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Stolen vehicle investigation leads to the arrest of a Sidney man

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A stolen vehicle led to a foot pursuit in Council Bluffs that later resulted in the arrest Monday morning, of a Fremont County Man. According to Bluffs Police, 32-year old Justin E. Johnson, of Sidney, was arrested on suspicion of 2nd-Degree theft, Possession of a Concealed weapon and eluding, charges.
Officials says when the owner of a Ford Mustang started his vehicle to warm it up at around 7-a.m., Monday, the vehicle was stolen from the 700 block of Willow Avenue. A friend later saw the car parked at a convenience store.

A Council Bluffs Police Officer found Johnson about 2-hours later, walking in the 300 block of McGee Avenue, near where the car was parked. When the Officer approached Johnson, the man took off on foot and entered a wooded area. Police were able to track him down in the snow and found him hiding behind a residence.

After he was arrested, officers recovered a bag, containing a long knife that Johnson had allegedly tossed into the woods.

Powerball jackpot enters record territory

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to a record level after going unclaimed since the November 29th drawing. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says there’s added attention to this jackpot for another reason.  She says it’s been almost one year since the jackpot was this high as there seemed to be a winner every few weeks. The jackpot rolls over when there’s no ticket with the winning numbers.

“It’s at an estimated 450 million dollars annuity, that’s a little more than 304 million dollars with the cash option,” Neubauer says. “That is the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball game and it is the fifth largest jackpot ever in North America.” She says with the increased attention and sales, there’s a good possibility the jackpot could be raised before Wednesday night’s drawing. Neubauer going a long time without a record jackpot is what they look for in the Powerball game.

“Really that’s good for players, because the only way the jackpot gets as high as it is right now is if it rolls a number of times without being won,” Neubauer says. “Well over the last year the jackpot was being won more frequently, so it stayed at a quote, unquote lower level, even though that was still into the hundreds of millions of dollars.” She says you won’t increase your odds of winning by spending larger sums of money on the big jackpot. “The message that we emphasize all the time is to remember that this is just for fun. Play responsibly, have fun with it, but don’t get in over your head,” Neubauer says.

It’s common for people to put together office pools to buy tickets, and Neubauer says you should take a few steps to protect everyone if that’s what you do. “Keep the rules for your pool in writing. Keep a very detailed list of who has put in money and who hasn’t, that way there won’t be any disagreement later about who was in or who was out,” Neubauer says. ” And then also, another great idea is to make copies of the tickets and provide copies to everyone in the group before the drawing occurs, that way there’s no question about which tickets were for the group.”

The next Powerball drawing is at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesday, and in Iowa you can buy a ticket up until 8:59 p-m on that day. You can find out more about the drawing on the Iowa Lottery’s website.

(Radio Iowa)

New Jersey governor tells Iowans gambling is no ‘panacea’

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says gambling will not be the “salvation” to any region’s economy. Christie spoke last night (Monday) at a forum in West Des Moines and a woman in the audience asked Christie for his “thoughts on…the expansion of gambling.”  “I’ve told anybody that asked me about the expansion of gambling that it’s no panacea and people really need to understand its restrictions and limitations,” Christie said. “And it’s not going to be a salvation and any politician that gets up and tells you, ‘Have gambling and we’re going to fund this forever,’ — It’s not going to happen that way.”

Last night’s forum was hosted by Republicans in Dallas County. It’s a county where voters have rejected gambling referendums twice, in 1996 and 2004. Christie says “for many years” gambling was a “growing, thriving industry” in New Jersey, but he says Atlantic City never adjusted to the “competitive marketplace” that erupted when gambling was legalized beyond the “monopoly” markets of New Jersey and Nevada.  “Now, I have no opposition to the industry itself,” Christie said. “They’ve been good corporate citizens in our state.”

However, Christie warned the country’s appetite for gambling is limited.  “I think anybody who tries to sell it to you now as a panacea is misleading you,” Christie said. State regulators recently approved a new casino license for Greene Cuonty and the new Wild Rose Casino is scheduled to open next summer in Jefferson.

Wild Rose founder Gary Kirke is among the seven major Iowa G-O-P donors who flew to New Jersey in 2011 to encourage Christie to run for president. Kirke also floated the idea of a casino in Dallas County back in 2004, but an overwhelming 61 percent of referendum voters were against the idea.

(Radio Iowa)

Sen. Grassley unsure about giving Pres. Obama “more power” for war on ISIS

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Reports say President Obama may ask Congress this week for authorization to use military force overseas to tackle terrorists from the Islamic State, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t certain yet how he’d vote on such a proposal. Grassley, a Republican, was asked if the U-S should go “all in” to wage a war against ISIS. “When you say ‘go all in,’ if that includes massive numbers of Americans on the ground, not at this point,” Grassley says. “If it means advisors, that’s an entirely different thing.”

Reports say the president’s request may come as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday) and Grassley says he’d prefer to reserve comment until after he sees the proposal.  “I haven’t made up my mind how I’m going to vote on whatever the language is,” Grassley says, “and I shouldn’t say anything until I read the language.”

Some critics say President Obama is already making moves that are outside the scope of the power reserved for the executive office and Grassley says he’s not convinced we should get further involved. “I’m kind of reluctant to vote for anything, considering how this president has done such a bad job as commander-in-chief, drawing lines in the sand and no consequences for those lines being crossed,” Grassley says.

He’s “lost confidence” in President Obama and Grassley says, “I’m not sure I want to give him more power,” but adds, ISIS is “a very big problem and a very big threat, even to the United States.”

(Radio Iowa)

Exira City Council mtg. to be held Wednesday

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Monday’s meeting of the Exira City Council was postponed to this Wednesday evening, due to a lack of a quorum. City officials say there weren’t enough members of the Council on-hand due to an illness and family obligations. When the Council convenes in their meeting room at 7:30-p.m on Wednesday, they’re scheduled to set the Fire Township meeting for Tues., Feb 17th at 7-p.m., and set the date for a Public Hearing on the Budget as March 9th.

In other business, the Exira City Council will discuss and possibly act on a building permit for 302 S. Cottage Street.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 2/10/2015

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Smoke inhalation blamed for death of Iowan found in car

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say smoke inhalation likely killed a Sioux City man who was found dead inside a burning car near a Des Moines church. Firefighters had been sent to the parking of the Abundant Life Church on East Sheridan Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday. They discovered the body of 51-year-old Patrick Murphy II after opening the driver’s side door.

Medical examiner Gregory Schmunk says Murphy was barely burned. The autopsy didn’t reveal any evidence of trauma or signs of any crime involved in Murphy’s death. A toxicology report is expected within six weeks.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/10/2015

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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SW IA man arrested on felony burglary & weapon charges

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 25-year-old man from southwest Iowa was arrested Monday morning in a burglary and weapons case in Red Oak. According to the Daily NonPareil, Logan James Chelf of College Springs was arrested around 8 a.m. at Broadway and Market Streets after Red Oak police received a call about a burglary. Red Oak police said Chelf was carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun when he was arrested.

Authorities said Chelf was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; going armed with intent, a Class D felony; and a weapons violation that is an aggravated misdemeanor. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

Red Oak police said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted them in their investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 10 2015

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February 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting a warm welcome from Iowa Republicans in his first campaign appearance since returning from a rocky trade trip to the United Kingdom. Christie appeared at a Monday event sponsored by a county GOP organization held in suburban Des Moines. Seeking to introduce himself to voters in the kickoff caucus state, Christie touted his record as a conservative governor in a Democratic state, citing his efforts to cut taxes and reduce spending.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa President Sally Mason has discussed details of a merger with a Des Moines business college that will become part of the university in 2016. Mason says the AIB College of Business will be gifted to the university instead of technically merging because of accreditation issues. AIB will graduate its last students at the end of June 2016, and the University of Iowa will take over operations the following month. AIB athletes at the meeting later expressed concern about the merger.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources says results from several monitoring stations along the Mississippi River show much of the ethanol that leaked into the water after several train cars derailed has dissolved. DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the highest levels of ethanol have been detected nearest the site where 14 cars containing the fuel went off the tracks Wednesday in a remote area north of Dubuque.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Three trial dates have been set for a Davenport man accused of molesting multiple children over several years. And April 27 trial date for the first case was scheduled Friday for 54-year-old Melvin T. Lucier, a registered sex offender. Police say Lucier was charged in 2014 with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse after they say they received reports of Lucier fondling at least five young children.