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Prescott man arrested in Adams County

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Prescott man was arrested Monday afternoon for Violation of a Protective Order. 47-year old David Adsit was taken into custody at a residence on 180th Street, after authorities received a report the man was allegedly violating his protective order. Adsit was brought to the Adams County Jail where he was being held pending a court appearance.

Stolen vehicle pursuit in NE ends in Pottawattamie County

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning in Pottawattamie County following a chase that began in eastern Nebraska and ended near Council Bluffs. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says his deputies’ involvement in the chase began at around 5-a.m., when a broadcast was sent received indicating Douglas and Sarpy County, Nebraska Sheriff’s officials along with the Nebraska State Patrol, were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The chase was along Interstate 680 eastbound heading towards Iowa. When the stolen vehicle crossed the State line, Nebraska authorities terminated their pursuit.

When an Iowa State Patrol Trooper picked up the chase in the vicinity of 130th Street and River Road, the suspect’s vehicle took off north into a field. It then back tracked south through the field before exiting onto River Road in front of Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputies.

As deputies pursued the vehicle south on River Road, the suspect drove around a set of spike strips deployed by Council Bluffs Police. With deputies in pursuit, the suspect turned west onto an abandoned set of railroad tracks leading to a swing bridge. Shortly thereafter, he lost control of the vehicle and was taken into custody. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

One person injured during dump truck rollover north of Atlantic

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon County Secondary Roads Department employee was injured during a dump truck rollover accident this (Wednesday) morning, north of Atlantic.

Audubon Co. dump truck, photo #2

Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westering told KJAN News the accident happened at around 8:25-a.m., directly across from the Atlantic Head Start building, about 2.5-miles north of Atlantic, on Olive Street.

A witness to the accident told KJAN when a passenger car turned in front of the dump truck into the Headstart driveway, the dump truck driver swerved to avoid a collision and lost control. The truck, loaded with scrap metal, overturned into the east ditch and came to rest on its top. Another Audubon County Secondary Roads employee who was in a separate dump truck told us the driver of the wrecked truck  58-year-old Edward Leroy Nielsen, was wearing a seat belt and managed to free himself from the belt. He remained inside the vehicle until Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance personnel could safely remove him and transport the Nielsen to the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

Atlantic Fire & Rescue on the scene of dump truck rollover

Audubon Co. Secondary Roads Dump Truck, photo 1

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Rollover Accident on Olive Street North of Atlantic- 8:38am

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March 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

KJAN News Director Ric Hanson delivers a live report on a rollover accident on Olive Street North of Atlantic.

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8AM Newscast 03-14-2012

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March 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for the city of Stuart

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission, Tuesday, approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Stuart. Up to $303,750 will be made available to assist in construction of approximately 1,100 feet of South Seventh Street, approximately 500 feet of Southwest Eighth Street, and intersection improvements on South Gaines Street and South Division Street located on the southwest side of town. The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2012. 

Officials say the project is necessary to provide access to 68 acres for light industrial purposes. Funding for the grant comes from the city share of the RISE Fund.

(8-a.m. News)

Atlantic Board of Ed approves purchase of 2 buses and changes last day of school

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board, Tuesday, approved the purchase of a diesel-powered 84-passenger bus, and a propane-powered 64-passenger bus. Transportation Director Dave Eckles had recommended the purchases, because the current 84-passenger bus is on its last legs. Superintendent Mike Amstein quipped “Every time we send it out, we pray for divine intervention that we’ll see it come back again, and it’s not in behind a wrecker.” He said a current 64-passenger bus is going to “nickel-and-dime” the district “to death,” if they don’t do something about it.  Amstein said also, the new 84-passenger bus would have a larger under carriage carrying capacity. Using a small, propane powered bus he says, would save the district money, in the long run. Amstein says the problems experienced years ago with propane powered engines has not cropped up in recent years, according to other districts he’s spoken with.  The buses are not likely to be delivered to the district until sometime in July. 

In other business, the Atlantic School Board amended the 2011-2012 District Calendar, to make May 18th as the last day of school this year. Amstein says the extra day will make up for a February 15th dismissal, when students and staff were allowed time-off to attend the State Wrestling Tournament. The Board also approved an increase in the price of school lunch prices. Last year, the district increased prices by a nickel, but the State says that should have been 13-cents. An Iowa Department of Education consultant told the district it should increase the cost by a minimum of 4.18% for the upcoming year, especially considering the increase in the cost of fruits and vegetables for the National School Lunch Program. The School Board tabled action on changing the Driver’s Education fee for this summer, until its next regular meeting, when more specific information is available on the cost.

7AM Newscast 03-14-2012

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March 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Board of Education approves FY 2012-2013 Budget

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Board of Education held a public hearing Tuesday night on the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget, which begins July 1st. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the budget reflects a 2% allowable growth, and will reduce the total tax levy by 60-cents per thousand dollars property valuation. The levy drops from $14.75 per thousand in FY 2011-2012 to $14.15 for FY 2012-2013. Amstein says the administration believes it’s a “responsible budget, and will meet the needs of the students and employees of the district.” Amstein said the certified budget, which was approved Tuesday night by the School Board, is not what the district actually intends to spend. Instead it’s for the maximum it is allowed to spend under standards set by the State. The certified budget amounts to just under $30.95-million. 

During a public hearing on the budget at the start of the school board’s meeting, Atlantic resident Paul Lundquist questioned how the money was being spent, including for certified staff salaries. Amstein said the maximum the district can spend on salaries is $15-million. Lundquist asked if that included insurance and IPERS. Amstein said it doesn’t. He said it represents an increase in additional staff. The teachers union had requested a 6.9% increase in their salary and benefits package, but Amstein said the actual amount of increase is still under negotiation. Lundquist questioned how the School Board justify a substantial increase in teacher salaries without some sort of local standards for teaching and learning, that would make them accountable for their students’ performance. He also questioned how the board could pass a Certified Budget, without having the salary increase figures in place. Amstein says the State requires them to pass a Certified Budget now, but the timeline for settling with teacher’s unions is different. He said the District could easily still be in negotiations through late April. The district is allowed to conduct negotiations through late April or early May before talks go to arbitration, if that becomes necessary.

Record High Temps expected again today

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March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new record High temperature was set in Atlantic, Tuesday, when we reached 79-degrees here at KJAN, the official National Weather Service record-keeping and reporting site for the community. The old record was 76, set as recently as 2007. Prior to that, the record was 73, in 1933.  The Weather Service says we can expect to see a new record high temperature set today, and near record highs for Thursday and Friday. The record high for March 14th in Atlantic was 72 degrees in 1908. We expect to blow that away today, as the Weather Service is calling for a high of 80.  

53-years ago on this date, a major Winter storm hit Iowa, and lasted for three-days.  The precipitation began as rain in the southwest part of the State, and left a total of 8-to 10-inches on the ground.