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Accident in Atlantic, Tuesday morning

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One, non-injury accident was reported Tuesday, in Atlantic. Police say vehicles driven by Glynn Westphalen and Misty Wehrli, both of Atlantic, collided at around 11-a.m. in the 800 block of East 17th Street, as Wehrli was backing out of a private driveway. Westphalen, who was traveling west on 17th Street, was unable to get stopped in-time, and struck Wehrli’s vehicle in the right rear tire area. Damage from the collision amounted to $2,700.

(Update 2/9/16) – Police Chief Steve Green says Wehrli was given a warning for unsafe backing.

4 Atlantic residents arrested or cited on drug charges

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three people were arrested and another was cited on drug charges over the past week. On Tuesday (2/2), 26-year old Alexander Dvorak, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, 32-year old Randi Shafer, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd or subsequent offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dvorak and Shafer were booked into the Cass County Jail.

On Monday (2/1), 19-year old Zen Gross, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was given a date to appear later, in court. That same day, 22-year old Spencer Biggs, of Atlantic, was cited into court on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance charges. He too, was given a court date.

The A-PD says 38-year old Adrian Hansen, of Atlantic, turned himself-in to authorities Jan. 28th, on a Cass County warrant for Parole Violation. Hansen was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Shooting incident reported in Waukee Wed. morning

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Waukee are responding to reports of shots fired early this (Wednesday) morning. KCCI-TV reports Officers were called to Southeast Olson and Southeast Brick drives in Waukee at 8 a.m. Dallas County authorities said the high school and Prairie View Elementary are under a lockdown. At 8:38 a.m., Waukee school officials made the following statement on Facebook:

“Waukee Police Department has notified the district of an incident off school grounds. As a precautionary measure Waukee High School and Prairieview are on lockdown due to the external threat. No one may enter or leave the building. All students are safe.”

Atlantic City Council to set public hearing for voluntary annexation

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council this (Wednesday) evening, will act on setting the date for a public hearing on a Resolution that would approve or deny the Voluntary Annexation of a property at 56988 635th Street (Outfitters Plus). The hearing will likely be set for 5:30-p.m. March 2nd. Tonight’s meeting at City Hall, also begins at 5:30-p.m.

The property in question is located immediately north of the East Side Business Park, at the farthest eastern border of Atlantic’s political boundary. City Administrator John Lund says when the City annexed land for the East Side Business Park, consideration was given to the property mentioned to join in the annexation, but the owners chose not to do so. At that time, the property had its own sewer system, but Lund says it’s his understanding that system is failing, and the owners now want to connect to the City sewer network.

If City leaders do approve the voluntary annexation, Lund says some property east of 56988 635th Street may prove to be an option for further annexation. It would also mean the City could collect the extra penny sales tax for both the land in question and any future, adjacent annexation.

In other business, the Council is expected to approve a Resolution accepting work for the 2015 Street Improvements to close-out the contract for all of the street projects completed over the summer, that were funded through 2015 Local Option Sales Tax revenue bonds. The final contract price was 1-million, 25-thousand 144-dollars and 69-cents. ($1,025144.69).

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/3/2016

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 2/3/2016

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed. 2/3/16

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Two Wisconsin men are facing homicide charges after police and FBI officers arrested them in Storm Lake. Twenty-three-year-old Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza and 22-year-old Eric Salazar-Mota, both of Beloit, Wisconsin, were arrested Sunday on homicide warrants in connection to the January shooting death of a 5-year-old in Beloit. Police say the boy was shot by people targeting his father, who was driving a vehicle.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group has filed a complaint with U.S. Department of Agriculture about an escaped research goat that remains on the loose. Animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the University of Iowa and filed a complaint with the USDA regarding an escaped research goat that has been on the loose since Friday. PETA asked that the goat be transferred to a sanctuary if it is safely captured, and the complaint claimed the goat escaped due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders are facing scrutiny over how they ran the state’s signature event. The tight contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday has highlighted the complicated process Democrats use to determine the winner and the bumpy road they take to get there. Clinton was named the winner Tuesday after winning by less than four “state delegate equivalents” out of 1,405, the measurement the party uses to calculate caucus-goers’ preferences.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Several inches of snow have already fallen in the Sioux City area and the storm is expected to continue the rest of the day. Officials have closed a section of Interstate 29 between Sioux City and Tea, South Dakota, because of low visibility.

I-80 WB near Shelby blocked by jackknifed semi Wed. morning

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February 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DOT reports a jackknifed semi has blocked Interstate 80 westbound near Shelby, early this morning. The accident happened between Exit 34 (County Road M-16) and Exit 29 (County Road L-66).

No other details are currently available. Roads early this morning are completely  covered with snow. In addition, there are whiteout conditions. Travel is not advised on Highway 59, between Harlan and Denison, and on Highway 141 from Highway 59 east to Manning.

CAM PPEL approved Tuesday

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports voters in the CAM Community School District, Tuesday, approved  the extending of the current Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (or, PPEL), along with an increase in the levy rate of 67-cents per thousand dollars property valuation, to $1.34 per thousand. Public Measure A was approved by a vote of 131 “yes” to 94 “no” votes, or 58.222% of the vote.

District officials say they plan to use the funds to improve and maintain their current facilities, purchase school buses and purchase technology for students and staff. The levy cannot be used for staff salaries or supplies – those expenditures must come from a school district’s General Fund.

The results of the vote will be canvassed by the Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, beginning at 1-p.m.

Elliott Residents Advised to Drink Bottled Water

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa DNR said Tuesday afternoon, an electrical short in a well house serving the city of Elliott in Montgomery County prevented the well from coming online, and residents of town are being advised to drink bottled water only. Although the well is back online, it will take several hours before the tower refills and pressure is restored.

Due to high nitrate levels, the bottled water advisory has been issued. Bacteria samples have been collected today (Tuesday), and another set will be collected tomorrow (Wednesday). Until those samples are cleared, the city is furnishing bottled water to citizens, available at the town hall.

Test results may be available late Thursday at the earliest, or more likely Friday. Citizens should use bottled water until then. Infants who drink water containing nitrates in excess of the standards could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.

All residents should use only bottled water. Do not boil tap water, as boiling increases nitrate concentrations.