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Indecent Exposure Arrest in Red Oak

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July 31st, 2013 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest this (Wednesday) afternoon of 21-year old John Morgan Rush of Red Oak at his residence. Rush was arrested on a warrant for Indecent Exposure and was transported to the Montgomery County Jail. His bond is set at $1,000.

Don’t Touch That Wire! Money Transfer Scams

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July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(The following is from the Consumer Protection Division of the IA Attorney General’s Office)….

The stories are countless and convincing, but they all have something in common: a stranger or caller you think you know wants you to wire money through money transfer companies such as Western Union or MoneyGram.  These stories often end the same way: you lost the money you wired. Wiring money can be like leaving an envelope of cash on a table.  Once you send money and a stranger picks it up, you can’t get it back.  Recipients can almost always pick up the cash at multiple locations in foreign countries, making it very difficult—if not impossible—to trace.

Never wire money to someone you don’t know or haven’t met in person—even if you think you know the person who called you with a convincing story—even if it sounds like a personal emergency.  Never agree to wiring money after depositing a check.

Common Wire Transfer Scams

  • Work at Home Scams: The ad says you can be your own boss as a “secret shopper” who evaluates a money transfer company’s customer service.  Someone sends you a cashier’s check.  You’re supposed to cash it, wire a lesser amount, and keep some for yourself for your time and efforts.  Although the check appears to be legitimate, days later you find out it isn’t—and your bank holds you responsible for the lost funds.
  • Lottery & Sweepstakes Scams: Someone contacts you by phone, through the mail, or via the Internet, and claims that you’ve won a lottery or contest.  You’re supposed to deposit a check and pay a processing fee or taxes through a wire transfer.  Again, the check may appear legitimate—but you’ll soon find out it isn’t and you’re on the hook with your bank for the lost money.
  • “Grandparent” Scams: A frantic caller—who tries to convince you they’re a relative, government official, or even a defense lawyer—says there’s been an accident, incident or misunderstanding that landed your loved one in jail, the hospital or some other sort of jam.  They tell you they need you to wire money immediately.  No matter how bad it sounds, take time to verify the story.  Ask personal questions that only your loved one would know.  Try to contact other family members, a close friend, or even law enforcement to help you gather the facts.
  • Overpayment Scams: Someone responds to an ad you placed, writes a check for more than you asked for, and asks for you to wire the difference (or they may say they have reconsidered and want you to deposit their check and wire a refund).  The check will bounce and you will be out the money.
  • Rental Scams: You respond to an ad that advertises a place to rent for a very low price.  The “landlord” claims they are out of the country on business or missionary work.  You wire them the first and last month’s rent.  They’re gone, your money is gone, and so, too, is the place you wanted to rent (which wasn’t theirs to rent to begin with).  You should only deal with local landlords, be suspicious of below-market rental rates, and don’t wire money.

If you wired money and fear or know you’ve been scammed, contact the wire transfer company immediately to report it.  You can report suspected fraud to Western Union’s fraud hotline at 1-800-448-1492, or MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM (1-800-666-3947).  Unfortunately, it may be too late to stop or reverse the money transfer, but make every effort.  You should also file a police report, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.FTC.gov.  You can also file a complaint with the Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division.

Cass Supervisors approve suspension of tobacco sales permit for Valley Business

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July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), acting on orders from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, agreed to suspend for 30-days, the cigarette & tobacco sales permit for Hansen Valley Oil, located just south of the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 71. Auditor Dale Sunderman read a letter from the A-G’s Office which explained the County has no choice but to suspend the businesses’ tobacco sales.

The business was found to have violated for a third time, State law regarding the sale of tobacco to a minor. The owners have paid a civil penalty of $1,500, but because it was the third offense, are required by the State to cease sales of tobacco products for a 30-day period of their choosing. The owners elected to suspend sales beginning at midnight, September 9th, through Midnight, October 9th. According to Supervisor Duane McFadden, in addition to complying with the order, the employee or employees responsible for the illegal sale of tobacco has been terminated.

Supervisor Chuck Rieken voiced his protest of the sales suspension, but acknowledged there was nothing that could be done.

In other business, the Cass County Board approved a motion to apply for a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health in the amount of $4,238, to promote the development, enhancement, implementation or sustainment of, identified Emergency Medical Service (EMS) System Standards, from Sept. 1st 2013 through June 30th, 2014. Karen Reason, Coordinator for Cass County EMS, said the grant funds would be divided among the various EMS entities within the county.

Cass County Fair Video Highlights

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July 31st, 2013 by Jim Field

Re-live some of the 2013 Cass County Fair on KJAN TV!  CLICK HERE to see the Swine and Beef sales and the Queen/King contest.

8AM Newscast 07-31-2013

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July 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 07-31-2013

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July 31st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Arrest in Red Oak Tuesday evening

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July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested Tuesday evening in the 100 block of East Linden Street. 49-year old Patrick James Colebank, of Red Oak, was charged with Breach of Peace. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Body in river near casino in Council Bluffs has been ID’d

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July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department, Tuesday evening, released the name of the man whose body was found by boaters on the Missouri River near the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, Satuday. Officials identified him as 39-year old Andrew T. Edwards, who was a transient. His last known address was at the Open Door Mission, in Omaha.

Authorities say they are continuing to wait on autopsy and toxicology results to try and determine how he died. On Saturday, officials said it didn’t appear foul play was involved in the man’s death.

IA early News Headlines: Wed., July 31st 2013

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July 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Starting classes before September would be more difficult under a proposal being considered by the State Board of Education. The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Department of Education proposed the new rule, which will be considered by the board tomorrow. State law now requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, but most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A robbery suspect has been accused of leading Des Moines police on a car chase before crashing into a garage. The Des Moines Register reports the man led the car chase yesterday afternoon on the city’s east side. Police say the man crashed into a garage then hopped a fence to escape. He was arrested a short time later.

AVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Davenport man stole diapers, baby wipes and tequila because he was trying to barter the items for crack cocaine. The Quad-City Times reports 32-year-old Thomas Elmer Reuther is accused of stealing $780 in merchandise from stores in Davenport and Bettendorf between July 19 and July 24.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa man accused of shooting at a group of people last year now faces federal gun charges in the case. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports a criminal complaint against 24-year-old Daniel Wildman, of Cresco, was filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. It says Wildman was prohibited from possessing a firearm during the October incident because of his criminal history.

Bluffs man gets 4 months in Prison for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Judge in Pottawattamie County has ruled a man from Council Bluffs will serve four-months in prison and three-years of supervised release, in connection with the transporting of stolen truck repair equipment across state lines from Omaha to Council Bluffs.  40-year old Joseph Patrick Connor was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Court Judge John Jarvey, who also ordered Connor to pay restitution amounting to $30,000.

On March 18th, Connor pled guilty to the charge of interstate transportation of stolen property. The charge was the result of an investigation conducted by several law enforcement agencies into the theft of tools from Hatcher Mobile Services of Omaha, Nebraska, taken during a burglary committed on March 20th, 2012. Many of the tools taken during the burglary were recovered from the back of a straight truck found in Council Bluffs,  by the Iowa State Patrol. The value of the tools taken during the burglary was estimated to be over $100,000.

The investigation was conducted by the Omaha Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.