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Red Oak Teen arrested on Assault charge


December 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a Red Oak Teen on Monday.  At 1:00pm officers arrested 16-year-old Tannah Piper Halvin of Red Oak on a charge of Simple Assault.  No further details were released at this time.

Update: Overnight closure scheduled for southbound I-29 near Council Bluffs Dec. 14 and 15


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to a press release issued late last week, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Monday afternoon, said Southbound Interstate 29 that was originally scheduled to be closed Sunday night will now be closed Monday and Tuesday nights, Dec. 14 and 15, from the I-29/I-80 interchange (exit 4) to the U.S 275/Iowa 92 interchange (exit 47) for demolition of the bridge over the interstate lanes, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The schedule change is due to weather conditions.

Ramp closures scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14 and 15…

  • At 6:30 p.m.: Westbound I-80 to southbound I-29 ramp will be closed to traffic.
  • At 7 p.m.: Eastbound I-80 to southbound I-29 ramp will be closed to traffic.

Southbound I-29 will be reopened to traffic at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and 16. Interstate travelers should follow the local detour during the closure. For more information, visit: 511ia.org or view the detour at: www.councilbluffsinterstate.iowadot.

The Iowa DOT is in the process of reconstructing I-80, I-29 and I-480 in the Council Bluffs metropolitan area. This comprehensive interstate redesign will modernize the highway system and improve mobility and safety of approximately 18 miles of interstate. Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time while this interstate improvement takes effect.

Phone scams resurface in Cass County


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it has received recent reports of previously telephone scams resurfacing in the area. One of the scams was a person calling a resident, and claiming to be that person’s grandchild. The “grandchild” said they needed money wired to them right away.Usually, they claim they are in trouble with the law and need bailed out. They also don’t want their parent(s) to know.

Another scam was a message left on a person’s answering machine. The caller said  they were from the IRS, and the person called was to return the call immediately because money was owed on their taxes.The Better Business Bureau reports the Tax Scam call tops the list of the most frequent types of scams people fall victim to, or are the target of. The BBB says there have been at least 2,413 reports of this type of scam, during which you may receive a phone call from someone who claims to be with the IRS (U.S.) or CRA (Canada). They claim you owe money in back taxes and will be arrested or face legal consequences if you do not pay (usually by wire or prepaid debit card). The caller ID is spoofed to appear to be a government agency or the police.

The IRS will not contact you by phone. The Sheriff’s Office warns that if you get a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild asking for money to double-check on the identity of the caller. Call them or their parents directly.

Be aware, vigilant, and protect yourself from identity thieves and scams, by never giving out personal information on inbound calls, and verifying accuracy of calls from alleged family members.

Anita man arrested on a moving violation


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Cass County arrested an Anita man Friday on a moving violation. 38-year old Robert Lee Atkinson was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Barred. Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Mills County Sheriff’s report, 12/14/15


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday, of 38-year old James William Bates, from Shenandoah. Bates was taken into custody for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

The Sheriff’s Office said also, no serious injuries were reported following a rollover accident late Friday night. Authorities say Brady Smith, of Emerson,was driving a 2006 Ford truck eastbound on Marh Avenue, towards the intersection with 390th Street, when he swerved to miss a deer on the road. Smith told authorities when he took evasive action and applied the anti-lock brakes, they failed, causing the vehicle to fishtail and go out of control. The truck entered the south ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top.

Smith was able to free himself from the vehicle and walk to a neighbors house. He denied any injuries, except for suffering from some shoulder pain. No citations were issued.

Griswold man arrested on an assault charge in Audubon County


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into an incident that allegedly took place in the 300 block of N. Kilworth Street in Exira, Friday, resulted in an arrest late that same night. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 24-year old Devin Allen Foote, of Griswold, was taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m. and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. Foote was later released after appearing in front of a magistrate. His preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 31st.

And, 51-year old Karin Kathleen Helt, of Exira, was arrested at around 1-a.m. Sunday, for OWI/1st offense. The charge stems from an incident that took place north of Exira. Helt was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing in front of a magistrate. Her preliminary hearing was also set for Dec. 31st.

Upcoming STEM Daycamp in Atlantic


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Why do Earthquakes happen? How do engineers design buildings to withstand earthquakes? Youth who attend this hands-on daycamp will explore this and many other items related to engineering & earthquakes. The “Shake it with STEM” Day camp will be the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic on December 30 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The event is free with lunch, snacks and resources provided, but youth must register by December 18th. Registration forms are available at the YMCA, Cass County Extension Office or online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/.ISU Extension

The Nishna Valley YMCA and Cass County Extension staff and volunteers have teamed up for this day of hands-on learning to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The “Shake it with STEM” event promises lots of fun, hands-on science, opportunities to design and build, and meet new friends.

Pre-registration is required by December 18th. There is no charge for the event, and lunch will be provided. Questions? Please contact the Cass County Extension at 712-243-1132.

Van and car collide on Hwy 34 – no injuries


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

This (Monday) morning’s wet snow created slippery driving conditions for many motorists, and resulted in numerous accidents. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says one of the crashes occurred at around 7:10-a.m. on Highway 34.  Officials report a van driven by 60-year old Patricia Roberts, of Afton, was traveling westbound in the north lane, when her vehicle slid on the ice/snow covered road in front of a Honda Civic driven by 48-year old Keith Hardy, of Villisca, that was in the south lane, also traveling west bound.

The Honda hit the drivers side middle section of the van, causing the van to slide up against a concrete bridge railing. The car continued west before stopping. Neither driver was injured, and no citations were issued, due to the weather/road conditions. Damage from the crash amounted to $11,100.

Adair County Sheriff’s report: 1 arrest


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports one arrest over the past week. An Iowa State Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding last Friday morning on Interstate 80 in Adair County, and determined the driver, 36-year old Jasin Carnel Cooks, of Omaha, was allegedly intoxicated. The Trooper noted Cooks had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, a strong odor of alcohol emitting from him, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

The man failed a Field Sobriety Test and was brought to the Adair County Jail in Greenfield, where he tested .176 on the breath test. Cook was charged with OWI/1st offense and released later that day on $1,000 bond.

Inaugural Data on Iowa Mothers Released


December 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), as part of a cooperative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released its first report of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Survey (PRAMS). Iowa joined the PRAMS project in 2011 and began collecting data in February of 2013. Since that time, more than 5,000 Iowa mothers have been asked to provide information on their experiences and behaviors before, during and after pregnancy.

The first annual PRAMS Data Book is based on births to Iowa women in calendar year 2013. IDPH PRAMS Coordinator Sarah Mauch said “The purpose of PRAMS is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not.” Findings can then be used to guide program and policy development to better serve Iowa women who are at-risk for poor outcomes.

The overall response rate for Iowa PRAMS was 72 percent in 2013, well above the 60 percent minimum for PRAMS data to be considered valid. In 2013, there were 39,013 live births in Iowa. According to the PRAMS Data Book:

20,667 mothers reported their pregnancy was planned.
29,074 mothers reported ever breastfeeding their babies.
30,833 mothers said they primarily put their baby to sleep on his or her back – the safest position for infant sleep.
2,252 mothers reported some form of intimate partner violence.

Because this is the first publication of PRAMS data, there is only one year of data and trends won’t be identified until coming years of data are analyzed. To see the entire inaugural PRAMS Data Book, visit http://bit.ly/1lRVcvB. To learn more about PRAMS, visit http://idph.iowa.gov/prams.