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8AM Newscast 09-29-2012

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Sign Up for 2011 FSA SURE Progam to Begin

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency John R. Whitaker announced that disaster assistance under FSA’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program begins on October 22, 2012.

In order to be eligible for SURE a farm or ranch must meet the following requirements: 1. At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance.  2. Insured all economically significant crops.  3. Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Designation.  Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to natural disaster in 2011.  Other insurance qualifications do apply.

Those producers that suffered a loss in 2011 are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more and to apply.

For more information about the SURE program or other disaster assistance programs you can visit the FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Harlan Man Gets Prison Time for Homemade Grenade

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

A western Iowa man is headed to federal prison for possession of a homemade hand grenade.

Federal prosecutors in Iowa say 38-year-old Alan Lee Heath of Harlan was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for possessing a destructive device. U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner also ordered Heath to serve two years of supervised release once his prison term ends.

Authorities says Heath was stopped by two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in December, after he was seen trespassing at a private residence. Deputies say they had to subdue him, and a search of his person found a device that included a plastic cylinder with gun powder, wrapped with electrical tape. The device had .22-caliber bullets taped to the outside.

4 Charged in Shelby County Speedway Theft

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Officials in Shelby County say 4 people were arrested in connection with the theft that took place on September 8th at the Shelby County Speedway. KJAN’s sister station KNOD says the Harlan Police Department reports 26 year old Zachary Scheffler, 27 year old David Coenen, both of Harlan and 19 year old Kaitlyn Stessman of Defiance, were all charged with 1st degree theft. In addition, 18 year old Zachary Kloewer of Harlan was charged with possession of stolen property. 23 year old Jacob Scheffler of Harlan, along with Kloewer and Coenen were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cass County BOS Meeting

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The Cass County Board of Supervisors had their final September meeting Friday morning at the Cass County Courthouse.

The Board heard from Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner and unanimously approved hiring Deb Church as a temporary office assistant for a few weeks until they get a final hire done.  Feistner explained that she’s been a tremendous help and typically comes in a couple of days each week.

The Supervisors then heard from Cass County Engineer Charles Marker.  He provided the Board with an update on the various projects the Secondary Roads Department is handling.  He says they recently sent out proposals to construct a bridge at the intersection of G43 and N28 just north of Cumberland.  They hope to have a bid on that project from a contractor soon.

Marker also says they have begun spraying weeds on county roads.  He says they’re trying to cover as much ground as possible but they do have 750 miles of road left to spray in the county.  According to Marker, they used to be able to hire a contractor to do the work about 10 years ago but because of finances they are no longer able to hire contractors, which is why the County is seeing 10 years worth of growth on the roads.  He says they hopefully might be able to have some of the farmers take up the responsibility.

 

Arrests in Harlan

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports several arrests the past few weeks.

On Thursday, 28-year-old Carl Parkhust of Harlan was cited for driving without a valid drivers license following a traffic stop.  He was cited and released.

On Tuesday, 59-year-old Gary Anderson of Harlan was cited for violation of open burning regulations when police received calls from citizens alleging that Anderson was burning household garbage.  Anderson was cited and released.

On September 23, 23-year-old Casey Sheehan of Harlan was arrested when officers were called to the intersection of 16th and Pine Streets for a male subject passed out behind the steering wheel of his car.  He was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

On September 14, Travis Culp of Harlan reported that someone had taken money from his account through an ATM.  As a result of an investigation, 23-year-old Ramon Briones of Council Bluffs was arrested and charged with 5th degree theft and identity theft.  Briones was also held on an active warrant out of Pottawatamie County.

On September 10, Andrea Petersen of Harlan reported that someone had forged her checks and cashed them at a local business.  Subsequently, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Stessman of Harlan was taken into custody and charged with two counts of forgery.

Two CB Men Sentenced on Drug Charges

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Two Council Bluffs men were sentenced in US District Court in Council Bluffs according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt Thursday.

27-year-old Steven Lacey Etherington and 34-year-old Nicholas Joseph Franks, both of Council Bluffs, were sentenced on September 18 in United States District Court in Council Bluffs for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Etherington to 150 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Judge Jarvey sentenced Franks to 133 months imprisonment, plus 5 years of supervised release for the drug trafficking conspiracy, and 120 months imprisonment, plus 3 years of supervised release for the firearms conviction, with the sentences on both counts to be served concurrently.

The conspiracy involved distribution of methamphetamine to some females under age 21, the operation of a drug house in Council Bluffs, and trading stolen property for methamphetamine.  Franks was also involved in the sale, in Council Bluffs, on or about July 27, 2011, of a stolen shotgun and fifty shells to what he later learned was an undercover officer from the South West Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force. At the time of the sale, Franks had previously been convicted of Theft in the Second Degree.

8AM Newscast 09-28-2012

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September 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 09-28-2012

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September 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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King, Vilsack Debate

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

The fourth face-to-face debate between Republican Congressman Steve King and Christie Vilsack, his Democratic challenger, was held last night (Thursday). King opened with a subtle attack on Vilsack, who moved to Ames to run in the new fourth congressional district.

“I live here. My roots are here,” King said. “They’re going to stay here, whatever happens in November.” Later, King said he wanted to know whether Vilsack and her husband — former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture — supported a particular bill, prompting Christie Vilsack to make this declaration:

“Congressman King, you’re running against me, not against my husband.” The two quarreled over the languishing Farm Bill as they have in their three previous debates.

“I’m sitting in a position where I expect to be on the conference committee and we’ll have a voice of Iowa there when we hammer the last bill out,” King said. Vilsack replied: “I don’t think that you’re going to be on a conference committee. You haven’t shown leadership in other situations either and I don’t think you’re going to show leadership here.” Vilsack suggested there was a reason King was the only member of Iowa’s congressional delegation who did not sign a petition calling for a vote in the House on the Farm Bill.

“I think there are $136,000 reasons why he didn’t do that and those are the dollars that he is receiving from the Club for Growth,” Vilsack said. The Club for Growth issued a statement saying support of that petition would “count heavily as anti-growth” on the group’s “congressional scorecard.” King immediately shot back by criticizing the way Vilsack’s husband is running the U-S-D-A’s food stamp program.

The USDA has been spending millions of dollars advertising food stamps. They’ve gone from 19 million people on food stamps a few years ago to 47 million today,” King said. “That’s the bigger part of the argument going on in congress and that is hurting our agriculture.” The debate was held in Orange City, on the campus of Northwestern College and sponsored by K-T-I-V television.