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Local races in Tuesday’s General Election

News

November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

While the Country will be focusing on the Presidential race during Tuesday’s General Election, Iowans will be voting on various Legislative and Congressional candidates as well as local and County offices. In the KJAN listening area, there are a few, locally contested races we’ll be watching for you.

In Cass County, two men from Griswold (Republican Steve Baier and Democrat Dana Kunze), are vying for a seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors in District 4. Incumbent Republican Frank Waters, along with No Party candidates J. Ford Lillard and Randy J. Pollock, are each hoping to win the one, open District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors.

In Adams County, Republican incumbent Sheriff Alan Johannes faces a challenge from one of his Deputies, Robert Lillie, who has No Party affiliation.

In Audubon County, incumbent Sheriff Todd W. Johnson, a No-party candidate, faces a challenge from one of his Deputies, Republican Brian Juelsgaard. Three men are running for two seats on the Audubon County Board of Supervisors: Republicans Todd M. Nelson and Rick Thompson, and Democrat LaVerne Bub Deist.

In Guthrie County, Republican Jack E. Lloyd and Democrat Jerome F. Caraher are competing for one seat on the Board of Supervisors in District 1, and, Republican Mike Dickson along with Democrat David Wood, are vying for one seat on the Board in District 5.  Two women, Republican Tristen Richard and Democrat Rhonda J. Miller, are each hoping to fill a vacancy position as Audubon County Recorder.

In Shelby County, Democrat Marsha J. Carter and Republican Mark L. Maxwell, are competing for the County Auditor’s job.

And, in Pottawattamie County, Republicans Marilyn Jo Drake and Tim Wichman, Democrats Marsha Pilger and Bartholomew Randolph, and No Party candidates Jake Driver and Lynn Grobe, are running for two open seats on the Board of Supervisors. Also in Pott. County, Republican Melvyn J. Houser, Democrat Dennis Keithley and No Party candidate Art Hill, are vying to become the County Auditor.

A reminder, the polls open at 7-a.m. and close at 9-p.m. If you have any questions about where to vote and what you need to bring with you to the polling center, contact your local county auditor’s office. We’ll have local results for you on KJAN as soon as they become available, along with updates on the Iowa legislative, congressional and presidential races, from Radio Iowa, and national election information from Fox News.

Iowa GOP optimistic they could regain majority in Senate

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans say they’ll have the pieces in place on Election Day to again take control of the state Legislature. The long-standing goal, if achieved, would enable the party to alter the state’s legislative priorities next year and move unhindered on a conservative agenda.

State GOP leaders are pointing to their party’s voter registration numbers in key district races as a sign of possible success on Tuesday to flip the Senate. Democrats currently have a narrow 25-23 majority in the chamber, and Republicans hold a 57-43 lead in the Iowa House.

Data does show an uptick in voter registration for Republicans this year. Early voting is also down for Democrats compared to 2012. Senate Democrats argue Republicans made similar predictions in 2010, 2012 and 2014, only to fall short.

(Update) Missing Atlantic truck driver found safe!

News

November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sally Richter, with Richter and Sons towing, said Sunday a truck driver missing since Monday afternoon, has contacted the Denison Police Department and was on his way home. 66-year old James “Jim” Stirek had last been seen Monday afternoon in St. Mary’s, Ohio. His last fuel destination was Newton.

Details surrounding his disappearance were not immediately available.

Attempted armed burglary in Red Oak Friday night

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating an attempted armed burglary. According to the Red Oak Police Department, officers responded to a residence where a man reportedly forced his way into a garage at around 9-p.m., Friday. The victims of the crime, Austin Hale and Christian Terry, told police the man demanded their wallets, but they refused to comply. The suspect, who was wearing a blue-colored mask with some red and white embedded in it, a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, then ran away from the scene.

Fishing accident claims one life Saturday afternoon

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A fishing accident in southern Page County has claimed one life. According to the Page County Sheriff’s Office, a 69-year old man was fishing off a bank near a bridge on 320th Street at around 3-p.m. Saturday near Blanchard, when he fell into the water and was injured. He was pronounced dead later at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. His name was being withheld pending notification of family.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Shenandoah Fire Department, along with crews from the Clarinda Fire and Rescue Department, and Coin Rescue.

Rollover accident Sunday morning on I-80

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9:24-a.m. w/1 fatality reported)

One person is dead, and another was seriously injured following a rollover accident this (Sunday) morning off Interstate 80, east of the Marne Exit in Cass County. Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance and Marne Fire and Rescue were called to the scene near the 51-mile marker at around 7:15-a.m. Reports from the scene indicated a vehicle was upside down in the ditch with one victim near a fence. LifeNet helicopter landed at around 7:50-a.m. at the Marne Exit. The victim was flown to a hospital in Omaha. The other victim died at the scene. Both were ejected from the vehicle.

The vehicle is in a harvested field just south of the ambulance in this picture (Ric Hanson/photo)

The vehicle is in a harvested field just south of the ambulance in this picture (Ric Hanson/photo)

No other details are currently available.

State entering driest period of year with good moisture in reserve

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A state report concludes Iowa is heading into the winter months with a “predominantly good” level of moisture in reserve — at the groundwater level. In addition, river and stream flows at the surface are “above normal.”

“Most of the state is in really good shape,” according to Tim Hall, a hydrologist who works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “We’ve been doing these water summary updates snapshots here for more than four years now, just kind of tracking the conditions across the state,” Hall says. “Going into what is typically the stretch of the four driest months of the year, it’s still kind of wet across the northern half of the state from the rains that we received in August and September.”

But Hall says rainfall has been “pretty variable” and there’s a section of south central Iowa that is “stubbornly dry.”  He says “We’ve been watching that little part of the state since the early part of the summer. They just have not had the consistent rainfall that the rest of the state has had, but they’re still not rated as any kind of drought situation, but ‘abnormally dry.'”

According to Hall’s report, October was the first month since June for below normal rainfall. There were no “widespread excessive rain events” during October either, giving north central and northeast Iowa a chance to dry out a bit after massive rain in September.

A link to the full report can be found here: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Water Summary Update/20161103wsu.pdf?ver=2016-11-04-091819-780

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans needed to test new drug in Alzheimer’s study

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Volunteers are needed in Iowa to test a new drug which researchers say has promising potential in preventing or slowing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Reisa Sperling, a neurology professor at Harvard University, says the medical trial will run three-and-a-half years. That may seem quite long, but memory changes can progress very slowly, so she says it’s important to study people over time.

Dr. Sperling says, “We’re looking for people aged 65 to 85, but unlike most Alzheimer’s studies, we’re looking for people who don’t yet have symptoms, or at least have very mild concerns about their memory.” University Hospitals in Iowa City is one of 60 sites in the nation where the so-called A-4 study will be done. That A-4 stands for the Anti-Amyloid in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study.

“The A4 study is really the first of its kind prevention study where we’re trying to find people who are still normal, who have early brain changes that we think are associated with Alzheimer’s disease but don’t yet have the symptoms,” Sperling says. “Our job is to try to help prevent them from developing the symptoms and progressing with memory decline.”

More than five-million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050, scientists expect that number to triple to 15-million or more. Volunteers will need to report to the hospital once a month over the course of the study and each visit may last 30 to 60 minutes. Taking part will involve memory tests, brain scans, M-R-Is and the drug will be administered using an I-V.

“This drug has been in about 3,000 people already but it’s primarily been tested before at the stage of dementia where people have already had the Alzheimer’s disease changes in their brain for more than a decade,” Sperling says. “What’s really groundbreaking about the A4 study is now moving it to people who don’t yet have symptoms and hopefully, in time to really save their brains.”

Volunteers will be compensated. She expects ten-thousand patients will be screened at the 60 sites in order to find the 11-hundred-50 who will be chosen for the study. For more details, visit: http://a4study.org

(Radio Iowa)

Traffic stop in Cass County results in drugs seized, CO man arrested

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A recent traffic stop in Cass County along Interstate 80 resulted in nine-pounds of marijuana being seized at the arrest of a man from Colorado. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Thomas Alton Dees, of Denver, CO, was arrested for Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, following a traffic stop on eastbound I-80 near the Olive Street Exit. Deputy Tyler Shiels and his K9 partner conducted the traffic stop and were responsible for the arrest and drug seizure.

NE man arrested on a drug charge in Fremont County

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November 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports a Nebraska man was arrested on a drug charge early this (Sunday) morning. Deputies were called to the Sapp Brothers Truck Stop at around 4-a.m., following a reported disturbance at that location. After they investigated the situation, 32-year old Chevis Grier, of Lincoln, NE, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense. Grier was brought to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond.

Chevis Grier

Chevis Grier