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Accident near Stanton, Wed. evening

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May 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says no serious injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday evening a couple of miles southwest of Stanton. Authorities say a 1998 Pontiac Sunbird driven by 22-year old Ashely Dumler, of rural Stanton, was traveling north on Q Avenue, a county gravel road, when the left front tire of the car blew out.

The vehicle went out of control and entered the east ditch, where it continued until hitting a fence owned by Kit Johnson, of rural Stanton. The accident happened at around 4:45-p.m. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,500. The fence sustained $500 damage.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel with the Stanton and Red Oak Fire and Rescue Departments.

2 arrests in Red Oak Wed. evening

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May 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of two individuals Wednesday evening. Just before 9-p.m., 39-year old Dale Joseph Langenfeld, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Revoked. His bond was set at $1,000. And, at around 8:10-p.m., 26-year old Skyler Lee Baker was arrested on an active Montgomery County warrant for a Probation Violation. Baker was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.

Bluffs murder trial delayed

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May 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The murder trial of a Council Bluffs man has been moved to late June. The Daily NonPareil report 36-year old James Cain Harris faces first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2003 stabbing of Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez. The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office told the paper Harris’ jury trial is set to begin on June 24th.The trial was originally slated to begin Wednesday morning.

Harris was arrested in March for his alleged role in the murder of Alvarez-Hernandez, who was killed after a fight on July 31st, 2003, outside a home in Council Bluffs. In 2003, witnesses reported a loud altercation taking place outside the residence and heard Alvarez-Hernandez call for help. Sgt. David Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department said the witnesses told police they saw several subjects near the victim who fled prior to police arriving. A then-unknown assailant had stabbed Alvarez-Hernandez to death.

Several pieces of evidence collected at the scene were used to create a DNA profile that belonged to an unknown male. The profile was compared to profiles in state databases but remained unidentified. The case was unsolved for more than 10-years despite an extensive investigation. In late September of 2013, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation notified the Council Bluffs Police Department that the previously unknown DNA profile had been positively identified as 47-year old Thomas J. Sanchez, of La Vista, Neb. Police reopened the case and followed up on new leads, with the work culminating in Sanchez’s arrest in January.

Sanchez is currently scheduled to go to trial on July 8th.

Iowa Legion: Flagpoles stolen on Memorial Day

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May 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Officials in western Iowa are investigating the theft of hundreds of metal flagpoles used for the Memorial Day holiday. The American Legion in Carroll says it reported the theft of a trailer from its property Monday morning. The trailer had about 300 flagpoles that were supposed to be placed with American flags to line the roads of the city cemetery. The Legion says a second trailer with a few hundred more flagpoles was stolen Monday night.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports the trailers and flagpoles were later recovered, though no arrests have been made in the case. Legion officials believe the thief or thieves were trying to sell the flagpoles for scrap metal. A least two Carroll area salvage yards refused to buy the roughly 550 flagpoles.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., May 29th 2014

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May 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Officials in western Iowa are investigating the theft of hundreds of metal flagpoles used for the Memorial Day holiday. The American Legion in Carroll says it reported the theft of a trailer from its property Monday morning. The Daily Times Herald reports the trailer had about 300 flagpoles that were supposed to be placed with American flags to line the roads of the city cemetery.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A former treasurer for a Dubuque police unit has pleaded not guilty to theft in connection to missing funds from the volunteer organization. The Telegraph Herald reports 26-year-old Allen Berger entered his plea Tuesday on a charge of second-degree theft. Berger is accused of taking funds from the bank account of the Dubuque Auxiliary Police unit and transferring them into a personal account. Police believe Berger misappropriated nearly $4,000 between April 2012 and February 2014.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans can fish without a license during an annual free fishing weekend being held June 6th through 8th. Although a license isn’t necessary on the free-fishing weekend, other regulations remain in place.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa says wide receiver Blake Haluska will miss his senior season and that receiver A.J. Jones and running back Barkley Hill have left the program. Haluska, a Carroll, Iowa native, is out for next season with a shoulder injury. He joined the Hawkeyes as a walk-on in 2010 and played three games last year without a catch.

Police: Oregon homicide suspect spotted in Iowa

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May 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents say they have exhausted all leads in the search for a man suspected of fatally shooting an Oregon county road weighmaster before possibly fleeing to the Midwest. A U.S. Marshals spokesman says a driver spotted the vehicle believed to have been driven by 41-year-old Dirck White of Edgefield, Wash., on April 5 near Des Moines, Iowa.

Dirck White (Clackamas Co., OR Sheriff's Dept. photos)

Dirck White (Clackamas Co., OR Sheriff’s Dept. photos)

dirckwhite1The witness told police a man was firing a handgun from the car. The Iowa State Patrol responded, a state patrol spokesman said, but couldn’t find the suspect’s car or the person who made the call.

Suspect vehicle

Suspect vehicle

A Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the witness called on a disposable phone, which required police to search for more than a month to track down the witness who made the call.

Authorities confirm it was an Atlantic man who died in a crash Tuesday

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May 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed information KJAN received from the Roland Funeral Home late Tuesday night, with regard to an accident Tuesday afternoon that claimed the life of an Atlantic man. Authorities said late Wednesday afternoon, that 68-year old Dennis Oathoudt, of Atlantic, died when the truck he was driving experienced a mechanical malfunction..apparently a blown tire…and crashed into the wall of a building at a private airport near Dallas Center.

The accident happened at around 1:45-p.m. Tuesday, at the privately owned Husband Field about three-miles west of Dallas Center.  Officials say the truck driven by Oathoudt hit a cinder block wall, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Atlantic man arrested Sunday for Driving While Suspended

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May 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report the arrest on Sunday of an Atlantic man. 45-year old Richard Dean Fineran was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Fineran was brought to the Cass County Jail, pled guilty before a magistrate on Monday, and was then released.

Clarinda man arrested on Mills County warrant

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May 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Page County man was arrested today (Wednesday). 41-year old Merlin Glenn Lininger, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 7:30-a.m. in the Page County Jail, on a Mills County warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Driving While Barred. His bond was set at $2,500.

Iowans are warned of new scam robocall offering free home security system

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May 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are being warned about pre-recorded calls that promise a free home security system in exchange for putting a sign in your yard. Consumer advocate Jerad Albrecht says the calls don’t appear to be from a real company and are very likely a scam. “These are unsolicited sales calls, they are illegal and from what we can tell, they’re not legitimate in any way,” Albrecht says. “If anyone gets these calls, you’re asked just to hang up.” The calls offer the option of pressing a button to talk to an operator or to be removed from the contact list, but Albrecht says both options are bad choices.

“You don’t really want to do either of those,” he says, “because either action, any key you press during the call, will tell the scammers that your number is active and it could lead to continued scam calls in the future.” The best option, he says, is to just hang up — and not to worry about offending anyone, since it’s just an automated call. Catching the crooks, Albrecht says, is no easy chore.

“Unfortunately, these calls are often made by autodial by computer, often from overseas,” he says. “It’s extremely difficult, certainly at a state level but even from the federal level, to attack it.” If you do decide to talk to an operator, Albrecht warns they’ll eventually get around to needing your personal information, banking information or some sort of downpayment for that “free” security system.

(Radio Iowa)