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Numerous charges filed after a chase Wed. evening in Cass County


June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man faces numerous charges following a traffic stop that resulted in a high-speed pursuit late Wednesday evening. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh McLaren told KJAN News that chase began after he tried to stop a red Chevy pickup on the northwest side of Massena at 740th and Quincy Road, just before 9-p.m.IMG_20140605_034432_441

McLaren said he knew the driver, 28-year old Trel Curtis Peterson, of Cumberland, and that the man did not have a valid driver’s license. When the deputy activated his lights and sirens, Peterson failed to pull-over. A pursuit ensured westbound on Quincy Road with the pickup reaching speeds that approached 100-miles per hour. He says the chase continued on several roads.

Deputy Kyle Quist picked up the pursuit as the pickup headed east on Victoria Road. During the pursuit, the pickup nearly collided with Quist’s SUV, as well as other vehicles, and it nearly hit a man who was trying to retrieve his mail from his box on a rural road. The chase wound its way toward the southeast corner of Massena on various county roads before the pickup found its way onto a dirt road that had become muddy following the recent heavy rains. The deputies didn’t want to risk getting stuck, so they circumvented the mud road. The suspect wasn’t so lucky. Deputy Quist located the vehicle on the road, parked in front of 67213 760th Street. The vehicle had been abandoned.

Peterson was found hiding near an outbuilding on the property. He surrendered to Quist and his K-9 partner, “Vader,” at 9:17-p.m. McLaren said despite efforts by several law enforcement agencies to locate a passenger in the pickup, that person was not found. He said they “Have a pretty good idea who that subject was,” and that charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Peterson, meanwhile faces a litany of charges. They include eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, speeding, driving under suspension, violation of a restricted license, carrying a concealed weapon, No SR-22 insurance, possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia, OWI/drug-related, and a pending charge of assault on a peace officer.

The man was being held in the Cass County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate. McLaren says the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the incident by deputies from the Shelby, Adair, Adams and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments, the Iowa State Patrol, an Iowa State Patrol aircraft, Red Oak P-D and Atlantic P-D K-9 units, and Atlantic P-D Reserves.

Accident in Red Oak Wed, – no one injured


June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say no one was injured following a collision between two cars at the intersection of East Nuckols and North 5th Streets. The accident happened at around 2:40-p.m.  Officials say a 2001 Saturn driven by 40-year old Shannon Seekings, of Red Oak, was traveling east on E. Nuckols Street, entered the intersection and made it nearly half-way across, when her car was hit by a northbound 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo, driven by 19-year old Laryn Edds, of Red Oak.

Damage from the collision amounted to $3,200. No citations were issued.

Red Oak man arrested on Cass Co. warrant


June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a Cass County warrant. Officers with the Red Oak Police Department took 36-year old Timothy Orville Welch into custody at around 3:24-p.m., at a residence in the 700 block of North Broadway Street.

Welch was wanted on a warrant for Probation Violation. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., June 5th 2014


June 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Joni Ernst, a mother from farm country and Iraq war veteran who was little known only months ago, surprisingly won Iowa’s Republican Senate primary going away. The 43-year-old state lawmaker now faces a tougher test against a four-term Democratic congressman Bruce Braley in November’s general election.

LA PORTE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a pilot wasn’t injured during the emergency landing he made in an eastern Iowa cornfield. Waterloo television station KWWL reports that the plane came down around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday in northern Benton County. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot was alone in the small plane and wasn’t hurt.

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) – Louisa County officials have discussed the possibility of selling the building that housed the former jail and law enforcement center. Supervisors on Tuesday indicated they would be interested in contacting a real estate agent to list the property located in Wapello. The Quad-City Times reports the Wapello Police Department currently rents a part of the building through July 1st.

DENMARK, Iowa (AP) – Residents in the small southeast Iowa community of Denmark are planning to open two time capsules, one of which has been closed for nearly 90 years. That capsule was buried in the corner of a local school that was destroyed after it closed several years ago. The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports the second capsule was buried near a jungle gym by a fourth-grade class about 17 years ago.

Plan now for school vaccinations


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As the 2013-2014 school year winds down, the staff at the Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) is starting to prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. If your child will be entering preschool or kindergarten in any of the area schools and is still in need of their immunizations, make the call now to avoid last minute appointments and schedule conflicts. “Not only do immunizations protect your child, but the community at large,” explained Jeri Orstad, RN, AMC Immunization Nurse. “Plan now to be sure your child is ready to attend school this fall.” All immunizations given at AMC are entered into the state immunization database, so records are current and easily accessed. If you are unsure if your child needs immunizations before starting school call AMC and ask for the Immunization Room. Jeri or one of the other immunization nurses will be happy to check your child’s immunization record.

If your child is entering the 7th grade, be sure they have an updated Tdap vaccine. Due to recent pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks the Iowa Department of Public Health has mandated that everyone entering the 7th grade and above who was born on or after September 15th, 2000, mustl receive a one-time dose of Tdap vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious, and is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. In 2012, there were approximately 417% more people with pertussis disease compared to the average of the past five years. The majority of cases occur in children ages 10-14 years.

Year                     2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Reported cases  152    255    239    705   232   1647

For older children, AMC will be offering vaccine updates again at the sport physical exams this year. Parents must be present at the time of exam in order for their child to receive any immunizations. Sport physicals will be offered every Tuesday from July 8th through August 5th from 5:15 pm – 7 pm. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling Atlantic Medical Center at at 712-243-2850. Cost for a sport physical is $12, which is payable at the appointment, with no insurance submission provided.

Walk-in hours for receiving immunizations are 8:30am-11:00 am Monday through Saturday, and 1:30pm-4:00pm Monday through Friday. If you have any questions about immunizations for people of any age, contact the Atlantic Medical Center Immunization Room, 712-243-2850.

(Press Release)

(Update) 2 injured in Cass County crash – 1 hospitalized


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men were injured, one was transported to the hospital, following a crash near the intersection of Highway 71 and Interstate 80 in Cass County,Wednesday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol says 83-year old Paul Lundgren, of Clarinda, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance, after the 2012 Buick Lacrosse he was driving failed to stop as it was coming off the exit from from I-80 westbound to the intersection with Highway 71.

As Lundgren’s car was crossing 71, it was hit broadside by a northbound 1992 Ford F-250 pickup, driven by 61-year old Steven Christensen, of Audubon. Christensen complained of pain but refused medical assistance. Both men were wearing their seat belts. The accident happened at around 2:40-p.m. Following the crash, the pickup came to rest in the median, while the car came to rest in the ditch on the northeast side of the intersection. Lundgren was trapped in his car until being freed by mechanical means.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Cass County family loses roof in storm, getting help from Red Cross three years after home was destroyed by fire


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many residents of southwest and south-central Iowa are cleaning up their properties following Tuesday night’s severe storms and for at least one family, it marks the second time they’ve faced such a major disaster in just a few years. Kara Kelly, a spokesperson for the Red Cross in Des Moines, says volunteers are helping the family after the roof was blown off their home just east of Lewis, in Cass County. “Three years ago, the family’s home was destroyed by fire and the Red Cross assisted them at that time as well,” Kelly said. The two adults and two children were not injured in the storm, which packed wind gusts of 70 to 85 miles an hour and large hail.

“The family is okay, everybody is doing well…they’re just trying to figure out what their next steps are,” Kelly said. Red Cross workers are meeting with the family to help them find a place to stay and any other needs they have, according to Kelly. Red Cross disaster workers also responded to house fires this morning in three Iowa towns: Centerville, Fort Dodge, and Fairfield.

Kelly did not know many details about those fires, but said the families would be provided with food, clothing, shelter and emergency items, as needed. You can help the Red Cross by making donations at redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

(Radio Iowa)

Trial for a for pediatrician delayed again


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Trial in the case of a former Council Bluffs pediatrician facing a charge of second-degree sexual abuse has once again been delayed The Daily NonPareil reports the attorney for 69-year old Dennis Seaborn Jones has filed a motion to delay the trial. Jones, who is alleged to have sexually abused a 5-year old girl, agreed to waive his right to a jury trial. A trial scheduling conference in his case is set for 3-p.m. June 24th, at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. The charge is a Class B felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

It’s the fourth time Jones’ trial has been rescheduled since he was arrested in May, 2013. On May 23rd, 2014, Jones pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. As part of a search related to the sexual abuse case, investigators found a large amount of child pornography on computers and hard drives on Jones’ computers.

Jones is currently in federal custody, awaiting sentencing in the pornography case and awaiting trail in the sexual abuse case.

Injury accident near I-80/Hwy 71 Wed. afternoon


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a collision this (Wednesday) afternoon, near the Interstate 80/Highway 71 interchange. According to dispatch reports, one person suffered minor injuries but was trapped in their vehicle, a Buick, which was in the ditch at the I-80 westbound exit at the end of the off-ramp. A person in the other vehicle complained of neck pain. Authorities said the second vehicle was a Ford F-250 pickup pulling a trailer.

Authorities were using mechanical means to free the person in the car. The accident happened at around 2:43-p.m.  A Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy, the Iowa State Patrol, Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac ambulance all responded to the scene.

No other details are currently available.

3rd District convention set for Creston


June 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republicans will choose a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District at a nominating convention June 21 in Creston. Iowa Republican Party Chairman Danny Carroll announced Wednesday that 513 delegates will gather at Creston High School to select a nominee.

The task is required because none of the six people who sought the GOP nomination topped the 35 percent threshold for votes required by state law. State Sen. Brad Zaun received the most votes but only 25 percent of all votes cast. The nominee will face Democrat Staci Appel, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The 3rd District covers much of southwest Iowa, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.