Class 4A Boys Basketball Sub-State Finals Wednesday 3/1/2016


March 2nd, 2016 by Chris Parks

Cedar Falls 76, Linn-Mar, Marion 74 (OT)
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 72, Sioux City, East 65
Des Moines, Hoover 31, Ames 24
Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 69, Ankeny 58
Dubuque, Senior 66, Dubuque, Hempstead 63
Iowa City, West 50, Iowa City, City High 30
Pleasant Valley 47, Muscatine 33
Valley, West Des Moines 68, Ankeny Centennial 51

Class 4A State Tournament Bracket

4) Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines vs. 5) Valley, West Des Moines- March 9th 1:05pm
1) Pleasant Valley vs. 8) Dubuque, Senior – March 9th 2:45pm
2) Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln vs. 7) Cedar Falls- March 9th 6:35pm
3) Des Moines, Hoover vs. 6) Iowa City, West – March 9th 8:15pm

Chiefs place franchise tag on All-Pro safety Eric Berry


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Eric Berry on Tuesday, ensuring the All-Pro safety who overcame from cancer last year will remain Chiefs property through next season. The 27-year-old Berry will make $10,806,000 under the franchise tag. It’s the fourth time in five years that Kansas City has designated a franchise player.

Berry was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 2014 and immediately began treatment. He was deemed cancer-free last summer, reported to training camp on time, and proceeded to have arguably the best season of his six-year career. He made 55 tackles and two interceptions while playing in every game. His performance earned Berry the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

The Chiefs have until mid-July to work out a long-term contract with Berry. Otherwise, he would play for the tag salary. He can’t talk to other clubs.

GORDON STANLEY, 89, of Greenfield – Svcs. 3/9/16


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

GORDON STANLEY, 89, of Greenfield, died Tuesday, March 1st, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle. Celebration of Life services for GORDON STANLEY will be held 11-a.m. Wed., March 9th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.

The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Wednesday. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post 5357.  A luncheon will follow the burial at the Greenfield United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Gordon Stanley memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.

GORDON STANLEY is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Westlund and husband Dan of White Pine, Michigan

4 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

WILLARD J. OLSON, 87, of Harlan (Svcs. 3/5/16)


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WILLARD J. OLSON, 87, of Harlan, died Tue., March 1st. Funeral services for WILLARD OLSON will be 10:30-a.m. Sat., March 5th, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Friends may call at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, from 2-until 8-p.m. Friday, March 4th, with the family greeting friends from 5-until 8-p.m.

Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery.

WILLARD OLSON is survived by:

His wife – Margaret, of Harlan.

His son – Craig (Judith) Olson, of Harlan.

His daughters – Rebecca (James) Chipman, and Kristine Olson-Hammon, all of Harlan.

His brother – Elmer (Shirley) Olson, of Eagle Grove.

His sister – Laurine Nelson, of Minneapolis, MN.

6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for Iowa shooting


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) – A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after authorities say he shot another man in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reported Tuesday that 23-year-old Joshua Beam had pleaded guilty in September to reckless use of a firearm for the Dec. 16, 2014, shooting of Eric Franco.

Monona County court documents say Beam and Franco had been drinking in a Mapleton home and began wrestling. The documents say that Beam fired three shots during the altercation, and that one of the rounds struck Franco. Franco was not seriously injured.

Beam was sentenced to seven years in prison in January in an unrelated case of willful injury and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. He pleaded guilty in that case.

Iowa man gets 20 years for injuring 5-month-old


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 21-year-old Council Bluffs man has been given 20 years in prison for injuring a baby. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Rodney Weatherwax was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangerment causing injury.

A court document says Weatherwax injured the baby at least three times between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30. The 5-month-old child suffered at least 20 fractures. The child’s mother told doctors that Weatherwax punched the child in the face.

Weatherwax says he was intoxicated when the infant was injured.

Another defendant takes deal in death of Council Bluffs man


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Another man charged with murder has taken a plea deal in the death of a Council Bluffs resident. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 18-year-old Caine Petersen pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for Petersen’s plea. Petersen was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Petersen, Sarael Duncan, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Christopher King, of Lincoln, Nebraska, robbed 20-year-old Jacob Combs of marijuana on Aug. 15 last year. Authorities say Combs jumped onto Petersen’s vehicle as the three men fled but then fell or was thrown, suffering head injuries. Combs died in a hospital later that day.

Prosecutor Jon Jacobmeier says King also has agreed to a deal and will plead guilty to a lesser charge and be sentenced on March 22.

Gov. Branstad announces appointees to Iowa’s Boards & Commissions, Dept. Directors


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Tuesday, announced appointments to fill Iowa’s various boards and commissions. Included among the appointees whose term begins May 1st, is:

• John Pauli, of Carroll, to the Alcoholic Beverages Commission
• Emily Forquer, of Afton, to the Architectural Examining Board.
• Lindsey Nielsen, of Missouri Valley, to the Board of Behavioral Science
• Michael Knedler, of Council Bluffs, to the State Board of Education
• Eric Green, of Creston, to the Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board
• Eugene Meiners, of Templeton, to the Mental Health Risk Pool Board
• Karol Dammann, of Manning, to the Board of Nursing Home Administrators
• Gina Primmer, of Council Bluffs, to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC)

Their appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Red Oak Police report drug and trespassing arrests


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two drug-related arrests. At around 1:20-a.m. today (Wednesday), Red Oak Police arrested 34-year old Paul Earl Lemburg, II, of Red Oak, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 3rd or subsequent offense. Lemburg was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 cash bond.

And, a traffic stop north of Red Oak Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of 24-year old Eric David Taylor, of Red Oak. Taylor was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies for speeding at around 11-p.m. near the intersection of Highway 48 and 165th Street. He was subsequently charged with Possession of Marijuana and brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol.

And a little after 11-p.m. Tuesday, Red Oak Police arrested 30-year old Jason Paul Crouse, of Plattsmouth, NE., on a Trespass charge. Crouse was taken into custody in the 600 block of Sunset Avenue and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $300 cash bond.

Clarinda man arrested in Red Oak for Probation violation


March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports a Clarinda man wanted on an active Montgomery County warrant for Probation Violation, was arrested Tuesday morning in the 100 block of Coolbaugh Street. 21-year old Christian Lane Clark Latham, of Clarinda, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,500 bond.