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Additional details on Amber Alert released

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say one of two women suspected of abducting a 3-year-old Des Moines boy has been found, and she provided information that led officers to the child. An Amber Alert was issued early Thursday for Nicolas Jimmerson when he was not returned to his custodial guardian. The alert was canceled several hours later after he was found. Police were looking for 22-year-old Melanie Stout, the boy’s biological mother, and her friend, 25-year-old Amber Johnson.
Police say Johnson contacted the boy’s guardian about a visit on Wednesday. When Johnson didn’t return the child, the guardian called authorities.  Johnson showed up at an emergency room at 5 a.m. Thursday. She provided information that led to the boy, who was in good condition.  Police are still looking for Stout, who escaped from prison.

Drug busts in Pottawattamie County net 4 arrests/209-lbs of pot

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two separate traffic stops this week in Pottawattamie County have resulted in four arrests and the confiscation of 209-pounds of marijuana. Pott. County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller stopped a 2011 Toyota for speeding just before 1-p.m. Sunday, on Interstate 80 eastbound north of Council Bluffs. The vehicle was occupied by the driver 35-year old Odilia Pena, of Mendota, CA, and her passenger, 24-year old Lorena Gonzalez, of Fresno, CA.

Reynolds said Deputy Miller believed there was “Criminal Activity afoot,” so he deployed his K-9 partner “Francisco.” The dog alerted to the presence of illegal substances, and a search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 180-pounds of marijuana in two locked suitcases. Both women were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and a Tax Stamp violation. Pena also received citations for other moving violations.

And, on Wednesday, Deputy Miller stopped a 2012 GMC Yukon for speeding at around 11:15-a.m. just a few miles north of where he stopped the Toyota on Sunday. The vehicle was driven by 25-year old Beau Hanson, of Clear Lake Oaks, CA. Hanson, and his passenger, 27-year old William Woods, of McKinleyville, CA, were charged with PCS with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and a Drug Tax Violation. Woods was also wanted on a warrant out of Indiana for being a Fugitive from Justice.

Inside the vehicle, Deputy Miller located in a glass jar and vacuum-sealed bags, 29-pounds of marijuana in two suitcases, along with drug paraphernalia. All four suspects were brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs. Pena, Gonzalez and Hanson were released from custody on $10,000 bond each. Woods remained in the Pott. County Jail today (Thursday) on $10,000 bond.

Greenfield repair & recycling business destroyed by fire

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another, close-up view of the fire

Greenfield Fire 107 W. Iowa St.

An early morning fire has destroyed a tire, repair and recycling business in Greenfield. Charlie Abell, owner of Charlie’s Tire Plus at 107 West Iowa Street, told KJAN News when he got the call just after 4-a.m., he thought it was a joke. He said a buddy on his way to work called to say “Your building is on fire.” Abell, who lives 20-miles away said he could see the flames on approach, about 5-miles east of town. Abell, who opened the business last August 2011 and but has been in the repair business for nearly 20-years, said the loss is a setback, but he’ll try bounce back. He says his entire life savings was invested in the business. He has insurance, but it won’t cover all of the damage.

A vacant, adjacent structure formerly occupied by the Cornerstone Fellowship church sustained roof damage from the flames and firefighting efforts.  Firefighters from Greenfield and three area departments were called-in to fight the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation.  Abell says no one was injured, but there was a close call. He says firefighters were going to cut the door open when an LP tank on a forklift exploded and blew the door out. Fortunately, none of the firefighters were nearby when the explosion occurred.

Arrest made in Clarinda home burglary incident

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports an arrest has been made in connection with an attempted burglary early this (Thursday) morning. Police Chief Keith Brothers says 30-year old Kyle Bahn, of Clarinda, was charged with Attempted Burglary in the 3rd degree, Possession of burglary tools, Trespassing, and 4th degree Criminal Mischief. His arrest stems from an investigation into an incident which was reported to have occured at around 2-a.m.

Brother says officers responding to a reported burlgary in progress at 300 East Logan Street, discovered entry had been made into the home after an exterior glass door was broken. Following an immediate search of the area, the officers were able to track a set of footprints to the vicinity of 14th & Clark Streets, where they encountered Bahn. The man was detained for questioning and then taken into custody.

Bahn was booked into the Page County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond, pending an appearance before a Magistrate. It’s not clear if Bahn was the same person responsible for two, early morning home invasions that occurred in Clarinda over the past week. Today’s incident remains under investigation.

Women farmland owners in western IA invited to free hunting & wildlife mgmt. workshop

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 Women who own or manage farmland in and around Shelby County (IA), are invited to a free discussion and field tour on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan. The focus of this meeting is making informed decisions about hunting and managing wildlife on your farmland. Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. A free lunch is provided, followed by an optional field tour of area habitat sites. The event is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network as part of its Women Caring for the LandSM series, in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa State University Extension. 

Women Caring for the LandSM meetings bring together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format for a morning discussion, followed by a more in-depth look at the two or three topics of most interest. Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources. Following lunch, area NRCS staff lead a field tour to view conservation practices on the ground. For information about the program, visit www.wfan.org. To RSVP for this meeting, contact Lynn Heuss at 515.201.9405 by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Space is limited to 15; please reserve your space early!

8AM Newscast 02-16-2012

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February 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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UPDATE! IOWA AMBER ALERT CANCELLED (5:12-a.m.)

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Amber Alert issued earlier this morning for a 3-year old boy allegedly abducted by his biological, non-custodial mother and another woman, has been cancelled. State Radio reports the child has been found unharmed.  Police say Nicholas Jimmerson had been abductedfrom a Des Moines home on Wednesday night. The alert was issued at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. He was found just after 5 a.m.  The alert said authorities were looking for 22-year-old Melanie Stout and 25-year-old Amber Johnson.  Police have not provided details yet on the recovery of Nicholas or whether anyone has been arrested in the case.

$250,000 added to Atlantic Bond Issue/ Tax asking to increase

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

City Administrator Doug Harris said a $4.7-million bond issue the Council had earlier approved to pay for the entire Capital Improvement Program (CIP) had to be amended by adding $250,000, because the bonding attorney says the City cannot do a planned lease-purchase program for equipment. He says for many years the City has had a lease-purchase agreement with AMU in order to avoid paying interest, and even though it’s a “grey area” under State law, the bonding attorney said he could not longer approve that agreement. Harris says Ruan Securities has agreed that the City add the $250k to the bond issue, and pay that same amount off within a period of six-months.

The effect he says is minimal, but it still adds to the City’s approximately $6-million budget. Public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget will take place next Monday and Tuesday night (Feb. 20th & 21st) at 5:30-p.m. Mayor Dave Jones says he welcomes residents’ input on how the City spends their money. He said also, the levy (or tax asking) would increase this year…how much is not clear.. but Jones said it still under the 2005 tax asking. He says the City is  “Still making up ground for the years we cut taxes…for four-or five-years. Now we’re repairing the streets.”

Atlantic City Council Approves Street Project Bids

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February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Monday approved bids for various street repair projects that will get underway late this Spring or early Summer. Snyder and Associates Engineer Dave Sturm said there were two bids for the Hot Melt Asphalt (HMA) Paving and Storm Sewer Improvement project. He recommended the Council award the bid to Henningsen Construction of Atlantic. Their bid of slightly more than $1.88-million was about $40,000 over the engineers estimate of the project cost.

Sturm said also, there were four bids for Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) Paving and Storm Sewer Improvement project in the City. The engineer estimated the project would cost $801,000. But the low bid of $712,317 was received by Carley Construction in Treynor. Prior to approving the bid, the Council wanted assurances Carley wouldn’t fall behind and leave work undone like they did last year on 22nd Street in Atlantic, and that there would be penalties in-place for failing to get the job done in a timely manner. Sturm explained that prior to the past year, they hadn’t had any problems with Carley. He attributed last year’s problems to the company having taken on more work than they should have. He says this year, the contract is set up on a “working day count.”

Once they start, they have 60 working days to complete the job, not counting weekends and rain days. Their work must begin no later than June 1st. Sturm says failure to complete the job within 60 working days will result in a fine of anywhere from $500-to $1,000 per day. Two other major improvement projects the City accepted bids for Wednesday, included a PCC patching project, and repair of the City Park sidewalk. Coffman Engineering’s Ken Coffman recommended the Council approve a low bid from Ten Point Construction in Denison of $287,785 for the PCC patching job. There were six bidders for the project, which the engineer had estimated would cost $276, 472.

The company has to begin work on the project by no later than April 2nd, and has 60 working days to complete it in order to avoid a $400 per day penalty. Coffman said the construction projects will cause some disruption in traffic flow in some areas of town, and detours in others. He says people will have to get used to one-lane traffic, flaggers and pilot vehicle on Olive Street, from about Commerce to the City limits near the KJAN studios, while the PCC patching project is underway. Coffman also recommended a low bid of $22, 319 from Precision Concrete in Atlantic, for the City Park sidewalk project. That was about $3,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. The total cost of the projects approved by the Council amounts to slightly more than $2.9-million, which is below the engineer’s estimates of nearly $3.52-million.

Amber Alert issued in Iowa!

News

February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued an AMBER ALERT for a child abducted from Des Moines, effective at 3:15-a.m.. Authorities say a 3-year old white male, Nicholas Jimmerson, was abducted from a residence in Des Moines.

Melanie Stout (suspected abductor/biological mother)

Nicholas is about 3-feet tall, weighs 35-pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black “Batman” t-shirt with yellow, long sleeves, black sweatpants, and black shoes. He has a shaved, tribal-style design cut into his hair on the left side of his head. (There is no picture of the child available from officials) He was allegedly taken by two white females, 22-year old Melanie Elaine Stout, Nicholas’ biological mother, who does not have custody of him, and 25-year old Amber Jo Johnson.

Stout is 5-feet 6-inches tall, weighs about 126 pounds, has brown hair and green eyes. Johnson is 5-feet four inches tall, 109-pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes. The was wearing a white t-shirt with black sweatshirt and stripes, and blue jeans. The suspects are believed to be driving a maroon 2001 Ford Taurus, with Iowa license plate 831 YLY. Direction of travel is unknown.

If you see the suspects, the child, or the vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Amber Jo Johnson (suspected abductor)