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Man accused of abducting daughter in Iowa

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A 37-year-old man has been arrested, accused of kidnapping his daughter in eastern Iowa and causing an Amber Alert to be issued.

Sean Shannon

Sean Shannon

Officials say Sean Shannon was arrested just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Cedar Rapids. Online records say Shannon remains in Benton County Jail, awaiting court action on a kidnapping charge.
He’s accused of abducting his 11-year-old daughter, Kiley, from her Shellsburg home on Thursday night. Authorities say he punched Kiley’s 15-year-old half brother at the home as he took the girl.

Kiley Seane Shannon

Kiley Seane Shannon

Authorities say Kiley was released without injury in Cedar Rapids less than an hour after the Amber Alert was issued on Friday evening. Authorities say Shannon doesn’t have parental rights to his daughter.

EHK School Board to act on contracts & hold closed session

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will meet this evening in the Family and Consumer Science Room, at the High School in Elk Horn. During the 7-p.m. session, under the Consent Agenda, the Board will act on approving contracts with: Tony Santiseban, Junior High Boys Basketball/Assistant High School Basketball Coach, and Kelly Juhl, Assistant High School Girls Basketball Coach. They will also act on appointing a School Board lawyer, and Secretary/Treasurer as well as Business Manager.

Under “New Business,” the EHK Board will discuss and likely act on approving: contracts with HTS, Midwest Lock and Security, and Southwestern Community College; a bid for an I-T Room heat pump; and the high school and teacher handbooks.

Prior to adjourning for the evening, the Board will enter into a closed session per Iowa Code, to “Evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose hiring is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation.”

Afterward, they will return from the closed session to discuss and act on Superintendent Dean Schnoes’ contract.

Griswold School Board to act on numerous matters this evening

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board has a full slate of decisions to make this evening, during a regular meeting in the Central Office Board Room at the Middle School/High School building. During the “New Business” portion of  the 5:30-p.m. session, the board will act on approving: A high school boiler system, locker room, and bathroom remodel; A proposal from Massena Telephone Company; 2013-2014 Senior Meals; Bakery, Dairy, Snow Removal and Trash bids. The Board will also make a decision with regard to a School Resource Officer (SRO).

In addition, they are scheduled to appoint a Board Secretary, Business Manager, and School Attorney, as well as designate the Bank Depository and limits. Following other business, the Griswold School Board will enter into the closed session, to evaluate the performance of Superintendent Dana Kunze, and talk with him about his goals for the upcoming school year.

CAM School Board will meet this evening

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7-p.m.  During their regular session in the CAM High School Media Center, the Board will discuss and possibly take action on matters pertaining to: The Multi-Purpose building; On-line Academy open enrollment applications; the Superintendent’s and other contracts; any resignations; Milk and Lunch bids, and SIAC recommendations. They are also expected to set the 2013-2014 school lunch price, and fees.

Man’s body recovered from western Iowa river

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OTO, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 23-year-old Ida County man has drowned in an accident on the Little Sioux River near Oto in western Iowa. Woodbury County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Bauerly says the man was with three friends when he fell into the swift-flowing river about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.   One of the friends jumped in to help but was unable to get him out of the river.
The man’s body was recovered a little before 2 p.m., about 30 yards from where he’d fallen in. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Tabor residents arrested; stolen vehicles recovered

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A couple from Tabor, in Fremont County, were arrested Sunday on a theft-and drug-related charges. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports 27-year old’s Jeremy and Charlene Chaney were taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant on their property located at 505 Vine Street, in Tabor.

During the search, two stolen vehicles were recovered. The Chaney’s each face charges that include Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of an Offensive Weapons, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The couple was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $21,300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, July 15th 2013

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Evansdale to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. People from throughout the country gathered Saturday at Lofty’s Lounge, and many took part in a 125-mile motorcycle and auto trek through northeast Iowa. They were marking the year since 10-year-old Lyric and 8-year-old Elizabeth disappeared while riding their bicycles on July 13th, 2012. Their bodies were found in December in a wooded area of Bremer County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is set to return today from a European trade trip. Branstad traveled to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Iowa’s sister state of Kosovo during the 10-day journey.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police lieutenant has been injured in an off-duty accident. Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says Lieutenant Joe Gonzalez was working Saturday at the World Food Prize building in downtown Des Moines. Gonzalez was providing uniformed security outside the building when he was struck by a truck. Gonzalez was taken to a Des Moines hospital, where he was being treated Saturday night for two collapsed lungs, broken ribs and other injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state Department of Transportation has designed an app for smartphones and tablets that organizes the agency’s multiple other apps. Officials say “myIowaDOT” helps users find all agency resources under one app instead of making them search for each individual app developed by the agency. The multi-use app is free.

Five community college systems asking voters to re-up on property tax levies

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

All 15 Iowa community colleges are partially financed with property tax revenue and officials from five of the systems have placed their school’s “facilities” levy on the ballot for the September 10th school board elections. Tom Lesan is a vice president at Southwestern Community College in Creston, one of the schools asking area voters to approve the property tax levy. “For Southwestern, it generates just under $500,000 every year that can be spent for physical infrastructure, so buildings, parking lots, sidewalks — that kind of thing,” Lesen says. “It cannot be used for salaries.”

The first building on the school’s Creston campus opened in 1970. In 1985, an attendance center was opened in Red Oak. Eleven years ago another attendance center opened in Osceola. Lesan says his community college would have a hard time keeping its facilities in shape without this property tax levy. “You can’t charge enough tuition to the students to take care of all the buildings and put in parking lots and in Red Oak specifically, you know, we remodeled an old skating rink and that’s the money we used to be able to do that, Now, we built onto that building with a private donation, but the original remodel, the parking lot — all of that was done with money that is generated by the plant fund.”

The college has purchased space on area billboards, advertising the property tax levy vote in the upcoming election, plus Lesan and other college officials are traveling around the area, speaking to civic groups about the vote. Lesan says Southwestern can’t afford complacency on the referendum. “We’ve passed it every time we’ve voted it,” Lesan says. “You know, I really don’t expect there to be a big problem, but we’re also not going to take it for granted. We’re going to get out and we’re going to talk to a lot of different groups and remind them that 10 years ago we did this and 10 years before that we did it and 10 years before that we did it and it’s just something we have to do and get it out there in front of people so they’ll know what they’re voting on and they’ll feel a lot more comfortable voting yes.”

The levy needs a simple majority in order to pass and is in force for 10 years. In addition to Southwestern, voters in the following areas will be asked to vote on a facilities levy for their local community college: Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and Southeastern Community College in Burlington. The other 10 colleges have had facilities levies approved within the last five years.

(Radio Iowa)

Disorderly Conduct arrest in Audubon, Sunday

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July 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Audubon report the arrest on Sunday of 35-year old Christopher John Grogan, of Audubon. Grogan was charged with Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was being held pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Video games & players stolen from Red Oak home

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July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating the theft of video games and a gaming device. A woman who lives on North Vine Street reported Sunday afternoon, a burglary at her residence, and the theft of a Playstation 3, 10 games for the device, along with a DSI device and related games. The loss was estimated at just over $400.  Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.