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Iowan pleads not guilty to murder charge


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – An October murder trial has been scheduled for a central Iowa man accused of fatally shooting an apartment neighbor. The Des Moines Register says Brandon Madren, of Adel, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and reckless use of a firearm causing injury. He’s charged with killing 26-year-old Nathan Greene on Feb. 18th.  Court documents say the rifle shot that killed Greene was fired from a third-story apartment window. Police say Madren told officers that he’d only intended to scare Greene.  Madren told police that Greene tried to kick down his apartment door, then left the building and was standing on Madren’s car in the parking lot. Madren says Greene was threatening him when Madren fired, hitting Greene in the chest.  Madren remains in the Dallas County jail on $500,000 bond.

Corning man arrested on OWI charge


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Adams County report a Corning man was arrested last weekend, on an OWI charge. 39-year old James Douglas Murry was stopped along the road when deputies made contact with him at around 2:10-a.m., Saturday. After speaking with Murry, authorities determined he was over the legal limit for alcohol consumption. Murry was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st Offense, and booked into the Adams County Jail. He posted a $1,500 bond on Monday, and was released. A preliminary hearing in his case was set for June 11th.

4 killed, 1 hurt in Union County crash Wednesday afternoon


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Four people – three from Illinois and one from Iowa – were killed, and one person was injured during a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon in southwest Iowa’s Union County. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened on Highway 34, about two-miles east of Thayer, at around 2:37-p.m. According to the Patrol’s report, a 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup driven by 44-year old Laura Hileman-Dyson, of Murray, was eastbound on Highway 34 when it crossed the center line of the road.

A westbound 2011 Nissan Altima, driven by 31-year old Jessica Jackson, of Chicago, Il, took evasive action by veering into the eastbound lane, but the Hileman-Dyson corrected her vehicle at the same time, veering back into the eastbound lane. Both drivers then tried to take evasive action again, but their vehicles collided head-on in the westbound lane of traffic.

Jackon, and two people in her car were killed, including 28-year old Mertis Harris and 35-year old Kenya Ervin, both of Chicago. A passenger in Hileman-Dyson’s pickup, 44-year old Randall Dyson, also died in the crash. Neither he nor Harris were wearing a seat belt. Harris died after being flown from the scene by LifeNet Helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Laura Hileman-Dyson, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was also flown by LifeNet to Methodist Hospital. A report on her condition was not available early this (Thursday) morning.

College Springs man sentenced to 14-years in prison for role in drug conspiracy


May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A College Springs man was sentenced Tuesday in U-S District Court to slightly more than 14-years in prison for his participation in a drug conspiracy. In addition to the 170 month prison term, U-S Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt says Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced 56-year old Orvis Lee Wagaman, to a supervised release term of ten years.

According to the written plea agreement, from approximately January of 2004 until November of 2010, Wagaman was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators 54-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Sr.,of Coin, 34-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Jr.,  and 23-year old Levi Edward Gray, both of Clarinda, and others.

Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., was sentenced on February 21st,  to 180 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 60 months for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months. Levi Gray was sentenced on February 21, 2012, to 48 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute
methamphetamine. Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., was sentenced on March 27, 2012, to 150 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force
(MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


News, Weather

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Severe Storms Prediction Center in Norman, OK., has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch #293, which is in effect until 11-p.m. CDT for the following counties in the KJAN listening area:

Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Shelby.

Farmers Market Vouchers Available for Seniors in 2012

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Southwest 8 Senior Services say the State of Iowa is continuing the Farmers Market voucher program for senior citizens.  In the program, seniors meeting income requirements can obtain vouchers that they can use at participating area Farmers Markets to buy $30.00 worth of fresh, locally grown produce. 

Applications for the vouchers will be available at your local senior center the week of May 29th.  Your application guarantees you a booklet, but there is a limited number, so contact your local senior center if you are interested in obtaining the vouchers.  Council Bluffs residents can pick up an application for the vouchers starting on May 29, 2012 at The Center and the distribution date is Thursday, June 14th from 9:00am to 12 noon. 

Seniors (age 60 and older) in all other communities in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties will receive their vouchers through their local senior center after June 11, 2012. 

                Program Criteria:

  • Must be at least 60 years of age or older
  • Annual income must be less than $20,665 Single or $27,991 Married
  • Only one original application allowed per individual.  No photocopies or duplicate applications allowed.

If you have any questions, please call Sherri Carson at 712-328-2540, ext. 18

Barn & tree fire near Kirkman; Porch fire in Harlan


May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from two Shelby County Departments were called to the scene of a barn and tree fire east of Kirkman this (Wednesday) afternoon. The call was dispatched at around 2:30-p.m. Crews from Kirkman and Irwin were sent to the scene. In addition, the Harlan Fire Department was dispatched 3002 12th Street in Harlan, Lot #83, after a report was received about a porch on fire. The call came in at 2:38-p.m.

Additional details are currently not available.

IDPH Supports National Effort to Warn of Laundry Detergent Packet Dangers


May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Ten reports of Iowa children becoming ill from putting packets in their mouth has prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to join with the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center (ISPCC) and the American Association of Poison Control Centers in urging Iowans, especially parents, to keep highly concentrated “single dose packs” of laundry detergent up and out of the reach of children. Poison centers across the country have reported a recent increase in calls about exposures of children to laundry detergents packaged in small packets.

Examples of single-dose laundry detergent that can pose a poison hazard to children

Some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become ill and some have required hospitalization. According to the ISPCC, 10 exposure calls have been received in Iowa since April 1, 2012. The children ranged in age from 8-months-old to 4 years of age. Five needed hospital care but none became seriously ill. All have completely recovered; nationally, however, more serious illness has been reported. There have been no deaths.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends the following steps:

  1. Always keep detergents locked up and out of the reach of children.
  2. Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.
  3. If you think a child has been exposed to a laundry detergent packet, call the ISPCC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information about the warnings concerning concentrated packets of laundry detergent, visit http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/Laundry%20Detergent%20Packs%205.17.2012.pdf. For information about the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, visit http://iowapoison.org/.

Two accidents…1 missing vehicle


May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident east of Clarinda, where the vehicle involved remains a mystery. Officials say at around 1:30-a.m. Tuesday, an unknown vehicle went out of control on V Avenue, about two-tenths of a mile west of 222nd Street. The vehicle left the road and hit a curve marker before traveling down a ditch, through a yard and flower bed at 2235 V Avenue, and then back onto the roadway before continuing south. Damage from the incident amounted to at least $200. It’s not known if the driver of the vehicle suffered any injuries, as authorities have nothing to go on at this point.

The second accident happened at around 5-p.m. Saturday southwest of Essex, when a right rear tire blew out on a 1995 Chevy Blazer driven by 64-year old Juan Cepeda, of Shenandoah. The incident caused him to lose control of the SUV, which crossed the center line of Highway 48 at about C Avenue. The vehicle ended up rolling onto its passenger side. Cepeda was not injured during the mishap, but he was cited for not having a valid driver’s license. Damage from the accident amounted to $2,500

Clarinda teen arrested on arson & other charges


May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports a Clarinda teen was arrested Tuesday night on arson and other charges. 18-year old Bryson Sean McAlpin was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m. during a traffic stop for an outstanding warrant. The warrant charged McAlpin with Arson, Intimidation, and Possession of an Incendiary Device. The charges are the result of an investigation into an incident which occurred on April 1st, during which McAlpin allegedly threw two Molotov cocktail-type devices at a vehicle occupied by two people in the 100 block of west Washington Street in Clarinda.

He was unable to post $25,000 bond, and was being held in the Page County Jail. McAlpin faces additional charges of Possession of Alcohol by a person under legal age.