KJAN News

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

7AM Newscast 04-14-2012

News, Podcasts

April 14th, 2012 by admin

w/ Brett Johnson

Play

Investigation into drug activities nets 2 arrests in Mongtomery County

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two Red Oak men have been arrested on drug charges, following the execution of search warrants at two locations in the community.The searches were the result of a two-month investigation into the alleged activities of 47-year old Dean Glen Heideman, and 55-year old Charles William Taylor, both of Red Oak.  A search residences located in the 200 block of North 7th Street, and the 2400 block of North 8th Street, resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs, and items related to the sale of illegal drugs, as well as firearms.

Heideman was charged with three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. Taylor was charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and one count of delivery of marijuana. Both men are being held at the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 bond each.

Former Essex Mayor convicted on sexual assault charges – faces up to 85 years in prison

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Page County has convicted the former Mayor of Essex on sexual assault charges. 65-year old Charles Dean White faces up to 75-years in prison on his conviction of three-counts of 2nd degree sexual assault, and 10-years on a charge of lascivious acts with a child. After the verdict was handed down, Friday, White taken into custody by Page County Deputies. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place June 1st.

White served as the mayor in Essex from 1998 to 2002. Authorities said in April 2011, an investigation was conducted into allegations White committed sexual abuse against a 7-year old female, in March of that year. The case against him was prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Page County Attorney’s Office. An investigation to the allegations against him was conducted by the Iowa DCI, Essex Police Department, Shenandoah Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

(Update)Bluffs Fire Chief: Smoking contributed to house fire Thursday night

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluff officials now say a man injured in a house explosion was smoking too close to combustible materials. Fire Chief Alan Byers says 38-year-old James Aherns suffered critical burns in the blast and fire that happened Thursday night. Aherns was taken to an Omaha hospital. Byers said earlier that Aherns had been manufacturing fireworks when the explosion happened, but later said he was smoking to close to “combustible/flammable materials.” Aherns’ mother, who was also in the house but not injured, told firefighters her son had fireworks in his room. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Hazardous Weather Outlook for far west/southwest Iowa

News, Weather

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN IOWA: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE 615 PM CDT FRI APR 13 2012 National Weather Service/Valley, NE

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA…WEST CENTRAL IOWA…EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA.

DAY ONE…TONIGHT:

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT OVER SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND FAR SOUTHERN SOUTHWEST IOWA. SEVERE WEATHER IS GENERALLY NOT EXPECTED WITH THIS ACTIVITY.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY:

THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA ON SATURDAY. THE MAIN THREAT FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE AFTER 3 PM AND BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE MAIN THREAT FROM THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE TORNADOES…VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY ON SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK NORTHEAST ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA THROUGH THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. LARGE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS ACTIVITY.

A MORE POTENT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IS THEN EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATER IN THE AFTERNOON AFTER THE INITIAL THUNDERSTORMS MOVE OUT OF THE AREA. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE FIRST EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND WESTERN IOWA THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AS WARM AND MOIST AREA RETURNS TO THE AREA…THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE STRONGLY UNSTABLE…THIS ALONG WITH VERY STRONG SHEAR WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE SEVERE WEATHER…SOME SIGNIFICANT INCLUDING VERY LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG TORNADOES.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TONIGHT….BUT WILL BE NEEDED DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING ON SATURDAY.

Corps: more flood storage offers limited benefit

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says having more space free in the Missouri River’s reservoirs would have reduced but not eliminated last year’s flooding.  The corps says in a new report released Friday that flooding still would have caused widespread damage along the Missouri last year because of the massive volume of water that moved through the river.  And any increase in the amount of flood storage space in the reservoirs would reduce the economic benefits the river offers through barge traffic, recreation and hydropower. The corps says increasing flood storage space in reservoirs is only one option to reduce flood risk. It says officials may need to consider increasing the capacity of the Missouri River channel and reducing development in the flood plain.

Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, of Kiron, criticized the Corps’ reports, saying in a statement today (Friday) that their report is “incomplete.” King says “In an analysis that purports to analyze the impact of increased flood storage on other authorized purposes like navigation, hydropower generation, and recreation, there is no consideration of the benefits that additional flood protection would have had on these activities during last year’s historic flood. This is a significant hole in the Corp’s analysis.” 

He said “We know, for example, that last year’s flooding virtually shut down navigation on the River – yet the Corps’ analysis here give us no indication of how increased storage capacity might have helped to address this.” King went on to say “This report says, ‘Flood control is the only one of these authorized purposes that requires empty space in the reservoirs’ and that therefore the other purposes, ‘which all require water-in-storage to maximize benefits, would experience negative impacts with additional flood control storage.’ This premise is substantially flawed for a number of reasons.” According to King, “If 2011 taught us one thing, it’s that there is a point at which additional flood control benefits everyone on the river. There is no recognition of this basic fact in the report.”

Fireworks caused Council Bluffs house explosion

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluff officials say fireworks are to the blame for a house explosion that injured a man. Fire Chief Alan Byers says 38-year-old James Aherns was making fireworks when the blast happened Thursday night. The house then caught fire.             Neighbors reported seeing a burned man run down the street with his clothes torn off, seeking help.  Aherns was taken to an Omaha hospital in critical condition. Another person in the house wasn’t hurt.

Cass Co. Deputy and ISP Troopers recognized

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety today (Friday) announced Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Bartholomew, Iowa State Patrol Trooper James Bullington and ISP Sgt. Martin McCreedy were recognized during the annual Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Conference held April 10th and 11th, in Sioux City.

Deputy Bartholomew was recognized for his efforts in apprehending impaired drivers. Trooper Bullington and Sgt. McCreedy both work out of the Patrol’s District 3 office in Council Bluffs. Bullington was presented with the Public Safety Commissioner’s Special Award for Traffic Safety, while Sgt. McCreedy was presented with the Kipton Hayward Award for his efforts in increasing compliance with impaired drivers, and reducing traffic deaths and injuries. The award was named in honor of Kip Hayward, who was killed in 1993 by a drug and alcohol impaired driver. Hayward served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Bluffs Police report no violations during tobacco compliance checks

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Good news today from the Council Bluffs Police Department: During a recent check of retail outlets selling tobacco, no illegal sales were made to underage customers. The P-D reports the compliance checks were conducted Thursday night with the use of an underage customer, who attempted to buy tobacco at local retailers.

The Police Department says officials have made a pledge to keep tobacco out of the hands of Council Bluffs youth, and have been working with local retailers to educate them about Iowa’s tobacco laws and enforcement, in association with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Bluffs Police are grateful to the area retailers and their staff for their efforts to card tobacco buyers and make sure they are of legal age.

Arrests in Atlantic Friday

News

April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested this (Friday) morning on separate charges. 30-year old Josh Turner, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 30-year old Sharlene Killion, of Atlantic, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. Turner and Killion were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.