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Large law enforcement prescence in Oakland this morning

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Large numbers of law enforcement members converged on Oakland early this morning to look for a suspect believed to have been involved in an earlier incident. Details are sketchy at this time, but a perimeter was being established near 303 Brown Street, at around 3:15-a.m.

By 3:40-a.m., the incident appeared to have concluded. We’ll have additional information as it becomes available.

Counterfeit $50 bill passed in Atlantic

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce has issued an alert to area businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit $50 bills. The Chamber reports counterfeit money was submitted to a Chamber Business over the weekend as payment. The counterfeit $50 was not properly identified with a marking pen.

Officials advise businesses to be sure to check all features including:

Portrait (Should be visible when held up to any light); Paper; Serial Number; Seals; Borders Starch (Marking pen test); Paper Texture and Watermark.

If counterfeit money is submitted at your business, contact the Atlantic Police Department at 712-243-3512. Also, if you have any information regarding counterfeit money you’re asked to contact the Police Department.

Atlantic Police Chief challenges Cass Co. Sheriff to take a plunge

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two local law enforcement officers are going to find out how wet and cold they get this afternoon. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren are going to be taking a dip into a lake at the Schildberg Recreation Area this afternoon, beginning at 3 o’clock. The effort is one of many similar attempts nationwide to raise money for the family of 5-month old Landon Shaw, of Tarkio, MO.

Green says he’s seen the various videos on social media with regard to the “Plunge for Landon,” but he noticed something was lacking. He says “Noticed that about 80% of the posts” he’s seen are emergency services workers, but few administrators such as Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs and Councilpersons taking the challenge. McLaren accepted his challenge as did Atlantic City Councilman Chris Jimerson. Green says if they can raise enough money before the plunge, they’ll be decked out for the challenge.

He says if they can raise $300 by 3-pm, they’ll wear their uniforms, minus the expensive equipment such as radios and weapons. You can donate by stopping by the Atlantic Police or Cass County Sheriff’s Departments, or by calling the P-D and making your pledge to donate. He says donations of any amount will be appreciated. Green says the case of a family such as Landon’s being socked with mounting medical bills and travel expensed in the fight against cancer, is something he can relate to, and that’s why he’s stepping up to help them out.

Any funds raised will be sent to the family Wednesday afternoon. This past weekend, several area law enforcement members and firefighters held separate “Plunge for Landon” events to raise funds for the baby and his family.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 8th 2014

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would open state employee records to the public and put into law Gov. Terry Branstad’s executive order prohibiting confidential settlement agreements has won the support of a divided Iowa House. It now goes to the Democratic-majority Senate, where its fate is unclear.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — A former Dunkerton football player convicted of carrying a handgun onto school grounds is facing an additional charge in the case. Eighteen-year-old Mar’yo Lindsey Jr. has been charged with a single count of carrying weapons on school grounds in connection with having a gun at Riceville school facilities in late August.

FARLEY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Iowa man has been killed after being hit by a vehicle whose driver is suspected of drunken driving. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says 21-year-old Dawson Besler, of Epworth, was struck and killed early Sunday on Highway 20 in Farley. Authorities say a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Alex Hannan, of Dubuque, was merging onto the highway around 3 a.m. Sunday when it struck Besler.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A teenager has pleaded guilty to stabbing another teen at a Fort Dodge Senior High homecoming dance. Eighteen-year-old Max Bly pleaded guilty to the Oct. 5, 2013, stabbing of Lucas Fiala. Bly admitted to using a pocket knife to stab 18-year-old Fiala in the back on Oct. 5. Bly pleaded guilty to willful injury causing bodily injury and going armed with intent.

Ennis announces candidacy for IA House D-21

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Adams County man has announced his candidacy for Iowa House of Representatives in District 21, which includes parts of Cass and Pottawattamie, and all of Union and Adams Counties. Tim Ennis, from Corning, says he intends to run for the seat currently held by Jack Drake, from Griswold.

Ennis currently serves on the Adams Community Industrial Development Committee and has served as President of the Adams County Extension Council. He’s also a member and officer of the Knights of Columbus, and is active in other service organizations as well.

Ennis markets organic grain for farmers in Iowa and six other Midwest states. He’s a native of Wisconsin and grew up on a hog and dairy farm. He and his wife Kathy have three children and three grandsons who all live in the Des Moines area. His bio says he has a BA degree in Economics from University of Chicago.

Atlantic to host 1 of 10 statewide LHI events on Saturday

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Live Healthy Iowa say Atlantic is one of 10 host sites for this Saturday’s statewide Live Healthy Iowa 5K run/walk and 1K kid’s run. The event will start and finish at Nishna Valley YMCA with the 5K kicking off at 8 a.m. and 1K kid’s run at 9 a.m. On-site registration will be available and adult 10 Week Wellness Challenge participants may present their Access Card to receive a $10 discount off their registration fee.

The run/walk event serves as a finale celebration for over 28,000 Iowans who participated in the 2014 10 Week Wellness Challenge which ended on Friday, April 4. All Iowans are welcome to participate in this family-friendly event and will receive a Live Healthy Iowa 5K t-shirt, race number, finisher medal and the opportunity to win age-group awards. The cost for the 5K is $25. The 1K kid’s run for youth ages 12 and younger is $5. Packet pickup will be at the Nishna Valley YMCA Saturday morning 7-7:45 a.m. For more local event details, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.

In its’ inaugural year, the Live Healthy Iowa 5K will be held in Atlantic, Bondurant, Britt, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Grundy Center, Hiawatha, Mount Ayr, Storm Lake and Waukon. Host communities were selected based on historically strong participation in Live Healthy Iowa challenges and the enthusiasm of the community wellness coalitions. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local wellness coalitions in each community, as well as Adaptive Sports Iowa’s veteran outreach efforts.

Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids provide challenges and events throughout the year to promote healthy and active lifestyles. To learn more about these programs and find more information about the Live Healthy Iowa 5K, please visit our website at www.livehealthyiowa.org or contact us directly by phone at 888-777-8881.

Atlantic man arrested on Meth charge

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three people were arrested Friday. 33-year old Steven Pedersen, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth. He was transported to Cass County Jail and booked in.

24-year old Marshall Fischer, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While License Revoked. He was transported to Cass County Jail and booked in. And, 50-year old Elvin Shrimpton, of Atlantic, was arrested Friday on a Cass County Warrant for Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree. He was also transported to Cass County Jail and booked in.

Essex woman injured during jump from a boat dock during a “Polar Plunge”

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say an Essex woman was injured Sunday evening, when she jumped from a boat dock at Rapp Park, as part of a “Polar plunge.” 34-year old Carrie Sickler was found lying next to her vehicle on the ground. A Shenandoah Ambulance crew attended to the woman’s injuries.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer reminds citizens that “In all of Page County Parks, swimming, wading, or any other form of [those activities are] prohibited without express permission of the Page County Conservation Board for certain organized events, such as the ‘Relay for Life’ event that took place at Rapp Park.” Palmer says “The signs in all of the county parks are there for a reason: Public Safety.”

ATV stolen from NE discovered in Page County

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An ATV reported stolen out of Cass County, Nebraska, was found near Shambaugh Sunday afternoon, after authorities responded to a report of teenagers riding the machine on a road, possibly endangering the lives of children playing in the area. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says when deputies arrived, they found 15-year old Dillon Davis, of Clarinda, riding an ATV from the road onto private property at 409 Cinder Avenue.

A check of the 2003 Polaris Predator’s  Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) revealed the machine had been stolen. The teen’s father, Kelly Davis, arrived with paperwork showing he had legally purchased the ATV in Feb. 2013, and other documentation. All of the characters on the bill of sale matched, except the last one. The number was left off the State of Iowa Certificate supposedly issued through Pottawatttamie County.

The ATV was subsequently seized. While the case remains under investigation, authorities stress neither Kelly nor Dillon Davis are suspects at this time, as they have done everything correct in purchasing the ATV.

SW Iowa lawmaker skipping legislative session

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A southwest Iowa lawmaker has stopped participating in the legislative session, saying he’s too busy working on his farm.  Sen. Hubert Houser hasn’t cast a vote on the Senate floor since March 4th.  Houser, a Republican who has served 22 years in the House and Senate, says he asked GOP leaders for a light load this session, which will be his last. They obliged, and Houser says he now doesn’t have much to do at the Legislature, other than vote on bills making it to the Senate floor.

Because Democrats are in the majority, Houser tells The Des Moines Register his vote makes little difference.  Houser says he’s busy on his farm, where his family is building new livestock facilities.  Houser says he’s “more than ready to move on.”