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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.

Keeping schools from starting in mid-August


March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s tourism industry has mounted another effort to stop schools from starting way before September 1st and the top Republican in the House sees “more support” for the proposal this year. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says a more uniform school starting date might help schools better coordinate shared classes. “If we want schools to work together and provide some of those opportunities, then starting at the same time is also part of that,” Paulsen says. “I don’t know that we want to go to some sort of mandated, common schedule. I’m not suggesting that, but I do think starting at a similar time of year would be helpful.” Iowa law requires schools to get a state waiver if they start before the week in which September 1st falls and most schools get one, without any questions. Managers of hotels, resorts and even city-owned swimming pools say they lose the last profitable weeks of the summer tourism season when school starts in mid-August.

Craig Walters is executive director of the Iowa Lodgers Association.”Ten weeks is at best what we have in Iowa for our travel season and if we’re going to utilize that, that’s the window we need from the middle of June, actually, through the end of August to make it really work,” he says. The House speaker says he’s been swayed by those arguments and now supports the idea of keeping schools from starting in mid-August. “When I initially showed up in the legislature, I didn’t see necessarily why the legislature should get into that. At this point, I sort of do, especially as we look for more opportunities for school districts to work together,” Paulsen says. “I will tell you it has the most support in the House that I’ve ever seen in the 10 years I’ve been there.” But another Republican — Representative Greg Forristall, of Macedonia — vows to do what he can to kill the bill.

“I’m chair of the House Education Committee and we’ve fought this for six years now and no self-respecting chair of education is going to put commerce in front of the education needs of children, “Foristall says. “I think this bill is an embarassment.” Educators argue starting school earlier in August is better because kids find it harder to concentrate when school stretches later in June. Amy Campbell, a lobbyist for the Iowa Travel Federation, rejects those arguments. “We cannot find any studies that show starting school later impacts student achievement,” Campbell says.  Supporters revived this policy debate at the statehouse by drafting legislation that included a fee — as bills that deal with fees are still eligible for consideration in committees. Paulsen says there are “more than 51″ votes in support of keeping schools from starting in mid-August, but he’s not sure the fee will survive.

“I have to have someone explain to me how the fee works and all,” Paulsen says. “That was actually news to me yesterday.” The proposal will be considered Monday in the House Ways and Means Committee. It would allow schools to pay a one-hundred dollar ($100) waiver fee if they want to start early, but they’d only be able to start the week before September 1st. That would mean August 27th is the earliest classes could start this fall. Last year, some Iowa schools started classes on August 15th.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Charter Oak woman cited following collision Thursday eve. in Missouri Valley


March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Charter Oak woman was cited for failing to obey a stop sign and yielding the right of way, following a collision Thursday evening, in Missouri Valley. The accident happened at around 5-p.m., at the intersection of West Huron and 1st Streets. Officials say a car driven by 66-year old Elizabeth Mahlberg, of Charter Oak, was traveling west on West Huron and had stopped at the stop sign at 1st Street, before pulling away from the intersection.

After Mahlberg’s 2005 Cadillac was struck by a southbound 1993 Chevy Blazer, her car spun partially around and hit a legally parked, unoccupied Chevy Cobalt. The Patrol says the driver of the Blazer, 47-year old Ronald Harvey, of Missouri Valley, slammed on his brakes, but was unable to avoid hitting the Cadillac on the right rear side. No injuries were reported.

Damage from the collision was estimated at $10,500.

CCMH Foundation Scholarship deadline approaching


March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Area students interested in working in the medical field have onlya few more days to apply for a scholarship from the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The application deadline for the $1,000 Elsie and Louie Hansen Memorial Scholarship is Monday, April 2nd, 2012. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be a Cass County high school graduate who is enrolled in, or has been accepted to and will be attending, a college of nursing or medicine leading to an LPN, RN, or MD degree.

The Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarship was established through the generosity and careful planning of the two life-long Cass County residents, who believed in students receiving a higher education so much, that they bequeathed over 70% of their estate for that purpose, including a gift to the CCMH Foundation.

Under the supervision and guidance of the CCMH Foundation, scholarship opportunities are provided yearly.  Scholarship candidates must have graduated from a Cass County high school and be enrolled in an accredited nursing or medical doctor school. Applications are available on line at www.casshealth.org or may be picked up from the CCMH Foundation office.

Info. released on Cass County rollover


March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says an Omaha man was injured during a rollover accident this morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Officials say 53-year old John L. Price was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Troopers had said earlier, Price was suffering from rib and shoulder pain, after the 1997 Toyota 4-Runner he was driving eastbound on I-80 went out of control at around 8:35-a.m.

The SUV crossed the median and rolled several times before coming to rest on the drivers side on the westbound lanes of I-80, about a mile and a-half east of the Marne exit.

Marne Fire, Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Atlantic Medivac assisted the Patrol at the scene. The accident caused the westbound lanes to be blocked-off for about 70-minutes.