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8AM Newscast 08-09-2013

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August 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Casey’s store hit by elderly man’s vehicle

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Stanton escaped injury after the car he was driving smashed into the Casey’s General Store in Essex, Thursday morning. According to the Shenandoah Police Department (which covered the accident), just before 11-a.m., 82-year old Homer Hammers, of Stanton, was pulling into a parking slot in front of the store, when he accidently stepped on the gas instead of the brake. His car crashed through the front entrance of the convenience store.

In his report, the investigating officer recommended Hammers driving skills and knowledge be re-evaluated in order for him to retain his driving privileges.

Stanton man arrested following traffic stop in Red Oak

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a Stanton man was arrested this (Friday) morning on numerous charges following a traffic stop for speeding. 22-year old David Joseph Byers was pulled over a little after 4-a.m. A check of his driver’s license indicated it was suspended. In addition, Byers’ vehicle had license plates that did not belong to that vehicle. A further investigation revealed the vehicle’s registration was expired.

Byers was charged with Driving While Suspended, Operation without Registration, Improper use of Registration and Speeding. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $566 bond.

In other news, the Red Oak P-D reports the arrested Thursday night, of 37-year old Rachel Charise Kathleen Hadden, from Red Oak. Hadden was taken into custody on a warrant for 5th degree theft. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500 cash bond. And, 40-year old Tom Oren Murphy, of Essex, was arrested Thursday in Red Oak, for Driving While Suspended and having no insurance. Murphy was being held on $1,132 bond.

Nodaway Valley School District is being sued over 2011 sexual assaults

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The parents of student wrestlers who were sexually abused by other wrestlers with the Nodaway Valley School District in 2011 are suing the district, demanding it enforce state anti-bullying and anti-harassment laws, and school policies that are already in place. According to KCCI-TV, the attorney for the plaintiffs said incidents of assault, harassment and bullying have continued since the original matter was brought to his attention, but none of the original victims have encountered such incidents. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the district.

Allegations of sexual assault were revealed in late 2011 involving members of the high school wrestling team. The victims were also members of the team.  Two students, one of whom was 18 at the time, the other 17, were formally charged with 2nd degree sexual assault in January 2012. Both pleaded guilty to lesser assault and harassment charges in August 2012, and were sentenced to 90 days in jail.

7AM Newscast 08-09-2013

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August 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Villisca man arrested for Public Intox

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Thursday night of a man on alcohol-related charges. 45-year old Ronald Lee Borem, of Villisca, was arrested at around 10:15-p.m. on a charge of public intoxication, following an incident in the 300 block of east 5th Street, in Villisca. Borem was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Two Apprehended in Cass County Motel Robbery

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Nebraska men were apprehended early this (Friday) morning after they wrecked their vehicle near Crescent, Iowa after allegedly robbing a motel in northern Cass County. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 11:40-pm Thursday, the America’s Best Value Inn located at intersection of Interstate 80 and U-S Highway 71 was robbed by a lone black male who displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Atlantic Police Department responded to the scene.

Based upon information from the initial investigation, the Cass County 911 Center was able to alert area law enforcement officers in southwest Iowa of the description of the vehicle and suspects. At approximately 12:05-am, an Iowa State Patrol trooper located the suspect vehicle near the Minden exit on Interstate 80 and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle fled, continuing west onto Interstate 680 at speeds near 130mph. The suspect vehicle then proceeded south on Interstate 29.

A Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to successfully deploy stop-sticks at the 62 mile marker of Interstate 29, partially disabling the vehicle. The suspects then attempted to enter Nebraska but failed to negotiate the Interstate 29 and 680 interchange and driver lost control and the suspect vehicle rolled several times in the median. The two occupants of the vehicle required extrication from the vehicle and were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.  Troopers said the passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle and suffered critical injuries.  The driver is expected to be OK. Charges are currently pending on the two occupants of the vehicle, who are from Omaha. The driver of the vehicle had several felony warrants out for his arrest.

The same suspects were allegedly involved in an incident which occurred in Stuart, prior to the Cass County robbery. Information on the incident in Adair County is currently not available.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in its investigation, by the Atlantic Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, Council Bluffs Police Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Valley Police Department, Omaha Police Department, Omaha Police Department Gang Unit, Omaha Police Helicopter Able One, Council Bluffs Fire Department and the Crescent Fire Department.

Atlantic P&F Committee takes no action on Fair Board abatement request

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(updated post 8:50-a.m.)

Unless the Atlantic City Council decides otherwise, the Cass County Fair Board will be required to pay a nearly $3,100 building permit fee for the construction of a new Cattle Barn on the Cass County Fairgrounds. The Board had requested the fee be waived, and the City Council, during its meeting this past Wednesday, voted to turn the matter over to the City’s Personnel and Finance Committee.

Clockwise, from left to right: Kathy Somers, Committee Chair; Councilman Steve Livengood; City Administrator Doug Harris; Councilman Shawn Shouse.

Clockwise, from left to right: Kathy Somers, Committee Chair; Councilman Steve Livengood; City Administrator Doug Harris; Councilman Shawn Shouse.

That Committee Thursday evening took no action on a recommendation to approve the request, citing no way to fairly and equitably apply the current Ordinance to the Fair Board’s request, and the unprecedented nature of the request.

Committee member and City Councilman Shawn Shouse asked if perhaps the Board of Adjustment could possibly waive a building permit fee. City Administrator Doug Harris said that board can only waive what they are authorized to waive, such as variances. Harris said the Board has discretion to make mittimus changes in requirements and there is nothing in the ordinance that spells out the exact fees, but the City Council has the power to make “mittimus adjustments.”  He said if it’s done hap-hazard and at will, however, it opens the door to all ordinances being open to interpretation.

Shawn Shouse said, and the Committee agreed, that regardless of which non-profit agency asks a building permit fee to be waived, there is no way or logical justification for it, unless the ordinance is re-written to better define how fees are to be assessed. The Committee tabled discussion on reworking the current building permit fee until a separate, Ad Hoc committee can be formed to gather input on how best to improve the ordinance, which has not been revised in about 10-years and the fees for which building permits were issued, was based on 30-cents per square foot.

In other business, the Personnel and Finance Committee discussed, but voted against a proposal to move parts of City Hall and/or the Police Department into the former Sitel building on Southwest 7th Street. The discussion focused on the fact a great deal of money has already been spent on renovating the current City Hall, and it would be more cost effective to make the building more handicapped accessible, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Committee Chair Kathy Somers said the current building has the potential to serve the needs of the City, if some changes are made, such as moving the current Council Chambers to the upper floor auditorium and using the additional space created for offices and/or much needed storage space. Other issues, such as garage and parking space, are factors that can also be addressed by making less costly modifications to City Hall instead of purchasing the Sitel building, according to the Committee. The only advantages to moving into the building, it was noted, was full-accessibility, and better parking.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Aug. 9th 2013

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August 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Transportation Department closed a section of Interstate 35 in southern Iowa this morning crews can remove a bridge. The northbound and southbound lanes of I-35 will be shut down until to 5 a.m. in Warren County between Highway 5 near Cumming and Highway 92 near Bevington.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint against the state auditor. The Des Moines Register reports Auditor Mary Mosiman’s lawyer says the board approved a memorandum of understanding yesterday in which it declines to make a finding on the complaint because the law surrounding the issue isn’t clear. Governor Terry Branstad appointed Mosiman auditor in May. She’s a Republican.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — The Monona County auditor has pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges. Brooke Kuhlmann entered the plea Tuesday in Monona County District Court. Kuhlmann faces a serious misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and a simple misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Kuhlmann’s attorney declined to comment on behalf of his client yesterday.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a 26-year-old man to life in prison for robbing and killing the manager of an adult theater in Ottumwa. The Courier reports Judge Lucy Gamon yesterday sentenced Bruce Pollard Junior to life in prison without parole. He was convicted July 23rd of first-degree murder in the March 2012 death of Cinema X Theater manager Kenneth McDaniel.

Ballots for Sept. 10th School Election in Cass Co. are available

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports ballots for the Sept. 10, 2013 SCHOOL ELECTION for local school board directors and community college public measures are now available at the Cass County Auditor’s office. If you will be unable to go to the voting center on election day, you may vote by mail by sending a request for an absentee ballot to the Cass County Auditor’s office. Alternatively, you may stop and vote at the County Auditor’s office during office hours: 8 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

A listing of the candidates, public measures and polling centers:

CAM Community School District

NORTH District Chuck Kinzie (Incumbent)

1 to be elected

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SOUTH District Gary Dinkla (Incumbent)

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AT LARGE District Nick Kauffman (Incumbent)

1 to be elected

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ATLANTIC Community School District

District AT LARGE Kristy Pellett (Incumbent)

2 to be elected Josh E. McLaren (Incumbent)

Bob Reilly

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Griswold Community School District*

District # 3 Scott C. Peterson (Incumbent)

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District # 4 Thomas Jay Moore (Incumbent)

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District AT LARGE Steve Baier (Incumbent)

2 to be elected Denise L. Bridges

Robert Peterson (Incumbent)

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*The Griswold School Director District Plan has changed from seven local director districts to four local director districts and three directors elected at large. Four of those seven positions are on the ballot this year: One District 3 local director: the director must live in the district and is nominated and elected by the individual district. One District 4 local director: the director must live in the district and is nominated and elected by the individual district. Two At Large local directors: the directors are nominated and elected at large.

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AN IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIRECTOR will be elected.

Director District #4 Scott D. Robinson (Incumbent)

1 to be elected

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PUBLIC MEASURE B: “Shall the Board of Directors of Iowa Western Community College (Merged Area XIII) in the Counties of Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby, State of Iowa, be authorized to continue to levy a tax not to exceed twenty and one-fourth (20 1/4) cents per thousand dollars of assessed value in any one year for a period of ten (10) consecutive fiscal years beginning with the tax levy to be made for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, for any one or more of the following purposes: for purchase of grounds; construction of buildings; payment of debts contracted for the construction of buildings, purchase of buildings and equipment for buildings, and the acquisition of libraries; for the purpose of paying costs of utilities; and for the purpose of maintaining, remodeling, improving or expanding the Community College of the Merged Area XIII; or for such other purposes as authorized by law, as provided in Chapter 260C, Section 22 of the Code of Iowa.”

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PUBLIC MEASURE C: “Shall the Board of Directors of Iowa Western Community College (Merged Area XIII) in the Counties of Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby, State of Iowa, be authorized to continue to levy a tax not to exceed six (6) cents per thousand dollars of assessed value in any one year for a period of ten (10) consecutive fiscal years beginning with the tax levy to be made for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, for either of the following purposes: program sharing between community colleges or for the purchase of instructional equipment; or for such other purposes as authorized by law, as provided in Chapter 260C, Section 28 of the Code of Iowa.”

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VOTING CENTERS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTION

ATLANTIC COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT of Cass, Audubon and Pottawattamie counties. The polls will open at 12 NOON and close at 8:00 P.M. Election is “AT LARGE” meaning that all residents of the entire school district may vote for all school offices and public measures. If you are not sure where you vote in the SCHOOL ELECTION (which may differ from that of other elections), please call the office of the Cass County Election Commissioner (County Auditor): 243-4570.

NOTE: ONLY TWO VOTING CENTERS WILL BE USED FOR THIS ELECTION:

VOTING CENTER 1: Voters living in Wards 1, 4 and 5 of the City of Atlantic will vote at HERITAGE HOUSE, 1200 Brook Ridge Circle in Atlantic.

VOTING CENTER 2: Voters living in the remainder of the Atlantic Community School District, being those voters residing in Audubon and Pottawattamie counties; Bear Grove, Benton, Brighton, Cass, Franklin, Grove, Pymosa and Washington townships of Cass County; the City of Marne; the City of Wiota; and Wards 2 and 3 of the City of Atlantic will vote at the ATLANTIC PUBLIC LIBRARY (507 Poplar), Atlantic, Iowa.

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 CAM COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT of Cass, Adams, Adair and Audubon counties. Election is “AT LARGE” meaning that all residents of the entire school district may vote for all school offices and public measures.

NOTE: THREE VOTING CENTERS WILL BE USED FOR THIS ELECTION:

ANITA VOTING CENTER: Voters residing in that portion of the CAM Community School District residing in Grant, Benton, Franklin or Lincoln Township in Cass County or in Adair County or Audubon County will vote at the ANITA COMMUNITY CENTER (805 Main St).

CUMBERLAND VOTING CENTER: Voters residing in that portion of the CAM Community School District residing in Union, Bear Grove, Noble or Edna Township in Cass County or in Adams County will vote at the CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY BLDG (200 W 2nd, Cumberland).

MASSENA VOTING CENTER: Voters 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 in Massena (122 Main St).

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 GRISWOLD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT of Cass, Pottawattamie, Adams and Montgomery counties. Election is both “AT LARGE” and “BY DISTRICT” meaning that all residents of the entire school district may vote for the AT LARGE school offices and the public measures. However, only LOCAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR districts 3 and 4 will be voting for the respective district school office.

NOTE: THREE VOTING CENTERS WILL BE USED FOR THIS ELECTION.

ALL FOUR (4) LOCAL DISTRICTS will be voting for the AT LARGE seats public measures; HOWEVER the OFFICE OF LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR FOR DISTRICT 3 (votes at Elliott Voting Center) and DISTRICT 4 (votes at Griswold Voting Center) WILL APPEAR ONLY ON THE BALLOT FOR THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT:

LEWIS VOTING CENTER, Voters residing in Griswold Director District 1, will vote at the LEWIS LIBRARY (412 West Main St). ELLIOTT VOTING CENTER: Voters residing in Griswold Director District 3 will vote at the ELLIOTT COMMUNITY BUILDING (403 Main St, Elliott). GRISWOLD VOTING CENTER: Voters residing in Griswold Director District 2 and 4 will vote at the GRISWOLD COMMUNITY BUILDING (601 2nd St, Griswold). If you do not know in which district you reside, check your voter registration card or contact the Griswold School District school board secretary.