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(Podcast) Forecast for Atlantic & the area 12-29-11

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December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Skyscan Weather forecast for the KJAN listening area….

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3 cited in Red Oak for Possession of alcohol under legal age

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December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report three young people were arrested early this morning for being in possession of alcohol. 19-year old Brian Axl Schooling and 18-year old Natacia Raynae Houston were cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age, while 17-year old Dillon Makenzie Terry was cited for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. All three are from Red Oak. They were taken into custody at around 3-a.m., cited and released, with Terry being released to the custody of a parent.

DeSoto refuge to reopen but Boyer Chute closed

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December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — One of the federal wildlife refuges that straddle the Missouri River north of Omaha will reopen next week as planned, but the other will stay closed because of safety concerns. Both DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges sustained flood damage earlier this year. Officials have decided to keep Boyer Chute closed for now.

But DeSoto will reopen Monday because much of the flood damage there has been repaired. But the visitor center will remain closed for more work. Some hiking trails will not be available. DeSoto will be closed for the Jan. 11-Jan. 18 deer hunt, and people will need to use the U.S. Highway 30 entrance to reach the refuge.

IA Workforce Development warns of fake unemployment sign up

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December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Workforce Development is warning people who are out of work to watch for unemployment scams. Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says you may find websites that offer to help you file for jobless benefits. These sites guarantee acceptance for a minimal fee, and she says unfortunately people are trying to sign up at these sites, but they haven’t really signed up for unemployment. “On the worst side, they are giving up a Social Security number or they are giving up credit card information to try pay for immediate acceptance and guaranteed approval, and so they are also getting into risk of identity theft and those kinds of things as well,” Koonce says. A request to pay to file for jobless benefits should raise a red flag.

“There shouldn’t be any services that you pay for related for unemployment, when you file on-line through our system you are going to get an e-mail back saying your claim has been accepted and we are in the process of processing it,” Koonce says. If you are filing a new claim, Koonce says there is a 10-day period where an employer can protest the claim. If there is a protest, then you get a fact-finding hearing, and if there is not a protest and you have earned benefits, then the unemployment would begin. Since there is no payment involved, the state will not ask you for financial information. “The only time we would ask for any type of financial-related information would be if you choose to have your payments direct deposited into your checking account, and there is a form you fill out for that,” according to Koonce. “But you would never be asked for credit card information to pay for filing up front.” Koonce says it is understandable how someone might mistakenly try to use a bogus site.

Koonce says anyone can go and search for unemployment and have one of the bogus sites come up. She says the only site you should use to file an unemployment claim is www.iowaworkforce.org. You can file a claim at the I-W-D site 24 hours a day.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

4 animals perish in Red Oak house fire

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December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A fire at a home in Red Oak has claimed the lives of four animals. Red Oak Battalion Fire Chief Randy Askey said firefighters were called to the scene of the blaze at around 12:30-pm on Tuesday, at 207 4th Avenue. Askey said the intense heat and unstable conditions in the home prevented firefighters from gaining entry to the structure to extinguish the flames, which were eventually knocked down from outside the home, before the interior fire was brought under control about an hour after they first arrived on the scene. Askey said the owner of the home was away when the fire broke out, and no fire crews were harmed fighting the fire, but four family pets died. The house sustained extensive damage. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Ex-N. Iowa ticket office manager accused of theft

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December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Northern Iowa ticket office manager is charged with theft after a state audit found more than $16,000 in transactions was diverted to his personal accounts. Former ticket office assistant director John Gogola of Cedar Falls was arrested Wednesday after the auditor released a review of ticket office records from August 2008 through August 2010. The review found more than $18,800 in improper transactions. More than $16,000 was diverted to Gogola’s personal credit and debit cards. The audit said Gogola had been authorized to record or reverse transactions in the school’s ticketing system. He resigned last year. The 44-year-old is being held on $50,000 bond. Jail officials and court records have no information about a defense attorney. A home telephone listing for Gogola is disconnected.

Corning woman arrested on drug and weapons charge

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December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a a Corning woman was arrested this (Wednesday) morning on a trio of charges. 33-year old Tamara McCoy was taken into custody at around 10:30-a.m., after authorities executed a search warrant at her home. McCoy was charged with being a Felon in Possession of a firearm. She also faces charges which include Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. McCoy was being held in the Adams County Jail pending a court appearance.

Cass County Salvation Army donations nearly double those in 2010

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December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Salvation Army’s Bell ringing campaign report Red Kettle donations this year were nearly double those received last year. Bell ringing campaign Co-Chair Teresa Kanning says donations this year amounted to $11,176. Last year’s campaign brought in $5,827.

The campaign began in mid-November, and wrapped-up the day before Christmas. All proceeds from the donations stay in Cass County, for various Salvation Army-related programs.

CO man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop on I-80 in Cass Co.

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December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Cass County Tuesday afternoon resulted in the recovery of marijuana, a weapon, and the arrest of a man from Colorado. Sgt. Marty McCreedy with Iowa State Patrol in Council Bluffs told KJAN News Trooper Wayne Brosam stopped a 1992 Lincoln Towncar for speeding on I-80 eastbound near the Anita exit, just before 4-p.m., Tuesday.

MCreedy says the Trooper saw indicators of illegal activity and searched the vehicle after receiving permission from the driver. During the search, Brosam discovered nearly 3 pounds of marijuana and a 45-caliber revolver. The driver of the car, 32-year old Keogh Rash, of Edgewater, CO, was taken into custody on charges of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp.

Rash was brought to the Cass County Jail and later released on $5,000 bond.

Cass County man arrested on sex offender registry offenses

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December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Matthew Bernard Steffens (photo from IA Sex Offender Registry)

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a Wiota man, 31-year old Matthew Bernard Steffens, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Register as Sex offender/2nd or subsequent offense and a Residency Restriction/2nd or subsequent offense. The offenses are Class-D felonies, punishable by a prison term of up to five years and a fine from $750-$7,500. Steffens was brought to the Cass County Jail and later posted a $5,000 bond.

Steffens was convicted in Sept. 2003, of 3rd degree sexual abuse, in connection with an incident involving a 13-year old girl in Shelby County. He was sentenced to 10-years in jail. The man was 23-years old at the time, and lived in Atlantic.