Griswold man arrested on warrant


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say a Cass County man wanted on a warrant for Harassment by personal contact/communication, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Treynor, following a traffic stop for 64-year old Duane Edwin Myers, of Griswold, was taken into custody at around 3:30-p.m., in association with ongoing alleged incidents of Harassment involving a teenage female neighbor.  While at the Pott. County Jail, Myers was also charged with Harassment in the 3rd Degree.

And, a man who was already in the Pott. County Jail, was served with a warrant Thursday afternoon for felony Escape from Custody. 23-year old Matthew Duane Baker, of Council Bluffs, remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Public Notice: City of Harlan parking


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency say “Due to wet and heavy snow conditions in the City of Harlan, parallel parking is required in any area where the snow is windrowed. This is primarily in the downtown area of Harlan.”

Thank you for your cooperation.

Chiefs sign veteran running back Spiller to provide depth


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs have signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move. The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.

Kansas City is trying to free cap space to help bring back defensive tackle Dontari Poe and safety Eric Berry, whose agent, Chad Speck, also represents Spiller. Spiller only carried six times in stints with the Jets and Seahawks last season. The former first-round pick signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Saints in 2015 but only played in 13 games before he was released.

2 Atlantic residents win thousands in IA Lottery games


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery said today (Friday), players are continuing to win large prizes across the state. The latest big winner in Cass County for the calendar year 2016, was Soodsanguan Wood, of Atlantic, who won $5,000 in the Super Crossword instant scratch ticket game, with a ticket purchased at an Atlantic Casey’s store.

And, 32-year old Leo Rodriguez, Jr., of Atlantic, was the county’s latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $3,000 in the HOT LOTTO game with a ticket purchased at a Casey’s store in Atlantic.

Iowa Lottery players won a total of $221.8 million in prizes in fiscal year 2016, the latest complete year for which the lottery has records. However, there are a significant number of prizes that expire each year without being claimed. The lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets. In fiscal year 2016, more than $1.2 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.

Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. On the lottery’s website at, there is a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 or more.

Claiming Prizes: Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life and All or Nothing. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa’s Pick 3, Pick 4 and InstaPlay games. If the expiration date for a particular prize falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery’s offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to claim the prize.

Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased.

Players also may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Clive, Council Bluffs, Mason City or Storm Lake to claim prizes.

Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Creston man arrested for probation violation


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports a Creston man was arrested Thursday afternoon on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 31-year old John David Foster was transported from the Polk County Jail and is currently being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Pacific Junction man arrested for Sex Offender Registry violation


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports 29-year old Jeffrey Scott Greene, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Thursday morning at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, on a warrant for violation of Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry.  Bond was set at $5,000.

And, this (Friday) morning, 45-year old Dawn Marie Barrett, of Glenwood, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Her bond was set at $2,000.

Atlantic man arrested on Meth charge


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest last Sunday of 60-year old Kenneth Eugene Hoyt, of Atlantic, on a felony Possession of Methamphetamine/ 3rd or Subsequent Offense, charge. Hoyt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

Last Tuesday (Feb. 21st), Cass County Deputies arrested 23-year old Lydia Renae Tobak, of Omaha, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Tobak was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $3,000 bond.

And, on Wednesday, 40-year old Jonah Ryan Jones, of Anita, turned himself in to the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s office warrant for Domestic Abuse/2nd Offense, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. Jones remains held at the Cass County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Atlantic School Superintendent finalist interviews set for next week


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Administrators and Superintendent search committee members will sit down next week with three finalists for the position of Atlantic School District Superintendent. The person selected will succeed Dr. Michael Amstein, who is retiring at the end of the current school year, after having worked for the District since 2010.

School Board President Ali Bruckner told KJAN News the first interview will be conducted Monday, with Steven Barber, Superintendent at George-Little Rock Community Schools in George, Iowa. On Tuesday, officials will sit down with Dr. Joe Potts, Ph.D, an Iowa native who resides in Kent, WA., and serves as High School Principal for the Kent Community School District. And, next Wednesday, Dan Dierks, who has served Superintendent for the Oelwein Community School District, since 2015.

The deadline for application materials to be submitted by prospective candidates was January 30th. Bruckner had said previously that were 43 completed applications for the Superintendent’s job. Those were further narrowed down to 15 applications for review, with the top three candidates being selected for interviews.

Day of Service & Giving is today, honoring fallen Boy Scout


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today (Friday) is the annual Day of Service and Giving on what would have been the 23rd birthday of an Eagle Grove boy. Aaron Eilerts was 14 when he was killed by a tornado that hit the Boy Scout camp in Harrison County in 2008. Beth Stephas, a counselor at Robert Blue Middle School, says students at Aaron’s old school are tackling 14 projects, several which were started by Aaron.

“We have a large group that will be sewing pillow cases that will be donated to the local hospitals for patients,” Stephas says. “We have students that will be doing pet blankets, a project Aaron did that benefited the Humane Society, making blankets for the pets in the kennels.” Students have branched off and launched their own community service projects which Stephas says are inspired by Aaron’s memory. “One of those is a project we’ve been doing every year where we take plain, white pillow cases and decorate those to send to service people that have been deployed,” she says.

Other kids are making dolls that will be sent to Haiti, while others are crafting little lending libraries to place around town. Stephas says it’s a real honor for the students to be carrying on Aaron’s thoughtful volunteer efforts year after year. “Many of them were just toddlers at the time Aaron died, so for them to be able to learn a little bit about his heart and then be able to participate in projects that he did, what a wonderful learning opportunity for our kids and a fantastic legacy to the memory of Aaron Eilerts.”

Former Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed a proclamation in 2008 marking February 24th as a statewide Day of Service and Giving in memory of Eilerts. The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center gives out an award each summer to an Iowan who follows the lead of Aaron Eilerts in giving back to their communities during the Iowa Character Counts Awards ceremony.

(Radio Iowa)

Officials still searching for party responsible for dead eagle

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The search continues for the party responsible for the death of a bald eagle discovered Jan. 25, in Yellow Banks County Park, on the southeast side of Des Moines. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources believe the eagle was killed sometime around the first week of January. The condition of the eagle’s remains made it difficult to place the exact time and manner of death, but damage to its legs are consistent from being shot with bird shot.

“We received a lot of good information from the public, including information that led us to an individual who was in possession of bald eagle talons that we believe came from the Yellow Banks eagle, but we have not found the individual responsible for the raptor’s death,” said Nate Anderson, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Anderson issued a citation for illegal possession of a protected nongame animal to Mitchell Hoyt, 27, from Runnells, on Feb. 4. Hoyt pleaded guilty in Polk County Court and paid $195 fine on Feb. 22. “We continue to follow leads wherever they take us and hopefully we will catch the individual or individuals responsible for this,” Anderson said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to use the Turn in Poachers website at or by calling the hotline at 1-800-532-2020. Information can be left anonymously. Bald eagles are a state and federally protected species.