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Atlantic Police report 5 arrests and 2 accidents


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports five people were arrested on separate charges recently. Last Friday, Officers with the A-PD arrested 20-year old Douglas Cline, of Atlantic, on Cass County warrants for Violation of Probation. On Saturday, 55-year old Phillip Fraser, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Simple Assault. On Nov. 29th, 32-year old Adam Morris, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault and Simple Assault causing bodily injury. On Nov. 25th, 26-year old Devin Register, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County Sheriff’s warrant for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. And, on Nov. 22nd, 32-year old Daniel Long, of Atlantic, was arrested on Cass County warrants for Theft in the 3rd Degree, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. All subjects were transported to the Cass County Jail and booked-in.

And, no injuries were reported following accidents that occurred Dec. 1st and 2nd. Officials say Patrice Hanson, of Forest City, was given a warning for Failure to Yield upon entering a through street, after she stopped at the intersection of 10th and Olive Streets on Dec. 1st, before proceeding westbound into the intersection, where her vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Jordan Edgington, of Atlantic. Edgington was making a left-hand turn from northbound Olive onto 10th Street at the time. The accident, which happened at around 6-p.m. Thursday, resulted in $2,500 damage.

The second accident happened at around 5:10-p.m. Friday at the intersection of 7th and Olive Streets, when a vehicle driven by April Lummus, of Atlantic, struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Pamela Rodriguez, of Atlantic. The accident occurred as Rodriguez was slowing for a red light as she was traveling east on 7th Street. Damage from the collision amounted to $3,200. Police cited Lummus for Failure to Stop in an assured, clear distance.

Atlantic woman arrested on drug charge last week


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two women were arrested following a traffic stop last week. 20-year old Selena Marie Hansen, of Atlantic, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court. Also arrested during the same traffic stop, was 54-year old Beth Ann Bonnesen, of Atlantic. Bonnesen was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine/1st Offense. Both women were taken to the Cass County Jail. Bonnesen was released on her own recognizance later that day; Hansen was released on her own recognizance several days later.

Last Friday, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year old JaNae Nicole Anderson, of Audubon, on five counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card (less than $1,000). Anderson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on her own recognizance.

On November 28th, 22-year old Nicholas Wayne Renner, of Huxley, was arrested in Cass County on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Renner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond. And, on November 29th, 25-year old Devin Allen Foote, of Griswold, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s Office charge of Violation of a No Contact Order. Foote was released later that day on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty before the magistrate.

Harlan man arrested Mon. morning for OWI; Oakland man arrested Sun. for assault


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Shelby County man was arrested early this (Monday) morning on an OWI charge following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County, near mile marker 39. After the 2001 Mercury driven by 32-year old Andrew Jacob Smith, of Harlan, was pulled over for having a partially obstructed license plate, the Deputy observed Smith had blood shot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol was coming from the vehicle.

Smith told the Deputy he had consumed two drinks. He consented to a Field Sobriety Test and Preliminary Breath Test, which registered a preliminary Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .142 (point One-Four-Two) percent. A subsequent breath test at the Pott. County Jail registered .112 Percent. Smith was taken into custody for OWI/1st Offense and Failure to Maintain a Registration (License) Plate.

The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office said also, a man from Oakland was arrested Sunday night for Domestic Assault resulting in bodily injury, after he allegedly assaulted his mother. 41-year old Shane Elam Rouse was taken into custody after his son reported the incident to authorities. The victim of the assault suffered a bump on the head.

3 injured in Harrison County crash, Sunday afternoon


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people were injured when two vehicles collided Sunday afternoon on northbound Interstate 29, in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by 25-year old Tanner D. Harl, of Onawa, was passing a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 45-year old Hugo Ronaldo Corado-Urrutia, of Syracuse, NE, when the SUV drifted into the the side of the pickup, causing both vehicles’ drivers to lose control.

The SUV rolled over and came to rest on its top in the center median, while the pickup spun around on the road and rolled over before coming to rest in the east ditch. Both drivers, and a passenger in the pickup, 32-year old Edwin Otero-Chicas, of Syracuse, NE, were injured. Corado-Urrutia and Otero-Chicas were transported by Mondamin and Missouri Valley Rescue, respectively to the Missouri Valley Hospital, while Harl was flown from the scene by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Hospital, in Omaha. All three men were wearing their seat belts.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputies and Missouri Valley Police assisted at the scene.

Guthrie County man arrested after chase in Polk County


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Des Moines arrested a Guthrie County man driving a stolen vehicle late Sunday night. According to WHO-TV, 40-year old Jason Lathrop, of Bagley, was being held in the Polk County Jail following his arrest at around 11:45-p.m. on the east side of the metro.

Lathrop faces charges that include eluding, driving with a suspended license, and second degree theft. He also had outstanding warrants for unauthorized use of credit cards and fifth degree theft.

Fatal crash in Shelby County Saturday morning


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County died during a rollover accident Saturday morning, in Shelby County. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year old Devon Lee McClain, of Elliott, died at the scene of the crash in the 1100 block of Timber Road. The accident happened at around 9:45-a.m.

Authorities say McClain was traveling northbound on Timber Road when he lost control of the 1999 Chevy Tahoe he was driving, causing the vehicle to rollover into the east ditch.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Harlan Fire Department, Harlan Police Department and Medivac Ambulance.

2 men arrested on drug charges in Adair County


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop Nov. 28th for speeding, in the 1800 block of Stuart Road. After the Deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, he had the driver, 29-year old William R.H. Halstead, of West Sacramento, CA, and the passenger, 45-year old Timothy Noel Cummings, of Fort Dodge, exit the vehicle. While both subjects were handcuffed and detained, a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a bag containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana shoved inside the side of the passenger seat.

A continued search of the vehicle resulted in another bag of a similar substance being found in the passenger seat, and 4 glass jars of a green leafy substance in the trunk. Both men were arrested, with Cummings being charge with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 1st offense. Cummings posted a $1,000 bond, and was released from the Adair County Jail, the following day.

Halstead was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license. Once at the Adair County Jail, a pipe used for smoking meth was found on Halstead. And, inside the flap of his underwear, was a bag with a substance believed to be marijuana. Halstead was subsequently charged with Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility. He posted a $5,000 bond the following day, and was also released.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports also, 39-year old Lare Michelle Gilmore, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday night for Harassment in the 3rd Degree, after she allegedly  harassed several youth Friday afternoon as they were walking home from school. Gilmore allegedly screamed profanities at the youth, “flipped them off,” and took pictures of them, causing the youth to feel threatened and intimidated. The woman was released from custody Saturday, on her own recognizance.

Authorities say 55-year old Timothy John VanEaton, of Orient, was arrested last Thursday night, on an Adair County warrant charging him with Theft in the 5th Degree. He was released later that same night on $500 bond. And, 49-year old Michael Paul Brummer, of Mason City, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense on Nov. 27th, after a State Patrol Trooper found Brummer’s vehicle illegally parked along Interstate 80 in Adair County, at Exit 75. Brummer was asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, while the engine was still running. An open container of alcohol was found in the vehicle’s center console, along with three full cans of beer on the passenger seat. Tests later determined Brummer was intoxicated by more than twice the legal limit. He was released from custody the following day on $2,000 bond.

Cass County Supervisors to continue w/talks about ethanol plant


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, will continue with discussion pertaining to a proposed ethanol plant and related development agreement. During their meeting last week, proposals from Elite Octane were discussed for incentives to construct an ethanol plant in Cass County. The plant would be funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF), with the future property tax to be paid by Elite Octane.

An initial proposal made by Cass County was not accepted. After lengthy discussion of the two options proposed by Elite Octane, it was decided to consult legal counsel and to not schedule a hearing regarding a development agreement. During Wednesday’s meeting, the Supervisors are expected to act on a Memorandum of Understanding with Elite Octane.

The Supervisors are also expected to act on a Resolution to set a hearing date on Amending the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area by adding Elite Octane site parcels, and a Development Agreement with Elite Octane.

Their meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.

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Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council releases recommendations


December 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council has released four recommendations to help school districts that have too many students missing class. Governor Terry Branstad’s Special Assistant for Education, Linda Fandel, was part of the group. “The first recommendation is to establish a uniform way to define an track chronic absenteeism,” Fandel says. ” And that definition is missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason — excused or unexcused. In Iowa if a student misses 10 percent of school, at a minimum that’s 18 days, and that’s nearly a month of school.”

The Department of Education says an average of eight-point-three percent of school kids are chronically absent across the state. “The second recommendation is to launch a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of good attendance and the impact of chronic absenteeism on student success,” Fandel says. She says a study by the Child & Family Policy Center shows the impact of kids missing school. “Students who were chronically absent were less likely to be reading proficiently by the end of third grad. So the council wanted to launch a campaign to raise awareness about the need to step up and address the problem,” Fandel says.

She says many school districts already make promoting good attendance a high priority and some offer extra support to families facing barriers. That includes efforts in Council Bluffs, Cardinal, Denison, Des Moines and Muscatine. The third recommendation is to create a statewide mechanism for disseminating best practices and resources to schools.  “The fourth recommendation is to establish an advisory group through the Iowa Department of Education to explore how to better collaborate across systems and with families to reduce chronic absenteeism,” according to Fandel. “And that’s getting at the fact that a lot of different systems and organizations are involved in helping address chronic absenteeism and and we want to maximize communication and cooperation to help them get services to schools.”

The group met once a month from August through November, and has now forwarded their recommendations to the governor. “Now the governor and Lieutenant governor will look at these recommendations and consider the next steps.

The Council’s report can be found here https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2016%20Iowa%20Chronic%20Absenteeism%20Advisory%20Council%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf.

(Radio Iowa)