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Trial delayed for man accused of killing mother, grandmother

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A competency hearing and murder trial for a 30-year-old man charged with killing his mother and grandmother in Council Bluffs have been delayed. The Daily Nonpareil reports a hearing to determine whether Michael Dieckmann is mentally fit to stand trial was set for Monday but a prosecutor and defense attorney asked for more time. They say doctors are still evaluating Dieckmann.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the March deaths of his mother, 63-year-old Jacqueline Dieckmann, and his grandmother, 91-year-old Illa Pfeiffer. The competency hearing is now set for June 27. Dieckmann’s murder trial was originally scheduled to begin June 1, but will now be held Aug. 23.

Dieckmann remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $1 million bail.

Charges pending in connection with collision in Page County

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says charges are pending following an injury accident that took place Monday evening, about 1.5-miles east of Shenandoah. Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports, the accident occurred at around 5:40-p.m. on Highway 2m near the intersection with C Avenue.

An accident investigation determined a 2016 Jeep Cherokee driven by 28-year old Dustin Richard Comstock, of Shenandoah, was stopped in the westbound lane of Highway 2 waiting for eastbound traffic, to clear so he could turn south onto C Avenue.  20-year old Drew Alexandria Ann Esque, of New Market, was traveling westbound on Highway 2 east of the intersection in a 2001 Ford Taurus.

For unknown reasons, Esque didn’t see Comstock’s stopped SUV. Her car hit the rear end of the Jeep, causing the SUV to move west in the westbound lane before it came to rest.  Esque’s car continued west in the eastbound lane before finally coming to rest in a ditch southwest of the intersection.

Both Comstock and Esque were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Citations are pending against Esquel. The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Shenandoah Ambulance Service and Shenandoah Fire Department.

Des Moines Water Works lawsuit trial delayed from August

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works against several upstream agriculture drainage districts will not go to trial in August. A three-week federal court trial was initially set to begin Aug. 8 but on Monday Judge Leonard Strand issued an order continuing it due to scheduling conflicts. A new date will be set when he meets with attorneys on May 11.

The water utility for about 500,000 central Iowa customers blames farmland runoff for high levels of nitrate that has caused it to spend millions of dollars to remove the contaminant to comply with federal water quality regulations.

Water Works officials want farm drainage districts to have to get pollution discharge permits under the federal Clean Water Act to help control farm contaminants leaching into rivers and streams.

Trumpeter swans to be released at Lake Icaria May 12th

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources say they will release two trumpeter swans at Lake Icaria Recreation Area, near Corning, rain or shine at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12th. The release site is located 5 miles north of Corning on Hwy. 148, and then three miles east on 160th Street (gravel) to the east boat ramp on the north side of Lake Icaria.

Trumpeter SwanThe release includes a 20-minute swan/wetland presentation, a unique opportunity to touch and view the swans up close and a historic photo opportunity with the kids. As the largest North American waterfowl, these magnificent all-white birds can weigh up to 32 pounds with an 8-foot wingspan.

Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s.  By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states.  The trumpeter swans being released are part of the Iowa DNR’s statewide trumpeter swan restoration effort, with hopes that they will help restore a wild free flying population to Iowa.

A-PD releases more info. on van vs. bike accident

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(in an update to our earlier reports) — The Atlantic Police Department has released additional information about a vehicle-versus-bicycle accident that took place at around 3:25-p.m., Monday. Officials say a Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Patrick Odell, of Griswold, was traveling east on 10th Street and approaching the intersection with Plum. A 15-year old female on a bicycle, Jordan Thomas, of Atlantic, was traveling north on the sidewalk parallel to Plum Street, and tried to stop, but her brakes locked up and she proceeded into 10th Street, where her bike was hit by the van.

Thomas was transported to CCMH by Medivac Ambulance, for treatment of minor injuries. Damage to Odell’s van was estimated at $800. No citations were issued.

Clarinda P-D to hold Memorial Svc. during Peace Officers’ Memorial Week

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The President of the United States and the United States Congress has declared the week of May 15-21, 2016 as National Police Officers’ Memorial Week. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says on Friday, May 13th, at 2:00 p.m. the Clarinda Police Department will conduct a memorial service at the Clarinda Cemetery Armed Services Flag Stand/ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15th.

Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15th.

Clarinda Police Department Chaplain Dr. Richard F. Iske will provide the invocation. American Legion Sergy Post 98 will provide a three volley salute and taps at the service. Chief Brothers and his staff invites the public to attend the memorial service and pay tribute to those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. In the event of inclement weather the memorial service will be cancelled.

One hundred and twenty-eight federal, state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States and its territories in 2015 according to the United States Department of Justice.

Harlan Police report (4/26) – Oakland man arrested on drug charges

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested on drug charges last week, in Harlan. In the Harlan Police Department’s weekly report issued today (Tuesday), authorities said 38-year old Clinton Gardner, of Oakland, was arrested April 20th, when officers were called to a disturbance in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Gardner was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On April 22nd, 41-year old Jeremano Mock, of Des Moines, was arrested in Harlan, when officers responded to a possible intoxicated subject in the area of HyVee.  Mock was located and taken into custody on charges that include public consumption and intoxication in public.  At the time of his arrest Mock had several items on him, each containing different names on them.  Officers then received several phone calls reporting break-ins to vehicles and several items of value missing. As a result of the ensuing investigation, Mock was also charged with possession of stolen property and six counts of burglary in the 3rd degree.

On Sunday, Harlan Police arrested 32-year old Oscar Garcia-Vega, of Denison, for driving while suspended and violating a one-way traffic designation. Monday, officers with the H-PD arrested 48-year old Brian Sorensen, of Harlan. He was cited for driving while suspended, given a court date and released from custody.

And, on April 18th, 42-year old Joe Betances, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop.  Betances was cited for driving while suspended and failure to prove security against liability, given a court date and released from custody.

Motorists urged to be on the lookout for farmer, motorcycles and bikes

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Warmer temperatures are leading to more things for motorists to watch out for as they travel the state’s roadways. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says many farmers are on the road taking their planting equipment from field to field. He says motorists need to be aware of the big difference in speed from their car to the slower moving tractors pulling farm equipment.

ISP patch“The closing distance and the closing speed is very hard to judge. That gap closes very quickly,” Kurtz explains. “And if you add to that any type of distraction — whether that’s a cellphone call, or you are reaching down to pick up something that is dropped on the floor — that distance can close very quickly.” Kurtz says there are accidents every year between cars and farm equipment simply caused by distracted drivers who are not prepared to see slower moving farm equipment.

“Or on the other side of that, that implement may not be marked properly. That’s a great reminder for our farmers as well that every piece of equipment needs that is out on the roadway to be marked properly, ” Kurtz says. He says the farm equipment needs a slow-moving vehicle triangle on it, they need lights if they are out at night, and red light at the back that is visible to the traffic coming up behind. Warmer temperatures also lead to motorcycles and bicycles out on the roads. He says it’s important for drivers to be looking for motorcycles.

Kurtz says motorcycles are a low profile vehicle that can easily be missed, and drivers should watch especially close to avoid any accidents. Although Iowa does not have a helmet law, Kurtz reminds motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet and to wear bright colored clothing to make themselves as visible as possible. He officers the same advice for bicyclists.

“You need to be visible, you need to make sure you are following the rules of the road when you are riding your bicycle. Make sure that you have that red light and a headlight after dark,” Kurtz says. Kurtz says the same rules apply for drivers in not being distracted to avoid any accidents with motorcycles or bicycles.

(Radio Iowa)

Fatal accident in Carroll County Monday afternoon

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman died during a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, in Carroll County. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Carol Jane Roetker, of Carroll, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene of the head-on crash that took place just before 2-p.m., on the northwest side of Carroll.

Roetker was a passenger in a 2009 Honda Civic driven by 39-year old Debra Kay Clausen, of Carroll. The Civic was northbound on Highway 71 just south of 180th Street, when it was struck in the northbound lane by a southbound 2010 Chevy Malibu, driven by 23-year old Kera Ann Shriver, of Jefferson. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Authorities say Shriver and Clausen were transported by Carroll EMS to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges Sunday; Atlantic man arrested for use of a minor in drug trade

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two, drug-related arrests. On Monday, 21-year old Aaron Robert Gerald Cole, of Atlantic, turned himself-in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Sheriff’s Office felony warrant for Use of a Minor in Drug Trade, and a felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge. Cole was booked into the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On Sunday, deputies in Cass County arrested 28-year old Casey Charles Sampson, Jr., of Atlantic, on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense, Driving while Revoked, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sampson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,300 bond.

30-year old Joseph Duane Tye, of Griswold, was arrested Monday in Cass County, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Tye was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On April 23rd, 48-year old Kenneth Lee Klindt, of Griswold, was arrested by Cass County deputies on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, a serious misdemeanor. Klindt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And, on April 21st, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year old Christopher Leon Bomer, of Atlantic, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Bomer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.