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Bluffs man to announce bid for IA Senate

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August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man who serves as the City of Council Bluffs’ Finance Director will announce his intentions this (Monday) morning to make a run for the Iowa Senate. Republican Art Hill will announce his candidacy for the Senate District 11 seat at a press conference set to begin 9:30-a.m. in Meeting Room D, at the Council Bluffs Public Library.

Hill is seeking the seat currently held by fellow Republican Hubert Houser, who is undecided on whether to seek re-election. Houser’s Senate seat is up for election in November 2014. District 11 includes Pottawattamie, Cass, Adams and Union counties.

Hill served as the finance director for Council Bluffs since 2008. He has previously held the position of business manager for the Lewis Central School District.

ConAgra Foods helps raise $110,000 for food bank

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August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Food Bank for the Heartland now has $110,000 more to work with to help make sure families in rural parts of Nebraska and Iowa get enough to eat. The money will help feed about 2,000 families in the region over the next year. A unit of ConAgra Foods sponsored a golf event last month that raised the money.

Bill Stoufer, president of ConAgra Mills, says organizing the event gives his team a chance to give back to the community. ConAgra is based in Omaha and makes food brands such as Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher and Marie Callender’s. It is also the largest maker of store-brand products.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 5th 2013

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August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s new policy that the governor must sign off on reimbursement approval for Medicaid-funded abortions remains untested over a month since it was enacted. Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Governor Terry Branstad, says no reimbursement claims for abortions have been submitted since the rule took effect July 1st. Branstad signed the law, which is thought to be unique to Iowa, in June.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man is being treated at an Omaha, Nebraska hospital after being shot in a confrontation with Council Bluffs police. Few details were immediately released about yesterday afternoon’s confrontation on the north side of Council Bluffs. Officials said the man was armed with a knife and suffered several gunshot wounds to his chest.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 31-year-old woman’s body was found a cornfield in southwest Iowa this weekend. The woman’s body was found Saturday night in a field west of Lenox in Taylor County. The woman’s identity and the cause of her death have not been released. An autopsy will be performed early this week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No one hit the Powerball jackpot on Saturday, so the money will roll over: A cool $400 million for the next drawing. While hefty, the prize for Wednesday’s drawing is still well below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175.2 million.

Red Oak man arrested on Cass County warrant

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Sunday, arrested a former Griswold man who was wanted on a Cass warrant. Officials say 20-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak, was seen riding his bike in the 400 block of East Reed Street at around 1:18-a.m., Sunday. Officers checking his identification found Gronewold was wanted on an active Cass County warrant for Probation Revocation.

The warrant, which was issued in July, stemmed from an original charge of Contempt of Court. Gronewold was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond until he could be picked up by Cass County deputies

Man shot by police in Council Bluffs, Iowa

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man is being treated at an Omaha hospital after being shot in a confrontation with Council Bluffs police. Few details were immediately released about the Sunday afternoon confrontation on the north side of Council Bluffs.

Officials said the man was armed with a knife and suffered several gunshot wounds to his chest. The man may have also had self-inflicted wounds to his wrists.

(update 5:25-p.m. 8/4/13) Taylor County Death Investigation

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety late Sunday afternoon issued an update on a death investigation KJAN reported on earlier in the day. Officials say at about 8:00-PM on Saturday, August 3rd, the body of a white, 31 year old female was found in a field along 120th Street, about one quarter mile west of Lenox.

Local law enforcement authorities requested the Iowa Division on Criminal Investigation (DCI) assist in conducting the investigation into the woman’s death. Preliminary information shows there are no obvious signs of foul play. However, further information surrounding the cause and manner of death will be gained after an autopsy is conducted Monday, August 5th, at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

At this time, the name of the deceased woman will not be released, as law enforcement have not yet located her family to conduct a proper death notification. The investigation is being conducted cooperatively by DCI, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and Lenox Police Department.

NV man arrested in Lenox on drug & assault charges

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports the arrest on Saturday of a Nevada man on drug and assault charges. Authorities say at around 6:15-p.m. Saturday, police received a report of a disturbance on West Nebraska street involving a man who was possibly armed. Officers from the Lenox Police department, Taylor and Adams County Sheriffs Office and the Iowa State Patrol responded. Following investigation into the incident, 43-year old Randy Ethridge, of Elko NV, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and domestic assault.

Ethridge was transported to the Taylor County Sheriffs Office for processing then taken to the Ringgold County jail pending an appearance before a magistrate. Officials stressed in their press release, that there is NO CONNECTION between Ethridge’ arrest, and the incident involving a deceased person currently under investigation in Taylor County.

(Update) Body found in Taylor County field

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Taylor County say local and state authorities are investigating the death of a person found in a field about three-quarters of a mile west of Lenox. The body was discovered at around 7-p.m. Saturday. Officers with the Lenox Police Department, Taylor and Adams County Sheriffs Office and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the area and secured the scene. Investigators and crime scene specialists with The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were notified and arrived at around 1-a.m., Sunday.

Officials of the Taylor County Sheriffs Office, The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, The Iowa State Patrol and the Lenox Police Department remained on scene Sunday, conducting an investigation into the incident. The identification of the victim and cause of death have not been determined. Officials did not confirm a report KJAN received earlier in the day, Sunday, that the case was a possible rape and homicide. Authorities have also not commented about social media statements indicating the victim was a 31-year old woman from Brookfield, MO, whose hometown is Creston, Iowa.

KS woman injured in Mills County SUV rollover

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Kansas was injured during an SUV rollover accident this (Sunday) morning, on Interstate 29. The Iowa State Patrol says 29-year old Denisha Turnbo, of Kansas City, MO, was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs by Glenwood Rescue, following the crash which occurred at around 6:20-a.m. Officials say Turnbo was traveling south in the left lane on Interstate 29 about 3-miles north of the Glenwood exit, when a deer ran out of the ditch and hit her 2002 Chevy Suburban.

The vehicle went out of control, entered the median and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels. Turnbo, who was wearing her seat belt, suffered non-life threatening injuries during the crash.

Homicide under investigation in Taylor County

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Taylor County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a reported homicide. Sources with knowledge of the incident say a the body of a woman who was raped and murdered was found in a corn field Saturday evening. A dispatcher at the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said more information is expected later this afternoon. No other details are currently available.