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!

Legislative leaders will remain the same in 2015 session

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The party leaders who control the Iowa House and Senate will remain the same in the new session in January. Republicans control the Iowa House and have voted to keep Representative Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha in the role of the Speaker of the House. Paulsen will be serving his seventh term. He is an attorney for a Cedar Rapids trucking company.

Representative Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake was re-elected as the Republican House Majority Leader. She is a nurse who will also will be serving her seventh term. Democrats held onto their slim 26-24 margin in last week’s election to maintain control of the Iowa Senate. Senator Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs will continue as majority leader and Pam Jochum of Dubuque was re-elected Senate President.

Gronstal has been the Senate minority or majority leader since 2001, while Jochum will be in her second term as Senate president. The 2015 Legislature will convene in Des Moines on January 12th.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested on a drug charge, in Red Oak

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Cass County man early this (Tuesday) morning. 23-year old Mark Allen Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, 2nd offense, and, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His arrest took place following a traffic stop at around 12:35-a.m. at east Linden and north Broadway Streets, in Red Oak.

Fredericksen was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $2,000 cash bond.

Red Oak teens arrested on burglary charges

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three teens from Montgomery County were arrested Monday evening, on burglary charges. Red Oak Police report 16-year old James McCauley, along with 13-year old’s Joey Lucky and Daniel Athay, all of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 5:30-p.m. following an investigation into a residential break-in that took place November 3rd. All three of teens face felony Burglary in the 3rd degree charges.

They were cited into juvenile court and then released to their parents, while awaiting a juvenile court date.

ISU to honor student/veterans who died in wartime

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A ceremony will be held this (Tuesday) afternoon at the Memorial Union at Iowa State University to honor five I-S-U students who died serving our country. I-S-U spokeswoman Kristin Erdman says this is the 13th year for this Veterans Day event on the Ames campus. “The Memorial Union was founded in 1928 as a memorial to veterans, at that time, from World War One,” Erdman says. “The Gold Star Hall was created as a living memorial for these Iowa State students who fell during the time of war.” The names of each of the student-veterans are engraved on the wall at the Union in a special place of honor.

“The criteria for being a name on the Gold Star Hall wall is that these students had to have attended Iowa State full-time at some point in their career,” Erdman says, “and they also had to have passed away during the theater of war during a time of wartime.” While many Iowa State students have made the ultimate sacrifice, she says five were singled out for this year’s ceremony.

“The first one that we’ll honor is Maurice Raskin, he’s from Woodbury, Iowa,” Erdman says. “He was a pre-veterinary medicine student in 1938 here at Iowa State. He was in World War Two and was killed in a mission over Italy in 1943.” Others being honored include: Jerry L. Converse of Boone who was killed in 1967 aboard the U.S.S. Liberty off the shore of Egypt at the time of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt.

Charles Douglas King of Muscatine was a para-rescueman during the Vietnam War who went missing in action in 1968 while attempting to rescue the body of a pilot in Laos. Donald Lee Sparks of Glidden was a 1968 ISU graduate initially listed as an MIA in South Vietnam in 1969. He was later declared a Prisoner of War and is believed to have died in captivity. Deric Rasmussen of Storm Lake attended Iowa State between 1999 and 2002 was killed in Afghanistan last May 11th. The ceremony begins at 3:15 P-M.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 11 2014

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The largest union representing state employees is seeking repeated 2 percent raises over the next two years. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, says in its initial contract proposal, negotiators called for 2 percent raises on July 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2016; July 1, 2016; and Jan. 1, 2017. The Iowa Department of Management says the raises would cost the state an extra $523 million over two years. State and union officials will resume contract organizers in two weeks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are sticking with their leaders in the Iowa House and Senate. House Republicans say GOP members had elected Rep. Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, to continue in his role as House speaker. They also opted to keep Rep. Linda Upmeyer, of Clear Lake, as House majority leader and Rep. Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley, as speaker pro tem. In the Senate, the majority Democrats chose to keep Sen. Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, as majority leader and Sen. Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, as president of the Senate.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter’s cancer diagnosis has been moved to another county. A motion argued that extensive media coverage and gossip among residents would prevent 30-year-old Leatha Slauson from receiving a fair trial in Cass County. Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting donations for her treatment. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Iowa researcher charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his wife in 1997 has died. Leon Spies, an attorney for John Bloomfield, says his client died suddenly on Thursday at a hospital in Minneapolis. He did not elaborate on a cause of death. Bloomfield was arrested in November 2013 in connection to the death of his wife, Frances Bloomfield, in Iowa City about 17 years ago.

(Update 5-a.m. – road open) I-29 northbound in s.w. Iowa blocked early Tue. morning

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 5-a.m.: I-29 northbound at Exit 24 has re-opened 3-miles south of Pacific Junction area. The road was blocked because of a jacknifed semi trailer.

 

Patrol advises you to slow down in winter conditions

News, Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The first snowfall of the season already has caught motorists off-guard. Numerous, non-injury accidents have been reported along Interstate 80 this (Tuesday) morning, with vehicles sliding-off into the ditch.  As of 6-a.m.,  the Iowa Department of Transportation reported most roads in western and southwest Iowa to be partially covered with snow.

The Iowa Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down, drive defensively, and to be aware of the changing road conditions. Trooper Vince Kurtz says the first snows always create headaches.

“When you’ve got so many people who don’t remember what it’s like to drive on snow and ice, there are always going to be crashes in that first snow. Law enforcement and emergency services always dread that first snow, because people have forgotten how to drive,” Kurtz says. He suggests you equip your vehicle with a winter survivor’s kit, and have the vehicle checked by a mechanic before dangerous winter conditions strike. Kurtz says there are several things that need to be checked to prep your car for winter.

He says they can check the tire tread, tire inflation, antifreeze, wiper blades, the battery condition. Kurtz says it’s good to get those things done ahead of time, so you aren’t left out in the cold.
And you can check the state road reports before heading out on any trip (www.511ia.org) or call 5-1-1 for road information.

(Radio Iowa)

Special Weather Statement: Icy roads this morning

News, Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-308 AM CST TUE NOV 11 2014

...ICY ROADS POSSIBLE FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE

THE SNOW HAS ENDED ALTHOUGH THERE MAY STILL BE SOME FLURRIES THROUGH EARLY MORNING. MOST LOCATIONS HAD A HALF INCH OR LESS OF SNOW BUT A NORTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH WILL BE CONTINUING THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE DRIFTING SNOW AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE ICY ROADS WILL LIKELY BE PREVALENT THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE. USE WINTER DRIVING RULES AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE…SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.

DALLAS-MADISON-UNION-RINGGOLD-

…SNOW WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA THROUGH 7AM PRODUCING WINTER-

LIKE CONDITIONS…A BAND OF SNOW EXTENDING FROM ALLISON TO DES MOINES TO WINTERSET WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. WHILE SNOWFALL WITH THIS BAND WILL BE LESS THAN A HALF INCH…A NORTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 30 MPH WILL PRODUCE SOME DRIFTING ACROSS ROADWAYS WHICH WILL MAKE FOR ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION…VISIBILITY MAY DROP TO AROUND A MILE AT TIMES IN BLOWING SNOW. THE ICY ROAD CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE SO USE WINTER DRIVING RULES AND SLOW DOWN…ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION AND LEAVE EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU.

Panora woman faces drug and alcohol charges

News

November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Panora early Sunday morning resulted in numerous charges against the driver. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year old Joanna J. Heckman was pulled over at around 1:30-a.m. in the 800 block of east Main Street, in Panora. Heckman was subsequently arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Monday morning the woman appeared before the Guthrie County magistrate and was held on bond. She later posted bond and was released.
Later in the day Monday, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges against Heckman. She was charged with: open container of alcohol (driver), driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, possession of drug paraphernalia, all simple misdemeanors. Heckman was also charged with possession of methamphetamine – 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.
The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Panora Police Department and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: Wind Advisory in effect until 6-am Tuesday

News, Weather

November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY.

* WINDS…NORTH TO NORTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ANY LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING AS IT MAY BE DIFFICULT WITH THE GUSTY WINDS…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES AND IN AREAS WHERE ROADS MAY BE SLICK DUE TO THE POTENTIAL PRECIPITATION. VISIBILITIES MAY BE BRIEFLY REDUCED AT TIMES DUE TO PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT.