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Iowa board certifies 6-vote Republican win in US House race

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have certified a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits.

The state Board of Canvass voted Monday afternoon to certify Miller-Meeks as the winner over Hart by a final count of 196,964 to 196,958. The board also certified President Donald Trump as the winner of the state’s six electoral votes.

 

Iowa mother says son was wrongly attacked by police dog

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids woman is suing the city’s police department after her 13-year-old Black son was attacked by a police dog and arrested before he was released without charges. The open records lawsuit is asking that the police department be ordered to provide records, body camera recordings and audio and video arising from the incident involving the teenager.

His mother, TonyaMarie Adams, said her son went to spend the night at a friend’s house two nights after a derecho seriously damaged Cedar Rapids. The lawsuit say the teen fell asleep in the friend’s backyard and awoke to the dog attacking him and police yelling at him.

 

Annual Lighted Parade Set for This Weekend in Atlantic

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Annual Lighted Parade, presented by A.M. Cohron & Son, will fill downtown Atlantic with holiday cheer this Saturday, December 5th, starting at 6 PM. Bailey Smith, Executive Director at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said “The Lighted Parade is a holiday tradition that Atlantic families look forward to every year. We felt this year could use some extra cheer and magic, so we worked closely with Cass County Public Health and Governor Reynold’s to organize a safe parade,” Smith said.

To accommodate State of Iowa Public Health mandates, the route has been extended. The parade will begin at 6th & Chestnut Street, travel north then turn east on 2nd Street and travel south on Walnut Street. Spectators must park along the route and remain in vehicles at all times. There will not be fireworks this year. The parade will also be live streamed on the Chamber’s Facebook page for those who wish to enjoy from home.

According to Smith, “With State mandates, adhering to the rules in place for this event is really important. We realize it’s not ideal to remain in the car the duration of the parade, but we’re very pleased and thankful with the respect shown during Grand Lighting, where the same rules applied. We’re confident the community will show the same respect for this event.”

Those interested in participating in the Lighted Parade can visit www.atlanticiowa.com for a registration form. Registration isn’t required but encouraged. Lineup will begin at 5 PM at 6th & Walnut Street. Participants must wear a mask if there are more than one person on a float while maintaining social distancing. Floats must have a holiday theme of their choosing. Each float also must have lighting and Christmas music is encouraged! Santa will not be allowed on floats, as he will end the parade on his Firetruck.

Before the parade, Santa will be in his Cabin at City Park from 3 – 5:30 PM. One house is permitted at a time and masks are required for those over the age of two. Families waiting to see Santa need to wait in vehicles. The Chamber will greet you, take your information and let you know when it’s your turn. Santa’s Cabin is presented by the Atlantic Rotary Club, Atlantic Dental Center and The Picker’s Parlor/The Franklin Market.

Capture the Christmas magic with #MyAtlanticIA and post to the Atlantic Area Chamber’s Facebook page or Instagram (AtlanticIowaFan). Contact the Atlantic Area Chamber with any questions at chamber@atlanticiowa.com or call 712.243.3017.

Glenwood Police report (11/30)

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports three arrests: Last Wednesday, 24-year old Kristen Gleason, of Sidney was arrested for OWI 1st offense. 21-year old Tristan Herrera, of Glenwood, was arrested Wednesday for driving while barred. Both posted cash or surety bonds and were released.

And, on Friday, 19-year old Chase Ives, of Omaha, NE was arrested for Carrying weapon and possession of a controlled substance. Ives also posted bond and was released.

Sioux City National Guard unit wins national award for humanitarianism

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Sioux City’s 185th Iowa Air National Guard Air Refueling Wing is being awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for efforts during 2019. It’s the fourth year in a row the unit has earned the award. Colonel Stephanie Samenus (SAM-ah-nus), the vice wing commander, says the citation notes the unit’s high operations tempo that included thousands of flying hours, plus recruiting and retention efforts that led to maintaining 100-percent staffing.

“If we’re not able to man our organization in the necessary career fields, there are times our readiness might fall,” Samenus says. “Fortunately, here at the 185th, we have not been in that situation. We have a community that is very patriotic that supports the military and they continue to come to the 185th.” Last year, 90 new guard members were recruited to join the unit. During the 2019 evaluation period, the humanitarian efforts of the unit’s medical group were also highlighted. Samenus was in Puerto Rico where the 185th provided care — including eye exams and new glasses — to more than 9,000 people during a two-week exercise.

“One woman said it was the first time she was able to read a cook book so that she could make things for her family with this pair of glasses,” she says. “Our team loves to help others. That’s what we do in the military and across the island of Puerto Rico, we had more than 100 members from the 185th.”

During 2020, members of the 185th were part the natural disaster response, assisting with debris cleanup operations in Cedar Rapids following the derecho wind storm. Unit members were also active throughout the spring and summer months, providing support for the Test Iowa COVID-19 initiative.

Greenfield man cited following an accident in Griswold

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Sheriff’s officials report a man from Adair County was cited following an accident Nov. 13th, in Griswold. Authorities say at around 1:12 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on Montgomery and Main Streets in Griswold. A 2002 Ford Explorer owned and driven by 76-year old Cheryl Lou Reynolds, of Elliott, was traveling westbound on Main Street and began to turn left onto Montgomery Street when it was struck in the front driver’s side by a 1998 Peterbilt, whose driver, 58-year old Steven Eugene Feick, of Greenfield, was attempting to pass the vehicle on the left.

There were no injuries reported. Damage to the Ford is estimated at $4,500; damage to the Peterbilt is estimated at $3,000. Feick was cited for passing in a no-passing zone.

Cass County Sheriff’s report: 5 arrests

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports five arrests over the past couple of weeks. Yesterday (Sunday), 36-year old Trevor Kyle Benge, of Greenfield, was arrested on a Felony charge of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and Public Intoxication. Benge was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following Monday (Today) on his own recognizance.

On November 24th, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23-year old Skylar Lee Bingham, of Red Oak, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Bingham was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On November 22nd, 24-year old Zen Henry Gross, of Atlantic, was arrested on charges of OWI 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Gross was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

And, there were two arrests on Nov. 17th, in Cass County: 32-year old Shelby Michael Froh, of Atlantic, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Felony Theft in the 2nd Degree. Froh was taken to the Cass County Jail and released on November 24, 2020, on his own recognizance. And, 69-year old Alexander Richard Parra, Jr., of Shelby, was arrested by Cass County Deputies on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Parra was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

Clarinda Corrections worker dies after getting COVID

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A second Iowa correctional officer has died after contracting COVID-19. A spokesperson for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union told KCCI the officer worked at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. No other information has been released.

The Iowa Department of Corrections previously reported that a staff member at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville died on Nov. 16 due to a COVID-19 infection. Corrections officials say 10 inmates have died from COVID-19 complications.

Iowa authorities say man rammed squad car, injuring deputy

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa teenager has been arrested after authorities there say he intentionally rammed a law enforcement vehicle while fleeing police, injuring a Winneshiek County deputy. Television station KCRG reports that the incident happened over the weekend, when deputies responded to a report of domestic assault. Deputies say 18-year-old Druey Hood, of Decorah, fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, leading deputies on a high speed chase.

Police also believe Hood was intoxicated during the chase. Officials say at one point in the chase, Hood turned his vehicle around and rammed a squad car, leaving a deputy with minor injuries. Police say Hood resisted arrest and faces several felony charges.

 

Mills County Sheriff’s report (11/30)

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November 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four recent arrests. Today (Monday), 18-year old Gabriel Juan Sherry, of Glenwood, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. Bond was set at $5,000. Friday night, 47-year old Cameron Ancel Campbell, of Omaha, was arrested for Driving While revoked and OWI/1st Offense. His bond was set at $2,000. Thursday night, 19-year old James Robert Dose, of Malvern, was arrested in Mills County for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and OWI/1st offense. Bond was set at $2,000. And, Wednesday Night, 44-year old William Edward Frazier, Sr., was arrested for Theft in the 2nd Degree and Fraudulent use of Registration. Bond was set at $5,000.