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Bluffs man sentenced to prison for possessing a machine gun

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Pottawattamie County man was sentenced today (Thursday) to a little more than four-years in prison on a weapons charge. 24-year Jordan James Collier, of Council Bluffs was sentenced in U-S District Court on a charge of illegal possession of a machine gun. Chief United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Collier to 51 months in prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release. Collier was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund, and to forfeit the machine gun and two other firearms he had possessed.

In addition, Chief Judge Gritzner ordered Collier to pay $1,200 in restitution to the person from whom Collier had stolen the firearms. Collier remained in the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service pending either designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his federal sentence, or surrender to Pottawattamie County or Kossuth County authorities regarding State of Iowa charges pending against Collier in those counties.

Collier was sentenced upon his plea of guilty entered on February 8, 2013, to illegal possession of a machine gun. Collier was arrested subsequent to an investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department regarding two rifles which Collier pawned at a local pawn shop. The firearms were determined to have been stolen from a residence in Kossuth County, Iowa. Collier had also attempted to pawn the machine gun. The machine gun was a functional Swiss-K Vietnam War era automatic rifle.

The sentence imposed upon Collier also took into account that the three firearms were stolen. This case was investigated by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, with assistance from the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Corn crop harvest estimates downgraded slightly

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its estimate of the corn crop, reflecting late planting in the Corn Belt caused by a wet spring.    Farmers are now expected to harvest 13.95 billion bushels, 55 million fewer bushels than predicted in June. That still beats the 2009 record by about 858 million bushels.

The supply of corn is likely to shrink this summer because of last year’s small, drought-affected harvest of 11 billion bushels and this year’s delayed planting, so prices will likely remain high.  That’s good for farmers selling grain, but will increase the cost of corn-based feed for livestock producers raising cattle, chickens and pigs. Food prices aren’t likely to be affected much by the change.

NE woman hurt during Wednesday morning accident in Cass County

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman was injured during a single vehicle accident early Wednesday morning, near Atlantic. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at around 12:10-a.m., three miles west of Atlantic, on White Pole Road. Officials say a 1998 Mercedes owned and driven by 80-year old Kay F. Barjenbruch, of Omaha, was eastbound on White Pole Road, when the vehicle drove off the road into a field, hit a mailbox and the edge of a culvert.

The woman was transported to CCMH for evaluation. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3500.

SWIPCO receives $54k for economic development strategy

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin has announced that six Iowa regional planning commissions and councils of government received a total of $330,300 to update their comprehensive economic development strategies. Among them, the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), based in Atlantic, received $54,000, to serve Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Montgomery, Page, and Shelby counties.

The funds were made through the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Economic Development Administration. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the DOC. Harkin said  “Strong development strategies are imperative to the future of Iowa’s economic development.” He added that the “Funding will provide resources and make crucial economic investments in regions across our state. I congratulate these communities on receiving these funds as Iowa continues to invest in sound, stable projects that develop new jobs and career opportunities across the state.”

Reminder: Nominations now being taken for Sept.10, 2013 School Board elections in Cass County

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A reminder today from Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman: Nomination papers may be circulated now for the September 10th, 2013 school board elections in Cass County.  Nomination papers for offices to be filled in 2013 can be filed through August 1st, 2013.  All offices are four year terms.

In Cass County, Iowa the following offices will appear on the ballots for the respective school districts on September 10, 2013:
Atlantic Community School District

Two At Large local directors, who are nominated and elected At Large (Minimum of 50 signatures are needed for nomination) Incumbents: Kristy Pellett & Josh McLaren, both from Atlantic.

CAM Community School District

One North District, one South District local director and one At Large local director: The nominees must live in the respective districts. They are nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 23 signatures for nomination).

North District Incumbent: Chuck Kinzie, of Anita. South District Incumbent: Gary Dinkla, of Massena. At Large local director Incumbent: Nick Kauffman, of Adair.

Griswold Community School District

One District 3 and one District 4 local director: Nominees must live in their respective districts. They will be nominated and elected by district (Minimum of 10 signatures for nomination, each.)
And, two At Large local directors, who will be nominated and elected at large (Minimum of 25 signatures for nomination).

Because the Griswold School Director District Plan has changed from seven local director districts to four local director districts and three directors elected at large, the incumbents of the new districts are not known.  The following four current directors’ terms will expire in 2013: Robert Peterson, of Elliott; Scott Peterson, Elliott; Steve Baier, of Griswold; Tom Moore, of Griswold.

Election information, including candidate nomination forms, is available online at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, from the local school board secretary’s offices and from the county auditor’s offices. Check with your local school board secretary for local school board director district boundaries.

CCHS awards scholarship to CAM/SWCC grad

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital report Whitney Shafer, RN, was the recipient of the Cass County Health System 2013 Health Careers Scholarship. Pat Markham, CEO, presented the award to Whitney, who currently works at CCMH.

Whitney Shafer, RN (right) with CCMH CEO Pat Markham

Whitney Shafer, RN (right) with CCMH CEO Pat Markham

Whitney is a graduate of CAM High School and received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Community College. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the University of Iowa.

Whitney was also one of 14 recipients across the state selected to receive the Iowa Hospital Association’s Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) Health Care Careers Scholarship.

 

 

8AM Newscast 07-11-2013

News, Podcasts

July 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Harlan energy audit results are complete

News

July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The findings of an energy audit conducted by Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) for the City of Harlan have been released. Officials with Harlan Municipal Utilities say included in the report are specific recommendations on how to decrease electric, gas and water use at City facilities. Street lights and traffic signals are the largest energy consumers followed by the swimming pool, the waste water treatment plant and Veteran’s Memorial Building.

HMU says the audit was a necessary and productive effort in order to save money to citizens in Harlan. The new street lights and traffic signals will have a big impact on the savings. The utility company converted the stop lights to LED lights and is in the process of changing all street lights over to LED lights as well. The savings is estimated around 50 percent and that will the savings will be passed on to the consumers.

HMU Additional buildings and facilities included in the audit were: City Hall/Police station, C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center, Waste Water Treatment Plan, Developsource Building, the Library, the fire station, Dog Pound, Parks and Rec building, and the street maintenance building.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

7AM Newscast 07-11-2013

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July 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Villisca man arrested on drug charge

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July 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County arrested a Villisca man late Wednesday night.  28-year-old Joshua Dean Cooney was arrested for possession of a controlled substance/marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highways 34 and 48.

Cooney was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.