Council Bluffs, Iowa Resident Sentenced to 60 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

News

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was sentenced, Monday to spend five-years in prison on a child pornography charge. United States District Judge Stephanie Rose ordered 42-year old Anthony John Wesolowski, of Council Bluffs, to serve 60 months in prison by for possession of child pornography, plus  10-years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

An extensive investigation began when law enforcement determined that Wesolowski was using a file sharing program to obtain images containing child pornography over the internet for a period of several years. On July 8, 2014, Wesolowski pled guilty and admitted that on October 31, 2013, he had images on his home computer that depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

State Patrol gearing up for busy holiday weekend on roads

News

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who plan to do some traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday will likely see a few law enforcement officers on the road as well. Sergeant Scott Bright is the spokesperson for the Iowa State Patrol. “It’s one of the most traveled holidays of the year, so we’re going to have a few extra troopers out there working,” Bright said. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year, two people were killed traffic crashes around the state.ISP patch

“This year, hopefully we have zero,” Bright said. “Currently, we’ve had 304 traffic fatalities in the state (this year). Last year, at this time, we had 280. So, we’re 24 ahead of where we were last year and hopefully this weekend we won’t lose anybody on the highways.” Iowa ended up with 318 traffic deaths in 2013 — the lowest annual total since 1944.

Bright is encouraging motorists to buckle up, obey the speed limit, and avoid distractions while driving.

(Radio Iowa)

JOHN H. SUBBERT, 73, of Panora (Svcs. 11/26/14)

Obituaries

November 25th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

JOHN H. SUBBERT, 73, of Panora passed away Monday at his home. Funeral Services for John Subbert will be 2-30 Wednesday at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora. Twigg Funeal Home of Panora has the arrangements.
Burial of cremains will be at a later date at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Visitation for John Subbert will be Wednesday one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the St Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Trading Post

November 25th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

FOR SALE: Load of Elm wood cut last Saturday has not been split and is under cover so as not to get wet. Call 712-789-1441

EVEYLN LEWELLEN, 83, of Adair (Svcs. 11/29/14)

Obituaries

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EVEYLN LEWELLEN, 83, of Adair, died Tue., Nov. 25th, at the Kavanaugh House in Des Moines. Funeral services for EVEYLN LEWELLEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Sat., Nov. 29th, at the Casey United Methodist Church (in Casey). Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Adair has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family present, is from 5-to 7-pm Friday (11/28) at the funeral home, in Adair.

Burial will be in the Dalmanutha Cemetery, at Casey.

EVEYLN LEWELLEN is survived by:

Her children – Alice Lewellen, Curtis Lewellen, Sharon Henderson, and Scott Lewellen.

7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

2 plead guilty in connection to Iowa house fires

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November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Two people have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a string of house fires in Sioux City. The Sioux City Journal reports a 17-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal that will dismiss a third-degree burglary charge. Thirty-two-year-old Daisy Castillo pleaded guilty recently to third-degree burglary as part of a plea deal that dismissed a second-degree arson charge. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

The Associated Press does not generally name minors accused of crimes. Authorities have been investigating a string of suspicious house fires in August and September. Eighteen-year-old Javen Mobley has pleaded not guilty to second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. A 14-year-old is charged in juvenile court with first-degree arson.

Iowa won’t identify fan booted for heckling coach

Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa is refusing to identify the fan booted out of a Kinnick Stadium suite for yelling at offensive coordinator Greg Davis at halftime of Saturday’s game. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said the individual was a guest in a hospitality booth of Learfield Sports, which handles Hawkeye sports marketing.

The fan caused a stir when he yelled at Davis to throw the ball down the field as Davis was getting on an elevator. Roe says the fan also directed comments at Wisconsin’s staff. Roe called for security. Athletic officials asked the fan to leave and he did so on his own. Roe says the school isn’t identifying the individual because police weren’t involved.

UI Police spokesman Dave Visin says the incident was over by the time officers responded.

Fatal fire in southwest Iowa

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November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County say a residential fire this (Tuesday) morning has claimed the life of a Riverton man. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 66-year-old William Daniel died in the fire at 911 Meadow Avenue, in Riverton. The blaze was reported at around 6:20-a.m.

Firefighters from Riverton, Sidney, Hamburg and Farragut were on the scene for about three hours. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the blaze.

2014 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants awarded to rural fire depts

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November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with US Forest Service – State and Private Forestry, has awarded $207,807 in 50 percent cost-share grants to 82 rural Iowa fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment and communications equipment.

Among the area fire departments that should be watching for the notification that their 2014 VFA Grant requests have been approved are those in: Afton,  Anita,  Atlantic, Avoca, Carson,Grant, Hamburg, Harlan, Irwin, Jamaica, Logan, Manning, Mapleton, Pacific Junction, Sidney, and Stuart.

Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau, stressed the importance of submitting Wildland Fire Reports whenever fire departments respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports receive priority points when the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are scored. The wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress.

Wildland Fire reporting forms and spreadsheets are available at www.iowadnr.gov/fire.

BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED FOR CITY OF DUNLAP

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November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR says a boil advisory has been lifted for the city of Dunlap, in Harrison County. The boil advisory was issued Saturday after cracks were discovered in a water main. Repairs have been made to the system and the water has been tested to ensure it is safe.