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Shelby County Cookers plant sold

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Food Company out of Memphis, TN has purchased a manufacturing plant in Shelby County. The company Monogram Food Solutions LLC has reached an agreement with Westin Inc. of Omaha to purchase the assets of Shelby County Cookers of Harlan. The Cookers plant on the south end of town manufactures ready to eat bacon products for food service and retail customers.

Monogram assumed control of Cookers on Saturday, October 26th, giving Monogram an entry into the bacon category under its newly formed Monogram Prepared Meats Division. Monogram Foods is a national leader in manufacturing of licensed, co-packed, meat snacks and other meat offerings.

Chief Executive Officer of Monogram, Karl Schledwitz said in a press release, “Shelby County Cookers success stems from consistently high quality products, a dedicated workforce and being a leader in bacon innovation. The company’s value and service to customers is top tier.”

Shelby County Cooker’s was founded in 2005 and has operated under the leadership of President Brett Elliot. Monogram Prepared Meats will keep Elliot and the current management team to help run the company. Monogram and Shelby County Cookers already had a partnership when they developed a new item called bacon jerky in 2011. The item is currently in national distribution under 4 major brands and is made by Shelby County Cookers.

President and CEO of Westin Foods Scott Carlson has overseen the production and expansion of Cookers will continue to work with Monogram also and will be brought on as a member of their board. Carlson said he expects the growth of the plant to accelerate because of the capital investment and a larger national sales team available through the new company.

The Cookers plant is expected to continue to grow with a 5th operational line in 2014 and a possible 6th line in 2016. Since 2004, Shelby County Cookers has expanded operational lines twice and sales for the bacon products are expected to reach $70 million at the end of the year.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

(Update 9:50-a.m.): Alleged car thief in custody

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man whom authorities say stole a car from a Nebraska used car dealership is in custody after leading law enforcement officials on a chase Tuesday morning in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News 52-year old Fred McCormick, of Crescent, was taken into custody about six and a-half hours after the pursuit began. McCormick was being held in the Pott. County Jail on charges of Theft in the 2nd degree, eluding and Driving While Barred. His bond was set at $5,000.

Danker said the incident began at around 10-a.m., Tuesday, after the owners of a red Chevy Cavalier tracked the vehicle by using a GPS unit. He said deputies were dispatched to meet with an individual who had located the stolen car in the Crescent area. While the deputies were responding, Pott. County Conservation officers initiated a pursuit, which went north of Crescent, turned onto Leisure Avenue and drove off into a corn field.

The driver took off on foot. Several law enforcement agencies including at least seven k-9 units engaged in a search for the driver, but the hilly, wooded terrain in the area made the search difficult. Adding to the difficulty in finding the man, was an unharvested corn crop, cloud cover and a light mist.

The manhunt was called-off at around 2:30-p.m., after search teams lost the trail in a corn field. Danker says the suspect was observed at around 4:30-p.m. walking along Old Lincoln Highway. He was then taken into custody and charged.

Lightning strikes hit a building and car in Cass County

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Strong storms producing powerful lightning wreaked havoc with vehicles and buildings in Cass County this morning. The Cass County Communications Center reports a woman in a car believed her vehicle was struck by lightning near 650th and Whitepole Road (Highway 6 & 71), at around 10:22-a.m.  The only apparent damage, according to officials, was a melted antennae. No injuries were reported.

A couple of minutes earlier, the Iowa State Patrol Communications Center north of Lewis reported a burning smell in their facility. The staff thought their building was hit by lightning, but nothing was found to be wrong. Lewis Fire was called to investigate.

Shooting incident in Marne

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Rescue crews and law enforcement personnel were dispatched to a reported shooting incident in Marne just before 10-a..m. today (Wednesday). According to scanner traffic, the incident involved a 43-year old male who shot himself. The incident took place in a camper located behind a house off Brighton Street, near an alley. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the Coroner was called to the scene.

No other information has been released.

9AM Newscast 10-30-2013

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NE man tasered following pursuit Wed. morning in Fremont County

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man who was the subject of a pursuit early this (Wednesday) morning, was arrested after being tasered by a sheriff’s deputy in Percival. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year old Bradley Wright, of Nebraska City, NE., faces four felony and one aggravated misdemeanor charge following his arrest shortly after 12:15-a.m. He was being held in the Fremont County Jail on just under $28,755 bond.

Officials say a sheriff’s deputy had attempted to stop a black 1996 Honda Civic in the Percival area at around 12:10-a.m., for having a headlight out, and speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and sped through town in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone. The chase finally ended at 2072 190th Street in Percival.

While attempting to arrest Wright, the man allegedly resisted arrest, and was tased. A “Help an Officer” call was broadcast, but Wright was restrained prior to the arrival of a backup officer. Wright faces felony charges that include Assault on an Officer, 2 counts of Disarming a Police Officer, Eluding and Interference with Official Acts. He also received a misdemeanor charge of Carrying a concealed weapon, and he was cited for numerous traffic violations.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Cattle truck accident in Council Bluffs happened when driver fell asleep

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Council Bluffs late Monday night that sent two people to the hospital and resulted in cattle running loose, happened when the driver of a semi fell asleep at the wheel. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 24-year old Bradlee Ellis, of Hutchinson, KS, told Council Bluffs Police he was awakened by his passenger just before the 1994 Peterbilt went out of control and overturned on southbound Interstate 29, at around 11-p.m., Monday.

Ellis, and his passenger, 20-year old Emileigh Martens, also of Hutchinson, were injured in the crash. The pair were said to be in fair condition Tuesday, at Creighton University Medical Center. More than a dozen cattle were left roaming in the area following the crash. Some of the animals died, when the semi slid into the I-29 overpass at Avenue G and bounced off, causing the top of the trailer to be torn off.

The interstate was blocked for more than 6-hours following the crash.

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3 Red Oak residents arrested Tue. night on drug & numerous other charges

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October 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three people were taken into custody Tuesday night in Red Oak, after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 1000-block of East Washington Avenue. Red Oak Police say nearly 390-grams of a substance suspected to be marijuana, $4,260 in currency, a .25-caliber handgun and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were seized during the search, which was conducted at 10:15-p.m..

59-year old Ricky Allen Straw, of Red Oak, was charged with 3 felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, along with felony Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, felon in possession of a firearm, a drug tax stamp violation, as well as 2 counts of Child Endangerment (Aggravated misdemeanors), a Serious misdemeanor charge of Gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used, and a simple misdemeanor charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Straw was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

44-year old Susan Elaine Rooker, of Red Oak, faces 2 counts of Child Endangerment, along with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia charges. Her bond was set at $2,000. And, 22-year old Tiffany Renee Fulcher, of Red Oak, was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Officials say two children were removed from the home and placed in the custody and control of a family member. The investigation continues, and additional charges are pending. Red Oak Police were assisted in their investigation and search of the home, by deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and a Cass County K-9 unit.