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Man & woman from Council Bluffs arrested for felony Criminal Mischief/2nd degree

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March 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation Sunday evening into several vehicles being damaged in the 600 block of Damon Street, in Council Bluffs, resulted in the arrest of two people on one count each of Felony Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree. Authorities say 36-year old James M. Yoshida and 41-year old Jacqueline Robinson, both of Council Bluffs, were taken into custody, after witnesses positively identified them as the perpetrators who allegedly caused $6,500 damage to nine vehicles by scratching and/or spray painting those vehicles.

Robinson

Robinson

Yoshida

Yoshida

The investigation into their alleged activities began after police were called to the scene at around 7:15-p.m., Sunday. While en route to the call, they were advised the suspects had left the area in a blue Ford truck. Officers located the suspect vehicle at S. 1st and Knepper Streets, and identified the suspects as Yoshida and Robinson, who denied damaging the vehicles. Witness collaboration and evidence located inside the suspects’ vehicle, linked them to the crime.

Groups: Iowa agency misinterpreting law on exotic animals

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups say the state agency that regulates wild and exotic animals in Iowa is misinterpreting a nearly decade-old law that imposes tough rules for keeping such animals, and they argue it’s created a loophole.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the Washington-based Born Free USA filed documents in February with the Iowa Court of Appeals that contend the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is limiting its own authority in overseeing some facilities that exhibit wildlife.

A 2007 law banned people from keeping such animals, though previous owners were grandfathered in with new rules. The advocacy groups say the department allows certain wildlife exhibitors to register through federal officials instead of following stringent state registration rules.

The agency says it’s following the law.

Sheriff questions online classes for concealed weapon permit

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The fact that Iowa residents can complete training for a concealed weapons permit online is troubling to Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports several of the websites advertise training videos that people can watch to complete their training without any need to touch a gun.

Thompson says the online training certificates don’t mean much, but a state law that was changed in 2011 requires him to accept them for gun permit applications. But the training does make it easier for people to get permits. Andrew Cederdahl says he went through an online course, so he could get a permit to legally keep his gun in his car for defense and trips to the shooting range.

Medical emergency may have caused fatal crash in C. Bluffs

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Council Bluffs died following an accident Sunday morning, and authorities believe a medical condition may have been the cause of the crash. 90-year old Ardeth Paulson was found unconscious and not breathing following a single-vehicle accident that happened at around 7:40-a.m. near the intersection of S. 7th Street and Willow Avenue. Rescue crews arrived on the scene and administered CPR before rushing the woman to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, where she died a short time later.

A preliminary investigation determined Paulson’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling southbound on South 7th Street and had departed the Roadway to the East before striking a sign post. The vehicle came to rest on the East parking approximately 75 feet North of Willow Avenue.

The accident remains under investigation by the Special Operation Unit.

Cass County Master Gardeners Grant Money Available for Local Garden Projects

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The cold weather of winter is the time to plan for future gardens. The Cass County Master Gardeners group is again offering grant money to be used in the 2016 growing season, to encourage gardening to grow food and/or beautify local communities. The money may also be used for gardening education purposes. The David Williams Master Gardener Grants are offered to honor the many years of service Master Gardener David Williams provided as a long-time volunteer, with the Master Gardener program and other community organizations, including a term as Cass County Master Gardener president in 2012.Master Gardner

Any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply. Schools, churches, libraries, 4-H clubs, Scouts, and individuals working to improving their communities can use the money to begin or improve gardens or landscaping, or to provide education for their members or the public. To ensure the money is helping a wide variety of community organizations, groups who were funded by 2015 grants will not be eligible to apply in 2016. Each grant has a maximum value of $300. The application must also include plans for teamwork and sustainability. Consideration for the environment is also an important selection factor.

Applications must be received by Thursday, March 31st for consideration. They may be submitted by mail or email. Grant recipients will be informed of their selection by the end of April. For more information, or with questions, call the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132, email keolson@iastate.edu, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic. You may also contact committee members Carolyn Hartman, Donna Reimers or Connie Pettinger. Application forms can be picked up at the Extension Office, or printed from the Cass County Extension website- www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The Master Gardener program trains volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills in horticulture. These volunteers then give back to their communities through gardening service and education. The program is available in all 50 states and Canada through land grant university Extension programs such as Iowa State University. Education courses are available throughout Iowa on a regular basis. For more information on the program, or to sign up for our next class starting in August, contact Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olson, at 712-243-1132 or keolson@iastate.edu.

Genealogy Center Manager and Librarian Wins National Achievement Award

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that Michele McNabb, M.A., M.L.I.S., of Atlantic, is the winner of its 2016 Genealogy / History Achievement Award.

McNabb is being recognized for her exemplary service, support, leadership, and contributions to the field of genealogical and local history librarianship. She will officially receive the award June 26th at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, just days before her planned retirement.

McNabb has served as the Museum of Danish America’s Genealogy Center Manager and Librarian in Elk Horn, Iowa since 2002. Since the center’s opening in 1996, its staff and volunteers have assisted many individuals in finding links to their Danish immigrant past and have located lost relatives for both Danish and American researchers.

Michele McNabb

Michele McNabb

Throughout her career, Michele has presented internationally at numerous workshops and seminars. Next, she is to be the main presenter for a Scandinavian Genealogy Retreat at Omaha’s Swanson Library in early April.

RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Since 1993 its Genealogy / History Achievement Award has been given annually and is sponsored by ProQuest. The award presents a citation and $1,500 to a librarian in order to recognize professional achievement in genealogical and historical reference and research.

Learn more about the association at www.ala.org/rusa. The Museum of Danish America Genealogy Center is located at 4210 Main Street in Elk Horn, Iowa. More about the museum and its Genealogy Center can be found at www.danishmuseum.org.

Council Bluffs man faces 3 charges following Sat. evening incidents

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man faces a trio of charges following incidents that occurred Saturday evening and later that same night. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says just before 8-p.m. Saturday, they received a complaint from a resident in the 100 block of E. 5th Street in Villisca, that 25-year old Devin Alexander Davis, of Council Bluffs, was involved in an altercation, and had brandished a knife during the incident.

Deputies were initially unable to locate the man, but just before 11-p.m., Police in Red Oak conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of Linden Street, and found Davis inside. He was arrested for Carrying Weapons, with regard to the complaint in Villisca. Davis was also arrested for Interference with Official Acts, for his conduct during his arrest. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Then, just before midnight, Davis was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, for causing damage to his jail cell. His bond was subsequently increased to $5,000. Davis remained in the Montgomery County Jail this (Sunday) morning.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, March 6th 2016

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March 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) — Protesters have promised to picket outside a recently-opened exotic dance club in Nora Springs every night it’s open. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that several people protested Friday night outside the Pole Barn Theater. They held picket signs reading “Women Are Not For Sale” and “Real Men Don’t Exploit Women.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime southern Iowa sheriff has resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed employee, courthouse workers, witnesses and crime victims. The Des Moines Register reports that Decatur County Sheriff Bert Muir resigned Friday. The 66-year-old Muir denied the claims and said the county board’s move to have him removed from office was politically motivated.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police say one person has been shot at a Cedar Rapids grocery store parking lot, but is expected to survive. Television station KCRG reports that the shooting happened around 9:20 p.m. Friday at Jim’s Foods, with multiple people reporting the shooting to 911. Responding officers found blood in the lot, but no victim. A short time later, authorities say a 24-year-old man was reported at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Burlington police have interviewed more than dozen people but have no suspect or motive in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a local teenager. The Hawk Eye reports that 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson’s body was found late Wednesday night in an alley. Johnson was a junior at Burlington High School.

Western Iowa authorities investigate dog poisoning

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March 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the latest of what residents in one western Iowa neighborhood believe is a series of dog poisonings dating back years. The Daily Nonpareil reports several dogs have died mysteriously along Rosebud Lane just outside Council Bluffs in the last six years.

The latest being investigated by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is that of a golden retriever puppy belonging to the father of Tara Campbell of Council Bluffs. A trip to Campbell’s eastern Nebraska veterinarian after it became six Tuesday showed the dog had anti-freeze crystals in its urine. The dog later died.

Sheriff’s investigators are testing refried beans found in the yard where the puppy had been tethered.

Campbell says she has had two other dogs die suddenly in the last six years.

Bluffs man arrested for theft and robbery

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March 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man wanted on a warrant for robbery, early Saturday morning following a traffic stop. At around midnight,a Council Bluffs Police Officer spotted a stolen black Ford Ranger occupied by two adult males, northbound on S. 8th St from 2nd Ave. The Officer followed the vehicle while other officers moved into position to assist. Once in position, officers performed a felony traffic stop in the 100 block of S. Main St where the vehicle was pulled over.

Both occupants were taken into custody without incident. The driver was identified as 34-year old Korey C. Wettengel, of Council Bluffs, and was found to have a valid Robbery 1st warrant through Council Bluffs Police. The passenger was questioned and released. Wettengel was transported to Pottawattamie County Corrections where he was booked on the Robbery 1st warrant and a Theft 2nd.

Korey Wettengel

Korey Wettengel