Friday, January 30, 2015

Courier news

Courtesy of the 1-28-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Meeting Times

OA/BC-IG Athletic Boosters:  Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm in the high school library

OA/BC-IG Music Boosters:  Meets on call of the chairman

Odebolt Betterment Committee:  Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm at City Hall.

Odebolt Community Center:  Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the community center.

Odebolt Development Corporation:  Meets monthly at various dates and times.

Odebolt Fire Department:  Business meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at the fire station.  Training sessions follow the business meeting.

Odebolt Museum Board:  Meets on the call of the curator

Odebolt Public Library Board:  Meets the second Monday of each month at 4:45pm at the library.

Odebolt Recreation Committee:  Meets as needed

Fire donation: First State Bank (FSB) hosted a meal for the firemen and their spouses in the five communities served by FSB at Skate Palace Jan. 20. Following the meal, Wayne Nielsen, president and CEO of FSB, announced a donation of $50,000 to the fire departments. Each department in Mapleton, Danbury, Battle Creek, Ida Grove and Odebolt received $10,000.

Nielsen noted how much FSB appreciates the dedication and sacrifices of the firemen and their spouses. He added the donation was a way of saying thank you. “Helping our local communities is what we are all about at FSB,” said Nielsen.

FSB branch managers and fire department chiefs on hand were, from left, Allen Fitch, Battle Creek branch and Deron Schmidt, Battle Creek chief; Tom McNamara, Mapleton chief and Shelly Boyle, Mapleton branch; Eric Flammang, Danbury chief and Christine Bennett, Danbury branch; Jeff Kelley, Ida Grove branch and Devlun Whiteing, Ida Grove chief and Greg Neville, Odebolt chief and Norm Behrens, Odebolt branch. (Courier photo by Mike Thornhill)

Thank you to First State Bank for your $10,000 donation to our Fire Department.  We have plans to purchase a new truck in the coming year.  Your donation has helped us make a start in the purchase of the new truck.
- Odebolt Fire Department

ONRC plans Valentine party
The Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center Auxiliary met Jan. 15. President Junith Comstock called the meeting to order and thanked Thelma Schroeder for the treats. Eleven members answered roll call.

Secretary Shirley Scanlan gave the secretary’s report with no corrections or additions. Renea Babcock gave the treasurer’s report.

Assisted Living Director Jill Grote reported Director of Nurses Dawn Berrier resigned, and three new CNAs and a housekeeping person have been hired. Wilma Frey is currently serving as the interim administrator, and a new maintenance man has been hired.

Activities Coordinator Sonia Snyder thanked all for the help through December. Staff is getting ready for Valentine’s Day and will have the party on Feb. 13. The party will include a couple of games of bingo, the crowning of the king and queen and opening of the Valentine’s bags.

Friday, Feb. 16, is hat day, and everyone is encouraged to wear a hat. Friday, Feb. 23, is pie day with homemade pies served after bingo. Snyder asked if anyone would like to donate a pie. The residents decorated their Valentine’s bags, and they will go up on Feb. 1.

Comstock called for old business. Babcock asked about Santa handing out treats next year when he visits. Snyder said Santa visited twice this year. On Christmas Eve, a friend of a resident visited as Santa and handed out treats. The resident and staff party was a success.

The next meeting is Feb. 19, with the staff serving.

Four arrested after Odebolt home invasion
The Sac County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four individuals after investigating a home invasion that occurred Jan. 19 at 2 a. m. at 536 Second St. in Odebolt.

Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure reports Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove notified deputies on Jan. 20 at 5:44 p. m. that a 53-year-old female was in their emergency department with injuries she sustained when three intruders entered her Odebolt apartment and assaulted her. As a result of the assault, the victim received several broken bones and lacerations.

During the investigation, it was learned that three men, wearing hoodies and masks over their faces, arrived at the victim’s apartment around 2 a. m. on Jan. 19. After the victim answered the knock at the door, the three men forced their way into her apartment and immediately assaulted the victim. The victim’s husband heard the commotion and found the three in the kitchen. The husband held off the three with a samurai-type sword.

One of the men lost his mask, and the husband knew the intruder as Jordan Brunning, 20, of Alta. The three intruders fled the home on foot.

On Jan. 21, the Sac and Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Offices served a search warrant at Brunning’s home, located at 718 Main St. in Alta. During the search, items of evidentiary value were seized.

Brunning was arrested by Sac County authorities and charged with burglary first degree, a class “B” felony; willful injury resulting in bodily injury, a class “C” felony; and assault while participating in a felony resulting in bodily injury, also a class “C” felony. Brunning made an initial appearance, and his bond was set at $44,000 cash. He bonded out of jail on Jan. 22.

Three other people were identified as being involved, and they were Dalton Sassman, 18, Whitney Ackerman, 20, and Levi Watt, 17, all of Storm Lake.

The night of Jan. 22, Storm Lake Police stopped a car leaving WalMart after the officer identified Sassman as being inside. Officers located Ackerman and Watt also in the car. Sac County Sheriff’s officials went to Storm Lake and, after interviewing Sassman and Ackerman, arrested the trio.

Sassman and Watt were charged with burglary first degree, a class “B” felony; willful injury resulting in bodily injury, a class “C” felony; and assault while participating in a felony resulting in bodily injury, also a class “C” felony.

Because burglary first degree is a forcible felony, Watt, who is a juvenile, is being held in the Sac County Jail.

Ackerman was charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, a class “C” felony, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a nonforcible felony, both class “D” felonies.

Watt’s bond was set at $50,000 and Ackerman’s at $10,000. Sassman has not yet made an appearance.

Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the Storm Lake Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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