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Atlantic woman arrested Sunday

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a local woman was arrested Sunday. 23-year old Wendy Daughenbaugh, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Simple Assault charge. She was booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Water Rescue in Shelby County, Sunday

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Fire fighters in Harlan were called to an unusual water rescue on the NishnabotnaRiver Sunday morning south of Corley in ShelbyCounty. Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen says the call came in around 10-am Sunday about two kayakers, who had gotten into the Nishnabotna River at Nishna bend, and were heading toward Hancock.  Bissen says they got about a mile half from Nishna bend before their kayak’s tipped over and the man and woman in their 50′s became stranded in debris in the water. Bissen said the female was on one log about 10 feet from shore, while the male subject was in a tree hanging onto branches and was about 30 feet from shore.

Bissen said the couple never attempted to make it to shore. He says if they had tried, they wouldn’t have been able to, because the bank was about 12- to 15-feet straight down into the river. The pair were able to dial 9-1-1 while they were in the river, though. Fire fighters received information from dispatch following the 9-1-1 call, but they also had assistance from aircraft that were in the area for the Harlan Flight Breakfast. 

The planes circled above the pair and radioed back to the airport their location. Firefighters found the couple and repelled down the bank, before putting them into rescue vests and pulling them up a steep bank. Bissen said the couple was from Omaha, and were out on a leisure activity for the weekend. The Chief said the river is at a dangerous stage right now from all the rain and people should be aware before hitting the water.

“When we get a lot of rain and the river goes up, they become very dangerous. You have a lot of water with turbulence from debris. So you get the turbulence before and after and that causes problems if you are in a boat, kayak and really dangerous if you have to try and swim out of the situation.” Following the rescue, the unnamed kayakers were checked out by medical staff before being transported over to Nishna Bend to shower and clean up. The Harlan Fire Department was assisted by Harlan Police Department, Medivac Ambulance, the HarlanAirport and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Former Shambaugh resident arrested on domestic abuse & other charges

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was arrested early Sunday morning, following an investigation into a 9-1-1 hang up call in Shambaugh. Officials say a deputy responded to 107 Main Street shortly after 3:45-a.m.  During an investigation, it was determined a violation of a Domestic Abuse protection order, and a domestic assault had allegedly occcured. With assistance from the Clarinda Police Department, 44-year old Jodie Marie Sherman, of Council Bluffs, and formerly of Shambaugh, was taken into custody. Authorities say Sherman had previously lived in the home at 107 Main Street.

Sherman was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault (an aggravated misdemeanor), Violation of a Protection Order and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (both are Simple Misdemeanors). Additional charges are possible, pending completion of the investigation. Sherman was being held in the Page County Jail without bond.

Branstad’s Department of Education to act on school start

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad is directing the Iowa Department of Education to come up with new rules that would prevent school districts from starting school in the middle of August, or even earlier. Current state law requires schools to start in the week in which September 1st falls, but districts apply for and receive waivers from the Department of Education to start earlier. “I believe the Department of Ed is intending to move forward with new rules that would change this policy,” Branstad says. “I believe the present policy has been too lax and has not been fair to the tourism industry in Iowa.” 

The tourism industry argues they lose millions when schools start early, as families stop traveling and teenagers quit their summer jobs at the swimming pool, resort or ice cream shop. Branstad has met with tourism industry leaders to discuss their concerns and, after legislators have failed for years to pass a uniform school start date law, Branstad appears ready for the executive branch of government to take action. “They will go through the traditional rule-making process in making this change,” Branstad says. 

That means the new school starting date standard won’t be in force until the 2014/2015 school year. It also means there will be statehouse hearings on the proposal and school officials are likely to protest as they’ve done with legislators, saying it should be a local decision left up to local officials. Administrators argue an early August start date allows for longer holiday breaks and lets schools in college towns synchronize their school schedule with the college. Branstad appears unmoved. 

“All the studies and statistics I’ve seen show that having an earlier start date has not improved academic achievement,” Branstad says. “In fact, academic achievement has gone down in Iowa compared to other states like Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and a lot of other states in other parts of the country that have a much later start date.” 

Branstad was governor back in 1983 when he signed the law stipulating that schools should start as closely as possible to September 1st. In the past school year, all but eight of Iowa’s 348 school districts asked for and got a waiver to start earlier than August 27th — which would have been in the week September 1st fell in 2012. In April of 2012 the Iowa House passed a bill that would have forbidden Iowa schools from starting before the 4th Monday in August, but it was never passed in the Senate. In previous years, Senators voted to keep schools from starting early in August, but those proposals died in the House.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon man arrested on alcohol-related charge over the weekend

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Audubon County arrested a man over the weekend on alcohol-related charges. 35-year old Christopher Josh Grogan, of Audubon, was arrested at around 1-a.m. Saturday, on a charge of Public Intoxication, 3rd or subsequent offense. The charge stems from an investigation into a report of a man walking along Highway 71 near 150th Street.

Grogan was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released on a signature bond, with orders to appear in court June 20th.

Juveniles vandalize Walnut School over the weekend

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two juveniles are suspected of causing an estimated $10,000 damage at the Walnut Community School over the weekend. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News the incident was discovered early Sunday morning at the school, located at 415 Antique City Drive. He says a janitor discovered the mess at around 7-a.m., Sunday. Nine rooms and several hallways were damaged. 

Danker says the damage was extensive. He says there were food products dumped on the floor, splattered on the walls and ceiling, and glue, bleach and other liquids dumped onto the floors. In addition, drawers and cabinets were emptied and scattered around the rooms. 

A Crime Scene Technologist was called to the school to investigate. Danker says they believe they have identified the suspects. He says they are juveniles, but they have not yet been charged. The names of the suspects were not released. They culprits will face a charge of Burglary in the 3rd degree for breaking into the school, even though nothing was reported missing. 

Sources tell KJAN News say a 13- and 7-year old were involved in the crime, but Danker was unable to confirm that, other than to say they were juveniles. Danker could also not confirm the $10,000 damage cited by persons familiar with the incident.

River body believed to be that of missing Neb. man

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) – Officials say the body of a missing man may have been found in the Missouri River at South Sioux City.  The man’s identity hasn’t been confirmed, but the body is believed to be that of 25-year-old Anthony Campbell. He’s been missing since he went into the water around 4 a.m. Friday at Scenic Park Campground and was swept away. The body was found around 1 p.m. Sunday near a railroad bridge about a mile south of the campground.
 
Dive teams, boats with side-scanning sonar and cadaver dogs were used in the search.

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Iowa environmental group calls for closure of power plant just across Missouri River in Nebraska

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June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Sierra Club of Iowa is joining other environmental groups in calling for the Omaha Public Power District to close its coal-fired power plant north of Omaha. The groups claim pollution from the plant is responsible for 14 deaths in the area every year, as well as 22 heart attacks and 240 asthma attacks. O-P-P-D vice president Tim Burke says the plant is running within all guidelines. “We are within all operating parameters of the EPA,” Burke says. “Obviously, with the Department of Environmental Quality and the state of Nebraska and with the city of Omaha, we essentially have been within all operating limits.” 

He says the plant, just across the Missouri River from Iowa, is under constant surveillance. Burke says, “It’s really important that there are specific monitors that are managed by Douglas County (Nebraska) Health near the plant that measure ambient air quality and those ambient air quality measurements are well below the national ambient air quality standards.” 

The Sierra Club of Iowa is working with the Clean Air Task Force and the Malcolm X Foundation in demanding the plant’s closure. “We’re not going to shut that plant down,” Burke says, “but I will tell you that the EPA is looking at other regulations in the future that may require us to look at changes in that plant, so we are evaluating what those changes may look like.” 

The north Omaha coal-fired plant isn’t used much, Burke says, as it’s essentially a reserve plant for high-peak usage times during the summer. Once the idled Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant is running again, he says the coal plant will be used even less.

(Radio Iowa)