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Powerball winners (Updated 8:40-a.m.)

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – At least three people in two states will split the $448 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery officials say two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and one was sold in Minnesota.  Minnesota lottery officials say that state’s winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Anoka County.

New Jersey lottery officials say one of the winning tickets in that state was purchased at a Super Stop & Shop store in South Brunswick. The other one was bought at an Acme Markets store in Little Egg Harbor.  Phil Weber, the director of the Acme store, says he’s just happy that, in his words, “someone’s life is changing for the positive.”

No winners have come forward yet.  The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

Motorcycle accident in Guthrie County

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol and deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene of a motorcycle accident this morning. Details are limited at this time, but we do know the crash occurred on White Pole Road (Highway 6). We’ll have more on this story when information becomes available.

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Atlantic committee to discuss possible new site for City Hall and/or P-D

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Personnel and Finance Committee will meet this evening in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. During the session, which begins at 5:15, the Committee will discuss the City’s interest in the former Sitel building at 1206 Southwest 7th Street, for a possible use as City Hall and/or the Police Department.

In the Fall of 2011, Cass County began in the process of looking for a new facility to house an expanded 9-1-1/ Communications Center, and had explored the possibility of combining such a facility with the Iowa State Patrol, but that concept soon fell by the way side.

Officials say finding more space in the courthouse or on the grounds of the facility has become a necessity, as the current 9-1-1/Communications Center has outgrown its current location, and, because new technology will take up more space and require the use of additional personnel to operate it. Combining the City of Atlantic and Cass County County Emergency Communications operations is one of the options being considered.

The Personnel and Finance Committee is also expected to discuss making changes to the building permit fee charged by the City of Atlantic.

Atlantic City Council holds-off on request from Cass Co. Fair Assoc.

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday evening decided to hold-off on approving a request by the Cass County Fair Board, for the abatement of a building permit fee pertaining to the construction of a new Cattle Barn on the Cass County Fairgrounds. Mayor Dave Jones said the matter would come before the City’s Personnel and Finance Committee this (Thursday) evening at City Hall (beginning at 5:15), because there are some “loopholes” in the current City Ordinances that create an unfair pricing system for building permit fees that need to be addressed prior to the Council acting on abating a fee for the Cattle Barn. The current ordinance would require the non-profit Fair Board to pay a nearly $3,100 fee for a permit to construct the barn.

Mayor Jones says when the Ordinances were updated they passed a simple 30-cents per square foot building permit. The theory was that for a 10-thousand square foot building, the permit fee would be $3,000. The same principal applies to the construction of a building metal carport, which Zoning Administrator John Lund, the Mayor, and others, considers to be “exorbitant.”

Councilman Steve Livengood said he was on the Committee that established the prices for a building permit fee. Livengood said the decision to base the fee on square footage was not an easy one to make, but they wanted to ensure poorly constructed structures were being erected. He said it’s inequitable and they are currently looking for better ideas. Livengood said also he’s “Still a huge advocate of ‘If you pay the government some money, you should get something for it.’” Livengood said — referring to Atlantic’s Building Permit fee — “Quite honestly, you really don’t get much for a building permit, so you shouldn’t have to pay a lot for it, either.”

In other business, the Council set August 21st at 5:30-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing the proposed Code of Ordinances. City Administrator Doug Harris said the Code was re-codified over the past 18-months, and is the first time that’s been done in 10-years. The new Code incorporates State and Legislative changes, changes made as part of the Model Code recommended by the Iowa Municipal League, and those made by the City itself.

Iowa early News Headlines: Aug. 8th 2013

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines suburb of Ankeny has selected the Polk County administrator as its news city manager. The City Council last night chose David Jones, who as Polk County administrator was responsible for administration of county operations, staff and managing the budget. Ankeny is north of Des Moines and has a population of more than 45,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he will not run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Bruce Braley’s run for Senate. In an email to supporters yesterday, the Hiawatha resident says he will run for re-election to the state House.

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa have arrested two people in connection with a robbery at a church. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Robby Jones, and 38-year-old Rana Frisch, both of Newton, were arrested yesterday. Police say Jones and Frisch entered St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo and robbed a church employee on Wednesday.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Students, teachers and parents from an eastern Iowa high school have been stranded in east Africa after a fire swelled into a roaring inferno at Kenya’s main airport and halted international flights. The group of 26 from Maquoketa High School was in the area after completing a mission trip that helps build houses and hospitals. The group has been told the earliest they can travel out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is Friday.

Monona County Auditor pleads not guilty to meth purchasing charge

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman who serves as the auditor for Monona County, has plead not guilty to drug charges. 27-year old Brooke Ann Kuhlmann entered her plea in front of the judge on Tuesday. And while her case is on-hold pending the outcome of a District Court case, according to the Omaha World-Herald, the Monona County attorney has recommended a review of the County’s financial records.
Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a statement last week, that Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer on Monday who had seized a dealer’s cell phone the day before.
After the drug purchase, Onawa police initiated a traffic stop and took Kuhlmann into custody for questioning. She was arrested and charged with possessing methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possessing drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. She was subsequently released from custody, and remains free on a $1,000 signature bond. Kuhlmann, a Democrat, is serving her second term as auditor.

Powerball luck strikes 3 times in 2 states

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August 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation’s latest Powerball millionaires. Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said late Wednesday night that three tickets matched the winning numbers and will split the lottery’s latest massive jackpot: $448 million. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported early Thursday that a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery said that one of the multimillion-dollar tickets was purchased at a supermarket in South Brunswick, N.J., and the other ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Information on the Minnesota ticket was not available early Thursday.

Maryland man injured in I-80 Cass County crash

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Maryland was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha following a single vehicle accident this (Wednesday) afternoon on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 28-year old Matthew Shilman, of Westminster, MD, was traveling west on I-80 near the 57-mile marker (Olive St. Exit), when his 2005 Subaru Impreza left the road and entered the north ditch. The car went through a fence and into a field before colliding with a ditch embankment.

Accident scene. Photo by Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Mgmt.

Accident scene. Photo by Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Mgmt.

Officials say Shilman, who was wearing his seat belt, was flown by LifeNet to Creighton Medical Center. The accident, which happened at around 2:08-p.m., remains under investigation. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Fire and Rescue, and Medivac Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Accident in Page County this morning

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Page County report charges are pending against a College Springs man following completion of an investigation into a personal injury accident that occurred this (Wednesday) morning. The accident happened near 2860 Nutmeg, on the north edge of College Springs. Authorities say an investigation revealed that 34-year old Richard Edward Hale, of College Springs was driving a 1997 Ford Extended cab F-150 pickup north on Missouri Avenue, when,  according to Hale, a deer ran out in front of him.

Hale swerved to the east to avoid the deer, and then over-corrected to the west, causing the pickup to begin a counter-clockwise spin.  When the truck entered the west ditch, its passenger side tires caught in the turf of the ditch, causing it to roll passenger side down nearly twice before coming to rest on its roof and hood. 

Hale exited the pickup and went to the residence on the west side of the road for assistance.The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the College Springs Fire & Rescue, and the Clarinda Fire & Rescue.

(12-p.m. News)