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Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Oct. 3rd 2016

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October 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs working to upgrade its levees before homeowners are forced to pay higher premiums for flood insurance. City officials say the levees are being upgraded because of the 2011 flood along the Missouri River that lasted for months, but the levees must be certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say 29-year-old woman fatally wounded in shooting Sunday morning in Keokuk. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the woman’s death. The woman was found in an alley shortly after midnight Sunday morning.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Christian college in northwest Iowa to begin offering vocational programs to fill gap in its offerings. Dordt College officials say they decided to add the program after noticing how many students graduating from Christian high schools were enrolling on vocational programs at other colleges.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa State running back Troy Davis arrested on suspicion of public intoxication roughly 14 hours after being honored at the Cyclones’ game against Baylor on Saturday. Iowa State University Police say Davis refused to take a sobriety test when officers contacted him early Sunday morning. Davis will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year.

2900 blk of 350th St. to be closed Monday in Audubon County

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October 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Jensen reports 350th Street will be closed for about 65 working days, effective Monday, Oct. 3rd, for a bridge replacement project. The bridge is located just west of the 2900 block of 350th Street, between Swift and Thrush Avenues, on the south side of Audubon Township Section 35…on the Audubon/Cass County line.

350th-stFor emergency responders: The residence at 2951 350th Street will only be accessible from the east. Plan alternate routes for emergency response to nearby residents. If you have any questions, call the Audubon County Engineer at 712-563-4286.

2 Bluffs men charged w/1st degree robbery

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October 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs men were arrested Sunday morning on 1st Degree Robbery charges following the alleged robbery of a 16-year old male. Authorities say at around 5:30-a.m., Officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department responded to Jennie Edmundson Hospital Emergency Room for a subject later identified as 18-year old Darrel Thompson, of Council Bluffs, who was receiving treatment for what appeared to be possible stab wounds.

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In his possession officers located a wallet that did not belong to Thompson. Officers contacted the owner of the wallet, a juvenile, who reported being the victim of a Robbery that occurred in Valley View Park. The juvenile had multiple lacerations and abrasions primarily to the area of the head and face and later he received treatment at Mercy Hospital. He told officers that while at the park with the suspects, the suspects “Jumped him” knocking him to the ground and assaulting him.

While on the ground being beaten by the suspects he grabbed a knife from his pocket and began swinging at the suspects attempting to protect himself. The juvenile also told officers that the suspects took the knife from him. The juvenile told officers the suspects were armed with a handgun and threatened to “Kill him” while holding the gun to his face. The second suspect, 18-year old Jesse Shipley, of Council Bluffs, was identified when he was brought to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment of injuries that he received during the incident. All parties involved were treated and released from the Hospital.

Dordt College offers new Christian vocational programs

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October 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Christian college in northwest Iowa is starting a new vocational program that will prepare students for work while giving them a foundation in their faith. Dordt College President Erik Hoekstra told the Sioux City Journal the new two-year Pro-Tech program will fill a gap in Christian education offerings in the area.

The new program will enroll as many as 40 students next fall and offer them a combination of Christian education and vocational training. Hoekstra says he believes there’s a need for such a program because of the number of students graduating from Christian high schools who might want a two-year vocational degree but didn’t have a Christian option.

Council Bluffs works to repair and upgrade its levee system

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October 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials are working to strengthen the levees protecting the western Iowa city before homeowners are forced to pay higher premiums for flood insurance. The Daily Nonpareil reports the city wants to complete the levee projects before the Federal Emergency Management Agency updates its flood maps sometime in the next several years.

Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh says the city is racing to get the levee system upgraded and certified before the flood maps are redrawn. Council Bluffs is working to improve its levees because of the massive 2011 flood where water levels along the Missouri River remained high for months.

All of the city’s levees must be certified by FEMA. If they aren’t, then homeowners will have to pay significantly higher flood insurance premiums.

Rural Villisca man injured in deer-related accident Saturday night; & arrested early Sunday morning

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October 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man who swerved to miss a deer Saturday night in Montgomery County, was transported to the hospital after he lost control of his pickup and hit a utility pole. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year old Monroe Casey Watson Peterson, of rural Villisca, was westbound on 220th Street at around 10:50-p.m., when he veered for the deer. Peterson’s 1993 Chevt K-1500 pickup entered the south ditch and hit a power pole. Peterson was transported by Stanton Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries to his head.

Early this (Sunday) morning, authorities in Montgomery County arrested Peterson at 106 W. Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak. Peterson was charged with OWI/1st offense, and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1.000 bond.

Minnesota man found guilty of sexually abusing Iowa boy

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October 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has found a Minnesota man guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County. The Sioux City Journal reports 23-year-old Joshua Kobold, of Ruthton, Minnesota, was found guilty Thursday of second-degree sexual abuse following a two-day trial in Woodbury County District Court. He is set to be sentenced Nov. 4.

Prosecutors say Kobold forced the boy, who was younger than 12, to perform sex acts at homes in Sergeant Bluff and Salix in 2013 and 2014. The victim’s mother reported the abuse, and Kobold denied the allegations and moved to Minnesota. He was arrested after another young witness came forward to corroborate the abuse.

Iowa man arrested in alcohol-related death of teen

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October 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Storm Lake, Iowa, man has been arrested and charged in the alcohol-related death of a Storm Lake teenager. The Sioux City Journal reports 24-year-old Marcelino Antonio Flores was arrested Thursday and charged with contributing alcohol to a minor resulting in death, a felony.

Storm Lake police and the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner’s Office have been investigating the death last month of 19-year-old Mark Anthony De Lira, of Storm Lake. De Lira was found dead at a home on Sept. 25. Police say De Lira’s death is related to excessive consumption of alcohol.

Flores remained in the Buena Vista County jail on Saturday.

Woman arrested after traffic stop in Red Oak

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October 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak early Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of a woman on a trio of charges. Denise Kay Wilson was taken into custody at around 3:30-a.m. for Driving While Revoked, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medications, and Failure to have SR-22 insurance. Wilson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 cash bond.

Montgomery County pursuit leads to the arrest of a Taylor Co. man

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October 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Saturday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in a pursuit and arrest of a man from Taylor County. The Sheriff’s Office says 54-year old Bruce Warren Fitzwater, of Gravity, was taken into custody on charges that include Felony Eluding, Possession of Methamphetamine, and citations for Speeding (110mph in a 55 zone), as well as Failure to Obey a Stop sign. Fitzwater was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

His arrest occurred after a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a 1992 Toyota Camry at around 2:30-a.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of Highway 71. The car was pursued for about eight-miles before Fitzwater lost control in the 3200 block of 155th Street, in Page County. After the Toyota entered a steep ditch, deputies lost sight of the car. Fitzwater bailed out and fled on foot, but was apprehended after the Montgomery County K9 unit tracked him and located Fitzwater hiding in the nearby brush.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the incident by the Page County Sheriff’s Office, Clarinda Police and Villisca Fire and Rescue.