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Clarinda man arrested during burglary investigation

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a burglary early this (Tuesday) morning has resulted in an arrest. The Clarinda Police Department reports 36-year old Justin Joseph Reed, of Clarinda, was found hiding in a closet, in a residence owned by Ralph Crawford, at 418 west Nodaway Street, in Clarinda, after officers and a Page County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a reported burglary in progress at around 4-a.m. Crawford was not at home when the incident occurred.

Upon arrival officers noticed a window screen had been removed and a pane of window glass broken on one of the windows. Officers then searched the residence and located Reed, who was arrested and was  being held on $5,000 bond at the Page County Jail. He faces a felony burglary charge, along with misdemeanor charges that include destruction of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 11/4/2014

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Pest Control employee accused of planting bugs…the listening type

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A pest control company employee is accused of planting electronic listening devices in a woman’s home in Red Oak. 38-year old Aaron Theodore Johnson, of Red Oak, was charged with Electronic and/or Mechanical Eavesdropping (a serious misdemeanor). He also faces a felony charge of being a Felon in Possession of a firearm. Johnson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, while awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

Red Oak Police say an investigation into Johnson’s alleged activities began after the Red Oak Police Department received a complaint on Monday from 29-year old Jessica Hale, of Red Oak. Hale said a recording device had been found at her home located in 400 block of north 7th Street. Upon further investigation, a second device was found in Hale’s bedroom. She told police the only person who would have had been granted access to her residence was Johnson, whose rural Red Oak residence is also the business location for RMPKA Pest Control Services.

A search warrant executed at Johnson’s home resulted in the discovery of items similar to those found in Hale’s home, along with numerous computers, hard drives and other electronic devices. During the investigation, it was determined Johnson had previously been convicted of a felony, and was in possession of numerous firearm-related items and ammunition, all of which were seized.

The investigation into Johnson’s alleged activities continues. In addition, a forensic examination of the devices seized will be conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Creston man arrested Monday; 2 thefts reported

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Monday on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on Child Support Matters. Creston Police say 40-year old Travis David Ahrens was being held in the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond.

And Creston Police are investigating two incidents of theft.  Someone entered the Adams Street Apartments sometime between Oct. 26th and Nov. 2nd and took lamps, bedding, a coffee pot, radio, fans, blinds and curtains from three separate apartments. A door jam was also damaged. The loss was estimated at $120.

The other incident happened sometime between 7-am and 6-pm Monday, when someone stole a pink Mongoose girls bicycle from 801 north Elm Street, in Creston. The loss was estimated at $300.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 11/4/2014

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Council Bluffs man gets 5 years in police chase

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man who was shot by a state trooper following a high-speed car chase has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 29-year-old Michael Lee was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges including felony eluding and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Lee says he was high on synthetic marijuana when he led officers on the 2013 chase in Council Bluffs that reached speeds of 100 mph. He says he doesn’t remember what happened before waking up in the hospital.

Authorities say Lee tried to run over a trooper who had crashed his car. The trooper fired multiple shots into Lee’s vehicle and hit him at least once. The chase ended when another trooper rammed and flipped Lee’s vehicle.

Cass County General Election Polling sites: 11/4/2014

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS
CASS COUNTY, IOWA:
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. a GENERAL ELECTION will be held for all qualified electors of Cass County.

THE VOTING CENTERS FOR THIS ELECTION WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
1 Atlantic 1st Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zion Lutheran Church (811 Oak St)
2 Atlantic 2nd Ward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Public Library (507 Poplar)
3 Atlantic 3rd Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cass County Community Center (805 W 10th)
4 Atlantic 4th Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . United Church of Christ (1607 Hazel)
5 Atlantic 5th Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heritage House (1200 Brookridge Circle)
6 Bear Grove, Cass Twp/City of Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewis Public Library (412 W. Main St, Lewis)
7 Benton, Franklin Twp/City of Wiota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wiota City Hall (311 Center St)
8 Brighton,Grove,Pymosa,Washington Twp/City of Marne .Cass County Community Center (805 W 10th)
9 Edna, Victoria Twp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Massena Public Library (122 Main St, Massena)
10 Grant, Lincoln Twp /City of Anita. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anita Community Center (805 Main St)
11 Noble, Pleasant Twp/City of Griswold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Griswold Community Bldg. (601 2nd St)
12 Massena Twp/City of Massena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Massena Public Library (122 Main St, Massena)
13 Union Twp/City of Cumberland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cumberland Community Bldg. (200 W 2nd)

NOTICE: Curbside Voting: Any voter who is physically unable to enter a polling place has the right to vote in the voter’s vehicle. Please contact the county auditor’s office for details (Phone: 243-4570; Email:auditor@casscoia.us).
Persons attempting to vote in the wrong precinct will be directed to the correct precinct. Persons must register in Cass County to be eligible to vote in Cass County. Persons who have changed their name and/or address within Cass Co. will be required to re-register at the voting center before being permitted to vote.
Same day registration and voting is permitted after the ‘moved’ voter presents proof of identity and residency.

Expert: It’ll take an effort for farmers to apply for new programs in farm bill

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Programs being offered in the new farm bill are complex and the experts say it’ll require some education for Iowa’s farmers to take part. Steven Johnson, a farm management specialist with the Iowa State University Extension, says the process starts with farmers updating their base acres and yields, which must be done by February 27th. Johnson says farmers will have to either retain or reallocate base acres on their farms.

“I’m suggesting that the producers and the landowners get this done early, as this is easy in most of the corn belt,” Johnson says. “If you can create more corn base by reallocating, do it. If your corn base would be higher by retaining the old corn base, just retain. So, don’t make this that difficult decision.”He says farmers can update to a new Price Loss Coverage, or P-L-C, yield using production records for the 2008 to 2012 growing seasons, or they can keep the old counter-cyclical yield.

“Update the yields if you’ve got the production evidence,” Johnson says. “If not, the plugs will be 75% of the county yields and those are posted on the FSA website. If we can get there by Christmas, we’ve got plenty of time to make a decision.” Johnson says farmers will have until March 31st to make either a P-L-C or and Agricultural Risk Coverage (A-R-C) election for their farm for the next five years.

“I think they’re probably more complicated now than they were six months ago with these low national prices,” Johnson says. “For 2014, we’re probably going to trigger both county ARC and PLC payments on a farm for corn base. I think there’s going to be a lot of interest in this whole ARC-PLC program.” The actual program enrollment will begin in mid-April and run through the summer months.

(Radio Iowa)

Fight leads to an arrest in Council Bluffs

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested while another was treated at for cuts following a physical altercation Monday afternoon, in Council Bluffs. The Omaha World-Herald reports 26-year old Quintin M. Kissel, of Council Bluffs was arrested on suspicion of eluding police and disorderly conduct, but the victim, a man in his mid-20’s, refused to press charges associated with the fight that broke out at around 3-p.m., Monday.

Police say during the incident that started with a fistfight near North 14th Street and West Broadway, the other man was on top of Kissel, punching him, and Kissel allegedly pulled a box cutter and slashed him. Kissel ran when officers arrived, but authorities quickly caught him. Police say the other man suffered cuts to his armpit and calf and later received stitches.

What if US Senate race too close to call? How a statewide recount would be run…

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many public opinion polls show Iowa’s U.S. Senate race is close, with a Quinnipiac University Poll released yesterday (Monday) showing the race tied. If the results tonight (Tuesday) aren’t conclusive and the candidates are separated by just a few thousand or even a few hundred votes, there is NO state law requiring a recount. In fact, to get a statewide recount, a candidate would have to file a recount request with each of Iowa’s 99 county auditors. Chance McElhaney, a spokesman for Iowa’s secretary of state, says a candidate may ask for recounts in specific precincts, too, rather than the entire county.

“There is no automatic recount in Iowa,” he says. “Basically, a candidate that has their name printed on the ballot or that gets a vote in the precinct that they’re requesting can request a recount from the county auditor.” There has been NO statewide recount in modern history, but there are often recounts in legislative races where winning margins are sometimes fewer than a dozen votes.

“Statewide and federal (race), to be honest, we really don’t see recounts in those races,” McElhaney says. But since the outcome of the race between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst may determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in January, leaders of both political parties have made plans to rush lawyers and election experts to Iowa overnight if there is the possibility of a recount.

It is the candidate who requests a recount and they won’t be able to ask for one tomorrow (Wednesday). They’ll have to wait ’til each county has a “canvas” of all votes cast to certify the election results. That happens either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. After that official canvas is done, a candidate has three days to file a recount request. If a recount is requested, each county’s auditor decides how the recount will be conducted.

“The Recount Board…could hand-count if they wanted, they can use the machines if they wanted or they could do both,” McElhaney says. On Wednesday and Thursday of THIS week, county election officials will count any late-arriving absentee ballots that have a Monday postmark and all the “provisional” ballots that were cast at precincts on Election Day. If there is a statewide recount, the Iowa secretary of state’s office will offer legal advice, but each county auditor will be responsible for the conduct of the recount in his or her county.

(Radio Iowa)