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High speed pursuit of stolen vehicle ends in Jefferson Friday


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Department assisted during a high-speed chase on Friday, August 14th. Deputies joined the pursuit of a stolen Black 2015 Toyota Camry that began in Ankeny. The vehicle was pursued by officers in Dallas, Greene, and Guthrie Counties until finally ending in Greene County in Jefferson.

At 4:32pm a Guthrie County Deputy was traveling eastbound on Highway 141 from Highway 25 in Guthrie County when he met a group of cars coming towards him. A car in the middle of the group fit the description of the stolen vehicle. The Deputy pursued the vehicle with speeds reaching 96mph.

Green County Deputies set out spike strip at Highway 30 and M Avenue. The suspect vehicle hit the spikes with its right front tire. The suspect vehicle continued into the City limits of Jefferson and ran through the four way stop of Hwy 30 and Hwy 4. The vehicle continued east on Hwy 30 until the right front tire blew out and it crashed into the south ditch of Highway 30.

The suspect was removed from the vehicle and detained. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Meriah Teamer of Des Moines. A check of her driver’s license shows she is suspended in Iowa for Non Payment of an Iowa fine. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of the City of Ames.

Teamer was arrested and transported to the Guthrie County Jail and charged with Eluding while participating in a Felony, Possession of a stolen vehicle, Driving while suspended, and speeding. Meriah will also face charges from other jurisdictions.

Agency’s that assisted include Iowa State Patrol, Green Co Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Coon Rapids Police Dept, Jefferson Police Dept, and Panora Police Dept.

Audubon Police Report


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer released a weekly arrest report on Monday.

On Wednesday, August 12th the Audubon Police Department executed a search warrant and arrested 19-year-old Zachary James Ratliff of Audubon.  He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Gathering Where Controlled Substance is Unlawfully Used. Also arrested was 37-year-old Tiffany Lyn Densmore of Audubon. Densmore was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana 3rd or subsequent offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Gathering Where Controlled Substance is Unlawfully Used and 2 counts of Child Endangerment. Both were transported to the Audubon County Jail where they were held to see a magistrate. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

On Friday, August 14th the Audubon Police Department arrested 54-year-old Robert Charles Atkinson of Audubon. Atkinson was charged with Theft-5th degree and Public Intoxication – 3rd or more offenses. Atkinson was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held to see a magistrate.

Also on Friday, August 14th the Audubon Police Department arrested 20-year-old Joshua Adam Petersen of Audubon. Petersen was arrested on a Carroll County warrant and transferred to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, August 17th the Audubon Police Department arrested 35-year-old Michael David Lollie of Audubon. Lollie was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. Lollie was cited and released on promise to appear.

Barred driver arrested Sunday in Braddyville


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Page County Sheriff’s Officials arrested a Braddyville man on Sunday for Driving while Barred.  At approximately 8:00pm Sunday Deputies stopped a silver and green Chevy K1500 pickup approximately 1 mile east of Braddyville. Deputies had seen the driver of the vehicle when it passed by them in Braddyville, and identified him as 45-year-old John David Stone of Braddyville. It was known by the Deputies and confirmed through a driver’s license check that Stone was barred from driving a motor vehicle for being a habitual offender.

Stone was arrested for Driving while Barred and transported to the Page County Jail for holding. Stone was also cited for open container of alcohol in the vehicle while operating on a public roadway. Stone is currently being held in the Page County Jail on $2,000 bond awJohnDavidStoneaiting trial.


Rural Atlantic Families “Super Bull” receiving lot’s of attention at the Iowa State Fair

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August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The “Super Bull” at the Iowa State Fair seems to be enjoying the attention. “Sampson,” a 3-year-old Red Angus, tipped the scales at a whopping 2,893 pounds and is owned by Jim and Danelle Skartvedt of rural Atlantic.  Sampson was bred by Two Oaks Red Angus of Dunlap, IA Brandon McHugh. The bull was named the winner of the annual “Super Bull” contest at the State Fair Thursday evening. Sampson was raised by Zellmer Farms Alan and Brenda Zellmer, near Atlantic, along with Gage Zellmer and maintained by A to Z Feeders.Sampson

Owners Jim and Danelle Skartvedt were asked about Sampson’s diet and stated “He eats an entire 50 pound bag of Renew Ag Supply’s “Midwest Success with Matrix” per day, with a sprinkle of VitaFerm’s Sure Champ Cattle a 1/4 of a bale, and lots and lots of water.”

Gage Zellmer, the 22-year old son of Brenda and Alan, said it was surprising to the family how big Sampson grew, and how fast.  He told KJAN News “Honestly, what happened was we had him running with some younger bulls that we were trying to bulk-up, and kind of lost track of him. All at once, we realized ‘Holy Cow!,’ he’s huge. So we decided to pull him in and really start cranking him up on feed and decided we’d try the Super Bull [contest]. We’d never done it, never been around it, but just decided we’d try it.”

Gage says it takes a lot of time and feed to make a bull that huge. You wouldn’t think it would be easy to lead around an animal that weighs more than a VW Beetle, but Gage said he was amiable enough once he got used to the idea…still, he can be determined to go where he wants.

Danelle credits her younger brother Gage for being brave enough to climb in and break the bull. “He is a mild mannered bull and seems pretty happy as long as his feeder is full and his fan is on. Sampson was a family project with many helping to get him ready for his big day!”

Sampson beat out the next nearest winner by 150 pounds. You can see Sampson at the Iowa State Fair in the barn near the Livestock Pavilion, through the last day on August 23rd. Look for the sign out front, that reads “Super Bull.” Feel free to stop by and talk to the Skartvedt family about their bull, their business, and feed as well as the Zellmer family and their farm.

Town in western Iowa celebrates new pedestrian bridge


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AVOCA, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa community has celebrated the opening of a pedestrian bridge over the West Nishnabotna River. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the span opened in March and is the latest step in an effort to install trails throughout the town of Avoca. A dedication for the bridge was held Friday.

Before the crossing was built, residents would have to walk along a highway shoulder or take other less-than-ideal routes to get to the Edgington Memorial Park, which sits east of the river. Avoca librarian Serena Riesgaard remembers her brothers having to wade across the river to get to the park.

The bridge cost about $340,000, with about 50 percent of the project covered by a state transportation grant. The remainder was funded with local option sales tax dollars.

University of Iowa asks students to check vaccinations after 6 cases of mumps


August 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The University of Iowa is asking students to be sure their vaccinations are all up-to-date after six cases of the mumps have been reported among students in the last couple of weeks. The majority of students will return to campus next week for the state of classes, and university spokesman, Tom More, says they want them to be prepared. “If they have not had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella, or M-M-R vaccine, it’s a good idea that they get those two doses before they show up on campus. That’ll maximize their protection,” Moore says. Moore says the mumps are another reason for students to get the vaccinations now instead of waiting.

“The students have essentially until the end of the first semester to provide proof of their immunization status,” Moore says. “So, it is something that we do require, but they do have a little bit of a time frame here to do it. But, we recommend that they do it as soon as possible that they are protected.” Many students returning to campus will be living in dorms with a lot of new people, and lots of daily contact. The mumps virus is spread through contact with saliva or mucous from the mouth, nose, or throat.

“That’s always a concern in close living quarters — is that when you have a contagious disease it can spread from person to person with relatively ease. And so we are trying to do everything we can to help protect the safety, health and well-being of our students,” Moore says. Mumps cases have been reported on other campuses in the midwest, but Moore hasn’t heard of any in Iowa.

“We’ve shared this information with our sister institutions at Iowa State and Northern Iowa, but have not heard any reports that they have seen anything similar,” Moore says. The university says it has also alerted area health care professionals and has provided additional training for resident hall staff and resident assistants in the wake of the six reported cases of mumps. U-I classes start on August 24th.

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Arson under investigation in Hamburg


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning an arson that occurred in Hamburg on Sunday, August 16th.  Officers received a call Sunday of a possible arson that occurred at the apartment building located at 300 Park Street in Hamburg.  During the investigation it was discovered that at 1:45am someone approached the south building of the complex and attempted to throw an incendiary device through an upstairs window of the building.

The fire caused minimal damage and no injuries were reported. Several people were inside the building at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424.  Fremont County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in the crime.  You may remain anonymous.

The Iowa Fire Marshall’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

Two arrested in connection to a burglary and assault in Shenandoah


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Two arrests were made Sunday by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a burglary and assault in Shenandoah.  At approximately 5:30pm the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1505 W Sheridan Avenue in Shenandoah for a report of two women fighting. Upon arrival deputies spoke with a female resident of the apartment building that told officers she was in her apartment when two neighbors broke in, assaulted her and stole her cell phone when she attempted to call 911.

Officers then arrested 21-year-old Felicia Galaziz-Monson and 23-year-old Daniel Dean Archer both of Shenandoah in connection with the case.  Both are being held on charges of Burglary in the 1st Degree, a Class B Felony; Assault during the Comission of a Felony, a Class C felony; Obstructing Emergency Communications; and Theft.

Both individuals are being held without bond and further charges are pending.

Two arrested in Red Oak traffic stop Sunday


August 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of two men after a routine traffic stop on Sunday for multiple charges.  At 10:30pm officers stopped a vehicle with two male occupants int the 300 block of East Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak.  Officers then arrested 48-year-old Scott Allen Phillips of Bellevue, NE and 40-year-old Christopher Michael Weaver of Windsor, MO.  Both men were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and both cited for Open Container of Alcohol While Driving.  Phillips was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Both men were taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.