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Rollover accident in Pott. County Sunday evening


December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Slippery roads may have been partially to blame for a rollover accident Sunday evening, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Ford Mustang driven by 26-year old Santosh Servisetti, of Lincoln, NE., was traveling west on Interstate 80 one-mile east of the Shelby exit, when the car went out of control at around 6:45-p.m. . The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top on a barbed wire fence. Servisetti, who was wearing a seat belt, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Shaky steering wheel sends car into Montgomery County ditch


December 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A problem with steering was to blame for an accident late Saturday morning in Montgomery County, that sent two women to the hospital. According to sheriff’s officials, a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Maxine Mary Wilkinson, of Emerson, was traveling west on Highway 34, when the steering wheel began to shake. The motion caused Wilkinson to lose control of the 1986 Pontiac, which went into the south ditch and came to rest.

Wilkinison, and a passenger in her car, 92-year-old Ruby Dorothy Warren, of of Emerson, were both transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital to be checked for possible injuries. Damage to the car was estimated at $2,000. The accident happened a little before 11-a.m. Saturday, just past the intersection of Highway 34 and Evergreen Avenue.

Elk Horn native/SD State Trooper leaves the hospital 8 weeks after being struck by a car


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A South Dakota State Trooper, and native of Elk Horn, Iowa, has left the hospital after spending more than eight-weeks recovering from traumatic brain injury that occurred when a suspected drunk or impaired driver he was pursuing, tried to run him over. Television Station KELO reports Trooper Andrew Steen went home Friday.

Trooper Andrew Steen leaves the hospital (Photo via Facebook/KELO)

The incident which caused his injuries occurred at a Sioux Falls, SD strip mall on Oct. 17th. In addition to the brain injury, Steen suffered a severely broken ankle.

He hobbled out of the hospital with the assistance of crutches and into a waiting vehicle, but stopped to thank everyone who had been praying for him, and sending well wishes over the past eight weeks. Dozens of South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers waited at the hospital to escort the Steen family home. The head of the Highway Patrol, Col. Craig Price,  says he looks forward to having Steen back on duty.

During the first few weeks of his hospitalization, Steen’s parents weren’t sure if their son would ever be able to walk, talk or even function on his own again. Family credits prayer, the doctors and an outpouring of support from the community for the trooper’s quick recovery. A Facebook page “Praying for Andrew Steen” set up to follow his progress, has garnered more than 13,600 “Like” since its inception.

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December 15th, 2012 by admin

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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Dec. 15th 2012


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines police officer has entered an Alford plea to more charges in connection with using excessive force during a 2008 traffic stop. Television station KCCI reports Mersed Dautovic entered the plea yesterday to assault, felony misconduct in office and perjury. An Alford plea means Dautovic doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an administrative law judge must testify about whether pressure from a warden influenced her decision to punish an inmate who committed assault. The court ruled yesterday that Iowa Department of Corrections administrative law judge Deb Edwards must comply with a watchdog’s subpoena to answer questions about her discipline of inmate Randy Linderman.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man already serving an 11 year sentence on federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling his pain pills for candy. Donald Washburn of Marion was given the sentence earlier this week in Cedar Rapids.

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Students in a southeast Iowa school are remembering Anne Frank and other children who died in the Holocaust by seeking 1.5 million postcards from around the world. The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that eighth graders at Danville Junior/Senior High School will send postcards to Jewish people throughout the world and seek replies. Returned postcards will be displayed at the Danville Museum.

Police: Iowa mom encouraged schoolyard fight


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Council Bluffs woman has been accused of encouraging her 13-year-old son to fight a schoolmate.  The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports 31-year-old Alisha Hazen was arrested Thursday. She faces charges on felony child endangerment, serious assault and contributing to delinquency of a minor.

Police say they received complaints about a YouTube video that allegedly shows Hazen encouraging her son to punch a 12-year-old boy at Kreft Elementary School in November. Police say Hazen later punched the other boy in the face after her son was struck in the face and head.
The newspaper reports the video has received several hundred views.

Hazen was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.

Arrests and theft reported in Clarinda


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chief of Police in Clarinda reports two people were arrested this past week, and a stolen vehicle was recovered. Chief Keith Brothers says his officers arrested 23-year old Dakota Jim Smith, of Clarinda, at around 8:30-p.m. Wednesday. Smith was taken into custody on an outstanding Page County District Court warrant for Revocation of Probation. Smith was being held in the Page County Jail on $10,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

At around 9:30-.am. Thursday, police officers responded to the Hy-Vee Food Store, in Clarinda, with regard to an alleged shoplifter store personnel were detaining. Taken into custody on a Simple Misdemeanor theft charge, was 53-year old Dale Ray Viether, of Clarinda, who allegedly stole from the store a magazine valued at $6.49.Viether was processed and released on his own recognizance pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

And Monday morning, Dec. 10th, a Clarinda resident reported that her 2000 Buick Lesabre had been stolen earlier that morning from the woman’s residence on South 12th Street. The vehicle was found abandoned that same day in the morning in the 500 block of North 8th Street. The incident remains under investigation.

Joint Law Enforcement effort leads to 2 arrests in Shenandoah


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a central Iowa man was arrested Friday night at a residence in Shenandoah. Officials say 32-year old Carl Alfonso Sellers, of Des Moines, was taken into custody at 1101 West Thomas Street on an outstanding warrant for Parole Violation. And, 21-year old Cassandra Rodriguez was arrested for Interference with Official Acts.

The pair were brought to the Page County Jail and booked in. The arrests were conducted during a joint effort between the Page County Sheriff’s Office, Shenandoah Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of information provided by the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force.

Stuart Man Arrested on Multiple Charges


December 14th, 2012 by admin

A Stuart man was stopped on a traffic violation on Thursday by Guthrie County Police. Kirk Blackford of Stuart,  was stopped on Redwood Avenue, a half mile north of Highway 44 near Panora. During that time, Guthrie County Deputies discovered approximately 138 grams of Marijuana. Kirk was arrested for OWI/1st Offense, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Drug Tax Stamp and Drug Paraphanalia.

Officers Respond to Report of Deceased Person


December 14th, 2012 by admin

Officers responded to a report of a deceased person on Friday at 608 Frankfort Street in Stanton.  Upon arrival, the Montgomery County Police determined that James M. Guffey, 72, was dead as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Sheriffs Office was assisted by the County Coroner and Stanton Rescue.