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Police investigating deaths of woman, suspect in her slaying

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the Des Moines slaying of a woman and the crash death of a male suspect. Des Moines police say in a news release that officers and medics who responded about 2:30 a.m. Monday to a report of a stabbing found the woman’s body.

Officers developed information about a suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, and the vehicle soon was spotted by Altoona police officers. Des Moines police say the vehicle crashed on Interstate 80 as the driver tried to evade the Altoona officers. Des Moines police say the suspect died in the crash.

The names of those involved have not been released. Police say the woman’s death was Des Moines’ seventh homicide of the year.

Meth, a weapon & drug paraphernalia seized Sunday in Elliott: 3 arrested

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies coordinated efforts in a drug investigation Sunday, in Elliott. The result was three arrests, numerous items seized, including more than one-quarter of a pound of meth, a weapon and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say 32-year old Daniel Eugene Long, of Atlantic, 50-year old Kristine Myers Ryan, of Red Oak, and 64-year old Patrick Emile Clark, of Elliott, were arrested.

Long was arrested for felony Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine. Myers-Ryan faces charges that include felony Gathering where Controlled Substances were used, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (A simple misdemeanor). Clark faces felony charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills. All three subjects were being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

They were arrested after authorities executed a search warrant at 508 5th Street #B, in Elliott. Recovered at the scene was nearly 142-grams of Methamphetamine, a .32- caliber handgun, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Clark was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 bond. Long’s bond was set at $50,000, and the bond for Myers-Ryan was set at $5,000.

Glenwood man arrested on drug charges Monday morning in Tabor

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into reported suspicious activity early this (Monday) morning in Tabor, led to the arrest of a Mills County man on drug charges. Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said Deputies were dispatched to the Tabor City limits and later conducted a traffic stop on Highway 275 in front of the Casey’s Store, in Tabor. Upon further investigation, the Fremont County K9 team was requested. The Mills County Sheriff Department and Shenandoah Police Department K9 units also assisted at the scene.

As a result of the investigation, authorities arrested 35-year old David Joseph Jay, of Glenwood, for: Possession of Meth; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Butane Hash Oil (DABS); Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jay was transported to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held on a $14,300 cash bond.

David Joseph Jay (photo submitted)

House fire reported in Portsmouth Monday morning

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) Firefighters from Portsmouth and Panama along with a Medivac Ambulance crew were dispatched to a structure fire early this (Monday) morning. The call came in from 206 3rd Avenue in Portsmouth, just before 3-a.m.  Initial reports suggested the fire began in the kitchen area and may have been electrical in nature, but Portsmouth Fire Chief Michael Leinen said later the cause of the fire was still under investigation. Leinen said there was extensive damage to the kitchen/back porch area, and the remainder of the house sustained smoke and some water damage.

The Harlan and Persia Fire Departments were initially dispatched to the scene, but then were called off at around 3:20-a.m.. Fire crews were on the scene about 2 hours.

Boy crushed to death by hay bale in NW IA

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A ten-year-old has died in a northwest Iowa farming accident. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that just before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, they received a 9-1-1 call of an accident nearly three miles south of Inwood on Highway 18. Inwood emergency personnel and deputies from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched. The Canton-Inwood Ambulance from Canton, South Dakota also responded to the scene.

According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, a family member was moving a round bale with a skid loader and somehow the bale moved and fell off of the unit and rolled over 10-year-old Marcus Blom, of Inwood. Vander Stoep says the Sanford Air-Med helicopter from Sioux Falls, South Dakota landed at the site of the accident. But he says that due to the extent of his injuries, Blom died at the scene.

(Radio Iowa)

Public hearing tonight over collective bargaining changes

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa legislature is poised to pass a bill this week that will dramatically eliminate items that teachers and government workers in Iowa may bargain for during union contract negotiations. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake suggests with Republicans holding a majority of seats in both the House and Senate now, this move should not be a surprise.

“This is about doing the right thing for Iowans,” Upmeyer says. “This is something we’ve worked on for a number of years. We’ve had bills on this topic before.” Critics say state and local government workers will only be able to negotiate over base wages during future contract talks. Republican legislators who held forums in their districts this weekend were quizzed by large crowds upset about the bill. More than 100 people gathered in an Oskaloosa coffee shop to confront three local legislators.

Suzy Card of Pella, a regional representative for the state teachers’ union, drew applause from the crowd when she questioned whether the G-O-P had “campaigned on getting rid of collective bargaining.” “That’s a yes or no questions, guys,” Card said and the crowd applauded. More than 400 attended a forum in Ankeny. Jody Butler, a former education advisor to Governor Terry Branstad in the 1990s, asked the two Republican legislators there to “have a meaningful conversation” and make adjustments in the bill.

“Take your time instead of shoving this through,” Butler said. On Sunday afternoon, there was a large rally at the statehouse in support of teachers and other government workers. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled this (Monday) evening in a committee room at the statehouse.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Feb. 13th 2017

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February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo Police shot and wounded a gunman who took over a convenience store over the weekend. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the incident happened Sunday afternoon at a Kwik Star convenience store. A man with a gun entered the store around 2:45 p.m. and ordered everyone out. Police surrounded the store. When the suspect exited the store, he fired his gun, and officers returned fire.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they are investigating the shooting death of a man in a case that initially appeared to be a traffic crash. Police responded Saturday night to a report of a car that had struck a utility pole, injuring the driver. Officers who arrived found the driver’s injuries didn’t seem caused by the crash, and after he was taken to a hospital it was determined he’d been shot. The man, identified as 33-year-old Des Moines resident Adriel Ward, died early Sunday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s top elections official, who is pushing for a voter identification law, has only been informed of 10 votes that were potentially improper out of nearly 1.6 million cast statewide in the November election. A summary shows Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office learned of a few cases of double votes and votes cast by ineligible felons on Election Day. A review shows most of the instances were mistakes rather than fraud, and may not have been stopped by an identification requirement.

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) — Toledo residents can’t agree on what the state should do with the 27-acre former Iowa Juvenile Home that Gov. Terry Branstad ordered closed in 2014. The Courier reports that Matrix Design Group has presented three options for developing the 16 buildings and surrounding land. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board hired the company to determine how to develop the space.

Police investigate crash, find victim with gunshot wound

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February 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they are investigating the shooting death of a man in a case that initially appeared to be a traffic crash. Police responded Saturday night to a report of a car that had struck a utility pole, injuring the driver. Officers who arrived found the driver’s injuries didn’t seem caused by the crash, and after he was taken to a hospital it was determined he’d been shot.

The man, identified as 33-year-old Des Moines resident Adriel Ward, died early Sunday. It’s the sixth homicide this year in Des Moines.

Toledo residents unsure how to use former Iowa Juvenile Home

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February 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) — Residents in Toledo are unsure what they want the state to do with the 27-acre former Iowa Juvenile Home that Gov. Terry Branstad ordered closed in 2014.

The Courier reports that Matrix Design Group has presented three options for the 27 acres, 16 buildings and nearly 143,000 square feet of the facility that closed in 2014. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board hired the company to determine how to develop the facility.

Two options would keep part of the grounds as an educational facility and devote the rest to residential living. The third makes the entire area a mix of senior housing and residential living.

More than 50 people who attended the meeting offered questions and critiques but didn’t unite behind a specific plan.

Iowa aware of only handful of improper votes of 1.6M ballots

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February 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s top elections official, who is pushing for a voter identification requirement that could make it harder for some to vote, has only been informed of 10 votes that were potentially improper out of 1.6 million cast statewide.

A summary of “general election irregularities” obtained by The Associated Press shows Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office learned of a handful of cases of alleged double-voting and votes cast by ineligible felons on Election Day.

Further review by AP shows most of the instances were mistakes rather than fraud, and may not have been stopped by an identification requirement.

They included a non-English speaking citizen who mistakenly voted when he registered and again on Election Day, and a felon whose voting rights had been restored in Wisconsin but not Iowa.