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Harlan man arrested in Cass County

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Cass County arrested a man from Shelby County Wednesday. Officials say 22-year old William Eugene Dunlap, Jr., 22, of Harlan, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Dunlap was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

Manure spill in Adams County

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Department of Natural Resources says it’s checking on a manure spill from a hog farrowing operation that occurred in Adams County, Thursday afternoon. Officials say at about 3:45 p.m., manure backed up and ran out a pipe at a New Fashion Pork facility near Nodaway. The spill occurred during a routine transfer of manure from a barn to a storage lagoon.

Staff immediately shut off flow, but estimate 15,000 gallons may have been released. The manure flowed under a county road and across a pasture with some reaching a ditch that flows to the Middle Nodaway River.

Farm staff built a temporary dam with hay bales and dirt, quickly stopping the manure flow at the edge of the pasture by 5:20 p.m. when DNR staff arrived. The DNR collected water samples Thursday evening. Field tests in the ditch and a tributary to the river showed slightly elevated levels of ammonia and no signs of dead fish.

A contractor was working Friday to excavate manure and saturated soil from the pasture, expecting to complete cleanup by early morning. The DNR will monitor cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement action.

23 years after Iowa student’s death, mom hopes for answers

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) – The mother of a Grinnell College student slain nearly 23 years ago says she’s trying to remain optimistic that investigators will solve the case.
Twenty-one-year-old Tammy Jo Zywicki’s body was found in September 1992 near Springfield, Missouri, a month after her car was found in Illinois. She’d been driving back to the central Iowa school from her New Jersey home.

Tammy Jo Zywicki

Tammy Jo Zywicki

Her mother, JoAnn Zywicki, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that she’d been hopeful since enlisting the aid of the Philadelphia-based Vidocq Society, which is known for its interest in cold cases. But she says budget cuts are making it difficult for the investigation to progress in Illinois.

Illinois State Patrol Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla says the budget hasn’t been cut and that the Zywicki case remains a high priority.

Board of Supervisors approves Fed Aid agreement for Cass Co. Bridge Project

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday) approved a Federal Aid Agreement for a bridge replacement project on N-28, two-miles south of Highway 92, over a tributary to the West Nodaway River, near the Montgomery County line .

The agreement stipulates the County will comply with all Federal requirements that enable to the County to receive money for projects, which in this case amounts to 80-percent of the bridge cost. The bridge is expected to cost $600,000.

The Board also adopted a “Resolution to revise [the] Cass County Five-Year Program,” by advancing a bridge project on Akron Road, over a tributary of Crooked Creek, in Grant Township. Bridge #347 is on the Cass-Audubon County line. Audubon County will reimburse Cass County for half the project cost. The Resolution moves the project and costs from the 2016 Fiscal year to the 2017 Fiscal Year.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors also approved a request by Marker to put gravel on a Level B – or, dirt – road, that serves as access for the Griswold Golf Course, on the south side, one-mile north of Highway 92. The rock will cost about $10,000, but Marker says the County is in the position to make that happen.

A bridge that normally makes the Golf Course accessible, will be replaced beginning next Monday (August 3rd). The project is expected to be mostly complete by mid-November. The alternate road mean while, will remain Level B.

Buck Creek Dog Park Grand Opening

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening was held this (Friday) morning in Atlantic, for the Buck Creek Dog Park, located on the northwest side of the Schildberg Recreation Area.

Parks & Rec Board President Stuart Dusenberry cuts the ribbon for the Buck Creek Dog Park

Parks & Rec Board President Stuart Dusenberry cuts the ribbon for the Buck Creek Dog Park

Local dignitaries, park staff, Street Department personnel, the Dog Park Committee, Parks and Rec Board members, and members of the public gathered for the event, which, according to Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones has been in the works for about four-years, ever since his daughter came to him asking why Atlantic doesn’t have a facility similar to her town, in Nebraska.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring says he got the ball rolling by asking Dr. Keith Leonard (retired) from Atlantic Animal Health Center (currently owned by The Hoffman Family, and Dr. Victora with the Cass County Animal Clinic,if they would be willing to place collection jars at their businesses, to garner interest and funds for the facility.

After the Parks and Rec Department publicly announced plans for the Dog Park, Herring says a member of the community stepped forward with a substantial donation. Kevin and Christi Garrett put up $1,000 as seed money.

A huge chunk of money for the fencing came from the Cass County Community Foundation, which provided a grant amounting to $10,000, or nearly two-thirds of the cost.

Eagle Scouts Cain Page (Left) & Eric Wieser (right). Parks & Rec Director Roger Herring (Center)

Eagle Scouts Cain Page (Left) & Eric Wieser (right). Parks & Rec Director Roger Herring (Center)

And, two young men with the Eagle Scouts contributed time and labor toward the project, including Eric Wieser, who built and installed the exercise and agility equipment at the park. Cain Page, who built cantilevered sunshades and benches. Steve Livengood, of Atlantic also contributed a substantial amount of his time and effort toward the project.

Herring thanked everyone who donated their time, effort and of course contributions toward making the Buck Creek Dog Park a facility Atlantic can be proud of.

Petition drive urges governor to keep MHIs in Cherokee, Independence open

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A half dozen people delivered more than five-thousand petition signatures to the governor’s office Thursday afternoon, urging Governor Terry Branstad to keep the two remaining state-run Mental Health Institutes open. Branstad closed the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant this year and Aubreeanna Dolan, of West Des Moines organized the online petition drive.

“The resources are not out there for these individuals that are in these homes,” she says. Legislators passed a bipartisan compromise that would have temporarily restored services at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute for frail elderly patients who are mentally ill. The plan also called for reopening the Mount Pleasant facility for treatment of patients with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. Branstad vetoed those proposals and has not ruled out closing the remaining two Mental Health Institutes. Dolan says the mental health care system cannot stand the loss.

“I know several individuals that have gotten services from these institutions and it’s saved their lives,” Dolan says. Dolan points to a recent Pew Charitable Trust report which ranked Iowa 47th among the states for the percentage of the state budget spent on mental health services. The state president of the AFSCME union and 20 state legislators have filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Branstad’s closure of the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Fewer than 200 mentally ill patients are cared for in the state hospitals in Cherokee and Independence.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update) Marne woman cited following crash near Walnut

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Marne was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Yield one-half of the roadway, following a collision Thursday afternoon on Highway 83, near Walnut.  Lt. Rob Ambrose, with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, told KJAN News 26-year old Heidi Johnson, of Marne, was traveling east at around 2:18-p.m., when the 2013 Nissan Rouge (a crossover-style SUV) she was driving, crossed the center line of the road into part of the westbound lane. The SUV collided with a westbound 2002 Chrysler, driven by 26-year old Samantha Walters, of Atlantic.

Walters suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Walnut Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, for treatment. Johnson refused medical treatment at the scene. Damage from the crash amounted to approximately $24,000.

Clarinda P.D. Makes Felony Drug Arrest

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda arrested an Appanoose County man early this (Friday) morning, on drug charges. Officials say at around 2:20-a.m., 48-year old James Edward Logston Jr., of Cincinnati, Iowa, was taken into custody following a traffic stop. He faces a felony possession of a controlled substance charge, with the substance believed to be marijuana, and, possession of equipment and paraphernalia used for the ingestion of illicit substances.

Logston Jr. was being held in the Page County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before a Magistrate.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/31/2015

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Fri., 7/31/2015

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July 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson