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Creston Police report 3 arrests over the weekend


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report three arrests took place over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, 19-year old Audreyanna Marks, and 28-year old Adam Drake, both of Creston, were arrested on simple misdemeanor charges of Trespassing. Both were being held in the Union County Jail on $300 bond.

On Sunday, Creston Police arrested 34-year old Bobbie Flynn, of Creston, on charges of Operating a vehicle without the owners’ consent, and Theft in the 3rd degree. She was being held in the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/10/2015

News, Podcasts

August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:05-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


3 arrests in Red Oak


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report three recent arrests. Authorities say 22-year old Jordan Michelle Brown, of Red Oak, was arrested Sunday night on a charge of OWI drugged/1st offense. Brown was apprehended following a traffic stop at the intersection of N. 8th and E. Nuckols Streets.  A passenger in the vehicle, 31-year old Marcus John Josephson, of Red Oak, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Brown and Josephson were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond, each. The Red Oak Police Department’s K9 unit assisted in making the arrests.

Sunday afternoon, 32-year old Bryan David Sapp, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested in the 500 block of E. Maple Street, on a valid Montgomery County warrant for three felony counts of Forgery. While he was being arrested, Sapp, Jr. was allegedly found to be in possession of Meth and a marijuana pipe. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, and of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held on those charges as well as the warrant, on bond amounting to $5,000.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., 8/10/15


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officers from eastern Iowa gathered over the weekend to mourn the loss of a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in an off-duty traffic crash. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 34-year-old Timothy Lee Petersen was laid to rest Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A slew of issue-advocacy groups are taking a page from White House hopefuls, flooding airwaves and knocking on doors to try to educate voters ahead of the state’s first-in the-nation 2016 presidential caucus. Groups are running ad campaigns or grassroots efforts are raising issues like early childhood education, campaign finance reform, environmental policy and the national debt.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual dinner celebration is getting a new name. The party’s State Central Committee voted Saturday in favor of a resolution to change the name of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which was named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Both presidents were slave owners, and Jackson is known for the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from their land.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police say dozens of cats were taken from a Cedar Rapids mobile home, forcing a local animal shelter to shut down so its staff could care for all of them. KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that in addition to closing its doors, the shelter had to summon all of it staff and some volunteers to tend to the animals.

Adair Co. Sheriff’s report (8/9/15)


August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, Sunday, reported a man from Adair was arrested last week on drug and other charges. 46-year old Kevin Eugene Stark was being held without bond in the Adair County Jail following his arrest Aug. 5th in Bridgewater, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a glass pipe allegedly used for smoking Meth), Operating a Vehicle (a Dodge Caravan) without the owner’s consent, and Driving While Barred .

And, 23-year old Jordan Lee Bovee, of Creston, was cited Saturday morning for OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop in Greenfield. Bovee was released later that same day, with orders to appear in court this Thursday (Aug. 13th).

Atlantic School Board to meet Monday evening


August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold their last, regular meeting prior to the Sept. 8th School Board Elections, on Monday, beginning at 7:30-p.m. During their session in the High School Media Center, the Board will hear a presentation from Russell Peck, Director of Operations, with regard to Summer Capital Projects.

Later in the session, the Board will act on approving: A 2015-16 Professional Development Plan; Superintendent Michael Amstein’s 2015-16 goals; Student Transportation for Extracurricular Activities in 2015-16; Middle School STEM Grant positions, and Contracts with Iowa Western Community College.

The final item for the evening is a review of Board Policies for the 2015-16 School Year, and related discussion.

Investor in Council Bluffs music festival sues organizers


August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The main investor in a Council Bluffs music festival is suing the event’s organizers, and at least three vendors are seeking repayment of deposits and lost revenue. The Omaha World-Herald says the investor, Eric F. Marsh, is suing the Dom Group for more than $400,000. The group’s partners, Jason Dick and Darik Opperman, blame the problems at the three-day Grassroots Music Festival on Marsh.

The festival was plagued by absent performers, long lines, and vendors angry that they were barred at the last minute from doing business at the event. Marsh sued The Dom Group in part to ensure that he would be the festival’s exclusive vendor. In response, The Dom Group broke their contracts with previously signed vendors, most of which paid deposits of about $3,000 each.

Former Iowa mental health patients scattered around state


August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former residents at a state-run mental health facility that closed this year are now scattered throughout Iowa, with some living in nursing homes that are considered below average on a federal registry. The Des Moines Register reports the residents were part of a state program for people with serious mental illnesses. The program was housed at the Iowa Mental Health Institute at Clarinda, which Gov. Terry Branstad ordered closed, saying it was outdated and inefficient.

Eight residents were transferred to four traditional nursing homes, all of which are rated “below average” or “much below average” on a federal registry. Two of those patients died. State officials say they went to great lengths to find suitable placements for the former Clarinda patients, and relatives often helped choose the new facilities.

Heavy rain pounds part of southwest and central Iowa

News, Weather

August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Heavy rain prompted officials with the National Weather Service to issue Flash Flood Watches and Warnings late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Here in Atlantic, we picked up one-half inch of rain at the KJAN studios, overnight. Massena reported 1.31-inches. Those amounts paled in comparison to other parts of southwest Iowa, though. Check out these totals reported to the Weather Service Sunday morning:

  • 3.2 inches in Bedford (Taylor County)
  • 2.71 inches just east of Blockton (Taylor County)
  • 1.45-inches in Clarinda (Page County)
  • 2.95 inches 3 miles west of College Springs (Page County)
  • 1.25 inches 3 miles west of Oakland (Pottawattamie County)
  • 6.85 inches in Randolph (Fremont County)
  • 9.3 inches 2 miles west/southwest of Randolph
  • 5.24 inches 1 miles S/SE of Sidney
  • 3.27 inches in Shenandoah (Page County)

Elsewhere, in Central Iowa 24-hour rainfall (ending at 7-a.m. Sunday) includes: Nevada, with 5.4 inches of rain; Montezuma (Poweshiek County) had 4.80 inches; Near Guernsey (Poweshiek Co.), there was 4.67 inches of rain; The Ames area reported anywhere from just over 3 inches to as much as 4.68 inches of rain; Newton (Jasper County) reported 3 inches; Boone had 2.89 inches; Marshalltown had slightly more than 1.75-inches; and 4.2 inches was reported in Gilbert (Story County).

Flood warnings were issued mid-to late late Sunday morning for southeastern Boone and southwestern Story Counties, where Emergency Management reported flooding in and around the Ames and Nevada areas. And, a Flood Warning was issued for the West Nishnabotna River near Riverton, affecting Fremont County. That warning is in place until further notice or until it is cancelled.

House Fire in Avoca Sunday morning


August 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Avoca were called to the scene of a home fully engulfed in flames early this (Sunday) morning. The call for a blaze at the Rod Osbahr residence at 507 N. Chestnut Street, came in at around 1:40-a.m.  Officials say lightening was the apparent cause of the fire, as witnesses reported seeing the home struck not long before the flames erupted. The roof of the structure had reportedly collapsed before fire fighters arrived. Walnut and Harlan Fire provided additional manpower and support.  The house was declared a total loss. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Photo's & info. courtesy of James Wolff, from Walnut.

Photo’s & info. courtesy of James Wolff, from Walnut.