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Crash claims 1 life in Council Bluffs Wed. evening

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December 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 29 Wednesday evening has resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle. According to Council Bluffs Police, the man was partially ejected from the vehicle during the rollover accident that happened at around 4:45-p.m. on I-29 northbound at the 55-mile marker, located between the North 35th and North 25th Street exits. Authorities do suspect speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

A medical helicopter took the unidentified victim to Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center where he later died. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Northbound traffic on I-29 was blocked for a little more than two-hours following the crash.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 12th 2013

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December 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

CORNING, Iowa (AP) — A southern Iowa man faces multiple charges in connection to a vehicle shooting. The state Division of Criminal Investigation says 32-year-old Peter Wiley, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday morning.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids woman has been accused of kicking a North Liberty police officer in the groin. Police say an officer pulled over a vehicle Tuesday night that was driving recklessly. Police say the driver of the car, 32-year-old Jessica Hatfield, smelled of alcohol. The Iowa Press Citizen reports Hatfield is accused of kicking an officer in the groin as he attempted to give her a field sobriety test.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Roommates in Evansdale face charges in connection with allegedly trying to hide casino winnings from creditors. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says 36-year-old Jeffrey S. Sampson hid more than $1,700 from a jackpot winning on a slot machine in July. Sampson owed more than $7,800 in back child support at the time of his winning, and the money should have been processed through a database that looks for such financial obligations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake has hired assistant Rick Fox to replace Chris Creighton, who was named the head coach at Eastern Michigan yesterday. Fox spent the past six seasons as the assistant head coach under Creighton for the Bulldogs, who compete in the Football Championship Series. He also coached the offensive line and special teams.

Creston Man Charged in Shooting

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Iowa say a Union County man was charged Wednesday morning with attempted murder and Going Armed with Intent, in connection with an incident in the Adams County town of Corning, Tuesday evening. 32-year old Peter Wiley, of Creston, was arrested by a Creston Police Officer after a chase and fiery crash, Wednesday.

Authorities were called to the Casey’s in Corning Tuesday, after a woman had reported being shot at. Upon the deputy’s arrival, contact was made with the alleged victim of the shooting, who reported that Peter Wiley had shot at the vehicle she was driving and then took off in an unknown direction of travel.

The information regarding Wiley was broadcast, and on Wednesday morning, a Creston police officer spotted his vehicle and attempted to stop it.  A short pursuit ensued that ended with Wiley’s car sliding into a ditch.  As officers were approaching the vehicle and assisting Wiley from it, the car caught fire and rapidly burned.  Wiley suffered burns to his hands. He was treated, and taken into custody.

As a result of the chase, Wiley faces additional charges in Union County. The charges include Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Eluding, and Hit and Run.  He was transported to Adams County jail where he remains awaiting his initial appearance. In addition to the Adams and Union County incidents, Peter Wiley is also suspected in a shooting incident earlier in the same evening in rural Page County.  His brother, 40-year old Raymond Wiley, was dropped off at the Shenandoah Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to an Omaha area hospital where he remains today.  His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is coordinating the investigation with assistance from the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Creston Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office.

Clarinda Police Officers assaulted

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Police Officers were assaulted in Clarinda, Tuesday night, after responding to a domestic disturbance. Police Chief Keith Brothers says at approximately 9:05 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call concerning a domestic disturbance taking place at Lot #29 in the Maplewood Trailer Court, 515 South 10th St. The female caller reported her husband was out of control and the female resident needed help from the police.

The male resident, 52-year old Ricky Dean Harrison, of Clarinda kicked one of the officers in the leg and kicked another officer in the stomach. Afterward, one of the officers deployed a Taser device on Harrison, who was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Assault on a Peace Officer and Resisting arrest. The officers were not injured during the altercation.

Harrison was booked into the Page County Jail and held without bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate. The Page County Attorney’s Office will review the incident for the filing of formal charges.

Shelby County road re-opens

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) reports a pipe replacement project under 2000th Street has been completed and the road has re-opened. The culvert in the 900 block of 2000th Street just west of Hazel Road and 2000th was closed on Monday, November 18th.

The closure met the approximate schedule of three weeks to finish.

Cass Supervisors approve appointment of a deputy sheriff

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, approved the appointment of a deputy sheriff, increasing the number of deputies by one. Sheriff Darby McLaren introduced the hire, who will begin his duties immediately. The new man is 23-year old Tyler Shiels.

Tyler Shiels (on the left) and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren.

Tyler Shiels (on the left) and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren.

Sheils was recently released from his duties with the West Des Moines Police Department so he could accept the position in Cass County. He took a few moments to address the board about his background, saying that he is originally from Urbandale and graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Sheils is finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree from Upper Iowa University. He’s also served in the military since 2009. He says his girlfriends’ family is from this area, and he’s excited about getting started in his new position.

Arrest, and school bus accident in Atlantic

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Tuesday of 38-year old Christopher Harper. Harper, who’s from Atlantic, was taken into custody on a warrant for Failure to Appear. He was booked into the Cass County Jail but later posted bond.

And, an accident in Atlantic Tuesday night in the high school parking lot caused $2,150 damage, but no one was injured. Officials say a school bus driven by Laurence Tallman, of Atlantic, was westbound in the Atlantic High School parking lot attempting to make a left turn around a parked vehicle, when the bus was unable to make a wide enough turn. The left rear of the bus struck the left front corner of the vehicle, registered to Tracy Jacob, of Atlantic. The accident happened at around 10:15-p.m.

Cass County Supervisors approve building purchase

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December 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, passed a resolution approving the purchase of property across the street from the courthouse. The Resolution said “Whereas the Cass County Communications Center needs to expand the area of its facility in order to comply with State regulations, and (because) there is no available area for expansion within the courthouse or courthouse annex, and where the property at 707 Poplar Street…has come available for purchase, the Board of Supervisors believe it is in the best interest of the County to purchase (the) property for future expansion. The purchase price is $370,000.

The payments will be made in installments. The building is currently owned and occupied by the Cambridge Law Firm. The Board Wednesday also passed a resolution setting the date for a Public Hearing on the lease of the building for a term of more than three-years. The hearing will take place at 9-a.m. December 18th in the Supervisor’s Board Room at the Courthouse. Work on the building will likely not begin for at least three-to four-months.

It remains to be determined whether the lower level of the Cambridge building will be used for a new 9-1-1 Center, or the offices of the County Assessor and Engineer. Moving those offices would likely open-up enough space for an expansion of the current Communications Center on the lower level of the courthouse. Cass County E-911 Director Rob Koppert said Al Povandra, with Povandra Carlson, West and Povandra Architects in Omaha, stopped by last week to conduct an initial assessment of the lower level of the courthouse to determine the cost effectiveness of using that section exclusively for the 911 Communications Center.

Koppert said Povandra had some concerns with the Engineer’s space. A room where a pipe broke a couple of years ago could be problematic if anything of value where to be established there. It’s possible that space could be renovated into a restroom, which would also need to be ADA compliant. Koppert  says another concern is with regard to windows in the lower level of the courthouse. He said they will be required to install one-way or opaque windows so people can’t see in and gather information about the equipment and computer systems inside.

Some type of shuttering to prevent severe weather damage would also be needed. Up to 11 windows may need to be treated, but whatever is put in place, must also meet the requirements of the National Historic Registry, because the Courthouse is listed on that Registry. Povandra had previously mentioned whatever renovations are done to the building won’t come cheap because the building is constructed so well.

8AM Newscast 12-11-2013

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December 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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