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CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa — Weekend showers caused muddy roads throughout the metro. In rural Clarke County, some roads are so muddy you can’t drive on them.

It was so bad in one spot, an ambulance got stuck and a farmer stepped in to help.

“There wasn’t any thinking about no I am not going to do that. Yes you go do that,” Randy Barnard said.

Barnard jumped into action and used his tractor to help pull a UnityPoint ambulance up a steep, muddy, rural Clarke County road.

“If I can’t help my neighbors I’d just as well live in New York City. That’s what we live by. I help my neighbors, I help my neighbors work their cattle and they help me,” Barnard said. “I don’t care whether it’s from West Des Moines or Osceola, they needed help and so that’s what you do, you help”.

West Des Moines EMS says one patient was inside and it was a non-emergency transport to Des Moines.

Roughly 9,000 people live in Clarke County and officials say nearly 100 of them in a rural area.

There are more than 500 miles of rural roads, and county crews are working to spread gravel on some of the worst parts, but there is still a lot more ground to cover.

“It’s an ongoing process and we can’t get to everywhere and the quarries are closed on the weekends so we can’t haul rock,” Christian Boehmer, assistant engineer said.

The county says it spends about $1 million a year to treat roads with gravel.

“This is day one. We should be completed with this in the next day or two,” Boehmer said.

Clarke County says if you can’t drive on your road, call the Clarke County Engineer and they should be able to fix the problem.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — On Monday, Marion County attorney Ed Bull called several witnesses to the stand who helped fill in the blanks of Jason Carter’s day on June 19, 2015, when his mother was murdered.

Witnesses discussed some of his texting conversations leading up to the moment he claims he found his mother dead on the kitchen floor.

That day, Jason was texting Tara Kauzlarich, the woman he had an affair with in 2015.

She only explained the time of their conversation that morning and did not go into details of their affair.

Bull asked, “Was your conversation that morning, without telling us any of the details, such that you expected it was at a logical stopping point?” And she responded, “No.”

Marion County Dispatcher Shannon Ritter was also called to the stand.

She was the one who took the extremely emotional 911 call from Jason Carter.

Jason Carter said in the phone call, “It looks like she’s been laying here for two hours. I don’t know what happened. There’s a hole through the floor and the refrigerator. I don’t know what she was trying to do. I don’t get what happened.”

Sheriff Jason Sandholdt was called to the stand this afternoon.

Sandholdt talked about law enforcement and emergency personnel response on the day of Shirley Carter’s death and a phone call he received from Jason Carter days after the murder asking about what is believed to be the rifle that killed Shirley.

“I don’t remember that there was a statement about a high powered rifle before that,” Jason Carter’s attorney, Christine Branstad, asked, “Do you know when that was first disclosed?” and he responded, “The first I had heard about a .270 or high powered rifle was from your client.”

Sandholdt also talked about how the Carter family reacted when they found a variety of items around the house they believed should have been taken during the investigation.

He said most of them were very upset with how the investigation was handled.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jon Thorup also talked about Bill and Jason’s emotions and spoke with both of them on the day of the murder.

Bull asked him, “How would you describe Bill Carter’s demeanor that day?” And he replied, “It kind of switched from one moment to the next. It was kind of bewildered at times it was tremendously sad at times and he was angry at times.” Bull then followed up with, “How would you describe Jason Carter’s demeanor?” And Thorup responded, “He was very animated, kind of loud wailing and screaming, that type of thing.”

Attorneys were not finished questioning Thorup and they plan to pick up where they left off on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.