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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/7/2015

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Bluffs murder trial delayed

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The trial for a Council Bluffs woman who allegedly stabbed her estranged boyfriend last year won’t start this month, as anticipated. The Daily NonPareil says prosecutors in the case of 45-year old Jodie Sherman had hoped to start the trial at on July 21st, but according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber, new medical information has made that start date impossible.

Sherman was arrested in July 2014 on charges of first-degree murder, violation of a restraining order and assault to cause willful injury in the death of her estranged boyfriend, 52-year-old Douglas Richt. According to the autopsy report, Richt was stabbed in his throat with a knife, leaving a four-inch incision.

Witnesses said they saw Sherman and Richt arguing inside a 1999 Saturn before he got out and stumbled to the porch at 3501 Fifth Ave. Sherman took off down Fifth Avenue and was quickly apprehended. Richt died as medical personnel were transporting him to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center.

Wilber said his office received a report last month from Sherman’s lawyer, Jennifer Solberg, that said Sherman had been found insane by a doctor hired by defense. Wilber spoke with his staff on Thursday and determined the county would also need to have Sherman interviewed by a doctor.

The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office has not yet filed a request for a continuance, but Wilber expects the filing will take place soon. Sherman is being held without bail at the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Dog owners urged to be vigilant after recent thefts

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Daily NonPareil reports a string of dog thefts have area law enforcement and animal rescue organizations warning citizens to be diligent. Authorities in Glenwood issued a social media statement on July 1st warning residents to be on the lookout for a white older Chevy regular cab pickup truck and a black van, both of which had been spotted in the Glenwood and Tabor areas and are believed to be connected to the theft of about four large breed dogs.

Officials with the police department and Mills County Sheriff’s Office said no reports have been filed on the recent pet thefts, nor did they have information on the exact dates of the crimes. Jan Black with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter said she believes dog snatchers of this sort visit the area about twice every year.

And with publicity about the Glenwood and Tabor thefts, Black said she’s worried the criminals will target other cities and towns in southwest Iowa. Black encouraged dog owners throughout the area to be vigilant, making sure not to leave canines unattended outside.

Burglary suspect arrested Tue. morning in Red Oak

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man early this (Tuesday) morning, on a felony Burglary charge. Authorities say 21-year old Dakota Seth Elmquist, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 1:50-a.m. following a burglary in the 100 block of W. Maple Street. His bond was set at $10,000.

Police say once inside the home, Elmquist allegedly pushed one of the occupants down the stairs, before he left the home and went across the street. There, he sat on a retaining wall and hollered what the victims said was “jibberish.” Elmquist got up and began walking north from the residence and when Red Oak Police approached, took off running.

Following a short foot pursuit, Elmquist was taken into custody without further incident and brought to the Montgomery County Jail.

Public Intox arrest in Red Oak Tue. morning

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning on a charge of Public Intoxication. 31-year old Paul Nathaniel Falk was taken into custody at around 1:10-a.m. in the 400 block of N. 4th Street, in Red Oak. Falk was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 7 2015

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating a fatal hit and run in western Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says authorities found 50-year-old Charlotte Anderson dead on the side of the road Saturday night. She was located near a mile marker on Highway 127 on the north side of Logan. DCI says an Iowa State Patrol trooper located a suspicious vehicle in the area Sunday morning that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence at the scene, but additional information was not provided.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state’s most secure cells by sneaking through the building’s piping and onto the roof. The Iowa Department of Corrections SAYS Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building on the Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison. He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. Hours later, he was captured near Geneseo, Illinois. The escape comes as authorities are preparing to close the prison and move prisoners into a new lockup.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in Iowa are planning to host presidential forums that focus on minority communities. Organizers of the Brown and Black Forum say the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party will host events that allow presidential candidates to answer questions concerning Latinos and African-Americans. Topics will include education, immigration and criminal justice. A forum for Republican candidates will be held Dec. 3 at Drake University. Democratic candidates will be invited to an event in Des Moines on Jan. 11.

Man turns himself-in on assault charge in Page County

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on a warrant stemming from an investigation into an assault that took place June 27th in Shambaugh, has surrendered to authorities in Page County.Untitled Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 26-year old Joseph Cody Foster, of New Market, turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office at around 1:30-p.m. Monday.

Foster has since posted bond and was released pending further court proceedings.

Special Weather Statement: Wild fire smoke spreads across IA

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

EMMET-KOSSUTH-WINNEBAGO-WORTH-PALO ALTO-HANCOCK-CERRO GORDO-
POCAHONTAS-HUMBOLDT-WRIGHT-FRANKLIN-BUTLER-BREMER-SAC-CALHOUN-
WEBSTER-HAMILTON-HARDIN-GRUNDY-BLACK HAWK-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-
BOONE-STORY-MARSHALL-TAMA-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-JASPER-
POWESHIEK-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-WARREN-MARION-MAHASKA-ADAMS-UNION-
CLARKE-LUCAS-MONROE-WAPELLO-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-DECATUR-WAYNE-
APPANOOSE-DAVIS-COUNTIES..
748 PM CDT MON JUL 6 2015

...SMOKE SPREADING ACROSS MUCH OF IOWA...

A LARGE AREA OF SMOKE FROM WILD FIRES IN NORTHERN CANADA HAS
DESCENDED TO GROUND LEVEL AND MOVED INTO IOWA THIS EVENING. THE
SMOKE WILL BE MOST NOTICEABLE ACROSS ABOUT THE NORTHWEST HALF OF
THE STATE EARLY TONIGHT. ANYONE WITH BREATHING DIFFICULTIES OR
OTHER HEALTH ISSUES...AS WELL AS THE VERY YOUNG AND
ELDERLY...SHOULD CONSIDER AVOIDING OUTSIDE TRAVEL UNTIL THE
SITUATION IMPROVES.

IA DCI releases name of hit & run victim in Logan

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July 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The victim of a hit-and-run accident near the High School in Logan has been identified. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports 50-year old Charlotte Anderson, of Logan, died after being struck by a vehicle at around 11-p.m., Saturday.

A Harrison County Deputy Sheriff and a Logan Police Officer came upon Anderson’s body on the side of the road near the 115 mile marker of Highway 127, on the north side of Logan. Officers discovered she was already dead upon their arrival and it appeared she was a victim of a hit and run.

Anderson’s body was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner  in Ankeny, where an autopsy was performed.  Anderson’s death has been ruled a homicide.

At around 7-a.m. Sunday, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper located a suspicious vehicle in Logan that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence located at the scene of the hit and run. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Several agencies are working on the investigation to include the Logan Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County Attorney’s Office, Harrison County Medical Examiner, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Logan Fire and Rescue, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Three Arrested in Fremont County Assault Case

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July 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports that his deputies arrested three people in connection with an assault that occurred on June 7th at the County Line Bar & Grill at 1503 West Sheridan Avenue, Shenandoah.

Deputies were called to a fight in progress at the bar that night.  They arrived along with Shenandoah Police, to find a large crowd had gathered and were dispersed by the officers.  Officials report that two people, 33 year old Carol Barnett and 30 year old Russell Higgins, both of Shenandoah, had been assaulted while leaving the bar.  They both suffered minor injuries.

Three Shenandoah residents, 21 year old Drew Alexander, 20 year old Claudia Alexander and 25 year old Taylor Buick, were arrested.  Drew Alexander was charged with two counts of serious assault, while Claudia Alexander and Buick were both charged with one count of serious assault.