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Atlantic man arrested on Possession charge & warrant


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says an Atlantic man was arrested Friday on a drug charge, and on a warrant out of Shelby County. 32-year old Sean Patrick Gifford, was taken into custody on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver. Gifford was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was later released to Shelby County, where he was also wanted on a warrant.
Today (Monday) deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year old Tary Joseph Scholz, of Lincoln, NE, on two District Court warrants, one for Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree; and one for Burglary 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, as related to area burglaries in October 2013 of car washes and laundromats. Scholz was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $11,500 bond.

Troublesome Creek out of its banks today

News, Weather

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Emergency Management Agency is continuing to monitor both the Troublesome Creek and East Nishnabotna Rivers, in Atlantic.11401357_10153405168546948_6163527090631784140_n Troublesome was bank full and out of its banks to the south just east of the Olive Street bridge as of 11-a.m. At 10-a.m., the river was at 14.57-feet. Flood stage is 19-feet. The river is expected to crest at 15.5-feet, but Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon said that depends on how much more rain we get locally and upstream.

No flood warnings have been issued for Cass County at this time, however a Flood Warning is in effect for the East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak, until early Tuesday morning.

2 arrests in Mills County


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest last Thursday night, of 39-year old Gabriel Aaron Dabney, of Pacific Junction. Dabney was charged with Willful Disturbance and Interference with Official Acts. Bond was set at $600.

And, last Friday morning, 25-year old Christopher Lee McDaniel, of Pacific Junction, was arrested on a Warrant for Violation of Probation. McDaniel was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

Guthrie Center woman arrested on numerous charges, including animal neglect


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a Guthrie Center woman was arrested by Police in Adair on June 9th. 31-year old Lisa Marie Ebrecht faces several charges, including Animal Neglect/Death or Injury. According to the sheriff’s report, the woman allegedly had the power shut off to a home at 602 Adair Street, knowing there were animals in kennels inside the home during the day. Ebrecht was also cited for Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing an Emergency Call, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, Trespass – causing injury or damage in excess of $200, and Harassment in the 2nd degree. She was being held in the Adair County Jail on $2,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office said also, 46-year old Kevin Eugene Stark, of Adair, was arrested June 11th in Adair, by authorities with the Iowa Dept. of Corrections. Stark was taken into custody on a warrant. His bond was set at $2,000. And, 33-year old Michael Joshua Jones, of Creston, was arrested June 11th by Adair County deputies, on a charge of Harassment in the 1st degree. His bond was also set at $2,000.

Creston man arrested for Probation Violation


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports 37-year old Norman Dallas Olson, of Creston, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Union County Jail. Olson was taken into custody on a Union County warrant for probation violation. He was being held in the jail on $2000 bond.

Fremont County arrest report (6/15)


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), released a report on recent arrests. Officials say on Sunday, 30-year old Sarah Kathleen Hansen, of Omaha, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Last Wednesday, deputies arrested: 41-year old Denise Lynn Esquivel, of Shenandoah, who was sentenced to two days in jail, and 30-year old Zachary Michael Anderson, of Sidney, who was arrested for Failure to Comply with the State’s Sex Offender Registry.

And on June 7th, Fremont County deputies arrested: 27-year old Kassandra Lee Kudlacek, of Thurman, for Serious Domestic Assault; 39-year old Jason Michael Housh, of Bennington, NE., for OWI/2nd offense, Child Endangerment, and Excessive Speed, and 27-year old Jeremy Neil Anderson, of Omaha, for OWI/2nd Offense.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/15/2015

News, Podcasts

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Harlan achieves certified Blue Zones status


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Healthways, Inc., and Blue Zones, LLC, today (Monday) announced that the City of Harlan has been named a certified Blue Zones Community®. Certification recognizes the city’s transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project®, a first-of-its-kind population health program that brings the world’s best practices in food policy, built environment, purpose and social networking to participating cities.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones®, the Blue Zones Project initiative encourages all Iowa communities to optimize their surroundings to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Community leaders, volunteers and organizations throughout Harlan have been working to achieve certification status since October 2012, when the community was named a Blue Zones Project demonstration site. As a result of its efforts, Harlan can celebrate:

· It’s $350,000 investment in expanding the Pioneer Park 1.2 mile walking trail to include 10-foot wide sidewalks. New lighting also enhances safety and encourages extended use at dawn and dusk.

· A school district that now offers biometric screening opportunities three times per year and a health risk assessment. More than 98 percent of participants have indicated they will continue to participate in the wellness program.

· Members of the Peterson Wellness Center and the Harlan Community School District, who completed more than 700 Blue Zones Personal Pledges during a friendly competition.

· Employees at Elm Crest Retirement Community, who logged 500 volunteer hours in 2014.

· A 5-percent increase in Hy-Vee produce sales each year over the past three years and shelf space for fresh-cut produce has tripled in size.

· The elementary school garden, which has grown fivefold in size during the past year, and the school district’s tobacco policy now prohibits all types of tobacco products.

· And the Sandwich Bowl restaurant, which now offers carrots or an apple as a side, resulting in the use of more than 12 pounds of baby carrots each week. About 15 percent of sandwiches are now ordered with either carrots or apples instead of the regular side of chips.

Harlan achieved Blue Zones Community status after reaching several key milestones, all of which are required improvement goals for Blue Zones Project demonstration communities to receive certification. The community is planning a celebration later this summer to recognize the efforts of the entire community in becoming a certified Blue Zones Community.

Fifteen Iowa communities are currently part of the Blue Zones Project. For more information, please visit www.bluezonesproject.com.

Rain runoff fills up some streets in Polk County communities

News, Weather

June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Several streets in Ankeny and other Polk County communities have been covered with runoff from heavy overnight rain. The National Weather Service says it’s received reports that up to 3 inches of rain has fallen since midnight in southeast Ankeny and that up to 8 inches of water is covering some intersections and streets. Flooded and blocked streets also have been reported in Altoona.

A flood warning has been issued for the Des Moines River, and the Raccoon River and North Raccoon River have already risen above flood stage.  The weather service says thunderstorms later Monday could bring 2 more inches of rain to the area.

24-hour rainfall in Atlantic thru 7-a.m. today was 2.92 inches.

Creston man injured in Friday afternoon accident


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A collision between an SUV and a car in Creston Friday afternoon resulted in one person being transported to the Greater Regional Medical Center. Creston Police say 42-year old James Pryor, and 18-year old Brandon Robertson, both of Creston, were traveling east on Highway 34 at around 2:20-p.m., when Pryor slowed to turn. Robertson told police he blacked out just before his Ford Escape hit the rear of Pryor’s Ford Taurus. Pryor said he could see Robertson’s vehicle quickly coming up on him, and knew he was about to be hit.

Robertson was taken to the hospital by his mother, while Pryor was apparently uninjured. Damage from the collision amounted to $2,200.