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IWCC student shot during altercation on campus

News

April 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a shooting, Saturday evening, on the campus of Iowa Western Community College. Authorities say at around 5:55-p.m., officers were dispatched to Jenny Edmundson Memorial Hospital for a man with a gunshot wound. Officers learned that the victim was 19-year old Dalton Crosser, a student at Iowa Western Community College. Crosser told investigators that he and another 19 year old student had arranged to meet someone to sell an item, near the “village” area of the IWCC campus. He said that he and his friend drove to that area in his friend’s car.

Crosser told authorities that a gold colored four door car, with a sunroof pulled up behind them. Two men exited the car and walked up to their vehicle, getting into the back seat. The suspect in the passenger side back seat then displayed a handgun and pointed it at the victims, demanding their wallets.  Crosser didn’t think the gun was real and attempted to grab it from the suspect. A struggle for the gun ensued and Crosser was shot in the upper left arm/shoulder area. Both suspects fled after the shot was fired, leaving in the car that they had arrived in. Crosser’s friend then drove him to JEMH. He was treated for single gunshot wound and later released from the hospital.

The suspects were described as black males in their late teens to early twenties, both around 5’8″, with thin builds. The suspect with the gun was described as wearing a Rastafari type shirt, with dreadlocks. The other man was wearing a blue hat and white shirt. There was a third person in the gold car that didn’t get out. He was described as black male in his late teens or early twenties. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call 328-STOP.

Missing Council Bluffs woman alive & well in Carlisle

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April 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department issued a statement Saturday afternoon with regard to a local woman who hadn’t been seen or heard from since the early morning hours of April 18th. Officials say 22-year old Heather Betts contacted a friend early Saturday morning to say that she was in Carlisle, IA. A Council Bluffs Police Officer contacted Betts to confirm she was okay.

Heather Betts

Heather Betts

Betts was last seen voluntarily getting into a dark colored “sporty looking” car with a loud exhaust. The woman told  her friends and family that she was getting a ride from someone she described as “An old friend,” and was enroute to either Little Sioux or Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Stormy weather expected across Nebraska, Iowa

News, Weather

April 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – It looks like Nebraska and Iowa are in for some stormy weather this weekend. The National Weather Service says some Saturday afternoon thunderstorms could be seen in western and central Nebraska, with a chance of severe thunderstorms developing late Saturday night in eastern Nebraska.

On Sunday, there is high chance for thunderstorms statewide, with high winds in parts of eastern Nebraska.  In Iowa, sunny skies will turn cloudy by Saturday night, with thunderstorms expected to move into western Iowa by around 9 p.m. Storms will move across the state overnight into Sunday, and could bring heavy rain, hail and high winds. The Des Moines area could see about 2 inches of rain, while parts farther east could up to 2 1/2 inches of rainfall.

Montgomery County teen arrested on drug charges

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April 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Shenandoah teen was arrested on drug charges Friday night. According to Red Oak Police, 18-year-old Travis Cole Sunderman was taken into custody at around 11-p.m. on Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges.

Sunderman was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Lawmakers already looking ahead to 2015 session

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April 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With Iowa lawmakers expecting to adjourn within days, some are already looking forward to next year and the chance to renew efforts to pass legislation that failed this session. That includes several high profile bills, including proposals to toughen penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors and prohibit the use of webcams or teleconferencing as a means of dispensing abortion-inducing drugs to patients in remote locations.

A bill that used tax breaks and other enticements to encourage broadband Internet expansion in rural area also likely will come up again. The House surprisingly rejected that bill last week.

The Legislature that convenes next January could look decidedly different, as it will follow the November general election. Republicans currently hold a majority in the House, and Democrats control the Senate.

Adams County boy dies following an ATV accident Friday

News

April 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in  Adams County say a 6-year old boy has died from injuries suffered during an ATV accident. Hazer Michael Stanley, of Lenox, was found unresponsive following the accident near his home at 3179 Adams-Taylor Street at around 2:19-p.m., Friday. Life Flight was called and life saving measures were taken, but Hazer’s injuries were too severe and he died at the scene.

Casino in Sioux City to start hiring employees

News

April 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City will soon start hiring employees. Officials say they will hire more than 500 people for a variety of positions at the casino and hotel. The casino’s website has a careers section that allows visitors to submit an application. A career center in Sioux City will open Monday and offer a computer terminal.

The estimated $120 million project is scheduled to open this summer. The construction schedule was briefly in jeopardy after the developers’ casino license was challenged in court by the owners of the nearby Argosy riverboat casino.

The riverboat casino has been ordered by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to close this summer, but owners say they plan to fight to stay open.

Burn bans rescinded in Mills & Page Counties

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The last two southwest Iowa Counties with bans in-place for open burning have been rescinded. The State Fire Marshal’s Office Friday, announced bans which had been in-place since March 19th for Mills and Page Counties were removed today (Friday, April 25th).

And, while there are currently no counties in Iowa under a Burn Ban, area fire officials are asking residents to be very careful when making the decision to conduct controlled burns. Area grass lands and fields are still very dry. Low humidity and forecast strong winds this weekend can cause a controlled burn to quickly become uncontrolled. Care should also be used when using fire pits and grills.

Rain in the forecast for later in the weekend should help to minimize the threat of any explosive fire danger.

Exira elementary school burn-down postponed until May 4th

News

April 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The planned burn-down of a vacant elementary school in Exira this weekend has been postponed due to forecast windy and dry conditions. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes said Friday that Sunday’s event will take place on May 4th, instead.

The former Exira Elementary building has sat empty for three years. The building was to have been set on fire and burned to the ground, instead of using a demolition team. The burn also will allow Exira firefighters an excellent training opportunity. The decision is expected to save the district 50-to 60-thousand dollars.

The May 4th controlled burn will cost about $7,000, plus a fee to an agency that will oversee the operation. Multiple fire departments and emergency personnel will be on hand for the event.

Arrests Made in Taylor County Death Investigation

News

April 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation report two arrests have been made in what is now being ruled a homicide that took place in Taylor County.The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny has determined 56-year old Steven C. Malson, of Bedford, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Cindy Malson

Cindy Malson

Zach Malson

Zach Malson

Taken into custody Thursday night in connection with his death, was Malson’s wife, 47 year-old Cindy L. Malson and the couples’ son, 24 year-old Zachary Malson. Both were charged with 1st Degree Murder and were being held in the Taylor County Jail awaiting their initial appearances.

Steven Malson’s body was found at a residence in Bedford, on April 23rd.