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Cass County Supervisors approve Zoning Change for ethanol plant area

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, approved a change in zoning classification for several small parcels from the current General Agricultural, to a Light Industrial District, with regard to the Elite Octane ethanol plant project. Zoning Commissioner Rich Hansen said the Zoning Commission met last week, and recommended the Supervisors approve the change.

The Supervisors also received an update from County Engineer Charlie Bechtol, on the various County bridge projects, some of which, as you might expect, have not seen much progress, due to the weather, but others of which are almost finished. Charlie said four bridge projects have been completed by Massena. He said work continues by A-M Cohron, on a $650,000 bridge project [Bridge #134] near Massena. The end caps are expected to be poured this week.

Bridge #115 in the northern part of the County is under design. Bridge #123 is another A.M. Cohron project that should be done in about three weeks. Bridge #17 is being built by Cunningham-Reis. The old bridge was closed and removed. And, bridge #16 is finished. Bechtol says the Murphy Bridge on the Cass County line in the north is closed. The deck has been poured, but concrete railings still need to be installed. That bridge therefore, is still closed to the public.

And, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon informed the Board about some meetings and events coming up in the next few months. He said Storm Spotter Training will be held for members of the public who are interested, at the Cass County Courthouse on March 8th. The event takes place at 7-p.m. in the Courthouse Courtroom. And, on March 30th and 31st, the “Every 15 minutes” program will be held at the Atlantic High School and, in-part, at the hospital and Cass County Courthouse.

The program teaches students, through a mock accident, about the consequences of impaired driving, and provides emergency responders and law enforcement with an excellent training opportunity. The “accident, trial and sentencing” takes place the first day of the event, with a seminar on what the students take away from the experience taking place the second day.

Cass County Supervisors asked to “step-back” and re-evaluate hiring processes

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors were asked today (Wednesday), to step-back and re-evaluate the process by which County employees are hired. The request came from new Board member Steve Green, who expressed concerns that a recent job posting for an Information Technology (I-T) person was not advertised as widely as it should be, and the job description was inadequate. Green said County Attorney Dave Wiederstein agreed with his assessment of the situation.

He said the recent job posting wasn’t presented to the media or in the local papers. Board Chair Gaylord Schelling said he followed the rules he said, which indicated the job must at the least, be advertised online, and it was posted on the County’s website. Green said Iowa Code requires the position be posted in the same method Supervisor’s meetings and so on, are posted.

He said when the Department Heads met, they indicated a need for a G-I-S (Geographic Information System) person more than an I-T person. Green said the little advertising that was done, was for an I-T person, and it was pretty vague at that. He said there is a feeling of “expediency” in getting the job posted without considering what qualifications are needed, what the job will be, and who is required to be informed of the opening.

Board Secretary/Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman agreed the Board was “probably deficient” in handling the matter.

And, Schelling acknowledged he was a bit hasty in getting the posting up, but he said he was trying to save the County money with regard  to County’s current I-T provider.

In the end, the Board agreed to Green’s suggestion, and will re-post the job opening when more information has been gathered.

Handgun, ammunition found in police shooting suspect’s truck

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities found a loaded handgun and 151 rounds of handgun and rifle ammunition inside the pickup of a man accused of killing two Des Moines-area police officers. Court documents filed last week say investigators also found more than 600 rounds of rifle and handgun ammunition at the home of Scott Greene. He’s pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the Nov. 2 slayings of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.

The truck, a high-powered rifle and other evidence were found near where Greene turned himself in. Des Moines Police Department spokesman Paul Parizek says the amount of ammunition found wasn’t necessarily “alarming.” He says police are troubled by what Greene did, but not so much by his possessions.

Glenwood teen cited following a collision Monday afternnoon

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood say an unlicensed teenage driver was cited following a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on 240th Street. Officials say 14-year old Grant Thomas, of Glenwood, was driving a 2015 Ford Focus south/westbound on 240th at around 3:50-p.m., when he lost control as he was traveling too fast for road conditions. The car failed to negotiate a curve and left the road before hitting a cable guardrail. Damages amounted to $3,500. No injuries were reported.

Thomas was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and having no Driver’s License. Authorities say the car had been reported stolen earlier in the day, Monday.

Glenwood Police said also, 26-year old Maria Cadena, of Glenwood, was arrested Tuesday on a Douglas County, NE., warrant. Cadena was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

Knee to the steering wheel causes Union County accident

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a collision Tuesday evening on Highway 34. Officials say a 2008 Chevy Suburban driven by 36-year old Andrew Warner, of Creston, was traveling west on Highway 34 at around 5:30-p.m. A 2014 Chevy Cruz driven by 51-year old Gary McDougal, of Afton, was traveling east. As both vehicles rounded a curve in the road, McDougal accidentally hit the steering wheel with his knee, causing the Cruz to cross the center line of the road and hit the Suburban on the left rear side.

Damage from the collision amounted to $6,000. McDougal was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Crawford County man arrested in Pott. County on drug & other charges

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says a Crawford County man was arrested Tuesday night on drug and other charges. 32-year old Christopher John Terwilleger, of Dow City, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Interference with Official  Acts.

Authorities say Sheriff’s Deputy’s were investigating a stalled vehicle near the intersection of Idlewood Road and Railroad Highway at around 10-p.m., Tuesday. Terwilleger, who was a front seat passenger in the vehicle, got out and ran westbound on Idlewood Road, in an attempt to elude law enforcement. As he refused deputies’ commands to stop, Terwilleger threw an object in the south ditch. The object turned out to be a white pill bottle with 6.4-grams of marijuana, and a metal pipe used to smoke marijuana.

Terwilleger was taken into custody and transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/11/2017

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Man gets 25 years for setting fire injured at least 11

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has been imprisoned for setting a fire that injured at least 11 people in Eagle Grove. Court records say 21-year-old Luis Huerta-Valadez pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Police say the house fire started early in the morning on Aug. 9. Two police officers and one firefighter were among the 11 people taken to hospitals.

Drug, assault and theft-related arrests reported in Creston

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police, Tuesday, arrested three people on separate assault, drug and theft charges. 23-year old Michael Cox, of Creston, was arrested at around 11-p.m., for Assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. His bond at the Union County Jail, was set at $2,000.

45-year old Karen Broadsack, of Creston, was arrested at around 10:30-p.m., for Theft in the 3rd Degree. She was later released on $2,000 bond.

And, 40-year old Shelby Weis, of Creston, was arrested at around 10:05-p.m. Tuesday, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/1st offense. She was later released from custody on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/11/2017

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January 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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