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Vietnam Vet from western IA receives overdue medals

News

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Vietnam War Veteran today (Saturday) received numerous medals he had earned but never received following his tour of duty.

Congressman Steve King Presents Medals to Vietnam Veteran Robert Rohlfsen

Congressman Steve King Presents Medals to Vietnam Veteran Robert Rohlfsen

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, from Kiron, presented the medals to Robert Rohlfsen, of Early. Rohlfsen served in the Army as a pilot and Warrant Officer.

In a statement, King said “Today I was reminded of the strength and courage that our veterans exemplify. Robert Rohlfsen said he received these medals in honor of ‘those who were not as lucky as he was’.” King said Rohlfsen “Is an example of the selfless character our veterans exhibit each day, and is a great reminder of why they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.”

Among the nine medals Rohlfsen received, was the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Numeral 58, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Stars, and the National Defense Service medal.

Flash Flood Watch Continues until 7-p.m. today (Saturday)

News

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1258 PM CDT SAT JUN 15 2013…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS  EVENING…
 
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR:  MADISON…RINGGOLD…UNION…
ADAIR…ADAMS…CASS…TAYLOR…AUDUBON…CARROLL…CRAWFORD…GREENE…GUTHRIE AND SAC COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.
 
 * UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING
 
 * RECENT RAINFALL HAS PRODUCED SEVERAL INCHES OF RAINFALL ACROSS
   MUCH OF THE AREA…AS MUCH AS FOUR TO SIX INCHES IN A FEW
   LOCATIONS. ADDITIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED
   ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. AMPLE MOISTURE WILL
   BE AVAILABLE AND THESE STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY
   RAINFALL. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO THREE INCHES WILL BE
   POSSIBLE. GIVEN THE SATURATED CONDITIONS…EXCESSIVE RUNOFF MAY
   BECOME A PROBLEM VERY QUICKLY LEADING TO FLASH FLOODING.
 
 * SIGNIFICANT AND LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.
   PERSONS LIVING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE
   ACTION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS! AS LITTLE AS
   6 INCHES OF RUNNING WATER CAN SWEEP A VEHICLE OFF THE ROAD. IN
   ADDITION…SIGNIFICANT RIVER FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AFTER THIS
   EVENT.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
 
 A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
 TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
 
 YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
 SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Clarinda man arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

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June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports the arrest Friday evening of 37-year old Jason William McCollum. McCollum, who’s from Clarinda, was taken into custody on a charge of  Possession of a drug paraphernalia device, believed to be used for smoking marijuana. McCollum was arrested at his residence, located in the 300 block of north 20th St.

Officers were originally summoned to the residence after McCollum called the Clarinda 911 center to report a disturbance at his home, involving some intoxicated guests who McCollum wanted to leave. McCollum was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Page County Jail, where he was being held on a $300 cash bond, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate

(Podcast) Western Iowa News 6/15/13

News, Podcasts

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of the latest area and western Iowa news at 7:06-a.m., with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Pott. County Supervisors approve Lincoln Hwy improvements

News

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, approved a $3.1-million bid for improvements to the Lincoln Highway, from Council Bluffs to the HarrisonCounty line. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the road work comes just as the highway celebrates its centennial this summer. Work on the project is expected to begin in a couple of weeks, and will likely take most of the summer to complete. It includes patching, widening in some areas, and overlaying the entire stretch of road. 

The project has been in the works since the Missouri River flooded in 2011, causing damage to the Lincoln Highway and other roads in the area. The federal government is paying 80-percent of the cost for repairs and improvements. 

Officials say because travel on the road will be difficult and congested once construction begins, motorists may want to use alternate routes such as Interstate 29. The Lincoln Highway is the nation’s first transcontinental highway. Officials with the Lincoln Highway Association say as much as 85-percent of the road is still drivable in Iowa, though some of it is gravel.

Strong storms & heavy rain possible again this evening/night

News, Weather

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says low pressure over eastern Nebraska will lift northeast as a trailing cold front moves through the state this (Saturday) afternoon and tonight. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected ahead of the cold front this afternoon and evening. Heavy rainfall is again possible with these storms and could lead to flash flooding. Drier weather will move in for Sunday, however there is a chance for rain again later Sunday night and Monday.

Friday’s storms bring heavy rain, flooding & strong winds

News, Weather

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Storms that passed through western Iowa Friday and Friday night dumped more than 5-inches of rain in some areas, in less than a couple of hours. Those same storms also brought straight-line winds in excess of 65-miles per hour, and some pea-to ping-pong ball-sized hail.

Law enforcement and trained storm spotters reported to the National Weather Service hail the size of quarters fell in Carroll and Guthrie Counties, near the communities of Carroll, Bayard and Coon Rapids. Ping-pong ball-sized hail  (1.5″ diameter) was reported by Emergency Management officials 12-miles south of Stanton, in Page County, at around 7-p.m., Friday.

Winds gusted up to 60-miles per hour near Crescent, in Pottawattamie County, and Little Sioux, in Harrison County. One gust of up to 67-miles per hour was reported at the Carroll Airport at around 9:35-p.m., Friday, and a garage roof was blown-off and 2-to 6-inch diameter tree limbs were reported broken in the Carroll County town of Halbur, at around 9:40-p.m. Thunderstorm wind damage was also reported just west/northwest of Stuart, where 6-to 8-inch diameter tree limbs were broken.

Flash flooding was reported late Friday night in Bayard and near Coon Rapids, with anywhere from 6-to-8-inches of water flowing over the roads in Bayard at around 10:15-p.m., as well as on Highway 25 in that same area. The Weather Service says 5.2-inches of rain fell just west of Coon Rapids.

Red Oak man arrested on theft & drug charges

News

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest early this (Saturday) morning, of a Red Oak man. 29-year old Zachariah Michael Holland was taken into custody at around 3:30-a.m., on charges of Theft in the 5th degree, unlawful possession of a prescription drug, and a drug tax stamp violation. His arrest took place following a report of a suspected shoplifter at the Cubby’s convenience store on the north side of Red Oak. Holland was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, late Friday night, authorities in Montgomery County arrested 38-year old Jonathan Russell Terry, of Shenandoah, on a warrant out of Page County, for driving while suspended. Terry was arrested following a traffic stop a little after 10-p.m., in Red Oak. Terry was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and then released to the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with the Red Oak Police Department assisted the sheriff’s department in handling both arrests.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., June 15th 2013

News

June 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy says thousands of customers have their power back following severe weather in the area this week. The company says about 500 customers remained without power last night.

RUNNELS, Iowa (AP) — Officials have determined a sinkhole in the Polk County town of Runnells was caused by an old septic tank, not an abandoned mine as some suspected. A state environmental engineer, Mike Bourland, tells The Des Moines Register there were coal mines in the area. But environmental engineers that dug into the sinkhole yesterday determined it wasn’t an entrance to a mine.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a man has died after two vehicles hit the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on a city street. Police say the crash happened Thursday night when the driver of a four-wheel ATV, 29-year-old Daniel Halterman, apparently failed to halt at a stop sign.

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) — A man has been accused of assaulting people at a rural retirement home in northeast Iowa. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Matthew Saul of Waterloo after responding Wednesday night to a report about an out of control man at Prairie View Residential Care Facility in Fayette. Authorities did not release additional information about the case.

Mayhem in the Manor plays in Carson this weekend

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June 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Movie theaters aren’t the only ones showing superheroes this weekend. The city of Carson will showcase Mayhem in the Manor, a play written by local favorite Wilma Laughlin, at the Carson Community building. Laughlin says you will see all your favorite superheroes but not in the typical fashion “It is a light hearted dinner theater with all the superheroes such as Spiderman, Superman and Batman in the nursing home. It is a comical thing with bad guys trying to get the good guys. It is just a light hearted comedy.” 

She says the cast in the play are made up of local actors and actresses, “We are not a super class act theater but we are a fun bunch of people. If you enjoy watching local people, you will have fun with this.” Laughlin has written several plays for Carson events but says the time has come to slow down “These plays are getting to me a little bit. I think this is the last play so if you want to see one more play by me you better come.” 

Mayhem at the Manor will be shown tonight (Friday) and Saturday with doors opening at 6-pm and the show beginning at 6:30-pm. Tickets are on sale for $27 each and include a dinner beforehand. All proceeds go towards the city of Carson placing an electronic Daktronics message board for the Riverside Community. The message board will keep community members up to date on local events, Dreamland Theater movies, school activities and annual town celebrations. Tickets can be purchased by contact the Carson City Hall at 712-484-3636.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)