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Cass County Fair begins in Atlantic today

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 2012 Cass County Fair begins its six-day run today, in Atlantic, with livestock check-ins and other activities. Among them, is the 4-H static exhibit entries and conference judging, and a food sale that takes place in the Community Center at 10-a.m. 

The King and Queen Contest starts tonight at Eight O’clock, and can be heard live here on KJAN. Then at 8:30, there’ll be a Senior Recognition. Highlights during the evening hours of the next few days include: a Bullride at 7:30-p.m. Friday; ATV races at 6-p.m. Saturday; a tractor show Sunday at 4-p.m.; Grand Champion Beef selection Monday at 7-p.m., and the Livestock sale Tuesday, at 8-a.m. 

For a complete rundown of the fair schedule, surf the web to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/ and look for the pdf link.

And, for information about other county fairs going on in the State of Iowa, surf to http://www.iowafairs.com/site/aif-member-fairs.php

Training offers aerial show above Iowa cities

News

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Military aircraft could be visible over several Iowa cities during a two-day flight training mission.  The Des Moines-based Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing and the 185th Air Refueling Wing from Sioux City will join in the training mission Thursday and Friday.  The Iowa National Guard says people in Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City could see and hear the planes during the operation. Planes taking part include F-16 fighters and KC-135 tanker aircraft. Guard officials say nothing will be dropped from the planes and people below won’t be in any danger.

Storms blow through western IA: Cause damage, but no injuries

News, Weather

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Storms that blew through parts of western and north central Iowa Wednesday night brought lots of wind, and widely scattered precipitation, with some areas receiving more than one-inch of rain, while others were left deprived…again. The National Weather Service says Carroll County bore the brunt of the wind damage at the onset, with winds gusting anywhere from 61-to as much as 75-miles per hour, between 7:30 and 8-p.m. The winds caused power lines to snap in Carroll and Lanesboro, brought down tree limbs, one of which fell on a porch and house in Carroll, causing damage, but no injuries.

Just north of Arcadia, the Weather Service says thunderstorm winds felled 3-foot diameter trees, and a 30-foot long camper attached to a truck was blown over. Several crops were damaged, as well. Winds gusted to near 60-miles per hour near Earlham, at around 8:30-p.m., Wednesday, according to law enforcement.

And, strong winds passing through Atlantic may have caused a tree limb to come into contact with a power line, causing a brief, small fire, in the 1400 block of Roosevelt Drive, at around 7:47-p.m. In addition, law enforcement reported a sign was down across the road along Highway 71, near Interstate 80. The sign has since been removed.

Trees were blown down in Clarinda, and there were scattered reports of power outages in Page, Adams and Montgomery Counties. Mid American Energy said 28 of its customers in Adams County, and seven customers in Montgomery County, were without power as of 5-a.m., but by 7-a.m., power had been restored to those same customers.

Some unofficial, reported rainfall amounts include: 1.28″ south of Malvern; 1.2″ in Shenandoah; 1.03″ in Clarinda; .92″ in Sidney; ;85 in Emerson; .8″ in Red Oak; .75″ in Villisca; .4″ in Carroll; .3″ in Massena, and .25″ in Lyman.  Atlantic remained dry during the passage of the storms. The last time we received more than one-inch of rain here in Atlantic, was over a month ago (June 23rd), when 1.23-inches made its way into the gauge outside the KJAN studios.

Third person arrested in Omaha triple slaying

News

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested a 25-year-old Omaha man on accusations that he fatally shot a southeast Omaha man and his two sons. Timothy J. Britt was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three related firearms charges. He’s accused of shooting 44-year-old Miguel Avalos, 18-year-old Miguel Avalos Jr. and his 16-year-old brother, Jose Avalos, on July 9. Police have said someone broke into the Avalos home and opened fire. Other family members in the home escaped injury. Britt is the third person to be arrested in the case. Others are 33-year-old Anthony Davis, of Omaha, and 27-year-old Tiaotta Clairday, of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

DCI Charges Three with First Degree Kidnapping

News

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three men from Sac County have been charged with 1st Degree Kidnapping, a class A Felony, after an investigation into the 2009 alleged assault of a migrant worker in Wall Lake, Iowa.  Those charged are 26 year old Thomas Schroeder II of Wall Lake, Iowa; 26 year old Steven Schroeder of Odebolt, Iowa; and 42 year old Bradley Jacobsen of Wall Lake, Iowa.

Thomas Schroeder II, 26 years

Thomas Schroeder II, 26 years

Steven Schroeder, 26 years

Steven Schroeder, 26 years

Bradley Jacobsen, 42 years

Bradley Jacobsen, 42 years

According to criminal complaints levied against T. Schroeder, S. Schroeder, and Jacobsen, the trio is accused of kidnapping migrant worker Raphael Trevino on August 3, 2009.  On that August night, Trevino and the suspects were each at a Wall Lake bar and grill.  Trevino left the bar with a co-worker and was later assaulted at his residence before being forced into a truck.  Trevino was taken to an abandoned factory and assaulted again.  Finally the trio is accused of transporting Trevino once more to the bar and grill where he was assaulted yet again.  As a result of the 2009 assault Trevino suffered multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.

Thomas Schroeder, Steven Schroeder, and Bradley Jacobsen turned themselves into law enforcement today at 2:00 PM.  They were each booked into the Sac County Jail and then released on their own recognizance.

The investigation of the 2009 kidnapping was conducted through the cooperative efforts of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

(Updated 8:32-p.m.) Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 1-a.m.

News, Weather

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Updated to include Adams County and cancels a separate watch for parts of far western Iowa)

THE SEVERE STORMS PREDICATION CENTER IN NORMAN, OK, HAS ISSUED ANOTHER SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH. THIS WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1-A.M. THURSDAY, AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA…

AUDUBON CARROLL AND CRAWFORD, CASS, ADAIR, ADAMS AND GUTHRIE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH THAT WAS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10-P.M. FOR HARRISON MILLS POTTAWATTAMIE SHELBY AND MONONA COUNTIES HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT HOWEVER, FOR FREMONT, PAGE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

News, Weather

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Severe Storms Prediction Center in Norman, OK, has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following counties in western and southwest Iowa: FREMONT…HARRISON…MILLS….MONONA…MONTGOMERY…PAGE…POTTAWATTAMIE… and  SHELBY. The Watch is in effect until Midnight.

Bluffs man arrested in Atlantic

News

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports a Council Bluffs man was arrested today (Wednesday), on a warrant out of Sac County, for Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. 19-year old Gage Burk was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending extradition to Sac County.

Midwest Dive Team helps search for drowning victim

News

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Midwest Dive Team Members on Lake Red Rock (Courtesy Brian Hamman)

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman reports the Midwest Regional Dive Team responded yesterday to Lake Red Rock outside Pella, in Marion County, to assist officials in locating a possible drowning victim. The team consists of members from Cass and Ringgold Counties, along with personnel from the Red Oak and Clarinda Dive Teams. It was the third time the team had been called to locate a missing person since the beginning of July. Crews remained on scene throughout the entire night until the victim was later found early this (Wednesday) morning, by a woman who was walking her dog.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the body has been identified as that of 25-year-old Derek Long. Authorities say Long and several family members were on a pontoon boat Sunday when he jumped into the water to help a 6-year-old child who was drifting away from the boat. He didn’t come back up, but the child was rescued.  The woman reported she saw the body in the lake near her home around 6:15 a.m.

Cass County Sheriff’s Report

News

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests over the weekend. On Saturday, 26-year old Sarah Beth Ewing, of Griswold, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Ewing was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $2000 bond. And, on Sunday, 19-year old Dillon Douglas Bates, of Griswold, was cited into Magistrate Court for being an underage person in possession of Alcohol.