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3 arrests in Montgomery County Wed. morning

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested Wednesday morning (today), all within a span of about 30-minutes. 22-year old Justin Caleb Sunderman, of Red Oak, was arrested for Failure to Appear on a Red Oak City Parking violation. Bond was set at $300.

85-year old Lois M. Nelson, of Red Oak, was arrested for Assault, in connection with an incident which allegedly occurred at the Red Oak Post Office. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Dollen said employees at the U.S. Post Office in Red Oak accused Nelson of shoplifting. As an employee tried to recover the undisclosed item, Nelson allegedly hit the victim in the shoulder and spit on his face. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and later posted a $300 bond.

And, 47-year old Mark Douglas Berggren, of Red Oak, was arrested for Failure to Appear on an original violation of a No Contact Order. His bond was set at $4,000.

(12-p.m. News)

City of Atlantic faces a Sex Discrimination lawsuit

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County resident is suing the City of Atlantic for sexual discrimination, in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act. According to documents filed Monday in Cass County District Court, Laurine Price, of Atlantic filed suit Feb. 25th, alleging the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors refused to hire her for the Parks and Rec Director’s position, or Assistant Director’s position. She has requested a jury trial.

Price claims she was denied an interview three separate times, when the Parks and Rec Director’s job became open in May 2008 and in 2010. She says she was also denied an interview in the fall of 2014, when the Department made it known they would soon be looking for an Assistant Director. In each instance, a man was hired for the job.

In her lawsuit, Price says a Parks Board member told her “The Board questioned whether a woman would be capable of handling the physical requirements of the Director Position.” Price says in two instances, the Board hired a man with less experience than she has. According to a fact sheet included in the lawsuit, Price has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy and at the time of her first application, nine-years of experience in the field of recreations, which made her “Well-qualified for the Director position.”

Court documents say when the Board began taking applications for the Assistant Parks and Rec Department Director, she reviewed the job posting and job description and determined she was qualified for the position. After sending the required materials (Cover letter, three letters of recommendation and resume) to Director Roger Herring, Price said Herring responded on Dec. 5th, 2014, with a job description that included additional requirements not originally posted on the Iowa Parks and Recreation website on Nov. 28th.

Specifically, the new job description required applicants to dead lift 70 pounds, have a valid Iowa Driver’s license and be able to operate power tools, requirements which Price acknowledged in an e-mail back to Herring, that she could meet. The lawsuit says Herring worked with the Parks Board to screen candidates, and again passed her over for an interview. Ultimately, the Board hired Seth Stasshelm, who, according to the suit, says has “less relevant work experience,” than Price.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment that will “Fully and fairly compensate her for her injuries [mental and emotional distress, anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, lost enjoyment of life, medical expenses, lost wages, benefits, future earnings” and other aspects of employment]. It also seeks reimbursement for relevant legal fees and court costs.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring was not immediately available for comment on the matter.

Clarinda man arrested Tue. night for interference w/official acts

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Page County arrested a Clarinda man Tuesday night, for Interference with Official Acts. 55-year old Shane Richard Roder was taken into custody as the result of being served a Protection Order at a residence in Clarinda. Roder was being held in the Page County Jail.

Cass County Supervisors vote to cut recommended compensation for elected officials

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), reviewed the County Compensation Board’s recommendations for salary increases for elected officials (Attorney, Auditor, Recorder, Treasurer, Sheriff and Board of Supervisors), but voted unanimously to adopt a Resolution cutting the amount of proposed increases in half. The increases will amount instead to: $1,500 for the Attorney, Auditor, Recorder and Treasurer; $2,500 for the Sheriff, and $600 for the Supervisors.

The Board also approved the Fiscal Year 2016-17 County Budget, which amounts to $18.35-million, or an increase of $2.15-million. The tax asking for the upcoming Fiscal Year is $5.32 per $1,000 valuation Countywide (a decrease of about 2-cents per thousand dollars from the last fiscal year) and $9.76 for the unincorporated areas that receive gas and electric utility service (a decrease of nearly 3.5-cents per thousand from last year). The Supervisors also approved the Cass County Secondary Roads Department Budget amounting to $5.63-million, and the purchase of two rolling  dump truck chassis with Allison transmissions. The low bid from Freightliner (with trade-ins) amounted to $149,754.

In other business, the Supervisors approved the appointment of two County Medical Examiner Investigators to assist Dr. Elaine Berry. The investigators, Allison Bruckner and Darci Young, both Registered Nurses at the Cass County Hospital, are in the process of being fully trained for the job, and will be paid $200 per call, effective immediately, an increase of $100 from last year. Their terms expire in two-years. Auditor Dale Sunderman pointed out M.E. Investigator fees in other counties can amount to as much as $500 per hour.

And, the Board acted on approving a Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council request to proclaim April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Cass County, which entails the placing of a sign and blue/silver pinwheels, in the flower garden areas on the south side of the Cass County Courthouse.

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs juvenile records bill into law

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will keep most juvenile delinquency records confidential in Iowa. Branstad signed the legislation Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol, following overwhelming support in the Republican-majority House and the Democratic-controlled Senate. It also has the support of several advocacy groups. The measure is part of Branstad’s efforts to address criminal justice reform in Iowa.

The law will keep juvenile court records confidential unless otherwise ordered by a judge. The local NAACP says it will help youth who may struggle in the future to find work or educational opportunities because an old court record is disclosed. The law will apply to juvenile court proceedings that are pending or arise after July 1, when the measure goes into effect.

Standoff in Glenwood ends in a brief struggle w/law enforcement

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A stand-off that began Tuesday evening in Glenwood ended nearly an hour later, with the suspect being taken into custody after a brief struggle. According to Glenwood Police, officers responded to a domestic situation involving an armed subject, at 914 Green Street, at around 6:25-p.m. The alleged victim was able to leave the residence, and advised law enforcement the suspect, 61-year old Thomas Sawyer, had numerous firearms inside, and was in possession of a loaded weapon.

Deputies with the Mills, Montgomery, and Fremont County Sheriff’s Offices, along with Tabor Police, and members of the Iowa State Patrol, all assisted with the incident. Officers were able to get Sawyer to leave his residence, and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody at around 7:20-p.m.

Sawyer was brought to the Mills County Jail and charged with Domestic Assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, (felony) Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and Interference with Official Acts.

NE man arrested on drug charges in Adams County

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a car “All over the road” in Adams County, resulted in the arrest of a Nebraska man on drug charges. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Garrett Bazzell, of LaVista, NE, was arrested just before 7-a.m. today (Wednesday), for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, after his vehicle was pulled over on Highway 34 at the 66 mile marker. Bazzell’s bond was set at $1,000.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/9/2016

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Denison Police ask for help in finding missing teen

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Denison Police Department is asking for your help in locating a missing teenager. 16-year-old Madilyne Janelle Bishop was last seen, on Monday, at Denison High School. The white female is about 5-feet 2-inches tall with brown eyes, long and straight brown hair. The teen is believed to be with a man, in his mid-20s, that she knows and may have met online. He may be driving a green, two-door vehicle.

Authorities say an Amber Alert was not issued because the teen apparently left voluntarily, she was not abducted. If you have any information about Bishop’s whereabouts, call Denison police at (712) 263-3195, or Crawford County CrimeStoppers at (712) 263-4050.12799247_981228915298375_3331561249043862705_n

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 3/9/2016

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March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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