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Western IA Watershed Quality Initiative to receive funding

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A watershed project that spans three counties in the KJAN listening area has received a grant amounting to $354,000 toward the total project cost of $713,000. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Thursday) announced the Elk Run Watershed Quality Initiative Project in Sac, Carroll and Calhoun Counties, headed up by Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, is one of three such projects across the state selected to receive a total of $1.4-million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative, over the next three years.

In addition to the state funds, the three projects, including those in Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Story, Boone and Hamilton Counties, will provide an additional $1.4-million in matching funds to support qater quality improvement  efforts, as well as other, in-kind contributions. The selected projects will join 13 targeted Water Quality Initiative demonstration watershed projects that were previously funded to help implement and demonstrate water quality practices.

The demonstration watersheds selected cover 274,596 acres. More than 30 partners from agricultural organizations, institutions of higher education, private industry, local, state and federal government and others, are working together on the projects.

DNR Listening Session ON fall hunting and trapping regulations rescheduled for march 25

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled a public meeting over the Iowa Communications Network for March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall. Meetings will be held in Atlantic, Boone, Calmar, Chariton, Clear Lake, Council Bluffs, Creston, Dubuque, Eldridge, Johnston, Marshalltown, Monroe, Ottumwa, Sac City, Sergeant Bluff, Sheldon, Spencer, Tiffin, Tripoli and West Burlington.

Complete ICN locations are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting. The meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government. At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

Slauson restitution order


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A judge in the case of Leatha Kay Slauson has rendered his decision on how restitution will be made to victims she scammed out funds associated with her child’s fake cancer scheme. Judge Greg Steensland determined the amount of total victim restitution at $32,964.06. Funds available to pay the victims amount to $15,900.82, and will be distributed as follows:

  • Melanie and Darrin Petty, of Atlantic, $100
  • Beta Sigma Phi, of Atlantic, $200
  • Victoria Erickson, of Kimballton, $1,000
  • Jeffrey & Katie Tibbles, of Ankeny, $93
  • United Methodist Church, Atlantic, $3,050.25 (The funds returned to the UMC will not be returned to donors, but used for a comparable charitable donation to the one in this case. They shall then provide proof of that donation to the court.)
  • Jennifer Nobles, of Nora Springs, $335
  • Mercy Medical Center North, Mason City, $2,642.20
  • Ronald McDonald House, Des Moines, $3,990.19
  • Rainbow House, Omaha, NE, $3,990.19.

The $15,900 described above will be placed in the trust account of Slauson’s Attorney, Jay Mez, for distribution as prescribed. The remaining balance of victim restitution in the amount of $17, 063.24 is payable by Slauson. As funds are received from her, they will be sent in equal amounts to the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines, and Rainbow House, in Omaha.

The 30-year old Slauson was sentenced to 5-years probation after pleading guilty to falsely claiming her 5-year-old daughter had cancer and raising money for her treatment. In November, 2014, Slauson pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment, one of administering harmful substances, one of theft and one of unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

3 arrested on drug charges in Creston


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people have been arrested on drug charges, in Creston. Authorities say 48-year old Michael Esslinger and 51-year old Ricky Kimball, both of Creston, were arrested Wednesday afternoon at their homes, on Union County warrants for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine.

And, 32-year old Andy Alden Hansen, of Creston, was arrested in the 800 block of West Adams Street early Wednesday morning, on charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Meth, and Driving While Barred.

All three men were being held in the Union County Jail, where Hansen’s bond was set at $100,000.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/5/2015

News, Podcasts

March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Clarinda man arrested Wed. night on drug charges


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A routine traffic stop Wednesday night at North Broadway and West Washington Streets in Red Oak, resulted in the arrest of a Clarinda man. Red Oak Police report 29-year old Jason Lynn Ridnour was taken into custody at around 10-p.m. on Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. Ridnour was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.

S.W.IA man’s sentence on a murder charge put on hold


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A District Court Judge on Wednesday continued the sentencing date for a southwest Iowa man convicted on a murder charge. The Daily NonPareil reports Judge Timothy O’Grady ruled against a defense motion for a new trial in the first-degree murder conviction of Brian Davis in the July 18th, 2009, death of his former girlfriend, Holly Durben. Davis’ sentencing was continued until 9:30 a.m. on April 9th to allow the defense additional time to file motions in the case. The Judge delayed sentencing because the defense is required to have a minimum of five days to file any motions it wishes prior to sentencing.

Requesting a new trial, Public Defender Michael Hooper, one of three attorneys defending Davis, argued that there was reasonable doubt in the case. Hooper argued that the case had stumped a medical examiner, and even a firearms expert found that the scene was consistent with suicide, leading to reasonable doubt.

O’Grady said he started hearing the case entirely neutral. Hooper also pointed out that in the decision, O’Grady originally used the term “horrible” to describe the bruising that Dr. Jerri McLemore, a former assistant state medical examiner described on Durben’s neck. But the doctor did not use the word “horrible.” Roan did not object to the request by the defense that O’Grady amend his decision and change the word “horrible.”

Former western IA teacher enters his plea in sex abuse case


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

According to a report in the Daily NonPareil, a former Council Bluffs teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student has pleaded not guilty. 29-year old Jeffrey Daugherty faces charges in connection with an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old female student while he was a math teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. Pottawattamie County court records show he’s pleaded not guilty.

Police arrested Daugherty on Jan. 8th. The former teacher is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, five counts of sexual abuse by a school employee, sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious conduct with a minor. Documents indicate Daugherty and the victim allegedly began talking, texting and communicating via social media site Twitter about explicit acts and also exchanged multiple topless photos.

The victim told police Daugherty kissed her one evening after school, while two other instances included the teacher touching the victim’s private areas. At least one of the encounters happened after school in a classroom. Daugherty denies the charges. He resigned from T.J. on Feb. 3rd. A trial is the case is currently scheduled for March 24th.

In late January, a second alleged victim came forward. The now 18-year-old female – who was 17 at the time of the alleged acts – told police that she exposed herself to Daugherty after being asked to do so. On multiple occasions, Daugherty allegedly asked the girl to perform sex acts on him, and she complied. An arrest affidavit notes the victim told police she was not forced to engage in sex acts with the teacher. A court date has not been set in the second case.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., March 5th 2015


March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — A man who helped his neighbor escape flames that destroyed a mobile home in eastern Iowa says he’s no hero. Jerry McBride Junior says he merely answered a call of duty in aiding 71-year-old Fred Steven. The septuagenarian says he awoke from a nap Monday afternoon to find that tubes from his oxygen tank were on fire inside his North Liberty home. Oxygen tanks began exploding by the time he reached a doorway.

MANNING, Iowa (AP) — Officials say one woman died in a house fire in rural Iowa last weekend. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday that 47-year-old Julia Schlichte of Manning was found dead inside the home located about three miles northeast of town. No other injuries were reported.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Sioux City’s Bishop Heelan Catholic school system has been dismissed. The Journal reports that in a ruling filed last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles said David Newbrough couldn’t proceed on his claim that the system fired him because he wasn’t Roman Catholic. Newbrough was the system’s chief financial officer.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa officials are ready to begin planning a steam production plant on the west side of the school’s campus. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that officials have asked the Iowa state Board of Regents for permission to begin planning the $75 million production plant that will be adjacent to the school’s new backup power facility.

VA responds to Ernst’s request to examine mental health programs


March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s office has provided an update regarding Iowa Republican U-S Senator Joni Ernst’s request for an examination of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System’s mental health programs. Ernst’s inquiry followed news coverage of the death of veteran Richard Miles in Des Moines.

U-S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

U-S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

The Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s office has initiated a review of the mental health care provided to Richard Miles. The VA IG will share these findings with Senator Ernst once they are complete in approximately one month. Ernst said she’s “Pleased that the VA IG has begun initiating a review. We must ensure that our veterans have the access they deserve to quality mental health care. If there are systemic problems that exist, we must work to correct those as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

On February 23rd, Ernst sent a letter to the VA IG detailing that “It is tragic our nation lost a veteran who may not have received the mental health treatment he deserved.” She said, “As a member of the Senate, I have a responsibility to ensure our nation lives up to the promises it has made to its veterans. Furthermore, as someone who deployed in support of the Iraq War, it is my top priority to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve after selflessly sacrificing for our nation. I request your office conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the VA Central Iowa Health Care System mental health care programs, treatment provided to veteran Richard Miles, and Mr. Miles’ requests for mental health care and the subsequent treatment received.”