Compost pile fire in Atlantic at City Yard Waste Site

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March 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

Atlantic Fire was called to a fire at approximately 8:55pm Monday evening at the City of Atlantic Yard Waste Site near the Schildberg Recreation Area.  The blaze was reported to be in the compost pile at the site. Additional details are currently not available.

Update on Guthrie Center death inside burnt vehicle

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March 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in west-central Iowa are investigating the death of a Des Moines area developer found inside a burnt vehicle.

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says 64-year-old Bobby Joe Knapp was found inside the vehicle after someone reported it Sunday. The state medical examiner’s office says the cause and manner of Knapp’s death have not been released pending further investigation and lab testing.

On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service put out information on Knapp, who had a warrant out for violation of parole status. The Des Moines Register reports Knapp was serving prison time for violating federal clean air laws. He was recently released to a home confinement program.

Authorities say the burnt vehicle was stolen. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.

Molina’s homerun helps Cardinals win on opening day

Sports

March 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

CINCINNATI (AP) – Yadier Molina’s homer broke a seventh-inning tie and drew another round of loud boos while he rounded the bases on Monday, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds were blanked on opening day for the first time since 1953, ending the second-longest streak of scoring in at least one run in season openers in major league history. The Phillies went 62 years without being blanked in an opener from 1911-72.

Adam Wainwright used his refined sinker to finally get the best of the Reds, who have hit him like no other team. Wainwright allowed three hits in seven innings, fanning nine.

St. Louis escaped a threat in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal retired all three batters in the ninth, finishing a three-hitter for the defending National League champions.

ISU’s Ejim, Kane Recognized By Associated Press

Sports

March 31st, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim has been named a Second-Team Associated Press All-American, it was announced Monday. ISU’s DeAndre Kane was an honorable mention honoree.

Ejim led the Cyclones averaging 17.8 points and was named Big 12 Player of the Year. The forward also averaged 8.4 rebounds per game. Ejim is the only player in a BCS conference averaging at least 17 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc.

Ejim is the fifth Cyclone to earn a spot on the AP’s first, second or third teams, joining Jamaal Tinsley (2001), Marcus Fizer (2000), Jeff Grayer (1988) and Gary Thompson (1957).

Ejim has now been named an All-American by four different outlets.

Kane averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and has been honored as an All-American by five outlets.

First-Team:

  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Jabari Parker, Duke
  • Russ Smith, Louisville
  • Shabazz Napier, UConn
  • Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

Second-Team:

  • Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
  • Nick Johnson, Arizona
  • Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
  • T.J. Warren, N.C. State
  • Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Third-Team:

  • Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
  • Kyle Anderson, UCLA
  • Julius Randle, Kentucky
  • C.J. Fair, Syracuse
  • Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Council Bluffs teachers receive delayed paychecks

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs school district has apologized to teachers for a delay in their monthly paychecks.  The Council Bluffs Community School District sent an email Monday to teachers and substitute teachers alerting them that a payroll file for automatic deposits was not electronically submitted to the bank last week.  District spokeswoman Diane Ostrowski says the mistake was due to an error.

The Daily Nonpareil reports the district will reimburse employees who received overdraft charges because of the delay. Employees who are customers with American National Bank received a credit for the funds to their accounts. The error did not affect employees who receive bimonthly paychecks. That includes paraprofessionals, custodians and technicians.

Woman swerves to avoid styrofoam cooler & hits a tree

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman was injured Monday morning when she swerved and crashed while trying to miss an object that flew out of a boat being towed on a trailer. The Iowa State Patrol says 30-year old Sarah Rozniecki, of Omaha, was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs following the crash. The Patrol says she was wearing her seat belt. The accident happened at around 7-a.m. in Pottawattamie County on Interstate 29 southbound, near the 42-mile marker.

Officials say a 2011 Chevy Silverado pickup pulling a boat and trailer, was traveling south on I-29, when an unsecured styrofoam cooler flew out of the boat and came to rest on the traveled portion of the road. When Rozniecki swerved to miss the cooler, her 2007 Toyota Corolla went out of control, left the road and entered a ditch before hitting a tree and crashing through a barbed wire fence before coming to rest in a field.

GEORGIA ANNE SIEVERS, 89, of Avoca (Svcs. 4/3/14)

Obituaries

March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GEORGIA ANNE SIEVERS, 89, of Avoca, died Sun., March 30th, at Avoca Nursing & Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian Burial service for GEORGIA ANNE SIEVERS will be held 10-a.m. Thu., April 3rd, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-to 8-pm Wed., April 2nd. A Wake service will be held 7-p.m. Wed, also at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Avoca.

GEORGIA ANNE SIEVERS is survived by:

Her son – Patrick Sievers & wife Lyde Denney, of Vernon, NY.

Her daughters – Paula (Ken) Davis, of Grandview, MO; Sondra (William) Dea, of Avoca, & Lisa (Greg) Neat, of La Canada, CA.

Her sister – Hazel Poage, of Omaha.

Her brothers – Jim (Joanne) Rogers, of Milwaukee, OR., & Pat (Ellen) Rogers, of Littleton, CO.

7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mills County arrest report

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests over the past few days. On Friday, 39-year old Brent Harley Crawley, of Pacific Junction. Crawley was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Highway 34 at 1980th Street, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $1,000.

And there were two arrests on Monday. 36-year old Rebecca Marie Phillips, of Glenwood, was arrested at around 4:50-a.m. on an OWI/1st offense charge. Phillips was taken into custody following a traffic stop at 221st and Ashton in Mills County. Her bond was set at $1,000. Also arrested Monday was 44-year old Laura Jeanie Smith, (No town given). Smith was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail at around 12:19-a.m., on a Mills County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on an original charge of  OWI/1st offense.  Her bond was set at $5,000.

Large grass fire north of I-80 in Adair County

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Adair, Anita and Wiota were on the scene Monday afternoon of a large grass fire north of Interstate 80 in Adair County. According to dispatch reports, the blaze was happening between the 78 and 79-mile markers. The incident was dispatched to Anita Fire and Rescue at around 3:15-p.m. No other details are available.

Iowa authorities say dead body found in burnt car

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March 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in west-central Iowa are investigating the death of a man found inside a burnt vehicle.  The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to a call Sunday about a burnt vehicle. Officers discovered the body inside.  The state medical examiner’s office has identified the body to be that of Bobby Joe Knapp. The cause and manner of his death have not been released pending further investigation and lab testing.

On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service put out information about Knapp, who had a warrant out for violation of parole status. Authorities say the burnt vehicle was a stolen car that Knapp had been suspected of driving.  The state Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.