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Mongtomery County man dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say deputies responding at around 9:45-a.m. Tuesday to a report of a gunshot wound at 95 2nd Street, in Elliott, found 92-year old Richard Jennings dead, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Red Oak Rescue, Elliott 1st Responders, and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency.

Shelby County Fire Danger “High” for the next few days

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Fire stations and other facilities or businesses with Fire Danger placards, are being told to set their signs in the “HIGH” section. Emergency Management officials say the forecast indicates warming weather with wind for the next several days. Because the ground is soft, fire trucks may have a hard time reaching field sites where controlled burns are planned. Authorities therefore are asking anyone who plans to conduct controlled burns to contact their local fire chief, first. High Fire Danger

Be sure and call 755-2124 also, with the location of your burn, so dispatchers can gather logistical data. A burn plan can be downloaded from www.shelbycountyema.com.

Atlantic woman arrested for possession of contraband in jail

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies Monday, arrested 56-year old Deborah Frances Lambrecht, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession of Contraband in Correctional Facility (a Class-D Felony), OWI 1st Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lambrecht was later released from custody on $5,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office says on Wednesday, deputies arrested 38-year old Jamin Ryan Walters, of Council Bluffs, on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Walters was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $1,000 bond.

That same day, 24-year old Thea Marie Sherman, of Atlantic, was arrested for Interference with Official Acts. Sherman was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held while serving a two-day sentence.

Extensive property damage accident in Clarinda, Wednesday

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said in a press release today (Thursday), that they “Are very fortunate that there was no loss of life or serious injury given the time of day” an extensive property damage accident occurred, Wednesday, at the Easters True Value Store, in Clarinda.

The Police report said a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 73-year old Kathryn Sump, of Clarinda, was pulling-in to park at an angle in front of the store  just before 4-p.m. Wednesday, when, according to Sump, her foot became stuck on the accelerator pedal. Her SUV hit a curb and jumped onto the sidewalk before hitting the front of the building, and a bench in front of the building.

The vehicle then deflected off the building and hit a 2012 Jeep Liberty, before bouncing off it and striking a Dodge Avenger. The SUV pushed the car into a 2006 Dodge Durango before finally coming to rest. The store’s closed circuit camera caught the incident on tape. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $50,000.  Sump was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Chief Brothers said Sump told authorities afterward, she “Was no longer safe to drive and did not want to drive anymore.”

Pair from Cass County await jail sentences in Pott. County

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic couple is back in Pottawattamie County Jail awaiting potential prison sentences. The Daily NonPareil reports 32-year old Jacob Leary pleaded guilty Monday to possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Leary will be sentenced on March 14th and faces a 10-year prison sentence.

He was arrested on Sept. 27th, 2015 at the intersection of Highway 6 and 470th Street. According to court documents, Leary and 32-year old Randi Shafer were pulled over for an expired vehicle registration. During the stop, a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office deputy found 16.1 grams of meth as well as four syringes, which were classified as drug paraphernalia.

Jacob Leary (booking photo)

Jacob leary (booking photo)

While Shafer pleaded guilty on Nov. 3rd, Leary decided to await trial, which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday. One day before his trial was expected to begin, Leary accepted a plea deal from Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Shelly Sudmann. Instead of facing a possession of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, Leary was allowed to plead guilty to possession of less than 5 grams of meth with intent to deliver, a Class C felony.

On Nov. 3rd, Shafer was given credit for time served and placed on one year of supervised probation. She was back in Pottawattamie County Jail after allegedly violating her probation six weeks after being released. According to court documents, Shafer tested positive for THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana, on Dec. 17th and Jan. 26th. Shafer also was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Randi Shafer (booking photo)

Randi Shafer (booking photo)

On Monday, Shafer pleaded guilty in Cass County to possession of a controlled substance and received two years of supervised probation. She then was transported to Pottawattamie County Jail, where she could still see additional jail time. Shafer’s violation of probation hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 30th.

Both Leary and Shafer remain in custody at Pottawattamie County Jail.

Iowa ranks 6th in number of children removed from parents’ home

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Advocates say it’s time for legislators to investigate the recent increase in Iowa court orders to terminate parental rights. “What’s going on here? Are all of a sudden the parents in Iowa becoming evil?” That’s Nancy Augustine. She became an advocate for change after her son and daughter-in-law were investigated by state government social workers in 2012.

“They went through the whole court system — the juvenile court, which I refer to as a kangaroo court system because everything about it is the opposite of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ etc.,” Augustine said. “They got their children back after going through all the hoops and whistles…but, but I could not let this drop.” Toya Johnson of Iowa Citizens for Justice says Iowa ranks 36th in population, but sixth in the number of children who are removed from their parents’ home after an allegation of abuse.

“We have a serious problem that needs to be addressed not only with the Department of Human Services, but it also needs to be addressed in the way our judicial policies and procedures are going,” Jackson says. Jackson and Augustine testified yesterday (Wednesday) before the Iowa House Government Oversight Committee. The panel’s chairman said state officials will be given a chance to respond to the allegations at a future committee meeting.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., March 3rd 2016

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March 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would expand state oversight of Iowa’s Medicaid program under private management, but the measure’s future is unclear. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 32-18 Wednesday for the measure, which would expand the state’s authority to review how three private companies handle the $4.2 billion program when they take over on April 1st.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are disputing a claim by University of Iowa public safety director David Visin that they harassed his hospitalized stepson with questions about whether Visin was involved in a hit-and-run. The Associated Press reported Monday that David Visin is accused of interfering with the investigation into the June 25th accident involving stepson Sean Crane. Visin says that officers “badgered” Crane in his hospital room with questions about Visin and Crane told them “the truth, that I knew nothing.”

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Labor Department initiative has found that a handful of Ames restaurants violated federal labor standards and owed thousands of dollars to workers. Department officials announced Wednesday that Ames employers owed nearly $100,000 to 158 restaurant and hotel workers after investigators looked into hospitality industries in Midwest college towns.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — City Council members have declined to allocate public funds to support a 30-foot sculpture on pedestrian mall in Iowa City. KCRG-TV reports a majority of the council on Tuesday night voted against a plan to give $50,000 to the Iowa City Downtown District for the project.

Atlantic City Council approves Resolution for CAT Grant matching funds

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March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, approved a Resolution in support of the Schildberg Recreation Area Committee and Atlantic Parks and Rec Department Board, to secure a Vision Iowa CAT (Community Attraction and Tourism) Grant for Phase 1 of the Schildberg Recreation Area improvements. The project will cost $635,000, but Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said they anticipate reducing that amount by as much as $13,000 by working with local vendors and local contractors.

Schildberg Rec Area Master Plan

Schildberg Rec Area Master Plan (click on image to enlarge)

The application to Vision Iowa, which must be submitted by April 15th, will request $360,000. It requires a 50-percent match, meaning $180,000 would have to be raised through other sources. The City Council, in its action Wednesday, approved $100,000. The rest, according to Herring, will possibly come from a REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) grant, and local sources, which would help fund some portion of the proposed, phased-in improvements to the Schildberg Rec Area.

Campground area site plan

Campground area site plan (click to enlarge image)

He says within the next 2-3 years, they could fund the playground, an ADA compliant fishing pier, the west side shelter house, and parking lot, not only through REAP, but through the Local Option Sales Tax, the Hotel-Motel Tax and the regular budgeting process, as well as local donations. In addition, the Schildberg Rec Area Committee will talk with the Board of Supervisors for a possible contribution. The CAT grant, according to Herring, allows for up to 25-percent of what the request is as in-kind, or about $40,000. He says they’ve already met that requirement “Three-times over,” because of all the time, labor, and other efforts put into improvements.

The goal of the CAT grant application, he says, is to make Atlantic, a “Destination Point [Place], a place where people can spend time and money while they are enjoying the outdoors and our community. The City should know sometime late this Summer or early Fall at the latest, whether it’s request for grant funds will be met in whole, or in-part.

Cord to step down from Atlantic City Council seat

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March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones announced Wednesday, At Large Councilman Bob Cord will be stepping down from his seat sometime in the near future, due to relocation to another community. A more precise time-frame for his departure has not yet been set. Jones said anyone with interest in filling the soon-to-be vacant seat, should let him know, or contact City Hall. The position is available for anyone within the City Limits of Atlantic. Jones said he’d like to get some names as soon as possible so the process of finding a replacement for Cord can begin.

Whomever fills the seat will do so until the next election for that position is on the ballot. Jones thanked Cord for his service, and letting him know well in advance he intends to depart from his position on the Council.

In other business, Atlantic Public Library Director Natalie Struecker reported to the City Council, that there is changes in-place at the library this month, that patrons will want to be aware of. She said for adults, no new classes will be offered except on how to download e-books on March 16th. Technology classes will be offered March 10th and 24th, and again April 4th and 18th. Cass County Master Gardeners will talk about adding vegetable plants to your landscape or garden, on March 22nd.

Looking ahead to next month (April), Struecker says anyone with documents to shred will want to plan to bring them to the library April 4th, from 1-untiol 4-p.m., when a mobile shredder will be available in the parking lot. She said you can drive up and drop-off up to three containers of paper or documents to be shredded.

And, two traveling exhibits “History of the Book,” and “At Home in the Heartland: Forgotten Stories of how Iowans got to be ‘us’,” will be at the library, thanks to sponsorship from the Cass County Genealogy Society. The “History of the Book,” from stone tablet to the inventing of the printing press, will be on display from April 18th thru May 15th, while the other exhibit on what makes Iowans and the Midwest different from other areas of the country, will be on display April 29th, from 9-a.m. until 12-p.m. For more information on the programs and activities available at the Atlantic Public Library, go to www.atlantic.lib.ia.us, or call 712-243-5466.

Atlantic Mayor Jones to run for County Board of Supervisors

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March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones announced Wednesday evening, his intention to run as a Republican in June, for a seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors in District 1. That seat is currently held by Duane McFadden, who announced in February that he would not be running for re-election after 12 years on the Board.

Jones said he’s spoken with McFadden since last year about running for the seat, and since “The Council’s in pretty good shape…the City’s in pretty good shape, so maybe {it’s time to] move up a little bit on the ladder of the political scene.”

Jones said infrastructure and economic development are his primary focus. He says the people he’s spoken with tell him the County roads infrastructure is their main concern. They’ve mentioned the base is gone from many of the gravel roads, especially north and west of town.

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Jones was elected to the City Council At Large in 1996,and later was elected Mayor.
He says his goal has been and will continue to be to never say “I will cut taxes, because I don’t want to lie to the public.” He says his philosophy is to manage tax money like a business…make the tax base grow…you don’t have to worry about raising taxes.”

He’ll be running for the District 1 seat against Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, who is also a Republican, in the June Primary. The other seat up for grabs in November is in District 4, which is currently held by Chuck Rieken, of Griswold. Rieken has also announced he will not be running for re-election. No one has presently filed to run for that seat.