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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 9/9/15


September 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa faculty leaders have expressed outrage over the selection of corporate executive Bruce Harreld as the next university president. They say the school’s governing board conducted a sham search that ended with the hiring of an unqualified leader. The board hired Harreld over three other finalists last week despite his lack of experience in higher education administration.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama will talk about college affordability at a Des Moines high school on Monday. Obama says he’ll be with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and they’ll have a conversation with high school students and their parents.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) —Miss Iowa has won the talent portion of the first night of preliminaries in the Miss America pageant. Taylor Wiebers of Iowa won the talent portion with a vocal performance. Preliminary competition in talent, interviews, evening wear and swimsuit competition will run through Thursday. The new Miss America will be crowned in Sunday night’s nationally televised finale.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man. Police say 21-year-old Michael Allen Cason Jr. was arrested Tuesday. Court records do not list an attorney. Cason is accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Trenton Washington on Friday night.

Area School Election results (Other than Cass County) – (contested races)


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(I)= Incumbent

Audubon County
Audubon School District – At Large – elect 3*
Christine Konkler (I) 163*
Mark Nissen (I) 165*
Matthew Chambers 151
Brittney Huey 176*

Exira/EHK School District – At Large – elect 4*
Terri Harris (I) 38*
Matthew Jorgensen 45*
Joel Schlueter (I) 39*
Ryan Wilson (I) 43*

Adair County
Adair-Casey School District – At Large – elect 2
Randy Carney 117*
Dallas Dinkla 129*
Sheryl Richter 46
Tim Schafer 40

Nodaway Valley School Board – District 2 – elect 2
Amy DeVault 694*
Rebecca McCann 712*
Kevin Wissner 275
Proposition A Yes – 620; No 337

Pottawattamie County

Treynor School District – elect 3
Jerry Hempel (I) 227
Glen Fleming 196
Shawn Gillespie 116
Amy Graber 250*
Sally Myers 236*
Kent Boese (write-in) 237*
Jared Morse (Write-in) 226


By a vote of 614-74, or 88.8 percent, residents of Avoca, Hancock, Shelby, Tennant and Walnut voted to approve the reorganization of the districts into AHSTW. It was a resolution in support of the solution to Walnut’s declining enrollment, avoiding putting the district in the position of spending more than allowed by Iowa law and completing a process that officially began last October. 94 percent of AHST voters and 77 percent of Walnut voters were in support of reorganization.

An AHSTW school board will be created from the two existing boards’ members, with five members from AHST and two from Walnut when the merger becomes official July 1. The new board will create five director districts, providing representation from all corners of AHSTW, with two additional members elected at-large.

In a separate vote Tuesday, a revenue purpose statement was approved 612-85. It avoids the need for a special election to combine the two district’s finances as a result of the reorganization.

Shelby County

At Large – elect 1
Zachery Meiners 123*
Brandi Perdew 83

Montgomery County

Red Oak School District – At Large – elect 2
William Drey (I) 343
Lee Fellers (I) 330
Bryce E. Johnson 587*
Mark Johnson 569*

Stanton Community Schools
PPEL (Physical Plant & Equipment Levy) – Public Measure
Yes 139 – passes
No 80

Cass County School Election results 9/8/15


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Voters across the state went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in local school elections. In Cass County, patrons of the Atlantic Community School District elected three out of seven candidates running for At Large seats on the School Board. The winners include: Jenny Williams, Keith Swanson and Alison Bruckner.

Vote totals: Jenny Williams 725; Keith Swanson 574, Alison A. Bruckner 513, Mark Foegen 351, Bob Drogo 328, Dennis Schwanke 244, and Douglas Bierbaum 157.

Voters rejected a public measure in Atlantic to add an income tax surcharge component to the district’s physical plant and equipment levy. The result was tight: 452-443, with 49.5 percent of voters approving of the measure.

In the CAM School District, incumbent Julie Williamson was re-elected to the North District Board of Directors, with 281 votes. She was unopposed. Incumbent Todd McKee was re-elected as South District Board of Director, with 224. Challenger Emily Rouse had 104.

And in the Griswold School District, where there was no candidate for the District 1 Director seat representing Lewis, a write-in, Ericka Kirchhof was elected. Incumbent Scott Hansen was unopposed in District 2 Director’s seat. He received 29 votes. Heather Pelzer, a newcomer, was the only candidate running for the At Large Director seat. She received a total of 115 votes. There were 9 write-in votes for the seat.

Red Oak woman arrested on drug charges, Tuesday


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two women were arrested on drug charges Tuesday afternoon, in Red Oak. Red Oak Police report 18-year old Ashley Brooke Reeves was arrested at around 4:15-p.m. for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 20-year old Lindsay June Droz was arrested at around 4-p.m. for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both women are from Red Oak. Reeves was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond, while Droz was cited and released on the scene.

Silver items taken from Villisca residence


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A burglary that took place sometime between Saturday and Monday in Villisca resulted in the loss of valuable items made up of silver. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, the theft occurred in the area of West 1st Street, in Villisca, and included a large amount of silver coins of varying denominations, an old silver spoon, and a silver coin collection from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-434-2715.

Iowa crops endure hottest week of the year but on track

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s corn and soybean crops endured the hottest week of the year so far last week but largely remain in good shape. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop report released Tuesday says 10 percent of Iowa’s corn crop is mature. That’s three days ahead of last year but nine days behind the five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition.

Farmers report some fields are showing signs of disease stress. Soybean development is three days ahead of last year but a day behind average with 76 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the first week of September was the hottest week of the year. Temperatures as a whole averaged 10 degrees above normal.

Update on fatal C. Bluffs bike accident


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 54-year old Council Bluffs man is dead and a woman from Council Bluffs has been charged with Leaving the Scene of a fatality crash, following an accident early Tuesday morning. Authorities say at about 6:05-a.m., Council Bluffs Police and Fire Dept were sent to South 35th and 14th Ave regarding a hit run injury accident involving a vehicle and bicycle.

Upon arrival of emergency personnel, the bicyclist (identified as David Ryder, of Council Bluffs) was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Stephanie Kenealy, had fled the scene. About 45-to 50- minutes after the accident happened,Kenealy returned to the scene. After speaking with investigators, Kenealy was placed under arrested for leaving the scene of a fatality crash.

The case remains under investigation, and more charges are possible. Authorities say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. The said it was raining heavily at the time, and Ryder was not wearing a helmet, but he did have light on the back of his bicycle.

Clarinda P.D. Make Labor Day Weekend Felony Drug Arrest


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports an investigation into an alleged shoplifting incident Saturday morning at the Casey’s General Store in Clarinda, resulted in an arrest. 39-year old Jay Dean Miles, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 3:40-a.m. on charges that include suspicion of felony possession of a controlled drug believed to be methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled drug believed to be marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia believed to be used for the ingestion of controlled substances.

Miles was booked into the Page County Jail, and held on $5,000 bond pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Cass County Courthouse phone lines are down


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County 911 Coordinator Rob Koppert reports phone lines to offices at the Cass County Courthouse are currently down, and are not expected to be functional until late this afternoon, although most likely not before the close of the business day at 4:30-p.m.

Non-emergency calls to the Cass County Sheriff’s office will still go through, because they are directed to the Communications Center, but all other calls will go unanswered. If you have business at the courthouse, you will need to stop by in person, or call tomorrow.

Audubon County woman arrested Monday night


September 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Hamlin was arrested Monday night on a second-offense, Public Intoxication charge. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 36-year old Brooke Marie Hines was taken into custody at around 9:30-p.m., as the result of an incident in Hamlin. Hines was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released with a date scheduled to appear in court.