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Vehicles & hunting prohibited on Wabash Trace Nature Trail

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December 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Southwest Iowa Nature Trails Project, Inc. and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, remind the public that the Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a Wildlife Refuge, and that Hunting is strictly prohibited, as well as the use of any unauthorized motor vehicles. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you see any hunting, use of ATV’s, snowmobiles or other vehicles, and/or horses used in undesignated areas, make as many notes as possible and immediately contact the appropriate County Sheriff’s Department.

The 63-mile long rail-trail converted Wabash Trace Nature Trail runs from Council Bluffs through Blanchard, in southwest Iowa, and is accessible from the various towns through which is passes, including Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene, Shenandoah and Coin. Biking, hiking and cross-country skiing can all be enjoyed on the trail, where tunnels created by trees create a welcome sanctuary from the wind. The trail’s corridor provides a great habitat for deer, pheasants and other animals.

If you have any questions regarding regulations pertaining to the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, go to www.wabashtrace.org, or “like” the Wabash Trace Nature Trail on Facebook.

Judge deliberating whether Iowa man competent to stand trial

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December 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A judge is not deliberating whether an Iowa man accused of killing his mother is mentally fit enough to stand trial. The Sioux City Journal reports that attorneys on Friday presented findings of separate mental health evaluations to District Judge Steven Andreasen in the case of 45-year-old Jonathan Neunaber. The judge took the findings under advisement and will issue a ruling at a later date.

Neunaber, of Akron, Iowa, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in death of his mother, 80-year-old Esther Neunaber. Her body was found last July with the body of her husband Donald Neunaber. She was beaten to death, and he had died of natural causes.

Bondurant man injured while deer hunting Sat. in Guthrie County

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December 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a Bondurant man was injured by a gunshot wound while deer hunting Saturday in Guthrie County. 32-year old Shaymus Smith, of Bondurant, was struck in the right leg by a shotgun slug fired from another member of his hunting party. The incident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m., approximately four miles north of Stuart. The slug missed Smith’s bone and arteries. The injury was not considered life threatening.

Smith was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment. Officials say it’s believed Smith was hit by a shot fired at a running deer. Smith was out of sight from other members of his party due to dense cover. The incident remains under investigatation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Arrest made in connection with 2 bodies found in Union County

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December 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a second body was found Saturday in Union County, during an investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found in a farm pond.  KCCI TV says according to DCI Special Agent Mike Motsinger, the remains of a person were found near a house in Thayer. The identity of the victim is unknown. The body has been taken to the state medical examiner where an autopsy will be performed.

Investigators had to use an excavator and a team of specially-trained dogs to recover the remains. 37-year old Jerry Dillinger was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder Saturday, in connection to the deaths.  Iowa DCI agents and Union County deputies were at two homes Friday in Thayer as part of the investigation into the death of 37-year old Loretta Dillinger, who was found in a pond near Lorimor, on Monday.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., 12/13/15

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December 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

THAYER – Authorities say a second body was found during an investigation into the death of a Thayer woman, Friday. Male suspect in both deaths arrested on two counts of 1st Degree murder.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling could curb the ability of state police agencies to seize cash and property from motorists. The Des Moines Register reports that Friday’s 5-2 decision from the Iowa Supreme Court will limit the ability of state patrol troopers and deputies to conduct warrantless vehicle searches.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport is considering at least one docking site other than one downtown supported by outgoing Mayor Bill Gluba for Viking River Cruises boats along the Mississippi River. The Quad-City Times reports that the city wanted a dock designed near the Centennial Bridge that connects downtown Davenport to Rock Island, Illinois. But Davenport landscape architect Zachary Peterson says cost and a possible environmental impact weighed into the city postponing the design phase in order to look elsewhere.

THAYER, Iowa (AP) — Iowa law enforcement officials have searched two homes in Thayer as part of the investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found in a pond earlier this week. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents and Union County sheriff’s deputies searched the homes Friday.

 

Iowa officials search 2 homes in death investigation

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December 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

THAYER, Iowa (AP) — Iowa law enforcement officials have searched two homes in Thayer as part of the investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found in a pond earlier this week. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents and Union County sheriff’s deputies searched the homes Friday.

The body of 37-year-old Loretta Dillinger was found last week in a pond near Lorimor in southern Iowa. Her car was found nearby. Authorities say they consider Dillinger’s death suspicious. Authorities say Dillinger had lived at least one of the homes searched Friday. A fire occurred at that home in September.

Lenox Trailer park fire

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December 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Taylor County are investigating a suspicious fire that took place in Lenox early Friday morning. According to reports, a small fire occurred just outside of a mobile home in a trailer park on S. Walnut Street in Lenox, at around 1:30-a.m. Authorities said the fire appears to have been intentionally set. No injuries were reported.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area early Friday morning is asked to contact the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office at 712-523-2153.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/12/2015

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December 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Sat. 12/12/2015

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December 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Villisca man arrested on Page County warrant

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December 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Friday night of 40-year old Alan Paul Gray, from Villisca. Gray was taken into custody at around 9:10-p.m. in Villisca, on a valid Page County warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support. The man was turned over to Page County authorities and held in the Page County Jail on $1,000 bond.