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Bluffs man arrested for Neola Bank Robbery

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday) reports an arrest has been made in connection with last Wednesday afternoon’s robbery at the Farmers-Merchants Bank, in Neola. On Friday, 37-year old Jesse D. Specht, of Council Bluffs, was identified as person of interest in the crime. Specht was located at the Econo Lodge Downtown in Omaha and taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to Douglas County, Nebraska, Corrections. Specht faces a charge of  robbery in the second degree in Pottawattamie County District Court.

Agencies involved in the investigation and arrest included the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service, Omaha Police Department, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office.

Chicks lost in livestock shed fire near Elliott

News

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our earlier report) A small livestock shed burned to the ground this (Monday) morning, northeast of Elliott, resulting the loss of several chickens. Elliott Fire Chief Brandon Adams told KJAN News a call about the fire at 53890 Pioneer Trail, came in at around 3:45-a.m. Adams says Griswold and Red Oak Fire along with Elliott 1st Responders, assisted at the scene.

Adams says when they arrived on the scene, the small livestock shed was fully engulfed in flames. He says they were able to knock down the flames quickly, but some small chickens perished in the blaze. The number of chickens that died was not known.

Adams says the cause of the fire is undetermined. There was a heat lamp for the chicks connected to electricity, but it’s not certain that actually caused the blaze. Firefighters got the blaze under control by around 4:15, and were on the scene for about an hour altogether cleaning up.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/19/2015

News, Podcasts

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Atlantic Police Chief to talk about body cam’s for officers

News

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green is scheduled to present his report during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the City Council. The meeting begins 5:30-p.m., in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

During his presentation, it’s expected Green will preview his future budget proposals, which may include body cameras for his officers. City Administrator John Lund says the Chief has done a great deal of research into the subject, the topic of which has been in the spotlight since the August 2014 shooting of a black suspect in Ferguson, MO., and other such recent, incidents.

A November 2014 survey of police departments serving the 100 most populated cities, found nearly 30-percent use some type of body cam, about one-quarter of the departments or agencies have plans to implement body cams, while slightly more than one-third of the cities did not use or planned to use the systems.

In Iowa, the police force in Iowa City began using the devices in July, 2015. In other cities, like Ft. Madison, community groups are banding together to raise funds destined to help pay for their officers’ body cameras. But the price isn’t cheap. They average around $800 a piece, not counting the required associated equipment, and other related expenses.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will review the bids and award a contract for, the Nishna Hills Storm Water Project, which is intended to help deal with drainage and storm water run-off issues affecting East 14th Street.The Council will also act on approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Urban Renewal Report, which is required by the State, and accounts for outstanding debt, revenue and expenditures pertaining to the City’s Urban Renewal District.

And, City Administrator John Lund will present the Hotel-Motel Tax report. The four-percent tax was adopted following a vote on a public measure in Nov., 2010. According to his report, the City has raised $314, 706 from the Hotel-Motel Tax, since it began in Jan., 2011. The City uses those funds for a variety of parks and recreation improvements.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/19/2015

News, Podcasts

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Documentary “Lost Schools” coming to IPTV

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A documentary about school consolidation in Iowa will premiere this week on Iowa Public Television. The one-hour program was produced by the Des Moines Register, which compiled a yearlong series on the issue. Register journalist Jason Clayworth says the story is essentially about rural decay. “This is really a story about some seismic demographic changes in Iowa and the consequences they’ve had on, specifically, rural communities in the state,” Clayworth said.

corwith-c-w-lThe documentary, titled “Lost Schools,” follows a pair of communities over a one year period. That includes the town of Corwith, as its residents voted to close the Corwith Wesley LuVerne School District. “The other community we focused on was the town of Gowrie, where the Prairie Valley School District and the Southeast Webster Grand School District, for the first time, whole-grade shared their middle and high schools,” Clayworth said.

The two stories highlight the sadness of the loss of a school and the struggles people face when consolidating schools.  “So, really, it was emotional for both communities because we’re talking about great change,” Clayworth said. “A school is something in a community that is very personal for the residents because parents and grandparents, in many cases, have all attended these schools.”

Lost Schools will premiere on Iowa Public Television this Thursday (October 22) at 7 p.m. The program will also air on Sunday (October 25) at 1 p.m.

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Shed fire near Elliott Monday morning

News

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Griswold were paged-out just before 4-a.m. today (Monday), to help crews from the Elliott Fire Department battle a fully engulfed shed fire. The blaze was occurring at 53890 Pioneer Trail, which is northeast of Elliott.  No other information was immediately available.

Red Flag Warning expanded to western Iowa counties

News, Weather

October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES…329 AM CDT MON OCT 19 2015

Shaded counties are under a Red Flag Warning today (10/19).

Shaded counties are under a Red Flag Warning today (10/19).

A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY IS IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA ND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA, FROM 11-AM UNTIL 6-PM TODAY. THAT’S IN ADDITION TO THE RED FLAG WARNING FOR ADAIR-ADAMS-AUDUBON-CARROLL-CASS-CRAWFORD-DALLAS-GUTHRIE-MADISON-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD AND UNION COUNTIES, THAT’S IN EFFECT FROM 10-AM UNTIL 7-PM, TODAY.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 19th 2015

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October 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa-based autism center has expanded its services in northeast Iowa, a move that one family says will help them better communicate with a three-year-old boy. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports the Homestead is celebrating its grand opening in Cedar Falls on Wednesday though the facility has been open for several weeks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of stealing a taxi after he was discharged from a Des Moines hospital says he didn’t want to walk home. Des Moines police say 26-year-old Luis Orellana-Rivera drove off with the vehicle shortly after he was released from Mercy Medical Center around 6 a.m. on Friday. The unoccupied taxi had the key in the ignition at the time.

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The driver of a motorcycle has been injured in eastern Iowa following a crash with a recreational vehicle. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling in rural LeClaire on Saturday afternoon when the driver attempted to a pass a RV backing into a private driveway. The motorcycle driver struck the RV and was thrown off the bike.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are looking for an inmate accused of failing to return to an Iowa correction facility following an approved leave of absence. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Blake Lyon was on a 30-hour court-ordered furlough from the county’s correction center when he failed to return on Saturday.

Atlantic Parks Board to discuss & possibly approve 5-year plan

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors is set to meet Monday evening in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will further discuss and possible take action on approving a 5-year plan for parks and recreation, in Atlantic.

The new Nishna Valley Trail Connector bridge in-place near the KJAN studios.

The new Nishna Valley Trail Connector bridge in-place near the KJAN studios.

The Board held a special meeting on Oct. 7th to draft their “wish list” for the parks system. Following that meeting, Parks Director Roger Herring said the Board’s number one priority, was the continued development of the Schildberg Recreation area, and the seeking out of grant funds from Vision Iowa and other sources, especially with regard to the campground area at Schildberg. The Board will receive an update on the campground project, during their meeting.

During Monday’s meeting the Board will also receive an update on the Kiddie Korral at Sunnyside Park. The shelter was demolished after Labor Day, and work was scheduled to have begun Oct. 1st on the concrete portion of the shelter. They’ll also receive a report on the status of Boat Ramp access to the East Nishnabotna Rover, located near the Atlantic WasteWater Treatment Plant.

In other business, the Atlantic Parks and Rec Board will discuss and receive an update on the Nishna Valley Connector Trail project, and its impact on the Parks and Rec Department.