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Red Oak woman arrested Friday afternoon


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman with a long history of arrests, was taken into custody Friday afternoon on a charge of Driving While Suspended. 44-year old Shelby Joann Olivares was arrested at around 3:20-p.m. and taken to the Montgomery County Jail, where her bond was set at $566.

Man arrested on drug charges at a truck stop in Fremont County


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A narcotics investigation Friday by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of one person on drug charges. Authorities say 39-year old Donald James Ryan, of Sidney, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to deliver/over 5-grams.

Fremont County deputies, assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and Sidney Police,  made the arrest in the Sapp Brothers Truck Stop parking lot. Ryan was being held in the Fremont County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Denison man convicted of murder & arson seeks a new trial


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The attorney for a man convicted in a 2014 murder and arson in Crawford County is seeking a new trial for his client. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Attorney Michael Williams filed a motion in Crawford County District Court on Wednesday, requesting a new trial for 26-year old Michael David Schenk, of Denison, who was convicted on Jan. 28th of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree arson, in connection with the March 2014 murders of 80-year old Marvin Huelsing, of Maple River and 81-year old Alice Huisenga, of Arcadia. Their badly burned bodies were found on Huelsing’s farm between Deloit and Denison.

Williams’ motion contends that the verdict was contrary to the evidence in the case. It also says the court erred in several ways, including overruling the defense’s objection to the introduction of a Walmart receipt that was used to connect Schenk to a pickup found at the scene. Schenk’s sentencing is March 13th.

Schenk and a codefendant, 19-year old Jayden Ray Chapman, of Denison each were initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. The arson charge against Schenk was reduced during the trial. Chapman’s trial is set for April 28.

A third defendant, 37-year old Erika Dains, of Denison pleaded guilty to reduced charges of second-degree burglary and misdemeanor accessory after the fact. As part of a plea agreement, she testified for the prosecution in Schenk’s trial.

2 arrested, 1 gets away after chase from IA into NE.


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested Thursday night in north Omaha, while a third escaped, after the vehicle they were in stopped as it was being pursued by Iowa State Patrol troopers into Nebraska. 38-year old Michael McNary was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Authorities say a passenger was 24-year old Anthony Miller. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Douglas County, NE, emergency 911 dispatchers told Omaha police that Iowa troopers were chasing a westbound vehicle on Interstate 480 into Omaha and that it left I-480 onto Dodge Street. The troopers ended their pursuit shortly after crossing the Missouri River into Omaha.

ABLE 1, the Omaha police department’s helicopter, was in the area and spotted the vehicle at 15th and Dodge Streets, police said. ABLE 1 provided updates for officers as the vehicle traveled in the northeast precinct area. Police said no Omaha officers pursued the vehicle.The vehicle stopped in the area of 38th and Cass Streets and three occupants fled from the vehicle on foot.

After a perimeter was established by police, McNary and Miller were taken into custody around 10 p.m. They were taken to police headquarters at 15th and Howard Streets and were booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of various charges.

46-year old arrested in connection w/a dumpster fire in Council Bluffs


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man is charged with arson after he allegedly set a fire at a facility for the intellectually disabled. The Daily NonPareil says according to a police report, 46-year old Clyde W. Points was arrested on a warrant for third-degree arson Thursday for his role in a trash receptacle fire at VODEC, 612 S. Main Street. A Council Bluffs Fire Department investigator said Points allegedly set a dumpster near the VODEC building on fire on Wednesday.

Police were able to identify Points from surveillance footage at the facility.The fire investigator said authorities are investigating whether the fire could be connected to a string of dumpster fires that occurred in September of 2013.

Search of vehicle & home in C.Bluffs results in a man arrested on several warrants


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man is in custody on drug and gun charges, along with a warrant for eluding police. The Daily NonPareil reports authorities arrested 51-year old Mark A. Pike, at around 6:50-p.m. Thursday, on a litany of charges. Police said an officer found that a truck in the 3500 block of Avenue D belonged to Pike, who had outstanding warrants. Officers arrested Pike and, after receiving consent, searched the truck and home, finding methamphetamine, marijuana, drug equipment and a 32-caliber revolver.

Authorities say the original warrant stemmed from an incident that took place on Oct. 23rd, 2014, when Pike allegedly eluded police during an attempted traffic stop at South Eighth Street and Eighth Avenue. A brief chase ensued – with Pike allegedly speeding through stop signs – before officers terminated the pursuit because of safety concerns.

For the chase, Pike faces charges that include eluding a police officer, reckless driving, operation without registration and disobedience to signs and signals. Charges from Thursday’s arrest include suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, having a concealed weapon without a permit and drug tax stamp violation. Pike remained at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Suburban lawmaker questions tax break for farm, construction equipment fuel

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa D-O-T estimates the state could collect about 40-million dollars a year from farmers and construction companies if the tax exemption for so-called “red dye” fuel was lifted — and a few lawmakers are questioning why that tax advantage is being maintained. Farmers and construction companies that primarily operate diesel-powered machinery off of the state’s roads buy fuel that has a dyed with a red tint, to signify it is NOT subject to the state’s fuel tax. Representative Ralph Watts, a Republican from Adel, says the size of farming operations has grown significantly and heavy farm equipment is now being driven on more miles of road to get from field to field.

“If you live in a rural area, you meet them all the time,” Watts says. “The heavier equipment with cleated tires place more stress on the roadway than vehicles with road tires.” That “additional stress” is taking a toll on rural roads and bridges, according to Watts. “The need for moving manure from hog confinements has become a huge factor for rural roads where the movement of manure is done by large tank wagons pulled by farm tractors over the roads,” Watts says. “My personal experience in watching this happen showed me those movements literally pulverize the existing gravel, which requires replacement.” Watts tried, but failed this past week to get his fellow legislators to go along with charging just a 10-cent-a-gallon state tax on red dye fuel.

“Some misguided miscreant might ask: ‘What do you have against farmers?'” Watts said during House debate of the bill that raised the state’s motor fuel tax by a dime a gallon. “I have nothing against farmers. Although I am not a farmer, I am a member of the Farm Bureau — at least I was earlier this morning.” The Iowa Farm Bureau opposes the idea of taxing the diesel fuel that’s used in farm equipment. Only eight other members of the Iowa House joined Watts this past Tuesday to try to force a debate over his proposal, while 87 voted against Watts and his idea was permanently tabled.

(Radio Iowa)

Semi’s collided on I-29 in Harrison County, 1 injured


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A collision between two semis Friday afternoon in Harrison County resulted in a Missouri man being sent to the hospital. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 36-year old Jason Durham, of Bates City, MO., was transported by Mondamin Rescue to the hospital in Missouri Valley, after the 2007 Freightliner semi he was driving went out of control and hit another semi at around 3:40-p.m. on southbound Interstate 29, about seven-miles north of the Mondamin exit.

Officials say the semi entered the west ditch and hit a large sign before re-entering the interstate and hitting a second southbound 2007 Freightliner, driven by 52-year old Jose Ramirez, of Atascosa, TX. Ramirez’ semi was in the right lane when it was hit. After the collision, Durham’s semi entered the west ditch again, went through fence and hit a culvert before coming to rest in a wooded area.

Ramirez was not injured in the crash. He pulled his semi onto the shoulder of the road, and stopped. His vehicle sustained damage to its trailer. Durham’s semi was considered a total loss. The accident remained under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Feb. 28th 2015


February 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating a letter left at an Ames mosque that contained anti-Muslim messages and threats. Ames Police spokesman Jason Tuttle says officers responded around 4 p.m. Thursday to a report that the note had been left on the door of Darul Arqum Islamic Center.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport officials are seeking state funds for a proposed youth sports complex that would include a hotel and other amenities. The Quad-City Times reports that Davenport plans to apply for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants for the project comprised of a 200-room hotel, a water park, a shopping and restaurant area and a youth sports complex.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit brought by chiropractors who claimed the state’s dominant health insurer was engaging in illegal price-fixing. The lawsuit challenged Wellmark’s practice of making its negotiated reimbursement rates for medical providers available to self-insured employers and out-of-state insurers in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network. It contended those deals violated Iowa antitrust law by restricting competition.

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have discovered a body in the area where a car had earlier been found in an icy Iowa creek. Authorities say the car was found Friday morning just north of Grimes with no one inside. The body was later discovered nearby. KCCI-TV reports that the car belongs to a woman who was reported missing on Monday.

Clarinda teen arrested for possessing pot


February 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports a local teen was arrested Thursday on a drug charge. The 15-year old male was taken into custody for alleged illegal possession of a controlled substance, believed to be marijuana. His arrest was the result of an investigation by the Clarinda Police Department and the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department.

The juvenile was released to the custody of his legal guardian pending additional action by Page County Juvenile Court Services and the Juvenile Court Division of the Page County Attorney’s Office.