KJAN News

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

Iowa teen says he was hit in head with footballs at Bedford H.S.

News, Sports

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa are investigating allegations that high school students repeatedly hit one of their classmates in the head with footballs. The teenager and his grandmother filed a lawsuit last week saying the attack in October at Bedford High School in southwest Iowa resulted in severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jessica Lown said Tuesday that the agency has launched a criminal investigation. An agent will turn over information to a prosecutor, who will decide whether to file charges. The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Des Moines alleges that school administrators didn’t do enough to protect the boy from repeated bullying.

Bedford Community School District Superintendent Joe Drake, who is named in the lawsuit, told the Omaha World-Herald, investigators have informed him that there was no wrongdoing by students or staff. Drake says student safety is a priority and the school investigates all reports of bullying or harassment.

Cass County arrest report

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) released its report on recent arrests. Officials say 36-year old Aimee Jo Nicholson, of Des Moines, was arrested Saturday on a District Court warrant for allegedly violating the terms of her probation. And, 36-year old Bobby Juan Vasquez, of Council Bluffs, was arrested that same day, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. Vasquez was later released on $1,000 bond, while Nicholson remains in the Cass County Jail, with her bond set at $10,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says 28-year old Frazer A-J Werts, of Atlantic, was arrested March 28th, on charges of OWI 2nd Offense and Driving Under Suspension. Werts was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance. And, on March 27th, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year old Eric Clay Saul, of Council Bluffs, on a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Saul was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.

Shelby County to receive its own “Freedom Rock,” near Earling

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Shelby County say the county will be receiving a brand new tourist attraction this summer. During a regular Shelby County Board of Supervisors meeting this (Tuesday) morning, Jack Kenkel with the Shelby County American Legion reported the county has been accepted to receive a “Freedom Rock”.

One rendition of the “Freedom Rock” north of Greenfield. Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen repaints the rock each year with a different, patriotic theme.

Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen created the original rock just south of Interstate 80 off of Highway 25, in Adair County. It’s repainted annually, as a thank you to all who have served the armed forces. Kenkel said the Sorensen family will travel and create a “Freedom Rock” in all 99 Iowa Counties over the next few summers and doing 10 rocks a year. Shelby County is the farthest western Iowa County to be selected in the process so far.

Kenkel says the location of the rock will be in Earling, in what is now called Veterans Park, on the south side of the Highway 37. He says the site will need some preparation work before the rock can be put in place. Meanwhile, the Shelby County American Legion is looking for ideas on what to be painted on the rock.  Kenkel says they will incorporate the pioneering of Shelby County into the theme.

The County and American Legion have a little more than two months to plan and get the rock set, as “Bubba” is scheduled to be in Shelby County to paint the rock in the last two weeks of June. Kenkel said the maintenance of the rock will be minimal with the city of Earling mowing the area and the rock will need resealed every 5 years. The estimated cost for the project is around $25-30,000. Kenkel says the rock will be a key component of tourism for the county.

The Shelby County American Legion will be giving a presentation at the Shelby County Hotel/Motel Tax Committee on Wednesday to discuss funding. However, if you would like more information on the Freedom Rock project or to donate to the project, contact the Shelby County American Legion or Jack Kenkel.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Stanton teen injured following collision Tuesday morning

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Stanton teen involved in a head-on collision this (Tuesday) morning in Stanton was injured after the crash, when the vehicle she was driving knocked her down, and rolled down a hill. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says 16-year old Joey Nicole Volquartsen was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango eastbound on Elliott Street at around 7:55-a.m., when she was blinded by the sun. When the SUV crossed over into the opposite lane of travel, 72-year old Sharmyn Brockshus, of Stanton, saw her coming and came to a stop. The woman honked the horn of her 2011 Chevy Malibu to warn Volquartsen, but the SUV struck the car head-on, causing the car’s airbags to deploy.

Following the collision, the teen put the SUV into park and got out of the vehicle, which then began to roll downhill. Volquartsen tried to stop the vehicle, but it knocked her down and continued down the hill to the intersection of Broad Avenue, where it finally came to a halt when it hit a tree, with the gearshift still in “Park.”

Volquartsen was transported by private vehicle to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Brockshus was not injured during the collision. Officials say there were no citations issued. Damage to the Durango, registered to Joseph Volquartsen, was estimated at $2,500, while the Malibu sustained $3,500 damage.

 

Sen. Grassley “very concerned” about North Korean threats

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A U-S Senator from Iowa says “there’s every reason to be afraid” as North Korea’s leader vows to restart that nation’s nuclear reactor, hinting it would provide materials for atomic weapons. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s “very concerned” as the U-S moves more troops, ships and warplanes into that region. “We’ve had so-called saber rattling from North Korea for probably 15 years but we have a 31-year-old leader of the country who I don’t know much about,” Grassley says “I don’t know if we know enough about him to draw any conclusions.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in a speech Sunday that nuclear weapons would be “a reliable war deterrent and a guarantee to protect our sovereignty.” Grassley fears Kim’s inexperience and recklessness could lead to trouble. “He could be young enough that he’s willing to take any chances, doesn’t understand the potential dangers that are ahead, both for him as well as other people involved,” Grassley says. “He may be just trying to saber rattle to consolidate his own political agenda.”

Kim has repeatedly threatened to invade South Korea and to attack American bases in the Pacific. Last month, a North Korean official reportedly said he’d back launching a preemptive nuclear strike on Washington D-C, saying, “the stronghold of evils will be engulfed in a sea of fire.” Grassley says he’s seen the reports from U-S experts who say North Korea doesn’t have the technological capability to pose a legitimate threat, but he says there’s still reason for concern. “The military is very strong in that country and I presume they’re strong enough that if they don’t like him, they could throw him out,” Grassley says. “We just don’t know the situation and so there’s every reason to be afraid.”

North Korea’s nuclear plant has been idle since 2007.

(Radio Iowa)

2 arrested on warrants in Page County

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested late last week on separate warrants. Officials say 43-year old Jodie Marie Sherman, of Shambaugh, was arrested March 27th by Council Bluffs Police on a Page County warrant for Failure to Appear. Sherman was held in the Pottawattamie County Jail until being transferred to the Page County Jail, where she was being held on $2,000 bond until making an appearance before a District Court Judge. Sherman originally faced an Aggravated Serious Misdemeanor charge of Domestic Abuse Assault with intent or display of a weapon.

Last Thursday, 39-year old Raymond Dean Wiley, of Essex, was arrested at his home, on a Page County warrant stemming from a local traffic stop, where he was arrested for Driving While Suspended or revoked. Wiley was brought to the Page County Jail and later posted a $1,000 bond.

8AM Newscast 04-02-2013

News, Podcasts

April 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Harlan man charged after car hits house Saturday

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In a follow-up to a story we first told you about Saturday morning, officials in Shelby County say a Harlan man was charged with OWI following an accident in which a car struck a house in Harlan on Saturday. The Harlan Police Department says 18 year old Christopher J. Hopkins Jr. of Harlan was driving a Ford Taurus on 19th Street around 4am Saturday when the vehicle went out of control, went through a yard, struck a tree and hit the north side of the residence at 1104 19th Street.

Authorities say Hopkins told officers the brakes went out on the vehicle, causing him to lose control. An investigation showed he had a blood alcohol level of .16%. Hopkins was taken to the Shelby County Jail. Upon further investigation, Hopkins was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to maintain control. 22 year old Dane Dodge of Harlan was charged in the accident with providing alcohol to a minor.

7AM Newscast 04-02-2013

News, Podcasts

April 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Fatal Rollover accident in Cass Co. Tuesday morning

News

April 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(updated 12:27-p.m.)

The Iowa State Patrol says a Central Iowa man died during a rollover accident this (Tuesday) morning, in Cass County. 53-year old Larry Richard Mott, of Dallas Center died after being ejected from his passenger car when it flipped end-over-end and came to rest on its top in the north ditch. The accident happened on Interstate 80 at around 5:45-a.m., at the 56.5 mile marker westbound (About one-half mile east of the Elk Horn exit).

Mott died at the scene. Officials say he was not wearing a seat belt.