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3 arrested on drug charges in Defiance Tue. night

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed at a residence in Defiance late Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of three people on felony drug and other charges. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies served the warrant at around 11:45-p.m., at 313 Railway Street, in Defiance, where three people were residing. The individuals were identified as 26-year old Andrew Nielsen and 27-year old Jackie Thielen, both of Defiance, and 24-year old Anthony Bennett, of Harlan.

Deputies also discovered a controlled substance believed to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, packaging material, and related items.

Officials say the suspects were brought to the Shelby County Jail, where Nielsen and Thielen each face felony charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Gathering where Controlled Substances are unlawfully used, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. Both also face misdemeanor charges of Prohibited Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Their bonds were set at $100,000 each.

Bennett faces a single felony charge of Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used. His bond was set at $5,000.  Assisting the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the residential search, was the Harlan Police Department’s K9 unit.

 

Accident near Shelby County Cookers plant Tue. afternoon

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident next to the bacon processing plant south of Harlan, Tuesday, resulted in minor injuries to the drivers of two vehicles. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened at around 2:50-p.m. on Highway 59, at the intersection with 870th Street, near Shelby County Cookers. An investigation determined a 2001 Ford Escape driven by 59-year old Becky Watkins, of Harlan, was southbound on Highway 59 and had slowed down prior to attempting a left turn onto 870th Street, when her SUV was struck from behind by a 2002 Buick Lesabre. The driver of the Buick was identified as 20-year old Alexandria Temme, of Harlan.

Both drivers were transported by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Harlan Fire and Rescue personnel assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation, with charges pending at this time.

Brief chase and crash this morning on I-80 in Cass County

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Update 8:17-a.m. – Suspect in Custody)

Authorities in Cass County spent about 30-minutes this (Wednesday) morning, searching for a man who took off during a traffic stop on Interstate 80. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Craig Zenor attempted to pull over a 1999 Chrysler Concorde for speeding on I-80 eastbound at the 50-mile marker at around 7:42-a.m., when the driver took off for reasons unknown. The vehicle left the Interstate to the south at the Marne exit and crashed into the ditch. The driver, a man who was initially reported to be from Sioux City, took off on foot. After he followed the fence line and laid down on the ground, the Trooper lost sight of the subject.

Law enforcement, including k9 units converged on the scene trying to find the man, who was described as being a white male with tattoos on his arms. The Trooper who initiated the traffic stop reported the subject grabbed something from a dashboard compartment when he took off running.

A State Patrol aircraft saw the man crawling on his hands and knees. He was finally apprehended near a tree along the fence line south of I-80, at around 8:17-a.m. Dispatch reports indicated the suspect, who was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs, will initially be charged with felony eluding, and driving under the influence. Hell also be cited for traffic offenses. A records search indicated the vehicle was not registered to the suspect, and appeared to have been stolen. Several items inside the car were set to be inventoried and checked to see if they were reported stolen, as well.

Heavy rains across southern & central Iowa Tuesday

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thunderstorms rumbled across southern and central Iowa Tuesday, dumping heavy rain and causing damage in some parts of the state. Anywhere from 2.5 to as much as 5.5-inches of rain fell across a wide swath of the State. Flash flooding was reported in Adams County late Tuesday night, where 5.5-inches of rain fell in Corning.

Water was reported to have flowed over roads at around 11:30-p.m. in Corning and Prescott, as well as several gravel roads south of Highway 34. Many rural roads remained closed at mid-day, today (Wednesday). In Taylor County, a small pond in Bedford was filled to overflowing just before 11-p.m. The Weather Service says 4.26-inches of rain fell in Bedford overnight Tuesday into early this morning. A storm spotter in Clarinda reported 2.93-inches of rain fell in that area.  3.02-inches was reported in the Union County community of Lorimor.

Further north rain amounted to 5.3-inches near Panora, while a National Weather Service spotter in Guthrie Center reported 4.15 inches had fallen Tuesday. In both cases, a majority of the heavy rain fell Tuesday evening, in less than two-hours.

Elsewhere across the State, thunderstorm winds gusting up to 65-mph toppled a telephone pole in Ottumwa, along with numerous tree limbs, some of which fell on homes. Winds up to 65mph were also reported in Centerville, causing large tree limbs to snap. In Dallas County, a gravel road was washed out southwest of Granger. Penny-sized hail (3/4” diameter) was reported near Grimes, also.

A lightning strike southeast of Urbandale sparked a fire on a telephone pole.

Creston man arrested on a drug-related warrant

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston, Tuesday morning, arrested a man wanted on a Union County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance/1st offense. Officials say 34-year old Walter Hodgkins, of Creston, was being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/29/2015

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

Sioux City 18-year-old pleads not guilty to kidnapping

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to kidnappings linked to a dispute over drug dealings. The Sioux City Journal reports  that Isaiah Mothershed entered his plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court. He’s charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of willful injury.

Court documents say two people who went to buy marijuana from Mothershed on July 7 were bound and blindfolded by him after he accused them of helping another person steal his pot. The documents say he used a hot object to burn their faces and struck one of them with a shotgun. The documents say Mothershed then forced them into the trunk of his car, but they escaped later when he stopped and left the car to go into a house.

2 Red Oak men charged in separate assaults

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested two men on assault charges, Tuesday. 36-year old Philip Michael Eshelman, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 4:30-p.m., in the 2400 block of N. Broadway Street, on a warrant for Assault Causing Serious Injury. And, at around 6:55-p.m., 23-year old Cody Dean Johnson, of Red Oak, was arrested on Trespassing and Simple Assault charges. His arrest stems from an incident that  occurred at around 12:30-p.m. Tuesday where Johnson allegedly entered a home without permission, in the 300 block of 1st Avenue, and hit a resident there.

Johnson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond, while Eshelman was being held in the jail without bond.

Red Oak pair arrested on forgery charges

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Tuesday evening on forgery charges, in Montgomery County. According to Red Oak Police, 31-year old Christopher Ivan Long, of Red Oak, was arrested on 11 Felony counts of Forgery. 33-year old Bobbie Jo Bruce, also of Red Oak, was arrested on three Felony counts of Forgery.

Officials say Long committed acts of Forgery from April 27th until July 11th, while Bruce’s acts dated from June 23rd to July 11th. Each of the Forgery incidents were allegedly committed at the United Farmers Mercantile Cooperative, in Red Oak.

The suspects were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, each. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in the investigation and arrests.

UI plans to upgrade Kinnick, add student housing

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July 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says it wants to spend up to $45 million on improvements to Kinnick Stadium and about $85 million on a student-housing project. The university outlined plans for the new projects in a document sent to the Board of Regents. The UI will provide more detail at a regents meeting next week.

The university outlined plans to spend $35 million to $45 million on renovations to the stadium, focused on the north end zone. Improvements would include new suites, restroom upgrades and expanded food options.

The UI also wants to spend about $85 million on a student-housing project near the athletic complex that would be financed through athletic department and dormitory revenue bonds.