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Greenfield couple arrested on assault charges

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from from Greenfield were arrested last week on assault charges. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports 26-year old’s Zachary Ryan McNeeley, and Rachael Ellen Ragan were taken into custody by Greenfield Police at around 12:45-p.m. on April 24th, at 403 S. Jackson Street. Both face a charge of Serious Domestic Assault.

McNeeley allegedly threw Ragan to the ground, causing a head injury. Ragan allegedly slapped and scratched McNeeley’s face while she was trying to leave. The pair were later released on $1,000 bond.

32-year old Patrick Lawrence Nolte, of Menlo, was arrested by deputies in Adair County on April 26th, on Adair County warrants related to Driving While Barred. He was being held in the Adair County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Sioux City volunteers install more than 600 smoke detectors

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Organizers say volunteers installed more than 600 smoke detectors in Sioux City homes during a fire safety blitz. The Sioux City Journal says more than 100 volunteers teamed up to visit around 1,600 homes Saturday in an area that accounted for 7 percent of Sioux City’s fires in 2015 although occupying just 1 percent of the land inside city limits.

As one volunteer on each team installed a detector, other team members talked to residents about fire safety.

4 arrests in Creston

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report four people were arrested over the weekend. Sunday night, 31-year old Barrett Driskell, of Afton, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a warrant out of Adams County for Child Endangerment and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Driskell was released to the custody of Adams County authorities. Early Sunday morning, 56-year old Michael Fry, of Creston, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Fry was later released on $300 bond.

Late Saturday night, 49-year old Kimberly Bunker, of Creston, was arrested for Public Intoxication. She was subsequently released on a promise to later in court. And, 20-year old Noah Coleman, of Creston, was arrested Saturday evening for Simple Assault. He also was released on a promise to appear in court.

Creston Police said also, a resident living in the 400 block of W. Townline Road reported early Friday morning, someone had entered her home sometime between April 26th and 29, and taken items that include a 52-inch LG TV, a Playstation gaming system, bracelets and watches. The loss was estimated at $750.

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic Fire responds to gas leak Sunday night

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Fire Department responded to a natural gas leak at 709 Elm Street late Sunday night. Fire Chief Mark McNees says a neighbor called in the report at around 11:38-p.m.  Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a broken joint on the line leading to the gas meter. The gas was successfully shut off, and the neighbors at 711 Elm were evacuated after investigation revealed the home at 709 contained a large amount of natural gas. The home was unoccupied for the evening, except for the homeowner’s dog.

Alliant Utility workers arrived and began digging the entrance line as the leak was feared to be underground as well.  Atlantic Municipal Utilities was also called to shut off the electricity to home to avoid any potential ignition sources. After excavating the underground entrance line and discovering no other leak, the neighbors were allowed back in their home. The occupant was located and advised of the situation.

The homeowners advised they had recently replaced a foundation wall. The ground area beneath the gas meter had settled greatly since then and allowed the meter and line to sink into the ground causing the break.

Alliant and Atlantic Fire officials remind residents that any excavation around a gas meter is dangerous and proper backfilling underneath the lines and meter is critical to prevent such settling and possible breaks and leaks.

Fire Chief Mark McNees says “Thankfully disaster was averted in this case. Had this happened later in the evening the result could have been much worse.  It was a dangerous situation for some period of time until the home was ventilated and we were sure there was no more underground leak.”

The Atlantic Fire Department was also assisted by the Atlantic Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The AFD was on scene for 2 hours.

Midwest economic survey index figure drops after 3 increases

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly after rising for three months, but they still point to economic growth.  A report issued today (Monday) says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index declined to 50.1 in April from 50.6 in March.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.  Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “continuing weakness in the region’s agriculture and energy sectors remains an obstacle to improving overall growth.”

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/2/2016

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug charge near Villisca; Red Oak teen charged w/assault

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a man from Union County was arrested this (Monday) morning on a drug charge, north of Villisca. 32-year old Jason Michael Merboth, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:45-a.m., following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highways 34 & 71. Merboth was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

And, Police in Red Oak, Sunday, arrested, cited, and then released from custody, a 17-year old from Red Oak. Coltan James Wasson, of Red Oak,  was arrested at around 5:20-p.m. at a residence in the 100 block of E. Joy Street in Red Oak. He was charged with Simple Assault and later released to the custody of his mother.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 2nd 2016

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May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drunken driving deaths in Iowa increased to 123 last year, but the number of driver’s license revocations is down. Officials say the decline is likely a result of having fewer officers on the road, so there are fewer arrests. More people may also be taking cabs instead of driving after they have been drinking.

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley will join a national group in southwest Iowa to talk about taxpayer preferences. The National Taxpayer Advocate Service has announced it will hold a public forum at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Red Oak. Those who attend will get the chance to talk about what how the IRS can better help them comply with their tax obligations.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Center for abused children in Sioux City raising $2 million to expand the facility. The project will triple the space at the Mercy Child Advocacy Center and make the facility more confidential and secure.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences to adjourn the legislative session, because at one point their disagreements came down to less than $15 million. There were lengthy private meetings over less than $500,000 given to family planning facilities like Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers were also at odds over $9.7 million for salaries to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowa center for abused children raising $2 million to expand

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May 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A center for abused children in Sioux City is raising $2 million for an expansion project. The Sioux City Journal reports the project will roughly triple the size of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center to 9,000 square feet. The project will create a stand-alone facility and add two more interview rooms and another examination room.

Plus, it will make the facility more secure and give it a separate entrance. Currently families enter the center through the endoscopy unit at the hospital. The facility serves 40 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and has seen over 15,000 children since it opened in 1989.