Man arrested in Stuart for stealing pop cans also charged with vehicle theft in Ankeny


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man arrested last week in Stuart for allegedly stealing pop cans from a local collection box, was also arrested a felony charge of Theft associated with an incident in Central Iowa. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports on December 10th, Stuart Police responded to a report about a man seen stealing pop cans from a local collection drive. The subject fled the scene and was located hiding in an apartment in Stuart. The suspect was identified as Christopher Grunder.

An eye-witnesses confirmed Grunder was responsible for the theft. During Grunder’s arrest, officers became aware he was in possession of a set of keys to a vehicle. They were able to determine the keys belonged to a stolen vehicle from Ankeny. The stolen vehicle was recovered a few blocks away, in Stuart. Grunder was arrested and transported to the Guthrie County Jail. He plead guilty to the theft of the pop cans, and was subsequently turned over to Polk County authorities.

In Polk County, Grunder faces a felony charge of Theft in the 2nd Degree, for the alleged theft of a motor vehicle in Ankeny. Grunder is also suspected in several other incidents of motor vehicle thefts and burglaries in the city of Ankeny.

The Stuart Police Department was assisted in its investigation by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ankeny Police Department.

Iowa library to create space for high-tech tools


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A grant from Google will help the Council Bluffs Public Library create a so-called makerspace, where people can make use of high-tech tools like a 3D printer. The library’s foundation recently was awarded the $34,600 grant from the Internet company. The Daily Nonpareil reports the foundation has agreed to match Google’s contribution to help cover costs.

A librarian says details about the project are still being worked out. But he says officials hope to start reconfiguring a room on the library’s second floor to be the new makerspace by next year.

RICHARD E. McCAULEY, 81, of Atlantic (1-3-15)


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

RICHARD E. McCAULEY, 81, of Atlantic, died Aug. 31st, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. A Mass of Christian Burial service for RICHARD McCAULEY will be held on Saturday, January 3rd at 10:30 am at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, in Atlantic. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at

RICHARD McCAULEY is survived by:

His wife – Patricia McCauley.

His children – Michael (Lori) McCauley, of Michigan; Dorothy (Bill) Schabilion, of Bondurant, Kathy (Jim) Kleen, of Des Moines, Boke (Tanya) McCauley, of Phoenix, Arizona, & Joseph (Mia) Kim of California.

and 9 grandchildren.

Traffic stop results in the arrest of a Crawford Co. man on drug charges


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop south of Denison this (Monday) morning, resulted in one person being arrested on drug charges. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reports 42-year old Paul James Burk, of Dow City,was formally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,000.

Authorities say a vehicle Burk was in was pulled over on Highway 59. The Crawford County K-9 “Bayou” was deployed, and detected the odor of illegal drugs.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, which were seized into evidence.

State of IA and City of Griswold agree on procedures for internal controls


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today (Monday) released an agreed-upon procedures report on the
City of Griswold, for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The agreed-upon procedures engagement was performed pursuant to Chapter 11.6 of the Code of Iowa.

Mosiman recommended the City review its control procedures to obtain the maximum internal control possible. The City should also establish procedures to ensure an independent review of the City’s utility reconciliation is performed and a monthly City Clerk’s report which includes comparison of budgeted to actual receipts and disbursements, including the beginning and ending fund balance of each fund, is provided to the City Council.

In addition, the City should ensure compliance with Chapters in the Code of Iowa which relate to budget amendments and conflicts of interest, respectively. A review of the City’s procedures resulted in numerous recommendations. They include, but are not limited to:

  • The segregation of duties among employees to prevent an individual employee from handling duties which are incompatible.
  • The City Council or other independent person designated by the City Council should review the reconciliations and monitor delinquent accounts. The review should be documented by the signature or initials of the reviewer and the date of the review.
  • To provide better control over budgeted disbursements and the opportunity for timely amendment to the certified budget, the City Clerk’s monthly financial reports to the City Council should include comparisons to the certified budget by function. Also, the monthly reports should include the beginning balance, receipts, disbursements, transfers and ending balance for each fund.
  • The petty cash and change fund should be reconciled to the authorized amount. Procedures should be established to ensure all receipts, including miscellaneous fees, are deposited intact and recorded in the financial system.

A copy of the agreed-upon procedures report is available for review in the City Clerk’s Office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at

Glenwood man arrested on a harassment charge


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County says a Glenwood man was arrested Saturday. 48-year old Tony Martin was arrested on a Mills county warrant for harassment 3rd degree. Martin’s bond was set at $300.

The Sheriff’s Dept. says also, Glenwood Farm Equipment (a Car wash) reported an incident of  Burglary and Theft, on Saturday. No other details were provided.


Trading Post

December 15th, 2014 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  I have a set of brand new king size sheets. The set is navy in color and is microfiber. It includes flat, fitted & 2 pillowcases still in the package. The store sent the wrong size. $20 for the set. Good Christmas gift! Call 712.254.6009.  SOLD!

FOR SALE:  Eight 2 pound bags of Milk Chocolate dipping candy. Made for use in a chocolate fountain, but also for dipping candy or fruit. Perfect for holiday parties or an upcoming wedding reception. $4, per bag or best offer. Call 712-249-3434. Please leave message if no immediate answer.

FREE: Kittens, would make a great Christmas gift, just the right size! 712-579-2408 (Kimballton)

FREE: 2 rabbits – 1 dark long hair, 1 – white with black spot. Great Christmas gifts! 712-789-9385.

FOR SALE: 4 tickets to Creighton men’s basketball game, Friday December 19. Good seats in lower bowl. $ 100 buys 4. 249-9084.

WANTED: Nintendo game cube system. Call or text 249-4912.

FOR SALE: 2-executive Desks 3 foot by 6 foot; 3 drawers on left and 2 drawers on right $90 each. 3-3 Shelf Bookcases $20 each. Call 712-243-4825.

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December 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Deena Wells, Adair County 4-H Youth Council Advisor, about the Adair County Youth Council’s Holiday Meal Event on December 20th.

Numerous arrests in Creston


December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Several people were arrested recently, in Creston. Early this (Monday) morning, 46-year old Susan Rae Lemon, of Creston, was arrested for 3rd Degree Theft. Lemon was later released on $2,000 bond. Late Sunday night, 23-year old Bryant Lee McCloud, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was later released on $300 bond.

Early Sunday morning, Creston Police arrested 19-year old Christopher Thomas White, of Chariton, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense, and, 20-year old Shawn Douglas Shimer, of Des Moines, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, for Possession of Marijuana. Shimer and White were later released on $1,000 bond, each.

And, Friday afternoon, Creston Police arrested 40-year old Virginia Jean Keasey, of Adair, on a warrant for Probation Violation. Keasey was taken into custody at the Union County LEC, and transferred to the Ringgold County Jail, where she remained today (Monday), on $10,000 bond.

In other news, Creston Police say Rodney Carlson, of Creston, reported Friday someone had used his money card without permission. The loss was estimated at $842. The incident took place sometime between 8-a.m. and 1-p.m., on Friday.