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Red Oak man arrested on drug charge after fire investigation

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Thursday night of 35-year old Randall Aron Lane, of Red Oak. Lane was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, following an investigation into a fire at 104 east Oak Street, that occurred at around 8:40-p.m.

When officers with the Red Oak P-D arrived on the scene of the reported house fire, they located a first floor bedroom and its contents on fire. Red Oak Fire & Rescue personnel were quickly able to contain the fire damage to the lone bedroom. The amount of damage is unclear, but officials say there was extensive smoke damage throughout the residence.

No injuries were reported, and an investigation into the incident remains ongoing. During the initial investigation, authorities found indications of drug usage in the home. Lane was taken into custody and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, with regard to the drug charge.

Homes sales up in July

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Association of Realtors report for July shows sales were up just over 18-percent. Association president, Don Marple, says more people decided it was the time to move their homes. “Homes available for sale have gone up a little bit, which is gonna be great because people are understanding that the market is going to be better to be out there and selling their homes right now. Prices have gone up almost 11-percent from last year…we just can’t ask for a better market right now,” Marple says.

The report says nearly 41-hundred homes sold or closed in July, with the average sale price of 168-thousand-823 dollars. July is normally the time of year when sales pick up as people are looking to move before school starts again in the fall. Marple says some of the uptick can be attributed to that, but not all. “It is better compared to the last two or three years. Some of our numbers are showing that our market right now is better than in 2005,” Marple says.

Interest rates moved up a little bit in the last month, but Marple says that was probably a positive for the housing market. “Well if anything, it might have spurred people to say ‘hey we need to get into the market now, we’ve been so low, let’s get it while we can,’” according the Marple. The final quarter of the year is here and Marple says the overall real estate picture should shape up to be a good one. “With the pendings so high in July, it just looks like it is going to be great,” Marple says. “And I see nothing but the market increasing every month, and the values increasing every month. Everything is just positive for this year into 2014.”

The report from the realtors association says sellers on average received 96-point-two-percent of the price they asked for their homes. Marple says that’s an indication of the tight supply of homes on the market as he says the list price received at sale has not been consistently above 96-percent since the summer of 2007.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Aug. 16th 2013

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) — State regulators have denied a company’s request to renew its state gambling license for a casino in Sioux City. The City Journal reports the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected Argosy Sioux City’s license request but didn’t set a closing date for the company’s floating casino. The commission will let the casino remain open while owner Penn National Gaming Company appeals its earlier rulings.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests that healthy economic growth slowed down this month in rural areas of 10 Midwest states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey of rural bankers from Omaha. He says lower commodity prices are dampening the current outlook for the farm economy.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s insurance regulator has approved the acquisition of West Des Moines-based AvivaUSA and subsidiaries by Athene Holding Limited. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said yesterday he approved the acquisition with conditions which prohibit Aviva Life from paying dividends or other distributions to shareholders for five years unless previously approved. Aviva will be rebranded Athene USA.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old Treynor High School student has been charged with third-degree sex abuse and kidnapping in connection with two incidents last November. KETV television reported yesterday the teen is accused in court documents of removing one victim’s clothes and fondling her and refusing to allow her to leave his pickup truck. The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles accused of a crime or their family members.

I-80 eastbound lane near Shelby re-opens

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DOT reports that as of 5:56-p.m., Interstate 80 eastbound between Exit 29: County Road L66 (near Minden) and Exit 34: County Road M16 (near Shelby), has reopened to both lanes of traffic. One lane had been closed since just before 3-p.m. due to a motorcycle accident. Details concerning the accident are not currently available.

Red Oak Woman Arrested

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August 15th, 2013 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest today (Thursday) of Michelle Neville of Red Oak on a valid Montgomery County warrant for a violation of probation. Neville is currently being held at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on $7,500 bond.

Former Harlan teacher to be arraigned by the end of August

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Arraignment in the case of a former Harlan teacher charged with felony Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee and and Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charge of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse, is scheduled to take place later this month.

Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson

According to online court records, 72-year old Lee Gordon Nelson, of Harlan, is scheduled to appear in Shelby County District Court on August 26th. His trial will take place October 29th.  Nelson plead not guilty to charges on July 26th. He remains free on $7,000 bond.  If convicted on both charges, Lee faces up to seven-years in prison and fines amounting to nearly $14,000.

According to the Iowa DCI, a 17 year old female and her parents contacted Harlan police on May 30th, 2013, to report that since October, 2012, Nelson had been saying rude and inappropriate things to the victim, as well as touching her inappropriately. The incidents allegedly occurred at school, on band trips and at his residence.

Nelson was employed with the Harlan Community School District for 35 years, before the school board accepted his resignation on April 22nd.

Treynor Superintedent’s son charged with sexual abuse & kidnapping

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 17-year old son of a southwest Iowa School Superintendent is facing sexual abuse and kidnapping charges. According to KETV in Omaha, Kreighton Elwood, son of Treynor Community School District Superintendent Kevin Elwood, has been charged with two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse and one count of Kidnapping.

The teen is accused of forcibly removing one victims clothes and fondling her in his truck, covering her mouth with his hand to keep her quiet, and preventing her from leaving the vehicle. In a separate case, Elwood is accused of trying to rip off a victim’s underwear and forcing her to touch him inappropriately.

The alleged incidents date back to November 2012. Elwood turned himself in to Pottawattamie County authorities on July 11th. Afterward he was booked and given pre-trial release. A judge signed-off on trial information, Thursday morning. Online court records indicate the teen has a court appearance set for September 3rd and a trial date set for October 29th. If found guilty, Elwood faces up to 10-years in prison for each of the alleged felony sexual assaults, and life in prison without parole, for felony 1st degree kidnapping.

Treynor school officials say Elwood is a senior at the school and he has been placed in an alternative education program.

I-80 EB in Shelby County partially blocked by accident

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports (As of 2:58-p.m.), Interstate 80 eastbound is partially blocked due to an accident between Exit 29 – County Road L66 (near Minden) and Exit 34 – County Road M16 (near Shelby). The left lane is blocked. No other details are currently available.

Bad bearings cause wagon accident in Page County

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Bad bearings on a wagon caused the vehicle being pulled by a tractor to tip over and spill its load Wednesday afternoon, in Page County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a 2004 John Deere 7920 tractor operated by 33-year old Jay Crom, of Malvern, was traveling west on Highway 2 just east of C Avenue at around 3:40-p.m., when the wheel bearings on a Parker 4-wheel wagon it was pulling failed. The wagon dropped onto the road, turned over onto its side and spilled its load onto the road.

The wagon was totaled during the accident. It was valued at $15,000. The Page County road sustained an estimated $5,000 damage. There were no injuries, and no citations issued.

Rain and standing water contribute to Page County crash

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August 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The rain was a much welcomed event across southwest Iowa overnight and early this (Thursday) morning, but a southwest Iowa teen probably wishes it hadn’t rained quite so much. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year old Koreen Polsley, of Essex, suffered minor injuries, when the car she was driving crashed after it hydroplaned on standing water in tire tracks on a gravel road.

The 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling north on H Avenue at around 6:30-a.m., when it went out of control, slid sideways on a washboard gravel road, entered a ditch and struck a tree. The car then spun around and slide over other, smaller trees before coming to rest on another small tree.

Polsley was transported by private vehicle to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Officials say standing water in the tire tracks and the washboard road conditions created by previously dry conditions, contributed to the crash. Damage to the vehicle amounted to $2,000. No citations were issued.