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Rural Siouxland EMS teams shrink, struggle to find new staff

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MOORHEAD, Iowa (AP) – Rural communities in Siouxland are struggling to find new Emergency Medical Services personnel as teams shrink due to the lack of new workers or volunteers. The Sioux City Journal reports that fire stations in Moorhead and other communities in Monora County cite the drain of youth from rural communities as the primary factor for the lack of new recruits.

Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt says the shortage has slowed response time since fewer people can stop what they’re doing to come to the aid of someone who’s sick or injured outside of town. Moorhead has a population of about 230 people. It’s nearly a half hour drive to the nearest hospital in Onawa. Pratt says the issue will be discussed at a public meeting Wednesday in hopes of working toward a solution.

Audubon Police reports six arrests

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer reports six arrests have taken place over the past few weeks. Most recently, on Sunday, 22 year old Daylan Gene Kleen, of Audubon, was arrested for Driving While Barred and a Failure to Appear Warrant from Pottawattamie County. Kleen was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. That same day, Audubon Police arrested 57 year old Karla Jo Anderson, of Audubon, for a Probation Violation Warrant out of Woodbury County. Anderson was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held.

On Saturday, Audubon Police arrested 35 year old Angela Marie Cerda, of Audubon for Theft 5th degree. Cerda was also arrested Feb. 22nd for an alleged incident of shoplifting. In both cases she was cited and released on promise to appear later, in court. On March 7th, officers in Audubon arrested  22 year old Kaz Ryan Cozad, of Lamoni, on a warrant for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. Cozad turned himself in and was released on promise to appear later, in court.

On Feb. 27th, 29 year old Spencer Gordon Heuton, of Audubon, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended License and Failure to have a valid Motorcycle License. Heuton was released on promise to appear later, in court.

5 injured in 2 separate ATV accidents in Pott. & Union Counties, over the weekend

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A total of five people were hurt in two separate ATV accidents over the weekend, in Pottawattamie and Union Counties. Lt. Rob Ambrose, with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, told KJAN News a child’s ATV driven by 24-year old MacKenzie Belnap, of Council Bluffs, and his passenger, 31-year old Jessica Grogan, of Audubon, veered off the road at around 11-p.m. Sunday and went into a ditch before hitting or sideswiping a barbed-wire fence. Belnap and Grogran rode the machine back to Walnut before calling for help. They were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic for treatment. A report on their conditions was not available.

Belnap was cited for Operating an ATV with more persons than it was designed to carry, operating an ATV on a Highway, and Failure to Maintain Control. The accident happened near 500th and Western Avenue, on the northwest side of Walnut.

The other accident happened at around 2:45-p.m. Saturday, in Union County. The Sheriff’s Office says a Polaris Razor ATV/UTV driven by 17-year old Quinton Scadden, of Creston, was traveling across a bridge on 245th Street, when the vehicle went out of control. The UTV rolled over and came to rest on its wheels facing east, on the north side of the road. Scadden, who was wearing a shoulder & lap belt, suffered minor injuries. He was transported to the Greater  Regional Medical Center in Creston, by ambulance. 21-year old Kaytlynn Scadden, of Creston, was riding in the unenclosed passenger/cargo area, and ejected from the UTV when it rolled. She was flown by helicopter to the Creston Hospital/ A third passenger, 14-year old Jack Frey, of Creston, who was belted into a passenger seat, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Shelby County Fire Danger remains “High” this week

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency say the light rains in the forecast today will not be enough to stop the potential for fire to spread rapidly. The Fire Danger category will remain “HIGH” until at least Thursday morning, when the next update is expected.

After today and tomorrow, winds and very low relative humidity will combine with the sunshine to rapidly dry the dead vegetation, again, making for dangerous fire conditions.High Fire Danger

The National Weather Service is forecasting very dry and very high fire condition for later this week.
The Shelby County EMA says you should remember to call your controlled burns in to the EMA Communications center at (712)- 755—2124, and, contact your local Fire Chief.

‘Suicidal deer,’ says northern Iowa county’s road warning

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. ANSGAR, Iowa (AP) – A new deer crossing warning sign in northern Iowa is attracting attention and mixed reactions. “Suicidal deer” says the sign just outside of St. Ansgar, with another sign underneath that says, ‘Next 2 mi.” The signs along Iowa Highway 105 sit near Sally Hertel’s land. She says she found the deer sign a little insensitive. But Becky Dodson, who also lives near the sign, says she thought it was funny. Mitchell County officials got the idea after seeing postings about a similar sign in central Illinois.

Mitchell County Supervisor Stan Walk in Iowa says the county didn’t intend to offend anyone in its effort to prevent accidents caused by the numerous deer in the area. He says officials wanted the sign to be an attention-getter, and it has been.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/14/2016

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 3/14/2016

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Some boaters still need to register

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says some 10-thousand boat owners are running out of time to register the hull identification number of their boats. D-N-R Boating Law Administrator, Susan Stocker, says the U-S Coast Guard found the numbers from the manufacturers did not meet regulations. “Recently the states have been tasked with making sure and verifying that these boats to have the 12-digit hull identification numbers, H-I-N’s. And so, we’re just trying to give a heads up to the boat owners that still need to register their HINS before they want to register it,”

Stocker says. She says boat owners should have gotten notice. “We’ve sent them an affidavit,” Stocker says, “and so what they do is they fill it out and either do a pencil rubbing or take a photography of their hull identification number to verify it. And then they can either mail it in, email it in or fax it in, and then we’ll process it.” Boat owners will need to verify the H-I-N prior to April 30th in order to renew their boat registration.

Stocker says any boat owner has to register their boat by the deadline or they face a five dollar penalty. Stocker says many boaters are probably getting the itch to get out on the water, and need to get the verification and registration complete. “As the weather does get warmer and everybody will want to get out on the water, we want to be sure they are able to do that by doing a little bit of paperwork before it gets too nice,” Stocker says.

Stocker says there are around 235-thousand boats registered in the state. for more information on the boat registration, go to the D-N-R’s website at: www.iowadnr.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Riverton man arrested on drug charges Monday morning

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports early this (Monday) morning, deputies conducted an investigation into illegal drug activity. As a result of that investigation 35- year old Joshua Martin of Riverton, IA, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.

The arrest happened after undercover deputies conducted a drug transaction with Martin. Martin was arrested with incident at the scene, following the transaction. He was transported to the Fremont County Jail being held on a $100,000 cash bond. Other drug charges are pending following conclusion of the investigation.

Joshua Martin

Joshua Martin

Red Oak man arrested for providing tobacco to a minor

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March 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County arrested 32-year old Scott James Wiese, of Red Oak, Sunday afternoon. Wiese was charged with providing tobacco to a person or persons  under the age of 18. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.