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Red Oak woman arrested for theft

News

February 13th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest Friday of a Red Oak woman on theft charges.  At 4:55pm officers arrested 24-year old Desiree Pauline Willis of Red Oak for Theft in the 4th Degree.  She was arrested on East Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak and taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and was held on $1,000 cash bond.

Conference will highlight benefits of local food for schools

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A regional conference in Nebraska next month will focus on ways to encourage schools to get their food from local farmers and the benefits of that. More than 200 people are expected to attend the March 2 event in Nebraska City. The conference will attract a mix of farmers, ranchers, school food service officials and others concerned about the issue.

Throughout the day, speakers will offer advice on ways to increase the amount of local food served in schools and ways to teach students more about healthy food. The event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension.

More information is available online at http://www.cfra.org/midwest-farm-school .

1 teen killed, another injured in central IA crash Sat. morning

News

February 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The teenaged driver of a pickup died, and his passenger was injured, during a crash early this (Saturday) morning, in central Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says 17-year old Chase Rylee Mohler, of Maxwell, was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup southbound on 645th Avenue, west of Maxwell, when the vehicle crested a hill, went out of control and into a ravine before vaulting out of the ravine and coming to rest on a farm drive embankment. Mohler, who was wearing his seat belt, died at the scene.

His passenger, 16-year old William James Spencer, of Maxwell, was transported to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines by Maxwell Rescue. The accident happened at around 1:20-a.m.  The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by Story County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Maxwell Fire and Rescue.

Battleship Iowa fundraiser underway to raise $100,000

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February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa couple has pledged 100-thousand dollars to help restore the Battleship Iowa — but only if the non-profit group that manages the floating museum can match their donation. The historic ship was saved from the salvage yard and is docked in the Port of Los Angeles. Volunteers have been working to restore the battleship, but it needs more work. For example, the wooden deck, which is made of teak, needs to be replaced.

USS Iowa in action, 1984. (Wikipedia image)

USS Iowa in action, 1984. (Wikipedia image)

An Iowa couple who has asked to remain anonymous is offering 100-thousand dollars for the effort, but the Pacific Battleship Center — the owner and operator of the Battleship IOWA Museum — has until June 30th to raise the matching funds. A few years ago the State of Iowa provided funds for the ship’s restoration and Iowans can show an Iowa driver’s license and board the ship for free. The Battleship Iowa floating museum was the site of a pre-Rose Bowl pep rally for thousands of University of Iowa football fans in late December.

(Radio Iowa)

Feds open broad bias probe into Iowa athletics

News, Sports

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is facing a broad federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Office for Civil Rights is looking into gender bias allegations in 13 areas, including how the department counts participation levels, awards scholarships, and schedules practices and games. Investigators will visit Iowa in April.

The review comes as Iowa’s highly ranked men’s basketball and football teams have been showered with attention. If discrimination is found, the case could result in a settlement requiring the university to change policies or spend more on female programs. A school lawyer says she believes the review will show Iowa “strives to provide male and female students an equal opportunity to participate.”

3 people arrested in Denison following burglary investigation

News

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says three people were arrested Wednesday, following an investigation into a rural Crawford County residential burglary. The victim said two shotguns and several power tools were taken from their residence.  The incident was investigated and information was obtained that resulted in the execution of a search warrant being executed at 201 Chamberlin Drive, Lot 11, in Denison.

Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by Denison Police, recovered both shotguns and the power tools. Taken into custody as a result of the search warrant, was 22-year old Jose Rafael Rivera-Zarazoga, and 21-year old Moises Alexander Carrera, both of Denison. Rivera-Zarazoga was faces felony charges of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Theft in the 2nd Degree. Carerra faces felony charges Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Theft in the 2nd Degree.

Also arrested was Karen Yamilet Melara, who happened to be at the residence when the search warrant was executed. Melara was wanted on a Crawford County Warrant, and was allegedly found to be in possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Home invasion reported in Council Bluffs Friday morning

News

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department responded this (Friday) morning to a reported home invasion. Authorities say Officers were called at around 7:15-a.m. to 1727 Avenue F, with regard to a home invasion robbery involving armed subjects that were still in the residence. Upon their arrival, it was determined that all of the occupants of the residence were outside and uninjured. Bluffs Badge

Roosevelt Elementary School was contacted and advised of the situation as a precautionary measure for any students arriving early for class. After establishing a perimeter it was determined that there was no forced entry to the residence as reported by the victims. Officers then made entry and cleared the house. No one was located inside the residence and it was determined that nothing from the residence was stolen or damaged.

The residence was turned back over to the homeowners and the school and the neighborhood returned to normal activities.

Blast of cold air and snow in weekend forecast

News, Weather

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A blast of Arctic air and additional chances for snow are in Iowa’s weekend weather forecast. National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donovan says a cold front is descending on the state today. “That will lead to a very cold night. Right now, we’re expecting temperatures of 10-to-15 below zero across much of northern Iowa overnight tonight,” Donovan said.

A wind chill advisory is posted for much of Iowa’s northern half tonight into tomorrow (Saturday), covering the cities of Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Ames, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Dubuque. “The coldest wind chill readings for the overnight will be 30-below zero across northern Iowa,” Donovan said.

The southern half of Iowa can expect actual temperatures overnight in the single digits below zero, with wind chill readings of 10-to-20 below. Another system will bring chances for snow late Saturday night and into the day on Sunday. “Right now, the heaviest snowfall amounts look to be over the northeast half of the state with snowfall amounts in the 3 to 6 inch range,” Donovan said.

Lighter accumulations of around an inch or two are expected across the southwest half of Iowa. A warming trend is in store for the state by Monday and Tuesday. “We’ll have highs in the 30s and 40s,” Donovan said. “There will be a brief cool down on Wednesday and then it’ll be much warmer toward the end of next week…with highs maybe reaching the 50s by Friday.”

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/12/2016

News, Podcasts

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 2/12/2016

News, Podcasts

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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