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Bluffs man arrested for attempted murder in June shooting incident

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July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was arrested over the weekend in connection with a shooting at an apartment complex in mid-June. The Omaha World-Herald reports police arrested 21-year old Vaughn D. White, Saturday. After he was placed in handcuffs, White ran but officers who caught up with him were forced to use a stun gun to subdue the man. White faces attempted murder and, because of his actions Saturday, escape from custody charges. He’s accused of being involved in a June 14th shooting incident at 37 Bluff Street.

Authorities reports that around 3 p.m. that Saturday, officers were called to the apartment complex, where they found a 16-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound. The girl told officers she was in a vehicle with two others when an unidentified man fired a handgun toward the vehicle. A bullet hit the girl, who was transported by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital.

An investigation into the shooting led police to White and his subsequent arrest.

Trial set to begin for Oakland man charged in shooting of Cass County woman

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July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Jurors in the case of a Pottawattamie County man accused of killing a rural Cass County woman, will hear opening statements in less than two weeks. The Daily NonPareil reports the trial for Robert A. Reynolds Jr. is scheduled to begin on July 22nd. The 63-year old has plead not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey.

Prosecutors and authorities say on April 8th, Reynolds allegedly shot Kinkade-Dorsey. During an interview with law enforcement, Reynolds allegedly admitted he and Kinkade-Dorsey had a verbal dispute inside his residence, and that he then left the area to locate a firearm which he allegedly used to fatally shoot Kinkade-Dorsey. Sheriff’s Lt. Dwayne Riche said some kind of disturbance involving alcohol preceded the shooting.

When deputies arrived Reynolds was uncooperative and a brief standoff ensued, ending when the suspect granted authorities access to the home. The Sheriff’s Department said the weapon used in the shooting was a semiautomatic handgun. Reynolds allegedly told deputies that Kinkade-Dorsey was not armed.

The trial, originally set to begin June 8th, has been moved to July 22 and will take place at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. Reynolds remains held without bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail. The suspect pleaded not guilty in May.

Ceiling collapse in Pott. County injuries teen

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July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a 17-year-old Oakland girl was injured in a home accident Tuesday afternoon. According to the Daily NonPareil, the accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. in a home in the 600 block of Walnut in Oakland. Sheriff’s officials told the paper the unidentified female was doing laundry when plaster in the ceiling above her gave way and fell onto her.

She complained of head and back pain, and was transported by medical personnel to Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs with non-life threatening injuries. According to reports, water from recent storms apparently seaped into the ceiling causing the plaster’s base to weaken from the ceiling.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 9th 2014

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July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two boys have died after a northern Iowa house fire. Palo Alto County firefighters say they went in and found 5-year-old Gavin Hasbrouck and 7-year-old Collin Reed, who were taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg with their mother. Authorities say the boys were pronounced dead at the hospital.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the case of an eastern Iowa man who tried to use his rare cancer condition as a defense to marijuana-growing charges. Attorneys for both sides in the Benton Mackenzie case gave closing arguments Tuesday. The jury began deliberations but was sent home a short time later. They will resume Wednesday. The 48-year-old Mackenzie and his wife Loretta, both of Long Grove, are charged with manufacturing marijuana and other drug charges.

MOULTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, of Moulton, Iowa, was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though their remains were never recovered.

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters battled a fire at a rural hog confinement operation in northeast Iowa. Officials say a structure at the confinement in Hudson caught fire Tuesday before spreading to an adjacent building. Heavy smoke and impaired visibility was reported. The second structure contained hogs, and some are believed to have died in the fire. It is unclear how many hogs were inside.

Traffic stop in Cass County nets nearly 5 grams of meth

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from Clarinda was arrested Tuesday evening in Cass County on suspicion of drug trafficking. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Shiels told KJAN News that around 6:46-p.m., he initiated a traffic stop on a semi that was traveling 70-miles per hour in a 55 zone. The semi, driven by 37-year old Nathan Allen Johnson, of Clarinda, was stopped on Highway 71 near the intersection with Denver Road, just south of Interstate 80.

Shiels said upon making contact with the driver, probable cause was established to search the vehicle, during which the initial investigation resulted in approximately 5-grams of methamphetamine being seized, along with drug paraphernalia (Scales), two handguns and an unspecified amount of cash, leading authorities to believe the Johnson may have been involved in distribution and sale of narcotics.He was arrested on the possession, along with intent to deliver, charges.

Johnson was released from the jail on Wednesday. Assisting with the investigation was Cass County Deputy Josh McClaren, and an Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division officer. Shiels said with regard to the meth bust, “It’s good to be able to get that stuff off the road. That’s what we’re out there looking for, and hopefully prevent

Authorities arrest western IA man wanted for involuntary manslaughter

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a central Iowa teenager over one year ago. Seventeen-year-old Aaliyah West died on June 22, 2013 after spending the night partying with friends at a mobile home in Grimes.

Patrick Glade

Patrick Glade

An autopsy found West died from an overdose of the prescription drug methadone. Police say the investigation led them to 25-year-old Patrick Glade, who was living in Guthrie Center. He was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter.

Glade is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.

Officials: Remains belong to WWII airman from Iowa

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MOULTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, of Moulton, Iowa, was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though their remains were never recovered.

Officials say in a news release Tuesday that a research and analysis group concluded earlier this year that human remains found near the possible aircraft crash site belong to Howard.

SSgt. Robert Howard

SSgt. Robert Howard

A memorial service for Howard will be held in Moulton on July 19 with full military honors.

Disaster proclamation issued for Iowa counties

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation has been issued for three Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad says a proclamation was issued Tuesday for Polk County, following a proclamation Monday for Scott and Shelby counties.

The governor’s office says the proclamations are in response to ongoing flooding and severe weather that began June 26. They are aimed at helping the counties recover with the help of state resources. The proclamations will also allow residents in Scott and Shelby counties to utilize the state’s individual assistance program. That offers grants of up to $5,000 to certain low-income households.

Anita woman & a man arrested after separate accident investigations

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports an Anita woman was arrested last Thursday, following an investigation into an accident. Authorities say at around 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident at Richland Road and Main Street in Massena. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 Ford Escape in the ditch.

The owner and driver, 42-year old Michelle Lynn Namanny, of Anita, was not injured. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $4,000. Upon further investigation, Namanny was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. She was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The woman was brought to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

And, on Saturday, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident at Adams and 4th Streets in Cumberland. Officials say a 1995 Chevy pickup owned and driven by Roger Dwayne Vincent, Jr., was traveling southbound on Adams Street when the vehicle went out of control and entered a  ditch. After backing out of the ditch, the pickup hit a legally parked 2013 Ford Expedition owned by the Atlantic Bottling Company.

Damage to Vincent’s truck is estimated at $100, and damage to the Expedition is estimated at $1500. Vincent was not injured. As a result of investigation, Roger Vincent was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also ticketed for Failure to Maintain Control. Vincent was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released on his own recognizance.

Public hearing in Atlantic over zoning classification change

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July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday morning in Atlantic, with regard to a change in zoning classification. The change affects a parcel of land (Parcel H of the northeast 1/4, northeast 1/4 of Section 9) in Noble Township, and if approved, would rezone the land as Light Industrial instead of Rural Residential. Zoning Administrator Rich Hansen told KJAN News Corey Sindt is looking to move his automotive repair business into Lyman, from the rural area. There were no objections to the plan at an earlier Zoning Board meeting. The hearing takes place at 8:40-a.m. as part of a regular meeting of the Cass County Board of Supervisors.

The Board will also review and possibly act on approving a “Regionalization” of the Mental Health Transition Plan, the aforementioned zoning classification change, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department changes, with regard to GIS services.

The Board of Supervisor’s meeting begins in their Board Room at the Cass County Courthouse, at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.