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Arrests reported in Glenwood


May 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County said Friday, two people were arrested Thursday on separate charges. 34-year-old Billy Ray Hunter, of Council Bluffs was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on charges which include possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and violation of a protection order. His bond has been set at $600.

And, a little later that same afternoon, 28-year-old Keith Alan Wilson II, of Glenwood, was arrested by Mills County Sheriff’s deputies, for violation of the state’s sex offender registry. Wilson’s bond was set at $5,000.

The Glenwood Police Department reports a Tabor man was arrested this week. 21-year-old Thomas Cash faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Cash was brought to the Mills County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

Nice weather means it’s the time for scams


May 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Warmer weather brings chirping birds, leaves to the trees, and in Council Bluffs, the scammers come out of hibernation. According to the Omaha World Herald, at least two separate scams have drawn the attention of local law officers over the past week.

Pottawattamie County Treasurer Judy Miller said she has received complaints from citizens about telephone calls demanding more property tax money. Miller said the callers identify themselves as working in the Treasurer’s Office and demand more money. She says at least two complaints have been received about the high pressure tactics.

In one instance, a male caller asks the victim to send the extra payment to a post office box. Miller said there are no male employees in her office, and the employees she has would always properly identify themselves over the telephone. They would also never ask for money to be sent to a post office box.

In a separate incident, a Council Bluffs man reported to police that he received a prize alert that purported to be from Reader’s Digest. Capt. Terry LeMaster said the man, who did not wish to be identified, received a notice claiming he had won $500 in a Reader’s Digest sweepstakes.

The letter also contained a check for $2,900 and asked that the man call a telephone number to receive instructions on getting his $500. LeMaster said the scam likely entailed cashing the check for $2,900, keeping $500 and wiring the remainder back to the “company.”

However, at some point the check would have been found to be a forgery and the victim required to refund the bank’s money that had already been wired. Luckily, the man emailed Reader’s Digest before acting on the letter, and the company told him it was a forgery, therefore, there was no victim.

Even so, LeMaster cautioned the public to be aware of those types of scams.

Law Enforcement Seeking Information on Missing Carroll Woman


May 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Carroll, IOWA — The Carroll Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are asking the public for help and additional information related to the disappearance of 50 year old Dawn Allen of Carroll, Iowa.

Allen was last seen at her home on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at approximately 8:30 PM.  Then on May 5th, her employer reported Allen missing to the Carroll Police Department.  On the morning of Thursday, May 5, 2011 Allen’s vehicle was recovered in the parking lot of the Piranha Club, located on the east edge of Carroll, Iowa.  No one has seen or heard from Allen since Wednesday night.  At that time she was wearing bright blue knit pants and a multi-colored shirt.  Allen is a 50 year old white female with short, blonde, spiked hair.

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler asks citizens to call-in any information they may have related to Allen’s whereabouts, “We’d like to narrow our timeline.  If anyone saw Ms. Allen or talked to her after 8:30 PM on Wednesday, we should know so we can further focus our search efforts.”

If you have information related to the whereabouts of Dawn Allen, please call the Carroll Police Department at 712-792-3536.

Dawn Allen is listed on the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse:


Atlantic Senior’s win scholarship; charities receive donation


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Melanie Petty, Kristen Schuler, Liz Metheny, Laena Frederickson are shown

A question posed to students from Atlantic who had applied for the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Scholarship asked “If you could financially support any charity which would it be and why? Their answers resulted in two seniors being awarded a $750 scholarship each, and two charitable organizations receiving donations of $200 each.

Melanie Petty, representative for the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund said after Liz Metheny and Kristen Schuler were each awarded scholarships at the A-H-S Class Night Wednesday evening, they were asked to remain standing as it was announced that Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project Harmony would each receive $200 as well.

While Kristen specifically noted Make-A-Wish, Project Harmony was selected by the Fund on behalf of Liz’s passion to end child abuse and neglect. Melanie Petty says “The donations weren’t part of the plan” when the committee added the question to the application. She says it was a recent idea, and that they hope it encourages Liz

and Kristen to continue to support the things that are meaningful to them..

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund was established following the death of the 21-year old Atlantic native, who died in June 2009, during a house fire in Council Bluffs.

The fund raises money by hosting the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, at Nishna Hills Golf Club in Atlantic. More information about the tournament and the Fund’s other activities can be found on the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.

Walnut City Council discusses chickens


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Conceptual image of Walnut Splash Pad

The Walnut City Council had a discussion about chickens during their meeting Thursday evening. City Clerk Terri Abel says the Council tabled a decision on the matter until more information was available. Able says a woman living on Walnut’s “main drag” wants to raise chickens. They told her to check with her neighbors to see if they would object to having the fowl within the city limits, and report back next month.

Able says it’s not like the woman wanted to build a large egg laying facility or anything. She says she just wants to raise a few chickens for their eggs.

In other business, the Walnut City Council heard an update on the $200,000 splash pad project, the size and scope of which is expected to make the only one of its kind between Omaha and Des Moines. Abel says the project is nearing completion, and it’s hoped they’ll have it finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend. A special event is planned to celebrate the grand opening.

The public is invited to attend a free barbeque in the City Park, and the kids will be able to enjoy the new water attraction.

She says the project has been in the works for the past three-years, and was funded by local kids, grants and other efforts. And, the Walnut City Council, Thursday, discussed and approved a Law Enforcement Services Contract with Pottawattamie County. No changes were made to the contract, but Abel says they also talked about the possibility of sharing law enforcement services with the City of Avoca, however, no action was taken on that idea.

An attempt to serve a single arrest warrant results in several arrests


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An attempt by authorities in Harlan to serve an arrest warrant on one person, resulted in the arrest of several individuals. According to Harlan Police, officers attempted to serve the warrant on 25-year old Zachary Scheffler, of Harlan, on April 30th. The warrant was issued following alleged incidents of domestic abuse and criminal mischief which occurred April 22nd, in the 500 block of 6th Street, in Harlan, whereby Scheffler allegedly broke out the window of a vehicle owned by Ashley McWilliams, of Harlan, and left several other dents in the vehicle by kicking at it.

When officers attempted to execute the search warrant at 1708 9th Street last Saturday, 19-year old Kolten Kobold, of Harlan, 28-year old Michael Gifford, 19-year old Brandon Barnum and 17-year old Dylan Hansen, all of Harlan, were taken into custody on charges of Interference with Official Acts. The group was also charged with gathering where controlled substances were used.

In addition, 17-year old Emily Boeck, of Harlan, was charged with interference with official acts, and Zachary Scheffler was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possesion of Drug Paraphernalia, prohibited acts, interference with official acts, and gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used. Scheffler was also served with a warrant for domestic abuse assault and criminal mischief.

Scheffler, Gifford, Barnum and Kobold were brought to the Shelby County Jail, while Boeck and Hansen were cited, and released to the custody of their parents.

Warrant issued for Harlan man


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Shelby County last week issued an arrest warrant for a Harlan man following an alleged assault. According to the Harlan P-D, 24-year old Michael Maynard allegedly assaulted Jammie Lemon, of Harlan, on April 24th. The incident was said to have occurred during a domestic disturbance.

A formal complaint was filed with the Shelby County Clerk of Court, and the warrant issued for Maynard’s arrest.

Tuesday accident in Harlan


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report an Avoca woman was cited for failure to yield upon making a left turn, following an accident Tuesday that caused $4,500 worth of damage. Officials say a vehicle driven by Cory Bolger, of Harlan, was exiting the Cenex drive and heading east, at the same time a vehicle driven by Janet Schneider, of Avoca, was leaving the Pamida driveway, and turning west.

The vehicles collided left-front to left rear. No injuries were reported.

Drug and assault arrests reported in Atlantic


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic reported Thursday two men were arrested this week on separate charges. On Wednesday, 35-year old Thomas Williamson, of Griswold, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

And, on Monday, 21-year old Darnell Coleman, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Assault. Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Coleman has a history of run-ins with the law. He was previously charged with Domestic Abuse Assault in September , 2010. His trial on that charge is set to take place next Thursday, May 12th. In addition, Coleman was arrested April 20th on a charge of going armed with intent. His trial on the charge is set to take place July 12th.

Disaster declaration for 6 Iowa counties


May 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for six western Iowa counties damaged by tornadoes and other severe storms last month.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley says Thursday that the declaration triggers the release of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help Iowa recover from the storms on April 9-10. FEMA will provide assistance to Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Pocahontas and Sac counties.

The agency will help state and local governments, and certain nonprofits. The money could also be used to rebuild damaged roads and bridges and cover the cost of emergency work and debris removal.

Gov. Terry Branstad asked for declaration on April 26.