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3 arrested on drug charges in Red Oak Tue. night


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested Tuesday night on drug charges, following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Red Oak. 30-year old Stephen Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested on three counts of Delivery of Marijuana, and Possession with the Intent to Deliver (76.2-grams). His bond was set at $5,000.

47-year old Michelle Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $300. And, 53-year old Donald Charles, of Des Moines, was arrested on a warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $205,000.

The trio were arrested at around 8-p.m. Tuesday.

Taylor County voters approve new Law Enforcement Center


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Taylor County, Tuesday approved a $3.8-million dollar bond issue for the construction of a new Law Enforcement Center. The facility will house a jail designed to hold prisoners for 20-years at a substantial cost savings to what is currently being paid to board them locally and in other counties. The bond also allows for the construction of new Sheriff’s Offices. The current jail in Bedford is more than 100-years old. The measure needed 61-percent approval to pass. Unofficial results show it was approved by 931 (or 61.21%) of voters. 590 voted against the bond issue. 

Pott. Co. Board approves $1.2-million bond issuance


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, approved the issuance of $1.2 million in general obligation bonds for improvements in the courthouse and adjacent areas. According to the Daily NonPareil, the unanimous vote paves the way for the county’s Buildings and Grounds Department to seek bids for the sale of the bonds to help fund safety and security measures.

Proposed projects include the installation of fire sprinklers in the ceilings on the first and second floors, as well as the basement. A new air conditioning system will be installed at the same time as work is being done on the ceilings and new lights are installed. That project will cost about $510,000.

The building’s four elevators need replacements of some of the control mechanisms. Expected cost there is $400,000. And,  to improve security, electronic card access will replace keys for 31 doors throughout the building, as well as a nearby building used for storing election materials. The card access project is expected to cost $86,000.

Two other projects involving the paving of four county parking lots in the area,  and renovation of the courthouse restrooms to make them complaint with standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act, will add about $230,000 to the price tag. The bond funds will be paid back from the county’s debt services levy. The bonds are to be paid back over a five- to seven-year period.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 6th 2013


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City voters say a three-year-old city ordinance that requires 19- and 20-year-olds to leave bars by 10 p.m. should remain in effect. Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an effort to repeal the ordinance by a vote of 66 percent to 34 percent. The City Council adopted the ordinance in 2010. It makes exemptions for bars featuring entertainment such as live music and businesses that bring in most of their money from food.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Three candidates who faced intense criticism by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity have been elected in Coralville. Among them is Mayor Pro Tem John Lundell, a university researcher who defends the city’s role in ambitious developments. Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, had tried to turn Coralville’s election into a referendum on government spending and borrowing by focusing on Coralville’s $280 million debt.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors in the trial of an Iowa man accused of killing his pregnant wife have listened to audio and seen video of the former jail guard talking about the woman’s death. Seth Techel is charged with murder in the May 2012 death of Lisa Techel. The Ottumwa Courier reports that in the recordings played Tuesday, Seth Techel says he was in the shower when he heard a gunshot. He says he found Lisa Techel lying on the bed, and he ran outside to look for a shooter.

PRAIRIEBURG, Iowa (AP) — Linn County authorities are seeking the public’s help after several animals were intentionally poisoned in the Linn County city of Prairieburg. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says pieces of meat laced with poison were placed between Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 in several spots near East Main Street in the city of less than 200 people. Several animals became sick and two of them died.

2013 Montgomery County election results


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak

Mayor – William H. Billings, Jr. 521*

City Council – At Large (1)

Fred Pilecki     197

Roger Waggener 336*

Rusty Williams 126

City Council – Ward 2 (1)

Jerry Dafffer 86

Bill Hauffle     90*

Red Oak LOST   511 yes   136 no (Local Option Sales Tax)


Mayor – Michael Carson 67*

City Council (3)

Michelle R. Cockburn 50*

Nancy Jo Nelson 45*

Ken Potter 36

Jeff Smith 54*



Andrea Holldorf  18

City Council (5)

Michael Bradley Amos 24

Jeffrey Brown 22

Michael A. Ford 19

Lyn Sliger 25

Nancy L. Taylor 24


City Council (3)

Dan Allen 68*

Harold Clark 82*

Tysen Sederburg 65

Dan Shehan 88*



Larry E. Figgens 63

Marilyn Halda 172*

City Council (2)

Vince Abraham 41

Rex Galloway 68

Mark Heimbach 71

T.J. Leonard 112*

Richard Mullen 105*

Ed Ramsey 67



Cal Myers 9*

Jody R. Schooling 7

City Council (2)

Ellen Houser 8*

Sandra Gray 7*

Bill Hardy 4

Montgomery County Township Local Option Sales & Service Tax (LOST)

Yes 44*      No 7

City Election results – Local races (Part 2) – Final


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

* denotes winner in contested races

Audubon County:

City of Audubon

City Council (elect 3)

Delyte A. Borkowski 220

Jason Hocker 322*

Teresa Murray 279*

Thomas R. Nielsen 280*

City of Gray

Mayor (no candidate filed)

(wi) William Cramer 2

(wi) Bryan Olsen 6*

City Council At Large (2)

Brandon D. Bruch 6*

Joan Cramer 6*

(wi) Marilyn Newell 1

City of Brayton


Cally Christensen 9*

City Council At Large (2)

Greg Gust 9*

Shawn Kline 4*

City Council At Large (to fill a vacancy)

Tanya Marshall 10*

City of Kimballton


Randy Poldberg 22*

City Council At Large (3)

Aaron Hoegh 22*

Jim McClain 23*

Tony Petersen 22*

City of Exira


Brenda Bengard 48*

City Council At Large (2)

Dwight Jessen 50*

Jeff Jensen 18*

Peggy Toft 3

City Council At Large (to fill a vacancy)

Robert Sorensen 50*

Jeff Jensen 2

Charlie Asberry 1

Guthrie County:

City of Bagley

City Council (3)

Emily Chapman Olesen 21

Jamie Galivan 22*

Deanna Gibson 36*

Ruth Riley 29*

City of Bayard

City Council (3)

Dean Hopkins 32

Gary Allen Long 68*

Ben Sease 64*

Tom Wardyn 63*

City of Casey

City Council (2)

Marilyn Harden 54*

Dan Irlbeck 33

Robbi Sneller 48*

Guthrie Center

City Council (2)

Ruth Ann Newell 51

Randy Nickel 128*

Dennis Patrick 130*

City of Menlo

City Council (2)

Deanna Harwood 21

Larry Jacobsen 41*

Bob Sudbrock 9

Briana Wolfe 34*

Shelby County:


City Council 3rd Ward

Mike Kolbe 62*

Corey Sorensen 30



Melvin Hursey 60*

Ronald Kroll 24

City Council (2)

Patricia Honeywell 56*

Karen E, Schluter 62*

Brad Blum 13


City Council (3)

Brian Arkfeld 17*

Julie Goetzinger 27*

Diane Hall 26*

Bill Holzer 10



Ron Heese 19*

City Council (2)

Marvin Goans 29*

Clinton Kienast 4*


Mayor (no candidate filed)

(wi) Bill Sondag 22*

City Council (3) (No candidates filed)

(wi) Craig Rau 9*

(wi) Tim Blum 20*

(wi)Donnie Kenkel 11*

(wi) Chuck Leinen 7


City Council (2)

Dennis A. Oellrich 18*

Harold Peters 11*

Mark W. Tearney 10

Pottawattamie County


City Council (3)

Donnie Hendricks 96*

Adam Houser 73*

Ron Ransom 72

Andrew Taylor 25

James Taylor 24

Timothy Todd 161*



Eileen C. Adickes 50*

Chris Marsh 10

City Council (2)

Michelle Faxon 8

Paul Faxon 12

Susan Goos 48*

Patty Tripp Stephens 10

Gary Wax 42*



Scott Brooks 83*

Lon Ring 50


City Council (3)

Dennis Hullinger 70*

Robert Kreeger 59*

Ray Rasmussen 50

Sue Shepherd 67*

Full Guthrie County Election results can be found at www.guthriecounty.org.

Pottawattamie County Election results are at http://www.pottcounty.com/departments/auditor/election-results/


2013 City Elections – Local Results (Final)


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(I) = Incumbent (A) = Appointed    * denotes winner(s) in contested races (wi= write-in)



Dave Jones (I)                          243*

Council At Large

Bob Cord                                 252*

2nd Ward Council

Kathy Somers (I)                      28*

5th Ward Council

Lori Stuart                                78

Park & Recreation Board (elect 2)

Charlene Beane                        234*

(wi) Erin McFadden                 57*

Sandra Landsness                     2


Council (elect 3)

Mark Harris                             27*

Dennis L. Zimmerman (I)          69*

(wi) Wade Jessen                     39*

(wi) Duane Murphy                  9

(wi) David Dennis                     9

(wi) Gerald Wessels                 3



Nancy Virginia Coughlin           21*

(wi) Kim Bagshaw                    2

Council (elect 3)

Gary Cooper (I)                       20*

Douglas C. Neiner (A)  19*

(wi) Kathy Cullen                     2

(wi) Brad Penton                      2

(wi) Janet Erickson                   2

(wi) Mike Martin                      15*


Council (elect 2)

Barry Moore                            28*

Jared Wyman (I)                      59*

(wi) Julie Adams                       6

(wi) Tom Shellberg                   5

(wi) Phil Rink                            4


Council (elect 2)

Matt Klein (I)                           37*

Marilyn Mundorf (I)                  30*



Randall Baxter (I)             35*

Council (elect 5

Alan Cranston (I)             34*

Randy L. Fischer              36*

Randy L. Henningsen (I) 38*

Lori Holste                         35*

Lanny H. Kite (I)             20

Angela Redler (I)            39*



Linda Reineke (A)                    91*

Council (elect 2)

Jackson R. Bissell                     55*

Kevin McCunn             47

Robert McKnight (I)                 27

Doug Venteicher                       79*



J. Ford Lillard (I)                      25*

(wi) Jeff Schaaf                          2

Council (elect 3)

Kathryn A. Havens (I)              22*

Jeff Lillard                                16*

Lamar K. Spies                        14

Deanna Spry (I)                        28*

(wi) Steven Havens                   15

Adair County

City of Adair


John M. Larsen                     152*

Dennis J. Weigel                    145

City Council (2)

Richard A. Hayes                  144

Rick Stanley                            130



(wi) Steve Frese                   17*

City Council (elect 2)

(wi) Dean Griffith                18*

(wi) Marlo Smith                 15*

(wi) Merrill Bower              2

City County to fill vacancy (elect 1)

(wi) Merrill Bower             16*



(wi) Nathan Jensen             13*

(wi) Scott Homan                 9

City Council (elect 2)

Rodney Dukes                        30

Ron Reed                                  54*

Jim Warrior                             72*


City Council (elect 3)

Kevin Hall                               103*

Debra Houghtaling              59*

John Selleck                           52*

Park Board (elect 2)

Robert Guikema                    117*

(wi) Willard Olesen              3*

City of Orient

City Council (elect 3)

Justin Boswell                   31*

Marvin D. McGinnis        15*

Loretta Umbonhower     33*


Cecilia McGinnis                17*

City Council (3)

Justin Boswell                    31*

Marvin D. McGinis            15*

Loretta Umbonhower      33*

City of Stuart


Dick Cook                             72*

City Council (elect 3)

Bryan Belden                     68*

Matt Funk                            55*

Neal Crawford                    60*

Adams County

City of Carbon


Jerry M. Anderson          6

Edward E. Harlow             3

(wi) Dwight Sunderman  8*

City Council (elect 5)

Larry E. Johnson               20*

Cathryn M. Jones (I)        16*

Donna Rochau (I)               16*

Daryl Mageneson               10*

Jerry Anderson                 8*

City of Corning


Timothy Paul Blaisure       46

Janet Scheilz Wood             97

Jilly Steele-Moralez            12

Courtney Turnis                   144*

City Council – Ward 2

Guy A. Brace (current Mayor – did not run for re-election)  70*

City Council – At Large

Dick Blazek (I)                      261*

City of Nodaway


Patricia Shipley (I)            22*

City Council (elect 5)

Renee Boysen                     9

Hartford Cooper (I)          27*

Christine Dunn (I)             26*

Becky Poen (I)                     25*

Gary Poen (I)                       19*

Christine Wiechman (I)   23*

City of Prescott


Jerry Loghry (I)                 32*

City Council (elect 3)

Robert Hinrichs                 34*

Billy Preston (I)                 23*

James Adam Ray              33*

City Council (to fill a vacancy)

Rusty Zimmerman           32*

Autopsy: Slain Atlantic boy had blunt head injuries


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — An autopsy shows a 5-year-old Atlantic boy’s death late last August was caused by blunt force head injuries and drowning. The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner released the autopsy of Dominic Elkins on Tuesday. His death has been ruled a homicide.

A foster family caring for Dominic found his body on Aug. 31st at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine. The boy had been living with the family for about two weeks. Cody Metzker-Madsen, a 17-year-old described by authorities as a member of the foster family, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in connection to Dominic’s death. Additional information has not been released.

Denison couple injured during a crash in Pott. Co., Tuesday


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Denison couple was injured during a rollover accident Tuesday afternoon near Underwood, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say 56-year old Blanca and 54-year old Juan Pacas were traveling east during a moderate rain shower behind a semi on Interstate 80 in a 2001 Dodge Caravan, when Blanca attempted to transition from the right lane into the left, passing lane. As she did so, the driver a non-contact vehicle in the left lane honked their horn. Pacas swerved right and lost control of the van, which entered a ditch and rolled several times down a hill. The accident happened at around 1:20-p.m.

The couple were transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Their injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

More info. released on Montgomery County train jumper


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County have identified a woman from France as the person who jumped from an Amtrak train late Monday evening. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Stephanie Hatt of Savigny sur Orge, France was pronounced dead after being discovered lying along the north side of the railroad tracks in the vicinity of James and Broad Streets in Stanton.

Officials with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad officials reported the woman, who is believed to be a tourist who arrived in the U-S on October 31st, jumped off Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr at approximately 9:50 p.m., Monday. She was on her way from Chicago to Omaha when the incident occurred.

According to Sheriff Joe Sampson, Hatt became nervous to the point where the conductor had tried to calm her down and get her to sit still, but she bolted from her seat, ran down an aisle, open the door, and jumped from the train, which was traveling at 79 miles per hour. She died from blunt force trauma to the head.

While foul play has been ruled out, it’s still unclear why the woman jumped from the train. Toxicology reports are being conducted to determine if the woman was under the influence of drugs or medications. Red Oak Police, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Amtrak Police, the Iowa State Patrol and Stanton Rescue also assisted in the investigation.