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Red Oak man arrested Mon. night on burglary charges


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say one person was arrested Monday night on burglary charges. 24-year old Ian Anthony Clarke, of Red Oak, was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on felony Burglary in the 2nd Degree, and Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree, charges. His bond was set at $10,000.

Officials says his arrest stems from an incident or incidents that occurred in the 1400 block of north 6th Street, in Red Oak, where Clark allegedly went to a residence and forced open the back door to gain entry. Clark fled from the home and allegedly attempted to gain entry into a second residence, but was not successful.

He was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. by Red Oak Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies, with assistance from Sheriff’s Department K9 “Jax,”  in the back yard of a residence located in the vicinity of 1400 north 6th Street.

New trial set for convicted western IA softball coach


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new trial date has been set for a western Iowa youth softball coach who was convicted in March on four counts of sexual abuse. The Daily NonPareil says 47-year old John Osborn, of Council Bluffs, will stand trial for a second time because of new evidence presented by his defense team related to charges on four counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The trial is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 4th.

Fourth District Court Judge Richard Davidson had found Osborn guilty of the charges on March 26th in connection to alleged sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl last summer. At the time, Davidson found that the state had proved Osborn and the girl engaged in sex acts on the night of July 16 into July 17th, 2014.

The 14-year-old testified that the sexual encounter occurred sometime that night around 11 p.m. to midnight, while Osborn’s daughter slept in the family’s living room. In his verdict, Davidson said a “window of opportunity” for the acts opened from 11:05 to 11:35 p.m. At trial, Osborn told the court he went to bed at 11 p.m. and didn’t get up until the next morning. Osborn’s daughter testified that she was awake throughout the night until about 3 a.m.

Defense attorney Jordan Glaser filed a motion for a new trial or judgement of acquittal, noting new evidence that revealed the daughter had texted with a friend, with messages sent in numerous intervals spanning from 10:47 p.m. to 11:31-p.m. Davidson granted a new trial because of the that evidence.

Planting stays ahead of schedule despite weather delays

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Weather kept farmers out of the fields much of last week, but the latest crop report shows planting is still on schedule. The report shows 92-percent of the corn has been planted, which is six days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the five-year average. Northwest Iowa stayed ahead of the pace — with 98-percent of the corn planting there complete. Southwest Iowa lags behind the state average with just 75-percent of the corn crop in. Sixty-three-percent of the corn has emerged, which is one week ahead of last year and five days ahead of normal. Soybean planting crossed the halfway point at 51-percent complete — three-days days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the average.

(Radio Iowa)

Minnesota insurer to offer Nebraska, Iowa marketplace plans


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Minnesota-based health care insurer says it will offer individual policies on and off the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in Iowa and Nebraska starting later this year. Medica says it won’t be selling group policies in the two states. The company is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

It will start selling policies on Nov. 1 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, using the Midlands Choice network in both states. The network is the same one used by CoOportunity Health, of Des Moines, which has been liquidated.

Celebration of life Wednesday for Nebraska soccer assistant

News, Sports

May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Celebration of Life service for Nebraska assistant soccer coach Peter Underwood will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The 31-year-old Underwood was killed in a car accident Saturday on Interstate 80 in western Iowa, while on a recruiting trip near Atlantic. He was a Nebraska assistant for four years, the last two as a full-time coach. People attending the celebration of life should enter the arena on the north side on the ground level. Parking is free.

Charges are currently pending against 49-year old Paul W. Marshall, of Modale, in connection with the crash. Marshall, who was driving a pickup the wrong way on Interstate 80 when he collided with Underwood’s car, was listed in fair condition Monday, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., May 19th 2015


May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press….

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture economists say bird flu could cost the two states hardest hit, Iowa and Minnesota, nearly $1 billion and the virus is still spreading. The estimates include sales losses to feed suppliers, trucking companies, and processing plants. Economists say exact figures are difficult to know because it’s unclear how long barns must remain empty before they’re declared virus-free. Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens laying eggs, more than a third of the total.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two more Iowa turkey farms in Sac County have tested positive for the bird flu and state agriculture officials say they’ve found the virus among a backyard duck flock and a backyard chicken flock, both in Sioux County. The new discoveries announced by the Iowa Department of Agriculture bring to 56 the number of cases reported in the state in 14 counties.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three women have filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the West Des Moines police chief, claiming they were fired or overlooked for promotions because of their gender. The lawsuit was filed against the city of West Des Moines and Police Chief Shaun LaDue, who took over the department in 2012. The lawsuit claims LaDue retaliated against the women and promoted less qualified men over them. The lawsuit also claims female administrative staffers were segregated from other employees. Two of the women still work for the department.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators suspect that a former Iowa lawyer facing fraud charges was getting help from an ex-business partner while on the run from the FBI. Search warrant documents unsealed Monday show investigators believe former Coralville attorney Dennis Bjorklund received financial and other assistance from Thomas Harbit, who worked as a substance abuse counselor at Bjorklund’s office. Harbit has denied knowing Bjorklund’s whereabouts and hasn’t been charged.

Traffic stop in western IA turns into chase – ends w/shots fired


May 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Post updated 4-a.m., 5/19)

The Iowa State Patrol says two people were in custody Monday after shots were fired at an officer with the Iowa Department of Transportation on Interstate 29 near Missouri Valley. Trooper Scott Miller told the Omaha World-Herald a man and a woman were arrested, but their names were not immediately released.

Miller said the incident began about 12:30 p.m. when a DOT officer saw a white Buick Regal stopped on the shoulder of southbound I-29 near mile marker 81. The  vehicle began driving away when the officer pulled over to offer assistance. Miller said shots from inside the car were fired, with at least one round hitting the DOT officer’s car.

When the suspect’s vehicle stopped a short time later at a rest area, the male driver got out and began to run. Miller said the man, and a female passenger who stayed near the vehicle, were quickly apprehended. The rest area remained closed as the state patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation gathered evidence.


Atlantic Parks and Rec Board approves Girl Scout troop signs


May 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson


The final design of signs to be placed around Sunnyside Park.

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors, Monday, approved the purchase of signs designed with art work from a local Girl Scouts Cadette Troop, that ask patrons of area parks not to smoke around playground equipment and other areas. The art work was sent to J&J Graphic Designs, who will print the design on metal signs, along with the Atlantic Parks Dept. and Girl Scouts logos.

The dozen signs will cost $25 each, for a total of $300, with the local Girl Scouts Troop picking up half the cost, and the Parks & Rec Dept. paying for the balance. The roughly 11″x14″signs will be placed at various locations within Sunnyside Park. They will be clear coated which will help to clean off any graffiti defacing the signs.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring and Board complimented the Cadettes for taking the initiative and getting clean air awareness signs placed in the park, something the City hasn’t been able to do for a number of years because it can’t create an ordinance or policy to that effect. The signs respectfully ASK people to refrain from smoking, and don’t threaten them with fines. In related news, the Junior Girl Scout Troop from Atlantic on May 9th, completed a bridge project in Sunnyside Park, and worked to install walkway pavers.

And, Herring announced Monday the Atlantic Pool will tentatively be opening this Saturday, May 23rd. Guards will begin clean-up of the area and staff will begin filling the pool on Tuesday. Herring said new pumps have been installed, but there are no heaters for the pool, so unless the sun helps to warm things up soon, that first splash into the water may be a bit icy.

4 cases of highly pathenogenic Avian Influenza in Sac & Sioux Counties

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday afternoon they were responding to four probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Sac and Sioux counties. With the new announcements, Iowa now has 56 cases of the disease in the state. The Department has quarantined the premises and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

Two of sites in Sac County are turkey farms that have experienced increased mortality. An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

The two sites in Sioux County have backyard duck flocks with a total of around 62 birds that was found during monitoring activities by the Department around a previous case. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza. Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames.

As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

Clarinda Academy escapee apprehended


May 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers late Monday evening announced a Clarinda Academy student who had been absent from custody since early Friday morning, has been apprehended. 17-year old Correy J. Thunder Hawk was taken into custody Sunday morning, by the Missouri Valley Police Department. Thunder Hawk was taken to the Harrison County Jail in Logan. No additional details are available at this time.

The teen, who is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, made his escape by jumping out of a dormitory window at around 5:40-a.m., Friday. The escape was the latest to have occurred at the facility in less than two weeks. During the early morning hours of May 5th, 16-year old Kenneth E. Saunsoci, of Rapid City, South Dakota, and 15-year old Lukas T. Barse, of Sioux Falls, jumped from a dorm window and allegedly stole a Toyota Camry. Omaha police located both the car and Saunsoci in Omaha a day later, while Barse remains at large.

The Clarinda Academy is a residential foster care facility that provides residential treatment and shelter care to at-risk and delinquent male and female youth from several states.