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Accident in Audubon County Tue. evening

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person escaped serious injury when the vehicle they were driving went out of control and rolled over in Audubon County, Tuesday night. Sheriff Todd Johnson reports 41-year old Tricia Kay Deist, of Audubon, was traveling east on 190th Street at around 6:30-p.m., when her 2003 Dodge went out of control due to the road conditions. The vehicle entered the east ditch near the intersection with Kingbird Avenue, and rolled over before coming to rest on its top. The damage was estimated at $3,500.

Deist refused medical treatment at the scene. There were no citations issued.

Red Oak man arrested Tue. night on Meth charges

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County arrested a Red Oak man late Tuesday night, on drug charges. 56-year old Charles James Netherton, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 10:12-p.m. on four felony counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. The arrest stems from a narcotics investigation.

Netherton was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 24, 2014

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for selling crack cocaine at a candy store. Thirty-six-year-old Dwayne Howard of Dubuque was sentenced after pleading guilty in October to one count of distribution of crack cocaine near a playground. Howard acknowledged he repeatedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in January and February 2014. The sales were at Howard’s business, Wayne’s Candy, in Dubuque.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man was sentenced a second time to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing heroin to someone who used the drug and then died. Fifty-one-year-old Alvin Stanley Briggs Jr. first pleaded guilty in June 2013 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but that conviction was overturned due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling dealing with deaths resulting from drugs supplied by another person. In October, Briggs again pleaded guilty and acknowledged a person identified as S.R. would have lived if not for using heroin distributed by Briggs.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court has overturned a decision ordering the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to pay $4.7 million in legal costs to an Iowa trucking company. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says Judge Linda Reade erred in awarding the fees to Cedar Rapids-based CRST Van Expedited. The ruling sends the case back to Reade to make those findings and determine again whether CRST should receive fees.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s population continues to grow slowly but steadily. The Census Bureau has released estimates showing Iowa’s population was just over 3.1 million as of July. It’s up about two percent since 2010, when Iowa lost a U.S. House seat following the last headcount.

Massena & Lenox receive H2o quality improvement loans

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources have announced 22 Iowa cities will benefit from a combined total of more than $27.2-million in low-cost water quality loans, through the State Revolving Fund (SRF). SRF’s are a low-cost financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning and Design Loans are zero-percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

In the KJAN listening area, the City of Massena received a $230,000 Clean Water Construction (CWC) project loan from the SRF, and the Lenox Municipal Utilities received a $452,000 loan for a Drinking Water Construction (DWC) project. Elsewhere, Kiron, in Crawford County, received a CWC loan $1.478-million, and the City of Halbur, in Carroll County, received a $506,000 CWC loan from the State.

Pott. County trail money secured, work begins on engineering phase

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Pottawattamie County learned Tuesday, that about $2.6 million has already been secured to construct a walking and biking trail from eastern Council Bluffs to Underwood and Neola. The Daily NonPareil reports Brian Shea, president of the Pottawattamie County Trails Association, told the board work on engineering the trail is underway.

Shea said the proposed trail would run along the east side of Iowa Highway 191, also known as Railroad Highway, up through Underwood and then to Neola, a stretch of some 17 miles. Down the road, that trail could connect with another one going east to Atlantic and beyond. He said also, atrail from the county jail to Crescent and then on to the Hitchcock Nature Center could also be a future goal, he added.

The Iowa West Foundation awarded a $1.1 million grant to the project. The remaining funds came from a federal recreation grant of $300,000, a state recreation grant of $700,000, a $425,000 grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, a $38,000 grant from Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection, or REAP, program and $60,000 from the Board of Supervisors.

While providing the Board with an update on the project, Shea also requested an additional $60,000 commitment from the board for the next two years, at least, citing some requirements necessary to secure additional grants. He estimated the 17-mile trail would cost $5.5 million, not including what Underwood and Neola would pay for the trail through their communities. The trail from the county jail to Hitchcock would run about $4 million, not including Crescent’s cost, Shea said.

The board did not take any action on allocating additional money during Tuesday’s meeting.

Pedestrian struck by a van in southern Iowa Tue. night

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman walking on a highway in southern Iowa’s Lucas County was struck by a van late Tuesday evening as she walked on Highway 34, on the east edge of Chariton. The Iowa State Patrol says 46-year old Sherri Adams, of Chariton, was in the middle of the eastbound lane when she was hit by a van driven by 50-year old Jamie Bermel, of Lawrence, KS.

Bermel was traveling eastbound in the 2006 Toyota when the collision occurred at around 8:25-p.m. Adams was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital. A report on her condition is not available.

The accident remains under investigation.

1 killed, 2 injured in Harrison County head-on crash, Tuesday

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December 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person died, two others were injured during a head-on crash Tuesday evening about 2.5-miles west of Logan, in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol says all of the victims were from Logan. According to the report, a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 58-year old Richard Tiffey, Jr., was traveling westbound on Highway 30 just after 6-p.m., when an eastbound 2012 Chevy Impala driven by 74-year old Linda Hack, crossed the center line of the road, for reasons unknown.

Tiffey, Jr., who was not wearing a seat belt, died when the vehicles collided head-on. A passenger in his vehicle, 58-year old Debbie Tiffey, was wearing her seat belt. She was taken by ambulance to CHI Health Hospital in Missouri Valley. Linda Hack, who was also wearing her seat belt, was also transported to the same hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Tom and Janet Cappel Awarded Best Outdoor Display of Christmas Lights

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, announced the winners of this years Atlantic Municipal Utilies (AMU) & Atlantic Chamber’ “2014 Atlantic Christmas Lighting Contest.” Tom and Janet Cappel, were named first place winners. The sponsors encourage you to check out their outdoor light display at 2708 Chestnut Street in Atlantic. The Cappels received a $100 credit toward their AMU utility services for taking 1st place in the competition.IMG_4596

Second place winners were Jim and Connie Comes, at 2603 Country Oaks Drive. They were awarded a $75 credit to their AMU utility services. Third place winners are Ray and Dawn Meyer, residents at 1104 Roosevelt. The Meyers’ will receive a $50 credit for their light display.

Officer involved shooting in Council Bluffs

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs late Tuesday evening issued a statement concerning an officer involved shooting that took place earlier in the afternoon. Sgt. Chad Meyers said at approximately 12:39 p.m., two Officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department’s PAR (Police Area Representative) Unit, were attempting to locate a 2012 Blue Corvette that had been reported stolen. The Corvette was reported stolen from an address on Old Lincoln Highway, in Pottawattamie County on December 13th, 2014.

Council Bluffs PD ShieldAs the Officers were driving southbound in the 100 Block of Park Avenue, they observed a newer blue Corvette pull into the driveway of an apartment complex at 127 Park Avenue and stop near the driveway entrance. The Officers, who were in full Police uniform, stopped their unmarked cruiser in the street and approached the Corvette on foot from behind. As they neared the Corvette, it’s driver put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the Officers, striking and damaging their parked police vehicle. Two shots were fired at driver of the Corvette as it backed toward the Officers. The Officers radioed the shots fired call at 12:39 p.m. and advised that the Corvette had fled the scene southbound on Park Avenue. Neither officer was injured during the assault. There were no other occupants in the Corvette during the incident.

Patrol Officers located the Corvette speeding eastbound on 9th Avenue from Bluff Street. The Corvette led the Council Bluffs Officers on a high speed pursuit on 9th Avenue, where it turned northbound onto I-29 and then west onto I-480. The Officers lost sight of the Corvette near I 480 and Highway 75.
At 1:13 p.m., Officers from the Omaha Police Department located the Corvette abandoned in the 5900 block of No. 35th Street. The interior of the Corvette did contain blood evidence on the driver’s seat area.

Information developed during the investigation identified the driver of the Corvette as 33 year old Jesse Wilkinson of Council Bluffs. Mr. Wilkinson has outstanding warrants for his arrest to include a federal warrant for prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon and State of Iowa warrants for Theft 3rd Degree and Failure to Appear on a controlled substance violation.

Jesse Wilkinson

Jesse Wilkinson

At 4:00 p.m. members of the U.S. Marshal’s Metro Area Fugitive Task Force located Wilkinson in a house at 5702 No. 35th Street, Omaha, Ne. Wilkinson was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound/wounds to his lower extremities. He was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. Additional charges against Wilkinson will be forthcoming, pending our investigation.  The names of the Officers will not be released at this time. One Officer is a 13 year veteran with the Council Bluffs Police Department and the other is a 14 year veteran with Department.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the Officer involved shooting and our department is conducting the criminal portion of the investigation. Both cases will be coordinated with and reviewed by the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office. The Council Bluffs Police Department would like to thank the citizens who provided vital information to our investigation. We would also like to thank the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Omaha Police Department and U. S. Marshal’s Metro Area Fugitive Task Force for their aid in safely apprehending Jesse Wilkinson.

Montgomery County and Red Oak Arrests

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December 23rd, 2014 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Tuesday morning, of 36 year old Jill Currin of Villisca. Currin was taken into custody in the six-hundred block of 8th Street in Villisca and charged with possession of Marijuana. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

An the Red Oak Police Department reports a Red Oak woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon. 18 year old Nakia Nicole Lamb was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Theft in the 5th degree. Lamb was also being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, a Shenandoah man was arrested Tuesday evening, in Red Oak. Police report 24-year old Brian Lee Atteberry was taken into custody at 106 Coolbaugh Street at around 5:25-p.m. on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. The warrant dated back to Jan., 2013. Atteberry was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.