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Red Oak man arrested Thu. morning


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a traffic stop early this (Thursday) morning near the intersection of Highways 34 and 48 in Red Oak, resulted in an arrest. 26-year old Skyler Lee Baker, of Red Oak, was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle While Revoked/OWI related, and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Baker was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 cash bond.

Argument in Sidney results in pedestrian being hit by a car


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An argument between two men Wednesday evening in Fremont County resulted in one person being transported to the hospital after being hit by a car. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Jeffrey Fuller, of Sidney, was transported by Sidney Rescue to the hospital, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Officials report deputies were called to 2755 Knox Road, near Sidney, at around 7:40-p.m. after they received word a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle. An investigation determined an argument had taken place between Jeffrey Fuller, and 19-year old Alexander Fuller, of Sidney. During the argument, Alexander Fuller allegedly hit Jeffrey Fuller with his vehicle before fleeing the scene. Alexander contacted law enforcement shortly after the initial call about the incident was received.

The investigation showed Alexander was NOT under the influence of alcohol. Charges are pending completion of the investigation. Sheriff’s officials were assisted at the scene by officers with the Sidney Police Dept. and Sidney Fire and Rescue.

Car rear-ends a van twice at the same location in Clarinda, Wed.


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were transported to the hospital following an accident late Wednesday morning, in Clarinda. The Police Department reports 42-year old Joseph McCormick, of Clarinda was transported to the Clarinda Regional Hospital by Clarinda EMS, while 50-year old Darla Jean McCall, of Clarinda, was transported by Clarinda Police to the hospital.

Officials say a van driven by McCall was traveling south on Walnut Street at around 11:35-a.m. and preparing to stop at the intersection with Highway 2, when she noticed in her rear-view mirror, the car behind her was swerving in the lane. After McCall stopped at the intersection, the 1991 Cadillac driven by McCormick hit McCall’s 2000 Pontiac Montana in the rear.

After McCall pulled her van forward a bit, the Cadillac hit the van again. A witness who got out of his vehicle and approached the car, told Police McCormick was slumped over in his seat and was incoherent. The witness placed the car in park and shut-off the ignition.

Damage from the incident amounted to $800. No citations were issued, pending the outcome of the accident investigation.

Red Oak man arrested after a fight Wed. evening; Villisca man arrested for Harassment


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say an altercation Wed. evening in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of 29-year old Jeremy Ray Dilocker, of Red Oak. The Sheriff’s Department reports Dilocker was charged with Public Intoxication following the incident, which occurred in the 100 block of Broadway in Red Oak, at around 8:25-p.m. Dilocker was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And, Police in Red Oak report the arrest Wednesday of 57-year old Jeffrey Alan Runyon. The Villisca man was taken into custody at a residence in the 100 block of Coolbaugh Street, on a warrant for Harassment by Communication. Runyan was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Regulators to give update on Nebraska nuke plant


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal regulators will offer an update on the performance of a troubled Nebraska nuclear plant since it restarted late last year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to hold the meeting in Omaha on Tuesday. Fort Calhoun, which sits about 20 miles north of Omaha, had been off line from April 2011 until December.

It initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed for more than two years. It has been forced to shut down briefly several times since it restarted.

The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Omaha Marriot at 10220 Regency Circle.

Woman arrested in Council Bluffs had numerous fake ID’s & checks


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a woman arrested late Tuesday at hardware store had 30 counterfeit checks and nine fake ID’s in her possession. The Daily NonPareil reports 34-year old Amy Jo Hockabout, of Council Bluffs, was arrested around 9:20 p.m. at Menards on Manawa Centre Drive after she tried to purchase more than $170 worth of merchandise.Sgt. David Dawson with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division said authorities were alerted by Menards security that Hockabout was attempting to pass a bad check.

Amy Jo Hockabout (C.B. P.D. booking photo)

Amy Jo Hockabout (C.B. P.D. booking photo)

Council Bluffs police officers arrived and found 30 counterfeit checks on Hockabout – 27 belonging to a pair of private citizens and three forgeries of checks from Nebraska Precious Metals of Omaha – along with nine fake driver’s licenses. Officers arrested the woman on suspicion of 30 counts of forgery, nine counts of falsifying public documents and for interference with official acts. Each forgery and falsification count is a Class D felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Hockabout is a familiar face to those in the ‘Bluffs P-D. Dawson said she pleaded guilty in 2010 to forgery and probation violation and was arrested for second-degree theft and drug possession in July of 2013. Most recently, she was arrested in mid-March of this year on seven counts of forgery, two counts of falsifying public documents and ongoing criminal conduct, and was out on bond.

She also has warrants out of Douglas County, Neb., for fraud, identity theft and other forgery-related crimes, according to Douglas County Corrections. After her latest arrest, Hockabout remains at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., May 8th 2014


May 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man has been accused of using a pocket knife to slash another man after finding him in bed with his estranged wife. Iowa City police say 24-year-old Austin Chadderdon faces a felony charge of willful injury causing bodily injury. The man was treated at a nearby hospital and released. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Chadderdon was detained briefly at the Johnson County Jail.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out to get a glimpse inside the historic Tallcorn Towers in Marshalltown after an $11 million restoration. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports people who gathered for an open house Tuesday were especially impressed with the remodeled ballroom. Others noted the plaster work, windows and chandeliers.

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — An American Legion post has donated a 93-year-old signature quilt to the Louisa County Heritage Center, following research on the 200 names on the quilt. American Legion post Number 27 donated the quilt Monday. The Muscatine Journal reports it will be on display at the center as part of its regular exhibit and a quilt and needlework show.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A minor league team of the Seattle Mariners has pulled off a major rally, coming back from a 16-run deficit to win in the Class A Midwest League. The Clinton LumberKings trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings Wednesday night in the game between clubs based in Iowa. Clinton wound up winning 20-17 in 12 innings.

Audubon City Council fires City Clerk, appoint local man to fill the position


May 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon Wednesday, appointed a new City Clerk and voted to terminate the employment of long-time City Clerk Lora Hansen. Both motions were not unanimous, though, as Councilman Bob Jacobsen provided the lone nay votes. Soon after the meeting began, the Council entered into a closed session that lasted nearly an hour, to hold interviews with two candidates for the City Clerks position. The candidates were identified as Kandi Tague, from Mechanicsville, Virginia (formerly of Audubon), and Joseph E. Faron, of Audubon.

After going into a closed session to interview two candidates for the position of City Clerk, Councilman Jason Hocker motioned to appoint Foran to the post, with John Whetzal providing the second. Councilman Jacobsen voted no, saying that it was his opinion Tague was better qualified for the job. Steve Stetzel, who was in the audience, questioned whether there was a possible conflict of interest in Hocker having voted to approve Faron. Stetzel asked Hocker if Faron’s wife works for Hocker at a beterinary clinic, and he acknowledged she did. Hocker said he voted for Faron, however, based on his merits.

Hocker didn’t say during the meeting, if he felt his action was a conflict of interest. Afterward though, he told reporters his vote was an honest mistake, but that with the 4-1 vote to remove her, it didn’t matter. Prior to a vote on the removal of Lora Hansen from office, the public demanded to know what the reasons were. Councilman Jacobsen read from the Order of Removal. The list with 14 reasons, also appeared on a big screen t-v for the audience to see. The first few reasons given were for questionable financial practices. That included “Her refusal to keep the library checkbook or use accounting practices in accordance with the Library Board’s request.” Another reason was “Her unilateral rejection of a budget increase request by the Library Board, without bringing said request to the City Council.” And, Hansen reportedly failed to provide financial documents to the Council in a timely manner.”IMG_20140507_172829_902

Other issues the Council had with Hansen dealt with technology issues, such as the posting of meeting meetings and agendas on the City’s website, and failure to use e-mails. And, there were concerns about an error in the budget, which the Council contended Hansen brought to the Audubon newspaper before presenting it to the Council. That statement was later refuted by someone who said the Audubon County Advocate Journal discovered the budget error and brought it to Hansen’s attention, not the other way around. The last item of contention dealt with Hansen’s public relations skills.

The item said “Comments by citizens in the community about a lack of customer service at City Hall.” Several persons in the audience attempted to offer evidence or opinions that defended Hansen’s alleged actions, but the Council, with Jacobsen objecting, voted to remove her anyway. She does have 30-days to request a public hearing upon receipt of a certified letter stating her “Order of Removal.”

After the meeting adjourned, Barb Jacobsen of Audubon paused to recognize Hansen’s years of service to the city. Nearly everyone in the audience applauded Hansen.

New Iowa livestock farm rule hearings underway

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — While Iowa environmental regulators hold public hearings on a new proposed rule designed to improve water quality through better enforcement of livestock farms, significant manure spills are occurring and highlighting problems the state faces managing a growing livestock industry.

It’s a difficult balance Iowa must find between encouraging livestock production that generates billions of dollars a year in sales and handling the waste generating by 60 million chickens, 20 million pigs, and 4 million cows.

The DNR is holding six hearings around the state over the next week on its proposed rule environmental groups and others say is too weak.

The group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement says the rule should require livestock farms to obtain clean water permits to provide regulators leverage to halt frequent manure spills.

Effort to expand Highway 20 to four-lanes across state


May 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The long-running effort to create a new east-west thoroughfare across northern Iowa is marking another milestone. Shirley Phillips, president of the Highway 20 Corridor Association, says a new stretch of the four-lane road is under construction in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County. “That would be a stretch that would be from three miles east of Moville to Correctionville and then through Correctionville,” Phillips says. “We hope to have the westbound two lanes from east of Moville to Minnesota Avenue completed by the end of 2016 and from Moville to east of Correctionville should all be finished by 2018.” Phillips says one piece of the puzzle is still going to be missing.

“The bad news is, the 30-point-five miles that are left between Highway 71 at Early and Correctionville are not in the program,” she says. By that, she means the state has no immediate plan to complete the project so the roadway runs all the way across Iowa four lanes. Completing the 30-mile stretch from Early to Correctionville is evidently not on the drawing board and there is no timetable for it.

“With a gap that small to complete the additional four-lane east-west corridor across the state of Iowa, it would be crazy not to funnel some funding toward that project,” she says. “The Moville to Correctionville stretch is by far the most expensive and cumbersome portion of the highway to complete, so once that is finished, we would hope they would continue to push eastward from Correctionville.” The next meeting of the Highway 20 Corridor Association will be in Sioux City on July 11th.

(Radio Iowa)