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Wrongful conviction lawyers seek to talk to jurors


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The attorneys for two men whose lawsuit against Council Bluffs and two former police officers for wrongful conviction ended in mistrial are asking permission from the judge to talk to jurors. A mistrial was declared Dec. 14 in the lawsuit Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee filed after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict. The men sought millions of dollars claiming they deserved payment for spending 25 years in prison for a murder courts overturned based on misconduct of prosecutors.

Last week Harrington and McGhee’s attorneys asked Judge Robert Pratt to set aside rules prohibiting jury contact. The attorneys say it would be irresponsible to embark on a new trial without learning more about jurors’ impressions and deliberations. Attorneys for the city and the police officers say they don’t object.

Iowa early News Headlines: Christmas Day 2012


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the Iowa Lottery believe a blizzard just before Christmas boosted scratch-ticket sales. The Iowa Lottery delivered nearly $5.7 million worth of instant tickets to Iowa retailers last week, up from nearly $5 million for the same week last year.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — An offspring of the famous Decorah eagles was spotted this weekend back in northeast Iowa. The Raptor Resource Project says a satellite transmitter shows the eagle has flown thousands of miles since leaving its nest 18 months ago. The eagles became famous after Raptor Resource Project staffers streamed the birds’ actions over the Internet.

WALKER, Iowa (AP) — Two women in eastern Iowa have been hospitalized after a Christmas Eve crash. Linn County authorities say the crash happened yesterday morning. Investigators say Patricia Daringer of Cedar Rapids lost control of her Buick, spun across the center line and struck a Cadillac driven by Douglas Chester of Strawberry Point. A female passenger in his car was hospitalized.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux County authorities say they’ve found no links between a weekend fire that killed 650 hogs near Rock Valley and another mass hog death at a nearby confinement facility. About 500 hogs were found dead last week after investigators say someone tampered with a climate control system.

Tracking Santa


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Want to know where Santa is right now? The folks at NORAD are making sure his journey is safe and trouble free. Follow his warp-speed delivery style at http://www.noradsanta.org/


Marne man cited for shooting loose dog


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Marne man was cited this (Monday) morning for Unlawful Use of a Firearm, in the shooting of a a Chocolate Labrador. According to Cass County Deputy Corey Larsen, the dog,a  family pet, was loose and entered the mans’ property when it was shot. The incident occurred at around 10-a.m. near a residence on Washington Street in Marne.

Dan Ernat, who lives in the Quad Cities, told KJAN News the dog was his 23-year old daughter Stacie’s beloved pet. The woman lives in Denver, CO.,  and had stopped by her friend’s house in Atlantic. Together, he says they went to another friend’s house in Marne before Stacie was to continue on to visit her parents in the Quad Cities.

Ernat said his daughter was playing a game of  “fetch” with the dog, when it ran onto property owned by Collins C. Cutler at 305 Washington Street,  of Marne. Ernat says according to his daughter, Cutler came out the back door of his home and shot the dog with a shotgun, about 40-feet away, in full view of other individuals.

A call to Collins’ home by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson went unanswered at mid-day, Monday.

Get texted about a $1000 Target gift card? Just delete it. It’s a scam.


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Plenty of Iowans could use a thousand-dollar gift card at this time of year. Be warned though, thousands of people are getting text messages on their phones, telling them they’ve been picked to get a big-money gift card from a well-known retailer. Jim Hegarty, of the Better Business Bureau, says you shouldn’t fall for it. “The text message indicates you’re eligible for a free $1000 gift card from Target,” Hegarty says. “It indicates you need to go to a website and enter an access code.” Don’t go to the website, no matter how tempting it may be. Hegarty says the senders of the texts are up to no good.

“What ends up happening, you get further bombardment, emails, all sorts of offers from companies we don’t know anything about,” Hegarty says. “We can’t really evaluate the legitimacy of them.” The best course of action is to just delete the text, as no good will come from it, certainly not a free thousand-dollar gift card.  He says, “We believe this is a phishing scheme that is simply designed to gather lots of personal information about consumers that can ultimately be sold.” Iowans are reminded to treat any text message that comes to their phone from someone they don’t know just like they’re treat an email from an unknown source — as if it’s spam. Learn more at www.bbb.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Carstens Farmstead Annual Meeting Set for January 8, 2013

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc. say their annual meeting will be held on Monday, January 8th, 2013, beginning at 7:00 pm,  at the Shelby Community Building in Shelby. Anyone wanting to re-new or begin a new membership in Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc., can download a membership form that’s available on the organization’s web page.

Memberships can be paid on January 8th during the annual meeting or they may be mailed to: Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc., PO Box 302, Shelby, IA 51570.  An election for positions on the board of directors will be held.  Proxy voting will be available for those who cannot attend the meeting.  Members may access a Proxy by visiting www.carstensfarm.com.

Carstens’ President Mel Hursey says they will “Discuss what is in store for visitors to the farm in 2013.” In addition, reports will be given on Farm Days 2012 and on-going repair and maintenance projects at the farm.  Immediately following the election, members of the board will vote on officers for 2013.  Hursey says also, they Will review the past year and hold elections for the 2013 officers.” Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc. members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc., a non-profit group of local volunteer members, maintains the farm as a working museum exhibit.  It is located between Minden and Shelby, in Pottawattamie County.  The farmstead is the home of Carstens Farm Days, which is held the first weekend after Labor Day each September.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information visit the web site: www.carstensfarm.com

Minor accident in Atlantic Saturday


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following an accident Saturday morning, at 7th and Poplar Streets. Officials say vehicles driven by Leo Garside and Troy Retallic, both of Atlantic, collided at the intersection at around 9:10-a.m., when Retallic failed to stop for the red light as he was traveling west on 7th Street, and Garside was traveling south. The police report did not indicate if any citations were issued. Damage from the accident amounted to $6,500.

9AM Newscast 12-24-2012

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December 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Fire kills 650 pigs in northwest Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say several hundred pigs have been killed by a fire at a feeding operation in northwest Iowa. The fire was reported around 9:50 p.m. on Saturday at a confinement facility four miles southeast of Rock Valley. The Sioux City Journal says  firefighters reported the hog confinement building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. About 650 30-pound pigs were killed.  The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Authorities also are investigating the deaths of an estimated 475 hogs at a confinement facility five miles south of Rock Valley. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says someone entered the building and tampered with the climate control system between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday. The hogs weighed about 280 pounds each.

Storage unit burglarized in Montgomery County


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak are investigating another storage unit burglary. Authorities says the Hawkeye Storage Units at 2505 N. Broadway in Red Oak were hit sometime over the weekend. On Sunday, a Red Oak woman reported to police someone cut the lock off of her storage rental unit. Once inside, the thief or thieves stole two kerosene heaters, two lawn mowers, one 40-gallon trash can, and numerous garden tools. The loss was estimated at about $435.

The same storage facility was late last May. At the time, authorities said a motorcycle was stolen from a storage unit. Another Red Oak storage facility, Park West Storage, was hit by thieves in June.

Anyone with information on the most recent theft, is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (712)-623-5107 or Montgomery County Crime stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.