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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/18/2015

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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3 arrests in Creston; 1 theft reported

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested on separate charges Wednesday, in Creston. Authorities say 37-year old Lindsey Frey, of Creston, was arrested on OWI/3rd offense and Driving While Suspended, charges. She was later released on $5,000 bond. 21-year old Evin Scadden, of Creston, was arrested on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. Scadden was being held at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, while awaiting a bond hearing. And, 28-year old Christopher Colburn, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday for Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. He was also being held in the Union County LEC while awaiting a bond hearing.

The Creston P-D said also, a Mitchellville woman reported on Tuesday, that sometime between 1-and 2:30-p.m., Tuesday, someone stole her purse containing cash and jewelry. The items were taken from a vehicle in the Creston McDonald’s parking lot. The loss was estimated at $300.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/18/2015

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – A legal challenge has been mounted against the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming proposed new agency rules don’t do enough to protect Iowans and others across the country who live along oil train routes. The environmental lawfirm Earthjustice is representing the groups that filed the administrative appeal.

Attorney Kristen Boyles says a problem is the recently-announced standards for tank cars have a phase-in time which the organizations believe extends too far into the future. “This allows inadequate, explosive oil trains to stay on the rails for another 10 years,” says Boyles. “That’s a huge problem for anybody who lives anywhere near a railroad, or has a town where rail lines go through.”

Boyles says another reason for the challenge is the organizations aren’t convinced the proposed rules do enough to ensure emergency responders know when trains are coming through their area – or what’s on them. “We believe there should be more information, not less, so people can be prepared for what looks like the inevitability of more explosions and oil spills,” she says.

Rail companies have said releasing more route and cargo details could compromise national security, and let competitors know too much about their business. As of this spring, it’s estimated between 20 and 30 oil trains cross Iowa state each week, each carrying at least one million gallons of volatile crude oil.

(Iowa News Service)

Red Oak P-D reports 2 arrests

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested overnight Wednesday into early this (Thursday) morning, in Red Oak. Authorities say 46-year old Darrell Lee Walter, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 9:30-p.m., on a Mills County warrant for Harassment in the 1st degree, and 24-year old Jeffrey Davis Matthews, of Corning, was arrested with assistance from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies at around 4-a.m., for Operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Bonds for both men were set at $2,000 each.

Get ready for a hot and humid weekend w/strong storms

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

“It’s not the heat, but the humidity!” And then it’s the storms.551542_844040809007449_1531987492326434278_n The National Weather Service in Des Moines reports Saturday will be hot and humid, with the potential for severe weather.With High temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90’s Saturday, and Dewpoint values in the low to mid-70’s, the Heat index (or, how it feels) will be in the mid- to upper 90’s, with a few places reaching 100 degrees.

The heat and humidity will be most prevalent along and south of Interstate 80, with the warmest temperatures off to the south. There is also a threat of severe weather Saturday, with a “marginal” risk for strong storms weather over much of the KJAN listening area, and a slight risk of severe storms over parts of central Iowa, and most of the eastern half of the State. The primary threats Saturday afternoon and evening include large hail, damaging winds, and the possibility of tornadoes.

The Weather Service says you need to prepare for this heat spell, by making sure air conditioning works, drink plenty of water, never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

Water and Sewer line warranties available now in Atlantic

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, authorized Mayor Dave Jones to enter into a Marketing Agreement with Utility Service Partners, Inc., for a Service Line Warranty Program. City Administrator John Lund checked into the program since it was introduced to the Council on May 6th. Lund has contacted three other communities in Iowa to get their opinion on the value of the service USP provides. He found no complaints have been received from the citizens of those communities, but two of the three Public Works officials contacted strongly suggested an informational media campaign be conducted to make the public aware of the optional warranty service.

Jones said the City Council has stipulated the company should use local contractors for any repairs or warrant work, as much as possible. USP he says, have strict requirements of their own when it comes to contractors contacting the customer and performing the work in a timely manner.

The warranty program, which is completely optional and voluntary, is endorsed by the City, gives residents an affordable utility line repair solution, while at the same time educating homeowners about their water/sewer line responsibilities. Jones said newer houses aren’t as likely to be at risk for water or sewer line failure, but houses that are more than 40-years old, are at risk, and the warranty program he says, would be greatly beneficial to those property owners.

The company will be sending out letters to residents of Atlantic on stationary with the City logo, explaining the program, which would cost a property owner $7.75 per month for the sewer line leading up to the home, $6.75 per month for the water line leading to the home, and $6.99 per month for in-home plumbing coverage. A property owner may elect to pay for all three warranties, or they can choose from any of the three warranties for service and repairs.

The agreement would pay the City an annual royalty of 50-cents per month, per paid warranty contract with residential customers.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 18th 2015

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of making a bomb threat at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids has been taken to a hospital for evaluation and will be charged. A police spokesman says the OnStar vehicle communication service contacted police about 3 a.m. Wednesday to report that a man had just called, saying he was on an airport road and intended to blow up the airport. The man was seen driving away from the airport and soon was pulled over. No explosives were found in the car or on airport property.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Senator Chuck Grassley says a federal prosecutor should consider whether to investigate a shooting in which an Iowa officer accidentally killed a woman. Grassley has forwarded to U.S. Attorney Nick Klinefeldt a complaint by Gina Colbert, the mother of Autumn Steele.

SHERRILL, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa camp for those with special needs has opened despite a fire last month that caused extensive damage to a main building. The Telegraph Herald reports that 55 campers spent Tuesday participating in a variety of activities, including swimming and playing volleyball, at Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherrill.

JESUP, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the carcass of a young black bear that was struck by a vehicle has been found in northeast Iowa. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the animal carcass around 10:15 p.m. Sunday. It was found alongside U.S. Highway 20, near Jesup.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Reports Arrest

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June 17th, 2015 by admin

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested Wednesday in Montgomery County, on a warrant dating back to 2013. 33-year old Benjamin Alan Franks,  of Council Bluffs, was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies for failure to appear on an original, OWI charge. Franks was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $5,000 bond, while awaiting an appearance in front of the magistrate.

Atlantic City Council honors Ron Flory for 25 years of service

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June 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones and the City Council, Wednesday evening, paid tribute to a Wastewater Treatment plant employee who’s served the City for 25-years. Ron’s mom Cheri said he actually started working for the wastewater plant through various school programs since 7th Grade, so it’s more like he’s been a public servant for 32-years.

Ron Flory (Left) jokes around as his accepts an award from Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones.

Ron Flory (Left) jokes around as his accepts an award from Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones.

Jones presented Ron Flory with the award, which came as a complete surprise. Jones said “The City of Atlantic would like to deeply thank Ron Flory for his positive attitude, boundless energy and incredible work ethic during 25 years of dedicated to our community.”

The Mayor also recognized former 5th Ward Councilperson Lori Stuart, who was not present at the proceedings because she and her family have moved to Cedar Rapids. Stuart served on the Council for two-years. Her vacant position was filled by the appointment of Dick Casady, at least until the November General Elections. Jones displayed a plaque Stuart will receive, along with the City’s thanks for her service, as well.

And Jones proclaimed June 15th thru the 19th “Ride SWITA Transit” Week. The official proclamation stated that “Whereas Southwest Iowa Transit Agency [SWITA] is the public transportation system for Atlantic, and the surrounding region, and provides rides to school, work, shopping and medical appointments for the citizens of Atlantic…Whereas SWITA provided over 40-thousand rides last year to the citizens of Atlantic….[and] whereas SWITA employes 26 staff members and drivers in the Atlantic Community providing economic stimulus…[and since] June 15th to 19th is National Ride Transit Week…therefore let it be resolved that…June 15th through the 19th, 2015 [is] Ride SWITA Transit Week.”

SWITA Transit Director Mark Lander shakes the Mayor's hand after he reads the proclamation.

SWITA Transit Director Mark Lander shakes the Mayor’s hand after he reads the proclamation.

SWITA Transit Director Mark Lander, who joined the organization in August, 2014, was present for the proclamation and recognition.