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Iowa Lottery: Sioux City man wins $1 million Powerball prize


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Lottery officials say a 23-year-old man has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize, after buying the ticket in Sioux City. Joel Dominguez is a pipefitter for Performance Contractors, the firm that is building a fertilizer plant south of Sioux City. His ticket numbers matched the first five drawn Saturday night but didn’t match the Powerball number. It was bought at a Hy-Vee grocery store.

Dominguez claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Clive on Monday. His ticket was one of 25 across the country that won the $1 million prize. No one matched all six Powerball numbers, and lottery officials expect the Powerball jackpot to hit $1.4 billion by Wednesday’s drawing.

Atlantic’s Police Chief announces intention to run for County Board seat


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green has announced his intention to run for the Cass County Board of Supervisors in District 1. The seat is currently held by Republican Duane McFadden. Green will also run as a Republican in the June 7th Primary.

In a memo to the news media Monday evening, Green said he has lived in Atlantic since he was two years old. He graduated from the Atlantic High School in 1977 and served three-years in the Marine Corps before beginning a career in law enforcement with the City of Harlan, in 1980. After working about 18 months, he took a job in Texas, working for the private sector.

Green returned to law enforcement in 1986, when he joined the Atlantic Police force. Since he joined the force, he has held many responsibilities, including being an investigator in drug and child abuse cases, and has held several leadership positions. He became Police Chief in 2008, and says he does not want to become a politician, but rather “A statesman.”  Green says “The voters who put me in office deserve to have their voice heard.”

Steve Green, candidate for Cass County Board of Supervisors, District 1

Steve Green, candidate for Cass County Board of Supervisors, District 1

He acknowledged that “While [he] has probably made as many people upset [during his 30-years on the Atlantic Police force] as [he] has pleased, [he] always put the department’s integrity and [his] personal honor before any personal or political gain.” Green says he’s running as a Republican because he is “Most closely aligned with conservative values,” but at the same time “Will look at every issue as closely as I can by every constituents’ view point.”

To date, the only other person who has announced their candidacy for the June 7th Primary, is Wendy Richter, who intends to run for Cass County Auditor. Current Auditor Dale Sunderman, a Republican, has hinted that he will not be running for re-election.

Persons interested in running for County Office may circulate nomination papers prior to first date for filing as well as during the filing period. Nomination papers and candidate information are available at the office of the county auditor and from the secretary of state: http://www.sos.iowa.gov.

In addition to County Auditor and District 1 Supervisor, these County positions will appear on the Cass County ballot for the 2016 PRIMARY ELECTION: Sheriff; District 4 Supervisor, and District 5 Supervisor.

3 new projects focus on expanding use and innovative delivery of water quality practices

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today (Monday), that three projects focused on expanding the use and innovative delivery of water quality practices have been selected to receive $1.92 million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative over the next three years. In addition to the state funds, the three projects will provide over $2 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in-kind contributions.

Among the projects, is the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative. The $1.58-million  project received a $611,705 grant award. Project partners AgSolver, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Cattleman’s Association, Taylor County Cattlemen, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will work with farmers in Taylor County by promoting alternative land management practices on farmed areas identified to be marginal or unprofitable.

The project will work with producers on an individual basis to evaluate the specific production levels and goals within their farming operation by utilizing several tools to evaluate current farm scale profitability combined with conservation practice and land use alternatives. Rather than focus on the entire field, the project will demonstrate which areas of a field should be considered for alternative forms of production, thus making them more profitable and more sustainable.

In addition to the three new projects, 29 demonstration projects are currently located across the state to help implement and demonstrate water quality practices. This includes 16 targeted watershed projects, 4 projects focused on expanding the use and innovative delivery of water quality practices and 9 urban water quality demonstration projects. More than 100 organizations are participating in these projects. These partners will provide $16.72 million dollars to go with the $11.11 million in state funding going to these projects.

Anita man arrested on drug & other charges


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an Anita man was arrested Friday. 29-year old Samuel Lavern Huffman was taken into custody on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, Driving While Revoked, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Huffman was also arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Huffman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $6000 bond.

Also arrested Friday, was 36-year old Joshua James Mullen, of Atlantic, on a District Court charge of Probation Violation. Mullen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $50,000 bond.

In other news, the Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded late Saturday morning to a report of an accident at Casey’s in Anita. Authorities say 14-year old Jacob Allen Worthington, of Anita, was attempting to park a 1991 Ford Escort in front of the Casey’s General Store in Anita, when the teen pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake. The car hit the building, causing $10,000 damage to the structure, and an estimated $2,000 damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Cass County Democrats announce County caucus info.


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In about three weeks, voters from across Iowa will be gathering for the First in the Nation Caucus. The Cass County Democratic Party Caucuses will be held on Monday, February 1st, for each of the county’s thirteen precincts. Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle shared the eligibility requirements for participating in the Democratic caucus.

Toelle says “The voter must be a registered Democrat. We will have voter registration forms available at each of the caucus sites so that people who have yet to register to vote or need to change their voter status can do so the night of the caucus. Reasons that they might have for changing their voter status include having legally changed their name, a change of address, or if they wish to change their party affiliation. Youth who will be 18 years old as of election day, November 8, 2016, may also participate in the caucus.”

Caucus sites will open at 6 PM and voters must have signed in by 7 PM or be in line by 7 PM in order to caucus. The doors to caucus sites will close at 7 PM. According to Toelle, “The purpose of the caucus is three-fold: 1. To elect Delegates and Alternates for viable Presidential candidates to the County Convention as well as committee members to that convention; 2. To discuss and adopt proposed resolutions to be included in the County Platform; 3. To elect Precinct Committee members to the Cass County Democratic Central Committee.”

People can also attend as observers but they would not be able to participate in the caucus activities. For more information on the caucus process, contact Toelle at 243-4861.

3 people arrested on Child Endangerment charges in Audubon


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer, today (Monday) released a report on recent arrests. Starmer says on January 2nd, 30 year old Jessica Renee Grogan and 38 year old Christopher John Grogan, both of Audubon, were arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault and Child Endangerment. The couple was transported to the Audubon County Jail. Jessica Grogan was released on bond Jan. 3rd and issued a No contact order. Christopher Grogran posted a $2,000 bond Jan. 4th. He was also issued a No Contact Order. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrests.

On Dec. 25th, Audubon Police arrested 24 year old Cody Allen Pleis, of Audubon. Pleis was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault and Child Endangerment, and transported to the Audubon County Jail. He was later released on a Recognizance bond and ordered to have No Contact with his alleged victim. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

And, on Dec. 26th, Audubon Police arrested 33 year old Kwon Lapreed Gullie, of Omaha, Nebraska. Gullie was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest. Gullie plead guilty to the charges Dec. 28th and was assessed a fine.

Southern IA teenager charged in the death of his father


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said today (Monday), a teenager is charged in connection with the death of his father in Davis County. 16-year old Michael Thomas Goodwin Jr., was charged with 1st Degree Murder, a Class “A” felony, in the death of his father, 39-year old Michael Thomas Goodwin Sr., of Bloomfield.

On December 13, 2015, a call came in to the Davis County Sheriff’s office requesting a welfare check on an individual.  The Davis County Sheriff’s office responded to a residence located at 12795 Highway 63 in rural Davis County.  Upon entering the residence, Davis County Deputies located the body of Michael Thomas Goodwin Sr.

This is an ongoing investigation being worked jointly by multiple law enforcement agencies. No additional information is being released at this time.

I-29 road work tonight (Monday) in Sioux City


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City construction office reports utility work requires nighttime closure of both directions of Interstate 29 in Sioux City at the Floyd Boulevard interchange, from 10 p.m. tonight (Monday, Jan. 11th), until 12 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, weather permitting. Traffic will be stopped for periods of up to 20 minutes. Motorists approaching the area should drive with caution and be prepared to stop for traffic backups beyond the limits of the work zone.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through the 511ia system.

Glenwood P-D searches for Bluffs man after a pursuit and crash


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updates w/ISP report clarifying Neal as the driver)

Authorities in Mills County are searching for a Council Bluffs man involved in a pursuit and crash this (Monday) morning, in Glenwood. According to Glenwood Police, 28-year old Rodney Kephart Jr., of Council Bluffs, fled from the scene of a crash at Highway 34 and Hilman Road.

Kephart was in a 2007 Ford Focus driven by 25-year old Jennifer L. Neal, of Council Bluffs, that was being pulled over by Glenwood Police at around 6:15-a.m. The car was traveling east on Highway 34 when Neal failed to yield to a stop sign. The vehicle was struck by a 2013 Volvo semi driven by 50-year old Paul D. Grass, of Carter Lake.

Following the collision, the car entered the southeast ditch. Kephart took off on foot. Neal, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was injured and transported by Glenwod Rescue to Creighton Medical Center, in Omaha.

Kephart Jr. has an active warrant out of Council Bluffs for carrying a concealed weapon, possession of burglary tools, and assault on persons in certain occupations. His bond was set at $5,000. Officers from several agencies assisted in looking for  Kephart, including K-9 units from Fremont County and Council Bluffs, Able one from Omaha Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Mills County Sheriff s Office along with officers from the Glenwood Police Department.

Anyone with information on Kephart Jr.’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement and or the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527- 4844.


2 Villisca men arrested in Mills County


January 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Montgomery County man was arrested
Sunday, on a drug charge. 49-year old Shawn Allen Graham, of Villisca, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Open Container. His bond was set at $600. Another Villisca resident, 45-year old Keith Allan Currin, was taken into custody Sunday, and charged with Open Container. Bond was set at $300.

Sheriff’s officials said 53-year old Brian Jeffrey Combs, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Sunday, for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300. Three arrests occurred Saturday, in Mills County. Authorities say 51-year old Deanna Lee Andrews, of Glenwood, was arrested for being a Fugitive From Justice. Her bond was set at $5,000. 36-year old Nicholas Thomas Rohrberg, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Mills County on a warrant for Probation Violation. Bond was set at $5,000. And, 42-year old Jeffrey Scott Leytham, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Saturday for Driving Under Suspension. Bond was set at $300.

(12-p.m. News)