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(Correction!) 1 dead, 3 injured in Madison County crash Sat. Morning


February 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(This is a correction issued by the Iowa State Patrol to their earlier report indicating 2 fatalities!)

One person died, three others were injured during a rollover accident in Madison County, early Saturday morning (2/21). According to the Iowa State Patrol, 24-year old Austin D. Ayers, of Casey, was partially ejected and died in the crash that happened at around 4:20-a.m. on 310th Street near the intersection with Clark Tower Road, about 8-miles south of Winterset. 

22-year old Shy J. Terry, 23-year old Cody L. Zimmerline and 15-year old Drew Steckelberg, all of Adair, were injured in the crash. The State Patrol says Terry was ejected during the crash and flown by Life Net helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, where she is recovering from multiple injuries, which reportedly include a broken hand, collarbone and collapsed lung, along with numerous cuts and abrasions.

Zimmerline and Steckelberg were transported by Madison County Ambulance to the Madison County Hospital, in Winterset. They suffered minor injuries, were treated at the hospital and later released. Zimmerline and Terry were not wearing their seat belts, while Steckelberg was belted-in.

Officials say Ayers was westbound on 310th Street in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The SUV entered the northwest ditch and overturned before coming to rest on its wheels. The accident remains under investigation.

(2/23/15 updated to show 2 released from the hospital )

Rollover Accident on I-29 in Fremont County


February 21st, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a one-vehicle rollover accident on southbound 1-29 at Exit 24.  Time of the accident was not released.

After investigation it was determined that 27-year-old Trenton Murry of Omaha was driving a 2011 Chevy Malibu southbound on Interstate 29 approaching exit 24 when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the median. The vehicle then rolled and struck the cable barrier and cam to rest neat the center support for the exit 24 overpass.

Murry was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha by Lifenet with serious injuries.  Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Tabor Fire and Rescue, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office.

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Emerson Man Arrested on Meth Charge Friday


February 21st, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police department reports the arrest Friday evening of 52-year-old Kenneth Dale Jipsen of Emerson for possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The arrest occurred at approximately 9:30pm in the 1600 block of Summit Street in Red Oak.  Jipsen was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Suspect Sought in Council Bluffs Robbery Friday


February 21st, 2015 by Chris Parks

A male suspect is being sought by Council Bluffs Police in a robbery that took place at a convenience store on Friday in Council Bluffs. At approximately 7:21pm a man described as white, possibly Hispanic, in his late teens to early 20s with a thin mustache entered the D&S Express Convenience store at 2924 North Broadway in Council Bluffs and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun in his waistband at the counter.  The employee on duty then gave the man an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect demanded money from under the drawer also.  When the employee stated there was no more money the suspect fled the business Southbound on foot.  He was later seen in the area of Spencer Avenue.

Further descriptions of the suspect included that he was approximately 5’7″ and 150 pounds with a medium build.  He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a black cloth covering his face along with blaze orange cotton gloves.  If anyone has information about the suspect they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.  The incident is still under investigation.

Mo. man suffers gunshot wound in Clarinda


February 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Page County woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of a man from Missouri.

Jeana Marie Walker

Jeana Marie Walker

Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports 51-year old Jeana Marie Walker, of rural Clarinda, faces charges that include Willful Injury and Going Armed with Intent, following an investigation into the shooting of 48-year old Michael James Brown, of Burlington Junction, MO.

Brown was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center’s Emergency Room. Walker has since posted bond at the Page County Sheriff’s Office and was released. No other details about the incident are available.

Recent arrests in Cass County


February 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Friday), released a report on recent arrests. Officials say 25-year old Marshall Brandon Fischer, of Atlantic, was arrested today (Friday), on a charge of Driving While Barred. Fischer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance on that charge, but he remains held at the Cass County Jail to finish serving previously sentenced jail time.

On Wednesday, deputies in Cass County arrested William Daniel Mendez on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Mendez was later released to Pottawattamie County authorities. And, 53-year old Sharadee Ann Witt,of Atlantic, was arrested Wednesday on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Witt was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $25,000 bond.

On Tuesday, 33-year old Jacob Allen Cochran, of Red Oak, was arrested in Cass County on three district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Cochran was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $90,000 bond.

2 injured in Cass County accident


February 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident this (Friday) afternoon in Cass County resulted in possible, minor injuries to two people. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that at around 12:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Boston Road. A 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by 55-year old Mary McConnell, of Atlantic, was eastbound on Boston Road east of 658th Street when the vehicle’s right front tire hit snow, causing the van to lose control and slide into the south ditch.

McConnell and two passengers in the vehicle were transported via private vehicle to CCMH to be assessed. No citations were issued. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $10,000.

Pott. Co. S/O phone scam going around


February 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A message today from Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker: Danker says the Sheriff’s Office (S/O) has received multiple complaints from citizens today reporting that a person purporting to be with the S/O has called their residence and stating that someone from their family is in jail and in need of bond money, or that they have an outstanding citation or warrant for their arrest and if they do not pay the caller by purchasing green dot cards and providing the card numbers or by depositing funds into a pay pal account they will be arrested.Pott Co Sheriff

Danker says the Sheriff’s Office does not contact public with those types of requests for money or payment of any kind. When the public receives calls with threats of arrest or any other method of intimidation for the purpose of exploiting money from them the call is fraudulent and should be immediately terminated.

Anytime a person receives a call like this and they question the validity, they should follow up with their local law enforcement agency.

John Deere sees 1st quarter net income drop $294M

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February 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is reporting first quarter earnings today that reflect a significant drop from a year ago.Jdeere Quad Cities-based Deere and Company shows net income for the quarter at nearly 387-million dollars, compared to 681-million in the first quarter last year. That’s a slide of 294-million. Deere spokesman Ken Golden says the news is not a surprise. “We had projected the global farm economy was going to be sluggish this year, but we’re also coming off of some really high, record years, so you have to put that in perspective,” Golden says. “The report we put out today is all about the sluggish farm economy but also our diverse lineup, because construction and forestry and financial services had higher profits.”

Worldwide net sales and revenues for the first quarter fell 17 percent, to around six-point-four billion dollars, down from seven-point-six billion last year. The report also shows net sales of the equipment operations were down one-point-three million. “Yes, we’re down from a year ago but this is about where we thought we would be,” Golden says. “We had projected going into the year that it was going to be a soft year, especially in large agricultural machinery which is really sort of a sweet spot for John Deere.”

Last month, Deere announced indefinite layoffs at five locations that build ag equipment. That includes roughly 565 workers at three locations in Waterloo, 300 at the Des Moines Works in Ankeny and 45 at the Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois. About 500 employees at Deere’s Seeding and Cylinder facility in Moline, Illinois, also will go on an extended shutdown to adjust inventory. Golden was asked if more job cuts loom.  “We have taken the action that we needed to take based on what we knew,” Golden says. “We knew that industry sales were going to be softer, especially in agriculture. We have taken those job actions and we are hopeful that more are not going to be needed.”

Besides Iowa and the Midwest, farmers in many parts of the world have struggled with drought and other severe weather issues in recent years, while last year, prices for many key U-S commodities took a nose-dive. Golden says it was expected that the sale of ag equipment, like big tractors and combines, would take a hit. “If you compare large ag sales from just two years ago, we’re down 50%,” Golden says. “The good news is, we’re a much better company and net income is higher than it would have been in those types of decreases in the past.”

Looking ahead, Deere equipment sales are projected to drop 17-percent for fiscal 2015 and be down about 19-percent for the second quarter compared with year-ago periods. A Deere news release says, “…even with a continued pullback in the agricultural sector, John Deere expects to remain solidly profitable in 2015. Our forecast reflects a level of results much better than we’ve experienced in previous downturns. This illustrates our success establishing a wider range of revenue sources and a more durable business model.”

(Radio Iowa)