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Murder charge filed in death of Orange City girl

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in late October.  Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says Rochelle Sapp has been arrested after test results confirmed the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma.

Rochelle Sapp

Rochelle Sapp

Sapp was initially charged with willful injury and child endangerment but on Oct. 31 when Autumn died McAllister dropped the charges. He says it was important to wait for a ruling on the cause of death and other tests.  He says Sapp was arrested Thursday. Her case is not yet listed in court records and it’s unclear if she has an attorney.

Sapp initially reported Autumn had fallen but later said she threw her to the floor after becoming angry.

Calf sale raises $50k for scholarship fund in memory of Adams County drowning victims

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An event in Creston Wednesday afternoon raised more than $50,000 for a family establishing a scholarship in the name of their sons who drowned over the weekend. KCCI –TV reports more than 100 people attended the rollover-style calf auction at the Creston Livestock Auction Barn. Bids were placed, but the calf was donated back each time for rebidding.

The calf was donated by a family friend from Missouri and officially will be sold Friday morning that money will also go the Tom and Leisa Frey family. Their sons, T.J. and Nathan Frey died after falling through the ice on their family’s pond Saturday afternoon near Prescott

Red Oak woman arrested following a traffic stop

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mongtomery County say a Red Oak woman was arrested for Driving While Barred following a traffic stop this (Thursday) morning. 30-year old Jennifer Lynne Ballard was pulled over in the 1200 block of North 4th Street at around 9:30-a.m. In addition to the DWB charge, Ballard was cited for Failure to Secure a Child and having no or improper registration. Her bond was set at $2,000.

2 arrested on drug & theft charges in Mills County

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested this week on drug charges, in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials say 35-year old Harold Jay Rudock, of Glenwood, and 28-year old Natosha Myree Crally, of Red Oak, were arrested Monday evening on Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property/3rd offense, charges. Ruduck was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $3,300. Cralley’s bond was set at $3,000.

A Glenwood man was arrested early Wednesday morning. 22-year old Dylan Wayne Miller was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop at around 1-a.m. His bond was set at $1,000.   And, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Seth Ryan Peters, of Glenwood, was arrested at the Mills County Jail at around 8:30-a.m. Wednesday, for Failure to Appear on a Driving While Revoked charge. His bond was set at $5,000.

 

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Icy roads blamed for 2 Page County accidents, Wednesday

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say rapidly deteriorating road conditions were to blame for two, separate non-injury accidents late Wednesday morning.  The first happened at around 10:55-a.m., east of Shenandoah on C Avenue, just south of Highway 2. Officials say a 2010 Ford pickup driven by 46-year old Donald Wayne Lindquist, of Red Oak, was traveling south on C Avenue, when the roadway became  slick very quickly. The pickup went out of control and into a ditch where it rolled over. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The second accident happened at around 11:50-a.m., Wednesday, also on C Avenue, about one-half mile north of 250th Street. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year old Dasie Mae Richt, of Northboro, was traveling south on C Avenue, when her 2001 Mitsubishi went out of control and entered a ditch, where it rolled over and landed on a fence before coming to rest on its top. Damage was estimated at $7,000.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 5th 2013

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A wintry storm that heaped snow on the Rockies has pushed east into northern Nebraska and northwest Iowa. NWS meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said 4 to 6 inches of snow had fallen in northwest Iowa on Wednesday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates — and reduce them for law students. The regents voted yesterday to keep tuition steady for resident undergraduate students at Iowa’s three public universities for the second straight year. The freeze is contingent on the schools receiving a 4 percent general funding increase from lawmakers next year. Without it, the regents warn they may have to approve a hike later.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The ambassador of Nigeria is coming to Dubuque. Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe will address an audience December 12th at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center as it celebrates the history and culture of Africa. The reception and program, titled “All Africa” will include opening remarks by Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting at passing vehicles in a Des Moines neighborhood is in custody and injured. Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says officers exchanged gunfire with the man yesterday afternoon on the city’s south side, following multiple reports of shots being fired in the area. He was injured and taken to a local hospital.

(Update) Harlan man killed in crash north of Avoca Wed. afternoon

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier story, the Iowa State Patrol Wednesday evening released more information about an accident which occurred Wednesday afternoon that killed one person and injured two IA DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers. Officials say 52-year old Bruce Coenen, of Harlan, died in the crash. DOT officers Brian Rink, age 40, of Griswold, and Kent Liebe, age 58, of Carter Lake, were injured.

The Daily NonPareil, quoting Police dispatch reports, said Coenen had left a behavioral facility in Harlan, smelling of alcohol. The 2003 Pontiac Bonneville he was driving travelled south on Highway 59 for nine-miles at speeds of up to 100-miles per hours, with a Harlan Police officer in pursuit. The car slammed into the DOT enforcement officers’  2012 Chevy Tahoe, about one-mile north of Interstate 80, at around 12:25-p.m., after the SUV did a U-turn in an attempt to block the Bonneville using a rolling stop, according to authorities. The Bonneville caught fire, and state troopers who arrived on the scene put out the blaze.

Coenen died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. His body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, for autopsy. The Patrol says Brian Rink was also not wearing a seat belt. He was transported by private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Kent Liebe was wearing a seat belt. He was transported by Avoca Rescue to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. A report on both officers’ conditions, was not available.

Highway 59 was closed for more than two hours as the crash was investigated. It reopened at about 2:30 p.m. Assisting at the scene, was Avoca Fire and Rescue, Harlan Fire and Walnut Fire and Rescue.

“Grand Child in trouble” scam strikes again

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December 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports the old “Grandchild in trouble” scam is making its way around the area….again. Brothers say he was recently made aware of an elderly Clarinda couple who was called by someone who said that the couple’s grandson had been involved in a serious accident and that $2,400.00 needed to be wired immediately to the grandson.

The grandson had not been in an accident and the money was ultimately sent to the country of Chile.` The scam sometimes involves a person who claims to be, or is representing, a grandchild who is supposedly in jail, and needs to be bonded out. The “grandchild” in most of those cases, is in another country, like Canada, or Mexico.

The bottom line grandparents need to be aware of, is to VERIFY information with another family member. Or, in the case of a supposedly arrested grandchild, call the law enforcement agency or your local law enforcement agency, to have them verify the claim. NEVER give personal banking or credit card information to someone claiming to be or representing a relative, especially if you are not certain the circumstances are real.