3 arrests in Red Oak Sunday morning

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March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report the arrest of three people this (Sunday) morning. At around 4:23-a.m., officers took 21-year old Nikolus Brenton Schooling, of Red Oak, into custody on charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond at the Montgomery County Jail was set at $1,000.

At around 2:30-a.m., Red Oak Police arrested 56-year old Gary Richard Germar, Jr., of Red Oak, for Domestic Abuse Assault. Germar, Jr. was being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail, until being seen by a magistrate.

And at around 1:35-a.m., Red Oak Police arrested 23-year old Stefani Rae-Ann Smith, of Red Oak, for OWI/1st offense. Smith was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $1,000 cash bond.

MARCUS J. STESSMAN, 88, of Earling (Svcs. 3/8/17)

Obituaries

March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MARCUS J. STESSMAN, 88, of Earling, died Saturday, March 4th, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. A Mass of Christian Burial for MARCUS STESSMAN will be held 11-a.m. Wed., March 8th, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling is from 5-until 8-p.m. Tuesday, March 7th, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7-p.m.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

MARCUS STESSMAN is survived by:

His wife – Margaret “Peg” [Kramer] Stessman, of Earling.

His sons – – Tom (Pam) Stessman, of Harlan, and Gary (Jenny) Stessman, of Missouri Valley.

His daughters – Sharon (Bob Book) Gross, of Portsmouth; LuAnn (Randy) Brendinger, of Stuart, FL; Mary (Bill) Heaps, of Ozark, MO; Maureen (Rob) Phillips, of Foley, AL.

His brothers – Don (JoAnne) Stessman, of Dunlap; Leo (Mary) Stessman, of Omaha; Ron Stessman, of Omaha, and Gail (Maureen) Stessman, of Dunlap.

His sisters – Rita (Don) Wall, of Omaha; Delores (Marvin) Klein, of Dunlap and Helen Reisz, of Woodbine.

13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area, Sunday 3/5/17

Weather

March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy & breezy, w/patchy drizzle after 9am. High near 64. South wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy & windy w/patchy drizzle, mainly between 9pm and midnight. Low around 54. South wind 15 to 30mph+.
Monday: Cloudy through mid-day w/a 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms; Becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. South wind 20 to 35mph+.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm otherwise partly cloudy, with a low around 32. W @ 20-35+ decreasing to around 10-15 after midnight.
Tuesday: Sunny & windy. High near 53. W @ 15-35+.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear & breezy, with a low around 28.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 55.

North Scott dominates overtime, beats Marion for 4A title

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March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Karli Rucker scored 24 points and North Scott dominated the overtime period to win the Class 4A state championship with a 52-40 victory over Marion on Saturday night. North Scott (21-5) rallied from a six-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, then outscored Marion 13-1 in the extra four minutes to win going away. It was the first state championship for the Lancers after two runner-up finishes.

Rucker’s sister, Rylie, added nine points for North Scott, while two freshmen — Presley Case and Grace Boffeli — each scored seven. Boffeli also grabbed 10 rebounds, seven on the offensive end. Mia Laube led Marion (24-2) with 11 points, Chloe Rice scored nine and Randi Wright had six. The Indians started three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, so they should contend again next season.

West Des Moines Valley beats Cedar Falls for 5A championship

Sports

March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Zoe Young scored 21 points and West Des Moines Valley used a big second-quarter burst to beat Cedar Falls 71-59 Saturday night and win the Class 5A state championship. Hannah Fuller added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (24-2), who wiped out a seven-point deficit with an 18-2 run that left Cedar Falls scrambling to catch up.

Cedar Falls had upset Indianola in the semifinals but could not match Valley’s depth and balance. Freshman Alex Honold had 13 points and nine rebounds for Valley and Jamie Feldt scored 11. Feldt’s twin sister Jackie helped out with four points and six rebounds.

The title was the first for Valley and came in the school’s 12th trip to the state tournament and fourth appearance in the finals. Cynthia Wolf led Cedar Falls (23-3) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Iowa News Headlines: Sunday, 3/5/2017

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March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:25 a.m. CST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a Pottawattamie County jury found 48-year-old Elias Wanatee, of Sioux City, guilty Friday after eight hours of deliberation. It was the second trial for Wanatee in the case. His first trial ended in a mistrial in December after jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa church has sued a railway company, alleging it built a rail line on its property without permission. The Globe Gazette reports that Christian Fellowship Church’s lawsuit accuses Iowa Traction Railway of installing the line after negotiations for the railroad to acquire a portion of the church’s land were unsuccessful. The railroad says in a reply to the lawsuit that it gained ownership of the land through adverse possession, a legal term akin to squatter’s rights.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials hope a $36 million redevelopment of a key thoroughfare will spark economic development and brighten a busy area. The Omaha World-Herald reports work will start this month on a five-year overhaul of West Broadway, which connects Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska. The work will include colored pavers, new street lights and decorative pillars. Crews also will install new sewers, which should lessen cracking caused by pooling water that freezes and thaws.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of crashing his car into a river in western Iowa, killing a teenager, has pleaded not guilty to all nine charges against him in the case. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 24-year-old Ramon Hernandez remains jailed in Crawford County. Authorities say Hernandez crashed his car into the Boyer River on Jan. 19. He and three of the others reached safety. The body of 15-year-old Yoana Acosta was found Jan. 26.

Jury convicts Sioux City man of murder in fatal stabbing

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March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The Daily Nonpareil reports a Pottawattamie County jury found 48-year-old Elias Wanatee, of Sioux City, guilty Friday after eight hours of deliberation.

It was the second trial for Wanatee in the case. His first trial ended in a mistrial in December after Woodbury County jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict. Wanatee’s second trial was moved to Council Bluffs to avoid pretrial publicity.

Authorities say Wanatee stabbed to death 50-year-old Vernon Mace in Sioux on Feb. 17, 2016. Wanatee’s defense attorney had argued that Wanatee acted in self-defense because Mace had threatened him with a firearm weeks before.

Ruffridge scores 22, Pocahontas wins 3A title

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March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Elle Ruffridge scored 22 points in the final game of her record-breaking career to lead Pocahontas Area past Sioux Center 61-38 Saturday for the Indians’ second straight Class 3A state championship.

Whether she was scoring herself or setting up teammates, the dynamic 5-foot-4 guard delighted her school’s large fan following one last time in a victory that was surprisingly one-sided.

Sioux Center entered the game 26-0 with a talented group of athletes, but the Warriors were no match for their quicker, sharp-shooting opponent. Pocahontas (27-1) made 12 3-pointers and held Sioux Center scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Ruffridge went 6-for-8 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Payton Hjerleid added 12 points for the Indians, Faith Meyer scored 11 and Ashlyn Weidauer had eight.

Iowa man pleads not guilty in in teen’s river crash death

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March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of crashing his car into a river in western Iowa, killing a teenager, has pleaded not guilty to all nine charges against him in the case. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 24-year-old Ramon Hernandez remains jailed in Crawford County. He is charged with vehicular homicide and eight drug and alcohol counts.

Authorities say Hernandez drove through a farm field with four teenagers in his car before it plunged into the Boyer River on Jan. 19. He and three of the others reached safety. The body of 15-year-old Yoana Acosta was found a week later on Jan. 26.

No. 22 Drake women finish perfect MVC regular season

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March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lizzy Wendell scored 25 points, leading three Bulldogs to reach 20, and No. 22 Drake beat Wichita State 105-89 on Saturday, winning its 19th straight game and becoming the first team to go undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference regular-season play. The victory also gave the Bulldogs a 13-0 home record, becoming the second team in program history to go unbeaten at home since 1978-79. Additionally, Drake (25-4, 18-0) has its highest win total since 2001-02.

The Bulldogs and the Shockers both have first-round byes for the conference tournament that opens Thursday in Moline, Illinois. While Drake awaits to learn its opponent, Wichita State will play Southern Illinois on Friday.

Sammie Bachrodt added 23 points and Brenni Rose 22 with both making five of Drake’s school-record 19 3-pointers on 31 attempts. Drake, which led 51-44 at halftime, broke the game open by scoring the final 12 points of the third period, with Wendell and Becca Hittner scoring five points each in the run, to go up 83-64. Drake led by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter. Rangie Bessard led the Shockers (14-15, 9-9) with 24 points and nine rebounds.