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Decatur County man arrested in Creston


August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Decatur County man was arrested Thursday morning on charges that include Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree and Burglary in the 3rd degree. 37-year old Jared Johnson, of Garden Grove, was arrested at around 4:50-a.m. at 208 Maple Street, in Creston. Johnson was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And a Creston woman reported to police on Thursday, that her red, 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, had been stolen from the parking lot at R Realty (114 N. Elm St.), in Creston. The theft happened sometime between 10-p.m. Wednesday and the morning hours on Thursday. The loss was estimated at $11,000.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/7/2015

News, Podcasts

August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Indecent exposure & meth-related arrest in Red Oak Thu. night


August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested on separate drug and incident exposure charges, Thursday night, in Red Oak. Authorities say 27-year old Jacob Nathaniel Forward, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 600 block of Broad Street at around 8:45-p.m., on a Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, charge. Forward was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And, 61-year old James Donald Uhlmann, Sr., of Red Oak, was arrested for Indecent Exposure Thursday, after allegedly exposing himself to his neighbor ladies in the area of E. Grimes Street. Uhlmann was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Board of Education approves new science standards


August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The State Board of Education unanimously adopted new state standards Thursday for what Iowa school kids in kindergarten through high school should know and be able to do in science. The Education Department’s Bureau Chief for Standards and Curriculum, Erika Cook, says the new guidelines are the result of months of work from a state review team.

“We are hoping with the performance expectations that classrooms teach kids to think like a scientist when that is appropriate, and also have also integrated engineering concepts that will be integrated throughout the classrooms,” Cook says. She says the goal was to refocus the way science is taught. “We are hoping the classrooms continue to come alive for out students and they can learn to behave like scientists,” Cook says. “And the most important thing is so they can become excited about science and engineering and can continue learning and studying about that throughout their lives.”

Cook says each individual district will determine how the new guidelines are implemented. She says the Department of Education will put together guidance for districts and put together opportunities to help teachers learn about the new standards. Cook says they got a lot of input majority of public comments on the Next Generation Science Standards were favorable. She says it is important to review standards.

“Because times do change and we want our students of Iowa to be up on the strongest standards in each of the core content areas. And we want to be leaders in education,” Cook says. The core content she talked about also includes statewide academic standards in social studies, English-language arts, math and the 21st century skills of civic literacy, employability, financial literacy, health literacy, and technology literacy.

(Radio Iowa)

No injuries reported following early morning accident NW of Atlantic


August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle went off the road at the T-intersection of Highways 173 and 83 early this (Friday) morning, northwest of Atlantic. The vehicle ended-up in the ditch, just south of the intersection. The accident, which was reported at around 12:15-a.m. resulted in no injuries. Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac and Marne Rescue were initially dispatched to the scene. Additional information is currently not available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Aug. 7th 2015


August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says two beaches at Saylorville Lake are closed due to a blue-green algae bloom that could be harmful to people and pets. Routine water quality monitoring performed at the lake identified high levels of a compound produced by blue-green algae under certain environmental conditions that can cause illness through direct skin contact, by ingesting the water or by breathing airborne water droplets. The compound called microcystin can cause skin reactions, gastrointestinal pain, breathing problems or liver damage.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A female race car driver severely hurt while competing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids has died from her injuries. An employee of Merdoch Funeral Home in Marion says a celebration of life service for INEX Legends race car driver Joan Feller is set for Saturday. Feller, a long-time supporter of Legends racing, was in her first season as a driver. She died Wednesday at an Iowa City hospital from injuries sustained in a crash when her car struck another stalled on the track during a July 31 race. She was 53.

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge says he made a mistake in ordering an ex-felon to pay $254 in court costs in a voter fraud case that was dismissed. District Judge Randy DeGeest told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would amend the order against Cheri Rupe to assess those costs to the state.

WHITTEMORE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting of a crop-dusting plane in northern Iowa. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says the plane owned by Steier AG Aviation was hit in a wing flap while spraying a field in Fairfield Township last Friday morning. The pilot returned to Steier’s landing strip in Whittemore.

Derelict bldg. grants available to IA towns of with population less than 5k


August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR reports beginning Aug. 10th, small Iowa communities (those with populations of 5,000 or less) can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the DNR’s Derelict Building Grant Program. One area of focus for the Derelict Building Grant Program is asbestos inspection and removal. If a building collapses and the presence of asbestos is unknown, it can increase the economic burden on the community. This round of funding may be used by eligible communities to investigate the amount of asbestos present in a building.

The Derelict Building Grant Program provides small communities and rural counties financial assistance for abandoned commercial and public structures to improve the appearance of their streets, revitalize local economies and alleviate the environmental concerns these buildings can pose. This is a one-time opportunity; projects selected may apply for funding in 2016 for additional program-related tasks.

For more information and application details, go to www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/BusinessIndustry/DerelictBuildingProgram.aspx or contact Scott Flagg at 515-725-8318 or Scott.Flagg@dnr.iowa.gov.

No applications will be accepted after 4 p.m. on Aug. 21st.

DNR investigating weekend fish kill in Carroll County creek

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Thursday (Today), said the DNR last Sunday investigated a fish kill on Purgatory Creek in northeast Carroll County after receiving a report of thousands of dead fish in the creek. The DNR found several species of dead fish, including minnows, sunfish and bullheads along approximately one and a quarter miles of the creek, extending northeast into Calhoun County. The fish appeared to have been dead several days.

Field tests showed normal dissolved oxygen levels and no ammonia in the stream. There were no unusual odors or visual signs of contamination. The DNR collected water samples from the creek for testing. Test results from the laboratory should be available in several weeks. However, the test results may not show a pollutant due to the time lapse and heavy rainfall in the area.

Anyone seeing evidence of a fish kill should call the DNR’s environmental hot line at 515-725-8694 immediately. The sooner the event is reported, the more likely a pollutant can be identified and traced to its source. The DNR will continue to investigate for the source of the fish kill.

Branstad asks court to dismiss mental health centers lawsuit


August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to force him to reopen two shuttered state mental health centers.  Attorneys for the Republican governor filed a motion Monday in Polk County District Court, asking a judge to throw out the suit from the head of the state’s largest public employees union and 20 Democratic lawmakers.

The lawsuit claims closing the centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant was illegal because Iowa law requires the state to operate them. But the filing from the state Attorney General’s office questions that interpretation of state law and whether the group has grounds to sue.

A spokesman for Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says they will respond soon and hope the case will continue.

Modale man charged in Cass County fatal crash free on O-R


August 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Harrison County man remains free on his own recognizance while a Vehicular Homicide – Operating Under the Influence case, makes its way through the court system in Cass County. According to online court records, Attorney Joseph Hrvol appeared on behalf of 50-year old Paul William Marshall, of Modale,  Tuesday, in Cass County District Court. During the proceedings, it was announced Marshall would waive his preliminary hearing.

A Criminal Complaint filed by the Iowa State Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs, says Marshall was under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 eastbound in Cass County on May 16th, and caused a collision that took the life of 31-year old Peter John Underwood, from Lincoln, NE. Underwood was an assistant soccer coach at the University of Nebraska, who was on a recruiting trip.

The complaint says Marshall’s BAC (or, Blood Alcohol Content) was greater than the legal limit of .08 (point-Oh-eight). No court date has been set.