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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 3/23/2016

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Anita & Wiota Fire respond to large grass fire

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Anita and Wiota were dispatched this morning to a large grass fire in the vicinity of 720th and Hamburg Road. The flames were spreading north toward Hamburg Road. Crews were dispatched at around 6:45-a.m.

2 men 1 woman from Sidney arrested on burglary & theft charges

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people, two men and one woman, were arrested Tuesday on multiple Burglary and Theft charges following an accident in Fremont County. The Fremont Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year old’s Aidan Anthony Case and Jacob Paul Cain, along with 21-year old Mary Beth Rhea, all from Sidney, turned themselves-in to authorities. They face three counts each of Burglary in the 3rd Degree/vehicle related, three counts each of Theft in the 4th Degree, and one count each of Theft in the 5th Degree. Cain was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $9,000 each.

Officials say the charges stem from an accident that happened early Tuesday morning, in Hamburg. An inventory was performed after on the wrecked vehicle, which was then towed to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Impound. Later that morning, the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls about vehicles and mailboxes which had been gone through, and items taken.  A search warrant of the vehicle led to items being seized into evidence that were reported stolen. Other items in the vehicle are believed to have been stolen, with the victims unaware of the thefts.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says if you have any information about your missing property, call them at 712-374-2424.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 23rd 2016

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an employee was killed after a blast at a Madison County quarry. Madison County Sheriff Jason Barnes said in a news release that it appeared that debris struck 42-year-old Tracy Hockmeier, of Winterset, “following a routine blast” at the Martin Marietta Earlham Quarry Tuesday night.

LENOX — Three people suffered critical injuries in a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon in Taylor County. The Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 4:12-p.m. on 130th Street near Yellowstone Avenue, south of Lenox. The vehicle was traveling west on 130th Street when it went out of control on the gravel, and rolled. Three occupants of the vehicle were ejected, one was trapped. Three accident victims were transported to area hospitals by helicopter, one was transported by ambulance. Their names were being withheld until completion of the accident investigation and notification of family.

CHARLES CITY — Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources said late Tuesday night that a fisherman died Tuesday evening after falling from his boat on the Cedar River, in Charles City. The victim, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, had his small boat anchored just above a low-head dam on the Cedar River located in northern Iowa, when he apparently fell out and went over the dam shortly after 7-p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Nevada-based Internet training company has agreed to refund Iowa customers and stop selling its services in the state after a customer complained about the program’s effectiveness. The Consumer Protection Division alleges Brookwater Ventures LLC violated Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act. The division started an investigation in February after a Des Moines woman said the company convinced her to sign a $3,500 contract for an online marketing training program. The woman complained she was unable to earn any income using the company’s online sales techniques.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of legislation that would expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa say lawmakers are running out of time this session to pass the bill. A group known as Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis held a rally outside the Capitol in support of a marijuana bill introduced earlier this session. They called out leaders in the Republican-controlled House, which currently has control of the measure.

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating a murder-suicide in Fayette County. The county sheriff’s office says deputies were dispatched a little before 9 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of gunshots at a West Union apartment complex. Deputies found the body of 27-year-old Morgan Kaye on the ground outside the complex. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said she was killed by a single gunshot. The sheriff’s office said a man seen leaving the scene in a pickup was found shot to death in the truck about 16 miles north along Iowa Highway 150, south of Calmar. Officers identified him as 27-year-old Anthony Hebert.

Supreme Court upholds ruling in Storm Lake Tyson case

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Supreme Court has ruled in favor of workers at a pork plant in Iowa on a pay issue. The Supreme Court upheld a five-point-eight million dollar judgment against Tyson Foods after workers at the Storm Lake plant sued, saying they should be paid for the time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing needed for their jobs.

Tyson argued workers should not be allowed to go in together in the lawsuit, and focused in part on whether the employees could use averages in figuring out the time they should be paid for putting on the work gear. The Supreme Court ruled against the company 6-2, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito the no votes.

(Radio Iowa)

Man dies in northern IA fishing accident

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources said late Tuesday night that a fisherman died Tuesday evening after falling from his boat on the Cedar River, in Charles City. The victim, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, had his small boat anchored just above a low-head dam on the Cedar River located in northern Iowa, when he apparently fell out and went over the dam shortly after 7-p.m.

The man was pulled from the river downstream of the dam by the Charles City Fire and Rescue and was taken to Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City where he was pronounced dead. Also assisting at the scene were the Charles City Police Department and Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Sheriff: Employee killed after Madison County quarry blast

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an employee was killed after a blast at a Madison County quarry. Madison County Sheriff Jason Barnes said in a news release that it appeared that debris struck 42-year-old Tracy Hockmeier, of Winterset, “following a routine blast” at the Martin Marietta Earlham Quarry Tuesday night.

Barnes said a 911 call was placed around 6:40 p.m., and Hockmeier was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Pickup pulling horse trailer engulfed in flames at I-680 rest stop

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a vehicle fire Tuesday evening in northwestern Pottawattamie County. A pickup was fully engulfed in flames when authorities arrived on the scene at the Interstate 680 rest stop west of Beebeetown. A horse trailer was detached from the pickup before the flames began to spread.

No other details are currently available.JE1JE2

(Photo’s courtesy Jamie Elliott, of Marne)

 

Rollover accident with critical injuries in Taylor County

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people suffered critical injuries in a single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon in Taylor County. The Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 4:12-p.m. on 130th Street near Yellowstone Avenue, south of Lenox.

The vehicle was traveling west on 130th Street when it went out of control on the gravel, and rolled. Three occupants of the vehicle were ejected, one was trapped. Three accident victims were transported to area hospitals by helicopter, one was transported by ambulance.

Their names were being withheld until completion of the accident investigation and notification of family. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Lenox and Bedford Ambulances and the Lenox and Clearfield Fire Departments.

Image from the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Image from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Cass County Audit report released Tuesday

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman says Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C. CPA’s have released an audit report on Cass County. The report shows the County had local tax revenue of $27,373,415 (just over $27.37-million) for the year ended June 30, 2015, which included $1,883,681 (in excess of $1.88-million) in tax credits from the state.

The County forwarded $19,742,372 (over $19.7-million) of the local tax revenue to the townships, school districts, cities and other taxing bodies in the County. The County retained $7,631,043 (a little more than $7.6-million) of the local tax revenue to finance County operations, a 10-percent increase from the prior year.

Other revenues included $5,998,610 (nearly $5.6-million) from the state, including indirect federal funding of $2,211,102, ($2.2-million) charges for service of $342,440, and $206,426 for the use of money and property. Expenditures for County operations totaled $14,886,048 (almost $14.89-million), a 2.9 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses included $4,287,370 (nearly $4.3-million) for roads and transportation, $1,692,259 ($1.69-million) for mental health, $2,411,136 ($2.41-million) for public safety and legal services, $1,166,542 (nearly $1.17-million) for capital projects, and $1,291,705 (slightly more than $1.29-million) for administrative services.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the Auditor of State and the County Auditor’s office.