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August 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Injury accident N. of Griswold this morning


August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Griswold Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene of a single-vehicle injury accident this morning, north of Griswold. According to the Cass County Communications Center, a pickup truck left the road and entered the north ditch near the intersection of Highways 6 and 48, on Highway 6. The accident was reported just before 6:15-a.m.  The driver, and only occupant of the vehicle reportedly suffered from head injuries and chest pains. He was said to be conscious and breathing. No other information is currently available.

August could end long streak of warmer than normal weather

News, Weather

August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Despite the warmer temperatures Wednesday, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says August could break up a 10-month long streak in Iowa. Temperatures in August have averaged roughly two-and-a-half degrees cooler than normal. “Chances are fairly good we’ll end the month with below average temperatures, despite warmer weather off and on the next week or two,” Hillaker said. The cooler-than-normal trend in August is a drastic change from July – which entered the record books as the fourth warmest month, on average, in Iowa history. “We haven’t had a month averaging below normal dating all the way back to September 2011 and many of those months were quite a bit above normal” Hillaker said. “This has been quite a change from what we’ve been seeing.”

In July, the capital city of Des Moines recorded 10 days with a high temperature of at least 100 degrees. In August, there have been five days where multiple cities have posted record low temperatures. “Part of that is related to the fact that it’s just so darn dry,” Hillaker said. “We have very low humidity, which allows air to cool off much more at night than it would otherwise and that makes it easier to get unusually low temperatures.”

Iowa has posted nine consecutive weeks with below normal precipitation. There have been some unusual single day temperature swings in August as well. For example, on Tuesday, Hillaker said Mason City hit a low of 41 in the morning before warming up to 81 in the afternoon. Here in Atlantic, our 24-hour low Wednesday was 52. The thermometer darted up to 95 during the afternoon. That was just 5-degrees shy of tying the record High for August 22nd.

Authorities: Semi rollover may be attributed to sleepy driver


August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Investigators with the Council Bluffs Police Department think an accident Wednesday morning involving a semi which rolled into the median off of Interstate 29, was caused by a sleepy driver. According to reports, semi, driven by 24-year old James Balcome, of Minneapolis, MN, was traveling north on I-29, when the big rig left the road and overturned in the median on the northwest side of Council Bluffs.

Balcome was trapped, standing inside the cab of the truck when authorities arrived. He suffered from scrapes and cuts, but was otherwise uninjured. Police officers had to break out a remaining portion of the cab’s windshield to free the man, who was then able to walk out on his own. He transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, for treatment.

Balcome was cited for failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

2 arrests in Red Oak, Wednesday


August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak say two men were arrested Wednesday, on separate charges. At around 8:30-p.m., officers with the Red Oak Police Department took 27-year old Kenton Jarvis Schooling into custody on a Delivery of Controlled Substance, charge. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, at around 5-p.m. Wednesday, 36-year old William Edward Frazier was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Failure To Appear at court proceedings. He was taken into custody after police received a tip Frazier was residing at a home in the 300 block of East Market Street.  The man was transported to Mills County, where he was being held on $12,000 bond.

No injuries when train hits semi in NW Iowa


August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Police say no one was hurt when a freight train clipped the back of semitrailer in Le Mars in northwest Iowa. Police say the truck driver was waiting to turn at an intersection and the trailer was on top of the train tracks behind him. The Union Pacific train hit the back of the trailer ripping it open and tossing the contents into a nearby ditch. Authorities say the trucker said he couldn’t pull forward enough to get the trailer off the tracks because there was too much traffic, and pulling into the traffic would have caused another accident.

Hoop barn destroyed in Page County Fire

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A fire early Wednesday morning in north central Page County resulted in the destruction of a hoop barn containing about 200 large round bales of hay, but no one was injured.

Photo by Brian Hamman/Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator.

According to reports, the call from the scene of the fire at 1011 Ironwood Avenue, near Nyman, came in at around 5-a.m., Wednesday.  As the first fire crews approached the property owned by Todd Allen, heavy smoke and fire could be seen from  a long distance away.

Montgomery Co. EMA/photo (Brian Hamman)

When they arrived, one out of three hoop barns were on fire. In the end, despite several hours worth of effort from as many as seven area fire departments, the hoop barn was a total loss, but crews managed to save the remaining two barns.  Fire officials say they believe spontaneous combustion is to blame for the blaze.

The hoop barn fire wasn’t the only hay-related blaze to have occurred Wednesday. Firefighters from Stanton and Red Oak also fought a 20-bale fire at a separate location in Stanton.

Damage to nearby hoop barn. (Brian Hamman/photo)

Iowa evening News Headlines: Wed., Aug, 22nd 2012


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the body of a Sioux City man has been found in West Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa. KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports Dickinson County sheriff’s divers found the body of 39-year-old Juan Gonzales this morning. Gonzales was reported missing on Sunday after he jumped off a boat into the water and never resurfaced.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Police say no one was hurt when a freight train clipped the back of semitrailer in Le Mars in northwest Iowa. Police say the truck driver was waiting to turn at an intersection and the trailer was on top of the train tracks behind him. The Union Pacific train hit the back of the trailer ripping it open and tossing the contents into a nearby ditch.

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a former Forest City police officer charged with arson and burglary has been moved because of pre-trial publicity. The Globe Gazette in Mason City reports a judge has granted a defense request for a change of venue in the case against Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The judge moved the trial from Winnebago County to Mitchell County. His trial is set for September 10th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Northern Iowa’s football team is ranked Number 7 in a preseason poll of head coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Panthers open the season September 1st, when they face reigning Big Ten champion Wisconsin.

SBA offers low-interest drought-related, federal disaster loans

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) say small, non-farm businesses in 67 Iowa Counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the SBA. The loans are designed to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought which began on August 7th, in the primary counties.

The primary counties in the KJAN listening area include: Adair, Adams, Carroll, Cass, Crawford, Dallas, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Sac and Shelby. The neighboring counties of Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union, are also eligible for the loans.

Small, non-farm business, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of any size, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2-million, to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met, had the disaster not occurred.  Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching, are not eligible for the SBA disaster assistance.

The deadline to apply for the loans is April 15th, 2013. For more information, go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call 1-800-659-2955.

Stolen medals replaced for Iowa Army veteran


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa Army veteran has received new Vietnam War medals to replace ones that were stolen from his home in the late 1990s.  U.S. Rep. Steve King presented Dennis Roberts Tuesday with 11 new medals. The medals given to Roberts include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He’s waiting for one more, the Good Conduct Medal.  Roberts received the medals from King during a ceremony in Sioux City. Roberts says the medals will occupy a blank spot on his wall, as a reminder of the days when he served his country. Roberts served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970.