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2 women arrested in Fremont County on numerous theft charges


May 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County report two women have been arrested on numerous theft charges following a two-month long investigation initiated by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office that led to the closing of the Kevington Lane Care Facility in Sidney, Iowa.

55-year old Mary Morse-Bolton, of Plattsmouth, NE was arrested on felony charges that include Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Theft in the 1st degree, Fraudulent Practices in the 1st degree, Theft in the 2nd degree, and an Aggravated Misdemeanor charge of Theft in the 3rd degree. And 29-year old Kristine Anne Morse, of Sidney, was arrested on a felony charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Forgery and Tampering with Records.

Morse-Bolton was able to post a $63,000 cash bond, while Kristine Morse was being held in the Fremont County Jail on a $67,000 cash bond. An investigation into their alleged activities continues. Anyone with information regarding possible fraud in the case is asked to contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424, or 1-800-432-9240.

Villisca man arrested Tuesday morning


May 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a Villisca man was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning an an assault charge. Sheriff’s officials say 30-year old Chad Allen McCuen was charged with Simple Assault following an incident in the 400 block of s. 3rd Avenue, in Villisca. McCuen was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Cumberland man dies from injuries suffered in rollover accident


May 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man has died from injuries he suffered during a rollover accident late Monday night, near Cumberland. The brother of Doug Miller, of Cumberland, told KJAN News the 37-year old died at Cass County Memorial Hospital. Miller, who went by the name “Doug Evans,” was a part-time announcer at KJAN and formerly worked at Meredith Communications in Atlantic.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has not yet released details of the accident, but according to dispatch reports, Cumberland Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance were called to the scene off a gravel road east of Cumberland at around 10:54-p.m.

Miller was transported to CCMH by Medivac Ambulance. Life Flight helicopter was launched from Clarinda and was enroute to CCMH just before 11:30-p.m., but Miller succumbed to his injuries before it arrived.

The accident remained under investigation. Miller leaves behind his children, Evan and Brodie, his brother, Scotty Miller, of Marshalltown, and other family members. KJAN extends our condolences to the family on their loss.

Rollover accident east of Cumberland Mon. night


May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was critically injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident late Monday night, east of Cumberland. According to dispatch reports, Cumberland Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance were called to the scene at around 10:54-p.m.

The lone male occupant of the vehicle was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. A Life Flight helicopter was launched from Clarinda and was enroute to CCMH just before 11:30-p.m.

No other details were available late Monday night, as the accident remained under investigation.

Iowa, Nebraska farmers say corn planting on track

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa and Nebraska farmers say they’re still on track to get their corn planted despite cold, wet weather that slowed their start to the planting season. Numbers released Monday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show 23 percent of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted. That’s up significantly from last week’s 15 percent planted.

The percentage likely will rise quickly this week, as farmers have several warm, dry days before rain returns to the forecast. Chad Hart, an Iowa State University agriculture economist, says it’s crucial for farmers to get their crop planted in the coming weeks. He says corn should be in the ground by late April to early May.

Nebraska is closer to completion, with 44 percent of its corn crop planted.

Cass County Supervisors to act on the vacating of 740th St.


May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning, in Atlantic. During their session, which begins at 8:30, the Board will act on approving a wage adjustment for Mental Health/General Assistance Director Deb Schuler. They’ll also act on a Resolution calling for a hearing on the vacating of a portion of 740th Street, located between Sections 8 and 9 and Sections 16 and 17, Massena Township. The sections near Pella and Oxford Roads. The length of road to be vacated is about 1.5-miles.

And in other business, the Board will act on approving the plans for a bridge replacement project on Jackson Road, about one-eighth of a mile east of 648th Street.

Montgomery County Officials Recover Stolen Trailer


May 5th, 2014 by admin

Authorities in Montgomery County say a trailer reported stolen this past March from Pottawattamie County, was recovered Monday in a wooded area near 137th and K Avenue, in Montgomery County. The 2013 Diamond T trailer reported stolen from Environmental Maintenance Service Inc., of DeWitt, NE., was discovered at around 10:00-a.m., thanks to a tip from a citizen. An investigation into the incident continues.

Montgomery County Sheriffs Office Investigates Single Vehicle Accident


May 5th, 2014 by admin

No injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Sunday evening, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say the accident happened near Elliott at around 7:45-p.m., on Highway 48 at Kirkwood Avenue. Officials say for reasons unknown, a 1986 Mercury Cougar driven by 58-year old Elaine Alexander, of Elliott, entered the north ditch. Alexander was subsequently charged with OWI and held on bond. There was no damage to her vehicle.

State disaster official advises storm readiness

News, Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state’s top disaster services official says the death of two Iowans in April 27 storms highlights the need to develop a storm preparedness plan. Mark Schouten, Iowa’s emergency management director recommends Iowans stay aware by keeping a battery operated radio or a cell phone with a storm alert application nearby. Families should have emergency plans and emergency storm kits ready.

Schouten says the Keokuk County storm in late April was not identified as a tornado by the National Weather Service until after a second person died. One woman was killed near Martinsburg, the other near Kinross. Both were caught outside when winds hit.

Schouten says Iowa has built an increasing number of school tornado safe rooms with 33 completed projects and funding approved for more.

Shelby County Fire Danger increased to Moderate

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has increased the County-wide Fire Danger category to “Moderate” this week, due to decreased humidity and strengthening winds. The current Fire Danger rating will be in effective through Thursday morning, at which time the situation will be assessed and the county fire danger status updated.

When the fire danger is “moderate” it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Average fire intensity will be moderate except in heavy concentrations of fuel, which may burn hot. Fires are still not likely to become serious and are often easy to control.