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Few drivers in Sioux City are receiving tickets for texting

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August 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa law prohibits texting and driving, but few people in Sioux City are receiving tickets for the offense. The Sioux City Journal reports that over the past years Sioux City police have issued 18 texting while driving tickets and the Woodbury County Sheriff’s office has issued nine.

Sioux City Police Sgt. Todd Sassman says the texting law has been difficult to enforce because it’s a secondary violation that’s only enforced after a driver is pulled over for something else. And the law still allows some electronic device use even though it bans text messages or using Twitter or Facebook.

Gov. Terry Branstad has said he’s looking at the possibility of proposing a complete cellphone ban next year. He appointed a group to study ways to reduce distracted driving.

Few Iowa drivers punished for passing stopped school buses

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August 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Few drivers are receiving the tough penalties Iowa lawmakers approved in 2012 for illegally passing school buses when they are stopped.
The Des Moines Register reports that the number of people charged with violating the school bus law has declined, and the law’s tough penalties may make prosecutors more willing to accept lesser charges.

The law calls for a 30-day license suspension for a first offense, costly fines and expensive high-risk insurance. The measure was prompted by the 2011 death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson.

The number of drivers charged with illegally passing a bus fell to 895 in 2015 from 1,030 in 2012. Authorities say part of the problem is that the bus driver or another driver is often the only witness, so it can be difficult to prove.

Bluffs Police investigate Sunday morning assault

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August 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are searching for a man allegedly involved in an incident of assault that took place early Sunday morning. At around 12:12-a.m., uniformed officers were called to 202 ½ North 8th St to investigate a report of a female whom had been struck with a blunt object and was bleeding from the head. Officers spoke with the victim, 27-year old April Stout, and several witnesses.

Stout said that an unknown black male suspect with an average build and wearing dark clothing, forced his way into the residence after knocking on the door. The suspect, described as being 25-to 35-years old, and about 6-feet 3-inches tall, was apparently looking for a person unknown who did not live at Stouts address. The suspect then became upset over Stout’s dog being too close to him, and got into an altercation with Stout.

The man allegedly hit Stout in the neck with a sharp object and fled the residence on foot. Stout had a severe laceration to her neck and was transported to Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

Bluffs man arrested after taser deployed Saturday

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August 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs Police Officers suffered minor injuries during an attempt to arrest a man Saturday night. Authorities say 26-year old Jesse Shaffer, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 11-p.m. on charges that include Aggravated Assault, Harassment 1st degree, Operating While Intoxicated, and for two counts of Assault on Peace Officer.

He was taken into custody after officers were dispatched to 3408 37th Avenue in Council Bluffs for a disturbance involving a man armed with a semi-automatic pistol.  Shaffer allegedly threatened to shoot one of the occupants of the house.  Officers arrived on scene and were told Shaffer fled the scene on foot to an open field to the north of the residence.

Officers set up a perimeter and waited for K-9 Units from Omaha to assist in the search.  As the K-9 Officer arrived and began to clear the immediate area around the house, Omaha Police helicopter Able 1 arrived on scene to assist in the search.  After about an hour officers received information that Shaffer was picked up by another party and transported out of the area.

The perimeter was shut down and two officers were still on scene when Shaffer arrived back at the house.  Officers approached the man and ordered him to show his hands, but Shaffer was uncooperative, and would not comply with officers.  As he fought with officers, one of the officers deployed his Taser, but it had no affect on Shaffer, who continued to fight with officers and not comply with instructions.

Once taken into custody, Shaffer was treated by the Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue personnel, and then transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Nebraska Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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August 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, reports a Lincoln, Nebraska man was sentenced last week to prison on charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. U-S District Court Judge Robert Pratt sentenced 25-year old Tyler Jon Cross to 120 months (10-years) in prison, and ordered Cross to serve a term of 5 years of supervised release upon release from prison. He must also pay a $100 special assessment.

Cross’ conviction resulted from an investigation conducted by the Iowa State Patrol which began on June 20th, 2015 when Iowa State Patrol Troopers attempted to stop two motorcycles that were not displaying registration. A pursuit occurred along Interstate 80, with Cross operating his motorcycle in excess of 100 mph and driving into oncoming traffic. The pursuit ended after Cross left the interstate and traveled along two-lane roads in rural Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties, with Cross eventually losing control of his motorcycle leading to his arrest.

A backpack carried by Cross was discovered over one-half pound of methamphetamine and a loaded nine-millimeter handgun. The case was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Burglary at Dennis Carbaugh Farm in Montgomery County

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August 21st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred sometime between August 14th and August 18th at the Dennis Carbaugh Farm in the 2600 block of D Avenue in the rural southwest corner in Montgomery County. A forced entry was made into a machine shed and numerous tools and other items were taken.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 888-434-2712 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 623-5107.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrest report 08-21-2016

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August 21st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Red Oak woman was arrested early Sunday morning, in Stanton. A little after 12:30-a.m., 53-year-old Rebecca Ann Goodwin was arrested on a warrant out of Taney County Missouri.

Goodwin was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where she was being held without bond while awaiting extradition by authorities in Missouri.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrest report 8-20-16

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August 21st, 2016 by Part Time

Sheriff’s deputies in Montgomery County arrested a man Saturday night on a warrant out of Fremont County. 36-year old Joseph Dean Wallace, of Clarinda, was taken into custody in the 2300 block of 190th Street at around 11-p.m., for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of a controlled substance 3rd or subsequent offense. Wallace was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.

CCHS’ Dr. Elaine Berry selected for Hospital Hero Award

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August 19th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Atlantic, IA – Dr. Elaine Berry has been selected as an Iowa Hospital Association 2016 Hospital Hero.  Pat Markham announced the honor during the Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees’ August meeting.

Dr. Elaine Berry (Center) with CEO Pat Markham (Left) and Chief Clinic Administrator Beth Spieker (Right)

Dr. Elaine Berry (Center) with CEO Pat Markham (Left) and Chief Clinic Administrator Beth Spieker (Right)

Unaware she had been nominated, Dr. Berry was visibly surprised and touched by the honor.  She noted, “I enjoy working with everyone here.  This is a fantastic place – I can’t imagine practicing anywhere else!”  Dr. Berry will be recognized October 19th during the IHA annual meeting in Des Moines.

According to the IHA website, the IHA Hospital Hero Award “recognizes hospital employees who have performed heroic acts or have consistently and tirelessly given of their time, talent and expertise to improve their organizations, patients and communities.  These everyday heroes are the role models for other hospital employees and the communities they serve.”  As Markham noted, “That certainly exemplifies Dr. Berry!”  Only 10 people from across the state are chosen as hospital heroes each year.  Dr. Berry’s nomination was submitted by hospital staff with letters of support noting her dedication to the community and her patients, particularly with hospice care and emergency medical services throughout Cass County.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrest report 08-19-2016

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August 19th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Cass County Sheriff’s released details Friday on numerous recent arrests.

On Sunday, August 14th the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old Jonah Ryan Jones of Anita on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault (Simple), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple), and Driving Under Suspension (Simple). Jones was taken to the Cass County Jail where he plead guilty and was released the following day.

On Tuesday, August 16th 43-year-old John Stratton Eichelberger of Atlantic turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Stalking (D Felony) and Burglary 3rd Degree (Aggravated). Eichelberger was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Also on Tuesday, August 16th the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Donna Denise Lewis of Atlantic and 50-year-old Richard Harold Lewis, Sr. of Atlantic on charges of Violation of No Contact Order (Simple). Both parties were taken to the Cass County Jail. Donna Lewis was released the following day after pleading guilty; Richard Lewis plead guilty and remains held pending completion of jail sentence.

On Thursday, August 18th 32-year-old Erich Sean Johnson of Massena turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on an Iowa State Patrol warrant for OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Johnson was released later that day on his own recognizance.