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FBI seeks suspect in 2 Iowa bank robberies

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The FBI is seeking a suspect in the robberies of two Council Bluffs bank branches. A statement from the FBI says a man held up two Peoples National Bank locations within a 15 minute period Friday.

Bank surveillance video captures image of Peoples Natl Bank robber

At both bank branches, the FBI says, the man displayed a handgun. The FBI says the man should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Omaha, Neb., office at 402-493-8688 or Council Bluffs police at 712-328-4727.

 

 

Governors return to Neb. for Missouri River talks

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governors and senior aides from seven Missouri River states will meet again in Omaha to tackle flood-related concerns. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will host the group Monday. The private meeting will also include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and senior staff for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will join by phone and send a senior staff member to Omaha.

The governors will receive an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on how the Corps will be changing its operation plan for next year to help prevent the extreme flooding experienced in 2011. FEMA representatives will outline emergency preparations. A news conference will follow the meeting. The first gathering was held in August.

Schildberg Recreation Area to be discussed Monday evening in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Numerous matters pertaining to the Schildberg Recreation area will be discussed during Monday evening’s meeting of the City of Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board. The Board will discuss and/or act on: a bike trail easement; the Summer Recreation Program with the Nishna Valley YMCA; and, the Campground Phase 1 project and related fundraising. They’ll also discuss the results of a meeting with Skate Park representatives.

The Parks and Rec Board meeting takes place at the City Hall in Atlantic, beginning at 5:15-p.m, Monday.

Area School Boards to meet Monday

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

At least three school district Boards of Education will meet Monday evening, here in the KJAN listening area. At 5:30-p.m., the Griswold School Board will hear an update on the district’s improvement projects, and discuss the results of last month’s Public Ballot Measure. The board will also discuss and act on a Special Education Deficit, Redistricting Board of Director Districts, and, Guidance on Donations. Their meeting takes place in the Central Office Board Room.

At 7-p.m., the CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will meet at the High School in Anita. Among their discussion and action items, are those pertaining to: Fitness equipment; an Energy Audit; the Bleacher Project; Wellness Center; School Property, and approval of the Washington, D.C. trip.

And, the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet 7-p.m. Monday, in the Family and Consumer Science room at the High School, in Elk Horn. The board will act on approving a third-grade teaching contract with Rachael King, and: requesting allowable growth and supplemental aid for a negative special education balance from 2010-2011; approval of a Special Education contract with Ogden; and, early graduation requests.

Page County woman arrested on drug charges

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A tip to authorities led to the arrest in Shenendoah Friday, of one person on drug charges. Authorities say a search executed by a K-9 unit at 610 Northwest Road #42 in Shenandoah, resulted in the recovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officials say 34-year old Rae Ann Huntley was taken into custody on Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges.

Huntley was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

SW IA News, Sat., Oct. 15th (podcast)

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the latest area news, from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

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Iowa-based Hy-Vee part of bagged salad recall

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hy-Vee is part of a voluntary recall of bagged salads by a California company because of possible contamination of listeria. The Iowa-based grocery store says the recall is by River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif. Hy-Vee says the possible contamination was found during routine tests by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a bagged salad product for the Giant Eagle chain, based in Pittsburg. River Ranch issued the recall for Giant Eagle Farmers Market brand salads and Hy-Vee salads produced at its plant on Sept. 27. The products carry a “best by” date of Oct. 14.

Hy-Vee says four varieties of Hy-Vee bagged salads are covered by the recall. The company says all affected products have been removed from the stores but customers should check their refrigerators.

Creston man arrested on Adams County warrants

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Creston man was arrested Friday night in Union County, on  warrants out of Adams County. 24-year old Adam Drake, of Creston, was taken into custody at around 8-p.m., on warrants for Operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, Eluding, and Driving While Barred.

Drake was brought to the Adams County Jail, where he was being held pending an  appearance before the magistrate.

Bluffs woman sentenced to 120 month prison term for meth distribution

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October 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

U-S Attorney Nicholas Klinefelt says a western Iowa woman was sentenced Friday to 10-years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine in Iowa. 35-year old Terra Jo Wilson, of Council Bluffs, was also ordered by Judge John A. Jarvey, to serve a seven year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On June 30th, Wilson entered a guilty plea to the charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine based on evidence that she was distributing methamphetamine, along with four other people, in the Council Bluffs area. During a six month investigation by law enforcement, it was determined that Wilson had assisted co-defendant, 44-year old Scott Dilley, of Council Bluffs,  in distributing over 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Dilley was sentenced by Judge Jarvey to nearly 16 and a-half years in prison, on August 11th. The Judge also ordered Dilley to serve 10-years  in prison for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The terms will be served concurrently. In addition, Dilley will have to serve a five-year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

The investigation that lead to Wilson’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Missouri River flooding benefits wildlife refuge

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

There’s a bright spot to the months of flooding along the Missouri River in western Iowa that destroyed homes, thousands of acres of cropland and bridges and roads. All that water is actually good for the De Soto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley. Each fall, thousands of migratory birds – including geese and ducks – use De Soto as a resting place as they fly south. Deputy Refuge Manager Mindy Sheets says those birds are now feasting on a more natural diet. “This flood has killed off a lot of exotic and invasive plant species and the native species that should be here have responded,” Sheets said. The visiting birds are no longer loading up on “junk food” from area farm fields. Instead, they’re eating the resurging native plants.

“That’s what the water fowl are supposed be eating, not corn and beans and stuff, so there’s more natural food than normal,” Sheets said. This week has been prime time for viewing with many varieties of geese and ducks as well as pelicans flying through. The 3,500 acre refuge is closed to the public for the time being, but Sheets hopes they’ll be able to re-open portions of the park in the next few weeks.

(Radio Iowa)