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Montgomery County OWI Arrest

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December 8th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest early Saturday morning of a Red Oak man.  At approximately 2:07am Sheriff’s deputies arrested 25-year-old Joshua Kenneth Wolcott of Red Oak for OWI 2nd offense following a traffic stop on Summit Street and Miller Avenue in Red Oak. Wolcott was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Council Bluffs Robbery on Friday

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December 8th, 2012 by Chris Parks

An employee of Mid American Auto was approached and robbed by two men in all black clothing at 20 S. 15th Street in Council Bluffs on Friday.  The victim was locking the gates when he was approached by two men, one of which had a handgun.  The robbers demanded he give them his wallet.  The employee attempted to struggle with the suspect holding the gun when the suspect struck him in the face.  The victim then cooperated and turned over his wallet.

The two suspects then fled to S. 15th Street and 2nd Avenue where a white car pulled up and allowed the two men to get in and escape West on 2nd Avenue.

If anyone has information about this investigation is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728 or 712-328-STOP to leave information anonymously.

Jury considers case of 2 men wrongfully convicted

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury is now considering whether the city of Council Bluffs and two retired police detectives should pay millions to two Omaha men convicted in a 1977 murder but later released after spending decades in prison. The case went to the jury Friday after 21 days of arguments and testimony in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. Jurors will decide if Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee should be compensated for the 25 years they spent in prison. Both men were sentenced to life for murder but were freed after courts concluded they had been wrongfully convicted.

The men claim retired officers Dan Larsen and Lyle Brown coerced witnesses into lying and hid evidence of another suspect. Harrington is seeking more than $60 million and McGhee more than $50 million.

Iowan among candidates for Omaha schools post

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Another Iowa educator is a finalist to become superintendent of the Omaha district in Nebraska.  The district said Friday that Superintendent Stephen Murley, of the Iowa City schools, is one of three finalists. Murley took over in Iowa City in 2010 after working in Wisconsin.

The Omaha board is trying to replace John Mackiel, who retired in August after 15 years. In April the board hired former Des Moines Superintendent Nancy Sebring, but she withdrew in June after sexually explicit emails sent to and from her work account became public.

The two other finalists for the Omaha job are the chief academic officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools, Carey Wright, and Mark Evans, who is superintendent at Andover Public Schools in Kansas.

Vehicle hit by deer in Atlantic Thursday night

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a vehicle was struck by a deer Thursday night, in Atlantic. According to Atlantic Police, a vehicle driven by Robert Hammers, of Malvern, was hit by a deer that crossed the road ran into the left front side of the vehicle. The accident happened at around 8:20-p.m., as Hammers was traveling south on Highway 6, near the intersection with 17th Street.  Damage from the mishap was estimated at $2,000.

Updated info. about Atlantic accident

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department Friday morning, released additional information about a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday evening. As we had mentioned earlier, the crash involved a Ford Escape SUV and a GMC pickup.

A GMC pickup involved in the collision with a Ford Escape in Atlantic. (12/6/12) Ric Hanson photo.

Officials say the SUV, driven by Jennifer Simons, of Atlantic, and the pickup, driven by Connie Poulsen, of Atlantic, were both traveling south on Highway 6 at 3:40-p.m. Thursday, when Simons stopped for oncoming traffic, prior to turning left (east) onto 22nd Street.

Poulsen failed to stop in-time. The pickup she was driving rear-ended the SUV, causing a total of $20,000 damage. Simons, and a passenger in her vehicle were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Atlantic Police Officer Spencer Walton told KJAN News Thursday, that a child passenger in the SUV was properly buckled-in, and did not appear to have suffered any injuries, while the driver suffered abrasions or other minor injuries to her legs.

The A-PD says Poulsen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Recipe walk this weekend, in Atlantic

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Adding an extra “warm fuzzy” to the holiday season, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members are joining together to treat shoppers to something more this weekend. This  Sunday afternoon ( Dec. 9th), businesses in downtown Atlantic will open their doors for shoppers and groups to partake in free samples, recipes, and the holiday experience.

Recipe walkers are advised to start at the Rock Island Depot (102 Chestnut Street) between 1- and 4-p.m., to obtain a list of participating businesses. Officials at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce say that there is not a theme to the recipe walk this year, so walkers should anticipate finding a great variety of sweets and savories.

Questions regarding the recipe walk should be directed to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at (712) 243-3017. Details about other holiday events in the area can be found at ChristmasinAtlantic.com.

8AM Newscast 12-07-2012

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December 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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I-29 bridges near Missouri Valley dedicated to officer killed in line of duty

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation said Friday, members of the public are invited to attend a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Iowa State Highway Commission Officer Philip J. Adams, who was killed in the line of duty in 1973.

Officer Philip J. Adams (IA DOT photo)

The Interstate 29 bridges that overpass U.S. 30 in Missouri Valley are being named in Adams’ honor. Officer Adams, a native of Neola, was a traffic weight officer who was working a portable scale operation along U.S. 30 near Missouri Valley on March 30, 1973, when he was struck by a motorist. He died March 31, 1973, from his injuries.

The bridge dedication ceremony honoring Officer Adams will be held 1-p.m. Dec. 17th, at the Rand Community Center (100 S. Fourth Street),  in Missouri Valley. Officers representing the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (formerly Iowa State Highway Commission) Motor Vehicle Division, as well as members of the Adams’ family, will be in attendance.

Adams began his law enforcement career with the Missouri Valley Police Department in 1958. He was employed by the Iowa State Highway Commission in 1963.

7:06-a.m. Local News (podcast), Dec. 7 2012

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December 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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