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Warrant issued for 3rd Council Bluffs murder suspect & female “person of interest”

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs, Sunday evening, said an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the shooting death of 22-year old Anthony Walker at an apartment complex the evening of March 7th. Authorities are seeking 30-year old Markis Moses Davis, who is wanted for 1st Degree Murder, Attempted Murder and 1st degree Robbery. Davis is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous. He may also be in the company of a female whom police have identified as 22-year old Rachel Lewis, who is also a person of interest, and whose whereabouts are unknown. Lewis is wanted for questioning in the continued investigation of the homicide. She is a white female, with brown hair about 5-feet 3-inches tall, weighing 135-pounds. Davis is a black male, about 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds

Markis Davis

Markis Davis

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis

Both are from Council Bluffs. The pair may be in a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix with a possible Iowa license plate of EAH 903, or a black Nissan Sentra with an “In Transit” tag in the rear window. Authorities says you should NOT make any attempt to confront Davis or Lewis on your own. Call your local police department or the Council Bluffs Police Department should you come into contact with them. Persons with information on Davis’ or Lewis’ whereabouts may also call Crime Stoppers at 712- 328-7867 if you have any general information and wish to remain anonymous

Two other men were arrested last week in connection with Walker’s murder. 19-year old Ben Lein, of Council Bluffs was arrested Tuesday morning. 22-year old Wesley W. Correa-Carmenaty was arrested Monday night. Both men are from Council Bluffs. They face the same charges as Markis Davis. Lein was also wanted on warrants for from Pottawattamie and Dallas County, for Escape from Custody and Violation of Probation.

Officials plan to document old school before demolition

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials are making plans to document the history of an historic former elementary school before it is demolished. The Daily Nonpareil reports the city council will decide Monday whether to support an agreement with the Iowa State Historic Preservation about the former Walnut Grove Elementary School.

The building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, so the city must take additional steps before demolition. The school was built in 1926, and two additions to the structure were constructed in 1951 and 1966. The school, which closed in 2014, was sold for $104,000 to NeighborWorks Home Solutions. The nonprofit plans to build 14 homes on the site.

Woman arrested following drug bust in Guthrie Center, Friday

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed Friday in Guthrie County by members of the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and Panora Police Department, resulted in a woman being arrested on drug charges and a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia, being seized. The Sheriff’s Office reports the search warrant was executed at 303 Park Ave. in Guthrie Center.

Brandi Woodall

Brandi Woodall

As a result of the operation, Brandi Woodall was arrested and booked into the Guthrie County Jail on charges of: Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Drug Tax Stamp Violation and Possession of Marijuana. Woodall appeared before the Guthrie County Magistrate the following day and was ordered to be held on $100,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending against other individuals at this time and the investigation is on-going.

Seized meth

Seized meth

Records request denial highlights Iowa lawmakers’ authority

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are exempt from releasing their work emails or daily schedules to the public because they determine their own rules on such matters, and the Iowa Supreme Court has upheld that authority. Legislative staffers cited the Iowa Constitution in their records request denial to The Associated Press, which sought the documents for Senate and House leaders.

The AP requested information for legislative leaders in all 50 states as part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote government transparency and freedom of information. The request turned up as many denials as approvals.

Iowa’s constitution says the General Assembly can determine its rules, and the Iowa Supreme Court decided in 1996 that this includes record confidentiality policies. Some lawmakers say the system ensures constituents can confidently contact elected officials.

Burglary arrest in Council Bluffs Sunday morning

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man on a felony Burglary in the 2nd Degree charge early this (Sunday) morning. Raul Landeros Jimenez was taken into custody and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail on the Class-C felony charge. Authorities arrested Jimenez after officers responded to 722 6th Avenue at around 5:20-a.m., for a reported disturbance.

Before they arrived, officers were advised of a male suspect who had entered the residence. Upon arrival, officers located Raul Jimenez inside the residence. Upon further investigation it was established Jimenez had arrived at the residence with the intent of assaulting his ex‐girlfriend who was located inside the residence. Jimenez assaulted Miguel Villareal outside the residence before kicking in the front door to the residence. Raul then entered the residence and began looking for his ex‐girlfriend when officers arrived and took him into custody.

Red Oak couple arrested Sat. night for disorderly conduct

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police late Saturday night arrested a Red Oak couple on Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication charges. 28-year old Richard Dean Pierce and 29-year old Katie Marie Pierce were taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m. in the vicinity of N. 2nd and E. Washington Streets, in Red Oak. The couple were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond, each.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 12th 2016

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March 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fire officials say controlled burns outside the city have left Des Moines enshrouded in a smoky haze. Television station KCCI says the haze Saturday morning led several people to call the fire department and police. Des Moines Fire Department Captain Mark Dooley says fire officials have spoken with meteorologists, who say an inversion and lack of wind have left the smoky haze over the city.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a Cedar Rapids strip mall restaurant fire. Television station KCRG reports that the fire broke out early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called around 5 a.m. to the blaze at Jersey’s Pub and Grub. No one was in the restaurant at the time.

NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a newly-opened exotic dance club in Nora Springs has already been cited for a liquor violation. Police tell the Mason City Globe Gazette that Dale Peterson, owner of the Pole Barn Theater, was cited Thursday night for allowing liquor not covered by a license inside a public establishment.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Ida Grove man accused of intentionally hitting another man with his car on Valentine’s Day has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. The Sioux City Journal reports that 36-year-old Jeremy Werneburg pleaded not guilty Friday in Sac County District Court to attempted murder, assault using a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of willful injury.

Red Oak man arrested for Domestic Abuse charge

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March 12th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of 47-year-old Lynn Kenneth Houtchens of Red Oak on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault 3rd or Subsequent Offense on Saturday.  Houtchens was arrested at 6:08pm at 504 E Market Street in Red Oak.  The charge is a Class D Felony and Houtchens was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on no bond until seen by a Magistrate.

Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder, other charges

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March 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Ida Grove man accused of intentionally hitting another man with his car has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. The Sioux City Journal reports that 36-year-old Jeremy Werneburg pleaded not guilty Friday in Sac County District Court to attempted murder, assault using a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of willful injury. His trial has been set for May 10.

Police say Werneburg threatened a group of people with a hammer outside the Carnarvon Inn in Carnarvon, Iowa, on Valentine’s Day. Police say he then got into his car and intentionally hit Freese, pinning Freese against a building. Freese suffered serious injuries. Police arrested Werneburg three days later in Fort Dodge.

Iowa man sentenced to prison for shooting at crop duster

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March 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been sentenced to five year in prison for shooting at a crop-dusting plane in Palo Alto County last year. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that 55-year-old John Metzger, of Whittemore, was sentenced Friday in Palo Alto District Court.

Metzger was found guilty in November by a jury of going armed with intent. He was not found guilty of other charges, including terrorism, stalking with a weapon and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says Metzger fired a gun that hit the wing flap of a plane while spraying a field in Fairfield Township on July 31. The plane was landed safely at Steier’s landing strip in Whittemore. The pilot wasn’t injured.