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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Oct. 26 2016


October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:59 a.m. CDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Activists who have been protesting the nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline for months ratcheted up the pressure this week by moving onto private land owned by the pipeline developer. Law enforcement has said they don’t have resources to remove the protesters right now, but that could change as reinforcements arrive from several other states.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Hispanic woman claims her co-workers at an Iowa claims office repeatedly used the image of Donald Trump to harass and demean her. In a lawsuit against her company and two supervisors, the 32-year-old says her colleagues repeatedly put a Trump photo on her computer screensaver, signed her up to volunteer for his campaign and sent her racist memes. She says they did this to harass her after she objected to Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting of a 14-year-old boy who was injured while riding in a car in downtown Des Moines. Police say Yore Thour Jiang, of Des Moines, was in a car driven by a relative when he suffered a gunshot wound about 6:15 p.m. Monday. He remained in critical condition Tuesday. Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek told The Des Moines Register two bullets also hit the windows of a nearby bank. He says there was no evidence the victim provoked the shooting.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say wagering on races at the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque has increased more than 35 percent in its second year under the ownership of the Iowa Greyhound Association. The Telegraph Herald reports that the track’s total amount wagered in 2016 was $4.52 million, up from $3.33 million in 2015. Most of this year’s wagering growth came from people at off-track facilities who bet on races at the greyhound park. This year’s racing season concluded Saturday.

Harlan P-D asks for help in finding a missing man


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Update (8:44-p.m., 10/25): Mr. Blum was found safe in Rockwell City according to the H-PD.

PLEASE HELP !!!! The Harlan Police department is looking for an elderly male with some health issues. He usually returns home well before 5:00. He has not returned home yet. His name is Christian Blum, 82 yrs old, last driving a Maroon 2014 Dodge 1500 Pick up truck, License CQG257.

Christian Blum

Christian Blum

Last known he was going to Harrison County to check on his farms, the farms have been checked and we have not located him. If anyone sees him or the pick up please call your local Police or Sheriff.

(Posted 7-p.m.) (Updated w/phot0 7:36-p.m.)

Mills & Union County Sheriff’s reports


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, 19-year old Leila Mulondo, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Monday evening along Highway 34. Mulondo was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $1,000.

And, the Union County Sheriff’s Office says a Creston resident reported Monday, that sometime over the course of the past two months, someone took a chainsaw from his property in the 1600 block of 230th Street, in rural Union County. The item was valued at about $400.

Clarinda Police warn of “spoofing” phone call scams


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is warning area residents about a phone scam. Someone is “spoofing” the caller I-D system of the victim, by generating a legitimate name of an area citizen with an unrelated phone number. The scammer is asking for personal identification  and financial information such as bank account numbers, pin numbers, credit card numbers, etc.

DO NOT provide this information and do not rely solely on caller id to verify the identity of the caller as there is now software programming available for sophisticated scammers to defeat the caller id system.

Cass County Sheriff’s Dept. accident report (10/25)


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is reporting two accidents took place over the past couple of weeks. On October 14th,deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at 3rd and Locust Streets in Anita. A 2008 Chevy Silverado owned and driven by 53-year old David Alan Hockenberry,  of Anita, was northbound on Locust Street when it was struck by an eastbound 2012 Buick owned and driven by 81-year old Gloria Ruth Turner, of Anita, when Turner failed to yield at a stop sign. No injuries were reported. Damage to Hockenberry’s vehicle is estimated at $1,500; damage to Turner’s vehicle is estimated at $2,500. Turner was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

And, on October 22nd, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on 590th Street ¼ mile south of Quincy Road. A 2008 Jeep Liberty driven by 43-year old Katherine Jean Bellmyer, of Griswold, was northbound on 590th Street when the vehicle lost control, sliding into the east ditch and onto its top. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000.

Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrest report (10/25)


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday), released a lengthy report on arrests dating back to Oct. 12th. On October 12th, 43-year old Jeremy Eugene Jameson, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Jameson was held at the Cass County Jail until transferred to Pottawattamie County authorities.

On October 16th: Cass County Deputies arrested Henry Herman Miller, Jr., on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth (a Class-C Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine, Sponsoring a Gathering (a Class-D Felony), Prohibited Acts, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $59,300 bond.

Also arrested October 16th, was 32-year old Marcia Jane Casteel, of Anita, who was charged with of Domestic Abuse Assault. Casteel was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on her own recognizance. And, 47-year old William Charles Holliday, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Holliday was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $2,000 bond.

On October 18th, Cass County Deputies arrested 55-year old Jim Lee Findley, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Findley was taken to the Cass County Jail, sentenced, and served sentenced time. On October 19th, 24-year old Jordan Louis Brown, of Norton Shore, MI, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Possession of Xanax 2nd Offense, and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense. Brown was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $5,000 bond.

On October 20th, 20-year old Connor Nathaniel Burg, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense. Burg was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $1,000 bond. 29-year old Kaleigh Marie Turner, of Harlan, was arrested that same day on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Turner was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.

On October 23rd, 35-year old Thor Douglas Jordan, of Atlantic, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Jordan was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance. And, 38-year old Robert Lee Atkinson, of Anita, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $2,000 bond.

Atlantic Police report (10/25)


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report three recent arrests. On Monday, 18-year old Drew Miller, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, and 19-year old Jordan Ewing, of Atlantic, was arrested for Dissemination of Obscene Materials to Minors.

On Friday, 40-year old Amanda Bashor, of Atlantic, was arrested for Simple Assault. All three subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

(Update) Name released in Fremont County ATV fatal accident


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, today (Tuesday) released more information on a fatal ATV accident that took place Monday evening. The Sheriff says 14-year old Cameron Owen, of Hamburg, was found unresponsive, after suffering numerous injuries when the ATV he was riding in a bean field, went out of control and the teen, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the machine. The accident happened at around 6:30-p.m. Monday, about three-miles east of Hamburg.

Owen was transported to Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, where he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa DNR and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Shenandoah EMS, Hamburg, Sidney, and Riverton Rescue units, and LifeNet.

Griswold School Facilities Committee news


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Facilities Committee met Monday evening in a work session to process their plan of action since their last Board meeting on Oct. 17th. Superintendent David Henrichs told KJAN News at their last meeting, the Committee asked the School Board if they were planning an architectural firm to put together some firm numbers, because the Committee felt it could not present an accurate total cost analysis without that information. The Board indicated it would pursue that course of action.

(He said the Committee is planning how to move forward. There are two parts to their strategy: Waiting until the firm numbers come in from the architectural firm, and continuing in an effort to break down the Operational cost savings, so if there comes a time when they go before the public, they can better justify those figures.”)

Henrichs says for example, instead of just making a blanket statement such as “We’re going to save $30,000 in transportation, they can see if a bus driver at so many hours per day at this rate, plus FICA and IPERS, plus gas, etc.,” those numbers are firmed-up before they are presented to the public.

The Committee’s next meeting is set for Nov. 15th.  In the meantime, a draft RFP (Request for Proposal) for the architectural firm will be drawn-up for the Griswold School Board to review, offer thoughts and comments about, and consider approving the following Monday.

Man shot at by Council Bluffs officer gets 25 years


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man who was shot at by a Council Bluffs police officer has been given 25 years in prison. The Daily Nonpareil reports 28-year-old Adam Thomas was sentenced Monday. He’d pleaded guilty in September to a charge of ongoing criminal conduct after making a deal with prosecutors.

Officer Ben Lake had arrested Thomas in October 2015 at a farm supply store. Thomas managed to free himself and then bumped Lake with his truck while trying to flee. Lake fired six shots into the truck, missing Thomas.

Authorities say Thomas will serve his time for Nebraska crimes before being returned to Iowa. Nebraska court records say Thomas was sentenced in May to six years in prison on Douglas County convictions for burglary and two weapons crimes.