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DECEMBER 2021

Birthday Club

December 2nd, 2021 by Stacie Linfor

December 1st:

  • Andi Riesgaard of Brayton (Winner)

December 2nd:

  • Chris Hansen of Atlantic (Winner)
  • Brad Hartkopf of Des Moines
  • Janet Nielsen of Atlantic
  • Tami Madsen of Kimballton
  • Sandi Lauritsen of Audubon

Shelby County Sheriff’s report, 12/2/21

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday), released a report on arrests that took place during the month of November. From the latest to the earliest….

November 22, 2021:  Kayla Jean Levell, age 33, Irwin, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Chatburn Ave. Levell was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with Driving while License Denied, Suspended, Cancelled or Revoked.

November 21, 2021: Mark Thomas Holland, age 33, Audubon, IA was arrested following a pursuit on Timber Rd. Holland was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Eluding, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding, Careless Driving, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, and Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle.

November 20, 2021: Phillip Bradley Pool, age 45, Harlan, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Chatburn Ave. Pool was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Driving while License Denied, Suspended, Cancelled, or Revoked.

November 17, 2021: Gunnar Michael Blum, age 27, Kimballton, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 44 and Hwy 59. Blum was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Driving while License Denied or Revoked, Operate without Interlock, Speeding and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance.

November 15, 2021: Kathryn LeaEtta Larson, age 60, Westphalia, IA was arrested following a Search Warrant. Larson was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st offense, Prohibited Acts Penalties, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

November 13, 2021: Lucas Leroy Peters, age 22, Schleswig, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Peters was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container, and Permit under 18 to Consume/Possess on Property.

November 12, 2021: Nicole Sunny Brook Rains, age 33, Council Bluffs, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Rains was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding, and Violations of Conditions of Restricted License.; Andres Cruz Alvarez, age 24, Omaha, Ne was arrested following a traffic stop on Rd M37. Cruz Alvarez was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Prohibited Acts Penalties, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

November 11, 2021: Kera Dlynn Bomer, age 39, Harlan, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 44. Bomer was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with OWI 1st, Fail to Maintain Control, Open Container, and Dark Window or Windshield.; Kayley Jo Cooper, age 27, Harlan, IA was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 191. Cooper was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with Driving while Barred, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, and Speeding.

November 4, 2021: Colin Joseph Clark, age 36, Harlan, IA was arrested after an investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the 600 block of RD M47. Clark was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st offense, and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription.

November 1, 2021: Christopher Joseph Conto, age 46, Ute, IA was arrested following a traffic stop in Kirkman, IA . Conto was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st offense, Prohibited Acts Penalties, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Stopping, Standing, or Parking where Prohibited.

Enhance Iowa Board awards more than $5.1 million in CAT grants to 16 communities

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

December 2, 2021 (DES MOINES) – At today’s (Thursday’s) meeting, the Enhance Iowa Board awarded $5,168,458 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to projects in Adair, Creston, Davenport, Decorah, Epworth, Fort Madison, Grimes, Grinnell, Hartley, Keokuk, Marshalltown, Nevada, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Waukee and Woodbine.

The details for the some of projects receiving CAT grants follows:

Project Name: Adair Community Center, Adair
Total Project Cost: $749,025
Amount Awarded: $115,000
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a 4,800 square-foot, ADA-compliant, wood-framed building with meeting and kitchen space, bathrooms and a patio. The meeting space is designed to accommodate events up to 170 people.

Project Name: McKinley Park Aquatic Center, Phase 1, Creston
Total Project Cost: $1,613,325
Amount Awarded: $200,000
Project Description: This project includes the installation of an all-inclusive play area, including spray features, a play structure and dump buckets. This project also will convert the toddler pool into a zero-depth entry pool and add a toddler slide. A climbing wall in the deep pool area will be installed along with shade structures. In addition, the project will include updated and new electrical systems, lighting, heaters, filter building and mechanical systems.

Project Name: Willow Lake Nature Center, Woodbine
Total Project Cost: $4,224,283
Amount Awarded: $400,000
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a two-story Nature Center and office space for the Harrison County Conservation Board. This new center will provide a space for guests to discover, learn and explore more about the unique Loess Hills ecosystem and important water quality issues around them through dynamic displays, new trails, up-to-date technology and flexible classroom space.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 99 CAT grants have been awarded by the board, totaling $31,508,183. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 6 (if board review or action is needed.) More info. on today’s announcement is available HERE.

Eight Cyclones earn All-Big 12 football honors

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December 2nd, 2021 by Chris Parks

IRVING, Texas -The Big 12 football coaches announced their All-Big 12 teams today, and 19 Cyclones received postseason honors for their performances on the field in 2021.

Iowa State capped off the regular season with a 7-5 record and a 5-4 mark in Big 12 play, earning a bowl berth for a school-record fifth-straight season.

Of the 19 Cyclones, eight players were All-Big 12 First Team selections and four were second-teamers.

Running back Breece Hall was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and defensive end Will McDonald IV was the Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year.


All-Big 12 First Team

Trevor Downing- OL, Jr., Creston, Iowa
Graded out as Iowa State’s top lineman in 2021 after suffering a season-ending injury in the first game of the 2020 campaign. Started all 12 games and was instrumental in helping the Cyclone offense rank No. 1 in the league (Big 12 games only) in total offense at 452.7. Paved holes for All-American Breece Hall, who ranks fifth nationally in rushing (122.7) and is the nation-leader in touchdowns (23).

Breece Hall- RB, Jr., Wichita, Kan.
The two-time winner of Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection led the nation in scoring (138), touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (20) while establishing himself as one of the greatest running backs in Big 12 history. Ranks fourth in career touchdowns (56) and eighth in career rushing yards (3,941) in the Big 12 record book. The Big 12 rushing leader for the second-straight season, Hall ranked fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (122.7). The Doak Walker Award finalist has rushed for a touchdown in 24-straight games, the longest streak in NCAA FBS history.

Xavier Hutchinson- WR, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
The Big 12 leader in receptions (82) for the second-straight season, breaking ISU’s single-season record and ranking 15th nationally. The two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection posted 953 receiving yards, the sixth-best total in ISU history. Recorded four 100-yard receiving games and a pair of 10+ reception efforts. Has an active streak of 24-straight games with a reception. His 146 receptions since 2020 are the most in the NCAA.

Charlie Kolar- TE, Sr., Norman, Okla.
The only unanimous selection, Kolar is one of 12 players in Big 12 history to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors three times. Led all Big 12 tight ends for the third-straight season in receptions (58), receiving yards (723) and touchdown catches (5), breaking ISU tight end single-season records in receptions and receiving yards. Kolar, who is a two-time Mackey Award finalist, is ISU’s all-time tight end leader in receptions (164), receiving yards (2,148) and touchdown catches (22), ranking in ISU’s Top 10 overall in all three categories. Kolar has caught a pass in 35-straight games, the second-longest streak in school history and the fifth-best active string in FBS.

Will McDonald IV- DE, Jr., Pewaukee, Wis.
One of the most dominant pass-rushers in college football, McDonald IV is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection. Led the Big 12 in sacks (11.5) and forced fumbles (5), ranking seventh and second nationally, respectively. A two-time winner of the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, McDonald IV is ISU’s all-time leader in sacks (29.0) and his 22.0 sacks since 2020 is the most in the NCAA.

Mike Rose- LB, Sr., Brecksville, Ohio
One of the greatest linebackers in Iowa State history, the two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection has 321 career tackles and 49 career starts, tying for the most starts in school history. Ranks second all-time in career TFL with 41.0. Ranked sixth in the Big 12 in TFL per game (1.09) and 11th in tackles per game (6.64).

Jared Rus- FB, Jr., Eldridge, Iowa
All-Big 12 First Team selection at fullback. A key player in ISU’s short-yardage blocking formations, helping All-American running back Breece Hall lead the nation in scoring (138). Caught six passes for 59 yards.

Eyioma Uwazurike- DL, Sr., Detroit, Mich.
Wrapped up his final season as a Cyclone in style, ranking fourth in the league in sacks (8.5), the third-best total in school history. Was third on the team with 11.0 TFL and led all ISU down linemen in tackles with 36. Ranks fourth in TFL (34.0) and seventh in sacks (14.5) on ISU’s career record lists.


All-Big 12 Second Team

Chase Allen- TE, Sr., Nixa, Mo.
A four-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection. Recorded 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Played in 58 career games, the third-most in school history. Ranks sixth in both receptions (71) and receiving yards (801) on ISU’s all-time tight end record lists.

Colin Newell- OL, Sr., Ames, Iowa
A four-year starter, played a huge role in Breece Hall’s back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and All-America career. A Rimington Trophy watch list member who is a two-time All-Big 12 recipient, Newell has 38 starts in his career.

Brock Purdy- QB, Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.
A four-time All-Big 12 performer, earning second team honors twice (2019, 2021) and first team honors in 2020. The winningest QB in school history (30), Purdy will end his career with 32 school records. The Big 12 leader in passing yards (2,984), total offense (3,208) and completion percentage (73.1), ranking fourth in the nation in completion percentage. Completed over 80 percent of his passes (min. 15 attempts) four times, the most in the nation. Ranks in the Big 12 career Top 10 in completions (7th– 970), passing yards (8th– 11,966) and total offense (8th– 13,139).

Isheem Young- DB, So., Philadelphia, Pa.
Fourth on the team in tackles (56) and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Led the team in takeaways with three and forced a pair of fumbles. Has 106 tackles, five forced fumbles and three interceptions in his career.

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Greg Eisworth II (DB), Beau Freyler (DB), Jake Hummel (LB), Anthony Johnson Jr. (DB), Andrew Mevis (PK), Zach Petersen (DE) and Darrell Simmons Jr. (OL).

Will McDonald IV named Big 12 Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year

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December 2nd, 2021 by Chris Parks

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State two-time All-Big 12 First Team defensive end Will McDonald IV was named the Big 12’s Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year, announced today by the league office.

McDonald IV has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses the last two years, leading the Big 12 in sacks in back-to-back seasons. McDonald broke his own school record for sacks in a season in 2021 (11.5) and his 0.96 sacks per game average ranks seventh nationally.

A native of Pewaukee, Wis., McDonald IV is ISU’s all-time career leader in sacks with 29.0, the fourth-most in Big 12 history. He’s recorded 27.0 sacks in his last 28 games.

McDonald IV tied a school record for forced fumbles in a season with five, the most in the Big 12 and tying for second in the nation.

He also has 14.0 TFL on the year, tying for ninth in school history, and his 34.5 career TFL ranks third in school history.

McDonald IV has the most sacks in NCAA FBS since 2020 with 22.0.

Breece Hall repeats as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

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December 2nd, 2021 by Chris Parks

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State All-American running back Breece Hall is the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, announced today by the Big 12 office.

As a repeat winner of the award, Hall is now in elite company, joining Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams (Texas, 1997-98), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04) and Baker Mayfield (2015, 2017) as the only players to earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year accolades multiple times.

The Doak Walker Award finalist had another incredible season, leading the nation in scoring (138), total touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (20).

Hall leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (122.7), becoming the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in multiple seasons.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Hall rushed for over 100 yards in seven games and tallied over 200 yards from scrimmage three times, including a career-high 281 yards vs. TCU. He is Iowa State’s all-time career leader in scoring (336), touchdowns (56) and rushing touchdowns (50), ranking fourth in Big 12 history in total touchdowns.

Hall’s ability to produce points has been on display again in 2021. He matched his school record total in scoring (138) and total touchdowns (23) this season.

He has seven multi-TD rush games to rank second nationally, and his 20 career multi-TD games equals the Big 12 record.

Hall’s outstanding consistency throughout his career is eye-popping. In his last 32 games, Hall has recorded 56 touchdowns and been over 100 yards from scrimmage 27 times.

Hall made history against TCU on Friday when he rushed for a touchdown in his 24th consecutive game, breaking the all-time NCAA FBS record.

The Cyclone star has 17 rushes of 20+ yards this year, including four of 50+ yards to equal his season school record he set a year ago.

Hall also showed his versatility by catching 36 passes for 302 yards out of the backfield.

Investigation flags spending by former Promise City clerk

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – An investigation by the State Auditor’s Office has found the former city clerk in Promise City used the small town’s money to pay almost 10-thousand dollars worth of her own utility bills and to make 17-thousand dollars worth of improper purchases at Walmart. Promise City is in south central Iowa and, according to the 2020 Census, it has 88 residents. The special investigation covered years that Debra Eccleston was the city clerk.

The report identifies more than 59-thousand dollars in improper and unsupported spending. Auditors concluded Eccleston’s approved salary during the period was about 13-thousand dollars, but cancelled checks indicate she was paid about twice that. According to the investigation by the state auditor’s office. Eccelston used city money to buy books and food at Walmart. Promise City doesn’t have a library, but the report notes Eccelston ran a coffee shop and book store in Centerville. Auditors reviewed Alliant Energy records and determined Eccelston used Promise City money to pay utility bills for her Centerville business and her own residence.

Promise City officials asked for the investigation after Eccelston resigned and the newly-hired city clerk raised concerns after reviewing cancelled checks and accounting records.

April trial date set for 16-year-olds charged with murdering Fairfield teacher

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – A trial date has been set for the two Fairfield teens accused in last month’s murder of Fairfield High School Spanish teacher Nohema Graber. A pre -trial date of March 21st has been set with actual trial scheduled for April 19th for Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale. Last week, Miller and Goodale attorneys appeared in court to argue for a reduction of their $1 million bonds to $100,000. With the state asking if the bond can remain at $1 million or be raised to $2 million.

Prosecutors say the families are not capable of monitoring the teens as the crime was committed while the 16-year-olds were living at home. Judge Joel Yates has not yet made his decision on the bond review hearing but has stated we should get his decision sometime within the week.

Guthrie County man arrested after 10 minute pursuit at speeds up to 147 mph

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Jamaica, Iowa) – The first day of January, Wednesday, included some excitement in Guthrie County. The Sheriff’s Office reports Deputy Kent Gries was on patrol on Highway 141 south of Jamaica, at around 3-p.m., when he saw a 1995 Kawasaki ZX750-L motorcycle traveling east on the highway at 70-mph in a 55-mph zone. When the Deputy turned his vehicle around and began to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle was already nearly out of sight, continuing to travel eastbound toward Dallas County.

With the Deputy in pursuit, lights and siren activated, the operator of the cycle refused to yield. The machine entered Dawson (In Dallas County) and proceeded eastbound on the Racoon River Bicycle Trail, at a high rate of speed. With the Deputy still in pursuit, the cycle continued traveling at a high rate of speed for about two-miles. It then turned south on F Avenue for about one-half mile, and then west onto Highway 141. The chase eventually re-entered Dawson and then northbound out of town on D Avenue, with speeds at times at 120-mph. The cycle crossed into Greene County on V Avenue. It finally stopped at V Avenue and 305th Street, southwest of Rippey.

Altogether, the chase went on for about 15-miles and around 10-minutes. The operator of the cycle, 43-year-old Curtis Alan Moorhead, of Jamaica, was taken into custody for Eluding. Authorities learned through a speedometer app on his phone, that the highest speed recorded was 147-mph. Moorhead admitted to traveling that fast.

In addition to the Eluding – speed 25 mph (or more) over the limit, Moorhead had three licenses suspensions in effect, plus a suspension for non-payment of child support. He had his initial appearance with the Magistrate this (Thursday) morning, where his cash or surety bond was set at $2,000.

Efforts continue to help sexual assault victims

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December 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The Iowa Attorney General’s office recently announced the end of a project using federal money to clear a major backlog of untested sexual assault kits. The director of the A-G’s Crime Victims Assistance Division, Sandi Tibbetts Murphy, says the work will continue to process all sexual assault kits. “Kits before April of 2015 were eligible for testing, not any that were developed afterward. So, we want to go and find out where those kits are,” she says. Murphy says they now have more resources to look at the kits that are out there. “The legislature did help us this year in allowing us to create a full sexual assault response unit,” she says.

Murphy says they have a sexual assault crimes investigator who has been working on the project and also training law enforcement and medical personnel. “We will soon have a sexual assault forensics response coordinator to join in that — to focus on the forensic side of things — the kits, the sexual assault nurse examiners, the medical facilities, and continuing the best practice of a multidisciplinary response,” according to Murphy.

Murphy says they have made great progress in addressing this issue — but still have a bigger goal. “We always say that until every victim has an advocate, until every medical facility has access to a trained sexual-assault nurse examiner when a victim presents. And if we can continue to improve the law enforcement investigation and prosecution with respect to understanding the trauma-informed work with victims — those are always our big goals,” Murphy says.

Murphy says anyone who has been sexually assault can call 24/7 to the Iowa Crime Victims Helpline at 1-800-770-1650 or text “IOWAHELP” to 20121.