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Harassment Arrest in Lenox

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September 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone making threatening phone calls and text messages on Friday, Sept. 27th.  After investigation deputies issued an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Ruth Leason Graham of Lenox after finding she was sending the messages stemming from a family dispute.  Graham was taken into custody at 601 South Walnut Street in Lenox for Harassment at 9:27pm Friday.  Graham was taken to the Adams County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Public Intox Bust in Red Oak

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September 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Red Oak man on Friday, Sept. 27th at approximately 4:18pm for Public Intoxication.  Sheriff’s Officials arrested 54-year-old Robert Anthony Marron Jr. of Red Oak following an incident at L Avenue and Highway 34 East of Red Oak.  Marron was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and Held on $300 bond.

New Tax Credit to Help Beginning Farmers

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new tax credit program in Iowa gives a break to anyone hiring a beginning farmer to help with agricultural contract work.

The Iowa Finance Authority announced Thursday that the Custom Hire Tax Credit Program is accepting applications. The program was created by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year to provide a boost for beginning farmers.

The maximum credit that can be received is $50,000. Eligible farmers must be at least 18, an Iowa resident and have a net worth of no more than about $691,000.

Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison says in a news release that the program will encourage beginning farmers to stay in the state.

Woodbine Fire Update

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

(KNOD-Joel McCall) A fire in Harrison County spread damage to four downtown businesses in the city of Woodbine Thursday. According to Woodbine Mayor William Hutcheson, the fire began in the rear portion of the flower shop. Hutcheson says 14 fire departments came to help tackle the blaze,

“The flower shop has two store fronts and we had at least 14 departments all of Harrison County, Panama, Portsmouth, Denison and Harlan. I hope I didn’t miss anyone because there was a good array of firefighters and equipment here yesterday afternoon.”

The fire spread quickly from the flower shop to three other businesses on Walker Street,

“There was a joining business, it was the senior center south of the flower shop. That was involved in some degree of damage but I am not sure what it is. On the north side of the two store fronts was the corn palace, our local tavern.”

Hutcheson said the damage to the Corn Palace was extensive and they will not reopen any time soon. The Mayor says the city was full of firefighters and other volunteers working together,

“There were people all over evacuating the adjoining stores and getting people out of harms way. We had a lot of community activity helping where they could. As I said we had 14 departments and there were a lot of efforts to haul water because the water supply was a concern. Businesses who had tankers farm operators anything that could haul water they brought it in. Some departments had their tankers also. It was amazing to see the amount of help we had to try and control what we were battling.”

The timing couldn’t have been worse as the city prepares for their 25th annual Woodbine Applefest. Hutcheson says the festival will go on as planned with a few minor changes,

“It appears the one city block 4th to 5th Street on Walker Street will be unavailable for tomorrow. But the Applefest will go on and we will have to rearrange some of the activities. It will still take place.”

As far as the fire,  no dollar amount of damage was given but Harrison County EMA reported a firefighter was injured and transported to an area hospital during the fight. The State Fire Marshall will arrive in Woodbine today to assess the situation.

Theft Arrest in Atlantic

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Thursday, Sept. 26th of 35-year-old Robert L. Atkinson of Atlantic on a Cass County Warrant for 5th Degree Theft (shoplifting).  Atkinson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was booked and held.

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Fire in Downtown Woodbine Thursday

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters from several nearby towns have helped put out a flower shop fire in the western Iowa city of Woodbine.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil says the blaze began around 3 p.m. Thursday in the alley behind the Everything Ellen Flower Shoppe in downtown Woodbine. As the flames spread into the shop, a call soon went out for aid from other Harrison County fire departments.

When the fire threatened to spread to nearby businesses, residents lined up to grab merchandise and pass it out of the stores. The fire appeared to be confined to the flower shop and the roof of a nearby building.

A person who fell on a street was the only reported injury.

The fire cause is being investigated.

Deer Causes Power Pole Crash Outside Red Oak

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a van in the ditch at about 4:53pm Thursday (9/26) on C Avenue about 2/10th of a mile north of 140th Street near Red Oak.

Upon arrival officers found a 1998 Chevy Astrovan driven by 52-year-old Rlena Dee Crouse of Red Oak had struck a power pole owned by MidAmerican Energy with the front drivers side of the vehicle.  After investigation it was determined that Crouse was traveling northbound on C Avenue, just north of the intersection with 140th Street, when a deer entered the roadway from the east.  Crouse swerved to miss the deer and crossed the roadway to the opposite shoulder and ditch.  The van then travelled about 1/10th of a mile before striking the power pole.  Crouse suffered no injuries as she was wearing a seat belt and the airbag deployed in the van.

The power pole snapped in half just above the ground, causing $2,500 damage.  The van was totaled in the crash at a value of $1,869.

No citations were issued following the investigation.  MidAmerican Energy and Red Oak Fire Department assisted Sheriff’s Officials at the scene.

Fatality Accident on I-29 in Monona County (Update)

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September 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Iowa State Patrol reports a single vehicle accident resulted in a death on Wednesday (9/25) at 4:55pm on I-29 in Monona County.  The driver who died from his injuries has now been identified as 52-year-old Marc Sarchet of Cherokee.

Sarchet was driving a 1997 International Crane  northbound on 1-29 when it lost control, crossed the median, and eventually came to rest on it’s side.  The vehicle ended up blocking the southbound lanes of traffic two miles north of Sloan.  Sarchet was taken by Mercy Air Care to Creighton University Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.  The accident is still under investigation.