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Accident in Page County sends 1 person to the hospital

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office said today (Tuesday), that an accident last week resulted in one-person being sent to the hospital in Shenandoah. Officials say 33-year old Amy Valquier-Argumaniz, of Shenandoah, suffered non-incapacitating injuries when the minivan she was driving went out of control on a gravel road at around 12:15-a.m. Wed., Feb. 20th.

The van entered the north ditch off of 140th Street, slid sideways, and hit a small embankment before rolling over. Valquier-Argumaniz was not wearing her seat belt, and was partially ejected through the windshield. She was brought to the hospital by private vehicle.

Officials say the 1999 Mercury Villager van sustained $2,800 damage, and was considered a total loss. Valquier-Argumaniz was cited by the authorities for Failure to Maintain Control, and Failure to wear a seat belt.

8AM Newscast 02-26-2013

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February 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Court cases moves forward for 2 out of 3 men accused in Atlantic Stabbing Incident

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two men charged in the stabbing of an Atlantic man late last month are set to stand trial after pleading not guilty to two felony charges associated with the incident, while a third person agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Appearing at their arraignment hearings Monday in Atlantic, 18-year old Bryce Baker and 23-year-old Mykel Thoren entered written pleas of Not Guilty to felony Willful Injury and Going Armed with Intent charges, while 21-year-old Austin Nelson plead guilty to an amended charge of Accessory after the Fact, and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Baker and Thoren are set to appear for their pre-trial conference on March 11th, with their trial slated for March 26th. All three men had been charged in connection with the stabbing of 43-year-old Robert Leslie, of Atlantic, during an incident which occurred on January 28th.

Villisca man arrested for interferring with authorities

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Monday, of 26-year old Seth Allen Simmons, of Villisca. Simmons was taken into custody at around 7-pm, on a charge of Interference with Official Acts. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Foot pursuit in Montgomery County leads to arrest of Villisca man

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a Villisca man was arrested on drug and numerous other charges, following a foot pursuit Monday evening. Sheriff’s officials say 27-year old Michael Scott Walton, of Villisca, was charged with Burglary in the 3rd degree, and Possession of Methamphetamine, Interference with Official Acts.

Walton was wanted on warrants out of Polk County for Contempt of Court/Failure To Appear for a Child Support hearing, and on two-counts of Interference with Official Acts. He was also wanted on an Audubon County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. He was taken into custody at around 6:45-p.m. Monday, following a short foot pursuit through Villisca, where he was found to be hiding in a garage in the 300 block of east 2nd Street.

Walton was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Fatal house fire in Council Bluffs

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in eastern Council Bluffs killed a man and caused extensive damage to the two-story home. Firefighters found the man’s body inside the home after extinguishing the fire late Monday afternoon. The fire, which was reported at around 3:15-p.m.,  destroyed most of the interior of the home and blackened part of the outside, along with two neighboring homes. Investigators say no one else was home at the time of the fire.

According to public records, the home at 46 Northwood Drive  is owned by Mark and Lori VanderWoude, a couple with three young children, but the family hadn’t been living there recently because the couple had separated. Officials didn’t immediately identify the male body found inside the home. And it wasn’t immediately clear how he died. An autopsy will be performed this week. The blaze remains under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 26th 2013

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation designed to improve police response when children go missing has won Senate subcommittee approval. Sponsor Sen. Jeff Danielson says he hopes the bill would prevent cases like one that occurred last summer, when two young cousins from Evansdale went missing July 13. Their bodies were found in December.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in eastern Council Bluffs killed a man and caused extensive damage to the two-story home. Firefighters found the man’s body inside the home after extinguishing the fire yesterday afternoon. The fire destroyed most of the interior of the home and blackened part of the outside. Police did not immediately identify the victim.

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state’s top nursing regulator has retired unexpectedly and an associate director also has left with little explanation. The Des Moines Register reports Monday that Lorinda Inman, executive director of the Iowa Board of Nursing since 1988, chose to retire after state officials investigated complaints about human resources issues.

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com)

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a Waterloo man accused of killing his 18-month-old son has been delayed again. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 23-year-old Daniel Reddout won’t be tried until at least June 24 because there were problems scheduling expert witnesses.

11 people left homeless following Montgomery County housefire Monday

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February 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials on the scene of a house fire in rural Montgomery County say four adults and seven children were left homeless following a house fire Monday afternoon about 10-miles southwest of Elliott. Firefighters from Elliott, Red Oak, Griswold and Villisca were called to the two-story home at 1296 C Avenue at around 2:50-p.m., Monday. Griswold Fire brought two tanker trucks to assist in supplying water to battle the blaze.

Scanner reports indicated some of the residents were transported to the hospital, but the extent of the injuries are not clear. No firefighters were hurt. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to determine what caused the blaze. The American Red Cross will be working with the family to find shelter and clothing. We’ll update the story as additional details become available.

Mills County arrests

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February 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report two arrests over the weekend. On Saturday, 33-year old Reed William Johnston, of Glenwood, was taken into custody for OWI/3rd offense. Johnston was arrested just before midnight, Saturday, near the intersection of 230th & Cimarron in Mills County. His bond was set at $5,000. Earlier that afternoon, 65-year old Douglas Dell Boyington, of Emerson, was arrested in Emerson for Public Intox and Disorderly Conduct. His bond was set at $600.

Authorities in Mills County also investigated a reported incident of Identity Theft in Malvern, on Friday. And on Saturday deputies investigated an incident of Burglary in the 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief. The incident took place in Strahan.

House fire in Montgomery County

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February 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Elliott, Red Oak and Griswold were called to the scene of a house fire about 10-miles southwest of Elliott, this (Monday) afternoon. The blaze occurred at a two-story home located at 1296 C Avenue. Griswold Fire brought two tanker trucks to assist in supplying water to battle the blaze. The first crews arrived on the scene around 2:50-p.m. There was no word on injures as of 3-p.m. We’ll update the story as additional details become available.