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Western IA woman pleads not guilty to animal neglect

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sac County woman has pleaded not guilty to 93 counts of animal neglect.  Sioux City television station KTIV reports that Mary Brodersen entered the plea during her initial appearance in court on Friday.

The charges stem from the rescue of 87 dogs and one cat from a farm in rural Kiron. The carcasses of five dead animals were found when officials searched the farm on Jan. 25th. 
Authorities say the dogs were kept in a wooden shack, up to five in 4-by-4 wire cages, which were stacked on top of each other.
 
Brodersen faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. She has relinquished ownership of the animals, which have been turned over to various shelters.

Police investigate cafeteria beating of Panora teen

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Panora police are investigating the beating of an eighth-grade boy in the Panorama Middle School cafeteria that left him with injuries requiring surgery.  Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the beating happened Thursday, leaving Alex Kent with a titanium plate in his jaw and a broken leg that will require pins and screws to reset.
 
The boy’s mother, Yvonne Repp, questions whether there was adequate supervision of students. She also says school officials did not call an ambulance, but gave her son an ice pack and some Tylenol. The boy’s sister later drove him to a hospital.
 
School superintendent Kathy Elliot says school staff responded quickly to the incident. Police Chief Matt Reising says he expects a decision on whether to file charges in the case next week.

Charges upgraded against Nodaway Valley H.S. Teens Accused of Sexual Assault

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Des Moines Register reports sexual assault charges against two Greenfield teens accused of sexually abusing a wrestling teammate, have been upgraded to Felonius Assault.  The paper said in its Sunday edition, that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office is now handling the case against 18-year old’s Mikel Feick,  and Jacob Schliessman, who were originally charged in January with second-degree sexual abuse.  Felonious Assault is a Class C offense, punishable by up to 25-years in prison.

In January, Greenfield Police Chief Austin O’Brien said there were at least three victims of alleged hazing by students on the wrestling team at the Nodaway Valley High School, in Greenfield. Feick and Schliessman, who were members of the high school wrestling team were arrested. Their arrests followed an investigation that began January 4th, after a parent of a Nodaway Valley wrestler reported her son was the possible victim of an assault in the high school’s wrestling room in mid December. Police then learned of two other potential victims, but their investigation was complicated by witnesses who initially refused to come forward and make a statement to investigators. O’Brien says the assaults were “sexual in nature” and were “directly related to some type of punishment toward the victims.”

Nodaway Valley Superintendent Casey Berlau told the Register on Saturday, that two students at the school had been expelled last month, but he had declined to provide the names of the students. In January, WHO-TV reported that Feick, a 2011 state qualifier, was expelled from Nodaway Valley High School.

Man shot twice as he tries to shoot caged raccoon

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

REDFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A rural Redfield man is being treated for two gunshot wounds after an attempt to shoot a raccoon caught in a live trap backfired. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 68-year-old Larry Godwin was using a 22-caliber handgun to shoot the caged raccoon at around 11 a.m. Saturday when the bullet ricocheted off the cage and struck him in the lower abdomen on the right side. He dropped the gun and it fired again, shooting him again in about the same spot. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines by private vehicle. The DNR says the injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

8AM Newscast 02-25-2012

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February 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Couple Arrested in Red Oak on Child Endangerment Charge

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February 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest on Friday of a couple on a child endangerment with no injury charge.  34-year-old Edgar Ralph Wilkins Jr. and 33-year-old Wendi Ann Wilkins were arrested at 8:14pm on Friday (2/24) at a residence on East Hammond Street in Red Oak.  The couple were being held on $2,000 bond each and no further details are available at this time.

Iowa town hits snag in new water well

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February 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MANSON, Iowa (AP) — The northwest Iowa town of Manson has hit a snag in digging a new water well in a crater left behind by huge meteorite that slammed into Earth 74 million years ago. Mayor Dave George told The Messenger in Fort Dodge that there’s a setback in an attempt to crack through the solid granite that’s blocking the new well due to collapsing shale. The shale will have to be cleaned out before the remaining 30 feet of granite can be cracked. George says when the well was dug last year, crews went through solid granite that had no cracks to allow the water through. The city hired a company to break the rock using a gas gun, but the shale moved during the process.

IA Nat’l. Guard Rededication Ceremony set for Shenandoah Readiness Ctr.

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February 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa National Guard say they will host a rededication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, commemorating the completed renovation of the Shenandoah Readiness Center, at 601 Ferguson Road, in Shenandoah. Guard Public Affairs Officer, Colonel Greg Hapgood, says Iowa National Guard leadership and representatives from federal, state, and local governments will participate in the ceremony. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the rededication ceremony.

Originally constructed in 1956, the Shenandoah project includes a complete renovation of the existing facility (approximately 16,556 square feet), and the addition of approximately 2,760 square feet to the facility. The existing facility received upgraded finishes, energy-efficient heating-ventilation-air conditioning systems, lighting, and windows. All parking areas were paved and exterior landscape and drainage were improved. New entrances were also constructed to the south and west.

The $2.3 million project also includes a renovated Recruiter office, Family Support office, a new Iowa Communications Network classroom and a newly-remodeled kitchen. The restrooms were upgraded and remodeled in an earlier project completed in 2007.

The Shenandoah Readiness Center is home to Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard. Approximately 50 Soldiers are based at the Shenandoah Readiness Center.

8AM Newscast 02-24-2012

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February 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Frederickson Fund make donation for Easter Egg Hunt

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February 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Spring is right around the corner and to prove it, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $100 to the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab for the annual Easter Egg Hunt that is going to be held on Saturday, April 7th.

(photo courtesy Melanie Petty w/the Trevor Frederickson Foundation)