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Hwy 6/7th Street construction project update

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

As part of a weekly report on the Highway 6/7th Street construction project here in Atlantic, Scott Suhr, Iowa Dept. of Transportation District 4 Planning Coordinator, says the contractor had a very productive week considering the amount of rain we received.

The sanitary sewer work at Mulberry, Pine and Spruce has been completed. The EPA work has also been completed. Bluffs Paving began trimming grade from Olive to Spruce. They will work on trimming grade from Spruce to Pine this week. The contractor will prepare grade from Pine to Cherry this week.

Suhr says there is a possibility the contractor may begin pouring concrete on Friday but there is a lot of work to do before that. The contractor will also work on the sanitary sewer near Plum Street this week. Atlantic Municipal Utilities could replace the water main later this week or possibly early next week.

Gov. Branstad signs broadband bill into law

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PERRY, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that is aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa. Branstad signed the bill Monday at an equipment supplier in Perry. The law creates a property tax relief program for service providers adding infrastructure for high-speed Internet, also known as broadband. It also designates more responsibility to the state’s chief information officer to establish more broadband opportunities.

Branstad made broadband expansion a legislative priority during the last two years, but lawmakers were often at odds over its implementation. A bill with more tax incentives for service providers failed in 2014. Lawmakers this year disagreed on the direction of a grant program that was stripped of $5 million in state dollars. The program is in the law, but it will be privately funded.

2 non-injury accidents in Union County

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County investigated two, non-injury accidents over the past few days. Late Saturday morning, vehicles driven by 17-year old Mica Graham, of Sidney, and Anthony Weeks, of Lorimor, collided at the intersection of Highways 169 and 34, causing $8,000 damage. Sheriff’s officials say when Weeks failed to yield the right of way, the 2010 Dodge Caravan collided with a 2005 Mercury Sable, driven by Graham. Weeks was cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn. He told authorities he didn’t see the car because of a vehicle in the turn lane.

The other accident happened just after Noon on Thursday, at the intersection of W. Howard and N. Elm Streets, in Creston. According to Police, a 2004 Chevy Malibu driven by 74-year old Maynard Madore, of Creston, was hit by a 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 48-year old Dixie Akers, of Creston, after Akers failed to obey a stop sign. Damage from the collision was estimated at $2,800.

2 Atlantic residents arrested on assault charges

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested on assault charges, Friday. 44-year old Brenda Osborn, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault. And, 58-year old Terry Calhoun, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault/3rd or subsequent offense. Both were booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, Atlantic Police say no injuries were reported following an accident late Friday morning, at 10th and Plum Streets. Officials say vehicles driven by Marjorie Turner and Sharon Arnold, both of Atlantic, collided just after 11-a.m., when Turner stopped, but then continued into the intersection as she was heading north on Plum Street. Her vehicle hit Arnold’s vehicle as it was heading west on 10th Street, causing a total of $18,000 damage. Turner was cited for Failure to Obey or Yield from a Stop Sign.

Audit says fired official filed for improper reimbursement

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Auditor’s Office says a special investigation showed the former superintendent of Shenandoah schools requested nearly $1,200 in improper or unsupported mileage reimbursements.

The investigation requested by the district says Jeff Hiser claimed mileage for a Des Moines meeting in late August, but meeting minutes show he attended electronically rather than traveling to Des Moines. The investigation report issued Monday also says Hiser claimed mileage for a Des Moines conference trip in early August but actually drove a district vehicle rather than his own.

The school board voted in November to considering terminating Hiser based on allegations of fraud, policy violations and a cover-up of misdeeds. He was fired in January.

Reminder: Cass County Landfill road bridge to be closed Wednesday

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A reminder to area residents from Cass County Engineer Charles Marker: primary access to the Cass County Landfill will be cut-off beginning this Wednesday, June 24th, due to a bridge replacement project. Landfill mapThe roughly 100-foot bridge is along Jackson Road, to the west of the landfill. Once the road is closed, it will remain closed for approximately two-to three months, depending on the weather. The project is being paid for with 80-percent federal bridge replacement funds and a 20-percent local government match.

Effective Wednesday, you will no longer be able to access the landfill road via Highway 71. Persons needing to bring items to the landfill will need to take Highway 6 (WhitePole Road), east, to just west of Wiota, and then turn south onto 665th Street. Continue south until you see Jackson Road, and turn west to reach the landfill.

OWI arrests in Audubon County

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested for impaired driving, over the weekend. At around 2:45-a.m. Saturday, 28-year old Travis Lee Strasser, of Audubon, was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on 180th Street, near Robin Avenue. Strasser was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later posted a cash bond, before being released. He’s scheduled to appear in court this Thursday morning.

And, at around 12:30-a.m. Sunday, 20-year old James Nicholas Madsen, of Kimballton, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Highway 44, near Crane Avenue. Madsen appeared later in front of a magistrate and was released, with his preliminary hearing set for July 9th.

Webster County man arrested in Audubon on drug charges

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department reports a man from Webster County was arrested last Wednesday, on drug and other charges. 24-year old Steven Allen Klein, of Fort Dodge, faces charges that include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Prove Security. Klein was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held to be seen by a magistrate.

Chase in Page County last Thursday results in 2 arrests

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), released details on a pursuit that took place last Thursday night. Authorities say at around 8:30-p.m., a Deputy from the Page County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of 190th Street, or about two-miles east of Shenandoah. The vehicle sped off west on 190th toward Shenandoah.

The pursuit continued into the eastern part of Shenandoah, where the vehicle, a 2000 Buick LaSabre, was located at a residence in the 100 block of East Grant. Two subjects in the car were apprehended: 20-year old Trey Bradley White, of Clarinda, and 24-year old Thomas Jeffrey Engstrand, of Braddyville.

White faces charges that include: Felony – Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver 5 grams or more, and misdemeanor charges of Eluding or attempting to elude Law Enforcement; Possession of drug paraphernalia; as well as numerous other traffic violations. He was being held in the Page County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.  Engstrand faces Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and
Possession of Drug paraphernalia, charges. He was being held in the Page County Jail on a $1000 cash or surety bond.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during their investigation by the Shenandoah Police Department and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Details released on weekend motorcycle chase that ended in Elk Horn

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released more information pertaining to a motorcycle chase that ended Saturday night in Elk Horn. We first told you about the chase on our web and social media pages, and during the Sunday morning news. Sgt. Bryan Michelson, with the Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs, told KJAN News a man who identified himself as 24-year old Tyler John Cross, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was arrested on multiple felony and traffic charges following the pursuit that began as a traffic stop on Interstate 80 eastbound  near the Shelby exit, at around 9:35-p.m.

The Trooper attempted to stop two motorcycles that did not have license plates. Both cycles pulled over onto the shoulder, but then sped-off. One of the cycles took the Avoca exit and got back on the interstate westbound, while the other continued eastbound.

The Trooper chased one of the cycles, a 2004 Kawasaki  ZX-1000 Racer along I-80, and continued to follow the motorcycle after it went through the median and resumed and easterly direction,  at speeds of up to 108-miles per hour. The pursuit continued onto northbound Shelby County Road M-47 before turning east onto F-58 into Elk Horn, where the driver (later identified as Cross) drove down sidewalks, through private property and a cemetery before losing control of the bike near a t-intersection in an alley near the Elk Horn High School. He then took off on foot with the Trooper in pursuit.

The man was eventually tackled, but allegedly offered resistance. A deputy deployed his stun gun.  Cross was taken taken into custody and brought to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment as a precaution, before being released to law enforcement.

During an investigation, it was determined the man had a loaded handgun in his backpack with the serial numbers ground off, along with more one-half pound of meth, two bags of marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, scales and cash, as well as multiple cell phones.

Cross remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $100,000 bond. He currently faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, a drug tax stamp violation, Prohibited Acts, Eluding, Personal possession of a controlled substance (not marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges are possible.

Michelson says the other motorcyclist got away. The incident remains under investigation.