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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board mtg. preview

News

May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet in a regularly scheduled session, 5:15-p.m. Monday, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. During the meeting, the Parks Board will discuss and/or act on a proposal from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40116 for signs in the parks asking people not to smoke around playground equipment and other areas.

Draft of proposed Clean Air/No smoking sign proposed by the local GS Troop

Draft of proposed Clean Air/No smoking sign proposed by the local GS Troop

The Board will also receive an update on the Buck Creek Dog Park, including site plan modifications, fencing cost, and a potential timeline for the project. Other updates include those with regard to: The Kiddie Korral site and Camblin Shelter refurbishment project at Sunnyside Park; Little League Complex playground equipment and installation; and a report on Summer Recreation Program registrations.

Wells Fargo text scam hits Shelby County area

News

May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A text message scam that’s been around in various forms since at least 2011 has hit the Shelby County area. Numerous residents received messages on their cell phones Sunday and earlier in the week, stating that their “Debit/credit card has been blocked.” The message provides a fake link, which, if accessed, requests your account information. A similar scam hit Cass County twice in March. Do not click on the link! Delete the text message. If you have a question about your account, call or stop by your local bank branch. If you have accessed the link and provided information, notify the bank immediately.

A Facebook user reported Sunday this message came across via text on their cell phone.

A Facebook user reported Sunday this message came across via text on their cell phone.

Wells Fargo’s website has numerous tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of fraud. They also have information about the scam mentioned in the text message: “A phishing attempt sent via SMS (Short Message Service) or text message to a mobile phone or device. This tactic is also referred to as smishing, which is a combination of SMS and phishing. The purpose of text message phishing is the same as traditional email phishing: convince recipients to share their confidential information.

Never take action on a request for your personal or financial information, including account numbers, passwords, Social Security number or birth date. If you receive a text message expressing an urgent need for you to update your information, activate an account, or verify your identity by calling a phone number or submitting information, on a website, do not respond and delete it. These messages may be part of a phishing scam conducted by fraudsters in an attempt to capture your confidential account information and may be used to commit fraud.”

Storms damage Iowa farm buildings, topple train cars

News, Weather

May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong storms damaged farm buildings across central Iowa, knocked down trees and toppled dozens of empty railcars. The storms caused damage in Decatur, Clarke, Dallas, Boone and Madison counties as it moved across the state early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service plans to send out teams to survey the damage on Sunday. No major injuries were reported.

Some of the most significant damage was reported west of Osceola where the empty coal cars were knocked over by wind. Several farm outbuildings and grain bins were destroyed, farm roofs were damaged and some trees were uprooted. The storms also dropped roughly 2 inches of rain in Ringgold and Humboldt counties.

Red Oak woman arrested for Breach of Peace, Saturday

News

May 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Saturday evening, arrested 31-year old Jana Marie Rolofson, of Red Oak. The woman was taken into custody at around 8:35-p.m. in the 400 block of east Coolbaugh Street, and charged with Breach of Peace. Rolofson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

(Final) Update on fatal Cass County, IA crash

News

May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An assistant soccer coach for the University of Nebraska was killed Saturday morning during a crash on Interstate 80 in western Iowa. 31-year old Peter John Underwood, of Lincoln, NE., was reportedly traveling on a recruiting trip, when the eastbound car he was in was struck by a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on I-80, near the Marne exit. Underwood died at the scene. The crash happened at around 7-a.m.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 49-year old Paul William Marshall, of Modale, was  driving the 2009 Dodge pickup that struck the 2009 Pontiac Vibe Underwood was in, head-on. Marshall was transported by Medivac ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, and later flown by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha. The accident remains under investigation.

University officials said Underwood had just completed his fourth season with the Nebraska women’s soccer program, serving the last two as a full-time coach and the previous two as a volunteer assistant. He is survived by his wife, Austin, and their two young children, daughter, Lyla, and son, Jude.

A statement issued by Huskers Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, said “The University of Nebraska Athletics family is deeply saddened by the loss of Peter Underwood and our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his wife, Austin, their children, Lyla and Jude, and his extended family and friends.” Eichorst said also,”Peter was a beacon of positive light, a wonderfully talented coach, and an even better family man of great character and faith. He will be missed by all of us.”

Underwood helped the Huskers to the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, as Nebraska posted a 19-4-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A native of London, England, Underwood moved to the United States and played one season of varsity soccer at Concord before the program was dropped.

Services are pending. Condolences can be sent to: Underwood Family, P.O. Box 880120, One Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE 68588-0120.

Villisca woman arrested Friday afternoon on assault charge

News

May 16th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was arrested Friday afternoon on an assault charge. 19-year old Carol Marlen Schubert, of Villisca, taken into custody at around 3:40-p.m., for Domestic Abuse Assault. Schubert was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

4 injured in Monona County crash

News

May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday in Monona County. The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m., at the intersection of County Highways E-24 and K-64. Authorities say 63-year-old Michael Brenden, of Whiting, was driving eastbound on Highway E-24 in 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup, when his vehicle collided with a northbound 2010 GMC Yukon, driven by 25-year-old Jessica Tadlock, of Hornick. Following the crash, both vehicles ended up in a farm field northwest of the intersection.

Michael Brenden and his passenger, 36-year-old Christine Brenden were transported by ambulance to Burgess Hospital in Onawa. Nine-year-old Justin Goodvin was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. The patrol says the three were not wearing their seatbelts.

Cael Tadlock, who was riding in a child restraint seat, was also transported to Burgess hospital in Onawa.

NE assistant soccer coach dies in Cass County, IA crash Sat. morning

News, Sports

May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Check back for updates to this story)

An assistant soccer coach for the University of Nebraska was killed Saturday morning during a crash on Interstate 80 in western Iowa. KETV in Omaha reports 31-year old Peter Underwood was traveling on a recruiting trip near Atlantic, when the eastbound car he was in was struck by a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on I-80, near the Marne exit. The crash happened at around 7-a.m.  Additional details about the crash had not been released as of 8-p.m. Saturday.

University officials said Underwood had just completed his fourth season with the Nebraska women’s soccer program, serving the last two as a full-time coach and the previous two as a volunteer assistant. He is survived by his wife, Austin, and their two young children, daughter, Lyla, and son, Jude.

A statement issued by Huskers Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, said “The University of Nebraska Athletics family is deeply saddened by the loss of Peter Underwood and our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his wife, Austin, their children, Lyla and Jude, and his extended family and friends.” Eichorst said also,”Peter was a beacon of positive light, a wonderfully talented coach, and an even better family man of great character and faith. He will be missed by all of us.”

Underwood helped the Huskers to the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, as Nebraska posted a 19-4-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A native of London, England, Underwood moved to the United States and played one season of varsity soccer at Concord before the program was dropped.

Services are pending. Condolences can be sent to: Underwood Family, P.O. Box 880120, One Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE 68588-0120.

(Update) No injuries reported following a fire in Atlantic, Saturday

News

May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a residential fire in Atlantic, early Saturday morning. The Atlantic Fire Department responded to the blaze at 405 West 5th Street, at around 4:30-a.m. Dense smoke was emitting from the home when the first crews arrived on the scene, but the home’s owner, Trevor Cavin, and his cat, was able to escape prior to firefighters’ arrival.

According to Fire Chief Mark Mcnees, Cavin was asleep and woke up when he had trouble breathing. There was no smoke detector in the home, which was being remodeled. McNees told KJAN News the fire apparently started when an electrical extension cord became pinched beneath a refrigerator and eventually became hot and may have started a nearby towel on fire.

Cavin tried to put out the flames, but the smoke and flames were too much for him to handle. Shortly after fire fighters arrived, the flames erupted into a “Flash fire” and quickly spread into the attic area. Crews were on the scene for about 2-to 2/12 hours. The cause of the blaze was listed as “electrical.”

2 woman arrested on drug charges, Saturday in Crawford County

News

May 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on drug charges, Saturday, following a traffic stop in Crawford County. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says during the stop on 3rd Ave. South, in Denison, 40-year old Julie McManigal of Manning, was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Marijuana a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Methamphetamine a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Drug Pharaphernalia a (Simple Misdemeanor). Her Bond was set at $1000.

Subsequent to the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Denison Police Department at 1715 3rd Avenue South in Denison, As the result of the search warrant 36 year old Tami Russman- Mendoza, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine a (Serious Misdemeanor) and Drug Paraphernalia a (Simple Misdemeanor) Her bond was set at $1000.