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Iowa morning News Headlines – Thu., Nov. 1st, 2012

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late yesterday morning. Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a parent of a 5-year-old girl refused medical treatment for her after the girl was struck by a minivan while waiting for a school bus in Davenport. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Davenport police spokesman Martin Lopez says the girl ran in front of a minivan, which struck her.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Davenport man has been accused of biting his 4-year-old stepchild in order to punish the child. The Quad-City Times says James Darby was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child endangerment. Scott County Jail records say Darby remained in custody yesterday, pending $5,000 bail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for a former Iowa school superintendent is praising prosecutors for their decision not to charge him with misusing public funds. Attorney Brandon Brown said Tuesday his client, former Starmont Community School District Superintendent Gary Stumberg, is “elated and grateful” to prosecutors in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, who closed the investigation without filing charges.

Iowa evening News Headlines – Wed., Oct. 31st 2012

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An aide says President Barack Obama will return to Iowa at least once more before Tuesday’s election. A campaign aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the event hasn’t been announced says Obama will hold a rally Saturday in Dubuque, directly across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin’s Grant County.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — While the presidential race is getting the most attention, a handful of state Senate races could determine whether Iowans get their most conservative state government in years. Republicans have launched an aggressive bid to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. If Republicans pick up two seats and retain a majority in the House as expected, the GOP would control both houses of the General Assembly and the governor’s office for the first time since 1998.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Criminal complaints allege two Iowa men fired shots that attempted to kill six Iowa police officers during a high-speed chase after a bank robbery. The complaints filed today allege that 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford and 19-year-old William Clayton planned yesterday’s armed robbery of Maynard Savings Bank.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa inmate who was listed as escaped from a Sioux City work release facility has been captured. The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Miller was apprehended by U.S. marshals and was taken to the Woodbury County Jail last night. Miller has been sought since he didn’t return to the facility as scheduled on October 12th.

Weekend alcohol-related arrests in Clarinda

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police  Department reports two alcohol-related arrests took place over the weekend. Officials say Wednesday, 19-year old Samantha Rae Peterson, of Shenandoah, was arrested at around 1:20-a.m. Sunday, for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the 900 block of North 12th Street.  Peterson was transported to the Page County Jail where she later posted $1,000.00 bail and was released pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court. A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year old Jennifer Ann McCoy, of Shenandoah, was ticketed for possession of alcohol by persons under legal age.

And, on Saturday, Oct. 27th, officers with the Clarinda P-D arrested a 17-year old female at around 1:50-a.m., for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The arrested occurred at the intersection of West State Street and the state highway 2 bypass.  The teen was released to the custody of her parents pending action by Page County Juvenile Court Services. A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year old Shayla Elizabeth Notwehr, of Clarinda, was ticketed for possession of alcohol by persons under legal age.

Clarinda man arrested Wednesday on an assault charge

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports one person was  arrested Wednesday (October 31st ) on an assault charge. 34-year old Jeremy Lyn Martin, of Clarinda, was taken into custody shortly after 6:00 a.m. , when officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 614 S. 14th Street. Martin was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 24-year old female who resides at the residence with him. Martin was charged with simple misdemeanor domestic abuse assault and taken to the Page County Jail, where he was being held without bail, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

Man found dead after explosion in NW Iowa

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 3:45-a.m. Nov. 1st)

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones, of Smithland, owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late Wednesday morning. Smithland Fire Chief Curt Larson says the cause of the explosion remains under investigation. The state fire marshal’s office is helping to investigate the fire, which gutted the building.

Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

Habitat For Humanity event Thursday in Council Bluffs

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A “Re-purpose” ground breaking ceremony will be held Thursday on two historic implement buildings in Council Bluffs. Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Gina Primmer, says one of their buildings will become their “Re-Store.” The “Re-store” will essentially be a retail outlet that sells new and used building materials, appliances, furniture and more, for do-it-yourself projects. Both buildings are historic 1880’s structures which will be fully restored to their original conditions.

The other building at 12th Avenue and South Main will become HFH’s new office. If all goes as planned, both buildings will be open by Nov. 2013. Construction is expected to begin Feb. 1st, 2013, with occupancy slated for September 1st, 2013, and a grand opening at about this same time next year.

(Radio Iowa)

Lewis man arrested for assault

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Tuesday, of a Lewis man. 32-year old Harold Shoemaker was taken into custody on a charge of Serious Assault. He was booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an initial court appearance.

Traffic stop in Pott. County nets $52k and some drugs

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 1:13-p.m.)

A routine traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs Monday, resulted in the arrest of a California woman on drug charges, and the recovery of a significant amount of cash. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller pulled over a 2012 Chevy Cruze at around 3:20-p.m on westbound Interstate 80.  A free-air search of the vehicle by Miller’s K-9 partner Francisco, later resulted in the recovery of a small amount of marijuana and $52,000 in cash, which was seized.

The cash was found in a small suitcase and duffel-type bag. Danker says the deputy became suspicious when questioning 32-year old Robin Paschall, of Mckinleyville, CA, because her story didn’t pan out. He says the woman told Deputy Miller she was extremely nervous and shaking her hands. She told him that her mother had passed away in Pennsylvania, and she was on her way home. But a citation found in the car which had been issued in Nebraska on Oct. 22nd, indicated the woman was going to visit her brother in Virginia Beach, VA, who was in the Navy. The citation didn’t mention anything about a funeral.

Paschall was arrested on a Possession of Marijuana for Personal Use and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. She posted a $1,000 bond on Tuesday, and was released.

2 suspects identified, charged in Iowa gun battle

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified the suspects who allegedly robbed a bank and shot and wounded two police officers during a high-speed chase as two young men from northeastern Iowa.

Jeremiah Mumford

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford, of New Hampton, is charged with six counts of attempted murder and five counts of terrorism. His alleged accomplice, 19-year-old William Clayton of Osage, is charged with aiding and abetting and five counts of terrorism.

William Clayton

Both men made initial court appearances and are being held in the Bremer County Jail.

Special Agent Larry Hedlund of the Division of Criminal Investigation says the suspects used multiple rifles and handguns to shoot at police who were pursuing them after Tuesday’s bank robbery in Maynard. He called it a “running gun battle.”

Cass County Supervisors approve two new hires & tax exemption

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors this (Wednesday) morning, approved the hiring of two new employees. The action came during their meeting in Atlantic.  The Board approved the hiring of Brandi Wittrock as a part-time Driver’s License Examiner at a rate of $15 per hour. Wittrock, a Walnut High School graduate, lives in Atlantic with her husband and two daughters, will work in the County Treasurer’s Office. The Board also approved the hiring of Krista Wessling, as a full-time Legal Administrative Assistant for the Cass County Attorney’s Office, effective November 5th. Wessling will also be paid $15-per hour.

And, the Board approved a request from the Cass County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, for an exemption from paying taxes on a property at 410 Main Street in Griswold. The exemption is for the January 1st, 2012 valuation. Auditor Dale Sunderman explained in the motion placed before the board, why the exemption was allowable.

He said the CCHS had filed and been granted an exemption for future years beginning with January 1st, 2013. The organization became owners of the property prior to July 1st, 2012, but did not receive title to the property until March 22, 2012, therefore the group was unable to file for the exemption prior to the February 1st, 2012 deadline. The application for exemption was filed instead on April 1st, which Sunderman said was in as timely manner as feasible.