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Iowa (early) News Headlines: Mon., April 2nd 2012


April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are looking for a 19-year-old Hawkeye Community College student who disappeared early Sunday morning while walking barefoot in a wildlife area. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office spent most of yesterday searching for Taylor Franco in the Klima Wildlife Area by La Porte City. The search was suspended last night but should resume today.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The main producer of the lean beef trimmings that critics call “pink slime” continues to have the support of the community where the company is based. Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Incorporated and dine on hamburgers made with its beef.

AINSWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a home in southeast Iowa. Officials say the explosion was reported in Ainsworth around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The town is about 30 miles south of Iowa City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The big winner in Iowa from last week’s $640 million Mega Million jackpot was the state treasury. Although a winning ticket wasn’t sold in Iowa, the surge in ticket sales paid off for the state. From the last Mega Millions jackpot on January 24th to Friday night’s drawing, The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Lottery sold nearly $9.7 million in tickets. The newspaper reports the Iowa treasury will receive about $3.4 million in profits from the sales.

2 Megaball tickets sold in western IA came close to winning the big prize


April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say 108,143 tickets sold in state won prizes in Friday’s world-record Mega Millions jackpot drawing, including two tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot and won prizes of $10,000 each. The two tickets that each won a $10,000 prize matched four of the first five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball. They were both purchased in southwest Iowa, at Taylor Quik Pic, in Shelby; and Bucky’s Express, in Council Bluffs.

The winning numbers in Friday’s $640 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23. The Megaplier was 3. Three tickets nationwide matched all six numbers drawn to win a share of the jackpot.

In addition, someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Council Bluffs supermarket won a $1 million prize in Wednesday night’s drawing. It’s the third $1 million-winning Powerball ticket purchased in Iowa in a little more than a month. The latest big-winning ticket, sold at Hy-Vee, 1745 Madison Ave. in Council Bluffs, came close to winning it all, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers in the $50 million Powerball drawing were: 11-16-29-50-58 and Powerball 33.

Atlantic Coca-Cola Museum to open next Saturday


April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Coca Cola Center and Museum will open for the first time this year, next Saturday, April 7th. The museum’s hours will be from 1-3pm each Saturday thereafter. An official “Grand Re-opening” of the museum will take place later this summer.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., April 1st 2012


April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was showing him an apartment Thursday night. Twenty-one-year-old Peng Tang was arrested Friday night on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault. Tang remained jailed and was unavailable for comment yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County prosecutors have filed charges against two former Des Moines police officers accused of assaulting a man during a traffic stop in 2008. The Des Moines Register reports that former officers Mersed Dautovic and John Mailander were charged in March with willful injury, felonious misconduct in office and perjury. Mailander pleaded guilty to a federal charge in the case earlier this year after he and Dautovic were indicted by federal grand jury.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) —Jurors have acquitted a Mason City Lutheran pastor accused of hitting a teen who used profanity during a confirmation class in church. The Reverend Paul Nelson of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was found not guilty Friday night of assault.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing nearly $1,400 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store. The Des Moines Register reports that officers were called to the Git-n-Go around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say a concrete block had been used to smash in the store’s glass door. The cigarettes were taken from behind the store’s counter.

Update: Record High Temperature broken in Atlantic, Saturday

News, Weather

March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic broke a record high temperature set 44-years ago on March 31st (in 1968), when we hit 87-degrees today (Saturday).  The forecast calls for record high temperatures across the area Sunday, as well. In Atlantic, we could hit 90-degrees Sunday, which would break the record of 87, set as recently as 2003. Temps are expected to cool back into the upper 70′s, on Monday.

Corning teen arrested for driving while barred


March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year old Shelby Kate Evans, of Corning, was arrested late Saturday morning on a charge of Driving While Barred. Evans was brought to the Adams County Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

Local/Area News (podcast): March 31, 2012

News, Podcasts

March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the latest local & area News podcast from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…


New sort of eBay for non-profits opens distribution center in Omaha/Council Bluffs


March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A distribution center that will send out an assortment of products to non-profit and charity groups is now open in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Cindy Hallberlin is president of “Good Three-Sixty” which is new to the region.”We provide the largest on-line product donation marketplace in the world creating a 360-degree circle of good,” Hallberlin says, “good for businesses, good for communities, good for the environment and most of all, good for the people in need across this country and internationally as well.” 

Hallberlin says those non-profit and charity groups register with Good360 and can then use the online catalog to obtain toys, clothing, hygiene products, office supplies, household goods and more. “We look a lot like eBay with one important distinction,” she says, “eBay connects those who have with to who want. Good360 connects those who have to those in need.” Hallberlin provides more detail about how it all works:

“So, you’re a charity, your searching through, you find a necessary product, you don’t have to pay for it,” she says. “You write a small administrative fee that covers the cost of shipping and handling. Then a few days later, the product arrives at your doorstep. How does that happen? Every day we work with 25-percent of the Fortune 100 companies, donors, generous companies donate products to us.” 

Those companies donate items that could come in large quantities and they will be shipped into the distribution center in Omaha. The large cartons, pallets and truckloads are then repackaged for shipping to member organizations. Good360 is partnering with one charity now that provides labor but they hope to expand and add to the workforce down the road.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Iowa (early) News Headlines: Sat., March 31st 2012


March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Army Reserve has reprimanded a soldier who went on national television in his military uniform to endorse Ron Paul for president on the night of the Iowa caucuses. The military announced yesterday that Jesse Thorsen violated Department of Defense policies when he appeared on stage at Paul’s January 3rd rally. Department of Defense regulations bar servicemen from participating in political events in uniform.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The top Republican in the Iowa House says lawmakers won’t increase the fuel tax this year despite persistent talk about such a move. Speaking yesterday on the Iowa Public Television program, “Iowa Press,” House Speaker Kraig Paulsen noted that some lawmakers and groups have pushed hard for a fuel tax increase to pay for road and bridge work. Iowa last raised its gas tax in 1989.

HILLS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man faces four charges, accused of trying to run his wife off a road as she tried to drive herself and their children away from him to safety. Twenty-nine-year-old Brian Laschke of Hills is charged with four misdemeanors, including domestic abuse assault with intent, and child endangerment without injury. A Johnson County jailer said Laschke remained in custody yesterday on $30,000 bail.

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A suspicious briefcase that raised alarms in downtown Storm Lake turned out to be harmless. Authorities say someone spotted the briefcase on Thursday morning. The streets were shut down and then reopened after about two hours.

Newest addition to Cass County K-9 Squad hits the streets


March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest 4-legged addition to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit has completed his training, is certified, and has hit the streets running.

Dep. Corey Larsen & K-9 Partner Mufasa (photo from I80 K9)

Mufasa (pronounced “Moo-Fah-Suh”) joins his partner, Deputy Corey Larsen, in comprising the second of the county’s two k-9 units. The dog was purchased earlier this year from I-80 K-9.

With the addition of Mufasa, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department now has two, certified k-9 Units. The other unit is Deputy Kyle Quist and his partner, “Kane.”

Dep. Kyle Quist & k-9 partner Kane (Photo - Cass Co. S/O)

Kane was purchased by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2007 with drug seizure funds. He’s a German Shepherd and is trained as a dual purpose K9. Kane can located narcotics, apprehend criminals, knows handler protection, tracking, and how to conduct article searches.