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Harassment and assault arrests in Creston


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people have been arrested in Creston on separate harassment and assault charges. Creston Police say 52-year old James Cook was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center Tuesday afternoon. Cook was charged with Harassment in the 1st Degree. He was being held in the jail on $4,000 bond.

And, 29-year old Christina Hunter, of Creston, was arrested Monday morning at the Union County LEC for Assault. She was released on a promise to appear later, in court.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/20/2015

News, Podcasts

May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Earling teen faces jail time & a fine for alleged threat


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Shelby County teen faces five-years in jail and a $5,000 fine for allegedly making terrorist threats against the Harlan Middle School. The Harlan News-Advertiser reports the unidentified 13-year-old is alleged to have kept a journal with specific threats to kill students, teachers, and athletes at HMS.

She was transported to the juvenile detention center in Council Bluffs and held on the felony charge. An investigation into the incident continues.

Man admits Omaha bar was front for prostitution operation


May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A 67-year-old man has admitted running a prostitution operation out of his exotic-dance bar in Omaha. Louis Venditte pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four federal prostitution charges, including one involving the transport of women from Iowa to Nebraska. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 10.

Venditte’s wife, Ruby Venditte, and John W. Wagstaffe have pleaded not guilty to prostitution charges, accused of being partners in the operation at the former Goodfellas bar. Law enforcement raided the bar in October 2013 while serving a search warrant. The bar has since closed.

Ruby Venditte and Wagstaffe are scheduled to go on trial next month.

Man & woman arrested in Montgomery County Tue. evening


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


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


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


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


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

Ag/Outdoor, News

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.