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Beware of icy roads and bridge this (Monday) morning

News, Weather

March 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s travel site (www.511ia.org), indicates a majority of the roads and bridge in the KJAN listening area are covered with ice early this (Monday) morning. Be very cautious if you plan on traveling. Several accidents were reported to have occurred on Interstate 80 Sunday evening and night between Adair, Stuart and Dexter, as the temperatures began to drop and the roads became slick. I-29 north and near Council Bluffs, was reported to be wet, as of 3:50-a.m.

Former Adair police chief fired for misconduct

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The town of Adair fired its police chief last fall because he lacked a valid firearms certificate and had been eavesdropping on the city clerk.  The Des Moines Register reports public records reveal why former Chief Robert Koeneman was fired last September.

Koeneman was denied unemployment benefits after city officials testified that he had let his certifications lapse. Plus, he directed the city’s part-time officer, Lt. Josephine Weston, to carry a cell phone into the clerk’s office and set it down so he could listen to what was said. Koeneman says he was treated unfairly. Weston was also fired after using the city bidding process to buy a police cruiser for her own use without paying sales tax.

The sheriff handled police calls in Adair until a full-time officer was hired in November.

Domestic incident in Red Oak leads to woman’s arrest

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation into an alleged domestic altercation in Red Oak, lead to the arrest Sunday afternoon of 30-year old Michelle Renee Shuffler, of Red Oak. Officials say they received a 9-1-1 call about the incident at a residence in the 1000 block of Miller Avenue, at around 1:40-p.m.

Schuffler was subsequently taken into custody on one count of Domestic Assault and one count of Simple Assault. She was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 bond.

Family pets killed in Shenandoah house fire

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A house fire in Shenandoah Sunday morning claimed the lives of some family pets, but no one was injured. According to reports, firefighters responded to the home of William Hamilton at 1311 W. Lowell Street, just before 4-a.m., Sunday. Prior to their arrival, the flames consumed a bathroom and were spreading to a bedroom. Among the animals lost in the blaze were some birds and hamsters. A family cat was also missing.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 90-minutes. A dollar amount of the damage was not immediately available, and there was no word on the cause.

Corning woman injured in Adams County crash, Sunday

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports one-person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning on 183rd Street, near Corning. 22-year old Leah Marie Purcell, of Corning, was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 183rd, when the car went out of control at and slid off the road, around 9-a.m.  Officials say the road was snow covered at the time of the accident. Purcell was transported by ambulance to the Corning hospital, for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. Her vehicle sustained about $5,000 damage, and was declared a total loss.

Fatal accident in Taylor County, Sunday

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Taylor County say one person died and another was injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident Sunday morning, in Lenox.

Photo courtesy the Lenox Police Dept.

According to the Lenox Police Department,21-year old Alexandro Vasques-Guttierez, of Lenox, died after he was ejected from the 2000 Cadillac he was driving when it went out of control, and rolled into a pasture. The accident, which occurred at the corner of Garrettson and Shoenhair, in Lenox,  was reported at around 8:20-a.m.

Officials say a 17-year old passenger was transported to the Corning Hospital where he was treated and released. An investigation determined that both speed and the weather conditions played a role in causing the accident. The investigation was conducted by the Lenox Police Department.

Stanton man arrested in Red Oak on Taylor & Pott. Co. warrants

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a Stanton man was arrested Saturday morning, on warrants out of Taylor and Pottawattamie Counties, for Failure to Pay Child Support and 4th degree Theft. Officials say 43-year old Thomas Shawn Johnson, of Stanton, was taken into custody after a Red Oak Police Officer on routine patrol ran a warrant check on a man he identified as Thomas, after he saw the man walking towards Broadway past the fire station in Red Oak.  Thomas was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, and later transported to the Taylor County Jail, where he was being held on $6,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 24th 2013

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate a tool used to track uninsured children. House Republicans voted this week to repeal the requirement on a state income tax form that parents indicate whether or not their dependent children have health insurance. The bill’s Republican supporters say health insurance has nothing to do with filing an income tax return. But critics say by eliminating this tool, uninsured kids may fall through the cracks.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — An inmate in the Mitchell County Jail has died, and officials are investigating the cause of his death. Sheriff Greg Beaver says that 32-year-old Christopher Servantez of Mason City,was pronounced dead Thursday evening at the Mitchell County Regional Hospital. Beaver says he is awaiting toxicology results to determine what killed Servantez.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has been arrested, accused of firing a rifle into a parked car. Police arrested 56-year-old Michael Bell early Thursday morning. Bell faces charges of reckless use of a firearm and second-degree criminal mischief.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points, Hallie Christofferson scored 11 of her 18 in the second half, and fifth-seeded Iowa State defeated Number 12 seed 72-60 yesterday. The lady Cyclones finally solved beating Gonzaga at home thanks to dynamic shooting from behind the 3-point line and an awful shooting performance by the Bulldogs. Brynn Williamson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for ISU in Spokane, Washington.

Winter Weather Advisory Update: Sun., March 24th 2013

News, Weather

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD…

352 AM CDT SUN MAR 24 2013

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…THERE WILL BE SEVERAL PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY EVENING. ACCUMULATIONS WILL VARY BECAUSE OF MELTING…ESPECIALLY DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. HOWEVER DUE TO MELTING AND COMPACTION ACTUAL ACCUMULATIONS ON THE GROUND WILL BE LESS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…VISIBILITIES IN THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL MAY DROP TO A HALF MILE AT TIMES. WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE TO 15 TO 20 MPH RESULTING IN SOME VERY MINOR BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW.

* IMPACTS…SOME ROADS MAY BECOME SLICK FOR MORNING TRAVEL. DURING THE DAY SECONDARY ROADS MAY HAVE SLICK SPOTS FROM DRIFTING SNOW.

FOR POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON…

* TIMING…AREAS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING BEFORE DECREASING TO FLURRIES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…MANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL REACH 2 TO 4 INCHES.

FOR HARRISON COUNTY…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING...

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DECREASE TO FLURRIES OR END OVER THE AREA THIS MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITY…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Winning $338M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in NJ

News

March 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said. It was the 13th drawing held in the days since a Virginia man won a $217 million jackpot Feb. 6. Thirteen other tickets worth $1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey and 10 other states. Lottery officials said there was also one Power Play Match 5 winner in Iowa.

The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history. The numbers drawn were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million.

Lottery officials said the 13 tickets worth $1 million apiece — matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball — were sold in Arizona, Florida (2), Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina and Virginia.