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Bedford truck driver escapes injury in Wed. night accident


December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from New Mexico was injured during a crash between two semis and a car early late last night (Wednesday), in Polk County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 1995 Toyota Avalon driven by 26-year old Kevin Harris, of Nevada, IA, was traveling north on Interstate 35 at around 11:50-p.m., about seven-miles north of Ankeny, when for reasons unknown, he lost control of the vehicle.

The car went onto the shoulder and hit a cable guardrail and posts. The impact sent the posts into the traveled portion of the interstate. A 2012 Freightliner semi, driven by 48-year old Chris Scholl, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, hit the metal poles, causing his front tires to blow out.  The semi ended up in a ditch. Scholl was transported by Cambridge Rescue to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, for treatment of his injuries.

A second semi, driven by 44-year old James Steele, of Bedford, also hit the debris. Some tires on the 2007 Peterbilt semi blew out, and air lines were damaged, but Steele was able to maintain control.

Iowa sets farmland price record at $20K an acre

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December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has a new farmland price record. The Des Moines Register says it happened on Wednesday when a 74-acre tract near Hull in Sioux County in northwest Iowa sold for $20,000 an acre. The previous record was in October when a 120-acre parcel went for $16,750 per acre near Sioux Center, also in Sioux County. Auctioneer Pete Polleman, of Hull, who called Wednesday’s sale, says farmland in northwest Iowa is very valuable, with good commodity prices and a strong livestock industry. Economist emeritus Neil Harl of Iowa State University calls the prices “amazing.”

A survey or real estate agents in September put the state average at $6,477 an acre, an increase of over 30 percent in the last year. ISU will release its annual farmland survey Dec. 14th.



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Pottawattamie Co. Sheriff warns of Medicare scam calls


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County are warning area residents not to give out their personal information to someone who claims to be a representative of Medicare. Sgt. Dwayne Riche, with the Criminal Investigations Division at the Sheriff’s Office, says a resident call this (Wednesday) morning to report a phone solicitor posing as a representative for Medicare called and requested the individual confirm personal information.

The solicitor asked for a confirmation of the persons address, bank account numbers, and specifically, the routing numbers on the bottom of that persons checks. The caller claimed they needed that information so a new Medicare Card could be issued.

Sgt. Riche said the sheriff’s office contacted Medicare, and confirmed they would not make the type of request the solicitor had made, and furthermore, that the suspect caller was NOT a representative of Medicare.  Riche advises residents in the area, that if you receive that type of solicitation, you should NOT release or give personal information over the phone to the caller.

Shots fired at a residence in Cass County, Tuesday


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported shooting incident which occurred Tuesday evening, in rural Griswold. According to officials,  at around 7:15 p.m., deputies responded to a woman’s report of a weapon fired in her direction at her farm in rural Griswold. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Atlantic Police Department in searching the area, but was unable to locate a suspect. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the sheriff’s department at 712-243-2206.

(UPDATE 10:45-a.m.) Nishna Valley YMCA loses nearly $50,000 in cyber attack


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic has lost nearly $50,000 in a cyber attack. Dan Haynes, Executive Director at the YMCA, told reporters this (Wednesday) morning during a Press Conference, that their computer systems were recently infected by a virus that targeted their ACH financial transactions. He said the YMCA sustained loses under $50,000, and due to banking regulation, some of those funds may be frozen and may eventually be recovered. He says there are two separate batches of accounts, one for $9,000 and one for $4,000 that have been frozen.

He said they found out about the questionable transactions after they were notified by their financial institution on November 23rd. Haynes went on to say that it does not appear the virus went after their members’ personal financial information, but it’s possible some of that information, such as checking or bank account routing numbers, may have been compromised. He said those members who make one annual payment or those who do payroll deductions have not been affected.

Haynes said according to the authorities who are investigating the crime, anyone who has been a member of the YMCA for longer than 6 months, that their information is ok, but there’s no guarantee that is the case, because the incident is still under investigation.

He said because their computers are still being examined by the FBI, and they won’t know the full extent of the damage for at least another two- to three-months. Haynes said the cyber-thieves are primarily targeting businesses that handle large ACH transfers, those over $100,000, for example. But anyone with concerns about their ACH transactions should take some precautions to make sure their money is safe.

He says that would include closely monitoring your bank account and notifying your financial institution, local law enforcement and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, if you see any unauthorized activity.  Experts also recommend you contact the three U.S. credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian or Trans Union), to find out if there have been changes to your credit report.

Haynes says the YMCA does have high quality computer security systems, but the virus is virtually undetectable by antivirus software and current firewall technology, because it morphs or changes so frequently, those systems cannot keep up. He added that this is the first time they have experienced this type of security breach, and they’re working with the authorities to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The theft means the YMCA has had to dip into its reserve funds to pay the bills for the month of December. He says if those funds are not recovered, it may mean putting off the purchasing of new equipment or making some repairs next Summer, but it will not affect their financial assistance programs. If you have any questions about the ACH cyber attack on the YMCA’s computers, call Dan Haynes at 712-243-3934.

Adams County authorities investigate wire theft


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County are asking for the public’s help in solving an incident of theft. Early this (Wednesday) morning, the Southwest Iowa Rural Iowa REC’s warehouse on the north edge of Corning, was broken into. The sheriff’s office says after further investigation, they believe a person or persons parked about one-half mile away on a gravel road, and walked to the warehouse, where they pried open a back door.

Once inside, the thieves took 2 rolls of solid #6 wire, 2 rolls of #6 stranded wire, and 2 rolls of #4 stranded wire. They also took a white 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. Officials say the suspects threw the REC employees’ work bags on the floor and loaded the wire. They then drove the truck down the road and parked on the side of the road, where they unloaded the wire. The vehicle, which was left at the scene, did not sustain any damage.

An inventory was being conducted at the warehouse to determine if any additional materials were missing. If you have information with regard to the crime, contact the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 641-322-4444.

Atlantic woman arrested on drug charge


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a local woman was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 40-year old Samantha Susann Lawton, of Atlantic, was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 12-07-2011

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December 7th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Denison man to appear in court on Harlan burglary charge next month


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Denison man arrested last month on burglary and criminal mischief charges is free on bond, with his trial set to take place next month. 20-year old Winston Joseph Leal was charged in connection with an incident which occurred in Harlan on October 27th. Leal allegedly kicked in the walk-in door of a garage at 411 6th St. in Harlan. While in the garage, he allegedly took a sub woofer box containing three 10-inch speakers, and destroyed a 50-inch, flat-screen television, valued at $1,300.

Leal  faces felony charges of burglary in the third-degree, and second-degree criminal mischief. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, with additional fines totaling $10,000.  Leal posted a $10,000 bond last Friday (December 2nd), and is scheduled to appear at his trial on January 31st in Shelby County District Court. 

In addition, Leal has pled not guilty to a charge filed in November, of Interference with Official Acts. The offense allegedly happened on November 14th. His trial on that Serious Misdemeanor charge will take place May 8th, 2012.