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Clarinda Police Make Drug Arrest

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Page County man was arrested early this (Thursday) morning, on drug and alcohol charges. According to Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers, 43-year old Mark Andrew Devine, of College Springs, was taken into custody at around 1:50-a.m., a traffic stop in the 1100 block of South 16th Street, in Clarinda. Devine was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and OWI/drugged or alcohol related.

He was booked into the Page County Jail and held on $1,000 bond, pending an appearance before a Page County Magistrate.

Urgent: Shelby County Fire Danger EXTREME until further notice

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency/911 is asking all Fire Departments in the County to immediately place the Fire Danger Rating Boards in the EXTREME category. The Increase in Fire Danger is due to No expected precipitation in next four days, large volume of dead plant material, low humidity’s, increased temperature’s, predicted gusting winds to 29MPH, and limited field access due to thawing conditions.Extreme Fire Danger

Fire Behavior predictions in these conditions are as follows: fire spread between 7 to 10 MPH, with flame lengths approximately 30’ in length at the front of the fire. Fires that start in these conditions can easily overtake and trap you. Firefighters are at a high risk also due to traction issues off road.

Shelby County Ordinance NO. 2012-1 Local Burning Ban Ordinance allows citations to be issued during these conditions. A violation of this ordinance is punishable by a minimum fine of $100 for an individual or $500 for an organization, not to exceed $1000. The violator may also be liable for additional reasonable restitution.

Cass County Residents Urged to Use Caution When Burning

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Emergency Management, local fire departments and law enforcement are urging all citizens to use caution when burning outdoors. A combination of warm temperatures, low humidity and breezy conditions has created a high fire hazard potential for Cass County. Crop residue, grasses and brush may also provide plenty of fuel for widespread fires.Cass County EMA logo

Anyone conducting a controlled burn is encouraged to report that burn to the Cass County Communications Center at 712-243-2204 and their local fire chief. Reporting controlled burns helps avoid dispatching fire departments and law enforcement unnecessarily. False calls are an inconvenience for volunteer responders and puts personnel and equipment at risk.

Public Hearing Monday night on ACSD’s 2015-16 Certified Budget

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Monday night (March 16th) in Atlantic, with regard to the proposed 2015-16 Certified Budget for the Atlantic Community School District. The District’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, which amounts to $6,512,112, is $226,089 more than last year’s (FY2015) budget (of $6,286,023). The school district’s levy will increase from $14.91-per thousand dollars valuation in FY2015 to $15.22-per thousand, for FY 2016.

During the hearing, which begins at 7:30-p.m. in the High School Media Center, the School Board will allow patrons of the district to speak briefly for or against the budget. Later on in the meeting, the Board will take action on approving the FY 2016 budget, along with: the first readings of a couple of Board Polices; the 2015-16 Fee Schedule; and Summer 2015 Capital Projects.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving Volunteer Coaches, any resignations to come before them, and ratifying the Non-Certified Employees’ 2015-16 Tentative Agreement.

Prior to adjourning for the evening, the Board will hold a closed session to perform an informal evaluation of Superintendent, Dr. Michael Amstein.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 3/12/2015

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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2 arrested in drug charges in Creston Thu. morning

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on drug charges early this (Thursday) morning, in Creston. According to the Creston P-D, 22-year old’s Ely Will, of Creston, and Austin Hancock, of Bedford, were arrested at around 12:20-a.m., following a traffic stop on Highway 34. Both men were charged with Possession of Marijuana. Will faces an additional, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charge. Both men were later released from the Union County Jail, after posting $1,000 bonds.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/12/2015

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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City Councilman in Avoca resigns for personal reasons

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A member of the City Council in Avoca has resigned. The Daily NonPareil reports Councilman Fred Miller resigned during a meeting held Tuesday (March 10th). When asked why he resigned, Miller told the paper his reasons were personal, but he declined to elaborate.

City Manager Clint Fichter said if Miller’s resignation is accepted, there will either be an election to fill the spot or the council will make an appointment..

NE man convicted in Bluffs Casino HIV attack case

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Pottawattamie County, Wednesday, convicted a Nebraska man on a second-degree robbery charge after he threatened to inject a woman with a syringe supposedly containing HIV infected blood if she didn’t give him money. 34-year old Jeshua Divis, of Omaha, is likely to spend at least the next seven years of his life in prison. The Daily NonPareil reports Sentencing is scheduled for May 11.

According to court documents, at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 28th of last year at Ameristar Casino, Divis sat next to the woman at a slot machine. He showed her a syringe, threatening to inject her with its contents, and demanded money. The woman said Divis also showed her a note on his phone demanding money and stating that he had accomplices. The woman didn’t have any money, and the two eventually got up and left, walking near each other for a moment. The woman said she tried to take a picture of Divis.

That evening police arrested Divis at Horseshoe Casino, where he’d been spotted on camera walking the casino floor. The Omaha man had a piece of a paper with a note demanding money and threatening to inject HIV-infused blood with a syringe.

Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony that carries a 10-year prison term. The crime is a forcible felony, meaning Divis will have to serve at least 70 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

Man pleads guilty to helping shooter flee Sioux City

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March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping a man flee Sioux City hours after he shot a police officer. The Sioux City Journal reports Ingmar Hernandez of South Sioux City was accused of driving Jamal Dean out of Sioux City after he shot officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop in 2013.  Hernandez pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing or interfering with governmental functions. He is the sixth of eight people to plead guilty in helping Dean escape Sioux City.

Twenty-three-year-old Dean was arrested in Texas and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the shooting.