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Creston Police report: Lenox woman arrested on drug charge

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a woman was arrested late Wednesday on a Union County warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation. 28-year old Trisha Mitchell, of Lenox, was transported to the Ringgold County Jail following her arrest at around 8:40-p.m. Mitchell was being held in the jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

And, at around 11-p.m. Wednesday, Creston Police arrested 49-year old Jack Howard Davis, of Orient, for Driving While Revoked. Davis was released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/10/2017

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Woman accused of stealing from northwest Iowa trucking firm

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CALUMET, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa woman has been accused of stealing more than $24,000 while working at a trucking company. Court records say 32-year-old Jamie Riedemann, of Calumet, is charged with tampering with records, four counts of theft and three counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

Prosecutors say Riedemann turned in fraudulent time cards and used company credit cards for personal purchases while working as business office manager for Calumet Carriers between January 2014 and August 2016.

ATV accident in Taylor County

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an ATV accident that resulted in injuries to a man from Missouri. The accident happened at around 7:20-p.m. Wednesday, in Clearfield. Officials say 43-year old Timothy Webber, of Unionville, MO., was in control of the ATV when it rolled over at the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Streets, in Clearfield. Webber was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Des Moines, for treatment of serious injuries.

5 years of 7 percent tuition hikes proposed for Iowa State

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – The interim president of Iowa State University is proposing resident undergraduate tuition increases of 7 percent in each of the next five years. President Ben Allen told an Iowa Board of Regents task force Wednesday that the university’s enrollment has risen by 37 percent since 2009, but state appropriations for operations have declined by 30 percent.

Resident undergraduates are scheduled to pay nearly $7,500 in tuition for the upcoming academic year. A 7 percent increase would raise costs by $522 for the 2018-19 academic year, and the tuition total would reach nearly $10,500 for the 2022-23 academic year.

The task force took no action Wednesday. The regents created the task force in response to more than $30 million in state funding cuts.

Hamburg man arrested after traffic stop for alleged reckless driving

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Fremont County responding to a reported reckless and suspicious vehicle late Wednesday night, conducted a traffic stop in Hamburg, and arrested the driver. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the vehicle was pulled over on 300th Avenue in Hamburg, During the stop, the driver, 19-year old Dustin Perry, of Hamburg, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center and held on a $300 bond.

Dustin Perry

Iowa early News Headlines: Thursday, 8/10/17

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August 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:45 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say a man charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another while escaping from a western Iowa jail will plead guilty. The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office says an attorney for Wesley Correa-Carmenaty informed officials of the change Wednesday. Authorities say Correa-Carmenaty was being taken to jail on May 1 when he grabbed one of the deputies’ guns, then shot them both and used the jail van to escape.

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials have charged an Ames man in a May house fire at Guthrie Center that killed two young girls. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office said in a news conference Wednesday that 26-year-old Patrick Ryan Thompson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson. Investigators had already determined that arson caused the May 15 fire that killed 16-year-old Shakiah Cockerham and 12-year-old Melanie “Paige” Exline.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has voted to deregulate landline telephone service in the state, concluding that there’s enough competition now from cell phones, internet providers and other services to no longer justify forcing wired telephone companies to provide service everywhere. The deregulation frees traditional wired telephone providers from nearly all customer service requirements and service quality standards.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the founder of a Des Moines anti-violence organization has been accused of hurting a child in her care. Jail records say Calvetta Williams remained in custody Wednesday, charged with child endangerment causing injury. Williams said Saturday before her arrest that she would cooperate with investigators and that she plans to plead not guilty. Williams founded Mothers Against Violence in 2013.

Missing Persons Investigation

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August 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are jointly working a missing persons case. Law Enforcement is looking for information on the whereabouts of Jessica Lyne Gomez (also known as Jessica Ebner) and Mackenzie Lee Knigge.

Gomez is from Fort Dodge and Knigge resided in Clare. The last contact with Gomez occurred sometime during the evening of 08/04/2017.  Knigge was last seen during the evening of 08/05/2017.

Gomez is a 26 year old white female with blue eyes. She is 5’4” tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. Knigge is also a 26 year old white female with blue eyes. She is 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.    

Jessica Gomez

Mackenzie Knigge

A vehicle associated with this case is a 2006 silver Pontiac Montana with Indiana license plate 193 ETI. Anyone with any information related to Gomez and Knigge whereabouts, or the silver Pontiac Montana, is asked to call the Webster County Sheriff’s Office at 515-573-1410. Webster County Crime Stoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 515-573-1444 (STOP), ONLINE AT WWW.WCCRIMESTOPPERS.COM OR BY TEXTING “LEC” and the tip to crimes (274637).    

Vehicle similar to one involved in this case (not the actual Montana van)

 

Cass County 4-H Clubs “Food Pantry Challenge” a Win for Local Food Pantries

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August 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass County 4-H Clubs engaged in a friendly competition for a great cause during the recent Cass County Fair. Rising to a challenge from the County 4-H Youth Council, clubs decorated donation boxes which were placed on display in the Cass County Community Center during the Cass County Fair, from July 27-31, for club supporters to donate non-perishable foods, toiletries and other “high need” items. 13 clubs from across Cass County participated by decorating boxes. Challenge winners were decided based on number of items donated, with an added incentive from the Atlantic Hy Vee to match the donations collected by the winning club!

Items were tallied throughout the fair, with a total of 904 items being donated by the end of fair. The winning club was the Cowpokes 4-H Club with 182 items collected! After this donation was matched by Atlantic Hy Vee, the total amount collected was 1086 items. These donations were sorted according to needed items requested by pantries, and donated to the Atlantic Food Pantry, the Anita Food Pantry and the Lord’s Cupboard pantry in Griswold.

THANK YOU to all club members and community supporters who took part in this challenge!    (Press Release: ISU Extension/Cass County)

Members of the Cowpokes 4-H Club pose with some of the food they collected to win the 2017 Fair Food Pantry Challenge

Cass County 4-H Youth Council Members sorting some of the food donated during the Fair Food Pantry Challenge    

Full Table! Food collected by Cass County 4-H Clubs during the Fair Food Pantry Challenge is ready to be sorted and distributed to local food pantries.

Man arrested in Iowa house fire that killed 2 girls in May

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August 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials have charged an Ames man in a May house fire at Guthrie Center that killed two young girls. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office said in a news conference Wednesday that 26-year-old Patrick Ryan Thompson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson. It was not clear whether he yet has an attorney.

Investigators had already determined that arson caused the May 15 fire that killed 16-year-old Shakiah Cockerham and 12-year-old Melanie “Paige” Exline and injured their uncle, 54-year-old William Long III, and grandmother, 74-year-old Shirley Exline.

Investigators say Thompson is the stepson and stepbrother of men charged in a sexual abuse case in which at least one of the girls was a victim.

Patrick Ryan Thompson