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Saturday Local/Western IA News (podcast) – May 4th 2013

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest area News from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

Creston man arrested for OWI after car found in ditch

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says a Union County man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning after authorities investigated a report of a car in the ditch near the 54 mile marker off of Highway 34. Deputies determined the driver, 43-year old Timothy Coleman, of Creston, was intoxicated. He was taken into custody at around 1:15-a.m. on an OWI charge.  Coleman was being held in the Adams County Jail pending an initial court appearance or the posting of bond.

Suspect in NW Iowa Police Officer shooting caught in Texas

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man suspected of opening fire and wounding a Sioux City Police officer following a traffic stop on Monday, has been captured in Texas. According to Sioux City TV station KCAU,  21-year old Jamal Dean was taken into custody early this (Saturday) morning in Texas, by United States Marshals.  Dean was being held on an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder in connection with the April 29 shooting of Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick.

McCormick stopped a car that Dean was a passenger in when Dean allegedly stepped out of the car and fired on the officer. One of the bullets crashed through McCormick’s windshield and hit him in the head. The officer was treated at an area hospital and has since been released. Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says after realizing he was shot, Officer McCormick still called in a description of the suspect.

Dean fled the area after the shooting and was the subject of a search that spanned from Omaha to Denver and beyond. Officials say several agencies worked closely together to ensure the suspect was found. Dean is suspected of being involved in several other shootings. He also was wanted on a warrant out for his arrest for burglarizing a Sioux City home with his brother Levon, who was arrested Monday night while they were searching for Jamal. Court records indicate after Levon and Jamal broke into the home, Jamal hit the home’s owner on the head with the butt of a .22 rifle, splitting the victim’s head open. The same weapon is believed to have been used in Monday’s shooting of officer McCormick.

Logan woman killed in Harrison County crash

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Harrison County say a woman from Missouri Valley died Friday morning from injuries she suffered during in a single-vehicle crash near Logan. 39-year old Amy Hardy, died at Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, following the crash that resulted in her being ejected from her 2002 Ford Taurus when it left the road and hit a tree. The accident happened about two-miles west of Logan on 260th Street.

According to the sheriff’s department, Hardy was traveling west on 260th, when her car’s tires dropped off the edge of the roadway. The woman over-corrected and lost control of her car, which entered the north ditch before striking a large tree. The accident scene was discovered a little after 9-a.m. Friday, but authorities aren’t sure when it actually took place. An investigation into the crash continues.

New data on Iowa’s older residents

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates about 15 percent of Iowans are over the age of 65. Nearly 458-thousand of the people who were living in Iowa in 2011 were over the age of 65 according to this new Census report. That group collected more than half a billion dollars in Social Security benefits in 2011. A majority — 57 percent — were women. nearly 30 percent of all elderly Iowans were living alone. Four other states have a higher percentage of elderly residents. The Census Bureau also found three-quarters of Iowans over the age of 65 were born here.

Wahpeton, a town to just the west of West Lake Okoboji that has a population of about 350, has the highest percentage of elderly residents of any iowa city. Nearly 45 percent of Wahpeton’s population is over the age of 64.

Iowa’s Steve King turns down GOP bid for US Senate

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he will not run for the U.S. Senate, opening the race to lesser-known Republican aspirants in the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin. King, a six-term House member from western Iowa, says in a press statement issued Friday, “I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014.” King’s decision follows the same decision Thursday by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds last week and Congressman Tom Latham in February.

Republicans need six seats to gain control of the Senate. Harkin, elected in 1984, announced Jan. 26 that he would retire after five terms. Congressman Bruce Braley is the only Democrat to declare his candidacy. The Waterloo House member raised $1.1 million since declaring his candidacy in February.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., May 4th 2013

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he will not run for the U.S. Senate. That opens the race to lesser-known Republican aspirants in the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin. Republicans need six seats to gain control of the Senate. Harkin announced his retirement in January.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — The father of a boy accused of fatally shooting his mother says he thought his son was joking about the death. Noah Crooks faces charges of first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. William Crooks said his son had a loving but sometimes stormy relationship with his mother.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A funeral is scheduled this weekend for one of two cousins abducted in Evansdale and later found dead. The service for Elizabeth Collins is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. The cousins went missing in July after riding their bikes in Evansdale. Hunters found their bodies in a wooded area in December.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa has appeared in a U.S. courtroom on charges that he harbored immigrants in the country illegally. Hasam Amara pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with 25 counts related to harboring people in the U.S. illegally and two counts related to document fraud.

Stokes benefit run/walk will be held Saturday

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County Park will be the site for a 5K run/walk benefit this weekend. The Arrowhead Park in Neola will host the benefit for Jeff Stokes, who is dealing with cancer treatments. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. A band called “Peanut Butter and Jam” feature Jeff and his musician friends will be playing music along the 5K route.

Breakfast Burritos will be at the end of the route for a free will donation. The 5K run/walk benefit at Arrowhead Park starts at 9am on Saturday morning. For more information, contact Marian Greer at 712-579-5626. All proceeds from the benefit will go the Jeff Stokes Donation Account for assistance with his treatment of cancer including stem cell transplant.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

3 injured during Audubon Co. rollover accident Thu. morning

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three people, including a 3-year old old, were injured during a rollover accident Thursday morning, west of Audubon. According to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department, a 1995 Chevy Blazer driven by 22-year old Christopher Allan Campeau, of Audubon, was traveling west on 200th Street near Heron Avenue at around 10-a.m., when the SUV went out of control on the soft gravel road created by recent heavy rains and slushy snow.

The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled once before coming to rest on its wheels. Campeau, along with his passengers, 21-year old Tabitha Rena Bartlett, and 3-year old Nathan Campeau, were transported by Audubon Fire and Rescue to the Audubon County Hospital.

Officials say Christopher Campeau was faces Driving While Suspended and having No Insurance, charges. The SUV sustained $8,000 damage during the crash.

4-wheeler stolen from Fremont County

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen ATV. The four-wheeler was taken from the 1300 block of 240th Avenue in Fremont County, sometime during the overnight hours of April 28th. The machine is a black, Yamaha 660 Raptor.

Yamaha 660 raptor (similar to what was stolen from Fremont County)

Anyone with information about the theft or the location of the ATV, should call Fremont County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-9240. You may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500. You do not have to give your name when you call with any information you might have.