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Woman serving a life sentence for western IA kidnapping has died

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman who was convicted last year in a disturbing kidnapping and torture case has died in prison. Rebecca Beyer of Council Bluffs was sentenced to life in prison last July after being convicted of abusing her developmentally impaired stepson. The 47-year-old Beyer died on Monday of natural causes from a form of skin cancer, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Beyer was arrested in 2013 after the 20-year-old victim told police he’d be kept locked inside a garage, attached to a wall with a dog leash and burned with forks, spoons and an iron that had been heated on a stove. The victim’s father and stepbrother, James Beyer and Ryan Smith, were also arrested in the case. Smith accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to two years probation. The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s office reports the case against James Beyer is still pending.

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Cass Supervisors proclaim April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month”

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), signed a proclamation recognizing April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” in Cass County. The request to do so came from the County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Wendy Richter, Co-Chair of the Council along with Kate Olson, said there are several things they’re doing to bring awareness of Child Abuse and Prevention to the public eye.

Kate Olson holds one of the "Pinwheels for prevention," bringing awareness to child abuse & prevention.

Kate Olson holds one of the “Pinwheels for prevention,” bringing awareness to child abuse & prevention.

That includes the sale and display of “Pinwheels for Prevention,” a banner to be placed near the entrance to the Courthouse, and the planting of pinwheels outside the courthouse. Richter said funds raised from the sale of pinwheels will be used for the various projects geared toward prevention. The organization is also working with libraries in Cass County to get resources on good manners for kids, and parenting resources. They will also provide libraries with a list of recommended resources.

Kate Olson said there will also be a coloring contest during the first part of April in all the local schools. The libraries have agreed to post the pictures created during the month of April. After the presentation by Richter and Olson, Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman read the proclamation later signed by each Supervisor.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors approved a 5-year contract with Medivac Ambulance. The County will share the cost of services with the City of Atlantic, 60/40, with the City picking up the largest portion of the cost. For the next year, the total cost amounts to $84,000, which is the same as it has been for the past 5-years. Afterward, from July 1st 2016 through June 30th 2020, the annual rate shared by the City and County is $92,000. And again, the City will pickup up 60-percent of the cost.

Montgomery County Burn ban lifted

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency reports a ban on open burning which had been in effect since March 16th, has been lifted.  The ban was rescinded due to the current wet conditions.

Council seeks ways to protect Iowa town from ‘gentle giant’

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – The Onawa City Council has put off a decision on what to do about a St. Bernard that’s called a “gentle giant” by its owner and a potential menace by some other residents of the western Iowa community. Sioux City television station KCAU reports that dozens of people packed the council meeting Tuesday to learn Zhivago’s fate. The 3-year-old, 200-pounder has gotten loose twice but hasn’t bitten anyone. Police say he’s a dangerous animal who should be seized. Owner Billy Parker says Zhivago is a “gentle giant” and a therapy animal who poses no threat.

Council members discussed changing city ordinances so that a tall fence could be installed to help keep the dog in his yard. The members delayed a final decision until their April 14 meeting.

Iowa county supervisor faces drunken driving charge

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa county supervisor has been accused of drunken driving. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Justin Schultz was arrested early Sunday morning after a deputy pulled him over.  The Daily Nonpareil reports that three tests showed Schultz’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

At Tuesday’s Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors meeting in Council Bluffs, Schultz declined to comment about the arrest and said he was working with an attorney.

Creston PD report

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March 25th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports two recent thefts and one arrest.

On Tuesday officers arrested 16-year-old Kane Farlow at 8:30pm at 1106 West Montgomery Street in Creston.  He was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication, Trespass, 5th Degree Criminal Mischief, and Assault on Police Officer with Injury.  He was released to Central Iowa Juvenile Detention.

Also on Tuesday officers received a report of a theft incident at a residence at 310 North Vine Street in Creston.  A resident reported the theft of some towels, 2 HDMI cords, 2 phone chargers, and a broken PS3.  The loss occurred sometime between 10:30am and 12:30pm and was estimated at $175.

On Friday a vehicle theft was reported at the Railroad Depot Parking Lot in Creston sometime between 5:30pm Tuesday and 4:30am Wednesday.  The vehicle is a black 2005 Chevy Tahoe with Iowa plates CAA591.  The loss was estimated at $10,000.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/25/2015

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Suspect arrested in connection with an assault in C. Bluffs

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Council Bluffs was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning, following an alleged assault. According to Bluffs Police, 24-year old Joseph Broich was taken into custody at around 4-a.m., and charged with Serious Assault.

He was arrested after authorities were alerted to the possible assault of a 17-year old male at 1961 Parkwild Drive. Officers located the victim at a separate address and confirmed the incident had taken place. When they went to arrest Broich, the man allegedly became combative. Officers used a Taser to subdue Broich before taking him into custody.

All of the parties involved in the incident were treated by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue medics, but refused further medical attention.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/25/2015

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Tornado Safety: Severe Weather Awareness Week

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March 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

When weather forecasts predict the possibility of a tornado in your area, it is imperative you and your family have a plan to respond to the threat. The National Weather Service, as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, offers these tips:

Before a Tornado Watch or Warning is issued
Pick a tornado safe room in your home or place of business. Basements, storms cellars or an interior room with no windows on the lowest floor of a structure offers the best protection.
Make sure all members of your family know where to go.
Store emergency supplies such as a first-aid kit, and flashlights with extra batteries nearby.
Put together a family communications plan. Know where everyone is or will be in the event they are away from home.

During a Tornado Warning

Immediately go to your Tornado Safe Room. If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy building.
Mobile homes are NEVER safe during a tornado. If you are in a mobile home or a recreational vehicle, head for the nearest storm shelter.
If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter, you should immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive away from the threat to the nearest sturdy shelter.

After a Tornado

If you are in an area that was damaged, be careful of debris that may include sharp or dangerous objects, and watch out for downed power lines and broken gas lines.
Use battery powered flashlights when examining buildings. DO NOT USE CANDLES, which can start a fire or cause an explosion.
If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. After everyone is safe, call the gas company or local fire department.
Use your telephone only for emergency calls, so rescue operation lines are not tied-up.
Text your family and friends to let them know you are okay.
If you were outside the area damaged by a tornado, stay off the phone so that emergency calls can get through.
Use text messages and/or social media to let your family and friends know you are okay.
Stay away from areas that are damaged, so you do not hamper rescue operations.
Return to areas that were damaged ONLY when law enforcement gives the all-clear.