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Bluffs robbery under investigation

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating an armed robbery that took place Saturday night. Officials say at around 7:42-p.m., an armed robbery was reported at 1900 8th Avenue, in Council Bluffs. Two victims, whose names were not released, claimed cash and a cell phone were taken from them by two men. The victims said one of the suspects brandished a revolver during the robbery. Both suspects, a black male and a white male, were wearing dark-colored clothing. They fled the area in a small red car.

Officials say when two Council Bluffs Police Officers located a vehicle matching the suspects’ vehicle at a local gas and convenience store, two suspects fled the scene on foot, as the officers approached a group of people standing near the vehicle.

Two people were detained for questioning, one of whom was identified as having been involved in the robbery. The suspects’ name has not been released. The incident remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Criminal Investigation Division.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to hold Special Session

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Session Monday morning, in Greenfield.The Board will meet at 9-a.m., to hear Fiscal Year funding requests from: the Ag Extension Office; Adair County Home Care; Adair County Health Systems; MATURA; the Adair County Historical Society, and Adair County Tourism representatives.

Audubon Community Banquet Awards

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January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Chamber of Commerce and Audubon County Economic Development held their annual joint Community Banquet and Auction Saturday night, at Saint Patrick’s Parish Center. Receiving a Special 2011 Community Service Award for their service, commitment and sacrifice to the community, was the Audubon Fire Department. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou said the fire department is one of the few businesses, associations or groups in the community that actually hope their customers DON’T call them, but when they do, their 40 volunteer members, nine of whom are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), two of whom are First Responders, one Paramedic and two who are taking EMT classes, are ready to respond to those calls. He said he is extremely proud of each member of his department. He says in his years serving at the State Fire Training Bureau, he’s trained many firefighters from western Iowa and elsewhere around the State, and “The Audubon Fire Department takes a back seat to none of them.” Ballou thanked the community for its support and said the recognition they received Saturday night meant as much as anything else the community could do for the department.

Presenting the 2011 Audubon Citizen of the Year Award Saturday, was the 2010 Citizen of the Year, Thomas R. Nielsen. Nielsen said it was his honor to present the award to Lyle H. Hansen, Junior, who was born and raised in Audubon County, and is a dedicated servant to the community. He said Lyle has been a constant supporter and promoter of the community. When asked to serve, he says Hansen was always there to help, and could be counted on. Not only to serve on a committee, but to committed and active in the community. Hansen said he’s “Always been proud to call Audubon home.”
He says it’s “A great place to grow up and a great place to come back to. A great place to raise kids,” and great to his kids back from college and close to home.

Other recognition went to several sponsors of “Light Up Audubon”, which was tasked with raising money for all new LED lights to be hung in the downtown area. The lights were damaged in an ice storm a couple of years ago. To date, Light Up Audubon has raised over $4,800 toward replacing the lights, but the goal is raise $12,000, which will allow the lights to be replaced as needed, and kept on year around, during special celebrations and community events, not just for the holidays.  And, Audubon County Economic Development President Troy Wessel, Saturday night, recognized 13 businesses and two individuals at the Ceremony, who marked significant milestones over the past year, in the areas of expansion, new business, and/or who have received awards or recognition from their respective industries.

Bomb threat cleared in Council Bluffs rail yard

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A bomb threat at the Union Pacific rail yard in Council Bluffs has been cleared after no device was found. Police searched the rail yard for four hours late Friday and early Saturday before determining the area was safe. Police ended their search about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. No other information about the incident has been released.

Police investigate hazing claims at Nodaway Valley HS

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Police say they are investigating allegations of hazing involving the wrestling team at Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports the city’s police chief confirmed the incident but declined to reveal details other than to say it involved several students. The school’s athletic director, David Huff, sent a letter to parents Friday saying the school is aware of a hazing incident on the wrestling team and that the school conducted its own investigation. He says disciplinary action is being taken and the school is taking action to prevent a similar incident in the future. In the letter, Huff says school officials were “disturbed by this incident.” Superintendent Casey Berlau declined to say if any students had been disciplined and declined further comment.

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Bluffs youth bring BB guns to school

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Superintendent of the Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs says three boys were cited Thursday for carrying weapons to school. Superintendent Marsha Bruckner said the boys – two 11-year olds and a 12-year old — were cited by Council Bluffs Police and released to their parents.

Bruckener said students at the school were never in any danger, and there was no evidence of intent to commit harm. She said the boys were “Trying to be cool,” but now they’re in “Serious trouble.” The boys are no longer in school, and disciplinary measures are still being investigated.

3 arrests in Montgomery County

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report three people were arrested Friday night. 24-year old Jacob Edward Eggleston, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 5:50-p.m. on possession of marijuana and domestic assault charges. At the same time, 19-year old Cassandra Dawn Redd, of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault. Eggleston and Redd were brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where Eggleston was being held on $1,000 cash bond, and Redd’s bond was set at $300.

And, at around 10:20-p.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year old Thayne Alvin Kinnison, of Stanton, on a warrant out of Montgomery County for 4th degree theft. Kinnison was being held in jail on $1,000 bond.

Trail of blood leads officers to accident suspect in C. Bluffs

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January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a trail of blood led Council Bluffs police officers to a hit-and-run driver Friday morning. Officers responded to the 1100 block of Sixth Avenue shortly after midnight following reports of a vehicle striking a parked minivan.

According to police reports, a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was westbound on Sixth Avenue when it struck a parked 2007 Hyundai Entourage, pushing it more than 10 feet. After striking the minivan, the Eclipse rolled onto its top. Witnesses told police they could hear the driver – later identified as a 24-year-old Council Bluffs man – cry for help. After assisting the man from the vehicle, witnesses tried to get him to sit down, but he said he would walk home.

Officers found blood at the scene and believed that the driver had a significant laceration. They notified area hospitals but also followed a blood trail that led to a nearby home. A resident there told officers her daughter had just left with “someone.” About the same time, Jennie Edmundson Hospital notified officers that a man matching the driver’s description had arrived at the hospital. The unidentified man was moved to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with what was believed to be a non-life threatening head injury.

Winterset Teacher Arrested on Sexual Exploitation Charges

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January 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said today (Friday) agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) arrested 26-year old Drew C. Lipovac, of Winterset this morning, on three charges of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee. Lipovac, a third grade teacher at Winterset Elementary, was arrested following a criminal investigation conducted by the Winterset Police Department and the DCI.

On December 15th, 2011 a member of the Winterset Community School District contacted the Winterset Police Department to report an allegation of inappropriate physical contact between Lipovac and at least one high school aged female student. The criminal investigation revealed that during September, 2011, Lipovac, while at a private residence, consumed alcohol with multiple high school aged students and had inappropriate physical contact with two high school aged females.  The investigation also revealed that Lipovac consumed alcohol with and had inappropriate physical contact with one of the high school aged females at a later date.

Lipovac is currently being held on $10,000 cash bond at the Madison County Jail.