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Omaha man arrested, warrants issued for 2 more Cass County cattle theft suspects

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into the theft of cattle from a farm near Lewis has resulted in the arrest of a Nebraska man, and arrest warrants for two other Nebraskans. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 57-year old Ervin John Jacob, of Omaha, was arrested Jan. 22nd following the execution of a search warrant in Omaha.

Ervin John Jacob (Cass Co. Sheriff's Dept. photo)

Ervin John Jacob (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Dept. photo)

Jacob was arrested on three Class D felony counts of Theft in the 2nd degree, and a Class-D felony charge of ongoing Criminal Conduct, for his involvement in three incidents of cattle theft.

The Cass County District Court has also issued warrants for 49-year old James Michael Brunzo, of Omaha, for two counts of Theft 2nd for his complicity in the thefts that took place May 28th, 2014, and June 9th, 2014,  and for 42-year old Amy Louise Springer,  of Omaha, NE, who faces  one count of Theft 2nd Degree for her complicity in a theft that took place January 6th, 2015.

The investigation into the trio’s activities began on May 28th, 2014, when the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the overnight theft of two cattle from Freund Brothers Farms in Lewis. On June 9, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took another report of the theft of four cattle from JW Freund Farms in Lewis, IA. Again, on January 6, 2015, Freund Brothers Farms reported the theft of two more cattle overnight. On January 16, 2015, Cass County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search warrant in Omaha, Nebraska, with the assistance of the Omaha Police Department and the Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office.

Cass County authorities were assisted in their investigation by the Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office, the Omaha Police Department, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Massena Sale Barn, Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, and citizens, whose tips assisted in the outcome of the investigation.

Backyard and Beyond 01-27-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Beth Irlbeck, Cass County Extension Youth Coordinator, about youth opportunities for fun and learning.


Ham Loaf (1-27-15)

Mom's Tips

January 27th, 2015 by Jim Field

  • 3 pounds Fareway’s ham loaf or can use 2 pounds ham and 1 pound hamburger (optional – 1/2 pound pork sausage)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs

Mix thoroughly ham, milk and eggs with graham crackers.  Put in 9″ x 13″ pan.


  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Combine soup, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard.  Heat and pour over ham loaf.  Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or more uncovered.  Note – I do ham balls with this recipe.

(Agnes Kramer)


Heartbeat Today 01-27-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

January 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Lydia Wahlert, Exira-EHK Science Teacher, about a national contest the school is competing in for school supplies.  You can help them out by voting everyday for their video “Exira-EHK Earth Day” at this web page.


Backyard and Beyond 01-26-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with J.R. Moss, Director of Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, about an art therapy program.


Heartbeat Today 01-26-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

January 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field talks about steps to take to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.


(Podcast) Family Fun in the Kitchen, 01-24-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

January 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making bread.Bread






Flavors of Harvest Quick Bread–Wellmark Blue magazine, Winter 2015


½ c. (1 stick) butter, melted

1-1/2 c. white whole-wheat flour

1-1/2 t. ground cinnamon

1 t. baking soda

¼ t. baking powder

½ t. salt

2 eggs

1 c. applesauce (If using prepackaged 4-oz. cups of applesauce, use 2-1/2 of them.)

1/3 c. maple syrup

¼ c. raisins

½ c. coarsely chopped English walnuts, divided


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease sides and bottom of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add raisins to dry mixture and gently stir to coat raisins. Using a fork, mix in eggs, applesauce, melted butter, and syrup until well combined, making sure not to over mix. Add ¼ c. walnuts and gently stir. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Top with remaining walnuts. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. If a taller loaf is desired, use an 8-1/2 x 4 inch loaf pan and bake until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 1 loaf.

STRAWBERRY PECAN BREAD–More Kitchen Keepsakes Cookbook


Ingredients (Bread):

3 c. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

2-1/2 t. cinnamon

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1-1/4 c. oil (I use corn oil)

2 tiny drops red food coloring (optional)

1-16-ounce container frozen strawberries in their juice

1/2 c. chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare  two, 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans by spraying with a nonstick cooking spray with flour OR can grease bottom and sides of pan and dust with a fine coating of flour.

In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Add eggs and oil; blend well. Add thawed strawberries and juice and food coloring. Mix only until ingredients are combined. Pour into prepared loaf pans Sprinkle pecans on tops of loaves. Bake about 1 hr. Cool in pans for about 10 min. Turn out of pans and brush with glaze.

Ingredients (Glaze):

¼ c. water

2-3 T. sugar

½ t. strawberry flavor (optional)


Mix ingredients together. Using pastry brush, brush glaze on tops of loaves. Cool loaves completely before slicing.


Backyard and Beyond 01-23-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lavon Eblen speaks with Twila Garside about Therapy Dogs.


Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deere is laying off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and will sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker adjusts to demand for its products.  The Moline, Illinois, company also says it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa. It plans to fill nearly all those positions with workers were laid off at agricultural equipment factories last year. The latest indefinite layoffs will be at sites that build agricultural equipment.

Employees laid off until summer work at the company’s seeding and cylinder factory in Moline. That location is going on an extended inventory adjustment shutdown. Deere & Co. is the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier. It employs about 29,000 in the United States and Canada.

Backyard and Beyond 01-22-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

January 22nd, 2015 by Mark Saylor

w/Lavon Eblen talking about Trending Health Foods