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Combine vandalism under investigation in Page County

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating an incident of vandalism, which was reported to authorities on Friday. Officials say Barker Implement reported windows had been broken out of two combines that were on the dealership’s property, for servicing and repair. A dollar amount of the damage was not available, and no arrests have been made.

Bedford man arrested on sexual assault charge last week

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January 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reported this past weekend, the arrest last week of a Bedford man on a sexual assault charge, and the arrest of a Clarinda man on a separate charge of assault.

On Monday, Dec. 31st,. authorities charged 18-year old Keven Daniel Harris, of Bedford, with one count of felony sexual abuse of a child. The charge stems from an investigation that began in April 2012, during which it was alleged Harris had inappropriate sexual contact with a nine-year old female. Harris was taken into custody by officers with the Bedford Police Department, following the issuance of an arrest warrant. Harris was being held without bond in the Page County Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate. His preliminary hearing was set for 1:30-p.m. Wed., Jan. 9th.

And, last Friday, Jan. 4th, 18-year old Jason Lovell Congress, of Clarinda, was charged with misdemeanor assault resulting in bodily injury. The teen was taken into custody at the Clarinda Academy, following an investigation into the assault of a 16-year old student, who suffered a broken jaw during the incident. Congress was being held in the Page County Jail on $1,000 bond, pending an initial appearance before the magistrate.

Farm theft investigation leads to 2 arrests

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a theft from a farm east of Hamburg has resulted in two arrests. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday, 33-year old Christopher Lynn Rakes, of Riverton, and 46-year old David Mark Hilgerson, of Shenandoah, were both taken into custody on charges of 1st degree theft.The men were being held in the Fremont County Jail on $10,000 bond each.

The charges stem from an investigation into the October theft of grain bin fan motors from the Mike Stenzel farm at 3263 300th Street, in Fremont County. 12 electric motors, and 12 aluminum fan blades, valued at $11,000 altogether, were taken.

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January 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Page County woman reports theft of her purse

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a woman from Coin reported Friday (Today), the theft of her purse. The purse, which contained money and personal items, was stolen from the 27-year old woman’s 1999 Buick LeSabre, parked near her residence in the 200 block of Church Street, in Coin. The theft took place sometime between 7-p.m. Thursday and 7:30-a.m. Friday. A dollar amount of the loss was not available Friday afternoon, and no arrests have been made.

Breaking News: Body in Sac County house was kidnapping suspect’s mom

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says the woman found dead in a western Iowa farmhouse during a kidnapping investigation is the kidnapping suspect’s mother. Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said Friday that 21-year-old Kirk Riley Levin’s mother, Marilyn Schmitt, was the woman found dead in the farmhouse in Early, 100 miles northwest of Des Moines. Sheriff Ken McClure says a 21-year-old woman told investigators that Levin assaulted her and told her he was kidnapping her after showing up at her home Thursday morning asking for a ride to the house. He says she managed to get away and get help from a local resident.

Levin was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than two years for burglary. Investigators found him hiding in a barn Thursday and arrested him. Levin remained jailed Friday on preliminary charges of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, assault while participating in a felony, and third-degree kidnapping.

Levin was released New Year’s Day from the prison in Mount Pleasant after serving a little more than two years of a five-year sentence for third-degree burglary, Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta said. Iowa prison terms are frequently reduced if inmates stay out of trouble while incarcerated.

Iowa officials: Deadline soon on foreclosure claim

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are reminding some homeowners affected by foreclosure to submit a claim for compensation from a national settlement. Attorney General Tom Miller says borrowers have until Jan. 18 to file a claim under a national mortgage settlement worth $25 billion. More than 11,000 Iowa homeowners who lost their property between 2008 and 2011 are likely eligible. Miller says more than half of the qualified borrowers that were notified in September have filed claims.

Eligible borrowers had mortgages with the five largest servicers in the country. The settlement sets aside money for borrowers whose foreclosure proceedings may have been mishandled.

Western IA kidnapping suspect was recently released from jail

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) – A man arrested in western Iowa on charges of assault and kidnapping had been released from prison just two days earlier.  Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said his office received a call about 8 a.m. Thursday after someone encountered a 21-year-old Storm Lake woman who claimed she had been kidnapped. After talking with the woman, officers searched the area and found 21-year-old Kirk Riley Levin hiding in a barn.

Levin is in the Sac County Jail on charges of assault and kidnapping.  While investigating the kidnapping, officers found a woman’s body at the rural Early farmhouse where Levin lived and are investigating how she died. McClure says her death is suspicious.  The Iowa Department of Corrections says Levin was released from prison on Tuesday after serving a sentence or burglary.

State to offer all GED testing online within a year

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

By this time in 2014, all Iowans who take the G-E-D to complete their high school education will be taking it on a computer. Three Iowa community colleges have launched a pilot project to test and implement the new technology. Rick Carpenter, director of program development for the Des Moines Area Community College, says five students were the first in Iowa to take the computerized G-E-D tests. It happened a month ago, on December 3rd, at a  classroom in Des Moines.  “In the year’s past, we’ve been doing the tests just by paper, but we have transformed over to computer-based testing and for all new students who take the GED, it will be on the computer,” Carpenter says.

Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa are joining D-MACC in the first wave of converting to computerized G-E-D tests. Classes for students who want to get a G-E-D — which stands for General Education Degree — are held at the state’s 15 area community colleges and the tests are taken on the community college campuses. It takes up to 10 weeks for a student to find out if they’ve passed the G-E-D when they take the paper exam. Carpenter says there’s a much quicker turn-around for the computer exams. “The students instantly get their feedback results when it’s on computer-based testing,” Pennington says.

The state’s 15 area community colleges have been administering G-E-D tests since 1966. The G-E-D test was first devised in 1942 to help returning World War II veterans finish high school, without having to go back to classes inside a high school. Five years later the state of New York began offering the G-E-D as an alternative method of earning a high school education. In 2009, 99 percent of the Iowans who took the G-E-D exams passed and almost four-thousand adults earned an Iowa High School Equivalency Diploma.

(Radio Iowa)

Walnut City Council approves “Jake Brake” ordinance

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January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Walnut City Council, Thursday, adopted upon the first reading, a new section to the Code of Ordinances, prohibiting the use of compression brakes (commonly referred to as “Jake Brakes”).  The Council waived the second and third reading of the ordinance, which means tractor-trailer drivers will not be able to use their engine brake system to slow their rig. Most communities have enacted a similar “No Engine Braking” Ordinance, to prevent the annoying and disruptive sound the systems make, within city limits.

In other business, the Walnut City Council took no action on a proposal by the fire department, to purchase a new “Quick Attack” vehicle. City Clerk Terri Abel says department officials will hold a meeting with leaders of the Layton, Lincoln and Monroe Townships on January 15th, to discuss the matter. The meeting takes place during the Fire Board meeting at 5:30-p.m. Jan. 15th, in the Walnut Fire Station.

The Council also took no action on a recommendation of a replacement for the Zoning Commission.