Bluffs businesses cited during probe of illegal alcohol sales

Authorities issued three citations Wednesday in Council Bluffs during an undercover crackdown on illegal alcohol sales to minors.

The Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force said its operation checked nine businesses, with the help of an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man.

Task Force officials said they would continue to occasionally check Council Bluffs businesses.

Cited for selling alcohol to a minor were:

• BadonkaRonks Bar & Grill, 2327 S. 24th St.

• Goldmine Bar & Grill, 1601 Harry Langdon Blvd.

• Fiddlin' Monkey, 156 West Broadway— Jay Withrow


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1 killed in North Platte blaze that destroyed camper

NORTH PLATTE — Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a recreational vehicle and killed one person on Thursday.

The North Platte Fire Department responded to a call at 3:38 p.m. at 800 S. Griffith Ave. to find the camper fully engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Dennis Thompson declined to comment on the cause of the fire but confirmed that there was a fatality.

The victim's identity has not been released.

-World-Herald News Service

Police dog that served in Jefferson County dies

FAIRBURY — Authorities in Jefferson County say a veteran police dog has died.

Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen said the German shepherd named Ringo died Wednesday morning.

Ringo joined the Sheriff's Office in 2007, before a stint at the Fairbury Police Department in 2009 and 2010. Ringo returned to the Sheriff's Office in 2011. — AP

Bayard woman, 71, pleads no contest to theft charges

GERING — A Bayard woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of embezzling state and federal funds in guardianship cases.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Judith Widener, 71, has agreed to pay $25,857 in restitution for thefts that occurred between Dec. 29, 2011, until Aug. 13, 2013, while she was serving as the director of Safe Haven in Gering, according to court documents.

Widener was accused of taking funds meant for wards of the court for her own use. Allegations against Widener were discovered when the Nebraska State Auditor's Office examined the Aged, Blind and Disabled Program administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, state officials have said.

Widener was charged with nine felony counts of theft by taking and two misdemeanor counts of theft by taking. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the individual charges have been dismissed and a single aggregate charge of theft by taking has been filed.

Widener is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 15. She faces up to 20 years in prison. -World-Herald News Service


Oakland man's first-degree murder trial again delayed

COUNCIL BLUFFS-For the fifth time, the first-degree murder trial of an Oakland man accused of shooting a rural Cass County woman has been delayed.

Robert Reynolds, 63, is now scheduled to appear in Pottawattamie County District Court on Oct. 14. The trial was previously scheduled for Sept. 30.

Last month, a judge approved a motion to suppress evidence in the case. Reynolds' defense attorney, Eric Nelson of Council Bluffs, successfully argued that an interview between Reynolds and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office should be thrown out as evidence.

Reynolds reportedly told sheriff's deputies that he had a verbal confrontation April 8 with Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, 64, in the kitchen of his Oakland residence before shooting her multiple times, according to court documents.

Reynolds asked to speak to an attorney during the interview, but he later waived his Miranda rights, according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.

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