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Iowa News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 6th 2013

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December 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines middle school was placed on lockdown temporarily as authorities investigated a report of a student showing two other students a handgun. Des Moines Public Schools tell the Register officers found no weapon on the student following the report yesterday.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say no bomb was found at a high school in central Iowa after a threat was reported in a girls’ restroom. Captain Brian Sher of the Indianola Police Department says officers did a sweep of Indianola High School yesterday and found nothing. A bomb threat on a note was reported earlier in the day. Sher says authorities are still investigating who may have been involved. Classes are expected to resume today.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in October. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 33-year-old Rochelle Sapp was arrested yesterday after test results confirmed that the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma. Sapp is being held on $250,000 bond.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A fired prosecutor’s former boss testified that the assistant U.S. attorney changed dramatically in the months before she lost her job. The Sioux City Journal reports Larry Kudej testified yesterday that Martha Fagg “changed in front of our eyes” in the six months before she was fired by former U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose, who is now a federal judge.

3 arrested on drug charges in Cass County; Hit & run reported

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested Thursday (12/5), on drug charges. 37-year old Johnny Wayne Robinson, of Chatsworth, GA, and 21-year old Jonathan Tyler Newborn, of Fruitsworth, AL, face Possession of Controlled Substance charges. And, 39-year old  Elmo Dwayne Lykins, of West Liberty, KY, was arrested on charges of Manufacturing and Possession of a Controlled Substance, as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All three men were taken to the Cass County Jail. Robinson was later released on $1000 bond. Newborn remains incarcerated on $1,000 bond and Lykins remains incarcerated on $10,000 bond.

In other news, on Wednesday afternoon, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a hit & run accident on Main Street, in Lewis. A 2012 Chevy Cruze owned by Thomas Fritz, of Lewis,was parked on Main Street in Lewis, when it was struck sometime between 5:30-a.m. and 1:30-p.m. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2000. No injuries were reported.

(12/6 *Corrects earlier report saying the vehicle was parked in Anita – as the Sheriff’s report had stated)

Murder charge filed in death of Orange City girl

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in late October.  Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says Rochelle Sapp has been arrested after test results confirmed the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma.

Rochelle Sapp

Rochelle Sapp

Sapp was initially charged with willful injury and child endangerment but on Oct. 31 when Autumn died McAllister dropped the charges. He says it was important to wait for a ruling on the cause of death and other tests.  He says Sapp was arrested Thursday. Her case is not yet listed in court records and it’s unclear if she has an attorney.

Sapp initially reported Autumn had fallen but later said she threw her to the floor after becoming angry.

Calf sale raises $50k for scholarship fund in memory of Adams County drowning victims

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An event in Creston Wednesday afternoon raised more than $50,000 for a family establishing a scholarship in the name of their sons who drowned over the weekend. KCCI –TV reports more than 100 people attended the rollover-style calf auction at the Creston Livestock Auction Barn. Bids were placed, but the calf was donated back each time for rebidding.

The calf was donated by a family friend from Missouri and officially will be sold Friday morning that money will also go the Tom and Leisa Frey family. Their sons, T.J. and Nathan Frey died after falling through the ice on their family’s pond Saturday afternoon near Prescott

Red Oak woman arrested following a traffic stop

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mongtomery County say a Red Oak woman was arrested for Driving While Barred following a traffic stop this (Thursday) morning. 30-year old Jennifer Lynne Ballard was pulled over in the 1200 block of North 4th Street at around 9:30-a.m. In addition to the DWB charge, Ballard was cited for Failure to Secure a Child and having no or improper registration. Her bond was set at $2,000.

2 arrested on drug & theft charges in Mills County

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested this week on drug charges, in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials say 35-year old Harold Jay Rudock, of Glenwood, and 28-year old Natosha Myree Crally, of Red Oak, were arrested Monday evening on Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property/3rd offense, charges. Ruduck was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $3,300. Cralley’s bond was set at $3,000.

A Glenwood man was arrested early Wednesday morning. 22-year old Dylan Wayne Miller was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop at around 1-a.m. His bond was set at $1,000.   And, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Seth Ryan Peters, of Glenwood, was arrested at the Mills County Jail at around 8:30-a.m. Wednesday, for Failure to Appear on a Driving While Revoked charge. His bond was set at $5,000.

 

8AM Newscast 12-05-2013

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December 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Icy roads blamed for 2 Page County accidents, Wednesday

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say rapidly deteriorating road conditions were to blame for two, separate non-injury accidents late Wednesday morning.  The first happened at around 10:55-a.m., east of Shenandoah on C Avenue, just south of Highway 2. Officials say a 2010 Ford pickup driven by 46-year old Donald Wayne Lindquist, of Red Oak, was traveling south on C Avenue, when the roadway became  slick very quickly. The pickup went out of control and into a ditch where it rolled over. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The second accident happened at around 11:50-a.m., Wednesday, also on C Avenue, about one-half mile north of 250th Street. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 62-year old Dasie Mae Richt, of Northboro, was traveling south on C Avenue, when her 2001 Mitsubishi went out of control and entered a ditch, where it rolled over and landed on a fence before coming to rest on its top. Damage was estimated at $7,000.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 5th 2013

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December 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A wintry storm that heaped snow on the Rockies has pushed east into northern Nebraska and northwest Iowa. NWS meteorologist Todd Heitkamp said 4 to 6 inches of snow had fallen in northwest Iowa on Wednesday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates — and reduce them for law students. The regents voted yesterday to keep tuition steady for resident undergraduate students at Iowa’s three public universities for the second straight year. The freeze is contingent on the schools receiving a 4 percent general funding increase from lawmakers next year. Without it, the regents warn they may have to approve a hike later.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The ambassador of Nigeria is coming to Dubuque. Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe will address an audience December 12th at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center as it celebrates the history and culture of Africa. The reception and program, titled “All Africa” will include opening remarks by Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting at passing vehicles in a Des Moines neighborhood is in custody and injured. Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says officers exchanged gunfire with the man yesterday afternoon on the city’s south side, following multiple reports of shots being fired in the area. He was injured and taken to a local hospital.