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Red Oak woman & teen arrested on drug charges Mon. night

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman and female teenager from Red Oak were arrested Monday night, on drug charges. The Red Oak P-D says 18-year old Cara Belle Hale, and 16-year old Clara Lianne Hebb were taken into custody at around 9:30-p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Oak Streets. Hale faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance, OWI/Drugged and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $1,000. Hebb was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and subsequently released to the custody of her parents.

Iowa man accused of kidnapping, threatening girlfriend

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man accused of confining his girlfriend and psychologically torturing her has been arrested. Online court records on Monday listed a first-degree kidnapping charge against 50-year-old Daniel Yate, of Woodbine. He was detained after his girlfriend told police last week that he assaulted her at his home and wouldn’t let her leave.

Woodbine Police Chief Michael Jensen says the girlfriend accused Yates of binding her and threatening to throw her in a nearby river. The girlfriend says Yates also sat on her chest and opened and closed a knife.

Records show the woman had injuries consistent with her allegations and a hospital visit revealed a broken rib.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., March 31st 2015

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An early morning fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire grounds has left at least two structures with nothing but charred framework remaining. Police say they responded around 1:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a fire in an area of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the festival is held. Fire officials called in portable water tanks to contain the flames that scorched the food vendor and maintenance buildings because no hydrants are located on the fairgrounds. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the two Cedar Rapids officers who shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says officers Jeremy Depies and Brandon Tinta were involved in the shooting. The driver wounded by the gunfire has been identified as 28-year-old Kyle Orth. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill that would require some businesses in Iowa to offer more leave benefits to parents who adopt children. The bill would require businesses offering leave benefits to parents of newborns to do the same for adoptive parents. A business that doesn’t already offer such benefits would not be required to start. Supporters of the bill say it would treat biological parents and adoptive parents more equally.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow law enforcement officials in Iowa to conduct limited strip searches on certain jail inmates without probable cause. The bill would allow a strip search involving visual inspection of a person, including genitals, without probable cause if he or she is arrested on suspicion of a simple misdemeanor or scheduled violation and is in a holding area with others.

 

Mo. Valley Fire Chief pleads not guilty to setting fires

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that the former Fire Chief in Missouri Valley plead not guilty, Monday, to simple misdemeanor charges of interference with official acts and reporting false information. The charges against 44-year old Johnnie Walker were with regard to allegedly false statements Walker made to Missouri Valley police, as authorities investigated a fire earlier this month at an abandoned house. Walker has stated he wasn’t available to fight the March 7th blaze at 105 W. Superior Street, because he was ill, and that he was not completely focused because of his illness, when he spoke later with police.

Investigators would not say what Walker told them or why they suspect he tried to mislead them. He has since resigned as chief of the volunteer department. John Ticer, an investigator with the State Fire Marshals Office, has said the fire on Superior Street might be connected to fires set in October in an abandoned house on the northeast corner of 10th and Granite Streets, on Missouri Valley’s south side. Missouri Valley Police Chief Edward Murray said each fire has a separate suspect, neither of whom is Walker. No arrests had been made as of Monday.

During Monday’s hearing, the judge told Walker that if he pleaded guilty he probably would be fined rather than receive jail time. The maximum sentence for each charge is 30 days in jail. Walker’s trial date was set for May 8th.

More grass fires reported Monday

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

High winds fanned grass fires across parts of the KJAN listening area, Monday afternoon. Two fires were reported at separate locations in Pottawattamie County, while a third was fought in Union County. The Daily NonPareil reports crews from Macedonia, Carson and Treynor responded to a fire in the 3500 block of Aspen Road at around 3-p.m. They stuck around for a while once the flames were put out, to make sure there were no flare ups.

Council Bluffs firefighters were called to a brush fire at around 3:30-p.m., near the Union Pacific Railroad track a little bit south of the Pott. County Jail, off of North 16th Street. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly, but remained for a while to extinguish some hot spots.

In Union County, a fire on the northwest side of Afton, between Lake Afton and St. Edwards Cemetery, kept firefighters busy for hours. Afton Police Chief John Coulter said on his social media page, that the fire was started deliberately, but they don’t know who did it. Several large bales of hay smoldered into the evening once the flames were put out.

Conditions were ripe throughout the day for fire. The National Weather Service had issued a “Red Flag” warning for the entire western half of Iowa, indicating that high winds, low humidity and dry brush were prime for fire ignition.

Mills County Sheriff’s Report, 3/30/15

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four recent arrests.On Sunday, deputies arrested 21-year old Renee Katherine McConahay, of Thurman, for Possession of Controlled Substance, Eluding and Speeding. Her bond was set at $2,000, and 41-year old Ronald Loren Gray, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Violation of Protection Order. Gray was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

On Saturday, deputies in Mills County arrested 53-year old Debra Lynn Decair, of Glenwood, for Driving While Revoked, Leaving the Scene of Accident and having No Insurance. Her bond was set at $1,000. And last Friday, 38-year old Charles Curtis Kephart, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a Warrant for Probation Violation. Bond was set at $20,000.

Make an emergency plan for your pet, just in case

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

State and federal officials are urging Iowans to think about their pets when making emergency plans for floods, tornadoes and other severe weather. Phil Kirk, a preparedness coordinator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says FEMA has learned through painful experience the importance of including pets in any preparations.  “There have been countless examples where citizens refused to evacuate their homes in the face of danger because they didn’t have a way to take their pets along or a place to bring them to safety,” Kirk says. “Sadly, those decisions cost some people their own lives as well as the lives of their pets. Additionally, our first responders were faced with even greater risks of trying to save those lives.”

Kirk suggests pet owners try to acclimate their pets to Midwestern storms, whenever they might roll through.  “During storms in this part of the country, take them out when there’s lightning and thunder and get them exposed to it so when it really happens and there’s a need to leave, it’s not the first time that they’ve dealt with it,” he says. Kirk says FEMA has found it must include pets in any emergency preparations a family makes.

“They go hand-in-hand,” Kirk says, “because there are people who will not leave without their pets and I understand that. So, we need to try to do what we can to make sure that everybody can leave and be safe.” Kirk suggests putting together an emergency kit for the pets — as well as the family — so everyone in the home is ready to respond. He says a family needs to have non-perishable food, bottled water, medications and other material together to last for the first 72 hours of an emergency.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood man arrested on drug charge Sunday

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Glenwood man was arrested Sunday on a drug charge. The Glenwood P-D reports 30-year old Logan Lingle was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $1,000. On Saturday, 30-year old Tare Shannon, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Glenwood for Driving While Barred. Her bond was set at $2,000. And last Friday, Glenwood Police arrested 48-year old David Craigmile, of Glenwood, for Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $300.

Wells Fargo debit card scam circulates via text message – AGAIN!

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It’s happening again. Jamie Park, branch manager of the Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic, told KJAN a scam aimed at getting your personal information is making rounds in the area. Park said at around 11:15-a.m. today (Monday), a bank customer called to report they had received a text message warning that the person’s “Check/Debit Card-is SUSPENDED! Please respond.” The message included a link to a website that instructs you to fill out information. Again we remind you: This is an attempt by scammers to gain access to your personal information. DO NOT RESPOND TO THE TEXT OR ACCESS THE WEBSITE ATTACHED TO THE TEXT.

Earlier this month, similar texts went to persons who have Wells Fargo accounts, as well as those who have no accounts at the bank. Among those who received the fake text were persons in County government and local law enforcement officials.

Remember, never respond to unsolicited text messages claiming to be from your or any other bank, that asks you for your personal information. If there is ever any doubt about the status of your bank account, call or stop by your local bank branch.

Accident at Atlantic gas station

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Saturday morning at the Casey’s General Store in Atlantic, Saturday morning. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Alison Bruckner, of Atlantic, was pulling away from the pumps at the Casey’s central location (701 Poplar), when a vehicle driven by Todd Schroeder, of Atlantic, came up on the right side of Bruckner’s car heading west, and turned in front of the Bruckner vehicle.

Damage from the collision amounted to $3,500. No citations were issued.