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Cass County Supervisors approve 1st reading of amended G-A Program ordinance

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Supervisors today (Wednesday), approved on the first reading, amendments to the County General Assistance Program. A vote on approval followed a public hearing, during which there were no comments from the public. The amendments generally serve to clean-up the language in the current General Assistance Program policy, and eliminates any typographical errors. Additional hearings on the amendments, along with the second and third readings of the ordinance, will take place in subsequent Board meetings.

In his report to the Supervisors, Cass County Engineer Charles Marker said the placement of “Contract Rock” along gravel roads and other service areas is grinding to a halt because of a supply problem. Marker said the Schildberg Quarry has run out of road rock. A stripping crew was brought in, and a crusher will follow, but it will not be until the 1st or the middle of June before and more rock for the gravel roads is available. He says there are some stockpiles left in parts of the County, but not enough to cover and major road work.

Marker said stockpiles of rock in other parts of the County (near Highway 71 & the Lewis Road, and Highway 92/County Road N-28 south of Cumberland), are reserved for those specific areas. The Atlantic quarry serves the northeast and mid-section of the County. He says contract rock is still available from quarries near Red Oak, Corning and Jefferson to serve specific areas of the County, however, when they haul from those areas, it means longer hours for the County crews, and less trips for picking up loads, than would normally occur.

In other business, Marker said Murphy Contracting has removed the deck from the Hopley Bridge over the Nishnabotna River, near the Lewis Research Farm. He said the steel beams under the deck have been removed and will be stored for future use on other, smaller bridge projects, such as a “Level B” road. Mid-American Energy is supposed to move a power line on the south side of the bridge sometime within the next week, so allow the contractor to continue work on the project, unobstructed.

 

Malvern man arrested on drug and other charges

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report three people were arrested Tuesday, including a Malvern man. 18-year old Dylan Lee Conn was arrested at the Cass County Jail on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury, a warrant for Failure to Appear on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge, and for Theft in the 4th and 5th degree. His bond was set at $2,600. Conn plead guilty in Cass County on April 9th, to: one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS)/2nd offense; PCS-marijuana/3rd or subsequent offense. He was given a 2-year suspended prison term on each count, credit for time served and one-year of supervised probation. Conn was also fined $1,250 plus court costs for the offenses in Cass County, and his license was revoked for 180 days. He’s scheduled to stand trial in Cass County on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge, on June 11th.

Also arrested Tuesday, was 18-year old Christopher Lashawn Denson, of Council Bluffs. Denson was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail for Failure to Appear on a 2nd degree Harassment charge. His bond was set at $1,000. And, 31-year old Joel Emil Terry, of Glenwood, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for Driving While Revoked. He was being held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Cass County Supervisors to hold a hearing on the General Assistance Program

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The first of three Public Hearings will be held Wednesday morning in Atlantic, with regard to the County General Assistance Program. The hearing, pertaining to an Amendment to an Ordinance Prescribing the Cass County General Assistance Program will take place during a regular meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors, which begins at 9-a.m. Following the hearing, the Board will hold the first vote on the ordinance.

In other business, the Supervisors will hear a report from Ann Pross, Director of Iowa Western Community College, in Atlantic, and discuss the County’s contribution to the IWCC Foundation. They will also discuss the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system, at the Courthouse.

Elk Horn teen arrested on an assault charge

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest late Tuesday night of an Elk Horn man. 18-year old Dylan Jager was taken into custody on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, after he allegedly assaulted a family member. The incident, which took place at a residence in the 2000 block of Elm Street, in Elk Horn,  was reported at around 11:55-p.m.  Jager was brought to the Shelby County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

The Iowa State Patrol and a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy assisted at the scene.

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ISP releases info. on Sunday accident near Avoca

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released the details of an accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say a 1999 GMC Yukon and a 2009 Volvo semi pulling a tanker were both traveling east on I-80 at around 1:55-p.m., when the Yukon tried to overtake the semi in the left lane. As the vehicle was passing, the camper/trailer it was pulling began to sway back and forth. The driver of the Yukon, 37-year old Mathew Schrott, of Estes Park, CO., was unable to control his vehicle, which hit the semi on the driver’s side.

The semi and tanker, driven by  59-year old John Steen, of Elk Horn, entered the south ditch and rolled onto its right side. The rig was registered to Transport Service Company, out of Oak Brook, IL. The GMC and its trailer jackknifed and came to rest in the median. No injuries were reported, and the Patrol says no hazardous materials were released during the incident, which occurred near the Avoca Exit.

Officials say Schrott was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Damage from the crash amounted to $52,000.

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NW Iowa couple to be sentenced in bank robberies

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man who robbed small-town banks with his wife is asking for a sentence that will perhaps let him see his teenage children again. Jeffrey and Roxena Schoon will be sentenced Wednesday in Sioux City. The couple has pleaded guilty to robbing four banks within 20 miles of their Wall Lake home in December 2011 and January 2012. Investigators say the pair then got married in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Schoon tells the judge in a letter that he’s raised an 18-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son who suffers from cystic fibrosis. He’s asking Bennett to adopt a plea agreement that requires a 15-year sentence. He says the average life span of someone with cystic fibrosis is 30, and the deal gives hope his family will someday be reunited.

Statewide initiative launched to deter and catch vehicle thieves

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Vehicle thieves could be in for a big surprise the next time they break into a car in Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol and Nationwide Insurance Company have launched a statewide initiative to deter and catch vehicle thieves in the act.

ISP car and “Bait” vehicles shown at a press conference, Tuesday.

Patrol Colonel Dave Garrison says motor vehicle theft is a serious problem in the state. “From the years 2006 through 2010, there were over 22,400 vehicles stolen (in Iowa). In 2012 alone, over 3,600 vehicles were stolen. So, it is a fairly big issue,” Garrison said. The initiative — launched Tuesday with a press conference outside the Nationwide Insurance building in downtown Des Moines — involves a couple of “bait cars.” The cars, donated by Nationwide, will be placed in areas known for vehicle theft. The computerized cars are monitored from a remote location by Troopers.

“Inside the vehicle, there are hidden cameras, there’s the ability to turn the ignition on and off and also lock and unlock the doors,” Garrison said. “There are a number of things hidden inside that vehicle…but it’s not going to appear to the normal person that the vehicle is abnormal.” If a would-be thief gets into a bait car, they could be trapped inside by the Trooper monitoring the vehicle. Similar projects have proven successful in other states, but this is the first time it’s been tried in Iowa.

“The biggest factor we’re looking at is deterrents,” Garrison said. “If we can stop one or two or 100 (vehicle thefts), that’s the biggest thing to us.” The two bait cars were hidden under vehicle covers Tuesday and not unveiled to the media. Garrison said several more of the highly equipped vehicles will be deployed to communities around Iowa over next few months. A spokesperson for Nationwide said about one-fourth of the comprehensive coverage of an auto policy is driven by auto theft costs. In Iowa, the average comprehensive coverage is $160 a year – so roughly $40 accounts for auto theft.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed. April 17th 2013

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April 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate Ways and Means committee advanced legislation yesterday that would offer a tax break to small businesses if they cover part of employees’ health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, a small business that employs up to 24 people and chooses to cover 50 percent of their employees’ health insurance costs gets a federal income tax break. If the bill passes, these businesses would get an additional state income tax break.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa House approved an economic development budget plan with less funding than the state Senate version. The plan passed in the House yesterday offers $45 million to economic development activities in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate approved a bill yesterday that would give funding to food banks and give tax breaks to farmers who donate produce. The bill would give an incentive for small farmers to donate produce by providing a 15 percent state income tax break on the market value of donations worth less than $5,000.

SUMNER, Iowa (AP) — More than 40 students from the Sumner-Fredericksburg School in northeast Iowa suffered minor injuries when two buses crashed. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV says the crash happened near Sumner just after 3:30 p.m. yesterday when one bus reared-ended the other.