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Elliott woman arrested Tuesday on OWI charge

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Cass County arrested an Elliott woman this (Tuesday) morning. The Sheriff’s office says 48-year old Kristine Courtney Ryan was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/2nd Offense. Ryan was brought to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $2,000 bond.

Griswold School Board approves updated 1:1 technology

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board, Monday evening, approved the purchase of new 1-to-1 laptops. Superintendent Dana Kunze said the current generation of laptops for the students are ending their life span. Kunze said the board also approved the purchase of Ipads and an expansion of the 1-to-1 initiative to include 1st and 2nd graders, which means all students in grades 1 thru 12 will have computers or Ipads in the next school year.

He said also, the Griswold School Board approved the specifications only, for the possible purchase of a new, 8-seat full-size van. The vehicle has not yet been purchased.

2 arrests in Atlantic, Monday

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on separate charges Monday, in Atlantic. The A-PD reports 28-year old Jacky Walter, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury. Walter was booked into the Cass County Jail. And, 17-year old Damian Sibbits, of Greene, was arrested on a charge of Harassment in the 1st Degree. Sibbits was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center, in Council Bluffs.

Creston man arrested for harassment

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Creston was arrested Saturday morning on a harassment charge. Creston Police report 52-year old Kirby Jay Konkler was arrested just before 5-a.m. Satureday at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 34 in Creston. Konkler was taken into custody on a Union County warrant for Harassment in the 1st Degree. He was later released on $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/21/2015

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic: Buck Creek Off-leash Dog Park update

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Buck Creek Dog Park at the Schildberg Recreation Area in Atlantic is closer to becoming a reality. Over the past month, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring and Assistant Director Seth Staashelm have been working with Snyder and Associates Engineers to come up with a site plan for the park, and devised a conceptual layout.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Director Roger Herring talks about the Schildberg Rec Area Dog Park site plan. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Atlantic Parks & Rec Director Roger Herring talks about the Schildberg Rec Area Dog Park site plan. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Herring told the Parks Board Monday night, that the next step is to contact local vendors of fencing materials to determine the cost and availability of the material. Thanks to $10,000 grant from the Cass County Community Foundation, Herring said the off-leash dog park will be enclosed in a chain-link fence, which the grant will take care of nearly two-thirds of the cost for. The rest will be paid for through the department’s Capital Projects funds.

The nearly three-acre park will be divided into areas for large and small dogs, providing ample space for them to run and play. Herring said the plan is to have the dog park open sometime around Memorial Day.

Buck Creek Dog Park site plan at the Schildberg Rec Area. (Click on image to enlarge)

Buck Creek Dog Park site plan at the Schildberg Rec Area. (Click on image to enlarge)

Herring said also, a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in the amount of $103,000 has been approved from the Iowa Department of Transportation, with regard to the Lake #2 Trail at the Schildberg Recreation Area. The project is expected to cost $134,000. The Atlantic City Council, in February, had agreed to sponsor the grant application with a $26,800 commitment for the project.

In other news, construction on the replacement Kiddie Korral Shelter at Sunnyside Park is expected to be completed by around Sept. 15th, and the Camblin Shelter refurbishment project at Sunnyside Park,should be wrapped-up by around May 15th. Staashelm reported to the Parks Board, Monday, that pieces for the recycled plastic, cedar colored park benches to be located in the Senior Activity Area at Sunnyside have arrived, and are in the process of being assembled. He said also and ADA compliant drinking fountain has been installed near the tennis courts, and is being used a lot. The stylish foundation is equipped with a jug filling outlet, in addition to bubblers for water dispensing.

5 bar employees cited in Council Bluffs alcohol compliance check

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Employees of five businesses in Council Bluffs were cited for selling alcohol to minors, during a check conducted last Friday. Members of the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force conducted an undercover operation into the illegal sale of booze to minors at nine businesses. The sting was conducted with the assistance of two females, ages 18 and 19.

The businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors and their employees include: Driftwood Inn/35-year old Michelle Hamilton, of Omaha; Oskies for Sports/24-year old Hannah Dolson, of Council Bluffs; Victory Sports Bar/39-year old Rueben Serenil, of Omaha; Hounds Lounge/23-year old Makayla May, of Carter Lake; and T’z Bar/38-year old Timothy Evans, of Council Bluffs.

The four bars found to be in compliance with the law include: BadonkaRonks, Big Al’s, J&B’s Lounge, and the O’Face Bar, all in Council Bluffs.

Red Oak man arrested Monday night

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. Monday. Police say 45-year old Mark Douglas Berggren was taken into custody in the 1900 block of Sunnyslope Drive, in Red Oak, for Violation of a No Contact Order. Berggren was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Drug & alcohol-related arrests in Adams County

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April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report the arrest of a woman on a drug charge. Authorities say 26-year old Vanessa Rae Jones, of Nodaway, was at residence in Corning on April 13th, when a search warrant was executed at the home just before 11-a.m. on that date. Jones told deputies she had used meth, and consented to a urine sample at the Sheriff’s Office. The results of the test showed positive for the use of methamphetamine. Jones was charged with Possession of Meth and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, on April 11th, Adams County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of an under age party. Found at the home located on Orange Avenue in Corning, were open containers of alcohol and several, under age individuals. A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was also located. Officials say 18-year old’s Jacob Benjamin Wilson and Christian Leroy Bohn, of Corning, face Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, charges. Their bonds were set at $1,300.