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Iowa House committee approves broadband legislation


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa continues to move forward this session, though lawmakers agree there will be some changes to the bill.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Thursday for a bill that would create a 10-year property tax relief program for service providers that add infrastructure for broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. It now heads to the full House.

The bill would create a grant program funded with federal and private money. It originally had $5 million in state dollars, but that was stripped away earlier in the session after some lawmakers expressed concern about its sustainability.

A similar bill is being considered in the Senate. Lawmakers overseeing both bills say they expect to align the legislation and make changes.


Highway 6 construction updates to be provided weekly


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation said today (Thursday) the public will be informed each week through the local media, about detours for Highway 6 in Atlantic, once a long-awaited construction project begins in the next few weeks. The road is scheduled to be closed from the intersection of Olive Street and Highway 6 (7th Street) east to just past the entrance to Burger King.

IA DOT District 4 Transportation Planner Scott Suhr and District 4 Assistant District Engineer Don Stevens provided the media with a project update this (Thursday) morning. While the exact start date has not yet been determined because the contractor for the project has not yet signed the documents necessary to begin, Suhr says in the days leading up to construction, orange “Trailblazing” detour signs with the names of each business will be erected, directing people to those local businesses they would normally have access to on 7th Street.

Signs will also be placed at 7th and Olive directing traffic to 10th Street for local, through traffic. Other, non-local or “Global” traffic will take Highway 173, Interstate 80 and U-S Highway 71 into or around Atlantic.

Bid letting on the project took place on March 17th. And, while the exact start date has yet to be determined, construction will start no later than June 6th and be completed in two-to three-months, depending on the weather. In ideal situation, Suhr said construction would start following the last day of school, and be completed before the fall semester begins.

Project updates will be made available to the media for dissemination to the public on Monday afternoons, following meetings with the contractor, once construction begins. The idea is to keep the public informed on progress being made while the project is underway.

Deadly bird flu confirmed in three states bordering Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A strain of bird flu that’s particularly deadly to chickens and turkeys is now confirmed in three states that border Iowa. Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association and Egg Council, says while the disease has mostly hit turkey flocks elsewhere, poultry producers statewide need to be vigilant about biosecurity to prevent spreading the disease. “It’s one that our producers are very cognizant of, they’ve been very concerned about biosecurity protocols,” Olson says. “It’s important to known there’s no human health consequence to this disease but it’s very consequential to a commercial operation that has an infection.”

Olson says Iowa producers with backyard flocks need to especially be on the lookout for the disease, known as H-5-N-2, and take precautions. “We’re encouraging anybody with backyard flocks to be very diligent in your biosafety protocols,” Olson says, “You shouldn’t be allowing your birds to mix with migratory waterfowl. Keep them indoors if possible. It’s a very serious disease that causes a rapid increase of mortality.”

This bird flu strain is confirmed in several states, including Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri. Iowa is the nation’s leading egg-producing state with 60-million laying hens that produced 16 and a half billion eggs in 2014.

(Radio Iowa)

K-9 Harry Memorial Service in Audubon Moved Indoors


April 9th, 2015 by Jim Field

UPDATE:  The memorial service for the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Harry will be held today at the Memorial Building at 5:00 pm instead of the City Park due to the weather.

Members of the law enforcement community and citizens this evening (April 9th), will pay their respects to a member of the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office who died in the line of duty the night of March 27th. A Memorial service for K-9 “Harry” will take place beginning at 5-pm in the Memorial Building on the square in Audubon. Please note, this is a change of location due to the weather. The event was previously scheduled to be held at the Band Shell in the Audubon City Park.  Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be several different agencies on hand for the funeral and procession, which will begin at the Audubon Vet Clinic on the north end of town and conclude at the Audubon City Park.

Harry was critically injured in a crash that injured his partner and human handler, Deputy Shawn Young. The dog was treated for his injuries and stabilized, but doctors at the clinic said Harry’s injuries were insurmountable, and had him euthanized the morning of March 28th.

In a press release a few days after the accident, Sheriff Todd Johnson said at one point or another, Harry was cared for and lived with almost all the deputies who serve Audubon County. The dog had a distinguished career and was responsible for recovering more than one-half pound of crystal meth (ice), four-pounds of cocaine, 10-pounds of methamphetamine, a large amount of marijuana and over $270,000 in drug money, as well aiding in numerous drug arrests and convictions.

4-wheeler stolen from Union County farm


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Department says a rural Lorimor resident reported today (Thursday), their green, 2007 Yamaha Grizzly 4-wheel drive off-road machine, had been stolen from a farm property. The 700cc machine had a red hitch on the front. The loss was estimated at $6,000.

Clarinda man arrested for impersonating an officer


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into an incident early this (Thursday) morning resulted in the arrest of a man charged with Impersonating a Police Officer. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says officers arrested 20-year old Brian Lewis Frey, of Clarinda, at around 1:30-a.m.

Officials were notified that at approximately 1:00 a.m. Frey allegedly used red/blue lights while operating a red 1998 Ford Mustang registered to him, to pull over a vehicle on State Street.  Frey and his car were located in the Clarinda Lied Recreation Center parking lot on East Main Street.

The man was taken into custody without incident and later released after posting a $2,000 bond. All reports have been forwarded to the office of Page County Attorney Jeremy S. Peterson for review and decision regarding the filing of formal charges in Page County District Court. Police Chief Keith Brothers stressed there was no danger to the public and this appears to have been an isolated incident.

Thefts reported in Creston


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department received two reports of recent thefts, this week. On Wednesday, a resident on North Lincoln Street told authorities someone took several electronic items from her home, including a Dell tablet, RCA tablet, an Ipod Touch, and Ipod Shuffle. The loss was estimated at $382. The items were taken sometime between March 11th and 25th.

And on Tuesday, a resident in Creston reported to police that someone had taken his backpack that contained a Leatherman tool, Interline jacket, Eye glasses, and carabiners. The items were taken from 107 N. Division Street, sometime between 8-and 8:15-p.m., Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $200.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 4/9/15

News, Podcasts

April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Afton Police arrest a man for indecent exposure in a park


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Central Iowa man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon, in Afton, for allegedly exposing himself to children. Afton Police Chief John Coulter reports 51-year old Walter Scott Sutton, of New Virginia, was charged with two counts of Indecent Exposure and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Sutton was arrested after authorities received reports that the man was in the Afton Park allegedly pleasuring himself in front of children ranging in ages 4 to 13. The incident was witnessed by at least one adult.

Sutton was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting an initial appearance before the magistrate. 

Red Oak man arrested for Breach of Peace, Wed. afternoon


April 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police, investigating an incident at the Red Oak Public Library Wednesday afternoon, arrested 22-year old Cody Dean Johnson, of Red Oak, for Breach of Peace. As officers were in the library, Johnson walked by and allegedly began using profane and abusive language toward a person the officers were speaking with.  The incident happened at around 2:30-p.m.

Johnson was taken into custody and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $300 bond.