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Accident in Mills County, Monday

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Monday morning, in Mills County. According to the sheriff’s report, Troy Schneckloth, of Red Oak, was transported by Malvern Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, after the 2004 Chevy he was driving hit a patch of black ice on 370th Street near Ellington Avenue, just after 7-a.m.

The vehicle went off the road to left and into a ditch where it hit a sign and drainage tube. The vehicle continued across a farm drive and came to rest on the opposite side of the drive.

Mills County Sheriff’s report – 6 arrests

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(corrects earlier version to reflect sources as Mills Co. S/O, not Glenwood PD)

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports today (Monday), six recent arrests. 56-year old Debra Ann Fender, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday, on a warrant out of Council Bluffs for Forgery. Her bond was set at $5,000. 61-year old Russell Dean Chatfield, of Monroe City, MO., was arrested Saturday, on a Page County warrant for Assault. His bond was set at $325.

77-year old Ronald Walter Klinker, of Hastings, was arrested Friday, for Driving While Revoked. Bond was set at $2,000. 36-year old Joseph Leeray Bartlett, of Corning, was arrested Saturday, for Driving Under Suspension and Interference with Official Acts. Bond was set at $600. 36-year old Jeremy Lynn Erickson, of Malvern, was arrested Saturday for OWI/1st Offense. His bond was set at $1,000. And, 31-year old Toby Lee McCunn, of Red Oak, was arrested Sunday, on a warrant for Probation Violation. McCunn was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

Snow Emergency in Glenwood in effect at Midnight

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mayor of Glenwood has declared a Snow Emergency, which is in effect from 12-a.m. Tuesday until the snow has ended and roads are plowed. Until that time, no vehicles should be parked, left unattended or abandoned on public streets or in City-owned parking lots, other than in designated overnight parking areas.

Bluffs woman who just graduated college is critically injured in crash w/an alleged drunk driver

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Update 6-a.m. 2/2)

A 21-year-old Council Bluffs woman who was in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck in Omaha, Sunday, has died from her injuries. The driver of the other vehicle is suspected of drunken driving. According to her relatives, Sarah Root died Monday night at Nebraska Medicine. The crash at 2:15 a.m. Sunday near 33rd and L Streets. A family friend said Root graduated from Bellevue University on Saturday with a bachelor of science degree in crime investigation and a 4.0 grade-point average.

Omaha Police told the paper 19-year old Eswin Mejia, of Omaha, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk. Officers determined that Root, an Abraham Lincoln High School alumnus, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada east on L Street when the accident occurred. The Oldsmobile was stopped or slowing down when it was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck driven by Mejia, police said.

Mejia, who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, was treated at Nebraska Medicine for a leg injury before being booked into the Douglas County Jail. According to Douglas County Court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Mejia in May of 2015 for failure to appear for several traffic infractions, including driving without a license.

Red Oak man arrested on a burglary charge

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a burglary Sunday in Red Oak resulted in an arrest this (Monday) afternoon. Red Oak Police say 42-year old Chris Allen Taylor, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 12:15-p.m. for Burglary in the 3rd degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. Taylor was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $5,000 cash bond.

2 arrests in Union County

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests. 31-year old Mitchell Kenneth Venteicher, of Jefferson, was arrested Friday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for probation violation. Venteicher was being held in the Union County Jail on $2000 bond.

And, 19-year old Jacob Levi Roach, of Creston, was arrested Sunday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for possession of controlled substance. Roach was being held in the Union County Jail on $1000.00 bond.

(12-p.m. News)

CAM School District Special Election set for Tuesday

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the CAM Community School District will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on extending and increasing the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The levy can be used for a number of expenditures including construction of buildings, purchasing property, buses and technology equipment, and energy conservation expenditures. The levy cannot be used for staff salaries or supplies – those expenditures must come from a school district’s General Fund.

The district currently has a voter approved PPEL in the amount of .67 cent per $1000 of property valuation. The district is asking for a .67-cent increase, to $1.34 per $1000 of property valuation. District officials say they plan to use the funds to improve and maintain their current facilities, purchase school buses and purchase technology for students and staff.Special-Election-Button

CAM has a capital projects plan that includes many updates to their current facilities. Along with the statewide one-cent sales tax money (SAVE) the District uses PPEL funds to pay for those projects. School officials say the CAM school district is fortunate to have one of the lowest property tax rates in the state, ranking 327 out of 336 school district in FY 2014. Regardless, officials say they do not take lightly asking voters for an increase in the PPEL levy, especially in these economic times. However, they feel as a district that having adequate and appropriate facilities, transportation and technology are in the best interests of our students and strike the best balance between the needs of our students and taxpayers.

The polling center for CAM patrons living in the Grant, Franklin, Benton, or Lincoln Township in Cass County , in Adair County or Audubon County, will be held at the Anita Community Center. Voters’ residing in Union, Bear Grove, Noble, or Edna Townships in Cass or Adams County will vote at the Cumberland Community Building. Voter’s residing in that portion of the CAM Community School District residing in Massena or Victoria Township in Cass County or in Adams County will vote at the Massena Public Library. The Polls will open at noon Tuesday and close at 8:00 p.m.

The results of the vote will be canvassed by the Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, beginning at 1-p.m.

For information on how the increase would affect property taxes in the district, go to: http://www.camcougars.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/569fe8e089a0d/Tax%20Impact%20for%202016%20PPEL%20Vote%20%281%29.pdf

31st Annual Legislative Symposium & FFA Day at the Capitol

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, IOWA— Seven Atlantic FFA members attended 31st Annual Legislative Symposium at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism, and patriotism.

Atlantic FFA members with IA (R) Gov. Terry Branstad.

Atlantic FFA members with IA (R) Gov. Terry Branstad.

FFA members Alexis Boes, Cale Pellett, Carly Westphalen, Clayton Saeugling, Haley Carlson, Heather Freund, and Josh Rossell along with 350 high school students wearing blue corduroy from more than 50 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines on January 26. These members exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learn the importance of citizenship. This is all part of the 31st Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol.

At the beginning of the morning session, FFA members heard from leaders in the agriculture industry at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Libby Crimmings of the World Food Prize addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues.

FFA members then had a tour of the tunnels that connect the Capital and other state offices.

Atlantic FFA members w/Rep. Tom Moore

Atlantic FFA members w/Rep. Tom Moore

Atlantic FFA members visited with Senator Tom Shipley and Representative Tom Moore. Senator Shipley discussed the value of being an FFA member and talked about his experiences in high school agriculture and the FFA. Representative Moore talked about the new experience he is having as he was just elected to his office. Both men also discussed the importance of education and agriculture to Iowa. Haley Carlson said, “Spending the day visiting with our legislators is an honor.

Atlantic FFA members w/Sen. Shipley

Atlantic FFA members w/Sen. Shipley

We had the chance to bring up issues that relate to us and speak for the Iowa FFA Association and Agriculture Education.”

The FFA members also had an opportunity to hear remarks from Governor Terry Branstad about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the legislative process. Governor Branstad also signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring February 20-27, the week of President George Washington’s Birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The proclamation signing took place during a special ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates following legislative visits at the Iowa State Capitol Building. Alexis Boes said, “The Legislative Symposium was full of interesting information and facts and I also got to meet all sorts of new people.”

The 31st Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol is made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

Reminder: Clarinda Snow Ordinance in effect if more than 2″ falls

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of a two inch snowfall to occur in Clarinda late Monday and into Tuesday the Clarinda Police Department is reminding the citizens of Clarinda about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance states that; 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.

The emergency snow ordinance remains in effect until the snow ceases to fall and the streets have been plowed from curb to curb.

Walnut man arrested on drug & alcohol charges Sunday

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Sunday, of 21-year old Shawn Alexander Jensen, from Walnut. Jensen was taken into custody for OWI/1st offense, Possession of Adderall, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Driving While Revoked. He was later released from the Cass County Jail on his own recognizance.

And on Saturday, deputies in Cass County arrested 38-year old Tamar Nels Foley, of McCallsburg, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Foley was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.