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Assault arrest and theft reported in Creston


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Creston man was arrested Monday evening for Disorderly Conduct and Assault with Bodily Fluids. 29-year old Casey White was taken into custody at around 6:30-p.m. and brought to the Ringgold County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond.

And Creston Police are investigating the theft of about 150-to 200 2-by-4 pieces of lumber from the Fareway parking lot, in Creston. The incident happened sometime between Sunday and 6-a.m. Monday. The loss was estimated at $400.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/1/2015

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September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Semi’s collided on I-80 in Pott. County, 3 hurt


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people were injured after a semi was rear-ended by another semi Monday night on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2005 Freightliner driven by 29-year old Mohamed Said Mohamed, of Fort Morgan, CO., was traveling east on I-80 west of the Avoca exit at around 10-p.m., when he slowed considerably due to the driver’s side door having come open.

When the rig slowed, it was hit from behind by 2013 Volvo Semi, driven by 26-year old Daniel Matthew Marks, of Omaha. The Volvo sustained heavy front end damage and came to rest in the median. The Freightliner came to rest on the right shoulder of the Interstate, a short distance away.

The drivers of both semis, who were wearing their seat belts, were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan by Walnut and Avoca Rescue crews. A passenger in the semi driven by Mohamed, 48-year old Javier Angel Pacheco, of El Paso, TX, was transported to the hospital by law enforcement. Pacheco was not wearing his seat belt.

Minor injuries reported following accident in Red Oak


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a teenager who was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a collision, suffered minor injuries Monday evening, in Red Oak. The accident happened at around 5:40-p.m. at the intersection of N. 2nd and E. Maple Streets.

Officials say a car driven by 16-year old Lyndon Bright, of Red Oak, was traveling west on E. Maple, when it was struck on the passenger side by a car traveling south on N. 2nd Street. The other vehicle was driven by 79-year old Carol Watt, of Red Oak.

A passenger in Bright’s vehicle, 14-year old Hanna Smith, of Red Oak, was transported to the hospital later in the evening by her mother, after complaining about back pain that doctors diagnosed as back spasms.

No citations were issued. Damage from the crash amounted to $3,600.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle stolen from Oakland Mon. afternoon


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Pottawattamie County took a report about a stolen motorcycle Monday afternoon. Chief Deputy John Reynolds says the 2014 Harley Davidson FLS Softtail Slim with custom orange paint and pinstriping was taken from 41000 block of Frank Kearney Road in Oakland, sometime between 1 and 4:40-p.m.  The cycle, which also has a custom exhaust and foot pads, is valued at $20,000.

Anyone with information about the location of the cycle, is asked to contact the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office or your local authorities.

Pictures of the stolen motorcycle

Pictures of the stolen motorcycle

1st half Property Taxes due in Cass County


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Treasurer Tracey J. Marshall reminds property owners in Cass County, that it’s time for your first-half tax payments on real estate and mobile homes. You can go online to pay your taxes at www.iowatreasurers.org, mail your payment, or stop by the Treasurer’s Office at the courthouse in Atlantic.

The deadline for payments without penalty is Wednesday September 30, 2015. Payments with a postmark will be accepted without penalty.

Ernst staffers to hold traveling office visits this week


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Office of Iowa Republican. Senator Joni Ernst’s says representatives from the Senator’s office will be available to meet with the public this week during several stops in area counties. Her staffers will serve as a resource in dealing with the federal government. Senator Ernst herself will not be available during the traveling office visits. Her office staff can help you with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits or military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs.

Today (Tuesday, September 1st), Ernst’s Office Stops include:

Union County, 9:00 am – 10:00 am; LEC Conference Room – Union County Courthouse in Creston.

Audubon County, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm; Audubon Public Library in Audubon.

Ringgold County, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at the  City Hall Council Chambers in Mt. Ayr.

Shelby County, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm; at the Harlan Public Library in Harlan.

Harrison County, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Missouri Valley Public Library in Mo. Valley.

Wednesday, September 2nd:

Adams County, 9:30 am – 10:30 am at the Corning Public Library, in Corning.

Montgomery County, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm at the ISU Extension Office in Red Oak.

Cass County, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Atlantic Public Library in Atlantic.

Pottawattamie County, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm at the Avoca Public Library in Avoca.

Thursday, September 3rd:

Taylor County, 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the Bedford Public Library in Bedford.

Page County, 10:45 am – 11:45 am in the Large Meeting Room at the Clarinda Public Library, in Clarinda.

Fremont County, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Hamburg City Hall in Hamburg.

Mills County, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm at the Glenwood Senior Center in Glenwood.

Des Moines man/Shooting Suspect Arrested in Chicago


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Riverdale, IL – A three-month manhunt for a shooting suspect from Des Moines has ended with the fugitive’s arrest in Riverdale, IL. A team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals arrested 29-year old James Matthew Butler, Jr., around 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Butler was wanted by the Des Moines Police Department on three counts of attempted murder in connection with the May 27th shooting of a 33-year old woman and a 36-year old man.

Butler is also accused of shooting at a third individual who was not injured. At the time of the alleged shooting, Butler was on federal pre-trial release. He was awaiting trial in the Southern District of Iowa on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Butler on May 28th.

James Butler, Jr.

James Butler, Jr.

On Thursday, acting on information from Polk County Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force in Des Moines, U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of Illinois – assisted by their task force – observed a man matching Butler’s description in a vehicle with several other individuals in Riverdale.

As the vehicle neared the area of 140th and School St., Deputies conducted a felony traffic stop of the vehicle. The man believed to be Butler attempted to give Deputies a false identity. Deputies were able to confirm Butler’s identity and arrested him without incident. Butler is being held at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago where he is awaiting extradition back to the Southern District of Iowa.

Iowa men accused of threatening Pokemon event due in court


September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats against competitors at a Pokemon event are due in a Boston courtroom this (Tuesday) morning, for a dangerousness hearing. Eighteen-year-old Kevin Norton, of Ames, and 27-year-old James Stumbo, of Boone, are scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court.

The men were arrested Aug. 22 after they allegedly made threatening statements in an online Pokemon forum and on other social media before driving to Boston for the World Pokemon Championships. Police said they found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their car. They were stopped as they tried to register for the championships at the Hynes Convention Center.

Players from more than 30 countries competed at the three-day, invitation-only event for a share of more than $500,000 in scholarship awards.

Cumberland woman pleads guilty to amended Theft charge


August 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County woman pled guilty Monday in Cass County District Court, to an amended charge of Theft in the 3rd Degree, in connection with incidents of theft that began in Sept. of 2014, from the Atlantic Hy-Vee store. 23-year old Tiffany Lillard, of Cumberland, was originally charged in Mid-July, with the more serious felony crime of 2nd Degree Theft, for taking in excess of $9,800 by diverting Hy-Vee store funds to gift cards for her own use.

Tiffany Lillard (Booking photo)

Tiffany Lillard (Booking photo)

Lillard waived her rights Monday (8/31) and agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge, which is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment not to exceed two years, as well as a fine ranging between $625 and $6,250. Her sentencing date has not yet been set.