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Limited tickets still available for Simon Estes concert in Atlantic

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation will be hosting a Simon Estes “Roots to Wings” concert on Sunday, October 27, at 3:00 p.m. in the Atlantic High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 each and seating is limited, so get yours today at one of the following Cass County businesses:

Atlantic: Gade Insurance, Meyer & Gross Real Estate Company, Rex Pharmacy, and the CCMH Switchboard; Anita: Mailander Law Office, Rusty Razor, and Vicki’s Cut and Curl; Cumberland:  Houghton State Bank; Griswold: Gade Insurance; Massena: First National Bank and Massena Public Library; Lewis:  Public Library.

The Foundation says tickets are going fast. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Dawn Marnin, Foundation Director at 712-243-7409 or contacting any CCMH Foundation Board member.

The concert will feature Simon Estes performing familiar selections from Broadway, gospel, folk, spiritual and patriotic songs.  The concert will also include performances by the Atlantic, CAM & Griswold choirs.  The program will be followed by an informal meet and greet, where guests will have the opportunity to purchase CDs and books by Mr. Estes and have them personally signed by the artist.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, Mr. Estes will present an informal program to Cass County High School students, sharing his own unique story, the obstacles he overcame, and what qualities and characteristics are needed to become successful.

Lewis man arrested for interference w/official acts

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Lewis man was arrested Saturday on a charge of Interference with Official Acts. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year old Philip Reed Thompson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.

Bluffs gaming enforcement officer accused of hazing will be reinstated

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A second Iowa law enforcement officer accused of hazing a fellow recruit during a training academy in 2008 is getting his job back. A spokesman said Monday that Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Andrew Harrelson will be reinstated with pay dating back to his Feb. 6 firing. Harrelson is a gaming enforcement officer in Council Bluffs.   Arbitrator Clair Brooks ordered the reinstatement Friday in a ruling that wasn’t immediately made public.

Earlier this month, another arbitrator reinstated Iowa State Patrol trooper Joshua Guhl.  Guhl and Harrelson were fired after another trooper accused them of handcuffing him to a bed and rubbing powder on his buttocks. Guhl admitted involvement while Harrelson denied it.

The incident occurred at the 2008 academy, but the trooper didn’t formally complain until May 2012.

Lewis teen arrested for assault by strangulation

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report a Lewis teen was arrested Saturday. 18-year old Philip Thompson was charged with Domestic Abuse by strangulation. Thompson was being held in the Cass County Jail.

Update: Arrest made in Bluffs weekend stabbing

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs have updated a story we first reported Sunday morning. Officials told the Daily NonPareil 21-year old Lathen Bills, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two men. Detective John Clark told the paper Bills allegedly stabbed Bluffs residents, 33-year old Oral White and 39-year old Brian Ferguson. The incident took place at around 1:50-a.m. Sunday, in the 100 block of West Broadway.

Both victims were found lying on the sidewalk. White suffered stab wounds to his neck and shoulder, and Ferguson suffered a cut to his face. The men were treated at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital. Bills suffered a cut on his finger and was checked at a local hospital.

He was taken into custody late Sunday afternoon charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of willful injury – one causing serious injury and one causing bodily injury – and one count of going armed with intent.  Bills was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $105,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department at (712) 328-4728.

Investigation underway into theft of pickups in Audubon County

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County are asking for your help in solving a crime involving the theft of two pickup trucks over the weekend. Authorities say a silver 2005 Ford F-150 pickup and a white 2005 Ford F-150 pickup were stolen sometime during the evening hours of Oct. 18th or early morning hours of Oct. 19th. The vehicles were taken from a building near a business in the 200 block of North Market Street, in Audubon. The white truck was recovered in Audubon later in the day, on Saturday.

The missing, silver pickup has Iowa license plate number 720-PZN. The vehicle has a dent in the driver’s side box, and is equipped with a tool box and fuel tank in the bed of the truck. Anyone with information about the crime or who may have seen the remaining, missing vehicle, is asked to call the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-563-2631, or Crimestoppers at 712-563-2234.

Pott. County man arrested on numerous charges in Mills Co.

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest last week of a Pottawattamie County man on numerous charges. 25-year old Kirk Kincaid Kinser, of Oakland, was arrested Oct. 16th on a warrant charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Eluding, and OWI. Kinser was arrested at the Cass County Jail. His bond was set at $2,000.

Missouri man arrested after Meth lab discovered in Shelby County

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Shelby County said Monday (today) an arrest has been made in connection with an investigation into the discovery of a methamphetamine lab. The operation was found on a vacant farm in rural Shelby County after remnants of the lab was found by members of the public, who alerted authorities. An investigation has identified one suspect.

39-year old Raymond Johnson, of Seneca, MO, was taken into custody in Fremont County, on unrelated charges. Johnson faces felony charges in Shelby County that include Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Pseudoephedrine as a precursor, and Possession of lithium as a precursor. A warrant has been issued for Johnson, who will be returned to Shelby County upon completion of the charges in Fremont County. His bond was set at $5,000.

Danish Immigrant Museum changes its name & welcomes new board members

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Danish Immigrant Museum have announced the change of its name to “Museum of Danish America,” and have elected six new members to the board of directors. The change came during the museum’s annual meeting on October 11th.

New logo for the Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum)

New logo for the Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum)

Since it was founded in 1983, the focus of the museum has been to tell the story of the Danish immigration around the turn of the 20th century, but Executive Director Dr. John Mark Nielsen said they began to recognize that the immigrant experience was changing. Nielsen says “In strategic planning meetings beginning in 2004, board members recognized the decline in immigration from Denmark and the need to expand the museum’s focus to include documenting the evolving relations between our two countries.”

Nielsen said that many supporters of the museum had come to feel that the name, The Danish Immigrant Museum, placed too much emphasis on the immigrant generation – it was not inclusive enough for the future. At the October 2012 meeting of the Board of Directors, a committee was charged with the responsibility of soliciting, reviewing and proposing possible new names for consideration at its February 2013 meeting in Houston, Texas. The committee considered fifteen different names and recommended “Museum of Danish America,” which was officially adopted on Oct. 11th, 2013.MuseumofDaishAmerica

Six new board members join a group of 17 led by President of the Board Dagmar Muthamia of Long Beach, California. The new members include: Daniel Christensen, of West Des Moines; Bente Ellis, of San Jose, CA; Bill Jensen, of Urbandale; Carolyn Jensen, of St. Paul, MN; Brent Norlem, of Monticello, MN, and Craig Molgaard, of Missoula, MT.

(9-a.m. News)

Fremont County Sheriff’s report

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October 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County report deputies arrested four people last week. 33-year old John Bosco Lukas, of Omaha, was arrested Saturday on charges that include OWI/2nd offense, Failure to have insurance, open container, no valid driver’s license, and speeding.

36-year old Roger Eugene Straw and 39-year old Kara Marcine Straw, both of Sidney, were arrested last Tuesday (Oct. 15th). Roger Straw was charged with simple assault and interference with official acts. Kara Straw faces  simple assault and public intoxication charges.

And on Monday, Oct. 14th, 32-year old Jeremy Scott Carnes, of Pacific Junction, was arrested in Fremont County for aggravated assault.