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Central IA man arrested in Page County

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from central Iowa was arrested this (Friday) morning on an OWI charge, in Page County. Sheriff’s officials say 42-year old William Ludlo Stephens, of Ankeny, was charged with OWI 1st Offense. His arrest was the result of an investigation into an accident that occurred at approximately 1:40 AM in the 1900 block of C Avenue, east of Shenandoah.

William Stephens (Page Co. S/Of booking photo)

William Stephens (Page Co. S/Of booking photo)

Stephens was operating a 2003 Chevy pickup when he lost control of the vehicle and slid into a ditch. The vehicle came to rest on its side. Stephens was transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital by Ambulance where chemical testing was performed. The specimen was sent to the DCI laboratory in Ankeny for analysis. Test results indicated that Stephens Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)  was above the legal limit at the time of the accident, thus the charge and arrest.

Stephens posted $1000 bond and was released, pending further court hearings. The citation of Failure to Maintain Control had already been issued to Stephens for the accident.

Accident near Shenandoah results in injuries

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident early this (Friday) morning on the south side of Shenandoah resulted in one-person being sent to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports the two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 2, between Avenues A and B. An investigation revealed 62-year old Jackie Douglas Kendrick, of New Market,  was driving a 2011 Chevy Equinox SUV eastbound on Highway 2,  when Kenrick fell asleep at the wheel. Kendrick woke up just prior to rear ending a 2006 Buick Rendezvous SUV being operated by 39-year old Daniel Keith Hawkins, of Clarinda. Even though both vehicles sustained minor damage,  Hawkins was injured and transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Kendrick was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Enjoy cookies and caroling in Grant, Saturday

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

This Saturday (Dec. 13th), Grant Community Preservationists (GCP) and The Hayloft will host a holiday event featuring Cookies and Caroling. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., GCP will provide music (caroling from 4:30-5:30 p.m.) and homemade holiday treats for sale. The event continues 5:30-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with The Hayloft’s Chicken & Fish Fry, which begins at 5:15 p.m. To top off the meal, GCP will offer homemade desserts for sale in addition to cookies and candy.

Organizers invite you to kick off your Christmas season by sharing some holiday cheer with your friends and neighbors. Share music and good food while picking up some sweet treats to prepare for your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Proceeds support GCP’s community projects, including restoring the Grant Masonic Lodge and maintaining the Grant Park. The Grant Community Preservationists was formed to help maintain Grant and its unique historic character. Designated in October 2003, the Grant Commercial Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Search suspended for missing western Iowa man

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have suspended the search for a missing western Iowa man who may have fallen through lake ice at Oldham Recreational Area. On Sunday hunters found a pickup owned by Walter Ordway near the recreation area. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says it’s believed that Ordway took his dog for an outing to the recreation area on Nov. 17 and that the dog fell through the ice into the freezing water. The Sheriff’s Office says Ordway may have fallen into the water while trying to rescue his dog. The dog’s body was found nearby.

The 66-year-old Ordway lives in Soldier.  The search was temporarily suspended because of concerns about the safety of lake ice. The recreation area will be closed through the weekend.

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4 arrests in Creston

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Four people have been arrested on unrelated charges, in Creston. According to the police report, 37-year old Justin Dean Miller, of Creston, was arrested this (Friday) morning on a Driving While Revoked charge. Miller was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Late Thursday night, 20-year old Alan Hall, of Corning, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. Hall was later released from the jail on $5,000 bond. Also arrested Thursday evening, was 14-year old Virginia Gilleland, of Creston. The teen was cited for Interference with Official Acts, and subsequently turned over to Juvenile Authorities.

And, Thursday morning, 27-year old Lee Anthony Brown, Jr., of Creston, was arrested for Interference with Officials acts. Brown was being held in the Ringgold County Jail, while awaiting a hearing.

In other news from Creston, authorities say a resident in the 200 block of Myrtle Street reported Thursday that someone had taken his wallet, containing a Social Security card, license, birth certificate and a check. The items were taken from the victims’ truck sometime between 3:30-p.m. Dec. 10th and 9:30-a.m. Dec. 11th, while the vehicle was parked near his residence. The loss was estimated at $30.

Dentist pleads no contest to metal theft

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa dentist has pleaded no contest to stealing precious metals and dental equipment while working at the Omaha Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  Fifty-eight-year-old Randall Toothaker entered the plea on Thursday without a deal from prosecutors. He originally pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in July.

Investigators say he stole more than $16,000 in dental gold and other equipment from a locked cabinet in 2013. An officer stopped Toothaker while he was leaving the property. The Omaha World-Herald reports Toothaker’s attorney says his client wants to put the case behind him. He says Toothaker now practices in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Toothaker faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in March. The newspaper reports neither state dental board has documented disciplinary action against him.

SC man faces terroristic threats charge after incident at Google in C.Bluffs

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A South Carolina man faces a Suspicion of making a Terroristic Threat charge, after allegedly writing a threatening note on the door of a portable toilet at the Google Data Center construction site, in Council Bluffs. The Daily NonPareil reports 27 year old Samuel G. Langley of Greenville, SC was taken into custody after subcontractor employees at the construction site found the threat on Monday and alerted authorities.

After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators targeted Langley, who works for an electrical systems subcontractor at the data center, as a target. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said Langley was questioned Wednesday morning and reportedly admitted writing the note.

Meyers said the threat referenced returning to the site and shooting people, but he declined to get into the specifics of the note. Police searched Langley’s vehicle and found no weapons. Meyers said the suspect told police he didn’t intend to carry out the act. Langley is free after posting a $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 12/12/2014

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Lockdown lifted for SWCC in Creston

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December 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston reported this morning that a lock-down at the dorms for Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has been lifted. The dorms were put on lock down Thursday night, after a report was received about a potential threat. The threat was communicated to police by a student, after it was seen on a social media website. The school was placed in precautionary lock down while law enforcement investigated the incident.

Authorities with the Creston Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol participated in the investigation, during which no immediate safety issues were found. The investigation, which includes the gathering of electronic records from social media sites, continues.

Creston Police say they will continue to monitor activities on campus to ensure the ongoing safety of students and staff.