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Police arrest man with Iowa ties, wanted in FBI explosives case

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers on Monday afternoon arrested a man with Iowa ties described as social media maven and former political consultant who was wanted by federal agents on suspicion of possessing explosives. A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said 42-year-old Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II was spotted in his white car around 6:22 p.m. Monday near San Francisco’s Crissy Field, just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The official told The Associated Press that Chamberlain was arrested without incident and is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he is being processed or undergoing interrogation. Chamberlain graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 with majors in journalism and political science. He wrote music reviews for The Des Moines Register in 1995 and 1996.

A news conference on the arrest was planned for today (Tuesday) at 8:30 a.m. local time, at the San Francisco Federal Building.

Iowa to pick candidates for 2 open US House seats

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa primary voters are set to pick potential replacements for two prominent members of the state’s U.S. House delegation. One is Republican who is retiring, the other a Democrat who is running for Senate. Democrats are choosing from among five candidates in the 1st Congressional District, a northeastern Iowa seat that is open after Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley opted to run for U.S. Senate.

Republican voters are picking from six candidates in the 3rd Congressional District, a Des Moines-area seat they are trying to protect after the announced retirement of popular 10-term Rep. Tom Latham. The stakes are high because Iowa’s four congressional seats are equally divided among the two parties and rarely see two vacancies in the same year.

Reward offered for info. on Carroll Co. deaths

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald reports authorities in Carroll County are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the successful prosecution of the person responsible for the death of a mother and her adult son a little more than two weeks ago in Glidden.

The bodies of 48-year old Tami DeVore and 30-year old Karl DeVore were found by Carroll County deputies inside the mobile home where Tami DeVore lived., the night of Sunday, May 18th. Authorities have not released how the DeVores died but have said their deaths were the result of homicides. There have been no arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 712-792-4393.

Senate race, from jumbled to jelling around Ernst

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rural southwest Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has emerged as a front-runner in what once was a jumbled field of Republicans hoping to succeed retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. Ernst has managed to bring together warring factions of the state and national GOP before the primary. She has aired ads featuring her firing a handgun at an indoor shooting range and talking about her childhood experience castrating hogs.

Today’s (Tuesday’s) primary is significant because Iowa, a traditional swing state, is expected to play a key role in the race for U.S. Senate control this fall. Republicans need six seats to gain a majority. Neither party will have the power of incumbency in the race. The GOP views Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the assured nominee, as vulnerable.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., June 3rd 2014

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press 

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been arrested following a brief standoff in Council Bluffs. The Council Bluffs Police Department says 29-year-old Kevin Bequette was taken into custody Monday morning. A fugitive task force says it tracked Bequette to a residence and attempted to apprehend him on a warrant for a parole violation. He is accused of locking himself inside a detached garage behind the home.

COALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man shot another man who was trying to initiate a robbery at his home. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs says the incident occurred Sunday morning at a home near Coalville, when a male suspect arrived at the residence. A struggle ensued between the suspect and the resident. Both men were hospitalized. Their names and conditions have not been released.

COON RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been accused of molesting two toddlers at his house in the small western Iowa community of Coon Rapids. The Coon Rapids Police Department says 51-year-old Scott Allen Warnke was arrested Thursday and faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The girls’ ages have not been released.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers have gathered in southeast Iowa for an annual “clinic” to fix stuffed animals. The Teddy Bear Picnic on Sunday at a Burlington park involved volunteers mending and fixing plush toys for children. The afternoon also included face painting, bubbles and a bounce house. Various organizations in the community help plan the event. The event this year corresponded with the municipal band’s summer season. The band plays weekly at the park’s bandstand.

Man arrested following standoff in Council Bluffs

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A transient was arrested following a brief standoff in Council Bluffs, Monday. The Council Bluffs Police Department says 29-year-old Kevin Richard Bequette was taken into custody at around 10:30-a.m., after the Omaha Metro Fugitive Task Force tracked Bequette to a residence and attempted to apprehend him on a warrant for a parole violation. The man is accused of locking himself inside a detached garage behind the home.

Authorities communicated with Bequette for about 45-minutes, during which he threatened to harm himself. At around 10:30-a.m., officers could smell smoke coming from the garage. They broke into the structure and took Bequette into custody without further incident. Authorities learned the man started a small fire in the garage, and there was evidence he had attempted to compromise a natural gas line inside the building. Damage to the garage was described as minimal.

Police Capt. Todd Weddum says Bequette was checked by medics at the scene, but he did not require any treatment. Weddum said Bequette was arrested for a parole violation related to earlier arson/theft and attempted burglary charges,  in addition to a warrant for 3rd  degree criminal mischief and Interference with official acts.

Bluffs police recovered two stolen cars on the property. Officials say an investigation continues with regard to the vehicles, and additional charges against Bequette are pending.

Coon Rapids man accused of molesting 2 toddlers

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COON RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Coon Rapids Police have arrested a man accused of molesting two toddlers. 51-year old Scott Allen Warnke, of Coon Rapids, was arrested Thursday, and faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

Warnke is accused of molesting the young girls while they visited his home in January. A witness recently told authorities that Warnke was alone with the girls at some point, and the girls were partially disrobed. The girls’ ages have not been released.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports Warnke was taken to the Carroll County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place this Thursday.

Bluffs man arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on drug charges  of a Pottawattamie County man. Officials say on Saturday, May 31st, deputies arrested30-year old Travis Giles Warren,  of Council Bluffs,  on charges of Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Warren was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1000 bond.

And on Sunday, deputies in Cass County arrested 41-year old Damon Allen Bromley, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Bromley was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance the following day.

Rockwell City park honors slain police officer

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) – A part of Rockwell City has been renamed in honor of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty last fall.An area north of the Rockwell City park will now be known as Jamie Buenting Memorial Park. Dozens of people attended an event Sunday afternoon to celebrate the change.

Buenting was killed in September 2013 during an early morning standoff. Corey Trott has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the newly named area includes a renovated duck pond, new shelter on the bank and donated benches. Mayor Phil Heinlin says organizers want to put an illuminated flag on a pole in the middle of the pond.

2 OWI arrests in Audubon County Friday

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report two men were arrested on OWI charges Friday night. 31-year old Eddie Ray Mack, of Audubon, was taken into custody at around 10-p.m. on charges that include OWI/3rd offense, 2 counts of Child Endangerment, and Open Container. The charges were the result of a traffic stop on Highway 71, south of Audubon.

Also arrested Friday night, was 30-year old David James Elliott, of Newton. He was taken into custody at around 11:30-p.m. following an incident on Tracy Street, in Audubon. Elliott was charged with OWI/1st offense, Driving While Suspended, and Careless Driving.

Both men were transported to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before the magistrate. Their preliminary hearings were set for June 19th.