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Firefighters find Sioux City man dead inside burning car

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Firefighters say they found a Sioux City man dead inside a burning car near a Des Moines church. According to a police report, 51-year-old Patrick James Murphy, II, was found dead Sunday night inside a Nissan Altima in the back of a church parking lot.

Fire officials say they found the car with the engine compartment on fire. They say they opened the driver’s door as the fire was being extinguished, where they discovered Murphy and determined he was dead. KCCI-TV reports a witness says she was watching TV when she heard a pop and whooshing sound outside. She says she saw the entire front of the vehicle engulfed in flames.

Police say the incident is being investigated. An autopsy has been planned.

KS woman arrested on burglary and other charges in Page County

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Kansas was arrested Sunday night, after deputies responded a reported burglary in progress.

Misty Ann Whetstine

Misty Ann Whetstine

33-year old Misty Ann Whetstine, of Wathena, KS, was arrested at around 9-p.m. on a charge of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and Tampering with a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody at 3285 316th Street in Page County, where Whetstine was allegedly attempting to start the resident’s vehicle without the keys.Whetstine was transported to the Page County Jail where she was being held on $2,000 bond.

Northern IA man arrested in Audubon County

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from northern Iowa was arrested early Saturday morning, in Audubon County. Sheriff’s officials say 38-year old Judson Douglas Ollinger, of Humboldt, was arrested following  a traffic stop at around 12:30-a.m. on Highway 71. He’s been charged with OWI. Ollinger was later released from the Audubon County Jail, and ordered to appear in court on Feb. 12th.

Middle school student to celebrate birthday at food bank

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A middle school boy in Waterloo is showing his community how to give by celebrating his birthday at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Ben Crandall, a Kingsley Elementary fifth-grader, will have his 11th birthday party at the food bank, where guests will bring donations of food and money in lieu of gifts. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that party guests will also help clean and organize the donations that will be distributed.

Crandall got the idea of a food bank birthday party after driving with his mother past a billboard that stated that one in five children does not know where his or her next meal is coming from. The message resonated with the young boy, who decided to give to others. Crandall’s classmates, his teacher, and his principal will be in attendance.

Atlantic softball team receives funds for new uniforms

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund met with Atlantic Trojan Softball Coach Terry Hinzmann over the weekend, to present a check in the amount of $3,500. The funds will be used to purchase new softball uniforms for the girls this year. The girls old uniforms were showing quite a bit of wear and even sported their past name of Trojanns which changed within the last couple years.

Pictured:  Grant Petty, Laena Frederickson, Terry Hinzmann and Melanie Petty

Pictured: Grant Petty, Laena Frederickson, Terry Hinzmann and Melanie Petty

The mission of the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund is to fund things in the community that Trevor cared about. Foundation spokesperson Melanie Petty says the baseball/softball program at Atlantic High School was definitely a huge part of his life.

Petty says they are honored to do this for this program and look forward to watching them play this coming season. All funds are raised through the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament which will be held this year on Saturday, August 8th.

Traffic stop leads to Clarinda man’s arrest on drug charges

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Monday) morning in Clarinda resulted in the arrest of the driver, and a large quantity of what was believed to be marijuana, seized. Police Chief Keith Brothers says 24-year old Kevin Soy Ridnour, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 2-a.m. for felony possession following the traffic stop in the vicinity of 17th and Orange Streets. He was charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance believed to be marijuana, failure to have a drug tax stamp and suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.

A large quantity of what is believed to be marijuana was found in the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero Ridnour was operating. He has since posted a $5,000 bond, and was released. Ridnour is scheduled to make an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate at a later date.

Reports have been submitted to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of formal charges.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 2/9/2015

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston restaurant damaged by vandalism

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The owners of a restaurant in Creston reported the business was damaged by vandalism over the weekend. Creston Police say a window at The Windrow Restaurant was broken sometime between Feb. 6th and 7th while the business was closed. The loss was estimated at $700.

In other news, 24-year old Trevor Forrest Kinkade, of Creston, was arrested just before 2-a.m. today (Monday), on a charge of OWI/1st offense. He was later released on $1,000 bond. Sunday morning, 46-year old Susan Rae Lemon, of Creston, was arrested on two Union County warrants for Theft in the 3rd Degree, and OWI/1st offense. Lemon was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Saturday, Creston Police arrested 50-year old Pablo Martinez, of Creston, for OWI/1st offense. He was later released on $1,000 bond. And on Friday afternoon, 21-year old Dakota Wesley Farris, of Creston, was arrested on two Marshall County warrants for Failure to Appear. He was later released on $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/9/15

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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2 injured in Red Oak collision

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A two-vehicle crash in Red Oak Sunday afternoon caused both drivers to be transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. According to Red Oak Police, 22-year old Amanda Huebner, of Red Oak, failed to yield to a 1993 GMC pickup driven by 43-year old Michael King, of Red Oak, as Huebner was leaving the intersection of 4th and Joy Streets, at around 3:40-p.m.

Huebner’s westbound 2003 Ford Windstar van was struck by King’s pickup on the driver’s side, causing $8,000 damage. Red Oak Rescue transported both drivers to the hospital. Huebner was cited for Failure to Yield, Operating a vehicle without registration, and Failure to provide proof of insurance.