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Beware loose cattle in southern Cass/northern Montgomery County

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Motorists traveling in southern Cass and northern Montgomery Counties early this morning should slow down and be on the lookout for cattle on the loose. According to scanner traffic, deputies were reporting a couple of hundred head of cattle were roaming free near the Cass/Montgomery County line south of Lyman and near Grant, or in an area spanning from about Wichita Road south along Highway 71 in Cass County, to the County line, or about one-mile south of Grant.

Rollover accident in Cass County Sunday morning

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No one was seriously hurt when a vehicle rolled over this (Sunday) morning, near Griswold. According to dispatch reports, motorists saw a vehicle in the ditch west of Highway 48 on Osage Road, at around 1:35-a.m.

Griswold Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance responded to the scene, along with a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy. The male driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then turned over to law enforcement.

No other information is currently available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Oct. 5th 2014

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October 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest. The area of most concern includes the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where just 40 percent to 50 percent of the corn crop is mature.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial service to remember an Iowa State University student from China whose body was found on September 27th in the trunk of her car. The Des Moines Register reports that 250 people gathered in a circle on the Iowa State campus Friday night to remember 20-year-old Tong Shao. The memorial service was held by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City officer is in an Omaha, Nebraska hospital after turning a gun on himself. The Sioux City Journal reports that the incident began late Friday afternoon when police officers were called to a Sioux City house. Officer Jill Ohm was the first to arrive. Police say she struggled with the 27-year-old suspect before the man wounded her in the chin.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old Davenport man has been charged with second-degree murder. The Quad-City Times reports that Devyn Fix was charged Friday for the September 26th shooting death of 18-year-old Thomas Taylor.

Templeton Rye co-owner responds to lawsuit allegations

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Keith Kerkhoff, co-owner and Templeton Rye recipe-holder of Templeton, Iowa-based Templeton Rye Spirits, LLC, responded today (Saturday)to allegations made in lawsuits filed in Chicago. On the company’s social media site, Kerhoff said “The unfortunate and misguided lawsuits have been turned over to our lawyers. The claims made in these lawsuits are false and damaging to our company.”

He went on to say “Templeton Rye is a unique, award-winning whiskey based on the Prohibition Era Kerkhoff recipe. We have a distilling partner in Indiana and flavor engineer in Kentucky who supply ingredients but Templeton Rye is made in Templeton, Iowa. They supply flour and eggs and we bake the cake.”

Kerkhoff said “We have never hidden the fact that we have a distilling partner in Indiana. We don’t think folks buy Templeton based on where it might be distilled. We think they buy our product because it is a great tasting whiskey with a unique story at a fair price. We are a small Iowa company trying to do great things in our community and our state. It is a shame that we are being attacked with this frivolous lawsuit from a Chicago law firm.”

Last Tuesday,the Iowa attorney general’s office said a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a Templeton Rye bottle. It claims the company broke consumer protection laws and misled drinkers about where the whiskey is made.  The newspaper reports a second Chicago law firm plans to file a class-action lawsuit.

Sioux City officer shot; suspect in custody

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting and injuring a Sioux City officer is in custody after turning a gun on himself. The Sioux City Journal reports) that the incident began late Friday afternoon when police officers were called to a house for a disturbance. Police say Officer Jill Ohm was the first to arrive. Police say she struggled with the 27-year-old suspect before the man shot her in the chin.

Ohm was taken to a Sioux City hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. At the same time, police launched a massive search for the shooter.

Police say the suspect was found Friday night in the basement of an abandoned home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His condition is not known.

Atty. for Bluffs teen involved in fatal fight wants a punishment hearing

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The lawyer for a Council Bluffs teen suspended from school following a fight on September 25th that turned deadly, and is being required by the district to attend an alternative school, says he’s asking for a formal hearing before the Council Bluffs School District’s Board of Education. According to Omaha television station KETV, 16-year old Gregary Teer’s attorney made the request Friday, in a letter sent to district officials.

The attorney is asking for a formal hearing before the school board to discuss Teer’s punishment. He claims Teer’s 14th amendment rights for due process were violated. The attorney also said he plans to seek an injunction to have Teer return to class at Abraham Lincoln High School, if they don’t get a formal hearing. He said also they’d be willing to negotiate if there was a way to gradually have Teer turn to the school this year.

The Council Bluffs School District said it’s consulting with its attorney and didn’t have an immediate response. Earlier in the week, school officials said Teer wouldn’t be suspended, and charges of assault were dropped, after video-taped evidence of his fight with 17-year old Dakota Escritt,  indicated Teer was not the aggressor, and was trying to defend himself. Escritt died last weekend from injuries to his skull that occurred when he fell to the floor and struck his head.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, Sat. 10/4/14

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. Area News & funeral report, Sat. 10/4/2014

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Stanton man arrested Fri. night in Red Oak

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop for speeding late Friday night in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of a Stanton man. According to Red Oak Police, following the traffic stop and a brief investigation, 25-year old Janssen Shadow Ludwigs, of Stanton, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Ludwigs was being held Saturday in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash only bond.

Bridge linking Mills Co, IA & Sarpy Co., NE to open Oct. 22nd

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October 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Economic development officials say a new $140 million bridge that spans the Missouri River and connects Mills County, Iowa with Sarpy County, Nebraska, should be open in three weeks. The Omaha World-Herald reports an opening ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 22nd, just before traffic is allowed on the bridge that will extend U.S. Highway 34 from Interstate 29 west of Glenwood toward Platteview Road and U.S. Highway 75 in Bellevue.

Larry Winum, president of the Mills County Economic Development Foundation, told the paper the opening of the bridge will be the catalyst for development along the Highway 34 corridor on the Iowa and Nebraska sides. There are an estimated 3,000 acres of buildable land on each side of the river.

Winum said officials would like to see the areas around the bridge become development sites for potential business parks or commercial projects. The bridge is expected carry 2,000 cars every day. More traffic also means more people who might spend money in Mills County, which relies heavily on residential owners and farmers to generate tax revenue.

The bridge also is the start of road project for southwest Iowa. Mills County officials are pushing to expand U.S. Highway 34 to a four-lane highway to Interstate 35 in Osceola.