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(Update) Cleanup underway on Taylor County manure spill

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR said today (Wednesday), cleanup was underway at a Taylor County farm following reports of an overflowing manure pit Tuesday afternoon. Barrans Farms, owned by Steve Kerns, will work with a contractor to empty the manure basin and clean up spilled manure on the site. The farm is a small hog finishing farm about three miles southwest of Lenox.

While investigating Tuesday, DNR field staff saw a path where manure flowed into an unnamed tributary of the East Fork of the One Hundred and Two River. However, DNR staff have not observed any dead fish.

The DNR will be on site today (Wednesday) as it continues to investigate the incident.

Board declines to act quickly on pipeline construction

News

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa utilities regulators have declined to act quickly on a request to allow a Texas company to begin construction on an oil pipeline across Iowa.
Dakota Access had asked the Iowa Utilities Board to start Tuesday on the 1,150-mile pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels of oil a day from northwest North Dakota across South Dakota, Iowa and into south-central Illinois.

Construction begins this week in the other states and the Dallas-based company says it must start in Iowa now or risk running into winter and another farm planting season. The board decided Tuesday to take time to consider comments from opponents, which indicate they want no construction in Iowa until all required federal permits are approved. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hasn’t issued permits for river crossings.

IA Dept. of Veterans Affairs announces increased Honor Guard reimbursement

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Colonel Robert King (Ret.) has announced that in a recently adopted administrative rules amendment, the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund Honor Guard Reimbursement is increased from $500 in a twelve month period to $1,000. The change became effective May 18th, 2016. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs manages The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund.

IA Dept of Veterans AffairsThe Honor Guard Reimbursement was established to reimburse various veterans service organizations who provide military honors at funeral services for our states veterans when a military honor guard is unavailable.

Colonel King said “Several honor guards around the state are providing many more services than the $500.00 reimburses them for their support of our veterans and families. We want to insure that we are reimbursing these honor guards for their expenses in regards to the services they are providing.”

All other details of the administrative rules 14.4(11), ARC2491C remain the same. Only the dollar amount changes.

3 injured in Mills County chain reaction crash

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office said three people were transported to the hospital following a chain-reaction accident that began when a car hit a deer.  Vehicles driven by James Collins, of Red Oak, and Bobbi Dragon, of Hastings, were both eastbound on Highway 34 and passing Deacon Road, at around 7:10-p.m., Tuesday, when a vehicle in front of their vehicles struck a deer on the road.

Collins, who was driving a 2012 Toyota, tried to avoid the collision and pulled in front of a 2006 Dodge driven by Dragon, while slamming on his brakes. The Dodge hit the rear of the Toyota, disabling both vehicles. The vehicle that hit the deer continued on.

James Collins, his passenger, Diane Collins, and Bobbi Dragon, were all transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, by Glenwood Rescue.

Essex man injured when tractor-trailer hauling grain rolls into a ditch

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a semi suffered possible/unknown injuries Tuesday, when he lost control of the truck and trailer, which partially rolled into a ditch. The Page County Sheriff’s Office say 47-year old Jason Robert Stanbrough, of rural Essex, was transported to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Essex Fire and Rescue.

Authorities were notified at around 2:45-p.m. about the accident, which took place on 170th Street near Dogwood Avenue, or about 2-miles south of Essex. An investigation determined Stanbrough was traveling westbound on 170th Street in a 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor that was hauling a 2010 Timpte grain trailer. When the tractor’s right front tire dropped off the edge of the roadway, Stanbrough was unable to bring the front tire back on the road, which did not have a shoulder. The semi then rolled over approximately three-quarters of a turn into the ditch, causing the trailer to spill the grain into a field / ditch on the north side of 170th.

The tractor/trailer sustained over $20,000 damage. No citations were issued. The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Essex Fire and Rescue and the Shenandoah Police Department.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/18/2016

News, Podcasts

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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5 arrested on drug charges in Creston, Tuesday

News

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated w/additional info. 10:30-a.m.)

A search warrant executed at around 7-a.m. Tuesday in Creston, resulted in the arrest of five people on drug, and other charges. Officers with the Creston Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the address of 1000 W. Montgomery St., in Creston.  Items located during the search include: Over 5-oz. of Marijuana, one firearm, several rounds of rifle ammunition and approximately $2000 in cash.

Police arrested 28-year old Devin Guzman McInnis, 21-year old Danny Guzman, both of Creston, along with 32-year old Omasan MaCarthy, and 25-year Ashley Griggs-Thomas, and 25-year old Equishah Jacque Shanae Williams, all of Des Moines. 

McInnis, Danny Guzman, and MaCarthy face charges that include Possession with the Intent to Sell – Marijuana, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. McInnis also faces a charge of Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. All three men were later released from the Union County Jail on $5000 bond, each. Ashley Griggs-Thomas and Equishah Williams were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. Both were later released on $1,000 bond, each.

In other news, Creston Police say a bank on W. Taylor Street in Creston, reported Tuesday, that a counterfeit $20 bill was received at the McDonald’s restaurant in Creston. The bill was found in a deposit bag from the night of May 16th.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/18/2016

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Public hearing in Atlantic Wed. evening on FY 2016 Budget Amendment

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will take place this (Wednesday) evening, in Atlantic, with regard to a Fiscal Year 2016 City of Atlantic Budget Amendment. The hearing is part of a regular meeting of the Atlantic City Council, that begins at 5:30-p.m. in their chambers at City Hall.

City Administrator John Lund says “The majority of the amendment is not new spending or overspending, but issues of timing.” He says since the City operates on a cash basis, “Everything is contingent upon when we receive bills and pay them. Much of the amendment is moving monies designated for next fiscal year, up to this fiscal year.” He says also, “This is something the City does every year, and is a common practice.” Some of the changes are due to the purchase of a firetruck, receipt of bonds and grant funds. Following the hearing, the Council will act on approving a Resolution amending the budget as described and written.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will act on a Resolution setting the salaries and wages for City employees, effective July 1st, 2016. Lund says the Resolution is part of an annual process needed to equalize union and non-union employees’ pay as set for in the approved labor agreement.

The Council will also recognize retiring Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring, for his five-years of service to the community.

Sunday is graduation day for famed septuplets of Iowa

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May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) – The world’s first surviving septuplets are scheduled to graduate Sunday from an Iowa high school. Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan McCaughey were born Nov. 19, 1997, ranging in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Their mother had taken a fertility drug.

The children gained international fame for their births. The Des Moines Register reports, Iowans who have watched the siblings grow often approach the McCaugheys to tell them that they can remember exactly where they were on the day the kids were born at a Des Moines hospital.

The family lives in Carlisle, which sits just southeast of Des Moines. Their parents say the seven have been promised a free college education at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri.