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(Podcast) 7-a.m. Local/Area News: Nov. 14, 2013

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


NE man charged in SW IA sex case faces additional charges in NE


November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Nebraska say a man who faces sexual abuse charges in Iowa now faces additional charges in Nebraska. The Daily NonPareil reports 64-year old John Robert Schondelmeyer is being charge with two counts of incest in Sarpy County, Neb.  Schondelmeyer was charged in Iowa with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. He was arrested Oct. 17th at his Bellevue, Neb. residence by Bellevue Police.

An arrest warrant says the alleged incidents involving two girls, ages 7 and 8, occurred on Sept. 19, 20, 21 and 22 at Schondelmeyer’s home in Bellevue, the victims’ residence and Mills County. Schondelmeyer pleaded not guilt to the charges in Mills County on Nov. 5th. An arraignment is scheduled 9:30 am. Monday at the Mills County Courthouse. If convicted on the Iowa charges, Schondelmeyer faces up to 50 years in prison for the two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and up to 10 years for each count of lascivious acts with a child. He is being held in the Mills County Jail on a $70,000 bond.

Authorities in Sarpy County say they are waiting for Schondelmeyer’s court proceedings in Mills County to conclude before transferring him to Nebraska, where he is being charged with two felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 12 years of age and two felony counts of incest. He faces up to two life sentences in prison for the sexual assault charges and up to 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each of the incest charges.

Officials in Mills County says when he was arrested in October,  Schondelmeyer was in the process of moving to Fayetteville, N.C.

Red Oak man arrested for violating probation


November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday evening for a probation violation. According to Red Oak Police, 35-year old Timothy Orville Welch was arrested in the 100 block of West Coobaugh Street at around 5:45-p.m.   Welch was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Nov. 14 2013


November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Jackson of Boone, Iowa, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. He had pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors say the registered sex offender shared about 20 images of child porn with an undercover officer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Vision Iowa Board has awarded $1.1 million toward the renovation of a plaza in downtown Des Moines. The board awarded the money yesterday to the Cowles Commons Renovation, a $9.7 million project to replace a 35-year-old space previously known as Nollen Plaza. Demolition of the site began in October and completion of the project is expected in late 2014.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Council Bluffs have arrested a man following an hour-long police standoff. Police Lt. Mark Galvan says Lucas Walk was taken to a hospital after being removed from the residence yesterday. A police dog had bitten him. Police say they had been trying to serve an arrest warrant to Walk and thought he might be armed but later found no weapons.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — The case of a former Iowa jail guard accused of killing his pregnant wife has gone to the jury. The Henry County jury got the case yesterday. Seth Techel is charged with first-degree murder in last year’s death of his wife, Lisa, and their fetus. Prosecutors say he wanted to kill his wife to be with another woman. A defense attorney says a former neighbor may have been a better suspect in Lisa Techel’s death.

Police end standoff at Council Bluffs home


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man involved in a police standoff in Council Bluffs is now in custody. Lt. Mark Galvan of the Council Bluffs Police Department tells Omaha television station KETV that Lucas Walk was taken out of a residence Wednesday following a standoff that lasted about an hour. He was taken to a hospital after a K-9 dog bit him.

Police say Walk had several, outstanding felony warrants for stolen property, and that they were serving an arrest warrant to Walk when the incident began. Authorities say they thought Walk may be armed, but no weapons have been found. Nearby homes were briefly evacuated. The scene was cleared and residents were allowed to return home, at around 5:45-p.m.

Traffic stop in Clarinda leads to weapon and narcotics arrest


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Wednesday morning in Clarinda resulted in a man being arrested on weapon and drug charges. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says 25-year old Jacob Tanner Franson, of Villisca, was arrested a little after 3-a.m., after officers stopped his vehicle at the intersection of West State Street and the State Highway 2 bypass.

Franson will be charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

He was being held in the Page County Jail on bond amounting to 100-thousand dollars. Chief Brothers says deputies with the Page County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest of Franson. His case has been referred to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of formal charges.

Injury accident in Harlan


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports one-person was injured during an accident that took place Tuesday, at the intersection of 6th and Hill Streets. Officials say Kristina Namanny, of Harlan, was transported by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, after her 1998 Chevy was hit by a 2000 Chevy, that was driven by Karen Petersen-Blum, of Harlan.

According to the police report, Petersen-Blum was westbound on Hill Street and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with 6th Street. When she didn’t see Namanny’s vehicle approaching, Petersen-Blum pulled out into intersection and hit the left rear side of the Namanny car. Petersen-Blum was cited for Failure to Yield. Damage from the collision amounted to $4,500.

Harlan Police report 3 arrests


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Harlan report three people were arrested over the course of the past week. On Nov. 7th, 52-year old John Piper, was taken into custody when an off-duty Harlan Police officer had an altercation with him in the 1600 block of Chatburn Ave. Piper was in possession of a HyVee shopping cart full of groceries that were not in bags. The groceries and cart were taken to HyVee where they were identified as stolen. The value estimate of the groceries and cart was approximately $360.

Piper was transported, by an on-duty officer, to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault on a peace officer, 4th degree theft and public intoxication. The officer went to Myrtue Medical Center where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

On Sunday (Nov. 10th), 28-year old Tarren Baldogo, of Halbour, was arrested in Harlan, following a traffic stop. Baldogo was taken to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

And on Tuesday (Nov. 12th) 44-year old Clinton Scheffler, of Harlan, was arrested at the Shelby County court house when officers observed him trying to talk to Lachelle Petersen. There was a no contact order in effect between both Scheffler and Petersen. Scheffler was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violating a no contact order.

Glenwood resident sentenced for theft of Social Security funds


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing Social Security benefits that the agency mistakenly paid to a dead person for 11 years. 61-year old Marlene Moore of Glenwood will also serve six months of home confinement after her release under the sentence issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John Jarvey.

Prosecutors say the Social Security Administration was never notified that a beneficiary died in 2001, and kept sending monthly checks of roughly $1,300 until 2012.  Moore had access to the unidentified beneficiary’s bank account and used the money to pay for personal expenses. In all, she took nearly $165,000 from the account. She pleaded guilty in July to theft.

Prosecutors say Moore used the money to live beyond her means, buying a second house and cars.

Shelby County school project receives Vision IA award


November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Vision Iowa Board this morning awarded grants to four community attraction projects around the state including one in Shelby County. The Harlan Community School District was awarded $200,000 for the renovation project to Merrill Field. Superintendent Justin Wagner along with other school officials and Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox and Shelby County Supervisor Steve Kenkel received word from the Vision Iowa Board around 10am in Des Moines. Wagner says the project means a lot not only to the school but the Harlan Community.

Wagner says “The overall project is to bring the current complex ADA compliance, to replace existing structures that have been there since the 1970’s. We have been frugal with how we have used the complex but it is a very high frequency used complex. Not for the school district but more importantly we have 80 activities in the community.”

The total renovation project for the Merrill Field Complex is estimated at $1.528 million and before the CAT grant today, the Harlan Community Education Foundation had raised $1.337 million. Now that the estimated cost has been raised, Wagner says work will start in the spring.

Wagner says “We’re hoping to have the project start March 1st. We are hoping to get some out of season costs to save some money. Specifications are being written and we knew we needed those whether we were move ahead or not. So we are hoping by March 1st that we start the renovation project as a whole.”

Other communities receiving grant money from Vision Iowa were the City of Manchester, Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport and the Des Moines Performing Arts.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)