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Cass and Adair Supervisors meeting preview

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their regular weekly meeting Wednesday morning in Atlantic. The only item on their agenda other than regular departmental reports, is the appointment of an individual to fill a vacancy term on the Cass County Conservation Board.

In Greenfield, the Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9-a.m. On their agenda, is an amendment to Construction Permit Applications, the Consideration of Rescoring of Circle G Pork with an Amended Matrix, and a resignation letter from County Sheriff Brad Newton, along with related discussion of vacancy procedures. Newton’s resignation, if approved by the Board, isn’t expected to be in effect until July.

In other business, the Adair County Board will hear from Custodian Rich Wallace, with regard to ceiling fans, and T-J Oder, with regard to County-owned property.

Harlan School Board approves wage increase

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education has approved a wage increase for non-certified support staff and administrators. In a regular meeting Monday, the board agreed to an 8 percent increase for the support staff and a 16.85 percent for Superintendent Justin Wagner. The administration was increased the same as the HEA at 4.26 percent. Superintendent Justin Wagner says the support staff took it upon themselves to figure out where they were in the Hawkeye 10.

“So they agreed, a group of about seven women, non-certified staff members said let’s walk through a comparative-ability study. We want to see what the people in the Hawkeye 10 that do our job make. Well six months later, they found out they are ten out of ten or nine out of ten in a lot of categories. We took some steps to try and get the increase. Last night we had a recommendation for the 8 percent increase because we have to start bumping up.”

The increase for Superintendent Wagner was also due to being in the bottom tier of the Hawkeye 10. In other business, the Harlan Community School Board approved two separate STEM Sharing Agreements. The first was with Iowa Western Community College for a three year agreement to host STEM classes. In addition, IWCC agreed to pay for ½ the teaching fees, $60,000 towards technology support and training costs. The second STEM agreement was with the A-H-S-T school district for two class periods and costs for the classes. The STEM agreement will need to be approved by the AHST School Board of Education at their next meeting to go in affect.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

2 Atlantic residents arrested on drug charges, Monday

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested on drug charges, Monday. 32-year old Ryan Paul, and 52-year old Sharadee Witt, both of Atlantic, each face Possession with the Intent to Distribute/Methamphetamine, Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, and Gathering where controlled substances are used and distributed, charges. Both were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Fight leads to three arrests in Harlan, Sunday

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a fight in progress Sunday in Harlan led to the arrest of  three people. Officers  called to the 1000 block of Chatburn Avenue subsequently arrested 23-year old Roger McIntosh, of  Portsmouth, 31-year old Eric Labenz, and 30-year old Jessica Dunn, both of Harlan. The suspects were taken to the Shelby County Jail and charged with intoxication in public, as well as disorderly conduct. Labenz and Dunn were also charged with simple assault, while McIntosh was charged with assault causing bodily injury. Labenz was transported to Myrtue Medical Center by private vehicle where he was treated for lacerations to his face and then released to police custody.

This past Saturday, officers in Harlan arrested 45-year old Mark Boardman, of Portsmouth, on a charge of Trespassing. His arrest took place after officers were called to the 500 block of 23rd Street following a report of an intoxicated person who would not leave the property.

And on Friday, 20-year old Shawn Hansen, of Harlan, was taken into custody after officers conducted a follow up investigation into a burglary in the North Park neighborhood. Hansen was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited acts penalties, and possessing contraband.

TX couple arrested after motor vehicle theft in Council Bluffs

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A couple from Dallas, Texas were arrested Monday afternoon following a pursuit in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News 25-year old Mario Guerrero-Jaquez and 30-year old Elsa Aguirre, were charged with Theft in the 1st degree, after they allegedly stole a white Ford F-350 pickup from the parking lot of the AMC Theater in Council Bluffs.

The incident began at around 3:30-p.m.   Danker says Elsa Aguirre was following her boyfriend in a black Ford pickup after the other vehicle was stolen. A deputy observed the vehicles traveling north on Interstate 29 and engaged in a pursuit. The vehicles exited at the Crescent interchange and proceeded south on another road before the F-350 became stuck in a field, and the other truck went into a ditch.

Both suspects were apprehended and brought to the Pott. County Jail, where they were being held on $10,000 bond, each.

Temporary road closure planned near Wiota, Thursday

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Interstate Railroad plan on conducting repair and/or maintenance work on a frequently traveled road near Wiota, Thursday. Rich Hansen, Assistant to Cass County Engineer Charles Marker, said the IIR will be working on County Road N-28 east of Wiota, near the intersection with Highway 83.

The work Thursday will take about six-hours, and necessitate the closure of the road at that location. Persons who travel in the vicinity should plan to take an alternate route.

8AM Newscast 04-15-2014

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April 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic School Board approves early retirement & reduction in graduation credits

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board Monday night, accepted Early Retirement incentive requests from a dozen instructors and/or staff members. Superintendent Mike Amstein announced the names. They include: Joanne DeArment, Reading Support at Washington Elementary; 2nd grade teachers Sue Riggs and Sharon Ambrose; Kindergarten/1st grade teacher Laurie Fell; 1st grade teacher Deb Murphy; 3rd grade teacher Nancy White; 4th & 5th grade teacher Bruce Hansen; Bev Schelling, Level 2 & 3; High School Math teacher Kathy Bradfield; 3rd grade teacher Nancy Christensen; Jayne Tyler, 2nd/3rd grade Math support; and, Denise Sasse, 2nd/3rd grade Reading Support.

Amstein said as he looked at the names, he realized there was “A lot of experience going out of the District,” especially with most of the resignations coming from the Washington Elementary School. He said it will be difficult to replace them, but it’s a process the district has gone through before. Amstein said at one time they were beginning teachers, too. He congratulated the retiring teachers on “A job well done, and a nice career.” He said they have served their time and done a good job serving the district.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board approved the appointment of Olivia Newburg, Secretary to the Superintendent, as Board Treasurer. They also approved, by a vote of 3-to 2, a recommendation by High School Administrators, the reducing of graduation credits from 52 to 48, beginning with the current Junior class.

Board members Dennis Davis and Phil Hascall voted against the motion. Both said they were concerned with the “rigor” of the courses being offered, and the possibility the District was “Dumbing things down,” or “lowering the bar,” for future graduating classes. Board President Kristy Pellet said she felt the same way at first, but became convinced it would help level the field a little more for kids who are struggling but making an honest effort.

Amstein said the rigor of the classes are not impacted, because they still have to meet the requirements of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

7AM Newscast 04-15-2014

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Nebraskan gets 25 years in Iowa child sex case

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April 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has been given 25 years in prison for sexually abusing girls ages 7 and 8 in western Iowa.  The Daily Nonpareil says 64-year-old John Schondelmeyer, of Bellevue, Neb., was sentenced on Monday. He’d been found guilty of two counts of sex abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Schondelmeyer was in the process of moving to Fayetteville, N.C., when he was arrested Oct. 17, 2013, at his Nebraska home.  Schondelmeyer will be transferred to Nebraska, where he faces more child sex charges.