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Teen arrested for theft of motor vehicle from Clarinda Treatment Center


December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports a 17-year old male from Corning was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of motor vehicle theft. The theft had taken place Monday morning on the grounds of the Clarinda Treatment Center. The vehicle, a 2007 Chevy Uplander mini-van owned by the Southwest Valley Community School District, was recovered in Edina, Minnesota. The unidentified juvenile was processed and released to the custody of his mother pending action in Page County Juvenile Court.

And, early this (Wednesday) morning, Clarinda Police arrested 24-year old Tera Dawn Lutz, of Clarinda, on an outstanding felony warrant from Page County District Court for violation of conditions of probation. Lutz was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of 13th & Lincoln. She was booked into the Page County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash only bond. A short time later, officers arrested 19-year old Kenneth Lynn Lee Turner Jr., of Skidmore, Missouri, on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense. Turner Jr. was processed and posted a $2,000 bond before being released.

And, as the result of an investigation into a report of an intruder at 608 S. 14th Street in Clarinda this (Wednesday) morning, officers arrested 35-year old Bryan Scott Casey, of Clarinda, on suspicion of misdemeanor trespass. Casey was booked into the Page County Jail and held on $300 bond. The Clarinda Police Department was assisted by on call department personnel and the Page County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of some the arrests.

Wallace Foundation Announces Opportunity for Participation on a Research/Education Team

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development, located at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, say they intend to establish teams to identify research/education needs in southwest Iowa, and propose projects to be
conducted at the Armstrong Research Farm, the Neely-Kinyon Research
Farm, or on private farms in the Wallace Foundation southwest Iowa area.

Eligible projects must be consistent with the Wallace Foundation mission:To provide a framework for local people to accelerate agricultural research, technology transfer, and rural development in southwest Iowa.

Proposed team focal areas include: fruits and vegetables; crops and soils; livestock; niche markets, farm business management, and local foods; and, resources, membership and youth involvement in the Wallace Foundation.

Applications for participation on a team will be received through calendar year 2016.

If interested, contact the Wallace Foundation, 53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, IA 51544.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/09/2015

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/9/2015

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Boil Order issued for Macedonia


December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Macedonia in Pottawattamie County, is under a Boil Water Order until at least 3-p.m. Friday. While the specifics as to why the order was issued are currently not available, according to the Macedonia City Clerk,  a Boil Order is usually placed in effect during periods of water line repairs or construction.

Boil Order FAQ



US brings fugitive from Cuba after stolen boat journey


December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have brought back to the United States a man whom they identified as the first U.S. fugitive turned over by the Cuban government since its recent thaw in relations with the U.S. The Marshals said in a news release Tuesday that Shawn Wegmann, of Muscatine, is wanted in Iowa on federal firearms charges.

Investigators say Wegmann arrived in Havana on Oct. 31 aboard a 13-foot Boston Whaler that he stole from a Key West marina. He was arrested by Cuban border guards.

Wegmann is scheduled for a court hearing in Miami on Wednesday. Authorities say he is from Kirklin, Indiana. He is likely to be returned to Iowa to face weapons charges. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 12/9/15


December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEOLA, Iowa (AP) — A small western Iowa city will need help with emergency services from neighboring communities after 12 members of its volunteer fire department resigned. A consultant for the city of Neola says the firefighters quit and four remain. Clint Fichter says Neola will be covered temporarily by fire departments in Minden and Underwood. Fichter says he expects the city to hire new firefighters over several months.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats want to have a “tele-caucus” at the same time people across the state gather for the leadoff presidential caucus on February 1. Their idea is to expand access by allowing out-of-state military members and Iowa residents living abroad to join by calling in or using Skype.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines city hall workers will soon relocate to temporary quarters and they will be there until 2018. City leaders have approved a nearly $1 million budget for the move as they prepare for a $5 million overhaul of the building.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man who was shot by Cedar Rapids police officers. Kyle Orth will serve two 90-day stretches with a 30-day break in-between and three years of probation. Orth was shot in March after police say he aimed his vehicle at officers who’d been chasing him.


Moore wins House District 21 election


December 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Information provided by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office indicated Tom Moore, a Republican from Griswold, has won a Special Election to fill a vacant Iowa House District 21 seat. The vacancy was created by the death in October, of Jack Drake, a Republican from Griswold.

According to the polls results, Moore received a total of 1,409 votes. His opponent, Democrat Tim Ennis, of Corning, received 853 votes. Both men were nominated to run in the Special Election by separate nominating conventions held last month.

The results are unofficial until the votes are canvassed.

By County, here is the vote break-down: (candidate/votes/% of votes cast)

Cass – Ennis 327 (30.94%)      Moore – 730 (69.06%)     [Write-In’s  2]

AdamsEnnis 255 (57.3%)    Moore – 189 (42.3%)

Pottawattamie – Ennis 16 (17.2%)    Moore – 77 (82.8%)

Union – Ennis 255 (38.2%)    Moore 413 61.8%)

Iowa Transportation Commission approves FY 2017 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects


December 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tuesday) approved nearly $9.3-million in total funding for 44 separate projects from Iowa’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP). Among the projects is the east pavement widening of County Road H-34, in Montgomery County. The commission approved $500,000 toward the $695,644 total cost of the project. And, in Crawford County, $500,000 was approved toward the $1.7-million dollar cost of work at the intersection of the Donna Reed Road (M-36)/U-S Highway 30/County Road E-53.
The program was created in 1987 for the purpose of increasing traffic safety on all of Iowa’s roadways. This funding is available for use on city, county, or state roads through an annual application process.
The complete list of projects can be viewed at www.iowadot.gov/pdf_files/FundedTSIPProjects.pdf.
(The map below project locations for FY 2017 TSIP)

Montgomery County arrest report


December 8th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office released details on two recent arrests and one stolen vehicle recovery.

On December 5th at approximately 12:36pm the Sheriff’s Office recovered a 2002 Buick LeSabre that was reported stolen from Moline, IL.  The vehicle was found parked in the 400 block of East 6th Street in Villisca.  The theft is still being investigated by the Moline, IL Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, December 8th at 11:25am Officers arrested 26-year-old Mykel Allen Thoren of Atlantic on a Cass County Warrant for Failure to Appear on 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft charges.  Thoren is being held on $10,000 bond.

Also Tuesday at 12:50pm Deputies arrested 54-year-old Ronald Dean Kammerer Jr. of Red Oak on a Pottawattamie County Warrant for Failure to Appear on non-payment of child support.  Kammerer Jr. is being held on $1,000 bond.