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Atlantic woman arrested twice in one week

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman apparently is becoming familiar with Cass County Jail facilities. On Monday, Police in Atlantic arrested 33-year old Essex Mullins, on a charge of shoplifting (Theft in the 5th degree). She plead guilty to the charge that same day and was ordered by the court to repay her victim.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Mullins was arrested on charges of Interference with Official Acts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Disorderly Conduct. She was booked…again…into the Cass County Jail.

Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen Algona soldier

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, November 30, to 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3, to honor 33-year old Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson, of Algona, who died while on patrol with the U.S. Army in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 16, 2012.

Sgt. Joseph Richardson

Sgt. Richardson’s funeral will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, will be in attendance to represent the Branstad/Reynolds administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Two men arrested on Audubon County warrants

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested recently on separate warrants out of Audubon County. The Sheriff’s Department reports 27-year old Shane Austin Hill, of Harlan, was arrested Wednesday evening on an outstanding Audubon County warrant charging him with Failure to Appear (FTA) on a Contempt of Court charge associated with Possession of Methamphetamine. Hill was brought to the Audubon County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond. Shelby County Sheriff’s officials assisted in conducting the arrest.

And, 35-year old Nathan Allen Hines, of Emmetsburg, was arrested this (Thursday) morning, after he turned himself-in to the Audubon County Jail. Hines was wanted on a warrant charging him with a Revocation of his Probation. Hines was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine/3rd offense, and Possession of Marijuana/3rd offense, charges. He appeared before the magistrate and remains in jail on $7,500 bond.

Court: SW Iowa city improperly removed council member

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) – An appeals court says a southwest Iowa city improperly removed one of its council members over allegations that he skipped too many meetings. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled today (Thursday), that City officials in Sidney did not provide proper notice of the charges against William Clark before removing him. The court says the city overstepped its authority.

Clark was elected in 2009 to a four-year term. The council voted 4-1 to remove him in 2010 after he missed several meetings, even after he was warned about lax attendance. The mayor also claimed Clark had committed misconduct at a local bar during a run-in with another council member’s son.

Clark’s attorney says his client will seek reinstatement to the council, but that could be tricky since someone else now holds the position.

Drought worsens after weeks of improvement

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has worsened for a second straight week, after conditions had improved for more than a month.  The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 62.7 percent of the continental U.S. was in some form of drought as of Tuesday. That’s up from 60.1 percent the previous week.

The portion of the lower 48 states in extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – also rose, to 20.12 percent from last week’s 19.04 percent.   The dry conditions intensified sharply in Oklahoma, where 90.5 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought. That’s up 19 percentage points.

The portion of South Dakota in those two classifications rose more than 8 percentage points, to 63.32 percent.

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Two drug arrests in Montgomery Co. in less than 6-hours

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two southwest Iowa men were arrested on drug charges over a period of less than six-hours recently. Authorities in Red Oak report a Fremont County man was arrested early this (Thursday) morning, on drug charges.  According to the Police Department, 23-year-old Jonathan Lee Million, of Farragut, was arrested on the following charges: Possession with Intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine;  Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana; Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Operating a motor vehicle While under the Influence/drug related, 2nd offense.  In addition, Million was charged Driving While Suspended.

Officials say Red Oak Police Officers confiscated more than 2 grams of a substance suspected of being methamphetamine, and nearly 2 grams of suspected marijuana from a vehicle Million was in, during a traffic stop in the 100 block of West Elm Street, at around 2:30-a.m., Thursday.  Million was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 cash bond.

And, a four-month long investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at a Red Oak residence just before 9-p.m. Wednesday. Afterward, 37-year old Markus Eugene Johnson, of Red Oak, was arrested on felony drug charges. Red Oak Police were assisted at the scene by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Moore. Following the  search of a home at 301 4th Avenue, Johnson was charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of meth with the intent to deliver, and one count of bringing contraband into a jail facility. Authorities also seized a number of items of drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging equipment.

2 winners in Powerball drawing

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball officials say the record jackpot has been won. Early Thursday morning officials confirmed that two winning tickets were sold: One in Arizona and one in Missouri. An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes. The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

The Arizona Lottery says that at 10 a.m. MST Thursday it will release retailer’s location where the winning ticket was purchased in Arizona. However, the lottery says “no information about the winner will be available at this time” because no one has come forward yet.

A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million. The drawing Wednesday night for the Multi-State Lottery Association’s prize followed 16 consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the Powerball to the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history. Tickets earlier Wednesday were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, the jackpot enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.

Single vehicle accident in Adair County Wednesday

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to a hospital in Des Moines Wednesday, following a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Adair County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 35-year old Benjamin Mark Newton, of St. Paul, MN, was taken by Stuart Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, after the 2000 Chevy Blazer he was driving left westbound I-80 near the Greenfield Exit and entered the north ditch, spun around and came to rest facing east, in the ditch. The accident happened at around 9:30-p.m.