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NE man dies in Fremont County crash, Saturday night

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person died from injuries they suffered during a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday night in southwestern Fremont County. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday, the 39-year old Shane A. Stephenson, of Nebraska City, NE., was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Percival Fire and Rescue personnel. The man was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, by Sidney Rescue, and pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Department says alcohol was believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash.

Officials say they received word of the accident having occurred at 195th Avenue and 230th Street, at around 7:25-p.m., Saturday. When a deputy arrived on the scene, they found Stephenson still trapped in his pickup truck, and bystanders were trying to open the door.

4 teens injured during rollover accident Sat. night in Cass County

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A rollover accident Saturday night in Cass County, about two-miles north of the Cass-Adams County line, sent four teens to the hospital for treatment of what were described as non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff’s officials says the accident happened on Yankton Road, about one-quarter of a mile east of Highway 71. The teenaged driver of the vehicle reportedly told authorities he lost control of his vehicle after meeting another vehicle on the gravel road. Sheriff’s officials say the car rolled twice before coming to rest. All four teens in the vehicle, who were said to have been between 14 and 16-years of age, were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. No names have been released, and additional details are currently not available.

3 teens injured during Saturday rollover accident

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County report three teens suffered “non-incapacitating”  injuries when the  pickup they were in went out of control and rolled over Saturday afternoon, about two-miles east of Clarinda. Officials say 16-year old Dakota Anthony Brittain, of Clarinda, was driving too fast for the roadway when the accident occurred at around 2:50-p.m.

Brittain was driving a 1991 GMC Sierra pickup  on Tolbert Avenue, just north of 210th Street, when he attempted to negotiate a curve in the road. The pickup went out of control and slide sideways into a ditch before overturning and hitting a tree. Damage to the truck was estimated at $5,000. Brittain, and two passengers in the truck, 15-year old Bailey Latham, of Clarinda, and 16-year old Tristlynn Jae Roberts, of Skidmore, MO., were transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Care Center, for treatment of their injuries.

Wallet reported stolen

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says a Oskaloosa woman reported her wallet was stolen from a location in Villisca. Authorities were notified Saturday afternoon about the wallet, which the victim, 46-year old Tamara Lynne Rinehart, said was noticed missing since May 22nd. The incident occurred in the 100 block of West 3rd Street in Villisca. The victim estimated her loss at $50.

Man dies in house explosion in Onawa

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May 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A 76-year-old man has died in a house explosion in Onawa. Fire crews were called to the home about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found the man’s body in the basement of the home after the fire was put out. He was identified by police as Richard Collison. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Des Moines man injured after his cycle hit a deer on I-80

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May 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A central Iowa man was flown by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following an accident early this (Saturday) morning two-miles east of Avoca on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 49-year old Christian John Zobel, of Des Moines, was traveling east on I-80 at around 6-a.m., when his 20100 Harley Davidson struck a deer. The cycle toppled onto its left side and continued into the south ditch, while Christian came to rest in the eastbound lanes of traffic. The Patrol’s report did not indicate if he was wearing a helmet, and a report on his condition is not currently available.

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Young people questioned after political yard sign yanked out of yard in Villisca

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May 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No charges were filed following a case of apparent criminal trespassing and mischief Friday night, in Villisca. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report at around 9:05-p.m., about an incident which occurred at 111 west High Street, in Villisca, whereby it was determined that a pickup occupied by two young men had stopped in front of the residence.

One of the males got out of the pickup and entered the yard, grabbed a “Stephens for Sheriff” sign, yanked it out of the ground and threw it onto the grass. That same person returned to the pickup, which then took off. The Sheriff’s Department says the residents saw the act of Criminal Mischief take place, and managed to locate the suspects.

Officials say the resident spoke with the unidentified parties allegedly involved in the incident, and told them to stay off their property. Those same individuals were then observed by the resident leaving Villisca. The political advertisement did not appear to have been significantly damaged, and the residents declined to press charges.

Judge tosses class-action suit over jail searches

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of up to 3,000 individuals who were strip-searched following their arrest on misdemeanor charges in Woodbury County in 2006 and 2007. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ruled Wednesday the claims, filed in 2010, were barred by the state’s two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. Sioux City residents who were arrested on serious misdemeanor charges such as drunken driving filed the lawsuit alleging the strip searches violated their privacy rights and were humiliating. They allege the jail’s unwritten policy from 1980 until it was discarded in 2007 was to conduct strip searches, including visual body cavity inspection, of all pretrial detainees.

NE Native Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender in IA

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May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was sentenced Thursday in U-S District Court to 3-years in prison for failing to register with the sex offender registry in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered 42-year old Randall Jo Haggart to serve a three-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On March 27th, 2012, Haggart entered a guilty plea to failing to register with the sex offender registry in Iowa. Haggart has been required to register as a sex offender since 2003. From December, 2010, up to and including July 6, 2011, Haggart resided in Council Bluffs, without registering with the sex offender registry in Pottawattamie County.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.