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Harlan Police Report

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department has released a lengthy report on arrests and accidents which took place over the past two-and a half weeks. In recent activity, officials say 21-year old Jesse Seyler, of Harlan, was arrested April 29th, on an enhanced Possession of a Controlled Substance charge, along with consuming alcohol in a public place, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On April 28th, Harlan Police officers arrested 33-year old Jose Rivera, of Harlan, for domestic abuse assault, following an investigation into an alleged altercation in the parking lot of Myrtue Medical Center. The day before, 29-year old Gabriel Brown, of Harlan, was arrested on charges of Ongoing Criminal Conduct and on two-counts of Forgery, following an investigation into several checks that were stolen, forged and cashed. Brown allegedly asked two persons to assist him in cashing the checks. Additional charges are currently pending.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index reduced to “Low”

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Due to recent rain and snow events, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the grassland and field fire danger rating to “Low.” The risk factor had been in the “Moderate” category over the past week. Officials say the latest rating will be in effect until at least Monday, May 6th.

Details released on Thursday’s accident in Atlantic

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department has released more information about an accident that occurred Thursday morning, at 9th and Cherry Streets. Officials say vehicles driven by Helen Gearhart and Mathew Watts, both of Atlantic, collided at around 8:50-a.m., when Gearhart’s vehicle, which was traveling east on 9th,  stopped at the intersection, but then proceeded into the intersection, where her car was hit by Watts’ SUV, as Watts was traveling south on Cherry.

Gearhart was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Damage from the crash amounted to $10,000. No citations were issued. In other news, the A-PD reports 27-year old Summer Cole, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday on a Cass County warrant for a Probation Violation. Cole was booked into the Cass County Jail.

8AM Newscast 05-03-2013

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May 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 05-03-2013

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May 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Crescent man found guilty on kidnapping charges

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After a week long trial and two-days of deliberations, a jury in Pottawattamie County handed down a verdict of “Guilty” against a Crescent man facing first- and second-degree kidnapping charges. The Omaha World-Herald reports the decision against 39-year old Bryan Bey was reached Thursday. Bey was accused of kidnapping and assaulting 30-year old Tabitha Proplesch, of Council Bluffs, on March 30th, 2012.The woman was found handcuffed and beaten the next day, in a pickup truck that had run out of gas, west of Crescent.

Bey represented himself at his trial, during which he said authorities lied, destroyed and planted evidence. The trial also featured several heated exchanges between Bey and some witnesses. Bey, and 33-year old Travis Labno, of Omaha, were arrested in connection with the incident. The charges against Labno were later dropped.

Page County theft investigation

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating a burglary and theft which occurred sometime between April 25th and May 1st, in rural Clarinda.  David Stanley reported to the Page County Sheriff’s Department, that someone entered his home and took a Sharp 37-inch TV, and a cup containing an unknown amount of change. The loss was estimated at $370.

Officers fail in Omaha search for Iowa fugitive

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The hunt for a man suspected of shooting a police officer in northwest Iowa has spread to Omaha. Officers surrounded a block about a mile west of downtown Omaha on Thursday night, but Jamal Dean wasn’t found during the 90-minute search.  He’s suspected of shooting Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick. Authorities believe Dean has ties to the Omaha area.

Police say McCormick pulled over a car on Monday afternoon in Sioux City. McCormick was still in his cruiser when a man stepped out of the car and opened fire with a rifle. McCormick was hit in the head by a bullet fragment. He’s been released from a hospital.

A $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the capture of Dean.

Report shows drought lessening in most of Iowa

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More drenching rain and heavy snow are pulling most of Iowa out of drought conditions. In a report released Thursday, the state Department of Natural Resources says storms in mid-April largely ended the drought in the eastern half of Iowa. Rain also lessened drought conditions in western Iowa.

Although heavy rain and snow moving through the state Thursday and Friday don’t show up on this report, the DNR noted that conditions would clearly improve due to the precipitation. The report also shows shallow groundwater levels improved in the last two weeks in northwest, southwest and north central Iowa. Stream flows in most rivers were normal, though some in eastern Iowa were above normal.

Pott. Co. man arrested in NE for alleged terroristic threats

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Daily NonPareil says a Pottawattamie County man was arrested Thursday in Nebraska, for allegedly making terroristic threats against several agencies. Pott. County Sheriff Jeff Danker told the paper 56-year old Paul Grindstaff, of Crescent, was arrested in Omaha after allegedly sending threatening emails Wednesday. Danker said he believed the emails were a response to a custody dispute Grindstaff was involved in concerning his granddaughter.

The emails were not targeted against anyone specifically, but they allegedly contained statements that alluded to the Sandy Hook school shooting and the shooting rampage of ex-Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner. Danker said the mention of those two events certainly caught law enforcement’s attention.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said he could not comment on the specifics of the investigation, but he confirmed Grindstaff was apprehended by the Metro Area Task Force Thursday morning and arrested on warrants for suspicion of terroristic threats and first-degree harassment. Wilber told the paper that because Grindstaff was arrested in Omaha, the arrest affidavit will not be released publicly until Grindstaff is returned to Pottawattamie County.