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Two women arrested in Fremont County for allegedly exploiting their elderly father

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two women have been arrested on Felony 1st Degree Theft and Dependent Adult Abuse by financial exploitation charges, in Fremont County. The Sheriff’s Office said Sunday, 62-year old Roberta Lee Hovey, of Omaha, NE., and 59-year old Rebecca Ann Cook, of Centerville, TX, were taken into custody following an investigation that began with a report from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Officials say the DHS notified the Sheriff’s Office that the house of an elderly man residing at The Ambassador Sidney, Incorporated (a nursing home) had been sold, and the proceeds used by Hovey for her own use. Hovey and Cook are the daughters of the alleged victim, and had acted as his Power of Attorney.

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca Cook

Roberta Hovey

Roberta Hovey

During the course of the investigation, other financial transactions took place between 2013 and 2015, including the purchase of vehicles, and other large payments between Hovey and Cook that depleted their fathers’ banking account, which had a value of more than  $466,000 at the time the women took it over.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in their investigation by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office and Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

FL man killed in RAGBRAI accident

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Florida who just began to leave the starting point for the 44th RAGBRAI touring event died early this (Sunday) morning, after being hit from behind by a pickup truck, in Mills County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 72-year old Wayne L. Ezell, of Jacksonville, FL, had just dipped his bike tires in the Missouri River and was traveling westbound on Highway 34 near Glenwood, when the driver of the pickup, 34-year old Robb Philippus, of Glenwood, failed to see the bike. The accident happened at around 6:40-a.m.

Ezell was thrown from his bike during the crash and came to rest on the north shoulder of the road. The accident remains under investigation.

RAGBRAI riders are enroute from Glenwood to Shenandoah for the event’s first stage, which covers about 50 miles. A “Mile of Silence,” was scheduled for today, dedicated to the memory of those who have been injured or killed while enjoying a bicycle ride. The “Mile of Silence” takes place between Malvern and Tabor.

Two car collision in Red Oak Saturday

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July 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department released details of a 2 vehicle property damage accident that occurred Saturday afternoon in Red Oak.  The accident occurred at 2:55pm Saturday at the intersection of Highway 48 and West Walnut Street.  After investigation it was determined that a 2012 Subaru Forester driven by 60-year-old Teresa Risinger-Hebb of Stanton was traveling westbound on West Walnut Street and had stopped at the stop sign. A 2012 Honda Fit driven by Oleda Cooper of El Dorado, KS was southbound on Highway 48 approaching the Walnut Street intersection when Risinger-Hebb pulled out into the intersection and struck the Honda in the Drivers side doors.  The Honda came to rest in the southbound lane and the drivers side airbags deployed.  No injuries were reported in the accident. Risinger-Hebb stated she did not see the approaching vehicle and was cited for Failure to Yield from the stop sign.  The Subaru sustained an estimated $2,000 damage and was driven away from the scene but the Honda had to be towed with an estimated $6,000 damage.

Des Moines P-D investigate the city’s 7th homicide

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place early Sunday. The shooting was reported around 4:30 a.m. When officers arrived in the area near 45th Street and Kingman Boulevard, they found a man’s body.

The victim was not immediately identified, and no arrests had been made as of Sunday morning. The shooting happened about three blocks north of Roosevelt High School. The fatal shooting is the city’s seventh homicide of the year.

3 tornadoes confirmed in rural eastern Iowa Saturday

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least three tornadoes moved across eastern Iowa during Saturday’s storms. KWWL reports the tornadoes developed in rural areas of the state. They damaged some farm buildings, trees and crops, but mostly avoided towns.

One tornado was reported near Lake Delhi in Delaware County around 4:20 p.m. Saturday. It generated winds up to 80 mph. The second tornado struck near Worthington in Dubuque County. It generated winds up to 70 mph. The third tornado was reported near Farley in Dubuque County. Details of that tornado are still being determined.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board set to meet

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the City of Atlantic’s Park and Recreation Department Board of Directors will hold their regular, monthly meeting 5:15-p.m. Monday, in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall.

During their session, Parks and Rec Director Seth Staashelm will provide an update on the Sunnyside Park Shelters, including a renovation report on the East Shelter, and the spring toys installed earlier this month near the Kiddie Korral. The board will discuss plans for the old equipment removed from the playground area, during their meeting.

Staashelm will also provide an update on swimming pool renovation plans at Sunnyside, a Schildbery Quarry Lake #2 Transportation Alternatives Program grant application update, as well as updates pertaining to the Harl-Holt Park basketball court, the Schildberg Connector Trail, and Movies in the Park, with the first movie scheduled to be shown July 29th.

The Board will also discuss Coca-Cola Classic Disc Golf Tournament financing, additional adult recreation program possibilities for this fall, and partnering possibilities with Concerned, Incorporated.

2 die following eastern Iowa motorcycle crash

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people have died in a motorcycle accident near LeClaire, in eastern Iowa’s Scott County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the motorcycle, 29-year old Michael P. Dann, and his passenger, 25-year old Trista L. Nath, both of DeWitt, died in the crash that happened at around 7:20-p.m. Saturday.

Officials say the 2016 Harley Davidson cycle they were riding was traveling west on Territorial Road near 277th Street, and rounding a curve, when the motorcycle went out of control and off the traveled portion of road. Dann and Nath were thrown from the cycle and died from their injuries at an area hospital. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The accident remains under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, July 24th 2016

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July 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. CDT

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man sentenced to life in prison for killing a man during a home-invasion robbery when he was a teenager will now get a chance at parole. The Globe Gazette reports that District Court Judge James Drew signed an order Thursday amending Damion Seats’ sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Seats’ original sentence was life in prison without the possibility of parole, but a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found that such sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Some Waterloo residents are teaming up with a city council member in an effort to get security cameras installed around the city. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the group wants to model its plan on Dubuque’s, which installed cameras last year around the downtown area. Dubuque police say they were able to use video from the cameras last month to catch a gang leader linked to a number of crimes.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state board has approved $405,000 in state tax incentives to help fund Cloverleaf Cold Storage’s planned $18 million warehouse expansion in Sioux City. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved the incentives on Friday. Company officials say the addition will bolster warehouse space by 50 percent, or 140,000 square feet, allowing it to store more than 750 truckloads of refrigerated food products.

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Police in a suburban Des Moines city have identified a toddler found dead inside his home, alongside his unconscious mother. Police and medics responded to the Grimes home following a 911 call just after 10 a.m. Friday and say they found the body of 2-year-old Mason Wyckoff. His mother, 33-year-old Stephanie Erickson, was found unresponsive and take to a hospital is serious condition.

Bluffs man arrested in connection w/ATV thefts from rural Red Oak

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July 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ATV’s from rural Red Oak this past week, was arrested this (Saturday) afternoon. 39-year old James Burson, of Council Bluffs, faces Class-D felony charges that include Possession of Stolen Property (valued at more than $1,000 but less than $10,000), and Burglary in the 3rd Degree. He was also charged with Possession of Burglary Tools and Theft in the 5th Degree. Burson had pending charges in surrounding jurisdictions, as well.

James Burson

James Burson

An investigation that led to his arrest at around 12:45-p.m, began at around 9:35-a.m, when the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible burglary in progress near the intersection of 290th and 150th Streets. At around 12:45-p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 3000 block of 180th Street. At that time, Burson was taken into custody. He remained in the Fremont County Jail on a $12,300 cash bond.

Burson is a suspect in the theft of two ATV’s. Both were later recovered. Anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424, or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 1-888-434-2712.

Police ID dead toddler, unconscious mother found in Grimes

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July 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Police in a suburban Des Moines city have identified a toddler found dead inside his home, alongside his unconscious mother. Police and medics responded to the Grimes home following a 911 call just after 10 a.m. Friday and say they found the body of 2-year-old Mason Wyckoff. His mother, 33-year-old Stephanie Erickson, was found unresponsive and take to a hospital is serious condition.

A child about 7 or 8 years old was found alone outside in the yard when officers arrive. The mother and dead boy were found inside. Any autopsy on the boy has been ordered. Police say they are not looking for suspects in the incident.