KJAN News

QR CODE 35357558

NEW!! SCAN (OR CLICK) THE QR CODE ABOVE TO SHOP THE KJAN BIG DEALS STORE!!

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 11/7/2014

News, Podcasts

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Ric Hanson.

Play

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 11/7/14

News, Podcasts

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Play

Stabbing incident at Villisca Axe Murder House Friday morning

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Wisconsin man suffered self-inflicted stab wounds early this (Friday) morning, at the site of the Villisca Axe Murder house.

Villisca Axe Murder house

Villisca Axe Murder house

37-year old Robert Steven Laursen, JR., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was transported by Villisca Rescue to the Clarinda Regional Health Center and then flown to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.  A report on the man’s condition is currently not available.  The incident was reported at around 12:45-a.m.

Sheriff’s officials say Laursen was visiting the historic location as part of a recreational paranormal investigation. Since there was no indication of foul play, authorities say it’s unlikely charges will be filed.

Deputies were assisted in their investigation by personnel with the Red Oak Police Department. Six children and two adults were murdered in the house just over a century ago in a crime that was never solved.

Gas prices fall to lowest level in nearly 4 years, below $3/gallon

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa motorists will be encouraged to hear that after more than one-thousand-four-hundred days, a mile marker has been reached on gasoline prices. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A Iowa, says prices have hit the lowest level in almost four years. White says, “The national average price of gas dropped below $3 a gallon for the first time since December 22nd, 2010, ending its longest streak ever above that price.”

The national average for ethanol blends is now two-95 a gallon. In Iowa, pump prices have been falling, holding steady, then falling some more for weeks. White says the statewide average for ethanol blends is now two-97 a gallon, though some Iowa retailers are in the two-70s.  “They continue to drop almost on a daily basis,” White says. “We did see processed fuel trickle up a little bit on the commodities market but we don’t expect it to stay there.”

Crude oil prices are trading around $79 a barrel, down from $107 a barrel just a couple of months ago. Several factors are fueling the drop in gas prices, including a big increase in domestic crude oil production.  “It’s currently at its highest level in 30 years thanks to North Dakota,” White says. “With corn prices being down, ethanol prices have dropped as well. Also, the demand is flat right now and we have to look at the hurricane situation. There has not been a hurricane that’s impacted oil operations in the U.S in the last two years.”

It’s typical for gas prices to fluctuate heading into winter but White says at this point, there’s no indicator that prices will rebound anytime soon. White says, “There are many factors that impact fuel prices which makes it very difficult to predict but looking at what we have right now, with the increase in production, the demand being flat, we do anticipate paying very favorable rates throughout the rest of the year.”

The cheapest average gas price in an Iowa metro area is in Sioux City at two-88, while Davenport is the most expensive, averaging three-oh-two.

(Radio Iowa)

“Elect a Scrooge” contest underway in Atlantic

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber’s 14th Annual Scrooge Contest, sponsored by Hockenberry Family Care
and Longaberger Consultant – Dolly Bergmann, is underway during the month of November. Eleanor
Hoover organized the contest back in 2002 just one year after the inaugural Lighted Parade.
The Scrooge contestants raise money and collect non-perishable food items for the Atlantic Food
Pantry.

Karla Eilts

Karla Eilts

Mark McNees

Mark McNees

Kyle Bartholic

Kyle Bartholic

Rob Tarrell

Rob Tarrell

Kevin Wieser

Kevin Wieser

The 2014 candidates include: Karla Eilts, Rex Pharmacy; Kevin Wieser, Brown’s Shoe Fit;
Kyle Bartholic, Youth Leader at E Free Church; Mark McNees, Atlantic Fire Chief and U.S. Postal
Service; and Rob Tarrell, Cub Scouts. According to Hoover, “Candidates can choose any method they want in collecting their points. In the past, candidates have hosted soup suppers, and put pictures and boxes in local businesses to collect food donations.”

Contestants are responsible for collecting and submitting their points to the Chamber by December 4th at Noon. The contestant with the most points will be named, Scrooge, and all proceeds will benefit the Atlantic Food Pantry. Winner of the Scrooge Contest serves as the Grand Marshal in the Lighted Parade on Dec. 6th at 6 p.m. in Downtown Atlantic. Cash donations are worth one point on the dollar and two non-perishable items earn the contestants one point.

Past Scrooge titles have been awarded to: Devin Ferguson 2002, Eleanor Hoover 2003, Rex
McDermott 2004, Tonia Goft 2005, Rick Harlan 2006, Mary Ann Moorman 2007, Dana Halder
2008, Tammy Wise & Janet Huey 2009, Ritchie Anderson 2010, Janet Cappel 2011, Melanie Petty
2012 and David Miller 2013.

Hoover said the Scrooge title is used because,“Contestants find the meaning of Christmas, by giving
to others,” explaining that is the real honor of being named Scrooge.“Therefore, I am hoping that
together as a community we will assist the contestants to provide many neighbors and friends the
same joy of having a meal to celebrate the holidays.”

The contest will run from November 1st to December 4th. Donations to a contestant can be made by
delivering food or funds to their drop off locations or the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. For
more information please call the Chamber at 712.243.3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

2 arrests in Montgomery County Thursday

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Thursday on separate charges in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office reports deputies took 24-year old Eric Alan Vannausdale, of Red Oak, into custody at around 5-p.m. on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. RedOak Police assisted in conducting the arrest.

And, at around 2:30-p.m., 59-year old Melvin Lawrence Svoboda, of Council Bluffs, was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 34, at T Avenue in Montgomery County. Svoboda was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Svoboda was being held on $1,000 bond, while Vanndausdale’s bond was set at $2,000.

Report: prison population in Iowa expected to increase by 39% by 2024

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s prison population is forecast to grow by 39-percent over the next decade, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says although the report estimates Iowa’s inmate count at 11,317 by mid-2024, it’s unlikely to actually reach that level.

“It’s just a prediction and we will continue to monitor, but we’ll continue to work the way we are now in trying to keep our prison population stable as well as moving people through the system,” Scaletta says. There are currently just under 82-hundred (8,200) inmates in Iowa prisons that are designed to accommodate 7,276 prisoners. Scaletta says his agency has been working with lawmakers and the Board of Parole to improve the community-based corrections system and reduce recidivism for inmates who are freed.

“So, we’ve been able to stabilize and even lower our population over the last three to four years,” Scaletta said. The 34-page Prison Population Forecast report is schedule to be presented to the Board of Corrections at its meeting today (Friday) in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Nov. 7th 2014

News

November 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s new Senator-elect Joni Ernst got a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. The Republican from Red Oak beat Democrat Bruce Braley for the Senate seat long held by Democrat Tom Harkin. Ernst spokeswoman Caitlin Conant declined to comment on the conversation yesterday.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A 55-year-old Burlington man is accused of punching and stabbing someone who he said called his daughter names and used profane language. The Hawk Eye reports that William Lane is charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault and is due back in court on November 13th. Officers were sent to a Burlington home Tuesday to investigate a reported stabbing. Michael Payne told the officers that Lane had become upset with him because Lane thought Payne had disrespected Lane’s 31-year-old daughter.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of providing alcohol to a teenager before a fatal car crash faces felony charges. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports 21-year-old Matthias Stork of Breda is charged with two counts of supplying alcohol resulting in death.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been given 60 days in prison for torturing and killing a bald eagle in 2011. District Court Judge John Jarvey sentenced 36-year-old Jason Thomas of What Cheer on Thursday for taking and possessing a bald eagle. He was ordered to serve one year of supervised release and pay a $2,000 fine.

Creston man gets 9-years in prison on a weapons charge

News

November 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was sentenced Wednesday to slightly more than 5-years in prison for a weapons violation. 33-year old Peter James Wiley, of Creston will serve a 110 month sentence plus three-years of supervised release, for possession of firearm by a convicted felon.US Atty SD-IA

Wiley was identified as a person of interest in a shooting that occurred in Page County, early in the evening of December 10, 2013. Several hours later, Wiley was identified as a suspect in a shooting that occurred in Adams County, Iowa. Wiley was located by Creston Police, early in the morning of the 11th of December 2013, when he was observed driving a car that failed to stop for a stop sign. A pursuit occurred which culminated with Wiley setting his vehicle on fire, fleeing his vehicle on foot, and running into a farm field. As he fled on foot, he dropped a forty caliber semi-automatic handgun onto the roadway. He was arrested a short time later after being located by a K-9 unit. Wiley pled guilty to the charge on June 5, 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Shenandoah, Iowa, Police Department, the Creston, Iowa, Police Department, the Page County Sheriff’s Office, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
# #

Montgomery County man sentenced to 5+years for Possession of a firearm as a felon

News

November 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Montgomery County was sentenced Wednesday to more than 5 1/2-years in prison on a weapons charge. U-S District Court Judge John Jarvey sentenced 32-year old Bill Joe Gillespie of Red Oak, to 70 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of firearm by a convicted felon.DOJ logo

An investigation revealed that Gillespie had broken into a Shell gas station in Red Oak, Iowa, during the early morning hours of December 15, 2013, and had taken, among other items, two shotguns. The shotguns were recovered from Gillespie a short time later. Gillespie pled guilty to the charge on May 8, 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Red Oak, Iowa, Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.