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Pott. County Sheriff’s Officials warn of Walmart prize scam

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County are warning area residents about a scam involving Walmart.  Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman, Lt. Pat McGinn told KJAN News they’ve received a couple of reports that residents have received calls indicating they’ve won a cash prize, but in order to claim it, they need to go to a Walmart and buy a reloadable “Green Dot” debit card, which are legitimate, but they “winner” is told to call back when they have purchased the money pack, so arrangements can be made to have someone collect it. The attempt to purchase the Green Dot money packs in order to receive a cash prize, is a scam.

Another variation on the scame, includes the person calling about the price instructing the consumer to scratch off a number on the back of the card and call them with that number. In some cases, the callers may claim to be from a debt collection agency. The Green Dot website itself warns customers about possible scams and reminds them to never give their card number to people they don’t know. It says “If anyone asks you to buy a Walmart MoneyCard and then give them the card number, it is a scam.”

2 arrests in Adams County, Tuesday

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested Tuesday evening in Adams County. Sheriff’s officials tells KJAN News 28-year old Colby Lee Baker, of Corning, turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office at around 5:30-p.m. Baker, who was wanted on a warrant charging him with harassment, posted a $300 bond and was released pending an initial court appearance.

And, 20-year old Kevin Davis, of Creston, was arrested in Union County, on an Adams County warrant charging him with Identity Theft. Davis was being held in the Adams County Jail on $2,000 bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, May 29th 2013

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. Local/Area News – Wed., May 29th 2013

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Cass County pair sentenced Tuesday

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people who were the subject of notable court cases in CassCountywere sentenced Tuesday, in Atlantic. Judge James Richardson sentenced 56-year old Charles Collins Cutler, of Marne, to one-year of probation, in connection with the shooting of a Colorado woman’s dog on December 24th, 2012. Richardson also ordered Cutler to perform four-hours of community service each week with the Atlantic Humane Society, and to make restitution to the owner of the dog, which amounted to $1,964.

Cutler, who was found guilty in April of Animal Abuse, is also required to surrender all of his firearms while on probation, and submit written letters to the local newspaper, apologizing for his actions. Cutler had faced up to 2-years in prison and fines of up $6,250, but the judge suspended the prison term in favor of probation.

And, a Griswold woman was sentenced Tuesday in Cass County District Court to a total of 20-years in prison, after her she plead guilty in March to drug, conspiracy and criminal mischief charges. 46-year old Katrina Sue Bates received five years in prison for Possession of a Controlled Substance, five years for Conspiracy, and 10 years for 1st Degree Criminal Mischief. The sentences will run concurrently, and concurrent with a Federal sentence Bates received for Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Cass County. Bates must also pay fines amounting to $2,500 plus court costs.

Department on Aging looks to prevent elder abuse

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department on Aging is trying to make everyone aware of possible abuse of the elderly. Department spokesperson, Machelle Shaffer, says elder abuse is the “abuse, neglect and financial exploitation” of anyone who is age 60 or older. And they are urging people to educate themselves about the problem. “And to share what they learn with others, to report any concerns and to get involved in community prevention efforts, and make a long-term commitment to reach out to those who’re vulnerable. They may be our friends, our neighbors, our family members who’re older,” Shaffer says.

National data shows one in 13 people over the age 60 report some type of abuse. Shaffer says you can get involved without intruding on someone’s life. “People want their independence, they don’t want to have people impede on that, but it’s okay to ask questions and to offer help, or to just be a good listening ear,” Shaffer says. “And look for signs, look for some warning signs that may be signs of elder abuse. Things where their personality may have a drastic unexplained change. It could be self-neglect as well. They don’t seem to have any money, or don’t know where their money is.” There are other signs a person may be suffering abuse or exploitation.

“Their responses to questions may seem unreasonable or unlikely. They withdrawal from their usual activities, and there may be financial transitions that occur with their bank account that unexplained or unnormal for their pattern,” according to Shaffer. “So there are ways to ask questions that don’t impede on their independence in any way.” Shaffer says there are ways to help people.

“Obviously if someone is in immediate danger they can call 9-1-1, otherwise they can go to our website to find out more about the signs of elder abuse and how to prevent it. Go to www.iowaaging.gov, or they can call toll free, 800-532-3213, again that’s 800-532-3213,” Shaffer says. Many people now live miles away from parents or other elderly relatives. Shaffer says you can still help them from afar. She says if you can’t be there, get to know a neighbor and have them check in on them, or talk with a member of the clergy and have them check. “And call often, call often and keep those lines of communication open, that’s very important,” Shaffer says. She says staying engaged can help you spot when things don’t seem right and you can help the person who might be undergoing elder abuse.

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Strong storms possible later today and tonight

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a stronger storm system will arrive later this (Wednesday) afternoon and tonight across the region. This will lead to several periods of thunderstorms today and this evening and again overnight and Thursday. The combination of repeated rainfall may lead to additional flooding across the region especially over areas that have already seen heavy rainfall the past several days. In addition severe weather is a possibility as this stronger system moves northeast across Iowa tonight and Thursday. Monitor forecasts for the latest updates on this upcoming storm system.

Non-injury accident Tuesday morning in Red Oak

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects day of the accident to Tuesday instead of Wed.)

No injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning, in Red Oak. According to the Red Oak P-D, a 1995 Chevy pickup driven by 17-year old Morgan Walford, of Red Oak, was backing out of a driveway at 800 north 6th Street at around 8:50-a.m., when the truck hit a westbound 2013 Chrysler driven by 64-year old Tracy Elliott, of Red Oak. Damage from the collision amounted to $5,500. Walford was cited for Failure to Stop before crossing a sidewalk/yield right of way.

Bridge linking 2 cities is the scene of a shooting

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A bridge over the Missouri River, linking the cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs, was the scene of a a triple shooting early this (Wednesday) morning. According to the Omaha-World Herald, three people were wounded during the incident which took place on the Omaha side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, at around 1:15-a.m.

The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, but one person was apparently shot in the stomach, another was hit in the foot. Two of the victims were transported to the Nebraska Medical Center, the other to Creighton University Medical Center. All were said to be in critical condition.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the incident, while others were being sought by police. The paper reports the walkway was littered with spent shell casings after the shootings. The bridge has been cordoned-off to foot traffic while an investigation into the shooting is underway.

Iowa early News headlines: Wed., May 29th, 2013

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May 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 85 percent of Iowa’s corn crop and 40 percent of the state’s soybean crop has been planted. The estimates released yesterday by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service show the corn crop is far behind the five-year-average of 98 percent for this time of year. The soybean crop’s five-year average is 83 percent planted by this time. The rain also has improved pasture and range conditions, with 89 percent now seen as in fair, good or excellent conditions.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of My Waterloo Days are looking for alternative locations for some events because of high water on the Cedar River. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the high water could jeopardize the Dragon Boat Races and Waterhawks Ski Show. The events had been planned to conclude the festival, which runs from tomorrow through Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he’s seriously considering running for the Iowa congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Bruce Braley’s run for Senate. Paulsen said yesterday that he is contemplating the 2014 race now that the legislative session has concluded. He says he expects to make a decision within two months.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Woodbury County Board has approved policing agreements with five small towns. The Sioux City Journal says the board approved the agreements yesterday and deputies can begin enforcing the town ordinances.