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Disorderly conduct arrest in Red Oak

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February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest early Sunday morning of a man on a Disorderly Conduct charge. 37-year old James Lee Clark, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested at around 2:15-a.m. Sunday, at 410 East Reed Street. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held, on $300 cash bond.

Gov. Branstad keeps focus on legislative session

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February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking re-election, but his current focus is on the legislative session, not campaign rhetoric. Since lawmakers returned to the Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget, which must be approved by lawmakers this spring. Even Branstad’s balloon-festooned re-election announcement last month was light on detailed campaign promises.

For now, Branstad is keeping his eye on a modest set of legislative priorities — increasing benefits for veterans, combatting bullying and adding broadband Internet around the state. All three goals have bipartisan support. Branstad campaign manager Jake Ketzner says that will change after adjournment, as the governor outlines his plans if re-elected.

Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is in the lead position for the Democratic nomination.

(Update 1-a.m. Sunday) – Atlantic woman killed in Sat. evening crash

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February 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa State Patrol say an Atlantic woman has died in a crash that occurred Saturday afternoon, north of town. In an update provided late Saturday night, the Patrol identified the victim as 65-year old Linda S. Shea.  We were first to report online at kjan.com Saturday evening, that the accident happened on County Road N-16 (Olive Street), about one-half-mile south of Boston Road, or about a mile south of Interstate 80.

The accident scene

The accident scene

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

Shea was traveling southbound at around 4:10-p.m., when for reasons unknown, the 2005 Jaguar SK8 she was driving spun out of control and slid sideways into a metal guard rail. The impact spun the car into the west ditch, where it came to rest in a small ravine. Shea died at the scene. Officials say she was not wearing a seat belt.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies and Atlantic Police all responded to the scene.

(Update 5-p.m.) 1 person killed in an accident north of Atlantic

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say one person was killed during a single vehicle accident Saturday evening, north of Atlantic. Atlantic Police Officer Matt Staiert told KJAN News there was a fatality resulting from the crash on North Olive Street, about one-half-mile south of Boston Road, or about a mile south of Interstate 80.

The accident scene

The accident scene

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

The vehicle is not visible from the road, but is near where the rescue worker in yellow is standing. (Ric Hanson/Photos)

Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies and Atlantic Police responded to the scene shortly after the 9-1-1 call was received at around 4:10-p.m.  The vehicle, which nearby residents said appeared to be a convertible-style, hit the guardrail and rolled down the west embankment before coming to rest on its wheels facing north in the ditch near a small creek.

The victim, who was said to be female, was trapped in her vehicle when rescuers arrived. The Iowa State Patrol was investigating the scene. The victim’s name and other details were being withheld, pending notification of family.

Crash reported north of Atlantic Sat. evening

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance responded to a single-vehicle accident on Olive Street, a little south of Interstate 80, near Boston Road. According to the initial dispatch report, the vehicle hit a guardrail and rolled down an embankment near 51586 Olive Street. The accident happened at around 4:10-p.m.

No other details are currently available.

Omaha Tribe hopes to expand new Blackbird casino

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – The Omaha Tribe, based in Macy, Neb., has christened its new Blackbird Bend Casino in Onawa, Iowa, and is now looking to expand the $12 million complex with amenities such as a hotel, bowling alley, marina and golf course.  The Sioux City Journal reports that the tribe revealed those plans Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the casino.

The new casino was built next to the former Casino Omaha, which had been shut down by historic flooding along the Missouri River in 2011. The casino reopened early last year in a portion of the old casino building that formerly served as the restaurant.

The new structure sits 6 feet higher than the old building to prevent future flooding of the facility.

8AM Newscast 02-22-2014

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February 22nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & funeral announcements, 2/22/2014

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The latest area News and funeral announcements, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Red Oak man arrested on burglary charge Friday night

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one person Friday night on a burglary charge. 22-year old Arthur Shane Peterman, Jr., of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 9:55-p.m. at a residence in the 1600 block of east Summit Street. Peterman was charged with Burglary in the 2nd degree and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $10,000 cash bond.

New information on Ringgold County storm fatality

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February 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon, released more information about a fatal, possibly storm-related accident, that took place Thursday morning. Ringgold County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rob Haley said in press release, that just after 10-a.m., authorities and rescue crews were called to the Heldon Chemical Company at 2401 County Highway P-27, where an unloading belt had fallen on top of an employee. Upon their arrival,  emergency responders discovered 54-year old Terry Meeks, of Grant City, MO., was dead.

Severe storms were moving through the area at the time the incident occurred, according to statements released by the National Weather Service in Des Moines, however it’s not clear whether strong winds played a role in toppling the conveyor belt. An autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office, in Ankeny. The cause of death is pending upon completion of the autopsy.