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Missing three-year-old is found in Webster County bean field

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August 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The search for a three-year-old boy in Webster County came to a happy ending on Sunday. Volunteers spent three hours searching for the child in the area surrounding the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area south of Duncombe. TJ and Jennifer Vit reported that their son wandered away from their home. Fire department members from Dayton,Duncombe and Lehigh were joined by the Webster County sheriff’s deputies and Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff in the search. The boy was found safely as he emerged from a bean field near his home at about 6  p.m.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Aug. 8th 2016

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August 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

GRANDVIEW, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are still searching for a man who went swimming in the Mississippi River, but he’s now presumed dead. The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that the man went missing north of Port Louisa on Friday night. Authorities say the unidentified man was swimming with a small group of people around 6 p.m. when he ventured too far from shore and disappeared underwater.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials in a western Iowa county are trying to decide what to do with a damaged bridge that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Beaver Creek Bridge was damaged when a vehicle or towed equipment snagged the bridge’s west truss. The Daily Nonpareil reports that it can’t be repaired and was permanently closed in April.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is seeing a surge of delicate white flowers that some people view as a nuisance and others want to photograph. The Queen Anne’s Lace, or wild carrot, is abundant this year because of optimal weather conditions and roadside management practices such as less mowing and herbicide spraying. The Des Moines Register reports the flowers are spreading through roadside ditches, along bicycle trails and on the fringes of public parks.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified one of the two people killed in an Iowa plane crash north of Indianola. Twenty-two-year-old Alex Michael Winter of Indianola died when the Piper PA-11 crashed around 11:40 a.m. Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The name of the second victim has not been released.

Trump promises Iowa Caucuses will be first in 2020

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August 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is one of the “toss up” states in this year’s presidential election — something Donald Trump drove home during his rally here on Friday. It was a few minutes into his hour-long speech in Des Moines when Trump told the crowd he’d raised “60 million dollars cash” in July for his campaign. “I’m spending a lot of money, folks. I’ll tell you what: if we don’t pull this off, I’m blaming Iowa,” Trump said, getting laughter from the crowd. “If we don’t pull this off, I’ll say: ‘We wasted a lot of money, time and energy.'”

Trump later repeated his promise that, as president, he would ensure Iowans get to cast the first votes in the 2020 presidential campaign. “I learned a lot about the world of politics from Iowa. I don’t love the caucus system, by the way. I could do without the (caucus). I like a vote. I like when you walk in and vote and leave. Not when somebody takes your people and they wine ’em and dine ’em. ‘Let’s go have dinner.’ ‘Let’s take a flight.’ ‘Would you like to see Iowa from a helicopter?’ Right? Nah,” Trump said, adding a sort of verbal shrug: “But — the caucus system.”

Trump landed his helicopter near the Iowa State Fairgrounds last August — during the state fair — and gave children rides. Last Friday, Trump thanked all the Iowa delegates at the G-O-P’s national convention in Cleveland for voting for him. And Trump concluded his speech by saying Iowa’s Caucuses are a thing of “a great beauty.”
“Iowa is an amazing place. You’re going to keep your place in history. You’re going to be that ‘first state,'” Trump said. “…I know so many people, good people — politicians, that came and they thought they were going to be president and they came and they had to go through Iowa and New Hampshire and they went to Iowa. And that was the end of their presidency.”

Trump campaigned on Saturday in New Hampshire, another swing state in the General Election. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, will campaign in Sioux City and Council Bluffs later today (Monday). Hillary Clinton campaigned last week in Omaha, but Clinton has not appeared in Iowa since the Caucuses.

(Radio Iowa)

Flower viewed by some as a weed flourishes in Iowa

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is awash in a sea of delicate white flowers in nearly every roadside ditch, along bicycle trails and on the fringes of public parks. The Des Moines Register reports  that they’re known as Queen Anne’s Lace, or wild carrot.

The flower is abundant this year because of optimal road conditions and roadside management practices. Some view it as a nuisance, while others see it as a wildflower or weed. Photographers enjoy the flowers’ beauty, while gardeners yank them out.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources ecologist John Pearson says the plant has flourished because it’s free from normal pest controls in its native Europe.

Iowa officials mull options for damaged historic bridge

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials in a western Iowa county are trying to decide what to do with a damaged bridge that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports the Beaver Creek Bridge was damaged when a vehicle or towed equipment snagged the bridge’s west truss. It can’t be repaired and was permanently closed in April.

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors is gathering public input on how to proceed. About a dozen people attended a hearing on Tuesday. Some local residents say the bridge is too important to close. One idea is to replace the central part of the bridge at a cost of $100,000 to $125,000. That option would let the bridge handle light traffic but not necessarily a loaded truck.

Several arrests reported this weekend in Fremont County

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is reporting numerous arrests have taken place over the past couple of days. Several people were arrested on Friday:

 

Muellner

Muellner

25-year old Samantha Muellner, of Sidney, was arrested at around 1:05-p.m. Friday, after deputies were called to Anderson for a report of an assault that had occurred. Deputies later made contact with Muellner at a residence in Randolph. Muellner was arrested for Simple Domestic Assault and taken to the Fremont County Jail.  She was later released on $300 bond.

 

Just before 8-p.m. Friday, Fremont County Deputies were called to the 1800 block of Western Ave for a one-vehicle rollover accident.  Upon arrival, Deputies determined that the driver had left the scene prior to their arrival.

Campbell

Campbell

Deputies made contact with 52-year old Alan Campbell, of Thurman, at his residence. Campbell was arrested for Driving while License Revoked, Failure to Maintain Control, Fraudulent Registration, Leaving the Scene of an injury Accident, and Interference with Official Acts. He was later released on $2,030.00 bond.

 

At around 10-p.m. Friday, deputies in Fremont County made contact with 25-year old John Crum, of Bedford, at the Sidney Rodeo Grounds. Crum was initially contacted due to an alcohol violation and during the investigation found to be in possession of a concealed handgun.

Crum

Crum

Crum had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, however the permit was invalid due to intoxication. Crum was arrested for Public Consumption of Alcohol and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He was later released on $2,300.00 bond.

 

And, at around 11:15-p.m. Friday, officers with the Tabor Police Department and deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office were called Main Street in Tabor for a report of a vehicle striking several mailboxes. Law enforcement made contact with 35-year old Michael West, of Council Bluffs.  West was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and is being held at the Fremont Count Jail.

 

Early Saturday afternoon, Deputies were called to Sidney for a report of an assault that had occurred.

Allen

Allen

Deputies made contact with 62-year old Thomas Allen, of Sidney. Allen was arrested for Serious Domestic Assault and taken to the Fremont County Jail. Allen was later released on $1,000 bond.

 

On Sunday, Fremont County Deputies were called to Sapp Bros Truck Stop for a report of an intoxicated male in the parking lot. Deputies arrested 60-year old Jeffery Davis, of Fort Smith Sebastian, Arkansas for Public Intoxication, (3rd or Subsequent). Davis was being held at the Fremont County Jail.

Davis

Davis

At around 1:45-a.m., Sunday, deputies with the Fremont County K9 Unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the 6-mile marker southbound Interstate 29. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year old Sammy Jimenez, of Omaha, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana. Jimenez was later released on $1,500 bond.

 

At around 4:10-a.m. Sunday, Fremont County deputies were called to the 3000 block of 250th Street for an unconscious male lying in the ditch.

Jimenez

Jimenez

Deputies made contact with 20-year old Kayle Riesberg, of Waukee. Riesberg was arrested for Public Intoxication, and he was later released on a $300 cash bond.

Riesberg

Riesberg

Pence to visit Sioux City & Council Bluffs, Monday

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Party Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence will hold a town hall and rally at two sites in western Iowa this week. The Governor from Indiana has stops scheduled Monday in Sioux City, beginning at 4-p.m., where Pence will hold a Town Hall meeting at the Sioux City Convention Center. Doors to the event open at Noon. Afterward, he’ll travel to Council Bluffs for a 7-p.m. rally at the Mid-America Center. Doors for the event open at 4-p.m.

Indiana (R) Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana (R) Gov. Mike Pence

Tickets are required for both events. You can find them on the web at: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/

Suspect arrested in Dsm bar shooting

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Des Moines say a suspect is in custody in connection with a shooting at a bar early Saturday morning. Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told KCCI-TV that 26-year-old Devin Carter was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Police reported earlier in a news release, that 40-year-old William Dawson Sr. died at a hospital after he, his son and a woman were shot around 1 a.m. Saturday, outside Johnny Mac’s Bar and Grill. Dawson’s son, 20-year-old William Dawson Jr., and 20-year-old Carley Toomey remain at the hospital in critical condition, but were expected to survive.

Police said Dawson’s death is the city’s eighth homicide so far this year.

Authorities ID 1 of 2 Warren County plane crash victims

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Central Iowa have identified one of the two victims of a plane crash that happened late Friday morning, north of Indianola. Authorities said 22-year old Alex Michael Winter, of Indianola, died in the crash. The name of the second victim was still being withheld. Warren County Sheriff Brian Vos told KCCI-TV the Piper PA-11 crashed around 11:40 a.m. under what the Federal Aviation Administration called “unknown circumstances” in a field outside the airport.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which remains ongoing.

Woman injured during Sat. night rollover accident on I-80 in Cass County

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August 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman suffered a head laceration and other injuries during a rollover accident Saturday night off Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to dispatch reports, Atlantic Fire and Rescue along with Medivac Ambulance were called to the 62 mile marker of I-80 westbound (or about 2-miles east of the exit to Highway 71) at around 9:45-p.m., for a reported personal injury accident. The female victim was said to have been out of the vehicle when law enforcement arrived on the scene.

No other details are currently available.