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Chamber Alert: Stolen checks

News

June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce is alerting area businesses to stolen checks. Executive Director Rhonda Larsen says if area business owners or personnel see checks belonging to Robert A. Newman, of Omaha, NE (Wells Fargo Account #1160001783), they should call the Atlantic Police Department at 712-243-3512.

Gnats pretty nasty stuff

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Gnats appear to be especially plentiful this spring in Iowa, annoying residents and potentially endangering some animals. Ken Holscher, an Iowa State University entomologist, tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that gnats are usually common in spring along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, but they appear to be more plentiful in central parts of Iowa.

That seems clear to Sara Swanson, who farms near the southeast Iowa city of Riverside. Swanson says last week, gnats killed four turkeys she was raising. The tiny bugs plugged the birds’ nostrils and suffocated them.

Holscher says there is little people can do to ward off gnats, which are especially plentiful on sunny, calm days. He notes, though, that they should largely disappear within a couple weeks. Unfortunately, they’ll be replaced by mosquitoes.

Mills County arrests

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report five people were arrested over the past week. On Friday, 22-year old Nile Johnathan Packett and 21-year old Lindsey Joanne Krause, both of Glenwood, as well as 46-year old Otoniel Castro, of Bellevue, NE, were arrested for Public Intoxication. Bond for all three was set at $300 each.

Last Thursday, Mills County deputies arrested 49-year old Kathy Faye Spring, of Silver City. Spring was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $1,000. That same day, 25-year old Colton Lee Garvin, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Theft in the 2nd degree and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. His bond was set at $10,000.

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June 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Schultz Encourages Iowans to Vote Early Due to Warnings of Possible Severe Weather

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is encouraging Iowans to vote early today, Tuesday, June 3, for the primary election due to warnings by the National Weather Service and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management of possible severe weather in parts of Iowa later today.

“With the warnings of possible severe weather tonight, I encourage Iowans to vote early today if possible. Safety is the number one priority and county auditors are ready and prepared to take necessary precautions in case severe weather hits,” Schultz said.

In the event of a weather emergency, the first priority is to keep poll workers and voters at the polling place safe. Precinct election officials and voters should either seek shelter or evacuate the polling place as appropriate based on the conditions in their area. As soon as the threat is over, polling places that are temporarily evacuated or closed must be reopened as quickly as possible.

If a polling place loses power for an extended period of time and must be relocated, the Iowa Secretary of State’s office should be consulted and procedures in 721 Iowa Administrative Code 21.1(5) should be followed. Polling place hours may only be extended by federal or state courts for elections in which candidates for federal office appear on the ballot. Should a court extend the hours, provisional ballots will be cast by any person who votes after the regular 9 p.m. poll closing.

Election day/night storms across the Midwest

News, Weather

June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast to develop late this (Tuesday) afternoon across far western Iowa and will quickly transition eastward this evening. The storms will have the potential to produce damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, large hail, and isolated rain wrapped tornadoes. The severe threat looks to continue through the late evening hours.svr wx

In addition to the severe weather threat, very heavy rain will accompany these thunderstorms. Rainfall rates of 3 to 5 inches per hour are possible along and south of Interstate 80. This is likely to lead to areas of flash flooding where rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches will be common, with some areas receiving over 5 inches by Wednesday morning. A Flash Flood Watch in is in effect this evening into Wednesday morning across the southern half of Iowa.

May was drier and warmer than normal

News, Weather

June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says Iowa didn’t see as much rain as it normally does during the month of May. “Preliminarily, it looks like May for the most part was a little bit on the warmer side than usual, thanks to a very warm end to the month,” Hillaker says. “And also most of the state was a bit drier than usual, with precipitation averaging out to about an inch and a third or so less than usual.”

Here in Atlantic, at the KJAN studios, we received 3.41-inches of rain. Normal for the month is 4.32. Hillaker says it has been awhile since we’ve seen a May like this.  He says it was the “Driest May in eight years, and also the driest spring in nine years.” There was another weather issue of note in May.

Hillaker says “Usually May is a pretty big month for severe weather, didn’t really have a large amount of severe weather, did have some. But overall, a little bit quieter than usual.” The average High for the month of May in Atlantic was 74 (normal is 73). The average Low was 49 (normal is 49). Hillaker says the month of June will be off to a stormy start in Iowa with above normal rainfall and near normal temperatures.

7AM Newscast 06-03-2014

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June 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Man arrested on burglary charge in Red Oak

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County reports a Red Oak man was arrested Sunday on burglary charges. 22-year-old Kyle Lee Foster was taken into custody after deputies responded to a call pertaining to a man who had entered a vehicle without the owner’s consent. The incident happened in the 1800 block of Summit Street. Foster was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

 

Bluffs man arrested in Red Oak, Monday

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June 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Pottawattamie County man Monday afternoon. 43-year old Kevin Michael Steadman, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a Red Oak Police Department warrant for Obstruction of Emergency Communications and Domestic Abuse Assault. Steadman was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.