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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/18/2015

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Ex-Sioux City school band director charged in teen sex case

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City high school band director who abruptly resigned last week has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Authorities say 34-year-old Lucas Sursely texted a 15-year-old female student in one of his classes about having sex with her and sent the girl a picture of himself in his underwear.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/22d9Xu8 ) that Sursely was arrested Thursday and booked into the Woodbury County Jail. He was released after posting $500 bond. Sursely resigned from his position as Sioux City North High School band director on Dec. 11.

Frederickson Mem. Fund donates books to Atlantic schools

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $1,300 worth of books to the Washington Elementary and Schuler Elementary libraries, in Atlantic. Trevor’s mom and fund spokesperson Melanie Petty, said promoting reading is important to the fund. She said “Trevor was an avid reader and we hope with our annual donation we can spark an interest in young children to read on a daily basis.”

Pictured are Janice Dickerson, school librarian and Trevor's younger brother, Grant Petty. (Photo supplied by Melanie Petty)

Pictured are Janice Dickerson, school librarian and Trevor’s younger brother, Grant Petty. (Photo supplied by Melanie Petty)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Friday, 12/18/2015

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Creston P-D report: Statue of Jesus stolen

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston woman reported to Police Thursday, that someone had stolen a 3 1/2-foot tall statue of Jesus Christ from her yard in the 500 block of W. Prairie Street. The incident happened sometime between Dec. 15th and 17th. The loss was estimated at $200.

Creston Police said also, a man from Illinois was arrested recently on a charge of OWI/1st offense. 48-year old Cory Williams, of Cameron, IL, was later released on $1,000 bond.

And, a Clearfield man said his wallet was taken while he was shopping Dec. 10th at the Creston Wal-Mart. The loss was estimated at $70.

Kevin & Amanda Maier Awarded Best Outdoor Display of Christmas Lights in Atlantic

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU) and the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce have announced the winners of the 2015 Holiday Christmas Lighting Contest “Deck the Homes”. The contest encouraged the community to nominate their favorite merry & bright home.

Deck the Homes Contest Winners

Deck the Homes Contest Winners (Chamber supplied photo)

First place winners of AMU’s Annual Christmas Lighting Contest are Kevin & Amanda Maier, whose outdoor light display can be seen at 206 E. 9th Street in Atlantic. The Maier’s received a $100 credit toward their AMU utility services.

The second place winner is a resident at 1700 Lomas Circle in Atlantic. Congratulations to Tara Peterson for her spectacular outdoor light display. Peterson was awarded a $75 credit to her AMU utility services.  Third place winners are Ruth & Suzanne Meyer, residents at 1004 Chestnut Street in Atlantic. The Meyer’s will receive a $50 credit for their light display.

Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Donation Picture

Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Donation Picture

The Chamber thanks AMU for its continued support of the Annual Holiday Christmas “Deck the Homes” lights contest. Thanks also to the Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for their donation of $200. The money will be used to maintain downtown lighting. The 2016 Atlantic Area Chamber Image Builders committee will also be up-cycling the existing poles on Walnut and Poplar Street.

Man & woman arrested Friday morning for assault, in Red Oak

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested early this (Friday) morning on assault charges, in Red Oak. Police say 25-year old Mark Alan Lear, Jr., of Council Bluffs, and 26-year old Heather Lynn Lear, of Red Oak, were arrested for Domestic Abuse/Serious Assault. The pair were taken into custody at around 1:25-a.m. in the 300 block of E. Market Street, in Red Oak. They were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held without bond.

2 arrested in Montgomery County Thu. Night

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two people were arrested Thursday night. Red Oak Police arrested 21-year old Eric Eugene Fichter, of Shenandoah, at around 10:15-p.m.  on a felony, Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, charge. Fichter was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

And, at around 8:10-p.m., deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44-year old Dan Joseph Steyskal, of Council Bluffs, following a traffic stop just west of Stanton. Steyskal was taken into custody for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Bluffs man on probation for a drug charge allegedly assaulted a 64-year old woman

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man is back in prison after, among other things, allegedly breaking a rib of an 64-year-old woman. Bluffs Police told the Daily Nonpareil, 20-year old Alec Robey was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, and felony counts of assault causing willful injury and second-degree criminal mischief. The willful injury and criminal mischief charges are Class D felonies and each subject to up to five years in prison.

Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said Robey got into a verbal altercation with the victim at her home on the 100 block of McKenzie Circle. During the altercation, Robey allegedly assaulted the woman, destroyed televisions and collectible china and caused damage to walls. The damage amounted to $2,000.

Robey remains in custody at Pottawattamie County Jail with bond set at $7,500. Wednesday’s arrest was Robey’s second in four months. On Sept. 1st, Robey was arrested at a Council Bluffs convenience store. When he was booked into corrections, staff allegedly found nearly three grams of methamphetamine in his shoe.

Robey spent eight days in jail before posting bond. On Dec. 1st, he was sentenced to one year in prison, but, as part of a plea, all but eight days were suspended, and he was placed on probation for one year. So far, the State of Iowa has not charged Robey with violating his probation.

S.W. IA man pleads guilty in assisted suicide case

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December 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man charged with assisted suicide in the death of a female companion in 2014 pleaded guilty this week. The Daily NonPareil reports a court order signed Monday, states 59-year old James A. Zingg was given a suspended 10-year prison sentence and two years of probation. Zingg pleaded guilty to a charge of assisted suicide in connection with the death of 47-year old Gwendolyn N. Melloway, in January 2014.

Zingg was prosecuted under a seldom-used Iowa law that dates to 1996. The law makes it a felony if someone “intentionally or knowingly assists, solicits or incites” another person to commit or attempt to commit suicide. Nebraska has a similar law on its books.

Officials said Melloway died on Jan. 21, 2014, two days after making a suicide pact with Zingg, then ingesting a lethal cocktail of pills. Zingg also took pills but did not die. Zingg, in a telephone interview later that year, disputed the characterization, saying it was Melloway’s idea to swallow pills, and he went along with it.

The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death a suicide caused by an acute drug overdose. After an investigation, Zingg was arrested in June 2014.