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Area meetings set to take place during the coming week….


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A handful of meetings are slated to take place in the KJAN listening area, Monday (March 25th). Among them, is the Cass County Board of Health, whose members will gather in Conference Room #3 at CCMH Monday, beginning at 12:15-p.m.  The Board will receive an Environmental Health report, review the Public Health Budget, and discuss the latest County Health Rankings, which place Cass County 92nd among the 99 counties in Iowa in overall health.

On Monday evening, the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton School District’s Boards of Education will hold a joint meeting in the Media Center at the Exira School (105 E. School St.), beginning at 7. During the session, the boards will discuss the next steps associated with reorganization of the districts, and setting the date of June 25th for a public vote on the matter.

That same evening, the Atlantic School Board will hold a work session at the High School Media Center. At 7:30, they will discuss the Middle School’s Building Leadership Team (BLT), and hear from bonding agent Travis Squires, with Piper-Jaffrey.

And, the Audubon City Council will gather at the Audubon City Hall at 7-p.m. Monday, for a regular session. During their meeting, the Council will discuss renewal of insurance, hear an update from the Stage Committee, and act on a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign a Notice To Proceed and contract, with Maguire Iron, for the Water Tower project.


Trial for Marne man who allegedly shot a CO woman’s dog delayed


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A judge in the case of a Marne man who allegedly shot a Colorado woman’s dog, has delayed the trial until April. Judge Jeffrey Larson on Monday, continued the trial for 56-year old Charles Collins Cutler, until April 16th. The pretrial conference was also pushed back, and will be held April 8th in Cass County District Court. His case was originally set to be heard on March 26th. The judge denied Cutler’s request for a change of venue.

Cutler faces an Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charge of Animal Abuse, and a Serious Misdemeanor charge of a Reckless Use of a Firearm, in connection with the shooting of a dog which strayed onto his property on December 24th, 2012. Cutler pleaded not guilty to both charges.

According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a dog owned by 23-year old Stacy Ernat from Denver, CO, was shot when it strayed onto Cutler’s property. Ernat told authorities her chocolate Labrador “Wrigley,” was playing with a relative’s dog in the church lot adjacent to Cutler’s residence, when the dog ran onto his property and was wounded by a shotgun blast fired from a distance of 30-to 40-feet.

The dog was treated, but succumbed to injuries, at the Atlantic Animal Health Center.

(Podcast) SW Iowa News: Sat., March 23rd 2013

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March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest news (Podcast) from around southwest and western Iowa, with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Coburg and Red Oak residents arrested following separate raids


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say several people were arrested and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were seized, following the execution of a search warrants at residences in Coburg and Red Oak, Friday. Among the items taken as evidence was more than 4-grams of marijuana, drug packaging materials, digital scales, and manufacturing equipment.

Officials say 20-year old Justin Lewis Marsden, of Coburg, was arrested on three counts of delivery of marijuana and violation of a no contact order. 20 year old Cassandra Dawn Redd, of Coburg, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also took a small child into protective custody and placed her with a family member at the direction of DHS. Marsden and Redd were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on full bond.

Police in Red Oak  report 19-year old Trevor Jon Stapleton, of Red Oak, was arrested in Red Oak, on charges that include: Delivery of marijuana, Possession of marijuana, and Possession of drug paraphernalia. And, 18-year old Bryce Dalton Uhlenberg, of Red Oak, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were held at the Montgomery County Jail.

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office K9 unit assisted in conducting the raids.

Red Oak man arrested on drug charges Friday night


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a Red Oak man was arrested Friday night on drug charges. Officials say 19-year old Trevor Jon Stapleton, of Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 1200 block of East Summit Street at around 8:40-p.m., for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Stapleton was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., March 23rd 2013


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is ordering flags to fly at half-staff next week to honor an Iowa soldier killed in Afghanistan. Branstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Steven Blass. The 27-year-old from Estherville in northwest Iowa died on March 11th when a helicopter crashed in Kandahar province.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A panel of budget experts says overall state revenue will come in slightly higher than expected for the current fiscal year. The Revenue Estimating Conference met yesterday to project state revenue numbers. The three-member panel includes the governor’s top budget adviser, the financial adviser to the Legislature and an independent member, Mason City economist David Underwood.

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for an eastern Iowa school superintendent accused of drunken driving wants evidence collected during his arrest to be inadmissible at trial. Robert Bembridge says neither a witness nor officer saw Jeff Corkery (KORK’-ur-ree) turn on his car or drive it when he was arrested in November. A Buchanan County judge has pushed Corkery’s trial to May.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State dismantled Notre Dame 76-58 last night in Dayton, Ohio. The 10th-seeded Cyclones will play Number 2 seed Ohio State tomorrow in the NCAA tournament.

Red Cross to talk with families in fire risk Council Bluffs neighborhoods


March 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter is undertaking an unusual outreach program today (Saturday). Red Cross spokesperson, Liz Dorland, says volunteers are teaming with the Council Buffs Fire Department and community partners to knock on doors in several “high-risk” neighborhoods to talk about fire prevention. “We will begin by knocking on your door just to hand you some fire safety information. In that bag will be some preparedness tips,” Dorland says. She says they will also ask if people have a working smoke detector and if the batteries need to be changes. If the batteries need to be changed, the fire department will send someone to check the smoke detector.

Red Cross volunteers will talk with residents about the importance of having a preparedness plan in case a fire does happen. Dorland says the event is part of what’s called “Project Alex.””It was started after seven-year-old Alex Pezeta died after a fire in 2010. The fire department is really partnering and working well with the American Red Cross to prevent such tragedies from happening again,” Dorland explained.

The Nebraska/ southwest Iowa Region Red Cross volunteers responded to more than 600 families in 2012 who were in need after a devastating fire. The fire canvassing event is from eight a-m until one p-m. The American Red Cross responds to a fire every eight minutes nationwide.

(Radio Iowa)

Economic Development Board Approves Financial Assistance for 14 Companies


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today (Friday), awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to 14 companies for job creation, expansion and small business development projects. The awards will assist in the creation of 271 jobs, retention of 13 jobs and will result in over $85 million in new capital investment for the state. The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in 12 communities, including Council Bluffs, where scrap processor Alter Trading was awarded tax benefits for a $20 million capital investment that is set to create 15 jobs. The project entails the building of a new non-ferrous plant that will help Alter grow in the central region of the United States as well as make their current operations more efficient.

Founded in 1898, Alter Trading – a privately owned, fourth generation company – is one of the largest scrap processors in the country with trading offices and processing plants across the central United States.

Iowa town loses bid to save impromptu levee


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) – The southwest  Iowa town of Hamburg has lost its bid to keep an earthen levee erected in 2011 to save the town from the river’s floodwaters. The city had needed to raise nearly $5 million to keep the top eight feet of the levee, which was raised to 19 feet from its original 11 feet. The money would have been used to bring the raised part of the levee within federal regulations.

Mayor Cathy Crain even created an Internet site that included a video of townspeople dancing to a revamped version of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” in the hopes of gathering donations.  But Crain says the effort raised only $52,000.

The Hamburg City Council voted today (Friday), to take down the extended levee.

Branstad orders flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday


March 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to honor 27-year old Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass, of Estherville, who died in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 11.

Blass’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Estherville High School Gym. Brig. Gen. Derek Hill, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, will be in attendance to represent the administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.