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Audit says fired official filed for improper reimbursement


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Auditor’s Office says a special investigation showed the former superintendent of Shenandoah schools requested nearly $1,200 in improper or unsupported mileage reimbursements.

The investigation requested by the district says Jeff Hiser claimed mileage for a Des Moines meeting in late August, but meeting minutes show he attended electronically rather than traveling to Des Moines. The investigation report issued Monday also says Hiser claimed mileage for a Des Moines conference trip in early August but actually drove a district vehicle rather than his own.

The school board voted in November to considering terminating Hiser based on allegations of fraud, policy violations and a cover-up of misdeeds. He was fired in January.

Reminder: Cass County Landfill road bridge to be closed Wednesday


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A reminder to area residents from Cass County Engineer Charles Marker: primary access to the Cass County Landfill will be cut-off beginning this Wednesday, June 24th, due to a bridge replacement project. Landfill mapThe roughly 100-foot bridge is along Jackson Road, to the west of the landfill. Once the road is closed, it will remain closed for approximately two-to three months, depending on the weather. The project is being paid for with 80-percent federal bridge replacement funds and a 20-percent local government match.

Effective Wednesday, you will no longer be able to access the landfill road via Highway 71. Persons needing to bring items to the landfill will need to take Highway 6 (WhitePole Road), east, to just west of Wiota, and then turn south onto 665th Street. Continue south until you see Jackson Road, and turn west to reach the landfill.

OWI arrests in Audubon County


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested for impaired driving, over the weekend. At around 2:45-a.m. Saturday, 28-year old Travis Lee Strasser, of Audubon, was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on 180th Street, near Robin Avenue. Strasser was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later posted a cash bond, before being released. He’s scheduled to appear in court this Thursday morning.

And, at around 12:30-a.m. Sunday, 20-year old James Nicholas Madsen, of Kimballton, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Highway 44, near Crane Avenue. Madsen appeared later in front of a magistrate and was released, with his preliminary hearing set for July 9th.

Webster County man arrested in Audubon on drug charges


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department reports a man from Webster County was arrested last Wednesday, on drug and other charges. 24-year old Steven Allen Klein, of Fort Dodge, faces charges that include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Prove Security. Klein was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held to be seen by a magistrate.

Chase in Page County last Thursday results in 2 arrests


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), released details on a pursuit that took place last Thursday night. Authorities say at around 8:30-p.m., a Deputy from the Page County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of 190th Street, or about two-miles east of Shenandoah. The vehicle sped off west on 190th toward Shenandoah.

The pursuit continued into the eastern part of Shenandoah, where the vehicle, a 2000 Buick LaSabre, was located at a residence in the 100 block of East Grant. Two subjects in the car were apprehended: 20-year old Trey Bradley White, of Clarinda, and 24-year old Thomas Jeffrey Engstrand, of Braddyville.

White faces charges that include: Felony – Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver 5 grams or more, and misdemeanor charges of Eluding or attempting to elude Law Enforcement; Possession of drug paraphernalia; as well as numerous other traffic violations. He was being held in the Page County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.  Engstrand faces Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and
Possession of Drug paraphernalia, charges. He was being held in the Page County Jail on a $1000 cash or surety bond.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during their investigation by the Shenandoah Police Department and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Details released on weekend motorcycle chase that ended in Elk Horn


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol has released more information pertaining to a motorcycle chase that ended Saturday night in Elk Horn. We first told you about the chase on our web and social media pages, and during the Sunday morning news. Sgt. Bryan Michelson, with the Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs, told KJAN News a man who identified himself as 24-year old Tyler John Cross, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was arrested on multiple felony and traffic charges following the pursuit that began as a traffic stop on Interstate 80 eastbound  near the Shelby exit, at around 9:35-p.m.

The Trooper attempted to stop two motorcycles that did not have license plates. Both cycles pulled over onto the shoulder, but then sped-off. One of the cycles took the Avoca exit and got back on the interstate westbound, while the other continued eastbound.

The Trooper chased one of the cycles, a 2004 Kawasaki  ZX-1000 Racer along I-80, and continued to follow the motorcycle after it went through the median and resumed and easterly direction,  at speeds of up to 108-miles per hour. The pursuit continued onto northbound Shelby County Road M-47 before turning east onto F-58 into Elk Horn, where the driver (later identified as Cross) drove down sidewalks, through private property and a cemetery before losing control of the bike near a t-intersection in an alley near the Elk Horn High School. He then took off on foot with the Trooper in pursuit.

The man was eventually tackled, but allegedly offered resistance. A deputy deployed his stun gun.  Cross was taken taken into custody and brought to Myrtue Memorial Hospital for treatment as a precaution, before being released to law enforcement.

During an investigation, it was determined the man had a loaded handgun in his backpack with the serial numbers ground off, along with more one-half pound of meth, two bags of marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, scales and cash, as well as multiple cell phones.

Cross remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $100,000 bond. He currently faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, a drug tax stamp violation, Prohibited Acts, Eluding, Personal possession of a controlled substance (not marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges are possible.

Michelson says the other motorcyclist got away. The incident remains under investigation.

(Update) Harlan man dies from gunshot wound


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our report at 7-a.m., police in Harlan say one person is dead following a shooting incident that happened Sunday evening. Officers were called to 801 Industrial Avenue at around 7:40-p.m., Sunday, for a report of a gunshot injury.

When they arrived, authorities found 39-year old Harvey L. Moody, in the yard, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.Moody was transported by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Authorities initially said the wound appeared to have been self-inflicted, but the final determination will be made by an autopsy. The case remains under investigation.

(9-a.m. News)

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June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Madison County Republicans host “the Donald”


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Madison County Republicans have announced a “Roundup Dinner with Donald Trump” will be held this Saturday evening (June 27th), in Winterset. The event featuring the Republican presidential candidate and Iowa U-S Republican Congressman David Young, will be held from 5-until 8:30-p.m. with a social reception at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, and ends with a Smoked barbeque dinner at the Winterset High School, where Trump will address the crowd.

Seating for the event is limited. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 515-991-6905 (or, e-mail goroundup@gmail.com).

Creston man arrested on drug charges, Sunday


June 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Creston was arrested Sunday morning on drug charges. The Creston P-D says 26-year old Kyle Duane Hoadley was taken into custody in the 100 block of N. Spruce Street. Hoadley faces charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was later released on $1,000 bond.

And, a Creston woman reported to police Sunday, that sometime between June 14th and 21st, someone took a spare key and wallet from her apartment located in the 600 block of Grand Avenue, in Creston.