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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 15th 2015

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July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years. The report says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. More than $170,000 was spent on excess vacation and sick leave for some employees.

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have identified the person killed in an apparent fall from a train in northwest Iowa as a 29-year-old man. The Department of Public Safety says a pedestrian found the body of Brandon Joseph Sage Gould on Monday near Sibley, just south of the Minnesota border. Investigators believe Gould fell and then was run over by the train. It’s unclear how or why he fell. Authorities haven’t determined Gould’s hometown.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A re-trial has begun for the former mayor of Oelwein, who is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a girl. The trial of Jason Manus got underway Tuesday in Bremer County District Court. In May, a Chickasaw County jury found Manus not guilty of one count of third-degree sexual abuse involving a 14-year-old girl, but the jury deadlocked on a charge involving a younger girl. Judge Richard Stochl declared a mistrial and later agreed to move the trial to Bremer County.

Atlantic Police Department phone problems

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports they are experiencing phone problems this (Tuesday) evening with their administrative, or Non-Emergency, line. All Calls after business hours normally route to the Cass County Communications Center. However, they are not switching over. Authorities are asking anyone needing to contact the Police Department to do so by calling (712) 243-2204.

Any 911 calls will be answered as normal. The issues only have to do with the non-emergency line. Please use 243-2204 until at least 8-a.m. Wednesday. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Atlantic City Council to meet Wednesday

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening, at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Among the few, scheduled action items on their agenda, is a Resolution “Approving [the] contract and bonds for [the] Pedestrian Bridge and Connector Trail” project.

The Council is also expected to approve a Change Order for the “Loop Detector for [the] Highway Six Project.” The system includes four Video Trak IQ traffic control cameras, for installation at the intersection of 7th and Olive and 7th and Plum Streets. The system costs $48,850, with the State’s share amounting to $18,800.

YPA to serve as guest Chefs Thursday at PiP

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) organization have announced the members will be guest chefs this Thursday (July 16th) at Produce in the Park, in the Atlantic City Park.

YPA logo

The YPA will be serving tasty double chocolate zucchini muffins. Zucchini is just coming into season at area farmers markets. Zucchini is low in calories, contains Potassium and Vitamin A.

YPA will also use this opportunity to share information about the organization and upcoming volunteer opportunities. Young Professionals of Atlantic are an Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce program and supported by Cass County Health System and McCurdy Investments.

YPA connects, engages, and attracts young leaders into our community while promoting Atlantic and the surrounding area. Visit the Young Professionals of Atlantic at Produce in the Park to learn more, and to get involved.

IA Transportation Commission approves RISE grant application for C. Bluffs

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tuesday), approved a RISE (Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy) Local Development grant application from the City of Council Bluffs, for slightly more than $1.9-million from the city share of the RISE Fund, to assist in construction of approximately 200 feet of North 40th Street, 965 feet of Avenue A, and 720 feet of North 42nd Street, in the River’s Edge development area located on the northwest side of town.
The project is necessary to provide improved access to two office buildings containing up to 200,000 square feet and a 750 stall parking garage for professional office purposes. The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2016.
The RISE program was established to promote economic development in Iowa through construction or improvement of roads and streets. Iowa cities and counties are eligible for funding in the form of a grant, loan, or combination thereof. Projects must involve construction or improvement of a public roadway.
There are two RISE project types: 1) Immediate Opportunity, and 2) Local Development. More information is available at: www.iowadot.gov/systems_planning/rise.htm.

Greenfield, Oakland & Manning receive IDCA grants

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has announced it is awarding more than $2 million in grant funding to 159 organizations, people and projects that strengthen quality of life and cultural vitality in communities across Iowa. Overall, the Iowa
Department of Cultural Affairs approved $2,050,618 in grants through its Iowa Arts Council and State Historical Society of Iowa divisions during the current funding cycle.
Iowa Art Council’s Art Project Grant program creates opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa and invests in projects that positively impact vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value and support Iowa Arts Council’s funding priorities, including collaboration & partnership, excellence & innovation, and impact & accessibility. Local grant recipients include:
  • City of Greenfield – EE Warren Opera House Association, Warren Cultural Center Performances. The Warren Cultural Center will present The Premier Performance series, which features nationally touring acts, and the Best of Iowa series, highlighting Iowa performers. Grant amount, $10,000.
  • City of Oakland – Oakland Historical Society, Nishna Heritage Garden Mural.The Nishna Heritage Garden Mural is a community-wide effort to revitalize Oakland’s historic main street through a mural designed by regional artist Zack Jones. Grant amount, $10,000.

The Iowa Great Places program challenges Iowans to create community development proposals that exemplify bold thought and innovation; encourage creativity and entrepreneurship; foster a sense of place and identity; and demonstrate a commitment to enhancing community vitality and quality of life. Local grant recipients include:

  • The City of Manning– Park and Hospital Trail Connector project. Grant amount,
    $15,000.

Iowa community drops plan to shock official for fundraiser

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa community has changed its plan to raise money by offering a chance to shock a city official with a stun gun. The Des Moines Register reports that Van Meter city officials will let the winner of a raffle shoot a stun gun at a target, rather than shock the city administrator or a City Council member.

The idea of selling $5 raffle tickets for the right to shock an official was intended to raise money to help the police department buy a second squad car, add speed radar and potentially expand its six-member part-time and reserve force. Officials changed their plan after facing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and others. Some business agreed to donate money if officials changed their plans.

Drug and assault-related arrests, & a theft reported in Harlan

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department report two arrests last Saturday. 25-year old Jeremy Bias, of Harlan, was arrested after officers were called to Myrtue Memorial Center’s E-R, for a male subject seen for injuries allegedly caused by Bias. Bias was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault. That same day, 25-year old Cody Lister, of Harlan, was taken into custody following a traffic stop. Lister was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while revoked.

On July 8th, 29-year old Zachary Scheffler, of Harlan, was taken into custody when police were called to the 1000 block of Tarkington for a possible domestic assault. As a result of an investigation, Scheffler was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and simple possession of a controlled substance.

And on July 10th, Harlan Police were called to the Peter Jones residence in the 700 block of 7th Street, where it was reported that someone had broken into the residence. Taken from the residence were a large amount of coins and other currency, firearms, and jewelry. The value of the stolen items is estimated to be over $10,000.00. The incident remains under investigation.

Authorities remind the public that there is CrimeStoppers reward money for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of such crimes.

3 Atlantic School Board members won’t be running for re-election in Sept.

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Atlantic Community School District will have to vote for three, new School Board members in September. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein reports two long-time Board Members, Dennis Davis and Phil Hascall, along with Rod Hartwig, have decided not to run for re-election. Nomination papers for offices to be filled in 2015 can be filed with your school board secretary through July 30th, 2015. All offices are for four-year terms. Amstein says following the September 8th School Board elections, those persons who win the vacant seats will be provided with the necessary training to get them started.

Hartwig is the newest member of the Board, having served for nearly four-years. Davis has served for 29-years, while Hascall has been on the Board for about 12-years. Amstein said all three Board members have expressed various reasons for not running for re-election. For Hartwig, Amstein says it was because of his job commitments and changes in the Ag economy. Amstein says Davis probably thought that after 29-years it was time for new leadership to step-in, and Hascall thought along the same line.

In other business, Mike Amstein said the Board, after some lengthy discussion, approved the District’s Affirmative Action Plan that has to be updated every two-years. They also awarded bids for: Concrete work on the High School parking lot; New bleachers at Schuler Elementary, and fuel contracts for the coming school year. The Board budgeted $20,000 for the parking lot repair, and around $25,000 for the bleachers (which he expects to come in at under $20,000).

The Board also approved a Cooperative Sharing Agreement with the Clarinda Community School District for Girls, and possibly Boys Swimming.

3 arrests in Atlantic

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July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three, recent arrests. On Monday, 23-year old Tiffany Lillard, of Cumberland, was arrested for Felony Theft in the 2nd Degree. Authorities say the woman was arrested following an investigation into an alleged theft by an employee of the Atlantic Hy-Vee Store. Upon further investigation, it was learned Lillard had also allegedly been stealing money from nursing home patient’s accounts in the form of gift cards since September 2014. The loss amounted to just over $9,840.

Last Wednesday (July 8th), officers with the Atlantic P-D arrested 42-year old Jeremy Jameson, of Atlantic, on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for Violation of Probation. That same day, 28-year old Jacky Walters, of Walnut, was arrested on a Pott. County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault.

All subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.