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Man caught with his pants down – then off – at Bluffs Library

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a man for public nudity, late Thursday morning, following an incident that allegedly took place at a Public Library on Willow Avenue. Library Director Kathy Rieger told the Daily NonPareil that a patron had told a clerk at the front desk that someone was looking at a mirror in the men’s bathroom but was not wearing pants. Moments later, another guest told library officials the man was not wearing any clothing.

Rieger said the man, whom police have not identified, had violated library bathroom and behavior policies. Officers escorted the man out of the library. The suspect wore clothes as he left the building. Rieger said it is library procedure for workers to call 911 when someone violates a library policy. However, public nudity is not a common violation.

NW Iowa day care provider posts bond in murder case

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa day care provider charged with murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl has been released from jail after posting bond. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City walked out of the Sioux County jail on Thursday after a judge allowed her to post 10 percent of her $250,000 bond. Her attorney, Edward Bjornstad, says Sapp is “happy to be home.”

Sapp pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Investigators say Sapp threw Autumn to the floor after becoming angry with her while watching her on October 29th. They say Sapp falsely told Autumn’s mother that the child was injured after falling down a flight of stairs. An autopsy ruled that the girl died of blunt force head injury.

Officials free trapped person from NW Iowa car wreck

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KINGSLEY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they had to free a person trapped inside a car wreck in northwest Iowa that injured multiple people. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says the single-vehicle crash early Thursday on a county road near Kingsley injured five people. One of the injured people was trapped inside the wreck.

The Sioux City Journal says the five people were transported to a local hospital. Authorities say the injuries are not life-threatening. The names of the people have not been released. Authorities have not released additional information about the wreck.

Iowa News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 27th 2013

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December 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than 400 people shared ham, potatoes, corn, pie and other tempting offerings at the annual Christmas Day Community Dinner in Mason City. The event rotates between various Mason City churches each year. The Globe Gazette reports this year’s meal was held at Trinity Lutheran Church.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A youth services shelter in Des Moines has added a scruffy new staff member that’s aimed at helping children. The Youth Emergency Services and Shelter in Des Moines says Tango the dog will help children facing a variety of difficult situations. Officials at the shelter tell Des Moines television station KCCI that they’re expanding the facility. They hope to add another dog to the staff soon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has again delayed the trial of a former Newton doctor accused of prescribing addictive painkillers. The Des Moines Register reports Lafayette Twyner’s trial is now set for March 3rd instead of January 27th. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose made a ruling on the date change last week. Twyner has been charged with 114 counts of health care fraud and unlawfully disseminating controlled substances. His lawyer has said his client denies wrongdoing.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hawkeyes women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension. University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta’s announcement yesterday means Bluder will be head coach of the women’s basketball program through the 2019 season.

Greenfield artist and IA Lottery to unveil a new game to benefit Veterans

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II and officials with the Iowa Lottery are set to announce a new project to raise money for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund (IVTF). Sorensen and the lottery will unveil the “Ride to Riches” lottery game 11-a.m. Mon., January 6th, in the Capital Square Atrium (400 Locust St.) in downtown Des Moines.

The first 200 people attending the event will receive a personally autographed poster featuring new artwork from Sorensen, who is well known for his “Freedom Rock” paintings in Adair and many other counties. The Lottery will also provide many IVTF-related items available for give-away.

Nebraska nuclear plant back in operation

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in eastern Nebraska is back in operation after nearly three years of being shut down under the heavy scrutiny of federal regulators.  Omaha Public Power District spokesman Jeff Hanson said Thursday that the 478-megawatt plant reached 98 percent power on Christmas Day and was expected to hit 100 percent later Thursday.

Hanson says nothing out of the ordinary arose during restart, which began last week. On Dec. 17th, OPPD received permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the plant across the river from Iowa.

Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance in April 2011, but significant flooding that summer, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed. With NRC oversight, OPPD addressed more than 450 concerns at the plant.

Trooper in Iowa shooting also shot suspect in 2008

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The details might seem familiar when a prosecutor reviews an Iowa trooper’s decision to shoot a suspect.  Pottawattamie County Attorney Matthew Wilber is expected to decide in coming weeks whether Trooper Tim Sieleman was justified in the Dec. 1 shooting of 28-year-old Michael B. Lee of Carter Lake.  Five years ago, Wilber concluded that Sieleman’s shooting of Matthew Loth was a reasonable use of force.

In both cases, Sieleman opened fire at a suspect who was driving a stolen car at him during a pursuit. Both suspects were wounded and transported to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. And both occurred in similar locations in Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is expected to give its investigative report on the shooting of Lee to Wilber in January.

Glenwood woman injured during Monday accident

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County report three accidents occurred over the past week, only one of which resulted in injuries. Officials say Cindy Hunt, of Glenwood, was transported by Glenwood Rescue to the Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs Monday evening, after the 2008 Pontiac she was driving left 221st Street for unknown reasons, and struck a tree in a ditch.

The other accidents occurred Tuesday evening in Glenwood, and last Friday afternoon in Malvern. Drivers involved in those collisions included Susanne Plummer and Jenee Zeski, both of Glenwood, and John Benton and Grace Hatfield, both of Malvern.

Mills County arrest report 12/26/13

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report an Oakland man was arrested Tuesday for Violation of a Protection Order. 50-year old Christopher Scott Donaldson was arrested on 192nd Street at the Mills/Pottawattamie County line at around 11:45-p.m., Tuesday. Donaldson was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

Arrested on Christmas Day in Mills County, was: 30-year old Drema Lynn Burson, of Glenwood, who was charged with OWI/1st offense. Burson was being held on $300 bond. And, 47-year old Michael Scott Holtz, a homeless man, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,300.

Cass Co. Recorder announces her retirement

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December 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Recorder Joyce Jensen has announced she will be retiring at the end of her 2014 term in office. Jensen has served as the County’s recorder since 1991. She was elected to the Iowa State Association of Counties’ (ISAC) Board of Directors in 1998 and served as the organization’s President in 2001. Among her other accomplishments, is being elected to the Iowa County Recorders Association Board, and serving as its President in 2007. She also serves on the Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ Board and is Chair of the 1st United Methodist Church Council.

Jensen says “Serving the citizens of Cass County has been a privilege. It has always been my hope that we continue to keep services local, and that government is accessible to all.”