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Watch out for slick roads this morning

News, Weather

February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

244 AM CST THU FEB 13 2014

…A FEW SLICK SPOTS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING…

A FEW PERIODS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR LIGHT SLEET MAY OCCUR EARLY THIS MORNING…AREA WIDE INITIALLY AND THEN RELEGATED TO SOUTHEAST PORTIONS OF THE STATE BY DAYBREAK. AMOUNTS WILL BE QUITE LIGHT…NOT WIDESPREAD…AND TRANSIENT WHERE IT OCCURS LASTING LESS THAN 30 MINUTES. HOWEVER WITH ROAD TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS AND 20S EVEN THIS BRIEF VERY LIGHT PRECIPITATION MAY PRODUCE SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS.

MOTORISTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR ROAD CONDITIONS CHANGING QUICKLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES EARLY THIS MORNING. SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY AND DEFENSIVELY.

Lenox Police release photos of break-in suspects

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February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox have released photos of two suspects and a possible get-a-way vehicle, in connection with a January 26th break-in at the Lenox Public Library. Authorities believe the suspects are the same persons who broke into the Prescott Library, the Afton Fitness Center and several other area locations that night.breakin 1breakin2

One man is believed to be five-feet eight-inches tall. He has a stocky build. The other suspect is about six-feet tall, and has a thinner build. Both wore face masks and gloves during the burglary. Their coats were similar to a Carhart coat, and green in color as were their face masks.

A white mini van believed to be involved was also captured on video.breakin3 If you have any information concerning this incident or the suspects, please contact the Lenox Police Department at 641 333 2929

Iowa fails to screen felon voters

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February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa elections officials don’t have a uniform or accurate way to check whether potential voters are ineligible felons and this has led to people being wrongly disenfranchised or wrongly allowed to cast ballots.

In interviews with The Associated Press, state and county officials cite a lack of funding, disparate use of technology at polling places and record-keeping errors. Major shifts in state policy have exacerbated the problem by creating confusion among offenders.

The Iowa Secretary of State has identified three voters who were improperly disqualified as felons in 2012, and is investigating whether there were more. Other felons who should’ve been ineligible were allowed to vote because their status wasn’t discovered until later. Some of them have since been charged with felony election misconduct for illegally voting.

79-year old man arrested for a parole violation

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February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a 79-year old man from Clarinda was arrested Monday morning on a warrant for parole violation.

Sacora, Robert Dean (IA DOC photo)

Sacora, Robert Dean (IA DOC photo)

Robert Dean Sacora was transported to the Page County Jail and held without bond until a parole hearing is held. Sacora was released on parole in July 2013 from a Special Sentence issued in eastern Iowa’s Linn County. He was scheduled to be released from parole in January, 2016.

Delayed arrest report from Harlan P-D

News

February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In a report issued Wednesday (Today), the Harlan Police Department announced several arrests occurred and citations were issued from mid-to-late January. On Jan. 26th, 19-year old Ryan Corder and 15-year old Nicholas Haner were taken into custody in connection with a wallet reported missing from a vehicle in the 300 block of 5th Street.  Corder was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with theft in the 5th degree, possession of a controlled substance, credit card fraud, and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.  Haner was charged with credit card fraud and joint criminal conduct.  Haner was released to his parent and will be referred to Juvenile court.

On Jan. 30th, 18-year old Rosalynn Horner of Tacoma, WA, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia when the owner of the residence where she was staying reported her drug use.  Horner was cited, given a court date, and released. On Jan. 21st, 44-year old Steven Weber was arrested following an investigation of a stolen vehicle allegedly in his possession. The vehicle had been reported missing from LaPorte City. Weber was served with a warrant for possession of stolen property, made his initial appearance and was released with a court date.

On Jan. 22nd, 31-year old Katherine Hayes and 44-year old Steven Weber, both of Harlan, were arrested when officers were called to a domestic disturbance at the Lincoln Pines apartments.  Hayes and Weber were both transported to the Shelby County Jail where they were both charged with domestic abuse assault.

And on Jan. 31st, 34-year old Daniel Grabill of Harlan, was arrested when staff at the Big House Bar told officers that Grabill was asked to leave and refused.Grabill was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Public Intoxication.

Harlan Police report 6 arrests

News

February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan arrested six individuals over the course of the past week. On Sunday, 20-year old Dylan Hansen, of Harlan, was taken into custody on an active Shelby County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance. He was being held in the Shelby County Jail on $50,000 bond.

On Saturday, two juveniles were arrested following an investigation in reference to checks that were stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of Onyx Drive. 16-year old’s Brenden Ballantyne  and Justin Dickinson, both of Harlan, were taken into custody. Dickinson was charged with theft 5th and five counts of felony forgery. Ballantyne was charged with seventeen counts of felony forgery. The teens were cited and then released to a parent. Their cases will be referred to Juvenile Court.

On Feb. 6th, 28-year old Justin Beck, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic accident at 6th and Victoria. Beck was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. And, on Feb. 5th, 23-year old Jeremy Bias and 35-year old Jeffrey Simpson, both of Harlan, were arrested when officers were investigating a fire under the Highway 44 bridge east of Harlan. As a result of the investigation Bias and Simpson were located and found to be in possession of several articles reported stolen from four Harlan churches. Bias and Simpson were transported to the Shelby County Jail. Simpson was charged with 4 counts of burglary 3rd, 2 counts of criminal mischief 5th degree, criminal mischief 3rd degree, possession of stolen property, ongoing criminal conduct, and trespass. Bias was charged with possession of stolen property.

Authorities report also, 50-year old Janis Scheffler, of Harlan, was cited last week for allowing a dog to run at large, 5th offense, when animal control officers found the dog running at large in the area of 8th and Willow.

2 arrested in Mills County for violating probation

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February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested this week for violating the terms of their probation. 35-year old Dayton Ernest Tuper II, of Malvern, was arrested Monday night in Malvern, and 35-year old Antwan Darnail Hunt, of Glenwood, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. Hunt was being held in the Mills County Jail on $5,000 bond, while Tuper was being held without bond.

Coin man arrested for violating sex offender registry

News

February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a man was arrested Tuesday night for violating the terms of Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry.

Robert Andrew Hall (photo from the IA Sex Offender Registry)

Robert Andrew Hall (photo from the IA Sex Offender Registry)

25-year old Robert Andrew Hall, of Coin, was arrested in Amity Township at around 7-p.m. for the offense, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Hall was being held without bond in the Page County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Hall was convicted in Decatur County in June 2008, on two counts of Assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse.

Suspicious good samaritan traffic stop in Page County

News

February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports an incident about a suspicious good Samaritan motorist occurred earlier this week. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says at around 4-p.m. Tuesday, his office received a call from a southwest Iowa resident, who reported that on Monday, February 10th at around 5-p.m., they were traveling north on Highway59 just north of Shenandoah, when a cream colored car got behind them.  The car was flashing headlights from bright to dim attempting to get them to stop. 

The caller said they pulled their vehicle to the shoulder, stopped and locked the vehicles’ doors.  They went on to say that a male in his early 20’s approached their vehicle and told the driver their front tire was about to fall off.  The caller reached for their cell phone at which time the male ran back to his cream colored car and sped off.  The caller told authorities that there was nothing wrong with their vehicle. 

The only information given about the suspect is a male in their 20’s driving a cream colored car.  Sheriff Palmer said the incident should serve as a reminder to motorists about situations that can be avoided by doing just what the caller did with their cell phone and locking their doors.  If the suspect had truly been a good citizen telling the caller about a possible issue with their vehicle’s safety, they probably wouldn’t have minded the caller using their cell phone to call for assistance. 

Palmer says this is the only case that has been reported to the Sheriff’s Office at this time.  He reminds residents and motorist to ALWAYS report these types of incidents WHEN they occur, as a Law Enforcement broadcast can be made and it is more likely that the suspect can be stopped and questioned.

Page Co. Sheriff warns of another phone scam

News

February 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports they have received several complaints of phone scams where callers are attempting to obtain personal information from individuals for financial gain.  The callers sometimes do already have information about person’s credit / debit cards or bank accounts and are attempting to gain PIN numbers claiming they can offer better interest rates etc.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer says area residents need to be wary about these types of calls and it is not recommended to give out this type of information over the phone.  It is also not recommended that any personal information be given out as if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Once personal information is given out, it is usually too late to stop some of the charges that will be assessed to accounts.  This will usually leave the person in more financial turmoil than they were in prior to the call.

The Sheriff’s Office along with all other Law Enforcement agencies receives calls of scams numerous times a week.  Fortunately most of the Page County residents reporting these scams recognize them as just that, scams.  However there are some Page County residents that have been “taken” by these scams and usually loose thousands of dollars when it happens.  These scams are virtually impossible to solve and harder to recover lost funds.  Most of the calls come from out of the United States.  Callers have developed a way to appear to be calling from a phone number within the United States, but are actually physically located outside of our borders.