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Man convicted of murder in 2013 death of woman shot in 2011


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 54-year-old Iowa man has been convicted in the April 2013 death of a woman he shot nearly two years earlier.

A Pottawattamie County jury found Craig Finney guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder.

He was convicted of shooting 48-year-old Patricia Harker, his former girlfriend, on June 17, 2011, during an incident at Harker’s home in Minden. She survived, and Finney later pleaded guilty to attempted murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Harker died on April 25, 2013. Prosecutors then filed first-degree murder charges against Finney, saying Harker died from complications caused by the gunshot wound.

The jury convicted Finney on the lesser charge of second-degree murder. He faces up to 50 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 6.

Audubon man arrested Tuesday


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, August 25th of 30-year-old Adam Richard Graves of Audubon.  Graves was arrested around 8:30pm and charged with Interference with Official Acts and Resisting Arrest.  The charges stem from an incident at Graves residence in Audubon.  He was taken to the Audubon County Jail and held.  The Audubon Police Department assisted in the arrest.

2 arrested in Creston Tuesday


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports two arrests on Tuesday, August 25th.

At 11:12am 44-year-old Manuel Silva of Creston was arrested at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County Warrant for 2 counts of Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.  He was released from the Union County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

At 6:05pm Tuesday 42-year-old Anthony Gross of Creston was arrested at 200 South Elm Street and charged with Public Intoxication 2nd Offense.  He is being held in the Union County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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Atlantic School Board candidate forum held


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Members of the public and media gathered at the Atlantic High School Auditorium last night for a candidate forum of potential school board members in the upcoming elections.

7 candidates running for three open spots on the Atlantic School Board answered a number of questions from a media panel and the public. The seven candidates are: Doug Bierbaum, Alison Bruckner, Bob Drogo, Mark Foegen, Dennis Schwanke, Dr. Keith Swanson, and Jenny Williams.

Atlantic Junior Tori Krogh was part of the media panel at the event reporting for the school newspaper and is Secretary of the Student Council.  She said it was a great opportunity to hear more about the candidates and their ideas.  She also said she does see the impact of the concerns brought up by the public at the forum and encouraged students to get involved and make an impact as well.

UPDATE: Council Bluffs Police make arrest in Monday shooting


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Council Bluffs Police Department has made an arrest in connection with an early Monday shooting at the Walgreens store in Council Bluffs.  Officials released surveillance images of a man and SUV that were believed to be involved in the shooting on Tuesday and got a call that led to an arrest Tuesday night.

At 9:10pm the 911 center received information from a caller stating he had identified the suspect from the press release images.  After the tip officers located two suspects and their vehicle at 167 Glen Avenue in Council Bluffs.  Both suspects, one a juvenile and the other 23-year-old Joseph Lanckriet of Council Bluffs, were taken to the Criminal Investigation Division for questioning. After questioning all parties it was determined that Lanckriet was the driver and shooter and he was booked into corrections on a Intimadation with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent charge (A Class C Felony).  The juvenile is not currently being charged with a crime and was released.

The vehicle a 2002 black Mitsubishi and the suspected firearm used in the shooting, a .22 caliber handgun, were located at the residence.  Lanckriet is believed to have shot at 26-year-old Christopher McCurry of Omaha at 12:47am Monday morning in the Council Bluffs Walgreen’s parking lot and fled the scene.  McCurry was uninjured and was spoken to by officers just after the incident.

The Council Bluffs Police Department would like to thank the press and public for their cooperation in the investigation and helping the eventual arrest.

Theft warrant arrest in Red Oak Tuesday


August 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police department reports the arrest of a Red Oak man on a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Theft 2nd Degree.  At 9:14pm Tuesday officers arrested 31-year-old Marcus John Josephson at the intersection of North Broad Street and East Corning Street in Red Oak.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 cash bond. The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest.

Council Bluffs man sentenced to 60 month prison term


August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

A Council Bluffs man was sentenced to 60 months in prison on Monday, August 24th for Possessing a Firearm After a Felony.  60-year-old David Allen Brensel of Council Bluffs was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John Jarvey.  Judge Jarvey also ordered Brensel to serve a term of three years of supervised release after he completes his term of imprisonment.

Brensel pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on
January 8, 2015. When pleading guilty, Brensel admitted being responsible for the theft of four firearms from a residence in Red Oak and then transporting them to Council Bluffs where he sold them.

The investigation was conducted by the Red Oak Police Department, the Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Harlan Police report


August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Harlan Police Department detailed numerous recent arrests and other incidents in a Tuesday report.

On Wednesday, August 19th charges were filed with the Shelby County clerk of court by Elicia Thompson charging 40-year-old Paul Thompson of Harlan, with violation of a no contact order.

On Friday, August 21st Marvin Travis of Harlan reported his 2002 Ford Silverado was stolen from his residence in the 1200 block of 900th Street. This case remains under investigation.

On Saturday, August 22nd 26-year-old Jordan Schechinger of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop. Schechinger was taken to the Shelby County jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Schechinger was also cited for violating one way traffic designation, failure to display license plate, and failure to prove security against liability.

Also on Saturday, August 22nd 24-year-old Anthony Bennett of Harlan, was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant for probation violation and controlled substance violation. Bennett was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

On Sunday, August 23rd Officers were called to the 1900 block of 19th Street for a vehicle belonging to Danielle Holloway that had been vandalized and items taken from inside the vehicle. This case is still under investigation.

On Monday, August 24th 36-year-old Philip Dau of Harlan was arrested when officers were called to the area of 12th and Industrial Avenue for a male subject who was possibly intoxicated and had entered a property and was teasing the resident’s dog. Dau was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public, 4th offense.

Atlantic PD arrest report


August 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department released information Tuesday on numerous recent arrests.

On Friday, August 14th Atlantic Police arrested 43-year-old Todd Kimpson of Corning on a Cass County Warrant for Violation of Probation.

On Monday, August 17th Atlantic Police arrested 34-year-old Jacob Kern of Atlantic for Domestic Abuse Serious Assault.

On Friday, August 21st Atlantic Police arrested 19-year-old Tyler Osborn of Atlantic for OWI and Driving While License Suspended.

On Saturday, August 22nd Atlantic Police arrested 47-year-old Darren Gray of Atlantic for Theft 2nd Degree.  That same day officers arrested 22-year-old Austin Schmitt of Atlantic for Domestic Abuse Serious Assault and Simple Assault.

On Monday, August 24th Atlantic Police arrested 38-year-old Garry Burch of Atlantic for Domestic Abuse Assault.

All arrested were taken to the Cass County Jail and booked in.