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Audubon County woman arrested for Probation Violation Wed. morning

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Audubon County was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year old Ashlie Renee Kluver, of Gray, was taken into custody at around midnight, and brought to the Audubon County Jail, where she was being held on $2,000 bond.

Kluver had been placed on probation following her plea of guilty in Oct. 2015, to charges of Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense, and Child Endangerment. She’s scheduled to appear in District Court on Thursday, Nov. 10th.

Fatal ATV accident in northern Audubon County Monday evening

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Carroll County man died, following an ATV accident Monday evening, west of Gray, in northwestern Audubon County. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 75-year old Merlin Borkowski, of rural Manning, was transported to the Manning Hospital by Manning Rescue, where he later died from his injuries. Authorities say Borkowski was traveling west on 110th Street at around 5:20-p.m., west of Eagle Avenue, when for reasons unknown, he abruptly swerved into the north ditch. He was ejected from the 4-wheeler as it rolled over.

Update: Creston Police vehicles damaged in pursuit, suspect arrested on multiple charges

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated w/additional details 1-p.m.)

Two Creston Police Department vehicles were damaged during a pursuit late Tuesday night. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year old Creston Police Officer Samuel Abell, of Johnston, activated his SUV’s lights and sirens in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop at around 11:17-p.m., Tuesday, after the driver of a 1999 Chevy Blazer failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Jefferson and Sumner Streets, in Creston. The driver of the Blazer, 24-year old Casey Ray Welcher, of Creston, attempted to elude the officer by taking off at a high rate of speed. The pursuit went through the southwest side of Creston before eventually heading south on High and Dry road. Officers continued to pursue the SUV, which was traveling in excess of 95-miles per hour.

The SUV turned west onto 205th Street. By that time, a Police car driven 44-year old Creston Police Officer Eric Shawler, of Creston, was also in pursuit of the Blazer.

Casey Welcher (Photo courtesy Creston P-D)

Casey Welcher (Photo courtesy Creston P-D)

The Blazer went out of control due to Welcher’s erratic driving and high speed. The vehicle partially entered the south ditch, where Welcher over-corrected, causing the SUV to shoot across 205th Street and enter the north ditch.

When the Blazer came out of the ditch and onto the shoulder, it traveled east on 205th, in the direction of both officers’ vehicles. Officer Abell swerved to miss the Blazer, but was unable to avoid a collision. The 2017 Ford Explorer he was driving was struck on the right rear, causing the Explorer to lose control and skid into the path of the 2013 Dodge Charger being driven by Officer Shawler, who was attempting to stop to also avoid a collision with the Blazer.

The Blazer hit the Explorer again and entered the north ditch, where it came to rest. Welcher tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended minutes later. No injuries were reported. The Police Department Explorer sustained $2,500 damage. The Charger sustained $8,000 damage, while the Blazer sustained disabling damage that amunted to $500.

Welcher was arrested for: Attempted Murder; Eluding; Criminal Mischief in the 1st degree; Driving While Barred, and OWI 3rd offense. He was also cited for Failure to provide proof of insurance, failure to obey stop and yield right right of way, signs, as well as for speeding. Welcher was being held on $100,000 cash bond only, in the Union County Jail.

3 arrests in Pott. County

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Pottawattamie County recently arrested three area residents on separate charges. At around 5:45-a.m., Tuesday, 19-year old Michael Christopher Edwards, of Oakland, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, following an investigation into a vehicle squealing its tires near the Casey’s store. Deputies located Edwards and the vehicle, about two-miles west of Oakland. Edwards’ sister, the registered owner of the car, told authorities she did not give Edwards permission to drive the vehicle. In addition to the OWI charge, Edwards was charged with Theft in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree.

At around 5-p.m. Tuesday, Pott. County Deputies arrested 52-year old Robert Herman Boeck, of Neola, for Aggravated Domestic Assault with injury, following an altercation with his girlfriend, in Neola. The victim suffered minor injuries during the incident.

And, at around 1:30-a.m. today (Wednesday), 26-year old Michael James Berg, of Neola, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, after a Pott. County Deputy saw the vehicle Berg was driving swerve from the shoulder to the middle of the road on Old Lincoln Highway. The Deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but Berg continued traveling north from Lime Kiln and Old Lincoln Highway, at around 40-miles per hour. Once stopped, and after questioning, Berg was taken into custody and later booked into the Pott. County Jail on the OWI charge. A preliminary breath test indicated Berg was nearly three-times over the limit for intoxication. He was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Ernst representatives to hold traveling office hours

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

U-S Senator Joni Ernst’s office reports the regional directors for the Republican from Red Oak, will be in all of Iowa’s 99 counties in the coming months to assist Iowans with problems or questions they may have about eligibility involving issues such as Social Security, Veterans’ benefits, immigration issues and other federal programs. The Senator herself will NOT be participating in the traveling office hours.

Locally, Ernst regional directors will be in the following communities:

Adair County – Wed., Nov. 16th from 1-until 2-p.m. at the Greenfield Public Library

Adams County – Thu., Dec. 1st, from 12:30-to 1:30-p.m. at the Corning Public Library

Audubon County – Tue., Dec. 6th, from 10-until 11-am at the Audubon Public Library

Cass County – Thu., Dec. 1st, from 2:30-to 3:30-p.m. at the Atlantic Public Library, Meeting Room A.

Guthrie County – Wed., Nov. 16th, from 2:30-3:30-pm at the Guthrie County Courthouse

Montgomery County – Tue., Nov. 15th, from 12:30-to 1:30-p.m. at the Montgomery County Extension Office, Suite 2.

Pottawattamie County – Thu., Nov. 17th, from 3-until 4-p.m., at the Eckels Memorial Library, in Oakland.

Shelby County – Tue., Dec. 6th, from 1-until 2-p.m. at the Harlan Public Library.

For other places, dates and times, go to: http://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/traveling-office-hours

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/26/2016

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Homeless man arrested on attempted murder charge in Creston

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police late Tuesday night arrested a homeless man on numerous charges, including Attempted Murder.

Casey Welcher (Photo courtesy Creston P-D)

Casey Welcher (Photo courtesy Creston P-D)

Officials say 24-year old Casey Welcher was taken into custody at around 11:18-p.m. at 205th Street and Hi and Dry, on charges that include: Attempted Murder; Eluding; Criminal Mischief in the 1st degree; Driving While Barred, and OWI 3rd offense.Welcher was being held without bond in the Union County Jail until making an appearance before a Magistrate.

Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer is expected to provide additional information either later this morning or early this afternoon, with regard to the arrest.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/26/2016

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Bluffs man arrested on burglary charge Wed. morning

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest this morning of a Council Bluffs man on a Burglary charge. At around 1:40-a.m., Council Bluffs Police Officers responded to 1620 So 11th St in reference to a possible burglary in progress of a residence that was being remodeled. Upon arrival officers noted movement inside of the residence and found an open door. Officers detained 51-year old Michael Weltch inside the residence. After verifying he was not in the residence legally, he was placed under arrest for Burglary 3rd.michael-weltch

Iowa’s pheasant hunting season opens this weekend

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October 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Pheasant hunting season in Iowa starts Saturday and Iowa D-N-R wildlife biologist Todd Bogenschutz is expecting a big turnout. “There’s a lot of hunters in the state and they’re going to be excited,” Bogenschutz says. “Looks like our crop harvest is progressing nicely and getting the crops out always helps on that opening day.”

While it won’t likely be a record, he estimates many thousands of hunters will take to the fields and forests this weekend. “We’re expecting somewhere between 55- and 60-thousand,” Bogenschutz says. “Hopefully, more toward the 60-thousand mark, maybe a little better. We should have a bump in hunters this year. Looks like our counts were pretty good.”

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Pheasant counts were up in some regions of the state and down in others, which balances out to being relatively close to last year, which was one of the best for pheasant hunting in several years. The annual youth pheasant hunt was held over the weekend. Between one- and two-thousand young hunters took part in the two-day event for those ages 15 and under. Learn more at: www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

(Radio Iowa)