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Home invasion leads to shooting in Council Bluffs

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January 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say officers were called to an apartment at 901 North 35th Street in Council Bluffs at around 9:12-p.m., Tuesday, with regard to a shooting. Upon their arrival, it was learned that a home invasion had occurred. The adults that were present were 25-year old Amber Day, 30-year old Arnell Wynne, Crystal Belden, and 56-year old Venice Wynne. There were 5 children present inside the apartment ranging from 5 months to 11 years in age. Bluffs Badge

The Criminal Investigation Division was notified and based on their initial investigation, determined the victims heard a knock on their apartment door. When Belden answered the door, two black male suspects wearing dark clothing and dark colored handkerchiefs over their faces forced their way into the apartment. One of the suspects was carrying a firearm described as a black semiautomatic handgun. The suspect carrying the handgun immediately ran upstairs and met Arnell Wynne at the top of the steps in the hallway.

The two then began to wrestle with one another. Belden attempted to go around them to get the children in one of the bedrooms. The suspect then fired one shot above her head that traveled into the wall next to the bedroom where her children were located. While Amber Day was in the process of dialing 911 in the children’s bedroom, Wynne continued to wrestle with the suspect which led into the bathroom. As they wrestled in the bathroom, Wynne said the suspect fired another round.

After the second shot was heard, the suspect made his way into the children’s bedroom where he allegedly held the gun to Days’ head as she was on the phone with 911. As the suspect held the gun to the woman’s’ head, Wynne came into the bedroom, grabbed the suspect and pulled him into the hallway. Wynne said the suspect broke free from him and ran downstairs.

While the upstairs incident was occurring, Belden ran out the back sliding glass door, where a third unknown suspect was waiting and struck her in the face with an unknown object. All three suspects then fled the apartment out the back door. Several spent rounds were recovered from the apartment. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Jan. 27th 2016

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January 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced plans to close its Dubuque health center, ending clinical services immediately. Angie Remington, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit organization, said the demand for services at the Dubuque location remained flat, while the demand has grown at the Cedar Rapids Planned Parenthood. The change will allow the Cedar Rapids site to see more patients and expand its hours. Once the clinic closes, the nearest location will be 70 miles away in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of a gay rights organization in Iowa says a legislative oversight committee is unfairly targeting his group over programming at an annual anti-bullying youth conference. Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, says members of the House Government Oversight Committee plan to sensationalize his group’s work at a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol. Monson helps organize a conference on resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters in Iowa — women middle-aged or older — are unwavering in their support of the Democratic presidential candidate. But some are grappling with a combination of confusion and anxiety that another race in Iowa could be slipping away, just like in 2008. This time around, the unexpected challenge to Clinton comes from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist who has energized young voters and liberals with his calls for a “political revolution.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The department that oversees Iowa’s flagship history museum says a nearly $80 million renovation to the building will cut its square footage but enhance its presence near the Capitol. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie told lawmakers that the State Historical Museum in downtown Des Moines would shrink from about 230,000 square feet to about 155,000 square feet under a renovation plan that would span several years. The department is seeking $65 million from the Iowa Legislature through an infrastructure fund that is separate from general state dollars.

Slick roads contribute to Montgomery County crash Monday

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January 26th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a two vehicle accident occurred on Monday afternoon and resulted in suspected minor injuries to one person.  At about 4:05pm 18-year-old Jared Mattson of Villisca was traveling in a 1985 Ford Explorer westbound on 200th Street about 1/2 mile West of Highway 71.  Mattson lost control on the icy, snowy road and slid into the path of a 1994 Buick LeSabre driven by 61-year-old Michele Stevens of Villisca.  The vehicles hit head on in the middle of the eastbound lane.

Stevens was transported from the scene by Villisca Rescue to Montgomery County Hospital with suspected minor/non-incapacitating injuries.  Mattson refused treatment at the scene.  Mattson was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and No Insurance.  The Explorer sustained $3,000 damage while the LeSabre sustained $2,500 damage.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Villisca Fire Department, Red Oak Rescue, and Montgomery County Emergency Manager.

Burglary at Council Bluffs greenhouse

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are asking for your help in finding a vehicle, tools and other equipment that was reported stolen over this past weekend. Authorities say the Dallas Johnson Greenhouse at 2802 Twin City Drive was broken into at around 2:18-a.m., Sunday. Several tools, a generator and a pickup were taken. The pickup is described as an extended cab 2005 blue Ford F-250, bearing Iowa license plate 378 XST, with a 9’ Boss snow plow attached.

Anyone with information about the burglary should call the Council Bluffs Police Department at 328-STOP. Your tip could be eligible for a cash reward and you
can remain anonymous.

Photo of stolen pickup w/plow attachment.

Photo of stolen pickup w/plow attachment.

Coralville to vote on plans for Hayden Fry statue

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Coralville’s City Council is set to vote on an agreement with a company to design and create a life-sized bronze statue in honor of former University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday. The city intends to hire Max-Cast, a fine arts foundry, to create the $36,000 statue that would be placed along a street known as Hayden Fry Way.

Max-Cast owner Steve Maxon has been working with the University of Iowa to develop conceptual drawings for the statue. Fry, who now lives in Mesquite, Nevada, retired from coaching following the 1998 season. He led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl three times and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

ATV stolen from Union County farm

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say an Afton man reported the theft over the weekend, of an ATV. Brett Lee Weis, of Afton, reported Monday that sometime over the weekend someone took his orange 2012 Polaris ATV-12 550 from an out building on Pheasant Avenue. The loss was estimated at $10,000.

(12-p.m. News)

Bluffs man charged in connection w/2006 murder investigation

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested two men suspected of starting a 2006 fire that killed two Ottumwa residents in Wapello County. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the two were arrested Monday and are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Court records say both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for a court hearing on Feb. 1st. They were identified as 28-year-old Christopher Yenger, of Ottumwa, and 27-year-old Zachary Dye, of Council Bluffs.

Authorities say the fire killed 20-year-old Nathan Messer and 22-year-old Seth Anderson, both from Ottumwa. The Public Safety Department says the case was reopened this month after authorities learned that the fire was started by people who were involved in a physical altercation at the home shortly before the fire was discovered.

Griswold man arrested Monday night following an accident in Griswold

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(The Sheriff’s Office issued a **correction** saying the accident took place in Griswold, NOT Cumberland)

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was arrested following an accident Monday night, in Griswold. Authorities say 22-year old Dillon Lee Foote, of Griswold, was taken into custody for OWI/2nd offense, and cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Foote was traveling south on Adams Street in Griswold at around 10-p.m., when he lost control of the Honda Accord he was driving. The car hit a guy-wire and flipped onto its top, causing $3,500 damage.

Foote was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released this (Tuesday) morning, on his own recognizance.

Bluffs woman arrested Tuesday on a warrant

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Mills County arrested a Council Bluffs woman this (Tuesday) morning. Officials say Jennifer Lea Neal was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail on warrants for Eluding and Inference with Official Acts. Neal was being held in the Mills County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Emerson woman hurt in Mills County crash, Monday

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January 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman who fell asleep at the wheel of her car Monday morning crashed into a semi in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials say Claire Thalken, of Emerson, was transported to  the Montgomery County Hospital by Macedonia Rescue, following the crash that happened on Highway 59, at around 9:50-a.m., Monday.

Officials say Thalken was traveling north on the highway when she fell asleep. Her car crossed the centerline of the road and collided with a southbound 2007 semi driven by Michael Looper, of Hancock. The semi was disabled in the crash and came to rest in the southbound lane. The car came to rest in the northbound lane.

Officials say Looper was not injured in the crash.