TIM ROWEDDER, 51, of Manning (Svcs. 09-03-2016)


August 30th, 2016 by Jim Field

TIM ROWEDDER, 51, of Manning died Tuesday, August 30th at the Manning Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial for TIM ROWEDDER will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 10:30am in the Sacred Heart Church in Manning.  Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call Friday, September 2nd from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning. Visitation will resume Saturday morning at 9:30am at the church prior to services.

Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.

TIM ROWEDDER is survived by:

Mother: Bev Rowedder of Manning.

Wife: Brenda Rowedder of Manning.

Sister: Julie (Lonnie) Rowedder of Manning

Parents-in-law: Bill and Kathy Rupiper of Templeton.

Davenport Man Sentenced For Stolen Valor Act Conviction


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, IA- On August 30, 2016, Robert Ellsworth Brooks, Jr., age 70, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to five years’ probation and a $5,000 fine, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Brooks pled guilty under the Stolen Valor Act to purchasing medals without proper authorization. Brooks was also ordered to forfeit the unauthorized medals and pay a $25 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Brooks has served in both the United States Army and the United States Navy. From approximately November 1962 to September 1966, Brooks served in the Navy. From approximately May 1967 until September 1970, Brooks served in the Army. This time in the Army included deployment and service in Vietnam in the helicopter program. From approximately September 1970 until September 1974, he served in the Army Reserve. From approximately September 1974 until January 31, 1986, Brooks served in the Navy and was discharged under “other than honorable conditions.”

After his discharge from the Army, Brook’s DD-214 dated September 10, 1970, listed the following Awards and Decorations (A & D): National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Parachute Badge, 30/S Service Bars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (14th award with “V” device).

Sometime between 1971-1974, and during his service in the Army Reserves, Brooks engaged in a conversation with others and as a result compiled a list of Awards and Decorations he thought he deserved, but had not validly been awarded. He knowingly provided this list to another and this information was falsely added to his official military file.

After Brooks began his service in the Navy in 1974, through a series of administrative interactions between the Army and Navy, the Navy obtained a copy of Army records, including a Form 66, which had been populated with this falsely added information under the Awards & Decorations. The Navy relied on this form as legitimate and believed Brooks was entitled to the incorrectly listed Awards & Decorations. When Brooks was discharged from the Navy on January 31, 1986, his DD-214 included the false Awards & Decorations. Throughout the years, the only document that was checked when suspicion arose about the earned Awards & Decorations was the fraudulent DD-214.

On January 31, 1986, Brooks was discharged from the Navy. As part of his plea in federal court, Brooks admitted that the DD-214 dated January 31, 1986, included false Awards & Decorations. Most significantly, Brooks’ DD-214 falsely reported that he had received a Silver Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Purple Heart with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Combat Infantry Badge. Brooks also admitted that his records falsely included the following: Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Airmen Medal with a 57, an Oak Leaf Cluster and “V,” Army Commendation Medal with “V,” Navy Good Conduct, Navy Pistol Expert, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign w/ Bar, Republic of Vietnam Honor 1st Class, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, (Army) Presidential Unit Citation, (Army) Meritorious Unit Citation, (Army) Valorous Unit Citation,

Republic of Vietnam Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Air Service, Vietnam Air Cross Gallantry w/ Silver Wings, Army Overseas Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army NCO Proficiency Development, Naval Parachutist Badge, Naval Aviator Badge, Navy Aircrew Member Wings, Army Parachutist Badge, Republic of Vietnam Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.
Brooks knew he had not been legitimately authorized to receive these Awards and Decorations. Brooks admitted that he knowingly and intentionally purchased unauthorized Awards & Decorations, including, but not limited to a Silver Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Purple Heart with 4 Oak Leaf clusters, and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

Brooks has repeatedly and falsely affirmed, in public and private settings, that he was properly entitled to and received the additional Awards & Decorations improperly added to his DD-214. Brooks has failed to correct this erroneous information. On several occasions when others have questioned his service record, Brooks has referred to the 1986 DD-214, knowing that it contained false information. At his sentencing hearing, the district court noted that Brooks’ public claims that he was a prisoner of war (POW) after he and his crew were shot down during the Vietnam War were not credible. The district court also noted that a story published in Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul, based on information provided by Brooks and describing Brooks flying through enemy fire to save a group of Marines, one of which turned out to be a family member, also was apparently not true.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flash Flood Watch Cancelled


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson


237 PM CDT TUE AUG 30 2016



Iowa pheasant population similar to 2015, quail highest in 27 years


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State officials in Iowa covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall? A repeat of last year.

“The good news is pheasant hunters had their best season in five years last year and they should expect to have pretty good hunting again this year,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who coordinates the August roadside survey.2016_pheasant_survey_map_web

The survey found an average of 21 pheasants per 30 mile route statewide, with higher counts coming from counties crossing the state diagonally from northwest to southeast.  The statewide average in 2015 was 24 pheasants per route.

“To put it in perspective, our population is similar to 2007 when we harvested 630,000 roosters. Last year we harvested 270,000 roosters. The difference is, we had twice the hunters in 07,” Bogenschutz said.  “If we had 100,000 hunters last year we would have doubled the harvest. The birds are here, we need hunters to return.”

Population patterns tracked the weather. Parts of northwest Iowa had declines due to heavy snowfall which likely reducing pheasant survival. Parts of southwest Iowa had declines due to heavy spring rains likely reducing nesting success. Other regions had more favorable weather and saw similar or slightly higher numbers.

“Hunters can expect bird numbers similar to last year statewide, where the right habitat exists,” Bogenschutz said. “We need hunters to come back if we are going to see the harvest increase. If nothing else, they should come back for the quail.” Iowa’s quail population index has been increasing recently and is now at its highest since 1989 after experiencing increases again across south central and southwest Iowa this year. “To put it in perspective, in 1989, we had 80,000 hunters harvest 400,000 quail. With today’s modern agriculture and landscapes, this is likely the best quail numbers we can hope for,” Bogenschutz said.

In 2014, 6,500 hunters shot 10,000 quail. In 2015, 10,000 hunters shot 28,000 quail.  “This is the best opportunity we’ve had to hunt quail in 27 years,” he said.  “For anyone who has ever had an interest in quail or who hasn’t hunted quail recently, this is the year to go.” Surveyors also record the numbers of cottontail rabbits and Hungarian partridge.

Rabbit numbers were down some from their record level of the past two years but remain above their ten year average, with better numbers in southern and eastern Iowa. Partridge were unchanged with their best numbers in northern Iowa, he said.

The August roadside survey is available at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey

Harlan Police report, 8/30/16


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan today (Tuesday) released a weekly report on arrests. Authorities say on Sunday, 24-year old Kolten Kobold, of Harlan, and 21-year old Jaykob Lewis, of Avoca, were arrested when officers were called to a fight in the 1000 block of 7th Street. Lewis was charged with disorderly conduct and Kobold was charged with intoxication in public and disorderly conduct.

Also arrested on Sunday, was 31-year old Joseph Smith-Kidd, of Woodbine, who was taken into custody when officers were called to a report of a suicidal subject.  Smith-Kidd was taken to Myrtue Medical Center and when cleared, was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violation of a no contact order.

Last Saturday, 31-year old Ryan Carter, of Irwin, was arrested in Harlan, following a traffic stop.  Carter was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).

And, on Aug. 25th, 47-year old Richard Draper, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody following a traffic stop.  Draper was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with OWI.  Draper was also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt and operating a non-registered vehicle.

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Light agenda for Cass County BOS, Wednesday


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have a rather light agenda for their Wednesday morning session at the courthouse, in Atlantic. Among the action items, is approval of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Urban Renewal Report, and the acceptance or rejection of bids for two Cass County Bridge Projects: One on Yankton Road, over Williams Creek; The other on 740th Street, over the West Nodaway River.

The Board of Supervisor’s meeting gets underway at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.

Homicide investigation in Council Bluffs

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a homicide that took place overnight. Authorities say at around 4:20-a.m. (Tuesday), Council Bluffs officers responded to a report of a man lying in the middle of Avenue B, just west of North 10th Street.  Upon their arrival, officers found a deceased adult male.  A preliminary investigation indicates the man was the victim of a shooting.

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Detectives and crime scene investigators were still in the process of collecting evidence and canvassing the neighborhood Tuesday, for witnesses.  The identity of the victim will not be released until his family is properly notified.

Anyone with any information related to the incident is being asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP (7867).

Mills County Sheriff’s report (8/30/16)


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is reporting two people were arrested on separate charges, Friday. 26-year old Ashley Nicole Defevere , of Omaha, was arrested during a stop on Highway 34, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription drugs, and Driving Under Suspension. Her bond was set at $1,600.  And, 33-year old Curtis Richard Frazee, of Hastings, was arrested for OWI 1st offense, Fail to Obey a Stop Sign, Depositing or Throwing Litter on Highway, and Failure to Yield Right of way. His bond was set at $1,000.

Omaha man arrested during stolen vehicle investigation


August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Pottawattamie County arrested a Nebraska man Monday afternoon, during an investigation in Crescent, into a stolen pickup truck. Authorities say 28-year old Charles Wiley Craven, of Omaha, was arrested in the 1000 block of Old Lincoln Highway, on Pottawattamie County warrants for Reckless Driving and Felony Eluding, and a warrant out of Douglas County, NE warrant for being a Fugitive From Justice.

Craven was one of at least two individuals taken into custody for possessing a stolen 1996 Chevy Silverado pickup. Another suspect was 19-year old Jonathan Russell Holmes, of Omaha, who was wanted for two counts of Criminal Trespass, and