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Greenfield woman rolls car near Griswold – no injuries

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Adair County escaped injury during a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday afternoon. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year old Laura Jo Marnin, of Greenfield, was traveling south on 540th Street at around 1:15-p.m., when she lost control of the 2005 Ford Taurus she was driving. The car entered the west ditch about two-miles south of Griswold, and rolled onto its top. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4,500. No citations were issued.

Dow City man arrested last week on drug charges in Shelby Co.

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Information was released today (Tuesday), concerning a drug bust that took place last week, in Shelby County. Sheriff’s officials say 35-year old Willam Soll, of Dow City, was arrested on felony charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, along with an Aggravated Misdemeanor charge of Prohibited Acts.  Soll posted a $100,000 bond on April 1st, and was released from custody.

Authorities say Soll was arrested March 30th in Portsmouth, after a Shelby County Deputy on routine security patrol, observed a suspicious vehicle. Upon further investigation, the deputy suspected Soll – the driver of the vehicle – was under the influence. With the assistance of a second Deputy and the Harlan K9 Unit, a search of the vehicle was conducted, with the K9 alerting to the presence of narcotics.

When deputies found a quantity of meth in the vehicle, near the driver’s position, Soll was taken into custody.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 4/7/2015

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Lewis Central School Board accepts $10k donation for softball field dugouts

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An anonymous donor’s generous gift of $10,000 was accepted Monday night by the Lewis Central School Board. The Daily NonPareil says a softball booster offered to donate the money, to be used toward new dugouts for the high school softball field. The gift will cover the cost of the improvements, and the dugouts will be placed in the same place on the field. The upgrading would be done on weekends to avoid conflict with the softball season.

Lewis Central School Board members also approved the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which includes a 1.3 cent decrease in the overall property tax levy for Lewis Central Community School District residents. Next year’s levy was set at $12.76152 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

Dale Kreher, the district’s business manager, said the budget assumes a 4 percent increase in state supplemental aid, which has yet to be resolved by the Iowa Legislature. He said the Iowa Department of Management will adjust the budget should a lower rate – or no increase – be approved.

The board also approved summer maintenance projects, representing about $780,000 across the district, with almost half invested in Titan Hill Intermediate School. Most of the work will be funded by the physical plant and equipment levy, with proceeds from state sales tax paying for the rest. Work at the Lewis Central Pool will include new deck covers, bleachers, lockers and heating and air conditioning, along with new bleachers and a new floor for the school’s gym. Other significant summer projects include asbestos removal at Titan Hill, bleacher expansion for the high school sports complex and a new boiler at Lewis Central Middle School.

Superintendent Mark Schweer said not all projects will be finished by the end of the summer. Funding for the projects will carry over into the next fiscal year, as well.

Florida buying club agrees to refunds for Iowans

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The state Attorney General’s office has reached an agreement with a Florida buying club to refund money to 26-hundred Iowans. A-G spokesman, Geoff Greenwood, says they looked into Global Travel International after a call from a Des Moines woman who had gotten a postcard from the company offering a free store gift card. “So she calls to get the gift card and is told she has to pay a three-dollar, 95 cent shipping and handling card for the gift card. She asks some questions — rightly so — and she gets a confusing pitch, but is told ‘you are not buying anything’ this is just a handling charge for the gift card,” Greenwood says.

Greenwood says it’s a pitch that they have seen many times in the Attorney General’s office.
“Someone contacts a consumer and says you’ve got a free offer, the consumer enrolls and unwittingly enrolls in a buying cub that results in monthly transactions on their account,” according to Greenwood. He says they looked into this particular club and found some things that weren’t right. “The disclosures weren’t there, consumers were confused and consumers were unwittingly enrolled,” Greenwood says. “So, we’ve reached an agreement with the company, the company is to provide the state about 45-thousand dollars in refunds that we will distribute to approximately 26-hundred Iowa consumers.”

You do not have to do anything if you were one of the people who got into the buying club. “We’ve been provided a list by the company, a list that includes who has been charged across the state, and we will issue checks to those consumers,” Greenwood says. Greenwood says there are some key things to look for if you get this type of offer. “Consumers should just be naturally suspicious if a company wants to give you something for free, or a free trial offer out of the blue,” Greenwood says. “Some of these companies will give you the free trial offer and will enroll you unless you stop it. So consumers, whenever they hear the words free trial offer, free gift card, they should be suspicious.”

He says the companies often charge you small amounts for the buying club that tend to go unnoticed, so you should review all your financial statements to be sure you aren’t being billed for a club you did not want to enroll in. For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division through the Attorney General’s website at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 4/7/2015

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic P&Z Commission to review site plans & other matters

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet this evening at City Hall. On their agenda is a review of site plans for a development project along Ash Street and the Heritage House Addition, as well as a review of a rezoning request and a request to vacate a platted alley. None of the matters require a public hearing. The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Atlantic City Hall.

With regard to the Ash Street project, Marty Boose, owner of Boose Building Construction L.L.C. has submitted site plans to build six, single family residential homes on 77,793 acres, from 1405 to 1503 Ash Street. The project is estimated to cost $1.2-million.

City officials say Civil Design Advantage, the architectural firm for Wesley Life, the owner of Heritage House, has submitted site plans for a 6,813 square foot addition to their existing 68,585 square foot complex. The proposed addition will be located at 1200 Brookridge Circle.

In other business, the Commission will review a request from a resident to rezone a section of land from 3rd to 4th Street, from Hickory, east to the alley between Hickory and Birch. The resident requests the section of land be rezoned to residential instead of light industrial. And, the request to vacate an alley located north of 1st Street and west of Locust, is from Terry Hepler, who has maintained the “Phantom alley” for several years.

City Administrator & Zoning Administrator John Lund says the alley serves no connective purpose, and is recommending the Commission proceed with the process to vacate the property.  The Commission will forward its recommendation on each of the matters to the City Council for approval.

Despite Economic Upswing, An Increase in Iowans Going Hungry

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite an improving economy, a new Gallup report shows the number of Iowans who are struggling with hunger is on the rise. According to the survey, 14.6 percent of Iowa respondents admit they didn’t always have enough money to put food on the table last year, up from 12.4 percent in 2013. Among those who have seen the growing need firsthand is Barbara Prather, the executive director of Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

“We continue to see increases in the number of people we’re serving, especially through our backpack program,” she says. “Last year at this time we were serving about 3,500 kids every month. Now we’re serving about 4,500 kids every month through the schools.”

Prather notes those struggling to put food on the table in Iowa come from all walks of life. “It’s some people who might have been laid off. Locally we’re seeing more grandparents that are now raising their grandchildren,” she says. “People that are working and just having a hard time making ends meet, making tough choices of ‘Do I pay my utility bill or pay for food? Well, maybe if I can use the food bank I can pay my rent and pay my utilities.'”

Nationally, just over 17 percent of respondents reported food hardship, marking the lowest rate since Gallup began collecting food insecurity data in 2008. More information on food insecurity in Iowa and around the nation can be found at the Food Research and Action Center website at www.frac.org.

(Iowa News Service)

2 men arrested on drug charges near Villisca Tue. morning

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop at around 2-a.m. today (Tuesday) north of Villisca, resulted in two men being arrested on drug charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year old Kevin Eduardo Salinas, of San Antonio, TX., and 19-year old Alex Kristopher Tucker, of Cherokee (IA), were taken into custody on Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. The pair were arrested following a traffic stop near Highway 71 and Highway 34. Both men were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond, each.

Workers laid off yesterday at MHI in Mt Pleasant

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April 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The senator who represents Mount Pleasant is lamenting the now permanent layoffs of workers at the two state-run Mental Health Institutes in southern Iowa. Senator Rich Taylor, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant, notes that Monday was the last day for three dozen workers at the M-H-I in his town. “What a tragic mistake I think we’re making in this state by closing these MHIs down and it’s not that I don’t think that maybe we could do something different,” Taylor says. “It’s mainly that we’re just not ready.”

Some legislators have suggested the closure of the state-run institutes for patients with acute mental illness needed to be delayed until adequate alernatives were in place, but Governor Branstad on Monday made it clear he believes he had the authority as chief executive of state government to close the facilities now. Taylor made an appeal to his fellow senators yesterday (Monday).

“I’d like to issue you all a challenge to contact the governor and tell him: ‘You know, just hold off for a while,” Taylor says. “‘See if we can work out a plan and make this work. If this is what we’re going to do, make sure that we make this work and these people get the services they need.'”

May 18th is the target date to complete layoffs at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. May 31st is the target date for complete closure of the M-H-I in Mount Pleasant. Governor Branstad has said the state “can’t continue to just throw money at a broken system” and he told reporters on Monday he has was elected “to reduce the size and cost of government.”

(Radio Iowa)