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Former C. Bluffs teacher sentenced to sex offender treatment program

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A former Council Bluffs/Lewis Central High School Spanish teacher received a 5-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered undergo a sex offender treatment program at a residential treatment center. According to Omaha television station KETV, 30-year old Daniel Pantoja was also ordered to serve a two-year term of unsupervised probation, for sending inappropriate text messages to a female student.

A female student told authorities that Pantoja sent her a picture of a nude man whose genitals were covered. She says he also asked the girl to send him a picture of her wearing shorts and a sports bra.  Pantoja resigned from his teaching job when confronted with the evidence. Authorities said the student eventually agreed to send Pantoja a photo of herself in exchange for a better grade in the class.

Pantoja turned himself in to authorities in February.

DNR & Corps of Enginners to hold meetings on floodplain permits in Hamburg

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR reports an informational public meeting on state and federal floodplain permit processes, as well as post-flood sediment disposal, will be held Dec. 10th, at the Waubonsie State Park lodge. The meeting, jointly hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will take place in the lodge’s meeting room from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The park is located at 2689 State Highway 2 near Hamburg.

A short informational presentation on how to gain appropriate state, federal and local approvals for projects along the river and in the floodplain will begin at 2 p.m. The presentation will provide details on the different types of approvals and the step-by-step application processes.

The Corps of Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have staff available before and after the presentation to answer specific project questions and provide technical assistance as needed.

Central IA man arrested on drug charges in Adams County

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Central Iowa man pulled over in Adams County for a traffic violation, ended up being arrested on drug charges, Tuesday. Sheriff’s officials say 25-year old Robert Gomes, of Newton, was arrested at around 4:40-p.m., on charges that include 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Suspended. Officials say additional charges are currently pending.

Iowa’s Shotgun Deer Season Preview

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say heading into Iowa’s busiest outdoor “opening day,” shotgun deer season hunters should expect to see fewer deer. While that downturn is by design, the DNR says hunters should still fill plenty of tags, during the December 1st-through the 5th first shotgun season, or the December 8th-through 16th, second season. Tom Litchfield, DNR deer research biologist, says “Deer numbers are projected to be down at least ten percent from last year.” Litchfield says they “Have been working to decrease deer numbers since 2003. On a statewide basis, the herd is very close to objective,  which would be the levels seen in the mid to late 1990s.”

With a relatively short season (five or nine days), shotgun hunters often must adapt to the weather. Looking ahead to the next week, seasonal temperatures and a continued brown—not white—landscape lie ahead for hunters holding about 172,000 paid first season, paid second season and landowner tags. One strategy that remains constant is hunting with the wind. Deer rely primarily on their noses, to warn of danger. Hunters should keep that in mind, especially as they set up drives.

Somewhat of a ‘wild card’ this fall and winter in conducting the deer harvest, according to officials,  will be the impact of Epizootic Hemorrhaging Disease (EHD) across much of the state. Nearly 3,000 reports of suspected EHD have been received; with concentrations in central and southwest counties and several more western counties through the Loess Hills. In all, 63 counties have at least one suspected case. The hot weather, insect-carried disease has essentially run its course for this year; with heavy frost killing off the midge, which spreads it.

Still, hunters may find more dead deer, as they fan out across the landscape. With the emphasis on downsizing the herd, Litchfield sees about 60 of Iowa’s 99 counties ‘at objective.’ Another 20 should reach it after this season. The remainder likely would fall into place after 2013-14. He is concerned, however, that the EHD outbreak could change that dynamic—lowering hunter harvest and post-season counts—for some counties.

Death investigation in Clarinda

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Clarinda say a man whose body was found in an apartment complex Tuesday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police Chief Keith Brothers says officers were called to the Timber Creek Apartments on North 16th Street, at around 8-p.m., Tuesday, to investigate the death of  a tenant. The initial investigation resulted in the conclusion that 23-year old Jacob Duane Langerman, of Clarinda died from injuries sustained as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

While a final determination as to the manner of death is pending upon completion of an autopsy by the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, Brothers said foul play is not suspected. .

The Clarinda Police Department was assisted with the investigation by Page County Medical Examiner, Dr. James Stone, MD, the Page County Attorney’s Office and the Clarinda Fire Department.

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Early morning arrest Wednesday in Red Oak

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early this (Wednesday) morning of one person on drug charges. 19-year-old Christian T. Leming, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 12:15-a.m., in the 100o block of East Corning Street. Leming faces charges which include Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Prescription Medications. He was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $2,000 bond.

Henderson woman escapes injury during a crash Tuesday morning

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Montgomery County caused $5,000 damage to the vehicle, but no one was injured. The Sheriff’s Office says 63-year old Jonette Otte, of Henderson, was traveling east on 150th Street at around 7:30-a.m., when the tires on the passenger side of her 2005 Dodge Stratus left the pavement and entered a very minimal shoulder area. When Otte attempted to prevent the car from entering the ditch, she over-corrected, and went into the south ditch and came to rest in the ditch. Otte was checked at the scene for injuries by Red Oak Fire and Rescue, but did not require transport to the hospital.

No citations were issued.

Dump trucks collide in Fremont County: 2 injured, 1 seriously

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a dump truck was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha Tuesday, after the vehicle he was driving rear-ended another dump truck, in Fremont County. Sheriff’s Officials say 47-year old John Everett Miner, of Emerson, was flown from the scene near the intersection of 150th Street and 380th Avenue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the other truck, 24-year old Jacob Ryan Miner, of Red Oak, was transported by Shenandoah Rescue to the Shenandoah Medical Center, for treatment of minor injuries.

Authorities say a 1996 Peterbilt dump truck driven by Jacob Miner was rear-ended by a 1994 Peterbilt dump truck driven by John Miner, as Jacob was slowing down to turn north onto 380th Avenue from eastbound 150th Street. The accident remains under investigation.