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Fremont County traffic stop results in 2 from Braddyville arrested on drug & child endangerment charges

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March 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Saturday by a deputy with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the arrested of two people on drug and child endangerment charges. Authorities say an SUV driven by 29-year old Jessika Leach, of Braddyville, was pulled over for a registration violation on Interstate 29 northbound, near Percival.

During the investigation, Leach was found to have a suspended license. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and approximately 67.3 grams of methamphetamine was inside. Deputies learned a large portion of the methamphetamine was discovered hidden in a bag with children’s toys and clothing. Leach as well as a passenger in the vehicle, 45-year old Jerry Easley, of Braddyville, were taken into custody.

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The pair were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine) a Class B Felony, Failure to Affix a Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, and two counts of Child Endangerment, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Leach was also cited for traffic violations. Both are being held at the Fremont County Jail on $109,000 bond.

Two children in the vehicle, aged 6 and 7, were released to family members at the direction of the Iowa Department of Human Services.  Fremont County Deputies were assisted by the Fremont County K9 Unit.

Suspect in killing of mother, grandmother says he’s innocent

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man accused of killing his mother and grandmother says he didn’t do it. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 30-year-old Michael Dieckmann denied the two first-degree murder charges Thursday in a Pottawattamie County court hearing. Dieckmann is being held on $1 million bond. He is accused of killing his mother, 63-year-old Jacqueline Dieckmann, and grandmother, 91-year-old Illa Pfeiffer, Wednesday morning at the trio’s Council Bluffs home.

Police say another daughter of Pfeiffer’s found the bodies around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Police say one of the women was stabbed, but the cause of the other’s death awaits more investigation. Some of Dieckmann’s family members say he is mentally ill.

Company: Grain elevator workers injured in explosion improve

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) – Central Valley Ag says two of its workers injured in a northwest Iowa grain elevator explosion this week are now in stable condition. The Sioux City Journal reports that the company released the information on Friday. The explosion occurred just after 1 p.m. Thursday at Central Valley Ag in Hinton. The two injured workers were taken to a Sioux City hospital in serious condition, and then transferred to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

The cause of the explosion hasn’t been determined, but engineering and insurance experts, as well as the Iowa State Fire Marshall, were on site the Friday to try to determine the cause.

1 injured in Red Oak collision/rollover accident Sat. morning

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say one person was injured during a rollover accident Saturday morning. 38-year old Brian Russell McCleary, of Villisca, suffered minor injuries after his vehicle was struck by a car and left the road before rolling over one and a-half times, coming to rest on its top. McCleary, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by ambulance to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police say the accident happened at around 8-a.m., when a 2001 Honda Accord driven by 17-year old Anna Marie Aufdenberg, of Red Oak, slowed, but did not stop, as she was approaching the intersection of Highway 34 and N. 8th Street, in Red Oak. The northbound Honda struck McCleary’s westbound 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, causing the SUV to flip over.

Aufdenberg, who was wearing her seat belt, was not injured. Police cited the teen for Failure to Obey a Stop sign. Damage from the crash amounted to $5,000. Red Oak Police were assisted at the scene by personnel with the Red Oak Fire Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Iowa lawmakers slam brakes on raising speed limits

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – Efforts to increase speed limits on Iowa freeways and rural roads failed in the Legislature this year amid safety concerns, but officials acknowledged such moves are popular with drivers and likely will come before lawmakers again.

Several bills were introduced in the state House this session, but all died before votes by a full committee. One measure would have allowed speed limits of 75 mph on some stretches of interstate freeways, up from the current 70 mph. Two other bills aimed to raise speed limits on some rural, two-lane roads from the current 55 mph limit.

Lawmakers on the House Transportation Committee ended up having more questions than answers, including concerns about safety and cost.  But some truckers seemed ready for the higher speeds allowed in states neighboring Iowa.

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Iowans love bicycling but many admit not knowing the biking laws

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Spring arrives this weekend and while the weather is still far from being springlike, soon, Iowans will be zipping around on their bicycles. A new survey finds many Iowans who enjoy pedaling their two-wheelers could use a refresher course in cycling laws. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the results were something of a surprise.

“We asked people how confident they were knowing the bike laws in their state,” Weinholzer says. “Apparently, only 61% of all Iowans feel comfortable that they know the bike laws in the state of Iowa.” Studies find that wearing a bicycle helmet can prevent 85-percent of all traumatic brain injuries in cycling accidents, but many Iowans don’t bother to buckle one on.

“There isn’t a helmet law, but we did ask them how often they wear a helmet,” Weinholzer says. “Only 58% of Iowans actually admitted to wearing a helmet some of the time.” Before pumping up the tires and heading out on the trail for the first time, she suggests cycling enthusiasts review the safety recommendations and familiarize themselves with the laws.

“The most important thing I would remind people, if they’re biking on roadways, you bike with traffic,” Weinholzer says. “Many times, people think they should be riding into traffic, but that typically has more to do with pedestrians. Make sure you obey all of the traffic safety laws that other vehicles need to obey. You’re not exempt. You still have to stop for stop signs and red lights and those sorts of things.”

For more tips on choosing a bike and helmet, as well as maintaining and riding a bike, download Bike Basics – The AAA Guide to a Great Ride here:

http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/AAA-Bike-Basics.pdf

(Radio Iowa)

Villisca man arrested late Fri. night for OWI/2nd

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Friday night in Montgomery County resulted in the arrest of a Villisca man on a charge of OWI/2nd offense. 29-year old Anthony Duane Pond was taken into custody just before midnight in the 300 block of E. High Street, in Villisca. Pond was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Drug on the rise in s.w. IA found in Bluffs man’s home

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March 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man faces felony drug charges after narcotics officers found fentanyl – a drug authorities say which use will soon be on the rise in southwest Iowa – at his home. According to the Daily NonPareil, 25-year old Dustin Sullivan was arrested March 8th and faces a felony, Possession of acetyl fentanyl, a scheduled I controlled substance, charge.

The Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (SWINE) executed a narcotics search warrant on the 5300 block of Lynch Circle. During a search of the residence, investigators allegedly found 21.7 grams (gross weight as packaged) of suspected acetyl fentanyl along with a digital scale and drug packaging equipment. Sgt. Robert Christensen of the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Units said 21.7 grams of fentanyl has a street value of around $8,000 to $10,000.

Acetyl fentanyl is an opioid analgesic drug that is a slight variant of fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Agency has estimated acetyl fentanyl is between five to 15 times more potent than heroin. Additionally, it is reported as being 80 times more potent than morphine. Christensen said SWINE has been keeping an eye out for potential fentanyl dealers in southwest Iowa. The sergeant added that, in other areas, it’s common for users to mix fentanyl with heroin. But, so far, Christensen said he’s has not seen much heroin in Council Bluffs.

In addition to the drugs, numerous firearms were located at the residence with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sullivan has not been charged with any gun charges. If convicted, Sullivan, whose preliminary hearing was Friday, faces up to 10 years in prison.