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4 people arrested on drug charges in Crawford County

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Tuesday in Crawford County resulted in two Sac County men being arrested on drug charges. And, a search warrant executed in Crawford County early this (Wednesday) morning resulted in drugs, paraphernalia and cash being seized, along with the arrest of a Denison man. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reports during the traffic stop Tuesday, a drug investigation was initiated, and a request was made for K9 “Bayou,” who when deployed, alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics coming from the vehicle. As the result of the search, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was seized from the vehicle. Arrested was 19-year old Shawn Freier and 19-year old Shane Thelen both of Sac County for Possession of Methamphetamine a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor.

A search warrant obtained this (Wednesday) morning and a search of a home at 1715 1st Avenue north in Denison, was conducted. The search was for illegal narcotics, and evidence of distribution of illegal drugs. During the search, items taken into custody and seized for evidence, included methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging materials, scales, ledgers, drug paraphernalia and over $1600 dollars in United States Currency. The currency will be seized and filed for forfeiture.

Arrested was 48 year old Armando Valerio of Denison. Valerio faces a felony Delivery of methamphetamine charge, and a serious misdemeanor charge of Possession of methamphetamine, along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor. It was also learned that Valerio had an outstanding arrest warrant. 48 Year old Mindi Jo Wittrock ,of Wall Lake, was arrested at the home for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Officers with the Denison Police Department assisted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the Search Warrant

Glenwood P-D asks for help in ID’ing burglary suspects

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood are asking for your help in identifying two suspects who allegedly stole alcohol from the Newman’s Thriftway store during the early morning hours of Jan. 30th.  Surveillance footage from the store shows two suspects that entered the store and took alcohol from the shelves.suspects
Anyone that recognizes these suspects or anyone with any information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527-9920 or 712-527-4844 and ask for Officer Burtch or Sgt. Martin.

Officials locate missing ACT exams at Iowa grocery store

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have located nearly 200 missing ACT college entrance exams at an Iowa grocery store, just days after notifying students they wouldn’t receive their results. Johnston County Community School District spokeswoman Laura Sprague says Johnston High School’s principal picked up the test packets Wednesday morning at a Dahl’s store in Johnston. The ACT organization sent an email Monday night to 195 students who tested at the high school Dec. 13 notifying them their answer sheets never arrived at headquarters in Iowa City and therefore could not be scored.

Sprague says there was a mix-up with shipments after an ACT-hired testing coordinator dropped off the packets for mailing. She says the tests will be sent overnight. ACT spokeswoman Katie Walker says the exams are valid and scoring will be expedited.

Atlantic man arrested for OWI

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report the arrest on Tuesday, of 44-year old Craig Griffin. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Griffin was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Illegal parking leads to citations for drug possession

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Dallas County residents were cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after they parked in a No Parking Zoning behind the Guthrie County Courthouse last week. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports Dustin Brobst and Tarrin Thomas, both of whom are from the Perry area, admitted to using methamphetamine before they arrived at the courthouse on Jan. 27th.

The citations were the result of an investigation that began at around 11:30-a.m. , when a pickup truck entered into the restricted area, behind the Guthrie County Courthouse and parked in no parking zone. The vehicle was approached due to the safety concerns, and after some investigation the Guthrie County K-9 was deployed, the K-9 hit on the vehicle and a search was done and Drug paraphernalia was found.

US Bank to pay $18M to customers of collapsed Iowa brokerage

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Bank will pay $18 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by regulators alleging that it mishandled customer funds of a collapsed Iowa brokerage. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade approved a consent decree Wednesday that orders the bank to return the money to customers of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc.

The order settles a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission alleging that U.S. Bank allowed Peregrine founder Russell Wasendorf Sr. to improperly withdraw millions of customer funds to use for other expenses. Wasendorf is serving a 50-year prison term after he was convicted of stealing $215 million from customers over two decades.

The consent decree says U.S. Bank has already taken “significant remedial action” in its handling of customer funds that are supposed to be held separately.

Democrats begin effort to boost school aid in Iowa

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Senate Democrats have given preliminary approval to legislation that would boost school funding above the level sought by the governor. A set of education funding bills received subcommittee approval in the Democratic-majority Senate Wednesday. Under the proposal, school aid would increase by more than $200 million for the upcoming school year. That’s more than double the amount supported by the Republican-controlled House and by Gov. Terry Branstad. The legislation will now move to the full Senate Education Committee for review.

Lawmakers say the schools need more support. Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, says the state must do better for students. Legislators will have to work to find a compromise. House Republicans contend the state cannot afford a significant increase for schools, given existing budget commitments.

Accident in Cass County Tuesday afternoon near the Griswold H.S.

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A two-vehicle accident that took place Tuesday afternoon near the Griswold High School caused $3,500 damage, but no one was injured. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified of the incident at around 3:30-p.m.

Officials say the accident happened on Highway 48, as a 1999 Chevy Silverado driven by 22-year old Nolan Ryan Nielsen, of Walnut, was stopped in a line of traffic headed northbound. 18-year old Brody Adam Main, of Griswold, was attempting to exit the parking lot from the high school, when the 1994 Ford Mustang he was driving slid through the stop sign, and struck Nielsen’s vehicle in the driver’s side.

Icy road conditions were to blame for the accident. No citations were issued.

Union County woman arrested on a theft charge

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, of 38-year old Sara Nicole Exline, of Afton. She was taken into custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Creston at around 10:30-a.m. Tuesday, on a Union County warrant charging her with 5th degree theft. Exline plead guilty to the charge and was released from custody.

Page County Sheriff warns of law enforcement-type phone scam

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is reporting citizens in the county have been receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Page County Sheriff’s Office or another Law Enforcement entity. The number on caller ID sometimes even shows that it is from the Law Enforcement entity. The caller claims there is a warrant or some type of criminal / civil litigation against the person and they need to call back to another number right a way to avoid jail and/or prosecution. If the number given is called back, the person on the line will request some sort of payment via any type of payment method. Authorities say THIS IS A SCAM.

Law Enforcement does NOT call if there is a warrant or litigation to obtain money. We serve papers and warrants in person and do not handle these matters over the phone.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer warns against falling victim to the scammers. He says if you do it is very unlikely that you will ever get your money back as the caller is usually from out of the United States. Tracking the culprits down is virtually impossible. If they can show that they are calling from a Law Enforcement entity, they can change to whatever number they want. If you do receive those type of phone calls,  call your local Law Enforcement agency.