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2 arrests Sunday afternoon in Red Oak


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two arrests Sunday afternoon. At around 12:15-p.m, 21-year old Cody Jackson Shiflet, of Red Oak, was arrested on a valid Red Oak Police Department warrant for Simple Assault. Shiftlet was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And at around 3:20-p.m. Sunday, Red Oak Police arrested 36-year old Kevin Duane Staley, of Red Oak, for Driving While Suspended. Staley was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Semi and pickup collide in Adair County – no injuries


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a semi and a pickup truck collided Sunday morning, in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2013 Kenworth semi driven by 42-year old Michael Shane Cordova, of Herriman, UT, was traveling north on Elk Avenue at around 11:08-a.m., when Cordova failed to stop at the intersection with 130th Street., or about two miles southeast of Adair.

The rig struck a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 41-year old Gary Vogl, of Adair, as Vogl was traveling west on 130th. After the pickup was hit in the left side, it ended up in the northwest ditch. The semi ended up in the northeast ditch.

Both drivers were cited for failing to wear their seat belts. In addition, Cordova was cited for Failure to Stop at a stop sign.

Clarinda Academy escapees caught


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three males who escaped from the Clarinda Academy Sunday morning have been caught. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said in a Press release at 9:50-a.m., that three students (an Hispanic male, a black male, and a white male) had escaped from the Clarinda Academy in an unknown direction of travel.

Less than 50-minutes later, Brothers said the three escapees were captured in the south part of Clarinda, in the area of Orange Street. The Clarinda Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Department and Clarinda Academy staff assisted in the capture. It was the third time in less than four months escapes from the facility were reported.

On June 2nd, two students at the Academy were on the run for about two-hours before being captured. On May 23rd, three students escaped from the Clarinda Academy. They too, were captured. The Clarinda Academy provides treatment and shelter care to at-risk and delinquent male and female youth from several states.

Red Oak man arrested Sunday morning


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Sunday) morning in Red Oak, resulted in an arrest. Red Oak Police say 26-year old Richard Dean Pierce, the 3rd, of Red Oak, was pulled over just before 5-a.m., at the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 48. Pierce was taken into custody for Driving While Suspended. His bond was set at $566.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, 9/14/2014


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A proposal by law enforcement leaders could soon see all Iowa City and Coralville police officers wearing body-mounted cameras to record their interactions with the public. The city councils of both Iowa communities are considering requests from their respective police departments to purchase the cameras, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on Saturday.

KALONA, Iowa (AP) — Twin County Dairy in southeast Iowa has closed its doors. The Iowa Press-Citizen reports the dairy, more commonly known as the Kalona Cheese Factory, closed on Thursday. It had employed about 50 people. The Cheese House, a cheese shop located in the factory, will remain open.

MACEDONIA, Iowa (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed last week in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County died Thursday at the Omaha hospital where he was being treated. The Omaha World-Herald reports Chris Moore was operating the crop-dusting helicopter over a bean field near Macedonia, Iowa when it hit a power line on September 6th and crashed.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left and Iowa State rallied to beat Iowa 20-17 yesterday. Sam Richardson had 255 yards passing and 2 TDs for the Cyclones (1-2), who beat the rival Hawkeyes for the third time in four tries. Iowa State took a 17-14 lead with 7:33 left on Richardson’s 27-yard TD pass to DeVondrick Nealy. Iowa answered with Marshall Koehn’s 44-yard field goal with 4:08 to go.

Pott. County Atty. clears deputy U-S Marshal in fugitive shooting incident


September 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber announced on Friday that criminal charges will not be filed against a U.S. Marshals Service deputy who shot a fugitive during standoff in Council Bluffs in May. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Cannon of the Southern District of Iowa office was cleared of criminal wrongdoing after an investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reviewed that investigation. Cannon, however, could face further scrutiny from the Marshals Service after giving inconsistent statements in the case.

Authorities arrested 39-year old Daniel Hannan Jr.,  after he was shot during an incident that started around 11-a.m. on May 29th, when a fugitive task force served a high-risk warrant on the suspect at his home. The bullet merely grazed the man’s arm. Council Bluffs police described the warrant as “high risk” because of Hannan’s history of assault and drug arrests, saying the suspect has a history of methamphetamine use and erratic behavior.The suspect was also known to possess guns, though on the scene his mother indicated Hannan had only an air-soft gun.

As members of the task force arrived at the scene, Cannon fired a single shot through the front door, which struck Hannan in the upper right arm. Matt Wilber said after reviewing the evidence..which included a video taken by a neighbor…the incident was a case of the deputy’s weapon discharging accidentally.

Wilber said his report will be sent to the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C., and the Southern District of Iowa office in Des Moines, with the service’s internal affairs unit expected to investigate. Hannan remains held without bond, at the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Pilot in western Iowa helicopter crash dies in Omaha


September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MACEDONIA, Iowa (AP) – The pilot of a helicopter that crashed last week in Pottawattamie County has died at the Omaha hospital where he was being treated. An official with Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha told the Omaha World-Herald that 26-year old Christopher Moore, of Creston, died Thursday.

Moore was operating the crop-dusting helicopter over a bean field near Macedonia when it hit a power line on Sept. 6th and crashed. Treynor Fire Chief Russ Maguire had said Moore was out of the wreckage and conscious when paramedics arrived following the crash. Authorities had said at the time that his injuries weren’t believed to have been life-threatening.

Funeral services for Chris Moore will be held Tuesday.

Trailer fishtails, causes accident near Red Oak Saturday


September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a trailer being pulled by a pickup began to sway, causing the vehicle to go out of control Saturday morning, about a mile west of Red Oak. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year old Joshua Morrison, of Red Oak, was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 eastbound on Highway 34 from Evergreen Avenue, at around 10:50-a.m., when the 2011 Sandpiper dump trailer the pickup was pulling began to “fish tail”.

When Morrison was unable to control the action, the truck entered the south ditch about one-half mile south of G Avenue. The trailer, owned by Corning Rental, jackknifed and hit the passenger side of the pickup, causing $2,500 damage.

No citations were issued.

No injuries following straight truck accident near Atlantic


September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say no injuries were reported following a rollover accident involving a straight truck this (Saturday) morning, southwest of Atlantic. The accident happened between 9 and 10-a.m. on Highway 6 near the intersection with Lansing Road. Atlantic Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to clean-up a fuel spill that occurred when the truck tipped over.

photo bu KJAN's Chris Parks.

photo by KJAN’s Chris Parks.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Atlantic Police also responded to the scene. No other details are currently available.

Claims filed in Iowa food bidding settlement


September 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 20,000 claims have been filed by parents seeking part of a $1.9 million class-action lawsuit settlement over food bidding at hundreds of Iowa schools, according to attorneys handling the case. The claims filed since the settlement was announced Sept. 2 cover more than 47,000 students, said Elizabeth Fegan, an attorney for parents who sued Martin Brothers Distributing Company, the Iowa Educators Corporation and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing.

Fegan called the surge in numbers within a two-week period, “exciting.” The Cedar Falls-based Martin Brothers was accused of conspiring with IEC and IAEP for years to monopolize the business of selling food at schools across Iowa. The lawsuit, filed in 2011, said the result was students being overcharged because there wasn’t healthy competition in the market to keep prices down.

The defendants maintain they did nothing wrong and that the process was fair. They reached the settlement to avoid costly litigation, according to one of their attorneys. “There was no admission of liability or wrongdoing,” said Deb Tharnish, an attorney representing Martin Brothers. “It made economic sense to get the case resolved.”

Attorneys for IEC said they had no comment because the case is still pending. IAEP representatives did not immediately respond to a message left Friday. Parents and others have until the end of September to file a claim to receive up to $3.50 per student per year. A judge is expected to finalize the settlement in early November.