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Red Oak man arrested on drug & probation violation charges


January 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police Red Oak arrested one-person Saturday afternoon, on drug and other charges. Officers called to the City View Apartments discovered during their investigation into an incident, illegal substances at the residence of 21-year old Corey James Dolph, of Red Oak. Dolph was charged with possession of an illegal substance and taken into custody on a Montgomery County warrant for violation of his probation.  Dolph was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $11,000 bond.

Beware of patchy freezing drizzle this morning (Sunday)

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January 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson




(updated 8:45-a.m. Sunday) House Fire in Atlantic


January 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Firefighters were called to the scene this (Sunday) morning, of a house fire. The call about the blaze at 207 Linn Street came in just before 7-a.m.  All the occupants of the home escaped safely.

View from the north side of the home

The single-story home was said to have been fully engulfed in flames when the call was dispatched, but that was not the case when firefighters arrived. KJAN News Director Ric Hanson spoke with Atlantic Fire’s 1st Assistant Fire Chief Russell Peck about the incident, as crews were wrapping-up and about to return to the station.

Peck said when they arrived there was some flames and black smoke inside the structure, around the kitchen area. He said it appears the fire’s origin appears to have been in the kitchen, and was electrical in nature, possibly due to a space heater, but the exact cause remains undetermined. Peck says there was a substantial amount of damage to the kitchen, along with heavy smoke and heat damage to the rest of the home.

Atlantic Firefighters at the scene of 207 Linn St. (NE view)

Baudler reacts to property tax report


January 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler sat in on a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting this past week, during which a report was given on commercial, residential and agricultural property taxes. The House panel Thursday approved a tax cut plan that its sponsor, Ways and Mean Committee Chairman, Republican Tom Sands, says is a compromise between Governor Terry Branstad and Senate Democrats. The bill would cut commercial property taxes by 40-percent, and take place over the course of 14-years, instead of the 8-years proposed by Governor Branstad. Baudler told KJAN News it’s imperative action be taken soon to reduce the tax rate.

He says if something isn’t done this year, “Residential property tax could follow Ag-land up unbelievably high.” He says the tax on 50% of property valuation on residential properties could go up to 62% very quickly, and 75% over the next few years. He says the public needs to be engaged in the process, and watching it “very close.” Sands’ plan would provide greater relief to small businesses, as called for in a plan proposed by Democrats. It would also provide relief for all property taxpayers by offering more state education aid and tying residential property tax increases to the rate of inflation.

Baulder says the effort is designed to make Iowa a State which is more “Industry friendly and Job friendly.”  He says he thinks this legislative session will be consumed by property tax reform, education reform, and mental health funding and reform. Baudler says he’s not on the committees handling the education issue, but his concern is that about every two-years, something has been done in the legislature to increase funding for education, but we’re “Not getting the bang for the buck.” He says Governor Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have not mentioned how the nearly $25-million in increases would be paid for. Baudler says the legislature made progress on turning the State’s spending problem around last year, and they have to be careful where they come up with the money, so it doesn’t affect businesses on “Main Street.”

Baudler says there’s something new this year: The public can watch House proceedings on the web, when the legislature is in session, so you can follow the progress on bills and other action being taken or discussed.  To view the proceedings, log in to https://www.legis.iowa.gov/index.aspx and click on the link to “New – Live House video.”  He says there are six-cameras in the house, which will focus on whichever microphone is on, and the speaker. There is a link also to focus on the amendments and a bill at the same time. If two people are speaking during a question and answer-type event, they will appear on a split-screen. Baulder says it’s an effort to grant transparency to what the House is doing. The Senate he adds, has not agreed to similar measures. He says the cameras are an interesting concept which cost the State about $30,000, with the remaining cost picked up by a $100,000 grant.

7AM Newscast 01-21-2012

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January 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Old AT&T Tower Taken Down


January 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reported on Friday afternoon the removal of an old AT&T tower from the property of Mark Blair of Stanton.  Blair had Atlantic Recycling take the tower down at about 3:27pm Friday.  The legs were cut so it would fall in the field south of the property.  The tower came down without incident and the metal will be scrapped.

Glenwood Man Sentenced in Meth mfg conspiracy


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Friday, a Mills County man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15-years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Senior U-S District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered 42-year old Andru Alan Fisher, of rural Glenwood, to serve five-years of supervised release once he’s released from prison. Fisher was being held in the custody of the U-S Marshal’s service, pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prison Facility where he will serve his sentence. 

A grand jury handed down an indictment against Fisher last April, charging him along with five other persons, with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and associated charges in what has been referred to as “the Fisher Farm case”. Fisher appeared in federal court in Council Bluffs, last September, and pled guilty to his role in the conspiracy. 

The “Fisher Farm” is an acreage located in rural Mills County, at which an estimated 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of pure methamphetamine was manufactured by several people from at least February of 2003, to May of 2011. Persons involved in the conspiracy were responsible for the theft of substantial quantities of anhydrous ammonia in southwest Iowa and for the purchase of pseudoephedrine from several stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, all of which was used to manufacture methamphetamine. Fisher was considered a leader of the conspiracy. He was one of the owner’s of “Fisher Farm”, lived on the premises, manufactured methamphetamine, permitted others to manufacture, and assisted in the loose organization of providing precursor materials, including stolen anhydrous ammonia, for others to manufacture methamphetamine. Fisher admitted knowledge of at least 23 other people who engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine at “Fisher Farm”. 

Previously sentenced in this case were: Robert Gene Ott, Jr. (14-years imprisonment), Kirk Jason Hardman (10-years in prison), Christopher Nicholas Smith (7.5-years in prison), Trent James Fisher (7.5-years in prison), and Jennifer Mae Biggerstaff (6.5-years in prison). Previously sentenced in associated cases regarding the same conspiracy were: Timothy Earl Bendt (2-years in prison) and Paul Leon Foster (13-years imprisonment). 

The case was investigated by the Mills County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Department, the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Avoca woman injured in crash Thursday afternoon


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier story about a crash north of Oakland Thursday afternoon, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says an Avoca woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, after the vehicle she was a passenger in, crashed following a collision with a semi. The Sheriff says 29-year old Randi Riessen, was transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.

The accident happened at around Noon, Thursday, on U.S. Highway 59 north of Oakland. Danker says a 2007 Chevrolet driven by 58-year old Jacqueline Riessen, was northbound on Highway 59 and attempting to pass a 2005 Peterbilt semi, driven by 62-year old James Reid, of Belleview, FL.  The semi was hauling a wide load associated with a wind turbine, and was being escorted by vehicles ahead and behind it.  

Danker said the wide load pushed Riessen to the west shoulder as her vehicle was attempting to pass. The woman lost control of the car, which veered back into the roadway and hit both the load and the trailer before the car entered a ditch and overturned.

Randi Riessen was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Danker says she was not wearing a seatbelt. Jacqueline Riessen and Reid were not injured during the crash.

Avoca teen seriously injured during rollover crash


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say an Avoca teen was seriously injured during an accident near Walnut Thursday night. According to Sheriff Jeff Danker, the accident happened at around 8-p.m., on Western Avenue, just north of Walnut.  15-year old Josephine Anzalone, of Avoca, was injured in the single vehicle crash, and was flown by helicopter to Creighton University’s Trauma Center in Omaha. Emergency crews set-up a landing zone for the chopper at the Walnut High School football field.  

The accident happened when Anzalone’s vehicle hit a deer, went out of control, and rolled several time. The teen was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Danker says the girls’ father told him  she had left their house about two-hours before deputies arrived on the scene, so it’s not clear when the crash took place.  The accident remains under investigation.  

Josephine Anzalone is a member of the Walnut girl’s basketball team. School officials have postponed tonight’s girl/boy doubleheader with East Greene.  An account has been established at the Rolling Hills Bank in Walnut, to help defray the cost of medical expenses.

CAM School Officials announce 1st K-12 online school program


January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the CAM Community School District and the Iowa Connections Academy have announced a new, virtual public school will be available for students statewide, in grades K-12.  As an Iowa public school, there is no tuition or fees to attend, however there is an important open enrollment deadline of March 1st, 2012.  Enrollment in the Iowa Connections Academy (IACA)  will begin immediately, as part of the state’s open enrollment period for the 2012-2013 academic year, and will offer informational meetings for interested families in February across Iowa.

The virtual school is said to offer a high-quality, highly accountable, tuition-free, public education option. IACA’s teaching and attendance center will be based in the greater Anita area. It will combine Iowa-licensed teachers, an Iowa Core standards-aligned curriculum, unique technology tools, an extensive selection of electives and clubs, and community experiences to create an individualized alternative to the bricks-and-mortar classroom.

All IACA students will participate in the nationally accredited Connections Academy program that combines resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology and hands-on materials. Learning from home, students will work closely with a licensed Iowa teacher using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs. A parent or another adult “Learning Coach” monitors progress in the home. Students enrolled will receive learning materials such as textbooks, science kits, and more.

CAM Community School District Superintendent said “The CAM Community School District is committed to providing our students with a 21st Century education. We have been utilizing technology to creatively support and enhance our teaching for some time and developing a virtual school is a natural extension and expansion of our efforts and ideas. This is about offering the best educational options for CAM students and students throughout Iowa – about meeting, exceeding, student needs and successfully preparing them for their future.”

Pelzer says “Through technology, students will gain access to programs they may not have had access to before – an expanded Talented and Gifted program, additional Advanced Placement courses, foreign languages such as Mandarin Chinese, an option for credit recovery for high school students.”

Iowa families seeking more information about IACA and its approach to personalized public education can visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com or call 800-382-6010. Informational meetings will take place throughout the state in February.