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Iowa News headlines: Tue., May 28th 2013


May 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — State and local investigators expect to meet today to plan the next steps in their search for a missing 15-year-old central Iowa girl. Officers searched the Des Moines River yesterday as they continued looking for Kathlynn Shepard. Police believe she and another girl were abducted a week ago. The other girl escaped.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Forecasters are predicting flooding problems across much of Iowa as rain keeps falling this week. Three to six inches of rain is expected across the state this week after six to eight inches fell in the past few days. Both Marshalltown and New Hartford are at risk of flooding.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Family members of a two-year-old Emmetsburg boy who drowned during Memorial Day weekend are grappling with his death. Larzen Hanson was one of three children inside a pickup truck that slipped into gear and rolled into Five Island Lake. Relatives and bystanders rescued two of the children, but Larzen remained trapped.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A group of volunteers in Waterloo is working to create a community garden for Burmese immigrants. The Reverend Ken Stecher says many of the community’s Burmese immigrants have a rural background, and they’ll feel more at home working in the garden. Twenty Burmese families have already signed up for the garden.

Public hearings Tuesday in Audubon on sale of City-owned lots & budget amendment


May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two public hearings will take place during the Tuesday night meeting of the Audubon City Council. The first hearing is with regard to the sale of City-owned lots, all of which are in Block 13 of the City of Audubon. The hearing will be followed by the receiving of bids, and action on those bids. The Council may reject all bids, act on a resolution selling the properties to successful bidders, or table the matter until their next, regular meeting.

The Audubon City Council will also hold a public hearing on the 2012-2013 Budget Amendment, followed by action on a resolution approving the amendment. Other action items include those pertaining to a resolution prohibiting the use of excessive force, and a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan…both of which need to be adopted as a requirement for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award.

The Council will also consider an Audit proposal. Their meeting in the Council’s Chambers at the Audubon City Hall, begins at 7-p.m., Tuesday.

(Podcast) Local/Area News – Mon., May 27th 2013

News, Podcasts

May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 7-a.m. News from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Memorial Day Weather Cancellations/Postponements


May 27th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • Atlantic Memorial Day service will be held at the Atlantic High School Auditorium at 10:00 am  due to the weather.
  • The VFW Post 51 Memorial Day services at the Jacksonville, Bethany and Kimballton cemeteries today have been cancelled.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the New Century Art Center in Kimballton has been cancelled.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled

News, Weather

May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

543 AM CDT MON MAY 27 2013 

Chase in Red and around Red Oak leads to 2 arrests


May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop for a suspected impaired driver  early this (Monday) morning  lead to a chase, the arrest of the driver, and a second person on unrelated charges. The Red Oak Police Department says just before 1-a.m., an officer attempted to stop a 1994 Buick Regal Custom in the 200 block of 200th Street. The driver, later identified as 22-year old Justine Sheree Powers, of College Springs, lead the officer on a pursuit into north central Montgomery County. The patrol car and Powers’ vehicle collided, when Powers conducted a U-turn. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. 

At around 1:10-a.m., Powers stopped the car in the driveway of a residence at 2383 140th Street, and took off on foot into the home. Officers entered the residence and arrested Powers on charges of Driving While Under Revocation, Attempting to Elude a Pursuing Police Vehicle, Interference with Official Acts, and for numerous traffic violations. The woman was being held in the Montgomery County Jail pending an appearance before a magistrate.

During their investigation at the residence, deputies arrest 54-year old Robin Clark Latham, of rural Red Oak, on valid warrants out of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, for Failure to Appear/Failure to Pay Child Support. Latham was being held in the Montgomery County Jail and held for the respective counties.

Red Oak Police officers were assisted during and after the incident, by Sheriff’s Deputies fromCass and Montgomery Counties.

Storms knock out power to thousands in Iowa & NE

News, Weather

May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A powerful thunderstorm system has knocked out power to thousands of people in western Iowa.  MidAmerican Energy reports that nearly 3,300 customers were without power as of 6:45 a.m. Monday. More than 2,350 of those customers are in the Council Bluffs area.   Officials report that falling trees and limbs damaged buildings and vehicles beneath, but no injuries have been reported. Heavy rain and some hail also were reported. Here in Atlantic, we received pea-sized hail and heavy rain at around 3:40-a.m.

Officials with the  Omaha Public Power District says more than 5,800 customers were without power as of 5 a.m. Monday.     Officials say some trees were toppled and branches ripped from tree trunks across the metropolitan area. Some of the fallen branches damaged buildings or vehicles below. No injuries have been reported. Heavy rain and some hail marked storms that traced through north-central and eastern Nebraska. Minor street flooding was reported where runoff overwhelmed storm sewers.

Accident occurs in front of fire station


May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident that occurred in front of the fire station in Red Oak, late Sunday morning. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a stop light in front of the Red Oak Fire station was red, so that an ambulance could respond to a call. A Chevy Blazer driven by 49-year old Charles Liford, of Red Oak, was stopped at the light, when another Chevy Blazer, driven by 36-year old Salvador Ramos, of Red Oak, was unable to stop in time.

The second SUV rear-ended the first. Ramos was cited for following too close. Damage from the mishap, which happened at around 11:40-a.m. Sunday, was estimated at $5,700.

OWI arrest in Montgomery County


May 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Sunday night on an alcohol-related charge. 24-year old Corey Scott Petersen was taken into custody at around 7-p.m., on a charge of OWI/2nd offense. Peterson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, and held on $2,000 cash bond.

Earlier that same day, 29-year old Matthew Lee Gusman, of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. He has since bonded out of jail.

Missing Council Bluffs boy found – mother arrested


May 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Omaha has resulted in the recovery of a Council Bluffs child taken from Iowa Department of Human Services foster care, and the arrest of his biological mother. Authorities in Council Bluffs said Sunday evening that police in Omaha had arrested 40-year old Dana Smith at around 1:50-p.m., Sunday, and Smith’s son, 4-year old Nicholas Patterson was taken into protective custody. Smith was being held in the Douglas County, NE., jail on charges of 3rd degree kidnapping and 2nd degree burglary.

Officials say a citizen who saw a news release about the missing child and his mother recognized the pair, even though the boy was disguised in girls’ clothing. The child had been placed into protective custody, but on Friday, his mother allegedly took him without authorization. Nicholas has since been placed back into protective custody, through the department of Human Services.