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Creston man arrested on Taylor County warrant

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was arrested Wednesday on a warrant out of Taylor County. Creston Police say 35-year old Thomas Johnston, of Creston, was arrested on a warrant for Theft in the 4th degree. Johnston was later released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Cass County Attorney issues statement on his pay as Atlantic Special Prosecutor

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner issued a statement to KJAN News clarifying the amount he is being paid as a special prosecutor for the City of Atlantic, in cases dealing with criminal matters.

Earlier, we said that during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, City Attorney Dave Wiederstein mentioned with regard to the hiring of a City Attorney, if the General/Civil and Criminal retainers are included together in the contract, he recommended continuing the $15,000 annual salary currently paid to the County Attorney, for Criminal Prosecutions, above and beyond what is proposed in the General Retainer. Currently, the Cass County Attorney handles Criminal Prosecution cases for the City, while serving as a paid, Assistant City Attorney.

To clarify, Wiederstein said he is being paid $15,000 as City Attorney, and he recommended the new City Attorney, whomever that may be, be paid the same amount, and that they handle criminal matters as well.

Dan Feistner said he has been paid the same amount ($300.00/month or $3,600.00/yr) ever since the City of Atlantic appointed him as the special prosecutor for their criminal matters. Feistner said he bills the City of Atlantic twice per year, once in June and once in December, for his attorney fees and for office expenses.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 12/5/2014

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man arrested on drug charges Friday morning

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into an earlier incident resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges this (Friday) morning. Red Oak Police say 29-year old Aaron Lucas Allen, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 400 block of Highland Avenue at around 1-a.m., on charges that include Possession of Meth with the intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Allen was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $100,000 cash bond.

Atlantic Chamber announces new format Holiday Concert

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A free Holiday Concert will take place in Atlantic this Sunday evening (Dec. 7th). The concert is being presented by Bonnesen’s Five and Ten Store, and will be held at First United Methodist Church, starting at 3:00 p.m. New to the Holiday Concert this year is an interactive format, including all types of music, solos, duets, instrumentals and an encore choir.

The local lineup of talent includes: Paige Anstey, Atlantic High School, national fine arts finalist 2 years in a row; Kevin Ferguson, reading “Twas the Night before Christmas,”; Haley Glenn, Atlantic High School, 2014 State Honor Choir, national fine arts finalist 2 years in a row; BJ and Krysta Hart, soloists and duets; Lee and Kelly Havemeier, Atlantic Youth Pastor’s and Music Ministers; Caleb Kelly, high school accomplished musician, national competition for public speaking, violin soloist and singer; Sheryl Sunderman and Carolyn Delay, directing youth bell choir.

The Angel of Christmas award, sponsored by the Cass County Health System, will be presented by Todd Hudspeth, Chief Executive Officer, during the concert. The Angels of Christmas is a tradition in Atlantic recognizing and thanking area residents who symbolize the true meaning of the season. Angels exemplify the true holiday spirit all year long—putting others first, spreading generosity and sharing the holiday spirit with everyone they meet.

For more information, call the Atlantic Area Chamber at 712-243-3017.

 

Fake companies formed in Iowa trying to collect unemployment checks

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials at the state agency which hands out unemployment benefits to laid-off workers say they’ve detected a new kind of fraud that’s resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars from the state unemployment trust fund. Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert says perpetrators set up fake companies and then “lay off” fake employees who collect unemployment. Wahlert calls it a whole new field for fraud investigation. “One of our new strategies is not only to pursue fraudulent claims against the trust fund, but also to pursue fictitious companies,” Wahlert says.

A new fraud detection system is helping to detect the fake companies before they can collect any benefits, according to Wahlert.  “So far, between August and November of this year, we’ve found 13 fictitious employers,” Wahlert says. In one day alone, eight phony companies registered with the state using the same IP address. Wahlert says the new system has helped prevent half a million dollars ($500,000) in fraudulent unemployment claims.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested in Red Oak on Mo. Warrant/Villisca woman arrested for assault

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Thursday evening, arrested a Council Bluffs man wanted on a warrant out of Missouri. Authorities say 49-year old Jacob Cook, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 6:30-p.m., after Red Oak Police responded to a reported verbal altercation. Cook was wanted on a valid Nodaway County Missouri warrant for Parole Violation. He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held without bond, while awaiting extradition to Missouri.

And, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman from Villisca was arrested Thursday night. 20-year old Holly Ann Nutting was arrested at around 7:30-p.m., on a charge of Domestic Assault. Nutting was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, and held without bond.

Law officers back mentor program for new moms living in poverty

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa law enforcement officials are advocating for renewal of a federally funded program for new moms. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program connects nurses and mentors with new mothers who live in poverty. Joshua Spaulding, Deputy Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, says the programming makes a big difference. “Mothers who have gone through a home visiting program, they are less likely to have committed a crime,” Spaulding said at a press conference Thursday, at the Des Moines Police station.

“Similarly situated mothers who did not have a home visitor are three times more likely to have gone to prison.” Over the last four years, Iowa has received 24-million-dollars ($24 million) from the program. Several Iowa programs share the funding, including Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. Nurse Jennifer Boeding said mentoring models positive behavior for at-risk mothers.  “Another important aspect of nurse family partnership is building a trusting relationship with their children. We start this discussion during pregnancy, using a parallel process, we are invited into their homes and we build trust with these women, who in turn learn to build trust with their child,” Boeding said.

Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy, Des Moines Police Chief Doug Harvey and Polk County Attorney John Sarcone also took part in the press conference. More than two dozen Iowa law enforcement leaders are among the more than 1,000 sheriffs, police chiefs and prosecutors who’ve signed a letter urging Congress to renew the federal program.

(Radio Iowa)

State budget tight in 2015

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Key legislators say the slow down in Iowa’s ag economy means state budget prospects will likely be scaled back in 2015. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha is the top-ranking Republican in the legislature and he says while Iowa’s overall economy is growing, not all budget demands can be met because farm income is on the decline. “That will make it a very difficult budget year, but just ’cause it’s difficult doesn’t mean we won’t figure out how to get through it and so we will do that,” Paulsen says. “I think people have to have some pretty tempered expectations when it comes to that.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs is the top-ranking Democrat in the legislature.
Gronstal says he’s “upbeat” about prospects for 2015, but Gronstal says Paulsen makes a valid point about the budget difficulties ahead. “And that is not going to make this a particularly easy year,” Gronstal said. “…Come January, people of good faith on both sides of the political aisle are going to sit down and work together and try and face some of Iowa’s most pressing problems. Some of those will be easy. Some of them will be hard. Some of them we won’t get done because we won’t be able to put that all together.”

Legislators in the past have promised increased state spending to bolster education reform efforts in K-through-12 schools as well as the promise of state tax revenue to replace lost local property tax collections due to the commercial property tax reductions approved in the 2014 legislative session. To meet those promises, legislative leaders say it is likely other areas of the budget will have to be leaner.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 5th 2014

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December 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff to mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day weekend. Branstad announced yesterday that the flags will be set at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday at the State Capitol Complex and other public buildings throughout the state.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — High nitrate levels in the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers have forced Des Moines Water Works to turn on an expensive nitrate removal system. Water Works CEO Bill Stowe says he had no choice but to run the system, which costs about $7,000 a day to operate. Stowe says the finished drinking water after treatment is safe to drink.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — The city of Le Mars plans to buy a downtown movie theater from a bank that acquired it at a sheriff’s auction. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports officials want to ensure the theater remains open. The Northwest Bank bought Royal 3 Cinema last year after it was put on sale at the auction because its previous owner didn’t pay his debt. The City Council voted Tuesday to approve the use of city dollars to buy the property.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bryce Dejean-Jones had 27 points, Georges Niang added 26 with eight assists and 20th-ranked Iowa State never trailed in rolling past Number 18 Arkansas 95-77 last night. The Cyclones extended their non-conference home winning streak to 24 games.