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Red Oak teen arrested following traffic stop

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a 17-year old was arrested late Thursday night following a traffic stop on West Coolbaugh Street. Officials say Wyatt Kane Bailey, of Red Oak, was stopped at around 10:20-p.m. Thursday, and cited for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign. He was arrested for .02-alcohol violation. The teen was released to the custody of a parent after paying a $262 bond.

Sexual assault arrest reported in Shenandoah

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Shenandoah report the arrest of a 49-year old man on a charge of 3rd degree sexual assault.  George Poe was taken into custody Thursday, following an investigation into an incident which allegedly occurred on Feb. 1st, at a location in the 200 block of north Sycamore, in Shenandoah. Poe was being held in the Page County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Former A-V Tech at Glenwood H.S. charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A 19-year old former, part-time audio-visual support technician for the Glenwood Community High School, has been charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse, a Class-C Felony. Court records indicate Andrew Schoening, of Glenwood, was given the charge last week, and plead not guilty last Friday, Feb. 10th.  He also waived a speedy trial. The charge was filed on January 17th, after a 15-year-old girl told school officials and police that Schoening forced her to have sex in a closet at the high school.  The incident allegedly took place December 20, 2011.

When confronted with the allegations, Schoening admitted that he did have sex with the minor and that he knew she was underage.  Schoening was released from custody January 19th, on a $10,000 bond. He’s been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim of the abuse. A trial date has not yet been set.

Bonderman presented with IAMU Award

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Retiring Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU) General Manager Allen Bonderman has received the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ (IAMU) Life Membership Award. The award was presented during IAMU’s Winter Meeting, in Des Moines, and was in recognition of Bonderman’s “37-years of leadership in the public power arena,” including his 12-years of service in Atlantic, and his significant involvement with IAMU, a statewide association that benefits more than 550 municipal utilities in Iowa.

Bonderman began his career working with municipal utilities more than 40-years ago. He’s worked in Atlantic for the past 12-years. While with AMU, he developed the first municipal WiFi service in the state of Iowa, allowing DSL, cable modem and alternative wireless services to be made available by other service providers, to Atlantic’s businesses and residents. He also worked to establish a scholarship program at AMU for local students to attend the power line worker training program at Northwest Iowa Community College.

During his career, Bonderman also earned the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association, for his development of an energy management system for the City of Sanborn, Iowa. AMU congratulates Bonderman on his long and successful municipal utility career.

Middle America bankers survey index drops slightly

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states shows the rural economy slowing down, but reflects strong gains in hiring and farmland prices. The Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday dropped slightly from 59.8 last month to 59.6 in February. Anytime the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy will grow. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says he expects to see slower growth in farm income as a result of softer agriculture commodity prices and higher overhead costs. The economic confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, rose to 60.3 from January’s 56.1. The survey covers Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming.

IA News Headlines: Fri., Feb. 17, 2012

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have issued an arrest warrant for a woman suspected of abducting of her 3-year-old son, which led to an Amber Alert. Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Stout is wanted for violation of a custodial order. The alert was issued early Thursday after Nicolas Jimmerson was not returned to his custodial guardian. The alert was canceled several hours later after he was found. Stout is the boy’s biological mother, but doesn’t have legal custody of him. Police are searching for Stout, who’s also wanted for leaving a correctional facility in Des Moines.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the city’s aquatic center. Police says the man’s body was found yesterday afternoon and an autopsy is pending.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown police have arrested a man on arson charges in two recent fires. Police on Thursday charged 26-year-old Andrew Burke, of Marshalltown, with two counts of first-degree arson. He’s suspected in a Feb. 7 fire that destroyed a historic downtown building with a grocery store on the first floor and in a garage fire early Thursday.

MERRILL, Iowa (AP) —A man has been found dead outside a hog operation in Merrill in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County sheriff’s office says 47-year-old James Dixson of Marcus was found unresponsive Tuesday night and died at the scene. The sheriff’s office says no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will determine a cause of death.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) —Penn State withstood a 3-point shooting barrage in the second half by Iowa’s Matt Gatens to hold on for a 69-64 victory last night. Gatens hit 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half. He scored 11 straight for the Hawkeyes at one point to help narrow a 16-point deficit to two with 2:40 left in State College. Gatens finished the road game with 21 points.

Secretary of State Provides Information Regarding Iowa Senate Races

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today that the redistricting and reprecincting based on the 2010 Census changes will impact the 2012 Primary and General elections for the Iowa Senate.

Iowa has 50 senate districts, and each senator is elected to a 4-year term at a General election.  Senators that live and serve in an even-numbered district are on the ballot during presidential election years, and senators that serve in an odd-numbered district are on the ballot during the gubernatorial election years.

The 2012 Primary and General election ballot will include all the even-numbered senate districts.  Due to the redistricting that took place based on the 2010 Census, this year’s ballots will also include an odd-numbered senate district.  No incumbent senator currently resides in senate district 49, so this office must be placed on the 2012 Primary and General ballots for a 2-year term.

Every incumbent state senator filed a declaration of residency by a statutory deadline of February 1st. Maps effective for the 2012 elections are available on the Secretary of State’s web page http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/maps/index.html or by calling 515-281-0145.

Additional details on Amber Alert released

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say one of two women suspected of abducting a 3-year-old Des Moines boy has been found, and she provided information that led officers to the child. An Amber Alert was issued early Thursday for Nicolas Jimmerson when he was not returned to his custodial guardian. The alert was canceled several hours later after he was found. Police were looking for 22-year-old Melanie Stout, the boy’s biological mother, and her friend, 25-year-old Amber Johnson.
Police say Johnson contacted the boy’s guardian about a visit on Wednesday. When Johnson didn’t return the child, the guardian called authorities.  Johnson showed up at an emergency room at 5 a.m. Thursday. She provided information that led to the boy, who was in good condition.  Police are still looking for Stout, who escaped from prison.

Drug busts in Pottawattamie County net 4 arrests/209-lbs of pot

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two separate traffic stops this week in Pottawattamie County have resulted in four arrests and the confiscation of 209-pounds of marijuana. Pott. County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller stopped a 2011 Toyota for speeding just before 1-p.m. Sunday, on Interstate 80 eastbound north of Council Bluffs. The vehicle was occupied by the driver 35-year old Odilia Pena, of Mendota, CA, and her passenger, 24-year old Lorena Gonzalez, of Fresno, CA.

Reynolds said Deputy Miller believed there was “Criminal Activity afoot,” so he deployed his K-9 partner “Francisco.” The dog alerted to the presence of illegal substances, and a search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 180-pounds of marijuana in two locked suitcases. Both women were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and a Tax Stamp violation. Pena also received citations for other moving violations.

And, on Wednesday, Deputy Miller stopped a 2012 GMC Yukon for speeding at around 11:15-a.m. just a few miles north of where he stopped the Toyota on Sunday. The vehicle was driven by 25-year old Beau Hanson, of Clear Lake Oaks, CA. Hanson, and his passenger, 27-year old William Woods, of McKinleyville, CA, were charged with PCS with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and a Drug Tax Violation. Woods was also wanted on a warrant out of Indiana for being a Fugitive from Justice.

Inside the vehicle, Deputy Miller located in a glass jar and vacuum-sealed bags, 29-pounds of marijuana in two suitcases, along with drug paraphernalia. All four suspects were brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs. Pena, Gonzalez and Hanson were released from custody on $10,000 bond each. Woods remained in the Pott. County Jail today (Thursday) on $10,000 bond.

Greenfield repair & recycling business destroyed by fire

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another, close-up view of the fire

Greenfield Fire 107 W. Iowa St.

An early morning fire has destroyed a tire, repair and recycling business in Greenfield. Charlie Abell, owner of Charlie’s Tire Plus at 107 West Iowa Street, told KJAN News when he got the call just after 4-a.m., he thought it was a joke. He said a buddy on his way to work called to say “Your building is on fire.” Abell, who lives 20-miles away said he could see the flames on approach, about 5-miles east of town. Abell, who opened the business last August 2011 and but has been in the repair business for nearly 20-years, said the loss is a setback, but he’ll try bounce back. He says his entire life savings was invested in the business. He has insurance, but it won’t cover all of the damage.

A vacant, adjacent structure formerly occupied by the Cornerstone Fellowship church sustained roof damage from the flames and firefighting efforts.  Firefighters from Greenfield and three area departments were called-in to fight the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation.  Abell says no one was injured, but there was a close call. He says firefighters were going to cut the door open when an LP tank on a forklift exploded and blew the door out. Fortunately, none of the firefighters were nearby when the explosion occurred.