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(Podcast) 8-a.m. Newscast, 11/21/2013

News, Podcasts

November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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NE teen arrested following Thursday morning chase in Red Oak

News

November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak say a Nebraska teen was arrested early this (Thursday) morning, following an accident and pursuit. According to the Red Oak Police Department, the 17-year old male from Bellevue, NE., was charged with interference with official acts and providing false identification in connection with the incident which occurred shortly after midnight.

Authorities say officers were on stationary patrol at the intersection of North 2nd and East Hammond Street when they saw a Ford Explorer turn north and hit a retaining wall. The SUV then continued north towards officers’ patrol vehicles. Officers also noticed the vehicle had a flat front right tire.

When officers initiated a traffic stop, the SUV continued northbound on 2nd Street and ran a stop sign at the intersection with Corning Street. The vehicle then turned eastbound on Joy Street, where it made a complete stop. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot eastbound. The juvenile cut through the alleyway southbound in the 300 block of Joy Street before being caught by officers between Joy and Corning Streets.

The suspect was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, and transported to Sarpy County, where warrants have been issued. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted Red Oak Police in the investigation.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News, 11/21/2013

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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AMU proposes rate increases for water and electric service

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities are proposing an electric and water rate increase. Councilman Dana Halder reported to the City Council Wednesday night he sat in on the AMU Board meeting on November 18th. Halder says the board reviewed the budget and set Dec. 2nd at 5:30-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the proposed 5-percent increase each for the water and electric. The meeting will be held in the basement meeting room in the AMU building. If approved, it would be the second consecutive year for rate increases from AMU.

Last year, electric rates went up 12-percent, and the water rate was increased 4-percent. AMU General Manager Steve Tjepkes has said the proposed electric rate increase is due to EPA regulations for the coal-fired power plant in Council Bluffs, from which AMU receives additional energy. AMU’s cost related to the Council Bluffs plant improvements and EPA compliance will amount to $500-thousand next year, and about $1.2-million in 2015.

Tjepkes reports also that the proposed increase in Atlantic’s water rates is driven by changes that require parts of the system to be lead-free, which entails the removal of some parts and replacement of those items with non-lead parts. Those costs are estimated at 30-to 35-thousand dollars.

If approved, the average household in Atlantic would see a One-dollar increase in their water bill each month, while the electric bill would increase two-to three-dollars per month. Councilman Halder reports also, the AMU Board discussed and approved a resolution pertaining to a metering charge.Halder says AMU has the ability to receive by radio waves the meter reading. If residents don’t allow the utility to install the new meters, after a certain amount of time there will be a $25 charge.

Red Oak man arrested on Theft charge

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say 30-year old Matthew Lee Gusman, of Red Oak, was arrested Wed. afternoon. Gusman was taken into custody at around 3:20-p.m. in the vicinity of Broadway and 1st Avenue, and charged with Theft in the 5th Degree. He was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 bond.

Lenox man arrested on drug charge

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox arrested one person on a drug charge Wednesday evening. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports officers with the Lenox P-D arrested Nathan D. Simington, of Lenox, at around 7:10-p.m.  He was taken into custody on an Adams County warrant for Possession of Marijuana, resulting from a traffic stop on July 27th in Adams County.

The Adams County K-9 unit located items in the vehicle during a search, which led to Simington’s arrest. His bond was set at $1,000.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon by officers with the Atlantic Police Department. 30-year old Jacob Michael Leary, of Atlantic, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine. The charge was result of a traffic stop on Sept. 18th, where Adams County deputies made contact with Leary, for Driving While Suspended.

The Adams County K-9 Unit was called-in and located drug paraphernalia and Meth in the vehicle. Leary was also charged with Possession of Narcotics with the intent to deliver, and driving while suspended. His bond was set at $1,000.

Cass County Democrats donate to Atlantic Food Pantry

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The leaders of the Cass County Democratic Party have presented the Atlantic Food Pantry with a collection of food and paper goods. The items were donated during a food drive among members of the group. Chair Sherry Toelle, and Vice-Chair Kathleen Kerns dropped-off the donations.

Toelle said in a press release that “Due to the recent shredding of the safety net by the current US Congress, more people are having a difficult time making financial ends meet.” She went on to say “We, as Democrats, believe that it is important for us to help empower people and to give back to the community. I was very pleased by the response to our food drive. No one in America should go hungry, especially during the holidays. We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

EPA offers grants to replace older diesel engines

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Owners of construction vehicles with older diesel engines in nine Iowa counties may apply for a federal rebate to help replace the vehicles or retrofit older vehicles with new cleaner burning engines. The Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available for public and private owners of construction vehicles. Those in Black Hawk, Harrison, Johnson, Linn, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, and Woodbury counties may apply for the money. The EPA says the rebates target counties facing air quality challenges.

Since diesel engines in construction equipment can last for decades, the EPA program is geared toward replacing older less efficient engines that emit more pollutants with newer less polluting engines. EPA will accept applications until Jan. 15 and anticipates awarding the rebates in February.

Iowa recruits volunteers to monitor weather

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November 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are recruiting people to help monitor the state’s weather as part of a volunteer network. The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says data on rain, hail and snow that’s collected by volunteers will be used for flood forecasting, scientific research and general weather interest. The department’s state climatology office works with the National Weather Service in Des Moines to make sure the data is immediately available for free online.

Interested volunteers just need a four-inch diameter rain gage and a suitable location for the gage.

The Colorado Climate Center established the volunteer network in 1998, and it’s available in all 50 states and Canada. Iowa joined in 2007 and has more than 300 registered volunteers.