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Lenox woman arrested for assault


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports a Lenox woman was arrested on an assault charge Friday night.

Brenda Parra (Lenox PD/Taylor County Sheriff photo)

19-year old Brenda Parra was taken into custody on a Simple Assault charge associated with an incident involving another female, after police responded to a disturbance at around 9:30-p.m., in the 200 block of east Michigan Street.

Parra was transported to the Taylor County Jail. She later posted bond and was released.

Taylor County woman arrested for theft of ATM card


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into the theft of an ATM card from a vehicle parked at a grocery store in Lenox last November, has resulted in an arrest.

Cindy Hamilton (Photo Courtesy Lenox PD/Taylor Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Lenox Police Chief Jon Huggins reports officers with his department, along with Clarinda Police, conducted the investigation which led to the arrest of 33-year old Cindy Hamilton, of New Market.  Hamilton was taken into custody last Thursday on a charge of Theft in the 4th degree.

Huggins says the ATM card was stolen from a vehicle while parked at Michaels Foods in Lenox on Nov. 19th, 2012 and and used without permission at the Lenox Caseys General Store on the same day. Hamilton was arrested on a Lenox P-D warrant, by deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. She was being held in the Taylor County Jail.

(Update: Change of meeting location for: Atlantic Parks and Rec Board meeting tonight

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated with change of meeting venue)

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting this evening, in the Senior Citizen Center Cafeteria (This is a change from City Hall, as previously announced) . When the board gathers for the 5:15-p.m. meeting, they’ll receive updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area Campground, Sunnyside Park Tennis Court reconstruction, and an update on a new boat ramp near the wastewater treatment plant.

In other business, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will review a meeting of the Schildberg Committee that took place Feb. 5th, and the Board will discuss plans for the Summer Recreation Program, including swimming pool operations, the playground program, tennis, men’s softball, and a YMCA management agreement.

Attempt to claim someone else’s identity lands Audubon man in jail


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Audubon say an attempt by a man to pass himself off as another person, has landed him in jail. 29-year old Robert Lenard Wenninger, of Audubon, was arrested Friday following a traffic stop, for Failure to have a Valid License, and Malicious Prosecution. The Audubon Police Department says Wenninger allegedly attempted to identify himself as another person, in order to avoid prosecution.  Wenninger was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later posted a $1,000 cash bond.

And, the Audubon Police Department reports the arrest on Feb. 6th, of 34-year old Tesha Joy Stevens, of Audubon. Stevens was taken into custody on a charge of Public Intoxication, after officers responded to a report of a woman standing on a roadway.

A large winter storm appears headed our way

News, Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service said in its Hazardous Weather Outlook for this week, that a “Large and powerful storm system” will produce hazardous weather across the area for the latter half of the week. Their report issued this (Monday) morning, says moderate to heavy snowfall is expected late Wednesday night and Thursday evening, with light to moderate snow continuing into early Friday. At this time snowfall amounts are still uncertain, but accumulations in the 6 to 12 inch range are likely across much of the state with higher amounts especially in the northwest.

Freezing rain is also possible, mainly across southern and eastern Iowa, late in the day, Thursday. Strong and gusty winds will enhance those hazards, by reducing visibility in the form of blowing snow, the drifting of snow over roads, and damage to trees and power lines, when those ice-covered objects are swayed by the strong winds.

Another winter storm system is expected to affect the region next Sunday into Monday, and may produce additional snowfall.  Stay up-to-date on the latest weather developments, on KJAN.

CAM, EHK & Griswold School Boards have meetings tonight


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM, Elk Horn-Kimballton and Griswold School District’s Boards of Education all have separate meetings scheduled for this evening. In Anita, the CAM School Board will gather at the High School Media Center for a 7-p.m. session, during which they will hear a presentation on Innovative Classrooms, and then discuss and possibly act on: A Resolution approving contracts and bonds for the multipurpose building; A contract; and, Setting the date and time for a public hearing on an early start date for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, the CAM School Board will take time to review the budget, set the date and time for a budget hearing, and, act on a School Funding Resolution. Prior to adjournment, the board will enter into a closed session to discuss negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year.

In Elk Horn, the EHK School Board will meet in the Family/Consumer Science Room at the High School, beginning at 7-p.m.  During their meeting, the Board will act on a contract for Special Education Instructor Andrea Wilch. They’ll also hear a report from Superintendent Dean Schnoes, with regard to the Reorganization Timeline, and discuss the 2013-2014 School Calendar, for which a public hearing will be held, in March. In other business, the EHK Board will act on: Approving a Whole Grade Sharing agreement, with regard to the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA); a School Funding Resolution; and, a matter pertaining to the Heat Pumps.

And finally, the Griswold School Board will meet at 5:30 in the Central Office Board Room, to go over and possibly act on a Budget Guarantee Resolution, bids for chemical application to the lawns, the selection of an Engineer/Designer for the school Track Project, an agreement with Estes Construction, and School-based Interventionist.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 18th 2013


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A businessman from Cedar Rapids is the first Republican to declare he’s running for the northeastern Iowa congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Representative Bruce Braley. Steve Rathje said Friday he will run for the 1st Congressional District seat. He is the founder and president of International Procurement Services Incorporated in Hiawatha. The 1st District includes 20 northeast Iowa counties.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa man fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life this weekend. Council Bluffs Police Sergeant Chad Meyers said 38-year-old Stephony Metzger died Saturday morning in the bedroom of her mobile home. Police say that after 42-year-old Terry Francis shot his girlfriend, and then shot himself. The shooting was discovered after Metzger’s 18-year-old daughter called police around 10:15. Saturday morning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Family members say the 33-year-old man who died in an Iowa police chase while his son rode along was a veteran who abducted his son last fall out of concern for his safety. Relatives of Jeremiah Johnson told The Des Moines Register this weekend he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble and Aaron White each had 15 points as Iowa shrugged off an early 16-point deficit and rolled past Minnesota 72-51 yesterday for its third straight win. Freshman Mike Gesell added 11 for the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

Fiery fatal accident in Union County, Friday


February 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol, Sunday, issue a report on a fiery, fatal accident that happened Friday night, in Union County. Officials say 48-year old Michelle Schrodt, of Lorimore died, after she over-corrected the 2007 Ford truck she was driving on Yellow Rose Avenue (a gravel road), when it slipped onto the shoulder. The vehicle then hit a tree and ended up in a culvert before catching fire. Schrodt was transported to the Union County Hospital in Creston, where she was pronounced dead. The accident happened at around 10:40-p.m., Friday.

Omaha man dies while working on a vehicle in Fremont County


February 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County say a Nebraska man died Saturday, after a vehicle he was working on fell on top of him. 57-year old Earl Lee Schmidt, of Omaha, was found beneath a vehicle near a maintenance shop he owns at 2049 11th Street, in Bartlett. Deputies and emergency personnel extricated Schmitt from the vehicle and life saving measures were taken, but they were unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators determined Schmitt and another person were working on the vehicle when it shifted off of the jack stands and landed on Schmitt. The accident happened at around 2:15-p.m.,  Saturday.

Police say Iowa man shot girlfriend, himself


February 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Police say an Iowa man fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life this weekend.  Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said 38-year-old Stephony Metzger died Saturday morning in the bedroom of her mobile home.  Police say that after 42-year-old Terry Francis shot his girlfriend, he shot himself.

Francis and Metzger had dated for several years, but neighbor Jennifer Iwersen says Metzger had recently been trying to end the relationship.  Metzger had three children between the ages of 12 and 18.

The shooting was discovered after Metzger’s 18-year-old daughter called police Saturday morning around 10:15.