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Candidates for Cass County offices (updated 3/9/16)

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, late Tuesday evening, updated the official list of candidates who had filed their nomination papers to run for various County offices in advance of the June 7th Primary. Person who filed their papers Tuesday include: For the District 4 seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors: Republican Steve Baier, of Griswold; For District 1 on the Cass County Board of Supervisors: Dale Retallic, of Atlantic. The District 4 seat was left open when Chuck Rieken decided not to run for re-election, while the District 1 seat was opened for candidates after Duane McFadden decided against running for re-election.

Earlier, we told you Cass County Republican Sheriff Darby McLaren and County Republican Auditor Dale Sunderman filed their papers for re-election, on Monday, along with Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, a Republican who is also running for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Those are the only candidates so far who have actually filed their nomination papers. Others, who have announced their candidacy, or are in the process of seeking the required number of names on a nomination petition, have until March 30th to do so. Monday was the first day those papers could be filed with the County Auditor’s Office.

Sentencing date set for Iowa man in fatal beating of mother

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A sentencing date has been set for an Akron man found guilty in the death of his mother. The Sioux City Journal reports that on Tuesday, a judge scheduled Jonathan Neunaber’s sentencing hearing for March 28 in Plymouth County District Court. Neunaber had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and willful injury as part of a plea agreement.

Neunaber had previously been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his 80-year-old mother, Esther Neunaber. Her body and the body of her husband Donald Neunaber were found July 2014 in the home they shared with their son.

Neunaber admitted in court that he killed his mother with a steel pipe. Donald Neunaber died of natural causes.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 9th 2016

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wal-Mart says it will increase wages for roughly 15,400 Iowa workers. The company announced that workers who were hired before Jan. 1 at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Iowa will be paid at least $10 an hour. Employees will see the increase on their paychecks beginning Thursday.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials have identified the woman who was killed in a Council Bluffs house fire. The Council Bluffs Fire Department identified 67-year-old Stella Neighbors as the woman who was found dead Friday after fire crews responded to her burning home.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Jurors began deliberating whether to convict a former Boone man of murder in the death of his wife. The jury started going through evidence and testimony after lawyers presented their closing arguments in a Winneshiek County court. Alexander Fazzino is charged with first-degree murder in the January 2012 death of Emily Fazzino. First responders found her on the bathroom floor of the couple’s home.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Public documents show an Iowa state trooper has resigned after being arrested following a drunken, late-night disturbance in which he repeatedly pounded on a female neighbor’s door. After his arrest, Cedar Rapids-based trooper Patrick Steinbach received special treatment at the Iowa County Jail, where the booking officer did not take his mug shot or require him to wear a jumpsuit.

Wal-Mart increases wages for Iowa workers

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wal-Mart says it will increase wages for roughly 15,400 Iowa workers. The Des Moines Register reports the company announced Monday that workers who were hired before Jan. 1 at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Iowa will be paid at least $10 an hour. Employees will see the increase on their paychecks beginning Thursday.

Workers hired after the start of the year will continue to earn $9 an hour, which will increase after completing a skills and training program. There are 69 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in the state. Wal-Mart says it’s spending $2.7 billion over two years to fund wage increases and provide better training programs throughout all of its U.S. stores.

Exira man arrested on drug & alcohol charges

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an Audubon County man was arrested today (Tuesday), on alcohol and drug charges. 30-year old Ejay Edmond White, Jr., of Exira, was arrested on a felony OWI 3rd Offense charge, Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana/1st Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. White was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

And, 44-year old Michael Eugene Boggs, of Atlantic, turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday (today), on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for felony Domestic Abuse 3rd/Subsequent offense. Boggs was booked at the Cass County Jail and later released on $5,000 bond.

On Monday, Cass County Deputies arrested 31-year old Benjamin Dean Jameson, of Anita, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Jameson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day (Tuesday) on his own recognizance.

And on Saturday, deputies arrested 21-year old Nicholas Wayne Renner, of Huxley,  on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Renner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

Woman who died in Council Bluffs house fire identified

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials have identified the woman who was killed in a Council Bluffs house fire. The Daily Nonpareil reports the Council Bluffs Fire Department identified 67-year-old Stella Neighbors as the woman who was found dead Friday after fire crews responded to her burning home.

Fire Chief Justin James says Tuesday the woman died of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still unknown due to the home’s extensive damage. One neighbor says the victim may have used supplemental oxygen.

Firefighters and police who responded to the fire were unable to immediately enter the home due to the flames. Most of the home’s roof was gone and the back of the house sustained heavy damage.

IA Transportation Commission approves I-80 projects in Cass County

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday (today) approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program (Program) that will add several new highway and bridge construction projects to the program in FY 2016. Officials say the Program amendment is possible because additional funding was made available after the Program was initially approved in June. The additional funding is available due to project cost savings, Iowa DOT budget savings, and receipt of federal funding that exceeded forecast amounts.

The amendment adds highway and bridge projects, including four non-interstate bridge modernization projects; six interstate construction projects; three safety projects; nine non-interstate pavement modernization projects; and two non-interstate system enhancement projects. The estimated cost of these projects is $91.7 million.IA DOT

Included among the revised projects, and those scheduled to take place on Interstate 80, in Cass County. One project incorporates the grading and paving of I-80 at the Olive Street, Wiota and Anita interchanges, and pavement rehabilitation projects at the Marne and Elk Horn interchanges. The cost of the projects will run $620,000.

The construction projects included in this amendment are planned to begin in calendar year 2016. For more information, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/program_management/five_year.html

2nd suspect arrested in Council Bluffs murder, attempted murder & robbery

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a second man has been arrested in connection with double shooting incident. 19-year old Ben Lein, of Council Bluffs, was sought for questioning in the incident that occurred during Monday evening’s shooting death of 22-year old Anthony Walker, and the attempted murder of 32-year old Patrick Schultz, both of Council Bluffs.

Bluffs Police located Lein this (Tuesday) morning, and upon the completion of an interview with the man, arrested him on three newly obtained warrants for 1st degree Murder, Attempted Murder and 1st degree Robbery.  Lein was also wanted on warrants for an unrelated matter, Escape from Custody and Violation of Probation.

Monday night, authorities arrested 22-year old Wesley W. Correa-Carmenaty, of Council Bluffs, after a traffic stop, during which he threw two guns out the window. One of the weapons was a BB pistol, the other a .40-caliber handgun. Correa-Carmenaty was also charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the connection with the incident. He too faces a charge of robbery in the first degree.

Police were called to an apartment in Council Bluffs at around 6:30 p.m. Monday, where they found Walker dead from a gunshot wound to his upper chest. Schultz had already been transported to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment a gunshot wound to his upper left arm. He was reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Ben Lein

Wesley W. Correa-Carmenaty

Wesley W. Correa-Carmenaty

3-way race for Cass County Supervisor seat in June

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

There are now three Republican candidates hoping to fill a seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors during the June Primary. Today (Tuesday), Dale Retallic, of Atlantic, filed nomination papers with the Cass County Auditor’s Office for the District 1 Supervisor’s seat being vacated at the end of the year by Duane McFadden. Retallic, a Republican, faces a challenge from fellow Republicans Steve Green and Dave Jones.

Green is the Police Chief in Atlantic, while Jones is Atlantic’s Mayor. Jones filed his papers Monday, along with Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren, and Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman, both Republicans, who have decided to run for re-election.

The deadline for filing nomination papers is 5-p.m., March 30th.

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Cedar Rapids Police spokesman says tips from the public led to recovery of stolen fire truck

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March 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in eastern Iowa, Monday, recovered a fire truck that was reported stolen late last week from southern Iowa’s Union County. Cedar Rapids Police Department Public Safety/Communications Coordinator Greg Buelow told KJAN News a tip from the public led Police to recover the 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty grass/field fire attach truck late Monday afternoon.

He says the Police Department received a few calls at around 3:30-p.m.from residents in the vicinity of 29th Avenue and Huxley Avenue, that a there was a truck with fire department logos and lights parked on the street. Officers arriving on the scene found the vehicle had not been damaged, and the keys were still inside. Their investigation revealed the vehicle may have been there for as long as a week.fiure truck

The truck was brought to the Cedar Rapids Police Department headquarters and turned over to officials with the Lorimor Fire Department, this (Tuesday) morning. Beulow says they have no idea why someone would take a vehicle that is important to public safety and the prevention of property damage. While not wanting to comment on the investigation into the theft, Beulow said more often than not in these cases, the public will provide the clues.

He says “It’s going to be other people. Somebody’s going to be out there bragging about it, talking about how they ‘pulled a good stunt,’ or whatever reason why they did it. I would encourage anybody with information about who did this to contact local law enforcement or the Cedar Rapids Police Department.” In the Cedar Rapids area, you can call 1-800-CS-Crime. All callers can remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Beulow says he doesn’t know why, or under what circumstances someone would steal a fire truck. The bottom line is, there’s nothing funny about it. Besides the fact the crime is a Theft, the person or persons responsible took an emergency vehicle out of service. The theft left a town or township without a piece of fire apparatus for a week. He said the crime “Is not something people should be proud of.”

The truck and its equipment were valued at $15,000. Beulow, whose background is in the fire service, says he’s glad who ever stole the truck left it intact, because it’s something many small communities cannot afford to replace.