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(Update): Bottle bombs lead to 3 arrests in Atlantic

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(This is an update to our earlier, posted story)

Three Atlantic teens were arrested Wednesday night for using and possessing homemade explosive devices, after police responded to a report of “shots fired.” Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said the call about activity in the 300 block of Maple Street came in at around 9:10-p.m. Green says the officers arriving also heard what sounded like gun shots, and observed  individuals in the second story of an apartment looking out the window. Green says an investigation determined the individuals were allegedly throwing pop bottle bombs outside from the window to the ground and watching them blow up.”

The officers who arrived and heard the loud noises had their guns drawn, but no shots were fired from their weapons. Soon after the individuals were questioned, officers discovered two unexploded bottle bombs in the yard. The Iowa State Patrol responded and disabled the devices by firing rubber bullets at them to relieve the pressure inside the bottles. He says rubber bullets are generally used for riot control and while not intended to be lethal, if fired at a person’s head, they can become lethal.

Green says that would explain why people thought they heard two different sets of gunshots. One was the bottle bombs going-off, the other was the sound of rubber bullets being fired. Taken into custody following the investigation, was 19-year old Daylan Kleen, 17-year old Bryce Gehling, and 17-year old Jeremy Stone, all of Atlantic.  All three were charged with Reckless use of Fire or an Explosive Device (a Serious Misdemeanor), Unauthorized Possession of Weapons/Homemade explosive (a Class D felony), and Using Explosives with the Intent to Commit a Public Offense (a Class C felony). Kleen was booked into the Cass County Jail, while Gehling and Stone were later released to the custody of their parents, pending an appearance in juvenile court.

Chief Green says in the early 1990’s kids were blowing up mailboxes with bottle bombs comprised of common household chemicals, and the stiffer charges are intended to demonstrate that type of activity will not be tolerated again.

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January 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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3 Atlantic teens arrested in explosives incident

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An incident Wednesday night in Atlantic led to the arrest of three teens on explosives-related charges. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 19-year old Daylan Kleen, 17-year old Bryce Gehling, and 17-year old Jeremy Stone, all of Atlantic, were arrested shortly after 9:30-p.m. All three were charged with Reckless use of Fire or Explosive Device, Possession of Weapons (Homemade explosive), and Using Explosives with the Intent to Commit a Public Offense.

Kleen was booked into the Cass County Jail, while Gehling and Stone were later released to the custody of their parents, pending an appearance in juvenile court. Additional details about the incident are currently not available.

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January 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Assault arrest Thursday in Red Oak

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A domestic incident early this (Thursday) morning led to the arrest of a Red Oak man. Red Oak Police say they received a call just after 2-a.m., about a possible domestic assault in progress in the 200 block of East Corning Street. Following an investigation, 35-year-old Erik Allan Appley , of Red Oak, was charged with Felony Domestic Abuse, three counts of Child Endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance. Appley was being held in the Montgomery County jail without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Baudler backs bill focused on pregnant women

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker wants to make it a felony for a mother to pass illegal drugs to a fetus. The bill would make passing illegal substances from a mother to a fetus a Class B felony, punishable by up to five years in prison or up to a $7,500 fine. Republican Rep. Clel Baudler of Greenfield says his bill sends the message that “using illegal drugs will not be tolerated” and that incarceration is an effective means to force drug-using pregnant women to get clean. The bill was introduced Wednesday to the House Public Safety Committee, which Baudler heads. Baudler, a former state trooper, says he expects opposition from Democrats.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 31st 2013

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January 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine doctor accused of prescribing drugs in exchange for sex faces more federal charges. David Gierlus has pleaded not guilty to 95 individual drug charges. Gierlus was previously charged with several counts of distributing certain controlled substances. His trial is planned for April.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Workers’ Compensation commissioner has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the governor, lieutenant governor and members of the governor’s staff of discriminating against him for political reasons and because he’s gay. Christopher Godfrey claims Governor Terry Branstad and some of his staff violated his rights by cutting his salary and trying to push him out of his job.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget director Dave Roederer has been released from a Des Moines hospital where he was taken for complications from a kidney stone. An aide to Governor Terry Branstad says Roederer was taken to the hospital yesterday morning after feeling weak, lying on his Capitol office floor and apparently fainting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some of Iowa’s Senate Democrats are proposing making medical marijuana legal for critically ill people to use. One of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Jack Hatch, says the legislation would help those with chronic pain. He acknowledges the bill has little chance of becoming law because of opposition by Republican lawmakers.

3 incidents of alleged assault this week in Page County

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer, Wednesday, said his deputies investigated three separate incidents of alleged assault this week. Early Wednesday morning, deputies were dispatched to 210 Church Street in Coin, where 23-year old Trevor Sunderman told them he was allegedly assaulted by 38-year old Cody Enneking, of 208 Church Street, also in Coin. Following an investigation, Sunderman declined to press charges, but a record of the complaint was filed for future reference.

Late Tuesday morning, Page County deputies were call to 608 Main Street, in Braddyville, with regard to a 9-1-1 call pertaining to a domestic situation. Upon their arrival, deputies spoke with the victim, 20-year Joseph Hull, and a witness at the residence. Following an investigation, 19-year old Tianna Martin, of Clarinda, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. The woman was brought to the Page County Jail and held without bond, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

And, Sunday  evening, Page County deputies were call to 509 South Main Street in Shambaugh, to investigate a reported domestic argument. The resident and complainant, 30-year old Matthew Olson, claimed he was assaulted by 29-year old Joni Olson, of Stanberry, MO., after he asked her to leave the home, and she refused. The alleged incident was the result of a child custody dispute. Statements were taken and forwarded to the Page County Attorney for review, but no charges were filed.

Red Oak Patrol Car and Rescue Unit Damaged

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January 30th, 2013 by admin

A rescue unit responding to an emergency call Wednesday afternoon in Red Oak, ended-up colliding with a patrol car, thanks to slippery road conditions. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the 2011 Red Oak Fire Department’s International rescue vehicle was responding to an emergency on Joy Street, when the vehicle slid down the ice and snow covered street and crashed into a 2011 Dodge Charger Red Oak Police Department patrol car. No injuries were reported.

The rescue unit  sustained $500 in damage to its right rear bumper, and the patrol car sustained between $1,500 and $2,000 damage to its front end. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Red Oak Police Department and Red Oak Fire and Rescue.

Cass County Supervisors to receive AFSCME proposal Thursday

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Thursday morning, in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board is set to receive the initial bargaining proposal from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), representing the Jailer’s Union. The County will also present its initial proposal to the Union.

In other business, the Board is expected to the set dates for public hearings on a proposed amendment to the Cass County Zoning Ordinance, that would affect the establishment of a gun sales, repair and shooting range near Massena. They’ll also act on a Resolution for posted Weight Limits on bridges, and, hear a quarterly report from Cass County Veteran’s Affairs Director Mitch Holmes. In addition, the Supervisor’s will a report pertaining to a Healthy Community Grant, from the YMCA’s Teddi Grindberg.