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Atlantic woman sentenced to probation in inappropriate picture case

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged with taking an inappropriate photo of a Salem Lutheran Home resident has entered a plea of guilty to a lesser charge. 35-year old Amanda Sedina had been charged with Invasion of Privacy-Nudity. The State however amended the charge to Simple Assault. As part of the negotiated, voluntary plea of guilty, Sedina today (Monday) was sentenced to 30-days in the Shelby County Jail, with the term suspended. She will serve 6 months informal probation and agreed to pay all court costs and surcharges.

Sedina was arrested in March for allegedly taking an inappropriate picture of a bathing 78-year old female resident at the Salem Lutheran Home, in Elk Horn. The incident was reported to authorities on March 22nd. Administrator John Doughty says Sedina had worked at the skilled nursing facility as a certified nursing assistant. He said Tuesday that she was fired after the incident.

Minor injuries reported in Cass County crash

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident Sunday evening southwest of Atlantic. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Steven Matthew Maes was driving a 1996 Chevy Cavalier on 610th Street, about one-half mile south of Jasper Road, when the car crested a hill and went out of control. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch, sustaining $7,500 damage during the accident, which happened at around 6:50-p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office also reports three people were arrested Saturday. 19-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak, was arrested on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond. 45-year old Timothy Duane Smith, of Exira, was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Time. Smith was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held until his outstanding sentence is served. And, 60-year old John Porch Hartkopf, of Atlantic,  was arrested Saturday on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Hartkopf was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

Greenfield man dies in Adams County crash Monday morning

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident this (Monday) morning north of Lake Icaria in Adams County, has claimed the life of a Greenfield man. The Iowa State Patrol says 67-year old Richard Norvel Cooper was not wearing a seat belt when the 2006 Volvo straight truck he was driving for Schildberg Construction in Greenfield crossed the center line of Highway 148 southbound, entered the northbound shoulder and traveled into a ditch before hitting an embankment. The truck came to rest three miles north of Highway 148 and 150th Street on the east side of Highway 148, at around 10:45-a.m. The accident remains under investigation.

Bicyclist found dead near Adel

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was hit while riding a bicycle near Adel in central Iowa. The Dallas County sheriff’s office says the body of 67-year-old Edward Giedraitis was found along a road Sunday morning. Investigators believe the Dallas Center man was hit sometime after 10 p.m. on Saturday. No other information was immediately released.

4 fire departments battle structure fire in Shelby County, Friday

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fire Departments from 3 counties ended up battling a fire for over two and a half hours on Friday. The Manning, Manilla, Irwin and Defiance Fire Departments were all called to the residence at 2439 F-16 in Shelby County for a fire that began when the resident was cutting metal with a torch inside an outbuilding. The fire spread quickly from the outbuilding through another outbuilding and eventually into the house. The call came around 3:30pm Friday. The 2 outbuildings were destroyed and the house is currently not in livable conditions as the fire destroyed part of the roof and the attic. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the family in their time of need.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Newborn surrendered under Iowa’s safe-haven law

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another mother has surrendered her newborn to the state under Iowa’s safe-haven law. The Iowa Department of Human Services said in a news release Monday that the baby boy was born at an undisclosed Iowa hospital on May 12. The department says it’s the 15th time the state’s safe-haven law has been used since it went into effect in 2001. The law allows unwanted newborns ages 14 days or less to be left at any Iowa health facility with no questions asked. The child has been placed with a foster family that intends to adopt. A court hearing to terminate the birth mother’s parental rights will be held within a month. The state says that in all 14 previous cases, the safe-haven babies have been successfully adopted.

Fatal tractor accident in Taylor County

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man is dead following a tractor rollover accident in Taylor County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 54-year old Leon Francis “Lynn” Balster, of New Market, died when his tractor rolled on a steep hillside. Balster, who was mowing on the hillside, was pinned beneath the tractor as it came to rest, and died at the scene. The accident happened at around 9:30-a.m., Saturday.

Party busted in Harlan

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department says several people were arrested May 5th following an investigation into a noise complaint at a residence on 12th Street. Taken into custody on Public Intoxication charges was: 23-year old Douglas Raven; 17-year old Tabatha Wyatt; 18-year old Frank Bates; 24-year old Rebecca Hibbard, all of Harlan, and 19-year old Michael Jacquard, of Avoca. Raven was also charged with Supplying Alcohol to persons under legal age. He was brought to the Shelby County Jail, posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on June 5th. The others were cited for their offenses, and released.

Harlan men arrested on drug charges

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report a Harlan man was arrested May 7th after authorities received word someone was breaking into a residence on 12th Street. Officers took 47-year old Larry Finstad into custody on Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of burglary tools, and a Class D felony charge of Burglary in the 3rd degree. Finstad posted a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on May 24th, but a request for a continuance is currently pending court approval.

The Harlan P.D. reports also, 38-year old Bryan Croft, of Harlan, was arrested May 6th, after authorities received word of a man standing in the middle of Highways 44 and 59. Croft was taken into custody on Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Carrying weapons charges. Croft pled not guilty to the Serious Misdemeanor charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and is scheduled for trial on that charge on November 13th. His initial appearance in court on the remaining Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charges is scheduled to take place May 31st.

Numerous arrests in Harlan recently

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May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports numerous arrests were made over the past few weeks. In a cumulative report issued today (Monday), officials said 23-year old Douglas Raven, of Harlan, was arrested last Tuesday, on an active Shelby County warrant for Public Intoxication, and supplying alcohol to persons under legal age. Raven posted a $1,000 bond and was released from the Shelby County Jail. A preliminary hearing on the Supplying Alcohol charge will take place June 5th in Shelby County District Court. Raven pled not guilty to the Public Intox charge. His trial for that alleged offense won’t take place until November 13th.

Officials say On May 12th, officers were called to a fight in progress in the 1300 block of 6th Street. 20-year old Kolten Kobold, of Kirkman, & 23-year old Kurtis Kobold, of Harlan, were arrested. Kolten was charged with Public Intoxication, while Kurtis Kobold was arrested for assault. The next day, officers were called to the 1000 block of West Park in Harlan, following a report of an individual breaking out a car window. Kurtis Kobold was arrested on a warrant today (Monday), in association with the incident. He faces Tampering with a Witness and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree charges. He posted a $3,000 bond and was released from custody.

The Kobolds, and another man were also arrested during the evening of May 13th, following a report of a fight in progress at 6th and Baldwin. Kolten Kobold and Kurtis Kobold were charged with Assault, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Kolten Kobold also faces a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. 27-year old Garrett Phillips, of Harlan, was arrested in connection with the same incident, on charges of Assault and Disorderly Conduct.

Phillips and the Kobolds have pled not guilty to the charges. All three are scheduled to appear at their trial on November 13th.