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Stuart Police make a meth bust Friday night

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In a post on their social media page, officials with the Stuart Police Department, Saturday, said officers executed two search warrants at South Summit Apartments in Stuart, Friday night. Authorities said a significant amount of methamphetamine was recovered.

One person was arrested and faces a felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute, charge. The unidentified suspect was also charged child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials say their investigation is ongoing, and other charges are expected.

More than 100,000 streetlights in Iowa to be switched to LED

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The state’s largest supplier of power is undertaking a project that will brighten up streets in hundreds of Iowa cities and towns. Ashton Newman is a spokesperson for MidAmerican Energy Company. “We’re going to be replacing more than 100,000 of our streetlights and converting those to LED over the next 10 years,” Newman said. The conversion to Light Emitting Diode units won’t be happening in all Iowa towns covered by MidAmerican’s service territory.

“There are still streetlights that are owned by cities and not MidAmerican Energy, so those are not part of the project,” Newman said. In areas where the streetlights are changed, those cities are expected to save energy and money. “The important thing about LEDs is that they consume approximately 35 to 50 percent less energy, depending on their type and size, than the typical High Pressure Sodium streetlights that exist today,” Newman said. The LEDs long life spans also result in less maintenance costs, fewer streetlight outages and increased reliability.

“They also typically have a brighter, whiter light that improves the ability to see colors at night and improves night viability,” Newman said. The conversion project will be paid for by MidAmerican Energy, with no cost to municipalities unless they opt for an accelerated installation plan. MidAmerican Energy’s service territory includes the cities of Des Moines, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Iowa City and the Quad Cities.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/15/2015

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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IA Democrat announces plans to run against Steve King

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrat Kim Weaver, Friday, announced her plan to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King. Weaver hopes to replace King following the Nov. 2016 General election, as representative for the sprawling 4th District, which includes Audubon, Harrison, Shelby, Crawford and Carroll Counties in the KJAN listening area.

Weaver is a lifelong Iowa resident who grew up in Des Moines and raised her three children, in Sheldon. She began her professional career as a DHS Medicaid worker and currently works for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, protecting senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Weaver, an active AFSCME member, will be canvassing the 4th District, speaking with and listening to constituents. For more information about her campaign, visit www.weaverforcongress.com.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/15/2015

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Villisca man arrested on felony forgery charges

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation by authorities in Montgomery County has resulted in the arrest of a Villisca man on felony, forgery charges. 25-year old Bradley Lee Dumler was arrested at around 11:30-a.m., Friday, on six Class-D Felony Forgery charges, and six simple misdemeanor charges of Theft in the 5th Degree.

Dumler was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $5,000 cash only, bond.

Emerson man arrested on drug charges Fri. evening

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop by deputies in Montgomery County Friday evening resulted in the driver of the vehicle being taken into custody on drug and other charges. 19-year old Dallas Brady Meyers, of Emerson, was pulled over at around 7:40-p.m. at the corner of E. Prospect and N. 4th Streets, in Red Oak.

Meyers was subsequently arrested for OWI/1st offense – drug related, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Meyers was also cited for failure to have insurance. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.

Arrest in Red Oak Sat. morning

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning on an alcohol charge. 23-year old Roland Charles Chapin III was taken into custody at around 12:15-a.m. and charged with Public Intoxication. Chapin was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Hey, what happened to $2 a gallon? Gas prices are on the rise, again

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices across Iowa are rising after weeks of falling and hitting the lowest point for August in five years. Just last week, the experts predicted we’d likely see gas selling at two-bucks a gallon in Iowa this fall, but Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says equipment problems at an oil refinery near Chicago are causing prices at the pump to rise.

“There was a major refinery issue at a major plant in Indiana and it’s already caused price jumps of 34-to-50-cents at some retail outlets in the Great Lakes states.” It may take several weeks to a month to get the problems resolved at the B-P refinery, the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Gail Weinholzer, at Triple-A-Iowa, says the refinery troubles are having an impact here. “We have seen a slight increase in Iowa but nothing as significant as the folks are seeing in Michigan and Illinois,” Weinholzer says. “We’ve seen prices in Iowa bump up 10 to 20 cents (a gallon) over the last couple of days.”

Crude oil prices are still low, she says, it’s the refinery issues that are causing prices to escalate. Crude oil inventories are 20-percent higher than a year ago. Weinholzer says once the refinery is back online, we should see the cost of filling our tanks start to spiral. “We expect prices to continue to decline into the fall and perhaps even accelerate,” Weinholzer says, “because that’s when we start the switch-over from the summer- to the winter-grade fuels.” The statewide average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded is now two-66. That’s gone up six-cents a gallon since Thursday. The national average is two-65.

(Radio Iowa)

Western Iowa schools superintendent appeals punishment

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August 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) — A schools superintendent has appealed the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ decision to suspend his state license for 30 days. The attorney for Kevin Elwood told the Daily Nonpareil that the appeal was filed Wednesday in Polk County District Court and that Elwood may continue in his Treynor district post during the appeal process.

On August 7th the board suspended Elwood’s license, saying he should not have let his son work unsupervised as a custodian for the district after the son was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. Elwood was accused of two violations of Iowa code, including failing to make reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of students.

In September 2013 Elwood’s son, Kreighton Elwood, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one of false imprisonment.