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Red Oak teen arrested on drug charges Friday

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a teenager from Red Oak was arrested early Friday morning, on drug charges. According to Red Oak Police, 17-year old Nikolus Brenton Schooling was taken into custody at around 4-a.m, on charges that include unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schooling was released to the custody of his father, and referred to juvenile court.

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Corning man arrested for false report

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says a Corning man was arrested Thursday night. 28-year old Trevor Benge was arrested at around 6:45-p.m.,  on a warrant for Filing a False Report to Law Enforcement.  The man was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Jan. 4th 2013

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(EARLY, Iowa) — The body of a western Iowa woman has been found in a Sac County residence, while authorities were investigating an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of another woman. A 21-year old man was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault. The identity of the victim and other details surrounding her death have not been released. An autopsy was scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 40 people spoke at a public hearing to oppose a rule that would establish a process for removing voters from registration rolls if they cannot prove they’re citizens. The hearing was carried statewide on the Iowa Communications Network to allow broad participation, and comments came from several locations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say smoke alarm systems saved a record number of people in Iowa last year. More than 200 people were alerted by their alarms and made it to safety. That’s an increase over 2011 when about 185 people were saved.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of a proposed criminal justice center in Iowa City are scaling back on the project costs hoping to attract the backing of voters. Johnson County supervisors have tentatively agreed to seek a $43.5 million bond issue. Voters in November rejected a $46.8 million bond request for the project.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has appointed former Iowa Senate GOP leader Stewart Iverson as chairman of the state Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board. Iverson is filling the term left by Richard Stradley, who resigned in November. It will run through April 2017.

Breaking News: Western IA woman’s remains found in Sac County

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety reported late Thursday night, that authorities in western Iowa were investigating the suspicious death of a western Iowa woman whose remains were discovered while officers were investigating the alleged kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of another victim. The body was located at 2242 Ira Avenue, and officials say the death was being treated as suspicious in nature. An autopsy will be conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. The name  of the victim was being withheld pending notification family.

In early May of 2011, a Carroll resident, 50-year old Dawn Allen was reported missing. Her vehicle was found in the parking lot of a club on the east side of Carroll. The last person known to have had any communication with her, 54-year old James Snovelle, committed suicide May 9th in Kansas, as authorities closed in on him. Allen’s remains were never found. It’s not clear if there is any connection with her disappearance though, and the remains found Thursday in neighboring Sac County.

The investigation into death of the woman found Thursday, started at around 8-a.m., when the Sac County Sheriff’s Office responded to Highway 20 and Ira Avenue, two miles west of Early, to investigate an alleged kidnapping. Law enforcement had received a 911 call from a local citizen who had encountered a 21 year old woman attempting to flee a vehicle and claiming she had been kidnapped. Once at the intersection of Ira Avenue and Hwy 20, law enforcement officials made contact with the victim and determined the suspect had fled on foot. A search of the area was conducted and sheriff’s deputies located 21 year old Kirk Riley Levin hiding in a nearby barn. Levin was taken into custody without incident.

The victim reported that Levin showed up at her Storm Lake residence at approximately 6:30-a.m., and initially asked her for a ride. Levin took her out of Storm Lake, to a residence at 2242 Ira Avenue, in Early. The residence is about one-half mile away from the roadside where the victim was discovered by the citizen and law enforcement. The victim reported Levin held her against her will and informed her she was being kidnapped.

Levin was being held at the Sac County jail on 20-thousand dollars bond. He’s facing felony charges of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse (a class D felony), assault while participating in a felony (a class D felony), and 3rd degree kidnapping (a class C felony). Levin is being held on $20,000.00 bond.

The investigation into the kidnapping and death is being investigated by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Storm Lake Police Department. The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted in the initial search for Levin.

Vehicle stolen from Union County recovered in Kansas

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Union County Sheriff Rick Piel reports a vehicle that was stolen late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning from a rural Union County residence, was found Thursday afternoon in Kansas. The vehicle, which was taken from a location about four-miles north/northeast of Creston, was found about 190 miles away, in Shawnee County, KS. No other details are currently available.

Clarinda man arrested for DUS

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, released details about an arrest which occurred Sunday evening. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 40-year old Merlin Glenn Lininger, of Clarinda, was pulled over for a traffic violation at around 6-p.m. Sunday, in the 1200 block of South 16th Street.

During the traffic stop, it was determined Lininger’s driving privileges were suspended. He was subsequently arrested for Driving Under Suspension (DUS), and brought to the Page County Jail. Lininger posted bond, and was released pending a hearing on the charge.

Helicopter crew remembered as “selfless”

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The head of a Mason City hospital calls this “a very tragic time” following last night’s (Wednesday) medical helicopter crash in a northern Iowa field that killed the crew of three. Dan Varnum, president of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, confirms those killed are: pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl. Varnum says, “They, like all Mercy employees, were selfless health care workers who gave their lives to really providing care for others each and every day.”

Fred Buttrell is president of Air-Med, which runs the helicopter service. Buttrell says the Texas-based company has 50 outlets all across the country and makes 50-thousand flights a year. He says this is the company’s first serious incident since 2004. He says the Bell 407 helicopter was put in service new in April of 2011 and it was in full compliance with all of its maintenance and safety checks.

A Bell 407 Medical helicopter, similar to the one which crashed.

“The aircraft was equipped with all of the latest technology, night-vision goggles, avoidance and warning systems,” Buttrell says. “The aircraft did not have the quote black box but it did have a satellite tracking system that monitored aircraft positioning and aircraft information that will be used as part of the download of the investigation.” The chopper crashed near Ventura about 9 P-M as it was flying from Mason City to Emmetsburg to pick up a patient.

The cause of the accident is unknown. The FAA and local law enforcement officials are investigating.

(Bob Fisher/Radio Iowa)

Portsmouth grain company closes its doors

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January 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A granary in Portsmouth has closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. G & R Grain Company Incorporated, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on January 1st, in the Southern District Court of Iowa. Farmers found out about the move when they attempted to sell or pick up their grain. A simple sign on the door indicated the company’s actions.

The notice said “This property and all of the assets of the company are under the jurisdiction of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa. It is anticipated that Deborah L. Petersen will be appointed as Trustee.” It also provided a telephone number for concerned persons to call.

Petersen said affected farmers would need to file a claim on the bankruptcy for money owed them, with their own attorney. Details on the disposition of the stored grain will be released sometime next week. Petersen said the next steps are to liquidate the assets and collect the accounts receivable.

She said also, a partial distribution of the funds and assets could come by this summer as long as things go well with the courts and selling the assets. The last date to file a claim is May 20th, 2013. The meeting on the matter will take place February 19th, 2013 in Council Bluffs.

More information on the G & R Grain Company Inc. bankruptcy case can be obtained by calling Deborah Petersen at 712-328-8808, or the U-S District Court’s Case Information system, at 1-866-222-8029. The case number, is 13-00001.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)