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Lenox man arrested on drug charge


November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox arrested one person on a drug charge Wednesday evening. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports officers with the Lenox P-D arrested Nathan D. Simington, of Lenox, at around 7:10-p.m.  He was taken into custody on an Adams County warrant for Possession of Marijuana, resulting from a traffic stop on July 27th in Adams County.

The Adams County K-9 unit located items in the vehicle during a search, which led to Simington’s arrest. His bond was set at $1,000.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges


November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon by officers with the Atlantic Police Department. 30-year old Jacob Michael Leary, of Atlantic, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine. The charge was result of a traffic stop on Sept. 18th, where Adams County deputies made contact with Leary, for Driving While Suspended.

The Adams County K-9 Unit was called-in and located drug paraphernalia and Meth in the vehicle. Leary was also charged with Possession of Narcotics with the intent to deliver, and driving while suspended. His bond was set at $1,000.

Cass County Democrats donate to Atlantic Food Pantry


November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The leaders of the Cass County Democratic Party have presented the Atlantic Food Pantry with a collection of food and paper goods. The items were donated during a food drive among members of the group. Chair Sherry Toelle, and Vice-Chair Kathleen Kerns dropped-off the donations.

Toelle said in a press release that “Due to the recent shredding of the safety net by the current US Congress, more people are having a difficult time making financial ends meet.” She went on to say “We, as Democrats, believe that it is important for us to help empower people and to give back to the community. I was very pleased by the response to our food drive. No one in America should go hungry, especially during the holidays. We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

EPA offers grants to replace older diesel engines

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Owners of construction vehicles with older diesel engines in nine Iowa counties may apply for a federal rebate to help replace the vehicles or retrofit older vehicles with new cleaner burning engines. The Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available for public and private owners of construction vehicles. Those in Black Hawk, Harrison, Johnson, Linn, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, and Woodbury counties may apply for the money. The EPA says the rebates target counties facing air quality challenges.

Since diesel engines in construction equipment can last for decades, the EPA program is geared toward replacing older less efficient engines that emit more pollutants with newer less polluting engines. EPA will accept applications until Jan. 15 and anticipates awarding the rebates in February.

Iowa recruits volunteers to monitor weather

News, Weather

November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are recruiting people to help monitor the state’s weather as part of a volunteer network. The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says data on rain, hail and snow that’s collected by volunteers will be used for flood forecasting, scientific research and general weather interest. The department’s state climatology office works with the National Weather Service in Des Moines to make sure the data is immediately available for free online.

Interested volunteers just need a four-inch diameter rain gage and a suitable location for the gage.

The Colorado Climate Center established the volunteer network in 1998, and it’s available in all 50 states and Canada. Iowa joined in 2007 and has more than 300 registered volunteers.

Stolen car pursuit ends up with suspect in the drink


November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report about a stolen car from rural Mills County Wednesday afternoon, led to a chase that ended near the Missouri River and the arrest of a soggy suspect. According to the Daily NonPareil, 23-year old Jamie Kennedy, of Council Bluffs was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree theft, eluding police, a warrant for probation violation and a host of other traffic violations that occurred during the pursuit.

Authorities say that at around 12:15 p.m., Mills County dispatchers alerted Pottawattamie County law enforcement about a stolen vehicle that was determined to be at 16th Street and West Broadway in Council Bluffs. As officers spotted the vehicle the OnStar Company was able to disable the car as it reached the I-480 bridge.

Officials say Kennedy fled on foot and headed toward the river and at one point he crawled into the river, but when a K-9 officer – with police dog in tow – called for Kennedy surrender himself, the suspect complied.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Nov. 21st 2013


November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman who died when her car plunged into a lake following a high-speed chase with West Des Moines police. Police say 51-year-old Brenda Lea Hatfield, of Des Moines, died after her car went into the water early yesterday. An officer reported that her car was driving recklessly and that he tried pulling her over.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa say a man faces multiple charges for biting a deputy and trying to avoid arrest. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Devin Joseph Emery Enos was stopped yesterday for driving a stolen vehicle and that he bit the deputy who was trying to place him in custody. Among the charges he faces are theft and assaulting a police officer and causing injury.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indians who used their native language to outwit enemies and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II. Among those at today’s ceremony in the U.S. Capitol building were members of Congress, the military and 33 tribes from at least nine states, including Iowa.

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old southwest Iowa man accused of dousing a 22-year-old female acquaintance in gasoline and threatening to set her on fire has surrendered to authorities. Red Oak police say William Wayne Elliot turned himself in this morning and is being held in jail. Authorities say he forced the woman into his basement before pouring the gasoline on her.

Harlan man gets a costly lesson on scraping frost covered windshield


November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A frost covered windshield proved to be costly for a Harlan man last week. The Harlan Police Department reports Richard Graeve was traveling north on 19th Street on November 8th. Because his view was obstructed by a frost covered windshield, he misjudged the clearance between a legally parked car registered to Sandra Holcomb, of Harlan.

Graeve’s 2007 Ford struck the left rear of Holcomb’s 2007 Dodge, causing $5,000 damage to both vehicles. Officials say Graeve was cited for Driving with an Obstructed View. No injuries were reported.

Harlan man arrested Tuesday on assault & other charges


November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest on Tuesday of a Harlan man. 61-year old Gary Anderson, was arrested when police were called to Leah Marie Photography for a subject who would not leave. Following an investigation, officers found Anderson at his residence on Baldwin. He was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault causing injury, criminal mischief and trespassing. Anderson was also served with a complaint that was filed on November 18th for trespass by the Durant Street Country Store.

On November 13th, officers with the H-PD arrested 33-year old Timothy Kroening, of Colby, WI. The man was taken into custody after officers were called to investigate an alleged subject smoking marijuana on the deck of a local bar. Kroening was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing contraband.

And, on November 6th, 24-year old Cameron Behrens,  of Harlan, was charged with Theft 2nd degree, a class D felony for allegedly taking money from the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. Behrens was cited and released.

Red Oak man charged with kidnapping & attempted murder arrested


November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say a man wanted in southwest Iowa on felony kidnapping and attempted murder charges, turned himself in at around 10:19-a.m., Wednesday. 57-year-old William Wayne Elliott, of Red Oak, is accused of forcing 22-year old Shelby Mae Schmitz, of Red Oak, into the basement of his home on November 11th, after she stopped by for a visit.

He then allegedly doused her with gasoline and threatening to set Schmitz on fire.  Schmitz escaped and reported the incident to Red Oak Police. The woman was hospitalized for evaluation and treatment as authorities got a search warrant for Elliott’s home. He was not there but authorities say they located evidence in the home, including narcotics.

Elliott was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $100,300 bond. The Red Oak Police Department was assisted in its investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.