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Southern Iowa teen accused of attempted murder in car chase

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January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LEON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager accused of shooting at several law enforcement officers has been charged with attempted murder. The state Department of Public Safety says 16-year-old Chance Newton, of Kellerton, faces two counts of attempted murder after leading authorities on two pursuits in south-central Iowa. Additional charges are pending. Officials say the Newton evaded arrest early Tuesday morning after a short pursuit involving a Ringgold County deputy who spotted a car that had been reported stolen on Monday. The deputy lost track of the car during the initial pursuit, but when the vehicle was observed in Kellerton a little more than an hour later, State troopers and other local authorities joined a second chase that ended near Leon at around 9-a.m.

Officials say the teen shot several rounds from his weapon and struck two enforcement vehicles. Some officers were transported for medical treatment with non-life-threatening injuries. Newton fled on foot. He was later found in a rural farm house and arrested without incident.

Union County teen arrested for allegedly attempting to trade a hangun

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January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say a teen who attends East Union High School in Afton was arrested last week after allegedly trying to negotiate trades for a stolen handgun with two Des Moines area teens. Afton Police Chief John Coulter told the Des Moines Register, 15-year old Dyrell Thorton, of Lorimor, was charged with trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of stolen property and a probation violation, after monitoring software on a computer in the Johnston School District picked up the alleged activity.

Investigators determined Thorton had communicated on Facebook with a student at Johnston High School and a student at Lincoln High School about buying and selling stolen guns and swapping ammunition. According to Coulter, Thorton apparently met the student from Lincoln at the Central Iowa Detention Center in Eldora, but it’s unclear how he knew the Johnston student.

No charges were filed against the student from Lincoln, who lives in Des Moines but is on probation in Warren County, and Johnston school officials did not file a report on the incident. According to Coulter, the gun Thorton allegedly tried to deal had been stolen from a house in Creston, but it’s unclear if Thorton had possessed or sold other guns. Police have not been able to locate the gun but were able to determined from the students’ correspondence that Thorton possessed it. Coulter told the Register it’s believed several students in Creston have since possessed the gun. He said the teen was not cooperative, and has mislead officers in a search for the gun.

An investigation into his alleged activities remains ongoing.

Veterans get designation on Iowa driver’s licenses

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa law will allow veterans to have a designation on their driver’s license or identification card. The state Department of Transportation says the law was implemented Tuesday, several months ahead of schedule. The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last year, is a voluntary initiative designed to help veterans get discounts throughout the state without carrying official military documents. Iowa law only allows the designation when a driver’s license or identification card is first issued or renewed.

Neola man dies from injuries suffered during a fall

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Neola man has died from injuries he suffered during a fall Sunday. Sheriff Jeff Danker says deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 30,000 block of 2nd Street in Neola at around 3-a.m. Sunday, to assist Neola Fire and Rescue personnel with a man who had reportedly fallen from an exterior door. According to witnesses, 26-year old Mathew R. McDonald, of rural Neola, fell nearly 11-feet from the main level of the residence, to the ground. A deck which had been on the exterior side of the door had been removed and was not replaced by the time the incident occurred.

McDonald suffered severe head trauma as a result of the fall. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he later died. The incident remains under investigation.

Council Bluffs doctor regains medical license

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have reinstated the medical license of a Council Bluffs anesthesiologist and pain expert who’d lost it for a year. Dr. Michael Prescher had been accused in December 2011 of medical incompetence and of sexual misconduct with patients. The Iowa Board of Medicine dismissed the sexual misconduct allegation as unproved. But the board fined him $10,000 and suspended his license for violations of treatment standards.

Last month Prescher, who lives in Omaha, Neb., petitioned for his license to be returned. A news release from the board on Tuesday said Prescher showed that he’d paid the fine and had completed a required program on professional boundaries and a course on medical record keeping. Prescher’s license was reinstated on Friday, but he remains on five years of board probation.

Audubon Co. farmer wins $5,000 for 2 non-profit groups in seed company contest

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Corporation today (Tuesday) say Audubon farmer Todd Nelsen has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the U.S.D.A., winning farmers in those counties were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5,000 to further support the community. Audubon County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Todd Nelsen, the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations. Nelsen selected the Audubon Recreation Foundation and the Audubon County Agricultural Society.

A ceremonial check presentation will take place next Tuesday, Jan. 22nd in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Audubon County Courthouse.

Iowa gov. defends western IA inmate’s release before slaying

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry Branstad’s spokesman is defending the state’s release of a convict charged with killing his mother and kidnapping a woman 36 hours after leaving prison.  Spokesman Tim Albrecht said Monday that state officials did everything in their power to protect the public from 21-year-old Kirk Levin.

Albrecht says Department of Corrections officials identified Levin as needing “special attention in the community,” and notified the Sac County sheriff and Levin’s past victims about his release. He says officials had no basis to seek Levin’s commitment for mental health treatment once his prison term for burglary ended, despite discovering a notebook in which he fantasized about rape.

Levin is charged in the Jan. 3 death of his mother in Early in northwest Iowa. Police say he also kidnapped a 21-year-old woman.

Iowa Workforce Development assisting with closing of Cargill plant

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation (MP-EDC) say they have been working closely with Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Iowa Workforce Development and the community to deal with the closing of the company’s Panora plant, beginning in February, and culminating in March. Cargill announced late last October that it would be closing its hard-cooked egg facility, which was a fixture in Panora for 28-years. The company said it planned to consolidate and shift production to their plant in Big Lake, Minnesota. The 55 employees were given the option to apply for positions at the Minnesota plant.

MP-EDC says they are working with Workforce Development and the company on a job fair to be held at the location next Friday. If you have or are aware of possible job opportunities with businesses in Guthrie County or nearby, please call Midwest Partnership in Stuart, at (515) 523-1262.

MP-EDC says also that they have worked closely with the company and state development to start pursuing potential businesses for the facility.

Cass County pursuit leads to Atlantic man’s arrest

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a brief pursuit last week resulted in the arrest of an Atlantic man. Officials say 43-year old Paul William Jessen was taken into custody Jan. 7th, on a Department of Corrections Warrant for Parole Violation.

During the pursuit, Jessen entered a house in Lewis illegally, for which he was charged for Burglary 3rd Degree (D Felony). He was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Jessen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held without bond on the Parole Violation warrant.

Service truck theft reported in Adair County

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January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a service truck belonging to Agriland  F-S in Canby was stolen over the weekend. The vehicle, a white 2012 Ford F-350 with license plate 661 SEM, was stolen from the company’s shop. It was equipped with a flatbed box and had several pieces of equipment mounted on the back.

The doors were adorned with Agriland F-S  decals and unit number 629 was displayed on both front fenders. The pickup was stolen sometime between 10:30-a.m. Sunday and 7-a.m. Monday. Anyone with information about the theft or the location of the truck should call the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 641-743-2148.