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Man & woman arrested in Montgomery County Tue. evening

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people, a man and a woman, were arrested on separate charges Tuesday evening, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say at around 9-p.m., 48-year old Kristine Courtney Ryan, of Elliott, was arrested in Elliott, for Fraudulent Practice in the 4th Degree. Ryan was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Earlier in the evening, 26-year old Chase Michael Samples, of Red Oak, was arrested in Red Oak, for allegedly violating a Protection Order. Samples was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Colorado man arrested in Fremont County on a drug charge & NE warrant

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Fremont County arrested a Colorado man Tuesday morning following a traffic stop in Hamburg. A vehicle driven by 32-year old Nicholas James Buck, of Ft. Morgan, CO., was stopped at around 7:30-a.m., for having fictitious license plates. The deputy learned Buck was wanted on a warrant out of Lancaster County, NE., and detained him while the Fremont County K9 “Argo” conducted a search in and around the vehicle.

During the search, the dog alerted to the presence of a controlled substance. The deputy found just over 3/4 of a pound of a substance resembling methamphetamine in the vehicle, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Buck was arrested for Possession of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance with the intent to deliver, failure to have insurance, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and operating a non-registered vehicle. He was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Pott. County man accused of assaulting a 15-year old

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Prosecutors in Pottawattamie County say a Council Bluffs man has been charged with a felony after prosecutors accused him of choking, beating and kicking a 15-year-old boy after a traffic accident. The Omaha World-Herald reports 35-year old Ryan D. Linehan was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 2800 block of North Broadway in north-central Council Bluffs just before midnight April 25th. He’s accused of passing a black 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck, cutting off the pickup and striking it with his Jeep. The pickup’s teenage driver, who has a school permit and was on his way home from a function at St. Albert High School, pulled over to exhange insurance information.

Prosecutors say Linehan immediately attacked the boy, choking him to unconsciousness before putting him down on the street and punching and kicking him. A friend of the teen had been driving behind the two in his car and recorded the incident on his cellphone. The teenager came to and got up on his hands and knees in the street. Officials say Linehan kicked him again, this time in the head. The kick was so forceful, they said, that it caused the teen to fall over backwards and lose consciousness again.

Linehan took off, but Bluffs police later got a tip that he was involved, and they traced the Jeep to his girlfriend. During an interview, an officer noticed that Linehan’s knuckles were swollen and taped together. Linehan is charged with willful injury, a felony punishable by 10 years in prison if he’s convicted.

On Friday, he posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bail — $3,000 — and was released from the Pottawattamie County Jail. A trial date was pending. The teenager was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries. He suffered a concussion and significant damage to his cheeks, gums and teeth. Prosecutors said he still has no memory of what happened — or of the previous eight hours before the run-in with Linehan.

2 injured in a crash Tue. evening in Pott. County

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men, one from Pennsylvania, the other from western Iowa, were injured Tuesday evening, during a collision on the Interstate, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2014 Ford rental truck was stopped along the shoulder of I-680/-29 wwestbound at mile marker 40, and was about to re-enter the I-680. In doing so, the truck, driven by 44-year old Bernard Oguto, of Whitehall, PA., blocked both lanes of traffic. It was struck by a westbound 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 35-year old Jason Parker, of Persia. Both drivers were transported to Mercy Hospital by Minden Rescue. Their injuries were described as minor. The accident happened at around 5:10-p.m.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 20th 2015

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old from Sioux City faces a charge after authorities say he led a high-speed car chase in western Iowa and shot at a transportation enforcement officer. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Chauncy Jewett initiated the chase Monday afternoon following a traffic stop in Harrison County. The teen is accused of driving away from an enforcement officer with the state Department of Transportation. A 20-year-old Sioux City woman in the car is charged with identity theft and interference with official acts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the death of a man found near a road in Des Moines doesn’t appear suspicious. The Des Moines Police Department says 32-year-old Jesse Parish was found in a patch of trees and shrubs Tuesday on the south side of the city. Authorities say a cause of death will not be released until an autopsy is performed, but the Des Moines man’s death doesn’t appear suspicious.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weeks after burned macaroni and cheese emptied out the Iowa Capitol, a charred pizza crust has done it again. The crust burned Tuesday morning in the Capitol cafeteria, prompting a brief evacuation. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Caleb Hunter says property was not damaged and no one was injured. About three weeks ago, the Capitol was evacuated when someone burned a macaroni and cheese lunch in a microwave behind the Senate chambers.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has fired a student health clinic worker and disciplined another for breaching the privacy of an athlete and his girlfriend by immediately discussing the results of their pregnancy test. The violations come after Iowa fired three and suspended two for accessing the records of football players who were hospitalized in 2011. The university has increased its training on health privacy rules.

 

Open Class Bucket/Bottle Calf – Registration Extended

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Fair Board will once again sponsor the open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show at the Montgomery County Fair. The open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show is open to all kindergarten through 3rd graders in Montgomery County. Any newborn or orphan calf, steer or heifer, daily or beef, that was calved between March 1st and May 15th may be shown.

Calf must be bucket or bottle fed. The Bucket/Bottle Calf show will be held on Sunday, July 19th at 2:00 pm with check-in from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Bucket/Bottle Calf packets can be picked up at the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach Office at 400 Bridge Street.

Registration has been extended to Monday, June 1st. For questions, contact the extension office at 712-623-2592 or open class Bucket/Bottle Calf superintendent Mary Gohlinghorst at 712-623-9041.

Name of teen driver involved in Harrison Co. shootout released

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier reports, the Iowa Department of Public Safety late Tuesday afternoon released the name of a teenaged driver involved in a shooting and chase in Harrison County. Officials say 17-year old Chauncy Jewett, of Sioux City, was the driver of a vehicle that sped away from Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger, Monday afternoon.

The incident began at around 12:34-p.m., when Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County.  Officer Floerchinger stopped to conduct a motorist assist.  Officer Floerchinger made contact with the Jewett, who initially provided a false Iowa Driver’s License.  During questioning by Officer Floerchinger, the teen put the car in gear and sped away.  Officer Floerchinger then pursued the vehicle and called for assistance.  Several Agencies to include the Iowa State Patrol, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Valley Police Department responded.

During the pursuit the subject’s vehicle reached rates of speed exceeding 100MPH.  At these high rates of speed Officer Floerchinger observed Jewett leaning out the driver’s side window. At that point Officer Floerchinger heard a loud noise.  One bullet struck Officer Floerchinger’s marked unit.

Jewett retreated back into the car and the pursuit continued south bound to a rest area located at the 80 mile marker.  In the parking lot the teen lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked vehicle.  Jewett ran into a wooded area behind the rest area and was later taken into custody by officers from the Missouri Valley Police Department. A female passenger in the vehicle, 20-year old Sydney Swanson, of Sioux City, was also taken into custody by Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers.  Both subjects were transported to the hospital in Missouri Valley to be checked for injuries and then released to law enforcement.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to conduct the shooting investigation. Jewett was subsequently charged with Attempted Murder, while Swanson was charged with Identity Theft and Interference with official acts.  The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are pending.

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices have surged higher as the death of millions of hens from bird flu is beginning to tighten supplies. The Midwest price of a dozen large eggs rose to $1.88. That’s 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms. Prices have been climbing at a rate of about 5 percent a day for the past week as supplies become tighter.

Rick Brown, an egg industry analyst with commodity market firm Urner Barry, says it’s because 10 percent of chickens that lay eggs for food are dead or dying from bird flu. Eggs used principally as an ingredient in ice cream, mayonnaise and other products are up even more, about 162 percent to $1.65 a dozen since April 22.

Iowa reports 2 more chicken farms, turkey farm with bird flu

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say bird flu has been found on another turkey farm in Buena Vista County, two more chicken farms in Sioux County and in a backyard flock of chickens. The four new cases announced Tuesday raise the state’s total to 60 and boosts the number of chickens dead or dying to about 26 million. The latest turkey farm has 24,000 birds raising turkey losses in Iowa to more than 960,000.

One chicken farm has 150,000 egg laying hens and the other 100,000 pullets, younger chickens that were to be egg layers. The backyard flock had 15 chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed more than 39 million birds in 15 states with the H5N2 virus that scientists believe came to the Midwest this spring with migrating waterfowl.

Health workers violated privacy of Iowa athlete, girlfriend

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has fired one student health clinic worker and disciplined another for breaching the privacy of an athlete and his girlfriend by immediately discussing the results of their pregnancy test. The violations come after Iowa fired three and suspended two for accessing the records of football players who were hospitalized in 2011. The university has increased its training on health privacy rules.

According to records The Associated Press obtained under Iowa’s open records law, the latest investigation found a lab worker told a clerk Dec. 31 that a pregnancy test was positive and identified a male athlete in the waiting room. The clerk then spoke with medical assistants who treated the patient to ask whether the athlete was with her and how the couple reacted.