forward. We wish to thank our membership and the public for continued support.”

Adair County Board to act on Master Matrix scoring

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors are set to act on the Master Matrix Scoring for the proposed expansion of hog confinement operations near Orient. The Geidel family wants to double each of their three farming operations from 2,500 head to 5,000. After a review of the correspondence, the Board will make their recommendation to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  In May, the Adair County Supervisors voted 4-1 against the family’s plan to expand their hog operations. Wednesday’s action is set to take place at 9:45-a.m.

In other business, the Adair County Board of Supervisors will act on: a Fiscal Year 2015 Emergency Preparedness Grant Contract; Case Management Services Amended and Restated 28-E agreement; A Speer Financial Supplemental Financial Services Agreement; and the awarding of a contract for  Reinforced Concrete Box (RCB) Culvert projects.

The meeting begins at 9-a.m.

Cass Supervisors to act on 28-E agreement w/Montgomery County

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, will act on approving a Resolution to enter into an agreement (28-E or intergovernmental) with Montgomery County. The agreement is with regard to the joint responsibilities for a bridge replacement project on the county line road on South Line of section 32, Noble Township.

The Board will also hear regularly scheduled reports. Their meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.