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December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


4 arrests in Creston Wed.


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police report four people were arrested, Wednesday. 33-year old Becky Freeman, of Creston, was arrested at around 7:35-p.m., on two Union County warrants for Failure to Appear (on an original charge of Driving While Barred), and Failure to Appear (on an original charge of Forgery). Freeman was being held in the Ringgold County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

At around 5:30-p.m., Wed., Creston Police arrested 18-year old Justice Post, of Creston, at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a charge of Theft in the 2nd Degree. Post was later released on a $5,000 bond.

Creston Police arrested 36-year old MiahCahla Phillips, of Creston, and 35-year old Mangus Welch, of Creston, at around 11:15-a.m., Wednesday. Both were taken into custody at an apartment in the 100 block of Manor Drive, and charged with Viiolation of a Protection Order. Phillips was later released on a Promise to Appear in court, while Welch was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

Pursuit in Council Bluffs Wed. night leads to arrest of a man wanted in MO


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Council Bluffs late Wednesday night resulted in a pursuit, and the eventual arrest of a man wanted on a warrant out of Missouri. Bluffs Police say 37-year old Michael Jones, of Council Bluffs, who was wanted for probation violation in Missouri, was arrested just before midnight. In addition to the warrant, Jones was taken into custody for eluding, and he was cited for Driving While Disqualified, Fraudulent use of Plates, Operation without Registration and No Proof of Insurance.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

The incident leading to his arrest began at around 11:40-p.m., when a Council Bluffs Police Officer attempted to stop a maroon Cadillac Deville for fraudulent license plates, in the 2300 block of Vets Memorial Highway. The vehicle refused to stop as it drove through a construction site on the south side of the highway. The Officer discontinued the stop as the vehicle continued south on Gifford Rd from Vets Memorial Highway.

The Officer located the suspect vehicle and the passenger in the 4900 block of Gifford Rd. The passenger surrendered without incident and advised the driver had run away on foot. Council Bluffs Police, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and the Iowa State Patrol set up a perimeter and requested assistance from the Omaha Police K-9 Unit. Omaha K-9 responded and assisted in tracking Jones to a backyard approximately a ½ mile away.

Jones was taken into custody after the Omaha K-9 located him hiding behind a swimming pool and under a deck.

Stuart man arrested after raid Thursday morning


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed early this (Thursday) morning in Stuart resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges. According to the Stuart Police Department, officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of NE 2nd St. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into the sales of illegal drugs including methamphetamine in the Stuart area. The warrant was particularly important, according to officials, because of allegations that someone involved was distributing methamphetamine to minors.Stuart

During the search methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was recovered. One of the residents, Dylan Scott Rice, was arrested and charged with (felony) Distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 18, and Possession of a controlled substance, and Possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are serious and simple misdemeanors.

Rice was being held in the Guthrie County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

BBB Warning: Avoid These Holiday Scams


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Santa isn’t the only one keeping track of who is naughty and who is nice! Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning consumers to beware of these common holiday scams:

Look-alike websites: When shopping online, make sure to use only legitimate websites. Watch out for URLs that use the names of well-known brands along with extra words.

Fake shipping notifications: These can have attachments or links to sites that will download malware on your computer to steal your identity and your passwords. Don’t be fooled by a holiday phishing scam.

E-cards: Electronic cards can be great fun, but be careful. Two red flags to watch out for are: the sender’s name is not apparent; you are required to share additional information to get the card.

Letters from Santa: Several trusted companies offer charming and personalized letters from Santa, but scammers mimic them to get personal information from unsuspecting parents. Check with bbb.org to find out which ones are legitimate.

Grandparents scam: Seniors should be cautious if they get a call from a grandchild claiming to be in an accident, arrested or hospitalized while traveling in another country. Never send money unless you confirm with another family member that it’s true.

Phony charities: Everyone is in a generous mood at the holidays, so scammers take advantage of that with fake charity solicitations in email, on social media sites, and even by text. Check out charities at give.org before donating.

Temporary holiday jobs: Retailers and delivery services need extra help at the holidays, but beware of solicitations that require you to share personal information online or pay for a job lead. Apply in person or go to retailers’ main websites to find out who is hiring.

Unusual forms of payment: Be wary of anyone who asks you to pay for holiday purchases using prepaid debit cards, gift cards, wire transfers, third parties, etc. These payments cannot be traced and cannot be undone. Use a credit card on a secure website; look for https in the address (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and the lock symbol.

Free gift cards: Pop-up ads or email offering free gift cards are often just a ploy to get your personal information that can later be used for identity theft.

Social media gift exchange: It sounds like a great deal; buy one gift and get 36 in return. But it’s just a variation on a pyramid scheme and it’s illegal.

To find out more about scams or to report one, go to BBB Scam Stopper at bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper.

Regents approve U-I tuition increase


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to the proposal to increase the tuition at the University of Iowa by three percent next fall. That brings the U-I into line with the tuition increase implemented for Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa in September for this spring semester. Student Regent Rachael Johnson joined the board this year and says there has been a lot of discussion about tuition in that time.

“Throughout these long conversations I have come to believe that the current way we as a board go about setting tuition is neither predictable to the students and their families, nor sustainable,” Johnson says. “This lack of predictability, reliability and sustainability is a point of concern for me as a student and as a regent.” Johnson, who is originally from Sioux City, says the board should look at the recommendation of a consultant that they use a need-based aid system for students in the public university system.

“I think the way in which tuition rates are decided needs to be carefully looked at and discussed to find the best methods for the state, the Board of Regents, our universities and out students and their families,” Johnson says. The increase is for undergraduate students who are residents of the state. Board of Regents president, Bruce Rastetter says they have continued to work with state officials to turn around the trend that saw students paying more of the burden of college and the state less. Rastetter says that continued as the presidents of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa all made pitches to the governor for more state money during budget hearings this week.

“So, if we’re not successful in doing that, it would be my recommendation that this board come back and revisit tuition increases. Because at the end of the day, the universities need the resources to compete and improve programs and maintain quality,” Rastetter says. “Student debt without quality isn’t something that this board is going to support.” Regent Larry McKibben of Marshalltown, says the board needs to keep up the push for the state to spend more on higher education.

“It is time that we stop the decline in the amount of support we get from our legislature and from our state of Iowa. It has been a downturn for the last decade and it is time it stops,” McKibben says. “We’ve made some headway…. but we have not made enough, in my estimation.” McKibben is a former legislator and says it is important that lawmakers hear about the issue.

“I’m asking all Iowans that might listen and hear this — it is time to talk to your resident legislator. It is time to get into their back yard, get into their town halls and deliver the message. The only way you do it is to deliver it to one senator or one representative at a time,” McKibben says. The tuition rate had been frozen for three years before the increase in the spring semester.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 3rd 2015


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House Republican leader says Iowa lawmakers will need to make deep cuts to the budget next year, but he did not elaborate. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Grassley of New Hartford said yesterday that Republicans will base their budget priorities for the fiscal year beginning in July on roughly $7.35 billion in current revenue projections.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Falls fire department has purchased small cameras that can be attached to helmets, and plans to start using them next year. The Courier reports Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Schilling plans to put the high-definition video cameras to use in January after developing written policies on their use to respect patient privacy in the event of injuries.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Fort Dodge police have arrested an 18-year-old man on charges including possessing pictures depicting bestiality. KCCI-TV reports police charged 18-year-old Nicholas Loftus of Fort Dodge, with possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, purchase and possession of depictions of minors in sex acts as well as possession of pictures depicting bestiality. Loftus was booked into the Webster County Jail on Tuesday and released pending his next court appearance.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peter Jok scored 24 points, including a 3 with 25 seconds left in overtime, and Iowa rallied to beat Florida State 78-75 Wednesday night to seal the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for its league. Jarrod Uthoff added 15 with eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes at home.


Atlantic City Council approves AMU budget & rate increases


December 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Atlantic met Wednesday night and approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU), following a presentation by AMU General Manager Steve Tjepkes. The $17.9-million dollar budget was approved earlier by the AMU Board of Directors, following a public hearing. The City Council’s adoption of the budget was merely a formality, and is an opportunity for the Council to ask questions about how the utility spends its money.

Tjepkes said along with the budget is a proposed three-percent rate increase for both electric and water users, effective Feb. 1st, 2016, for usage beginning in January. He said electric rates are being increased because of expenses associated with the coal powered generating plant in Council Bluffs. He said EPA regulations on the handling and disposal of coal ash will result in an increased cost to AMU of to $2.3-million.

AMU has a 2.5-percent investment in the plant, from which it receives about two-thirds of its power. The costs to run and maintain the plant are shared by three other utilities, including Mid-American Energy, which is an 80-percent share holder. Cedar Falls Utilities and two rural electric cooperatives are the other owner-investors.

Locally, Tjepkes said the utility is in the process of burying many of its overheard power lines in order to reduce the number of power outages related to power lines being down from ice and wind damage, and, they are continuing to work on the installation of “smart” electric meters, which relay real-time two-way communications to AMU on usage and power outages. Tjpekes said overall, the three-percent rate increase will mean about an extra $1.80 per month on their residential electric bill.

Water rates in Atlantic will increase about 70-cents per month to help cover the costs of new lines being installed in the residential area near the Sunnyside Pool, and near.
Councilman Dick Casady asked “What would happen if [AMU] didn’t get the three-percent raise. Tjepkes said the utility issues revenue bonds, which are paid for by revenue from the utility. AMU he said, needs to keep up its cash reserve level in order to maintain its revenue bond rating.

He said there is also a huge risk associated with maintaining the Council Bluffs plant, and funds need to be set aside to purchase electricity from other sources, should the Bluffs plant go down. If AMU didn’t have a cash reserve, Tjpekes said there could be a substantial rate increase in that type of emergency situation. Tjepkes said utilities such as AMU should have an eight-to 10-million dollar cash reserve. Right now, he says they have about five-to six-million dollars.

The last rate increase from AMU came about two-years ago, and about three-increases over the past 10-years, due to environmental improvements at the Council Bluffs generating plant. Tjepkes says Atlantic is still “On the low end” for electric rates, when compared to utilities of similar size.

Republican lawmaker says deep cuts needed for Iowa budget


December 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House Republican leader says Iowa lawmakers will need to make deep cuts to the budget next year, but he did not elaborate. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Grassley, of New Hartford, says Wednesday that Republicans will base their budget priorities for the fiscal year beginning in July on roughly $7.35 billion in current revenue projections estimated by state experts. He says that’s about $175 million in new revenue.

Grassley says his data show Iowa is facing hundreds of millions of dollars in expected new costs, so “tough decisions” will be needed. He says he can’t elaborate on potential cuts until a final revenue projection is issued. Lawmakers are expected to debate again over supplemental aid for K-12 schools. Grassley says Republicans are still meeting over what amount to support.

Pursuit in Council Bluffs Wed. morning leads to crash & arrest


December 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested a 25-year old man following an attempted traffic stop, pursuit and crash, Wednesday morning. Officials say Ryan M. Knight, of Council Bluffs, faces charges that include Theft in the 2nd degree, felony eluding, reckless driving, speeding, no driver’s license and no registration. The vehicle he was driving was later reported to have been stolen from the Ameristar Casino.

Ryan Knight

Ryan Knight

The incident leading to Knight’s arrest began at around 9:23-a.m., when a Council Bluffs Police Officer observed a green Honda Accord near the area of I-29 and North 25th street. The vehicle entered I-29 SB at an extremely high rate of speed. The officer was able to catch up to the Accord, checking its speed on radar at 95 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and the vehicle failed to stop, while passing a car on the right shoulder.

The vehicle entered I-480 westbound toward Omaha and the officer shut down his emergency equipment and discontinued the pursuit. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and as the officer was exiting at 10th street, he witnessed the vehicle crash into the guardrail west of the 10th street exit. As the officer approached the area of the crash, the suspect (Knight) ran from the vehicle on foot. He crossed the EB lanes of I-480, ran down the on ramp to the area of 8th and Douglas Street where he was taken into custody by the Council Bluffs Officer.

Omaha police responded and arrested Knight.