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Teen accused of stealing delivery truck, giving away goods

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a Sioux City teen they say stole a Coca-Cola delivery truck, then gave away the goods inside. The Sioux City Journal reports police believe the 18-year-old stole the truck as the driver was inside a business making a delivery Monday. Police say the teen then drove to a construction site in the Dakota Dune and gave away $1,000 in merchandise from the truck.

Police say he then came back to Sioux City in the truck and fled on foot when officers attempted to stop him. Police say that upon his arrest, he was found with prescription pills that were not in his name. The teen has been charged with theft, drug possession, reckless driving and other counts.

New data show at least 3,400 untested rape kits in Iowa

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say there are at least 3,400 untested rape kits in storage around Iowa, and preliminary data indicate law enforcement agencies don’t have standardized rules for handling such evidence.

The Crime Victim Assistance Division within the Iowa attorney general’s office says its review of untested sexual abuse evidence collection kits in Iowa is continuing, and the actual number of untested kids could increase by several hundred.

Division director Janelle Melohn says more than 70 percent of the state’s nearly 400 agencies have responded to an electronic survey released this year about the kits. Survey results will be compiled into a report, which could include proposed legislation or a request for state funding to test kits.

The division received $2 million in federal funding to conduct research and some testing.

 

1 injured in vehicle vs. ATV accident in Cass County

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured Sunday morning when a vehicle struck and ATV, west of Cumberland. According to dispatch reports, the accident happened at around 9:20-a.m. near 650th and Quincy Road. A 59-year old male was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, suffering from side pain and an abrasion to his head.

No other details are currently available.

10 arrested for MIP in Montgomery County Sat. night

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A call with regard to a beer party involving persons under the legal age resulted in the arrest of 10 people late Saturday night, in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office said those taken into custody at around midnight, for Minor In Possession of alcohol include:

  • 16-year old Joseph Michael Hastie, of Council Bluffs.
  • 18-year old Spencer Douglas Calkins, of Corning.
  • 19-year old Cesar Alejandro Cepeda, of Shenandoah.
  • 19-year old Isaac Burt Huber, of Omaha.
  • 19-year old Jerod James Kubly, of Villisca.
  • 19-year old Jacob Lee Mattox, of Sidney.
  • 20-year old Caleb Diehl Count, of Shenandoah.
  • 20-year old Lincoln James Gilchrist Mason, of Shenandoah.
  • 20-year old Chase Paul Palmer, of Elliott, and
  • 20-year old Josie Blue Peterson, of Red Oak.

Each of those individuals were transported to Montgomery County Corrections, booked-in, and later released on a citation. An investigation into the party is ongoing. Authorities say additional charges may filed. Red Oak Police assisted in handling the incident.

Guthrie County man arrested in Adams Co. on Audubon Co. warrant

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report a Guthrie County man was arrested early this (Sunday) morning on a warrant out of Audubon County for Probation Violation. 41-year old David Elliott, of Bayard, was taken into custody at around 2:40-a.m., following a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Willow Avenue, in Adams County. Elliott was brought to the Adams County Jail and held, pending transfer to Audubon County.

David Elliott

David Elliott

Accident involving at least 3 vehicles in Shelby County Sat. night

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A crash late Saturday night involving at least three vehicles in Shelby County, resulted in two people being transported to the hospital. The accident scene was about one-half mile long, and occurred between 700th and 800th Street, between Avoca and Harlan. Two people were confirmed as being transported by Defiance Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, in Harlan.

The crash occurred at around 11-p.m. Officials said Highway 59 was closed just north of Avoca early Sunday morning, while the scene remained under investigation. Initial dispatch reports indicated one vehicle struck two or more other vehicles during the crash.

Additional details were not immediately available.

1 hurt in Central IA motorcycle accident

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Dallas County man was injured during a motorcycle accident Saturday evening, in central Iowa’s Warren County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 65-year old Jeffrey Lee Brown, of Dallas Center, was flown by helicopter from the scene at the 35-mile marker of Interstate 35 northbound, to Mercy Hospital, in Des Moines.

Officials say Brown was getting ready to enter a head-to-head construction zone, but his 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle went off into the construction zone, and through the barricades. Brown was ejected from his motorcycle during the crash, that happened at around 7:22-p.m., Saturday.

New Miss Iowa is starting her first victory lap of the state

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

After being named the second runner-up last year, Kelly Koch (pronounced “Cook”), is now reigning as the new Miss Iowa. Koch is a 20-year-old from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee. She was crowned last weekend and is now starting her victory lap of Iowa.

Kelly Koch

Kelly Koch, Miss Iowa 2016

Koch says “I am still in shock that I am the new Miss Iowa 2016 and I wake up every morning still shocked. It’s been great and I just want to make everyone proud.” Her platform is the “Pinky Swear” Foundation. She said the concept came from a young boy who was fighting cancer who used his money to aid other families fighting cancer and made his dad “pinky swear” to continue the effort. She learned about it during last year’s Miss Iowa Pageant during a trip to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Koch is preparing to be in the national spotlight in September.

She says she “Will be on the Miss America stage in less than three months. That is scary but exciting,” and Koch says she hopes that she can make her fellow Iowans proud. Among the prizes Koch received upon becoming Miss Iowa is a $10,000 scholarship she’ll use when she returns to Iowa State University next year. She plans to become a child life specialist, helping children fighting cancer and their families while in the hospital.

(Radio Iowa)

WWII vet’s remains to be returned to Iowa family for burial

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June 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After more than seven decades, the remains of a World War II veteran killed in action will be returned to his family in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Palmer Haraldson’s family long ago gave up hope of being able to recover his remains.

Haraldson, a private in the Marines and native of Lincoln, Nebraska, was killed at age 31 on Nov. 22, 1943, while in combat on the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific. He was buried in a mass cemetery with 1,000 other Marines and sailors killed, and his body was declared non-recoverable in 1949. But now, his remains have been located and will return to Iowa for a burial in Fort Dodge with full military honors on June 22.

Storms leave thousands in northwest Iowa without power

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June 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Residents in northwestern Iowa are cleaning up after heavy rain and strong winds downed power lines and tree limbs and knocked out electricity to thousands overnight. MidAmerican Energy says up to 13,000 customers were left without power in the Sioux City area when the storm moved through Friday night.

The utility says power was restored to about 8,000 customers by early Saturday morning. The storms also caused the partial collapse of a stage Friday night at the RiseFest Christian Music Festival in Sheldon. No injuries were reported, and festival organizers had already evacuated the area around 7 p.m. Friday because of strong wind and lighting.