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Harlan woman arrested Sunday following a disturbance

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say one person was arrested Sunday, following a disturbance in the 2300 block of 7th Street. Officials say 23-year old Crystal Oliver, of Harlan, was taken into custody on charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The H-PD also investigated two, non-injury accidents recently. On Saturday, vehicles driven by Thomas Sondag II, and Melanie Olesen, both of Harlan, collided at 12th and Baldwin Streets, when Sondag’s 1999 Saturn pulled out in front of Olesen’s 2008 Chevrolet. Damage from the collision amounted to $4,000. Sondag was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

The other accident happened in the 1000 block of Chatburn Avenue, on Feb. 10th. Officials  say vehicles driven by Maura Goaley, of Omaha, and Dennis C. Petersen, of Harlan, collided when Goaley was attempting to turn from the Casey’s east driveway onto Chatburn Avenue. An uninvolved delivery truck was stopping to turn north into the Casey’s parking lot. As it was doing so, a 1994 Plymouth driven by Petersen went around the truck and proceeded west. Goaley didn’t see Petersen’s car because the truck obstructed her view. When she pulled out onto Chatburn to head east, her 2007 Chrysler was hit on the passenger side door by the Petersen vehicle. Damage from the crash amounted to $6,000. No citations were issued.

Walnut man arrested in Union County

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say a Pottawattamie County man was arrested last week at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. Gunnar Michael Blum, of Walnut, was arrested Feb. 9th. on a Dept. of Corrections warrant for Probation Violation. Blum was later released from the jail on $1,000 bond.

Ernst visits Atlantic on her 99-county tour

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst, of Red Oak, made a stop in Atlantic this (Tuesday) morning, as part of her 99-county tour of the state. Ernst toured Mahle Engine Components, USA, Inc. Mahle has facilities on five continents, including over 150 production locations and 10 major research and development centers.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tours the Mahle Engine Components plant in Atlantic. (Ric Hanson, photo)

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tours the Mahle Engine Components plant in Atlantic. (Ric Hanson, photo)

In Atlantic, Ernst was asked about ongoing murders and threat posed by ISIS, and what the U-S’ role should be in the fight. She said she would like to see other foreign countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Turkey step-up to the plate and engage more of their ground forces against the terrorist organization.

Ernst expressed her concerns about the continued deadlock in the Republican-controlled Senate over the funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She claimed Senate Democrats refuse to cooperate in getting the bill through Congress. She was also asked about the FCC taking control of the internet. Ernst said the government should not be the sole source of control over what is seen and heard on the ‘net.

Ernst said “It seems that whenever the federal government gets involved with something it just seems to go much worse, so I would much rather see that the internet and private industry is taking care of its own business. We don’t want to restrict ingenuity, we don’t want to see the federal government trying to run the internet.”

When asked about comparisons between herself and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Ernst said she sees herself as an “Independent thinker,” and will do what’s right for the State of Iowa.” Ernst says she has no other political aspirations than to serve Iowans.Joni2

Her visit in Atlantic was the first stop of the day. Ernst’s other stops include Quality Machine in Audubon, and the Guthrie County Hospital. She also was scheduled to attend a meeting of the Greene County Development Corporation, in Jefferson. Her tour continues Wednesday, in Carroll and Thursday, in Denison.

Stolen pickup leads to chase and crash in Pott. County

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man who allegedly stole a pickup truck Tuesday morning in Pottawattamie County, ended-up being transported to the hospital after the vehicle crashed, trapping him inside. The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year old Rudolph Lucero, of Omaha, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported by Treynor Fire and Rescue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was reported to be in a medically-induced coma, Tuesday.

The incident began at around 8-a.m., when Pott. County Communications advised deputies an orange, 2005 Dodge Ram pickup had just been stolen from the vicinity of south 13th Street, in Council Bluffs. A deputy saw a vehicle matching the description, and tried to make a traffic stop. Lucero failed to yield and instead drove to Interstate 80 eastbound and then onto Highway 6, where he exited and continued eastbound, in an attempt to elude law enforcement.

Lucero managed to evade stop-sticks as well, but lost control of the vehicle near Highway 6 and 300th Street. The pickup swerved and turned onto its side, skidding until it hit a rise in the road at 300th Street. The vehicle continued to skid until it ramped up over the street into an open field, where it came to rest.

Charges are pending in connection with the incident, but authorities say they will likely include 1st degree theft.

CAM School Board formulates response to A-C questions

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education met Monday night in Anita, during a regularly scheduled session. CAM Superintendent Dr. Casey Berlau told KJAN News during the meeting, the Board discussed an e-mail from the Adair-Casey School Board, with regard to Whole Grade Sharing and other matters. He says they went through each question and determined the Board’s response to each question. Their answers and/or position on the matters will be returned to Adair-Casey’s Board.

The Adair-Casey Board sent e-mails to neighboring districts to discuss Whole Grade Sharing and other matters. They’re scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to review the responses. Dr. Berlau said also, the CAM School Board set March the 10th as the date for a public hearing on an early start date for the 2015-16 School year. Berlau said they set the date as a “Just in case” measure, because the issue is still being debated in the Iowa Legislature.

He said “Honestly, I don’t see, as I look at the requirements to get a waiver approved…I think it’s going to be pretty difficult to do.” He said We may not even follow through (on the matter) following the hearing [with] so much uncertainty right now around that topic, we just thought we’ll do one ‘just in case.”

Berlau said the CAM Board increased the Driver’s Education fees from $250 to $300 for CAM students. Students from outside the district who wish to receive Driver’s Ed through CAM will have to pay $450. Dr. Berlau said also, that prior to the regular board meeting, the CAM Board held a Goal Setting session, which he says was time well spent, because it’s a good time for the Board to set the direction of the district, and, Berlau says it was beneficial to him, because he’s been with the district for less than a year as Superintendent.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 2/17/2015

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug charges at Wal-Mart

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Creston man, 28-year old Sean Cody Stauffer, was arrested late Sunday night on drug charges, at the Creston Wal-Mart. Stauffer faces Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. He was also wanted on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. Stauffer remained in the Union County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

19-year old Tanner Jay Allen Cassady, of Creston, was arrested Sunday afternoon, on a Woodbury County warrant for OWI/1st offense. Cassady was also being held in the Union County Jail pending a court appearance.

Creston Police say 17-year old Toni Marie Van Scoy, of Creston, was picked up early Sunday morning on an OWI/1st offense charge. The teen was referred to juvenile authorities and then released to her mother.

And on Valentine’s Day, Creston Police arrested 25-year old Michael Lee Schwieters, of Lorimor, on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. The man was taken into custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, and held pending an initial court appearance.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/17/2015

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic CC to act on Schildberg Trail Construction funding

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening, is expected to act on committing $31,000 toward the construction of  a trail around Lake #2 at the Schildberg Recreation Area. During their meeting two weeks ago, Dave Chase, with Nishna Valley Trails, asked the Council to consider $50,000 to help fund the Troublesome Creek Connector Trail Project, which would be a match to funds already raised by the trails group since December, and would connect the Lake # 2 trail to the Atlantic Municipal Utilities’ wellhead trail. No action was taken on the request at that time. Atlantic Parks & Rec Dept. Director Roger Herring requests the Council commit $31,000 or 20-percent of the cost of the Lake #2 project, which is expected to run $154,000 altogether.

In other business, the Council will hold a Public Hearing on the sale of Lot A, in the Southern Heights Subdivision 2nd Addition. A hearing on the matter was originally set for Feb. 4th, but it was tabled so that an appraisal of the property could be completed in the public’s interest and that the property is sold at Fair Market Value. An appraisal has been conducted, with the land being valued at $1,620. The hearing will allow the public to comment on the proposed sale. Following the hearing, the Council will act on a Resolution authorizing the sale of the property, which was originally given to the City by developer Don Sonntag, when the old plat called for a street to be located on the land. Since that time, the area had been replatted, and the street no longer exists. Iowa Code does not allow for a City to give the land to a private party for private purposes.

The Council will also act on setting March 4th as the date for a Public Hearing on the adoption of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement Plan. The improvements would be accomplished through the the sale of $1.58-million in General Obligation bonds. A resolution setting March 4th as the date for a public hearing on the issuance of bonds that will incur indebtedness on the part of the City and taxpayers, will also be acted upon by the Council, Wednesday, along with an order to adopt the proposed FY 2016 budget, and the setting of March 4th as the date for a public hearing on the budget, before final approval. As it stands, the budget amounts to just over $9-million (at $9,029,059.00).

Prior to adjournment for the evening, the Council will go into a closed session under Iowa Code, to discuss the job performance of  Interim City Administrator, John Lund.

The City Council’s meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.

Officials investigating what caused small fire at feed plant

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February 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Fire department officials in Sioux City say they’re investigating what started a small fire at a feed plant.  KTIV-TV reports someone called authorities early Tuesday and reported seeing smoke near the Hubbard Feeds, Inc. plant in Sioux City.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Robinson says crews found a small, smoldering fire had broken out in the facility’s cooling tower down in the basement.  Robinson says the fire was extinguished and damage was confined to one cooling box of feed pellets.