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Meeting to be held in Atlantic about truck parking lot

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A public meeting will be held in a little over a week in Atlantic, to discuss the future of the City-owned truck parking lot off of Commerce Street. Mayor Dave Jones said during Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting, that the Community Protection and Community Development Committees have been discussing the status of the lot, and the fact local individuals have been operating lots as a private enterprise since the City closed it’s lot and cleaned it up.

Jones said a couple of truckers have called wondering what’s going on with the lot. He said in his opinion, “The City should not be undercutting private enterprise.” . He is inviting truck drivers and the public to the meeting, which will be held 5:30-p.m Jan. 21st, in the Council’s Chambers at the Atlantic City Hall.

BOIL ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PISGAH

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Pisgah in Harrison County issued a boil advisory early this (Friday) morning, after a complete pressure loss throughout the water distribution occurred last night. A electrical contact on one of the pumps tripped out and prevented the wells from turning on. The electrical problem has been repaired and pressure has been restored, but the drop that occurred in water pressure could possibly allow bacteria to enter the drinking water.

As a precaution, the city and DNR recommend residents boil water used for drinking and cooking, or use bottled water until test results for bacteria come back clean. Two sets of samples are required so it will be Sunday before the city is affirmed that the water is safe to drink.

Residents should bring water to a boil, boil it for one minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. Tap water can be used for bathing and similar uses. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms. Bacteria in the water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

Find more information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 800-427-4791. The city or DNR will notify residents when the water is safe to drink.

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January 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Omaha businessman donates $3M to Iowa college

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Omaha businessman has donated $3 million to his alma mater in northwest Iowa, Morningside College.  College President John Reynders says the gift from Norman Waitt Jr. and his Kind World Foundation will help the school with its $12 million renovation of Dimmitt Residence Hall. The dorm houses nearly 400 students during the academic year.

Waitt is founder and chairman of Waitt Co., an investment company with headquarters in Omaha. He graduated from Morningside in 1986 and is a member of the college board of directors. Morningside was founded in 1894 and sits on 68 acres in Sioux City. It’s a private, four-year school affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has an enrollment of around 1,200 full-time students.

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January 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak man arrested Thu. afternoon

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested an individual Thursday afternoon, for Failure to Appear on Contempt of Court charges. 49-year old David Allen Welch, of Red Oak, was arrested on valid warrants at around 3:45-p.m., at 106 W. Coolbaugh Street. Welch was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Murder charges dropped against NE man accused in fatal shooting on NE-IA bridge

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Omaha World-Herald says prosecutors have agreed to drop second-­degree murder charges against a 24-year-old Omaha man accused of a fatal shooting on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which links Omaha and Council Bluffs. Terrece R. Cox had been scheduled to go on trial Monday. Instead, Cox is expected to be released from jail today (Friday), after the murder charge and six other counts are dismissed.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Cox’s attorney, Bill Eustice, said witnesses were either evasive or uncooperative with police and prosecutors. Cox has always claimed he was innocent in the 1-a.m. shooting death on May 29th, of 26-year old Shamari Richards.

About a dozen young people were on the bridge about 1 a.m. At least seven of them, including a 16-year-old girl, had been drinking in celebration of the girl’s birthday. Then they came in contact with Richards and a few of his friends. At some point, a young woman was punched. A confrontation ensued. Shots were fired. Richards was killed. Kevin Jenkins, who was 29 at the time, and Jeremy Fejeran, who was 19,  were also shot, but they survived.

IA Court of Appeals updholds sentence of former Denison Fire Chief

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Court of Appeals, Thursday, upheld the 10-year prison sentence of a former fire chief from western Iowa. The Omaha World-Herald reports the Court’s action was affirmed in the case against Mike McKinnon. McKinnon, former fire chief in Denison, plead guilty to a felony charge of theft in the first degree, and was sentenced last March.

He served as Denison’s fire chief for 10 years, resigning in January 2010 to accept a position as fire science instructor at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The theft charge was filed against him in December 2011, after a special audit by the Iowa Auditor’s Office and an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. McKinnon was accused of making $95,896 of improper and unsupported disbursements from July 1, 2005, to March 31, 2010.

Treynor School District won’t act on petition seeking removal of Superintendent

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Attorney for the Treynor Community School District says officials will not take action against the District’s Superintendent, whose son plead guilty in connection with the assault of some of his female  classmates. The Omaha World-Herald says a petition had sought the removal of Superintendent Kevin Elwood. The petition on moveon.org had been signed by 169 people as of Thursday afternoon. It asks the school board to request Elwood’s immediate resignation, contending that he did not properly investigate or act on reports of alleged sexual harassment and abuse in the district.

In September, Elwood’s son, 18-year old Kreighton Elwood, accepted a plea agreement in a sex abuse case involving some of his Treynor High School classmates. Kreighton Elwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault, one count of assault causing bodily injury and one count of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail and two years of probation and ordered to successfully complete a counseling program for sex offenders. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender in Iowa for 10 years.

The younger Elwood was originally charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree kidnapping in connection with a pair of incidents that allegedly occurred in 2012. A fourth charge of indecent exposure was dismissed. In November and December 2012, Kreighton Elwood allegedly abused two girls in separate incidents. In all, five girls have levied complaints against Elwood, with three cases handled in juvenile court.

Corps: Missouri River will get more water in 2014

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January 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Slightly more water than normal is expected to flow into the Missouri River this spring, but the dams along the river should have room for it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says several of the reservoirs remain below normal because they are still recovering from the 2012 drought. So the Corps’ Jody Farhat says the reservoirs should be able to safely handle the 26.1 million acre feet of runoff expected this year. That forecast is slightly above normal runoff of 25.2 million acre feet.

The Corps adjusts the amount of water released from dams along the river in response to conditions. Last year, releases along the water were limited because the Corps was conserving water as the region recovered from drought. That affected barge traffic on the river.