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Royalty crowned at the Pott. County Fair

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Royalty at the 2014 Potttawattamie County Fair were crowned Thursday evening, at the fairgrounds in Avoca. Officials say 17-year old Kyra Martens, of Oakland, won the title “2014 Pottawattamie County Fair Queen.” The teen, who will be a senior this fall at Riverside High School, is the daughter of Mark and Mischa Martins.

Runner-up for the Fair Queen title was Delaney Carroll, of Avoca. Jessica Wise, of Avoca, received the title of “2014 Miss Congeniality.”

Also at the Pott. County Fair, Thursday, Olivia Kock was honored with the title of “Junior Fair Queen.” She was competing against Lydia Wede, of Treynor.

Red Oak man arrested on drug-related warrant

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Thursday night,  arrested a man wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, charge. 24-year old Kiley Brian Caron, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m. and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 cash bond.

Nebraska GOP chairman, SW Iowa town at odds

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party and officials in Red Oak, Iowa, each say the other should pay to tear down an abandoned and deteriorating church in the southwestern Iowa community. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a company headed by Nebraska GOP Chairman J.L. Spray purchased a tax lien for the 124-year-old church near downtown Red Oak in 2012 and now owns the building.

The city says the building is dangerous and wants Spray to pay to have it demolished. But Spray, a Lincoln attorney, says information provided during the tax sale made it appear that the building was in better shape than it was. He says after failed attempts to work out a compromise that it’s now the city’s responsibility to cover the cost of demolition.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., July 18th 2014

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MARION, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Iowa for a series of fundraisers and campaign stops in a state with the first presidential caucuses. Christie was greeted yesterday by Iowa voters at MJ’s restaurant in Marion, Iowa. He visited the restaurant with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Patrons in the restaurant thanked Christie for coming to Iowa to support their governor and many urged him to run for president.

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Nine men from southern Iowa have been accused of sex crimes involving children. The Ottumwa Courier reports search and arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for the men. They were later sent to the Davis County Jail. Bloomfield police say they received allegations of sexual exploitation about a month ago and started an investigation.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport plans to launch a news-based website aimed at more transparency. Officials say the website will cover Davenport news and possibly local weather and sports. It is expected to launch in 60 to 90 days.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A judicial commission has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to suspend a judge accused of being intoxicated while on the job. The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications asked the high court this week to suspend District Associate Judge Emily Dean, who presides over the North Lee County District Associate Court in Fort Madison. Dean is accused of being intoxicated while on the bench and in the courthouse between late 2011 and 2012.

2 people arrested on drug charges in Mills County

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested earlier this week on drug charges in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Department reports 36-year old Keith Ellis Coltrane, of Omaha, and 38-year old Dena Marie Demare, of Glenwood, were taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m., Monday, on Levi Road. Both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $1,300 each.

And, early today (Thursday), 48-year old Michael Scott Holt, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Malvern for Driving While Revoked. His bond was set at$1,000.

2 alcohol-related arrests in Cass County

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two alcohol-related, recent arrests. On Tuesday, deputies arrested 47-year old Angela Renee Johnson, of Cumberland, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

And on Sunday, 26-year old Bradley Brent Perdue, of Griswold, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Perdue was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.

Atlantic man arrested for OWI

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Wednesday on an OWI charge. Atlantic Police say 24-year old Brandon Harry, of Atlantic, faces a charge of OWI/2nd offense. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Reynolds trial date continued again

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

There’s been yet another delay in the trial for an Oakland man charged with murder in connection with the death of a rural Cass County woman. Judge Kathleen Kilnoski, Monday, ordered a continuance in the case against 63-year old Robert A. Reynolds. It’s the fourth time his trial date has been changed.

Reynolds was originally set to stand trial July 1st, for the April 8th shooting death of 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey. The date was then amended to July 8th, July 22nd, and most recently, to September 30th.

Reynolds is charged with first-degree murder. Three other people in the home at the time the incident occurred were not injured. A criminal complaint says Reynolds acknowledged shooting Kinkade-Dorsey after an argument. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Christie swings through Iowa

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Iowa for a series of fundraisers and campaign stops in a state with the first presidential caucuses. Christie is beginning his day Thursday with a closed-door fundraiser outside Des Moines for Iowa’s Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.

He’ll then head to Cedar Rapids for a fundraiser for Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, followed by a stop at MJ’s Restaurant in Marion, where Christie is set to greet diners and talk to reporters. The day will end with a rally for Branstad at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

Christie has been traveling across the country as chair of the Republican Governors Association. The group has raised $60 million on Christie’s watch and gives him a platform to test a presidential run.

Stuart teen crowned Queen of the Adair County Fair

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July 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A young lady from Stuart was crowned Queen of the 2014 Adair County Fair in Greenfield, Wednesday. Adair County Fair Board Secretary Brenda Meisenheimer reports the honor went to 16-year old Hailey Gross, the daughter of Cindy and H.A. Gross, of Stuart.

Hailey Gross, 2014 Adair County Fair Queen.

Hailey Gross, 2014 Adair County Fair Queen.

16-year old Shelly Soper, the daughter of Clint and Mindy Douglas, of Adair, was named Runner-up.

Also at the Adair County Fair: The title of “Little Miss Adair County” went to Ellie Brewer, daughter of Jeremy & Kim Brewer of Fontanelle. Runner Up – MaKinley Edwards,daughter of Tyson & Megan Edwards of Fontanelle.

Jorja Holliday, daughter of Doug and Jodie Holliday, of Greenfield, was named “Little Miss Congeniality”; “Little Mister” honors went to Camden Reynolds, son of Angela & Josh Reynolds, of Greenfield. Runner-up was Charles Rudolph, son of Scott and Danielle Steele, of Casey; and the title of “Little Mister Personality” went to Colt Douglas, son of Clint and Mindy Douglas, of Adair.

For a full list of activities at the Fair, go to www.adaircountyfair.org. The Adair County Fair continues through Sunday, in Greenfield.