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2 arrested on drug charges Sunday morning in Montgomery County


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Sunday morning in Montgomery County resulted in two people being arrested on drug and other charges. The Sheriff’s Office says at around 9:30-a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 200th Street and P Avenue. The driver, 26-year old Jacob Tanner Franson, of Villisca, was charged with OWI/1st offense -Drug related, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driving. Franson was also cited for Failure to Yield half the roadway, Failure to Maintain Control, and No Insurance-Accident related.

His passenger, 19-year old Abigail Jusdean Cook, of Red Oak, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond, each.

Sunday afternoon accident in Red Oak


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Sunday afternoon, in Red Oak. According to the police report, the accident happened at around 12:15-p.m. at the intersection of North 8th Street and East Washington Avenue. Officials say a vehicle driven by 46-year old Raymond Dale Choate, of Parnell, was traveling south on N. 8th Street and stopped at the controlled intersection with E. Washington. When Choate continued into the intersection, his 2009 Dodge Journey struck a westbound 1995 Ford Escort, being driven by 80-year old Marilyn Sue Westover, of Red Oak.

After the impact, the Escort spun around and hit a legally parked 2005 Dodge Caravan. Choate was given a warning for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign. Damage from the crash amounted to $8,500.

Officers with the Red Oak P-D were assisted at the scene by Red Oak Fire and Rescue personnel, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Landowners want details of proposed pipeline route

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile pipeline would likely cross 17 Iowa counties as it crosses from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner.

Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado says public meetings will take place across Iowa in December. Landowner Don Kreber agreed to let the company survey some of his farmland in O’Brien County, but he still hasn’t heard many details yet.

Atlantic School Board to meet Mon. evening


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in the Media Center, at the High School. The Board will hold its annual meeting beginning at 7:30, during which they will handle various administrative matters, including the nomination and election of a Board President and Vice President for one-year terms, the appointment of a Board Secretary and Treasurer, and setting of the dates, times and place of school board meetings for the 2014-2015 school year.

During their regular session that follows, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving: Open enrollments requests; contracts for General and Special Education instructors…Letters of assignment…amended contracts and/or Letters of Assignment; Volunteer coaching positions, and any resignations.

Action items on their agenda include approval of the FFA trip to the National Convention, and the Spanish Club’s 2016 Costa Rica trip, among other matters.

2 arrests in Red Oak Sunday morning


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two arrests took place early this (Sunday) morning. 26-year old Jason Rolfe Aherns, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 1:45-a.m.  at a residence in the 400 block of East Reed Street, on a warrant for Theft in the 4th degree. During his arrest, Aherns was found to allegedly be in possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,300 cash bond.

And, at around 3:30-a.m., Police in Red Oak arrested 22-year old Dustin James Danick, of Red Oak, on a charge of Domestic Assault/Serious misdemeanor. Danick was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Look for an active weather pattern this coming week…

News, Weather

September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines say the weather will turn very active next week. After a pleasant day today (Sunday), a few storms return on Monday and Monday night. A greater threat for severe weather is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening. Along with that, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are becoming more likely Tuesday evening and overnight into early Wednesday. Very cool Canadian air arrives Thursday evening and will last through Saturday. Lows will fall into the 30s and 40s at times!

Senate candidates stress support for ethanol


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy.

Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst have both sought to assure voters they oppose a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into gasoline.

Braley is touting his efforts to halt the changes. Ernst argues she supports maintaining the existing standard — known as the Renewable Fuel Standard — though she has taken questions over statements that she is she is opposed to subsidies from a “philosophical standpoint.”

The Iowa Farm Bureau’s political committee endorsed Ernst, while the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC backed Braley.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 7th 2014


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A city utility has issued a water boil advisory for the southeast Iowa town of Mount Pleasant following a water main break. The Hawk Eye reports that the areas affected by the boil advisory include the intersection of U.S. 34 and Goodyear Road, west into the town of Westwood, as well as the intersection of Franklin Avenue and U.S. 34 south to Oakland Mills Road. The water main break occurred Wednesday along Franklin Avenue and is expected to remain in effect through Sunday.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — A clerical error has led to the private medical information of nearly a dozen Iowa patients being sent to the wrong addresses. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that it uncovered a handful of local Pella Regional Health Center patients whose hospital bills and medical records were compromised. Eleven patients have been contacted about the privacy breach.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes on city-owned property. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the City Council discussed a possible ban this week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Jake Duzey caught a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock with a minute left in a 17-13 win over Ball State yesterday. Rudock threw for 322 yards and completed 9 of 11 passes on the Hawkeyes’ two scoring drives in the final 6 minutes. Iowa forced a fumble on Ball State’s final possession to end the game.

Helicopter crashes near Macedonia – pilot walks away injured


September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The pilot of a crop dusting helicopter that crashed south of Macedonia Saturday afternoon walked away from the wreckage, but suffered serious injuries. The Daily NonPareil reports the man was flying the chopper while dusting a bean field south of Pioneer Trail at 340th Street, when the craft hit a non-energized power line and crashed into the bank of a cropland terrace.The accident happened at around noon, Saturday.

Fire officials told the paper the pilot – whose name authorities have not released yet – was out of the wreckage and conscious when rescue squads from Macedonia and Treynor arrived. A medical helicopter transported the pilot to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center with serious injuries. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office said the patient was stable when transported.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are likely to investigate the crash.

Lenox man arrested Friday night


September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox arrested a local man late Friday night following a traffic stop. At around 11:30 pm officers observed a vehicle driven by 43-year old Pedro Quintana Flores, of Lenox. Flores was known to have suspended drivers license.10696247_709554942427484_6121450366381010028_n

After the car was stopped in the 400 block of w. Temple Street, Flores was arrested for driven while barred, carrying weapons both aggregated misdemeanors, failure to stop at a stop sign, false use of registration, failure to register, and failure to have insurance.

He was transported to the Taylor County Jail.