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Agent says MN man admitted killing Iowa clerk

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) – A state investigator says a Minnesota man admitted robbing a convenience store and killing the clerk in northern Iowa during an interview after his arrest. Mike Krapfl testified today (Wednesday), in Carroll, during the first-degree murder trial of Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn. He was 17 when he was charged with killing Sheila Myers in Humboldt last November.

Krapfl testified that Swanson told agents that he walked in the store with a gun in a bag. He said the clerk put money in the bag and he shot her and left. Swanson said he shot Myers “to tie up loose ends” because she could identify him. Swanson also said he “felt powerful.”

The jury spent part of the morning watching a videotape of the interview.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges (updated 6-23)

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday, released a cumulative report on arrests made this month through Tuesday of this week.

Officials say an Atlantic man, 21-year old Kevin Damien Engles, was arrested Sunday on drug-related charges. Engles was arrested for Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. He was being held in the Cass County Jail without bond, pending a pretrial release evaluation.

Also arrested Sunday by Cass County Sheriff’s deputies, was 19-year old Michael Todd Sonntag, of Exira, who faces a charge of Public Intoxication. Sonntag was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On Monday (June 20th), deputies arrested 38-year old Bret Alan Pellett, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Pellett was arrested at the Cass County Jail where he pled not guilty and was released the following day.

On Tuesday, June 21st, 42-year old Shari Ann Exceen, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Exceen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

Last week, on June 15th, deputies arrested 50-year old Blaine Tory Boken, of Lewis, on a District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear and on an additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Boken was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $12,500 bond.

And, as we told you last week, on that same day, four Atlantic residents were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop. 31-year old Shannon David Wojciechowski, along with his 25-year old wife Kylee, 21-year old Haley Jo Williams, and 21-year old John Martin Chamberlin III, all of Atlantic, were charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. Kylee and Shannon Wojciechowski have since been released on $15,000 bond. Williams and Chamberlin remain in the Cass County Jail on bonds of $15,000 each.

During the second week of June, 38-year old Christopher Brian Hand, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on 11th, on a Magistrate Court Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges filed by Atlantic Police, including two-counts of Harassment. Hand was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.

And, on June 10th, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year old David Michael Stevens, of Walnut, on a charge of Serious Assault. Stevens turned himself in at the Cass County Jail and was released on $1000 bond.

Mandatory evacuations ordered in Fremont County

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Residents living west of Interstate 29 in Fremont County are being told to evacuate immediately Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Crecelius issued the mandatory order late this (Wednesday) morning after consulting with the county’s emergency management commission.

Crecelius is also concerned about rising water levels along the Missouri River. As of this (Wednesday) morning, the river at Nebraska City measured 27.8 feet–and Crecelius expected it to go higher.

The evacuations come as the U-S Army Corps of Engineers increased the amount of water flowing from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to 155,000 cubic feet per second today (Wednesday). The flow is expected to increase to 160,000 cfs on Thursday.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Co. Conservation activities planned

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board has announced some upcoming events in advance of the July 4th holiday weekend. County Naturalist Lora Schwendinger says a “Dutch Oven Cooking – Dinner” campground program will be held at Cold Springs State Park in Lewis, 7-p.m. July 2nd, at the campground shelter. During the free event, you can learn a new dinner recipe designed for a dutch over. Bring your own place settings in order to receive food samples.

And, that same day at 9-p.m., the Conservation Board will host a free “Family Movie in the Park,” at the Hitchcock Recreation Area in Lewis. Your family will enjoy a free screening of the movie “Pocahontas.” Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. If it rains, the movie will be shown inside the barn.

For more information, call 712-769-2372.

EHK School Board special meeting

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday morning (June 23rd) at the high school, in Elk Horn. The board is expected to discuss and act on approving the second reading of the Iowa Association of School Boards policy 701.41, along with approval of the 1-to-1 student laptop computer agreement with Apple.

The meeting will be held in the Superintendent’s Office, beginning at 7:45-a.m.

9AM Newscast 06-22-2011

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June 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Donations being accepted for Guthrie Center fire victims

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Donations of household items or clothing are still being accepted for a rural Guthrie Center family who lost their home and a family pet to a fire, earlier this month. The fire destroyed the Ron and Lisa Benedict residence located about 11-miles west of Guthrie Center. The blaze began sometime between 7 and 8:45-p.m. June 10th, when a bolt of lightening entered the home through wiring, while the family was shopping in Atlantic.

Lisa Benedict told the Guthrie Center Times they received a text message from a friend at about 8:45-p.m., saying their house was on fire. Guthrie Center Fire Chief Doug Kent told the paper when the family arrived home, “Literally all they had left was their vehicle and the groceries they had just bought.” Lisa Benedict said the lightning blew up the electrical box and shattered the concrete next to it.

The family’s dog “Shooter,” a Boston terrier/beagle mix died in the ensuing blaze. Also damaged were three pickups parked close to the house. The family was reportedly living on their property in a camper following the fire.
Persons wishing to donate household items or clothing are asked to contact Estel and Marva Lee Sharon at 641-332-2777.

2011 Air Race Classic

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The 35th Annual Women’s Air Race Classic has been scheduled for takeoff in Alliance, NE. Gaylene Jensen, of Heartland Aviation in Alliance said weather and other issues forced the race to start in Alliance instead of Iowa City, Iowa.

Jensen says stops in Brookings and Spearfish, S.D.; Jamestown, N.D.; and Rawlins, Wyo., have been eliminated as well. She says more than 100 women operating 50 aircraft will be taking off from the Alliance Airport starting at noon MDT, today (Wednesday).

The race stops include Great Bend, Kan.; Borger, Texas; Norman, Okla.; and El Dorado, Ark. The race ends in Mobile, Alabama.

You may recall, in 2009, Atlantic served as the terminus, or, end point of the race that began that year in Denver, CO. The Race was won by pilots Kelly Burris of Ann Arbor, MI and Erin Recke of Seattle, WA in a Beechcraft Debonair.

More information is available at www.airraceclassic.org

Atlantic CDC to meet this afternoon

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June 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Development Committee is slated to meet this afternoon, in the Council’s chambers at City Hall. The committee will discuss a nuisance abatement program, and their goals for Fiscal Year 2012. The meeting begins at 12:30-p.m.

The Atlantic CDC will also discuss matters pertaining to the S.F. Martin House. Martin House owner Roger Steffens appeared before the City Council last week to inquire about the possibility of receiving financial assistance from the City to complete exterior renovations on his property. His request followed the Council’s approval of a tax rebate and financial assistance package for the Boulders Inn and Suites project, which was negotiated in May 2010, and renegotiated this Spring, after Boulders developers failed to sign the original agreement in a timely manner.

The exterior of the historic property has become an eyesore in the downtown area, as it has been left unfinished for many years. Mayor Dave Jones last week urged Steffens to seek other sources of assistance, such as grants or loans from SWIPCO and/or CADCO.

Jones said Steffens could also submit a request for proposal (RFP) to the Community Development Committee for their review, but he also said the Council was unlikely to approve any funding at this time. Jones also announced he was accepting names of persons interested in serving as advisors to the CDC on who would be eligible to receive TIF incentives and/or tax rebates for new businesses in the community.

7AM Newscast 06-22-2011

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June 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ News Director Ric Hanson

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