U. of Iowa says 2 students report sexual assaults


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says two students reported recently that they were sexually assaulted on campus. The school issued a notification Tuesday in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires that colleges and universities disclose timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

The notification says one student reported Sunday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall. Another student reported Monday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall.

Another student reported on Aug. 22 that she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall.

Iowa regents plans would affect admissions, hiring


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa’s three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees. The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.

They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index. Another change would require the schools to calculate students’ admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don’t keep class rankings.

A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.

M. LUCILLE PLUMMER, 95, of Anita (9-9-14)


September 2nd, 2014 by Jim Field

M. LUCILLE PLUMMER, 95, of Anita died Monday, September 1st at Caring Acres Nursing & Rehab in Anita.  Funeral service for M. LUCILLE PLUMMER will be held on Tuesday, September 9th at 11:00 am at Hockenberry Funeral Home in Anita.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.

Condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.

M. LUCILLE PLUMMER is survived by:

Children:  Roger (Marlene) Plummer of Omaha; Sue (Tom) Wall of Urbandale; Jane Mehlmann of Las Vegas.

Suspicious vehicle investigation results in a scuffle & the arrest of 2 felons


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Sheriff’s deputy in Guthrie County investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Panora convenience store early Sunday morning, ended-up in a scuffle with one of the suspects. The sheriff’s office says at around 4:00 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Kent Gries questioned two men outside the Casey’s General Store in Panora. During the course of investigation, Gries became suspicious the men were involved in some sort of criminal activity. He also saw a weapon in their vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department says during an attempted pat-down of Jesse Lynn Crawford, of rural Jamaica, Crawford allegedly hit Greis numerous times in the head and upper torso. An intense physical struggle ensued for a lengthy period of time in the Casey’s General Store parking lot, on Highway 4, and into the yard of a business near Casey’s. During the struggle Gries was able to utilize his Taser on Crawford, but Crawford was able to fight through the effects. The Deputy was able to deploy his backup Taser cartridge, but still was not able to take Crawford into custody.

As the struggle continued, the Deputy attempted to radio in for emergency assistance, but was unable to reach Guthrie County dispatch but was able to activate the panic button on his portable radio. While still struggling with Crawford, a passing motorist saw the struggle and stopped to assist. With the motorist’s assistance, Crawford was taken into custody.

Panora EMS crews were called to the scene. They treated both Crawford and Deputy Gries for their injuries. Gries reportedly suffered from physical exhaustion as well as scrapes and bruises. At the time of his arrest, Crawford was found to be in possession of approximately 44 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities say it was the largest seizure of drugs in recent Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office history.

Crawford was booked into the Guthrie County Jail on numerous charges including Assault While Participating in a Felony, Interference with Official Acts with Injury to a Peace Officer, Assault with Injury to a Peace Officer, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Greater than Five Grams of Methamphetamine.

The other suspect was identified as David Michael Cannon, of Grand Junction. He was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Officials say Cannon and Crawford are convicted felons in the State of Iowa, with Crawford having numerous incidents of theft, drug and weapon violations and assault with use or display of a weapon on his record. Both men appeared before a magistrate.

Cannon was released on his own recognizance, while Crawford was being held on bond.

Weekend storms did some damage to crops

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sunday night’s storms carrying winds up to 70-miles-an-hour damaged corn fields in Crawford and Greene Counties around Denison and Jefferson. Mike Bravard farms nearly three-thousand acres near Jefferson. He did a survey Monday of some of the storm damage. “It’s worse, in Greene County, once you get a few miles south of Highway 30 there’s some corn fields, some broke off, some laid down pretty good. Some’s broke off, some’s just laid over at the roots,” Bravard says. Bravard says despite the storm damage — this year’s corn crop is doing very well.

“The corn looks really good. It could be as good a crop, as good a yield as I’ve ever had,” according to Bravard. But his soybean fields are being hit by sudden death syndrome. “Right there in the beginning of August we got three inches of rain and sudden death set in pretty good, Sudden Death Syndrome. It’s just kind of been expanding ever since,” Bravard says.”Beans are prematurely dying. There’s still going to be beans there where the beans are dying, but they’re just going to be small, I think. And it’s going to take some bushels off of our bean yield.”

Bravard estimates the disease may cut soybean yields by five, maybe even ten-bushels an acre. It’s too soon to assess how much the wind cut west-central Iowa’s corn harvest.

(Radio Iowa)

Backyard and Beyond 09-02-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Ken Sidey, Executive Director of the Warren Cultural Center, about the Alleycats doo wop quartet performance coming up at the Warren Cultural Center.


(Update 9:40-a.m.) More charges & trial date set for Leatha Slauson


September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged in August in connection with a fraudulent cancer scheme, now faces additional charges, and her trial date has been set. According to court documents, 30-year old Leatha Slauson faces charges that include: two counts of felony Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury; felony Distribution to a person under the age of 18; two felony counts of Administering Harmful Substances; two felony charges of Assault While Participating in a felony; Domestic Abuse Assault (a Serious Misdemeanor), and 10 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanors). Her trial is set to take place November 12th in Cass County District Court. Slauson’s arraignment will be held Sept. 22nd, with a pre-trial conference October 13th, and trial 9:30-a.m. Nov. 12th.

According to Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, from Sept 21st 2013 through Aug. 21st 2014, Slauson inserted a feeding tube through the nose and into the stomach of her five-year old daughter Riley. She then allegedly administered through the tube Cannabis Oil without a prescription, for no medical purpose, and without any prior training, direction and/or supervision. The drug was distributed to her daughter within 1,000-feet of a school and/or other restricted areas. The complaint states Slauson also injected her daughter with the cancer treatment drug Neupogen without any prior medical training and without a prescription. The drug can cause muscle and joint pain, cramping, stiffness and bodily injury.

The Harmful Substances charge alleges Slauson administered the drugs to her daughter on numerous occasions. The Assault charges allege Slauson intentionally administered both the Cannabis Oil and Neupogen.  And, the Unlawful Possession charges are with regard to 10 vials of Neupogen that were found in Slauson’s possession during the time the drug was allegedly administered to her daughter.

An investigation revealed the 5-year old Riley had no known cancer or other form of terminal illness. Leatha Slauson  was being held in the Cass County Jail on $35,000 cash bond only.

(Corrects bond amount from previous posts)


Trading Post

September 2nd, 2014 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  Bushnell Telescope for sale. Model 78-9930. Up to 180x maximum magnification. Three eyepieces and tripod included. Like new condition. $50 obo. call 712-249-2190.


FOR SALE:  JAWBONE Bluetooth with noise assassin, still in the box $15.00.  Cell phone: LG Cosmos 2 great condition $15.00.  Both together $25.00. Or Make an offer.  Call 712-249-0077 leave a message.

FOR SALE:  1988 1/2 ton ext. cab 2 wd v8 auto-8 ft box, runs good $1500 obo. 712-268-5558.

FOR SALE:  womens golf clubs used about 20 times. Comes with purple bag and some balls. $60 Please call or text for picture anytime at 712-789-9819.

FOR SALE:  Antique oak 5 leg dining room table. 4 leaves that are not original. Table has been refinished. Very pretty $300 or reasonable offer. Call 712-249-5675.

FOR SALE:  To the person looking for Alllis Chalmers fenders and wheel weights: if you are still looking my dad has both. Call him at 641-344-7569.

TERRY LEE SOREY of Woodbine (9-4-14)


September 2nd, 2014 by Jim Field

TERRY LEE SOREY of Woodbine died at his home in rural Woodbine on Saturday, August 31st. Funeral service for TERRY LEE SOREY will be held on Thursday, September 4th at 2:00 pm in the Fouts Funeral Home inWoodbine.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Burial will be Thursday at 2:30 pm in the Woodbine Cemetery.

TERRY LEE SOREY is survived by:

Wife: Mary A. Sorey of Woodbine.

Daughters: Shelly Ann (Eric) Schmidt of Harlan; Shannon Lee Sorey of Kirkman; Sheila Belle (Ronald) Rogers of Omaha.

Step-Son: Aaron Hillman of Omaha.

Sisters: Deanna (Jim) Porter of Woodbine; Judy Sorey of Logan; Lori (Bill) Benson of Woodbine

5 Grandchildren

1 Great-Grandson

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 9-2-14

News, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.