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Woman stomped on by a cow at Westfair, Saturday

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July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A woman suffered cuts and bruises on her back, and other, possible injuries, after she was stepped on by a cow multiple times early this (Saturday) afternoon in Pottawattamie County. According to the Omaha World Herald, the  50-year-old woman was taken to Mercy Hospital following the incident which occurred at Westfair, during West Pottawattamie County Fair.

Dispatchers say the cow stepped on the woman two or three times. The accident happened at around 12:15-p.m. Officials said the woman was up and walking around after the accident, but as a precaution, she was strapped to a backboard before being placed in an ambulance.

Body recovered in Mo. River near Bluffs casino

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July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County have recovered a body from the Missouri River near Council Bluffs, this (Saturday) afternoon. The Daily NonPareil qoutes emergency dispatch reports as saying the body was discovered shortly before 1 p.m. floating near the Ameristar Casino.

Recovery crews from Pottawattamie County and other agencies were on-hand near the former Rick’s Boatyard Cafe. We’ll have more on this situation as it becomes available.

Fire destroys house near Oakland

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July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A fire northwest of Oakland Friday afternoon totaled a home, but no injuries were reported. According to the Daily NonPareil, firefighters from Oakland, Carson and Macedonia and elsewhere, responded to the blaze at 22859 400th Street, at around 2:30-p.m., Friday. A passing motorist had reported smoke and flames coming from the home.

By the time the first fire crews arrived on the scene, the structure was fully engulfed. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s officials said they believed the occupant was out of town at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire was unknown Friday.

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Drought concerns return to Iowa, Nebraska

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July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many Midwest farmers are beginning to worry that last year’s drought could return. The concern is inching closer to reality for a large part of the corn growing region as many states have experienced only spotty rain, with some areas far too dry.

The National Drought Monitor released Thursday says abnormally dry conditions have spread eastward farther into southern Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Portions of Nebraska including the southeast that had May rain are now drying out again.

Rain also seems to have missed southeastern Indiana, which is now listed as abnormally dry after the state had been lifted out of drought. Corn is in the pollination stage, which determines how much grain it will produce, and needs moisture now to fully develop

Red Oak man arrested on Probation Violation in Pott. Co.

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July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Friday, that a man wanted in their county on a warrant for violation of his probation, in connection with an original charge of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, was arrested in Pottawattamie County, Thursday. 22-year old Michael Lee Chase, of Red Oak, was located by Pott. County authorities and held in the Pott. County Jail, until arrangements were made to transport him back to Montgomery County, where Chase was being held on $10,000 bond.

DCI investigates death in Dallas County Jail

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July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An autopsy will take place Saturday on the body of a man who died in the Dallas County Jail, Friday, in Adel. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety report at around 1-p.m., the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office found inmate, 42 year old Leroy Mckinney, Jr., unresponsive in his jail cell.  All attempts to revive Mr. Mckinney were unsuccessful.

Mckinney was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation, but officials say no foul play is suspected at this time.

NW Iowa man gets life for murder, kidnapping

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July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

EARLY, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa man convicted of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman has been sentenced to life in prison.  A jury found 21-year-old Kirk Levin guilty in June of first-degree murder in the January death of 45-year-old Marilynn Schmitt and third-degree kidnapping in the abduction of a woman he met online. On Friday, Judge Timothy J. Finn gave Levin a life sentence.  Finn also rejected Levin’s request for a new trial.

Levin’s trial was moved to Webster County because of heavy publicity. His attorney argued a second change of venue request should have been granted. The attorney also says Levin’s statements to police after his arrest should have been inadmissible evidence at trial.

Audubon Sheriff’s Dept. warns of scam

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July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson is warning residents of the area about a “Microsoft PC Support Scam.” Johnson says an Audubon County citizen reported a caller claiming to be with Microsoft said they may have a virus on their computer. The caller then requests to be logged on to the person’s computer so they can have full access.

They may also ask for personal information to pay for fees to clean up the computer. Residents of the area are urged to never release personal banking or credit card information over the phone. If you have any questions about this type of scam, call the Audubon County Sheriff’s Dept. at 712-563-2631.

Cass County man convicted of sexual abuse back behind bars

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July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man who plead guilty to a single count of third-degree sexual abuse late last year, finds himself back in jail for violating the terms of his probation. According to online court records, 54-year old Roger Allen Ericksen, of Lewis, was arrested  July 19th, on a warrant. Ericksen was being held in the Cass County Jail on $10,000 bond.  Ericksen allegedly violated the terms of his probation by quitting his job and failing to notify authorities. He has also reported made no effort to find full employment since quitting.

Last December, Ericksen entered a voluntary plea of guilty to felony sexual abuse in the 3rd degree. He was sentenced to serve a maximum of 10-years in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was instead placed on supervised probation for two-years. The judge ruled Ericksen must register as a sex offender, provide DNA sampling, and to have no contact with the victim for a period of ten-years. He was also ordered to enroll and successfully complete the Sex Offenders Treatment Program.

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner said following Ericksen’s sentencing in December, that if he successfully completes the terms of his probation, the 10-year sentence will no longer be held in reserve. However, if he commits a serious crime, the entire 10-year sentence could be invoked.