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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 8/9/17


August 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa A single vehicle accident late Tuesday night in eastern Iowa’s Johnson County has claimed the life of a Charles City woman. 35-year old Tiffany L. Beckles, who was not wearing a seat belt, died when her SUV left the road as it was traveling south on Highway 1 at around 10:35-p.m., and entered a ditch before the vehicle hit a sign and rolled over. The accident remains under investigation.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man who tried to deposit what he presented as a $1 million bill has been charged with drug possession in Iowa. Sioux City police say officers called to a bank to check on the bill asked Dennis Strickland whether he had any more. The officers say a baggie of methamphetamine then fell out of Strickland’s pocket. The U.S. Treasury Department says it has never produced a $1 million bill.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with robbing an eastern Iowa bank and leading police on a high speed chase earlier this year has pleaded guilty in federal court. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Dante Rhodes, of Dubuque, pleaded guilty Monday in Cedar Rapids’ federal court to one count of bank robbery. Police say he robbed the Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa on March 8.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa Capitol employees have been offered training on how to respond to an armed attack on the premises. The offer comes after a law took effect allowing concealed handguns in the building. Legislative employees who work for the House and Senate and a nonpartisan agency have been invited to attend the training class in early September. A Senate Republican staffer says a new concealed carry law is not the reason the training is being offered.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds says the head of the Iowa Department of Human Services will respond to allegations of limited mental health care at a school for juvenile offenders. Reynolds was asked Tuesday about the Boys State Training School in Eldora following a report from Disability Rights Iowa that highlights the use of restraints and seclusion at the facility. Reynolds says the agency director will work with others to “make sure that we’re doing the right thing.”

Chase ends in Atlantic w/suspect surrendering


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A pursuit that began near Lewis went through Lewis and ended near 7th and Birch in Atlantic, with the driver surrendering to authorities at around 9:40-p.m., Tuesday. Toward the end of the chase, which involved several County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Iowa State Patrol and Atlantic Police, stop sticks were deployed on Atlantic’s southwest side. The vehicle being pursued, a white, full-size Dodge Ram pickup, ran over the stop sticks which deflated the tires. As the vehicle continued into Atlantic, the two front tires shredded, and were down to the rims by the time the vehicle with Missouri license plates stopped and the driver puts his hands up to surrender.

According to the dispatch report, the driver and registered owner, was 34-year old Thomas Bradbury, who was wanted for a parole violation. Authorities were checking the area around Highway 6 and State Radio for an object or objects that may have been tossed from the vehicle. Speeds during the chase averaged about 80 miles per hour, and varied from 40-to 50- miles per hours as it entered Atlantic.

No other details were immediately available.

Atlantic School Board to meet Wed. evening


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will meet in a regular session Wednesday evening in the High School Media Center. On the agenda for their 5:30-p.m. meeting, is a Technology Update from Technology Director Roger Warne, and updates on the Building Project as well as Bus Inspections.

The Board will also act on approving contracts and/or Letters of Assignment for the following:

  • Andrea Really and Minden Jones, Co-Cheerleading Sponsors.
  • Paul Ruhr, Custodian Transfer from Washington Elementary to the High School.
  • Bryce Casey, Middle School FCS Teacher.
  • Marie Thompson and Monica Carlson, HS Level 3 Para’s.
  • Jessica Mendez, FS from 15 hrs/wk to 20 hrs/wk
  • Tonna Hoover, FS from 20 hrs/wk to 13.75 hrs/wk
  • Melanie McDermott, FS from 35 hrs/wk to 40 hrs/wk
  • Taylor Ransom, WA Para from Class 1 Para to Level 3 Para pay.
  • Angela Johnson and Sheryl Iekel, Link Center Para’s
  • Vanessa Proehl, transfer from FS to MS Para.
  • Joanie Grubbs, PS Para.

They will also act on approving the resignation of MS Para Cori Metheny. In other business, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving: the Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (IDATP) 2018 enrollment form and fees for Bus Drivers (a State requirement); a Letter of Understanding with regard to the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center (CCEOC) and the Exira/EHK, CAM  & Griswold School Districts and related fees ($668.80 per student); and, a Fiscal Year 2017 Audit Engagement Letter with Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, PC’s, of Newton, in the amount of $8,700.

Prior to adjournment, the Board will discuss information with regard to the Labor Management Committee.

Master Gardener Training Available this Fall

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Extension to host training sessions beginning mid- September

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required. The program equips volunteers to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices, and in return they are asked to share that knowledge with their local communities through projects that contribute produce to food banks to enhance food security, make Iowa’s communities beautiful, and educate local residents and youth on gardening. Cass County has a large, active group of Master Gardeners- with over 80 individuals having completed the program over the past 30 years, and more than 30 currently reporting service hours each year.

“Master Gardeners provide information and education to Iowans,” said Susan DeBlieck, ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener assistant coordinator. “They are excellent community resources who help make the state a better place to live.”

The Cass County Extension office will be one of the training locations for the Master Gardener class this fall. Classes will begin Tuesday evening September 19, and run through November 14. The trainings will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays weekly. There will also be three hands-on workshops held during the course of the trainings, as well as a training session held on the Iowa State University campus on Saturday, October 7 and 21.

Those interested in being trained as a Master Gardner can apply online at https://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php. Applications for the Master Gardener Program are due by September 1 to participate in 40 hours of Master Gardener training. Training fees are $195 for all materials and classes. Persons who are unable to apply online can contact the Extension Office for assistance in applying to the program.

After completing the course, Master Gardener trainees start their work as volunteers within the community, volunteering 40 hours in the first year to graduate from “trainee” status, and 20 hours per year after that to maintain their active status, while building their gardening know-how by participating in ten hours of continuing education annually. Master Gardeners donated nearly 120,000 volunteer hours during 2016, providing the equivalent of $2.6 million of labor to help beautify and educate Iowa communities, and address ongoing food security issues.

Individuals not interested in becoming a Master Gardener and fulfilling volunteer requirements can still participate in the training. The ProHort program allows individuals to gain knowledge while earning a certificate of completion. Cost for the ProHort program is $550 and does not include any volunteer requirements.

For more information on the Master Gardener classes in Cass County, please contact the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132 or email Program Coordinator Kate Olson at keolson@iastate.edu.

Red Oak man arrested on sexual abuse charge


August 8th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest Tuesday of a Red Oak man on a sexual abuse charge. At 3:45pm Officers arrested 46-year-old Richard Bryan Jenkins of Red Oak for Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree. Jenkins was arrested in the 200 block of North Broadway in Red Oak and taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $10,000 cash bond.

Reynolds: DHS head examining school’s mental health options


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds says the head of the Iowa Department of Human Services will respond to allegations of limited mental health care options at a school for juvenile offenders. Reynolds was asked Tuesday about the Boys State Training School in Eldora following a report from Disability Rights Iowa that highlights the use of restraints and seclusion at the facility.

Reynolds says Jerry Foxhoven, the new DHS director, will work with the school’s superintendent and others to “make sure that we’re doing the right thing.” She says it’s Foxhoven’s responsibility to assess the situation and she expects to circle back with him.

Disability Rights Iowa threatened to file a federal lawsuit against Reynolds and others if recommended changes aren’t implemented. The school’s superintendent defended the school following the report’s release.

$1M bill deposit attempt leads to Iowa man’s drug arrest


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man who tried to deposit what he presented as a $1 million bill has been charged with drug possession in Iowa. A criminal complaint says Sioux City police officers were called to a Northwest Bank branch Thursday to talk to a man who tried to deposit the bill into his account. The officers asked 33-year-old Dennis Strickland whether he had any more of the bills and that a baggie fell out when he emptied a pocket. The complaint says the baggie contained methamphetamine.

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has never produced a $1 million bill. Iowa court records say Strickland is scheduled to be back in court Monday.

109 US salmonella cases now linked to papayas from Mexico


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. health officials say more people have contracted salmonella by eating papayas from a farm in southern Mexico. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 109 people in 16 states have caught the illness from eating papayas traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico.

Nearly half of the cases have been in New York and New Jersey, which had 36 and 26, respectively. Virginia has had 11 cases, Pennsylvania has had seven and Maryland has had six. Connecticut and Minnesota have each reported four cases, and Massachusetts has had three.

Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma have each reported two cases, while Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have had one each. One death, in New York City, has been blamed on the outbreak. Those sickened can experience diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever. The illness can be more severe when contracted by young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.

2 Des Moines men arrested for Sac City burglary


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into the burglary of an auto parts store in Sac City has resulted in the arrest of two central Iowa men. The Sac City Police Department reports 33-year old Eric Coon and 37-year old Rocco Viola, both of Des Moines, face felony Burglary in the 3rd degree charges.

Authorities say the men were delivering supplies to the Carquest Auto Parts Store Sac City. After they dropped off the supplies they allegedly went to the front of the store and stole several items. The incident, which happened on July 10th at around 3:20-a.m., and was discovered the following morning.

Casey bank robbery update


August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a white Chevy extended cab pickup, with lettering on passenger rear side window. The vehicle’s driver may have information with regard to the July 21st robbery of the Rolling Hills Bank, in Casey. The vehicle was seen in front of the bank around the time of the robbery. Anyone with  information about the incident should call the Guthrie County Sheriffs Office at 641-747-2214.

A picture of a similar make and model of the truck.