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Minor injury accident reported in Harlan

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department said Thursday, that only minor injuries were reported following an accident Monday in the 2200 block of 8th Street, in Harlan. Authorities said a 2004 Chrysler driven by Kenneth Kuster, of Harlan, was traveling south on 8th Street. When he pulled to the right to allow an oncoming car to pass, Kuster’s vehicle hit a legally parked 2004 Pontiac, belonging to Mary Nielsen, of Harlan.

Kuster suffered minor injuries, and was transported by ambulance to Myrtue Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Damage from the accident amounted to $8,000.

Two arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Harlan

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were taken into custody last week on drug-related charges, following a traffic stop in Harlan. According to Harlan Police, 18-year old’s  Dani Mari Jones, of Harlan, and Christopher Drozda, of Omaha, were arrested January 9th. Drozda was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Acts penalties. Jones faces a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. Both subjects posted a $2,000 bond and are set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing, on Jan. 31st.

Arrests made in 2 separate Harlan theft investigations

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report two people were arrested earlier this month, following separate theft investigations. 17-year old Mackenzie Ann Robinson, of Harlan, was arrested January 3rd, on felony 2nd degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct charges, following an investigation into the theft of just under $10,000 from the Harlan Fareway store. The money was allegedly stolen over the course of four months. Through her attorney, Robinson entered a plea of Not Guilty to the charges. Her preliminary hearing was tentatively set for Jan. 24th. Robinson posted a $5,000 bond last week, and was released from custody.

And, 18-year old Robert Berding, of Council Bluffs, was arrested January 5th, after allegedly taking a hand gun from a dealer at a gun show, which was being held at Veteran’s Auditorium in Harlan. Berding was charged with Theft in the 4th degree.

Laptop theft investigation results in numerous arrests

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reported Thursday, that an investigation into the theft of three laptop computers from the Harlan Community High School, resulted in the arrest earlier this month, of several individuals. Official say 18-year old Ryan Corder, of Harlan, was arrested Jan. 2nd on an active Shelby County warrant charging him with Theft in the 2nd degree. 26-year old Charles Hayes, of Harlan, was arrested the following day, on a Possession of Stolen Property charge.

Also arrested in connection with the thefts, was 20-year old Derek Hedglin, of Harlan, who was taken into custody Jan. 7th for Possession of Stolen Property,  and 18-year old Cassidy Coenen, of Earling, along with 20-year old Kolten Kobold, of Kirkman.  And, following the execution of a search warrant, 30-year old Heather Beatty, of Harlan, was arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, and Prohibited Acts, charges.

Accident reported near Stanton

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say no injuries were reported following a minor accident Thursday evening, just east of Stanton. Authorities said Jason Pope, of Wall Lake ,was passing a vehicle on Highway 34 eastbound at around 4:25-p.m., when his 2005 GMC pickup sideswiped the driver’s side door of an eastbound 2007 KIA Rio.  The car, driven by Danielle Wolkensdorfer, of Villisca, sustained $1,800 damage. Officials say following an investigation, Pope was cited for unsafe passing.

Corning woman arrested Thu. night on alcohol-related charges

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a woman from Corning was arrested late Thursday night. 34-year old Tamara McCoy was taken into custody at around 11:50-p.m., after authorities were called about a person walking in the street, falling over and yelling obscenities.  Deputies located McCoy and determined she was intoxicated. She was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct, brought to the Adams County Jail, and held on $600 bond, pending an initial court appearance.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Jan. 18th 2013

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January 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man has been found guilty of murder in the death of a 23-year-old Mason City man. A Cerro Gordo County jury found James Farnsworth the Second guilty yesterday of second-degree murder in the slaying of Ian Decker. The 22-year-old man began to cry as the verdict was read.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a Des Moines man. Twenty-six-year-old Orlando Moore has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Gardner. The 27-year-old Gardner was found last month lying on the porch of a home on the city’s east side. Moore was arrested yesterday for a probation violation. He remains at the Black Hawk County Jail.

TIFFIN, Iowa (AP) — Johnson County is clearing 24 acres of dead and dying pine trees that will be used to help the University of Iowa meet its alternative energy goals. The university’s sustainability office is cutting and grinding the invasive species-infested trees at F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin. The converted biomass will be burned with coal in the university’s steam-generating boilers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture officials say there’s little movement in northeast Iowa of an invasive insect known for killing ash trees. The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer Team says final results from surveillance efforts in 2012 show little movement from the emerald ash borer. Two traps last year indicated the metallic green beetles had moved inland from the Mississippi River.

G&R Grain bankruptcy proceedings: Update 1/17/13

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January 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Trustee in the bankruptcy case of G & R Feed and Grain Company, Inc., in Portsmouth, provided another update on the matter Thursday evening. According to Deborah L. Petersen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted bids for the sale of all stored grain. Each producer with a warehouse receipt for stored grain will receive a letter in the next couple of weeks from the USDA. Producers can expect to receive a check for their stored grain from the USDA within 4 – 6 weeks after all grain is removed. At this point, there is no action for producers to take with the USDA.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture has sent letters to producers who sold grain to G & R. The letter indicates that holders of signed credit-sale contracts do not qualify for payment from the Iowa Depositors and Seller Indemnity Fund, but you may qualify for other partial payments. Producers who sold grain for cash or who sold grain on an unsigned contract, who were not paid, may qualify
for the Indemnity Fund and may receive up to 90% of their claim, with certain limits. These producers may proceed to file their claims with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, as well as with the Bankruptcy Court.

G & R filed complete schedules in the Bankruptcy Court and all creditors and contract holders should have received a notice from the Bankruptcy Court. The Notice contains information on how to file a claim with the Bankruptcy Court. If you have a claim for a deferred price contract, or other amount due you, you should take action to timely file a claim. If you have a contract for future delivery of grain, you will soon receive notice of rejection or assumption of that contract, as the Trustee will not be fulfilling those contracts, but may have offers to purchase them.

Once the decision is made, the Trustee will file the necessary notice with the Court and all holders will receive notice of the Trustee’s action. Contracts that are rejected, once approved by the Court, will have no further action required. If contracts are assumed or sold, then the producer will be required to fulfill the contract. The Trustee is gathering other information and working on liquidating all assets as soon as possible, as well as collecting all accounts due G & R. The Trustee has a recorded message that will be updated regularly. You can hear this message at 712-328-8808, option 8. If you have legal questions, including how to file a claim, the Trustee advises that you should contact an attorney of your choice.

Search for brass knuckles in Harlan unveils drugs, cash and a gun – 3 arrested

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January 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say three people were arrested following the execution of  search warrant at a residence in Harlan, last Friday ( Jan.11th).  According to the Harlan Police Department, the search warrant to locate brass knuckles was issued following a confrontation that took place in downtown Harlan. Authorities conducted the search at 911 Market Street, Apartment C.During their investigation, officers discovered drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash and a sawed off shotgun. Authorities are also looking at the serial numbers of some electronic items that were found in the home, to see if they were stolen.

Taken into custody was 50 year old Jeffrey R. Pape of Omaha, 49 year old Christina L. Hansen and 56 year old Robert C. Stahl, both of Harlan. Hansen and Pape were charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, 8 counts of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an offensive weapon and prohibited acts. Stahl was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

All three suspects were taken to the Shelby County Jail. If convicted, Hansen and Pape face a maximum of 43 years in prison and additional fines of $22,600. Stahl faces a max sentence of 2 years and fines totaling $3,100.

 

CCMH Behavioral Health Unit moves to new home

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January 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As part of the ongoing construction and renovation project at Cass County Memorial Hospital, the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) was relocated today (Thursday, January 17th), to newly remodeled space in the hospital.  The four-bed BHU is now in the area previously occupied by the Special Care Unit. Officials at CCMH say as the BHU is located in a central area of the hospital facility, family and friends visiting BHU patients should park in the East Parking Lot, behind the building.

The East Entrance has a security system that allows entry 24 hours a day.  Visitors are asked not to use the Emergency Department parking, in order that it remains available for emergency patients. Once inside the building, follow the entry hallway in to the Atrium, turn left and follow the signs to Behavioral Health (BHU), which is across the hall from the Emergency Department.

BHU visiting hours are 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Monday – Friday and 1:00 – 8:30 pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.