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Drug-related arrest in Red Oak Wednesday


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak report one person was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges. According to Red Oak Police 21-year-old Devon James Lamb, of Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 300 block of East Market Street. Lamb faces charges that include Possession with Intent to Deliver/methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana, and interference with official acts. Lamb was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Pott. County woman hits $30k payday with Iowa Lottery


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For a Pottawattamie County woman, Christmas came early this year. Officials with the Iowa Lottery say 35-year old Kristina Barber, of Council Bluffs, won $30,000 on the Holiday Crossword scratch game after stopping for groceries at the No Frills Supermarket on Valley View Drive in Council Bluffs. Barber said by the time she got about five numbers, she started shaking and didn’t stop until she had finished the ticket.

Once she had finished the ticket, she went to her local gas station to verify what she believed was her $30,000 top prize ticket. She told the Iowa Lottery, “I started dancing around the gas station, and then I went home and called my husband.” Barber is a nurse at an Omaha doctor’s office and hasn’t made any plans for the money. She claimed her prize last Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery regional office in Council Bluffs. The Iowa Lottery says there are 31 top prizes of $30,000 still up for grabs in the “Holiday Crossword” game.

24-hour rainfall in the listening area

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October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Showers and thunderstorms rumbled through western Iowa early this morning, ahead of a cold front making its way through the state. In  Atlantic, our 24-hour rainfall total at 7-a.m. amounted to seven-tenths (.7″) of an inch at the KJAN studios. The temps began to fall as well as the rain, with a 5-degree decline between 5-and 7-a.m. The 24-hour high was 78-degrees, while the 24-hour low at 7-a.m., was 46.

Other area rainfall amounts reported as of 7-a.m., include: .33″ in Massena; .2″ in Lyman; .9″ just east of Oakland; .94″ southwest of Avoca; A spotter near Malvern reported .75″ of rain; Villisca had .19″; Shenandoah .2″; Red Oak .25″; N. of Marne 1.3″

If you have a rain amount you’d like to report, give us a call at 1-800-283-5526.

7AM Newscast 10-25-2012

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October 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Cass County Library Directors report to Supervisors & request funding


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Directors of the Cass County Library Association presented their annual (Fiscal Year 2012) report to the County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday morning. The Directors also requested funding for fiscal year 2014 in the amount of $60,600, which is unchanged from the past two fiscal years. The funds, if approved during the budgeting process, would be divided among the County’s six libraries.  Griswold Library Director Cindy Miller told the Board that while the overall circulation numbers are down, that’s in-part because of changes in the way libraries are being used, and the increased use of technology.

The numbers show the libraries are keeping busy in many ways, with people using other services within the facilities, other than to check-out books and materials. Much of the focus has been on using technology to search for employment, update their resumes, conducting research for education and other, similar purposes. The level of service she says is nearly equal among the six libraries in the County, only the atmosphere and offerings differs. Miller said the challenge they face is keeping up with technology. So far, she says, they’ve able to do so. She said going digital has been a huge transformation for the since there is a demand for both printed and digital materials, so the libraries are doing their best to broaden technology to keep up with that demand.

Among the changes visitors to the area libraries will notice, is: In Atlantic, a digitization of the Genealogical records and related collections. In Addition, Library Director Carol Stanger is retiring, and will be succeeded by Meredith Scherb; In Cumberland, there’s a new addition to the library, with a new children’s and activity room; There’s a brand new library in Lewis. An open house will be held for the facility on November 3rd, beginning at 1-p.,m.; In Massena, where there is also a nearly new building, they’ve been working on landscaping and the entryway. In Griswold, work has started on a new addition. It should be finished by the 1st of next year. They’ve also installed new technology, with the aid of grants, and from donations.

Bluffs man in critical condition following house fire Wednesday


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fire officials in Council Bluffs say one person was listed in critical condition following a house fire Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Alan Byers says 77-year old James L. Rayburn, of Council Bluffs, accidentally started the fire at 3126 Avenue E, when he carelessly discarded smoking materials. Crews were dispatched to the home at around 10:17-a.m.  Byers says the first fire department units on the scene reported heavy smoke coming from the single-story structure. Rayburn, who had attempted to extinguish the flames before becoming overcome by the smoke, was found just inside an exterior door to the home. He was transported to Alegent-Creighton Health Medical Center by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue. He was later transferred to the burn unit at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. Assistant Fire Chief Larry Wohlers said Rayburn suffered burns on his face, scalp and left arm.

Chief Byers said neighbors who saw smoke coming from the home called 911 and used a garden hose on the flames from outside the structure. Council Bluffs Police Officer Dean Sharp was the first responder to the scene. Sharp and the man who tried to fight the fire, tried to enter the home by breaking out some door glass, but Rayburn’s body blocked their entry. By that time, firefighters had arrived on the scene.

Fire Chief Alan Byers said the incident should serve as as reminder to people not to try to put out a fire on their own. He said “We ask that everyone be reminded of the need to evacuate when you have a fire and to call 911 from a safe place.” Byers said also, that there were no working smoke detectors in the home. Council Bluffs residents who wish to have a smoke detector checked or have detectors installed can call the Fire Department at (712) 328-4672. Byers said detectors will be installed free of charge.

Mills County arrest report


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday, numerous people had been arrested during the past week. On Monday, a homeless man, 52-year old Joseph Holeton, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Mills County Jail on $300 bond. And, 40-year old Kenneth B. McDonald, of Glenwood, was arrested for Violation of his Probation. His bond was set at $10,000.

On Sunday, deputies in Mills County arrested 36-year old Lee Alfred Miles, of Glenwood, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. Bond was ste at $1,000. Taken into custody last Saturday, was: 38-year old Kevin Dewitte Booker, who was arrested on a warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $500; and, 23-year old John Bradley Fitch, of Omaha, who was arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia charges. His bond was set at $1,300.

And, two men were taken into custody last Friday in Mills County. Officials say 40-year old Nathan Jacob Morris, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant charging him with 5 counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree. Bond was set at $25,000. Also arrested was 18-year old Robert James Bailey, of Omaha, for being a Fugitive From Justice. He was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond.

King, Latham warn country’s future endangered by Democrats


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Republican Party held its annual fall fundraising dinner last night (Wednesday) on the state fairgrounds, with dire warnings from Iowa’s two Republican congressmen about the country’s future should Democrats win in November. Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron, told the crowd the country is “under siege” from the left.  “They will float us off the fiscal waterfall into the situation like Greece without any reservations whatsoever because they believe they will get power in the chaos that would ensue from an American economic collapse,” King said. “That’s why. They’re about power.”

Congressman Tom Latham, a Republican from Clive, made a similar pitch to the G-O-P crowd. “Do all of you believe, like I do, in your heart and your mind and your soul that if we don’t have change we are going to lose this country?” Latham asked, and the crowd applauded. “Our very freedoms, our liberties are at stake.” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus agreed that Republicans are worried “for the future of this country” if President Obama wins a second term. “I don’t know about you, but are you ready to fire Barack Obama and save America?” Priebus asked the crowd. “Are you ready to win?” The crowd responded in unison with a “yes.”

The evening’s keynote speaker was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who reminded the audience that both Iowa and Virginia are now among the seven so-called “swing” states that could determine the outcome of the presidential race. He urged the party activists to write one more check and make one more phone call than they’d planned, to help push Romney across the finish line ahead of Obama. “So here’s the deal: You win Iowa. I win Virginia and we’ll have a celebration on November 6th,” McDonnell said. “Deal?” Iowa’s governor, Republican Terry Branstad, did not attend last night’s Iowa G-O-P fundraiser in Des Moines, choosing to attend Romney’s rally in Cedar Rapids instead.

(Radio Iowa)

2 injured during separate crashes in Pott. County, Wednesday


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The drivers of two vehicles were injured during separate crashes Wednesday evening, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, at around 6:15-p.m., a 1986 Chevy Camaro driven by 52-year old Curtis Lee Fletcher, of Council Bluffs, was traveling east on Interstate 680. As the vehicle was about to enter I-29, it went off onto the shoulder and into the gravel. When Fletcher over corrected, the car came back onto the road and went out of control. It skidded sideways into the west ditch before rolling onto its top. Fletcher, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the car, but remained trapped, and had to be freed by mechanical means. He was transported by Crescent Rescue to Creighton Hospital in Omaha, for treatment of a broken neck and ribs. The Patrol says although alcohol was found in the car, Fletcher refused a chemical test for OWI.

The second accident happened at around 7-p.m. Wednesday, on I-29, near Council Bluffs. The State Patrol says 64-year old Patricia Chillingworth, of Fremont, NE, was traveling southbound, when the 2003 Chevy Tracker she was driving hit a large, unidentified object on the road. Chillingworth was injured during the incident, and transported by Council Bluffs Rescue to Mercy Hospital. A passenger in her car was not injured, and refused medical treatment.

Iowa early News Headlines – Thu., Oct. 25th 2012


October 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to Iowa tomorrow as he and President Barack Obama scramble for votes in battleground states as the election nears. Romney’s campaign says he will speak at noon Friday at Kinzler Construction Services in Ames. The Ames stop will come two days after Romney held an event yesterday in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Early voting for the November election is expected to set an Iowa record, as presidential candidates seek to lock-in votes. Iowa Secretary of State spokesman Chad Olsen says the state is on pace for a higher percentage of early votes than in 2008, when more than one-third of the 1.5 million votes were cast early.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 68-year-old Des Moines man fired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime 50 years ago says he won’t accept an offer to return to work unless the company changes its background checks policy. Richard Eggers says the policy discriminates against low-level workers. He was fired in July for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine at a Laundromat in 1963.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg has had one of the most surprisingly miserable senior seasons anyone could imagine. But it’s not going to cost him his job. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz reiterated on Tuesday that Vandenberg is his starter for Saturday’s game at Northwestern.