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Cass County K-9 Team takes 1st place in “Tough Dog” competition


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Deputy Kyle Quist and his K-9 partner “Kane,” recently were awarded First Place in the “Tough Dog” portion of a K-9

Deputy Kent Gries & "Harry" (left), Deputy Kyle Quist & "Kane" (right)

certification and competition event held last week, in Urbandale.  And, Audubon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team, Deputy Kent Gries and his K-9 partner “Harry,” took Third-Place honors in the “Detector Dog” competition.

Twenty-two K-9 teams from around Iowa, Kansas and Missouri took part in the yearly competition and certification event, which was held October 9th through the 14th.  The certification is run through an accredited organization,  the Heart of America Police Dog Association (HAPDA).

In the “Tough Dog” event, judges pick a scenario that could happen at any time “out on the streets.”  The team is then put in the scenario and has to react. The judges picked a scenario of multiple non-compliant subjects.  The K9 was sent to apprehend (bite) the first subject.  While the K9 apprehended the first subject, a second subject with a weapon appeared from a hiding spot.  The K9 had to be called to release the first subject and directed to apprehend the second subject.  The handler had a to be back away from the area, so everything had to be done with voice and hand signal commands.  The K9 was then called back to the handler after the apprehensions.  Some of the things the judges look for during the scenario are how hard the K9 engages the subjects, if the K9 releases properly and how fast on command, if the K9 demonstrates no fear or hesitation, and if the K9 follows all the orders given by the handler.  The judges selected Deputy Quist and K9 Kane of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for the 1st place spot in this competition.

The “Detector Dog” competition,  is open for narcotic and arson dogs to compete.  Since there is one accelerant dog team in the organization, they run against the narcotic K9 teams to try to claim one of the top spots. The judges of the competition set up a scenario of narcotic and accelerant finds in a building depending on what odor the K9 team is trained to locate.  The K9 teams are not told how many “finds” are present.  They are given multiple rooms to search with a maximum of a five minute time for the entire building.  The K9 teams that complete the search with the fastest time and the most correct finds places in the competition.

Only three dogs are selected for placing.  Deputy Gries and K9 Harry of the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office took the honors of 3rd place for their performance in the detector dog portion of the competition.

Quist said “We have two local dogs that certified then walked away from competitions with top honors, beating out numerous good K9 teams from around the Midwest States.  That’s something to be proud of.  It’s something that our area communities should know and feel good about.  K9 handlers everywhere have to spend many hours training for anything they may encounter. Support from the communities makes the handlers try even harder to be the best in what they do.  I think we have proven that.”

FEMA grants flood aid to 5 Iowa counties


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reconsidered its decision and has granted Iowa’s request for flood aid for five of six counties along the Missouri River. Branstad received word from FEMA on Tuesday that the Federal Individual Assistance Program would be made available for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Pottawattamie counties. FEMA did not approve the request for Woodbury County. The program helps homeowners, renters and businesses by providing grants and loans. Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says FEMA didn’t give a reason for not including Woodbury County. But he says the county did not have the level of damage that the other five counties sustained from a summer of flooding.

Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16-23, 2011


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines, IOWA — Today’s youth are busier and more engaged than ever. Unfortunately,

35% of teens deaths are due to motor vehicle accidents

 this also means they have more things to distract them, especially while driving. Iowa’s young drivers travel many miles in all kinds of weather over local, state, interstate and rural roads. Many of these miles are traveled before and after school, as well as late at night after work or sporting events.

October 16-23, 2011, is a week dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road. Established by Congress in 2007, and held annually on the third week of October, the goal of National Teen Driver Safety Week is to focus the country’s attention toward promoting safety to our teen drivers. 

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths.  And research shows teen drivers are at a greater risk of injury and death than all other age groups.  In Iowa, drivers aged 15-20 make up about 9% of Iowa licensed drivers. In 2010, there were 46 fatal crashes involving 51 teen drivers of passenger vehicles. The number of fatalities totaled 54. This is an increase in teen crash and fatality stats from 2009. According to a report published by the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center, Iowa ranks 49th out of 50 states with regards to teen driving safety statistics and conditions.

As in previous years, education and safety leaders are focused on reducing distractions for teen drivers, as well as an emerging topic of rural road safety. Sadly, Monday night during Teen Driver Safety Week, a car full of 6 teenagers crashed on a rural Iowa road taking the life of one teen.  Let this tragic incident compel you to talk to a teen in your life about safe driving.

To learn more about the state of teen driving in Iowa and across the country, view the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau Teen Driver Fact Sheet.  You can also visit us on Facebook.

(DPS Press Release, Tue., Oct. 18th)

Adair/Cass County Board of Supervisor meeting previews


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adair and Cass County Boards of Supervisors will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. In Greenfield, the Adair Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 9:15 on the 1st reading of an ordinance adopting a County Code of Ordinances for Adair County. The hearing will be followed by consideration of the 2nd and 3rd readings, a resolution to adopt the ordinance, and the official signing of the ordinance. At 9:30, a public hearing will be held on the proposed vacation of a road at N-33/Lincoln Township, in Adair County.

In Atlantic, the Cass County Board of Supervisors will take action on the assignment of the county-held tax sale certificate of purchase for a lot in Cumberland, and the abatement of tax on properties of a municipal or political subdivision of the State. The Board will also hear quarterly reports from the Cass County Veteran’s Affairs Commissioner and County Conservation Director.

Both meetings are set to begin at 9-a.m.

EPA vows not to regulate farm dust, a “victory,” according to Sen. Grassley

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

As thousands of combines churn through Midwestern corn and soybean fields, the U-S Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday it will -not- be pursuing regulations on the dust kicked up by farm equipment. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the E-P-A’s statement is nothing short of a victory for farmers across the region. Grassley says, “Absolutely, and I don’t know how more to say it except finally, our campaign of several years is bearing fruit.”

E-P-A officials say they’re hoping to eliminate the “myth” that the agency planned to tighten regulations on the dust, which is viewed by some as air pollution. Grassley, a Republican, says he’s thrilled that this hot-button issue is finally being laid to rest. Grassley says, “People in the EPA, if they really stopped to think about fugitive dust, and I hope I’ve said enough over the last few years to make them stop and think about it, I’m only sorry it took them this long, but eventually, common sense is prevailing by their doing this.”

Grassley signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation from Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, that aimed to ban the E-P-A from pursuing regulations on ag-related dust. With the announcement from the agency Monday, Johanns said he would drop the measure, which may not fly with all of his colleagues. Grassley says, “I still think that we need to have legislation that would prohibit them from doing this in the first place.” Grassley says he’ll meet with Johanns to discuss a future course of action. Similar legislation is still pending in the U.S. House.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to discuss dangerous & dilapidated structures


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council this week is set to hold the 1st reading of an ordinance dealing with the establishment of a Minimum Maintenance Code. If it’s eventually approved, Chapter 144, which would be added to the City’s Code of Ordinances, would require property owners to keep structures in reasonable good repair. It’s designed to keep properties from deteriorating to the point that they are dilapidated and dangerous.

City Administrator Doug Harris says the City is facing a proliferation of dilapidated structures, which are not only dangerous, but have an adverse affect on surrounding property values, which tends to further the spread of urban-style blight. Harris said often times the cost to abate those properties exceeds the value of the property, resulting in it becoming tax acquired City property. That means an added expense to demolish the structure and clear the grounds. The cost for those services fall on the taxpayers of the City. Harris said the Community Development Committee has held three meetings on the matter, and arrived at the proposal which will be presented to the Council during their meeting Wednesday evening, at 5:30.

The Council will also hear a report from Dave Chase, with Nishna Valley Trails, Incorporated, with regard to a proposed agreement with property owner Ted Wickman. Chase received approval for a resolution regarding the arrangement, from the City of Atlantic’s Park and Recreation Department, during their meeting Monday evening. The resolution stipulates that the land Wickman currently uses for farming continue to be used for that purpose until such time as the Schildberg Quarry Recreation Area project advances to the stage where the trail is expanded to Olive Street. It also calls for the City to give adequate notice to Wickman as to when he should withhold his usage of the land.

And, the Atlantic City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday, with regard to the disposition of 706 Walnut Street. The hearing offers an opportunity for the public to comment on what the City should do with the 50-by 140-foot parcel, which was put out for bid last year, after it was determined it did not serve a public purpose. The property became available to the City again, after Atlantic resident Ed Leistad paid $1,000 to terminate a $5,000 purchase agreement he made with the City for the property, earlier this year.

9AM Newscast 10-18-2011

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October 18th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Arrests made in car burglaries


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports one person was arrested, and arrest warrants have been issued for two other people, in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries which occurred over the summer. An investigation led by Glenwood Police Officer Anthony Trejo resulted in the arrest of 19-year old William Lewis, Jr., of Glenwood.

Warrants have also been issued for the arrest of 23-year old Justin Chamley, of Omaha, and 20-year old Cody Blystone, of Red Oak. The trio are charged with two counts of Theft in the 2nd Degree, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and Conspiracy to Commit a felony.

As the the investigation continues, authorities ask anyone with information pertaining to the thefts and subsequent investigation, to contact the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527-4844.

Two teens injured in Shelby County Accident


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two Elk Horn teens were injured during a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon, in Shelby County. Sheriff’s officials say the driver of the car, 19-year old Preston Waymire, and his passenger, 17-year old Preston Juelsgaard, were hurt after the car they were in went off the road and hit a field driveway. The accident happened on Highway 173, about 5-miles south of Elk Horn, at around 2:20-p.m. 

Officials say the pair were traveling north on 173 when the 2005 Chevy Malibu they were in left the road and traveled some distance in the ditch before hitting the field drive. The impact caused both of the car’s airbags to deploy. 

Juelsgaard suffered minor head injuries and was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Waymire sought private medical assistance. Damage to the car was estimated at $6,000.

Prescription Drug take back to be held Oct. 29th


October 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Council Bluffs Police Department say several agencies have banded together to sponsor a prescription drug take back program on October 29th. The program provides an opportunity for the public to dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The drop off location for those medications will be at the Walgreen’s store at 2508 West Broadway Street, in Council Bluffs, from 10-a.m. until 2-p.m., on October 29th. Other disposal sites include the Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Red Oak, and the Carter Lake City Hall.

Officials say disposing of meds by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them into the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. Medicines that are left in the home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 376,590 pounds — or, 188 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

The Council Bluffs P-D has participated in three National Take Back Day events since the program’s inception in 2010. Those efforts have yielded an average of 176 pounds of surrendered prescription drugs in the City. For additional sites accepting prescription meds on October 29th, check out the DEA’s website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/