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Council Bluffs faces special tax if it loses case

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Council Bluffs may be forced to levy a special tax to pay two black men if a jury blames the city and two retired officers for their wrongful conviction. Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, of Omaha, Neb., claim the city and two police investigators targeted them for the shooting of a former police captain because of their race. The men were freed in 2003 after 25 years in prison when the Iowa Supreme Court found prosecutors committed misconduct. The men are suing the city and the policemen for $100 million.

Three city insurers have won court cases that relieve them from paying any judgment although one case is on appeal. Without insurance coverage, Council Bluffs may have to tax property owners to raise enough money to pay.

More than 90,000 Iowa residents hit by data breach

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say more than 90,000 residents in the state have been affected by a nationwide insurance breach that’s impacted more than a million people. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the data breach’s effect on the state Tuesday. The breach has affected customers for Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance. Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance posted on its website about the Oct. 3 intrusion, which explains personal data was compromised from both policy holders and non-policy holders. The company says it is not aware of any misuse of the information.

Miller says Iowa residents may have been affected by the breach if they were seeking a competitive insurance quote through a company or third party agent that ran information through Nationwide.

Cumberland man arrested on alcohol/drug charges

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Saturday of a Cumberland man.  51-year old Kevin Floyd Edwards was taken into custody on a Cass County Sheriff’s warrant for OWI 2nd Offense and an additional charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2000 bond. And, 29-year old Eddie Ray Mack, Jr., of Audubon, was arrested Saturday, on a charge of Violating a No Contact Order. Mack was taken to the Cass County Jail, pled not guilty to the charge, and was released on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office says also, 50-year old Catherine Ann Renaud, of Atlantic, was arrested Nov. 28th, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. She taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $1000 bond.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Blotter

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday (12/4) released a report on arrests from over the past week. Officials say on Sunday, 40-year old Tonya Trimble, of Omaha, was arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County. Last Saturday, 19-year old Corey Morrical, of Malvern, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, Careless Driving and Open Container. On Friday, 37-year old William Fuller, of Shenandoah, was arrested on Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. That same day, 26-year old Ronald Hankins, of Tabor, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension, Trespassing and an ATV violation. And, on Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 55-year old Kandyce Arman, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense.

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December 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Adams County man arrested on drug charge Monday

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was arrested Monday night on a drug charge. 30-year old Gary Lillie, of Prescott, was taken into custody at around 8:50-p.m. on a warrant charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. The warrant was issued following an investigation into an incident which occurred on Oct. 16th, 2012. Lillie was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

2 arrested on assault charges Monday in Atlantic

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic residents were arrested on assault charges, Monday. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 38-year old Steven Gustin was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, and 19-year old Andrew Kitelinger was arrested for Serious Domestic Abuse Assault. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

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Demonstration highlights importance of watering Christmas tree

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety hosted an event Monday to highlight the importance of proper care of a live Christmas tree. The demonstration involved two burn cells, each outfitted with furniture and a Christmas tree that had been cut down three weeks ago. State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds had firefighters place a small flame on each tree. “One (tree) we watered extensively, as you should. The other one, we gave it no water whatsoever,” Reynolds explained.

“The trees looked almost identical, but as you can see from the burn cell test – one tree is a Charlie Brown tree and the other is still luscious and green.” Reynolds described the fir as a “Charlie Brown tree” because the unwatered tree lost all of it’s needles in the fire. It was engulfed in flames in just a few seconds. The tree that was watered daily remained mostly intact as firefighters had a hard time even setting it on fire. Gary Harman is with the Walnut Ridge Tree Farm in Indianola.

“The water bowl should have water in it all the time,” Harman said. “Never let it go dry or let the butt of the tree out of water.” Reynolds is also encouraging Iowans who buy live Christmas trees to keep them away from candles and extension cords.

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NW Iowa man convicted of stalking, weapons charges

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December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 25-year-old Sioux City man who’d been tracking his estranged wife has been convicted of interstate stalking and a weapons charge. Federal prosecutors say Ralph Rogers was convicted last week. The jury acquitted Rogers of kidnapping and another weapons charge. Rogers pleaded guilty in September to another weapons charge.  His sentencing has not been scheduled.

Prosecutors say Rogers had secretly placed a GPS device on his estranged wife’s car. Investigators say that when the tracking device showed that she’d stopped at a residence in South Sioux City, Neb., Rogers got a handgun and drove there.  Prosecutors say Rogers entered the home without permission and assaulted one of the people inside. Prosecutors say Rogers then took his estranged wife back to his home in Sioux City.