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Avoca man arrested on theft and other charges

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest on Sunday of 25-year old Christopher Courtney II, of Avoca. Courtney was arrested after officers were called to Casey’s General Store to investigate an incident where someone left the store without paying for some items that were consumed. After attaining the description and license number of the subject’s vehicle, officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

Courtney was subsequently arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving while revoked, theft 5th, open container (driver), and failure to have security against liability.

Harlan couple arrested for child endangerment

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest on Monday of a man and woman on child endangerment charges. 29-year old Corey Zeimen, and 24-year old Kassandra Kline, both of Harlan, were arrested following the investigation of allegations that their 16-month old son, Leo Zeimen, had been abused.

After the child was examined in the Myrtue Medical Center emergency room on September 17th, officers were called to investigate the alleged abuse. Zeimen and Kline were both transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with two counts of aggravated child endangerment and one count of felony child endangerment.

Atlantic City Council to act on several resolutions, Wednesday

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will act on a variety of resolutions when they hold their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Among the resolutions, are those pertaining to: the acceptance of work for the Sunnyside Tennis Court project, under contract with Dostals Construction Company; The disposal of City-owned property at 300 Cedar Street (following a public hearing); and resolutions accepting and approving the acquisition of properties at 611 Linn and 1200 Birch Streets.

The Council will also act on approving a resolution setting the rules and regulations for the use of the City’s Truck Parking lot. The City’s Public Safety Committee recommends the City establish rules and a fee structure that would help the City address various needs and problems associated with the site. At the same time, the Committee recognizes that there are some private businesses which are beginning to offer a truck parking service, and the Committee does not want the City to unfairly compete with those businesses.

The Council will also consider a request by the Iowa DOT for the City to pay the $140,000 Engineering costs for the Highway 6/7th Street Reconstruction project. The City has been trying for the past couple of years, to get the State to address the problem on the rough section of road located from Olive Street to just east of the Burger King restaurant. City Administrator Doug Harris says while the ultimate responsibility for the full cost of the project falls on the State, the City can expedite the process by paying for the engineering costs, which Harris says would be reduced to $68,000. That would cover the design phase, and is contingent upon the State agreeing to the installation of a full-depth, Portland Cement reconstruction of the road, with the majority of the work complete in 2014.  The State also would still be responsible for the Construction Engineering costs.

The total estimated cost of the reconstruction project is $1.175-million. The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday, in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall.

Update: Council Bluffs to pay $6 million to settle lawsuit

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Council Bluffs will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with two Omaha, Neb., men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years. Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee will be paid $2.3 million immediately and the remainder in six annual payments of more than $528,500. A final payment of just over $728,500 will be made in July 2020.

The agreement splits the money evenly between the two men in exchange for dismissal of the lawsuit. The agreement specifies no admission of fault or liability by any party or implies wrongdoing.

Details, initially sealed on Friday, were ordered unsealed Tuesday after The Associated Press filed a freedom of information request under Iowa’s open records law.

Update 12:19-p.m.: Council Bluffs shooting victim dies; standoff ends

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluffs police say a woman has died after a domestic disturbance turned deadly.  Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said Tuesday that 44-year-old Millisa Cox was pronounced dead at a Council Bluffs hospital.

A neighbor, Jennie Rolli, says Millisa Cox came outside around 8 a.m. Tuesday, sat by a tree and yelled for help. She was soon taken to the hospital.

Darwin Cox. (photo provided by Council Bluffs P-D)

Darwin Cox. (photo provided by Council Bluffs P-D)

Officers say a man inside the home refused to come out, and a negotiator and a SWAT unit were dispatched. The officers rushed into the house about 9:45 a.m. to end the standoff. They found the woman’s husband, 55-year-old Darwin Cox.

Meyers says Darwin Cox had shot himself in the head. The suffered a wound to his chin area, but it appeared to be superficial and not considered to be life-threatening. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Omaha, Neb.  Meyers said it appears Darwin fatally shot Millisa and then unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. The case remains under investigation, and charges against Darwin Cox are likely to be forthcoming.

(update): Council Bluffs standoff ends; at least 2 wounded

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Police have rushed into a Council Bluffs house and have ended a 90-minute standoff that began after a domestic fight turned into a shooting. Authorities say officers found a wounded man inside who they believe shot himself. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Omaha, Neb. A woman who’d been shot earlier was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital. A police dispatch supervisor told KJAN News CPR was in-progress as the woman was being transported.

Pottawattamie County dispatcher Scott Vandervort says a negotiator and a SWAT unit were sent to the house around 8:15 this (Tuesday) morning. Council Bluffs police Lt. Dan Flores says the armed man inside wouldn’t leave. That led SWAT officers to storm into the house around 9:45 a.m.

Police say officers didn’t fire any shots. Police have not released the names of the two wounded people

Stand-off ends in Council Bluffs – 2 hospitalized

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A stand-off in Pottawattamie County ended this morning with two people taken to the hospital. Police in Council Bluffs told KJAN News a female, said to be in critical condition, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. The official said CPR was in progress at the time of transport.

The official said incident took place at 3441 Avenue B at around 8:15-a.m. Emergency crews, a SWAT team and negotiator had been sent to the home to deal with a man who had reportedly barricaded himself inside.

Authorities entered the home at around 10-a.m. and took the suspect away in an ambulance. Nearby schools were notified of the situation and placed in lockdown as a precaution. No other details have been released.  

Lenox Police: 2 convicted sex offenders move to town

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox reported two convicted sex offenders have moved into the community. The men, 62-year old Daniel Lloyd Clark and 38-year old James Anthony Wilkes, reside at 110 south Locust Street and 601 south Walnut Street, Lot 22, respectively. Both men are listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

Clark was convicted in Sept. 2005 of Indecent Contact with a Child (ages 0-13), in Fayette County.

Daniel Lloyd Clark

Daniel Lloyd Clark

Wilkes was convicted in Minnesota, of Criminal Sexual Conduct in January and August, 2002. His victims were both females, ages 14-to 17, and over the age of 18.

James Anthony Wilkes

James Anthony Wilkes

The Lenox P-D posted the notices on its Facebook Page as a way to alert citizens of the mens’ presence.

Griswold pair arrested Tuesday in Clarinda

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports two Griswold residents were arrested this (Tuesday) morning. 34-year old Phillip William Church was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and for providing false information to a police officer. 35-year old Kendra Gail Cruz was arrested for Interference with official acts.

The Clarinda P-D reports also, 33-year old Bryan Scott Casey, of Clarinda, was arrested Monday for public intoxication. And on Sunday, 29-year old Joshua Daniel MacVenn, of Clarinda, was arrested on a Page County warrant for failure to pay child support, and driving while license revoked for an OWI conviction.

In other news, Police Chief Keith Brothers say a Clarinda resident reported on Saturday, the theft of a Chevrolet pickup truck and an estimated $1,000 worth of personal property from the vehicle. The incident occurred in the 100 block of west Washington Street. On Sunday, a Clarinda woman reported an incident of arson and destruction of her property in the 900 block of east State Street. The damage was estimated at $100.

Public input requested for proposed bridge replacement on Iowa 92 in Pott.County

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October 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed bridge replacement on Iowa 92 over Little Silver Creek, three-tenths of a mile west of the west junction of Iowa 92 and Pottawattamie County Road L-55.

The proposed project provides for replacing the existing bridge with a pre-stressed, pre-tensioned concrete beam bridge that is 193 feet by 44 feet. New bridge approaches would be constructed, existing guardrail would be replaced, and the shoulders would be paved 20 feet beyond the end of the guardrail. The new bridge would be constructed using the accelerated bridge construction process that involves building the bridge components off-site. Using this process would require the roadway to be closed for 21 days to remove and replace the existing bridge.

Through traffic on Iowa 92 would be detoured during the bridge removal and replacement process using Pottawattamie County Road L-55, U.S. 6, interstates 80 and 29.

For general information or to make a comment regarding the proposed bridge replacement, contact Don Stevens, assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 4 Office in Atlantic,  at 712-243-3355 or 800-289-4368. Or, email donald.stevens@dot.iowa.gov. Comments must be received by Oct. 29, 2013, to be considered.