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2 people arrested on drug charges Monday, in Cass County

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Cass County arrested two people on drug charges, Monday (today). 30-year old Deborah Kaye Olson, a homeless person, and 42-year old Ty Matthew Thompson, of Gillman, IA, were arrested on felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine over 5 grams, and simple misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges.

(update 6/7) – Both subjects were transported to the Cass County Jail where they remain held on $100,000 bond each.

(Update) 2 from Council Bluffs arrested after Cass County pursuit

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier report, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office says two people from Pottawattamie County were arrested following a pursuit early this (Monday) morning. The chase began at around 12:50 at 550th Street and White Pole Road (near State Radio), and ended at Exit 46 near Walnut. Deputies arrested 23-year old Jennifer Rose Passarelli, of Council Bluffs, on a felony charge of Falsifying Public Documents, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Interference with Official Acts (Simple). 37-year old Nicholas Thomas Rohrberg, also from Council Bluffs, was also arrested on a felony charge of Falsifying Public Documents, and and Interference with Official Acts.

(Update 6/7) – Passarelli remains held in the Cass County Jail on $6,300 bond; Rohrberg remains held on $5,300 bond. The incident remains under investigation.

Atlantic woman arrested on drug charge in Adair County

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports a Cass County woman was arrested on a drug charge, Saturday evening, in Adair. 45-year old Georgenia Renay Chamberlin, of Atlantic, was arrested at around 5-p.m. for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was also cited for Driving While Suspended and not having insurance. Chamberlin was released Sunday afternoon on a $1,000 cash bond. (Her arrest report also listed a residence in Wiota.)

A man whose address was formerly listed as being in Stuart, but recently homeless, was arrested May 30th in Stuart, on three warrants for Violation of Probation. Sheriff Vandewater said 47-year old Kevin Eugene Stark was being held in the Adair County Jail on $5,000 bond.

A man from Adel was arrested on numerous charges May 31st in Greenfield. Vandewater says 35-year old Bobby Joe Lee Mumford faces charges that include: Trespass causing more than $200 damage; Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree (for damaging a pickup); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Meth pipe) and a Prescription Drug violation; Driving While Barred for being an Habitual Offender; Burglary to a motor vehicle (entering a pickup), and Child Endangerment. Mumford was later released on $2,000 bond.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says also, 47-year old John Elsworth Schildberg, of Casey, was arrested Friday morning on two warrants for Failure to appear, on charges he failed to report the harvesting of a deer or turkey, and restrictions on taking game deer and turkey. Schildberg was later released from custody on his own recognizance.

Others arrested in Adair County over the past week, include: Manuel Jesus Mayancela-Carchi, of Perry, for failure to hold fishing licenses and throwing litter; Zachary Linn Britcher, of Cedar Rapids, for Driving While License Suspended; Zachary Eugene DeCamp, of Dallas Center, and William Joseph Mumford, of Des Moines, for Trespassing; Mikisha Nicole Williams, of Des Moines, for Possession of a Controlled Substance; Barrett Martin Driskill, of Afton, for Domestic Abuse Assault/2nd offense.

(Update) 4 people suffer minor injuries in Shelby County crash

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our reports over the weekend, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says four people suffered minor injuries during a collision Saturday evening, south of Elk Horn. Officials say vehicles driven by 71-year old Susan Andersen, of Elk Horn, and 21-year old Dustin Goodridge, of Henderson, collided at the intersection of Highway 173 and 400th Street, when Anderson tried to turn left onto 400th Street, as she was traveling north on Highway 173.

Her 2007 Ford Freestar van was hit by Goodridge’ southbound 2001 Ford Taurus. Anderson, and her passenger, 82-year old Charles Anderson, of Elk Horn, were transported to Myrtue Hospital, in Harlan. Goodridge, and his passenger, 21-year old Karlee Reeves, of Carroll, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. All of their injuries were described as minor.

Officials say Susan Anderson was cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn. Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.

(12:40-p.m. News)

Man pleads not guilty to firing at deputies in Iowa standoff

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SCHLESWIG, Iowa (AP) – A Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to shooting at two Iowa deputies during a standoff.  The Sioux City Journal reports 45-year-old James Champion, of Mankato, Minnesota, entered his written plea Monday. He’s charged with two counts of assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon in a March 9 standoff in Schleswig.

Crawford County sheriff’s deputies say Champion pointed a rifle at them and threatened to shoot after authorities went to check on him. He later opened his door and pointed a rifle toward officers and fired once.

Lt. Corey Utech returned fire, hitting Champion twice in the torso. Champion was flown to an Omaha hospital for treatment and released. Utech was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Hudspeth ousted as CCHS CEO

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees announced today (Monday), it has terminated the contract of Chief Executive Officer Todd Hudspeth, effective immediately. Ned Brown, Board Chairman, said in a statement, “After thorough consideration of Mr. Hudspeth’s actions and his judgment in several recent situations, we are concerned about his ongoing ability to be an effective leader for our organization.”

Brown said also, “We will begin the search for a new CEO immediately.  In the interim, we have complete confidence in our current Administrative Team, medical providers and staff to continue providing outstanding care for our communities during this time of transition.”

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

Over the weekend, it was learned that Hudspeth’s attorney, last Thursday, entered a written Alford Plea for Hudspeth, with regard to Hudspeth’s felony Forgery charge in Buena Vista County. An Alford Plea is a guilty plea by a defendant who proclaims he is innocent of the crime, and admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is entered when the accused, together with his attorney, has made the calculated decision to plead guilty because the evidence against him is so strong that it will likely lead to conviction. Typically, it results in a guilty plea of a lesser crime

Last month, Hudspeth had entered a written plea of Not Guilty to the Forgery charge filed against him in Buena Vista County Court. Storm Lake Police had earlier arrested Hudspeth after he allegedly presented a $10,000 check with a forged signature at Storm Lake MetaBank. Hudspeth has said the check was deposited into a checking account to pay for his son’s college expenses. Hudspeth later acknowledged he had made a poor decision in endorsing a disbursement check that included his name, and that of his ex-wife. Hudspeth admitted that he took “A foolish shortcut to expedite” the process of transferring funds for his son’s expenses. He faces a similar felony charge in Cass County, filed in May.

A jury trial was set to begin in Hudspeth’s Buena Vista Coutny case on July 12th, but with his plea, a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) will now take place August 1st, during what’s called a “Plea taking.” Hudspeth was hired as the CEO for the Cass County Health System in November, 2013. He took over in January 2014 from former CEO Pat Markham, who retired after more than 29-years of service.

2 arrested, 1 injured during Cass County chase

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A chase that began early this (Monday) morning in Cass County ended with one person injured and two others taken into custody. Cass County Sheriff Darby McClaren told KJAN News the chase began at around 1-a.m., when Deputy Ben Bartholomew tried to stop a vehicle on Highway 6 by State Radio (North of Lewis) and continued eastbound into Atlantic.

The vehicle turned onto Poplar Street and continued north to Highway 83. The pursuit continued through Marne and into Walnut. The chase, which also involved Cass County Deputies Josh McLaren and Kyle Quist, ended after a deputy performed a PIT Maneuver (Precision Immobilization Technique). The measure was necessary, he says, because the driver of the suspect vehicle was beginning to travel the wrong direction on the Interstate 80 exit ramp to Walnut.

Two of the vehicles’ occupants, a man and a women, tried to flee, but were taken into custody. The male driver of the vehicle was injured and transported to a hospital in Omaha. He’ll be taken into custody once he’s released from the hospital. The Sheriff says two of the men in the car had warrants for their arrest out of Pottawattamie County. The names of the suspects had not been released as of mid-day.

(Update) Griswold teen suffers minor injuries in rollover accident

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County teen suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident this (Monday) morning, west of Atlantic. Cass County Deputy Bill Ayers told KJAN News 16-year old Jacob Steffen, of rural Griswold, complained of neck pain following the accident, and was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

Photos courtesy Cass County Dep. Bill Ayers

Photos courtesy Cass County Dep. Bill Ayers

Ayers said the teen was traveling south on Highway 6 at around 7:45-a.m., when he fell asleep at the wheel of the 2006 Pontiac G6 he was driving. The car left the road on the A-T&T curve and traveled into the south ditch, where it came to rest in the tall grass.

The vehicle sustained $1,500 damage. No citations were issued. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Lewis Fire and Rescue personnel, Atlantic Fire and Rescue, an Iowa Dept. of Motor Vehicle Enforcement officer, and the Cass County Emergency Management Agency.

Death investigation in Denison

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities are investigating a death in Denison. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said Monday (Today), that at around 11:30-a.m. Thursday, the Denison Police Department received a 911 call and responded to 1519 2nd Ave North in Denison to a report of a deceased person.

Officer’s located 38-year old Shelly Snavely deceased inside her residence.  An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny Iowa on Friday.  The autopsy revealed no signs of inflicted trauma. Toxicology results are currently pending.

The investigation remains on-going and is being conducted by the Denison Police Department, the Crawford County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner.

With Election Day tomorrow, absentee ballot trend continues growing

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who want to vote absentee in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Democratic or Republican primaries have until the end of the day today (Monday) to get their ballots in the mail or drop them off at their county auditor’s office. Secretary of State Paul Pate says the auditor’s offices in all 99 counties will be open today for eight hours. “Absentee ballots seem to be a trend where people are using it at higher and higher volumes,” Pate says. “In fact, we’re probably going to see 60 to 70% of those people who vote will vote by mail. When you start mailing it on a Saturday or Sunday, there’s a good chance we may not receive it time, so we want to make sure we get their vote counted.”

So far, the Secretary of State’s office says more than 25-thousand absentee ballots have been hand-delivered and many more will be carried in today — by voters themselves and by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before today’s date of June 6th. “And there are ways we can check that,” Pate says. “Obviously, you all know about the postmarking, you have on an envelope, but they also have barcodes they run on the envelopes now, which we monitor that to help assure us that we’re counting every ballot that was cast in time.”

Iowa also has same-day voter registration. The polls will be open from 7 a-m until 9 p-m tomorrow for those who wish to vote in person.

(Radio Iowa)