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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.

Gas prices are NOT going up, even post superstorm

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices are -not- fluctuating in Iowa in the wake of the so-called super-storm. Six oil refineries on the East Coast cut production or closed prior to Hurricane Sandy’s arrival on Monday night. That’s usually cause for gas prices going up, but it hasn’t happened. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says production is halted at those refineries, but demand is also down significantly since so many roadways and airports shut down temporarily.  “Gasoline demand at this time of year is usually near 8.5-million barrels per day but it’s likely to be at least one-million barrels per day lower for the next several days because of the shutdown in operations,” White says. “This drop in demand has the potential to pressure pump prices lower, especially in regions like the Gulf Coast, which normally supplies products to the East Coast but will not feel the direct effects of the storm.”

White says gas prices in Iowa will likely remain stable or fall slightly through Election Day but that could change, depending on the amount of damage, which is being estimated in the tens of billions. So far though, pump prices aren’t budging. “A big part of that is because of the downturn in the demand we’re expecting to see as a result of this storm,” White says. “Remember, this is a very densely populated area and with the shutdown of the airline operations as well as people staying home, that’s certainly going to create a big lowering of demand for fuel products in that region of the country.” The average price for a gallon of gas in Iowa is three-38. That’s down from three-49 a week ago and three-81 a month ago. Iowa’s current average gas price is 14-cents below the national average.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Newscast 10-31-2012

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