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Union County Sheriff’s Report, 9/4/15

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County report the arrest on Thursday of 23-year old Sarah Jo Edwards, of Lorimor. Edwards was taken into custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Simple Assault charge. She was issued a citation to appear later in court, and released.

And, 28-year old Anthony Michael Atkins, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday at his home, on an Interference with Official Acts, charge. Atkins was also issued a citation to appear later in court, and released.

Cass County Conference Board votes against reappointing Assessor

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Updates w/clarification on how an appointment is made)

By a vote of 2-to1, the Cass County Conference Board Thursday, decided against reappointing Cass County Assessor Brenda Nelson to another six-year term, which expires at the end of the year. Instead, the Board will open up the position to new applicants. The Conference Board is made of representatives from the Board of Supervisors, Mayors of the cities in Cass County, and the School District, who choose one person from each entity to vote on matters before the Board.

Cass County Assessor Brenda Nelson

Cass County Assessor Brenda Nelson

Board of Supervisors member Duane McFadden told KJAN News the decision not to re-appoint Nelson boiled down to several questions not being answered to the Conference Board’s satisfaction, with regard to the person hired for the GIS (Geographic Information Specialist) position. He said “There’s been a little issue with the GIS person being in a certain location which he was, next to them [the Assessor] and below the Auditor and close to the Engineer, and we thought we had that resolved yesterday [Thursday] morning in meeting with her, and her people. But the thing is, it seemed like there was a lot of questions that we didn’t get direct answers on.”

McFadden said Nelson was concerned about her budget, that the GIS expenditures come through her budget, but tax dollars he said, pay for the position, and each of the departments that utilize the service have agreed to pay for their portion of that service which was set up Nelson’s budget.

McFadden said Brenda Nelson didn’t speak following Thursday night’s decision, and she was not immediately available this (Friday) morning, for comment. McFadden said there’s no guarantee that whoever is appointed to the Assessor’s job in January, won’t butt heads with the various County Board Members and Offices, but the Conference Board felt they couldn’t continue for another six-years having issues.

He said someone else coming in may operate in the same way, but you’d hope that if there’s a problem, it’s addressed with a satisfactory solution. He said “There’s just some things we don’t seem to get resolved fully [with Nelson].”

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said the County Examiner’s Board (appointed by the Cass County Assessor Conference Board), shall, in accordance with Iowa Code, “Within seven days of the occurrence of the vacancy, request the director of revenue to forward a register containing the names of all individuals eligible for appointment as assessor. The examining board may, at its own expense, conduct a further examination, either written or oral, of any person whose name appears on the register, and shall make written report of the examination and submit the report together with the names of those individuals certified by the director of revenue to the conference board within 15 days after the receipt of the register from the director of revenue.”

“Upon receipt of the report of the examining board, the chairperson of the conference board shall by written notice call a meeting of the conference board to appoint an assessor. The meeting shall be held not later than seven days after the receipt of the report of the examining board by the conference board. At the meeting, the conference board shall appoint an assessor from the register of eligible candidates. However, if a special examination has not been conducted previously for the same vacancy, the conference board may request the director of revenue to hold a special examination (pursuant to section 441.7). The chairperson of the conference board shall give written notice to the director of revenue of the appointment and its effective date within ten days of the decision of the board.”

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/4/2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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House fire reported in Shenandoah

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An electrical problem is being blamed for a house fire Thursday afternoon, in Shenandoah. According to reports, a bad outlet in the bathroom of a home at 2057 A Avenue caused the blaze which caused extensive damage to the bathroom, and smoke damage to the rest of the residence. The incident happened at around 4:20-p.m.
The house was unoccupied, with the exception of a family pet that was rescued by firefighters. No injuries were reported.

Two Creston men arrested; 2 minor accidents in Creston

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Creston were arrested on separate charges, recently. Early this (Friday) morning, David Murphy was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Murphy was later released from the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond. And, at around 12:10-p.m. Thursday, Creston Police arrested 36-year old Dustin Seley, on a Union County warrant charging him with assault. Seley was later released on $300 bond.

And, the Creston P-D says no serious injuries were reported following two, separate accidents Thursday. At around 2:40-p.m., a school bus driven by 72-year old Dennis Kirkland, of Creston, was pulling over on New York Avenue in preparation to unload children, when the bus clipped the front end of a legally parked SUV. Damage to the bus was estimated at $100, while the SUV sustained $1,400 damage. No citations were issued.

The other accident happened at around 11:35-a.m. Thursday, at the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Howard Street, in Creston. Authorities say a van driven by 28-year old Timothy Pingree, of Creston, was traveling west on Howard Street, when it hit a pickup driven by 45-year old Dwight Chumbley, of Creston, as Chumbley was traveling north on Sumner.

Pingree told police a construction sign south of Howard Street that interfered with his seeing the oncoming truck. The collision caused a total of $6,000 damage. A passenger in the pickup, 54-year old Junior Dean Chumbley, Jr., of Corning, complained of pain and possible injury, and was transported to the hospital in Creston. Pingree was cited for Failure to obey a Stop Sign and Yield the Right of Way.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report,9/4/2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Arraignment and Trial dates set in father/son Bluffs murder case

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man charged with shooting his father to death will be arraigned on a charge of 1st degree murder later this month. 21-year old Sean Schendel allegedly shot his father, 55-year old Robert R. Schendel several times in his father’s home on Aug. 12th, then allegedly stole his van and withdrew money from his father’s bank account. The Daily NonPareil reports Sean Schendel will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28th.

Schendel has not yet turned in a written plea. If he does plead not guilty to murder and theft charges, his trial could start as early as 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 17th. Court documents indicate Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said he and Deputy County Attorney John Jacobmeier would lead the prosecution. Jennifer Solberg will be Schendel’s attorney.

Schendel, who was found in Sterling, Colorado along with his father’s missing van, was arrested on Aug. 15th. Schendel was brought back to Council Bluffs on Aug. 21st and remains in Pottawattamie County Jail on just over $1-million bond. In addition to the murder charge, Schendel faces two counts of second-degree theft.

Charges against man in Sioux City kidnapping case dismissed

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an 18-year-old man who was accused of kidnapping and assaulting two men over a dispute about drug dealings. Isaiah Mothershed had been charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of willful injury.

Mothershed had been accused of binding and blindfolding two men who met him to buy marijuana on July 7. Court documents had said he burned their faces with a hot object and struck one of them with a shotgun. Authorities said Mothershed had accused them of helping someone steal his marijuana.

The documents said Mothershed forced the men into the trunk of his car, but they escaped when he stopped and left the car to go into a house. Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings, who filed a motion to dismiss the charges Tuesday, said the investigation is ongoing to determine Mothershed’s involvement in the incident.

911 calls lead to arrest in Red Oak

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several, no response calls from a person who dialed 9-1-1 resulted in an investigation, and the arrest of a man Thursday afternoon in Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year old William W. Elliott, of Red Oak, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault shortly after 4-p.m., after authorities determined the location of the 9-1-1 calls and found the alleged victim with Elliott, northwest of Red Oak on 160th Street.

Elliott was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Sept. 4th 2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his Iowa organization has picked up steam in recent months. The Vermont senator and 2016 hopeful appeared Thursday at a campaign office opening in Ottumwa. People packed inside the building and spilled out onto the street, enthusiastically cheering his appearance.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first television ad backing Republican Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions. The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on an ad campaign backing Walker.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump ruled out a possible third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party’s next presidential nominee — whoever that may be. To the dismay of Republican leaders, Trump has emerged as the overwhelming front-runner in the party’s crowded field of candidates.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Court documents show an Iowa man charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman told police that she simply was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The Telegraph Herald reports that 19-year-old Helmon Betwell is charged with murder, sexual assault and two counts of burglary. He made an initial appearance Wednesday in court, where his bond was set at $1 million.