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County attorney says trooper won’t face charges

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Pottawattamie County attorney says a state trooper won’t face criminal charges in connection with the shooting of a man last December. The Omaha World-Herald reports county attorney Matt Wilber announced Friday that trooper Tim Sieleman wouldn’t be charged in connection with the Dec. 1 shooting.

Sieleman shot 28-year-old Michael Lee, of Carter Lake, after an incident that began when the trooper stopped the man for not having license plates on a truck later determined to have been stolen.

After a chase, Sieleman rammed the pickup truck Lee was driving. Later, Sieleman was on foot when he shot at Lee as his pickup was coming toward the trooper. Lee suffered an arm wound. Lee has pleaded not guilty to interference with official acts and assaulting a police officer.

Iowa DNR: Men illegally harvested channel catfish

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — Five men have been charged with illegally harvesting channel catfish in southwest Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources says the men were seen on Jan. 19 loading catch onto a truck. Officials say it’s illegal to keep game fish from the Missouri River on a commercial fishing license.

They are each charged with 18 counts of illegal method of take. They each face thousands of dollars in fines. The men are 18-year-old Larkin Achenbach, of Pacific Junction; 57-year-old Lester Achenbach, of Thurman; 54-year-old Leland Achenbach, of Thurman; 50-year-old Frankie “Lyle” Achenbach, of Riverton; and 79-year-old James Achenbach, of Thurman.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission assisted in the investigation. A court date has been scheduled on Feb. 18.

Lenox School restricts student activity due to a “Situation”

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox report the Lenox Community Schools were asked not to let students outside for about an hour this (Friday) afternoon. In a press release, authorities said “For a short time today around noon, the police department was dealing with a situation about 2 blocks north of the school. We were looking for an individual as part of our investigation. We did not believe this person presented any threat to the school at any time. However in order to ensure the highest degree of safety for our students, we asked the school to not allow the students outside the building for approximately one hour while we conducted our search.”

Officials say when authorities determined no threat existed, the school was immediately notified and resumed normal function. Police did not describe the precautions as a “lockdown” of the school.

Court: DOT owes subcontractors for rest stop work

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says the Iowa Department of Transportation is responsible for paying three subcontractors after they completed work on state projects in 2011 but were never paid by the general contractor hired by the state.  The case centers on improvements made to Interstate 80 rest stops in Adair County. The DOT hired Universal Concrete Ltd. as the general contractor which in turn hired three subcontractors to provide equipment and concrete.

The three subcontractors, owed in excess of $32,000, sued the DOT but lost in district court and appealed. The appeal presents the first opportunity for the high court to decide whether a 1988 law requires the DOT to pay subcontractors shortchanged by a general contractor.

The court determined DOT should pay the subcontractors and any reasonable attorney fees.

Cass Supervisors approve SWIPCO agreement & table Regs pertaining to Radon control

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday) approved a contract with SWIPCO (the Southwest Iowa Planning Council), to provide and perform necessary services to carry out formal adoption of the local Hazard Mitigation Plan for rural Cass County and the eight cities located within the County. Action on the matter was postponed last week because there were some changes and conditions to the contract that needed to be made. The total cost of the project is $53,000, with the County’s in-kind share amounting to $7,950.

The Supervisors however tabled approval of the regulations for “Radon Control Methods,” which were passed and adopted earlier this week by the Cass County Board of Health. The Supervisors wanted more time to review the regulations and are expected to act on approving them during their meeting on Feb. 6th.

Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, who is the Board’s representative on the County Board of Health, said there really isn’t a radon problem in Cass County, but there is in other parts of the State. Testing for radon is required prior to the sale of homes. Supervisor Duane McFadden had the test done when he sold his home. He said it cost about $1,700-to $1,800, which was covered the installation of equipment and the test itself.

The equipment remains in the house, usually in the basement, and serves as a precautionary means to evacuate the colorless, odorless radioactive gas from the home through a ventilation system. It’s meant as a precaution even if no radon is detected. Supervisor Chuck Rieken said smaller test kits are also available at most hardware stores. After a few days of monitoring, the kit is sent to a company that evaluates the results.

Schelling said if the initial test show there is no problem with radon, installation of the more expensive equipment to remove it, is not necessary. Rieken said the need for radon testing arises because it is a carcinogen that can cause cancer.

The average national indoor radon level is 1.3 picocuries (peek-oh-cure’ees) per liter of air (pCi/L). Information from http://ia-radon.info/ lists the level of radon typically found for each county in Iowa. In Cass County, the average indoor radon levels as determined by radon test results from Air Chek, Inc, is 8.5 pCi/L.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of the homes tested in Cass County showed levels above 4 pCi/l, 17-percent were between two and 3.9 pCi/L, while two-percent were under 2 pCi/L. The US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L. At or above that level of radon, the EPA recommends you take corrective measures to reduce your exposure to radon gas.

Atlantic man arrested on an assault charge Thursday

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January 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Thursday night of 25-year-old Andrew Nickum, of Atlantic. Nickum was taken into custody on a Cass County Warrant for Serious Assault stemming from an altercation that occurred early Saturday morning at 305 East 6th Street. He was booked into the  Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Reminder of Emergency Snow Ordinance in Clarinda

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda later this weekend the Clarinda Police Department is reminding citizens of the community about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance says: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more.”

“Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”

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Debate over letting 12 & 13 year olds handle pistols & revolvers

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A bill that would let 12- and 13-year-olds handle pistols and revolvers as well as the ammunition — if they’re being supervised by an adult — has cleared its first hurdle in the Iowa House. Representative Dan Muhlbauer, a Democrat from Manilla, says it’s a bill that promotes education and training. “Showing these people — these young kids, the proper way to handle a gun (and) the concerns that go along with it,” Muhlbauer says. Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Columbia, says he nearly put his own eye out with a pellet gun when he was a youngster because he didn’t have proper training.

“I am a gun owner. I have lots of children that have experience with handling fire arms. We teach them fire arm safety,” Heartsill says. “I would argue that my kids are more prepared when encountering a gun situation than I was a child and didn’t have that kind of training.” Critics of the plan voiced their objections during a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Eight-year-old Luther Johnson of Des Moines told legislators he started a group called “Kids Against Violence” after his older brother was shot with a pellet gun last summer. “I don’t like seeing people getting hurt,” Johnson said. “…I’m scared at 12 years old they might hurt someone really bad.” Kathleen Adams, a psychiatric nurse at a Des Moines hospital, says kids with raging hormones and brains that are still developing don’t always make good decisions. “If we teach you about guns and we say it’s o.k. for you to have a gun and you’re 12, then your respect for that gun, I’m afraid, goes down or you’re tempted to show off to your friends,” Adams says. “…I cannot imagine how we would think that 12 year olds ought to have access to (a) gun.”

Rick Miller, a former art teacher in Newton, told lawmakers 12- and 13-year-olds aren’t “mentally ready” to handle and fire a pistol or revolver. “And so I’m here to say, ‘This is too young,’” Miller said. “This is blurring the line between childhood and adulthood.” Rita Carter, a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church, says in today’s world, this proposal doesn’t make sense. “I can’t see a reason for more access to guns for children in Iowa,” Carter said. Others spoke of incidents in which children maimed or killed others with a handgun. Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, responded. “You can’t legislate stupidity,” Baudler says. “When I hear some of these stories, that’s what it is — stupidity in raising kids. Sorry to have to say that, but that’s the truth.”

Under current state law, Iowans between the ages of 14 and 21 can handle pistols and revolvers if they’re under the direct supervision of an adult. The bill that would lower the legal pistol-handling age to 12 has cleared a House subcommittee. State laws for “long guns” used for hunting are different, as 11 year olds can take hunter training courses and, when they turn 12, they can start hunting with an adult.

(Radio Iowa)