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San Diego company agrees to stop sending letters to Iowa students

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A San Diego company that claimed it was helping Iowa students find ways to pay for college has agreed to stop doing business in the state. Assistant Attorney General, Steve St. Clair, says Student Financial Resource Center would send out letters to high school students that were designed to look important. “The solicitations were easily mistaken for some sort of official communication from some sort of governmental or educational authority,” St. Clair says.

He says an Iowa school teacher complained after getting such a letter and paying a fee. “They charge 65 dollars for information that for the most part — a student just going on-line or checking with the high school guidance, or other resources at the school or the college they were interested in — could get for free,” St.Clair says.

He says the letter could easily have been mistaken as being connected to Free Application for Federal Student Aid, know as FAFSA that students fill out to get financial aid. St. Clair says the company would take a few facts from the return letter sent by people and send back some paperwork that had limited personalization for the student. He says the 65 dollars was presented as an official communication and the money was called “a processing fee,” instead of a payment for service.

The company has agreed to stop sending the letters to Iowans. “They also agreed to make refunds to any Iowans who stepped forward and said that they lost money in this manner. And they also agreed to pay 25-thousand dollars the state consumer education fund,” St. Clair says. He says you can get a refund if you answered the letter. St. Clair says you can contact their office, with the easiest way being online at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov.

You can also call the Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926, or toll free at 1-888-777-4590 (outside the Des Moines area).

(Radio Iowa)

Red Flag Warning is posted, farmers beware during harvest

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Flag Warning is posted statewide today (Monday), for all but a few counties in northwest Iowa. The National Weather Service says the risk of wildfires is high due to strong winds, low humidity and dry vegetation. Farmers need to be especially cautious as they harvest dry crops. Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl says a recent survey found strong winds are the most common cause of combine fires.

File photo (area field fire March 2014)

File photo (area field fire March 2014)

“Wind is the number-one factor, especially when you’re above 25 miles an hour, to having fires,” Kohl says. “If we are harvesting, be very careful about bearings and stuff sitting on it because if we get a fire going, it’ll really take off.” He says farmers might be wise to give their equipment frequent breaks to cool off and for clean up.

“Stop every two or three hours and take a leaf blower and blow all of the chaff off of things,” Kohl says. “Check bearings to make sure nothing is getting hot. Bearings and exhaust are the two things that are prevalent when we have fires from combines.”

Two years ago, there were two major combine fires in northwest Iowa, which prompted the survey. Last week’s windy conditions contributed to several large fires in North and South Dakota. Forecasters say there’s a chance for some showers in Iowa tomorrow (Tuesday) though some areas of the state haven’t had significant moisture in several weeks.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon man faces a trio of charges

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon man turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office Saturday evening. The Sheriff’s Department says 36-year old Nathan Ray Johnson was wanted on a warrant. He faces charges that include Domestic Abuse Assault/3rd offense, False Imprisonment and Child Endangerment. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident that took place in Hamlin, on Oct. 11th. Johnson was released from custody after appearing in front of a magistrate.

Omaha woman arrested on drug charges in Audubon County

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Dept. reports a woman from Nebraska was arrested on drug charges, early Saturday morning. 29-year old Heather Lee Docken, of Omaha, was taken into custody at around 1-a.m. on Highway 71, near 160th Street. She was transported to the Audubon County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Docken appeared later in front of a magistrate, and was released. Her preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 5th.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index: Extreme!

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency is asking local fire departments and businesses in the county who possess “Fire Danger” signs, to place those signs in the “Extreme” category. High wind, low humidity, and significant crop left in the field will make for extreme fire danger this week. Any fires that start will be difficult to control and could spread rapidly. No burning is allowed during this period.

Extreme Fire DangerThe next update will be Thursday Morning.

Glenwood P-D reports 4 arrests

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood arrested four individuals on separate charges, recently. Sunday, 50-year old Kelly Merksick, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Bond was set at $1,000. On Saturday, 34-year old Jeremy Carnes, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $3,300.

Last Friday, 24-year old Shialea Cozad, of Omaha, was arrested in Glenwood, for Violation of a No Contact Order. Her bond was set at $300. And, last Wednesday, 24-year old Dyson Tobin, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Shoplifting charge. His bond was also set at $300.

5 arrests in Mills County

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Department reports five, recent arrests. Officials say 19-year old Marcus Anthony Pierce, of Glenwood, was arrested Sunday evening for Violating a Protection Order. Pierce was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail. Also arrested Sunday, was 27-year old Tanya Rachel Diekman, of Erie, CO., who was taken into custody at around 6:30-p.m. following a traffic stop on Highway 275. Diekman was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $1,300.

Saturday, Mills County deputies arrested 54-year old Shelly Ann Elsen, of Randolph, for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $1,300.

And, last Friday,55-year old Lonnie Lee Baker, of Malvern, was arrested in Mills County, for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000. That same day, 41-year old Ladeena Marie Green, of Glenwood, was taken into custody at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. Her bond was also set at $1,000.

(9-a.m. News)

2 people injured in Mills County crash last week

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), said two people were hurt during a collision last Thursday evening, on Highway 34. Kendal Arnold, of Villisca, and Kristin Goodell, of Shenandoah, were transported to Mercy and Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, respectively, by rescue crews from Pacific Junction and Glenwood.

Officials say Arnold was traveling west on Highway 34 over Interstate 29 at around 7:10-p.m., as Goodell was exiting off I-29 onto Highway 34. When Goodell made an illegal left turn, her vehicle was struck on the driver’s side, by the Arnold vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.

AR man arrested on OWI & other charges following semi rollover in Adair County

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a truck driver from Arkansas was arrested Friday morning following a rollover accident off Interstate 80 eastbound, at the 93-mile marker. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Brady Clary interviewed 52-year old Benjamin H. Adams, of Dover, AR, after the semi he was driving left the interstate and landed on its passenger side in the south ditch at around 9:10-a.m.

The Trooper noted Adams had an odor of alcohol and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. Adams consented to, and failed, a Field Sobriety Test, and a Preliminary Breath Test resulted in a reading of over .08. Adams was placed under arrest for OWI/1st offense. He was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control, Open Container in a motor vehicle, and for presence of alcohol in a commercial vehicle. He was later released from the Adair County Jail on $1,000 bond.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports also, 47-year old Matthew Field Montgomery, of Earlham, was arrested at around 12:30-a.m., Friday, for Driving While Barred. The man was later released on $2,000 bond.

(9-a.m. News)

Bluffs man arrested for Neola Bank Robbery

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday) reports an arrest has been made in connection with last Wednesday afternoon’s robbery at the Farmers-Merchants Bank, in Neola. On Friday, 37-year old Jesse D. Specht, of Council Bluffs, was identified as person of interest in the crime. Specht was located at the Econo Lodge Downtown in Omaha and taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to Douglas County, Nebraska, Corrections. Specht faces a charge of  robbery in the second degree in Pottawattamie County District Court.

Agencies involved in the investigation and arrest included the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service, Omaha Police Department, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office.