Red Oak man arrested on a Missouri warrant

News

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Thursday night, arrested a man wanted on a warrant out of Missouri. Officers observed 31-year old Bryan David Sapp, Jr., of Red Oak, at around 9-p.m. in the 300 block of north 2nd Street. The officers were aware a warrant for his arrest on a charge of Failure to Appear in court, on an original charge of Obstruction. The warrant was issued in Lees Summitt, MO.

Red Oak police officers made contact with Sapp and validated the warrant before taking him into custody and transporting him to the Montgomery County Jail. Sapp, Jr. was being held without bond, pending extradition to to Missouri.

Rule changes aim to speed civil lawsuits in Iowa

News

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some lawsuits with less than $75,000 at stake will move through Iowa’s court system faster under new rules designed to cut the time and costs needed to resolve those disputes. The Iowa Supreme Court announced Thursday a set of new rules that will allow plaintiffs in smaller-value disputes to use an expedite process in which cases must be tried within a year. The rules limit the motions that can be filed before trial and give attorneys a maximum of six hours to present the facts of their side of the case to six-member juries.

Other rules pertaining to all civil cases will require litigants to disclose information to each other sooner. Justice Edward Mansfield says “people with valid legal claims were being priced out of our civil justice system.

NWS forecast for the KJAN listening area: Fri., 8/29/2014

Weather

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT FRI AUG 29 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. WEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT...THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

LABOR DAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 80.

DOT in final phase of reviewing traffic cameras

News

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the final phase of determining if traffic cameras in six cities meet the requirements of new state rules that began in February. D-O-T director of traffic and safety, Steve Gent, says they have finished the review of the reports required of the cities and they still have some questions. There’s an issue with the speed cameras in I-380 in Cedar Rapids. “At this point we really just need to gather more information. There appears to possibly be an issue in Cedar Rapids that we need to be dealing with and that came about by looking at their review,” Gent says. “That’s probably the one that’s the biggest concern right at the moment.” He says the issue involves the speed zones near the cameras.

He says they want more information on whether the speed cameras on I-380 are located within one-thousand feet of a lower speed limit. Gent says they also had an issue with the Sioux City report. “Sioux City did not provide us before crash data. Anytime you are looking at a safety enhancement, you always look at the crashes before the enhancement was put into place and then crashes afterward,” Gent says. “And of course that was required by the rule and I am not sure why they didn’t submit that. We need more information.”

Other questions involved the before and after crash data for two cameras in Davenport, questions about crashes and violations for each intersection in Muscatine, and concerns raised about the number of red-light violations for an intersection in Des Moines. Gent says the rules are designed to be sure the cameras are used on state controlled roadways to enhance safety. and that’s what they are trying to determine in the review.

“These traffic cameras are okay as long as they are absolutely — and people have to believe that — they are for safety. If people believe that they are a money-making scheme, then that’s a terrible situation. That’s not about what our government is supposed to do,” Gent says. He hopes to wrap up the issue before the end of the year to determine if all the cameras are in compliance. “The emails were sent out last week for more information and we asked for that information back within a month,” Gent says. “Certainly by the end of the year we will have all of these resolved. When we have issues, we are going to sit down with the cities and make sure we understand all the issues and that they understand all the issues, and we will work together on coming to a resolution.”

Other cities had cameras on state roads, but decided to make changes. Clive decided to shut down its cameras in June. Windsor Heights and Fort Dodge decided to only place their speed cameras on local roadways, which are not covered by D-O-T rules.

(Radio Iowa)

Audit finds more money spent on confidential settlements with former state workers

News

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A state audit released Thursday shows taxpayers paid nearly $700,000 to cover confidential settlements to former state employees over a four-year period. The dollar figure is roughly $200,000 more than what had been previously reported. On March 24, Governor Branstad signed an executive order ending the use of confidentiality provisions. At the time, his administration identified 24 former state employe

“We identified at total of 37 who had confidentiality clauses and of ones that were settled through court proceedings, we had five, so a total of 42 confidentiality clauses,” Mosiman said. The audit did not reveal any more evidence of so-called “hush money” payments to former state workers in exchange for their silence. Governor Branstad fired Mike Carroll, who was head of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, after a Des Moines Register investigation found his office had paid nearly $300,000 in settlements to a half dozen former workers to keep the details of their firings secret. Mosiman noted in her report that the 42 confidentiality clauses did not violate public records laws.

“None of them violated (section 22.13 of) the Iowa Code, which states these clauses are a matter of public record,” Mosiman said. “It seems the (confidentiality clauses) were intended to impact the behavior of the parties to the agreements, but it did not impact the ability of the public to have access to the document as a public record.” Jack Hatch, the Democrat who is challenging Governor Branstad’s re-election bid, released a statement claiming Branstad has been “dodging the truth and hiding the facts.”

(Radio Iowa)

Packers beat Chiefs 34-14 in backup QB battle

Sports

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14 in a preseason finale Thursday night. Flynn threw for 102 yards and Tolzien had 139 in splitting reps by quarter in the evening’s most closely watched position battle. Coach Mike McCarthy could keep both players anyway a season after Rodgers missed seven weeks with a collarbone injury.

The Chiefs’ defense looked lost at times. Kansas City also had seven penalties in the first half, which ended with Green Bay up by 13. Packers undrafted free agent Jayrone Elliott got his fifth sack of the preseason, beating Chiefs first-string tackle Donald Stephenson.

Chiefs receiver A.J. Jenkins made an impressive, diving 45-yard catch before leaving with a concussion.

Flood Warning: Nodaway River at Clarinda

News, Weather

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NODAWAY RIVER AT CLARINDA (AFFECTING PAGE COUNTY).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR VEHICLE TO PASS SAFELY.

* AT 1:15 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 24.7 FEET…OR 1.7 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 23.0 FEET.

* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 25.8 FEET THIS MORNING. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACT…AT 24.0 FEET…ADDITIONAL LOWLANDS, SOME FARMLANDS, AND COUNTY ROADS FLOOD.

Iowa early News headlines: Fri., Aug. 29th 2014

News

August 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for Clarke County to respond to recent storms. Branstad announced the declaration yesterday. The county suffered damage after severe storms and rain on Saturday. Under the declaration, the county can use state resources to recover from the storm. Clarke County is in southern Iowa.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A statue of former U.S. Senator James Harlan has been unveiled in Mount Pleasant after more than a century in Washington, D.C. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds were among the guests Thursday as the statue was unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan College.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Floyd County officials plan to appoint someone to serve temporarily as county attorney, following the death of its top prosecutor. The Floyd County Board of Supervisors says it will appoint someone on Sept. 9 to fill the vacancy left by the Aug. 17 death of Normand Klemesrud. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports three people are currently running for county attorney in the November 4th election, but someone needs to serve as county attorney until then.

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — Three children have been removed from a home in eastern Iowa where police say an active meth lab was found. The Eldridge Police Department says that two men and a woman were arrested recently after officers found the meth lab. The children, ages 2, 7 and 10, are in the care of state officials.

Atlantic @ Clarinda Tonight on KJAN & KJAN.com!

Sports

August 29th, 2014 by Jim Field

Atlantic will open the new football season on the road at Clarinda with a new coach and a new-look offense. Eric Waldstein takes the reins of the Trojan program with an offensive line that is big in the middle and athletic on the outside to help run the veer offense with experienced backs.

Clarinda is in the second year of running a single wing offense and Waldstein says it’s difficult to defend.

Clarinda coach Mark Schilb says with a new coach and scheme, Atlantic has been tough to prepare for.

You can hear more from Atlantic’s Eric Waldstein this afternoon on “Trojan Preview” at 4:45. Our football coverage continues at 6:00 with “Who’s Gonna Win?” Our pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 tonight with Jim Field and Chris Parks and leads up to kick-off at 7:00. In addition to listening to the game on KJAN, we will again this season provide live, streaming video of the game on our TV page at KJAN .com.

2014 High School Football Schedule – Week 1, August 29

Sports

August 29th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 3-A District 8
Perry @ ADM
Atlantic @ Clarinda
Norwalk @ Creston
Carlisle @ Dallas Center-Grimes
Red Oak @ Glenwood
Harlan @ Denison
Oskaloosa @ Winterset

Class 2-A District 8
Atlantic @ Clarinda
East Sac County @ IKM-Manning
Kuemper Catholic @ Carroll
Prairie Valley @ NW Webster
Red Oak @ Glenwood
Shenandoah @ Riverside
Des Moines Christian @ West Central Valley

Class 1-A District 1
Audubon @ A-H-S-T
East Sac County @ IKM-Manning
Missouri Valley @ Logan-Magnolia
Cherokee, Washington @ OA-BCIG
Lawton-Bronson @ Treynor
Underwood @ Tri-Center
West Monona @ Westwood

Class 1-A District 8
Central Decatur @ Nodaway Valley
Des Moines Christian @ West Central Valley
Nevada @ Interstate 35
Panorama @ Ogden
Clarinda Academy @ Southwest Valley
Madrid @ Van Meter
Woodward-Granger @ Martensdale-St. Marys

Class A District 1
Audubon @ A-H-S-T
Bedford @ Griswold
Missouri Valley @ Logan-Magnolia
Alta-Aurelia @ Maple Valley
Shenandoah @ Riverside
Thomas Jefferson @ St. Albert
Underwood @ Tri-Center
West Monona @ Westwood

Class A District 8
Bedford @ Griswold
Clarinda Academy @ Southwest Valley
Earlham @ Woodward Academy
Woodward-Granger @ Martensdale-St. Marys
Mount Ayr @ Albia
Central Decatur @ Nodaway Valley
Colfax-Mingo @ Pleasantville
Cardinal @ SE Warren

8-Man District 1
Ar-We-Va @ Remsen St. Mary’s
East Mills @ Boyer Valley
Exira/EHK @ Nishnabotna
Kingsley-Pierson @ Clay Central-Everly
West Bend-Mallard @ Newell-Fonda
MMC @ River Valley
Sidney @ West Harrison
Fremont-Mills @ Woodbine

8-Man District 7
Adair-Casey @ CAM
Ankeny Christian Academy @ Wayne
Laurens-Marathon @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
Lenox @ East Union
Remsen-Union @ Glidden-Ralston
Stanton @ Guthrie Center
Murray @ Mormon Trail
NE Hamilton @ CAL

8-Man District 8
Adair-Casey @ CAM
East Mills @ Boyer Valley
Essex @ Lamoni
Fremont-Mills @ Woodbine
Lenox @ East Union
Exira/EHK @ Nishnabotna
Sidney @ West Harrison
Stanton @ Guthrie Center