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Inmate again listed as escaped from Iowa facility

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 43-year-old inmate again has been listed as escaped from a work release facility in Sioux City.   Officials at the Sioux City Residential Treatment Facility said Friday that David Kreider remains free.

David Kreider (2012 photo)

David Kreider (2012 photo)

Kreider was listed as escaped after he didn’t return as scheduled from his overnight shift job on Thursday morning. He’s serving a 20-year sentence for willful injury and other crimes. He was convicted of stabbing a man in October 2004.

In July last year, Kreider left the center without permission. He was found two days later by U.S. marshals and subsequently convicted of voluntary absence.  Prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta says Kreider was given another opportunity for work release because officials perceived that Kreider’s behavior had improved.

Fired IA agent drove home in state car

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – After Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation leaders summoned an agent to Des Moines to be fired, they mistakenly allowed him to drive two hours home in a state car equipped with a shotgun.  One workplace safety consultant says it was a stupid blunder that created serious security and liability concerns and showed a lack of respect for the employee.  Department of Public Safety spokesman Scott Bright calls it an oversight that won’t be repeated.

Division officials ordered Council Bluffs-based agent Andrew Harrelson to a meeting at their Des Moines headquarters on Feb. 6 to be fired. Harrelson drove a state vehicle equipped with a Remington 870 shotgun. Bright says administrators wrongly assumed Harrelson had driven a personal vehicle and didn’t know until later he drove the state car home.

ISU professor among 11 arrested in prostitution sting

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University professor was among the 11 people arrested this week in a prostitution sting. Ankeny Police made the arrests at a hotel on Wednesday after posting an ad on an adult website. All 11 people were charged with prostitution, including 54-year-old Michael Spurlock of Ames, who’s a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU. In a release, Ankeny Police said prostitution stings are carried out in order to focus on predators who surf the Web and may be involved in human trafficking offenses.

Prostitution is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine ranging from $625 to $6,250. Police identified those who were arrested as Erin Blue, 28, of Des Moines; Scott Daniel, 45, of Pleasant Hill; Luis Epinoza, 40, of Denver, Colorado; Chris Gilroy, 61, of Story City; Rita Gray, 45, of Des Moines; Thwang Chia Hlun, 25, of Des Moines; David Nord, 48, of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Andrew Novak, 27, of Ames; Levi Riddick, 21, of Bloomfield; Michael Spurlock, 54, of Ames; and Sabrina Williams, 21, of Des Moines. Blue was additionally charged with interference and arrested on two outstanding warrants.

(Radio Iowa)

9AM Newscast 11-08-2013

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November 8th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Still mulling Thanksgiving travel plans? Don’t wait much longer…

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who are planning to fly off to visit far-flung friends or family for Thanksgiving need to get their travel dates lined up in the next week or so — if not sooner. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says many flights are filling up and prices are climbing.  “Capacity rates right now are already higher than what they were a year ago, meaning, fewer seats are available because many people have already booked their vacations,” White says. “It is important to take advantage, if you can, of at least 14-day advance reservations to obtain better price rates.”

When demand is high, like during four-day holiday weekends, the airlines know premium prices can be charged for fares. “Very few will have discounted rates unless you travel on the holiday itself,” White says. “If you travel on Thanksgiving Day, you should be able to find better rates as well as many seats available.”

White says the hardest flights to get will be on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Even if you book 14 or more days out, she says ticket prices are higher this November.  “They are up about 6-8% compared to a year ago, so it’s important to keep that in mind when booking your travel,” White says. “Of course, if you can book in advance, you’ll also be able to receive lower rates.”

Triple-A reports more than 3.14-million Americans flew somewhere during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday and the numbers are expected to be up this year.  

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic School District to hold public meeting on instructional needs space

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District have scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, Nov. 14th, with regard to concepts the district is considering to address its need for more instructional space. The community meeting is intended to provide the public with information about five concepts to increase the size of its instructional facilities, and will begin at 7-p.m. Thurday, in the Commons Area at the Atlantic High School.

Participants will be encouraged to provide feedback and input to the School Board, with regard to the concepts to be presented.

7AM Newscast 11-08-2013

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MO. man arrested at Fremont County truck stop

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Missouri was arrested on an OWI charge at a truck stop in Fremont County, Thursday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies made contact with 40-year old Jeffrey Eugene Davis, of Oregon, MO., at the Sapp Brothers Truck Stop in Percival. Davis was arrested on a felony charge of  OWI/3rd offense. He was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Red Oak man arrested for harassment

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Thursday evening of 57-year old William Wayne Elliott.  The Red Oak man was taken into custody on a charge of Harassment in the 3rd degree, just before 7-p.m.  He was arrested at 209 East Maple Street and brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was processed and held on a $300 cash bond.

2 killed, 2 injured in Union County crash, Thursday

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November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Union County residents were killed, two others were injured, during a collision between a car and an SUV Thursday, in Afton. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the car, 19-year old Sierra Peddycoart and her passenger, 51-year old Lori Anderson, both of Afton, died at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Highway 169 South and Highway 34. The crash took place at around 5-p.m.

Officials say Peddycoart stopped the 2003 Chrysler Sebring she was driving at the intersection, but as she pulled away, failed to see an approaching, eastbound 2010 Chevy Tahoe. The driver of the SUV, 30-year old Beth Kulow, of Creston, saw the car and tried, but failed to avoid the collision. Kulow and her passenger, 2-year old Kinsley Knutstrom, of also of Creston, were injured and transported by ambulance to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. All of the crash victims were wearing their seat belts.