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County court clerks now open 5 days a week

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September 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Clerk of court offices throughout Iowa are again open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff shortages caused by budget shortfalls caused clerk offices to close every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon since the fall of 2009.

With the $167 million Iowa Judicial Branch budget approved by lawmakers in June, the Iowa Supreme Court authorized more than 40 additional positions for the state’s clerk of court offices. That allows all the offices to be open to the public full time.

In northwest Iowa, 29 offices opened full time July 15 while the remaining clerk offices and the clerk of appellate courts office opened full time on Sept. 3. In small counties some court offices may still close during lunch hours.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Sept. 4th 2013

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September 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A criminal complaint says a 17-year-old accused of killing a 5-year-old in western Iowa led family members to the body. The complaint released Tuesday says the teen led family members to the body at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine. The boys had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Trial begins Oct. 30 for a 39-year-old Northwood man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 30-year-old woman. Tyrone Washington filed a written plea of not guilty Tuesday in the Aug. 5 death of Justina Marie Smith. Smith was found severe injuries at a Northwood park, and authorities say she identified Washington as her alleged attacker before she died.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman trying to get onto the field before the University of Iowa’s opening season football game had a blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit to drive. The university’s Department of Public Safety says 22-year-old Samantha Lynne Goudie, of Iowa City, was unsteady on her feet and a preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol level was .341.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo police officer has been treated at a hospital following a pit bull attack. Police say officers responded to a report Tuesday morning in Waterloo of a loose pit bull dragging a chain. One of the officers was then bitten by the dog on the left forearm before another officer used a Taser on the animal.

Red Oak man arrested on assault charge

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday afternoon of 54-year old Robert Anthony Marron, Jr., of Red Oak,  on an assault charge. Marron was taken into custody at around 2:55-p.m. on a Montgomery County warrant for Domestic Assault with Injury. He was being held in the jail on $1,000 bond.

Red Oak teen in custody for alleged terroristic threats

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a Red Oak teen was been held at the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs, after allegedly making terroristic threats last week against another student at the Stanton High School. An investigation by Red Oak Police and the Sheriff’s Office determined 14-year old Dylan Martensen, of Red Oak, allegedly made a threat about bringing a gun to school with intentions of using it against another student. School and law enforcement officials were notified about the threat last Thursday night (Aug. 29th).

Martensen will remain at the Juvenile Detention Center until his hearing takes place within the Juvenile Court System. An investigation into the incident continues.

Treynor Superintendent’s son reaches plea deal

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Omaha television station WOWT is reporting a plea deal has been reached in the case of a western Iowa teen facing two felony counts of sex abuse and one felony count of kidnapping.  The charges stem from allegations made in the winter of 2012 after at least five girls reported 17-year old Kreighton Dale Elwood assaulted them. Elwood is the son of Treynor School District Superintendent Kevin Elwood. In a tentative deal arranged late Tuesday afternoon at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse, the younger Elwood and his attorney have agreed to withdraw a request to have his case moved to juvenile court. He will instead be tried as an adult.

The teen is accused of forcibly removing one victims clothes and fondling her in his truck, covering her mouth with his hand to keep her quiet, and preventing her from leaving the vehicle. In a separate case, Elwood is accused of trying to rip off a victim’s underwear and forcing her to touch him inappropriately. The alleged incidents date back to November 2012. Elwood turned himself in to Pottawattamie County authorities on July 11th.

Court documents say Elwood is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9th for his arraignment hearing. If found guilty, Elwood faces up to 10-years in prison for each of the alleged felony sexual assaults, and life in prison without parole, for felony 1st degree kidnapping.

Document releases new details in Iowa boy’s death

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A criminal complaint says a 17-year-old boy accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in western Iowa led family members to the body. The Des Moines Register reports the complaint released Tuesday says Cody Metzker-Madsen led family members Saturday to Dominic Elkins’ body at the bottom of a rural Harrison County ravine. Metzker-Madsen and Dominic had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.

The complaint says Metzker-Madsen changed his story to deputies about what happened to Dominic. The complaint also says the teen had blood on his T-shirt. The complaint says Dominic was found with multiple injuries to his head and torso. Autopsy results have not been released. Metzker-Madsen has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff deputies in Cass County today (Tuesday), arrested 32-year old Steven Robert Pedersen, of Atlantic. Pedersen was taken into custody on a warrant for two Felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver.  One charge originated from the Atlantic Police Department, and one charge originated with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Pedersen was brought to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bond.

Massena man arrested on numerous charges

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A call about a reported domestic disturbance Monday evening in Massena resulted in the arrest of 31-year old Brian Harold Eilts, of Massena, on drug, alcohol, assault and other charges. Eilts faces charges that include: Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Offense (Meth); OWI 1st Offense (a Serious Misdemeanor); and Simple Misdemeanor charges of Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Domestic Abuse Assault, Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and Driving Under Suspension. Eilts was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $7,500 bond.

Harlan arrest and incidents report

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department report two people were arrested in separate incidents last week. Authorities say 48-year old Curt Anstey, of Harlan, was taken into custody after he turned himself in on an active Shelby County Warrant for 5th degree theft. Anstey was taken to the Shelby County Jail on Wednesday, August 28th.

The previous day, August 27th, 55-year old Ronald Daeges, of Harlan, was taken into custody when officers responded to a disturbance in the 1000th block of 6th Street. Daeges was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct and taken to jail.

The Harlan Police Department also reports there have been several instances of criminal mischief at the Harlan Skate Park. The structure has been defaced on numerous occasions. The incidents remain under investigation. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the criminal activity.

Injury accident reported in Clarinda

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September 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda say one person suffered possible/unknown injuries during an accident Friday afternoon. Officials say vehicles driven by 17-year old Kay Welch, of Bedford, and 17-year old Jo Ann Beason, of Clarinda, were stopped at their respective stop signs located at the intersection of 16th and Grant Streets. Both drivers entered the intersection at the same time, but neither saw the other. As Welch turned left from Grant onto 16th Street, the 2001 Dodge Durango she was driving hit Beason’s 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup. Welch was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center by ambulance.

Damage from the collision, which occurred at around 4:30-p.m., Friday, amounted to $3,000. Officials say Welch was cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn.