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Harlan man arrested on drug charges, Monday

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report the arrest on Monday of 18-year old William Stanton, of Harlan. Stanton was taken into custody after officers responded to a report a possible overdose. He was brought to Myrtue Medical Center and, after being medically cleared, was transported to the Shelby County Jail on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

The H-PD reports also, 48-year old Rosemary Yoder, of Harlan, was arrested Sunday, after officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance. Following an investigation, Yoder was brought to the Shelby County jail and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault.

EHK School Board approves track coach contract

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board met Monday evening in Elk Horn. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said they voted to approve a contract with Jessica Larsen for the Junior High Track. Schnoes said the Board discussed but took no action on the 2014-2015 School Year with regard to whether to base the amount of education on 1,080 hours or the traditional 180 days.

He said they’re leaning toward 1,080 hours because it gives the district more lee-way when it comes to severe weather situations, and because that’s the way most districts in the area of leaning toward implementing their calendars. He says both the Exira and EHK Boards are in favor of the hourly schedule. The new “Super Board” will take a look at the proposal and finalize it a later meeting.

Schnoes said also they’re working on negotiations with teachers for the upcoming school year. And, in his report to the Board, Schnoes discussed the “Rural School Advocates of Iowa,” who lobbies for its member schools in the legislature. He said a similar effort was attempted several years ago, to make sure legislators in the State were aware rural schools “Are still a lot of your backbone for what goes on in the State of Iowa,” and that “Those people are going to be important as education moves along in the years to come.”

RSAI works to ensure students in rural schools receive a “Fair, equal and quality education.” Dues for the organization run $1,000 and serves to lobby legislators on behalf of rural schools to securing adequate resources, both academic and financial, in order for the quality of education to be sustained, and for maintaining local control through the flexibility and authority of locally elected school boards.

CAM School Board sets date for Budget and Early Start hearings

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School Board met Monday evening in Anita, and set April 14th at 6:30-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the Early Start date for the 2014-2015 School Year. Board Secretary/Business Manager Linda Edwards said the Board will also hold a hearing and discuss the 2014-2015 budget during the same meeting.

Edwards said the Board also approved renewal of a contract with Richard Strittmatter as the Driver’s Education Instructor, along with a Five-dollar increase in the  fee he’s paid, which brings his fee to $200 for the Summer. The driver’s education fee for students remains unchanged from last year, at $250 per student, or $195 for those in the Free and Reduced Program.

In other business, CAM School Board approved a 2015 student trip (for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) to Washington, D.C. The next step is for sponsors to gather information and prices from a tour company. If the price is affordable, that may include a side trip to New York City. And, the Board approved the retirement of Middle School English Teacher Jan Waddell and North Elementary teacher Gabe Baughman.

8AM Newscast 02-18-2014

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February 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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February 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Significant Winter Storm expected to hit Thursday

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Mild conditions with highs in the 40s and 50s will be common today. It will remain mild but cooler on Wednesday. Precipitation will overspread the area Wednesday night in the form of rain with a few thunderstorms possible south.storm The rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast late Wednesday night through Thursday. Several inches of snow is possible over central and north central Iowa. In addition…strong northwest winds will develop by Thursday after with significant blowing and drifting of snow possible. For this reason, a blizzard watch has been issued for portions of the area Thursday and Thursday night. Hazardous travel conditions will extend over the entire area during this period.

(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)

2 arrests in Montgomery County after authorities investigate suspicious vehicle

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Monday night in Montgomery County following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle, and the subsequent search of a nearby rural residence. Sheriff’s officials say 57-year old John W. Goodall, of Red Oak, was located by a K-9 Unit hiding in a cornfield near the intersection of D Avenue and 130th Street, at around 8-p.m. Goodall faces charges that include Criminal Trespass, Attempted 3rd degree burglary, and Possession of Burglar’s tools. While transporting him to the Montgomery County Jail, the driver of the suspicious vehicle, 28-year old Kendra S. Harlow, of Omaha, who was earlier cited by a deputy for Failure to provide proof of insurance, was observed walking along Highway 34 towards Red Oak. Harlow was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond. Goodall’s bond was set at $2,000.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by officers with the Red Oak Police Dept., along with those persons who called to alert authorities to a possible crime in progress.

Iowa early News Headines: Tue., Feb. 18 2014

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press …

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have approved legislation that would help veterans more easily obtain occupational licenses or own a home. The unanimous approval by the House Veterans Affairs Committee means the bills are now up for debate on the House floor.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of crops fell last year as corn and soybeans prices declined from record highs the year before. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in an annual report the value of 2013 field crops fell 9.8 percent to nearly $167 billion from $185 billion in 2012.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are asking for help in finding a man in connection with the shooting deaths of Iowa state representative Mary Wolfe’s two sisters in their Pittsburgh home. Police stress that the man is considered a witness, not a suspect. Pittsburgh police homicide detectives on Monday distributed pictures of a man they say was on board the same city bus one sister rode the night before the two were killed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate are working on legislation that would establish more rules for dealing with sexual abuse in the state military. A Senate subcommittee gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would require that the Iowa National Guard provide an annual report to the state legislature about the sexual abuse allegations reported the previous year.

10-year old Council Bluffs crime solved through DNA evidence

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man is in custody in Pottawattamie County, accused of committing a murder 10-years ago that was recently solved through DNA evidence. The Omaha World-Herald reports 47-year old Thomas Sanchez of La Vista, NE is charged with first-degree murder in the July 31st, 2003 stabbing of 33-year old Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez, an Omaha meatpacking plant worker who dressed as a woman, going by the name of “Selena.” Sanchez had pleaded not guilty. His trial is set to begin in April.

On Sept. 23rd, 2013, officials with the Iowa DCI lab contacted Council Bluffs Police to inform them a DNA sample from blood on a $5 bill laying next to the victim’s body, matched that of  Sanchez, who was an inmate at the Douglas County, NE., jail. Sanchez had been sentenced last July to one-year in prison after pleading no contest to the attempted distribution of methamphetamine. He was arrested on a Pott. County warrant in December and is being held in jail on $1-million bond.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber told the paper there was no indication that Alvarez-Hernandez’s death was a hate crime. Wilber said investigators are seeking to identify more suspects. Sanchez told investigators he did not know Alvarez-Hernandez and had never been to the scene of the crime. He said he had no idea why his DNA might be at the crime scene.

Court documents allege that Sanchez and Alvarez-Hernandez were both known drug users and that the location of the slaying was a drug house.

Bluffs woman faces OWI charge following a rollover accident

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February 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say the driver of a Mazda faces a 1st offense OWI charge following an accident on Interstate 29 over the weekend. The Daily NonPareil reports the driver, 22-year old Elizabeth E. Cox, and her passenger, 22-year old Nathanael Long, both of Council Bluffs, were injured during the crash that happened at about the 55-mile marker of I-29 at around 3:30-a.m., Saturday.

Authorities told the paper Cox had just entered the southbound I-29 on ramp off I-480 in a 2006 Mazda 3 when she lost control of the vehicle and made contact with the right hand curb. The vehicle left the roadway, entered the grassy portion off the right hand of the interstate, and continued down the hill. The car rolled and hit a tree and a fence at the bottom of the hill before coming to rest.

Cox, who was trapped in the car, was extricated by mechanical means. She suffered a broken neck and lacerations, and was transported by Council Bluffs Rescue the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where officials were unable to release information on her condition. Long  was able to get out of the wreck on his own. He complained of back pain and was transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment. Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

Authorities arrested Cox on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol-first offense and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.