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Iowa State Fair’s 1.13 million visitors sets attendance mark

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 22nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – This year’s Iowa State Fair set an attendance record, with more than 1.13 million people visiting the 11-day event in Des Moines.

The fair announced Monday the fair that wrapped up Sunday had an unofficial attendance of 1,130,071. That topped the previous record of 1,117,398 set in 2015.

The busiest day was Saturday, Aug. 12, when 120,833 visitors were counted at the fair.

The Iowa State Fair has been held since 1854. Next year’s fair will be held Aug. 9-19.

Red Oak man arrested on drug charges Monday evening

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August 22nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

A Red Oak man was arrested Monday evening by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies on drug charges. At about 7:12pm Deputies arrested 23-year-old Diego Miguel Juaquin at the intersection of East Oak Street and North 6th Street in Red Oak. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Juaquin was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond. Deputies were assisted by the Montgomery County K-9 Unit during the arrest.

Clarinda man arrested for Probation Violation

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August 22nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest of a Clarinda man early Tuesday morning. At 1:07am Deputies arrested 31-year-old Marcus Edgar Washington of Clarinda on a valid Page County Warrant for Violation of Probation.  He was arrested in the 2300 block of Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. Washington was taken to the Page County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

NB I-29 in Sioux City to close Thu. night thru Fri. morning, at Hamilton Blvd

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August 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Aug. 21, 2017 – The first of two bridge deck pours on the Interstate 29 bridge at Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City will require closing northbound I-29 to traffic from 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, until 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City construction office.

During this closure, northbound I-29 traffic will be detoured onto the off-ramp at Hamilton Boulevard (exit 149) and then onto the northbound Hamilton Boulevard on-ramp. Traffic on Hamilton Boulevard will be detoured to Wesley Parkway.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through our 511 system. Visit 511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa)

Cass County Attorney tenders his resignation

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August 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein, Monday afternoon, submitted his letter of resignation to the Cass County Board of Supervisors. In his letter he said “In response to the Board’s decision to change the status of County Attorney to full-time, I am giving you notice of my resignation as County Attorney effective January 1, 2018.”

Wiederstein went on to say “As you all know, I have no interest or desire in being the full-time County Attorney. In order to make this a successful transition, it is necessary that the Board begin the hiring process immediately, and to secure the services of a full-time County Attorney as soon as possible.”  Doing so, he says, “Will ensure that the new attorney can appear on the ballot for the 2018 election,” which Wiederstein thinks is the most important to Cass County voters.

He suggested the Board consider adding an Assistant County Attorney to assist the new full-time position because there are times when multiple events and issues arise at the same time. Wiederstein concluded by saying “I wish you and the County the best in your search to fill the position.”

During their meeting last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to make the County Attorney’s job a full-time position, effective Jan. 1st, 2018.

Weekend traffic stop nets 82-lbs of marijuana

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August 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Saturday morning in Pottawattamie County resulted in the arrest of two men and the recovery of 82 pounds of marijuana. According to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, a Deputy pulled over a 2016 Jeep Cherokee for speeding on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs, at around 11:14 Saturday.

As he spoke with the driver and a passenger, the Deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a probable cause search, several bags and suitcases were found, each holding numerous containers of marijuana. 27-year old Alan Hazime and 25-year old Mounir Faraj, both of Dearborn, Michigan, were arrested and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail for narcotics violations.

In other news, Pott. County Deputies arrested 26-year-old Brian Carroll, of Avoca, for Criminal Mischief 4th Degree. He  was arrested at around 12:26-a.m. today (Monday), at the Avoca High School, where the driver’s side front window of a vehicle was damaged.

Two accidents in Cass County, Friday

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August 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County said no injuries were reported following two separate accidents last Friday. The first happened at around 12:06 a.m., Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident at Marne Road at 590th Street. A 2012 Dodge Ram 4500 driven by 23-year old Reid W. Hansen, of Elkhorn, NE, was southbound on 590th Street when a 2002 Buick Lesabre owned and driven by 80-year old Rex Barber, of Anita, attempted to turn south onto 590th Street from Marne Road and was struck in the passenger side by Hansen’s vehicle. No injuries were reported. Damage to Hansen’s vehicle is estimated at $300; damage to Barber’s vehicle is estimated at $5,500. No citations were issued.

And, about 12-hours later, deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 148 in Massena. A 1994 International Tractor pulling a baler driven by 38-year old Drew Evan Williams, of Massena, was southbound on Highway 148 when it was struck in the rear by a 2011 Ford Edge owned and driven by 26-year old Julie Lynn Gwilliam Allen, of Corning. No injuries were reported. Damage to the bailer is estimated at $5,000; damage to Gwilliam Allen’s vehicle is estimated at $7,000. Gwilliam Allen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Wiota man arrested on Probation Violation warrant

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August 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest last Friday, of 22-year old Bryant Kenney Mitchell, of Wiota. Mitchell was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. He was also charged with OWI 1st Offense (Serious) and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense (Serious). He was taken to the Cass County Jail and was later released on $2,000 bond.

College Springs woman arrested for OWI after accident

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August 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

A College Springs woman was arrested following an accident early Sunday morning in Page County. At 3:17am Page County Sheriff’s Officials responded to an accident near Highway 2 and M Avenue but then had to search the area for the actual accident site which turned out to be about 6 miles away at Maple Avenue and 270th street. A 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was located that had gone through the T-intersection and went into a corn field. The driver, 34-year-old Gelena Ann Gladman of College Springs, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense.  She was taken to the Page County Sheriff’s Office for processing and later released on $1,000 bond.

College Springs man arrested after traffic stop Saturday

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August 21st, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a College Springs man after a traffic stop on Saturday evening. At 7:00pm Deputies stopped a black Chevy Blazer near the intersection of 310th Street and Nutmeg Avenue for a traffic violation. During the stop Deputies arrested 48-year-old Steven William Wells of College Springs for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While Barred, and OWI 1st Offense.

Wells was transported to the Page County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.