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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/4/2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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House fire reported in Shenandoah

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An electrical problem is being blamed for a house fire Thursday afternoon, in Shenandoah. According to reports, a bad outlet in the bathroom of a home at 2057 A Avenue caused the blaze which caused extensive damage to the bathroom, and smoke damage to the rest of the residence. The incident happened at around 4:20-p.m.
The house was unoccupied, with the exception of a family pet that was rescued by firefighters. No injuries were reported.

Two Creston men arrested; 2 minor accidents in Creston

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Creston were arrested on separate charges, recently. Early this (Friday) morning, David Murphy was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Murphy was later released from the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond. And, at around 12:10-p.m. Thursday, Creston Police arrested 36-year old Dustin Seley, on a Union County warrant charging him with assault. Seley was later released on $300 bond.

And, the Creston P-D says no serious injuries were reported following two, separate accidents Thursday. At around 2:40-p.m., a school bus driven by 72-year old Dennis Kirkland, of Creston, was pulling over on New York Avenue in preparation to unload children, when the bus clipped the front end of a legally parked SUV. Damage to the bus was estimated at $100, while the SUV sustained $1,400 damage. No citations were issued.

The other accident happened at around 11:35-a.m. Thursday, at the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Howard Street, in Creston. Authorities say a van driven by 28-year old Timothy Pingree, of Creston, was traveling west on Howard Street, when it hit a pickup driven by 45-year old Dwight Chumbley, of Creston, as Chumbley was traveling north on Sumner.

Pingree told police a construction sign south of Howard Street that interfered with his seeing the oncoming truck. The collision caused a total of $6,000 damage. A passenger in the pickup, 54-year old Junior Dean Chumbley, Jr., of Corning, complained of pain and possible injury, and was transported to the hospital in Creston. Pingree was cited for Failure to obey a Stop Sign and Yield the Right of Way.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report,9/4/2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Arraignment and Trial dates set in father/son Bluffs murder case

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man charged with shooting his father to death will be arraigned on a charge of 1st degree murder later this month. 21-year old Sean Schendel allegedly shot his father, 55-year old Robert R. Schendel several times in his father’s home on Aug. 12th, then allegedly stole his van and withdrew money from his father’s bank account. The Daily NonPareil reports Sean Schendel will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28th.

Schendel has not yet turned in a written plea. If he does plead not guilty to murder and theft charges, his trial could start as early as 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 17th. Court documents indicate Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said he and Deputy County Attorney John Jacobmeier would lead the prosecution. Jennifer Solberg will be Schendel’s attorney.

Schendel, who was found in Sterling, Colorado along with his father’s missing van, was arrested on Aug. 15th. Schendel was brought back to Council Bluffs on Aug. 21st and remains in Pottawattamie County Jail on just over $1-million bond. In addition to the murder charge, Schendel faces two counts of second-degree theft.

Charges against man in Sioux City kidnapping case dismissed

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an 18-year-old man who was accused of kidnapping and assaulting two men over a dispute about drug dealings. Isaiah Mothershed had been charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of willful injury.

Mothershed had been accused of binding and blindfolding two men who met him to buy marijuana on July 7. Court documents had said he burned their faces with a hot object and struck one of them with a shotgun. Authorities said Mothershed had accused them of helping someone steal his marijuana.

The documents said Mothershed forced the men into the trunk of his car, but they escaped when he stopped and left the car to go into a house. Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings, who filed a motion to dismiss the charges Tuesday, said the investigation is ongoing to determine Mothershed’s involvement in the incident.

911 calls lead to arrest in Red Oak

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several, no response calls from a person who dialed 9-1-1 resulted in an investigation, and the arrest of a man Thursday afternoon in Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year old William W. Elliott, of Red Oak, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault shortly after 4-p.m., after authorities determined the location of the 9-1-1 calls and found the alleged victim with Elliott, northwest of Red Oak on 160th Street.

Elliott was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond, pending an appearance before a magistrate.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Sept. 4th 2015

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September 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his Iowa organization has picked up steam in recent months. The Vermont senator and 2016 hopeful appeared Thursday at a campaign office opening in Ottumwa. People packed inside the building and spilled out onto the street, enthusiastically cheering his appearance.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first television ad backing Republican Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign to begin airing in Iowa next week highlights his 2011 battle with public sector unions. The 60-second ad was released Thursday by the Unintimidated super PAC that has announced it is spending $17 million in the next six months on an ad campaign backing Walker.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump ruled out a possible third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party’s next presidential nominee — whoever that may be. To the dismay of Republican leaders, Trump has emerged as the overwhelming front-runner in the party’s crowded field of candidates.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Court documents show an Iowa man charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman told police that she simply was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The Telegraph Herald reports that 19-year-old Helmon Betwell is charged with murder, sexual assault and two counts of burglary. He made an initial appearance Wednesday in court, where his bond was set at $1 million.

Stuart man arrested Wed. on stolen property and burglary charges

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September 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Stuart  Police Department reports a search warrant executed Wednesday at a residence in the 600 block of southwest 7th Street, resulted in one arrest and another person facing charges. Cole Aaron Molyneux, of Stuart, was arrested and charged with trafficking stolen firearms, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Charges were also filed on a juvenile male with connections to the case.

The warrant was executed as part of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Stuart Police Department regarding several recent car burglaries in the Adair, Guthrie and Dallas County areas. During the search, Stuart Officers recovered various items of stolen property including stolen firearms. Evidence collected during the investigation will be turned over to surrounding law enforcement agencies, as the majority of the vehicle burglaries occurred outside the city of Stuart. It is anticipated that those agencies will have additional charges filed from the result of this investigation.

If you have been the victim of a recent vehicle burglary or theft from your residence please report it to your local law enforcement agency. If you have already reported the burglary/theft please allow officers time to look through the evidence and contact you regarding any connections with your case.

If you have any information regarding this investigation or any other crimes please contact the Stuart Police Dept. at 515-523-1896 or send them a message on Facebook.

SUV and tractor collide in Atlantic Wed. evening

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September 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our post Wednesday- corrects 2nd vehicle as a tractor)

A passenger in a car that pulled out in front of a tractor Wednesday evening in Atlantic, was injured during the collision. According to Atlantic Police, the accident near the west entrance to the Mid-Town Apartments happened a little after 6:30-p.m.
Officials say an SUV driven by Shelly Schwenneker, of Atlantic, was turning left into the apartment complex parking lot in the 400 block of east 8th Street, when she pulled in front of an International tractor driven by Dennis Vogl, of Atlantic. A passenger in the SUV, 44-year-old Tracy Ollinger, of Atlantic, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

Police says Schwenneker was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.