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Bluffs Police search for 3 juveniles missing from group home


November 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say they’ve exhausted their leads in a search for three juveniles missing from a group home for children in need of mental, physical and social support.

Cassandra Gomez-Watson

Cassandra Gomez-Watson

Malakai Cayton

Malakai Cayton

Leah Carpenter

Leah Carpenter

Authorities say 15-year old Leah Carpenter and 11-year old Malakai Cayton, of Council Bluffs, and 9-year old Cassandra Gomez-Watson, of Carroll, were last seen leaving Children’s Square in Council Bluffs heading west on Avenue D, at around 9:15-p.m., Tuesday.

Carpenter was last seen wearing yellow fleece pants, a black Batman shirt, and black jacket. Her hair was in a pony tail. Cayton was last known to be wearing a dark blue, short sleeve shirt, and blue jogger pants. He was not wearing shoes or socks. And, Gomez-Watson was last seen wearing a black shirt and shorts.

Authorities said they do not believe the youth are in any immediate danger at this time. If you have seen them, please call your local law enforcement agency.

Pott. County woman pleads guilty to enticement


November 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Council Bluffs has pleaded guilty to sharing obscene materials and enticing a 15-year-old male. The Daily NonPareil reports 27-year old Jessica Pritchard pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor (an aggravated misdemeanor), and one count of dissemination of obscene material to a minor (a serious misdemeanor). She’s set to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7th.

Pritchard was arrested on July 23rd in Alliance, Nebraska, and charged with four counts of third-degree sexual abuse involving a minor and four counts of dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor. The woman was booked into Pottawattamie County Jail on July 26th and remains held on $30,000 bond. By pleading guilty to two charges, the other six counts, including four felony sexual abuse charges, were dismissed.

The charges stem from an alleged relationship between Pritchard and a 15-year-old boy in 2015.

Whiterock Conservancy gains more land

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids in west-central Iowa is making plans for 12-hundred acres of land left to the organization by the Garst family. Mary Garst, the wife of hybrid seedcorn pioneer Roswell Garst, left the land to the conservancy following her death in 2014. Whiterock executive director, Conrad Kramer, says there are four sections of land involved. “Two of them are adjacent to each other and one parcel is actually adjacent to the existing Whiterock landscape, and another one is remote. So, only one of the four parcels is connected to our existing landscape here,” Kramer says. He says the lands have a variety of uses.

“Between wetlands and natural lands like prairie and forests, and productive land including hay land and C-R-P,” Kramer says. The Whiterock Conservancy is taking control of the land with an estimated value of seven million dollars. “We certainly will continue to manage it for production, but we would also like to make plans for restoration — prairie restoration and savanna restoration — on these parcels that are really prime candidates for some of that work. And also for opening them to the public, because all of them are quite special,” Kramer says. “Whiterock is already the third largest recreation area in the state, and we put a high priority on opening our lands for public recreation.”

Kramer says the donation adds a lot to the duties of the conservancy. He says they will probably have to hire another full-time person to the staff to oversee the new property. He says the non-profit conservancy depends on public support to run and they hope Iowans will help out. He says people can help out by using the facilities and paying camping and other fees. “But we also need Iowans to sit up and realize that this is a great asset for the state, but we don’t get any state tax dollars, unlike a state park. And if they want access to these great lands in the future, we need them to become donors,” Kramer says. He says they plan to have a formal public dedication for the new land sometime this spring.

To find out more about the Whiterock Conservancy, go to the organization’s website: whiterockconservancy.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 11/4/2015


November 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic effort to delay privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has failed in a legislative oversight hearing. Democratic lawmakers on the bipartisan Health Policy Oversight Committee proposed a motion Tuesday asking Governor Terry Branstad to hold off on implementing the privatization plan by six months. Republicans opposed it and the proposal did not move forward.

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s finally putting some money on the line as he seeks to fend off challengers. The billionaire businessman says his campaign will begin paid advertising soon in early-voting states. Trump tells the network his campaign is planning to air ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants to make gun control an issue voters think about when they cast ballots on Election Day. The former secretary of state was in Iowa Tuesday. Clinton says she realizes curbing gun violence is a “tough battle.” But she says she’s determined to push measures that would expand background checks and close loopholes to prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A team of veterinary researchers at Iowa State University has discovered the cause of a disease that makes baby pigs involuntary shake. Researchers from the university teamed up with scientists from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica to use new DNA sequencing techniques to trace the piglet tremors to a virus. Infected piglets can die from starvation if the tremors are severe enough.

Election Results, Nov. 3rd, 2015: Guthrie County/Contested races & Public Measures


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

*Winner(s) (results unofficial until canvassed) I= Incumbent

City of Bayard
Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In: Allen Long 41*
Write-In: Dawn Shepherd 16

City Council (2)
Brandon Patrick 61*
Write-In: Dana Christensen 26*
Write-In: Dawn Shepherd 6

City of Bagley
City Council (2)
Emily Chapman-Olesen 28*
Kristi S. Irving 21*
Vickie Sellers 11

City of Casey
Barry Chalfant 93*
David L. Kuster, Sr. 8
Forrest P. Schnobrich (I) 42

City Council (3)
Cris Ketchum 62
Nicholas Lindberg 76*
Travis Peterson 76*
Clair Richard Richter 56
Bruce Vorm 54
Bret M. Wedemeyer 108*

Public Measure A – Mayor term 2 years instead of 4 effective 2020
Yes 81 No 62
Public Measure B – Library Board: 5 members w/2 being non-residents
Yes 120 No 23

City of Guthrie Center
City Council (3)
Patrick Halsey 205*
Michael A. Herbert 226*
Carolyn J. Masters (I) 146
Ian Steensen 206*
William T. Wagner 14

City of Menlo
City Council (3)
Shannon M. Behnken 36*
Michael J. Culver 41*
Deanna L. Harwood 25
Dorothy Korradi 35
Troy L. Miller (I) 63*

City of Panora
City Council (2)
Andy Carson 72 (Tie)
Ryan M. Ketelsen 91*
Kim Smith 55
Rachel Vogel 72 (Tie)

City of Yale
City Council to fill a vacancy (1)
Randy Dugg 10
Write-In: Mindy Fear 26*

Election Results 11/3/2015 – Audubon County/Contested races & Public Measures


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

*Winner(s) (results unofficial until canvassed) I= Incumbent

City of Audubon
Barbara Jacobsen 363*
Brandon Toft (Write-in) 276

City Council (2)
Andy Griffith 355*
Robert A. Jacobsen 411*
John Whetzal III 319

City of Gray
Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In: Bill Cramer 7*

City Council (3)
Penny Schmidt 8
Larry Southard (Write-In) 5
June Dove (Write-In) 4

City of Exira
Mayor (1)
Brenda Bengard 30

City Council (3)
Mike Huegerich 57*
Peggy Toft 56*
Glen Myers (Write-In) 22*

City of Kimballton
Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In:Randy Poldberg 19*
Write-In: Peggy Mortensen 12

City Council (2)
Justin Larsen 27*
Write-In: Joanie Heuton 11*

City of Brayton
Public Measure – Police Protection levy
Yes 10 No 10  (Auditor will contact IA Sec. of State’s Office to determine how to proceed)

Election Results, Nov. 3rd, 2015: Pottawattamie County Contested races


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

*Winner(s) (results unofficial until canvassed) I= Incumbent

City of Neola
Mayor (1)
Deb Schierbrock 66
Pete Sorenson 186*

City Council (3)
Darrl Scott Brooks 102*
Greg Heine 91
Austin Kay 63
Joseph Munch 158*
Karla Pogge 155*
Ty Ungrad 87
Ryan Ward 82

City of Carson
City Council (2)
Michael Knudsen 79*
Write-In: 0

City of Crescent
City Council (3)
Charles Hildreth 42
Jack Powers 42
Randy Adams 24

City of Hancock

Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In: Harold Hoffman 18

City Council (3)
James Kock 36*
Josh Billings 13*
Caitlyn Caughey 7 *

City of Macedonia
Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In: Ben Dorr 8* Dan Lajok 3
City Council (3)
Shoan McCready 33*
Bradley Swope 34*
Eileen Adickes 18*

City of McClelland
Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-In:Emmit Dasner 18*

City Council (5)
Mitrchell A. Kay 22
Sue Stinland 20
David Logan 18
Mike Conrad 17
Danny Baxter 16

City of Minden
City Council/Vacancy (2)
Gerald McCool 82

City of Underwood
City Council (3)
Robert W. Dose 35
Edward Freuck 32
Write-In: 24

City of Walnut – City Council (2)
Karol Calabro 31
Tace Frahm 72*
Jusin Tooley 42*

Election Results, 11/3/15 – Shelby County Contested races


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

*Winner(s) (results unofficial until canvassed) I= Incumbent

City of Kirkman

City Council (3)
Sonny Goans 9
Larry Gustason 6
(Lots will be drawn for the 3rd position)

City of Panama

City Council (2)
Steve Wegner 15*
Write-In: Kathy Schafer 8*

City of Shelby

City Council (3)
Bob Richmond (I) 102*
Sheila M. Rihner (I) 77*
Doyle Gilland 108*
Jackie Hursey 70
Kathie Pitt 50

Election Results, Nov. 3rd, 2015: Adair/Adams/Montgomery Counties


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

* winner(s) (results unofficial until canvassed) (I=Incumbent) (Will be updated)


City of Bridgewater

*Steve Frese (Write-in) 24

City Council (3) (Write-In’s)
Meril Bower 20*
Christy Berg 19*
Leo Marnin 20*

City of Orient
City Council (2)
Gary Metzger 81*
Shawn Subbert (Write-In) 19*


City of Corning

Mayor: Guy Brace 165*     Warren Blaisure 79

City Council – At Large (1)
Bert Peckham (I) 157*
Ranae Nicholson 95

City of Prescott

Mayor (No candidate filed)
Write-in: Bob Henrichs 34*; Write-In: Joni Chafa 21

City Council (2) (No candidates filed)
Write-In: Crystal Schafer 30*; Write-In: Julie Krauth 29*; Write-In: John Grossnickle 22; Write-In: Jordan Walter 20

Council (To fill a vacancy)

April Damewood (I) 27*; Write-In: Jordan Walter 26


City of Coberg

City Council (3)
Write-in: Jody Schooling 2; Jarrumy LaFord 2; Les Ballard 2

City of Elliott

City Council (2): *Michaeal Christiansen 46;  *Charlie Misner (Write-in) 29

City of Grant

Andrea J. Holldorf (I) 22*
Laurenda Mifflin 8

City Council (5)
Lyn Sliger (I) 30*
Jeff Brown (I) 23*
Nancy L. Taylor (I) 28*
Michael B. Amos (I) 31*
Robert Scott Molnar 13
Steve Williams 30*

City of Red Oak

City Council At-Large (1)

Bill Bourlon 89

Jeanice A. Lester 375*

City of Stanton
City Council (2)
James Cavner (I) 88*
Ray Guffey (I) 89*
Eric L. Paulsen 83
Tysen Sederburg 41

City Election Results, Nov. 3rd, 2015: Cass County Contested races/Public Measures


November 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

* winner(s) – FINAL (results unofficial until canvassed) (I=Incumbent)

City of Atlantic

Public Measure B – Bond for 2nd floor City Hall renovation
Yes 282 (35.29%)        No 517 (64.71%) requires majority to pass

City of Anita

Ben Daugherbaugh 57
Timothy Miller (I) 160*

City of Griswold

Public Measure C – change Mayor’s term from 2 years to 4
Yes 86 (60.14%)     No 57 (39.86%)

City of Lewis

City Council (3)
Duane Scott Anderson (I)  55*
Kristy Bassett 52*
Marvin Bradfield 74*
Leroy Easter 29
Nona Erickson 50

Public Measure D – Library levy
Yes 41 (46.07%)  No 48 (53.93%) (majority required to pass)

City of Marne

Public Measure E – Unified Law Enforcement District Levy
Yes 21 (63.64%)    No 12 (36.36%) (requires majority to pass)

City of Wiota

City Council At-Large (2)
Jim Fischer 23*
Steven R. Havens 23*
Jon Schwarte (I) 6