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Boil Order for northern Guthrie County town

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

City officials in the Guthrie County community of Jamaica have issued a Boil Order, following electrical issues with water well switches on the City’s water tower. The issue was expected to be resolved soon and the Boil Order lifted by Wednesday. In the meantime, residents in Jamaica should boil water used for for drinking, brushing teeth, making ice or cooking. Or, you may use bottled water for those purposes until the Boil Order is lifted.

Atlantic man arrested on warrants for assault & probation violation

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Friday of 35-year old Steven Robert Pedersen, of Atlantic. Pedersen was taken into custody on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Assault Causing Injury, and two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. He remains held in the Cass County Jail on $11,000 bond.

And, on Saturday, Cass County deputies arrested 32-year old Erich Sean Johnson, of Massena, on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released Sunday on his own recognizance.

Head-on crash kills Sioux City woman – former IA History Teacher of the Year

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed when a semi-truck and car collided head-on late Sunday night in northwest Iowa. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. on Highway 3 about two miles east of Le Mars. The driver of the car, who was killed in the crash, has been identified as Donna Wynn, of Sioux City. She was traveling westbound on Highway 3 when her 2011 Honda CRV collided with a semi that was eastbound. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the accident.

The driver of the semi, Jason Ducommun of Larrabee, suffered minor injuries. Ducommun is a contracted driver for Hy-Vee. He was hauling an empty trailer to the Hy Vee warehouse in Cherokee at the time of the crash. Wynn was a long-time teacher in the Sioux City Schools system. She retired in 2011 and was honored as Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the Iowa Department of Education.

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Dexter man arrested for domestic abuse assault w/display of weapon

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An argument over a phone call in Dexter Saturday afternoon resulted in one person taken into custody on an assault charge. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year old Dillon Michael Westphal, of Dexter, faces a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault by use or display of a weapon.

Authorities say the victim, a female, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, for treatment of injuries to her left arm and left ear, after Westphal allegedly threw a phone at the woman that she had moments earlier thrown down and bounced off a kitchen table, hitting Wesphal in the chin. Westphal then allegedly threw a chair at the woman.

Later, when the victim was pickup up her belongings from Westphal’s property, he allegedly pointed a gun at her.  During his arrest, a .380-caliber handgun was removed from Westphal’s waistband and taken into evidence. Westphal was booked into the Adair County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.

The Adair County Sheriff’ Office reports also, 41-year old Virginia Jean Keasey, of Des Moines, was arrested Aug. 22nd, on an Adair County warrant for felony Conspiracy to Commit a Non-Forcible Felony. Keasey was later released on her own recognizance. And, 32-year old Mayar Kothfeng Mayar, of Sioux Falls, SD, was arrested by a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol Aug. 21st, on Interstate 80 in Adair County. Mayar was charged with Excessive Speed, Failure to Have a Valid License, and OWI/2nd offense. He was being held in the Adair County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Glenwood Police report (8/29/16)

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood issued a brief report this (Monday) morning. In their report, authorities said 36-year old Erin Fisher, of Glenwood, was arrested Sunday, on an Assault charge. The Glenwood P-D said also, two residents of the community reported separate incidents of burglary and theft, and Theft in the 2nd degree. No other details were provided.

Theft and Harassment arrests in Page County

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports two men were arrested recently, on separate charges. 22-year old Rocky Allan James Runyon, of Coin, was arrested Friday night on a Page County warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. Runyon was transported to the Page County Jail where he was being held on $300 bond while awaiting further court proceedings.

Runyon

Runyon

Also arrested Friday night, was 25-year old Justin Leo Powers, of rural Yorktown. Powers was taken into custody at a residence in rural Braddyville on a Page County District Court warrant for Failure to appear for pre-trial conference, on an original charge of Harassment in the 1st degree.

Powers

Powers

Powers was transported to the Page County Jail where he was unable to post the $10,000 bond.  He remains held at the jail while awaiting further court proceedings.

Adair County BOS to meet Tuesday morning

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will meet Tuesday morning, in Greenfield. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will canvass the votes of last Tuesday’s Special City Election in Fontanelle, and act on a Guthrie and Adair County Emergency Management Agency Consolidation Letter of Support.

The Adair County Supervisors will also hear from Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, with regard to a clarification pertaining to the Jailer/Dispatcher and Matron position classifications. Custodian Rich Wallace and Snyder and Associates’ Engineer Tim Teig, will also hold discussion with regard to a courthouse elevator, feasibility study, and Panic Button bids.

Substitute teacher at MV-AO charged w/sexual exploitation

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Public Safety report a substitute teacher for the Maple Valley-Anthon Oto (MVAO) School District in Ida Grove has been charged with felony Sexual Exploitation by a school employee, in violation of Iowa Code. 32-year old John Raymond Glen Tietsort, of Battle Creek, was arrested last Tuesday (Aug. 23rd) and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee, and three counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor,  a serious misdemeanor.  Tietsort was released on a $5000 cash bond on August 23rd. He’s due back in court September 1, 2016.

John R.G. Tietsort (Booking photo)

John R.G. Tietsort (Booking photo)

Tietsort had also been employed as a substitute teacher for the MVAO and Ridge View (Holstein) school districts.  Tietsort began teaching in January 2013. In May 2016, the Ida County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that a substitute teacher at the Maple Valley-Anthon Oto (MVAO) Community High School may have had an inappropriate relationship with a current student of the school.  The Ida County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), jointly initiated an investigation into Tietsort’s alleged activities.

The investigation revealed that Tietsort, while acting as a long term substitute teacher, had repeated sexual contact with one student from MVAO and one student from OA-BCIG during the spring of 2016. Any other former students of Tietsort’s who wish to report inappropriate contact by Tietsort can call the Ida County Sheriff’s Office at 712-364-3146.

If you need help or resources but are undecided or do not wish to report to law enforcement, you can call the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) at 877-362-4612 or visit their website at www.caasaonline.org.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/29/2016

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Northwest Iowa man killed in fall from roof, authorities say

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August 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man has been killed in a fall from a roof in northwest Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports the accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Saturday at a rural residence about 5 1/2 miles southeast of Rock Valley. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old Henry Wynia was on the roof working when he fell about 20 feet to the ground.

The Sheriff’s Office says Wynia died later at a hospital in Rock Valley, where he lived.