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Mills County Sheriff’s report, 6/30/22


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Glenwood, Iowa) – The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests. At around 1:30-a.m. today (Thursday), 31-year-ol Shane Jamal Peterson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested following a traffic stop on I-29 at the 39 mile marker. Peterson was charged with Driving Under Suspension, with a $300 bond. And, at around 7:30-p.m. Tuesday, 58-year-old John Paul Scott, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. Bond was set at $5,000.

One person suffered suspected minor injuries during an accident Tuesday afternoon, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office said a 2009 Pontiac driven by 21-year-old Linley Chickering, of Malvern, was traveling east on Highway 34 and entering a construction zone. A 2007 GMC truck driven by 58-year-old Dennis Greene, of Malvern, was stopped on the highway, waiting for the construction pilot car. The Pontiac hit the rear of a trailer being pulled by the truck. Chickering was transported to the hospital.

Cass County Supervisors approve Treasurer’s office employee wage & EMA ARPA funds


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday (today), received a request for ARPA (Covid relief) funds to purchase a new pickup for the Dive Team, which has eight certified members. Eric Steffensen appeared before the board to make the request for $50,000. He said their current truck is 20-years old. Their current one-ton, 4 wheel-drive truck is used to respond to water incidents in southwest and western Iowa, as well as for training dives. Because the County’s first-half ARPA funds are already spoken for, the Board agreed they would take action on passing a Resolution for the Dive Team when the second-round/second-half funding is received. That could take six-months or more.

Board Chair Steve Baier….

The Board did approve a request for $10,000 in ARPA funds from the Cass County Emergency Management Agency, for two portable radios. Baier explained why this request was approved and the Dive Team’s request, was not.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors approved a 2022 ISAC HIPPA contract. Cass County Treasurer Tracey J. Marshall requested the Board approved of a person for the potential position of driver’s license examiner or some other purpose that was not made clear, at a rate of $20 per hour, since the candidate is making $40 per hour in her current position. The Board was adamant that the person should be hired at $18/hour. Supervisor Mark O’Brien…

Marshall told Baier and Board they are responsible for her office being short-handed and forced to close to train new staff.

The Supervisors approved a rate of $18/hour for the candidate, with the required 90-day probationary period and the other requirements. Cass County Engineer Trent Wolken reported a low bid for a box-culvert construction project from Gus Construction of Casey, was $443,631.64. The culvert will installed on Boston Road, about one-half mile east of Olive Street. The Board passed a Resolution authorizing awarding of the project. They tabled action on the Natural Resources Conservation Service request for a pipe replacement project on Crooked Creek, due to the fact their was only one bidder that met the deadline, but the total bid was much higher than the engineer’s estimate. Labor alone in the bid came in at nearly $22,500. The piping was an additional $23,000.

The Supervisors approved a three-year employment contract for Engineer Wolken. And, they approved a contract for a Secondary Roads Department employee.

National School Resource office training planned for northwest Iowa


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Basic School Resource Officer training course this summer. Sioux County School Resource Officer Waylon Pollema is part of the Iowa S-R-O Association and he looks forward to the training. “They have an advanced course, they have an adolescent mental health class they’ve got a supervisor one. They just they offer a ton of school resource officer training the best in the nation,” according to Pollema. Sioux Center is considering adding an S-R-O and Pollema says that’s another reason he thought it would be good to have the training in the area. The course is a forty-hour block of instruction designed for law enforcement officers and school safety professionals working with school administrators. Pollema says role of an SRO has three directives.

“You’d have a uniformed officer with a marked vehicle in front of the school, you’re helping the safety and security crisis planning and policy and stuff like that helping the school administration,” Pollema says. The second is teacher & law related education which Pollema says is when officers come into the classroom and help in the class with whatever the teacher wants. Pollema says the third part of the triad is the most important, and his personal favorite, counseling students. With school shootings in the news recently, Pollema says S-R-Os play a role, but the majority of planning for serious situations like that start at the local level.

“Obviously, school resource officers are involved in the planning and stuff like that in the school building center there’s a component to that but that’s a whole other thing where you can probably have a whole other week’s training to train an officer to do that,” he says. Pollema says NASRO provides top-notch training in all three of those concepts. The training course will be held August 8th-12th at the new Sioux Center Community High School.

Iowa DOT clarifies information on new law related to annual overweight permits


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

ANKENY, Iowa – June 30, 2022 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has received many questions about a law passed in the 2022 Legislative Session related to overweight loads moving on Iowa roadways. The new provision will allow motor carriers who need to haul loads over the legal weight limit to apply for a new annual overweight permit applying to many roads in the state beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

To clarify a few common misconceptions:

  • All loads that exceed the current legal weight limit need a permit; currently, overweight permits are issued for specific routes.
  • The new statewide permits will not be available until Jan. 1, 2023.
  • This new law does not impact other existing overweight or oversize permit types.

The permit will be valid on all state and U.S highways. It is not valid on the interstate. According to the law, cities and counties have until 2025 to determine what roads in their jurisdiction will allow permitted overweight loads.

There has been some confusion between the new permit and the emergency proclamation typically signed during harvest by the governor. This new permit is different from the emergency proclamation. The new annual overweight permit is an annual permit and is not limited to agricultural commodities, as is the case with the emergency overweight proclamation during harvest.

More details on the specifics of the statewide overweight permit will be coming in the next few months.

Vehicle break-in in Creston


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Creston, Iowa) – Officials with the Creston Police Department say a woman residing in the 1000 block of S. Sumner Street reported Wednesday, that someone had broken into her 2007 Kia Spectra. The victim said $25 in cash and her debit card was missing. The loss was estimated at $25, as of the latest report.

(8-a.m. News)

Open House Tonight for LaVon Eblen at Produce in the Park

Ag/Outdoor, Backyard and Beyond, News

June 30th, 2022 by Jim Field

Tomorrow, July 1, 2022 at 9:45 am, LaVon Eblen will air her final Backyard & Beyond program on KJAN.  To honor Lavon, we will be holding an open house event tonight, Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Produce in the Park from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Atlantic City Park.  Stop by and greet LaVon and pick up some free goodies.  In addition to her contributions at KJAN, LaVon has been a tireless volunteer in the community.  We wish her well and hope you stop by this evening!

Red Oak woman arrested on an Assault charge


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Red Oak, Iowa) – Police in Red Oak, Wednesday evening, arrested a woman on an assault charge. 40-year-old Shannon Elisa Lecinski, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 200 block of S. 2nd Street at around 6:52-p.m. She was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense. Lecinski was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Accident in Pott. County leads to 3-hours manhunt & 2 arrests


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) – A collision Wednesday evening near Council Bluffs resulted in two people fleeing the scene and their arrest three-hours later, after a manhunt. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2019 Chevy Corvette driven by 52-year-old Stephen Hakes of Erie, Colorado, was traveling in the right lane at interstate speeds on I-80 near mile marker 9.85.

A 2019 Dodge Durango, driven by 49-year-old William Burch, III, of Hernando, Florida, was traveling at excessive speed and rear-ended that Corvette.The Durango came to rest in front of the car.

When Hakes approached Burch and his passenger in the SUV, both fled the scene. Authorities say the Durango was confirmed stolen. After an extensive search for the occupants of the SUV, the passenger, 45-year-old Shyla Solar, of Hernado, FL, and Hakes, were transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs, with Solar being transported by Underwood Rescue, and Hakes transported by Council Bluffs Police.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies assisted in handling the incident.


2 separate fatal accidents in southern Iowa: 1 man and 1 child died


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Decatur County, Iowa) – Two separate incidents in southern Iowa have claimed two lives. The Iowa State Patrol on Tuesday, released the name of a man who died in a UTV accident at around 6:15-p.m., Tuesday. Authorities say 46-year-old Brian C. Kitt, of Ankeny, died after the 20111 Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicle he was operating overturned when it went out of control in a hay field. Kitt was ejected and died from his injuries at the Decatur County Hospital.

The second accident happened at around 6:52-p.m. Wednesday. The State Patrol says 41-year-old Justin Andrew Miller, of Leon, was operating a front-end loader that had just retrieved a round hay bale from the east ditch of Lineville Road. The bale had fallen off a truck and trailer. When the loader the loader turned into a private drive on Lineville Road, it struck a 6-year-old child, who died at the Decatur County Hospital. The child’s name was not immediately released.

Des Moines Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Criminal HIPAA Violations


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines, Iowa – A Des Moines man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison following his pleas of guilty to two counts of a federal indictment charging conspiracy to  wrongfully obtain and disclose individually identifiable health information, and wrongfully  obtaining individually identifiable health information.

According to court documents, Dustin James Ortiz, 49, conspired with a then employee of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Des Moines to obtain individually identifiable health information of an individual which were maintained by the VAMC. The records Ortiz sought to and did obtain pertained to the victim’s mental health conditions and medications. Ortiz obtained this information without authorization required by law. Ortiz then disclosed the records to a third party. Because the conduct involved the intent to transfer and use the health information for personal gain and malicious harm, it was a felony under federal law.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that requires standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.

In addition to the 27-month term of imprisonment, the Court ordered the payment of $2,000 in restitution, and a 3-year term of supervised release to follow the prison sentence. “Our office is committed to giving real meaning to HIPAA’s right-to-privacy protections,” said United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal. “HIPAA-covered entities should continue to
remind everyone that the privacy provisions of HIPAA are important and have significant consequences if violated.”

“Unlawfully obtaining and releasing veterans’ health records will not be tolerated,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory Billingsley with Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s Central Field Office. “This breaches the integrity of the VA healthcare system and is an egregious violation of privacy.”

The co-defendant, a former employee of the VAMC, is set for sentencing on August 4, 2022. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General investigated the case