Iowa Supreme Court: No life without parole for teen killers

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court is banning life prison sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder. The court ruled 4-3 Friday that the punishment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the Iowa Constitution. Justices ruled in the case of Isaiah Sweet, who was 17 when he killed his custodial grandparents at their Manchester home in 2012.

A judge in 2014 sentenced Sweet to life in prison without parole, saying he was a cold-blooded murderer who had little chance of rehabilitation. Justices overturned that sentence Friday. The court says even the worst juvenile offenders should have the option of someday proving to the parole board they’re fit for release.

The court says judges simply can’t predict whether teens might be rehabilitated at the time of trial.

ADC announces new dentist addition

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Dental Center (ADC) have announced Zackary Bandow, DDS, will begin caring for patients at the Atlantic Dental Center, on June 21st. Dr. Bandow is a board-certified general dentist and will provide comprehensive dental care.  He joins Dr. Kirk Nelson at the Atlantic Dental Center.

Dr. Zackary Bandow, DDS

Dr. Zackary Bandow, DDS

Dr. Bandow grew up in Manilla, and  graduated from IKM High School in 2007.  He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Central College in Pella.  He received his Doctor of Dental Science degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, where he graduated third in his class of eighty students.

He has received several honors during his dental training. He’s experienced in all aspects of general dental care including, but not limited to, dental restorations, crown and bridge work, root canal treatment, extractions, and restoring dental implants.

Dr. Bandow is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.  He and his wife, Mackenzie, will be moving to Atlantic in early June.

Today is the last day to pre-register to vote for the June 7th Primary Election

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reminds residents of the County that today (Friday) is the last day to pre-register to vote for the June 7th Primary Election. That applies to registration in-person (including registration at driver’s license stations or agencies), or by mail. The Cass County Auditor’s Office is open until 5-p.m.

After today, a person may register to vote at the Auditor’s Office and vote an Absentee ballot. The last day to vote Absentee in the Auditor’s Office, is June 6th. The process is the same as for registering to vote on election day, June 7th.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/27/2016

News, Podcasts

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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First High School Softball Rankings released

Sports

May 27th, 2016 by Chris Parks

2016 FIRST Softball Rankings

Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, May 26

Class 1A 

School 2015 Record
1 Akron-Westfield 28-5
2 River Valley 27-9
3 Newell-Fonda 30-14
4 Kee 29-10
5 Lawton-Bronson 27-12
6 Marquette Catholic 31-7
7 Calamus-Wheatland 20-13
8 New London 32-3
9 AGWSR 29-8
10 Charter Oak-Ute 27-11
11 Central City 27-10
12 Don Bosco 33-8
13 Glidden-Ralston 24-7
14 North Butler 18-8
15 Murray 27-5

Class 2A

School 2015 Record
1 Iowa City Regina 26-14
2 Durant 29-9
3 Interstate-35 25-10
4 Logan-Magnolia 35-4
5 North Union 34-11
6 Pella Christian 22-10
7 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 30-7
8 Central Springs 28-7
9 Columbus Catholic 29-6
10 IKM-Manning 26-10
11 Van Meter 19-14
12 Denver 14-11
13 BCLUW 20-9
14 Wapello 24-7
15 Missouri Valley 23-7

Class 3A

School 2015 Record
1 Benton 42-4
2 Solon 42-3
3 Davenport Assumption 31-6
4 Clarke 21-19
5 Center Point-Urbana 30-15
6 Cascade 24-11
7 Spirit Lake 31-7
8 Mount Vernon 31-10
9 Crestwood 25-5
10 Iowa Falls-Alden 17-13
11 Northeast 33-6
12 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 22-15
13 CMB 20-15
14 Humboldt 20-11
15 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 32-5

Class 4A

1 Dallas Center-Grimes 29-13
2 Winterset 32-12
3 ADM 32-5
4 Carlisle 30-6
5 Pella 22-15
6 Fairfield 31-11
7 Oskaloosa 26-7
8 Norwalk 28-10
9 Keokuk 22-15
10 Mount Pleasant 21-21
11 North Scott 27-12
12 Boone 26-13
13 Waverly-Shell Rock 34-8
14 Creston 30-7
15 Marion 22-15

Class 5A 

School 2015 Record
1 Waukee 36-8
2 Johnston 35-5
3 Iowa City West 34-6
4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 28-13
5 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 36-9
6 Bettendorf 22-23
7 West Des Moines Valley 37-7
8 Pleasant Valley 30-6
9 Cedar Rapids Prairie 27-12
10 Davenport West 18-20
11 Dowling Catholic 25-14
12 Urbandale 26-19
13 Ankeny 22-23
14 Southeast Polk 19-19
15 Sioux City East 21-13

3 arrested in warrants in Creston

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department says three people were arrested on warrants Thursday, and one person was arrested on drug charges. 29-year old Juan Gonzalez, of Creston, was taken into custody Thursday night, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession with the intent to sell. Gonzalez was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Arrested on warrants, was: 34-year old Timothy Hudek, of Winterset, who was wanted for Theft in the 4th Degree. He was later released on $1,000 bond; 19-year old Brandon Barrett, of Shannon City, was arrested on a warrant for Violation of Probation. His bond at the Union County Jail, was set at $5,000. And, 33-year old Erin Wallace, of Creston, was arrested Thursday evening in Creston, on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Her bond, at the Ringgold County Jail, was set at $5,000.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 5/27/2016

Podcasts, Sports

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Griswold blood drive to honor teacher w/non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, June 15th in Griswold, in honor of Griswold High School Teacher and FFA Adviser, Kevin Blair. The Red Cross says Blair’s current and former students and FFA members are especially encouraged to donate at the blood drive held in his honor, from 11-a.m. until 5-p.m. June 15th, at the Griswold Central Church of Christ.

Mr. Blair was diagnosed with marginal zone lymphoma, a form on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While in the hospital, he received blood transfusions to raise his dangerously low hemoglobin numbers.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

Griswold H.S. teacher/FFA Adviser Kevin Blair.

The Blood Drive in his honor, comes at a particularly difficult time for the Red Cross, as many schools that hold blood drives, are out of session for the summer months, which makes it an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients.

To make an appointment for the Blood Drive in Griswold, call Janae at 712-210-4271, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App. (available at www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp), or visit redcrossblood.org on the web, and use sponsor code 009857.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/27/2016

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Authorities: Iowa hit-and-run suspect reported car stolen

News

May 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Nebraska man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Iowa told police his vehicle was stolen the night of the accident.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports 44-year-old Tracy Peniska, of Omaha, turned himself in at the Pottawattamie County Jail Monday and was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and obstructing prosecution.

Police say Peniska was driving his car March 9 on the Interstate 480 bridge in Council Bluffs when he hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old Brett Jensen. Police say Peniska had reported his car stolen to Omaha police the night of the hit-and-run.